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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TÝR Release Third Single Off New Album

TÝR releases ‘Another Fallen Brother’, the third single taken off new album ‘Valkyrja‘, exclusively via website of Metal Hammer Germany!

Faroe Islands very own TÝR have just the third single taken off their new album Valkyrja.  Surf over to Metal Hammer Germany, our partners in crime for this operation, and check out the song at THIS location!

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Valkyrja, the seventh full-length album from the Faroe Islands natives, TÝR, will be released on September 17th in North American and on September 13th/16th in Europe/UK. Fans can now view a small glimpse of the creative process behind Valkyrja while at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen. The video features some of George Kollias‘s drum tracking, as well as vocal tracking, and can be viewed now at metalblade.com/tyr.

The opening track to the album, Blood of Heroes, is streaming also at metalblade.com/tyr, where Valkyrja is also available for pre-order. Limited edition pre-order bundles are available that include TýR rune pendants, t-shirt, vinyl LP, and the CD.

About Valkyjra:
Valkyrja is a concept album with a story line based loosely around an anonymous Viking age warrior who leaves his woman and goes off to impress the Valkyrie on the battlefield so that she may bring him to Valhalla, or to Fólkvangr, the home of Freyja—the goddess associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, sorcery, war, and death. One can say the album is also indirectly about women and how they affect men and what men will do to impress and obtain women. Front man and founder Heri Joensen goes on to explain; “the woman that the warrior leaves may represent the earthly women. Freyja, The Lady Of The Slain, may represent the perfection of Women, and the Valkyrie is the link between the two, taking men from earthly to godly women.”

TÝR will be on tour September – October with Finntroll in Europe. Dates are available below as well as at facebook.com/tyrband.

Finntroll
+ TYR
+ Skalmold
06/09/13 NO – Haugesund – Byscenen
08/09/13 DK – Aarhus – Voxhall
09/09/13 DE – Hamburg – Markthalle
10/09/13 DE – Nürnberg – Hirsch
11/09/13 PL – Wroclaw – Alibi
12/09/13 PL – Krakow – Kwadrat
13/09/13 HU – Budapest – Club 202
14/09/13 RO – Brasov – Rockstadt
15/09/13 RO – Bucharest – Silver Church
17/09/13 HR – Zagreb – Mochvara
18/09/13 AT – Wien – Szene
19/09/13 CZ – Prag – Nova Chmelnice
21/09/13 DE – Bochum – Matrix
22/09/13 DE – Augsburg – Kantine
23/09/13 AT – Wörgl – Komma
24/09/13 IT – Milano – R’n’R Arena
25/09/13 CH – Pratteln – Z7
26/09/13 DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
27/09/13 DE – Speyer – Halle 101
28/09/13 DE – Jena – F-Haus
29/09/13 BE – Bruges – Factor
30/09/13 UK – Norwich – Waterfront
01/10/13 UK – Glasgow – Classic Grand
02/10/13 UK – Manchester – NQ Live
03/10/13 IE – Dublin – The Pint
04/10/13 UK – Bilston – Robin 2
05/10/13 UK – London – The Garage
06/10/13 FR – Lille – Le Splendid
08/10/13 FR – Strasbourg – La Laiterie
09/10/13 FR – Lyon – La Salle Du Kao
10/10/13 CH – Geneve – L’Usine
11/10/13 FR – Istres – L’Usine
13/10/13 ES – Madrid – Rockkitchen/ Caracol
14/10/13 FR – Toulouse – Le Bikini

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THE DEFILED Frontman, Stitch D; Artist Profile Online

Nuclear Blast

In the course of their current U.S. tour, London-based modern metallers THE DEFILED stopped by at Nuclear Blast’s U.S. office, where front man Stitch D was interviewed on his musical background and the band’s evolution as well as on a couple of more personal topics. Get to know Stitch D better by watching the video here: http://youtu.be/nx-9J1cC9iYimage001

Daggers, THE DEFILED’s second studio album and first for Nuclear Blast Entertainment, was released on August 2.

Daggers is available as:

 a ltd. Digipak CD incl. two bonus tracks (order here: http://smarturl.it/DaggersCD)

a digital standard version (order here: http://smarturl.it/DaggersiTunes)

a digital deluxe version incl. three bonus tracks (order here: http://bit.ly/1aUmbMr)

THE DEFILED are confirmed as main support to MOTIONLESS IN WHITE on their upcoming UK tour in September:

12.09.  IRL Dublin – Academy 1

13.09.  UK Belfast – Mandela Hall

14.09.  UK Glasgow – Garage

15.09.  UK Newcastle – Academy 2

16.09.  UK Manchester – Academy 2

18.09.  UK Leeds – Cockpit

19.09.  UK Nottingham – Rescue Rooms

20.09.  UK Birmingham – Academy 2

21.09.  UK London – Forum

22.09.  UK Bristol – The Fleece

23.09.  UK Portsmouth – Wedgewood Rooms

Also be sure to check out: the full album stream on Metal Hammer Germany’s website: http://bit.ly/14fuPWT

track-by-track pt.1: http://youtu.be/pL4XAUaIZNM

track-by-track pt.2: http://bit.ly/12BFUJQ

track-by-track pt.3: http://bit.ly/16j37TF

the stage outfit trailer: http://youtu.be/BnaPew7EX2Q

the official `Unspoken´ video clip: http://bit.ly/13iSDoL

the making-of `Unspoken´: http://bit.ly/13ixTgQ

the official `Unspoken´ remix: http://bit.ly/UnspokenRemix   

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Live Chat with TESTAMENT Guitar God ALEX SKOLNICK

LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal and co-authors Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman were the featured topic/guests on 90.9 WBUR / NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook. Towards the end of the show, special guest artist Robb Flynn of Machine Head called in to join host Tom Ashbrook and the authors in the discussion. If you missed it, the show is streaming now via Soundcloud widget at the top of the “On Point” homepage, here.

While checking out the NPR “On Point” interview, head over to the WNYC homepage to listen to Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman on “Soundcheck” with host John Schaefer. The show is streaming at http://soundcheck.wnyc.org/2013/may/15/louder-than-hell/.

Now, after listening to these interviews, don’t you wish you could ask the authors some of your burning metal questions? Well, now you can! Co-authors Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman (with special guest Alex Skolnick of Testament) will be hosting a live, exclusive video chat session with fans about LOUDER THAN HELL on June 6 at 5:00pm ET. Fans can meet the authors and Alex Skolnick via video chat for an interactive, Q&A session in a very cool virtual environment powered by Shindig. Click here to RSVP. Come and join the chat!

LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal is in stores now. Compiled from over 400 interviews conducted by respected music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal (It Books May 14, 2013; Hardcover $32.50) is a chronological history of heavy metal, told through the words of the men and women who created it, played it, re-invented it, and continue to rock it. This week, the book is ranked at number #549 in the top books OVERALL on Amazon. The book is still ranked #1 in Heavy Metal Books and #2 in History & Criticism Books. LOUDER THAN HELL is also ranked #11 in 20th Century Books.

From the creation of Black Sabbath in the late 1960s, to Judas Priest’s development of the leather-and-studs look, to Metallica introducing the world to thrash, to the inception of Ozzfest, to Faith No More accidentally creating the first hybrid of rap and metal, to the provocative exploits of the Sunset Strip scene, to the death and destruction surrounding Norwegian black metal, LOUDER THAN HELL gets to the meat of the metal matter.

LOUDER THAN HELL explores the transformation of metal culture, with stories and anecdotes straight from the mouths of the most infamous and successful bands. Filled with hundreds of revealing interviews representing every type and era of heavy metal… from metal progenitors such as Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, and the MC5 to current day innovators including Slipknot, Mastodon, and Lamb of God.

LOUDER THAN HELL is the ultimate look behind the curtain at one of our most dynamic, controversial and enduring musical genres. With an introduction by Scott Ian of Anthrax and an afterword by Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and with two 16-page photo inserts, with some never-before seen candid shots by celebrated rock photographers Stephanie Cabral and Robert Matheu, this is the book metal fans have been waiting for.

To learn more about LOUDER THAN HELL, please visit these official locations:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouderThanHellTheBook

Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/louderthanhellbook

Twitter: https://twitter.com/louderthanhell

Buy your copy of LOUDER THAN HELL on Amazon.com now at this location.

About the Authors:

Jon Wiederhorn is a senior writer for Revolver who also writes for Guitar World, Yahoo.com, eMusic.com and Noisey.Vice.com. His second book, the authorized biography of Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen, is scheduled for release in August. His work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Loudwire.com, AOL Noisecreep, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, RIP, Alternative Press and Cosmopolitan. Jon currently lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, down the street from legendary ‘80s/’90s metal club L’Amour. His greatest accomplishment is teaching his two pre-teens to flash the devil horns long before they discovered Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.

Katherine Turman is the producer for Alice Cooper’s nightly syndicated radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper. A former editor of RIP magazine and producer at TV’s The Sharon Osbourne Show as well as radio’s Rockline, her writing has been in major publications including Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, SPIN, Billboard, Marie Claire, Guitar World, Metal Hammer, Village Voice and Daily Variety. A Los Angeles native, she now lives in Brooklyn.

SODOM First Week Chart Numbers Revealed

Epitome Of Torture was released in Germany on April 26, in Europe on April 29 and in the US/Canada on May 7 as limited digi-pak (incl. 2 bonus tracks +poster), double gatefold LP, standard version and download.

SODOM – First Week Chart Entries for Epitome Of Torture Revealed

Germany: 32 (highest chart entry in the band`s career)

Finland: 86

Switzerland: 87

German Media Markt / Saturn Charts: 19

US Billboard Top New Artist: 25

US Billboard Heatseekers: 25

SODOM released their first video Stigmatized from their new studio album Epitome Of Torture.

http://youtu.be/8ifyH9UVxXk

SODOM live 2013

18.05. MEX-Guadalajara – Hell&Heaven Metalfest

19.05. MEX-Mexico City – Circo Volador

24.05. FI-Hyvinkaeae – Steelfest Open Air

30.05. D-Geiselwind – Beastival Festival

15.06. D-Ahnsbeck – Break The Ground Festival

22.06. PL-Jaworzno – Metalfest

29.06. D-Roitzschjora – With Full Force Festival

06.07. IND-Bangalore – Bangalore Open Air Festival

11.07. D-Neukirchen/Vluyn – Dong Open Air

26.07. D-Wohrtal/Langendorf – Ragnarock Open Air

27.07. D-Chemnitz/Mittelbach – Rock im Betonwerk

06.09. D-Nauen – Rock For Roots Festival

14.09. I-Milano – Rock Hard Festival Italy

15.-16.11. D-Weissenhäuser StrandMetal Hammer Paradise

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WHITECHAPEL Announce More European Summer Dates

WHITECHAPEL’s debut full-length album, The Somatic Defilement, is the album that firmly planted the band on an upward trajectory and carried them to the upper echelons of modern death metal. The band has taken The Somatic Defilement and placed it in the capable hands of Audiohammer Studios producer Mark Lewis for a complete re-mix and re-master. The results are staggering and give The Somatic Defilementa modern luster up to the standards of the band’s most recent recordings. Fans can listen and pre-order now at metalblade.com/whitechapel. The album will be released April 12/15.

The Somatic Defilement, originally released in 2007, is a concept album about Jack the Ripper‘s infamous murders of prostitutes in East London‘s WHITECHAPEL district. This 2013 re-release sees the band tasking producer Mark Lewis to painstakingly bring the six year old recording to today’s standard.

The band’s latest effort, the self-titled album that dropped on June 19, 2012 in North America, debuted at #47 on the Top 200 Chart, #10 on the Top Independent Albums Chart, #3 on the Hard Music Albums Chart (Current), #2 on the Hard Music Albums Chart (Core Stores) and #64 on the Top Digital Album Chart.

Whitechapel was one of the most well received albums of 2012, with critical acclaim from some of the most respected music outlets including The New York Times, Alternative Press, Metal Hammer. The album also claimed bragging rights as the iTunes UK Metal Album of the Year for 2012!

WHITECHAPEL’s video for their song I, Dementia can be viewed HERE. The video was shot by David Brodsky of MyGoodEye as part of the Scion AV Project.

WHITECHAPEL announced more European dates for the summer (see TOUR DATES page) with more dates to be announced soon. Spread the word!

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I EXIST Announce European Tour Dates

 

Australian hardcore act I EXIST confirmed a European tour this summer supporting Chicago’s Harms Way and L.A.-based Twitching Tongues. The month-long tour starts in Southampton, UK on June 28; full dates can be found on the TOUR DATES page.

The band’s vocalist and guitarist Aaron Osborne commented as follows: “Europe/UK! We are stoked to announce we are coming to your side of the world. Come hang out, we’ll bring the riffs and kangaroos, you bring the beer. Brutal! See you soon!”

I EXIST, also gearing up to support Black Breath in their home country, are continuing to support their 2012 Lost Shepherd/Prosthetic release, II: The Broken Passage.

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SOILWORK New Album, Fan Q&A Video

Logo: Nuclear Blast Records

The Living Infinite, the brand new album by visionary Swedish metallers SOILWORK is out now. THE WELDING ROOM will debut a track from the 2-disc collection on the program Monday, March 4. The Living Infinite is the first double album in the history of melodic death metal and received raving reviews worldwide:

SOILWORK

“YOU REALLY LIKE TO KICK OFF 2013 WITH SUCH A MELODIC DEATH METAL STATEMENT“ – METAL HAMMER (GERMANY)

“THIS IS SOILWORK‘S MOST AMBITIONED, DIVERSE AND THOUGHT-THROUGH ALBUM“ – LEGACY MAGAZINE (GERMANY)

“POWERFUL, GRANDIOSE AND CONSTANTLY SHARP AS A BLADE! A MELODIC DEATH METAL COLOSSUS“ – SWEDEN ROCK MAGAZINE (SWEDEN)

“MEMORABLE MELODIES, CRUSHING RHYTHMS, PHENOMENAL SINGING“ – METALLIAN (FRANCE)

“SOILWORK IS BACK, REACHING MATURITY WITH THE MOST EPIC & COMPLETE RECORD THEY HAVE EVER WRITTEN“ – HARD ROCK MAGAZINE (FRANCE)

“PURE PERFECTION“ – SUE (FINLAND)

“SOILWORK HAVE SHARPENED THEIR AXES AND SEEM QUITE EAGER TO ATTACK! WELCOME BACK“ SCREAM (NORWAY)

“THIS IS SOILWORK’s MOST ADVENTUROUS AND ACCOMPLISHED WORK TO DATE“ – TERRORIZER (UK)

“WHAT AN AMAZING ALBUM! SOILWORK AT THEIR BEST“  – LORDS OF METAL (NETHERLANDS)

“AN EXISTENTIAL METAL MASTERPIECE“ – METAL HAMMER (UK)

SOILWORK - „The Living Infinite“ OUT NOW, ... - 2013-03-01

Furthermore, singer Björn “Speed” Strid and bass player Ola Flink answered some general questions about the band that had been submitted by fans via the Nuclear Blast Facebook page – watch their answers here: http://youtu.be/cHLtsFzTJKY

Order the album physically via http://smarturl.it/SoilworkCD or digitally via iTunes: http://smarturl.it/SoilworkLIiTunes

Also check out:
Rise Above The Sentiment music video: http://youtu.be/_LEKU7cBOak
Long Live The Misanthope viral video: http://youtu.be/YFug3xQBKAk
This Momentary Bliss viral video: http://youtu.be/LR2C2kEONIU



Spectrum Of Eternity viral video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_DydLwYnUk





SOILWORK @ Festivals 2013
05/31 PL-Warsaw Ursynalia
07/07 RO-Bucharest B’ESTFEST 
07/11-13 D Ballenstedt Rockharz

07/13 PL-Wegorzewo Seven Festival
07/22-24 SI-Tolmin Metaldays 2013
07/25-26 D Speichersdorf Wackel Festival
08/01-03 D Wacken Wacken Open Air
15.-17.08.13 D Dinkelsbühl Summer Breeze Open Air
06.09. USA Atlanta – ProgPower
07.09. MEX Mexico City – Lunario





VENOMOUS MAXIMUS New Music Video

Texas dark heavy metal band VENOMOUS MAXIMUS just released its new album Beg Upon the Light to widespread celebration. The record has been called “Lovecraftian” and a “masterpiece” by Metal Injection, “mayhem without mercy” by Decibel, “super-thick occult doom” by Rhapsody and “the best metal album to come out of Texas in a long, long time” by the Houston Press.

Click the image below to watch the new Path of Doom video.

Venomous Maximus -

Additionally, VENOMOUS MAXIMUS were hand-picked by New Orleans metal titans DOWN to support the band for a string of live dates on their upcoming U.S. tour.

VENOMOUS MAXIMUS is one of the most successful metal bands to emerge from Houston in years, beloved of headbangers and headbanging blogs from across the U.S. and points beyond (maybe even astronauts).

Since its formation in 2010, the group has become the go-to metal band in the country’s third-largest city, winning back-to-back titles at the Houston Press Music Awards as the Space City‘s “Best Metal Band” and has shared the stage with the like-minded Mastodon, Pentagram, Saint Vitus, The Sword, Graveyard and more.

 U.S. Tour Dates (all shows supporting DOWN)

January 26     Denver, CO             Summit Music Hall
January 28     Minneapolis, MN     First Avenue
January 29     Milwaukee, WI        The Rave
January 30     Cincinnati, OH        Bogart’s
February 1     Chattanooga, TN     Track 29

VENOMOUS MAXIMUS’ sound combines intense, unabashed metal riffing that locks into heavy rock grooves featuring interjected dual leads and surprisingly darkened atmospheres. Add to it the distinctive voice of towering front man Gregg Higgins and his unorthodox, unsettling tone, unholy sinister laugh and unchained lyrics described as “primal psychomagic”, detailing “paths of doom”, dying witches, moon worship, haunted graveyards and travel through space and time, and the speed of the band’s bat out of hell success becomes surprisingly clear.

VENOMOUS MAXIMUS: Gregg Higgins (Vocals, Guitar), Christian Larson (Guitar),Trevi Biles (Bass) and Bongo (Drums)
Updated news and tour information is available via ACTION! PR online (website / facebook / twitter)

“Texas cult metallers Venomous Maximus will appeal to fans of proto-metal bands such as Pentagram and Sir Lord Baltimore and current sludge fiends like High on Fire and Red Fang.” – AOL NOISECREEP

“The occult imagery might tip your expectations toward a blackened doom sound, but truthfully these guys are more of a traditional, uptempo stoner band. It would be unfair to say Venomous Maximus sound like former touring mates (and distant neighbors) The Sword, but it would be totally accurate to say that if you like The Sword this is exactly the kind of 70’s-drenched, weed toking rock ‘n roll that’s right up your alley. The riff is dominant, the mood is “let’s party”, the fists are pumping.” – METAL INJECTION

“doom-y guitars, witchcraft-obsessed lyrics…These guys basically take the modern form of doom-metal and drag it backwards ’til it sounds like it might’ve if Phil Lynott & co. had gone through a “doom period” prior to Think Lizzy’s demise.”
– SPACE ROCK CITY

“Iron Maiden via High on Fire…a kind of post-Mastodonic punk. Venomous Maximus could hit on an excellent balance of familiar and genre-defying, ultimately adding to their home state’s storied legacy of heavy. Recommended.”
– THE OBELISK

“This is some prime-evil, straight wicked mischievous type stuff. These guys know how to raise hell. Period.” – EXAMINER.com

FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE Video Teaser

FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE

Italian symphonic death metal act FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE uploaded a teaser for the The Forsaking video clip.

The video will premiere on doomsday December 21 on the Metal Hammer UK website at http://www.metalhammer.co.uk – make sure not to miss this clip!

The song The Forsaking is taken from the 2011 released masterpiece Agony.