Converge Premiere “I Can Tell You About Pain” Video, Announce New EP

Converge will be kicking off their tour with Neurosis this weekend, and to help get fans more excited for those dates, they’ve released two brand new songs to the world. Continue reading

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award Show And Nominees Announced

Back in December we weren’t even sure if Metal Hammer would be around this year, but thanks to Future Publishing, they are, and it’s time for them to celebrate as only they know how. Continue reading

Wovenhand To Support Chelsea Wolfe On US Tour

Wovenhand, Photo by Susanne A. Maathuis

Wovenhand, Photo by Susanne A. Maathuis

Wovenhand will join Chelsea Wolfe’s upcoming tour as the special guest and direct support. The five-week tour will follow a slew of European dates this summer. Earlier this year Wovenhand was a headliner at Roadburn Festival and has booked appearances at the sold-out Hellfest in France, Azkena Rock Festival in Spain, and Fjord Fest in Norway.

Wovenhand, led by vocalist lyricist David Eugene Edwards, continues to tour behind its acclaimed 2014 release Refractory Obdurate (Deathwish/Glitterhouse).

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Wovenhand – Tour Dates:

Jun 19 Hellfest (SOLD OUT) – Clisson, FR

Jun 20 – Vitoria, Azkena Rock Festival , SP

Jun 22 – De Spot, Middleburg, NL

Jun 23 – The Scala, London, UK ^

Jul 15 – Oslo Fjord Fest, Oslo, Norway

Aug 29 – Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO *

Aug 31 – Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN *

Sept 01 – Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL *

Sept 02 – Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, OH *

Sept 05 – The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA *

Sept 09 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn,NY *

Sept 10 – Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA*

Sept 11 – U Street Music Hall, Washington DC *

Sept 12 – Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, NC *

Sept 14 – Aisle 5, Atlanta, GA *

Sept 15 – Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN *

Sept 17 – One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA *

Sept 19 – Mohawk, Austin, TX *

Sept 20 – Dallas, TX, The Kessler *

Sept 22 – Tricky Falls, El Paso, TX *

Sept 23 – Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM *

Sept 24 – Valley Bar, Phoenix, AZ *

Sept 25 – Regent Theater, Los Angeles, CA *

Sept 26 – Grand Ballroom at Regency Center, San Francisco, CA *

Sept 28 – Hawthorne Theater, Portland, OR *

Sept 29 – Neumo’s, Seattle, WA *

^ w Russian Circles

* w Chelsea Wolfe

Trailer: Die Choking Recording Sessions For III

Photo Credit: Matt Weikel

Photo Credit: Matt Weikel

Die Choking has completed the recording sessions of their debut recording, III, which is due out later in 2015 with Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Blacklisted, Cop Problem) at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA. Vinyl will be released via Earsplit’s label The Compound. Stream a brief video teaser below.

The band has confirmed upcoming tour dates.

Apr 25: Ortleibs – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Starkweather, Darkside NYC, Edgewise, Dysphoria)
May 01: Bremen Cafe – Milwaukee, WI (w/ No Brainer)
May 02: No Tomorrow Fest – Appleton, WI (w/ MDC, Hemdale, Solstice, Sick/Tired, Tenement, Cloud Rat, Deathwish, more)
May 03: Spunk Manor – Indianapolis, IN (w/ Cloud Rat, Sick/Tired)
May 14: Lucky 13 – Brooklyn, NY (w/ Scowl, Mary Todd)
May 15: Whitney House – Hartford, CT (w/ Fantasy Panther, Empty Vessels)
May 16: House Show – Worcester, MA (w/ Fantasy Panther)
May 17: Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia (w/ Drones For Queens, Omotai, Mary Todd, Night Raids)
Jun 15: O’Brien’s Pub – Boston, MA (w/ Connoisseur, Ratstab, Eaten, Shroud)

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Die Choking Book Upcoming Tour Dates With Artificial Brain

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Philadelphia thrash grinders Die Choking have booked a string of Northeastern US dates, aside from a number of other upcoming live dates which are posted below.

Mar 26: Main Manor – New Castle, DE (w/ Artificial Brain, Traitor, Wojtek, Vicious Embrace)
Mar 27: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD (w/ Artificial Brain, Mother Brain, Kreig, Occult 45 – all ages)
Mar 28: The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Artificial Brain, Dendritic Arbor, Meth Quarry – all ages)
Mar 29: The Meatlocker – Monclair, NJ (all ages w/ Artificial Brain, Organ Dealer, Sunrot)
Apr 25: Ortleibs – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Starkweather, Darkside NYC, Edgewise, Dysphoria)
May 01: Bremen Cafe – Milwaukee, WI (w/ No Brainer)
May 02: No Tomorrow Fest – Appleton, WI (w/ MDC, Hemdale, Solstice, Sick/Tired, Tenement, Cloud Rat, Deathwish, more)
May 03: Spunk Manor – Indianapolis, IN (w/ Cloud Rat, Sick/Tired)
May 14: Lucky 13 – Brooklyn, NY (w/ Fantasy Panther, Scowl)
May 15: TBA – New England
May 16: TBA – New England

Die Choking will enter Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania with Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Blacklisted, Cop Problem) April 1st to lay down thirteen tracks for their debut LP. With an unyielding and uncompromising style of thrash-gone-grind speedfreak hardcore, Die Choking’s already frighteningly unhinged attack will be witnessed with even greater magnitude on the as-yet-unnamed LP, with even faster BPM-rates and more complicated arrangements employed in the design work of the songs.

Watch band drummer Josh Cohen playing in the studio below.

Watch their music video for “Tonsil” below.

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Deathwish Releasing Out For Blood May 12th


Wisconsin punk/hardcore quartet Deathwish will be releasing debut Out For Blood via Beer City Skateboards and Records on May 12, 2015. They have also confirmed an upcoming tour with MDC and dates are posted below.

DEATHWISH Tour Dates w/ MDC:
May 01: Red Line Tap – Chicago, IL (w/ MDC, Channel 3)
May 02: No Tomorrow Fest – Appleton, WI (w/ MDC, Channel 3, Solstice, Hemdale, more) [info]
May 02: Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN (w/ MDC, Channel 3)
May 04: The Hide Out – Omaha, NE (w/ MDC)
May 05: 7th Circle – Denver, CO (w/ MDC)
May 06: Music Garage – Salt Lake City, UT (w/ MDC)
May 07: The Shredder – Boise, ID (w/ MDC)
May 08: Old Nick’s – Eugene, OR (w/ MDC)
May 09: Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR (w/ MDC)
May 11: 4 TBA – Medford, OR (w/ MDC)
May 12: 755 After Dark – Santa Rosa, CA (w/ MDC)
May 13: 924 Gilman – Berkeley, CA (w/ MDC)
May 14: Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA (w/ MDC)

Delivering nine, relentless, guitar-driven, take-no-prisoners tracks that topple everything in earshot, Deathwish recorded Out For Blood with Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording, after which the platter was mastered by Jack Control (Severed Head of State, World Burns to Death) at Enormous Door Mastering. Finalized with artwork by Marald, Randall Witte and Doomsday Graphics, the vinyl version of Out For Blood will debut as an official Record Store Day release on Saturday, April 18th, limited to 1000 copies on translucent red vinyl, as well as digital release, and a very limited edition cassette version on OSD Press and Berzerker Records. Beer City will release the CD version with full distribution on May 12th.

Out For Blood Track Listing:
1. Population Zero
2. Deathwish
3. Out For Blood
4. Six Bullet Roulette
5. Balance Of Power
6. As The Fire Rises
7. Flat-Line
8. Cold Day In Hell
9. Unholy Bastards

Bitty – bass & vocals
Guinea Pig Champion – guitar & vox
S.C. Slaughter – guitar
S.W. MacLeod – drums

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On The Road… with Tiger Flowers and Hivesmasher


Experimental hardcore facemelters Tiger Flowers have been decimating stages since the release of their album Dead Hyms (Melotov/Deathwish) last spring. They have done a bit of touring in support of the album regionally, but also are the frequent go to band for a warmup act or a head-breaking headline spot in clubs in their native New York City such as the Archeron, Saint Vitus, The Knitting Factory, and Grand Victory and more. No stage or competing band intimidates these veterans of the scene, and their live shows are usually an explosion of energy and ferocity. They recently played the Archeron again, and were joined by another band we rather like, their tour-mates in Boston bred sonic miscreants Hivesmasher. Photographer Meg Loyal was on hand to capture the action for Ghost Cult with this photo set.


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Cold World – How the Gods Chill



When a band has as prominent an underground reputation as Cold World it is hard to miss the hype that’s been surrounding the release of their latest album, How The Gods Chill (Deathwish). As a new listener to the band, their reputation certainly preceded and it was hard not to start the album with high hopes. Firmly rooted in their usual hardcore style, this record also mixes influences from the rap scene, collaborating with artists like Kool G and Meyhem Lauren.

Despite not usually a fan of rap, this rapidly pans out as the most exciting part of the album with ‘Hell’s Direction’ beginning being one of the few genuinely enjoyable moments. The main vocals in comparison lack any real depth and, despite switching between shouted and sung sections, fail to add any life or interest to the music. It’s obvious these musicians are proficient, however, like the vocals, the music’s lack of any real variation quickly leads to the album becoming repetitive and boring.

The riffs may have a slightly punk feel but the music wanders too often into the realms of catchy, which is at odds when the band is so busy also trying to be angry. Cold World may be trying to capture the struggle of real life struggles however whatever rawness they manage to capture is quickly counteracted by the polished production sound.

While the band may have a steady stream of followers and continue to build a strong reputation on the underground, there is very little about this album that really inspires. While the hardcore scene continues to produce a wealth of talented artists and exceptional albums, anyone would be forgiven for giving this one a miss.


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