VOIVOD: New Song “We are Connected” Now Online

VOIVOD have recently recorded a new song for a split 7″ vinyl release with label-mates AT THE GATES. The collectors item will be available in stores April 7th, 2015. Check out the song, “We Are Connected“:

Pure VOIVOD!  Also, catch the band on their current tour with NAPALM DEATH, IRON REAGAN, EXHUMED and BLACK CROWN INITIATE.

IRON REAGAN’s Sophomore Album Hits September 2014

Crossover beasts IRON REAGAN have announced their sophomore album, The Tyranny of Will, will be released September 16th for North America, (Sept 15 (UK/World), Sept 12th (Germany/Benelux/World) via Relapse Records.

Vocalist Tony Foresta commented on the new album:

“This might be my favorite thing I’ve ever worked on. It’s definitely the heaviest sounding. I’m really excited to get this record out to people. Everyone worked their asses off on this one and I think it shows”.

Drummer Ryan Parrish added:

“This record looks exactly how it sounds. Savage. Everyone involved with Tyranny Of Will, from the artwork to the recording, mixing, and mastering process, went above and beyond and hopefully all of you maniacs out there will crank it to 11!”

Crossover Kings IRON REAGAN Sign to Relapse Records

Relapse Records has announced the signing of Richmond, VA hardcore thrash supergroup, IRON REAGAN. Consisting of current and former members of MUNICIPAL WASTE, CANNABIS CORPSE, DARKEST HOUR, MAMMOTH GRINDER, SUPPRESION and more, IRON REAGAN formed in 2012 and consists of Tony Foresta – vocals, Phil Hall (AKA Landphil) – guitar, Mark Bronzino – guitar, Rob Skotis – bass, and Ryan Parrish – drums.

The group is currently in the midst of recording their highly anticipated sophomore full-length with guitarist Phil Hall at Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, VA and will be self-producing the record before sending it off for mixing with CONVERGE’s Kurt Ballou.  A fall release is expected via Relapse Records.  Vocalist Tony Foresta commented on the signing and the new material:

“I’ve always wanted to work with Relapse for years. Their reputaion of releasing so much great underground music speaks for itself. We are all extremely excited about signing with Relapse and putting out this rager of an upcoming record. Having Kurt Ballou on board mixing is just the icing on he cake. We are about 75% done tracking the record here with Phil in Richmond and between this and the rad tours we have coming up its looking to be a very exciting year. I couldnt think of a better label to put this record out on and am really looking forward to a long future with Relapse.”

Additionally, the band is currently on a seven week run that will take them to SXSW and back and includes dates with OCCULTIST and GHOUL.  A complete list of tour dates can be found here.

Tankcrimes Records Announces Brainsqueeze II in Oakland, California

The maniacs at Oakland’s Tankcrimes Records are pleased to announce details of this year’s Brainsqueeze II Fest. Set to take place April 18th and 19th at the Oakland Metro and April 20th at Eli’s Mile High Club, which will include BBQ and an Andrei Bouzikov art show, the mammoth event features more than a dozen choice bands including MUNICIPAL WASTE, FINAL CONFLICT, and GHOUL as well as  new Tankcrimes releases to be revealed soon.

TankcrimesBrainsqueeze II Fest Lineup:

A special digital fest-only compilation featuring numbers from the entire lineup will be available via the Tankcrimes Bandcamp Page soon. Ticket info, schedule and further info to be announced shortly.

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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EXHUMED/IRON REAGAN Split 12″ to Detonate Via Tankcrimes

Tankcrimes is very pleased to announce the release of a split 12″ between the Bay Area’s favorite gore-sworn death metal deviants EXHUMED and Virginia hardcore thrashbangers, IRON REAGAN, who feature within their crossover ranks Tony Foresta (MUNICIPAL WASTE) and LandPhil Hall (MUNICIPAL WASTE/CANNABIS CORPSE).

The split will offer up a total of eight tracks, two of which find EXHUMED delivering soul-smearing covers of MINOR THREAT‘s “Seeing Red” and NEGATIVE APPROACH‘s “Ready To Fight.”

The EXHUMED/IRON REAGAN split 12″ will be unleashed January 7, 2014. Further info, including preorders and track teasers, to follow.

EXHUMED/IRON REAGAN Split 12″ track listing:


1. “Gravewalker
2. “Dead to the World
3. “Seeing Red
4. “Ready to Fight


5. “Life Beater
6. “Gave Up on Giving a Fuck
7. “Mini Lights
8. “Holy Water Makes Me Wet

IRON REAGAN Post New Music Video; Fall Tour Starts Tomorrow

Iron Reagan

Crossover beasts, IRON REAGAN, have just posted their new music video for “Cycle of Violence.”  The song comes off their debut full-length, Worse Than Dead, on A389 and Magic Bullet Records released earlier this year.

The band has also announced a massive fall tour with GWAR, WHITECHAPEL and BAND OF ORCS that starts October 2nd and sees them playing throughout North America until November 17th.  Dates can be found here. Not a band to stay quiet, IRON REAGAN will hit the road again in December for a week of tour dates with POWER TRIP and MAMMOTH GRINDER.

IRON REAGAN Announce New Tour Dates and Line-Up

Richmond, VA’s hardcore/thrash hybrid IRON REAGAN have announced a slew of new tour dates starting June 27th on both the East and West Coast. Tourmates include DROP DEAD, WHIPLASH, WITCHHAVEN, GWAR, HATEBREED and MEAN JEANS among others.

Their debut full-length Worse Than Dead was released earlier this year on A389 and Magic Bullet Records.  Check out our review of one of the best albums of the year.

IRON REAGAN is also debuting a brand-new line-up for this tour with original members Tony Foresta and Phil “Landphil” Hall of MUNICIPAL WASTE and drummer Ryan Parrish (ex-DARKEST HOUR) joined by Mark Bronzino (ANS, BIG EYES, KICKING SPIT) on second guitar and Rob Skotis (HELLBEAR) on bass.

Tour dates:
6/27 – Richmond, VA @ Punk Hause
6/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron
6/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Blow the Scene! Fest
7/02 – Tempe, AZ @ Cantina
7/03 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/04 – San Diego, CA @ The Yard
7/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey A Go Go
7/06 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
7/07 – Oakland, CA @ Eli’s Mile HIgh Club
9/11 – Lexington, KY @ Busters
9/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
9/13 – Baltimore, MD
9/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
9/15 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

IRON REAGAN – Worse Than Dead

Iron Reagan - Worse Than DadCrossover bands have always been in short supply  so we are all blessed to have IRON REAGAN‘s debut full-length, Worse Than Dead.  Composed of one half MUNICIPAL WASTE and one half ex-DARKEST HOUR members, the band tear through 19 raging tracks.

You may ask, “Well, isn’t MUNICIPAL WASTE a cross over band?  What’s the difference? Why should we care?”  Yes, you have THE WASTE‘s Tony Foresta on vocals and LandPhil Hall on bass.  However, IRON REAGAN do not incorporate melodies, overt SLAYER influences, or party themes.   Additionally, the sound, lyrics, band name, and artwork are focused more on early 80’s prototypical hardcore themes and style.  And no, this isn’t some heartless, fake attempt at being retro.

Worse Than Dead includes two tracks from the band’s four-song demo alongside 17 new tracks.  The bottom line is that every song rules.  Tons of energy, hooks, beefy riffs, and perfect production.  Don’t be a fool and gloss over IRON REAGAN as being a “mere side project.”  This is the real shit.  (Magic Bullet Records/A389 Records)