Dec 092015

Cannibal Corpse tour


Here’s a round-up of news, new album artwork, and a couple of new songs I spotted over the last 24 hours.


We’ll start with some tourism news: Yesterday it was announced that Cannibal Corpse will be headlining a big North American tour that begins on February 12 and runs through March 20. And the direct support for the tour is pretty eye-popping: Obituary, Cryptopsy, and Abysmal Dawn will be along for the ride.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 11, at local and national ticket outlets. Here’s the schedule, which I copied and pasted from Blabbermouth:


Cannibal Corpse 2014


Feb. 12 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Feb. 13 – Wilmington, NC – Ziggy’s by The Sea
Feb. 14 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage (buy tickets)
Feb. 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts (buy tickets)
Feb. 16 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza (buy tickets)
Feb. 18 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Feb. 19 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Feb. 20 – Toronto, ON – Opera House (buy tickets)
Feb. 21 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall (buy tickets)
Feb. 23 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
Feb. 24 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
Feb. 25 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theater
Feb. 26 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze (buy tickets)
Feb. 27 – Chicago, IL – Metro
Feb. 29 – Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall (buy tickets)
Mar. 01 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Mar. 02 – Boise, ID – Revolution Center
Mar. 03 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Mar. 04 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (buy tickets)
Mar. 05 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Mar. 07 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (buy tickets)
Mar. 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Avalon Hollywood (buy tickets)
Mar. 09 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Mar. 10 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues (buy tickets)
Mar. 11 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
Mar. 12 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Mar. 14 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre (buy tickets)
Mar. 15 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
Mar. 16 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues (buy tickets)
Mar. 17 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
Mar. 18 – Tallahassee, FL – The Side Bar Theatre
Mar. 19 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor (no OBITUARY) (buy tickets)
Mar. 20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live (buy tickets)

I’m happy to see Seattle on this list. I’m not thrilled at the venue, since it’s guaranteed to be another overheated sardine can of a night.



Fleshgod Apocalypse-King


Yesterday also brought an announcement by Nuclear Blast that disclosed the track list for King, the new album by Italy’s Fleshgod Apocalypse, as well as the beginning of pre-orders. This also gives me an excuse to report on the band’s U.S. tour next February with Carach Angren and Abigail Williams. First, here’s the track list:


King track list:
01. Marche Royale
02. In Aeternum
03. Healing Through War
04. The Fool
05. Cold As Perfection
06. Mitra
07. Paramour (Die Leidenschaft bringt Leiden)
08. And The Vulture Beholds
09. Gravity
10. A Million Deaths
11. Syphilis
12. King

Bonus Orchestral CD (digipak only):
01. Marche Royale
02. In Aeternum
03. Healing Through War
04. The Fool
05. Cold As Perfection
06. Mitra
07. And The Vulture Beholds
08. Gravity
09. A Million Deaths
10. Syphilis

The bonus orchestral CD is an interesting feature. I need to find out more about that. Pre-orders are available HERE.

And here’s the tour schedule:


Fleshgod Apocalypse tour



02/08/16 Orlando, FL The Haven
02/09/16 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade (Hell)
02/10/16 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
02/11/16 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery
02/12/16 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
02/13/16 Worcester, MA The Palladium
02/14/16 Toronto, ON Mod Club
02/15/16 Chicago, IL Reggie’s
02/16/16 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
02/17/16 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
02/19/16 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
02/20/16 Bend, OR Third Street Pub
02/21/16 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
02/22/16 W. Hollywood, CA Whisky
02/23/16 San Diego, CA Brick by Brick
02/24/16 Phoenix, AZ Joe’s Grotto
02/25/16 El Paso TX Mesa Music Hall
02/26/16 Ft. Worth, TX Rail Club
02/27/16 Austin, TX Dirty Dog



Deströyer 666-Wildfire


Isn’t that a hell of an album cover? It’s the artwork, revealed yesterday, for Wildfire, the new album by Australia’s Deströyer 666. In addition to the artwork, Season of Mist disclosed that the album will be released on February 26.

The cover art was created by Zbigniew M. Bielak, and the SoM press release included some quotes from him that I thought were worth including here. I’m anxious to hear this album.

“Contrary to the usual route, part of my family fled communism to Australia. Thus my isolated cousins used to send me tapes with weird OZ bands like ARMOURED ANGEL, MARTIRE or HOBBS instead of American thrash. There has to be something about the shackled bloodline or maybe the Mad Max thing…or just what frontman KK likes to call “…our innate ability to do everything better than the others”, but damn me if all of those Australian bands were not just fiercer than everyone else. My love for metal from down under endured and finally, after countless merchandise designs and three reissue collaborations, ‘Wildfire’ is DESTRÖYER 666’s first brand new album that I have worked on.”

“What survived from the usual brainstorming ordeal is a nod to classic metal imagery in a biker-friendly, DANZIG meets BLASPHEMY vein – a refreshing and welcome exercise in simplicity. Having outlasted retro trends, stripped of all gimmickry right to their very rock n’ roll bone, DESTRÖYER 666 stand tall, hailing both SLAUGHTER LORD and ANGRY ANDERSON, with what is in my opinion their most unforced and classy album to date.”




Excommunion cover art


This next item also involves a striking piece of artwork, which you can see above. Here’s an announcement that accompanied it, from Dark Descent Records:

We teased you with a preview of this artwork, now it is time to unveil its purpose.

Ten years after their split with Dethroned and 14 years after their lone full-length, Superion, Colorado’s Excommunion returns in early 2016 with a new album titled Thronosis.

Release date and other information to be revealed soon. Expect a premiere track to be available along with the next Dark Descent Records Bandcamp sampler.

Thronosis track listing:

1. Twilight of Eschaton – 7:00
2. Nemesis – 7:46
3. World Crucifier – 7:35
4. Blessed is the Epoch of Darkness and Strife – 6:32

The album was mixed and mastered by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio. And that wonderful cover art was created by Lauri Laaksonen, who is also a member of Desolate Shrine.

I’m not familiar with Excommunion. I’m about to fix that. Also, I’m now even more eager to see what else will be on that Dark Descent sampler.







Okay, now it’s time for some music.

Magrudergrind originated in D.C. in 2002, but have since relocated to Brooklyn. And now, following a 6-year hiatus, they’ve recorded a new album named II that’s scheduled for release by Relapse Records on February 12, 2016. The album was recorded with Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studios and mastered by Brad Boatright, and that right there should be enough to signal that this album could be capable of rupturing your spleen. And if that’s not enough of a clue, there’s this:

Yesterday the first advance track from the album premiered at Noisey. It’s called “Sacrificial Hire”. Man, it’s a crusher, and after it has beaten you senseless with some mighty riffs it then starts disemboweling in an explosion of violence. Listen below; II can be pre-ordered in digital formats HERE and physical formats HERE.






Pomegranate Tiger-Boundless


One more piece of music and then I’ll conclude this round-up.

This is the kind of instrumental music that I don’t listen to much any more, but every now and then it still strikes a chord. And I still enjoy watching play-through videos by people who are very good at what they do. For both reasons, I enjoyed this next video, which I only discovered yesterday despite the fact that it’s been out for about three weeks.

The song in the video is called “Cyclic” and it appears on a new album entitled Boundless by Pomegranate Tiger. The album will be released on December 11 and it can be pre-ordered on Bandcamp, where you can also check out the album’s title track.

Pomegranate Tiger is the solo project of one Martin Andres from Ontario, Canada, though this new album includes guest appearances on bass and a string trio. This is my first exposure to the music, and I thought the song and the video were worth sharing.

UPDATE: To listen to a full stream of the album (presented today by Austin Weber), head over to Metal Injection:


  1. February is not so far and finally we will listen the new album by Fleshgod Apocalypse and this is well accepted.

  2. Somehow I missed that Abigail Williams is on the Fleshgod tour. That seals it for me.

    • It’s a very strange line-up for sure — or maybe “interesting” would be a better word.

    • The Accuser was one of my favorite albums of the year. I also enjoy the other two bands on the tour. All three bands have unique and different styles. Hopefully I can attend one of the stops.

  3. Great to hear some new Magrudergrind. It has been far too long. And like it was mentioned above, the track presented is indeed a crusher.

  4. Still getting used to the fact that tours regularly come my way now. Psyched on both CC and FA, not to mention their supports.

  5. Learning of new D666 on the horizon just made my freakin’ month.

  6. Hardly a north American CC tour when the only Canadian city is Toronto. God danmit.

  7. the Cannibal Corpse line-up is fanfuckingtastic!!! 😀
    If i don’t get to go to this show it will most definitely be a sign of the pending apocalypse.
    On a totally unrelated note, would anyone like to share their credit card information with me? You know, just for fun?

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