GOJIRA To Tour With SLAYER

Gojira will be embarking on a full North American tour with Slayer in October and November, with additional support coming from 4ARM. Dates are as follows, with more to be announced soon:

10/25/13 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
10/28/13 Los Angeles, CA The Palladium
11/08/13 Minneapolis, MN Myth
11/10/13 Austin, TX FunFunFun Festival
11/12/13 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
11/13/13 Dallas, TX Southside Music Hall
11/15/13 Chicago, IL Aragon
11/16/13 Detroit, MI The Fillmore (State Theater)
11/17/13 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
11/19/13 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
11/20/13 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
11/26/13 Wallingford, CT Oakdale Theater
11/27/13 New York, NY Theater at MSG
11/29/13 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
11/30/13 Boston, MA Tsongas Arena

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HARSH TOKE to Release Debut LP

Psychedelic rockers HARSH TOKE explore sound and space through music. On the San Diego Acid Rock band‘s debut album Light Up and Live, loud, heavy guitars, swimming bass lines and smashing drums warp to full throttle, working together to launch the group’s “Haze Maze” of unapologetic psychedelic-blues into interstellar overdrive. Recorded by Brian Ellis (also of the prog-rock band ASTRA) and mastered by Carl Saff (Earthless, OFF!, Unsane), HARSH TOKE‘s Light Up and Live will be released on November 19 via Tee Pee.

Led by ripping pro skater and rip-roaring guitarist Justin “Figgy” FigueroaHARSH TOKE are equal parts atmospheric and anarchic, merging raging, blind fury musicianship with unprecedented white-knuckle volume abuse. Tense and surreal, HARSH TOKES‘ songs slowly build from hallucinatory haze into grand overtures of noise and feedback; a cosmic buffet of pounding, pummeling and punishing planes of sound. Heavy. Cosmic. Kinetic.
HARSH TOKE lay down sizzling grooves with every needle on the soundboard pinned to the red. If Blue Cheer could be called “Louder than God” in 1968, forty five years later, HARSH TOKE can easily be pegged as “Louder than Satan.” Run for your lives – into the din.
Tracklisting:
     1.) Rest in Prince (4:11)
     2.) Weight of the Sun (14:28)
     3.) Light Up and Live (9:46)
     4.) Plug In to the Moon (10:08)
HARSH TOKE: Justin “Figgy” Figueroa (Guitar), Richie Belton (Bass), Austin “Buya” Ayub (Drums) and Gabe Messer (Keyboards).
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“HARSH TOKE’s space-rock will take your mind on a cosmic journey through the rings of Saturn and back again.  They’ve transcended the plateau of time and space and their galactic forefathers from the ’70’s underground would be very proud to call them their own.  Inhale deep and take it down you sissy.” – FRONT

 

PENTAGRAM Confirm Select Dates

Doom legends, PENTAGRAM, announced shows in the US this summer. These shows will follow the previously announced festival dates in Europe throughout July. The complete list of dates including the US shows are listed below, and facebook.com/pentagramusa.

In other news, premium subscription channel SHOWTIME just picked up the documentary Last Days Here from influential doom legends PENTAGRAM–showings can be found HERE.

PENTAGRAM’s most recent album, Last Rites, was released via Metal Blade Records on April 14, 2011 and their first ever official DVD (also out on Metal Blade), When 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.

“No one has done doom better, for longer, than Bobby Liebling” SPIN Magazine

“an unsung American counterpart to Black Sabbath” San Francisco Weekly

“Bobby Liebling’s vocals proved to be haunting yet comforting at the same time. The man has lost a lot to demons that kept him from achieving rock stardom decades ago, but his voice remains as powerful as it was then” LA Weekly

PENTAGRAM
07/06 Gothenburg, Sweden Metaltown Festival 2013
07/19 Paris, FR Glazart
07/20 Warsaw, Poland Days Of Ceremony 2013
07/22 Tolmin, Slovenia Metaldays, 2013
07/27 Clinton, MT Farmageddon Fest
08/02 Austin, TX Emo’s
08/03 Springfield, VA Empire
08/04 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts

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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.

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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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ANCIENT VVISDOM Announce U.S. Tour Dates

In support of their critically acclaimed sophomore release Deathlike, which the New York Times described as “entrancingly powerful” while comparing its “churning, dark, skeletal songs” to “Metallica’s late-career balladry and the folky grunge of Alice in Chains,” the Texas-based dark acoustic group ANCIENT VVISDOM announced a new batch of spring tour dates, which will see the band play with the likes of Cauldron, Ides of Gemini and Venomous Maximus. Full dates can be found listed below.

ANCIENT VVISDOM recently performed several showcases during Austin’s prestigious South By Southwest festival following an extensive North American tour alongside Enslaved, Pallbearer and Royal Thunder.

Check out ANCIENT VVISDOM live:
5/17 Columbus, OH – Kobo Live w/ Cauldron
5/19 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class w/ Ides of Gemini
5/20 Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge w/ Ides of Gemini
5/21 Lincoln, NE – The Zoo w/ Ides of Gemini
5/24 Austin, TX – Mohawk w/ Venomous Maximus
5/25 Bryan, TX – Grand Stafford Theatre

 

RELAPSE RECORDS Announce SXSW Showcase Set Times

Renowned independent heavy music label, Relapse Records, teamed up with Austin, TX‘s premiere heavy music festival, Chaos in Tejas, to put together an unforgettable night of auditory madness at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin. The official showcase will feature a stage curated by each group and will take place at Red 7 on Saturday March 16 from 8 PM to 2 AM. The showcase is free to all SXSW badge and wristband holders and open to the general public on a first come first serve basis. Further details on the showcase will be available at this location.

The Relapse Records stage will be headlined by Savannah, GA‘s sludge-rock warriors Black Tusk with sets from label-mates Royal Thunder, ASG, Howl, Inter Arma, and Call of the Void.

The Chaos In Tejas stage will be headlined by New Orleans bounce superstar Big Freedia and includes performances from a diverse lineup including Antwon, Iron Lung, Power Trip, Merchandise, Parquet Courts and the Novice.

Relapse Records formed in 1990 and has released albums from a wide array of artists over the past 23 years including Mastodon, Red Fang, Baroness, Amorphis, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Suffocation, Neurosis, Dying Fetus and many more. The label recently released a 20 song sampler in tribute to Pat Egan, their longtime Director of Sales, who tragically passed away on Monday February 18 of pneumonia. The sampler is available for purchase here with all proceeds benefitting his daughter’s college fund.

Chaos In Tejas takes over Austin for the 9th year May 30 through June 2. The fest is a mix of punk, hardcore, metal, hip hop, garage rock, indie rock and all points in between from around the world. This year’s line up features The Damned, The Bats, Infest, Iceage, Framtid, Merchandise, Grouper, the Rats, Tragedy, Andy Stott, Akitsa, the Marked Men, Terveet Kadet and much much more. For a complete line up and more info click here and to purchase tickets click here.

Set Times Are As Follows:
8 – 8:35 – Call of the Void
8:55 – 9:35 – Inter Arma
9:55 – 10:35 – Howl
10:55 – 11:35 – ASG
11:55 – 12:35 – Royal Thunder
12:55 – 1:35 – Black Tusk

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http://www.relapsepodcast.com
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Cuban Metal Bands Performing At SXSW

Three Cuban metal bands landed in Miami on Sunday and will travel to Austin, TX to play the first ever show by a Cuban rock or metal band on U.S. soil on Friday night at SXSW. The three bands, Escape, Ancestor and Agonizer, have been working for months with SXSW and an organization called Unblock the Rock to secure the proper visas and paperwork, as well as to raise enough money to make the trip. The organization’s goal is to use heavy metal to help bridge the cultural and political gap between the U.S. and Cuba, which are separated by less than 90 miles of open water but have had virtually no diplomatic ties for the last 50 years. Last month, Unblock the Rock began selling a compilation of songs called The Red Album, which includes tracks by artists including EyeHateGod, the Supersuckers and Black Tusk, to help pay for the legal and travel costs.

Escape Celebrates Their Arrival in Miami

Tracey Noelle Luz, who started Unblock the Rock after spending months in Cuba filming a documentary about Escape called They Will Be Heard, flew to Miami to reunite with the band on Sunday and document their arrival.

“This is really incredible,” she said. “I’m so amazed that we were able to make this happen. The band is walking around like they’re in a dream. It wouldn’t have been possible without all the donations and the help of the artists on the compilations, sponsors lawyers, congressmen and especially the people at SXSW.”

The battle is not quite yet over though, and Unblock the Rock is still soliciting donations and selling copies of the Red Album here (http://unblocktherock.com/donate/) to pay for the bands’ travel and expenses while in the U.S.

Once the three bands are in Austin, they will be participating in a panel discussion, “Red Menace: Cuba’s Heavy Metal Underground” at 3:30 PM on Friday, March 15 at the Convention Center in Room 11AB that will be moderated by David Peisner, who traveled to Cuba last year to write about the country’s extreme metal scene for Spin. (Read the story here: http://www.spin.com/articles/red-menace-inside-hidden-world-extreme-cuban-metal) Then, on Friday night the three bands will take the stage (Escape at 8pm, Ancestor at 11pm, Agonizer at 12am) at The Jr. (603 Red River St.) for the first ever Cuban metal show on American soil. They will share the stage with two metal bands from Brazil, Eminence and Attomica, as well as one from Mexico, Motor.

Do not miss this truly historic night of what must be the loudest, wildest cultural diplomacy of all time.

 

PROSTHETIC Artists Featured At SXSW

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Several PROSTHETIC RECORDS artists are set to perform throughout the week at the prestigious South By Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas, one of the largest and most anticipated music events of the year. SXSW takes place from March 12-17, featuring performances from PROSTHETIC artists SKELETONWITCH, ANCIENT VVISDOM, JUNIUS and MUTILATION RITES. See the flyer below for show details and set times!Share with all your friends!

 

SKELETONWITCH Confirm Festival Appearances

Ohio-based metal heathens SKELETONWITCH, whose rigorous 2012 tour schedule was capped off by a marathon 10-week U.S. tour last fall, will perform at select festivals in the coming weeks. First, the band will make an exclusive appearance at Austin‘s prestigious South By Southwest (SXSW) festival as headliners for Pitchfork’s annual Show No Mercy showcase on Wednesday, March 13, where they will perform at the House of Vans at Mohawk at 5:30 pm alongside acts such as Pallbearer, Trash Talk, Royal Thunder and labelmates (and recent tourmates) MUTILATION RITES.

A free download of the band’s song This Horrifying Force (The Desire To Kill) is available for the next 30 days via NPR’s “The Austin 100,” which features 100 songs by artists to discover at this year’s SXSW, by clicking HERE.

Soon after SXSW, the band will head to GodCity Studios in Salem, Massachusettes with acclaimed producer Kurt Ballou (Converge, Kvelertak, Black Breath) to record their highly anticipated new album, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2011 release Forever Abomination which cracked Billboard’s Top 200 and landed the band a cover feature in Decibel Magazine. A fall release is expected.

SKELETONWITCH have also been confirmed to headline the 2013 Calgary Metal Fest, set to take place at Dickens Pub in June; additional details can be found at CalgaryMetalFest.com.

For more details please stay tuned to the band’s website:
www.facebook.com/skeletonwitchmetal

The Artery Foundation Announces SXSW Showdown

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(Sacramento, California) – The Artery Foundation announced their 2013 SXSW party, SXSW Showdown 2013, slated for Friday, March 15 at 6:30pm at The House Of Blues Annex featuring Motionless In White, Chelsea Grin, Attila, Woe Is Me, Jonny Craig, and many more.

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Show Details:

3/15/13 – 6:30pm @ The House Of Blues Annex, On The Corner Of 6th & Red River

Sponsors:

Peter Says Denim
Monster Energy
Indiegogo
Live Nation
Blue Microphones
Gpen
Hellcat Design Group
Merchnow

Lineup:

Motionless In White
Chelsea Grin
Attila
Woe Is Me
Jonny Craig
Upon This Dawning
Adestria
Buried In Verona
Myka Relocate
Horseneck
Mantis

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Line Outside the 2012 Artery Foundation SXSW Showdown

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