Brought to you by the minds behind Maryland Deathfest, Days of Darkness Festival have added more names to the bill Bell Witch, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin, John Haughm (ex-Agalloch), Heavy Temple, Ecstatic Vision and more have been added to the already killer bill. They have one more major announcement, coming up soon. Full lineup so far and ticket links below. Continue reading →
February 18th, 2016 will be a day that most Boston death metal fans will not soon forget. The Paradise Night Club was jam-packed for a tour package that consisted of death metal veterans Abysmal Dawn, Cryptopsy, Obituary, and Cannibal Corpse. Unfortunately, Abysmal Dawn did not make it out to this stop on the tour as they were apparently stuck in New Jersey. But, as the cliché goes, the show must go on!
Cryptopsy, by Evil Robb Photography
Cryptopsy was up first which was probably my most anticipated band of the night as they were the only band I had yet to see live. It was nice to say I had finally seen the long time technical death metal band, but it just did not seem the same without hearing Lord Worm’s vocals. Even with a set list that was a majority of old material from None So Vile (Century Media) and Blasphemy Made Flesh (Century Media), I just found myself disinterested in Matt McGachy’s vocals. The mix was also a little off as the bass was clearly overpowering the other elements on stage.
Obituary, by Evil Robb Photography
Next up, the legendary Floridian death metal outfit, Obituary. I, for one, was very excited to see them again since my first experience seeing them at Maryland Death Fest last year was limited (hey, a guy has to find food, even if that means sacrificing time in the pits). From the start of the set until the final note (which seemed like they were cut short), the fans had the floor moving violently and very well stole the show. Prior to this evening, I already considered myself a fan of Obituary. However, after this set which seemed to fly by was over, I realized that I liked them a lot more than I initially had thought. One of the better sets I have ever seen from a death metal band.
Cannibal Corpse, by Evil Robb Photography
Finally, it was time for the biggest name in the death metal scene, Cannibal Corpse. Having seen this group countless times, I had most of the set list figured out going into the night. Staple tracks such as ‘Scourge of Iron’ , ‘Stripped, Raped and Strangled’ , and ‘Make Them Suffer’ were scattered into the sixteen song set. As for some surprises, we were lucky enough to catch ‘Death Walking Terror’ , ‘Pit of Zombies’ (my personal favorite) , and ‘Born in a Casket’. I had not yet seen any of those three songs live yet so it is safe to say I was very happy with Cannibal Corpse this time around. For a band that tours as much as they do, it must be hard to try and promote new material while also playing some older tunes but have about 30 years of material to cover in a short window. Having said that, switching up a few songs here and there to pull out some rarely played live tracks is always a crowd pleaser. Obviously the biggest pit of the night went to ‘Hammer Smashed Face’ which even included a few female participants!
Cannibal Corpse, by Evil Robb Photography
Overall, I was very pleased with the show even after being let down by Cryptopsy and Abysmal Dawn not making it out of New Jersey in time for this show. Obituary and Cannibal Corpse proved to the Boston fans in attendance how they have stood the test of time as death metal bands and can still bring it on a live setting.
Napalm Death have announced a new batch of live dates, in support of their latest album Apex Predator – Easy Meat, out now via Century Media Records. Stream their Michael Panduro (Cephalic Carnage, Saint Vitus, Job For A Cowboy, etc.) created animated music video for “Smash A Single Digit” below. Also the band is working on a new split seven inch with an undisclosed artist with details coming soon.
May 22: Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD May 23: Fort Worth Metal Fest – Fort Worth, TX May 29: Full Tension Festival – Bolzano (IT) May 30: Ursynalia 2015 – Warsaw (PL) Jun 06: Bangalore Open Air – Bangalore (IND) Jul 03: Burgerweeshuis – Deventer (NL) Jul 04: Ex- Haus (Death Shall Rise Festival) – Trier (DE) Jul 05: Underground – Köln (DE) Jul 06: Bastard Club – Osnabrück (DE) Jul 07: Atlantik – Freiburg (Germany) Jul 09: Exit Festival – Novi Sad (SRB) Jul 10: Plutonium Klub – Strasskirchen (DE) Jul 11: SO36 – Berlin (DE) Aug 07: Brutal Assault Festival – Jaromer (CZ) Aug 08: Bloodstock Festival – Derbyshire (UK) Aug 28: Freakshow Festival – Gigors et Lozeron (FR) Aug 29: Neuborn Open Air Festival – Wörrstadt (DE) Oct 04: Gorka Club – Yaroslavl (RU) Oct 06: Zvezda Club – Samara (RU) Oct 07: Zal Ozhidaniya – St. Petersburg (RU) Oct 08: Volta – Moscow (RU) Oct 11: Saitama Super Arena (Loudpark Festival) – Tokyo (JP)
Ghoul will be venturing out on the Weapons Of Mosh Destruction tour with Phobia and Nekrofilth. They are supporting We Came For The Dead!!! release on vinyl, out now via Tankcrimes.
GHOUL on the Weapons Of Mosh Destruction 3-D Tour w/ Phobia, Nekrofilth: May 15: Mo’s – Denver, CO May 16: Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA May 17: Reggie’s – Chicago, IL May 18: Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH May 19: Cattivo – Pittsburgh PA May 20: Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY May 21: Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA May 22: Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD May 23: Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD May 24: New Mountain – Asheville, NC May 25: The Earl – Atlanta, GA May 26: The Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN May 27: Siberia – New Orleans, LA May 28: Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX May 29: Red 7 – Austin, TX May 30: The Korova – San Antonio, TX May 31: Three Links – Dallas, TX Jun 02: Club Red – Mesa, AZ (no Nekrofilth) Jun 03: Til Two – San Diego, CA (no Nekrofilth) Jun 04: Megasound Strudios – Ventura, CA (no Nekrofilth) Jun 05: Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA (no Nekrofilth) Jun 06: Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA (no Nekrofilth) Jun 07: DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA (no Nekrofilth) Aug 14 – 16: GWAR B-Q – Richmond, VA
When a new band pops up containing members from a variety of diverse backgrounds, it’s always worth checking them out. Toronto five-piece Abyss boasts veterans from the Canadian death, thrash and powerviolence scenes and have pooled their collective knowledge and experience into Heretical Anatomy (20 Buck Spin), a ripping tribute to old-school extreme metal that contains plenty of sneering punk attitude and knows how to hold your attention as well as bludgeon your ears into submission.
Clocking in at a mere twenty minutes in length, Heretical Anatomy wields a nasty, serrated guitar tone that could cut through flesh with ease. Aided by a bulldozing rhythm section and a vocalist who sounds like he’d stab your eyes out after robbing your wallet, the smattering of tracks on offer here draw heavily from late 80’s death and grind with Repulsion being a clear influence, especially in the shorter tracks such as the deranged violence of ‘Flesh Cult’ and the pounding, mutant punk battering of ‘Nightmares in Skin.’ Elsewhere, the rotting corpse of Carcass looms large in the feral Symphoniesof Sickness(Earache Records) worship of ‘The Atonement’ which is tailor made for a surging pit in the Maryland Death Fest parking lot.
It’s not just knuckle-headed, gore obsessed fare either; several raucous guitar solos flare up to prove just how much fun the members are having, while the doomy dirge of ‘Thrall of the Elder Gods’ is pure old school death metal with a penchant for mood and menace. Whatever your pleasure, there’s plenty on offer here for seasoned death and grind lifers and while Heretical Anatomy has only come out this month, it sounds like it’s been thawed out of the Canadian ice after being entombed since the late 80’s.
PRIMITIVE MAN w/ Sea Bastard: Mar 30: Unicorn – London (UK) (w/ Sea Bastard) Mar 31: Zanzibar – Liverpool, (UK) Apr 01: Roadhouse – Manchester (UK) Apr 02: South Sea Live – Sheffield (UK) Apr 03: Head Of Steam – Newcastle (UK) Apr 04: Nice N Sleezy – Glasgow (UK) Apr 05: Bannermans – Edinburgh (UK)
w/ Fister: Apr 06: The Pit’s – Kortijk (BE) (w/ Fister) Apr 07: Het Bos – Antwerp (BE) (w/ Fister) Apr 08: Vera Groninge (NL) Apr 09: 013 Venue – Tilburg (NL) (Roadburn Festival 2015) Apr 10: 1000fryd – Copenhagen (DK) (w/ Fister) Apr 11: Urban Spree – Berlin (DE) Apr 12: Modra Vopice – Prague (CZ) (w/ Fister) Apr 13: Chemiefabrik – Dresden (DE) (w/ Fister) Apr 14: L’usine Geneva (CZ) (w/ Fister) Apr 15: Freakout Club – Bologna (IT) (w/ Fister) Apr 16: Lo-Fi – Milan (IT) (w/ Fister) Apr 18: Jugendhaus Kloster – Weil der Stadt (DE) (w/ Fister) 4/19/2015 Ogden Theater – Denver, CO w/ Sleep
w/ Wake: May 16: TBA – Omaha, NE May 17: The Black Hole – Cedar Falls, IA May 18: Skeletunes Lounge – Fort Wayne, IN May 19: The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI May 20: Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH May 21 – 24: Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD May 25: TBA – Washington, DC (w/ the Body Water Torture, Wake) May 26: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA May 27: JJ’s Bohemia – Chatanooga, TN May 28: The Demo – St. Louis, MO May 30: Flux Capacitor – Colorado Springs, CO (No Wake)
w/ Celeste: Jun 17: Total Drag Records – Sioux Falls, SD Jun 18: Hexagon – Minneapolis, MN Jun 19: Club Garabaldi’s – Milwaukee, WI Jun 20: Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL Jun 21: Death House – Grand Rapids, MI Jun 22: Mr. Roboto Project – Pittsburgh, PA Jun 23: Good Weekend – Allentown, PA Jun 24: Sidebar – Baltimore, MD Jun 25: The Maywood – Raleigh, NC Jun 26: New Brooklyn Tavern – Columbia, SC Jun 27: Uncle Lou’s – Orlando, FL Jun 28: Churchill’s – Miami, FL Jun 29: Epic Problem – Tampa, FL Jun 30: 529 – Atlanta, GA Jul 01: The Stone Fox – Nashville, TN Jul 02: TBA – Kansas City, MO Jul 03: South LuLu Temple Of Doom – Wichita, KS Jul 04: Glob – Denver, CO
w/ Opium Lord Jul 16: TBA – Kalamazoo, MI Jul 17: Coalition – Toronto, ON Jul 18: TBA – Montreal, QC Jul 19: Middle East – Boston, MA Jul 20: Funky Jungle – Providence, RI Jul 21: TBA – Long Island, NY Jul 22: Bar – New Haven, CT Jul 23: Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY Jul 24: Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA Jul 25: Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH Jul 26: Jackpot Music Hall – Lawrence, KS
w/ Northless: Aug 10: Fly Catcher – Tucson, AZ Aug 12: 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA Aug 13: Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA Aug 14: Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA (Oakland Deadfest 2015) Aug 15: Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA (Oakland Deadfest 2015) Aug 16: Starlite- Sacramento, CA Aug 18: Rotture – Portland, OR Aug 19: Obsidian – Olympia, WA Aug 20: Highline – Seattle, WA Aug 21: Black Sparrow Tattoo – Billings, MT
Denver blackened doomsters Primitive Man has announced an upcoming run of tour dates, which are posted below.
PRIMITIVE MAN: Mar 30: Unicorn – London (UK) (w/ Sea Bastard) Mar 31: TBA – Nottingham (UK) (w/ Sea Bastard) Apr 01: Roadhouse – Manchester (UK) (w/ Sea Bastard) Apr 02: South Sea Live – Sheffield (UK) (w/ Sea Bastard) Apr 03: South Sea Live – Newcastle (UK) (w/ Sea Bastard) Apr 04: Audio – Glasgow (UK) )w/ Sea Bastard) Apr 05: Bannermans – Edinburgh (UK) (w/ Sea Bastard) Apr 06: The Pit’s – Kortijk (BE) (w/ Fister) Apr 07: Het Bos – Antwerp (BE) (w/ Fister) Apr 08: Vera Groninge (NL) Apr 09: 013 Venue – Tilburg (NL) (Roadburn Festival 2015) Apr 10: 1000fryd – Copenhagen (DK) (w/ Fister) Apr 12: Modra Vopice – Prague (CZ) (w/ Fister) Apr 13: Chemiefabrik – Dresden (DE) (w/ Fister) Apr 14: L’usine Geneva (CZ) (w/ Fister) Apr 15: Freakout Club – Bologna (IT) (w/ Fister) Apr 16: Lo-Fi – Milan (IT) (w/ Fister) Apr 18: Jugendhaus Kloster – Weil der Stadt (DE) (w/ Fister) May 16: TBA – Omaha, NE (w/ Wake) May 17: The Black Hole – Cedar Falls, IA (w/ Wake) May 18: Skeletunes Lounge – Fort Wayne, IN (w/ Wake) May 19: The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI (w/ Wake) May 20: Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH (w/ Wake) May 21 – 24: Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD May 25: TBA – Washington, DC (w/ the Body Water Torture, Wake) May 26: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Wake) May 27: JJ’s Bohemia – Chatanooga, TN (w/ Wake) May 28: The Demo – St. Louis, MO (w/ Wake) May 30: Flux Capacitor – Colorado Springs, CO Aug 14: Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA (Oakland Deadfest 2015)
Primitive Man features within their animosity-strewn ranks current and former members of Withered, Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire, Death Of Self, Vermin Womb and Reproacher. Home Is Where The Hatred Is serves as the follow-up to the band’s Scorn full-length.
They have releasedHome Is Where The Hatred Is EP, which was tracked at Flatline Audio by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Cobalt, etc.) and is currently available as a special 12″ via Relapse Records. It is streamed here and here.