Cavalera Brothers Announce Opening Acts For Upcoming “Return Beneath Arise Tour”

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Max and Iggor Cavalera announced this week, the bands that will open its upcoming “Return Beneath Arise Tour.”

Destruction, Warbringer, and Cephalic Carnage will share time as support for the upcoming tour, which is scheduled to launch May 22 in Albuquerque, NM and to run through June 25 in Tempe, AZ. The tour is a celebration of Sepultura’s classic albums, Beneath The Remains (1989) and Arise (1991).

The announcement of the tour’s opening acts came Monday, less than a month after the Cavalera brothers announced Dan Gonzalez (Possessed, Gruesome) and Mike Leon (Soulfly) will join them on stage to round out their touring band.

Healing Magic will join the tour as a special opening act on each of its stops. Destruction will open the tour’s May 22 date while Warbringer will open the May 23-June 8 shows. Cephalic Carnage will open the remaining dates from June 10-June 25.

The tour’s schedule is noted below complete with links to tickets.


May 22 – Sun – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM


May 23 – Mon – Jake’s – Lubbock, TX


May 24 – Tue – Amplified Live – Dallas, TX


May 25 – Wed – The Hall – Little Rock, AR

May 26 – Thu – Brooklyn Bowl – Nashville, TN


May 27 – Fri – The Loud – Huntington, WV


May 28 – Sat – Maryland DeathFest – Baltimore, MD

May 31 – Tue – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY


Jun 1 – Wed – Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT


Jun 2 – Thu – XL Live – Harrisburg, PA


Jun 3 – Fri – King of Clubs – Columbus, OH


Jun 4 – Sat – The Forge – Joliet, IL


Jun 5 – Sun – Piere’s Event Center – Ft. Wayne, IN


Jun 6 – Mon – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN


Jun 7 – Tue – Delmar Hall – St. Louis, MO


Jun 8 – Wed – Royal Grove – Lincoln, NE


Jun 10 – Fri – Oriental Theater – Denver, CO


Jun 11 – Sat – Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT


Jun 13 – Mon – Elks Temple Spanish Ballroom – Tacoma, WA


Jun 14 – Tue – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR


Jun 16 – Thu – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA


Jun 17 – Fri – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA


Jun 18 – Sat – The Belasco – Los Angeles, CA


Jun 21 – Tue – Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX


Jun 22 – Wed – Scout Bar – Houston, TX


Jun 23 – Thu – The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX

Jun 24 – Fri – Rockhouse Outside – El Paso, TX


Jun 25 – Sat – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ


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Live CDs Did A Lot To Help Audiences Get Their Concert Fixes In 2021

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As December (and the year) continues to wind down, Phil’s Picks is far from winding down.  There is still much more to share from Phil’s Picks in the final weeks of this year, including today’s year-ender list, that of the year’s top new live CDs.  In years past, Phil’s Picks has had an abundance of live material, including live DVDs and BDs, but this year, offerings from that field were far slimmer, likely due to the ongoing pandemic.  On the opposite side though, there were plenty of live CDs released this year.  Audiences across the spectrum got live material to enjoy this year.  The metal masses got new live material from the likes of Destruction, Motorhead, and TesseracT.  Jazz fans got new live content from the likes of Doug MacDonald, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet.  Rock audiences got new content from the likes of The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Foghat.  Even reggae fans got a little something new from a “live” recording from Bob Marley.  Simply put, 2021 was still a good year for new live music releases, if only on CD.  To that end, Phil’s Picks is offering once again this year, the Top 10 New Live CDs.

As with each and every list presented by Phil’s Picks, the list also features five additional honorable mention titles, bringing the total to 15.  Every single act and title listed here is deserving of its own applause, being that enjoyable.  There is no bad release.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2021 Top 10 New Live CDs list.


1. TesseracT – P O R T A L S

2. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Live at Knebworth

3. Harold Mabern – Mabern Plays Coltrane

4. Destruction – Live Attack

5. Motorhead – Louder Than NoiseLive in Berlin

6. The Allman Brothers Band – Down in Texas ‘71

7. Bob Marley – The Capitol Session ‘73

8. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet – The Democracy Suite

9. Doug MacDonald – Live in Hawaii

10. Foghat – 8 Days on the Road

11. Eric Clapton – The Lady in the Balcony

12. The Hawkins – Live in the Woods

13. The Philadelphia Orchestra – Blue Symphony No. 2

14. Harold Land – Westward Bound

15. Enrico Rava – Edizione Speciale

That’s it for this list.  Again, there is no bad recording here.  Each act and title deserves its own share of praise and applause.  With this list done, this year’s music year-ender lists drops now to only three – the year’s top new rock, hard rock/metal, and overall albums.  From there, the attention will turn from music to TV and movies.  Stay tuned!

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Destruction Premieres ‘State Of Apathy’ Video, Announces Lineup Change

Courtesy: Napalm Records

Veteran thrash metal band Destruction is keeping itself in the news lately.

The band premiered the video for its new single, ‘State of Apathy‘ Thursday. The song is not featured in the band’s latest album, Born to Perish (2019). The video’s premiere comes less than a week after the band released its new live recording, Live Attack, which was released Aug. 13 through Napalm Records.

The new single features the debut of the band’s new guitarist, Martin Furia. Furia replaces now former guitarist Mike Sifringer, who recently left the band.

Sifringer addressed his departure in a prepared statement, stating only that he departure was a personal choice and that he felt it was time to step away from the band.

“It´s hard to leave a band after 39 years,” said Sifringer. “Destruction is my life and something like my baby. But sometimes you have to take decisions that hurt. I´m very sad at the moment, but if something doesn´t feel right anymore, better stop doing it. Thanx to all former bandmates. I´m very proud about the music we have created together. Cheers to all thrashers out there. Without your support and your passion, Destruction would not exist. Peace.”

Front man/bassist Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer addressed the band’s lineup change in his own statement.

“The last two years have been testing times for all of us,” he said. “We are all sad to announce that Mike has left Destruction. It all was a shock and hit us hard but nevertheless there was never any doubt that we will continue as a band. We are a strong unit and are proud to welcome our new guitarist, Martin Furia, to the band! Our chemistry is great since Martin has been a part of the Destruction family for many years now. He is the perfect new man on the axe – the first shows have been a f****** blast!”

Furia spoke highly of Sifringer as he talked about joining the band.

“The news is finally out and I have mixed emotions.” he said. “I’m extremely proud to be part of this legendary band since 2016 as sound technician and tour manager, I’ve been all over the world with the Destruction family and they have always treated me like another member of the band.”

“I’m sad to see Mike go because I love him and respect him as a person and guitarist, but when I was asked if I would like to be the new guitarist of Destruction I didn’t hesitate for a second,” added Furia. “I feel ready to honor Mike’s legacy, to add my own touch and I will give my best to keep the flame of Destruction burning strong forever, with deep respect and devotion for the past and with full energy and commitment for the future. THRASH TILL DEATH!“

‘State of Apathy’ features a musical arrangement that will appeal to any of the band’s established audiences. Additionally, the overall sound and stylistic approach will appeal just as much to any thrash metal purist.

Schirmer addressed the band’s approach to the new single in his noted statement.

“‘State Of Apathy’ shows the direction Destruction will go with the new record: more ‘back-to-the-roots’, more guitars, more in your face!,” he said. “This band is my life and we will always give 100% to keep the spirit alive. I hope you love the new single as much as we do – thanks for all the support! We are wishing Mike the best for his future, for us there is only one way to go THRASH TILL DEATH!”

The lyrical theme featured in the band’s new single presents an inferred message of overcoming adversity. It encourages listeners to not let themselves get into a state of apathy and to push past the negative thoughts and feelings that they go through every day. It is a message that will connect with any listener.

The song’s video is a simple presentation that features the band’s members performing the new single as it plays over the presentation. Various video effects are used to heighten the video’s engagement and entertainment.

‘State of Apathy’ is available now as a digital single. It is also available physically as a 12-inch slipcase vinyl with live recording of ‘Sign of Fear,’ which is featured in Live Attack.

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Destruction’s New Live Recording Is Sure To Build Its Fan Base Even More

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the music industry last year, the impact was almost immediate.  Venues nationwide were forced to close their doors, many ending up going out of business as a result.  Acts across the musical universe were forced to resort to either using paid livestream performances or just wait out the pandemic and see what would happen.  Destruction was one of many bands that opted to go the livestream route, holding its event in January.  That online concert event has gone on to become the band’s latest live recording, Live Attack.  The band’s sixth live recording, it is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records on a variety of platforms including the full concert experience on Blu-ray/2CD.  That presentation is especially certain to appeal to audiences in part because of the concert’s production.  This item will be discussed shortly.  The concert’s set list is just as important to the recording’s presentation as the production.  It will be examined a little later.  The band’s performance of the set list rounds out the recording’s most important elements and will also be examined later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the recording.  All things considered, they make Live Attack one more of the best of this year’s new live recordings. 

Veteran thrash metal outfit Destruction’s new live recording, Live Attack, is an impressive addition to this year’s field of new live recordings.  Its appeal comes in part through the production featured in its Blu-ray presentation.  While the concert was held online with just the band on stage in front of a series of cameras, the production still stands out.  Each shot is just long enough, and the transitions between the shots are solid throughout the concert.  So while there may not be any crowd shots, audiences still get the best seat in the house throughout.  What’s more, the clarity of the footage is so sharp.  It is really the next best thing to actually being there. 

On a related matter, the sound mix also plays into the recording’s production.  The sound is just as clear as the footage.  This is especially important considering how energetic and loud the performance is.  Front man/bassist Marcel “Schmier” Shirmer’s vocals are expertly balanced throughout with all of the instrumentation.  His Tom Araya-esque screams cut through so clearly and powerfully while his band mates’ own performances are just as audible throughout.  Between the full attention paid to the audio and video throughout the concert, the whole makes the recording fully enjoyable just for its production.  Of course the production is just one part of what makes the concert appealing for the band’s fans.  The show’s set list is also of note.

The set list featured in Live Attack is worth examining because of how much of the band’s expansive catalog is represented here.  Counting EPs and LPs, Destruction has released in total, 18 studio recordings.  The set list pulls from 11 of those recordings.  The band opens the show with the title track from its most recent album, 2019’s Born To Perish.  From there, the band proceeds to pulls songs that reach all the way back to its infancy in its 1984 EP, Sentence of Death, its debut 1985 album, Infernal Overkill, and points in between.  Born to Perish obviously gets its share of nods (four in all), but the band also pulls gems from much of its other albums, including 1988’s Release From Agony, 2000’s All Hell Breaks Loose, and even 2011’s Day of Reckoning and 2016’s Under AttackEternal Devastation (1986) is also represented here.  Simply put, while the band’s whole catalog is not on display in this set list, a very respectable portion of the band’s catalog is exhibited, including at least two of the band’s EPs.  This is something which audiences are certain to appreciate.  When this is taken into account along with the recording’s production, the two elements together make the recording that much more appealing for fans.  Even taking all of this into mind, there is still at least one more item to examine, that being the band’s performance.

The band’s performance is so important to examine because this performance was originally a livestream performance with just the band performing.  There was no audience in person.  That kind of setting could and does make it so easy for any performer to not give his/her/its best.  Destruction’s members did not allow that to hamper them, though.  The band still had the same strong energy that it would have in any normal live setting.  The band acted on stage just as it would during any regular live setting, too.  Schirmer took some time to talk with the audience who would have been watching from home on their computers and smart TVs.  Drummer Randy Black acted like he was working the audience into a frenzy during his drum solo during the band’s performance of ‘Tormentor.’  Even the guitar duo of Mike Sifringer and Damir Eskic put on their own master class throughout, as if it was any night on tour for the band.  The short and simple is that the band puts on a performance that is just as intense in this livestream show as it would on a live stage with an in-person audience.  When this is taken into account along with the impact of the show’s set list and production, all three elements work together to make the recording in whole a complete success for the band that its fans are certain to appreciate even being a non-traditional live presentation.

Destruction’s new live recording, Live Attack, is a presentation of which the band and its fans can be proud.  That is proven in part through its production.  The recording’s production ensures the visual experience is just as engaging and entertaining as in any of the band’s existing live recordings if not better.  The audio that accompanies the concert expertly balances the vocals and instrumentation in each performance throughout the show.  The whole ensures the recording’s production sets a solid foundation for the presentation.  The set list builds on the appeal ensured by the production.  That is because it pulls from so much of the band’s expansive catalog.  It does not pull from every one of the band’s albums and EPs, but it certainly does pull from a lot of that content.  The band’s performance rounds out the most important of the recording’s elements.  That is because it is clear here that the band takes seriously its performance just as much as it would in a more traditional live setting.  The band puts forth its best foot throughout in its performance.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the recording.  All things considered, it makes Live Attack a positive new live offering from Destruction that is also easily one more of this year’s top new live recordings.  The recording is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records.

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Destruction Premieres Live ‘Death Trap’ Clip

Courtesy: Napalm Records

Veteran thrash metal band Destruction is giving audiences a new preview of its forthcoming live recording.

The band debuted the live clip of its performance of its single, ‘Death Trap‘ Wednesday. The performance is featured in the band’s forthcoming live recording, Live Attack, which is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records. Pre-orders are open.

Bassist/vocalist Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer discussed the recording during a recent interview.

Live Attack originally was our live stream into the new year, a kickstart of hope in those weird times!,” he said. “The fan demand made this Blu-Ray live album possible in the end. It was not planned like this but you got to be flexible these days and we took the demand as an opportunity to make this event really memorable!

Added Schmier, “It has been two crazy years with this pandemic, so Live Attack was a big positive vibe that helped us through this – thanks to ALL the fans that supported us with this project! No doubt this will be a very special release in our discography when we look back in some years! THRASH TILL DEATH!”

Live Attack will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below along with the recording’s track listing.

Live Attack will be available in the following formats:
– 8 Page Digipack BluRay & 2 Audio CD´s
– 3LP Gatefold Marbled GOLD/BLACK – 200 copies with Etching
– 3LP Gatefold Marbled BLUE/BLACK – 300 copies with Etching
– 3LP Gatefold BLACK with Etching
– Full digital album

Live Attack BluRay bonus content:
After Show

1. Born to Perish
2. Death Trap
3. Nailed to the Cross
4. Armageddonizer
5. Tormentor
6. Rotten
7. Mad Butcher
8. Reject Emotions
9. Thrash Till Death
10. Betrayal
11. Sign of Fear
12. Damir’s Shred
13. Inspired by Death
14. Release from Agony
15. Life without Sense
16. Antichrist
17. Invincible Force
18. Under Attack
19. Bestial Invasion
20. The Butcher Strikes Back
21. Curse the Gods
22. Total Desaster

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Exmortus Streaming New Single Online, Starts Tour Tonight

Photo Credit: Stephanie Cabral

Photo Credit: Stephanie Cabral

Exmortus is more than just another metal band.  The band’s members prove that on Slave to the Sword, its Prosthetic Records debut, that they are quite the talented individuals.  The band covers the famed Third Movement of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Serenade’ on its new record.   The song can be streamed online now via Invisible Oranges at  The album will be released in its entirety Tuesday, February 4th.  Audiences can pre-order the album now via the Prosthetic Records online store at  It can be pre-ordered on CD and even audio cassette as well as 12-inch vinyl in special packages that will also include an exclusive t-shirt featuring the album’s artwork.  The album’s artwork was crafted by artist Philip Lawvere (Celtic Frost, Kreator).

The vinyl pressings of Slave to the Sword will be available in exclusive mail-order only black and blood red variants.  Fans can get a look at the special blood-red variant below.

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

The special vinyl package includes a download card and color insert.  Only 110 copies of the vinyl album will be pressed.

Exmortus kicks off a tour in support of Slave to the Sword today.  The tour kicks off tonight at The Juke Joint in Anaheim, California.  Dark Tranquility and Omnium Gatherum will join Exmortus for the first leg of the tour (Jan. 23rd – March 2nd).  Lich King comes on board for the second leg of Exmortus’ tour (March 7th – March 23rd).  That leg of the tour includes a chance for fans in North Carolina to catch the band live.  The band will perform live at The Milestone in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 11th.  And the third leg of the tour (March 25th – April 14th) will see both Destruction an Krisiun join up as supporting acts.  The band’s complete tour itinerary is listed below.


with Dark Tranquility & Omnium Gatherum
(# Exmortus ONLY)
1/23 Anaheim, CA – The Juke Joint (NAMM after-party with Mobile Deathcamp, Night Demon, etc.)
1/27 Tucson, AZ- The Rock #
1/28 El Paso, TX- Larry O’s Lounge #
1/29 Laredo, TX – Cold Brew Rock Bar #
1/30 New Orleans, LA – Siberia #
2/1 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
2/2 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
2/3 New York, NY – Stage 48
2/4 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
2/5 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
2/6 Quebec City, QC – Dagobert
2/7 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
2/8 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
2/9 London, ON – London Concert Theatre
2/10 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
2/11 Columbus, OH – The Shrunken Head
2/12 Joliet, IL – Mojoes 22
2/13 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
2/14 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
2/15 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
2/17 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
2/18 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
2/19 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
2/20 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
2/21 Las Vegas, NV – LVCS
2/22 West Hollywood,CA – House of Blues
2/23 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
2/25 Dallas, TX – Trees
2/26 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
2/28 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub & Billiards
3/1 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
3/2 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero

with Lich King
3/7 New York, NY- Blackhorn 51
3/8 Trenton, NJ- Backstage at Clamps
3/9 Richmond, VA- Strange Matter
3/10 Charlotte, NC- The Milestone
3/11 Columbia, SC- New Brookland Tavern
3/12 Savannah, GA- Dollhouse Productions
3/13 Jacksonville, FL- Atticus Bar
3/14 Miami,FL- Churchill’s Pub
3/15 Tampa, FL- The Brass Mug
3/17 Johnson City,TN- The Hideaway
3/18 Pittsburgh, PA – Howlers Coyote Cafe
3/19 Columbus, OH- Ace of Cups
3/20 Cleveland, OH- Now That’s Class
3/21 Rochester, NY- The Bug Jar
3/22 Florence,MA – JJ’s Tavern

with Destruction & Krisiun
3/25 Austin, TX @ Infest
3/26 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
3/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
3/28 Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
3/29 Anaheim, CA @ Mirror Image
3/30 W. Hollywood, CA @ Whisky-A-Go-Go
4/1 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/2 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/3 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
4/4 Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
4/5 Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
4/7 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
4/8 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
4/9 Des Moines, IA @ Woolys
4/10 Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club
4/11 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
4/12 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
4/13 Quebec, QC @ Complexe Meduse
4/14 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques

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