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German Epic Metal pioneers EQUILIBRIUM have just released the second trailer for their upcoming new masterpiece Erdentempel.Check it out here: http://youtu.be/_dxxJbBh6yE

 

The first part can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zl24Nfq9rA

 

Erdentempel will be released on June 10, 2014 via Nuclear Blast! Pre-Order the album here: http://media.nuclearblast.de/shoplanding/2014/equilibrium/erdentempel.html

 

Guitarist, composer and lyricist René Berthiaume spent almost four years working on the new creation, called Erdentempel.The outcome is a very emotional and above all very personal album, that leads back to the roots of the band, without neglecting the bombast of the previous two records.The album was recorded, produced and mixed under the direction of René at Helion Studios and mastered at Finnvox-Studios. The cover artwork was done, just like the one for the Waldschrein EP, by Skadi van Terror.

 

René states:

“Things finally get going again! The new album is done and we can hardly wait to share it with the world. The 12 titles are already a hint that it’s an extremely varied album. I have just listened to the album again, and I’ve never been so happy and excited after the completion of an album. The album really includes every facet of Equilibrium. We are also very proud of the cover artwork of Erdentempel. Skadi has been listening to the record most intensely, started to draw and this is the outcome. She really managed to put the content of the album into a picture! By the way, this time there is one song with English lyrics on the album. It is for all our fans who don’t speak German.So they can finally understand the lyircs while listening to it. The other songs are still in German, of course!

 

The tracklist of Erdentempel:

 

1. Ankunft

2. Was Lange Währt

3. Waldschrein

4. Karawane

5. Uns’rer Flöten Klang

6. Freiflug

7. Heavy Chill

8. Wirtshaus Gaudi

9. Stein Meiner Ahnen

10. Wellengang

11. Apokalypse

12. The Unknown Episode

 

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New Album Available April 29th on

Metal Blade Records

Our Endless War WHITECHAPEL‘s fifth full-length record and fourth for Metal Blade Records is a ruthlessly honed album that refuses to compromise on brutality; it is also by far WHITECHAPEL‘s most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release, pushing every aspect of their sound to the next level.   The wait is almost over and in less then two weeks, Our Endless War will be released to the masses.

 

On release day Tuesday April 29th, hometown fans in Knoxville, TN will have a chance to meet WHITECHAPEL and pick up a copy of Our Endless War at a special in-store autograph signing.  The signing will take place at FYE at the West Town Mall located at 7600 Kingston, Pike Ste. 1464 in Knoxville, TN.  The signing begins at 7:00 PM.

 

During the recording of Our Endless War the band shot a series of behind the scenes and in-studio videos documenting the process.  Today the third episode in the series has been released.  This video takes a closer looks at Phil’s performance and lyrics on the album.  This album is his darkest and most personal material to date lyrically and in the video he explains the meaning behind some of the songs on the album.  The clip can be viewed HERE.

 

The first episode in the series focuses on the pre-production and the band’s writing process for the new album.  It can be viewed HERE.  The second video showcases each member sharing their part in tracking the riffs that made up the album and can be viewed HERE.

 

Earlier this week WHITECHAPEL premiered a lyric video for the song  “Our Endless War” on Artist Direct.  It can be viewed HERE.

 

Our Endless War is available in exclusive pre-order bundle packages at http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel. The first two singles “The Saw is the Law” and “Mono” can be streamed at http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel as well.

 

WHITECHAPEL will hit the road this Friday April 16th as part of a string of shows leading up to the release of Our Endless War. The shows run through April 27th in Birmingham, AL with support coming from Carnifex, Within the Ruins, and Cruelhand.   This run also includes an appearance at this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival.

 

Following those shows, WHITECHAPEL will take part in a co-headline tour DevilDriver.  Support on the tour will come from Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For an Autopsy.  The tour runs from May 17th in Denver, CO through June 23rd in Austin, TX.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

 

The band have also confirmed an appearance at this year’s Heavy MTL Festival on August 9th as well as select headline dates around their appearance.  These shows run from August 7th through August 12th.

 

WHITECHAPEL have created an online contest with their new single “Mono”.   Vocalist Phil Bozeman has a video message for fans that are interested and would like to enter the contest, which can be viewed HERE.  The object of the contest is that fans will film themselves doing a vocal cover of the new song “Mono” and then upload their videos to YouTube. The contest ends April 21st and the winner will be announced on April 22nd and will receive a grand prize package that consists of: 1 Deluxe CD Bundle of Our Endless War, a 30 minute vocal coaching lesson with Phil Bozeman via Skype and their video will be featured on Phil’s YouTube Channel.
Our Endless War Track Listing:

1.    Rise

2.    Our Endless War

3.    The Saw is the Law

4.    Mono

5.    Let Me Burn

6.    Worship the Digital Age

7.    How Times Have Changed

8.    Psychopathy

9.    Blacked Out

10. Diggs Road

11. A Process So Familiar (Bonus Track)

12. Fall of the Hypocrites (Bonus Track)

 

WHITECHAPEL w/ Carnifex, Within The Ruins and Cruelhand

4/16: Columbus, OH @ The Basement

4/17: Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room

4/18: Worcester, MA @ Palladium – New England Metal and Hardcore Fest*

4/19: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club

4/20: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
4/22: Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club

4/23: Columbia, SC @ New Brooklyn Tavern

4/24: Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar

4/25: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum

4/27: Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco

*Festival Date

 

WHITECHAPEL in Mexico

5/3: Zapopan, Jalosco, MX @ Calle 2 Pabellon B

5/4: Monterey NL, MZ @ Café Iguana

5/5: Mexico City, MX @ Plaza Condesa

 

WHITECHAPEL w/ Revocations and Rivers of Nihil:

5/14: St Louis, MO @ Fubar

5/15: Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar

 

WHITECHAPEL w/ DevilDriver, Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For An Autopsy

5/17: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

5/18: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

5/19: Tempe, AZ @ Marquis Theater

5/20: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

5/21: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

5/22: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge

5/23: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spade

5/24: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

5/25: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factor

5/26: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factor

5/27: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

5/29: Calgary, AB @ Marquee Beer & Market Stag

5/30: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall

5/31: Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre

6/1: Fargo, ND @ The Venue

6/2: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights

6/3: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

6/4: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes

6/5: Kokomo, IN @ CenterStage Bar and Grill

6/7: Knoxville, TN @ The International

6/8: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts

6/10: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

6/11: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

6/12: New York, NY @ Stage 48

6/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts

6/14: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage

6/15: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall

6/16: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

6/17: Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live

6/18: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

6/20: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

6/21: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock

6/22: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar ‘N Grill (Outside)
6/23: Austin, TX @ Mohwak

 

8/7: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall*

8/8: Ottawa, ON @ Ritual*

8/9: Montreal, QC @ Parterre Parc Jean-Drapeau – Heavy MTL 2014**

8/10: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

8/12: Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club

 

*With Stick To Your Guns

**Festival Appearance

 

For More Info Visit:

http://www.whitechapelband.com (Official Site)

http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel (Pre-Order Page)

http://www.facebook.com/whitechapelmetal (Facebook)

https://twitter.com/whitechapelband (Twitter)

http://instagram.com/whitechapelband (Instagram)

http://www.youtube.com/user/WhitechapelTV (YouTube)

http://www.metalblade.com

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New Album Available Now on Napalm Records

North American Tour This Fall

Last week saw the release of Symphonic Metal Masters DELAIN‘s new album The Human Contradiction.  This is the band’s highest charting album in North America to date as the record entered three of Billboard’s prestigious charts.  The album came in at #8 on The Heatseekers Chart (the band’s previous album came in at #23 on The Heatseekers Chart),  #34 on The Metal/Hard Rock Album Chart and #44 on The Independent Album Chart.

 

DELAIN has proven that they not only enthrall Symphonic Metal Fans with their fourth album The Human Contradiction, but they have also brought new listeners to the genre.   This will be continue to be the case as the band returns to North America this Fall in support of the new album alongside Sonata Arctica and label mates XANDRIA.  Tickets are on sale now.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

 

DELAIN‘s video for the song “Stardust” can be see HERE.

 

The band has created a lyric video for the song “Your Body is a Battleground” which features special guest Marco Hietala (Nightwish).

It can be viewed HERE.

 

The Human Contradiction can be ordered on Amazon and iTunes if you have not picked up a copy yet.

 

DELAIN w/ Xandria and Sonata Arctica:

9/3: Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live

9/4: New York, NY @ Stage 48

9/5: Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

9/6: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

9/8: Montreal, QC @ Club Soda

9/9: Montreal, QC @ Imperial de Quebec

9/10: Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks

9/11: Toronto, ON @ MOD Club

9/13: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage

9/14: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

9/16: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom

9/17: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes

9/19: Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater

9/20: Regina, SK @ The Exchange

9/21: Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Ballroom

9/22: Calgary, AB @ The Republik

9/24: Vancouver, BC @ The Venue

9/25: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

9/26: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

9/28: San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom at the Regency

9/29: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

9/30: Anaheim, CA @ The Grove

10/1: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red

10/4: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

10/5: Lawrence, KS @ Granada

10/7: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls

10/8: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

10/9: Dallas, TX @ Trees

10/10: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

10/12: Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub & Billiards

10/13: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

10/14: Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

10/15: Tampa, FL @ Orpheum

 

For More Info Visit:

http://www.delain.nl

https://www.facebook.com/delainmusic

https://twitter.com/delainmusic

http://www.napalmrecords.com

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New Jersey thrash n’ rollers HAMMER FIGHT will hit the road next month for the “Chug of Tour Vol. 3″ in support of their newest release, Chug of War. The tour kicks off on May 16 in Asbury Park, NJ and will keep the band on the road until early June. Dates are as follows:


For in-person interviews and show coverage/photo opportunities, contact ClawhammerPR@gmail.com

Chug Of War is out now on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. A cross between Slayer, Motorhead, and beer, HAMMER FIGHT return to Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, who released the band’s 2011 untitled EP, for Chug Of War. Combining ripping guitars, bass leads and gritty dirty vocals, HAMMER FIGHT stand out from the rest with a unique sound. Chug Of War is a rockin’ album of drunken madness for fans of Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Anthrax, Slayer, Blood Duster, Blood For Blood, Carnivore, Thin Lizzy, Gang Green and Venom.

Chug of War is available in CD and digital formats at hammerfight.bandcamp.com

In other news, HAMMER FIGHT have contributed a song to MetalSucks.net’s NYC Sucks Volume 3 digital compilation. Featuring some the best bands in the New York metal scene, HAMMER FIGHT’s “Made in Rock” is showcased alongside tracks from BLACK TABLE, CAR BOMB and more. The comp is 100% free and can be downloaded at this location.

“To get it so right is pretty scary.” [9/10] -Decibel Magazine

“Chances are, they’ll steal your drink and fuck your girl…”  - StereoKiller.com

“This four piece of tattooed Jersey shore hooligans play a real aggro punk metal influenced highly by MOTORHEAD.” - Scumfeast Metal 666

“Only pussies don’t like this band.” - Some Really Smart Dude 

Spawned from a New Jersey scene saturated with death metal and hardcore, HAMMER FIGHT brings a sound that many kids these days may have missed; Hard Rockin’ Metal. Versatile enough to share the stage with the most extreme death metal acts to classic hard rock bands and everything in between. HAMMER FIGHT is here to kick some ass!  Keep your eyes and ears open, they’ll be in your town soon.

Drew Murphy – Bass, Vocals

Ryan Blackman – Guitar

Todd Stern – Guitar

Justin Spaeth – Drums

 

www.facebook.com/HammerFight

hammerfight.bandcamp.com

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New Album Available April 29th on

Metal Blade Records

The anticipation continues to build as the release date of WHITECHAPEL‘s new album Our Endless War draws nearer. April 29th will see the release of the band’s fifth full-length record and fourth for Metal Blade Records. Our Endless War is a ruthlessly honed album that refuses to compromise on brutality; it is also by far WHITECHAPEL‘s most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release, pushing every aspect of their sound to the next level.

 

Today WHITECHAPEL are unleashing another crushing track from the new album.  Artist Direct is hosting an exclusive stream of the lyric video for the album’s title track “Our Endless War”. It can be viewed HERE.

 

Vocalist Phil Bozeman commented on what inspired him to write the song:

 

“The focus behind the song “Our Endless War” is not what a lot of people believe it to be. A lot of people will think it’s just a stab at our government but it’s more than that. The United States as a whole has been in this sort of downward spiral for quite some time now. It has to do with just us as a nation; our citizens, government, culture, etc. I truly feel like we are becoming those “stupid Americans” that we are stereotyped as because of things like reality TV, gluttony, our healthcare system, school shootings and so many other things. I’ve been around the world and seen how different countries treat each other. It seems as though they are truly “united” as one whereas it seems like we hate each other. I love my country and my freedom and I will always be a patriotic citizen of the United States but I’m scared of what the future holds for our generations to come. It seems as though we are fighting an endless war and we will never find that victory.”

 

During the recording of Our Endless War the band shot a series of behind the scenes and in-studio videos documenting the process.  The first episode in the series focuses on the pre-production and the band’s writing process for the new album.  It can be viewed HERE.  The second video showcases each member sharing their part in tracking the riffs that made up the album and can be viewed HERE.

 

Our Endless War is available in exclusive pre-order bundle packages at http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel. The first two singles “The Saw is the Law” and “Mono” can be streamed at http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel as well.

 

WHITECHAPEL will hit the road this Friday April 16th as part of a string of shows leading up to the release of Our Endless War. The shows run through April 27th in Birmingham, AL with support coming from Carnifex, Within the Ruins, and Cruelhand.   This run also includes an appearance at this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival.

 

Following those shows, WHITECHAPEL will take part in a co-headline tour DevilDriver.  Support on the tour will come from Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For an Autopsy.  The tour runs from May 17th in Denver, CO through June 23rd in Austin, TX.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

 

WHITECHAPEL have created an online contest with their new single “Mono”.   Vocalist Phil Bozeman has a video message for fans that are interested and would like to enter the contest, which can be viewed HERE.  The object of the contest is that fans will film themselves doing a vocal cover of the new song “Mono” and then upload their videos to YouTube. The contest ends April 21st and the winner will be announced on April 22nd and will receive a grand prize package that consists of: 1 Deluxe CD Bundle of Our Endless War, a 30 minute vocal coaching lesson with Phil Bozeman via Skype and their video will be featured on Phil’s YouTube Channel.

 

Our Endless War Track Listing:

1.    Rise

2.    Our Endless War

3.    The Saw is the Law

4.    Mono

5.    Let Me Burn

6.    Worship the Digital Age

7.    How Times Have Changed

8.    Psychopathy

9.    Blacked Out

10. Diggs Road

11. A Process So Familiar (Bonus Track)

12. Fall of the Hypocrites (Bonus Track)

 

WHITECHAPEL w/ Carnifex, Within The Ruins and Cruelhand

4/16: Columbus, OH @ The Basement

4/17: Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room

4/18: Worcester, MA @ Palladium – New England Metal and Hardcore Fest*

4/19: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club

4/20: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
4/22: Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club

4/23: Columbia, SC @ New Brooklyn Tavern

4/24: Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar

4/25: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum

4/27: Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco

*Festival Date

 

WHITECHAPEL in Mexico

5/3: Zapopan, Jalosco, MX @ Calle 2 Pabellon B

5/4: Monterey NL, MZ @ Café Iguana

5/5: Mexico City, MX @ Plaza Condesa

 

WHITECHAPEL w/ Revocations and Rivers of Nihil:

5/14: St Louis, MO @ Fubar

5/15: Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar

 

WHITECHAPEL w/ DevilDriver, Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For An Autopsy

5/17: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

5/18: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

5/19: Tempe, AZ @ Marquis Theater

5/20: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

5/21: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

5/22: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge

5/23: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spade

5/24: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

5/25: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factor

5/26: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factor

5/27: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

5/29: Calgary, AB @ Marquee Beer & Market Stag

5/30: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall

5/31: Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre

6/1: Fargo, ND @ The Venue

6/2: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights

6/3: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

6/4: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes

6/5: Kokomo, IN @ CenterStage Bar and Grill

6/7: Knoxville, TN @ The International

6/8: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts

6/10: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

6/11: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

6/12: New York, NY @ Stage 48

6/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts

6/14: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage

6/15: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall

6/16: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

6/17: Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live

6/18: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

6/20: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

6/21: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock

6/22: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar ‘N Grill (Outside)
6/23: Austin, TX @ Mohwak

 

For More Info Visit:

http://www.whitechapelband.com (Official Site)

http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel (Pre-Order Page)

http://www.facebook.com/whitechapelmetal (Facebook)

https://twitter.com/whitechapelband (Twitter)

http://instagram.com/whitechapelband (Instagram)

http://www.youtube.com/user/WhitechapelTV (YouTube)

http://www.metalblade.com

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Under Satan’s Sun Available June 10th in North America

on Napalm Records/Spinning Goblin

BLOODY HAMMERS will release their new album Under Satan’s Sun June 10th in North America(May 30th G/A/S, FIN & Benelux, June 2nd UK & Rest of Europe, June 4th ESP/SWE/NOR).  The album will be released via Napalm Records/Spinning Goblin. The album will be available a regular CD, limited edition vinyl gatefold and digitally.  A teaser for the album can be viewed HERE.

BLOODY HAMMERS have released a video for their song “Welcome to the Horror Show”.  The video is being exclusively premiered today at CVLT NATION.  The video can be viewed HERE.

The lyric video for the song “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” can be seen HERE.

BLOODY HAMMERS are a heavy rock band from Transylvania County, NC. Although commonly viewed as a gothic rock, Bloody Hammers have equally incorporated elements of doom metal, stoner metal and psychedelic rock.

“Too much of the genre today is cookie-cutter junk – vacuous because it follows whatever the latest semi-trend might be. Or, worst of all, there’s some amazing riffage but complete shit for vocals; like, hasn’t anyone learned a thing from Megadeth about this misstep?

That’s precisely why it’s so arresting when something like BLOODY HAMMERS comes along. With a moniker taken from a song by psych-rock legend Roky Erickson, the music is doom without being dumb and retro without being repetitive. The Charlotte-based outfit come out swinging like Oh Dae-su in the original Oldboy, with longtime Goth staple Anders Manga leading Sabbath-esque overtones that too many try but few are able to actually pull off – especially with this sort of aplomb.”

- Michael Christopher/Vanyaland.com

 

Track Listing:

1. The Town That Dreaded Sundown
2. Spearfinger
3. Death Does Us Part
4. The Moon Eyed People
5. Second Coming***
6. Welcome To The Horror Show
7. Under Satan´s Sun
8. Dead Man´s Shadow On The Wall
9. The Last Alarm
10. The Necromancer

 

For More Info Visit:

http://www.napalmrecords.com

http://www.bloodyhammers.com

https://www.facebook.com/BloodyHammers

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Corey Pierce of GOD FORBID reveals that he is teaming up with THY WILL BE DONE vocalist J.Costa, former ANTHRAX vocalist Dan Nelson, ex-THY WILL BE DONE bassist Eric Tavares and long-time friend Rob McElroy to form LEAD PIPE CRUELTY.

 

“I’m at an incredible point in my life in which I get to do so many creative and fun things.” states Corey. “I am so happy to say that one of these great new chapters is ‘LPC‘ and I’m really excited to play with a bunch of guys who are so supportive and excited to make great music!”

 

Dan Nelson elaborates on his involvement by stating, “Corey, Rob and myself have been good friends for a while now. We have jammed quite a bit in the past and always talked about having a project together. So

I was super stoked when Corey asked me to come on board as the bass player of LPC. Along with J and Eric, it’s a great conglomerate of such talented musicians and awesome human beings, I feel very honored to be a part of that.” Dan asserts, “The vibe between all the guys is super positive, and all involved are eager and excited to create something special together…LPC is gonna be killer.”

 

“The energy in the room has been nothing short of ethereal.” comments

J. Costa. “The chemistry between the five of us is intense and very groove-ladden.”

 

Corey concludes, “I think after the band I was previously a part of and the music we made, I could not think of a better bunch of guys to get together and create music with. After a couple years of buzzed and up buzzed conversations, and some great idea exchanges with crazy dudes, we will now have some ultimate heavy grooves from LEAD PIPE CRUELTY. LPC!”

 

LEAD PIPE CRUELTY is:

J. Costa – Vocals

Dan Nelson – Bass & Vocals

Eric Tavares – Rhythm Guitar

Rob McElroy – Lead Guitar

Corey Pierce – Drums

More information will soon follow:

http://facebook.com/LeadPipeCruelty

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gwar1-1Well this is a shitty way to start out the week. According to Style Weekly and many other sources, GWAR mainman, Dave Brockie, was found dead by room mates last night in Virginia. The group’s management will be making an official statement later today, but a few members of the metal community have spoken out, and helped us realize that this is not a joke or prank from GWAR, but simply the sad truth.

Former GWAR bassist Mike Bishop said this: “Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic people I’ve known. He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent – hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics, and art. His penchant for scatological humour belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist. A great front man, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice.

Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe added: “I got a very sad call tonight from my buddy Chris Bopst, who was one of the original members of GWAR. My friend Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building and taken off back to his home planet. He was 50 years old. I do not know details of why he died yet, just that he passed away at home and his roommates found him. When someone dies, a lot of the time people will say, ‘Oh, he was a unique person, really one of a kind, a true original.’ Most of these people no idea of what they are talking about; they obviously had never met Dave. Dave TRULY WAS ONE OF A KIND. I can’t think of ANYONE even remotely like him. That’s VERY HARD TO SAY. My band learned how to become a real touring band from GWAR. They gave us out first shot at this thing. I learned many things from Dave, many of which I am eternally grateful for, and some of which I am deeply ashamed of.Right now, if I were to truly honor Dave in the way HE would do it if it were ME that had died, I would make a completely tasteless joke about his death. But I do not have the stomach for that — Dave would, but not me. He never put much stock in ‘limits.’ Richmond has lost one of its most creative people. This is a crying shame to me. Thank you, Brockie, for all the crazy shit you did. Thank God you existed, so you could do it and I didn’t have to. It was an honor to know you, to be your Shaky Slave, to serve in the Blood Vomits along side you (let’s ride!), and to be soaked by your sweet cuttlefish. RIP Dave Brockie. Oderus, enjoy your trip back home.

Throughout the years, GWAR was never scared of taking chances and pushing everything to the extreme. They had a massive shock factor for those that didn’t understand what they were doing, and Dave was the mastermind behind it. Their live shows are simply legendary, and there will never, ever be another front man like Dave. From his classic interviews to his lyrics and stage persona, he was simply one of a kind. This is a sad day. RIP Dave.

via – Style Weekly

You can hear the interview DJ CrazyIvan had with “Oderus” a while ago.. CrazyIvan tried to mock him by pulling an Oderus-style question.

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Monzer Darwish is a 23-year-old graphic designer and metal fan from Al Salamiyah, Syria, a district near Homs. For the last five months he’s been travelling around the country and visiting refugees in Lebanon for a documentary he’s making about underground metal bands in war-torn Syria. Needless to say, it’s a tough gig. People who are into metal have been persecuted in Syria for years by people who think they’re Satanists. When they’re not saving up fuel to practice with power generators, they’re worried about other things, like suicide bombers turning up to shows.

Monzer (who taught himself just about everything) is producing, directing, editing, and promoting Syrian Metal Is War on his own, with no crew and basically no resources. He’s sold pretty much everything he has to raise money and has taken out a loan on top of that, which he’s hoping to pay back by crowdfunding.

Making the film is dangerous and expensive. Monzer says that he wants to stay alive for long enough to finish the film, and so talking directly about politics and religion wasn’t an option. We chatted on Facebook for a while, and then we Skyped once he had enough fuel for his generator to keep the internet and his laptop going.

VICE: It’s impressive that you’re making this really ambitious feature film on your own. What made you decide to dedicate all this time and money to the project?
Monzer Darwish:
I know the suffering metal musicians have to go through to make music in Syria. The metal community is suffering from massive amounts of oppression imposed by bigotry and misunderstanding; it is surrounded by everyone, and still the musicians are making, producing, and playing metal. I think that’s remarkable, and I’d like for the world to see this phenomenon.

Why do people in Syria give metal fans so much abuse?
They are raised to fight, hate, and persecute anything that’s different or foreign to them.

Are there still shows?
Mostly cover shows. A couple of months ago we played a show in Aleppo; it was called Live Under Siege, we felt that the songs we were playing (like Sepultura’s “Territory“) had lyrics that describe things happening like two or three hundred meters away from us. We were feeling the music and lyrics because we’re practically living them. People are killing each other for territory.You’ve seen the film’s promo, I suppose? Bashar Haroun says that someone might blow himself up among us. That was considered because it happened before: A girl was having a birthday party, and someone blew himself up in there, and that was a birthday party—not even a metal concert.

This is probably a stupid question, but what’s the reason behind suicide-bombing a birthday party?
Different agendas that I—like everyone else—fail to see, I guess. An explosion occurred in my neighborhood back in 2012, taking the lives of many people I considered dear. Someone blew up a ton and a half of explosives there. Fifty-two people died, many of them children. It’s difficult to comprehend.

Were you nearby at the time?
No, but I should have been in my house. Something happened to keep me from being there. A lucky coincidence, I guess. Had I been there, I wouldn’t be telling you this story right now.

On Facebook, you said you’ve had a lot of lucky escapes.
I’ve survived four explosions and lots of clashes so far. The last of them was in Salamiyah’s countryside, where I was supposed to meet with my bandmate to record the guitars for a song he wrote; I postponed the trip because he was going to Homs that day.

Do you and your fiancée have plans for the future? Do you think about leaving Syria?
That’s a really difficult thing to even think about. I can’t live outside Syria, but one day I will have nothing left to stay for, so I will be forced to leave. But currently, I really can’t live outside of Syria.

How come?
I’m used to all of this mess! The crappy streets and those people who hate me because I’m a metal head… I freaking love them! I really do, and I am used to them. I find inspiration here.

Right—it’s home.
I can’t explain it. I’m used to Syria with all of its mess, ugliness, and now ruin… It has a certain charm over me.

In the film promo you say things have been dark for a long time in Syria. What was it like growing up?
That’s a tricky question… Before the war, we weren’t exactly alive. As youngsters, we were a little behind on everything in the world, and we strived to change that; we strived to live like everyone else. I don’t want to get killed. I just want to finish the film, and then, anyone’s free to do as they please; kill me, bomb me or whatever. The film is what’s important now.

It means that much to you?
It’s my passion. As I said, I’ve been through everything these people and bands have suffered from. Anyone can make a documentary about music and war, but it’s hard to put feeling into the film, to reflect emotion. And I believe I can do that, because I know how everyone felt through the war.

Did the political uprisings in Syria have an impact on the music?
For the bands that emerged in the new wave of Syrian metal, yes. The atmosphere was a big influence on them. The clashes, the death, and the ruin—all these things would inspire any metal musician!

How did you first get into metal?
I was young and frustrated with the organizers at a programming contest I took part in for kicking me out because I was simply wearing shorts. My friend gave me his headset and said, “Just listen to it; it’ll make your anger vanish.” I thought he was kidding, and I thought the song was going to be a happy or a crazy song, but it was Metallica’s “Battery,” so when I got back home I searched for this kind of music. I hadn’t realized that my teacher who taught me the piano and the oud, who was 75 years old, had a small shop and Metallica cassettes. I never expected that—he loved Metallica! He died a few years ago, and now that I remember that, I wish I had been older just so I could have talk to him and gotten to know him better. I was only a kid back then.

What kind of music do most people listen to in Syria?
Mostly icky, overproduced, and recycled music—and sometimes really interesting folk music. Generally, people listened to music all around; they loved music! This bigotry and hate toward music in all of its genres, and even its banning in a few places in Syria, is something definitely not Syrian, nor did it originate from a Syrian mindset.

From there how did you find out about the metal happening in Syria?
The first Syrian metal song I listened to was recorded in Damascus in a small shop. I have no idea who played or recorded it, but it was amazing. It was a death metal track. I’m currently looking for the band because I wish to meet them. After that, I started to discover relatively more known bands like Nu.Clear.Dawn, the Hourglass, and Ominous.

You’ve just come back from filming in Beirut. How was that?
I went there a week ago to interview the musicians in diaspora. It went pretty well, except for the part when I got stuck in a clash in Tripoli between Jabal Mohsen and Bab al Tabbaneh. It’s following me everywhere!

Did it make you feel at home?
Yeah, it was a relief.

Do you have any idea of when the film will be finished?
The situation controls the outcome, so I can’t really tell. When I started filming, I had a whole script that I’d written for the film—the bands, questions, and my vision of the finished product—but after filming in the first city, I ripped that script in half because everything kept changing. Maybe I won’t be able travel to Damascus today; maybe someone will die; maybe some bomb will take new lives; maybe I’ll die. Nothing’s for sure. I try to keep updating those interested through the film’s Facebook page, though.

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Article reposted from Vice.com

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New Album Driven Rise on March 18th via Metalville Records

Red Bank, New Jersey’s RIOTGOD (featuring Monster Magnet drummer Bob Pantella and Guitarist Garrett Sweeny) are set to release their third album Driven Rise on March 18th in North America via Metalville Records.

 

Metal Insider is hosting an exclusive premiere of the first true music video from RIOTGOD.  The video is for the title track of their new album Driven Rise.  Check out the exclusive premiere and an interview with drummer Bob Pantella HERE.

 

Driven Rise is available for pre-order on Amazon.

 

Formed in 2007, RIOTGOD have grown and developed into a band to watch and know in the bustling, independent New Jersey rock scene for the past several years and with good reason.

 

While it’s easy for rock bands to get caught up in plenty of outside distractions, expectations related to one’s resume and pedigree and other assorted drama, RIOTGOD steer clear of such nonsense. Featuring Monster Magnet/Atomic Bitchwax/Cycle of Pain drummer Bob Pantella, who was the architect of the band, RIOTGOD have kept their eyes fixed firmly on the prize. They have one goal and that’s to do what they do as best as they can. The rest just follows.

 

The band’s third album was recorded in Pantella’s studio in Keyport, New Jersey in the summer of 2013, the album traffics in classic rock-influenced riffery and mind-bending soundscapes. But make no mistake. RIOTGOD are not a throwback. They make meat and potatoes rock music in the here and now.

 

The members collectively realize that good hard rock can be incredibly difficult to come by, so they focus on giving 110 percent effort all the time, every time.

 

“When we play, we give it our all,” Pantella said. “Everything is channeled into that moment. Fitting in is not a paramount concern for our band.”

 

Not concerning itself with categorizations or classifications or what everyone else is doing (or isn’t doing) allows RIOTGOD to dedicate themselves to the tasks at hand – their songs and their music, which are their cornerstone. Once fans hear the first note, beat or riff of a RIOTGOD song, that’s all they need. They’re hooked.

 

The album’s title track was penned in the days after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on their native state. But it’s not just about the negative effects of the storm. Offering some insight, Pantella said, “The song comes forward with not only the obvious possible interpretations. It stems from that moment when stagnation or depression is left behind and action is demanded along with unyielding optimism.”

 

All of these factors combined make RIOTGOD stand out amid a sea of New Jersey rock bands. There is a glut of rock music in the Garden State. But it’s RIOTGOD‘s desire to create really fucking good rock tunes that allows them to rise to the top of the heap.

 

RIOTGOD Lineup:

Bob Pantella – Drums

Garrett Sweeny – Guitar

Erik Boe – Bass

Sunshine – Vocals

 

For More Info Visit:

http://www.riotgod.com

https://www.facebook.com/riotgod999

http://www.metalville.de

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