Friday, March 24, 2017

Saturday night in Everett: Thou Shall Kill

Seattle extreme metal band Thou Shall Kill reminds its supporters that this Saturday they will play in Everett, WA: "This Saturday our last show of March. Before we announce some new news and status. Hails legion gather your armor, swords and horns. This war is approaching!!"
OFFICIAL: The time has come once again for a new reign of power. From the north through rain, wind, and storm comes a new breed of death metal. Bringing back what was once lost in today's death metal. The art of creating dark and spiritual music that enpowers the listener with a sonic soundscape of the past, present, and future. Thou Shall Kill are visionaries, not followers of trends but in fact creators of a new & truly different style of sheer apocalyptic destruction. This art of extreme metal will see new horizons as we strive to work hard and continue to bring quality yet devastating metal to the masses. Showing extreme technicality and memorable songwriting skills and show no mercy attitude to create memorable song's. Bringing back the sound, the attitude, the darkness of 90's European/ Florida death metal with a modern day touch. Releasing the 2006 demo " Penance Of Death." Then releasing the 2008 "Feeding Christians To Lions" and 2009 "True Evil" promo songs. Started as a one man project founded in 2004 in Los Angeles Ca. The living entity of founder guitarist/vocalist Dragonis Khan stopping at nothing and never compromising to change. Staying true to the the spirit of death metal and it's legacy. Danny Uther Pendragon on vocals the screaming dead voices from the north. Frank "Freak" Kattner the headhunter on bass lows from the darkest depths of earth. Releasing the "From The North" four song E.P. Aprill 2011 release. Then the hunt begins for a label And the debut album to be released by 2012. Circle pits will become the new coliseum of blood elbows, ears, and necks will never be the same again. The new kings of Seattle death metal and the assassins throne are ready to rise, rule, and dominate.
facebook.com/thoushallkill

NEWS: Iron Kingdom

Traditional heavy metal band Iron Kingdom (Canada) issued an update today:
Day 2 of our 3 day Island tour and it really wouldn’t be a tour if something at least potentially bad didn’t happen near the start. We set out yesterday bright and early to catch the ferry to Nanaimo, expecting the short drive to the ferry terminal to be pretty uneventful. We were wrong. We started to smell burning rubber and trying to figure out if it was us or not, when we stopped at red light and were informed our tire was on fire! If you know our history with tires, you will understand our sense of panic and dread. We jumped out ready for anything and found smoke drifting out from the wheel well and a tire hot to the touch. We didn’t find any evidence of melting on the tire so we moved to a safer spot and kept looking around. In the end we figured the smoke and heat was caused by some residue or build up burning off. Not bad considering our first thought.
We got to the terminal and boarded the ferry with no further issues and made it the venue. Last year when we were in town, we dropped into The Queen’s to catch their Blues Jam night. We dug the venue when we were there as visitors, so we were looking forward to experiencing the room from the stage. We had a great time, the crowd was awesome and super supportive of all the bands! It was great to see so many repeat faces from last time we were in town!
We also used the trip as an excuse to extend our distro network to the Island. The people of Nanaimo can now find our music at Heritage Sound and Fascinating Rhythms!
Tonight has us in Cumberland at the Waverly Hotel and has me excited! The kitchen at the Waverly is top notch and the food alone makes me want a return trip! Come on down to the Waverly and Rock the night away with us!
Keep the Faith,
Leighton Holmes
(Bass Guitar)
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NEWS: Kaotoxin Records update

The French label Kaotoxin Records has issued the following update. Kaotoxin has been the home of bands like: Ad Patres, Mercyless, Nephren-Ka, Otargos, The Lumberjack Feedback, The Negation, Mithridatic, amongst others.
OFFICIAL: So, on October 7th, 2016, I got diagnosed with leukemia ("blood cancer") right during the Mercyless "Pathethic Divinity" release. It was obviously very bad news as I immediately got trapped at the hospital for an unknown duration, but it should have been cured after a few chemo-therapies, reason why I decided to go on with the label anyway, asking Juliette to take care of it while I was away and announced it’d be on-hold for the foreseable future, even though we managed to release the brand new EP by FLAYED, "XI Million" meanwhile.
Sadly, after the first chemo-therapy, I got informed that genetic tests were showing that chemo-therapy wouldn’t suffice to cure my severe case of (cancerous) mutation and that I’ll have to get a stem cells graft on late January. That was very bad news. In France, 75% of people that are getting cured through chemo-therapy survive while only 50% of the ones treated by a graft do and it takes up to two years to know if a graft succeeded...
But, back to the point... between mid-November and late January, I had to get two more chemo-therapies « in order to "wait for the graft", though. That’s when I’ve decided I couldn’t afford, physically and psychologically-wise, if I wanted to stay true with the « family-spirit » the label always tried to achieve with its artists and work as much I always did for and with them and the best of choices would be to let Kaotoxin on-hold for the foreseable future and set the label’s artists free of their ties with Kaotoxin for any future release.
I had to have plans for "after" the graft though. Two years of wait to know if it'll succeed is a very huge amount of days one wouldn't need "something" to do... But, what to do when you’ve spent most of your life into the underground scene and all you think you know a bit about is running a label ? Opening a new label!
Kaotoxin has always been a very open-minded label, style-wise, and offered a broad spectrum of artists ; a lot of them, too. It was basically 18 hours of work a day, six days a week for me and countless after-work hours for Juliette all year long and I knew that, after the graft, I wouldn’t be able to "offer" this commitment to the artists and customers so I had to find other ways.
That’s when XENOKORP came to mind, late December 2016, between chemo-therapy #2 and #3. It slowly but surely took shape in my mind : a smaller label, with a more « focused » style spectrum, a « fun » concept, less artists but still the same fetish for quality releases and a human and friendly collaboration with everyone involved. Then came chemo-therapy #3 and the graft late January, followed by nearly six weeks of hospital sterile isolation… and here we are : XENOKORP is announcing its first release (check the label’s page at Facebook.com/XenoKorp and give it a like!).
So… What’s XENOKORP, then ? A small indie records label focusing on new release and reissues by artists playing Death Metal and all its subgenres (from Thrash / Death to Death / Grind, from Doom / Death to Slamming Brutal Death, etc.). What’s happening to Kaotoxin’s back-catalogue may you ask. Well, we’re currently working on it. But, even if we’re not planning any future release under the Kaotoxin or KaosKvlt brand*, we’ll keep the Kaotoxin Shop alive while stock lasts and will most likely reprint some Kaotoxin titles under the XENOKORP brand if they fit the new label’s style-spectrum and if we feel the need too.
What’s happening to the Kaotoxin artists, then ? One of them already signed to XENOKORP (see the page !) and we’re talking with a few others about possible releases in the near or mid-term future. Yet, most of them are now free for any future release, like Volker who signed with our friends at Overpowered Records and will release their debut full-length there, or like Nephren-Ka and Savage Annihilation, both with a brand new album freshly recorded, shopping for a new label.
Talking about the later two, fact is we could have released these albums through XENOKORP, but since my personal future is pretty unsure, health-wise, we decided it was for the better of all parties we don’t work together on these release unless they can wait I’m diagnosed as "cured", which should take up to two years if everything goes as planned, reason why XENOKORP will, for the foreseable future (aka as long as I’m not "cured"), focus on collector new releases and reissues like 7" EPs, etc. instead of extremely demanding, work-wise, full-lengths, etc. but, time will tell and let’s see what the future will be both for me and the new entity!
Now that you got the whole of the story, let me sincerely and from the deepest of my heart, thank everyone that’s ever been involved with Kaotoxin and KaosKvlt in a way or an other, might you be fans, artists, supporters, medias… whoever you are, including some people we got in trouble with along the way (shit happens, right ?) but proved me people can have arguments and yet care one for the other when s## seriously hits the fan (they know who they are). Of course, millions of thanks go to everyone that ever supported me or the label, first and foremost, Juliette Morand, who’s opening Malpermesita Records… but more on it when the time will come, with a separate post : no doubt it’ll be worth your attention!
Thanks for all the years of Kaos & Konfusion, dear friends, fans and supporters. See you on the other side and… ALL HAIL THE XENO-LORDS!
Nico
* PS: it might happen that we release one last Kaotoxin title sometimes this summer... to somehow "close a chapter", but more on this later if it's ever happening.

right now, Friday night: Excuse All the Blood

Listen to the live broadcast right now, Friday night:
radiofreeamerica.com/station/kaos
Excuse All the Blood is a metal music show from the state of Washington, U.S. The show features black metal, heavy metal, death metal and other metal genres, too. The show is on Friday nights, but it is also available any time here: www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/seamus-o-reilly
Friday night, 10pm to 1am Pacific Time (Seattle), listen to Excuse All the Blood metal music, out of Olympia, Washington state, U.S.
www.kaosradio.org
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review by Dee: Heretoir – The Circle

Journey with me into the colorful phases of the human experience. There’s newness, hardship, healing, triumph and bleakness of ending. Our companion is dressed up in the atmospheric/post-black metal tones of Heretoir. The name (meaning “going an own way”) suggests the band’s devotion to individualistic discovery; so, you know Heretoir’s musical efforts buzz with emotive depth and a keen eye. From their debut full-length (2011’s Heretoir), we watch the band expanding these elements as they settled deeper into the modern metal side of the music scene. Heretoir’s latest effort (out in March) is The Circle, ambitiously addressing the cycle of life.
The Circle starts off with a fleeting introduction, “Alpha.” The tune serves as a passageway to some serene realm. Early on in “The White” calm, clean vocals rest against a tasteful batch of melodies. Drums dance us into other shades of the album, and sure enough, we get acquainted with harsh vocals that channel desperation. A quick shift in percussion brings us to another phase in our musical trek: It’s the guitars’ turn to shine on “Inhale.” Notes seem to sparkle under distant beams, and suddenly, our soundscape releases a sprinkling of Opeth-like sensibilities. A thumping bass sweeps up these remnants as it leads us into a dimmer zone.
The approaching track, “Golden Dust,”is a whirlwind from a more neutral plane but that doesn’t stop it from making an outstanding impression. I enjoy the percussion, softly ticking underneath delightful harmonies.
Two instrumental pieces, “My Dreams are Lights in the Sky” and “XIX XXI XIV,” carry ambition with them from the moment we first meet until our parting. Next up is “Exhale.” those with a taste for the intense, darker side will be satisfied with how this well this track satiates. We’re also treated to a stampede of percussion and aggressive vocals.
Much like its moniker, “Eclipse” shows that change is underway. Several musical sections appear here, then duck and cover themselves, sticking to the title. Meanwhile, we’re still walking hand-in-hand with the Heretoir post black metal formula. Undertones call to mind the feeling of being drenched, weighed down after some downpour. Then, the renewing sounds of “Laniakea Dances (Soleils Couchants)” give a musical pep talk. The harsh vocals here seem to be reaching toward regained hope and light. Passion quickly fills up “Fading with the Grey” and fizzles out with the last number, “The Circle (Omega).”
On The Circle‘s shell are the glossy tones of post black metal and the thick presence of atmosphere. After having peered into the album, the textured planes of existence are revealed: It seems every emotion is explored, and there’s a jagged riff or hazy melody to describe it. The Circle sums up the life journey beautifully; add the album to yours and be rewarded.
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review by Matt Spall: Ghost Ship Octavius

Artist: Ghost Ship Octavius
Album Title: Ghost Ship Octavius
Label: Independent Release
Date Of Release: 2015
What I’m about to say might shock you. There are some of you who might even vehemently disagree. But it is true, I can assure you.
I am human and I am fallible.
I know this for sure because I have dropped the proverbial ball from a great height. As you can see from the heading above, this self-titled album by Ghost Ship Octavius was released in 2015. Two years ago! Many of you will already be well aware of its existence and may even have it nestled within your collections. But I missed it. As I feverishly tried to cover as many releases as I could, this record passed me by. And by that, I mean that it really passed me by. I had to be gently nudged by a reader to even learn of its existence and to check it out.
And by heavens I’m glad of the prodding because this album is right up my street and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to it over the past few weeks.
For those poor, unfortunate souls like me who are in need of a bit of background, Ghost Ship Octavius was formed in 2012 and this impressive record is their debut. Mind you, the quality of this album is hardly a surprise given the clientele involved. As a huge fan of Nevermore, my attention was initially drawn to the fact that the beast that is Van Williams sits behind the kit. Conducting a little further research has led me to understand that God Forbid guitarist Matthew Wicklund is also involved, as is Dagna Silesia who has worked with another member of the Nevermore alumni, Warrel Dane, on his solo material alongside Wicklund .Completing the line-up is vocalist Adon Fanion, a relative unknown but as it transpires, the owner of one hell of a set of pipes.
On paper then, the prospect of this band is very exciting. The reality is equally so. No damp squibs present, no deflated expectations. ‘Ghost Ship Octavius’ is a melodic progressive metal monster that’s not afraid to dip its toe into the realms of other metal subgenres.
Before I dissect a few of the tracks in more detail, there are a few more general aspects to this album that need to be mentioned. First, there are the performances of each member of the band which, as you might expect are highly professional throughout. But, intrinsically linked to this is the song writing. Well-executed instrumentalism only goes so far and will ultimately fail if it is not used to create strong compositions. Ghost Ship Octavius do not have this problem, as the music is incredibly well-conceived.
Being a melodic metal band, you’d expect there to be plenty of big choruses and hooks to pull you in. There are. Just about every one of the eleven tracks on this record provides some satisfying and addictive ear candy, be it overt or more subtly-placed.
Being a band with progressive leanings as well, you’d also expect the songs to have a fair amount of variety to them and for the music to offer something a little bit different. They do. There is more than enough virtuosity and technicality from each corner of Ghost Ship Octavius to supplement the melodies and the more immediate aspects of the music. Furthermore, there are several eyebrow-raising moments where the band goes all-out to intrigue and test the listener, something I really enjoy and fully welcome.
If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a more intangible aspect to ‘Ghost Ship Octavius’ that has an effect on me, and that’s the vibe of the record. Melodic and progressive it certainly is but it is also extremely heavy and quite dark. As befits a moniker like Ghost Ship Octavius, there’s a slightly menacing and brooding underbelly to the album that I find compelling and refreshing for a melodic metal band. The lyrics, the atmospheres, the vocal delivery and a million other minute ingredients lend the music on this debut a morose and haunting aspect. I love it.
Throw in a robust production that also allows sufficient clarity and space for everything to be heard, even Silesia’s impressive bass work, and it becomes evident pretty quickly that we’re on to a real winner here. Everything about Ghost Ship Octavius screams quality, focus and purpose. It only serves to heighten my embarrassment for missing out on this album when it was released.
The album opens with ‘Saturn and Skies’. It isn’t a long track but it immediately throws down the Ghost Ship Octavius gauntlet. It has a vague Nevermore feel to it in the riff department, but this is a theatrical, dynamic and ambitious composition that has its own strong identity, changing tack frequently within its relatively short existence. Fanion’s vocals immediately come to the fore, displaying a huge range but also impressing thanks to his ability to convey emotion with genuine power and conviction.
‘Alive’ has a sinister edge to it, driven by the monstrously powerful rhythm section of Williams and Silesia. Wicklund indulges in several wailing solos but they are as melodic and emotive as they are dextrous and technical, meaning that they genuinely add to the song. A mix of all-out blastbeat-led power and quiet, contemplative sections, complete with string and piano embellishments adds to the sense of drama and theatrical grandiosity that permeates the entirety of this record.
The stomping opening of ‘Silence’ is delivered with pin-sharp accuracy, ultimately giving way to one of the best choruses on the album. After about the third spin, the melodies get right under my skin and they don’t let go. Its strength lies, I think, in the fact that it is so powerful yet is also quite subtle, with Fanion showing restraint in his delivery, allowing his voice to be at one with the music rather than overpower it.
If the preceding few paragraphs have whetted your appetite, allow me to then introduce you to ‘In Dreams’. Buried within the middle of the album, it was the first Ghost Ship Octavius track I heard and was the one that made me realise the enormity of my mistake. Having listened to it several more times, I have to declare it to be one of the very best melodic metal tracks that I have ever heard. Everything about it is just about perfect. The riffs, in keeping with the entirety of the album, are fantastically muscular, the solos are exuberant, the bass is glorious, the drumming is thunderous and the vocals are superb. Then there’s the chorus, which is completely killer; hook-laden and hugely powerful, it slays.
It’s on this track that Fanion also produces arguably his best performance, full of anger and frustration during the chorus but something more measured, thoughtful and sorrowful in the quieter passages. I can neither confirm nor deny that I might have got a bit carried away when listening to this song on my headphones whilst walking the dog in my neighbourhood. But hell, music is meant to move you right?
Elsewhere, the introduction to ‘Pendulum’ is a thing of real beauty if you’re a sucker for the sound of a wailing guitar solo. It also ups the ante in terms of the band’s use of symphonic embellishments and is a wonderfully grandiose piece of music as a result, particularly in the more melodic mid-section onwards where there’s the sense of a group of musicians cutting loose a little bit. ‘Bloodcaster’ on the other hand, is one of the songs where the aforementioned eyebrows are raised thanks to its overtly quirky and borderline avant-garde nature juxtaposed by some of the most extreme music to be heard anywhere on the record.
‘Epitaph’ is a shorter blast of exuberant heavy metal underpinned by an insidious melody whilst ‘Burn Away’ has more of a power metal feel to it. Immediately melodic and up-tempo from the get-go, it then settles into more of a ballad-like composition. Fanion offers his most sensitive performance within yet another strong chorus, accented by a delicious piano that weaves itself nicely into the song.
I could go on because truth be told, ‘Ghost Ship Octavius’ doesn’t contain any filler material at all. This is a brilliant example of how wonderful melodic metal with a progressive edge can sound when done properly with care and skill, not to mention a clear vision and clarity of purpose from every member of the band. Become familiar with the name of Ghost Ship Octavius because if this is how good they sound on their debut album, just imagine what they might produce in the future. The mind boggles but I can’t wait.
The Score Of Much Metal: 9.25
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NEWS: Southwest Terror Fest 2017 canceled

The following is the announcement from Southwest Terror Fest regarding this year's event in Arizona, U.S.
OFFICIAL: It is with deep regret and untold sadness that we must inform everyone that Southwest Terror Fest is now canceled for 2017, and most likely forever. One of our partners is leaving for the Philippines and we have been unable to secure adequate funding and sponsorship for this year. We have delayed this announcement as long as possibly in hopes that events would turn in our favor, but now we feel that if we delay this any further, we are hurting the bands abilities to re-book their shows they had planned.
We have always struggled to make ends meet with this festival. It's not the easiest thing to throw a festival in a small city like Tucson. We've done our best over the years to keep prices as low as possible, while still bringing in high quality bands. Unfortunately, that business method doesn't pay the bills, and we've fallen farther and farther behind the last few years, with the 2016 version being the most damaging to our wallets yet. Attendance has fallen dramatically the last couple years as well, compounding our difficulties.
To add to that, we've found it increasingly difficult to secure sponsorships from downtown Tucson business. As many of you are probably already aware, the punk and metal crowd has never been looked upon favorably, no matter how polite we are to business and how well we tip. To that point, a few of our sponsors backed out on us at the last minute in 2016, leaving us with thousands to cover on our own. One sponsors was even "kind" enough to send a bad check, so not only didn't we get their sponsor money, but we also were saddled with bad check fees. I hope you can understand that a situation like this can not continue.
Please believe us when we say this decision is not something that comes easy to us. We've put many years of our life into building and growing this festival, with hopes that it would flourish for years to come. Today feels like the loss of a family member to us, and our hearts are heavy with sadness as our eyes are filled with tears.
Thank you all for five wonderful years. The personal relationships and friends we've made over the years mean the world to us. In the end, the best thing we can all take away from this are the wonderful times we have all shared in downtown Tucson over the last half decade. We wish all of you the best, and hopefully we'll see you around at some shows this year. Thank you so much for understanding.

NEWS: Metal Church drummer Jeff Plate steps away

This past March 21st longtime drummer for Metal Church, Jeff Plate, announced that he had decided to leave the band. Jeff's work with Metal Church includes the following albums: 2006 A Light in the Dark
2008 This Present Wasteland
2013 Generation Nothing
2016 XI
2017 Classic Live (live album)
Jeff's announcement follows:
Hello everyone,
It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my departure from Metal Church. I came to this conclusion 2 weeks ago, and agreed to hold off on the announcement until Metal Church had made some decisions on what they were going to do.This is obviously not an easy decision. After many conversations with myself, my wife, my family, my management and Kurdt Vanderoof and Mike Howe, I know I am doing the right thing for my future.
I know there will be questions and speculation. The bottom line is time, my time, and how best I manage it. I had to come to terms with the fact that time is just blowing by at the speed of light and there is no time for me to second guess or regret anything I'm doing. At this point in my life I need to be in more control of my time and career. I have a number of things I’d like to do and try, and to do these I have to give up something I truly love and am very proud of.
I cannot thank Kurdt Vanderhoof enough for inviting me into Metal Church. For the past 12 years I have had the honor and privilege of playing some of the best, truly iconic Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal songs ever written. I have recorded 4 records with the band. The latest, “XI”, is not only one of my favorite Metal Church records, but I feel it is the one of the best, if not the best records I have recorded throughout my career.
Also, I cannot thank the Metal Church fan base enough for the tremendous support. I have met thousands of you over the years and you, fans old and new, are simply the best. You have kept this band alive for the past 33 years, and I am sure there is more great music to come.
Metal Church is in a good place, and there are a number of shows and good things coming up this year. This decision is made now to not only let me prepare for the year to come, but also to let Metal Church do the same. Kurdt Vanderhoof(g), Mike Howe(v), Steve Unger(b), Rick VanZandt(g), Tim Harding(sound and production), and Joe Obrien(President @ Rat Pak Records) have been a tremendous team, and they are also very good friends of mine. I wish them nothing but the best.
I hope to see you all again somewhere down the road. I will keep you posted on my activities. Trust me, I will not sit still for very long.
Thank you, take care.
Jeff Plate

Thursday, March 23, 2017

OUT NOW: Wan

WAN
Wan Way to Hell
Carnal Records
release: 10 February 2017
Raw black metal workhorses Wan continue their history with the latest celebration of dirty extreme metal. For Wan it's all about taking the old Venom and Bathory spirit into the present day. Their previous two albums Wolves of the North and Enjoy the Filth indicated that the band was already heading in this direction. Wan has in mind a very specific target audience, headbangers that love their music in an unpolished form the way that the ancient black metal was. As the old black metal was, Wan is.
1. Known as Dead 02:17
2. King of Evil 02:13
3. Till kamp 03:26
4. Igeltjärn 05:46
5. The Challenger 02:24
6. Wrought 02:45
7. As If 03:07
8. Spitfire Metal 01:08
9. Full sving 02:10
10. Piss on Your Grave 02:59
11. Svarthäll 05:42
12. Inn i ilden 02:48
13. Wan Way to Hell 03:03
total time 39:48
OFFICIAL: Norse old-school black metal miscreants WAN are set to release "Wan Way to Hell," their third and most devastating album to date. WAN was formed in 2009 as a triad of aggression with the intent of bringing metal back to its roots - raw, filthy and in the gutter with a twist of punk.
A year later, the band released its first full-length "Wolves of the North." The album was reissued on limited-edition cassette in 2011.
Core members Aganaroth, Isengrim and Tsjud recruited drummer Dimman for the debut's 2013 follow-up "Enjoy the Filth." Dimman's time in WAN was short-lived, opening the door for current skin-basher Draup.
"Wolves of the North" was re-recorded in 2015 and released together with ""Enjoy the Filth" as a limited gatefold double LP. WAN that same year recorded five new tracks "Necroholic," a split-CD with Curse and Styggelse. and released a video for "Pentagram Rockers," off the second album.
The band has since brought their primal, old-school black metal to several stages in preparation for its deadliest release to date. "Wan Way to Hell" will be out February 10 on Carnal Records.
soundcloud.com/pentagramrockers
WAN King of evil Official video 2016
facebook.com/TheUnholyWAN

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Seattle/Washington concert calendar, updated March 22, 2017 (again)

Always adding new shows to the calendar! See below.
If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
March 23 Vesuvian, Species Splicer, Depths of the Sunset, Corrupted Captivity, Antitheus at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
March 24 Second Sting (Scorpions tribute) at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
March 25 Kill Closet, 3 Chord Killer, Thou Shall Kill, Religicide at Tony V's, Everett, WA
March 25 Chemical Rage, Knights of Salem, Sons of Mercury, and MOSGILA at Louie G's, Fife, WA
March 25 Blood and Thunder, Alcohology, Forest King, others at The Pallomino, Spokane, WA
March 25 Isenordal at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA (album release show)
March 26 Bone Sickness, Hissing, Pagan Scum at Airport Tavern, Olympia, WA
March 26 Hideous Creep, Kovaa Rasvaa, Sciatica at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 27 Nordus, Dilapidation, Born without Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
March 28 Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, Horrendous, The Drip at Neptune, Seattle, WA
March 29 The Drip, Big Idiot, Repudiate, Sister Act at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
March 29 Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper, Bone Sickness at Neumos, Seattle, WA
March 29 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn and Lorna Shore at The Pin, Spokane, WA
March 29 Lethal Injektion, Vesuvian, Blood and Thunder, Often Rottin at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
March 30 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn, Lorna Shore at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 30 DS-13, Endorphins Lost, Toecutter, Cujo at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 31 Oathbreaker, Khemmis, Jaye Jayle, Dust Moth at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 31 Iron Reagan, Power Trip at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
April 1 Noothgrush, Nepenthes, Wilt, Pagan Scum at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 2 So This Is Suffering, Signs of the Swarm, A World without, Groundfeeder, Dismembering Mary, Sinners & Saviours at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 4 Amorphis, Swallow the Sun, Black Liquid Funeral, Rhine at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 4 Katatonia, Caspian, Uncured at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 7 Captured! by Robots, Xoth, Crud Guns at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
April 14 Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, No Zodiac at The Pin, Spokane, WA
April 14 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
April 14 ObscurUs in Darkness: Amsi, The Blood Of Others, Solve, The Walking Wounded, Chrome Corpse at Obscurus, Everett, WA
April 15 Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, No Zodiac at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
April 15 Mastodon at The Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA
April 15 Unforgiven Fest I: Transcribing the Necronomicon, Progenitor, Primordial Atrocity, Dead Nexus, Deathbed Confessions, Dilapidation, Voithrone, Blackline at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
April 15 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 15 Vesuvian, Salem Knights, Method 13 at Lucky Liquor, Tukwila, WA
April 18 Ghost Bath, Astronoid, Voidthrone at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 21 The Alumni Fest Battle of The Bands: Monsters among Gods, Rucker, Visceral Embodiment, Dismembering Mary, Chamber 6 at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 21 Femme Halen (Van Halen tribute) at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
April 22 Fifth Angel (reunion), Palooka, Hellbilly at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 23 Windhand, Hell, Un, Wounded Giant at Neumos Seattle, WA
April 24 Blame the Wizards, Iron Nightingale, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
April 25 Anthrax, Killswitch Engage at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
April 26 The Obsessed, Fatso Jetson at Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
April 27 Weedeater, The Obsessed, Primitive Man, Fatso Jetson, Karma to Burn at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 28 D.R.I., The Accused AD, Acid Teeth, Disciples of Dissent at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 28 Signal Lost, Deathraid, Babylon, Arcane at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Extremity, Hissing, Fetid, Mortiferum at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 30 Trap Them, Call of the Void, Heiress, Wake of Humanity at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 2 Superjoint, Battlecross, Child Bite at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 4 Substratum, Nasty Bits, Kings of Cavalier, K'atun at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 6 Mortician, Drawn and Quartered, Logic Slaughter, Stages of Decomposition, Transcribing the Necronomicon, Rutah at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 8 Sabaton, Battle Beast, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 11 Testament, Sepultura, Prong at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 11 Downstream Music Fest Metal Main Stage: Blood and Thunder, Oxygen Destroyer, Skelator, American Wrecking Company at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 13 Negura Bunget, Ruines Ov Abaddon, Isenordal at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 13 Queensryche at The Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, WA
May 13 Raiju, A Sense of Gravity, The Devils of Loudun, Rhine at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 14 Isenordal, Circle of Beings, Noceur, Antitheus, others at Obscurus Infernus, Everett, WA
May 16 Armed for Apocalypse, Deathbed Confessions, Ghostblood, Kommand, Oxygen Destroyer at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T, Killer Bee, Darkhorse, One Gun Shy at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 19 Bone Sickness, Noceur, Withheld Judgement, others at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 19 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 20 Taake at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 20 Splintered Throne at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Ascendia, Need, Convergence at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 21 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
May 22 Xandria at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 23 Arkona, Sirenia, MindMaze, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 24 Destruction, Jungle Rot, Warbringer, Hellbender, Devilation, Religicide at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
May 29 Behexen, Demoncy, Inquinok at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 29 Blood and Thunder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 4 Angelcorpse, Ares Kingdom, Drawn and Quartered, Petrification, Pathetic at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 5 Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Gloom at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 7 Heresiarch, Ritual Necromancy, Harvest Gulgatha, Hissing, Void Wraith at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 11 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Demoncy, Triumvir Foul at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
Northwest Terror Fest June 15-17 at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
Warning, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yob, Goatwhore, Samothrace, Cult Leader, Graves at Sea, King Woman, Usnea, Fórn, Call of the Void, Pilgrim, Young and in the Way, Nomads, Lycus, CHRCH, Transient, Take Over and Destroy, Aerial Ruin, Uada, Infernal Coil, Endorphins Lost, Witch Ripper, Burials, Sol, Rhine, Old Iron, others
June 29 Sammy Hagar at Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
July 2 Beyond Theory, After the Fallout, Darky Dark and the Junkie Bunch, Chemical Asphyxia at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 5 Castle at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Antichrist, Kommand at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Edge of Paradise, American Wrecking Company at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle
October 2 Lady Beast, Bat at Highline, Seattle, WA
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OUT NOW: Cellador

Cellador
Off The Grid
Scarlet Records
release: 10 March 2017
The power metal dragons of the Rocky Mountains' snow-covered peaks now have their brand-new 2017 album ready for you to hear in its entirety. Power metal diehards should be excited about this development because Cellador is back big time and their new album is filled with gigantic choruses, sharp-and-fast riffs flying everywhere and songs that will be welcomed by audiences into melodies and singing. This publication has previously reported news about this album and then news about the lyric video, but it will be quite another thing for you when you hear the complete work from beginning to end. Headbangers that support traditional, melodic heavy metal and power metal are exactly the audience that the new Cellador needs. The band has gone through its ups and downs and it did look like they were never coming back, at least that's how it looked from the perspective of people who are not on the inside. Things and times have changed within Cellador and there's no point on dwelling on those things at this moment. Verify for yourself why this new incarnation of Cellador has an exciting album that will, with the headbangers’ support, restore the band's name to its rightful place. The album features varying forms of uptempo and even blasting songs for a full-range celebration of traditional heavy and power metal played tightly and fast, precisely how Cellador should be.
OFFICIAL: Rip out the cables, tear out the cords, destroy your laptops, and smash your smartphones. Cellador returns with a vengeance, exploding onto the world circuits with its massively anticipated album ‘Off The Grid!’ Meticulously crafted at the helm of founding member, songwriter, and producer Chris Petersen, the long awaited follow up to the critically acclaimed ‘Enter Deception’ is finally here, setting the bar even higher and faster on its trademark brand of steroid injected, high intensity power metal music. An allegory to the band’s free spirited nature, ‘Off The Grid’ musically conceptualizes a self-empowered approach to living, including tearing yourself free from the hive-mindedness of an increasingly collective thinking technological society, and paying tribute to the often neglected original personality and identity we retain within ourselves.
Spiked with a unique ferocity and infectious melody, this is an album not for the faint hearted. Within its audible depths the band continues the high energy power and speed metal of its previous album, while adding more clarity, more focused vision, and a cohesiveness never before achieved in its songwriting until now.
Tracing its roots back to the early 2000’s, Cellador has continuously persisted as a near antithesis to the ever fickle American metal scene. With their brand of high speed power metal, soaring vocals, catchy songwriting and intense live show, the band continues to buckle the changing trends and stick out like a sore thumb. Upon the release of its critically acclaimed debut album ‘Enter Deception’, critics quickly hailed the band as the new “Kings of American Power Metal” with universally positive reviews across hundreds of news outlets, and seeing the band tour all over North America and Japan. Quickly the band transcended beyond normal barriers of the power metal genre and enjoys a near cult-like status to this day. The band’s unique ability to draw fans of all types far has led to many touring opportunities, including sharing the stage with the likes of Trivium, Helloween, Sonata Arctica, Queensryche, Gamma Ray, Bullet For My Valentine, Behemoth, Hatchet, Havok, Vale of Pnath, Protest The Hero, Moonspell, Amaranthe, and many others. Return to present day where after several years of hype and enthusiasm, the next opus is ready to be unleashed worldwide. Signing with Scarlet Records in 2016, Cellador again takes the metal spotlight with its latest release. Buckle up and hold tight, this bullet train of an album has no brakes! ‘Off The Grid’ was mixed and mastered by Peter Rutcho at Damage Studios (Havok, Revocation, Vomitron, Armory) in Southbridge, MA with artwork created by Colin Marks at Rain Song Design. The album will see the light of the day on March 10, 2017.
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NEWS: Greg Howe on tour

Guitarist extraordinaire Greg Howe has announced a tour of the United States and some shows in Canada. Greg Howe first came to prominence as a shred guitarist for Shrapnel Records in late 80s. In the three decades of playing music, he has reached far and wide, and is known for the diversity of his work in shred, progressive, fusion and other styles. Howe is also recognized for his session work with many, many musicians, including pop stars like Michael Jackson, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake, to name but a few. Below is the tour information.
OFFICIAL: North America! Greg Howe tour dates are here!
(featuring Stu Hamm on bass and Gianluca Palmieri on drums)
(08.01.17) New York, NY - Iridium (8pm show)
(08.01.17) New York, NY - Iridium (10pm show)
(08.02.17) New York, NY - Iridium (8pm show)
(08.02.17) New York, NY - Iridium (10pm show)
(08.03.17) New York, NY - Iridium (8pm show)
(08.03.17) New York, NY - Iridium (10pm show)
(08.04.17) Schenectady, NY - The Van Dyck
(08.05.17) New Hope, PA - Havana
(08.09.17) Rochester, NY - Lovin' Cup
(08.10.17) Ottawa, Canada - The Brass Monkey
(08.11.17) Gravenhurst, Canada - Peter's Players
(08.12.17) Toronto, Canada - Rockpile
(08.13.17) Detroit, MI - The Token Lounge
(08.15.17) Chicago, IL - Reggie's
(08.16.17) New Port, KY - South Gate Revival
(08.18.17) McKinney, TX - The Guitar Sanctuary
(08.20.17) Woodlands, TX - Dosey Doe
MORE dates to be announced soon!
In an interview years ago with Guitar World the guitarist gave some insight his beginnings as a shredder for Shrapnel Records, which released his self-titled debut in 1988: "It’s hard to believe it’s been that long [laughs]. There’s a good story behind that. Twenty five years ago, I was in a cover band playing the club circuits in the Lehigh Valley and upstate New York. We had done showcases and had gotten some label interest, but nothing had evolved from it.
At the same time, Mike Varney was running a monthly column in a guitar magazine where he would spotlight three unknown guitar players. Guitarists would send in cassette tapes of their playing and, if Mike really liked you, he'd sign you to his record label. I decided to send in a tape to his PO box, never really expecting to get a response. But I've always believed that if you really want something, there isn't one "set way" to try to get it. Sometimes you have to be imaginative in order to achieve it.
So what I did was also mail another tape to him simultaneously; but this one I sent via Federal Express. I knew that by doing so, my package would be delivered separate from the hundreds of other tapes he'd likely receive. More importantly, someone would have to physically sign for it, and there would be a much better chance of my tape getting delivered to him personally. And that's precisely what happened; I literally got a phone call the next day and was offered a record deal. It was amazing."
OFFICIAL: Greg Howe started playing the guitar at the age of 10 and by his middle teens, after discovering Van Halen, became obsessed with the guitar. By his late teens he had already begun playing in clubs with his rock band, which featured his brother Al on lead vocals. Over the course of the next few years Greg continued to hone his guitar skills while playing and performing a repertoire of mostly cover tunes for audiences in clubs throughout the North East with his rock band.
In 1988 Shrapnel Records owner and renowned guitar connoisseur Mike Varney asked Howe to record an album for his label after hearing a demo that Greg had sent him with the hopes of being featured in Varney's Spotlight column for Guitar Player magazine. That album, simply entitled "Greg Howe", featured then David Lee Roth’s bassist Billy Sheehan and renowned drummer Atma Anur. It instantly caught the attention of the whole guitar community and eventually led to numerous endorsement deals, print advertising and countrywide clinics, as well as being named #10 in the top ten shred albums of all times by Guitar World Magazine.
After recording two vocal albums with his brother (1990's "High Gear" and 1991's "Now Hear This"), Greg’s second solo album (1993's "Introspection") set the tone for what would eventually become a series of eight fresh forays in to the mosaic of fusion, rock, funk, blues, and jazz. With each subsequent album - 1994's "Uncertain Terms", 1995's "Parallax", 1996's "Five", 1998's "Ascend", and 2000's "Hypercuity" Howe would make bolder and more satisfying strides into fusion music.
Along the way Howe has continuously made himself available as a session and sideman musician for many of the world's biggest pop stars. In 1996, he replaced Jennifer Batten as lead guitarist during the Asian and European legs of Michael Jackson's HIStory World Tour. He would later provide guitar duties for singer Enrique Iglesias in 2000, which culminated in a series of high-profile televised performances and a European tour. The following two years saw Howe recruited as lead guitarist for boy band NSYNC during two tours of the United States. After singer Justin Timberlake left NSYNC, Howe continued to tour with him in 2003, although ultimately ended up having to leave in order to complete work on his album "Extraction", the critically acclaimed all-star funk fusion extravaganza, featuring electric bass virtuoso Victor Wooten (of the flecktones ) and the legendary drummer Dennis Chambers.
In 2008 Greg Howe released “Sound Proof”, which has been arguably reviewed as one of Howe’s best albums. In both 2009 and 2010 Greg teamed back up with Justin Timberlake to perform at the 51st Grammy’s Award Show and JT’s Shriner’s Hospital Charity Event. Greg also appeared on the 2011 release of Michael Jackson's second posthumous album, "Immortal", which featured Howe's playing on "Dancing Machine" and "Beat It". Greg has also played with many other artists, such as Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Lady Antebellum, P Diddy, T-Pain, Nelly, Tim McGraw, and Salt-N-Pepa.
Greg Howe's busy schedule continues with various projects and is very active with guitar clinics, trade shows, and tours around the world.
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Seattle/Washington concert calendar, updated March 22, 2017

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March 22 Prey the Hunter, Born Without Blood, Limegoat, Monsters among Gods at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
March 23 Vesuvian, Species Splicer, Depths of the Sunset, Corrupted Captivity, Antitheus at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
March 24 Second Sting (Scorpions tribute) at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
March 25 Kill Closet, 3 Chord Killer, Thou Shall Kill, Religicide at Tony V's, Everett, WA
March 25 Blood and Thunder, Alcohology, Forest King, others at The Pallomino, Spokane, WA
March 25 Isenordal at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA (album release show)
March 26 Bone Sickness, Hissing, Pagan Scum at Airport Tavern, Olympia, WA
March 26 Hideous Creep, Kovaa Rasvaa, Sciatica at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 27 Nordus, Dilapidation, Born without Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
March 28 Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, Horrendous, The Drip at Neptune, Seattle, WA
March 29 The Drip, Big Idiot, Repudiate, Sister Act at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
March 29 Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper, Bone Sickness at Neumos, Seattle, WA
March 29 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn and Lorna Shore at The Pin, Spokane, WA
March 29 Lethal Injektion, Vesuvian, Blood and Thunder, Often Rottin at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
March 30 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn, Lorna Shore at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 30 DS-13, Endorphins Lost, Toecutter, Cujo at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 31 Oathbreaker, Khemmis, Jaye Jayle, Dust Moth at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 31 Iron Reagan, Power Trip at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
April 1 Noothgrush, Nepenthes, Wilt, Pagan Scum at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 2 So This Is Suffering, Signs of the Swarm, A World without, Groundfeeder, Dismembering Mary, Sinners & Saviours at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 4 Amorphis, Swallow the Sun, Black Liquid Funeral, Rhine at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 4 Katatonia, Caspian, Uncured at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 7 Captured! by Robots, Xoth, Crud Guns at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
April 14 Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, No Zodiac at The Pin, Spokane, WA
April 14 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
April 14 ObscurUs in Darkness: Amsi, The Blood Of Others, Solve, The Walking Wounded, Chrome Corpse at Obscurus, Everett, WA
April 15 Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, No Zodiac at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
April 15 Mastodon at The Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA
April 15 Unforgiven Fest I: Transcribing the Necronomicon, Progenitor, Primordial Atrocity, Dead Nexus, Deathbed Confessions, Dilapidation, Voithrone, Blackline at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
April 15 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 15 Vesuvian, Salem Knights, Method 13 at Lucky Liquor, Tukwila, WA
April 18 Ghost Bath, Astronoid, Voidthrone at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 21 Femme Halen (Van Halen tribute) at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
April 22 Fifth Angel (reunion), Palooka, Hellbilly at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 23 Windhand, Hell, Un, Wounded Giant at Neumos Seattle, WA
April 24 Blame the Wizards, Iron Nightingale, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
April 25 Anthrax, Killswitch Engage at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
April 26 The Obsessed, Fatso Jetson at Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
April 27 Weedeater, The Obsessed, Primitive Man, Fatso Jetson, Karma to Burn at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 28 D.R.I., The Accused AD, Acid Teeth, Disciples of Dissent at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 28 Signal Lost, Deathraid, Babylon, Arcane at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Extremity, Hissing, Fetid, Mortiferum at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 30 Trap Them, Call of the Void, Heiress, Wake of Humanity at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 2 Superjoint, Battlecross, Child Bite at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 4 Substratum, Nasty Bits, Kings of Cavalier, K'atun at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 6 Mortician, Drawn and Quartered, Logic Slaughter, Stages of Decomposition, Transcribing the Necronomicon, Rutah at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 8 Sabaton, Battle Beast, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 11 Testament, Sepultura, Prong at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 11 Downstream Music Fest Metal Main Stage: Blood and Thunder, Oxygen Destroyer, Skelator, American Wrecking Company at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 13 Negura Bunget, Ruines Ov Abaddon, Isenordal at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 13 Queensryche at The Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, WA
May 13 Raiju, A Sense of Gravity, The Devils of Loudun, Rhine at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 16 Armed for Apocalypse, Deathbed Confessions, Ghostblood, Kommand, Oxygen Destroyer at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T, Killer Bee, Darkhorse, One Gun Shy at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 19 Bone Sickness, Noceur, Withheld Judgement, others at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 19 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 20 Taake at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 20 Splintered Throne at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Ascendia, Need, Convergence at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 21 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
May 22 Xandria at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 23 Arkona, Sirenia, MindMaze, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 24 Destruction, Jungle Rot, Warbringer, Hellbender, Devilation, Religicide at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
May 29 Behexen, Demoncy, Inquinok at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 29 Blood and Thunder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 4 Angelcorpse, Ares Kingdom, Drawn and Quartered, Petrification, Pathetic at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 5 Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Gloom at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 7 Heresiarch, Ritual Necromancy, Harvest Gulgatha, Hissing, Void Wraith at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 11 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Demoncy, Triumvir Foul at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
Northwest Terror Fest June 15-17 at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
Warning, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yob, Goatwhore, Samothrace, Cult Leader, Graves at Sea, King Woman, Usnea, Fórn, Call of the Void, Pilgrim, Young and in the Way, Nomads, Lycus, CHRCH, Transient, Take Over and Destroy, Aerial Ruin, Uada, Infernal Coil, Endorphins Lost, Witch Ripper, Burials, Sol, Rhine, Old Iron, others
June 29 Sammy Hagar at Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
July 2 Beyond Theory, After the Fallout, Darky Dark and the Junkie Bunch, Chemical Asphyxia at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 5 Castle at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Antichrist, Kommand at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Edge of Paradise, American Wrecking Company at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle
October 2 Lady Beast, Bat at Highline, Seattle, WA
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OUT NOW: Mordant

Mordant
Demonic Satanic
release date: November 30th, 2016
label: To the Death Records
Mordant is ancient black metal as first executed by Venom and Bathory, two bands that these Swedes openly claim as forefathers. The band says that they began in 1997 and Metal Archives says that the first demo is from 2001. The band does not provide too much information online, but all of that is not so relevant at this moment. The new album is. This new work is that ancient black metal with much better production than the old 80s days. The vocals are easily recognizable as black metal, and the music is a cauldron of black thrash and black heavy metal, music for banging your head and playing air guitar or real guitar along. The band's image will suggest to you what it will, but don't judge it by the visuals. Mordant is great at what they do on here, smoothly transition from black thrash to occult heavy metal and to fast black metal vibes, it's all carried out in the spirit of traditional underground metal music. At the first link below you can hear a bit of the music, but not the complete album, but just be aware this is not a single, not an EP, it's full album with nine songs.
1.Vengeance from the Dark 03:25
2.Devastating Storm... Evil Holocaust 03:01
3.Demonic Satanic 04:35
4.Evil Impalers 02:29
5.Blacking Metal (Sabbat cover) 03:57
6.Desecration from Hell 02:51
7.Infernal Curse of Evil 03:24
8.Screaming Souls 04:06
9.Count Lucifer 03:30
total time 31:18
OFFICIAL: Long-running Swedish black/death metal band MORDANT are following the path of DISSECTION and NIFELHEIM, playing sharp, melody-tinged black/death metal but with a gnarly thrashy approach. The album gets even more thrashier and gritter as it progresses, and tosses in a SABBAT cover for good measure. This is a rare instance of the band retaining the Swedish sound while going on to play a blend of at least three styles. The album gets more engrossing with each listen and the flavour is something that will have you coming back for more. To The Death Records have released one of the best albums in this unique style and it's definitely worth looking into.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

OUT NOW: Sumerlands

Sumerlands
Sumerlands
release date: September 16th, 2016
label: Relapse Records
Sorry for being so late to the party. Is it possible that you have not heard this classic-style metal band from the United States? There is no excuse for having taken so long to tell you about Summerlands. There really isn't. It's especially bad because this album is very good and the audiences into classic, traditional, melodic heavy metal are bound to enjoy it. Speaking from experience with the album, it is the kind that you want to play again and again the whole day and then do the same thing again the next day. It's for audiences that want traditional heavy metal with quality and without any nonsense. It's heavy metal, get to the point and don't waste my time, right? Singing, good riffs and solos, songs that rock. That's it. That's Sumerlands. Below you can read what some reviewers have said about it. They are correct! Be sure to listen the complete album at the first link below.
Several reviewers on Metal Archives have really been impressed with Sumerlands: "It’s been so long since I sat down and listened to an album that didn’t feel like it was borrowing anything from Priest, Metallica, or Sabbath. That being said, the whole aesthetic of the album is still reminiscent of a style, that being the grimey pre-speed metal era of metal. What does that mean? Guitars with distortion and solos that show off some skill, but nothing face-melting or blistering fast. The riffs are mostly blues rock tunes with the sound and skill pulled off by someone like Mercyful Fate. As for the vocalist, he’s a little muddied by the music, but there is a pleasant echo to his voice, his vocal range is impressive, pulling off higher pitched wails and some deeper Ozzy-style drones as the riffs play on." Another reviewer also chimed in: "Not wanting to waste any of your precious time, Sumerlands made an album that is just over 30 minutes long. Other than the instrumental outro, the songs are lean and streamlined. But these four to five minute tracks contain a great deal of variety and intensity. Punchy rhythm riffs drive along at mid-pace, recalling early Queensrÿche, the later Black Sabbath or Ozzy’s revolving door of guitarists in the 80’s. They are adorned with sharp melodic phrases whose musicality is greatly accentuated by Rizk’s excellent production job. On top of that, Swanson delivers his mournful vocals. Cherishing his middle register, he complements the delicious guitar work with gravitas and sensibility."
OFFICIAL: Formed by an all-star cast of scene veterans, heavy metal force SUMERLANDS burst out of the gates with a fully-formed sound on their Guardian demo in 2014. The band’s sound is one that calls to mind the most learned heavy metal ancestors and the most forward-thinking newcomers: one that sounds old but it feels new. In its short existence, the band has already garnered widespread praise from the likes of Sputnik Music, No Clean Singing, and Pitchfork, the latter of which stated that “Sumerlands sound like Cirith Ungol and every lost 80s American power metal band on steroids of steel, getting swole and flexing their might.”
Now, SUMERLANDS are set to explode with their incredible self-titled debut album of classic heavy metal. Inspired by the timeless guitar-driven sound of the 70’s & 80’s, SUMERLANDS feature former Hour of 13 / Atlantean Kodex vocalist Phil Swanson and renowned producer Arthur Rizk (Inquisition, Power Trip, Pissgrave) on guitars and behind the boards! Powerful guitar riffs and galloping rhythms meld flawlessly together with soaring vocals and pristine production to create strong, hook-filled, moody anthems. This is a new wave of American Heavy Metal at its finest!
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Seattle/Washington concert calendar, updated March 21, 2017

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March 22 Prey the Hunter, Born Without Blood, Limegoat, Monsters among Gods at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
March 23 Vesuvian, Species Splicer, Depths of the Sunset, Corrupted Captivity, Antitheus at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
March 24 Second Sting (Scorpions tribute) at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
March 25 Kill Closet, 3 Chord Killer, Thou Shall Kill, Religicide at Tony V's, Everett, WA
March 25 Blood and Thunder, Alcohology, Forest King, others at The Pallomino, Spokane, WA
March 25 Isenordal at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA (album release show)
March 26 Bone Sickness, Hissing, Pagan Scum at Airport Tavern, Olympia, WA
March 26 Hideous Creep, Kovaa Rasvaa, Sciatica at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 27 Nordus, Dilapidation, Born without Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
March 28 Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, Horrendous, The Drip at Neptune, Seattle, WA
March 29 The Drip, Big Idiot, Repudiate, Sister Act at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
March 29 Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper, Bone Sickness at Neumos, Seattle, WA
March 29 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn and Lorna Shore at The Pin, Spokane, WA
March 29 Lethal Injektion, Vesuvian, Blood and Thunder, Often Rottin at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
March 30 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn, Lorna Shore at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 30 DS-13, Endorphins Lost, Toecutter, Cujo at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 31 Oathbreaker, Khemmis, Jaye Jayle, Dust Moth at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 31 Iron Reagan, Power Trip at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
April 1 Noothgrush, Nepenthes, Wilt, Pagan Scum at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 2 So This Is Suffering, Signs of the Swarm, A World without, Groundfeeder, Dismembering Mary, Sinners & Saviours at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 4 Amorphis, Swallow the Sun, Black Liquid Funeral, Rhine at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 4 Katatonia, Caspian, Uncured at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 7 Captured! by Robots, Xoth, Crud Guns at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
April 14 Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, No Zodiac at The Pin, Spokane, WA
April 14 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
April 14 ObscurUs in Darkness: Amsi, The Blood Of Others, Solve, The Walking Wounded, Chrome Corpse at Obscurus, Everett, WA
April 15 Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, No Zodiac at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
April 15 Mastodon at The Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA
April 15 Unforgiven Fest I: Transcribing the Necronomicon, Progenitor, Primordial Atrocity, Dead Nexus, Deathbed Confessions, Dilapidation, Voithrone, Blackline at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
April 15 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 15 Vesuvian, Salem Knights, Method 13 at Lucky Liquor, Tukwila, WA
April 18 Ghost Bath, Astronoid, Voidthrone at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 21 Femme Halen (Van Halen tribute) at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
April 22 Fifth Angel (reunion), Palooka, Hellbilly at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 23 Windhand, Hell, Un, Wounded Giant at Neumos Seattle, WA
April 24 Blame the Wizards, Iron Nightingale, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
April 25 Anthrax, Killswitch Engage at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
April 26 The Obsessed, Fatso Jetson at Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
April 27 Weedeater, The Obsessed, Primitive Man, Fatso Jetson, Karma to Burn at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 28 D.R.I., The Accused AD, Acid Teeth, Disciples of Dissent at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 28 Signal Lost, Deathraid, Babylon, Arcane at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Extremity, Hissing, Fetid, Mortiferum at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 30 Trap Them, Call of the Void, Heiress, Wake of Humanity at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 2 Superjoint, Battlecross, Child Bite at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 4 Substratum, Nasty Bits, Kings of Cavalier, K'atun at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 6 Mortician, Drawn and Quartered, Logic Slaughter, Stages of Decomposition, Transcribing the Necronomicon, Rutah at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 8 Sabaton, Battle Beast, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 11 Testament, Sepultura, Prong at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 13 Negura Bunget, Ruines Ov Abaddon, Isenordal at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 13 Queensryche at The Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, WA
May 13 Raiju, A Sense of Gravity, The Devils of Loudun, Rhine at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 16 Armed for Apocalypse, Deathbed Confessions, Ghostblood, Kommand, Oxygen Destroyer at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T, Killer Bee, Darkhorse, One Gun Shy at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 19 Bone Sickness, Noceur, Withheld Judgement, others at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 19 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 20 Taake at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 20 Splintered Throne at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Ascendia, Need, Convergence at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 21 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
May 22 Xandria at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 23 Arkona, Sirenia, MindMaze, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 24 Destruction, Jungle Rot, Warbringer, Hellbender, Devilation, Religicide at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
May 29 Behexen, Demoncy, Inquinok at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 29 Blood and Thunder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 4 Angelcorpse, Ares Kingdom, Drawn and Quartered, Petrification, Pathetic at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 5 Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Gloom at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 7 Heresiarch, Ritual Necromancy, Harvest Gulgatha, Hissing, Void Wraith at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 11 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Demoncy, Triumvir Foul at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
Northwest Terror Fest June 15-17 at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
Warning, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yob, Goatwhore, Samothrace, Cult Leader, Graves at Sea, King Woman, Usnea, Fórn, Call of the Void, Pilgrim, Young and in the Way, Nomads, Lycus, CHRCH, Transient, Take Over and Destroy, Aerial Ruin, Uada, Infernal Coil, Endorphins Lost, Witch Ripper, Burials, Sol, Rhine, Old Iron, others
June 29 Sammy Hagar at Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
July 2 Beyond Theory, After the Fallout, Darky Dark and the Junkie Bunch, Chemical Asphyxia at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 5 Castle at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Antichrist, Kommand at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle
October 2 Lady Beast, Bat at Highline, Seattle, WA
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rewind: Sound Barrier

Sound Barrier was a heavy metal band from the United States during the 1980s. They started in 1980 in Los Angeles, California and in 1983 their debut was called Total Control. At this time they worked other influences into their heavy metal, but the 1986 album Speed of Light showed the band moving in a heavier direction. The album certainly has headbanging tunes with everything needed in heavy metal: good singing, rocking riffs, fast drumming and high energy. Unfortunately, due to the usual struggles that up-and-coming bands face, such as commercial growth that was not fast enough to be considered successful in the 80s, the band ended around 1987. For those that are interested in the discography of the band, Metal Archives gives the following titles. Below are some old videos for your information and you can hear more songs at the last link listed below.
Total Control full-length 1983
Total Control single 1983
Born to Rock EP 1984
Hollywood (Down on Your Luck) single 1986
Speed of Light full-length 1986
Sound Barrier - Speed of Light
Sound Barrier Born To Rock Promo Video 198X
Sound Barrier: "Rock without the Roll".mov
last.fm/es/music/Sound+Barrier

Monday, March 20, 2017

NEWS: Thou Shall Kill in Everett, WA this Saturday

Seattle extreme metal band Thou Shall Kill reminds its supporters that this Saturday they will play in Everett, WA: "This Saturday our last show of March. Before we announce some new news and status. Hails legion gather your armor, swords and horns. This war is approaching!!"
OFFICIAL: The time has come once again for a new reign of power. From the north through rain, wind, and storm comes a new breed of death metal. Bringing back what was once lost in today's death metal. The art of creating dark and spiritual music that enpowers the listener with a sonic soundscape of the past, present, and future. Thou Shall Kill are visionaries, not followers of trends but in fact creators of a new & truly different style of sheer apocalyptic destruction. This art of extreme metal will see new horizons as we strive to work hard and continue to bring quality yet devastating metal to the masses. Showing extreme technicality and memorable songwriting skills and show no mercy attitude to create memorable song's. Bringing back the sound, the attitude, the darkness of 90's European/ Florida death metal with a modern day touch. Releasing the 2006 demo " Penance Of Death." Then releasing the 2008 "Feeding Christians To Lions" and 2009 "True Evil" promo songs. Started as a one man project founded in 2004 in Los Angeles Ca. The living entity of founder guitarist/vocalist Dragonis Khan stopping at nothing and never compromising to change. Staying true to the the spirit of death metal and it's legacy. Danny Uther Pendragon on vocals the screaming dead voices from the north. Frank "Freak" Kattner the headhunter on bass lows from the darkest depths of earth. Releasing the "From The North" four song E.P. Aprill 2011 release. Then the hunt begins for a label And the debut album to be released by 2012. Circle pits will become the new coliseum of blood elbows, ears, and necks will never be the same again. The new kings of Seattle death metal and the assassins throne are ready to rise, rule, and dominate.
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NEWS: Sacrament ov Impurity's new album is available now

The Mount Vernon, Washington state black metal formation Sacrament ov Impurity now has the new album available at the first link below. Always stubborn and loyal to itself, Sacrament ov Impurity is a band dedicated to "Doomed Frozen Black Metal Art," as they call it. The band does not hesitate and does not beat around the bush about it, this is black metal music of the dark arts and they are always seeking more souls for their covenant. The new album is a great illustration of the band's approach to songwriting: black metal that will take you down the left hand path if you are not there already and songs that you can remember. This is their fourth studio album, and their experience and their power is only getting stronger as they chart their own way towards perfecting their sound. Supporters of underground black metal should find music that aligns with their ideas here.
Sacrament ov Impurity
The Purest of Sins
release date: February 13th, 2017
label: independent
1.An Apparation of Bygone Lament 10:08
2.Your Sleep, I Covet 06:04
3.Sepulture of Modern Man 08:17
4.A Time of Darkness And Decay 06:42
5.Bowing Unto a Monolith of Grief 09:10
6.Sacrificial Descent 08:20
sacramentovimpurity.bandcamp.com
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Verminlord's two new recordings in 2017 (so far!)

by MMB
The master of misery of self-loathing one-person "depressive black metal" entity known as Verminlord (from this here western part of the rainy, grey, cloudy anti-spring, anti-sun state of Washington, U.S.) is on a run that seems to have no end in sight. Here's how things have dropping so far. First there was "Verminlord Demo 2016" and then "Anguish EP 2016." You would think that after those releases of disturbance the Verminlord would take a break and go for a nice walk in the rain at the Pike Place Market and chill out a bit watching workers throw some fish around and have some hot apple cider, but, oh no, that's not where it's at, folks, things are just getting started.
Now in 2017 there is the gothic extreme metal track "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not" that has quite a bit of rocking, yes, rocking and the song is actually lots of fun, as if the Verminlord is getting excited about the possibility sometime in the future, maybe in July or August, we might have a couple of days of sun around here. It's almost unbelievable how much fun this sick little composition is. Cheers, Verminlord, cheers.
Now there is also "Visions of a Cursed Warlock," a new EP that happily declares: "'Visions Of A Cursed Warlock' is a grim tale about an Inquisitor who falls in love with a Sorceress. After several interrogations he learns the error of his hypocritical religion and way of life. Upon swearing an oath to her, the Inquisitor is consumed by a swarm of bats. After being reborn as a Warlock he returns with a horde of undead oxen to smite the holy city he once swore to protect."
Ah, you see, who said that the Verminlord has no sense of humor! Anyway, I have to go now because there is a warlock knocking at my door and I'm not sure whence he came, but I gotta go check out it now. If you like "depressive black metal" in all its forms and you are open-minded, then hear what's has been going down in western Washington in the name of the Verminlord, holy patron saint of depression and misery.
OFFICIAL: Verminlord is a one-person atmospheric black metal entity from Seattle, Washington, according to Metal Archives and Bandcamp: "Verminlord emerged from an earthen dungeon in the Pacific North West. Combining atmospheric depressive black metal with blackened hymns from the darkness."
www.verminlord.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/Verminlordband