News Roundup: New Cattle Decap! BTBAM Tour! Harms Way Robbed!

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Yesterday, deathgrind playas Cattle Decapitation announced that their newest album has been mixed and mastered. This record, their follow up to 2012’s massive Monolith of Inhumanity, is yet to be titled but if mixing and mastering is completed, it should be released any day now, right? Not so fast, chump! It appears that the process of pressing this thing to vinyl is going to add a 5 month delay to release. Expect the band to drop hot fire in Summer 2015.


Awkwardly-named prog dudes Between the Buried and Me have announced a fat ass Summer tour to support their upcoming album Coma Ecliptic (out July 7th on Metal Blade). From the press release:

“Once again, the band has returned with an ambitious concept album. This time, the story follows the wanderings of an unidentified man, stuck in a coma, as he journeys through his past lives. Each song is its own episode in a modern day, sort of The Twilight Zone-esque fashion. The unidentified man enters each world and is offered a choice: stay, or move on to the next in search of something better, something more “perfect.” Vocalist / keyboardist Tommy Rogers spoke with REVOLVER Magazine for their upcoming issue, which will be on newsstands everywhere March 31st. Pick up the magazine for an exclusive first look at the album’s recording process and concept. New music and pre-orders bundles will be launched on April 3rd, 2015. “We are excited to announce the Coma Ecliptic tour named after our forthcoming new album! Our tour will feature Animals As Leaders and The Contortionist. VIP Packages are on-sale now at: showstubs.com/btbam.”

And the dates:

BTBAM Dateslol. Stockhausen will be out on tour for the OKC date.


Finally, really fucking lame news from the Harms Way camp. Fresh off the release of their excellent new LP Rust and at the very dawn of their North American tour in support of it, the band’s van was robbed in Dallas. This is sadly familiar territory for Harms Way; just a couple of years ago, their van was robbed in Chicago causing the band to cancel their appearance at Chaos in Tejas. Consider picking up their new record, purchasing some merch, or sending a couple bucks their way. Van thieves: pray this dude doesn’t find you.

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  • As much as I enjoy seeing Between the Buried and Me live, I don’t think I can deal with the pretentiousness of Contortionist/AAL fans

    • Dr. Dubz

      But the Contortionist’s set will be perfect for snagging a nap.

      • If they were playing Charlotte at Tremont or something, I’d use them for a cigar break

      • even the lead vocalist gets to catch his 40 winks

      • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

        But this entire bill will be perfect for snagging a nap.

        FTFY Dubs.

      • Like Cynic?

        • Dr. Dubz

          No, more like those OSDM clones.

        • Farty McPoopyCoalRoll

          Saw Cynic live (with Meshuggah) and definitely didn’t fall asleep. Only show I can think of where I was falling asleep was Wolfsheim. Thankfully got in for free, love their music, but goddamn they are like wooden blocks live.

    • YourLogicIsFlushed

      I was seriously so mad about the tour announcement. I have see The Contortionist so many friggin times live because they open for EVERY SINGLE PROGRESSIVE METAL BAND. Seriously despise them. Will show up late/10.

    • The geetar wanking will be strong with this tour.

      • Imagine all the yawn.

        • I saw Animals as Leaders last year with Conquering Dystopia and it was pretty good. But, three bands with 500 male nerds standing around watching said bands sounds pretty yawn worthy!

          • It would be kind of fun to go try to start mosh pits and piss off all the nerds at AAL

          • THAT is exactly what happened at the last show! hahahahahaa

          • CT-12

            I’m planning on seeing AAL again the next time they come through, but yeah, I want the audience to get a little more fucking into it. I’ll admit the first time I saw them, I couldn’t help but just let my jaw hang and get dazzled by the skill, but last time I saw them I was banging my head and shit and there was just about nothing going on.

    • Herr Schmitty

      WAIT; Ayn Banned, complaining about musical pretentiousness? DOES NOT COMPUTE

      (The Contortionist is totes the best band on that whole bill, though, so please let me prove you right!)

      • Me? Pretentious? What would ever make you think that?

      • i’ve seen AAL three times now, and each time it’s just a bunch of people watching the awesome technical prowess on display.
        of course we were all pushing our glasses up after each song and critiquing them gently over a snifter of brandy… but pretentious?

        • Herr Schmitty

          If snifters of brandy are wrong and pretentious, then I embrace just how wrong and pretentious I am as a person, and shall wield said pretension as I race into battle.

        • That could easily be a post-metal show.

          • EsusMoose

            Post-metal is a practice in heavy napping. I’ve only seen pelican and enjoyed it but there was less energy there and more old people who probably wanted sitting room.

    • MoshOff

      Wait wait wait, STOP THE PRESS. You know BTBAM have their fair share of breakdowns, right? Am I dreaming?

      • Sometimes nostalgia overrides trveness. We must all follow our hearts

        • MoshOff

          It all leads back to Power Metal in the end, doesn’t it?

        • NefariousDude

          I popped in the silent circus the other day for nostalgias sake and that shit does not hold up over time

          • I used to listen to it on the way to and from tennis practice. The drive one way was the exact length of the album usually, so it was very nice. one of the first albums I listened to as a full album instead of a collection of songs. It really helped shape my perspective on music, even if I’m not a huge fan of it anymore

          • Tennis? Now that is pretentious/poser talk, buddy.

          • 1 v 1 me. My serve has to be registered as a lethal weapon.

          • Yes, I will have a bloody mary and a steak sandwich and a steak sandwich, please.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFA8XjXUOmA

          • Fletch has to be the greatest movie in the history of mankind.

            Have you seen it?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbWWxGmbS9s&
            list=PLKMKkq2NnYuobLlzzmRKdS8AHx02YG0aK

          • Enema For The Free World

            Every single person on this planet has seen it.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            So Tapirkin are not people, huh? Cis pig scum!

          • Enema For The Free World

            Of course not, you filthy based Tapir

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            I’M SO FUCKING TRIGGERED

          • Enema For The Free World

            YOU WOOD!

          • Sir Tapir the Based
          • Enema For The Free World

            Vittu.Mitä.Paskaa

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            At least he’s not serious like this guy
            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fiRxYcOfUys

          • Enema For The Free World

            Oh dog, Ei ne hyvin o ku Papunen saa olla ehdolla.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

          • Enema For The Free World

            His face reminds a bit of Linkola, if he looked like a dead dog.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            But Linkola is a cool guy. Papunen is melting.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            By the way, what did you think of the new Pekko Käppi album?

          • Enema For The Free World

            I haven’t heard it whole yet. But as far as I have I am liking it. Haven’t been listening to jouhikko music before.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            I do enjoy it quite a lot. I’m also enjoying Kendrick Lamar’s newest album, and that’s frightening me.

          • Enema For The Free World

            I liked the Lamar too! Dagon and Edwardo recommended it and I liked it quite a lot.
            Going to go through Pekko as a whole on the morrow.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Basedtony Tapirthano gave it a 10/10, so I decided to check it out.

          • Enema For The Free World

            I haven’t really been checking up on him for a good while, maybe I should.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            You should. He’s being pretty based and pissing off rap fans.

          • Enema For The Free World

            Sounds good.

          • Of course! Chevy Chase in his prime put out a ton of great movies.

          • *pretentious/poser tennis comment redacted*

            🙂

          • I sucked at tennis but I learned this one REALLY mean trick serve. I only used it for deuces and it got me quite a few aces on players far beyond my level

          • NefariousDude

            Definite kudos to btbam for guiding me down the path to the abyss

          • Dragonforce actually paved my way to true metal from metalcore. Went from power to melodeath to melodic black and after a couple years of those genres, I fell in love with OSDM, and even more recently, American power metal. Only the trvest for me now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Woe84AijdEU

          • NefariousDude

            Sadly I am not man enough for the true might of power metal. I tend to lurk in blackened shadows. Any suggestions?

  • I think Harm’s Way might be one of the last bands I’d ever try to steal from. That dude could snap me like a stale cigarette.

    • Dr. Dubz

      I’m really curious as to where exactly in Dallas they got robbed.

    • If they find the people that did it, they’ll be in harm’s way for real.

  • Ferris Mueller

    Was happily reminiscing about a badass BTBAM show I attended in Tallahassee

    Mood instantly fucked when I realized it was 8 years ago.

    Damn it sucks getting old.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    Bands being robbed on tour is an all too common occurrence these days. Best of luck to those dudes. I’m a fan / should check for sweet tee shirts. I’m stoked about that Cattle Decap album (but who isn’t? lol) and probably should spend some time with BTBAM at some point.

    • The only thing I know about Cattle Decap is that their last album cover looked REALLY sweet.

    • Ferris Mueller

      BTBAM is really hit or miss IMO with Alaska being their best work.

      https://youtu.be/19UZd_DKs2Q

    • Farty McPoopyCoalRoll

      Yep. Drowning Pool’s had their hear stolen several times over the years. I’m kinda foggy on the whole subject, but I think there’s insurance you can get to cover that sorta thing.

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        They’re coming near me on Friday. I hope to see them if I have the money.

        • that’s adorable
          *pets JJD on head
          but seriously, you’re like me 15 years ago!

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I hope I go. I really want to see them because they’re performing Sinner in full. Also, Adrenaline Mob and Full Devil Jacket will be there.

        • Farty McPoopyCoalRoll

          Have fun. Definitely not my cup of tea, even when they were big.

    • st. louis was bad for band thefts for a long time… probably still is.
      hey at least we got… toasted ravioli and provel cheese!

      • Enema For The Free World

        You know what place is good for band thefts? As in no thefts at all? Finland, that’s what.
        #GetRektByBear

        • Sir Tapir the Based

          HYVÄ SUOMI 6-1 SIITOIN HALLA-AHO ISÄNMAA ELÄMÄM KOULU

          • Enema For The Free World

            PERKIÖLÄ, JUMANSVIIDUSVITTUSAATANA

          • Enema For The Free World

            Did you spend St.Paddy’s Dag?

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Never have, never will.

          • Enema For The Free World

            Answered to myself, ’cause I’m a scrug, but there it is, a picturesque mathstickable.

          • Enema For The Free World

          • Sir Tapir the Based

        • if a TovH festival is held in Finland, will travel. but i’m so couch surfing at Tapir’s house (and taking notes and pictures for a future article…)

          • CT-12

            I want to sleep at Tapir’s house and use one of his corgi’s as a pillow

      • Farty McPoopyCoalRoll

        We will never forgive you for Nelly, though!

        • YourLogicIsFlushed

          It’s gettin’ hot in here.

        • Now, now, the Missouri Government has apologized for Nelly on several occasions!

      • Herr Schmitty

        Provel cheese is garbage. I read this article last week where Gawker made a preeeeetty thorough take down of ST-L cuisine, lemme get that for you!

        http://kitchenette.jezebel.com/the-st-louis-cuisine-wikipedia-page-is-goddamned-hil-1690071082

        • I have a feeling no one is going to click this link.

          • Herr Schmitty

            Oh, they’ll click it. It’s happening already. It’s a scorched earth article leaving no STL food safe.

          • i clicked it. these folks have obviously never tried any of the food!
            *is embarassed

        • Farty McPoopyCoalRoll

          Gawker = barely one step above Daily Mail.

        • that article made me a little sick. make fun of the food if you will, but the comments section is a cesspool. let me give an example, “i once knew a person from St. Louis who used the phrase ‘colored people’… no wonder the incidents in Furguson happened”

          • Herr Schmitty

            Hehehehe, I had to go back and make sure that I didn’t star that comment. I didn’t!

            I was the asshole there that said the worst place on the east coast (probably somewhere in Georgia) is still better than the best place in Missouri, though. So, you know, there’s that.

            #EastCoastBias

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        I remember hearing about a lot of St. Louis robberies. I wonder if it was the same individual or group?

    • NefariousDude

      Btbam is the only heavy band I wish would turn soft. The only time they ever get exiting for me is when they stop playing their circus riffs and start playing music.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Interesting. I’m now trying to think of a metal band that I feel that way about.

        • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

          Enslaved is getting there, though I definitely dig their meshing of styles. I think they could slay with a straight up rock album–basically do what Opeth and Mastodon have been trying to do it, but not suck at it the way those two bands do.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            HD this might surprise you, but and since this will get lost in the ether that is old articles I feel comfortable admitting I am an Enslaved n00b. I’ve only listened to like one or two of their albums once or twice, tops. I dug what I heard though.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            They’re an easy band for one to skip over when one is getting into black metal. It happens to a lot of people, especially if you are doing a massive dive into black metal (or extreme metal as a whole) from scratch. It’s a lot to absorv. You start with Mayhem/Darkthrone/Gorgoroth/Emperor/Immortal as far as Norwegian second wave bands, find some stuff you dig, and move on. Enslaved were always a different type of animal, and always one of the more low key of the Norwegian bands. But they’ve always been one of the best, able to shirk associated tropes and norms and be inventive.

            Their discography is kind of intimidatingly huge, too, which adds to it. My favorite albums are Eld and Blodhemn (from their more black metal days), and Below the Lights, Isa, and Axioms Ethics Odini (from their transitional/progressive days). Isa is my all time favorite Enslaved album, and would be a decent starting point for most.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            If I embark upon the Enslaved journey again or for the first time for real, I may pick that Isa as a beginning point! I could find out which album I listened to, it was within the last couple of years and it was new when I got into it, the more progressive stuff definitely not the early black stuff.

  • Of course a tour I give little to no shits about comes to me.

    • Herr Schmitty

      I actually kind of like that tour, and I’m mildly disappointed it’s coming nowhere close. Closest date to me is Montreal… and I would have trouble getting past the Canadian border 😉

  • Hope Harms Way have their equipment back :/ That’s so bad.

    Also. The Contortionist. Lol.

  • Tyree

    Beer.

    • How you fairing this morning, buddy?

      • Tyree

        Like the Irish Flu.

        • RustyShackleford

          We’re gonna have to keep you in quarantine like Typhoid Mary, can’t risk it.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Get some of this in your system, you lifeloving cunt!

          http://www.jeppsonsmalort.com/jm.html

          • Tyree

            Fuck man, I wish so. The owner of this bar I go to a lot gave me 3 shots of Jameson Black Barrel last night. Never had it before, fucking smooth shit.

          • Scrimm

            I fucking hate whiskey, but that I can stand.

          • Tyree

            Yeah, I was surprised by how smooth it was. Now I want to buy a bottle.

  • RustyShackleford

    I never got into BTBAM. Should I be giving them another shot?

    • I vote no.

    • YourLogicIsFlushed

      Yup.

    • Early stuff was aight metalcore, later stuff is prog jerkin’, Colors is right in between. Start there and go whichever direction you prefer.

      • YourLogicIsFlushed

        And by “prog jerkin'” he means that there are recognizable musical notes in their songs.

        • I mean arpeggiosarpeggiosarpeggiosarpeggiosarpeggios for five minutes and then majorscalesmajorscalesmajorscales for another eight.

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            Don’t disagree, just messin with you. I still enjoy it though, because poser.

      • Let it be noted you just professed some form of “metalcore” was “aight”.

        *Shudders with confusion*

    • start with the Paralax Hyper Sleep Dialogues EP. it’s short, you’ll know after the first song if you dig!

      • Enema For The Free World

        That’s really the only BTBAM album I enjoy. Very jerky but short enough to be bearable and not as dry as their old stuff. Was never really bothered by their coreness though.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Nein.

  • Totally off topic, but I just spent three hours (plus 2 yesterday) making datum planes and partitioning this part trying to get the whole damn thing to turn green (for meshing) and I finally did it. Refresh for image

  • Bands need to figure out how to booby trap their vans when they are not in them. Put a notice to thieves on the door and tell them to steal at their own peril. Even if you can’t booby trap put the notice up and leave a device on with a loud beeping noise, worth a shot.

    • CT-12

      I think venues should have a security dude who waits out by the vans. I know of at least one venue that does that and I think bands would certainly appreciate it.

  • Tyree
  • I’m really stoked for the new Cattle Decapitation album. I haven’t listened to their whole discography but their last few albums, particularly the last one, are pure unadulterated meaty magic.

  • Stanley

    I understand that BTBAM has to share the love but Sacramento? What the WTF? On the plus side, maybe on the second album cycle tour they’ll bring some decent support with them. Oh and this.

    • how was the race man? Hot? get a PR? did you pass out? Give me the low down. When I say low down I mean a breakdown of the race. First half, up to 16/18, last 6, how were you first/second half splits? Last 6 miles time?

      Sorry, I get off on this stuff

      • Stanley

        It was a hard one, GL. Although the course is net downhill, it is pretty difficult as there are quite a few hills with some of them being quite steep. I wanted to go somewhere between 3:12 – 3:15 and I planned to follow the 3:10 pacer but there wasn’t one so I was stuck somewhere between the 3:05 and 3:15 pacers. They had given us plenty of warning about the temperatures (they even moved the race start time up by 30 mins to 6:55am) and they told everyone not to expect PRs but I’m a stubborn bastard. I started off too fast and although the first half was ok, I wasn’t feeling it and the doubts started to creep in and once they were in, they made themselves at home. At the 17 mile mark, I started getting this pain in my left calf so I stopped and tried to stretch it out. I don’t know if this was cramp (which I never get) or if I pulled something but it was pretty painful. I still have the pain now but the rest of my legs are still shot (especially the quads from the downhills) so I’m not sure if it’ll go away by the weekend. Anyway, my running turned into shuffling and by the time I reached mile 19 I had drunk so much fluid on coarse (way more than normal as my mouth was white and chalky) that I needed to stop to pee. I hate doing this as it’s time down the drain but I had no choice. After that I was resigned to the fact that it wasn’t going to be a PR day so I just grimaced and did my best to make it to the finish line. Miles 20-23 are uphill and so the suffering reached a new level. There was a lot of walking involved which again, I never do, but it’s the only way I could carry on. When we reached Brentwood a sign on a bank said it was 82 and then at the finish it was 85. Too hot for a foggy SF boy. The last 3 miles are gently downhill but I even had to walk parts of those. It sucked man. I ended up with a BQ time, but I have a better one from Berlin. Anyway, I’m mildly disappointed but it’s in the bank and I have the bling! Next up – Rio on July 26th.

        Stats:
        Time: 3:22:06
        Div Age: 64/1584
        Gender: 399/12708

        Overall: 468/22333

        See the pic below for the splits and the moment the wall jumped up and started slapping me around.

        TL;DR

  • Did anyone else notice that on the Cattle Decapitation CD that the case has TAE wrote on the portion of the jewel case the holds the CD???

    Maybe it is a subliminal message??????

    • Sir Tapir the Based

      TAE means Ticklish Anus Experiment. Maybe that’s the album’s name?

  • JWG

    I suppose I can wait 5 months for new Cattle Decapitation. This does not mean I won’t be praying for a shortened timeline to randomly occur.

    Call it Bovine Intervention, if you will (…you won’t).

  • CT-12

    These grindy fucks Implore just got robbed and are tour in the states now, so maybe snag something from their bandcamp or see them on tour! https://implore.bandcamp.com/releases

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    Which one of you TX boys did that. It will be better for you to go into Bauer’s interrogation room than to be Hulk Smashed by the lead singer.

  • Stockhausen

    THANKS FOR RUBBING IT IN, JERK.

  • Scrimm

    Wow folks there is a gigantic asshole in the comments on that Harm’s Way post.