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The ABSENCE Unveil Music Video For Title Track From New Album ‘A GIFT FOR THE OBSESSED’ Due March 23rd Via M-Theory Audio



January 19, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA – The Tampa-based melodic death metal band THE ABSENCE will release “A Gift for The Obsessed,” their first album in eight years, through M-Theory Audio on March 23


Says vocalist Jamie Stewart, “‘A Gift for the Obsessed’ embodies many of the dynamics that THE ABSENCE stand for as a whole: melody, brutality, speed, dexterity, cadence, etc. — a truly comprehensive and cohesive listening experience indeed! The title of the album/song refers to that very moment when any artist or creator makes something to the integral point of satisfaction — when your craft meets your obsession in furious culmination, and you are finally able to take a step back, if only for just a moment, completely fulfilled by the fruits of your artistic labor. It‘s one of the most maddening yet needed satisfactions in life — exorcism through creation.”


“A Gift for The Obsessed” is THE ABSENCE’s first full-length since 2010’s acclaimed “Enemy Unbound” (Metal Blade Records), and is the first to feature their current lineup. Led by founding members Stewart and Jeramie Kling (drums) along with longtime bass player Mike Leon (Soulfly, Havok, Arsis), the group now features the high-flying guitar work of Joey Concepcion (Jasta, Armageddon) and Taylor Nordberg (Soilwork, Ribspreader), who made their debut on the band’s self-released digital single, “Septic Testament,” in 2016. 


“Septic Testament” is one of 10 tracks on the band’s new album, the LP edition of which will feature red/black haze colored vinyl, a heavyweight 24-pt. jacket, a color lyric sheet and a download card. The record also includes a cover of Suicidal Tendencies’ “You Can’t Bring Me Down” that features guest vocals by Bjorn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra). Pre-orders are available at this location


“A Gift for The Obsessed” was mixed by David Castillo at Sweden’s Ghost Ward Studio (Katatonia, Opeth) and mastered by Thomas “Plec” Johansson at The Panic Room (Watain, Scar Symmetry), while the cover was created by Russian artist Stray Child.


On the new album and the making of the music video, Leon said, “The album turned out even more killer than we could have expected. The video shoot for ‘A Gift For The Obsessed’ was a blast as well. We shot it at Bay Stage Live here in Tampa, where Taylor and I work, with Jeramie’s wife Deidra Kling handling most of the camera duties, and we had Tommy Jones (Slayer, Death Angel) supply his editing wizardry!”  In addition to signing to M-Theory Audio, THE ABSENCE have teamed up with Jonny and Marsha Zazula’s CraZed Management. Tour dates will be announced soon.


THE ABSENCE came onto the scene in 2005 with their crushing, Erik Rutan-produced Metal Blade debut, “From Your Grave.” The album and its two follow-ups, 2007’s “Riders of the Plague” and 2010’s “Enemy Unbound,” showcased the perfect mixture of heart-wrenching melodies and skull-pounding aggression, truly making them one of the premiere bands of the melodic death metal scene. THE ABSENCE further ensconced their reputation via numerous tours supporting some of the biggest names in metal, including Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Goatwhore, Evergrey, Malevolent Creation, Kataklysm and Destruction.


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Bowling For Soup Unveil Lyric Video For New Single ‘Catalyst’ Announce UK Tour



With just three weeks to go before their biggest ever UK headline tour – The Get Happy Tour 2018 – Texas’ very own crown princes of pop punk Bowling For Soup are ramping up the excitement even further with the release of their latest single. 

Continuing the positivity of other songs from their most recent album Drunk Dynasty such as their last two singles “Hey Diane” and the life affirming “Don’t Be A Dick”, new single “Catalyst” offers something slightly different to many other Bowling For Soup songs. The song has an arena rock feel but with a pop punk soul, telling the positive story of how one person can help change someone’s life around, even when they are at their lowest. 

You can check out the lyric video for Catalyst here:




The release of Catalyst comes as excitement for The Get Happy Tour is growing rapidly among Bowling For Soup fans all over the UK. With Bowling For Soup set to play their breakthrough smash hit album Drunk Enough To Dance in full for the first time plus a selection of their other favourites, “The BFS Army” have been granted their wish for a tour they have been waiting for for many years.

Throw in the comedic stylings of rock’s resident superheroes The Aquabats! and Get Happy Tour alumni Army Of Freshmen who are also going to be celebrating their hit album Under The Radar by playing it in full, and The Get Happy Tour 2018 will be something talked about for many years to come. 

The Get Happy Tour 2018 will play nine shows across the UK in February 2018, culminating in two enormous shows at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena and London’s Brixton Academy. The full list of shows can be found below:

The Get Happy Tour 2018 – Bowling For Soup, The Aquabats!, Army Of Freshmen

9th February  – Glasgow         – O2 Academy

10th February – Newcastle     – O2 Academy

11th February – Sheffield        – O2 Academy

12th February – Nottingham   – Rock City

13th February – Birmingham  – O2 Academy

14th February – Norwich        – UEA

15th February – Manchester  – O2 Apollo

16th February – Cardiff          – Motorpoint Arena

17th February – London         – O2 Academy Brixton

With many dates on the 2018 Get Happy tour just a handful of tickets away from selling out (we’re looking at you especially Glasgow, Newcastle, Nottingham and London), time is running out to pick up tickets for what promises to be the most fun tour of 2018. To purchase both regular and VIP tickets for the tour please visit for all relevant information and links. 

Get Happy 2018 is set to be an exciting time for everyone, and possibly the most excited person of all is Bowling For Soup’s own Jaret Reddick! Here are his thoughts on reviving The Get Happy Tour:

“I’m super excited about this tour! GET HAPPY is 11 years old! That’s just crazy! And I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than bringing it back, with Army of Freshmen from the original lineup and adding The Aquabats! on to make it even happier! Now I need to get back to relearning all of the Drunk Enough To Dance songs!!!”


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Dublin Based ‘Rouen’ Release Debut Single ‘Breed’



Based in Dublin, Rouen are a five piece band who utilise the best elements of Metalcore, Hardcore and Punk to create a sound that includes heavy riffing, hardcore vocal delivery and bouncing grooves.

When we were sent on their track and promo pack I was very surprised at first. How did this band go under my radar? It would turn out the lads were building everything behind the scenes before even creating a Facebook page. Which has to be admired! Most start a page and when the music drops they are forgotten by most. Not these lads though! They got it right! 

If this their debut single is anything to go by, these lads could be a real force very soon! This is a track you expect bands together years to produce and definitely not their first single!  When I saw the mail  I thought ‘Right, lets see how I can swing this into something positive…’ I was certainly not expecting this! 

The energy throughout this track is infectious and I can image it will go down really well in a live environment. There’s a great dynamic throughout,  moving up and down the gears effortlessly!  Full of hooks, riffs, great use of duel vocalists  all while also creating a sense of atmosphere.

I can’t say enough good things about this track really. I’m more than a little interested to see what this band produce next. The bar has been set so high here James Cameroon is nowhere in sight! 

I’ll be keeping a firm eye on these lads as they develop. They claim to be the best aspects of their influences, while a bold claim especially from a band releasing their debut single. These lads back up their words! 

One to watch!! 








They will be playing in Fibbers on the 20th of January as a part of the Metal to the masses competition. Head down and check them out if you can! 

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Dyscarnate Release Stunning New Video ‘Nothing Seems Right’ Taken From Their Acclaimed Album ‘With All Their Might’



UK based Death Metal titans Dyscarante have released a simply stunning video ‘Nothing Seems Right’ from their masterpiece ‘With All Their Might’. 

The band released this brief statement: 


Created by Dark Tranquillity‘s Niklas Sundin, “Nothing Seems Right is a voyage into the depths of utter, cosmic nothingness”.

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I think it’s the perfect video in every regard. It matches the songs overall tone and feel in spectacular fashion! 



‘Nothing Seems Right’ shirts available now! 






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SCUMPULSE: Debut Album By UK Black/Grind Act To See Release Via ‘Gore House Productions’ New Video ‘Alba Gu Bràth’ Streaming Within



Los Angeles-based extreme metal label Gore House Productions confirms the February release ofRotten, the scorching debut album by Scottish outfit SCUMPULSE. An official video for the album’s “Alba Gu Bràth” has been released as the label issues preorders for Rotten.


Founded in 2013, Edinburgh-based SCUMPULSE follows a previously-released EP and single with one of the most anticipated albums to hail from the Gore House compound. Their debut album,Rotten, delivers eight punishing tracks of perfectly blended crusty, blackened metallic grindcore. Eight tracks align into a savage, thirty-eight-minute assault, bridging influences from Darkthrone and Impaled Nazarene to Carcass and Exhumed. Rotten was recorded between Black Cave Recordings, Chamber Studios, and s9fifty, and mixed/mastered by Andrew Rankine, and completed with artwork by Kasper “Sandullos” Povlsen. Be forewarned, Rotten is a debut you do not want to miss.


Rotten‘s lead track, “Alba Gu Bràth,” which was directed by Piotr Bajor, the popular website noting of the track, “there’s some thrash, some straight up death metal, a little grind, and even a touch of a breakdown here and there. It’s an engaging listen in that way where you’re gonna find a few different ways to headbang.”



Rotten will see release through Gore House Productions on CD and digital formats on February 23rd


Preorders are now available HERE. Watch for additional audio samples and more to be issued ahead of the record’s release.


Rotten Track Listing:

1. Alba Gu Bràth

2. Rotten

3. Broken Reflection

4. Gnawed By Pigs

5. King Of Dogshit

6. Pure Jakebawlocaust

7. Wage Decay

8. Sand And Dust




2/09/2018 Opium – Edinburgh, UK

2/10/208 Monty’s – Dunfermline, UK

3/03/2018 Funeral Fest – Barrow, UK




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Siege Of Limerick Make Fourth Announcement

Siege Of Limerick Make Fourth Announcement



BadReputation Ireland have just made their fourth and penultimate announcement for the next Siege Of Limerick. 

Another mixed bag of bands, but again all quality additions. 

The festival was voted our best by the metal heads of Ireland yesterday in the Cranium Titanium end of year awards, so onwards and upwards as usual. 

Cerebral Scar

Cerebral Scar are one of the better UK based underground Thrash metal bands in my opinion. They very much remind me of Divine Chaos who I rate extremely highly! They are essentially a Thrash band but have a death metal feel along with a southern vibe. Another really good band that many will be hearing for the first time at the next Siege. 


Ten Ton Slug

Galway based Ten Ton Slug won the best EP award in the Cranium Titanium end of year poll, and it’s not really surprising! The lads have gone from strength to strength over the past few years and show no sign of slowing down either! Regraded by many as the best band in the Irish metal scene and growing internationally all the time. The Slug feeds! The Slug grows! 


Brutal guttural Death metal from Northern Ireland. A band I’ve been familiar with for some time now. Their 2016 debut album ‘Infinite Regress’ is very good! In a live setting? Blast beats, hughh, urrghh, gurrgh, ahhh, and loads of riffs! Can’t beat it!! 



Dublin based Jenova won the best new band in the Cranium Titanium end of year polls yesterday, and it’s impossible to disagree with! Easily one of my favourite bands in this country! I discovered them very really and saw a band that really had something in the tank. Fast forward a couple of years and they’re a devastatingly good live band that just get better and better. I saw them live again last November and all I could think was ‘Fucking hell these lads are good!’. Wait until Brian does his scream! It’s going to blow your minds!! They’ll destroy the Siege! Not literally of course, and will win over many in the process. Watch this band go from strength to strength in 2018 !  


Blackened Death metal from Limerick. A band of young, yet experienced musicians that are sounding like they have found the project they were looking for all along…. They  have nothing recorded professionally as of now and growing the old fashioned way by putting on excellent live shows! A band I’m keeping a firm eye on this year! 

Posted by Imrama on Wednesday, 29 November 2017



Dirty Casuals

Tipperary based Dirty Casuals are another young band I’m keeping a firm eye on. They actually sent me on rough demos a few days ago which I listened to earlier today and they’re improving! Still learning their trade, but improving all the time and a band I’m following with great interest! They’ll only grow and learn from playing a Siege and will no doubt get lots of pointers and advice during the day. 

Big thanks to zhOra for having us last night also Sixth Extinction and Elder Druid for making the place shake with riffs.Here's a clip of The Unnamed and Jim destroys planet earth! Catchy titles i know.

Posted by Dirty Casuals on Sunday, 29 October 2017



That’s the second to last announcement and yet again another great set of bands. This is going to be a great Siege! 

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