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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MORBID ANGEL Announce U.S. Tour with DARK FUNERAL & GRAVE

The legendary MORBID ANGEL have announced a month long North American tour. Support will come from Sweden’s DARK FUNERAL and GRAVE. The tour starts on September 21st in Atlanta, GA and runs through October 19th in San Antonio, TX.

The band is touring in support of their latest album Illud Divinum Insanus (released by Season of Mist in June 2011).

Tour dates:
7/ 6 Halifax, NS @ Spread the Metal Festival (MORBID ANGEL only)
9/21 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
9/22 Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
9/23 Columbus, OH @ Screamin Willie’s
9/24 Washington, DC @ Howard Theater
9/26 New York City @ B.B. King’s
9/27 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
9/28 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
9/29 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
9/30 Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda
10/1 Toronto, ONT @ Opera House
10/2 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
10/4 Joliet, Il @ Mojoe’s
10/5 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/6 Des Moines, IA @ Peoples Court
10/7 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theater
10/8 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/10 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/11 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/12 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
10/13 Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
10/14 Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
10/15 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
10/17 Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/18 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/19 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Lounge

GRAVE, BLOOD RED THRONE, PATHOLOGY @ Chain Reaction, Anaheim, CA (09/20/11)

With only a few days left on this tour, all the bands on this package battle through sound difficulties, lack of sleep, and a poor diet – such is life being an underground extreme metal band. San Diego’s finest, PATHOLOGY, hit the crowd hard, with their chunky SUFFOCATION-inspired brutal death metal. Mainly focusing on the latest album, Awaken to the Suffering, the new, revitalized lineup sounded menacing and tight, delighting the young crowd with their crunchy slam riffs and guttural vocals.

BLOOD RED THRONE immediately continued the punishment with their European brand of death metal. By highlighting their influences of CANNIBAL CORPSE, MORBID ANGEL, and other U.S. death metal staples, the Norwegians ripped through a nice mix of their discography. While vocalist Vald sounded like a generic Glen Benton, the drumming and guitars were loud and tight, with the crowd headbanging in approval.

When the lights dimmed before GRAVE walked on stage, there was some slight confusion as SNOOP DOGG’s “Murder Was the Case” was blaring through the PA system. The crowd was amused and confused at the same time. Finally, the correct intro came on, the band came on stage, and fury was unleashed. This particular GRAVE tour was a special one, as they were celebrating their 20th anniversary of Into The Grave, and their set included most of the songs from the debut album, including all the seminal tracks – “Deformed,” “For Your God,” “Haunted,” “Inhuman,” “Into the Grave,” and of course, “Extremely Rotten Flesh.”
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ENTOMBED Drop Off DISMEMBER, GRAVE Tour

ENTOMBED were forced to drop off their upcoming US tour with DISMEMBER and GRAVE.  Here’s a statement directly from the band:

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, ENTOMBED sadly has had to postpone their upcoming USA West Coast trek.

“We were very much looking forward to this tour, but conflicts with the promotor, breach of trust and straight-up lies have unfortunately forced us to cancel at the eleventh hour. Never in 15 years of touring the States has this happened, which really is saying something. We are appalled, and you should not be surprised if you see/hear more lies spread about how it is ENTOMBED‘s fault that we could not do the tour because we changed our minds or some shit like that. Simply not true. We’ve never seen blame passed around like this ever before and deeply regret having lent our name to this madness.

“We abominally want to apologise to good folks like Dinis of THE MIGHTY NIMBUS, who have taken time off work and rented a car to come see the show, but look forward to hitting American shores in 2007, hot on the heels of our upcoming studio album release, ‘Serpent Saints’.”

Tour dates will remain as follows:

12/01 – Hollywood (CA) Knitting factory
12/02 – San Francisco (CA) TBA
12/03 – Bend (OR) Domino Room
12/04 – Portland (OR) Rock N Roll Pizza
12/05 – Vancouver (B.C.) Richards On Richards
12/06 – Seattle (WA) Studio 7
12/08 – Salt Lake City (UT) Kamikaze’s
12/09 – Denver (CO) Hubba’s
12/10 – Albuquerque (NM) The Launchpad
12/11 – Tulsa (OK) Cain’s Ballroom
12/12 – El Paso (TX) Chics
12/13 – Phoenix (AZ) Clubhouse
12/14 – Mexicali (MX) The Forum
12/15 – Corona (CA) Showcase Theater
12/16 – San Marcos (CA) The Jumping Turtle

DEICIDE’s Glen Benton Confirmed to Sing on New VITAL REMAINS Album

VITAL REMAINS, who are set to head out on tour with DISMEMBER, GRAVE, DEMIRICOUS, and WITHERED offered a quick note on the tour as well as details on their forthcoming new album:

“Just checking in with everyone right before VITAL hits the road again.  Going out with DISMEMBER and GRAVE is going to be killer! These are two great old school death metal bands that really helped define the Swedish Death Metal sound. A brutal assault; Death Metal the way it was meant to be, fast and heavy!!

“I know people have been wondering about the new record…well, it’s just about 100% written. More importantly, it looks like Mr. [Glen] Benton [DEICIDE] is going to be doing vocals for us once again! We were able to work around DEICIDE‘s crazy touring schedule, and we’ll be hitting the studio by the end of the year. We’ll keep you posted on all the info and if you haven’t already, go pick up DEICIDE‘s Stench of Redemption…it’s an amazing record. Hope to see everyone in the underground come out and as always, thanks for the support!”

DISMEMBER and ENTOMBED to Team Up For Tour Dates

DISMEMBER will hit the US for their first tour in years. Beginning September 30, the band will headline alongside GRAVE, VITAL REMAINS, DEMIRICOUS and WITHERED for an East Coast/Midwest run. The band will return alongside US labelmates ENTOMBED and GRAVE for shows in December. ENTOMBED‘s new EP, When In Sodom, will see its awaited American release on November 14.

DISMEMBER w/VITAL REMAINS, GRAVE, DEMIRICOUS & WITHERED:
09/30/06 Mark’s Showplace/Bedford, NH
10/01/06 Bb Kings/New York, NY
10/02/06 Jaxx Nite Club/Springfield, VA
10/04/06 Culture Room/Ft. Lauderdale, FL
10/05/06 State Theater/St. Petersburg, FL
10/06/06 Swayze’s/Marietta, GA
10/07/06 Creepy Crawl/St. Louis, MO
10/08/06 House Of Rock/Eau Claire, WI
10/09/06 Station 4/St. Paul, MN
10/10/06 Abbey Pub/Chicago, IL
10/11/06 Agora Ballroom/Cleveland, OH
10/12/06 Backstreet Billiards/Saratoga Springs, NY
10/13/06 Middle East/Cambridge, MA
10/14/06 Medley/Montreal, QU

DISMEMBER w/ENTOMBED & GRAVE:
12/01/06 Knitting Factory/Hollywood, CA
12/02/06 Pound/San Francisco, CA
12/04/06 Rock N Roll Pizza/Portland, OR
12/06/06 Studio Seven/Seattle, WA
12/09/06 Hubba’s/Denver, CO
12/10/06 Launch Pad/Albuquerque, NM
12/12/06 Chic’s/El Paso, TX
12/13/06 Clubhouse/Tempe, AZ
12/14/06 Forum/Mexicali, Mexico
12/15/06 Showcase Theater/Corona, CA
12/16/06 Jumping Turtle/San Marcos, CA

More dates for December are expected.