Five Finger Death Punch Live Photos

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Monster Energy’s AFTERSHOCK Festival

Discovery Park
Sacaramento, CA
September 13, 2014

Photos by Jack Lue

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PRIMORDIAL to Release New Full-Length this November via Metal Blade Records

Primordial-WhereGreaterMenHaveFallenLyric Video Now Playing + Pre-order Packages Available

Dublin’s finest metal exports, PRIMORDIAL, will release their long-anticipated new studio album, “Where Greater Men Have Fallen“, later this Fall via Metal Blade Records.

Commended by Pitchfork for their meticulously composed “folk and black metal-inflected classic metal that spirals and extends and, somehow, keeps getting bigger,” and crowned the, “most vital heavy metal band on the planet,” by Last Rites, “Where Greater Men Have Fallen” serves as the followup to PRIMORDIAL’s critically-adored, 2011-released Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand” full-length and boasts some of the band’s deepest, most meticulously composed compositions to date. The eight-track, fifty-eight minute epic was tracked at Grouse Lodge in Dublin with Jaime Gomez (Cathedral, Angelwitch, Grave, Miasma).

Singer A.A. Nemtheanga elaborates: “Some time at the end of 2013 we sat and began to plot a course for album number eight. We moved camp to a new rehearsal room and the ideas began to take shape. We felt it was time to try a new studio and engineer so we went to Grouse Lodge deep in the middle of Ireland and employed Gomez to come over and work on the new album.” The band’s idea was, of course, to keep the PRIMORDIAL trademarks intact while incorporating a broader, heavier more organic sound. “We feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history!”

Sample the dark, victorious cadence of title track “Where Greater Men Have Fallen,” with the official new lyric video now playing HERE.

“Where Greater Men Have Fallen” track listing:
1. Where Greater Men Have Fallen
2. Babel’s Tower
3. Come The Flood
4. The Seed Of Tyrants
5. Ghosts Of The Charnel House
6. The Alchemist’s Head
7. Born To Night
8 .Wield Lightning To Split The Sun

Where Greater Men Have Fallen will be released on November 25th, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. Point your browser to for a host of preorder options. The record will be available on CD and vinyl. Where Greater Men Have Fallen will also be released in limited European deluxe edition wood boxset which includes the CD+DVD digibook, an exclusive 7″, a leather wristband, a poster and a certificate of authenticity.

A.A. Nemtheanga – Vocals
Ciaran MacUiliam – Guitar
Michael O’Floinn – Guitar
Paul MacAmlaigh – Bass
Simon O’Laoghaire – Drums

Of all the lead singers in metal music today, Averill [A.A. Nemtheanga] is one of the genre’s most riveting frontmen: not only does he possess a commanding stage presence, but he has a mighty bellow of a voice, he’s capable of some striking vocal melodies, he enunciates extremely well (a dying art in metal), and best of all, he’s as eloquent a lyricist as you’ll come across.“- Pop Matters


The World To Come Signs To Famined Records

theworldtonews1_400x267September 30, 2014 — Famined Records has signed the progressive metal band The World To Come. Based out of Phoenix, Arizona, the four piece group formed in 2011 with the push from guitarist Shane Griffin. The idea behind the band was to create a sense of ambiance and emotion, exploring the music aesthetic.

Vocalist Luis Menchaca had this to say about their recent signing:

“We are excited to be signed to Famined Records and take the next step as a band to further our reach and share the music we love to write. In the future we plan on releasing our album called “The Cartesian” which will be a full length. Lyrically and musically we hope to capture “The Cartesian” philosophy pertaining to entities of the mind, body and soul while traveling throughout the world and time.”

The band has just released a new playthrough of their single, “Anomalies.” Watch the video below.



Hotfoot Records signs Me and the Trinity

menandthetnews1Hotfoot Records is pleased to announce another signing before the end of 2014, we have signed the band Me and the Trinity out of Savannah, Georgia. We fell great about adding this Southern Metalcore act to our label, which continues to support these young and upcoming bands. Look out for there new album (CRUX) later this Fall, in the meantime check out there bio and some of there tunes.

Here is a new song and new video titled Judge off there Hotfoot debut:

We live in an age where every genre of music seems to have to be clearly defined. You’re metal if you meet this criteria, you’re hardcore if you meet that criteria, so on and so forth. For Me and the Trinity, a 5-piece outfit from Savannah, GA, it doesn’t seem like the lines have to be that clear. Vocalist Timothy Burnsed asks, “Why do rock and roll bands have to follow any type of formula? We come from a town where we aren’t hardcore enough to be hardcore, not metal enough to be metal, and not punk enough to be punk, but honestly, I like it that way.” While the band doesn’t claim to be the pinnacle of originality in heavy music, Me and the Trinity has created their own formula to write the most real music they can write. The band takes their influences from favorites like Norma Jean, He Is Legend and The Chariot, among others, to create something passionate. The Fall of 2014 will see the band release their fourth album, a five-song effort entitled Crux. Burnsed says that this is the first time they have been able to go into the studio and have completely free reign to make the album they have always wanted to make. Me and the Trinity is a band of passion. They love what they do, they have meaning behind the words they yell, and they use a high-energy live show to prove that a band doesn’t have to follow a formula to make their mark in the heavy rock and roll community.

Instagram: @meandthetrinity


Ensiferum nearing completion on recording new album!

ensiferum-recording-week2Helsinki, Finland – September 29th, 2014 – Ensiferum have been locked away in Astia Studio ( in Lappeenranta in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo for three weeks. Drums, bass, and most of the guitar parts have been recorded. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo Väänänen tracked some takes with his kantele, and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals!

Bassist Sami Hinkka comments:”Hi folks! For last few days, Mahi and Pete have sweated their asses off while recording guitars. Songs sound, like our friends in UK would say, bloody awesome! Today (Friday, September 26) we recorded kantele and some special guitar tracks. Tomorrow it’s time to set up a microphone and start to record vocals. Things are proceeding as planned.”

The album is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015.

11/26/14 Tokyo, JP Club Duo Exchange
11/27/14 Osaka, JP Mamba Rocket
12/13/14 Eindhoven, NL Eindhoven Metal Meeting
01/22-26/15 Miami-Ochos Rios-Miami 70,000 Tons Of Metal
07/30/15 – 08/01/15 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air
08/13-15/15 Dinkelsbühl, DE Summer Breeze Festival



enslaved2014Last week’s autumn equinox brought equal illumination to Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres, but it also sparked other blood-warming news: the thirteenth studio installment by Norway’s progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED is now underway.

From his home in Bergen, Norway, ENSLAVED guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Ivar Bjørnson takes some time to provide the following update:

enslaved2014_2“My favorite time of year is whenever we enter the studio with ENSLAVED to record a new album. Now the season of creative madness, endless days, and bleeding fingertips is upon us again… O joy! As before, it is the unholy trinity that forms the first line of attack: I (guitar), Grutle (Kjellson, bass & vocals), and Cato (Bekkevold, drums), are recording the foundations of the album live, while Ice Dale (lead guitar) and Herbrand (Larsen, vocals & keys) will add their instruments and voice in their own studios after these initial core sessions. Then I will add some wackiness at my home studio, before we all get together again to finish it.

“I feel that I have delivered basic material that is rock solid. I have poured my very life and heart into these compositions while the rest of the band have refined it, shaped it, and delivered it like their very lives depended on it. It has been challenging to keep up the pace with the way the songs wanted to go; life flows its ways and takes its turns regardless of your artistic ambitions. However, the music led the way through the fog and I just followed, and never doubting the oncoming album for a second.”

Main recordings for the as-yet-untitled new album are taking place at Duper and Solslottet Studios in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings done at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by ENSLAVED members Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar Bjørnson’s Peersonal Sound Studios.

Additional experimentation and sonic exploration will be conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where the band took a mobile studio to record the infamous “Thorn” 7” single in 2012.

The album will be produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy. Mixing will be done by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

Cover artwork will once again be illustrated by long-time collaborating artist and “sixth ENSLAVED member” Truls Espedal, who has painted all album covers since 2001’s Monumension.

riitiir2014For their 2012 studio release RIITIIR, ENSLAVED were nominated for a Spellemann Award (the Swedish equivalent of the American Grammy) for the seventh time in the category “Best Metal Album.” RIITIIR debuted at #8 on the American Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart in October 2012 and appeared on numerous “Best Albums of 2012” lists around the world.

RIITIIR can be purchased in CD & vinyl format from the album’s Landing Page, from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop, and digitally from iTunes & AmazonMP3.

ENSLAVED have won a Spellemann Award four consecutive times for the following four studio albums: Axioma Ethica Odini (2010), Vertebrae (2008), Ruun (2006), and Isa (2004).

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