Sunday, February 7, 2016

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Krigsgrav and Giant of the Mountain announce tour sponsored by

Black metal band Krigsgrav and blackened death metal band Giant of the Mountain are pleased to announce that they have teamed up with to sponsor their Spring 2016 East Coast U.S. tour. The tour will start in April and span 17 shows in 17 days with audiences being treated to a night of black and death metal mayhem. The tour will be in support of Krigsgrav's upcoming album Waves of Degradation and Giant of the Mountain's forthcoming album. CEO Chris Gonda said about the sponsorship: "PureGrainAudio is thrilled to be sponsoring this tour! We love to help gifted, up-and-coming artists and Krigsgrav and Giant of the Mountain are no exceptions. - Chris Gonda, Publisher

Giant of the Mountain said the following about the upcoming tour: "We are very excited to hit the road this spring in support of our upcoming release, The Empty Quarter, on Burning Dogma Records. We are venturing into new territories with new music and we can't wait to share it with you all."
Krigsgrav added: "This is our first ever tour, and we can't wait to spread our music to the masses of the eastern USA! We intend to show people that strong, diverse, passionate music can come from anywhere in this vast country of ours... even TX."

Check out Giant of the Mountain's Bandcamp page here:

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Krigsgrav/Giant of the Mountain Spring Tour Dates:
04/01 - Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
04/02 - Chicago, IL @ LiveWire Lounge
04/03 - Cincinnati, OH @ Rake’s End
04/04 - Buffalo, NY @ The Lair
04/05 - Albany, NY @ The Fuze Box
04/06 - Burlington, VT @ TBA
04/07 - Manchester, NH @ Shaskeen Pub
04/08 - Portland, ME @ Space Gallery
04/09 - Belchertown, MA @ House Show
04/10 - Brooklyn, NY @ Black Bear Bar
04/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
04/12 - Baltimore, MD @ The Depot
04/13 - Richmond, VA @ 25 WATT
04/14 - Chapel Hill. NC @ Local 506
04/15 - Atlanta, GA @ TBA
04/16 - Jackson, MS @ Big Sleepy’s
04/17 - Dallas, TX @ Reno’s Chop Shop

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Band: Wehrmacht
Album: Shark Attack
Country: USA

Style: Thrash metal / Crossover
Label: Dead Center productions
Release date: 20 February 2016

"Shark Attack" is a merciless and cult album from American Thrash/Crossover gods Wehrmacht! This time album comes with special things, like lyric's translation into Russian language, filled with some old rare photos, band's liner note etc etc, + this album was remastered.
Limited just to 500 hand numbered copies, so feel free to collect the beers before you'll get this stuff in your hands!

Keep up your eyes for all updates on official Dead Center prods website -

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Seattle's Un to tour US west coast

Seattle doom merchants UN are excited to announce that they will be embarking on a US West Coast tour this spring. The tour will consist of ten shows and include one Canadian stop in Vancouver. The tour will be in support of their critically acclaimed album The Tomb of All Things, which was recently released via Black Bow Records. The band will be joined by the black metal entity known as HISSING who recently released their self-titled EP in June 2015
Guitarist/vocalist Monte Mccleery remarked about the tour:
"We are thrilled to finally be venturing outside of the great Northwest for this string of dates with our friends in Hissing. It's been a long time coming and we are very eager to share our vision with like-minded individuals and hopefully make some new friends along the way!"

Listen to/buy The Tomb of All Things at this location:


3/24          Vancouver BC          Hindenburg
3/25          Seattle WA             Highline
3/27          Eugene OR              TBA
3/28          Sacramento CA        Starlite
3/29          Glendale CA             The Complex
3/30          Long Beach CA         The Que Sera
3/31          Oakland CA              The Golden Bull
4/1            Chico CA                  Cafe Coda
4/2            Portland OR              Highwater Mark
4/3            Olympia WA              Obsidian
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For this week's in the riff we trust we put the all important questions to BlackSmith Legacy!
2  WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?                  Holy Diver- Dio
3  YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?                            Malcolm Young, James Hetfield, Randy Rhoads                 
4  WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?                               Malcolm Young!
5  THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?            There is so many I can't pick one specific right now 
6  THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?                              Master of puppets- Metallica
7  THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?                                None
                                                 -Highway to Hell- AC/DC
                                                 -Brittish Steel- Judas Priest
                                                 -Restless and Wild- Accept
                                                 -Strong Arm of the Law- Saxon        
10 THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?                  Back in Black- AC/DC
11 WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?                           Whithout riffs there is no music!
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    Producing blackened death metal with progressive and symphonic highlights that sound straight from the depths of hell.  Denver, CO nightmare MARTRIDEN are offering fans a FREE download of the title track from their most recent album 'Cold And Silence' unleashed during November 2015 to follow their previous releases 2010's 'Encounter The Monolith' and 2007's 'The Unsettling Dark' (Candlelight Records).
The track is one of seven off the full length that deals with each telling a story and theme about the insignificance of human life compared to the vast entirety of the universe.
FREE DOWNLOAD - 'Cold And Silence' - 
1. Pendulum (7:47)
2. Cold and the Silence (7:30)
3. Invisible Cities (7:27)
4. The Grey (6:50)
5. Blackened Trees (8:27)
6. Fear and Dread (6:56)
7. Consequence (9:05)
Martriden are an all-American nightmare producing blackened death metal with progressive and symphonic highlights that sound straight from the depths of hell. Established in 2005 in their home state of Montana, USA and now residing in Denver, CO. The band’s name is derived from the Scandinavian word “Maradraum” meaning nightmare. The name is also associated with various folklore of a malignant female wraith who causes what is now known as sleep paralysis.
Their sinister arrangement of black and death metal is influenced by their European counterparts while maintaining distinctly, unapologetic American style. The band draws inspiration from greats like Opeth, Behemoth, and Bloodbath, while crafting their own symphonic elements. Martriden are known for writing soaring tracks courtesy of Shane Howard writing thick guitar riffs paired with his brother Kyle's keyboard and acid gargling vocals. Will Thackeray wraps up each song tightly around his dark guitar riffs for the perfect balance of melody and heaviness. Shane currently records and engineers albums in his Sawn and Quartered Studio and does recording collaborations with Dave Otero at Denver's Flatline Audio Studios.  He has been involved in the recordings of Wayfarer, Satan's Host, Khemmis, and the last two Cattle Decapitation recordings.
Following successful US tour dates with the mighty EMPEROR, as well as the release of their 2010 'Encounter The Monolith', 2007's 'The Unsettling Dark' via Candlelight Records and 2006's self-titled EP via SOAR, the band has released their most anticipated album to date: “Cold And The Silence” on November 28th, 2015. Their release is a seven track, full-length album, which compromises nothing in terms of production and depth of story. The album deals with life in general with each song telling a story and themes about the insignificance of human life compared to the vast entirety of the universe.
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L-R - Gabe Tachell - Guitar/Vocals, James Porter - Bass, Carlos Delgado - Drums, Alex Smolin - Guitar - Photo Credit – Megan Treasure -

Track Listing of Album: RHINE - An Outsider 
1. Dreaming of Death (11:46)
2. The Spell of Dark Water (6:20) 
3. An Outsider (10:05) 
4. Somewhere (3:59)
5. Paralyzed (10:50)
6. Dissolved in Fire (7:53)
7. P.R.E.Y. (5:31)
8. Into the Unknown (6:34)
9. Shipwrecked In Stasis (3:02)
10. Fragments (8:21)
      It's time to invite that stranger of sound through your door and explore with open ears what they have to offer from Seattle’s experimental prog metal RHINE and their new album 'An Outsider' out now as of February 5th and available on CD and digital download here'An Outsider' is the follow up to RHINE's 2011 debut 'Duality', which was first a solo effort by band founder Gabriel Tachell (guitar and vocals) whom is now joined by Alex Smolin on guitar (ex-Metameric), James Porter on bass (Ideofone), and Carlos Delgado (Inferion, ex-Death Crowned King) to collaborate on this project.
A full album stream can be heard at the following links on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
Vocalist/guitarist Gabe Tachell comments about the release: 
"The name An Outsider is about the struggle that comes with being
different, it’s a love/hate situation. You want to shine but you’re
afraid of it at the same time. You want to create trends, not
follow them, but it’s scary to be the first one. It also has to do
with social struggles and always feeling like a stranger.
The album isn’t entirely cohesive though, no song is alike, we experiment a lot with mixing genres. It’s really all over the map emotionally too, not just angry and dark, but sometimes totally ironic or sometimes very deep and inspiring. It mixes in emotions you wouldn’t typically hear on a metal record like joy and nostalgia. The listening experience is a journey that won’t get you worn out on a single emotion, instead it is dynamic like we are as humans.”

Upcoming Shows:
Feb 20 - Seattle, WA - Kraken Bar (CD Release Show) - Event info
Seattle’s Rhine are seamlessly connecting German thrash metal with Swedish death metal much like their namesake, the Rhine River. The founder of the group Gabriel Tachell named it such for its simplicity and as a metaphor for fluidity and change. The band started in 2011 with the release of their first album ‘Duality’ which was at first a solo effort by Tachell (guitar and vocals) and eventually led to a full band. He is now joined by Alex Smolin on guitar (ex-Metameric), James Porter on bass (Ideofone), and Carlos Delgado (Inferion, ex-Death Crowned King) to collaborate on this project.
Rhine are primarily producing epic, progressive songs and yet others flow to the mouth of the river where there is a culmination of black, death, and thrash metal, occasionally tinged with classical, folk and other styles. The band has a certain frantic unpredictability in terms of songwriting and structure while the moody vocals gently ride over the extreme precision of the guitar, drum, and bass. The four-piece are experimental in their intentions, yet melodically and rhythmically catchy with the delivery. Tachell is the primary inspiration for the current material, referencing experiences in his life from emotional turmoil, health issues, fairy tales, to dreams of finding corpses floating in a swamp. Their interesting themes and energetic music has been evolving into a unique and distinctive sound.
Live, Rhine is an unbridled horse that emotes a nervous uncertainty of what is next compositionally and emotionally. The band bases their performance on the backbone of the band -- guitar, vocals, bass, and drums, and they definitely don’t shy away from the challenges of playing music like this live without the help of backing tracks. Their latest release ‘An Outsider’ is slated for February 5, 2016 and while it may not be heavier than the previous release, it is certainly more advanced in terms of playing, songwriting, vocal performance and production. It includes tracks featuring german lyrics,
completely improvised solos and an overall human-ness that is often lost amongst other high level metal productions in this age of quantizing and autotuning. Rhine are one band that has grown into a machine that is not to be missed.
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Sunday, January 31, 2016

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L-R: Gomorrah Current Line Up | Jeff Bryan (Vocals) | Bowen Matheson (Guitars) Photo Credit - Sheldon Dent
       Kelowna, BC's leading death metal architects GOMORRAH announce they will be hosting a CD release show in Vancouver, BC on February 27th  @ 333 Clark with support from AngelMaker, Wormwitch, Atrous Leviathan and Vermin. Full event details can be found here.
GOMORRAH unleashed their new album 'The Haruspex' on Jan 15, 2016 via Test Your Metal Records to follow up their 2013 debut album 'Perception'. The album is now streaming in full and available digitally plus on CD along with a BastionXGomorrah collaboration long-sleeve T-shirt. To get your copy and listen to the brutality of 'The Haruspex', please visit the following link: 
Guitarist Bowen Matheson comments on the album:
"Jeff Bryan and I recorded the album at my home here in the Okanagan Valley, and we did the absolute majority of the writing in the pre-production and production stages. So much of the material had existed from several years ago, but was completely overhauled and reworked several times to end up in these tracks. We weren't afraid to try things out and work over several revisions, or to take our hands off of a few of the songs that we felt very comfortable with after only the first revision. Jeff wrote the lyrics for the tracks in less than two months, and a lot of them were written and finalized in the vocal tracking stage, in front of the microphone.
We weren't afraid to enable our music with production techniques. Many reviews have figured that we used samples or synthesizers in the songs, however the reality is that all of these droning noises, stutters, and otherwise 'industrial' sounds are actually either electric guitar or bass guitar, and abusing these instruments in front of their amplifiers with only two guitar effect pedals. The rest of these noises you hear are the interaction with the instrument and their environment.
We then delivered all of the tracks to Stuart McKillop of Rain City Recorders for mixing, and he blew us away. It didn't take him long at all to catch onto what we were going for, and his consistency from one track to the next brought the tracks to the highest musical apex they could reach. Brad Boatright of Audiosiege handled the mastering, and he made certain that the product was of the outstanding final production quality for us. Brad has really yielded an outstanding quality for so many other abrasive sub-genres of metal and hardcore and he delivered that exact pinnacle of quality for us on this record as well." - Bowen Matheson
Track Listing: The Haruspex
1. Imperial (1:55)
2. Nine Kings of Sulphur (3:17)
3. Carcosa (2:31)
4. Dismantling The Throne (2:59)
5. Sitra Achra (3:51)
6. Crowns of Flesh (3:50)
7. Cerulean (3:05)
8. Venom and Rapture (4:14)
9. Architects (1:33)
10. The Mark of Veritas (3:40)
Album Length: 30:59
GOMORRAH, originally formed in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia as a
black metal outfit in 2006, has now grown into an assaulting death
metal band - ready to unleash their boundary-pushing extreme sound
on their second full-length album. The forthcoming album 'The
Haruspex' is to be released on January 15, 2016 on
Canadian label Test Your Metal Records.
“We have stepped up the quality of everything: the pre production,
writing, structuring, lyrics, performances, mix and master have all
been improved. The combination of those improvements translates to
a major difference between our previous recordings, and the single
"A Disaster's Nightmare" - as well as our forthcoming
full-length 'The Haruspex'. Improvement, through effort and
time.” Comments guitarist Bowen Matheson.
Their name is associated with a historical reference to a city
mentioned in the Book of Genesis, the Qur'an and Hadith, the
Torah, and the New Testament. The bands music conveys a
claustrophobic animosity, through punishing guitar work, high-speed
drumming, and guttural vocals. The lyrics provide an accessible
gateway into the stories told in each song.
Gomorrah has shared the stage with Suffocation, Cryptopsy,
Archspire, Ancients, Striker, Origin, Beyond Creation, King Parrot,
Ninjaspy, KenMode, Bison BC, The Agonist, Fuck The Facts, The Order
of Chaos, Slumlord, and Fall City Fall.
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New EP 'Skeptic Knight' Due Out Feb 26th via Stand Productions
     Comprised of members from legendary Quebec bands Ghoulunatics, Les Ékorchés, Arseniq 33 and currently active Vantablack Warship, Montreal, QC based stoner thrash influenced metallers BUFFALO THEORY MTL return to the scene with their first single 'Punishment' from their fourth and latest offering 'Skeptic Knight' set for release via Stand Productions on February 26th, which is available for pre-order on iTunes here.
The EP is the follow up to 2014's 'Murder Trilogy' EP and their 2012 full length 'Heavy Ride' and was recorded at Indica Studio in Montreal, QC where it was produced by BUFFALO THEORY MTL along with Peter Edwards (Grimskunk). Featuring five annihilating tracks each with its own eclectic flavour / twist, all will appeal highly to fans of Down, COC, Queens of the Stone Age and Black Sabbath.
of Down, COC, Queens of the Stone Age and Black Sabbath. 
"Punishment – is the song that has that “Stoner Rock meets Thrash Metal” type of vibe. It will hit your brain as an out of control train and probably be stuck there for a while… it really looks like punishment!" comments bassist Gary Lyons.
To listen to the track, please visit the following link for the exclusive stream on Ondes Chocs 

(EP artwork by Darek Kocurek)
1. Conspiracy in Paranoland (3:45)
2. Punishment (3:09)
3. Get On It (2:59)
4. Skeptic Knight (3:20)
5. Psychic Enclosure (2:37)
EP Length: 15:52

Upcoming Dates:
March 18 - Montreal, QC @ Petit Cafe Campus - Event info (CD launch show w/ Warcall, Coup D'Pied Dans Face, The Naked High)