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ZOMBI: Complete Work On New Album, Unveil Album Art

ZOMBI has completed work on a brand new full-length album titled Escape VelocityEscape Velocity, the follow-up to 2009’s Spirit Animal, was recorded in part by ZOMBI’s Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra in Pittsburgh, PA and Nyack, NY. The album was mastered by Denis Blackham (THE WHO, LED ZEPPELIN, WILSON PICKETT, KRAFTWERK) at Skye Mastering in Scotland. Escape Velocity is set for a May 10th North American release date and will be available on CD (pre-order here), LP, and digitally. Additional release information and audio samples with be posted shortly.

ZOMBI’s Steve Moore commented on the new album; "I think the album came together exactly as planned, considering we had no plan. In fact I'm not even sure we knew we were making an album. Actually I can't remember at all. Anyway it's Jeremy's artwork that really ties it all together. Naked women, sports cars, mid-century modern architecture, space. The boy's a Shakespeare.”

ZOMBI has unveiled Escape Velocity’s album art via the band’s MySpace page and to the left. The artwork is courtesy of Jeremy Schmidt (BLACK MOUNTAIN).


ABYSMAL DAWN: ‘Leveling The Plane of Existence’ Streaming Online

ABYSMAL DAWN are currently streaming their forthcoming album Leveling The Plane of Existence in its entirety online now atMetalSucks.netLeveling The Plane of Existence will see its North American release next Tuesday, February 1st, and is available for pre-order at this location. A deluxe digital version of the album, which includes four bonus tracks and digital booklet, is also available for pre-order at iTunes.

Additionally, the Decibel Magazine blog has posted an exclusive look at the making ofLeveling The Plane of Existence’s artwork. The blog features sketches and commentary from artist Par Olofsson (EXODUS, IMMOLATION, IMMORTAL, THE FACELESS) and can be accessed here.

ABYSMAL DAWN will embark on the first North American tour in support of Leveling The Plane of Existence starting in late February. ABYSMAL DAWN will be teaming up with KATAKLYSM, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH and more for this four-week tour that will kick-off on February 24th in Cleveland, OH. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cites can be found here with more to be announced soon.


ROTTEN SOUND: Debut Video For "Self”

ROTTEN SOUND has posted a video for the track "Self”, taken from their forthcoming albumCursed, online now at thislocation. The "Self” video was filmed by Rami Kallio at ROTTEN SOUND’s show at Vastavirta in Tampere, Finland. The video uses the album version of "Self” that features guest vocals from VICTIMS’ Johan Eriksoon.ROTTEN SOUND has previously posted the track "Plan” fromCursed online via the band'sMySpace and Facebook pages.

Cursed will see its worldwide (excluding Finland) release on March 15th via Relapse Records on CD, LP and digitally. The CD is available for pre-order now at this location and a deluxe digital version that includes two bonus tracks and digital booklet is available for pre-order at iTunesCursed, the follow-up to 2008's Cycles, was recorded at Nordic Audio Labs. Lyrically, the 16-track album is themed around the six curses of mankind.

ROTTEN SOUND will kick-off a North American tour next week, touring as part of "The Finnish Metal Tour 2” featuring FINNTROLL, ENSIFERUM, and BARREN EARTH. This five-week tour begins on January 31st in Orlando, FL and concludes in early March in Raleigh, NC. ROTTEN SOUND will be keeping an active tour diary during the tour via the band’sblog.

ROTTEN SOUND has also announced a headlining European tour in support of Cursed. This month-long tour will kick-off in early April and also include TRAP THEM, GAZA, THE KANDIDATE and HAUST. A complete listing of confirmed ROTTEN SOUND tour dates can be found here with more to be announced soon.


REVOCATION: Begin Work On New Album; Record DEATH cover for Decibel Magazine’s Flexi Series

REVOCATION are currently recording their new as-yet-untitled full-length album at Damage Studios in Southbridge, Massachusetts with engineer Pete Rutcho. The follow-up to the band’s break-through Relapse debut Existence Is Futile is expected to see its release in summer 2011. REVOCATION(David Davidson: guitar / vocals, Anthony Buda: bass / vocals, Phil Dubois: drums, Dan Gargiulo: guitar / vocals) began the tracking process after their fall tour with DESPISED ICON and MISERY INDEX.

David Davidson recently checked in from Damage Studios with the following: "We are currently wrapping up the recording process for our 3rd studio album and we firmly believe that this is our strongest material to date. The songs on the new release are incredibly varied and all have the own character. They range from technical thrash to groove laden death metal, there's even a song with a full horn section this time around. We can't wait for people to check it out!”

Additionally, REVOCATION has recorded a cover of DEATH’s classic "Pull the Plug” track for Decibel Magazine’s monthly Flexi Series. REVOCATION’s take on "Pull the Plug” will be included in the March 2011 issue of Decibel, on sale in early February, and is streaming online at this location.

Davidson commented on the DEATH track; "We are extremely honored to be a part of the Decibel tribute to Death. Anyone who knows us is well aware that we're huge Death fans and we're very pleased with the way the song came out. R.I.P. Chuck.”

REVOCATION has recently announced that they will join legendary technical metal band ATHEIST for a handful of U.S. tour dates in March. REVOCATION will also be performing regionally in the northeast surrounding their dates with ATHEIST. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found here with more to be announced soon.

"We're also very excited to hit the road with another legendary death metal band, ATHEIST.” Davidson continues; "Growing up I never thought I'd actually see them play, let alone tour with them. We can't wait to share the stage with them as well as ALOL and Last Chance To Reason. Its gonna be a killer tour indeed!"


CEPHALIC CARNAGE: "Abraxas Of Filth” Premieres On Rock Band Network

CEPHALIC CARNAGE’s "Abraxas Of Filth”, from the band's critically-acclaimed new album Misled By Certainty, is now available on the Rock Band gaming platform. "Abraxas Of Filth” can be downloaded to the Xbox 360 gaming console through the Rock Band Network or online at thislocation . To preview "Abraxas Of Filth” on the Rock Band Network go here .

CEPHALIC CARNAGE releasedMisled By Certainty last August and are streaming the release in its entirety atCephalicCarnage.info . The band’s much-talked-about video for Misled By Certainty track "Ohrwurm” was also recently voted as "Video of the Year” in MetalInjection.net ’s 2010 year-end poll. The video was produced by the Danish production company Siegfried Productions with director Michael Panduro (PSYOPUS, FUCK THE FACTS) and can be viewed here .


NOISEAR: ‘Subvert The Dominant Paradigm’ Streaming Online

NOISEAR are currently streaming their Relapse debutSubvert The Dominant Paradigm online now viaLambgoat.comSubvert The Dominant Paradigmwill see its North American release next Tuesday, February 1st , on CD, 12” vinyl, and digitally. The LP has been cut at 45 RPM and will be available on translucent cobalt blue vinyl. Additional information on the CD and LP can be found here and the digital album can be pre-ordered now at iTunes.

NOISEAR is currently booking a May 2011 U.S. tour in support of Subvert The Dominant Paradigm and around their performance as part of Maryland Deathfest. A listing of tour dates and cities will be posted shortly.


FUCK THE FACTS: Announce 10th Anniversary Tour Dates

FUCK THE FACTS has announced a number of North American tour dates to celebrate the band’s 10th anniversary. This tour will include dates in Quebec, Ontario, New York and an exclusive California show as part of the free Scion Rock Fest. FUCK THE FACTS’ set list for this tour will include songs culled from the band’s 10-year recorded catalog, including their forthcoming album Die Miserable. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found here with more information on Scion Rock Fest available at this location.

FUCK THE FACTS have been working on Die Miserable, their new full-length and follow-up to the Disgorge, Mexico album and self-released Unnamed EP, at the band’s home studio. Mixing will commence shortly and the album is expected to be 9 tracks and roughly 40 minutes in length. Die Miserable will see a summer 2011 release date with additional album details and in-studio footage to be posted soon.


MISERY INDEX Announce East Coast Dates With EYEHATEGOD, European Summer Festivals

MISERY INDEX will join New Orleans’ EYEHATEGOD for a run of east coast date in mid-February. This brief tour will kick-off on February 16th in Philadelphia, PA and also include BLACK ANVIL, COUGH, and MAGRUDERGRIND on select dates. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be foundhere.

MISERY INDEX has also been confirmed for a number of European summer festivals including Neurotic Death Fest (Netherlands), Death Feast (Germany), Will Full Force Festival (Germany), and Tuska Metal Fest (Finland). A complete listing of MISERY INDEX tour dates can be found here with more to be announced soon.

MISERY INDEX are touring in support of their new album Heirs To ThieveryHeirs To Thievery, the band’s third album for Relapse Records, is currently streaming in its entirety at HeirsToThievery.info.

MISERY INDEX guitarist Mark Kloeppel recently partnered with Amptweaker to unveil the "Tight Metal” pedal at the annual NAMM conference earlier this month. The "Tight Metal” pedal tone circuit was devised over the past year through concepts provided by Kloeppel coupled with Amptweaker owner James Brown’s unparalleled engineering expertise. The pedal also features consumer suggested innovations such as an onboard noise gate or "chomp”, a "tight” control, and more. Additional details on the new "Tight Metal” pedal can be found here.



AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED and DESPISE YOU have teamed up for a split release, titledAnd On And On…, that will see its release on April 26th via Relapse Records. This split features the first new recorded DESPISE YOU material in almost 10 years, with 18 punishing hardcore tracks clocking in at just under 17 minutes. The AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED side of the split features seven brand new tracks of ANB’s always-evolving-grindcore. And On And On… will be available digitally and on 12” vinyl and CD (pre-order here).

To coincide with the split release, Relapse Mailorder is also now offering a new DESPISE YOU t-shirt. The shirt is available as part of an exclusive pre-order package with And On And On… at this location.News

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