OBSCURA is back!

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Obscura Prepare First New Album in Four Years; Launch Digital Tab Book

Get The ‘Omnivium’ Guitar Tablature Book HERE

German progressive metal masters OBSCURA will enter Dreamsound Studios this April to begin recording drums for their highly anticipated new album and first full-length in over four years. The band will work once again with long time producer V. Santura (Cosmogenesis, Omnivium). The album will see a late 2015 release via Relapse Records. Guitarist / vocalist Steffen Kummerer commented on the upcoming material:

“We are all pleased with the new material which pairs the songwriting, technicality and arrangements of our previous albums with the creative input of members Linus Klausenitzer, Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschläger and Sebastian Lanser, while keeping our trademark prog riffing across the fusion and death metal landscape that makes Obscura sound unique. This album sees Obscura move a step further.”

While the band prepares the upcoming recordings, a digital tablature book of their critically acclaimed record Omnivium is available for pay-what-you-want download at the band’s website http://www.realmofobscura.com. The book contains 368 pages in total, including tabs for all lead and rhythm guitars, transcribed live versions of each solo and arrangements for two guitars plus liner notes for each song. It can be purchased directly here. The band has also uploaded a video featuring Steffen Kummerer showcasing his new custom RAN guitar.

More details on the band’s upcoming album will be announced shortly.

Obscura Tour Dates:

July 18 – Prog Stage Festival Israel
July 24 – Metal Days Open Air Tolmin, Slovenia

Watch Steffen Kummerer Discuss His Signature RAN Guitar HERE

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

Follow ALLEGAEON on-line:
http://www.facebook.com/allegaeon
http://www.youtube.com/ALLEGAEON
http://twitter.com/allegaeon
http://instagram.com/allegaeonofficial

BEYOND CREATION Announce Japanese Tour Dates

 Progressive, technical death metal unit BEYOND CREATION (Simon Girard: Guitars, Vocals; Dominic Lapointe : Bass, Kévin Chartré: Guitars, Philippe Boucher, Drums) have announced their first ever Japanese tour. The trek begins on December 17 in Sendai, and sees the band touring alongside long-running death metal institution VOMITORY. The Japanese tour will follow BEYOND CREATION’s recently announced string of Canadian headlining tour dates. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

BEYOND CREATION are currently writing and recording their forthcoming Season of Mist full-length. BEYOND CREATION are streaming their debut album, ‘The Aura’ here.

The band recently released a video for the track “Omnipresent Perception” (streaming here)

Founded in 2005, BEYOND CREATION, has quietly become a force that the rest of the metal world will soon experience. The band recently took part in the second installment of the Decibel Magazine North American tour alongside CANNIBAL CORPSE, NAPALM DEATH, and IMMOLATION. BEYOND CREATION also toured Eastern Canada supporting metal stalwarts OBSCURA, AUGURY, ABYSMAL DAWN and more.

BEYOND CREATION news and tour information available through the Season of Mist website, and BEYOND CREATION Myspace and Facebook pages.

Canadian Tour Dates:
*All dates with ARCHSPIRE
10/02 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
10/03 Quebec City, QC @ L’Autre Zone
10/04 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
10/05 Toronto, ON @ The Comfort Zone
10/06 North Bay, ON @ The Granite Club
10/07 Trois Rivieres, QC @ Bâtisse Industrielle

Japanese Tour Dates:
12/17 Sendai, JP @ Flying Son
12/18 Osaka, JP @ Nanba Rockets
12/19 Fukoka, JP @ Graf
12/20 Hiroshima, JP @ Badlands
12/21 Shizouka, JP @ Sunash
12/22 Tokyo, JP @ Cyclone

 

RIVERS OF NIHIL Announce Debut Full Length

Pennsylvania’s Rivers of Nihil have completed work on their debut full length album, “The Conscious Seed of Light.” 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.”

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.”

RIVERS OF NIHIL announce debut full length album “The Conscious Seed of Light”
On tour now with Wretched, Abiotic, Allegaeon

“The Conscious Seed of Light” will be released in North America on October 15th. New music, pre-orders, and video content will be released within the next few weeks. Updates will be made available at metalblade.com and on the band’s facebook page, facebook.com/riversofnihil.

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.

“The Conscious Seed of Light” 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 -mdrums
Jon Kunz – guitars
Adam Biggs – bass/vocals
Brody Uttley – guitars

RIVERS OF NIHIL
w/ Allegaeon, Abiotic, Wretched
08/15 Chicago, IL Cobra Lounge
08/16 Peoria, IL The Brass Rail
08/17 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theater – Studio B
08/18 La Crosse, WI The Warehouse
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
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

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

DERELICT Re-Releases On The Way

As of August 5 2013, Perpetuation and Unspoken Words, the 2012 and 2009 full-length releases by Montreal death metal shredders Derelict will be available in retail stores worldwide through Maple Metal Records distribution.

MMR approached us to distribute these albums, and we couldn’t be happier to go for it,” comments Derelict vocalist Eric Burnet.

“We’ve worked hard over the years to set up many of our own independent tools and services, but we were sorely lacking in terms of in-store distribution. MMR are helping a lot of hardworking metal bands, and we’re happy to be one of them!”

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An A&R rep from Maple Metal Records in Toronto comments:

“MMR is totally stoked to offer worldwide distribution for Derelict’s albums. We are confident Derelict has what it takes to be a major player in the technical death metal genre, and this Canadian band is ready to break-out onto the international metal scene in a huge way!”

Perpetuation received extensive critical praise from Canadian and international media upon release, culminating in Derelict being nominated for “Metal Artist Of The Year” at the 2013 Canadian Independent Music Awards alongside Devin Townsend, Bison BC and more. The band is currently playing select shows in Canada and concentrating on writing a follow-up release.

Derelict official website: www.derelictmetal.com

Maple Metal Records official website: www.maplemetalrecords.com

Stream Shackles Of Indoctrination from Perpetuation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNeE_UT0alE

ABYSMAL DAWN Premiere New Video

ABYSMAL DAWN unveiled their brand new video for the track In Service of Time. The video can be viewed HERE.

The track is taken from their 2011 album, Leveling the Plane of Existence, and is an awesome slab of technical death metal with the video set against a backdrop of a bleak and oppressed cityscape.

On the creation of the dark and sinister new video, vocalist Charles Elliott comments:

“Well, it’s finally done! After a little over a year in the making, we’re proud to present the music video for In Service of Time. It was directed and edited by Robert Mestas, who won a contest a while back for making a video clip for our song My Own Savior. He did such a great job with that track, that we decided to give him a shot at making a full-fledged epic video for us. Being a self-financed production though, I think at some point we all realized we’d bitten off a bit more than we could chew.  Several favors we’re called in and many plans would fall apart, causing the video to be delayed for a very long time. We have to say though, the end result did turn out pretty amazing. It’s a very dark dystopian piece, which you’d expect from us, with a nod to the classic silent German film Metropolis. We would like to thank everyone that worked hard on this to make it come out as cool as it did. Enjoy!”

Leveling the Plane of Existence, described by Blabbermouth as “an ass-kicking death metal beast” is out now via Relapse Records. Purchase the album, along with other ABYSMAL DAWN merchandise, from the Relapse Records webstore.

To keep up to date with all ABYSMAL DAWN news, please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/AbysmalDawn

http://www.AbysmalDawn.com

http://twitter.com/AbysmalDawn

http://www.relapse.com

Female-Fronted Technical Death Metallers YOUR CHANCE TO DIE Release New Album

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South Carolina female-fronted technical death metal band YOUR CHANCE TO DIE is thrilled to announce the release of their sophomore full-length album, The American Dream via Red Cord Records. The record is available on iTunes.The American Dream

In addition, the band released a new music video for the track Oscuridad. Shred-worthy guitar solos, pounding blast beats and shattering growls make this track a must-listen. On a larger scale, the new album The American Dream captures the listener with its heavy yet darkly ambient tracks, bringing a new dimension to the band’s already polished sound.

Now, we know what you’re thinking. Female-fronted technical death metal? Really? Can that possibly work and still be legitimate death metal? Yes, really. Take one listen/watch of their new music video for the single Oscuridad and it will become increasingly apparent that this band is all skill and no frill, with a female vocalist that gives many of today’s male death metal vocalists a marathon-worthy run for their money.

YOUR CHANCE TO DIE has been featured on several radio stations, in national magazines and on countless music websites. See what press has had to say about YOUR CHANCE TO DIE and their sound:

“…this is maximum face-melting-inducing death metal, that carries strong melodic influences enhanced by some great lead guitar work… still can’t believe it’s a woman on vocals! Dudes, just for that give it a listen, and mind your jaw don’t drop to hard against the floor. Death metal aside, any real lover music, and a love for musicianship would concur that there is mad skill on this album” The Metal Resource

“Some very fun blasts, off-time breaks and fills, and gallops make the record very fun to listen to. Missi’s growl evokes pain and doom, in a most effective manner. There are hauntingly beautiful melodies, because the guitarists clearly know what they’re doing” – The New Review

“[Missi] brings on the rage just as well, if not better, than some male front men. The sound of the band is built on a sturdy groundwork of screeching guitars and the double pedal bass drum styling’s of Daniel Todd. The nine-track album, energetic from start to finish, is filled with whaling guitar solos and heavy breakdowns that will snap your neck”  – Lexington Music Press Magazine

“What you have here is a band…a band that makes it work. The vocals are straight. When listening, you forget the whole female aspect and just listen to the music for what it is. And what it is, is a brutal assault of melodic death metal”  – Buried Sound

In 2011 YOUR CHANCE TO DIE released their first official album with Red Cord Records entitled Suscitacio Somnus, recorded and produced by Jamie King (Between the Buried and MeThe Human AbstractFor Today). The full length album received very strong reviews and topped iTunes and FYE lists as the “best-selling metal album” in its first week.

YOUR CHANCE TO DIE completed three national tours, as well as a successful tour in Central America and two tours in Mexico. In support of the new album, 2013 will bring another national tour, a Central/South America tour, and a European tour. YOUR CHANCE TO DIE has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Still RemainsiwrestledabearonceFor TodayNileEmmure, and more.

YOUR CHANCE TO DIE:

Missi Avila-vocals

Chase Crouch-guitars

Coca Avila-guitars

Thomas White-drums

For more info on YOUR CHANCE TO DIE: https://www.facebook.com/yourchancetodiesc

 

ATHEIST Reissue Classic Albums on Vinyl

Technical death metal legends ATHEIST will see vinyl re-releases of  their three critically-acclaimed albums. Bonafied classics Piece of  Time (1989), Unquestionable Presence (1991) and Elements (1993) are slated for a North American release on June 11 via Season of Mist. The new editions are remastered on colored vinyl and limted to 500 copies per title worldwide.

ATHEIST (Kelly Shaefer – vocals, Steve Flynn – drums, Tony Choy – bass, Christoper Martin – guitar, Jason Holloway – guitar) are currently writing for a new full-length and follow-up to 2010’s critically-acclaimed Jupiter album. Listen to the stream on their official Bandcamp page.

Updated ATHEIST news and information available at the Season of Mist website and the official ATHEIST Facebook page.

ARCHSPIRE Release New Studio Footage

Technical death metal force ARCHSPIRE released new studio footage of the members recording their forthcoming Season of Mist debut. The footage can be found here.

ARCHSPIRE (Tobi Morelli – guitar, Spencer Prewett – drums, Dean Lamb – guitar, Jaron Evil – bass & vocals, Oli Peters – vocals)

Recently, ARCHSPIRE was named as a regional opening act for this year’s upcoming Decibel Magazine Tour. On May 21, the band will play alongside CANNIBAL CORSPE, NAPALM DEATH, IMMOLATION, and newly signed label mates, BEYOND CREATION at the Vancouver Commodore.

ARCHSPIRE has taken the world-wide extreme metal scene by storm with their unique blend of blindingly fast, hyper aggressive technical death metal. The five piece are a national headliner in their home country of Canada, and have toured Europe supporting DECAPITATED, ABORTED, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, and more. The band has also supported HATE ETERNAL, NAPALM DEATH, PIG DESTROYER, ORIGIN, and many more throughout western Europe.

“If you are asking, ‘Is there something new to do in Death Metal?’ ARCHSPIRE is the answer” – technicaldeathmetal.com

“This is a truly eye-popping convulsion of tech-death, with schizophrenic rhythms, astounding technical riffing and drumwork, and tiny threads of reappearing melody that stitch the songs together into cohesive wholes. And I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a death-metal vocalist bark out the lyrics faster than ARCHSPIRE’s . . . . This is most definitely a band to keep your eyes on; you will hear more about them” – No Clean Singing

“ARCHSPIRE have released a gem. It’s definitely technical death, and it adroitly blends elements of various tech death bands together. The rhythm guitar work varies from choppy and percussive to fluid and melodic. The blasting and double bass work are absurdly fast, but remain fluent and rhythmic rather than wooden or jittery. The hard to soft musical transitions are as natural as I’ve ever heard in this genre” – InvisibleOranges.com 

“The pick-me-up comes in the form of ARCHSPIRE, a gang of happy-looking Canadians who might have been widely unknown to most present before this performance, but surely no longer. With a technical proficiency bordering on OMFG levels, they still achieve what lacks in a lot of other bands like this: the feat of actually writing songs. What’s more, they noticeably enjoy what they do, so smiles are abundant even if face-peeling technical death metal about alien monoliths and planets being devoured is going on” – Terrorizer

ARCHSPIRE MySpace and Facebook pages

En Route To Heavy MTL: Deathcore Night Featuring Guest Judges

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Following the success of the inaugural edition in 2012, Dungeon Works Productions and Evenko are proud to present En Route to Heavy MTL 2013 and the selected twenty bands that will be participating from the months of January to June to win one of two opening slots at this year’s 2013 HVY MTL.

Battle 4 of the BOTB will take place on Thursday, April 4 at Les Katacombes (1635 St-Laurent Blvd) with special guest judges Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) & Eric Jarrin (Despised Icon, Heaven’s Cry) along with local music industry for the deathcore metal night.

Competing bands: Deathcore Night

PANDORA’S WAKE
www.facebook.com/pandoraswake

DEATH LULLABY
www.deathlullaby.com

SELF COLLAPSE
www.reverbnation.com/selfcollapsemetal

ROSEWOOD
www.facebook.com/RosewoodMTL

Event Details:

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/463294063741775/

Ticket Purchase: La Boutique Labyrinthe: 486 Ste. Catherine Ouest http://www.admission.com/event/en-route-vers-heavy-mtl-2013-bataille-4-billets/712423

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013

Time: 8:30PM

Cost: $12 Advance / $15 Door

sponsored by:

Budweiser – http://www.budweiser.ca/
Jagermeister – http://www.jagermeister.ca/
Galaxie – http://www.galaxie.ca/
Revolutionary Longboards – https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionaryLongboards
Godin Guitars – http://www.godinguitars.com/
Delta Hotelshttps://www.deltahotels.com/Hotels/Delta-Montreal
Italmélodie – http://www.italmelodie.com/
La Boutique Labyrinthe – http://www.labyrintherock.com/
Slick Styled Steel Tattoo & Piercing – http://www.slickstyledsteel.com/
HMMAC – https://www.facebook.com/HMMACANADA
Absolute Underground Magazine – https://www.facebook.com/groups/10034445807/

For more info, visit

www.dungeonworksprods.com

heavymtl.com/en/jouer-heavy/

Rounds to come!

Prog/Power/Epic Metal Night:
Transcend – http://www.reverbnation.com/transcendband
Eclipse Prophecy – http://www.facebook.com/eclipseprophecy
Kalter (Quebec City) – http://kalterofficial.com/
Unbeing – http://www.unbeingmusic.com/

Past Round Winners:

Round 3 – Progressive Death Metal Night: Derelict – http://derelictmetal.com/

Round 2 – Alternative Metal Night: Truth or Scarehttp://www.reverbnation.com/truthorscare

Round 1 – Metalcore Night: Of Temples – http://www.facebook.com/oftemples