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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
A bunch of new bands have been announced for the 22nd edition of Brutal Assault, which takes place this year in Fortress Josefov near Jaromer in the Czech Republic on August 9-12. Returning once more are heavy-weights Hatebreed, who last graced the fortress stages in 2012 and 2013. This is reportedly in response to festival-goers requests for more hardcore in the line-up.
The Dillinger Escape Plan will be including the festival in their series of farewell dates. It looks like the band's appearance here won't be affected by the bus crash that caused some European tour dates to be cancelled last month. Dillinger last played Brutal Assault in 2015.
Thrash veterans Overkill, touring in support of their recently released 18th studio album, "The Grinding Wheel", have also been added. No stranger to the fortress stage, Overkill last appeared at the festival in 2013.
Helsinki's Wintersun are newcomers to Brutal Assault, appearing for the first time. Can we assume they will be playing material from their long-awaited third album? There's no official word as yet. More...
Atlanta's Withered has announced a new winter tour kicking off on May 23rd in Orlando, and sees the band trekking across the USA alongside Morbid Angel, Suffocation, and Revocation. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
Regarding the tour, Withered comments: "We're proud to announce our participation in this incredible tour. We couldn't be more honored to share this with our friends, Revocation, extreme metal legends, Suffocation, and the progenitors of death metal, Morbid Angel with an incredible new lineup!" More...
Morbid Angel frontman Steve Tucker's Warfather premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's new album "The Grey Eminence", which will be out in stores on September 16 via Greyhaze Records. The album was recorded at Erik Rutan's Manna Studios.
Check out now "The Grey Eminence" below.
Legendary Florida death metal act Morbid Angel has signed on with UDR Music for the band's upcoming new release (as of yet untitled), which is set to drop in 2017.
The album is the first since the departure of vocalist/bassist David Vincent and re-joining of Steve Tucker (Warfather) in 2015.
The only confirmed members are Tucker and band leader/guitarist Trey Azagthoth. The album will be the first full length since the polarizing 2011 release "Illud Divinum Insanus" (reviewed here).
As for the direction of the new album, in a 2015 interview with Jet, Steve Tucker expressed his desires: "All I know is I'm back in Morbid Angel to do a death metal album. I mean, I expect the album to be full-on death metal. I mean, I expect there to… Obviously, it's a Morbid Angel album, there'll be twists and turns on the album, there'll be stuff that's different, but I think it being aggressive and it being underground is really what it's gonna be about. I think that Morbid Angel is a death metal band, and that's what this album — this next one — will be."
Stay tuned for more information. More...
Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.
Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...
As the album nears release via Laser's Edge this October, the entire track listing and guest musician track-by-track breakdown for Melted Space's "The Great Lie" has now been released.
The new full-length album from the metal opera project created by French composer Pierre le Pape features a wide cast of internationally-revered vocalists and musicians including members of Morbid Angel, Mayhem, Sunn O))), Dark Tranquillity, Orphaned Land, Shining, Ayreon, Sirenia and many more, in addition to the work of The City of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra.
Laser's Edge division Sensory Records will release "The Great Lie" on October 16, 2015. Stand by for audio samples from the album, an official lyric video and more to be issued in the weeks ahead. More...
Bassist/vocalist Steven Tucker who recently rejoined Morbid Angel, replacing longtime frontman David Vincent, was interviewed by Jet on the June 26 edition of the "The Metal Magdalene With Jet" show on Metal Messiah Radio.
States Tucker about the new album: "All I know is I'm back in Morbid Angel to do a death metal album. I mean, I expect the album to be full-on death metal. I mean, I expect there to… Obviously, it's a Morbid Angel album, there'll be twists and turns on the album, there'll be stuff that's different, but I think it being aggressive and it being underground is really what it's gonna be about. I think that Morbid Angel is a death metal band, and that's what this album — this next one — will be."
You can now listen to the entire chat using the player below.
After previously denying that he had been booted from Morbid Angel, David Vincent has now issued the following statement about leaving the band:
"I had good communication with Trey yesterday and we agree that there are incompatibilities with regards to us working together.
"Trey and I have accomplished amazing things together over the past 30 years and I wish him the best with his future projects. Out of respect for the legacy of these accomplishments, I encourage Morbid Angel fans to not take sides because, I am not.
"I look forward to sharing my new endeavors with all of you in the near future. Until then, stay Morbid!"
You can also read Steve Tucker's recent statement about re-joning the band and the lineup confusion at this location.
After guitarist Trey Azagthoth of Florida death metallers Morbid Angel announced on June 15th that the band had reunited with Steve Tucker, and later that same day Dave Vincent issued a statement that he had not left the band, a lot of confusion resulted among fans regarding the current status of Morbid Angel.
That same day, drummer Tim Yeung confirmed his exit from the band. Yesterday Steve Tucker answered some questions in a brand new post on his Facebook page. Writes Tucker:
"Here are a few answers to questions that I keep getting asked…'What's up with David?' I don't have a fucking clue, and I don't think that I am the only one. 'Is Pete Sandoval coming back?' I fucking wish that would happen! 'Will there be both myself and David in Morbid Angel?' Hahahahhahhahahaha. Sorry, man, I play death metal, so, NO. 'Who will play second guitar'? Time will answer that one... 'And last but not least, will Warfather continue?' Absolutely! We track the new album in three weeks at Mana Studios, with my brother Erik Rutan producing!"
Steve Tucker handled bass & vocals on Morbid Angel's "Formulas Fatal To The Flesh", "Gateways To Annihilation" and "Heretic" albums. You can check out a live video from this era below. More...
After a statement was posted online by Morbid Angel indicating Trey Azagthoth and Steve Tucker were working on new music, several news outlets reported that meant front man David Vincent had been booted from Morbid Angel. The statement in question read as follows:
"Update! Trey is excited to announce that he and Steve Tucker are working together again for Morbid Angel and the next record will certainly be an amazingly sick world beater. Hi5!"
Through his publicist, Morbid Angel's David Vincent now issues the following statement about the situation:
"I am aware of Trey Azagthoth's announcement of a collaboration with Steve Tucker on new music. However, the inference that I have left Morbid Angel is incorrect. To be clear, I have not left Morbid Angel nor have I been asked to do so."
While Morbid Angel frontman David Vincent denied rmors that he has left the band, after it was announced that guitarist Trey Azagthoth was once again working with Steve Tucker on new material for Morbid Angel's next album, Tim Yeung has officially announced his parting of ways with the band. Five years after he joined the band replacing longtime drummer, Pedro "Pete" Sandoval Tim explains:
"I've been waiting to break the news for a while about this. Now seems like the proper time to do so. As some of you know, there have been some lineup changes with Morbid Angel. Unfortunately, due to financial differences, I will not be continuing with them.
"It has been a great five years being involved with Morbid Angel. I've met a ton of great people all over the world, played some amazing shows, and have a ton of great memories as well as stories. I wish Trey and Morbid Angel all the best. As for myself, I'm always up for the next opportunity life throws my way."
Check out the drum-cam clip below, showcasing Tim Yeung performing the song "Chapel Of Ghouls" live with Morbid Angel. More...
Master painters Hieronymus Bosch, John Martin and Jean Delville all have something in common with Metal music: some of their works have become iconic album covers for bands like Morbid Angel, Candlemass and While Heaven Wept, among many others.
Metal Underground and the online art community And Justice For Art present this peculiar collection of albums that mix classic visual imagery with heavy sounds. Check it out and let us know what you think. More...
A new video preview of the upcoming book "And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers" has been released. Check it out below.
This book includes more than 400 color graphics, 100 exclusive interviews and revealing details about the making of iconic album artworks for bands like Obituary, Death, Neurosis, Slayer, Opeth, At The Gates, Metallica, Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Cormorant, Disincarnate, Testament, and many more!
According to Morbid Angel’s frontman, David, Vincent (who wrote the foreword), this 264-pages book is set to become “a historical document about the importance of Metal album covers.”
Drum-cam footage of Morbid Angel's Tim Yeung performing the song "Blood On My Hands" with his bandmates on November 23 at MegaClub in Katowice, Poland can be seen below.
Now based in Los Angeles, Yeung has performed and worked with such national acts as All That Remains, Nile, Vital Remeians and Decrepit Birth. His straddling of the extreme and mainstream is perhaps best reflected in his work with his band Divine Heresy, whose music features elements of extreme death metal as well as more mainstream genres.
Morbid Angel is about to kick off a special European tour: this is your once in a lifetime chance to see the legendary death metal outfit celebrate the 20th anniversary of milestone release "Covenant" by performing the complete album live.
The brutalisers from Florida will embark on the long road-trip in Rennes (FR) on November 8th and continue to blast stages all over Europe until the final show in Oslo (NO) at the Vulkan Arena on December 20th.
08 Nov 14 Rennes (FR) Etage
09 Nov 14 Limoges (FR) CC John Lennon
11 Nov 14 Toulon (FR) Vox
12 Nov 14 Vevey (CH) Rocking Chair
13 Nov 14 Bologna (IT) Estragon
14 Nov 14 Milan (IT) Live Club
15 Nov 14 Lindau (DE) Club Vaudeville
16 Nov 14 Pratteln (CH) Z7
18 Nov 14 Nürnberg (DE) Hirsch
19 Nov 14 Berlin (DE) Postbahnhof
20 Nov 14 Gdansk (PL) B90
21 Nov 14 Warszawa (PL) Progresja
22 Nov 14 Zlin (CZ) Hala Euronics (Winter Masters Of Rock)
23 Nov 14 Katowice (PL) Mega Club
26 Nov 14 Aschaffenburg (DE) Colos Saal
27 Nov 14 Strasbourg (FR) La Laiterie
28 Nov 14 Paris (FR) Le Trabendo
29 Nov 14 Louvain-la-Neuve (BE) La Ferme du Bireau (Mass Deathtruction Festival) More...
The race for printing and distributing the upcoming book "And Justice For Art" (which tells the stories behind the making of artworks as iconic as Slayer's "Reign In Blood," Metallica's "And Justice For All," Death's "Symbolic," Carcass "Heartwork," At The Gates' "Slaughter Of The Soul," Opeth's "Heritage", etc.) just reached a new milestone. With one more week to go, the book's Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign has already reached the astonishing amount of $16.267.00. This means almost 200% of its original goal.
"It's simply amazing," enthuses author, Ramon Oscuro Martos, who originally put together the Indiegogo campaign, hoping to raise a couple of thousands dollars in order to produce about 100 physical copies of the book. "With this new amount I'll be able to print and distribute at least 400 copies and it could be even more by the end of the campaign."
The Eindhoven Metal Meeting organization has announced that due to scheduling issues Onslaught has cancelled the band's previously planned performance at the festival.
Recently reunited U.K. thrashers Xentrix will replace Onslaught on Saturday December 13th, 2014.
Xentrix has released four albums through Roadrunner Records: 1989’s "Shattered Existence," 1990’s "For Whose Advantage," 1991’s "Dilute to Taste," and 1992’s "Kin." Heavy Metal Records also released a 1996 LP called "Scourge."
The currently announced lineup for Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2014 is as follows: More...
Our very own Ramón ‘Oscuro’ Martos just unveiled the cover artwork for his upcoming revelatory book "...And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers."
This one-of-a-kind collection of stories recounts all the particulars behind the making of artwork as iconic as Slayer's "Reign In Blood," Morbid Angel's "Blessed Are The Sick," Metallica's "And Justice For All," Black Sabbath’s “13,” Death's "Symbolic," Carcass "Heartwork," Cormorant's "Dwellings,” Mayhem’s “Grand Declaration Of War,” Testament’s “Dark Roots Of Earth,” Opeth’s “Heritage” and many others.
These are told through 100 exclusive interviews with heavy music’s icons like Jeff Walker (Carcass), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura), Fenriz (Darkthrone), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Paul Masvidal (Cynic), Chris Adler (Lamb Of God), David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) and more. In addition, it features plenty of revealing commentaries by illustrators such as Michael Whelan, Eliran Kantor, Dan Seagrave, Joe Petagno, Arik Roper and Travis Smith, just to name a few.
“Working on the And Justice for Art book was an amazing experience,” comments illustrator Vertebrae33 — who has previously collaborated with artists like Slayer, Slash, and Soundgarden. “Ramon Oscuro Martos has an unbridled love of Metal art as well as a tremendous amount of passion and vision for his project. As an illustrator, there is nothing better than a vision realized and the satisfaction of the client. I am excited to see Ramon's project come to fruition!”
Martos comments: “Today’s Metal scene is overflowed with illustrators and visual artists; however, just a few posses the ability to create distinctive images, rich in detail, colors, and conceptual depth... That’s the case with Vertebrae33. Since the very beginning he was able to understand that And Justice For Art’s cover needed to be iconic and conceptually related to both Metal and Arts. I believe this book will coherently provide fans with plenty of first-hand information regarding to the creation of many iconic Metal album covers. The artwork created by Vertebrae33 perfectly introduces the reader to that world where music and visuals become one.” More...
The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very proud to announce that with the addition of In Solitude, Valkyrja, Thanatos, Skyforger, Dust Bolt, The Committee, and Miasmal, the line-up for this year's edition - set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands - is now complete.
The Dutch all-female death metal band Sisters Of Suffocation will also perform on Friday, December 12th at the official after party at the Dynamo Club together with the cover-bands Mercyfull Fake and Forever Twisted. Entrance is free with an Eindhoven Metal Meeting ticket!
The full festival billing is as follows (in alphabetical order): More...
The old saying proclaims that experience is something you cannot improvise or replicate. You need to acquire it through years at the war front, whatever your skill set is.
That was demonstrated on July 29th when the now mandatory Summer Slaughter Tour came to the State Theater, located in St. Pete, Florida. None of the participating bands on the current tour (including heavyweights Goatwhore, Origin, and the mighty Dying Fetus) were remotely close to reach the level of obliterating power and majestic sense of darkness showcased by legendary headliners, Morbid Angel.
Some people might disagree but to us, it's clear that after three decades pioneering and redefining the Death Metal genre, the appeal and panache of this Floridian quartet is impossible to emulate. That was demonstrated in the way every song on their set list (both old or new) was received by the rabid fans. "Rapture" "Fall from Grace", "Where The Slime Lives" and even the most recent "Existo Vulgoré" were all worshiped with equal level of euphoria by those in attendance. If that doesn't prove the longevity and influence of the band's repertory on older and newer generations, then, nothing else will. More...