Stockholm Super Group FIRESPAWN Announce Debut Album

FIRESPAWN, the new Swedish super group featuring current and former members of ENTOMBED A.D., NECROPHOBIC, UNLEASHED, DARK FUNERAL, have announced that their debut album, Shadow Realms, comes out November 13, 2015. The music that has been released so far sound very promising.

Check out the track, “Ruination“:

Also, check out the official video for the title track of their 7″, Lucifer Has Spoken:

FIRESPAWN line-up:

Fredrik Folkare – guitar (NECROPHOBIC, UNLEASHED)
Victor Brandt – guitar (ENTOMBED A.D., SIX FEET UNDER (live))
A. Impaler – bass (NECROPHOBIC, NAGLFAR (live))

ARCH ENEMY to Celebrate Loud Park 10th Anniversary with Very Special Guests

Loud Park festival is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year.  The two-day festival is set to for October 10-11, 2015 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.  Juggernauts in the Japan, ARCH ENEMY will be headlining the Ultimate Stage on the first night.  To celebrate the occasion, the band will be joined by former/original members, Christopher Amott and Johan Liiva.

Time to book those flights to Japan!

CRYPTOPSY Launch Video for “Detritus (The One They Kept)”

Montreal’s CRYPTOPSY have posted their official video for the song, “Detritus (the one they kept)“:

While diehard fans may have been justifiably concerned that new CRYPTOPSY music would suffer without guitarist/songwriter Jon Levasseur, this song is killer.    “Detritus (the one they kept)” is the first song released from the band’s upcoming EP, The Book of Suffering Tome 1.

Pre-orders are available here: The Book of Suffering Tome 1 will be officially released on October 30, 2015.

The EP is a first in a series of EP that the band will crowdfund on

Song of the Day: INTRONAUT’s “Fast Worms” is Their Tour De Force

The new INTRONAUT single, “Fast Worms,” is an awesome encapsulation of the band’s history as well as future.  The song embodies the awesome dynamic range that the band are known for as well as the brutality of the early era.  What more could you ask for?

Frontman Sacha Dunable comments on the song, “Here’s one of my favorite songs off the new record, Fast Worms. It’s a real banger and a great representation of the whole record. We can’t wait to get out and jam these new songs live!”

INTRONAUT‘s fifth album, The Direction of Last Things, comes out November 13, 2015 via Century Media Records.  Don’t miss their November/December 2015 U.S. tour with BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, ENSLAVED and NATIVE CONSTRUCT.

BORIS and MERZBOW’s Latest Collaboration Entitled Gensho

Renowned Japanese artists BORIS and MERZBOW have completed recording a new collaborative full-length LP entitled Gensho (Japanese for “phenomenon”) under the name BORIS WITH MERZBOW. Gensho is a unique release featuring over 150 minutes of new music spread across two discs. The BORIS tracks are new reinventions of the band’s classic songs, while the MERZBOW songs are new compositions. BORIS and MERZBOW have each contributed exactly the same amount of music, with the two discs intended to be played at the same time on physical speakers at varying volumes so that the listener can experience their own “gensho/phenomenon” every time. The artists also commented, “Of course you can enjoy both albums separately, as a separate work.” Gensho is slated for a February 2016 release via Relapse Records.

Though the artists have an extensive history of collaborating with one another, this latest effort was born out of a one-off show in 2014 for Boiler Room TV, when the two acts decided that their set from that day was worthy enough to perform in the context of a proper studio recording. As with every BORIS and MERZBOW release, the only thing to expect is the unexpected. Each artist’s individual contribution to Gensho weaves through countless disparate textures with a varied sonic palette, to say nothing of the effect when both records are played simultaneously. The unique presentation of the album lends it near-infinite potential for aural discovery, and encourages direct interactivity with the listener rarely found in such unconventional music.

BORIS WITH MERZBOW have also announced an exclusive one-off show in Tokyo on November 27, 2015 at JP Fever in support of Gensho this November.


BOLT THROWER’s Martin “Kiddie” Kearns Passes Away

Longtime BOLT THROWER drummer Martin “Kiddie” Kearns passed away this past Monday, September 14, 2015.  While his passing was sudden, he did not suffer.  Here is the band’s official statement:

“With the heaviest of hearts, and still numb from shock, we have to share the very sad news that on Monday 14th September Bolt Thrower lost our powerhouse drummer, Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns.

“After the first rehearsal for our upcoming tour of Australia, Kiddie suddenly felt unwell which continued throughout the night, and the next day he passed away peacefully in his sleep.

“He was a fantastic Dad, husband, son, friend, but to us he was always ‘Kiddie’, the same 17 year old Coventry kid whose drumming style and personality blew us away when he first walked into our rehearsal room 20+ years ago.

Kiddie enriched our lives, and the Bolt Thrower sound. He leaves a massive hole in the lives of everyone who knew him and will be very sorely missed by many.

Karl, Jo, Baz, Gav & the loyal BT crew”

Much respect goes out to Martin Kearns.  Here’s footage of the band performing this year in London.


INTRONAUT to Release The Direction of Last Things This November

Progsters INTRONAUT have revealed release details for their upcoming fifth studio album. Mixed by Devin Townsend, The Direction of Last Things will be available November 13, 2015 via Century Media Records.

The initial LP run of the album will be limited to 2,000 copies worldwide and presented in an awe-inspiring package. This double LP piece will be housed in a matte-finished gatefold with a spot UV print over highlighted art elements. Collectors will also be treated to a rarely utilized packaging element, a printed inner-gatefold tube, which not only houses the LP’s, but also a 12″x24″ poster, showcasing the full cover art in all its glory. Just when you thought it was over, LP’s will be pressed on mint green & black splatter, red & black marble, solid dark-green or standard black wax with an etching, which surrounds the music grooves, on side D. Actual color-run numbers to be announced at a future date.

“I don’t care how cliché it is to say; this is our best record yet! This is INTRONAUT at our most technical, brutal, catchy, and straight up fearless. I haven’t been this proud of an album since we recorded our first demo 10 years ago. We took a somewhat unusual approach and tracked most of it live over the course of four days, then handed it off to Devin Townsend to mix. The result is pure magic. Prepare your earholes for fornication,” states frontman Sacha Dunable.

On the heels of the new album release, INTRONAUT will hit the road on The Coma Ecliptic Tour III featuring BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, ENSLAVED and NATIVE CONSTRUCT.

“It’s been over a year since our last North American tour. What better way to dust it off than with these three amazing bands. These shows are going to be insane, and we can’t wait to play some new songs for you guys!” adds Sacha.  Tour dates can be found at

Stream FEAR FACTORY’s New Album, Genexus; Watch New Video for “Dielectric”

FEAR FACTORY‘s new album, Genexus, is now available for streaming.  Check it out below:

Genexus was produced by vocalist Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares, and co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber. The album was mixed by famed British producer and engineer, Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMYTESTAMENTEXODUSMACHINE HEAD). Artwork was once again handled by artist Anthony Clarkson. Drums on Genexus were performed by Mike Heller (MALIGNANCY).

Additionally, the band’s new video for the song, “Dielectric,” has also been posted:

Finally: KING DIAMOND Announce “Abigail in Concert 2015” Tour

After years of yearning, KING DIAMOND has finally announced that the band will be performing the classic 1987 album Abigail in its entirety! The tour will begin on October 29th and runs through December 5th with Bay Area legends EXODUS as the opening act. The full list of confirmed dates is below. The general on sale for tickets begins Friday, August 7th at 10am ET.

“Abigail in Concert 2015” Tour:

10/29 Denver, CO The Fillmore
10/31 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
11/02 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
11/05 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
11/08 Tucson, AZ The Rialto Theatre
11/09 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
11/13 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theatre
11/15 New Orleans, LA The Civic Auditorium
11/16 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
11/21 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
11/24 Boston, MA Orpheum
11/25 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
11/27 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
11/28 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
11/30 Minneapolis, MN Myth
12/02 Tulsa, OK Club Brady
12/04 Houston, TX House of Blues
12/05 Dallas, TX House of Blues

DIR EN GREY Announces November 2015 North America Tour

DIR EN GREY have announced their first North American tour in support of their latest album, Arche. The band will hit major U.S. cities as well as one show each in Canada and Mexico.

Arche was released back in December 2014 but has yet to be officially released in the U.S.

Tour15 Never Free from the Awakening dates:

11/02 The Showbox : Seattle, WA
11/04 Slim’s : San Francisco, CA
11/05 The Mayan : Los Angeles, CA
11/07 Plaza Condesa : Mexico City, Mexico
11/09 Bottom Lounge : Chicago, IL
11/11 Gramercy Theatre : New York, NY
11/13 The Opera House : Toronto, Canada