The scumdogs of the universe known as GWAR have released the first image of new guitarist Pustulus Maximus. Pustulus takes over the slot that was held by his cousin Flattus, who passed away last year. You can see what he looks like below as well as read a statement from singer Oderus Urungus.
In his first official press statement, Pustulus said, “At this point I have nothing to say to the press, even though I am talking to you. I will let my guitar speak for itself. But let me add that I am blood-sworn to honor the legacy of the great Flattus and indeed the whole Maximus tribe. I didn’t come here to fuck around. HAIL FLATTUS!”
Direct from the official press release: “Little..is known about this being, other than that he has a skin condition where his face and feet are covered in painful pustules that can only be soothed by the application of savage metal, spoiled elephant semen or oral sex. Pustulus is also rumored to be half-deaf, which leads him to yell at everyone, which he does often, because he is convinced everyone in the band is ignoring him when actually he just can’t hear what they are saying.”
The band will be embarking on the “Fate Or Chaos” Tour alongside DevilDriver, Cancer Bats, and Legacy Of Disorder. Tour dates are below. READ MORE
AxeWound has released a video for “Cold”, the first single off their upcoming debut album Vultures, which comes out Oct. 2nd via The End Records (pre-order here). The band is comprised of singer/guitarist Matt Tuck (Bullet For My Valentine), singer Liam Cormier (Cancer Bats), drummer Jason Bowld (Pitchshifter), guitarist Mike Kingswood (Glamour Of The Kill), and bassist Joe Copcutt (ex-Rise To Remain). You can watch the video below.
“It was very intense, very demanding but that’s how we wanted it to be,” reasons Tuck. “No pre-writing, no rehearsing… just booking a studio and going in and doing a song a day. We wanted to capture something that happened right there and then.”
Says Cormier: “The record is great because it’s been made by a bunch of friends who are just enjoying themselves playing together and doing something that’s different to what they normally do.” READ MORE
Devildriver will be hitting the road this fall on an almost two-month schedule that will see them supporting GWAR as well as striking out on some of their own headline dates. The band will be using this as the last tour in support of 2011′s Beast.
Singer Dez Fafara comments, “DEVILDRIVER was going to take some time off from our touring schedule in October and November, but when we were asked to support GWAR, it was a resounding YES in our Camp! The GWAR tour we did is still the most fun the band and I have ever had on a run and we are all excited and looking forward to these shows. Our crowds go together well and it will be Halloween Season so it seems appropriate and fitting we should be out on the road at this time and with a timeless act like The All Mighty GWAR! HAIL to the Devils Duo about to ride together again!!!”
Devildriver have recently signed to Napalm Records and anticipate that their debut record with that label will be out in 2014.
Having seen Devildriver open up for GWAR several years ago, I can 100% attest to the ridiculous amounts of fun I had at that line-up. I HIGHLY recommend that you check out this tour if it comes through your neck of the woods. Check below for tour dates to see if that is the case. READ MORE
The Scumdogs of the universe, our masters and slavers, GWAR have announced that they will be embarking on the “Fate Or Chaos” tour this fall. Support will come from DevilDriver, Legacy Of Disorder, and Cancer Bats. The band will be leaving the comfort of their Antarctic base where they were alternating between recording a new album and hibernating in order to bring you almost two months of vicious, violent, viscous (gross) shows.
GWAR front-thing Oderus Urungus explains, “Once again GWAR returns, hoof and nail, to our old stomping grounds, North America, on a tour of utter destruction, and this time nothing less than the greatest power in the universe will do as our primary victim! That’s right, this time GWAR, fresh from our battle with Death, takes on another of history’s biggest a**holes…God himself! Seeing as we don’t have the new album done yet, we really had to do something spectacular…”
Oderus speaks more below about the tour and how a new Scumdog will be joining the band. Also below is the full tour schedule as well as tour poster. READ MORE
GOOD FIGHT MUSIC has just released a free sampler, available at Amazon.com
! No strings attached, so head on over to Amazon and download nine free tracks by your favorite GOOD FIGHT MUSIC artists! But hurry, this is a limited time offer! The download link is above, and you can view the tracklisting below:
1) Conditions – When it Won’t Save You
2) The Contortionist – Primal Directive
3) Cancer Bats – Drive This Stake
4) This or the Apocalypse – Backlit
5) Son of Aurelius – Facing the Gorgon
6) Rosaline – The Messenger, The Infinite
7) I Am Abomination – Rock N’ No Soul
Son of Aurelius – A Good Death
9) I Am Abomination – Greeting From Easter Island
“Amazon’s ability to provide suggestions and cater specifically to the needs of an individual’s taste is what makes them the best at what they do,” states GOOD FIGHT MUSIC label manager Mike Conroy. “When an opportunity was presented to us to put together a free sampler of our label bands with the backing and clout of Amazon, it was a no brainer.”
After spending the past month igniting stages across Europe with Bullet For My Valentine and Atreyu, the CANCER BATS return home this summer to bring their mountainous grooves and explosive blend of punk and metal to venues across Canada.
Before heading to the west coast to begin their tour across Canada, the CANCER BATS will perform at the 2010 S.C.E.N.E Music Festival in St. Catharines and will be part of the brand new “COOL TOUR” which will be hitting cities across the US in July. In association with Metal Blade Records, Atticus Black by Atticus Clothing, and Musician’s Institute College of Contemporary Music, the “COOL TOUR” features As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Architects, and many more. The tour has one Canadian stop in Toronto.
Make sure enter the Exclusive Bloody-Disgusting Cool Tour contest HERE
Make way for the COOL TOUR Download Pack! The package is full of amazing merchandise and goodies, all of which are listed below! Make sure to head over to the COOL TOUR Facebook page to grab the free pack! Check after the jump for all the details!
Don’t forget to enter our exclusive contest HERE
! You could win a pair of tickets to the Cool Tour date that is closest to you as well as the chance to win an Ibanez Guitar.
Norma Jean’s highly anticipated album, Meridional, is officially available for presale. Presale packages will be available in four tiers. Regardless of what package fans choose, when ordering from www.normajeannoise.com
, all presales include an instant download of “Deathbed Atheist,” the second new song from the album after “Leaderless and Self Enlisted.”
The standard package for $10 includes the Meridional physical CD as well as the ability to digitally download the album on release day, July 13th. For fans interested in merchandise, the Standard + T-Shirt package is available for $25. This tier includes both the physical and digital albums, as well as an exclusive t-shirt that can only be purchased through the presale. The Deluxe package includes the physical and digital albums, the exclusive t-shirt, and a 2 Disc 180 Gram Gatefold Vinyl edition of Meridional for $50. The $75 option includes all of the above merchandise as well as a 12″x12″ lithograph of the Meridional album artwork, authographed by all the members of Norma Jean.
Since their formation in late 2004, Brighton, England quintet Architects UK have been on a continual ascendancy from the depths of the UK’s metal and hardcore underground to leaders of the scene. The band makes their much anticipated return to North America as part of the “Cool Tour,” which features As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried and Me, Bless the Fall, The Acacia Strain, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. This massive, must see touring package kicks off on July 12th and runs through August 1st so be sure to visit www.myspace.com/architectsuk
to view their complete touring itinerary.
Sam Carter (vocals) further states, “The ‘Cool Tour’ is going to be fucking awesome! I can’t remember the last time I saw a touring package with a line up this crazy so it’s an honor to be a part of it. All the bands are awesome and are totally doing their own thing. So many packages these days put together four or five bands that all sound exactly the same. To find eight bands that all have their own sound and put them together is amazing. Every day is going to be a party for sure so we hope to see you all soon.”
Architects UK just wrapped up the recording process for their new effort with renowned producer Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan) and look for that to be released early next year. In the meantime, a special reissue of the group’s past two albums, Ruin and Hollow Crown, are going to be made available together on one low priced disc for their upcoming tour, so be sure to pick it up while they are available as these are sure to go fast.
San Diego’s Grammy®-nominated group As I Lay Dying are pleased to release their first production video from the band’s latest release The Powerless Rise, which just hit streets on May 11. As I Lay Dying chose the song “Parallels” for the band’s first music video off their new album, which was shot in Pittsburgh, PA on May 18 with director David Brodsky of MyGoodEye
with animation handled by Mike Milyavsky & David Brodsky. Fans can view the video HERE
In other news: As I Lay Dying’s The Powerless Rise, which debuted at #10, has now spent the last 4 weeks in Billboard Magazine’s Top 200 Charts coming in at #67! This achievement marks yet another major feat for the metal band that refuses to compromise their sound to conform to the mainstream as they continue to deliver heavy and melodic music to their fans around the world.
On July 12, As I Lay Dying will launch the “Cool Tour” with Underoath, Between the Buried and Me, Blessthefall, The Acacia Strain, Architects, Cancer Bats, and War of Ages. The nationwide trek will launch this summer on July 12 in Orlando and wrap up in San Francisco on August 1. For pre-sale tickets and more information, visit: www.cooltour10.com
Wisconsin’s champions of thrash, Lazarus A.D., are unleashing their new video for the track ‘Absolute Power’ off the critically acclaimed debut album, The Onslaught, this Monday when the band hosts Headbangers Ball*. The video, like their other two, was directed by Jason Meudt and Emmet Austin of Vision 4 Films
and features a brutal underground street fight; if you’re a fan of metal and/or the movie Kickboxer, you’ll dig this video!
The band comments: “Hey make sure to check out HBB this Monday, when the Laz will host and undoubtedly make fools of ourselves (I believe beverages were consumed).
Also just a quick update, we enter the studio in three weeks, we have been hard at work writing, things are sounding absolutely crushing, and we can’t wait for you to hear it. Check back soon for upcoming studio updates.”
*NOTE: HEADBANGERS BALL IS NOW ON MONDAY NIGHTS AT 3AM ET/PT.
AS I LAY DYING’s new album THE POWERLESS RISE (out May 11 on Metal Blade) is now streaming live on their MySpace page HERE
. From today at 12:00pm PST through Monday, May 10 at 6:00pm PST the entire 11-song disc including the furious new single “Parallels” will be unlocked and streaming live. The group will be featured act on the MySpace front page and music pages through May 11.
While AS I LAY DYING cross the U.S. on their headlining tour with Demon Hunter, blessthefall and War Of Ages, the group have announced a day-of-release in-store at Rolling Stones Music (7300 W. Irving Pk. Rd. Norridge, IL 60706). The in-store signing will begin at 3:30 PM sharp and continue until before the band’s headlining show later that night at the House of Blues (329 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL).
Cancer Bats have recently unveiled a brand new video recording of their Record Store Day performance at Banquet Records this past April. The video features CANCER BATS performing, interacting with fans, and much more! Record Store Day is an annual event in which independently owned record stores come together every third Sunday of April to put on special vinyl and CD releases, performances, and other fun activities.
Also, don’t forget to head over to Cancer Bats’ MySpace
and check out new streams of ‘Sabotage’ and their new single ‘Dead Wrong’!
2010 witnesses the inaugural year of Cool Tour, in association with Metal Blade Records, Atticus Black by Atticus Clothing, and Musician’s Institute College of Contemporary Music, and features As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between The Buried And Me, Blessthefall, The Acacia Strain, Architects, Cancer Bats, and War of Ages. Cool Tour is brought to you by Ibanez, Ding, Alternative Press, altpress.com, Invisible Children, Facedown Records, Mesa Boogie, Ampeg, Live Nation, The Agency Group and Good Fight Entertainment.
Fans of Norma Jean won’t have to wait much longer to hear the bands’ fifth album ‘Meridional’ which will be released July 13th on Razor & Tie. ’Meridional’ revisits the abrasive and chaotic roots of classic Norma Jean while offering fans a dark experimental side – the band stretching out on moody, slow-burn jams. It is an album that finds the band comfortable in its legacy but progressive and bold in its creativity.
‘Meridional’ was recorded in February 2010 at Glow in the Dark Studios in Atlanta with producer Jeremy Griffith. The band recorded eleven official tracks for the record as well as a few extra bonus tracks and B-sides. Vocalist Cory Brandan described ‘Meridional’, “It’s a heavy record, multifaceted with epic sounding, experimental songs, some fast, chaotic songs, and some melodic, commanding interludes. Any track we didn’t think had reached its utmost sonic prowess was given a second look, revised to be as powerful as possible.”