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Martyr Defiled unleash new video and announce album launch show

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 29th March 2014 by Nico Davidson

The heavy hitting Martyr Defiled are set to release their new album, No Hope No Morality, on 28th April, via Siege Of Armada Records and Century Media, and to celebrate its release, the band will be playing an intimate FREE entry show at The Garage in London on 23rd April.

The band have also just unleashed a brutal video for new single 616, which is the second track to come from the forthcoming release. The video can be viewed down below.

The tracklisting for No Hope No Morality is as follows:

1. LVCIFER
2. Demons In The Mist
3. Sineater
4. 616
5. No Hope
6. Neverender
7. Under The Influence
8. The Taste Of Iron
9. Of Sheep & Swine
10. Deathstare
11. No Morality
12. BONUS – Infidels
13. BONUS – Redneck (Lamb Of God Cover)

Martyr Defiled online:

http://facebook.com/martyrdefiled
http://martyrdefiled.tumblr.com

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Carnifex post Condemned To Decay guitar lesson online

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 6th March 2014 by Nico Davidson

Deathcore behemoths Carnifex have recently posted a video online of guitarists Jordan Lockrey and Cory Anford demonstrating how to play Condemned To Decay, which is taken from the new album, Die Without Hope. The tutorial can be viewed below.

Die Without Hope was released on 3rd March 2014 via Nuclear Blast, both physically and digitally.

Carnifex online:

http://facebook.com/CarnifexMetal

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Carnifex stream new album Die Without Hope on Youtube

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 27th February 2014 by Nico Davidson

Carnifex - Die Without Hope - Artwork

San Diego’s deathcore behemoths Carnifex are now streaming their new album,Die Without Hope, on YouTube. The album is set for release on 7th March. The album can be listened to at this location.

Die Without Hope was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida and produced by the esteemed Mark Lewis (Arsis, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, DevilDriver, Deicide, Six Feet Under). Cover art for the album was created by renowned artist and longtime collaborator Godmachine. The recording also marks the introduction of new lead guitarist and longtime friend of the band, Jordan Lockrey.

Carnifex online:

http://facebook.com/CarnifexMetal
http://twitter.com/carnifex
http://youtube.com/officialcarnifex
http://instagram.com/carnifex

 

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Carnifex reveal album details

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 18th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Deathcore behemoths Carnifex are pleased to announce the release of their Nuclear Blast debut album on 10th March 2014. The new album, entitled Die Without Hope, was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida and produced by the esteemed Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Devildriver, Deicide, Six Feet Under). The album artwork was created by the renowned artist and longtime collaborator Godmachine. Vocalist Scott Lewis comments:

Carnifex and Godmachine have been working together for many years, To be able to bring his art to the cover of this album is truly when all the pieces fell into place. The artwork here represents the tone and overall blackened feeling Die Without Hope captures.

Die Without Hope will deliver 10 tracks and over 35 minutes of crushing deathcore. Lewis states:

Die Without Hope is Carnifex at our very best. This is an album over two years in the making. We pushed ourselves every step of the process to include new elements never before heard on any previous Carnifex album.

Die Without Hope track listing:

01. Salvation Is Dead
02. Dark Days
03. Condemned To Decay
04. Die Without Hope
05. Hatred And Slaughter
06. Dragged Into The Grave
07. Rotten Souls
08. Last Words
09. Reflection Of The Forgotten
10. Where The Light Dies

Carnifex online:

http://facebook.com/carnifexmetal

 

Martyr Defiled announce headline UK tour with Black Tongue

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 9th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Following up on the recent release of their controversial new single Infidels, Martyr Defiled have announced a full UK tour with Black Tongue and Heritage which will take place in February 2014. Martyr Defiled have recently completed work on their forthcoming new album, due out in April 2014. Mixing will be handled by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon) and mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan). Artwork, release date and title of record are set to be announced shortly.

Tour dates are as follow:

13 Feb    Lincoln – The Scene
14 Feb    Manchester – Sound Control
15 Feb    Newcastle – Think Tank
16 Feb    Glasgow – Audio
17 Feb    Edinburgh – Opium
18 Feb    Dundee  – Non Zero’s
19 Feb    Leeds – The Packhorse
20 Feb    Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach
21 Feb    Preston – 53 Degrees
22 Feb    Bridlington – Basement
23 Feb    London – Boston Music Rooms
24 Feb    Derby – The Hairy Dog

Martyr Defiled online:

http://facebook.com/martyrdefiled

 

12 more bands announced for Download 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 25th November 2013 by Nico Davidson

Download Festival have announced 12 more bands for the 2014 edition of the festival. The bands announced are The Offspring, the legendary rock group Status Quo, Steel Panther, Trivium, Swedish melo-death outfit In Flames, While She Sleeps, LetLive, The Black Dahlia Murder, Miss May I, CrossFaith, Blessthefall and of course Dying Fetus. All 12 bands will join Link ParkAvenged Sevenfold and Aerosmith as well as Rob ZombieFall Out Boy and Alter Bridge at the UK’s biggest rock festival.

Download Festival 2014 will take place at Donnington Park from 13th June – 15th June. Tickets are available from this location. Stay tuned for more announcements!

 

One-off Death Angel London show announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th September 2013 by Nico Davidson

Thrash legends Death Angel have just announced a one-off London show to happen in December later this year, following their titanic set at this year’s Bloodstock Festival on the main stage. Amongst a campaign of other European tour dates, Death Angel will be showcasing their new album The Dream Calls For Blood. Support comes form German thrash unit Dew ScentedDeath Angel vocalist Mark Osegueda comments:

It is with great pleasure that we announce our upcoming European tour dates for our new album The Dream Calls for Blood! We look forward to sonically assaulting what we have always felt as the truest metal fans out there that backed this band through thick, and thin with our new arsenal of songs! That we promise you will leave you feeling ravaged. Yet! Triumphant! Europe!!!! Are you ready? Because I can tell you this! We sure the hell are!!!! You best bring back up! Ha!

The Dream Calls For Blood was recorded at AudioHammer Studios with Jason Suecof (TriviumAugust Burns RedThe Black Dahlia MurderAll That RemainsWhitechapel, DevilDriver) and once again features cover art by Brent Elliot White (Job For A CowboyCarnifex).
The album is set for release via Nuclear Blast on 14th October. It will be available as a limited edition digipak that includes an extra track (a cover of Black Sabbath’s Heaven & Hell) and bonus Making Of The Album DVD, plus limited edition vinyl.

Death Angel online:

http://deathangel.us
http://facebook.com/deathangel

 

New Death Angel song available for streaming

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 5th September 2013 by Nico Davidson

Bay Area thrash veterans Death Angel have made the title track of their upcoming album; The Dream Calls For Blood, available for listening on their official website.

Three years of constant touring and on-the-road songwriting have passed since Death Angel released their last album Relentless Retribution. Now the band are set to return with another slice of visceral thrash metal.

The Dream Calls for Blood was recorded at AudioHammer Studios with Jason Suecof (TriviumAugust Burns RedThe Black Dahlia MurderAll That RemainsWhitechapel, DevilDriver) and once again features cover art by Brent Elliot White (Job For A CoyboyCarnifex, Whitechapel).

The Dream Calls for Blood will be released to the rabid masses on 14th October and the digipak edition of the album includes a bonus track and ‘Making Of’ DVD.

Death Angel online:

http://deathangel.us
http://facebook.com/deathangel

 

Death Angel unveil tracklisting for The Dream Calls For Blood

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th August 2013 by Nico Davidson

Three years ago, Death Angel released their crushing album Relentless Retribution which in turn led to three years of constant touring and on-the-road songwriting. Now the Bay Area veterans are set to return with their latest slab of brutalising musicianship: The Dream Calls For Blood.

The album was recorded at AudioHammer Studios with Jason Suecof (Trivium, August Burns RedThe Black Dahlia Murder) and will feature, once again, artwork by Brent Elliot White (Job For A CowboyCarnifexWhitechapel). Guitarist Rob Cavestany commented:

We are excited to reveal the track list of our upcoming release, The Dream Calls For Blood. As we speak I’m about to board my flight home from 3 incredible shows in England, Belgium and Holland – after 3+ years of constant touring for our last album, Relentless Retribution. At last the cycle has ended with our insanely hot and wild gig in Rotterdam last night! This means we begin the next phase, which is preparing to tour for the new record; it all kicks off in October! By looking at the song titles I guess it’s obvious that angst and struggle is still a major part of our reality. Thankfully we have this outlet to vent and release aggression. That way we remain the happiest band in Thrash! (laughs) Hope these song titles intrigue you.

The Dream Calls For Blood will be released on 14th October via Nuclear Blast. The tracklist is as follows:

01. Left For Dead
02. Son of the Morning
03. Fallen
04. The Dream Calls for Blood
05. Succubus
06. Execution – Don’t Save Me
07. Caster Of Shame
08. Detonate
09. Empty
10. Territorial Instinct / Bloodlust

Death Angel online:

http://facebook.com/deathangel
http://twitter.com/deathangel

Details and artwork for upcoming Death Angel album revealed

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 7th August 2013 by Nico Davidson

It’s been three years since Death Angel released Relentless Retribution, with three years of constant touring. Now, the Bay Area thrash unit are set to return with another eviscerating thrash masterpiece titled The Dream Calls For Blood, which was recorded at AudioHammer Studios with Jason Suecof (Trivium, August Burns Red, The Black Dahlia Murder, All That Remains, Whitechapel, DevilDriver) and will once again feature cover art (which can be viewed below) by Brent Elliot White (Carnifex, Whitechapel, Job For A Cowboy). White explains:

Rob contacted me early on about doing this cover. He wanted a continuation of the work we did on Relentless Retribution. Kind of a complementary piece that featured the wolf in sheep’s  clothing again, only this time in some sort of frozen environment. I love it, I guess he’s come to be known as ‘Wolfie’. Perfect! As the concepts for the album grew, so did the details and various elements for the album cover. For example, It started as a single lone wolf, though Rob thought it important to add his pack. I guess they’re somewhat symbolic of the band. The wolves look like they’ve come a long ways, I can relate. I don’t want to try to dictate the meaning of the cover art. Suffice to say the main elements depicted in the piece are representational of the core thoughts and themes Rob poured into the album. Solar eclipse, lunar mirage, lighting from the coming storm, the killing field , blood, death, decay…those things. Though at times this one was a struggle (thanks for your patience with me DA, VJ and NB!) the album title actually pushed it to where it needed to be. I love the title, a perfect representation of the lyrics and Death Angel in general.

Jason Suecof commented on the recording process and the album in general:

Once again my metal brothers have put out an album that truly captures their live energy and originality as a band. Death Angel has not only maintained their classic thrash element, but they’ve taken every aspect of what they can do as musicians to the next level – writing, playing and maintaining an intense vibe throughout all the tracks! I believe this is an album that will stand the test of time – not just for Death Angel fans, but for fans of all genres of metal. Enjoy!

Guitarist Rob Cavestany added:

The Dream Calls for Blood is the wicked stepsister to our last album, Relentless Retribution – but even more cruel and sinister than her! It’s the first time we connected two records – created and produced by the same team in the same studio as ‘RR’, yet this release is more furious… probably because so much of it was written on the road. Brent did an amazing job with the cover art, again capturing the natural brutality of the hunted becoming the hunter… as territorial instinct turns into bloodlust! Down to the last detail, his art depicts a visual that matches our music and lyrics – making a complete package that we are so proud of! Can’t wait for you all to hear, see and feel it.  Now we prepare to bring it live!

Death Angel will be playing the Ronnie James Dio stage at Bloodstock Open Air this Friday.

Death Angel online:

http://www.DEATHANGEL.us
http://www.facebook.com/DEATHANGEL
http://www.myspace.com/DEATHANGEL

The Black Dahlia Murder announce new Manchester venue on upcoming UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 7th August 2013 by Nico Davidson

Due to a recent fire that took out part of Manchester, including renowned music venue NQ Live (Formerly known as Moho Live), The Black Dahlia Murder have changed venues for their upcoming show in Manchester on their UK tour next month. The band will now play Band On The Wall on the same night (21st September) that they were scheduled to play NQ Live. All tickets bought for the show at NQ live will remain valid and limited tickets are available for the new venue. However, due to Band On The Wall’s capacity being smaller than that of NQ Live, it is advised you purchase your tickets now.

Into The Everblack Tour Dates are as follow:

18/09/13 DE – Bochum – Matrix
19/09/13 FR – Savigny Le Temple  – L´Empreinte
20/09/13 UK – London – Islington Academy
21/09/13 UK – Manchester – Band On The Wall
22/09/13 UK – Glasgow – Cathouse
24/09/13 BE – Brussels – Magasin 4
25/09/13 NL – Enschede – Atak
27/09/13 SE – Stockholm – Klubben
28/09/13 SE – Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
29/09/13 NO – Oslo – John Dee
30/09/13 DK – Copenhagen – Lille Vega
01/10/13 DE – Berlin – Magnet
02/10/13 DE – Hamburg – Logo
04/10/13 DE – München – Hansa 39
05/10/13 DE – Leipzig – Conne Island
06/10/13 AT – Wien – Szene
07/10/13 IT – Milan – Tunnel
08/10/13 CH – Solothurn – Kofmehl
09/10/13 DE – Stuttgart – Universum
10/10/13 DE – Frankfurt – Batschkapp

The Black Dahlia Murder online:

http://www.facebook.com/theblackdahliamurderofficial
http://www.youtube.com/blackdahliamurdertv
http://twitter.com/bdmmetal

 

Carnifex ink deal with Nuclear Blast; Plans for new album announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 10th July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Deathcore act Carnifex have recently inked a deal with Nuclear Blast, which is home to bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Children of Bodom and Epica, as well as bands such as Fleshgod Apocalypse. Frontman Scott Lewis comments on the recent signing:

Signing with Nuclear Blast is a career defining moment for Carnifex. To be aligned with the largest metal label on earth is a true honour. This world-wide deal signals a turning point for us as a band and individuals. Together with Nuclear Blast you will see CARNIFEX like you have never seen us before. Prepare yourself for an album that crushes any and all expectations. An album that will stand as the definitive mark for modern metal.

Carnifex will begin recording their Nuclear Blast debut this July at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, FL with famed metal producer Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, DevilDriver). The band stated that fans should expect a release tentatively sometime in the first quarter of 2014.Carnifex also welcomes long-time friend of the band Jordan Lockrey as their new lead guitarist.

Carnifex online:

http://facebook.com/carnifexmetal

 

The Black Dahlia Murder post full album preview of Everblack plus song descriptions

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 4th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

The Black Dahlia Murder have already released three songs from Everblack; each time to an overwhelmingly positive response from fans. Beginning today, fans can preview a clip from each track on the album at DecibelMagazine.com! Along with audio previews, fans can read descriptions of each song from one of metal’s finest storytellers, Trevor Strnad. To listen and read Strnad‘s thoughts, visit this location.

The Black Dahlia Murder‘s sixth full-length album, Everblack,will be released on 10th June in the UK. The cover art for Everblack was painted by renowned artist Nick Keller with Weta, whose recent projects include: The Hobbit, Avatar, Chronicles of Narnia, and more. Recording was completed at Audiohammer Studios (lead guitars and vocals), Rustbelt Studios (drums), and Regal Fecal (guitar and bass). Mixing was handled by Jason Suecof and Ryan Williams, mastering was completed by Alan Douches at West Westside. Trevor Strnad‘s horror-inspired lyrics persist on Everblack, beginning with In Hell is Where She Waits for Me, a reference to the murder from which the band took for their moniker.

Fans can stream Into the Everblack now at this location. Also, there are a variety of limited edition pre-order bundles. Fans can grab Everblack on a double gatefold LP with purple/white marbled vinyl, along with “crime scene bundles.” An evidence pack, which includes toe tags, deceased band member photos, spent shotgun shells, and more can be viewed now.

The Black Dahlia Murder will be touring in support of Everblack all summer long as part of the Van’s Warped Tour.

Catch them in the UK later this year

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER

September 2013

20th         LONDON – Islington Academy
21st         MANCHESTER – NQ Live
22nd         GLASGOW – Cathouse

The Black Dahlia Murder online:

http://www.facebook.com/theblackdahliamurderofficial
http://www.youtube.com/blackdahliamurdertv
http://twitter.com/bdmmetal

 

DevilDriver announce details for new album and confirm release date

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 31st May 2013 by Nico Davidson

DevilDriver have confirmed that the title of their new album is Winter Kills – Well, I suppose those sounds a lot more metal than something like “Summer Kills”. The album will be released worldwide on August 27th via Napalm Records.

The band recorded the album in Florida at Audio Hammer Studios and vocals in Los Angeles, CA at Dez‘s home studio with Mark Lewis (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, All That Remains) handling production duties. The artwork for Winter Kills features a photograph by Dean Karr. The layout was done by Ryan Clark/Invisible Creature.

DevilDriver has worked with Lewis previously on Beast and The Last Kind Words and producer Mark Lewis‘s prolific leadership of the new school of metal has yet again helped DevilDriver deliver another epic heavy metal record.  This record melds what the band does best. In your face power as well as the California Groove sound the band pioneered.

DevilDriver has always been a band on a three-pronged mission: Work hard, rock harder, and kick as many asses as possible in the process. The band tours forever and has since its beginnings. Their live performances and circle pits are as legendary as their music. Dez comments on the new album:

This is by far DevilDriver’s most cohesive, powerful, groove laden record to date!

We delivered our signature California Groove sound alongside a Raw and Biting guitar tone, mixed it with massive hooks, added in thunderous drums to rethink, and reshape another different sounding unique piece of Rock-N-Roll! Cutting our own path is something to be proud of. DevilDriver has always and will forever be about thinking outside the box and delivering on something different from record to record, we cannot be assimilated into any scene or even genre of Metal and we will continue to do things our own way with a massive middle finger in the air to the status quo!

The band will be hitting the road worldwide in support of Winter Kills.  Touring as always will be a focal point for the band. The US can expect to see them this fall and winter with Europe and the rest of the globe coming in 2014 and beyond. Additional information on Winter Kills will be made available shortly.

DevilDriver online:

https://www.facebook.com/DevilDriverOfficial1/

The Black Dahlia Murder stream new song via Revolver Magazine

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 16th May 2013 by Nico Davidson

The Black Dahlia Murder‘s brand new album, Everblack, will be released in less than a month. Following the overwhelmingly positive reaction to Into the Everblack, the band has partnered with Revolver Magazine to stream another song from Everblack. Fans can listen to Rape in Hatred by Vines of Thorn, an ode to one of Trevor Strnad‘s favourite horror movies, Evil Dead, now at this location.

In an article previously published on Bloody-Disgusting.com, Strnad recalled the impact of the movie:

I remember the first time I saw Evil Dead… it was at my friend’s birthday party in 7th grade. It was recommended by the same older sister that had gotten us all into punk and heavy metal music… so we knew we were in for the real deal. The movie scared the unholy 13 year old shit out of us… we were terrified. I remember the possessions really affecting me… the way the people would contort and writhe was disturbing. The possessed had that awful way that they sounded when they spoke and howled… pretty insane as well. The vine rape scene was intense… I love the idea of the forest coming alive… so much so that I wrote a song about it many years later.

The Black Dahlia Murder‘s sixth full-length album, Everblack,will be released on on June 10th in the UK. The cover art for Everblack was painted by renowned artist Nick Keller with Weta, whose recent projects include: The Hobbit, Avatar, Chronicles of Narnia, and more. Recording was completed at Audiohammer Studios (lead guitars and vocals), Rustbelt Studios (drums), and Regal Fecal (guitar and bass). Mixing was handled by Jason Suecof and Ryan Williams, mastering was completed by Alan Douches at West Westside. Trevor Strnad‘s horror-inspired lyrics persist on Everblack, beginning with In Hell is Where She Waits for Me, a reference to the murder from which the band took for their moniker.

Fans can stream Into the Everblack now at the band’s Metal Blade page. Also, there are a variety of limited edition pre-order bundles. Fans can grab Everblack on a double gatefold LP with purple/white marbled vinyl, along with “crime scene bundles.” An evidence pack, which includes toe tags, deceased band member photos, spent shotgun shells, and more can be viewed now.

The Black Dahlia Murder will be touring in support of Everblack all summer long in the USA as part of the Van’s Warped Tour.

Then In September they’ll be in Europe. Catch them here in the UK:

20.09.13 – LONDON – Islington Academy
21.09.13 – MANCHESTER – NQ Live
22.09.13 – GLASGOW – Cathouse

The Black Dahlia Murder online:

http://www.facebook.com/theblackdahliamurderofficial
http://www.youtube.com/blackdahliamurdertv
http://twitter.com/bdmmetal

 

Shannon Lucas releases statement regarding his departure from The Black Dahlia Murder

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 7th November 2012 by Nico Davidson

Shannon Lucas had been sitting out of the current Black Dahlia Murder tour with Alan Cassidy (Abigail Williams) standing in for him (or in this case, sitting in for him). Shannon released a video statement saying that he’s departing from drum duties in The Black Dahlia Murder to focus on other things in life. The video statement can be viewed below. The short version of the statement is that Shannon is leaving the band, he helped BDM pick Alan Cassidy as the replacement and that Cassidy is not a permanent replacement.

This is the second time this year that The Black Dahlia Murder have had a new member on tour with them without any prior announcements – The first being Max Lavelle who made his debut with the band back in January, three months prior to it being announced that Ryab “Bart” Williams would remain in the band as a collaborator for writing and recording.

 

GhostFest @ Leeds University Union

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , , on 7th July 2012 by vmteam

The Black Dahlia Murder, Carcer City, Heart Of A Coward & More
Leeds University Union, Leeds
30th June, 1st July

Saturday

Since Ghostfest started back in 2005, it has become one of the biggest metal-hardcore festivals in the UK. The initial festival only consisted of one stage over 2 days and was held on Leeds Cockpit’s smaller stage. In the 7 years since then, Ghostfest now boasts a 2700 capacity venue with 3 stages at the Leeds University Union and has showcased upcoming bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, Architects and Your Demise as well as established acts like The Black Dahlia Murder and Suicide Silence.

This years festival kicked off on the Impericon Stage with Manchester’s kings of gore Ingested. Their lightning fast beats and guttural vocals were mediocre at best, but their fan favourite Skinned And Fucked gained much appraisal from the crowd and warmed up the pits for the rest of the days bands.

Over on the Monster Stage, Scottish five-piece Heavy Hands failed to keep the same level of energy in the crowd. I could only feel that their set would have been much better if the quality of the instruments was at a respectable level. However, the crowd was just treated to fuzzy riff after fuzzy riff. Whether this was a fault with their equipment or the technician, I don’t know. But I do know that Ghostfest could have had a better start than it did.

Following Ingested, Heart Of A Coward took to the main stage. Their melodic blend of groove metal received much earned applause from the thousands in the crowd. As well as tearing the place apart with ground shaking breakdowns and circle pit initiating riffs, they also made the sure the audience was having a good time. At one point, their vocalist asked for lines of head bangers which ascended into half of the crowd being linked together and head banging in sync with HOAC’s unique brand of metal. So far, they were the only band to truly show the weekend’s potential carnage.

My first time to the smallest stage in the venue, the Time Will Tell stage, was to see Welsh metalheads Continents who I must say were disappointing. Technical difficulties during their set didn’t help either, but I expected more from them. Many people amongst the crowd still moshed and danced, but I don’t think their energy was reflected in the band.

After seeing rising stars Silent Screams on a much smaller stage in my home town, I decided to watch them on the Main stage to see if they could emulate their performance on a much bigger stage to a far larger crowd. I was impressed to see how far this band have grown, but I still find what they offer rather droll. I found their set rather boring, but much of the crowd enjoyed breakdown after breakdown after breakdown. The crowds movement and energy drove the band to push their performance to match, but there is only so much you can do with such repetitive material.

Another band I had also seen in my home town was Scottish Hardcore quintet Grader, and they always put full effort into their set. This performance was no exception, but unfortunately the crowd never fully connected. I felt sorry for them as they gained unenthusiastic applause after each song, until their hard hitting anthem Keep Love blasted out and many of their fans (including me) stormed to the stage to sing along. However, I felt that their set could of gone much better if the crowd matched their on stage effort.

The next band I saw were post-hardcore band Heights. They had recently received a lot of controversy after their vocalist was kicked out and replaced, which caused quite a stir amongst fans who felt the band wouldn’t be the same. However, the crowd went wild for them at the Impericon stage. Songs such as Lost And Alone and Forget ripped the crowd apart with walls of death and circle pits. Their performance showed that they don’t care what people say about them and that they’re just there to give a good show. I couldn’t agree more with them!

Australian legends Comeback Kid were the next band I saw. Despite their huge fan base and roars from the crowd, I felt that their set was one long build up to nothing. Their breath taking hooks and drops just didn’t have the same appeal as they did on CD. However, a surprise appearance from Your Demise vocalist Ed McRae did add a little extra element to their set, but I don’t think they ever fully impacted as well as they were expected to.

Over on the Time Will Tell stage, Liverpool heroes Carcer City were one of the best bands of the day. They kept the crowd moving throughout their entire set with their enchanting riffs and stomping breakdowns. Despite some of their set being a bit repetitive and predictable, this clearly didn’t matter to either sides of the barrier. Both the crowd and the band worked in harmony to deliver a mind blowing set.

The headliners on the Monster Stage were welsh hardcore crew Brutality Will Prevail, and I must confess myself as a huge fan. I also noticed on my travels around the venue that many people were wearing their merch or ‘Purgatory’ (their record label) merch. It further became clear that Purgatory is more of a family than a label. BWP played a rather sloppy set. Their rhythm guitarist had to keep checking what the other guitarist was playing, which is very unprofessional in my eyes. It wasn’t brought to our attention whether he was a stand in or not, so I just presumed that he hadn’t rehearsed as often as he should. However, the crowd for BWP was phenomenal. The ‘Purgatory family’ was in full effect and made sure the venue was erupting from start to finish. Whether the band deserved such a response is a different matter, but their fan base were extremely loyal and made sure they had a warm response.

Michigan giants The Black Dahlia Murder headlined the main stage, but failed to reach the same level of response. Their performance was flawless and this was reflected in the emotion of some of their dedicated fans, but many of the members of the crowd were self professed ‘hardcore kids’ and weren’t massive TBDM fans. However, the band made sure they delivered an astounding set list of huge songs and gave their full effort into their performance. This was greatly appreciated by people who were actually there to see the band.

Despite starting with a few poor bands who could have played much better, Ghostfest went to a great start with bands such as Heart Of A Coward and Carcer City showing the huge potential that could be offered on the second day.

Sunday

 

After a good nights sleep in a cheap hotel and a belly full of chicken, I was more than ready for part 2 of Ghostfest. However, just like part 1, it went of to a slightly disappointing start. The last time I saw Polar, they destroyed a local venue in my hometown. Once again, they smashed their way through a bone crushing set of huge beats and rock riffs. But it appeared that much of the crowd drank a little too much or didn’t get enough sleep the night before as there was barely any movement for their groovy set and what appeared to be a sympathetic applause between songs. This was no fault of the bands though and they looked like they were enjoying their set.

One of the reasons I had wanted to go to Ghostfest was to see Demoraliser. There was much anticipation amongst the crowd on the Impericon stage as the band appeared to have technical difficulties while setting up and had to delay their set. However when they finally did start their set, the technical difficulties continued. They were so bad that guest vocalist Scott Kennedy’s (Bleed From Within) appearance was ruined due to his microphone not being turned up on the sound desk. This was clearly no fault of the bands and they still went on to infect the crowd with their spine tingling riffs and heart pounding breakdowns. They received one of the best crowd responses of the weekend, at the expense of a few fans. For example, one over enthusiastic fan ran past me after having a piercing ripped out of his nose in the pit, and I heard that someone at the front of the crowd lost a few teeth.

Next on the main stage were TRC and they were easily one of the most entertaining bands of the weekend. As well as blasting out classics such as ‘Define Cocky’ and ‘H.A.T.E.R.S.’, they also treated the audience to small bouts of humour between songs and also expressed their feelings on the current state of the music scene. TRC’s set was inspiring to say the least, and the crowd went wild for them. They couldn’t have asked for a better response.

Over on the Monster Stage, Breaking Point, another member of the Purgatory Family, followed in Brutality Will Prevail’s foot steps. The only difference was that Breaking Point’s set was less sloppy. Their hardcore grooves had the crowd going mad and for those who weren’t in the pit, the band played with immense energy and put on a good stage show.

When I saw the Ghostfest line up, I was very confused to see Dubstep-metal band Astroid Boys as they differ far from any other band on the festival. However, they turned out to be one of the best. Their amazing blend of dancey dubstep and breakdowns were a breath of fresh air from the constant metal and hardcore that Ghostfest had to offer. And the pits were far from normal too. Seeing fans hardcore dancing to dubstep is one of the strangest things I have ever witnessed. Overall, seeing Astroid Boys is an experience I will never forget.

All Shall Perish were a band that I wasn’t too excited to catch, but I’m glad I did. Their set was absolutely flawless. The solos sent shivers down my spine due to the sheer perfection of them. However, the constant riffs seemed repetitive and became boring after a while but the die hard fans of the band had the time of their lives.

After seeing them twice before ripping up 2 separate venues, I was curious as to how the lads in Odessa from Birmingham would react to playing their first set at Ghostfest. Despite playing on the smallest stage, they were quite easily main stage material and I would happily place a bet on that they will be on the main stage within the next few years. Their set did become quite tiresome after a few songs, but that didn’t bother anyone as what they played was top quality. Their riffs complimented the vocals so well and the breakdowns made the room move like an ocean. They are definitely one of the bands that Ghostfest will be proud to say it showcased in years to come.

Another band that I had seen (and enjoyed) before was Bury Tomorrow and they were even better and heavier than ever before. Their breakdowns and bass drops were surreal and Daniel Bates’ vocals sounded refined and perfected. As well as cheering on the crowd, the moved around the stage and put on a great show. Bates also spoke to the crowd about how they shouldn’t care what other people think about them, which was very inspirational and added an extra dimension to their set.

Martyr Defiled were also a main reason as to why I looked forward to Ghostfest. On CD, they are one of the most brutal upcoming bands out there. Their live experience doesn’t differ either. Before the band had even begun playing, a pit had opened up without them asking and it didn’t cease until the end of the set. Crushing anthems such as ‘The Act Of Sedition’ are proof of why this band are going places and how their live process shows no signs of calming down.

One of the most anticipated bands of the weekend were Your Demise, and they didn’t disappoint. After their recent album tore fans apart because of the pop-punk vibe, there was speculation amongst fans as to whether they would actually be any good live. Apart from Ed McRae’s ‘on and off’ vocals, the band played a belter of a set. By mixing in both classic songs such as ‘Burnt Tongues’ with new songs like ‘These Lights’, their performance was surprisingly refreshing. However, it was evident that McRae’s singing voice is his best attribute.

Emmure are a band that a much like marmite; you either fall in love with their style, or you hate the band entirely. This was clear amongst Ghostfest’s inhabitants. I tried to keep an unbiased view on the band and I must admit they did perform well. Despite a bit of sloppiness here and there, they were by far one of the heaviest bands of the weekend. Like a lot of bands this weekend though, they were very repetitive. Drop tuned breakdown after drop tuned breakdown became tedious, but their fans seemed to love it and they had some of the biggest pits of the weekend.

The headliner on the Monster stage was Defeater, and there could not have been a better way to end the festival. A huge and loyal crowd formed to watch the band, and their singing for Defeater’s set was deafening. Their emotional brand of hardcore was inspirational to say the least. Defining songs such as ‘Dear Father’ and ‘Cemetery Walls’ had me, and the rest of the crowd I’m sure, in awe. Half way through their set, they stopped for a play through of tearful acoustic song ‘I Don’t Mind’. Vocalist Derek Archambault’s voice was inaudible for much of the song due to the crowd singing along. This was something that he generously thanked, as it is an artists dream to see hundreds of fans singing the songs you wrote back at you. If that wasn’t a good enough reaction for the band, after their set the room echoed with the sound of “one more song”. And even after an unexpected encore, they were still asked to play another. Unfortunately, they didn’t return to the stage for a third time.

After experiencing Ghostfest 2012, I began to understand the effect of it and what it stands for. As pointed out by Bury Tomorrow’s vocalist Daniel, it is festivals like this that inspire fans to support local music and even start bands of their own. Ghostfest also made me realise that over the last 7 years, the metal-hardcore scene has only become bigger and bigger, and currently shows no sign of simmering down. Bring on Ghostfest 2013!

Sam Axup

"Moonlight Equilibrium" Video Online

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 19th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

The Black Dahlia Murder‘s long-awaited video for Moonlight Equilibrium is now finally on the web. The video is described as a David Brodsky-directed nod to old-school horror films with a much more graphic approach. The video’s content aptly fits the lycanthropic lyric concept set against a bawdy Victorian back drop. The result: a chilling and entertaining slice of mini-horror that metal fans and horror-enthusiasts will enjoy.

You can watch Moonlight Equilibrium here.

The Black Dahlia Murder will be back in the UK at Bloodstock later in the year.

First Leak Of Job For A Cowboy Video Series

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 16th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

Job For A Cowboy today unleash the first of a series of instructional video posts featuring guitar wizard Tony Sannicandro. Dubbed “The Leads Are Weak,” the mini clips offer playing tips and an up-close look at Sannicandro’s astounding skills and technique. Clip #1 showcases the solo From Signature Of Starving Power off the band’s Gloom EP.
To view the clip, head to the official Job For A Cowboy’s Landing Page.

The Arizona death metallers will begin a five-and-a-half week North American road journey as part of the Metal Alliance Tour next week. The live rituals which began on March 15 in Austin, Texas at South By Southwest 2012. The band are joined by The Faceless, Dying Fetus, 3 Inches Of Blood, Impending Doom, Wretched, and headliners, DevilDriver.

Job For A Cowboy will release their new full-length, Demonocracy, this Spring. Produced by Jason Seucof (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium) who recorded the band’s scorching Ruination full-length, at Audiohammer Studios, and featuring the conceptual cover design by artist Brent Elliott White, Demonocracy, will be unearthed to North American fans on April 10, 2012 through Metal Blade Records.

Cannibal Corpse Unveil New Vid

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 16th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

In celebration of the their brand new full-length, Torture, released this week through Metal Blade Records, death metal’s most revered act, Cannibal Corpse, are pleased to unveil the official new video for Encased In Concrete. The video was directed by David Brodsky of MyGoodEye (Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore, Municipal Waste, Suffocation etc.) and is being hosted by prime horror portal, Bloody Disgusting.

Bassist Alex Webster commented: It was great to work with the folks at MyGoodEye. We feel they’ve created a video that perfectly complements the violent intensity of the music and lyrics for Encased In Concrete.

To check out Encased In Concrete, head over to here.