SUFFOCATION: Report from the Studio; Headlining Tour Dates

New York’s SUFFOCATION are currently in the studio working on their new album, Blood Oath. The band provided a brief update on their progress:

“We’ve just completed another shift at Full Force Studios (6pm – 2am, typical shift). As for a progress report – we’ve completed all the drum tracking and rhythm and bass guitars as of this past Sunday. What we’ll have left to do starting today is record guitar solos and getting Frank (Mullen) in there to lay down the vocals. We’re looking to wrap it up next week and start rehearsing a set for the up coming ‘Blood Apocalypse Tour‘ soon after that. All in all, we can honestly say this record is SLAMMIN’ HEAVY and we got some nice little twists for ya’ too. We look forward to crushing some stages for you all real fucking soon!

“Also, videographer Jon Bickford has been in the studio with us shooting the final segments (Blood Oath studio sessions and interviews) to be included in the forth coming SUFFOCATION DVD!”

The aforementioned Blood Apocalypse Tour is their upcoming headlining tour featuring support from WHITECHAPEL, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, DECREPIT BIRTH, VEIL OF MAYA, and PSYCROPTIC.  The tour kicks off on March 14th in Springfield, Virginia.  Confirmed dates are as follows:

SUFFOCATION, WHITECHAPEL, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, DECREPIT BIRTH, VEIL OF MAYA
03/14/09 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
03/15/09 The Norva – Norfolk, VA
03/16/09 The Soapbox – Wilmington, NC
03/17/09 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
03/18/09 Matthew’s Bar & Grill – Birmingham, AL
03/20/09 Grant Street Hall – Lafayette, LA
03/21/09 Ridglea Theatre – Ft. Worth, TX (w/ CARCASS, SUICIDE SILENCE)
03/22/09 House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
03/23/09 The Zoo – Amarillo, TX
03/24/09 Chic’s Bar and Billiards – El Paso, TX
03/26/09 The Crossing – Palmdale, CA
03/27/09 The Marquee Theater – Phoenix, AZ (Arizona Metal Fest)

SUFFOCATION, WHITECHAPEL, DECREPIT BIRTH, VEIL OF MAYA, PSYCROPTIC
03/28/09 The Grove – Anaheim, CA (California Metal Fest)
03/29/09 The Boardwalk – Sacramento, CA
03/30/09 Modesto Virtual – Modesto, CA
03/31/09 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
04/01/09 Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT
04/02/09 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
04/03/09 Tequila Jungle – Lubbock, TX
04/04/09 Red Seven – Austin, TX
04/05/09 El Cine Rey Theatre – McAllen, TX
04/06/09 Java Jazz – Houston, TX
04/07/09 The Village – Little Rock, AR
04/08/09 The Muse – Nashville, TN
04/09/09 The Valarium – Knoxville, TN (w/ CHIMAIRA)
04/10/09 Emerson Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
04/11/09 The Loft – Madison, WI
04/12/09 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
04/14/09 Crazy Donkey – Long Island, NY
04/15/09 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON – CANADA
04/16/09 Le Medley – Montreal, QC – CANADA (w/ THE HAUNTED, NACHTMYSTIUM, INTRONAUT)
04/17/09 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal Fest)
04/18/09 Crocodile Rock Café – Allentown, PA

NEURAXIS Prepares for Upcoming Tours

Montreal technical death metallers NEURAXIS are currently prepping for back-to-back tours. First up is the “Montreal Assault” tour, which will see the band play alongside DESPISED ICON, CARNIFEX, THE PLASMARIFLE and labelmates BENEATH THE MASSACRE.

“I’m looking forward to the Montreal Assault tour, mainly since we have been friends with almost all the bands for so many years now,” says guitarist Rob Milley. “Some may know that Alex (Erian, DESPISED ICON vocalist) was once our drummer, and Maynard (Moore, THE PLASMARIFLE vocalist) was once our vocalist, so for me it’s like coming full-circle touring with these guys. BENEATH THE MASSACRE have always been close with us and I’m looking forward to meeting the dudes in CARNIFEX. Come out to this tour and have a good time with all of us.”

Montreal Assault” will be quickly followed by a tour alongside the legendary CANNIBAL CORPSE. NEURAXIS says they’re honored to have been hand-picked as support.

“To have the privilege to tour with such legends is truly an honor,” says vocalist Alex Leblanc. “I’ve been listening to CANNIBAL CORPSE forever, and I just can’t wait to tear it up every night and share the stage with these icons.”

NEURAXIS on tour:

1/29 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH*
1/30 Hayloft – Mt. Clemens, MI*
1/31 House Cafe – Dekalb, IL*
2/1 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA*
2/3 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO*
2/5 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA*
2/6 Satyricon – Portland, OR*
2/7 Vet’s Hall – Santa Cruz, CA*
2/8 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA*
2/9 Whisky – Hollywood, CA*
2/10 The Rock – Tucson, AZ*
2/11 Compound – Albuquerque, NM*
2/13 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX*
2/14 Java Jazz – Houston, TX*
2/15 Plano Center – Plano, TX*
2/17 Orpheum – Tampa, FL*
2/18 Fuel – Jacksonville, FL*
2/19 Club Hollywood – Augusta, GA*
2/20 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC*
2/21 Brewery – Raleigh, NC*
2/22 KC’s – Fredricksburg, VA*
2/23 Sonar – Baltimore, MD*
2/24 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA*
2/25 Blender Theater – New York, NY*
2/26 Palladium – Worcester, MA*
2/27 Xtreme Wheelz – Buffalo, NY*
4/2 Orange Peel – Asheville, NC**
4/3 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN**
4/4 Marquee – Tulsa, OK**
4/6 Club Vegas- Salt Lake City, UT**
4/7 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID**
4/8 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA**
4/10 Croatian Cultural Centre – Vancouver, BC**
4/11 Habitat – Kelowna, BC**
4/12 Starlite – Edmonton, AB**
4/13 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB**
4/14 Riddell Centre – Regina, SK**
4/15 Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB**
4/17 Station 4 – Minneapolis, MN**
4/18 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI**
4/19 Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI**
4/21 Medley – Montreal, QC**
4/22 Babylon – Ottawa, ON**
4/23 Le Capitole – Quebec City, QC**
4/24 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY**
4/25 Alley Katz – Richmond, VA**
4/26 Hooligan’s Music Hall – Jacksonville, NC**
4/27 Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL**

* w/ DESPISED ICON, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, CARNIFEX, THE PLASMARIFLE

** w/ CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE FACELESS, OBSCURA

BENEATH THE MASSACRE Unveil Dystopia Album Art

Montreal’s death metal quartet BENEATH THE MASSACRE has unveiled artwork for the band’s forthcoming record, Dystopia. See the artwork and pre-order the album here: http://www.prostheticrecords.com/BTMsplash.html

Recorded again with St-Amand (DESPISED ICON, ION DISSONANCE, NEURAXIS) and featuring artwork from Felix Rancourt, Dystopia will see an Oct. 28 release through Prosthetic Records.

Frontman Elliot Desgagnés comments on the album: “After months of hard work in the studio, we finally have the master version of our new album entitled Dystopia. We are all very stoked by the new album as we feel that this is the best release we’ve ever done and we’re impatient to share our songs with our fans.”

The band have also posted the second in a series of in-studio video blogs online from the recording process, with more updates to come soon.

BENEATH THE MASSACRE is already hard at work on the road supporting the impending release of Dystopia. “We’re now ready to hit back the road starting with Canadian Summer Slaughter,” Desgagnés continues. “We’ll then be on tour in the U.S. with NECROPHAGIST and back again in the U.S. with SUICIDE SILENCE and DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, and we cannot wait to both play the new songs live and come back to the United States after a long time staying in Canada.”

Check out the band’s website for all the latest tour info.

BENEATH THE MASSACRE Confirmed as Support to NECROPHAGIST, DYING FETUS

Montreal technical death metallers BENEATH THE MASSACRE have been confirmed for a run of dates on the Pillage The Village Tour as support to NECROPHAGIST and DYING FETUS, along with VEIL OF MAYA, including one appearance with legendary British gore-grinders CARCASS. The band is currently completing work on its second full-length release, Dystopia, the follow-up to the band’s Prosthetic debut, Mechanics of Dysfunction.

BENEATH THE MASSACRE on tour:
7/31 St. Catharines, ONT – L3 Nightclub
8/01 Hamilton, ONT – The Assumption Hall
8/02 Newcastle, ONT – Wie Gehts Amigo’s (Newcastle Deathfest)
8/08 Guelph, ONT – The Shadow
8/09 Sudbury, ONT – Jubilee Hall
8/10 North Bay, ONT – The Granet Club

Summer Slaughter Canada with NECROPHAGIST, DYING FETUS, INTO ETERNITY, NEURAXIS, WHITECHAPEL, VEIL OF MAYA, DIVINITY, and COMMON GRAVE
8/14 Quebec City, QC – Imperial
8/15 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
8/16 Toronto, ON – Opera House (featuring BRUTAL TRUTH)
8/18 Thunder Bay, ON – Kilroy’s
8/19 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Center
8/20 Regina, SK – Riddell Center
8/21 Calgary, AB – Warehouse
8/22 Edmonton, AB – Starlite
8/23 Prince George, BC – Roll-a-dome
8/25 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (no COMMON GRAVE, DIVINITY)

Pillage The Village TourNECROPHAGIST, DYING FETUS, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, VEIL OF MAYA:
8/26 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
8/27 Portland, OR – Rock N Roll Pizza
8/28 Boise, ID – The Venue
8/29 Ogden, UT – Club Boom Va
8/30 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
8/31 Wichita, KS – Club Oz
9/02 Louisville, KY – Headliners
9/03 Pittsburgh, PA – TBA
9/04 Rochester, NY – The Penny Arcade
9/05 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (with CARCASS, SUFFOCATION, ABORTED, 1349)
9/07 Virginia Beach, VA – Steppin’ Out
9/08 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
9/10 Albany, NY – Northern Lights

BENEATH THE MASSACRE Announce American Headlining Tour

French Canadian death metallers BENEATH THE MASSACRE have confirmed plans for a headlining tour of America later this spring. Support on the package will come from SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY, BORN OF OSIRIS, and TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA. Currently at home in Quebec, BENEATH THE MASSACRE will be touring throughout provinces in Canada later this month before departing for the band’s first European tour later in January alongside MISERY INDEX and DESPISED ICON.

BENEATH THE MASSACRE continues to support the band’s full-length debut, Mechanics of Dysfunction, which saw a February 2007 release through Prosthetic Records. The band has also shot a video with director Kevin Custer for the track “Society’s Disposable Son,” which is available online at the Prosthetic Records YouTube page (http://youtube.com/watch?v=cC-4ZRkVnOM).

BENEATH THE MASSACRE on tour
1/09 Hamilton, ONT – The Casbah
1/10 Toronto, ONT – The Kathedral
1/11 London, ONT – The Embassy Hotel (with ION DISSONANCE)
1/12 Grimsby, ONT – Peach King
1/13 Belleville, ONT – The Bohemian Nightclub
1/17 Montreal, QBC – Lambi (with PSYOPUS, FUCK THE FACTS)
1/18 Quebec, QC – Anti (with PSYOPUS, FUCK THE FACTS)
1/19 Trois-Rivieres, QC – Rock café le stage

With SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY, BORN OF OSIRIS, TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA
2/29 Rochester, NY – The Penny Arcade
3/01 Wilmington, DE – Harmony Garage Hall
3/02 Holyoke, MA – Waterfont Tavern
3/03 Pompton Lakes, NJ – Mainstage
3/04 Doylestown, PA – Siren Records
3/05 New York, NY – The Knitting Factory
3/06 Virginia Beach, VA – Steppin Out
3/07 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
3/08 Jacksonville, FL – The Pit
3/09 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
3/10 West Palm Beach, FL – The Underground
3/11 Pensacola, FL – The Legion
3/12 New Orleans, LA – The High Ground
3/13 Dallas, TX – TBA
3/14 San Antonio, TX – The White Rabbit
3/15 Houston, TX – Java Jazz
3/16 Mission, TX – Smoking Aces
3/18 El Paso, TX – Chic’s
3/19 Albuquerque, NM – The Compound
3/20 Phoenix, AZ – Cell Block
3/21 San Marcos, CA – The Jumping Turtle
3/22 San Bernardino, CA – The Hudson Theater
3/24 Bakersfield, CA – The Dome
3/25 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
3/26 Fresno, CA – The Exit
3/27 San Jose, CA – San Jose Skate
3/28 Boise, ID – The Venue
3/29 Logan, UT – Club NVO
3/30 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
3/31 Wichita, KS – Eagles Lodge
4/01 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
4/02 Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
4/03 Louisville, KY – Uncle Pleasants
4/04 Detroit, MI – The Hayloft
4/05 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s

BEHEMOTH Frontman Reflects on Successful Year, Future Plans

BEHEMOTH frontman, Nergal, issued an announcement reflecting upon the band’s successful year and upcoming plans:

“It feels great to finally be back in Poland especially after spending the last eight months intensely touring across almost every corner of the globe. I’m very proud and satisfied at the same time: our live activities have never been so splendorous and prestigious. Now we’re going to enjoy a well deserved two week vacation before we hit the shores of Australia and New Zealand.

“We just completed our first co-headlining tour in the U.S. The Radio Rebellion tour was nothing but massive success. It was a real honor to share the stage with one of the best extreme metal acts in the scene now. Canada’s BENEATH THE MASSACRE, France’s GOJIRA and America’s JOB FOR A COWBOY were not just awesome bands but also the nicest people to hang out and work with. It made this tour so much better. I’d never guessed this bill could pull so many people pretty much everywhere. It’s a great reward for all these crazy years of working our asses off and pushing so hard. I’m so happy we finally managed to bring bigger production, all the new stage gear, lights, backdrops so finally people could get a taste of what the definitive BEHEMOTH performance should look like. Seeing big smiles on those people’s faces every night they were leaving the venue assured me we did a good fuckin’ job. I’ve also noticed that a big part of the crowd coming to the shows have been younger. Seems like there’s whole new generation of people discovering extreme metal and it feels very refreshing. We wanna thank everyone who came down to the show. You made this tour one of the brightest moments of both, our career and life.

“This past year was probably the craziest year in my life. All the things would be happening at the same time: making of the record, all the technical and logistic problems, moving in to the new apartment, politicians trying to ban us in Poland and all the touring that started before the record was even finished. We’ve been working so fuckin’ hard, there was more stress and nerves involved that ever. But at the same time I can’t say we didn’t have fun. We did. Sometimes maybe even too much, ha ha…in the end of the day, it was all worth it.

“It’s also extremely satisfying to see The Apostasy outselling Demigod only a few months after its release. I’m still so fuckin’ stoked that people loved the record that was even more extreme, diverse and technical than anything we’ve done before. Seems like everyone (fans, media, critics) really took notice and appreciate all the giant work we invested. All I can say is that it only encourages us to work even harder in the future. We have a very demanding schedule for next year and I advice you to sit tight and wait for some very exciting news coming early next year. There are some major plans in the works to create a perfect set up for our future activities.

“There’s definitely going to be more touring next year. We’ll be doing second European leg with KATAKLYSM and we’ll visit all the markets we didn’t make last time. We are also coming back to U.S. for another big tour around March. We’ll be touring South America and possibly Japan (cross fingers!) in the spring. From there on we should take a long break, doing only off shows and occasional festivals. Next year we’re going to focus on the next DVD, EP and new album. We already have some sick ideas but its way to early to reveal any details yet. You just have to wait and be surprised!”

The band recently posted a video documenting their recent touring mayhem here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD_I4kzsN_g

Additionally, BEHEMOTH, recently completed a new video for the track “Prometherion” from The Apostasy, which was directed by Soren (ALL THAT REMAINS, UNEARTH).  Watch the clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGsP2E8N2CQ

JOB FOR A COWBOY, BEHEMOTH to Co-Headline “Radio Rebellion” Tour

Glendale, AZ’s extreme metal unit JOB FOR A COWBOY and Polish death metal troupe BEHEMOTH will be co-headlining this year’s “Radio Rebellion” tour, presented by Hurley and Converse. The twenty-eight city North American trek will also feature highly regarded French band GOJIRA and Canadian technical death metal quartet BENEATH THE MASSACRE.

Ozzfest breakthrough artists BEHEMOTH are extremely proud to be a part of the “Radio Rebellion” tour, which is the perfect follow up to their highly successful summer run. The tour affords the band the opportunity to perform a longer set in more intimate settings, ultimately providing fans with “the definitive BEHEMOTH experience”. This is also a chance for the band to perform an array of songs from their highly acclaimed new offering, The Apostasy, which debuted at #149 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

“We’ve toured U.S. ten times during last few years but we almost never had a chance to headline our own shows,” BEHEMOTH main man Nergal states. “These last few years have been about working our asses off in order to establish our name and build a solid foundation, and now it will finally pay off. It’s high time for us to come back to North America and show our fans what a BEHEMOTH set with full production can be. I love all the bands that are joining us as there is a lot of quality and variety on the bill. I’m thrilled to tour with GOJIRA and JOB FOR A COWBOY is phenomenal! Extremely talented band. I can’t think of a better company for us. We’re bringing all our lights, a full stage production, and will be delivering at least an hour long set. We’ll be playing old stuff as well as songs from The Apostasy. The Radio Rebellion tour is going to be massive! See you there my friends!”

On the topic of the tour, JOB FOR A COWBOY founding member Ravi Bhadriraju comments, “To be a part of a tour along side some of the best acts from around the world is awesome. BEHEMOTH, GOJIRA and BENEATH THE MASSACRE are all from different countries and are all amazing bands. This will be the heaviest tour of the fall! We’re excited and ready to hit the road yet again. All of you JOB FOR A COWBOY fans can expect a show that will be worth your while. Look out!”

In addition to Hurley and Converse, “Radio Rebellion” 2007 tour sponsors include Revolver Magazine, Smartpunk, Metal Blade Records, Ferret Music and Prosthetic Records. “Radio Rebellion” Co-Founder Stewart Teggart comments, “We are very excited to launch this year’s ‘Rebellion Tour‘. It will be ‘Radio Rebellion‘ in the truest sense as we’ve assembled four of the most extreme bands in heavy metal. Each band on the tour this year hail from a different country and all of them have their own unique way of delivering brutally heavy music. If you are a fan of Metal, this tour is not to be missed! Radio Rebellion will be the microphone for the youth by delivering what the fans want to see and hear which is why sponsors with a similar frame of mind have been chosen to help support the tour.”

For additional information on “Radio Rebellion“, please visit the tour’s online domain: www.myspace.com/radiorebellion.

The 2007 “Radio Rebellion” tour featuring JOB FOR A COWBOY and BEHEMOTH:
(all dates include GOJIRA and BENEATH THE MASSACRE)
10/18 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live
10/19 Norfolk, VA NorVa
10/20 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
10/21 Orlando, FL House of Blues
10/22 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
10/23 Houston, TX Meridian
10/24 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
10/26 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre
10/27 San Diego, CA SOMA
10/28 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
10/29 San Francisco, CA Slims
10/30 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
10/31 Seattle, WA El Corazon
11/02 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
11/03 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
11/04 St. Louis, MO Pops
11/06 Minneapolis, MN Station Four
11/07 Chicago, IL House of Blues
11/08 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
11/09 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
11/10 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
11/11 Buffalo, NY Infinity
11/12 Toronto, ON Opera House
11/13 Montreal, QC Club Soda
11/15 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
11/16 Worcester, MA Palladium
11/17 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
11/18 New York, NY Irving Plaza