CHIMAIRA Launch Crowd Funding Campaign, New Album Info

Metal titans CHIMAIRA announced a massive crowd funding campaign surrounding the release of their brand new LP, Crown of Phantoms. The album will be released on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

The band is seeking support for a special fan edition CD/DVD. This edition and its perks will only be available to campaign supporters and will not be sold anywhere else. Specifically,  supporters will be contributing to the following:

  • Two narrative music videos
  • A behind the scenes, Crown Of Phantoms making-of documentary
  • Seven additional tracks exclusive to the fan edition
  • Various behind the scenes videos
  • Expanded version of Dr. Z with fan determined ending
  • Full length album commentary that features dialog from all the band members as they listen to the record start to finish
  • Graphic art storyboards created specifically for the music videos included in the fan edition booklet
  • Original Artwork & Packaging exclusive to the fan edition

To further conceptualize their plan, the band has released a video explaining, with some satire, the details of their campaign along with a sneak peek of a brand new track called Kings of the Shadow World and a visual display of the many creative perks they’re offering to contributors. Visit the official campaign site for full details on the endeavor and its perks.

For more than a decade, CHIMAIRA has been imposing its gravity on the metal community by continually touring the globe and selling more than a million albums worldwide. Their brand of heavy music has evolved and transcended both itself and the trends while maintaining its persistent, bludgeoning force. In 2013, CHIMAIRA continues to direct the masses and define a dark future with their new album, Crown of Phantoms.

Frontman Mark Hunter comments on the band’s forward progression:

“When I started this band I had a desire to make extremely heavy, eclectic metal. Nothing has changed in that regard. I wanted to merge all the styles I loved into a hybrid of sounds. Having the chance to reinvent the group gave me the opportunity to work with unbelievable players and take the essence of Chimaira to uncharted territory. Assembling the right team was essential to creating what I feel is some of the craziest and most passionate music I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of. The past defines us while the present refines us.”

CHIMAIRA: Mark Hunter (vocals), Emil Werstler (guitar), Austin D’Amond (drums), Matt Szlachta (guitar), Jeremy Creamer (bass), Sean Zatorsky (keyboards)



4/19/13 Wichita, KS – The Cotillion

4/20/13 Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom

4/22/13 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar

4/23/13 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues

4/25/13 Talahassee, FL – The Moon

4/26/13 Chatanooga, TN – Track 29

4/28/13 Tampa, FL – The Ritz Theatre

4/29/13 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

4/30/13 Birmingham, AL – Bessemer Civic Center

5/1/13 Norfolk, VA – The Norva

5/2/13 Springfield, VA – Empire

5/3/13 Pittsburgh, PA – Ice Garden Arena

5/5/13 Richmond, VA – The National

5/6/13 Worcester, MA – The Palladium(Upstairs)

5/7/13 Hungtington, NY – The Paramount

5/8/13 Stroudsburg, PA – The Sherman Theater

5/9/13 Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theater

5/10/13 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub and Billiards

5/11/13 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

5/12/13 Minneapolis, MN – Epic

5/14/13 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium

5/15/13 Kansas City, KS – The Granada Theater

5/16/13 Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s

5/17/13 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection


KYLESA Live Chat This Weekend

Southern hard rock quintet KYLESA scheduled a Reddit live chat session/AMA this Saturday, April 20 at 1:00 PM EST (4 PM PST). The band will respond to fans directly, via an “Ask Me Anything” thread.

Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” (AMAs) are one of the most popular features on the heavily trafficked site. Past AMA’s have included sessions with President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and Deadmau5 among others.

Recently, KYLESA announced a new summer tour. The “Ultraviolet Summer 2013 Tour” kicks off on May 10 in Gainesville, FL, and ends on June 22 in Savannah, GA. Support comes from BLOOD CEREMONY, WHITE HILLS, and LAZER/WULF. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

KYLESA previously released a new song, called Vultures Landing here. KYLESA also premiered the tracks Quicksand here, and Unspoken here. Ultraviolet pre-orders are available now via the Season of Mist E-Shop.

One of the most anticipated hard rock releases of 2013, and the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed album Spiral Shadow, KYLESA is set to release Ultraviolet on May 28. The Savannah-based quintet recorded Ultraviolet at The Jam Room in Columbia, SC with the band’s guitar player/songwriter, and sought-after producer, Phillip Cope (BARONESS, BLACK TUSK) once again overseeing production.

Spring-Summer 2013 Tour Dates

April 19 Savannah, GA – The Dollhouse (*Free show*) w/ Bear Fight, Wet Socks

ALL dates with Blood Ceremony, White Hills, Lazer/Wulf

May 10 Gainesville, FL – High Dive
May 11 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
May 12 Miami, FL – Churchill’s
May 13 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
May 14 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s
May 16 Houston, TX – Walters
May 17 Dallas, TX – Trees
May 18 Austin, TX – Mohawk
May 20 Albuquerque, NM – Blackwater
May 21 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
May 22 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
May 24 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst
May 25 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
May 27 Portland, OR – Star Theater
May 28 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
May 29 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
May 31 Calgary, AB – Dickens
June 1 Regina, SK – The Exchange
June 2 Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
June 3 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
June 4 Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s Oasis
June 5 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
June 6 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
June 7 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
June 8 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
June 9 Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlies
June 11 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
June 12 Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
June 13 Montreal, QC – Il Motore
June 14 Brooklyn NY – Northside Fest (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
June 15 Albany, NY – Bogie’s
June 16 Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
June 18 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
June 19 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
June 20 Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall
June 21 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
June 22 Savannah, GA – The Jinx


BLACK TUSK Tour Begins This Weeknd, Release EP Title

(Savannah, GA) – BLACK TUSK just completed recording their upcoming EP with producer Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness) at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC. Tend No Wounds is scheduled to be released later this Spring via Relapse Records. 

The band is also getting ready to hit the road with Kvelertak and Cancer Bats. The tour supporting Kvlertak runs from April 22 in Detroit through May 25 in Raleigh.

BLACK TUSK latest release Set The Dial is streaming in full at this location and available for purchase via and iTunes.

Updated news and tour information available at the Relapse Records website and BLACK TUSK Facebook page.

April 19 Athens, GA Caledonia Headlining
April 20 Louisville, KY Diamonds Pub Headlining

with Kvelertak
April 22 Detroit, MI Shelter
April 24 Cleveland, OH The Grog Shop
April 25 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups
April 28 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
April 30 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
May 01 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
May 02 Boise, ID Venue
May 08 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
May 11 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s (Downstairs)
May 12 Dallas, TX Club Dada
May 13 Austin, TX Red 7
May 14 Little Rock, AR Downtown Music Hall
May 15 Nashville, TN Exit/In
May 17 New York, NY Studio at Webster Hall
May 18 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
May 20 Allston, MA Great Scott
May 21 Montreal, QC Les Katacombes *
May 22 Toronto, ON The Wreck Room *
May 23 Buffalo, NY Coffin House w/ Vitamin X
May 24 Huntington, WV V-Club
May 25 Raleigh, NC Poor House


ABORYM Premiere ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ Cover

Extreme electro/industrial metallers ABORYM revealed the first track from the second CD of the upcoming Dirty double album. While the first CD will feature completely new material, the second CD will include two completely re-arranged and re-recorded tracks from previous albums, covers of tracks by Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd and Nine Inch Nails, as well as a previously unreleased track. Dirty (cover below), the brand new double album which will be available in jewel case, double digipack and gatefold double LP formats, is set for release on Agonia Records on May 28 in Europe and June 11 in North America.

Iron Maiden’s heavy metal classic Hallowed Be Thy Name by legendarny industrial troops ABORYM, can be streamed here:

The band has also unveiled the second video teaser for Dirty. It’s streaming at:

ABORYM started life as a cover band and went through several transformations, eventually pioneering what the band calls hard-industrial-electro extreme metal. Today’s line up consists of Italians Fabban on vocals, bass and Synths and Paolo Pieri (Hour Of Penance) on guitars, keyboards and programming, together with Norway’s Bard “Faust” Eithun (Blood Tsunami, Mongo Ninja, ex-Emperor) on drums.

Dirty was recorded at the Fear No One Studios in Italy with Emiliano Natali, reprising his Sound Engineers role from the band’s Psychogrotesque album, and it is helmed by Marc Urselli of New York’s Eastside Sound Studio who has worked with the likes of Mike Patton and Lou Reed. The electronic part of the album is engineered by D. Loop (Kebabtraume, Limbo). R.G. Narchost (Stormcrow, Demon’s Shade, Drowning Ashes) created “The Spiral shaped chamber” custom sounds library for the band. Artwork for the album is by ABORYM’s Fabban.

With Dirty being the band’s first release since 2010’s Psychogrotesque, all three musicians have something to say about it:

Guitarist Paolo Pieri commented:

“This is definitely the most schizoid and experimental ABORYM work so far. This time we focused on pushing the boundaries of electronic music one step forward while retaining the ruthless brutality of extreme metal in a way totally ahead of the times.”

Drummer Bard “Faust” Eithun added:

“This time around ABORYM push everything further; the electronic and industrial elements have never been so present. Rest assured, no matter how sick, twisted and beyond everything it sounds, it is still ABORYM.”

The last word falls to founder Fabban:

“I believe that Dirty represents the best material ever written by ABORYM from 1992 until today. Given that it wasn’t that easy to go beyond an album such as Psychogrotesque, I strongly believe that this time we did exceed every limit and every concept of experimentation – manipulating all the clichès of extreme metal, industrial or electronic music and pushing together elements that are so far away from each other. As a result, we achieved something really innovative, powerful, refined and of a really high standard. The quality of sounds, the nuances, the details passing through the recording quality; the quality of the machines that we used and abused, the quality of the lyrics, the artwork and the performances of each of us and of all the people who have worked with us, are definitely all at the top. Dirty is a record that simply expands the range of our listeners, it’s an album that everyone can enjoy and really appreciate. I am personally very excited and, at the same time, really proud of what you’ll soon be able to listen to. We worked so hard for the past two years on this double album that we have no words to really explain how excited we are to finally see it released. It’s an album that will further change the history of extreme music. Of that I have no doubt.”

Track listing on Dirty as follows:

CD 1
Irreversible Crisis
Across the Universe
Raped by Daddy
I don’t Know
The Factory of Death
Helter Skelter Youth
Face the Reptile
The Day the Sun Stopped Shining

Fire Walk With Us (new version originally released on Fire Walk With Us)
Roma Divina Urbs (new version originally released on Kali Yuga Bizarre)
Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden Cover)
Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd Cover)
Hurt (Nine Inch Nails Cover)
Need for limited loss (new track)

Dirty is now available for retail pre-orders in all formats at:

More information about ABORYM can be found on the band’s website at and facebook at

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