Black Metal Assassin Dagger Cult SICARIUS Unveil Video For New Song 'A Practiced Hand'
Sophomore album 'God Of Dead Roots,' produced by Mick Kenney, due out in early 2020
The California-based SICARIUS – whose sonic nihilism has been praised by Metal Hammer as “USBM with serious forward thrust” – have unveiled a lyric video for “A Practiced Hand,” the first taste of the group's forthcoming second album “God Of Dead Roots.” The clip – which was designed by Rafael Ortega of Ecliptic Visions, can be seen HERE.
“A Practiced Hand” is also now available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms. The song is an ominous sign of things to come on “God Of Dead Roots,” which – like the group's 2017 acclaimed full-length debut “Serenade of Slitting Throats” – was produced by Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh, Benediction, Empyrean Throne). Due out via M-Theory Audio in early 2020, the album marks the recording debut of new guitarist Travis “Grimnir” Whiting (Carnifex, Ruines Ov Abaddon), who was hand-picked by SICARIUS' founding guitarist Argyris to be his successor last year. Additional information on the release will be revealed in the coming weeks.
“In preparation of the upcoming album ‘God Of Dead Roots’, the dagger cult presents to you our chosen spearhead for this release. ‘A Practiced Hand’ is the first staunch and discordant representation of what's to come,” explains Grimnir. “While staying familiar with the band's philosophy and crushing sound, new extremes within this adrenaline pumping formula have been reached. This track extends its meaning to those dedicated within their craft. Strictly adherent to the refinement of their chosen pursuit and fervently loyal to its principles. To the unsung and faceless assassins; once devoted in purpose, and unflinching to the temptations of glory.”
Founded five years ago, SICARIUS – whose moniker means contract killer or assassin in Latin – draw influence from and pay homage to classic black metal bands, yet also inject a modern, high-velocity sense of immediacy into their bludgeoning and bloodthirsty extreme metal assault. The group has performed extensively in the Western U.S. alongside such genre heavyweights as Carach Angren, Uada, 1349, Goatwhore, Vader, Helheim, Sadistic Intent, Skeletal Remains, Wolvhammer, Sixes, Witch Casket and Tombs. The group's next live performance will take place tomorrow (Nov. 16) at the annual Ruinfest in Santa Ana, California sharing the stage with label mates Helsott and Novareign, amongst others.
"Combining black metal with a violent immediacy and pairing it with their bloody, corpse-painted aesthetic, SICARUS have found a style that sets them apart." -- Decibel
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NEVALRA Guitarist/Vocalist Scott Eames To Tour With Death Metal Legends Vital Remains
'30 Years Of Blasphemy' Anniversary Trek Kicks Off Tonight In Albany, New York
Guitarist/vocalist Scott Eames of the extreme/melodic blackened death metal trio NEVALRA will front Vital Remains during the legendary death metal group's '30 Years Of Blasphemy' tour that kicks off tonight in Albany, N.Y.
Since the release of NEVALRA's acclaimed debut full-length “Conjure The Storm” via M-Theory Audio this summer, Eames has toured extensively with both NEVALRA and Thy Antichrist, a group of which he has been a part since 2017. The two groups recently completed an extensive tour of Europe alongside Carach Angren and Wolfheart. Footage of NEVALRA performing the title track of “Conjure The Storm” in Warsaw, Poland can be seen HERE.
The Missouri-based Eames looks forward to returning to the road as the front man one of his longtime favorite groups. “To say I am excited to be performing with Vital Remains would be an understatement,” he says. “I have been a fan of the band and have watched their progress for a long time. Vital Remains has always been top-notch in the death metal realm. I can't believe I get to be loud with these guys and add a flash of my own personality to their stage. I mean, how often do you get to play in a band you've been headbanging to since high school?! Let me put it this way... let the killing... begin...”
In other NEVALRA news, the group was recently honored with the “Band On The Rise” award at Central Missouri's 2019 Mid-Mo Rock Awards, a red carpet event held at the Blue Note in Kansas City on October 27. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/nevalra.
The follow-up to NEVALRA's debut 2015 EP “The Black Flame,” “Conjure The Storm” – which features guest appearances by Andres Vargas (Thy Antichrist) and Mark Kloeppel (Misery Index, Scour) – was mixed and mastered by the legendary Dan Swano (Opeth, Dark Funeral, Dissection, Marduk). The cover art was designed by Seth Siro Anton of Septicflesh, who has previously collaborated with the likes of Decapitated, Belphegor and Nile. A music video for the album's blistering “It Dies In Vain” – hailed by Decibel as “riff-centric, complex death metal with pristine production”-- can be seen HERE.
Watch for Scott and NEVALRA to tour the US and Europe again in 2020 but in the meantime catch Eames perform with Vital Remains at the following dates:
11/1 Albany, NY – Chrome
11/2 Buffalo, NY – Stamps
11/3 McKee's Rocks, PA – Black Forge Coffee House II
11/4 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
11/5 Kent, OH – The Outpost
11/6 Cincinnati, OH – Northside Yacht Club
11/7 Chicago, IL – Reggie's
11/8 Lafayette, IN – North End Pub
11/9 Nashville, TN – The End
11/10 Atlanta, GA – 529
11/12 Fayetteville, NC – Drunk Horse Pub
11/13 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
11/14 Chesapeake, VA – Riffhouse Pub
11/15 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
11/16 Brooklyn, NY – Gold Sounds Bar
11/17 Boston, MA – Middle East
SILVER TALON Tour Dates With Savage Master Begin Halloween Night
The Portland, Oregon-based power/thrash quintet SILVER TALON – praised by Metal-Temple.com for their “aggressive, virtuosic, flawless, and polished heavy metal” – have spent much of the past 12 months touring in support of their acclaimed, self-released 2018 debut EP “Becoming A Demon.” They're not done yet, though, as the group has just announced another two-week trek with metal occultists Savage Master (Shadow Kingdom Records). The tour includes an appearance at the Los Angeles Burning Fest on November 2 and an Atlanta performance alongside Vital Remains eight nights later. See below for the band's complete itinerary.
“We’re excited to round out 2019 with one last tour in support of our debut EP – ‘Becoming A Demon’ - and can’t wait to blast out some decibels with the fine folks in Savage Master,” states guitarist Bryce VanHoosen. “Expect to hear a couple new ones on this run, and get ready for our debut full-length out next year on M-Theory Records.”
“Becoming The Demon” – hailed by Dead Rhetoric as “sharp, sophisticated and awe-inspiring” – is a precursor to SILVER TALON's forthcoming full-length debut, due via M-Theory Audio in early 2020. Recorded with Zach Ohren (Exmortus, Warbringer, Machine Head), the EP sees four former members of the acclaimed traditional metal band Spellcaster – Bryce VanHoosen (guitar), Gabriel Franco (bass), Colin Franizan (drums) and Sebastian Silva (guitar) – join forces with vocalist Wyatt Howell (Sanctifyre) to perform what VanHoosen calls a “more over-the-top” style of metal than their former group. “The songs are more complicated, more progressive, more aggressive, and there’s more guitar solos and crazier vocal harmonies,” he says.
With a virtuosic guitar attack, a rumbling rhythm section and powerful vocals, SILVER TALON – who in recent months have performed alongside the likes of Evergrey, Warbringer, Enforcer, Exmortus, Unleash The Archers, Striker, The Absence, Powerglove and Hatchet – is razor-sharp and ready to become a major force in heavy metal. Catch them live at one of the below dates to see why.
“Influenced by U.S. metal greats like Savatage, Omen and Helstar, but with the kind of unique twist that made Manilla Road stand out from the pack, SILVER TALON are an exciting prospect... the future looks bright for U.S. metal with SILVER TALON around.” – Zero Tolerance
SILVER TALON live:
10/31 Portland, OR – High Water Mark
11/1 Cupertino, CA – X Bar
11/2 Los Angeles, CA – L.A. Burning Fest
11/3 San Diego, CA – Til Two
11/5 El Paso, TX – Neon Rise
11/6 San Antonio, TX – Limelight
11/7 Austin, TX – The Lost Well
11/8 Houston, TX – Rudyard's
11/9 New Orleans, LA – Poor Boys Bar
11/10 Atlanta, GA – 529
Current full line-up:
Wyatt Howell – Vocals
Bryce R. VanHoosen – Guitar
Sebastian Silva – Guitar (not on this tour)
Devon Miller – Guitar
Walter Hartzell – Bass
Michael Thompson – Drums
EXMORTUS Unveils 'Legions Of The Undead' Video; New Horror-Themed EP Out Now
With All Hallows' Eve and the Day of the Dead fast approaching, the L.A.-based thrash/death/shred quartet EXMORTUS have unveiled a visualizer for the title track for their just-released horror-themed EP “Legions of the Undead.” Check out the clip – which was designed by Wayne Joyner (Dream Theater, Devin Townsend), and which premiered yesterday via Metal Injection - HERE.
Says guitarist Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez, "Just in time for Halloween, enjoy this video of the new EP title track, 'Legions of the Undead,' inspired by the darker themes in Tolkien & Lovecraft lore. We are extremely excited to perform the new songs on Death Angel's North American Humanicide Tour this November and December. See you on the road, Legions!"
As Gonzalez acknowledged, the song “Legions of the Dead” nods to the Dead Men of Dunharrow in “Lord Of The Rings.” It is joined on the new EP by one other new original track – the “Evil Dead”-inspired “Swallow Your Soul” – as well as three instrumental covers: renditions of Danny Elfman's “Beetlejuice” theme and Bernard Hermann's theme from Alfred Hitchcock's horror classic “Psycho,” as well as a neoclassical shred take on 19th Century Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky's haunting “Night On Bald Mountain.”
Recorded earlier this year with longtime producer Zack Ohren (Machine Head, Immolation) at Oakland's Sharkbite Studios, “Legions Of The Undead” – the cover art for which was designed by Toha “AHOT” Mashudi – is now available via the band's own Exmortus Music in cooperation with M-Theory Audio. Physical copies can be ordered on CD and limited-edition green slime-colored vinyl HERE.
“Legions Of The Undead” marks the first EXMORTUS release featuring the lineup – founding guitarist/vocalist Gonzalez, guitarist Chase Becker (also of Warbringer), bassist Cody Nunez and drummer Adrian Aguilar – that has logged numerous miles on the road together over the past two years with the likes of Obituary, Venom Inc., Sabaton, Kreator, Havok, Allegaeon, Hatchet, Homewrecker and The Absence. The group – whose most recent performance was alongside Exodus at the legendary thrash group's sold-out “Bonded By Con” concert during San Diego's recent Comic-Con – will support another iconic Bay Area act this fall, when they team up with Death Angel for a five-week tour across the U.S. and Canada. See below for the complete itinerary.
Founded by Gonzalez when he was just 12 years old, EXMORTUS released their debut album, “In Hatred's Flame,” via Heavy Artillery in 2008. After gaining additional acclaim with their 2011 sophomore effort “Beyond The Fall Of Time,” the group signed a three-album deal with Prosthetic Records in 2013. In support of that acclaimed trilogy of releases (2014's “Slave To The Sword,” 2016's “Ride Forth” and 2018's “The Sound Of Steel”), the band toured alongside some of metal's biggest names, including Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Abbath, Dark Tranquillity and Marty Friedman, earning extensive praise along the way for their live power, prowess and proficiency.
EXMORTUS on tour with Death Angel:
Nov 13 - Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst (EXMORTUS only)
Nov 14 - Chico, CA – Metal Shop (EXMORTUS ONLY)
Nov 15 - Bend, OR – Third St. Pub (EXMORTUS only)
Nov 16 - Seattle, WA – Club Sur
Nov 17 - Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Nov 18 - Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theater
Nov 19 - Edmonton, AB – Starlite
Nov 20 - Calgary, AB – Dickens
Nov 21 - Regina, SK – The Exchange
Nov 22 - Winnipeg, MB – Pyramids
Nov 23 - St. Paul, MN – The Amsterdam
Nov 25 - London, ON – London Music Hall
Nov 26 - Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Nov 27 - Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar
Nov 28 - Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey
Nov 29 - Quebec City, QC – L’Anti Bar & Spectacles
Nov 30 - Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
Dec 1 - New Bedford, MA – Vault @ Greasy Luck
Dec 2 - Waterford, NY – Chrome (EXMORTUS only)
Dec 3 - Lancaster, PA – Chameleon
Dec 4 - Baltimore, MD – Otto Bar
Dec 5 - Richmond, VA – Canal Club
Dec 6 - Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
Dec 7 - Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
Dec 8 - Orlando, FL – The Haven
Dec 9 - Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box (EXMORTUS only)
Dec 10 - Lafayette, LA – Grant Street
Dec 11 - Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Dec 12 - Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
Dec 13 - Dallas, TX – Trees
Dec 14 - Tulsa, OK – The Shrine
Dec 15 - Enid, OK – 1927 Event Center
Dec 17 - Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad
Dec 18 - Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Dec 19 - West Hollywood, CA – Whisky
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Canadian Thrashers HAZZERD Unveil Video For New Single 'A Tormented Reality'
Sophomore album 'Delirium' due Jan. 24; Pre-orders available now
The Canadian thrash quartet HAZZERD have unveiled a lyric video for “A Tormented Reality,” the first single from their forthcoming sophomore album (and M-Theory Audio) debut “Delirium.” Check out the clip – which was designed by Rafael Ortega of Ecliptic Visions, and which premiered yesterday via Metal Injection – HERE.
“A Tormented Reality” – which received an exclusive audio premiere via Ross The Boss' Gimme Radio program on Tuesday – is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms. Says drummer/vocalist Dylan Westendorp, “We chose 'A Tormented Reality' as the first single off of 'Delirium' because we believe it showcases everything there is to find on this new record – the speed, melody, solos and lyrics. It’s a three-minute ripper with no break in the action. Lyrically, the song talks about an individual with physical restrictions due to a medical condition they cannot control, leaving them depressed and suicidal as they cannot live their life the way others can, trapped in a tormented reality.”
Pre-orders for “Delirium,” which will be released on January 24, are available now. The album – which features cover artwork by Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste, Skeletonwitch, Toxic Holocaust) – was recorded earlier this year at Calgary's MCC Recording Studio and mixed and mastered by Johnny Gasparic (Into Eternity). All digital pre-orders include an “instant grat” download of “A Tormented Reality,” while CDs, cassettes and limited-edition colored vinyl can be pre-ordered HERE.
HAZZERD was initially formed by drummer/lead vocalist Dylan Westendorp and guitarist Brendan Malycky, two Calgary teens who were inspired by the early work of thrash legends such as Overkill, Metallica and Anthrax. The group self-released their debut EP, “Victimize The Innocent,” in 2014. The following year, the band recruited then-18-year-old lead guitarist Toryin Schadlich.
In 2017, soon after solidifying the group's lineup with the addition of bassist David Sprague, HAZZERD recorded their full-length debut, “Misleading Evil,” which was released via Canada's World War Now Records. Featuring cover art by Bouzikov, the record was praised by Metal-Temple.com as “one of the strongest thrash releases of 2017,” while Dead Rhetoric called the album “an exhilarating aural ride” with a “Maiden/Priest-meets-early Metallica vibe.”
In recent years, HAZZERD has performed alongside the likes of Striker, Vicious Rumors, Archspire, Spellcaster, and Grim Reaper in addition to playing noted Canadian festivals such as Loud As Hell and Armstrong MetalFest. Earlier this month, the group completed a successful string of shows north of the border with Hatchet. The group's next scheduled performance will take place at the Starlite Room in Edmonton, Alberta on Dec. 7. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/HazzerdThrash.