Poland’s HATE Hit the Studio

Poland’s extreme metallers HATE are currently in the studio recording their new album tentatively named Crusade:Zero. The successor to 2013’s critically acclaimed Solarflesh will contain eight new tracks and a few bonus tracks as well. The sessions are taking place at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland with the Wieslawski Brothers behind the console. The band’s main-man Atf Sinner comments:

“We have been carving this monster for months and finally we have brought it to the studio! Pavulon has already finished tracking drums, which sound fantastic thanks to the new recording room here. Powerful, authentic drum sound! Now we are getting down to recording guitars. Everything is going smooth so far. As I mentioned before, these new songs are a definition of what HATE is, and with all the experience we gained, we are getting it all on the next level now.”

The album is tentatively scheduled for a worldwide release in November this year via Napalm Records.  More news to come.

Here’s the video for “Alchemy of Blood” from their last one, Solarflesh:

ROTTING CHRIST, MELECHESH, HATE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS @ Chain Reaction, Anaheim, CA (3/28/11)

This tour has a great mix for fans of different genres, as the top billed bands are from Europe, but they all bring a different flavor to the table. ROTTING CHRIST and MELECHESH provide the slower and heavy dosage, while HATE brings the brutal death metal end. I wasn’t too worried that I missed the hardcore-turned-black metal band, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, but death metal veterans HATE brought the crowd to life with an energetic set focused mainly on their new album, Erebos. With speed, intensity and blast beats filling the air, HATE has transformed from a Polish DEICIDE copycat band to BEHEMOTH Jr., but that’s not a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination.

While HATE teased the crowd, everyone was prepared for the Middle Eastern onslaught of MELECHESH. I’m always excited when bands come to play in the U.S. for the first time, and MELECHESH did not disappoint, as they plowed through an intense set ranging from Sphynx to the latest album, The Epigenesis. Vocalist Ashmedi fired up the crowd with his enthusiastic guitar playing and screeches from hell. Highlights of the set included “Ghouls of Nineveh” and “Deluge of Delusional Dreams,” while “Grand Gathas of Baal Sin” got everyone amped up as the entire crowd was doing fist pumps and chanting along with Ashmedi. As MELECHESH closed with “Rebirth of Nemesis,” the fury of the crowd was unleashed as a sea of hair was flying everywhere, and both the band and crowd were satisfied with each other.

ROTTING CHRIST had a tough act to follow, as MELECHESH had the crowd in a frenzy, but almost everybody stuck around to watch the headliners. While mostly playing tracks off Aealo, the band threw in a few oldies for good measure. One-third of the way through the set, frontman Sakis Tolis had issues with his guitar and wrist, and the band continued the show with only one guitar. Guitarist Giorgos Bokos kept the fans entertained with solos and scales while waiting for Sakis to come back on stage. As Sakis returned, he sang the songs with gusto while making hilarious faces and entertaining the crowd with his gestures. ROTTING CHRIST weren’t fast or brutal, but they were sure heavy as hell. Despite the technical difficulties, everybody had a good time and enjoyed the set by the Greek metallers and are anxious for the band to come back to the states again.

Check out some pictures of MELECHESH and ROTTING CHRIST above.

SEPULTURA Announce North American Headlining Tour

Brazil’s SEPULTURA have announced a North American headlining tour in support of their forthcoming Nuclear Blast debut. The tour will take place throughout April and May and feature a rotating array of support from BELPHEGOR (4/18/11-5/22/11), KEEP OF KALESSIN, HATE, NEURAXIS, BONDED BY BLOOD, NEVERMORE (5/23/11-5/31/11), and D.R.I. (5/7/11, 5/8/11 only).

Dates as follows (at the time of this post):
04/18/11 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/19/11 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/20/11 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
04/22/11 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/23/11 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
04/24/11 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
04/25/11 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
04/26/11 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
04/27/11 The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
04/28/11 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/29/11 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
05/01/11 Clicks – Tyler, TX
05/02/11 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
05/03/11 Trees – Dallas, TX
05/05/11 Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
05/06/11 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
05/07/11 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
05/08/11 Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
05/09/11 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
05/10/11 The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
05/11/11 The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
05/12/11 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
05/13/11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
05/14/11 The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
05/16/11 Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
05/18/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
05/19/11 Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
05/20/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
05/21/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
05/22/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
05/23/11 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
05/24/11 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
05/26/11 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
05/27/11 The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
05/28/11 Dickens – Calgary, AB – CANADA
05/29/11 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
05/31/11 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

Special VIP tickets that include a pre-show meet-and-greet are available now through EnterTheVault.com through December 28th, at which time they go on sale through all other ticketing systems.

Visit the band’s websites for all up-to-date touring information:
www.sepultura.com
www.myspace.com/sepultura

HYPOCRISY Announce U.S. Headlining Tour this May

Swedish extreme metal veterans HYPOCRISY will finally make their long-awaited return to North America in May. Support on the trek will come from HATE, BLACKGUARD and SWASHBUCKLE.

Tour dates:

May 11 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
May 12 – Mesa, AZ @ UB’s
May 13 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
May 14 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
May 15 – Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
May 16 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
May 17 – Portland, OR @ Peter’s Room
May 18 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
May 19 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 22 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
May 23 – St Paul, MN @ Station 4
May 24 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
May 25 – Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
May 26 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s
May 27 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
May 28 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
May 29 – Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
May 30 – Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Électriques
May 31 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
Jun. 01 – Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey

Tickets go on sale today exclusively at EnterTheVault.com until February 13, at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing systems.

For more info visit: www.hypocrisy.tv & www.myspace.com/hypocrisy