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  • Melodic Death Thrashers CHARIOTS OF THE GODS Post New Godcast Eps. 9; Canadian Ride The Tides Tour Dates

       Ottawa, ON melodic death thrashers Chariots of The Gods have posted their latest Godcast Eps. 9 'SuperSecretProjectOuhhhh!!!. Host guitarist Matt St. Amour and guest Dimitri Gervais discuss going in the studio last Wednesday to re-record an old song, plus give an inside view on what happened. They also brief fans on new merch and this week's tour dates in Ontario.

    To listen, please visit the following link: 

    Youtube Stream: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aefYCJN1XF4

    In additional news, a teaser for their next music video 'Starborn', which is off their debut full length Tides of War' has been posted at the following link:

    Starborn Teaser - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKeYmSqLn1c

    chariots of the gods - behind-the-scenes of ''starborn''

    Their debut album 'Tides of War' was produced by award winning producer/engineer/mixer Glen Robinson who has worked with names such as The Ramones, AC/DC, GWAR, Annihilator and Voivod. COTG's new album delivers 14 epic, crushing tracks to follow up their well received 2010 debut EP 'Reverence,' which the band aggressively toured in Quebec and Ontario, sharing the stage with names such as Misfits, Voivod, Despised Icon, Kataklysm, Blind Witness, Misery Index, Martyr, Fuck the Facts, Blackguard, Neuraxis, The Agonist, Reanimator and Insurrection. 

    FREE DOWNLOAD - Tides of War - http://chariotsofthegods.bandcamp.com/track/tides-of-war

    Music Video - Tides of War - http://youtu.be/3Z8YEQd98Uo

    COTG - Ride The Tides Tour

    June 19 - The Belle Pub - Belleville, ON - Show Details
    June 20 - The Doors Pub - Hamilton, ON
    June 21 - The Atria - Oshawa, ON w/ Fatality, Buried Out Back, Darkness in Aurora, Black Concept 
    June 22 - The Spill - Peterborough, ON
    June 23 - Bovine Sex Club - Toronto, ON
    June 27 - Gatineau Midsummer Fest - Gatineau, QC
    August 14 - TBA - Ottawa, ON
    August 15 - Cafe Chaos - Montreal, QC
    August 16 - L'Agitee - Quebec City, QC
    August 17 - Grind Your Mind Open Air - Notre-Dame-Du-Bon-Conseil, QC
    August 18 - Rock Cafe Stage - Trois-Rivières, QC
    August 25 - Southern Ontario Metal Fest - Hamilton, ON

    For more info on Chariots of The Gods please follow them at these links:

    www.chariotsofthegods.net  | http://www.facebook.com/chariotsofthegods | Twitter: @chariotsotgods

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    Chariots of The Gods – Tides of War (2013)

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    Purchase Links:  Bandcamp | iTunes

    RIYL =  Trivium, Unearth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Lamb of God, Annihilator,  As I Lay Dying, All That Remains, Arch Enemy

     Release Date: January 29, 2013

    Label: Self-Released

    Distribution: Indie Pool

    Canadian Radio Highlight – March 2013 – Top 20 Loud Chart – #5 - Chariots Of The Gods – (Earshot)

    Canadian Radio Highlight – February 2013 – Top 20 Loud Chart – #2 - Chariots Of The Gods – (Earshot)

    “‘Tides of War’ offers music that is well done and fueled with the propensity of delivering solid melodic death/thrash.” – Blistering.com

    “Fans of modern thrash, who like it furious, biting and yet melodic check Chariots of The Gods.” – Lords of Metal

    “There’s a lot on ‘Tides of War’ to pique the interest of either thrash or melodic death metal fans, and the non-stop galloping guitar sound is an impressive display of what the underground can achieve.” – MetalUnderground.com

    “It is heavy, brutal and energetic while also incorporating a fair amount of melody to boot!…This is an album that is definitely going to raise the bar in the extreme music scene for the remainder of the year. Pick this one up; you won’t regret it!” – PureGrainAudio.com

    “CHARIOTS OF THE GODS are showing plenty of promise to be able to be one of Canada’s next big things out there” – Metal Observer

    “An incredibly professional production is at hand: drums are clear; vocals are on the perfect level with the instruments; even the soft and quiet moments are balanced just right so as to create bits of atmosphere against the heaviness. There is a pure love of metal evident in this debut and the production lets all the power, aggression, and passion through to the listener…the band confidently establishes their intention: a charge of solid and unyielding melodeath garnished with impeccable interludes, solos, and leads.” – MetalStorm

    “CHARIOTS OF THE GODS, with their first full-length release ”Tides Of War”,is sure to be the new buzz of the underground scene…Overall, the album is an eclectic, vibrant, and colorful release that really keeps listeners head banging all the way and appreciating the good work the band has put in. The production is clearly strong, coming from the hands of Glen Robinsonwho has worked with Metal legends such as ANNIHILATOR and QUEENSRYCHE…The band does its best, and boy is it good, to church out infectious hook after hook, coupled with blistering melodies and kickass solos backed by Jobin’s great vocals. Each band member shines in this album and their dedication and devotion to their music is clear from the start…The entire album is structured in a genius way—these guys are clearly gifted lads.” – Metal-Temple

    “Splendid stuff from a young Canadian troupe that would appear to have all the tricks… I love their coruscating mix of Maidenesque harmonies (have a listen to the awesome Blind Assassin and tell me you ain’t impressed)” – MetalAsFuck

    “”Tides of War” is an album that rivals classics by acts such as God Forbid, Shadows Fall, and Killswitch Engage in excellence and pays respectful homage to acts like In Flames, Arch Enemy, At The Gates, and Dark Tranquility. For my money, this debut album deserves the status as a melodeath-type of metal classic. 5/5″ – MetalMusicArchives

    “The best thing about this band, in my view, is the powerful melodic style they bring to each song. The guitarists are especially strong on several tracks, including “Tides of War,” “Revillusion (1905),” and “Unbound.” I loved the instrumental track “Snow Falls on the White River (1914),” yet another piece of evidence that these guys have a keen sense of melody, at times, one that even approaches beauty. Mathiew St-Amour and Dimitri Gervais play their guitars with grace and precision and sound especially great on their harmonized parts. These guys have a bright future as twin guitar leads and I hope they’ll take advantage of what they can do together. Readers who like their guitars to come in pairs will love this album.” – SeaofTranquility

    ides of War” is an album that rivals classics by acts such as God Forbid, Shadows Fall, and Killswitch Engage in excellence and pays respectful homage to acts like In Flames, Arch Enemy, At The Gates, and Dark Tranquility. For my money, this debut album deserves the status as a melodeath-type of metal classic. 5/5″ – MetalMusicArchives

    “COTG entice the listener with infectious hooks, associated melodies and some blistering solos out of the guitar work. If that is not justice enough for you to buy this, then listen to the intensity of Renaud Jobin’s vocals. This is a release that requires you to strap your balls down (if you have them of course!) when the volume is cranked up…They have a fantastic musical ability and a gift of song structure that exhumes listeners emotions that includes anger and conversely serenity and the need to throw the devil horns without too much though will therefore result. ‘Tides of War’ promotes Chariots of the Gods as real contenders in their field of metal, their field of glory and the rewards are presented for everyone on these exceptional fourteen tracks defining a generation of musically gifted individuals who do not rely purely on breakdowns to get their point across, it sounds effortless. Horn’s raised high gents! 4/5″ – Brutalism.com

    “Overture is quite sweet sounding and feels like a film score. Nothing compared to the monster that is waiting to be unleashed. Ferocious riffs and classic metal vocals. Drums blasting out the speed and blasts and the guitars giving it a chunky edge whilst maintains some harmony. Hatebreed hardcore edge but throws in the melody. Definitely an innovative sound amongst a sea of similar sounds. Chariots of the Gods definitely seem to offer something that little bit different. Taking the generic metal sound and throwing in delicious guitar solos with a conflicting vocal. Upbeat without being cheesy.” – Culutre Bomb Mag

    ”I’m honored to be a part of this project” – Glen Robinson (producer)

    ”It’s pretty good!” – Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)

    ”In my opinion, Chariots of the Gods is THE melodic thrash metal revelation in Canada this year” – Musique d’une Nation

    ”Excellent album full of energy [...] I may have a man-crush on Chariots of the Gods”
    Ondes Chocs

    ”I wouldn’t be surprised to see ‘Tides of War’ be a strong beginning this year in the field of melodic death metal.” Dagheisha

    ”Just pure metal [...] it’s a real treat to the ears” – Metal Manic

    ”My first reaction was ”WOW!” [...] If you like death metal, you have to get that CD” – WTFMusic.com

    ”It’s a masterpiece” – Radiorockdrummond.com

    ”Mathieu-Phillipe St-Amour is undoubtedly a promosing guitarist” – dagheisha.com

    ”A band to admire [...] amazing collaboration of Heavy Metal and Death Metal [...] no less than perfect” – Metal Temple

    ”An excellent band who knows what they are doing [...] Listen to them and you’ll discover something great” – Dave Lemire (Concert promoter)

    ”Chariots of the Gods [...] are doing everything right [...] they are talented and powerful enough to show the world Canada rocks hard” – Metal Bite

    ”I am stoked to discover new talent from Ottawa [...] Chariots of the Gods is an erruption waiting to happen”  -The Ottawa Epitaph

    “Hands down, CHARIOTS OF THE GODS have worked hard and have improved their songwriting that shines in “Tides Of War” in every aspect. Don’t be fooled by the melodic Death Metal tag and consider the Canadians just another IN FLAMES wannabe because there is more than just catchy riffs and growling vocals. And don’t forget that CHARIOTS OF THE GODS come from Canada that is a most reliable source for high quality Metal. 8/10″ – MetalKaoz.com

    1. Overture
    2. Seventh Weapon
    3. Blind Assassin
    4. Ambrosian Wings
    5. Tides of War
    6. Revillusion (1905)
    7. Snow Falls on the White River (1914)
    8. Severing the Bloodline (1917)
    9. Collapse of an Empire
    10. Red Skies
    11. Nebula
    12. Starborn
    13. Unbound (feat. Aleksi Sihvonen)
    14. Annihilation of the Gods

    Album Credits
    • All songs performed by: Chariots of the Gods
    • All songs written by: Mathieu St-Amour & Renaud Jobin
    • Produced by: Glen Robinson
    • Mixed by: Glen Robinson
    • Mastered by: Glen Robinson

    Discography

    2013 – Tides of War – Full length
    2012 – Tides of War – Single
    2012 – Trois-Rivières Metalfest Compilation Vol. 12 – Compilation
    2010 – Trois-Rivières Metalfest Compilation Vol. 10 – Compilation
    2010 – Reverence – EP

    Tours & Festival
    2013 – Drummond Metalfest 5
    2012 – Tides of War Mini-Tour Quebec / Ontario)
    2011 – Drummond Metalfest 3
    2011 – Touch of Death Open Air
    2011 – FestiPunk 2 Open Air
    2011 – GrindYourMind Open Air 3
    2011 – Atomicfest 2
    2011 – Hellaweenfest
    2010 – Petite-Nation Rockfest (now D-Tox Rockfest )
    2010 – St-Hyacinthe Trash Metal Fest

    Shared Stage w/
    Alexisonfire
    Anonymus
    Anti-Flag
    Beneath the Massacre
    Blackguard
    Blind Witness
    Despised Icon
    Divinity
    Exhult
    Fuck the Facts
    Kamakazi
    Kataklysm
    La Jarry
    Les Pistolets Roses
    Lofofora
    Malajube
    Martyr
    Misery INdex
    Misfits
    Necronomicon
    Neuraxis
    OK Volca
    Reanimator
    Silverstein
    Slaves on Dope
    Tagada Jones
    The Agonist
    The Planet Smashers
    The Sainte Catherines
    Voivod
    Vulgaire Machins
    Wolven Ancestry
    Aarsen
    Cryptic Howling
    Dance Laury Dance
    Insurrection
    Sordid
    Mortor

    Endorsements
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    InTune Guitar Picks – http://www.intunegp.com/ 
    SIT Strings – http://sitstrings.com/ 
    Xcel Drumsticks – http://www.xceldrumsticks.com/ 
    Serial Drummer – http://www.serialdrummer.com/shop/ 
    Mental Case Inc.- http://www.mentalcaseinc.com/ 
    Big Bends Nut Sauce – http://www.bigbends.com 
    Guitar Gifts 4 U – http://www.guitargifts4u.com/ 
    Guitar Cable – http://www.guitar-cable.com/index.aspx 
    POM Printing

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  • Comedy Rockers PSYCHOSTICK Announce Blow Your Fingers Off Tour

    (L- R) - Alex “Shmalex” Dontre – Drums | Josh “The J” Key – Guitar | Rob “Rawrb” Kersey – Vocals | Matty J “Moose” – Bass 

       Comedy rockers Psychostick have announced they will be hitting the road this summer for their 'Blow Your Fingers Off Tour' that will include performances at this year's Rockapalooza, A2 Fest, Breast Fest Biker Bash and Dirtfest.

    Blow Your Fingers Off Tour *please note don't actually blow your fingers off

    June 21 - Steger, IL @ Another Hole In The Wall - Show Details - Buy Tickets
    June 22 - Jackson, MI @ Rockapalooza - Jackson County Fair Grounds - Show Details - Buy Tickets
    July 5 - Providence, RI @ McNeil's Tavern
    July 6 - Brookfield, CT @ The Room - Show Details - Buy Tickets
    July 12 - Newport, KY @ Thompson House - Show Details - Buy Tickets
    July 13 - Ann Arbor, MI @ A2 Fest - WFC Fairgrounds and Event Center - Show Details - Buy Tickets
    July 14 - St. Joseph, MI @ Czar's 505 - Show Details
    July 16 - La Crosse, WI @ The Warehouse - Show Details
    July 18 - St. Cloud, MN @ Bubba's
    July 19 - Spring Lake Park (Minneapolis area), MN @ POV's 65 - Show DetailsBuy Tickets
    July 20 - Pecatonica, IL @ Breast Fest - Winnebago County Fairgrounds - Show Details - Buy Tickets
    August 9 - Kokomo, IN @ Centerstage
    August 10 - Birch Run, MI @ Dirtfest - Show Details - Buy Tickets
     
    *ROCKAPALOOZA: Festival with CANDLEBOX, SALIVA, TAPROOT, MUSHROOMHEAD, HEDPE, OBIE TRICE, HURT, 12 STONES, SMILE EMPTY SOUL, BOY HITS CAR, ADAM GONTIER (FORMER SINGER OF THREE DAYS GRACE), PSYCHOSTICK, SURRENDER THE FALL, ROTATION, ANOTHER LOST YEAR, DIECAST, TRACK FIGHTER, IT LIES WITHIN, THROUGH THE ASHES, HYDROVIBE
     
    *A2 Fest: HedPE, Taproot, Psychostick, Green Jelly, Chris Webby, The Agonist, It Lies Within, Slaves On Dope, Blue Felix, Motown Rage, Losing September, Almost Kings, SIKLID, XFactor1, Wayland, Prospect Hill, Dead Horse Trauma
     
    *5th Annual Breast Fest Biker Bash: benefitting the Save The TaTa's Foundation: Drowning Pool, Nonpoint, Pop Evil, Soil, Primer 55, Psychostick, Straight Line Stitch
     
    *DIRTFEST: Adam Gontier (of 3 Days Grace), Asking Alexandria, Trapt, Pop Evil, Parabelle, Devour The Day, 10 Years, Psychostick, Escape The Fate, Wilson, It Lies Within, Blue Felix, Saint Ridley

    Psychostick released their latest music video 'Dogs Like Socks' earlier this year and can be viewed at the following link.

    'Dogs Like Socks' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swmuqGWgZCc

    dogs like socks by psychostick

    Psychostick's fifth and latest release 'Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3-D' is now available at the following location here(http://psychostick.com/music)

    For more info, music and tour dates, please visit the following links:

    http://www.psychostick.com

    http://www.facbeook.com/psychostick

    http://www.twitter.com/psychostick

    Music Videos

    Political Bum - http://youtu.be/DNZj2RrrkfI

    Boobs - http://youtu.be/dcYlytyuKsc 

    Do You Want A Taco? - http://youtu.be/k3tcQI5EEiA

    Beer - http://youtu.be/O-jOEAufDQ4 - over 4 million views

    Girl Directions - http://youtu.be/U5_HhqcbF_0

    BIO:

    Most high school friends can’t even stand to look at each other once school’s out, but in the case of vocalist Rob “Rawrb” Kersey and guitarist Josh “The J” Key, they decided to spend even more time together after graduation.

    Harnessing their crazy sense of humor and love of all things metal, they joined forces with drummer Alex “Shmalex” Dontre and bassist  Matty J “Moose” to create Pyschostick, a band they've coined as humorcore. With hilarious lyrics, heavy riffs, notorious stage antics and high-energy performances, the band has caused millions of laughs around the world and hundreds of mosh pits across the US, often simultaneously, since its birth in Phoenix, AZ in 2000.

    Almost 100 percent do-it-yourself, Psychostick never strays from its signature sound, a combination of heavy music Chimaira, Machine Head and Hatebreed would be proud of and wit and humor that would make Tenacious D and Weird Al Yankovic holler with laughter.

    With two full-length albums behind them – “We Couldn’t Think of a Title” and “Sandwich” - the band released their latest record, “Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D,” in 2011, following it up with a tour with Mushroomhead to add to their total count of 21 nationwide tours that have hit 47 states.

     

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  • CADAVERIA 1st album remastered. To be reissued on July 16th 2013 with new artwork.

    Black Tears is proud to announce they have reached an agreement with the band CADAVERIA for the reissue of "The Shadows' Madame" album. Released in 2002, the cult album that marked the beginning of CADAVERIA career, has become extremely rare by now. So it’s time to make it available again to all fans. This new issue, proposed with a brand new layout, is completely  remastered and it contains songs such as "Spell" and "Circle of Eternal Becoming" that have become classic hits of the band.


    The release of "The Shadows' Madame" reissue is scheduled for July 16th, 2013 and it will be distributed by Black Tears Mailorder and Masterpiece Distribution.

    Here, to refresh fans’ memory, the full track list:
    1. Spell
    2. Declaration of Spiritual Independence
    3. In Memory of Shadows' Madame
    4. Circle of Eternal Becoming
    5. The Magic Rebirth
    6. Black Glory
    7. Absolute Vacuum

    For more information visit http://blacktears.it/ and http://www.cadaveria.com/

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  • THE GARDNERZ offers single for free download

    Swedish Doom metal band THE GARDNERZ have released "Exiting Reality" as a free download via Digmetalworld Records in North America, featuring two new songs of Doomy Goodness, like a cannon blast right in your face.

    You can download the free album at the following location below:
    http://music.digmetalworld.com/album/exiting-reality.

    The band commented:
    "With this release we want to affirm our standing as the most interesting and versatile Doom/Death band around these days. When most bands play it safe, we try to go our own way and incorporate all kinds of twists and turns into our music.

    We think this is our best sounding release and our most interesting work to date. This being our second release with this line up, we feel that we
    have really hit our stride and everyone know what to do to make the sweet music we call Deadly Doom.

    Lyrically both songs are linked and therefore being Part one and two. Part one deals with an awakening, to see things for what they are, what impact your actions has on your surroundings and the once around you.

    Part two is about the liberation from all that. A closure if you like. We feel certain that these two songs will leave you longing for more of our Epic Doom/Death Metal."

    Tracklist below:

    1. Exiting Reality Pt. 1
    2. Exiting Reality Pt. 2

    The Gardnerz is:
    Niclas Ankarbranth - Vocals
    Wilhelm Lindh - Guitar
    Francisco Martín - Bass
    Vedran Benčić - Drums

    For more information about the band visit its official website: www.thegardnerz.com or find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thegardnerz.

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  • Death Metallers XUL Checks In From Canadian Tour With Exclusive Blog On TheGauntlet.com; Offer Free Album Download 'Malignance'

     

    Left to right: Bill Ferguson (Vocals/Guitar), Wallace Huffman (Guitar), Marlow Deiter (Bass), Lowell Winters (Drums), Levi Meyers (Vocals) Photo Credit: Bailey Gottlieb

       Growing their fan base with a free download of their debut album ‘Malignance’ available here, Vernon, BC blackened death metal band XUL have posted a new blog entry from their cross Canada tour on TheGauntlet.com here. If you're a fan of Behemoth, Dissection and Immortal then check out XUL deliver a brutal assault at one of these upcoming dates listed below.

    2013 Maliganant Tour - Canadian Dates

    June 21, 2013 – Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel – w/ Noire, Wilt
    June 22, 2013 – Saskatoon, SK – The Fez
    June 23, 2013 – Edmonton, AB – DV8 w/ Körperlose Stimme, Runeblade - Show Details
    June 24, 2013 – Prince George, BC – The Artspace
    July 19-20, 2013 – Armstrong, BC – Armstrong Metal Fest - Show Details

    For more info on XUL, please visit these links:

    www.xulofficial.ca 

    http://www.facebook.com/Xulband 

    http://www.twitter.com/xulofficial 

    http://xulmetal.bandcamp.com/     

    About: 

    A five piece group based out of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, following in the footsteps of bands such as: Behemoth, Dissection, and Immortal, XUL have left the beaten path and set out to forge their own brand of Blackened Death Metal.

    An energetic and interactive live performance – with crushing rhythms seamlessly coalescing into atmospheric passages, accompanied by punishing percussion waves and subtle vocal harmonies – expands upon the previously established essence of the sub-genre. With songs reminiscent of war-torn landscapes, destructive human nature and evil intent, XUL has captivated audiences and garnered positive reviews, and on June 16, 2012, released their first full length album, entitled “Malignance”.

    Driven by determination and a diverse accumulation of musical comprehension, XUL has toured Western Canada, as well as proven themselves worthy to share the stage with bands such as: Obscura, Exhumed, Vreid, Kampfar, Woods of Ypres, Macabre, Withered, Cephalic Carnage, Archspire and 3 Inches of Blood. With a spring 2013 tour looming, XUL is determined to build on an impressive local following by infecting Western Canada with hopes of Canada in its entirety in the near future. XUL’s focus for winter 2012 is to meticulously craft new material for another release in 2013.

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    XUL – MALIGNANCE – 2012

    GENRE: Blackened Death Metal

    RELEASE DATE: JUNE 16, 2012

    LABEL: SELF-RELEASE

    XULOfficial.ca | Facebook | Twittter | Youtube | Reverbnation | Soundcloud | CBC 3

    Buy Links: Bandcamp | Merch.XULOfficial.ca

    RIYL = Behemoth, Dissection, Immortal

    #10 of Top 20 Best Albums of 2012 for MetalMadeInCanda.ca

    "Xul continue to offer a barrage after barrage of obliterating death metal...when the sheer fire power and dexterous performances that Xul serve up are so satisfying. Particularly when you consider that is the band's debut album. Malignance is undeniably impressive." - Powerplay Mag UK 

    "Malignance, the first record from unsigned Canadian blackened death act Xul, is one of the most impressive debut’s I’ve heard in a very long time. Rarely are the similar artists mentioned in press kits an entirely accurate estimation of the soundscapes to be found within an album proper, but I find the examples of Behemoth and Dissection are quite fitting in this case, as the band excels at weaving the brutality of the former with the epic melodious propensity of the latter, not to mention the grandiosity inherent to both, into a rich and exciting tapestry of extremity." - Metal-Archives.com

    "will appeal to fans of black/death metal.  Hard-hitting and brutal, Malignance is intense and that intensity does not let up until the very last song." - TheFrontRowReport.com

    "Xul operate within the genre of blackened death metal, taking cues from blackened death metal giants like Behemoth, black metal legends like Immortal and Mayhem, as well as death metal demigods like Morbid Angel. They have taken all of these inspirations and combined them into their own artistically highly successful brand of blackened death metal, which features the brutality of death metal and the darkness and evil of black metal. Thus, you get and album the treats you to both the machine-gun bassdrums, guttural vocals, and technically proficient playing associated with death metal and the tense harmonies, tremolo picking, and blazing blastbeats associated with black metal.....Xul's "Malignance" is a huge artistic success and captures what I consider to be the best from both death metal and black metal." - Metal Music Archives

    "XUL’s “Malignance” is a raging, rolling machine of Black-tinged Death Metal 8/10" - Metal-Observer

    "the band manages to make a sound that encompasses the Death Metal 'old school' with the current time style that combines technical, brutality and a very dark mood, as do Belphegor, Behemoth and Azarath. 8/10" - Whiplash (Brazil)

    "Malignance features a stunning display of musicianship with its ultra-slick leads, hyperspeed percussion and incredible bass tone. Meyers’s fetid vocals salivating on the album’s rotting body ties the whole gruesome scene together. Xul wreak “Vengeance” on the ears of death metal fans, forcing their way in the cortex to fester and boil. This is one Malignance you’ll be dying to have." - Kingdom of Noise

    "I love death metal that takes no prisoners." - Battl Helm

    "This blackened death quintet from Vernon, British Columbia does not dissapoint with thier first release, Malignance. The first track sets the pace for the whole album; hard hitting, ear splitting, skull crushing brutality. Battlestorm, indeed! Strong black influences shine through, especially in tracks like Porta Nocis, and Vengeance, while the instrumental Winter's Reign leaves you spellbound. I have to admit to being really impressed with the amount of work these northern bastards have put into this, and I highly recommend it." - Canadian Black Metal

    "a  very  great  sounding  heavy  and  brutal  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Battlestorm"  "Winter's  Reign"  and  "Tomb  Of  The  Tyrants".  RECOMMENDED  BUY" - BringerofDeathZine

    "The perfect combination of black and death metal, even with a particularly thrashy sounding guitar line in places on 'Mastication of Putrescent Empyrean Remains' really comes together on this album" - BigMetalBastard

    XUL - MALIGNANCE - ALBUM COVER
    1. Battlestorm 04:27
    2. Mastication of Putrescent Empyrean Remains 05:14
    3. Porta Noctis 05:08
    4. Vengeance 03:28
    5. Winter’s Reign 04:26
    6. Hordes of Black 05:29
    7. Incinerate the Earth 04:17
    8. Tomb of Tyrants 05:54

    Album Credits

    Release Date: June 16, 2012
    LABEL: Self Release
    DISTRIBUTION: Independent
    • All songs performed by: XUL
    • All songs written by: XUL
    • Produced by: XUL and Jeff Bryan
    • Mixed by: Jeff Bryan and Mike Taylor
    • Mastered by: Jeff Bryan and Mike Taylor
    • Single released: Porta Noctis
    • Available on: CD + Digital
    • CD Cover, Album Artwork: Eric Hilton
    • Layout by: Steve Kwasniewski

    Discography
    2012 – Malignance
    2010 – EP – Beyond Darkened Mountains

    Tours and Festivals
    2012 – Armstrong Metal Fest
    2012 – Western Canadian Tour

    Shared Stage w/
    Obscura
    Exhumed
    Vreid
    Kampfar
    Woods of Ypres
    3 Inches of Blood
    Macabre
    Withered
    Cephalic Carnage
    Archspire

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