James Labrie, Dominic Lapointe Named EN ROUTE TO HEAVY MTL Guest Judges

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Following the success of the inaugural edition in 2012, Dungeon Works Productions and Evenko are proud to present En Route to Heavy MTL 2013 and the selected twenty bands that will be participating from the months of January to June to win one of two opening slots at this year’s 2013 HVY MTL.

Battle 5 of the BOTB will take place on Thursday, May 2 at Les Katacombes (1635 St-Laurent Blvd) with special guest judges James Labrie (Dream Theater) & Dominic ‘Forest’ Lapointe (Augury, Beyond Creation) along with local music industry for the epic/prog metal night.

Epic/Prog Night

KALTER
www.kalterofficial.com

UNBEING
www.unbeingmusic.com

ECLIPSE PROPHECY
www.reverbnation.com/eclipseprophecy

TRANSCEND
http://transcendband.com/fr_home.cfm

Event Details:

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/304612979668815/

Ticket Purchase: http://www.admission.com/event/en-route-vers-heavy-mtl-2013-bataille-5-billets/716407 & La Boutique Labyrinthe: 486 Ste. Catherine Ouest

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2013

Time: 8:30PM

Cost: $12 Advance / $15 Door

Event Sponsors:

Budweiser – http://www.budweiser.ca/
Jagermeister – http://www.jagermeister.ca/
Galaxie – http://www.galaxie.ca/
Revolutionary Longboards – https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionaryLongboards
Godin Guitars – http://www.godinguitars.com/
Delta Hotels – https://www.deltahotels.com/Hotels/Delta-Montreal
Italmélodie – http://www.italmelodie.com/
La Boutique Labyrinthe – http://www.labyrintherock.com/
Slick Styled Steel Tattoo & Piercing – http://www.slickstyledsteel.com/
HMMAC – https://www.facebook.com/HMMACANADA
Absolute Underground Magazine – https://www.facebook.com/groups/10034445807/

For more info, www.dungeonworksprods.com & http://heavymtl.com/en/jouer-heavy/

FINALS: May 30 – Corona Theatre (2490 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest ) – http://www.theatrecoronavirginmobile.com

Past Round Winners:

Round 4 – Deathcore Bight: Death Lullaby – http://www.deathlullaby.com/

Round 3 – Progressive Death Metal Night: Derelict – http://derelictmetal.com/

Round 2 – Alternative Metal Night: Truth or Scare – http://www.reverbnation.com/truthorscare

Round 1 – Metalcore Night: Of Temples – http://www.facebook.com/oftemples

ARCHSPIRE Release New Studio Footage

Technical death metal force ARCHSPIRE released new studio footage of the members recording their forthcoming Season of Mist debut. The footage can be found here.

ARCHSPIRE (Tobi Morelli – guitar, Spencer Prewett – drums, Dean Lamb – guitar, Jaron Evil – bass & vocals, Oli Peters – vocals)

Recently, ARCHSPIRE was named as a regional opening act for this year’s upcoming Decibel Magazine Tour. On May 21, the band will play alongside CANNIBAL CORSPE, NAPALM DEATH, IMMOLATION, and newly signed label mates, BEYOND CREATION at the Vancouver Commodore.

ARCHSPIRE has taken the world-wide extreme metal scene by storm with their unique blend of blindingly fast, hyper aggressive technical death metal. The five piece are a national headliner in their home country of Canada, and have toured Europe supporting DECAPITATED, ABORTED, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, and more. The band has also supported HATE ETERNAL, NAPALM DEATH, PIG DESTROYER, ORIGIN, and many more throughout western Europe.

“If you are asking, ‘Is there something new to do in Death Metal?’ ARCHSPIRE is the answer” – technicaldeathmetal.com

“This is a truly eye-popping convulsion of tech-death, with schizophrenic rhythms, astounding technical riffing and drumwork, and tiny threads of reappearing melody that stitch the songs together into cohesive wholes. And I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a death-metal vocalist bark out the lyrics faster than ARCHSPIRE’s . . . . This is most definitely a band to keep your eyes on; you will hear more about them” – No Clean Singing

“ARCHSPIRE have released a gem. It’s definitely technical death, and it adroitly blends elements of various tech death bands together. The rhythm guitar work varies from choppy and percussive to fluid and melodic. The blasting and double bass work are absurdly fast, but remain fluent and rhythmic rather than wooden or jittery. The hard to soft musical transitions are as natural as I’ve ever heard in this genre” – InvisibleOranges.com 

“The pick-me-up comes in the form of ARCHSPIRE, a gang of happy-looking Canadians who might have been widely unknown to most present before this performance, but surely no longer. With a technical proficiency bordering on OMFG levels, they still achieve what lacks in a lot of other bands like this: the feat of actually writing songs. What’s more, they noticeably enjoy what they do, so smiles are abundant even if face-peeling technical death metal about alien monoliths and planets being devoured is going on” – Terrorizer

ARCHSPIRE MySpace and Facebook pages

AMON AMARTH Unleash New Album Details

Melodic death metal heroes AMON AMARTH are pleased to unveil the details of their ninth studio album. Titled Deceiver of the Gods, the epic offering was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage). The cover art was, once again, completed by Tom Thiel and depicts a mythical battle between the Norse Gods Loki & Thor. Fans will also recognize a special appearance on this album with Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) providing guest vocals for eighth song, Hel. Deceiver of the Gods will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records June 25, in Europe June 21/24 and Japan on June 26.

Comments vocalist Johan Hegg:

“We feel very excited about this new album, and personally I feel that Deceiver of the Gods is the strongest album we’ve ever done. By far! I’m confident that all our fans will enjoy this punch-in-the-face-of-a-record!”

Opening title track and first single, Deceiver of the Gods is currently streaming at the band’s official Metal Blade page: http://www.metalblade.com/amonamarth where you’ll also find special pre-order info.

Deceiver of the Gods Track Listing:
01. Deceiver of the Gods
02. As Loke Falls
03. Father of the Wolf
04. Shape Shifter
05. Under Siege
06. Blood Eagle
07. We Shall Destroy
08. Hel
09. Coming of the Tide
10. Warriors of the North

A compelling synthesis of buzzsaw riff work, melodic harmonies and soul-severing rhythms punctuated by vocalist Johan Hegg’s callous Viking roar and gripping accounts of Norse battles and treachery, Deceiver of the Gods is the follow-up to the band’s critically lauded 2011 Surtur Rising full-length. Finding placement on multiple charts worldwide the record is among the band’s fastest-selling albums to date. Surtur Rising sold approximately 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week landing the band at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums. Around the world Surtur Rising also charted in Germany at #8 on the Top 100 chart, #19 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #12 on Austria’s Top 40 Chart and Switzerland’s Top 100 at #20.

AMON AMARTH will be opening the mainstage of this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest set to commence June 29 in San Bernardino.

AMON AMARTH
Summer 2013 European Festival Tour
06/01 Nijmegen, NL Forta Rock Festival
06/06 Solvesborg, SE Sweden Rock Festival
06/07 Nurburgring, DE Rock Am Ring
06/08 Amnéville, FR Sonisphere
06/09 Nurenberg, DE Rock Im Park
06/11 Prague, CZ MeetFactory
06/12 Wroclaw, PL Eter Club
06/14 Copenhagen, DK Copenhell
06/15 Nickelsdorf, AT Nova Rock
06/16 Donington, UK Download Festival

AMON AMARTH
w/ Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest 2013
06/29 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
06/30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/02 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
07/03 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
07/05 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
07/06 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
07/07 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Ampitheatre
07/09 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection w/ Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, Huntress
07/10 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/12 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
07/13 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
07/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
07/16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
07/17 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
07/19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
07/20 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/21 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
07/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/24 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
07/26 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
07/27 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
07/28 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/29 Louisville, KY Expo Five w/ Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Emmure, Motionless In White, Born of Osiris, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, Huntress
07/30 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
07/31 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre
08/02 Austin, TX Austin 360 Ampitheatre
08/03 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/04 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
08/05 Kansas City, MO Cricket Wireless Ampitheater w/ Rob Zombie, Machine Head & Children Of Bodom
08/07 Sauget, IL Pop’s w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/08 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/09 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/11 Montreal, QC Heavy MTL Festival

AMON AMARTH:
Johan Hegg – Vocals
Olavi Mikkonen – Guitars
Ted Lundström – Bass
Johan Söderberg – Guitars
Fredrik Andersson – Drums

http://www.amonamarth.com
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband

 

BATTLECROSS Name Shannon Lucas Session Drummer

BATTLECROSS completed work on their sophomore album, which will be due out this summer during their tour as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Recording has been completed and the finishing touches are being applied to the tracks and art. During tracking, one of metal’s most acclaimed drummers, Shannon Lucas, stepped in as the session drummer for the album.

Lucas comments:

“Being a fan of Battlecross, it is an honor to be a part of their new record. I can’t wait for the world to hear this album.”

Producer Eyal Levi adds,

“I am so beyond excited for the chance to produce Shannon Lucas on the new Battlecross record. He’s one of the true BEASTS of metal drumming. The man’s skills are literally untouchable. Combine that with a badass rising star of a band and I think we’ve got the makings of a crushing record!”

As previously announced, Kevin Talley will be stepping in to play drums for the band on their two upcoming live performances, the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest (4/19) and the Orion Music & More Festival (6/08-6/09). Drummer Mike Kreger has parted ways with the band to focus on some new opportunities and attend to personal business. BATTLECROSS will announce their new permanent member once a final decision has been made.

The album, scheduled to be released in early summer, also features a guest guitar solo by Producer Jason Suecof, and will be mastered by Joey Vera of Armored Saint. Vera also mastered the band’s cover of Pantera’s Fucking Hostile, which was released as a single last summer.

BATTLECROSS
04/19 Worcester, MA Palladium – New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
06/08-09 Detroit, MI Belle Isle Park – Orion Music + More Festival w/ Metallica
06/27 Las Vegas, NV Cheyenne Saloon
w/ Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest 2013
06/29 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
06/30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/02 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
07/03 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
07/05 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
07/06 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
07/07 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Ampitheatre
07/09 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection w/ Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Job for a Cowboy, Huntress
07/10 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/12 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
07/13 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
07/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
07/16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
07/17 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
07/19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
07/20 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/21 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
07/22 New York, NY Saint Vitus w/ Huntress
07/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/24 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
07/26 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
07/27 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
07/28 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/29 Louisville, KY Expo Five w/ Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Emmure, Motionless In White, Born of Osiris, Job for a Cowboy, Huntress
07/30 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
07/31 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre
08/02 Austin, TX TBA
08/03 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/04 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
End Tour
08/07 Sauget, IL Pop’s w/ Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Huntress
08/08 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works w/ Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Huntress
08/09 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s w/ Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Huntress

http://battlecrossmetal.com/
https://www.facebook.com/battlecrossmetal
https://twitter.com/battlecross
http://www.metalblade.com/battlecross/

 

SETH Premiere New Track

French black metal innovators SETH released the first new track from their forthcoming album, The Howling Spirit. A lyric video for the song Scars Born From Bleeding Stars is streaming now via SMN News. The Howling Spirit is slated for a North American release date on June 11.

SETH recently reactivated following the re-release of their critically acclaimed 1998 debut Les Blessures de I’Ame. The new edition is remastered and includes two bonus tracks and brand new artwork. The re-issue is currently available on Season of Mist’s E-shop as CD and hand-numbered, double gatefold LP limited to 500 copies.

Regarding the new incarnation of the band, band leader Heimoth issued the following statement:

“This is some exceptional moment for us as we are now officially back on the very same label that released our first album in ’98 and I guess this truly makes our recent comeback even more worthwhile. Both parts have taken different directions for more than 10 years but we are thrilled to unveil The Howling Spirit together. I personally feel this is a significant step forward born from the special relationship the band and SOM have had through the years.”

SETH news and tour information available the SETH Facebook page.

 

PURSON Track Available via Pitchfork Now

Purson, the female-fronted UK band that Kerrang has described as having “the best bits of ’60s and ’70s rock – think Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Cream… brought to 2013 in a sweet-smelling musical haze,” premiere the song Well Spoiled Machine via Pitchfork HERE.

Debut Album, The Circle And The Blue Door, Out April 30

The London-based band’s debut album, The Circle and The Blue Door, is set for an April 30 release via Metal Blade/Rise Above Records.

“best debut of 2013” – Decibel Magazine: Editor-in-Chief, Albert Mudrian 

“a modern demonic sound” – BBC

“their brand of gothic psychedelia is set to take 2013 by storm” – Terrorizer

“Purson are the UK’s new ambassadors for the otherworldly”  Subterranea/Metal Hammer

Spiderwood Farm, a song singer Rosalie Cunningham penned after flipping through a copy of Sounds from 1972, is streaming via Decibel HERE. A video for Leaning On A Bear debuted last month and is viewable HERE.

Directed by Chris Martin, Rosalie said of the setting:

“We found this great place in Brixton, South London called Café Cairo that look as though it has been transplanted there from the souk in Marrakesh.”

The clip gives a perfect visual to the band’s trippy psychedelia, or as they call it “vaudeville carny psych.”

Pre-orders of The Circle and The Blue Door are available via Metal Blade at this link: www.metalblade.com/purson. Purson will make their debut U.S. performances this fall with tour dates forthcoming.

www.facebook.com/pursontheband
twitter.com/_Purson

 

ARMIFERA Sign To Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, New Album Next Month

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions logo

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions signed Canadian speed masters ARMIFERA and will release their debut album Eradication on CD format May 14. Below is the official description:

Click on album cover art above to listen to a full track

Epic Speed Metal madness from Canada! Armifera carry the torch of metal’s past through their debut album Eradication. A blend of old school and new school Thrash Metal, this album exhibits violent fast tempos, pit bull vocals, bone crushing riffs and thunderous bass along with a healthy dose of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal undertones. Enter the dark twisted world of the Brotherhood Of The Watcher and The Hidden Order… a secret society that broke off of the bloodlines of the Earth’s rulers and became their adversaries. Eradication will take you on a spellbinding and mesmerising experience into the unknown. For fans of Death Angel, Destruction, Exodus, Forbidden, Kreator, Machine Head, Metallica, Minax, Mortillery, Sacrifice, Sodom, Testament and Tourniquet. Bang your head!

You can pre-order your copy for only $10 including shipping at http://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com/store/hpgd065.html

 

TRACK LISTING:

1. Eradication
2. Die Free
3. System Of Secrecy
4. Cerebral Slave
5. Iron Entities
6. Blunt Force Trauma
7. D.M.H. (Death Metal Horror)
8. Metal Massacre
9. Woven Mist

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