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Symphonic Black Metal Group EMPYREAN THRONE To Tour With Kalmah, Vreid


Hailed by Decibel as “one of U.S. black metal's most exciting up-and-coming bands,” the Southern California-based EMPYREAN THRONE will continue to support their acclaimed M-Theory Audio debut “Chaosborne” by supporting Kalmah on the Finnish melodic death metal group's first-ever American tour this spring. A complete list of the groups' upcoming shows together – which will also feature Norwegian black n' rollers Vreid – appears below.

“We are honored to have been given the opportunity to join forces with both Kalmah and Vreid for the 'Heroes To Us' North American Tour next month,” says EMPYREAN THRONE vocalist Andrew Knudsen. “This will be Kalmah’s first appearance in the United States, which makes this upcoming campaign all the more special. This will also be EMPYREAN THRONE's first time flying the banner of Chaos over the eastern half of the U.S., as well as our first appearances in Canada. Both Kalmah and Vreid are masters of their craft and seasoned touring veterans. We are eager to forge new alliances with our European counterparts as we embark on what’s shaping up to be a glorious 2019 crusade!”

In recent months, EMPYREAN THRONE has toured throughout the Western United States alongside the likes of Carach Angren, Wolfheart, Mors Principum Est and Wolf King in support of their full-length debut, “Chaosborne,” which was produced by Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh, Motionless in White).


“Chaosborne” tells the saga of a 10th century crusading Templar knight and his subsequent abduction by Lovecraftain deities, stranding him deep within the realms of Chaos. What follows is an epic journey of self-discovery across “Chaosborne”’s eleven tracks of sonic fury and wrath.”


Check out their promo videos for “Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam” ( and “Haereticus Stellarum Part II” ( to catch a glimpse of the vision and identity of the band, who have been praised by OC Weekly for their “vicious mix of raw black metal and traditional death metal.”


EMPYREAN THRONE with Kalmah and Vreid:

4/17     Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey

4/18     El Paso, TX – Rockhouse

4/19     Mesa, AZ - Club Red also w/ Uada, Wormwitch & Cloak

4/20     Los Angeles, CA – Hi Hat

4/21     San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge

4/22     Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom

4/23     Seattle, WA – El Corazon

4/25     Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre

4/26     Kansas City, MO – Riot Room

4/27     Chicago, IL – Reggies w/ Exmortus

4/28     Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground

4/29     Montreal, QC – L'Astral

4/30     New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre

5/1       Baltimore, MD – Soundstage

THE ABSENCE To Support Deicide On May Tour; New Music In The Works


The melodic death metal group THE ABSENCE will continue to support their acclaimed 2018 comeback album “A Gift For The Obsessed” this spring, when the group will join forces with Deicide, Origin and Jungle Rot for a three-week North American tour.


Says THE ABSENCE vocalist Jamie Stewart, “We are incredibly excited to hit the road with our Floridian brothers in Deicide! This tour is going to be a scorcher. We're also incredibly pumped to be sharing the stage with Origin and Jungle Rot. Come to a show and bring your neck braces!”


The Deicide tour will mark THE ABSENCE's first live performances since the band embarked on a national tour last year with Exmortus and Hatchet. Since then, many of the group's members have continued to play alongside high-profile acts, with drummer Jeramie Kling manning the kit for Venom Inc., bassist Mike Leon gigging with Soulfly and Cavalera, guitarist Joey Concepcion filling in for Jeff Loomis in Arch Enemy and guitarist Taylor Nordberg playing bass on tour for Soilwork.


In conjunction with the tour, THE ABSENCE plans to release two new songs – one original and a cover. More information about the tracks will be revealed in the coming weeks.


THE ABSENCE came onto the scene in 2005 with their crushing, Erik Rutan-produced Metal Blade debut, “From Your Grave.” The album and its two follow-ups, 2007’s “Riders of the Plague” and 2010’s “Enemy Unbound,” showcased the perfect mixture of heart-wrenching melodies and skull-pounding aggression, truly making them one of the premiere bands of the melodic death metal scene. THE ABSENCE further ensconced their reputation via numerous tours supporting some of the biggest names in metal, including Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Goatwhore, Evergrey, Malevolent Creation, Kataklysm and Destruction.


Following a lengthy hiatus, the band regrouped in 2016 with a new lineup uniting founding members Stewart and Kling with longtime bassist Leon and guitarists Nordberg and Concepcion – first for the self-released digital single “Septic Testament,” and then for "A Gift for The Obsessed." The album – which was mixed by David Castillo at Sweden’s Ghost Ward Studio (Katatonia, Opeth) and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson at The Panic Room (Watain, Scar Symmetry) – includes includes a cover of Suicidal Tendencies’ “You Can’t Bring Me Down” featuring guest vocals by Bjorn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra).


THE ABSENCE live with Deicide, Origin, Jungle Rot:
05/11   Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live!
05/12   Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
05/13   El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
05/14   Mesa, AZ – Club Red
05/15   Los Angeles, CA – 1720
05/16   Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
05/18   Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/20   Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
05/22   Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
05/23   Chicago, IL – Reggie's
05/24   Cleveland, OH – The Odeon Theater
05/27   Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
05/28   Toronto, ON – Mod Club
05/29   Montreal, QC – L'Astral
05/30   Quebec City, QC – Le d'Auteuil
05/31   Manchester, NH – Jewel Nightclub

06/01   New York, NY – Gramercy Theater

Israeli Progressive Metal Group SCARDUST Signs With M-Theory Audio

Debut full-length 'Sands Of Time' featuring guest performances by members of Cyhra (ex-Amaranthe) and Orphaned Land to be released on May 24; group to perform at major European festivals this summer


M-Theory Audio is proud to announce the signing of Israel's leading progressive metal band, SCARDUST. The label will reissue the group's acclaimed full-length debut, “Sands of Time,” on May 24 on limited-edition double vinyl (the album's first-ever LP release), digital and compact disc.


The “Sands of Time” reissue precedes major summer festival performances by the band – the UK's Ramblin' Man Fair, where they will perform on the Prog In The Park stage alongside Riverside, Pain of Salvation and Anathema, and at Slovenia's week-long Metaldays, which also features the likes of Dream Theater, Arch Enemy and Demons & Wizards, as well as Taihu Midi Festival in Suzhou near Shanghai, China May 4th.

Mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, BTBAM), featuring cover art by Drake Mefestta (Cradle of Filth, Michael Romeo, Devilment) and guest vocals from Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land) and Jake E (Cyhra/ex-Amaranthe), “Sands of Time” was originally self-released. Check out the band’s lyric video for the title track to get an idea of the grandeur, melody and power.


The new CD reissue will include a bonus acoustic piano demo of the brand-new song “Mist,” while the new gatefold double-LP edition will include the group's 2015 debut EP “Shadow” in its entirety on Side D – the first time that release has been offered on vinyl as well. Both physical formats can be pre-ordered at our Webstore.


We are very excited to be working with M-Theory Audio, whose philosophy of co-operation between artists mirrors our own,” says SCARDUST vocalist Noa Gruman. “It's great to have the 'Sands of Time' CD released globally, and the pressing of a double vinyl LP which will include our EP 'Shadow' is something that would have been impossible for us to do as an independent band. Signing with M-Theory, as well as working on new material and preparing for summer festivals, makes us feel that the future looks very bright for us, and we can't wait to bring our epic experience to new crowds and new heights.”


SCARDUST – who have previously performed alongside the likes of Symphony X, Therion and Epica – will next perform live in Tel Aviv, Israel on April 11.

SWORN ENEMY Announces U.S. Tour Dates With Sacred Reich

New Robb Flynn-produced album 'Gamechanger' due April 5


With the release of their Robb Flynn-produced new album “Gamechanger” just one month away, the Queens, New York-based SWORN ENEMY have announced their first American tour in support of the record – a series of shows alongside thrash veterans Sacred Reich that begins May 4 in Denver. A complete list of the group's upcoming dates – which include four performances alongside Excel and a pair with Vio-Lence – appears below, with more to be added in the coming weeks.


“We're really looking forward to getting out on the road in support of our new album 'Gamechanger,'” says vocalist Sal Lococo. “Speaking of being out on the road, we will be touring with thrash legends Sacred Reich, Vio-Lence and Excel from May 4th until June 1st. Make sure you bring your surfboard, because we are all gonna Surf Nicaragua!”


“Step the fuck back before you get knocked out,” Lococo warns in the opening line of the SWORN ENEMY's recently-released single “Prepare For Payback.” It's a fitting mission statement for a hard-knuckled album that expertly fuses metal, thrash and New York hardcore. The single currently sits at #12 on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal’s Devil’s Dozen (most requested/most played songs of the week). Produced by Machine Head's Flynn and mixed/mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Warbringer), “Gamechanger” is currently for pre-order on CD and limited-edition blue splatter vinyl at our webstore. First 100 orders include a Sworn Enemy fanny pack plus 3 band buttons. Digital pre-orders via iTunes, Bandcamp and other platforms include “Prepare For Payback” as an “instant grat” track.


SWORN ENEMY was first signed by Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta, who released the group's first two EPs on his Stillborn Recordings label in 2001 and 2002. He also produced the band's full-length debut, “As Real As It Gets,” memorably praised by Lambgoat as “music that inspires you to want to beat the living piss out of the next unsuspecting person who walks in the room.” The album was released by Elektra Records in 2003, a year that saw the band deliver memorable performances on tour with Ozzfest.


In the 15 years since, SWORN ENEMY released four additional albums of punishing metallic hardcore and toured with a number of notable acts, including Anthrax, Mastodon, Fear Factory, Sepultura, Suicide Silence, Dying Fetus, Earth Crisis, Madball, Biohazard and Hatebreed. The band expects to spend much of 2019 touring in support of “Gamechanger” as off-dates are being filled so watch for updates.


SWORN ENEMY live (more dates TBA):
4/26     Brooklyn, NY – The Kingsland

4/27     Falls Church, VA – VFW 9274

4/28     Brockton, MA – Dylan's

5/4       Denver, CO – Streets *

5/5       Kansas City, MO – Riot Room *

5/18     Indianapolis, IN – The Citadel *

5/20     Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *

5/22     New Orleans, LA – House of Blues *

5/23     Houston, TX – Scout Bar *

5/24     Dallas, TX – Trees *

5/25     San Antonio, TX – Rock Box *

5/28     San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick ^

5/29     Oakland, CA – Metro ^

5/31     Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater #

6/1       Phoenix, AZ – Club Red #

* w/ Sacred Reich

^ w/ Sacred Reich, Excel

# w/ Sacred Reich, Vio-Lence, Excel, Yidhra

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