News Roundup: MESHUGGAH, PARADISE LOST, DARK ANGEL, NILE, DEAFHEAVEN, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and more!

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I swam across the world thrice to bring you what’s fresh, what’s exciting, what’s baffling and what’s new. You’re welcome.

Meshuggah is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most influential acts in metal right now. According to label Nuclear Blast we can expect to hear new releases from them, along with label mates Nile, All Shall PerishImmolation and more importantly – for me, at least – the first full length release by Brujeria in 15 years, featuring none other than El Cynico, a.k.a. Jeffrey Walker (Carcass) on bass duty.

Nuclear Blast has already dropped a couple gems upon us metalheads this year, like Melechesh‘s Enki, Enslaved‘s In Times and Blind Guardian‘s Beyond The Red Mirror. It looks like they have no plans on backing down from crushing 2015 with high-profile records.

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Is that a roster or what?

 


The Dillinger Escape Plan has just announced a June mini-tour on the East Coast, backed by Mutoid Man and Primitive Weapons. See if you’ll be given the grace of watching Greg Puciato in action below:

06/16 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
06/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer – this concert will also feature Rosetta
06/18 Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub
06/20 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza


Drum kit juggernaut Gene Hoglan (DeathStrapping Young LadTestamentDethklok, Everyone & Their Mother’s [seriously, this list in endless]) has promised two things about the new Dark Angel album: (1) It will be awesome and they will try to destroy everyone; (2) They will refrain from using modern production crutches and will sound as organic as possible.

Like, I don’t think you’re gonna see some heavily processed, gridded today’s production on it. I like it to be as organic and performance-captured situation as possible rather than just have it sound like some sterile… We don’t wanna do that. I’m not gonna Pro Tool the drums or have them gridded. And we’re not gonna loop guitar parts that… ‘Okay, you played that take great. Well, I’ll just cut it and paste it in the next part.’ We’re gonna play it all.

This excerpt was taken from Howard Smith’s podcast All About The Rock. You can appreciate the entire interview here.


Deafheaven have posted this photo of guitarist Kerry McCoy inside a studio, with a caption that reads “LP3”. I may be wrong on this one, but it seems recordings for their third album is under way. This will be the follow-up to 2013’s most hated & most loved album, Sunbather. Will the new record be any good? I don’t know. What I do know is that it is probably going to be as divisive as its predecessor. The last track released by the San Francisco group was “From The Kettle Onto The Coil”, which you can listen to at this link.


Moving on to a slightly blacker shade of black (shouts out to Sterling Archer), Suicidal Black Doom Metal duo Yhdarl have released a 7 minute audio ov the track “Ignite-Ashes”. It is a sneak peek into a track that tops over 15 minutes. According to the band, the best part was intentionally left out. Oooh. These gentlemen always had my curiosity, but now they have my attention. Do they have yours? If so, check out how brilliantly they have been covered in the Toilet before, once by a guy named Mendel and another time by a dude who lives inside Bandcamp – stab here & here, respectively. Yhdarl’s new album will be released this summer/fall by way of Belgian label Tanquam Aegri Somnia.


Paradise Lost will release their 14th studio album The Plague Within on June 2nd. The band has stated that the record will have a “death metal edge”, which could be a reflection of the recent influx of Death/Doom hybrids since last year. You can peep the artwork signed by Zbigniew M. Bielak below.

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NY thrash ensemble Nuclear Assault is set to release new EP on June 1st, called Pounder. Here, have the EP’s art. I must add that Danny Lilker (Anthrax, Brutal Truth) will be on it. Yay.

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Death Grips just announced a North American tour in support of their recently released Jenny Death. The record is amazing and this tour looks very promising. More dates (including international concerts) TBA.

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What about you, tiny Flusher? Have you heard anything newsworthy recently?

(PHOTOS VIA, VIA, VIAVIA & VIA)

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  • Tyree
    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      Die, Tyree.

    • Dagon

      What’s the consensus on wearing your own band’s merch during concerts?

      BTW, this rips.

      • Tyree

        Seems douchebagish, I know I’d never wear my bands merch on stage. But, when you are Dark Angel you can do what ever the fuck you want.

        • Scrimm

          Maidens Guitar players get away with it. that’s it.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Venom always did back in the day.

          • Tyree

            Venom can do what ever the fuck they want.

          • more beer

            Yep.

          • Tyree

            Wearing their shirts on stage here.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JtJ8GdNXLc

          • more beer

            Saw them 3 times with the classic lineup wore them then too.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            They wrote “In League with Satan”, of course they can!

          • Tyree

            EXACTLY.

        • Yeah, but why would anyone wear a Scab shirt under any circumstances?

      • Stanley

        It’s acceptable when you’ve been on tour for a month and you’ve got no clean shirts.

        *raids merch table.

        • Tyree

          Then sell it all sweaty and crusty.

          • Stanley

            I’ll have the lightly used one, please.

      • Mother Shabubu III

        I’m guessing when you need new clothes on the road or something, your shirts are easier to put on than having to go buy shit at Walmart.

    • Stanley

      This is an awesome live recording.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    Fish God, nice Django reference, lol.

    omfg Death Grips are playing Minneapolis! My chance at redemption.

    The Dillinger Escape Plan are good live.

    I didn’t think “From The Kettle Onto The Coil” was any kind of leap forward for Heafdeaven.

    I checked out that Alkaloid album The Malkuth Grimoire late LATE last night and thought that sounded pretty good. I’m playing Massive Conspiracy Against All Life now.

  • FUCK YEAH, PARADISE LOST, BABY! I can’t wait for this one to drop!

    Love that cover art, Dagon!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LhnQ_Nfqbw

  • i can tolerate that new Dankheaven song. feels weird, man. can anyone elaborate what happened with Death Grips? did they not call it quits last year?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvlt6POm-lc

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      They did call it quits but it seems more and more likely that was just a troll job. the powers that b was supposed to be their final album, but they recently posted on Facebook you’re right, we might make some more [albums] and of course this tour announcement. I’m guessing they’ll actually show up on this tour, cause money. Jenny Death is EOTY material.

      https://www.facebook.com/deathgripz/posts/928842713827575

      • good info, i’m gonna jam that rekkid right now. i want to fit in with you guise!

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          I don’t blame you.

        • Dagon

          Shit is great.

        • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

          It’s so good. Listen to it.

      • Sir Tapir the Based

        I’m gonna order that son of a bitch today!

  • Guacamole Jim

    OH A DEATH GRIPS TOUR FUCK YEAH

    *checks tour*

    OH THEY’RE ONLY GOING TO VANCOUVER

    *kills self*

  • Tyree

    Just so you know as well. Erik Burke (Lethargy, Brutal Truth, Sulaco and recent touring guitarist for Napalm Death) will be playing guitar on the new Nuclear Assault album.

    • Stanley

      I thought Dan Lilker had quit the music business. Didn’t he go on some mad rant a while back? I’ll have to see if I can dig it up from somewhere.

  • God ov All

    New Brujeria finally??? *faints*

  • Stanley

    I’m interested to hear new Nuclear Assault. I lost touch with them after The Plague EP but this news makes we want to check out some of their back catalogue. Ans fans out there? Anything to recommend? (except Game Over and The Plague)

    • Handle With Care was good although I haven’t heard it in ages.

    • CT-12

      “Survive” and “Handle With Care” are pretty badass, after that, Nuclear Assault (in my opinion) just turned to shit.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Fuck yes new Dark Angel.

    • Stanley

      My buddy filmed this back in days when he had “privileges” from being a roadie for Carcass. His camera work starts of a little shaky but whatever, Dark Angel rip.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsBvwK9RVrs&spfreload=10

      • Dagon

        Is your buddy up for interviews? I’d been wanting to interview a roadie, preferrably one with crazy stories.

        • Stanley

          Ha. It was 26 years ago! He toured the states with Carcass too. He lives in Bristol, England. Let me know if you are still interested and I’ll send him an e-mail and to see if he’s up for it.

          • Dagon

            I’ll talk to you on Facebook later when things settle down for me. Thanks!

    • Dr. Dubz

      I’m stoked.

  • Cult Leader have finished recording with Kurt Ballou at God City. I have high expectations and unlike Action Bronson I don’t expect to be let down.

    • Dagon

      God City >>>>>>>
      Ballou >>>>>>>>
      Cult Leader >>>>>

      • pointy arrows >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          I’d like to think I started that fad around these parts.

          • Stockhausen

            Can confirm, am forever grateful/10>>>

          • Dagon

            Nvgrodamvs >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

        • Dagon

          This will be my next dick tattoo
          “>”

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            What was your first dick tattoo?

          • Dagon

            It was a small portrait of Notorious B.I.G.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            No-no-no-notorious

          • DARKBEARD

            I have a tattoo of a dick on my dick

          • more beer

            If only you could work that out too, one in the pink one in the stink you would truly be onto something.

          • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair
          • Stockhausen

            Do you…how does it all work down there?

          • MoshOff

            Do OB/GYN’s know about that too?

          • Dagon

            I have OB/GYN stories for days and the real rotation didn’t even start yet

          • Dagon

            It will actually just be one arrow point. Font 8.

            >

      • Also:
        God City >>>>>>>>>
        Ballou >>>>>>>>>
        Magrudergrind >>>>>>>>

    • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

      I was let down by him as well. I heard 50 Cent dropped 2 mixtapes last week. I will listen to them and tell you all how they are.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      Gaza too >>>>>>>

  • Would love to go see Dillinger on 6/20 but that’s on my wedding anniversary. Might have to look into getting divorced for a day.

    • more beer

      Just take the wife with you. Tell her it`s a surprise romantic evening.

      • nbm02ss

        “Surprise, honey!!!” /shoves into pit

        • more beer

          Hey everyone has their own idea of what`s romantic.

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    Yay, Paradise Lost!

    • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

      Hopefully it’ll be better than the new Bloodbath. The new one was an utter disaster, and you can tell PL’s singer hadn’t even bothered practicing his death metal vocals for that one.

  • DARKBEARD

    My boner is most certainly prophetic, as I called this new deafheaven last year and it will be amazing

  • Max

    Interesting point from the Dark Angel guy about doing an un-gridded drums presentation for their next album.

    I was just listening to the Bloodshot Dawn record today – I only recently got the CD in – and I have to say, the level of percussion quantization on that record really compromises the artistry. The drummer is every bit as much a virtuoso as the guitarists in that band, but listening to what’s on the record makes it difficult to ascertain that he is; because it sounds like it just as easily could have been programmed.

    • I like the approach Dark Angel are taking. They’re all solid players so this will probably sound great.

      • Max

        I’ve never actually investigated them much, curiously. I get the impression Gene Hoglan’s abilities were never stretched much in Strapping Young Lad; maybe he’ll be more interesting in a situation like this. So despite not being a fan, I’m interested to check it out purely on that basis.

    • That Bloodshot Dawn album is still crazy good tho.

      • Max

        It is, it really is. And it’s not like I haven’t heard a ton of records before who also do that precise gridding – probably without even realizing it.

        By contrast, Demons is the first record where I really starkly noticed it, and I definitely would have preferred something more organic drum-wise in this case. If he can pull of live what is featured on the record, then he’s a very, very good player. But sometimes I almost feel like the more skilled the drummer is, the less they should doctor the performance with quantization and beat replacement. Because that way you can be sure as a listener that you really are listening to a (very good) human, as opposed to somebody who’s really good at programming.

  • Celtic Frosty

    Yhdarl >>>>>>>>>

  • nbm02ss
  • Guppusmaximus

    Some more terrible news in Metal:
    Death Bassist Scott Clendenin Dead at Age 48

    • Man, that sucks. 48 is crazy young.

      • Guppusmaximus

        So True… 48 is a drop in the bucket. I just hope the health issues weren’t a challenge due to financial issues:(

        • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

          Good point! That was the big obstacle in Chuck’s treatment, and would be incredibly ironic considering that the DTA tour was all about getting money together for musicians’ medical bills.

  • IronLawnmower

    NUCLEAR ASSAULT BITCHES.

  • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

    Didn’t Nuclear Assault say they’re hanging it up after the new CD?

    • CT-12

      Yes, I believe so. I’d say it’s a shame, but I haven’t really been impressed with any of their newer material. Regardless, I will probably check this new EP out.

  • Herr Schmitty

    Dillinger mini tour, featuring Boston? Sign me right the fuck up.

  • I ThinkTheDeafheavenNewsIsGoodNews.

    There. I said it.