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WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA Continues

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WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA – Winners: Round 1 Toronto Qualifying – Fragile Existence and Eternal Eclipse

Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce that Fragile Existence and Eclipse Eternal moved forward from their qualifying round and will be performing in the Toronto semi finals taking place on May 31 (Hard Luck Bar) and June 7 (Rivoli).

The second Toronto qualifying round will be taking place on Sunday, May 5 at The Rivoli with Crimson Shadows, Adrenechrome, Dreamers, Pyramid Theorem and round 1 of qualifying in Montreal begins on Thursday, May 9 at Katcombes with Dissension, Bookakee, Warcall, Virulys.

About: The world’s most prestigious metal festivalWacken Open Air, known for its elite line up of the globe’s best metal bands is bringing the largest metal contest on the planet Wacken Metal Battle to Canada. Recruiting 39 independent Canadian bands after hundreds of submissions to compete, Wacken Metal Battle Canada will select one true champion to represent the nation with highest honour at this summer’s 2013 edition of Wacken Open Air Festival in Wacken, Germany.

Being held in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC during the months of May and June, Canadian metal bands from across the country will challenge one another to join a list of Canadian heavyweights such as Voivod, Exciter, Razor, Annihilator, Anvil, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, 3 Inches of Bloods, Despised Icon and Danko Jones who have performed at the festival in years past.

The Wacken Metal Battle Canada line up for the qualifying rounds in Toronto & Montreal is as follows and will be judged by a panel of local music industry representatives.

A free download compilation of competing bands is available at the following link – Wacken Metal Battle Canada Compilation Vol. 1 – http://wackenmetalbattlecanada.bandcamp.com/

For more info on Metal Battle Canada, please visit these links:

Official Website: http://www.metalbattle.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetalBattleCanada

Twitter: @MetalBattleCAN

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/WackenMetalBattleCAN

WACKEN METAL BATTLE w/ Eclipse Eternal, Deathmarch, Fragile Existence, Vernon Howell

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Winners Move to Toronto Semi-Finals

Fragile Existence

Website: http://www.facebook.com/FragileExistence/
Video: http://youtu.be/V5ghdt_whbM

Eclipse Eternal

Website: https://www.facebook.com/EclipseEternal
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OyDOOr5rzc

WACKEN METAL BATTLE w/ Crimson Shadows, Adrenechrome, Dreamers, Pyramid Theorem

Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 8:00pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/145113242334068/

WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA – Montreal – ROUND 1 w/ Dissension, Bookakee, Warcall, Virulys

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 8:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/269499079852535/

WACKEN METAL BATTLE w/ Warmachine, Mastery, The Unborn Dead, Cecile Monique, Laugh At The Fakes

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 8:00pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/636121479737458/

WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA – Montreal – ROUND 2 w/ Trainwreck Architect, Venomenon, Demise of The Crown, Fallstaf

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 8:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/349373411841013/

WACKEN METAL BATTLE w/ Nephelium, Spewgore, Empyrean Plague, Answer With Metal, Vesperia

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 8:00pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/504838809551210/

WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA – Montreal – ROUND 3 w/ Through Death, Crosstituition, Murtenscythe, Powered By Death

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 8:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/398000663640115/

WACKEN METAL BATTLE w/ Panzerfaust, Embracing Soul, This Is Death Valley, Slyde, Cryptik Howling

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 8:00pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/454483377961413/

WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA – Montreal – ROUND 4 w/ Valfreya, Sanguine Glacialis, Karkaos, Hollow

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 8:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/311701678957238/

Semi-Finals – Toronto

Friday, May 31 – Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
Friday, June 7 – Rivoli – Toronto, ON

Semi-Finals – Montreal

Friday, June 7 – Katacombes – Montreal, QC*

* 2 MONTREAL BANDS MOVE TO FINALS

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Finals – Wacken Metal Battle Canada

Saturday, June 22 – Opera House, Toronto, ON

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THE OCEAN New Album In Stores Today!

Pelagial, the long-awaited new maritime-themed studio endeavor from sound revolutionists THE OCEAN, is available in North America now.  Their deepest and most profound composition to date, Pelagial is a progressive musical journey written, recorded, mixed and to-be-performed-live as one single 53-minute piece of music. Immeasurably heavy both sonically and thematically, Pelagial submerges listeners, quite literally, through all five pelagic depth zones: epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathyalpelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadopelagic.

“Where the band was once steeped in sludgy noise/metalcore with orchestral interludes, they’ve become more luxurious, experimental and textural. Pelagial…further continues that shift, working on multi-tiered levels and drawing from DEP-inspired chaos, Opeth-like moods and Between The Buried And Me genre fiddling. It’s an album that strives to be all things at once without crossing into a ‘look-at-me’ mess.” – Decibel Magazine

The aquatic audio adventure begins at the surface of the ocean and plunges in synch with diminishing light and increasing pressure as one dives or sinks deeper into the ocean. Pelagial begins rather light and progressively gets heavier and slows as the band reaches the unfathomable depths of the hadopelagic zone, characterized by complete darkness and a thousandfold increased pressure as compared to surface level.

Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Witchcraft) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebrö, Sweden, Pelagial will be released as a double CD, which includes a vocal and an instrumental version of the album and will make its way to North American shores today, April 30th, through Metal Blade Records.

Check out the special clip video of the record currently posted at Invisible Oranges at THIS LOCATION as well as a full stream of the instrumental version, courtesy of Spin MagazineHERE. Order your copy of Pelagial at: http://www.theoceancollective.com/pelagial.

In related news, THE OCEAN will return to North America as part of the 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World. Set to run from July 19 through August 24, the band will appear alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Aeon and more. Official tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

“The sixth album from German post-metal doombringers THE OCEAN is huge… In the course of the record, tender piano interludes get stomped on by Mastodon-shaped footprints, lush strings work next to bulldozing double-kick work, and, at the end, the submarine crashes at Melvins tempos” – Spin

Pelagial is brilliantly written, expertly executed and filled with the kind of songwriting most bands can only dream of” – Craveonline

Pelagial resonates so deeply because its sonic continuity is matched with shifting, unified composition. The album viscerally depicts the spectrum of submersion while highlighting the musicians’ versatility and cohesion. The band has never written more intriguing music, and THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE has never been a more apt name.” – MetalSucks

“a journey within itself” – Metal Insider

Pelagial may be the record that finally puts them ahead of their peers”  – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“Beyond impressive. It’s godly almost; perfectionism to the point that every minute flaw forces you to question whether it’s you or the album that’s to blame. It’s an album with a layered depth rarely found in modern music that never demands your exploration of those depths in order to appreciate the music.” – Axis of Metal

THE OCEAN
w/ Cult of Luna, Lo!
04/29 Bucharest, RO Silver Church
04/30 Timisoara, RO Daos Club
05/01 Budapest, HU A38
05/02 Innsbruck, AT P.M.K.
05/04 Marburg, DE KFZ
05/05 München, DE Kranhalle
05/06 Stuttgart, DE Universum
05/07 Bielefeld, DE Forum
05/08 Köln, DE Gebäude 9
05/09 Rotterdam, NL Baroeg
05/10 Berlin, DE C-Club

The Summer Slaughter Tour
w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Aeon, Rings of Saturn, Thy Art is Murder
07/19 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballrom
07/20 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
07/21 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory / Constellation Room
07/24 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
07/26 Dallas, TX House of Blues
07/27 Houston, TX House of Blues
07/29 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
07/30 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
07/31 Knoxville, TN Old City Courtyard
08/01 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
08/02 Silver Springs, MD The Filmore Silver Springs
08/03 Worcester, MA The Palladium
08/04 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
08/07 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
08/08 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
08/09 Montreal, QC Metropolis
08/10 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
08/11 Detroit, MI The Majestic Theatre
08/12 Chicago , IL House of Blues
08/13 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
08/14 St. Paul, MN Station 4
08/16 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre

http://www.theoceancollective.com/pelagial
http://www.facebook.com/theoceancollective
http://www.metalblade.com/theocean

 

OCTiV Release Free Debut Single

(Detroit, MI) – Bass-music live performance DJ/Artist OCTiV released Fatality, a FREE download as his debut single with Detroit-based record label FiXT. The track showcases OCTiV’s signature mix of heavy bass music with live guitar-based production.

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OCT!V brings the rock & roll arena show to the party by playing live guitar and midi guitar while performing his own tracks and remixing crowd favorites live on stage. By triggering most all of his recorded synthesis with a six string or midi guitar OCT!V is ushering in a new era for performance oriented bass music.

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Download OCTiV – Fatality for FREE

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Detroit native OCT!V Brings the rock & roll arena show to the party by playing live guitar and midi guitar while performing his own tracks and remixing crowd favorites live on stage. By triggering most all of his recorded synthesis with a six string or midi guitar OCT!V is ushering in a new era for performance oriented bass music.

OCT!V has released singles coast to coast with California label Smashed Beatz and New York based Hood Famous Music and went on to release NOTHING TO HIDE which reached #45 on the Beatport Drum & Bass Charts which coincided with the release of a music video large scale commercial production with Onstar featuring his touch screen guitar and original music.

By pushing the limitations of technology for live performance and live recording capability OCT!V is leading the charge for a new breed of live electronic musicians and gaining new ground at warp speed.

OnStar RemoteLink Powers Latest Track from Detroit music producer OCTiV

FiXT Publicity Roster:

An-ten-nae | ANiMAL | BT | Blue Stahli | Celldweller | Chamber Of Echoes | City 17 | culineR | Dank |Davey Suicide | Dawn Of Ashes | Drop Goblin | FIGURE | Gemini Syndrome | INTO THE AM | Jonny Craig | Josh Money | Kyle Lucas | LowRIDERz | Midnight Conspiracy | Nicky Twist | Rockman | Savant |Synth City Records | The Artery Foundation

 

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MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT Debut New Song

 

This year marks the ten year anniversary of the undeniably spine-crushing band MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT. While many have anticipated the apocalypse in 2012, MOTA has been accurately predicting and creating the soundtrack for such a disaster since 2003. There is perhaps no better way to celebrate such a milestone than by releasing a new face melting full-length record, and MOTA has never failed in that regard.

Available June 25th on Translation Loss Records – Pre-Orders Up Now

MOTA teamed up Pitchfork to premiere the first track from the band’s new album Dawning. The song entitled It Swarms can be heard HERE. Dawning is available for pre-order HERE.

In 2004 they released Time and Withering with great success and followed up with a split CD alongside another Dayton, OH based band, KENOMA. After releasing the critically acclaimed The Ties That Blind in 2006 and the beautifully devastating Quietly in 2008, the band underwent about a million member changes before releasing The Violence Beneath EP in 2010.

The current lineup consists of drummer Dave Mann, guitarists and vocalists Steve Brooks and Kevin Schindel, keyboardist and vocalist Jason Watkins, and bassist Evan Danielson. The band plans to celebrate its ‘most glorious birthday’ by releasing a psychedelic-tinged sludge-rock masterpiece. Remaining under the long time label support of Translation Loss Records, their new album Dawning bludgeons its way to the top of their long catalog of doom rock greatness. These dudes last proved their heavy-metallic weight in gold when they made it through a volcanic eruption to play the Roadburn Festival on their 2010 European tour in support of The Violence Beneath. This year these well-worn road veterans plan on bringing their incredibly loud and extremely hairy brand of post-metal to a venue near you in support of Dawning. Of course, you have to live in the northern hemisphere to get your chance to witness this rock ‘n roll spectacle.

In support of Dawning MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT will be touring this summer with Intronaut and Scale the Summit. The tour starts June 5th in Seattle, WA and runs through July 6th in Hollywood, CA. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Check out www.mouthofthearchitect.com or www.translationloss.com for more information.

Dawning Tracklisting:
1. Lullabye
2. It Swarms
3. Sharpen Your Eyes
4. How Will This End
5. Patterns
6. The Other Son

MOTA Lineup:
Dave Mann – Drums
Evan Danielson – Bass
Steve Brooks – Guitar & Vocals
Kevin Schindel – Guitar & Vocals
Jason Watkins – Keyboards &Vocals

MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT on Tour with Intronaut and Scale the Summit:
6/5: Seattle, WA @ Highline
6/6: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
6/7: Calgary, AB @ Broken City
6/8: Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
6/10: Winnipeg, MB @ Osborne Villae Inn
6/11: St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
6/12: Chicago, IL @ Double Door
6/13: Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
6/14: Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
6/15: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
6/17: Montreal, QC @ II Motore
6/18: Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
6/19: West Chester, PA @ The Note
6/20: Allston, MA @ Great Scott
6/21: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
6/22: Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall
6/23: Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
6/24: Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
6/25: Orlando, FL @ The Social
6/26: Tampa, FL @ Orpheum Theater
6/28: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s-Downstairs
6/29: Austin, TX @ Red 7
6/30: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
7/2: Santa Fe, NM @ Warehouse 21
7/6: Hollywood, CA @ Roxy Theater

 

HOLY GRAIL Premiere New Video

 

Having just completed touring with the Anthrax-headlined Metal Alliance Tour, Los Angeles heavy metal quintet HOLY GRAIL are excited to premiere their second-ever music video. Directed by Will Knapp, Ride The Void — the title track from their critically acclaimed sophomore release — can be seen below or on YouTube.

Described as “the second coming of Judas Priest” by the Washington Times, HOLY GRAIL spent much of 2012 recording Ride The Void – which cracked the Top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers chart upon its release earlier this year – with producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children of Bodom).

“You’d have to go back 20 years to find a metal record that achieves this level of instant infectiousness.” Decibel

The album is currently available on iTunes and Amazon MP3, as well as on CD or LP via RideTheVoid.com.

HOLY GRAIL are currently touring their way west with Exodus. The band will also play a show at the Viper Room in Los Angeles — their first hometown headlining performance since the release of Ride The Void — on May 15. Additional tour dates will be announced soon.
HOLY GRAIL live:
4/25 Ashwaubenon, WI – Green Bay Distillery *
4/26 Fargo, ND – House of Rock *
4/27 Billings, MT – The Railyard *
5/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room
* with Exodus

For more information please visit: www.facebook.com/holygrailofficial

 

LOCRIAN Announce New Album Details

Esoteric, experimental artisan’s Locrian have revealed the details behind their highly anticipated Relapse Records full-length debut entitled Return To Annihilation. The album was recorded by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian, Circles, Serena Maneesh) at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, IL and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. The album will be released as CD, 2xLP, and digital formats on June 25th in North America, June 21st in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, and Finland, and June 24th in the UK and rest of the world.

A two-part concept album inspired by the band’s love for prog-rock progenitors Genesis, Yes & King Crimson, Return To Annihilation is sure to be the group’s most ambitious recordings to date. A trailer featuring a snippet of new music is available for viewing here while the cover art and pre-orders are available via this location. A tracklisting is listed below.

Lyricist / multi-instrumentalist Terrence Hannum commented on the album’s concept:

I think for the album concept we were inspired by Genesis’ Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and how it is a surreal narrative telling a story. We sought to make our own but we wanted to give our nod to the prog bands that inspired us; King Crimson or Yes with the multi-part songs.

So we had looked at the novel Dhalgren by sci-fi writer Samuel Delaney as a big influence too. How it is a circular narrative, ours is more of a mirror of itself, one that changes and shifts. It also borrows extensively from Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project.

Our story is about a cataclysm that changes the world and all manner of perception in two parts. I would say, the real and the perceived. And it is all told to you through a narrator, one who you cannot tell if he is asleep or dreaming or sleepwalking through this shifting landscape.

Part 1 begins at the end of a song whose lyrics discuss a dawn in which all of our monuments dissolved, the next track the wrath of heaven (a massive cataclysm) visits earth, then two moons appear in the sky (perhaps the most direct reference to Delaney’s novel but also an homage to Nick Drake). It ends with the first multi-part track Return to Annihilation, a more metaphysical description of the changes apparent in the world. One in which minerals work against man, there is only evolution. We also gain insight into that what we’ve been told may be unreliable as the narrator admits to “noctambulism” (sleepwalking). But it is intentionally unclear if this is his state or the state of everyone.

Part 2 is a view back through this mirror or lens of Part 1. We exit the hall or vapor and light and enter a panorama of mirror, the entire world as reflection. It ends with a four part piece about worshiping equilibrium in a world where it has been extinct (isostasy), discussing the qualities of the air that is now poisoned, witnessing the burial of urns (hydriotaphia) and finally awaking to awareness.

One of the things we wanted to accomplish was a sense of texture with mirrors, prisms, lenses, etc. being referenced in the sounds and tone. I think it does.

Locrian, located in Chicago, IL and Baltimore, MD, has released over 20 recordings on an eclectic array of labels in their relatively short but prolific career, including a recent reissue of The Clearing/The Final Epoch and New Dominions, a split with label-mates Horseback. The Clearing / The Final Epoch can be found streaming at this location while New Dominions is available for streaming here.

Return To Annihilation Tracklisting:

A:
Part I
1: Eternal Return
2: A Visitation From the Wrath of Heaven
3: Two Moons
4: Return to Annihilation
a. Into One Light
b. Anathemata
c. All Mineral in Upheaval

B:
Part II
5: Exiting the Hall of Vapor and Light
6: Panorama of Mirror
7: Obsolete Elegies
a: Isostasy
b: Digression of Air
c: Hydriotaphia
d: In Felsic Splendor

www.locrianband.com
www.facebook.com/locrianofficial
www.locrian.bandcamp.com