ROADRUNNER RECORDS Extreme Metal 101 Boxes Out Now

ROADRUNNER RECORDSThe digital-only boxed sets Extreme Metal 101, Volumes 1-4, are available now. Each of these sets includes five crushing releases from the Roadrunner catalog, including four albums never before available digitally. Each box is $24.99, and they’re available on iTunes and via other digital music retailers.

Here’s what you get:

Extreme Metal 101, Vol. 1 

Deicide, Deicide 

Malevolent Creation, The Ten Commandments 

Obituary, Slowly We Rot 

Pestilence, Consuming Impulse 

Suffocation, Pierced From Within

Get it now on iTunes

 

Extreme Metal 101 Vol. 2

 Brujeria, Matando Gueros 

Carnivore, Retaliation 

Death, Symbolic 

Gorguts, Considered Dead 

Immolation, Dawn of Possession (available digitally for the first time)

Get it now on iTunes

 

Extreme Metal 101 Vol. 3 

Cynic, Focus 

Deicide, Legion

Obituary, Cause of Death 

Pestilence, Testimony of the Ancients 

Sadus, Chemical Exposure (available digitally for the first time)

Get it now on iTunes

 

Extreme Metal 101 Vol. 4

Annihilator, Alice in Hell 

Cerebral Fix, Bastards (available digitally for the first time)

Defiance, Beyond Recognition (available digitally for the first time)

Exhorder, The Law

Fear Factory, Soul of a New Machine

 

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

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https://twitter.com/riversofnihil

http://www.riversofnihilpa.bandcamp.com

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

CANNIBAL CORPSE Announces 25th Anniversar​y Shows

Cannibal Corpse will be wrapping up their 25th anniversary celebrations for 2013 with a pair of shows in Florida, which has served as the band’s base of operations since relocating to Tampa from Buffalo, NY in 1994. The shows are scheduled for November 29 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL at the Culture Room and November 30 in Tampa, FL at the Brass Mug. Tickets will be on sale this Friday at ticketmaster.com for the Culture Room and TBA for the Brass Mug.

Founding member and bassist Alex Webster comments:

“We are very excited to be doing these shows in Florida this November. We formed the band in the first week of December back in 1988 so these shows will be happening almost exactly 25 years after our formation. It will be great to celebrate our band’s anniversary in the state that helped put death metal on the map. Also, we are very happy to be able play Ft. Lauderdale to make up for the show we missed there in June. And I think fans in both cities will be happy when they see the ticket price for these shows!”

CANNIBAL CORPSE
11/29 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
11/30 Tampa, FL Brass Mug

Metal Blade Records has been releasing one picture disc a month from the band’s expansive catalog of releases (Eaten Back to Life, Butchered at Birth, Tomb of the Mutilated, The Bleeding, Vile, Gallery of Suicide, Bloodthirst, Gore Obsessed, The Wretched Spawn, KILL, Evisceration Plague, Torture). A total of 12 pictures discs will be released, covering all of the band’s full-length studio albums, some of which have never been released on picture disc. The most recent picture disc to be added is “Kill,” and is available for pre-order at indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords.

Earlier this year, it was announced that CANNIBAL CORPSE was selected for induction in the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2013. CANNIBAL CORPSE is the latest addition to the Hall of Fame, which also includes Buffalo natives the Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Sheehan, 10,000 Maniacs, and many more. The Class of 2013 will be inducted into the BMHOF at its 30th Anniversary Induction Gala which will be held October 3 at the Tralf Music Hall in Buffalo NY.  More information about the BMHOF can be found at www.buffalomusic.org or on facebook.
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RIVERS OF NIHIL Album Pre-Order Available

Rivers of Nihil have released the first single from their debut album “The Conscious Seed of Light,” out October 15 in North America and October 11/14 in Europe/UK via Metal Blade Records. “Rain Eater” is available for streaming now at metalblade.com/riversofnihil, where fans can also pre-order the album.

The album was recorded in March of 2013 at Mana Recording Studios in Florida with famed metal producer/musician Erik Rutan.

Guitarist Brody Uttley said,

“Working with Erik was a true privilege. Coming from the DIY circuit and immediately recording with one of greatest death metal producers of all time pushed us all more than we ever could have expected, both as musicians and as people. We have grown tremendously as a band in all aspects because of our experience with Erik.”

The debut single, “Rain Eater,” is available for streaming now at metalblade.com/riversofnihil, where fans can also pre-order the album.

Artwork for the band’s debut full-length was handled by famed cover artist, Dan Seagrave, whose portfolio includes covers for Morbid Angel, Entombed, Suffocation, and Decrepit Birth. RIVERS OF NIHIL ended up sending a brief treatment of the record that included a description of the album with song titles, a few lyrics, etc. to a number of artists the band admires. Every one of the artists seemed interested to a degree; however, it was Dan Seagrave who really seemed like he understood and appreciated what it was the band was going for.

And as Brody says,

“he really tore into it! What we see on the cover is a landscape of a world that doesn’t need mankind, we are relics here, and the sun is the only true master.”

Born from the ruins of their decaying hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania, RIVERS OF NIHIL are on a relentless path of taking their music to the next level. Formed in 2009 the modern progressive death metal quintet’s music is as dark and heavy as the coal and iron their home city was built upon, taking influences from some of death metal’s heaviest, most abrasive hitters: Morbid Angel, Gojira, Spawn of Possession, and Decapitated, to name a few.

Track listing:
1. Terrestria I: Thaw
2. Rain Eater
3. Birth of the Omnisavior
4. Soil & Seed
5. Central Antheneum
6. Mechanical Trees
7. Place of Serpents
8. Human Adaptation
9. A Fertile Altar
10. Airless

RIVERS OF NIHIL:
Jake Dieffenbach – vocals
Ron Nelson – drums
Jon Kunz – guitars
Adam Biggs – bass/vocals
Brody Uttley – guitars

RIVERS OF NIHIL
w/ Allegaeon, Abiotic, Wretched
08/19 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
08/20 Oklahoma City, OK The Chameleon Room
08/21 Houston, TX Scout Bar
08/22 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
08/23 Austin, TX Dirty Dog Bar
08/24 Fort Worth, TX Tomcats West
08/25 Little Rock, AR Downtown Music Hall
08/26 Nashville, TN Exit/ In
08/27 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub & Billiards
08/28 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
08/29 Destin, FL Club LA
08/30 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbit
08/31 Lake Worth, FL The Speakeasy
w/ Abiotic, Dying Fetus, Exhumed, Devourment
10/26 St Paul, MN Station 4
10/27 Chicago, IL Reggie’s
0/28   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

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https://twitter.com/riversofnihil
http://www.riversofnihilpa.bandcamp.com
https://soundcloud.com/rivers-of-nihil

EXUMER Announces Only U.S. Appearance of 2013

German thrash veterans, EXUMER, confirmed a New York City show on September 21, 2013 at The Paper Box in Brooklyn, NY. This will be the only U.S. appearance in 2013 for EXUMER and the band‘s second visit to the United States. Main support will be Florida death metal act MALEVELONT CREATION.

Vocalist Mem V. Stein comments:

“We are beyond thrilled to be finally playing in NYC. We haven’t played on North American soils since the THRASHO DE MAYO festival in L.A., four years ago. New York is close to mine and our bassist’s hearts, since both of us live here and we have never brought the band to play in front our home crowd.”

 Thrash fans can catch a glimpse of what EXUMER’s live show is like in the band’s music video for Fire & Damnation on YouTube HERE.

EXUMER
09/21 Brooklyn, NY The Paper Box

http://www.exumer.de
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DARK SERMON Album Now Available

Logo: Nuclear Blast Records

Take the best, forget that rest: that’s the ethos behind Dark Sermon, whose musical outpouring conjures the fist-raising melody of European death metal, the blackened underbelly of bleak blast-beating musical warfare, the churning malevolence of technical
death metal and the uniquely down-to-earth flair of the NWOAHM and combines it all into something fresh and potent.

DARK SERMON - “In Tongues” out now! - 2013-04-12 00:00

The Press agrees:

Florida’s Dark Sermon take the best of young-pup hardcore-infused death metal and give it a much needed edge that’s been missing since Himsa‘s demise” – Revolver

“DARK SERMON look straight ahead. Straight, brutal Death Metal with thrashy riffs, high screams and a lot of speed” – Powermetal.de

“DARK SERMON plays pure Death Metal, there is neither an influence of Metalcore, nor from oldschool. Death Metal fans know what I’m talking about” – Myrevelations.de

Check the music video for the track In Tongues, here:

Check the lyric video of the first single Imperfect Contrition here: http://youtu.be/uqQZE2Y0wGI

“The lyrics tell the story of a man who can no longer live with himself,” explains front man Johnny Crowder.

“A man whose future has been shrouded by his sinful past. All he can do is beg for forgiveness from God, who has witnessed every wrong move he has made.”

In Tongues track listing:

1.The Sheperd‘s Staff
2. Imperfect Contrition
3. Hounds
4. The Scales Of Justice
5. Cursed
6. Forfeit I- The Crooked Quill
7. Forfeit II- Worn Thin
8. The Tree Of New Life
9. Carcass
10. Testament
11. In Tongues

The band’s full-length debut entitled In Tongues was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios, Florida. The cover artwork was created by Eliran Kantor, who has already designed artworks for bands such as HATEBREED, TESTAMENT and SODOM.

Get your copy here:
http://www.nuclearblast.de/de/shop/artikel/gruppen/51000.1.nuclearblast.html?article_group_sort_type_handle=rank&custom_keywords=dark%20sermon

Or via Itunes here:
http://bit.ly/darksermonintongues

ABIOTIC Shoot New Video

ABIOTIC partnered with director Dan Drescher once again. He filmed their previous video Vermosapien, and will now shoot a brand new video for Facades. The video’s release date is TBA, but ABIOTIC posted several still images on their facebook page HERE.

Launch performance demonstration/lyric video for The Graze of Locusts Watch and enter to win a brand new ESP guitar!

ABIOTIC elaborates on the video:

“The shooting for a second music video with director Dan Drescher is wrapped up and we couldn’t be more excited. We shot at two locations in Orlando, Florida and could not have asked for a better crew on the set. The song we’ll be releasing the video for is Facades and Dan was definitely in the same mind set as we were in taking this video to the next level. Prepare yourselves for something insane!”

ABIOTIC partnered with GuitarWorld.com to launch a brand new performance/lyric video for The Graze of Locusts. Fans can view the video, as well as enter to win an ESP/LTD EC-10 Two Tone burst with gig bag now at GuitarWorld.com.

http://www.metalblade.com/abiotic
http://www.facebook.com/abioticfl

 

GWAR Announces Second Leg Of U.S. Tour

After spending months deep inside their arctic fortress working on what will be their next album, your Lords and Masters GWAR announced their return to the road in North America. The second leg of the “Fate or Chaos” tour is scheduled to kick off April 10 and will run through April 25. Support on the tour will come from Warbeast and Wilson. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 15.

Briefly putting down the crack pipe, lead throat thing Oderus Urungus spoke about going back on tour:

“As you humans amuse yourself with your mundane holidays, it has been a time of intense activity for GWAR, as we record our 13th studio album – the first one with our new Scumdog brother, Pustulus Maximus!”

The Filth-Lord continues,

“We begin this years festivities with the second and final leg of our Fate or Chaos tour, so everybody who missed the first leg can see Cyber-Jesus get his fucking ass handed to him. Then it’s back in the studio to work on all the hulking war machines we shall need on our devastating, brand-spanking new tour, after the album drops at the end of the summer! Can you believe I said drop? How fucking stupid!”

Oderus Urungus and Balsac the Jaws of Death, recently took New York by storm when they were in town filming a segment for the SyFy TV Show Oddities.

The guys were once again recruited by MTV’s Next Movie to give their critique of another Steven Spielberg directed, Oscar nominated film. Last time, they did a review for War Horse so it was fitting that Lincoln be next. Check out Oderus and Balsac’s review HERE.

The summer will also herald the fourth annual GWAR-B-Q, and this year is shaping-up to have the most colossal, bone-crushing line-up yet. But that’s not all from your toxic mutant under-lords. Rumors of boxed sets, GWAR-B-Q sauce, GWAR beer, and long-awaited “comedy” albums abound. Further details about all of these projects would have to wait until “we get our shit together”, said Oderus.

GWAR “Fate Or Chaos Tour” with Warbeast and Wilson

(Click linked dates for tickets)

4/10: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
4/11: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – Tickets
4/12: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe – The Strip – Tickets
4/13: Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theatre – Tickets
4/14: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory – Tickets
4/15: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – Tickets
4/16: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club
4/17: Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre – Tickets
4/18: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Lounge
4/19: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
4/20: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom – Tickets
4/21: Little Rock, AR @ The Rev Room – Tickets
4/22: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works – Tickets
4/23: Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar – Tickets
4/24: Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
4/25: Jacksonville, FL @ Free Bird Live – Tickets

CHECK OUT GWAR ON THE WEB

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http://www.gwarjapan.net

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