Converge, Godflesh, Pig Destroyer, And At The Gates To Perform Full Albums At 2022 Damnation Festival

In light of Ministry’s departure from the lineup, the organizers of this year’s Damnation Festival have announced some special full album performances from Converge (playing “Jane Doe”), Godflesh (playing “Streetcleaner”), Pig Destroyer (playing “Prowler In The Yard”), and At The Gates (playing “Slaughter Of The Soul“). Those four bands will also be joined by My Dying Bride, Wolves In The Throne Room, Decapitated, Misery Index, Despised Icon, Elder, Full Of Hell, Pallbearer, Incantation, Oceano, 40 Watt Sun, We Lost The Sea, Green Lung, Insanity Alert, Bell Witch & Aerial Ruin, So Hideous, Bruit, Distant, Frayle, and Irist. The festival is currently scheduled to take place at BEC Arena in Manchester, UK on November 5.

Despised Icon To Celebrate 20th Anniversary With New Rarities EP “Déterré”

Despised Icon will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with a new rarities EP titled “Déterré.” The effort will be available on October 28 and it will feature the following tracks: “Warm Blooded,” “Bulletproof Scales,” “One Last Martini,” “Oval Shaped Incisions,” and “Sever The Ties.”

Vocalist Alex Erian commented:

“2004 was a definitive year for Despised Icon. After switching from drums to vocals and recruiting Alex Grind behind the kit, we started experimenting more and more, blending various elements of Death Metal and Hardcore together. Eager to get our name out, we played every show we could jump on and quickly recorded demo versions of ‘Bulletproof Scales‘ and ‘Warm Blooded‘.

After uploading both tracks to Myspace and mailing a few hand-assembled CD-R promo copies to labels, people were finally starting to notice. The next thing we knew, we were booked on our first US tour with Deicide and were in the studio working simultaneously on a split CD for Relapse Records and on our sophomore album ‘The Healing Process‘ for Century Media.

Unearthed after 17 years and available on tape and 10” vinyl formats for the very first time, the 5 demo tracks on ‘Déterré‘ capture the energy and excitement of that era. We hope you enjoy this limited edition EP and look forward to sharing new music with you in 2023.”

Oceano To Replace Brand Of Sacrifice On Upcoming Despised Icon, Decapitated, Etc. European Tour

Brand Of Sacrifice have dropped off of their upcoming European/UK tour with Despised Icon, Decapitated, Distant, and Viscera. Oceano will now be taking their place.

Tour Dates:

10/29 Hannover, GER – Faust
10/30 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
10/31 Brussels, BEL – Botanique
11/01 London, UK – The Electric Ballroom
11/02 Bristol, UK – SWX
11/03 Birmingham, UK – The Mill
11/04 Glasgow, UK – Garage
11/05 Manchester, UK – Damnation Fest (no Oceano/Viscera)
11/06 Paris, FRA – La Machine du Moulin Rouge
11/07 Lyon, FRA – CCO
11/08 Pratteln, SWI – Z7
11/09 Munich, GER – Backstage
11/10 Milan, ITA – Slaughter Club
11/11 Ljubljana, SLO – Orto Bar
11/12 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
11/13 Prague, CZE – Meet Factory
11/14 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
11/15 Leipzig, GER – Felsenkeller
11/16 Berlin, GER – SO36
11/17 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
11/18 Tilburg, NET – O13
11/19 Bochum, GER – Matrix

Decapitated, Despised Icon, Brand Of Sacrifice, Distant, & Viscera Announce European/UK Tour

Decapitated and Despised Icon have announced a co-headlining European/UK tour. Brand Of Sacrifice, Distant, and Viscera will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

10/29 Hannover, GER – Faust
10/30 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
10/31 Brussels, BEL – Botanique
11/01 London, UK – The Electric Ballroom
11/02 Bristol, UK – SWX
11/03 Birmingham, UK – The Mill
11/04 Glasgow, UK – Garage
11/05 Manchester, UK – Damnation Fest (no Brand Of Sacrifice and Viscera)
11/06 Paris, FRA – La Machine du Moulin Rouge
11/07 Lyon, FRA – CCO
11/08 Pratteln, SWI – Z7
11/09 Munich, GER – Backstage
11/10 Milan, ITA – Slaughter Club
11/11 Ljubljana, SLO – Orto Bar
11/12 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
11/13 Prague, CZE – Meet Factory
11/14 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
11/15 Leipzig, GER – Felsenkeller
11/16 Berlin, GER – SO36
11/17 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
11/18 Tilburg, NET – O13
11/19 Bochum, GER – Matrix

Despised Icon Have Over Ten New Tracks Written

Despised Icon currently have over 10 new tracks written for their next album. The band tweeted the following about that:

Despised Icon Writing New Album

Despised Icon are about “halfway done” with the writing process for their new album. Frontman Alex Erian confirmed the news in the below tweet:

[via The PRP]

At The Gates To Perform “Slaughter Of The Soul” In Full During 2022 Damnation Festival

At The Gates have announced that they will be performing “Slaughter Of The Soul” in its entirety during the 2022 Damnation Festival. That event will be held at the BEC Arena in Manchester, UK on November 5 and it will also feature: Ministry, Converge, Pig Destroyer, Destruction, Wolves In The Throne Room, Despised Icon, Elder, Pallbearer, Full Of Hell, Green Lung, We Lost The Sea, Toxic Holocaust, Bell Witch & Aerial Ruin, and Irist.

Despised Icon Announce Expanded Reissues Of “Consumed By Your Poison” & “The Healing Process”

Despised Icon will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with new expanded reissues of “Consumed By Your Poison” and “The Healing Process.“ Both albums will be available on January 7 and they can be pre-ordered HERE.

The band commented:

“To commemorate our 20th anniversary, we are releasing our debut album ‘Consumed By Your Poison‘ as well as our sophomore album ‘The Healing Process‘ again. ‘Consumed By Your Poison‘ is out on vinyl for the very first time and with the original artwork. ‘The Healing Process‘ comes with a completely different mix and mastering, a long lost mix version Yannick St-Amand did at the end of the recording session in June 2004. We hope you enjoy these pieces of the band’s history that changed our lives forever…”

“Consumed By Your Poison” (reissue) Track Listing:

01. “Compelled To Copulate”
02. “Poissonnariat”
03. “Grade A-One”
04. “Le Chêne et le Roseau”
05. “Dead King”
06. “Absolu”
07. “Fashionable”
08. “Interfere In Your Days”
09. “Clef de Voûte”
10. “Despise The Icons”
11. “Poissonnariat” (re-recorded version 2006)
12. “Compelled To Copulate” (re-recorded version 2006)
13. “Compelled To Copulate” (live in Montreal 2008)

“The Healing Process” (reissue) (alternate mix) Track Listing:

01. “Bulletproof Scales” (alternate mix)
02. “Silver Plated Advocate” (alternate mix)
03. “Immaculate” (alternate mix)
04. “Warm Blooded” (alternate mix)
05. “Retina” (alternate mix)
06. “The Sunset Will Never Charm Us” (alternate mix)
07. “As Bridges Burn” (alternate mix)
08. “Harvesting The Deceased” (alternate mix)
09. “End This Day” (alternate mix)
10. “The Sunset Will Never Charm Us” (live in Montreal 2008)
11. “Retina” (live in Montreal 2008)
12. “Harvesting The Deceased” (live in Montreal 2008)
13. “Immaculate” (live in Montreal 2008)
14. “Warm Blooded” (live in Montreal 2008)
15. “Bulletproof Scales” (live in Montreal 2008)

Despised Icon, Voivod, Comeback Kid, Etc. Set For Envol et Macadam Festival

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s Envol et Macadam Festival. That event is scheduled to take place at Stade Canac in Quebec City, QC on September 9-11 and it will feature the following: Despised Icon, Souldia, Voivod, Grimskunk, The Planet Smashers, Comeback Kid, Mute, Drogue, Boundaries, Sensei H, Aeternam, Robert’s Creek Saloon, Hopeful Sixteen, Alie Sin, Wesbroom, TV-Q, MCM, Hate It Too, and The Bridgetsens.

Signs Of The Swarm Premiere Music Video For New Song “Hollow Prison” Featuring Despised Icon’s Alex Erian

Signs Of The Swarm have premiered a new video for their new song “Hollow Prison.” This track features Despised Icon’s Alex Erian and it will appear on the band’s new album “Absolvere,“ which is set to be released on September 24.

Signs Of The Swarm’s David Simonich commented:

“‘Hollow Prison’ is one of our collective favourites on the album. It brings together all the key elements of Signs of the Swarm, while expanding to complement Alex Erian’s vocal style and delivery. That’s not to say this is Despised Icon worship, though all deathcore kind of is in a way, rather we siphon that through what makes us who we are. It’s one of the moshiest songs we have.

Lyrically, it talks about being captive in our mortal shell, awaiting the inevitability of death as repetition slowly eats us away. Add the cycle of despair to ‘death and taxes.’ It’s a challenge to everyone to break that cycle and transcend disillusionment.”

Erian added:

“I said yes as soon as I heard the song, and I don’t agree to features often – especially these days. Despised Icon was on a break due to lockdown, things at work were also on hold, and I was spending way too much time home alone. Collaborating on this track with David and the boys was my outlet. I hope you dig it. Signs of the Swarm are the future of deathcore in my book.”