Archspire & Arkaik U.S. Tour Announced

ARKAIK will be supporting Archspire this Spring on the Tech Trek II The Next Degeneration.

“Archspire is proud to announce our first full U.S. headliner run, with support from Arkaik. We’ll be playing some new material from our upcoming album, the fastest and craziest music we’ve ever written. See you on the road. Stay Tech!” Archspire
03/17/17 Tacoma, WA Real Art
03/18/17 Bend, OR Third Street Pub
03/19/17 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro Sideroom
03/20/17 San Diego, CA Brick by Brick
03/21/17 Fullerton, CA Slidebar
03/22/17 Phoenix, AZ Joe’s Grotto
03/23/17 El Paso, TX Rockhouse Bar & Grill
03/24/17 Fort Worth, TX Rail Club
03/25/17 Beaumont, TX The Gig
03/26/17 Baton Rouge, LA The Varsity
03/27/17 Jacksonville, FL 1904
03/28/17 Greensboro, NC Arizona Pete’s
03/29/17 Trenton, NJ Backstage @ Champ’s
03/30/17 Amityville, NY Revolution
03/31/17 Frederick, MD Café 611
04/01/17 Lakewood, OH The Foundry
04/02/17 Chicago, IL Reggie’s
04/03/17 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
04/04/17 Denver, CO The Roxy Theater
04/05/17 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Music Hall
04/06/17 Boise, ID The Shredder

Extremity Tour Dates With Asphyx Confirmed

Oakland-based cult, EXTREMITY, presents their disturbing debut album, Extremely Fucking Dead, now set for expulsion through the goremongers at 20 Buck Spin.

Gestating in the twisted bowels of the Bay Area for six years, only now, in 2017, has EXTREMITY dislodged itself from the musty climes of obscurity to contaminate the American metal cesspool. Like a jaundiced plume drifting up from a fetid swamp, on Extremely Fucking Dead the four-piece infect death metal with odiously oozing intentions. From the grisly gore metal of “Crepuscular Crescendo” to the Bolt Thrower-ravaged plunder permeating “Bestial Destiny,” EXTREMITY presents a simultaneously studied and loosely devastating specter of death metal cited from the genre’s many epicenters in America, Scandinavia, the UK and beyond.

EXTREMITY’s veteran lineup of Shelby Lermo (Vastum), Aesop Dekker (Worm Ouroboros, Ludicra, Agalloch), Melissa Martinez-Hoadley (Cretin, Repulsion), and Erika Osterhout (Necrosic, Scolex, Trepanation) stirs the salaciously sanguine death and grind sewage on Extremely Fucking Dead to a crepitating clamor of cacophonous cruelty. A must-hear for legions devout to the grisly works of Carcass, Death, Exhumed, Repulsion, Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, Impaled, Vastum, and Entombed.

20 Buck Spin will offer Extremely Fucking Dead for worldwide repugnance and revulsion on April 7th, with digital, CD, and LP formats confirmed, including a gold vinyl variant limited to 150 copies and a multi-color variant limited only to 20 Buck Spin mailorder. The weeks ahead will see the dispatch of preorders and audio samples from the album.

Extremely Fucking Dead Track Listing:
1. Intro (Mortuus Est Valde)
2. Crepuscular Crescendo
3. Bestial Destiny
4. Chalice Of Pus
5. Fatal Immortality
6. Extremely Fucking Dead
Directly following the release of their gore-strewn platter, EXTREMITY will ravage the West Coast in the flesh, with a late April run supporting death metal legends Asphyx. The tour runs from April 25th through 30th, with shows in San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. Additional live actions are to be expected throughout the year.
EXTREMITY w/ Asphyx:
4/25/2017 The Brick – San Diego, CA
4/26/2017 The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
4/27/2017 The Metro – Oakland, CA
4/28/2017 The Raven – Portland, OR
4/29/2017 The Highline – Seattle, WA
4/30/2017 The Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

Black Mirrors Release First Lyric Video

If Janis Joplin, Jack White, Anouk, Nirvana and Queens Of The Stone Age ever had the chance to breed, this band would have been their favourite creation: Belgium’s answer to pretty much every Rock band out there,
BLACK MIRRORS, manage to gather an endless amount of influences which have been ruling the Rock N’ Roll universe for decades. This one’s a keeper, and with good cause
BLACK MIRRORS just recently signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records!

Now the band, fronted by charismatic vocalist Marcella Di Troia, unveiled a first lyric video from their upcoming debut EP ‘
Funky Queen’, which is set to be released on March 3rd 2017

The band explains:
“We are proud and happy to introduce you to our new EP! We worked on it with a lot of passion and love and we can’t wait to share it with the world and to hear people’s reactions. Making and releasing this EP fills us with great joy and hopefully more people will love our songs as much as we do! Initially the song “Funky Queen” – from a musical point of view – was far more complicated than how it is today. There were many different parts that have been revised to eventually come to the current version. We composed the final version on a folk guitar, which helped us getting more into the essence and feeling of the song. Funky Queen is about any kind of addiction as in drugs, alcohol or even love. The Queen confronts everyone with one’s own demons.”

Iron Monkey Sign To Relapse Records; Prepare First New Album Since 1998

Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of cult UK doom/sludge outfit IRON MONKEY. Heavily influenced by the nihilistic sound of groups like Eyehategod, Buzzov*en, Floor and Grief, IRON MONKEY originally formed in Nottingham, England in 1994 and released two full-lengths (1997’s Self-Titled debut and 1998’s Our Problem), a live album and a split with Church of Misery before splitting in 1999. Continue reading

Sacramento’s Cemetery Legacy to make their hometown debut at Starlite Lounge!

Cemetery Legacy has created a sound infused by the styles of Heavy Metal and American Death Metal with a splash of technical progression thrown in to make it interesting. HateFX, and Blood of Cain; Cemetery Legacy waves the metal flag with “Horns Held High”.
Whether it is the scorching guitars of Steve Lujan and Agustin Rivera, the striking drums of Joe Lopresti, the thunder of Aaron Richardson, or the vocals of Frankie Swa; Cemetery Legacy delivers the goods for those who love metal!
Whether it is the scorching guitars of Steve Lujan and Agustin Rivera, the striking drums of Joseph Lopresti, the thunder of Aaron Richardson, or the vocals of Frankie Swa; Cemetery Legacy delivers the goods for those who love metal!”

Hollow Earth Announce Spring 2017 North American Tour

Hollow Earth, have announced an full spring 2017 North American tour supporting their latest album, Dead Planet, released last month via Good Fight Music. Also appearing on select date are Trial’s Greg Bennick, Great Reversals, Withdrawal, Heiress, Wake of Humanity, and Outlet.

Tour Dates:

03/02 – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge ∆ *
03/03 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Gear ∆ *
03/04 – St Louis, MO @ Worker’s Education Society ∆ *
03/05 – Galesburg, IL @ Glory Days ∆ *
03/06 – Des Moines, IA @Vaudeville Mews ∆
03/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Reverie Cafe and Bar ∆
03/08 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium ∆
03/09 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Handsome Daughter ∆ †
03/10 – Regina, SK @ The Club ∆ †
03/11 – Edmonton, AB @ The Sewing Factory ∆ †
03/12 – Calgary, AB @ Kensington Commons Church ∆ †
03/15 – Kelowna, BC @ Munnins Post ∆ $
03/16 – Vancouver, BC @ 333 Clark ∆ $ %
03/18 – Portland, OR @ Post 134 ∆ $ %
03/19 – Tacoma, WA @ Real Art ∆ $ %
03/22 – Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge ∆ $ %
03/23 – Spokane, WA @ The Observatory ∆
03/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Beehive Social Club ∆ #
03/25 – Pocatello, ID @ Elks Lodge ∆ #
03/26 – Reno, NV @ Holland Project ∆ #
03/27 – Chico, CA @ House Show
03/28 – Sacramento, CA @ The Colony
03/29 – Gilroy, CA @ The District Theatre
03/30 – Fresno, CA @ Dynamite Vinyl
03/31 – Fullerton, CA @ Programme Skate and Sound
04/02 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Underground
04/07 – Laredo, TX @ The Dugout
04/08 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links Deep Ellum
04/09 – Memphis, TN @ Rock House Midtown
04/10 – Nashville, TN @ That ’70s House
04/11 – Louisville, KY @ Highlands Tap Room
04/12 – Columbus, OH @ The Summit

∆ – w/ Greg Bennick of Trial (spoken word)
* – w/ Great Reversals
† – w/ Withdrawal
$ – w/ Heiress
% – w/ Wake of Humanity
# – w/ Outlet

Helion Prime signs with AFM!

Sacramento (California) based “science based power metal” band Helion Prime is the newest addition to the AFM roster. The group, founded by guitarist Jason Ashcraft, is active since 2014 and issued a self-released debut CD in 2016. AFM Records will officially release the album, titled “Helion Prime”, on February 24th worldwide. Continue reading

Dirkschneider Restless And Wild In San Francisco

On a Saturday night in San Francisco while drought stricken Northern California was in the midst of torrential downpour and the practically the whole world was up in arms over day two of USA ruled by what many believe to be an new fascist regime, legendary former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider brought his Back To The Roots world tour to Slims.


I arrived a few hours early to doors and found free parking directly across the street from the bands tour bus, the night was off to a good start. I could hear the band soundcheck with one of my many Accept favorites London Leatherboys as i read the note on the door “At The Artists Request Please No Moshing. It took me back to 1985 to the Metal Heart Tour where my friends and I attempted to start a pit when they played the Hollywood Palladium with Rough Cutt.

To a packed house of mostly middle aged geezers the Dirkschneider band raged on to the stage with Starlight off the Breaker album and it was non stop heavy metal heaven with 24 songs clocking in at almost two hours with classics such as Neon Nights, Flash Rockin Man, Midnight Mover. Pure bliss.


At 63 years of age Udo Dirkscheneider’s voice was as strong as ever never waning or dropping out of key, we all sort of expect that form our heroes as they get older but not tonight, up to the limit indeed. Princess Of The Dawn took a strange turn from the original and half way through the set with Winterdreams the pace was brought down a bit. It was nice to hear a ballad to change the dynamics before the head banging frenzy reignited with a shortned Restless and Wild, Son A Of A Bitch and more… With Udo’s son Sven now on drums and dynamic duo of youngsters on guitars there was unlimited amount of energy and spark that brought us all back to the glory of youth.


For those of us in attendance it was a night of heavy metal heaven and i strongly recommend headbangers worldwide to be ahead of the pack, but a ticket and get ready for a night you wont soon forget.

01. Starlight 02. Living for Tonite 03. Flash Rockin’ Man 04. London Leatherboys 05. Midnight Mover 06. Breaker 07. Head Over Heels 08. Neon Nights 09. Princess of the Dawn 10. Winterdreams 11. Restless and Wild 12. Son of a Bitch 13. Up to the Limit 14. Wrong Is Right 15. Midnight Highway 16. Screaming for a Love-Bite 17. Monsterman 18. T.V. War 19. Losers and Winners 20. Metal Heart 21. I’m a Rebel 22. Fast As A Shark 23. Balls To The Walls 24. Burning

Final US Tour Dates:  Whisky-A-Go-Go 01/24/2017 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl 01/26/2017 – Dallas, TX @ Trees 01/27/2017 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo Music Hall 01/28/2017 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar 01/30/2017 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum 01/31/2017 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse 02/02/2017 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage 02/03/2017 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom 02/04/2017 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

New Jack Russell’s Great White Video For “Sign of the Times” Out Now

Jack Russell’s Great White represents the next phase of a legacy.  On January 27, 2017, Frontiers Music Srl will lay the framework for this new phase with the release of “He Saw it Comin'”.

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