Carcass, the Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts and Noisem aren't nearly enough. Here are the regional openers who'll kick off select dates of the 2014 Decibel Magazine Tour.
Tues, March 18 / Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theater
Founded in the swamplands of South Florida in 2005, Maruta have been blurring the lines between grindcore and technical death metal ever since. The band has released two full-lengths through Willowtip Records, 2008’s In Narcosis and 2011’s Forward Into Regression, to very positive reviews. Their forthcoming full-length and Relapse Records debut promises to follow their upward trajectory of extreme music innovation.
Mon, March 24 / Phoenix, AZ @ The Press Room
The state of Arizona is best known for its desert landscapes and grand canyons. Yet Gog mastermind Michael Bjella paints a very different picture of his native homeland with Ironworks. Recorded in a late 19th century blacksmith shop, where several members of his own close family toiled, Gog crafts a subversive ode to the death of the American dream using source sounds and atmosphere.
Sun, March 30 / Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Portland, OR’s extreme metal/sludge powerhouse Bastard Feast have completed recording their new full-length. The album, the band’s second, will be released on Season of Mist’s Underground Activist Division in 2014. Regarding the new album, guitarist Taylor Robinson says, “The new record is a change in the path for us. We have dialed in our sound even more and sold our souls to Hell to channel more darkness.”
Wed, April 02 / Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Vimana is comprised of former and current members of Cephalic Carnage, Vale of Pnath, To Be Eaten, Swashbuckle and Rainbowdragoneyes. Balancing brutal death metal, grindcore and technical/progressive death metal elements, the band turned heads with their 2012 debut EP, The Collapse (engineered by Dave Otero), and are in the process of writing their as-yet-untitled debut full-length, due out in 2014.
Sat, April 05 / Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Murmur started off in 2007 and immediately received underground recognition. With the release of their fierce and utterly disturbing debut album in 2010, more accolades followed before the band embarked on an even stranger but no less frightening musical journey on a split EP with Nachtmystium the next year. Their boundary-shattering, new, self-titled full-length follow-up will be released later this January.
Mon, April 07 / Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Derkéta is a doom-influenced death metal band from Pittsburgh, PA. They are known to be the first all-female death metal band. The name Derkéta was taken from Stygian mythology; she was the goddess of death of a blood-drinking cult. The band was formed by Sharon Bascovsky (vocals/guitars) and Terri Heggen (drums) in late 1988. Derkéta turned heads with 2012's debut full-length, In Death We Meet.
Sat, April 12 / Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre
Philadelphia-based grind/punk three-piece Die Choking features current and former members of Total Fucking Destruction, Cop Problem, Burden and Dirty Tactics. Their self-titled, five-song debut EP (recorded with Dan O’Hare at Mark It Zero studios) was released this January. The band is comprised of bassist/vocalist Paul Herzog, drummer Joshua Cohen and guitarist Jeffrey Daniels.
Sun, April 13 / Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Coke Bust are a straight-edge hardcore band from Washington, DC that started in 2006. Strongly influenced by the likes of Youth of Today and Heresy, the notoriously DIY quartet—comprised of vocalist Nick Tape, guitarist James Willett, bassist Daniel Jubert and drummer Chris Moore—has appeared on labels as diverse as Six Weeks, Third Party, Refuse, Grave Mistake and Drugged Conscience.
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