Heavy Metal News Week In Review – 07/04/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on July 3, 2014

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Upon A Burning Body

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On their Facebook, Upon A Burning Body announced, Danny Leal (singer of Upon A Burning Body) has been reported missing. He was last seen in his home town of San Antonio TX on Monday, June 30th.” After posting a couple of ominous tweets (Twitter, really?), there has allegedly been no word from him. Ash Avildsen, CEO of Sumerian Records, label for band, announced on Facebook that he was not pleased about what he considers a publicity stunt to promote the band’s forthcoming album The World Is My Enemy Now (release date: August 12th). The whole thing is hinky. As a real life event it’s frightening but as a publicity stunt, it’s sociopathic.  What do you think about this unsettling trend of people using traumatic events to garner interest in their social media and brand?

AVENGED SEVENFOLD Drummer Calls Lars Ulrich The Best

Avenged Sevenfold’s drummer Arin Ilejay called Lars Ulrich the best metal drummer with the following statement: “In so many ways, Lars really is the best metal drummer,” Arin said. “He doesn’t have the crazy shredding chops that a lot of drummers have, but he has the best stage presence of any drummer. He’s out of his mind, but writes incredible parts for the music. He’s the Ringo Starr of metal.”  We think many might disagree with this statement, but each to his own.

EMMURE Drummer, Mark Castillo Quits, Adam Pierce of ALL SHALL PERISH Fills In

Yes, it’s been confirmed that Mark Castillo left Emmure. There was no hair-pulling or name-calling that I can discern. It has also been confirmed that Adam Pierce, drummer of All Shall Perish, was seen filling in for Castillo on June 19th at a gig in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Before everyone gives into wild speculation about the future of All Shall Perish, let’s look at the facts. Hermida is now front man for Suicide Silence. Artusato is touring with his latest project Devil You Know.  Ben Orum left to start his own project. That leaves Adam Pierce and Mike Tiner to twiddle their thumbs until Artusato returns. Pierce has toured with Battlecross filling the rather legendary shoes of Shannon Lucas with a finesse that floored me. I saw a post going round on Facebook that Pierce was selling his art (he has a background in graphic design) to the highest bidder. I think Pierce needs to make a living and while Artusato is making his salary, now Pierce is earning his and keeping his name out there. Will Pierce abandon ASP and join Emmure? I don’t know, but last October Pierce was assuring anxious fans at Café 611 that ASP would be back. Much can change in nine months.

MARILYN MANSON’s Russia Tour Bombs

It’s not the kind of bombing you’re thinking though. Marilyn Manson’s June 27th show in Moscow was cancelled just as the band was about to go on due to a bomb threat. Then the Orthodox community protested Manson’s “promotion of sadomasochism” and had the June 29th show in Novosibirsk cancelled as well. This certainly can’t come as surprise given recent events in Russia. I know it’s poor form to punish the populace, but why are our American musicians putting themselves in these predicaments that could turn dangerous? Didn’t he learn from Behemoth (a band from Poland)? Or is that typical American arrogance at play here? Of course he doesn’t give a fuck. He’s Marilyn Manson.

Bill Kelliher of MASTODON Looking to Form Supergroup?

Hot on the heels of Troy Sanders’ supergroup side project, Killer Be Killed (Click for Review), fellow Mastodon member Bill Kelliher is attempting to start a group with Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt and In Flames’ Bjorn Gelotte. This should be a very interesting combination if it gets done.


Cannibal CorpseCANNIBAL CORPSE has confirmed a September 16th release date for their thirteenth studio album entitled A Skeletal Domain via Metal Blade Records. Preparation for A Skeletal Domain did not vary significantly from previous efforts. “At the end of the day, we’re still making a death metal record, no matter where it’s being recorded,” relays Webster. Mark Lewis offered a slightly different, modern recording approach, but the band stressed that they could not be more pleased with their previous albums with Rutan, and the door is most definitely open to work with him again in the future. Changing producers is something the band has historically done after every few albums, if only to not get too comfortable.

Cannibal Corpse also tried to step outside of their comfort zone when it came to songwriting and their musical performances. “Consistency is often confused with repetition. We are established with what we do as a band, and we could relax and not push ourselves, but we try to push the envelope. That’s what makes this exciting,” Webster adds. “Anyone who really listens to this album with an open mind will hear that it’s not same-old same-old.” Mark Lewis would concur with Webster’s analysis and even goes a step further by claiming that “there are moments on this record that have never happened in musical history.” (genre: death metal)

A Skeletal Domain Track Listing:
1. High Velocity Impact Spatter
2. Sadistic Embodiment
3. Kill Or Become
4. A Skeletal Domain
5. Headlong Into Carnage
6. The Murderer’s Pact
7. Funeral Cremation
8. Icepick Lobotomy
9. Vector Of Cruelty
10. Bloodstained Cement
11. Asphyxiate To Resuscitate
12. Hollowed Bodies

As a precursor to the official unveiling of A Skeletal Domain, Cannibal Corpse will kick off the Summer as Coldcock Herbal Whiskey Stage headliners on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Trivium and many more. Set to commence on July 5th in San Bernardino, California, the annual mega tour will stampede its way across North America throughout July and much of August, coming to a close on August 10th in Woodland, Texas.

As an added bonus, Cannibal Corpse  will be doing daily signings at 3:00pm at their merch booth for the duration of the fest where Mayhem attendees can preorder A Skeletal Domain. Confirmed dates, including various one-off headlining shows, are listed HERE.

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

Rings of SaturnRINGS OF SATURN plan to release their new album Lugal Ki En in October through Unique Leader Records. The Face Implosion Tour with Arsonists Get All The Girls, Auras and AEnimus will begin on July 9th in Sacramento and end on August 3rd in San Jose. (genre: technical death metal)

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

THE HAUNTED plan to release their new album, Exit Wounds, on September 2nd through Century Media Records.  Exit Wounds sees The Haunted return with their revamped band line-up, featuring founding members Jonas Björler (bass) and Jensen (guitars) teaming up with former members Adrian Erlandsson (drums) and Marco Aro (vocals), together with newest member Ola Englund (guitars). A preview of new material was made public in January 2014 with the release of the 3-track single Eye Of The Storm. (genre: thrash metal)

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

AcraniaACRANIA plan to release new album, Totalitarian Dystopia, on August 19th through Unique Leader Records. The record includes guest appearances from Tom Barber of Lorna Shore, Mendel of Aborted and Jamie Hanks of I Declare War. (genre: deathcore)

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

HATE has announced a tentative November release through Napalm Records for the album they are currently recording. The tentative album name is Crusade:Zero and contains a minimum of 8 tracks with a few bonus tracks to anticipate. (genre: black metal)

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

wolvesWOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM will release the instrumental, fully synth-composed Celestite on July 8 through Artemisia Records. You can preorder the album HERE.  The New York Times is hosting an exclusive worldwide listen HERE. The band will tour the West Coast beginning July 11th in Olympia, WA and ending July 20 in Los Angeles, CA. (genre: atmospheric metal)

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

SWASHBUCKLE will release their new EP, We Hate The Sea, on August 5th through their new label, Get This Right Records. Vinyl is available. They’ve also confirmed a tour beginning August 3rd in Trenton, NJ and ending August 17th in Long Island, NY. (genre: thrash metal)

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


GhoulGHOUL plans to re-release We Came For The Dead!!!  (2002) in vinyl through Tankcrimes on September 9th. You can listen to it HERE. Ghoul is also touring with Skeletonwitch and Black Anvil in September. (genre: goregrind)

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


MastodonMASTODON’s Once More ‘Round The Sun (Click for Review) the sixth studio album from Mastodon, has debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. This marks their highest chart debut ever. In addition, this album released by Reprise Records on June 24th, has gone Top 10 in most European markets and top 20 in most remaining territories. Once More ‘Round The Sun has also entered the Top 10 Album Charts in the U.K. as well where it is currently the No. 1 Rock/Metal album across the nation.

Once More ‘Round The Sun was recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Deftones). It is the follow-up to Mastodon’s critically acclaimed album The Hunter, which also entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10 upon release and found its way onto several Year End / Best Of Critics’ Lists, including those compiled by Rolling StoneSpinRevolverDecibel and many more.

In addition, the band has been confirmed to appear on the outdoor stage of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 15th, in Hollywood, CA. Mastodon are currently on the road in Europe. (genre: progressive metal)

The album is currently available on Amazon.

Have a looky at their video for “High Road”:

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

ALLEGAEON’s new album, Elements of the Infinite (Click for Review), came in at #25 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart, #31 on the Canadian Hard Rock Charts and #141 on the Canadian digital music charts. On the day of release in Canada, the album was #1 on iTunes Metal Chart, #6 on the iTunes Rock Chart and #38 on the iTunes Top 200 Current Album Chart. In the US, the album peaked at #3 on the iTunes Metal Chart. (genre: technical death metal)

The album is currently available on Amazon.

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


CrowbarCROWBAR (genre: sludge metal) announced a kick ass Fall tour in support of their new album Symmetry In Black (Click for Review) with the likes of Havok, REVOCATION, Fit For An Autopsy, and Armed For Apocalypse. The tour begins September 11th in Birmingham, AL and ends October 10th in Houston, TX. Dates are below:

9/11/2014 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
9/12/2014 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
9/13/2014 Charlotte, NC Chop Shop
9/14/2014 New York, NY Gramercy Theater
9/15/2014 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
9/16/2014 Worcester, MA Palladium
9/17/2014 Montreal, QC Il Motore
9/18/2014 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
9/19/2014 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Hall
9/20/2014 Chicago, IL Subterranean
9/21/2014 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
9/22/2014 St Louis, MO Fubar
9/23/2014 Merriam, KS Aftershock
9/24/2014 Denver, CO Gothic Theater
9/25/2014 OFF
9/26/2014 OFF
9/27/2014 Spokane, WA The Hop
9/28/2014 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
9/29/2014 Seattle, WA El Corazon
9/30/2014 Boise, ID Crazy Horse
10/1/2014 Portland, OR Dante’s
10/2/2014 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
10/3/2014 Santa Ana, CA Observatory
10/4/2014 Los Angeles, CA Los Globos
10/5/2014 Tempe, AZ Club Red
10/6/2014 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
10/7/2014 OFF
10/8/2014 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey
10/9/2014 Austin, TX Mohawk
10/10/2014 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s

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

Alternative metal and funk metal pioneers LIVING COLOUR are close to finishing their sixth studio album, Shade, which will release later this year. They have also announced fall North America tour dates which you can check out below:

9/18 — Toronto, Ontario — The Opera House
9/19 — Ferndale, Mich. — Magic Bag
9/20 — Chicago, Ill. — Park West
9/21 — Minneapolis, Minn. — Dakota Jazz Club
9/23 — Kansas City, Mo. — Knuckleheads
9/24 — University City, Mo. — Duck Room / Blueberry Hill
9/26 — Denver, Colo. — Summit Music Hall
9/27 — Grand Junction, Colo. — Mesa Theatre & Club
9/29 — Seattle, Wash. — Triple Door
9/30 — Portland, Ore. — Aladdin Theatre
10/1 — San Francisco, Calif. — Independent
10/3 — Petaluma, Calif. — Mystic Theatre
10/4 — Los Angeles, Calif. — Roxy Theatre
10/5 — Solana Beach, Calif. — Belly Up Tavern
10/7 — San Juan Capistrano, Calif. — Coach House
10/10 — Dallas, Texas — The Kessler
10/11 — Austin, Texas — The Belmont
10/12 — Houston, Texas — Warehouse Live
11/28 — New York, N.Y. — Irving Plaza
11/29 — Londonberry, N.H. — Tupelo Music Hall
11/30 — Boston, Mass. — Paradise Rock Club
12/1 — Philadelphia, Pa. — World Café Live
12/3 — Stafford Springs, Ct. — Stafford Palace Theatre
12/4 — Newton, N.J. — Newton Theatre
12/5 — Ridgefield, Ct. — Ridgefield Playhouse
12/6 — Leesburg, Va. — Tally Ho Theatre
12/7 — Hanover, Md. — Maryland Live Casino


CORROSION OF CONFORMITY (genre: southern metal) will be touring Australia this July and will then return State-side to tour with Bl’Ast!, Brant Bjork, and Lord Dying. The U.S. leg will begin on August 20th in Spokane, WA and end September 1st  in Vancouver, BC. You can hear Corrosion of Conformity’s new album IX HERE and you can check out our review of the album HERE.

The album is currently available on Amazon.

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

 (genre: sludge metal) will continue their tour of the States in support of theier latest self-titled album (Click for Review) with IRON REAGAN, Vektor, and Strong Intention beginning July 10th in Washington, DC and ending July 15th in Brooklyn, NY. EyeHateGod will also be featured at the Housecore Horror Film Fest planned for October 23rd through the 26th.

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

IRON REAGAN (genre: hardcore) also plans to release their new album, Tyranny of Will, September 16th through Relapse Records.  They have additional August tour dates and plan to play the Austin TX Fun Fest in November.

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

JUNGLE ROT (genre: death metal) announced that they will be touring with headliner Kataklysm and Suffocation in the Carnival of Death Tour 2014. Pyrexia and Internal Bleeding are also on the roster. The tour begins October 3rd in New York and ends November 3rd in Montreal, QC.

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

itlieswithinIT LIES WITHIN (genre: metalcore) announced The Music Over Matter Tour with Curses. The tour begins August 8th in Toledo, OH and ends August 16th in Reading, PA.

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

YOB (genre: doom metal) announces a European tour for this Fall with Pallbearers. The tour begins September 3rd in Ultrecht, NL passes through the UK, Scandanavia, heads east, south, and then ends in Antwerp, BE. The tour will coincide with the release of Yob’s  new album Clearing the Path to Ascend on September 2nd through Neurot Recordings.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yob/36708497970

EXMORTUS (genre: thrash metal) continue to tour the U.S. with headliners Flotsam & Jetsam.  This leg begins on July 9th in Hollywood, CA and ends on July 19th in Mesa, AZ. An additional two dates on August 2nd with Morbid Saint in Los Angeles, CA and on August 22nd with Gypsyhawk in Santa Ana, CA are also on the slate.

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

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

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