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Heavy Metal News - 11/9/13


CALIBAN reveals cover artwork for upcoming album Ghost Empire

CALIBAN has revealed the unique cover art for their upcoming album, Ghost Empire, scheduled to be released on February 4th in North America via Century Media Records.
CALIBAN guitarist Marc Görtz comments on the art of Ghost Empire that was created by UK artist Chris Lovell:
"Another great artist told me about Chris and his art; when I checked out his page I loved his style and amazing drawings straight away... I told him what the album is about and he said that he would love to do it. It didn't take long for him to come up with first ideas which were amazing! I hope we can work with him on other projects in the future; he is a great guy and easy to work with and I think the result speaks for itself!"
Chris Lovell (, the creator of the image, explains how this custom piece of art came to life:

"I have been heavily into metal since the age of 12. It's always nice when a band I am a fan of contacts me with a brief for a project. I was stoked to read Marc's ideas as post-apocalyptic imagery is something I have an obsession with. I grew up loving films like 'Mad Max', 'Cyborg' and the 'Fist Of The North Star' anime. There's something about destroyed buildings and wastelands that stir my imagination and conjure up all kinds of haunting images in my head. It's also much more fun and easier to draw ruined buildings than perfect ones!

Marc and I brainstormed ideas one evening and we came up with lots of elements we liked such as crows, scarecrows, rats, etc. I sketched out a very rough concept idea and layout for the basic image. The front and back cover is all in one, so I had a nice wide landscape to work with. I liked the idea of a road on the main cover, leading to what could look like a hive of collapsed skyscrapers and buildings leaning on each other and climbing into the clouds. On the left side, a cliff face leading down to stormy seas and a shoreline littered with shipwrecks and capsized boats. I wanted the image to look void of human life and haunting. I drew out the bulk of the main image in pencil, then used inks and acrylic paint to add depth and highlights. I then scanned the image in and coloured it with a graphics tablet on Photoshop. I drew a number of other elements like telegraph poles, crows, skulls and rats and scanned them in separately. I wanted to be able to experiment with placement and give the band the option to move elements around. I lost track of how many hours I put into the piece; it all becomes a blur. I like to stream horror movies or listen to music and just lose myself in the art I make. I have a bit of an obsession with detail and I tend to spend hours tweaking elements on an image people will probably never even notice. CALIBAN have been a pleasure to work with... it is an honour to have done the artwork for what will be an amazing album!"
3 INCHES OF BLOOD premiere video for
"Look Out" live at Mushroom Studios
    Part of 7" Vinyl Series coming out next week via CM Distro      

November 8, 2013  

Raised in hell, forged by fire and harder than Krupp Steel, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD have been on tour with DEATH ANGEL and are now set to release an exclusive 7" Vinyl series called LIVE AT MUSHROOM.  The band recorded all the songs live and captured  the set on video.  We are now launching the video for "Look Out (live at Mushroom)" via Metal Injection. 

Check out the video here: video/3-inches-of-blood-look- out-live-from-the-mushroom- video-premiere   

3 INCHES OF BLOOD current tour:
11/8/2013Sunshine TheaterAlbuquerqueNM*
11/9/2013Club RedTempeAZ*
11/10/2013The ObservatorySanta AnaCA*
11/11/2013Jerry's PizzaBakersfieldCA
11/12/2013The BoardwalkSacramentoCA
11/13/2013Jub JubsRenoNV
11/15/2013Wild BuffaloBellinghamWA
*with Death Angel
Buy packages: 

HEART OF A COWARD premiere video for "Psychophant" from the album SEVERENCE
In stores Tuesday via Century Media    

November 8, 2013  

In anticipation of their new album SEVERENCE, which will be released on Tuesday, November 12 in North America, HEART OF A COWARD is premiering a new video for their song "Psychophant." Both song and video feature a guest performance from Scott Kennedy of BLEED FROM WITHIN.

Check out the video via New Noise: 

Singer Jamie Graham had this to say about the song and video: "'Psychophant is a play on words for 'Sycophant'- someone who just lives leeching off others, but taken to a psychotic level. We asked (Scott) Kennedy to jump on the track after we all toured together back in early 2013. It's one of the heavier, simpler songs on the album and follows the night of a total prick who gets everything coming to him! Everyone knows someone like this and it begs the question of how happy you are with your own life. We love playing this one live!'"

Next on HEART OF A COWARD's agenda is extensive touring. Check back for North American dates.

support: The Charm The Fury and Malevolence
11.11.2013 (UK) Birmingham - Asylum 2
12.11.2013 (UK) Southampton - Joiners
13.11.2013 (UK) Cardiff - Full Moon
14.11.2013 (UK) London - Barfly
15.11.2013 (UK) Milton Keynes - Craufurd
16.11.2013 (UK) Sheffield - Corporation
17.11.2013 (UK) Manchester - Alter Ego
18.11.2013 (UK) Glasgow - Classic Grand
19.11.2013 (UK) Leeds - Cockpit 3
20.11.2013 (UK) Nottingham - Rock City Basement
21.11.2013 (UK) Norwich - Upstairs @ Waterfront
Tickets on sale from

w/ Thy Art is Murder, Aegaeon, Aversions Crown
15.01.2014 (GER) Stuttgart - Juha
16.01.2014 (GER) Munich - Kranhalle
17.01.2014 (GER) Leipzig - Conne Island
18.01.2014 (GER) Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
19.01.2014 (PL) Poznan - Minoga
21.01.2014 (GER) Hamburg - Hafenklang
22.01.2014 (GER) Muenster - Skaters Place Café
23.01.2014 (GER) Berlin - Magnet
24.01.2014 (GER) Cologne - MTC
25.01.2014 (B) Brussels - AB Club
26.01.2014 (F) Paris - Batofar

Determination combined with a high level of creative ability, ensure HEART OF A COWARD are one of the UK's hottest prospects right now!





Obliteration: Full Album Stream at Noisey


Ahead of its November 11, 2013 North American release via Relapse Records, the full deadly force of OBLITERATION's new album Black Death Horizon, is now streaming via VICE's music portal Noisey. The album will be available in digital, CD, and LP formats, and as Darkthrone godfather Fenriz says, is "A brand new old organic sounding death metal masterpiece."


Hailing from Kolbotn, Norway (the home of Darkthrone) Obliteration are true heirs to a long line of gritty Scandinavian death metal. Black Death Horizon both invokes the classics of the genre and puts a new and fresh spin on the sound to make it their own. Pitchfork notes, " If you liked to hear Celtic Frost and Darkthrone go out searching for something strange, Obliteration wields that weirdness like a newborn superpower."

Pre-order Black Death Horizon on CD/LP HERE. Pre-order digitally via iTunes HERE.

Weekend Nachos: 'Still' Streaming Now at Decibel

Chicago, IL’s powerviolence kings, WEEKEND NACHOS are streaming their crushing, hateful new record Still over at Decibel Magazine who said of the record: "One spin through Still and we’re still trying to get the hurt out of our ears and the smiles off our dumb-ass faces." Twelve tracks of hateful aural punishment, Still will see a November 11th release via Relapse Records (CD/Digital), Deep Six Records (Vinyl), and Toxicbreed's Funhouse (Cassette). Listen to the record HERE. Pre-orders are available via Relapse here.

Additionally, the quartet will be touring in support of the new record this fall. A complete listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below.

Skinless: Re-Sign to Relapse Records


Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the official re-signing of recently reunited New York Death Metal legends SKINLESS!  Formed in 1992, in Albany, New York, SKINLESS have released four full-length albums and numerous EPs throughout their 20+ year career.  After disbanding in 2011, the group is now back together with the classic Progression Towards Evil line-up (Sherwood Webber-Vocals, Noah Carpenter-Guitar, Joe Keyser-Bass, Bob Beaulac-Drums) plus the recent addition of Dave Matthews on second guitar.  
The group will begin writing their long awaited follow-up to 2006's Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead which is expected to be released in late 2014.  In the meantime, fans can catch SKINLESS at the inaugural Denver Black Sky Fest. Founded by SKINLESS vocalist, Webber, Denver Black Sky will be held on December 14th, 2013. The three-stage event features a very special “Grind In The Round” stage and offers up a ridiculously sick lineup of: Dying Fetus, Ghoul, Exhumed, Speedwolf, Power Trip, Mammoth Grinder, Call Of The Void, Reproacher, Weekend, Nachos, Iron Reagan, Axeslasher, Primitive Man, Vimana, Of Feather And Bone, Native Daughters, Black Sleep Of Kali, Dead Temple and Flight Of Sleipnir. Following their imminent devastation of Denver, SKINLESS will punish upstate New York with two already sold out shows at the Upstate Concert Hall. Additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks. Get your riot gear ready.
Read more on the signing, including quotes from the band, HERE. Listen to previous SKINLESS records HERE.

Nothing: Announce Winter Tour Dates with Weekend


The loudest shoegaze to ever come out of Philly, NOTHING are getting ready to head out on the road with Weekend this January. The band put their blood (literally), sweat, and tears into every performance, so you definitely do not want to miss these guys coming through your town. Rolling Stone just named them one of the top ten new bands of CMJ 2013 and Stereogum premiered their latest single "Dig" last August.

See a full list of dates below and listen to "Dig" HERE.