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Withered Prepare For Extremely "Fest"-ive Spring Touring
February 16, 2009
The "tortured blackened doom" Georgia quartet Withered – who recently wrapped up a national tour with Watain and labelmates Book of Black Earth, and whose recently released 'Folie Circulaire' was named one of Decibel Magazine's Top 40 albums of 2008 – is currently preparing for a busy spring that will see the band play three of the most significant metal festivals of the season.

First up is the inaugural Scion Rock Fest, which takes place later this month in the band's Atlanta hometown. There, Withered will play alongside Mastodon, Neurosis, High on Fire and many more. Says vocalist/guitarist Mike Thompson, "We're incredibly excited to be a part of this. Big thanks to the Scion crew (especially Adam) for inviting us to participate in this unprecedented event. Hell, I couldn't have put together a better lineup myself. I've never attended, much less performed at, a fest where there were so many bands I'd climb over my own mother to see live! This one will be truly historical for Atlanta, and for this generation of hard rock/metal fans."

Soon after, Withered will perform on day two of the 11th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Mass., where they'll play alongside Lamb of God, Children of Bodom and many of the band's Prosthetic Records labelmates. On the way to and from New England, the band will also play a handful of headlining shows. "It's great to be a part of this fest, as we had a blast in 2006 and can't wait to do it again," Thompson says. "The lineup looks fantastic and it'll be great to rub elbows with the likes of Napalm Death, Suffocation and all the other incredible bands playing. New England is one of the oldest events in extreme music, and everyone should experience it at least once in their life, so make it out if you can and have a few beers with us."

Finally, Withered was just announced as one of the participants in the inaugural "Blackenedfest," which will see the band team up with Mayhem, Marduk, Cattle Decapitation and Cephalic Carnage for a month-long tour. "We're very honored to take part in this tour," Thompson says. "Mayhem, Marduk, Cephalic and Cattle Decap are all veterans of extreme metal, and each has had a significant impact on the scene. Just being around these bands everyday will help drive our focus and performances to new levels. We'll be faced with warming up the crowds each night, but it's a welcome responsibility. It'll be great to see our fans again while also, hopefully, earning some new ones. We'll be performing selections from both of our full-length albums, and we might even pull out a new song or two just to give our dedicated fans something fresh to chew on. We'll see everyone on the road!"

Four tracks from 'Folie Circulaire' – including a cover of Necrophobic's "Into Armageddon" – can currently be streamed on the band's Myspace page. The album was produced by Kylesa's Phillip Cope (Baroness), and it features artwork by Paul Romano (Trivium, The Acacia Strain, Mastodon).

Withered on tour:
2/13 - Warehouse - Atlanta, GA
2/20 - Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
2/27 - Criminal Records - Atlanta, GA (free in-store performance)
2/28 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA (Scion Rock Fest)

4/15 - Sonar - Baltimore, MD
4/16 - Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY
4/17 - Palladium - Worcester, MA (New England Metalfest)
4/18 - The M Room - Philadelphia, PA
4/19 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC

w/ Mayhem, Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation:
5/21 - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza - New York, NY
5/23 - Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
5/24 - Club Firestone - Orlando, FL
5/26 - Numbers - Houston, TX
5/27 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
5/29 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
5/30 - Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
5/31 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
6/02 - House of Blues - Hollywood, CA
6/03 - DNA - San Francisco, CA
6/04 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
6/05 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
6/06 - Knitting Factory - Boise, ID
6/07 - Gothic Theater - Denver, CO
6/09 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
6/11 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
6/12 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
6/13 - Majestic Theater - Detroit, MI
6/14 - Opera House - Toronto, ON
6/15 - Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC
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Cephalic Carnage Announce Japanese, U.S. Tours
February 16, 2009
Cephalic Carnage, who are currently touring through the U.K. and Europe alongside The Black Dahlia Murder, have recently announced two spring tours.

The band will first head to Japan for ‘Extreme The Dojo: Volume 21’ along with Destruction and Into Eternity in mid-May. Immediately following that, Cephalic Carnage will take part in the inaugural run of BlackenedFest, a three-week North American tour, alongside Mayhem, Marduk, Cattle Decapitation, and Withered. A TuneWidget for BlackendFest, featuring audio from all five bands is available below. A complete listing of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Cephalic Carnage Tour Dates:
w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Psycroptic, Sylosis:
2/16 - Sheffield, United Kingdom - The Corporation
2/17 - Dublin, Ireland - The Button Factory
2/18 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Ivory Blacks
2/19 - London, United Kingdom - Carling Academy
2/20 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Beibob
2/21 - Enschede, Netherlands - Atak
2/22 - Esch-Alsette, Luxembourg - Kulturfabrik

Extreme The Dojo V. 21 w/ Destruction, Into Eternity:
5/12 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro
5/13 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro
5/14 - Tokyo, Japan - Club Quattro

w/ Mayhem, Marduk, Cattle Decapitation, Withered:
5/21 - New York, NY - The Fillmore
5/22 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
5/23 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
5/24 - Orlando, FL - The Club @ Firestone
5/26 - Houston, TX - Numbers
5/27 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
5/29 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
5/30 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
5/31 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
6/02 - Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
6/03 - San Francisco, CA - The DNA Lounge
6/04 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
6/05 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
6/06 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
6/07 - Denver, CO - The Gothic Theater
6/09 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
6/11 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
6/12 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
6/13 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theater
6/14 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
6/15 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electrique

Cephalic Carnage is touring in support of their most recent full-length, 'Xenosapien'. The band has been writing the follow-up to 'Xenosapien' in-between touring and is expected to hit the studio later this year.

Updated Cephalic Carnage news and tour information will be made available via the Relapse Records website at www.relapse.com, the Official Cephalic Carnage website and the band's Official MySpace page at www.myspace.com/cephaliccarnage.
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Cattle Decapitation To Take Part In Blackened Fest
February 11, 2009
California’s most brutal goregrinders, Cattle Decapitation, will join fellow extreme metal veterans, Mayhem, Marduk and Cephalic Carnage, as well as black metal newcomers, Withered, on this summer’s Blackened Fest.

The tour will kick off on May 21st in New York at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza and wrap up in Montreal, QC on June 15th. This is one of the most extreme tour packages of the year and is no doubt one you do not want to miss!

A widget for Blackened Fest is available below.

Blackened Fest
w/ Mayhem, Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Withered:
05/21 - New York, NY - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
05/22 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar (Maryland Deathfest) tickets
05/24 - Orlando, FL - Club Firestone tickets
05/26 - Houston, TX - Numbers
05/27 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit tickets
05/29 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
05/30 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse tickets
05/31 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues tickets
06/02 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
06/03 - San Francisco, CA - DNA tickets
06/04 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre tickets
06/05 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven tickets
06/06 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House tickets
06/07 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater tickets
06/09 - St Paul, MN - Station 4
06/11 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues tickets
06/12 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
06/13 - Detroit, MI - The Majestic Theater
06/14 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
06/15 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques

For more info on Blackened Fest, head on over to www.myspace.com/blackenedfest. And for more info on Cattle Decapitation, visit the band's Official Myspace page at
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Despised Icon Announces Euro Trek, Posts New Video Online
August 13, 2008
Since their beginnings in 2002, Montreal’s Despised Icon have established themselves as one of the most ferocious bands in the genre. Most recently, the band brought their intense live show to venues across the nation as part of the Summer Slaughter Tour. Now these Canadians have Europe in their sights before taking some well-deserved time off to begin work on their follow-up to 2007’s 'The Ills of Modern Man'.

Vocalist Alex Erian comments: “So Summer Slaughter ended up being wild as fuck! Thanks for rocking out with us and making it our best US tour ever. We won't be coming back there this year so we're gonna miss you guys. We've been home for over a week now, chilling out and getting ready to hit Europe for the second time this year. It'll be our first time playing festivals over there and we can't wait to experience the chaos! To all our friends back home, we'll be playing our last 3 Quebec shows of the year as soon as we're back from Europe at the end of the month, hope to see you then! Check out the latest brutality!”

Despised Icon has also posted new video footage online, which was filmed during their recent Montreal Assault tour with Ion Dissonance, Beneath the Massacre and The Plasmarifle. The clip showcases the group’s raucous stage show while showing their excellent musicianship as they blaze through “Furtive Monologue”. Check out the clip below.

Despised Icon on Tour:
08/14 - Summer Breeze Festival – Dinkelsbühl, Germany
08/15 - Brutal Assault Festival – Jaromer, Czech Republic

w/ Cephalic Carnage:
08/16 - Turock – Essen, Germany
08/17 - Horrorfest – Hull, UK
08/18 - Clwb Iwfr Back– Cardiff, UK
08/19 - The Borderline – London, UK
08/20 - Baroeg – Rotterdam, Holland
08/21 - Hafenklang – Hamburg, Germany
08/22 - Stadtmitte – Karlsruhe, Germany

08/23 - Mountains of Death Festival - Muotathal, Switzerland
08/24 - Ieper Hardcore Festival – Ieper, Belgium

08/30 - La Ruche – Granby, Quebec (w/ Camilla Rhodes)
08/31 - FME Petit Theatre – Rouyn Noranda, Quebec

w/ Quo Vadis, Plasmarifle & Blinded By Faith:
09/06 - Medley – Montreal, Quebec

Altamont Never Say Die! Tour
w/ Parkway Drive, Unearth, Architects, Protest the Hero, Whitechapel & Carnifex:
11/07 - SO36 – Berlin, Germany
11/08 - Essigfabrik – Koeln, Germany
11/09 - Hof Ter Lo – Antwerp, Belgium
11/10 - Westland – Yeovil, UK
11/11 - Academy 2 – Manchester, UK
11/12 - The Arches – Glasgow, UK
11/13 - Corporation – Sheffield, UK
11/14 - Cressent – Peterborough, UK
11/15 - The Forum – London, UK
11/16 - Tivoli – Utrecht, Holland
11/17 - La Locomotive – Paris, France
11/18 - Kulturfabrik – Esch, Luxembourg
11/19 - Rohstofflager – Zuerich, Switzerland
11/20 - Backstage Werk – Munich, Germany
11/21 - Vidia Club – Cesena, Italy
11/22 - A38 – Budapest, Hungary
11/23 - Arena – Vienna, Austria
11/24 - Hirsch – Nuernburg, Germany
11/25 - Werk 2 – Leipzig, Germany
11/26 - Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany
11/27 - Voxhall – Aarhus, Denmark
11/28 - Skaters Palace – Muenster, Germany
11/29 - Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, Germany
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Darkest Hour Drops Off 'Doomsayers' Tour
February 28, 2008
The following update has been issued regarding Darkest Hour dropping off of their own Headlining tour:

"Darkest Hour regrets that we have to cancel the last remaining days of our Doomsayer's North American Tour. However, all of the shows will go on as scheduled (with the Red Chord headlining New York City, NY, and Allentown, PA) except for Washington, DC, which has been outright canceled.

The tour has been an amazing time, but guitarist Kris Norris has been summoned home to attend to the early birth of his first little baby. It is with great joy that we wish Kris and his wife Christina luck with their new addition to the family.

Sometimes when you live out on the road, life back home has to be put first. We couldn’t have asked for a better tour package on this tour and our hearts go out to Emmure, White Chapel, and Cephalic Carnage. We only hope to be blessed with their mighty rock again sometime soon.

Utmost, we apologize to all the fans, friends, dudes and dudettes out there in (NY, DC, and PA). We will be back to make it up to you for sure! We will see ya this summer with a surprise that we can't wait to announce."

Darkest Hour's latest critically acclaimed release, 'Deliver Us', was released last summer via Victory Records.
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Lenzig Leal (vocals)
Zac Joe (guitar)
Steve Goldberg (guitar)
Jawsh Mullen (bass)
John Merryman (drums)

CEPHALIC CARNAGE return with Anomalies, their long-awaited fourth full-length release. Unquestionably one of the most creative and challenging bands on the planet, CEPHALIC CARNAGE are at once unique, uncontrolled, unusual and uncompromising. On Anomalies, CEPHALIC intermix spine-tingling passages of hypersonic grindcore, slow motion doom metal and far-out rock and roll, beckoning listeners to enter their outlandish musical world. Formed in Denver, Colorado in 1992, CEPHALIC CARNAGE set out to break down musical barriers by raising both the expectations and standards of extremity in heavy music. A unique musical hybrid, CEPHALIC CARNAGE thrives on integrating various experimental aspects into their unique, forward-thinking musical style. In 1993, founding members Lenzig (vocals) and Zac Joe (guitar) recorded and released their first demo, 'Scrape My Lungs.' Although the recording was well-circulated in the underground, the band split up soon afterwards. In 1996, CEPHALIC CARNAGE reformed and added members John Merryman (drums) and Steve Goldberg (guitar). The infusion of new blood into the CEPHALIC ranks kicked things into high gear for the band and only two months after the new lineup had been together, a second demo, titled 'Fortuitous Oddity,' was recorded and released. A four-piece at the time of the recording, the band was stronger than ever as the duel-guitar onslaught merged effortlessly with extremely technical drumming and Lenzig's wildly schizophrenic vocal attack. The word was out, andCEPHALIC CARNAGE were making a name for themselves. The band hit the road for a self-financed U.S. tour in the fall of 1997, alerting many to the unbelievable intensity of the CEPHALIC CARNAGE live show. In 1998, CEPHALIC released their debut album, Conforming To Abnormality. 'Conforming...' unveiled a style of extreme music that was completely original in its makeup: blending mind-melting guitar technicality with inhuman drumming, varied vocal assaults, smatterings of jazz sensibilities and devastating sub-bass drops. The level of musicianship displayed on Conforming To Abnormality' was critically-acclaimed upon the album's release. CEPHALIC CARNAGE then added bassist Jawsh Mullen to the fold and hit the road in support of the album. A crushing set at the 1998 Milwaukee Metalfest cemented the band's name in the minds of music fans and journalists and verified all accounts of their (now) legendary live performances as the band laid waste to Metalfest attendees with one of the best sets of the entire festival. The band also appeared at the 1999 Dallas Grindfest, the 1999 March Metal Meltdown, the 1999 Ohio Deathfest, the 1999 Denver Hatefest, the 1999 Milwaukee Metalfest and the 1999 November To Dismember, stopping at nothing to bring their futuristic sounds to the masses. Soon following, CEPHALIC joined the Relapse Records family. The band's initiation consisted of joining labelmates SOILENT GREEN, TODAY IS THE DAY, EXHUMED and MORGION on the Relapse 1999 Contamination Tour . In December, 1999, CEPHALIC entered New Orleans' Festival Studios with producer Keith Falgout (SOILENT GREEN, CROWBAR, ACID BATH) and recorded their Relapse debut, Exploiting Dysfunction. Destroying parameters, CEPHALIC CARNAGE stupefied and astounded with 'Exploiting Dysfunction,' blending and configuring styles of music with surgical precision. Shortly after the mastering of 'Exploiting...' a U.S. tour with labelmates THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, showcased two of extreme music's most forward-thinking and jaw-dropping live acts. CEPHALIC then lit up the crowd at the 2002 SXSW Festival in Austin, TX (alongside labelmates MASTODON, HIGH ON FIRE and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY), debuting new material in front of a crowd of unsuspecting music fans. In 2002, CEPHALIC CARNAGE unveiled 'Lucid Interval,' a high-impact dose of unique sound(s) combining various styles of heavy music with elements of jazz-fusion and an ultra-keen sense of progression. Bending genres with wild counter-rhythms, exceptional musicianship and hairpin twists and turns, CEPHALIC CARNAGE accelerated their creativity while delivering a thought-provoking eye-opening to the musical status quo. Press accolades poured in upon the album's release and the band hit the tour trail yet again. CEPHALIC returned to SXSW in March, 2003 as one of the featured acts of the Relapse Records Showcase. The band then hit the road as part of the Relapse Records North American Contamination Tour 2003 (with labelmates MASTODON, UPHILL BATTLE and DYSRHYTHMIA) before joining up with SHADOWS FALL and HATEBREED for U.S. treks. CEPHALIC kicked off 2004 with a European tour with labelmates EXHUMED and followed that up with a Euro trek with MACABRE. CEPHALIC CARNAGEs Anomalies is set for a March, 2005 release date via Relapse. You've heard the hype - find out what its all about!