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.

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THE OCEAN Roadside Update – 7/31/2013

THE OCEAN are currently making their way through North America as part of the seventh annual Summer Slaughter Tour. Presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World, the progressive sound contortionists are leveling stages nightly alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Aeon and more.

Founding guitarist Robin Staps comments of the trek:

“Summer Slaughter has been a blast so far… we struggled with some technical issues in the beginning and, and finding a setup/routine that works within those 10 minutes changeovers wasn’t easy, but we’re there now, and have been thoroughly enjoying the past few shows. More good stuff to come!”


THE OCEAN have added a number of last minute US headlining shows on the Summer Slaughter off days which include performances in Hartford, Omaha and Vancouver as well as a very special meet & greet on August 6 in Brooklyn, New York at Saint Vitus Bar.

Elaborates Staps:

“On August 6th, we will all be hanging out at Saint Vitus bar in Brooklyn, where we played a great show in 2011 with support from Pelagic Records recording artists Family, and The Binary Code, as some of you may remember. We are stoked to see these two awesome bands perform at Saint Vitus Bar again, as well as Black Table. Rumors have it that there is this band called ‘Pelagial’ playing as well, we’re very curious to find out what that is all about… we will all be there to sign whatever stuff you bring, preferably foreheads, melons or live animals, so come say hi if you’re from the NYC area!”

Following the band’s stateside takeover, THE OCEAN will play select shows throughout Taiwan, China and Russia before embarking upon a full European headlining tour set to commence on October 29, 2013. Support will come by way of Norway’s Shining, Poland’s Tides From Nebula and France’s Hacride. See all confirmed dates below.

In related news, THE OCEAN recently launched a brand new video for “Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams” from their most recent album, Pelagial. The band’s first official music video, not counting previous videos composed of live footage, was directed by Alexander Kraudelt and Lukas Hambach and produced by Frameshock, with additional visuals by Craig Murray. Upon initial post, the video was instantly censored by YouTube because of nudity but is now available via Vimeo. (Update: the video is back on YouTube and is age-restricted)

Watch “Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams” at metalblade.com/theocean and request THE OCEAN on The Welding Room with #DeathThreatsComplaints to @TheWeldingRoom via Twitter.

THE OCEAN on The Summer Slaughter Tour [remaining dates]:
8/02/2013 The Filmore Silver Springs – Silver Springs, MD
8/03/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
8/04/2013 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

8/05/2013 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT ***

8/06/2013 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY – SPECIAL MEET & GREET!
8/07/2013 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
8/08/2013 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
8/09/2013 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
8/10/2013 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
8/11/2013 The Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
8/12/2013 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
8/13/2013 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
8/14/2013 The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
8/15/2013 Club Antares – Omaha, NE ***
8/16/2013 Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
8/17/2013 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
8/19/2013 Snowbox Sodo – Seattle, WA
8/20/2013 Roseland Ballroom – Portland, OR
***THE OCEAN headlining shows

THE OCEAN
8/21/2013 Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
8/24/2013 Circo Volador – Mexico City, MX
9/01/2013 The Wall – Taipeh, TWN
9/04/2013 Hidden Agenda – Hong Kong, CHN
9/05/2013 B10 – Shenzhen, CHN
9/06/2013 SD – Guangzhou, CHN
9/07/2013 Vox – Wuhan, CHN
9/08/2013 46 House – Changsha, CHN
9/11/2013 Yuylntang – Shanghai, CHN
9/12/2013 Nuts – Chongqing, CHN
9/13/2013 Little Bar – Chengdu, CHN
9/14/2013 Mao – Beijing CHN
9/15/2013 13 Club – Tianjin, CHN
9/19/2013 Megapolis – Irkutsk, RUS
9/21/2013 Era – Krasnoyarsk, RUS
9/22/2013 Mayak – Tomsk, RUS
9/23/2013 Rock City – Novosibirsk, RUS
9/25/2013 Plan-K.Tone – Tyumen, RUS
9/26/2013 Nirvana – Yekaterinburg, RUS
9/28/2013 Plan B – Moscow, RUS
9/29/2013 Arktika – Saint-Petersburg, RUS

THE OCEAN Festival Performances:
10/03/2013 FZQ Freiseitzentrum West @ WestEnd Festival – Dortmund, Germany
10/06/2013 JC Sjiwa @ Progpower Europe – Baarlo, Netherlends
10/13/2013 Essigfabrik @ Euroblast Festival – Cologne, Germany

THE OCEAN w/ Shining, Tide From Nebula, Hacride:
10/29/2013 Logo – Hamburg, Germany
10/30/2013 Patronaat – Haarlem, Netherlands
10/31/2013 Baroeg – Rotterdam, Netherlands
11/01/2013 The Garage – London, United Kingdom
11/03/2013 Divan du Monde – Paris, France
11/05/2013 Apolo 2 – Barcelona, Spain
11/06/2013 Caracol – Madrid, Spain
11/07/2013 Hard Club – Porto, Portugal
11/09/2013 AudioDrome – Turin, Italy
11/10/2013 Traffic – Rome, Italy
11/11/2013 Gala Hala – Ljubljana, Slovenia
11/12/2013 Backstage Club – Munich, Germany
11/13/2013 Salzhaus – Winterthur, Switzerland
11/14/2013 La Poudriere – Belfort, France
11/15/2013 Zeche Carl – Essen, Germany
11/17/2013 Lido – Berlin, Germany
11/18/2013 Proxima – Warsaw, Poland
11/19/2013 Alibi – Wroclaw, Poland

“…ambitious and adventurous…” – Terrorizer

“The sixth album from German post-metal doombringers THE OCEAN is huge… In the course of the record, tender piano interludes get stomped on by Mastodon-shaped footprints, lush strings work next to bulldozing double-kick work, and, at the end, the submarine crashes at Melvins tempos” – Spin

“…a hallmark album for a gifted team of artisans… Pelagial is one of the most invested albums THE OCEAN has yet conceived. Prepare to be not only submerged but actually touched by this album” — Blabbermouth

“Pelagial is brilliantly written, expertly executed and filled with the kind of songwriting most bands can only dream of” – Crave Online

“Pelagial resonates so deeply because its sonic continuity is matched with shifting, unified composition. The album viscerally depicts the spectrum of submersion while highlighting the musicians’ versatility and cohesion. The band has never written more intriguing music, and THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE has never been a more apt name” – MetalSucks

“…a journey within itself…” — Metal Insider

“…destined to be one of the year’s best releases” – Echoes And Dust

“Creating music with a real meaning cannot be taken as a hobby. Either you put everything into it and make your message known or you don’t. Their correlation between diving deeper into the ocean and diving into the inner workings of the human mind is astounding… you would be a complete fool to not pick up this true work of art” – New Noise Magazine

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THE OCEAN Prepares For Summer Slaughter


Progressive sound contortionists THE OCEAN will return to North America as part of the seventh annual Summer Slaughter Tour later this month. Presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World, the band levels stages nightly alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Aeon and more. Following their Stateside takeover, THE OCEAN will play select shows throughout Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Russia with an additional European sprint in the Fall to be announced in the coming weeks.

Comments guitarist Robin Staps,

“We’re stoked to get out on the road again! When I started this band 12 years ago, I would have never expected that it would eventually become possible for us one day, to play shows in Sichuan, China, or near the Baikal Lake in Siberia. These will be our first shows ever in Mexico and Taiwan, too. Good times ahead, see you people out there on one of these continents tasting your local beer and food!”

In the meantime, check out a clip of vocalist Loïc Rossetti performing with Dillinger in 2010 HERE and HERE.

THE OCEAN will be touring in support of Pelagial, their critically lauded, maritime-themed studio offering, which entered the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #10 upon its first week of release!

Their most profound work to date, Pelagial is a 53-minute exploratory composition written, recorded, mixed and intended to-be-performed-live as one single piece of music. Centered around all five pelagic depth zones – epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathyalpelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadopelagic – Pelagial purposefully submerges its listeners into an aquatic journey that is at once tranquil and terrifying. Pelagial begins rather light and becomes progressively heavier and slower as the band reaches the unfathomable depths of the hadopelagic zone, characterized by complete darkness and a thousandfold increased pressure as compared to surface level.

Said Decibel Magazine,

“Where the band was once steeped in sludgy noise/metalcore with orchestral interludes, they’ve become more luxurious, experimental and textural. Pelagial further continues that shift, working on multi-tiered levels and drawing from DEP-inspired chaos, Opeth-like moods and Between The Buried And Me genre fiddling. It’s an album that strives to be all things at once without crossing into a ‘look-at-me’ mess.”

Order your copy of Pelagial at: http://www.theoceancollective.com/pelagial. Additionally, you can nab special THE OCEAN Pelagial World Tour 2013 T-shirts and posters via Pelagic Records at the following locations http://www.pelagic-records.com/tshirts and http://www.pelagic-records.com/poster.

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THE OCEAN on The Summer Slaughter Tour:
7/19/2013 Regency Ballrom – San Francisco, CA
7/20/2013 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
7/21/2013 The Observatory/Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
7/24/2013 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
7/25/2013 The Scott Inn – Austin, TX
7/26/2013 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
7/27/2013 House of Blues – Houston, TX
7/29/2013 House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
7/30/2013 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
7/31/2013 Old City Courtyard – Knoxville, TN
8/01/2013 House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
8/02/2013 The Filmore Silver Springs – Silver Springs, MD
8/03/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
8/04/2013 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
8/07/2013 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
8/08/2013 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
8/09/2013 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
8/10/2013 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
8/11/2013 The Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
8/12/2013 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
8/13/2013 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
8/14/2013 The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
8/15/2013 Club Antares – Omaha, NE
8/16/2013 Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
8/17/2013 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
8/19/2013 Snowbox Sodo – Seattle, WA
8/20/2013 Roseland Ballroom – Portland, OR
End Tour
Headlining shows
8/21/2013 Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
8/24/2013 Circo Volador – Mexico City, MX
9/01/2013 The Wall – Taipeh, TWN
9/04/2013 Hidden Agenda – Hong Kong, HKN
9/05/2013 B10 – Shenzhen, CHN
9/06/2013 SD – Guangzhou, CHN
9/07/2013 Vox – Wuhan, CHN
9/08/2013 46 House – Changsha, CHN
9/11/2013 Yuylntang – Shanghai, CHN
9/12/2013 Nuts – Chongqing, CHN
9/13/2013 Little Bar – Chengdu, CHN
9/14/2013 Mao – Beijing CHN
9/15/2013 13 Club – Tianjin, CHN
9/19/2013 Megapolis – Irkutsk, RUS
9/21/2013 Era – Krasnoyarsk, RUS
9/22/2013 Mayak – Tomsk, RUS
9/23/2013 Rock City – Novosibirsk, RUS
9/25/2013 Plan-K.Tone – Tyumen, RUS
9/26/2013 Nirvana – Yekaterinburg, RUS
9/28/2013 Plan B – Moscow, RUS
9/29/2013 Arktika – Saint-Petersburg, RUS
***THE OCEAN headlining shows

“The sixth album from German post-metal doombringers THE OCEAN is huge… In the course of the record, tender piano interludes get stomped on by Mastodon-shaped footprints, lush strings work next to bulldozing double-kick work, and, at the end, the submarine crashes at Melvins tempos”Spin

“a hallmark album for a gifted team of artisans… Pelagial is one of the most invested albums THE OCEAN has yet conceived. Prepare to be not only submerged but actually touched by this album”Blabbermouth

Pelagial is brilliantly written, expertly executed and filled with the kind of songwriting most bands can only dream of”Crave Online

Pelagial resonates so deeply because its sonic continuity is matched with shifting, unified composition. The album viscerally depicts the spectrum of submersion while highlighting the musicians’ versatility and cohesion. The band has never written more intriguing music, and THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE has never been a more apt name”MetalSucks

“a journey within itself”Metal Insider

“destined to be one of the year’s best releases”Echoes And Dust

“Creating music with a real meaning cannot be taken as a hobby. Either you put everything into it and make your message known or you don’t. Their correlation between diving deeper into THE OCEAN and diving into the inner workings of the human mind is astounding… you would be a complete fool to not pick up this true work of art”New Noise Magazine

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THE OCEAN Release New Single

Progressive sound revolutionists THE OCEAN present Bathyalpelagic III: Disequillibrated from their anticipated forthcoming new masterwork, Pelagial.

Easily their most profoundly sophisticated work to date, Pelagial is a true sonic journey written, recorded, mixed and to-be-performed-live as one single 53-minute piece of music. The concept of the album is made evident in its title, Pelagial. Listeners are quite literally submersed as they journey with the band, beginning at the surface of the ocean and plunging through all five pelagic depth zones: epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathyalpelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadopelagic.

“The sixth album from German post-metal doombringers THE OCEAN is huge… In the course of the record, tender piano interludes get stomped on by Mastodon-shaped footprints, lush strings work next to bulldozing double-kick work, and, at the end, the submarine crashes at Melvins tempos” – Spin Magazine

Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Witchcraft) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebrö, Sweden, Pelagial will be released as a double CD, which includes a vocal and an instrumental version of the album and is scheduled for release on April 26/29 (Europe) and April 30 (North America/world) through Metal Blade Records.

Plunge deep into the currents of Bathyalpelagic III: Disequillibrated, at metalblade.com/theocean where you’ll also find studio footage and pre-order info.

Additionally, pre-orders are currently available for the vinyl edition of the album, released through Pelagic Records. The vinyl edition features two separate gatefolds with related artwork (by Seldon Hunt), holding four 10″ vinyl records in different colors! Order yours now at: http://www.pelagic-records.com/vinyl.

In related news, THE OCEAN will return to North America as part of the 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World. Set to run from July 19 through August 24, the band will appear alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Aeon and more. Official tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

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SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR 2013 Line-Up Announced

Metal Blade artists confirmed: Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, and Aeon

The most extreme tour of the year has returned with its most devastating and anticipated line-up yet. The 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World, is now officially slated to run from July 19 through August 24. It features such heavyweights as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, Aeon and two bands TBA. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for official tour dates to be announced.

One of the remaining open slots will be chosen by you, the fans, click here to vote now! The voting ends on March 31, at 11:59PM.

Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan adds:

“We are very happy to be asked back to the Summer Slaughter Tour. The first SS tour was the best US tour we’ve ever done and we look forward to helping devastate the states with our take on brutal, grinding death and playing the choicest slabs from our latest album Monolith of Inhumanity. Who’s “ripe for the slaughter!?!?” See you this summer!”

Daniel Dlimi of Aeon comments:

“Yes, we are finally going to tour the US and we are really fucking stoked about it to say the least. And there couldn’t possibly be any better way to do so than to be a part of the Summer Slaughter Tour. And with today’s line-up and our latest release Aeons Black we stand stronger than ever and will treat you with some real death metal. See you on the road.”

Ash Avildsen, founder of Summer Slaughter on this year’s edition of the tour:

“It’s year seven and I think 2013’s line-up is the most exciting and diverse yet. Slaughter has never been a one dimensional experience for fans. This year is a true testament to that as we have an amazing mix of extreme music’s influential icons and leaders of the new school. Let the underground unite!”

Greg Puciato (DEP vocalist) states:

“We can’t wait to get back on the road! We’re launching a US tour in the spring, hitting Europe for some festivals and club shows, and then hitting several more cities with Summer Slaughter all summer long. We are absolutely amped. After being holed up in the studio for such a long time giving birth to One of Us is the Killer, we are all pent up and ready to share material new and old with our supporters doing what we love to do the most. Can’t wait to see and either kiss or rip off each and every one of your faces on the road with Summer Slaughter and year round, everywhere.”

Shawn Keith, tour coproducer:

“I’m looking forward to extinguishing fires and putting clubs back together each night following DEP’s set. Let the Slaughter begin!”

Be sure to visit www.facebook.com/summerslaughtertour for all up-to-date news and ticketing information.

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AEON, OVER YOUR THRESHOLD, OBSCURA Tour

Celebrating a decade of progressive Death Metal, German OBSCURA will be heading out for a nine-date tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland in March of 2013.

The Swedish Satanic Death Metal outfit AEON will be acting as direct support to the headliner.

Comments the band:

“It will be awesome to do this tour with Obscura, and with our newly released album Aeons Black we are now stronger than ever with a killer live set that will leave no venue and crowd intact. Expect nothing else but pure fucking death metal!”

The opener on the run will be Munich progressive Death Metal hopefuls OVER YOUR THRESHOLD who comment on their first tour as follows:

“We feel honoured to be a part of the A Decade Of Progressive Death Metal Tour and also are very excited to present all songs of our recently released debut album Facticity to you people. There are plenty of stages we´ve never entered before, and all the more we are looking forward to share them with such stunning bands like OBSCURA, DEADBORN and our label-mates of AEON. This is a mandatory happening for all the metal heads who are into tech death metal! See you on tour!”

OBSCURA
+ AEON
+ DEADBORN
+ OVER YOUR THRESHOLD
22/03/13 – DE – München – Backstage
23/03/13 – DE – Ludwigshafen – Sultans Of Death Fest
24/03/13 – DE – Berlin – K17
25/03/13 – DE – Hamburg – Marx
26/03/13 – DE – Bochum – Bahnhof Langendreer
27/03/13 – DE – Siegen – Vortex
28/03/13 – DE – Kassel – K19
29/03/13 – AT – Wien – Escape
30/03/13 – CH – Zürich – Alte Kaserne

AEON just released their latest album Aeons Black three weeks ago. Check out some audio from the album, a whole bunch of video material from the recordings and order your album copy athttp://www.metalblade.com/aeon

OVER YOUR THERSHOLD released their debut Facticity in August through Metal Blade Records. Check out album trailers and music at http://www.metalblade.com/overyourthreshold/. At the same link you can purchase your copy of the album.

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