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Rosetta Finishing Up New EP “Flies To Flame”

Rosetta‘s new EP “Flies To Flame” is nearly complete. The band released the below update of it earlier today:

“Our new EP, titled Flies to Flame, is being mastered this week. It’ll be out later this year in traditional formats — LP and CD — on Translation Loss Records. This not a pay-what-you-wish digital release.

This recording was a departure from our normal working style. We wrote the material in late 2012 and recorded it in a garage in early 2013, while we were writing The Anaesthete. It’s deliberately lo-fi, jangly, and experimental, a tribute to the stripped-down sound of the post-rock and drone records we loved when Rosetta began.

Most of it was improvised as it was being recorded, and it was not edited or ‘fixed’ to make it sound polished. All the grit is there. We used different instruments and equipment than we normally play with, since this material isn’t intended to be played live. Instead it functions as a kind of process document, from an important and transitional year in our life as a band.

For the first time since The Galilean Satellites, we did all recording and mixing ourselves (with the invaluable help of our intern engineer, Alex Ruday). Mike Wohlberg is returning to create the artwork and layout, and James Plotkin is mastering it for both CD and vinyl.

Track list:
1. Soot
2. Seven Years with Nothing to Show
3. Les Mots et les Choses
4. Pegasus

Vocalist Beth Gibbons or Portishead fame united with instrumental trio Gonga for a 2014 ‘Record Store Day‘ release which saw them cover Black Sabbath‘s eponymous track. Head below to hear the end result, which has cleverly been rechristened “Black Sabbeth“. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, there’s always the funkified version of “Hand Of Doom” by Brown Sabbath that was posted yesterday.

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Corrosion Of Conformity, Weedeater & Lo! Set For Australian/New Zealand Tour

Corrosion Of Conformity, Weedeater and Lo! have laid plans to tour Australia & New Zealand together in July:

07/18 Sydney, AUS – The Factory Theatre
07/19 Canberra, AUS – ANU Bar
07/20 Melbourne, AUS – 170 Russell
07/22 Auckland, NZ – The Kings Arms
07/23 Wellington, NZ – Bodega Bar
07/25 Adelaide, AUS – Fowlers Live
07/26 Perth, AUS – The Rosemount
07/28 Brisbane, AUS – The Hi Fi

Corrosion Of Conformity will return with their new studio album “IX” on June 24th through Candlelight Records.

The lineup has officially been announced for the 8th annual ‘Summer Slaughter Tour‘. The trek will run from July 17th to August 10th and feature the following artists:

Morbid Angel
Dying Fetus
The Faceless
Thy Art Is Murder
Decrepit Birth
Within The Ruins

Two dates have been announced for the trek thus far with a full itinerary to be released in the coming weeks. Furthermore, additional guest artists are expected to appear at select stops of the trek.

07/19 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
08/08 New York, NY – Irving Plaza

Century Media Records have set a July 08th North American release date (June 23rd overseas) for the new Monuments album, “The Amanuensis“. According to the bands guitarist John Browne, the album title drew inspiration from the novel “Cloud Atlas“. However, lyrically the album revolves around the Samsara cycle, which he puts as: “the cyclical existence of life that we are all bound to.”

The track listing and cover art for the release are available below:

01 – “I, The Creator
02 – “Origin Of Escape
03 – “Atlas
04 – “Horcrux
05 – “Garden Of Sankhara
06 – “The Alchemist
07 – “Quasimodo
08 – “Saga City
09 – “Jinn
10 – “I, The Destroyer
11 – “Samsara

The group will also be out with Protest The Hero and Dioramic on separate European runs in the coming months. Those dates include:

05/10 Karlsruhe, GER – Lower Tuned Festival

With Dioramic:

05/11 Hannover, GER – Lux
05/12 Berlin, GER – Magnet
05/14 Saarbruecken, GER – Garage
05/15 Frankfurt, GER – 11er
05/16 Cologne, GER – MTC


05/17 Liege, BEL – Caserne Fonck (‘6k Fest)
05/22 Hatfield, UK – The Forum
06/15 Donnington Park, UK – Download Festival

With Protest The Hero:
06/22 Bilbao, SPA – Kafe Antzokia
06/24 Pinarella di Cervia, ITA – RockPlanet
06/25 Stuttgart, GER – Universum
06/26 Utrecht, NET – Helling
06/27 Bochum, GER – Matrix
06/30 Munchen, GER – Backstage
07/01 Budapest, HUN – Budapest Park
07/02 Bratislava, SLO – Randal Club
07/03 Warschau, POL – Progresja


07/11 Genk, BEL – Miner Fest
08/08 Ieper, BEL – Ieperfest

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Zakk Wylde‘s solemn piano-driven performance of Black Label Society‘s “In This River” at last night’s ‘Revolver Golden Gods‘ awards ceremony can be viewed below. The performance served as a tribute to various fallen metal and hard rock luminaries with a listing of artists appearing across the backdrop throughout the song.
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Otep Signs With Slipknot DJ’s Management Company, New Album In The Works

Otep have signed a new management deal with Mach 2.8 Entertainment Group—a company founded by Slipknot‘s acrobatic DJ Sid Wilson and his business partner Symon Mead. Otep frontwoman Otep Shamaya said of the new partnership:

“I’ve been a friend and fan of Sid for years and it’s a true honor to be managed by such a talented and triumphant artist.”

Along with the new management deal comes word of a seventh studio album from the un-retired outfit. The group plan to release it digitally through Sono Recording Group and Spotify. Otep will also be a part of next month’s ‘The Civil Unrest Tour‘, which features Wayne Static, Dope, Smile Empty Soul and more.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich had a chat about the bands new album and summer European touring plans with Speaking of their current process, he offered:

“We’re going through the grind. We’re in there doing riffs and putting them into songs. We don’t really write one song and then show up the next day and do another one. We just work on riffs and sections, connecting riffs and tempos and moods. We’ve been doing this, off and on, for the better part of a year. We’re going to do these dates this summer and then really hone down. I’d say that right now, we’re in the fourth inning.”

He later added:

“We’re going to start talking about who is going to produce the album. We haven’t started recording yet. But we are deep into the songwriting part of it.”

New Cult Of Luna & God Seed Remixes Available

Cult Of Luna and God Seed solicited a number of artists to remix their tracks in honor of the two outfits approaching European tour. Thus far the project has see Petrels rework Cult Of Luna‘s “Passing Through” and Whalesong take on “In Awe Of” by the same outfit. Meanwhile, Obsidian Kingdom delivered their own take on God Seed‘s “Lit“. Those first three tracks can be heard below with more to come over the next few weeks:
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