DARK SERMON Album Now Available

Logo: Nuclear Blast Records

Take the best, forget that rest: that’s the ethos behind Dark Sermon, whose musical outpouring conjures the fist-raising melody of European death metal, the blackened underbelly of bleak blast-beating musical warfare, the churning malevolence of technical
death metal and the uniquely down-to-earth flair of the NWOAHM and combines it all into something fresh and potent.

DARK SERMON - “In Tongues” out now! - 2013-04-12 00:00

The Press agrees:

Florida’s Dark Sermon take the best of young-pup hardcore-infused death metal and give it a much needed edge that’s been missing since Himsa‘s demise” – Revolver

“DARK SERMON look straight ahead. Straight, brutal Death Metal with thrashy riffs, high screams and a lot of speed” – Powermetal.de

“DARK SERMON plays pure Death Metal, there is neither an influence of Metalcore, nor from oldschool. Death Metal fans know what I’m talking about” – Myrevelations.de

Check the music video for the track In Tongues, here:

Check the lyric video of the first single Imperfect Contrition here: http://youtu.be/uqQZE2Y0wGI

“The lyrics tell the story of a man who can no longer live with himself,” explains front man Johnny Crowder.

“A man whose future has been shrouded by his sinful past. All he can do is beg for forgiveness from God, who has witnessed every wrong move he has made.”

In Tongues track listing:

1.The Sheperd‘s Staff
2. Imperfect Contrition
3. Hounds
4. The Scales Of Justice
5. Cursed
6. Forfeit I- The Crooked Quill
7. Forfeit II- Worn Thin
8. The Tree Of New Life
9. Carcass
10. Testament
11. In Tongues

The band’s full-length debut entitled In Tongues was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios, Florida. The cover artwork was created by Eliran Kantor, who has already designed artworks for bands such as HATEBREED, TESTAMENT and SODOM.

Get your copy here:

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There’s a lot going on already with the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL this year, including the Official Mayhem iPhone App (available for download now), the Musicians Institute Independent Artist Contest, the Living The Dream Foundation All Access VIP Incentive and more!

The updated Official Mayhem iPhone App is now available for download. Head over to iTunes to get the FREE app! View the entire lineup with artist bios as well as the show schedule for the tour. The app features your own photo feed with Instagram and videos from all your favorite artists. Download the app here – http://bit.ly/YXK4OW

MUSICIANS INSTITUTE and the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL have partnered to create the Rockstar Mayhem Independent Artist Scholarship! This scholarship fully covers tuition and material fees for a two quarter IAP certificate (Room, Boarding and Travel are not included.) The application period runs from March 18 until June 1, 2013. Applicants must visit www.mi.edu/mayhem-rock-festivalscholarship to enter.

Living The Dream Foundation is excited to give one worthy fan per ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL stop the ultimate VIP experience. Are you or someone you know suffering from a life-threatening illness? Here’s your chance to experience a once in a lifetime VIP Mayhem Festival day! Winners will go backstage, watch your favorite bands from onstage, and eat with the bands. You will pretty much be where the action is all day long. Winners along with a guest (1 guest ONLY) will receive a VIP pass with all the above and more for a day you will never forget. In 400 words or less, tell us why you, or someone you know, are Living The Dream despite being afflicted by a life-threatening illness. Submit entries to: LTDtours@LTDfoundation.org

*NOTE: Please state clearly the following info at the bottom of your submission: 1) What Tour (Warped, Mayhem or Country Throwdown). 2) Date, City, State of Event as well as what City and State you live in. 3) A working Facebook page, email address and cell phone number. 4) Age and sex of you and guest. 5) T-shirt sizes of both you and guest.

For more information on these items and more, visit www.rockstarmayhemfest.com

Artists performing on the 2013 thunderous fest include main stage metal and horror legend, festival closer, ROB ZOMBIE, plus, the triple gold certified FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and a monster lineup that includes additional main stage bands MASTODON and AMON AMARTH. The festival area is led by stage closers CHILDREN OF BODOM and MACHINE HEAD as well as BEHEMOTH, JOB FOR A COWBOY, EMMURE, BORN OF OSIRIS, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, BUTCHER BABIES, BATTLECROSS, HUNTRESS, THROWN INTO EXILE and CITY IN THE SEA.

Take a look at what some of this year’s festival artists are doing RIGHT NOW:

  • FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is currently wrapping up work on their new album which will be out this summer! Check out the band’s recently posted 2013 tour reel here, as well as a clip of Ivan recording vocals here.
  • Nergal from BEHEMOTH checks in from the studio (click to watch) as they get ready to head on over to North America for the 2013 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL 
  • BORN OF OSIRIS’ most recent video for Follow The Signs (click here). They are currently in the studio with Nick Sampson (Asking Alexandria) for their new full-length set for a summer release.
  • HUNTRESS is currently in studio working on the follow up to their critically acclaimed album Spell Eater. Release date and additional information are set to be released very soon. Click to check out the video for Eight Of Swords
  • BATTLECROSS just finished recording their new album at AudioHammer Studios to be released just in time for The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL. Check out this six-second vine clip to see what the boys are up to – Also, BATTLECROSS is crowdfunding their run on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL! Get perks like their new album before it’s released, autographed merch/collectibles, and traveling with the band on tour. Over $12,000 raised so far! All support is matched through Friday. Click here for more info
  • CITY IN THE SEA’s debut music video for the track, Dead Beliefs, is live here. Their much anticipated debut full-length album, Below The Noise, is set for a summer release.
  • Check out new music from THROWN INTO EXILE with their new song Not Alone. Their debut EP is out now. More here!

Four stages will be presented this year for the first time ever and the stages include the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE, THE JAGERMEISTER STAGE, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE STAGE, as well as, the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY CONCOURSE STAGE, (local bands performing on the Sumerian Records/Headbang for the Highway Stage will be announced in June). The World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team THE METAL MULISHA is also confirmed to perform on most dates.

In addition to catching their favorite bands live, fans can take part in a number of festival activities, including playing the newest video games, perusing vendors, attending autograph signing sessions and a slew of various interactive activities that will only add to the festival experience.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK will be sampling their products and providing awesome surprises for all attendees. Rockstar will also present the VIP/Contest winner area designated as THE ROCKSTAR LOUNGE and the festival area PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR TENT where fans can sample ice cold Rockstar and get autographs from their favorite bands.


Dates and venues are listed below.

6/29 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
6/30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/2 Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/3 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater
7/5 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
7/6 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
7/7 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
7/10 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/12 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
7/13 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
7/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC
7/16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
7/17 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
7/19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
7/20 Saratoga Springs, NY SPAC
7/21 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
7/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/24 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
7/26 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
7/27 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/28 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/30 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/31 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds
8/2 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
8/3 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/4 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion


THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Streaming Track From New Album

The Black Dahlia Murder’s sixth full-length album, Everblack, will be released worldwide in June 2013. The album art for Everblack was painted by renowned artist Nick Keller and recording was completed at Audiohammer Studios (lead guitars and vocals), Rustbelt Studios (drums), and Regal Fecal (guitar and bass). Mixing was handled by Jason Suecof and Ryan Williams, mastering was completed by Alan Douches at West Westside. Trevor Strnad’s horror-inspired lyrics persist on Everblack, beginning with In Hell is Where She Waits for Me, a reference to the murder from which the band took for their moniker.

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER announce Everblack; first track streaming now

Vocalist Trevor Strnad elaborates on the lyrical concepts:

“The opening track is the first actual song we’ve done about the Black Dahlia. This one is for the fans, they’ve been asking for this to happen for a long time. The story takes place at the Elizabeth Short’s rain drenched funeral, where her killer in attendance… just one of the many macabre tales woven into the fabric of Everblack. Subterranean flesh-farming vampires, vine rape, Jeffery Dahmer, amputation… it’s all here! With this sixth slab of sickness I tried my best to honor the band’s legacy and write lyrics that will keep the legions of horror fiends perspiring with fear.”

The debut single, Into the Everblack, is streaming now on metalblade.com/bdm. To request THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER on The Welding Room, send Death Threats/Complaints to TheWeldingRoom@gmail.com.

Also available at metalblade.com/bdm are a variety of limited edition pre-order bundles. Fans can grab Everblack on a triple gatefold double LP with purple/white marbled vinyl, along with “crime scene bundles.” An evidence pack, which includes toe tags, deceased band member photos, spent shotgun shells, and more can be viewed now. These bundles are extremely limited and expected to sell out quickly.

Everblack will be released on June 11 in North America and on June 7/10 in Europe. THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will be touring in support of Everblack all summer long as part of the Van’s Warped Tour. Dates can be seen below, as well as on facebook.com/theblackdahliamurderofficial.

w/ Vans Warped Tour
06/15 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
06/16 Portland, OR Portland Expo Center Parking Lot
06/19 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
06/20 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
06/21 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
06/22 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
06/23 Ventura, CA Ventura County Fairground At Seaside Park
06/26 Las Cruces, NM NMSU Practice Field
06/27 Mesa, AZ Quail Run Park
06/28 Las Vegas, NV Silverton Casino Parking Lot
06/29 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fairpark
06/30 Denver, CO Sports Authority Field at Mile High
07/03 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
07/05 Toronto, ON The Flats At Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/06 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
07/07 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/09 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
07/10 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/11 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
07/12 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
07/13 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
07/14 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
07/16 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
07/17 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
07/18 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
07/19 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
07/20 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07/21 Shakopee, MN Canterbury Park
07/23 Kansas City, KS Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
07/24 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/25 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
07/26 St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park
07/27 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
07/28 Orlando, FL Venue TBA
07/29 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/30 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
07/31 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
08/02 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
08/03 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
08/04 Houston, TX Reliant Center Parking Lot



ANCIIENTS Streaming New Album

Progressive rock/metal outfit ANCIIENTS are streaming their Season of Mist debut, Heart of Oak in it’s entirety here.

Named “One of 2013’s most anticipated albums” (Decibel) and “thunderous, commanding and catchy” (popmatters.com), ANCIIENTS’ Heart of Oak is poised to become one of early 2013’s most anticipated albums. The modern, progressive quartet craft songs as nuanced and expressive as the range of human emotion, without eschewing their hard rock/heavy metal roots. Tracks such as Raise the Sun, Falling in Line, The Longest River, and Faith & Oath hit hard and resonate deeply and with Heart of Oak as their calling card, ANCIIENTS exude the confidence of a band beyond their years.

The Vancouver-based quartet are also featured on the cover of the British Columbia edition of Canada’s BeatRoute Magazine. The cover can be seen here and ensuing story read here. BeatRoute Magazine is a monthly arts and entertainment paper with a predominant focus on music – local, independent or otherwise. The paper, started in June 2004, is distributed throughout Western Canada.

Additionally, ANCIIENTS recently announced their participation as part of the forthcoming Death To All Tour. ANCIIENTS will tour alongside legendary metal icons Paul Masvidal, Steve DiGiorgio, and Sean Reinert: The Human lineup of legendary metal pioneers, DEATH.

Regarding the tour, guitarist Kenneth Cook said, “We are completely stoked and overjoyed to be invited to play on the ‘DEATH TO ALL’ tour. Chuck Schuldiner and Death are legendary, and it’s an honor to be able to celebrate his life for a great cause.”

A portion of the Death To All tour proceeds will once again benefit the Sweet Relief charity, a non-profit devoted to helping musicians without insurance who are facing serious illness. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

Heart of Oak – available for pre-order at the Season of Mist E-shop now – releases April 16 in North America. Available on limited edition digipack with 2 bonus tracks, jewel case CD, limited edition double gate-fold LP, and digitally.

Heart of Oak track listing:
1. Raise the Sun
2. Overthrone
3. Falling in Line
4. The Longest River
5. One Foot in the Light
6. Giants
7. Faith and Oath
8. Flood and Fire
9. For Lisa

Digipack bonus tracks:
10. Humanist
11. Built to Die

ANCIIENTS website – Facebook

DEATH TO ALL Tour Dates:
04/13 Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues w/ Masters of Steel (Members of Agent Steel)
04/15 Engelwood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
04/18 Detroit, MI@ St. Andrews Hall
04/19 Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues Cleveland
04/20 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
04/21 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
04/23 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
04/24 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
04/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts w/ Believer
04/26 Silver Spring, MD@ The Fillmore (Silver Spring)
04/27 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
04/28 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

Tour Dates:
5/15 Billings, MT @ Railyard
5/17 Des Moines, IA @ House Of Bricks
5/18 Indianapolis, IN @ Indy’s Jukebox w/ Glorior Belli, Wolvhammer
5/20 Pittsburgh, PA @ Belvedere’s w/ Glorior Belli, Wolvhammer


THE OCEAN Streaming Instrumental Version of New Album

In celebration of its forthcoming release, just three weeks away, Spin Magazine is currently streaming the instrumental version of THE OCEAN‘s Pelagial in its entirety!

Written, recorded, and intended to-be-performed-live as one single 53-minute piece of music, Pelagial is a multifaceted conceptual musical voyage that begins at the surface of the ocean and plunges through all five pelagic depth zones: epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathyalpelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadopelagic. In synch with diminishing light and increasing pressure as one dives or sinks deeper into the ocean, the album begins rather light and progressively gets heavier and slows as the band reaches the unfathomable depths of the hadopelagic zone, characterized by complete darkness and a thousandfold increased pressure as compared to surface level. The tracks, or episodes, are connected by interludes of underwater sounds and samples taken from old submarine movies, which give the album a claustrophobic “Das Boot“-kind of atmosphere.


“There are track marks, and there are actual songs built into this larger structure, but the whole album is a journey rather than a number of loose tracks, some riffs appear in the first two minutes of the album and then reappear 30 minutes later,” comments guitarist Robin Staps.

Delve into the sonic depths of Pelagial, courtesy of Spin Magazine, HERE or request The Ocean on The Welding Room (Tuesday’s 3:00-7:00pm & Thursday’s 5:00-9:00pm ET). Send your Death Threats/Complaints to TheWeldingRoom@gmail.com now.

Pelagial was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Witchcraft) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebrö, Sweden, and firmly stands as THE OCEAN’s deepest, most challenging entry to their winding catalog of sound exploration. Pelagial will be released as a double CD, which includes both vocal and instrumental versions of the album, on April 26/29 (Europe) and April 30 (North America/World) through Metal Blade Records. For preorder info, studio footage and more, visit the band’s Official Metal Blade Page.

Additionally, preorders are currently available for the vinyl edition of the album, released through Pelagic Records. The vinyl edition features two separate gatefolds with related artwork (by Seldon Hunt), holding four 10″ vinyl records in different colors! Order yours now at: http//www.pelagic-records.com/vinyl.

In related news, THE OCEAN will return to North America this summer as part of the 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World. Set to run from July 19 through August 24, the band will appear alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Aeon and more. Official tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.


FORGOTTEN TOMB European Tour This Month [FORGOTTEN TOMB ogłasza Europejską trasę]

Rock influenced black/doom metal masters FORGOTTEN TOMB are due to kick off a headlining European tour on April 24 (Wednesday) at United Club in Torino (Italy). The tour will play in cities across Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, UK, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Austria.

During the event FORGOTTEN TOMB will celebrate a significant occasion as well as promote its latest album; an album that according to Pitchfork finally “hit their groove”, And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil (out October 2012 on Agonia). The celebration in turn is connected with the 10 years anniversary of Springtime Depression – selected shows will feature a special set, on which this particular record will be performed in its entirety. Springtime Depression has been reissued and remastered on Digipack and Vinyl on Agonia Records.

Premiere track off And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil can be streamed at this location: https://soundcloud.com/agoniarecords/forgotten-tomb-deprived

FORGOTTEN TOMB will be supported by Swedish doomsters ISOLE and epic metallers EREB ALTOR.

Promoters interested in booking one of the remaining shows should get in touch at: doomedevents@gmail.com

04/27 FRANCE – TBC
04/29 SPAIN – TBC

*Springtime Depression special set
** Springtime Depression special set, only Forgotten Tomb

FORGOTTEN TOMB on facebook: www.facebook.com/Official.Forgotten.Tomb
ISOLE: http://www.facebook.com/Isoleofficial
EREB ALTOR: http://www.facebook.com/ErebAltorOfficial

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