Decibel announce 2019 tour lineup & dates

Damn, this is amazing. Not a whiff of metalcore or djent this time around and Trey’s even promising to play some Vincent-era tunes. Note that it’s CANNIBAL CORPSE and MORBID ANGEL coheadlining until the last week when Cannibal drops off and IMMOLATION comes on board as direct support. NECROT and BLOOD INCANTATION are on board for the endurance.

Press Release

The lineup for the 2019 Decibel Magazine Tour once again breaks new ground, as legendary death metallers Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel join forces for the first time ever in America to co-headline the winter tour. Rising Bay Area brutalizers Necrot and space-obsessed Denver death dealers Blood Incantation round out this once-in-a-lifetime bill. New York death metal icons Immolation will join the final week of the tour as main support to Morbid Angel, as Cannibal Corpse exit the tour after the New York City date.

“We’re really looking forward to our second appearance on the Decibel Tour; they always put together a killer line up and this time is no exception,” says Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster. “We’re particularly excited to be hitting the road with our friends Morbid Angel. In fact, this will be the first time we’ve toured together in the USA.”

“Everyone here in the Morbid Angel camp are stoked to do this tour with Cannibal Corpse,” says Morbid Angel’s bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker. “To celebrate, Morbid Angel will be performing a mean-ass set of songs that will cover the entirety of our years of kicking ass.”

“We will be adding some of the older songs back to our set,” assures Morbid Angel founder Trey Azagthoth. “See you all there.”

Presented by Metal Blade Records, and sponsored by Silver Lining Music, Tankcrimes, Dark Descent Records and Nuclear Blast America, the eighth annual Decibel Magazine Tour is once again poised to be the heavy metal tour of the winter.

Tickets for the 2019 Decibel Magazine Tour go on sale Friday, November 16 at 10 AM local time and can be found at www.decibelmagazine.com/tour. All dates and venues are below.

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Sun, Feb 17 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo Music Hall
Tue, Feb 19 – Tucson, AZ – Club Xs
Wed, Feb 20 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory
Thu, Feb 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theater
Fri, Feb 22 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Sat, Feb 23 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Mon, Feb 25 – Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
Tue, Feb 26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market

Fri, Mar 1 – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
Sat, Mar 2 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman *NO CANNIBAL CORPSE
Sun, Mar 3 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
Mon, Mar 4 – Chicago, IL – The Concord
Thu, Mar 7 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater
Fri, Mar 8 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
Sat, Mar 9 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
Sun, Mar 10 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Mon, Mar 11 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
Wed, Mar 13 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Thu, Mar 14 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum

“Death…is Just the Beginning” is also a tour

This was announced way back in April, but bears repeating now that we’re a bit closer to the dates and NUCLEAR BLAST has announced the resurrection of the Death…is Just the Beginning compilation series this tour is taking its name from.

From Nuclear Blast:

Montréal based melodic death metallers KATAKLYSM announce that they will be teaming up with Swedish death metal legends HYPOCRISY for a European co-headline tour! After several years without any touring activities, the band with Peter Tägtgren (PAIN, LINDEMANN) is back in business; Kataklysm will release their upcoming studio record, Meditations on June 1st, 2018 through Nuclear Blast. The tour’s special name traces back to Nuclear Blast’s popular sampler series and promises nothing but evenings of moshpits and endless devastation. Don’t miss out on this outstanding tour and secure your tickets now!

From Kataklysm’s Maurizio Iacono:

“It’s been in talks for over two years and finally both Kataklysm and our brothers in Hypocrisy can make the schedule work to join forces once more. It’s been almost 15 years since we toured together and the last time we did the tours became instant classics. It‘s that time again folks… Kataklysm & Hypocrisy team up once more for a world tour beginning with Europe this fall. To make things even greater our record label Nuclear Blast has come on board and baptized the tour “Death…is Just the Beginning”, a homage to the old classic compilations that made so many fans discover both bands back in the day. This will mark the return of this classic compilation with this tour and maybe give other artists the chance to get discovered like we did. DO NOT MISS THIS TOUR, YOU ONLY GET ONE CHANCE!”

From Hypocrisy’s Peter Tägtgren:

“I hope that you are just as excited as we are, because we are very happy to announce that we are finally warming up the Hypocrisy engine again and that we will be back on the road in fall! We will be touring Europe together with our friends in Kataklysm! The tour will be an overview of the chaos and confusion created by Hypocrisy over the years. See you out there!”

While the tour is the big news, seeing Hypocrisy up on two feet again is a good sign. It’s about time for another album from them.

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“Death…is Just the Beginning” returns

Nuclear Blast are reviving their old Death …is Just the Beginning death metal compilation series and for anyone old to remember geeking out over the first few installments of this series (before they turned it into video compilations and started putting power metal bands on it) or Roadrunner’s similar At Death’s Door series, it looks like they may be doing it right.

Right off the bat, the cover art is solidly in line with the early entries. It’s a painting in a single dominant color with a cross and a graveyard and a church and a spooky monk…check, check, check. Not sure who the artist is, but the style is appropriately Wåhlin-esque. And they got the logo & typography right. So far, so good.

But the best thing about the early comps were the slightly offbeat track selections. They didn’t always just pull a track from the album; they would often use a remix or an alternate mix, an unreleased track or sometimes a demo from an upcoming release. For the revival, we’re getting the following:

  1. Benediction – Tear Off These Fucking Wings (demo)
  2. Kataklysm – The Awakener (re-recorded)
  3. Hypocrisy – They Lie (The Exploited cover)
  4. The Spirit – Illuminate The Night Sky
  5. Memoriam – The War Rages On (demo)
  6. Insidious Disease – Soul Excavation
  7. Possessed – Abandoned (demo)
  8. Thy Art Is Murder – The Son Of Misery
  9. Immolation – Morbid Visions (featuring Max Cavalera) (Sepultura cover)
  10. Nailed To Obscurity – King Delusion
  11. Bleeding Gods – Beloved By Artemis
  12. Decapitated – Sane (Meshuggah cover)
  13. Aenimus – Before The Eons
  14. Paradise Lost – Frozen Illusion
  15. Carcass – A Wraith In The Apparatus
  16. Brujeria – Viva Presidente Trump!

A couple clunkers and a few bands I haven’t heard of, but overall this is pretty dead on.

The release is out September 10, 2018 on the following formats:

  • Boxset — Atomic green 2xLP in a gatefold sleeve with CD, patch, and poster. Limited to 500 copies worldwide.
  • Green & black splatter 2xLP in a gatefold sleeve. Limited to 200 copies.
  • Green & red splatter 2xLP . in a gatefold sleeve.
  • Black 2xLP in a gatefold sleeve.
  • Jewelcase CD
  • Cassette

There’ll be a tshirt and longsleeve as well.

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Memoriam sign with Nuclear Blast

Memoriam 2016

This slipped under the radar! Apparently, back in January, Karl Willets (vocals; Bolt Thrower) and Frank Healy (bass; Benediction, Sacrilege) started a new band with Andy Whale (drums; ex-Bolt Thrower) to “jam out some cover versions of old classic songs that had influenced us in the past along with some cover versions from the bands we had played with over the years, and maybe eventually do a few low key gigs” in the wake of Martin “Kiddie” Kearns’ death and all Bolt Thrower activities being put in indefinite hold. When Benediction’s live guitarist, Scott Fairfax came into the picture, he brought with him a bunch of music and things turned more serious.

The band just announced their signing with Nuclear Blast. CEO Markus Staiger says in the press release:

“Being a lifetime fan of both Benediction and Bolt Thrower, it is with great pride that I announce that the new band of Frank Healy and Karl Willets has now joined the Nuclear Blast family! Following the first news regarding the band, I have been keeping a close eye on them and was very curious to hear their material. After hearing their first demo songs I was completely sold and knew that I had to get in contact with Frank and Karl to seal the deal. Memoriam will please all the fans of old school death metal and especially the worldwide fan base of Bolt Thrower and Benediction!

This is all very promising stuff and it’s great to see some old dogs back to their old tricks.

Memoriam released a 7″ called The Hellfire Demo with the songs “War Rages On” and “Resistance”. Take a listen to the B-Side of the 7″ below and check out their various sites:

Thursday Three: Mitch & Mick Harris

In light of Sebastian’s recent musings on Defecation and Righteous Pigs, here’s a 3-pack of grind featuring everyone’s favorite not-brothers, Mitch & Mick Harris.

  1. Mitch Harris on Righteous Pigs‘ “Ruinous Dump” from Stress Related (1987)
  2. Mitch & Mick Harris on Defecation’s “Side Effects” from Purity Dilution (1989)
  3. Mick Harris on Painkiller’s “Scud Attack” from Guts of a Virgin (1991)

Defecation, “Purity Dilution” (1989)

defecation-purity-dilution-cassette

I’ve tried and tried but can’t remember, not even a little bit, how I got hold of this tape but there are enough clues to give me a general idea. What I’ve got is the cassette reissue (NBA RED 6050 – 4) that came out in 1992 with different cover art and a bonus song on side one. What that means to me is that I almost certainly bought it in Florida, probably at Vinyl Fever, and like much of what I picked up at that time, the only thing to recommend it was the band name. My thinking was probably something like this:

Defecation! Huh-huh, yeah, okay, right on, I bet it sounds like shit. Oh well it’s on Nuclear Blast, how bad can it be?”

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