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One of the year’s most unexpected doom metal albums is also now one of 2013’s most anticipated, as the debut LP from Pacific Northwestern trio LUMBAR is being prepared for arrival.

While this brutalizing slow-motion trio boasts what some are referring to as “supergroup” status — containing members Aaron Edge (HIMSA, IAMTHETHORN, ROARETH, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH), Mike Scheidt (YOB) and Tad Doyle (TAD, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH) — LUMBAR was formed by these longtime friends for much more than simply creating riffs. The brainchild of Aaron Edge, LUMBAR came together earlier this year when the well-known guitarist/drummer/graphic designer was unexpectedly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. What would be his final musical endeavor before waves of rapidly-spreading pain engulfed him and extended hospital stays became more than frequent, is now his most imperative.

On LUMBAR‘s debut album, “The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome”, Edge is joined by Mike Scheidt and Tad Doyle, the latter of whom also shares rank in BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH with Aaron, who helped bring this intense and important project to fruition. The musical result is as diverse and destructive as one may expect from such a lineup, with the varied influence from this trio of musicians coalescing into seven organic and tonally oppressive movements. Ethereal ghostly passages and spacious expanses of minimalistic disharmony cone to an end in sonic obliteration through mesmerizing and pulverizing, as an array of distinct vocal mantras echo from the heart of it all.

Southern Lord will release “The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome” on LP and digital formats on November 26, followed by a CD version direct from the band and a cassette version via Holy Mountain, with all of the band’s proceeds going to aid Edge‘s medical expenses and treatments.

The cover art for “The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome” was created by Daniel P. Carter (HEXES, KROKODIL, BLOODHOUND GANG).

“The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome” track listing:

01. Day One
02. Day Two
03. Day Three
04. Day Four
05. Day Five
06. Day Six
07. Day Seven

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Doug Spangenberg taped entire sets of many bands at Hellfest 2004, but the DVD never came to fruition. Nine years later, he released the footage to Hate5Six to throw up online. [via MetalSucks]

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich explained in a question-and-answer session that followed a recent screening of METALLICA‘s upcoming movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, that the film has actually inspired the metal legends to get moving on new music. Ulrich said, “Getting a chance to do all these challenges and adventures really fuels us to go back into the studio and make hopefully a better album… METALLICA, I think, increasingly depends on these types of things to feel challenged as artists. So making films is great and it certainly gets us out of our comfort zone, so when we get back to the studio we just feel more inspired and more invigorated.”

Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that the band gets energized by branching out into other projects before returning to work on its next record. “There’ll be a new record and we certainly never want to turn into a nostalgia band, but at the same time, you’ve got to keep yourself, I guess, creatively alive and that’s what we do by playing these gigs and doing all these other projects and doing movies and festivals,” he said. “I mean, it’s just, all that stuff’s a lot of fun, but it takes a lot of time, you know.”

The drummer added that the band is immensely satisfied with the filmmaking experience and final result, saying, “Three years later it’s just so cool to sit up there and feel the energy and take it in that energy on the screen.”

Frontman James Hetfield agreed that the band’s creative process while making the film was similar to the way it comes up with ideas for its albums, saying, “We had a whole bunch of ideas and that was the easy part. Making them all come to fruition and getting them in the movie was (the hard part). We couldn’t put everything in there as the price tag would have doubled or tripled.”

“Through The Never” premiered earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival and will open in IMAX theaters on September 27, expanding to more screens on October 4.

This Saturday (September 21), METALLICA will play a special show at New York’s famed Apollo Theater as part of the promotion for the film.

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NY based progressive metal band Vaura has completed work on new album “The Missing.” Profound Lore Records comments: “Following last year’s ‘Selenelion’ release (Weird Records), Vaura (comprised of vocalist/guitarist Josh Strawn from Religious To Damn, guitarist Kevin Hufnagel from Gorguts and Dysrhythmia, bassist Toby Driver of Kayo Dot and Maudlin Of The Well, and drummer Charlie Schmid) take their unique style of combining progressive metal and classic ‘80s goth/darkwave into more defined and dense territory with ‘The Missing.’ “With a sound and aesthetic influenced by the darker and more brooding moments of the aforementioned styles when they came to fruition in the ‘80s, Vaura also incorporate sounds also reminiscing the likes of post punk, early ‘90s indie rock, and shoegaze respectively along with some intricate moments found on ‘The Missing’ that even hark back to the heyday of classic-era Queensryche and ‘Grace Under Pressure’ era Rush. “As the next proper step succeeding ‘Selenelion,’ with ‘The Missing’ (captured at The Thousand Caves by Colin Marston) VAURA solidify and define their sound even more by becoming one of the more distinct and creative bands from the NY area.” To officially be released October 29th, the track listing for “The Missing” is as follows: 1.

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The Rock Pit recently conducted an interview with renowned Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Rock Pit: I wanted to ask you about the “Retinal Circus”. Tell us a little bit about that.

Devin: “Retinal Circus” was an idea that took about a year to bring to fruition and what the basic thought behind it was the end period of the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT with “Epicloud” and four records and all this. It seemed like appropriate use of our resources to make a show that essentially put it all in one place and gave us an opportunity to sort of make an overview of everything that I had done. And so “Retinal Circus” ended up being this really theatrical, very strange show that included elements of all my solo records more or less and some elements of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and then it was wrapped up into a story, including Steve Vai. In a lot of ways, it was a real purge for me; it allowed me to represent the past, sort of confront the real nerdy elements of it and just make it larger than anything I’ve made. It was a cool experience.

The Rock Pit: It sounds almost like a theatrical version of a biography. Would you put it like that?

Devin: I guess so. I mean it’s a biography of the music rather than a biography of me. I think a biography of me would be pretty boring, but I mean, taking the musical end of it, I think it’s so up and down and all over the place that from the dynamics of the back catalogue, it was very easy to put together something theatrical. Yeah, I guess it would be a biography of my music, but maybe not directly of myself. Who knows?! Maybe it is.

The Rock Pit: I, unfortunately, missed your set at the Soundwave Festival last year but I did manage to catch you performing with GOJIRA, which looked like a lot of fun. You guys did a tour together?

Devin: That’s correct, yeah. As I get older, I find my connection to heavy music wanes in a lot of ways. If nothing else, there’s an element of heavy music that just no longer fits into my daily muse in terms of sound. But GOJIRA and MESHUGGAH are two bands that even within that, I still just have immense respect and awe for in a lot of ways, so the tour with GOJIRA was a great experience for me, to be able to hang out with people I like but also to watch them devastate every night. Really, it’s an astonishing thing.

The Rock Pit: Now you have such a huge varied back catalogue as well, how do you go about choosing a setlist for these shows?

Devin: Good question. I think it happens in several ways. There are certain songs that you play, and over the years as you play them, you find that these songs work, these ones don’t. These ones illicit a crowd reaction, these ones don’t. These ones may illicit a crowd reaction at a certain part in the set and not in another part of the set. So I think that setlists are built in a lot of ways by reflecting on how they succeeded and failed in the past and which circumstances. I think you also have to take into consideration what you have played in that territory before so if you’re doing a consequent tour of Australia, you wanna make sure that you’re not hitting them with just a different variation of the last tour. Otherwise there’s no reason for people to come and participate after a while.

Read the entire interview from The Rock Pit.

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The Rock Pit recently conducted an interview with renowned Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Rock Pit: I wanted to ask you about the “Retinal Circus”. Tell us a little bit about that.

Devin: “Retinal Circus” was an idea that took about a year to bring to fruition and what the basic thought behind it was the end period of the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT with “Epicloud” and four records and all this. It seemed like appropriate use of our resources to make a show that essentially put it all in one place and gave us an opportunity to sort of make an overview of everything that I had done. And so “Retinal Circus” ended up being this really theatrical, very strange show that included elements of all my solo records more or less and some elements of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and then it was wrapped up into a story, including Steve Vai. In a lot of ways, it was a real purge for me; it allowed me to represent the past, sort of confront the real nerdy elements of it and just make it larger than anything I’ve made. It was a cool experience.

The Rock Pit: It sounds almost like a theatrical version of a biography. Would you put it like that?

Devin: I guess so. I mean it’s a biography of the music rather than a biography of me. I think a biography of me would be pretty boring, but I mean, taking the musical end of it, I think it’s so up and down and all over the place that from the dynamics of the back catalogue, it was very easy to put together something theatrical. Yeah, I guess it would be a biography of my music, but maybe not directly of myself. Who knows?! Maybe it is.

The Rock Pit: I, unfortunately, missed your set at the Soundwave Festival last year but I did manage to catch you performing with GOJIRA, which looked like a lot of fun. You guys did a tour together?

Devin: That’s correct, yeah. As I get older, I find my connection to heavy music wanes in a lot of ways. If nothing else, there’s an element of heavy music that just no longer fits into my daily muse in terms of sound. But GOJIRA and MESHUGGAH are two bands that even within that, I still just have immense respect and awe for in a lot of ways, so the tour with GOJIRA was a great experience for me, to be able to hang out with people I like but also to watch them devastate every night. Really, it’s an astonishing thing.

The Rock Pit: Now you have such a huge varied back catalogue as well, how do you go about choosing a setlist for these shows?

Devin: Good question. I think it happens in several ways. There are certain songs that you play, and over the years as you play them, you find that these songs work, these ones don’t. These ones illicit a crowd reaction, these ones don’t. These ones may illicit a crowd reaction at a certain part in the set and not in another part of the set. So I think that setlists are built in a lot of ways by reflecting on how they succeeded and failed in the past and which circumstances. I think you also have to take into consideration what you have played in that territory before so if you’re doing a consequent tour of Australia, you wanna make sure that you’re not hitting them with just a different variation of the last tour. Otherwise there’s no reason for people to come and participate after a while.

Read the entire interview from The Rock Pit.

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So you know that super brutal tune "99 Bottles of Beer" that's not in the least bit irritating? Yeah, apparently 99 metal bands will contribute to a cover of that. All of it. Apparently this all came to fruition as an idea between Fulgora bassist John Jarvis and Cattle Decapitation bassist Derek Enfemann, now it's …

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Katatonia had mentioned they wanted to do a remix record of Dead End Kings a few months back, and now it's coming to fruition. It's also way less lame than you're thinking it is right now because I used the word "remix." So last Friday, June 14, the band launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund …

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Dark Sermon: Crushing

When it comes to making fans of heavy shit prick up their ears, there are three ingredients a band needs at least one of: be fun, be convincingly pissed off, and write good, memorable songs. If you’ve got one, you may be on to something. If you have two, you’re in business. And, if you’ve got all three, you’ll make people sit up and pay attention fast. Hailing from death metal capital Tampa, Florida, Dark Sermon manage all three spectacularly.

Sounding something like a royally riled up version of The Black Dahlia Murder with added modern technicality a la Job For A Cowboy, the newcomers have just released debut album In Tongues, and it’s a vicious arsehole of an album in the best possible way. So much so that you wonder where the hell do they get all that aggression from.

“I’m pissed at myself for thinking the way I do,” explains frontman Johnny Crowder. “A majority of my lyrics are introspective. I talk a lot about what’s wrong with me, and with my brain. I am just naturally a very spiteful and pessimistic person. I find countless faults in the society we call our own; the way humans treat each other and the earth they inhabit. We are a disgusting race, and sadly enough, I’m a part of it.”

While there is no doubting their vicious musical quality, don’t let the above attitude lead you into thinking this band are unrelenting, misanthropic brutality. They are destructive, yes, but there’s a melodic core to their wrath that makes them far better at hooking you in than the Immolations of the world. Apparently, that nearly wasn’t the case, however.

“The guys were really into bands like As I Lay Dying and August Burns Red,” Johnny tells Hammer. “I was more into hardcore and punk, but also awkwardly into brutal death and slam. I was convinced we would be some sort of Trash Talk/Devourment hybrid. Thank God that never came to fruition!”

The balance between melody and viciousness is a difficult one to find, the risk being that one will either water down or overpower the other. But In Tongues manages to weld the two expertly – particularly impressive for a debut – and the result are pit-losing-its-marbles moments aplenty. So it makes sense they seem keen to make an impression when you see them live.

“We put a lot of work into our live performance,” emphasises Johnny. “I think that our live show, beyond recordings or merch or tours or management or any of that stuff, is what makes us truly stand out. We give 150% or we don’t play. And we always play.”

In Tongues is out now via Nuclear Blast

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Devin Townsend has been talking about doing a second Ziltoid record for quite some time, but apparently it's all coming to fruition now! So we all know that Devin's been working on an album called Casualties of Cool that's been talking about for a while, but now the man himself has announced that he's not only done with that, but will …

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