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Arriving a half hour early to any gig is perhaps not the best idea, especially when it is freezing cold with snow in the air, but I wasn’t the only one keen to get into Londons iconic Koko in Camden town ahead of tonight’s monumental performance. On their headlining tour in support of their record ‘Machine Messiah’ that just so happens to coincide with vocalist Derrick Green marking 20 years with the band, the mighty Brazilian legends Sepultura. There was a decent crowd joining me already and the vocal topic of choice was the Cannibal Corpse gig happening right around the corner, but we were all in agreement that tonight’s line-up of Fit For An Autopsy, Goatwhore and Obscura as supports was far too appealing.
Londons Koko is perhaps one of the most beautiful venues I have been too. Formerly one of the largest theatres outside of Londons West End, the venue itself boasts numerous viewing platforms with many touches celebrating its mixed and magical past as a theatre, cinema and now as a dedicated music venue. Inside the lights were already dim with the stage illuminated red and blue spotlights gleaming across the lower floor. Many fans rushed to the pit barrier to claim their front row spot for the evening and within about 10 minutes the 2000+ capacity venue was already looking full. Continue reading
2017 saw the rise of some amazing new bands, the comeback or reunion for others and also genre staples that consistently put out amazing records. Choosing a top 10 albums was incredibly hard this year and some albums I really enjoyed were so close to making the list. Veteran bands return with amazing follow up albums that stay true to their sound and other bands have evolved and changed their sound for the better. Only picking 10 albums meant I had to leave out some albums I truly loved this year, some of those honorable mentions are: Owl Company ‘Horizon’, Shit The Cow ‘Cavelord’, Prophets Of Rage ‘Self Titled’, Body Count ‘Bloodlust’, Hogan’s Goat – ‘Self Titled’, and Mutoid Man ‘War Moans’. In years past without as much competition these albums would have certainly made the cut, but they are each amazing albums that deserve attention. Continue reading
Some crazy tour line-ups have just been announced, starting with a small tour consisting of Goatwhore, 1349 and Tombs that will later get followed up by a longer one with Sepultura, Obscura and deathcore act Fit For An Autopsy!
After recently releasing their fourth full-length, ‘The Grand Annihilation’, Tombs is heading back out on the road again in support of it, this time with 1349 and Goatwhore, leading up to the bands’ Ozzfest/Knotfest appearances. Check out below for all dates!
Tombs tour dates
w/ 1349, Goatwhore:
Oct. 28 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA *
Oct. 29 – Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
Oct. 30 – Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX (supporting Kreator)
Oct. 31 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX (supporting Kreator)
Nov. 1 – Top Deck – Farmington, NM (supporting Kreator)
Nov. 2 – Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV
Nov. 3 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ
Nov. 4 – Ozzfest @ Glen Helen Amphitheater & Festival Grounds – San Bernardino, CA *
Nov. 5 – Knotfest @ Glen Helen Amphitheater & Festival Grounds – San Bernardino, CA ^
^=no 1349 or Tombs
While every track on ‘The Grand Annihilation’ stands separate from those around it, it is still a cohesive collection, and at no point do the stylistic twists and turns undermine its coherence. The blasting, scathing yet melodic black metal savagery of opener “Black Sun Horizon” and “Way Of The Storm” are very much built to destroy, while wielding a poignancy that is undeniable – both of which stand in strong contrast to the uncomfortable post-punk squall of “Underneath” that showcases front-man Mike Hill’s Nick Cave/Ian Curtis-esque singing voice, while the likes of the throbbing “Saturnalian” and unnerving tribal thunder of “Walk With Me In Nightmares” stand in categories all of their own.
To preview and purchase ‘The Grand Annihilation’, please visit HERE
Get ready to be battered and bruised this coming fall. Cause VENOM INC, consisting of ex-Venom members, guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn, drummer Anthony “Abaddon” Bray, and vocalist and bassist Anthony “Demolition Man” Dolan, american extreme death metal band GOATWHORE, TOXIC HOLOCAUST and Ohio deathcore brutality THE CONVALESCENCE, will be pulverizing masses across North America as they tour together this coming fall, with the tour being named as, ‘Blood Stained Earth Tour 2017‘. Slated to commence on September 1st in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the ‘Blood Stained Earth Tour‘ will ravage a total of twenty-eight cities, coming to a close on October 2nd in Baltimore, Maryland. Continue reading
Most of us metalheads have one thing in common when it comes to collecting things. The large majority of us collect band shirts, and the more rare or obscure the better right? Say no more… PM Star Promotions owner and Soilent Green/Goatwhore vocalist Ben Falgoust have found the motherload of rarities when it comes to shirts. PM Star Promotions which is mostly known for designing and printing custom band merch for bands such as Crowbar, Goatwhore, Superjoint, etc as well as making custom skatedecks for Saint Vitus, Ride For Dime, A Killers Confession. PM Star is starting a new online store where bands can sell older merch and left over tour merch and unique one of kind custom drum heads, skate decks, signed swag. Continue reading
It’s not often that you get to see two iconic New Orleans bands together in a small intimate venue. This night had several extraordinary factors. The co-headliners were none other than the all mighty Crowbar and the ferociously aggressive Goatwhore. The two bands have not only similarities in geography but have also had intermingling members in the bands or side projects. Goatwhore guitarist Sammy Duet was a member of Crowbar from 1998–2002, and was an integral part of Crowbar’s iconic album ‘Odd Fellows Rest’. Crowbar drummer Tommy Buckley and Goatwhore vocalist Ben Falgoust are also members of the band Soilent Green together. So of course the bands have a great camaraderie. Of course these weren’t the only bands that would grace the stage on this heavy metal showcase. The opening band Lillake formed in 2015, so they are just beginning their musical journey. However, the members of this band are by no means new to the metal world. Drummer Eric Moore is one of the most revered drummers around. Both Eric Moore and Lillake vocalist/guitarist Nico Santora were members of Suicidal Tendencies. Eric Moore was in the band from 2008 – 2015, and Santora was in the band from 2012 – 2016 and left the band to focus his time on Lillake. Continue reading
Riff lords Crowbar have announced co-headlining tour dates with NOLA neighbors Goatwhore, capping off the calendar year with style. “This upcoming tour is one that we’re all looking forward to!,” says Kirk Windstein. “These are our Brothers. Hell, Sammy Duet was in Crowbar for a few of our best records! To the fans of both bands, here’s your early Christmas present!” Crowbar is touring in support of their upcoming album ‘The Serpent Only Lies’ which releases October 28th via eOne Music. This album is following up one of Crowbar’s most successful records to date. ‘The Serpent Only Lies’ will be the follow up to the highly buzzed about ‘Symmetry in Black’. That album sold over 4,000 copies in its first week of release in 2014, the highest of any LPs in the band’s 27 year career, beating out its predecessor, 2011’s ‘Sever the Wicked Hand’. We recently reviewed the bands new album (read here) and we are sure the album will be well received by everyone. Our hopes on this tour, which we wouldn’t miss is that Sammy gets on stage and at least plays one song with Crowbar. Continue reading