Industrial metallers Ministry have recently launched the Ministry Mondays series where they offer weekly free downloads. Each Monday the band will post a song from their From Beer To Eternity remix album in the same order as on the album. Following that, they will also continue the series with remixes of material from their Relapse album. This week we have "Permawar" which you can download at this location. You can download the MP3 version but there is also a link to the full 320 experience.
The lineup and running order for the massive Southwest Terror Fest III has been finalized and announced. If you haven't heard about this fest, this is your chance. It will happen in Tucson, Arizona from October 16th through 19th. With four nights of action between both the historic Rialto Theatre for the main stage events, and nearby The District Tavern for the kickoff and after-shows, the third installment of Southwest Terror Fest promises to be interesting. As for the bands that will be performing, check out the list below.
French doom purveyors Monolithe retread their cosmic journey with a string of releases this year. Besides re-releasing their previous two EPs in a unified fashion, they also issued the remastered version of their sophomore album, Monolithe II, complete with new artwork to seamlessly blend with the rest of their monolithic catalogue. It was released on the 18th of July (the 22nd for North America) via Debemur Morti Productions.
KEN Mode seem to tour non-stop and now they have announced another short North American trek. The Canadians have also premiered a video for the track "The Promises Of God" which is taken from their latest album, Entrench. The North American tour starts on August 29th and will bookend their forthcoming appearance at the 2014 edition of the Hopscotch Festival. A list of confirmed tour dates can be found below as well as their new video.
Intronaut will hit the road again after a short break and a recent tour with Tesseract. The band has been on the road in support of their current album, Habitual Levitations, ever since its release on Century Media in March of 2013. This special run of shows is in celebration of the band's 10-year anniversary. Canadians Anciients will be supporting them throughout the whole tour (except on the last date in LA).
Bay Area metallers Machine Head continue their live domination of North America with the announcement of a 21-show U.S. and Canadian trek in support of their debut studio album for Nuclear Blast Entertainment, which is due out this fall. With a strong and diverse line-up that features support from Finnish powerhouse Children Of Bodom and Dutch symphonic metallers Epica with American melodic death/thrash openers Battlecross, the tour launches on October 4th in Denver, Colorado and includes five Canadian cities before closing out in Hollywood, California on November 1st. Are you planning to check out this tour?
Kentucky based, one-man folkish black metal outfit Panopticon is currently streaming the entire new opus entitled Roads To The Northat this location. How would you compare it to the band's previous full-lenght effort Kentucky, released back in 2012? The album will see the light of day on August 1st via Bindrune Recordings and Nordvis.
After some previews, Wovenwar has released another song from their upcoming debut release Wovenwar, to be released next week on Metal Blade Records. You can give the song a listen at this location. The song is called "Profane". Did you enjoy that?
Another band releasing a new album this year is Winterfylleth. The UK black metallers just revealed the details of the impending The Divination Of Antiquity opus. Today you get to see the album cover, tracklist and release dates. The Divination Of Antiquity is to be released on October 6th, 2014 in the UK and the 7th of October in the rest of the world via Candlelight Records. As for the music, you have to be a little bit more patient but the frontman describes it as "melodic, passionate and expansive" and "including some slower, doomier elements."
Americans After The Burial are pleased to confirm a string of headlining tour dates across the United States, scheduled for this September and October. Several bands will be joining them on the road: Texas In July, I Declare War, Reflections, and Come The Dawn. All confirmed dates so far can be seen below, with more to follow.
Exodus have confirmed that Metallica's guitarist Kirk Hammett will guest on their upcoming new album and play a guitar solo. Kirk was of course a member of the original Exodus line-up but left to join Metallica in 1983. The rest is history. Also, on July 25th, the Fear FestEvil After Party showcased a performance by the legendary Bay Area thrashers Exodus at the San Diego Comic Con. Hammett joined the band on-stage for a few songs with bassist Robert Trujillo and other guests also making an appearance on the encore jam.
Recently, Nightrage have signed an album deal with Despotz Records. Yes, the melodic death metal band will finally release the follow-up to Insidious (2011). In fact, the group is entering the Dugout Studio (in Uppsala, Sweden) with Daniel Bergstrand on September 15th to record the new opus. A new single/video will be out this fall and the yet untitled album will surface in February 2015. Ronnie Nyman will lend his voice to the new release.
Burning Point have a new vocalist. It is Nitte Valo (former vocalist of Battle Beast) who joins the Finnish melodic metal band. The band has also recruited a new keyboardist: Jarkko Väisänen. Pete Ahonen also decided to step down from the lead vocalist position and continue as a guitarist. But there is more. The band will start recording their new album soon and the working title is Polttopiste.
The Germans Thränenkind have recently premiered a brand new video. If you perhaps never heard of them, the black metal/crust band released their debut album The Elk last year. Their newest release is another 2-track EP, called Hope(less), released via Lifeforce Records. Watch the video below for the song "April". Do you like what you hear?
Drone doom masters Sunn O))) and experimental musician Scott Walker recently announced a collaboration album and fans couldn't wait to know more about it. Well, the collaborative record between Scott Walker and Sunn O))) now has a title and release date. Soused, as it will be called, is set to be released on the 22nd of September. Soused will be a 5-track release. Let the anticipation begin...