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  • UK Thrashers RIPTIDE release debut EP “MASTERS OF THE APOCALYPSE”

    UK thrashers RipTide, [fronted by EVILE guitarist Adam Smith] have released their debut EP “Masters of the Apocalypse”. The 36-minute-long EP contains 6 tracks featuring re-recordings and masters of the original RipTide demos. 

    Adam Smith (Lead Vocalist and Guitarist) comments...

    “After a hell of a long time, we are incredibly stoked to finally release ‘Masters of the Apocalypse’ as an EP, having changes in the Line-Up, multiple lockdowns, and settling in with EVILE. We are stoked to finally complete this record which consists of the first batch of songs from when we first started out. After playing these songs live over the years, and the incredible response we had at Bloodstock Festival last year, we chose these six songs as they represent mostly what the band has been doing over the years.

    I have had the vision of ‘Masters of the Apocalypse’ ever since the band’s inception back in 2018.  The artwork was made in 2018 and was used to promote the band with scrims and merchandise, we knew that it was too good to just use on a demo single or something, so we held on to it and saved it for this moment. It was a vision that I had inspired by apocalyptic landscapes in media such as Stranger Things, The Last of Us, and even stuff like Shadow the Hedgehog [.

    We wanted a 3rd person view of the backs of these ‘masters’ (world leaders/powerful people), who are the only ones left in this alternate world, looking over the remains of the city which was ultimately caused by greed, money and power etc... the vision was made into reality by the incredible Ania Bodziarczyk, who did an even better job than I could have ever imagined.

    I am also incredibly proud of my bro Sean [bass player of RipTide] for producing/co-producing this record! The quality of this recording is incredible and is for me, the highlight of this record!

    Sean Xavier (Bassist and main producer) continues...

    “When we first originally started recording these tracks, we were very young and didn’t really know much about how to make a record, we went to a couple of different studios to record but we were unhappy with both the quality of playing and the  early production wasn’t what we wanted, this coupled with covid, Adam joining Evile, and Tommy joining RipTide, delayed the release significantly, but we persevered and made the best recording we could possibly make! I am incredibly happy with the way the EP has turned out and with each recording we do, myself and the band get better and better! We have just finished tracking guitars for our next release which will be out in the next couple of months! So, keep your eyes peeled for that!

    Adam concludes...

    “Masters of the Apocalypse” has been a long time in the making and is the finale to the long journey we have all been on! It’s conception and production has been a team effort between all of the guys in the band and the fans, for pushing us to finish this! It is a group of songs that we are all incredibly proud of and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do.

    The relentless new EP is available to listen to right now on all major streaming services and has limited CD copies available on their official merch store.

    Stream “Masters of the Apocalypse” on Spotify here:

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    Track List: 

    Smoke, 

    Masters of the Apocalypse, 

    Fatal Retribution, 

    Cage of Regret, 

    Inhuman Race, 

    Behind the Killer’s Eyes

    BUY “Masters of the Apocalypse” on CD here: https://bit.ly/RIPTIDECD 

     

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  • MEGADETH & LAMB OF GOD Announce The Metal Tour Of The Year 2022

     

    Following the enormous success of their 2021 co-headline US tour, metal titans MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD have today announced the second US run of their aptly named METAL TOUR OF THE YEAR. Joining them will be special guests TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES. Tickets for the second leg of THE METAL TOUR OF THE YEAR, produced by Live Nation, will go on general sale at 10am local time on Friday, January 14th from www.MetalTourOfTheYear.com 

     

    The Metal Tour Of The Year 

    Megadeth and Lamb of God 2022 North American Tour Dates:

     

    Sat Apr 09 - Las Vegas, NV | Michelob Ultra Arena

    Sun Apr 10 - Tucson, AZ | Tucson Arena

    Tue Apr 12 - Colorado Springs, CO | Broadmoor World Arena

    Thu Apr 14 - Corpus Christi, TX | American Bank Center Arena

    Fri Apr 15 -  Lafayette, LA | Lafayette Cajundome

    Sat Apr 16 - Brandon, MS | Brandon Amphitheater

    Tue Apr 19 - Grand Rapids, MI | Van Andel Arena

    Thu Apr 21 - Fort Wayne, IN | Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

    Fri Apr 22 - Green Bay, WI | Resch Center

    Sun Apr 24 - Sioux Falls, SD | Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

    Tue Apr 26 - Omaha, NE | Baxter Arena

    Wed Apr 27 - Cedar Rapids, IA | Alliant Energy PowerHouse

    Fri Apr 29 - Kansas City, MO | T-Mobile Center

    Sat Apr 30 - Tulsa, OK | BOK Center * No Trivium

    Tue May 03 - North Charleston, SC | North Charleston Coliseum

    Wed May 04 - Greenville, SC | Bon Secours Wellness Arena

    Fri May 06 - Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena

    Sat May 07 - Peoria, IL | Peoria Civic Center

    Mon May 09 - Pittsburgh, PA | Petersen Events Center

    Tue May 10 - Rochester, NY | Blue Cross Arena

    Thu May 12 - Portland, ME | Cross Insurance Arena

    Fri May 13 - Uncasville, CT | Mohegan Sun Arena

    Sun May 15 - Allentown, PA | PPL Center

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  • BLACK ANVIL Kicks Off North American Trek

     

    New York City black metal collective BLACK ANVIL are now embarking on several live U.S. and Canadian performances in support of IMMOLATION! The banc joins the tour in Detroit, MI tomorrow, March 15 and will conclude with the band's homecoming in New York City on March 19. The full run of BLACK ANVIL's performances can be found below along with ticket links. Tickets are on sale now!

     

     

    BLACK ANVIL Live Dates (w/ IMMOLATION + MORTIFERUM):

    03/15: Detroit, MI @ El Club

    03/16: Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground

    03/17: Montreal, QC @ Petite Campus

    03/18: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

    03/19: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

    * w/ DEMOLITION HAMMER, MORTICIAN, FUNERAL LEECH

    https://blackanvil.bandcamp.com/ 

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  • Horror Fiends NECRONOMICON EX MORTIS To Unleash New EP "You and Your Friends Are Dead: Game Over" End of June 2024

     

    Formed out of the love for classic death metal, 80s shred worship, and creating gory lyrics about B-horror movies, Chicago's Necronomicon Ex Mortis unleashed two EPs in 2023, (Self-Titled - March 2023) and (Silver Bullet - August 2023) and now return in 2024 with their third entitled "You and Your Friends Are Dead: Game Over" due out on June 28th. Over the past few months they have been feeding the frenzy of horror metal fans with their singles "My Bloody Valentine", Leprechaun", "In The Mouth of Madness" and "The Dead Zone".

    "This EP shows Necronomicon Ex Mortis at our most versatile; proving we have multiple ways to rip your face off! We think the fans will love the variety on this release! We want to have the listener have their expectations constantly challenged on this record!" - Guitarist - Michael Nystrom Bala - Necronomicon Ex Mortis

    The tracks on "You and Your Friends Are Dead: Game Over" were chosen specifically by the band to all be incredibly different from one another. These recordings are a love letter to death metal, but also sometimes lean on the melodic side; sometimes brutal, sometimes technical. The band hops in and out of subgenres like various seasonings over baked chicken. Lyrically, the record touches on horror murder and blood.

    All the tracks on the EP tell an extreme metal interpretation of the movies they are titled after. From its opener, "My Bloody Valentine", a thrash and technical death metal collision, to "Leprechaun", a melodic metal track that’s short and sweet, just like an actual Leprechaun. "In the Mouth of Madness" is low, slow, and filled with symmetrical scales. This one takes a more mid-paced approach to death metal. This song retells the story of John Carpenter's legendary movie of the same title. "The Dead Zone", is a song based more on the 90s progressive death metal sound with lots of symmetrical scales, extreme dissonance, and a cool guitar moment from Manuel Barbara. And EP closer "Jason Lives", screams “guitarist, songwriter/lyricist Mike Bala has been listening to too much Autopsy." and witnesses the band down the path of death/doom section right in the middle. This song retells the story of “Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.”

    "You and Your Friends Are Dead: Game Over" will be out on June 28th, 2024, and is available for pre-order at https://necronomiconexmortis.bandcamp.com​​

    Track Listing:
    1. My Bloody Valentine - 5:50
    2. Leprechaun - 3:35
    3. In the Mouth of Madness - 4:59
    4. The Dead Zone - 4:02
    5. Jason Lives - 5:43
    EP Length: 24:11

    EP Lineup:
    Michael Nystrom Bala - Guitars/Songwriter/Lyrics
    Manuel Barbara - Guitars
    Yusuf Rashid - Bass
    Craigh Schmuhl - Vocals
    Joey Ferretti - Drums

    More info: Necronomiconexmortisband.com | Facebook | Instagram.com/necronomiconexmortisband

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