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The Defiled Perform On A Floating Iceberg

With Metallica having already laid claim to AntarcticaThe Defiled recently teamed up with Jägermeister to perform on a floating iceberg in the Greenland Sea. The band played for a crowd of locals from Kulusuk, Greenland with a documentary on the unique performance available below.

Various local residents were used to help facilitate the show with the audience seated in various boats. Band vocalist/guitarist Stitch D commented of the experience:

“This has to be one of the most insane gigs we’ve ever played! You see these things on TV documentaries but it’s not until you get to see them in real life that you realise just how big and amazing icebergs are. Although it was cold, I don’t think any of us noticed once we got started, as the stage location literally takes your breath away. As a group of mates, we’ve shared some amazing experiences together but this has been an adventure that has bought us closer together and something that we all feel really privileged to have been part of. We’ve made a lot of friends during our short stay here and donated some music equipment to the local people, so we look forward to coming back one day and playing a joint gig out here next time – maybe the first-ever gig with two bands playing on two icebergs at the same time!”

click here for the video…

Killswitch Engage, etc. frontman Jesse Leach has uploaded what he describes as a new ‘space rock’ instrumental track from his AliKen solo project. Check it out below along with his thoughts on it:

“Turn this up load and enjoy a Trippy Rock Instrumental composed and recorded by yours truly! I am just putting out music for fun in between band projects under the alter ego “AliKen.” I enjoy all types of music and this is my outlet to step outside the Metal and Hardcore and just be free to throw music and ideas out with out any regard to public concern, money, record labels or judgements of close minded elitists. Boom here is “Indieglow” on my sound cloud ! Dig it or don’t it is going to happen either way…but if you dig it, it will make me smile.




Peace & One Love”

click here for the stream…

Xibalba Finish Recording New Album, Plot Early 2015 Release

Recording sessions for Xibalba‘s new album “Tierra Y Libertad” have been completed at The Pit in Van Nuys, CA. Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues) was behind the boards for the sessions for the album, which Southern Lord will release in January. More details will be unveiled in the weeks to come.

The Banner To Release New Album “Greying” In December, Details Revealed

The Banner have set a December 09th release date through Good Fight Music for their first album in six years, “Greying“. The band worked with Will Putney (Stray From The Path, Vision Of Disorder) on all aspects of the production of that outing alongside Randy Leboeuf Frontman Joey Southside took on the albums cover art which can be found below along with its track listing:

01 – “The Dying Of The Light
02 – “Circle Of Salt
03 – “Crippling Despair
04 – “Sunlight
05 – “Unbaptized
06 – “A Quiet Corner
07 – “Send Me Down
08 – “VIII
09 – “She Upon The Black Wolf
10 – “Bones To Dust
11 – “Sunset

Joey said of the album:

“The writing for Greying began shortly after the recording of Frailty and continued right up until we entered the studio. My motivation was to get a seamless fusion of the sounds and ideas of Each Breath Haunted and Frailty, as much as possible, then expand on that focused vein as best as I was able. Fortunately we linked up with Randy in the studio and he made this all possible in a way I believe other engineers wouldn’t have been able to. I’m very grateful to have had Randy and Will working with me on this album. I think that Greying is without question the most ‘The Banner‘ album I’ve done.”

A previously released stream of “Crippling Despair” from the effort has been posted here. In addition, the band have the following shows booked:

10/25 Oneonta, NY – Oneonta Punk (feat. Sheer Terror, Damnation A.D., Merauder, etc.)
11/14 Stanhope, NJ – Stanhope House (feat. Sheer Terror)
02/15 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom (feat. E.Town Concrete, Vision Of Disorder, Indecision, etc.)

click here for the cover art…

New Dates Added To In This Moment, Starset, Twelve Foot Ninja, Etc. Tour

More dates have been booked for In This Moment‘s ‘Black Widow Tour‘ with Starset, Twelve Foot Ninja and 3 Pill Morning. The revised itinerary is available below. In addition, Twelve Foot Ninja and Starset will also branch off for some headlining shows.

10/26 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
10/28 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
10/30 Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
10/31 Garden City, ID – Revolution Concert House
11/01 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venus
11/02 Denver, CO – Fillmore
11/04 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
11/05 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre @ The Midland
11/07 Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theatre
11/08 Peoria, IL – Limelight
11/09 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
11/11 LaCrosse, WI – LaCrosse Center – South Hall
11/12 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
11/14 Rockford, Il – Coronado Theater
11/15 Columbus, OH – The LC Pavilion
11/16 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (upstairs) (Twelve Foot Ninja & Starset only)
11/17 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
11/18 Philadelphia, PA – Theater Of Living Arts
11/19 New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall (Twelve Foot Ninja & Starset only)
11/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
11/22 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre
11/23 Lancaster, PA – Freedom Hall
11/25 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
11/26 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
11/28 St. Paul, MN – Myth Live
11/29 Clive, IA – 7 Flags Event Center
12/02 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
12/04 Abilene, TX – Civic Center
12/05 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
12/06 Pharr, TX – Pharr Entertainment Center
12/08 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
12/09 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
12/10 San Antonio, TX – 210 Kapones Live
12/11 Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Pavilion
12/13 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
12/14 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues

In other news, Twelve Foot Ninja have shared the following behind the scenes footage from their recent North American touring:
click here for the video…

A report over at has word that county fire officials have shutdown Slipknot‘s plans to burn camel dung at this years US ‘Knotfest‘. However, the report doesn’t cite the burning feces as the main problem, but rather the oil—though both are considered a public nuisance.

While the original press release did state that burning camel dung and oil would become ‘the scent of Knotfest‘—band percussionist/originator of the idea, M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, was quick to correct the press release, stating that oil was not involved.

A representative for the ‘Knotfest‘ has told TMZ that they are currently exploring other avenues to fulfill their aromatic plans. The festival will be held at the San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA from October 24th-26th.

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Cannibal Corpse Release Statement On Russian Shows Cancelled By The Police

Cannibal Corpse‘s recent planned shows in Russia did not go over so well after objections from the powers that be. Initial protests from orthodox activists spelled the first signs of trouble for the bands cancelled performances.  Heavy police presence and raids also saw them met with an ill fate. They have now released the following statement in regards to that:

“A message to our Russian fans:

As you all are certainly aware by now, our concerts in Ufa, Moscow, and St. Petersburg were cancelled. We were present in these cities and ready to perform each of these shows but were not permitted to. In Ufa the power was turned off shortly before the show (we were told because the venue was late on rent), and in Moscow and St. Petersburg we were told that we did not have the correct visas and that if we attempted to perform the concert would be stopped by police and we would be detained and deported (prior to the tour we had been told that we did have the correct visas and that all of our paperwork was in order).

Our show in Nizhny Novgorod also had problems. In that city we performed half of our set before being stopped by police. We were told the police needed to search the venue for drugs and that the show had to be terminated.

These are the reasons for the cancellations as far as we have been told.

On the brighter side, we had a fantastic time performing in Krasnodar, Samara, Chelyabinsk, and Yekaterinburg. We were able to play our full set in all four of those cities.

We came to Russia excited and prepared to play all of the scheduled concerts, and we apologize that we were not able to do so. It was beyond our control. We are extremely disappointed. We have played in Russia many times and we love our Russian fans. Hopefully someday the situation for us in Russia will be different and we will be able to return.”

Some photos of heavily armed police shutting down the shows can be seen over at the bands Facebook.

New Gwar Lineup Perform Without Makeup, Cover Pet Shop Boys

Gwar were onstage for a stripped down show in Richmond, VA this past Monday, October 13th. The group performed as the Gwar ‘cover band’ Rawg with fan-filmed footage of that available below. Among the songs played was a cover of the Pet Shop Boys‘ “West End Girls“—keep watching after the cover for a fitting tribute to Brockie.

Meanwhile, upon today’s commencement of Gwar‘s first full tour without late frontman Dave “Oderus Unrugnus” Brockie, the bands ‘manager’ Sleazy P. Martini issued the below on moving forward:

“Toodles, ya parasitic bohabs. It’s me, Sleazy P Martini. As you may already know, GWAR will be out on the GWAR Eternal Tour starting tonight because Thai ladyboys don’t pay for themselves. You smarter Bohabs have probably even noticed that GWAR has undergone a lineup change.

The reason for this is the absence of Oderus Urungus due to his return to space. First of all, let’s clear something up: Oderus is not dead! Nor is GWAR. Now, admittedly things will be different. For instance, with Oderus‘s absence, touring expenses will be scaled back considerably as crack usage by the band will drop by over nine tons a day. To which I, the CIA and the Medellin Cartel respond with a collective: “Phew!” Now all those drug mules crossing the border can use the extra butt space for more important things such as food, water and more relatives.

Of course, there are many in the scene (code for no-talents) who say that with Oderus out of the band, GWAR should hang it up. To which I must respond: If I wanted your opinion, I would just knock you unconscious and urinate on your face. Which wouldn’t elicit much of an opinion at all – just the way I like it. You see, GWAR is a perpetual and unstoppable force. If I tried to retire them, I most certainly would end up flayed, shredded, pulled and served with coleslaw and fries to Gor-Gor. One who is a lion tamer cannot suddenly decide to stop and ask his lions to become house cats. And GWAR‘s lust for human carnage cannot properly be met in semi-retirement on the talk-show circuit. So the shows must go on. And they have, starting with Riot Fest in Chicago. The GWAR Eternal Tour starts tonight in Norfolk, VA. and goes through December 13th in Baltimore, MD

Now, there are some who would say, “How can you find a lead singer as talented as Oderus Urungus?” To which I have responded by having famed archeologist Dr. Richard Leaky travel to Antarctica to dig up another immortal Scumdog. According to Dr. Dick, these furballs are stacked up in GWAR‘s fortress basement like chicken pot pies four for a buck. In fact, I have already thawed out one promising prospect named Blóthar. While not as talented a singer as most primates, he’s definitely better than Justin Bieber or the entire One Direction line up.

So, in response to all you haters who would give your left nut to see GWAR finally call it quits, you can go ahead and keep your left nut and hang it from your nose-ring for another 30 years, because GWAR AIN’T GOING NOWHERE! And though you may think GWAR sucks, remember that GWAR is immortal. So, long after your lame hipster ass is in the ground being used as a luxury condo by worms, maggots and pill bugs, GWAR will still be alive, sucking forever.”

click here for the footage…

Malevolent Creation Sign With Century Media Records

Malevolent Creation—who generated some questionable headlines earlier in the year—have locked down a new worldwide deal with Century Media. Plans are currently being hatched for their twelfth full-length album, which will hit next year. Band vocalist Brett Hoffmann said of the signing:

“I am very excited and extremely pumped to be signing and working with Century Media! I believe we will finally get that push we need to really get our music out there!! It feels great to have the guys at Century Media believe in us and our new songs, and really want to stand behind them and the band, and push us forward to bigger things! I mean I think we have always been a bit under rated (I hear that from a lot of fans too) and I really think with this signing we have a great chance to boost this band up!!!

It’s also a pleasure to have drummer Justin DiPinto back in the fold! He brings the hungry aggressive quality this band has always had back to the forefront! When we played 3 weeks of festivals and shows in Europe in August it felt great!! That aggression was feeling strong!! Looking so forward to playing MANY shows after this album hits the street!! Speaking of which. We are currently working on the new slab! It is coming out intense and heavy as HELL!! Everyone is killing it! I think everyone is just so determined and hungry to bust out the heaviest music and ideas we can with this one!!

Great heavy grooves will not be missing, I promise!! With this signing to Century Media and the new ripping album being done, I see great thing happening!! So with that being said, we will soon be unleashing the Malevolence all over the world!!! We will be pounding stages and eardrums into oblivion and hope to see you all out there!!! Let the slaughter commence!!!!”

Guitarist Phil Fasciana added:

“I couldn’t agree more with Bret‘s comments concerning signing with such an established record label (Century Media) and having the confidence of knowing we are working with a company that believes in our band’s music and will get it distributed worldwide properly. Along with guitarist Gio Geraca, bassist/founding member Jason Blachowicz and returning drummer Justin DiPinto, we no longer have the word ‘compromise’ associated with band and its music.

We have had more than enough time to write, re-write and perfect our new material and deliver it the way we want for ourselves and fans. We are very excited to be working together on our 12th album and look forward to its release on Century Media and will be wasting no time on getting back on the road and touring extensively around the world to promote our band and new album. Nobody knows what the future holds, but the 5 of us are all committed to delivering the heaviest Malevolent Creation album to-date and look forward to the future and working with Century Media Records worldwide.”