21:21 - Zaphod That's pretty pathetic, actually :P (unless there's something wrong with your legs, then I take that back)
21:13 - !J.O.O.E.! I can just about manage a local gig a week :P I've even bought and arranged travel to London gigs and just not gone. I blame my legs and brain.
20:57 - Zaphod I've actually gotten my shit together and gone to a ton of concerts this year (mostly non-metal, but also more metal concerts than other years) but the ATG tour was in December last year. Back when I was a lazy shit.
Experimental metallers Shaolin Death Squad have announced the name of their long-awaited upcoming EP: As You Become Us. This five-piece EP will be the first record the band has produced since 2010's greatly-appreciated Five Deadly Venoms. The EP is set to be released via Shaolin Death Squad's long-time label, Do For It Records, and it was mastered by acclaimed producer Maor Appelbaum.
Death Dealer will drop their second full-length album, Hallowed Ground, on October 2nd, via Sweden Music Group (SMG), and they are debuting their hard-hitting new video for "Break The Silence" which can be watched below. The band features members who have previously played with the likes of Manowar, the Dictators, Halford, Lizzy Borden and Cage.
Featuring members of Tsjuder, Insense, The Cumshots and She Said Destroy, the Norwegian quintet Beaten To Death will release Unplugged, following 2013's Dødsfest!, on October 9th through Mas-Kina Recordings. A new single, entitled "Don't You Dare To Call Us Heavy Metal", from the upcoming album can be streamed below.
Tyrant Of Death's new album Ion Legacy is out now worldwide as a 6-panel digipack. However, if you still haven't had the chance to listen to the entire release, you can still do it over here. The band has made the whole record available for streaming online, so enjoy it while you can!
The organizers of Maryland Deathfest are expanding to Europe, more specifically The Netherlands and the result is the first annual Netherlands Deathfest. The first 23 bands have now been announced for the festival coming in February 26th-28th, 2016 at the recently upgraded and renovated 013 venue in Tilburg. Check out the first confirmations which include Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Autopsy, Gruesome and Pig Destroyer, among many others.
Dream Death are holed up in the studio producing what will become their next full length album. After releasing their latest album, Somnium Excessum, back in 2013, the thrash/death/doom metallers will be in the Mr. Smalls Studio in Pittsburgh through the 16th of July and then again back at it the week of the 20th and finishing up with mixing in the middle of August 2015.
Death Angel have released online the live song "Execution Don't Save Me". The track will appear on their upcoming The Bay Calls For Blood - Live In San Francisco live album, which will also be included with the release of their new Thrashumentary DVD. Both will be out really soon on July 17th (Europe) and July 24th (US) via Nuclear Blast. You can hear the track on the YouTube video here.
The Duplantier brothers of Gojira are going through a difficult time and have been forced to cancel three shows due to a death in the family. Joe and Mario Duplantier's mother has passed away. As a result, and understandably, Gojira will be postponing their upcoming performances this week in Luxembourg on July 6th, Martigny on July 7th, and Prattein on July 8th.
Napalm Death have issued a previously unreleased track to raise money for people affected by April's earthquake in Nepal. The Birmingham grinders are showing their solidarity and you can too. If you can, head over here for the donation and you get the exclusive track "Earthwire" as well. The money will go to the charity dZi, which focuses on improving quality of life and reducing poverty in some of the most remote communities in Nepal. A small gesture can go a long way.
As they prepare to release a new album, Five Finger Death Punch have premiered the first video of a new song. The first song the American band unveils is called "Jekyll And Hyde", the lead single. You can get their upcoming album Got Your Six globally on August 28th, 2015. They made a video about making a video and had fun with it! Watch it here.
Carcass will be embarking on the Deathcrusher Tour 2015 soon and they are not taking just anyone with them. Accompanying the death metallers will be Napalm Death, Obituary, Voivod and Herod (SUI). This vociferous line-up will be hitting Europe this fall. Are you going? Check out the dates here.