Dead Week in Review: July 28 – August 3, 2013

Saturday, 3rd August 2013

Doing calculations is certainly not one of our long suits, but the past week saw the announcement of at least seven (and counting) tours for North America. GWAR, Deicide/Broken Hope, Katatonia, Carcass, Watain, Scale the Summit, and Red Fang all announced plans to hit the North American continent this fall, which means a lot of us will have to be wise with our allowance money. It’s a luxury we shouldn’t take for granted, especially with the bands from overseas, like Carcass, Katatonia, and Watain, and it’s a testament to how our beloved scene has grown. Therefore, get out of the house and go to a show. And buy a t-shirt. And send harassing emails with unrealistic setlist requests, which yours truly has done to Katatonia. (Just kidding) – David E. Gehlke

General housekeeping
Don’t forget about our giveaway for British metal legends Saxon. Click here to enter!

We’re giving away a copy of Philadelphia-Los Angeles black metal combo Averse Concept’s new Symbols of Loss EP. Get on it.

Sofia Kranstz caught Last Chance to Reason and Evan Brewer in West Chester, PA.

American metal staple Jack Frost spoke with Matt Coe about Seven Witches and their new album, Rebirth.

Toronto party thrashers Fatality provided the sixth(!) North American tour diary. Always a zany read.

The first of what should be many “Now You Know” features posted this week, starting with Averse Concept.

Looking for quick reviews? Look no further than our Rapid Fires column. Ten reviews. Nice and easy.

Unsigned bands subjected themselves to our thoughts in the first installment of The Demo Scope.

This month’s installment of Horror Metal Sounds discusses the life and times of Alice Cooper.

Bassist Jon Leon of Los Angeles vintage metal gang White Wizzard spoke with Ken Gallant about keeping it true.

Cleveland metallers Chimaira return with Crown of Phantoms. Still hating everyone, too.

Multi-national (and face-painted) power metal outfit Powerwolf impressed Matt Coe to no end with Preaches of the Night.

Oakland funeral doom/death throng Lycus should have no problem getting people to “like them” with Tempest.

All Pigs Must Die are pissed on their new Nothing Violates This Nature.

Boston thrashers Revocation strike it big with their fourth album, which is appropriately self-titled.

German post metal throng Thränenkind defy convention (and labels) on The Elk.

Retro metal is in the house on Night Demon’s self-titled EP.

Video game inspired metallers Last Chance To Reason make a run for it on Level 3.

Baroness recorded a live set barely a month before their near-fatal bus crash in England. It’s captured on Live at Maida Vale.

The news in ten
1. Motorhead are forced to cut their set at Wacken short due to Lemmy’s ongoing health issues.
2. Obituary announces launch of fundraising campaign for new album.
3. Watain announce a North American tour; In Solitude and Tribulation will be in support.
4. Katatonia will be making their return to North America this fall as well. DR’s editor will be front row.
5. Carcass will also be making an appearance on these shores this fall. Setlist suggestion: “Child’s Play.”
6. Danish thrashers Hatesphere have signed with Massacre Records.
7. GWAR and friends will be distributing plenty of blood this fall in North America.
8. Soulfly reveal the cover art for Savages.
9. Chimaira posts the video for “All That’s Left is Blood.”
10. Newsted posts full stream of Heavy Metal Music album.

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