Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Arcane Existence (U.S.)

Arcane Existence (U.S.) is an ambitious studio project in the field of symphonic progressive extreme metal. This entity is made up of Kiera Pietrangelo and she takes care of the instrumentation. Eligio Tapia does the extreme metal vocals and Jamie Fong does the melodic singing. The complete 2017 debut album is available for listening at Bandcamp at the first link below.
Arcane Existence (U.S.)
The Dark Curse
release date: January 6th, 2017
label: independent
OFFICIAL: Incorporating elements of symphonic black metal, melodic death metal and the thematic feeling of orchestrations from Once Upon A Time, the songs on 'The Dark Curse' are meant to convey feelings brought about from familiar sounding instruments and pieces from the show while still containing pure emotion for both fans of the show and everyone else. Future releases will have different themes! Arcane Existence is currently a studio project.
1.Welcome to Storybrooke 03:03
2.The Dark One 04:34
3.Reshaping History 04:31
4.Magic 04:52
5.Bleeding Through 04:04
6.Somnumbra Atra 04:52
7.A Land Without Magic 03:30
8.Excalibur 06:20
9.To the Underworld 08:13
10.The Dark One (Dungeon Delver Edition) 04:33
total time 48:32
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free metal music: Katabätika (Spain)

Here is a long EP that is free/name-your-price at Bandcamp by the "doom/gothic" metal band Katabätika from Spain. The band had been on hiatus recently, but that is about to change because they are once again on the way to action are planning to record their debut album. They are from the city of Barcelona and the began in 2008. Learn more about the band with the information below.
Katabätika
Falling into Deep Freezing
release date: April 6th, 2015
label: independent
Biography: Katabätika is a project that began in 2008 by the hand of Dani Domingo on bass and Dave on drums, with the idea of ​​creating a band of Dark Metal inspired by bands like Crematory, Paradise Lost, Type O Negative and others. Soon he joined Albert Palop project on guitars, creating the core group. Martí capellas on keyboards and Iker Zamarripa on vocals They bind to the formation. Due to personal reasons Dave and Iker have to leave the band and was replaced by Carlos Vidal on drums and vocals Dani Domingo responsible along with the bass. After several changes of formation and collaborations by Nati (Swarm) is incorporated to Daniel (Ravenblood) band, musical motifs Daniel has to leave the band. After a long search to find singer Tania finally enters the band, consolidating training, such training was the one that had more filming live. The band has done some work unfinished recording, but has shared the stage with Drakum, Human Carnage, Ravenblood, Display, Kauterion or The Bleeding Sun, walking the halls and festivals of the metal underground scene of Barcelona and surroundings.
After a musical break Dani Domingo decides to refound the band contacting Guille Pujol (Display), who had worked as a singer in several concerts. Then Dave co-founder of the band returned to the position of battery and finally completing the formation David Rebollo guitars.
Thus training with Dani on bass and vocals,Guille guitars and vocals ,Dave on drums and David on guitars is completed, thereby creating a more solid, dense, raw sound, adapting to the original idea of ​​the band. Currently Katabätika is in phase composition, recovering old songs, readapting the new sound and creating new songs for the band's return to the scene.
1.Blackened Smile 05:35
2.The Day That I've Changed 05:39
3.I Don't Feel My Way 05:29
4.Another Chance 06:49
5.Desert Sand 06:17
total time 29:49
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Fifth Angel live footage

Fifth Angel has shared a song from the live appearance in Seattle this past weekend: "In the Fallout." Next they will travel to Germany for Keep it True festival. Check it out!
Fifth Angel - "Fallout" 4/22/17 El Corazon, Seattle
Seattle traditional and melodic metal band Fifth Angel played in Seattle this past April 22, 2017 before heading out to Germany to play at Keep it True. The current members of the band are: Ed Archer - guitars; Ken Mary - drums; John Macko - bass; Kendall Bechtel - guitars; Peter Orullian - vocals. The band has posted that the former singer on the albums from the 1980s, Ted Pilot, attended this reformation show. The new vocalist, Peter Orullian, is a former member of Heir Apparent, the Seattle progressive metal band.
It is worth noting that Fifth Angel reformed back in 2010 for Keep It True, with Orullian on vocals. For the record, all four current instrumentalists in the band appear to be the same personnel as found on the band's last studio album from 1989, Time Will Tell.
The band is known for its two quality albums of highly memorable traditional and melodic heavy metal: Fifth Angel in 1986 and Time Will Tell in 1989. After the latter album, Metal Archives shows that there is no more official recorded output.
If you have never heard of Fifth Angel, go their Facebook page and see some of the videos that they have posted there, including studio songs from the above albums. The band has been active on Facebook recently.
OFFICIAL: Back in the glory days of traditional metal in the 1980's, with the likes of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, The Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Ronnie James Dio, Led Zeppelin and many others as an influence... Ed Archer, Ted Pilot and James Byrd had a vision. This vision was to blend their various musical influences and backgrounds together to form a new version of traditional metal. Thus, the inception of the band "Fifth Angel". Ken Mary was brought on board on drums, and would later move on to much success playing in bands such as House Of Lords, Bad Moon Rising, and Alice Cooper, to name but a few.
From their beginnings in 1984 in Bellevue Washington (near Seattle), Fifth Angel sought to create a musical landscape of their own to express ideas, thoughts, opinions and emotions in the most eloquent form, in the form of music and story-telling through lyrics. Fifth Angel recorded a demo with the now famed Terry Date at the mixing desk and was first signed to independent label Shrapnel Records, which opened the door to an international following and a very positive acceptance of their vision. John Macko was brought on board to become the permanent bass player around this time.
Through fate and happenstance, the band caught the ear of Derek Simon with Concrete Marketing and Management in New York, NY. This again opened new doors for the band leading to offers from various major labels including Atlantic, Elektra and Epic, the latter being the label which seemed the best fit. Epic Records re-released the original "Fifth Angel" album, giving it new life with re-mastering and cover art and the band began the journey of composing new material for a second album, to be the debut for the Epic label. This was also a time of change for the band as Kendall Bechtel became the new lead guitar player.
"Time Will Tell" was recorded with Terry Brown producing, from Rush fame, and was released to a much wider world audience through Epic's far reaching distribution network, being met with much anticipated acceptance. The song "Midnight Love" was featured as the theme song for Howard Stern's cable television show for several years.
In a short period of time the collective musical landscape and listening audience of the world changed...Seattle became a Mecca for a new sound called "Grunge". Fifth Angel was caught in a grey area that many of the up-and-coming 1980's/90's metal bands were in...established enough to be known world-wide to a certain degree, but not established enough to be seen as a profitable investment by record companies when competing against the wildfire known as grunge. The realities of the "business side" of the music industry began to settle in and the writing was on the wall. Ed Archer decided it was time to leave and start a new path in life. Fifth Angel continued on, but as record companies faced the realities of the very profitable grunge music against their bottom line, Fifth Angel was released from their contract with Epic.
The band members went their separate ways, some intertwined with music, some not. Eventually, as fate would have it some of the core band members reconnected and decided it was time to re-visit music and the band became active again in 2010 with a successful reunion gig at the "Keep IT True" Festival in Lauda-Koenigshofen Germany. With "real life" responsibilities dictating progress, it has been slow going....but Fifth Angel is working towards a goal of releasing new music to round out the previous releases from so many years ago. It is unknown if this goal will be reached...only time will tell...
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Here is the studio version of "In the Fallout" from 1986.
Fifth Angel- Fifth Angel- In The Fallout

Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated April 25, 2017

Friends in the state of Washington,
Is there a metal music show in your area that is not listed in this calendar? Does your local metal band have a show coming up and is not listed here? Is your band's name spelled incorrectly? Are the dates wrong? If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated April 25, 2017
April 25 Anthrax, Killswitch Engage at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
April 25 Cvrse, Kihalas, Prisonfood, Speak In Tongues at Obscurus, Everett, WA
April 26 The Obsessed, Fatso Jetson at Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
April 27 Weedeater, The Obsessed, Primitive Man, Fatso Jetson, Karma to Burn at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 27 Green Jello, Headless Pez at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
April 28 D.R.I., Infex, The Accused AD, Acid Teeth, Disciples of Dissent, The Stuntmen, Boxcutter, Misuse of Power, Head Honcho, Potbelly at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 28 Signal Lost, Deathraid, Babylon, Arcane at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 28 Trap Them, Call of the Void, Repudiate at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
April 28 Green Jello, Headless Pez, Zero Down, Raw Dogs at Tony V's, Everett, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Skeletal Remains, Hissing, Fetid, Mortiferum at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 29 Green Jello, Headless Pez, Raw Dogs, The Gerbil Turds at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
April 29 Kill Closet, Chronalogical Injustice, Devilation, Noctium at Tony V's, Everett, WA
April 29 Helldorado, Mechanism, Vial 8, Heroes for Ghosts at The Emperor Room, Spokane, WA
April 29 Metal DJ Night with Joey Rogerson at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
April 30 Trap Them, Call of the Void, Heiress, Wake of Humanity at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 30 Siren's Rain at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 30 Ashes of Existence, Heretic A.D., Day by Day at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
May 2 Dawn of Ashes, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 2 Superjoint, Battlecross, Child Bite, Witchburn, Crud Guns at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 4 Substratum, Nasty Bits, Kings of Cavalier, K'atun at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 5 Anaeroba, Generation Decline, Muppet Fetish at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain, Zero Down, Skelator at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 6 Mortician, Drawn and Quartered, Logic Slaughter, Stages of Decomposition, Transcribing the Necronomicon, Rutah at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 6 Soiree Macabre 2: A Flourishing Scourge Pre-Release House Party at Bothell, WA
May 6 Dysfunktynal Kaos, Chronological Injustice, Reign of Ashes, Salem Knights, Noctium, Ironwood at The Palomino, Spokane, WA
May 8 Gruesome, Oxygen Destroyer, K'atun, Violent Hallucinations at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 8 Sabaton, Battle Beast, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 11 Into the storm, Abberance (CA), Githyanki, A Province of Thay at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
May 11 Testament, Sepultura, Prong at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 11 American Wrecking Company, Blood and Thunder, Skelator, Oxygen Destroyer at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 11 Downstream Music Fest Metal Main Stage: Blood and Thunder, Oxygen Destroyer, Skelator, American Wrecking Company at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 12 Siren's Rain, Out the Hate, Klondike Kate at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
May 12 Progenitor, The Desolate, Thread The Sky, others at Real Art Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
May 12 Jugs of Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 13 Negura Bunget, Ruines Ov Abaddon, Isenordal at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 13 Skinlab, Pinned Red, December in Red, Sporicyde at Tony V's, Everett, WA
May 13 Mechanism, Helldorado, Iron Dragon, Chamber 6, RAR at Louie G's, Fife, WA
May 13 Witch Ripper at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 13 A Sense of Gravity at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 13 Queensryche at The Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, WA
May 13 Raiju, A Sense of Gravity, The Devils of Loudun, Rhine, Tetrachromat at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 13 Disciples of Dissent, Ground Zero, Odyssey at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 13 The Drip at Upstream Fest, Seattle, WA
May 14 Isenordal, Circle of Beings, Noceur, Antitheus, others at Obscurus, Everett, WA
May 14 Conan, North, He Whose Ox Is Gored, Serial Hawk at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 15 Plague Shaman, Cesspul, Eyes/Luna, Sleeper 72 at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 15 Affiance, Convictions, Versus, Time Spent at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 16 Shining, Revenge, Wolvhammer, Sacrament ov Impurity at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T, Killer Bee, Darkhorse, One Gun Shy at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 19 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 20 Taake, Gost, Inquinok at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 20 Splintered Throne at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Need, Ascendia, Prozack Staple, Convergence at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 21 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
May 22 Xandria, Kobra and the Lotus, Once Human, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 22 All Hail the Yeti, Invidia, Broken Rail at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 23 Arkona, Sirenia, MindMaze, Graveshadow, Blood and Thunder at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 23 Crafter, Remain & Sustain at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 24 Destruction, Jungle Rot, Warbringer, Hellbender, Devilation, Religicide at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 24 Deathwish, Generation Decline at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 25 Yngwie Malmsteen, Mechanism, Killian Mahaffey at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 26 Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Rutah at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
May 26 Into the Storm at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
May 26 Armed for Apocalypse, Deathbed Confessions, Ghostblood, Kommand, Oxygen Destroyer at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 27 Vultures above Us, Dismembering Mary, Follow the Lights, As Pillars Fall, Beyond the Woods at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 27 Deathbed Confessions, Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 27 Into the Storm, Florida Man, Swampheavy, Joseph at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
May 29 Behexen, Demoncy, Inquinok, A God or an Other at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 29 Blood and Thunder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 30 Homewrecker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 30 Deathbed Confessions, Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
June 4 Angelcorpse, Ares Kingdom, Drawn and Quartered, Petrification, Pathetic at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 5 Ergo I Exist, Esoson, Born without Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 5 Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Gloom, Transcribing The Necronomicon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 6 Zakk Sabbath, Beastmaker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 7 Heresiarch, Ritual Necromancy, Harvest Gulgatha, Hissing, Void Wraith at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 7 Ghost Ship Octavius at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 8 Lita Ford at Clearwater Casino, Suquamish, WA
June 9 Ghost Ship Octavius, Beltfed Weapon, Blood and Thunder, Massacre at the Opera Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 9 Def Leppard at White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA
June 10 Ghost Ship Octavius, Mechanism, Beltfed Weapon, South Kitsap Infidels, Disciples of Dissent at End Zone, Port Orchard, WA
June 11 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Demoncy, Triumvir Foul at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 11 Every Hand Betrayed, Serpents Tongue, Words from Aztecs at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered, Beltfed Weapon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 12 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Triumvir Foul, Mortiferum at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
June 16 Vans Warped Tour at Centurylink Field, Seattle, WA: Gwar, Municipal Waste, Carnifex, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, others
Northwest
Terror Fest June 15-17 at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
Warning, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yob, Goatwhore, Samothrace, Cult Leader, Graves at Sea, King Woman, Usnea, Fórn, Call of the Void, Pilgrim, Young and in the Way, Nomads, Lycus, CHRCH, Transient, Take Over and Destroy, Aerial Ruin, Uada, Infernal Coil, Endorphins Lost, Witch Ripper, Burials, Sol, Rhine, Old Iron, others
June 19 Inanimate Existence, Reaping Asmodeia, Cyborg Octopus, The Devils of Loudun at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 19 Tengger Cavalry, Felix Martin, Helsott at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 20 Helion Prime, Substratum, Thread the Sky, Nasty Bits at Highline, Seattle, Wa
June 22 Inanimate Existence, Reaping Asmodeia, Cyborg Octopus at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 23 Demerit, Generation Decline, Acid Teeth, Ground Score, No Klasse at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 24 Oxygen Destroyer, Born without Blood, Ashen Pyre, Kihalás, Obsidian (L.A.) at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 24 Avoid the Void, Killing the Messenger, Vultures above Us at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 27 Symbolik, Accidentally Murdered at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 29 Sammy Hagar at Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
June 29 Limegoat, Sons of Donovan, Whythre at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 30 Wilt, Askevault, Fetid, Hidious Creep at TBA, Seattle, WA
June 30 Crud Guns, Mother Root, Sonic Erotic at The Bindlestick, Snoqualmie, WA
June 30 Felled at Thirst for Light IV, Red Hawk Avalon, Raymond, WA
July 1 Better Shred Than Dead, Episode I: The Accused AD, Misuse of Power, Oxygen Destroyer, Hostilgato at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
July 2 Beyond Theory, After the Fallout, Darky Dark and the Junkie Bunch, Chemical Asphyxia at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 2 Fit for an Autopsy, Tombs, Moon Tooth, Heiress, Breag Naofa at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
July 5 Castle at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 6 Transcend the Realm at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Antichrist, Kommand at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 8 Odyssey 10 Year Anniversary at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Crimson Guardian, Fifteen Stitches, Halcion Halo at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
July 9 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 10 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
July 11 Numenorean, Wormwitch, Un at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 22 One Master, Winter in the Blood, Serpents Chalice, Kömmand at Obscurus, Everett, WA
July 23 Wednesday 13, Once Human, Gabriel and The Apocalypse at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
July 25 The Sword, Big Jesus at Neumos, Seattle, WA
July 27 Crimsonguardian, The Randy Savages, Reverent Circle, Eroder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Edge of Paradise, American Wrecking Company at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
August 13-18 in Seattle: Guitar Workshop Plus with: Tony MacAlpine, Rik Emmet, others
August 24 Diamond Head at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 1 Queensryche at Walla Walla Frontier Days, Walla Walla, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle: Witchtrap, others at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 29 Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer, Striker at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 30 Scorpions, Megadeth at Tacoma Doma, Tacoma, WA
October 2 Lady Beast, Bat, Bewitcher, Substratum at Highline, Seattle, WA
November 18 Boycott the Baptist at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 2 Ghoul, The Plot Sickens, Crud Guns, Misuse of Power, Kommand at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
December 4 Ghost Ship Octavius, American Wrecking Company, Avoid the Void, Omnisight at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 22 Black Bone Exorcism, Thou Shall Kill, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Entity of Hate

Entity of Hate
Cursed for Eternity
released date: January 20th, 2017
Entity of Hate’s four-song EP is melodic, atmospheric extreme metal, perhaps mostly coming across as black metal, but not strictly so, given that there is a substantial amount of guitar-centered shred melodies. The EP results in a teaser, more than anything, something that would leave the listener wanting more. The EP creates the notion that there should be a full-length album on the way if we are going to get a better picture of Entity of Hate’s music. On the other hand, the EP is a good way to create anticipation for more.
OFFICIAL: Member of the well acclaimed atmospheric black metal band DIABOLUS ARCANIUM has started a new band called ENTITY OF HATE. The music is black/death metal this time around and is much faster and more intense while being suitably atmospheric. 'Cursed for Eternity' is the band's debut, featuring four intricately composed tracks. They are looking forward to setting new standards for this kind of music in India with this offering. It's unique in its own way, enthusiastic and holds a lot of promise. Check it out if you're into black/death metal with a melodic flourish and an eerie vibe.
Attempting to explore brand new realms, the newly-renamed Indian atmospheric black/death metallers Entity of Hate have come together from the previous efforts released as Diabolus Arcanium to offer faster, more intense efforts while still staying true to the atmospheric ideals. Starting out with their own voice, the groups’ first release under this banner was self-released January 17, 2017.
Taking a harder-hitting approach than their previous moniker, the group is quite adept at their fiery and melodic brand of blackened death metal. Efforts like the title track and “Lovers and Prey” fire off plenty of swirling tremolo rhythms with a furious singeing charge, it gives this the kind of explosive main rhythm that allows for both atmosphere and melody to run rampant throughout here. Alongside the melodic fervor attempted here, the bands’ steady and simplified tempos keep this one pretty straightforward, letting the tremolo-picked riffing take center stage in the album which makes this one rather fun for the most part. They’re atmospheric, melodic and still retain a fiery edge, making for a wholly enjoyable offering here. There’s just not a whole lot really here, as the three originals are pretty straightforward and the finale is an instrumental cover of a video game song. There’s just not a whole lot else to this one.
Without a whole lot of differences with this one and not nearly enough time to really get into it other than on the surface quality, there’s plenty to like here for fans of the bands’ previous moniker or this style of melodic atmospheric-heavy death metal who don’t mind the brevity.
track list:
1.Cursed For Eternity 03:40
2.Lovers & Prey 04:29
3.Heart Shaped Dagger 03:53
4.Bloody Tears (Castlevania) 02:22
entityofhate.bandcamp.com

review by Dee: Hån

Hån – Facilis Descensus Averni
It’s about time an underground black metal band spoil us. Switzerland’s Hån gives us nothing less than grim emotion on their latest full-length, Facilis Descensus Averni. Hån is the Norwegian word for “scorn,” and their tribute to ridicule is stained on each and every one of the tracks on Facilis Descensus Averni.
Loose percussion ignites track number one, “Black Banners”; a swarm of melancholy instrumentation treads under piercing screams, awaking the theme of the album. Guitars scratch through “Desublimation,” and the arrangement of the melody and vocals makes it feel like a rallying, dark anthem. “Distant Lights” quickly builds up and feeds listeners hyper blast beats. Sealing up the album is “Summum Bonum.” Vocals and instruments work together to give a final outcry, but the album’s effects are to be everlasting.
Hån’s interpretation of black metal is beyond satisfying. Songs don’t bleed together in a monotonous lump; each track is marked with its own vibe, where the vocals come from a believable place. Facilis Descensus Averni buzzes with woeful melodies, and the percussion maintains an urgent and forceful nature throughout the songs. Overwhelmingly honest and overwhelmingly desolate sums up Facilis Descensus Averni.
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review by Matt Spall: Ancient Ascendant

Artist: Ancient Ascendant
Album Title: Raise The Torch
Label: Spinefarm Records / Candlelight Records
Date Of Release: 21 April 2017
When the legendary Dan Swanö is quoted as saying that Ancient Ascendant are ‘one of the best brutal bands to come out of Britain, well, ever’, I don’t really have any choice but to investigate further. Who am I to ignore a ringing endorsement like this from such an important name within extreme metal circles?
To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure that I’ve have given this album a go if it hadn’t been for Swanö’s interjection, so I have yet another reason to be indebted musically to the legendary Swede.
‘Raise The Torch’ is the third album from the UK extreme metallers and the first to cross my path. And the first thing that strikes me is just how different this sounds. It is no exaggeration to describe the output of Ancient Ascendant as a blend of death metal, black metal, classic metal, hard rock, thrash metal and prog. There’s even a faint echo of a few other things in the melting pot too. The way I’m describing this, you must be thinking ‘oh, that sounds like it could be messy’.
And you’re right, the result could sound messy, disjointed and lacking cohesion. And yet it doesn’t. This is a rip-roaring album that works pretty much from start to finish, where the enjoyment levels are cranked up to the max, accentuated by a strong production courtesy of Ritual Sound and Swanö himself (Unisound). I’ve become pretty hooked on this record if I’m honest.
The black and death metal genres, by their very nature are usually associated with the darker side of life but whilst these elements play a big part in the Ancient Ascendant sound, the music here frequently comes across as being quite upbeat and infectious. Yes, there are sections that are extreme and intense and in no way can ‘Raise The Torch’ be considered ‘happy’. However, the venom is tempered all the while by huge grooves, large slabs of melody, interesting song structures or simply an almost intangible vibrancy that permeates the album.
The juxtaposition of various, competing ideas in turn then creates something of a progressive vibe. Whether this was by accident or design, it matters not because to my mind, the end result is all that matters. Each of the nine compositions has a strong identity at its core but within that, Ancient Ascendant afford themselves the space to experiment. And this experimentation, although not overdone, makes the listening experience exciting and rather exhilarating. I’m struggling to think of another band currently on the scene who has anything significant in common with Ancient Ascendant, something that can only be positive.
On to the music itself in more detail and ‘Raising The Torch’ kicks things off with an atmospheric instrumental that is elegant and refined. It has a sinister edge that’s pure black metal intro fodder but it is also quite beautiful and cinematic in scope.
After one minute and 31 seconds, ‘Our Way’ enters the fray to kick things off properly. It starts with a frosty guitar line, very old school black/death in tone before exploding thanks to some frenetic drumming from Dave Moulding and faster-paced riffing from guitarists Alex Butler and Nariman Poushin. At this point, vocalist Alex Butler delivers a deep, guttural death growl which shakes the earth. The pace slackens slightly to be replaced by a groovy and melodic riff that has burrowed right under my skin. The fact that it is overlaid by a much higher-pitched, raspy and thoroughly caustic black metal scream, only enhances its overall impact. There’s a nice moment of respite where the bass of Alan Webb comes through nicely in the mix before the track gallops to a close via some expressive and exuberant lead guitar work. Dare I begin to call this ‘nasty, feel good music’?
‘Scaling The Gods’ comes out of the traps like a scolded rat, full of energy and intent. Again, whilst it has extreme metal tendencies, there’s a playful edge to much of it, particularly when the guitars go all classic hard rock on us in the mid-section, complete with hand-clapping if my ears aren’t deceiving me.
The doom metal references loom large within ‘Unearth’ as the pace is slowed slightly, fed by twisted, vaguely discordant riffs before being replaced by a truckload of groove interspersed with moments of black metal malevolence or extreme death metal brutality.
For me, ‘Foreign Skies’ is the absolute high point within this excellent record. It begins in very chilled fashion, delivering delicate atmospheric melodies with gorgeous clean guitars and some stunning bass work. The heaviness comes in out of nowhere like a slap in the face. The guitars chug with menace one minute and then inject black metal voracity the next whilst the vocals are venomous either in black or death mode. However, the music retains its melodic edge wonderfully, occasionally reverting to the quieter intro melody to create variety and keep the listener fully engaged. The groove-laden chug at the mid-point is marvellous as is the ensuing riff which is equally groovy but more expansive and brimming with cheekiness. This is the kind of music that’ll have you grinning like a loon, trust me.
‘Grasping The Torch’ is thoroughly infectious thanks to yet more solid and commanding riffing. Out of nowhere the heaviness departs to be replaced by an all-too-brief jazz-tinged progressive interlude that calls to mind the likes of Opeth. However, just as quickly, this is eclipsed by one of the most thunderous sections anywhere on the record as the song powers to a conclusion. Naturally, as is the Ancient Ascendant way, the conclusion is reached via a few ubiquitous twists and turns fuelled by a large helping of daring do in the process.
If ‘The Great Curve’ doesn’t get you banging your head from the outset then the conclusion must be that you’re deaf, whilst it is left to ‘To The Cold’ to see ‘Raise The Torch’ to its conclusion, which it does with the kind of panache and uniqueness that is a hallmark of this album. Frequent shifts in tempo and a demonstrable classic heavy metal vibe supplement the more extreme elements. And the outro delivers a wonderfully dramatic and epic-sounding conclusion, just as it should.
To conclude, ‘Raise The Torch’ is a fabulous record. The music is hugely engaging and memorable but what I like most about it is that these guys clearly enjoyed making this music, they are assured and accomplished in what they are doing and it shows. Nothing is off limits for Ancient Ascendant and ‘Raising The Torch’ is all the stronger for it. What a record!
The Score Of Much Metal: 9
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

NEWS: Aggression

Friends into traditional, riff-centered, speed-focused thrash metal will want to spend some time listening to the complete album by the returning Canadian band Aggression. Their origins go all the way back to the middle of the 1980s when thrash was taking over the heavy metal music underground scenes in many places. It's no problem if you do not know who they are because there are hundreds and hundreds of 80s thrash bands that people have not heard. The important thing is that they got their act together, the fire was once again inside their bellies and brains and they managed to get back up for the thrash supporters of the world. They are back screaming about all sorts of violence and incorrigible behavior because apparently life and age has not taught them to grow up and start talking about the importance of recycling your plastics and telling you which capitalist politician to vote for, unlike some other thrash bands. Stay away from these old Canadians if you are easily offended. They are still a bunch of perverts who should be in jail but somehow have managed to deceive the Canadian authorities into allowing them to be free men in society. Boy, what a mistake that was! Just listen to the new album. Sick puppies. Warning: they have songs about bodily fluids. Double warning: bang your head!
Aggression
Fragmented Spirit Devils
release date: November 10th, 2016
label: Xtreem Music
OFFICIAL: 3rd album, first one since '87 by this mythic canadian Thrash Metal featuring Brian Langley (ex-INFERNÄL MÄJESTY) on vocals and a little bit more Death Metal tinged approach while still retaining that main full raging Thrash Metal basis. Their sound swims in the same seas of bands like POSSESSED, DARK ANGEL, HELLWITCH, INFERNÄL MÄJESTY, MORBID SAINT.
OFFICIAL: Classic thrash metal band AGGRESSION from Canada have employed the services of Brian Langley of the legendary Canadian band INFERNAL MAJESTY to do vocals for their new album on Xtreem Music. AGGRESSION have been around since the 80s and have unfortunately remained unheralded over the decades, but Xtreem Music has stepped up to not only re-release their classic album 'The Full Treatment' but also put out their brand new one. This album retains the original charm and yet manages to sound relevant today. 'Fragmented Spirit Devils' sounds sufficiently vitriolic and juicy, something which the polished, sterile bands of today fail miserably to achieve. So dig into this fresh slab of old school thrash metal from the masters themselves.
OFFICIAL: Aggression was formed in the spring of 1985 (originally under the moniker "Asylum"), by the 2 guitar shredders Sasquatch and Burn. Rounding out the lineup was Botcher on vocals, Dug on Bass and Gate on drums. After a few demos they recorded "Forgotten Skeleton" in 1986. Unfortunately the album would not see a release until 2005. (Almost 20 years later!) After some lineup changes, Aggression recorded and released 1987's The Full Treatment. They received good reviews for there demos and The Full Treatment, and very quickly became one of the most popular metal bands in Quebec and Canada. Their concerts were sold out everywhere, and the fanbase grew from hundreds to thousands in no time. With his public relations expertise, their manager at the time (Johnny Hart) quickly made Aggression an household name. Other bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Hallow's eve, Destruction and others all wanted to see the beast for themselves and meet Aggression while they were in Montreal. Playing numerous concerts with bands such as Anvil, Celtic Frost, Voïvod, Nuclear Assault, Agnostic Front, D.R.I., Possessed, Dark Angel, Crumbsuckers, Sacrifice and others. Due to certain members drug habits and bad decision making the band was all but dead in 1989.
Fast forward to 2005. The 1986 unreleased album Forgotten Skeleton gets released and see's the band reunite at Montreal Metal Massacre fest 2005. Unable to commit to anthing more than a few reunion shows it was decided that the band would be put to rest once more. Aggression's 30 year anniversary is looming. Could 2015 see the return of these Frozen Aggressors?
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Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated April 20, 2017

Friends in the state of Washington,
Is there a metal music show in your area that is not listed in this calendar? Does your local metal band have a show coming up and is not listed here? Is your band's name spelled incorrectly? Are the dates wrong? If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated April 20, 2017
April 20 Three Chord Killer, Thou Shall Kill, Religicide at Substation, Seattle, WA
April 20 Everett Gear Swap and Networking Night, Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
April 20 Kontatto, Konform, Toe Cutter at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
April 21 The Alumni Fest Battle of The Bands: Monsters among Gods, Rucker, Visceral Embodiment, Dismembering Mary, Chamber 6 at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 21 Femme Halen (Van Halen tribute) at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
April 21 Limegoat at Kitty X, Olympia, WA
April 22 Femme Halen (Van Halen tribute) at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
April 22 Fifth Angel (reunion), Palooka, Hellbilly at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 22 Blood and Thunder, The 69 Lines, Calbrea at Bubba's Roadhouse, Sultan, WA
April 23 Windhand, Hell, Un, Wounded Giant at Neumos Seattle, WA
April 23 Intronaut, Bell Witch, Scriptures, Breag Naofa at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 24 Blame the Wizards, Siren's Rain, Iron Nightingale at Substation, Seattle, WA
April 25 Anthrax, Killswitch Engage at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
April 25 Cvrse, Kihalas, Prisonfood, Speak In Tongues at Obscurus, Everett, WA
April 26 The Obsessed, Fatso Jetson at Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
April 27 Weedeater, The Obsessed, Primitive Man, Fatso Jetson, Karma to Burn at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 27 Green Jello, Headless Pez at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
April 28 D.R.I., Infex, The Accused AD, Acid Teeth, Disciples of Dissent, The Stuntmen, Boxcutter, Misuse of Power, Head Honcho, Potbelly at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 28 Signal Lost, Deathraid, Babylon, Arcane at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 28 Trap Them, Call of the Void, Repudiate at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
April 28 Green Jello, Headless Pez, Zero Down, Raw Dogs at Tony V's, Everett, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Skeletal Remains, Hissing, Fetid, Mortiferum at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 29 Green Jello, Headless Pez, Raw Dogs, The Gerbil Turds at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
April 29 Kill Closet, Chronalogical Injustice, Devilation, Noctium at Tony V's, Everett, WA
April 30 Trap Them, Call of the Void, Heiress, Wake of Humanity at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 30 Siren's Rain at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 30 Ashes of Existence, Heretic A.D., Day by Day at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
May 2 Dawn of Ashes, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 2 Superjoint, Battlecross, Child Bite, Witchburn, Crud Guns at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 4 Substratum, Nasty Bits, Kings of Cavalier, K'atun at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 5 Anaeroba, Generation Decline, Muppet Fetish at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain, Zero Down, Skelator at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 6 Mortician, Drawn and Quartered, Logic Slaughter, Stages of Decomposition, Transcribing the Necronomicon, Rutah at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 6 Soiree Macabre 2: A Flourishing Scourge Pre-Release House Party at Bothell, WA
May 8 Gruesome, Oxygen Destroyer, K'atun, Violent Hallucinations at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 8 Sabaton, Battle Beast, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 11 Into the storm, Abberance (CA), Githyanki, A Province of Thay at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
May 11 Testament, Sepultura, Prong at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 11 American Wrecking Company, Blood and Thunder, Skelator, Oxygen Destroyer at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 11 Downstream Music Fest Metal Main Stage: Blood and Thunder, Oxygen Destroyer, Skelator, American Wrecking Company at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 12 Siren's Rain at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
May 12 Jugs of Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 13 Negura Bunget, Ruines Ov Abaddon, Isenordal at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 13 Skinlab, Pinned Red, December in Red, Sporicyde at Tony V's, Everett, WA
May 13 Mechanism at Louie G's, Fife, WA
May 13 Witch Ripper at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 13 A Sense of Gravity at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 13 Queensryche at The Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, WA
May 13 Raiju, A Sense of Gravity, The Devils of Loudun, Rhine, Tetrachromat at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 13 Disciples of Dissent, Ground Zero, Odyssey at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 13 The Drip at Upstream Fest, Seattle, WA
May 14 Isenordal, Circle of Beings, Noceur, Antitheus, others at Obscurus, Everett, WA
May 14 Conan, North, He Whose Ox Is Gored, Serial Hawk at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 16 Shining, Revenge, Wolvhammer, Sacrament ov Impurity at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T, Killer Bee, Darkhorse, One Gun Shy at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 19 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 20 Taake, Gost, Inquinok at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 20 Splintered Throne at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Need, Ascendia, Prozack Staple, Convergence at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 21 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
May 22 Xandria, Kobra and the Lotus, Once Human, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 22 All Hail the Yeti, Invidia, Broken Rail at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 23 Arkona, Sirenia, MindMaze, Graveshadow, Blood and Thunder at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 23 Crafter, Remain & Sustain at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 24 Destruction, Jungle Rot, Warbringer, Hellbender, Devilation, Religicide at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 24 Deathwish, Generation Decline at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 25 Yngwie Malmsteen, Mechanism, Killian Mahaffey at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 26 Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Rutah at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
May 26 Into the Storm at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
May 26 Armed for Apocalypse, Deathbed Confessions, Ghostblood, Kommand, Oxygen Destroyer at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 27 Vultures above Us, Dismembering Mary, Follow the Lights, As Pillars Fall, Beyond the Woods at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 27 Deathbed Confessions, Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 27 Into the Storm, Florida Man, Swampheavy, Joseph at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
May 29 Behexen, Demoncy, Inquinok, A God or an Other at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 29 Blood and Thunder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 30 Homewrecker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 30 Deathbed Confessions, Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
June 4 Angelcorpse, Ares Kingdom, Drawn and Quartered, Petrification, Pathetic at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 5 Ergo I Exist, Esoson, Born without Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 5 Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Gloom, Transcribing The Necronomicon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 6 Zakk Sabbath, Beastmaker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 7 Heresiarch, Ritual Necromancy, Harvest Gulgatha, Hissing, Void Wraith at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 7 Ghost Ship Octavius at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 8 Lita Ford at Clearwater Casino, Suquamish, WA
June 9 Ghost Ship Octavius, Beltfed Weapon, Blood and Thunder, Massacre at the Opera Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 9 Def Leppard at White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA
June 10 Ghost Ship Octavius, Mechanism, Beltfed Weapon, South Kitsap Infidels, Disciples of Dissent at End Zone, Port Orchard, WA
June 11 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Demoncy, Triumvir Foul at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 11 Every Hand Betrayed, Serpents Tongue, Words from Aztecs at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered, Beltfed Weapon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 12 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Triumvir Foul, Mortiferum at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
June 16 Vans Warped Tour at Centurylink Field, Seattle, WA: Gwar, Municipal Waste, Carnifex, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, others
Northwest
Terror Fest June 15-17 at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
Warning, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yob, Goatwhore, Samothrace, Cult Leader, Graves at Sea, King Woman, Usnea, Fórn, Call of the Void, Pilgrim, Young and in the Way, Nomads, Lycus, CHRCH, Transient, Take Over and Destroy, Aerial Ruin, Uada, Infernal Coil, Endorphins Lost, Witch Ripper, Burials, Sol, Rhine, Old Iron, others
June 19 Inanimate Existence, Reaping Asmodeia, Cyborg Octopus, The Devils of Loudun at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 20 Helion Prime, Substratum, Thread the Sky, Nasty Bits at Highline, Seattle, Wa
June 22 Inanimate Existence, Reaping Asmodeia, Cyborg Octopus at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 23 Demerit, Generation Decline, Acid Teeth, Ground Score, No Klasse at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 24 Oxygen Destroyer, Born without Blood, Ashen Pyre, Kihalás, Obsidian (L.A.) at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 24 Avoid the Void, Killing the Messenger, Vultures above Us at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 27 Symbolik, Accidentally Murdered at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 29 Sammy Hagar at Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
June 29 Limegoat, Sons of Donovan, Whythre at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 30 Wilt, Askevault, Fetid, Hidious Creep at TBA, Seattle, WA
June 30 Crud Guns, Mother Root, Sonic Erotic at The Bindlestick, Snoqualmie, WA
June 30 Felled at Thirst for Light IV, Red Hawk Avalon, Raymond, WA
July 2 Beyond Theory, After the Fallout, Darky Dark and the Junkie Bunch, Chemical Asphyxia at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 2 Fit for an Autopsy, Tombs, Moon Tooth, Heiress, Breag Naofa at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
July 5 Castle at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 6 Transcend the Realm at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Antichrist, Kommand at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 8 Odyssey 10 Year Anniversary at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 9 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 10 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
July 11 Numenorean, Wormwitch, Un at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 22 One Master, Winter in the Blood, Serpents Chalice, Kömmand at Obscurus, Everett, WA
July 23 Wednesday 13, Once Human, Gabriel and The Apocalypse at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
July 27 The Sword, Big Jesus at Neumos, Seattle, WA
July 27 Crimsonguardian, The Randy Savages, Reverent Circle, Eroder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Edge of Paradise, American Wrecking Company at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
August 13-18 in Seattle: Guitar Workshop Plus with: Tony MacAlpine, Rik Emmet, others
August 24 Diamond Head at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 1 Queensryche at Walla Walla Frontier Days, Walla Walla, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle: Witchtrap, others at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 29 Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer, Striker at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 30 Scorpions, Megadeth at Tacoma Doma, Tacoma, WA
October 2 Lady Beast, Bat, Bewitcher, Substratum at Highline, Seattle, WA
November 18 Boycott the Baptist at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 2 Ghoul, The Plot Sickens, Crud Guns, Misuse of Power, Kommand at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
December 4 Ghost Ship Octavius, American Wrecking Company, Avoid the Void, Omnisight at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 22 Black Bone Exorcism, Thou Shall Kill, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
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Monday, April 17, 2017

NEWS: Seattle Extreme Prog Metallers A FLOURISHING SCOURGE Releasing Debut Album in June

A Flourishing Scourge, a progressive extreme metal band from the state of Washington, U.S., has begun the march towards the release of its self-titled debut album in June. In the state of Washington they have been building up their name, and their reputation as good musicians has been growing. Their take on extreme metal is a serious endeavor, much of it showing black metal affinities in the guitar work, while the progressive side keeps up a high level of musicianship, too, and with eye towards keeping the metal at the forefront. In all truth, this band and this music is not easy listening and it invites the listeners to take a more active role in the experience in order to appreciate it. The album itself is not something that one listen will reveal in its entirety, but fortunately the band has decided to ease you into the world of A Flourishing Scourge's extreme and progressive metal by posting a new song at the first link below. Consider this your first invitation. One step at a time. There is more coming. A lot more.
A Flourishing Scourge
A Flourishing Scourge
Begotten Records
Release: 9 June 2017
OFFICIAL: The self-titled full-length debut from Seattle Extreme Progressive Metallers A FLOURISHING SCOURGE will be released June 9 through the band's own imprint Begotten Records. The album features eight dynamic and ferocious songs, all written and performed by original members Tye Jones (Vocals, Guitars), Kevin Carbrey (Bass), and Andrew Dennis (Guitars). The album also features session drummer Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, ex-Abigail Williams). Pre-order the album and stream new song "Tidal Waves" at the link below.
A Flourishing Scourge was recorded at Gojira's Silver Cord Studios in Brooklyn, New York, from June 1 to June 10, 2016. The album was engineered and mixed by Jamie Uertz (Gojira, Anthrax) with mixing and editing contributions from Tye Jones during the Fall of 2016, and was mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Amon Amarth) of Fascination Street Studios, Stockholm, Sweden. Original cover artwork by Andrada Saftescu.
Track List:
1. Tidal Waves
2. To the Stench of a Rotting Corpse
3. Insatiable
4. Onerous
5. Awakened
6. Vacant
7. The Hedonist
8. Solace
aflourishingscourge.bandcamp.com/album/a-flourishing-scourge
facebook.com/aflourishingscourge

Thursday, April 13, 2017

this Friday in Everett, WA

this Friday in Everett: APR 14
Species Splicer Music Video at Anchor Pub
APR 14
Species Splicer / Groundfeeder / Depths of the Sunset
Species Splicer: "Species Splicer will be filming their set at Anchor Pub for an upcoming music video and wants YOU to be there. We will be sharing the stage with Groundfeeder, Depths of the Sunset, and guests. This is a FREE show and all ages until 11! Lets pack this place and remind everyone why our scene is the BEST!"
Depths of the Sunset: "WHAT'S UP LINGS? Wanna be a part of Species Splicer's up and coming music video? Wanna also see your beloved D.O.T.S. share the stage with these brutes? Wanna also help wish Depths of the Sunset front man Michael a very HAPPY FUCKING BIRTHDAY?! Well look no more, there is going to be a very special, very BRUTAL concert we will be playing at the Anchor Pub in Everett. This is a FREE SHOW!!! It's also on a Friday night!!! Come and have a kick ass time with us!!! And who knows...you might even end up on the silver screen... Cheers. Stay heavy."
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NEWS: Irony Destroyed

The metalcore band Irony Destroyed (Kenya) now has its debut EP ready for listening and it is called Strife to Legacy and it is now available on YouTube, Bandcamp and other places. Perhaps it took longer than the band expected, but the music is finally here and that’s something to celebrate. Check it out at the link below.
BIO: Irony Destroyed was formed in 2012 by Nelson “Ecclesiastes” Musyoka. Still young and in high school but that did not stop him from forming a hard-hitting metal band. He wrote some songs and met up with three of his friends to make all their dreams come true.
They played and practiced some covers and recorded two tracks namely, “Think Twice, if Possible Thrice” and, “Sun as a Home” in 2013 when everyone was through with high school. That was until when the members of the band left to continue with their further studies. By then, Irony Destroyed (Earlier) had only recorded two songs in their practice room (On a laptop).
In 2014, Nelson found the Lead guitarist, Lenny Kiano on Irony Destroyed’s Facebook page and boy could he shred. Had some awesome riffs, he was definitely going to be the lead guitarist. Lenny then became in charge of the band and recruiting new members when Nelson left to study as well.
ironydestroyedofficial.bandcamp.com/releases
facebook.com/IronyDestroyed/

interview: Wretch

Wretch is a traditional heavy metal band from Ohio, U.S. and they play what some Europeans call “U.S. metal.” Wretch is real heavy metal for people who want precisely that: traditional heavy metal. There was heavy metal in the 80s and there is heavy metal today, and that’s why Wretch exists. They play the music honestly and do it the best that they can. It’s about guitars, it’s about solos and it’s about singing. They are not a fancy, plastic, fake rock band and they are not full of themselves. They have been around the block a few times and they are stubborn and they believe in this music as a positive force in life, as they reveal in this interview. Their newest album is called The Hunt. Let’s find out more about it.
Hello! I am listening to your new album The Hunt now and I have been listening to it quite a bit for weeks now. Is it correct that Wretch recently played in Germany, in 2017? How was that experience for you, as an American band from Ohio? You played your new album material?
Hi, there! We actually did a 3-week European tour in March of 2017. We played shows in Germany, Belgium and Holland. It was a great experience for us; Europe is definitely our market. We played some new material, but we also played music from all of our releases, including Reborn (2006), the Make this Garden Burn EP (2007), the Rise to Power EP (2013) and the Warriors album (2014). This isn't the first time Wretch has played Germany, having appeared at the "Headbangers Open Air" festival in 2007, and Greece's "Up the Hammers" festival in 2013.
I am familiar with The Hunt and the previous album Warriors (2014). However, I did not realize that Wretch’s history goes back to 1984! Is that true? 1984?! So, who are the current members and how long has each current member been in the band?
Yeah, we've been around for quite a while. The only member that has been consistent throughout the life of the band is Nick Giannakos (guitars). Jeff Curenton (drums) from the original line-up has recently rejoined, though. He appeared on the Reborn album and now The Hunt. He's been with Wretch (1986-1990, 2003-2006, 2015-present) Tim Frederick (bass) has been with the band since 2006. Mike Stephenson (guitars) joined in 2011, and finally Juan Ricardo (vocals) joined in 2016.
For some European supporters of traditional heavy metal, the term “U.S. metal” means heavy metal from Ohio, a place that has quite a number of metal bands with cool histories, even though the metal music press in the U.S. does not cover it much. Do you all live in Ohio now? How is the Ohio metal scene for Wretch?
We all currently live in Ohio. We do have a lot of what they call "U.S. Metal" in Ohio, and yes, we are largely neglected by the U.S. metal press. We have a small metal scene in Ohio. We get some local support, but it's pretty limited. We do a few shows a year in the Cleveland area; usually try to limit it to the festival type events where a bunch of bands play or opening for larger acts like Fates Warning and Iced Earth.
Wretch has called Ohio an “industrial wasteland.” Can you explain what you mean by that?
Specifically in Northeast Ohio, specifically the Cleveland and Youngstown areas, just got wiped out in the mid-80s when the Steel Mills closed. We all grew up with that. There's not a lot of hope for the American dream when all the good paying jobs are wiped out and the infrastructure is just crumbling around you. A lot of crime and drugs and no jobs. That's what we mean by "industrial wasteland,” and for all of us through the years, playing music was our escape from that.
Coming back to The Hunt. This is your new album and I’m sure it took blood, sweat and tears to make it because I’m pretty sure that you are not rolling in the cash. Where does Wretch record its music?
Ha ha! We are definitely not rolling in the cash! Before this album, we'd pay to go into a studio to record. We finally wised up and put our own studio together (we call it "WRETCH's Bargain Basement Studio"). We invested in a top of the line mixing board, computer, monitors and we've been around long enough to be able to pull together any other odds and ends we need for a few weeks while we record. The Hunt is the first album we recorded all by ourselves and we think it came out great. We do pay to have the final mixing and mastering done by a great German sound engineer, Achim Kohler. He does all of Primal Fears albums, but has also worked with Amon Amarth and some other well-known bands.
I want to thank you for continuing to make music, especially traditional heavy metal, in age in which it is very underreported. You know that there are fashions and trends, but Wretch is swimming against the stream in the U.S. What makes you determined to keep going?
What keeps us going is that we love the music, and there are some people out there that still love the same music. Like we said, when we go to Europe, they really get what we are doing.
I have read the lyrics to the previous album Warriors. One theme that runs through those lyrics is the idea of being strong in the face of obstacles. Living in Ohio, do you see some people who are discouraged in life?
There are a lot of folks that live in despair in Ohio. Ohio currently has probably the worst heroin epidemic in the country (and that's saying something because it's bad all over). I guess when we write lyrics, we tend not to focus on the grim reality (although "Straight to Hell" kind of does just that), but in general, we just try to entertain, maybe give somebody something to forget for a while about the normal everyday s## they are dealing with.
On this album you have mostly rockers, as usual. “The Hunt” and “Throne of Poseidon” are uptempo songs. You also have some songs that have midtempo stomping rocking sound, that “U.S. metal.” These sounds are what Wretch is all about. “Once in a Lifetime” towards the end of the album is also an uptempo, rocking song, for instance. Yet, the new album has the acoustic song “She Waits.” What prompted you to do this track? It’s definitely different from the other songs.
Wretch is a pretty guitar-centric band, the twin lead guitars is pretty important to our sound. Nick and Mike have been playing together for years. Mike was actually Nick's guitar student some 30 years ago and then started playing in bands starting in the early 90s after WRETCH went dormant. Nick and Mike both have a love of classical and shred guitar, so there's always some kind of classical guitar thing getting noodled around in the background. That song was written by Nick and almost didn't appear on the album. We added it at the last minute because we didn't think there was enough material.
Now that you have the new album out, will you be able to play more shows in your region?
We'll definitely be playing some shows in the Midwest this year. We'll likely have a CD release party here in May (U.S. release hasn't occurred yet). We're hoping to get back to Europe again before too long, as well.
Do you do regular updates?
Most of our updates come out on Facebook and Twitter but we also have a webpage. The best news we can share is that we exist, hopefully some traditional metal fans find their way to us. Our album The Hunt will be out in the U.S. in April. We've also got a limited release of vinyl for both The Hunt and Warriors, in fact, the Warriors vinyl is a special double-vinyl that got new cover art. Those can be found here at the Pure Steel shop below.
Thanks again for your time and music.
Thanks for caring!
WRETCH
Heavy Metal from the Rust Belt of Ohio.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

review: Cryonic Temple

Cryonic Temple
Into The Glorious Battle
Scarlet Records
Release: 21 April 2017
Cryonic Temple returns with a statement album after years of studio silence. Metal Archives shows that their previous album is from 2008. They began in 1996 and had four albums released before this new one, which is an affirmation of power metal. The loyalists of traditional metal music melodic forms will consider this work by the Swedes as a great example of the genre in 2017. Their objective is to remind their supporters that the band is very much alive, contrary to how it may have seemed for a while, due to the personnel changes over the years.
There are 13 songs that illustrate the main ideas of glorious power metal, beginning with speedfest numbers with thrash-level velocities and uptempo rockers contagious from start to end, forwards and backwards, right side up and upside down. These Swedes have no shame, no shame at all; they want to take over the world right this minute and they seek to convince anyone within striking distance. They take the listener from the highest of highs to the agony and melancholy of the power ballads (three of them, including the closing track as an epic conclusion to the album) that will make you take out your lighter and wave your arms side to side. War, victory, defeat, death, solitude, fury, consolation, joy and desperation, it's all in this tour de force of an album.
The new album shows the band as a major exponent of European power metal. The sound on this album incorporates keyboards as a strong background component that smoothes out the music and adds a permanent element of melody. The guitar work delivers everything expected in this field: fast riffs, uptempo rhythms, fast solos and catchy melodies. In addition, there are some bluesy elements during the power ballads, amongst other places. Everything you want in power metal guitar is present. The bass guitar is not very audible, but "Prepare for War" certainly shows the bass guitar. The drums do not sound like real drums due to the clean production. You can't hear much in the way of cymbal work and the double bass is clicky, as it tends to be in so much of modern metal genres, unfortunately.
The singing is done very well and appropriately for the genre in the sense that it is melodic with both (1) a massive appeal potential and (2) without all the annoying things associated with singing. (1) The singing is very friendly to the ear, in a way that is pop and good for radio, not just for heavy metal audiences. Anyone who hears the power ballad "The War Is Useless" will find the singing to be pleasant and perfect for singing along. (2) The singing is a type of midrange vocal style, but with enough of an upper range to be totally in the territory of melody. There are no forced and out-of-place shrill high notes that some people dislike about traditional metal singing.
Trivia. The band shows some quick flashes of homage to heavy metal and to 80s pop. These include vocal phrases like "steel meets steel," quick keyboards phrasings that recall the power metal renaissance in the 90s, like HammerFall and Edguy. Some of the keyboards parts recall 80s pop, of course, as is usual with power metal. In certain spots, they might be channeling Europe or Cutting Crew. They also could be invoking a bit of Gun n Roses’ “November Rain” in the aforementioned power ballad “The War Is Useless.”
The work is a rebirth for the band. They took their time with this album and the results speak for themselves. Power metal supporters will do themselves a great favor to hear this album in its totality. It should not take more than a few listens to begin understanding that is a strong return for the band in all the songs.
Go here to hear a new song now before the album is out.
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review by MMB

Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated April 11, 2017

Friends in the state of Washington,
Is there a metal music show in your area that is not listed in this calendar? Does your local metal band have a show coming up and is not listed here? If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
April 12 Vale, A God or an Other at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 13 Lesbian (last show), He Whose Ox is Gored, Lb.!, Dangg at Neumos, Seattle, WA
April 13 Brant Bjork, Royal Thunder, Black Wizard, Witchburn at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 13 The Zeta (Venezuela), Nación de Humo, A God or an Other at Cryptatropa, Olympia, WA
April 14 Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, No Zodiac at The Pin, Spokane, WA
April 14 Drug of Choice, The Thorium Switch, Dilapidation at Stonehenge, Tacoma, WA
April 14 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
April 14 ObscurUs in Darkness: Amsi, The Blood Of Others, Solve, The Walking Wounded, Chrome Corpse at Obscurus, Everett, WA
April 14 Full Metal Jacket at Tony V's, Everett, WA
April 14 Depths of the Sunset, Groundfeeder, Species Splicer at Anchor Pub, Everett, WA
April 15 Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, No Zodiac at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
April 15 Mastodon at The Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA
April 15 Unforgiven Fest I: Transcribing the Necronomicon, Progenitor, Primordial Atrocity, Dead Nexus, Deathbed Confessions, Dilapidation, Voithrone, Blackline at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
April 15 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 15 Vesuvian, Salem Knights, Method 13 at Lucky Liquor, Tukwila, WA
April 17 Rhine, Mindscar, Rat King at Substation, Seattle, WA
April 18 Ghost Bath, Astronoid, Voidthrone, at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 19 Sykosis, Beneath a Dying Sun, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 20 Three Chord Killer, Thou Shall Kill, Religicide at Substation, Seattle, WA
April 20 Kontatto, Konform, Toe Cutter at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
April 21 The Alumni Fest Battle of The Bands: Monsters among Gods, Rucker, Visceral Embodiment, Dismembering Mary, Chamber 6 at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 21 Femme Halen (Van Halen tribute) at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
April 22 Fifth Angel (reunion), Palooka, Hellbilly at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 23 Windhand, Hell, Un, Wounded Giant at Neumos Seattle, WA
April 23 Intronaut, Bell Witch, Scriptures, Breag Naofa at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 24 Blame the Wizards, Siren's Rain, Iron Nightingale at Substation, Seattle, WA
April 25 Anthrax, Killswitch Engage at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
April 25 Cvrse, Kihalas, Prisonfood, Speak In Tongues at Obscurus, Everett, WA
April 26 The Obsessed, Fatso Jetson at Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
April 27 Weedeater, The Obsessed, Primitive Man, Fatso Jetson, Karma to Burn at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 28 D.R.I., The Accused AD, Acid Teeth, Disciples of Dissent at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 28 Signal Lost, Deathraid, Babylon, Arcane at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 28 Trap Them, Call of the Void, Repudiate at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Skeletal Remains, Hissing, Fetid, Mortiferum at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 29 Kill Closet, Chronalogical Injustice, Devilation, Noctium at Tony V's, Everett, WA
April 30 Trap Them, Call of the Void, Heiress, Wake of Humanity at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 30 Siren's Rain at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 2 Dawn of Ashes, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 2 Superjoint, Battlecross, Child Bite, Witchburn, Crud Guns at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 4 Substratum, Nasty Bits, Kings of Cavalier, K'atun at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 5 Anaeroba, Generation Decline, Muppet Fetish at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain, Zero Down at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 6 Mortician, Drawn and Quartered, Logic Slaughter, Stages of Decomposition, Transcribing the Necronomicon, Rutah at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 6 Soiree Macabre 2: A Flourishing Scourge Pre-Release House Party at Bothell, WA
May 8 Gruesome, Oxygen Destroyer, K'atun, Violent Hallucinations at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 8 Sabaton, Battle Beast, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 11 Testament, Sepultura, Prong at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 11 Downstream Music Fest Metal Main Stage: Blood and Thunder, Oxygen Destroyer, Skelator, American Wrecking Company at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 12 Siren's Rain at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
May 13 Negura Bunget, Ruines Ov Abaddon, Isenordal at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 13 Skinlab, Pinned Red, December in Red, Sporicyde at Tony V's, Everett, WA
May 13 Queensryche at The Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, WA
May 13 Raiju, A Sense of Gravity, The Devils of Loudun, Rhine, Tetrachromat at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 13 Disciples of Dissent, Ground Zero, Odyssey at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 14 Isenordal, Circle of Beings, Noceur, Antitheus, others at Obscurus Infernus, Everett, WA
May 14 Conan, North, He Whose Ox Is Gored, Serial Hawk at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 16 Shining, Revenge, Wolvhammer, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T, Killer Bee, Darkhorse, One Gun Shy at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 19 Bone Sickness, Noceur, Withheld Judgement, others at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 19 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 20 Taake at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 20 Splintered Throne at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Need, Ascendia, Prozack Staple, Convergence at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 21 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
May 22 Xandria, Kobra and the Lotus, Once Human, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 23 Arkona, Sirenia, MindMaze, Graveshadow, Blood and Thunder at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 23 Crafter, Remain & Sustain at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 24 Destruction, Jungle Rot, Warbringer, Hellbender, Devilation, Religicide at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 24 Deathwish, Generation Decline at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 25 Yngwie Malmsteen, Mechanism, Killian Mahaffey at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 26 Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Rutah at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
May 26 Armed for Apocalypse, Deathbed Confessions, Ghostblood, Kommand, Oxygen Destroyer at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 27 Vultures above Us, Dismembering Mary, Follow the Lights, As Pillars Fall, Beyond the Woods at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 27 Into the Storm, Florida Man, Swampheavy, Joseph at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
May 29 Behexen, Demoncy, Inquinok, A God or an Other at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 29 Blood and Thunder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 4 Angelcorpse, Ares Kingdom, Drawn and Quartered, Petrification, Pathetic at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 5 Ergo I Exist, Esoson, Born without Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 5 Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Gloom, Transcribing The Necronomicon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 6 Zakk Sabbath, Beastmaker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 7 Heresiarch, Ritual Necromancy, Harvest Gulgatha, Hissing, Void Wraith at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 7 Ghost Ship Octavius at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 8 Lita Ford at Clearwater Casino, Suquamish, WA
June 9 Def Leppard at White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA
June 10 Ghost Ship Octavius, Mechanism, Beltfed Weapon, South Kitsap Infidels, Disciples of Dissent at End Zone, Port Orchard, WA
June 11 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Demoncy, Triumvir Foul at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered, Beltfed Weapon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 16 Vans Warped Tour at Centurylink Field, Seattle, WA: Gwar, Municipal Waste, Carnifex, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, others
Northwest
Terror Fest June 15-17 at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
Warning, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yob, Goatwhore, Samothrace, Cult Leader, Graves at Sea, King Woman, Usnea, Fórn, Call of the Void, Pilgrim, Young and in the Way, Nomads, Lycus, CHRCH, Transient, Take Over and Destroy, Aerial Ruin, Uada, Infernal Coil, Endorphins Lost, Witch Ripper, Burials, Sol, Rhine, Old Iron, others
June 19 Inanimate Existence at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 22 Inanimate Existence, Reaping Asmodeia, Cyborg Octopus at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 23 Demerit, Generation Decline, Acid Teeth, Ground Score, No Klasse at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 27 Symbolik, Accidentally Murdered at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 29 Sammy Hagar at Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
June 29 Limegoat, Sons of Donovan, Whythre at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 30 Wilt, Askevault, Fetid, Hidious Creep at TBA, Seattle, WA
July 2 Beyond Theory, After the Fallout, Darky Dark and the Junkie Bunch, Chemical Asphyxia at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 5 Castle at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 6 Transcend the Realm at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Antichrist, Kommand at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 8 Odyssey 10 Year Anniversary at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 9 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 10 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
July 11 Numenorean, Wormwitch at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 22 One Master, Winter in the Blood, Serpents Chalice, Kömmand at Obscurus, Everett, WA
July 23 Wednesday 13, Once Human, Gabriel and The Apocalypse at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
July 27 The Sword, Big Jesus at Neumos, Seattle, WA
July 28 Edge of Paradise, American Wrecking Company at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
August 13-18 in Seattle: Guitar Workshop Plus with: Tony MacAlpine, Rik Emmet, others
August 24 Diamond Head at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 1 Queensryche at Walla Walla Frontier Days, Walla Walla, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle: Witchtrap, others at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 30 Scorpions, Megadeth at Tacoma Doma, Tacoma, WA
October 2 Lady Beast, Bat at Highline, Seattle, WA
November 18 Boycott the Baptist at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 2 Ghoul, The Plot Sickens, Crud Guns, Misuse of Power, Kommand at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
December 4 Ghost Ship Octavius, American Wrecking Company, Avoid the Void, Omnisight at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 22 Black Bone Exorcism, Thou Shall Kill, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
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