Sunday, July 23, 2017

NERVECELL New Song PROXY WAR

OFFICIAL: Middle East extreme metal pioneers Nervecell have set “Past, Present…Torture” as the title of their new album, due for release this summer via Lifeforce Records. Nervecell’s forthcoming effort will mark the band’s third full-length studio release since the follow-up to 2011’s “Psychogenocide”, which was also mixed & mastered by Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski at Hertz Studios (Behemoth, Decapitated, Vader) in Poland. The album cover artwork was created by Colin Marks of Rain Song Design (Exodus, Origin, Whitechapel) and can be seen below.
Commented the band: “Past, Present…Torture” is an album we’ve been working on for roughly the last 4 years. The album consists of 13 new tracks that promise to be the most extreme and versatile Nervecell record to date, have no doubt about it! The title speaks for itself, focusing on the state of the world and where we are all headed as a civilization. We can’t wait for you all to have a taste of what’s in store, don’t say we didn’t warn you…
Biography: Formed in 2000 as one of the first extreme metal bands to emerge from Dubai, U.A.E. and having supported legendary metal bands such as Metallica, Morbid Angel, Deicide and Suffocation – Nervecell have become the most prominent band to arise from the Middle East and truly are the torchbearers for a Middle Eastern wave of metal. Delivering a unique blend of Middle Eastern death / thrash metal, and maintaining a reputation for highly energetic live performances, got the folks at Metal Hammer Magazine to include Nervecell as one of the "DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH" – listing the band as one of the "50 Heroes Of The New Metal Revolution" in 2011.
Nervecell independently released their first E.P. entitled "Human Chaos" in 2004. With the release of the E.P. the band opened for international metal bands Sepultura and Machine Head in Dubai at the Desert Rock Festival in 2005. The band later headlined a tour in Australia in 2007 and even performed at Metal Camp Festival in Tolmin, Slovenia that same year to promote the E.P. It was only until 2009 however, when the band released their debut album "Preaching Venom" under German label Lifeforce Records (Europe) and Spellbind Records (Middle East). The band members decided to focus on touring for the entire year to promote the album and set out to establish their new European fan base for the first time. Soon after booking and completing their own European club tour in early 2009, Nervecell immediately set out on an impressive 2009 European festival tour which included performances at a number of well renowned European festivals such as Wacken Open Air, With Full Force, Rock AM Ring, Rock IM Park, Way of Darkness, Metal GDL and many others, clearly marking Nervecell as the first Middle Eastern based band to ever play at such high scale European festivals. In early 2010 Nervecell hit the road supporting New York death metal legends Suffocation for an entire month on the "Legacy of blood European / UK Tour". With another successful tour under their belt the band continued touring extensively for the rest of the year around Asia and the Middle East next– this saw the band open for acts such as Deicide, As I Lay Dying, and Decapitated.
In May 2011 Nervecell released their highly anticipated new album entitled "Psychogenocide", intertwining the raw brutality of old school death metal with modern thrash metal elements of no-holds barred aggression and speed. "Psychogenocide" featured Karl Sanders (Nile) as a guest vocalist on the track "Shunq" – this made it the first ever extreme metal track to included both English and Arabic lyrics. The success of "Psychogenocide" also gained Nervecell an award for being the "All Time Best Selling Metal Act" in the Middle East and North Africa region. The band received a plaque of recognition from Virgin Megastores (MENA) in January 2012 to certify this huge accomplishment. "Psychogenocide" was also sited as one of the "Top 10 Death metal Albums of 2011" by many webzines, magazines and critics around the world. With the ongoing success surrounding "Psychogenocide", the band had carried on touring consistently, taking their brand of Middle Eastern death / thrash metal to all the corners of the world, headlining shows in countries as far as India, Philippines, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Qatar, U.A.E among many others as well as playing the main stages of such great European festivals such as Summer Breeze, Brutal Assault and Rock IM Betonwerk in the summer of 2011.
In October 2011, Nervecell were selected to open for Metallica in front of 30,000 people at the Yas Arena in Abu Dhabi as part of the "World Magnetic Tour". Shortly after the band had gone on the road for an entire month with Tampa, Florida Death Metal icons Morbid Angel, supporting them on the European leg of the "Illud Divinum Insanus Tour" in November / December 2011, marking the end of what was an incredible year of achievements for the band. The legacy of Nervecell in 2012 certainly looks promising, having already confirmed a headlining tour of the Middle East slated for the summer, followed by an Asian tour supporting Polish heavyweights Decapitated in the fall. With the future looking bright ahead and the undeniable perseverance within the band, Nervecell only continue to pursue forward, proving to the masses that heavy metal is indeed alive and well in the Middle East.
NERVECELL: Proxy War (Official Audio Stream)
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

EYEHATEGOD Announces Left To Starve Summer Tour With Negative Approach, Cro-Mags, And More On Select Dates; Take As Needed For Pain Full-Length Appears On Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Metal Albums Of All Time List

OFFICIAL: EYEHATEGOD will kick off a thirty-nine-date US mega tour next month. The Left To Starve summer takeover will commence on August 1st, run through September 13th, and includes performances with Capitalist Casualties, Phobia, Primitive Man, Negative Approach, Antiseen, Cro-Mags, Pig Destroyer, The Obsessed, and Mountain Of Wizard on select dates! The journey also marks frontman Mike IX Williams' lengthiest tour since undergoing liver transplant surgery this past December.
Comments IX Williams, "This band, for better or worse, has endured a mind-numbing and brain-expanding thirty years of making some of the most criminally riff filled and abhorrent sounds ever heard on the planet earth. No middle ground; EYEHATEGOD is either wonderfully loved or instinctively hated. Predicting the future accidentally and preaching the end time message, see the band LIVE now before something else bad happens..."
EYEHATEGOD - Left To Starve Summer Tour:
8/01/2017 Boozers - Corpus Christi, TX
8/02/2017 Lowbrow - El Paso, TX
8/03/2017 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ w/ Capitalist Casualties, Phobia
8/04/2017 Dive Bar - Las Vegas, NV w/ Capitalist Casualties, Phobia
8/05/2017 Los Globos - Los Angeles, CA w/ Capitalist Casualties, Phobia
8/06/2017 Blue Lamp - Sacramento, CA w/ Capitalist Casualties
8/07/2017 Elbow Room - San Francisco, CA w/ Capitalist Casualties
8/08/2017 Dante's - Portland, OR w/ Capitalist Casualties
8/09/2017 El Corazon - Seattle, WA w/ Capitalist Casualties
8/11/2017 Marquis Theater - Denver, CO w/ Primitive Man
8/12/2017 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM w/ Primitive Man
8/13/2017 Korova - San Antonio, TX w/ Negative Approach
8/14/2017 Trees - Dallas, TX w/ Negative Approach
8/15/2017 89th Street - Oklahoma City, OK w/ Negative Approach
8/16/2017 The Gig - Beaumont, TX w/ Negative Approach
8/18/2017 South Port - New Orleans, LA w/ Negative Approach
8/19/2017 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC w/ Antiseen, Negative Approach
8/20/2017 The Muse - Wilmington, NC w/ Negative Approach
8/21/2017 The Earl - Atlanta, GA w/ Negative Approach
8/22/2017 Broadberry - Richmond, VA w/ Negative Approach
8/24/2017 Middle East - Boston, MA w/ Cro-Mags
8/25/2017 Montage - Rochester, NY w/ Cro-Mags
8/26/2017 Cafe 611 - Frederick, MD w/ Cro-Mags, Pig Destroyer
8/27/2017 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Cro-Mags
8/28/2017 Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA w/ Cro-Mags
8/30/2017 Mexicali - Teaneck, NJ w/ Cro-Mags
8/31/2017 Outpost - Kent, OH w/ Cro-Mags
9/01/2017 Spirit Hall - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Cro-Mags
9/02/2017 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Cro-Mags
9/03/2017 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Cro-Mags
9/04/2017 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN w/ Cro-Mags
9/05/2017 Rock Island Brewing - Rock Island, IL w/ Cro-Mags
9/06/2017 Club El - Detroit, MI w/ Cro-Mags
9/08/2017 Ace Of Cups - Columbus, OH w/ The Obsessed, Mountain Of Wizard
9/09/2017 The Pinch - Washington, DC w/ The Obsessed, Mountain Of Wizard
9/10/2017 Golden Pony - Harrionsburg, VA w/ The Obsessed, Mountain Of Wizard
9/11/2017 Ziggys - Chattanooga, TN w/ Mountain Of Wizard
9/12/2017 Sidetracks - Huntsville, AL w/ Mountain Of Wizard
9/13/2017 Vinyl Music Hall - Pensacola, FL w/ Mountain Of Wizard
EYEHATEGOD continues to deafen the masses in support of their self-titled LP which dropped in 2014 via Housecore Records, breaking the band's decade-and-a-half gap since their prior full-length and marking the most successful release of the band's storied history. Consequence Of Sound called the record, "...their most entertaining release since 1996's Dopesick... urgent and raw, as if the band hasn't aged a day," Pitchfork gushed, "they've come out swinging, armed with yet another of their often-renewed leases on life and still spoiling for a fight. That EyeHateGod exists at all is a miracle in and of itself, but the fact that it is so damn great is simply extraordinary." Added Metal Injection, "in terms of consistency and sheer 'fuck yeah!'-ness. this is right up there in that first tier of must have EYEHATEGOD platters. Welcome back, boys. You earned it."
In related news, EYEHATEGOD's Take As Needed For Pain full-length (1993) recently earned the #92 spot on Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Metal Albums Of All Time list, the esteemed publication noting, "Standouts, such as 'Blank' and the title track hammer the listener with turbulent riffs before downshifting into heaving swing rhythms that drive home the band's fluency in the funkier aspects of NOLA's musical culture. 'Sister Fucker (Pt. 1),' meanwhile, marries vile imagery with hip-shaking boogie rock. The band found the perfect foil in engineer Robinson Mills, whose warm, no-frills tones complemented Williams' acrid screech, the menacing swells of feedback on tracks like "30$ Bag" and unsettling police-scanner-inspired noise piece 'Disturbance.' While bands such as Crowbar and the Southern supergroup Down (which features EYEHATEGOD guitarist Jimmy Bower behind the drums) would also serve as able ambassadors for New Orleans metal, none of them would capture the city's seedy rebel spirit quite as effectively as EYEHATEGOD did here."
The band will be celebrating their thirtieth anniversary next year. Stay tuned for special releases to be announced in the future.
facebook.com/OfficialEyeHateGod

Friday, July 21, 2017

right now, Friday night, Excuse All the Blood metal music show

Listen to the live broadcast right now, Friday night:
radiofreeamerica.com/station/kaos
Excuse All the Blood is a metal music show from the state of Washington, U.S. The show features black metal, heavy metal, death metal and other metal genres, too. The show is on Friday nights, but it is also available any time here: www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/seamus-o-reilly
Friday night, 10pm to 1am Pacific Time (Seattle), listen to Excuse All the Blood metal music, out of Olympia, Washington state, U.S.
www.kaosradio.org
www.twitter.com/EATBRadio?lang=en

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated July 16, 2017

Friends in the state of Washington,
Is there a metal music show in your area that is not listed in this calendar? Does your local metal band have a show coming up and is not listed here? Is your band's name spelled incorrectly? Are the dates wrong? If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated July 16, 2017
July 16 Starkill, After the Fallout, Blood and Thunder, Aphelion, The Skyemonkey at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
July 16 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Eagles, Bremerton, WA
July 16 Wounded Giant, Sir Mark the Poet, Toecutter at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
July 16 Unsane, Fashion Week at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 18 Wounded Giant at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
July 18 Siren's Rain, Merchant Mariner, Strange Camera at Chop Suey, Seattle, WA
July 19 Parasitic Ejaculation, Angel Splitter, Visceral Embodiment at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
July 20 Terror Universal, Hades Machine, Toxic Zombie, Ghosts in the Graveyard at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 20 Chapel of Ghouls Metal DJs at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
July 21 Rhine, Black Bone Exorcism at McCoys Tavern, Olympia, WA
Jul 21 Terror Universal at The Pin, Spokane, WA
Jul 21 The Munsens, Bruja at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 22 Rhine, Rat King, Black Bone Exorcism, Great Falls at Substation, Seattle, WA
July 22 One Master, Winter in the Blood, Serpents Chalice, Kömmand, Kihalas, Ashen Pyre at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 22 Zero Down, The Plot Sickens at Zippy's Giant Burgers at White Center Jubilee Days, WA
July 23 Wednesday 13, Invidia, Gabriel and The Apocalypse, Prey the Hunter at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
July 24 Monsters among Gods, Storm the Tower, Bad Magnet at Substation, Seattle, WA
July 25 The Sword, Big Jesus at Neumos, Seattle, WA
July 25 Weedeater, Telekinetic Yeti at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
July 26 Undergang, Necrot, Hissing, Fetid at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 27 Glacier, Noceur, Cavurn, Twin Sibling at Alt Library, Bellingham, WA
July 27 Crimson Guardian, The Randy Savages, Reverent Circle, Eroder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Hell's Belles at Ocean Shores Beach Resort & Casino, Ocean Shores, WA
July 28 Edge of Paradise, American Wrecking Company at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Jesus Wears Armani, Whythre, Mandamus at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
July 29 Zeke, Acid Teeth, Boxcutter PNW at The Shakedown, Seattle, WA
July 29 Power Skeleton, Himiko Cloud, Mind Beams at Parliament Tavern, Seattle, WA
July 29 Storm the Tower, Weaponlord, Iron Nightingale at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
July 29 Carnotaurus, Resurgence, Alcohology, Dysfunktynal Kaos at The Reserve, Spokane, WA
July 30 Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Spike and the Impalers at The Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
August 2 Wounded Giant at The Pin, Spokane, WA
August 2 Lungs, Serial Hawk, Witch Ripper, Githyanki at Highline, Seattle, WA
August 3 Wounded Giant at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
August 3 September Mourning, What Though Wilt, Sysztem 7, Pelligrini Thursday at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
August 4 Vultures above Us, Dismembering Mary, Drug of Choice, Monsters among Gods at The Y Sports Bar, Spanaway, WA
August 5 Transcribing the Necronomicon, Oxygen Destroyer, Kömmand at McCoys Tavern, Olympia, WA
August 5 Wounded Giant, Year Of The Cobra, Swampheavy, Toecutter at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 5 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
August 5 Wounded Giant, Year of the Cobra, Swampheavy, Toecutter at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 6 Triac, Doc, Transient, Disease at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
August 7 Hemlock, Jesus Wears Armani, TwasmonauT, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 9 Eyehategod, Capitalist Casualties, The Accused AD at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 10 Gojira, Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
August 11 Toe Tag, Power Skeleton, Suburban Hell Kill, The Sharp Teeth at Victory Lounge, Seattle, WA
August 12 Phantom Fears (Rush tribute), Odds & Sods at Tony V's, Everett, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
August 12 Inter Arma, Atriarch, Addaura at Barboza, Seattle, WA
August 13 Hundred Suns, Deathbreaker at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 13-18 in Seattle: Guitar Workshop Plus with: Tony MacAlpine, Rik Emmet, others
August 17 Summer Slaughter 2017: Headbang for the Highway, Lorna Shore, Betraying the Martyr, Rings of Saturn, Origin, Slaughter to Prevail, Oceano, The Faceless, Dying Fetus, The Black Dahlia Murder at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
August 19 Voodoo Death Gun, Convergence, Fifteen Stitches, The Bare Minimum at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
August 19 Thou Shall Kill, The Morning After, Dilapidation, Urdr, Religicide at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 24 Diamond Head, Substratum, Skelator, Ape Machine, Salem Knights at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 25 Hell's Belles at Uncle Sam's Bar & Grill, Spanaway, WA
August 26 Ashen Pyre at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
August 26 Oxygen Destroyer, Religicide, Blood and Thunder, Religicide, Wuththphuk at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
August 28 Metal Mondays at Substation, Seattle, WA
August 30 Weedeater, Telekinetic Yeti at The Pin, Spokane, WA
August 31 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 1 Queensryche at Walla Walla Frontier Days, Walla Walla, WA
September 3 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder, Fallujah, Ghost Bath, Dismembering Mary, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 5 Inquisition, Uada, Volahn, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 8 The Drip at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 9 Blaze Bailey, Killian Mahaffey at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
September 9 Versus, Dead Crown, Follow the Lights, Down the Scope, Rucker, Vesuvian at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 9 TitanFest 2017: Motograter, Chronological Injustice, The National Guard - Music, Invasive, Bleed The Stone, Syztem7, Jesus Wears Armani, Vial 8, Heart Avail, Salem Knights, Hammerz Down, Voodoo Death Gun at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
September 11 Epica, Lacuna Coil, Insomnium, Elantris at The Showbox, Seattle, WA
September 13 Venom, Inc., Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust, The Convalescene, Rutah, Dysfunktynal Kaos at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 14 Venom, Inc., Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust, The Convelesence, Noctium at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 15 Hell's Belles at Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, WA
September 18 Orphaned Land, Pain, Voodoo Kungfu, Wythre at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle: Witchtrap, others at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 25 The Casualties at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 29 Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer, Striker, Last Bastion, ReEvolution at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 30 Scorpions, Megadeth at Tacoma Doma, Tacoma, WA
October 2 Bat, Savage Master, Bewitcher, Substratum at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 3 The Devils of Loudun at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 4 Cerebral Incubation, Cordyceps, Angel Splitter, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 5 American Wrecking Company at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 10 Soulfly does Nailbomb performing "Point Blank"; Cannabis Corpse, Noisem, Lody Kong, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 17 Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Full of Hell, Artificial Brain, Transcribing The Necronomicon, Dismembering Mary, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 24 Aura Noir, Mutilation Rites, Weregoat at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 28 Vale of Pnath, First Fragment, Virvum, Aethereus at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 29 Vale of Pnath, First Fragment, Virvum, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 4 Narcotic Wasteland, Dreaming Dead, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 7 Children of Bodom, Carach Angren, Lost Society, Uncured at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 17 Washington Deathfest at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA: The Charleston (Monsters Brawl Main Stage) 6pm: Embryonic Devourment, Violent Hallucinations, Progenitor, Whythre, Ghostblood, Nihilist Nation, Ashen Pyre, Oxygen Destroyer. High Fidelity lounge (The Chaos stage 2) 4pm: Monsters Among Gods, Abiosis, Inside Defiance, Prey The Hunter, Noceur
November 18 Boycott the Baptist at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 2 Ghoul, The Plot Sickens, Crud Guns, Misuse of Power, Kömmand at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
December 4 Ghost Ship Octavius, American Wrecking Company, Avoid the Void, Omnisight at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 22 Black Bone Exorcism, Thou Shall Kill, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
December 29 Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
March 19 Udo Dirkschneider, Zero Down, Children of Seraph at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
March 22 Michael Schenker at Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA
April 6 Nightwish at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
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read/download online now Metal Bulletin Zine number 126

Friends,
The latest issue of Metal Bulletin is number 126. Read it and/or download it at the first link below. Metal Bulletin 126 features:
Death of Kings (U.S.)
Walpyrgus (U.S.)
Iced Earth (U.S.)
Cloven Hoof (U.K./U.S.)
Custard (Germany)
Sacrament ov Impurity (WA state, U.S.)
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sausage Slapper

Washington state's Sausage Slapper is going to Bremerton and now everybody wants to rock and roll. With a name like Sausage Slapper, somebody's bound to have a good time.
Announcement: Sausage Slapper in Bremerton!?!? That's right, Sausage Slapper is traveling across the sound to melt some faces. Come out to The Charleston in Bremerton Saturday July 15th, take the ferry or drive across, this will be a show you won't want to miss! It's a night full of metal with Dead Nexus, Primary Pulse, Trojan Swamp Monster, and Aseitas. It's a $6 cover and this is an all ages show with a bar for the grown ups, so no excuses, get the family and have a killer Saturday full of metal.
facebook.com/SausageSlappers/

Noctium

Noctium is a new band from the state of Washington, in the Pacific Northwest. The band is based out of Marysville, which is to the north of Seattle. They have been active as a band for over a year now and it is comprised of screamer Shawn Thompson (22), guitarist Phil Stockard (27), and brothers bassist Greg Blak (26) and Alan Ries (21) on drums, formerly of the Arlington band As Kingdoms Divide. Everett, Tacoma, Bellingham, Spokane and Seattle are the band's base of operations at the moment. Of course, they want to play more shows in the state of Washington and it's only a matter of time before more locations are added to the list, including in the neighboring state of Oregon.
They do not have much music published yet, but that will soon change with the debut EP that they are working on. At the second link below you can a hear one song called "Scum." The song appears to be groove/extreme metal, and we'll have to see what happens when more music comes in. Actually, this week the band has a show at the Backyard Festival at Louie G's in Fife on July 14th & 15th. The band will be co-headlining one of the stages Friday night with Massacre at the Opera, a band from Washington state.
facebook.com/NoctiumBand/
reverbnation.com/noctium

Seattle's metal mavericks "thrash/death/black metal prog" RHINE two shows coming up

Announcement: We're hitting the road next week for back-to-back shows with our brothers in Rat King and Black Bone Exorcism! Join us at McCoy's Booking in Olympia July 21 and Substation July 22. Prepare to be crushed!
rhine.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/rhinemetal/

Seattle's "deathcrustgrindpunkmetal" WILT coming to Europe

Announcement: Europe friends! We have shows that fell through that need some last-minute help if possible. Please let me know if you or friends can organize last minute shows for us in these places:
July 18: Anything in Strasbourg or Stutgart area
July 24th: Anything in North Italy
July 25th: Treviso, Italy (or anything nearby)
July 30th: Slovenia
August 1: Bratislava
August 3: Czech Republic
August 7: Poland / Need Help (even Liberec / Czceh is also OK
August 9: Poland Lodz or Poznan
wilt.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/WILTSEATTLE/

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

interview: Blood and Thunder

This summer of 2017 the melodic extreme metal band Blood and Thunder has been jumping into the live action circuit in western Washington. This Friday, July 14th they will perform in Everett at Anchor Pub. The flyer for the show gives the following bill: For the Likes of You, Odyssian, Groundfeeder, Dead Lakes and Blood and Thunder. This publication sent questions to the band, and Ryan Yancey, who takes care of the drums and lead growls, answered them.
Please tell us about your band. Was it on hiatus for a few years? Did it recently become active again?
We started out in 2009 with a core of musicians we released two full-length albums and two demos and opened for a ton of national bills in Seattle while completing two West Coast tours. But like a lot of bands we had many minor line-up changes over the years. In 2015 all of the band basically was ready to go their separate ways which kind left me to rebuild the whole line up myself till one of our previous bass players Nick joined in to help me which took us about two years till we completed that new line-up and started playing shows in October 2016.
For those readers that do not know anything about the town of Arlington, WA, can you tell us what it’s like having a metal band there?
I grew up and still live and practice in rural Arlington, but the thing is we had the biggest school band in the state next to Marysville. There were tons of locals band around the area, and I would set up house shows, rent out grange halls, and Masonic temples between Mount Vernon and Marysville. I would describe where Blood And Thunder is located as Snohomish County to locals, and Seattle to people outside of Washington because of the volume of shows we played across greater Northwest.
Who are the current members?
Ryan Yancey- drums/lead vocals (2009)
Cam Sheil-guitar (2015)
Hazard Kirk-guitar (2015)
Nick Hughes-bass (2009-12)(2015)
Damian Boger-keyboards (2017)
Do you have any new music?
Right now about 75% of our set is older material, however live we have been playing new songs we wrote with Cam, Hazard and myself. Damian is the newest guy so we haven't pulled from all his input yet, but he has great potential to add to us musically (not that he isn't already with his crazy stage antics.) We are still learning old material and working on new stuff to hopefully go record in the fall or winter.
When I saw the band live I felt like Blood and Thunder plays symphonic extreme metal in general. Was it different back when the band began? Did you always have a keyboard player? I saw that you keyboard player has a keytar and now he roams the stage and bangs his head all over the place.
I wouldn't say that's a wrong description, but I would say our genre is melodic death metal similar to artists such as Children of Bodom, Mors Principium Est and Norther on the melodeath end; Kalmah and Wintersun for our folk metal aspects. The Black Dahlia Murder was a big influence for our American metal sound. I can say that from the beginning that those were the sounds we were shooting for and we continue to produce today. Keyboard was integral to our sound from the beginning and a trademark of the Scandinavian sound we are influenced by. But the keytar is a new dynamic that Damian has cooked up changing our stage presences from our old line up.
Your drummer also does lead vocals. How many years of practice did you have before you could do that?
So when we started it wasn't my intention to do lead vocals, we simply couldn't find a singer that could sing in time or the style we were aiming for. My experience from my previous band was just doing token backup lines on the kit, so I wasn't completely new to singing and drumming. We put out our first demo out within a few months of existing so I ended up taking the job, it just didn't seem too difficult for me to do, honestly. It was like adding another drum beat with my voice and I found a love for doing it which is why we never ended up changing that dynamic.
Do you plan to play more shows in the area?
The first half of 2017 is over, what's next for Blood and Thunder in the second half of 2017? Absolutely we have a lot of fresh members in the band so we love to go out and grind shows and get ourselves out there for love of participating in the local scene, while meeting new bands and people. Plus, it's a great chance to test the waters with new songs.
Right now we got
July 14th at The Anchor, Everett
July 16th w/ Starkill at El Corazón, Seattle
August 26th at Black Zia Cantina, Burien
And in September we got plans to tour a bit with L.A. and Tijuana booked already at the end of the month.
What is your plan to conquer the world with your metal music?
We got some really great ideas on ice we plan on unleashing in the next year or so along with new recordings, videos, and tours.
bloodandthunder.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/bloodandthunderband

Monday, July 10, 2017

NEWS: Inquisition announces "Bloodshed for the Zenith" U.S. Tour 2017

Black metallers Inquisition have announced dates for the U.S. tour. See the official information below. The band is touring in support of the critically-acclaimed 2016 album Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith, which you can hear in its entirety at the second link below.
9/01 Los Angeles, CA - Union
9/02 San Diego, CA - Brick by Brick
9/03 Oakland, CA - Metro Opera House
9/04 Portland, OR - Bossanova Ballroom
9/05 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
9/07 Denver, CO - Roxy Theater
9/08 Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
9/09 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
9/10 Chicago, IL - Reggie's
9/12 Lakewood, OH - The Foundry
9/13 New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
9/14 Providence, RI - Alchemy
9/15 Washington, DC - The Pinch
9/16 Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
9/17 Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
9/18 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
9/20 Houston, TX - Arcadia
9/22 Austin, TX - Barracuda
9/23 Oklahoma City, OK - 89th Street Collective
9/25 Las Vegas, NV - Adrenaline
9/26 Phoenix, AZ - Joe's Grotto
Biography: The band Inquisition was formed in 1988 in Cali, Colombia by Dagon. The band started as a thrash metal act, and in 1994 evolved into raw black metal.
In 1996, Dagon left Colombia and moved back to the United States to continue Inquisition and search for a new drummer. That same year Dagon met Incubus, who joined the band on drums and the creation of their debut full length album began. This line-up has remained stable for more than fifteen years and is now seen as the classic Inquisition line-up.
INQUISITION style of black metal involves slow, deep and dark riffing combined with sudden tempo changes to faster sections based around blast beats and high-speed riffing; at times adding melodic solos. The classic Inquisition sound incorporates a combination of early era thrash metal-influenced riffing with darker and more chaotic black metal, primarily involving fast, tremolo picked minor-key guitar riffs, thus creating the trademark "Inquisition sound".
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Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated July 10, 2017

Friends in the state of Washington,
Is there a metal music show in your area that is not listed in this calendar? Does your local metal band have a show coming up and is not listed here? Is your band's name spelled incorrectly? Are the dates wrong? If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
July 11 Numenorean, Wormwitch, Un, Blame the Wizards, Ireshrine at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 11 The Munsens, Slut Penguin, PissWand at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
July 11 Voltumna, Xoth, Noceur, GraveWitch at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 11 Bermuda, Armed for Apocalypse, Filth at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
July 12 Of Feather and Bone (CO), A God or An Other, Crooked Christ, others at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
July 13 Acid Feast, Cartilage, Succumb at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
July 14 The Iron Maidens at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
July 14 Dead Lakes, Blood And Thunder, Groundfeeder, For the Likes of You, Odyssian, Arisen From Nothing at Anchor Pub, Everett, WA
July 14 Mercy Ties, Bädr Vogu (CA), Askevault, Rile at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
July 14 and 15 Backyard Festival at Louie G's, Fife, WA: Sin Circus, Stoic FB, Violet Hallucinations, Jericho Hill, Siren's Rain, Toarn, When it Rains, Better Half Now, Medussas Maidens; Massacre at the Opera, Noctium, Heart Avail, Locomotive, Prelude to a Pistol, Pagan County Rebels, Silent Theory, Strawberry Rocket, The Sinbound; Jesus Wears Armani, After the Fallout, Anthrocene, Mandamus, Children of Atom, Catalyst, Emanon, Eyes of Luna, The War Within, Bella Anima; Chamber 6, Method 13, Out the Hate, Sporicyde, Ironwood, Thunderknife, Voodoo Death Gun, Vesuvian, Post Rapture Party
July 15 Xoth, Krystos, Weaponlord at Lucky Liquor, Seattle, WA
July 15 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Charlie’s Bar & Grill, Olympia, WA
July 15 Wounded Giant, Dangg, The Devils of Loudun at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
July 15 Whythre, Ashen Pyre, Born Without Blood, Noceur, Speak in Tongues at Obscurus, Everett, WA
July 15 Cartilage, Succumb, Methczar at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
July 16 Starkill, After the Fallout, Blood and Thunder, Aphelion, The Skyemonkey at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
July 16 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Eagles, Bremerton, WA
July 16 Wounded Giant, Sir Mark the Poet, Toecutter at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
July 16 Unsane, Fashion Week at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 18 Wounded Giant at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
July 18 Siren's Rain, Merchant Mariner, Strange Camera at Chop Suey, Seattle, WA
July 19 Parasitic Ejaculation, Angel Splitter, Visceral Embodiment at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
July 20 Terror Universal, Hades Machine, Toxic Zombie, Ghosts in the Graveyard at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 20 Chapel of Ghouls Metal DJs at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
July 21 Rhine, Black Bone Exorcism at McCoys Tavern, Olympia, WA
Jul 21 Terror Universal at The Pin, Spokane, WA
Jul 21 The Munsens, Bruja at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 22 Rhine, Rat King, Black Bone Exorcism, Great Falls at Substation, Seattle, WA
July 22 One Master, Winter in the Blood, Serpents Chalice, Kömmand, Kihalas, Ashen Pyre at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 22 Zero Down, The Plot Sickens at Zippy's Giant Burgers at White Center Jubilee Days, WA
July 23 Wednesday 13, Invidia, Gabriel and The Apocalypse, Prey the Hunter at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
July 24 Metal Mondays at Substation, Seattle, WA
July 25 The Sword, Big Jesus at Neumos, Seattle, WA
July 25 Weedeater, Telekinetic Yeti at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
July 26 Undergang, Necrot, Hissing, Fetid at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 27 Crimson Guardian, The Randy Savages, Reverent Circle, Eroder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Hell's Belles at Ocean Shores Beach Resort & Casino, Ocean Shores, WA
July 28 Edge of Paradise, American Wrecking Company at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Jesus Wears Armani, Whythre, Mandamus at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
July 29 Zeke, Acid Teeth, Boxcutter PNW at The Shakedown, Seattle, WA
July 29 Power Skeleton, Himiko Cloud, Mind Beams at Parliament Tavern, Seattle, WA
July 29 Storm the Tower, Weaponlord, Iron Nightingale at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
July 29 Carnotaurus, Resurgence, Alcohology, Dysfunktynal Kaos at The Reserve, Spokane, WA
July 30 Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Spike and the Impalers at The Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
August 2 Wounded Giant at The Pin, Spokane, WA
August 2 Lungs, Serial Hawk, Witch Ripper, Githyanki at Highline, Seattle, WA
August 3 Wounded Giant at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
August 3 September Mourning, What Though Wilt, Sysztem 7, Pelligrini Thursday at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
August 5 Transcribing the Necronomicon, Oxygen Destroyer, Kömmand at McCoys Tavern, Olympia, WA
August 5 Wounded Giant, Year Of The Cobra, Swampheavy, Toecutter at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 5 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
August 5 Wounded Giant, Year of the Cobra, Swampheavy, Toecutter at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 6 Triac, Doc, Transient, Disease at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
August 7 Hemlock, Jesus Wears Armani, TwasmonauT, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 9 Eyehategod, Capitalist Casualties, The Accused AD at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 10 Gojira, Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
August 11 Toe Tag, Power Skeleton, Suburban Hell Kill, The Sharp Teeth at Victory Lounge, Seattle, WA
August 12 Phantom Fears (Rush tribute), Odds & Sods at Tony V's, Everett, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
August 12 Inter Arma, Atriarch, Addaura at Barboza, Seattle, WA
August 13-18 in Seattle: Guitar Workshop Plus with: Tony MacAlpine, Rik Emmet, others
August 17 Summer Slaughter 2017: Headbang for the Highway, Lorna Shore, Betraying the Martyr, Rings of Saturn, Origin, Slaughter to Prevail, Oceano, The Faceless, Dying Fetus, The Black Dahlia Murder at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
August 19 Voodoo Death Gun, Convergence, Fifteen Stitches, The Bare Minimum at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
August 19 Thou Shall Kill, The Morning After, Dilapidation, Urdr, Religicide at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 24 Diamond Head, Substratum, Skelator, Ape Machine, Salem Knights at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 25 Hell's Belles at Uncle Sam's Bar & Grill, Spanaway, WA
August 26 Ashen Pyre at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
August 26 Oxygen Destroyer, Religicide, Blood and Thunder, Religicide, Wuththphuk at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
August 28 Metal Mondays at Substation, Seattle, WA
August 30 Weedeater, Telekinetic Yeti at The Pin, Spokane, WA
August 31 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 1 Queensryche at Walla Walla Frontier Days, Walla Walla, WA
September 3 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder, Fallujah, Ghost Bath, Dismembering Mary, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 5 Inquisition at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 8 The Drip at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 9 Blaze Bailey, Killian Mahaffey at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
September 9 Versus, Dead Crown, Follow the Lights, Down the Scope, Rucker, Vesuvian at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 9 TitanFest 2017: Motograter, Chronological Injustice, The National Guard - Music, Invasive, Bleed The Stone, Syztem7, Jesus Wears Armani, Vial 8, Heart Avail, Salem Knights, Hammerz Down, Voodoo Death Gun at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
September 11 Epica, Lacuna Coil, Insomnium, Elantris at The Showbox, Seattle, WA
September 13 Venom, Inc., Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust, The Convalescene, Rutah, Dysfunktynal Kaos at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 14 Venom, Inc., Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust, The Convelesence, Noctium at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 15 Hell's Belles at Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, WA
September 18 Orphaned Land, Pain, Voodoo Kungfu, Wythre at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle: Witchtrap, others at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 25 The Casualties at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 29 Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer, Striker, Last Bastion, ReEvolution at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 30 Scorpions, Megadeth at Tacoma Doma, Tacoma, WA
October 2 Bat, Savage Master, Bewitcher, Substratum at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 3 The Devils of Loudun at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 4 Cerebral Incubation, Cordyceps, Angel Splitter, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 5 American Wrecking Company at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 10 Soulfly does Nailbomb performing "Point Blank"; Cannabis Corpse, Noisem, Lody Kong, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 17 Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Full of Hell, Artificial Brain, Transcribing The Necronomicon, Dismembering Mary, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 24 Aura Noir, Mutilation Rites, Weregoat at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 28 Vale of Pnath, First Fragment, Virvum, Aethereus at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 29 Vale of Pnath, First Fragment, Virvum, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 4 Narcotic Wasteland, Dreaming Dead, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 17 Washington Deathfest at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA: The Charleston (Monsters Brawl Main Stage) 6pm: Embryonic Devourment, Violent Hallucinations, Progenitor, Whythre, Ghostblood, Nihilist Nation, Ashen Pyre, Oxygen Destroyer. High Fidelity lounge (The Chaos stage 2) 4pm: Monsters Among Gods, Abiosis, Inside Defiance, Prey The Hunter, Noceur
November 18 Boycott the Baptist at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 2 Ghoul, The Plot Sickens, Crud Guns, Misuse of Power, Kömmand at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
December 4 Ghost Ship Octavius, American Wrecking Company, Avoid the Void, Omnisight at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 22 Black Bone Exorcism, Thou Shall Kill, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
December 29 Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
March 19 Udo Dirkschneider, Zero Down, Children of Seraph at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
March 22 Michael Schenker at Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA
April 6 Nightwish at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

NEWS: Haze of Summer new video

Haze of Summer (Russia) has a new video that you can watch below. Haze of Summer is considered post-metal. Check out the video and more of the music at the link below, too.
Haze of Summer "June" (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO | RUS subs)
OFFICIAL: The history of Haze of Summer starts in 2016 in Podolsk, Russia. Initially planning a one man band project, Nikita Druzhinin, finding a like-minded person in the person of Alexander Klaptsov (Grace Disgrace, Bestial Invasion) and began work on material that could go beyond the standard Black Metal. During the recording of the debut album, Andrey Ishchenko (Arkona), Belf (Izmoroz), Ilya Rizaev (Logic Event), Rodion Lubensky, Gosha Yankovsky and Alexander Vorobiev (all from Voice of Omeriki) joined the band as session musicians. Haze of Summer does not position itself as the canonical Black Metal project. The main goal is to get rid of the labels and stamps of a rather conservative genre, both in music and in performance. To convey in the lyrics those thoughts and experiences that are simple and understandable for any person. Having huge experience of participation in collectives of different directions, musicians transferred this experience to a new group. This resulted in a variety of arrangements by Alexander Klaptsov using non-standard combinations of instruments. The group as a whole was influenced by such projects as Deafheaven, Nocte Obducta and Gray Waters.
hazeofsummer.bandcamp.com/releases
facebook.com/hazeofsummer/

NEWS: Mandragora Malevola new album available for listening now

The occult extreme metal entity known as Mandragora Malevola (Portugal) is back in 2017 with a full-length album that follows up the 2015 demo that began it all for them. What a difference for these disciples of the darkness in less than two years! The sound is sharper and this music is ready and primed for the black metal supporters of the world. The demo was good, as this publication observed, but this is something else now. They have improved their craft and this music should be of interest for those that whose souls are committed to the occult black metal, especially the melodic black metal hymns filled with the glory of the dark forces, as you will notice listening to the album at the first link below.
Mandragora Malevola
Awakening the Impvre
release date: April 14th, 2017
label: independent
OFFICIAL: Mandragora Malevola is a manifest of moral freedom, the left path of spiritual independence, the place where men rise in the center of the universe. Mandragora Malevola has not the purpose of unloading energy or exorcising demons, but to know them and accept them as essential part of the human nature. Mandragora Malevola is the acceptance of the mundane decadent human, that whom does not seek god but to be god itself. Mandragora Malevola is the abolition of any religious or mandatory submission.
The seed of Mandragora Malevola germinated in Ereira, Coimbra, in the Autumn of 2013. Formed only by Kaos (ex. Triba) on vocals and Igniferum (Everto Signum, Carma) on the instrumental, Mandragora Malevola celebrates the independence of expression without restrictions. Grasping the meaning and secular history of the mandrake plant, the identity of the band comes from the roots of something evil that grows and takes over their music.
www.mandragoramalevola.bandcamp.com/releases
www.facebook.com/mandragora.malevola

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

NEWS: DRAGONFORCE to kick off North American summer tour this Friday

OFFICIAL: Long-running metal goliaths DRAGONFORCE will kick off a near-month-long North American tour this Friday with support provided by Once Human. Slated to commence July 7th in San Francisco, California and run through July 29th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the tour includes a stop at Chicago Open Air in Chicago, Illinois which features Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Megadeth, and Clutch, among many others, as well as Rise Above Festival in Bangor, Maine with Korn, Stone Sour, Seether, Crobot, and more. See all confirmed dates below.
DRAGONFORCE w/ Once Human:
7/07/2017 Slim's - San Francisco, CA
7/08/2017 The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA
7/09/2017 Club Red - Mesa, AZ
7/11/2017 The Rock Box - San Antonio, TX
7/12/2017 Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill - Dallas, TX
7/14/2017 Fubar - St. Louis, MO
7/15/2017 Chicago Open Air @ Toyota Park - Chicago, IL *
7/17/2017 El Club - Detroit, MI
7/18/2017 Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington DC
7/20/2017 Highline Ballroom - New York, NY
7/21/2017 Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
7/22/2017 Rise Above Festival @ Darling's Waterfront Pavilion - Bangor, ME *
7/23/2017 Corona Theatre - Montreal, QC
7/24/2017 Opera House - Toronto, ON
7/26/2017 The Masquerade - Heaven - Atlanta, GA
7/27/2017 The Beacham Theatre - Orlando, FL
7/28/2017 The Orpheum - Tampa, FL
7/29/2017 Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
* No Once Human
DRAGONFORCE will be touring in support their Reaching Into Infinity full-length recently released in the US via Metal Blade Records. The chart-topping offering earned the #5 spot on the Billboard Hard Music Albums chart, #12 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, #16 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart, #48 on the Billboard Digital Albums chart, #58 on the Billboard Top 200 Current Albums chart, and #70 Billboard Top 200 chart!
For their seventh studio album, DRAGONFORCE has opened up their sound like never before, capturing the fierce, forlorn, and fun with both menace and melody. "I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music," comments bassist Frederic Leclercq. "It's great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with [lead vocalist] Marc [Hudson]'s vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality!" The first album to feature Gee Anzalone, the Italian drummer has laid down an impressive performance to provide the perfect backbone to the DRAGONFORCE sound, which of course still boasts the band's trademark insanely-fast solos, courtesy of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman. Recording the bulk of the album at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden with producer Jens Bogren, the band also laid down tracks while touring their Killer Elite best of-album, utilizing Lamerluser Studios, (London, UK), Dark Lane Studios (Witney, UK), as well as the band's own Evil1 Studios in Charleville-Mezieres, France and Shredforce One Studios (California, US).

read online number 125 of Metal Bulletin Zine

Maybe you drank too much last night and the fireworks are ringing in your ears. Maybe you now read online issue number 125 of Metal Bulletin Zine. Maybe you like it (the zine, I mean; not the ringing in your ears).
featuring too much metal for a Wednesday:
Wreche
Azooma
Wretch
God Dethroned
Solus
Necrot
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

NEWS: Axemaster new album in the works

U.S. heavy metal band Axemaster (Ohio) has announced that they have a new album coming up and it will be called Crawling Chaos. The official statement from the band is found below.
OFFICIAL: After a long silence, we are back with some very important AXEMASTER updates! Since last summer, the band has been working with producer extrodinairre Rick Fuller (who has worked with such major bands as KISS, POWERMAN 5000, TYPE O NEGATIVE, and PRONG) at both his and Joe Sims' studios to record and produce a new full length Axemaster album, the band's second with Pure Steel Records (Germany). All of the final masters for the album, which will be titled "Crawling Chaos", are now close to completion and will soon be sent to Pure Steel along with original professional front cover artwork by Noël Puente. While the new material retains the heavy edge of the previous Axemaster album "Overture to Madness", overall it's also more reminiscent of the bands musical roots from the late 80's. All who are associated with the project agree that in every aspect (both sound and appearance), this will be a very special album for the band!
Additional major band news is that, in coordination with the release of "Crawling Chaos", Pure Steel is planning to also re-release a collection of old Axemaster material ON VINYL. There are very few details available yet (such as the title and which songs will be included), but we do know that Pure Steel has already had most of the band's old material mastered and everything sounds much better than it ever has. We expect to be receiving much more information soon.
No official release date for either album has been set as of yet. We will provide all important updates, details, and information concerning both releases as it become available. In addition to these emails, you can always find the most current band news at the following sites:
facebook.com/axemasterofficial/
Biography: AXEMASTER Axemaster was formed in 1985 by lead guitarist Joe Sims. The project and music has stood the test of time and remains strong after over 30 years.
With the band's original lineup they recorded their first 4 releases: "Slave to the Blade" (demo EP cassette), "Blessing in the Skies" (full length album), "The Vision" (shaped pictured disc single), and "Crusades" (shaped picture disc single), the last 3 being released by Azra International Records. They were also featured on Azra Record's compilation shaped picture record "Metalgon" and in the comedy/horror movie "Killer Nerd". Several lineup changes followed as the band recorded their next 2 releases: "Death Before Dishonor" (full length cassette, European-only release) and "5 Demons (Imperative is their Demise)" (self-released EP cassette). Joe Sims is the only original member to remain and play on every release. After this the band altered their musical direction and changed the name to The Awakening.
Four years later, Unisound Records {Greece} re-issued selected songs from 4 of the band’s releases (as well as 3 songs by The Awakening) on a CD titled "Axemaster & The Awakening, 1985-1995". In 2002 Unisound re-released "Death Before Dishonor" (as well as some unreleased material) on CD. The success of these discs proved that Axemaster's music remained in demand although the band had been inactive for several years.
The band's original lineup briefly re-united in 2007 and re-released "Blessing in the Skies" on disc through Burning Star Records {Greece}. The reunion was short-lived however, and the remaining members moved on to do a studio project under a different name.
In 2010, Sims permanently re-launched Axemaster and over the next couple years, started work on a new album with a lineup that included current members: bassist Jim Curtis, and vocalist Geoff McGraw. Then, in 2014, the band (along with new/current drummer Denny Archer) signed a deal with Pure Steel Records (Germany), and released the full length album "Overture to Madness" in the following year.
After taking a year to play shows in support of "Overture" and to write, the band (with new addition Damin Bennett joining Sims as dual lead guitarists) hit the studio in 2016 to record a new album. Production on the album (which will be titled "Crawling Chaos") is nearing the final stage of completion and is due to be released by Pure Steel Records in 2017.
Axemaster's unique blend of styles (a mix of traditional metal, doom metal, and thrash metal) has proven to be a combination that appeals to metal fans from 2 different generations. This, coupled with the large amount of worldwide exposure they have received over the years and the band's resolve to keep moving forward, gives cause to expect that Axemaster will continue to achieve greater success in the future!
Below is a previously published interview by this publication.
AXEMASTER
Axemaster is traditional heavy metal from the state of Ohio, U.S. The band’s brand of music is rough-and-ready, honest, gritty, blue-collar heavy metal. The band started in 1985, and has gone through lineup changes, including name changes, but lead guitarist Joe Sims, the only remaining member from the old formation, continues to steer Axemaster today. In 2014, the band signed with Pure Steel Records (Germany), and Sims produced, mixed, and mastered the new album "Overture to Madness.” Pure Steel released "Overture to Madness" in March of 2015, an album which, according to the band, “helps to define Axemaster's overall general style as a combination of the dark riffs and feel of doom metal and the energy and aggression of non-speed thrash metal.”
BAND MEMBERS
Geoff McGraw - vocals/rhythm guitar
Joe Sims - lead guitar
Denny Archer - drums
Jim Curtis - bass
This interview seeks to be an in-depth look into the history of Axemaster. There will be more Axemaster coming your way soon. Let’s get this show on the road.
QUESTION: Axemaster has returned with a new album on Pure Steel Records. What can y'all tell us about the current members of the band?

JOE: I'm Joe Sims and I play lead guitar. The other guys are Geoff McGraw on vocals and some rhythm guitar, Jim Curtis is the bassist, and Denny Archer is the drummer. I will tell you what, the metal gods were smiling on us when I put this band together, I don't know how a lineup could be any better all the way around than this one is. Geoff is a hell of a singer with the PERFECT sound and style for the kind of thing we do. He also plays rhythm guitar on some tunes which definitely helps our live sound, and is one hell of a songwriter. Jim and Denny are both world class musicians in their own right. It's really kick ass to not have to take into account any limitations in their playing when I write music because they are more than good enough to play anything I would ever want them to play. Above all that, all the guys are great people and I consider them all close friends. They are all veteran musicians who are true professionals with great attitudes and no egos. This band never has any kind of drama or bullshit with any of the members which is so VERY rare. We all work and write so well together it's almost unreal! For me, the totally positive atmosphere you can feel whenever we're all together keeps me power-motivated to work as hard as I possibly can. I'll tell you what, I'm proud as hell whenever I walk out onstage with those guys!!!!!
QUESTION: Only Joe Sims remains from the early days of the band, formed in 1985, correct? So, how did the current incarnation of the band come together?

JOE: Yeah, I'm the only one who has been on all the Axemaster releases. When I finally decided to put a new version of Axemaster together for good, the first couple guys I contacted were original Axemaster drummer Brian Henderson and our current bassist Jim Curtis. I had worked with them a couple years before on a CD project under the name Inner Terror and we worked well together, so asking them to join was basically a no brainer for me and they wanted in right away.
That whole situation went pretty smoothly, but finding a permanent vocalist was a whole different story. Originally I found a good singer fairly easily, but it was a tough situation right from the start because he didn't have much time at all to put into the band. Then after he had already written and recorded a couple songs for the album, he had to leave the band altogether for personal reasons, so we were stuck. It's usually so damned hard to find a decent singer, and at that point we had already recorded all the music for the album so we were pretty much dead in the water until we could find someone. It was frustrating as hell!!!!
After what felt like forever, I found an ad Geoff had put on Craigslist. Yeah, I was so desperate I was even checking there! After talking to him for a short time and hearing him sing just a couple lines unrehearsed, I KNEW he was the man. Then in spring of 2014 we replaced Brian Henderson with Denny Archer on drums. I don't want to go into the reasons why, but it was necessary to do in order for the band to be able to move forward the way we wanted. I've known Denny since we were kids and we played together in the mid 90's in a band called Reign, so it was a great fit.
Geoff: I find it funny when Joe talks about being so desperate to find a vocalist that he checked Craiglist. I too had never posted an ad on Craigslist before, and was myself pretty desperate to find a band. I had never had a good experience with musicians from Craigslist and had gotten a bunch of weird stuff and only 1 or 2 things that even had any potential when Joe called. So it was serendipitous that we were both so "desperate"...lol.


QUESTION: Looking on Metal Archives, I notice that it is possible that everyone knows each other from years in the scene. However, for your vocalist Geoff McGraw, Metal Archives does not list previous bands. That's not right, or is it? Is he a "newbie"?

JOE: Well, I guess you could say that Geoff is a newbie to the international scene, but he's not at all new to being in bands. He's been doing this almost as long as the rest of us, and has been in some original projects, not just only cover bands. He has just never been with a band that was able to get past the local scene. 

Geoff: Joe is exactly right here, I have done a lot of stuff. While hard rock and metal has always been my passion, I have been in everything from metal to folk music, just nothing so notable as to have had any real impact anywhere. The longest any of my previous projects have lasted is 2 or 3 years, and except for a couple of self produced discs that were available only on CDr, there is virtually nothing recorded. I was just never in the right place or time.
The last couple of things I did before joining Axemaster was playing guitar in a theatrical metal project called Psych Ward, and on my personal pet project called Morrigans Cross. I had always wanted to experiment with the concept I had, but it never got off the ground where I was living at the time. I had a group of guys but some personal issues arose and I found myself having to leave, so when I arrived here I had tried to get musicians for it again but consistently failed at finding the right people. Which is why I had placed the internet ad, I really needed to play with someone. On a side note, no one in this band created the Metal Archives entry for me, and I was shocked and pleasantly surprised to find that someone had made it, so "asphaalanx", whoever and wherever you are...Thanks!


QUESTION: How was the experience of putting together the new album and getting a new version of the band, too? Was that stressful? Was it a full band collaboration? 

JOE: Like I mentioned in the second question, adding Brian and Jim was pretty easy, but finding Geoff was a total bitch and pretty damned stressful!!!! I wrote all the music for the album mainly on my own. Other than a few suggestions about some little things here and there, it was all on me. So there was a very small amount of collaboration, but not much. For the most part I didn't feel any stress when I was writing all the music, except for maybe when I was trying to decide which riffs and tunes we should use for the album, that's just because of how important those decisions were. Overall, all the writing cames pretty easy for me. I was on a real roll, and what's even more kick ass is that the roll hasn't stopped! I have been writing music for something like 35 years now and not only is my creative well FAR from being dry, but over the last 5 years my writing has actually gotten a lot better and easier!!! Anyway, I spent a lot of time on small details which can be tedious at times, but overall I totally enjoyed the whole writing process. Creating new music that will be heard all over the world is probably my favorite part about being a musician. As far as the lyrics go, I'll leave that to Geoff.
Geoff: I felt no stress at all....lol. Aside from the fact that I was, at the time Joe called, pretty sure that I was just spinning my wheels in trying to A) put my personal pet project back together, and B) finding any project that was a fit. So then I went to the audition, Joe started playing some of the music he had written for the album and one song just clicked with some lyrics I had written. We rolled on half a verse and the chorus, and the rest as they say is history. Incidentally that song became "Forsaken", and the lyrics are exactly the same ones as I had on that day. Once I was invited to join the band, I just began to write lyrics. I have always enjoyed the writing process and was extremely happy to be able to put my words on Joe's music. 


QUESTION: How is the new Axemaster different from the old band, and what are the similarities, in your own opinion?

JOE: Well, the way I see it, there are 2 HUGE differences in the band itself. One is Geoff's vocals. Not meaning to put down any of the previous Axemaster singers, but Geoff's singing is a major plus in what we are doing now. His voice fits this material like they were made for each other, and he's a hell of a songwriter. The other thing is that, like I said, all the guys in the band are total top notch pros who have excellent attitudes and never cause any problems or drama. You just don't find bands with a lineup that works this well together and never has internal problems very often. Frankly, it's like a dream for me.
As far as the material goes, I think the newer stuff shows that we now have more experience in music in general and songwriting in particular. Both the music I wrote for the album and the tunes we are now writing as a unit have more of a professional feel about them, better put together and I believe more interesting overall. The current material is slightly morethrashy than a lot of the older Axemaster stuff with more complex rhythms and a lot more interesting guitar layering. I still like the older songs, but to me the newer stuff shows improvements in pretty much every aspect, both in writing and performance.

QUESTION: The new Axemaster album is called "Overture to Madness" on Pure Steel Records. Is it a concept album? What motivated the lyrics of the album this time around for Axemaster?!

JOE: I wrote a lot of the words for all the old Axemaster releases. But even though I always liked the lyrics and phrasing I came up with, I think it works out better when the singer does them and besides, I don't like writing words anywhere near as much as I like writing music. So I left that to Geoff and he did a hell of a job, especially given the circumstances we had with this album.
Geoff: Honestly, no the album isn't a concept album. However when we were talking about album titles I noticed that a lot of the things I had written lyrics about dealt in types of "madness". Whether it was actual insanity or things that might be referred to as "mad". So when I submitted a list of album title ideas to Joe that one ended up being the one everyone seemed to like.
As far as the motivation behind the lyrics, well there are a lot of different things. For the most part I have always written in metaphor, so very few things on this album actually are talking about what they seem to be. There are a lot of personal stories, and genuine anger and rage in the lyrics, which I still don't feel like revealing. In many ways I think sometimes it's more interesting for the listener to abscribe their own meanings or perhaps try to figure out what it actually is about. I love to hear theories from fans about what they think songs are about, so it's fun for me too. I will go so far as to tell you about a couple songs that aren't too deeply personal:
"Chylde" is exactly what it appears to be, based in the world of the supernatural, each verse is about a different supernatural creature. The lyrics were written in a couple of hours, once I heard the music it just spilled out, like the song itself knew what it was about and I just wrote down what it told me.
"Dream Or Nightmare" started because Joe said he'd always wanted to have a song titled that, and I said "OK, lets do it." Everything in that song is intended to give the impression of that point when you are asleep and are stuck between having a dream and falling into nightmares.
"Statute Of Liberty"...NOT Statue as in a sculpture, Statute, as in law or rule. This is the 1st political song I ever attempted, and it was based around a speech by President Eisenhower which warned against investing too much trust in the "military industrial complex." Joe had the sound bites and I wrote the lyrics to describe the situation we find ourselves in now, where the populace is distracted from the things that our government does by bread and circuses, keeping them at each other’s throats rather than noticing the man behind the curtain.
I'll stop there, gotta keep some mystery after all. Plus, I still want to hear what others think our songs are about.
More of this interview coming soon. For now, check some new and old Axemaster below.
Here is a new song by Axemaster.
AXEMASTER "Chylde" (PURE STEEL RECORDS)
The song "Slave to the Blade" is from the 1987 album "Blessing in the Skies"
AXEMASTER "Slave to the Blade"
Axemaster 2015
Axemaster from way back.
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NEWS: Doro Pesch, The Voice Of WARLOCK, Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of Legendary Triumph And Agony Full-Length; Special US Tour Dates Featuring Guitarist Tommy Bolan Announced

Heavy metal living legend Doro Pesch has made a very special announcement, and the United States is included! Read the announcement and see if this show is coming to your city.
OFFICIAL: Released in 1987, Triumph And Agony is the fourth studio album from German heavy metal titans WARLOCK. The record was a mammoth success globally with hit singles and MTV’s Headbangers Ball favorites “All We Are” and “Für immer” among other now-pinnacle anthems like “East Meets West”, “Metal Tango,” “I Rule The Ruins,” and “Touch Of Evil.” Triumph And Agony stands among heavy metal’s true cult classics.
Gushed Decibel Magazine of the zenith offering, “Triumph And Agony contains one glorious anthem after another for the duration of its (too short) forty-minute run time. ‘All We Are’ is the big fist-pumper, their ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ or ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.’ ‘Three Minute Warning’ absolutely scorches, something Accept would have been proud to write. ‘I Rule The Ruins’ lays waste to everything and THEN rules it. ‘Kiss Of Death’ provides the requisite tragic vampire soliloquy, and ‘Make Time For Love’ provides the requisite drama ballad. ‘East Meets West’ taps some serious spine with its love letter to the Land Of The Rising Sun, while ‘Metal Tango’ may be the only, well, metal tango. And then there’s ‘Touch Of Evil,’ which ends with one of the most astonishing vulgar displays of screeching ever recorded.”
And three decades later, the record has lost none of its charm. In honor of its 30th anniversary, this September, WARLOCK vocalist Doro Pesch will, for the first time ever, perform the fist-raising full-length in its entirety on two European festival dates this Summer and a special run of US live performances. Joined by original Triumph And Agony guitarist Tommy Bolan alongside bassist Nick Douglas, drummer Johnny Dee, guitarist Bas Maas and guitarist/keyboardist Luca Princiotta, Pesch will hit Worcester, New York City, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
“Triumph And Agony was our breakthrough album in America,” issues Pesch, “and it’s still one of my absolute favorites! I’m so excited to play some of these songs for the first time and I’m so much looking forward to play with Tommy again. I’m sure it’s gonna sound great and we’ll put on a killer show.”
Warlock - All We Are (Official Video HD)
Warlock Live In London - 1985 (FULL CONCERT)
Doro - East Meets West (feat. Udo Dirkschneider) HD
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Monday, July 3, 2017

black metallers Sacrament ov Impurity taken off Washington Deathfest bill due to accusations from the left

by MMB
The Washington state black metal band Sacrament ov Impurity, which was scheduled to play at the Washington Deathfest in Bremerton at The Charleston, has now been excluded due to accusations by the left that the band promotes a racist ideology. The slanderous nature of the accusations were automatically accepted, unfortunately, and the result is that the band will not play at that show. The leftists hope that all that's needed is to send emails that accuse a band of being racist, sexist or whatever they do not approve, and in this case it has worked. In addition, according to this method of politics against a band, it is the accused that has to attempt to prove that the accusations are false. Your band get accused in an email to a venue, and that's reason enough to exclude the band. Over and over, a band is supposed to state that they do not support fascism or such politics simply because there has been an email that says that they are racist, sexist, homophobic or whatnot. Even the "fans" start to believe it and get defensive and want the band to declare publicly that they are not members of a Nazi organization or group or the like, as if a band now has to check in with the listeners to make sure that no one's liberal feelings are hurt.
By the way, the band has performed lots of shows in this state and plenty of people have seen the shows and have talked to the band. It is not like it is a mystery who this band is and what they do and where they play. They are an occult black metal band. That's what they do. It's black metal. It's no secret and they do not apologize for being black metal. They have played shows in Seattle, Everett, Bellingham and other places in Washington and also in the neighboring state of Oregon, to name a few. By the way, it is not like the band has never expressed itself on this matter. Therefore, once again, here it is, from the band, as they explained once and again the other day in the context of this latest controversy: "We have no political agenda and are not affiliated with any groups on any side of the political spectrum. We are anti censorship and pro free speech. And these days that's all you need to be labeled a Nazi by the far left. Our platform is if you're offended by anything you should probably stop pretending to be a fan of black metal and go back to your safe space."
Below are the announcements by both Washington Deathfest and the band.
OFFICIAL (by Washington Deathfest): Due to Extremely unfortunate news we had to remove Sacrament Ov Impurity from our line up due to emails threatening to shut down our event because of people e-mailing saying that our event is tied with Nazi & white power which is Bullshit we never had any issues with this band and for those hating on bands are cowards. We support all kinds of bands and black metal bands this is the most extremely difficult decision i had to make being over ruled is not something that happens but in safety of fans and bands we wish no Ill harm to happen to anyone we at Washington Deathfest have nothing against Sacrament Ov Impurity. We apologies to all fans of brutal extreme metal and fans of Sacrament caused by this inconvenience. We did speak with the band they are extremely upset as much as we are. We hope to work them again down the road.
OFFICIAL (by the band): We were just informed that we have been removed from Washington Deathfest after The Charleston received "an anonymous email" accusing us of being white power / Nazis. And so, in typical fashion, instead of reaching out to us to see what we have to say, they just cave to the demands of some anonymous d##bags.
This is your scene, this is what happens when venues are allowed to kick bands off shows based on anonymous emails and then are continued to be supported by your business. So f## the Charleston in Bremerton, Washington. And f## any venue that is so cowardly that they would be more concerned about any possible controversy than maintaining any type of integrity.
Here is a previous announcement about the new album The Purest of Sins.
The Mount Vernon, Washington state black metal formation Sacrament ov Impurity now has the new album available at the first link below. Always stubborn and loyal to itself, Sacrament ov Impurity is a band dedicated to "Doomed Frozen Black Metal Art," as they call it. The band does not hesitate and does not beat around the bush about it, this is black metal music of the dark arts and they are always seeking more souls for their covenant. The new album is a great illustration of the band's approach to songwriting: black metal that will take you down the left hand path if you are not there already and songs that you can remember. This is their fourth studio album, and their experience and their power is only getting stronger as they chart their own way towards perfecting their sound. Supporters of underground black metal should find music that aligns with their ideas here.
Sacrament ov Impurity
The Purest of Sins
release date: February 13th, 2017
label: independent
1.An Apparation of Bygone Lament 10:08
2.Your Sleep, I Covet 06:04
3.Sepulture of Modern Man 08:17
4.A Time of Darkness And Decay 06:42
5.Bowing Unto a Monolith of Grief 09:10
6.Sacrificial Descent 08:20
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