ILL NIÑO Reveal New Song And Announce New Band Members

Latin metal legends ILL NIÑO are excited to debut their first song in in nearly five years, “Sangre,” and welcome new members – Shattered Sun vocalist Marcos Leal, rhythm guitarist Sal Dominguez, formerly of Upon A Burning Body, and Sons of TexasJess Dehoyos on lead guitar.


ILL NIÑO founder and drummer Dave Chavarri says, “Sometimes being in a band is like being married – sometimes people grow apart and no longer see eye to eye, and a separation becomes inevitable. We wish our former members the best in their musical careers, and are pumped to move forward with our new band members. Not only have we toured with them, but they’re very respected, seasoned musicians, and dudes that have always been our ‘Familia’ since day one.”


Marcos Leal says, “Anyone who knows me knows the love I have for this band. I got my start singing ILL NIÑO covers in my younger years and this band has always held a special place in my heart. When the opportunity arose to front one of my favorite bands of all time, it was something I needed to consider.”


Leal will continue to do double-duty as vocalist for both ILL NIÑO and Shattered Sun.


ILL NIÑO‘s “Sangre” is available at today via iTunesGoogle Play and Amazon. An audio preview of the track is available via YouTube.


ILL NIÑO will be announcing two full international tours, as well as a new label home and new official video shortly. The first confirmed dates with the new lineup include appearances at the Reload and Neuborn festivals in Germany in August.


ILL NIÑO‘s Latin roots run bloody and deep.  Melodic vocals, bilingual lyrics, flamenco guitars, tribal drums and Latin percussion, and Salsa-infused bass lines make up the groundbreaking sound that defines ILL NIÑO.


New Jersey/New York born ILL NIÑO formed in late 1999 and became the epitome of Latin Metal in 2001 with their monster debut album, Revolution, Revolución.  Strong airplay for their first single “What Comes Around” and slots on both Ozzfest and Jagermeister tours in 2002, helped the album sell nearly 430,000 units worldwide. ILL NIÑO returned with their sophomore release Confession and managed to surpass their debut sales, selling over 500,000 copies worldwide.  The success of Confession also spawned the top 10 single “How Can I Live” which became the featured single on the Freddy vs. Jason soundtrack and film.


In 2014, ILL NIÑO landed a spot on the prestigious Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, playing to thousands of metal fans across the U.S.  The sextet’s relentless international touring in Europe, Australia, South America, Mexico, Russia, Philippines, China and Japan, plus sharing stages around the globe with the likes of Linkin Park, Disturbed, Guns & Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Korn, and Sevendust, has established ILL NIÑO as one of the most lethal live bands of the decade.


ILL NIÑO Tour Dates:
8/23 – Sulingen, Germany @ Reload Festival (w/Salvation, Hatebreed, Of Mice & Men, Agnostic Front, Walls of Jericho, Jinjer and many more)
8/24 – Wörrstadt, Germany @ Neuborn Open Air Festival (w/Hatebreed, Jinjer, Amorphis and many more)


STEVE DADAIAN Reveals Guitar Playthrough for Epic New Track “Red River”

Fast-rising fusion guitarist STEVE DADAIAN will release his upcoming new full-length concept album, Follow The Light, on February 1, 2019. Today, following the release of his two latest tracks/videos for “Follow the Light” and “Soul Connection” (the latter featuring Soilwork‘s Bjorn Strid), Dadaian has revealed a brand new guitar playthrough the epic track “Red River”. Watch the video now via Gear Gods here.


 
STEVE DADAIAN says: “Red River is one of the most unique and technically demanding songs on the record. Even though there are a lot of moving parts, as a whole it is still cohesive with all the progressive and orchestral elements I was looking for. I took a break during the writing process one evening and was inspired to finish writing this track after seeing the movie The Killing Fields again. The feeling I had after watching it now as an adult was in line with the headspace I was in while writing the album story. The themes build upon each other from the beginning until they reach a pivotal moment, after which all hell breaks loose.”


Featuring razor-sharp solos, theatrical, symphonic soundscapes and unforgettable melodies, STEVE DADAIAN‘s new album, Follow The Light,starts strong with an ominous, movie-soundtrack-ready introduction preparing the listener for the album, aptly titled “The Journey Ahead”. The album wastes no time beginning its epic tale with the metal/jazz fusion track “Follow The Light”, and continues to flux amid orchestral-influenced pieces such as “Forest Requiem” and larger-than-life metal opuses like “Soul Connection”.


 
Follow The Light can be pre-ordered via BandcampiTunes and Amazon now. The physical version of Follow The Light also includes a written component, allowing the listener to follow the album’s epic story both on paper and in auditory form.


New Jersey native STEVE DADAIAN discovered his love for the guitar at a young age. Even while studying at the prestigious Columbia University in the city of New York, Dadaian continued to hone his craft as an artist. The then 21-year-old classically-trained guitarist spent the little spare time he had reaching top spots at national guitar competitions hosted by Slash, John Petrucci (Dream Theater) and Jon Donais (AnthraxShadows Fall), performing at events with the likes of Yngwie MalmsteenSteve Vai, and Nicko McBrain, and dazzling crowds at venues like the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


STEVE DADAIAN endorses DR strings, ESP Guitars, Synergy Amps, and Lunastone pedals.


STEVE DADAIAN will appear at the Winter NAMM Show 2019, where he will perform tracks from his new album at the DR Strings booth (4214 Hall D) on Friday, January 25 at 11:00 AM. During the performance, Dadaian will utilize a variety of the company’s product lines – such as Tite-fit and DDT (Drop Down Tuning) strings. Stay tuned for a special video showcasing DR Strings’ DDT line, featuring STEVE DADAIAN, set to launch via Sweetwater.com before NAMM.


Artwork by Shane Rice Studio

Follow The Light Track listing:
1) The Journey Ahead
2) Follow the Light
3) Forest Requiem
4) Red River
5) Beneath the Citadel
6) Soul Connection (guest vocals by Björn Strid of Soilwork, intro notes by Serj Tankian of System of a Down)
7) Presence of Mind
8) Clash in the Corridor
9) On Silver Shores


MR. MACHINE Featuring Horror Icon Bill Moseley Coming This Spring

MR. MACHINE is a new music project featuring horror icon Bill Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2House Of 1000 CorpsesDevil’s Rejects et al), and Drew Shoup and Lyric Ferchaud, both of Texas thrash unit/Housecore recording artists, Warbeast. The trio is currently composing their debut which promises to be a wholly twisted endeavor.


Comments Moseley, “Cornbugs on the windshield, falling down off Spider Mountain, Bill & Phil said they’d give us a ride, but along came this rusty old robot named MR. MACHINE with a red top hat and conveyor belt suspenders, belching black smoke, jaws chawing on rivets and bolts, so we climbed aboard, and God knows where we’ll end up!”


“It’s surreal to be able to create music with someone that I have always admired,” says Shoup of the union, Bill is a great actor and lyricist and to be able to work with him is stellar!”


“It’s a true honor to be creating music with the talented Bill Moseley,” adds Ferchaud. “With a wide range of sounds from beautifully unique, to wretched and ugly, this is a prime example of an uncommon musical experience”


The band’s as-yet-untitled offering is slated for release this spring with further details to be unveiled in the weeks to come.


BRICK BY BRICK Reveal New Music Video for “Hive Mentality”, Featuring JESSICA PIMENTEL of Orange is the New Black

New York hardcore heavyweights BRICK BY BRICK – featuring Mike Valente (Guitars), Andy Parsons (Bass), Ray Mazzolla (Vocals, also of Full Blown Chaos) and James Muller (Drums) – will release their seventh studio album, Hive Mentality, on February 22, 2019 via Upstate Records. Beginning today, the album is available for pre-order via digital retailers and MerchNow. Visit the pre-order landing page at www.upstaterecordsny.com and see below for more details.


In conjunction with their pre-order launch, BRICK BY BRICK have revealed a hard-hitting new music video for the new album’s title track, “Hive Mentality”! The track and video, which feature a guest appearance from none other than Orange is the New Black star and Alekhine’s Gun vocalist Jessica Pimentel, is available to hear/view now here.


The video – directed, filmed and edited by Kim Cangemi – can also be viewed via the official Alternative Press Facebook page here.


Guitarist Mike Valente says, “This video captures what BRICK BY BRICK is all about: raw, no flash, anti-establishment, underground dudes just playing underground hardcore and metal. Having Jessica on the track added the perfect attitude and aggression to convey the message behind the song. She killed it.”


Track guest Jessica Pimentel added in a recent Instagram post, “This is a solid, awesome hardcore album with a lot of cool special guests… get it now!”


 
As part of BRICK BY BRICK‘s new pre-order launch, fans can grab a “Bar is Open” bundle, which includes a t-shirt in their color of choice (maroon, blue and black), a CD, a pint glass, a shot glass, and a digital download of the album. Visit this location to get the bundle.


Born out of Troy, NY’s infamous hardcore scene, BRICK BY BRICK have relentlessly cultivated their reputation as a staple force of hybrid hardcore metal. Solidifying and reviving their sound in recent years with the addition of Ray Mazzolla on vocals, the band’s perspective is fresh with formidable intent.


Raising a massive middle finger to the establishment, the band’s new album, Hive Mentality, is a battle cry to all that is wrong with the world, yet signifying that all is right with heavy music convergence. Epitomizing the tone of the title track “Hive Mentality”, track guest Jessica Pimentel (Alekhine’s Gun vocalist, Orange is the New Black actress) seethes “Get the fuck out of the way or get trampled,” with a ranting rage. Based upon true events, track five, entitled “Bar Is Open”, sums up BRICK BY BRICK flawlessly in their declaration of, “We live to drink/We love to fight/We bring the party/Rage through the night.” That statement is further emphasized by none other than guest vocalist Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste, Iron Reagan). The Acacia Strain‘s Vincent Bennet further exudes the savagery of Hive Mentality with his vocal spot on “In The Ruins”, before the album reaches its apex with a blistering rendition of Motörhead‘s “Iron Fist”, a sonically heated kick like a belt of Jack that Lemmy himself would have savored and tipped his hat to.


Produced by Jason Bourdeau, Hive Mentality was recorded at Overit Media in Albany NY, with mastering by legendary Alan Douches of West West Side Music.


BRICK BY BRICK brings one metal riff after another, interwoven with slamming breakdowns and a relentlessly rhythmic battering. Hive Mentality transcends beyond genres – it embraces the angst within each soul from any heavy music scene and brings solace to every metalhead, muscle head, hardcore kid, and old school punk who’s been internally bleeding and eternally screaming in defiance.


 
Hive Mentality track list:
“Hive Mentality” featuring Jessica Pimentel (Alekhine’s Gun/actress)
“Bad Sign”
“Toe to Toe”
“Battleground”
“Bar Is Open” featuring Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste/Iron Reagan)
“Never to Wake”
“In The Ruins” featuring Vincent Bennett (The Acacia Strain)
“Slave to the Grind” (Skid Row Cover)
“Iron Fist” (Motörhead Cover)


BRICK BY BRICK upcoming shows:
2/22 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall (w/ Dying FetusHive Mentality Album Release Show


European tour dates with Madball, Iron Reagan and more (tickets: www.madtix.de):
3/7 – Leipzig – Conne Island (GER)
3/8 – Amsterdam – Melkweg (NLD)
3/9 – Paris – Le Gibus (FRA)
3/10 – Aarburg – Musigburg (CHE)
3/11 – München – Backstage (GER)
3/12 – Nürnberg – Z-Bau (GER)
3/13 – Essen – Turock (GER)
3/14 – Berlin – SO36 (GER)
3/15 – Hamburg – Kronensaal (GER)
3/16 – Coesfeld – Fabrik (GER)


THE ASYLUM Playlist for 01-10-19

Here’s what was played this week on THE ASYLUM (click here for podcast):

The Best Ones Lie by Disturbed
Broken Ones by Shaman’s Harvest
Draw the Line by Incognito Theory
Problem Child by AC/DC
Dead To Me by Broken Past
You’ve Got Another Thing Coming by Judas Priestess
Vultures by A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH
Your Tongue’s Got The Cat by Lordi
Sanctuary by Master Sword
Dance Macabre by Ghost
My World by Empty Trail
Monsters by Crimshaw
Lights Out by Charetta
Pawn Shop Tattoo by Baelfire
SICK by Spider Rockets
The Dark Triad by Aenimus
As I Catch My Breath by Charred Walls Of The Damned
Who’s Gonna Save You by Crossing Rubicon
The Luddite by Corrosion Of Conformity
Demolition Man by Flotsam And Jetsam
Last Man Standing by Overkill
The Pale King by Testament
Antitype by THE INTERSPHERE
Landslide by Last In Line
Dredful Moments by Jinjer
Arrival by Soilwork
Xanadu by Rush
Arrival [Live at Graspop] by King Diamond

Catch THE ASYLUM every Thursday from 10PM – 1AM EST on BullspikeRadio.com,  Replay every Friday from 4-7PM EST on Rock Mauritius Radio, and send your requests to Turbo@turborules.com.

STEVE DADAIAN Joined by BJÖRN STRID of SOILWORK on New Track “Soul Connection”

Fast-rising fusion guitarist STEVE DADAIAN will release his upcoming new full-length concept album, Follow The Light, on February 1, 2019. Today, STEVE DADAIAN has revealed a brand new track from the album, entitled “Soul Connection”, featuring the powerful guest lead vocals of Soilwork frontman Björn Strid. Listen to the entire track and watch the stunning lyric video (created by Wayne Joyner) for “Soul Connection” here via Consequence of Sound‘s Heavy Consequence.


“Soul Connection”, in its entirety, was originally written by Dadaian for a 2017 songwriting competition held by Serj Tankian of System of a Down – of which Dadaian was a finalist. For the competition, dubbed the 7 Notes Experiment, Tankian provided the first seven notes of a song and competitors were asked to write a full track from those notes. All proceeds from the sale of the track will go to the Creative Armenia Fund, an arts foundation created to discover, develop, produce and promote creative talent across the world.


STEVE DADAIAN says: “This song is the only track with vocals on the entire album, so I knew I had to do something special with it. I wanted to preserve the intensity of the preceding songs while offering something new with “Soul Connection”. Enter vocal master Björn Strid – his talents and contribution helped make this an epic, standout track.


 
“Soul Connection” was inspired by the haunting first seven notes of the song. Lyrically, the idea is that even when those we are close to pass on, an intangible part of them stays with us from generation to generation. This theme ties into the main conceptual storyline of my album as well.”


Björn Strid adds, “I think this collaboration really came out great. The topic is brilliant and is something I can definitely relate to.”


 
Featuring razor-sharp solos, theatrical, symphonic soundscapes and unforgettable melodies, STEVE DADAIAN‘s new album, Follow The Light,starts strong with an ominous, movie-soundtrack-ready introduction preparing the listener for the album, aptly titled “The Journey Ahead”. The album wastes no time beginning its epic tale with the metal/jazz fusion track “Follow The Light”, and continues to flux amid orchestral-influenced pieces such as “Forest Requiem” and larger-than-life metal opuses like “Soul Connection”.


 
Follow The Light can be pre-orderedvia BandcampiTunes and Amazon now. The physical version of Follow The Light also includes a written component, allowing the listener to follow the album’s epic story both on paper and in auditory form.


While online, check out the new music video for the title track, “Follow The Light”, here.


New Jersey native STEVE DADAIAN discovered his love for the guitar at a young age. Even while studying at the prestigious Columbia University in the city of New York, Dadaian continued to hone his craft as an artist. The then 21-year-old classically-trained guitarist spent the little spare time he had reaching top spots at national guitar competitions hosted by Slash, John Petrucci (Dream Theater) and Jon Donais (AnthraxShadows Fall), performing at events with the likes of Yngwie MalmsteenSteve Vai, and Nicko McBrain, and dazzling crowds at venues like the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


STEVE DADAIAN endorses DR strings, ESP Guitars, Synergy Amps, and Lunastone pedals.


STEVE DADAIAN will appear at the Winter NAMM Show 2019, where he will perform tracks from his new album at the DR Strings booth (4214 Hall D) on Friday, January 25 at 11:00 AM. During the performance, Dadaian will utilize a variety of the company’s product lines – such as Tite-fit and DDT (Drop Down Tuning) strings. Stay tuned for a special video showcasing DR Strings’ DDT line, featuring STEVE DADAIAN, set to launch via Sweetwater.com before NAMM.


Artwork by Shane Rice Studio

Follow The Light track listing:
1) The Journey Ahead
2) Follow the Light
3) Forest Requiem
4) Red River
5) Beneath the Citadel
6) Soul Connection (guest vocals by Björn Strid of Soilwork, intro notes by Serj Tankian of System of a Down)
7) Presence of Mind
8) Clash in the Corridor
9) On Silver Shores


The Hall of Heavy Metal History Announces Final Inductees List for 2019 Metal Hall of Fame Gala

The annual Hall of Heavy Metal History‘s Metal Hall of Fame Gala will take place on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Marriott Delta Garden Grove in Anaheim, CA. The event will be hosted by iconic television, radio personality and heavy metal champion Eddie Trunk, and will feature appearances by heavy metal greats of today and years past. The Metal Hall of Fame Gala is quickly solidifying itself as the most important night in rock and metal!


The event will feature performances by legendary drummers and Hall of Heavy Metal History inductees Carmine Appice and Vinny Appice, as well as a performance by hard rock/punk icon Jean Beauvoir. Los Angeles heavy rock/metal group Budderside will open the show.


The event will also feature the premiere/free screening of Cleopatra Entertainment’s new film Band vs. Brand before the gala begins. Several celebrities from the film will be present at the screening.


Please note event times have changed: Doors open at 4:30 PM, and a red carpet will take place from 5:00-7:00 PM. The free screening of Band vs. Brand will take place from 7:00-8:00 PM, and the gala/induction ceremony will begin at 8:00 PM with Budderside‘s performance.


Admission is open to the public – tickets are available for just $30 via www.thehallofheavymetalhistory.org.


2019 Hall of Heavy Metal History Inductees Include:
 Jon and Marsha Zazula (Founders, Megaforce Records)
– Lita Ford (with 2018 inductee Doro Pesch presenting)
– Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs)
 David Ellefson (Megadeth)
– Saxon (with Nigel Glockler accepting)
– Max Norman (Producer: Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth and Savatage | Jean Beauvoir presenting)
– Frank Bello (Anthrax)
– Testament
– Bob Daisley (Ozzy OsbourneRainbow and Gary Moore | John Sykes accepting)
– Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Sons of Apollo)
– Lee Kerslake (Uriah HeepOzzy Osbourne | Limited Autograph Signing)
– KLOS FM – 50th Anniversary


 
More surprise guest appearances are scheduled to be announced!


Pat GesualdoHall of Heavy Metal History Founder/CEO, says, “We are looking forward to another amazing year at the 2019 Metal Hall of Fame Gala, and following up on last summer’s amazing live induction of Judas Priest and “The Metal Queen” Doro Pesch in conjunction with our festival partners Wacken Open Air.


As with last year, several iconic bands, industry executives and artists will be inducted in 2019. We are grateful for all the hard work they’ve done over the years to keep rock and metal relevant. I also want to take this opportunity to praise metal fans all over the world. They are an important part of the Hall of Heavy Metal History. With their support, they are helping us keep rock and metal alive for generations to come.”


2019 inductee Bob Daisley adds, “I’m very pleased and feel honored to be inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History after all these years. I’m pleased for Lee Kerslake too. He’s been a major player in the genre. Thank you to John Sykes for accepting our awards, I’m grateful and honored to have you do it.”


 
2019 Hall of Heavy Metal History inductee Mike Portnoy says, “It is my honor to be inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History this year! It’s also exciting to share this honor with a few of my band mates like David Ellefson (Metal Allegiance) and Jeff Scott Soto (Sons of Apollo). I look forward to attending the celebration!”
 
“We are honored to be recognized by the Hall of Heavy Metal History. It has been a privilege to provide you with the soundtrack of your lives. We look forward to seeing you all at this momentous occasion,” add Megaforce Records founders Jon and Marsha Zazula.


Rob Halford of Judas Priest, who was inducted this past summer at the 2018 Wacken Open Air festival, says, Judas Priest are thrilled and honored to accept induction into the Hall of Heavy Metal History and be amongst so many of our friends. This also sends a great message of inclusion for the metal community around the world, and keeps us defending the metal faith together.”


Inductees awarded in previous years include Ronnie James Dio, Randy Rhoads, Lemmy KilmisterScorpions, Bill Ward, Billy Sheehan, Jordan Rudess, Nick Menza, Munsey RicciExodus, and many more.


The Hall of Heavy Metal History is a non-profit organization dedicated to forever enshrining the iconic musicians and music industry executives responsible for making rock and metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they continue to inspire fans throughout the world, from generation to generation.


The Hall of Heavy Metal History hosts the annual Metal Hall of Fame Awards Gala, in addition to an on-stage induction ceremony at Wacken, Additionally, the Hall of Heavy Metal History is part of the D.A.D. Program to help children fight disabilities on a global basis, and is partnered with the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

MARK MORTON Premieres “Cross Off” With Never-Before-Heard Track With CHESTER BENNINGTON

Mark Morton, the prolific guitarist of Lamb of God, has released the second single from his debut solo album, Anesthetic, out March 1, 2019. “Cross Off” featuring Chester Bennington premiered today as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1 and is now available everywhere HERE.  Also listen HERE.


“Cross Off” was recorded in April 2017 and written by Mark Morton, Chester Bennington, Jake Oni, and producer Josh Wilbur. Morton recorded all guitars with Paolo Gregoletto and Alex Bent (Trivium) handling bass and drums. The composition of the song began between Morton, Wilbur, and Oni before the three approached Bennington about singing vocals. Bennington loved the song and came to the studio with additional ideas and lyrics that, together with his unique and incredible vocal style, shaped the song to be what it is today.


Morton said his experience working on “Cross Off” with Bennington “was a very free-flowing and natural process. We both really loved the song from its inception and everyone that worked on it put a lot of energy and emotion into it. I feel like you can really hear that in the track, and absolutely in Chester‘s performance.”


Joining forces with WPP Records and Spinefarm Records on a worldwide basis, Morton will release the 10-track album that sees him further explore his creative drive for writing and collaboration. It arrives on March 1, 2019, but CD and vinyl pre-order and merch bundles are now available HERE.


The full track listing, complete with the list of guest artists is below. The album was made alongside a dream team of highly respected musicians from a multitude of musical worlds; some friends and some who would never be expected to collaborate with metal genre leaders Lamb of God.


Morton had been writing some of this debut for years. “This album wasn’t a concerted effort to start something outside Lamb of God,” he explains. “Music is always in my head, and until I write and record it, it’s stuck there. But once I record it, it’s out. It’s a catharsis, more for my own sanity.”


Singers on the album include Chester Bennington, Randy Blythe, Jacoby Shaddix, Myles Kennedy, Alissa White-Gluz, Mark Lanegan, Chuck Billy, Jake Oni, Josh Todd, Mark Morales, and Naeemah Maddox. Musically, Morton performs all guitars, with Roy Mayorga, David Ellefson, Ray Luzier, Paolo Gregoletto, Alex Bent, Mike Inez, Jean-Paul Gaster, Steve Gorman, Marc Ford, Yanni Papadopoulos, and Chris Brooks rounding out the band.


ANESTHETIC Track Listing:
1. “Cross Off” (feat. Chester Bennington)
2. “Sworn Apart” (feat. Jacoby Shaddix)
3. “Axis” (feat. Mark Lanegan)
4. “The Never” (feat. Chuck Billy and Jake Oni)
5. “Save Defiance” (feat. Myles Kennedy)
6. “Blur” (feat. Mark Morales)
7. “Back From The Dead” (feat. Josh Todd)
8. “Reveal” (feat. Naeemah Maddox)
9. “Imaginary Days”
10. “Truth Is Dead” (feat. Randy Blythe and Alissa White-Gluz)


BrooklynVegan Premieres “Ritual Based Symmetries” Video From ZEVIOUS

BrooklynVegan is hosting the public premiere of “Ritual Based Symmetries,” the new official video from New York City-based instrumental avant-metal trio, ZEVIOUS, formed by members of Dysrhythmia, Sabbath Assembly, Many Arms, Smother Party, and more. The track is found on the band’s recently-released fourth album, Lowlands, which saw release last summer through Nefarious Industries.


Recorded at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves by Colin Marston (Behold… The Arctopus, Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Krallice), Lowlands offers a subtle change in direction from ZEVIOUS‘ prior releases. The band explores a hypnotic and streamlined rhythmic approach while maintaining their abrasive edge, with influences ranging from new-wave and 20th Century composition to doom and black metal.


The first official video from Lowlands comes in the form of the album’s dynamic “Ritual Based Symmetries,” the shortest and arguably the densest track on Lowlands. Filmed throughout New York City and its suburbs, the video was directed by David Brenner, and attempts to capture ZEVIOUS‘ dizzying instrumental delivery of the track and the colors of Lowlands‘ cover artwork created by Bryan Olson (S U R V I V E, Cave Of Swimmers).


The video for “Ritual Based Symmetries” sees its public debut through BrooklynVegan who offers, “it’s got a mind-melting, psychedelic vibe to it that fits perfectly with the spastic song.”


See ZEVIOUS‘ “Ritual Based Symmetries” at BrooklynVegan RIGHT HERE.


Lowlands is out now through Nefarious Industries on LP and all digital outlets via Nefarious Industries. Place orders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp HERE.


ZEVIOUS is booking new live performances in support of Lowlands, including a show in New Haven, Connecticut on January 19th, with additional shows throughout the Northeast to be announced in the coming weeks.


ZEVIOUS Live:
1/19/2019 NG2BC – New Haven, CT w/ Sperm Donor, Hylda [info]


KING DIAMOND Launches New Video, “Arrival (Live at Graspop)”, From Upcoming DVD/Blu-ray, ‘Songs For The Dead Live’

On January 25th, King Diamond will release a new DVD/Blu-ray, Songs For The Dead Live, via Metal Blade Records.

There is only one King Diamond, and for more than thirty years the great Dane has been dropping classic albums and putting on shows fans remember for the rest of their lives. Perhaps the only downside to having such a formidable catalogue is that there are just too many great songs to fit into a single set. However, you would be hard-pressed to find a fan who wouldn’t want to hear 1987’s seminal Abigail in its entirety, and Songs For The Dead Live captures this, twice, and in very different locales. Boasting eighteen songs per set, each of the two shows – Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting in June 2016 and Philadelphia’s Fillmore in November 2015 – feature a brace of classic King Diamond and Mercyful Fate tracks including “Welcome Home,” “Halloween,” and “Eye Of The Witch” before launching into Abigail. The performances of the all-star lineup of musicians, comprising of guitarists Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead, bassist Pontus Egberg and drummer Matt Thompson, are absolutely ferocious, hammering home every single moment.

For a preview of Songs For The Dead Live, a new video, “Arrival (Live at Graspop)”, can be viewed at here.

Fans can also watch “Sleepless Nights (Live at The Fillmore)” at  http://metalblade.com/kingdiamond/ – where Songs For The Dead Live can be pre-ordered in the following formats:
–2DVD/CD 6-Panel Digipak
–Blu-ray (includes audio digital download of Philadelphia Show)
–special edition box set with 5 discs (2DVD, 2CD, 1 Blu-ray) plus poster, flier, laminate, setlist, ticket, sticker, and guitar pick (limited to 3000 copies)
–opaque blue with white splatter vinyl (US retail exclusive – limited to 600 copies)
–opaque red with black splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–opaque white with black splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–transparent amber marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 700 copies)
–clear ghost white vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–orange-brown/black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–black/purple melt vinyl (Nuclear Blast exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–orange/red marbled vinyl (Napalm exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–clear lavender marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–clear ash grey marbled vinyl (Bengan exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–pink blue marbled vinyl (Ebay exclusive – limited to 200 copies)

Captured on film by director Denise Korycki for Wild Wind Productions, she worked closely with King on every aspect of filming, and throughout the viewer finds themselves front and center as the shows unfold. This includes some inventive camera placement, such as riding in on the back of the wheelchair as it is wheeled out to “Out From The Asylum” at the start of the show, or looking up from the coffin at the commencement of Abigail opener “Funeral”, which adds an extra dimension to proceedings. Naturally, the theatricality that has become synonymous with King Diamond is there in full force, making for an even more immersive experience. The gothic stage set and the participation of actors playing out certain scenes tying into the songs definitely increases the drama and the sense of complete disconnect from the trappings of reality, ensuring that the shows remain riveting from start to finish.

While the setlists are virtually identical, the drastic difference in the two venues make for distinctly different atmospheres. The sweeping, epic scale of Graspop and the virtual sea of baying metalheads makes for a particularly thrilling spectacle, King holding them all in the palm of his hand. The Fillmore show is immediately more intimate, and rather than a mixed bag of metal lovers drunk on a weekend of the heavy stuff, the audience is comprised entirely of the King Diamond devout, screaming back every word, their love for their hero bleeding from every frame. Songs For The Dead Live gives those who missed out on seeing these shows in the flesh a chance to vividly experience them, offering so much deeper an experience than your run of the mill live DVD.

Graspop Metal Meeting track-listing
1. Out from the Asylum
2. Welcome Home
3. Sleepless Nights
4. Halloween
5. Eye of the Witch
6. Melissa
7. Come to the Sabbath
8. Them
9. Funeral
10. Arrival
11. A Mansion in Darkness
12. The Family Ghost
13. The 7th Day of July 1777
14. Omens
15. The Possession
16. Abigail
17. Black Horsemen
18. Insanity

The Fillmore track-listing
1. Out from the Asylum
2. Welcome Home
3. Sleepless Nights
4. Eye of the Witch
5. Halloween
6. Melissa
7. Come to the Sabbath
8. Them
9. Funeral
10. Arrival
11. A Mansion in Darkness
12. The Family Ghost
13. The 7th Day of July 1777
14. Omens
15. The Possession
16. Abigail
17. Black Horsemen
18. Insanity