KVELERTAK Release First Studio Video Update

Acclaimed Norwegian black/death punkers KVELERTAK have released the first video from their recording session at Godcity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts with CONVERGE‘s Kurt Ballou. The band recently commented on what’s in store for the next album with the following: “All I can say is, this album is going to fuck the first album in the ass. Hard.”

The band will be headed on their first extensive U.S. tour this October alongside CONVERGE and TORCHE.

CONVERGE “All We Love We Leave Behind” U.S. Tour Announced

Hardcore heroes CONVERGE will be going out on tour this Fall in support of their upcoming album, All We Love We Leave Behind.  Coming along for the ride are TORCHE, KVELERTAK, and NAILS and WHIPS/CHAINS for select dates.   Check out the tour dates.  How can you not come out and see this tour?

All We Love We Leave Behind will be released on October 9th, 2012 on Epitaph Records/Deathwish Inc.  Check out a track from CONVERGE‘s recent split release with NAPALM DEATH below.


APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2010

December is here, so it is time for us, the APESHIT goons, to share with you our list of metal albums that made an impression on us in 2010. Meaningful and meaningless, but sharing is caring. Bang your head and enjoy!
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TORCHE Premiere New Music Video “U.F.O.”

Miami’s TORCHE have premiered their first video “U.F.O.” off their ripping new album on Hydra Head, Songs for Singles. Video creator Andrew Cox explains the video:

“I watched Godzilla: Tokyo SOS on Netflix streaming a year or so ago and was kind of enamored with the kitschy effects. I didn’t have that much experience with Adobe After Effects, so going into the project knowing I wanted it to look sloppy made things less daunting.

“I started the video on my own, without any solicitation, for an entirely different song by an entirely different band (DAUGHTERS‘ ‘The Theatre Goer‘). But it was taking too long and that band broke up before the record dropped, so I switched it to the TORCHE song.

“If we had done everything by the book as a real production, the budget would have exceeded ten grand easily, but I think I ended up spending about $140, including the wrap bbq.”

Watch “U.F.O.“…

(via Pitchfork)

TORCHE @ Vacation Vinyl, Los Angeles (10/28/10)

TORCHE packed Silver Lake’s tiny Vacation Vinyl store on Tuesday and filled the room with massive volume. The now three-piece band celebrated the release of their new album, Songs for Singles, by performing the heavy, down-tuned yet surprisingly (and pleseantly) melodic new material in its entirety.

It was an early show that found PELICAN‘s Larry Herweg sneak in towards the end of the set and, with the help of others, convince the band to play a few more songs.

To top things off, the heavy metal food truck, Grill ’em All Truck, (which has recently been capturing a lot of buzz) was parked outside the store serving up some quality burgers with metal a’blaring from their stereo.

Anyways, a sweet video of (most of) the TORCHE in-store peformance was captured by user sonsolsylo. Watch it below:

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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

TORCHE Robbed in Chicago, Band Asking Fans for Help

TORCHE, who are currently on tour with COHEED AND CAMBRIA, had their van broken into on May 14th. Various items such as instruments, gear, passports, and laptops were stolen. The band have been forced to drop some dates are in the process of rescheduling others. Donations to help the band can be sent via paypal at [email protected]

More details can be found here: http://www.hydraheadlines.blogspot.com


Kicking off this April and following their highly anticipated split release with BORIS, Miami’s TORCHE have just announced a month-long US tour supporting COHEED AND CAMBRIA and CIRCA SURVIVE. The tour will span both coasts, travel throughout the Midwest, and also head to select cities in the Great White North.

In addition, TORCHE has announced a series of regional dates beginning in March, taking the band to this year’s Harvest of Hope Festival in Northern Florida, and the SXSW marathon in Austin, TX.

Watch TORCHE‘s “King Beef” video below:

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Tour dates:
3/12 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
3/13 Elkton, FL @ St. Johns County Fairgrounds (Harvest of Hope Fest)
3/14 Tallahassee, FL @ Big Daddy’s
3/16 New Orleans, LA @ The Den w/ NEBULA, MARGOT, CARUSELLA
3/17 Austin, TX @ Emo’s (Brooklyn Vegan Day Party)
3/18 Austin, TX @ Emo’s (The Agency Group Showcase @ SXSW)
3/18 Austin, TX @ Beerland w/ FUCKED UP, MOMENT TRIGGER
3/19 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
3/20 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree Cafe w/ LEGION

04/22/10 Charlotte , NC. @ The Fillmore Charlotte
04/23/10 Atlanta , GA. @ Tabernacle
04/24/10 Lake Buena Vista , FL. @ House of Blues (Orlando)
04/25/10 Lauderdale , FL. @ Revolution
04/27/10 Houston , TX. @ Warehouse Live
04/28/10 Austin , TX. @ Stubb’s BBQ
04/29/10 Dallas , TX. @ Palladium Ballroom
04/30/10 Tulsa , OK. @ Cain’s Ballroom
05/01/10 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
05/03/10 Tempe , AZ. @ Marquee Theatre
05/04/10 Pomona , CA. @ The Fox Theatre
05/05/10 San Francisco , CA. @ The Warfield
05/07/10 Portland , OR. @ Roseland Theater
05/08/10 Seattle , WA. @ Showbox SoDo
05/10/10 Murray , UT. @ Murray Theater
05/11/10 Denver , CO. @ Ogden Theatre
05/13/10 Minneapolis , MN. @ First Avenue
05/14/10 Chicago , IL. @ Congress Theatre
05/15/10 Royal Oak , MI. @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
05/17/10 Boston , MA. @ House of Blues
05/18/10 @ Montreal , QC. Metropolis
05/19/10 Toronto , ON. @ The Sound Academy
05/22/10 Philadelphia , PA. @ The Electric Factory
05/26/10 New York , NY. @ Rumsey Playfield
05/27/10 Washington , DC. @ 9:30 Club
05/28/10 Washington , DC. @ 9:30 Club
07/31/10 Chicago , IL. @ Subterranean

BORIS: Splits with 9DW and TORCHE Out in August

Japan’s BORIS have two separate splits scheduled for release in August. The first is a split CD with TORCHE, called Chapter Ahead Being Fake, on Daymare Recordings. The second is with 9DW, called Golden Dance Classics, via Catune. Golden Dance Classics will be released as a 12″ vinyl as well as on CD. Both splits will be out August 18th. Track listings are as follows:

TORCHE/BORISChapter Ahead Being Fake
1. “King Beef” (TORCHE)
2. “Luna” (BORIS)

9DW/BORISGolden Dance Classics
1. “Stingray” (9DW)
2. “Spice” (9DW)
3. “Akirame Flower” (BORIS)
4. “Tokyo Wonder Land” (BORIS)

BORIS U.S. Tour Updates

The previously announced BORIS North American tour beginning in June has been updated. The full routing is below. TORCHE will be supporting BORIS on dates, but WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have since dropped from the tour. Just added this week, NACHTMYSTIUM will join the tour from July 12th through 20th, and LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR from July 22nd through August 3rd.

06/24/2008 Casbah – San Diego, CA
06/25/2008 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
06/27/2008 Rubber Gloves – Denton, TX
06/28/2008 The Mohawk – Austin, TX
06/29/2008 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
07/01/2008 Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge, LA
07/02/2008 Common Grounds – Gainesville, FL
07/03/2008 The Social – Orlando, FL
07/05/2008 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
07/06/2008 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
07/08/2008 Black Cat – Washington, DC
07/09/2008 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
07/10/2008 Webster Hall – New York, NY
07/11/2008 The Middle East – Cambridge, MA

07/12/2008 La Sala Rosa – Montreal, QC
07/13/2008 Barrymore – Ottawa, ON
07/14/2008 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
07/15/2008 Tralf – Buffalo, NY
07/16/2008 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
07/17/2008 Diesel – Pittsburgh, PA
07/18/2008 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
07/19/2008 Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
07/20/2008 Pitchfork Music Festival / Union Park – Chicago, IL

07/22/2008 The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
07/23/2008 Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
07/25/2008 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
07/26/2008 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
07/29/2008 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA
07/30/2008 Vancouver, BC, Canada
07/31/2008 Thu Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
08/02/2008 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
08/03/2008 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex