Following their recent performances throughout Australia, Sunn O))) this week travels to the South-eastern US for a run of tour dates. Leading off with the massive Big Ears Fest in Knoxville this weekend where they'll share the stage with Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass, Andrew Bird, Yo La Tengo, Sun Ra Arkestra, Wolf Eyes, label mates Big | Brave, and many others, shows in Nashville, Athens, Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Tampa follow through April 8th. Later in April, Sunn O))) will travel to Austin to take part in Levitation 2016 with the likes of Brian Wilson, Animal Collective, The Brian Jonestown Masacre, Sleep, and many more.
May sees Sunn O))) performing throughout the South-western and West Coast states, with shows in Denver, Albuquerque, Tucson, Los Angeles, and Oakland, May 2nd through 7th. This tour is followed later in the month with the band's participation in Moogfest in Durham, North Carolina on May 21st. In June, they will tour through St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland, and Detroit on their way to tow major Canadian festivals; Unsound Toronto at Luminato Festival on June 10th, and Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival in Montreal on June 11th. The band then immediately crosses the Atlantic for shows in Amsterdam and Ghent preceding their return to Hellfest in France on June 17th.
The touring line-up for these shows will include founding members Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley, as well as long-time members Attila Csihar, Tos Nieuwenhuizen, and Steve Moore (Earth, Stebmo). Additional international live performances are still being scheduled for the Spring and Summer months.
SUNN O))) Tour Dates:
4/02/2016 Big Ears Fest - Knoxville, TN[tickets]
4/03/2016 Exit/in - Nashville, TN [tickets]
4/05/2016 Georgia - Athens, GA [tickets]
4/06/2016 Terminal West - Atlanta, GA [tickets]
4/07/2016 Sun Ray Theatre - Jacksonville, FL [tickets]
4/08/2016 The Orpheum - Tampa, FL [tickets]
4/30/2016 Levitation - Austin, TX [tickets]
5/02/2016 Gothic Theater - Denver, CO [tickets]
5/03/2016 Sister Bar - Albuquerque, NM [tickets]
5/04/2016 Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ [tickets]
5/06/2016 Regent Theater - Los Angeles, CA [tickets]
5/07/2016 Oakland Metro Operahouse - Oakland, CA [tickets]
5/21/2016 Moogfest - Durham, NC [tickets]
/06/2016 The Ready Room - St. Louis, MO [tickets]
6/07/2016 Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL [tickets]
6/08/2016 Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH [tickets]
6/09/2016 El Club - Detroit, MI [tickets]
6/10/2016 Hearn Generating Station - Toronto, ON @ Unsound Toronto at Luminato Festival [tickets]
6/11/2016 Theatre Fairmount - Montreal, QC @ Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival [info]
6/14/2016 Paradiso - Amsterdam, NL
6/15/2016 Vooruit - Ghent, BE
6/17/2016 Hellfest - Clisson, FR
"Everything comes to an end, the songs of our EP are about loving and losing people close to you, which is something everyone, unfortunately, will have to deal with at some point in their life says Matty Clarke, frontman of Glaswegian metalcore mob, As Daylight Fades
The EP in question, the bluntly titled "Love // Loss", is as bleak a musical proposition as such a thematic suggests. Boasting four tracks audibly soaked through with frustration, thundering riffs and breakdowns provide a furious backdrop for Clarke’s desperate vocal tirades:
“The lyrics cover the idea of facing the world alone, and the challenges you’ll face whilst doing so,” relays the singer, who recalls writing sessions that would sometimes stretch out over 48 hours without any rest; “It was easier to keep going whilst we were in the zone instead of stopping and picking things up another time. It’s not ideal at all, but it helped us write the EP, and a nice 15-hour sleep after writing a song was always good. We put everything into the writing process for this release, so it’ll be a proud moment for us when we finally get it out there.”
With "Love // Loss" set for release on May 27th, As Daylight Fades – completed by guitarists Alan Ross and Douglas Park, bassist Roland Walet and drummer Cameron Humphrey – will gear up for its release with a set of UK and European tour dates.
“What sets us apart from our local scene is the fact that we have the drive and motivation to get ourselves out there,” opines Clarke; “We love writing, we love recording, we love playing shows and most importantly we love music.”
As Daylight Fades ‘Love//Loss’ Tracklisting:
1. The Great Divide
Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik's Skuggsjá, the thrilling and tempestuous collaboration between Enslaved and Wardruna have entered the top ten of the US Billboard World Music Chart last week with their debut full-length 'Skuggsjá', which was released worldwide on March 11th. Season of Mist proudly congratulates the Norwegians on their success!
On further news, Einar Selvik of Skuggsjá and Wardruna was featured on last week's episode of The History Channel's acclaimed TV-series 'Vikings'. Spoiler warning: Einar can be seen singing off the Viking long-ships to war in season 4, episode #6 "What Might Have Been". His performance is starting at 12:30 minutes.
Death's legendary 1987 debut "Scream Bloody Gore" is more than just an untouchable album - upon its release, it was positively genre-creating. "Scream Bloody Gore" founded the quintessential death metal sound, with more tormented riffs, screams, and leads than the world had ever imagined, and established Chuck Schuldiner's inimitable phrasing and songwriting style as the most singular voice in the burgeoning genre. Today, the album is viewed unanimously as one of the all-time most important cornerstones of death metal.
As the final chapter in Relapse's comprehensive Death reissue series, "Scream Bloody Gore" will now receive the deluxe reissue treatment on a wide variety of formats including 2CD, Limited Edition 3CD, LP, Deluxe 2xLP Boxset, and cassette versions. Like the preceding Death reissues, the deluxe reissue of "Scream Bloody Gore" has been meticulously remastered from the original tapes by Alan Douches (Death, Mastodon, Nile) and includes a plethora of bonus content, including previously unreleased recordings and rehearsal demos, super-expanded packaging, and brand-new extensive liner notes from former Death drummer / Autopsy founder Chris Reifert, Sepultura's Max Cavalera, and original "Scream Bloody Gore" producer Randy Burns.
Stream the newly remastered version of "Zombie Ritual" here.
Physical pre-orders are available now via Relapse.com at this location. Digital pre-orders can be found via Death's Bandcamp page here.
The very first official Death bobblehead is a stunning recreation of Ed Repka's iconic "Scream Bloody Gore" album art! Made exclusively for Relapse Records by Aggronautix, a company creating limited-edition metal, punk, and cult figures, these collectible, high-quality resin figurines stand 7" tall, are hand numbered 1 to 1,000, and come packaged in a custom windowed box.
Japanese phenomenon Babymetal have posted a new song from forthcoming album ‘Metal Resistance’, released this Friday April 1st aka Fox Day via EarMUSIC/Edel. ‘The One' is an epic power ballad, clocking in at over seven minutes. The accompanying video serves as the perfect teaser to this Saturday’s headline show at Wembley Arena – the first by any Japanese band at this legendary venue – showcasing the scale and enormity of a Babymetal live show.
Check out the video below:-
‘Metal Resistance’ will be released in three different formats, with a CD, 2LP and special limited edition box set with exclusive T-shirt available. The track-listing for each format is as follows:
CD & Limited Boxset incl. CD + exclusive T-shirt:
1. Road Of Resistance
3. Awadama Fever
6. Meta Taro
7. From Dusk Till Dawn
9. Sis. Anger
10. No Rain, No Rainbow
11. Tales Of The Destinies
12. THE ONE - English ver. -
1. Road Of Resistance
3. Awadama Fever
3. Meta Taro
1. From Dusk Till Dawn
3. Sis. Anger
1. No Rain, No Rainbow
2. Tales Of The Destinies
3. THE ONE - English ver. –
Tickets for the Wembley show are available at www.myticket.co.uk and www.seetickets.com
Pre-order bundles of the new album, featuring special, exclusive merchandise, are available here: http://www.mflstores.com/mfl/babymetal.html
iTunes Preorder is here and features ‘KARATE’ as an instant grat track: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/metal-resistance/id1087055715
With the release of the Book of Opeth next month, publishers Rocket 88 have shared a new video of Mikael Åkerfeldt unboxing and talking about his copy which you can watch below.
The book is told in the first-person by Mikael, the band, their friends, former members and collaborators, it is illustrated throughout with hundreds of previously unseen pics, rare artworks and memorabilia. It includes early, personal, candid, studio and live photographs, and an extensive illustrated discography. It’s available to order only from opethbook.com and is released on 15th April.
The book also comes with a 7” of previously unreleased acoustic versions of ‘Atonement’ & ‘Demon of the Fall’.
This sumptuously illustrated oral history presents the story of Opeth, from their earliest days until the present, in glorious dark colour. Told in the first-person by Mikael, the band, their friends, former members and collaborators, it is illustrated throughout with hundreds of previously unseen, rare artworks and memorabilia. It includes early, personal, candid, studio and live photographs, and an extensive illustrated discography.
Every copy of the first 4,000 books come with a vinyl pressing of previously unreleased acoustic versions of ‘Atonement’ & ‘Demon of the Fall’, which will only be available with Book of Opeth. The strictly limited edition–all numbered and signed by Mikael–also includes three art prints by Opeth sleeve designer Travis Smith.
Get Book of Opeth while you still have time…
Book of Opeth is the first official book to tell the story of the band, by the band. Mikael, Peter, both Martins, Fredrik, Joakim and former members have searched their memories and photo albums in order to contribute to this unique work.
Illustrated with photographs taken from their earliest days through to the recording of Pale Communion and beyond, here are Opeth as they’ve never been seen before. Band members cite their influences, recall their first days with the band and offer anecdotes and stories about each other which reveal the dynamics of the band.
The book is sumptuously and lovingly packaged, comes with otherwise unavailable recordings and images and is a precious and rare item. Frank, funny, revealing and totally original, Book of Opeth tells the story of one of rock’s most important, influential and original bands.
Book of Opeth, published by Rocket 88 Books is released on 15th April and is available to order now from opethbook.com. Check out the site for more information and watch for further announcements.
“There are pictures from pre-recording days – before we even had a contract – of us recording the first album, rocking out in our rehearsal room, getting our first tattoos; there’s loads of great stuff in here…” - Mikael Akerfeldt
The Classic edition - £40
The Signature edition - £250
Hells Headbangers will release the band's long-awaited third album, "Cemetery Urn", on vinyl, CD, and cassette tape formats, with a release date slated for sometime this summer. Hells Headbangers previously worked with Cemetery Urn in releasing the band's first two albums - 2008's "Urn of Blood" and 2010's "The Conquered Are Burned", both originally self-released on CD - on vinyl in 2011.
Formed in 2006 in Melbourne, Cemetery Urn specialize in a vicious, martial form of Death Metal they've branded "Australian Barbaric Death Metal." The band itself has a deep history in Extreme Metal: founding guitarist and songwriter Andrew Gillon also hails from reactivated Aussie barbarians Abominator, and previously played in the final line-up of Bestial Warlust; original vocalist Damon Bloodstorm was renowned as the frontman for Bestial Warlust and for Abominator from 1996-2001; new vocalist Chris Volcano is the founding drummer of Abominator - and more recently their vocalist - and concurrently plays drums in Ignivomous, and previously played drums on a handful of Denouncement Pyre's EPs, Urgrund's "Unchangeable Fate" album, and Destroyer 666's "Six Songs With the Devil" demo; and new drummer Matt Crossingham has played with such bands as Belligerent Intent, Scars of Sodom, and Draconis Infernum.
Cemetery Urn are a study in staunch self-reliance. Their first two albums were released on Gillon's own label, Cemetery Recordings, and the band self-booked two highly successful tours across the United States: the Blood of the Damned U.S. Tour in June 2008, which encompassed 17 shows alongside Angelcorpse and Gospel of the Horns, and the Western U.S. Torment Tour in October 2010, where they headlined 10 shows through Texas, California, Oregon, and Washington State. Now, armed with the support of Hells Headbangers, Cemetery Urn are prepared to unleash their most decisive and devastating attack yet in "Cemetery Urn". A ten-track nuclear warhead, Cemetery Urn's third album takes the unremitting savagery of their first two full-lengths to its furthest extreme yet, exhibiting both power and poise in the middle of an incendiary maelstrom, and further solidifying the band's reputation for upholding Australia's rich tradition of extreme metal barbarity.
A statement from the band reads:
"After aeons of primal chaos, Cemetery Urn return with our long-awaited third, self-titled album of super-heavy Australian death metal. Returning with a new line up, now including Chris Volcano on vocals and human drum-machine Ma' Crossingham, and also featuring our tightest and heaviest production ever, it will shred everything in its path like the steamroller of Armageddon! Prepare to be crushed!" Cover art, track-listing, and first audio sample to follow shortly."
Andrew Gillon – guitarist, songwriter
Chris Volcano – vocals, lyrics
Dan Macconni – guitar
Themmy Rentos – bass
Matt Crossingham – drums
Bangladeshi Thrash Metal group Exalter fire up three sizzling songs that uphold the spirit of the genre without diluting even an iota of the essence. The music is as old school as it can get but the songs sound pristine and sharp enough to slice ears. Also included in this release are songs from the entire previous release called 'Democrasodomy' which sound just as potent and invigorating even today. Exalter step up to the plate after the initial onslaught by West Bengal band Armament, and take it upon themselves to further the thrash metal assault worldwide. There is no band worthier to do so from the whole of Indian subcontinent, equipped with an aggressive sound, vicious vocals, and an innate anger that invariably gets expressed through the hard-hitting music. To call their music lethal would be an understatement.
Surrounded by Evil
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Bloodstock HQ is currently a hive of activity, with even more bands being confirmed for this August’s best heavy metal weekender.
Joining the Ronnie James Dio stage are the recently reformed industrial outfit, Misery Loves Company. The band are optimistic about their forthcoming appearance as for them:-
“The UK was always special to Misery Loves Company, our very first show outside of Scandinavia was in London and without the support of the British people we probably would have stayed in Scandinavia for ever, listening to ABBA, eating herring and dreaming of the outside world… Misery Loves Company + Britain = a true love story. Now, when we return to the stage, we’re extremely happy to showcase our industrial demons in front of the British crowd once more. Doing a summer of festivals without coming to the UK would have been a failure, so, we can’t wait to come to Bloodstock!”
Check out a clip of ‘My Mind Still Speaks’ - https://youtu.be/ZiPENHSeFYM.
Opening the RJD stage on Saturday are Brit tech metallers, Cambion. As proud Bloodstock alumni (2012/2014), the band are currently at work on their debut album, having released the Virus Extended Edition EP in 2014.
Check out the video for ‘Heterodox’ here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpeerilbWqU
Keep up with plans for the album street date over at http://www.cambionofficial.co.uk/.
Stepping into the Friday night headline slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage are NWOBHM icons, Diamond Head. The likes of Metallica have often stated that without Diamond Head, they’d probably not exist, such is the Stourbridge band’s influence. Check out this fan-filmed clip of the ‘Big 4’ (Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax & Megadeth) covering Diamond Head’s classic ‘Am I Evil’, joined by the band’s very own Brian Tatler - https://youtu.be/K9P-H_Qd908. Brian and his cohorts are set to release their first album of new material in over 8 years on 22nd April, simply titled ‘Diamond Head’. Don’t miss ‘em at Bloodstock!
Also joining Saturday night’s Sophie stage shenanigans are Brit metallers, Krysthla. The band’s debut album, ‘A War Of Souls And Desires’, can be snapped up at their Bandcamp - http://www.krysthla.bigcartel.com/.
Also check out the video for lead track ‘Luminosity’ here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjJwiBVlcFc.
With Easter weekend also looming, Bloodstock are once again gearing up the website’s very popular Easter Egg hunt, as they’ve done in years past. Will you be one of the lucky winners of a pair of weekend tix with camping?! Click over to the Bloodstock website at www.bloodstock.uk.com on Good Friday 25th March to take part.
Weekend tickets with camping, plus various VIP packages are available now, priced from £139 (+ booking fee) at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2016/catton-park/902838.
Bloodstock will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11th-14th August 2016. Keep up to date with the very latest info on Bloodstock ’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com, or via Twitter on @BLOODSTOCKFEST.
Spanish Technical Death Metal masters Wormed are now premiering a new video clip for the track "Computronium Pulsar Nanarchy" taken from their acclaimed full-length 'Krighsu', which was released worldwide on March 18th.
The clip "Computronium Pulsar Nanarchy" is now exclusively streaming via the official media partners below.
Regarding "Computronium Pulsar Nanarchy", Wormed comment: "Before this apocalyptic scenario took place, in the other arm of the galaxy, the Conektnity project foresaw it, activating the Neomorph Protocol, commonly called 'The awakening of the one hundred Chryms'. A cyborg army, saved for an event that would threat human existence. These powerful Chryms were designed to establish life in a safe planetary system. All woke up, all but one, Krighsu."
2. Neomorph Mindkind
3. Agliptian Codex Cyborgization
4. The Singularitarianism
5. Eukaryotic Hex Swarm
6. Computronium Pulsar Nanarchy
7. A-Life Omega Point
9. Zeroth-Energy Graviton
10. Molecular Winds
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