The mighty Slayer played the final show of what’s being billed as their farewell tour in Inglewood, CA at the Forum on Saturday night November 30th. The band has been on this farewell run since last year and they’ve been making their way through the States all last month.
Tom Araya said “Thank you. Thank you very much,” at the end of their final song. “I want to thank you for sharing your time with us. Time is precious. So I thank you for sharing that time with us, thank you. I’m gonna miss you guys. But the most important thing I want to thank you for being a part of my life, thank you. Good night. You guys be safe.” Watch fan-filmed footage of the performance below
Slayer “The Final Show” Set List Nov. 30, 2019 The Forum, Inglewood, California
1. South of Heaven 2. Repentless 3. Post Mortem 4. World Painted Blood 5. Hate Worldwide 6. War Ensemble 7. Stain of Mind 8. Disciple 9. When the Stillness Comes 10. Born of Fire 11. Payback 12. Seasons in the Abyss 13. Jesus Saves 14. Chemical Warfare 15. Hell Awaits 16. Dead Skin Mask 17. Show No Mercy 18. Raining Blood 19. Mandatory Suicide 20. Angel of Death
Formed in 1995, American heavy metal legends Slipknot have just shared a statement about the canceled Knotfest Mexico. Because of a broken barricade and failed attempts to fix it, Slipknot were forced to cancel the shows last night.
Here’s the statement Slipknot shared:
“Because of a broken barricade and failed attempts to fix it, Slipknot were forced to cancel our performance last night. Safety – especially the safety of our fans and fellow bands – is priority number one. We apologize profusely and hope you all understand. If anything were to happen to any of you, we wouldn’t forgive ourselves. Also, If we could have fixed the barricade correctly, we would have gone on stage. Again, we hope you all understand and we will try to make it up to you as soon as we can.”
Also, Evanescence have shared a statement about the canceled show and gave a promise to fans. Here’s the Evanescence’s statement:
“We are heartbroken we didn’t get to play for you tonight, México City. Your safety, your life is more important than any show! We love you and we will be back soon, that’s a promise.”
Toronto’s BLACK ABSINTHE are ready for fans to bear “Witness” to their new music video for their latest single released earlier this November. The video for the single “Witness” was shot at Toronto heavy metal venue Coalition T.O just months before its unfortunate closure. The venue itself holds a very dear spot in the metal hearts of the band as they lived and performed just steps away from it for the last four years, meeting local and touring bands along with rocking out their own relentless run of shows.
Trusting Katherine Kwan, “The Wild” (2017) director to encapsulate the energy felt in the band’s live performances. The video begins with a glimpse into what a night at their local and beloved punk/metal Kensington Market venue was like. From the bright pit footage to the intoxicating strobe saturated drum breakdown – the single is represented in the best and most chaotic way possible.
“The insanity of the front row has been the proving grounds of Black Absinthe’s sound, and the foreground to this video.” The band adds. “Live shows took the placeholder for releasing music over the past three years, and the energy in this video is how you will always find us live. We want this video to transcend people who have been there while offering a snapshot of underground metal venues found across the globe.” adds the band.
Watch “Witness” via its premiere on SpaceUntravel‘s YouTube channel HERE.
BLACK ABSINTHE‘s new single “Witness”was recorded in the backwoods of Lac-des-Loups, QC at Wolf Lake Studios with producer Alexander Galley (Loviatar, Dissentient, Martyrs). Representing a new generation of heavy music producers, Galley’s enthusiasm, knowledge, and openness confirmed he would bring a cutting edge sensibility to the band’s recording of the track. A forward-thinking producer with an ear to the ground of the emerging sounds of heavy music, his direction for guitar and bass tone for the song was a vision all his own. Reminiscent of the classic metal philosophy and in an intense ten-hour blitz, BLACK ABSINTHE went into the studio knowing they wanted to record the song in its entirety and bask in the completed performance. Equipped with an Ayotte house-kit in the studio, Austin Henderson laid down drum tracks to set the foundation of the track for the session. Following, bassist Kyle Scarlett and guitarist Jack Cerre both tuned up and recorded with their stage Fenders. Housing exceptional gear, BLACK ABSINTHE utilized the studio’s Kemper Profiler and boutique bass gear (Darkglass Electronics).
Guitarist and lead vocalist Jack Cerre says:
“All in all the experience was exhilarating, especially under pressure, our preparation paid off because the recording captures a true performance and urgency.”
“Witness” follows BLACK ABSINTHE‘s 2016 breakout album “Early Signs of Denial” that was produced by Dave Baksh (Sum 41, Black Cat Attack). The album garnered praise from respectable outlets such as Bravewords “The record has emphasis of crushing modern tone, polished instrumental sections, soaring vocals and a blending of contemporary and classic metal.” and Blabbermouth “BLACK ABSINTHE does quite a bit within each of their songs, wrangling together bits of metal theories from yesteryear and today. Classic metal, power metal, death metal, thrash, it’s all dosed out like party pills for headbangers.” along with topping the Canadian College Radio National Loud Charts at #7 for July 2016 (Earshot).
Formed in the underground dungeons and dives of Toronto’s metal scene, Black Absinthe is a Canadian modern heavy metal band consisting of Jack Cerre (guitar, vocals), Kyle Scarlett (bass), and Austin Henderson (drums). A mix of thrashing mosh pits and riff-heavy anthems, their growing presence in the diverse heavy music scene, unifies classic metal grandeur, speed-demon rhythm sections, soaring solos, with modern technicality.
Since 2011, Black Absinthe has performed, recorded, and brought the party all over Canada. Over the course of three EP’s & one LP, Early Signs of Denial, Black Absinthe has continued to grow and experiment on its NWOBHM influences while maintaining the intensity of the genre. As they continue to expand their setlists in 2019 and tour in both new and familiar places, the band is set to release their latest studio recording, Witness, a riff-strong single inspired by the band’s energetic live stage performances. With plenty of live material to work within the studio, the band shows no signs of slowing down and plans to release more material in the coming year.
The band unveil a brand new video for the track ‘Hold Of Winter‘, from their critically acclaimed recent album, The Solace Of Ancient Earth. The video is an epic performance piece, filmed and edited by GWE Media Production who also worked with Pythia on their ‘Spirits Of The Trees‘ video.
The band are also pleased to be able to announce three new UK shows to round off their activities for 2019. You can catch Pythia at: The Joiners – Southampton – November 26th – w/ Mask Of Judas, Phobetor and Elysian Divide For further information click here Facebar – Reading – December 8th – w/ Sister Shotgun, Novacrow and Synlakross For further information click here The Macbeth Of Hoxton – London – December 13th – w/ Blackhorse Road and The October Revolution For further information click here
If you’ve yet to check out Pythia’s incredible latest album, The Solace Of Ancient Earth, mixed by Jacob Hansen (The Black Dahlia Murder, U.D.O., Volbeat etc.), just take a look at this small selection of great reviews they’ve been receiving from the metal press…
“… riding in on a barrage of elvish thunder and atmosphere. An impressive return.” – METAL HAMMER
… a wonderful work of art.” – ROCK OUT STAND OUT
“… an absolute monster…” – AVE NOCTUM
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Celestial Ruin, from Vancouver, Canada released their new single “Heart Shaped Ashes” produced by Mike Plotnikoff (In Flames, Three Days Grace, The Cranberries) on November 5, 2019, and now to follow it up they have a music video to share on November 23, 2019.
The visual introspection tells the story of loss and the walk through the painful fire of rediscovering yourself and overcoming the past. Celestial Ruin has been making a name for themselves since they formed in 2012 and shook the local scene with their debut album “The Awakening”. Their last single “Sense of Exile” from their 2016 follow up EP “Pandora” has over half a million plays on Spotify.
Since then, they have only improved and the new single embraces the grey area of rock that is still radio-friendly and heavy. Celestial Ruin shares the theme behind the single:
“The music video for Heart Shaped Ashes is about the battle between who you were in the past and who you are now. It’s about becoming strong enough to let go of the past and the choices you made in the pursuit of love. No matter the cost.”
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The Canadian band Celestial Ruin is a hard rock band with worldwide influences. Their sound combines heavy rock rhythms and riffs with catchy, singable melodies. The combination is epic by all accounts. Based out of Vancouver, BC, Celestial Ruin started taking the local scene by storm with their 2012 debut album “The Awakening”.
Receiving favorable reviews in publications such as Rockstar Weekly Magazine professing a 4/5 star rating declaring, “If The Awakening is only the beginning of things to come, you’d best get on board now while the getting’s good.”
They released their 2016 EP “Pandora”; that they recorded with producer Joost Van Den Broek (Epica, Revamp, Xandria) and their single SENSE OF EXILE has over 525,000 plays on Spotify after being released to radio on January 2018.
Celestial Ruin was recently in LA to record new music with Producer Mike Plotnikoff at West Valley Studios. Their new single “Heart Shaped Ashes” will be released on November 5, 2019 followed by the music video on November 23, 2019.
THE FLAYING Win Quebec GAMIQ Award For “Metal Album of The Year”
Album ‘Angry, Undead’ Out Now! via PRC Music
Quebec City’s THE FLAYING have won their first-ever GAMIQ (Gala alternatif de la musique indépendante du Québec) award for “Metal Album of The Year” for their debut full-length “Angry, Undead” released this past March on PRC Music.
The band comments:
“We are really proud and humbled to win the GAMIQ Award for the 2019 Metal Album of The Year! It means a lot to us to get this recognition from our peers in the music industry. We would like to thank our precious team for the hard work that has been put in on this record: Christian Donaldson and the Grid Studio, Raphaël Malenfant and Broil audio, Nick Tremblay and Rémi at PRC Music for the support. Our families, girlfriends, all the bands we toured with. Last but not least, thanks to our fans for buying the album, being at the shows and supporting the scene. See you on tour!”
GAMIQ “Metal Album of The Year” Nominees: Anonymus – Sacrifices Barf – Mantra Le Kraken – De paille et d’or Lüger – Hellraisers of the Waste The Flaying – Angry, Undead – Winner
The sophomore album “Angry, Undead” was released this past march via PRC Music. Working with Christian Donaldson of Cryptopsy at The Grid in Montreal, QC, the album is pure mayhem for their fastest and most brutal debauchery to date. The concept of “Angry, Undead” is an intricate one with each of the eight songs falling under a distinct axis: Chaos (social manifestations); Madness (individual manifestations); and Void (existential manifestations). It is brutal, instinctive, unique, and wicked, and is recommended for fans of Cryptopsy, Archspire, Suffocation, and Deicide.
Show Dates: January 25 – Sherbrooke, QC – Le Murdoch – Sherbrooke Death Fest w/ Beneath The Massacre, Nervous Impulse, Holy Cost
Track Listing: 1. Ouverture Écarlate (0:35) 2. Disloqué (3:15) 3. Place du Parvis (3:53) 4. Genuflect (4:00) 5. Egocentric Predicament (0:44) 6. Elegy of Emptiness (3:41) 7. La Valse du Scorpion (4:18) 8. Angry, Unleashed (3:23) 9. Angry, Undead (5:34) Album Length: 29:28
Album and Live Line Up: Didier Samson aka “Did” – Guitars Sébastien Marier-Verret aka “Seb” – Bass William Murray aka “Wil” – Vocals Michel Bélanger aka “Mike” – DrumsFor more info: Prcmusic.com Facebook.com Instagram.com EPK
And it all began with the rope dancer….
Formed in July 2010, The Flaying is a death metal band based in Quebec City, Canada that focuses on fluid melodic construction of songs featuring brutal sections which are further complemented by vocals with both low end growls and hateful high pitches.
Since their first release Unhope (2014), Seb, Did, Wil and Mike are forging ahead in order to adopt a more brutal approach: adding new grooves, a greater velocity, and creating a wider ambiance as well as keeping breakdowns and progressive parts with counterpoints constructing a main theme of anger and a general hate of humanity.
Soldiering on with the philosophy of one band, four individuals, four personalities to collide, the writing process is a team effort initially seeing the band collaborate on riffs and groove ideas, adding a flourish of low-end colors, and blending the whole thing together with flying vocals that create a manifest of pure mayhem. This product of this steadfast diablerie will be realized on March 22, 2019, when the second album “Angry, Undead” is unleashed on PRC Music.
“Le guitariste Didier Samson se fait déjà appeler «Maître» dans sa profession d’avocat criminaliste, mais c’est au titre de «maîtres du métal» que lui et ses trois acolytes du groupe death metal The Flaying aspirent avec leur deuxième album Angry, Undead qui paraît le 22 mars sur l’étiquette émergente PRC Music.
The guitarist Didier Samson is already called “Master” in his profession of criminal lawyer, but it is under the title of “masters of the metal” that he and his three acolytes of the death metal band The Flaying aspire with their second album Angry, Undead which appears March 22 on the emerging label PRC Music.” – Le Soleil: The Flaying: Maîtres du métal:
“True to the band’s name, the music of The Flaying will slash the skin from your face in paroxysms of blood-spraying savagery. But it does more than that. It will also suck the air from your lungs, boil the brain, and hammer your bones into fragments fine enough to blow away in the wind.” – No Clean Singing
“Angry, Undead is quite a number, I am really digging these addictive and mesmerizing death metal tunes and I am quite sure most of you technical and progressive death metal fans out there will feel the same about this album once you have checked this out. The Flaying is definitely a band to keep an eye and an ear on!” – Lords of Metal “Solid and thoroughly enjoyable, The Flaying make a name for themselves on their second album. Angry, Undead is never at a loss for momentum and rage, and still manages to tickle your ears with its massive grooves and musical prowess.” – Dead Rhetoric
“It is a savage, brutish and barbaric death metal album emphasized by the nasty groove of Elegy of Emptiness and the booming Angry, Unleashed. A fine addition to any death metal fan’s collection.” – Games, Brrrains & A Head-Banging Life
Guitarist Kevin Estrella’s project Pyramids On Mars has a new album being released on December 21, 2019, entitled “Edge of the Black”. The full length offers up an aural palette of intense instrumental rock that’s emotional, provocative and 4-dimensional.
Following Pyramids On Mars’ two previous albums, “Edge of the Black” was written, composed and performed solely by Kevin Estrella who cites influences from musical greats including J.S Bach and Antonio Vivaldi along with today’s guitar virtuosos Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Satriani. “Edge of the Black” pays homage to these artists while still maintaining Estrella’s own creative flair. Estrella shares his thoughts on the album:
“On Edge of The Black, I wanted to put emphasis on songwriting and telling a story. The emphasis is not just on the lead guitar melody, but on the band as a whole. Harmonic variations on repeating themes are strongly utilized; like rhyming phrases in spoken language that allows easier accurate retelling of the original story. This idea of repeating music phrases/themes so the audience can easily recall it and hum it all the way home.”
Teaming up with PureGrainAudio.com, Pyramids On Mars is premiering the J.S. Bach inspired track ‘Song of Light’, which even kicks off with a harpsichord in the intro.
Every once in awhile there comes along a band that is so different or unique, you would think they were dropped on Earth from another planet. Pyramids on Mars is one of those bands. What first catches you, is that they are an instrumental band. A combination of elements such as hard rock, industrial, metal and psychedelic rock: and then the lead guitar comes soaring in. Well crafted, beautiful, melodic phrases so catchy and memorable they will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
Pyramids on Mars is the solo project of guitarist Kevin Estrella. He wanted to do something musically different that would stand out from the crowd. Estrella’s musical style is very similar to world-renowned rock guitarist Joe Satriani, so much so that Estrella has nicknamed himself the “Satriani of the North.”
“Of course Satriani has had a huge influence on me,” he says “But he (Satriani) does more of a bluesy thing whereas I am more influenced by classical music. I absolutely love the Baroque classical composers J.S Bach and Antonio Vivaldi who are my biggest musical influences.
Estrella recorded, produced, engineered and mastered his debut album, self-titled “Pyramids on Mars” in 2013. Since then, he has been capturing music industry attention-getting international radio airplay in the U.S, Canada, South America, and Europe. He is a regular guest on Brian ‘the hammer’ Jackson radio (Los Angeles) to over 4 million listeners and a weekly speaker on Real Rock Radio (Chicago).