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Anti-Mortem interview: Oklahoma's crushing new metal outfit ready 'New Southern'

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he roots of upstart metal outlaws, Anti-Mortem were planted in the hard-scrabble red dirt of Chickasha, Oklahoma–A suburb 40 miles south of Oklahoma City. As drummer Levi Dickerson is quick to point out, there isn’t much to do in southern Oklahoma, so aggressive music and social discontent go hand in hand with national pride and familial loyalty: Not to mention drive and hunger. The combined average age of the band is just 21, and these boys are fueled and ready to unleash. They are currently on tour with their brethren in Texas Hippie Coalition before an appearance at Download this summer.

On April 29, the quintet will release its debut album, “New Southern” on Nuclear Blast records. It is heavy, hostile, rebellious and immediately addictive. Imagine Pantera on a weekend bender with Molly Hatchet and Corrosion of Conformity. The album was produced, recorded, and mixed by the notable talent of Bob Marlette (Shinedown, Black Stone Cherry, Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd). Marlette dragged the boys to his studio in Los Angeles and taught the young rebels some new tricks. The result is a swaggering slab of southern bravado and hard rocking metal mayhem.

Dickerson is the band’s newest member, joining vocalist Larado Romo, bassist Corey Henderson, and guitarists Nevada Romo and Zain Smith. This week Dickerson spoke to The Examiner and Metal Nation Radio about the upcoming release of “New Southern“, the band’s first national tour, working with Bob Marlette, the impact of Ugly Kid Joe and Tommy Aldridge, and his obsession with Tim Burton and The Nightmare Before Christmas. You can also check out the full interview above and check out some of their videos through the links below:

· “100% Pure American Rage” video - http://vevo.ly/kjWBVz
· “Stagnant Water” video – http://youtu.be/dnqz2u5qBB8
· “Words Of Wisdom” lyric video - http://youtu.be/5sZXVP3H04E

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