Road warriors: Mutilation Rites, Textures

Mutilation Rites destroying

It’s a little bit of a slow day here at Meat Mead Metal, what with the holiday passing and my damaged ankle still throbbing with pain. And I’m out of pain meds. So … you see how the rest of my day is going to be.

We have some interesting things planned this week, including a look at the new Helms Alee, the debut from Baring Teeth, and the 25th anniversary edition of Megadeth’s classic “Peace Sells …But Who’s Buying” that is getting re-master and box set treatment. I also have some new stuff and a few things I missed that are highlighting my listening this week, including records from Embers, Woods of Desolation, Soror Dolorosa (which is more on the moody, goth rock side), Avichi and YOB. Don’t want to say too much about YOB yet other than the vocals are insane, with Mike Scheidt channeling his inner Ozzy (from the Sabbath and early solo years, of course), and that it’s going to take more listening to get my head around the thing.

Today, we’re going to take a quick look at two bands whose tours are getting ready to launch in the States, and I’d imagine each group will draw a diametrically different crowd.


Mutilation Rites are preparing to level audiences with their beastly carnage alongside tourmates and headliners Batillus (with whom they’ll share a 7-inch split effort on Shinebox … MR’s part of the cover you can see imbedded here). Their scary, evil-encrusted approach to black metal will set themselves apart on the bill, and it’ll be interesting to see how crowds take to this band, who certainly lay waste in the studio setting and, from reports I hear, are just as volcanic live. Their debut full-length effort is planned on Forcefield Records and will be recorded soon. But if your hungry, bleeding ears can’t wait that long, then below is a link to the stream of their track “Goliath” from the aforementioned split. It’s epic and wholly destructive, a warning shot that hopefully will put their genre peers on notice. Really excited to hear the full-length. Tour dates appear below (thanks to Catharsis PR). Go check them out.

July 8 – Providence, RI @ Machines With Magnets

July 9 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt

July 11 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar*

July 12 –-  Detroit, MI – Corktown Tavern*

July 13 –  Milwaukee, WI – Quarters

July 14 – Madison, WI @  Lothlórien Co-op

July 15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Medusa

July 16 – Fargo, ND @ The New Direction

July 17 – Appleton, WI @ Maritime Tavern

July 19 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle #

July 20 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Melody Inn !!

July 21 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class

July 22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Helter Shelter

July 23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus

# w/ Nachtmystium, Sourvein, Lord Mantis

!! w/ Coffinworm

* No Batillus

For more on the band, go here:

To stream “Goliath,” go here:

To buy the 7-inch split, go here:

For more on Forcefield Records, go here:


Textures arrive this fall

Dutch progressive metal band Textures will reach the United States for a maiden tour alongside like-minded acts Periphery, The Human Abstract and The Contortionist, a jaunt set to kick off this fall. Their journey to the States will coincide with the release of their fourth album and follow-up to their last disc “Silhouettes” (releases in 2008 on Listenable). The new platter is being recorded at the new Split Second Sound in Amsterdam, with guitarist Jochem Jacobs handling producer duties.

The band’s upcoming record also will have a very different lineup than did “Silhouettes.” Vocalist Eric Kalsbeek (ex-CiLiCe), who took over for Pieter Verpaalen after the band’s debut “Polars,” has left the fold, and Daniël de Jongh will debut as the new frontman on this record. Also, Uri Dijk will assume synthesizer duties,  taking the place of Richard Rietdijk. The band’s new, as-of-yet-untitled album, will be their first for new label home Nuclear Blast, who surely will be able to expand audience awareness for the band and swell their sales. Below are the dates for the “Frak the Gods Tour,” if you hope to catch these guys this fall.

Sept. 3: The Brewery — Raleigh, NC
Sept. 4: The State Theatre — St. Petersburg, FL
Sept. 5: The Masquerade — Atlanta, GA
Sept. 7: Warehouse Live — Houston, TX
Sept. 8: Trees — Dallas, TX
Sept. 9: House Of Rock –Corpus Christi, TX
Sept. 10: White Rabbit — San Antonio, TX
Sept. 12: Launchpad — Albuquerque, NM
Sept. 14: Martini Ranch — Scottsdale, AZ
Sept. 15: The Rock — Tucson, AZ
Sept. 16: Chain Reaction — Anaheim, CA
Sept. 17: Epicentre — San Diego, CA
Sept. 18: Key Club — West Hollywood, CA
Sept. 20: The New Parish — Oakland, CA
Sept. 21: Branx — Portland, OR
Sept. 22: Studio Seven — Seattle, WA
Sept. 23: The Venue — Boise, ID
Sept. 24: The Complex — Salt Lake City, UT
Sept. 25: The Marquis Theatre–  Denver, CO
Sept. 27: Fubar — St. Luis, MO
Sept. 28: The Bluestone — Columbus, OH
Sept. 29: Mojoe’s — Joliet, IL
Sept. 30: Rave Bar — Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 1: MXTP — Grand Rapids, MI
Oct. 2: Wreck Room — Toronto, ON
Oct. 3: La Tulipe — Montreal, QC
Oct. 5: The Palladium — Worcester, MA
Oct. 6: Gramercy Theatre — New York, NY
Oct. 7: First Unitarian Church — Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 8 The Ottobar — Baltimore, MD

For more on the band, go here:

For more on the label, go here: