Black Metal Assassin Dagger Cult SICARIUS Premiere Video For New Song 'Bia'
Mick Kenney-produced 'God Of Dead Roots' due March 13; track listing, cover art unveiled
Black metal nihilists SICARIUS will issue their second full-length release, “God Of Dead Roots,” on March 13 via M-Theory Audio. The album – which was produced by Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh, Benediction, Empyrean Throne) – is now available for pre-order on CD, digital and limited-edition moonless night black vinyl HERE.
Today, the California-based group – praised by Metal Hammer as “USBM with serious forward thrust” – unveil the second taste of the new album via a lyric video by David Thelan (Suidakra, Attic) for its bludgeoning opening track, “βία.” In Greek mythology, Bia was the personification of force, anger and raw energy, and SICARIUS – whose moniker means contract killer or assassin in Latin – deftly channel all of those qualities in the song. Check out “βία” HERE.
Along with the new track “A Practiced Hand” – which SICARIUS premiered late last year – “βία” is available as an “instant grat” download with all digital pre-orders of “God Of Dead Roots,” SICARIUS' first recording with guitarist Travis “Grimnir” Whiting (Carnifex, Ruines Ov Abaddon). Both songs are also now streaming via Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms.
“βία is purely about violence in its most primal form and how it has been rooted instinctively into our DNA throughout our evolutionary history,” explains vocalist Karcass. “I find the human need to create violence fascinating; it is simultaneously our blessing and our curse. We can be so massively destructive, yet from that same mindset we birth amazing creations, new ideas, and even further life. Ultimately, I believe that we are slaves to the circle of violence created by our own human nature, and will inflict endless war upon ourselves with a grim pleasure.”
SICARIUS – whose drummer Brandon “BZ” Zackey is also a member of Enterprise Earth (eOne / Good Fight Music) – draw influence from and pay homage to classic black metal bands, yet the quintet also injects a modern, high-velocity sense of immediacy into their bloodthirsty extreme metal assault. The group was founded five years ago in Southern California, where they have since performed extensively alongside such genre heavyweights as Carach Angren, Master, Uada, 1349, Goatwhore, Vader, Helheim, Sadistic Intent, Skeletal Remains, Helsott, Wolvhammer, Sixes, Witch Casket and Tombs.
In 2017, the group signed with M-Theory Audio and released their acclaimed full-length debut “Serenade of Slitting Throats,” hailed by Decibel Magazine for “combining black metal with a violent immediacy and pairing it with a bloody, corpsepainted aesthetic.” Since that album's release, SICARIUS has performed in the Western U.S. on a regular basis, winning praise for their visceral and intense live shows.
2019 saw SICARIUS re-team with Kenney to record “God Of Dead Roots,” which further explores what Invisible Oranges calls “a vision steeped in anger and aggression, a noxious brew of blackened thrash with a healthy pinch of genre-appropriate misanthropy to aid in fermentation.” The album's cover art, pictured above, was again designed by Misanthropic Art (Behemoth, Pig Destroyer, Dismember, Hate Eternal).
"God of Dead Roots" track listing:
2) Open Fire
3) Immortal Plight
4) Culling the Heedless
6) A Practiced Hand
7) Pagan Vestige(s)
8) God of Dead Roots
9) Scythe Bearers
Unlisted CD-only bonus track – Raise The Dead (Bathory cover)
With a sound that that nods to Hellhammer and Bathory and an attitude inspired by the likes of The Misfits, Motorhead and Midnight, SICARIUS embody the dark danger that rages unabashed within the most memorable extreme metal. Listen at your own risk.
DANKO JONES Unveils Pro-Shot Live Footage From Recent European Arena Tour
Acclaimed Canadian hard rock group's four-show tour of California kicks off Feb. 5
The Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES spent the final three months of 2019 touring sold-out arenas across Europe and the United Kingdom with longtime friends Volbeat, whose recent No. 1 active rock radio hit “Black Rose” featured guest vocals by namesake vocalist/guitarist Danko Jones. Throughout the tour, Jones performed double-duty, as shortly after he finished playing with his own band, he returned to the stage in dramatic fashion to sing “Black Rose” live with the Danish boogie rockers.
A short video recap of the tour featuring pro-shot live footage can be seen HERE.
While 2019 saw DANKO JONES spend little time in their native Toronto, 2020 is shaping up to be even busier for the band, who will kick off their first tour of the new year – a brief European trek that will include a headlining performance at the Dutch festival Monsters of Mariahede – tonight (Jan. 22). Soon after, the group will return to America to play their first U.S. shows since the release of their latest album, “A Rock Supreme,” where they will team with the long-running L.A. hard rock act Junkyard for a four-show mini-tour of California.
From there, the band will return to the United Kingdom in March and then tour Scandinavia extensively throughout April and May. That will lead the group into the summer, when they will play a number of high-profile festivals around the world, including their fourth appearance at Germany's largest annual metal festival, Wacken Open Air. (The band's 2015 performance there yielded a live album/DVD/Blu-ray, appropriately titled “Live at Wacken.”) Additional concert dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
“We’ve been everywhere in support of our new album 'A Rock Supreme,' so it’s about time we finally did some more shows in the States,” Jones said. “These shows are gonna rule, and playing with the legendary Junkyard will be the topper. Come on out, California. Let’s take rock to the limit.”
DANKO JONES recently released a music video for their current single, the live favorite “Fists Up High,” which can be seen at this HERE. As with the other material on “A Rock Supreme” – which can be purchased and/or streamed HERE – the song was recorded with noted Canadian producer Garth “Gggarth” Richardson (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, Rise Against, Biffy Clyro).
DANKO JONES has made a name for themselves over the years as a must-see live band during memorable tours with the likes of Guns N' Roses, Motörhead and Clutch. The group's best-known material includes “Had Enough,” which earned the group their first gold and platinum singles in Sweden and has racked up more than 16 million Spotify streams; “Gonna Be A Fight Tonight,” which WWE used as the official theme song of the 2015 Royal Rumble; and “Lovercall,” their first of seven singles to crack the U.S. Active Rock Top 40.
DANKO JONES live:
1/22 Leuven, BE – Het Depot
1/24 Courtrai, BE – De Kreun
1/25 Veghel, NL – Monsters of Mariahede
1/26 Sint-Niklaas, BE – De Casino
2/5 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick #
2/6 Hollywood, CA – Viper Room #
2/7 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill #
2/8 Huntington Beach, CA – Gallagher's #
3/17 Nottingham, UK – Bodega Social Club
3/18 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
3/20 London, UK – Underworld
3/21 Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy 2
3/22 Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
3/24 Belfast, UK – Voodoo
3/25 Dublin, IE – Grand Social
3/26 Birmingham, UK – Asylum
4/16 Uppsala, SE – Katalin
4/17 Eskilstuna, SE – Lokomotivet
4/18 Helsingborg, SE – Tivoli
4/22 Orebro, SE – Frimis Salonger
4/23 Oslo, NO – Rockefeller
4/24 Karlstad, SE – Nojesfabriken
4/25 Salen, SE – Ski Rock
4/29 Linkoping, SE – The Crypt
4/30 Stockholm, SE – Debaser
5/1 Malmo, SE – KB
5/2 Huskvarna, SE – Folkets Park
5/6 Arhus, DK – Voxhall
5/7 Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset
5/8 Gothenburg, SE – Pustervik
5/9 Sundsvall, SE – Club Destroyer
6/19 Clisson, FR – Hellfest
7/16 Cuxhaven, DE – Deichbrand Festival
7/31 Wacken, DE – Wacken Open Air Festival
# with Junkyard
Canadian Thrashers HAZZERD Unveil New Track;
'Delirium' Record Release Show Announced
With the release of their sophomore album ‘Delirium’ fast approaching, the Calgary-based thrash quartet HAZZERD have unveiled the record's breakneck opening track, “Sacrifice Them (In The Name Of God).” The song is now streaming on Spotify,
Bandcamp and other digital platforms now.
Says drummer Dylan Westendorp, “'Sacrifice Them (In The Name of God)' is about extreme religious cults that take things too far to please their so-called God. This song is not about religion as a whole, but those people who take the idea of faith to the extreme – people who hunt down and kill innocent people because their God told them to. Musically, this song is one of our favorites, as it incorporates heavy, fast, melodic and intricate sections. It's sure to please the thrashers out there!”
“Sacrifice Them (In The Name Of God)” is the third preview track from ‘Delirium,’ HAZZERD's M-Theory Audio debut. It follows “A Tormented Reality,” which received its world premiere on Ross The Boss' Gimme Radio program (and was subsequently hailed by Metal Injection as “rip-roaring... leaves absolutely no survivors in its wake”), and “Victim Of A Desperate Mind,” a lyric video for which can be seen HERE.
‘Delirium’ – which is available now for pre-order on CD, cassette and limited-edition blue/green haze colored vinyl – was mixed and mastered by Johnny Gasparic (Into Eternity) and features cover artwork by Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust, Skeletonwitch). The band will celebrate the album's release with a couple record release shows where they will perform live on January 24th in Calgary at The Dickens and January 31 in Edmonton at the Starlite Room . The group's next hometown show will take place alongside Flotsam and Jetsam on May 26.
HAZZERD was initially formed by drummer/lead vocalist Dylan Westendorp and guitarist Brendan Malycky, two Calgary teens who were inspired by the early work of thrash legends such as Overkill, Metallica and Anthrax. The group self-released their debut EP, ‘Victimize The Innocent,’ in 2014. The following year, the band recruited then-18-year-old lead guitarist Toryin Schadlich.
In 2017, soon after solidifying the group's lineup with the addition of bassist David Sprague, HAZZERD recorded their full-length debut, ‘Misleading Evil,’ which was released via Canada's World War Now Records. Featuring cover art by Bouzikov, the record was praised by Metal-Temple.com as “one of the strongest thrash releases of 2017,” while Dead Rhetoric called the album “an exhilarating aural ride” with a “Maiden/Priest-meets-early Metallica vibe.”
Last year, HAZZERD caught the attention of M-Theory Audio after being featured on Gimme Radio, where Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine championed the group as a promising thrash hopeful. He also included the band on his personal list of record collection picks, where HAZZERD were one of only two up-and-coming artists listed (the other being Power Trip).
In recent years, HAZZERD has performed alongside the likes of Striker, Vicious Rumors, Archspire, Spellcaster and Grim Reaper in addition to playing noted Canadian festivals such as Loud As Hell and Armstrong MetalFest. Lately, the group completed a successful string of shows north of the border with Hatchet.
Fans and members of the metal media can learn more about HAZZERD's influences by watching this short video, in which the group's members discuss four albums that left a lasting mark on them and inspired them when writing ‘Delirium’ HERE.
For more information on HAZZERD, visit www.facebook.com/HazzerdThrash.