Charred Walls Of The Damned – Creatures Watching Over The Dead


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Boasting a line-up that features former Judas Priest and Iced Earth vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens, former Iced Earth drummer Richard Christy, the absolute legend that is Steve DiGiorgio on bass, and Jason Suecof, the producer whose impressive list of work includes Death Angel, Deicide, Kataklysm, and Trivium, on guitar duties, supergroup Charred Walls of the Damned are unashamedly Heavy. Fucking. Metal.Continue reading


Charred Walls Of The Damned Is Streaming Creatures Watching Over The Dead Online


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Charred Walls of the Damned will be releasing Creatures Watching Over the Dead on September 23rd via Metal Blade Records. Continue reading


Carnifex To Release New Album, Slow Death This Summer


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California deathcore band Carnifex will drop their new album Slow Death on August 5th from Nuclear Blast Records. Slow Death produced and recorded by Carnifex and Mick Kenney (Anaal Nakrath, Bleeding Through), co-produced by Jason Suecof (Death Angel, Chelsea Grin, Job For A Cowboy) and mixed by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder,Whitechapel, Devildriver, Deicide) at Audiohammer Studios. Artwork for Slow Death for the album was created by longtime collaborator godmachine. Pre-orders are live now at this link:
http://goo.gl/vSSlPI

Front man Scot Ian Lewis commented about the new album:

“Album number six, over ten years as a band and we have more fire and passion than ever,. This album will reshape our genre and be looked back on as an album that started a new movement for aggressive, dark metal. We’re going to show those who love us and those who hate us just how far reaching our ambition is.”

Slow Death track listing:

01.Dark Heart Ceremony
02.Slow Death
03.Drown Me In Blood
04.Pale Ghost
05.Black Candles Burning
06.Six Feet Closer To Hell
07.Necrotoxic
08.Life Fades To A Funeral
09.Countess Of The Crescent Moon
10.Servants To The Horde

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Carnifex, Photo by Clayton Addison © 2015)


Carnifex is:

Scott Lewis – Vocals

Shawn Cameron – Drums

Jordan Lockrey – Guitar

Cory Arford – Guitar

Fred Calderon – Bass

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Road Tested: Kyle Gunther of Battlecross


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Battlecross (via Facebook)

Battlecross is part of a new breed of modern thrash metallers who have earned their stripes through constant touring and attracting new fans along the way. Since their beginnings in 2003, the band has built their brand from the ground up, and never looked back.

They have completed recording their forthcoming album Rise To Power (out August 21, 2015 via Metal Blade Records) and are about to complete their Los Angeles stop on their now completed North American tour supporting Crowbar. Frontman Kyle “Gumby” Gunther, nursing a sore back, talked about the tour after their longest time off of the road in a while.

The Crowbar dudes are extremely awesome. They’re always out and always doing something there. They invited everyone on the bus a couple of times. We rarely see a headliner that acts like that. They’re really awesome dudes. The show’s been good. No bum nights yet,” he said.

In the last four years, these past four months is the longest I’ve been at my house. We try to keep a seven or eight month tour schedule every year. We’ve hit that three out of four years.

Battlecross, by Meg Loyal Photography

Battlecross, by Meg Loyal Photography

 

Coining the tag “blue collar thrash metal,” Battlecross are notorious for being road dogs, but also are constantly writing new material for future releases.

They write on the road. It’s pretty much Tony [Asta, guitars] and Hiran [Deraniyagala, guitars] write riffs and Don [Slater, bass] would write a song. Alex [Bent] would put his drums on it and I’ll try not to suck at lyrics,” he said, sarcastically.

He shared his writing process entering Rise To Power, and his approaches towards song topics. “[I write about] just everyday life. I don’t write mystical, stupid ass songs. That’ll never happen. I write songs about everyday life, and a lot of Game of Thrones references are going to be on the next album. I wonder who’s going to call me out on it? I went HARD into Game of Thrones.

What part of Game of Thrones inspired the writing on Rise To Power? “I love the Starks. Any story with the Starks in it is awesome. I named my dog Aria. Me and the old lady were trying to trick the kid into naming it Aria. He’s like ‘I don’t want that name!’ Yes Caleb [Gunther’s son] – that’s what we’re naming it.

Hiran Deraniyagala of Battlecross. Photo Credit: Meg Loyal Photography

Hiran Deraniyagala of Battlecross. Photo Credit: Meg Loyal Photography

While that is a small piece of what went into the new album, Gunther shared more about what was running through his mind towards lyrical topics.

I’ve got uplifting songs, and songs about the government and how it sucks. I’ve also got songs about how people suck – how they’re sheeple. My kid doesn’t take it sometimes very well when I go on tour and takes it out on me. I get that but it still hurts. I took that into consideration for one of the songs. We all leave home and we all leave our loved ones. So that’s what the song ‘Absence’ is about. It’s going to be our first music video. ‘Not Your Slave’ – pretty much self explanatory. I’m not your slave. You’ve got people that are like ‘my view is this’ and ‘my view is that.’ They don’t understand that you have a view as well and you’re entitled to that view. I appreciate everyone’s view but fuck off. I’ve got my own.

Their homebase of Detroit also becomes an inspiration for them as they watch their surrounding suffer through tough times. “Detroit was once known for working its ass off,” said Gunther. “We defeated the Nazis. Now the state’s left in shambles. Dow Chemical runs the thing and it sucks but whatever. We have a good time at it and we take that work ethic and go forth with it. I grew up in the Michigan that was the best state in the union. I’m not a rich ass kid but we didn’t go without. I would have been the sixth generation to work for General Motors, but then they left all of the jobs to go to different countries.

Tony Asta of Battlecross, by Meg Loyal Photography

Tony Asta of Battlecross, by Meg Loyal Photography.

The band returned to Audiohammer Studios to work with the production team of Jason Suecof to work on the new album. Being this is their third album, they have found ways to work together without changing too much of the chemistry between them.

We did it the same way we’ve done all of them. Jason Suecof and Mark Lewis did a bang up job on steering us in the right direction. They didn’t change anything. They were like ‘why don’t you try this?’ That worked out killer,” he said.

It’s fun watching two people with ADHD try to work together. Sessions are long. Fortunately enough, he had a band cancel after not being able to obtain visas when they had their time booked. He’s like ‘well I have this time open…’ [He] readjusted the pay and went on from there. We got an extra three weeks out of him. That was fucking awesome.

Being known for their craziness in the studio and some well documented antics involving musicians being thrown in the pool at the studio, Gunther shared his own experiences. “I actually had to go swimming for my phone in the pool. It took two of the biggest bounces I’ve ever seen a phone take into the pool. So it was a cold, rainy night and I was like ‘ah fuck it.’ I went in the pool.

Battlecross has now reached a pinnacle moment in their careers, and now they have placed various personal challenges on this one after setting the building blocks on their careers from the first two albums.

I only got to write one song on the first album,” said Gunther, looking back on the Pursuit of Honor. “They wrote that album over six years. That first album was no first album. It’s like ‘are you going to take this one? Sweet…’ We don’t have to write a new one. I was the new guy at the time. Take that and it’s like you wrote songs as a local band because you love to do it and that’s what you’re doing.

When we had to do War Of Will, it was like we’ve got to do something because we’ve been around. We knew we were going to [Rockstar] Mayhem [Festival]. We were doing big shit so this has got to be good. There was pressure. Metal Blade – on the first album, they were like ‘alright we’ll take that.’ On the second one, ‘alright we’ll need this…’ And on this one, the pressure was on. Third album – this is pretty much make it or break it, and I hope we make it. I hope we made it. Tour experience, playing with bands and it all came together.

Don Slater of Battlecross.

Don Slater of Battlecross, by Meg Loyal Photography.

Battlecross has ventured around the globe but there are still some spots they would like to hit on this upcoming tour run. “I want to go to Australia. I got to go to Germany. I got to go home. That was awesome. That was always a life goal to go to Germany and I’ve been twice. Even my sister was like ‘you motherfucker…’ That was cool.

Their hard work has been noticed by many people, but Gunther shared one of the compliments coming from an unexpected place. “It’s really cool when Matt [Byrnes, drums] from Hatebreed was like ‘hey we’re gonna hook you guys up for a tour…but you already have a tour! You’re always touring.’ So that’s actually a really big compliment for me from the Hatebreed dudes.

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Battlecross Supporting Crowbar and Lord Dying On Upcoming North American Tour


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Motor City thrashers Battlecross will be touring with Crowbar and Lord Dying on The Summer of Doom North American Tour. They recently completed their third full length album with producer Mark Lewis and engineered by Jason Suecof at Audiohammer Studios.

BATTLECROSS Summer Of Doom Tour w/ Crowbar, Lord Dying:
May 28: Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA
May 29: Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX
May 30: Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
May 31: Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Jun 04: Til-Two Club – San Diego, CA
Jun 05: DiPiazza’s – Long Beach, CA
Jun 06: Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, CA
Jun 07: Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA
Jun 08: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Jun 09: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Jun 10: The Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
Jun 12: Republik – Calgary, AB
Jun 13: Pawn Shop Live – Edmonton, AB
Jun 14: O’Brian’s Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
Jun 16: The Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
Jun 17: Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St. Paul, MN
Jun 18: The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
Jun 19: Shelter – Detroit, MI
Jun 20: Reggie’s Rock Room – Chicago, IL
Jun 21: Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
Jun 22: Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Jun 23: MOD Club – Toronto, ON
Jun 24: Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
Jun 25: La Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC
Jun 26: The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Jun 27: Trick Shot Billiards – Clifton Park, NY
Jun 28: Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
Jun 29: St. Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
Jun 30: Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
Jul 01: New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
Jul 02: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Jul 03: Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
End Tour
Aug 08: Heavy MTL – Montreal, QC

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Corrosion Streaming “Prone To Dreams”


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Corrosion, the new band featuring ex-Trivium drummer Nick Augusto alongside guitarist Christopher Cussell (Before The Mourning), lead vocalist/guitarist/bassist Tommy Hjelm and guitarist Martin Rygge (Insense, Beaten To Death) is streaming another new song titled “Prone To Dreams,” from their upcoming EP Machine Says No, out March 27, 2015 here. The EP was produced by Jason Suecof (Trivium, Chimaira).

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Former Trivium Drummer Nick Augusto Tweets About New Band


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Former Trivium drummer Nick Augusto has been reportedly working on an EP with his new, unnamed musical venture, where he shared a photo via Twitter working with producer Jason Suecof.

According to another tweet, the rest of the lineup reportedly features Antony Hämäläinen (Meridian Dawn, ex-Nightrage), Tommy Hjelm of Insense, etc. and CJ Cussell (Meridian Dawn) are in the new group.


Job For A Cowboy Returns With Sun Eater This November


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Job For A Cowboy will release their new album Sun Eater this November from Metal Blade Records. The band has spent over a year writing and recording the new death metal opus. Since the departure of Jon Rice, the band has been working with extreme drumming virtuoso Danny Walker (Exhumed, Murder Construct, Intronaut) who laid down the drums for Sun Eater. The band promised a new sound and even more growth from the band that began as a tech death sensation, and morphed from death core to true death metal over time. The new album was produced by Jason Suecof who has a long history with the band. You can hear the new song ‘Sun of Nihility’ now:

 

From The Press Release:

Job for a Cowboy have wrapped up music and art on their fourth full length album, “Sun Eater.” Along with producer Jason Suecof, vocalist Jonny Davy, guitarists Al Glassman and Tony Sannicandro, bassist Nick Schendzielos, and session drummer Danny Walker have crafted a cerebral and accomplished piece of technical death metal. Job for a Cowboy wrapped up touring in 2013 as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival that summer. Following that performance, the band collectively decided to sharpen their focus and set an intent on cooking up a record that encompassed their full dynamic range of talent. The group had all agreed on the main course being a desire for futuristic tones, a wider spectrum of textures and tempos, and an emphasis on slightly more ancestral song construction. The result, “Sun Eater,” does not just sound like a new record, it sounds like an entirely new band.

Listen to “Sun of Nihility” and pre-order the album now at metalblade.com/jobforacowboy.

Following the departure of long time skins-man Jon Rice, Job for a Cowboy, cognizant of the size of shoes that needed to be filled, in addition to the depth and versatility demanded by the new material, enlisted the services of Danny Walker (Intronaut, Murder Construct, Exhumed, etc). Walker’s mastery of his craft, coupled with his creativity and enthusiasm for the material, strongly influenced the outcome of the record, and it only takes a few minutes of listening to hear this is Job for a Cowboy at their finest.

Regarding composition, guitarist Tony Sannicandro recalled: “This album came together very smoothly. We had the concept before hand and I took it upon myself to try and portray that concept through the music. I took a much more melodic approach than “Demonocracy”: focusing on the structuring and the layering that would complement the story to my ears.” The other half of the guitar duo, Al Glassman, continued to be a driving force behind the band’s sound. Bassist Nick Schendzielos added that “Al riffs long and hard for greater the good of everyone involved. He really used a lot of foresight in his revisions during the writing process, creating ample room for me to mood-out the tracks with bass that you can actually hear. in the end I think we really brought the character out in each and every song.” Indeed, composition and songwriting was the focus here. With this new album, the band had the luxury of relative longevity in the core of their songwriting lineup. This led to a far stronger vibe and a much more realized final product.

Audiohammer producer Jason Suecof, whose first bout with the band was 2009’s “Ruination,” has now worked with the band for over six years. Few are more familiar with how Job for a Cowboy operates in the studio than Suecof, and he was also feeling the “vibe” on “Sun Eater“: “This band is composed entirely of top notch musicians all the way around and they are clearly at the top of their game. This new album is a stellar combination of everyone’s efforts and what we have now is something that conveys everyone’s musicianship without being techy for the sake of being tech. This album has got feeling and it is fucking brutal!

Sun Eater will be available via Metal Blade Records on November 11th in North America and November 7th/10th in Europe/UK

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