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Montreal, QC’s steroid induced progressive metal band Unbeing is proud to announce the re-release of the group’s debut self-titled album on October 1st via BLK COQ Music/Believe Digital. The following press release was also issued: “Originally released in 2011, the album spanning 40 minutes of instrumental offerings that screams: There is no turning back, there is no mercy, there is only Unbeing, is ready to be received again as a testimony to the group’s composing capabilities. Co-produced and remixed by Martin Albert and remastered by Ryan Morey (Arcade Fire, Priestess, Half Moon Run), the 2013 re-release will be sold digitally on all major online retailers along as a limited edition vinyl.” The track listing is as follows: 1

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With a couple line-up changes, and such a long hiatus, it is amazing that time hasn’t changed the Mad Margritt formula in the least.

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s video for the song “Hail To The King” can be seen below. The clip was directed by Syndrome, an award-winning design and live-action directing studio.

“Hail To The King” is the title track of AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s new album, which will be released on August 27. The long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s “Nightmare” was once again produced by Mike Elizondo and is the first to be wholly written without drummer and key songwriter James “The Rev” Sullivan, who died in December 2009. Sullivan has since been replaced by Arin Ilejay, a former member of CONFIDE.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD has announced the “Hail To The King” tour — a massive headlining U.S. arena tour to take place this October and the band’s first full scale American tour since 2011. The run of dates will kick off in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, October 3 and wrap up on October 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Supporting the band on all dates will be special guests DEFTONES and GHOST B.C.

“Hail To The King” track listing:

01. Shepherd Of Fire
02. Hail To The King
03. Doing Time
04. This Means War
05. Requiem
06. Crimson Day
07. Heretic
08. Coming Home
09. Planets
10. Acid Rain

AVENGED SEVENFOLD will celebrate the album release by playing a free show at the Hollywood Palladium on August 26.

“Hail To The King” lyrics:

Watch your tongue or have it cut from your head
Save your life by keeping whispers unsaid
Children roam the streets now orphans of war
Bodies hanging in the streets to adore
Royal flames will carve a path in chaos, bringing daylight to the night
Death is riding into town with armor, they’ve come to take all your rights

Hail to the King
Hail to the One
Kneel to the crown
Stand in the sun
Hail to the King
Hail, Hail, Hail the King

Blood is spilt while holding keys to the throne.
Born again but it’s too late to atone.
No mercy — from the edge of the blade
Dare escape and learn the price to be paid
Let the water flow with shades of red now, Arrows black out all the light
Death is riding into town with armor, they’ve come to grant you your rights

Hail to the King
Hail to the One
Kneel to the crown
Stand in the sun
Hail to the King
Hail, Hail, Hail the King

There’s a taste of fear
When the henchmen call
Iron fist to tame the land
Iron fist to claim it all

Hail to the King
Hail to the One
Kneel to the crown
Stand in the sun
Hail to the King
Hail, Hail, Hail the King

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AndrewHaug.com, Australia’s first-ever dedicated 24/7 rock and metal online radio station launched by Andrew Haug, the former host of Triple J Australia’s “The Racket” radio show (originally “Full Metal Racket”; 2001-2011), recently conducted an interview with CHIMAIRA vocalist Mark Hunter. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

CHIMAIRA‘s seventh studio album, “Crown Of Phantoms”, sold around 7,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 52 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on July 30 via eOne Music.

CHIMAIRA‘s previous CD, “The Age Of Hell”, premiered with more than 7,000 units in August 2011 to debut at No. 54. The band’s 2009 effort, “The Infection”, registered a first-week tally of 15,000 to land at No. 30. This figure was roughly in line with the opening number of CHIMAIRA‘s 2007 album, “Resurrection”, which shifted 16,000 copies to enter the chart at No. 42.

CHIMAIRA recently made headlines by way of crowd-funding a fan version CD/DVD where they doubled their initial goal via IndieGoGo.

“Crown Of Phantoms” track listing:

01. The Machine
02. No Mercy
03. All That’s Left Is Blood
04. I Despise
05. Plastic Wonderland
06. The Transmigration
07. Crown Of Phantoms
08. Spineless
09. Kings Of The Shadow World
10. Wrapped In Violence
11. Love Soaked Death

CHIMAIRA‘s video for the song “All That’s Left Is Blood” can be seen below.

Says Mark Hunter: “This video is the epitome of ‘metal’. Headbanging and blood. What more do you need?”

In a recent interview with Ghost Cult, Hunter stated about CHIMAIRA‘s new CD: “‘Crown Of Phantoms’ is the culmination of three years of going through tons of changes, harsh realities but also excitement. It’s something brand new and when you put all those things together you get ‘Crown Of Phantoms’ as a result. These are exciting times for the band and it’s the polar opposite of where I was with the band two years ago.

Regarding whether he thought of packing it in after the numerous lineup changes that CHIMAIRA went through since the release of 2011’s “The Age Of Hell”, Hunter said: “Many people on the Internet thought we were done for. By the timing and the speed things were unraveling, I had the luxury of not thinking rationally and I simply soldiered on. It was happening so fast and not thinking about quitting was a sort of defense in a way. I defended what I hold dear and what I wanted to fight for. Of course there were moments of insecurity and doubts. Luckily, I had a good team and a good support system of friends and family around me telling me that I was crazy if I wanted to change the band name or quit altogether. They pointed out that bands like MEGADETH and BLACK SABBATH went through countless lineup changes. BLACK SABBATH had a super successful era without Ozzy. Of course, with MEGADETH, ‘Rust In Peace’ was one of their best albums and it wasn’t recorded with the same lineup who did ‘Peace Sells’, which is another MEGADETH classic. There are more examples of bands that went through major lineup changes and still had major success. Of course, to be in this situation is scary as hell.”

Interviw (audio):

“All That’s Left Is Blood” video:

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Perris Records is set to release Mad Margritt’s ‘Show No Mercy’ on July 16th. The album is the follow-up to the Atlanta rockers’ 2007 album ‘Animal’.

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From their new album "Crown of Phantoms" out July 30th on eOne Music. Video directed by Patrick Finegan.

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Southern California’s BRAIN DEAD will enter the studio with legendary metal producer Bill Metoyer (TROUBLE’s “The Skull”, SLAYER’s “Show No Mercy” and “Hell Awaits”, D.R.I.’s “Thrash Zone”) to begin recording its debut album for a late summer release.

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Currently in the midst of a month-long run of live assaults, Batillus will be laying waste to Austin at this year’s edition of the SXSW Music Conference. In addition to the band’s previously announced slot on Pitchfork’s Show No Mercy showcase, Batillus will appear on the 2nd Annual Heavy Metal BBQ, Invisible Oranges Day Party, and the second stage of Metal At The Music Ranch. See further details below

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Ex-SUICIDAL TENDENCIES guitarist Mike Clark’s new project, WAKING THE DEAD, will open for his former band on their upcoming U.S.

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If you’ve ever seen Slayer live (and you damn well oughtta if you haven’t), you can all but guarantee “Chemical Warfare” is going to pop onto the set list.  Whereas many legacy bands might get the ruts of playing their best-known material from three decades ago to satiate their fan bases, you can’t imagine Slayer having the shits of “Chemical Warfare.”  You just can’t.

One of the thrash giant’s most perfect storms of annihilation, “Chemical Warfare” from Slayer’s 1984 EP Haunting the Chapel might as well be considered the prelude to their halcyon album Reign in Blood.  It’s been said ad infinitum that Haunting the Chapel is a stepping stone piece for the band and it’s fitting that Slayer continues to whip “Chemical Warfare” out in their sets these days.  They still play the cut as a tribute to themselves with the same fiery angst as they originally conceived it and there’s not a true headbanger alive who doesn’t draw from the antagonistic energy of “Chemical Warfare.”  If you don’t dig “Chemical Warfare,” hang up your denim and leather right now.

Of course, this is easy for me to say today as a journalist having confronted thousands of heavy metal records as both a fan and a writer.  Frankly, Slayer scared the snot out of me in my early teens and Haunting the Chapel was then for me no better than saying The Dunwich Horror got my rocks off.  I avoided Slayer’s Show No Mercy, Haunting the Chapel and Hell Awaits as I did the entire Venom, Mercyful Fate and Celtic Frost catalogs.  Call it living under the cross, if you will, since I had just completed my Catholic confirmation and I’d weathered a gauntlet of kids in school who thought I was in league with Lucifer for wearing a Motley Crue Shout at the Devil shirt around.  Considering they later wore Crue tees during the Girls Girls Girls period, you have to laugh.

All of it is pretty freaking silly in the grand scheme of things, since Slayer has emerged over the years as titans of this genre, a band who lures listeners from academia and medicine as they do from the darkened corners where disaffected loners hate everything and everyone.  Since I interviewed Tom Araya and he admitted to being a Christian on my tape, I’ve looked at my terrorized initial reaction to the band as utterly stupid.  Of course, at age 13 I’d bolted for the confessional the first time I saw The Exorcist because I thought I’d spit on God just by watching it–and it was a censored version, no less.

The thing with Slayer and Venom, for that matter, is they’ve ridden the rails of their careers in the name of Satan, but it’s always been done to a smarmy roasting effect.  Celtic Frost and Mercyful Fate are just too great to dismiss.  When I saw Frost play live, it felt very much like a holy experience, and not of an arcane nature, though that certainly came through in their stage presence.  Venom for sure were larks and I’ve long since come to see them as a great big put-on who still kicked ass, especially on stage.  Ditto for Slayer.  They’re nowhere near as tongue-in-cheek with their lyrical nihilism, much of it having been broiled over a hypothetical spit of burning brimstone.  Yet whatever their collective or individual attitudes on spirituality may be, Haunting the Chapel,  frequently blasphemous for certain, is an important cornerstone of heavy metal music.

No point describing “Chemical Warfare” beyond calling it thrash perfection.  I personally enjoy the back story of a younger Dave Lombardo and Gene Hoglan in-arms together at this time, to the point Hoglan was asked to grab hold of Lombardo’s kit on the floor while Slayer laid down “Chemical Warfare.” Hoglan, who helped Lombardo refine his trademark double kick, went on to smack skin for Dark Angel and he’s enjoyed long-term success in his own right.  You’ve got to love that.

What I’ve always founded interesting about “Captor of Sin” is its merge of NWOBHM march rhythms with darker, uptempo crunk.  This one gives fans a peek into the band’s future songwriting ethos, straight down to the punchy breakdowns and bat-screeching solos from Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman.  While nowhere no as fast as Reign in Blood, the moshing verses plus the blitzing bridges and solo section of “Haunting the Chapel” are by all means the blueprints for the inevitable juggernaut of crush, “Angel of Death.”

Depending on which version you have, you’ll get the grimy basement track “Aggressive Perfector” which belongs more on Show No Mercy or a Metal Massacre compilation trailing anything of the same period by Exciter.   All told, however, Haunting the Chapel represents a fierce excavation of speed metal’s potential in its infancy years.  Even then, Slayer was dusting Metallica, the acknowledged champs of the Bay Area thrash zone and today, listening to such daring competition at play is something you can’t necessarily convey in words. 

–Ray Van Horn, Jr.

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