SUSPERIA – The Lyricist

Norway’s melodic black/thrash metal outfit SUSPERIA, comprised of former Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon and Old Man’s Child members, release advance stream of their new album “The Lyricist”, due out on March 16th via Agonia Records. Listen to the band’s first new album in nine years at this link:

The origins of SUSPERIA can be traced back to 1998 when Tjodalv, then occupying the drum seat with Dimmu Borgir, and long-time friend Cyrus (ex-Satyricon, Old Man’s Child) got together to share ideas and write songs. Clearly rooted and seasoned in the Norwegian black metal scene, SUSPERIA elevated its sound into more melodic areas of extreme metal, embracing and exploring a variety of musical avenues with ease.

On “The Lyricist”, SUSPERIA has gone back to its black origin in many ways, one of which is a more grimmer expression. The characteristic melodic twist the band is known for is still present, and an additional layer of variety has been added thanks to new vocalist, Bernt ‘Dagon’ Fjellestad (whose stage debut with the band was made at last year’s 70000 Tons Of Metal Festival). From SUSPERIA’s pragmatic point of view, the new album is a “good old-fashioned kick in the head, both old and new fans should find enjoyable”.

“The Lyricist” was recorded at three different studios in Norway between February 2015 and May 2016. The album was later mixed and mastered at Strand Studio(Chrome Division, The Wretched End, In Vain) by Marius Strand. Cover design and artwork was prepared by Vincent Fouquet. New band photos were shot by Espen Bakken.

Earthless – Volt Rush

San Diego based trio Earthless have released their new album Black Heaven today! In celebration of the their new offering, the band have premiered the hilarious official video for ‘Volt Rush’ over on YouTube. The video, which is set in the band’s hometown of San Diego, as well as neighbouring Oceanside, was directed by skateboard/visual artist BB Bastidas and features the famed SoCal skateboarder T-Spliff (aka Taylor Smith).

“Stoked to present to you the very first Earthless video, directed by artist BB Bastidas”, said drummer Mario Rubalcaba. “We were stoked to work with BB on this as he knows our background as a band and our close roots with skateboarding. His art is amazing and he also has a keen natural eye for film. Having Taylor Smith, aka T-Spliff, in it just makes it even sweeter. He is somewhat of a mythical figure of a skater, an amazing talent but chooses to shred at his own discretion. Those who know, know. This was a blast to be a part of and we hope you enjoy this short high energy rocker that cruises around our hometown of San Diego, and local club, The Casbah.”

Black Heaven is the band’s first release to feature a majority of songs with vocals and is also the trio’s first time working with producer Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal). Rubalcaba explains the impact the Joshua Tree studio had on the outfit’s new music: “This album represents yet another branch on the ever growing and now adolescent Earthless tree. I spent a good amount of time just gazing into the stars at night while we were out recording in the desert of Joshua Tree. I think this somehow lent itself into the title and feel of the album on some songs. This LP has a touch more of our classic rock roots showing, just stuff we grew up on and it’s great to finally utilize Isaiah’s lyrical talent and soulful voice. As cliché as it sounds – Black Heaven should be played LOUD.”


Black Heaven is out now:
Limited Edition coloured and splatter vinyl:
Limited Edition Black Vinyl:
Limited Edition Digipack CD:
Digital album from iTunes:


Order the album on various limited edition formats:

The band are returning to the UK in April (see dates below) and their show in Manchester has already sold out. Speaking about the forthcoming dates, Isaiah commented: “I wanted to say thank you to everyone in the UK for all the love and support you’ve given us over the years!! We’ve always had a great time playing for you and we’re really looking forward to the shows in April!! Thanks to all you in Manchester for selling the gig out!! Awesome!! And to everyone in Bristol and London there are still tickets left so jump on it before it’s too late!! If you haven’t already picked up our new album, Black Heaven, we’ll have them at our shows for you to grab. Again much love and thanks for all the support!! Can’t wait to play for all of yous!!”

PRIMITIVE MAN – “Sugar Hole”

Denver nihilistic trio PRIMITIVE MAN share the official video for “Sugar Hole” off their recent full-length album Caustic. “Sugar Hole” is a Novelconcept.TV Production and is directed by Marcos Morales & Neil Barrett. Watch the uncensored video HERE.

PRIMITIVE MAN comments on the video:“Death’s holy scythe has been replaced by an automatic weapon in the modern age.  Mother nature is being asphyxiated. On all shores, people are divided and life is in turmoil. Humanity is on trial, pick a side.”

Additionally, PRIMITIVE MAN begin their Spring headline tour with Spectral Voice this Saturday, March 17 in Omaha, NE. The tour runs through 24 cities and ends on April 09 in Denver, CO. PRIMITIVE MAN will also perform throughout the  United Kingdom from April 25 to May 06 with Bismuth. Includes an exclusive one off and the band’s first ever performance in Tel Aviv on May 03. PRIMITIVE MAN then return to the states for a West Coast tour starting May 19 in Fort Collins, CO and ends June 18 in Dallas, TX. Includes appearances at Northwest Terror Fest and Austin Terror Fest plus direct support will be provided by Infernal Coil (5/19-5/21), Celeste (5/26-6/01), Wayfarer (6/11-6/18) and Forn (6/14-6/19). A full list of confirmed tour dates is available below.

Watch PRIMITIVE MAN’s previously released videos for “Victim” and “Commerce” via YouTube HERE.

Caustic is out now on CD/2xLP/CS/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital orders are available via HERE and all digital retail outlets HERE.

Denver’s nihilistic trio PRIMITIVE MAN return with Caustic, their second full-length offering of soul-crushing blackened doom and noise-ridden claustrophobia. Recorded and produced at Flatline Audio by Dave Otero (Cobalt, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation), Caustic is 12 songs and 75+ minutes of bloodcurdling howls, abysmal tones and dense, unsettling feedback spewing forth a cesspool of utter misery. With lyrical themes ranging from political corruption, personal struggle and the crumbling social climate facing the world today, Caustic serves as a cataclysmic soundtrack for a world gone awry.


— All Dates Mar 17 – Apr 08 w/ Spectral Voice —

Mar 17 Omaha, NE The Sydney
Mar 18 Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club
Mar 19 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry
Mar 20 Chicago, IL Subterranean
Mar 21 Lansing, MI Macs Bar
Mar 22 Pittsburgh, PA Cattivo
Mar 23 Syracuse, NY Spark Art Space
Mar 24 Toronto, ON Lees Palace
Mar 25 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
Mar 26 Quebec City, QC L’Anti
Mar 27 Montreal, QC Bar LeRitz
Mar 28 Cambridge, MA Middle East
Mar 29 Portland, ME Geno’s Rock Club
Mar 30 Montclair, NJ Meatlocker
Mar 31 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
Apr 01 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie (Primitive Man Only)
Apr 02 Washington D.C. Atlas Brew
Apr 03 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
Apr 04 Atlanta, GA The EARL
Apr 05 Nashville, TN The End
Apr 06 St. Louis, MO Fubar
Apr 07 Rock Island, IL Rock Island Brewing Co.
Apr 08 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
Apr 09 Denver, CO Syntax Physics Opera

— All Dates with Bismuth Apr 25 – May 06 —

Apr 25 Newcastle, UK Trillians Rock Bar
Apr 26 Glasgow, SL North of the Wall
Apr 27 Wigan, UK The Old Courts
Apr 28 Manchester, UK Rebellion Club
Apr 29 Sheffield, UK West Street Live
Apr 30 Bristol, UK Old England
May 01 Leeds, UK Temple of Boom
May 03 Tel Aviv, IL Levontin 7 (Primitive Man Only)
May 04 Nottingham, UK Angel Microbrewery
May 05 Plymouth, UK The Junction
May 06 London, UK Desert Fest

— West Coast Headline Tour —

May 19 Fort Collins, CO Hodi’s
May 20 Albuquerque, NM Sister Bar
May 21 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
May 22 Tijuana, MX Garage Rock Bar
May 24 Tucson, AZ Flycatcher
May 25 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
May 26 Los Angeles, CA Union
May 27 San Francisco, CA Elbo Room
May 28 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst
May 29 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp
May 30 Eugene, OR Old Nick’s
May 31 Portland, OR Tonic
Jun 01 Seattle, WA Northwest Terror Fest 2018
Jun 02 Victoria, BC Capital Ballroom
Jun 03 Vancouver, BC Astoria
Jun 05 Boise, ID Neurolux
Jun 06 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Jun 11 Wichita, KS Barleycorns
Jun 12 Wichita Falls, TX Iron Horse Pub
Jun 13 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger
Jun 14 New Orleans, LA Santos Bar
Jun 16 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
Jun 17 Austin, TX Austin Terror Fest 2018
Jun 18 Dallas, TX Reno’s

w/ Infernal Coil (5/19-5/21)
w/ Celeste (5/26-6/01)
w/ Wayfarer (6/11-6/18)
w/ Forn (6/14-6/19)

Jun 29-30 Denver, CO Electric Funeral Fest

Aug 16-19 Edmonton, AB Temple of Ascension Vol. 1
Aug 17-19 Las Vegas, NV Psycho Las Vegas 2018

Sep 14-15 Eindhoven, NL Bloodshed Fest 2018

Aura Noir – Dark Lung Of The Storm

After nearly 25 years upholding and reinvigorating thrash metal’s grimmest traditions for the delight of the international underground, Norway’s reapers of blackened-thrash, Aura Noir, will unleash their sixth full length on April 27th with Indie Recordings. The semi-self-titled, AURA NOIRE, is released with no overdubs or embellishments, only underscoring the band’s potency as a power-trio and reinforces their primacy among thrash’s primal pantheon.

Today, Aura Noir has aligned itself with to unchain the record’s first song “Dark Lung Of The Storm.”
“”Dark Lung of the Storm” is the opener on the album. The first sequence of riffs has this come-back vibe to it, though we haven’t come back, we’ve been here all the time. It’s the natural opener on the album.”  – Aggressor

With Aura Noire, a title which quite distinctly resembles their band name, Aura Noir churns through some of the most refreshing, yet nostalgic tracks of thrash metal ever to be heard. The album opens with probably one of the most retrospect of riffs, but suddenly summersaults you into the gloriously dissonant and immersive Aura Noir atmosphere. The soaring and burning shouts of Aggressor intensely glues the otherwise quite varied and playful guitar riffs and drums together, culminating into the essence of thrash that is Aura Noir!

Primordial – Exile Amongst the Ruins

Irish Pagan Metal Gods PRIMORDIAL will release their new album ‘Exile Amongst The Ruins’ March 30th through Metal Blade Records.

Teaming with producer Ola Ersfjord, who worked on PRIMORDIAL’s 2016 live album ‘Gods To The Godless’, the record was tracked at Dublin’s Camelot Studios, located adjacent to their rehearsal room.

PRIMORDIAL have now released the 3rd single out of the album. Please to watch the video for the title track, ‘Exile Amongst The Ruins’, directed by Costin Chioreanu.

Comments PRIMORDIAL: “This is a simple story. A soldier’s fate that has happened around the world many times and will continue to do so. It is set in Ireland about 100 years ago. Nothing more and nothing less. They are the Ghosts. We are the Ruins.”

Surf over to to check out the videos for the first two singles ‘Stolen Years’ and ‘To Hell Or The Hangman’. At the same location you can pre-order ‘Exile Amongst The Ruins’ in the following formats:

–ltd. 1st ed. Digibook-CD with bonus-CD
–ltd. ed. Artbook (incl. 5 x 10″ in golden vinyl)
–180g black vinyl
–clear gray-brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 700 copies)
–violet red purple marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–clear pale pink/white splattered vinyl (EU ebay exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–purple red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–transparent green vinyl (Blast exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–dead gold marbled vinyl (Napalm exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–rosy brown/purple marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 400 copies)
–tan clear vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)

Once again building upon their signature sound, the follow up to 2014’s ‘Where Greater Men Have Fallen’ is a more raw, “old school sounding” record than its predecessor. Hitting home with what vocalist A.A. Nemtheanga describes as “a direct energy” and wielding an urgency that is undeniable, the Irish quintet once again effortlessly blend elements of tragedy and might like no one else. Likewise, the evolution in their sound continues to be organic and unforced, ensuring that ‘Exile Amongst The Ruins’ is essential listening for both their long term faithful and those only now drawn into their world.

‘Exile Amongst The Ruins’ track listing:
1. Nail Their Tongues
2. To Hell or the Hangman
3. Where Lie the Gods
4. Exile Amongst the Ruins
5. Upon Our Spiritual Deathbed
6. Stolen Years
7. Sunken Lungs
8. Last Call

To coincide with the album release the Irishmen have just announced two special and rather intimate album-release shows in Germany as well as their appearance on the ‘Heathen Crusade’ European tour with Finnish MOONSORROW as co-headliners and German DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT as support act!

PRIMORDIAL – ‘Exile Amongst The Ruins’ release shows:
30/03/18 DE – Berlin – Cassiopeia w/Albez Duz
31/03/18 DE – Köln – Jungle Club w/Ketzer & Bastard Royalty

Heathen Crusade 2018
Presented by Metal Hammer, Deaf Forever, Guitar, Kulturnews,, Firebird Industries & Dragon Productions
12/04/18 NL – Leeuwarden – Neushoorn
13/04/18 NL – Tilburg – 013
14/04/18 FR – Paris – Trabendo
15/04/18 BE – Brugge – Entrepot
16/04/18 UK – London – Islington Assembly Hall
17/04/18 LU – Esch-sur-Alzette – Kulturfabrik
18/04/18 CH – Pratteln – Z7
19/04/18 DE – Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
20/04/18 DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
21/04/18 CZ – Prague – Akropolis
22/04/18 SK – Kosice – Colloseum
23/04/18 HU – Budapest – Barba Negra
24/04/18 AT – Wien – Szene
25/04/18 DE – München – Backstage
26/04/18 DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
27/04/18 DE – Bochum – Matrix
28/04/18 DE – Hamburg – Markthalle

Get your tickets now:
Further info here:

Further PRIMORDIAL festival appearances:
12/05/18 NO – Haugesund – Karmoygeddon
26/05/18 IE – Dublin – Tivoli Theatre
09/06/18 SE – Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock
14/07/18 DE – Balingen – Bang Your Head!!!
20/07/18 DE – Bertingen – Rock Unter Den Eichen
21/07/18 IT – Brescia – Colony Festival
27/07/18 SI – Tolmin – Metaldays
11/08/18 ES – Villena – Leyendas Del Rock
12/08/18 BE – Kortrijk – Alcatraz Metal Festival
26/08/18 RO – Suceava – Bucovina Rock Castle

The Black Dahlia Murder – tour dates

This spring, The Black Dahlia Murder will embark on a North American tour, featuring Homewrecker as support – before they join Whitechapel, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Aversions Crown, and Shadow Of Intent for their trek across the USA that kicks off June 8th. See below for all dates.

The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates
w/ Cannibal Corpse, In Arkadia
Mar. 13 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
Mar. 14 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
Mar. 15 – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
Mar. 16 – Bristol, UK – Bierkeller
Mar. 17 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
Mar. 18 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town

The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates
w/ Homewrecker
May 19 – St. Coud, MN – Red Carpet Nightclub
May 20 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
May 22 – Billings, MT – Pub Station
May 23 – Spokane, WA – The Pin
May 24 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater – Modified Ghost Fest
May 26 – Calgary, AB – Dicken’s
May 27 – Saskatoon, SK – O’Brien’s
May 28 – Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theater
May 29 – Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
May 30 – Timmons, ON – The Working Class
June 1 – Traverse, MI – Ground Zero

The Black Dahlia Murder and Whitechapel tour dates
w/ Fleshgod Apocalypse, Aversions Crown, Shadow Of Intent
June 8 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
June 9 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
June 10 – Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall
June 12 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
June 13 – Rochester, NY – Funk N Waffles
June 14 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
June 15 – New York, NY – Stage 48
June 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre
June 17 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
June 19 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa Theatre
June 20 – Jacksonville, NC – Tarheel
June 22 – St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
June 23 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
June 24 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
June 26 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
June 27 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall
June 28 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
June 29 – San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
June 30 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
July 2 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
July 3 – Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom
July 5 – Fresno, CA – Strummer’s
July 6 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
July 7 – Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
July 8 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
July 10 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
July 11 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman
July 12 – Sioux Falls, SD – Icon Lounge
July 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
July 14 – Oshkosh, WI – Rock USA *
*=The Black Dahlia Murder only

The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates
Aug. 8 – Josefov, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault Festival
Aug. 9 – Poznan, Poland – Pod Minoga
Aug. 10 – Schlotheim, Germany – Party San Open Air
Aug. 11 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands – Into The Grave afterparty
Aug. 12 – Courtrai, Belgium – Alcatraz Metal Festival
Aug. 14 – Berlin, Germany – Musik & Frieden
Aug. 15 – Essen, Germany – Turock
Aug. 16 – Dinkelsbuehl, Germany – Summer Breeze
Aug. 18 – Saint-Nolff, France – Motocultor Festival
Aug. 19 – Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo
Aug. 20 – Milan, Italy – Circolo Magnolia
Aug. 22 – Hamburg, Germany – Logo
Aug. 23 – Andernach, Germany – Death Feast
Aug. 24 – Spital am Semmering, Austria – Kaltenbach Open Air
Aug. 25 – Worrstadt, Germany – Neuborn Open Air

The Black Dahlia Murder released Nightbringers to critical acclaim last fall. In the hands of guitarist Brian Eschbach – who co-founded the band with front-man Trevor Strnad in 2001 – and new recruit Brandon Ellis (Arsis, ex-Cannabis Corpse), Nightbringers is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic The Black Dahlia Murder, resulting in a collection that shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. To preview and purchase Nightbringers, please visit:

Tombs – tour dates

After releasing their fourth full-length, The Grand Annihilation, last year,Tombs is now heading back out on the road again in support of it, this time joining Bloodbath on select dates, before headlining a few shows with Barishi. See below for all upcoming dates!

Tombs tour dates
May 25 – New Brunswick, NJ – Court Tavern
May 26 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall *
May 27 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
May 28 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theater *
May 29 – Montreal, QC – Corona *
May 30 – Quebec City, QC – L’Anti Bar & Spectacles +
May 31 – Brattleboro, VT – The Stone Church +
June 1 – Portland, ME – Geno’s Rock Club +
*=supporting Bloodbath
+=with Barishi

While every track on The Grand Annihilation stands separate from those around it, it is still a cohesive collection, and at no point do the stylistic twists and turns undermine its coherence. The blasting, scathing yet melodic black metal savagery of opener “Black Sun Horizon” and “Way Of The Storm” are very much built to destroy, while wielding a poignancy that is undeniable – both of which stand in strong contrast to the uncomfortable post-punk squall of “Underneath” that showcases front-man Mike Hill’s Nick Cave/Ian Curtis-esque singing voice, while the likes of the throbbing “Saturnalian” and unnerving tribal thunder of “Walk With Me In Nightmares” stand in categories all of their own.

To preview and purchase The Grand Annihilation, please visit:

Rivers of Nihil – “A Home”

Rivers of Nihil has released their third full-length, Where Owls Know My Name, today via Metal Blade Records! To purchase the album, please visit: To coincide with Where Owls Know My Name’s release, Rivers of Nihil has launched a new video for “A Home”, directed by David Brodsky (

Rivers of Nihil comments: “Once again we have partnered up with the legendary Dave Brodsky and the rest of the fine folks at MyGoodEye Visuals to bring you this video for ‘A Home’ from our new record ‘Where Owls Know My Name’ out today! This video was shot in our hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania, so going along with the song title this video feels very much at home for us. Catch us out on tour for the next five weeks across the US and Canada with Dying Fetus, Thy Art is Murder, Enterprise Earth, andSanction!”

Where Owls Know My Name reunites Rivers of Nihil with Monarchy producer Carson Slovak (August Burns Red, The Last Ten Seconds of Life) and Dan Seagrave, the storied artist behind such celebrated album covers asEntombed’s Left Hand Path and Suffocation’s Effigy of the Forgotten. The result is the Reading, PA quintet’s most visceral, accomplished, and satisfying offering to-date.

Guitarist Brody Uttley comments: “This record is Rivers of Nihil being exactly who we want to be. Many bands get stuck in a comfortable routine of releasing the same album over and over again. Constantly relying on the same familiar formula may work for some bands, but it does not work for us. Music is art, and art is ever-changing. Without change, there is no progress. Without progress, the very fire that powers art and expression will die. This record is the sound of where we come from, where we are, and where we are going.”

Adds bassist/vocalist Adam Biggs:  “This time around, the lyrics feel a little more personal than on previous albums. The story picks up several millennia after the events of ‘Monarchy’, where one person still remains alive, chosen by the planet to be the sole intelligent witness of its ultimate fate. But ‘Where Owls Know My Name’ is less about overarching narrative than our previous albums. The scenario is just a backdrop for the more emotional material we tried to put forth this time around. Ultimately, this is an album about loss, getting older, and reaching a point where death becomes a much more present part of your life.”

Rivers of Nihil tour dates
w/ Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Enterprise Earth, Sanction
Mar. 16 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Mar. 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora
Mar. 18 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Mar. 20 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot
Mar. 21 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Mar. 22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway
Mar. 23 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
Mar. 24 – Denver, CO @ Summit
Mar. 25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall *
Mar. 27 – Portland, OR @ Bossanova
Mar. 28 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Mar. 30 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
Mar. 31 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Apr. 1 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Apr. 2 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Jamspot *
Apr. 3 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
Apr. 4 – Springfield, MO @ The Riff
Apr. 6 – Knoxville, TN @ International
Apr. 7 – Miami, FL @ The Ground
Apr. 8 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
Apr. 9 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
Apr. 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Apr. 11 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904
Apr. 13 – Houston, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Apr. 14 – Austin, TX @ Texas Independence Fest
Apr. 15 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Apr. 16 – Hot Springs Village, AR @ The Building *
Apr. 17 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
Apr. 18 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
Apr. 19 – Allentown, PA @ One Centre Square
Apr. 20 – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
Apr. 21 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independence
Apr. 22 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
*=Rivers of Nihil, Enterprise Earth only

Gozu – The People vs. Mr. T

On April 13th, Boston’s rock/metal outfit GOZU will release their new album, ‘Equilibrium’, via Blacklight Media Records. For a preview of ‘Equilibrium’, the new single, ‘The People vs Mr. T’, can be heard now. teamboat’ can be viewed now at: – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–180g black vinyl + download card
–sky-blue marbled vinyl + download card (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–magenta marbled vinyl + download card (limited to 200 copies – USA exclusive)
–transparent petrol blue vinyl + download card (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–olive/black marbled vinyl + download card (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

With roots in 60s psychedelia and classic rock, the fuzzy stoner riffs of the 70s, the grit of 90s grunge and the winning dirty rock n’ roll that has in recent years made a resurgence, GOZU has been churning out killer records since 2009. With 2016’s ‘Revival’ they took their sound in a somewhat new and more aggressive direction, and in doing so, dropped the most compulsive, exciting and downright badass release of their career – and ‘Equilibrium’ has only raised the stakes. “We wanted these songs to hit a nerve, make people shake their ass and enjoy simply being alive,” says vocalist/guitarist Marc “Gaff” Gaffney, who founded the band with lead guitarist Doug Sherman. Much of the record’s strength stems from the unit growing since ‘Revival’, the first full-length featuring drummer Mike Hubbard and bassist Joseph Grotto. Having also reunited with ‘Revival’ producer Dean Baltulonis (Hatebreed/Goes Cube/The Hold Steady) at Wild Arctic Studio in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the record is certainly the catchiest and most instant music dropped by the quartet, embracing their love of pop music but without compromising on any of the other vital elements of their sound.

LIK – Rid You of Your Flesh

Death Metallers LIK from Stockholm, Sweden announces their new album ‘Carnage’ for a May 4 release through Metal Blade Records. Surf over to to check out the first single ‘Rid You Of Your Flesh’. At the same location you can pre-order the album in the following formats:

–ltd. 1st ed. Digi-CD
–180g black vinyl
–grey black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–white vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–red opaque/black splattered vinyl (EU/EMP exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–clear/black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)

Comments LIK on the 1st single: “With it’s sheer power coming at you as a knuckle sandwich to your face, but keeping a melodic side to it, it was easy to choose ‘Rid You Of Your Flesh’ as the first single for this album. Showcasing what we’ve done in the past and a hint of what you can expect on ‘Carnage’, it was a natural choice!”

In the dirt where fallen idols lay to rest, the maggots and seeds in 2014 spawned a new creation. This took the ugly form of LIK, which fittingly means corpse in Swedish. An un-dead creation which offers a plate of savory old school death metal. Walking the earth for three cold winters, and with the first offer named ‘Mass Funeral Evocation’ in 2015, it’ll have a sister released in May of 2018. Through iconic Metal Blade Records, ‘Carnage’ will reach even further in the quest to spread the beauty of imperfection.

Responsible to capture this on tape was once again Lawrence Mackrory (Darkane, F.K.Ü). This time things where stepped up a notch as the recording took place in the famous Dugout studios in Uppsala where Daniel Bergstrand also added some spice to the infernal stew. In the land where the craft is polished to resemble something else than brute reality, LIK has no passage as this entity is devoted to make a permanent mark in those who lay down their souls to rock’n’roll. That’s why the recipe will always, and has always been, to record as much live as possible. Keeping editing to a minimum offers a “what your hear is what you get” experience. That’s why it feels like you’re on the spot at a live gig, rather than a calm studio environment when you spin the disc.

The new offering from the Stockholm group delivers more of what you got on the debut. It’s an effort where you can expect everything from slow and bone crushing songs to fast and furious riffs. The lyrics are once again about everything between heaven and hell, both in reality and in fiction. It portrays the deepest corners of humanity and it also flirts with old school horror.