Season of Mist and CANNABIS CORPSE Join Forces

Death metal band CANNABIS CORPSE have signed with France’s Season of Mist and have announced From Wisdom to Baked as the title of their forthcoming new album. The American powerhouse’s fifth album will hit the stores on June 20th (June 24th in North America).

CANNABIS CORPSE’s first four releases, Blunted at Birth, Tube of the Resinated, The Weeding, and Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise, were reissued last year and are available on the Season of Mist e-shop.

CANNABIS CORPSE is the project of MUNICIPAL WASTE bassist Phil “LandPhil” Hall and his brother Josh “Hallhammer” Hall. The band, rounded out by guitarist Brent Purgason (aka “Pustulus Maximus” of GWAR).

SOLSTAFIR Finally Set for First North American Tour

Iceland’s best metal export SÓLSTAFIR have announced that they will finally be touring North America for the first time.  The only downside is that it’s strictly an East Coast tour.  JUNIUS will be the opening band, which makes for a very cool touring combo.  The tour starts May 15, 2014 in Toronto and concludes at the glorious Maryland Deathfest on May 23, 2014.

In other news, the band recently wrapped up the recording sessions in Studio Sundlaugin for their upcoming album.  Check out photos on their Facebook page.  It should be a damn good album.

MESHUGGAH Announce 25th Anniversary North American Tour

Stockholm, Sweden’s MESHUGGAH will hitting the road this summer to celebrate their 25th anniversary.  They plan to play a very special 25th anniversary set by performing selections from their entire discography and possibly include some rare songs that haven’t been played live in many years. Fans have the opportunity to vote for the songs they want to hear via MESHUGGAH’s online song poll: www.facebook.com/meshuggah/app_151503908244383.

The tour starts in LA on June 6, 2014 and wraps up later in the month in New York.  Check out tour dates here.  BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will be opening.

Video of the Day: IMMORTAL’s Abbath Tears It Up with MOTORHEAD Tribute Band

Big time IMMORTAL nerds are aware that vocalist/guitarist Abbath also has a side project called BOMBERS.  The band is a great tribute to classic MOTORHEAD with Abbath doing the best impersonation of Lemmy possible.  Pretty awesome that BOMBERS has been around since ’96 and is still playing shows.

Check out this clip from a show they did in 2011.  They run through “No Class,” “Killed by Death,” “Jailbait,” and “I’m So Bad (Baby I Don’t Care)“:

BLACK FLAG Announce 2014 North American Tour

Reactivated hardcore/punk legends BLACK FLAG have announced a spring/summer tour of North America entitled the Victimology Tour. The tour kicks off on May 15 in Midland, Texas and includes dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, New York, Toronto as well as an appearance at the Amnesia Rockfest Music Festival in Montebello, Quebec, Canada on June 20th.

The Victimology Tour will feature new vocalist Mike Vallely joining the band for the first time since performing with them at the 2003 benefit shows at the Hollywood Palladium. Vallely is the fifth vocalist in the band’s 38 years of existence and according to founding member, guitarist, primary songwriter and sole continuous member Greg Ginn, Vallely “is the perfect frontman to capture what BLACK FLAG was, is and will be.”

Vallely affirms, “I’m excited about performing songs from the entire BLACK FLAG catalog. I feel confident in my ability to communicate the songs — To give them their due respect and yet still make them my own. Ginn’s songwriting is truly timeless and it gives all of the material relevance right here, right now.”

Supporting BLACK FLAG on the Victimology Tour (except where noted **) will be Ginn’s own HOR, an electronic, psychedelic, instrumental band, and Brooklyn, NY two- piece atmospheric punk band CINEMA CINEMA.

Check blackflagofficial.com for the latest tour dates.

Don’t confuse this with the other version of BLACK FLAG known as FLAG, which features original members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson, and Dez Cadena.

DECAPITATED Enter the Studio with New Drummer

Polish death metallers DECAPITATED entered Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland this week to record their sixth studio album and follow-up to 2011’s critically-acclaimed Carnival is Forever.

Drummer Michal Lysejko – who assisted with the band’s live shows on the most recent LAMB OF GOD tour –  has been announced as a full-time addition to DECAPITATED.

DECAPITATED founding member & guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kie?tyka comments:

“We would like to share few news with you. First of all, we want to introduce you to DECAPITATED’s new drummer Michal Lysejko. Some of you had a chance to meet him already during the tour with LAMB OF GOD. Also, I want to say THANK YOU to the rest of the people who took a challenge and sent their video for an audition.

“All of you know that we’ve been quite busy lately. We had some personal/personnel changes in the band and also we did the best tours we’ve ever had with MESHUGGAH, LAMB OF GOD, and CHILDREN OF BODOM.  Since January of this year, we signed a worldwide management contract with Continental Concerts & Management. That’s for sure a big step and opportunity for us and a big challenge. But I guess the most important news for most of you is that after almost nine years, we went back to Hertz Studio (albumsNihility, The Negation, Organic Hallucinosis) to record the new album which will be released this year. We will inform you about details soon. Keep in touch!!”

Check out the video for “Carnival is Forever” where the band take a lighthearted approach to metal videos:

Devin Townsend Side Project CASUALTIES OF COOL Reaches 412% of Crowd Funding Goal

Devin Townsend recently launched a campaign on pledgemusic.com to fund a new side project called CASUALTIES OF COOL.  The project is country and blues with that distinctly Devin Townsend spaced out atmosphere.  As of now, the project has reached 412% of its crowd funding goal.  Pretty awesome.

Here is how he describes the project:

“…CASUALTIES OF COOL has been something I’ve been working on for years, a real passion project. Not since Ocean Machine (my first record) have I had the opportunity to do music for the sheer sake of the love of it. It represents a fair bit to me. I have collaborated with some amazing people on it, Che Aimee (singer on my album Ki) Morgan Ågren (Drummer extraordinaire from THORDENDAL, ZAPPA, LASWELL etc) Jessica Cope (brilliant animator,) Jørgen Munkeby, Kat Epple, The Swedish Sångkraft choir, a string section… a ton of brilliant artists.

“It’s not a metal album, nor is it meant to be a statement about my interest in metal. It’s a side project from my work with DTP, Ziltoid and my touring band. I love that music, and always will…this is something different. This is something that I would write late at night while working on other projects as sort of a ’release’…a way to make music for myself, without pressure from ANYONE to do things a certain way. It’s an independent release, and it’s dark, quiet, and special. The project has been extensive, and in the coming weeks I will fill you in on the multitudes of things done over the course of its creation, and the truly awesome items that we have found a way to offer and represent the final music and visuals…”

Angela Gossow Steps Down from ARCH ENEMY

ARCH ENEMY has announced that vocalist Angela Gossow has stepped down and has been replaced by Alissa White-Gluz of THE AGONIST.  You didn’t really expect the band to replace her with a male, did you?

Angela Gossow comments:

“Dear ARCH ENEMY fans, this is not easy to tell you…I have decided to step down from being ARCH ENEMY‘s voice of anger. After 13 years of pure fucking metal, 6 studio albums and countless tours through five continents, I feel the need to enter a different phase in my life, be with my family and pursue other interests. I will however remain business manager for ARCH ENEMY, and I will continue to develop my artist management roster.

“I am staying true to my heavy metal roots, just leaving the spotlight so to speak. I am passing the torch to the super talented Alissa White-Gluz, whom I’ve known as a dear friend and a superb vocalist for many years. I always thought she deserved a chance to shine – and now she’s getting it. Just like I got that chance back in 2001.

“I want to thank all ARCH ENEMY fans, our labels Century Media (worldwide) and Trooper Entertainment (Japan), our dedicated road crew, and in particular Michael, Daniel and Sharlee for their love and support throughout all these years. It’s been one hell of a ride! We conquered every situation, made it through thick & thin together in the most exciting and rewarding time of my life. Thank you all for being there with me on stage, in front of the stage, and backstage. You have touched my heart, and I hope I was able to give something back to you. I am grateful for the wonderful memories – I will cherish them forever!

“I am looking forward to the next decade of ARCH ENEMY madness! Right now I am listening through rough mixes of the new studio album and I am blown away! 2014 will see a renewed ARCH ENEMY at the top of their game. I am proud to be part of this ARCH ENEMY chapter, albeit in a different way – revving up the engines behind the scenes. I hope to see you in front of the stage; I will join you there this time. Let the killing begin, once again!”

Alissa White-Gluz comments:

“I am very honored and happy to announce a new chapter in my life and musical career beginning now; I have joined forces with one of my all-time favorite and globally respected bands, ARCH ENEMY. ‘Wages of Sin‘ was the first metal album I ever bought, and it was love at first listen. It is not often that you get a phone call from your favorite band asking you to join! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such amazingly talented musicians whom I also consider great friends. I look forward to being able to write and perform at a whole new level now with ARCH ENEMY! Music is forever, metal is limitless and this is only the beginning!”

Band leader Michael Amott comments:

“We are eternally grateful to Angela for all her passion, hard work and talent. Her legacy is tremendous and will always be a big part of the band’s history. We feel great pride in what has been achieved in the past, but also look forward to new battles and new victories. We welcome Alissa with open arms – and we hope you will have open ears. We might have just created our most wicked metal opus yet with our upcoming album ‘War Eternal’!”