Jungle Rot Announce Central American Tour

Jungle Rot will begin a week of headlining dates starting on July 29th in Central America with shows in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Mexico. View all the upcoming Jungle Rot tour dates.

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Regarding new music, vocalist Dave Matrise remarked: “We’ve been working away hard, we got seven songs written, Jimmy’s got to finish some lyrics yet, truthfully I don’t think we are going to see the day of light until probably next year in the spring, I mean we got some touring coming up, we don’t want to rush it, we want to make it special, it’s the tenth album, Its going good though man, if you know Jungle Rot, we’re not trying to reinvent nothing, it’s what we do and we do it good and people love it and some hate it, but we’re gonna stay.”

Bassist James Genenz added, “For the most part now it’s been just a lot of me and Dave just sitting down and riffing it out, we write everything with a drum machine now.”

Matrise concluded by saying, “We’ve always done that (writing with a drum machine), the last four albums, seems like the science of the band is here, Jeff and I do the writing, Geoff (Bub, guitarist) does the lyrics and it seems that’s the chemistry that works very well for us.”

Mike and Aaron of Darkest Hour talk the positives of working with Victory Records

Darkest Hour’s ninth album and Southern Lord Recordings’ debut, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers’ chart and at #4 on the magazine’s Hard Music chart.
“We couldn’t be more thankful to all our Indiegogo backers and those of you who pre-ordered and picked up this new album,” said Darkest Hour of the crowd-funded album. “Without the faith of those who took the plunge to initially fund this album it would not exist, you know who you are, thank you, we did it!

Mike & Aaron of Darkest Hour share their thoughts on crowdfunding backers, working with all of their different record producers and the positives of working with Victory Records with Iron Serbian of Capital Chaos TV during their most recent Sacramento stop @ Starlite Lounge.

The band wraps up their U.S. tour this evening with a performance at the Northside Yacht Club in Cincinnati. Darkest Hour kicks off a European outing on April 16 in Austria.
April 16  Linz, Austria  Posthof
April 17  Graz, Austria  Orpheum
April 18  Budapest, Hungary
April 20  Bucharest, Romania
April 21  Sofia, Bulgaria  Maimunarnika
April 22  Thessaloniki, Greece  Principal Club Theatre
April 23  Athina, Greece  Piraeus Academy
April 25  Barcelona, Spain  Razzmatazz
April 27  Madrid, Spain  La Rivier
April 28  Bordeaux, France  I.Boat
April 29  Dunkerque, France  Les 4 Ecluses
April 30  Birmingham, UK  The Flapper
May 1  Cardiff, UK  CLWB Ifor Bach
May 2  London, UK  The Underworld Camden
May 3  Cologne, Germany  Underground
May 4  Haarlem, Netherlands  Patronaat
May 5  Aarschot, Belgium  De Klinker
May 6  Hamburg, Germany  Hafenrock-Festival
May 7  Copenhagen, Denmark  Beta
May 8  Berlin, Germany  Cassiopeia
May 9  Warsaw, Poland  Poglos
May 10  Praha, Czech Republic  007
May 11  Leipzig, Germany  Conne Island
May 12  Munchen, Germany  Feierwerk/Hansa 39
May 13  Bezirk Landstrasse, Austria  Viper Room
Parkway Drive opens Aril 16 to 27 except Budapest.

Seeker Interviewed At Kelly’s Live

Here at Kelly’s Live in Sarasota Florida, Seeker put on an insane show alongside bands such as Cognitive and Vilest Breed. They just released their latest album “Loss” a few months ago, which reeks of raw and unfiltered aggression. Capital Chaos TV’s Morgan McCormick recently caught up with vocalist & bassist Bryce Lucien and guitarist Andy Torres to scrape their minds on tattoos, touring and more.

Morgan McCormick: So I’m curious about the local scene in Texas. I guess when I think of Texas I think of people that are super conservative. If you could change anything about it what would it be?

Andy Torres: Everywhere where we’re from that’s the case. Dallas and the other big cities are like the hub for people who don’t agree with the culture.

Bryce Lucien: But we play there so rarely it doesn’t really affect us. We live in Dallas, we play in Austin, and we go through on tour but we never play there.

A: Yeah we’ve played there like twice in the past four years.

So are you guys just touring constantly?

Bryce: Pretty much yeah.

Do you think you tour so much because you can’t survive off of record sales alone?

B: Oh absolutely, one hundred percent.

A: And even just to keep the band itself alive like, most of the bands who don’t tour don’t survive.

B: Plus if we’re not on tour we’re just not making any money.

A: No one likes having a real job. All the tours we have coming up it was just kinda Bryce spearheading it and we were like yeah let’s do this, let’s just be gone. Because being gone is better than being home.

Out of all your songs which one touches you the most when you perform it? I listened to your previous albums and they all seem pretty feelsy.

B: Yeah they’re all pretty feelsy, we don’t really play anything from the EP or the first album at all so this tour we’re doing the new album all the way through. The first and last songs on the album are always the most fun to play live. Just super fuckin’ fast and gnarly and the last one’s the most feelsy.

Your most recent album sounds much more defined compared to The Antagonist, were you purposely going for that effect or do you think it’s because you have more confidence with songwriting?

B: We’re just more confident now. This album is what we’ve always wanted to do. We’ve always had members that wanted to do different things or didn’t like the bands that we liked or had totally different opinions about what the band should have been. It’s like, we weren’t even meeting halfway we were in this weird watered down middle ground. It’s like we were trying to make them happy and trying to make ourselves happy, and it’s kinda gotten stripped down to just me, Andy, and whoever happens to be drumming for us at the time. We’re finally able to do exactly what we wanna do without having to worry about anybody.

A: He and I are so on the same page that it just makes everything so easy.

So how about a fun one, what’s your least favorite tattoo?

B: My wrist says Bueno, and it’s an eagle with a Mexican flag on it. I got it on Cinco de Mayo like five years ago.

In Mexico?

B: Haha no that’s why it’s even worse. I was getting it and I was told I’d never be the cool guy again but we all just thought it was so fucking funny. I have a Kesha tattoo as well, which I also thought would be really funny. My first tattoo was a giraffe thinking about a waffle. Man that all fits together really well though.

A: He hid the giraffe so well but I fucking love that tattoo.

B: I’ve also got this guy with a crystal ball looking down at a broken down van. And like, it’s not the worst tattoo it’s just.. the worst tattoo. When you’ve got access to free tattoos all the time it’s so easy to just be like that’s hilarious let’s go for it!

A: Chris is gonna hate me for this one but mine is totally this eagle that looks like a vulture slash, whatever the fuck else you want it to be. I love this other tattoo but I know at some point in my life I’m gonna regret it but it’s this fuckin’ pot leaf and skull pipe.

So you mentioned Kesha, is that something you actually listen to? Is it like your guilty pleasure music?

B: It’d be like five in the morning and we’d be trying not to fall asleep and so we’d put on Kesha and just have a van dance party.

Any others that most people might find unconventional?

B: Adam’s got like perfect music taste for the kind of band we’re in, I’m always just exclusively horrible. It would be like an hour if I unloaded all the crazy things I listen to.

Where haven’t you played that you really want to go?

B: We’re supposed to go to Europe later this year. We’ve done the US and Canada like 700 times but we’ve never been to Europe.

A: Going to Australia would be pretty cool.

Besides the place, who would you want to tour with? If you had that choice.

A: One of the top bands I’d want to tour with is Hate Eternal. That’s up there. Hate Eternal or Rotten Sound.

B: Rotten Sound would be cool. We’ve toured and become buddies with bands we really love. Like Cryptopsy we get to go out with which we’re excited about, we really wanna do stuff with Origin, an obvious one too would be Cannibal, stuff like that.

So if you could do a split, considering your music style, would that choice be different?

B: Yeah I’d want to do something with someone like Chelsea Wolfe, or like Sunn O))) or something.

A: Something where we could write a little out of our realm for a split would be pretty fun.

B: There’s a lot of doom influence in our music and we’ve always wanted to expand on that.

Do either of you play an instrument that you’re not known for?

A: Not anymore. I used to play clarinet and saxophone back in the day though. Saxophone was fun but I was way better at clarinet. Bryce is a really good drummer though.

B: I just play bass because we don’t have a bass player.

I feel like finding bassists are a little easier than finding drummers though yeah?

B: It is but we’ve had so many members that we’re not in a huge hurry to add anybody else. They’ve gotta be the man, you know? They’d have to be perfect for us to even bother with it anymore. We’re done having new members every tour.

Would you ever consider drumming and doing vocals at the same time?

B: No way. I’d rather just play bass and do the vocals. A: We’ve talked about that out of necessity at one point but luckily we figured it out. There was a point where he’d maybe have to start practicing drums again to do that and we were like dude I don’t know how the fuck that’s going to work.

What music are you currently digging?

A: I say this but I listen to them all the time. Torche, Electric Wizard, I’ve been listening to a lot of stoner doom lately. I paint houses back at home so I usually listen to death metal while I do that but I gotta give it a break on the road.

B: For me I’ve been doing a lot of Dissection, Neurosis, Sumac, Cannibal, The Locust, Chelsea Wolfe.

A: We like doom a lot more than you could ever tell by listening to our music.

Do you feel like there’s any less pressure involved with playing doom compared to what you guys play?

A: In a way I think there is, but at the same time it’s way easier for any mistakes to be heard because the notes are just so drawn out.

B: It’s way easier for us to take like twenty riffs and cram them into two minutes and make something entertaining. It’s way harder for us to just go slow. To take a four riff song and go somewhere as engaging. Having that amount of patience and crafting a riff that well, it’s a lot harder than people think it is.

Yeah that makes sense. I guess that about wraps this up, any last words?

B: Well we were going to do this thing, have you seen that Macho Man Randy Savage video? It’s like Wrestlemania 3 and the guy’s interviewing him and he keeps going “I AM THE CREAM” and keeps pulling out the little creamers. We were gonna do that but we forgot to get coffee creamer and little wristbands today so nope, nothing I guess.

A: He was gonna go “THE CREAM OF THE CROP” and pour it on my head. Yeah we kinda fucked that one up though.

Seeker are corrently on a tour covering the Eastern half of North America. Support on select dates are being provided by Grindmother (2/24-3/7), Cognitive (2/12-3/4), and Wvrm (2/20-3/6), with the remaining dates listed below.

2/20 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
2/21 Greenville, SC @ Radio Room
2/22 Chapel Hill, NC @ The Local 506
2/23 Chesapeake, VA @ Riffhouse Pub
2/24 Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar
2/25 Washington, DC @ The Pinch
2/26 Amityville, NY @ Revolution
2/28 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
3/1 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
3/2 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
3/3 Ottawa, ON @ House of Targ
3/4 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
3/5 Ypsilanti, MI @ Crossroads
3/6 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s

New Video Premiere From Seeker

On October 14th, SEEKER will release their new album Loss, in conjunction with their upcoming tour starting October 15th. Today, Metal Injection debuts the gritty new video for “Void.”

“Everything about this video is exactly the vision we had for it,” admits front-man/guitarist Bryce Lucien. “’Void’ is our favorite song from the album and this is definitely the most excited that we’ve ever been about one of our music videos. Filming was really intense, and we got to try a lot of things and take a lot of chances that we think made this into something very special.”
 
Cited by Metal Hammer as “an explosive and brilliantly vicious assault of grinding nihilism,” Loss was recorded by Zach Ohren, known for his work with Chelsea Grin and Fallujah, and the artwork comes in the form of a hand drawn, custom piece by Farron Loathing (Nails, Huntress). Lucien continues, “We’ve spent nearly three years working on this album and can’t wait for everyone to hear it. Expect the darkest, fastest, and most chaotic music that we’ve ever written.”
Loss pre-order packages are available now at VictoryMerch.com and include an instant download of the first single “Rot.”
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Exodus Vocalist Joins Hatriot Onstage At Norcal Tattoo And Music Festival

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Hatriot featuring special guest vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza of Exodus perform their smash hit “Heroes Of Origin” @ Nor Cal Tattoo & Music Festival – Sacramento California also on the bill Death Angel, Death Division, Flotsam & Jetsam and others… April 9th, 2015

Hatriot is an American thrash metal band formed in 2010 by singer Steve “Zetro” Souza (currently the lead singer of Exodus) and guitarist Kosta Varvatakis. They were joined by Justin Sakagawa on guitar and Souza’s sons, drummer Nick Souza and bass guitarist Cody Souza (No Morals). They are under contract with Massacre Records.

They released a four-song demo in 2010 and their first full length album, Heroes Of Origin, in 2013. The band released their second album, Dawn of the New Centurion, in 2014. They have toured with and supported such acts as Testament, Sabaton, Accept, D.R.I., Saxon, and Death Angel

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Jungle Rot Dispatch New Video And Giveaway Goodies

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JUNGLE ROT bring you their controversial new video for ‘Doomsday,’ exclusively at Noisey/Vice. Additionally, the death metal servicemen are presenting your chance to win an Order Shall Prevailpackage at Lambgoat. The exclusive package includes a rare vinyl test pressing, camouflage hoodie, autographed CD, and two autographed posters.

“To me, the video is essentially about paranoia,” states JUNGLE ROT bassist James Genenz. “The protagonist is more than likely a paranoid conspiracy theorist, who probably isn’t all that wrong with his theories, but is driven mad because of them. The live shots of us playing under targets are like his delusions, envisioning an attack on a small populace of citizens and we are his weapon. Eventually, he cannot handle the prophetic visions and blinds himself to it.”

With the recent announcement of the Metal Alliance Tour, you can catch JUNGLE ROT in a city near you. “We’re definitely looking forward to getting back on the road!” continues Genenz. “It’s been a few months since we’ve been out and we are excited to perform for our fans again alongside our tour mates. We have a long history with Dying Fetus going as far back as the demo days, and our former drummer Jesse plays for Black Crown Initiate, so this will be one big, fun road reunion!”

4/29 Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage\
4/30 Lowell, MA @ Mill City Ballroom
5/2 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
5/3 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
5/4 Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
5/5 Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
5/6 Saskatoon, SK @ Obriens
5/8 Edmonton, AB @ Shredmonton Festival
5/10 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
5/11 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
5/12 Petaluma, CA @ Pheonix Theater
5/13 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
5/14 Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go
5/15 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
5/17 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
5/18 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
5/20 Ft Worth, TX @ Rail Club
5/21 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
5/23 New Orleans, LA @ Southport Hall
5/25 Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
5/26 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
5/27 Knoxville, TN @ The International
5/28 Dayton, OH @ Oddbody’s
5/29 Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete’s

Interview with Jesse Ketive of Emmure

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Jimbo Patton of Capital Chaos TV and vocalist of Central Valley Death Metal maniacs Incisus sat down with Jesse Ketive lead axeman of Emmure on their recent Oakland, California appearance with Volumes, Sworn In, Gideon & Thy Art Is Murder.

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Jimbo: Alright, What’s up guys? I’m Jimbo from Capital Chaos TV, and I’m here with Jesse from Emmure, how’s it going today man?

Jesse: It’s going good man, doing good, just hanging out here at the venue (Oakland Metro Operahouse) just bullshitting. The guys are doing a little workout outside, feeling a little under the weather so I’m just hanging out right now. Taking it easy.

Jimbo: Sounds good, so have you guys played here before?

Jesse: We were here definitely one other, maybe two times, but I’m gonna definitely say one time. I remember we pulled up, I remember the supermarket place, or the tool place across the street, I…

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Los Angeles hardcore veterans TERROR bring you “Sick And Tired,” the latest video from their new album The 25th Hour

The video comes just in time as the first US tour behind The 25th Hour kicks off in Chicago November 28th and blasts North America before wrapping December 19th in San Diego.

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Spotify Pulls The Victory Records Catalog, Refuses To Pay Royalties‏

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Victory Records’ catalog of music was pulled from Spotify last night as a result of Spotify not properly paying publishing revenues due to Victory Records’ artists in blatant violation of US Copyright laws. Spotify also pulled down a very large number of albums that Victory is not the publisher for proving that their internal systems are inadequate. We asked that our catalog not be pulled, that we would amicably work with Spotify, and they haphazardly removed our content regardless. 53,000,000 streams, as per Spotify’s statements, were identified with no publishing royalties being paid by Spotify.

Late yesterday, Spotify sent over a document giving them mechanical clearance to use our music. We could not sign said document for a variety of reasons, most importantly, that it would put us in direct violation of our agreement with Audiam (www.audiam.com). Spotify knows we are in business with Audiam and were essentially asking us to breach/ignore that agreement. The issue of nonpayment for songwriters and composers is a widespread problem and not exclusive to Victory Records’ artists. We understand your frustration with not being able to listen to the music you enjoy (and most pay for via subscription).

The bottom line is that artists and songwriters are not being paid and fans of Victory’s artists cannot listen to the music.

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New Jungle Rot Video Interview @ Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2015

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Adam Kirk of Capital Chaos TV talks with Dave Matrise of Jungle @ Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival – June 28, 2015 – Mountain View, California

Shots’ firing overhead, out of breath, thankful to be alive, an exhausted, courageous soldier takes cover in a nearby trench. Overcome with tragedy, the cadet looks down to carefully remove his worn down combat boots to discover his feet numb and blue, knocking him back with an overwhelming smell of decay and gangrene. This phenomenon is known as “jungle rot”. With a little imagination, visualize this horrifyingly grotesque predicament as it would be in heavy metal form – teeming with despair, brutality, darkness and volatility. The sinister picture you have just painted comes to life in four-piece death metal act JUNGLE ROT, who has been triumphantly destroying the metal scene since 1994.