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Nails: hard as…

If you like raw, gruelling, crusty, grinding punk-’n’-roll that takes stock from everyone from Suffocation and Nasum to Trap Them and Celtic Frost before brutally battering said influences into a horrific, scathing, sub-twenty minutes barrage of disgusting noise, you are definitely going to love the new album from Cali ragers Nails.

Abandon All Life is released April 1 via the impeccable Southern Lord, but we have the full thing streaming right here. Just don’t blame us if you end up jacking the rest of the year in because you know nothing else is going to come close to smashing your head in like this bad boy.

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Nasum is currently embarked on a final farewell European tour, and the band has now checked in with a new road report. Excerpts from the report are available below, or you can find the full thing complete with pictures over at the Nasum website here.

September 28 – Madness In Munich

On the second show out of three in Germany we went to the Backstage complex in Munich. Apparently we’ve been here before, during the long tour with Napalm Death back in 2001. I had gotten this place mixed up with the Feierwerk or possibly Hansa 39 which are two previous venues I’ve been to in Munich. Imagine my surprise when I woke up in what can only be described as an jungle… The entire complex is surrounded by palm trees and other plants and I had no idea where we were.

The complex has a number of halls in different sizes and we played in the “Club” which is one of the smaller ones, if not the smallest one. I believe there were four different things happening at Backstage at the same time so it felt quite weird. Would there be any people coming to our show?

I spent most of the day in pain. My back was aching badly due to unknown reasons. Maybe a combination of a weird sleeping position and a cold that only struck the back. I was feeling it already in Geneva but in Munich it was really bad. Luckily we had a nice backstage area far away from the stage so I could take it easy and take care of some internet business.

We had no extra support band this night, so it was quite an early show. But what a show! The crowd went mental which surprised us a lot. We had expected it to be a slow night, but it was quite the opposite. The small room was filled and we observed people both moshing like maniacs and singing along to the lyrics. Crazy. And when it was time for the encores the general vibe was that we could keep playing forever, so we played seven extra songs which isn’t really the amount we usually play. A great night in Munich.

September 29 – Grindcore chemistry in Slovenia

The first of five Eastern dates which in total includes four completely new countries for Nasum started in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The Gala Hala venue is part of bigger complex just like the Backstage Club the day before, but was located in a completely different surrounding, although that Backstage jungle would have been a nice and not at all unexpected addition. There were a lot of different houses connected via a big yard and everything was covered in graffiti and various art pieces mostly made out of recycled objects. Sort of a squat mixed with a crazy playground. We arrived quite early – or the load in was quite late – so we had a few hours to kill in this environment. I brought out the digital camera and shot some of the stuff I saw there.

In the late afternoon we got access to the venue and could load in and set up our stuff. I was sweating like crazy just by setting up the drums, which was a sort of a premonition that the show would be really hot. After soundcheck and some food I hung out in the bus watching some shit in my laptop and then joined a totally unexpected discussion about drum fill-ins together with Urban and Hannes. That’s an alternative way to warm up before a show.

After Hellcrawler, who were the local support, and Black Breath we went up on the quite small stage and played for the first and last time in Slovenia. As expected it was really hot and we were more or less soak after a few songs. The show was another good one and I felt that we had a real connection within the band on stage. Of course we have that every night, but this is one of the first times that I really thought about it. We know our songs in and out and we know every single little detail leading from one song to another. It’s grindcore chemistry for sure.

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We asked Subterranea editor Jonathan Selzer to give us his thoughts on Nasum deciding to get together for one final farewell tour. Was it a cynical cash-in or a heartwarming tribute to a fallen brother? Selzer knows which side of the fence he sits on…

It’s understandable that the very few bands who became beacons for an uncompromised set of ideals throughout their entire career should be held to a higher standard than most. But clearly there’s a fine line between upholding a principle and being a self-aggrandising, finger-pointing knobhead, particularly if you’re trying to claim that the remaining members of Nasum – one of the greatest, most forward-thinking and ethically upstanding grind bands we had until frontman Mieszko Talarczyk’s heart-rending death in the tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004 – are reforming for a one-off, goodbye tour, purely for the money.

Nasum, and Mieszko, meant a lot to many of us. He probably meant even more to his bandmates and close friends, and thinking you know better than them how best to commemorate Mieszko’s memory, or even denying the idea that one final tour to allow everyone a moment of catharsis and closure could possibly have some personal meaning pretty much disqualifies you from ever claiming to have any perceptive take on anything ever. It’s not an argument that had any bearing on the packed Underworld where they played last night, where the band’s combination of orientating groove and body-exploding megablast was as poignant as it was primal.

Talking to Nasum’s valedictory frontman, Rotten Sound’s Keijo Niinimaa – a personal friend of friend of Mieszko who made a lot of sacrifices to fill in on the tour – it’s clear that doing this is a matter of love and respect. Nasum’s legacy wasn’t high-handed judgementalism, it was being consumed in the moment. If you stayed away out of ‘principle’, you know nothing.

Nasum played the London Underworld last night alongside Black Breath and Dripback. We’ll have a review of the gig in an upcoming issue of Metal Hammer.

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Dripback: Underground heroes

We caught up with Dripback after they decimated the Sophie Lancaster stage at Bloodstock this year. Here’s what they had to say:

Dripback support Nasum and Black Breath at The Underworld, London on September 25.

 

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Singaporean grindcore trio Wormrot is due to kick off a European tour tonight in Bath, UK. The band will be grinding its way around the UK for ten shows, before heading on to mainland Europe for a mixture of festival appearances and club shows, including three shows in Italy with Swedish grindcore legends Nasum.

Wormrot frontman Arif Tot recently spoke with This Thing Called Progress ahead of the tour. An excerpt from the interview follows: “When it comes to touring, no matter if it’s in Europe, US or Asia, personally, I get nervous every single time dude. But knowing that we will be meeting our old and new friends across Europe is a pretty fucking amazing feeling. Touring is basically the only time off from reality. Not worrying about anything else and just grind the fuck out.”

Read the full interview at this location. Don’t miss Womrot on tour at the following shows:

Jun. 01 – Bath, UK – Green Park Tavern
Jun. 02 – Nottingham, UK – The Old Angel
Jun. 03 – Birmingham, UK – Asylum 2
Jun. 04 – Sunderland, UK – The Borough
Jun. 05 – Glasgow, UK – 13th Note
Jun. 06 – Leeds, UK – The Fox and Newt
Jun. 07 – Manchester, UK – Star and Garter
Jun. 08 – Cardiff, UK – Bogiez
Jun. 09 – London, UK – Unicorn
Jun. 10 – Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit

Jun. 13 – Lille, France – La Rumeur
Jun. 14 – Nancy, France – Totem
Jun. 15 – Torgau, Germany – Grind The Nazi Scum Festival
Jun. 16 – Gdansk, Poland – Mechanik
Jun. 17 – Lodz, Poland – Stereo Kroghs
Jun. 18 – Ostrava, Czech Republic – Barrak Music Club
Jun. 20 – Rozanno, Italy – The Theatre (with NASUM)
Jun. 21 – Rome, Italy – Traffic (with NASUM)
Jun. 22 – Bologna, Italy – XM 24 (with NASUM)
Jun. 26 – Toulouse, France – La Derniere Chance
Jun. 27 – Clermont-Ferrand, France – Raymond Bar
Jun. 28 – Paris, France – La Miroiterie
Jun. 29 – Antwerp, Belgium – JH Kavka
Jun. 30 – Dokkum, Netherlands – Dokk’em Open Air Festival
Jul. 01 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Bumzen
Jul. 02 – Rostock, Germany – Alte Zuckerfabrik
Jul. 03 – Arnhem, Netherlands – Willemeen
Jul. 04 – Liege, Belgium – The Inside Out
Jul. 05 – Hünxe, Germany – Extreme Fest Germany
Jul. 06 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Extreme Fest Switzerland
Jul. 07 – St. Pölten, Austria – Extreme Fest Austria
Jul. 08 – Lucenec, Slovakia – New Slimak Pub
Jul. 09 – Budapest, Hungary – Szabad az Á
Jul. 10 – Oradea, Romania – Abyss
Jul. 11 – Cadca, Slovakia – Deja Vu
Jul. 13 – Trutnov, Czech Republic – Obscene Extreme Festival

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The grindcore merchants in Phobia today bring their sonic violence to the masses via AOL Spinner. Check out forthcoming new full-length, “Remnants of Filth,” in its entirety at this location. The following press release was also issued:

“Set for public release through Willowtip Records on June 5th, Remnants of Filth easily stands as one of the most enraged releases in the band’s iconic discography. With 22 notorious years of charged auditory mayhem under their belts, Remnants Of Filth surges with eighteen socio-political grind hymns in about as many minutes. The album was produced and mixed by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) at Visceral Sound Studios in Bethesda, Maryland and engineered by Mike Harrison at Winter Skies Productions in San Antonio, Texas.

“Phobia will be spreading their hostility throughout North America this year. The takeover will begin this Thursday at the annual Chaos In Tejas Fest kickoff in Austin with Nasum, Whitehorse, mass Grave and more! From there the band will head to Tampa, Florida for this year’s edition of the Scion Rock Fest alongside Sick Of It all, All Pigs Must Die, Repulsion, Terror and so many more. In conjunction with the release of Remnants Of Filth, PHOBIA will join forces with power violence insurgents Strong Intention for the The East Coast Filth Tour 2012 set to commence June 3 in Detroit and decimate 9 cities.”

5/31/2012 Red 7 – Austin, Texas (Chaos In Tejas Fest)
6/02/2012 Scion Rock Fest @ Crowbar – Tampa, FL

PHOBIA – East Coast Filth Tour 2012 w/ Strong Intention
6/03/2012 Halfway House – Detroit, MI
6/04/2012 Now that’s class – Cleveland, OH
6/05/2012 Strange matter – Richmond, VA
6/06/2012 Millcreek – Philadelphia, PA
6/07/2012 El N Gee – New London, CT
6/08/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
6/09/2012 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
6/10/2012 Radio – Somerville, MA
6/11/2012 Boagie’s – Albany, NY

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California’s nihilistic hardcore wreckers The Love Below have just locked down a brutal trail of shows this May and June, including an A389 Records showcase in California as well as several performances at this year’s Chaos In Tejas gathering in Texas.

The mayhem begins this Saturday, May 19th, where The Love Below will take part in the first-ever West Coast A389 label showcase in Pomona, California. Not only will the band perform alongside a crushing lineup of A389 brethren including Integrity, Ringworm, Seven Sisters Of Sleep, Young And In The Way and more, but the band’s original drummer Chris Arias will rejoin the lineup for this special show for the first time in over a year.

Less than two weeks after the A389 showcase, The Love Below kicks off a twenty-five date trek across the United States including two raging shows at this year’s installment of the annual Chaos In Tejas throwdown alongside Sham 69, Saint Vitus, Absu, Ringworm, Dropdead, Nasum, Winter, The Mob, and dozens more in Austin, Texas. The following press release was also issued about The Love Below streaming an entire new album online:

“Comprised of members of Carry The Casket, The Mistake, and Mother Speed, TLB haphazardly coalesce elements of ’90s icons Fall Silent, Endeavor and Left For Dead into a sound akin to more contemporary acts like Pulling Teeth, Trash Talk and Cursed, resulting in purely unhinged mayhem. Released by A389 Records in early April, The Love Below’s debut LP Every Tongue Shall Caress belts out thirteen tracks in under twenty-four minutes. Stream the entire album via the band’s official Stereokiller profile page at this location.”

5/19/2012 The Glass House – Pomona, CA @ A389 showcase w/ Integrity, Ringworm, more [info]
5/31/2012 The Nile – Phoenix, AZ w/ Cold World, Backtrack, Dead End Path
6/01/2012 Dads Club – Las Cruces, NM
6/02/2012 Skrimbleshanx – Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas
6/03/2012 Beerland – Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas
6/04/2012 Dedicated Art Space – Little Rock, AR
6/05/2012 Crosstown Arts – Memphis, TN
6/06/2012 The Spot – Tupelo, MS
6/07/2012 TBA – Columbia, SC
6/08/2012 Empire – Richmond, VA
6/09/2012 Golden West – Baltimore, MD
6/10/2012 The Model Home – Philadelphia, PA
6/11/2012 Ray Cappo’s Cantina – New Brunswick, NJ
6/12/2012 Rock n’ Roll House – Middletown, CT
6/13/2012 Radio Bar – Somerville, MA
6/14/2012 The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
6/15/2012 O’Reilly’s – Philadelphia, PA
6/16/2012 The West End – Ashtabula, OH
6/17/2012 The Albion – Chicago, IL
6/18/2012 Medusa – Minneapolis, MN
6/19/2012 The Fox Hole – St. Louis, MO
6/20/2012 Cafe Berlin – Columbia, MO
6/21/2012 The Newsroom – Kansas City, MO
6/22/2012 Blast-O-Mat – Denver, CO
6/23/2012 Dads Grand Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
6/24/2012 Wall Street – Phoenix, AZ

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Legendary Swedish grinders NASUM played the first concert of their “farewell” tour this past Friday, May 11 at Kulturhuset in Örebro, Sweden.

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Chaos in Tejas has released its schedule for the the punk flavored music festival that takes place May 31st through June 3rd, 2012 at various venues in Austin, Texas. Saint Vitus, Nasum, Winter, Absu and Toxic Holocaust are among the artists scheduled to appear at this year’s installment.

Chaos in Tejas 2012 schedule is as follows:

Thursday, May 31

Empire Automotive
Big Freedia
Katey Red

Mohawk
(outside)
the Mob (England)
10:00-11:00
Ted Leo
and the Pharmacists
9:00-9:45
Reality Crisis (Japan)
8:15-8:45
No Fucker
7:30-8:00
Criaturas
6:45-7:15

(inside)
Crazy Spirit
12:45-1:15
Bi-Marks
12:00-12:30
Dawn of Humans
11:15-11:45

the Parish
Pierced Arrows
12:45-1:45
*special guest*
11:45- 12:30
Toys that Kill
11:00-11:30
Gun Outfit
10:15-10:45
White Lung (Canada)
9:30-10:00

Red 7
(outside/inside)
Nasum (Sweden)
1:00-1:45
Scapegoat
12:20-12:50
Whitehorse (Australia)
11:40-12:10
Gas Chamber
11:00-11:30
Phobia
10:30-10:50
Innumerable Forms
9:50-10:20
Mass Grave (Canada)
9:20-9:40
Put to Death
8:40-9:10

Friday, June 1

Club Deville
Breakdown
11:15-12:00
Omegas
10:30-11:00
No Tolerance
9:45-10:15
Free Spirit
9:00-9:30
Stick Together
8:15-8:45

Mohawk
(outside)
Municipal Waste
11:15-12:00
Dropdead
10:30-11:00
Forward (Japan)
9:45-10:15
Heratys (Sweden)
9:00-9:30
Skizophrenia (Japan)
8:15-8:45
Mauser
7:30-8:00
Wild//Tribe
6:45-7:15

(inside)
Brain Killer
1:00-1:30
Koward
12:15-12:45

Red 7
Saint Vitus
12:45-1:45
Church of Misery (Japan)
11:45-12:30
Magic Circle
11:00-11:30
King’s Destroy
10:15-10:45
Mammoth Grinder
9:30-10:00

Scoot Inn
Fred and Toody
playing the classics!
Mark Sultan
Royal Headache (Australia)
GG King
John Wesley Coleman

TBA
Silent Diane
Martial Canterel
Thousand Foot Whale Claw

Saturday, June 2

Club Deville
the Clean (New Zealand)
11:00- 12:00
Thomas Jefferson Slave
Apartments
10:00-10:45
Royal Headache (Australia)
9:15-9:45
Sea Lions
8:30-9:00
the Hex Dispensers
7:45-8:15

Empire Automotive
Iceage (Denmark)
1:00- 1:30
Xeno & Oaklander
12:15-12:45
Pop. 1280
11:30-12:00
King Dude
10:45-11:15
Kindest Lines
10:00-10:30
Dangerous Boys Club
9:15-9:45
Rosenkopf
8:30-9:00
Anasazi
7:45-8:15

Hotel Vegas
Backtrack
11:30-12:00
Harm’s Way
10:45-11:15
Dead End Path
10:00-10:30
Expire
9:15-9:45

Mohawk
(outside)
Antisect (England)
11:15-12:00
Winter
10:15-11:00
Deviated Instinct (England)
9:30-10:00
Zyanose (Japan)
8:45-9:15
Hoax
8:00-8:30
Death Evocation
7:15-7:45
the Impalers
6:30-7:00

(inside)
Pegasus
1:00-1:30
King’s Destroy
12:15-12:45

Red 7
(inside)
Absu
12:45-1:45
Black Witchery
11:45-12:30
Ares Kingdom
10:45-11:30
Morbosidad (Mexico)
10:00-10:30
Loss
9:15-9:45
Terrorism
8:30-9:00

Red 7
(outside)
Tear it Up
1:00-1:45
Double Negative
12:15-12:45
Avon Ladies
11:30-12:00
Cülo
10:45-11:15
Mindset
10:00-10:30
Video
9:15-9:45
the Creamers
8:30-9:00

Scoot Inn
the Dopamines
Joyce Manor
Shoppers
Post Teens

Sunday, June 3

Beerland
(21 and up)
Creem
Wiccans

Emo’s East
Best Coast
Puerto Rico Flowers
the Mind Spiders

Mohawk
(outside)
Moss Icon
9:30-10:30
Iceage (Denmark)
8:45-9:15
Ceremony
8:00-8:30
Give
7:15-7:45
Thou
6:30-7:00

Red 7
(inside)
Ringworm
11:30-12:00
the Abused
10:30-11:00
Cold World
9:45-10:15
Rival Mob
9:00-9:30
the Ropes
8:15-8:45
Boston Strangler
7:30-8:00
Power Trip
6:45-7:15

Red 7
(outside)
Toxic Holocaust
1:00-1:45
Midnight
12:15-12:45
Ghoul
11:15-12:00
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads
10:30-11:00
Blood Wing
9:45-10:15

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The organisers of Belgium’s largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that American rock legends Guns N Roses will be wrapping the festival up this year, as they will be headlining the event on Sunday 24th. The organisers have also announced that As I Lay Dying has had to pull out of the festival after cancelling their European tour, but also confirmed that Cannibal Corpse, Machine Head, Gotthard, Adrenaline Mob, Sebastian Bach, Black Veil Brides and The Treatment will perform at the festival. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd – 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:

Black Sabbath (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
Adrenaline Mob
Alestorm
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Black Veil Brides
Cannibal Corpse
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Devildriver
Dimmu Borgir
Emmure
Ensiferum
Exodus
H20
Hatebreed
Jon Olivia’s Pain
Killswitch Engage
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Machine Head
Megadeth
Motorhead
Nasum
Obituary
Paradise Lost
Possessed
Sacred Reich
Sebastian Bach
Sick Of It All
Skeletonwitch
The Spudmonsters
The Treatment
Whitechapel
Winds Of Plague
Winterfylleth
Young Guns

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