Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated September 19, 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 September 19, 2017
September 20 Lich King, Against the Grain, Hidden Internet, Speak in Tongues at Tony V's Garage, Everett, WA
September 21 Lich King, Against the Grain, Hidden Intent, Weaponlord at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 22 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Pints & Quarts Pub, Lacey, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle at Highline, Seattle, WA. Friday September 22nd. Witchtrap (Colombia), Witchaven (Los Angeles), Drawn And Quartered, Malleus (Boston), Xoth. Saturday September 23rd. Hirax (from Los Angeles), Plague Bearer (Ancient Seattle Death Cult reunion), Effluvia (recently reformed death Metal from Washington), Raptor (Portland, Oregon), Oxygen Destroyer
September 23 Wovoka, Drainage, Addaura at McCoy's Tavern, Olympia, WA
September 23 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) private event
September 23 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Swinomish Casino & Lodge, Anacortes, WA
September 24 Black Table, Hexis at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
September 25 Crud Guns, Monsters among Gods, DTI at Substation, Seattle, WA
September 25 The Casualties at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 27 Chapel of Ghouls - Metal DJs at Obsidian at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
September 27 Archons, Raptor Tractor, Hexengeist at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
September 28 Mortal Ashes, Transcribing The Necronomicon, Noceur at Cryptatropa Bar, Olympia, WA
September 28 Old Iron, Glacier, Archons, The Unfortunates at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
September 29 Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer, Striker, ReEvolution at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 29 Scorpions, Megadeth at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, WA
September 29 Bewitcher, Substratum, Kömmand, Pragmatic Chaos at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
September 30 Arisen from Nothing, Blood and Thunder, Emanon at Tony V's, Everett, WA
September 30 Florida Man, Snakes, Into the Storm, Deathbed Confessions at Obscurus, Everett, WA
September 30 Scorpions, Megadeth at Tacoma Doma, Tacoma, WA
September 30 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Drafts & Drums on the Drag, Bremerton Motorsports Park, Bremerton, 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 4 The Devils of Loudun, Rhine, Whythre, Aphelion at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
October 5 American Wrecking Company at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 5 Thor, Weaponlord at Blue Moon Tavern, Seattle, WA
October 7 A Flourishing Scourge, Anthrocene, Shades Of Static at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
October 7 The Mentors, Dead Uncle Steamer at Tony V's, Everett, WA
October 7 Army of Dagon at Skylark, Seattle, WA
October 7 Zero Down, Motogeist, My New Vice at Darryls Tavern, Shoreline, WA
October 8 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
October 8 Lifeless Form, Hissing, Putrid Temple, Cavurn at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
October 8 Swamp Witch, Shrine of the Serpent, Fetid at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 10 Soulfly does Nailbomb performing "Point Blank"; Cannabis Corpse, Noisem, Lody Kong, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 11 Serial Hawk, Old Iron, Archons, and Glose at Lo-fi, Seattle, WA
October 12 The Obsessed, Cobalt at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 13 The Obsessed, Cobalt at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 13 Black Bone Exorcism, others at Slim's Last Chance Saloon, Seattle, WA
October 14 Massacre At The Opera, Juda's Wake, Out The Hate, Method 13 at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
October 14 Thou Shall Kill, What Thou Whilt, Zombie Jihad at Tim's Tavern, Seattle, WA
October 15 Warning, The Body, Worm Ouroboros at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 17 Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Full of Hell, Artificial Brain, Transcribing The Necronomicon, Dismembering Mary, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 20 Zero Down, others at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
October 20 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at The Main Street Bar & Grill, Ferndale, WA
October 21 Tony MacAlpine, Felix Martin at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 21 Thou Shall Kill, Violent Hallucinations, Odyssian, Carnotaurus at Obscurus, Everett, WA
October 21 Divine Skies, The War Within, No Such Season at Madison Pub, Everett, WA
October 23 Thou Shall Kill, Born without Blood, Wuththphuk at Substation, Seattle, Wa
October 23 Isenordal, Dreadnought, InAeona, Rhine at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 24 Aura Noir, Mutilation Rites, Weregoat at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 25 Wolves in the Throne Room at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
October 26 Khazaddum, Monsters Among Gods, Orator, Countless The Dead, Noceur at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
October 27 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Union Square, Longview, WA
October 28 Vale of Pnath, First Fragment, Virvum, Aethereus at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 28 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
October 28 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
October 28 Vale of Pnath, First Fragment, Virvum, Aethereus, Withheld Judgement, Odyssian at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 29 Vale of Pnath, First Fragment, Virvum, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 1 The Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, Exumed, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, Wormwitch, Ashes of Existence at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 4 Narcotic Wasteland, Dreaming Dead, Countless the Dead at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 7 Children of Bodom, Carach Angren, Lost Society, Uncured at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 7 Allegaeon, Ne Obliviscaris at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 9 Suicide Silence, Upon a Burning Body, Slaughter to Prevail, Prison at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 9 Rhine, Rat at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
November 11 Children of Bodom, Carach Angren, Lost Society, Uncured at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 12 Within The Ruins, Aversions Crown, Currents at The Pin, Spokane, WA
November 13 Suicide Silence, Upon A Burning Body, Slaughter To Prevail, Prison at The Pin, Spokane, WA
November 14 Origin, Archspire, Defeated Sanity, Dyscarnate, Visceral Disgorge, The Kennedy Veil at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 15 Gwar, Ghoul, U.S. Bastards at Showbox Sodo, Seattle, WA
November 17 Cannibal Corpse, Power Trip, Gatecreeper at Neumos, 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
November 24 Arch Enemy, Trivium, While She Sleeps, Fit For An Autopsy at Showbox Sodo, Seattle, WA
November 25 Castle at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
November 27 Belphegor, Cryptopsy, Hate at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 2 Ghoul, The Plot Sickens, Crud Guns, Misuse of Power, Kömmand at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
December 2 Oxygen Destroyer, Violent Hallucinations, Grim Ritual, Battle Axe Massacre, Thonis, Transcribing the Necronomicon at McCoy's, Olympia, WA
December 4 Ghost Ship Octavius, American Wrecking Company, Avoid the Void, Omnisight at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 8 Darkest Hour, Warbringer, Exmortus, ReEvolution at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 8 Heartbreaker Led Zeppelin Tribute at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
December 9 Jesus Wears Armani, Massacre at the Opera, Chamber 6, Method 13, Odyssian, Born without Blood, Children of Seraph, As Pillars Fall, Blood and Thunder, After the Fallout, Prey the Hunter, Anthrocene, Bleed the Stone at at Tony V's, Everett, WA
December 16 All That Remains, Alter Bridge at Knitting Factory, Spokane, 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
January 19 Hell's Belles, Elephant Gun Riot at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
March 7 Machine Head at Showbox Market, Seattle, 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
April 15 Uli Jon Roth, Killian Mahaffey at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 10 HammerFall, Flotsam and Jetsam at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
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tech-extreme band Arkaik's new album soon; they are on U.S. tour now

September 29th is the date of the new album by Arkaik. In anticipation of the new work called Nemethia the band has been on the road in the U.S. already and has more shows on the way. Arkaik is joined on the tour by Alterbeast and Inanimate Existence. Below you will find more information about the new album and the tour. Make sure to visit the first link to hear two new songs of wrist-breaking and finger-twisting dexterity intensity.
OFFICIAL: Progressive tech death collective ARKAIK will unleash the anticipated Nemethia, this fall via Unique Leader Records. A continuation on the conceptual saga of the two previous releases, on Nemethia the journey of Cyrix expands into new landscapes, as does the band’s technical prowess and creativity. Their fourth full length for Unique Leader and most ambitious studio album to date was produced, engineered, and mixed by Zack Ohren (Immolation, Fallujah, Suffocation, Decrepit Birth et al.) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California, and features guest appearances by Joe Haley of Psycroptic, Arde Ostowari formerly of Burning The Masses, Stephen Paulson of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and former ARKAIK guitarist Craig Peters, as well as Gabe Seeber from The Kennedy Veil and Decrepit Birth (live) performing drums for the entire album. The cover art and booklet was designed by visionary artist Tyler Space, who worked with the band on their previous release, Lucid Dawn.
ARKAIK has been hard at work creating a series of wildly psychedelic concept albums revolving around a protagonist named Cyrix, a disillusioned character in a dystopian society. Cyrix’ latest journey introduces new characters and brings you into a world of dark occultists, magical allies, and hidden forces. From resurrecting ancient goddesses to cracking the codes of reality and activating hyper dimensional stargates, the chronicle of Cyrix continues. Said founding vocalist Jared Christianson of the record’s concept, “This album fully sets the stage and builds on the story we started developing two albums ago with Cyrix and Metamorphignition. We've begun weaving together our own mythos of synchronicity and symbolism to encapsulate and distill the journey of the alchemist through the gnostic dream. It attempts to reveal through storytelling and allegory that we can experience real freedom and discover the inner treasures that guide us to who, what, and where we want to be, if we are willing to pull back the veil of lies blinding us from the truth of our nature. If I could sum up everything we've done so far, my personal journey and our message as a band in three words it would be the lyric ‘pain to power’ from the song ‘Telegnosis.’ To me, it's about transmuting your struggles into strengths and refining your personal power and will. I really enjoyed making this album and hope people dig it!"
Adds guitarist Greg Paulson of the sound and songwriting process, "This is the most involved I've been on an ARKAIK record so far. The songs are more thought out and meticulously crafted. I wanted to retain the sonic brutality ARKAIK is known for, while introducing new elements to further expand on the band’s sound. I incorporated greater symphonic instrumentation throughout the record and utilized my classical background to add more depth and dynamics to the arrangements. The album is overall more complex, I even added some harmonized vocals to blend with Jared's voice, making for some interesting layered textures. This is sure to be the most unique ARKAIK album to date. I'm really proud of what we created and hope people enjoy it."
ARKAIK w/ Alterbeast, Inanimate Existence:
ALREADY DONE
9/08/2017 Blue Lamp Sacramento - Sacramento, CA
9/09/2017 Bullfrog’s - Kingsburg, CA
9/10/2017 Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
9/11/2017 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
9/12/2017 Club Red Mesa - Mesa, AZ
9/14/2017 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
9/15/2017 Sofies SS Saloon – McAllen, TX
9/16/2017 Tomcats West - Fort Worth, TX
9/17/2017 Bushnookies – Shreveport, LA
UPCOMING
9/19/2017 The District – Lafayette, LA
9/20/2017 Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
9/21/2017 Crowbar - Tampa, FL
9/22/2017 Backbooth - Orlando, FL
9/23/2017 Iron Heights – Augusta, GA
9/24/2017 the End – Nashville, TN
9/26/2017 The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
9/27/2017 Riffhouse Pub – Chesapeake, VA
9/28/2017 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
9/29/2017 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
9/30/2017 Louisville Death Fest – Louisville, KY
10/01/2017 Reggies - Chicago, IL
10/02/2017 Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE
10/04/2017 Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
10/05/2017 The Loading Dock - Salt Lake City, UT
10/06/2017 Eagles Aerie Hall - Henderson, NV
10/07/2017 The Phoenix Theater - Petaluma, CA
uniqueleaderrecords.bandcamp.com/album/nemethia
facebook.com/ArkaikBand

symphonic-progressive extreme metal from North Carolina, U.S.: Rapheumets Well

The futuristic extreme metal band Rapheumets Well has been recognized for its complexity in musical ideas and overwhelming sound that is their specialty. People into really ambitious extreme metal have plenty to sink their teeth into with the band's 2017 album called Enders Door. Look into this band if you are a diehard into the most imaginative sounds of extreme metal, the type of albums that require several listens to process because this American act surely has spent time designing something that will need your full attention.
OFFICIAL: Blending a sound that is a complex mix of classical orchestrations, cosmic synths, and extreme metal to portray the epics of parallel worlds, Hickory, N.C. based Rapheumets Well (Ra-few-mets) bring forth a voyage enriched with lore, fabricated from scratch to show the depth in which represents them as artists. Inspired by the fictitious universe of Sovael, Rapheumets Well is the name coined to the conscious deity who oversees the anastomosis of the multiverse, the master of portals and inter-dimensional travel. Being personified as a trickster, Rapheumet often creates chaos for unsuspecting voyagers. The word “Well” refers to the gravity wells, which like black holes, are catalyst of change and gateways between the cosmic plains.
“We created this name in hopes of personifying a living gateway between dimensions. We love science fiction and a few of us have extended education and degrees in science.” says drummer Joshua Ward. Formed in 2008, 2011 and 2012 saw their first two demos followed by their first self release full length ‘Dimensions’ unleashed in 2014 that progressively told a larger story portrayed in a complex saga of Atai (ancient architects) who aid in the propagation of sentient life throughout the multi-verse. In 2016, they released their highly praised sophomore album ‘The Exile’ via Test Your Metal Records.
From the birth of organic matter to great wars that tear the fabric of space/time, the story of Rapheumets Well’s music serves to immerse you into a world of oddities, which is now continued in the band’s third release ‘Enders Door’ due out on May 26th via Test Your Metal Records. The synopsis of this album is in the fifth era of the Avomenian Empire, amidst the planetary ruins of Vaath, a rogue traveler would discover an artifact that would forever change his place in the cosmos. Upon arriving to retrieve the artifact, it became apparent that Eryos’s brother Nathyiem would never make it to their arranged meeting point. In departing from the planet Vaath, Eryos received a distress signal from his brothers ship, coming from an uncharted planet. Upon arriving, he found a odd world inhabited by a mysterious species called the Dreth led by lecherous matriarch named Eishar. It is here that he would uncover a faced-door, an inter-dimensional gateway to the Ender. Live the band’s concert theatrics is a show truly to entertain the crowd with an opus of metal while still satisfying their story lines in their music creating an intimate but relatable ambiance for fans, especially those who enjoy bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Fleshgod Apocalypse, The Faceless, Emperor, Black Crown Initiate.
testyourmetalofficial.com/rapheumets-well
facebook.com/Rapheumetswell

vintage heavy metal band Night (Sweden) new album out now

The Swedish time machine makers Night released a new work called Raft of the World recently, on September 1st, 2017. Somewhere between 1970s heavy metal and the rise of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal is where you will locate the spirit of Night. You might not know what year it is when you listen to Night and that's probably the way they want it. They have in mind something particular, something different, you could say. Maybe something classic. At any rate, this is vintage heavy metal, it is the young heavy metal from a time past now brought into the present as a living thing in the form of Night. For those that are old and for those that are old at heart, too.
OFFICIAL: On September 1st 2017, Night's third full length album "Raft of the World" will be released through The Sign Records. The album consists of 9 ravishing rock hymns forged together by the band during the fall of '16, and signifies a musical progression of the band towards a more rock-based sound, without leaving their trademarked sharp edged NWOBHM attitude. With a modern take on classic rock 'n' roll, this album takes the listener on an increasingly organic and diverse journey compared to its predecessors. "Raft of the World" was recorded, produced and mixed by Ola Ersfjord (Tribulation, Dead Lord, Lizzies, Honeymoon Disease) with additional recordings (drums & bass) by Linus Lundgren at Studio Ganymeden in their hometown Linköping. Ola Ersfjord contributed to the broader production and soundscape, including instruments such as organs, acoustic guitars and percussion. Mastering was done by Chris Common (The Mars Volta, Chelsea Wolfe, Mastodon) and the artwork is made by the talented artist Mattias Frisk (Ghost, Vanhelgd, Vampire, Trap Them).
About Night: Night is a quartet hailing from the plains of Östergötland, Sweden. The band formed in 2011 and have released two full length albums and two singles. Known for their fierce and intense live performances, Night have built up a reputation as an entity to count on. Today the band consists of Oskar (vocals, electric guitar), Sammy (electric guitar), Joesph (electric bass guitar) and Dennis (battery). Lead Vocalist Oskar commented, "This album is a progression of the whole concept that is Night - both personally and musically. I felt a dire need to express myself on a more personal level, which hadn't really been a priority for me before we started to work on the new songs. Living in a world gone mad, constantly surrounded by people whose lifestyle is basically rooted in greed, unfortunately brings out the worst in otherwise "good" people. It makes you think about what is actually important in life which also triggers the creative and philosophical flow that I really think has been manifested in the new songs."
facebook.com/nightbandofficial/

Monday, September 18, 2017

Seattle's Arisen from Nothing new EP release show

On September 30th at Tony V's Garage in Everett, Washington state, the hard rock/groove metal band Arisen from Nothing will celebrate its new EP called Broken. Friends in the Everett area, check out the information below. Some people describe the music as "For Fans of Lamb of God, DevilDriver, Chimaira, Hatebreed, Machine Head."
OFFICIAL: Come out and help AFN celebrate the release of our latest CD release "Broken" on Collective Wave Records! Joining us will be the mighty Blood and Thunder, up and comers Emanon + guests for a night of epic tunes. This is an ALL AGES event so bring the small people along for the night. AFN is stoked to roll out our new tunes for you at our earliest supporters venue... Tony V's Garage - great food, stiff drinks, and loud music! We're looking to seeing everyone out!!!
OFFICIAL: Seattle has long been a melting pot of great music, a veritable cauldron of creativity. Seattle has given the world bands of the diverse caliber of Heart, Sanctuary and Soundgarden. It is a place where aural alchemy is real and bands know they are in a magical place to create music.Such a band is ARISEN FROM NOTHING, even their name is powerful, conjuring forth images of the phoenix in the flames; a potent symbol of strength and rebirth.Inspired by Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, guitarist Troy Elmore describes ARISEN FROM NOTHING’s sound as “aggressive, driving, groovy, powerful, brutal.”He is stoked for fans to hear AFN’s new EP “Broken”, which draws inspiration from the state of the world around us and is a strident call for unity.
“There’s a lot of subject matter fans should be able to relate to so I’m hoping it will be received well. Fans will appreciate the new AFN sound, and new direction the band is going in. We wanted songs that had moments of musical complexity but maintain a groove that gets your toes tapping and your head banging.”
Live, AFN are untouchable.
“You can expect a high energy show and a band that is accessible. Hanging after the gig with friends and fans has always been part of what AFN is about and we feel it is important to let them known how much they are appreciated. Life is a busy thing for most folks so when they choose to spend their time and hard-earned money for a night out, the least we can do is give them the best show possible…People can expect to see a very in-your-face, tight and aggressive performance, we are confident we can walk onto any stage and deliver a performance that fans will not forget.”
Biography: The Seattle based group Arisen From Nothing has always offered listeners a powerful, lethal combination of hard rock and metal, but the bands musical direction is evolving. In 2017, vocalist Jessie Brigham and drummer Brandon Fuller were added to the lineup. Brigham's deep heavy vocals add a new brutality to the bands sound while preserving the trademark groove oriented style. Brigham's in your face style is artfully contrasted with melodic passages. New drummer Brandon Fuller is the bands most recent addition. Fuller brings a thundering, hard hitting style that will create a chest pounding foundation for the band. Fuller's beats along with Elmore (guitar) and Hanson (bass), provide a rock solid groove for lead guitarist Steven Pontius' dynamic playing and shredding leads.The band will be releasing new music by the fall of 2017 on Collective Wave Records. Stay tuned!
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extreme metal from South Africa: DevilSpeak

The extreme metal band DevilSpeak from South Africa plans to release new music this year. To give people an idea of what to expect they have a new single called "Unearth Hell." Find out more about the band through this official information.
OFFICIAL: "Unearth Hell" is the new single from Cape Town, South Africa's DevilSpeak, released on 12 Sep 2017. It is taken off of their forthcoming EP "See Evil Hear Evil Speak Evil" which is releasing before the end of 2017. Bio: DevilSpeak is a 5 piece Death/Thrash Metal band based in Cape Town, South Africa. DevilSpeak members are Azaliyah Bester on Ryhthm Guitar, De Wet Loots on Lead Guitar, Jarred Williams on Vocals, Francois Meyer on Drums and Derrick Leppan on Bass Guitar. DevilSpeak was formed in August 2014 when Francois auditioned on drums at a practice session with the other four members and everyone immediately recognised that the musical chemistry between them all was very real and special. The next day the name of DevilSpeak was chosen and so the band began. The name DevilSpeak is a play on words of the Devil's Peak mountain in Cape Town. It's a way to say that they are from Cape Town and they are a metal band.
DevilSpeak had their live debut on 20 Mar 2015, having spent 7 months honing a 6 song set into as formidable a shape as possible. DevilSpeak recorded their debut single, Violently Leading The Blind, on 18 and 19 April 2015 at Milestone Studios with Jethro Harris engineering. All instruments were miced up for the recording as the aim here was to capture the live feeling of the band, as well as their actual sound. "Violently Leading The Blind" was released on 1 September 2015 and very soon started getting radio play worldwide, initially in the UK and soon spreading to the USA, Panama, France, and other parts of the world.
In 2016 DevilSpeak was nominated for and won the award for Best Newcomer at the South African Metal Music Awards. Notable shows that DevilSpeak have played include being invited to play at Metal4Africa's Winterfest'15 in Aug 2015, opening for NervoChaos from Brazil on their South African tour they did with Boargazm in Feb 2016, supporting Vulvodynia on their tour of Cape Town in Apr 2016, taking part in the Wacken Metal Battle South Africa in Apr 2016, opening for Rotting Christ in Cape Town in Jul 2016, hosting the Local Aid: South Africa show in Oct 2016 with all proceeds going to the Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch, touring to the Eastern Cape in Dec 2016, supporting Pulvis Et Umbra from Italy in Dec 2016, playing Emalyth Arts Expo: Nine Lives in Pretoria in Jan 2017, closing the night at Metal4Africa's Summerfest'17 in Feb 2017, supporting Belgium's Ashes on their South African tour in Mar 2017, opening the Witchfest 2017 Cape Town event in Apr 2017 which had Mantar and DevilDriver as headliners and supporting South Africa's Terminatryx at their 15 Year Anniversary show in Aug 2017.
In 2017 DevilSpeak was nominated for and won the award for Best Thrash Metal Band at the South African Metal Music Awards. DevilSpeak recorded a 3 track EP in Sep 2016, with preproduction commencing on this in March 2016. The EP was again recorded at Milestone Studios with Jethro Harris engineering. The mastering was done by Kelsey Mastering. "Unearth Hell" was released as a single off this EP on 12 Sep 2017. The EP, entitled "See Evil Hear Evil Speak Evil" consists of 3 tracks and will be released before the end of 2017.
devilspeakofficial.bandcamp.com/track/unearth-hell
facebook.com/devilspeakofficial
twitter.com/devilspeakband

interview with Throne of Heresy (Sweden)

Throne of Heresy’s third album is coming up in November. They are extreme metal and they are already prepared to let the audiences experience the new album called Decameron. Having heard the album in its entirety, it is clear that they are aiming high with their sights on the classic tradition of death metal and melodic black metal. Most importantly for fans, the music sounds tightly executed, with an educated knowledge of the particular field to which they are dedicated. It is not that the album is “promising,” it’s that it already delivers the goods. Go to the first link to hear a song from the new album.
Hello, there, Throne of Heresy! How many people played on the new album and is everyone on the recording a member of the band?
Hey there, this is Thomas Clifford (vocals) answering your questions. Thanks for getting in touch.
When we recorded Decameron, there were the five main band members plus guest appearances of Karl Beckman (King of Asgard) and Maliika who both added some excellent backing vocals. We also enlisted local voice actor Ben Kersley for the spoken parts in Liber Secretorum.
Our current line-up got together in 2016 when guitarist Lars Björkens joined us. But the band has been going since 2009.
The band lives in Linköping, says Metal Archives. Is that true? Are there venues for your band to perform in that city? How is life, aside from music? What's fun or interesting to do in that city?
Actually, we're not really based in Linköping anymore. Our bassist Björn is the only one living there. The rest of us are spread out across the Ostrogothian County. We have our base in the small town of Mjölby, so I guess that's what it should say in MA.
Anyway, the distances are rather short here so regarding your questions of Linköping, yes there are some good venues there (even though the main one for underground metal "The Crypt" just closed). We generally have good promoters and venues in Sweden. Here there's Hell Yeah Rock Club, K&K Backstage, L'orient, etc. I've been to concerts with Judas Priest, Nile, Opeth and so on in Linköping so it's not too bad.
Aside from music, I guess you can go check out the historical sites like Alvastra abbey (which is also featured on our album), or visit the Airforce Museum and so on.
Who did the artwork? Do you know the artist? What is relation between the artwork and the title of the album overall?
The artwork is done by renowned album cover artist Mattias Frisk, who also happens to be a friend of ours (we share rehearsal space and drummer with his band Vanhelgd).
The album is a chronicle of the spread of the black death. In many ways the tracks paint a macro-perspective of the plague, following it from country to country. The artwork is the opposite, a micro-perspective focused on the ultimate human suffering. It is a perfect fit for the album since it ties together the concept in a direct way. What it all comes down to is that death is always close-up and personal, both for the dying and their relatives or close ones.
Tell us about your new album. It is your third. Where did you record it? Did you have a producer? How does a producer help your band? Bands often say that their new album is their best work and it might be true. Is it true, in your opinion, for your band?
We recorded our album at Endarker Studios, owned and run by producer Magnus "Devo" Andersson who is also the bass player of Marduk. He has years of experience with this kind of music and it just helps a lot to have someone with his talent and sense when making an album like this. Just getting the right guitar sound can be tricky as hell but he listened to us and then got started. I think he made maybe three or four sound tests before we got one we liked, then he tweaked it some more and eventually that is what ended up on the album.
As for whether this is our best album so far, I will say yes. I will always say yes. If I didn't think so, I wouldn't want to release it. Perhaps time will tell differently, but when you're done with a project like this you've put in weeks or months of creative output, going over every detail, rewriting, rearranging and just living with it every waking minute. If you don't believe in it then, you might as well stop.
You just finished the album. Is it perfect, just the way you wanted? Is there anything you’d like to change?
No idea. This is honestly impossible to answer right now. I am still too close to the process of this album to hear it objectively. There are a few lyrics parts that I would have wanted to work on some more perhaps, but generally I am very satisfied with the lyrics as a whole. Hopefully the few who actually still read lyrics will find them interesting, too. They're full of historical tidbits and references from a wide range of sources. There's even a literature reference list in the booklet.
Your band is on The Sign Records. What does being on a label mean to you?
The label is good in the way that they take some of the workload off you when you're just coming out of the studio. Once an album is fully recorded and you leave the studio for the last time, it is cathartic. But you're also likely to be exhausted and in a state where you want to get away from anything to do with the album for a while (remember the months of work I mentioned?). That's where the label is a great thing. They can take the album and start working on the next steps - pressing, PR etc. Also, they pay for some things which is nice.
I like your extreme metal and I like the speed and tightness, but I do like that you have melody, too. How has the use of melody developed for your band?
The melodic aspects on this album are tied in with the atmosphere we wanted to create. One of despair and melancholy. I think we managed to convey that for the most part. We're very careful not to cross into the "melodic death metal" or "Gothenburg" style though. That is not the path for Throne of Heresy. We are a death metal band with black metal influences, and so we shall stay.
Is there some room for younger bands from Sweden to go out on tour in Europe?
It is possible of course and we are currently looking for gigs and festivals in Europe. Get in touch with us if you want us to play at your venue.
Where can interested people hear your complete album when it is ready?
The album will be released on November 3rd and can then be heard on all major digital outlets like iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, etc. It will probably be up in full on our Bandcamp then too.
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Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated September 18, 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 September 18, 2017
September 18 Orphaned Land, Pain, Voodoo Kungfu, Whythre at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 19 Predatory Light, Witch Vomit, Fetid at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 20 Lich King, Against the Grain, Hidden Internet, Speak in Tongues at Tony V's Garage, Everett, WA
September 21 Lich King, Against the Grain, Hidden Intent, Weaponlord at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle at Highline, Seattle, WA. Friday September 22nd. Witchtrap (Colombia), Witchaven (Los Angeles), Drawn And Quartered, Malleus (Boston), Xoth. Saturday September 23rd. Hirax (from Los Angeles), Plague Bearer (Ancient Seattle Death Cult reunion), Effluvia (recently refomred death Metal from Washington), Raptor (Portland, Oregon), Oxygen Destroyer
September 23 Wovoka, Drainage, Addaura at McCoy's Tavern, Olympia, WA
September 23 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Swinomish Casino & Lodge, Anacortes, WA
September 24 Black Table, Hexis at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
September 25 Crud Guns, Monsters among Gods, DTI at Substation, Seattle, WA
September 25 The Casualties at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 27 Chapel of Ghouls - Metal DJs at Obsidian at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
September 28 Mortal Ashes, Transcribing The Necronomicon, Noceur at Cryptatropa Bar, Olympia, WA
September 29 Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer, Striker, ReEvolution at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 29 Scorpions, Megadeth at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, WA
September 29 Bewitcher, Substratum, Kömmand, Pragmatic Chaos at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
September 30 Arisen from Nothing, Blood and Thunder, Emanon at Tony V's, Everett, WA
September 30 Florida Man, Snakes, Into the Storm, Deathbed Confessions at Obscurus, Everett, WA
September 30 Scorpions, Megadeth at Tacoma Doma, Tacoma, WA
September 30 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Drafts & Drums on the Drag, Bremerton Motorsports Park, Bremerton, 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 4 The Devils of Loudun, Rhine, Whythre, Aphelion at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
October 5 American Wrecking Company at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 5 Thor, Weaponlord at Blue Moon Tavern, Seattle, WA
October 7 A Flourishing Scourge, Anthrocene, Shades Of Static at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
October 7 The Mentors, Dead Uncle Steamer at Tony V's, Everett, WA
October 7 Army of Dagon at Skylark, Seattle, WA
October 7 Zero Down, Motogeist, My New Vice at Darryls Tavern, Shoreline, WA
October 8 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
October 8 Lifeless Form, Hissing, Putrid Temple, Cavurn at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
October 8 Swamp Witch, Shrine of the Serpent, Fetid at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 10 Soulfly does Nailbomb performing "Point Blank"; Cannabis Corpse, Noisem, Lody Kong, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 12 The Obsessed, Cobalt at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 13 The Obsessed, Cobalt at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 13 Black Bone Exorcism, others at Slim's Last Chance Saloon, Seattle, WA
October 14 Massacre At The Opera, Juda's Wake, Out The Hate, Method 13 at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
October 15 Warning, The Body, Worm Ouroboros at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 17 Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Full of Hell, Artificial Brain, Transcribing The Necronomicon, Dismembering Mary, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 20 Zero Down, others at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
October 21 Tony MacAlpine, Felix Martin at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 21 Thou Shall Kill, Violent Hallucinations, Odyssian, Carnotaurus at Obscurus, Everett, WA
October 21 Divine Skies, The War Within, No Such Season at Madison Pub, Everett, WA
October 23 Thou Shall Kill, Born without Blood, Wuththphuk at Substation, Seattle, Wa
October 23 Isenordal, Dreadnought, InAeona, Rhine at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 24 Aura Noir, Mutilation Rites, Weregoat at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 25 Wolves in the Throne Room at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
October 26 Khazaddum, Monsters Among Gods, Orator, Countless The Dead, Noceur at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
October 28 Vale of Pnath, First Fragment, Virvum, Aethereus at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 28 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
October 28 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
October 28 Vale of Pnath, First Fragment, Virvum, Aethereus, Withheld Judgement, Odyssian at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 29 Vale of Pnath, First Fragment, Virvum, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 1 The Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, Exumed, Decrepit Birth, Necro, Wormwitch, Ashes of Existence at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 4 Narcotic Wasteland, Dreaming Dead, Countless the Dead at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 7 Children of Bodom, Carach Angren, Lost Society, Uncured at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 7 Allegaeon, Ne Obliviscaris at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 9 Suicide Silence, Upon a Burning Body, Slaughter to Prevail, Prison at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 9 Rhine, Rat at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
November 11 Children of Bodom, Carach Angren, Lost Society, Uncured at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 12 Within The Ruins, Aversions Crown, Currents at The Pin, Spokane, WA
November 13 Suicide Silence, Upon A Burning Body, Slaughter To Prevail, Prison at The Pin, Spokane, WA
November 14 Origin, Archspire, Defeated Sanity, Dyscarnate, Visceral Disgorge, The Kennedy Veil at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 15 Gwar, Ghoul, U.S. Bastards at Showbox Sodo, Seattle, WA
November 17 Cannibal Corpse, Power Trip, Gatecreeper at Neumos, 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
November 24 Arch Enemy, Trivium, While She Sleeps, Fit For An Autopsy at Showbox Sodo, Seattle, WA
November 25 Castle at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
November 27 Belphegor, Cryptopsy, Hate at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 2 Ghoul, The Plot Sickens, Crud Guns, Misuse of Power, Kömmand at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
December 2 Oxygen Destroyer, Violent Hallucinations, Grim Ritual, Battle Axe Massacre, Thonis, Transcribing the Necronomicon at McCoy's, Olympia, WA
December 4 Ghost Ship Octavius, American Wrecking Company, Avoid the Void, Omnisight at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 8 Darkest Hour, Warbringer, Exmortus, ReEvolution at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 8 Heartbreaker Led Zeppelin Tribute at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
December 9 Jesus Wears Armani, Massacre at the Opera, Chamber 6, Method 13, Odyssian, Born without Blood, Children of Seraph, As Pillars Fall, Blood and Thunder, After the Fallout, Prey the Hunter, Anthrocene, Bleed the Stone at at Tony V's, Everett, 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 7 Machine Head at Showbox Market, Seattle, 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
April 15 Uli Jon Roth, Killian Mahaffey at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 10 HammerFall, Flotsam and Jetsam at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

speed metal from Germany: Stallion

Stallion plays speed metal like the heroes of heavy metal and with flying solos. They have been around for some four years and they are already on their second album. They recorded some demos early on, but now on the latest album they bring the classic speed to heavy metal in a more serious and experienced way. So, what is speed metal in 2017? Well, how about checking out Stallion and see how you like it?
--MMB
Stallion
From The Dead
Label: High Roller Records
Release date: 30.06.2017
Distribution: Soulfood
OFFICIAL: The future looks bright for Stallion. They are one of the most promising up and coming traditional heavy metal bands from Germany. The first pressing of the 2014 re-issue of their debut mini-album »Mounting The World« (initially self-released in 2013) via High Roller Records sold out in no time. No wonder that they took the prestigious Keep It True festival by storm. With 2014’s »Rise And Ride« longplayer Stallion carried on where they have left off with »Mounting The World«. With their second album »From The Dead« it’s now time to show their fans that Stallion are willing to progress without leaving the path of traditional heavy metal... And songs such as “Waiting For A Sign”, “Awaken The Night” and “Underground Society” show exactly this. Vocalist Paul, coming across on »From The Dead« as a cross between Cirith Ungol’s Tim Baker and Klaus Thiel of Germany’s Bullet, explains: “We took our time to work on the songs for the new album. We did not rush things for »From The Dead«. That’s maybe the biggest difference between our first and our second album. The songs evolved over time, and they changed as well. Some quite dramatically so. In addition to that it was more of a group effort this time around. Everybody in the band was involved a lot more in the actual songwriting process.” So it is quite safe to say that overall »From The Dead« is a more mature album in comparison to »Rise And Ride«. There is no reason for Paul to disagree: “That’ for sure, yes. You could say that. With the mini-album, and »Rise And Ride« as well, we had nothing to lose. It was our aim to have a vinyl out and we did not care at all what the scene was thinking about it. I have to stress that this has not really changed with the new album. We still make the music we like. But of course our own quality control has become a lot stricter. So all in all, »From The Dead« might as well be considered a more ‘grown up’ album at the end of the day.” "From the Dead" was completely recorded by Stallion themselves and mixed by their guitar player Äxxl. He took care of everything in this process. For this reason it took a bit longer to bring out the record but therefore the album got its own authentic Stallion sound.
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thrash from Sweden: My Regime

My Regime is a thrash band from Sweden and in 2017 they have a new album called Deranged Patterns. It is their second album, actually. Below you can find out more about who they are and where they musically come from. If you listen to thrash, especially a more traditional style of thrash, My Regime could be a band for you. Be sure to visit their page to get the ball rolling.--MMB
My Regime
Deranged Patterns
Scarlet Records
Release: 23 June 2017
OFFICIAL: Swedish Thrash Metal heroes My Regime, featuring legendary singer/songwriter Spice (Spiritual Beggars, Kayser) and members/ex-members of Spiritual Beggars, Kayser, Band of Spice and The Mushroom River Band, are going to release their new album 'Deranged Patterns' on June 23rd on Scarlet Records. The album has been described as a furious thrash metal attack that brings to the table some of the fastest and sharpest riffs ever conceived, with an old school feel and plenty of attitude.The cover artwork was made by Italian artist Paolo Girardi (Manilla Road, Black Breath, Inquisition). This is how Spice commented: "I just gave Paolo some small details of what the lyrics were about and the state of my mind when I wrote them. Other than that I pretty much gave him free hands to come up with his own vision. I knew he would surprise me in a good way. He is one of a kind. Unique. A true artist". And about the new album: "'Deranged Patterns' pretty much took off where the last one ended. The only difference is that the new songs have been injected with some serious steroids. It’s full of blistering and bonecrushing riffs. It’s heavy and raw. It’s ”take no prisoners”. Once again we recorded the drums in the old fashioned way. No fucking pre recorded clicktrack guitars. Just me and Bob Ruben in the same room, finding the groove, the pace and getting it done. There is a lot more "meat" in the guitar sound this time. Also the bass has more balls. I think the whole record has a lot more punch and a bigger sound to it than the last one. Many of the lyrics deal with how to cope and to stay sane in the almost surreal reality of a "politically correct" World. It's about the inner war. The madness around. Blood and guts and all our beheaded dreams. It's fucking Thrash Metal!"
• New band for the legendary Swedish singer/songwriter Spice (Spiritual Beggars, Kayser)
• My Regime’s sound is sharp, heavy and aggressive, with deep roots in the Eighties thrash metal scene and some very distinctive features to make it stand out
• Engineered, mixed and mastered by Limme Johnsson
• Produced by Spice
• Cover artwork by Paolo Girardi (Manilla Road, Black Breath, Inquisition)
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scarletrecords.it/artists/my-regime/

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated September 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 September 16, 2017
September 18 Orphaned Land, Pain, Voodoo Kungfu, Whythre at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 20 Lich King, Against the Grain, Hidden Internet, Speak in Tongues at Tony V's Garage, Everett, WA
September 21 Lich King, Against the Grain, Hidden Intent, Weaponlord at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle at Highline, Seattle, WA. Friday September 22nd. Witchtrap (Colombia), Witchaven (Los Angeles), Drawn And Quartered, Malleus (Boston), Xoth. Saturday September 23rd. Hirax (from Los Angeles), Plague Bearer (Ancient Seattle Death Cult reunion), Effluvia (recently refomred death Metal from Washington), Raptor (Portland, Oregon), Oxygen Destroyer
September 23 Wovoka, Drainage, Addaura at McCoy's Tavern, Olympia, WA
September 23 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Swinomish Casino & Lodge, Anacortes, WA
September 24 Black Table, Hexis at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
September 25 Crud Guns, Monsters among Gods, DTI at Substation, Seattle, WA
September 25 The Casualties at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 29 Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer, Striker, ReEvolution at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 29 Scorpions, Megadeth at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, WA
September 29 Bewitcher, Substratum, Kömmand, Pragmatic Chaos at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
September 30 Arisen from Nothing, Blood and Thunder, Emanon at Tony V's, Everett, WA
September 30 Scorpions, Megadeth at Tacoma Doma, Tacoma, WA
September 30 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Drafts & Drums on the Drag, Bremerton Motorsports Park, Bremerton, 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 4 The Devils of Loudun, Rhine, Whythre, Aphelion at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
October 5 American Wrecking Company at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 5 Thor, Weaponlord at Blue Moon Tavern, Seattle, WA
October 7 A Flourishing Scourge, Anthrocene, Shades Of Static at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
October 7 The Mentors, Dead Uncle Steamer at Tony V's, Everett, WA
October 7 Army of Dagon at Skylark, Seattle, WA
October 7 Zero Down, Motogeist, My New Vice at Darryls Tavern, Shoreline, WA
October 8 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
October 8 Lifeless Form, Hissing, Putrid Temple, Cavurn at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
October 10 Soulfly does Nailbomb performing "Point Blank"; Cannabis Corpse, Noisem, Lody Kong, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 12 The Obsessed, Cobalt at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 13 The Obsessed, Cobalt at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 13 Black Bone Exorcism, others at Slim's Last Chance Saloon, Seattle, WA
October 14 Massacre At The Opera, Juda's Wake, Out The Hate, Method 13 at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
October 15 Warning, The Body, Worm Ouroboros at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 17 Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Full of Hell, Artificial Brain, Transcribing The Necronomicon, Dismembering Mary, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 20 Zero Down, others at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
October 21 Tony MacAlpine, Felix Martin at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 21 Thou Shall Kill, Violent Hallucinations, Odyssian, Carnotaurus at Obscurus, Everett, WA
October 21 Divine Skies, The War Within, No Such Season at Madison Pub, Everett, WA
October 23 Thou Shall Kill, Born without Blood, Wuththphuk at Substation, Seattle, Wa
October 24 Aura Noir, Mutilation Rites, Weregoat at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 25 Wolves in the Throne Room at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
October 28 Vale of Pnath, First Fragment, Virvum, Aethereus at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 28 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
October 28 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
October 28 Vale of Pnath, First Fragment, Virvum, Aethereus, Withheld Judgement, Odyssian at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 29 Vale of Pnath, First Fragment, Virvum, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 1 The Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, Exumed, Decrepit Birth, Necro, Wormwitch, Ashes of Existence at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 4 Narcotic Wasteland, Dreaming Dead, Countless the Dead at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 7 Children of Bodom, Carach Angren, Lost Society, Uncured at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 7 Allegaeon, Ne Obliviscaris at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 9 Suicide Silence, Upon a Burning Body, Slaughter to Prevail, Prison at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 9 Rhine, Rat at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
November 11 Children of Bodom, Carach Angren, Lost Society, Uncured at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 12 Within The Ruins, Aversions Crown, Currents at The Pin, Spokane, WA
November 13 Suicide Silence, Upon A Burning Body, Slaughter To Prevail, Prison at The Pin, Spokane, WA
November 14 Origin, Archspire, Defeated Sanity, Dyscarnate, Visceral Disgorge, The Kennedy Veil at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 15 Gwar, Ghoul, U.S. Bastards at Showbox Sodo, Seattle, WA
November 17 Cannibal Corpse, Power Trip, Gatecreeper at Neumos, 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
November 24 Arch Enemy, Trivium, While She Sleeps, Fit For An Autopsy at Showbox Sodo, Seattle, WA
November 25 Castle at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
November 27 Belphegor, Cryptopsy, Hate at Studio Seven, Seattle, 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 8 Darkest Hour, Warbringer, Exmortus, ReEvolution at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 8 Heartbreaker Led Zeppelin Tribute at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
December 9 Jesus Wears Armani, Massacre at the Opera, Chamber 6, Method 13, Odyssian, Born without Blood, Children of Seraph, As Pillars Fall, Blood and Thunder, After the Fallout, Prey the Hunter, Anthrocene, Bleed the Stone at at Tony V's, Everett, 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
April 15 Uli Jon Roth, Killian Mahaffey at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 10 HammerFall, Flotsam and Jetsam at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
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Seattle area, tonight, Saturday night concerts, September 16

September 16 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Kitsap County Fairgrounds, Bremerton, WA
September 16 Army of Dagon at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
September 16 The War Within, Scourged, others at Anchor Pub, Seattle, WA
September 16 Jesus Wears Armani, Groundfeeder, Vultures above Us, others at Tony V's, Everett, WA

Seattle metal mavericks Rhine going West to wrustle up

The mavericks of metal of Seattle are fixing to go to West and see what they can find. From Washington to Oregon to California to Nevada and Arizona, this is going to be a good little trail to do some rounding up and taking the wagons for a ride.
OFFICIAL: Excited to announce the dates for our next tour this November with our brothers in Rat King! Catch us in a city near you November 9-18:
November 9 - Seattle, WA @ The Kraken Bar & Lounge
November 10 - Eugene, OR @ Black Forest
November 11 - Eureka, CA @ The Siren's Song Tavern
November 12 - Reno, NV @ Jub Jub's Thirst Parlor
November 13 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Garth
November 14 - Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
November 16 - Long Beach, CA @ Blacklight District Lounge
November 17 - San Jose, CA @ Caravan Lounge San Jose
November 18 - Portland, OR @ Black Water
Stay tuned for details. See you soon!
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Friday, September 15, 2017

tonight, Friday night, in Everett, WA

Friends in Everett, WA!
This is tonight at Obscurus
Born Without Blood
Anthrocene
Sausage Slapper
Large Marge
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NEWS: Skeletal Remains and Dark Descent Records Join Forces

OFFICIAL: Dark Descent Records is excited to announce a partnership with Southern California death metal band SKELETAL REMAINS for their upcoming third studio album in spring 2018. The band's newest opus is being recorded at Trench Studios in California and will be mixed by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio. Dark Descent Records will be responsible for the album's release in North America while Century Media Records will handle the rest of the world.
"We're extremely excited and honored to announce our signing with Century Media Records and Dark Descent Records! We'd like to thank Rico and the FDA family for everything they have done for us and helped us with in the past few years! We will be going into the studio record our next album in late October, so expect a release around spring next year. Thank you all for the support and we'll be seeing you out on the road real soon!" - SKELETAL REMAINS
"Having witnessed the band's impressive live performance at Maryland Deathfest 2017 and talking to them before and after their set, it was clear to me that more people need to hear this band. As purveyors of all things rotten and nasty, the partnership with Dark Descent Records is a perfect fit!" - Matt Calvert/Dark Descent Records
Formed in 2011, SKELETAL REMAINS released two highly-acclaimed albums (Beyond the Flesh in 2012 and Condemned to Misery in 2015) via German record label FDA Rekotz. On the strength of these two albums, SKELETAL REMAINS toured Europe, US and also Japan performing at festivals such as Maryland Deathfest, Party San, Brutal Assault, Obscene Extreme and Hellfest.
Biography (not updated): Around May 2011-Anthropophagy Formed by Chris Monroy - Guitar/Vocals, Mike De La O - Guitar/Vocals, & Chris Reyes - Drums. They started under the name Anthropophogy and would later change it to Skeletal Remains. Anthropophogy went into the studio to record a 3 song demo "Desolate Isolation" In June which included a PESTILENCE cover "Chronic Infection". During the recording of "Desolate Isolation" former guitarist Mike De La O, decided to part ways with the band due to personal reasons. So the recordings were finished by Chris M. and Christian R. Shortly after the demo release, Adrius Marquez Came in on Bass and Adrian Obregon On Lead Guitar and they decided to change their name to Skeletal Remains. Their Debut Album was released November 9th 2012 via FDA REKOTZ a small European Tour between July-August 2013 was done along with festivals such as Party San Open Air(Ger) and Brutal Assault(CZ). Skeletal Remains is currently in the studio recording their 2nd full length.
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NEWS: Buried above Ground

Buried above Ground is a deathcore band from the United States. They have an EP out and also some videos. Find out more about the band below.
Buried above Ground
Birth EP
Seek and Strike
Release: 5 September 2017
DJ Gunnarson (guitars, vocals) states: “This time around the video's concept was less about a concept or story at all, and more about what emotions certain visuals could stir up. We wanted to have a lot of dark imagery that correlated visually with those emotions. Instead of the standard single linear story-line mixed with random band performance shots, we really wanted to create a visual onslaught of different dark and visceral images that created unease and fear in the viewer.
"We felt that the video should be as visually unrelenting, as the song and lyrics are musically. This video is our defining statement to the masses showing what this band is truly all about, as well as how our music should be experienced. It’s also by far the most rewarding video we have ever worked on."
BURIED ABOVE GROUND is an American death metal band from Minneapolis, MN. Thanks in part to their unrelenting musical style and energetic live performances, they have built themselves a healthy underground following. Already sharing the stage with bands such as Behemoth, Ministry, After The Burial, and more, the band has proven they have what it takes.
Band Members:
Eric McMahon - Vocals
DJ Gunnarson - Guitars / Vocals
Coz - Bass / Programming
Sam "Digg" Flach - Drums
Buried Above Ground - Serpent (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) *Directors Cut
Buried Above Ground - I Am God (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)
www.facebook.com/buriedabovegroundofficial

NEWS: SACRED REICH 30 Years Of Ignorance North American Tour With Support From BYZANTINE Already Underway

OFFICIAL: Currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of their classic album, Ignorance, Arizona thrashers SACRED REICH will kick off the North American leg of their 30 Years Of Ignorance tour! The trek runs through October 7th. Support will be provided by labelmates BYZANTINE.
SACRED REICH w/ BYZANTINE:
DONE: 9/14/2017 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA w/ Hirax, Yidhra
9/15/2017 The Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles, CA w/ Hirax, Yidhra
9/16/2017 Slim's - San Francisco, CA w/ Yidhra
9/18/2017 Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
9/19/2017 The Riot Room - Kansas, MO
9/20/2017 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
9/21/2017 Opera House - Toronto, ON
9/22/2017 Les Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC
9/23/2017 Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
9/24/2017 Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
9/25/2017 Voltage - Philadelphia, PA
9/27/2017 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
9/28/2017 Southport Hall - New Orleans, LA
9/29/2017 Trees - Dallas, TX
9/30/2017 Scout Bar - Houston, TX w/ Slim
10/01/2017 Rock Box - San Antonio, TX
10/02/2017 Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX *
10/07/2017 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ *
* no BYZANTINE
Formed in 1986, SACRED REICH is part of the second wave of thrash, along with Testament, Death Angel, Destruction, and Dark Angel. Over the years, SACRED REICH has produced a catalog of politically charged, aggressive music that has stood the test of time. The band'spinnacle Ignorance album is currently available as a special 30th Anniversary LP and digipak CD reissue via Metal Blade Records (with original artwork). The digipak CD features bonus tracks whilethe vinyl has received the "MB Originals" treatment, which means 400g heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), 60x60cm two-sided artwork posters, and 250g inserts. The album has also been remastered by Patrick W. Engel. To view a live video for the classic track "Surf Nicaragua" visit the link below.
BYZANTINE - the most underrated band from the new wave of american heavy metal movement - will be touring in support of their recently issued, The Cicada Tree. Upon its first week of release, the record earned the #11 spot on Billboard's Current Digital Albums Chart, #16 on the Current Hard Music Albums Chart, #29 on the Record Label Independent Current Albums Chart, #145 Top 200 Current Albums Chart, and #13 on the Top New Artist Chart. To state that The Cicada Tree is "classic BYZANTINE" in no way implies that this is an album solely rooted in the band's past. Certainly, all the hallmarks that have made their sound so compelling for close to two decades are present and correct: muscular yet lithe riffs and fluid leads play against gripping, dynamic and at times unpredictable rhythms, while rich melodies and lyrics that are both involved and intelligent wind their way through every track. But, once more, the groove metal unit has continued their steady evolution - the interplay between their members organic and natural, imbuing the record's sixty-two-minute running time with a freshness and urgency.
metalblade.com/sacredreich
facebook.com/Sacred-Reich
metalblade.com/byzantine
facebook.com/ByzantineWV

Thursday, September 14, 2017

review: Ensiferum

[review by MMB]
Ensiferum
Two Paths
Metal Blade Records
release: 15 September 2017
1.Ajattomasta unesta 02:12
2.For Those About to Fight for Metal 05:17
3.Way of the Warrior 03:57
4.Two Paths 04:48
5.King of Storms 05:16
6.Feast with Valkyries 04:08
7.Don't You Say 03:39
8.I Will Never Kneel 05:00
9.God Is Dead 04:15
10.Hail to the Victor 05:10
11.Unettomaan aikaan 02:14
12.God Is Dead (alternative version) 03:55
13.Don't You Say (alternative version) 03:39
total time: 53:30
After more than two decades of refining and tweaking the music Ensiferum has perfected the art of party metal. There is a time and a place for things, but Ensiferum time is a time to rock, eat, drink and be merry—whether it is a Finnish holiday or just another Monday night in Helsinki, or the 4th of July, Kwanzaa, 5 de Mayo or Oktoberfest, or just a normal midweek pirate party. The music sounds upbeat and fun, with their signature style of folk metal. On the other hand, this is not to say that the band does not take the construction of the songs seriously. On the contrary, you can really hear all the instruments on this recording. The team that put together the sound of this album has done a good job of letting the songs have elbow room. You will hear the bass guitar, for instance, which can often be a test of whether a recording is good or not. You will hear all of the band clearly. I have also tested this recording in the car and it sounds good there, too, it has a nice full sound. I am no expert on sound engineering and all those things, but this does sound rather good.
The songs themselves flow very well as an album. I have been listening to the whole album, not just certain songs. The general feeling of the album is uptempo. These compositions sound perfect for the live setting, demonstrating that this is a band of the people and that the songs are made to be played in front of the fans who will be banging their heads or will have a fist in the air, possibly with a drink in the other. They aim to please and I think the audiences will leave satisfied with what they have witnessed.
Ensiferum cannot be contained by categories, genres and labels. In their own way, they come across as a metal band that can do it all, taking what they need from wherever they want and utilizing all the resources to make the best songs that they can. Melodic singing, extreme vocals, thrashy riffs, power metal melodies, heavy metal hooks, extreme metal energies, folky melodies, pirate/sailor vibes, yup, yup, yeah, it's impossible what to make of it as a genre, and you'll be glad that the band does not care and I don't think you will care about what genre it is, either. This is Ensiferum, it's what they do best.
I won't go into individual songs because this review will turn into something else then, and not a review. The album has an introduction and outtroduction, plus two alternative versions of the songs. All in all, not counting intro/outtro and repeated songs, you will get nine full songs. I don't care about the extra stuff, just the songs themselves. When you look at them, the songs, the album is put together very well, from the thunderstrucking opening song "For Those about to Fight for Metal" to the last one with its end-of-the-party tone that tells you "until we meet again, friend.": "Hail to the Victor." Until we meet in a concert, that is.
A great return for Ensiferum.
metalblade.com/ensiferum
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twitter.com/EnsiferumMetal

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

NEWS: Mike Milan Dedic

Mike Milan Dedic is a guitarist from Toronto, Canada. His style is virtuoso shredder with a strong neoclassical base to his playing. Mike provides the following information about himself: He grew up in Toronto, Canada and he started playing when he was 12 years old. He claims that he taught himself completely how to play, but he does cite his love of guitarists like Uli Jon Roth, Randy Rhoads, Van Halen, Ritchie Blackmore and Yngwie Malmsteen. You can hear some of his most recent music at the links below. This publication does not have an extended biography to share with you, but like already stated, at the links you can hear some recent neoclassical instrumentals. Mike also says that he has done the following discography: The Pleasure's Yours - 1987 - Axis Records; Fingerfood - 1995 - Marshmallow Records; Mike Milan Dedic - 2014. Finally, this publication, unfortunately, has never featured Mike before and does not have much information, but if you are a big fan of shredders and you would like to hear one that perhaps you have not heard before, these links would be a good starting point.
store.cdbaby.com/cd/mikemilandedic
store.cdbaby.com/cd/mikemilandedic2
amazon.co.uk/Mike-Milan-Dedic/dp/B00NW05VNG
itunes.apple.com/us/album/mike-milan-dedic-ep/id932561944
facebook.com/people/Mike-Milan-Dedic/100005652195327

NEWS: Pathology

May the deities of guttural death metal have mercy on us for being so negligent, but it's time to rectify. This year Pathology came back from what seemed like an eternity without a Pathology album. Given that the band is known for being dedicated to releasing music on a yearly basis, this self-titled album is their first since 2014, and their ninth work overall. Those who might have been wondering about the band have the answer right here, and you can hear the complete album at the first link below. Expect a serious work of guttural death metal, gargling and growling, blasting and blazing their way through the ten decompositions. The California guttural death metal royalty bring disgusting regurgitated vocals and fast, memorable riffs, presenting the question right away: Is this their most catchy work yet? I don’t want to open that can of worms, but one time I did listen to the album exclusively for five hours on repeat simply because it was flowing so well. So, there’s that. Repeated listens have confirmed the first impression, too. After spending time with it, the fans of the band should be ready to forgive the group for taking so long and for breaking their own tradition of an album on a yearly basis. Well, I don’t know about forgiveness, actually! Let’s just leave aside that grudge for now and listen to the music. The fans, however, will be glad to know that the quality of the music has not decreased. It has only improved, in my opinion.
OFFICIAL: Pathology finally makes their deadly return in 2017! This San Diego trio has come back home to Comatose Music for the release of their ninth studio album simply titled ‘Pathology’. Over two years of tenacious effort went into the creation of this self-titled album which can be described as their most superior work to date. Composed of murderous guitar riffs and a skillful drum performance chock full of grooves and blasts, topped off with filthy guttural vocals spewed forth by death metal legend Matti Way. This is the ferocious Pathology homecoming you’ve been expecting! Artwork by the great Par Olofsson. Drummer and founding member Dave Astor says, “We are very happy and excited to be working with Comatose Music again! The label has always been a great supporter of the band through the years. They put out some of the heaviest underground music out there and we are glad to be back on the roster”.
Biography: PATHOLOGY is epitomized as the ultimate death metal assault to the ears. Since their formation in 2006, the San Diego-based band has managed to release a new album almost every single year since their inception, and have sold over 100,000 albums in the underground scene. The band’s hunger to churn out bludgeoning metal coupled with meaningful themes instantly separates them from the rest.
It comes as no surprise that PATHOLOGY have created some of the most vivid and grotesque death metal in the current genre. The founding members of PATHOLOGY have roots in other extreme death metal bands, such as drummer Dave Astor as the founding member of both the grind-spazz project THE LOCUST and militant death squad CATTLE DECAPITATION.
Brimming with heavy grooves, and a tight, relenting style, PATHOLOGY delivers savory slabs of brutality Make no mistake; PATHOLOGY is not in any way suitable for a weak stomach – the onslaught of rumbling grooves coupled with guttural growls leaves fans old and new assured of the presence of PATHOLOGY’s brutality.
PATHOLOGY has toured North America, Mexico, Canada and Europe with death metal legends like OBITUARY, DEICIDE, NILE, VADER, IMMOLATION and GRAVE. They have a devoted fan base as seen by their 225,000 plus followers across their social media websites and the credibility of a hard-working, down-to-earth band who have paid their dues and risen from the underground and continue to invade and crossover to new and younger fans.
The group refuses to tone down its dangerously high level of hostility, wreaking havoc on anything that dares to step into its destructive path. Breaking the mold to create and maintain a unique, raw sound has skyrocketed PATHOLOGY to the top of the death metal elite. Championing their reigning status to stand strong outside of the mainstream solidifies PATHOLOGY as the most forward-thinking merchants of mayhem around.
comatosemusic.bandcamp.com/album/pathology
facebook.com/PathologyMusic/