Serpentine Dominion’s Adam Dutkiewicz launches guitar play-through for new track, “On the Brink of Devastation”

Serpentine Dominion‘s Adam Dutkiewicz launches guitar play-through for new track, “On the Brink of Devastation”

Imagine Killswitch Engage at their heaviest, with the immediately recognizable guitar playing of Adam Dutkiewicz, the precision drumming of former The Black Dahlia Murder member Shannon Lucas, and the legendary death metal growl of Cannibal Corpse‘s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher – the result is Serpentine Dominion. After 7 years in the making, this highly anticipated project will finally be releasing their self-titled debut on October 28th via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of the album, fans can check out a guitar play-through by Adam Dutkiewicz for the new track, “On the Brink of Devastation”, now: youtube.com | vimeo.com

The first single, “The Vengeance in Me”, can be heard at: metalblade.com/serpentinedominion – where Serpentine Dominion can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–CD
–180g black vinyl
–olive-green marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies!)
–dark red marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies!)
–dark khaki marble vinyl (USA – limited to 250 copies!)
–red/black marble vinyl (USA – limited to 250 copies!)
*an exclusive t-shirt bundle, plus digital options are also available!

The origins of Serpentine Dominioncan be traced back to 2009’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which boasted a line-up that includedKillswitch Engage, Cannibal Corpse, and The Black Dahlia Murder. During that fateful summer, Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz made a proposition to Cannibal Corpse vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher: “George, I want to write you a record.” On the Mayhem Fest tour, Shannon Lucas, who performed with The Black Dahlia Murder through 2012, was tapped to record drums on the album. Between 2009 and 2016,Cannibal Corpse and Killswitch Engage released three albums each, so scheduling time to work on Serpentine Dominion was no easy feat – but when their rigorous schedules allowed, Serpentine Dominion began to come together, with Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach penning the lyrics, which touch on corruption within the government, religion, big business, and other timely issues. Ultimately, though, this debut is a pure passion project; it was written and recorded simply for why musicians get into music in the first place: fun.

Serpentine Dominion track-listing
1. Intro
2. The Vengeance in Me
3. Vanquished Unto Thee
4. Divide, Conquer, Burn, and Destroy
5. Sovereign Hate
6. On the Brink of Devastation
7. Jagged Cross Legions
8. Prelude
9. This Endless War

Serpentine Dominion line-up:
Adam Dutkiewicz – guitars
George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher – vocals
Shannon Lucas – drums

Serpentine Dominion online:
https://www.facebook.com/serpentinedominion
https://www.instagram.com/serpentinedominion

Allegaeon launches mini studio documentary for new album, ‘Proponent for Sentience’, online

On September 23rd, melodic death metal outfit Allegaeon will be releasing their fourth full-length, Proponent for Sentience, via Metal Blade Records. Today, the band has launched a mini documentary for Proponent for Sentience online, which gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album with footage from the studio. To watch the video, please visit:youtube.com | vimeo.com

In support of Proponent for Sentience, Allegaeon will head out on the road with Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Combichrist for a North American trek that kicks off next week. See below for all dates.

Allegaeon tour dates
w/ Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots, Combichrist

Sept. 12 – Las Vegas, NV – LVCS
Sept. 13 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Sept. 15 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In
Sept. 16 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Concert Hall
Sept. 17 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Sept. 18 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
Sept. 19 – Knoxville, TN – The Concourse
Sept. 20 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theater
Sept. 22 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Sept. 24 – San Bernardino, CA – Ozzfest Meets Knotfest *
Oct. 10 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks #
Oct. 11 – Toronto, ON – Opera House #
Oct. 12 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes #
*=Allegaeon only
#=Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots, The Black Dahlia Murder, Allegaeon only

Produced by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation), Proponent for Sentience is a musically complex, intelligent, and absorbing concept record that can rightfully sit alongside the true greats of the medium. With a lyrical arc rooted in science-fiction yet uncomfortably encroaching upon the reality of the present, it captures the Fort Collins, Colorado natives at their most ambitious and accomplished, pushing the boundaries even further than on their three previous critically acclaimed full-lengths. For another preview of Proponent for Sentience, be sure to check out the following previously released tracks:
–“All Hail Science” (performance video): youtube.com
–“Subdivisions” (Rush cover + full band play-through): youtube.com
–“Proponent For Sentience III – The Extermination” [featuring guest appearances by Soilwork‘s Bjorn “Speed” Strid (vocals) and Scar Symmetry/ex-Bloodshot Dawn‘s Benjamin Ellis (guitar)]: soundcloud.com
–“Gray Matter Mechanics” (full band play-through): youtube.com
–“Appassionata Ex Machinea” [acoustic performance by Greg Burgess (guitar)]: youtube.com

Proponent for Sentience can be pre-ordered now at:metalblade.com/allegaeon. See below for format details:
–CD
–180g Black 2LP
–Marbled Violet 2LP (limited to 200 copies!)
*Exclusive t-shirt bundles, plus digital options are also available!

Proponent for Sentience track-listing
1. Proponent for Sentience I – The Conception
2. All Hail Science
3. From Nothing
4. Gray Matter Mechanics – Apassionata Ex Machinea
5. Of Mind and Matrix
6. Proponent for Sentience II – The Algorithm
7. Demons of an Intricate Design
8. Terrathaw and the Quake
9. Cognitive Computations
10. The Arbiters
11. Proponent for Sentience III – The Extermination
12. Subdivisions

Allegaeon line-up:
Riley McShane – vocals
Greg Burgess – guitar
Michael Stancel – guitar
Corey Archuleta – bass
Brandon Park – drums

Allegaeon online:
http://www.facebook.com/allegaeon
http://www.youtube.com/ALLEGAEON
http://twitter.com/allegaeon
http://instagram.com/allegaeonofficial

Whitechapel reveals final round of confirmed dates for co-headlining USA tour with Suicide Silence this fall

Whitechapel reveals final round of confirmed dates for co-headlining USA tour with Suicide Silence this fall

As previously announced, Whitechapel will co-headline a USA run withSuicide Silence this fall! Sponsored by BlackCraft Cult Clothing (blackcraftcult.com), the “Straight Outta Hell” tour also features Carnifex andOceano as support, with Despised Icon appearing at select shows. This must-see trek kicks off in late September and ends in late October – see below for all confirmed dates!

Whitechapel tour dates
w/ Suicide Silence, Carnifex, Oceano

Sept. 28 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre #
Sept. 29 – Seattle, WA – Studio 7 #
Sept. 30 – Spokane, WA – The Pin
Oct. 1 – Billings, MT – Pub Station
Oct. 2 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Oct. 4 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
Oct. 5 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Oct. 6 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
Oct. 7 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Oct. 8 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
Oct. 9 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Oct. 11 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater *
Oct. 12 – Webster, NY – Harmony House *
Oct. 13 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater *
Oct. 14 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club *
Oct. 15 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Oct. 16 – Freehold, NJ – Gamechanger
Oct. 17 – Greensboro, NC – Pete’s
Oct. 19 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live #
Oct. 20 – Dallas, TX – The Door #
Oct. 21 – Farmington, NM – Top Deck
Oct. 22 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl at Hard Rock #
# = newly added
* = w/ Despised Icon

Whitechapel recently completed an extensive trek across the USA on the annual Warped Tour, touring in support of their sixth full-length, Mark of the Blade. Hailed as “an exciting milestone” (Alt Press), Mark of the Blade was produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse) and sees Whitechapel redefine who they are and what they are capable of with the resulting 11 tracks. Kicking off with “The Void” – which has a Slayer-esque ferocity that is perfectly suited to the band’s three-guitar attack – the songs that follow all leave a distinct impression, and by the time the rich, dark melodies on “Decennium” bring the record to a close, it’s impossible to deny the emotional weight brought to bear. Alex Wade explains, “At this point in our career and as we grow older, we are taking a more open-minded approach to creating our music, allowing what we think sounds good to evolve naturally, rather than to just write what is expected of us.”

To purchase Mark of the Blade in various formats, please visit:metalblade.com/whitechapel – where the video for the latest single, “Elitist Ones”, can also be viewed.

Whitechapel line-up:
Phil Bozeman – Vocals
Ben Savage – Guitar
Zach Householder – Guitar
Alex Wade – Guitar
Ben Harclerode – Drums
Gabe Crisp – Bass

Whitechapel online:
http://www.whitechapelband.com
http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel
http://www.facebook.com/whitechapelmetal
https://twitter.com/whitechapelband
http://instagram.com/whitechapelband
http://www.youtube.com/WhitechapelTV

Volbeat Seals The Deal and Boogies with Killswitch Engage in Pittsburgh

The States have been fortunate as of late, having Danish “metalbilly” band Volbeat tour here with some stalwart bands.  Last time around it was Anthrax and Crobot and the current tour is with Killswitch Engage and Black Wizard.  Volbeat’s current line-up consists of vocalist and guitarist Michael Poulsen, guitarist Rob Caggiano, drummer Jon Larsen and bassist Kaspar Boye Larsen and they have a rep for bringing the goods.  Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie was released worldwide on June 3 and their sixth record is one of their strongest starting off with singles, “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” and “For Evigt” (Forever) or the English version”The Bliss”.  Pittsburgh’s show at Stage AE was exceptional and there was a great blend of old and new material to entertain fans (see set below). Poulsen was a commanding presence and the acquisition of Anthrax’s Caggiano is certainly the coup of the band’s history.  The new record picks up where  Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies left off and their performance of the new tunes was spot on.

Metalcore act Killswitch Engage returned to Pittsburgh as well after a few years of absence again with lead singer Jesse Leach in tow.  No offense to Howard Jones (in between singer of KSE), but Leach’s return to the fold has made them more entertaining than ever.  Due to the intense heat, the stage antics of Adam Jonathan Dutkiewicz were a bit more subdued than usual, but the intensity was amped to replace the jumping around.  KSE is firing on all cylinders right now and seems to be even more back in the groove than ever before, making them a band to truly watch rise in popularity (if that’s possible).

Vancouver’s Black Wizard opened and brought their brand of doom-stoner metal to the masses.  These guys are definitely onto something as they have a great sound, look, and cool throwback chops.  You can check them out here http://www.blackwizard.org/.

All photos AWeldingphoto © 2016

 

Holiday gifts for the rock n’ rollers in your life

We are not always the easiest animal to please some say, but really we are as simple to figure out as microwave popcorn.  The rock n’ rollers in your life consume all things that have anything to do with music and the lifestyle.  The hardest thing about us is that we usually go out and get what we want so fast you never have a chance to get it for us.  So, unless you are going to creep on our Amazon Wishlist and hope we don’t snap up some of those goodies before the Holidays hit, may Pittsburgh Music Magazine suggest some easy as one, two, three gifts that the music maniac in your life didn’t know that they wanted but will absolutely love:

1.  Off the beaten path box sets:

I love quirky box sets that not only have cool tunes, but some extras thrown in that a consumer would not expect.  Jack White’s Third Man Record’s is offering The Paramount Records Wonder Cabinet Available at thirdmanstore.com.  ‘The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932,’ “an epic, two-volume omnibus of art, words and music housed in a limited-edition, hand-sculpted cabinet-of-wonder” features 800 newly-remastered digital tracks, representing 172 artists, 200+ fully-restored original 1920s ads and images, 6x 180g vinyl LPs pressed on burled chestnut colored vinyl w/ hand-engraved, blind-embossed gold-leaf labels, housed in a laser-etched white birch LP folio, 250 page deluxe large-format clothbound hardcover art book , 360 page encyclopedia-style softcover field guide containing artist portraits and full Paramount discography, a handcrafted quarter-sawn oak cabinet with lush sage velvet upholstery and custom-forged metal hardware, and a first-of-its-kind music and image player app, allowing user mgmt of all tracks and ads, housed on custom-designed USB drive.  Cool stuff, but It’s a bit pricey at $400.  If you have a metalhead in the fam, like yours truly, head on over to The Metal Blade Store and check out the amazing prices they have on box sets up to 60% of As I Lay Dying, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, and much more.

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2.  Alcohol…need I say more

Now unless your rocker has had to swear off (no shame in that my friends), a sure fire way to many a bleeding rebels heart is through his or her throat.  You could go the boring route and buy the case of beer you know they like or the bottle of liquor they always drink or you could go high class.  Recently, one of my best friend turned me onto Tequila.  I’m not talking about ‘To-Kill-Ya’ that we all have had some ‘nights best left forgotten’ drinking.  These are high quality tequilas that taste and go down like nothing you have ever had before.  Let me recommend the best-o-the best: Dobel Tequila is a blend of Reposado, Anejo and Extra Anejo tequilas which have been gently filtered and give the tequila an incredible Diamond Clarity and crispness that is unlike anything that has crossed my palate.  It’s the purity combined with the complexity derived from the aged tequilas makes Reserva del Maestro Dobel a completely unique experience.  I would have never believed it had it not been for my buddie’s Tequila Bar in his establishment and a unique taste test experience.  This is a small batch tequila that is hand crafted, aged in oak casks, and then get this…hand labeled and numbered.  We wrote the company and they were kind enough to offer our readers a FREE recipe book at this link.  Trust me on this one it’s a sure fire winner…and make sure they crack it open with you!

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3. Something from “their band”

We all have our favorite bands.  Some of us have one and some of us have so many we can’t count.  The thing is whomever you are into, these days there a plethora of off the wall memorabilia and collector items that can be found relatively easily all depending on how much you want to search.  Luckily the internet is truly your friend here.  First, check the band’s website because they often have the cool stuff right under your nose.  Also, check Amazon because they have some pretty cool stuff as well.  But pages like Etsy, EBay, Rockabilia, and Rock N Roll Action Figures to name a few have some hidden gems within them that are sure to please.

Regardless, Happy Holiday, be safe, and I hope my wife is reading this (hints, hints!!!)

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CANNIBAL CORPSE “Tomb of the Mutilated” picture disc available for pre-order; contest on-line now

CANNIBAL CORPSE “Tomb of the Mutilated” picture disc available for pre-order; contest on-line now

Decibel Magazine Tour begins on May 10th

This year heralds CANNIBAL CORPSE’s 25th year as a band and the band plans to celebrate all year long! Metal Blade Records will be releasing one picture disc a month from the band’s expansive catalog (Eaten Back to Life, Butchered at Birth, Tomb of the Mutilated, The Bleeding, Vile, Gallery of Suicide, Bloodthirst, Gore Obsessed, The Wretched Spawn, KILL, Evisceration Plague, Torture). A total of 12 pictures discs will be released, covering all of the band’s full-length studio albums, some of which have never been released on picture disc. The next picture disc available for preorder is Tomb of the Mutilated, which was released in 1992, and can be found HERE. Additionally, fans in the US can enter to win a copy of the picture disc now at metalblade.com/us/contests.

Go to www.jsrdirect.com/bands/cannibalcorpse to check out all the new merch and collectable items available from the band.

CANNIBAL CORPSE
Decibel Magazine Tour w/ Napalm Death, Immolation
05/10 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
05/11 Dallas, TX Trees
05/12 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live
05/14 Tucson, AZ The Rock *
05/15 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage *
05/16 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory *
05/17 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro *
05/18 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom *
05/19 Seattle, WA El Corazon *
05/21 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom **
05/22 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom **
05/23 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room **
05/24 Regina, SK Riddell Centre **
05/25 Winnipeg, MB The Garrick **
05/26 St. Paul, MN Mill City Nights **
05/28 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge **
05/29 Detroit, MI Harpos **
05/30 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom **
05/31 Toronto, ON The Phoenix **
06/01 Montreal, QC Club Soda **
06/02 Boston, MA Royale **
06/04 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place %
06/05 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg %
06/06 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer %
06/07 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s %
06/09 St. Louis, MO Pops %
06/11 Atlanta, GA Masquerade %
06/12 Orlando, FL Beacham %
* w/ Cretin
** w/ Beyond Creation
% w/ Magrudergrind

http://www.cannibalcorpse.net
http://www.facebook.com/cannibalcorpse
http://twitter.com/corpseofficial
http://www.youtube.com/cannibalcorpse

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NAPALM DEATH to join Decibel Magazine tour 2013 with CANNIBAL CORPSE, IMMOLATION

After successfully co-headlining a North American tour with speed punks MUNICIPAL WASTE, leaders of the extreme, NAPALM DEATH, will now be coming back to the States with CANNIBAL CORPSE and IMMOLATION for the 2013 installment of the Decibel Magazine tour (CRETIN, BEYOND CREATION, and MAGRUDERGRIND will also join the tour as rotating support). Vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway comments about this upcoming trek:

“Twice in the USA in the space of a year? Must pinch ourselves a little harder. It’s like 22 years ago all over again. Well, the MUNICIPAL WASTE trip was a very beautiful thing, and we found things to be very vibrant and people rolled out in force. So Albert from Decibel asked us back in an excited voice, and we said ‘Oh, go on then’ in an excited voice, and thus we’ll be seeing you sooner rather than later. It’ll be fast, it’ll be furious – guaranteed.”

Dates for the tour are below– be prepared for a crusher this spring! In the meantime, fans can pick up the latest issue of Decibel Magazine for a NAPALM fix. Featuring a foreword penned by Barney, this special 100th issue is available for purchase in stores and online here.

Decibel Magazine tour 2013 feat. CANNIBAL CORPSE, NAPALM DEATH, IMMOLATION, CRETIN, BEYOND CREATION, MAGRUDERGRIND
May 10 / Houston, TX / Fitzgerald’s
May 11 / Dallas, TX / Trees
May 12 / San Antonio, TX / Backstage Live
May 14 / Tucson, AZ / The Rock
May 15 / Ramona, CA / Ramona Mainstage
May 16 / Santa Ana, CA / The Observatory
May 17 / Oakland, CA / Oakland Metro
May 18 / Portland, OR / Wonder Ballroom
May 19 / Seattle, WA / El Corazon
May 21 / Vancouver, BC / Commodore Ballroom
May 22 / Calgary, AB / MacEwan Ballroom
May 23 / Edmonton, AB / Starlight Room
May 24 / Regina, SK / Riddell Centre
May 25 / Winnipeg, MB / The Garrick
May 26 / St. Paul, MN / Mill City Nights
May 28 / Chicago, IL / Bottom Lounge
May 29 / Detroit, MI / Harpos
May 30 / Buffalo, NY / Town Ballroom
May 31 / Toronto, ON / The Phoenix
Jun 01 / Montreal, QC / Club Soda
Jun 02 / Boston, MA / Royale
Jun 04 / New Haven, CT / Toad’s Place
Jun 05 / Brooklyn, NY / Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jun 06 / Philadelphia, PA / Union Transfer
Jun 07 / Cleveland, OH / Peabodys
Jun 09 / St. Louis, MO / Pops
Jun 11 / Atlanta, GA / Masquerade
Jun 12 / Orlando, FL / Beacham

NAPALM DEATH will be touring in support of their latest release, Utilitarian, which was named one of the best metal albums of 2012 by Decibel Magazine, Revolver Magazine, Spin.com, Metal Sucks.net, Loudwire.com, and countless others. If you still haven’t heard Utilitarian, be sure to check out the video for the track “The Wolf I Feed”:

To purchase the album, please visit iTunes or CM Distro.

LAMB OF GOD Teams Up with AXS TV for Live Broadcast

Currently on tour in the United States supporting their latest album Resolution, LAMB OF GOD is pleased to partner with AXS TV for a live broadcast of their Philadelphia show on November 24th from the Electric Factory. Traveling with a full multimedia production, the band chose Philadelphia, site of the platinum DVD Killadelphia, knowing that it would be a wild night of metal. The broadcast will run from 10 p.m. until 11:15 p.m. ET. For more information on AXS TV and on the Lamb of God broadcast go to www.facebook.com/AXSTVConcerts or follow @AXSTV on Twitter.

As part of the promotion for the broadcast, LAMB OF GOD has given AXS TV a signed Willie Adler ESP guitar for a giveaway. Here is the Facebook link to sign up for that promotion: http://bddy.me/P8hF53

Check out LAMB OF GOD’s exclusive announcement about the LIVE concert event on AXS TV:

The Resolution U.S. tour continues until December 16th with In Flames and Sylosis on all dates. Hatebreed will appear until November 19th and then HELLYEAH will appear through December 16th. Dates are below.

LAMB OF GOD Tour Dates:

7-Nov / St. Louis, MO / Pageant /

8-Nov / Indianapolis, IN / Egyptian Room /

9-Nov / Milwaukee, WI / Eagles Ballroom /

10-Nov / St. Paul, MN / Myth /

12-Nov / Louisville, KY / Expo Five /

14-Nov / Stroudsburg, PA / Sherman Theater /

15-Nov / Glens Falls, NY / Glens Falls Civic Center /

16-Nov / New York, NY / Roseland Ballroom /

17-Nov / Silver Spring, MD / Fillmore /

19-Nov / Orlando, FL / House of Blues/

20-Nov /Atlanta, GA / Tabernacle /

21-Nov / Charlotte, NC / Fillmore /

23-Nov / Wallingford, CT / Oakdale Theater /

24-Nov / Philadelphia, PA / Electric Factory

25-Nov / Boston, MA / House of Blues

26-Nov / Niagara Falls, NY / Rapids Theater

27-Nov / Pittsburgh, PA / Stage AE /

28-Nov / Richmond, VA / The National /

30-Nov / Chicago, IL / Congress Ballroom /

1-Dec / Detroit, MI / Fillmore /

2-Dec / Columbus, OH / LC Pavilion / (Cannibal Corpse replacing HELLYEAH)

3-Dec / Grand Rapids, MI / Orbit Room /

4-Dec / Des Moines, IA / Val Air Ballroom /

6-Dec / Houston, TX / Bayou Music Center /

7-Dec / Dallas, TX / Palladium Ballroom /

8-Dec / Kansas City, MO / Uptown Theater /

9-Dec / Denver, CO / Fillmore /

11-Dec / Farmington, NM / McGhee Park

12-Dec / Las Vegas, NV / House of Blues (Rescheduled from 11/1 show) – Tickets purchased for original performance will be honored

13-Dec / San Francisco, CA / Warfield /

14-Dec / Medford, OR / Medford Armory

15-Dec / Spokane, WA / Knitting Factory

16-Dec / Seattle, WA / Showbox SoDo /

CANNIBAL CORPSE W/ MISERY INDEX, HOUR OF PENANCE, GRISLY AMPUTATION Saturday, November 24

Returning with the ceaselessly hostile Torture, Cannibal Corpse prove that when it comes to combining unrestrained maliciousness, involving song writing and technical precision they still have no equal, once again fortifying their position at the forefront of death metal. The twelfth full-length of their inspiring twenty-four year career, the Floridian quintet have never sounded so vital, the album building upon the wealth of powerful, dark, and memorable songs comprising 2006’s Kill and 2009’s Evisceration Plague and pointedly upping the ante at every turn. While this marks the latest progression in the band’s sound, Torture also witnesses a return to what drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz accurately terms “the frenzied attack of Butchered At Birth (1991) or Tomb Of The Mutilated (1992)”, infusing the band’s advanced musicianship with the raw savagery that haunted their earlier releases, and in the process conceiving the definitive Cannibal Corpse record.

Adult Swim Releases Highly-Anticipated Dethklok Album, Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III

Adult Swim is pleased to announce today’s release of the brand new album from DETHKLOK, the brutal animated band from the Metalocalypse television series, Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III. From Williams Street Records, the network’s independent music label, the third album from the chart-topping band will be released in a variety of formats including a standard CD, clean CD and Deluxe Edition CD/DVD combo, which will include a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will also be released on November 6, 2012.

Head to www.adultswim.com/dethalbum3 NOW to listen to new tracks from the album, watch the music video for ‘The Galaxy’, and find information about the band’s upcoming Tour. Starting today, fans can also purchase the album at Best Buy and other retailers.

Adult Swim recently announced the release of Metalocalypse Season 4 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 30, bringing DETHKLOK back to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in two years. In the fourth season of the comedy series from co-creators Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, the band welcomes guest appearances from the likes of Corpsegrinder (Cannibal Corpse), Cam Pipes (3 Inches Of Blood), Dweezil Zappa, Jon Hamm and director Werner Herzog among others. Along with all 12 episodes from the series’ fourth season, the Metalocalypse Season 4 DVD and Blu-ray releases will feature more than two hours of special features. Highlights from those features include a 90-minute feature film of Nathan Explosion tackling his latest Shakespeare reading, in “Nathan Reads Shakespeare 4: Comedy of Errors,” a series of band member “StaresDowns,” a look at DETHKLOK Fan Art, “MurderThoughts,” a “Pickles Flyby” and much, much more.

DETHKLOK recently announced a North American headline tour with support from All That Remains, Machine Head, and special guest The Black Dahlia Murder. Kicking off on October 30 in Norfolk, VA, the tour featuring the band from the Metalocalypse animated series will make more than 30 stops throughout the United States and Canada before coming to an end in Atlanta, GA. For ticket information please visit http://www.adultswim.com/dethtour. See below for all upcoming tour dates.

With The Black Dahlia Murder as the openers, and Machine Head and All That Remains alternating direct support positions in the line-up in each city, the Dethklok North American headliner tour includes the following stops:

10/30/2012 Norfolk, VA @ Norva
10/31/2012 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/2/2012 Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
11/3/2012 New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
11/4/2012 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
11/5/2012 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/7/2012 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
11/8/2012 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/9/2012 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/10/2012 Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
11/11/2012 Grand Rapids, MI @Orbit Room
11/13/2012 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/14/2012 Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
11/15/2012 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
11/16/2012 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/17/2012 Kansas City, MO @ Midland
11/18/2012 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/20/2012 Denver, CO @ Fillmore
11/21/2012 Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
11/23/2012 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/24/2012 Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/26/2012 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/27/2012 Hollywood, CA @ Palladium
11/28/2012 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
11/30/2012 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
12/1/2012 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
12/2/2012 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/4/2012 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
12/6/2012 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
12/7/2012 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
12/8/2012 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

AWARD-WINNING BANGER FILMS’ CALL TO ARMS TO THE METAL COMMUNITY

Due to an overwhelming demand from metal fans worldwide, Grammy-nominated and Juno award-winning Banger Films is setting out to raise funds to make what has become known as “The Lost Episode” a reality. Metal Evolution: Extreme Metal “The Lost Episode” covers co-director Sam Dunn’s favorite genres: Death Metal, Black Metal and Grindcore, and he is reaching out to metal fans to help make it happen:

Metal Evolution – The Lost Episode: Extreme Metal from Banger Films on Vimeo.

“Hundreds of fans have emailed us demanding, pleading, that we do this episode,” says Banger Films co-founder Sam Dunn. “So in response we’re launching an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funding within the Metal community to finance the episode. The goal is to raise $175,000 in 90 days!” The campaign kicked off Friday, September 14th. Details of the campaign, including cool donor gifts at various contribution levels can be found here: http://www.indiegogo.com/ExtremeMetal

Originally broadcast on VH1 Classic (USA) and Much More Music (Canada), Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn’s series Metal Evolution presented 11 episodes based on their “Heavy Metal Family Tree” originally shown in their groundbreaking documentary, Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey. Host and metalhead-turned-anthropologist Sam Dunn crisscrossed the globe exploring the vast history of Heavy Metal across its 40+ year history, covering everything from the Pre-History of Metal and Shock Rock to Grunge and Thrash Metal. But one very important episode was left out: Extreme Metal. Perceived to be perhaps too niche or “extreme” to attract enough audience interest, the episode did not see the light of day, ironic considering it is Heavy Metal’s most vibrant and fastest growing genre.

“For many fans, including myself, extreme metal is massively important. It continues to push metal forward, both sonically and aesthetically,” says Sam. Alex Webster, co-founder/bass player of death metal legends Cannibal Corpse, agrees: “There’s really no way that you could tell the complete story of heavy metal without including a chapter that covers extreme metal. And given their knowledge, experience, and passion for the genre of heavy metal, I think that Banger Films are the most qualified people to do it!”

Contributors’ support will send Sam on a global journey from San Francisco and Tampa to the United Kingdom, Norway and Sweden to investigate the history, myths and intricacies of extreme metal. Sam will unravel the lineage between Extreme Metal’s divergent branches – Death Metal, Grindcore and Black Metal – and meet with the sub-genre’s most influential sonic architects, including members of Death, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Napalm Death, Entombed, Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Opeth, Enslaved and many more. The result will be an unforgettable portrait of metal’s most iconoclastic sub-genre.

Watch the 11 episodes of Metal Evolution here:
In Canada: http://www.muchmore.ca/metal-evolution/
In USA: http://www.vh1.com/shows/metal_evolution/series.jhtml

Slipknot Announce Knotfest’

Hot off of Revolver Magazine’s Press: “Slipknot have officially announced the first installment of their very own music festival, Knotfest. The festival will take place over two days, the first being August 17 in Iowa and the second being August 18 in Somerset, on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“It’s all about having fun and bringing something to the world of rock & roll, bringing it to the standard it used to be,” Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan recently told Rolling Stone. “It’s time for us to really engulf this idea known as Knotfest where we’re in control, we make a day devoted to our mindset, our ideas, the people that we want to play with, the people that we think our fans want to be around.”

Joining the band for the inaugural edition of Knotfest will be a stellar lineup including: Lamb of God, Deftones, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, Cannibal Corpse and more.

According to Rolling Stone, the festival will also include “big-top tents, pillars of fire, amusement park rides, burlesque performers, firebreathers, stilt walkers, drum circles made of junkyard cars and graffiti walls,” and a Slipknot museum to top it all off.”