Heavy Metal News Roundup – Week Ending 06/06/2014

by I.O. Kirkwood on June 5, 2014

Oderus Urungus

GWAR’s Oderus Urungus Died of an Accidental Heroin Overdose

I didn’t want to believe it. The ugly thought would poke its nose through the door of my conscious mind and I would slam it shut. Dave Brockie’s death was unexpected. “Heart attack,” I told myself. “Stroke, not drugs.” Randy Blythe spoke his thoughts about Dave’s death, which you can read here. For me, I’d heard too many awesome stories from my friends about Dave to give the vile speculation much consideration. From what I’d been told, he always came by to say “hello” to the lads in the other bands. He was friendly and sociable. He never got above himself and he was wickedly creative and fun to be around. So when the toxicology report came back, when the awful truth was revealed, my heart was crushed just a little. Oderus, oh, Mr. Urungus, I want to remember you forever reading “Goodnight Moon.” Rest in Peace.

Broken Bones Not a Tour Breaker for ARCH ENEMY’s Alissa “I’m a Stubborn Fuck” White-Gluz


After a tumble into a riser on stage, Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz revealed that she had sustained a compound fracture to one rib and bruising to a few more in addition to bad bruising to her head, arms, and legs. After some x-rays, blood tests, and ultrasounds, the compound fracture appears to be the only serious damage. White-Gluz says the fractured rib is aligned well to heal back in place. Bruised ribs are painful by virtue of moving at all times during that pesky process we know as breathing. As a vocalist delivering powerful growls that require an epic diaphragm, as well as eschewing pain medication, I must give a two-handed, horned salute to White-Gluz for being so freakin’ metal. \m/\m/ White-Gluz  posted her thanks to all of Arch Enemy’s fans wishing her a speedy recovery.

Jon Schaffer of ICED EARTH Needs Neck Surgery: Summer Tours Cancelled

iced earth

In an apology directed to fans, Iced Earth‘s Jon Shaffer explained his need to undergo invasive neck surgery about four months earlier than planned. The surgery was scheduled for September of this year during the band’s break. Once the surgery, and recuperation, is complete, Iced Earth plan to return to work. Metal Descent wishes Shaffer a successful and restorative procedure.

Soundgarden Considering a 25th Anniversary Edition of Badmotorfinger

Recently Soundgarden released a 2oth anniversary edition of Superuknown.  Now guitarist Kim Thayil has confirmed that the band is highly considering a 25th anniversary special edition release of 1991’s Badmotorfinger. The album, which could possibly be released in 2016, would contain B-sides, demos and never before heard live performances.

In Flames Reveals Album Art For Siren Charms


In Flames will be releasing their eleventh studio album, Siren Charms, on September ninth.  This week the band revealed the cover art (which you can see above) and the track listing for the upcoming album. The first single “Rusted Nail” is available now on the In Flames website.

01. In Plain View
02. Everything’s Gone
03. Paralyzed
04. Through Oblivion
05. With Eyes Wide Open
06. Siren Charms
07. When The World Explodes
08. Rusted Nail
09. Dead Eyes
10. Monsters In The Ballroom
11. Filtered Truth

Dimmu Borgir Working on New Album

Symphonic black metal band, Dimmu Borgir is finally working on their next album.  The new record entitled Insidius Disease should be out in early 2016 and will be their first album in five years.

DEAD TO A DYING WORLD Completes Tracking Second LP With Billy Anderson: July US Tour Confirmed

Dead to a Dying World 2

Dallas-based apocalyptic doom act, Dead to a Dying World, has just wrapped-up tracking their sophomore LP, Litany, with Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Melvins). Featuring collaborations and contributions from members of Sabbath Assembly, Pallbearer, Pinkish Black, and Ecocide, the album will be delivered in a massive 2xLP setup. The band has also slated a July tour with improv-jazz/ritual act, and label mates, Unconscious Collective, the trek also including nearly a week of shows with psychedelic doom unit, Uzala.

The tour dates are as follows:

DEAD TO A DYING WORLD tour w/Unconscious Collective:

7/11/2014 TBA – Oklahoma City, OK
7/12/2014 The Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM
7/13/2014 The Seventh Circle – Denver, CO
7/14/2014 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Uzala
7/15/2014 Neurolux – Boise, ID w/ Uzala
7/16/2014 The Wisp House – Salem, OR w/ Uzala
7/17/2014 The Northern – Olympia, WA w/ Uzala
7/18/2014 The Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Uzala
7/19/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR w/ Uzala
7/20/2014 The Ink Annex – Arcata, CA
7/21/2014 Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland, CA
7/2/2014 El Tigre Bar – Tijuana, Mexico
7/23/2014 The District Tavern – Tucson, AZ
7/24/2014 LoveSprout – El Paso, TX
7/25/2014 The Korova – San Antonio, TX
7/26/2014 The Lost Well – Austin, TX

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

MARTY FRIEDMAN’S Inferno Cracks the Billboard Top 200

Marty Friedman

Inferno, the new studio album by guitar legend Marty Friedman, debuted at #133 on this week’s Billboard Current 200 chart and #186 on the overall Top 200. These mark Friedman’s first-ever solo chart appearances. In addition, Inferno is #4 on the magazine’s Heatseekers chart, #10 on the Top Metal/Hard Rock Albums chart, #24 on the Top Independent Albums chart and #64 on the Top Rock Albums chart.

Inferno also features notable guest appearances by Rodrigo y Gabriela, Revocation guitar whiz David Davidson, Children of Bodom front man Alexi Laiho, acclaimed rocker Danko Jones, Shining mad scientist Jørgen Munkeby and Skyharbor guitarist Keshav Dhar. Dhar’s bandmate Anup Sastry — who has also performed with Intervals and Jeff Loomis — plays drums on the majority of “Inferno,” and recently posted a play-through video of the track “Sociopaths,” which can be viewed here:

BRANT BJÖRK Signs With Napalm Records

Brant Bjork

Brant is recognized as a founding member of KYUSS and more recently for his work with John Garcia in VISTA CHINO. Brant is currently working on a new album that is expected to be released this Fall and will be touring globally in support of the album. Current tour dates include:


10/2: Vienna, Austria @ Arena
10/3: Milan, Italy @ Bloom
10/4: Pratteln, Switzerland @ Z7 (Up in Smoke Festival)
10/6: Stuttgart, Germany @ Universum
10/7: Paris, France @ Glazart
10/8: Amsterdam, Holland @ Melkweg
10/10: Cologne, Germany @ Underground
10/11: Berlin, Germany @ C-Club
10/12: Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix (Desertfest)
10/13: Hamburg, Germany @ Logo
10/15: Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
10/16: Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Strand
10/17: Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
10/19: Leeds, United Kingdom @ Belgrave
10/20: Bristol, United Kingdom @ Exchange
10/21: Southampton, United Kingdom @ Joiners
10/22: London, United Kingdom @ Garage

Website: http://www.brantbjork.com

PROVOKE, DESTROY Releases New Single “Li(f)e Support” from Vulture to Be Released 07/22 through Indianola Records

Provoke Destroy album

Virginia Beach’s Provoke, Destroy has released their brand new single, “Li(f)e Suppport.” Vulture will be the band’s first release on Indianola Records. The full length LP will be available on July 22nd  and preorders are available HERE

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

Pitchfork Streaming TOMBS’ Savage Gold in its Entirety 


Brooklyn, New York’s Tombs will release their new album Savage Gold June 10th (North America), June 9th (UK/World), and June 6th(Germany/Benelux/Finland). In support of Savage Gold, Tombs will hit the road for a West Coast run supporting Pelican.  The shows kick off June 12th in San Diego, CA and run through June 19th in Seattle, WA.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

So far, only a handful of songs from Savage Gold have been available to preview.  Beginning today the entire album is being premiered exclusively by Pitchfork. Check out the stream.

TOMBS Live W/Pelican

6/12: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
6/13: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
6/15: San Francisco, CA @ Slims
6/16: Sacramento, CA @ Midtown Barfly
6/17: Portland, OR @ Branx
6/18: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw
6/19: Seattle, WA @ Neumos

Website: http://www.tombscult.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TombsBklyn

LETHAL DOSAGE: Consume The West Tour Confirmed For Late June 

Tucson’s caustic metal outfit, Lethal Dosage, has confirmed the second tour in support of their sophomore full-length, Consume. With eleven shows confirmed, the itinerary runs from June 18th in the band’s hometown and running through 28th in Albuquerque.

LETHAL DOSAGE Consume The West 2014:

6/18/2014 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
6/19/2014 Hap Hazard Hall – Las Cruces, NM
6/20/2014 Kegler’s Lounge – Midlands, TX
6/21/2014 Beerland – Austin, TX
6/22/2014 Twist O’ Lime – New Orleans, LA
6/23/2014 The White Swan – Houston, TX w/ Lycus
6/24/2014 Taqueria Perditos – Dallas, TX
6/25/2014 Depot O Bar – Lubbock, TX w/ Rattlehead
6/26/2014 Kvlt Haus – Colorado Springs, CO
6/27/2014 Phil’s Radiator – Pueblo, CO
6/28/2014 The Jam Spot – Albuquerque, NM

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

FULL OF HELL Announces Collaboration With Merzbow; European And American Tours Confirmed

Full of Hell

Powerviolence/harsh noise sculptors, Full of Hell, have just confirmed a barrage of upcoming recording and tour plans, including new tours on both the North American and European continents, as well as a joint release with renowned noise metal architect, Merzbow.

FULL OF HELL European Tour w/ DOC:

6/03/2014 TÞM – Reykjavik, IS*
6/04/2014 Gaukur Á Stöng – Reykjavik, IS*
6/06/2014 Underwerket – Copenhagen, DK
6/07/2014 Blitz – Oslo, NO
6/08/2014 Bersund Strand 43 – Stockholm, SE
6/11/2014 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
6/10/2014 Fangelset – Gothenburg, SE
6/12/2014 Trauma – Marburg, DE
6/13/2014 Grinding Delémont Fest – Delémont, CH
6/14/2014 P.M.K – Innsbruck, AT
6/15/2014 Freakout Club – Bologna, IT
6/16/2014 MKI Mansarda – Lendava, SI
6/17/2014 Prostar – Cakovet, HR
6/18/2014 Gozsdu Manó Klub – Budapest, HU
6/19/2014 Das Bach – Vienna, AT
6/20/2014 Punx Picnic – Wroclaw, PL
6/21/2014 Chmury – Warsaw, PL
6/22/2014 Rozbrat – Poznan, PL
6/23/2014 Koma F – Berlin, DE
6/24/2014 Chemiefabrik – Dresden, DE
6/25/2014 JUZ Mannheim – Mannheim, DE
6/26/2014 L’Excalibur – Reims, FR
6/27/2014 Unicorn – London, UK
6/28/2014 Temple of Boom – Leeds, UK
6/29/2014 13th Note – Glasgow, UK
6/30/2014 The Black Bull – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
7/01/2014 Kraak Gallery – Manchester, UK
7/02/2014 Static – Swansea, UK
7/03/2014 Edge of the Wedge – Portsmouth, UK
7/04/2014 Het Bos – Antwerp, BE
7/05/2014 Dynamo – Eindoven, NL*
*No D.O.C.

FULL OF HELL West Coast US Tour w/ DropDead, Noisem:

8/22/2014 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
8/23/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR
8/24/2014 Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
8/25/2014 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
8/26/2014 Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
8/27/2014 7th Street Warehouse-Los Angeles, CA
8/28/2014 Che Café – La Jolla, CA
8/29/2014 The Dial – Murrieta, CA

Website: http://www.fullofhell.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fullofhell

AGALLOCH To Kick Off The Serpent & The Sphere North American Headlining Tour Later This Month

Agalloch 2
Agalloch will be touring in support of the recently unleashed The Serpent & The Sphere opus. Set to commence June 18th in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Serpens In Cvlmination tour will wind its way through nearly two-dozen cities, coming to a ceremonial close on July 8th in Denver, Colorado. The band will be joined by Obsidian Tongue, Vex, Jex Thoth and Thrones on select dates.

AGALLOCH Serpens In Cvlmination North American Tour MMXIV:

6/18/2014 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN w/ Obsidian Tongue, Blood and Sun
6/19/2014 High Noon – Milwaukee, WI w/ Obsidian Tongue
6/20/2014 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL w/ Obsidian Tongue
6/21/2014 Beachland – Cleveland, OH w/ Obsidian Tongue
6/22/2014 Southgate House – Newport, KY w/ Obsidian Tongue
6/23/2014 Bottletree – Birmingham, AL w/ Vex
6/24/2014 The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ Vex
6/25/2014 Oerpheum – Tampa, FL w/ Vex
6/26/2014 Jinx – Savannah, GA w/ Vex, Blackrune
6/27/2014 King’s Barcade – Raleigh, NC w/ Vex
6/28/2014 Empire – Springfield, VA w/ Vex
6/29/2014 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA w/ Jex Thoth
6/30/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY w/ Jex Thoth
7/01/2014 Brighton – Boston, MA w/ Jex Thoth, Obsidian Tongue
7/02/2014 La Salla Rosa – Montreal, QC w/ Jex Thoth
7/03/2014 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON w/ Jex Thoth, Musk Ox
7/04/2014 Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Jex Thoth
7/05/2014 Majestic Theater – Detroit, MI w/ Jex Thoth
7/06/2014 Firebird – St Louis, MO w/ Thrones
7/07/2014 Waiting  Room – Omaha, NE  w/ Thrones
7/08/2014 Gothic Theater – Denver, CO w/ Thrones

Website: http://www.agalloch.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AgallochOfficial

GHOUL: Hooded Hooligans Premiere Burning Questions YouTube Show


The splatterthrash-maniaxe in Ghoul are venturing past music and grave-robbing to start their own YouTube broadcast. The first episode of Ghoul’Burning Questions is out today and features bassist Cremator and other members of Ghoul answering email, video, and phoned-in questions from fans. 

Website: http://www.creepsylvania.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GhoulunaticsAsylum

DARK FORTRESS announce release of VENEREAL DAWN in September 2014 via Century Media

Dark fortress 2
German black metal veterans Dark Fortress will release their 7th studio album worldwide on September 1st, 2014 in Europe and Australia/NZ as well as September 2nd, 2014 in North America through Century Media Records. The record will bear the title Venereal Dawn and will be a concept album in nine chapters. 

Website: http://www.darkfortress.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialdarkfortress

Stream The New VADER Album Tibi Et Igni Right Here

Vader-Tibi Et Igni-new-6-3-2014

Polish death metal veterans, Vader, released their tenth studio album on Tuesday June 3, 2014.  Make sure to check out the free stream of the album. If you like it, you can grab a copy here.

TRAP THEM’s New Album Blissfucker Is Streaming Ahead of Release

Trap Them

Extreme hardcore band Trap Them will be releasing their fourth studio album, Blissfucker, on June 10, 2014.  However, you do not have to wait that long as the band has made the album available to stream and you can do so right here.  We have already had the pleasure of listening to this crazy heavy album so make sure to check out our review of their newest effort. If you like what you hear, you can preorder the album here.

WO FAT: Dallas Swampadelic Fuzz Faction Premieres New Track At Revolver; European Trek Underway WoFat

Dallas swampadelic fuzz faction, Wo-Fat will drop The Conjuring via Small Stone on June 17th, 2014 on CD, vinyl, and digitally. The vinyl edition — 180 gram vinyl with deluxe jacket and poly-lined sleeves — comes in transparent red or black, each limited to 250 copies. 

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

BL’AST!: First East Coast US Shows In Over Two Decades Confirmed


Following their invasion of the European continent — beginning at the massive Hellfest in Clission, France on June 21st, and running through Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark on July 4th — Bl’Ast will take part in the four-day Philadelphia-based This Is Hardcore Fest. But this week an additional pair of shows has just added, with Bl’Ast now confirmed to hit New York City and Boston preceding the festival. This three-day run will mark the band’s first East Coast shows in over two decades! Hear the main disc of the triple-LP The Expression Of Power and the Blood! LP:

BL’AST! Tour Dates:

6/21/2014 Hellfest – Clisson, France
6/23/2014 Stick Mikes – Brighton, UK
6/24/2014 The Fleece – Bristol, UK
6/25/2014 Star and Garter – Manchester, UK
6/26/2014 Audio – Glasgow, UK
6/27/2014 Underworld – London, UK
6/28/2014 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, Germany
6/29/2014 PMK – Innsbruck, Austria
6/30/2014 Freakout Club – Bologna, Italy
7/01/2014 Lo Fi Club – Milano, Italy
7/02/2014 Vipor Room – Wien, Austria
7/03/2014 Magnet – Berlin, Germany
7/04/2014 Roskilde Festival 2014 – Roskilde, Denmark
7/23/2014 Santos Party House – New York, NY
7/24/2014 Great Scott – Allston, MA
7/25/2014 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore Fest

Website: http://www.blastofficial.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blast/44354206391

BAPTISTS: Second Album Bloodmines Due For September Release Through Southern Lord


Vancouver’s Baptists recently completed work on their second full-length album, the follow-up to their 2013 debut Bushcraft. Entitled Bloodmines, the new album was recorded at Godcity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts with with Kurt Ballou and will be released via Southern Lord worldwide in September. New songs from Bloodmines have been unloaded live by Baptists in recent months, including this ripping Rain City session, recorded in their hometown:

Additionally, Baptists is one of dozens of acts confirmed to raid Tucson, Arizona on October 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th for Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front, joining Neurosis, Sunn O))), Goatsnake, Pelican, -16-, The Body, Eagle Twin, Author & Punisher, Primitive Man, Obliterations, Secrets Of The Sky, Godhunter and tons more. More on SWTF can be found HERE.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/BAPTISTS/111676572202547

Abiotic Announces Co-Headlining Tour with Suffokate

abiotic-suffokate-tour7/1/2014 Bombshell’s – Orlando, FL
7/2/2014 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
w/ Suffokate, Aegaeon, As They Sleep
7/3/2014 Walter’s – Houston, TX
7/4/2014 The White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
7/5/2014 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
7/6/2014 Tomcats West – Dallas, TX
7/7/2014 Vanguard – Tulsa, OK
7/8/2014 Bada Brew – Chicago, IL w/ Reaping Asmodeia
7/9/2014 The Metal Grill – Milwaukee, WI w/ Reaping Asmodeia
7/10/2014 The Garage – Burnsville, MN w/ Reaping Asmodeia
7/11/2014 Gabes – Iowa City, IA w/ Reaping Asmodeia
7/12/2014 The Rock House – Denver, CO
7/13/2014 Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
7/14/2014 The Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
7/16/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
7/17/2014 Rays Golden Lion – Richland, WA
7/18/2014 The Nest – Salem, OR
7/19/2014 Live Musicians Co-Op – Santa Rosa, CA
7/20/2014 San Jose Rock Shop – San Jose, CA
7/21/2014 Clash City Studios – Riverside, CA
7/22/2014 Nevada Sports Centre – Las Vegas, NV
7/23/2014 The Whisky a Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
7/24/2014 Mirror Image Studios – Anaheim, CA
7/25/2014 Club Red – Mesa, AZ

{ 0 comments… add one now }

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: