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SIX FEET UNDER – Unborn Tracklisting Unveiled

SIX FEET UNDER will release their tenth full-length album, Unborn, on March 19th. The confirmed tracklisting is as follows:

‘Neuro Osmosis’
‘Zombie Blood Curse’
‘Alive To Kill You’
‘The Sinister Craving’
‘The Curse Of Ancients’

The lyric video for ‘Zombie Blood Curse’, the first track to be set loose from Unborn, is streaming below:

Pre-orders at this location

Who’s The Boss? Ex-MANOWAR Guitarist Ross The Boss In New Band DEATH DEALER

Ross “The Boss” Friedman, legendary co-founder/guitarist of MANOWAR and ex-member of influential New York punk band the DICTATORS, has joined forces with some other well-known metal heavyweights to create a new supergroup called DEATH DEALER.

Joining Mr. Friedman in Death Dealer is vocalist Sean Peck (CAGE), guitarist Stu Marshall (EMPIRES OF EDEN), bassist Mike Davis (HALFORD, LIZZY BORDEN) and drummer Rhino (Manowar).

The band had been in secret-planning mode for a year and only just announced the arrival of Death Dealer a few weeks ago. Through the clattering of bats connecting with balls rattling off wire net cages at Friedman’s batting cage he owns in Queens, he filled me in on all the details about his new band.

“About a year ago, Sean starts contacting me and we were talking a lot about the election and other stuff that people like to talk about,” Friedman said. “He asked me if I’d like to play on something he had going and I said, “Why not?” I like playing with different people and doing other things. Then Stu calls me and is telling me that he idolized me and grew up listening to Manowar and was a big fan of my guitar playing. He sent me a track and I thought it was tremendous and we started taking it from there. I asked who was in the band and he said Rhino, and I said, ‘I’m in!,’ because I’ve always wanted to play with Rhino. If you read the bio, they either wanted K.K. Downing or me! And K.K. Downing is retired. The first time I heard that, I was very flattered.”

After two releases, ROSS THE BOSS solo band is on hold. However, they are working on material for a third release, but at the moment Death Dealer is Friedman’s top priority. The songs that will make the debut release, Warmaster, weren’t done piecemeal, as the songwriting was done together as a band but the individual parts were recorded separately. Death Dealer is ready to unleash their new material on an unsuspecting but anxious metal community.

“The metal is more brutal than the Ross The Boss band. There’s more of an emphasis on thrash speed and precision. It’s flat-out nasty. I think there’s a really fine mix of songs. I’m not going to be the judge of it, I’m going to let the public be the judge of it.”

The thing that will set Death Dealer apart from other power metal bands is the experience and the professionalism of the musicians involved.

“I think this band is more Big League, if you know what I mean. Sean Peck is the best vocalist. Right now, there is not one single human being on this planet that can sing better than him. He was great in Cage, but he’s never had these songs, the platform and the band chemistry like this. He’s a lean, mean, fighting machine. I’ve played with some really great singers, but this guy is flat-out the best. He has the highs, he’s got the lows, too, and everything in between. He’s a man of a thousand voices. I think that the singing and the songwriting will set us apart from everybody else. And we haven’t even scratched the surface with our songwriting ability, just wait till our next album.”

There are a lot of these “supergroups” popping up all the time, but is Death Dealer an actual band or a musical side project?
“This is going to be a full-time touring band. I didn’t want anything to do with a project or a one-off. We want this band to be around for a very long time. We want to take our place in the hierarchy of heavy metal touring bands. Which, I think we’re going to do … I know we’re going to do.”

The album hasn’t been released yet, but it’s done, recorded and ready to go. The band is entertaining offers from record labels and the expectations are pretty high.

“I’m having such a good time and I can’t believe how great it is,” concludes Friedman. “I don’t want to super-psyche you out, but that’s the way I’m feeling. When this record comes, everyone should grab it. When we play live everyone should come see us. Give us a shot, give us a chance and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed because Death Dealer will absolutely rule.”

More on Death Dealer at this location.

GOATWHORE Announce Additional May Shows With 3 INCHES OF BLOOD

New Orleans, LA natives GOATWHORE will be embarking on their first tour of 2013 this March. They will be touring in support of punk legends, THE CASUALTIES, for a string of dates throughout the west coast and up to Texas.

Following those shows, Goatwhore’s co-headlining tour begins in on April 11th in Kelowna, BC with one of Canada’s finest metal exports, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD. The tour will swing back into the states for shows in the Midwest and on the east coast, including an appearance at New England Metal and Hardcore Fest XV.

At the end of April, supporting acts REVOCATION and RAMMING SPEED will join for a portion of the tour, followed by dates in May with WITHERED and ABIOTIC. The confirmed list of shows can be seen below.

Goatwhore tour dates:

March (with The Casualties, Havok)
27 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
28 – Corpus Christi, TX – Zeros
29 – San Antonio, TX – Korova
30 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada

April (with The Casualties, Havok)
1 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
2 – Tempe, AZ – Rocky Point
3 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
6 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro
7 – Reno, NV – The Alley
8 – Portland, OR – Branx
9 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven

10 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre

April (with 3 Inches of Blood)
11 – Kelowna, BC – Level Night Club
12 – Calgary, AB – Gateway
13 – Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theatre
14 – Regina, SK – Exchange
15 – Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo Cabaret
16 – Eau Claire, WI – House Of Rock
17 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
18 – Columbus, OH – Ace Of Cups
19 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
20 – Worcester, MA – Palladium / New England Metal Fest
21 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
22 – Quebec City, QC – L’Agitee
24 – Charlottetown, NB – Hunter’s Ale House
25 – Fredericton, NB – Lava Vodka Bar
26 – Moncton, NB – OC Nightclub
27 – Halifax, NS – Michael’s

April (with 3 Inches of Blood, Revocation, Ramming Speed)
28 – Bucksport, ME – The Kave
29 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
30 – Burlington, VT – Nectar’s

May (with 3 Inches of Blood, Revocation, Ramming Speed)
1 – Middletown, NY – Sounds Asylum
2 – Rochester, NY – Bug Jar
3 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
4 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class (no Revocation)

May (with 3 Inches of Blood, Withered)
6 – Newport, KY – Thompson House
7 – Louisville, KY – Diamonds Pub
8 – Nashville, TN – Exit-In
9 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
10 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum w/ Abiotic
11 – Miami, FL – Churchill’s w/ Abiotic
12 – Jacksonville, FL – Roc Bar w/ Abiotic
14 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall *
15 – New Orleans, LA – Hangar 13 *

* No Withered

Is Heavy Metal Bad for You? Or Is It a Lifesaver?

Laina Dawes, author of the book “What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life And Liberation In Heavy Metal” (Bazillion Points), was recently interviewed on the “Ontario Today” show on CBC Radio Canada. During the chat, she defended heavy metal against new research that suggests a link between the music and teens getting into trouble with the law.

The full interview is available for streaming at this location.

Featuring a foreword by Skin of SKUNK ANANSIE, “What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life And Liberation In Heavy Metal” is available now in softcover wherever books are sold, and in eBook form via the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iTunes Books, and Kobo platforms.

For more information, visit www.bazillionpoints.com.

Laina Dawes is a journalist, cultural critic, and photographer. She has contributed to CBC Radio, Metal Edge, The Wire, Afrotoronto.com, and Blogher.com. An active public speaker, she has appeared at SXSW and the EMP pop music conference. She lives in Toronto, and her personal blog lives at WritingIsFighting.com.