Metal Meets Cats in New Book

It was inevitable.  The worlds of metal and people who love cats have finally converged in a new book, Metal Cats.  The book features photos of musicians, fans, and promoters of metal with their cats, including members of ISIS, AKIMBO, GHOUL, LUDICRA, EXHUMED, MORBID ANGEL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAUSEA, PHOBIA, and NAPALM DEATH.

A portion of the proceeds from this book and a series of benefit shows held along the West Coast will go towards one no-kill shelter in each of the four main cities visited.

Photographer Alexandra Crockett had the idea to give accolades to local musicians and artists in the metal scene, while also bringing to light no-kill shelters and their importance for animal rights.

Pre-order the book at Amazon.com.

CONVERGE and NAPALM DEATH Split 7″EP Coming Soon

Legendary bands CONVERGE and NAPALM DEATH have come together for a split release on Deathwish Inc.

Recorded as part of their new album sessions, CONVERGE offer up the blazing new song “No Light Escapes.” Also on the release, CONVERGE offer a “We Are the World” styled rendition of the influential ENTOMBED classic “Wolverine Blues.” Joining them in tribute is a number of friends including Tomas Lindberg (DISFEAR, AT THE GATES, LOCK UP), Aaron Turner (ISIS, OLD MAN GLOOM, SPLIT CRANIUM), Kevin Baker (APMD, THE HOPE CONSPIRACY), Brian Izzi (TRAP THEM), and more. A new CONVERGE album will surface later in 2012 on Epitaph/Deathwish Inc.

On the flip side, metal pioneers NAPALM DEATH offer up two new aural monsters. First, “Will By Mouth” erupts in classic grind fashion. Also on the release, NAPALM DEATH offer the slower and textural new song “No Impediment To Triumph (Bhopal)“. A deeply resonant number that lyrically sheds light on the horrific Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984.

Metal Swim: Free Compilation of Rare, Unreleased Metal Courtesy of Adult Swim and Scion A/V

Adult Swim, the home of DETHKLOK and Metalocalypse, and Scion A/V, who have been responsible for a wave of metal fests and free shows, have come together to bring you Metal Swim, a collection of 16 rare or unreleased metal. The album is free to download and features the following tracks:

DEATH ANGEL – “Truce”
SKELETONWITCH – “Bringers of Death”
TORCHE – “Arrowhead”
LUDICRA – “Path of Ash”
KYLESA – “Forsaken”
BLACK TUSK – “Fatal Kiss”
RED FANG – “Hank is Dead”
BLACK COBRA – “Frozen Night”
SAVIOURS – “Dixie Dieway”
WITCH MOUNTAIN – “Veil of the Forgotten”
ISIS – “Pliable Foe”
JESU – “Dethroned”
PELICAN – “Inch Above Sand”
ZOROASTER – “Witch Hammer”
WITHERED – “Extinguished With the Misery”
BORIS – “Luna”

Visit the Metal Swim site to download the free album and view interviews and performance footage from past Scion Rock Fests: http://www.adultswim.com/promos/201009_scion/index.html

Download Song from GREYMACHINE’s Debut; Album Drops August 4th

GREYMACHINE, the collaboration between JESU/GODFLESH‘s Justin K. Broadrick, ISISAaron Turner, Diarmuid Dalton (JESU), and Dave Cochran (HEAD OF DAVID, GOD, ICE), will be releasing their debut album, Disconnected, on August 4th through Hydra Head Records.

The album is a jarring yet ethereal summation of each band members’ unique and caustic musical paths.  For a preview, listen to “Vultures Descend” here: http://www.avalancheinc.co.uk/greymachine.html

The album’s full track listing is as follows:
1. “Wolf At the Door
2. “Vultures Descend
3. “When Attention Just Ain’t Enough
4. “Wasted
5. “We Are All Fucking Liars
6. “Just Breathing
7. “Sweatshop
8. “Easy Pickings

PELICAN Announce North American Tour with ISIS

PELICAN will be hitting the road in support of their new EP, Ephemeral, during the months of May and June as direct support to ISIS.  Also joining them will be TOMBS.

The Ephemeral EP features brand new PELICAN recordings and will be released exclusively on vinyl by Southern Lord during the first week of June. The band will have “tour only” cd copies of Ephemeral for sale at the shows.

5/16/2009 Ebisu Liquidroom – Tokyo, Japan – Raid World Festival w/ MONO
5/19/2009 Emo’s – Austin, TX
5/20/2009 Granada Theatre – Dallas, TX
5/21/2009 Meridian – Houston, TX
5/22/2009 Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge, LA
5/23/2009 Bottletree Cafe – Birmingham, AL
5/25/2009 The Social – Orlando, FL
5/26/2009 Common Grounds – Gainesville, FL
5/27/2009 Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
5/28/2009 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
5/29/2009 Cats Cradle – Carrboro, NC
5/30/2009 Black Cat – Washington, Washington DC
5/31/2009 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
6/02/2009 The Fillmore At Irving Plaza – New York, NY
6/03/2009 Theater of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
6/04/2009 Pearl Street – Northampton, MA
6/05/2009 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
6/06/2009 The National – Montreal, QC
6/07/2009 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
6/09/2009 Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH
6/10/2009 20th Century Theatre – Cincinnati, OH
6/11/2009 Small’s – Detroit, MI
6/12/2009 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

Visit PELICAN on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/pelican

JESU Secure Permits; To Begin U.S. Tour March 11th

JESU will finally be joining ISIS on tour beginning this Sunday, March 11th, following some troubles getting the proper paperwork for entering the U.S.  JESU mainman Justin K. Broadrick issued the following statement on the matter:

“The impending permits/visas finally cleared for JESU this week; the unforeseen backlog at the U.S embassy in London had somewhat reduced enabling the band to be interviewed and be issued their work permits/visas.

“This means that JESU will perform its first live show in the U.S this Sunday, March 11th in Washington DC at the 9.30 Club and will complete the rest of the tour with ISIS from there on in, performing at the Hydra Head Showcase at SXSW, Austin, Texas on the 15th March along the way.

“Many thanks for your patience and huge apologies to those that missed JESU at earlier shows due to these unforeseen circumstances. A JESU headline tour of the U.S over the next 9 – 12 months will hopefully compensate somewhat, especially since JESU now have permits/visas for 12 months!

“Also thank you for all the kind words and messages we have received, we wish we could reply to them all….”

Here is the band’s updated itenerary:
3/11 930 Club Washington DC – w/ ISIS, TORCHE
3/12 DAY OFF DAY OFF -
3/13 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia PA – w/ ISIS, TORCHE
3/14 Irving Plaza New York NY – w/ ISIS, TORCHE
3/15 Emo’s Annex Austin TX – SXSW
3/16 DAY OFF DAY OFF -
3/17 (d) The Middle East – Downstairs Cambridge MA – W/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/18 Theatre National Montreal QC – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/19 Barrymore’s Ottawa ON – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/20 Opera House Toronto ON – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/21 St Andrews Hall Detroit MI – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/22 Metro Chicago IL – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/23 DAY OFF -
3/24 DAY OFF -
3/25 Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis MN – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/26 The Picador Iowa City IA – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/27 Granada Theatre Lawrence KS – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/28 Marquis Theater Denver CO – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/29 DAY OFF DAY OFF -
3/30 In The Venue Salt Lake City UT – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
3/31 DAY OFF DAY OFF -
4/1 The Big Easy Boise ID – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
4/2 The Big Easy Spokane WA – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
4/3 Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room Seattle WA – W/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
4/4 Hawthorne Theatre Portland OR – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
4/5 DAY OFF -
4/6 Bimbo’s 365 Club San Francisco CA – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
4/7 Downtown Brew San Luis Obispo CA – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA
4/8 Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles CA – w/ ISIS, ZOZOBRA

INTRONAUT Added to Additional Shows on ISIS Tour

Goodfellow recording artists, INTRONAUT, have been added to some additional dates on the current ISIS U.S. tour as a replacement for JESU. The band will now continue on the tour until the March 10th show in Richmond, VA. All shows are listed below.

INTRONAUT w/ ISIS
Mar 02 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
Mar 03 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree Lounge
Mar 05 Orlando, FL @ The Social
Mar 06 Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
Mar 08 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
Mar 09 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Mar 10 Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz

TORCHE Announces New Releases, Tour Dates

Miami, Florida’s TORCHE are geared up for a busy year, with several new releases planned, heavy time on the road and the recording of their sophomore album. First and foremost, TORCHE will join ISIS and JESU for a February/March tour spanning most of the south-east and east coast. (see below for dates)

A special re-mixed version of TORCHE‘s acclaimed self-titled debut full-length will first be made available on this tour, as a deluxe gatefold vinyl LP. The entire album has been re-mixed from the ground up and now features an additional track originally recorded during the same session, but only recently receiving some seriously epic vocal treatment. The CD version of this will hit stores later this summer through Rock Action in Europe, and as a 2xCD in North America through Robotic Empire featuring both the new remixed version as disc 1 and the untreated original mix as disc 2.

Around the same time Robotic Empire will issue the long-delayed In Return EP, which was recently completed through Southern Noise Studios in Miami and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East in Boston. Originally planned to be a two-song 7″, the six track EP will be issued as a 10″+CD… which is to say that the release will have both digital and analog formats available together. This was done to ensure that the intense artwork created by John Baizley will mainly be experienced in the large gatefold 10″ format. A newly mastered song from this release has been posted online and can be heard on the band’s Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/TORCHE

Following the tour with ISIS and JESU, the band will return to Miami to put the finishing touches on their sophomore album, which will be recorded by Kurt Ballou at Godcity in Boston during late May/early June. TORCHE will tour both to and from Boston around this time, playing with some seriously incredible groups on this jaunt. More details will be announced as they become available, but in the meantime be sure to catch them on tour if you want to preview some of the songs intended for this album:

2/23 – Tallahassee, FL @ OAF House – w/ SUSPECT + SPACE MANATEE
2/25 – Little Rock, AK @ Downtown Music – w/ RWAKE, BURNED UP BLED DRY, RIDER ON A WHITE HORSE

With ISIS and INTRONAUT
2/26 – Oklahoma, OK @ The Conservatory
2/27 – Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
2/28 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
3/1 – Houston, TX @ Numbers
3/2 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon

With ISIS and JESU
3/3 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree Lounge
3/5 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
3/6 – Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
3/8 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
3/9 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
3/10 – Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz
3/11 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
3/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
3/14 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

3/15 – New Britain, CT @ Alumni Hall (Central Connecticut State) – w/ ISIS, LUMINANCE
3/16 – Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East (downstairs) – w/ ISIS, BLACKTAIL
3/17 – Providence, RI @ Redrum – w/ TIDES, TRAP THEM, FOUR HORSE
3/18 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar – w/ COMPRESSION, WOOLY MAMMOTH
3/20 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s Lounge – w/ BLACK TUSK, TOOTH

JESU Unable to Join ISIS Tour Until Permits Secured

As previously reported, JESU have canceled their CD release show and now have been forced to skip out on initial participation on their upcoming tour with ISIS. The band issued the following status on their tour on their official MySpace page:

“We are sorry to report that JESU are still stuck in England and will NOT be playing the Spaceland, L.A headline/release party; work permits for JESU have still not been cleared by U.S officials/customs and the band are not allowed into the U.S until the permits are officially cleared. The band are yet to receive a date of clearance and simply have to wait until they do so before entering the U.S, hence JESU will not be appearing at any shows with ISIS until the permits are available and JESU can leave England.

“Please watch this space for further news; once JESU have their permits we will post confirmation of this and the first show that JESU will play in the U.S. Hopefully the band will not miss more than the first week of this tour, being the bands first tour of the U.S.

“In related JESU live line up news, JESU bass player Diarmuid Dalton will not be playing any of the U.S dates due to being refused a work permit for the U.S for this tour.

Diarmuid has been replaced for this tour by long time collaborator (and fellow Birmingham, England native) bass player Dave Cochrane (Justin and Dave played together in HEAD OF DAVID, SWEET TOOTH, ICE, GOD and now their new project together GREY MACHINE).

“Drummer Ted Parsons has also been unable to make this first JESU U.S tour due to family commitments and has been replaced by drummer Danny Walker, a Los Angeles native who plays for many bands including INTRONAUT.”