Ceremony Share Video From Forthcoming Album ‘In The Spirit World Now’

Today, Ceremony reveal their new video and album title track, “In the Spirit World Now“. Front man and lyricist Ross Farrar explains, “The spirit world came about through the reading of Saul Bellow‘s  ‘Humboldt’s Gift‘. The novel’s fictitious character, Von Humboldt Fleisher, writes a long letter to the protagonist, Charlie Citrine, which announces, We are not natural beings, but supernatural beings. I understood it as a moment of praise and ran away with it.” Continue reading “Ceremony Share Video From Forthcoming Album ‘In The Spirit World Now’”

CONNOR DONEGAN of GENOCIDE PACT “We’ve been in the trenches, so to speak”

In the video below, Tim and Connor of GENOCIDE PACT share their eclectic musical tastes, anger as motivator to write death metal, worst show experiences and more Aldo Guzman of Capital Chaos TV

GENOCIDE PACT recently joined labelmates DYING FETUS, INCANTATION & GATECREEPER for the Relapse Contamination Tour. GENOCIDE PACT’s recently released album Order of Torment is out now on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records.

Hailing from the lawless dominion that is our nation’s capital, GENOCIDE PACT unleash their raging sophomore full-length and Relapse debut entitled Order of Torment. Recorded by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Code Orange, Magrudergrind) in Baltimore, MD at Developing Nations and featuring cover art from the legendary Joe Petagno (Motorhead, Autopsy, Marduk, Pink Floyd), Order of Torment features eight tracks of pulverizing, relentless death metal that harkens to the greats while pushing the genre to chaotic new realms of possibility. With a thick, titanically heavy crunch that focuses on crushing groove as much as skull-splitting intensity, GENOCIDEPACT are THE death metal band to watch in 2018.

The Relapse Contamination Tour was initially launched in 2003 to showcase new and longstanding acts on the label after the success of the now legendary two-day Contamination Festival in Philadelphia that featured Neurosis, Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon, High on Fire, Pig Destroyer, Cephalic Carnage. Past tours have featured Mastodon, High on Fire, Unsane, Zeke, Origin, Obscura, Misery Index, Unearthly Trance, Cephalic Carnage and others. Remaining dates are listed below.

Relapse Contamination Tour 2018 headlined by DYING FETUS and featuring INCANTATION, GATECREEPER and GENOCIDE PACT:

Oct 10 Lubbock, TX @ Jack’s Backroom
Oct 11 Ft. Worth, TX @ Rail Club
Oct 12 Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Oct 13 Houston, TX @ The Secret Group
Oct 14 New Orleans, LA @ The Parish at House of Blues
Oct 15 Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar (Only Gatecreeper & Genocide Pact)
Oct 15 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory) (Dying Fetus & Incantation Only)
Oct 16 Winter Park, FL @ The Haven Lounge
Oct 17 Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
Oct 18 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Oct 19 Hartford, CT @ The Webster Theater
Oct 20 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater/Brewtal Beer Fest
Oct 21 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Oct 23 Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
Oct 24 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Oct 25 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Oct 26 Quebec City, QC @ Salle Multi
Oct 27 Montreal, QC @ L’Astral
Oct 28 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Oct 29 London, ON @ London Music Hall

NOTHING: Debut “I Hate The Flowers” Video

NOTHING have unveiled new video “I Hate The Flowers” directed by Matt Newman. The single, written by frontman Domenic Palermo and Brandon Setta, is a love song about NYC and the strong sense of impending doom it leaves on you as you exit your apartment. Its title is a nod to the agoraphobic anthem by Strawberry Switchblade’s “Trees and Flowers” but also a sequel to the band’s “Vertigo Flowers” which appeared on 2016’sTired of Tomorrow. Palermo notes “I’ve been referring to humans as flowers since the earliest days of NOTHING for their beautifully sad and their literal life/death cycle is so relatable.”

Yob Share New Song “The Screen” Our Raw Heart Pre-Orders Available

YOB, who recently announced the release of their eighth album, Our Raw Heart, on June 8 via Relapse Records, streaming below, as the Oregon trio reveal the album artwork and pre-orders are made available.

“There was no guarantee that I was going to live long enough to record the album,” said singer/guitar player Mike Scheidt in an accompanying interview about the 7-track release.

Pre-orders are available here with various physical bundles including a super deluxe 2XLP boxset (limited to 100 copies), a white/gold splattered deluxe version (limited to 300 copies), various merchandise and other formats including cassette and CD. Digital downloads can be found at the same link and include an instant download of “The Screen.”

Our Raw Heart was co-produced by the band and Billy Barnett at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, Ore., with mastering handled by Heba Kadry (The Mars Volta, Diamanda Galas, Slowdive). Decibel Magazine and Stereogum named the release as one of their most anticipated albums of 2018.

Our Raw Heart tracklist:

  1. Ablaze
  2. The Screen
  3. In Reverie
  4. Lung Reach
  5. Beauty in Falling Leaves
  6. Original Face
  7. Our Raw Heart

YOB’s most recent release, Clearing the Path to Ascend, was one of 2014’s most heralded releases, with Rolling Stone saying the music “makes perfect bedfellows of volume and beauty, pain and transcendence.” Stereogum said the four-track album offers “a universe unto itself” while Decibel said the songs were “as riveting as you could ever hope for them to be.”

YOB Tour Dates:

May 25 Vancouver, BC Modified Ghost Festival

— All Dates June 14 – July 14 w/ Bell Witch —

June 14 Oklahoma City, OK 89th Street

June 15 Austin, TX Austin Terror Fest

June 16 Little Rock, AR Mutants of the Monster 2018

June 17 Memphis, TN Hi Tone

June 19 Birmingham, AL Saturn

June 20 Atlanta, GA The Earl

June 22 Orlando, FL SoundBar

June 23 Wilmington, NC Reggies

June 24 Asheville, NC Mothlight

June 25 Raleigh, NC King’s

June 27 Baltimore, MD Metro

June 28 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge

June 29 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts

June 30 Boston, MA Middle East

July 02 Montreal, QC La Sala Rosa

July 03 Ottawa, ON Mavericks

July 04 Toronto, ON Mod Club

July 06 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theatre

July 07 Detroit, MI El Club

July 08 Chicago, IL Reggies

July 09 Chicago, IL Reggies

July 10 St. Paul, MN Club

July 11 Omaha, NE Lookout Lounge

July 12 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre

July 13 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge

July 14 Boise, ID Neurolux

Exhumed Share New Music Video For “Night Work”

Gore metal maniacs EXHUMED have shared the official music video for “Night Work” off the impending, new full-length album Death Revenge.

Frontman Matt Harvey comments: “We are extremely stoked to present this cinematic clip that brings you deep into the world of the Death Revenge storyline. Director Jeff Sisson really outdid himself capturing the vibe and violence of the record and the concept. This is the first video we’ve done that really fulfills the horror-movie vision we’ve always wanted to capture with our music. Spoiler Alert: It’s a tale of grave-robbery, murder and madness. So sit back, turn off the lights, lock your doors, and get ready to undertake some ‘Night Work’ with us.”

On having to change habits on the road due to Decapitated arrests: “And if you think that you can do something without consequences and that nobody is watching, you’re probably mistaken whether it’s rape or sexual assault or saying something inappropriate or whatever. And if you’re if you’re in a band and you want to go out on tour and get laid, that’s great, that’s completely fine, but if you think that you’re entitled to it because you’re in a band you deserve whatever is coming to you. I don’t think it’s really going to change anything much because this is just such a weird random outlying event. It’s not like it’s happening all the time.” see full interview with Capital Chaos TV here.

EXHUMED‘s sixth full-length sees them tread into ambitious new territory with their first concept album: a musical melodrama in thirteen parts based on shocking true events. Death Revenge takes place in the late 1820s in Edinburgh, Scotland and tells the macabre tale of a series of brutal murders where the victims’ cadavers were sold to anatomists, amid a grisly underground trade of grave-robbery. Recorded with producer Jarrett Pritchard (Goatwhore, Eternal, Gruesome), Death Revenge takes the band’s signature gore-drenched, death metal mayhem to theatrical and ghastly new depths. Cover illustration is by Orion Landau with interior illustrations by Lucas Ruggieri (lucasriggieriillustration.com).

EXHUMED recently announced a short run of live dates in November with The Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, Decrepit Birth and more as well as a performance at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest on November 5th in San Bernardino, California. See confirmed dates below with additional live abrasions to be announced in the future.

EXHUMED w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, Wormwitch:
11/01/2017 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA w/ Exhumed
11/02/2017 HIFI Music Hall – Eugene, OR w/ Exhumed
11/03/2017 Vinyl at Hard Rock – Lake Tahoe, NV w/ Exhumed
11/04/2017 Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA w/ Exhumed #
11/05/2017 KnotFest – San Bernardino, CA w/ Exhumed # **
11/06/2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ w/ Exhumed
# = No Suffocation
* = No Necrot, Wormwitch

Atriach Announce US Headline Tour Dates

Ritualistic, apocalyptic noisemakers ATRIARCH have announced headlining US tour dates for this upcoming October. Continue reading “Atriach Announce US Headline Tour Dates”

Rob “The Baron” Miller of Tau Cross Interviewed

Tau Cross, the multinational punk/heavy metal collective featuring Amebix bassist/frontman Rob “The Baron” Miller, Voivod drummer Michel “Away” Langevin, and members of cult crust outfits Misery and War // Plague, has announced their second full-length album, Pillar Of Fire, due out July 21st on CD,2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records.

How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?

Rob “The Baron” Miller: When i was a child in the 70’s I listened to John Peel on Radio One, he was a hero to my generation as he introduced us to such a wide variety of music in the hey day of Punk Rock and New Wave. Our first drummer Martin had a Black Sabbath album and that was really my introduction to metal, I couldn’t stand Status Quo or most of the other old bands, but began to collect Iron Maiden and then of course Metallica.

How did you become a singer or guitarist and are you proficient in any other instruments?

I have never been a proficient musician, I cannot play well or write well, my approach has always been more intuitive, making sounds that feel a certain way.

Were you forced to go to church as a youth, if so were you an altar boy or participate in some other ways? Have you been to any OTO ceremonies or satanic rituals?

We had a very Pagan leaning family, my father in particular, so we were encouraged to stay out of Church and to find our own truths. I have not been into OTO, although there was a period in my life here on Isle Of Skye where i did get involved with a group of Kabbalists, which entailed some interesting sojourns into the Wilderness.

What was the local scene in like in the beginning , was there a particular bands you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?

In Devon where i grew up there were a few kind of New Wave bands, we were always the snot nosed punks though, I started to write a column for a local newspaper which allowed me to visit the nearest city, Plymouth, and report on shows that were happening there, SLF, Crass, Cockney Rejects etc etc that introduced me to good live bands.

Who are your biggest musical influences besides Amebix and UK punk? How familiar are you with Roy Orbison and Engelbert Humperdinck?

Yes, Roy Orbison’s “Drove all Night”..to make lure to you….The Dinck was a nightmare from my youth too. Musically I love Sabbath, Killing Joke, Accept and Mercyful Fate as my primary influences i would say.

How would you best describe your sound?

Cthonic, earthy, mythical and mystical.

How did the band meet and how long did it take to finalize this lineup? How many other musicians did you try out that didn’t make the cut? How stable is the current lineup?

I tried to find people to make this band for around a year with no success at all, no one wanted to get involved until Andy and Jon came on board with Away and then we had the right people, I would have taken a busker off the street at one point just to get it going but even a local guy here was ‘too busy.’

Your new record Pillar Of Fire has already leaked and physically comes out this month via Relapse Records. What kind of obstacles did you have to overcome to get it out? Will it be available on cassette or vinyl? Is it true that the record contract with Relapse is the size of a phone book?

Relapse usually ask for a small panel of skin from each member of the band, I hear they stitch it all into a giant ‘Rock Quilt’ every few years, which are on display in their gigantic high rise offices. I do hope the LP will be available on cassette for the people who leaked it only, total twats in my books.

Do you have cover songs in your repertoire? Do you own a cassette player, are cassettes silly?  Did you record any cover songs for bonus tracks?

No, never learned to play anyone else’s stuff, my old car has a cassette player, and i still have a few old sticky stretchy tapes from way back, cassettes are silly but amusing too, like a Trike, the worst of all worlds.

What other bands are you guys in?

Away is in about 5 bands at present. Andy is in War//Plague, Jon and Tom have both given up lucrative careers in misery and frustration respectively to pursue this particular Albatross.

What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once in different or the same formats?

My first album was 20 Fantastic Original Hits, it featured Joe Cocker, The Move, T Rex and Procol Harum. I did buy that again a few years back. Procol Harum are still a huge haunting influence on my music after all these years, lyrical brilliance and some great atmosphere.

Do you follow President Trump on Twitter?

I follow President Twat on Twumper, doesn’t everyone?

Out of all your songs which one gets you excited the most when you perform it? Are there any political, sexual or social issues hidden in Tau Cross songs?

There are plenty of all of those. I don’t achieve full tumescence on stage despite the sleazy undertones of songs such as “Hangmans Hyll”, but who knows?

Does the current political climate here in America amuse you or scare you?

I think it is amusing, watching the last days of the American Empire, a great Country reduced to being a bully and terrorist against the rest of the World, going out with a fizz rather than a bang really. It amuses me to see your obsession with identity politics and neo liberal sentiments, pure Roman decadence.

What gear are you currently using, amps, effects, guitars?

Fuck knows, I just shout into a metal tube.

Bands you would love to tour with and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate.

I don’t know about that. Most bands are probably assholes to tour with day in day out. I have interrogated Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke) on a couple of occasions, I do like a decent chinwag with interesting people.

Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?

Killing Yourself to Live – Black Sabbath

Mob Rules-Black Sabbath
Restless and Wild- Accept
The Ghost of Tom Joad- Bruce Springsteen

Whats your next gig?

Touring Scandinavia and some of Europe in August, should be a wizard wheeze.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

What do you call the useless flap of skin attached to the end of a penis? A man.   (boom,tishhh)