CLUTCH Drummist Jean Paul Gaster Interview Now Available

At long last, The Welding Room host Rik Johnson spoke with CLUTCH back-beatist, Jean Paul Gaster on Friday, May 17th at Electric Factory in (Cradle of) Philthadelphia. The interview is finally available!

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PENTAGRAM Documentary Airing on Showtime and On Demand

Premium subscription channel SHOWTIME just picked up the documentary Last Days Here from influential doom legends PENTAGRAM – showings can be found HERE.

On June 20, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester, VA will be screening Last Days Here followed by a Q+A from the film’s co-protagonist and band manager, Pellet. Thirty beers will be on tap from around the world including locals from Devil’s Backbone, Lost Rhino, Three Brothers, and more! Check out details and get your tickets to the screening HERE.

Request PENTAGRAM on The Welding Room via phone, e-mail or live chat!

PENTAGRAM released their current album Last Rites on Metal Blade Records April 14, 2011 and their first ever, official DVD (also out on Metal BladeWhen the Screams Come on August 30, 2011. Both releases were met by rave reviews from fans and critics alike and saw the band playing sets at infamous SXSW festival in Austin TX as well as tours across the US and dates in Europe. Recently, after months of searching and reviewing literally hundreds of applicants from around the world, PENTAGRAM announced the addition of their new guitarist Matt Goldborough. His debut with the “Ram Family,” rounded out by Bobby Liebling on vocals, Greg Turley on bass guitar and Sean Saley on drums, was on April 16, 2013 at the sold out show at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY. If that gig wasn’t special enough, the band performed songs not heard live in over 40 years! Inspired by a demand from the fans, Liebling and company pulled out rare gems, including Be Forewarned. This track and more can be viewed now at metalinjection.net.

PENTAGRAM
07/06 Gothenburg, Sweden Metaltown Festival 2013
07/20 Warsaw, Poland Days Of Ceremony 2013
07/22 Tolmin, Slovenia Metaldays, 2013
07/25-28 TBA, Montana Farmageddon Records Music Festival

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BLACK TUSK Confirm Release Date, Reveal EP Artwork

Savannah, GA‘s BLACK TUSK confirmed a July 23 release date for their new EP entitled Tend No Wounds via Relapse Records.  The EP was recorded with producer Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness) at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC. The band also unveiled the artwork, which was created by Brian Mercer (Eyehategod, Lamb of God, Zoroaster).

Tend No Wounds will be available in CD, vinyl and digital formats and can be pre-ordered from the Relapse Records Store HERE.  A trailer for the EP can be viewed HERE.

Tend No Wounds is a 6 song/20 minute blast of high octane raging southern rock/metal that merges the classic original backwoods metallic hardcore Black Tusk sound with the newer more polished rock based tunes the band has honed after years on the road on the road with bands like Baroness, Skeletonwitch, Mastodon, Kvelertak and more.

BLACK TUSK recently wrapped up a North American tour with Kvelertak and Cancer Bats. A European tour is being plotted now and dates should be announced shortly.

Updated BLACK TUSK news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website and BLACK TUSK Facebook page. Request Black Tusk on The Welding Room: call (856) 393-2100, via e-mail TheWeldingRoom@gmail.com or in the rockdefradio.com live chat.

Tend No Wounds Tracklisting:

1.     A Cold Embrace

2.     Enemy of Reason

3.     The Weak and the Wise

4.     Internal/Eternal

5.     Truth Untold

6.     In Days of Woe

 

SIX FEET UNDER Recruit Another Former Member of BRAIN DRILL

SIX FEET UNDER parted ways with drummer Kevin Talley. However, the transition for the new drummer will be near-seemless, as he is a former band member of bassist Jeff Hughell. Marco Pitruzzella has officially joined the ranks of SIX FEET UNDER and will make his debut appearance with the band this Saturday in Memphis, TN at Scion Rock Fest! For info on the fest, including the full line-up, visit scionav.com.

Chris Barnes discusses the lineup change:

“I’m proud to announce a new addition to the ranks of Six Feet Under. Replacing drummer Kevin Talley is our new friend and cohort, Marco Pitruzzella (http://youtu.be/KVs_HBoxZds). Marco has worked with Jeff Hughell in their former band, Brain Drill, and is such an amazing talented and great guy. I’m very excited having him in the band and can’t wait to take the stage with Marco this Saturday in Memphis for Scion Rock Fest!”

“It was good working with Kevin Talley for the past couple of years, but we are very ready and extremely focused on moving the band forward with a new, more stable and permanent lineup for writing as well as touring. Be prepared to be shredded! See you all soon!”

SIX FEET UNDER’s latest album, Unborn, is available now. Fans can preview and order now at metalblade.com/sixfeetunder.

Six Feet Under and Brain Drill are featured artists on The Welding Room. Call (856) 393-2100, e-mail TheWeldingRoom@gmail.com or join the rockdefradio.com chat room to send your death threats/complaints.


SIX FEET UNDER
06/01 Memphis, TN Scion Rock Fest
06/20 St. Goarshausen, DE Metalfest
06/21 Clisson, FR Hellfest
06/22 Dokkum, NL Dokk’em Open Air
w/ Decrepit Birth, Cannabis Corpse, Dealey Plaza
07/10 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
07/11 Austin, TX Dirty Dog
07/12 Oklahoma City, OK Chameleon Room
07/13 Dallas, TX Trees
07/14 Santa Fe, NM Sol
07/15 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theater
07/16 West Hollywood, CA The Whisky
07/17 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
07/19 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
07/20 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
07/21 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
07/22 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
07/23 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
07/24 St Louis, MO Fubar
07/25 Fayetteville, AR Rogue
07/26 Nashville, TN Exit/In
07/27 Atlanta, GA Masquerade

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BETTER LEFT UNSAID Premiere New Song Online

Modesto, CA‘s Better Left Unsaid released the new track Mr. Dark from their upcoming new album online via their Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/16tcrKA. Better Left Unsaid will release their new self-titled album on June 18 via Epochal Artists Records/Capital Music Group. The album was recorded ProView Studios in Riverbank, CA Studios with producer Adam Ruppel (Systematic).

“We are extremely bored with most of the current metal trends. There’s not enough songwriting in a lot of newer metal. It’s getting too technical in a lot of ways, it’s almost like watching a movie that is just a giant car chase with no plot,” said says guitarist Greg Fender.

“There are plenty of other metal records that are super clean and perfect, but they’re also sterile. We wanted things to be raw and dark, dirty and ugly for this record, because sometimes everything is not going to be alright.”

Better Left Unsaid are a complex melodic metal machine that utilizes heavy grooves and technical precision to craft a powerful versatile attack. One minute, lead vocalist Adam Raffety lets loose anguished growls that sound a caged animal, and the next he’s belting out some of the most infectious melodies you’ve ever heard. Their versatility is their greatest asset and the band have bottled up all the trials and tribulations over the past few years, and unleashed them onto their explosive new self-titled album, Better Left Unsaid. The band employ a steadfast “do it yourself” attitude with their brutal brand of metal, that has seen them crisscross the country over seven times playing shows with the likes of Killswitch Engage, Devildriver, 3 Inches Of Blood, Daath, Mushroomhead, (Hed)P.E. and Hatebreed.

Better Left Unsaid tracks She Needs Violence and Threat Of Truth are featured on The Welding Room.

For more information, fans can visit: http://betterleftunsaidmusic.com/

 

MISERY INDEX Announce New Tour Dates

Grindcore stalwarts MISERY INDEX announced their first tour of 2013. A European run, beginning June 20 and running though June 29. A complete list of the new tour dates can be found below.

Regarding the status of a new full length, the band stated:

“A few have asked about an album update – well, this past week we all got  together and worked through our demos to find we have about 7-8 full songs nearing completion. So, we might be tracking by end of  summer/early autumn… More news soon!”

Last February, MISERY INDEX released a new live album, titled Live Munich. Recorded entirely during a European tour, the album is now streaming here.

Tour Dates

6/20 Kassel, DE @ K19

6/21 Dokkum, NL @ Dokk’em Open Air

6/22 Essen, DE  @ Turock (with PIG DESTROYER)

6/23 Clisson, FR @ Hellfest (Altar Stage)

6/24 Toulouse, FR @ La Dynamo

6/25 Barcelona, ES  @ Apolo 2

6/26 Luynes, FR @ Korigan

6/27 Milan, IT @ The Factory

6/28 Vienna, AT @ Escape

6/29 Zürich, CH @ Dynamo

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XUL Add Live Dates, Offer Free Album Download

amr_logo_smal_570Growing their fan base with the offering of their debut album Malignance for FREE DOWNLOAD via their bandcamp hereVernon, BC blackened death metal band XUL are proud to announce additional tour dates for their first cross Canada Malignant Tour that will see the band deliver a brutal assault that fans of Behemoth, Dissection and Immortal will sure not want to miss.

XUL (pictured left to right): Bill Ferguson (Vocals/Guitar), Wallace Huffman (Guitar), Marlow Deiter (Bass), Lowell Winters (Drums), Levi Meyers (Vocals)

2013 Malignant Tour – Canadian Dates

May 30, 2013 – Vancouver, BC – Funky Winkerbeans Show Details

June 3, 2013 – Calgary, AB – Dickens Pub

June 4, 2013 – Medicine Hat, BC – Liquid Nightclub Show Details

June 5, 2013 – Regina, SK – The Club Show Details

June 6, 2013 – Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo w/ Skeletonwitch, Anciients Show Details

June 12, 2013 – Toronto, ON – Bovine Sex Club

June 13, 2013 – Montreal, QC – Katakombes

June 14, 2013 – Oshawa, ON – The Diezel Room

June 15, 2013 – North Bay, ON – Granite Club

June 21, 2013 – Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel

June 22, 2013 – Saskatoon, SK – The Fez

June 23, 2013 – Edmonton, AB – DV8 Show Details

June 24, 2013 – Prince George, BC – The Artspace

July 19-20, 2013 – Armstrong, BC – Armstrong Metal Fest – Show Details

For more info on XUL, please visit these links:

www.xulofficial.ca

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About:

A five piece group based out of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, following in the footsteps of bands such as: Behemoth, Dissection, and Immortal, XUL have left the beaten path and set out to forge their own brand of Blackened Death Metal.

An energetic and interactive live performance – with crushing rhythms seamlessly coalescing into atmospheric passages, accompanied by punishing percussion waves and subtle vocal harmonies – expands upon the previously established essence of the sub-genre. With songs reminiscent of war-torn landscapes, destructive human nature and evil intent, XUL has captivated audiences and garnered positive reviews, and on June 16, 2012, released their first full length album, entitled Malignance.

Driven by determination and a diverse accumulation of musical comprehension, XUL has toured Western Canada, as well as proven themselves worthy to share the stage with bands such as: Obscura, Exhumed, Vreid, Kampfar, Woods of Ypres, Macabre, Withered, Cephalic Carnage, Archspire and 3 Inches of Blood. With a spring 2013 tour looming, XUL is determined to build on an impressive local following by infecting Western Canada with hopes of Canada in its entirety in the near future. XUL’s focus for winter 2012 is to meticulously craft new material for another release in 2013.

#10 of Top 20 Best Albums of 2012 for MetalMadeInCanda.ca

“Xul continue to offer a barrage after barrage of obliterating death metal… when the sheer fire power and dexterous performances that Xul serve up are so satisfying. Particularly when you consider that is the band’s debut album. Malignance is undeniably impressive.” – Powerplay Mag UK 

“one of the most impressive debut’s I’ve heard in a very long time. Rarely are the similar artists mentioned in press kits an entirely accurate estimation of the soundscapes to be found within an album proper, but I find the examples of Behemoth and Dissection are quite fitting in this case, as the band excels at weaving the brutality of the former with the epic melodious propensity of the latter, not to mention the grandiosity inherent to both, into a rich and exciting tapestry of extremity” – Metal-Archives.com

“will appeal to fans of black/death metal. Hard-hitting and brutal, intensity does not let up until the very last song” – TheFrontRowReport.com

“Xul operate within the genre of blackened death metal, taking cues from blackened death metal giants like Behemoth, black metal legends like Immortal and Mayhem, as well as death metal demigods like Morbid Angel. They have taken all of these inspirations and combined them into their own artistically highly successful brand of blackened death metal, which features the brutality of death metal and the darkness and evil of black metal. Thus, you get and album the treats you to both the machine-gun bass drums, guttural vocals, and technically proficient playing associated with death metal and the tense harmonies, tremolo picking, and blazing blast beats associated with black metal… a huge artistic success and captures what I consider to be the best from both death metal and black metal” – Metal Music Archives

“a raging, rolling machine of Black-tinged Death Metal” – MetalObserver

“the band manages to make a sound that encompasses the Death Metal ‘old school’ with the current time style that combines technical, brutality and a very dark mood, as do Belphegor, Behemoth and Azarath” – Whiplash (Brazil)

“a stunning display of musicianship with its ultra-slick leads, hyper-speed percussion and incredible bass tone. Meyers’s fetid vocals salivating on the album’s rotting body ties the whole gruesome scene together. Xul wreak Vengeance on the ears of death metal fans, forcing their way in the cortex to fester and boil. This is one Malignance you’ll be dying to have” – Kingdom of Noise

“I love death metal that takes no prisoners” – Battl Helm

“The first track sets the pace for the whole album; hard hitting, ear splitting, skull crushing brutality. Battlestorm, indeed! Strong black influences shine through, especially in tracks like Porta Nocis, and Vengeance, while the instrumental Winter’s Reign leaves you spellbound. I have to admit to being really impressed with the amount of work these northern bastards have put into this, and I highly recommend it” – Canadian Black Metal

“a very great sounding heavy and brutal blackened death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE Battlestorm, Winter’s Reign and Tomb Of The Tyrants” – BringerofDeathZine

“The perfect combination of black and death metal, even with a particularly thrashy sounding guitar line in places on Mastication of Putrescent Empyrean Remains really comes together on this album” – BigMetalBastard

XUL - MALIGNANCE - ALBUM COVER

1. Battlestorm 04:27
2. Mastication of Putrescent Empyrean Remains 05:14
3. Porta Noctis 05:08
4. Vengeance 03:28
5. Winter’s Reign 04:26
6. Hordes of Black 05:29
7. Incinerate the Earth 04:17
8. Tomb of Tyrants 05:54