SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR 2013 Line-Up Announced

Metal Blade artists confirmed: Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, and Aeon

The most extreme tour of the year has returned with its most devastating and anticipated line-up yet. The 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World, is now officially slated to run from July 19 through August 24. It features such heavyweights as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, Aeon and two bands TBA. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for official tour dates to be announced.

One of the remaining open slots will be chosen by you, the fans, click here to vote now! The voting ends on March 31, at 11:59PM.

Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan adds:

“We are very happy to be asked back to the Summer Slaughter Tour. The first SS tour was the best US tour we’ve ever done and we look forward to helping devastate the states with our take on brutal, grinding death and playing the choicest slabs from our latest album Monolith of Inhumanity. Who’s “ripe for the slaughter!?!?” See you this summer!”

Daniel Dlimi of Aeon comments:

“Yes, we are finally going to tour the US and we are really fucking stoked about it to say the least. And there couldn’t possibly be any better way to do so than to be a part of the Summer Slaughter Tour. And with today’s line-up and our latest release Aeons Black we stand stronger than ever and will treat you with some real death metal. See you on the road.”

Ash Avildsen, founder of Summer Slaughter on this year’s edition of the tour:

“It’s year seven and I think 2013’s line-up is the most exciting and diverse yet. Slaughter has never been a one dimensional experience for fans. This year is a true testament to that as we have an amazing mix of extreme music’s influential icons and leaders of the new school. Let the underground unite!”

Greg Puciato (DEP vocalist) states:

“We can’t wait to get back on the road! We’re launching a US tour in the spring, hitting Europe for some festivals and club shows, and then hitting several more cities with Summer Slaughter all summer long. We are absolutely amped. After being holed up in the studio for such a long time giving birth to One of Us is the Killer, we are all pent up and ready to share material new and old with our supporters doing what we love to do the most. Can’t wait to see and either kiss or rip off each and every one of your faces on the road with Summer Slaughter and year round, everywhere.”

Shawn Keith, tour coproducer:

“I’m looking forward to extinguishing fires and putting clubs back together each night following DEP’s set. Let the Slaughter begin!”

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The 72-Hour Get Off Your Ass Deal Starts TODAY – Get $20 Lawn Tickets NOW!

The time has come! Tickets are on sale NOW across all markets for ALL 2013 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL tour stops. Get your tickets NOW at Additionally, today is the kick off for the 72-hour $20 Get Off Your Ass ticket deal! Act now – for the next 72 hours (through Monday, March 25) get off your ass and get $20 lawn tickets for the 2013 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL (while supplies last, excluding Boise, ID market). Get your 72-hour Get Off Your Ass tickets at the official ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL website.

On Monday, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, the world’s biggest hard and heavy music touring festival announced its electrifying sixth-year lineup at the official press conference, which took place at the legendary Whisky A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA. An impressive 3.8 mile processional of custom motorcycles and carriages ushered this year’s artists from the Hollywood Palladium all the way to their final destination at the Whisky. Fans, press and industry came out in droves to witness what proved to be an amazingly unprecedented event. Check out some exclusive footage on the official ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL YouTube page.
Artists performing on the 2013 thunderous fest include main stage metal and horror legend, festival closer, ROB ZOMBIE, plus, the triple gold certified FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and a monster lineup that includes additional main stage bands MASTODON and AMON AMARTH. The festival area is led by stage closers CHILDREN OF BODOM and MACHINE HEAD as well as BEHEMOTH, JOB FOR A COWBOY, EMMURE, BORN OF OSIRIS, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, BUTCHER BABIES, BATTLECROSS, HUNTRESS, THROWN INTO EXILE and CITY IN THE SEA. Four stages will be presented this year for the first time ever and the stages include the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE, THE JAGERMEISTER STAGE, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE STAGE, as well as, the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY CONCOURSE STAGE, (local bands performing on the Sumerian Records/Headbang for the Highway Stage will be announced in June). The World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team THE METAL MULISHA is also confirmed to perform on most dates.

Sponsors for the 2013 ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL include title sponsor ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK and stage sponsors JAGERMEISTER, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE, and SUMERIAN RECORDS. Festival sponsors include IBANEZ GUITARS,

In addition to catching their favorite bands live, fans can take part in a number of festival activities, including playing the newest video games, perusing vendors, attending autograph signing sessions and a slew of various interactive activities that will only add to the festival experience.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK will be sampling their products and providing awesome surprises for all attendees. Rockstar will also present the VIP/Contest winner area designated as THE ROCKSTAR LOUNGE and the festival area PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR TENT where fans can sample ice cold Rockstar and get autographs from their favorite bands.

Addition to the festival’s music and arts, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE and the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival have partnered to create the Rockstar Mayhem Independent Artist Scholarship. This scholarship fully covers tuition and material fees for a two quarter IAP certificate (Room, Boarding and Travel are not included.) The application period runs from March 18 until June 1, 2013. Applicants must visit to enter.

The tour will stop in 26 cities across the United States and Canada as it makes its way to the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Texas on August 4, 2013. Dates and venues are listed on the TOUR DATES page.






PIG DESTROYER Release Never Before Heard EP

*NEWS RELEASE from March 4:

Grindcore Masters PIG DESTROYER released a never before heard EP entitled Mass & Volume. This EP is dedicated to the memory of Pat Egan and to the loving family he left behind. The EP is a Doom EP and the artwork was created by Arik Roper. The EP is available for purchase at This is the only format that this EP is available in and all proceeds of this recording will be donated to the college fund of Pat Egan’s daughter Katie.

The band spoke about Pat and the EP release:

“Pat Egan was a friend and a keystone member of the Relapse family for many of the years we have been involved with it. He devoted his life to supporting underground music and he immeasurably helped develop the bands he worked with. His untimely passing on February 18, 2013 shocked the many people that his life and work had touched.”

This EP was written and recorded during the final day of the Phantom Limb sessions with unexpected extra studio time and resources. In the following years, with Natasha being released on its own and Brian no longer being in the band, our intentions of releasing Mass & Volume basically evaporated. However, looking back now, Mass & Volume serves as a great epilogue to that particular era of the band.

Less than 2 weeks ago Relapse Records released Patlapse in honor of the man who was so instrumental in the success of so many Relapse bands and records, the label has put together a 20 track compilation featuring a collection of his favorite songs and artists, including Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Brian Posehn, Red Fang, Death, and many more, including a never-before-released track from Exhumed.

100% of proceeds from the compilation will go towards a college fund for his young daughter Katie. Relapse thanks each band for contributing each track and waiving their royalty fee to maximize the benefit for Pat’s beloved family. The compilation is available via Bandcamp at this location for only $5 but friends and fans are welcome to donate as much as they want. Direct contributions may also be made via paypal to

A memorial event for Pat was held on Tuesday March 5 at Idle Hands Bar in New York, NY. All proceeds from the event went directly to his daughter Katie’s college fund. More information on the event can be found HERE.

March 29 Washington, DC The Black Cat. Beer release show w/Darkest Hour
May 04 (TBA) Tilburg,Netherlands Neurotic Deathfest
May 23 – 26 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest XI

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THE OCEAN Post New Studio Footage


In anticipation of their upcoming new full-length, Pelagial, THE OCEAN posted the second in a series of studio video diaries. Possibly their deepest and most profoundly sophisticated composition to date, Pelagial is a progressive musical journey written, recorded and to-be-performed-live as one, single, 53-minute piece of music. Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Witchcraft) at Fascination Street Studios in Orebro, Sweden, the offering will be released as a double CD, which includes both vocal and instrumental versions of the album, on April 26/29 (Europe) and April 30 (North America/world) through Metal Blade Records.

The concept of the album is made evident in its title. Listeners will be further submersed as they journey with the band, beginning at the surface of the ocean and plunging through all five pelagic depth zones: epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathyalpelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadopelagic. As one continuous piece of music, Pelagial‘s tracks, or episodes, are connected by interludes of underwater sounds and samples taken from old submarine movies, which give the album a claustrophobic “Das Boot“-kind of atmosphere.

“There are track marks, and there are actual songs built into this larger structure, but the whole album is a journey rather than a number of loose tracks… some riffs appear in the first two minutes of the album and then reappear thirty minutes later,” details guitarist Robin Staps.

It’s an experience that will reward repeated listens.

Point your browser to to view the latest studio report where Loic Rossetti tracks vocals and talks candidly about the near paralysis of his voice.

Additionally, preorders are currently available for a very special acrylic box set edition of Pelagial, released through Pelagic Records. These heavy acrylic boxes are still available in CD format (the vinyl edition is now sold out) and contain the CD digipak as well as an extra DVD with the Pelagial movie by Craig Murray, all of which will be “buried” underneath five thick acrylic layers, colored in different hues of blue, each layer reflecting one of the five pelagial depth zones. The layers will be silk-screen printed with additional artwork by Martin Kvamme. Claim your copy now at

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TRIOSCAPES Confirm Tour Dates


Dan Briggs, Walter Fancourt, and Matt Lynch: the over-the-top trio appropriately known as Trioscapes, will once again be taking their instrumental show on the road. This April, fans can catch Trioscapes in Tenesse, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico. The first two dates (April 6-8) will be with fellow virtuoso Evan Brewer (The Faceless). Additionally, on April 12 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Trioscapes will be holding a “master class” for fans.

Bassist Dan Briggs elaborates on the master class:

“We’ll be talking about how we started, the different ways we write, breaking down sections of songs, talking about soloing and improvising, and opening it up for questions from the crowd.”

The complete list of confirmed dates can be found on the TOUR DATES page, as well as on the band’s facebook page. A live performance of Curse of the Ninth from Separate Realities can be seen on The video exemplifies the band’s immense talent and creativity and is a must-see for anyone remotely interested in all things progressive.

“prog-jazz mania with relentless, wailing saxophones and off-kilter drum fills that would make most fans of Between The Buried And Me wonder what the fuck was put into their orange juice this morning”  – Alternative Press

“combining technical metal and jazz in a way that underlines an unseen connection between the two styles” –

“Trioscapes is not just a prototypical jazz fusion band that you’d hear in some smoky club as background music. These songs have a groove to them, a pulse that beats to the tight-as-a-knot rhythm section” –


ENTHRONED To Play Poland For The First Time

Belgium‘s Black Metal legends ENTHRONED, soon be celebrating 20 years of existence, will play live for the first time ever in Poland. After successfully invading UK and Ireland in late February/early March, the band will be back on stage for two shows on Polish soil in Wrocław And Kraków:

ENTHRONED with Emptiness + support

04/26 – Wroclaw – Club Liverpool
04/27 – Kraków – Club Studencki Kwadrat


The band will be touring in support of their latest full-length album entitled Obsidium, released in March 2012 on Agonia Records, and quoted as one the best 2012 metal releases by PopMatters. Premier track off the album is available at this location:

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