The highly anticipated Death To All tour, which will celebrate the life and music of Death frontman Chuck Schuldiner, will be embarking on a N. American tour this spring. The tour will feature the original lineup of the Human album: guitarist Paul Masvidal, bassist Steve Di Giorgio, and drummer Sean Reinert, with special guest vocalist/guitarist Max Phelps (Cynic, Exist). The full touring schedule can be seen below.
Additionally, 2013 will see the reissue of Death’s catalog by Relapse Records. The Sound Of Perseverance, Individual Thought Patterns, Human, Spiritual Healing, and other Schuldiner releases are being painstakingly remastered and will be released later this year. READ MORE
Post-metal prog band Intronaut are set to release Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones), their fourth studio album, on March 19th, 2013. Drums were recorded by producer John Haddad [Exhumed, Phobia] and Derek Donley [Bereft] handled recording for all other elements on the record. It was mixed by Josh Newell and artwork and layout will be done by David D’Andrea who has worked with the band on previous albums. You can watch rehearsal footage of a new song below.
Intronaut’s supported their last album, Valley Of Smoke, by touring extensively with such bands as Animals As Leaders, Cynic, Helmet, and more. They were also tapped as direct support for Tool. READ MORE
Very few bands can effectively mix intelligence with intensity like Southern California’s Intronaut, who essentially walk a fine line between psychedelic brutality, captivating hooks and devastating yet unpredictable time changes. This is the essence of thinking man’s metal and something so refreshing that it should serve as a vicious wake up call to masses forcing the entire genre to take notice. They kick off a massive North American tour with Cynic and Dysrhythmia on Thursday, July 22nd, so be sure to visit www.myspace.com/intronaut
now to view their entire touring schedule.
Intronaut took metal in a new direction with their Century Media debut, Prehistoricisms, but their sophomore offering, Valley of Smoke, will quickly solidify them as genre visionaries. This stellar new album, which Decibel Magazine praises as “One of the most anticipated albums of 2010” is set for a fall release and was once again produced by the acclaimed Josh Newell (Jane’s Addiction).
Sacha Dunable (vocals/guitars) states: “Intronaut is beyond stoked to get back out on the road and play some shows with our buddies in Cynic and Dysrhythmia. If you live near any of these cities, be sure to come out! We’ll be playing a few songs off our new record, and I could only assume that the other two bands are going to blow your socks off.
MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has recorded audio and video of an acoustic cover of BLACK SABBATH’s “Die Young” song from the classic “Heaven and Hell” album for free download in tribute to the late Debbie Abono, who sadly passed away on the same day as legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio. In a statement made at the beginning of the video (which was recorded the day after Debbie’s passing and which can be viewed at this location), Robb says, “I don’t know why I recorded this song, it doesn’t really have relevance to Debbie or Dio, but I was sad and depressed and it was the only thing that made sense in the world.”
There are no plans to officially release Flynn’s version of “Die Young”, but an MP3 version of the track is available for free download HERE
Debbie Abono, a well-respected and much-loved manager and promotional machine behind some of San Francisco Bay Area’s strongest metal bands (POSSESSED, FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, SKINLAB), passed away on May 16 at approximately 9:59 a.m. PST after a battle with cancer. She was 80 years old.
Let me start this off by saying that I’m a big fan of Daath. ‘The Concealers’ was a contender for one of my favorite albums of 2009. So to say that I was excited when I heard that guitarists Eyal Levi and Emil Werstler were going to put out an instrumental album in the same style of music is an understatement. Add to that the fact that Sean Reinert of Cynic/Ex-Death was announced as the drummer and I was sold. I love a good instrumental record and this sounded like something fresh and exciting that I would love once I got my grubby hands all over it.
Daath guitar titans, Eyal Levi and Emil Werstler, have teamed up with Guitar World Magazine to present a series of exclusive video shorts and transcriptions for a number of tracks from their highly acclaimed new, all instrumental collaboration, Levi/Werstler Avalanche of Worms on Magna Carta Records on April 20th. This special series kicks off today with the worldwide exclusive post of the track, “Loathsome Little Fiend,” online coupled with the supplemental elements listed above. Click on the link below now to check it out.
Daath guitar titans, Eyal Levi and Emil Werstler, will unleash their new all instrumental collaboration, Levi/Werstler ‘Avalanche of Worms’ on Magna Carta Records on April 20th. The duo has teamed with legendary drummer Sean Reinert (Cynic, ex-Death) to deliver a commanding sonic statement. Both accomplished guitarists, their interplay allows Levi’s compositional style and Werstler’ virtuosic guitar abilities to complement each other fully. Reinert proves yet again to be unparalleled in his intensity and musicality on drums. This unique alchemy prevents this album from being classified under any one genre. “We work in metal but the vibe of this is just coming from somewhere else,” Werstler says. “It’s hard to put your finger on what it is.”
One of metal’s most intriguing, ominous and immensely talented figures, the mighty Devin Townsend, just completed an extremely successful North American trek with genre visionaries Between The Buried and Me, Cynic and Scale The Summit. This was Townsend’s first tour in a number of years and the first in support of his new, mind-blowing offering, Addicted, that was met with worldwide critical praise and scored very impressive first week numbers debuting at #168 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #2 on the Billboard Heatseakers chart. READ MORE
Extreme metal at its very best, plain and simple, is what the Atlanta based quintet DAATH delivered on their highly acclaimed latest album, The Concealers. Currently the group is more determined, energized, and focused than ever before to continue expanding upon their unique, uncompromising and dynamic sound. For those previously uninitiated, feel free to head over to the Official Daath MySpace to see what they are all about.