APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2018

What a glorious year in metal we just experienced.  After the sheer amount of quality albums that were released in 2018, there is no question that the genre is as healthy and full of life as ever.  Thus, making our top albums lists harder than usual.

For the APESHIT goons, 2018 was the year where the legends all shined.  JUDAS PRIEST led the charge with their best album since 1990’s Painkiller.  DIMMU BORGIR finally emerged from a long slumber and did not disappoint. VOIVOD remain the gods that the mass metal media won’t acknowledge as such.  We can’t really think of any letdowns.  Can you?

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NADER SADEK: “Re: Mechanic” Video Released

Three years subsequent to the formation of elite metal project, NADER SADEK, and the release of the collective’s debut album, In The Flesh, the final video from the album has been released.

Re:Mechanic” was re-recorded with vocals by Travis Ryan (CATTLE DECAPITATION), backing vocals by Mike Hrubovac (MONSTROSITY, VILE) and Tim Rocheny (MAUSOLEUM), drums by Flo Mounier (CRYPTOPSY), main guitars from Rune Eriksen (AVA INFERI, ex-MAYHEM), leads from Orestis Nalmpantis, and bass by Kelly Conlon (PESSIMIST, ex-DEATH, MONSTROSITY). Yet in the ever-morphing fashion of the NADER SADEK entity, the video hosts an altered cast. While Eriksen and Mounier are featured, the rest of the filmed lineup is rounded out with bassist and vocalist Novy Nowak (CONDEMNATION, ex-VADER), as well as SADEK himself not only directing the video but also appearing as the Desert Druid.

The video was filmed on multiple continents, in both underground NYC locations as well as at the ancient Crystal Altar in Egypt.

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2013 Show Report

NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) 2013 has now concluded, and many new and innovative products were featured on the massive lot at the Anaheim Convention Center.  Many of these products pertain to musicians in the Metal scene, and some of the products are just plain cool.

The turnout was crazy as usual – some were there to do business, while others were there to be seen.  Metal remains one of the best represented genres of music, as members of SLAYER, ANTHRAX, CANNIBAL CORPSE, MORBID ANGEL, NILE, MONSTROSITY, MEGADETH, and more were checking out the latest and greatest gear as well. Without further ado, let’s get started with what APESHIT thought were the best products NAMM had to offer for our metal fans out there.
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CANNIBAL CORPSE’s Pat O’Brien to Fill in for SLAYER’s Jeff Hanneman

CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Pat O’Brien will fill in for EXODUSGary Holt when Holt leaves the SLAYER European tour to play with EXODUS at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile on April 4. Holt has been filling in for SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman since the tour kicked off February 26 in Australia.

Holt‘s last show with SLAYER will be April 4 in Padova, Italy. O’Brien will join the band for the April 6 show in Croatia, and will finish the European dates with SLAYER that wrap up on April 14 in Holland.

Hanneman has amazed his doctors with his speedy recovery from an infection thought to have been caused by a spider bite. Following surgery on his right arm, he continues his physical therapy and has already been practicing with his guitar.

DREAMING DEAD Added to First Half of MONSTROSITY Tour

In addition to their upcoming trek across North America with PATHOLOGY and MASTER, DREAMING DEAD have been added to the first half of MONSTROSITY‘s summer tour.  These recently added dates will see DREAMING DEAD for the entire month of July in support of their latest album, Within One.  Drummer Mike Caffell comments:

DREAMING DEAD are very pleased to announce that we will be hitting the road with death metal masters MONSTROSITY for the East Coast leg of their upcoming U.S. tour!  This will be our first time performing on the East Coast and our first time sharing the stage with this legendary act.  Needless to say, we are quite excited about having the opportunity to get out there and tear it up for everyone.   Plus, this works out nicely for us because when we part ways with MONSTROSITY we’ll be picking up with MASTER and PATHOLOGY to round out the rest of the U.S. on our unrelated, but oh so conveniently placed Summer tour.  Mwahaha!  Chances are we’ll be playing close to YOU in the near future, so come out to the shows!  We’re bringin some heavy shit and a good time… ”

Tour dates with MONSTROSITY and TORN THE FUCK APART:
7/1 – Deja Vu Nightclub – Stuart, FL
7/2 – Volume 11- Raleigh, NC
7/3 – The Half Shell – Virginia Beach, VA
7/4 – The Alhambra Arena – Philadelphia, PA
7/5 – Dub Land Underground – Rochester, NY
7/6 – The Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
7/7 – Talking Head – Baltimore, MD
7/9 – Zanies Too – Indianapolis, IN

Tour dates with MASTER and PATHOLOGY:
July 10 – The Rock – Maplewood, Mn
July 11 – The Elbo Room – Chicago, Il
July 12 – Mac’s Bar – Lansing, Mi
July 14 – The Muse – Nashville, Tn
July 16 – Schotzi’s – College Station, Tx
July 17 – Walter’s – Houston, Tx
July 18 – The Pit at Jasobi’s – San Antonio, Tx
July 20 – The Compound – Albuquerque, NM
July 21 – UB’s – Bar Mesa, Az
July 22 – The Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, Ca
July 23 – The Knitting Factory – Hollywood, Ca
July 24 – Annie’s Social Club – San Francisco, Ca
July 25 – The Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, Nv
July 27 – Union Station – Colorado Springs, Co
July 28 – Knickbockers – Lincoln, Ne
July 29 – The Riot Room – Kansas City, Mo
July 31 – The Canopy Club/CIM 2009 – Urbana, Il

Visit their MySpace page for all the latest info and tour dates:
http://www.myspace.com/dreamingdead

INFERNAEON Announces CD Release Show, Support Dates

Florida’s blackened death metallers, INFERNAEON, have confirmed a handful of dates in Miami in support of the band’s forthcoming debut, A Symphony of Suffering. Featuring ex-members of MONSTROSITY, INFERNAEON‘s debut features guest vocals from Ben Falgoust (GOATWHORE, SOILENT GREEN) and Keith DeVito (CATASTROPHIC), while the band with play dates in Miami as direct support to DEICIDE and ATHEIST before heading up to Milwaukee Metalfest later this year.

A Symphony of Suffering will see a March 6 release through Prosthetic Records.

Tour dates:
3/09 Miami, FL – Churchill’s (CD Release Show)
4/07 Miami, FL – Club Flavour (with Deicide)
4/28 Miami, FL – Club Flavour (with Atheist)
5/13 Waukesha, WI – Waukesha County Expo Center (Milwaukee Metalfest)

INFERNAEON Inks Deal with Prosthetic Records

Florida-based blackened death metal band INFERNAEON has inked a deal with Los Angeles-based Prosthetic Records. Boasting former members of MONSTROSITY, INFERNAEON‘s debut record, A Symphony of Suffering, will see a March release and features guest vocal appearances from Ben Falgoust (SOILENT GREEN, GOATWHORE) and Keith DeVito (OBITUARY, SUFFOCATION, CATASTROPHIC). Mastering duties were handled by Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL). Tracks were initially laid down for A Symphony of Suffering in late 2006 at Home Land Studios in Highland Beach, FL with producer Zach Brown.

INFERNAEON has already been making a name for themselves in Florida and throughout the States with a brash, memorable stage show mixing theatrical murder and make up effects provided by Universal Studios. Three tracks from INFERNAEON‘s forthcoming record are available on the band’s MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/infernaeonoracleofarmageddon