In a statement posted on social media, Maryland Deathfest is going on hiatus after the next MDF event in May 2022. That means in 2023 all of their related festivals are going on hiatus, including MDF, Netherlands Deathfest, California Deathfest, and more. You can read a statement from the co-founders Ryan and Evan, below. MDF has operated for almost 20 years, put on 19 fests, and expanded to a global footprint, all while giving a greater voice to Death Metal, Avant-Garde Metal, Stoner Doom, and more genres, perhaps as much or more than any fest in the world. Continue reading
By 1992, Metal was all but on its knees. Traditional bands had become dinosaurs and previously popular scenes were burnt out. There were exceptions, of course. Slayer were playing arenas, Metallica had global domination in their sights, death metal was approaching its peak and across northern Europe, black metal was literally rising from the ashes of burned churches. But for the rest of the world, grunge and other alternative scenes were the new kings, all drawing inspiration from the bands they were replacing but without any of that old fashioned baggage.Continue reading
Guitarist Marzi Montazeri has quit Exhorder. Montazeri shared the news of his exit in a social media post, which you can see below. He joined Exhorder in 2017 following stints with Pantera vocalist Philip Anselmo’s projects Superjoint and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals. He wrote and toured behind the Exhorder comeback album Mourn The Southern Skies, in September 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records. Thomas confirmed in an interview with Ghost Cult last fall that the band had begun writing a new album. Continue reading
New Orleans Thrash Legends Exhorder will begin their long-awaited US Headlining Tour tonight in Brooklyn with Take Offense, Extinction A.D., and Plague Years tonight. The band will perform all of their classic 1990 album Slaughter In The Vatican in full along with other hits. The band is working on a new album for relase in 2022 as well!
In a story we have been following, Psycho Las Vegas has announced that bands such as Mayhen and Satyricon have dropped off the upcoming metal festival later this month. This is due to ongoing travel/work visa and pandemic related issues. To their credit, the fest has been dealing complaints and addressing on social media, and in emaisl to ticket holders. Other bands still hoping to gain entry into the USA to perform include Efforts are continuing for Emperor, Watain, Crippled Black Phoenix, Cult of Fire, and Psychlona, and we’ll keep tracking this story. Continue reading
Denver Thrashers Hydraform just dropped their new self-titled EP, their first new music since their last full-length album, Dark Adder! The band was just wrapping up a tour with Overkill and Exhorder when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit, sending them home early. We talked to the entire band over zoom all about their formation, new music, opening for legends, scary stories from the road, and a hilarious story involving Bobby Blitz and Dave Linsk. Purchase and stream the new Hydraform EP now!
Psycho Las Vegas has announced their return in the summer of 2021. If you had tickets for this year, you are in luck! Most of the lineup will return next year, except Rebel Motorcycle Club, Ty Segall & The Freedom Band, and Crowbar. This still looks like one of the best festivals in the world next year, in a year overpacked with re-scheduled events and tours. See the full lineup below.Continue reading
Psycho Las Vegas has shared the bad news that they have canceled the 2020 festival that was set for August due to ot the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Psycho Las Vegas 2021 has been scheduled to August 19-22, 2021. “Nearly all the bands” have agreed to return for the 2021st dates. The full announcement is expected after they confirm those last bands. Continue reading
Exhorder, enjoying a rejuvenated spirit and output as a band in recent years, has parted ways with founding guitarist Vinnie LaBella. The band issued a statement saying that they will fulfill their “touring and recording obligations for 2020 and beyond.” LaBella posted a message that seems to cast doubt on the mutual part, but that is yet to be confirmed, beyond a vague message. Exhorder released their new album, Mourn The Southern Skies, last September via Nuclear Blast Records. Singer Kyle Thomas is now the sole remaining founding member of the band. The rest of the current lineup is rounded out by Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (Ex-Superjoint Ritual, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) on guitar and Sasha Horn (Forbidden) on drums. They will undertake the new Wings Over The USA’ tour soon, featuring Overkill and Hydraform as well. Continue reading
Thrash Metal legends Overkill have booked The Wings Over USA 2020 tour. The tour features labelmates Exhorder and also Hydroform. The 17-date tour will make stops in Anaheim, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Atlanta before concluding in New Jersey. The final date will welcome M.O.D. featuring Billy Milano and Demolition Hammer. Tickets for the tour are available for purchase this Friday, December 20 at 10AM local time. Overkill will be touring in support of The Wings Of War which was recorded at Gear Recording Studio in New Jersey, SKH Studio in Florida, Shorefire Studio and Jrod Productions with engineering handled by DD Verni and Dave Linsk. The album was produced by the band while Chris “Zeuss” Harris handled the mixing and mastering. Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth, Soilwork, Death) created the artwork.Continue reading