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Eyehategod announce new self-titled album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 12th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

New Orleans’ infamous band Eyehategod are set to release their first studio album in over thirteen years through a partnership with Century Media for the world outside North America and Japan. Housecore Records will be releasing the new Eyehategod album in North America while Daymare Recordings will handle the album’s release in Japan. The album, which is self-titled, is pencilled for release on 26th May 2014.

The recording process for the new album started with producer Billy Anderson back in the fold (he recorded 1996’s Dopesick). Anderson tracked drummer Joey LaCaze’s tracks prior to LaCaze’s tragic passing last year. A few months later the band reconvened at longtime friend Phil Anselmo’s home studio with producer Stephen Berrigan (Down) to finalize the recording. Mixed by Sanford Parker (Voivod, Corrections House), the album was entirely put together and financed by the band who later shopped it around to labels. With long last friendships with many of the CM European staff, they felt this was the best home for them. Frontman Mike IX mentions:

I have to say I don’t believe we’ve lost nary a step in the creation of this album and we think these newer songs are a killer combination of classic EHG mixed along with our best production, mixing, engineering and songwriting in 13 years. The main and total tragic break in the chain, was obviously last year’s death of our great friend and drummer Joey Lacaze. However, his original drum tracks made it onto the final master recordings and we’re fucking psyched about that…

The first song from the new album, Agitation! Proganda!, can be heard below.

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Diamond Plate confirm US tour with Hatchet

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 7th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Metal trio Diamond Plate, who hail from Chicago, have confirmed a US tour with Bay Area thrash monsters Hatchet. The America Under Plague tour kicks off in Tulsa, Oklahoma on 11th April, just days after Diamond Plate wrap up their current five-week US tour with East Of The Wall.  Also appearing on the America Under Plague tour are Colorado power metallers Cellador. Diamond Plate comment:

Back in the early days of us playing shows in Chicago, Hatchet would always be the band from California that we looked forward to bringing out to our scene the most.  They even played Konrad‘s 18th birthday show.  Years later, we’re pumped to finally hit the road with our friends and bring heavy music to new scenes across the USA.  The road for Diamond Plate doesn’t end in 2014!

Diamond Plate’s remain tour dates with East Of The Wall are as follow:

Mar. 09 – Orlando, FL – Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall
Mar. 10 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
Mar. 11 – Hattiesburg, NC – The Tavern
Mar. 12 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
Mar. 14 – Austin, TX – SXSW
Mar. 15 – Oklahoma City, OK – Leon’s Lounge
Mar. 16 – Albuquerque, NM – The Jam Spot
Mar. 17 – Phoenix, AZ – Yucca
Mar. 18 – Anaheim, CA – Mirror Image Studios
Mar. 19 – Reno, NV – Jub Jub’s
Mar. 20 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Bar Deluxe
Mar. 21 – South Tahoe, CA – Rojo’s Tavern
Mar. 23 – Portland, OR – Rotture
Mar. 24 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Mar. 25 – Spokane, WA – Checkerboard Bar
Mar. 27 – Great Falls, MT – Machinery Row
Mar. 29 – Billings, MT – The Railyard
Mar. 30 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Mar. 31 – Lincoln, NE – Vega
Apr. 01 – Saint Louis, MO – Fubar
Apr. 02 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
Apr. 03 – Warren, MI – The Ritz
Apr. 04 – Akron, OH – Annabell’s
Apr. 05 – Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joe’s
Apr. 06 – Syracuse, NY – Mac’s Mad Art Bar

Diamond Plate’s tour dates with Hatchet and Cellador are as follow:

Apr. 11 – Tulsa, OK – Downtown Lounge
Apr. 12 – Del City, OK – The Chameleon Room
Apr. 13 – McKinney, TX – The Boiler Room
Apr. 15 – Plano, TX – Scout Bar
Apr. 18 – Big Spring, TX – Sugars Bar
Apr. 22 – Las Vegas, NV – The Dive Bar
Apr. 23 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
Apr. 24 – Fullerton, CA – The Slidebar
Apr. 26 – Walnut Creek, CA – Red House Live
Apr. 30 – Sparks, NV – The Alley
May 01 – Salt Lake City, UT – Burt’s Tiki Lounge
May 02 – Denver, CO – Moon Room

Diamond Plate online:


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Crowbar are in the studio

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 21st November 2013 by Pieni

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Now that frontman Kirk Windstein left Down, he’s more than ready to focus 100% on Crowbar, whose last album, “Sever The Wicked Hand”, was released in early 2011. Its successor is finally in the making, as the New Orleans finest sludge band has entered the OCD Recording Studio with engineer Duane Simoneaux and Zeuss in charge of the mixing. This album, the band’s 10th, is the first to feature bass player Jeff Golden and it’s expected to hit the stores somewhere in 2014.

There are a few live dates planned already, with the promise of more to come:

05.04.2014 München – Backstage, Germany
06.04.2014 Roma – Traffic Live Club, Italy
07.04.2014 Milano – Lo Fi Club, Italy
08.04.2014 Aarau -Kiff, Switzerland
09.04.2014 Weinheim – Café Central, Germany
10.04.2014 Tilburg – Roadburn Festival, Netherlands
11.04.2014 Cambrai – Betizfestival, France
12.04.2014 Durbuy – Durbuy Rock Festival, Belgium
13.04.2014 Köln -Underground, Germany
22.06.2014 Clisson – Hellfest, France

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Ill Niño announce US tour dates

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 28th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Latin metallers Ill Niño are set to embark on their America Epidemia tour later this year which is set to begin on 28th September. Throughout the month-long run Ill Niño will be honouring the US military by offering free admission and two-for-one tickets to all who present their military ID at each event. As a son of a US war veteran, bassist Laz Pina explains:

I am especially proud to be honouring our troops. Our military service men and women don’t choose war, but rather choose defending our freedom. For this we must be grateful.

Vocalist Christian Machado goes on:

As we celebrate the return of our brave soldiers and wounded veterans, we will never forget those who gave their lives. A celebration for those who have served without fear and prejudice is in order.

Tour dates are as follow:

9/28 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
9/29 – San Antonio, TX @ Tequila Rock Room
10/01 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/02 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
10/03 – New Orleans, LA @ Hangar 13
10/04 – Winter Park, FL @ The Haven Lounge
10/05 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Roc Bar
10/06 – St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
10/08 – Spring Lake Park, MN @ POV’s
10/09 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/10 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
10/11 – Detroit, MI @ I Rock Nightclub
10/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
10/18 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/19 – Nashua, NH @ Evolution Nightclub
10/20 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
10/22 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/24 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
10/25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

Ill Niño online:

Goatwhore – Blood For The Master [2012]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 22nd January 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Band: Goatwhore
Album: Blood For The Master
Release date: February 2012
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records

I’ll be honest, I’ve never listened to Goatwhore before despite them being a blackened death metal act. All I really know about them is that they’re from New Orleans in the United States and that “Blood For The Master” is their fifth studio release, which is available 14th February through Metal Blade Records.

”Collapse in Eternal Worth” greets you straight away with a frenzy of snarling vocals and barbaric instrumentation. There’s a slight Darkthrone influence ringing through the riffs here and there, keeping the guitars raw sounding but the song’s key feature is the speed. Goatwhore increase the dose of blasphemous heavy riffs in the next track “When Steel And Bone Meet” fusing it with furious melodic (I’m not sure if that’s the right term) guitar work, sounding like pissed off demon playing a solo. The lyrics conjure up some pleasantly violent images, which I think helps add to the enjoyment of the music.

”Parasitic Scriptures of the Sacred Word” smashes into the listener’s fragile ears like a bus crashing head-on into a raging rhino. The flow of the vocals weaves in and out of the music like sewing needle, carefully threading the track together into a brilliant piece. The guitar solo was a big turn-off for me though. “In Deathless Tradition” sounds oddly epic and grand when it first led the assault against my ear drums – That was until the vocals came in and rampaged through the track. The guitar work is sluggish, bordering on the lines of effete – It’s [the song] certainly not something I’d enjoy hearing live. The album bounces back with the more forceful and tenacious “Judgement of the Bleeding Crown”. The guitar work is stauncher than on the previous track algamating well with the rest of the music and the beastly vocals.

An intermix of melodic riffs and acoustic work sounds in “Embodiment of This Bitter Chaos”, which in turn summon up the song’s evolution into a storming creature of cold-blooded heaviness. The song is like getting an injection from the doctor – All over and done with before you know it despite it being almost five minutes long. The screaming of perverse and diabolical guitars call you back for another dose of aggressive, face-melting savagery in the form of “Beyond the Spell of Discontent” but the song soon grows stale like week-old bread.

“Death to the Architects of Heaven” doesn’t add any new buzz to the album, in fact, it adds to the staleness of the previous song. The guitars and drums are tighter than a well-built submarine but the song overall lacks flavour. “An End to Nothing” howls its way next with a very thrashy sound, injecting a sugar rush of excitement and blasphemous fun into the ears. The guitar solo leaves much to be desired but the thrills just keep coming with this track after the solo. “My Name is Frightful among the Believers” might sound like a line from a cheesy good vs evil movie but the song itself is so lacking in cheesiness that even lactose intolerants could enjoy it. The vigorous guitars work wonders with the dynamic drums and vocals which will no doubt leave you on the edge of your seat.

As stated above I’d never listened to Goatwhore before, so I had no clue what was in store for me. Ignoring the few prolix parts, the album [Blood For The Master] is a powerhouse of violent music and beast-like vocals and would definitely be a good treat for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day when its released.