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Hate Eternal announce their new permanent drummer will be Jade Simonetto.

But before you hear what guitarist/vocalist Erik Rutan has to say, check out this video of "The Victorious Reign" from

2005's I, Monarch

"Jade and I have been working together for 6 months or so and his incredible skill and dedication to extreme drumming and groove has made him the perfect drummer for Hate Eternal," says Rutan. "We gel on everything from all the old songs to the new and the creativity process has been amazing working with Jade on the new songs, so much diversity and signature drumming to the melodies and riffs.

We have been in the middle of pre-production right now for weeks and will be doing pre-production until the end of August and then start recording the drums tracks for our new album! I am super excited about the new material and Alex (Webster of Cannibal Corpse) is coming up with some incredible bass lines!!! This album is covering a lot more ground than previously and I am excited to be jamming with Jade and Alex and a surprise is in the works! A lot more groove and diversity in an extreme way. We will record and mix between now and October with an early 2008 release on Metal Blade Records. I will keep you all updated!!"

San Francisco's heavy rockers Black Cobra have announced new U.S. tour dates.

Black Cobra August U.S. tour
8/02 San Francisco CA @ The Eagle Tavern w/ Saviours
8/03 Portland OR @ Kelly's Olympian w/ Saviours
8/04 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon w/ Saviours
8/05 Missoula, MT @ The Palace w/ Saviours
8/06 Salt Lake City UT @ Burt's Tiki Lounge w/ Saviours
8/07 Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern w/ Saviours
8/08 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge w/ Saviours

8/09 Chicago, IL @ The Note w/ Saviours
8/10 Bowling Green @ Howards Club H
8/11 Lansing MI @ Mac's
8/12 Parma OH @ Jigsaw Saloon w/Rue
8/13 Rochester/Buffalo NY @ TBA
8/14 Boston MA @ O'Briens Pub
8/15 Providence RI @ AS220
8/16 New York NY @ Club Midway
8/17 Philadelphia PA @ North Star Bar
8/18 Baltimore MD @ North Star Bar w/Coalesce, Pig Destroyer
8/19 Asheville NC @ Joli Rouge
8/20 Atlanta GA @ Drunken Unicorn w/ Zoroaster, Music Hates You
8/21 Gainesville FL @ The Atlantic
8/22 Tampa FL @ Transitions Art Gallery
8/23 Athens GA @ Repent as part of Metalfest '07
8/24 Memphis TN @ Black Lodge w/Damn Your Eyes
8/25 Little Rock AR @ Downtown Music
8/26 Denton TX @ Rubber Gloves
8/27 Austin TX @ Emo's
8/29 Albuquerque NM @ TBA
8/30 Tuscon, AZ @ Vaudeville Cabaret
8/31 Phoenix, AZ @ Modified Arts
9/01 Los Angeles CA@ Relax Bar w/It's Casual, Lightning Swords of Death, etc.

'Cobra does Japan!!!
9/21 Nagoya, Japan @ Huck Finn w/Eternal Elysium, Nice View, Vex, Amber Vial
9/22 Hamamatsu, Japan @ Mescaline Drive w/Eternal Elysium, Shady Glimpse
9/23 Kawasaki, Japan @ Bottom's Up w/Eternal Elysium, King Goblin, Concrete Experience
9/24 Shinjuku, Japan @ Earthdom w/Eternal Elysium, Church of Misery, The Dead Pan Speakers
9/25 Fujisawa, Japan @ Oppa-La w/Eternal Elysium, Omega Supreme
9/28 Gifu, Japan @ 51 w/Eternal Elysium, Junky Waltz, Heartstar
9/29 Osaka, Japan @ Shinkagura w/Eternal Elysium, Birushanah, Ryokuchi
9/30 Nagoya, Japan @ Day Trip w/Eternal Elysium, The Sad Mile, Yung Guitar

Main photo by Jim Thompson.

On June 19, 2007, we caught up with Jared Warren from Big Business at the Knitting Factory in New York City, where he and bandmate Coady Willis were headlining a show with Panthers and Hull.

After the bassist wrapped up soundcheck we retired to the backstage "lounge," cracked a few brews and discussed the finer points of his musical pedigree, Big Biz's connection to Tool and the Melvins, and the challenges of being a two-piece. Check out the interview below.



On May 18, 2007, MetalKult caught up with bloodsimple at their studios in New York's East Village as the metallic hardcore band was rehearsing some tracks off its upcoming release, Red Harvest.

After shooting the band's rehearsal of "Dark Helmet," MetalKult sat down with bloodsimple for a candid Q&A on their history, sound and Red Harvest. The result of that conversation is captured in the clips below:


In celebration of their upcoming release Wolfbiker Evergreen Terrace posted a new MP3 for the track "Chaney Can't Quite Riff Like Helmet's Page Hamilton" on their MySpace page located at the following location:

Wolfbiker will be in stores and online everywhere Tuesday July 24th so be sure to grab your copy! And if you haven't entered the Wolfbiker contest yet you still have time to get your video submissions in. One lucky winner will receive an autographed guitar from the band so be sure to send your entries in now. The band is looking for the wildest video of you and your friends at your Wolfbiker best. For contest details and to enter go here and don't forget to check the band out live when they come through your town with August Burns Red, The Warriors, and Casey Jones!

Wolfbiker track listing:
1. Bad Energy Troll
2. High Tide or No Tide
3. Wolfbiker
4. Chaney Can't Quite Riff Like Helmet's Page Hamilton
5. Where There Is Fire We Will Carry Gasoline
6. Rip This!
7. Starter
8. To The First Baptist Church of Jacksonville
9. Rolling Thunder, Mental Illness
10. The Damned

Tour w/ August Burns Red, The Warriors, Casey Jones
7/20 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
7/21 Birmingham, AL Cave 9
7/22 Nashville, TN Rocketown
7/23 St Louis, MO Creepy Crawl
7/24 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck
7/25 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
7/26 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
7/27 Las Vegas, NV Jillian's
7/28 Corona, CA Showcase Theatre
7/29 Corona, CA Showcase Theatre
7/30 Bakersfield, CA Jerry's Pizza
7/31 Fresno, CA The Exit
8/03 San Diego, CA Soma
8/04 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse
8/05 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
8/06 El Paso, TX Chic's Bar and Billiards
8/07 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
8/08 Houston, TX Java Jazz
8/10 St Petersburg, FL State Theater
8/11 Jacksonville, FL Fuel Coffeehouse
8/12 Orlando, FL The Social


Savannah sludge-rockers KYLESA have offered an update on the band from home:

"We're happy to announce that our video for 'Hollow Severer' will be airing on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball very soon," guitarist/singer Laura Pleasants says. "You can view it now on

YouTube. When viewed on Headbanger's Ball in the context of other heavy music videos, I think that our video will offer something a little different than the average live footage video. The depiction of the narration is abstracted and literal with the use of simple claymation and an overall raw energy is captured by David and Allie of My Good Eye [Goatwhore, The Acacia Strain]. They were great and easy to work with and we hope to work with them again in the future.

"In general news, we've toured pretty heavily the past few months supporting our latest release, Time Will Fuse its Worth, and everything went rather well. We've got a few shows starting today with awesome bands [Torche, Made Out Of Babies and Mouth Of The Architect], but we plan on taking some time off to write new material as we have a few projects coming up. Fun, creative projects, so stay in touch and we'll keep you updated."

Having already toured alongside Genghis Tron, The Hidden Hand, Lacuna Coil, Modern Life Is War and Converge as well as appearing at Los Angeles Murderfest 3.0 and South By Southwest, KYLESA continues to support Time Will Fuse Its Worth.

7/19 Orlando, FL - The Social (with Torche, Made Out of Babies, Mouth of the Architect)
7/20 Tampa, FL - Transitions Art Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa (with Torche, Made Out of Babies, Mouth of the Architect)
7/21 Savannah, GA – Jinx (with Torche, Made out of Babies)


MetalKult is stoked about Fas – Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternvm (Ajna), the newest album from French black metal recluses Deathspell Omega. While Deathspell rarely give interviews, one can be found


Below is a statement from their stateside label, Ajna Offensive:

The mighty Deathspell Omega returns. Their first release of new material since 2005's Kenose, Fas – Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternvm is conceptually the direct successor of Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice. It is centred on the notion of divine will, on the seed of perdition that is ontologically a part of Man and therefore of immanent judgement. Musically, it is a very dense album of a technical nature, where violence and dissonance blend into a merciless result, of such nature that it literally kills hope.

Fas... offers yet another step forward in the evolution of the world's most foreboding and impressive progressive black metal band. Musically, it is a league on its own. Black Metal, certainly, but it goes far beyond.

Formats: 6 panel digipak with 20 page booklet; gatefold LP with 20 page booklet and poster!

Go to to order your copy now.


On Friday, June 1, 2007, Emperor's Ihsahn and Samoth arrived in the Guitar World/MetalKult offices in New York for an extensive interview on the inner workings of their notorious black metal band

(the result is featured in Guitar World's October issue).

The two guitarists were in town to play B.B. Kings in Times Square—one of only three shows the Norwegian group would play in the States. (Click here to watch a live video of "Curse You All Men!" from that show.)

After a long interview, lesson and photo shoot, Samoth—who caught a sinister head cold on the flight over from Norway—politely excused himself to prepare for the show.

But the surprisingly genial and candid Ihsahn graciously stuck around to talk with MetalKult about a range of topics, including the motivation behind his group's early diabolical image, his feelings on Faust and Samoth's incarcerations and how he managed to avoid trouble in Norway's treacherous Nineties black metal scene.

Check this out. You won't be disappointed.


On Friday, June 1, 2007, Emperor played a killer set at B.B. Kings in Times Square—one of only three shows the Norwegian metal group would play in the States.

MetalKult was there and captured the black metal legends in all their glory. Below is a live video from that show of "Curse You All Men!", the opening track to Emperor's third LP, IX Equilibrium.


Baroness have posted the first preview track, "The Birthing," from their first proper full-length album and Relapse debut, Red Album. "The Birthing" can be heard now exclusively via the following link:

Baroness recorded Red Album at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC with Phillip Cope (of Kylesa). The record was mastered by Scott Hull at Visceral Sound and is set for a September 4th North American release date (September 10th internationally). The CD is available for pre-order now at The 12" vinyl of Red Album will see its release roughly the same time courtesy of Hyperrealist Records.

Additionally, Baroness has unveiled a recently re-designed website:

Baroness Tour Dates:

August 17 Richmond, VA Alley Katz
September 19 Savannah, GA The Jinx
September 20 Athens, GA Repent (w/ Zoroaster, The Dumps)
September 21 Asheville, NC Static Age
September 22 Louisville, KY Keswick Democratic Club (w/ Skeleton Witch)
September 27 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Roboto Project (w/ Icon Gallery, Black Tusk)
September 28 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
October 3 Baltimore, MD Otto Bar
October 7 Richmond, VA Incubate
October 8 Raleigh, NC Volume 11 Tavern (w/ Tooth)
October 9 Charleston, SC Cumberlands