– March 19th, 2019 –

Launches video for title track

Cover Art by Marco Tafuri

After 1 week of letting fans vote on their new album name, Italy’s Destrage has announced the true title of their fifth full-length: The Chosen One – which will be released May 24th via Metal Blade Records. The trailers for the fake album names can be viewed below:

For a preview of the album, a video for the title track can be seen now at: metalblade.com/destrage – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–light yellow vinyl / includes CD (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–pink / blue marbled vinyl / includes CD (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–multi-color splatter vinyl / includes CD (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–light pink marbled vinyl / includes CD (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–violet marbled vinyl / includes CD (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)

As with all of their previous efforts, Destrage make it impossible to pigeonhole their sound, with numerous labels applicable to the record but no single one able to tell the whole story. Moreover, from start to finish, The Chosen One seethes with an energy that is undeniable. “I strongly believe in the power of the people, and energy came from those who worked on this album, from the band, the producers, through to the mixing and mastering engineer. There was a lot of energy in the whole project, and that’s the most important thing to me,” vocalist Paolo Colavolpe enthuses. The record also sees the band once more experimenting, taking risks and exploring territory they have not previously entered into, demonstrating a fearlessness when it came to chasing ideas – and almost half the songs are in a completely different guitar tuning. A pair of unique tracks also bookend the record, the title track and “The Gifted One”, their relationship obvious as they came together in the writing stage. Explains guitarist Matteo Di Gioia: “The song ‘The Chosen One’ is brief, has no repetitions and an unresolved structure. The unexplored, unrepeated sections of that unwrap with more patience on ‘The Gifted One’, which also has an uncommon structure, but in the opposite sense. Here we have a long, pacing, reflexive closing song that shares many elements with the opener but feels completely different.” Further adding to the heady mix is the incorporation of extra instrumentation, among these a baritone saxophone and something the band nicknamed MEGATRON, which is essentially “a badass synthesizer playing guitar riffs together with the human guitarists. Like the saxophone, it’s set to disappear and fuse with the guitars to achieve a slightly unreal sound, and we knew we didn’t want these extra sounds to emerge and be obvious. Instead, we really looked for the listener to experience the ‘What the fuck is that sound?’ effect.”

A smattering of guest musicians also contributed to the album, with “master of evil” Luca Mai of ZU providing a wild saxophone solo on “Mr Bugman” and dubbing the main riff of “At The Cost Of Pleasure”. Jazz musician Fabio Visocchi added keyboards to “At The Cost Of Pleasure” and “The Gifted One”, while Fabrizio “Izio” Pagni produced the electronics and handled the programming. Produced by Matteo “ciube” tabacco and Destrage at Raptor studios, plus mixed and mastered by Josh Wilbur, the recording process proved to be both rewarding and thrilling for the band, who were unable to physically be in LA with Wilbur, but were involved every step of the way. Admitting to being a little intimidated at the thought of working with such a “hot producer” initially, the collaboration was nothing but fruitful: the first mix great, the second better, but they persisted, with the eighth run making it onto the record to everyone’s satisfaction. “We were talking every day on the phone, sending messages back and forth and Josh said to us, ‘Hey! I don’t have a deadline. We mix this until it’s fucking great. My goal is having everybody jumping up and down to this record!’ And he kept his word.”

The Chosen One track-listing
1. The Chosen One
2. About That
3. Hey, Stranger!
4. At the Cost of Pleasure
5. Mr. Bugman
6. Rage, My Alibi
7. Headache and Crumbs
8. The Gifted One

Destrage line-up:
Paolo Colavolpe – vocals
Matteo Di Gioia – guitar
Federico Paulovich – drums
Ralph Guido Salati – guitar
Gabriel Pignata – bass

Destrage online:

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Danish brutal death metal band Dawn Of Demise have unleashed a music video for the title track from their forthcoming new album “Into The Depths of Veracity”, which will see an April 19th release on Unique Leader.

Stream it below:

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Butcher Babies co-frontwoman Carla Harvey and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante have gone public with their relationship. Dating for at least three years, the pair chose to keep their relationship quiet. But that all changed over the weekend, when Harvey decided to publicly announce their status via the below Instagram post:

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Connecticut-based melodic death metal band Archaic Decapitator premiere a new song and lyric video entitled “Cruelty of the Host Star”, taken from their upcoming new five-song EP “The Apothecary”, which will be out in stores April 19th via Bandcamp.

Check out now “Cruelty of the Host Star” below.

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Solo instrumental atmospheric black metal/post-rock/blackened folk project of Colorado musician Dylan Rupe named Evergreen Refuge premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band’s upcoming new album “Skyward”, which will be released on March 20 by A Moment of Clarity Recordings.

Check out now “Skyward” in its entirety below.

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Architects premiere a new official live clip for their track “Royal Beggars“ off their latest album “Holy Hell“. The footage for it has been captured during their February 08th, 2019 performance at the Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany.

In other news, Architects have also planned some European/UK touring this summer. Below’s where you can see them performing live:

05/31 London, UK – All Points East
06/07 Nuremberg, GER – Rock im Park
06/08 Nurburg, GER – Rock am Ring
06/21 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/22 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
06/28 Madrid, SPA – Download Madrid
06/29 Munster, GER – Vainstream Rockfest
06/30 Madrid, SPA – Download Festival
07/12 Joensuu, FIN – Ilosaarirock
07/23 Tolmin, SLO – MetalDays
07/24 Bratislava, SLO – Refinery Gallery
07/25 Budapest, HUN – Budapest Park
07/26-27 Sibiu, ROM – ARTmania Fest
08/02 Borgholm, SWE – Borgholm Brinner

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I Prevail premiere an official music video for their new song “Paranoid” off their impending new album, “Trauma“. Fearless Records have that album scheduled for a March 29th release date.

I Prevail will be out on the below headlining tour in support of their new release with Issues and Justin Stone:

04/24 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
04/25 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
04/27 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
04/28 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
04/29 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
05/01 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
05/02 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
05/04 Boise, ID – Revolution Concert House
05/05 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
05/07 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
05/08 Billings, MT – Shrine Auditorium
05/10 Council Bluffs, IA – Westfair Amphitheater
05/11 Wichita, KS – Wave
05/13 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
05/15 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
05/17 Houston, TX – House of Blues
05/18 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
05/20 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
05/21 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
05/23 Ft. Wayne, IN – Clyde Theatre
05/24 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore

07/11 London, ON – Harris Park (I Prevail only)
07/12 Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theatre
07/14 Mansfield, OH – Mansfield Reformatory (I Prevail only)
07/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
07/16 Peoria, IL – Peoria Riverfront
07/18 Oshkosh, WI – Ford Festival Park (I Prevail only)
07/20 Cadott, WI – Rock Fest (I Prevail only)
07/22 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
07/23 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
07/24 Boston, MA – House of Blues
07/26 Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
07/27 Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
07/28 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
07/30 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
07/31 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
08/01 North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
08/03 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
08/04 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
08/05 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
08/07 Belvidere, IL – The Apollo Theatre
08/08 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
08/09 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live

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Revocation premiere a new official music video for their song “Vanitas” off their latest record, “The Outer Ones“. Rivers Of Nihil‘s Jon Topore helmed the video for the group, which was captured during their European tour together past year.

The band will be back touring the U.S. kicking off next month on the ‘Chaos & Carnage Tour‘ with Whitechapel, Dying Fetus and more:

04/18 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
04/19 Worcester, MA – Palladium
04/20 Reading, PA – Reverb
04/23 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
04/24 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
04/25 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
04/26 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot
04/27 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
04/28 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
04/30 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
05/02 Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre
05/03 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
05/04 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom
05/05 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
05/07 Springfield, MO – The Complex
05/08 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
05/09 San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
05/10 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
05/11 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
05/12 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
05/13 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
05/15 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
05/16 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
05/17 Winston-Salem, NC – Ramkat

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Slipknot has announced on their official website that, following a lawsuit launched against other members by percussionist Chris Fehn over a payment dispute, he has been fired from the band. The message reads as follows:

“Slipknot’s focus is on making album #6 and our upcoming shows around the world, our best ever. Chris knows why he is no longer a part of Slipknot. We are disappointed that he chose to point fingers and manufacture claims, rather than doing what was necessary to continue to be a part of Slipknot. We would have preferred he not take the path that he has, but evolution in all things is a necessary part of this life.

“Long Live The Knot.”

In the lawsuit, Fehn claims that vocalist Corey Taylor and Shawn “Clown” Crahan set up several other affiliated businesses to make money off the band without the members’ knowledge. He appeared to be backed in his claims by former member Donnie Steele, a founding guitarist who parted company with the band but would rejoin in 2010 following the death of bassist Paul Gray, to perform bass behind the scenes. In a since deleted Facebook post, Steele claimed that the band didn’t do much writing and that everything was done “behind the other member’s backs.”

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Promoters in Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand have announced that they have decided to cancel the scheduled concerts of former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo and his project, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, accusing the singer of racism. Anselmo and his band are scheduled to to travel to Australia this week, which would include a headlining slot at Slayfest in Perth, but the neighbouring country of New Zealand, which was shaken by a horrific terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, which claimed the lives of fifty people, has seemingly closed it’s doors to the band.

The cancellation is partly a reaction to these attacks, where a white supremacist Australian man, who has continued to make racist gestures during his court hearing, was responsible for the killings. Anselmo himself has been the subject of racist accusations, most recently in 2016 where he shouted “White power!” in front of a crowd in Hollywood, California, an action he has since apologised for. Club Tavern, the venue in Christchurch which was supposed to hold the Illegals concert, stated:

The Philip Anselmo gig has been cancel (sic),” a Facebook post said. “We do not and will not support white supremacy or racism!”

The venue declined to comment further.

Auckland venue Galatos also posted on Facebook, informing people of their decision to pull the pin on the gig. A spokeswoman for the venue also declined to comment further.

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