ALBUM REVIEW: Venom Prison – Erebos

If there’s a silver lining thus far into 2022 it’s that at least we don’t have to wait too long for some good old-fashioned spine-busting metal. We’re barely out of January and we already have fresh releases from the likes of Enterprise Earth, Shadow of Intent and Fit for an Autopsy. Yes, I am aware that Omicron is all the rage back home and some folks are still under lockdown but believe me new riffs and blast beats go a long way in lifting one’s spirits.

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Rings of Saturn Parts Ways with Vocalist Ian Bearer, Transitioning to an Instrumental Act


Rings of Saturn, recently dropped from their label Nuclear Blast, has announced it is parting ways with vocalist Ian Bearer after over ten years in the band. In a statement to social media, the band hopes Ian plays out the string of live dates the band are booked for, but also are moving on without him. The band is planning to transition to an instrumental band, planning to release instrumental versions of all their albums as well.

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Nuclear Blast Dumps Rings of Saturn From the Label

Technical Death Metal band Rings of Saturn, often a lightning rod of controversy in their careers, has been unceremoniously dropped by Nuclear Blast Records. In a surprising move, the label released a press release calling out the band and its leader, Lucas Mann, for threatening “to issue public statements “condemning Nuclear Blast in the strongest terms possible” if the label does not give in to his baseless demands.” This is highly irregular as even the most acrimonious relationships at metal labels are often resolved quietly. You can read the label’s full statement below.


Nuclear Blast Drops Rings Of Saturn

Nuclear Blast has a long-standing history of supporting its artists, treating them with the utmost respect and integrity. This included Lucas Mann and RINGS OF SATURN. Nuclear Blast is proud to provide this support and strives to make all its artists feel comfortable that they have a transparent, honest relationship with their label.

Sadly, Lucas Mann on behalf of RINGS OF SATURN has brazenly threatened to issue public statements “condemning Nuclear Blast in the strongest terms possible” if the label does not give in to his baseless demands. While Nuclear Blast is truly shocked and saddened by Lucas Mann’s actions, Nuclear Blast also does not tolerate threats. Accordingly, RINGS OF SATURN have been dropped from the label.


Continuum – Designed Obsolescence

Designed Obsolescence (Unique Leader), the latest LP from Technical Death Metal supergroup (we’ll get to that) Continuum has a quite a bit going for it. Continuum hails from the modern death metal hotbed that is California and features former members of acts ranging from Rings of Saturn, Allegaeon, Pathology, Decrepit Birth and more, so you don’t even have to listen to a single note on Designed Obsolescence to know that these dudes can play. Yeah, they can fucking play with technicality and precision that this writer will never grasp.Continue reading

The Faceless Announce “Planetary Duality” 10th Anniversary Tour

The Faceless have announced their “Planetary Duality” 10th Anniversary Tour taking place this fall. The brilliant but volatile tech death band has tapped Rings of Saturn, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Vale of Pnath, and Interloper as direct support. Tickets are on sale at the link below.Continue reading

Origin, Rings Of Saturn, Hideous Divinity And Graveslave Team Up For Spring Tour Of Europe

In what may be the best death metal bill of the spring, Origin, Rings Of Saturn, Hideous Divinity and Graveslave have announced a European tour. All dates on sale now. Origin continues to tour behind their 2017 album Unparralled Universe, released via Nuclear Blast. Hail space!

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Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Live At Glen Helen Amphitheater, San Bernadino, CA


Fans from all over the world converged in the mountains of San Bernadino, California for Ozzfest Meets Knotfest 2017. Taking place at the Glen Helen Amphitheater & Festival Grounds, the scenic vista of mostly blue skies and mountains all around us was the perfect setting for a weekend of some of the most entertaining, heaviest bands on Earth. After arriving in California a night early, but missing the pre-party show, the Ghost Cult crew got settled in at our hotel, had a great meal and beers at BJ’s Brewhouse, and rested up for the big weekend ahead. Continue reading

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Takes Over Southern California This Weekend


Ozzfest Meets Knotfest returns again to San Bernadino California today in a weekend jam-packed with incredible metal headliners, and some of the best up and coming bands in the world. The 2017 Ozzfest Meets Knotfest takes place Glen Helen Amphitheater & Festival Grounds in California today, November 4th and tomorrow, November 5th, and we get you ready to go! Continue reading

Rings of Saturn – Ultu Ulla

While the deathcore genre really has not put out any stellar releases this year, or really in the past couple of years, Rings of Saturn have put together quite a collection of songs in their latest release, Ultu Ulla (Nuclear Blast). While not being a fan of the earlier material, this latest album from the Bay Area Deathcore group actually had me intrigued for a few spins. Between the guitar wankery and the well-placed/tasteful breakdowns, the record carries itself from start to finish with no real need for a skip button.Continue reading