Monday, April 30, 2012


Fifth album by Greek classic metal legends!

Legendary Greek classic metal band MARAUDER have joined forces with Pitch Black Records. Having recently celebrated 22 years since the band was formed, with a number of metal anthems composed throughout the years and having established themselves as one of the most respected acts of the Greek metal scene, MARAUDER are now back with their fifth album, “Elegy of Blood”.

MARAUDER were formed in early 1990 and have since then performed live countless times in Greece and abroad, acquiring a huge following and the respect and admiration of many amongst their local scene.

Label owner Phivos Papadopoulos, commented on this particular signing: “When in the early 90’s I was writing (yes writing, not emailing) this band to send me their demo tape I never imagined that 20 years later they would be signing under my own record label. The decision to sign MARAUDER was instantaneous and it’s with great pleasure that we welcome the band to the PBR family, not just because of the personal factor but also because they are a kick-ass band that truly deserves as much recognition as possible!”

“Elegy of Blood” is comprised of ten PURE heavy metal songs. Powerful and passionate melodic metal compositions make this a highly anticipated release, particularly amongst the band’s die-hard fans. Released on May 15th, the album will be available through Pitch Black Records and its distribution partners as well as through major mp3 stores with the CD version including a bonus track.

A track taken off the album is available for streaming as well as a free download at along with more info about the band and cover artwork.

11. IN MEMORY (CD bonus)

Alexandros Kostarakos - Vocals
Andreas Tsaoussis - guitar
Giorgos Sofronas - guitar
Thodoris Paralis - bass
Grigoris Vlachos – drums

CATTLE DECAPITATION: New In-Studio Video Footage Posted

In anticipation of the upcoming release of their forthcoming new studio offering Monolith Of Inhumanity, today CATTLE DECAPITATION unveils a new in-studio video clip. Check out the guitar tracking process and other CATTLE-related commentary at THIS LOCATION where you’ll also get to hear “A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat.”

Monolith Of Inhumanity is set for a North American release on May 8, 2012. Commended by Stereokiller in an early review for being “their most focused and intelligent album yet… another solid CATTLE DECAPrelease that proves again that they are not to be fucked with,” and noted for being “arguably the quartet’s strongest effort to date,” by Blistering, the record was produced by Dave Otero of Denver's Flatline Audio and finds the progressive grind conjurers exploring innovative new techniques in song writing without abandoning their signature formula of confrontational audio wreckage.

In related news, CATTLE DECAPITATION is currently bringing their audio pummel to the stage on the Occupation Domination 2012 tour. The band is joined by Origin, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings Of Saturn, Battlecross and more! Check out remaining dates below.

Finally, MetalSucks will be streaming Monolith Of Inhumanity in its entirety this coming Friday! Stay tuned for direct links!

CATTLE DECAPITATION - Occupation Domination 2012
w/ Origin, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings Of Saturn, Battlecross [remaining dates]

4/30/12 The Rogue - Fayetteville, AR
5/02/12 El Rey Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
5/03/12 Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
5/04/12 Ruby Room - San Diego, CA
5/05/12 The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
5/06/12 The Whisky a Go-Go - Hollywood, CA
5/07/12 Slidebar - Fullerton, CA
5/08/12 DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
5/09/12 Plea For Peace Center - Stockton, CA
5/10/12 The Alley - Sparks, NV
5/11/12 Branx - Portland, OR
5/12/12 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
5/13/12 The Venue - Boise, ID
5/14/12 In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
5/15/12 The Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
5/16/12 People's Court - Des Moines, IA
5/17/12 Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
5/18/12 The Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS

ESMB launch tour w/ Future islands, headlining dates to follow in July

ESMB live

"Ed Schrader has built a wildman reputation for mixing shirtless, Mark Stewart-style post-punk free-association with completely unhinged tom-tom bashing - and, starkly, pretty much nothing else. In a too-quick 20-minutes, Jazz Mind recalls Neurosis, Swans, Big Black, the Death Set and pretty much the unfiltered, primordial joy of pounding on sh*t." -- SPIN

"Schrader's voice alternates between a low, Ian Curtis-esque bellow and a frenetic bark that recalls Andy Falkous of McClusky and Future of the Left. In other words, this is aggressive music, even in its quieter moments." -- Pop Matters

Baltimore duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat launch an East Coast tour today supporting their hometown synth-pop pals Future Islands. ESMB will then return to the road for extensive headlining dates beginning in July. Those shows will be announced soon, please see current dates below.

The duo recently premiered a second track from their new full length via SPIN Magazine. The hushed-yet-propulsive and eminently hummable song "My Mind Is Broken" is available todownload/stream HERE.  

Pitchfork also recently posted the frenetic and incisive song "When I'm in a Car", featuring guest guitarist Randy Randall of No Age. It's an urgent blast of vitriol clocking in at a blazing one-minute and 14-seconds. Download/stream HERE

Previously better known as a partner in Dan Deacon's Wham City collective and performing solo with just voice and a floor tom, Ed Schrader has recently made inroads with ESMB by teaming up with bassist Devlin Rice and touring with Future Islands and Dan Deacon in the last year. 

Watch a powerful 10-minute live video HERE. Check out videos of individual songs below. 

Jazz Mind opens with the snarling fury of "Sermon", driven by Schrader's high-pitched wail over early-Swans style primal drumming and blurting bass. Turning on a dime, "Gem Asylum" is a sparse and compelling lullaby of delicately chanted vocals and hypnotic bass notes reminiscent of Chairs Missing era Wire. Elsewhere, when ESMB strips down the noise on "My Mind is Broken", "Air Show" and "Can't Stop Eating Sugar", there remains an icy intensity hearkening to Joy Division. Meanwhile, "Rats" and "Gas Station Attendant" explode with a rage and raw simplicity that's rare in an era of unlimited access to audio gloss. Jazz Mind is perhaps the closest one can come to inventive, unbridled emotion.

Jazz Mind is available on LP, CD and Download via Load Records, released March 20th, 2012.  

04/25  York, PA @ The Depot * 
04/26  Middletown, CT @ Eclectic House (Wesleyan) * 
04/27  Providence, RI @ AS220 * 
04/28  Boston, MA @ Paradise * 
04/29  Portland, ME @ Space * 
04/30  Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle * 
05/01  Montreal, QC @ Il Motore * 
05/02  Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks * 
05/03  Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern * 
05/04  Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar * 
05/05  Albany, NY @ Valentine's * 
05/06  Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church * 

* w/ Future Islands  

Jazz Mind
Artist: Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Album: Jazz Mind
Label: Load Records
Release Date: March 20, 2012

01. Sermon
02. Gem Asylum
03. Traveling
04. Right
05. Do The Maneuver
06. Rats  (VIDEO)
07. My Mind Is Broken (MP3) (VIDEO)
08. When I'm In A Car (MP3)
09. Air Show
10. Can't Stop Eating Sugar (VIDEO)
11. Gas Station Attendant

On the Web:

DIE KRUPPS New Single "Industrie-Mädchen" Available For Free Download!

DIE KRUPPS and Synthetic Symphony/SPV are rewarding the fans with an exclusive free download of their new single "Industrie-Mädchen"

With immediate effect, the new single "Industrie-Mädchen" from Electro legends DIE KRUPPSis available for free download on SoundCloud! A track that fits the band like a glove, "Industrie-Mädchen" is a killer dance track, and will bring the dance floors to a boil! As usual, body and mind are perfectly in sync on this new DIE KRUPPS track... Liebe & Leben in the now-age!      

"Industrie-Mädchen", the first single spin-off from the new DIE KRUPPS album (to be released fall 2012) is here - and it's free! All systems go!!!
For More Information Please Visit:  

CHRISTIAN MISTRESS - Exclusive Track Streaming at

European Tour Underway Now

CHRISTIAN MISTRESS unleashed their critically acclaimed debut full length album PossessionFebruary 28th on Relapse Records. Today the online home of Spin Magazine is hosting an exclusive stream of the song "The Edge of Time". This song is only available on the Deluxe iTunes version of PossessionGet a first listen to "The Edge of Time" HERE.

Check out the band's video for their song "Pentagram and Crucifix" HERE. The video was shot inCHRISTIAN MISTRESS' home town of Olympia, WA and was directed by Christine Davis and David Hoejke.

Posession is streaming in its entirety on CHRISTIAN MISTRESS' Band Camp Page HERE. . The album is available via iTunes as well as the Relapse Web Store HERE 
CHRISTIAN MISTRESS are currently on a European tour with Black Breath, the remaining dates are listed below.

CHRISTIAN MISTRESS have launched their official Facebook Page, it can be viewed  


**All Shows April 21 - April 29th with Black Breath**    
April 26    Trieste, Italy            Etnoblog       
April 27    Milan, Italy              Lo-Fi                         
April 28    Wangen, Germany    Jungendhous Wangen   
April 29    Helmond, Netherlands Lakei     

"A record that reinjects the mystery and majesty into a tired style. Raise a chalice to the year's first great metal long-player." - Time Out NY 

"Kicking up a storm without sacrificing subtlety is a mark of true rock greatness, and it's a trait that this lot are developing fast." - Metal Hammer

"At first you think you know exactly what the record is giving you; on the third listen you're still discovering it." - New York Times

PHOBIA: BrooklynVegan Hosts New Track Premiere

BrooklynVegan today hosts the exclusive premiere of "Dementia Having Overdose" from Remnants of Filth, the forthcoming new studio creation from grind miscreants PHOBIA! Their fifth full-length offering of audio destruction was produced and mixed by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) at Visceral Sound Studios in Bethesda, Maryland and offers up 18 devastating socio-political grind hymns in 19 minutes.

Kick your weekend in the teeth at THIS LOCATION.  

PHOBIA will be spreading their grind goodness throughout North America later this year and will appear on this year’s edition of the Scion Rock Fest, set to take place at the Ritz Theatre in Tampa, Florida alongside the likes of Down, Sleep, Merzbow, Church of Misery, All Pigs Must Die, Ides Of Gemini and more! Stay tuned for additional tour announcements in the coming weeks.

5/19/2012 Church Hill's Pub - Miami, FL
5/31/2012 Red 7 - Austin, Texas (Chaos In Tejas Fest)
6/2/2012 Scion Rock Fest - Tampa, FL
6/9/2012 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY

Formed in Orange County, California in 1990 by Shane Mclachlan, PHOBIA have been punishing ears with their murderous noise assault for over two decades, spewing a savage combination of the energy and ideals of hardcore punk with the power and brutality of early grind! Wheat not meat, thrash not cash, dirt not hurt! In grind we crust!

Remnants of Filth will be released on June 5 through Willowtip Records.


Real Estate

Fresh off the heels of a cross-country tour, Real Estate is pleased to announce upcoming summer live dates!  The New Jersey outfit played sold out shows leading up to their first ever appearance at Coachella, and is ending their month long stint back in New York supporting The Shins at Terminal 5.  See below for the full itinerary, and for those of you who weren’t lucky enough to catch Real Estate live yet,  you can watch their entire Coachella set here.

Real Estate also recently released a 7" flexi disc for brand new track "In My Car" along with Domino label mates Dirty ProjectorsCass McCombs and John Maus as part of a zine / flexi package entitled Smugglers Way.  Get more information and order your copy here!   

4/28     Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck &
4/29     St. Louis, MO - Plush &
4/30     Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall &
5/1       New York, NY – Terminal 5 %
5/3       Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theatre %
5/4       Boston, MA – Wang Theatre %
6/2       Primavera/Barcelona, Spain
6/4       Forbidden Fruit/Dublin, Ireland
6/27     Electric Ballroom/London, England
6/28     Hove Festival/Tromoya Arendal, Norway
7/14     Forecastle Festival/Louisville, KY
7/15     Pitchfork Music Festival/Chicago, IL
8/2       Belly Up/Solano Beach, CA
8/3       Henry Fonda Theatre/Los Angeles, CA
8/4       Woodist Festival/Big Sur, CA
8/9       Mass Moca/North Adams, MA*
8/10     Paradise Rock Club/Boston, MA*
8/11     Webster Hall/New York, NY*
8/12     9:30 Club/Washington, DC*

& with Twerps
% with The Shins
* new dates



The Maiden Voyage Sets Sail on December 7th, 2012 from Miami, FL to the Bahamas!

Tickets Go on Sale Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 12 NOON EST

For More Information and to Book your Cabin Aboard the Carnival Imagination, Visit!

From the creators of the country’s largest touring heavy music festival experience and presented in conjunction with Hal Roseman of Rose Tours comes the first annual MAYHEM FESTIVAL CRUISE, taking place aboard the Carnival Imagination! The maiden voyage of the most crushing cruise on Earth sets sail on Friday, December 7, 2012 from the Port of Miami, FL and travels to the Bahamas, returning to the mainland on Monday, December 10th. Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 3rd at 12pm NOON EST with payment plans available. Get them before they’re “lost at sea”!

Hosted by Jose Mangin of Sirius XM Liquid Metal, fans will experience a blistering 90-minute set from each one of these killer heavy metal bands: LAMB OF GOD, MACHINE HEAD, ANTHRAX, HATEBREED, SUICIDE SILENCE, and KINGDOM OF SORROW—as well as additional showcase sets from Century Media, Metal Blade Records, Roadrunner Records and Sumerian Records artists including GOJIRA, PERIPHERY, BORN OF OSIRIS, BATTLECROSS, OTHERWISE, GIRL ON FIRE, ANTI MORTEM, and GYSPYHAWK. Mayhem veterans JDevil (Jonathan Davis of KORN) and DJ Starscream (Sid of SLIPKNOT) will also perform full DJ sets each night!

There’s more to this voyage than heavy metal impaling your eardrums!
  • Come hang with Clown (of SLIPKNOT) as he curates his own art show on the cruise, as well as hosts to FANGORIA'S VIDEO NASTIES FILM FESTIVAL. (ADDING IN SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION)
“FANGORIA is thrilled to be working with the Mayhem Cruise! The mix of heavy metal music and horror films should provide for an epic adventure on the high seas!”
- Bekah McKendry, Fangoria Entertainment

  • Laugh along with ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL’s comedian BIG JAY OAKERSON and THE LEGIONS OF SKANK featuring LUIS J. GOMEZ and DAVE SMITH, who are set to perform two raunchy and raucous stand-up shows each night!
  • Enjoy daily artist panels with stories from the road and music industry tips! Speakers include ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL co-creators John Reese and Kevin Lyman, amongst other musical icons.
  • Check out the Neo-Burlesque dance troupe IRON FIST VELVET GLOVE CARNAL REVIEW. See the diverse and sexy dancers in an edgy underground setting.
Other entertainment on board will include:
  • A full casino featuring a three-night poker tournament with artists and fans side by side
  • Meet & Greets, signings, and photo-ops throughout the ship
For more information and to book your cabin, visit

  “The 2012 MAYHEM FESTIVAL CRUISE will be a fun way to bring "Mayhem" to the high seas,” states festival co-creator Kevin Lyman.

"It is time to take the “Mayhem” to the seas,” adds festival co-creator John Reese. “There is nothing I would rather do than spend four days and three nights with 2,000 fellow metalheads witnessing 15 of the best heavy bands in the world while gambling, laughing with Big Jay Oakerson, being inspired by Clown of Slipknot and listening to bad ass DJ sets from Jonathan Davis and Sid.”

For more general information on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, as well as the first annual MAYHEM FESTIVAL cruise, visit

SIX FEET UNDER: New “18 Days” Lyric Video Hosted By Bloody Disgusting

Today premier horror portal Bloody Disgusting hosts the latest “18 Days” lyric video from death metal merchants, SIX FEET UNDER. The apocalyptic hymn comes off the band’s forthcoming new studio effort, Undead, set for North American release on May 22, 2012 through Metal Blade Records.
Notorious for his elegiac themes of murder, death and the supernatural, on Undead vocalist and lyrical mastermind Chris Barnes revisits topics that will be familiar to fans of the band, though as always he brings something new to the table, aware that their followers will not accept recycled ideas. Notes Barnes: “The hypocrisies of daily life, things that affect us that spawn aggression, loneliness, sadness, there’s a lot of emotions going on across the record, and I guess that the dark horror that humans cause is my niche,” 

However, while Barnes has a very clear vision for his craft, he is always excited by the interpretations of his songs by those who listen to them, feeding on the emotional investment they put in. “I love it when people tell me what they’ve got from the music and the lyrics. It’s like being an artist, you put the painting up on the wall – you know what it is, but sometimes it’s a little abstract and someone sees something else in it, and that’s the biggest compliment to me. That I’m able to get inside someone’s head and they actually give thought to something presented to them is inspiring to me too, and something I always want to be able to do with this band.”

Peep the “18 Days” lyric video at THIS LOCATION.

Undead was produced by Mark Lewis (Deicide, Devildriver), mixed by Jason Suecof (Whitechapel, Job For A Cowboy), at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida and features the updated lineup of Barnes alongside guitarist Rob Arnold (ex- Chimaira), longtime guitarist Steve Swanson (ex-Massacre), bassist Jeff Hughell (ex-Brain Drill, ex-Vile), and drummer Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Chimaira). Last week Metal Blade TV aired an exclusive interview with Barnes as conducted by Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel. To check out the interview, as well as first single, "Formaldehyde,” and limited pre-order options, point your browser HERE

In conjunction with the release of UndeadSIX FEET UNDER will demolish the masses on a near three-week run of live rituals this June. The 18 Nights Of Blood Tour will begin in Atlanta, Georgia on June 8. Support will be provided by Dying Fetus and Revocation. 

SIX FEET UNDER 18 Nights Of Blood Tour 2012
w/ Dying Fetus, Revocation

6/08/2012  The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
6/09/2012  Empire - Springfield, VA
6/10/2012  Palladium - Worcester, MA
6/11/2012  Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
6/12/2012  Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
6/13/2012  Reggie's - Chicago, IL
6/14/2012  Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
6/15/2012  Harpo's - Detroit, MI
6/16/2012  People's Court - Des Moines, IA*
6/18/2012  The Gothic Theater - Denver, CO*
6/20/2012  Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
6/21/2012  Hawthorne Theater  - Portland, OR
6/23/2012  The Metro - Oakland, CA
6/24/2012  The Whisky - Los Angeles, CA
6/25/2012  Rocky Point Cantina - Tempe, AZ
6/26/2012  House Of Rock - El Paso, TX
6/27/2012  Scout Bar - Houston, TX
6/29/2012  Crowbar - Tampa, FL* [new venue]
* - No Dying Fetus

Dying Fetus Announce European Tour; Release Album Teaser

DYING FETUS will be heading to Europe this summer for a headlining tour in support of their forthcoming release Reign Supreme. The tour kicks off June 16th in Copenhagen, Denmark with an appearance at the "Copenhell Festival". After a quick return back to the states to finish up the "18 Nights of Blood Tour" with Six Feet Under and label mates REVOCATION,   DYING FETUS will return to Europe on June 29th to perform at the "With Full Force" festival inRoitzschjora, Germany. The band will remain on tour in Europe for a string of headlining dates in Spain and festival appearances, capping off the tour in Gävle, Sweden at the "Getaway Rock Fest" on July 6th.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond their control, DYING FETUS have been forced to cancel their upcoming Central American tour. The band released a statement regarding the cancellation:
"We are sorry about the canceled shows.  There were logistical issues that are out of our control. Hopefully DYING FETUS can make it to Central America soon."

Today the band has released a full album teaser for Reign SupremeReign Supreme is set for a June 19th release via Relapse Records and features nine tracks and is a "return to roots" with production focused slightly more on slam than in the band's last few works.  Thematically, the album is set to be a good old-fashioned piece of social and political commentary in the style of DYING FETUS as we have come to know.

DYING FETUS will be taking part in the "18 Nights of Blood Tour" with Six Feet Under and label mates REVOCATION. The band has also been confirmed for this year's prestigious Maryland Death Fest.

For updates on DYING FETUS visit their Facebook and MySpace pages.

5/24:Baltimore, MD @Sonar (as part of Maryland Death Fest 2012)

DYING FETUS on Tour With REVOCATION and Six Feet Under
6/8: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
6/9: West Springfield, VA @ Empire
6/10: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
6/11: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
6/12: Columbus, OH @ AlRosa Villa
6/13: Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
6/14: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
6/15: Detroit, MI @ Harpo's


6/16: Copenhagen, Denmark @ Copenhell*
6/17: Clisson France @ Hellfest 2012*

DYING FETUS on Tour With REVOCATION and Six Feet Under
6/20: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
6/21: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
6/22: Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse
6/24: West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
6/26: El Paso, TX @ House of Rock
6/27: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar


6/29: Roitzschjora, Germany @ With Full Force*
7/1: Badalona, Spain @ Estraperlo Club
7/2: Madrid, Spain @ Ritmo Y Compas  
7/3: Almería, Spain @ Sala Jala Jala  
7/4: Sevilla, Spain @ Sevilla Rock*
7/6: Gävle, Sweden @ Getaway Rock Fest*    

*Denotes Festival Appearance

KISSIN' DYNAMITE: Full Album Streaming

In celebration of its official North American release earlier this week, AOL Music is currently streaming the entire new album from Germany's sleaze rock outfit KISSIN’ DYNAMITE. Crack a cold one and get your party-hard Friday night started with all 10 tracks of Money, Sex & Power AT THIS LOCATION.

The members of KISSIN’ DYNAMITE are readily available for interviews with North American mags and outlets immediately; the band can handle interrogations with journalists via phone, Skype and email.

Considered to be the great hope of the German hard rock scene, KISSIN’ DYNAMITE have dominated stages across Europe since the release of their debut album Steel Of Swabia in 2008, when the singer was just 16 years old!  After winning over crowd after crowd with their energetic live show and infectious anthems, the band's sophomore album Addicted To Metal was released by Germany's massive AFM Records in 2010, which even featured the legendary Udo Dirkschneider (Accept, U.D.O.) on the title track.

Their success and experiences over the past few years have shaped the band and increased their professionalism in every department, which is apparent on their  third full-length, Money, Sex & Power. Here KISSIN’ DYNAMITE release ten blazing numbers which still follow the classic metal path of previous releases, yet more than before they display their very own brand of sleazy heavy rock, inspired greatly from timeless masters of the art including Mötley Crue, Whitesnake, AC/DC and Guns 'N Roses. Money, Sex & Power showcases the band taking their authentic, raw, melodic and powerful songs to new levels, and sees them more determined to dominate the rock scene than ever before.

"...Money Sex & Power is a worthy follow up to their previous success, and shows a talented band maturing as they follow their musical path. 4/5" - Dangerdog Music Reviews

"Big, ballsy and full of attitude, this is what good time, hard hitting Rock music is meant to sound like! 4.5/5" - Sea of Tranquility

haarp: Housecore Records Heavy Metal Band Hits the Road with DOWN on May 18, 2012


New Orleans, LA haarp, the purveyors of dynamically slow heavy metal from the south, are pleased to announce their upcoming direct support tour dates with legendary New Orleans heavy metal band DOWN. The tour will take the bands around the southeast U.S. and kicks off on May 18th in Boussard, LA. See below for a full listing of dates.

haarp won the Big Easy Music Awards this past Monday, April 23rd! The Big Easy Music Awards celebrate excellence in local music in the artistically enriched New Orleans area. haarp won the category for best hard rock/heavy metal act of 2011. Check out a full list of winners here.

The new haarp record, produced by Philip H. Anselmo, is currently in the mixing stages and will be released this summer on Housecore Records. The record is currently untitled.

haarp is set to perform their first show with their new bass player, Bret Davis, this Friday, April 28th at the Green Room in Covington, LA. See below for additional tour dates including the upcoming run with DOWN.

haarp direct support dates with DOWN:
5/18 – Boussard, LA @ The Station (w/ Down)
5/19 – Huntsville, AL @ Crossroads (w/ Down)
5/21 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel (w/ Down)
5/22 – Nashville, TN @ The End
5/23 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s Cantina (w/ Down)
5/24 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar St. Louis
5/25 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre (w/ Down)
5/26 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live – Ballroom (w/ Down)
5/27 – Shreveport, LA @ Municipal Auditorium (w/ Down)
6/2 – Lafayette, LA @ The Wild Salmon

haarp is:
Shaun Emmons- Vocals
Keith Sierra Jr.- Drums
Grant Tom- Guitar
Bret Davis- Bass

For more information, please visit these websites:

WHITECHAPEL Brand New Album Announced! - Tracklisting and Album Artwork Revealed

First Single "Hate Creation" Streaming Now

Having spent several years lauded as one of the frontrunners in their genre, in 2012WHITECHAPEL stand as a defining force in contemporary heavy music. Building dramatically on the trademarked bludgeon of their first three releases, with Whitechapel the Tennessean sextet have inarguably delivered their most intense, dynamic, and downright hostile record to date. Drenched in atmospheric darkness, the record is also rife with gripping melodies that drag the listener in to the tumult, willing or otherwise, and across its ten tracks it is infused with an emotional depth that pointedly separates the band from the plethora of two-dimensional mosh-starters that have sprung up in their wake.

Whitechapel, the band's self-titled fourth album, is slated for a June 19th release date via Metal Blade Records. Today WHITECHAPEL have unveiled the album artwork, tracklisting and released the first single from the album.

Whitechapel Tracklisting:
1)      Make it Bleed
2)      Hate Creation
3)      (Cult)uralist
4)      I, Dementia
5)      Section 8
6)      Faces
7)      Dead Silence
8)      The Night Remains
9)      Devoid
10)  Possibilities of an Impossible Existence

The album was engineered and mixed by Mark Lewis (Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver), who also handled production duties alongside the band. The album artwork was created by Aaron Marsh of Forefathers Group with art direction provided by WHITECHAPEL.

Returning to their rightful place on the road, the band are enthused to take these new songs to their rabid fan base. They stand confident in their belief that their followers will hungrily devour the latest evolution of their sound, and having dramatically bolstered their fan base through blowing away the unsuspecting crowds on 2010's Warped Tour they are sure to draw in new adherents anywhere they play.

WHITECHAPEL are set to tour with Miss May I, After the Burial, Within the Ruins, and The Plot in You as part of the "Recorruptor" kicking off May 3rd in Louisville, KY and running through May 17th in Portland, ME. Immediately following the tour, the band is set to play at this year's Bamboozle Festival is Asbury Park, NJ on May 18thWHITECHAPEL will also be a part of this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival which starts June 30th. A complete list of all tour dates can be found below.

The" Recorruptour" w/ Miss May I, After the Burial, Within the Ruins, The Plot In You
5/3: Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
5/4: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
5/5: Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
5/8: Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
5/9: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
5/10: Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
5/12: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall Indoor Stage
5/13: Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Supercenter Grand
5/15: Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
5/16: S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
5/17: Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall

5/18: Asbury Park, NJ @ North Beach

Headlining Dates
6/26: Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
6/27: Austin, TX @ Emo's East

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival w/ Slipknot, Slayer, As I Lay Dying
6/30: San Bernadino, CA @ San Manuel Theater
7/1: Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
7/3: Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
7/4: Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
7/5: Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound**
7/6: Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
7/7: Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Casino Presents The Pavilion
7/8: Englewood, CO @ Comfort Dental Amphitheater
7/9: Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion**(w/ The Devil Wears Prada)
7/10: Dallas, TX @ Center
7/11: Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/13: Tampa, FL @ 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater
7/14: Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheater
7/15: Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
7/18: Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheater
7/20: Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/21: Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
7/22: Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Center
7/24: Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
7/25: Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
7/26: Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon**(w/ Upon a Burning Body, I the Breather)
7/27: Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
7/28: Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
7/29: Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
7/31: Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/1: Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe**
8/3: Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
8/4: Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
8/5: Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theater

**Headline shows. Not a part of Mayhem Fest

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New KILL DEVIL HILL SONG Streaming on Noisecreep

Debut Self-Titled Album Available May 22nd via SPV/Steamhammer

KILL DEVIL HILL the new project featuring acclaimed drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Dio) and bassist Rex Brown, (Pantera, Down) guitar slinger Mark Zavon and lead vocalist Dewey Bragg will be released on May 22nd in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be available in a standard CD edition, iTunes digital download, and Double Gatefold LP.  

Today Noisecreep is hosting an exclusive stream of another new track from KILL DEVIL HILL's self-titled debut. Get a first listen to the song "Voodoo Doll" HERE

It's not easy to say what catches the listener's attention first on Kill Devil Hill, the debut album by the newly formed band of the same name: the strong guitar hooks, the killer grooves, the dynamic production or the potent vocal melodies. Rex Brown, bassist of this super group and erstwhile member of Pantera and Down sees KILL DEVIL HILL in its entirety as an extremely exciting new band "To me, this band is a musical adventure trip," he reckons. Brown knows what he's talking about, after all he was involved in some of the most important rock and metal recordings of the past 30 years. So if Brown can hardly contain his enthusiasm, there must be something special to the KILL DEVIL HILL phenomenon.  

KILL DEVIL HILL will be touring with Adrenaline Mob this May. All of the current tour dates are listed below:

KILL DEVIL HILL on Tour With Adrenaline Mob
5/10: Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
5/11: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
5/13: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
5/15: Dallas, TX @ Trees
5/16: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
5/19: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
5/21: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
5/22: Charlotte, NC @ Amos South End

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ZZ Ward Preps For EP Release with More Allen Stone Dates

Genre-bending Songstress Joins Allen Stone For Additional Tour Dates, Makes Television Debut On "Last Call With Carson Daly"

The smoky rasp of ZZ Ward is turning heads across various continents, as this unique songstress has begun sharing her gritty blues-soaked, hip-hop inspired tracks live on tour with the soulful Allen Stone. Having just returned from a unanimously praised run in the UK, Ward will continue her trek alongside Stone for additional U.S. dates. This run will lead into the release of her debut EP, Criminal, due June 19 on Boardwalk/Hollywood Records.

The four-song EP showcases Ward's self-proclaimed "dirty blues with beats" and the debut title track features the husky growl of Freddie Gibbs, which flaunts the overall defining ingredients to Ward's musical amalgamation. She effortlessly straddles the two distinct genres of blues and hip-hop, making no attempt to shy away from either.  

Ward first introduced us to her genre-bending style with her Eleven Rosesmixtape, a collection ofreinterpretations she churned out while in the studio working on her EP, and forthcoming debut LP. The musical collage showcased her musical dexterity and dripped with her signature attitude, as she fearlessly belted over known hip-hop favorites ranging from Tyler, The Creator to Childish Gambino. Now, she steps out with fresh new tunes, replete with new beats and her unmistakable belt.

Early EP acclaim from Esquire reads: "The first time we heard her smoky rasp, she was belting over the beat of Tyler, The Creator's 'Yonkers' on her own mixtape. ["Criminal"] swelters a little more slowly, but it's no less ballsy: Her wailing runs over rapper Freddie Gibbs' cameo damn near make this NSFW." 
Meanwhile, Marie Claire gravitated toward forthcoming LP track "Last Love Song" and stated: "Whether her bluesy belting is accompanied by hip-hop beats or, as here, a gently plucked acoustic guitar, the palpable heartbreak in her voice will raise goose bumps down your spine."

Prior to joining Stone on the road, Ward tore through Austin, Texas during SXSW, playing numerous shows almost on a daily basis, which all culminated with an intimate sit down with "Last Call With Carson Daly." Not only did she perform acoustic renditions of three of her songs, "Last Love Song," "Put The Gun Down," and "Til The Casket Drops," she gave insight to her upbringing in Oregon, driving logging roads to sing hooks for hip-hop artists, selling CDs out of her car, and of course, her initiation into the world of blues.

Catch ZZ Ward as she winds through the country on this tour, and behold the San Francisco Bay Guardian's prediction: "The chanteuse's 'dirty blues with beats' sound has gathered its fair share of buzz and she seems to have the poise and the chops to become a star."

May 5
Columbus, Ohio
The Basement
May 7
Philadelphia, Pa.
World Café Live
May 9
Danbury, Conn.
Heirloom Arts Theatre
May 10
Rochester, N.Y.
Water Street Music Hall
May 11
Toronto, ON
The Mod Club
May 13
Greensboro, N.C.
Greene Street Club
May 15
Jacksonville, Fla.
Jack Rabbits
May 16
Tampa, Fla.
The Orpheum
May 17
Orlando, Fla.
The Social
May 19
Houston, Texas
House of Blues/Bronze Peacock
May 20
Dallas, Texas
House of Blues/Cambridge Room

My Morning Jacket Announce August Tour Dates + Free MP3

With Very Special Guests Band of Horses
Shabazz Palaces Opens in Brooklyn


We are delighted to be sharing the stage with pals in Band Of Horses. We danced a beautiful dance together at Madison Square Garden and there is a lot of love between our camps. It's gonna be a good old-tyme thrill ride!" - Jim James

Shortly after completing their back to back tours in Japan and Australia, My Morning Jacket are taking their celebrated, exhilarating live show back on the road this August with the announcement of their North American tour, with Band Of Horses in support.

Since their sold out Madison Square show to end off 2011, they've played a triumphant performance at the Independent Spirit Awards in February and shared the stage with Preservation Hall Jazz Band commemorating their 50th Anniversary at Carnegie Hall. Jim James also completed a tour with New Multitudes (Jay FarrarWill Johnson andAnders Parker) in promotion of their album honoring Woody Guthrie. Additionally, the band has been busy curating the Forecastle Festival for the festival's 10th Anniversary, where they will conjointly be headlining the event along with Wilco and Bassnectar.

The band are showing no signs of slowing down in the months surrounding their tour. My Morning Jacket will be contributing to John Fogerty's new album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, which will be released this fall. In the month of June, they will complete a European tour making stops in Spain, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Belgium and the United Kingdom. The band will also be headlining this year's Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee and Newport, Rhode Island's Newport Folk Festival, as well as performing at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival next month.

Commencing their tour in Denver, Colorado at Red Rocks on August 3rd and 4th, My Morning Jacket will be recording both performances and offering them as complimentary downloads to all ticket holders for those shows. Both My Morning Jacket and Band Of Horses are enthusiastic of hitting the road for the month long tour. "YES! We're touring with the incredible My Morning Jacket!” says lead singer Ben Bridwell. “So psyched to hit the road with our buddies and (hopefully) warm you all up for the greatest band going."

My Morning Jacket North American Tour Dates
% = $1 from each ticket will be donated to the local charity listed
* = with Band Of Horses
^ = with Trombone Shorty
+ = with Trampled By Turtles
# = with Shabazz Palaces

5/04: Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival
5/05: New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
07/13: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/14: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival (performance)
07/15: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/28: Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
8/03: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre^*% (
8/04: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre^*% (Platteforum)
8/06: Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre*% (Operation Breakthrough)
8/07: Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater*% (Community Corps)
8/08: St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House*% (Safe Connections)
8/10: Minneapolis, MN @ Somerset Amphitheater+*% (Free Arts and The Current Public Radio)
8/12: Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion*% (Franklinton Gardens and Wexner Center For the Arts)
8/14: Detroit, MI @ Meadow Brook*% (Do Foundation)
8/15: Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre*
8/17: Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts*% (Urban Blazers)
8/18: Washington, DC @ Merriweather Post Pavilion*% (826DC)
8/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Park#% (Sy's Fund)
8/21: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE*% (Gateway To The Arts)
8/22: Chicago, IL @ Pritzker Pavilion*% (Advanced Art Education Program at Gallery 37)
8/24: Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre*% (West Atlanta Watershed Alliance)
8/25: Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater*% (Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation)
8/26: Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh Amphitheater*% (Charlotte Tree Fund)