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

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2007

It’s been a grossly successful 2007 for APESHIT, and though we find it hard pressed to make that same general claim for metal in 2007, a handful of albums did manage to leave a strong impression on us. We here at APESHIT individually compiled our own top 10 metal albums of 2007 lists for a new “blog” category that we look forward to experimenting with in 2008. Let us know what you think and post your own top 10 metal albums of 2007 in the comments section below. Cheers!

dr.park’s top 10

1. MANES How the World Came to an End

This album really just came out of nowhere and turned out to be one of the best albums in recent years. The album is so deep in its scope, ambition, and execution and is a winner in every facet. Ideally, this should be an underground/indie hit. [Read our full review]

2. ULVER Shadows of the Sun

It’s sounds tired to say but ULVER have done it yet again. Shadows of the Sun is another creative gem. The strong melancholic, subdued atmospheres make for some of the best mood music you can find. [Read our full review]

3. TURBONEGRO Retox

Retox is far better and more solid than their recent efforts. Finally, fans have been given an album that comes as close to their zenith, Apocalypse Dudes, as the band can get. Retox is also prime party music. [Read our full review]

4. MAYHEM Ordo Ad Chao

Just when you thought Norwegian black metal had grown too safe, accessible, and popular, MAYHEM makes an essential album that crushes all. Ordo Ad Chao is a powerful statement of true Norwegian black metal the way it used to be: pure, dark, raw, and evil. [Read our full review]

5. SHINING V: Halmstad

SHINING are one of the best underground Swedish death/black bands that many underground fans have yet to hear. Great riffs, flow, balance and strong vocal presence from band leader and raging maniac, Niclas Kvarforth. V: Halmstad is some of the best (Swedish) metal not coming from Gothenburg. [Read our full review]

6. DIR EN GREYThe Marrow of a Bone

Though most of their U.S. fans are teenage girls with Japanese pop culture fever, don’t let that subtract and detract from this quality album. The Marrow of a Bone is ugly, dark, and has the right balance of hooks and brutality that has allowed it to be another worldwide hit for the band. [Read our full review]

7. WATAIN Sworn to the Dark

To steal a thought from shady rajah: This is the album that DISSECTION should’ve written as their final album. WATAIN keep the flame of classic Swedish black/death metal burning with no peers in sight. [Read our full review]

8. PRIMORDIAL To the Nameless Dead

Ireland’s premier metal band, PRIMORDIAL, have written yet another excellent album of folk/black metal that is so much grander, powerful, and spirited than so much else out there. [Read our full review]

9. MELECHESH Emissaries

If you haven’t heard this band or this album, you are missing out on a lot. There’s nothing like MELECHESH‘s Mesopotamian metal and Emissaries is easily their best album. NILE is good and all but MELECHESH are better at conjuring the ancient rhythms, spirits, and mythology of the gods. [Read our full review]

10. PARADISE LOSTIn Requiem

It’s always a great thing when underground legends can continue to make high quality music so deep into their careers. In Requiem is not your flavor of the month underground metal but who cares…it’s timeless stuff. [Read our full review]

shady rajah’s top 10

1. WATAIN Sworn to the Dark

As the only worthy successor to the departed DISSECTION, WATAIN has carved their own bloody path to black metal glory. Sworn to the Dark is an album filled seething aggression and evil atmosphere that is complex in details, but undeniable in song craft. WAITAIN are a band that’s made black metal dangerous again. [Read our full review]

2. DOWNIII: Over the Under

DOWN‘s third album couldn’t have had a more fitting title, as the band overcame a mountain of adversity. Over the Under successfully captures all the pain, sweat and struggle with all the heat and density of an Louisiana swamp, resulting in 2007’s most heartfelt, honest and real album. [Read our full review]

3. EXODUSThe Atrocity Exhibition Exhibit A

A recent thrash metal trend has surfaced ushering hordes imitators still trying capture that classic 80’s sound. EXODUS isn’t it making it any easier for these wannabes as The Atrocity Exhibition drove shards of razor sharp thrash in to the jugular of pretenders everywhere. Nearly thirty years later, these Bay-area bruisers just seem to keep getting heavier, and are keeping true thrash alive and killing. [Read our full review]

4. SHININGV: Halmstad

Niklas Kvarforth has kept the flame of darkness and hatred burning for a decade now, with each album becoming increasingly more complex and intricate while retaining the feeling dread and despair that has existed since the band’s beginning. V: Halmstad is the band’s masterwork, engulfing the listener in darkness. Suicide has never sounded better. [Read our full review]

5. MIDDIANAge Eternal

Formed from the ashes of YOB, MIDDIAN was the vision that continued Mike Scheidt‘s path of doom metal mastery, laying the foundation for the future of sludge. Age Eternal brought the power of slow and the strength of the riff. Unfortunately the band was dropped and forced to change their name, but in their brief moment time, MIDDIAN created a small piece of doom metal history. [Read our full review]

6. DIMMU BORGIRIn Sorte Diaboli

Norway’s premier black metal(ish) super group, DIMMU BORGIR delivered yet another powerful entry in their already considerable catalog, with a driving guitar heavy album that was catchy as it was complex. Having Hellhammer on board didn’t hurt either, as Jan Axel carved layer of intricate drum patterns to enhance the band’s already ambitious anti-Christian concept album. A successful anti-Christian concept album…how awesome is that? [Read our full review]

7. ABORTEDSlaughter and Apparatus: A Methodical Overture

Sven De Caluwe may have lost all his original members, but nothing detered the growling machine. He simply assembled a new death squad and delivered another precise, surgical slaughter of bludgeoning death metal. Relentless and furious yet containing some of the catchiest songs about mutilation written in recent memory, Slaughter and Apparatus continues the band’s excellent carnage. [Read our full review]

8. MACHINE HEADThe Blackening

After dabbling in bland nu-metal for a spell, MACHINE HEAD came roaring back with their return to form, Through Ashes of Empires. But that was just the warm up. The Blackening is the main course, with the band firing on all levels, encompassing MACHINE HEAD‘s most challenging work to date. The Blackening serves as both a defining moment in the band’s history as well as one of 2007’s finest albums. [Read our full review]

9. IMMOLATIONShadows in the Light

These death metal veterans helped shape and form death metal in it’s earliest stages, but the Yonker’s natives still show they have plenty of tricks up their sleeve. IMMOLATION deliver an intricate maze of riffs, complex drum patterns, and heapings of sinister atmosphere…not to mention an ample amount of guitar shredding. Their legacy of death continues to grow. [Read our full review]

10. SOILWORKSworn to a Great Divide

Despite losing a pivotal member with the departure of Peter Wichers, the band nonetheless stepped up to the plate, dove in to their considerable arsenal of hooks, and soldiered on with one of the year’s catchiest records. Balancing song craft and drummer Dirk Verbeuren‘s well thought out drum patterns, Sworn to a Great Divide is full of hooks that stick in your head. [Read our full review]

roycifer’s top 10

1. HIM Venus Doom

These Finns have always been top-notch songwriters, and they succeed again while under the delicious influence of doom. Ville Valo‘s singing and songwriting don’t miss a step, and the band sound at home with the heavier vibe. “Sleepwalking Past Hope” is a magnificent epic of “November Rain” proportions.

2. MAYHEM Ordo Ad Chao

With Ordo Ad Chao, MAYHEM made black metal sound exciting and totally fucking evil again! The album trembles with such unnerving, nihilistic ferocity not heard since the inception of black metal. Hellhammer‘s best performance. [Read our full review]

3. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGEEra Vulgaris

Josh Homme is a music making beast with such a distinct style and vision. Everything he touches, turns into gold. Their best album since Rated R. [Read our full review]

4. SCARVE The Undercurrent

Guitar music hasn’t been this exciting since SOILWORK emerged onto the scene. But SCARVE are not merely a guitar band. Drummer Dirk Verburen really helps shapes the band’s sound and provides a necessary dynamic with his drumming. [Read our full review]

5. CHIMAIRA Resurrection

This was the album that should have followed The Impossibility of Reason. CHIMAIRA have always had a lot of potential and are continuing to show their steady growth as musicians and songwriters. Move over LAMB OF GOD, CHIMAIRA are the true heir to PANTERA‘s throne. [Read our full review]

6. SHINING V: Halmstad

V: Halmstad is uniquely black metal in that it draws a lot of influence from rock and classical music but is pieced together in a very progressive manner. The excellent songwriting is topped by the tortured vocals of Niclas Kvarforth. Suicide never sounded so damn inviting. [Read our full review]

7. MANES How the World Came to an End

How the World Came to an End is an eclectic album for the ages that spans rock, electronic, and hip-hop while still feeling every bit metal. ULVER, eat your heart out. [Read our full review]

8. AMORPHIS Silent Waters

Silent waters was where the band was treading about for a few releases. But their latest album is solid collection of timeless listening. Singer Tomi Joutsen has breathed new life into a group of vets making waves once again. [Read our full review]

9. MARDUK Rom 5:12

Black metal’s ever-black sons of Swedish blackness keep getting better (and blacker) with age. New singer Mortuus‘ is ferocious and has a voice all his own. To quote dr.park, “it sounds like he’s gurgling blood.” Rom 5:12 also marks a newfound reach to diversify and expand their style…and those risks certainly pay off. [Read our full review]

10. ION DISSONANCEMinus the Herd

While the bees were busy buzzing about JOB FOR A COWBOY, ION DISSONANCE were having a ho down of their own. Minus the Herd tops JOB FOR A COWBOY‘s Genesis on technicality, dynamics, and lasting interestingness. [Read our full review]

ION DISSONANCE – Minus the Herd

Maintaining a high level of intensity and tone throughout an album may sound like a simple task but Montreal’s ION DISSONANCE prove that it’s easier said than done. The whole album is a perpetual, yet somewhat sluggish, moshpit with its slamming, heavy guitars/bass and constant guitar wails and groans. Minus the Herd maintains a sinister, slithering off-tempo that constantly shifts gears, even if the shifts do not result in drastic tempo variances. The album straddles the line between a very prominent MESHUGGAH influence and the heaviest of technical, dissonant metalcore/hardcore. One of the obvious strengths of Minus the Herd is an impending feeling of doom. Plus, it’s clear that they are technically apt to do more than just a competent job at playing in this style. Although most of the first half of the album is more or less MESHUGGAH worship, ION DISSONANCE come more into their own in the second half. ION DISSONANCE definitely achieve what they set out to do, which is to continually grate, bombard, and bludgeon the listen with repetition. Try as you might, you will give in and submit. (Abacus Recordings)

New ION DISSONANCE Album and Tour Dates Announced

By far one of the most over-powering, precise and immensely talented bands within the ever-growing metallic hardcore scene, the Montreal-based quintet ION DISSONANCE are getting ready to record their third album and follow-up to the Abacus release, Solace, that left reviewers raving in 2005.

The band will be recording with Zeus at Planet Z Studios for three weeks starting February 1st. This new album is sure to be one of the most volatile records of the year from a band who outplays their contemporaries with ease. The album title and other details will be released soon.

The band had this to say about the album: “The album is really heavy and it’s some of the best stuff we’ve ever written!! We’re really confident that Zeuss will be able to represent the band’s personality and the sound we always searched for. It should be released early summer.”

ION DISSONANCE just finished a highly successful tour with NECROPHAGIST and SKINLESS on the East Coast and are about to embark on a few dates in Southern Ontario where they will be road testing their new material.

Tour dates:
01/18 – Toronto, ON @ The Metal Bar (w/ 3 MILE SCREAM)
01/19 – Burlington, ON @ The Music Centre
01/20 – Tillsonburg, ON @ Dungeon Studios (w/ FAREWELL TO FREEWAY)

ION DISSONANCE Announces New Vocalist

Montreal’s ION DISSONANCE has found their new vocalist, in replacement of frontman Gabriel McCaughry, who left the band earlier this year. Kevin McCaughey (SHAOLIN, THE LAST FELONY), who was also DESPISED ICON‘s session vocalist, has joined ranks.

The band has issued the following statement:
“We are really proud to welcome our really good friend Kevin McCaughey to the ION DISSONANCE family. Things are going really well so far with him on vocals, Kevin played a few shows with us already and his vocals fit perfectly with our music and what we were looking for. We would like to thank everyone who tried out for us and would like to wish them good luck in their projects. Otherwise, we are currently writing our 3rd album right now and it’s going really well so far, we have a lot of new stuff already and all we can say is that we feel it’s some of the best stuff we have ever written. We just announced our final tour dates for 2006 and after that we’ll finish tightening things up to record it next spring. More updates coming soon about the recording.”

Tour dates:
10/27 Amityville, NY – Village Pub South
10/28 Fredericksburg, VA – KC’S
10/29 Chicopee, MA – Cabot St. Pub
11/03 Hamilton, ON – the Jam Space
11/04 Etobicoke, ON – Diamond Beach
11/11 Hull QC – Salle St-Jean de Bosco

(With LIGHT THIS CITY, NIGHTS LIKE THESE, and AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK)
12/1 Rochester, NY – Steel Music Hall
12/2 Asbury Park, NJ – Club Deep
12/3 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
12/5 Augusta, GA – Sector 7G
12/6 Cartersville, GA – House of Rock
12/7 Winter Park, FL – The Haven

(With NECROPHAGIST, SKINLESS and THE FACELESS)
12/8 Jacksonville, FL – Thee Imperial
12/9 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
12/10 Virginia Beach, VA – Peppermint Beach Club
12/11 TBA
12/12 TBA
12/13 TBA
12/14 Nashville, TN – The Muse
12/15 Chicago, IL – Logan Square Auditorium
12/16 Louisville, KY – Uncle Peasant’s
12/17 Baltimore, MD – SONAR w/ NAPALM DEATH, A LIFE ONCE LOST and more