British metal icons Carcass will return to North America next week for their "One Foot In The Grave" 2016 headlining tour. Set to commence on July 16th and level nearly two dozen stages through August 6th, the journey includes performances at Chicago Open Air Festival as well as Heavy MTL. Support will be provided by Crowbar, Ghoul, and Night Demon. The band's latest state-side journey follows their recent and successful assault on North American soil alongside label-mates Slayer and Testament.
Carcass will be touring in support of "Surgical Steel", released in September 2013. The record came in at #41 on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart, just narrowly avoiding the dreaded "Top 40 Band" moniker. Even with their impressive back catalogue, Surgical Steel has given the band their highest charting and possibly most critically acclaimed record to date.
Surgical Steel was produced by Colin Richardson (Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower, Gorefest, Cannibal Corpse etc.) and mixed / mastered by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Accept, Exodus, Testament). Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist / vocalist Jeff Walker in the band's current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (Aborted, Trigger The Bloodshed) and guitarist Ben Ash (Pig Iron, Desolation, Liquefied Skeleton). Original sticksman Ken Owen contributed guest vocals as well.
CARCASS w/ Crowbar, Ghoul, Night Demon:
7/16/2016 Chicago Open Air Festival - Chicago, IL
7/17/2016 Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS
7/19/2016 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
7/20/2016 The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
7/22/2016 Ace Of Spades - Sacramento, CA
7/23/2016 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
7/24/2016 The Roxy Theatre - West Hollywood, CA
7/25/2016 Club Red - Mesa, AZ
7/26/2016 Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX
7/27/2016 Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
7/29/2016 New Daisy Theatre - Memphis, TN
7/30/2016 Mercury Ballroom - Louisville, KY
7/31/2016 Park Street Saloon - Columbus, OH
8/01/2016 Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore MD
8/02/2016 The Broadberry - Richmond, VA
8/03/2016 Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA
8/04/2016 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
8/05/2016 Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
8/06/2016 Heavy MTL Festival - Montreal, QC (CARCASS only)
Building from the successes of its first year, Kansas City's one and only BlackDeath Fest is set to strike the Midwest yet again this September, certain to decimate with two days of underground black, death, grind, and extreme metal. Event details at this location.
Visit the KC Black Fest II Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Kcblackdeath.
The lineup (in alphabetical order):
Dark Apostle (KS)
Dead Shore (IL)
Imperial Savagery (IL)
Napalm Meth (MO)
Pigs Blood (WI)
Ritual Combat (CA)
Sons of Famine (IL)
Sons of Famine
The ninth wonder of the unnatural world, extreme tech-metal messiah Meshuggah have just announced a UK & Ireland leg of their winter tour.
Following the cries of British and Irish metal fans all over the island, Meshuggah have announced a lengthy January tour on these shores.
This comes after the previous news that the Swedish tech-metal pioneers will play all over Europe later this year following the imminent release of their anticipated as-yet-untitled new album (expected Autumn 2016.)
Tickets for the UK & Irish dates go on sale this Friday 3rd June.
Full dates as follows:
12th January - Bristol (UK) O2 Academy
13th January - Birmingham (UK) O2 Institute
14th January - Nottingham (UK) Rock City
15th January - Glasgow (UK) O2 ABC
17th January - Belfast (UK) Limelight
18th January - Dublin (IRL) The Academy
19th January - Manchester (UK) O2 Ritz
20th January - London (UK) O2 Forum
Previously Announced European Dates On Sale NOW:
22nd November - Berlin (DE) Astra
23rd November - Amsterdam (NL) Melkweg Max
24th November - Tilburg (NL) 013
25th November - Antwerp (BE) - Trix
26th November - Stuttgart (DE) LKA Longhorn
27th November - Lyon (FR) Le Transbordeur
29th November - Madrid (ES) La Riviera
30th November - Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 1
1st December - Montpellier (FR) Rokstore
2nd December - Bologna (IT) Estragon
3rd December - Milan (IT) Alcatraz
5th December - Pratteln (CH) Z7
6th December - Paris (FR) Le Bataclan
7th December - Cologne (DE) Essigfabrik
8th December - Hamburg (DE) Markthalle
The date was set for the extreme strike on Kolkata (Calcutta). But then the inevitable had to happen, guess it's what is keeping the Kolkata scene from rising up to the highest of levels. The headliners of Ritual Ascension Fest II, Nafarmaan, got bombed and battered on their way, you could guess that the people understood their fake nature will be ripped wide open by these guys, hence this made it impossible for the virtual earthquake to hit the Indian ground! But can this really prevent the love and support for Extreme Metal to up rise in Kolkata? Hell no! And that is how Ritual Ascension Fest II was carried out.
Yes, many didn't turn up due to various reasons, but there were enough to show their passion and rage on the Extreme Metal wagon! We all got the unfortunate news that, Nafarmaan could not make it, but those who made it were looking forward to how the Putrid Ascendancy hordes would respond and they sure didn't disappoint! Though it started a tad late, but that's bearable if the show is a great one, read on for what transpired!
The first on stage was Armament, from a general point of view we have seen how these guys have gone from strength to strength, almost making the Black / Thrash Metal genre their own for good. They started with "From The Past Comes The Storm" (Sepultura tribute), a cover which the band is perfecting with each passing day. The gig started off on a real high note, although this was a slightly down performance compared to the other Armament performances witnessed beforehand. It seems that way because of the high standards fans come to expect from these guys. Their originals as always had the crowd really gripped onto them, and the demo video of "Gas Chamber" released a few days before only made it better. But it was really the last two covers which was the highlight for these guys. "Crush Kill Destroy" (Sarcofago tribute) left the crowd really wanting to crush down the false people, and then came the big moment. The ex-guitarist of Armament, "Syd Myers", joined forces for what was to be a nostalgic performance from Ritual Ascension Fest I. They paid tribute to the mighty "Sodom", with "Remember The Fallen", although there were a few glitches here and there but it was the moment more than the song which was important in this one! With this Armament completed a set list with full of the extra ordinary energy these guys bring on stage and some moments of absolute brilliance! They go on to play Thrashfest in Mumbai, and rest assured Mumbai will experience what the cream of the Kolkata scene can offer!
Complete Set list:-
[Armament at Ritual Ascension Fest II - War.Cult.Supremacy.]
Next up we had Kapalin. This band has gone a long way from their debut performance at Morbid Death Fest II. They understood what was missing and in time added a new vocalist, released the bassist from vocals duties and recruited a drummer to have a complete line up. Black / Death Metal has to be one of the toughest genres to play and applause must be given to the guys for attempting it. This time around Kapalin showed why they have great potential for the future. Maybe it was the occasion, maybe it was the more complete line up, maybe it was more rigorous practice but these guys sounded at least 100x better than what was displayed at MDF II. They paid some essential tributes to the gods of the genre in "Blasphemy" and "Bestial Warlust" by covering "War Command" and "Till The End" respectively. In amongst these gems they inserted their originals filled with rawness in the form of "World War III" (original, not the Exciter number), "Warstrike", but the best moment of their performance was the original "Funeral Sleep". This is the number to really look out for. Overall a much tighter performance and it will be really interesting to see how these guys go about in the future!
Complete Set list:-
[Kapalin at Ritual Ascension Fest II - War.Cult.Supremacy.]
And then came the band of the night. Necrodeity slayed with full power and real aggression. They started of with a pre-recorded intro and then really jumped into their originals. Some of them are becoming Necrodeity must see's whenever they go live. But the only cover they featured was definitely the moment of the gig too, "Fear Of Napalm" by Terrorizer. You need real balls to cover the masters of Grind and Necrodeity are making it a thing of their own covering Terrorizer. Without any doubt the best tribute by any band that evening and a real highlight of the gig. If you were there and missed this you might as well ask for your money back, it was so f**king epic! Bestial hails to the Necrodeity horde as they march on to their second consecutive show at the annual Trend Slaughter Fest IV at Bangalore!
Complete Set list:-
[Necrodeity at Ritual Ascension Fest II - War.Cult.Supremacy.]
Then we had the guys in Purgation hitting the stage. Fresh from their debut EP release "Exterminated Malfeasance" and the epic Banish the Posers Fest, Bangladesh unleashed their brutality with full force! Like Kapalin, there was major improvements in the performance by these guys from last time. Maybe it's the effect of the Bangladeshi winds which have helped these guys grow even further! They played their originals which all featured on the EP and also unleashed a new song which they just started working on about 2 weeks ago, and by the look of it something really cool waited on the other side, after the song is completely worked upon! Purgation also covered the song which is now almost a necessity in every Purgation performance, "Charred Remains" from Death Metal masters Autopsy. Overall a tidy performance and would be really cool to see how Purgation goes about their new Original(s) and probably a full length is not far off!
Complete Set list:-
[Purgation at Ritual Ascension Fest II - War.Cult.Supremacy.]
And the last band for the day were Deadbolt. Well you got to feel for these guys, they had a really killing set list but one of the biggest issues to hit a gig, that is time hit these fellas hard. They missed out on two songs but made most of the time allotted to them. They started the set off in fantastic fashion with their original "Kill for Chaos" and had the crowd going really with them. But a technical glitch soon followed when the drummer's paddle came off but it is highly exciting to see such a young band being pro-active, that both the guitarist's and the bassist started doing impromptu instrumentals! This holds the band in good steed and shows how utterly professional these guys are! They continued their set and although one of their guitarists had a broken leg they never had a dull moment. A real highlight was the vocalist of Armament singing the first part of "Tormentor" from Kreator. They say it was impromptu too. Well if that's the case then we are sure they were a damn good bunch of people in the hall! Nevertheless ,it was an enthralling performance and although the crowd felt sorry for Deadbolt for the time issues, it's a part of the deal and they have to get along with it! Also, these maniacs make their way to the west coast with Armament for the Thrashfest in Mumbai, we wish them all the best and hope they Kill For Blood this time around too!
Complete Set list:-
[Deadbolt at Ritual Ascension Fest II - War.Cult.Supremacy.]
It was a really fascinating day and it leaves no less excitement for the future endeavors of the Putrid Ascendancy horde! Yeah we all wish for better venues and of course more sincerity in the timings but this is how its is and you got to take it as comes.
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