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John Longstreth And Origin To Release 'Omnipresent' July 8, 2014
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 16:36
Genre defining drummer, John Longstreth, and Origin, will release 'Omnipresent' on July 8, 2014 in North America via Nuclear Blast (and on Agonia Records on July 4th in Europe). Omnipresent was recorded with longtime producer/engineer Robert Rebeck at Chapman Recording in Lenexa, KS. The album was mixed and mastered at Menegroth - The Thousand Caves with Colin Marston, and features artwork once again by Colin Marks (Nevermore, Kataklysm, Exodus). Regarding the artwork, vocalist Jason Keyser explains:

"We were very happy to be able to work again with Colin Marks of Rain Song Design for the artwork of Omnipresent. He designed the art for our previous album, Entity, which had a barren, stripped down minimalism, but for Omnipresent we wanted bigger. We were looking for something that would represent the total insignificance and helplessness of humanity to the impending doom of the universe that surrounds us at all times. It's a strong running theme of the album lyrically; how our pride and arrogance can advance us as a species in so many ways, eventually conquering the unknown reaches of space. But ultimately we continue to exist only at the whim of the cold, indiscriminate forces that could snuff our sentient spark at any moment.
“The title of the album, Omnipresent, works perfectly with the artwork in the way that omnipresence does not come from expanding to new worlds and growing as a species, but only through being whittled down to a last living being alone in the universe. The final failed experiment of life has no comparison, it is the most powerful, only through our sentient extinction can we finally understand some sliver of godhood."
Omnipresent marks the recording debut of Jason Keyser (ex-Skinless), who has being touring with the Origin as their vocalist since the release of Entity. "Origin records albums in a somewhat masochistic, chaotic, and senseless fashion,” comments drummer John Longstreth. “It’s our best trick, and we need the best guy for our best trick, so that’s why we have Jason. He’s had two years of hard road work with the band and we know he’s the guy. For those that weren’t aware, Origin recorded Entity as a trio without a proper vocalist, so we are very excited to have Jason in to do what a proper vocalist is supposed to do."
Omnipresent track listing:
1. All Things Dead
3. Permanence
4. Manifest Desolate
5. Absurdity of What I Am
6. Source of Icon O
7. Continuum
8. Unattainable Zero
9. Redistribution of Filth
10. Obsolescence
11. Malthusian Collapse
12. The Indiscriminate
13. Kill Yourself (S.O.D. cover song)
"A culmination of 15 years of technical death metal brutality, Omnipresent transcends definition,” states the band. “From light speed to absolute zero it is a journey to the farthest reaches of the universe to the darkest nether of the mind. We are everywhere and nowhere. We are omnipresent."
Origin will tour North America this Summer from July 17 – August 10 on Summer Slaughter Tour with Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus and The Faceless among others. Following that run the band will be embark on a US secondary market tour before heading to Europe in the Fall.
7/17 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
7/18 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
7/20 - Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theater
7/22 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
7/23 - Denver, CO @ Summit
7/25 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/26 - Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
7/27 - Dallas, TX @ GMBG
7/29 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
7/30 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/31 - Knoxville, TN @ The International
8/01 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
8/02 - Chicago, IL @ Mojoes
8/03 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
8/05 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/06 - Detroit, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
8/07 - Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
8/08 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
8/09 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
8/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
One of the most intense and technical forces of the contemporary death metal world, Origin are one of the leaders of metal's recent wave of extremity. Formed in Kansas (North America) in 1997, Origin is one of the top, most intense and most brutal technical death metal forces to be reckoned with. Since its inception, the group has charted twice on the Billboard Top Heatseekers (with "Antithesis" at #21 and "Entity" at #20) and emerged on countless highly-energetic shows across the world.
Origin Is:
Jason Keyser - vocals
Paul Ryan - guitars/vocals
Mike Flores - bass/vocals
John Longstreth - drums
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Ulcerate Begin North American Tour This Week - May 1st In Los Angeles
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 19:53
Insane drummer Jamie Saint Merat and Auckland, New Zealand's Ulcerate, are currently headed stateside, as their return to North America embarks this week with the Vermis North America MMXIV tour, beginning this Thursday, May 1st.
Sponsored by Metal Injection, Vermis North America MMXIV will be Ulcerate's first return to the continent since their mini-tour in 2012, culminated with their memorably punishing set at Maryland Deathfest that year. This time touring in support of their fourth LP, Vermis, Ulcerate will inundate the populous with their incredibly destructive, dynamic style of supremely cutting edge death metal imaginable for nineteen days and nights on the new trek, which will include the band's first shows on the West Coast. The excursion will come to a close with a return performance at the massive Maryland Death Fest on May 19th. Tour support for Ulcerate will be provided by Relapse lablemates, Inter Arma, on the majority of the dates.
Ulcerate Vermis North America MMXIV:
5/01/2014 Complex - Los Angeles, CA
5/02/2014 Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA
5/03/2014 Tonic Lounge - Portland, OR
5/04/2014 The Highline - Seattle, WA
5/06/2014 Starlight Lounge - Sacramento, CA
5/09/2014 Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA w/ Inter Arma
5/10/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Inter Arma
5/11/2014 Middle East Upstairs - Boston, MA w/ Inter Arma
5/12/2014 Les Katacombes - Montreal, QC w/ Inter Arma
5/13/2014 Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda - Rouyn-Noranda, QC w/ Inter Arma
5/14/5012 Comfort Zone - Toronto, ON w/ Inter Arma
5/15/2014 Corktown Tavern - Detroit, MI w/ Inter Arma
5/16/2014 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Inter Arma
5/17/2014 Brass Rail - Fort Wayne, IN w/ Inter Arma
5/18/2014 Carabar - Columbus, OH w/ Inter Arma
5/19/2014 The Shop - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Inter Arma
5/20/2014 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA w/ Inter Arma
5/21/2014 Empire - Springfield, VA w/ Inter Arma
5/25/2014 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD
Since their 2009 debut on Neurotic and two LPs via Willowtip previous to releasing Vermis, Ulcerate has strived to continually hone and contort their death metal attack, their sound ever-evolving into harsh new realms of turmoil, melding mechanical and organic elements into their haunting, blast-strewn explosiveness. A forward-thinking death metal style citing Hate Eternal, Gorguts and Immolation collides head-on into more dissonant and blackened infiltrations of Deathspell Omega or Portal forming a monolithic antiharmonic atrocity, Ulcerate's destructive methodology is in a class of its own, and the critically-lauded Vermis, showcases these traits at their most ominous and harrowing yet. With nearly fifty-five minutes of suffocating devastation and some of the most destructive and creative drumming in the extreme metal underworld, and arguably one of 2013's overall most extreme releases, Vermis is not to be missed.
Stream Vermis in its entirety via the Relapse Records Bandcamp page.

Steve Asheim - 'Dead By Dawn' Raw Drums - PLUS - 'Dust In The Wind' Cover!
Monday, 28 April 2014 00:00
"Deicide" is the debut album by Florida-based death metal band Deicide and drummer Steve Asheim. It was released on June 25, 1990 by Roadrunner Records. The album contains all of their demo tracks, plus the songs "Deicide" and "Mephistopheles."
This is not the actual board sound from the 1989-90 tracking sessions. Steve Asheim was very interested in being part of our new Isolating The Throne series, so he tracked this for all of you last week in his living room. There may be some slight differences from the original recording, but we are very appreciative and honored Steve would take the time to do this for us, and for all of you. Enjoy...
"Dead by Dawn" was featured in the 2009 video game 'Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned' on the radio station Liberty City Hardcore.
Deicide is sometimes considered to be the best selling death metal album of all time. Nielsen SoundScan lists it second after Morbid Angel's Covenant up until 2003; however, Deicide was released before SoundScan went into effect, so the SoundScan figure lacks pre-Soundscan sales.
Vocalist Glen Benton has stated that no effects were used on his vocals while recording the album, though several songs do contain a pitch-shifted vocal effect.
The album was recorded at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida, where Deicide would record most of their subsequent works.

Track Listing:
1. Lunatic of God's Creation
2. Sacrificial Suicide
3. Oblivious to Evil
4. Dead by Dawn
5. Blaspherereion
6. Deicide
7. Carnage in the Temple of the Damned
8. Mephistopheles
9. Day of Darkness
10. Crucifixation
Some Questions For Steve:
SDM:  Thanks for tracking this just for our readers last wee! What gear were you using?
Steve: You got it guys! I've got an old Ddrum kit I use just for practice, so I used that. Pretty much the same specs as my live gig set up. Some old dirty Paistes, too dirty for live were used as well.
SDM:  How long did tracking take and how was it tracked? mics, triggers, both, to tape or all digital?
Steve: I tracked this in one take, took about 5 minutes. I figured, man if I can't get this after playing it 10,000 times over the years then something's wrong. But I nailed it the first time, so it went smooth. I mic'd all drums plus 2 overheads for cymbals but laid down live kik triggers as I played thru my Alesis DM5. And I recorded it on my Boss BR1600, no pro tools or laptops or sound replacing, strictly captured tones and playing in real time.
SDM:  Have you made any recent changes to your setup?
Steve:  Nothing has changed in my setup since this tracking or in a number of years actually.
SDM:  Your thoughts on sound replacement software? wish it never existed?
Steve: You know, sound replacement software, studio trickery and manipulation are parts of recording I don't really concern myself with. If that's the new technology of the day and that's what producers and engineers do, then so be it. But it's a little too much work for me personally to do for demoing, so I just run it old school. But from talking to producers, sound replacing has been going on for decades. Pro tools software and computers just shorten and make easier the process. Take 'Hotel California' by the Eagles for example. From what I understand, all drums and cymbals were totally sound replaced on that song, long before computers were in the studio. The producer just had to do it all manually. 
SDM:  What's your favorite old-school raw drum sound? Which band and album or albums?
Steve: I like Vinnie Appice's sound. He's a big guy, a hard hitter, and I can hear that in his sound and playing - especially on his Black Sabbath albums and the Holy Diver album. I also dig Dan Beehler's sound from the Violence And Force album. Just a nice fat, meaty sound. 
SDM:  One piece of advice to younger kids about to record an album?
Steve: Make sure all your parts are rehearsed but don't be afraid to improv on the fly too. You're in the studio so go for it, push yourself and you may capture something you never did before but is badass. Those are cool moments you can listen back to knowing it was totally spontaneous, and that makes it cooler somehow, for me anyway.
Check out the other tracks already published in our Isolating The Throne section and bookmark it, as there will be new tracks added often!

Steve Asheim of Deicide - Kansas 'Dust In The Wind' Cover.

Steve was also gracious enough to send us his own personal rendition of "Dust In The Wind", a song written by the rock group "Kansas" and released in January 1978 on Kirshner Records. This is Steve performing all music and adding his own brutal black metal vocals to this most evil rendition of the song. Please enjoy and share... Thanks Steve!


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