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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PESTILENCE – Obsideo

Pestilence - ObsideoRegarding the band’s new album,  ObsideoPESTILENCE mainman Patrick Mameli has been quoted as saying, “The musicianship is such high quality; it is really ten of the most demanding songs written in death metal.”  While that statement may have you believe that the band have written the most over the top technical masturbation of all time, Obsideo is actually a very straight forward and catchy album.  It is most certainly technically proficient like all PESTILENCE albums but the song always comes first and there are no self-indulgent parts just for the sake of showing off musical skills.

Obsideo is easily better than its predecessor Doctrine.  Simplicity finds a good marriage with complexity.  Patrick Mameli‘s vocal lines are thankfully a ton better this time around. New members drummer Dave Haley (PSYCROPTIC) and bassist George Maier are quality additions.  Dave Haley is tight, fast, and has seamless drum parts.   George Maier brings the bottom end and is stylistically very different from the departed Jeroen Paul Thesseling.  Don’t expect the big bass farts or slides of the Jeroen.

Armed with 8-string guitars, the band incorporate a lot of dissonance, tempo changes, and lighting quick fretboard action. Some riffs/parts often sound eerily familiar though.

The bottom line is that Obsideo is pretty cool.  It’s one of the catchiest death metal albums to come along recently.  Is it a game changer?  No.  But it is a good return to form for one of the genre’s pioneers. (Candlelight Records)

MISERY INDEX Announce North American Tour Dates

MISERY INDEX will join label-mates DYING FETUS for a month-long US tour starting in early May. This tour will also include ARSIS, ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY and CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE and will be making a stop at the California Metalfest on May 15th in Pomona, CA. A complete listing of tour dates and cities can be found below.

MISERY INDEX is currently on tour in Australia with Poland’s DECAPITATED. From there, MISERY INDEX will head to Singapore and Taiwan for the first time. The band has also been confirmed as one of the headliners at this year’s Obscene Extreme Festival held in July in the Czech Republic.

MISERY INDEX is touring in support of their brand new album Heirs To Thievery. The album is set for a May 11th North American release date.

MISERY INDEX Tour Dates:

***All dates from April 2 thru 6 w/ DECAPITATED, PSYCROPTIC, ORIGIN***

April 2 Melbourne, Australia The Esplanade Hotel
April 3 Sydney, Australia The Factory
April 4 Brisbane, Australia The Hifi
April 5 Adelaide, Australia Fowler’s Live
April 6 Perth, Australia Black Betty’s
April 9 Singapore Substation Theatre
April 11 Taipei, Taiwan The WALL Livehouse

***All dates from May 6 thru June 6 w/ DYING FETUS, ARSIS, ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY, CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE***

May 6 Baltimore, MD Sonar
May 7 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
May 8 Tampa, FL Brass Mug
May 9 New Orleans, LA High Ground
May 10 Houston, TX Wired Live
May 11 Austin, TX Emo’s
May 12 Fort Worth, TX Ridglea Theater
May 13 Albuquerque, NM The Compound
May 14 Mesa, AZ U.B.’s
May 15 Pomona, CA The Glass House (as part of California Metalfest)
May 16 Modesto, CA Moesto Virtual
May 17 Bend, OR Bend Event Center
May 18 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
May 19 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
May 21 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
May 22 Des Moines, IA House of Bricks
May 23 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
May 24 Minneapolis, MN The Rock
May 26 West Dundee, IL Clearwater Theater
May 27 Louisville, KY Phoenix Hill Tavern
May 28 Indianapolis, IN Emerson Theatre
May 29 Detroit, MI Harpo’s
May 30 Windsor, ON Chubby Pickle
May 31 Toronto, ON The Mod Club
June 1 Quebec City, QC L’Imperial
June 2 Montreal, QC FouFounes
June 4 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
June 5 Pittsburgh, PA The Smiling Moose
June 6 Farmingdale, NY Crazy Donkey

July 16 Trutnov, Czech Rep. Obscene Extreme Festival 2010

SUFFOCATION: Report from the Studio; Headlining Tour Dates

New York’s SUFFOCATION are currently in the studio working on their new album, Blood Oath. The band provided a brief update on their progress:

“We’ve just completed another shift at Full Force Studios (6pm – 2am, typical shift). As for a progress report – we’ve completed all the drum tracking and rhythm and bass guitars as of this past Sunday. What we’ll have left to do starting today is record guitar solos and getting Frank (Mullen) in there to lay down the vocals. We’re looking to wrap it up next week and start rehearsing a set for the up coming ‘Blood Apocalypse Tour‘ soon after that. All in all, we can honestly say this record is SLAMMIN’ HEAVY and we got some nice little twists for ya’ too. We look forward to crushing some stages for you all real fucking soon!

“Also, videographer Jon Bickford has been in the studio with us shooting the final segments (Blood Oath studio sessions and interviews) to be included in the forth coming SUFFOCATION DVD!”

The aforementioned Blood Apocalypse Tour is their upcoming headlining tour featuring support from WHITECHAPEL, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, DECREPIT BIRTH, VEIL OF MAYA, and PSYCROPTIC.  The tour kicks off on March 14th in Springfield, Virginia.  Confirmed dates are as follows:

SUFFOCATION, WHITECHAPEL, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, DECREPIT BIRTH, VEIL OF MAYA
03/14/09 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
03/15/09 The Norva – Norfolk, VA
03/16/09 The Soapbox – Wilmington, NC
03/17/09 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
03/18/09 Matthew’s Bar & Grill – Birmingham, AL
03/20/09 Grant Street Hall – Lafayette, LA
03/21/09 Ridglea Theatre – Ft. Worth, TX (w/ CARCASS, SUICIDE SILENCE)
03/22/09 House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
03/23/09 The Zoo – Amarillo, TX
03/24/09 Chic’s Bar and Billiards – El Paso, TX
03/26/09 The Crossing – Palmdale, CA
03/27/09 The Marquee Theater – Phoenix, AZ (Arizona Metal Fest)

SUFFOCATION, WHITECHAPEL, DECREPIT BIRTH, VEIL OF MAYA, PSYCROPTIC
03/28/09 The Grove – Anaheim, CA (California Metal Fest)
03/29/09 The Boardwalk – Sacramento, CA
03/30/09 Modesto Virtual – Modesto, CA
03/31/09 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
04/01/09 Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT
04/02/09 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
04/03/09 Tequila Jungle – Lubbock, TX
04/04/09 Red Seven – Austin, TX
04/05/09 El Cine Rey Theatre – McAllen, TX
04/06/09 Java Jazz – Houston, TX
04/07/09 The Village – Little Rock, AR
04/08/09 The Muse – Nashville, TN
04/09/09 The Valarium – Knoxville, TN (w/ CHIMAIRA)
04/10/09 Emerson Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
04/11/09 The Loft – Madison, WI
04/12/09 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
04/14/09 Crazy Donkey – Long Island, NY
04/15/09 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON – CANADA
04/16/09 Le Medley – Montreal, QC – CANADA (w/ THE HAUNTED, NACHTMYSTIUM, INTRONAUT)
04/17/09 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal Fest)
04/18/09 Crocodile Rock Café – Allentown, PA

CARCASS Add Two Shows to Exhumed to Consume II Tour in March

Two additional U.S. shows have been added to CARCASS’s recently announced Exhumed to Consume II tour.  The tour, also featuring SUICIDE SILENCE, SAMAEL, ARSIS, and PSYCROPTIC, will now be making stops at the following cities:

18 Mar 2009: Pop’s – St. Louis (Sauget IL)
20 Mar 2009: Flytrap – Tulsa (OK)

For all the other dates, go here or visit CARCASS‘ MySpace page.

CARCASS, EXODUS, SAMAEL, More to Play 3rd Annual California Metalfest

The third annual California Metalfest, presented by Nederlander Concerts and Headbang For The Highway, is confirmed for March 28th at The Grove of Anaheim.  Confirmed talent thus far includes CARCASS, EXODUS, SUFFOCATION, THE FACELESS, WHITECHAPEL, SAMAEL, ARSIS, DECREPIT BIRTH, VEIL OF MAYA, PSYCROPTIC, and others to be announced in the coming weeks.

The first California Metalfest in 2006 featured headliner NECROPHAGIST in their first Southern California appearance. 2007’s edition was headlined by TESTAMENT.

Visit the official MySpace page for all the latest show info: http://www.myspace.com/californiametalfest