APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2012

As another great year for heavy music comes to a close, APESHIT takes a look back at our favorite pieces of music of 2012. This year had some great comebacks in CRYPTOPSY and STRIFE. There were also some nice surprises in the new sheer quality of the new SIX FEET UNDER and brutality of the new SOULFLY.

We want to thank all our readers, friends in the industry, and all the amazing artists, big and small, that we get a chance to work with for a great 10th year of existence. As the music industry as a whole continues to take an economic hit, let us all remember: If you like a band or one of their releases, support it!

Here’s hoping for a great 2013!

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Southern Lord’s The Power of the Riff Fest Hits LA December 20th

On Thursday, December 20th, The Power of the Riff presents a massive all-ages event at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.  The lineup for this end-time gala will feature sets by HIGH ON FIRE, SUNN O))), CORROSION OF CONFORMITY (playing a set that will include classics from Animosity, Eye for an Eye and more), BLACK BREATH, DEAD IN THE DIRT, LOINCLOTH (featuring members of CONFESSOR) and VOID OV VOICES (featuring Atilla Csihar).

Two new promotions are running where fans can purchase tickets directly from LA record depotsVacation Vinyl or Amoeba Music and receive a free SUNN O))) rehearsal demo 12” exclusive to their six-date West Coast tour with support from LOINCLOTH and DEAD IN THE DIRT, coming to a crescendo at The Power of the Riff. Tickets are also available now at Ticketmaster.

Scion Rock Fest 2011 Line Up Announced: MORBID ANGEL, OBITUARY, MUNICIPAL WASTE, More

The full line up for this year’s Scion Rock Fest, which was just revealed to take place on March 5th in Pomona, CA, was announced today. Here is the full line up:

MORBID ANGEL
OBITUARY
DEATH ANGEL
MUNICIPAL WASTE
AGALLOCH
INTEGRITY
BASTARD NOISE
ATHEIST
FLOOR
BLACK BREATH
NAILS
PRIMATE
CROM
WORMROT
KVELERTAK
NECRITE
WOE
FUCK THE FACTS
BONDED BY BLOOD
CHRISTIAN MISTRESS

According to the poster, more bands will be added, and of course, the line up is always subject to change.

RSVP list for the free event opens tomorrow at http://www.scion.com/rock. Also, be sure to follow Scion A/V Metal on Facebook for all the lastest updates.

TRAP THEM Post New Song; to Play Free Shows This Weekend

TRAP THEM have posted a new song, “The Facts,” (courtesy of BrooklynVegan) from their upcoming full-length Darker Handcraft. The album drops March 1st on vinyl and March 15 on CD and digital formats in North America via Prosthetic Records. Listen to the track below:

BrooklynVegan Presents: Trap Them – The Facts by brooklynvegan

The band are also set to play a couple free shows this weekend with BLACK BREATH and MAMMOTH GRINDER as a part of Scion’s Metal Matinee. Saturday, they play at Reggies Rock Club in Chicago, IL and Sunday they play at The Roxy in Los Angeles, CA. To RSVP, go here: http://www.scionav.com/music/scionavmetal/index.html#events4

The Power of the Riff Festival: Set Times Announced and Info

The set times for this Sunday’s The Power of the Riff Festival at The Echo and Echoplex in Los Angeles have been announced…

Echo Stage:
SPIDER FEVER: 1:00pm-1:30pm
RATS EYES: 1:45pm-2:15pm
SEMEN SUNDAE: 2:30pm-3:00pm
THE FUCKING WRATH: 3:15pm-3:45pm
LECHEROUS GAZE: 4:00pm-4:45pm
NAILS: 5:00pm-5:45pm
EAGLE TWIN: 6:00pm-6:45pm
NIGHT HORSE: 7:00pm-7:45pm

Echoplex Stage:
RIGHTEOUS FOOL: 3:30pm-4:15pm
BLACK BREATH: 4:30pm-5:15pm
COLISEUM: 5:30pm-6:15pm
TRAP THEM: 6:30pm-7:15pm
FROM ASHES RISE: 8:00pm-8:45pm
REPULSION: 9pm-9:45pm
GOATSNAKE: 10:00pm-10:45pm
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY III: 11:00pm-12:00am

Also, Converse, who are sponsoring the event, will be giving away a free pair of shoes to the first 30 people through the door. There will also be a treasure hunt for an additional 15 pairs of Converse shoes. Clues will be on the back of the event schedule, which will be handed out at the door.

Doors open at noon. Once capacity is reached, it will be one in, one out. Ins and outs will be allowed before 6pm only. And of course RSVP does not guarantee entry.

RSVP now if you haven’t already!

The Power of the Riff Festival Comes to Los Angeles on August 8th; Free with RSVP

On Sunday, August 8th, a host of loud, riff-heavy bands will descend upon Los Angeles for The Power of the Riff Festival. Curated by Greg Anderson (Southern Lord) and Sam James Velde (NIGHT HORSE), The Power of the Riff Festival was assembled with the intent to blur the lines between Metal, Hardcore, Punk and Rock music.

Festival lineup:
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY III
GOATSNAKE
FROM ASHES RISE
REPULSION
COLISEUM
TRAP THEM
BLACK BREATH
NIGHT HORSE
EAGLE TWIN
EARLY GRAVES
NAILS
RIGHTEOUS FOOL
SEMEN SUNDAE
THE FUCKING WRATH
RATS EYES
SPIDER FEVER
*DJ sets throughout the day curated by Pete Majors (HARASSOR/Vacation Vinyl)

A record swap meet of local stores such as Vacation Vinyl, Origami Vinyl, and will also feature popup stores by Tee Pee Records, Southern Lord Recordings, and more.

Lastly, the fest will feature food trucks including Sweet Vindication, Grill Em All, Canters Deli, and more.

The all day, all ages event will take place at neighboring venues in Echo Park, The Echo and Echoplex, from 12pm-12am. Admission is free with RSVP!

RSVP Now!

Fine print:

  • RSVP is strictly required
  • Entry is not guaranteed
  • Lineup subject to change
  • No ins and outs after 5pm
  • Set times announced day of the show at Echoplex

(via City of Devils)

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY (Animosity-Era Lineup) Mini-Tour with EAGLE TWIN, BLACK BREATH, GOATSNAKE Announced

Southern Lord Recordings has announced a small tour featuring the recently reunited CORROSION OF CONFORMITY (circa-1986′s Animosity album lineup) consisting of Woody Weatherman (guitar), Mike Dean (bass, vocals), and Reed Mullin (drums).

The three-show tour will also include EAGLE TWIN, BLACK BREATH, the return of GOATSNAKE, and RIGHTEOUS FOOL (featuring Mike and Reed from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY).

Dates and info below:

8/08/2010 Echo and Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA @ The Power of the Riff Fest (REPULSION, TRAP THEM, more)
8/10/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA [buy tickets]
8/12/2010 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA [buy tickets]

CONVERGE Announce Axe to Fall 2010 U.S. Tour with COALESCE, HARVEY MILK, More

CONVERGE have announced their first slew of dates for their Axe to Fall 2010 U.S. Tour. Joining them on various dates will be COALESCE, HARVEY MILK, GAZA, LEWD ACTS, and BLACK BREATH. An additional special guest will be announced soon.

Dates are as follows:

04/30: TBA @ TBA w/ Special guest, LEWD ACTS, and more
05/01: TBA @ TBA w/ Special guest, LEWD ACTS, and more
05/02: TBA @ TBA w/ Special guest, LEWD ACTS, and more
05/03: TBA @ TBA w/ Special guest, LEWD ACTS, and more
05/04: TBA @ TBA w/ Special guest, LEWD ACTS, and more
05/05: TBA @ TBA w/ Special guest, LEWD ACTS, and more
05/06: TBA @ TBA w/ Special guest, LEWD ACTS, and more
05/06: TBA @ TBA w/ Special guest, LEWD ACTS, and more
05/07: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH
05/08: Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick w/ LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH, and more
05/09: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge w/ LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH, and more
05/10: Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck w/ COALESCE, LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH
05/11: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre w/ COALESCE, LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH
05/13: Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s w/ COALESCE, LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH
05/14: Portland, OR @ Satyricon w/ COALESCE, GAZA, LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH
05/15: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s w/ COALESCE, LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH
05/16: CA @ TBA w/ TBA
05/17: Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction w/ COALESCE, GAZA, LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH
05/18: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre w/ COALESCE, GAZA, LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH
05/19: Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse w/ COALESCE, GAZA, LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH
05/21: Austin, TX @ Emo’s w/ COALESCE, GAZA, LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH
05/22: TX @ TBA w/ TBA
05/23: Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee w/ GAZA, LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH
05/25: Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone w/ GAZA, LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH
05/26: Louisville, KY @ TBA w/ GAZA, LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH
05/27: Nashville, TN @ Rockettown w/ HARVEY MILK, GAZA, LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH
05/28: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade w/ HARVEY MILK, GAZA, LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH
05/29: North Carolina @ TBA w/ HARVEY MILK, GAZA, LEWD ACTS, BLACK BREATH

05/30: Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest w/ ENTOMBED, OBITUARY, 16, and more

Check out our recent interview with CONVERGE: http://www.apeshit.org/features/converge-a-conversation-with-converge/

Southern Lord Records Signs Washington’s BLACK BREATH

Southern Lord Records is eager to announce the official signing of Washington’s BLACK BREATH. Their riotous Razor to Oblivion MLP is set for re-release on Southern Lord this November 10th, and their debut full-length will see the light of day in early 2010.

BLACK BREATH emerged from dank basements and dive bars in the belly of Bellingham, Washington in 2005. Bored by the region’s apathy towards trenchant and punishing music, they combined elements of punk and metal with doses of the garage rock of their hometown. Their sound is acutely classic without being painfully retro; a ripping blend of BATHORY, CELTIC FROST, POISON IDEA and DISCHARGE.

With the Northwest winter casting a dreary shadow over Seattle, BLACK BREATH is proud to announce their partnership with Southern Lord Records. The band’s upcoming debut LP was recorded in June 2009 with Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE) at God City Studios. A much darker beast than previous efforts, the record features equal regiments of Swedish death metal, American heavy metal and sheer blasphemy. Their roadshow will hit the pavement in 2010. The band have a show coming in November with D.R.I., with more to be announced soon.

BLACK BREATH live:

11/27/2009 El Corazon – Seattle, WA w/D.R.I., COUNTDOWN TO ARMAGEDDON

http://www.myspace.com/blackbreath