DYING FETUS to Headline Denver Black Sky Festival

On Saturday, December 14 at the Gothic Theatre and Moe’s BBQ in Denver, CO, Death Metal powerhouse DYING FETUS will be headlining Denver Black Sky.  Denver Black Sky is a metal festival curated by Skinless and ex-Enemy Reign frontman Sherwood Webber. Tickets for the event can be purchased HERE.

The band will be on a headlining North American tour which promises to be THE MOST brutal tour of the year, is presented by Metal Sucks and Converse and kicks off October 5 in Wilmington, NC and runs through November 2 in Springfield, VA.  The tour features support from label mates Exhumed as well as Waking the Cadaver (10/4-10/19), Abiotic and Rivers ofNihil (10/26-11/2). Special VIP packages that include a general admission ticket, an exclusive DYING FETUS herbal grinder, a meet and greet with the band, limited edition 20 Year Anniversary Poster, and VIP Souvenir Laminate are available purchase HERE.

DYING FETUS released their latest album Reign Supreme in 2012 on Relapse Records.  The album is streaming in its entirety on their Bandcamp Page.

A video for the song “Second Skin” is available for viewing HERE.

Reign Supreme is available for purchase from the Relapse store HERE and digitally on iTunes.

For updates on DYING FETUS visit their Facebook page.

North American Headline Tour:

10/5: Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox

10/6: Orlando, FL @ Back Booth

10/7: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum   

10/9: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s

10/10: Austin, TX @ Red 7

10/11: Dallas, TX @ Trees

10/12: Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon Room

10/13: Santa Fe, NM @ Warehouse 21

10/14: Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point

10/15: Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory

10/16: W. Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky

10/17: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge

10/18: Portland, OR @ Branx

10/19: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

10/20: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater   

10/22: Calgary, AB @ Republik

10/23: Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop

10/24: Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre

10/25: Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater

10/27: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s   

10/29: Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys

10/30: Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater

10/31: Worcester, MA @ Palladium

11/1: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater

11/2: Springfield, VA @ Empire

12/14: Denver, CO @ Denver Black Sky

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RIVERS OF NIHIL Post Album Samples with Song Concepts

Rivers of Nihil’s debut album, “The Conscious Seed of Light,” will be released on October 15 in North America. The album was recorded in March of 2013 at Mana Recording Studios in Florida with famed metal producer/musician Erik Rutan. While The Conscious Seed of Light is not necessarily a concept album traditionally speaking, Rivers of Nihil began this project with the idea that they would release four separate albums tied together with one common theme: each reflecting a particular season of a year.

Bassist Adam Biggs elaborates;

The Conscious Seed of Light is intended to be representative of Spring and explores various themes concerning new beginnings, growth, and an attachment to the natural world in a post-human Earth. Unlike some concept records however, we wanted to allow each song to work on its own terms. Rather than have the songs rely on each other to move a specific story structure forward; they work within their own separate narratives, but ultimately serve the album’s broader concept.”

Now, fans can stream a video with audio samples of each track on the album at metalblade.com/riversofnihil. Below, Adam Biggs elaborates on the concepts behind each track on the record. Rivers of Nihil‘s lineup is rounded out by vocalist Jake Dieffenbach, drummer Ron Nelson, and guitarists Jon Kunz and Brody Uttley. The band will be on tour beginning thisFriday, October 4 with Beneath the Massacre. On October 26, the band will join Dying Fetus for the final portion of their headlining tour.


The Conscious Seed of Light Track by Track Rundown

1. Terrestria I: Thaw
As some of you may or may not know by now, “The Conscious Seed of Light” is something of a concept record. Now, does that mean that the record is one solid connected piece of music with a definite plot structure and easily identifiable characters? No. No it does not. What it does mean is that each individual song serves, to some end, a similar thematic purpose. That being said; this record is the first of four, each representing a different season, “The Conscious Seed of Light” is our “spring” album. We figured this would be an appropriate place to begin seeing that spring is often associated with new life, and new beginnings, not unlike the new beginning given to us with our first major release. Now, all of that aside, we have “Terrestria I: Thaw,” our introductory track. It starts with an unassuming buildup that leads into a fun 8th note feeling that we don’t use a whole hell of a lot, and it blends very well into next track. When I presented the idea of this song to Brody I really didn’t give him much to go on, but I think he really knocked it out of the park.

2. Rain Eater
This was the first track we wrote for the album, before Metal Blade so graciously entered the picture, before we actually knew we were writing a full-length release. This song went through a ton of changes, in particular, we kept adding onto the beginning of the track (I think it originally started at about the one minute mark). But this sort of thing happens a lot when we write as a group, and this is one of very few songs written for the record that were done in this way. I think you can hear a lot of us using what had worked in our older material within the confines of this song in a structural sense, and it really comes together in a gratifying way.

Lyrically, this song is probably some of my most personal work. I did it very quickly and naturally, and like a lot of the lyrics I write I didn’t really understand what it was about until way after it was finished. It’s about a man who achieves a deep connection with the planet by repenting for his human sins and planting himself in the ground and beginning new life as a tree. I have a feeling this song will be synonymous with our band for quite some time.

3. Birth of the Omnisavior
This song is an old favorite from our second ep that we decided just NEEDED the Rutan touch. There are a ton of small details to be gleaned off of each instrumental performance within this song because we’ve all had so much time to tweak everything just the way we wanted it, in that way it definitely has the benefit of age. “Birth” is something of an outlier on this record; it has an ultra-progressive/untraditional song structure and no real defined chorus section. This song has been a part of our live set list for a long time now and I doubt it’s going away any time soon, we all just have so much fun playing it.

4. Soil & Seed
One of the biggest stylistic departures on the record, Soil & Seed is a real beast of a track. Riff wise, it’s super easy to play when you consider some of the fret board gymnastics on the rest of the album, but there’s nothing quite like seeing the eager, mosh-happy faces of a crowd when we go into that stomp riff in the middle section. Even though the track features a vocal section of my very own, the lyrics are actually completely Jake Dieffenbach’s doing, and they’re some of my favorite we’ve ever had. There’s a sense of quiet malice behind a lot of these zen-centric lines and I just love that sort of duality in death metal.

5. Central Antheneum
This song was probably my favorite throughout the entire writing process, it’s a real sleeper if you ask me. The song has a half-time feel all the way through which is something we almost never toy with, it makes good use of our stupidly low tuning, there’s a cool hook and a really fun middle section. My favorite part of this song though has to be Brody’s use of melodic lead lines placed sporadically in the song to give the riffs the right texture, that sort of thing always takes a song to the next level. Oh and it’s really heavy.

6. Mechanical Trees
This song was sort of the first of a kind for us. It was the product of Brody and I assembling the basic song structure in Cubase and making a working demo of the song before we’d even attempted playing it together as a band, which is something that we’d never done up to that point. A lot of the riffs have a really open-ended, spacey feel too which is a departure from our usual claustrophobic riffing style. The lyrics paint a bleak picture of humanity’s future, wherein the environment has become so damaged that we are forced to rely on machines to create breathable oxygen for most living creatures. Eventually, this way of life becomes too much for Earth’s dwindling human population, so the powers that be lace the machines with hallucinogenic substances to ease the pain of death.

7. Place of Serpents 
This song is equal parts shred and feeling…well maybe it tips slightly more toward shred, but there’s still plenty of feeling to be had here. In demo form this song was sort of an exercise in minimalism. There were very few harmonies, the bass and drums were super simple and there wasn’t much layer work going on. The version heard on the record is pretty much the polar opposite of that however; it’s a very dense song with a lot going on. There’s even a pretty large section that puts Brody and Jon’s post-rock leanings on display. Combine all of that with lyrics about tribal religious ceremonies and you have a song that you pick something new from in each listen.

8. Human Adaptation
Another one we pulled out of the vault. This song was part of our first ep and was actually the first song we ever put out for people to hear back in 2009. We sort of felt an obligation to this song’s history which was a big reason for its inclusion on our Metal Blade debut, but also it’s just a fierce bastard of a tune. This one is what really laid the groundwork for what this band would end up being; fast, complex, heavy and with an emphasis on hook-driven song structures.

9. A Fertile Altar
Musically, this song is a bit of a nod to all of our old-school death metal influences. It’s kind of a more straight-forward head banger with a bridge part perfect for fist pumping and all-round pit brutality. The lyrics were inspired by the disgusting cult actions of Warren Jeffs and his FLDS church in the early 2000’s. Jeffs gained notoriety for controlling the lives of families involved with his sect and preying on their children. However, I always envisioned this song to be spoken from the point of view of a wolf. Again, I really enjoy adding a layer of dualism within these songs.

10. Airless
Brody put this song together pretty much start to finish after we thought the writing process was pretty much over for this record. When we all heard the song it went without saying that this was going to be the album ender. It lacks a definite, rigid song structure in favor of acting as a sort of dark and ominous soundscape. There’s a little bit of odd-timing instrumentation here, a good bit of open space and Mr. Uttley leaves us with some really emotional guitar work.

The lyrics are reflective of that mood, there’s a lot here that deals with change and the uncertainty of life. It serves as a way to move into the summer album. The basic message is that you can cling to a feeling, an idea, a season, a way of life for so long but ultimately everything comes to an end.

RIVERS OF NIHIL w/ Beneath the Massacre, Rings of Saturn, Legion:

10/04 Amityville, NY Revolution
10/05 Albany, NY Bogies
10/06 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13 (Death Fest)
10/08 Springfield, VA Empire
10/09 Jeannette PA Gators
10/10 Rochester, NY Dubland Underground
10/11 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar & Grill
10/12 New York, NY Tobacco Road
10/13 Worcester, MA The Palladium

w/ Abiotic, Dying Fetus, Exhumed, Devourment:
10/26 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theatre
10/27 Chicago, IL Reggie’s
10/28 Madison, WI The High Noon Saloon
10/29 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
10/30 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
10/31 Worcester, MA The Palladium (Upstairs)
11/01 New York, NY The Gramercy Theater
11/02 Springfield, VA Empire

http://www.facebook.com/riversofnihil

https://twitter.com/riversofnihil

http://www.riversofnihilpa.bandcamp.com

https://soundcloud.com/rivers-of-nihil

PARADISE LOST Premieres New Track

Gothic-doom metallers PARADISE LOST and Terrorizer UK have teamed-up to premiere the band’s newly recorded track, “Gothic 2013”, taken from their upcoming album, Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities). Due out on October 21 in Europe (digitally on November 5 in North America), Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities) features artwork by Parisian designer Valnoir (http://www.metastazis.com), who has worked with artists such as ORPHANED LAND, MORBID ANGEL, WATAIN, and more than 150 others. All tracks found on this compilation are previously released rarities — except the new track “Loneliness Remains,” and newly recorded “Gothic 2013” and “Our Saviour 2013.” These three tracks will also appear on a mint green 10″ vinyl (USA exclusive color; limited to 300 copies), which can be pre-ordered here.

For a preview of Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities), head over to Terrorizer UK to stream Gothic 2013:

http://www.terrorizer.com/news/news-news/paradise-lost-announce-b-sides-rarities-compilation/

PARADISE LOST’s Nick Holmes (vocals) comments:

“When the opportunity came up for us to re-record ‘Gothic’, we were really pleased because it meant that we could finally do the song justice (production wise) and Simon Efemey had the chance to give it his polish. ‘Gothic’ has often been considered a bench mark in our early career and it was good to revisit it.”

 

Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities) track-listing:

1. Loneliness Remains*

2. Never Take Me Alive (SPEAR OF DESTINY cover version)

3. Ending Through Changes

4. The Last Fallen Saviour

 

5. Last Regret (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix)

6. Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix)

7. Cardinal Zero

8. Back On Disaster

9. Sons Of Perdition

10. Godless

11. Missing (EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL cover version)

12. Silent Heart

13. Gothic 2013*

14. Our Saviour 2013*

*=tracks that appear on the limited 10″

PARADISE LOST is also pleased to confirm that their 25th anniversary “Tragic Illusion” tour has been extended to now include a number of European dates! As with the UK shows, the band will be supported by both LACUNA COIL and KATATONIA (who will be playing the entire Viva Emptiness album at all shows). See below for all upcoming tour dates.

 

PARADISE LOST “Tragic Illusion 25th Anniversary” UK Tour w/ LACUNA COIL and KATATONIA

Oct. 30th – Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall (http://www.wolvescivic.co.uk)

Oct. 31st – Glasgow – ABC (http://www.ticketweb.co.uk)

Nov. 1st – Manchester – Ritz (www.kililive.com)

Nov. 3rd – London – Roundhouse (http://www.kililive.com)

PARADISE LOST “Tragic Illusion 25th Anniversary” EU Tour w/ LACUNA COIL and KATATONIA

Nov. 4th – Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik

Nov. 6th – Herford, Germany – Club X

 

Nov. 7th – Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos Saal

Nov. 8th – Dordrecht, Netherlands – Bibelot

Nov. 10th – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli Oudegracht

Nov. 11th – Nuremberg, Germany – Hirsch

Nov. 12th – Vienna, Austria – Arena

Nov. 13th – Solothurn, Switzerland – Kofmehl

http://www.paradiselost.co.ukPARADISE LOST online:

http://www.facebook.com/paradiselostofficial

http://twitter.com/officialpl

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GEMINI SYNDROME Premiere Lyric Video For New Single

Warner Bros. Records

(Burbank, CA) – Los Angeles alternative hard rock band Gemini Syndrome  premiered a lyric video for “Stardust” – the new single from their current album Lux – earlier today on www.revolver.com. It will be viewable here.

Lux was recorded with producer Kevin Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne, In This Moment) and is currently in the #3 position on the Billboard Heatseekers Album chart.

 

The band is currently on the road with Five Finger Death Punch. All tour dates are below.

10/04     The Venue                        Fargo, ND

10/05     Eagles Ballroom               Milwaukee, WI

10/06     Orbit Room                       Grand Rapids, MI

10/08     Fillmore                            Detroit, MI

10/09     Rapids Theater                 Niagra Falls, NY

10/11     Lupo’s                               Providence, RI

10/12     Best Buy Theater              New York, NY

10/13     Freedom Hall                    Lancaster, PA

10/15     The Ritz                            Raleigh, NC

10/17     Centurylink Arena             Bossier City, LA

10/18     Brady Theater                   Tulsa, OK

10/20     Midland Theater                Springfield, MO

10/22     Concrete Street Pav.         Corpus Christi, TX

10/23     Pharr Event Center            Pharr, TX

10/26     Lonestar Amphitheater      Lubbock, TX

10/27     City Auditorium                 Colorado Springs, CO

http://geminisyndrome.com/

https://www.facebook.com/geminisyndrome

 

 

KEN MODE Announce BBC Session

Metallic post-hardcore outfit KEN MODE will tape an exclusive performance on the legendary BBC1 radio channel in the UK. The performance will be part of the “Rock Show” with renowned music journalist/host Daniel P. Carter. KEN MODE will enter the renowned Maida Vale Studio in London on October 4 before their evening performance at Water Rats. A full list of confirmed worldwide KEN MODE tour dates, including their current European dates can be found below.

Ken Mode recently released a music video for the track “Secret Vasectomy” from the new album, ‘Entrench’. The video for “Secret Vasectomy” is streaming now here.

KEN MODE is currently be touring in support of their newest record, ‘Entrench’. ‘Entrench’ is streaming here.

Season of Mist website, KEN MODE website and Facebook page

European Tour Dates
9/19 Osnabrück, DE @ Bastard Club
9/20 Delemont, CH @ SAS
9/21 Bologna, IT @ Freakout Club
9/22 Milano, IT @ Lo Fi (w/Black Tusk & Fight Amp)
9/23 Montpellier, FR @ Secret Place
9/24Toulouse, FR @ Les Saints des Seins
9/25Paris, FR La Flèche d’Or
9/26 Nantes, FR @ Le Ferrailleur
9/27 Stoke-on-Trent, UK @ Minsters Bar
9/28 Cork, IE @ Crane Lane
9/29 Belfast, N. Ireland @ Voodoo
9/30 Dublin, IE @ Fibber Magees
10/1 Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
10/2 Leeds, UK @ Royal Park Cellars Pub
10/3 Glasgow, UK @ Audio
10/4 London, UK @ Water Rats
10/5 Brussels, BE @ VK

Canadian Tour Dates
10/18 London, ON @ Call the Office
10/19 Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
10/20 Hamilton, ON @ This Ain’t Hollywood
10/22 Kingston, ON @ Mansion
10/23 Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
10/24 Quebec City, QC @ L’Agitee
10/25 Fredericton, NB @ Capitol
10/26 Halifax, NS @ Michael’s Bar & Grill
10/27 Moncton, NB @ Tide and Boar
10/28 TBA
10/29 Ottawa, ON, @ Cafe Deckuf
10/30 TBA
10/31 Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks

 

VULTURE INDUSTRIES Stream New Album

Dynamic, progressive dark-rock outfit VULTURE INDUSTRIES are streaming their brand new record, the first album for Season of MistThe Tower in its entirety at Revolver Magazine.

VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ The Tower was released on September 30. It was recorded at the Conclave & Earshot Studios in Bergen, Norway, mixed by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED) and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, KATATONIA, DEVIN TOWNSEND, IHSAHN, ENSLAVED). The cover art and track listing can be found below.

Track listing:
1. The Tower
2. Divine – Appalling
3. The Hound
4. Blood On The Trail
5. The Dead Won’t Mind
6. A Knife Between Us
7. The Pulse of Bliss
8. Sleepwalkers
9. Lost Among Liars

Through their charismatic musicianship, VULTURE INDUSTRIES quickly earned the reputation of a formidable live act, characterized by the fusion of technical prowess with eccentric, manic performances by front-man Bjørnar Erevik Nilsen.

The Tower is available as a CD, LP & here. The limited first pressings of the The Tower will include a limited bonus track.

The band previously released a video for the track “Lost Among Liars” here.

Following the launch of the The Tower, VULTURE INDUSTRIES will commence a new live theater project with the Happy Gorilla Dance Company. The project, titled “Turning Golem” will combine a unique take on theatrical performance, combined with music from The Tower. Turning Golem will be staged on three separate dates: August 17 at the Dark Bombastic Evening in Transylvania, Romania, October 25 at the Garage in Bergen, Norway on and October 26 at Phantoms of Pilsen Festival in the Czech Republic. Turning Golem will feature five tracks from The Tower during the show. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

Season of Mist website

VULTURE INDUSTRIES website and Facebook

VULTURE INDUSTRIES – Lost Among Liars

“Vulture Industries come across as complete oddballs. They are the mad hatter’s tea party irregulars with an Alice In Wonderland surrealist brand of dark metal cabaret” – Terrorizer Magazine

Tour Dates:
9/24: Gdansk, Poland @ TBC
9/25: Warsaw, Poland @ Progresja
9/26: Kracow, Poland @ Kwadrat
9/27: Rostock, Germany @ Alte Zuckerfabrik
9/28: Copenhagen, Denmark @ Beta
10/25: Bergen, NO @ Garage – Theater Collaboration with HGDC
10/26 Pilsen, CZ @ Phantoms of Pilsen – Theater Collaboration with HGDC

TWILIGHT OF THE GODS Stream Debut Album

Heavy metal super-group TWILIGHT OF THE GODS featuring Alan Averill (PRIMORDIAL, DEAD SOVEREIGN, BLOOD REVOLT) – vocals, Nick Barker (ex-CRADLE OF FILTH, ex-DIMMU BORGIR, ex-TESTAMENT, ex-EXODUS) – drums, guitarists Rune Eriksen (AURA NOIR, AVA INFERI, ex-MAYHEM) Patrik Lindgren (THYRFING) & Frode Glesnes (EINHERJER) – bass, are streaming their debut record, Fire on the Mountain.

The new album is streaming in its entirety at Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles. The debut album was released September 30 in North America and is available as a CD Digipack and limited edition Lp via the Season of Mist E-Shop. A track list and cover art can be found below.

Track listing:
1. Destiny Forged in Blood
2. Children of Cain
3. Fire on the Mountain (1683)
4. Preacher Man
5. Sword of Damocles
6. The End of History
7. At Dawn We Ride

TWILIGHT OF THE GODS are cover stars of Zero Tolerance Magazine (UK). Issue number 55 is available now. More information is available at the Zero Tolerance website.

The band recently announced a European fall tour with ROTTING CHRIST. The tour, which starts on October 16 in Hamburg, will travel for several weeks before ending in London. Both bands are scheduled to make an appearance at this year’s Metal Invasion Festival in Straubing, DE, where they will play alongside IMMORTAL, KREATOR, and NAPALM DEATH. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

News and tour information available through the Season of Mist website, and the TWILIGHT OF THE GODS website, and Facebook page.

ROTTING CHRIST/TWILIGHT OF THE GODS tour dates:
10/16 Hamburg DE @ Markthalle
10/18 Oberhausen DE @ Helvette
10/19 Straubing DE @ Metal Invasion Festival
10/22 Pratteln CH @ Z7
10/24 Eindhoven NL @ Effenaar
10/25 Vosselaar BE @ Biebob
10/26 Rennes FR @ Liberté / L’Etage
10/29 Rotterdam NL @ Baroeg
11/01 Glasgow UK @ Audio
11/02 Leeds UK @ Damnation Festival
11/03 Dublin IE @ The Pint
11/05 London UK @ Electrowerkz