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Nuclear Blast Signs Despised Icon!
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 18:13

For many extreme music fans, it may be hard to remember a time before Despised Icon, given the massive influence they’ve subsequently had on the genre. But when the group formed back in 2002 and released Consumed by Your Poison the same year, there was little intersection between the sounds of classic death metal and the brute force of hardcore. But Despised Icon were among the first to fully embrace the signatures of the traditional death metal formula combined with a relentless embrace of breakdowns, part of an emerging new sound.

Now Despised Icon have returned with their upcoming album entitled, Beast. The genre-defining band is fully reawakened, poised to recapture the crown with the monstrous and merciless might of their potent expression. Featuring the men responsible for most of the band’s now classic death metal catalog, Beast is a vicious commentary on the state of the world and the state of music itself.

"It's been 7 years since our last record and our batteries are fully recharged," comments the band. "The O.G. line-up is back and the new shit hits hard. You'll hear sounds of our older slammin' death metal days blended with the speed and technicality of our latest records. Cheers to everyone that has stood by us after all these years. Can't wait to unleash the Beast."

Adds Nuclear Blast head of retail Roy Culver:

"I signed Despised Iconto Century Media back in 2004 after hearing their debut record Consumed By Your Poison. The band perfected the mix of ferocious, technical death metal with a modern take on hardcore and their first record for the label, The Healing Process, broadened the minds of a whole new generation of metal heads. I love these guys and couldn’t be happier to be working with them again here at Nuclear Blast. The Icon is back!"

Check out the album teaser for Beast here. The album is tentatively scheduled for a Summer 2016 release. More info to follow soon.

Despised Icon Tour Dates:

09/04/16 - USA, Austin @ Texas Independence Festival

22/04/16 - Germany, Oberhausen @ Turbinenhalle, Impericon Festival

23/04/16 - Germany, Leipzig @ Agra, Impericon Festival

24/04/16 - Germany, Trier @ Exhaus, Never Say Die! Open Air Festival

25/04/16 - Czech Rep, Prague @ Meet Factory, Never Say Die! Spring Edition

26/04/16 - Poland, Krakow @ Rotunda, Never Say Die! Spring Edition

27/04/16 - Hungary, Budapest @ Dürer Kert, Never Say Die! Spring Edition

28/04/16 - Germany, Schweinfurt @ Stattbahnhof, Never Say Die! Spring Edition

29/04/16 - Belgium, Meerhout @ Groezrock Festival

30/04/16 - Germany, Hamburg @ Knust, Progression Tour

01/05/16 - Netherlands, Amsterdam @ Melkweg, Impericon Festival

02/05/16 - UK, Manchester @ Academy, Impericon Festival

03/05/16 - UK, London @ 02 Forum Kentish Town, Impericon Festival

04/05/16 - France, Paris @ Cabaret Sauvage, Impericon Festival

05/05/16 - Switzerland, Zurich @ X-Tra, Impericon Festival

06/05/16 - Austria, Vienna @ Arena, Impericon Festival

07/05/16 - Germany, Munich @ Zenith, Impericon Festival

24/05/16 - Canada, Montebello @ Amnesia Rockfest

25/05/16 - Canada, Montebello @ Amnesia Rockfest

07/08/16 - Canada, Montreal @ Heavy Montreal Festival

Ken Bedene Exclusive Play-Through - Aborted - Bit By Bit
Thursday, 31 March 2016 04:29

Sick Drummer Magazine is very happy to bring you this Ken Bedene exclusive Bit by Bit drum play-through, from the forthcoming Aborted album, Retrogore ~ 4/22/16 release date. We have known Ken for a while, and he’s an amazing all around musician, not just a drummer. When we first met Ken he was on tour with Goatwhore, Abigail Williams and S.W.W.A.A.T.S and Abysmal Dawn, I believe. He was playing bass for A.W, and also filled-in on bass for Goatwhore that evening, as did Samus Paulicelli. But his drumming is simply outstanding on this album, and pretty much all his previous albums. Effortless execution, dynamic, speed and creativity all rolled into one. It’s quite astounding actually.

Written over the course of 2015 by all members of Aborted, Retrogore is both technically proficient yet sublimely dark. Songs like: Cadaverous Collection, Divine Impediment, From Beyond (The Grave), and the title-track features Aborted’s signature style, with the addition of haunting melodies and oppressive doom motifs upping the sonic ante. And the hooks? Retrogore has more hooks than the entire Hellraiser series combined.

For Retrogore, the Belgians’ decided to move away from Hansen Studios, where they recorded Global Flatline and The Necrotic Manifesto, respectively. To hit up Kohlekeller Studios, with producer Kristian Kohlmannslehner. The studio previously housed death metallers Benighted, gothic metallers Crematory, and heavy metallers Powerwolf, but was primed for Aborted, as the group had recently exited with the Termination Redux EP in-hand.

Aborted - Retrogore Track List:

01. Dellamorte Dellamore (00:51)

02. Retrogore (04:17)

03. Cadaverous Banquet (04:12)

04. Whoremageddon (03:29)

05. Termination Redux (album version)(03:27)

06. Bit By Bit (04:03)

07. Divine Impediment (04:18)

08. Coven Of Ignorance (03:42)

09. The Mephitic Conundrum (03:18)

10. Forged For Decrepitude (02:41)

11. From Beyond (The Grave) (04:22)

12. In Avernus (04:36)

Aborted Line-Up:

Sven De Caluwe: Gurgloroth

Mendel Bij De Leij: Flesh Upon The Razor Wire

JB van der Wal: Nocturnal Pulse

Ken Bedene: Hymen Blaster

Ian Jelekis: Immaculate Resection

Aborted online:

Issue 29 Featuring Hannes Grossmann Now Available + On Social Media
Sunday, 13 March 2016 11:39

Sick Drummer Magazine Issue #29 featuring Hannes Grossmann of Alkaloid, is now live on line. You may also know Hannes from his work with Necrophagist, Obscura and/or Blotted ScienceAlkaloid consists of current and former members of Obscura, Spawn of Possession, Aborted, Dark Fortress, Necrophagist, God Dethroned, Blotted Science and Noneuclid. The band started a crowdfunding campaign in late 2014 that turned out to be a massive success in funding the project. You can order their debut album "The Malkuth Grimoire" at

Hannes is a monster player who truly deserves all the recognition he can get. If you’re lucky enough to live near any of their upcoming tour dates, you will find him out on tour again in May with Erik Rutan and Hate Eternal! We caught him last time around, filling in on short notice, and it was absolutely amazing.


Issue 29 also features interviews with Dobber Beverly of Oceans of Slumber (Ex: Insect Warfare), Pete Webber of Havok, Navene Koperweis of Entheos (Ex: AAL/Animosity), Christian Bass of Heaven Shall Burn, and Igor Cavalera of Cavalera Conspiracy (Ex: Sepultura). This issue also has a couple very cool Off-Beat Interviews with Mike St. Jean of Regal/DTP, and Michelangelo Carubba of Turkuaz, as we ll as a few other great interviews.

This issue also contains a couple great product reviews! Elliot Hoffman of [Car Bomb] took a quick look at the Eyal Levi Expansion Pack by Drum Forge. We had Tomasz Pilasiewicz of Roads End (Ex: Gorgasm) take a look at the new EZtrigger App by Christian Lawrence of Dead By Wednesday, and RVP takes a quick look at a custom snare drum from Woods Custom Drums. And don't miss the short piece introducing the new "Trigger-All," from Axis Percussion on pages 12 & 13!

Lastly, this issue gives you an inside look at some of our favorite gear from Winter NAMM 2016, as well as Bashfest, where Sick Drummer Magazine filmed three nights of performances paying tribute to John Bonham, Neil Peart and Randy Rhoads. Our footage includes drummers like: Jason Bittner, Dave Lombardo, Chad Smith, Mike Terrana, Brian Tichy, and many more.

Sick Drummer, being the first digital drumming magazine, and the first magazine to develop and incorporate interactive advertisements for some of its advertising partners, we are now proud to say we're the first to offer our readers and advertisers a version of the magazine on social media. As 75% of our social followers view our magazine on mobile devices, and our interaction is basically unmatched, we want to utilize the extended reach and incredible loyalty we experience on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Our readers are always asking questions about the players and gear we feature; liking, commenting, tagging and sharing our posts, so offering a version of our digital issue this way will allow us to take full advantage of this reach and interaction. To expose our featured content and advertising partners products and services to a massive amount of new faces. If you don't already like our Facebook page, please visit us here and give us a like. You can then view our photo album for Issue #29, tag, comment, share, like and even download each and every page you want. As always, thank you for the continued support... ~SDM


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