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ACT OF DEFIANCE Makes Billboard Top 200 Chart Debut

- August 31st, 2015 –

Announce Their First Official North American Tour Co-Headlining With Allegaeon

ACT OF DEFIANCE, featuring ex-Megadeth members, Chris Broderick (guitars) and Shawn Drover (drums), have debuted at #24 on the Billboard Top 200 Current charts with their inaugural recording effort, Birth and The Burial, via Metal Blade Records. The other chart number positions are listed below.

Billboard chart numbers:
#124 Top 200 Current Albums
#171 Top 200 Albums
#6 Heatseeker
#18 Hard Music
#44 Rock
#28 Independent

ACT OF DEFIANCE are now streaming their entire new, debut metal masterpiece offering at

Look for them to embark on their first-ever national tour, co-headlining with Allegaeon starting Oct 22nd. All dates can be found at

In a time of endless sub-genre classifications, ACT OF DEFIANCE‘s highly anticipated debut offering simply delivers 100% in-your-face, uncompromising heavy metal.

With a hefty resumé that chronicles time spent riffing and shredding in Jag Panzer, Nevermore, and a seven-year stint in Megadeth, Chris Broderick’s pedigree speaks for itself. Furthermore, joined by powerhouse drummer – and fellow Megadeth alumnus and former Eidolon drummer – Shawn Drover, bassist Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) and vocalist Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr), the band are a truly formidable metallic behemoth. Birth And The Burial is ten tracks of armor-plated, state of the art heaviness.

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RIVERS OF NIHIL Enter The Billboard Charts with “Monarchy”!

- August 31st, 2015 –

Announce North American Tour Dates With Hate Eternal

‘Monarchy’ is not only their darkest record to date, but their most dynamic, atmospheric and powerful” – 9/10 Outburn Magazine

‘Monarchy’ is the gold standard for extreme, technical, progressive, and passionate death metal right now, and it probably won’t change any time soon.” – Heavy Blog is Heavy

Last Friday, RIVERS OF NIHIL released their sophomore album “Monarchy” via Metal Blade Records. Today the album entered the following Billboard Charts:

#17 Heatseeker
#32 Hard Music
#56 Independent

Guitarist Brody Uttley on the success of the new album, “We are incredibly pleased with the positive response that Monarchy has received. In the digital age of music it has become harder and harder to get people to actually buy music and support their favorite bands. We are a lucky group of guys to have such an amazing and supportive fanbase. See you all very soon!

In support of “Monarchy” the band will hit the road this fall alongside Hate Eternal, Misery Index and Beyond Creation. The tour starts October 27th in Boston, MA.

Fans can purchase the album, which No Clean Singing calls “…a pinnacle of the band’s union of atmospheric and progressive aims” on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp or directly from Metal Blade Records. European fans can order their copy HERE.

The album can be streamed via Apple Music and Spotify.

The band’s video for the song “Sand Baptism” which was directed by David Brodsky (GWAR, Whitechapel, Black Dahila Murder) can be viewed HERE.

The seasonal concept that began with spring on “The Conscious Seed of Light” continues, of course, with “Monarchy“, as it welcomes the oppressive heat of summer. The story takes place millions of years after the events in “The Conscious Seed of Light“. Adam Biggs, who also serves as the band’s primary lyricist, explains: “The Earth has been transformed into a vast desert wasteland, where after aeons of lifelessness, new beings begin to take shape and begin their journey as shepherds of the planet. But after a while, a class system forms from a sun-worshiping religious dictatorship, and these beings start to lose their way. Only the guidance of an ancient earthly force can help them save themselves as well the planet.

RIVERS OF NIHIL On Tour With Hate Eternal, Misery Index and Beyond Creation:
10/27: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/28: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
10/29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/30: Rochester, NY @ Flour City Station
10/31: Cincinnati, OH @ Mad Frog
11/03: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
11/04: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater Studio
11/05: Winnipeg, MB @ Zoo Cabaret
11/06: Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre
11/07: Calgary, AB @ Dickens Pub
11/10: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
11/11: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/12: Portland, OR @ Dante’s
11/13: Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater
11/14: Glendale, CA @ The Complex
11/15: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red % (w/ Cattle Decapitation)
11/16: Las Vegas, NV @ Las Vegas County Saloon
11/18: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
11/20: Ft Worth, TX @ Tomcats
11/21: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
11/22: New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
* Denotes Hate Eternal only
% With Cattle Decapitation

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BATTLECROSS Enter Billboard Charts With Third Album “Rise To Power”

- August 31st, 2015 –

Battlecross is well on its way…to become one of metal’s most powerful forces” – 10/10 Outburn Magazine

A lean, mean, ass-kicking machine that doesn’t want to quit kicking your ass until there’s nothing left for it to kick” – Heavy Blog is Heavy

Last Friday Motor City thrashers BATTLECROSS released their long awaited third album “Rise To Power” via Metal Blade Records. This highly anticipated release entered the following Billboard Charts:

#103 Top 200 Current Albums
#137 Top 200 Albums
#4 Heatseeker
#14 Hard Music
#36 Rock
#23 Independent

Guitarist Tony Asta comments: “We love our fans and I often say they are the best on the planet. You know it must be true because we are proud to announce “Rise To Power” charted well, thanks to you. Thank you all for your support, see you all on the road!

The album that Metal Sucks describes as “quite appealing, coming off as an accomplished synthesis of a wide range of styles…” can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp and directly from Metal Blade Records.

The album can be streamed via Apple Music and Spotify.

A video for the song “Absence” is available for viewing HERE. The video was directed by David Brodsky of My Good Eye (Whitechapel, Revocation, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR).

Rise to Power” was produced by Jason Suecof, and mixed/mastered by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios. The cover art was completed by Hungarian artist Péter Sallai (Sabaton, Sacred Steel).

BATTLECROSS are currently on the road with label-mates GWAR and Butcher Babies on a North American tour stopping in Tulsa, OK and wrapping up September 18th in Rochester, NY. Following a short break BATTLECROSS will rejoin GWAR on the road alongside Born of Osiris (Cryptopsy in Canada) starting October 7th in Cincinnatti, OH and wrapping up November 28th in Orlando, FL.

Tour w/ GWAR and Butcher Babies
08/31: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
09/01: San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
09/02: Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater
09/03: Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
09/04: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
09/05: Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero*
09/06: Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggys
09/08: Wilmington, NC @ Ziggys By the Sea
09/09: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
09/10: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
09/11: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
09/13: Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz*
09/14: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
09/15: So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
09/16: Reading, PA @ Reverb
09/17: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
09/18: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall

Tour w/ GWAR and Born Of Osiris:
10/07: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
10/08: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/09: Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
10/10: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre**
10/12: Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian’s Event Centre**
10/13: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom**
10/14: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall**
10/16: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom**
10/17: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
10/18: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
10/19: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
10/20: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
10/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club
10/25: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
10/26: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
10/28: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
10/29: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/02: Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
11/04: Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
11/05: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
11/06: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
11/07: Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
11/08: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
11/09: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/11: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
11/12: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/13: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
11/14: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/17: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
11/18: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
11/19: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
11/20: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
11/25: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11/27: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
11/28: Orlando, FL @ Venue 578
*Off Date – BATTLECROSS Headline Show*
**Crytopsy Providing Direct Support

BATTLECROSS‘ previous album, “War of Will,” debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart upon its release in July of 2013. This was the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut! “War of Will” also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release. Watch the music video for “Never Coming Back” now at

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