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Montreal Progressive Death MESSORA Premiere Album Stream “The Door”

Debut Album ‘The Door’ Out October 4th

Set to unleash their debut album “The Door” on October 4th, Montreal’s MESSORA are excited to share the release’s full stream via its exclusive premiere on Ghost Cult Mag HERE

“The Door” is constantly shifting between genres, and creates a visceral atmosphere that can’t be confined to a single category, be prepared to hear death, melodic, doom and progressive elements throughout the seven tracks on the album. Looking to challenge listeners, MESSORA presents an album that requires attention and an open mind, as Zach Dean quotes:

“I am trying to present fans with a record that you listen to front to back and come out of feeling different. Maybe not even different, maybe just more like yourself. The album as a whole is very varied musically while remaining focused and tight. It’s very clearly a metal album but you can hear that we want to go to different places and incorporate different influences throughout the record. Most of the songs are very long and have very complicated structures and changes, but it’s always meant to feel right and musical rather than abrupt and meaningless.”

Any metal lover who craves proggy and dark music especially along the lines of OpethPsycroptic, and Gojira will find MESSORA to their liking. 

Album pre-order here.Show Dates:
Oct 5 – Montreal, QC – O Patro Vys (Album Release Show)
Oct 12 – Sherbrooke, QC – Le Murdoch

Track Listing:
1. The Door (6:04)
2. Tethered (1:34)
3. The Veil (9:40)
4. The Falling Star (8:48)
5. The Pond (5:30)
6. Untethered (3:31)
7. The Tide (9:08)
Album Length: 44:19

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Formed as a solo recording project in 2016 in Montréal, Québec, Messora has become a band that obscures and challenges genres. To the band, the music comes as what feels best in the moment. To the fans, it is a kaleidoscope of sound that appears different at every glance and to every eye.

Messora has been described as Death Metal, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal, Melodic Metal, and Doom Metal by fans and showgoers. The elements that make up the music may seem familiar to some, yet the whole remains a challenge to define.

The band knows how to set themselves apart from others musically as well as aesthetically, with showmanship and presentation second only to musical performance during their live show. They demand attention with their presentation but keep it with the strength of their performance and musicianship. Having shared the stage with bands such as Carach Angren, Mors Principium Est, and Wolfheart, Messora always delivers, visually, aesthetically and musically.

When the album is at its fiercest, I get a distinct GOJIRA vibe…those hard as ice riffs, sterile vocals, and punishing sound.” 8/10 – Metal Temple“Messora constantly find new directions, evolving their music from one side to the other and back. The fact they can do it flawlessly is a joy [8/10] ” – Metal Noise

“The music is technical, brutal, thoughtful, and emotional; taking the listener on a singular journey to the recesses of your mind… This is music for your ears and soul, so purchase and stream the album at the links below.” – Ghost Cult Mag

“The Door is one record you certainly check out if you want nothing but solid tracks all the way through. This record will certainly put Messora on the metal map.” – Metal Utopia
“Promising career start for the Canadian quartet” – Broken Tomb Magazine

“truly exceptionally talented musicianship that is simply a heavy work of art.” – Boston Rock Radio“Combining a variety of genres, the group made good impressions on those who shows up early with their tight musicianship and ability to change pace on a moment’s notice” – Apt 613

“… Messora was a whirlwind on stage. It was hard to believe that a half hour had passed when they began to play their final song, as each song had layered onto each other leaving viewers with a feeling that the experience was almost surreal.”- Splice Media Group

MESSORA Premiere Album Stream “The Door” via Ghost Cult Mag

Less than a year after the release of their full length debut album, Topheth Ablaze, the faceless fiends of Plague Pit have returned. This time they bring with them a four track EP of unspeakable horrors, a collection of songs that hunger for your soul, whose malice and bitter hatred radiates from every note. Labyrinthine is a gateway to hell and to listen to these howling invocations of chaos is to welcome the essence of darkness into your heart.
 Since the soulless entities of Plague Pit first made their pact unto each other in 2016 their legend has been spreading like poison through the deepest reaches of the underground. The madness of Topheth Ablaze was passed in whispers, but now the whispers will become screams as the terror of Labyrinthine is unleashed. Binding sounds inspired by the death metal gods to visions of towering terror with chains of arcane knowledge, the dwellers of the Plague Pit have created a release of staggering power and insurmountable force. This is twisted, grotesque death metal of the blackest kind, a bestial roar of unearthly rage.

Plague Pit are the nameless devils of your nightmares, the unseen adversaries who leave you paralyzed with fear and Labyrinthine is an all out assault on your sanity. Plague Pit do not exist for your entertainment, they exist to consume you. These warped riffs, howling solos and relentless, battering drums are an open invitation to your end. There is no disguise and no pretence, just a seething mass of hatred, driven to destroy .
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PLAGUE PIT present their new album of blackened arcane death metal, Labyrinthine! Hymns of horror plucked from the mouths of the dead…

Cosmic Black Metal CELL Premiere Album Stream “Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos” via MetalInjection

New Album ‘Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos’ Out October 4th

October USA / CAN Tour Dates

Winnipeg, MB cosmic black metal trio CELL are unleashing their new album “Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos” on Friday, October 4th. The full length continues their dramatic and theatrical storytelling in their conceptual science fiction universe to follow their debut 2016 album “The Frozen Moon Of Erebath”. Taking place on a planet called Xarbos, two races collide over different ways of life. The listener can expect to be pummelled with blast beats and speed and put into a hypnotic doomy trance while floating through an atmospheric and cosmic cleans. CELL goes into the details of the story the album follows:

“Each track has its own story in the album that leads to one big ending which is the decimation of the Xarbonite hierarchy. In the story, there are two races of beings on this planet: one race chose to rise with power, tech, money and the lower race is actually the oldest of Xarbos and know the ways of the land and its magic. There are a few side stories within the album that trail off but still, stay within the main story.”

Teaming up with MetalInjection.net, the black metal trio are sharing the full stream of “Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos” before it’s officially out at the following link here.

Album pre-order here.CELL is currently on the road across the USA and Canada in support of their upcoming album “Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos”. The tour kicked off in Fargo, ND on September 27th and will end in their hometown of Winnipeg, MB on October 19th opening for Immolation.
CELL – ‘Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos’ USA/Canada Tour
10/04/19 – Providence, RI @ Koto PVD
10/05/19 – Charlotte, NC @ Skylark Social Club
10/07/19 – Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s Downtown
10/08/19 – Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar
10/09/19 – Everett, MD @ Banshee Den
10/10/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
10/11/19 – Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
10/12/19 – Quebec City, QC @ La Source de La Martiniere
10/13/19 – Ottawa, ON @ Pour Boy
10/14/19 – Sudbury, ON @ The Asylum
10/19/19 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Goodwill Social Club

Track Listing:
1. The Rise Of Gorthar (2:31)
2. Defiling The Ancient Hierarchy (7:16)
3. All I See Is Them (4:15)
4. The Wailing Sea Of Emptiness (5:59)
5. Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos (1:35)
6. God Of The NetherRealm (8:32)
7. Valley Of Assimilation (5:24)
8. Altering Matter In The Realm Of The Frost King (10:38)
Album Length: 46:12

Album Band Line Up: Hypnos (Drums), Hyperion (Guitar, Vocals), Demios (Bass, Vocals)

Live Band Line Up: Hyperion, Lowell Winters, and Brett Leier

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Cell is a three-piece conceptual black metal band that formed in 2014 reigning from Winnipeg, Canada. They blend elements of old school and modern black metal with hints of death metal, hardcore, thrash, and doom to create reality-altering unrelenting cosmic black metal. Their concept is based on a science fiction comic book idea that Hyperion (guitar/vocals) was working to bring to life, but decided instead to turn into music.

Each song starts with Hyperion taking the reins by writing the song structure, riffs, and lyrics; Deimos (bass/vocals) and Hypnos (drums) adding in their preferences for riffs, lyrics and other such things to alter the songs for the better. There is a lot of cathartic emotion put into each song that connects to each member on a personal level while keeping within the dark sci-fi concept and using metaphors of what we as humans do to this planet and the life on it. 

Using these topics, it’s easy for Cell to let everything out on stage every during every performance. They use a lot of art and theatre within the live show including using corpse paint, blood, armor, pro audio lights, and lasers. To see our show is to experience something emotional, aggressive, theatrical and cosmic.

Cell has toured across Canada multiple times and have been featured on several festivals including Black Mourning Light, Loud As Hell Metalfest, Armstrong Metalfest and Manitoba Metalfest sharing the stage with the likes of SkeletonwitchGoatwhore, DRI, Revocation, and Aggression. They released their debut album ‘The Frozen Moon Of Erebath’ in 2016 and follow it up in 2019 with ‘Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos’.

CELL Premiere Album Stream “Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos” via MetalInjection + Tour Dates

Far Left: Leighton Holmes (Bass) | Centre Left: Chris Osterman (Vocals & Guitar) | Centre Right: Megan Merrick (Guitar) | Far Right: Chris Sonea (Drums)
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IRON KINGDOM Premiere Full Stream For New Album “On The Hunt”

The 80s Live Again With The Traditional Styled Canadian Heavy Metal

“On The Hunt” Out October 4, 2019 – Album Pre-Order Available

North American Tour Begins October!

Inspired by legendary pillars of heavy metal such as Iron MaidenJudas Priest, The Scorpions, and Rush, IRON KINGDOM is well known for their energetic and electrifying stage presence, as well as intricate musical melodies that bring listeners back to a time when the genre was in its prime.

Now they are back with a new album “On the Hunt” due out on October 4, 2019 and before it’s officially out, the Vancouver heavy metallers have teamed up with MetalInsider.net for the exclusive premiere of the release’s full stream at the following link HERE.

The band adds:

“We’re believing fans can expect the new record to be a lot more traditional in style, more accessible with a lot more rocker tunes, lots of catchy melodies and speed metal riffs, shorter songs, more packed with action, as opposed to the previous album with long epic passages. We wanted this record to include lots of great live tunes we can carry in our set for years to come!”

The nine new tracks are fun tunes that translate well into a live setting, which is paramount for IRON KINGDOM who take great pride in their live show. Fans of the classic including Iron MaidenJudas PriestQueensryche, and Helloween will revel in IRON KINGDOM who put a modern spin on traditional heavy metal. 

“On The Hunt” is available for pre-order via the band’s online store here.

In additional news, the IRON KINGDOM will be be supporting the promotion of “On The Hunt” with a North American tour that will kick off in Vancouver, BC on October 3rd and take the band on a 2-month trek across Canada, the USA and Mexico, ending in Everett, WA on December 1st(dates listed below).

The band comments:“Our upcoming ‘Road Warriors North American Tour 2019’ marks the beginning of a new era for Iron Kingdom, we’re returning to many of our favourite cities across the continent with a new lineup and a new album!  We can’t wait to see our fans and friends and perform ‘On The Hunt’ in a live setting.  It’s due time we make our mark across the land once again!”


IRON KINGDOM – ‘Road Warriors – North American Tour 2019’
Oct 3 – Vancouver, BC – Red Room (Album Release Party)
Oct 10 – Port Alberni, BC – Rainbow Room
Oct 11 – Cumberland, BC – The Waverley
Oct 12 – Nanaimo, BC – The Cambie
Oct 13 – Victoria, BC – Copper Owl
Oct 17 – Seattle, WA – The Highline
Oct 18 – Medford, OR – Bamboo Room
Oct 19 – Sacramento, CA – On The Y
Oct 20 – San Francisco, CA – TBA
Oct 21 – Cupertino, CA – X-Bar
Oct 23 – Apple Valley, CA – Frogee’s Bar
Oct 24 – Anaheim, CA – Doll Hut
Oct 25 – San Diego, CA – Tower Bar
Oct 26 – Tijuana, MEX – Mous Tache
Oct 27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Stardust Club
Oct 29 – Albuquerque, NM – The Jam Spot
Oct 30 – Tucson, AZ – House of Bards
Oct 31 – El Paso, TX – B17 Bombers
Nov 1 – San Antonio, TX – Faust Tavern
Nov 2 – Lawton, OK – Railhead Saloon
Nov 3 – Houston, TX – Acadia Bar
Nov 6 – Atlanta, GA – 529
Nov 7 – Raleigh, NC – The Maywood
Nov 8 – Wilmington, DE – Bar XIII
Nov 9 – Charleston, WV – The Empty Glass
Nov 10 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
Nov 12 – Philadelphia, PA – The Tusk
Nov 13 – Queens, NY – Blackthorn 51
Nov 14 – Worcester, MA – Ralph’s Diner
Nov 15 – Rochester, NY – Bug Jar
Nov 16 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
Nov 17 – Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar
Nov 18 – Quebec City, QC – Scanner Bistro
Nov 19 – Ottawa, ON – Dominion Tavern
Nov 20 – Windsor, ON – The Back Stage
Nov 21 – Hamtramck, MI – New Dodge Lounge
Nov 22 – Pekin, IL – Twisted Spoke Saloon
Nov 23 – Madison, WI – The Wisco
Nov 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Hexagon Bar
Nov 26 – Keokuk, IA –  Joystix Rockade (ShiverFest II)
Nov 27 – Denver, CO – Tennyson Tap
Nov 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban
Nov 30 – Portland, OR – High Water Mark
Dec 1 – Everett, WA – Tony V’s Garage

Track Listing:
1. White Wolf
2. Driftin’ Through Time
3. Sign Of The Gods
4. Keep It Steel
5. Raze And Ruin
6. Road Warriors
7. Invaders
8. Paragon
9. The Dream

Album Artwork by Alan Lathwell
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Inspired by legendary pillars of heavy metal such as Iron MaidenJudas Priest, The Scorpions, and Rush, Iron Kingdom is well known for their energetic and electrifying stage presence, as well as intricate musical melodies that bring listeners back to a time when the genre was in its prime.

Formed in Surrey, Canada, in June of 2011, Iron Kingdom’s intent was to fill the gap of bands that are heavy, but not extreme, melodic but not mainstream, technical but approachable. ‘Curse Of The Voodoo Queen’ was released on Dec 14, 2011, and the band took the opportunity to tour western Canada, along with an appearance on the CTV Show, Canada’s Got Talent (viewership of 1 million on that episode). With the debut album finishing its cycle, the group decided it was time to record a new album, and by April 26, 2013, ‘Gates Of Eternity’ was released. Garnering strong reviews and attention from around the world, Iron Kingdom was invited to perform at Germany’s Keep It True XVII festival. 

Following this massive milestone, Iron Kingdom set out to pursue as many opportunities as they could spending some serious time on the road through Canada in 2013, Europe in 2014, followed by a tour in the USA with California’s Night Demon. The band had created some major momentum and Iron Kingdom were spreading their moniker far and wide in support of the first two releases.

On July 30, 2015, Iron Kingdom released not one but two more albums, ‘Ride For Glory’, their 3rd full-length album, as well as ‘Unleashed At The Kraken (Live In Seattle)’, an exclusive live E.P. recorded on a previous tour.  The band set out on the road again in support of the two new releases. The tour was unfortunately riddled with many trials, including a vehicle accident that almost killed the band members. Life on the road continued, including a massive North American tour in 2016, as well as a tour in Brazil in a supporting slot for former frontman of Iron MaidenBlaze Bayley

As of 2019, with a new lineup and a new album ‘On The Hunt’ on its way, Iron Kingdom will once again be ready to take the world by storm and aid in the revival of the mighty and classic sounds of Traditional Heavy Metal.

“their latest work is the most refined Iron Kingdom album. One word obligatory item for old heavy school freaks.” – Power Metal Warrior (Poland) (Ride For Glory Review 2015)

“This is a tremendous throwback into the (first) golden age of metal.” – Merchants of Air (Belgium) (Ride For Glory Review 2015)

““Gates Of Eternity” could prove to be one of the most important discoveries in 2013 for U.S. Metal lovers.” – Rock Hard Magazine (Germany) (Gates of Eternity Review  2013)

“Sometimes you just want some glorious old school metal that makes you want to batter a dragon to death. Iron Kingdom are said band and from the opening track, At The Gates, I’m sold. When we reach Crowned In Iron we truly reach old school metal at its finest” – Sound the Charge (Scotland) (Gates of Eternity Review  2013)

“I want an Iron Kingdom/Voodoo Queen Baseball Tee so I can blast this album and try to sing along, banging my head and driving to the stadium in my Trans Am to drink cans of Bud in the parking lot before the Iron Kingdom show! I wish it was the 80’s right now.” –  Metal Titans (Canada) (Curse of the Voodoo Queen Review 2011)

IRON KINGDOM Premiere Full Stream For New Album “On The Hunt”

We are proud to announce that Consecration have been invited to perform at this year’s Under The Doom festival in LisbonPortugal. The festival runs from December 6th – 8th and features a wonderful array of dark metal talent, including AlcestParadise LostSolstice and Darkher. Consecration will be appearing on the second day of the festival, along with Alcest, Solstice, Daylight DiesWells Valleyand Petrichor.

For further information please head to the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/618199718647366/

Before heading for Portugal Consecration will also be playing a rare hometown show in their native NorwichOn November 23rd they will be joining Gevauden and Tellus Effluentia for ‘A Night Of Doom‘ at the B2 venue. Full details, including ticketing information can be found here:
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In further news, today Consecration are celebrating the 9th anniversary of the release of their fearsome debut EP, Gut The Priest. This was the release that first announced Consecration to the metal underground and it achieved some superb reviews back in 2010.

“… a band on the verge of hitting the nail very firmly on the head.”  – ZERO TOLERANCE MAGAZINE

“I’m not sure exactly where the squalid hellhole was that Consecration put together this satanic piece of work but I’m sure as hell glad they did…”  – DESTRUCTIVE MUSIC

“A band that should delight anyone longing for a revival of this kind of sound.” – DOOM METAL.COM

To say thank you to the fans who have supported them over the last nine years Consecration are offering a 10% discount on EVERYTHING at their bandcamp store – including new album Fragilium! Simply head to www.consecration666.bandcamp.com and enter the discount code CONSECRATION10on checkout.

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Consecration announce festival appearance and celebrate 9 years of Gut The Priest!

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We have the second episode in the “Why This is Metal” series titled “Why Gardening is Metal” starring Winder Marin exclusively on the Metal Lair YouTube Channel.

First of all Winder covers a lot of gardening fun facts that are both informational and interesting paired with the perfect metal accompaniment. These segments are extremely funny, well researched and hilarious to watch. Go check it out now and make sure you like, share, subscribe and comment.

Why Gardening is Metal Starring Winder Marin

Actor Sid Haig best known for playing Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s Firefly film series has died aged 80

Actor Sid Haig, best known for his portrayal as the vile psychopathic clown Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie‘s Firefly film series has died at age 80.

Haig had been a mainstay of the horror and exploitation b-movie genres beginning in the 1960s. Rising to fame in Jack Hill’s blaxploitation films of the 1970s, Haig had become recognisable more recently thanks to his work with Rob Zombie. 

After suffering a “nasty spell” according a post on his official Instagram account, the cult actor was admitted to hospital a couple of weeks ago. 

Haig was later admitted to the ICU following breathing complications and was kept there under observation. 

The actor couldn’t be present for the premiere of the latest Firefly flick, 3 From Hell, the final instalment of the trilogy of films that follow the twisted Firefly family – beginning with 2003’s House of 1000 Corpses and continuing in 2005’s The Devil’s Rejects

Haig’s wife of 12 years, Susan L. Oberg , announced in a heartfelt message via the actor’s official Instagram earlier today that he had succumbed to his illness, passing away on Saturday September 21, 2019: 

“On Saturday, September 21, 2019, my light, my heart, my true love, my King, the other half of my soul, Sidney, passed from this realm on to the next. He has returned to the Universe, a shining star in her heavens. 

“He was my angel, my husband, my best friend and always will be. He adored his family, his friends and his fans. This came as a shock to all of us.

“We, as a family, are asking that our privacy and time to mourn be respected. Sidney Eddie Mosesian 7/14/39 – 9/21/19 Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend. Goodnight, my love. We will find each other again, next time. I love you.”

Rob Zombies latest horror movie, 3 From Hell,which sees Sid Haig starring along side Danny Trejo, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, Richard Brake and Dee Wallace, is out now in theatres across the US.

The film is set to arrive on October 14 on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download through Lionsgate UK and will come with a 95-minute making-of documentary titled To Hell And Back and audio commentary from Zombie himself.

Sid Haig aka Captain Spaulding dies age 80