National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2018 Show Report

Greetings from the 2018 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Convention AKA the NAMM Show, where things have been changed up a bit from years past. For starters, all the booths were in different locations, including some booths that were outside the normal convention center area. While there was still an insane amount of people, it felt a bit less crowded due to the new format and wider areas between booths. Let’s not delay any further and get to some of the products we particularly enjoyed!

Sonor displayed the beast of a kit, the SQ2 “The Book of Souls,” made specifically for Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN). Witnessing it up close and personal was truly astonishing. Crafted in Germany, the shells were made to Nicko’s specific specifications, complete with Eddie inlays. Beautiful stuff.

Paiste had a 90” giant gong on display. Yes, a 90” gong. Not sure how practical that would be, but that’s a whole lot of gong going on.

While not exactly metal related, some of you may remember the old Roland TR-808 or TR-909 drum machines, and now they have been officially reintroduced as virtual plug-ins. Note that you’ll have to use the Roland cloud, however, this is extremely cool and a great throwback for those nostalgic drum sounds.
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APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2015

motorheadWhen looking back at 2015, the only thing that seems to matter is the passing of Lemmy Kilmister. Of course losing Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor in November was sad but Lemmy was on another level – one of the pillars of the entire rock ‘n roll universe. Thankfully, he left a voluminous legacy for us to enjoy for eternity, including some of music’s best interviews and quotes possible. Cheers, Lemmy.

Other than that, 2015 was a remarkably strong year for the pioneering, long-running bands in the metal scene.  Everyone from KILLING JOKE, MY DYING BRIDE, FEAR FACTORY to AMORPHIS put out fantastic records. This past year also saw some very good super groups in TAU CROSS and FIRESPAWN make their debuts.  You’ll find that many of them made it to our respective lists.

Additionally, we’ve recruited some fresh blood in Charles Elliott, Andrew Sample, and Jeff Wagner. These industry vets have been in the trenches with us for years and years, and have helped bring you many of the greatest records ever released for the past 20+ years.
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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.

NADER SADEK Announces Canadian and European Tour Dates with New Line Up

Visual/performance artist NADER SADEK, who conceptualized the 2011 blackened death masterpiece In the Flesh and its live follow-up Living Flesh, will return to the stage in late May with a string of Canadian and European dates.

The band also has a new line up of all-stars for the tour:

Vocals – Travis Ryan (CATTLE DECAPITATION)
Guitars – Rune Eriksen (AURA NOIR/ex-MAYHEM)
Guitars – Bobby Koelble (DEATH TO ALL/ex-DEATH)
Bass – Martin Rygiel (ex-DECAPITATED)
Drums – Flo Mournier (CRYPTOPSY)
Concepts and Direction – Nader Sadek

Tour dates are as follows:

5/20 Montreal, Quebec @ Petit Campus
5/23 Rome, Italy @ Traffic Live Club
5/24 Florence, Italy @ Cycle Club
5/25 Novara, Italy @ Rock’N’Roll
5/26 Martigny, Switzerland @ Sunset Bar
5/27 Paris, France @ Glazart

CATTLE DECAPITATION Announce “California Blood Tour”

CATTLE DECAPITATION are set to trek across North America with DEVOURMENT, KNIGHTS OF THE ABYSS, BURNING THE MASSES, and SONS OF AURELIUS on what has been dubbed the California Blood Tour. CATTLE DECAPITATION vocalist Travis Ryan explains:

“We’ve had this idea for a tour that was mostly comprised of California bands for quite a while now. I don’t know, there was just something about the term ‘California love’ (popularized by Tupac Shakur) that never quite sat right with us so we came up with something a little more fitting, considering the level of brutality that California has always had under its belt. From the seedy sewers in the big cities to the ‘Cowshwitz’ communities of central CA to the inhospitable depravity of the dry desert, we decided it was time to show the rest of the US that CaliGOREnia is not just about hippies, silicone bodies and marijuana dispensaries (not that there’s anything wrong with that, haha!)”

Tour dates as follows:
09/29 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse w/ CONDEMNED
09/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
10/04 – Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
10/05 – Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
10/06 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
10/07 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
10/08 – Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
10/09 – Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
10/10 – Stuart, FL @ Cruiser’s
10/12 – Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
10/13 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
10/14 – Spartanburg, NC @ Ground Zero
10/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
10/16 – Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
10/17 – Patchogue, NY @ Karma
10/18 – New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House
10/19 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/20 – Buffalo, NY @ Club Paradise
10/21 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
10/22 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
10/23 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
10/24 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
10/25 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
10/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
10.27 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
10/28 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7 w/ SLAUGHTERBOX
10/29 – Portland, OR @ Satyricon w/ SLAUGHTERBOX
10/30 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ SLAUGHTERBOX
10/31 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Farm
11/01 – Hesperia, CA @ The Seen
11/02 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky*


Max Cavalera‘s SOULFLY have confirmed a North American tour with support from PRONG, CATTLE DECAPITATION, and MUTINY WITHIN. The tour begins at the end of September in Los Angeles. Dates are as follows:

September 30, 2009 – Key Club – Hollywood, California
October 2 2009 – Cane’s Bar & Grill – San Diego, California
October 3, 2009 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, California
October 4, 2009 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, California
October 6, 2009 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, Oregon
October 7, 2009 – Showbox Theatre – Seattle, Washington DC
October 8, 2009 – Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, Utah
October 9, 2009 – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, Colorado
October 10, 2009 – The Blue Goat – Salina, Kansas
October 11, 2009 – The Rock – Maplewood, Minnesota
October 14, 2009 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, Michigan
October 16, 2009 – Harpo’s – Detroit, Michigan
October 17, 2009 – McGuffy’s House of Rock – Dayton, Ohio
October 19, 2009 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, New York
October 20, 2009 – Recher Theatre – Towson, Maryland

Visit the band’s website for up-to-date tour info:


Blackenedfest has been announced for North America and will feature MAYHEM, MARDUK, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, and WITHERED. The tour kicks off May 21st in New York.

Tour dates as follows:
May 21 – New York, NY – The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
May 22 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
May 23 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
May 24 – Orlando, FL – Club Firestone
May 26 – Houston, TX – Numbers
May 27 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
May 29 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
May 30 – Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse
May 31 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
Jun. 02 – Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
Jun. 03 – San Francisco, CA – DNA
Jun. 04 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Jun. 05 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Jun. 06 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
Jun. 07 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theater
Jun. 09 – St Paul, MN – Station 4
Jun. 11 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Jun. 12 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
Jun. 13 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theater
Jun. 14 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
Jun. 15 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques

Visit the Blackenedfest MySpace page for updated info:

DREAMING DEAD: CD Release Show in Hollywood

To coincide with the release of their Ibex Moon Records debut, Within One, DREAMING DEAD will take over Hollywood’s Knitting Factory on Sunday, January 25th at 6pm. Joining DREAMING DEAD will be GIGAN, BOOK OF THE BLACK EARTH, PSYOPUS and CATTLE DECAPITATION. Tickets are available in advance for $12. The show is all ages (full bar with ID).

Death by Decibels Tour: VADER, MALEVOLENT CREATION, More

VADER, MALEVOLENT CREATION, and CATTLE DECAPITATION will embark on the The Death By Decibels Tour this November. The tour will also feature LIGHT THIS CITY, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, and VEIL OF MAYA.

Tour dates:

11/17/07 The Mainstage – Pompton Lakes, NJ
11/20/07 L’Anti – Quebec City, QC
11/21/07 Foufounes – Montreal, QC
11/22/07 Opera House – Toronto, ON
11/24/07 The Hayloft – Detroit, MI
11/25/07 Logan Square – Chicago, IL
11/26/07 Pop’s – St. Louis, MO
11/27/07 Static Bar – Kansas City, MO
11/28/07 Cervantes Ballroom – Denver, CO
11/30/07 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
12/01/07 Rock N Roll Pizza – Portland, OR
12/02/07 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
12/03/07 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
12/05/07 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
12/06/07 Gator’s – Farmington, NM
12/07/07 Chic’s – El Paso, TX
12/08/07 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
12/09/07 Ridglea Theater – Dallas, TX
12/10/07 Java Jazz – Houston, TX
12/11/07 Club Metro – McAllen, TX
12/15/07 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
12/16/07 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
12/17/07 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
12/18/07 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY