GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH: Canadian Stoner Metal Outfit Signs With Kozmik Artifactz For February Release Of Masters Of Space And Time LP

Ontario’s stoner metal heavyweights GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH have signed with legendary German based record label Kozmik Artifactz. The label proudly announces that the band’s massive fourth full-length recording, Masters Of Space And Time, will see worldwide release on February 22nd. The album art, track listing, and more have been issued.
 
GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH was originally established in 2009 by Al Yeti Bones, formerly of The Mighty Nimbus, Georgian Skull, and Mister Bones. The five-piece sonic wrecking crew – Bones, as well as Adam Saitti, Darren Brush, Dustin Black, John Serio, and Mark Calcott – has been building quite the name for themselves in the last decade, not just in Canada, but globally throughout the underground music scene. The band can be best described as a blend of ’70s classic rock/heavy metal with elements of ’90s stoner rock and grunge, as displayed on their prior three LPs released through the likes of Black Vulture Records and Pitch Black Records.
 
Surging with forty-two minutes of GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH‘s dependably thundering riffs and deep grooves, Masters Of Space And Time is quite different from previous work as the band continues to focus on writing more diverse material, avoiding simple pigeonholing of their sound and opting for a much more dynamic storytelling roller coaster style. The album was recorded at Empire Recording Studios in Windsor, Ontario, co-produced by Adam Michalczuk, Nick Kinnish, and Al Yeti Bones, engineered by Adam Michalczuk, mixed by Nick Kinnish, with additional tracking by Bones. The tracks were mastered by Phil Demetro at Lacquer Channel and the album completed with cover art by Will De Villers.
 
Kozmik Artifactz will release Masters Of Space And Time on LP, CD, and all digital services worldwide on February 22nd. Watch for audio samples, preorders, and more to be issued in the days ahead.
 
GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH will support the album live, with a show booked in London, Ontario for January 12th, and more tour dates for the new year to be announced shortly.
 
GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH Live:
1/12/2019 Call The Office – London, ON
 
Masters Of Space And Time Track Listing:
1. City Of Ghosts
2. Highway Man
3. Low Cost Of High Living
4. Stranger Desires
5. Sun Prelude
6. Into The Sun
7. Crash N’ Burn
8. Masters Of Space And Time
 
GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH:
Al Yeti Bones – vocals, guitars
Adam Saitti – drums
Darren Brush – bass
Dustin Black – guitars
John Serio – guitars
Mark Calcott – keyboards

NECROT: Bay Area Death Cult Announces Additional Winter Shows With Blood Incantation; 2019 Decibel Magazine Tour Nears

Bay Area death cult, NECROT, have announced ten additional shows this winter with their space-obsessed comrades in Denver’s Blood Incantation. The performances will take place through February and March during off dates of the eighth annual Decibel Magazine Tour featuring Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Immolation, and Blood Incantation. The tour follows NECROT‘s appearance at the Tankcrimes Takeover February 2nd at the Oakland Metro with labelmates Ghoul, Brainoil, Kicker, Mortuous, Connoisseur, Deathgrave, and Los Huaycos. Tickets are on sale now! See all confirmed dates below.
 
NECROT:
1/11/2019 The Ritz – San Jose, CA w/ Coldclaw, Wolf King, Dissidence [Info]
2/02/2019 Tankcrimes Takeover @ Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Ghoul, Brainoil, Kicker, Mortuous, Connoisseur, Deathgrave, Los Huaycos [Info]
2/14/2019 Sister – Albuquerque, NM **
Decibel Magazine Tour w/ Cannibal Corpse (2/17-3/07), Morbid Angel, Immolation (3/08-3/14), Blood Incantation:
2/17/2019 Alamo Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
2/18/2019 Rock House – El Paso, TX **
2/19/2019 Club Xs – Tucson, AZ
2/20/2019 The Observatory – San Diego, CA
2/21/2019 The Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA
2/22/2019 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
2/23/2019 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
2/24/2019 Siren’s Song – Eureka, CA **
2/25/2019 Roseland Ballroom – Portland, OR
2/26/2019 Showbox Market – Seattle, WA
2/27/2019 Neurolux – Boise, ID **
2/28/2019 Metro – Salt Lake City, UT **
3/01/2019 The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
3/02/2019 The Truman – Kansas City, MO
3/03/2019 Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
3/04/2019 The Concord – Chicago, IL
3/05/2019 Black Circle Brewing – Indianapolis, IN **
3/07/2019 Playstation Theater – New York, NY
3/08/2019 TLA – Philadelphia, PA
3/09/2019 Palladium – Worcester, MA
3/10/2019 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
3/11/2019 Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
3/12/2019 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL **
3/13/2019 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/14/2019 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
3/15/2019 Santos – New Orleans, LA **
3/16/2019 Lost Well – Austin, TX **
3/17/2019 Three Links – Dallas, TX **
** NECROT + Blood Incantation Only
 
NECROT unleashed their critically-adored Blood Offerings full-length via Tankcrimes in 2017. Captured by Greg Wilkinson (Vastum, Graves At Sea) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Gatecreeper), the record earned the #29 spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart and #52 on Billboard’s New Artist Chart upon its first week of release. Additionally, Blood Offerings earned year-end accolades from the likes of Decibel Magazine and Revolver and continues to reap the praise of fans and critics globally.
 
NECROT‘s Blood Offerings is out now on CD, digital, and vinyl formats and well a newly-issued deluxe cassette edition. Additionally, Tankcrimes recently repressed the LP (now available on limited-edition splatter or olive vinyl). Find physical orders at THIS LOCATION. Stream Blood Offerings in full at THIS LOCATION where you can also purchase the record digitally.
 
Forged in 2011, NECROT – founded by current and former members of Acephalix, Vastum, Saviours, Watch Them Die, Atrament, and more – unleashed their The Labyrinth full-length in 2016 via Tankcrimes. Spewing forth eight tracks amassed from three hard-to-find and long out-of-print demo tapes, the record reaped critical acclaim from fans and media alike compelled by the band’s unrepentant Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, and Sacrilege worship.
 
“Blood Offerings is all old ground, but it is hallowed earth. We’ve heard everything played on this album before, but we’ve never heard it played quite like this. If you’re that curmudgeon who keeps saying nothing can displace your aging death metal album collection, it might be finally time to buy a new record.” – Decibel
 
“Packed with killer riffs, thunderous blast beats and the death-defying leads of Saviours guitarist Sonny Reinhardt, the debut album from this hotly touted Oakland death metal trio bristles with a raw intensity that’s frequently lost in the modern era of triggered, overproduced extremity. By keeping it real, NECROT keep it awesome.” – Revolver
 
“Metaphorically, it’s like putting your ear up to the chest of a rotting corpse and listening to the parasites eat it from the inside out. NECROT has recorded an album so putrescent you can almost smell it.” – Paste Magazine

TOADLIQUOR: Southern Lord Recordings Presents Cease & Decease 2xLP Discography; Newly-Recorded Track Playing At Cvlt Nation

Southern Lord Recordings presents Cease & Decease, a double-LP discography by oppressive sludge juggernaut, TOADLIQUOR, released as part of Southern Lord’s 20th Anniversary series. The unreleased newly-recorded song included on the record, “(Closing Sections Of) Inter-Stellar Space,” is now streaming at Cvlt Nation.
 
The mysterious TOADLIQUOR continues to hold its position as one of the most crushing sludge outfits from the ’90s, while maintaining a shroud of mystery and diehard cult following two decades later. Not only does the collection encapsulate the entire 1993-released Feel My Hate – The Power Is The Weight – R.I.P. Cain LP as well as some unearthed extremely scarce and previously-unreleased recordings, it also includes a newly recorded song that was especially prepared, written and documented for this release. Cease & Decease also marks the first time the band’s entire four-part “Inter-Stellar Space” opus is pressed together; the first three sections were found on different releases, and the closing section had never been recorded before now.
 
Several of the initial recordings were originally recorded by Tim Green (The Fucking Champs, The Nation of Ulysses) and some of the resurrected tracks on Cease & Decease have here been remastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. Housed in a deluxe gatefold Stoughton sleeve which includes existing as well as brand new artwork, Cease & Decease is pressed on two massive slabs of vinyl, with a full black pressing and a limited silver pressing strictly exclusive for the label’s subscription series.
 
Cvlt Nation is now streaming the newly-recorded and previously unreleased “(Closing Sections Of) Inter-Stellar Space,” stating of the track, “TOADLIQUOR were all about creating timeless fucking doom laced with crust. The vocals from this band sound like tortured mental patients screaming to be heard. TOADLIQUOR had the whole Sabbath riff thing, but flipped it with more distorted vibe, plus their sound had an undertone of sinister and brutal crust… To say that it’s an honor to share this with you is a HUGE understatement.” 
 
Stream TOADLIQUOR’S “(Closing Sections Of) Inter-Stellar Space” at Cvlt Nation HERE.
 
Find Cease & Decease at the Southern Lord shop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

 

Cease & Decease Track Listing:
LP 1 – The Complete Sections Of Inter-Stellar Space
A1. (Opening Sections Of) Inter-Stellar Space
A2. (Continuing Sections Of) Inter-Stellar Space
B1. (Second Continuing Sections Of) Inter-Stellar Space: Love
B2. (Closing Sections Of) Inter-Stellar Space
LP 2 – The Feel My Hate – The Power Is The Weight – R.I.P. Cain LP
C1. Gnaw 
C2. Swarm
C3. Charred
D1. Fratricide: A Requiem
D2. Survival Is The Fittest
D3. Tenderloin
D4. Nails

HISSING: Seattle Harsh Metal Trio Announces West Coast Tour In Support Of Profound Lore-Released Permanent Destitution LP

Seattle harsh/death metal trio HISSING has announced a run of West Coast North American tour dates for early 2019 in support of their debut LP, Permanent Destitution, released in October through Profound Lore Records. The tour sees HISSING paired with Oakland’s brutalizing Abstracter, with dates running from February 22nd through March 2nd.
 
Permanent Destitution was engineered and mixed by Brandon Fitzsimons and mastered by James Plotkin. With already being at the mercy of HISSING‘s punishing sound fabric, that added touch of droning noise segments, also crucial to the band’s sound, mixed with the doomy industrial components become that final element to make Permanent Destitution a towering monument of primal avant-deathnoise.
 
Permanent Destitution is out now through Profound Lore on LP, CD, and digital platforms. Place orders for the CD and LP HERE, CD and digital HERE, Euro orders for the CD and LP HERE, and iTunes HERE.
 
HISSING West Coast North American Tour w/ Abstracter:
2/22/2019 Twilight – Portland, OR 
2/23/2019 Pat’s Pub – Vancouver, BC
2/24/2019 Highline Bar – Seattle, WA
2/25/2019 Plaid Pig – Tacoma, WA
2/26/2019 Old Nick’s – Eugene, OR
2/27/2019 Siren Song – Eureka, CA
2/28/2019 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
3/01/2019 Manny’s – Paso Robles, CA
3/02/2019 Elbo Room – Oakland, CA
 
HISSING‘s blown-out, fucked up death metal is abrasive and horrible and utterly off-putting, and I absolutely love them for it. They’re like if Knelt Rote was into early Morbid Angel instead of Conqueror…” – Noisey
 
“In what might be the most explicitly evocative record of the year, HISSING‘s Permanent Destitution captures the sonic equivalent of overwhelming nausea unlike any other. From production to style, HISSING appear dead-set on deterring listeners, and for most that will likely be the case, but for those masochists who can bear the grating disgust of HISSING‘s sound, there is some sublime filth to be had here.” – Exclaim! Magazine
 
“…it is difficult to locate any moments of tedium or poor execution in this latest effort, and in a year of dauntingly impressive debuts, Permanent Destitution stands tall as a monument of hideous, inhuman metal.” – Invisible Oranges
 
“This is an album that makes you forget reality. It doesn’t invoke sadness, or anger. It promotes fear, uneasiness and makes you want to bash your head into a cold stone wall over, and over trying to forget that you have stumbled upon something so powerful, and enlightening that you cannot comprehend or begin to understand. The insanity that is HISSING will be the talk of metal extremists for a while.” – Cvlt Nation

Ghost Haunts the Land of Baltimore

Cardinal Copia

In this day and age, shock rock is nothing new. We’ve seen Kiss, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, and so many more tackle this feat.  What makes Ghost different you may ask? Well, let me tell you. They take that genre and bring it to a whole new level. Ghost is known for their Satanic imagery and theatricals. Ghost puts their own twist on to their shows, albums, and aesthetic. Which is definitely showcased at their “Rituals”.

I was fortunate enough to see Ghost on three of these tour dates for their most current tour titled “A Pale Tour Named Death”. I’ve seen this lovely Swedish band nine times throughout the last year and wow. It never gets old.

This time being my first at the Hippodrome, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. However, my expectations were surely blown out of the water. The venue is absolutely perfect for an act like Ghost. At first glance it seems extremely modern, once you get into the actual theater and stage itself, it’s a completely different story.

Before the show began, I was slated for a meet and greet with Copia. My friends and were so stoked about it. Though the interaction may be brief between one and Copia, it certainly is memorable. I entered the area for the photo op, and completely froze when I met him face to face. We quickly lined up to take the photo. After that, he told me to take care and have fun. (I was grateful since I had another meet and greet the next day at their Upper Darby show. I gathered the courage to tell him, “Thank you for Ghost. It’s helped me through rough patches this year, especially with my depression.” I proceeded to show him my tattoo I got of him and he really liked it. If you ever have the chance to do a meet and greet, I would highly recommend it. The Cardinal is a super sweet individual.)

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After the meet and greet, I went to the box office to grab my photopass. I rushed to the concert hall to find an appropriate set up for taking photos. Little did I realize what kind of night I was in for.

The concert starts with the lights dimming. The intro “Ashes” leading into “Rats”, a fantastic banger of a song to get the audience hyped up. It one hundred percent does its job as an opener. The curtains went up and the Ghouls and Ghoulettes come out on stage to start up the instrumental. The crowd went wild and Cardinal Copia came on stage to start off a momentous night.

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Followed by Rats, was Absolution. The audience were putting their arms up during the segment of “Put your hands up and reach for the sky. Cry for absolution”. The energy you could feel radiating off from the fans was staggering. During the first three songs, one of my favorite moments occurred. “Rhythm Ghoul” came up towards my camera and I… and this magical photo happened. Taking that photograph felt awesome! The Ghouls are so charming and charismatic.

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After a few more songs, Copia had changed outfits into his black Cardinal outfit for “Con Clavi Con Dio”. He graced the stage with the entrance of him swaying a thurible. Which is a neat touch to say the least. Followed by that was one of my favorite songs they perform live, which is known as “Cirice”. This song is special to me because it has truly impacted my life. The lyrics “I can feel the thunder that’s breaking in your heart” is powerful. Also, one lucky audience member gets “Ciriced” during this song. I love seeing such intimate connections happen between fan and band members. Up next we have the iconic instrumental “Miasma”. The reason for this song being so illustrious is Papa Nihil’s hot jazzy saxophone solo near the end of it. If you haven’t seen his insane saxophone skills, you’re definitely missing out.

Concluding the first act was “Witch Image” and “Life Eternal”. Witch Image being a fan favorite off their album Prequelle, is always a delight to see performed live. The way how Witch Image leads into “Life Eternal” is breathe taking. Once when I heard the bells for Life Eternal’s beginning, I knew instantly that the song would leave me breathless. The content, style of vocal, and instrumental melt together so wonderfully. This being one of my favorite songs by Ghost, makes me extremely happy to know I’ve heard it live. One can feel the raw emotion when Copia sings this precious hymn. “This is the moment of just letting go. She said if you had Life Eternal”. The open interpretation of this song leaves so much open for the listener to decide what the song means. For some it could be just another track off the setlist, for some such as myself, this individual masterpiece leaves me crying and smiling every time in the best way possible.

Once “Life Eternal” had finished, the curtain dropped for the intermission of the show. Might I add, it’s truly a lovely thing to have. Especially for a seated show. Having that small break in between ables one to get refreshed for the second act.

After fifteen minutes, the audience took to their seats and thus began the second act.

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Starting off headstrong, began “Spirit”. Later on was “From the Pinnacle to the Pit” and “Majesty”. A standout for this half was “Satan Prayer”. Copia came out in a vampire fashion along with his cape he’s known for wearing during this song. I joking refer to him as “Count Copia” throughout this track. Hearing the fans chant, “Hear out Satan Prayer. Our anti nicene creed. For the cumming of seed” right back to the band all throughout the chorus gave me chills. The follow up for these songs are no disappointment. “Year Zero” and “Faith” go hand and hand. “Year Zero” has the energy while “Faith” packs the punch.

While the night was starting to dwindle down to the last of the set, Ghost covered Roky Erikson’s song “If You Have Ghosts”. Being a long time fan of Ghost, I know how much this song means to the fans. Many of us, listen to this song and it reminds us that we’re not ever truly alone. The “spirits” are always with us. Just like Copia mentions in his speech throughout IFYG. Some of my favorite lines from the variation of the speech are, “…if you’re going through one of the bad times right now, if you are experiencing one of life’s lows, remember that we need both highs and lows. So things can feel different. And remember that things change. For better or worse, things always change.” The way how Copia makes these concerts so personal makes me love and appreciate them that much more.

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Sounding off the of the “ritual” was “Dance Macabre” and “Square Hammer”. These two songs made the audience sing and dance their feet off. The riffs and choruses are so catchy and easy to lose yourself in. At the end of “Square Hammer”, the band took their bows and proceeded to exit the stage. You’d think they’d end off the night with a banger like “Square Hammer”, right? Not exactly. Copia came back on stage saying, “You’d think we give a shitty ending like that?!” Thus giving us the final encore of “Monstrance Clock”.

Overall the concert is a surreal experience. Any fan of metal and rock music will thoroughly enjoy Ghost. It’s obvious this once in a lifetime band will only continue rising further up with each release and success. I’m excited to see how far they will go. The sky is the limit for them. With “The Director” behind the lead of Ghost, it’s no doubt their potential is unlimited.

INSANITY ALERT: Crossover Thrashers To Release 666-Pack Full-Length Via Season Of Mist January 25th; New Tracks Streaming + Preorders Available

 Austrian crossover thrashers INSANITY ALERT will release their new full-length, 666-Pack, on January 25th via Season Of Mist. 
 
Forged in Innsbruck in 2011 and influenced by the likes of SOD, DRI, Suicidal Tendencies, Nuclear Assault, Bones Brigade, Municipal Waste, and Toxic Holocaust, INSANITY ALERT are the kind of people who know what to bring to a party: a big dose of humor with a dash of darkness, party tunes, and a six pack. It’s these ingredients that make up the basis of the band’s third full-length. A relentless, twenty-one-track ripper, 666-Pack brings the classic spirit of speed metal’s salad days back with savage metal precision. Ultra-catchy riffs, vicious vocals, and empowering gang vocals are packed into short, sharp rapid-fire attacks delivering everything great about thrash in spades.
 
666-Pack was produced and mixed by Toni “Meloni” Loitsch (Die Toten Hosen, Silbermond, H-Blockx) at Nautilus Sounds Studio, mastered by Dan Randall (Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust, Ghoul, Cannabis Corpse) at Mammoth Sound Mastering and comes wrapped in the gruesome cover creation of Mark Riddick (Rotting Christ, Horrendous, Revocation, etc.).
 
INSANITY ALERT’s 666-Pack will be released on CD, LP, and digitally. For preorder options, visit THIS LOCATION. 
 
Sample “Welcome To Hell” as well as the band’s recently-issued video for “All Mosh / No Brain” at THIS LOCATION. 
 
666-Pack Track Listing: 
1. Thirstkiller
2. The Body Of The Christ Is The Parasite
3. All Mosh / No Brain
4. Cobra Commander 
5. Saturday Grind Fever
6. Echoes Of Death 
7. Windmilli Vanilli 
8. Stop….Slammertime!
9. Why So Beerious? 
10. Mosh Mosh Mosh
11. One-Eye Is King (In The Land Of The Blind)
12. Welcome To Hell
13. Two Joints
14. Chronic State Of Hate
15. I Come / I Fuck Shit Up / I Leave
16. A Skullcrushin’ Good Time
17. The Ballad Of Slayer
18. Demons Get Out! 
19. 8 Bit Brutality 
20. Death By Wrecking Ball 
21. Dark Energon 
 
Hailed for their, “screeching solos, huge guitar riffs, and a battery assault of drums, all providing vocalist Heavy Kevy the chance to shriek his brains out in a massively effective way,” by Punk News, INSANITY ALERT has confirmed a string of festival and headlining dates for 2019 with more to be confirmed in the coming weeks. The run sees the band making appearances at Tauanus Metal Fest, Vienna Metal Meeting, Aargh Festival, Obscene Extreme, Headache Inside Festival, and more. See all confirmed dates below. 
 
INSANITY ALERT:
12/26/2018 Metallic X-Mas – Munich, DE
1/31/2019 Juha West – Stuttgart, DE
2/01/2019 Gaswerk – Winterthur, CH
2/02/2019 Treibhaus – Innsbruck, AT
2/22/2019 Kunstverein – Nürnberg, DE
2/23/2019 Club Vaudeville – Lindau, DE
3/14/2019 Mondo Bizarro – Rennes, FR
3/15/2019 Liévin Metal Fest – Liévin, FR
3/16/2019 La Niche – Dommarien, FR
4/12/2019 Taunus Metal Fest – Oberursel, DE
5/02/2019 Rock ‘N Eat – Lyon, FR
5/03/2019 Les Rhinos Féroces Festival – Montaigu, FR
5/04/2019 Usine À Musique – Toulouse, FR
5/05/2019 Secret Place – Montpellier, FR
5/11/2019 Vienna Metal Meeting – Vienna, AT
6/20/2019 Aargh Festival – Uttenhofen, DE (Exact Date TBA)
7/3/2019 Obscene Extreme – Trutnov, CZ (Exact Date TBA)
7/19/2019 Headache Inside Festival – Ahlimbsmühle, DE (Exact Date TBA)
 
INSANITY ALERT:
The Dave Of Death – guitar, choreography
Don Melanzani – drums, percussion
Heavy Kevy – vocals, propaganda
MC Brownnose – bass

RIVERS OF NIHIL Announces North American Headlining Tour With Entheos, Conjurer, And Wolf King

Currently wrapping up their European tour with Revocation, Archspire, and Soreption, RIVERS OF NIHIL will head back out on the road this spring on a North American headlining tour. The journey will run from March 1st through April 6th. Support will be provided by Entheos, Conjurer, and Wolf King. See all confirmed dates below. 
 
RIVERS OF NIHIL comments, “We are excited to head out on our first full US headlining tour. Entheos, Conjurer, and Wolf King are all bands that are making big waves in their respective fields and we are honored to have them as part of this fantastic package. We are also excited to be bringing a healthy dose of material from our newest album out with us this time, in addition to some old favorites. 
See you on the road.”
 
RIVERS OF NIHIL w/ Revocation, Archspire, Soreption:  

12/13/2018 Stage Live – Bilbao, ES
12/14/2018 L’Ampli – Pau, FR 
12/15/2018 Petit Bain – Paris, FR
12/16/2018 Underworld – London, UK
12/17/2018 Mama Roux – Birmingham, UK
12/18/2018 The Fleece – Bristol, UK
12/19/2018 Rebellion – Manchester, UK
12/20/2018 Magasin 4 – Brussels, BE
12/21/2018 Doornroosje – Nijmegen, NL
12/22/2018 Turock – Essen, DE

w/ Entheos, Conjurer, Wolf King:
3/01/2019 Cattivo – Pittsburgh, PA
3/02/2019 The Foundry – Cleveland, OH
3/03/2019 Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
3/04/2019 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
3/05/2019 Reggies – Chicago, IL
3/06/2019 Club Garibaldi – Milwaukee, WI
3/07/2019 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
3/08/2019 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
3/09/2019 Moe’s – Englewood, CO
3/10/2019 Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
3/12/2019 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
3/13/2019 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
3/14/2019 Paris Theatre – Portland, OR
3/16/2019 Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA
3/17/2019 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
3/18/2019 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
3/19/2019 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
3/21/2019 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX
3/22/2019 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
3/23/2019 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
3/24/2019 Santos Bar – New Orleans, LA
3/26/2019 Crowbar – Tampa, FL
3/27/2019 O’Malley’s – Margate, FL
3/28/2019 The Haven – Orlando, FL
3/29/2019 The Masquerade (Hell) – Atlanta, GA
3/30/2019 The End – Nashville, TN
3/31/2019 The Radio Room – Greenville, SC
4/02/2019 Drunk Horse Pub – Fayetteville, NC
4/03/2019 Riffhouse Pub -Chesapeake, VA
4/04/2019 Canal Club – Richmond, VA
4/05/2019 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
4/06/2019 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY

CASPAR BRÖTZMANN MASSAKER Reissue Series To Launch In January 2019 Through Southern Lord, Beginning With The Tribe And Black Axis

Southern Lord is proud to announce the first in a series of CASPAR BRÖTZMANN MASSAKER album reissues — beginning with the masterful debut The Tribe, originally released in 1988, and second album, Black Axis, originally released in 1989 — both remastered and presented as they were when originally released. After reissuing the first five albums, they shall later be made available in a collector’s boxed set complete with extensive liner notes, artwork by BRÖTZMANN, as well as a silkscreened print which will be hand numbered and signed by the artist. Full details of the series to be revealed in the coming months. CASPAR is also rumored to be working on brand new material.
 
CASPAR BRÖTZMANN is one of the most unique and innovative guitarists of the last forty years. With his Berlin-based trio MASSAKER, he evolved a whole new autonomous approach to writing rock songs, starting from sounds that were widely considered ornamental if not detrimental “sonic waste” such as shrieking feedback and droning overtones. This plethora of sounds were arranged into tracks to sound like breaking concrete, grinding metal, or bursting glass, at once monumental and threatening, impenetrable and hermetic, yet also archaically tender and loving.
 
Even today, as the art of noise has reached a level of sophistication that no one could have imagined thirty years ago, CASPAR BRÖTZMANN MASSAKER‘s music is resoundingly singular. Ultra-heavy riffs and beats, ominous tribal chants, and a raw physical force is conjured up by these three sinister and proud minds of their era. Their unhinged, unified stream of energy is captured on these remastered reissues and the results are thrilling.
 
Southern Lord will reissue CASPAR BRÖTZMANN MASSAKER‘s The Tribe on CD, LP, and digital platforms and Black Axis on CD, 2xLP, and digital platforms on January 18th, 2019. Watch for preorders to post shortly. 
 
Born in 1962 in a post-war divided Germany, CASPAR BRÖTZMANN started out playing the piano, his main inspirations included, Hanns Eisler, singer Ernst Busch, his mother’s “Hausmusik” (German tradition where the family gathers to play their instruments together), and also by the roaring sounds of his father, a virtuoso saxophonist aka “The Teutonic Axe” – a key player in the European free jazz movement, Fluxus artist, and ideologically adamant communist.
 
CASPAR lived in fear and awe of his strict father, and he took to the guitar knowing that his father and his peers sneered at Americanized music, and especially electric guitars and the hard rock sounds that appealed to him, the likes of Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix. The guitar became, CASPAR says, “his shield against the unsettling world,” also nting, “It wasn’t about virtuosity, rather the love of the instrument.”
 
BRÖTZMANN didn’t have any formal training, but Hans Reichel — a family friend and an avant-garde guitarist who built his own instruments — showed him the ropes. Hans taught him how to manipulate the workings and mechanics of the guitar. CASPAR‘s left-handed instrument is less of a nod to left-handed Hendrix and more of a technical improvement to his own playing, allowing for a stronger low end, better access to the volume control, and the vibrato bar, all of which gives CASPAR BRÖTZMANNMASSAKER‘s music an unparalleled dynamic range.
 
The Tribe was CASPAR BRÖTZMANN MASSAKER‘s first album. Recorded at Jost Gebers’ legendary jazz studio FMP in Berlin. To Gebers, who was far from being a fan of amplified music, BRÖTZMANN recalls, MASSAKER‘s music sounded “honest”. The iconic sleeve was designed by CASPAR BRÖTZMANN‘s father. Prior to this record, CASPAR honed his craft as a solo artist opening for the likes of Nick Cave. It is now reissued as it was originally released, remastered for LP and CD.
 
MASSAKER lineup for The Tribe:
Caspar Brötzmann – guitars/vocals
Eduardo Delgado Lopez – bass
Jon – drums
 
Julian Cope once stated that CASPAR BRÖTZMANN MASSAKER was, “The trio to end all power trios.” Like The Tribe, Black Axis was recorded at Jost Gebers’ FMP tudios in Berlin. Black Axis came to life in a rehearsal room so small with a ceiling so low that BRÖTZMANN, at nearly six-and-a-half feet tall, could barely stand up straight. The artwork was created by Brötzmann himself. The album is here reissued as it was originally release, remastered for 2xLP and CD.
 
MASSAKER lineup for Black Axis:
Caspar Brötzmann – guitars/vocals
Eduardo Delgado Lopez – bass
Frank Neumeier – Drums

CANNIBAL CORPSE Announces North American Tour Dates With Slayer, Lamb Of God, And Amon Amarth

CANNIBAL CORPSE will play “Leg Five: North America” of Slayer‘s Final World Tour this spring. The journey begins May 2nd in Phoenix, Arizona and runs through sixteen cities, concluding on May 25th in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Additional support will be provided by Lamb Of God and labelmates Amon Amarth. 
 
Comments the band, “We are extremely honored to be sharing the stage with Amon Amarth, Lamb Of God and of course Slayer this spring on their farewell tour! To be a part of this historic event will be something we will never forget!”
 
The journey with Slayer will follow CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s previously announced co-headlining run with Morbid Angel on this year’s Decibel Magazine Tour in February/March. See all confirmed dates below. 
  

CANNIBAL CORPSE On The Decibel Magazine Tour 2019 w/ Morbid Angel, Blood Incantation, Necrot:
2/17/2019 Alamo Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
2/19/2019 Club Xs – Tucson, AZ
2/20/2019 The Observatory – San Diego, CA
2/21/2019 The Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA
2/22/2019 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
2/23/2019 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
2/25/2019 Roseland Ballroom – Portland, OR
2/26/2019 Showbox Market – Seattle, WA
3/01/2019 The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
3/02/2019 The Truman – Kansas City, MO
3/03/2019 Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
3/04/2019 The Concord – Chicago, IL
3/07/2019 Playstation Theater – New York, NY

On Slayer’s “Leg Five: North America” Tour w/ Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth:
5/02/2019 Ak-Chin Amphitheatre – Phoenix, AZ
5/03/2019 Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
5/05/2019 UTEP/Don Haskins Center – El Paso, TX
5/07/2019 Bert Ogden Arena – Edinburg, TX
5/08/2019 The Pavilion At Toyota Music Factory – Dallas, TX
5/10/2019 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
5/11/2019 Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
5/13/2019 Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV
5/14/2019 Merriweasther Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
5/16/2019 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Noblesville, IN
5/17/2019 Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre – Bonner Springs, KS
5/19/2019 DTE Energy Music Center – Clarkston, MI
5/20/2019 Covel Centre – Youngstown, OH
5/22/2019 Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
5/24/2019 BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
5/25/2019 Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
 
CANNIBAL CORPSE will be touring in support of their acclaimed Red Before Black full-length released last year via Metal Blade Records. Many words come to mind when you hear the name CANNIBAL CORPSE, but only one truly defines the thirty-year death metal veterans: Unstoppable. Produced by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Goatwhore), Red Before Black serves to not only reiterate this but to once more raise the stakes, making it abundantly clear who sets the standard when it comes to manifesting consistently compelling music that is as brutal as it is complex. “Throughout our career, we’ve tried to improve the precision of both our musical execution and our album production, while still maintaining full-on aggression. Red Before Black continues in that direction, but might go even further on the aggressive side of things. It’s definitely precise, but it has a rawness to it that goes beyond anything we’ve done recently,” asserts bassist Alex Webster. “We really worked super hard crafting these songs, practicing them, and getting them where we wanted to be more so than on any of our previous albums,” adds drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz. “And as Alex said, musically I think it’s the rawest sound we’ve had – and at the same time I think it’s our most focused, tightest, and catchiest record.”