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:

BLACK TUSK, ZOROASTER and SAINT VITUS, STONE AXE to Rock Sunset Strip’s The Viper Room

In the coming weeks, The Viper Room on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA is (once again) set to host some metal courtesy of BLACK TUSK, ZOROASTER, SAINT VITUS, STONE AXE, and more. It’s always a good sign to see the diverse and legendary venue bring in some quality metal bands. Show info and tickets below:

June 24th, 2010

June 29th, 2010
Church of the 8th Day presents
SAINT VITUS (headliner)
STONE AXE (support)

GOJIRA Reveal Initial Handful of Headline Shows on Off-Dates of METALLICA Tour

France’s GOJIRA have announced a series of headline dates on off days from the METALLICA/LAMB OF GOD tour which goes from September 14th thru October 18. Support on these shows will come from ZOROASTER and BURST. The dates are as follows:

9/21/09 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
9/22/09 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
9/24/09 The Masquerade, Atlanta GA
9/25/09 The Hangar, New Orleans, LA
9/27/09 Warehouse Live, Houston TX
10/2/09 The Social, Orlando FL
10/5/09 Valarium, Knoxville TN
10/6/09 Pop’s Nite Club, St. Louis (w/ GOATWHORE, THE BERZERKER, WARBRINGER)
10/7/09 The Rave Bar, Milwaukee WI
10/9/09 The Pearl Room, Mokena IL

More dates will be announced.

SOURVEIN on Tour with ZOROASTER; Ghetto Angel Set for Release

SOURVEIN are serious, down-tuned sludge/doom with the Southern flavor of bands like DOWN and EYEHATEGOD. Following their debut full-length on Southern Lord Records, the band’s This Dark Reign debut EP, Emerald Vulture, was an ugly 17 minutes of slow, hateful, grinding darkness, full of thick guitars and malicious vocals. Ghetto Angel, the bands’ latest release and second EP in a series of three for TDR, charges forth with the bands’ signature style of buzzsaw guitars and droning bass with the tempered pace of a sloth, but the songwriting has found a groove not heard on previous recordings. Let’s face it, this band has had bad luck on top of bad luck with labels failing on them, natural catastrophes, drug habits taking toll, loved ones lost and everything between, but still they kept their eye on the ball. And we’re all the benefactors as they turn it all into a gut-wrenching mix of swamp metal and doom.

With Ghetto Angel set for release February 12th, the band are currently plowing-over towns on tour with ZOROASTER. After finishing off the South/Southwest and hitting the West Coast they’ll swing and head back East, meeting up with GANON mid-month for the Metal Maniacs sponsored tour that takes them through the Northeast. Plans for a new European tour are in the works for the coming months, and they band is set to burn down Roadburn Fest this year as well.

and ZOROASTER on tour now:
02/10/2008 Knitting Factory – Los Angeles CA
02/11/2008 The Stork Club – Oakland CA
02/12/2008 Annie’s Social Club – San Francisco CA
02/13/2008 Ash Street Saloon – Portland OR
02/14/2008 Funhouse Seattle – Seattle WA
02/15/2008 The Palace – Missoula MT
02/16/2008 Kingdom of Doom – Denver CO
02/17/2008 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines IA
02/18/2008 Big V’s – St. Paul MN

02/19/2008 Vnuks – Cudahy WI
02/20/2008 Reggie’s Live – Chicago IL
02/21/2008 The Belmont – Hamtramck MI
02/22/2008 31st St. Pub – Pittsburgh PA
02/23/2008 Ravari Room – Columbus OH
02/24/2008 Knitting Factory – New York NY
02/25/2008 The Red & Black – Washington DC
02/26/2008 Khyber – Philadelphia PA
02/27/2008 The Sterling Hotel – Allentown PA

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

SIGH, MELECHESH to Team Up for North American Tour

Groundbreaking Japanese act SIGH have announced a few tour dates from their upcoming North American tour with Mesopotamian masters MELECHESH.

The band is touring North America in support of their upcoming album, Hangman’s Hymn, out June 12th, 2007 on The End Records. This is the first North American tour for MELECHESH, who released their critically-acclaimed album, Emissaries, in January of this year. Also on the touring bill is Atlanta’s sludge/doom outfit ZOROASTER.

Says SIGH frontman Mirai Kawashima about touring, “We are excited about coming over to play North America again. The timing of the tour is perfect. Hope to see you all on tour!”

More tour dates will be released in the coming weeks, but the confirmed shows are:
07/06/07 Fri @ Europa – Brooklyn, NY
07/13/07 Fri @ Opera House – Toronto, CA
07/14/07 Sat @ Sapphire Club – Montreal, QC

SIGH also has two live dates with Norway’s MAYHEM:
July 17 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
July 18 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club