DRAGONFORCE was called out for some seriously depraved lyrical content penned by former associates in a 1990’s band known as Demonaic. So it’s just a laugh? You thought it was funny? @GrimKim didn’t think so, and neither do I. Metal music isn’t about hate – it’s about rage and despair and darkness among other things. You can express all of these emotions towards a situation intelligently without naming an ethnicity, a sexual orientation, or a gender. You can shock without resorting to bashing the previously mentioned groups too or promising violence. It isn’t like Cannibal Corpse, who uses shocking imagery, not attached to a person’s skin color or dating preference, to impart commentary on the world at large. Several of my friends have commented on this story and the general consensus is that youngsters can say and do some seriously stupid stuff. This doesn’t make it okay, but accepting responsibility for past mistakes and making amends, rather than laughing it off and diminishing the very real impact of those actions, is the signature of an emotionally mature person. Read more.
ADRENALINE MOB Twitter Tumult and Tour
Despite the confusion surrounding Bassist Jim Moyer’s Tweet about sitting out the upcoming tour, ADRENALINE MOB will continue with the support of their 2nd album, Men of Honor, with 9 shows in September. Appearing with Adrenaline Mob will be Roadrunner Record’s artist Bad Seed Rising, supporting their debut EP Charm City. You can read about the Twitter tumult HERE.
Dates for the tour are:
Sept 06 Pottsville, PA – Goodfellas
Sept 07 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
Sept 08 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
Sept 09 Newport, KY – Thompson House
Sept 10 Nashville, TN – Exit In
Sept 12 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Sept 13 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
Sept 14 Baltimore, MD – Fishhead Cantina
Sept 15 Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s
E-Bay Banned BURZUM
Calling metal bands to the carpet for questionable content seems to be a theme this week. Varg Vikernes’ hate-spouting rhetoric has gotten him banned by a government and now by an international auction house. I’ve read his blog, and I seriously wonder if he’s “a few Peeps short of an Easter basket.” (Jim Butcher, you are a god). What do you think? If a person endorses and encourages violence against others, is it truly their right to do so? Is E-Bay wrong? I don’t think so. There are so many platforms available to express frustrations in constructive and even shocking ways. Looking the other way on Vikernes personal campaigns against various segments of humanity has only allowed the mind set to deepen and flourish. It’s neither healthy for him nor the people who are enamored with his music. Read more.
METAL DESCENT’s Week In Review
OBITUARY to Release Inked in Blood
Death metal legends OBITUARY make their Relapse debut with Inked In Blood. Almost three decades in, their 9th full length LP stands out as one of the finest moments in OBITUARY’s already godlike discography. Inked in Blood will be released October 28th in North America (UK/World October 27th and Germany/Benelux/Finland on October 24th) via Relapse Records. Pre-orders for Inked in Blood will be available soon!
The band is currently wrapping up a festival circuit in Europe and nowOBITUARY have been confirmed as direct support for the upcoming “Death to All” Tour. The tour kicks off November 14th in Los Angeles, CA and runs through December 7th in Miami, FL.
Inked in Blood Track Listing:
01. Centuries of Lies
02. Violent By Nature
03. Pain Inside
04. Visions in my Head
05. Back on Top
07. Inked in Blood
08. Deny You
09. Within a Dying Breed
10. Minds of the World
11. Out of Blood
12. Paralyzed With Fear
AMARANTHE to Release Massive Addictive
Gothenburg, Sweden’s AMARANTHE, known for fusing melodic metal with elements of EDM, will release their third album via Spinefarm Records on October 21st. The band’s signature, larger-than-life sound, comprised of kinetic riffing, pulsating beats and celestial, melodic choruses, remains intact, but the album finds the band continuing to explore a range of dynamics that demonstrates a willingness to push themselves even further. AMARANTHE also announced a U.S. tour this fall starting on September 25th in San Francisco, CA and ending October 31st in Atlanta, GA that will include WITHIN TEMPTATION for select dates.
ABYSMAL DAWN to Release Obsolescence
Modern death metal masters, ABYSMAL DAWN, return with a massive display of refined brutality on their fourth full-length Obsolescence. The album will be released October 28th in North America (UK/World October 27th and Germany/Benelux/Finland on October 24th) via Relapse Records. Pre-orders for Obsolescence will be available in CD, LP and digital formats.
WOVENWAR Stream Their Entire Debut Album
WOVENWAR is streaming their debut self-titled album now! The album will be released in North America on Tuesday, August 5th. Visit metalblade.com/wovenwar to stream the album and pre-order your copy! Additionally, a limited number of copies are available with a signed CD booklet from newburycomics.com, and an exclusive WOVENWAR patch is available with purchase of the album from independent retailers nationwide. Find a store near you, and make sure to call ahead for availability, via recordstoreday.com. You can check out Metal Descent’s review of the album HERE.
The band will be playing three So Cal album release shows including a special album release party. Entry to Brick by Brick isfree with your Soma ticket stub, $5 without stub. Grab tickets to the band’s SOMA show and other So Cal shows at the following locations:
08/07 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction Tickets HERE
08/08 San Diego, CA SOMA (side) Tickets HERE
08/08 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick **Wovenwar Album Release Party**
08/09 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Tickets HERE
WOVENWAR will also tour Europe with IN FLAMES and WHILE SHE SLEEPS this fall starting on September 27th in Krakow, POL and ending on November 8th in Gothenburg, SWE.
**Age limit 21+, party starts at 9:30 pm, venue located at 1130 Buenos Avenue, San Diego, 92110
FALLUJAH: First Week Chart Numbers Revealed
The Flesh Prevails, the new full-length behemoth from atmospheric death metal faction, FALLUJAH, debuted at #115 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, #39 on Billboard’s Rock chart, #15 on the Hard Rock chart and #24 on the Independent chart upon its first week of release. Additionally, the album landed at an astounding #2 on the Heatseekers chart!
FALLUJAH has embarked on a US tour as part of this year’s crushing Summer Slaughter Tour alongside Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Goatwhore and more. Additionally, the band will take part in the Summer Slaughter Canada Club Tour 2014. Set to commence just a few days after the American march draws to a close, the trek runs from August 14th to August 25th followed by three additional performances in Seattle, Portland and Santa Cruz. The band will be joined by The Faceless, Rings Of Saturn, Archspire, Black Crown Initiate and Fatality (on select dates).
RIOT Announce Release of Unleash the Fire
The remaining members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT are back and are ready to unleash the follow up to 2011’s reunion record ‘Immortal Soul’ on October 28th via SPV/Steamhammer. This marks the first release from the band without the late great founding guitarist, Mark Reale, who passed away in early 2012 and was limited on his participation on Immortal Soul because of his health issues. The band was encouraged at the request of Mark and the Reale estate to forge ahead in his honor and will dedicate this new offering to him.
THE ZENITH PASSAGE Announce Pre-Production Track and Tour Documentary
Los Angeles technical death metallers, THE ZENITH PASSAGE, released a new pre-production track entitled “Simulated Reality.” The new tune will appear on the follow-up to their Cosmic Dissonance EP.
Sample “Simulated Reality” as well as THE ZENITH PASSAGE’s hilarious near-half-hour Union of Dissonance West Coast tour documentary with Allegaeon, and guest appearances and performance from Archspire at THIS LOCATION.
THE ZENITH PASSAGE will record their debut full-length later this year for an early 2015 release via Unique Leader Records.
WHITE ARMS OF ATHENA: New Album Due Later This Year
Texas quintet WHITE ARMS OF ATHENA recently recorded their sophomore Prosthetic effort at GodCity Studio in Salem, MA with acclaimed producer and Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (Every Time I Die, High On Fire, Kvelertak). The as-yet-untitled album–expected to be released later this year–will be mixed by Ballou, engineered and co-produced by Travis Kammeyer (Storm of Light, Generation of Vipers) and mastered by Alan Douches (Baroness, The Dillinger Escape Plan).
HIDEOUS DIVINITY Announce Release of Cobra Verde
Italian death metal merchants, HIDEOUS DIVINITY, who feature within their ranks current and former members of Hour Of Penance and Ghouls, are preparing to unleash their second full-length this Fall.
Titled Cobra Verde, the offering was recorded at 16th Cellar Studios (House Of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Trifixion, Vomit The Soul et al) in early 2014 and, in keeping with the tradition laid by their monster debut, Obeisance Rising, revolves itself around a movie concept.
Cobra Verde will be released in the US on October 28th, 2014, the UK on October 27th and the rest of Europe on October 31st.
This Saturday, BATTLECROSS will join SIXTY-FIVE (!!!) other bands (including KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) on stage in Birch, MI at the 16th Annual DIRTFEST. Matt Dalton and his brother, Andy, put this not-so-little-now festival together starting in 1998. The FAQ states that the “mission of Dirt Fest has never been to be a “metal fest”. Dirt Fest is a music festival with bands that we like, and we aim to build a lineup each year that isn’t a cookie cutter version of the other festivals around the nation. We strive to give you a unique, one-of-a-kind, unforgettable experience.” You can purchase tickets HERE.
LACUNA COIL Return to North America
LACUNA COIL continues their world tour in support of their latest Century Media release, Broken Crown Halo. This will be the second run of dates on this album cycle in the U.S. and Canada for the Italian Rockers! Devil You Know is set to support the entire tour and Starset are also appearing September 23rd through October 12th except October 7th and 8th, where Unlocking The Truth will join for those two nights. Up and coming Canadian band Incura have been added to all Canadian shows. The tour will kick off in Sacramento at this year’s AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL.
Sept 14 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival (Discovery Park)
Sept 16 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Sept 17 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Sept 19 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Sept 20 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Sept 21 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue
Sept 23 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
Sept 24 – Calgary, AB @ Republik
Sept 25 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
Sept 26 – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Culture Center
Sept 27 – Thunder Bay, ONT @ Crocks
Sept 29 – Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
Sept 30 – London, ONT @ London Music Hall
Oct 01 – Ottawa, ONT @ Mavericks
Oct 03 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
Oct 04 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
Oct 05 – Portland, ME @ The Asylum
Oct 07 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon
Oct 08 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
Oct 10 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
Oct 11 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Oct 12 – New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
*Devil You Know – support all dates
*Starset will join the tour Sept. 23 – Oct. 12 (except: Oct. 7&8)
*Incura on all Canadian shows
*Unlocking The Truth will join on Oct. 7&8
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT announces North American Tour
Guitar virtuoso Devin Townsend has been hard at work on the new DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT and Ziltoid2 records for the past few months, preparing the world for Ziltoid The Omniscient’s triumphant return and the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Epicloud! In support of this forthcoming epic double album due out in October, Hevy Devy will join ANIMALS AS LEADERS for a co-headlining tour in November/December with MONUMENTS as support. The tour will begin on November 17th in Seattle, WA and ends December 17th in San Francisco, CA. Previews of two of Devin Townsend’s projects are provided below:
RINGWORM Announces Fall North American Tour
Cleveland’s legendary kings of metallic hardcore RINGWORM are heading to Europe this weekend, but before they do they have announced another North American Tour. This time they are playing with Macabre and Panzerfaust. The tour kicks off October 3rd in St. Louis, MO, will make a stop at the Housecore Horror Festival in Austin, TX, and wraps up October 28th in Memphis, TN. RINGWORM ‘s European tour begins this Saturday, August 2nd in Berlin, GER at The Stateless Society Open Air Festival and wraps August 9th in Cologne, GER. All dates are in support of their most recent (and bad-assed per I.O.) release Hammer of the Witches. Read Metal Descent’s review of their live performance HERE.
RIVERS OF NIHIL Joins Death (DTA Tours) “Swamp Leper Stomp ’14” Tour
This November, Pennsylvania’s RIVERS OF NIHIL will embark on the biggest tour of their career so far! They have been added as the openers to DEATH (DTA Tours) “Swamp Leper Stomp ’14” tour! Additional support will come from OBITUARY and MASSACRE. This tour will kick off on November 14th at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, and wraps up on December 7th in Miami, FL at Grand Central. Guitarist Jon Kunz says:
“We’re incredibly stoked to a part of this year’s North American Death (DTA Tours)! Death are one of our biggest influences, with the incredible “Human” album being a constant source of inspiration. Throw in the nasty Tampa savagery of Obituary and Massacre, and you have the best death metal tour of the year. Long live Chuck, Florida death metal is supreme!“
I.O. Kirkwood is a Metal Descent contributor. You can visit her personal blog at iokirkwood.com.