Here Comes GWAR B-Q!

  

Come celebrate GWAR‘s 30th year of conquest on this fucking shit-hole planet at the most ear-bursting, bone-crushing, mouth-watering, belly-bursting, beer-guzzling, nut-bustingest party of this or any summer! The date is set for the 6th Annual GWAR B-QSaturday, August 15th at Hadad’s Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA 23231). 

  

 

This amazing milestone in GWAR‘s torrid history – 30 fucking years! – demands more than just a one-day party. The Scumdogs have set forth a slew of satellite events to be held across Richmond over the three-day weekend of August 14 through 16. GWAR fans will be busier and more fulfilled than during any time in their miserable existence!  

  

 Today, the official commercial for this year’s GWAR B-Q has been released. It can be found here http://youtu.be/14uWvkr0S-w

Watch it, worship your lords and masters GWAR, share it, then watch it again! 

In other GWAR news, your Lords and Masters will be travelling back in time to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the film Empire Records, in which they had a starring role.  GWAR will make an appearance during the anniversary Celebration in Brooklyn, NY April 8 – 10.  More details on GWAR‘s invasion of Brooklyn, NY can be seen HERE.

Finally March 23rd marked a sad anniversary in the GWAR family, as it was the one-year anniversary of founding member Dave Brockie’s (Oderus Urungus) final journey to Valhalla.  We celebrate him on this day as we celebrate and worship him every day.  Hail Oderus! 

 

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ALLEGAEON “Elements of the Infinite” Available Now

ALLEGAEON‘s new album “Elements of the Infinite” has been released today in North America on Metal Blade Records. The album is available for order in special bundle packages at http://www.metalblade.com/allegaeon. It is also currently the #3 album on the iTunes Metal Chart!

Today the band has released a play-through video for the song “Dyson Sphere“. Get an exclusive look at the video HERE.

ALLEGAEON‘s video for the song “Our Cosmic Casket” can be streamed HERE. Their video for the song “1.618” can be viewed HERE.

In support of their new album “Elements of the InfiniteALLEGAEON will be hitting the road this August with Chimaira, The Plot in You, Upon This Dawning and Silence the Messenger as part of “The Artery Metal Tour”. The tour begins August 5th in Joliet, IL and runs through August 30th in Oklahoma City, OK. A complete list of dates can be found below. Tickets for the tour can be purchased HERE.

To give fans more of an insight into the album, Metal Blade created a series of Lyric description/audio teasers for each song from “Elements of the Infinite.” Each brief segment features a clip of music from each song on the record, and a description of the track from vocalist Ezra Haynes. All of the segments are available via the band’s official facebook page and instagram account: facebook.com/allegaeon | instagram.com/allegaeonofficial

Elements of the Infinite” was recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio in Colorado Feb-April 2014. Otero’s work has been more prominent in the last few years – some fans may have heard his work on the latest Cattle Decapitation album, Cephalic Carnage, and more. Otero’s efforts here, along with the band’s new material, has led to ALLEGAEON‘s most realized and mature release to date. Musically, fans will be treated to orchestrations that provide significant depth to the sound. The orchestrations were composed by guitarist Greg Burgess along with Joe Ferris (monumentalaudio.net).

ALLEGAEON
Tour w/ Chimaira, The Plot in You, Upon This Dawning:
08/05: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
08/06: Spring Lake Park, MN @ Pov
08/07: Peoria, IL @ Rail II
08/08: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
08/09: Lansing, MI @ The Loft
08/10: Akron, OH @ Rock Factory
08/11: St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
08/12: Shawnee, KS @ Aftershock
08/13: Denver, CO @ Maruqis Theater
08/14: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
08/15: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
08/16: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
08/17: Spokane, WA @ The Hop
08/19: Sacramento, CA @ Assembly
08/20: Hollywood, CA @ Whisky a Go Go
08/21: San Diego, CA @ Soma-Sidestage
08/22: Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
08/23: Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
08/25: Odessa, TX @ Club Patron
08/26: San Antonio, TX @ Korova (basement)
08/27: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
08/28: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
08/29: Dallas, TX @ Trees
08/30: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room

ALLEGAEON Lineup:
Ezra Haynes – Vocals
Michael Stancel – Guitar
Greg Burgess – Guitar
Corey Archuleta – Bass
Brandon Park – Drums

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BATTLECROSS Release Slayer Cover

Battlecross released a new cover of Slayer’s War Ensemble.

Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala says,

“Slayer is obviously one of our biggest influences. Slayer taught me personally to not give a f#@k and throw in attitude in your riffs. War Ensemble is one of my favorite Slayer songs because it embodies the aggression and attitude of Slayer but also is more dynamic than a traditional Slayer song that is all speed. Jeff Hanneman was an underrated player and it’s shame his greatness was only recognized after he passed. In honor of Jeff we wanted to cover “War Ensemble” and throw in a bit of our own twist and speed to the song. Slayer!”

The track will be streaming via Metal Hammer UK & Metal Hammer Germany beginning May 27 and will later be made available to fans via iTunes.

It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Matt Dalton at 37 Studios in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

The band recently kicked off a North American tour with Killswitch Engage and Trivium that wraps up at the end of May, then the band ventures to Europe in June for a series of festival appearances, as well as club shows with Huntress.

BATTLECROSS w/ Killswitch Engage
05/23 Kokomo, IN Centerstage Bar & Grill w/ Black Fast
05/24 St. Louis, MO Fubar w/ Black Fast
05/25 Merriam, KS Aftershock w/ Black Fast
05/26 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
05/27 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater w/ Nothing More
05/28 Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater w/ Nothing More
End Tour
08/09 Birch Run, MI Birch Run Expo Center DirtFest
European Tour
06/05 Nürburg, DE Nürburgring Rock am Ring
06/06 Nuremberg, DE Zeppelinfeld Rock im Park
06/10 Hamburg, DE Markthalle Beastfest
06/11 Tilburg, NL 013 w/ Huntress
06/14 Derby, GB Donington Park Download Festival
06/15 Nickelsdorf, AT Nova Rock Festival w/ Black Sabbath, Seether
06/17 Zurich, CH Rock City w/ Huntress
06/18 Geneve, CH L’Usine w/ Huntress
06/19 Milan, IT Legend Club Milano w/ Huntress
06/20 Liubliana, SI Orto Bar w/ Huntress
06/21 Zagreb, HR Attack w/ Huntress
06/27 Dessel, BE Festival Park Stenehei Graspop Metal Meeting
South American Tour
w/ Killswitch Engage, Memphis May Fire
08/22 Curitiba, BR Music Hall
08/23 Sao Paulo, BR Carioca Club
08/24 Rio de Janeiro, BR Circo Voador

War of Will, the band’s most recent album, debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the top current albums chart, #2 on the heatseeker chart, #15 on the current hard music chart, #16 on the hard music overall chart, and #32 on the independent albums chart. It didn’t stop here though, as the band also debuted in Canada’s Soundscan charts coming in at #178 Top 200 Current and #25 Hard Music Charts while also landing on the iTunes charts for release date at #103 Top 200, #10 on Rock, and #2 on Metal. This marks the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut. War of Will also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release.

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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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DYING FETUS Recruit ABIOTIC, RIVERS OF NIHIL To Fall Tour

Dying Fetus announced their headlining tour for this Fall with Exhumed, Devourment, Waking the Cadaver (10/4-10/19), as well as up-and-coming Metal Blade Records artists Abiotic, and Rivers of Nihil (10/26-11/2).

Surfacing from the heart of South Florida, Miami’s ABIOTIC transcends high above the rest with a most preternatural sound. By interweaving well-cultivated musical dexterity and pronounced lyrical finesse, ABIOTIC epitomizes an unwonted entity of unmatched musicianship. In a short amount of time since the quintet’s inception in 2010, this ghoulish coterie has made a paramount impact in the death metal scene and support from the masses continues to grow. The five-piece group consists of vocalist Ray Jimenez, bassist Alex Vazquez, drummer Andres Hurtado and guitarists Matt Mendez and Johnathan Matos. The band’s Metal Blade debut, Symbiosis, is available everywhere now and their Dan Drescher-directed music video, Facades, is streaming at metalblade.com/abiotic.

Reading, Pennsylvania’s death metal quintet, Rivers of Nihil, recently entered Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg with Erik Rutan to record their first full-length album and Metal Blade Records debut, which is due out before the end of 2013. Tracking has been completed and finishing touches are being put on the album and the artwork. Music and information will be released in the coming months. Until then, fans can sample what’s to come in a demo for Rain Eater on soundcloud HERE.

Rivers of Nihil guitarist Brody Uttley comments on the tour:

“We’re incredibly excited to be part of this tour. Dying Fetus played a huge role in shaping the early sound of Rivers of Nihil and they continue to influence us to this day, and we grew up listening to Exhumed and Devourment and we’re honored to be touring with them. We’re also excited to be touring with some of our younger peers and Metal Blade brothers in Abiotic. We’ll be playing all new material from our new album, which will be coming out later this year.”

DYING FETUS
EXHUMED
DEVOURMENT
WAKING THE CADAVER (10/4 – 10/19)
ABIOTIC
RIVERS OF NIHIL (10/26 – 11/2)
Oct 4 Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
Oct 5 Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
Oct 6 Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
Oct 7 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
Oct 9 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
Oct 10 Austin, TX @ Red 7
Oct 11 Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct 12 Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon Room
Oct 13 Santa Fe, NM @ Warehouse 21
Oct 14 Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point
Oct 15 Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
Oct 16 W. Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
Oct 17 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Oct 18 Portland, OR @ Branx
Oct 19 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Oct 20 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
Oct 22 Calgary, AB @ Republik
Oct 23 Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
Oct 24 Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre
Oct 25 Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
Oct 26 St Paul, MN @ Station-4
Oct 27 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
Oct 29 Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
Oct 30 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
Oct 31 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Nov 1 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Nov 2 Springfield, VA @ Empire

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KAMIKABE Also Join Bloodletting North America Tour

(Pittsburgh, PA) Tech death metal machine, Kamikabe are proud to announce their participation in the return of Unique Leader‘s annual Extreme Metal tour, Bloodletting North America. They will be supporting their labelmates, French tech death metal masters, Gorod, as well as another fellow Unique Leader band, Inanimate Existence. Vale of Pnath (Willowtip) will be kicking things off each night.

The band had the following to say about the tour:

“We couldn’t be anymore stoked about this tour! An opportunity to shred with Gorod over here in the states is not something that happens too often. Plus, adding Inanimate Existence and Vale of Pnath to the lineup, as well as several other sick bands on select dates, makes this tour that much more crushing! We’ve been sharpening our blades and plan on destroying every city we hit. The years of hard work and support from everyone that has helped us along the way really speaks volumes for the Death Metal culture that we’re lucky to have. We’re excited to show Gorod how we do it over here, and more than ready to execute a full on assault from coast to coast!”

The tour spans from May 3 to June 1 covering the U.S. and parts of Canada. Also appearing on select dates will be Fallujah (Unique Leader), The Kennedy Veil (Unique Leader), Pyrexia (Unique Leader), Applaud the Impaler (Unique Leader), Rivers of Nihil (Metal Blade), Cognitive (Torture Music) and Archspire (Season of Mist).

Stay in touch with all the updates and future news regarding Bloodletting North America at the link below or check the TOUR DATES page (see tab above).

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Metal Blade Records Artist Showcase Downloads

Metal Blade Records Label Showcase Videos, Album Download and Stream featuring Gypsyhawk and Pilgrim now available

Back on September 15, Metal Blade Records and Scion A/V teamed up to bring you the label showcase featuring SIX FEET UNDER, CATTLE DECAPITATION, BATTLECROSS, GYPSYHAWK, and PILGRIM for a free matinee show at the Glasshouse in Pomona, California.

As if the free “30 years of Metal Blade Records” showcase wasn’t cool enough, Scion A/V had a crew on hand to conduct interviews with each of the bands for a series of video interviews and record the showcase for a free limited 7-inch release and digital download/stream featuring a track each from GYPSYHAWK and PILGRIM.

Head over to AOL Music to download (or stream) the digital copy of the 7-inch and check out the video interviews with all of the bands that performed the showcase as well as interviews with members of the Metal Blade staff who offer some insight into the world of the heavy metal music industry.

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