SEPTICFLESH Begin Recording New Album

The Greek symphonic death metal act SEPTICFLESH has entered Devasoundz Studios in Athens to record the 10 songs that will appear on their new, as-yet-untitled full-length album, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2011 release “The Great Mass.” This time around, the band will record with producer and former Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader (Cavalera Conspiracy, Fear Factory, Gojira) while once again collaborating with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, the group will also utilize full regular and children’s choirs on the new album, which will surely further enhance the epic nature of their music.
Stay tuned to the band’s website for more information in the coming weeks: http://www.septicflesh.com/
SEPTICFLESH has earned extensive international acclaim for their eight albums to date, as well as their performances on tour alongside the likes of Cradle of Filth, Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth, Satyricon and Children of Bodom. The group, who recently headlined the “Conquerers of the World” North American tour, will take part in next year’s 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise. The band’s new album is scheduled to be released in North America via Prosthetic Records in early 2014

 

New SOULFLY Single Now Available

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Brazilian Thrash Heroes SOULFLY just released the first single, called ‘Bloodshed’ from their upcoming record, Savages which is now available at the Nuclear Blast Singlepool!

Max Cavalera is the walking embodiment of creative energy, of all of the diverse layers of urgency that are possible from that select few whose artistic output defines genres. Mystic shaman, protest singer, revolutionary hero, everyday metalhead, furious consumer of heavy music of all shades, husband, father, leader, songwriter… Cavalera reigns as the adoptive tribal chief of a generation of fans, stretching from the roughest slums of South America to the coldest confines of Russia. Anywhere that people are disenfranchised, the songs of SOULFLY serve as their anthems.

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Armed with Cavalera’s four-stringed guitars, unmistakable growl and instantly recognizable riffage, the muddy tones and constant rhythmic bounce of SOULFLY has retained its gritty edge while pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in metal. Savages represents a career-defining moment, solidifying the lineup with longtime lead guitarist Marc Rizzo (who has been in SOULFLY almost as long as Max was in SEPULTURA), bassist Tony Campos (STATIC X, MINISTRY, PRONG) and Max’s 21 year-old Zyon, who splits his time between drumming in LODY KONG and now SOULFLY.

“All of the things that make SOULFLY killer are combined in Savages,” Max declares.

Savages melds the most brutal, the heaviest and overall the most vibrant components that made up each record in SOULFLY’s diverse catalog. By Max’s own account, Savages is possessed of the tribal groove of the first two SOULFLY albums, particularly in songs like ‘Bloodshed’, ‘Ayatollah of Rock ‘N’ Rolla’ and ‘Master of Savagery’. But there’s also the thrash metal that was found on DARK AGES and OMEN; whereas the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY records contain short, punky bursts, the new SOULFLY record gets into the epic length territory of early METALLICA. The death metal vibe of SOULFLY’s Enslaved emerges in songs like ‘Fallen’ and ‘Cannibal Holocaust’.

“I really like the name Savages. I like single words that sound powerful, like ‘Primitive’, ‘Roots’, ‘Arise’,” Max explains.

“It’s about the human condition right now. We have the Internet and we’re working on missions to Mars, but we are still decapitating each other and blowing up marathons. We’re still savages. Even with technology and how far we’ve come in the world, our spirit is still that of a savage.”

A trailblazing pioneer and musician with millions of albums sold who nevertheless retains boundless street cred due to his grimy, raw and undeniable authenticity; Max Cavalera is one of the most prolific artists the realm of heavy music has ever known. There’s CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, which reunited Max with his brother and former bandmate, Igor Cavalera. There was the brutal attack of NAILBOMB, Max’s collaboration with Alex Newport from FUDGE TUNNEL, which included members of DEAD KENNEDYS, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, BIOHAZARD and NEUROSIS on-stage. There’s his forthcoming band with members of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, MASTODON and THE MARS VOLTA. Of course, there’s Max’s unassailable work as SEPULTURA’s founder, leading the Brazilian band from their badass lo-fi beginnings, through their era of sophisticated thrash classics, up through the cultural landmark that is ‘Roots’.

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SOULFLY began almost instantaneously after his departure from the band he founded. The eponymously titled debut Soulfly sold over 500,000 copies in the United States alone, further expanding upon the tribal foundation of ‘Roots’ with percussive instrumentation, forays into esoteric sounds and multiple guest performers. Across the seven albums and never-ending tours that followed, Max worked with a who’s-who of the heavy music scene as band mates, guest musicians and touring members, including guys from SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, MEGADETH, DEFTONES, RADIOHEAD, STONE SOUR, CYPRESS HILL, MACHINE HEAD, DEVILDRIVER, FEAR FACTORY, MORBID ANGEL, THROWDOWN, S.O.D., SKINDRED, BORKNAGAR, WILL HAVEN and CATTLE DECAPITATION, among others.

In addition to Max’s own self-production, a number of important producers have lent their skills to SOULFLY, including Roots producer Ross Robinson (KORN, AT THE DRIVE-IN), Toby Wright (Ozzy Osbourne, SLAYER), Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), ex-SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GORJIA) and Zeuss (HATEBREED, SUICIDE SILENCE) and Terry Date (PANTERA, DEFTONES).

Cavalera asked Date, who had mixed for SOULFLY in the past, to produce the new album. Once studio time with the legendary producer was on the calendar, Max kicked into high gear with the material. Max and Zyon worked on the songs that would comprise Savages at home.

Zyon came up to me and said, ‘Give me a shot. I’ll play on the record for you. I won’t let you down,” explains the elder Cavalera. “I went into a room with him to jam and it felt great. So I said, ‘Fuck yeah, let’s do it!”

Generally on a SOULFLY album, the drummers would learn the songs in the studio, based on demo recordings from Max. This time, Max had the luxury of working out the songs at home with Zyon.

We jammed every single day for a month. He knew 90% of the material already when we got into the studio. It reminded me of recording the old Sepultura stuff, like Arise and Chaos A.D., Igor knew exactly what he was going to do before we went into the studio. This was very similar.”

Cavalera says he must’ve written at least 1,000 riffs specifically for Savages.

“The killer riff is what hooks the whole song together,” he says. “For me the writing process is about finding the most killer riffs possible. It’s a battle; sometimes I struggle with the guitar for hours. You have to throw it down on the floor and take a break. Come back a few hours later. ‘Let’s try this again, motherfucker!’  Grab it again and go to battle, go to war with the guitar until you get the right riffs.” 

Max points to BLACK SABBATH’s ‘Symptom of the Universe’ as one of the penultimate riffs of all time, citing SABBATH’s Tony Iommi and METALLICA frontman James Hetfield as among the riff-masters he most admires.

“I think of riff making as an art-form. I take it really seriously. I think it deserves more attention. It has such value.”

Speaking of riffs, Rizzo came into the band a decade ago and his love of thrash metal, death metal and collaborative spirit has energized Max ever since.

“When Marc entered Soulfly, it was a drastic change. He’s the guitar player I’ve been looking for my whole life. Andreas [Kisser] and I really clicked when we worked together. I never had that again after that. We had other guys that were cool, but it was never 100% there. When Marc came in, I found it! We’ve developed a great bond since.”

Rizzo particularly shines on the opening track on Savages, ‘Bloodshed.’

“There’s stuff all over the song – clean guitars, feedback – he just makes the song better.”

Campos has a lengthy resume in the world of metal and Max says they bonded over their shared Latino heritage, among other things.

“I had this idea about this guy Vargas, a Venezuelan cannibal, they call him ‘El Comegente.’ He’s the Hannibal Lecter of the Andes. We both read about it. Tony sings some of it in Spanish and I sing in Portuguese. He’s a great bass player too, fucking amazing. Killer bass tones, distortion, all balls-out metal. He keeps this shit real heavy, great tone. It’s great recording with guys who know what they’re doing. I don’t have to ask if they know.”

Max acknowledges the inherent risk in putting a 21 year-old behind the kit for such an important record, but it was a risk he absolutely wanted to take.

“To have my son drumming on the album, that’s killer. I like risks. I like to start shit up and see what happens. Even if I fail, at least I knew I tried. Rather than knowing I didn’t try at all. To me, that’s the bigger failure. It took a little bit of courage to put my son on it. I came to the studio and told Terry there was a young drummer who doesn’t play to a click. Terry knew what to do and Zyon did great. The drums sound amazing.” 

Like all things Max Cavalera, does SOULFLY’s Savages is a family affair. Not only does it mark Zyon’s recorded debut with the band, but one of Max’s other kids throws down some vocals in the opening track, ‘Bloodshed’.

“My son Igor has a killer punk rock voice that reminds me of the old CORROSION OF CONFORMITY days,” Max says.

“The chorus has this old punk style riff, almost like a MISFITS type riff. His voice is killer.”

Like every SOULFLY album, Savages contains an impressive guest list comprised of veterans and up-and-comers. CLUTCH’s Neil Fallon turns up on ‘Ayatollah of Rock ‘N’ Rolla’, the title of which was inspired by Mel Gibson’s classic Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior movie. Jamie Hanks from I DECLARE WAR brought his high and low deathcore vocals to ‘Fallen’, a death metal oriented song Max says is in the vein of CANNIBAL CORPSE.

Mitch Harris from NAPALM DEATH contributed vocals to ‘K.C.S.’ Harris has been around the Cavalera’s long enough that there are videos of him changing Zyon’s diapers when SOULFLY’s new drummer was just one month old.

Mitch came to the studio just to hang out during a day off from tour,” Max explains. “I’m like, ‘You ready to sing some shit on this record?’ I put him on the spot. He’s like, ‘Right now?’ I said, ‘Fuck yeah, let’s do it!’ There was one point where we were recording together where he did a scream and I saw his eyeball popping out of his face like a cartoon. I was like, ‘Dude that was the most metal thing I’ve seen in a long time.”

Even as Max continues to consume new music from band like NINE INCH NAILS, MAN MUST DIE, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED and I DECLARE WAR, even as he revisits seminal material from METALLICA, SLAYER, C.O.C. and the like, and indulges his penchant for world music, and gets his hands in his other projects and collaborations, it all adds up to a singular, distinct, straightforward and riff-heavy machine known as SOULFLY.

‘Bloodshed’ lyric video: http://youtu.be/ykFQQQ81OSs
Studio trailer #1: http://youtu.be/ml1cqN5dwAM
Studio trailer #2: http://youtu.be/g1SDAt2jco4

www.soulfly.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Soulfly/8616079092?fref=ts

www.nuclearblast.de/soulfly

MACHINE HEAD Announce New Bassist

It is with great pride and excitement that Machine Head announce Jared MacEachern as their new bass player.  Jared has already begun rehearsals for the upcoming Rockstar Mayhem U.S. summer festival tour and will soon relocate from North Carolina to Northern California to begin pre-production for Machine Head’s upcoming 8th studio release.

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MacEachern auditioning for Machine Head

Some fans might remember MacEachern from 2007’s The Black Tyranny Tour, playing with his previous band Sanctity.  Machine Head, challenged to find a fill-in bass player for the North American tour after an injury sidelined their then-4-stringer, also found themselves in need of someone to sing harmony with singer/guitarist Robb Flynn.

Flynn remembers, “We had locked in Brandon Sigmund of local boys Hostility to play bass on that tour, but we soon realized we’d need someone to hit the high harmonies. Our A&R guy Monte Conner recommended Jared since he was already on the tour, and that ended up being a great call.  Jared flew out a few days before the tour and rehearsed with us and did great. What was most impressive about the whole thing was that he was doing double duty – opening for Machine Head with his band at the time Sanctity, and then later singing with us. He would stay sober until after our set, and often get in the van and drive all night. His seriousness and dedication was awesome to see and it stuck with us.”

Earlier this year, Machine Head conducted an extensive search for candidates through various channels, the most fruitful of which proved to be video submissions. Sifting through more than 400 videos, the band personally reviewed and evaluated everyone’s performances, including MacEachern, who made the short list without a second thought. image002

Lead guitarist Phil Demmel recalls, “There were dozens of amazing players, and it was interesting to watch each one take on our tunes. One of our biggest criteria for this gig was to be able to sing the high harmonies. That was our litmus test. And Jared passed with flying colors.”

After reviewing all of the submissions, the band narrowed down the 400+ candidates to a short list of 7, each of whom took a trip to Oakland to perform a handful of songs in person and spend the day hanging with the band.

Remembers Drummer Dave McClain, “Jared came in to the audition and just killed it!  Besides being able to nail the bass and vocal harmonies, he also had the vibe and personality to make it feel like we were a BAND again. It was a great feeling and we all knew he was the guy.”

MacEachern first picked up concert bass at 12 and around the same time, discovered metal.

Jared recalls, “I heard the song Unforgiven and really liked it. The next day my friend gave me Kill ‘Em All and it was over. I became completely enamored with all the metal bands of that time; Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Pantera, but when it came to bass, it was all about Cliff Burton, he was, and is my dude.”

Beautiful Mourning

Jared’s Audition Videos:

This Is The End

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With a brief stint at the Brevard School for Music Performance, Jared consistently played bass for the past 22 years, most notably in Sanctity, where oddly enough, the band needed a guitar player.

“That was purely out of necessity” he explains, “I’d been a bass player, but that gig opened up and I gave it a shot on the 6-stringer.”

Sanctity Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctity_(band)

Beneath The Machine

After extensive global touring with Sanctity and the birth of his daughter in 2007, the band’s release from their label ignited Jared’s sense of responsibility and he quit the band to focus on her.  But music stayed a part of his life and he continued to jam locally throughout the south with death metal bands From A Dig and Telic, until he saw Machine Head were in need and thought he’d try out.

Frontman Robb Flynn reflects, “We really wanted a guy that was hungry for this, someone who could live and breathe this with us. Dave would joke around that we didn’t want to get someone too green that’d be like ‘oh my god, is this a dressing room?!’, but we also didn’t want someone who was too jaded by the whole thing and ‘been there done that’. We thought the perfect guy would be someone who’d paid some dues, who had done 9 or 10 crummy van tours, and wasn’t broken by that, but inspired to keep going and play music, and in many ways that was Jared. I mean hell, the guy’s only rode in a bus for two nights, one of which was with us! It brings a really cool level of appreciation to the table, and it shows where his heart’s at”

Jared enthuses, “I’m ready to get to work!  This tour is going to kick ass and the new tunes are heavy as shit! I’m SO looking forward to making good music with good dudes!”

PSYCHOSTICK Announce Blow Your Fingers Off Tour

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Comedy rockers Psychostick announced they will be hitting the road this summer for their Blow Your Fingers Off Tour that will include performances at this year’s Rockapalooza, A2 Fest, Breast Fest Biker Bash and Dirtfest.

Blow Your Fingers Off Tour *please note don’t actually blow your fingers off

June 21 – Steger, IL @ Another Hole In The Wall – Show Details – Buy Tickets
June 22 – Jackson, MI @ Rockapalooza – Jackson County Fair Grounds – Show Details – Buy Tickets
July 5 – Providence, RI @ McNeil’s Tavern
July 6 – Brookfield, CT @ The Room – Show Details – Buy Tickets
July 12 – Newport, KY @ Thompson House – Show Details – Buy Tickets
July 13 – Ann Arbor, MI @ A2 Fest – WFC Fairgrounds and Event Center – Show Details – Buy Tickets
July 14 – St. Joseph, MI @ Czar’s 505 – Show Details
July 16 – La Crosse, WI @ The Warehouse – Show Details
July 18 – St. Cloud, MN @ Bubba’s
July 19 – Spring Lake Park (Minneapolis area), MN @ POV’s 65 – Show Details – Buy Tickets
July 20 – Pecatonica, IL @ Breast Fest – Winnebago County Fairgrounds – Show Details – Buy Tickets
August 9 – Kokomo, IN @ Centerstage
August 10 – Birch Run, MI @ Dirtfest – Show Details – Buy Tickets

*ROCKAPALOOZA: Festival with CANDLEBOX, SALIVA, TAPROOT, MUSHROOMHEAD, HEDPE, OBIE TRICE, HURT, 12 STONES, SMILE EMPTY SOUL, BOY HITS CAR, ADAM GONTIER (FORMER SINGER OF THREE DAYS GRACE), PSYCHOSTICK, SURRENDER THE FALL, ROTATION, ANOTHER LOST YEAR, DIECAST, TRACK FIGHTER, IT LIES WITHIN, THROUGH THE ASHES, HYDROVIBE

*A2 Fest: HedPE, Taproot, Psychostick, Green Jelly, Chris Webby, The Agonist, It Lies Within, Slaves On Dope, Blue Felix, Motown Rage, Losing September, Almost Kings, SIKLID, XFactor1, Wayland, Prospect Hill, Dead Horse Trauma

*5th Annual Breast Fest Biker Bash: benefitting the Save The TaTa’s Foundation: Drowning Pool, Nonpoint, Pop Evil, Soil, Primer 55, Psychostick, Straight Line Stitch

*DIRTFEST: Adam Gontier (of 3 Days Grace), Asking Alexandria, Trapt, Pop Evil, Parabelle, Devour The Day, 10 Years, Psychostick, Escape The Fate, Wilson, It Lies Within, Blue Felix, Saint Ridley

Psychostick released their latest music video Dogs Like Socks earlier this year. It can be viewed below.

Psychostick’s fifth and latest release Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3-D is now available at the following location here.

For more info, music and tour dates, please visit the following links:

http://www.psychostick.com

http://www.facbeook.com/psychostick

http://www.twitter.com/psychostick

Music Videos

Political Bum – http://youtu.be/DNZj2RrrkfI

Boobs – http://youtu.be/dcYlytyuKsc

Do You Want A Taco? – http://youtu.be/k3tcQI5EEiA

Beer – http://youtu.be/O-jOEAufDQ4 – over 4 million views

Girl Directions – http://youtu.be/U5_HhqcbF_0

BIO:

Most high school friends can’t even stand to look at each other once school’s out, but in the case of vocalist Rob “Rawrb” Kersey and guitarist Josh “The J” Key, they decided to spend even more time together after graduation.

Harnessing their crazy sense of humor and love of all things metal, they joined forces with drummer Alex “Shmalex” Dontre and bassist Matty J “Moose” to create Pyschostick, a band they’ve coined as humorcore. With hilarious lyrics, heavy riffs, notorious stage antics and high-energy performances, the band has caused millions of laughs around the world and hundreds of mosh pits across the US, often simultaneously, since its birth in Phoenix, AZ in 2000.

Almost 100 percent do-it-yourself, Psychostick never strays from its signature sound, a combination of heavy music Chimaira, Machine Head and Hatebreed would be proud of and wit and humor that would make Tenacious D and Weird Al Yankovic holler with laughter.

(L- R) – Alex “Shmalex” Dontre – Drums | Josh “The J” Key – Guitar | Rob “Rawrb” Kersey – Vocals | Matty J “Moose” – Bass

With two full-length albums behind them – We Couldn’t Think of a Title and Sandwich, the band released their latest record, Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D, in 2011, following it up with a tour with Mushroomhead to add to their total count of 21 nationwide tours that have hit 47 states.

 

ARMIFERA Sign To Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, New Album Next Month

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Horror Pain Gore Death Productions signed Canadian speed masters ARMIFERA and will release their debut album Eradication on CD format May 14. Below is the official description:

Click on album cover art above to listen to a full track

Epic Speed Metal madness from Canada! Armifera carry the torch of metal’s past through their debut album Eradication. A blend of old school and new school Thrash Metal, this album exhibits violent fast tempos, pit bull vocals, bone crushing riffs and thunderous bass along with a healthy dose of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal undertones. Enter the dark twisted world of the Brotherhood Of The Watcher and The Hidden Order… a secret society that broke off of the bloodlines of the Earth’s rulers and became their adversaries. Eradication will take you on a spellbinding and mesmerising experience into the unknown. For fans of Death Angel, Destruction, Exodus, Forbidden, Kreator, Machine Head, Metallica, Minax, Mortillery, Sacrifice, Sodom, Testament and Tourniquet. Bang your head!

You can pre-order your copy for only $10 including shipping at http://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com/store/hpgd065.html

 

TRACK LISTING:

1. Eradication
2. Die Free
3. System Of Secrecy
4. Cerebral Slave
5. Iron Entities
6. Blunt Force Trauma
7. D.M.H. (Death Metal Horror)
8. Metal Massacre
9. Woven Mist

HPGD on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/horrorpaingoredeath
HPGD on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/hpgd666
HPGD on YouTubehttp://www.youtube.com/user/horrorpaingoredeath?feature=watch

PSYCHOSTICK Posts New Music Video

(pictured from left to right): Alex “Shmalex” Dontre – Drums, Rob “Rawrb” Kersey – Vocals, Matty J “Moose” – Bass, Josh “The J” Key – Guitar

The originators of humorcore, Psychostick are proud to share with fans their latest creation Dogs Like Socks inspired by the band’s moral support, the Siberian husky duo of Elphie and Mishka.

“This song answers the question, ‘can you make something cute brutal?’ We just did this for fun. We have a recording studio, we had inspiration, so why not? Those dogs are the best. This is our tribute to them.” comments guitarist Josh “The J” Key.

click image to watch the video

After completing their Santa’s An Asshole Tour this past November/ December, Psychostick are now gearing up for their next tour in March with dates soon to be announced in support of their latest release Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3-D, which is now

Click image to listen on BandCamp

For more info, music and tour dates, please visit the follwoing links:

http://www.psychostick.com

http://www.facbeook.com/psychostick

http://www.twitter.com/psychostick

Music Videos

BIO:

Most high school friends can’t even stand to look at each other once school’s out, but in the case of vocalist Rob “Rawrb” Kersey and guitarist Josh “The J” Key, they decided to spend even more time together after graduation.

Harnessing their crazy sense of humor and love of all things metal, they joined forces with drummer Alex “Shmalex” Dontre and bassist  Matty J “Moose” to create Pyschostick, a band they’ve coined as humorcore. With hilarious lyrics, heavy riffs, notorious stage antics and high-energy performances, the band has caused millions of laughs around the world and hundreds of mosh pits across the US, often simultaneously, since its birth in Phoenix, AZ in 2000.

 

Almost 100 percent do-it-yourself, Psychostick never strays from its signature sound, a combination of heavy music Chimaira, Machine Head and Hatebreed would be proud of and wit and humor that would make Tenacious D and Weird Al Yankovic holler with laughter.

 

With two full-length albums behind them – We Couldn’t Think of a Title and Sandwich – the band released their latest record, Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D in 2011, following it up with a tour with Mushroomhead to add to their total count of 21 nationwide tours that have hit 47 states.

 

NOTHNEGAL Back in the Studio

Season of Mist, French independent label for Metal and Rock

Less than a year after the release of their debut album Decadence, Maldives’ very own NOTHNEGAL issued the following update:

“We entered Vakaruge Studio in Male, Maldives last week. We have already recorded demos and will be working with producers Matt Hyde (known for his collaboration with Slipknot, Machine Head and Bullet For My Valentine among others) handling the overall production and Paul Reeve (who worked as a producer on most of Muse’s albums) dealing with the vocal and additional production. The idea is to incorporate environmental / ambient sounds and traditional instruments of the Maldives into the music, in order to create a unique blend. Our new singer Affan will perform vocals on all songs, this time”.

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Decadence, featuring the singles Claymore and Salvation, as heard on The Welding Room, is available in Season of Mist’s e-shop.