APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2013

carcass.surgicalsteelOnce again, another fruitful year in extreme music draws to a close.  We saw some long awaited comebacks by legends, three quarters of the original SABBATH line up, VOIVOD and CARCASS.  The godfathers of U.S. death metal had a healthy year with strong releases by SUFFOCATION, DEICIDE, and IMMOLATION.  We also saw young superstars, GHOST B.C. and KVELERTAK, release good sophomore albums.  Perhaps the most polarizing and criticized album is SATYRICON‘s self-titled album, which was roasted by the majority of the media and fans.

Among the mountains of releases, there is one album that we’ll gush about again and again, and that’s CARCASS‘ comeback album, Surgical Steel.  There are always good and interesting albums coming out all the time, and then there are the untouchable albums that only the legendary bands could create.  Surgical Steel scorches everything in its path and clearly shows that in the pantheon of active bands, they are at the top.

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APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2012

As another great year for heavy music comes to a close, APESHIT takes a look back at our favorite pieces of music of 2012. This year had some great comebacks in CRYPTOPSY and STRIFE. There were also some nice surprises in the new sheer quality of the new SIX FEET UNDER and brutality of the new SOULFLY.

We want to thank all our readers, friends in the industry, and all the amazing artists, big and small, that we get a chance to work with for a great 10th year of existence. As the music industry as a whole continues to take an economic hit, let us all remember: If you like a band or one of their releases, support it!

Here’s hoping for a great 2013!

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GRAVE, BLOOD RED THRONE, PATHOLOGY @ Chain Reaction, Anaheim, CA (09/20/11)

With only a few days left on this tour, all the bands on this package battle through sound difficulties, lack of sleep, and a poor diet – such is life being an underground extreme metal band. San Diego’s finest, PATHOLOGY, hit the crowd hard, with their chunky SUFFOCATION-inspired brutal death metal. Mainly focusing on the latest album, Awaken to the Suffering, the new, revitalized lineup sounded menacing and tight, delighting the young crowd with their crunchy slam riffs and guttural vocals.

BLOOD RED THRONE immediately continued the punishment with their European brand of death metal. By highlighting their influences of CANNIBAL CORPSE, MORBID ANGEL, and other U.S. death metal staples, the Norwegians ripped through a nice mix of their discography. While vocalist Vald sounded like a generic Glen Benton, the drumming and guitars were loud and tight, with the crowd headbanging in approval.

When the lights dimmed before GRAVE walked on stage, there was some slight confusion as SNOOP DOGG’s “Murder Was the Case” was blaring through the PA system. The crowd was amused and confused at the same time. Finally, the correct intro came on, the band came on stage, and fury was unleashed. This particular GRAVE tour was a special one, as they were celebrating their 20th anniversary of Into The Grave, and their set included most of the songs from the debut album, including all the seminal tracks – “Deformed,” “For Your God,” “Haunted,” “Inhuman,” “Into the Grave,” and of course, “Extremely Rotten Flesh.”
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IMMOLATION Announce Headline Tour with VADER

IMMOLATION will be heading out on a headlining tour with support from VADER, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, LECHEROUS NOCTURNE, and PATHOLOGY.

Tour dates:

9/29 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
9/30 Farmingdale , NY – Crazy Donkey
10/1 Providence, RI – Club Hell
10/2 Manchester , NH – Rocko’s
10/3 Montreal, ON – Foufounes Electriques
10/4 Toronto, ON – MOD Club
10/5 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
10/6 Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
10/7 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
10/8 St Paul , MN – Station4
10/10 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/11 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
10/12 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
10/13 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
10/14 West Hollywood, CA – The Whiskey
10/15 Santa Ana ,CA – The Galaxy
10/16 Ramona , CA – Ramona Mainstage
10/17 Mesa, AZ – U.B.’s
10/18 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
10/20 Austin, TX – Emo’s
10/21 Houston, TX – The Warsaw
10/22 Tulsa, OK – Marquee
10/23 Louisville, KY – Uncle Pleasants
10/24 Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
10/25 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
10/26 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
10/27 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
10/28 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club

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

DREAMING DEAD: San Francisco Show and North American Tour

Los Angeles’ DREAMING DEAD will be invading Annie’s Social Club in San Francisco this Friday with NIHILIST, DÉTENTE, HAVOK, and headliner SADISTIC INTENT.

The band will also be hitting the road in July as support for PATHOLOGY and labelmates, MASTER. The dates include a stop at the Central Illinois Metal Fest.

Jul 10 2009 @ The Rock – Maplewood, Minnesota
Jul 11 2009 @ The Elbo Room – Chicago, Illinois
Jul 12 2009 @ Mac’s Bar – Lansing, Michigan
Jul 13 2009 @ The Bulldog Cafe – Louisville, Kentucky
Jul 14 2009 @ The Muse – Nashville, Tennessee
Jul 15 2009 @ The Room 710 – Austin, Texas
Jul 16 2009 @ Schotzi’s – College Station, Texas
Jul 17 2009 @ Walter’s – Houston, Texas
Jul 18 2009 @ TBA – San Antonio or San Marcos, Texas
Jul 19 2009 @ Histeria Club – Juarez, Chihuahua
Jul 20 2009 @ The Compound – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jul 21 2009 @ UB’s – Bar Mesa, Arizona
Jul 22 2009 @ The Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, California
Jul 23 2009 @ The Knitting Factory – Hollywood, California
Jul 24 2009 @ Annie’s Social Club – San Francisco, California
Jul 25 2009 @ The Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, Nevada
Jul 27 2009 @ Union Station – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jul 28 2009 @ Box Awesome – Lincoln, Nebraska
Jul 29 2009 @ The Riot Room – Kansas City, Missouri
Jul 31 2009 @ The Canopy Club/CIM 2009 – Urbana, Illinois