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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Come to Peep & Destroy on Sunday, May 1st with HUNTRESS, INTERNAL CORROSION, BASTARD

Attention headbangers and party animals: APESHIT, ShredSavage, and totallylikeduh are bringing the Peep & Destroy metal party back to melt your faces, break your necks, and tickle your pants!

The party goes down May 1st at Cheetahs in Hollywood with HUNTRESS, INTERNAL CORROSION, and BASTARD. DJ Scott Batiste of SAVIOURS will be spinning metal tunes all night, and as always, hot Cheetahs girls will be dancing for your pleasures.

There will be a corpsepaint face painting booth, a headbanging contest with prizes from BloodIsTheNewBlack, and photography by totallylikeduh!

Last month’s event with HARASSOR, WINTERTHRALL, and COBRA VENOM was a packed event so don’t miss out! Peep some photos from that show: http://www.flickr.com/photos/totallylikeduh/sets/72157626248459963/

Peep & Destroy
May 1st 2011
21+ $10 at the door
9pm @ Cheetahs in Hollywood
4600 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=216661108345341

Peep & Destroy brought to you by APESHIT, ShredSavage, and totallylikeduh.

Update (4/17/11): Unfortunately, HUNTRESS is unable to perform. We are super bummed but the party will still go on with INTERNAL CORROSION and BASTARD!

Metal Swim: Free Compilation of Rare, Unreleased Metal Courtesy of Adult Swim and Scion A/V

Adult Swim, the home of DETHKLOK and Metalocalypse, and Scion A/V, who have been responsible for a wave of metal fests and free shows, have come together to bring you Metal Swim, a collection of 16 rare or unreleased metal. The album is free to download and features the following tracks:

SKELETONWITCH – “Bringers of Death”
TORCHE – “Arrowhead”
LUDICRA – “Path of Ash”
KYLESA – “Forsaken”
BLACK TUSK – “Fatal Kiss”
RED FANG – “Hank is Dead”
BLACK COBRA – “Frozen Night”
SAVIOURS – “Dixie Dieway”
WITCH MOUNTAIN – “Veil of the Forgotten”
ISIS – “Pliable Foe”
JESU – “Dethroned”
PELICAN – “Inch Above Sand”
ZOROASTER – “Witch Hammer”
WITHERED – “Extinguished With the Misery”
BORIS – “Luna”

Visit the Metal Swim site to download the free album and view interviews and performance footage from past Scion Rock Fests: http://www.adultswim.com/promos/201009_scion/index.html

DOOMRIDERS Forced to Drop Off KYLESA Tour Due to Scheduling Conflicts

Boston’s DOOMRIDERS have been forced to drop off the upcoming KYLESA tour due to guitarist Nate Newton‘s commitment with CONVERGE. The band posted the following message apologizing for the cancellation:

“We’ve gotten a lot of messages regarding our dropping off of the KYLESA tour and yes…unfortuately the news is true. Due to scheduling issues between DOOMRIDERS and Nate‘s other band CONVERGE we had to pull out of the tour. Our deepest apologies go out to our friends in KYLESA, and also to anyone who had planned on coming to see us play on the tour. We love KYLESA, and we love our brothers in SAVIOURS, who have taken our spot on the tour and encourage everyone to go to these shows and have a blast!! Its going to be a great tour and we’re all very sad that we won’t be a part of it.

“We will hopefully be announcing some exciting tour plans for later in the year very soon. We’re sorry everyone! We’ll see you next time!!”

Visit KYLEA‘s official MySpace page for dates of the affected tour: http://www.myspace.com/kylesa

INTRONAUT Signs Worldwide Deal with Century Media Records

Very few bands can effectively mix intelligence with intensity like Southern California’s INTRONAUT, which is one of the biggest reasons Century Media Records quickly signed the quartet to a worldwide deal. INTRONAUT essentially walks a fine line between psychedelic brutality, captivating hooks and devastating yet unpredictable time changes. This is the essence of thinking man’s metal and something so refreshing that it should serve as a vicious wake up call to masses forcing the entire genre to take notice.

A short tour of the U.S. with HIGH ON FIRE, A LIFE ONCE LOST, and SAVIOURS is slated for February, which will lead them into finishing the writing process for the new full-length to be recorded in April.

Sacha Dunable (vocals/guitars) states: “There is a level of chemistry that we’ve never had before, now with our new guitar player Dave in the band. The new ideas that are flowing out of us are totally destroying everything we’ve done prior to this, and we can’t wait to hear what will come of it.”

INTRONAUT Headlining dates:
1/20 Los Angeles, CA – Relax Bar w/BOOK OF BLACK EARTH, THE FUNERAL PYRE
2/10 Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory w/DESTROYER DESTROYER
2/11 Tulsa, OK – The Monolith w/DESTROYER DESTROYER
2/12 Memphis, TN – Black Lodge Microdrome
2/13 Dayton, OH – Jimmy’s Cornerstone Tavern w/MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT

2/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
2/15 Columbus, OH – Ravari Room
2/16 Louisville, KY – Uncle Peasants
2/17 St. Louis, MO – 2 Cents Plain
2/18 Iowa City, IA – The Picador
2/19 Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
2/20 Denver, CO – Bluebird
2/22 Sacramento, CA – The Blue Lamp
2/23 Oakland, CA – Uptown