Heavy Metal News Week In Review: 09/12/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on September 11, 2014

ExodusGARY HOLT OF EXODUS RESPONDS TO FAN ARREST 

A very unfortunate situation has come to the attention of Bay Area thrash metal band EXODUS.

Exodus 2It appears 31-year-old James “Jamie” Evans, an EXODUS fan living in Greenville, Kentucky, has been arrested – and is currently being jailed – for alleged terroristic threats for posting the lyrics to the EXODUS song “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” from the band’s 2010 Billboard-charting album Exhibit B: The Human Condition.  Click HERE for information on the arrest.

No past or present member of EXODUS has ever promoted or condoned terrorists, threats, or bullying.  Band members are baffled by what appears to be a violation of the right to Freedom of Speech, which is protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

EXODUS guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt has issued the following statement:

“The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society. James Evans was simply posting lyrics to a band he likes on Facebook, and he was locked up for it. The song ‘Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)’ was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of fucked-up behavior. It was 2007’s Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration to write the song, one in which we put the brakes on playing it live after the Sandy Hook shooting, as we did not want to seem insensitive.”

Gary continues:

“As some of us in EXODUS are parents, of course these things hit close to home, it’s every parent’s worst fear. These moments are the stuff of nightmares, and life – as well as music – isn’t always pretty. But when we start to overreact to things like lyrics by any band – including EXODUS – and start arresting people, we are caving in to paranoia and are well on our way to becoming an Orwellian society.”

Blood In, Blood Out, EXODUS’ tenth studio album featuring guest appearances by Kirk Hammett (METALLICA), Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), and Dan the Automator (GORILLAZ, MIKE PATTON), will be released in North America on October 14th via Nuclear Blast Records.

The band’s upcoming U.S. tour with SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES launches November 11th in Oakland, CA. Tickets may be purchased HERE.

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BELPHEGOR Forced to Cancel Headlining North American Tour

BelphegorDue to a critical and immediate family emergency, Austria’s diabolical death / black metal giants BELPHEGOR have been forced to cancel their planned headlining North American “Voices From The Dark” tour with ROTTING CHRIST (Greece), BEHEADED (Malta), and SVART CROWN (France), which was scheduled to launch September 24th in New York City.

BELPHEGOR frontman and guitarist Helmuth Lehner has issued the following statement:

“After fighting many months now (the last 4 months have been terrible), my mother is at the end.  Her body is decaying more and more and will not survive the next weeks (maybe days) or will fall in coma soon. I will not risk being away at this time.”

Conjuring The Dead, the  band’s tenth studio album, was released last month and debuted at #13 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart and at #58 on the Canadian Hard Music chart.  Recorded under the direction of Eric Rutan (CANNABAL CORPSE, AGNOSTIC FRONT, MALEVOLENT CREATION), the album artwork was created by Greek artist Seth Siro Anton.

Watch the official video for the album’s title track, directed by Walter Fanninger and featuring German fetish/tattoo model Makani Terror, on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

Conjuring The Dead can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast Webshop.

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WRETCHED’s Marshall Wieczorek to Cover Drums for HAVOK’s Pete Webber on Select Tour Dates   

HavokAs previously announced, HAVOK will return to North America this fall, starting with a USA/Canadian run alongside CROWBAR and REVOCATION, followed by a headlining trek in Mexico. Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, Pete Webber (drums) will sit out select dates on this upcoming tour, with WRETCHED’s Marshall Wieczorek filling in temporarily.

Pete comments:

“As some of you may have heard, my mother was in a tragic accident and is in very serious condition in the ICU in Boston. This unfortunately means I will have to miss out on at least a portion of our future shows. I must be by mom and family’s side during these difficult times…Our pal Marshall from WRETCHED will be filling in on my duties. He is a good friend of ours and a great drummer! I know he will do an awesome job in my absence! I hope everyone understands and keeps my mom in their positive thoughts and prayers. It helps in a big way to have the support! I will return as soon as I can to my bros in HAVOK and wish them all the best on this next run!”

See HERE for all upcoming HAVOK tour dates.

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

METAL DESCENT: Week in Review

CANNIBAL CORPSE A Skeletal Domain: Album Review

Sounds From The Heavy Metal Underground

This Week’s New Heavy Metal Album Releases

CRIMSON SHADOWS Kings Among Men: Album Review

Interview: MISS MAY I’s Ryan Neff

The Top 8 New Metal Music Videos Of The Week

Sounds From The Heavy Metal Underground: Battle Of The Bands (Round I): Vote for your favorite underground band. Poll closes September 17th.

Heavy Metal Enlightenment:

New Wave of British Heavy Metal

Nu Metal

Power Metal

NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

NACHTMYSTIUM Frontman’s Alleged Online Scams, Drug Use + More Exposed by Ex-Bandmate

Read More: http://loudwire.com/nachtmystium-blake-judd-online-scams-drug-use-exposed-ex-bandmate/?trackback=tsmclip

Century Media Makes Good on Fans Ripped Off By NACHTMYSTIUM

Read more: http://www.metalinjection.net/latest-news/century-media-makes-good-on-fans-ripped-off-by-nachtmystium

GOD FORBID Guitarist Speculates on Demise of New Wave of American Heavy Metal

Read more: http://www.metalinjection.net/latest-news/breakups/god-forbid-guitarist-speculates-on-demise-of-new-wave-of-american-heavy-metal

FOO FIGHTERS to Gene Simmons: ‘Not So Fast’ on ‘Rock Is Dead’ Declaration

Read More: http://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-gene-simmons-not-so-fast-rock-is-dead-declaration/?trackback=tsmclip

CHIMAIRA Is Officially Over

Read more: http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/91/29924/Chimaira-Is-Officially-Over

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Drummer Reed Mullin Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

Read More: http://loudwire.com/corrosion-of-conformity-drummer-reed-mullin-shoulder-surgery/?trackback=tsmclip

EVERY TIME I DIE + THE GHOST INSIDE Team Up For Winter 2014 Co-Headlining Tour

Read More: http://loudwire.com/every-time-i-die-the-ghost-inside-winter-2014-co-headlining-tour/?trackback=tsmclip

Call for submissions to Folk-Metal: Critical Essays on Identity, Myth and Culture

Read more: http://www.deathmetal.org/news/call-for-submissions-to-folk-metal-critical-essays-on-identity-myth-and-culture/

NEW RELEASES

CANNIBAL CORPSE Debuts “The Murderer’s Pact”

Cannibal CorpseThis weekend, death metal devotees will get to hear the devouring cadence of CANNIBAL CORPSE’s “The Murderer’s Pact” from their forthcoming new full-length, A Skeletal Domain, along with an in-depth interview with bassist Alex Webster, on Full Metal Jackie’s syndicated radio show!

Full Metal Jackie Radio is two hours of fist-pounding metal, hosted by renowned metal radio personality Full Metal Jackie (FMQB Metal Host Of The Year, four time winner), featuring regular interviews with many of metal’s biggest names, past and present. The show is syndicated on over seventy-five stations nationwide. Visit www.fullmetaljackieradio.com for more details, and a list of stations carrying the show.

The “The Murderer’s Pact” premiere comes on the heels of the release of CANNIBAL CORPSE’s thirteenth full-length. With A Skeletal Domain, the band has decidedly switched gears, opting to work with producer Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver) at Audio Hammer Studios, after having tracked their previous three outings (KillEvisceration PlagueTorture) with Erik Rutan. Boasting twelve ominous tracks in forty-four spine-fraying minutes, the result is a massive, belligerent, and deliberate aural attack that finds the band at their peak of their notoriously hyper-kinetic, meticulously executed brutality.

Skeletal Domain will be released in North America on September 16th, 2014 via Metal Blade records (you can read our review HERE). Point your browser to THIS LOCATION where you’ll witness the audio menace of second track, “Sadistic Embodiment” as well as a host of preorder bundles.

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ATREYU Release New Song As Free Download for Fans

AtreyuSo Cal metalcore behemoth ATREYU, who recently became active again after a three-year hiatus, has released the brand new song “So Others May Live” as a free download for fans and supporters. The song is now available HERE.

Vocalist Alex Varkatzas has this to say about the poignant song:

“‘So Others May Live’ is inspired by one of my best friends, who is ex-military. The things our troops go through to protect us are pretty unreal. Their treatment after leaves a lot to be desired, as well.”

He continued:

“The song honors them and condemns our government’s constant deployment of these brave souls. The people who fight and die for us often come from a certain socio-economic background – the working class. The people making these decisions to send our nation’s children to war come from positions of privilege and wealth; their kids aren’t the ones getting deployed and they aren’t risking their lives every day at work. Yet they order the working class to go ‘keep us safe’ at the drop of a hat, it feels like. It’s bullshit. It’s the politicians and the rich of this country waging war to keep the majority pre-occupied, so they can make money and advance their bullshit political agendas. The expense is ‘expendable’ working class/poor Americans’ lives, never the rich.”

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DECAPITATED: FIRST ALBUM PREVIEW RELEASED

Recorded under the direction of Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski at Hertz Studio in Poland, Blood Mantra features the debut of new drummer Michal Lysejko and is due out in North America on September 30th via Nuclear Blast Records.

Stream the new DECAPITATED track “The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation”:

The digital single is available for purchase from the following outlets:

Nuclear Blast MP3 iTunes – Google Play – Amazon (see below) or pre-order Blood Mantra in an exclusive t-shirt bundle + poster, CD, and vinyl formats from the album’s landing page.

Watch a trailer with bonus DVD footage and impressive off-the-cuff accordion work:

DECAPITATED will be touring the U.S. this October & November as direct support to GWAR on the first leg of the GWAR Eternal Tour 2014 launching on October 15th in Norfolk, VA and ending in Seattle, WA on November 12th.  Pre-sale ticket links are available on HERE.

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AT THE GATES Launches At War With Reality Album Teaser

“Gothenburg style” melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES will soon release their highly anticipated At War With Reality comeback album, their first studio effort in 19 years. A first music teaser, featuring more of the stunning artwork designed by Costin Chioreanu (twilight13media.com) for At War With Reality, can be seen here (and it is a teeeeaaazzzze at 1:10):

Due out October 27th in Europe and October 28th in North America via Century Media Records, At War With Reality features the band’s classic line-up from their last masterpiece, Slaughter Of The Soul (1995).

To pre-order At War With Reality, please visit CM Distro for various album formats and exclusive bundles: http://www.cmdistro.com/Artist/At_The_Gates/11622/Artist/1

At War With Reality track-listing
01. El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
02. Death And The Labyrinth
03. At War With Reality
04. The Circular Ruins
05. Heroes And Tombs
06. The Conspiracy Of The Blind
07. Order From Chaos
08. The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)
09. The Head Of The Hydra
10. City Of Mirrors
11. Eater Of Gods
12. Upon Pillars Of Dust
13. The Night Eternal

AT THE GATES will be playing select November shows with ROTTEN SOUND in Finland and with GRAVE and MORBUS CHRON in Sweden. In December, they will embark on an European tour with TRIPTYKON and MORBUS CHRON, break for the holidays, and continue solo into January of 2015 going as far east as Turkey and as far south as South Africa. For tour dates, go HERE.

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

REVOCATION Post First Studio Video from Deathless Recording Sessions

Deathless was recorded with acclaimed producer Zeuss at Planet Z studios in Massachusetts. The album is ten tracks of ambitious, catchy, and undeniably heavy material. During the recording process, the band shot a series of videos documenting their work on Deathless.  Today the first video from the sessions is available for streaming.

Deathless is set for an October 14th release via Metal Blade Records.  Get a first listen to the song HERE and be sure to pre-order the album.

REVOCATION is now touring in support of Deathless with CROWBAR in North America, followed by a full European tour with new label mates CANNIBAL CORPSE and AEON.   Tour information can be found HERE.

Due to an arm injury, Phil Dubious will unfortunately not be able to perform live with REVOCATION this fall. Jon “Charn” Rice of SCORPION CHILD, formerly of JOB FOR A COWBOY will be filling in on the band’s shows with CROWBAR, and Ash Pearson of 3 INCHES OF BLOOD will be filling in on the band’s European dates with CANNIBAL CORPSE.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/revocation

HEART IN HAND Reveals A Beautiful White

HeartInHandMelodic hardcore kings HEART IN HAND will release their brand new album, A Beautiful White, on November 3rd in Europe and on November 4th in North America (digital only) via SOAR/Century Media Records. Beginning November 14th in Stuttgart, GE, HEART IN HAND will tour Europe with THE AMITY AFFLICTION wrapping up on December 6th in Köln, GE. Tour info can be found HERE.

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/heartinhandukmh

THRESHOLD RELEASE SECOND TRACK-BY-TRACK TRAILER

Vocalist Damian Wilson & guitarist Richard West of the British progressive metal sextet THRESHOLD have released their commentary on the last four tracks comprising their tenth studio album, For The Journey, which will be released digitally via Nuclear Blast on September 30th.

Listen in to discover how Duran Duran is related to the new album, the influential artist behind brooding intros & 12-inch singles, and the search for truth as Damian & Richard discuss “Lost In Your Memory,” “Autumn Red,” “The Mystery Show,” and “Siren Sky” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

THRESHOLD’s first track-by-track commentary can be viewed HERE.
Guitarist Karl Groom in the studio.
Guitarist Karl Groom’s gear talk.
“Watchtower Of The Moon” lyric video.

All THRESHOLD re-issues are also available from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/THRESHOLD

SANCTUARY Films Video for “Frozen”  

Reactivated Seattle metal band, SANCTUARY, recently filmed a video for the track “Frozen” with director Dirk Behlau. “Frozen” is taken from the band’s upcoming album, The Year The Sun Died, which will be released on October 6th in Europe and on October 14th in North America via Century Media Records. The video will make its online debut on September 23rd; photos from the shoot can be seen on SANCTUARY’s Facebook page.

For a preview of The Year The Sun Died, be sure to check out the first single, the first new material from the band in 25 years, “Arise and Purify.”

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sanctuaryfans

STREAMS

STRIKER New Album City of Gold Streaming at Invisible Oranges   

STRIKER is now streaming their entire album exclusively at Invisible Oranges.  Check out an exclusive interview with the band and listen to all of City of Gold HERE.

Behold the new City Of Gold lyric video HERE:

City of Gold can be pre-ordered via Amazon (below) or iTunes.

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

NEVERMORE’s 2008 DVD, ‘The Year of the Voyager’, Now Streaming

SANCTUARY singer Warrel Dane and bass player Jim Sheppard’s post-1992 SANCTUARY outfit, NEVERMORE, is streaming their entire The Year of the Voyager DVD (2008) online in its entirety. Filmed in Germany in 2006, The Year of the Voyager features the band performing in support of their album, This Godless Endeavor, and can be viewed here:

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IRON REAGAN Streaming New Album The Tyranny of Will

The wait is almost over and The Tyranny of Will, IRON REAGAN’s Relapse debut will be released on September 16th in North America! This 24 song-wrecking ball of hardcorepunk/thrash fury was recorded with guitarist Phil Hall at Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, VA and self-produced plus it was mixed by Converge’s Kurt Ballou.  The cover art was done by Alexis Maybree AKA NevaSafe.

Pitchfork is hosting an exclusive stream of The Tyranny of Will.  Be among the first to thrash out to all 24 songs on the band’s Relapse Record debut.  Check it out HERE. The album can pre-ordered from Relapse Records HERE, bandcamp HERE, Amazon (below) and iTunes HERE.

IRON REAGAN has released a lyric video for the song “Eyeball Gore.”

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

DVD RELEASES

MESHUGGAH The Ophidian Trek LIVE DVD Teaser

Fans can catch their first glimpse of footage from Swedish extreme metal deviants MESHUGGAH’s upcoming live DVD / Blu-Ray + 2-CD release, The Ophidian Trek, due out in North America on September 30th. Watch The Ophidian Trek teaser on MESHUGGAH’s official YouTube channel:

Celebrating the band’s 25-year anniversary since the recording of their first EP with their second live release, MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake has previously stated:

“It’s been 4 years since the release of ‘Alive’ and with the band celebrating 25 years, we felt that we just had to get another one of these puppies out there! Hope you guys dig it and here’s to another 25 (or maybe just a little less)!!”

Footage was shot in the U.S. & Europe during The Ophidian Trek tour and includes festival footage from Wacken Open Air 2013 in Germany.  The live audio was processed & edited by MESHUGGAH guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, mixed by Daniel Begstrand (MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, BEHEMOTH), and mastered by Mats “Limpan” Lindfors (ROXETTE, OPETH, MANDO DIAO).

Pre-order bundles – which include an exclusive album art t-shirt + a replica tour pass – are now available from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.  Additional “25 Years of Deviance” exclusive artwork t-shirts are also available.

The Ophidian Trek’s track listings are:

Live DVD / Blu-Ray
01 – Swarmer
02 – Swarm
03 – Combustion
04 – Rational Gaze
05 – obZen
06 – Lethargica
07 – Do Not Look Down
08 – The Hurt That Finds You First
09 –  I Am Colossus
10 – Bleed
11 – Demiurge
12 – New Millennium Cyanide Christ
13 – Dancers To A Discordant System
14 – Mind’s Mirrors / In Death – Is Life / In Death – Is Death
15 – The Last Vigil

Live CD 1
01 – Swarmer
02 – Swarm
03 – Combustion
04 – Rational Gaze
05 – obZen
06 – Lethargica
07 – Do Not Look Down
08 – The Hurt That Finds You First
09 –  I Am Colossus

Live CD 2
01 – Bleed
02 – Demiurge
03 – New Millennium Cyanide Christ
04 – Dancers To A Discordant System
05 – Mind’s Mirrors / In Death – Is Life / In Death – Is Death
06 – The Last Vigil

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MESHUGGAH

Noisey Presents NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou

NoiseyNoisey, the music arm of VICE, is proud to present NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou, a seven-part series examining the people and the culture that helped foster bands like DOWN, EYEHATEGOD, CROWBAR, ACID BATH, GOATWHORE and many others. Launching on September 16th, the series features appearances from names like Philip H. Anselmo (Housecore Records, DOWN, ex-PANTERA), Mike IX Williams (EYEHATEGOD), Jimmy Bower (EYEHATEGOD, DOWN, SUPERJOINT RITUAL), Kirk Windstein (CROWBAR, ex-DOWN), Pepper Keenan (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, DOWN), and Sammy Duet (GOATWHORE, ex-ACID BATH) amongst others, discussing the bands, Hurricane Katrina, drugs, suicide, murder, and records that helped shape the New Orleans sound known the world over.

From the crawfish-littered tables of the secluded Anselmo compound to a fishing boat with EYEHATEGOD in the swamps, Noisey delves in deep with the NOLA natives on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on September 16th and coming to a conclusion on October 7th.

In the meantime, check out the trailer:

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

RE-RELEASES

MONSTER MAGNET to Release Milking the Stars

Monster MagnetMilking the Stars is a re-imagined version of Last Patrol  (2013) featuring four new songs and live tracks. The artwork and first song from Milking the Stars have been released. Wyndorf’s pick for the first song is “No Paradise For Me”.  The song, according to Wyndorf, is “interesting, fucked up and old school sounding.”  Listen HERE.

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

Haken Announce Re-release of Restoration EP 

Haken bandFollowing the release of HAKEN’s critically acclaimed album The Mountain last year, plus plenty of touring and even three nominations at this year’s Progressive Music Awards, the London-based progressive metallers are extremely pleased to announce the release of the digital-only Restoration EP in the US on November 11th. Restoration is comprised of three reworked and updated songs which originally appeared on their 2007/08 self-produced demo, and the release has been mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. The final track is a no holds barred epic including guest ‘cameo’ appearances by Pete Rinaldi (HEADSPACE) and Mike Portnoy (TRANSATLANTIC/ FLYING  COLORS). The band also recently announced a run of UK & Irish dates with label-mates LEPROUS & MASCHINE for later this year. This will be the band’s biggest run of dates in their own country yet and they can be found HERE.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HakenOfficial

TOURS & SHOWS

NIGHTWISH Announce Prestigious Los Angeles Show 

NightwishFinland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH are pleased to announce a VERY prestigious show at the internationally renowned Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (known for hosting artists such as Robert Plant, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Paul Simon, and the Talking Heads) on May 1st, 2015.

Checking in from Europe‘s Land of a Thousand Lakes, NIGHTWISH vocalist Floor Jansen shares her thoughts on the special upcoming L.A. show:

“It’s a great honor for NIGHTWISH to play in this legendary theatre! A fantastic location that will surely enhance the magic of the music. We can’t wait to start touring with this new album we’re recording now! New and old songs, it will be special to play them live at this amazing place.”

VIP Meet & Greet tickets (which includes early entry + an official tour program) for this very special night at the Greek Theatre are on sale now exclusively at EnterTheVault.com. On September 12th, tickets will be available via Ticketmaster.com.

NIGHTWISH are currently recording demos with producer Tero “TeeCee” Kinnumen for their as-yet-untitled eighth studio album featuring new frontwoman Floor Jansen.  Longtime drummer Jukka Nevalainen will sit out on the recording sessions due to health issues; Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY) will replace him.

Follow the band‘s progress on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

Last December, Nuclear Blast released NIGHTWISH’s live Blu-ray/DVD & tour documentary Showtime, Storytime containing the band’s entire live Wacken Open Air Festival 2013 set + a 2-hour documentary that includes “Please Learn The Setlist In 48 Hours.” Directed by Ville Lipiäinen (30 SECONDS TO MARS, HIM), it was shot with seventeen cameras in front of 85,000 fans.

Visit the Showtime, Storytime Landing Page HERE.

Fans can purchase the live Blu-ray/DVD and select NIGHTWISH back-catalogue from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NIGHTWISH

MARTY FRIEDMAN Announces UK Tour

FRIEDMAN has announced plans to return to the UK in December to tour alongside thrash legends KREATOR, melodic death metallists ARCH ENEMY and Norwegian blackjazz outfit SHINING!

FRIEDMAN will feature SHINING as his backing band during the run and also perform a few surprise collaborations. Full dates can be found HERE.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/martyfriedman.official?ref=br_tf

KING DIAMOND Announces Opening Act for North American Tour

KING DIAMOND would like to welcome JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES as the opening act for the North American tour this fall. The occult rock group from Kuopio, Finland, was personally selected by KING DIAMOND himself to be the openers on the tour.

JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES is an occult rock band from Kuopio, Finland. JATAO draws inspiration from heavy metal and rock groups of the classic era, such as Mercyful Fate, Roky Erickson, Iron Maiden and Abba. Watch their latest video for “Astral Sabbat” on YouTube:

Tickets for the tour can be bought HERE though several shows are SOLD OUT!

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

https://www.facebook.com/jessandtheancientones

NEUROSIS to Headline Bestia Festival in Mexico

NeurosisThe promoters of the second annual Bestia Festival in Ciudad, Mexico have unveiled the lineup for the upcoming 2014 installment of the gathering, with the name NEUROSIS dominating the list as the fest headliner. The three-day Bestia Festival is set to run from November 19th to the 23rd, with performances from The Ex, Monogatari, (SIC), Han Bennink, Terrie Ex, Marc Ribot, Ray Anderson, Bob Stewart and others confirmed. In addition to the concerts, an array of music workshops, film screenings and more will fill the festival grounds. For five days, the venues Teatro de la Ciudad, Cineteca Nacional, Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Estación Indianilla and Museo Universitario del Chopo will host the festival around the city. The program brings the opportunity to see bands and projects that can’t easily be seen throughout Mexico, and the promoters strive to create a live experience with high standards in sound and production. Tickets for Bestia Festival will go on sale on September 17th.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:

10/18/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest [info]

10/19/2014 The Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO w/ Subrosa, In The Company Of Serpents [info]

10/23-26/2014 Housecore Horror Film Fest – Austin, TX [info]

11/19-23/2014 Bestia Festival – Ciudad, Mexico [info]

5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD [info]

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/officialneurosis

BEYOND THE SHORE Confirm Headlining Dates for October

Beyond the ShoreBEYOND THE SHORE have confirmed a week’s worth of headlining shows for this October! The band will be bringing ILLUMINATE ME (see our review of their performance HERE) and EVERY PASSING DREAM as the support acts for the tour that begins October 3rd in Crest Hill, IL and wraps up onOctober 11 in Marrietta, GA. Tickets can be found HERE. BEYOND THE SHORE released Ghostwatcher in April of 2013. Videos for “#Dreamkiller“, “Glass Houses“, and “Homewrecker” are streaming now at metalblade.com/beyondtheshore.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/beyondtheshore

RIVERS OF NIHIL Guitarist Brody Uttley Offering Lessons on Tour

RiversofNihilRIVERS OF NIHIL guitarist Brody Uttley is offering guitar lessons while the band is on tour from September-December this year! Fans/aspiring guitarists can sign up for a lesson via Brody’s profile on bandhappy.com. Visit bandhappy.com/profile/Brody to sign up and to see when RIVERS OF NIHIL will be in your area.

RIVERS OF NIHIL will be live streaming their rehearsal on Thursday, September 18th as they prepare for their two upcoming tours. Fans will be able to interact with the band and watch them practice via youtube.com/riversofnihilpa. The rehearsal will also include a brief Q&A with the band. Subscribe to the RIVERS OF NIHIL youtube channel today to stay up to date and to be the first to see future videos and google hangouts!

RIVERS OF NIHIL will be touring this September-October with fellow Reading natives, BLACK CROWN INITIATE. The “Reading Rainbow Tour” will begin on September 19th in Buffalo, NY and winds its way through RI, PA, MI, OH, and KY before wrapping up on October 3rd in their home town. RIVERS OF NIHIL have also 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.

Earlier this year, RIVERS OF NIHIL released a video for “Birth of the Omnisavior,” a sleek and dark video that captures visually what this band does so well sonically: they play emboldened, deftly-executed death metal at a level far beyond their years. Watch “Birth of the Omnisavior” from their album The Conscious Seed of Light now at metalblade.com/riversofnihil.

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ioI.O. Kirkwood is a Metal Descent contributor. You can read her personal blog at iokirkwood.com.

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