LIGHT THIS CITY Announces First European Tour Dates Confirmed For September

Bay Area melodic death metal outfit LIGHT THIS CITY announces the band’s first ever European tour, confirmed for the end of summer, as the band continues to support of their acclaimed Terminal Bloom LP, released last year through Creator-Destructor Records.
Terminal Bloom, LIGHT THIS CITY‘s first album in a decade, boasts ten tracks that capture their tendency towards extreme melody and intensity, honoring the Swedish sounds of the ’90s. Having spent the past decade performing and touring in numerous other bands, the five members of LIGHT THIS CITY have only honed and shaped their skills and musicianship since their 2008-released Stormchaser. Terminal Bloom was recorded from December 2017 through February 2018 with Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, Fallujah) at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, as with their previous four albums, and is wrapped in the vibrant cover artwork of Tony Midi.
Following several tours throughout the US and Canada, as well as their first tour of Mexico, and a recent tour of Japan, LIGHT THIS CITY now confirms their maiden trip across the Atlantic. The band’s European Bloom Part 1 trek will begin September 12th and run through Germany, Denmark, Holland, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland, coming to an end on September 21st. Watch for additional tour dates to be announced in the months ahead as the band continues to book new ventures.
Drummer Ben Murray states, “We couldn’t be more excited to finally bring our thrash attack to Europe! This is just part 1 of our plan to tour Europe, as we’ll be announcing another run early next year. If you live in one of these cities, we hope you make it out to one of the shows! It’s been fifteen years since we began as a band, and we’ve wanted to get to Europe the whole time. See you in September!” 
See the LIGHT THIS CITY‘s official video for “Agents Of Fate” and more via YouTube RIGHT HERE. 
Terminal Bloom is available on CD, LP, and digital formats now through Creator-Destructor Records. Find order options at the label webstore HERE and Bandcamp where the album is streaming HERE.
LIGHT THIS CITY  European Bloom Part 1:
9/12/2019 Pocca Bar – Hamburg, DE
9/13/2019 Tempelt – Kongens Lyngby, DK
9/14/2019 Podium De Vorstin – Hileversum, NL
9/17/2019 Keller Klub – Stuttgart, DE
9/18/2019 Arena – Wien, AT
9/19/2019 Explosiv – Graz, AT
9/20/2019 Dagda Live – Retorbibo, IT
9/21/2019 Palazzo – Chur, CH

WOLVHAMMER Announces Summer Tour With Vaulted; New Album In The Works With Revamped Lineup

Midwestern blackened outfit WOLVHAMMER has announced a new summer tour with their revamped lineup, as material for their next album is currently under construction.
Following the release of WOLVHAMMER‘s fourth LP, The Monuments Of Ash & Bone, last year, and heavy subsequent touring in support of the record, the album lineup shifted, and vocalist Adam Clemans, bassist Andrew Gerrity (ex-Doomsday), drummer Garry Naples (November’s Doom, ex-Abigail Williams), and guitarist John Porada (Negative Mantra, ex-Abigail Williams, Terminate) welcomed new guitarist Jarrett Pritchard (Eulogy, Exmortis, Pulchra Morte) to the fold.
As the new lineup continues to build new material for their next release, WOLVHAMMER has booked a summer tour with Vaulted. The trek begins in Hamtramck, Michigan on June 25th and runs through seventeen cities, ending in Chicago on July 13th.
See all confirmed WOLVHAMMER tour dates below and watch for further updates in the weeks ahead.
View WOLVHAMMER’s “Law Of The Rope” video directed by David Hall of Uneasy Sleeper (Today Is The Day, Ulver, Misery Index) HERE and stream The Monuments Of Ash & Bone HERE.
The Monuments Of Ash & Bone is available via Blood Music HERE and Bandcamp HERE. 
WOLVHAMMER w/ Vaulted:
6/25/2019 Small’s – Hamtramck, MI
6/26/2019 Cosmic Charlies – Lexington, KY
6/27/2019 The End – Nashville, TN
6/28/2019 529 – Atlanta, GA
6/29/2019 Soundbar – Orlando, FL
6/30/2019 Nighthawks – Jacksonville, FL
7/02/2019 Wonderland – Richmond, VA
7/03/2019 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD (no Vaulted)
7/04/2019 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY (no Vaulted)
7/05/2019 13th Floor – Nothampton, MA
7/06/2019 O’Briens – Boston, MA
7/07/2019 King Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
7/09/2019 Spirit Lodge – Pittsburgh, PA
7/10/2019 Photo City – Rochester, NY
7/11/2019 Buzzbin – Canton, OH
7/12/2019 Black Circle – Indianapolis, IN
7/13/2019 Live Wire – Chicago, IL
The Monuments Of Ash & Bone is far removed from the methodical riffing and trudging pace of WOLVHAMMER‘s previous records, eschewing any frills. Merging the black metal tendencies of Enslaved with the mid-tempo sludge of Celtic Frost, the album delivers nearly forty-two minutes of savagery through seven new songs that go straight for the throat; no experimental bullshit, just the sound of rotten flesh and slow decay. The album was recorded and mixed by Jarrett Pritchard (Goatwhore, Exhumed, 1349, Nocturnus AD) at his New Constellation Studios in Orlando, Florida, and mastered by Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams, The Faceless) – both of whom provide additional guitar tracks to the album – and is completed with artwork by Brian Sheehan.

Avatar Has Landed in Pittsburgh

Come one, come all. Hear the glorious tale of how our King and Avatar have conquered Mr. Smalls on their headlining tour.

Tuesday, May 21st, Avatar came to town fresh off a successful trek at Sonic Temple Festival. This theatric Swedish band is no doubt one to see with your very own eyes. 

Before the concert had started, there was an intro track playing as an announcement noting that the King has entered the building. Followed by that, the lights had dimmed. Moments later the lights began to shine on the stage where the King slowly arose being seated on his rightful throne. Fans were chanting and cheering. The rest of the Motley Crue came out and began to play “A Statue of the King”. Frontman Johannes came up front to his podium to begin what would be such a momentous night. 


The entire setlist was unforgettable. Only knowing mainstay songs coming into this performance took my expectations of what to expect and glorified it to one hundred. When songs like “The Eagle Has Landed” and “Tower” were up to turn, I was blown away. A moment that made me grin like a Cheshire Cat was when during the song “Puppet Show”, I had turned back to see a sock puppet being lifted up by a fan. 

Throughout the entire concert, Avatar had this energy that I had never seen in a band. The flow between the band members was a sight I absolutely indulged in. The love between Avatar and their fans, the involvement between the crowd and band is truly an amazing sight.

What makes Avatar different from the rest is that they are unapologetically themselves when it comes to their music and characters. They embrace being divergent. They relish in it. This was made clear when Johannes had made a few speeches in between songs. As someone who has felt “different” her entire life, it resonated with me profoundly. I highly welcome such bands who dare to be “the outcasts”. Who defines who they are, and are not afraid to be just who they are.

If the chance ever comes where Avatar is in your city, I highly implore you to go see them. Give them all the love and support. These lovely gentlemen were some of the most relaxed and grounded people I’ve seen in a long time. They deserve all they have and so much more. Tim, John, Henrik, Jonas, and Johannes were so attentive to the fans after the show. As someone who is an avid concert goer, I love seeing the band being so dedicated to their fans. 

I look forward to seeing them grow and migrating to bigger venues in the future. This will allow for so much more to be done with their stage set up. I can tell its begging for that day. No doubt in my mind, that time will come, and soon. 


DEAD TO A DYING WORLD Begins West Coast Tour With Dawn Ray’d This Week; Elegy Full-Length By Texas Dark Metal Septet Out Now Through Profound Lore

Texas-based dark metal septet DEAD TO A DYING WORLD begins their West Coast US tour in support of their acclaimed new Elegy album this week. The epic double-LP opus saw release through Profound Lore Records in April amidst a wealth of praise from media outlets and listeners which continues to pour in from around the globe.
DEAD TO A DYING WORLD‘s West Coast tour begins this Friday, May 24th and runs through June 1st. The massive band lineup will be joined by guest musicians Emil Rapstine of The Angelus, who appears on the Elegy album, as well as Natalie Kahan of Wildspeaker for all dates on the new tour. The tour will run clockwise up the western edge of the country with their friends in Dawn Ray’d on their way to perform at this year’s Northwest Terror Fest in Seattle, joining the likes of Bongzilla, Wolfbrigade, Indian, Pig Destroyer, Gadget, Indian, Cirith Ungol, Thou, Spirit Adrift, and many others.
During the week of the tour, DEAD TO A DYING WORLD and Profound Lore will be donating all Bandcamp proceeds from the album to reproductive justice groups and abortion funds – specifically to the Yellowhammer Fund, ARC Southeast, National Network Of Abortion Funds, and Whole Woman’s Health Alliance – in response to the abortion ban laws being passed in recent weeks.
See the updated tour routing below and watch for DEAD TO A DYING WORLD to announce a new run of East Coast summer tour dates shortly. Also see a tour trailer by Chariot Of Black Moth HERE.
Elegy is out now through Profound Lore Records on 2xLP, CD, and all digital platforms. Place orders through the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp HERE.
DEAD TO A DYING WORLD West Coast Tour w/ Dawn Ray’d:  

5/24/2019 Beerland – Austin, TX
5/25/2019 Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX
5/26/2019 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
5/27/2019 The Resident – Los Angeles, CA
5/28/2019 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
5/29/2019 Siren’s Song Tavern – Eureka, CA
5/30/2019 Barboza – Seattle, WA @ Northwest Terror Fest [info]
5/31/2019 Vista Bar – Boise, ID
6/01/2019 Diabolical Records – Salt Lake City, UT

DEAD TO A DYING WORLD‘s Elegy is a foretelling of a post-human world which explores themes of loss, grief, and the dawn of a new ecology through the eyes of a lone wanderer. The last human grieves the end of humanity, reflecting on the temporal insignificance of man and the sixth extinction caused by the Anthropocene – the end of our kind brought about by our own hubris, greed, and desire for power over one another. Elegy marks the third chapter in the trilogy, which explores our relationship to our world by reflecting on our past, present, and impending future.
Produced by Billy Anderson, Elegy stands as one of the most riveting productions from the acclaimed producer in recent times. The album sees the band’s seven full-time members welcoming contributions from a small cast of guest musicians, including Thor Harris (ex-Swans, Thor & Friends), Jarboe (ex-Swans), Dylan Desmond (Bell Witch), and Emil Rapstine (The Angelus), Pablo C. Urusson (Sangre de Muerdago), and Tim Duffield (ex-Sans Soleil). The new contingent of guests helps elevate the narrative of Elegy to a new plateau.

COLD CURSE: Creator-Destructor Records Welcomes California Metal/Hardcore Act; Violent Measure EP Confirmed For July Release

Creator-Destructor Records is proud to welcome California’s COLD CURSE to the label’s ever-evolving roster. The info on their Violent Measure debut 7″ EP, its lead track, “Clandestine,” and digital preorders for the release have been posted.
COLD CURSE‘s Violent Measure was recorded by Erol Ulug at Bright Lights Basement in Santa Ana, California, and completed with artwork by Manuscript Of Death. With four pummeling tracks, Violent Measure is a ripping introduction to this volatile act, and a must-hear for fans of Entombed, Dismember, Nails, Black Breath, and All Pigs Must Die.
Stream Violent Measure‘s opening track “Clandestine” on Bandcamp where digital preorders are available HERE.
Violent Measure is slated for a July 12th release via Creator-Destructor Records. Watch for additional audio tracks, vinyl details and preorders, tour dates, and more on COLD CURSE to be issued in the coming days.
Violent Measure Track Listing:
1. Clandestine
2. By The Sword
3. Burning
4. Destroyer Of My Enemy
With its members located in both Northern and Southern California, COLD CURSE is a metallic hardcore/death metal crossover act that initially started along the coast of Central California. Blending elements of ’90s death metal, thrash, and hardcore, the band has certainly already left their unique mark on the hardcore scene throughout their massive home state.
Since their 2013 formation, COLD CURSE has released an EP titled Oblivion as well as an additional demo. No strangers to the road, the band has most recently toured with Los Angeles hardcore act Momentum, having previously shared the stage with the likes of Twitching Tongues, Code Orange, War Hungry, Gulch, Spinebreaker, Drain, Hands Of God, Vamachara, Gatecreeper, Fuming Mouth, and many more.

AMON AMARTH Releases Berserker Full-Length; North American Tour With Slayer, Lamb Of God, And Cannibal Corpse Underway

AMON AMARTH is in the midst of their North American tour with Slayer. The journey will make its way through sixteen cities upon its conclusion at the Xfinity Center Amphitheatre in Mansfield, Massachusetts on May 25th. Additional support is being provided by Lamb Of God and labelmates Cannibal Corpse. See all confirmed dates below.
The tour comes in conjunction with the release of Berserker, AMON AMARTH‘s eleventh full-length studio offering. Out today via Metal Blade Records (North America)/Sony Music (International), the record features twelve monstrous heavy metal anthems. From the disarming melodrama and explosive riffing of opener “Fafner’s Gold” and the brutish simplicity of the rampaging “Crack The Sky,” to the epic fury of “Raven’s Flight” and the grim, gritty storytelling of “Ironside” and “Skoll And Hati,” Berserker is an album full of trademark AMON AMARTH bluster and bite but with every aspect of the band’s sound somehow refined, sonically enhanced, and made vastly more potent, both in terms of metal oomph and emotional power. 
Berserker was recorded in Los Angeles with renowned studio guru Jay Ruston (Anthrax/Stone Sour). After recording several rounds of professional demos for the new songs — initially with fellow Swedish metal icon Peter Tägtgren and then later with Ruston himself — the band crossed the Atlantic to make final the recordings in LA, eager to take a fresh approach to the album-making process.    
Preview and purchase AMON AMARTH‘s Berserker at
AMON AMARTH w/ Slayer, Lamb Of God, Cannibal Corpse:
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

DISASSOCIATE: Resurrected New York City Grindcore/Punk Legends To Kick Off Mini Tour With Eyehategod; Band To Play Maryland Deathfest, New Material In The Works, And More!

Resurrected New York City grindcore/punk legends DISASSOCIATE are back with an updated lineup and enough vitriol to level a nation. 
Featuring founding frontman Ralphyboy, guitarists Michael Dimmitt (Mutilation Rites) and Jimmy Aly (Swollen Organs, The Communion), drummer Kenny Appell (White Widows Pact), and bassist Avi Kulawy (Magrudergrind, Ruine), DISASSOCIATE will return to the stage next week after a two-and-a-half-year silence for four shows opening for Eyehategod. Additional support will be provided by Negative Approach, Sheer Terror, and Phobia on select dates. From there, the band will make their debut appearance at Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, Maryland with Cro-Mags, Carnivore A.D., Indian, and more. In August, DISASSOCIATE will play this year’s edition of Skull Fest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania alongside Poison Idea, Dropdead, Sheer Terror, and others with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks. The band is currently working on material for a new release later this year.
Comments Ralphyboy, “After many tours and lineup changes, DISASSOCIATE seems to have found its cause with the current lineup. Our new songs are faster and more aggressive than ever. It seems like the chemistry with these guys is working out real well. We have recaptured the fun and downright raw punk/grind style that made DISASSOCIATE who we are today.”
DISASSOCIATE w/ Eyehategod, Negative Approach, Sheer Terror:
5/08/2019 Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT
5/09/2019 Middle East Restaurant And Nightclub – Cambridge, MA
5/10/2019 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
5/12/2019 The Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY w/ Phobia
5/23/2019 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD *
6/22/2019 Gold Sounds – Brooklyn, NY *
8/15/2019 Skull Fest – Pittsburgh, PA *
Hailing from the gritty streets of the New York City’s Lower East Side, DISASSOCIATE rose from the ashes of hardcore unit Jesus Chrust in 1992. Forged by Ralph “Ralphyboy” Lantigua, renowned hardcore and punk promoter at the iconic CBGBs club (the undisputed birthplace of punk), DISASSOCIATE released three LPs and have toured the US and Japan multiple times sharing stages with the likes of Mastodon, Neurosis, Disfear, Mayhem, Lamb Of God, Mercyful Fate, and Corrupted. The band went on a seven-year hiatus until 2016 when they reared their heads again playing sporadic shows with a new lineup, including a special NYC performance with Discharge, Eyehategod, and Toxic Holocaust at Webster Hall.

ATALA: West Coast Desert Doom Trio To Release The Bearer Of Light Full-Length Via Salt Of The Earth Records; “Desolate Lands” Video Now Playing, Tour Dates Announced + Preorders Available 4/20

West Coast desert doom trio ATALA will release their The Bearer Of Light full-length via Salt Of The Earth Records on May 21st.
Returning to their DIY ethos, the seven-track desert voyage was captured and self-produced in just five days at Gatos Trail in Joshua Tree with engineer Jeff Thomas. “It’s a true roller coaster of emotions: sad, angry, confused, lost… but, you can’t help but feel hope as you follow the journey,” notes founding guitarist Kyle Stratton.
“After working with producers who I admired,” Stratton continues of the decision to record The Bearer Of Light on his own, “I felt it was my time to do it my way while implementing some of the tricks they used. I wanted to record live and not overthink the process. I just wanted to capture the moment take by take. It was a learning process for both the band and myself as a producer. I literally had no idea what I was doing but I wanted the record to have a ’90s DIY feel like the stuff I grew up listening to and I think we achieved that.” 
In advance of the release of TheBearer Of Light, ATALA is pleased to unveil their video for first single“Desolate Lands.” Issues Stratton of the clip, “‘Desolate Lands’ was written spontaneously in a jam and it was devastatingly heavy. Lyrically, it’s about the desert and our connection to the surrounding landscape and creatures. It’s about understanding that nature is the only true connection we have to any kind of a god or higher power. The video was created by our friend Zak Kupcha at Circulation Media. He did a great job.”
View ATALA’s “Desolate Lands” at THIS LOCATION. 
The Bearer Of Light comes swathed in Stratton’s striking cover art and will be available on, CD, LP, and digitally. Preorders begin this Saturday, 4/20 via Salt Of The Earth Records at THIS LOCATION or the ATALA website HERE. 
The Bearer Of Light Track Listing:
1. Desolate Lands
2. Upon The Altar
3. Naïve Demure
4. Sun Worship
5. Venomous Lure
6. Won’t Subside
7. Dark Skies 
Catch ATALA live in support of The Bearer Of Light on a near-three-week US tour this June alongside Sixes. See all confirmed dates below. 
ATALA w/ Sixes: 
6/14/2019 O’Malley’s – Mountain View, CA 
6/15/2019 Mummer’s – Sparks, NV 
6/16/2019 Beehive – Salt Lake City, UT
6/17/2019 Streets Of London – Denver, CO
6/18/2019 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
6/19/2019 The Lift – Dubuque, IA
6/20/2019 Reggie’s Music Hall – Chicago, IL
6/21/2019 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
6/22/2019 Café 611 – Frederick, MD
6/23/2019 The Drunk Horse – Fayetteville, NC
6/24/2019 Alabama Music Box – Mobile, AL
6/25/2019 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
6/26/2019 Bond’s 007 Rock Bar – San Antonio, TX
6/27/2019 Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX
6/28/2019 House of Bards – Tucson, AZ
6/29/2019 Yucca Tap Room – Phoenix, AZ 
6/30/2019 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA

From Ashes to New and Ice Nine Kills Sellout Pittsburgh

Only being two dates into the co-headlining tour, these bands of force sold out The Rex Theater! When I had come into the venue, it was packed to the back. Unfortunately, I had missed the set HAWK, had done. Pittsburgh traffic can be killer, especially when there’s barely any parking from the show being sold out. When I had finally came in, I was lucky enough to experience part of Afterlife’s set. Not knowing what to expect from this band, I was thoroughly delighted. 

Up next was Palisades. Only touching on them briefly prior to the show, I only knew about them through my sister. From time to time, she would play me their older albums. Before, I thought, “I could either go or go without this band”. Let me tell you, they put on a fantastic set. High energy and lots of interaction from the crowd. 

Now on to the main two acts. Ice Nine Kills did the first half of this date for the co-tour. Can I just say how freaking amazing they were. I knew nothing of INK before coming into this show. I can most definitely say they’ve won over a new fan from the performance they had put on. Watching Spencer come onto the stage dressed up as half Freddy Kruger and half Jason. Not to mention the other members were dressed up as other horror characters too! I love bands with theatrics and themes behind them. It makes for such a more visually pleasing workup. Ice Nine Kills has a horror theme surrounding their looks and music. It totally shows on stage! This a must see band!

Lastly was From Ashes to New. FATN is a band with a lot of heart and soul. You can tell just by the way how they perform and how Matt raps out his part. During one the first few songs, he had mentioned how hard life has been for him as of late. But that the fans and his music keep him going. This is coming from a writer who’s struggled with depression herself, I felt what Matt was saying. Life can be extremely challenging at times. When you find that reason to keep you going through, it makes it all worth it in the end. If you like bands with heartfelt lyrics, you’ve found an amazing band to listen to.

All and all, I would say definitely check out this tour if you can! The line up is amazing just begging to be seen!