End of Disclosure North American Tour: HYPOCRISY, KRISIUN, ABORTED, ARSIS

End of Disclosure TourSwedish death metal legends HYPOCRISY, will return to North America once again this May for a headlining tour in support of their upcoming album, End of Disclosure. Joining them are Brazilian brothers in death KRISIUN, Belgian gore-grinders ABORTED, and ARSIS with AUTUMN’S END and STARKILL will also support them on their metal crusade across the continent on select shows.  Check out tour dates here.

“Hi freaks! I’m proud we can finally announce the North American part of the ‘End of Disclosure World Tour’,” commented Peter Tägtgren. “It’s going to be great to come back again! Don’t worry it won’t be any visa problems this time either as I stayed in NYC this Summer. We’re looking forward to bringing our stage set from Europe, plus playing a lot of new songs and old songs that we’ve either never played, or haven’t played for years. Enjoy the new video for now and see you soon!”

Check out this video message from Peter:



IMMOLATION with ARSIS and DISMA @ The Studio at Webster Hall, New York City (07/28/10)

Webster Hall has long been known for bringing in mainstream acts and hosting lavish dance parties, but fortunately for the metal faithful, who crammed in to the small darkened recesses of the joint (The Studio) there would be none of that as one of New York’s longest standing underground legends IMMOLATION played a rare NYC club date as the band prepares for their tour with VADER.

Upon arriving in the dark basement of Webster Hall, I witnessed openers DISMA, a last second addition to the show. Featuring ex-members of INCANTATION, and members from a slew of veteran underground bands, I had high expectations for the band, but sadly the performance and overall delivery was a bit bland. The sound didn’t help matters as it was pretty blurry and wasn’t particularly powerful. The band offered slow, plodding material much in the vein of INCANTATION and our evening’s headliners, but the songs weren’t especially memorable, and the heat of the venue only made the performance that much more sluggish.

Following up after DISMA came the sleek, polished sounds of ARSIS. Upon graduating from delivering DEATH-inspired material, Jim Malone and company have since opted to lift the shredding skills of CHILDREN OF BODOM, (as heard on their new album Starve for the Devil) making them an oddball choice for this show. After nearly dozing off several times during the previous set, the band’s hyper active noodling and busy fret work actually lifted the energy mode a bit. They had several of their fans out there pumping their fists with great enthusiasm as the band delivered several of their numerous crowd motivating anthems. IMMOLATION fans weren’t as easily sold, but begrudgingly declined to taunt the band of fret burners. The sound was also bad for them making it difficult for their songs to really cut through, but the band soldiered on well enough.

Finally the hometown (by way of Yonkers) heroes arrived unleashing “The Purge” from their latest effort, Majesty and Decay, before releasing spot on renditions of Unholy Cult and World Agony. Fortunately, the sound was finally crystal clear and cut through with great clarity as Bob Vigna‘s guitar acrobatics, disjointed, dissonant riffs and leads squeezed the life of any Christian foolish enough to venture in the vicinity. Bill Taylor‘s riffage perfectly complemented Vigna‘s organized chaos with an underlying crunching drive, and octopus-like drummer Steve Shalaty‘s intricate complex drum patterns kept the rhythm alive and pounding. Let’s not forget Ross Dolan‘s bludgeoning bass lines and throat scraping growls eithe, as the frontman was menacing throughout the set, but equally humble when expressing gratitude towards the fans for their 25 years of support. IMMOLATION focused a decent amount of time on tracks from their killer new Majesty and Decay album, delivering the title track as well as “A Glorious Epoch.” Classics from the band’s substantial catalog were brought out for the occasion as well, including “Burial Ground” from their debut, and “Father You’re Not a Father” from Close to a World Below. The band mixed and matched various tracks from their extensive discography before closing it out with a blistering version of “Passion Kill.” Another convincing performance from these death metal greats, easily wiping away much of the shred-first songs later mentality of most of the new death metal acts out these days in one quick and deadly blow. If you couldn’t make it out for this one, make sure to catch them on their tour with label mates VADER later on in the Fall for a textbook performance in death metal ass-kicking.

ARSIS: Starve for the Devil out February 9th, 2010

ARSIS, Virginia’s melodic/technical death metal band, has revealed the artwork by Mark Riddick for their Starve for the Devil album, set to be released in North America on February 9th, 2010. The album was recorded with producer Zeuss (MUNICIPAL WASTE, AGNOSTIC FRONT, HATEBREED) at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts.

Here’s the track listing:

01. “Forced To Rock
02. “A March For The Sick
03. “From Soulless To Shattered (Art In Dying)
04. “Beyond Forlorn
05. “The Ten Of Swords
06. “Closer To Cold
07. “Sick Perfection
08. “Half Past Corpse O’Clock
09. “Escape Artist
10. “Sable Rising

ARSIS will be touring North America on the “Tyrants of Evil” tour with ARCH ENEMY, EXODUS, and MUTINY WITHIN beginning January 20th, 2010. Guitarist/songwriter/singer Jim Malone commented on the upcoming tour: “Not only will it be our first tour in support of our new album, but it will also be the first time that ARSIS toured in the United States in well over a year. I hope to see many familiar faces; I have greatly missed hanging out with all the ARSIS fans at shows.” Exclusive pre-sale tickets for the tour are available here: https://tix.artistarena.com/ARCHENEMY/

For North American tour dates, visit ARSIS online at www.myspace.com/arsis.

ARCH ENEMY to Headline North American Tour; Support from EXODUS, ARSIS, MUTINY WITHIN

Sweden’s ARCH ENEMY have announced the Tyrants of Evil headlining tour of North America in support of their latest release, The Root of All Evil (which came out last week via Century Media Records).

Frontwoman Angela Gossow commented on the tour: “Hells Yes! We are more than ready to return to the US and Canada for a head banging and neck breaking tour experience! Totally stoked about the killer package – ARCH ENEMY, EXODUS, ARSIS and MUTINY WITHIN. We personally handpicked these bands for you! A full on extreme, versatile and so very METAL line-up. You will be hurting in a good way after we have been through town! The Tyrants Of Evil are ready to kill!!!”

Presale tickets for the upcoming dates will go on sale this Wednesday, October 14, at 3PM Eastern, at ArtistArena.com: https://tix.artistarena.com/archenemy/

Jan. 20 – Towson, MD – Recher Theatre
Jan. 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Jan. 22 – New York, NY – Nokia Theatre
Jan. 23 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Jan. 25 – Montreal, QC – Le Medley
Jan. 26 – Quebec City, QC – Theatre Imperial
Jan. 27 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
Jan. 29 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Jan. 30 – Minneapolis, MN – The Rock
Jan. 31 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick Centre
Feb. 02 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Feb. 03 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Centre
Feb. 05 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Feb. 06 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
Feb. 08 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Center @ The Grand
Feb. 09 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues

For all the latest info on ARCH ENEMY, visit:

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 to Tour U.S. Again in March

CARCASS have announced that they will be returning to the United States this March for the Exhumed to Consume II tour. The follow up to last year’s highly successful reunion tour, Exhume to Consume, will feature SUICIDE SILENCE, SAMAEL, ARSIS and PSYCROPTIC plus a few special guests on select dates. Vocalist/bassist and all around optimistic person Jeff Walker commented:

“Well, I’m pleased to announce that CARCASS is gonna settle it’s unresolved scores in the U.S.! There was some slight whimpers of discontent that we didn’t hit some cities such as Chicago and Denver last time round – places that were always hot spots of enthusiasm for us. So we’re coming back in March to finish off our unsettled business! We seemed to have had a profound influence on your economy and gas prices have gotten cheaper haha! That’s doesn’t mean we’re not gonna come through and provide some value for your buck with some old (and new) school friends and comrades such as SUFFOCATION, SAMAEL, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, EXODUS, SUICIDE SILENCE, etc. – check out locally as for who is on the bill where! And hey, I couldn’t think of anywhere better to be on my 40th birthday than the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico! We promise this will be the last time we darken your shores (I said that with my fingers crossed behind my back)!”

03/13/09 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
03/14/09 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH (w/ ABIGAIL WILLIAMS)
03/15/09 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL (w/ THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER)
03/16/09 Majestic Theater – Detroit, MI (w/ THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER)
03/17/09 Headliner’s – Louisville, KY
03/21/09 Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX (w/ SUFFOCATION)
03/22/09 Meridian – Houston, TX
03/24/09 Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
03/25/09 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
03/26/09 The Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA (THE FACELESS, TOXIC HOLOCAUST)
03/27/09 The Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ (w/ SUFFOCATION)
03/28/09 The Grove – Anaheim, CA (California Metal Fest w/ SUFFOCATION, EXODUS etc.)

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

ARSIS Sign Worldwide Deal with Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast Records has announced that they have signed West Virginia’s ARSIS to a worldwide deal. Checking in from their current tour with GOD FORBID, MNEMIC, and GOATWHORE, guitarist/lead vocalist James Malone has this to say about the newly-inked worldwide collaboration with Nuclear Blast Records:

“Since the conception of ARSIS, I hoped to see the band as a part of the Nuclear Blast roster. Four years later, this is now a reality. I expect great things this coming year; the band is now a four piece, solid tours are on the way, and we have a fantastic label behind us 100%. I am more excited now about the potential of the band than I have ever been.”

GOD FORBID Announce Tour with GOATWHORE, MNEMIC, ARSIS; Launch New Episode of GFTV

New Jersey’s GOD FORBID will be heading out on the Revolver-sponsored headlining trek, dubbed “The Chains of Humanity” tour with GOATWHORE and MNEMIC. The line-up is rounded out with ARSIS, THE HUMAN ABSTRACT (who will be on the tour from Jan 4th-31st) and BYZANTINE (from Feb 1st-18th).

To prepare fans for the tour, the band has teamed up with broadband video-on-demand site MetalInjection.tv for a weekly series called “GFTV.” In the latest clip, the band addresses the recent comments made by Cosmo Kramer. See how the band reacts to random droppings of the N word, as they are interviewed by Original Black from AATV.

Watch the clip, as well as all the previous episodes of GOD FORBID TV on the GFTV channel exclusively at www.metalinjection.tv/gftv.

01/04 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
01/05 Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
01/06 Mark’s Place – Bedford, NH
01/07 B.B. King’s – New York, NY
01/09 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
01/10 I-Rock – Detroit, MI
01/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
01/12 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
01/13 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
01/14 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
01/15 Reverb – Cedar Falls, IA
01/16 Static Bar – Topeka, KS
01/17 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
01/19 Gravity Room – Portland, OR
01/20 The Showbox – Seattle, WA (Seattle Metal Festival)
01/21 WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
01/22 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
01/23 Bourbon Street – Concord, CA
01/24 The Whisky – Hollywood, CA
01/25 Showcase Theatre – Corona, CA
01/26 The Sets – Tempe, AZ
01/27 The Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM
01/28 Chic’s Bar – El Paso, TX
01/29 The Sanctuary – San Antonio, TX
01/30 Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX
01/31 Walter’s on Washington – Houston, TX

02/02 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
02/03 The Handlebar – Greenville, SC
02/04 Thee Imperial – Jacksonville, FL
02/05 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
02/06 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
02/07 The Garage – St. Petersburg, FL
02/09 The Mad Hatter – Covington, KY
02/10 The Muse – Nashville, TN
02/11 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
02/12 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
02/13 Jesters Pub – Fayetteville, NC
02/14 Huntington Music Hall – Huntington, WV
02/15 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
02/16 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
02/17 Penny Arcade – Rochester, NY
02/18 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
02/20 Middle East Restaurant/Night Club – Cambridge, MA
02/21 Fou Founes Electriques – Montreal, QC