ANCIENT VVISDOM Announce U.S. Tour Dates

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

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

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



Cincinnati, Ohio should be on the lookout, as the acclaimed New York “filthy black metal” quartet MUTILATION RITES will be performing as part of the second annual “Death on the Vine” festival alongside Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Immolation, Origin and several more. The show will serve as the local stop of this year’s Decibel Magazine tour, set to take place at Bogart’s on June 8, shortly after the band completes their current headlining U.S. run with recent Relapse signees Inter Arma.

The band collectively commented on the festival stating, “We are all excited to share the stage with such a legendary lineup.”

Tickets for the festival are available now HERE.

MUTILATION RITES are currently terrorizing the U.S. with “garagey murk and filthy grandeur” (Chicago Reader) on a headlining jaunt that recently saw them perform several times at Austin’s well-known South By Southwest festival. In addition to “Death on the Vine,” the group will also perform at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in the coming weeks. The band continues to support their debut 2012 full-length, Empyrean, which appeared on several “year-end” and “best of” lists. Empyrean is currently available on CD and 180-gram black vinyl through the Prosthetic webstore HERE. You can also download the digital version on Amazon MP3iTunes or pick up a copy of at one of MUTILATION RITES live shows (dates on TOUR DATES page).


RELAPSE RECORDS Announce SXSW Showcase Set Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cuban Metal Bands Performing At SXSW

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

Escape Celebrates Their Arrival in Miami

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

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

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

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

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


PROSTHETIC Artists Featured At SXSW

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


CLUTCH Premiere New Single

As CLUTCH prepares for the release of their highly anticipated new studio album Earth Rocker the band is ready to give fans another taste of what they can expect on March 19.

Get a first listen to the second single from the album entitled Crucial Velocity HERE

CLUTCH are on the cover of this month’s Decibel Magazine. The magazine features an in-depth interview with the entire band, as well as a special column on craft beer from resident beer expert Jean-Paul Gaster. Copies of the issue can also be purchased HERE.

CLUTCH kicks off he first leg of the Earth Rocker North American tour tonight in Cincinnati, OH and it runs through April 20 in Baltimore, MD. Support on the first leg will come from Orange Goblin, Lionize and Scorpion Child.

The band will also be playing at two SXSW Music Festival appearances in Austin, TX this year. They will play two official “SXSW” shows.

The first show is the showcase Friday, March 15 at 1100 Warehouse. Doors open at 6:30PM and CLUTCH will headline the show and perform at 12:15 AM. Admission is free with SXSW Badge and for Wristband holders. A limited number of tickets will be sold to fans at the door only.

The following day, Saturday, March 16 CLUTCH play at the Converse/Thrasher Death Match 2013 event. This showcase takes place at The Scoot Inn and is free and open to the public. Fans are suggested to arrive early as the event is first come, first serve. The event starts at 12 noon and CLUTCH is scheduled to headline the outside stage at 5:00 PM.

The second leg of the Earth Rocker North American tour was recently announced and will kick off May 1 in Richmond, VA and runs through May 26 in San Antonio, TX. Support on this run comes from The Sword and Lionize.

CLUTCH’s first ever lyric video for the song Earth Rocker can be viewed here.

Earth Rocker is available for pre-order exclusively at the CLUTCH Merch Store
Fans can pre-order the record individually or partake in the special fan-friendly bundle packages that are being offered.

Fans can keep up on the progress of Earth Rocker by visiting the new website The website is a hub dedicated to all things Earth Rocker. Fans can expect to see frequent updates including photos, videos from the studio, song title announcements and samples of new songs.

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SKELETONWITCH Confirm Festival Appearances

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

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

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

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

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JUNIUS European Tour Video Recap

Ambient rock group JUNIUS – described by Rolling Stone as a “perfect hybrid of Neurosis and the Smiths” – revealed a completely mesmerizing video recap taken from their recent European tour supporting Katatonia and Alcest. The footage from the video, which can be viewed below, was recorded and edited by Justin Forrest along to the track Eidolon & Perispirit”off of the band’s critically acclaimed PROSTHETIC debut Reports From The Threshold of Death.

Watch the Video

JUNIUS just kicked off their U.S. tour supporting post-rocker’s Caspian in St. Petersburg, FL at The Local 662. After two-weeks, the band continue to showcase their “epic song structures, textured arrangements and grand lyrical concepts” (AP Magazine) by headlining across the US with support from Los Angeles’ Silver Snakes until they reach Austin, TX just in time to make an appearance at the prestigious South By Southwest (SXSW) festival.

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JUNIUS live dates:
2/18 St. Petersburg, FL – The Local 662 #
2/19 Orlando, FL – The Social #
2/20 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade  #
2/21 New Orleans, LA – Siberia #
2/22 Houston, TX – Rudyards #
2/23 Austin, TX – Red 7 #
2/24 Dallas, TX – Club Dada #
2/26 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad #
2/27 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress #
2/28 Phoenix,AZ – Rhythm Room #
3/1 Echo Park, CA – Echoplex #
3/6 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge *
3/7 Portland, OR – Rotture *
3/8 Seattle, WA – El Corazon *
3/9 Boise, ID – The Venue *
3/10 Salt Lake City, UT – Shred Shed *
3/11 Denver, CO – Moon Room *
3/12-17 Austin, TX – SXSW
# with Caspian
* with Silver Snakes

WORLDWIDE artist tour schedules can be found on the TOUR DATES page.


EINHERJER Announce North American Tour Dates

After a 12-year absence from North America, Norwegian Viking metal veterans EINHERJER announced plans to ransack the continent this spring.

The band will kick off the Dragons Over Vineland Canadian tour, on which they’ll be supported by Panzerfaust, in Toronto on March 15. Prior to this, EINHERJER will play a showcase at the prestigious South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, in addition to headlining the 2013 Heathen Crusade Metalfest in St. Paul, MN.

EINHERJER will be supporting their acclaimed 2011 Indie Recordings debut (and fifth album overall), Norrøn, the first new release from the band in eight years. Recorded at Studio Borealis in the band’s home town of Haugesund, Norway and produced by vocalist/guitarist Frode Glesnes, the six-track album was mixed and mastered by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children of Bodom).

EINHERJER live dates:
3/9          St. Paul, MN – Heathen Crusade Metalfest
3/13        Austin, TX – South by Southwest (venue TBA)
3/15        Toronto, CA – Hard Luck Bar #
3/16        Sudbury, ON – Byscenen #
3/18        Ottawa, ON – Maverick #
3/19        Montreal, QC – Katacombes #
3/20        Quebec City, QC – L’Agité #
3/21        Jonquière, QC – Place Nikitoutagan #
3/22        Trois-Rivières, QC – Rock Cafe le Stage #
3/23        St-Hyacinthe, QC – Bar le Trash #
4/6          Haugesund, NO – Byscenen
# – with Panzerfaust

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