2013


My Little Pony's Equestria Girls spin off Rainbow Rocks doll line has added the mystical and magical wisdom that is Trixie! She made a brief appearance with her infamous line "The great and powerful Trixie" in the My Little Pony Equestria Girls film - has been added to the Rainbow Rocks line!

The following details are said; look out, world, because your Trixie Lulamoon doll has a stage style that's every bit as magical as her music! No other band is going to steal the spotlight while Trixie Lulamoon is rocking Canterlot High, and she'll amaze you with her sassy style and stage presence. She knows every fashion trick in the book and she comes with a brush and a rainbow hair extension for different looks! Gear up for some onstage magic with your Trixie Lulamoon doll and her awesome 2-neck guitar!


Equestria Girls doll looks like the Trixie Lulamoon character.
Awesome magician's outfit.
Change her hairstyle with the hair extension.
Includes 2-neck guitar and brush.
Doll comes with hair extension, guitar and brush.

This doll and the rest of the Rainbow Rocks line will be available soon!


"Mini Lights", the new video from Virginia hardcore thrashbangers IRON REAGAN, who feature within their crossover ranks Tony Foresta (MUNICIPAL WASTE), LandPhil Hall (MUNICIPAL WASTE, CANNABIS CORPSE), Ryan Parrish (ex-DARKEST HOUR), Mark Bronzino (MAMMOTH GRINDER, ANS) and Rob Skotis (HELLBEAR), can be seen HERE.


Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse formerly of Escape The Fate has taken his love of rap and hip hop music which he demonstrated on Falling In Reverse's "Fashionably Late" will continue onward's with his highly anticipated "rap mixtape" titled "Watch Me" due out soon. The tracklisting, album artwork and debut track "Destiny" can be heard HERE and seen below.

TRACKLISTING:

1. Asshole featuring Andy Beirsack
2. Stupid Boy
3. Never The Same
4. Already Dead
5. Who Can Stop Us? featuring Deuce & Blay
6.  Destiny
7. Armor featuring Tyler Carter & Sy Ari Da Kid
8. Role Model
9. The Future featuring Jacoby Shaddix
10. Brother featuring Danny Worsnop
11. Bury The Hatchet featuring Craig Mabbit
12. Devil


Memphis May Fire will head out on The Unconditional Tour in February. Support for the tour will come from The Word Alive, A Skylit Drive, Hands Like Houses, and Beartooth. Pre-sale VIP tickets are available HERE while general tickets are on sale now! Check out the dates below!

TOUR DATES:

2/21 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
2/22 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
2/23 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
2/25 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
2/26 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues – Orlando
2/27 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
3/1 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/2 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
3/4 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero Theatre
3/5 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
3/6 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/7 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
3/9 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
3/10 – Toronto, ONT @ Opera House
3/11 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
3/12 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
3/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
3/16 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
3/18 – Spokane, WA @ The Knitting Factory
3/19 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
3/20 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
3/21 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
3/22 – San Bernardino, CA @ NOS Events Center (Self Help Fest)
3/23 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
3/26 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues – Sunset Strip
3/27 – Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre

All-female JRock band Gacharic spin will perform a live concert in April 2014 at Pittsburgh anime event Tekko 2014 (formerly Tekkoshocon). Formed by bassist F Chopper KOGA and drummer Hana, the band has contributed to Sony PSP's Hatsune Miku Project Diva series and created soundtrack songs for the Japanese Black Angel films. Known in Japan for their non-stop energy and respected musical technique, Gacharic Spin has toured Korea, France, and the United States.

During 2013, Gacharic Spin released a new album Delicious, starred in the horror-comedy film Dead Banging, and formed a special performance group DOLL$BOXX with Light Bringer vocalist Fuki.

In addition to the Tekko 2014 concert, Gacharic Spin will participate in a fan Q&A panel and autograph session, plus a special invitation-only encore show at Pittsburgh's Hard Rock Cafe.

Gacharic Spin appears at Tekko 2014 by arrangement with RESONANCE Media and Brisk Crew.

Tekko 2014 Registration and Event Information
http://www.tekko.us

VIDEOS
http://youtu.be/FPHOhw-ArKs
http://youtu.be/lW241zFnM0g


Frenetic multi-genre madman Blue Stahli has released "The Devil: Chapter 01," featuring a duo of tracks from the highly anticipated sophomore album, available now from FiXT.

Produced by Klayton (Celldweller) and mixed by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, I See Stars, Attack Attack!), the tracks are a sonic assault of grinding chainsaw crushing guitars with blasting beats and melodic vocal hooks that can only be described as 'Blue Stahli.'

"Blue Stahli has always been, and will always be, a multi-genre project ranging from the heavy to the upbeat, to the poppy, to the subdued and to the full on doom. In 'The Devil' I'm fusing my love of big dirty beats, electronics, and cinematic sound design with my lust of huge chainsaw guitar riffs. In addition to making music designed to soundtrack your own personal action movie, the main focus is on strong songwriting with catchy, melodic vocals that get firmly stuck in your head. The entire reason Blue Stahli exists is so people have something to connect with, whether it's something to make you feel powerful, or an enveloping cathartic atmosphere. Both bandage and weapon, Blue Stahli aims to be your escape and your sledgehammer to break through. This one-man show is electronic rock'n'roll for the end of the world." - Blue Stahli

TRACKLISTING:

01. Down In Flames
02. The Fall


IN THIS MOMENT and Century Media Records are proud to announce the release of 'BLOOD' Special Edition, a two-disc set featuring the band's breakthrough album 'BLOOD' and the bonus live DVD 'BLOOD AT THE ORPHEUM'. The package is set for a January 21, 2014 release in North America and includes a bonus cover of the NINE INCH NAILS track "Closer" on 'BLOOD', and the live DVD featuring a full 100-minute concert shot in Madison, WI, earlier this year, behind the scenes footage and interviews. In Europe, 'BLOOD AT THE ORPHEUM' will be released February 17 as a limited edition standalone DVD, and digitally in an audio-only format.

Click HERE to watch the official 'BLOOD AT THE ORPHEUM' trailer.

In North America, the album will be available in the following formats:

    'BLOOD' Special Edition CD with 'BLOOD AT THE ORPHEUM' DVD (on sale January 21)
    'BLOOD' Special Edition CD with 'BLOOD AT THE ORPHEUM' BLU-RAY (on sale January 21 exclusively at Best Buy)
    'BLOOD AT THE ORPHEUM' digital audio release (on sale January 21)
    'BLOOD AT THE ORPHEUM' digital video release (on sale February 18)
    'BLOOD' Special Edition CD with 'BLOOD AT THE ORPHEUM' DVD pre-sale packages including exclusive merchandise (available only at CM Distro)

 Exclusive pre-sale bundles including long-sleeve IN THIS MOMENT shirts, a tank dress for women, and 7" "Blood" singles are on sale now - Click HERE to view. 


Pop artist Alexa Ferr, has released the "Love Me Long Time" from her upcoming mixtape Shades Of My Lipstick (The Christmas Treats) which will be released on December 25th, 2013. Alexa is encouraging fans to tweet her what they think love is using the hashtag #AlexaFerrLYLT. Fans can create images on Instagram using the same hashtag: #AlexaFerrLYLT

International fans of Japanese avante-garde "trauma techno-pop" group URBANGARDE can keep up with the band's outrageous, mind-bending antics via the band's new official Tumblr page.

http://urbangarde.tumblr.com

In addition to the band's regular posts on Facebook and Twitter, the band has launched the Tumblr account to help fans updated about their photos, music videos, and previews of new specialty goods.

PROFILE:

Vocals: YOKOTAN 
Vocals and Artwork: TENMA 
Guitar: Shinsama
Keyboards: Yachi
Drums: Kyouchan

URBANGARDE is a self-described “Trauma Techno Pop” five-member band, combining a crazy techno sound and intricate musical composition. Their mix of male and female vocals with performance-art visuals and vocalist Yokotan’s fashion style have attracted attention from fans worldwide. After releasing three indie albums, they released their major debut singles “Skirt Kakumei” and “Tokimeki ni Shisu” from Universal Music Japan in 2011, followed by their first major-label album release “Mental Hells”.

Often performing for crowds of over 1,000 in Tokyo, their 2012 album “Geiger Counter Culture” achieved the number 10 position on the daily Oricon chart in Japan and made the top 25 on its weekly chart.

Popular in France, vocalist Yokotan has appeared on the TV program “Japan in Motion” (NOLIFE TV), and URBANGARDE ranked No.4 among the program’s most popular J-Pop artists in 2012. The band made their French live performance debut at Toulouse Game Show (TGS) in December 2012. In 2013, URBANGARDE performed at France's Japan Expo and released their greatest hits compilation "Koi to Kakumei to URBANGARDE," featuring the new song "Tokai no Alice."

VIDEOS
http://youtu.be/O2IRq6Wm_BM
http://youtu.be/f3dG4LivcD0


Cross-dressing Japanese idol group FUDANJUKU released the music video for their new single "Chenmen Tengoku". In the group's first video since the departure of Ruhara Renji, the now-7-member unit adopts a plaid jacket uniform style as they each take turns giving spotlight monologues and gazing directly to the camera to profess their love. "Chenmen Tengoku" is due to release on January 22, 2014 but now you can check out the video HERE.


The Los Angeles Murderfest in it's sixth year will be commencing once more in the future. Creator, planner, organizer Daniel Dismal who has handled the festival since it got started years back - has given an update on how putting such a major festival let alone comeback is going via the festival's Facebook petition page -

"Everyone... here's an update on the Los Angeles Murderfest Version 6.66:

I have been feverishly trying to find a new venue in the confines of Los Angeles / Los Angeles County to hold the fest. The festival has always been call the Los Angeles Murderfest which has made me want to keep it in Los Angeles. Unfortunately finding a venue, such as the Knitting Factory has been the chore here. Bands still want to play this festival and it still is remembered across the US and the World for what it was. My plans was to have it back in 2014 but due to the venue issue and the amount of time it takes me to put one of these together, which is around 7-8 months of booking and then 4 months of promotion, that's not going to happen.

This fest was my baby but it was also a festival put together with the intention of making it all OUR festival so I am in no rush to haphazardly put it together and taint the name and reputation of the festival. I have thought about trying to do it in Long Beach at the Queen Mary like a few other Pre-Sale ticket bonanza festivals that I have seen around but it seems like something called "Murderfest" turns them off. In any case, I wanted to let you all know that no, the idea has not been given up on. There are a few other festivals planned for the Los Angeles area that I will be supporting through the Church of the 8th Day booking company that I do but they will not be the LAMF as there is one and only one Murderfest. Just keep the faith and remember, I am working on bringing this back and hopefully, 2015 is the year to finally do it!

Thanks for reading and see you all soon... - Daniel Dismal"



Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action!, the next direct-to-video animated feature in Mattel's Monster High series. Frights, Camera, Action! streets on March 25, 2014.

Official Synopsis: When Draculaura is led to believe she's the rightful heir to the vampire throne, she and her best ghoulfriends are whisked away to Transylvania for a royal coronation to die for. But they soon discover the hunt for the queen is not over yet. The Ghouls must locate an ancient artifact known as the Vampire's Heart in order to discover the identity of the true Vampire Queen. It's a fangtastic adventure that will lead them from the Tower of Londoom, to a haunted river boat in New Goreleans and finally to the glamorous boo-vie lots of Hauntlywood. Could this be the moment when Draculaura finally receives her vampire powers and discovers screams really can come true?

The Monster High series is about the everyday, relatable life of teens in high school. These students just happen to be monsters. They brave the horrors of high school, facing the same trials and tribulations as everyone else - social aspects of fitting in, standing out, crushes, first dances, and overall survival. Monster High™ empowers girls to express their individuality, embrace their imperfections and form friendships that last.

Frights, Camera, Action! is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround. Special features include:

3 Monster High Webisodes:
Crime Scream Investigation
Games Ghouls Play
Monster Morphoseas

Check out the trailer HERE.


San Diego death metal outfit CARNIFEX will release its Nuclear Blast debut on March 7, (Europe) and March 4, 2014 (North America). Entitled "Die Without Hope", the CD was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida and produced by Mark Lewis (ARSIS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER). Cover art for the album was created by renowned artist and longtime collaborator Godmachine.

"CARNIFEX and Godmachine have been working together for many years," commented CARNIFEX vocalist Scott Lewis. "To be able to bring his art to the cover of this album is truly when all the pieces fell into place.

"The artwork here represents the tone and overall blackened feeling 'Die Without Hope' captures."

"Die Without Hope" will contain 10 tracks and over 35 minutes of crushing metal. Lewis states, "'Die Without Hope' is CARNIFEX at our very best. This is an album over two years in the making. We pushed ourselves every step of the process to include new elements never before heard on any previous CARNIFEX album."

TRACKLISTING:

01. Salvation Is Dead
02. Dark Days
03. Condemned To Decay
04. Die Without Hope
05. Hatred And Slaughter
06. Dragged Into The Grave
07. Rotten Souls
08. Last Words
09. Reflection Of The Forgotten
10. Where The Light Dies

On recently signing to Nuclear Blast, Lewis continues: "Signing with Nuclear Blast is a career-defining moment for CARNIFEX.

"To be aligned with the largest metal label on earth is a true honor.

"This worldwide deal signals a turning point for us as a band and individuals. Together with Nuclear Blast, you will see CARNIFEX like you have never seen us before. Prepare yourself for an album that crushes any and all expectations. An album that will stand as the definitive mark for modern metal."

CARNIFEX's Nuclear Blast Records debut will also introduce new lead guitarist and longtime friend of the band, Jordan Lockrey.


The Recently Deceased got their start by originally combining the sounds of all genres of rock mixed with horror inspired theme's and lyrics with a stage show that should have not been missed. By doing this, it lead them to release their debut EP "545" which lead to the release of their debut full-length album "Never Trust The Living". This release is packed with the horror inspired theme and lyrics each song delivering such an impact and impulse it truly does deliver the instrumentals and vocal chords as well. "Vampira", "Road Warrior", "Wolfbite", "Rock and Roller", and "Dead By Dawn", are the songs that bring out other acts that these guys resemble like The Misfits, Danzig, Calabrese, The Suicide Ghouls, Stellar Corpses, and Church for Sinners, these bands alone have set a wide range horror tunes too. Everything on this release just works really well that it stands out, making the guitars, bass, and drums collide with one another that it keeps on going, like it's not going to stop at times. Each expressing its own creativeness  with pure ease that The Recently Deceased has made a calling for themselves, and will easily become one that does not follow the crowd just embraces it.


Alternative-Rock band from Seattle, Washington Awaken The Empire has come a long way since getting started way back in 2009. Through the years the band had made a name for themselves including touring, playing various showcases, to even releasing music videos and an EP release. All was going well for them that the EP release lead to the process of a full-length debut, that fans had the chance to hear first in 2012 at a special listening party event. But after that point and time everything soon began to change, band members left and new member's would replace them, but soon after they would get signed with Century Media Records and later on change their name to Delta Wave.


When asked about the debut album that was heard in 2012 and if the old songs would be sung at future showcases, frontman vocalist, guitarist, and programmer Damien Lawson said "The album recorded as Awaken The Empire will still come out just under the new name. So the old songs are still a part of us. But there's also new music, a new member, and really its a new band."

Awaken The Empire had made a posting on their Facebook page leading fans to the band's official website with the following message;

Their debut album will make it's mark in 2014!


Iconic horror memorabilia has been around for quite sometime now and since the creation of some infamous dolls known simply as the Living Dead Dolls manufactured by Mezco Toyz since 2000 designers/creators Ed Long and Damien Glonek have not looked back since this first got started way back when. Designer/creator Damien Glonek discusses this long term project that's captured the eyes of at least one person since it's beginning.


1. Introduce yourself, tell me what you do for the Living Dead Dolls line.

Damien: My name is Damien, I am one of the co-creators of Living Dead Dolls.  I do the some of the designing of the dolls.

2. This line has been around for 13 years what runs through your mind - especially since it is Lucky Number 13.

Damien: Actually we are in our 15th year now.  The one thing that runs through my year every year we do this is, I can't believe we are lucky enough to have it lasted this long.

3. Why did you want to create this line to begin with and why take the horror approach and concept out of all the other themes and genres available.

Damien: I think when creating something it is always important to do what you know and like, and horror is our thing.  It would be foolish for us to do something we have no interest in.  I think that lends itself to the success of the brand, because we are making things that we want to see instead of trying to please anyone else.

4. What was the very first Living Dead Doll that you ever made and why was it the first one?

Damien: The first Living Dead Doll ever made was Sadie.

5. What is your favorite horror movie, TV show, comic book, book, icon etc. Of all time and why?

Damien: There are so many great horror films and etc, out there it is impossible to narrow anything down to one favorite.  I like a lot of films from the 70s and 80s, especially European films.  Comic Books, I am all over the place.  I read almost everything except science fiction.  I am not a big fan of that.  I don't read a lot of fiction books, I read mostly non fiction, not sure if I really have a favorite.

6. What other types of memorabilia is there aside from the dolls.

Damien: We have made numerous other types of LDD memorabilia outside of dolls.  T-shirts, lunch boxes, Halloween costumes, pencil sharpens, stationary sets, prints, etc.

7. The dolls themselves are manufactured by Mezo Toyz what can you tell me about that company and why did you want them to handle this deadly work?

Damien: Mezco has been a great company to work with for a few reasons, one they are a smaller company and they are interested in the integrity and longevity of the brand instead of just wanting to exploit it for all the money it is worth and killing it off.  They allow us to create things we would never have been able to accomplish on our own and since the very beginning their intention has always been to have us at the creative helm.

8. Throughout the course of this doll's career it's gone from handmade to series' to exclusives, miniatures, sets, the list is endless - what more can you see become of this line?

Damien: More of everything.  I would love to have a haunted attraction and a movie of some sort.

9. Would you consider taking the full on plushie approach with these dolls or do you prefer the original format?

Damien: We have done numerous formats in the past but the original 10” format has always proved to be the most successful.

10. Out of all of the dolls made which is the most rarest, valuable, and hardest to find that the collectors need to own?

Damien: Probably the bloody Eggzorcist when we first started out is one of the rarest, but there have been a few one offs here and there and of course any hand made doll is rare since they were all one-of-a-kind.

11. What other forms would you like to see this doll line become like an online webisode cartoon series, comic book series, movie, etc.

Damien: I would love it all.  Any of those would be a dream come true.  I think that is the next step.

12. Whose idea was it to encase the dolls in a coffin shaped box as opposed to an original regular type of box.

Damien: When we first started making the dolls by hand, we found coffins that were a perfect fit for them,  So we developed the packaging all up before they were pick up by Mezco.

13. Do you see this line to expand away from the horror approach like entering other themes or genres or even holidays like Christmas, Easter, Valentine's etc.

Damien: We have done Xmas and Valentine’s Day dolls in the past, but all with a horror approach.  The only thing we have done that not on the macabre side was Hit-Girl from the first Kick-Ass film, and even then a little girl who says cunt and kills people to the theme of the Banana Splits and Joan Jett is right up our alley.

14. How many dolls total are there throughout this entire collection?

Damien: I don't know any exact number, but well over 200 total probably.

15. Out of all of them which is your favorite and why?

Damien: Like movies, it is impossible to pick just one.  They are all like my children and like I like many of them for different reasons.  I am always excited about the latest series we do.

16. Are there any certain characters that you would NOT want in this line?

Damien: There are characters that don’t fit the Living Dead Dolls brand for sure.  We try to keep everything on some kind of horror themed level.

17. Would you consider bringing the Living Dead Dolls line together with another series like Johnny the Homicidal Maniac or Emily The Strange etc.

Damien: Sure it would be fun to collaborate with another artist or expose LDD to different “worlds”.  Don’t we tend to not play well with others.

18. Where can we check out more about this line and where can we buy these?

Damien: Best way to keep up to date on everything is to join our newsletter over at www.livingdeaddolls.com or like us on Facebook.  Right now LDD are sold through Mezco Toyz and finer specialty shops online and elsewhere.

19. What is the price range for each of these dolls?

Damien: Prices vary from who you buy them from, but they tend to be about $30 average.  Older out of production dolls can demand more money on the secondary market.

20. Why should people be interested in this particular line?

Damien: Because it shows they have a refined taste and are willing to celebrate their macabre side instead of just being force fed the nonsense that society shoves don people throats.

21. Are you fan of any other doll lines currently out that you could recommend us checking out or would fall between the lines of this collection?

Damien: Not really.  I haven't seen much else doll wise that impressed me.  I guess the real dolls are kind of cool.

22. If a fan wanted to have you sign one of their dolls in a meet and greet or chat with you how can they do so?

Damien: We do numerous conventions throughout the country and are always accessible to our fans there and never charge for autographs.  Or you can message us through facebook or info@livingdeaddolls.com.

23. What else do you guys have planned for the rest of this year leading into next year?

Damien: Right now Dracula and Pyscho dolls are shipping and Krampus should be out by the end of the year.  That would wrap up 2013 and next year we celebrate Living Dead Dolls’ Sweet 16.

24. Do you ever think back and regret creating the Living Dead Dolls?

Damien: Never, not one bit.

25. Anything else you'd like to say to the fans or want to add?

Damien: More then anything else it is the fans that have contributed to Living Dead Dolls success and we appreciate everyone one of you out there and try and keep an open relationship with as many as we can.  In these tough retail times, your support is needed most of all to continue.  Thanks for the interview.


Kataklysm goes on the Kill The Elite North America Tour in Spring 2014! Joining them will be Aborted and Death Toll Rising. Check out the tour dates below!

TOUR DATES:

April
4 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
5 - Toronto, ON - El Mocambo
6 - Lakewood, OH - The Foundry
7 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
8 - Winnipeg, MB - Zoo Cabaret
9 - Regina, SK - The Exchange
10 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop
11 - Calgary, AB - Republik
12 - Kamloops, BC - Columbo Lodge
13 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
14 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
15 - Reno, NV - Jub Jubs
16 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
17 - Ramona, CA - Ramona Mainstage
18 - Anaheim, CA - Mirror Image
19 - Phoenix, AZ - Joe's Grotto
20 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
21 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
22 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
23 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's


Scion A/V and Revolver are offering an exclusive Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals' video for "Ugly Mug" check it out HERE.

"Ugly Mug" was recorded exclusively for Scion A/V to mark the inaugural edition of Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film and Music Festival, held in Austin, TX last October.  Released as a free, limited edition 10" available only at the October event, "Pigs Kissing Pigs" and "Ugly Mug" are available for download via Scionav.com.

Anselmo recently announced the second leg of the Technicians of Distortion Tour with special guests Author & Punisher and Hymns.

TOUR DATES:

January 10     Houston, TX     Warehouse Live (Studio Room)
January 11     Shreveport, LA     Riverside Warehouse
January 13     St. Louis, MO     Pop's Nightclub
January 14     Omaha, NE     Waiting Room
January 15     Denver, CO     Summit Music Hall
January 17     Seattle, WA     El Corazon
January 18     Portland, OR     Hawthorne Theatre
January 20     Sacramento, CA     Ace of Spades
January 22     Anaheim, CA     Metal Master (non-Technicians of Distortion date)
January 24     Scottsdale, AZ     Pub Rock
January 25     Albuquerque, NM     The Launchpad
January 27     San Antonio, TX     Backstage Live
January 28     Dallas, TX     Tree's


On December 21, 2012, the metal community came together in an amazing way to celebrate the life of Mitch Lucker & raise money for his daughter's future education with an unforgettable evening of collaborative performances between past/present Suicide Silence members and elite heavy vocalists that created a defining emotional event forever captured on video and audio.

Suicide Silence - Ending Is The Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show will be released on February 18, 2014 in North American and March 17th 2014 In Europe as a CD/DVD digipack & CD/Blu-ray combo pack. Directed by Jeremy Schott of MentalSuplex Productions & Zafer Ulkucu of Backseat Conceptions, the concert's first official trailer can be seen HERE.

Throughout the historic event, Suicide Silence band members played as guest vocalists covered their songs. The official track listing and performers is as follows:

TRACKLISTING:

1.       Destruction of a Statue with Jonny Davy
2.       Distorted Thought of Addiction with Greg Wilburn
3.       Ending is the Beginning with Brook Reeves
4.       Bludgeoned to Death with Ricky Hoover
5.       Unanswered with Phil Bozeman
6.       Girl of Glass with Myke Terry
7.       Price of Beauty with Danny Worsnop
8.       No Pity For A Coward with Johnny Plague
9.       Disengage with Cameron "Big Chocolate" Argon
10.     No Time To Bleed with Burke VanRaalte
11.     Smoke with Anthony Notarmaso
12.     Wake Up with Tim Lambesis
13.     March To The Black Crown
14.     Slaves to Substance with Eddie Hermida
15.     OCD with Austin Carlile
16.     Fuck Everything with Chad Gray
17.     Die Young with Robb Flynn
18.     Roots Bloody Roots with Max Cavalera
19.     Engine #9 with Mitch Lucker
20.     You Only Live Once with Randy Blythe


Nico Nico Live On Air - Japan's most popular online live platform seen around the world - examined more than a 1000 of their music programs shown between January 1st 2013 - November 26th to create it's Top Ranking list for 2013.

Based on viewers and comments, Nico Nico declared the exciting "X JAPAN x NICO LIVE SPECIAL 〜24 Hour Attack In Progress〜 Yoshiki Descends on Nicofarre," that aired on September 27th and 28th, the #1 program for 2013.

The special was awarded the "Nico Nico Live On Air Music Program Award 2013."

On September 25th both "Yoshiki Classical," Yoshiki's first solo album in 8 years, and X JAPAN's first Blue-ray was released.

Yoshiki visited Nico Nico headquarters as a surprise late night guest on September 27th. During this live visit, fans were treated to a rare inside look at Yoshiki as he disclosed his own wallet, discussed shopping and eating "Unappetizing Blue Curry" - all of which was captured and aired live on screen.

On the following day - September 28th, X JAPAN members gathered at Nicofarre. With the audience calling out "X", Yoshiki entered the stage blasting white smoke dramatically. He asked his online fans to join him live resulting in crashing the server with repeated signs of "X" which has never happened in Nico Nico's history.

The same night, Yoshiki appeared in the center of Shibuya in Tokyo, which caused a sensation amongst the busy crowds while all being captured live on the Internet. The online viewers interactions speculated whether the Yoshiki they were seeing in Shibuya was the real one or not, creating more online activities.

Yoshiki, other than live music performances, has never appeared on any Internet live broadcast. This program attracted not only his fans but also thousands of new and interested viewers, pushing the program to number one out of all of the thousands of 2013 programing.

Beginning yesterday, December 15th Japan time, "X JAPAN x NICO LIVE SPECIAL 〜24 Hour Attack In Progress〜 Yoshiki Descends on Nicofarre" will air on repeat for one week. The celebration is called the "X JAPAN WEEKDAY 1-7"

Yoshiki participated live via telephone last night to introduce this special week. The DJ asked "What do you want to do in the near future?" which Yoshiki replied in closing the show "I'm going to do a solo World Tour ... but anyway, I love NICO NICO! Like I would buy out the company!"

PROGRAM DETAILS

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PROGRAM TITLE

X JAPAN WEEK DAY1~7

PROGRAM AIR TIME:

Dec 15th (Sun) - Dec 21st (Sat)

PROGRAM URL:

http://ch.nicovideo.jp/xjapanweek

PROGRAM DETAILS:

7 Days X JAPAN Legendary Live Performance "X JAPAN WEEK"

A Very Rare "X JAPAN GATHER AT NICOFARRE",

Sensational "Yoshiki Appears in Shibuya" on Repeat


Detroit, Michigan - Independent Artist/Producer Celldweller has released the Official Music Video for 'Unshakeable' from the album Wish Upon A Blackstar. Directed by Joshua Viola, author of award winning novel Bane of Yoto, as well as Celldweller's book project Blackstar, 'Unshakeable' "showcases what DJing is going to look like a decade from now" (DJZ). Check out the video HERE.


Native Detroit Artist/DJ OCTiV has released INFERNAL, a 6-track EP featuring collaborations with both Celldweller & ForeverKid set to an epic mythological storyline, available now from FiXT.

"'INF3RN4L' is a high energy fusion of modern bass music and heavy metal set to a complex story both sci-fi and and metaphysical alike". - OCTiV

The 6 track EP constitutes the groundwork of a broad, multi-media narrative drawing on sci-fi futurism, religious mythology, and existential philosophy which draws inexorably to a cataclysmic crescendo.

If your last hope was the deepest evil, what would you choose? The Black Magic Galaxy awaits your decision.

Listen to the title track "Infernal" (feat. Celldweller) HERE.

TRACKLISTING:

01. Vitcode
02. Die Tonight
03. Death Twerk (feat. ForeverKID)
04. Dark One
05. Infernal (feat. Celldweller)
06. Eden (feat. 'O')


Machinima, the number one global video entertainment network for young males, has announced that the
Hail To The King animated series is now available for binge-viewing on Machinima's HappyHour channel.

From the creative minds of Avenged Sevenfold, one of rock music's global heavyweights and a trailblazing force in fusing the worlds of music and video games, Hail To The King is a six-episode animated series, which is directed by Metalocalypse producer Jon Schnepp. The unique and innovative series tells the fictional story of the Death Bat - the band's longtime trademark.

The series goes hand-in-hand with the band's upcoming mobile video game Hail to the King: Deathbat, due out in early 2014. As singer M Shadows says: "The animated series tells the story 'before' the game takes place. When the series ends, the game picks up." A trailer for the game has also been released today.

Check out the entire series HERE.


Psycho rock n' roller horror punks The Recently Deceased have unleashed their latest album "Never Trust The Living" and have gone on tours, playing shows, and always writing for up-and-coming new releases and future plans all jammed into something awesome! That has lead the trio to discuss that album and future plans for the upcoming year.



1. Introduce yourself; tell me what you do in The Recently Deceased?

MM: Matt Mayhem, I play upright bass, and vocals.

RW: Robbie Whiplash, I play guitar, and vocals.

JP: Jeremy Phoenix, drums, and vocals.

2. Can I get a back story on the band/ band biography?

MM: The band started off in 2009. I was sick and tired of being in bands that never toured, or went anywhere, so I decided I was going to have a crack at starting something that really tried to be something special. We went through a bunch of members, but to make a very long and confusing story short, we toured for a bunch of years with hired guns or whoever we could find, until Rob came along. Rob and I pretty much were the Recently Deceased for years. We put so many miles of highway behind us touring the country with hired guns; it would blow your mind. After recording “Never Trust The Living”, we finally found and hired a permanent drummer, Jeremy Phoenix. Now that we aren't dealing with hired guns anymore, we are bringing a much better show to our fans.

RW: I found out about the band through a mutual friend. The guitarist had just left and Matt knew I played guitar so I came in to take over the job. By the time I was ready to hit the road with the band the drummer at the time had also left along with the singer, leaving basically Matt and I. So for the time we hired drummers for tours, and guitarists for local shows and I would sit in on the drums. Being on the road taught me a lot as far as what real professionalism is as a musician. It taught me how to be humble and it’s not about partying all the time like a lot would think, its actual work. I'm very grateful to have learned that. It also taught me that hiring people sucks. Matt and I sat down and decided we HAVE TO solidify the drummer position. So I tapped the best drummer that I know Jeremy Phoenix with whom i had also been in a previous band. At that point that was it. This is the best line up by far and the future will show that with new albums and other new things down the line.

JP: I've been in several bands throughout my life and have seen a lot of great groups of musicians.  I definitely feel blessed to be the new full time permanent drummer of the band!  The Recently Deceased is not just a band, or group of friends, it is a business.  There is a strong camaraderie between us that goes way deeper than that of other groups I have been a part of.  On stage it seems that we always know what each other is thinking.  It makes for a well-balanced, fun show for all!  Off the stage we all have different roles that we play and work together to accomplish our goals.  I foresee us going quite far with this well thought out business model.  One of the greatest things I have seen has been the response from the crowds when we play!  We have played for all kinds of different crowds.  This includes rock, metal, punk, rockabilly, and even Goth Crowds.  I am happy to say that we definitely pleased them all!  Venue Owners won’t let us leave after the show without booking our next gig with them! It is truly a humbling feeling to play a show and see the fans singing the lyrics back to us!

3. Where is the band based out of?  What is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

MM: We are based out of Baltimore, MD. We have a decent scene here. The only problem with Baltimore, is that there are so many good bands, and so many good shows going on, there is always something to do, so it’s a bit over saturated. Needless to say, there are way too many great bands to name drop them all. The only way to figure out who you like is to get your ass out to a show!

4. Why did you want to go and call yourselves The Recently Deceased? What is the representation behind that name and what does it symbolize and mean for the band?

MM: I can't remember who exactly came up with the name, I think it may have been our old guitar player Paulie. The name came from one of our all-time favorite movies, Beetlejuice. The movie is a dark comedy and pretty much sums up the way we are. We definitely have a horror theme, but in a fun almost comical way. In the movie, there is a book called the “Handbook for the Recently Deceased”, it was almost too perfect, so we named our band after it.

5. How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?

RW: Our style varies really. We fall under at category of Psychobilly mainly because of the upright bass, but because we touch on every part of what rock and roll is we came to call ourselves Psycho Rock and Roll. Our influences include Rockabilly, Metal, Goth, Punk, Horror, Blues, Glam, Industrial, and even Synthpop. Pretty much anything based in the key of Rock and Roll. The Best way to describe us is simply put we are all of that and none of that.

MM: Whenever people ask me what style of music we play, I always tell them to close their eyes, open their minds and imagine a “Gothic Motorhead with an upright bass”. We have so many bands that we are into that influence our sound, it would be far too many to list, but like Robbie said, we draw from a vast library of styles, and try to include everything we love into our music.

JP: I come from a very different world originally.  My first band that I played in was at the age of 16.  We were a touring “big band jazz act.”  As a young child I grew up listening to hair metal of the 80’s.  You could say that MTV was a parent of mine!  As I got older I still have the same love for all of those great bands, but you would normally see me in my car listening to power metal.  I would definitely say that my chops come from playing in DCI and DCA Drum and Bugle Corps such as Southwind, The Bushwackers, and Windsor Regiment.  As far as personal influences, I would have to say that two drummers stand out above the rest for me, Buddy Rich and Virgil Donati.  Pay attention to my drum fills and you will hear alternate movements and patterns that you would not normally see in any rock genre.        

6. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

MM: For the most part, our lyrics have a very dark or Gothic tone to them. Most of our songs are written like mini horror stories. Our message is very simple, we like monsters, vampires, and evil things that go bump in the night. We built this entire band on it. Recently, we started writing more about our experiences on the road, and little things that life has thrown our way. I'm not saying that we are all out of monster juice, because there is definitely more gas in the horror tank, but we are evolving into something more than just a band who writes about one topic.

RW: A perfect example is the song Road Warrior on the new album. I wrote this song for us about how I felt being on the road.

7. Do you write your own songs? Can you discuss the songwriting process in detail?

RW: Yes, we write all of our own material. We basically come up with ideas or parts of ideas and meet up and see what we can put together. We put in our equal input until we get something that just rips! Since we share the job of writing each song really shows our skill and creativity as a band.

MM: Like Rob said, we both sit around and come up with ideas on our own, and then we get together and pass them back and forth reshaping them and molding them into something amazing. I have always thought that if one person writes a song, the song can only be as good as the person writing it. What we do is amplify that process by passing a riff, or a hook, or a lyric back and forth until it becomes something way more powerful that what any one person could have come up with. So the writing process is pretty special to us. It enables us to create something neither of us could do on our own.

8. You've released a single and video for the song "Back Again" can you tell me about those and can we expect to see another video in the future?

RW: The story for BACK AGAIN is pretty simple, Revenge. It’s about finding the love of your life murdered, and killing the murderers. The entire video reflects the lyrical content of the song. In the video we got to have lot of fun killing some of our pals, as well as work with the fabulous pin up model Nikki Doll. All and all it was a really good time!

MM: When our old singer Sean left the band to pursue a family and career, we were all heartbroken. This was one of the many songs he wrote for us. Its entire story was just so well written, we knew it was going to make a great video one day. With the help of our good friends Larry and Brian at Dark Circle Films, we spent a very cold, and very windy 3 weekends filming. We had the pleasure of working with our very good friend Nikki Doll, and had an amazing time killing our friends Robert “Fireball” Mitchell, Richard Reich, and Sean K. Preston. There will be more videos in the future, including a live concert we are going to shoot, and then release on DVD alongside the music videos. We have a lot in the works right now, and there are no signs of slowing down.

9. How would you describe the overall sound of the new album?

MM: Its dark, its heavy, and it has a great flow. I couldn't be happier.

RW: Straight up in your face Rock and Roll with Metal attitude and the background of classic horror genre behind us!

JP: The newest album, Never Trust The Living, is in my opinion a new genre that I would define as “Horror Metal.”

10. Did the band have any definitive goals they were shooting for before the recording process began for this album?

RW: Our main goal was to try and include everything we like in music, and bring out a sound that is pleasing to everyone. Everyone that comes out to see us has a little metal head, or Goth, or punk rock in them, so we wanted our style to reflect all of that. We feel that you can listen to this album alongside almost any other bands album, regardless of genre, and no matter what you are into, you can find something on the album that you like. Another goal we had was to take the songs we wrote years ago, and revamp them to show just how far we have come along.

MM: Exactly! The goal for this was definitely trying to show our vast influences, and bringing it to the masses. Regardless of if you are into metal, punk, Goth, rockabilly, horror, rock and roll, or whatever else, chances are, there is something on the album that you will like. As for revamping the songs, if you compare the old “5 songs for 5 bucks” / 545 E.P. we released a few years ago, to the recordings on this album, you can see just how far we have come. The guitars are grittier, the bass is tighter, the drums are more explosive, and the overall sound is just better than it ever has been before. It’s tight, it’s powerful, and it really has evolved from where we were 4 years ago. That was a goal we weren't even shooting for, but it just happened to turn out far greater than we were expecting.

11. Are you using any new instrumentation you've never used in the recording process before?

MM: Yes. We talked about adding some synths, and samples to some of the songs to help fill them out, and give us a greater recording. Both Rob and I are really into electronic music, so we figured that we would try and include just a little bit on the album, and see if we liked it. Turns out, it works really well with what we are doing.

RW: No one really uses synths or strings in the genre we are thrown into, so the synths and orchestras you hear on this album is something we haven't done in the past, but make it just that much more epic of an album.

12. When did you start writing for this album?

MM: Writing began back in 2009 when we first started the band, but we had only ever recorded about 7 or 8 tracks. Over the years we hit the road so hard, we just never finished the album. So after years of touring to support a 5 song demo, we decided it was time to go back into the studio. Around the fall of 2012 we started getting together to finish writing the newest tracks that would complete the “Never Trust The Living” album. Since there was only Rob and I writing, it made the process both easy, and frustrating. Easy because we write well together, but frustrating because we couldn't perform the songs live as a 2 piece to hear how they sounded. After a few weeks of hitting it hard writing and demoing, we had the tracks ready to record. At first, we were only going to record the newer stuff, and release the old tracks that had been recorded previously, but after being picked up by a label, they wanted all fresh recordings of the current lineup, so we decided to start fresh, and record everything. We called up our really good friend and studio engineer extraordinaire Dustin Delage, and booked a series of weekends through November and December 2012 at Cabin Studio.    

RW: Pretty much after December we went back and forth for about 3 months putting finishing touches on things such as the backing vocals as well as synths and keyboards till it was time to leave it in the hands of Dustin to mix.

13. Did you feel any pressure whatsoever about writing and recording for this release?

MM: There is very little pressure when we record at Cabin Studio. We rent it out for entire days, so it’s not like we have the clock ticking, and are rushing. It’s a very comfortable environment, and since Dustin is one of the best guys in the business, he makes it a fun and enjoyable experience.

RW: We already knew the old songs like the back of our hand, so it wasn't too bad. The only pressure we had was playing to a click track for everything instead of with a live band. Matt and I recorded the entire album ourselves, because we still did not have a permanent drummer. Since I also play drums, we discussed keeping everything in house for the recording, instead of hiring a session drummer. We both agreed that this was the best idea, and moved forward. I played all the drums, Matt played all the bass, and we shared the guitar and vocal responsibilities. All in all we had our moments of triumph, and our moments of defeat, and even surprised ourselves here and there, but we got through it and came out with a great product.

14. How was the vibe in the studio for everybody?

MM: The vibe was great, Rob and I really write and work well together. We would both take turns critiquing each others takes, and adding and subtracting parts, until we found the sweet spot in each part, of each song. Dustin would add his input, and help out along the way; it really was a great team effort all around. I couldn't have asked for anything more.

RW: I love Cabin Studio, and Dustin is one of the very few people I have met in my life that I totally and completely trust to make something sound great. He knows his stuff and It shows on this album.

15. Who produced "Never Trust The Living" and what was it like working with them?

MM: I produced the album... by definition of the word producer, but I can't take all the credit. Could I have done it alone? Sure, but it really wouldn't have turned out as great as it did without both Rob and Dustin’s help. I am a very strong believer of including the entire band in on things, because one person can only make things as good as they can, but a group of them can make it so many times better. So as much as I would like to take full credit for producing it alone, I couldn't have done it without them. In the past, I had always had to take the backseat on this role in the past because I was just the “bass player” or whatever, even if I knew deep down what I was talking about, it always got overlooked. With this album, I really had a vision with the layout, flow, and concept of this album and its songs, and I feel like all the hard work we did together, really made this an ALBUM and not just a collection of songs.

16. "Never Trust The Living" is the title of the album but is there a concept to this album or does the title fit a concept or storyline to it?

MM: The album itself doesn't tell a story alone, however it’s a collection of shorter stories. If the album was a book, each song would be its own chapter and short story. They all follow the same dark path, but each has its own story to tell. Basically we try to touch base on everything, vampires, werewolves, evil cars, murder, revenge, and even the road. We are pleased with the overall theme, and how well we were able to pull it all together.

17. Who did the cover art for "Never Trust The Living" and how much input did you have on it?

MM: We weren't really sure what to do with the album artwork, but we knew we wanted something that not only expressed the feel of the music on the album, but also spoke out to everyone in all the scenes that we have fans in. We also wanted it to represent our personal style, and where we were from. After much thought, I talked with Rob and we decided that a graveyard theme would be generic enough that it would cater to our fans from different scenes, express how the album would sound, and express our personal style. So with these ideas, we gave this enormous task to our good friend and web designer, Jen Brill. She took those ideas and ran with them giving us everything we wanted. Not only did she design both outside and in with a cemetery theme, but she added all the little things that make it really come to life with what we were asking. Little things like the raven in the tree and the purple and black colors say “Baltimore” in a subtle way. Everything from the design, to the colors she chose, to the souls in the air, really makes for a complete package that far exceeded our expectations. We couldn't be happier. In fact, we have taken her designs, and have since incorporated them into our merchandise, and our stage set design.

18. Can you go into one or two tracks on the new album? If so, can you give us the track title and brief description of how the track sounds and how it came about?

MM: A perfect example would be the title track “Never Trust The Living”. When we wrote this song, we knew it had to stand out. I mean you can’t have an album named after a mediocre song. A while back, Rob actually came up with the idea of writing a song called Never Trust The Living, since it was a line out of Beetlejuice, and after kicking it around, we decided it would make for an amazing album title instead. When we ultimately decided to write a song as well, we already knew it had to be about Beetlejuice. I had already been working on a song called “Ghost With The Most”, but for some reason, the lyrics just didn’t work with the composition, so I sat down and watched the movie again, and decided I would write it from the Maitlands point of view, but without mention of the movie, or its characters. In other words, if you hadn't seen the movie, or didn't already know the story, you might possibly overlook that the song is based off it. Since Rob had already composed 80% of the music for the song, all we really had to do was arrange it, add the missing 20% of magic, and record the vocals. What we ended up with was something we are both really proud of. Like I said before, we really do write well together.

RW: Never Trust the Living has everything that any rock and roller can want all in one song. We knew we wanted Never Trust the Living to be the album title, and it was so good we wanted a title track too. When the music itself was finished we knew that it represented the whole album and gave it the title track name. Lyrically Matt made it basically about the movie that started all this, Beetlejuice without directly referencing it. We are proud of it, and look forward to doing more songs like this in the future.

19. What other plans do you have for the future as a band?

MM: We are always pushing forward as a band to do bigger and better things. With the release of Never Trust the Living, we plan on supporting it by doing another coast to coast USA tour, followed by a European tour. One of our goals for next year is to bring a bigger, better stage show to our fans. We have been working on props, special effects, a light show, and even some pyrotechnics to help set us apart from the other bands out there. We really do try and stay busy, so the only real way to find out what we are up to is to come see us play!

RW: More writing, more touring, more videos, new merchandise, and international touring soon

JP: Musically, you can look forward to hearing more vocal harmonies than the band has had in the past.  Our new stage show is absolutely awe inspiring!  With the combination of lights, props, and special effects, I know it is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone that sees The Recently Deceased.

20. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

MM: The best way to hear us and buy our stuff is to come out to a show. We understand that not everyone can make it out to see us live due to the night we are in town, and having responsibilities, so the next best thing is to head over to our website at www.therecentlydeceased.com  It’s here that you can listen to some tracks, watch some videos, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Reverb Nation, and YouTube. While on our site, you can click the Merch tab and order a physical copy of Never Trust the Living directly from the 1332 Records online store, or from any of the major digital distributors like iTunes, Interpunk, or Google Play.  

21. Anything else you'd like to add or care to say?

MM: Thank you to everyone out there who actually takes the time to read interviews, come to shows, and support touring bands. It’s because of you that we continue to bust our asses to bring you the best show, and the best music we can bring you. You are the reason we do this. Without you, we are nothing. You rock!

RW: What Matt said, and to those awesome people, get ready because you haven’t seen anything yet. If you thought every thing was awesome before, we are about to raise the awesome bar and turn it up past 11!

JP: Thank you for the interview!  Thanks to all of you who took the time to read this!  I hope you have enjoyed what you have read. Come out to a show and we’ll make you enjoy yourself even more!


The video for the brand new song, 'Shadow State' from Australia's groovecore band Down Royale can be seen HERE. The track comes from the band's upcoming new full length album, featuring new vocalist, Clint Baker.

"Having Clint join us has been incredible." commented guitarist Corey James. "He brings the energy and aggression that we have always wanted." 'Shadow State' was mixed and mastered at STL Studios in Gosford, Australia by Sonny Truelove, who has recently joined The Artery Foundation family. This will be the first release since the band’s debut EP 'Proving Ground', which was released in 2011.

Down Royale have been steadily growing their fan base worldwide and gaining a reputation for an intense and energetic live show. The band has shared the stage with national and international metal giants such as
All Shall Perish (USA), Veil Of Maya (USA), Sybreed (SWITZERLAND), Mnemic (DEN) and Psycroptic (AUS).

With their debut full-length album on the way, they will push their ideas and concepts further than ever before. For more, head to: www.downroyale.com


Polish black / death metal maniacs DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS have revealed a live video for the track “The Scream of the Lambs” of their 2012 Lifeforce Records release “Simulacra”. The video was shot during the ‘Fear no Gods of The East Tour 2013′ in Voronezh/ Russia. Check out the video HERE.

 In the meantime the band’s working on their new album. On a different approach toward the sound comments Devilish Impressions’ mainman, Quazarre:

“Seeing the band being slowly labeled in a way we have no strict or definitive connections with, we've decided to redefine the ideas behind our sonic path. That’s why we shall not trigger the drums at all. Also the guitar sound has changed, simply due to the fact the new stuff has been nailed with a 7-strings. Moreover, we've reduced the virtual instruments (synthesizers) to the absolute minimum.”

In return you're going to be surprised with other means of artistic expression. The band has joined forces with a ritual dark ambient project called Contemplatron for the recording sessions of overtone chanting and additional instruments, such as dril bu (ritual Tibetan hand bell) and Chinese Chau gong.


Slipknot have just posted the following comment on their official site:

"To our Maggots and fans around the world,

It is with great pain but quiet respect, that for personal reasons Joey Jordison and Slipknot are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds. We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future. It is our love for all of you, as well as for the music we create, that spurs us to continue on and move forward with our plans for releasing new material in the next year. We hope that all of you will come to understand this, and we appreciate your continued support while we plan the next phase of the future of Slipknot.

Thank you,
The ‘Knot"


California shredders EXMORTUS are an entity amongst themselves and their music, both complex and thoroughly hook-laden, refuses to lend itself to easy categorization. From the technical death-thrash riffage and surgically precise drumming to their neo-classical, twin virtuoso lead guitar attack, fans of death metal, thrash, prog metal, traditional heavy metal and all true metal sub-genres alike enjoy having their craniums crushed by the fury of EXMORTUS. With that said, vocalist/guitaeist Conan and drummer Mario discusses some insight into the band themselves with making music and future touring activity.



1. Can I get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

Mario: Exmortus was formed by Conan and I in the summer of 2002. We had been jamming out prior to that but it wasn't until that summer that Exmortus officially took its name.

2. How did you guys come up with your band name?

Conan: In our early teens, one of our favorite movies to watch was Evil Dead 2; the opening narrative speaks of the "necronomicon ex mortis" and we thought that sounded evil as fuck; we just changed the spelling, of course. Translation from Latin is 'from death'; 'ex morte' or 'e morte' would be proper grammar, but who cares? 'Exmortus' sounds more sinister anyways.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Conan: We hail from Whittier; as a matter of fact, this is the first time since 2005/06 that each member in the band hails from Whittier.As for the scene, it used to be pretty good, but there's hardly any venues to play now. So, it's somewhat scattered. We recommend checking out Infinite Death and Auxilery with whom we shared the stage numerous times.

4. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

Conan: Our lyrical themes tend to have an ancient setting inspired by mythology, history and everyday experiences. In the new album we express that the sword is a symbol of power and violence, that humanity is "Slave to the Sword."

5. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Mario: We love so much that's out there, but during the writing and recording for the new album, we found ourselves constantly rocking out to Judas Priest, Ozzy, old-school Pantera (Glamtera) Manowar, and even Beethoven.

6. You guys got signed to a label, which label would that be?

Mario:: Prosthetic Records.

7. Why did you see this label to be the one for you guys?

Mario: We had been pitching the band to a few labels after our departure from Heavy Artillery and Prosthetic was the first to get back to us. They didn't offer us a contract immediately but they showed a strong interest in the band. They came out to a few of our shows and after months of talking we eventually worked a deal out and it felt right. Ultimately you wanna be on a label that whats you to be on it as well and we found a home at Prosthetic.

8. How has the relationship with them been going?

Mario: Its going great! They're on top of their stuff.

9. Do you guys have any new music in the works?

Mario: We're always jamming out riffs so in way yes, we do!

10. Who would win out of everyone in the band - in a headbanging contest?

Mario: None of us; we'd all break our necks in the process!


11. What are your upcoming touring/show plans?

Mario: As of now we have a tour with Dark Tranquility/ Omnium Gatherum in February 2014 and an East Coast tour with our good friends in Lich King in March to follow that.

12. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Mario: You can check out our Facebook/Youtube for songs and live videos. As for merch we have a link to our online store on our Facebook or you can look us up on Bandcamp.

13. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the time?

Mario: Every single note we play. Haha But really, I'm not really sure. I'd hope what ever they do remember is something positive.

14. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

Mario: Well we have two tours that collectively cover most of the United States so hopefully the fans we have in the U.S. can see us live.  We're also working on a new music video and of course the release of our debut album on Prosthetic Records in February.

15. Any final words of wisdom?

Mario: RACECAR backwards is RACECAR!

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