Heavy Metal News Roundup – Week Ending 6/27/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on June 26, 2014

Cradle of Filth

CRADLE OF FILTH: Decibel Streams Total Fucking Darkness + In-Depth Interview With Dani Filth

The grim revival of Total Fucking Darkness was directed by vocalist Dani Filth, former guitarist Paul Ryan (currently of The King Is Blind) and Cacophonous Records founder, Frater Nihil, who first signed Cradle Of Filth, in an effort to bring fans old and new a remastered version of the now-iconic release along with material that had been sitting in the vaults for twenty years.

In honor of its release, Decibel Magazine is streaming the CD edition of Total Fucking Darkness in full alongside an interview with Dani Filth who talks in-depth about his earliest COF memories, vampires, family life, the infamous “Jesus Is A Cunt” shirt and more.

Stream: http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/vampires-vicars-and-hot-fuzz-the-deciblog-interview-with-dani-filth/

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

In Depth And Insightful Interview With Mike Spreitzer of DevilDriver

Photo credit: Timothy Reese

Photo credit: Timothy Reese

Make sure to check out my highly in depth interview with DevilDriver guitarist Mike Spreitzer before the band’s show at Baltimore Soundstage.  Spreitzer has some really interesting opinions on digital music and the current state of the music industry.  He also talks about the band’s most recent album, Winter Kills (Click for Review), and much more.  You can check out the entire interview HERE.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DevilDriverOfficial1

KING DIAMOND Announces North American Fall Tour

King Diamond

King Diamond has confirmed what has been rumored for several weeks: a full North American tour this Fall! The long-awaited trek will commence on October 11th in Atlanta and wrap up with the previously announced performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. A limited edition KING DIAMOND jacket will be available through the SHOWstubs.com fan club presale, which began, June 24th. Tickets will be on sale online and at box offices nationwide on Friday, June 27th.

King Diamond will be joined on stage by longtime band members Andy LaRocque, Mike Wead, Hal Patino, and Matt Thompson. Additionally, North American fans will bear witness to the band’s full European festival stage show. These will be the most ambitious and largest North American productions of the band’s entire history. A special guest support act for the tour will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tour Dates: http://www.kingdiamondcoven.com/site/tour-dates/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kingdiamondofficial

and in a related story…

Progressive Supergroup ESCAPETHECULT Teaser


Escapethecult, brainchild of Kamlath bassist Peter G. Shallmin, is a progressive metal supergroup that took shape with the help of some very high caliber musicians. Shallmin comments: “It was dynamic and exciting start, with blood, sweat and tears shed throughout the process and a long exhausted preparation for the attack. Every day was worth to make it real. We were sincere in our ideas that are embodied in our debut.” Have a sneak peak courtesy of Shallmin:

The debut record All You Want To will be released on August 18th with the first single ‘I’m Absolute’ available on June 30th.

Bass – Peter G. Shallmin (Kamlath)
Drums – Tim Alexander (Primus/A Perfect Circle)
Guitar – Mike Wead (King Diamond/Mercyful Fate)
Vocals – Matthieu Romarin (Uneven Structure)

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

BUTCHER BABIES Announce Headlining Dates ‘No One Can Hear You Scream tour 2014’

Butcher Babies

Butcher Babies recently wrapped the REVOLVER MAGAZINE Golden Gods Tour with Black Label Society.  They are now planning a full headlining U.S. Tour starting in September with special guest Anti-Mortem!  The band is currently in studio with Logan Mader.

Tour dates: http://www.centurymedia.com/artist.aspx?IdArtist=613
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ButcherBabiesMusic

BATTLECROSS: Thrash Metal Battalion Confirms Summer Headlining Tour With Crimson Shadows, IKILLYA


American thrash metal battalion, Battlecross, has confirmed a short run of Summer headlining dates with Canada’s Wacken Battle winners, Crimson Shadows, and New York’s IKILLYA. Set to commence on July 23rd in Columbus, Ohio, the short but ravaging trek will topple fourteen cities followed by an appearance at Michigan’s Dirt Fest as well as additional tour dates supporting Killswitch Engage.

Comments guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala, “We’re excited to announce our first headlining run in quite a while. It’s short but sweet, and this gives us time to write the new record this Summer. We are stoked to have our Canadian brothers, Crimson Shadows, joining us. We did a short run with those guys earlier this year and they’re a great live band and have an awesome record coming out next Fall.”

Guitarist Tony Asta says, “The past year has been very inspiring for the band and our attitude towards the writing process this time around is more confident and driven. I expect our next album to kick you in the ass harder than the last. Album number three will be a serious contender in 2015 and a defining Battlecross record.”

IO: Can you say “squeeeee!”? I’m going to the Reading, PA show at Reverb. ROAD TRIP!!!

Tour dates: http://www.metalblade.com/battlecross/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/battlecrossmetal

and in a related story…

CRIMSON SHADOWS Sign With Napalm Records

Crimson Shadows

The Canadian Wacken Battle champions Crimson Shadows recently signed with Napalm Records and will have a new album out this summer. The album was recorded at Silverwing Studios in Montreal with producers Jonathan Lefrançois and Jee Gagnon and was mixed by Eyal Levi of Audiohammer Studios.

Bassist Morgan Rider says, “We are beyond excited to announce our second foray into the United States this year with our American brothers, Battlecross! We have been meticulously labouring away on our new album for Napalm Records and now we cannot wait to further prove ourselves to them and to our American fans and fans to be! Cheers!”

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

DARK FORTRESS To Release Venereal Dawn On 9/2 Via Century Media Records

Dark Fortress

Themes: concept album; survival, betrayal and sacrifice in an extremely hostile environment

Track Listing
1. Venereal Dawn
2. Lloigor
3. Betrayal And Vengeance
4. Chrysalis
5. I Am The Jigsaw Of A Mad God
6. The Deep
7. Odem
8. Luciform
9. On Fever’s Wings

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

UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS Announce First North American Tour

Uncle Acid

In support of Mind ControlUncle Acid And The Deadbeats played North America for the first time this May as part of the Maryland Deathfest.  Now, Uncle Acid is set to return to North America this fall for a full North American tour.  The tour kicks off September 24th in Philadelphia, PA and runs through October 11th in Los Angeles, CA.  Danava will provide support on the tour and tickets go on sale this Friday June 27th.

Tour Dates: http://acidcoven.com/index.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uncleacid

INTERNAL BLEEDING: New York Death Metal Troupe Completes Work On Imperium

Internal Bleeding

New York death metal band, Internal Bleeding, recently completed tracking their forthcoming full-length album Imperium, which clocks in at close to one hour and contains all new material from the band. “It’s Internal Bleeding on steroids,” adds bassist Jason Liff. “It’s got all the classic IB hallmarks-incredibly memorable grooves and slam parts – plus it has so much more. We really pushed ourselves on this one and I think it shows. It’s heavy. Cohesive. And crammed full of music that will make you want to rip people’s heads off in the pit.” Release is set for the Fall via Unique Leader Records.

Terrance Hobbs (Suffocation) Guest Solo:

More studio footage can be found HERE.

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

ANAGNORISIS: European Cassette Pressing Confirmed; Behind The Scenes Of Beyond All Light Part II Posted


Due to the ongoing demand from European fans wanting to experience Beyond All Light, the acclaimed 2013 album from Louisville, Kentucky-based black metal entity, Anagnorisis, the band will reissue a cassette edition of the album via Berlin-based Yehonala Records in the coming weeks.

While Anagnorisis has already released an extensive behind the scenes look at the inception and construction of Beyond All Light in conjunction with its release last summer, a second installment video has just been released.

Dave Brockie Foundation Benefit Show:
6/27/2014 Diamond Pub & Billiards – Louisville, KY @ Dave Brockie Tribute Anagnorisis w/ Stonecutters, Ohlm, more

Tickets:  Diamond Pub & Billiards
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anagnorisismetal

BLACK COBRA Denied Entry Into Canada

Black Cobra

Black Cobra tried to cross the Canadian border twice and was refused both times without explanation.  On a co-headlining tour alongside Anciients, with opening support from Black Wizard, the band had invested thousands of dollars in merchandise for the tour. Black Cobra issued the following collective statement yesterday to their fans on the debacle: “As many of you already know, we were denied entry at the border of Canada. Because of the financial strain this has put on us, we were forced to cancel the remaining tour dates in the US as well. In the meantime, we will continue working on our forthcoming record and are looking into booking another tour in the US. We apologize to our fans and thank you for your continued support.”

New US Black Cobra tour actions will be confirmed immediately and announced in the coming days; no Canadian dates will be scheduled. Metal Descent will keep you posted.

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

DENVER BLACK SKY II Announces Lineup Additions And World Domination

Denver Black Sky

Earlier this week, Denver Black Sky II — set to take place August 2nd and 3rd at the Gothic Theatre and Moe’s BBQ — revealed on their official Facebook page plans to extend the lineup of their two-day, three-stage event with three additional acts. This promises to become a HUGE contender in the metal festival circuit.

Lineup: Municipal Waste, Nails, Cephalic Carnage, Noisem, Nausea and more…

Tickets: Gothic Theatre
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DenverBlackSky


There are “ominous” rumblings about a possible Fall tour featuring Death To All (Death tribute band), Obituary, Massacre, and (one of my personal favorites) Rivers of Nihil. Squeeeee??? Please? An unsubstantiated but very exciting rumor.


The 2nd Housecore Horror Film & Music Festival is scheduled for October 23-26 at Emo’s and Midway’s in Austin, TX. Hosted by Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe (who experienced his own horror movie last week), the festival boasts performances by Satyricon, EyeHateGod, Macabre, Cattle Decapitation, Unearth and more. Curated by none other than Phil Anselmo and Corey Mitchell, the details can be found HERE.


Iron Maiden front man Bruce Dickenson (apparently its Dr. Dickenson these days) caused a bit of a controversy when he opened up in an interview with The Guardian correspondent, Frank Turner to say that “The closest the ‘art establishment’ ever came to embracing metal was punk.” He went on to talk about industry control and how the punk genre thumbed its nose at the “art establishment.” I’m not sure what all the fuss is about. I can’t find where Bruce supposedly said Maiden wasn’t influenced by punk. He doesn’t identify Maiden with punk, but he was pretty tongue in cheek about saying punk-rockers wanted to be “in a heavy metal band surrounded by porn stars.” Crivens!* It was just one little paragraph. Everyone get their undies out of a twist.

*Crivens! is an exclamation of many uses coined by the Wee Free Blue Men of the Nac Mac Feegle Clan who are characters in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series. Excuse me, Sir Terry Pratchett.

ioI.O. Kirkwood is a Metal Descent contributor. You can check out her personal blog at http://iokirkwood.com.

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