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An Interview With Switzerlands Up And Coming Nu Metal Band CHAOSEUM

The word Chaoseum means museum of Chaos.

Up and coming Swiss based band Chaoseum was Founded in 2018 by Loïc Duruz and Valery Veings, both former guitarists of Symphonic Metal band Elferya. Theres Greg Turini on Drums and Singer CK Smiles joined the band later in February 2019, after their first album.

CHAOSEUM band hails from Switzerland. When creating music the band likes to explore different styles. They’re not really fixed on a singular genre. They like to reinvent themselves while simultaneously reviving the nu-metal sound of the nineties, a musical era the band grew up in. They are a fusion of nu- metal and metalcore. They released the song Smile Again during the pandemic and it exceeded 1M views on Youtube within 1 week. At this stage of the game they began to take thing a little more serious.

CHAOSEUM’S new album The Third Eye is definitely worth checking out. Theres talent here. The production is good and you can hear the intensive hard work and detail they put into every song. Dance On My Grave, Welcome Home, My Wonderland and Sanctum Cinerem have thick, monumental sound characterized by distorted guitars, extended guitar solos and emphatic beats that aptly produce a recurring chaotic theme. The verses on Welcome Home are incredible but then the chorus kind of throws you off. The bridge on Satctum Cinerem is extraordinary and reminds me of The Hating by Korn. Unreal has very dark lyrical content with hidden messages. My favorite track on the album is The Third Eye. Its a phenomenal album, I’m still digesting it. Their music is showing why there’s an upsurge in their ever growing fan base in the metalcore scene.

In the immortal words of the late great Hilly Kristal, “There’s something there, there’s definitely something there.” It will be very interesting to see what their sound evolves into in the future.

A brief history of the band

CK started playing music with his father at the age of 5, with whom he played his first concert. On his 8th birthday he started to study classical guitar at the conservatory of Lausanne.

CK: “Music is the best way to express all emotions. I started to play music with my dad when I was a little kid and I’ve never quit… and I never will.”

Loïc started playing guitar in 2002. He is totally self-taught. It’s while watching videos and live performances of bands like Deftones and Korn on MTV that inspired him to play guitar and start a band.

Valery is a big fan of Iron Maiden and it was while watching the live show “After Death” that he decided to buy his first guitar and start playing it.

Greg has always had a passion for drums. He started playing the drums at a very young age and decided to make it his profession and study at the conservatory. Today he teaches drums in his own school.


Metal Lair: How did you all meet and what was the catalyst in deciding to form a band?

Chaoseum: Valery and Loïc wanted to do a lot of gigs and for that we left our old band to create Chaoseum. Greg followed us directly and we contacted CK to join us.

Metal Lair: Who writes the lyrics and who writes the music?

Chaoseum: There is not a precisely defined rule. Loïc usually brings the musical part he shares with CK. In collaboration, they finalize the framework. Greg and I bring a little touch with our style of play. Regarding the lyrics, that’s CK and myself. The lyrics always come after the music because the latter inspires us for the theme of the lyrics. The edgelines are then created by CK. For the instrumental composition it is Loïc who composes the first drafts of the songs and then the arrangements are made with the band.

Metal Lair: Some bands write songs about politics, religion and other controversial material. Are there any subjects you consider off limits that you wont write about?

Chaoseum: We do not wish to give our political opinions. We prefer to talk about subjects that affect us personally and our life experiences.

Metal Lair: Your new album is phenomenal. Ive listened to it several times now. For me the stand out track is The Third Eye.” What made you write this song and how did you come up with the intro?

Chaoseum: “Third Eye” was the intro to “Fly Away” but when we were arranging it we decided to make it a track. So we decided to create a heavy bass line and add some cello because CK plays it. We wanted to create something very atmospheric and CK had the good idea to do some oriental vocals to give this vibe

Metal Lair: The song Unreal is intense and has very dark lyrics. Are these lyrics personal? Who wrote this song and what exactly is this song about?

Chaoseum: “Unreal” talks about CK Smiles past and more precisely about his relationship with religion.

Metal Lair: What is the song I Sexy Zombie about exactly?

Chaoseum: In “I sexy zombie”, CK puts himself in the shoes of Hannibal Lecter.

Metal Lair: What is the music scene like in Switzerland? Do you guys play a lot of local shows there?

Chaoseum: In Switzerland, we have some good festivals and concerts. Like the Greenfield festival, etc. People like to go to festivals, but they don’t go to the concert halls as much to see the bands play. We have played a few gigs at home but we usually get more requests from other countries

Metal Lair: Do you all hang out together when not doing band stuff?

Chaoseum: Yes of course. We meet up and go to concerts and also for lunch, etc…

Metal Lair: What is everyones favorite movie?

Greg: Whiplash

Loïc: The Exorcism of Emily Rose

CK Smile: La Ruée vers l’or de Chaplin

Valery: Cheakspear in Love

Metal Lair: What is everyones favorite food to eat?

Loïc: Fondue

CK Smile: Indian Food

Greg: Tomahawk with French Fries and Vegetables

Valery: Grill Stone

Metal Lair: What is next for Chaoseum?

Chaoseum: The promotion of our new album and the preparation of a tour in 2023

Metal Lair: Do you have any final words for your fans?

Chaoseum: Keep your Smile Motherfucker!

CHAOSEUM’s New Album The Third Eye Out Now! Get It Here

Artwork by Gustavo Sazes

Track Listing:

  1. Sexy Zombie
  2. Unreal
  3. Dance On My Grave
  4. The Third Eye
  5. Fly Away
  6. My Wonderland
  7. Welcome Home
  8. Until The End
  9. Sanctum Cinerem
  10. What I
Chaoseum - My Wonderland (Official video)
Directed by: Jason Borruso
Director Of Photography: Cedric Friedli
Assistant: Gad Baumgratz

CHAOSEUM Online:

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PANTERA’S First Show in 21 Years. Fan Filmed Footage

photograph by Paul Gargano

Well, it finally happened after many years. Pantera hit the stage and set it on fire last night at At Mexico HELL & HEAVEN METAL FEST to the delight of legions of fans. The Pantera reunion has sparked much controversy since its inception. Fans are divided due to the absence of the the bands co-founders, the Abbott brothers.

It was first reported in July that Anselmo and Brown would unite with Wylde and Benante for a world tour under the PANTERA banner.

The band will headline a number of other major festivals across North America, South America and Europe and stage some of their own headline concerts. They will also support METALLICA on a massive North American stadium tour in 2023 and 2024.

According to Billboard, the lineup has been given a green light by the estates of the band’s founders, drummer Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, as well as Brown.

Last night, December 2nd Pantera played their first show in over 20 years, and it was totally action packed with high energy.

This was the groove-metal inaugural gig with their new lineup original members Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown were joined by longtime friends Charlie Benante, Anthrax and Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society. and the start of a long tour schedule that’s set for South America this winter, and eventually Europe and the United States.

Fans at Mexico’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest who were lucky enough to witness this historic event quickly flooded the internet with videos. Pantera‘s stacked, 15-song setlist was their most beloved material, including their cover of Black Sabbath’s “Planet Caravan” during which a tribute video to the band’s founding brothers, Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul — who passed in 2004 and 2018, respectively — played on the screen behind them.

Earlier this week, Benante told Metal Edge: “The first show with PANTERA is going to be kinda nerve-wracking. I’m probably gonna need a couple of drinks to be honest with you, to kinda settle me down… I need to get that first PANTERA show under the belt.”

Asked if he’s looking forward to any performing any particular PANTERA tracks, Benante said”: “I enjoy each one of them. When I look down at the list, I’m like, ‘Oh, I like this song,’ that type of thing. There’s two odd songs in there too that I don’t think they played, consistently, throughout [their] sets. Those are the two songs I enjoy playing the most, I think.”

Regarding the criticism floating around social media about relaunching the PANTERA name more than two decades since the group played their last show, and all the chatter about it not being a true reunion without Vinnie and Dime, Benante said: “First off, it’s not a reunion. It’s a celebration of the music. If you saw the thing that went out, it was like, ‘PANTERA featuring…’ the four of us. Those two guys are a part of this and who else is there? Vinnie and Dime are not here, so, Philip and Rex, they were that band, too. [They] deserve to be there as much as anybody. I see the negative stuff sometimes, and I’m just like, ‘This is so ridiculous, man.’ Just enjoy hearing those songs again.”

Benante told SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” about how he plans to approach the PANTERA gig: “I can’t go do this as the drummer from ANTHRAX because it would be a different sound completely. So the way I’m gonna do that is if you close your eyes, it’s gonna sound like it’s Vinnie, basically. And that’s how it’s gonna be. The sound is gonna sound exactly like him.”

Wylde said that he had a similar mindset. “You approach it the same way as you do when I’m playing with Ozzy,” he said. “Obviously I’ve gotta learn Randy Rhoads‘s stuff and I’ve gotta learn Jake‘s E. Lee stuff, and when I was doing the BLACK SABBATH stuff, you learn it and do it as faithful as you can. Charlie‘s gotta learn all of Vinnie‘s parts. You approach it as if you’re in a cover band. When we do the ZAKK SABBATH stuff,” referring to his BLACK SABBATHcover band, “I don’t start changing lyrics midway through ‘War Pigs’. You learn the songs — so that’s what you do.”

A year ago, Anselmo said that he was up for reuniting with Brown for a special tour celebrating the music of PANTERA. The 54-year-old singer, who has spent the past few years playing a PANTERA-centric set with his solo band, THE ILLEGALS, discussed the possibility of re-teaming with his former PANTERA bandmate during an interview with Brazil’s Inside With Paulo Baron. Asked if he and Rex would be open to playing some shows in celebration of PANTERA‘s legacy, Anselmo said: “If Rex and I had a show to play, or we were ever gonna be on stage again together, I would welcome it with open arms. I love Rex. And he’d be the same way. We’re brothers forever. So playing on stage together, or doing some shows together, is not out of the question. It could happen.”

In April 2021, Rex told Eonmusic that he and Philip still get offers for a PANTERA tribute tour. “But if you don’t have the other guys in the band, it’s not going to sound the same,” he said. “If we were ever to do something like that, it would have to be spot-on, or I wouldn’t do it. It would be a tribute.”

Talk about a possible “Pantera reunion” intensified when Anselmo regularly joined Wylde‘s BLACK LABEL SOCIETY to perform PANTERA‘s song “I’m Broken” during DOWN‘s 2014 stint on the “Revolver Golden Gods Tour”. That buzz only got stronger after Brown joined the jam on May 23, 2014 when the tour swung through Texas.

Up until his passing, Vinnie remained on non-speaking terms with Anselmo, whom the drummer indirectly blamed for Dimebag‘s death.

Vinnie Paul and Dimebag co-founded PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, they formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by a troubled schizophrenic who believed that the members of PANTERA were stealing his thoughts.

Watch fan-shot footage below, and check out the setlist, courtesy of setlist.fm.

Pantera setlist, 12/2/22:
A New Level
Mouth for War
Strength Beyond Strength
Becoming (with Throes of Rejection outro)
I’m Broken (with By Demons Be Driven outro)
Use My Third Arm
Drag the Waters
This Love
Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit
Fucking Hostile
Planet Caravan (Black Sabbath cover, with Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul tribute video)
5 Minutes Alone
Walk
Cowboys From Hell
Dom/Hollow

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AMARANTHE Release New Single ‘Outer Dimensions’ From Upcoming Album The Catalyst

AMARANTHE is:
Elize Ryd | vocals
Mikael Sehlin I growls
Nils Molin | vocals
Olof Mörck | guitars, keyboards
Johan Andreassen | bass
Morten Løwe Sørensen | drums

Swedish metal virtuosos AMARANTHE break through the grey November clouds, ready to cure your seasonal blues with their new uplifting track ‘Outer Dimensions’!
Once again, high energy vibes paired with a catchy chorus and garnished with some heavy riffs and impressive growls, this song is determined to live up to its name and take the listener to higher spaces.

AMARANTHE‘s Olof Mörck states: “Dimensions and galaxies collide in our latest single ‘Outer Dimensions’, which takes you on a journey from the introspective and obscure, all the way to a sparkling cosmos of an epic chorus! We feel that it showcases ‘The Catalyst’s diversity, all in one track while remaining very recognizably AMARANTHE. The song is masterfully counterpointed by a tour de force of a video, directed by long-time collaborator Patric Ullaeus – so let us bring you the furthest reaches of your imagination with ‘Outer Dimensions’ soon!”
‘Outer Dimensions’ is the third single from AMARANTHE‘s forthcoming album The Catalyst, that will see the light of the day on February 23rd, 2024, via Nuclear Blast Records. The album will be available digitally and in different physical formats including CD, Vinyl, a 2CD Special Edition, and a band-exclusive Vinyl that will come with a signed poster.
Presave or preorder your format of choice here:
https://amaranthe.bfan.link/the-catalyst.a01

‘Outer Dimensions’ comes with a fantastic new video that the band released today. Watch it here:
https://youtu.be/y3abhagVcgY The Catalyst is the most conceptually coherent piece of work in AMARANTHE‘s storied history. Dedicated to notions of transformation and revelation, it delves deeper than any previous album, as Olof Mörck explains.

“We’ve done these things before, but we’ve never been as theatrical as we have this time,” Mörck grins. “In fact, we all questioned whether we went too far this time, but I also figured that this band was always this way. Literally, the first seconds of our first video was a big explosion! But yes, The Catalyst is more theatrical than ever. We’ve never really been symphonic or orchestral before, but this time we just thought why not? Because we can! The key to this album is that we let go of the boundaries and decided to do something even more adventurous.”

The Catalyst represents the culmination of 15 years of hard work and the breathless pursuit of a wholly original musical vision. Change is inevitable. Victory is assured.

AMARANTHE recently announced new European tour dates together with UK extreme power metal outfit DRAGONFORCE. The package will be on the road in spring 2024:

21.02. DE Hamburg – Große Freiheit 36
22.02. DE Berlin – Huxleys Neue Welt
23.02. DE Leipzig – Haus Auensee
24.02. DE Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
25.02. NL Tilburg – 013 Poppodium
27.02. DK Copenhagen (DK) – Amager Bio
28.02. NO Oslo – Sentrum Scene
29.02. SE Gothenburg – Trädgår’n
03.03. LV Riga – Melna Piektdiena
04.03. PL Warsaw – Progresja
06.03. CZ Brno – Sono Centrum
07.03. AT Vienna – Gasometer
08.03. HU Budapest – Barba Negra Red Stage
09.03. DE Munich – TonHalle
10.03. IT Milan – Live Club
12.03. ES Madrid – Sala La Riviera
13.03. ES Barcelona – Sala Apolo I
15.03. DE Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
16.03. CH Zurich – Komplex 457
17.03. BE Brussels – AB Box
19.03. DE Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
20.03. FR Paris – Bataclan
22.03. UK Bristol – O2 Academy
23.03. UK Manchester – Manchester Academy
24.03. UK London – The Roundhouse

Formed in 2008, AMARANTHE walked their own unique path from the start. With a sound that combined the sharpest, cutting edges of melodic metal, electronic rock and razor-sharp pop, their impact was immediate and undeniable. Kicking off with their self-titled debut in 2011, the Swedes blazed a trail through the European metal scene and beyond, swiftly establishing themselves as a dazzling one-off, not least due to the unprecedented triple vocal attack that paired clean tones with exquisite melodic sensibilities and feral growls. Over the next few years, the sextet steadily grew in stature, releasing a series of praised studio records that jabbed persistently at the boundaries of modern metal.

Visit AMARANTHE:

www.amaranthe.se
www.facebook.com/amarantheband
www.instagram.com/amarantheofficial
www.twitter.com/amaranthemetal
www.youtube.com/amaranthetv
www.nuclearblast.de/amaranthe

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Týr Announces Battle Ballads North American Headlining Tour 2024 Tickets On Sale Now!

Photo by Gaui H.

Tickets On Sale Now! Plus Upcoming Album Art Revealed

Faroe Islands-based folk metal collective TÝR will return to North American stages next Spring. The Battle Ballads headlining tour, named in honor of their upcoming new full-length of the same name, begins March 28th in Baltimore, Maryland and makes its way through over two dozen cities, coming to a close on April 26th in Greensboro, North Carolina. Support will be provided by Trollfest, Æther Realm, and The Dread Crew Of Oddwood. The tour marks TÝR‘s first North American run since 2019.

Comments the band, “It is with great joy that we announce our return to the US and Canada. It’s been too long, and we have missed the people, the cities, and the vast landscapes dearly. It warms our heathen hearts to think that we will soon see all your familiar faces again, and probably, hopefully, a few people we have not seen before. We will bring our lighthearted neighbors, Trollfest from Norway, with us, as well as your metal compatriots, Æther Realm, and The Dread Crew Of Oddwood. See you soon!

Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 24th, at 12:00pm EST/9:00am PST. See all confirmed dates below.

More info on TÝR‘s Battle Balladsalbum, set for release in the Spring of 2024, will be unveiled in the new year. In the meantime, view the cover art by Gyula Havancsak.

TÝR w/ Trollfest, Æther Realm, The Dread Crew Of Oddwood:
3/28/2024 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
3/29/2024 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
3/30/2024 Middle East Downstairs – Boston, MA
3/31/2024 La Source De La Martinière – Quebec City, QC
4/01/2024 Studio TD – Montreal, QC
4/02/2024 Brass Monkey – Ottawa, ON
4/03/2024 Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
4/04/2024 The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
4/05/2024 Reggies – Chicago, IL
4/06/2024 Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
4/07/2024 Park Theater – Winnipeg. MB
4/08/2024 The Exchange – Regina, SK
4/09/2024 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
4/10/2024 Dickens – Calgary, AB
4/12/2024 The Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC
4/13/2024 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
4/14/2024 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
4/15/2024 Cornerstone – Berkeley, CA
4/16/2024 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
4/17/2024 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
4/18/2024 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
4/19/2024 TBC
4/20/2024 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
4/21/2024 The Granada – Dallas, TX
4/22/2024 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
4/24/2024 Conduit – Orlando, FL
4/25/2024 The Masquerade (Hell) – Atlanta, GA
4/26/2024 Hangar 1819 – Greensboro, NC

Last March, TÝR released A Night At The Nordic House (With The Symphony Orchestra Of The Faroe Islands), a special event recorded in February of 2020. “Working with the Symphony Orchestra was without a doubt one of the highlights of our careers,” noted vocalist Heri Joensen. “The feeling of sheer sophisticated power behind us was extraordinarily uplifting. We were awed by how well the songs worked in a symphonic setting. We are very excited to finally release a live [double] DVD, CD and LP, and even with the incredible new artwork by Gyula Havancsák, that excellently captures the epic atmosphere of the event.”

Preview and purchase the record at: metalblade.com/tyr

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https://www.facebook.com/tyrband
https://www.instagram.com/tyr_official
https://twitter.com/tyrband

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King Diamond’s “No Presents for Christmas” Reissued on Vinyl in New Colors – OUT NOW!

Release Lineup:
King Diamond – vocals, guitars
Andy LaRocque – guitars
Michael Denner – guitars
Timi Hansen – bass
Mikkey Dee – drums

Christmas time is here again! King Diamond‘s No Presents for Christmaswas originally released in 1985 and now Metal Blade Records is reissuing this 2-track classic on vinyl, just in time for Black Friday. No Presents for Christmasfeatures new cover art and is available worldwide in two new vinyl colors. Side 1 features the title track, “No Presents for Christmas” and Side 2 features “Charon” (from “Fatal Portrait”). In honor of the release, the band has also worked with their US merch company to offer a lithograph signed by King Diamondhimself.

Here’s what King had to say: “We are very happy to make No Presents for Christmas available on vinyl again, and with a brand new cover! Livia worked on the glass mansion on the cover – it’s a mansion she designed that I just loved and said we must use this for something! The cover came out exactly how we wanted it to, and it looks like something you would find in the Christmas albums aisle alongside Frank Sinatra. It has the Christmas feeling, but with something dark and sinister when you examine it more closely. I look like a ghost – the ghost of trying to destroy Christmas! This is the first King Diamond song that was ever released and was originally performed live back in December of 1985, it’s very special to us and we hope you enjoy No Presents for Christmas as much as we do!

Fans worldwide can find the vinyl at: metalblade.com/kingdiamond and North American Fans can grab the signed lithograph at store.kingdiamondcoven.com. King‘s even curated a shirt for you to wear to all of your Holiday festivities at: US: store.kingdiamondcoven.com – EU: eustore.kingdiamondcoven.com

US Variant : Black / White Melt

EU Variant: White with Red Splatter

In other King Diamond news, the band recently released a music video for the single “Masquerade of Madness” with David Brodsky and Allison Woest of MyGoodEye Visuals, which can be viewed HERE!

About the band:
KING DIAMOND is quite possibly the most recognizable and prolific personality ever in heavy metal. Revered by icons as big as Metallica and Pantera to inspiring new upstarts like Goatwhore; KING DIAMOND, the man and the band, have left an indelible mark on the history, and now again, the future of heavy metal.

In August of 2008, KING DIAMOND joined Metallica on stage at Ozzfest in Dallas to perform the Mercyful Fate medley made famous from the Garage, Inc. album. Additionally, KING DIAMOND was featured alongside Motorhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister as a playable character in Guitar Hero: Metallica in 2009.

By 2012, KING DIAMOND was prepared to return to the stage for a select number of shows. The band’s triumphant return to the stage were the highlights of both the Hellfest and Sweden Rock festivals in France and Sweden. Fans at these festivals were treated to the largest and most involved stage production in the band’s storied history. Horror concepts from multiple albums were used in the décor; fans can rest-assured that this show will only get larger and more impressive at future performances.

KING DIAMOND continued to hit the stage from 2013 to 2018 including performances at Rock Hard Festival (DE), Copenhell (DK), Graspop (BE), Metal Days (SI), Bloodstock Open Air (UK), Loudpark (JP), Wacken Open Air (DE), a 2014 North American tour with Jess and the Ancient Ones, Fun Fun Fun Fest (US), toured as a part of the 2015 Mayhem Festival in the summer (US), a fall 2015 North American tour with Exodus as special guests, Sweden Rock fest (SE), Hellfest (FR),and Psycho Las Vegas (US).

In 2019, after the release of the KING DIAMOND‘S first new single in 12 years “Masquerade of Madness“, the band hit the road with a series of live shows in Europe including stops at Summer Breeze festival (DE), Graspop (BE), Hellfest (FR), Rock Fest (ES), and with Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats and Idle Hands as special guests for 19 dates across North America.

KING DIAMOND‘s 30+ year musical career is one of the most storied in history of heavy metal, but the tale is not yet over. The most recent release, 2007′s Grammy nominated album Give Me Your Soul…Please, stands as one of the most critically-acclaimed albums in an already iconic discography. Future albums will feature entirely new horror stories, concepts, haunting orchestrations, and the band’s signature brand of heavy metal from the mind of KING DIAMOND and the talented group of musicians: Andy LaRocque – Guitar, Mike Wead – Guitar, Pontus Egberg – Bass, Matt Thompson – Drums. Many more albums, tours, and ventures lay ahead.

King Diamond online:
https://www.kingdiamondcoven.com
https://twitter.com/kingdiamond
https://www.facebook.com/kingdiamond
https://www.instagram.com/kingdiamond

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Bay Area Thrash Legends, SADUS, Release First Album In 17 Years, The Shadow Inside

After nearly two decades, the wait is over! East Bay thrash metal legends SADUS have returned with a massively anticipated new album, The Shadow Inside, out today from Nuclear Blast Records. It’s been 17 long years since the release of their last full-length, Out For Blood (2006), and the band sounds just as viciously vital as the day they first lit up audiences almost 40 years ago!

Recorded with Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, TESTAMENT, MACHINE HEAD) at Trident Studios, The Shadow Inside is a merciless masterclass of thrash with blistering tracks like ‘Scorched And Burnt,’ ‘It’s The Sickness‘ and ‘Ride The Knife,” that further cement the band’s metal legacy.

Today, SADUS aims attention towards another standout track, ‘Anarchy,’ which is accompanied by the brutal video below.

Commenting on the song, lead vocalist/guitarist Darren Travis states:

In a world of confusion, people will rise to Anarchy.. there’s no turning back..!

Stream/Purchase The Shadow Inside: https://bfan.link/tsisadus.ema

‘Anarchy’ Music Video: https://youtu.be/64g3zXWhzyA

Featuring ominous artwork by accomplished artist Travis Smith (FLESHGOD APOCALPYSE, OPETH), The Shadow Inside, is a contemporary thrash classic with colossal, groove-laden riffs at break-neck rhythm and blistering solos. It’s the record fans have been waiting desperately for and one of the year’s most crucial metal albums.

Commenting on the record’s impending release, Darren Travis says:

I am giddy with excitement for this album to be unleashed upon the world. With the help of the entire Nuclear Blast team, we will bestow a hugely anticipated release of The Shadow Inside!!

THANK YOU for your interest in our little band for all these years. I hope you will find the same release of excitement that WE DO!! The love of METAL is the only reason for SADUS!! Thank you ALL for the undying SUPPORT!!!! Fucking SADUS!!

The Shadow Inside Track List:

1. First Blood
2. Scorched And Burnt
3. It’s The Sickness
4. Ride The Knife
5. Anarchy
6. The Devil In Me
7. Pain
8. No Peace
9. New Beginnings
10. The Shadow Inside

About SADUS:

It has been sixteen long years since the monstrous sound of SADUS last bestowed a new record upon the world, but the time has finally arrived. This November, Nuclear Blast Records proudly presents the triumphant return of the unconquerable SADUS with their sixth full-length studio album, titled The Shadow Inside.

Adorned with the compelling artwork of Travis Smith, the album cover depicts an all-consuming demon of the cosmos fiercely enveloping a tortured soul beneath, perfectly encapsulating the vision and duality that the songs on this record deliver. Founder and drummer Jon Allen shares his excitement about working with Travis once again, reminiscing about their collaboration on Elements of Anger. He points out that several tracks on the new album, such as ‘The Devil In Me’ and ‘The Shadow Inside,’ revolve around the idea of an internal entity constantly pushing us. At times, one might find themselves at the edge of reason, attributing their actions to the shadow within, an external force they blame for their choices. While not a concept album per-se, every song deals with life decisions and the importance of taking responsibility for one’s actions to unlock the best life has to offer. The track ‘The Shadow Inside’ boasts a heavier and slower tone, with a touch of classic, gut-wrenching grind, creating a fitting climax to the album.

A formidable darkness flows through tracks like ‘Anarchy’. Evidently influenced by the tumultuous post-Covid times of mass hysteria, looting, and general loss of control, the melody reflects this chaotic environment. Allen describes the track as “more straightforward and in-your-face, hitting listeners right in the gut. “Despite the intensity, SADUS manages to retain their signature death/thrash blend, staying true to their old-school roots. The aggression remains palpable, allowing their music to speak for itself with raw, unapologetic power.

‘Scorched and Burnt’ follows suit, with its steady beat and chaotic vocals seamlessly intertwining with blistering guitar work. The track gradually transitions into an impassioned melody, igniting a fiery explosion as the song nears its conclusion. Although inspired by the literal wildfires that plagued California during its creation, ‘Scorched and Burnt’ delves deeper into the idea that individuals often feel like someone or something is constantly out to get them. Yet, in the end, the song urges unity, recognizing that every action, even in chaos, ripples through the lives of others.

The process of creating The Shadow Inside was unhurried and unencumbered by unnecessary roadblocks. SADUS allowed their creativity to flow naturally, collecting riffs and writing together in person.The band took their time, nurturing and developing their musical ideas until they evolved into the powerful tracks we hear today. Allen emphasizes that their drama-free and family-oriented approach to making music is one of the reasons their sound speaks so powerfully to their fans. Collaborating with Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios added another layer of refinement to the album, as his expertise in death metal played a vital role in shaping its overall sound.

All that being said, SADUS is not a band that simply stands apart from the crowd for the sake of being different. They stand tall, unswayed by mass hysteria and media influences, choosing to make their own decisions and encourage others to do the same. In a world filled with disinformation and false flags, they emphasize the importance of being smart, using common sense, thinking for ourselves, and remaining aware of our surroundings.

As November approaches, the anticipation for The Shadow Inside is sure to grow. With their uncompromising vision, SADUS continues to stand as a beacon of authenticity and integrity within the heavy metal community, forever forging their path in the ever-evolving landscape of music.

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CELESTE – Release Video For ‘Plisse Les Yeux Jusqu’au Sang’ Plus New EP “Epilogue(s)” Out Now!

Photo Credit: Xavier Metral
CELESTE is:
Johan Girardeau – Vocals & Bass
Guillaume Rieth – Guitar
Antoine Royer – Drums
Sébastien Ducotte – Guitar

French extreme metal avant-gardists CELESTE have released a video for the song ‘Plisse les yeux jusqu’au sang‘ from their new EP, Epilogue(s), which is out today through Nuclear Blast Records.

The EP features three exclusive bonus tracks from their most recent album, Assassine(s) (2022). Epilogue(s) beautifully concludes the transformative journey CELESTEembarked upon two years ago. Pushing the boundaries of heavy music once again, CELESTEdelivers a sonic tapestry of stunning diversity, immersing listeners in a realm where ethereal melodies meet raw power. Prepare to be captivated as the band’s artistic vision reaches its pinnacle, leaving an indelible mark on your musical soul.

And now embark on a spellbinding cinematic journey with the vdeo for ‘Plisse les yeux jusqu’au sang‘, a song which sees CELESTEcombine hauntingly melodic textures with probably their heaviest riffs to date.

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘PLISSE LES YEUX JUSQU’AU SANG’ HERE:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XZB0gK3Veg

PURCHASE OR LISTEN TO THE NEW EP EPILOGUE(S):
https://celeste.bfan.link/epilogue-s

CELESTE – EPILOGUE(S)
OUT: 17 November 2023

01. Il Se Vide Lentement
02. Plisse Les Yeux Jusqu’au Sang
03. With Idle Hands

Available Formats:
Digital Album
LP (Black & White Marbled)

MORE FROM EPILOGUE(S):

WATCH ‘IL SE VIDE LENTEMENT’ (OFFICIAL VIDEO):

https://youtu.be/XTWUnu4X9cI

WATCH ‘WITH IDLE HANDS’ (OFFICIAL VIDEO):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XZB0gK3VegAbout CELESTE:

Having played more than 500 shows around the world, including appearances at several prestigious extreme music festivals, theaters and venues (Hellfest, Roskilde, Copenhell, SummerBreeze, Brutal Assault, Roadburn, Psycho Las Vegas…), with one EP and six albums under their belt, CELESTE have succeeded in creating their own musical atmosphere and are today considered to be one of the most important bands of the “French Avant-Garde Black-Metal” scene.

For 15 years, this French metal band has crafted a hybrid sound that defies easy categorization but remains unmistakable. By skillfully blending elements of black metal, post-metal, and hardcore, CELESTE has created a singular and immersive musical experience, characterized by its violence, oppressiveness, and darkness.

While CELESTE is renowned for their musical prowess, their live shows are equally famous for their apocalyptic and suffocating experiences. Immersed in complete darkness and thick smoke, the audience relies on strobe flashes and the red beams of the musicians’ headlamps for guidance.

This band has become one of the defining groups of their generation. Cult favorites for a notoriously picky group of fans, it’s easy to see why CELESTE are viewed as some of the best out there right now” METAL INJECTIONRevisit CELESTE‘s most recent album, ASSASSINE(S):
https://celeste.bfan.link/assassine-s

Check out the previously released music videos from ASSASSINE(S), here:

‘Nonchalantes De Beauté’: https://youtu.be/FQhZQdA2OTA
(A): https://youtu.be/gAsZZnxCzug
Des Torrents De Coups‘: https://youtu.be/WmRIfUw1ymo
De Tes Yeux Bleux Perlés‘: https://youtu.be/3Gz9o8lrmtI
Le Coeur Noir Charbon‘: https://youtu.be/sJn1YitKn_s
Elle répète froidement‘ : https://youtu.be/fJZz7Z4rdys

CELESTE Live 2024:

23.02. FR Lyon – Marché Gare

… more dates to be announced soon

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Season of Mist Partner w/ Nonprofit ft. Megadeth, Sepultura, Obituary And Other Legends Of Metal To Support Forests in Costa Rica.

Season of Mist is partnering with the musicians of Savage Lands. Through this partnership, we’ll bang our heads together with members of Megadeth, Sepultura, Obituary and other legends of metal to support forests in Costa Rica. This is the first time a record label will be partnering & releasing the music of a non-profit organization.

*Listening to Savage Lands is already donating directly to this forest preservation effort.*

Watch the video for “The Last Howl”: https://youtu.be/yrnm6pNdBFI


More music is coming from Savage Lands next year. In the meantime, please share the news about “The Last Howl”, along with information about how the metal community can support this cause.

After seeing first-hand how deforestation threatens Costa Rica’s ecosystem, two angry metalheads started their own non-profit organization. Named after their joint passion for savage heavy metal and wildlife preservation, SAVAGE LANDS was founded in 2022 by Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren and musician-turned-activist Sylvain Demercastel, who’s a resident of Costa Rico.

“Hearing the chainsaw on a daily basis, because of a recent real estate fever destroying Costa Rica’s ecosystem, we thought it was time to start a new type of action”, says Sylvain. “We are reaching out to this great active community of metalheads.”

Today, SAVAGE LANDS are debuting their first single. “The Last Howl” features Andres Kisser (Sepultura) and John Tardy (Obituary). 100% of the song’s royalties will go toward protecting threatened lands from deforestation.

Listening is already donating directly to the forest preservation effort. An extra step can always be taken by directly donating to the cause through: https://savagelands.org/donation/

Learn more about Savage Lands
https://savagelands.org/

Lineup
Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth) – Drums
Sylvain Demercastel – Guitar
Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) – Guitar
John Tardy (Obituary) – Vocals
Poun (Black Bomb A) – Vocals
Etienne Treton (Black Bomb A) – Bass

Recording
Savage Lands / Adair Daufembach / John Tardy / Andreas Kisser / Steeven Corsini

Production
Savage Lands

Mixing & Mastering
HK – Vamacara Studio

Donate: https://savagelands.org/donation/

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Metal Blade Records to Release 2 Different Versions of Slayer’s “Show No Mercy” on Vinyl in Celebration of the Album’s 40th Anniversary

February 16, 2024

Formed in 1981, Slayer assaulted the world with a new hybrid of metal and punk – heavier, faster and darker than the rest – and set a new standard, defining not only a genre, but an attitude. Throughout Slayer‘s history, the band never faltered in unleashing their extreme and focused aural assault, and repudiating temptations, Slayer always chose to remain crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream.

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, Show No Mercy is the debut studio album by American thrash metal masters, Slayer. The album was initially released on December 3, 1983, by Metal Blade Records, who, in honor of Show No Mercy‘s 40th anniversary, will be unleashing two unique pieces of vinyl for fans: A limited edition “Blood” filled liquid vinyl – limited to 250 worldwide, and the Show No Mercy (40th Anniversary Edition) vinyl set that includes a Gold Black Dust LP mastered for vinyl from the original master tapes by Patrick W. Engel at TEMPLE OF DISHARMONY, a slipmat, poster, show flyers, signing card, and an LP booklet featuring the story of Show No Mercy, written by J. Bennett.

PRE-ORDER HERE

Show No Mercy (40th Anniversary Edition)
• Slipcase with gold hot-foil embossing
• Gold Black Dust LP mastered for vinyl from the original master tapes by Patrick W. Engel at TEMPLE OF DISHARMONY in May 2023
• 12″ LP booklet
• Slipmat
• Poster
• Show flyers
• Signing card

Show No Mercy “Blood” Filled Liquid Vinyl:
• Blood filled liquid vinyl mastered for vinyl from the original master tapes by Patrick W. Engel at TEMPLE OF DISHARMONY in May 2023
• Limited to 250 copies worldwide!

Tracklisting:
SIDE A
01. Evil Has No Boundaries
02. The Antichrist
03. Die by the Sword
04. Fight Till Death
05. Metal Storm / Face the Slayer

SIDE B
06. Black Magic
07. Tormentor
08. The Final Command
09. Crionics
10. Show No Mercy

Album Lineup:
Tom Araya: vocals, bass
Kerry King: guitars
Jeff Hanneman: guitars
Dave Lomabardo: drums

Slayer Online:
https://www.slayer.net
https://www.facebook.com/slayer
https://twitter.com/Slayer
https://www.instagram.com/slayerbandofficial
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Whitechapel Announce New Live Album – “Live In The Valley” – Out January 26th!

Photo by Stephanie Cabral

Whitechapel is:
Vocals: Phil Bozeman
Lead Guitar: Ben Savage
Rhythm Guitar: Alex Wade
Guitar: Zach Householder
Bass: Gabe Crisp

Live video for “Lost Boy” now available

Watch/Listen to ‘Lost Boy’ HERE!

Whitechapel has announced a new live album, Live In The Valley, which will be released digitally on January 26, 2024 across all digital platforms. The album contains songs from the albums “Kin” and “The Valley” and was recorded live at the band’s 7th annual Christmas Benefit Show on December 22, 2022 at The Mill & Mine in their hometown of Knoxville, TN.

Here’s what guitarist Alex Wade had to say about Live In The Valley:
We decided to record the audio from our 7th annual hometown Christmas benefit show in 2022 where we played a mixed set from our albums ‘The Valley’ and ‘Kin’. We thought this would be a good way to close the chapter on these albums before we start recording our 9th album. The audio was recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered by our very own Zach Householder and we are excited about the way that it turned out. Along with the audio we shot 2 live videos to accompany the live album release.”

Check out a live video for the track “Lost Boy” off the upcoming live album that was created by Marshall Wieczorek HERE.

Track Listing:
01. When a Demon Defiles a Witch
02. Forgiveness Is Weakness
03. Brimstone
04. Hickory Creek
05. Black Bear
06. Doom Woods
07. I Will Find You
08. A Bloodsoaked Symphony
09. Anticure
10. Lost Boy
11. Orphan
12. This Is Exile
13. The Saw Is the Law

Pre-orders for Live In The Valley are now available at: metalblade.com/whitechapel

*Fans purchasing a digital copy of the album will receive a download of the single “Lost Boy” at time of purchase

Whitechapel is currently preparing to hit the road for their last tour of the year, taking to the stage with Meshuggah and In Flames for four weeks including a pair of headline shows. The band will then head home where they will headline their 8th annual Christmas Benefit Show at The Mill & The Mine, marking the band’s final show of 2023. Catch the band live at one of the dates below!

WHITECHAPEL
Tour with MESHUGGAH & IN FLAMES
11-21 San Diego, CA – SOMA
11-22 Wheatland, CA – Hard Rock Live Sacramento
11-24 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
11-25 Vancouver, BC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
11-27 Edmonton, AB – Midway Music Hall
11-28 Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Event Centre
11-30 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
12-01 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore Minneapolis presented by Affinity Plus
12-02 Madison, WI – The Sylvee
12-03 Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live at 20 Monroe
12-05 Gary, IN – The Hard Rock Live Northern Indiana
12-06 Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady Music Center
12-07 Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works *Headline show w/ special guests (tickets HERE)
12-08 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
12-09 Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
12-10 Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
12-12 Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale Theater
12-13 Syracuse, NY – The Song & Dance *Headline show w/ A Fitting Revenge & Quantifier (tickets HERE)
12-14 Bethlehem, PA – Wind Creek Event Center
12-15 Toronto, ON – HISTORY
12-16 Laval, QC – Place Bell **w/ Meshuggah, In Flames, and Voivod
Tour over
12-22 Knoxville, TN – Holiday Show at The Mill & The Mine (tickets HERE)

About the band:
At this stage in the game, the name Whitechapel commands respect. Already sitting on one of the most enviable catalogs in contemporary metal, in 2019 they dropped The Valley, showcasing a confident evolution in their sound and standing as a true landmark release that sets a new standard for the genre. “To me, it was like the stars aligning for us to create our almost perfect record in regard to songwriting, vocal performance, the mix and master, and the artwork,” says guitarist Alex Wade. “We like to look at our albums as chapters of our career, and that is one chapter I will never forget. I think it really solidified that we can embrace a new sound, and if we execute it properly, then the fanbase is going to support and enjoy it.” In 2021, they return with that album’s successor, the mighty Kin, which is an even more dynamic and diverse collection, further advancing the band’s sound into new territory without losing sight of what brought them to this point. “I feel with every album, we learn what worked best on the last one and try to utilize that in our writing. Early in the writing, there was some discussion of the album being like ‘The Valley’ part II, not literally called that, but in how the songs sound and flow through it. It’s very much a storytelling type record like ‘The Valley’ was,” adds vocalist Phil Bozeman, “Musically, we just want to create what we vibe with at the given moment. We write music with how we feel and not what is expected of us, while lyrically the idea of continuing from the story of ‘The Valley’ was always the goal.”

For a generation of fans, Whitechapel are the most legitimately brutal band of the deathcore movement” – Kerrang!

Their music attacks from the first track, and they draw you in, commanding your attention with their performance and presence. This is how I’ve always felt about Whitechapel” – Metal Nation

Whitechapel has certainly become, in my opinion, one of the more unique metal bands still making music today” – Metal Injection

Find Online:
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https://twitter.com/whitechapelband
https://www.instagram.com/whitechapelband
https://www.youtube.com/WhitechapelTV

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ALESTORM Announces North American Headline Tour for Spring 2024!

Photo Credit: Péter Lerch

ALESTORM are:
Christopher Bowes – vocals, keytar
Gareth Murdock – bass
Mate Bodor – guitar
Peter Alcorn – drums
Elliot Vernon – keyboard

ALESTORM Announces North American Headline Tour for Spring 2024!

New EP, Voyage of the Dead Marauder, Announced – Stay Tuned for More Details!

Infamous metal pirates ALESTORM are set to return with another batch of mischief! Today, ALESTORM announces their “Tour Of The Dead Marauder” North American headline tour, kicking off in Cincinnati, OH on March 19, 2024. The month-long tour will feature support from Elvenking and Glyph, with venues to be announced soon. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 17 at 10:00 AM local time – get yours soon before they are gone!

But that’s not all! Later that same week, they will release their new EP, entitled Voyage of the Dead Marauder, out March 22, 2024 via Napalm Records! The upcoming EP arrives as the successor to ALESTORM‘s epic seventh studio album, Seventh Run of a Seventh Rum, which peaked at #7 on the German Album charts and #5 on both the US Current Hard Music and Top New Artist Albums charts. Once more, ALESTORMcollaborated with producer Lasse Lammert (LSD-Studios), who produced, recorded, mixed and mastered the new EP and is known for his work with fellow genre greats Gloryhammer and Wind Rose.

The pirates are currently supporting Saltatio Mortis on their tour of Europe. Make sure to grab your tickets while they last and stay tuned for the first new Voyage of the Dead Marauder singles and pre-sale news!

Chris Bowes comments:
“I am reliably informed that Canada and the USA are countries, so it only seems fitting that we play a few shows there. We’ll even play some new songs, as an inevitable consequence of releasing a new EP. We hope you enjoy it; it’ll be very awkward for all parties involved if you don’t. See you there!”

Voyage of the Dead Marauder Tracklisting:
1. Voyage of the Dead Marauder
2. Uzbekistan
3. The Last Saskatchewan Pirate
4. Sea Shanty 2
5. Cock

ALESTORM Live 2023
supporting Saltatio Mortis
15.11.23 CR – Zagreb / Boogaloo
17.11.23 DE – Geiselwind / Eventhalle
18.11.23 DE – München / Zenith
19.11.23 AT – Vienna / Gasometer
21.11.23 DK – Aarhus / Voxhall
22.11.23 DE – Hamburg / Sporthalle
23.11.23 CZ – Prague / Roxy
24.11.23 DE – Ludwigsburg / MHP Arena
25.11.23 DE – Bochum / Ruhrcongress
26.11.23 BE – Liege / OM
28.11.23 FR – Lille / Splendid
29.11.23 FR – Meth / BAM
01.12.23 DE – Hannover / Swiss Life Hall
02.12.23 CH – Zurich / X-Tra
03.12.23 NL – Eindhoven / Effenaar


ALESTORM Live 2024
“Tour Of The Dead Marauder”
w/ Elvenking & Glyph
19.03.24 US – Cincinnati, OH
20.03.24 US – Grand Rapids, MI
22.03.24 CA – Toronto, ON
23.03.24 CA – Montreal, QC
24.03.24 US – New Haven, CT
26.03.24 US – Pittsburgh, PA
27.03.24 US – Detroit, MI
29.03.24 US – Milwaukee, WI
30.03.24 US – Omaha, NE
02.04.24 CA – Winnipeg, MB
03.04.24 CA – Saskatoon, SK
05.04.24 CA – Edmonton, AB
06.04.24 CA – Calgary, AB
08.04.24 CA – Vancouver, BC
09.04.23 US – Spokane, WA
10.04.24 US – Boise, ID
12.04.24 US – Sacramento, CA
13.04.24 US – Santa Ana, CA
15.04.24 US – Tucson, AZ
16.04.24 US – Albuquerque, NM
18.04.24 US – Oklahoma City, OK
19.04.24 US – St. Louis, MO
20.04.24 US – Indianapolis, IN
21.04.24 US – Nashville, TN

ALESTORM online:
WEBSITE
FACEBOOK
INSTAGRAM
NAPALM RECORDS

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CATTLE DECAPITATION To Kick Off North American Headlining Tour This Friday!

CATTLE DECAPITATION:
Travis Ryan – vocals
Josh Elmore – lead guitar
Belisario Dimuzio – rhythm guitar
Olivier Pinard – bass
David McGraw – drums

Long-running San Diego, California-based deathgrind summoners CATTLE DECAPITATION will kick off their Terrasitic Infestation North American headlining tour Friday November 10th in Ventura, California. The journey will make its way through over two-dozen cities, coming to a close on December 16th on the band’s home turf of San Diego, California. Support will be provided by Immolation, Sanguisugabogg, and Castrator. Tickets are on sale now at https://tix.soundrink.com/tours/cattle-decapitation. See all confirmed dates below.

CATTLE DECAPITATION w/ Immolation, Sanguisugabogg, Castrator:
11/10/2023 Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA
11/11/2023 The Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
11/12/2023 Rock House Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX
11/14/2023 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
11/15/2023 Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
11/16/2023 Vibes Event Center – San Antonio, TX
11/18/2023 Chelsea’s Live – Baton Rouge, LA
11/20/2023 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA * No Immolation
11/21/2023 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
11/22/2023 The Abbey – Orlando, FL
11/24/2023 Hanger 1819 – Greensboro, NC
11/25/2023 Peabody’s Nightclub – Virginia Beach, VA
11/27/2023 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
11/28/2023 Brooklyn Bowl – Philadelphia, PA
11/29/2023 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
11/30/2023 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY
12/01/2023 Beanfield Theatre – Montreal, QC
12/02/2023 Opera House – Toronto, ON
12/04/2023 St Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
12/05/2023 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
12/06/2023 Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN
12/08/2023 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
12/09/2023 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
12/10/2023 The Shredder – Boise, ID
12/11/2023 The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
12/12/2023 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
12/14/2023 Goldfield Trading Post – Roseville, CA
12/15/2023 The Belasco – Los Angeles, CA
12/16/2023 Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA

CATTLE DECAPITATION released their tenth studio album, Terrasite, on May 12th via Metal Blade Records.

Though many bands have tried, no one articulates the real apocalypse humanity is facing as vividly and succinctly as CATTLE DECAPITATION. With 2019’s Death Atlas, they reached the apex of this, perhaps leading some to believe they had no place left to go beyond such an achievement, but alas, they return with Terrasite, which is as bold a statement as they have ever made.

“After a record like Death Atlas, you have to make a turn,” notes guitarist Josh Elmore. “Everything about that album – the concept, artwork, music, etc, was a final statement. The only way to move forward is rebirth. In approaching the newest record, it was not only necessary to keep the musical trajectory the band has been aiming towards since the beginning, but also to further explore the ambient/textural elements that were part of Death Atlas.”

As such, Terrasite pushes their sound further into more epic and varied territory, and in the hands of vocalist Travis Ryan the governing concept takes a new and disturbing direction. “I wanted to do the 180° opposite of Death Atlas. I already had the concept idea from years back and since Death Atlas was so dark and brooding, I wanted a completely opposite effect – I wanted this to take place in the daylight. I’ve always found daytime horror to be really unsettling so I wanted to make sure what was going on on the cover took place in the light of day, which also finds its place within the lyrics.”

The title is a word invented by Ryan that brings together “Terra-” meaning “earth” and “-site” derived from the Greek word “-sitos” which means “food.” “The combination of the two means ‘earth-eater.’ It’s a metaphor for humanity’s role in the destruction of the planet and is a play-on-words of the very fitting word ‘parasite.'”

This is vividly brought to life in the artwork by longtime collaborator Wes Benscoter (Vader, Kreator, Bloodbath, Hypocrisy). “We see the nymph stage of this human/cockroach hybrid that is more of a fully grown being that has just molted from its ootheca stage, startled, confused, frightened but also pissed off.

The band once again worked with producer Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Allegaeon), who knows the members’ individual styles and how to coax the best out of them, bringing in Tony Parker of Midnight Odyssey to handle piano and synths.

Terrasite is available as a jewel case CD, digitally, and on vinyl in the following color variants:

– “The Fleshy Architect” Orange/Peach Marble vinyl (US exclusive)
– “Hadean Eon” Orange Blend vinyl (US exclusive)
– “Gomorrah’s Flora” Green Blend vinyl (US exclusive)
– “Winds Of Solastalgia” Purple Blend vinyl (US exclusive)
– 180g Black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– “Pupa To A Nymph” LP1: Black Ash Smoke vinyl – LP2: Transp. Skin Marble vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 700 copies)
– “Irradiated Alight” Sunset Marble vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– “Living Death Spirituality” White w/ Purple Splatter vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– “Terrasitic Jizzplosion” Clear w/ Gold Splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– “Life Finds A Way” Clear w/ Green + Purple Splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)

Find Terrasite ordering options at:metalblade.com/cattledecapitation.

“…a document that encapsulates a specific moment, an artifact that is etched with disdain and steeped in the loss of friends… it speaks to the depth and musical appetite that has been growing in the band’s ranks for over a decade. Terrasite is the next important step for a consistently excellent band…” – Decibel Magazine

“Since their early 2000s classics like To Serve Man and Humanure, the group have only gotten more extreme and unique doling out late-career highlights like 2012’s Monolith Of Inhumanity and this year’s Terrasite. Congrats, boys.” – Revolver’s Top Six Death Metal Band’s Right Now

“…another absolutely stellar release from these guys with lyrics and themes that represent the apex of today’s extreme music.” – Metal Injection

“…a powerful and important album. It is a must-listen for fans of extreme metal, and it is also a great album for anyone who cares about the future of our planet.” – MetalSucks

From total annihilation to rebirth, “Terrasite” takes you on a journey from anthropogenic ecocide, (Death Atlas) to a new beginning, (Terrasite). What sets Terrasite apart from the bands other works is the emphasis on melodic atmospheric sound while perduring incontrovertible savagery. Metal Lair

“They’ve evolved from a grind band into something even more maniacal with this album; a true and brilliantly executed hybrid of heavy death metal, brutal grind and lyrical terror.” – Lambgoat

“…a phenomenal album that’s well worth the time of extreme metal fans who want to hear a band perpetually push itself.” – Blabbermouth

“…a brutal and uncompromising display of technical deathgrind. The band have been steadily pushing the boundaries of the genre for over 25 years, and this album is no exception.” – Invisible Oranges

“The collective musicians in CATTLE DECAPITATIONshow their chemistry in full power on Terrasite. The cadence and enunciation by vocalist Travis Ryan along with the varied rhythms from drummer David McGraw are especially fascinating to me as a longtime drummer that also tries to sing occasionally… Anyone who still tries to diminish or discount death metal as a genre with defined musical parameters can quickly have that mindset destroyed with only a few minutes of listening to this record.” – No Echo

CATTLE DECAPITATION willingly wallow in the worst offerings of humanity (and whatever follows us). It makes their music sicker, slimier, and weaponized for pushing back against the same injustices and ills we propagate. As such, Terrasite is a brutal exercise in knowing your enemy – it just so happens the enemy is yourself.” – Everything Is Noise

“The band’s prior work gazed upon the futility of mankind’s ability to change its nature; Terrasite boldly suggests something else entirely: the horror of existence itself. Album Of The Year contender, without a doubt.” – The Razor’s Edge

“Terrasite improves upon Death Atlas in a multitude of ways giving us aggressively emotional melodeathgrind forcing upon us their message of anti-consumption and anti-violence in the most violently cathartic of ways! The best record since The Anthropocene Extinction, maybe their best yet!” – Metal Wani

“Terrasite… confirms their status as unshakeable gods of the scene… a phenomenal death/grind album in its own right. Not one moment of tedium or insincerity, just fifty minutes of excitement and the highest quality musicianship.” – Metal Observer

“Terrasite seethes with unbridled fury and abject hostility. If you like your deathgrind/goregrind/grindcore to be one-dimensional, atonal noise where pigs die squealing in their caves for no longer than a minute at a time then you’re in the wrong place. However, if you want growth, exploration, and mutation then look no further. Terrasite is a fucking monster.” – Ghost Cult

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DOMINATION CAMPAIGN announce second album, ‘A Storm of Steel’; New single and music video, ‘The Iron Beast’, out now

DOMINATION CAMPAIGN is:
Jason Peppiatt – Vocals, bass, guitar
Joe Haley – Drums, recording, mixing, mastering

Tasmania, Australia old school death metal duo DOMINATION CAMPAIGNhas today announced their sophomore album, A Storm of Steel, which will be released via Prosthetic Records on January 12. Comprised of Psycroptic pair Jason Peppiatt and Joe Haley, DOMINATION CAMPAIGN has also shared the lead single and accompanying music video, The Iron Beast.

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR
THE IRON BEASTBELOW.

Stream The Iron Beast via Apple Music, TIDAL, Deezer, Bandcampand Spotify
Pre-order A Storm of Steel here.

Speaking on the album announcement, Jason Peppiatt (vocals, bass, guitar) comments: “We’ve been sitting on this album for a while now so it’s great to finally be able to announce A Storm of Steel – which will be kicking off our 2024 with a bang. I’ve been obsessed with old school death metal since the time when it was new enough to simply be called ‘death metal’.”

Speaking on The Iron Beast, Peppiatt shares: “This album has a touch more melody than the debut and that can be heard in the first single, The Iron Beast, which is one of the faster paced tracks on the album. The track tells the grim (fictional) tale of an army marching on a European town, and sets the tone for the rest of the album.”

Having enlisted Psycroptic bandmate Joe Haley for 2021 debut, Onward To Glory, the winning formula was retained when work began on A Storm of Steel. Jason laid down vocals, bass and guitar tracks, whilst Joe took care of drums, recording, mixing and mastering. Whilst they’ve not strayed too far from the core death metal sensibilities of their first ride out, A Storm of Steel is a more melodic affair featuring guitar harmonies (and even a guitar solo), whilst simultaneously being heavier overall.

Lyrically the album is inspired by tales of war, but unlike other bombastic war-themed albums out there, DOMINATION CAMPAIGN don’t seek to glorify battle. Instead they depict the atrocities experienced – both on a grand scale and the more personal, intimate terror of conflict. The artwork by Peppiatt continues this theme, bringing a visual element to the dirty, gritty reality of life in the trenches.

Uniting old school death metal values with modern production, DOMINATION CAMPAIGN have crafted an eight-track heavy metal odyssey that follows in the footsteps of the likes of Bolt Thrower, Sinister and Deicide. With more than two decades of experience under their belts, DOMINATION CAMPAIGN have refined the art of bringing fetid tales to life in the great tradition of death metal.

A Storm of Steel tracklist:
1. Time to Die
2. The Iron Beast
3. Winds of Death
4. D-Day
5. Storm the Lines
6. Pit of Disease
7. 141 Days of Terror
8. Death Landing

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BLEED FROM WITHIN ‘Shrine Deluxe Edition’ Is Out Now Plus Band Release Lyric Video For New Single ‘Overthrone’

Bleed From Within are:
Scott Kennedy – Vocals
Craig Gowans – Lead Guitar
Steven Jones – Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
David Provan – Bass
Ali Richardson – Drums

Bleed From Within have had an extraordinary year. They’ve just stepped off of the Lamb Of God Headbangers Boat cruise, following on from a colossal summer run which took in both headline shows, performances with Heaven Shall Burn and festival appearances at the likes of Brutal Assault (Czech Republic), Summer Breeze (Germany) and Alcatraz(Belgium), finishing up with a 13-date tour supporting Trivium across the UK. This was all on top of a hugely successful debut American tour earlier this year with August Burns Red and The Devil Wears Prada.

To celebrate this exceptional year, Bleed From Within have released their Shrine Deluxe Edition today, alongside a new single titled ‘Overthrone‘, which is accompanied by a lyric video.

Their stunning latest studio album Shrinewas released in the summer 2022, marking the band’s most groundbreaking work to date and staking out Bleed From Within‘s bold intent. The Scottish 5-piece claiming their position as the most exciting prospect in modern metal.

Steven Jones from the band stated,
”Upon releasing ‘Shrine’ in June 2022, it’s safe to say that none of us expected what the following months would bring. It’s been a hell of a year, with our most rigorous touring schedule yet putting us in places we’ve dreamed of since we started the band. This era of Bleed From Within is something we have worked so hard toward, and in this moment we are extremely grateful to all those who have made it possible. To all of our fans who fill the rooms and sing the words, to the team behind the scenes who keep the cogs moving on tour, in the studio, and everywhere between, and to the creative minds that help us bring our music to life – thank you. 17 months since its original release, we are so proud to now present this limited and deluxe edition of ‘Shrine’, featuring all of the songs that were recorded during the sessions. Here’s to the months and years ahead!”

Watch the ‘Overthrone‘ lyric video here: https://youtu.be/BfauvGS5FaU
Stream/order the Shrine Deluxe Edition here: https://bleedfromwithin.bfan.link/shrine-deluxe.ema

Shrine Deluxe Edition tracklisting

01. I Am Damnation
02. Sovereign
03. Levitate
04. Flesh And Stone
05. Invisible Enemy
06. Skye
07. Stand Down
08. Death Defined
09. Shapeshifter
10. Temple Of Lunacy
11. Killing Time
12. Paradise
13. The Will To Resist *Bonus Track*
14. Overthrone *Bonus Track*
15. Chemical Carnival *Bonus Track*

Bleed From Within have already announced some 2024 summer festival shows, which are:

Bleed From Within Summer 2024
14-16.06 UK – Download Festival, Donington
21-23.06 DE – With Full Force, Gräfenhainichen
27-29.06 NL – Jera On Air, Ysselsteyn

Watch the visualizer for ‘The Will to Resist‘, also taken from the Shrine Deluxe Edition: https://youtu.be/YqKPB4bvyL8

Bleed From Within released their stunning studio album Shrine in June 2022. It was the most fiercely anticipated record of their career, and their most groundbreaking work to date.

More from Shrine:
Temple Of Lunacy‘ visualizer: https://youtu.be/dB4arT5XN_Y
Flesh And Stone’ official music video: https://youtu.be/NF6tw5XQFSM
‘Stand Down’ official music video: https://youtu.be/kJDMOvGYVqE
‘Levitate’ official music video: https://youtu.be/BGKS3mW2XPM
‘I Am Damnation‘ official music video: https://youtu.be/swF5fiPdONo

Shrine was recorded at Real World Studios and at Bleed From Within‘s HQ, UK. The record was self-produced. Mixing was handled by Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood and Sebastian Sendon, with drum engineering handled by Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood, guitar, bass and vocal engineering by Steven Jones, additional production by Jamie Finch, string composition by Simon Dobson and Parallax Orchestra, strings engineered by Peter Miles at Middle Farm Studios, and additional backing vocals by Hannah Boulton on the tracks ‘Flesh & Stone‘ and ‘Paradise‘. TheShrine artwork was created by David Provan, with layout by Simon Atkinson.

Bleed From Within have been to hell and back, but they are no strangers to enduring hardship. When a global pandemic threatened to shut down their plans, the Glaswegians collectively raised five middle fingers and pressed on. It’s no surprise that this unstoppable riff machine continues to crush forward at such a frantic pace – there’s no putting the breaks on the heaviest band to ever emerge from Scotland.

The band’s reputation as one of the most formidable forces in modern metal has earned them tour slots with Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Testament and Heaven Shall Burn, to name just a few. 2021 saw them dominate the UK live scene; selling out their largest ever headline tour in November, capturing hearts on Bullet For My Valentine‘s arena tour, slay a Lamb Of Godlivestream support slot, alongside (literally) blazing performances at Download Festival andBloodstock Festival.

Shrine has taken the most graft to put together of any record in their catalog, challenging their self-perception on both personal and technical levels – the culmination of two years hard work that embodies their artistic might. Armed with the learnings of evolving their sound over the last decade without ever losing sight of their DIY roots, this is Bleed From Within at their very best. There’s no denying the band’s inevitable next steps are world domination, with Shrine a turning point moment.