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


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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

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
Cowboys From Hell


Signs of the Swarm announces North American headlining tour with Cane Hill, Ov Sulfur, 156/Silence, A Wake In Providence

Photo Credit: Kyle Hines

This August/September, Pittsburgh deathcore unit Signs of the Swarm will headline North America both in celebration of a decade as a band and for the first time properly within that timeframe. In tow will be nu metalcore trailblazers Cane Hill, fast-rising blackened deathcore blasphemers Ov Sulfur (fronted by Ricky Hoover, formerly of Suffokate), nu metallic hardcore moshers 156/Silence and eldritch blackened deathcore ghouls A Wake In Providence, who add a more gothic take on the genre.

“TEN YEARS of relentless dedication, 5 albums and nearly 1,000 performances later, we are thrilled to bring you an explosive celebration for a decade of the band’s survival; our first ever proper North America headline tour will be the DECADE OF THE SWARM,” comments drummer Bobby Crow. “We are preparing a career-spanning set list and top notch production alongside some of our best friends that we’ve made over the years.

“On a personal note, I’ve spent more than 1/3rd of my life creating and performing music with Signs of the Swarm, and I’ve never been more grateful to be a part of this journey than I am right now. 

“So come and join us on our crusade across North America for a night of heavy music, built from the ground up, for the fans.”

See below for all dates; tickets will go on sale Thursday, May 30th at 11AM ET via: A VIP upgrade will be available for purchase soon, with details as follows:

1) A game of Signs of the SwarmPictionary with the band (your art may be included on an exclusive shirt featuring your versions of our songs) 

2) An opportunity to EAT THE SWARM (aka various flavors of edible crickets), with one cricket for every ten attendees set as the GOLDEN CRICKET, which earns an upgrade from standard metal to gold-plated keychain

3) Signs of the Swarm logo keychain—literally made of metal

4) Commemorative sublimated lanyard, souvenir VIP laminate, double-sided sublimated drawstring bag and signed tour poster

Signs of the Swarm tour dates
w/ Cane Hill, Ov Sulfur, 156/Silence, A Wake In Providence
Aug. 29, 2024 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Aug. 30, 2024 – Brooklyn, NY – The Meadows
Aug. 31, 2024 – Montreal, QC – Théâtre Fairmount
Sept. 1, 2024 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Sept. 3, 2024 – Detroit, MI – The Sanctuary
Sept. 4, 2024 – Chicago, IL – WC Social Club
Sept. 5, 2024 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
Sept. 6, 2024 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Sept. 7, 2024 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Sept. 8, 2024 – Richland, WA – Ray’s Golden Lion
Sept. 10, 2024 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
Sept. 11, 2024 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Sept. 12, 2024 – Portland, OR – Dante’s
Sept. 13, 2024 – Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
Sept. 14, 2024 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
Sept. 16, 2024 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Sept. 17, 2024 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
Sept. 18, 2024 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
Sept. 19, 2024 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s
Sept. 20, 2024 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall
Sept. 21, 2024 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
Sept. 22, 2024 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Sept. 24, 2024 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell)
Sept. 25, 2024 – Greensboro, NC – Hangar 1819
Sept. 26, 2024 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
Sept. 27, 2024 – Pittsburgh, PA – Preserving
Sept. 28, 2024 – Lakewood, OH – The Winchester

Produced by Josh Schroeder (Lorna Shore, King 810, Tallah, Varials), Signs Of The Swarm’s latest release – Amongst the Low & Empty(2023) – is so destructively deafening, it blew out Schroeder’s subwoofer! “We’ve always been a deathcore band,” states Bobby Crow. “But this record is a lot MORE – it’s got death metal, metalcore, djent, some industrial stuff…We wanted to make something that was just heavy.” 

Purchase and stream Amongst the Low & Empty now here:

Signs Of The Swarm line-up:
Bobby Crow – Drums
David Simonich – Vocals
Carl Schulz – Guitars
Michael Cassese – Bass

Signes Of The Swarm Online:



Will Ramos of Lorna Shore and Nik Nocturnal have collaborated on a rendition of the death metal anthem “Hammer Smashed Face” by Cannibal Corpse. Ramos delivers a vocal performance that’s nothing short of breathtaking. The instrumental accompaniment, however, presents a conundrum. It oscillates between a loyal homage to the original and a venture into deathcore territory. Committing to either approach would have been remarkable, yet the fusion of both results in an unexpected, albeit intriguing, musical direction. Regardless, Ramos’ homage to the vintage vocal style of Chris Barnes is undeniably impressive. Give their unique take a listen!

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As I Lay Dying Release First Music in Five Years, Announce European Tour

AS I LAY DYING fans – the wait is finally over!

Well into their two-decade career and with seven albums under their belt, the Grammy nominated five piece metalcore unit is back with a bludgeoning, unmissable new anthem, “Burden”, out now via Napalm Records. Premiering with a high energy music video, “Burden” boasts gripping energy, charging in with the band’s trademark breakneck intensity, soaring choruses and ingenious guitar soloing.

This track is just a taste of what’s to come from the band’s next official release, and further bolsters the proven line-up of vocalist Tim Lambesis and guitarist Phil Sgrosso alongside recent newcomers Ryan Neff, Nick Pierce and Ken Susi. “Burden” was co-produced by Phil Sgrosso and Hiram Hernandez, mixed by Aaron Chaparian and mastered by Ted Jensen. 

The track release coincides with today’s announcement of AS I LAY DYING‘s 2024 European headline tour, beginning this fall! The “Through Storms Ahead Tour” kicks off on November 15, 2024 in Würzburg, Germany and will trek through several more countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Sweden and Norway, coming to an end on December 15 in Oberhausen, Germany. The tour will feature support from Caliban, Decapitated and Left to Suffer. Tickets for this unrelenting line-up go on sale this Friday, May 24 at 11:00AM CET – don’t miss your chance to witness these unforgettable performances. For tickets, merchandise and more information, visit

See below for the new music video, tour information and what the band has to say about both!

Watch the “Burden” Music Video

AS I LAY DYING’s Phil Sgrosso says about the track and video:

“It’s a pretty special moment for us to finally share some new music! ‘Burden’ was originally inspired by a guitar melody I wrote years ago on an old demo, thinking that it was lost for good in the demo abyss. It wasn’t until Tim dug it up and was inspired to shape a new song idea for it. The collaboration process with our co-producer Hiram Hernandez and new members brought new life to not only the song but the band as a whole, as we faced this new creative chapter together. Musically, we feel that ‘Burden’ represents a familiar part of our melodic history combined with a modern sense of energy and aggression. We really pushed ourselves to expand our musical capabilities in every department. We look forward to the addition of ‘Burden’ into our live show as well as introducing more music we’ve been working hard on over the past few years. Stay tuned.

It was a phenomenal experience working with Tom Flynn on the video for ‘Burden’. We were fans of his creative approach to modern music videos and could sense his high level of enthusiasm to deliver a video that would match the intensity of the song. He completely knocked it out of the park capturing the band performance and shaping a captivating concept which we will expand further into the release of our second single release…”

Sgrosso adds about the European tour:

“Europe has become a second home to us so we always look forward to returning for a ‘go big and go hard’ headline tour. Traveling alongside us will be Germany’s very own Caliban, Poland’s finest death metal legends Decapitated, and the pummeling Left to Suffer. Each show will be a night to celebrate heavy music with the fans, let’s make it a memorable one together.”

Stream & Download “Burden”

Single artwork by Corey Meyers

After headlining the 2024 IMPERICON FESTIVAL TOUR in six cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland earlier this year, AS I LAY DYING are pleased to unveil another European headline tour for November and December 2024.

After headlining the 2024 IMPERICON FESTIVAL TOUR in six cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland earlier this year, AS I LAY DYING are pleased to unveil another European headline tour for November and December 2024. They will be joined by label mates DECAPITATED as well as CALIBAN and LEFT TO DIECALIBAN will perform second to last at all shows in Germany, Austria and Switzerland while DECAPITATED will have the same billing for all other shows.

Tickets On Sale Now
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15.11.24  DE  Würzburg – Posthalle
16.11.24  CZ  Prague – Sasazu
18.11.24  SE  Gothenburg – Film Studios
19.11.24  NO  Oslo – Rockefeller
21.11.24  FI  Helsinki – Kulttuuritalo
23.11.24  SE  Stockholm – Fållan
24.11.24  DK  Copenhagen – Amager Bio
25.11.24  DE  Berlin – Huxleys 
26.11.24  PL  Warsaw – Progresja
27.11.24  HU  Budapest – Barba Negra
28.11.24  AT  Vienna – Gasometer
29.11.24  DE  Munich – Zenith
30.11.24  IT  Milan – Alcatraz
01.12.24  IT  Rome – Orion
03.12.24  CH  Zürich – Xtra
04.12.24  FR  Lyon – Transbordeur
05.12.24  ES  Barcelona – Razzmatazz
06.12.24  ES  Madrid – Riviera
08.12.24  FR  Paris – Trianon
09.12.24  DE  Saarbrücken – E-Werk
10.12.24  BE  Brussels – AB
11.12.24  NL  Amsterdam – Melkweg 
13.12.24  DE  Hamburg – Inselpark Arena
14.12.24  DE  Leipzig – Haus Auensee
15.12.24  DE  Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle


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Orbit Culture announces headline dates around Slipknot 25th Anniversary Tour -tickets on sale today!

Following their announcement of joining Slipknot on their “Here Comes The Pain” 25th Anniversary North American Tour, Swedish juggernauts Orbit Culture have also announced a headlining trek across North America with support by Thrown into Exile, Life Cycles, and Repentance on select shows. Tickets go on sale today (Friday, May 24th) at 10AM local time via:; see below for all dates!

Orbit Culture tour dates:
July 27, 2024 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction **
July 28, 2024 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Nile **
July 30, 2024 – Austin, TX @ Empire Garage ***
July 31, 2024 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live ***
Aug. 2, 2024 – Dallas, TX @ Studio At The Factory ***
Aug. 3, 2024 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Beer City Music Hall
Aug. 4, 2024 – St. Louis, MO @ Red Flag
Aug. 6, 2024 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Music Center *
Aug. 7, 2024 – Burgettstown, PA @ The Pavilion At Star Lake *
Aug. 9, 2024 – Baltimore, MD @ CFG Bank Arena *
Aug. 10, 2024 – Camden, NJ @ Freedom Mortgage Pavilion *
Aug. 12, 2024 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *
Aug. 14, 2024 – Gilford, NH @ Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion *
Aug. 15, 2024 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center*
Aug. 16, 2024 – Montreal, QC @ Theater Fairmount
Aug. 17, 2024 – Toronto, ON @ Scotibank Arena *
Aug. 19, 2024 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic ****
Aug. 20, 2024 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge ****
Aug. 21, 2024 – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
Aug. 22, 2024 – Denver, CO – @ Gothic
Aug. 24, 2024 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Aug. 26, 2024 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades **
* = w/ Slipknot, Knocked Loose
** = w/ Thrown into Exile
*** = w/ Life Cycles
**** = w/ Repentance

Orbit Culture online:

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Mayhem Festival Set To Announce Their Return Next Week

Rumors are circulating about the potential return of the Mayhem Festival sometime during the week of May 27. In the realm of hard rock and metal, this hints at a resurgence in popularity for these genres.

The Mayhem Festival, a traveling heavy metal festival held in the summer, debuted in 2008 and subsequently became an annual fixture throughout the United States. Occasionally, a lone date in either Montreal or Toronto, Canada, was added to most editions.

The festival’s Instagram story recently featured an intriguing image of a Skeletor-esque face alongside the caption “Announcement Next Week,” accompanied by Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.” The original post has sincevanished.

While speculation about its return has surfaced over the years, no concrete plans materialized until a brief reprise in 2020, when Ash Avildsen and the Sumerian Records team took on the challenge of resurrecting the festival, alongside managing other events like The Summer Slaughter Tour.


Pro Xristou Album Review: ROTTING CHRIST’s Unwavering Legacy Prevails”

Photo by © Chantik Photography

Pro Xristou Album Review Written By Tristan Cardinelli

Rotting Christ, the Greek pioneers of unapologetically anti-Christian black metal, have returned with their latest offering, “Pro Xristou” (Before Christ), challenging conventions and igniting controversy once again. With their distinct sound and fiercely provocative lyrics, Rotting Christ’s newest opus is sure to ruffle feathers. Yet, amidst the dissent, black metal enthusiasts are bound to embrace it wholeheartedly.

“Pro Xristou” sees the band continuing their trajectory, embracing clean, melodic baritone vocals infused with their distinctive signature Greek dialect, Benedictine chants, and a plethora of pinch harmonics. If you’ve found resonance in Rotting Christ’s later works like “Rituals” and “The Heretics,” this album will undoubtedly captivate you. The journey begins with the slow, atmospheric title track, setting the stage for what’s to come.

The Apostate” follows suit, blending melody with choral elements and spoken word passages by Sakis Tolis, creating a breathtaking sonic experience.

Like Father, Like Son” elevates the majesty further, transporting listeners to the breathtaking vistas of ancient Greece, while tracks like “The Sixth Day” provoke contemplation with their blend of beauty and religious critique.

As the album progresses, darker tones emerge with tracks like “La Lettera Del Diavolo” and “The Farewell,” taking listeners on an emotional rollercoaster. However, it’s “Pix Lax Dax” that stands out, with its subtle time changes, haunting squeal technique, and captivating chorus.

“Pro Xristou” solidifies Rotting Christ’s place in the metal pantheon, showcasing a renewed energy and confidence. Bonus tracks like “Saoirse,” “Primal Resurrection,” and “All for One” add further depth to an already impressive offering.

Despite their extensive discography and decades-long career, Rotting Christ remains at the top of their game by stretching limits and defying expectations.

Pro Xristou is steeped in fervent dissent against conventional religious dogma, echoing with subversive undertones and incisive critiques of established faith.

Sakis Tolis, the vocalist and guitarist, who has been one of the primary songwriters and driving forces behind the group, has propelled their career over decades.

“Pro Xristou” may not reinvent the wheel, but it’s a testament to the band’s enduring legacy and unwavering dedication to their craft. Whether you’re a longtime fan or new to their music, Rotting Christ’s “Pro Xristou” is a captivating journey into the heart of Greek black metal. And remember, if you ever get the chance, experiencing Rotting Christ live is an absolute must.

Pro Xristou is out now! Friday May 24th, on Season of Mist. 

Listen to Pro Xristou: 




1. Pro Xristou (Προ Χριστού) (1:29)
2. The Apostate (5:01) [WATCH]
3. Like Father, Like Son (4:35) [WATCH]
 4. The Sixth Day (3:56)
5. La Lettera Del Diavolo (4:01)
6. The Farewell (6:15)
7. Pix Lax Dax (4:33)
8. Pretty World, Pretty Dies (4:51)
9. Yggdrasil (5:04)
10. Saoirse (6:17) [WATCH]
11. Primal Resurrection (Bonus Track) (5:32) – Only Deluxe Editions!
12. All For One (Bonus Track) (3:37) – Only Deluxe Editions!
Total runtime: 55:17

Style: Melodic Black Metal

In the dimly lit catacombs of extreme metal, one name stands as a monolith: ROTTING CHRIST. Sakis Tholis and his brother Themis started this band together back in 1987. In the three decades since, these Greek titans have left their blackened imprint all over the metal world. They’ve released 13 studio albums and played more than 1,300 concerts around the globe.  Underneath all this hard work, Rotting Christ have but one vision – an urge to not only push the boundaries of extreme metal, but to keep reinventing themselves along the way.

Rotting Christ’s evolution has unfolded across several distinct chapters. After starting out closer to the barely controlled chaos of grindcore, they went on to establish the iconic sound of Hellenic black metal. Their albums often embrace refined gothic soundscapes, only to plunge back into the depths of blasphemous fervour. Each chapter marked another, further exploration, and an unwavering commitment to push boundaries.

But the real turning point came in 2007, when Rotting Christ signed a pact with Season of Mist. They unleashed a series of albums for the French label that defied any and all expectations. From the piercing Theogonia and the symphonic grandeur of Aelo to the ritualistic intensity of Κατά Τον Δαίμονα Εαυτού, the cinematic experiences created by Rotting Christ became a spectacle of bombastic atmospheres, mesmerizing choirs, and neo-classical arrangements. The unexpected is their modus operandi, with the use of various languages (Latin, Arabic, Greek,  English) as well as the extensive use of famous poetry woven into their music, like Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’ on The Heretics.

In 2019, Rotting Christ’s epic journey continued with The Apocryphal Spell compilation, which offers fans an intimate glimpse into unreleased and rare material. This allowed them to gather strength, preparing for the release of their next, highly anticipated, 14th full-length studio album: Pro Xristou.

Pro Xristou
 (‘Before Christ’ in Greek), serves as a fervent tribute to the last Pagan kings who resisted the onslaught of Christianity, guarding their ancient values and knowledge. In this thematic odyssey, intricately woven through tracks such as ‘The Apostate’ and ‘Ygdrassil’, Rotting Christ delves into the legacies of historical figures such as Flavius Claudius Julianus and Nordic mythological kings, embodying the might of Pagan wisdom in the face of Christian adversity. The album encapsulates the essence of Rotting Christ’s signature style – melodic, yet harsh at times – reinventing themselves yet again, while remaining rooted in their 35-year legacy.

Sakis Tolis – Guitar, Vocals
Themis Tolis – Drums
Kostas “Spades” Heliotis – Bass
Kostis Fouk – Guitar

Guest Musicians
Amdroniki Skoula – Vocals (on ‘La Letra Del Diavolo’)
Nikos Kerkiras – Keyboard
Christina Alexiou – Choir
Maria Tsironi – Choir
Alexandros Loyziotis – Choir
Vasilis Karatzas – Choir

Andrew Liles – Narration (on ‘The Apostate’, ‘Pretty World, Pretty Dies’)
Kim Diaz Holm – Narration (on ‘Ygdrassil’)

Recording Studio
Deva Sounds Studios (Athens, Greece)

Sakis TolisSound Engineer
Fotis Bernando
Aggelos Karatzas

Jens Borgen at Fascination Street Studios (Örebro, Sweden)

Tony Lidgren at Fascination Street Studios (Örebro, Sweden)

Artwork Artists
Thomas Cole – Artwork
Adrien Bousson – Digital Processing

Sébastien J. Gamez 

Available Formats:
Digital Download
CD Digipak
CD Clamshell Box – Deluxe Digipak w/ Gold Foil + 2 Bonus
Tracks & Extras
12″ Vinyl Gatefold – Black
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Crystal Clear
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Crystal Clear, Red & Blue Mixed
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Green
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Turquoise
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Yellow
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Blue
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – silver & Black Marbled
Limited Box Set Vinyl – 12″ Gold & Black Marbled w/ Gold Foil + 2 Bonus Tracks & Extras

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Powerwolf Deliver The Most Elaborate Video in the Band’s History. New Album, Wake Up The Wicked, out July 26

Photo Credit: VDPictures

Today, POWERWOLF presents the long-awaited first single from their upcoming studio album, Wake Up The Wicked, out July 26, 2024 via Napalm Records. “1589” tells the story of Peter Stump, who lived near Cologne, Germany in the 16th century and is known today as the “Werewolf of Bedburg”. After being defamed as a werewolf, the farmer confessed to several murders under torture, and was cruelly executed on October 31, 1589. This morbid story has fascinated people all over the world ever since and has been picked up by National Geographic, among others.

For the video for “1589”POWERWOLF traveled to England to stage Stump’s fate in the dark woods in a cinematic way. With carefully selected locations, countless actors and crew members and impressive special effects, it marks the most elaborate music video production in the band’s history to date – and thus offers a worthy first taste of what fans can expect with Wake Up The Wicked

Experience the Cinematic Video for “1589” 
Directed & produced by Adam Barker 

POWERWOLF is undoubtedly one of the most successful current heavy metal bands worldwide. Headline and premium slots at premier rock and metal festivals like Wacken, Hellfest and Graspop, as well as massive sold-out arena shows have further solidified the Wolfpack’s standing at the very top of the scene. POWERWOLF‘s high quality releases are steadily praised by critics and fans alike, building upon the successful reach of their songs and impressive official music videos, which have been streamed tens of millions of times across platforms to date.

Wake Up The Wicked – the highly anticipated successor to the extremely successful previous studio album, Call Of The Wild (2021) – will be released just in time for the award-winning band’s first ever full North American tour, starting in August 2024, followed by their biggest European headline tour to date, the Wolfsnächte 2024. Wake Up The Wicked is once again produced by the outstanding Joost van den Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities and marks a new benchmark and undisputed career highlight for the band. The new album is hard, surprising and full of variety. While staying true to their established, loved sound, POWERWOLF go one step further and showcase a different facet of their deft musical and technical skills. 

20 years after their formation in 2004, POWERWOLF are expanding their repertoire with the highest quality and adding many future live hits to their extraordinary discography. Wake Up The Wicked is yet another statement cementing the status of the band as a leading force in the world of heavy metal!

Wake Up The Wicked Tracklisting:
Bless ’em With the Blade
Sinners of the Seven Seas
Kyrie Klitorem
Heretic Hunters
Viva Vulgata
Wake Up the Wicked
Joan of Arc
We Don’t Wanna Be No Saints

Pre-Order your version of the new album, Wake Up The Wicked

Attila Dorn – vocals
Falk Maria Schlegel – organ
Charles Greywolf – guitar
Matthew Greywolf – guitar
Roel van Helden – drums


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PALLBEARER – Album “Mind Burns Alive” Out Today!

PALLBEARER’s highly anticipated new album, Mind Burns Alive, is out now. To mark the release, the band has unveiled a video for the title track, which was directed by Dan Almasy, who has created all of the videos for the album.

PALLBEARER’s highly-anticipated new album, Mind Burns Alive, is out now via Nuclear Blast Records.

To mark the release of Mind Burns Alive, the band has unveiled a video for the title track, which was directed by Dan Almasy, who has created all of the videos for the album.

This album is for everyone who has ever felt overcome by life’s negative turns, for those who have watched people you care about degrade into the shadows of themselves, for those who search for something to believe in, and come up wanting,” vocalist/guitarist Brett Campbell shares. “This world is hard; it will eat you up, and we must lift each other up in order to make it through.Mind Burns Alive is available digitally, and on a variety of physical formats, including limited-edition vinyl, and CD, as well as a companion merch collection.



Pallbearer kick off their “Temporary Spaces” North American tour on June 6, with a European trek, joining Baroness and Graveyard, following later this year. Three additional European festival performances were previously announced: The Copenhell Metal Cruise (Copenhagen, DK to Oslo, NO) from Oct. 25 to 27, Hell’s Ball Belgium (Kortrijk) on Nov. 10, and Helldorado in Eindhoven, NL on Nov. 16.

1. Where The Light Fades
2. Mind Burns Alive
3. Signals
4. Endless Place
5. Daybreak
6. With Disease

(all with Baroness and Graveyard except where noted)
October 25 – 27 Copenhagen, DK Copenhell Metal Cruise *
October 29 Gothenburg, SE Trägår’n **
October 30 Stockholm, SE Fållan **
October 31 Copenhagen, DK Amager Bio
November 2 Berlin, DE Huxleys Neue Welt
November 3 Krakow, PL Klub Studio **
November 6 Milan, IT Live Club
November 7 Zurich, CH X-TRA
November 9 Paris, FR L’Olympia
November 10 Kortrijk, BE Hell’s Balls Belgium *
November 11 Wiesbaden, DE Schlachthof
November 13 Munich, DE Theater Fabrik
November 14 Hanover, DE Capitol
November 16 Eindhoven, NL Helldorado *
November 17 Cologne, DE Carlswerk
November 18 Luxembourg, LU Rockhall
November 20 London, UK O2 Forum Kentish Town
November 21 Bristol, UK Marble Factory
November 22 Manchester, UK New Century Hall
November 24 Dublin, IE The Academy
November 25 Belfast, IE Limelight 1
November 26 Glasgow, UK SWG3 Galvanizers
November 28 Nottingham, UK Rock City

*-Festival performances
**-Baroness and Pallbearer only

June 6 Memphis, TN Growlers *
June 7 Murfreesboro, TN Hop Springs *
June 8 Birmingham, AL Zydeco *
June 9 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade *
June 11 Durham, NC The Fruit #
June 12 Asheville, NC Euology at Burial Beer Co. #
June 14 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery #
June 15 Lancaster, PA Tellus360 #
June 16 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts #
June 18 Hamden, CT Space Ballroom #
June 20 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg #
June 21 Boston, MA The Sinclair #
June 22 Montreal, QC Theatre Fairmount #
June 23 Toronto, ON Velvet Underground #
June 25 Milwaukee, WI Vivarium #
June 26 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall #
June 27 St. Paul, MN Turf Club #
June 28 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck #
June 29 Little Rock, AR The Hall &
July 11 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway ^
July 13 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre ^
July 15 Calgary, AB Dickens ^
July 16 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room ^
July 18 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre ^
July 19 Seattle, WA Substation ^
July 20 Portland, OR Star Theater ^
July 23 Sacramento, CA The Starlet Room ^
July 24 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall ^
July 26 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst ^
July 27 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick ^
July 28 Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom ^
July 29 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom ^
July 30 Albuquerque, NM Sister Bar ^
August 1 Dallas, TX Trees ^
August 2 Austin, TX Parish ^
August 3 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall ^

*- w/ Rwake & The Keening
# – w/ REZN & The Keening
& – w/ Rwake, REZN & The Keening
^ – w/ Inter Arma & The Keening

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Wage War Share “TOMBSTONE” Visualizer And It Really Slaps!




 — Briton Bond [lead vocals], Cody Quistad[rhythm guitar, clean vocals], Seth Blake [lead guitar], Chris Gaylord [bass], and Stephen Kluesener [drums] — have entered their world domination era. Last month, the Florida band has announced its fifth album STIGMA, which arrives digitally on June 21 via Fearless Records, while the physical version will land in stores on September 6. Pre-order it here.

Today, the band has shared “TOMBSTONE.” Listen here.

The band has also dropped the visualizer. Watch it here

“Metal riffs meet country western tropes in our new track ‘TOMBSTONE,'” the band explains. “A final showdown with an enemy.  One fight. Two dogs unleashed.”

From its ominous, tension-building opening seconds through the deadly breakdowns, Wage War go hard on “TOMBSTONE.” It’s got vocals that sound like screamer Briton Bond gargled with a razor blade cocktail, thick and groovy riffs that’’ll have you nodding your head, and battering ram percussion. “TOMBSTONE” finds Wage War, unleashing a hellacious anthem that brings the heavy artillery from start to stomp to finish.


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Traveling a constant forward trajectory at lightspeed, Wage War not only push their own sound forward, but they also propel heavy music into new territory. The Florida quintethave always tempered a pummeling metallic onslaught with unshakable melodies. A near-decade grind naturally brought Wage War to this point. They have unleashed a string of fan favorite albums, including Blueprints [2015], Deadweight [2017], Pressure [2019], and Manic [2021]. Beyond looks from SPINModern DrummerAmerican SongwriterRevolverGuitar World, and more, KERRANG! hailed the latter as “their greatest album yet,” and DORK raved, “It’s an embracing of being metalheads, popheads and just fans of good songs. On more than one occasion, there’s an earworm poking its head up through the dirt.” They also put up numbers, tallying hundreds of millions of streams boosted by the likes of “Stitch,” “Low,” “Manic,” and “Circle The Drain.” On their fifth full-length offering STIGMA [Fearless Records], Wage War outfit their signature style with industrial grit and electronic sheen, leveling up into the future in the process with singles such as “MAGNETIC” and “NAIL5.”



GOATWHORE Announces North American Headlining Tour; Tickets On Sale Now!

Photo by Stephanie Cabral

Louis B. Falgoust II – vocals
Sammy Duet – guitars, vocals
Zack Simmons – drums
Robert “TA” Coleman – bass

GOATWHORE will return to North American stages on a massive North American headlining tour this August/September. The caravan of chaos begins on August 9th in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and runs through September 30th in Pensacola, Florida with stops at this year’s editions of Full Terror Assault in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois and Metal Injection Fest in Brooklyn, New York. Support will be provided by Vitriol as well as Thantifaxath, Herakleion, and Necrofier on select dates.

Comments guitarist/vocalist Sammy Duet, “I am thrilled  to be part of this supernatural intervention of a tour along with Vitriol, Necrofier, and Thantifaxath! I am especially excited to see our Canadian fans after a very long time! Falses Stay Hidden!”

Tickets are on sale now. See all confirmed dates below.

GOATWHORE w/ Vitriol, Thantifaxath, Herakleion:
8/09/2024 Chelsea’s Live – Baton Rouge, LA
8/10/2024 House Of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
8/11/2024 Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
8/12/2024 CheapSteaks – Dallas, TX
8/13/2024 Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX
8/14/2024 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
w/ Vitriol, Thantifaxath:
8/15/2024 Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
8/16/2024 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA * No Vitriol
8/17/2024 The Casbah – San Diego, CA * No Vitriol
8/18/2024 1720 – Los Angeles, CA * No Vitriol
8/20/2024 Backstage Bar & Billiards – Las Vegas, NV * No Vitriol
8/21/2024 The Siren – Morro Bay, CA
8/22/2024 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA * No Vitriol
8/23/2024 Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
8/24/2024 Volcanic Theater Pub – Bend, OR
8/25/2024 Dante’s – Portland, OR
8/27/2024 Substation – Seattle, WA
8/28/2024 Cobalt Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
8/30/2024 Commonwealth – Calgary, AB
8/31/2024 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
9/02/2024 The Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
9/03/2024 The Aquarium – Fargo, ND * No Thantifaxath
w/ Vitriol, Necrofier:
9/05/2024 Full Terror Assault – Cave-In-Rock, IL
9/06/2024 Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA
9/07/2024 Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
9/08/2024 X-Ray Arcade – Cudahy, WI
9/10/2024 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH
9/12/2024 Frankie’s Inner-City – Toledo, OH
9/13/2024 Spirit Hall – Pittsburgh, PA
9/14/2024 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
9/15/2024 The Sanctuary – Hamtramck, MI
9/17/2024 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
9/19/2024 Piranha Bar – Montreal, QC
9/20/2024 The Middle East – Cambridge, MA
9/22/2024 Metal Injection Fest @ The Brooklyn Monarch – Brooklyn, NY
9/24/2024 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
9/25/2024 Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
9/27/2024 Conduit – Winter Park, FL
9/28/2024 Gramps – Miami, FL
9/29/2024 Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
9/30/2024 Handlebar – Pensacola, FL

GOATWHORE continues to tour in support of their acclaimed Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heavenfull-length released in October of 2022 via Metal Blade Records. Their most accomplished composition to date in sound, concept, and execution, the twelve-track offering earned the #9 position on Billboard’s Current Hard Music Albums chart upon its first week of release.

Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven was produced by Jarrett Pritchard (Exhumed, 1349), and tracked primarily at Studio In The Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana under pandemic restrictions. The band recruited acclaimed producer Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire, Gatecreeper, Code Orange) to mix the record with final mastering duties handled by Grammy-award winning engineer Ted Jensen (Ghost, Gojira, Cult Of Luna). The record is tied together by the art of longtime collaborator Jordan Barlow.

Preview and purchase Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven at:

“Angels… consistently rages without ever devolving into the samey sounding banality that plagues so many less adept practitioners. Angels… just gets better the longer it plays.” – Decibel Magazine

“Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven proves yet again that one of the hardest working bands in metal can continue to impress us with their tried and true brand of blackened extremity.” – Metal Injection

GOATWHORE has begun a new campaign of terror with this album, channeling their darkest and most malicious release in some time.” – Lambgoat

“If you love war metal, this pick will be right up your alley. It assaults you with blitzkrieg strength. This evil offering is pleasantly raw. Yet, it is also a polished and mature work. GOATWHORE will catch you off guard with soaring guitar solos and the like.” – MetalSucks

“Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven cherry-picks the best bits from various subgenres — the guttural intensity of death metal, the trilling majesty of black metal — and assembles them into songs that feel almost regal in their hateful conviction.” – Spin Magazine’s 10 Best Metal Albums Of 2022

“The blackened thrash remains up front, as Falgoust’s growls and Duet’s riffs and sinister solos coalesce with the determined rhythms of Simmons and Coleman. GOATWHORE ascends to eviscerate all expectations. Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven exceeds the related genre’s boundaries and redefines their sound and place in the landscape of metal.” – New Noise Magazine

“… all killer with no filler… Whatever the future may hold for GOATWHORE, Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven proves that the band is at the top of its game, and that it has much more to offer.” – Blabbermouth


“The Resurrection of Manson: The Shock Rocker’s Risky Revival”

Photo From Marilyn Mansions Facebook

Marilyn Manson hints at a forthcoming release, marking his first since 2020, through Nuclear Blast Records. This glimpse arrives via a collaborative social media post with Nuclear Blast on Instagram, featuring a one-minute-and-10-second clip. Directed by Bill Yukich, known for past Manson projects like “KILL4YOU” and “Tattooed in Reverse,” the video suggests an attempted comeback for the artist.

Following allegations of abuse Manson retreated from the public eye, refraining from live performances since 2019 and refraining from new music since “We Are Chaos.” However, recent developments indicate a resurgence, with Manson slated to tour alongside Five Finger Death Punch and Slaughter to Prevail starting August 2nd.

Furthermore, Manson’s signing with Nuclear Blast Records signals a significant milestone, symbolizing a potential return to prominence after his expulsion from the industry in 2021. Legal battles and ongoing investigations have characterized Manson’s hiatus, sparked by allegations of abusive behavior from multiple women, including Evan Rachel Wood. These accusations have resulted in a cascade of repercussions, including severed ties with Loma Vista Recordings and his longtime manager Tony Ciulla.

Some would argue that Antichrist Superstar is the last great album Manson released. Antichrist Superstar was a critical and commercial success and has been called one of the best albums of the 1990s. Marilyn Manson and Trent Reznor collaborated on it together. Reznor co-produced the album, which was released in 1996.

In his 1998 autobiography “The Long Hard Road Out of Hell,” Manson recounted a disturbing story involving himself and Trent Reznor purportedly assaulting an intoxicated woman in the 1990s. This story resurfaced during Manson’s legal battles, leading to public condemnation. Reznor severed all ties with Manson when the book was originally released vehemently denying the allegations and labeling them as entirely fabricated.

The looming question remains: can Manson’s ambitious comeback endeavor overcome the shadow of his minute of decay, or is he irreversibly damaged from previous allegations of his tainted love? Only time will tell how the beautiful people will feel about his new shit.