BLACKLITE DISTRICT Release Official Video for “Hard Pill to Swallow” Off of Upcoming ‘Through the Ages’

Spearfish, SD-based electronic alternative rock act Blacklite District has released the official music video for “Hard Pill to Swallow,” the lead single off of their upcoming 4th album, Through the Ages. Originally premiered on Billboard, “Hard Pill to Swallow” was filmed outside the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center in Anaheim, CA by DZFX Media.



Russ Tippins of Satan


Your most recent release “Cruel Magic” is such a fantastic album. What’s your favorite song you wrote for it?

Speaking personally it has to be ‘Ophidian’ because it’s so different from everything else we play. It was the last track to be written for the album. We’d been working for two years on writing & arranging. It had slowly become clear that the vocal ideas on two of the songs we’d chosen weren’t working, and Brian pointed out that much of the music was so fast he didn’t think he’d be able to do anything with it. He asked if I had anything at mid-pace tempo – something he could really get his teeth into. Well I didn’t, none of us did but it made me pause to take stock and consider his point. To cut a long story short, that is how the song ‘Ophidian’ came into being. I’m grateful that Brian spoke up because the vocal on this track is one of his finest moments ever. I think from that point onwards we became much more focused on getting the best ‘vocal’ arrangements and four of the songs got major overhauls to facilitate this.

Recently you’ve started to tour the USA for “Cruel Magic”, has there been any memorable moments from the tour so far?

At the time of writing, we’ve now completed the tour, which is definitely the most successful run we’ve ever had. The interest and attendance have been phenomenal and I guess it really peaked at our Brooklyn show at Saint Vitus. We hadn’t played New York in two years and the venue was at bursting point. The noise at the end of our set was deafening. The loudest thing I’ve ever heard in my life! We were just looking at each other with our hands over our ears! Another memorable moment for me was at the Cleveland show. We got into town late from Seattle and I really wanted to catch the opening set by Destructor. I arrived guitar case in hand just as they were beginning and went straight to the front. On the first number, the guitarist/singer Dave broke a string and I thought, “Oh no!” Then I remembered I had my guitar with me. I reached down to my case and pulled out a ‘bottom E’ string and when the song finished I stepped forward to hand it to Dave. The look on his face was absolutely priceless! A mix of relief and astonishment I’d say. It felt really good to be on hand to help a fellow musician and their set was friggin awesome!

How did everyone in the band meet?

We were at school together. Myself, Steve, Graeme & Andy (Reed). It was the last year of high school and Steve had the idea to form a metal band and that it would be called Satan. At that point, he couldn’t play any instrument but decided that he would be the rhythm guitarist and I would teach him since I could already play (a little). Well at 15, we all thought it was a pretty cool idea haha. Graeme was studying classical guitar so got the bass job. And Andy was famous for kicking over his drum kit at a school concert so it was a no brainer he should be the drummer. We always struggled to find someone who could front the band. Nobody wanted to do it!

What was it like playing your first show together?

That would’ve been the school Christmas concert in 1980 haha. We had to play three songs and a classmate had volunteered for the job of singing but he was a little bit shy and kept his head down the whole time while mumbling inaudibly into his mic. Our drummer Andy Reed had no drum mat and he was hitting the bass drum so hard that it jumped forward an inch with every hit. By the end of the set he was right at the front of the stage and we had to cut the last song shortly before he fell off the edge. Then he stood up and kicked it over! We loved it.

Being around the music scene for almost forty years, what is it like seeing all the changes in the metal scene?

My very first awareness of getting excited by music was in the early 70’s when bands like The Sweet and David Bowie played on British TV shows. The thing that really got under my skin was pure classic Rock – Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Sabbath. I so wanted to do that and would posture in my room pretending to be a guitar player with a broomstick. Later, two guitar bands like Judas Priest and Wishbone Ash became the thing. Then, when I saw Iron Maiden it totally made me want to be in a band for real. They really increased the speed factor. I wanted to take it further still with Satan which we did, but then thrash came along and speed went off the scale! The thing all of the above bands had in common was that they recorded live to analog tape. I never appreciated how much I would miss that sound until years later when it was gone completely. By the early 1990’s I’d given up my music career and I kind of switched off as a listener when the digital age started to kick in – Grunge, Nu Metal, it all seemed to be louder and simpler – bands playing to a sound grid. Horrible. Slip Knot increased the excitement for sure but it was still micromanaged and quantized to Hell. Nothing sounded real anymore. Even Maiden & Priest were on the grid. To me, it was like the Invasion of the Body Snatchers. And then the very worst of all happened… Symphonic Metal! Nooooooo……

Thankfully there’s been a recent revival of underground bands recording live to tape including Anti Christ and Black Magic from Sweden, Danava and Natur from the US, and my own new project Tanith. This is very promising and I’m hopeful that it will catch on in the mainstream. If nobody uses analog studios then the engineers & machines will become obsolete and this beautiful medium will be gone forever.

If you could collaborate with any artist/band, who would it be?

It’s funny but I’ve never worked with an organist/keyboards player before and I’ve always been an admirer of Ken Hensley from Uriah Heep. I would totally love to do something with that guy, both in terms of writing and performing on stage.

What do you think your life would be like without music?

I have no clue. The only real job I ever had was as a motor fitter for two years when I gave up music in the 90’s. It nearly wrecked my hands and to be honest, I don’t think I am cut out to work full time five days a week. I’m very much a night person and I guess if I couldn’t play guitar I would have found something, anything that meant I didn’t have to get out of bed early every day! A Night Watchman says…

If you could change anything about today’s music overall, what changes would you implement?

Well, I know this will sound old-fashioned and somewhat Luddite, but as I’ve already stated I’d really like things to go back to how they were before Pro-Tools and autotune, where it was simply about recording a band playing their songs as if it was a live gig or dress rehearsal. It’s hard for me to listen to 21st-century recording because nearly all of it sounds so phony. Nothing ever goes wrong or stands out in excellence. There is no spontaneity and it’s boring as Hell to listen to. Compared to say, the excitement of Raven’s first album or Iron Maiden’s debut.

Lastly, if you could give your past self-advice, what would you tell them?

This one is easy. I’d go back to 1984 after ‘Court in the Act’ was released. I’d tell myself not to listen to the negative press reviews. And to pay no attention to the dismal sales of the first six months. Most of all, do NOT break up the band and follow a different direction with another singer. I’d persuade my younger self to keep the faith and get to work on the second Satan LP. In the same style with the same line-up. All of that should have happened.



Nochnoy Dozor Releases Debut

Greek ambient/experimental unit NOCHNOY DOZOR – featuring guitarist Manos Georgakopoulos of doom eccentrics Universe217 – unveiled their staggering eponymous debut EP today via Prophecy Productions.
Reaping widespread accolades from underground critics in the “know,” an 8/10 rating TerraRelicta hails, “an intriguing mix of a variety of genres, from ambient soundscapes to doom, and from pop to harsh rock.” Infernal Masquerade lauds a record that’s, “heavy and mysterious,” while Two Guys Metal Review observes, “There is a real power and sense of bleak humanity to some of these songs and the transcendent chorus that comes crashing down around your ears can leave you in tears. A strong start from a band who seems destined to take on the world.”
Stream Nochnoy Dozor in its stunning entirety at THIS LOCATION.
Nochnoy Dozor is out now on CD and vinyl formats with the digital edition to see release November 1st via Prophecy Productions. For US orders, visit THIS LOCATION, for EU orders go HERE, and for digital orders go HERE.
Forged in December of 2015 and named after the Sergei Lukyanenko novel, NOCHNOY DOZOR(translated: Night Watch) embraces a variety of genres, with ambient soundscapes and pop flourishes clashing against heavy breaks and moments of harsh rock outbursts, all defined by the sophisticated interplay of synths and guitars. Dominating it all however are the dueling vocals of Lina and Revekka who guide listeners through their atmospheric and often atypical musical explorations. NOCHNOY DOZOR understands the “less is more” concept manifesting an immersive sonic experience that delves deep into the soul of all those willing to listen.
Manos G – guitar
Lina – vocals
Revekka – backing vocals, synth
Chris “Jo” – drums
Nick – bass



WHITECHAPEL To Kick Off 10 Years Of Exile US Tour With Chelsea Grin, Oceano, And Slaughter To Prevail Next Week

WHITECHAPEL will kick off their 10 Years Of Exile US tour next week. Commemorating the tenth anniversary of their critically-lauded This Is Exile full-length, the tour — which stretches from November 1st through December 16th — will see the band perform the record in its entirety alongside other songs from their catalog. Support will be provided by Chelsea Grin, Oceano, and Slaughter To Prevail. WHITECHAPEL‘s 10 Years Of Exile tour serves as the final bout of shows before returning to the studio to finish recording their upcoming new full-length, due in the Spring of 2019 via Metal Blade Records. See all confirmed dates below.
WHITECHAPEL w/ Chelsea Grin, Oceano, Slaughter To Prevail:
11/01/2018 Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
11/02/2018 Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY
11/03/2018 One Centre Square – Easton, PA
11/04/2018 Fete Ballroom – Providence, RI
11/05/2018 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
11/07/2018 Canal Club – Richmond, VA
11/08/2018 V Club – Huntington, WV
11/09/2018 Oddbodys – Dayton, OH
11/10/2018 The Firmament – Greenville, SC
11/12/2018 Georgia Theater – Athens, GA
11/13/2018 The Abbey – Orlando, FL
11/16/2018 Civic Music Hall – Toledo, OH
11/17/2018 The Rave II – Milwaukee, WI
11/18/2018 Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN
11/20/2018 Delmar Hall – St. Louis, MO
11/21/2018 Royal Grove – Lincoln, NE
11/23/2018 Wave – Wichita, KS
11/24/2018 Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
11/25/2018 Aggie Theater – Ft. Collins, CO
11/27/2018 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
11/28/2018 The Pin – Spokane, WA
11/29/2018 Showbox At The Market – Seattle, WA
11/30/2018 Diamondz Event Center – Jerome, ID
12/01/2018 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
12/02/2018 Domino Room – Bend, OR
12/04/2018 Senator Theater – Chico, CA
12/05/2018 The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
12/06/2018 Bryder’s – Bakersfield, CA
12/07/2018 Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA
12/08/2018 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
12/09/2018 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
12/12/2018 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
12/13/2018 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
12/14/2018 Growler’s – Memphis, TN
12/15/2018 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
12/16/2018 The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, TN



CANNIBAL CORPSE: American Death Metal Icons To Begin US Headlining Tour With Hate Eternal And Harm’s Way Next Week

American death metal icons CANNIBAL CORPSE will close out the year with a final US headlining tour. The journey will commence on November 2nd in Columbia, South Carolina and wind its way through over two dozen cities by its conclusion December 6th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Support will be provided by Hate Eternal and labelmates Harm’s Way. See all confirmed dates below.
CANNIBAL CORPSE w/ Hate Eternal, Harm’s Way:
11/02/2018 The Music Farm – Columbia, SC
11/03/2018 Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
11/04/2018 Shaka’s Live – Norfolk, VA
11/05/2018 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
11/07/2018 Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
11/08/2018 Fete – Providence, RI
11/09/2018 White Eagle Hall – Jersey City, NJ
11/10/2018 Anthology – Rochester, NY
11/11/2018 Skully’s – Columbus, OH
11/13/2018 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
11/14/2018 Civic Music Hall – Toledo, OH
11/15/2018 The Castle Theater – Bloomington, IL
11/16/2018 Durty Nelly’s – Palatine, IL
11/17/2018 The Majestic Theater – Madison, WI
11/18/2018 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
11/20/2018 The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
11/21/2018 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
11/23/2018 House Of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
11/24/2018 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
11/25/2018 The Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA
11/27/2018 Cosmic Charlies – Lexington, KY
11/28/2018 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
11/29/2018 The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
11/30/2018 Delmar Hall – St. Louis, MO
12/01/2018 The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
12/03/2018 Growlers – Memphis, TN
12/04/2018 Georgia Theater – Athens, GA
12/05/2018 The Abbey – Orlando, FL
12/06/2018 The Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Behemoth Kicks off North American Tour

Polish black/death overlords BEHEMOTH will return to North America this weekend for their long-anticipated headlining tour. Set to run from October 20th through November 24th, support will be provided by At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room. Tickets can be purchased at
BEHEMOTH will be touring in support of their I Loved You At Your Darkest full-length, released earlier this month via Metal Blade Records. Produced by the band, with drum coproduction by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames), mixed by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children Of Bodom), and mastered by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), I Loved You At Your Darkest is a crushing salvo of black metal majesty replete with hellish riffs, thundering drum cannonades, and soaring liturgical choirs reminiscent of classic horror cinema. To preview and purchase I Loved You At Your Darkest, visit
BEHEMOTH w/ At The Gates, Wolves In The Throne Room: 

10/20/2018 Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
10/22/2018 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/23/2018 The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
10/24/2018 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
10/26/2018 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/27/2018 Janus Landing – St. Petersburg, FL
10/29/2018 The Underground – Charlotte, NC
10/30/2018 The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
11/01/2018 House Of Blues – Boston, MA
11/02/2018 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
11/03/2018 Playstation Theater – New York, NY
11/04/2018 M-Telus – Montreal, QC
11/06/2018 The Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
11/07/2018 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
11/09/2018 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
11/10/2018 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/11/2018 The Truman – Kansas City, MO
11/13/2018 The Ogden Theatre  – Denver, CO
11/14/2018 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
11/16/2018 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB
11/17/2018 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB

11/19/2018 The Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
11/20/2018 Showbox Market – Seattle, WA
11/21/2018 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
11/23/2018 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/24/2018 The Wiltern Theatre – Los Angeles, CA




REPENTANCE Release New Single, “Enter the Gallows”

Earlier this year, REPENTANCE
hit the scene with a pair of back-to-back demos, released exclusively on YouTube, ahead of their live debut with Trivium. Now, the band enters fall with the release of “Enter the Gallows,” an epic display of new American metal and their first “official” single, available now on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, YouTube and more.



CHILD BITE: Detroit Noise Rock Eccentrics To Play Days Of Darkness This Weekend; West Coast Tour Supporting Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Nears

Detroit noise rock eccentrics CHILD BITE will play this year’s edition of Days Of Darkness this weekend. Celebrating its second year, the two-day/two-venue event takes place in Baltimore, Maryland with CHILD BITE set to blaze the Baltimore Soundstage on Sunday, October 28th alongside the likes of Rome, Bang, Satan’s Satyrs, and many more. From there, the band will play a show in Canton, Ohio with Night Goat before joining labelmates Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals for a West Coast tour from November 1st through November 20th. See confirmed dates below.
Comments CHILD BITE frontman Shawn Knight of the latest run, “We are extra stoked for this one! We’ve got Sean Clancy’s brother Ryan back on the drum throne for his first tour with us since Australia earlier this year. We’re also gonna be bunking up with Philip H. Anselmo and his merry band of Illegals this time around; CHILD BITE‘s first ever bus tour! I’m constantly dumbfounded by the rad things our fucked up little band gets to do. Central, Mountain, and Pacific time zones, see you soon!”
10/28/2018 Days Of Darkness @ Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD [tickets]
10/30/2018 Buzzbin – Canton, OH w/ Night Goat [tickets]
w/ Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals: 
11/01/2018 The Lost Well – Austin, TX [tickets]
11/02/2018 Jakes – Lubbock TX [tickets]
11/03/2018 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO [tickets]
11/05/2018 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO [tickets]
11/07/2018 Diamonds – Jerome, ID [tickets]
11/08/2018 Cargo – Reno, NV [tickets]
11/09/2018 Senator Theatre – Chico, CA [tickets]
10/10/2018 Strummer’s – Fresno, CA [tickets]
11/11/2018 Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA [tickets]
11/13/2018 TBA
11/14/2018 El Corazon – Seattle, WA w/ Eyehategod, Cro-Mags [tickets]
11/15/2018 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR w/ Eyehategod, Cro-Mags [tickets]
11/17/2018 Club Red – Mesa, AZ [tickets]
11/18/2018 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM [tickets]
11/19/2018 89th St. – Oklahoma City, OK [tickets]
11/20/2018 Rev Room – Little Rock, AR [tickets]