Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Iris Divine Announces New Album Deets on "Karma Sown"

IRIS DIVINE - Karma Sown

Finally! Fans of Iris Divine (like myself) are finally treated to news today on their forthcoming album, Karma Sown. Happy Thanksgiving, indeed!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Fresh New Tracks from Yesterday's Saints

WARNING: The tracks you're about to stream below are moshingly heavy. Do not listen in a crowded place, lest you inadvertently start the circle pit from hell!

Raven's Kickstarter Funding New Album "ExtermiNation" Entering Final Days

RAVEN - 'Party Killers' Kickstarter album cover

Raven has been cooking up not one, but two new albums for release in early 2015 - but only one of those albums will be accessible to everyone. The other is a special gift made solely for Kickstarter backers who pledge twenty dollars or more, giving us all incentive to pitch in a little more so we can get our hands on it!

You can tell how worth it your pledge will be by the sheer number of backers and the amount of money that they've raised thus far - 296 people are chomping at the bit right now in anticipation for the new goodies from Raven.

Some of the perks the band is offering for different pledge levels include vinyls, exclusive t-shirts and merch, an exclusive cover song of your choice, and even bass lessons with bassist/vocalist John Gallagher.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Saint Vitus Vocalist Detained for Illegal Substances by Norwegian Police


About an hour ago, Saint Vitus released this statement on their FB page regarding an incident that has resulted in Wino being unable to finish out their European/Scandinavian tour:

Simone Simons and Nemesea Tease Us All

The beautiful and talented Simone Simons of EPICA (photo: Facebook)Posted today upon the book of Faces by both Simone Simons' official page and Nemesea's was the tease of all teases, and you simply must see this.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Behemoth. Cannibal Corpse Announce Winter Tour with Aeon, Tribulation

BEHEMOTH, CANNIBAL CORPSE, AEON, TRIBULATION 2015 Winter Tour Official PosterAll this good news has been long overdue. Behemoth has just announced they will be co-headlining a US/Canada winter tour alongside Cannibal Corpse, with support coming from Aeon and Tribulation.

They're set to kick off this beastly motherfucker in January 2015, and our specific date (for the DC/MD/VA area) is March 3rd, 2015 at The Fillmore Silver Spring in Maryland.

However, just in case you're in a position to see more than one, check out the full list of stops below.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Draconian Laying Tracks for New Album; Streaming New Song

Daniel Arvidsson of DRACONIANIf you love doom metal - like, really artistically composed and beautifully morose doom metal with heavy and heavenly all in the same track - you will absolutely love Draconian.

Even if, for some reason, you aren't typically a fan of clean vocals mixed into your doomicus metallicus, give them a shot. I promise it will change all you thought you knew about operatic vocals in metal. They really aren't just for the power crowd. It can and DOES work well in every subgenre that exists in metal today, so long as that soprano has the talent to translate the bleakness required to really suck it down to that bittersweet level of doomosity. Trust me; I doom, therefore I know this to be truth.

Naturally, as I hear them start whispering about new albums on the horizon, I'm gonna get excited... and frankly, so should you be getting chuffed to see their next and newest release.

Condition Critical Parts Ways with Vocalist

CONDITION CRITICALWell, there are certainly no shortage of these types of stories nowadays. I'm a victim of a similar situation... you know, the constant internal struggle that lives within most musicians where they are forced to continually weigh their passion for performing with their ability to survive and have a roof over your head or provide for your family. As in, most of us can't usually have it both ways.

Athon from Black Tusk Dies in Motorcycle Accident


More sad news to report as another loss has hit the metal community. Athon of Black Tusk has died after sustaining "irreparable brain damage" in a motorcycle accident.

He was 32 years old.

Nightwish Finally Comes to North America! And They're Bringing Sabaton & Delain

Did I get this right? Fucking Nightwish is coming from across the pond with Sabaton and Delain beginning in April of 2015!

Perhaps even more exciting is that fact that instead of wondering whether or not Annette Olzon will butcher classic Nightwish songs (or even if she'll decide to show up), the fantastical troupe will be featuring the much more talented Floor Jansen who has taken her place as the new permanent singer for the group.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

EPIC TOUR ALERT: Vovoid, Black Crown Initiate, Napalm Death, Exhumed, Iron Reagan Announce Winter Tour

Well, this just made my day!

It seems that Vovoid, Black Crown Initiate, Napalm Death, Exhumed, and Iron Reagan will be touring the US and Canada beginning in January (on January 27th to be exact - the tour will end February 28th) with special guests(on select dates): Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions and Phobia.

For our area, that means our date will be January 31st, 2015 at the Baltimore Soundstage with Ringworm (who fucking rule, IMO)!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Wayne Static, Vocalist/Guitarist of Static X, Dead at 48

Wayne Static, STATIC X
Some heavy news today... Wayne Static, frontman of Static X, has died today at the age of 48 from a suspected drug overdose (though no cause has been 100% confirmed as of this posting).

UPDATE: It has been reported that Wayne died in his sleep.

Perhaps even sadder is that he was slated to co-headline a tour with his solo band and Powerman 5000 beginning on November 6th.

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