Watch: Defecrator Perform Live In Sacramento, California

Defecrator perform their smash hits @ Cafe Colonial – Sacramento, California 05/28/17. Also appearing were Minenwerfer and Chronaexus.

Defecrator offers cavern death in a way that is exciting as much as it is punishing. tapewyrmmetal

Tribulation working on new album, line up change, live updates!   

With the release of “The Children Of The Night” in April 2015, Sweden’s Tribulation have made a massive impact on the worldwide metal scene. After excessive touring in North America and Europe Tribulation took a well-deserved break not only to recover from the intense album campaign, but also to focus on what lies ahead: A change of drummer and a new album!

Tribulation recently published the following statement about the departure of drummer Jakob Ljungberg, who had been with the group since the album “The Formulas Of Death”:
As the summer in the year of their lord 2017 draws near and the world in the north is again fully starting to wake from its slumber we, on the other hand, are forced to face an inevitable end in the departure of our drummer Jakob Ljungberg who has decided to leave the band. We have spent the last five years together through pain to heaven, in chaos to bliss! It’s been such a strange, wonderful, tiring and inspiring time and we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this time the most important in the history of the band. We surely couldn’t have done it without you. We were like brothers even before the time of Tribulation and we certainly will be in the time after! Make sure to check out Jakob’s unique and most excellent band Second Sun where he sings and plays guitar!

Jakob Ljungberg also commented as follows: “It is with a heavy heart that I leave Tribulation. These last years have been among the best in my life, but they wore me out and now I have to continue life on different paths. Thanks to everyone involved – you made this journey spectacular, thanks to everyone that came up and said hi – it meant the world to me, thanks to everyone who believed in me – you made me believe in myself. Jonathan, Adam and Johannes: I love you. “The end of nights we tried to die – this is the end.”

But as every end is also a new beginning, Tribulation have already secured a new drummer in Oscar Leander and have further good news to spread: “After this period of silence, renewal and contemplation the time has now come to give you the new Tribulation! We have now fully immersed ourselves in the making of a new album that will be recorded at summer’s end. We are very pleased to announce that Oscar Leander (previously in Deathstars) is our new drummer. He will make his first appearance with us on Muskelrock now on Thursday, June 1st! Are you ready? We are!”

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ICYMI….Todd Owens chats with members of Tribulation 02/08/15 @ Kentucky Fried Chicken – San Francisco, California

Karkaos Unleash New Album ‘Children of The Void’

Karkaos has evolved into one of the most reputable and celebrated melodic extreme metal acts hailing from Montreal, QC. Unleashing their debut LP “Empire” in 2014 and EP “In Burning Skies” in 2011, this female-fronted band returns in 2017 with their new offering “Children of The Void”, which features new vocalist Viky Boyer, drummer Justine Ethier (Blackguard) and lead guitarist Samael Pelletier.
Recorded, mastered and mixed with Christian Donaldson and Marc-o Frechette at The Grid (The Agonist, Cryptopsy, Neuraxis, Beyond Creation) with keyboards done at Silverwings Studios (Blackguard, Ex-Deo , Distoriam), “Children of The Void” also features collaborations with guest artists Lindsay Schoolcraft from Cradle of Filth and Morgan Lander from Kittie along with artwork done by the immensely talented Marcela Bolívar and layout done by Fred Riverin from I Legion.
“We have been working hard for a long time to be able to give you an album that combines beautiful melodies to our own symphonic signature, groovy and brutal riffs to intensity as well as catchy choruses.” comments guitarist Vincent Harnois.
The album is now available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify and all major online retailers.

Watch: Chronaexus Final Live Performance In Sacramento, California

Chronaexus perform their smash hits @ Cafe Colonial – Sacramento, California 05/28/17. Also appearing were Minenwerfer and Defecrator

Chronaexus was a Black Metal band from Sacramento, California. Their debut full-length album “Algedonic Awakening” was released on Buriedinhell Records in 2010. Chronaexus’ second full-length release entitled “A Tempest of Reticence” was released in August 2011 and is available through BuriedinHell Records. In 2013, Chronaexus released a split with Dodsferd entitled “Desecration Rites” which is available through Obscure Abhorrence Productions.

Venom Inc Announce Upcoming Blood Stained Earth Headline Tour

Venom Inc just finished up a huge performance at this past weekend’s Blackest Of The Black festival in Silverado, CA. Now, you have more chances to witness the band’s live onslaught! Venom Inc  have announced their upcoming Blood Stained Earth Tour, featuring support from extreme metal giants Goatwhore and Toxic Holocaust, as well as fast-rising death metal group The Convalescence. The tour will kick off in Philadelphia, PA on September 1 and visit several major cities in both the U.S. and Canada, coming to a close in Baltimore, MD on October 2.
 
Tickets for the Blood Stained Earth Tour go on sale this coming Friday, June 2 at 10:00am local time. Visit your local venue website or band websites for more information.
 
Venom Inc frontman Tony Dolan says, “It is with the greatest pleasure that we announce our 2017 North American Blood Stained Earth Tour! With a brand new set, we cannot wait to see our North American fans – old, loyal and new. With our brothers Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and The Convalescence, we give you a package that will leave you full of the best metal any tour can produce! Don’t miss it, I promise you’ll regret it. ALL HAIL NORTH AMERICA. AVE!”
 
In addition to the tour, Venom Inc  are set to perform dates in Europe throughout 2017, including stops at MetalDays Festival, Heavy Metal Cauldron and others. The band will perform classic Venom sets. See below for all current performance dates:
 
Venom Inc Summer Dates:
7/24 – Sotocje, Slovenia @ MetalDays Festival
7/29 – Thiesi, Sardinia, Italy @ Bardaneris
8/5 – Lyon, France @ Sylak Open Air
 
Venom Inc ‘s Blood Stained Earth Tour w/ Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and The Convalescence:
9/1 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage
9/2 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
9/3 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
9/4 – Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
9/5 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
9/7 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
9/8 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies
9/9 – Cave In Rock, IL @ Full Terror Metal Fest
9/10 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
9/11 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
9/13 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin
9/14 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
9/15 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
9/16 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
9/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
9/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
9/20 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
9/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
9/22 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
9/23 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
9/24 – Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
9/25 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
9/26 – New Orleans, LA @ Parish at HOB
9/28 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s
9/29 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
9/30 – Orlando, FL @ The Haven
10/1 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/2 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
10/3 – Special VENOM INC Bash
10/4 – Special VENOM INC Bash

Droids Attack Announce Midwest / West Coast Tour Dates

Heavy Metal Band Droids Attack have announced their 17 date North American Tour in support of their February 2017 released LP,
Sci​-​Fi Or Die
. Launching June 16th in Des Moines, IA and winds through the band’s first West Coast run, finishing up July 3rd in Chicago, IL, with Sweeper joining them on about half of the dates.

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Droids Attack laid it’s first groove down in the small utility room of singer/guitarist Brad Van’s legendary vintage arcade Aftershock Retrogames back in the fall of 2000. Brad, and drummer, Tony Brungraber, had met at a video game resale shop years earlier, and had started jamming shortly thereafter. By this they time had finally found a bassist, Nate Bush, to join them, so everything was in place. They began writing songs, and focused on developing a sound for what was intended to be their long term project. Once a full set’s worth of material was amassed, the band was off trying to land as many shows as it could. As fate would have it their first show was booked by then Crustacean Records representative, and future Droids Attack bassist, Darwin Sampson. It was a chance meeting that would help shape the group’s progression in several ways. Darwin enjoyed the band’s set that night, and saw potential enough to convince him they were a project worth adding to Crustacean’s expansive roster. Their debut album, All Your Chicks Are Belong To Us was released in 2004.

The gears started shifting, and before you knew it Droids Attack became recognized as one of the best live shows around Madison. All Your Chicks Are Belong To Us was met with great acclaim, earning the band some excellent press, and a Madison Area Music Award for best punk album of 2004. Moving forward, Droids continued writing and expanding on their sound, getting more epic in scope and feel with their 2006 Crustacean Records release, “Fatal/Error.” This album saw the group traveling outside of their Midwestern territory as the road beckoned them forth, most notably to Toronto for North By North East, and a Crustacean Records showcase in Austin at South By South West. Shortly thereafter, another independent label, Round 13 Records, took interest in the band and a split twelve inch record entitled Thee 1987 Inch, was released with new label mates, Imperial Battlesnake, on the flip side in 2008.

As the band stayed busy on the road touring steadily in support of their Round 13 release, Crustacean Records clamped down on it’s Midwestern focus with the hopes of branching off into more national territory, kicking out releases from acts like Killdozer, Off With Their Heads, Peelander Z, The Giraffes, and The Soviettes. Thankfully, the label continued to see value in their relationship with Droids Attack, and agreed to put out the band’s third full length album, Must Destroy, in 2010. A music video was released for their song, “The Great Wall Of ‘Gina,” and a buzz began, earning Must Destroy steady airplay on independent radio, and favorable reviews on metal blogs and international publications such as Outburn, Decibel, and Giant Robot. This exposure opened up more opportunities, and the band was invited to play some heavy gigs, opening up for national acts like High On Fire, Torche, Floor, Priestess, and performing at the nation’s largest independent music festival, Riot Fest. It was at this time that the group decided if it was to ever move forward from here, they had to go big or go home. They decided to take a shot, and began writing material for their fourth album, Sci-Fi Or Die, intent on giving it their best possible performance, and producing the best sounding recording they had ever achieved. Once enough new material was amassed, they began the process of demo recording.

Tour Dates:
06/16 @Des moines Social Club – Des moines, IA
06/17 @ Oleavers – Omaha, NE
06/18 @ Co- Bar Bar – Denver, CO
06/19 @ The Filling Station – Bozeman, MT
06/20 @ The Pin – Spokane, WA
06/21 @ Substation – Seattle, WA
06/22 @ High Water Mark – Portland, OR
06/23 @ Little Red Lion – Eureka, CA
06/24 @ Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA
06/25 @ Viper Room – Los Angeles, CA
06/26 @ Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
06/27 @ Yucca Taproom – Tempe, AZ
06/29 @ Goldbar – San Antonio, TX
06/30 @ Swan Dive – Austin, TX
07/01 @ Blue Note Lounge – Oklahoma City, OK
07/02 @ Fubar – St Louis, MO
07/03 @ Township – Chicago, IL

Watch: Minenwerfer Perform A Full Set In Sacramento, California

Minenwerfer perform their smash hits @ Cafe Colonial – Sacramento, California 05/28/17. Also appearing were Chronaexus and Defecrator.

Founded in 2007 to combine the atmosphere of brutal life in The Great War (1914-1918) trenches with raw black metal and a martial ethos. Minenwerfer does not adhere to any political ideologies.

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