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  • Death Metallers XUL Checks In With Exclusive Tour Blog On TheGauntlet.com; Additional Canadian Dates; 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 the offering of their debut album 'Malignance' for FREE DOWNLOAD via their bandcamp here, Vernon, BC blackened death metal band XUL have posted their most recent adventures from their first cross Canada tour exclusively on theirTheGauntlet.com tour blog 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 9, 2013 – Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks - w/ Striker, Icosian, The Vilification, On The Top – Show Details
    June 13, 2013 – Montreal, QC – Katakombes
    June 14, 2013 – Oshawa, ON – The Diezel Room – w/ Pagan Ritual, Livid & The Blood Thirsty, Primalfrost
    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

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    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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  • FATALITY Preview Screen Shots From Upcoming Video 'Thoughts Collide'; Announce US 'Towards Disastour'; New Album 'Psychonaut' Out June 28th

       Canadian thrash party monsters FATALITY are sharing with fans screen shots from their upcoming music video 'Thoughts Collide' directed by Matthew Chrones Scott of Bleedingheart Productions and set to be unleashed next week. The video will be in support of their upcoming album Psychonaut’ set for release on June 28th, 2013 and will be supported by an epic 2 month USA 'Towards Disastour' from June 21st - August 28th.

    To fund their new album, upcoming tour and music video FATALITY have launched an album pre-sale that ends today on June 4th at 11:59pm PST through the crowd funding platform Indiegogo.com, which is linked to http://fatality.ca. They've successfully received over $5,000 in fan support during the campaign and album through this new initiative.

    Indiegogo Fundraiser Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7cti1up5zY

    The band is now streaming the first single 'Thoughts Collide' at the following link: http://snd.sc/11r4AeF 

    Preview of new track 'Monstrous' - http://youtu.be/emazJRaFJG4

    Thoughts Collide Video Screen Shots

    Fatality Canada / USA Dates: 'Towards Disastour'

    Up-to-date tour info can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/163831077118892/

    June 21 – Oshawa, ON @ The Atria
    June 28 – Toronto CD release @ Sneaky Dee’s w/ Shotgun Cure, Call of The Wild - Show Details
    June 29 – Montreal @ Frites Alors 
    June 30 – Portland, ME @ Geno’s Rock Club
    July 2 – Worcester, MA @ Hotel Vernon
    July 3 – Providence, RI @ Dusk
    July 4 – Allston, MA @ O'briens Pub 
    July 5 – Florence, MA @ Silk City Music
    July 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
    July 8 – New York City, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
    July 9 – Baltimore, MD @ Side Bar
    July 11 – Chesapeake, VA @ Rogers
    July 12 – Richmond, VA @ Wonderland
    July 13 – Wilmington, NC @ Reggies
    July 15 – Jacksonville, FL @ Shantytown Pub
    July 16 – Miami, FL @ TBA
    July 17 – Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
    July 19 - Atlanta, GA @ the Masquerade
    July 22 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald w/ Zombie Holocaust
    July 23 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova w/ Zombie Holocaust (venue changed from Baskstage)
    July 24 – Dallas, TX @ Double Wide w/ Zombie Holocaust
    July 25 – Oklahoma City @ TBA w/ Zombie Holocaust
    July 26 – Midland, TX @ Blue Max w/ Zombie Holocaust
    July 29 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad w/ Zombie Holocaust
    July 31 – San Diego, CA @ Winston's w/ Zombie Holocaust
    August 3 – Fullerton, CA @ Riff Haus w/ Zombie Holocaust
    August 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Five Star Bar w/ Zombie Holocaust
    August 8 – San Jose, CA @ The Pocket w/ Zombie Holocaust
    August 9 – Oakland, CA @ Continental Club w/ Zombie Holocaust
    August 10 – Medford, OR @ MusicHead w/ Zombie Holocaust
    August 11 – Eugene, OR @ TBA w/ Zombie Holocaust
    August 12 – Portland, OR @ East End w/ Zombie Holocaust
    August 14 – Seattle, WA @ TBA w/ Zombie Holocaust
    August 16 – Vancouver, BC @ TBA
    August 17 – Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge 
    August 18 – Boise, ID @ TBA
    August 19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joes 
    August 20 – Denver, CO @ TBA
    August 21 - Wichita, KS @ TBA
    August 22 – Kansas City, MO @ TBA
    August 23 – St. Louis, MO @ TBA
    August 24 – Fort Wayne, IN @ TBA
    August 25 – Detroit, MI @ TBA
    August 26 – Cleveland, OH @ TBA
    August 27 - Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA
    August 28 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room

       Smarter, stronger and musically tighter than ever, FATALITY is now ready to unleash their sophomore album ‘Psychonaut’, a darker and more mature effort, Fatality bring forth their trademark energy and commitment to drunken mayhem. Tracks like “Thoughts Collide” and “Before The Collapse” delve deep into the sodden minds of their creators, bubbling with the strange alchemy of pop culture. Psychonaut is an exploration of the inner landscape of the mind, where addled thoughts and horror-polluted dreams are held up to musical scrutiny. Monstrous, ambitious, and sardonically funny as ever, FATALITY are taking their unique sound and boundless energy to the next level.

    Psychonaut – Track Listing
    1. Enter Purgatory
    2. Thoughts Collide
    3. Monstrous
    4. Before the Collapse
    5. Towards Disaster
    6. Psychonaut
    7. Satan’s Shepherd
    8. Thrashterpiece II

    FATALITY is:

    Eytan Gordon - Lead Guitar

    Spencer LeVon - Lead Vocals/Guitar

    Adam Zlotnik - Bass Guitar

    Mason LeVon – Drums

    2011 Single T.F.E.S. – http://youtu.be/sNaYiUm6ze4

    For more info, please visit these links:

    Indiegogo Campaign - http://fatality.ca

    Facebook - http://facebook.com/fatalitythrash

    Bandcamp - http://fatality.bandcamp.com/

    the FATALITY Blog - http://fatalitythrash.blogspot.ca/

    SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/fatalitythrash

    Merch Store - http://fatalitymerch.bigcartel.com

    New FATALITY podcast - http://fatality.podbean.com/

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    "Smarter, stronger and musically tighter than ever, FATALITY are now ready to unleash their sophomore album on their adoring public. Entitled Psychonaut, their new record is at once a darker and more mature effort, with more complex arrangements and sophisticated concepts, that still retains their trademark energy and commitment to drunken mayhem. Tracks like “Thoughts Collide” and “Before The Collapse” delve deep into the sodden minds of their creators, bubbling with the strange alchemy of pop culture. Set to be released June 28th, 2013 Psychonaut is an exploration of the inner landscape of the mind, where addled thoughts and horror-polluted dreams are held up to musical scrutiny. Monstrous, ambitious, and sardonically funny as ever, FATALITY are taking their unique sound and boundless energy to the next level." - Natalie Zina Walschots of Golden Spruce Entertainment.
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  • OUT TODAY! BornBroken Debut Album 'The Healing Powers of Hate', Offer FREE Song Download 'CONTROL'

     

    Wedding

    From L-R: Simon Savard – Guitar | Jesus Salazar – Vocals | Tommy Vaillancourt – Bass |  Mike Decker – Guitar | Jonathan Ménard – Drums

        BornBroken was formed with one simple mission in mind: Help the masses find a voice, a face, an “X” that marks the spot through the sounds of beating skins, metal strings and broken chords.

    After months of writing and hours spent in the studio, BornBroken managed to take every emotion they felt, put it to music, build off of past battle scars and create a record where listeners will feel they are part of the storyline. 

    On their debut album, The Healing Powers of Hate, which is unleashed today, June 4th, BornBroken play out not only what life has given them but also what they want to give back: truth, integrity, perseverance, loyalty and faith in humanity’s struggle for equality.

    Guitarist Mike Decker comments:

    "On behalf of BornBroken, we would like to take this moment to thank everyone who was involved in the making of our debut CD "The Healing Powers of Hate", from Matt, Hughes, Chris, and Brian in recording and producing the CD. All the media support that has promoted and pushed the CD to let the world know about "The Broken". Lastly to our friends, family and fans for believing in the dream, Thank You. Remember "to gain you must suffer and suffer we did" over 2 yrs, but the day is here. It Has Begun, Hear the Cry, The Broken Shall Rise… Enjoy"

    Album Stream - https://soundcloud.com/bornbrokenmusic/sets/thehealingpowersofhate

    Their heavy hitting single 'Control' is also available for FREE download at the following links below. 

    Bandcamp - http://bornbroken.bandcamp.com/track/control 

    Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/bornbrokenmusic/control 

    To order their incredibly designed physical copy (pic below), please visit the following link http://bornbroken.bandcamp.com.

    BornBroken-The Healing Powers of Hate

    Track Listing:

    1 – Can’t Quiet The Riot
    2 – Old News
    3 – Anger of The Day
    4 – I Will Rise
    5 – Control
    6 – It Has Begun
    7 – Birth of The Broken
    8 – Bleed The Sky
    9 – Reborn From The Ashes
    10 – The Healing Powers of Hate

    Show Dates

    July 12, 2013 - Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC w/ The Catalyst, Order In Disorder, Through Death, Evertrapped - Show Details

    For more info, tour dates and updates on BornBroken, please visit these links.

    http://bornbroken.bandcamp.com/ 

    http://www.facebook.com/bornbroken 

    http://www.twitter.com/bornbroken 

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    BornBroken – The Healing Power of Hate (2013)

    RELEASE DATE: June 4, 2013

    LABEL: SELF-RELEASE

    DISTRIBUTION: Indie Pool

    ISRC Codes: CAD7Z1300001 - CAD7Z1300010

    UPC Code #: 829982 141538

    R.I.Y.L. = Pantera, Slayer, Hatebreed, Lamb of God, Sepultura, Ektomorf

    Interview on CJLO - Mike from BornBroken on Champions of the Local Scene - http://snd.sc/ZJDMTe 

    Named discovery of the year 2012 – Musique d’une nation

    Named discovery of the year 2012 – Québec-Métal

    Voted 2nd best show of 2012 in Montreal -Québec-Métal

    Voted 2nd best show of 2012 in Montreal – Ondes Choc

    “The Healing Power of Hate is a great example of why Canadian metal is regarded around the world as being of very high quality: Because, quite simply, it is”. – GoetiaMetal

    “BornBroken’s Healing Powers Of Hate is a powerful album that falls in line with the likes of Pantera, Lamb Of God, and Hatebreed with some thrash inspirations from the likes of Testament, and Slayer.” – Emurg.com

    “What BornBroken have done here is create an album that ticks pretty much every box on the seriously heavy tick sheet, managing to put together an album which is heavy, melodic, dark, haunting, and yet uplifting at the same time. Representing the pain and angst that went into making it, this album will connect with your soul, and remind you of what heavy is.” – Loud-Stuff.com

    “So watch for it. Listen to it. These Montreal Metal Thrash-core compadres are definitely onto something different, and not only with regard to the local scene, but for Metal in general. The BornBroken boys are biting off as much as they can chew by creating a heavy-duty concept album, fusing the powers of all their influences and generating a sound that fluctuates between latter day Sepultura and mid-career Lamb of God.” – BetweenTheHorns.ca

    “…At the first look, the album looks like a collector’s item.”
    “…The Healing Powers of Hate as a sound comparable to the big names of the industry…I have the strong impression that everything was thought of on this CD. It’s a very well done album from A to Z. The Healing Powers of Hate from BornBroken is nothing less then a must!!” – Musique D’Une Nation

    “BornBroken is the future of Québec Metal, with 10 titles to discover, even on stage, since the group demonstrates an uncanny and totally uncommon, energetic stage presence. They have poured their guts into the making of this introductory album, their own monies and a wealth of professionalism, which must be recognized. Bravo for an excellent album that one just doesn’t tire of listening to.” – Québec-Métal

    “…le disque est marqué au fer rouge d’une intensité menaçante qui n’épargnera aucun tympan.’’- Bande à part (Radio-Canada)

    BornBroken-The Healing Powers of Hate

    [Download Album Cover]

    Track Listing of Album:
    1 – Can’t Quiet The Riot
    2 – Old News
    3 – Anger of The Day
    4 – I Will Rise
    5 – Control
    6 – It Has Begun
    7 – Birth of The Broken
    8 – Bleed The Sky
    9 – Reborn From The Ashes
    10 – The Healing Powers of Hate

    MAPL Logosocan logo

    Album Credits:

    - All Drum Tracks performed by Brian Craig / Recorded at studio 451
    - Engineered and Mixed by Hugues Deslauriers
    - Recorded by Mathieu Marcotte
    - Guitars, Bass, Vocals & Xtras – Recorded by Mathieu Marcotte at Human Noise Studio
    - Album Mixed and Mastered by Hugues Deslauriers
    - Guitars Reamp by Chris Donaldson at Garage Studio
    - “It Has Begun” Solo by Mathieu Marcotte & Mike Decker
    - Intros & Outros – Simon Savard, Mike Decker

    - Comic Book Concept – Simon Savard, Mike Decker
    - Comic Book Artist – Yannis Panos
    - CD Layout – Mike Decker, Simon Savard
    - Photography – Mike Hozjan – AutoFocus
    - BornBroken Logo & “B” Symbol Created by – Mike Decker, Simon Savard
    - CD printed at Disques RSB
    - All printing and packaging by Mike Decker at MRGraphique

    Discography

    2011 – Promo release (Control & Bleed the Sky)

    2013 – The Healing Powers of  Hate

    Shared Stage w/
    Stroke of Genius, The Aftermath, Mythosis, Mass Murder Messiah, Anonymus, Omega Crom, Misguided Agression, The Blackcloud Syndicate, Erimha, Forbiden Sin, Resurrection Corpse, Sever the Voices, Social Fiction, Castigare, Shape the Above, Hexfire, Burning the Oppressor, Ancestor’s Revenge, Downtrodden, DopeThrone, Poison Oath, Made up a Reason, Reanimator, Branded by Pain, Death Lullaby, Pronostic, Warsenal, Sykode, Today I Caught The Plague, Virulys, Rusted, Citizen Vicious, Eternal Jugement

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  • INFERIS announces new frontman

    Chilean heavy metal band INFERIS have announced the addition of Nasson as singer. After 2 month of auditions, this guitar player/singer obtained the spot due its large experience gained with its previous solo work.

    The members of Inferis have commented:
    "We are very motivated with the new arrival, we know that now we can achieve a better level, we saw that during all the process of his auditions, he is already working on new lyrics for the new material, so we can comeback to the live shows son".

    Frontman Nasson commented:
    "As soon as I found out that Inferis was looking for a singer, i had to applied right away, I knew it was going to be a great opportunity, I really liked its previous material and now they have grown mature even more when it comes to musical compositions. I am super excited and i will fit the part 100%". 

    Inferis latest album is called "Lead the Chain", the EP was released via Hitman Records in Japan and Digmetalworld Records in North America, download the full album at this location (www.inferis.cl)

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  • NUCLEAR to support ANNIHILATOR in Chile, Apatrida EP Re-release

     Chilean thrashers Nuclear have announced their participation as support act for Canadian technical metallers Annihilator. The concert, which will also have Arica-based thrashers Conflicted in the bill, will be held on June 8 at Kmsu Premiere Club in Santiago, Chile.


    Tickets are available at www.ticketek.cl

    More information is available at Nuclear's Official Facebook Page facebook.com/nuclearcl

    On other issues, Nuclear latest EP album "Apatrida" will be re-released via Sick Bangers Metal Label And Distro. The album, initially launched on July 2012, sold more than 200 copies in its first week out and it is currently out of stock.

    Unlike the previous digipack edition, the new release CD will be in jewel case and will include a 24 cm x 36 cm band poster. The album will be available from June 8 at http://webstore.sickbangers.cl/products but it can be already pre-ordered via email at sales@sickbangers.cl

    More info at www.sickbangers.cl

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