Today’s digital age has made metal more accessible than ever as the internet has been a key tool in creating word of mouth between metal fans and their love for the music. Irish extreme metal band CHOSEN recently demonstrated this by offering their debut album Resolution for free download via their official website, which has now reached over 5,000 FREE downloads since its release on March 30.
Drummer/Percussionist David McCann is proud to comment the following:
“We’re simply blown away by overall response to Resolution and could never have predicted this intense level of interest. While 5,000 downloads in just one week may seem relatively small in the grand scheme of things, for a niche band such as ourselves it’s more than we could have ever expected and only reinforces the notion than putting this album up for free download was the right move.”
Produced by Alwyn Walker, Resolution is a reflection of sheer perseverance and innovation, brimming with top-notch musicianship, well-crafted arrangements and inventive hooks. Merged with a rich audio production value, void of the sterile, homogeneous and plastic instrumentation factor, which currently dominates the commercial metal market, this debut album from one of Ireland’s noteworthy metal bands is a truly refreshing piece of work.
Resolution is also available in two special edition CD formats:
The Deluxe Special Edition is a double CD that features a 9-track bonus disc of unreleased songs, rough mixes, drum and bass tracks taken from their album sessions along with a detailed album booklet.
The Collector’s Edition is a spawn of the Deluxe Special Edition that includes a beautiful 60-page, full colour soft cover booklet, extensive liner notes, lyrical themes and illustrations for each song, rare photos, studio diaries and more, all exhibited within an exquisite tapestry of expanded album artwork courtesy of Fiaz Farrelly making it a must have item for those who want something a little more tangible to add to their music collection.
1. Engines of Belief
2. Defective Prospection
3. The Narcissism Epidemic
4. Mental Clarity
7. Asch’s Paradigm
8. Metaphysical Contradiction
9. The Departure Lounge
– YouTube – Engines of Belief – http://youtu.be/_3yh5QitXjY
– Soundcloud – Engines of Belief – http://soundcloud.com/chosenmetal/01-engines-of-belief
– Free Download – Engines of Belief – http://chosen.ie/01%20Engines%20of%20Belief.mp3
– Behind The Scenes In Studio With CHOSEN – http://youtu.be/PwNkRLpmmh0
– GunShyAssassin – Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Chosen’s Paul Shields – http://tinyurl.com/cnllguk
For more info on CHOSEN, please visit these links:
Italian death metallists EYECONOCLAST premiered a second track from their upcoming PROSTHETIC debut Drones of the Awakening exclusively on BraveWords.com HERE. Scheduled for release on April 16 in North America, April 22 in the UK and April 25 in continental Europe, the album – recorded at guitarist Stefano Morabito’s 16th Cellar Studio (Hour of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse) in Rome – is currently available for pre-order in Prosthetic’s webstore along with a specially designed t-shirt at this location: http://www.indiemerch.com/prostheticrecords/band/eyeconoclast.
EYECONOCLAST, who also includes in their ranks drummer supreme Mauro Mercurio (ex-Hour of Penance), will embark on a mini-tour throughout Europe alongside Cryptopsy, Cattle Decapitation and Decrepit Birth. Full dates are listed below.
Drones of the Awakening — which marks the recording debut of new EYECONOCLAST vocalist Giuseppe Di Giorgio (ex-Black Therapy) — received a 9/10 rating in the new issue of Outburn. The initial track unveiled from the album — Rise Of The Orgamechanism, a lyric video for which can be seen here
“a galvanizing onslaught of technical riffing and fully weaponized percussion. Racing at high speed, the music unleashes a torrent of jagged, jabbing guitar and bass lines, writhing solos, and abrasive vocals. Yet the execution isn’t cold or robotic — this is death metal that’s on fire” – NoCleanSinging.com
See EYECONOCLAST here:
4/15 Berlin, DE – K17 #
4/16 Darmstadt, DE – Steinbruch Theater #
4/17 Vienna, AT – Escape Metalcorner #
4/18 Zurich, CH – Dynamo #
4/19 Pistoia, IT – Pianeta Melos #
4/20 Romagnano Sesia No, IT – Rock & Roll Arena #
5/18 Bologna, IT – Caos Rock Club
5/31 Rome, IT – Traffic Live Club
# with Cryptopsy, Cattle Decapitation & Decrepit Birth
For further information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/eyeconoclast
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Trenton, New Jersey metalcore mainstays BEYOND DISHONOR released a music video for their first single, Heisenberg via their official YouTube channel. Watch here – http://youtu.be/BLRfAGgK23Y. Any fan of the hit television drama Breaking Bad will immediately recognize that Heisenberg is a tribute to the popular show— complete with yellow meth lab suits, greasy cigar-smoking drug kingpins, shady factory laboratories galore and more. Heisenberg is cut from the band’s upcoming EP Generations, set to drop in June 2013.
“It’s an obvious homage to one of our favorite pieces of entertainment, but it is wrapped around a stronger metaphor – just as Walt perfects the formula against his better judgement, so too are we forced to find and perfect the formula for notice and respect in this tumultuous industry and genre,” states lead vocalist Reese Dunlap.
“That theme is referenced throughout the song, and goes one step further in the video, where we are, in a sense, a victim of this formulaic control. It is only when we have ‘perfected the formula’ that we can finally escape mediocrity.”
Breaking free of the norm is exactly what BEYOND DISHONOR plans to do with their new EP Generations, which boasts production credits from acclaimed producer Andreas Magnusson, known for his work with The Black Dahlia Murder, Impending Doom, This or The Apocalypse and more. The five-piece combines eclectic styles and ranging influences to create music that is devastatingly heavy and aggressive enough for the most hardcore of fans, yet rhythmic and groovy enough to be accessible to those on the fringe.
“The music lands on the good side of the contemporary metalcore/deathcore spectrum, for fans of early Born of Osiris (sans keyboards) or Within the Ruins” – Heavyblogisheavy.com
Drawing inspiration from pop culture, primarily in the form of movies, television and gaming, is one of countless ways BEYOND DISHONOR has garnered fans in the local and national metal scene since they formed in late 2006. Their 2011 full-length, Travesty, is a well-received concept album drawing from band favorites Se7en, Ghostbusters and Full Metal Jacket. In similar fashion, Generations features pop culture references evident in song titles like ED209 vs. The Staircase (RoboCop) and What Clayton Bigsby Doesn’t Know (Chappelle’s Show).
In the state of New Jersey and even nationally, BEYOND DISHONOR asserts one of the strongest DIY success stories in a very challenging genre. The band churns out a staggering 70+ self-funded shows a year— without any label, booking agency, or management assistance. BEYOND DISHONOR is pushing 5,000+ fans on their official Facebook page and 10,000+ on Twitter— essentially commanding the attention of East coast metal fans with each and every post. Much of their success stems from the overwhelming support and praise provided by the many nationally-recognized artists they have supported, including Unearth, Chimaira, August Burns Red, Attack Attack, All Shall Perish, Winds of Plague, Born of Osiris, Suffocation, Emmure, and numerous others.
This past February, BEYOND DISHONOR won the Trenton, NJ date of the Sumerian Records “Headband for the Highway” competition, which was a touring “battle of the bands”-style performance competition in which bands from each market were chosen to perform on a large summer festival date. As the winner, the band was selected to perform on a local date of the All Stars Tour (this year featuring Every Time I Die, Chelsea Grin, Veil of Maya and more). Specifics regarding this performance are set to be announced soon.
4/17 West Springfield, VA @ Empire w/ Miss May I
4/18 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar w/ Miss May I
4/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Club Risqué
4/20 Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar w/ Texas in July
4/21 Woodbridge, CT @ Amity Teen Center
4/22 Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Art Theatre with Beyond The Shore and Sylar
4/23 Syracuse, NY @ Three Fat Guys Bar
4/24 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
4/26 Lancaster, PA @ Lancaster Convention Center w/ Abandon All Ships at Launch Music Conference
5/6 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes w/ Whitechapel + I Killed The Prom Queen
BEYOND DISHONOR is endorsed by Dark Horse Percussion, Brewtal Beer Promotions and Fakelife Clothing, a company dedicated to bringing awareness to global poverty, and all proceeds from their sales help to fund loans to small business entrepreneurs in developing countries. BEYOND DISHONOR is also partnering with B.A.D. (Bands Against Discrimination), a non-profit advocacy group that empowers musicians and their fans to unite against the discrimination and bullying based on race, gender, or sexual orientation.
To download music by BEYOND DISHONOR, visit iTunes (direct link).
*BEYOND DISHONOR is looking for management, label and booking agent interest. To inquire, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.*
BEYOND DISHONOR is:
Reese Dunlap – vocals
Mike “Lock” LaCouture – drums
Wesley Ingraham – guitars
Mark Salmon – guitars
Nick Petti (’08-’13) / Bryan San Martin (’13-present) – bass
For more information BEYOND DISHONOR, please visit these websites:
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Take the best, forget that rest: that’s the ethos behind Dark Sermon, whose musical outpouring conjures the fist-raising melody of European death metal, the blackened underbelly of bleak blast-beating musical warfare, the churning malevolence of technical
death metal and the uniquely down-to-earth flair of the NWOAHM and combines it all into something fresh and potent.
The Press agrees:
“DARK SERMON look straight ahead. Straight, brutal Death Metal with thrashy riffs, high screams and a lot of speed” – Powermetal.de
“DARK SERMON plays pure Death Metal, there is neither an influence of Metalcore, nor from oldschool. Death Metal fans know what I’m talking about” – Myrevelations.de
Check the music video for the track In Tongues, here:
“The lyrics tell the story of a man who can no longer live with himself,” explains front man Johnny Crowder.
“A man whose future has been shrouded by his sinful past. All he can do is beg for forgiveness from God, who has witnessed every wrong move he has made.”
In Tongues track listing:
1.The Sheperd‘s Staff
2. Imperfect Contrition
4. The Scales Of Justice
6. Forfeit I- The Crooked Quill
7. Forfeit II- Worn Thin
8. The Tree Of New Life
11. In Tongues
The band’s full-length debut entitled In Tongues was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios, Florida. The cover artwork was created by Eliran Kantor, who has already designed artworks for bands such as HATEBREED, TESTAMENT and SODOM.
Or via Itunes here:
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The Devil’s Blood announced at the beginning of 2013 that they have “returned to nothingness.” At the same time, they announced that plans had already been put into motion to release new material. The new seven song album, III: Tabula Rasa or Death and the Seven Pillars, will serve as the band’s final full-length release. A new track, White Storm of Teeth, has been made available for streaming at metalblade.com/thedevilsblood, where fans can also pre-order the album, and view the art, which was done by Manuel Tinnemans. III: Tabula Rasa or Death and the Seven Pillars will be available for purchase on iTunes April 30, via all other digital outlets (Google Play, Amazon MP3, etc.) on May 28, and on CD and vinyl June 11.
SL comments on the release:
“Prior to our disbanding on the 22nd of January 2013 we had been active with the pre-production of what was to be our third album. 7 songs, the complete outline of the album, had been, in humble form, recorded in my home recording studio and these demos were supposed to be the template for our studio recordings. Obviously we would never make it that far and the initial shock of that fact saddened us greatly. After but a few days we listened to this material again and decided that even though the audio quality might not be what people have come to expect from a The Devil’s Blood release, the song material was and is the best we have ever done. We came to the conclusion that these songs deserve to become a part of The Canon and that we would release them as is.”
“I spent a few days gathering all the demo material together, made a very simple mix and gave the material to our friend and mentor Pieter G. Kloos to master in his studio. Here we present you with the titles of the material and the artwork which was done by Manuel Tinnemans.”
“The song we have chosen to release now is White Storm of Teeth. More so than the other material this song speaks to the completion and transubstantiation that always follows an Occult path. Not the end of a journey but the start of a completely new one. Built around thirteen stanzas in the first part and thirteen stanzas in the second part the process of inner enlightenment through confusion and entropy and the initiation through the Death of the lower self is illustrated. This theme is rampant throughout the record and its lyrics but here it culminates and completely devours itself. After this work no words are needed and, on the album, none are offered.
“The Devil’s Blood has always been an entity that defied any fealty or thankfulness towards any earthly influence. But we as people need not hold to this paradigm any longer. We therefore wish to express our sincere thankfulness to all those who have supported this weird quest and have made the earthly woes to not work against us. You most definitely know who you are.
“The record will be released by Ván Records in Europe and the rest of the World and by Metal Blade in North America. It will be available as digital download, CD and LP starting the 30th of April in Europe and a date soon to be announced in the USA/CAN. With thankfulness and a glad heart filled with the pride of a work well done,
Fans can also order the last remaining vinyl copies of The Thousandfold Epicentre. The gatefold double vinyl deluxe edition is limited to 1,000 copies worldwide and includes a full color 12 page 12″x12″ insert. Preview the beautiful packaging at indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords.
III: Tabula Rasa or Death and the Seven Pillars track listing:
1. I Was Promised A Hunt
– Part III – …and the holy cunt spewed forth abomination
– Part II – …wielding the hammer of the of the dead ding the hammer of the dead
– Part I – …upon the aimless path
2. The Lullaby of the Burning Boy
3. …If not a Vessel?
4. In the Loving Arms of Lunacy’s Secret Demons
5. Dance of the Elements
6. White Storm of Teeth
7. Tabula Rasa
“F The Mouth Of Satan does not speak onstage. F The Mouth Of Satan does not give interviews. The only sounds that escape her larynx in public are the rich, silvery tones of her exquisite singing voice. Part Grace Slick, part Ann Wilson, she sounds like she should be haunting the soundtracks of some long-lost Italian horror flick from the 1970s” – Terrorizer
“a dense tapestry of elements both sanguine and chaotic, hypnotic and variable, fragile and durable” – BloodyGoodHorror.com
Antarctic rock-gods GWAR released the first line-up for this year’s GWAR-B-Q, located at Hadad’s Water Park in Richmond, VA. This year sees the event entering its fourth consecutive year while offering its most bone-crushing line-up yet, setting the stage for what will certainly be the most massive GWAR-B-Q in the history of the human or any other race!
The event is scheduled to take place Saturday August 17, 2013 at Hadad’s Water Park in Richmond, VA, located at 7900 Osbourne Turnpike. Doors will open at 10:00 AM and the first band will hit the stage at 11:00 AM. For more information be sure to visit: http://gwarbq.com. Ticket information will be announced shortly.
Local faves and international thrashers Municipal Waste will provide main support to the mighty GWAR, and in turn will be supported by a plethora of devastating acts, Corrosion of Conformity, Pig Destroyer, Cannabis Corpse, Loincloth, Kung-Fu Dykes and many more. Once again Hadad’s will host two stages with bands all day. Plus, there are rumors of a yet-to-be-announced act that will put this year’s GWAR-B-Q 2013 completely over the top!
“Once again we blow the horn of war and set into motion the gears that grind us towards the greatest GWAR-B-Q yet,” said unrepentantly horny front-thing Oderus Urungus, fresh off debuting GWAR’s new “GWAR-B-Q” sauce at a strongly attended event at the world-famous Grinders in Kansas City (see more details HERE).
“We will not only be rockin’ like Dokken and slippin’ the cock in, but we will be shoving a wealth of GWAR productions down your throat… not only our new GWAR-B-Q sauce, but our very own beer, Impaled Ale! Eat and drink yourself into a diabetic stupor, then puke it all up in the slam pit! It’s gonna fucking rule!”
That’s right, the 4th annual GWAR-B-Q is poised to make yet another stinky mess in the crotch of today’s scene — BE THERE OR SUFFER THE SHAME OF BEING INCREDIBLY PATHETIC!
In other Slave Pit news GWAR is wrapping up a new album, their thirteenth and first since the passing of longtime guitarist Cory Smoot in late 2011. Coming out later this year, the album features the debut of Pustulus Maximus, cousin of the mighty departed one, Flattus Maximus. The band kicks off their tour tonight in Tucson, AZ and will be on the road through April 25 in Jacksonville, FL. These dates will serve as the final leg of the “Fate or Chaos” tour, which chronicles GWAR’s epic struggle with an angry God.
The GWAR show on April 17 in Denver (Englewood,CO) will be broadcast live on AXS TV. The broadcast will air at 12:00 AM EST/9:00 PM PST. AXS TV is available on: DIRECTV Channel 340, DISH Network Channel 362, AT&T U-Verse Channel 1106, and Verizon FiOS Channel 569. For additional affiliate and distributor channel information including Charter, Comcast Xfinity, Suddenlink and others please visit: www.axs.tv/subscribe.
“Fate Or Chaos Tour”
w/ Warbeast and Wilson
04/10 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre – Tickets
04/11 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – Tickets
04/12 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe – The Strip – Tickets
04/13 Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theatre – Tickets
04/14 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory – Tickets
04/15 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – Tickets
04/16 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club – Tickets
04/17 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre – Tickets
04/18 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Lounge – Tickets
04/19 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s – Tickets
04/20 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom – Tickets
04/21 Little Rock, AR @ The Rev Room – Tickets
04/22 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works – Tickets
04/23 Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar – Tickets
04/24 Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater – Tickets
04/25 Jacksonville, FL @ Free Bird Live – Tickets
06/17 Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion w/ Alice Cooper & Marilyn Manson – Tickets
08/10 Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL – Tickets
08/11 Philadelphia, PA @ “This is Hardcore Fest” – Tickets
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