PESTILENCE Announce First U.S. Tour in 16 Years

Technical death metal legends PESTILENCE are pleased to announce their first US tour in over 16 years! The 17-date journey will kick off in Baltimore as part of the Maryland Deathfest at Sonar on May 30th and close at the Gramercy Theater in New York City on June 17. Support will be provided by WARBRINGER, VITAL REMAINS, ENFOLD DARKNESS and SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER. Advance tickets are on sale via enterthevault.com.

PESTILENCE released their first studio record since the critically acclaimed Spheres full-length(1994) with 2009’s Resurrection Macabre (Mascot Records). The band currently features vocalist/guitarist Patrick Mameli (C-187), returning bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (OBSCURA), new drummer Yuma Van Eekelen (THE NEW DOMINION, BRUTUS) and guitarist Patrick Uterwijk.

PESTILENCE w/ WARBRINGER, VITAL REMAINS, ENFOLD DARKNESS, SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER:

5/30/2010 Sonar – Baltimore, MD (as part of Maryland Deathfest)*
5/31/2010 Club Mosaic – Chattanooga, TN **
6/01/2010 The Bar – New Orleans, LA **
6/02/2010 Emo’s – Austin, TX
6/03/2010 Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX
6/04/2010 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
6/05/2010 Club Red – Tempe, AZ
6/06/2010 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
6/07/2010 Ultra Violet – Los Angeles, CA
6/08/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
6/09/2010 Satyricon – Portland, OR
6/10/2010 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
6/13/2010 Station 4 – St Paul, MN
6/14/2010 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
6/15/2010 Mod Club Theater – Toronto, ON **
6/16/2010 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC **
6/17/2010 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY

* PESTILENCE only
** No WARBRINGER

APESHIT’s Top Albums of 2009

It’s that time where we take a look back on the year as 2009 comes to a close. So we, the APESHIT goons, asked ourselves, what albums moved us, kicked our asses, and reminded us of why we love metal (and music)? Read on for our top albums of 2009…
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HATESPHERE to Tour U.S. for First Time with THE BLACK DHALIA MURDER, OBSCURA, AUGURY

Danish Metal Award nominees HATESPHERE will hit North American shores early next year in support of newest album To the Nines with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, OBSCURA and AUGURY. Unfortunately, drummer Dennis Buhl is quitting due to severe back problems and the band is therefore forced to cancel their upcoming European tour with HYPOCRISY. However, Dennis Buhl is being replaced by ex-MERCENARY drummer Mike Park. Furthermore, HATESPHERE has entered collaboration with Rune Walther from Dream Fire Agency, which from now on will act as the band’s management.

Guitarist Peter “Pepe” Hansen comments:

“This is indeed a new and exciting chapter for HATESPHERE. After touring Europe for more than 7 years, we finally have the chance to visit The States. It is a huge opportunity for us and we look forward to play for our U.S. fans! A huge thank you to the guys in THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, who were kind enough to invite us! Unfortunately, we have to cancel the European tour with Hypocrisy due to our change of drummer and personal reasons. However, it’s a pleasure to have Mike behind the drums. We’ve known him for several years, and he wanted to play fast for a long time and now it’s finally happening so obviously we’re happy! We promise to return both during the summer at the festivals and in the autumn. Last but not least, we’re happy to announce that Rune Walther from Dream Fire Agency will be taking care of the business as our new manager.”

Drummer Mike Park comments:

“I’ve always been a big fan of HATESPHERE and I’ve known the guys for a long time so it was quite natural to take over from Dennis. The opportunity came as an extension of my break with MERCENARY and I feel great sitting behind the drums in a hard-hitting and professional band as HATESPHERE. I’ve already played my first three concerts with the guys and it was fantastic. The energy, the drive and comradeship is exceptional – just as it should be. Now I look forward to show the HATESPHERE banner in the U.S!”

Confirmed HATESPHERE tour dates/venues:

Feb 24 Atlanta, GA @ Masque
Feb 25 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
Feb 26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Feb 27 Orlando, FL @ The Social
Mar 01 Houston, TX @ Meridian
Mar 02 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Mar 03 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Mar 05 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
Mar 06 Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theater
Mar 07 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Mar 08 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Mar 09 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Mar 10 Boise, ID @ The Venue
Mar 12 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Mar 13 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Mar 14 Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
Mar 15 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
Mar 16 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
Mar 18 Washington, DC @ The Rock and Roll Hotel
Mar 19 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
Mar 20 New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House
Mar 21 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East – Downstairs
Mar 22 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Mar 23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater
Mar 24 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

NEURAXIS Prepares for Upcoming Tours

Montreal technical death metallers NEURAXIS are currently prepping for back-to-back tours. First up is the “Montreal Assault” tour, which will see the band play alongside DESPISED ICON, CARNIFEX, THE PLASMARIFLE and labelmates BENEATH THE MASSACRE.

“I’m looking forward to the Montreal Assault tour, mainly since we have been friends with almost all the bands for so many years now,” says guitarist Rob Milley. “Some may know that Alex (Erian, DESPISED ICON vocalist) was once our drummer, and Maynard (Moore, THE PLASMARIFLE vocalist) was once our vocalist, so for me it’s like coming full-circle touring with these guys. BENEATH THE MASSACRE have always been close with us and I’m looking forward to meeting the dudes in CARNIFEX. Come out to this tour and have a good time with all of us.”

Montreal Assault” will be quickly followed by a tour alongside the legendary CANNIBAL CORPSE. NEURAXIS says they’re honored to have been hand-picked as support.

“To have the privilege to tour with such legends is truly an honor,” says vocalist Alex Leblanc. “I’ve been listening to CANNIBAL CORPSE forever, and I just can’t wait to tear it up every night and share the stage with these icons.”

NEURAXIS on tour:

1/29 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH*
1/30 Hayloft – Mt. Clemens, MI*
1/31 House Cafe – Dekalb, IL*
2/1 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA*
2/3 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO*
2/5 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA*
2/6 Satyricon – Portland, OR*
2/7 Vet’s Hall – Santa Cruz, CA*
2/8 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA*
2/9 Whisky – Hollywood, CA*
2/10 The Rock – Tucson, AZ*
2/11 Compound – Albuquerque, NM*
2/13 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX*
2/14 Java Jazz – Houston, TX*
2/15 Plano Center – Plano, TX*
2/17 Orpheum – Tampa, FL*
2/18 Fuel – Jacksonville, FL*
2/19 Club Hollywood – Augusta, GA*
2/20 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC*
2/21 Brewery – Raleigh, NC*
2/22 KC’s – Fredricksburg, VA*
2/23 Sonar – Baltimore, MD*
2/24 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA*
2/25 Blender Theater – New York, NY*
2/26 Palladium – Worcester, MA*
2/27 Xtreme Wheelz – Buffalo, NY*
4/2 Orange Peel – Asheville, NC**
4/3 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN**
4/4 Marquee – Tulsa, OK**
4/6 Club Vegas- Salt Lake City, UT**
4/7 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID**
4/8 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA**
4/10 Croatian Cultural Centre – Vancouver, BC**
4/11 Habitat – Kelowna, BC**
4/12 Starlite – Edmonton, AB**
4/13 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB**
4/14 Riddell Centre – Regina, SK**
4/15 Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB**
4/17 Station 4 – Minneapolis, MN**
4/18 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI**
4/19 Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI**
4/21 Medley – Montreal, QC**
4/22 Babylon – Ottawa, ON**
4/23 Le Capitole – Quebec City, QC**
4/24 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY**
4/25 Alley Katz – Richmond, VA**
4/26 Hooligan’s Music Hall – Jacksonville, NC**
4/27 Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL**

* w/ DESPISED ICON, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, CARNIFEX, THE PLASMARIFLE

** w/ CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE FACELESS, OBSCURA