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At The Gates: touring the UK!

A monstrous extreme metal feast is coming our way this winter.

Reunited melodic death metal legends At The Gates will play a batch of UK dates, with support coming from Tom G Warrior’s doomy beasts Triptykon and progressive death metal heavyweights, Morbus Chron! What. A. Bill!

Catch it on the following dates:

Dec 4 London Forum
Dec 5 Manchester Academy 2
Dec 6 Glasgow Garage
Dec 7 Birmingham Academy
Dec 8 Cardiff Solus

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Greece’s Metal Kaoz recently conducted an interview with guitarist Bill Steer of reactivated British extreme metal pioneers CARCASS. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

CARCASS‘ new album, “Surgical Steel”, sold around 8,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 41 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on September 16, 2013 in the U.K., September 13, 2013 in the rest of Europe and September 17, 2013 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was produced by Colin Richardson (FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD, NAPALM DEATH, SLIPKNOT, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) and mixed by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY).

Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in CARCASS‘ current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (ABORTED, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED) and guitarist Ben Ash (PIG IRON, DESOLATION, LIQUEFIED SKELETON).

Decibel magazine’s third cross-country domination — set to take place this spring — will feature CARCASS alongside melodeath powerhouse THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, technical death metal heroes GORGUTS and emerging death/thrash squad NOISEM.

Interview (audio):

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VIPER SOLFA, the new band featuring Ronny Thorsen (TRAIL OF TEARS), Miriam “Sphinx” Renvåg (RAM-ZET, ENDLING), Morfeus (MAYHEM, LIMBONIC ART, DIMENSION F3H), Endre Moe (TRAIL OF TEARS, DIMENSION F3H, CUTTHROAT) and Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow (TRAIL OF TEARS, SPHERE), will enter the studio in May to start recording its as-yet-untitled debut album. Drums will be tracked at Strand Studio in Oslo, Norway before moving on to bass, guitars and keyboards/orchestration recordings. Vocals will be laid down at Soundsuite Studios in Marseille, France with producer Terje Refsnes. The band states: “Stoked to get this train rolling!”

A demo version of the VIPER SOLFA song “Whispers And Storms” can be streamed below.

VIPER SOLFA emerged in 2013 as an idea from TRAIL OF TEARS singer and frontman Ronny Thorsen. After nearly two decades of albums, worldwide touring, as well as guest appearances for TRISTANIA and BLOOD RED THRONE, the time seemed right to head into different musical territories. Thorsen was quickly joined by fellow TRAIL OF TEARS members Endre Moe on bass and Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow on drums. Not long after, the three of them found themselves in the creative company of Morfeus, who immediately took the role of main composer as well as handling guitar, keyboard and orchestration duties. With the material at hand, it became obvious that the sound needed a diverse, intense and highly skilled female voice and after auditioning over two dozen singers from around the globe, Miriam “Sphinx” Renvåg was recruited as the final piece of the puzzle.

With a lineup consisting of established and well-known members from vast musical backgrounds, the result is a merciless musical beast combining the best of the individual members’ musical history. Nearly a year has been spent crafting the band’s innovative brand of extreme metal, or as the band so fittingly labels it: poison music.

VIPER SOLFA is:

* Ronny Thorsen (TRAIL OF TEARS) – Vocals
* Miriam “Sphinx” Renvåg (RAM-ZET, ENDLING) – Vocals
* Morfeus (MAYHEM, LIMBONIC ART, DIMENSION F3H) – Guitar, Keyboards, Orchestration
* Endre Moe (TRAIL OF TEARS, DIMENSION F3H, CUTTHROAT) – Bass
* Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow (TRAIL OF TEARS, SPHERE) – Drums

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Drumtalk, the video podcast by German drummer and videographer Philipp Koch, conducted an interview with legendary extreme-metal drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL, DETHKLOK) on June 16, 2013 in Bremen, Germany. You can now watch the chat below.

In a 2010 interview with Invisible Oranges, Hoglan stated about how he first started drumming: “I was a super air-drummer when I was a kid. I’m a big proponent of air-drumming helping you out when you first get out in the kit. For three or four years, I had my pair of sticks, and I would just air-drum to all my favorite records [while] growing up. Then when I got on the kit, I already had sort of an aptitude for it. I could air-drum all the parts, so when I [had] drums in front of me, it was like air-drumming — without the air.”

Asked what the three most influential songs were on his playing, Hoglan said: “Probably side one of ’2112′ from RUSH. That was my first moment of ‘Wow.’ I had already air-drummed to a lot of KISS songs. Then when I heard ’2112′ from RUSH, I remember learning all of that — on the air drums, of course. And then after I got on my kit, when I started playing, the song ‘Brother To Brother’ by Gino Vannelli was a big lightbulb moment. That has some really killer drumming on it. And another song called ‘Presto Vivace’ by UK on their live album ‘Night After Night’. That had Terry Bozzio on drums. I remember figuring that out when I was a kid. That’s got some stuff to it. It’s not like it’s ‘The Black Page’ [a notoriously difficult song] by Frank Zappa, but for a 13-year-old kid trying to figure out some drums, I was really psyched when I learned how to play big chunks of that song.”

Regarding whether it was a conscious decision to not be a very demonstrative drummer in terms of gestures, Hoglan said: “I used to be [demonstrative] when I was younger. I like headbanging while I play. [But] a lot of times the patterns that we play these days don’t allow for a lot of demonstrativeness. In order to play a full set and pound as hard as I do — I don’t know if it looks like I’m hitting hard or not, but I’m one of the louder hitters out there. So I figure if I’m being demonstrative while doing it, that takes away from the power of what I’m doing. [But] I [do] try to be demonstrative. I’ve got a lot of stick flips and stick twirls and goofy things like that in the middle of thrash metal mayhem. All those ’80s rockers used to do stick flips while doing [simple patterns]. And that’s so lame. So, hell, put a stick flip or a stick twirl in the middle of a blastbeat — that’s fun.”

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Radiosuicide Photography‘s RSPTV conducted an interview with guitarist Bill Steer of reactivated British extreme metal pioneers CARCASS prior to the band’s December 3, 2013 concert in Gothenburg, Sweden as the support act for AMON AMARTH. You can now watch the chat below.

CARCASS‘ new album, “Surgical Steel”, sold around 8,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 41 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on September 16, 2013 in the U.K., September 13, 2013 in the rest of Europe and September 17, 2013 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was produced by Colin Richardson (FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD, NAPALM DEATH, SLIPKNOT, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) and mixed by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY).

Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in CARCASS‘ current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (ABORTED, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED) and guitarist Ben Ash (PIG IRON, DESOLATION, LIQUEFIED SKELETON).

Decibel magazine’s third cross-country domination — set to take place this spring — will feature CARCASS alongside melodeath powerhouse THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, technical death metal heroes GORGUTS and emerging death/thrash squad NOISEM.

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The official lyric video for the song “Into Hell” from Tel Aviv-based neo-thrashers HAMMERCULT can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s second album, “Steelcrusher”, which was released on CD and colored vinyl on January 27 in Europe and February 4 in North America via Sonic Attack/SPV. The effort was produced by Tal Vaisman and mixed and mastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris.

“Steelcrusher” track listing:

01. Hymn To The Steel (intro)
02. Steelcrusher
03. Metal Rules Tonight
04. Into Hell
05. We Are The People
06. Burning The Road
07. Ironbound
08. Unholy Art
09. Satanic Lust
10. Liar
11. Damnation Arise
12. Heading For War
13. In The Name Of The Fallen

The song “We Are The People” includes a guest guitar solo by SEPULTURA‘s Andreas Kisser.

The video for the “Steelcrusher” title track can be seen below.

Comments HAMMERCULT singer Yakir Shochat: “This is a live video of the band performing the song ‘Steelcrusher’ live for the first time, which is truly capturing the raw power and unstoppable energy of HAMMERCULT live stage show. It clearly can be seen that the mania raged well within the crowd and the band to one big extreme metal party!

“We have chosen to kickstart ‘Steelcrusher’ with the self-titled video and a live video because it old the real essence of us as a live band, without any filtering, editing and over-hyped budget or scripted stuff — just pure metal onslaught, and making the fans roar, which is what we do best.”

The “Steelcrusher” cover artwork was created by Andreas Marshall, the Berlin-based artist who has previously worked with BLIND GUARDIAN, IN FLAMES, RUNNING WILD and HAMMERFALL, among others.

“We definitely have European influences and have grown up with bands like KREATOR, DESTRUCTION and SODOM,” says HAMMERCULT frontman Yakir Shochat. “Lots of important groups signed with Noise Records in their early days. That’s why we’re particularly happy that ‘Steelcrusher’ will be out on Sonic Attack, Noise founder Karl Walterbach‘s current label. So as fans of that great Noise era, we’ve come full circle in that respect.”

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Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal of Metal Assault recently conducted an interview with legendary extreme-metal drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL, DETHKLOK). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metal Assault: Coming to your “Gene Hoglan Experience” stuff that you’ve been doing, I think you’ve done one show so far in Calgary. What was that like and people who’re going to see the shows in the coming few days, what can they expect from this event?

Hoglan: A whole lot of fun! That’s one thing I try to bring — a real sense of fun — and this thing kind of borders on stand-up comedy for me, because everything I do is completely ad-lib. Footage from that Calgary show has made it on the Internet — I don’t know how much, but I’ve only seen the concert portion of it with me actually playing. But everything is a completely different night. It is an individualistic night, and it’s so interactive that fans are free to ask any kind of questions. I don’t have a time limit on the [question-and-answer] section or anything like that. You can ask me about anything. If you want to keep it about myself or some of the bands I’ve played with or some of the people I’ve worked with, that’s cool. Even if I miss out some people who have their hands up during the session, they can always come up to me with their questions afterwards. So it is a lot of fun, every night is its own experience, and no two nights will be the same on this. At times I’d probably end up telling the same story here and there if somebody asks, but I do have a wealth of information and entertainment inside my head and I just want to get that out. It’s a very light-hearted night, you know. Plus, I play drums! I play to a bunch of different tracks that a lot of people enjoy and I talk in between them. It’s kind of spoken-word/gig, a one-man gig where the tracks are booming and I’m playing along with them. It’s a really special night and I hope everybody that comes out enjoys it and I guarantee you will. There’s not going to be a frown on any face at the end of the night. I’ve done lots of these shows, but it’s only now that we’re calling it “The Gene Hoglan Experience”. Nobody has been disappointed and everybody has been leaving with big ol’ smiles on their faces, and that’s really cool to me.

Metal Assault: Right, so there’s no planned set list or schedule for these shows, then? It’s just all free form and wherever it takes you.

Hoglan: Absolutely. I do have a pre-planned idea for a night, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to be married to it. If somebody shouts out, “Hey, man! Can you play this song?” If I’ve got the backing track, hell yeah! I’ve done that sometimes. I’ve got a lot of tracks, but at times I don’t have what they ask for. So then somebody else yells out, “I’ve got a copy of it in my car!” I’m like, “Well hey, bring up the CD and I’ll try playing along to it!” Off the top of my head, that’s the way the whole night goes. It’s very interactive, so that’s one thing that I really appreciate about it. You don’t get shout-out request nights when your favorite bands are playing and you don’t get to ask questions as they are on stage. So this is something that’s very different and I’m trying to make it open and accessible to everyone. This is not just about drums. It’s inclusive for everybody. It’s not just a night of drum talk or isn’t a drum clinic. This is me getting on stage and playing some songs. Am I going to talk about the drum parts in those songs? Well, if the fans are interested in that, then cool. When I’ve done these kinds of things in the past, I’ve asked how many drummers I’ve got in the crowd and it’s usually never more than a third of the audience. So, it is inclusive for metal fans, drum fans, Gene fans and fans of any of my bands. Or, you don’t even have to be a metalhead. If you want to come out and be entertained, this is going to be an entertaining night. So there you go!

Metal Assault: You’re also putting out a new DVD which is a sequel to “The Atomic Clock”. This time what have you done that you didn’t do on the first one?

Hoglan: Well, I managed to get licenses to a lot of songs that I’ve played. We put together a small track listing of me playing along to the actual recorded versions of a lot of people’s favorite tunes. On the next one, I’m getting even more licenses, but on this one I’ve included a bunch of bands that I’ve played for and still playing for. That’s the notable difference. On the first “The Atomic Clock”, I didn’t get any licenses so I merely played to the band MECHANISM, which at the time was my main focus. I even played two instrumental tracks of MECHANISM as opposed to playing the whole song. This time I’m not playing instrumental tracks except for one from one of my more popular bands, but I’ve got all the basic instrumental backing tracks and I’m playing along to those as opposed to having all the vocals, samples and everything else on it. For the most part, that’s a major difference and that’s really exciting, seeing myself play to actual recorded tracks to some of these cool bands. It’s in the stages of editing right now. It’s coming along great; it looks better than the last one and way more pro. It’s an improved version of the last one. I’m still pretty light-hearted in it and I don’t take myself real seriously. It’s got a lot of footage that the last one didn’t have. So I’m sure people checking it out will see that it’s definitely a departure from the first one. That was done on a shoe-string budget, pretty much all by myself, but for this one I’ve got a team of experts helping me with it. So it’s really great and it’s called “The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two”.

Read the entire interview at Metal Assault.

Remaining “The Gene Hoglan Experience” dates:

Sep. 29 – San Diego, CA @ Royal Dive
Sep. 30 – San Diego, CA @ School Of Rock Clinic (all ages)
Oct. 01 – Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
Oct. 04 – San Jose, CA @ Milano’s
Oct. 17 – Coralville, IA @ West Music Coralville at 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 19 – New Berlin, WI @ Cascio Interstate Music (part of Drummer Fest) at 11:00 a.m. (free)

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Tarja Virmakari of Metal Shock Finland and TrueMetal.it recently conducted an interview with bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker of reactivated British extreme metal pioneers CARCASS. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

Asked about his views on illegal music downloading, Walker said: “It can be a positive thing, if people download an album, hear it, enjoy it and buy it. The danger is that there is a hard core of people who download and never buy anything, and that’s damaging to the music scene. They’re not supporting anybody, they’re not supporting the artists as fans. But for the most part, I think it’s positive. Because I understand fully why people do it. There’s so much music out there; people don’t have the money or the resources to buy everything. And also people have probably spent or wasted money in the past on albums that have disappointed them. So it gives people a chance to test something before they buy it. I personally don’t think it’s any different to hearing music on the radio. But, like I say, it’s that hard core of people, who… their attitude is very nihilistic and it’s out of step with the idea of what being a fan is about. You shouldn’t be trying to damage the artist who’s trying to being people pleasure. We’re not at war with the audience.”

CARCASS‘ new album, “Surgical Steel”, sold around 8,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 41 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on September 16 in the U.K., September 13 in the rest of Europe and September 17 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was produced by Colin Richardson (FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD, NAPALM DEATH, SLIPKNOT, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) and mixed by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY).

Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in CARCASS‘ current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (ABORTED, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED) and guitarist Ben Ash (PIG IRON, DESOLATION, LIQUEFIED SKELETON).

In a recent interview with Chile’s Radio Futuro, Walker stated about the new CARCASS CD: “We think we’ve made a good album, so it’s gonna be very interesting when people get to hear the record. We can’t wait to see what people think.”

He continued: “It sounds like CARCASS. Even the drumming sounds like CARCASS. Everything about it… I think it’s gonna shock people, how good it is. I think it’s got all the elements that people like, yet it still sounds fresh. So that’s all I can say, really, ’cause we don’t really sound like any other band, and the fact that after 17 years, we wrote music and it still sounds like CARCASS, I think it’s good.”

Regarding the direction of the new CARCASS album, Walker previously stated: “We’ve taken stylistic cues from all the albums because it’s in our blood, but it’s no rehash or mess of ideas. I think it sounds almost like the missing link between the third and forth albums but with some groove in there. I’ve jokingly christened some parts ‘trad blast’ and some ‘death sleaze’… don’t think for a minute this is just some nostalgic throwback album — we’re setting up another 17 years of ideas for other bands to copy and clean up on. [laughs]”

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A new, previously unreleased song from reactivated British extreme metal pioneers CARCASS was made available through Decibel magazine’s Flexi Series. “Zochrot” was included in the subscriber version of the magazine’s October issue.

You can now stream the track at this location.

A limited number (fewer than 30) of copies of the issue that includes the flexi is available for sale in the Decibel webstore.

CARCASS‘ new album, “Surgical Steel”, sold around 8,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 41 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on September 16 in the U.K., September 13 in the rest of Europe and September 17 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was produced by Colin Richardson (FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD, NAPALM DEATH, SLIPKNOT, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) and mixed by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY).

Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in CARCASS‘ current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (ABORTED, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED) and guitarist Ben Ash (PIG IRON, DESOLATION, LIQUEFIED SKELETON).

In a recent interview with Chile’s Radio Futuro, Walker stated about the new CARCASS CD: “We think we’ve made a good album, so it’s gonna be very interesting when people get to hear the record. We can’t wait to see what people think.”

He continued: “It sounds like CARCASS. Even the drumming sounds like CARCASS. Everything about it… I think it’s gonna shock people, how good it is. I think it’s got all the elements that people like, yet it still sounds fresh. So that’s all I can say, really, ’cause we don’t really sound like any other band, and the fact that after 17 years, we wrote music and it still sounds like CARCASS, I think it’s good.”

Regarding the direction of the new CARCASS album, Walker previously stated: “We’ve taken stylistic cues from all the albums because it’s in our blood, but it’s no rehash or mess of ideas. I think it sounds almost like the missing link between the third and forth albums but with some groove in there. I’ve jokingly christened some parts ‘trad blast’ and some ‘death sleaze’… don’t think for a minute this is just some nostalgic throwback album — we’re setting up another 17 years of ideas for other bands to copy and clean up on. [laughs]”

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U.K.-based avant-garde metal outfit CODE will release its third album, “Augur Nox”, on November 19 in Europe and November 26 in North America via Agonia Records.

“Augur Nox” is the first album featuring CODE‘s new lineup of Aort, Wacian, Syhr, LORDt and Andras. The brand-new material demonstrates the band’s fresh personnel in a vivid light, confirming CODE‘s position as a radiant gem in the extreme metal world. It displays a multifaceted approach: from stunning wide-ranging vocals, otherworldly clean passages, and barbed metallic riffery, all filtered through a refined prism of avant-garde black metal. The album is CODE‘s most progressive effort to date, yet always captures the band’s distinct eerie and arcane vibe.

Featuring ten tracks and 2 interludes over a 55-minute playing time, “Augur Nox” is a bold step forward where acute songwriting and expansive experimentation go hand in hand.

CODE‘s sound has been both refined and exaggerated at the same time, to produce a melodically dense and ambitious piece of work. The band describes the forthcoming release as their “most dynamic and challenging material to date.”

“Augur Nox” was mixed and mastered at Orgone Studios (GHOST, CATHEDRAL, ULVER) in London after three years of development and pre-production.

“Augur Nox” track listing:

01. Black Rumination
02. Becoming Host
03. Ecdysis
04. Glimlight Tourist
- Dx. (interlude)
05. Garden Chancery
06. The Lazarus Cord
07. The Shrike Screw
- Rx. (interlude)
08. Trace of God
09. Harmonies in Cloud
10. White Tryptych

The song “Glimlight Tourist” can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

The follow-up to 2009′s “Resplendent Grotesque” (nominated for a Spellemann award in the “Best Metal Album” category) will be available in digipack, limited vinyl and digital formats. The vinyl formats include: black vinyl, color in color vinyl (bone white/ultra clean) limited to 100 copies and a further 100 copies on swamp green/ultra clean color in colour vinyl.

A video trailer for the CD can be seen below.

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