M.O.D. Added To Obscene Extreme Fest

Obscene Extreme America is proud to announce NYC thrashers M.O.D. aka Method Of Destruction fronted by Stormtroopers of Death vocalist Billy Milano are confirmed to perform at this year’s fest taking place in Montreal, QC from August 20-23. Providence, RI’s hardcore moshers DROPDEAD and French grindcore band INHUMATE have also been added to the line up with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

For more info, please visit the following links:
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/407078159465552/




M.O.D. – True Colors

OBSCURA is back!

Photo Credit: Sylwia Makris

Obscura Prepare First New Album in Four Years; Launch Digital Tab Book

Get The ‘Omnivium’ Guitar Tablature Book HERE

German progressive metal masters OBSCURA will enter Dreamsound Studios this April to begin recording drums for their highly anticipated new album and first full-length in over four years. The band will work once again with long time producer V. Santura (Cosmogenesis, Omnivium). The album will see a late 2015 release via Relapse Records. Guitarist / vocalist Steffen Kummerer commented on the upcoming material:

“We are all pleased with the new material which pairs the songwriting, technicality and arrangements of our previous albums with the creative input of members Linus Klausenitzer, Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschläger and Sebastian Lanser, while keeping our trademark prog riffing across the fusion and death metal landscape that makes Obscura sound unique. This album sees Obscura move a step further.”

While the band prepares the upcoming recordings, a digital tablature book of their critically acclaimed record Omnivium is available for pay-what-you-want download at the band’s website http://www.realmofobscura.com. The book contains 368 pages in total, including tabs for all lead and rhythm guitars, transcribed live versions of each solo and arrangements for two guitars plus liner notes for each song. It can be purchased directly here. The band has also uploaded a video featuring Steffen Kummerer showcasing his new custom RAN guitar.

More details on the band’s upcoming album will be announced shortly.

Obscura Tour Dates:

July 18 – Prog Stage Festival Israel
July 24 – Metal Days Open Air Tolmin, Slovenia

Watch Steffen Kummerer Discuss His Signature RAN Guitar HERE

WARDRUNA Viking Invades Seattle

WARDRUNA’s Einar Kvitrafn Selvik To Speak At MythicWorlds Convention This Weekend + History Channel’s Vikings Series Season Three Debut

WARDRUNA multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, will speak at the Mythicworlds Convention in Seattle, Washington this weekend.

Created by the producers of Faerieworlds and FaerieCon, MythicWorlds celebrates diverse international myth, legend and folklore and is inspired by people who create and live their own unique realms. At MythicWorlds, attendees meet and listen to internationally acclaimed artists, authors and designers, all of whom are myth-inspired makers in a variety of popular media. The convention includes workshops on international folklore and legend, writing and art making, traditional music and instruments and the exploration of ancient wisdom philosophies and practices. Selvik will be speaking at the Graphical And Oral Magic workshops throughout the weekend. The course takes place over three days and will serve as a practical and theoretical introduction and initiation to the northern esoteric arts of Runes, Galdr and Seidr and how they interact. The workshop will efficiently guide its attendees through the vast and fragmented historical sources on the subjects in order to deliver a solid ground to further initiate the practical approach. The power of will and strong emotions entwined with the power of words and voice are key elements of Northern witchcraft and essential in this course. Selvik has studied and practiced these arts since his early teens and will share of his own personal experience on the themes. Each session will contain both theoretical and practical work. For more information, go to THIS LOCATION.

Additionally, Selvik will appear in History Channel’s Vikings series. Inspired by the sagas of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the best-known mythological Norse heroes and notorious as the scourge of England and France, Vikings portrays Ragnar as a former farmer who rises to fame by successful raids into England with the support of his family and fellow warriors. WARDRUNA’s music has appeared widely in the series previously, and will also be found extensively in the series’ forthcoming season. Selvik will appear in the third season, which to aired February 19th, 2015.

In related news, WARDRUNA’s Yggdrasil, the second release of the stunning Runaljod trilogy, will be made available for the first time in CD-digibook format via Indie Recordings on February 24th, 2015. The ongoing Runaljod trilogy, which began with 2009’s Gap Var Ginnunga, is a musical rendition of the twenty-four runes in what is often referred to as the “elder futhark.” Some of the oldest of Nordic instruments such as primitive deer-hide frame drums, kraviklyra, tagelharpe, mouth harp, goat horn and lur are implemented, while poetic metres and lyrics are written in Norwegian, Old Norse and Proto-Norse tongue. With Yggdrasil, Selvik, alongside vocalists Kristian Espedal (aka Gaahl) and Lindy-Fay Hella, managed to create a strikingly beautiful and intense continuation of what was started with their first album, without falling into the trap of merely repeating themselves. The Yggdrasil digibook is the only version where you can find complete lyrics with English translations as well as text on the runes. Order your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

“Yggdrasil lives up to its name – that of the giant tree central to Norse mythology – by stretching out into both darkness and light, a musical ying and yang, like branches creeping into sunlight as they grow up out of a shadowy forest.” — The Quietus

“…something quite remarkable, and nothing quite like you’ve heard before.” — Echoes And Dust



What you missed LAST NIGHT on #TWRradio

Episode CCLXXIX [279] The Welding Room
Thursday, February 19, 2015 WRDR-DB [TuneIn]
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36 Crazyfists Slivers Time and Trauma Spinefarm 2015
Upon Wings You Are My Weapon New Ocean Media 2015 +
WHYZDOM While The Witches Burn Symphony For A Hopeless God Scarlet 2015 +
SIMUS Planet Caiak Vox Vult Bakerteam 2015
Deathpoint Sick, Sick, Sick Sinister Workhorse 2013
Sever the Drama Wilson Phillips Anselmo Chasing Shadows 2014 +
It’s Casual The Goldline The New Los Angeles II Stoked 2013
Arbitrator For That Which May Appease Lions Indoctrination of Sacrilege 2015 +
THE STRIGAS WAITING FOR GLORY A Poisoned Kiss To Reality Southern Brigade 2014
I AM HERESY March of Black Earth THY WILL Century Media 2014
BornBroken Watch The World Unwind 2014
Pig Destroyer Baltimore Strangler Book Burner Relapse 2012
The Body Politic Irradiate Egressor 2014
Lelahell Al Intissar The (Re) Birth Of Abderrahmane HPGD Productions 2014 +
Arch Enemy Dead Inside Burning Bridges Century Media 1999
Arch Enemy We Will Rise 2003
Arch Enemy As The Pages Burn War Eternal Century Media 2014
The Agonist The Escape Prisoners Century Media 2012
The Agonist My Witness, Your Victim Eye of Providence Century Media 2015
Profane And The Sacred Words Cargo 2015
Stuck Mojo Not Promised Tomorrow Snappin Necks Century Media 1995
Crisis Deadfall Deathshead Extermination Metal Blade 2007
RWAKE Nagarachi Xenoglossalgia Relapse 2015
Laugh At The Fakes Death Awaits Dethrone The Crown 2014
IRON REAGAN Miserable Failure The Tyranny of Will Relapse 2014
Wilson College Gangbang Full Blast Fuckery New Damage 2013 +
Blind Guardian Ashes Of Eternity Beyond The Red Mirror Nuclear Blast 2015
Ashes Of Ares What I Am Ashes Of Ares Nuclear Blast 2013
Orphaned Land All Is One All Is One Century Media 2013
Huntress Spell Eater Spell Eater Napalm 2012
EXHUMED Enucleation Gore Metal: A Necrospective Relapse 2015 +
Red Fang Crows in Swine Whales and Leeches Relapse 2013
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Devin Townsend Project Juular Deconstruction InsideOut Music 2011
Ensiferum Axe of Judgement One Man Army Metal Blade 2015
Butcher Babies I Smell A Massacre Goliath Century Media 2013
Revocation Cradle Robber Chaos of Forms Relapse 2011
At The Gates The Circular Ruins At War With Reality Century Media 2014
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Clutch Crucial Velocity Earth Rocker Weathermaker 2013
Battlecross Push Pull Destroy Pursuit of Honor Metal Blade 2011
Voices Music for the Recently Bereaved London Candlelight 2015
Between the Buried and Me Blackened The Anatomy Of Victory 2006
The Dillinger Escape Plan Panasonic Youth Miss Machine Relapse 2004
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Bedemon (members of Pentagram) Stream Child of Darkness Reissue
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CD/LP Available Tuesday via Relapse

Listen to ‘Child Of Darkness’ via Noisey HERE
Widely considered America’s first doom metal band, BEDEMON are streaming their complete, archival recordings, Child of Darkness via Noisey here. Formed in 1973 and consisted of original Pentagram members Randy Palmer, Geof O’Keefe, and Bobby Liebling, the group was an offshoot of Pentagram, with a darker and doomier tone. BEDEMON recorded various sessions spanning from 1973-1979 which are being made available once again via Relapse Records after being out-of-print for over 10 years.
Child of Darkness will be made available on CD/LP on February 24th. Pre-Orders are available HERE.

Additionally, the release includes extensive liner notes from original members Mike Matthews and Geof O’Keefe and is a must for fans of Pentagram or traditional doom metal. BEDEMON’Child of Darkness is truly a crucial glimpse into the nihilistic minds that gave birth to an entire genre!

Bedemon is:

Randy Palmer (deceased), visionary songwriter and guitarist
Mike Matthews, bass and lead guitars
Geof O’Keefe, drums and lead guitar
Bobby Liebling, lead vocals

Pre-Order ‘Child Of Darkness’ from Relapse Records HERE
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BEHEMOTH Offer Vagueness & Unnecessary Hype

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BEHEMOTH: Revolver Magazine Unveils Exclusive Excerpts From Forthcoming Biography

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Next week, Metal Blade Records will unleash Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors. A definitive BEHEMOTH biography penned by Lukasz Dunaj, the stunning 490-page, hardcover tome takes an in-depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band, their music, their ultimate rise to the upper echelon of metal and becoming a household name in their native homeland of Poland. In addition to the author’s narrative, the book includes quotes and anecdotes from current and former BEHEMOTH members as well as interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal, Havok, old photos of the band, flyers, lyric sheets and so much more. In the foreword by Krzysztof Azarewicz (Polish poet, writer, occultist and longtime lyric co-writer): “If, as a cultural anthropologist, I were to point to a single cosmic force which BEHEMOTH’s music expresses, I would name it not Satan but Dionysus. A deity that represents not only the intoxicating influence of cosmic energies and earthly benefits, but also their benevolent healing properties. A deity of strength and pride. A deity of creative might.

In advance of its release, today Revolver Magazine offers up an exclusive excerpt from the book where vocalist/guitarist Nergal recounts his early grade and high school years, his increasing interest in extreme music and his growing skepticism of Catholicism. Check it out at THIS LOCATION.

In related news, BEHEMOTH is currently damning stages throughout North America on a mammoth co-headlining tour with legendary death metal practitioners/labelmates, Cannibal Corpse. The month-long takeover continues to march its way across the country and will trample through nearly three-dozen cities upon its conclusion on March 7th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Support comes from two of Sweden’s finest metal exports: Aeon and Tribulation. Reports The Dallas Observer of the band’s set, “BEHEMOTH’s credo is the power of the will, and it completely permeates their live show… On a starkly lit stage filled with cast-iron ritualistic symbols, vocalist and guitarist Nergal lurched around with the ease of a seasoned performer. He held the audience in his hand, and his performance alone made it plain why BEHEMOTH’s live show is so renowned.

BEHEMOTH w/ Cannibal Corpse, Aeon, Tribulation [remaining dates]:
2/20/2015 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
2/21/2015 Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
2/22/2015 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
2/23/2015 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
2/24/2015 The Phoenix – Toronto, ON
2/25/2015 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
2/27/2015 House of Blues – Boston, MA
2/28/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY
3/01/2015 Theater Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/02/2015 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
3/03/2015 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
3/05/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/06/2015 Janus Landing – Tampa, FL
3/07/2015 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 24th, 2015. Pre-orders are available now at metalblade.com/behemoth where you’ll find a special bundle option which includes an exclusive shirt available ONLY with the pre-order.


Free Download! WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA 2015 compilation


Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce this year’s line up of competing bands across the country in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City.

“2015 is going to be our strongest year yet. More cities, more submissions, and more great Canadian metal. The chosen bands are looking very promising and I am especially excited for this year’s edition.” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.

All bands competing are battling for one to rule them all and play at the world’s largest metal fest Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany taking place from July 30th to August 1st. Toronto’s Crimson Shadows (2013 winners – video at Wacken) and Montreal’s Mutank (2014 winners – video at Wacken) have had that honour playing in front of thousands.

Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals from the months of January to May 2015 selecting the top band to move forward to the national finals in Toronto, ON in June (date to be determined) with one being selected to perform at the 26th edition of Wacken Open Air taking place from July 30th to August 1st. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry.

The finalists will be selected as follows.

1 finalist from BC (Vancouver & Victoria will face off)

1 finalist from Alberta (Calgary & Edmonton will face off)

2 finalists from Toronto, ON

1 finalist from Quebec (Montreal & Quebec City will face off)

1 finalist from Ottawa, ON

1 finalist from Saskatoon or Winnipeg (Saskatoon and Winnipeg will face off)
Battle Rounds By City:

VICTORIA March 28, 2015 @  The Cambie Esquimalt, 856 Esquimalt Road
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/772331709528191/
Krunch Mustard
Cryptic Enslavement
VANCOUVER – ROUND #1 March 1, 2015 @ Red Room, 398 Richards Street
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1539612429656208/
Opus Arise
Saints of Death
VANCOUVER – ROUND #2 March 8, 2015 @ Red Room, 398 Richards Street
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/414469048729597/
The Messiah Complex
My Own Chaos 
Precious Dudes 
VANCOUVER – ROUND #3 March 15, 2015 @ Red Room, 398 Richards Street
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/385901688244304/
Lung Flower
Harvest The Infection
VANCOUVER – ROUND #4 March 22, 2015 @ Red Room, 398 Richards Street
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/853541984668430/
King Coyote
Elysium Echoes
Among The Betrayed
VANCOUVER – FINAL April 10, 2015 @ Rickshaw Theatre, 254 East Hastings
CALGARY – ROUND #1 January 8, 2015 @ Dicken’s Pub, 1000 9 Ave SW
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/874317915932820/
Blackest Sin
Burning Effigy
Hellborn Death Engines – WINNER
CALGARY – ROUND #2 January 9, 2015 @ Dicken’s Pub, 1000 9 Ave SW
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/953971674630140/
Statue of Demur Official
Train Bigger Monkeys
CALGARY – ROUND #3 February 6, 2015 @ Dicken’s Pub, 1000 9 Ave SW
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/781036221988195/
After The Prophet
Shark Infested Daughters (WINNER)
CALGARY – ROUND #4 February 26, 2015 @ Dicken’s Pub, 1000 9 Ave SW
Black Pestilence
CALGARY – FINAL March 6, 2015 @ Dicken’s Pub, 1000 9 Ave SW
Hellborn Death Engines
Shark Infested Daughters
EDMONTON – ROUND # 1 March 5, 2015 @ The Pawn Shop, 10551 82 Avenue Northwest
Dahlmers Realm
Windy City Slaughter
Silent Line
EDMONTON – ROUND #2 March 12, 2015 @ The Pawn Shop, 10551 82 Avenue Northwest
With Malice
Redskull Ritual
Arrival of Autumn
Tides of Kharon
EDMONTON – ROUND #3 March 19, 2015 @ The Pawn Shop, 10551 82 Avenue Northwest
Cat The Adversary
EDMONTON – ROUND #4 March 26, 2015 @ The Pawn Shop, 10551 82 Avenue Northwest
Sleeping In Traffic
Fear The Living
Black XIII
Our Darkest Moments
EDMONTON – FINAL April 2, 2015 @ The Pawn Shop, 10551 82 Avenue Northwest
ALBERTA FINAL April 18, 2015 @ The Pawn Shop, 10551 82 Avenue Northwest
WINNIPEG – ROUND #1 January 16, 2015 @ The Zoo, 160 Osborne Street
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/668471903263952/
Endless Chaos – WINNER
The Void.
WINNIPEG – ROUND #2 January 17, 2015 @ The Zoo, 160 Osborne Street
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1054276131266252/
Speed Demon Thrash
Spill The Blood
Tyrants Demise
Vathek – WINNER
SASKATOON January 16, 2015 @ Rock Bottom, 834 Broadway Avenue
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/616070955184980/
Altars of Grief
Harmful Effects – WINNER
Maelstrom Vale – WINNER
REGINA – PRAIRIE FINAL February 20, 2015 @ The Exchange, 2431 8 Avenue
(WINNIPEG vs. SASKATOON) Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/391424901032099/
Endless Chaos
Harmful Effects
Maelstrom Vale
TORONTO – ROUND #1 March 6, 2015 @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen Street West
Answer With Metal
Hallows Die
TORONTO – ROUND #2 March 13, 2015 @ Hard Luck, 772 Dundas Street West
Adrian Pain & The Dead Sexy
Midnight Malice
TORONTO – ROUND #3 March 20, 2015 @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St W
Eternal Rising
TORONTO – ROUND #4 March 27, 2015 @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen Street West
Apokalyptik Warrior
Black Eve
Call Of The Wild
Rivers Run Red 
TORONTO – ROUND #5 April 3, 2015 @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St W
Black Absinthe
Cadence Calling
Last Of A Dying Breed
TORONTO – SEMI-FINAL #1 April 18, 2015 @ RivolI, 334 Queen St W
TORONTO – SEMI FINAL #2 April 25, 2015 @ Hard Luck, 772 Dundas Street West
OTTAWA March 21, 2015 @ Mavericks, 221 Rideau Street
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1549850741958140/
Chariots of The Gods 
…From the Deep
A Scar For The Wicked
MONTREAL – ROUND #1 February 12, 2015 @ Katcombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/889785164386115/
Sanguine Glacialis (WINNER)
Nothingness Theory
MONTREAL – ROUND # 2 February 20, 2015 @ Katcombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/648997105209948/
Mad Parish
Mercury Blast
MONTREAL – ROUND #3 March 27, 2015 @ Katcombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/781155558625069/
MONTREAL – FINAL April 23, 2015 @ Katcombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
(MONTREAL vs. QUEBEC CITY) Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/316905555181858/
Sanguine Glacialis
QUEBEC CITY April 4, 2015 @ L’Agitee, 251 Rue Dorchester
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/435297319953107/
La Corriveau   
Sudden Flames
Feels Like Home
Epiphany From The Abyss
NATIONAL FINAL – TORONTO June 6, 2015 @ Opera House, 735 Queen Street East

Rules: http://metalbattle.ca/rules.html
Wacken Metal Battle Canada Promo Video: http://youtu.be/gQcxqsxchkQ
Wacken Metal Battle 2014 Canada Finals by Ondeschocs.comhttp://youtu.be/RrOGyBtqwaQ
For more info on Metal Battle Canada, please visit these links:
Official Website: http://www.metalbattle.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetalBattleCanada

Twitter: @MetalBattleCAN

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/WackenMetalBattleCAN
For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit http://www.wacken.com


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