Savannah, Georgia progressive sludge metal band Baroness has announced a US headlining tour that will kick off May 24th in Philadelphia, the adopted hometown of guitarist/singer John Baizley. The band will be touring in support of their new album Yellow & Green (review), which was released last year but saw very little touring due to a horrific bus accident less than a month after the album’s release.
Guitarist Pete Adams explains, “It’s hard to find the words to express how excited we are to announce this tour. Seven months ago, who knew when it would be or even if we could get back on the road. But here we are, picking right back up where we left off. A heartfelt thanks to everyone’s unconditional love and support for us through, let’s hope, the hardest time this band will ever see. We told you we’d be back so let’s do this thing!”
It was recently announced that bassist Matt Maggioni and drummer Allen Bickle had quit the band. Baizley and Adams will be joined by bassist Nick Jost and drummer Sebastian Thomson for the tour.
The full touring schedule can be seen below. READ MORE
Grindcore band Pig Destroyer has released a never before heard EP entitled Mass & Volume in dedication to Relapse Records member Pat Egan, who recently passed away due to complications stemming from pneumonia. All proceeds of the album will be going to a college fund for Pat’s daughter, Katie. The EP can be purchased here or below.
The band comments, “Pat Egan was a friend and a keystone member of the Relapse family for many of the years we have been involved with it. He devoted his life to supporting underground music and he immeasurably helped develop the bands he worked with. His untimely passing on February 18 2013 shocked the many people that his life and work had touched.”
The band explains the EP, saying, “This EP was written and recorded during the final day of the Phantom Limb sessions with unexpected extra studio time and resources. In the following years, with Natasha being released on its own and Brian no longer being in the band, our intentions of releasing Mass & Volume basically evaporated. However, looking back now, Mass & Volume serves as a great epilogue to that particular era of the band.” READ MORE
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
Relapse Records recently suffered a great loss as their Director Of Retail Sales Pat Egan passed away on Monday, Feb. 18th due to complications stemming from pneumonia. To honor his memory, Relapse has put together a 20-track tribute album that features a collection of his favorite artists and songs. All bands included have waived their royalty fees so that 100% of the proceeds can go towards a college fund for Egan’s daughter Katie. The compilation is $5 and available via Bandcamp here. Those who wish to donate via PayPal can do so at [email protected].
Our deepest condolences go out to Pat, his family and friends, and the entire Relapse Record crew. You are in our thoughts. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is thrilled to bring you the exclusive premiere for Dying Fetus and their “Second Skin” video! Directed by Jakob Arevarn, the video shows the mental and physical collapse of a child molester/murderer. As he descends into the depths of his own diseased mind, his body begins falling apart. Ultimately, he is faced with a creature that looks like something out of a Guillermo Del Toro film, and that’s when things get really insane. This video is not for the weakhearted, so take care when watching it! READ MORE
Next Tuesday, the 15th, we will proudly be premiering “Second Skin”, the new music video from Dying Fetus. The song comes from their latest album Reign Supreme (iTunes), which was released via Relapse Records. Full of terrifying images and horrific visions, it’s the perfect video for horror fans. And to get your appetites stirred and your stomachs rumbling, a teaser trailer for the music video has been released. You can watch the video below.
Dying Fetus will also be joining Hatebreed and Shadows Fall for a US tour. The full touring schedule is below.
Make sure to check out our exclusive interview with John Gallagher here. READ MORE
And so another year comes to a close. 2012, just like any other year, you had your gems and you had your flops when it came to album releases. For this article, I’d like to give you my Top 10 albums of 2012 as well as several honorable mentions that didn’t exactly make the cut but were too good to leave unmentioned. So, read on to see my Top 10 Albums Of 2012!
Make sure to check out my worst 5 albums here. READ MORE
Relapse Records has made a 2012 sampler album available for free download. The album features 21 different artists, including Baroness, Pig Destroyer, Death, Murder Construct, Dying Fetus, and a great deal more. You can download the album below.
Century Media also released a free sampler pack, which you can snag here. I guess today is Free Music Friday! READ MORE
Grind metal band Pig Destroyer have resigned to Relapse Records fresh after the release of their fifth studio album Book Burner, which came out Oct. 22nd. The band commented issued some comments celebrating this event:
“Super excited to be a part of the extraordinary Relapse Records again! A song comes to mind in the melody of the “Team America” jingle. “Relapse, FUCK YEAH! Once again, signing a muthafuckin contract!” – Adam Jarvis
“Relapse has been a great home for both ANb and Pig Destroyer since the very early days. We’re not an easy band to deal with but Relapse has been patient, enthusiastic, and accommodating to our headache-inducing schedules, our strict adherence to not touring or behaving like a normal band, and just generally being pains-in-the-asses. We wouldn’t trade that for anything.” – Scott Hull
“I don’t always sign contracts with record labels, but when I do, I choose Relapse.” – JR Hayes
Check out Pig Destroyer’s awesome video for “The Diplomat”, which was directed by Phil Mucci, below. READ MORE
Relapse Records artist Pig Destroyer has released a video for “The Diplomat”, which comes off their latest album Book Burner (order here), their first release in five years. Directed by Phil Mucci, the video is a beautifully crafted piece of art that includes monkeys shooting the ever living crap out of each other, a corrupt, demonic businessman and a chauffeur that reminds me of something out of Jacob’s Ladder. One could easily look at this video and find it very satirical to a certain ongoing series of current events (COUGHthe electionCOUGH).
Check out the incredible video below! READ MORE
When we bring it heavy, you better believe we bring it heavy! Bloody-Disgusting is excited to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Red All Over” from Murder Construct! The song comes from the band’s debut album Results, which came out last week via Relapse Records. The video, directed by Mitch Massie, can be seen below along with exclusive quotes.
Murder Construct is a veritable metal supergroup comprised of Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation), Leon del Muerte (ex-Exhumed, ex-D.I.S., ex-Intronaut, ex-Impaled, ex-Phobia), Kevin Fetus (Watch Me Burn, Fetus Eaters), Caleb Schneider (Bad Acid Trip) and Danny Walker (Intronaut, Exhumed, ex-Jesu, ex-Uphill Battle).
Make sure to pick up Results via iTunes or the Relapse webstore. READ MORE
Let’s get a little bit grindhouse for this Twisted Music Video Of The Week, shall we? I present to you High On Fire‘s “Fertile Green”, which comes off their latest album De Vermis Mysteriis (iTunes). The video was directed Phil Mucci and looks like it has influences from Heavy Metal, Evil Dead, the films of Ralph Bakshi, and more. It’s a visual treat for any fan of horror or grindhouse. Check it out below!
Leave a comment with your suggestion for the next Twisted Music Video Of The Week! READ MORE
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, the four-piece Royal Thunder, together since 2007, cut their teeth with an EP released in late 2009 and several tours alongside Kylesa, Wovenhand. Birds Of Avalon, and many more. Now they are back with their first full-length album CVI, an album that proudly shows their Southern heritage. But does it hit as hard as they wish or does it fall flat? Find out below. READ MORE
Progressive sludge metal band Baroness have announced that their newest album, Yellow & Green, will be coming out July 17th via Relapse Records. This release sees the band reteaming with Blue Record producer John Congleton (Explosions In the Sky) and was recorded over nearly the entirety of 2011. The album will be a 2CD/LP release.
Front man John Baizley states, “We had been on tour for eight years, and we decided to take a break from our adventure to dig our heels in at home and write a new record. We spent the entirety of the past year dedicating ourselves to the new album. Without the break from touring and the time we took to rest and reflect, we would have been entirely unable to write this new record. We have become re-inspired. Now it’s time to get back out on the road.”
The band will be joining Meshuggah for a month-long US tour starting April 29th. READ MORE
Although a Mastodon/Opeth/Ghost tour was confirmed by Mastodon bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, there weren’t any tour dates or official statements to back up the claim. Well, that has all changed now as the full touring schedule has been released! Dubbed the Heritage Hunter Tour, the trek will see the three bands touring from April 4th until May 12th. I’m personally more excited for this tour than any other one in recent memory. Looks like I’m heading to Grand Rapids!
Opeth vocalist/guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt: “We’re touring North America together with Mastodon soon. Nice! One of the very few metal bands of today that I genuinely like. Good people too! Ghost are coming with us as well, and they are one of the hottest new bands to come out of Sweden in recent years, and I dig them too. I sound like an old fart, don’t I? Well, I am.
“Yet, am I right in thinking that this tour, this line up, is pretty decent? Would you all agree? Not complete s—, is it? Hope to see y’all out there! What are we playing? Not sure yet, but considering the company, maybe we’ll have to pull out the big guns from time to time. In order to keep up, I mean.”
Check below for the full touring schedule.
In a recent interview with Studio Brussel, bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders of Mastodon confirmed a N. American tour with Swedish prog metal band Opeth and Swedish NWOBHM band Ghost. When asked about the future plans for the band, Sanders replied, “We go to Australia take part in the Soundwave Festival, which is going to be lovely… Take a short break. Do a North American tour with Opeth and Ghost.” As of now, no tour dates have been confirmed. Below are some videos you can check out to see how perfectly everything goes together.
Okay, my mind is blown. This might be one of the best lineups I’ve seen in a LONG time. Each of these bands has incredible music and the thought of getting to check out Ghost on the big stage is unreal. This is one of those shows that I’ll come to early, make sure I get a great view, and then I won’t move for the rest of the show. Beer server! Bring me more ale!
Bloody-Disgusting has scored another grotesque exclusive video premiere for all you readers! This time, we’ve got the badass metal band Howl showing us how their dinner is Heavenless. You can check out the exclusive premiere after the jump. Heads up though, this is definitely a NSFW video, so don’t let your boss catch you watching it!
Boston-based shoegaze-rock phenoms Junius
have been causing a major stir in the past few months. Following the release of their critically acclaimed full-length album, “The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist,” and being heralded by some of the country’s largest press outlets, the band repeatedly impressed audiences at this year’s SXSW marathon, helping to land them on two upcoming US tours which begin next week (one this month with rock supergroup Orbs, and the other happening this Fall supporting Volcom rock heroes Valient Thorr and Relapse Records’ newest and most brutal signing, Howl).
Now, just as they prepare to set off on months of non-stop touring, Junius have announced appearances at two of the year’s most renowned music festivals, Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest (sharing the stage w/ Devo, MGMT, Polvo, Man Man, Capn’ Jazz, The Hold Steady and more), and the other at Gainesville, Florida’s punk rock gathering, The Fest, where they’ll perform alongside some of the most worshipped acts in the underground punk scene including Frank Turner, High on Fire, Leatherface, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Teenage Bottlerocket, and countless others.
Check after the jump for tour dates!