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Last updated on July 27, 2016 at 7:34 PM ET
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Cold Snap - which released an awesome cover of "These Boots Are Made For Walking" earlier this year - has cancelled a tour due to losing a band member. The group commetns:
"Dear friends and fans, we are sad to tell you that we have to cancel our U.S. tour because our guitar player Leo said that he is leaving Cold Snap... He would like to focus on some other things in his life and play different music than metal. Zoran, Denis and Jan, we all respect his decision and we want only the best for him.
"If you want to show support for Cold Snap, you can do it now. We've been honest with you from the beginning, from 2003, and we will be now. This is hard for us. After 13 years, we still wanna do it with heart. For you, for ourselves. Give us a few days, and we will come back to you with more info. THANK YOU ALL FOR EVERYTHING!" More...
Long-running Kentucky death metal faction Abominant will release the "Napalm Reign" full-length album this Friday Via Deathgasm Records.
The band's eleventh studio album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Scott Briggs and Abominant inside Velocity Studios during the winter months of 2015/16 and spews forth eleven brand new aural assaults.
Today the entire disc comes online early - listen in below. "Napalm Reign" will be unleashed by Deathgasm Records on July 29th, 2016. More...
David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group just announced the signing of Hail Sagan, featuring vocalist Sagan Amery and a devilish masked group rumored including guitarists Nick Quijano (Powerman 5000) and Andrew Weissberg.
To get acquainted with the band, check out a video for "Dark Cloud" below. Vocalist Amery comments: "It's been a great experience being able to broach the subject of bullying and abuse with the lyrics of this song. We took it one step further and created a video with director Matthew Crum and DP Kenny Keeler that visually enhanced the sensitive subject matter.
"We chose to mask the members of the band in an effort to show the world that anyone can be a part of this, you never know who will be under there, maybe even a fan or someone who needs music to save them."
The band will release a self-titled debut EP in the fall of 2016 on EMP Label Group, with more details forthcoming. More...
The Chilean doom lords from Condenados today reveal details on a forthcoming album for Shadow Kingdom Records, titled "The Tree of Death." The album is slated for a fall release, and tours of Europe and Latin America will follow later in the year. Dates for both shall be announced shortly.
"The Tree of Death" features a special appearance from Olof Wikstrand, vocalist of Sweden's Enforcer, who was in charge of the mixing and mastering process. Recording took place in Equinox Studios in Rancagua, Chile and a teaser trailer is available below. The track listing will be:
1. Star of Punishment
2. The Lamb
4. Demon’s Head
5. Sea of Fire
6. Marchosias Oath More...
Gemini Syndrome just released a new music video for "Remember We Die," directed by Bryan Cox and available in the YouTube clip below.
Commented the director: "Working with Gemini Syndrome has been something I've wanted to do since the band debuted in 2010. The second I heard "Remember We Die" I knew I had to make a video for this song. All of the pieces fell into place and it was incredibly gratifying to see everyone so blown away when previewing the video. I hope all the fans enjoy watching this video as much as we enjoyed producing it."
Added Gemini Syndrome drummer Brian Medina: "'Remember We Die' revisits the theme of duality. The main character is dying in a hospital bed. As the doctors struggle to save her, she crosses the veil to save each of their lives from their own destructive pasts. 'Remember We Die' reminds us that our existence is precious. Every moment we are alive is a gift and an opportunity to contribute to the stream of life."
New album "Memento Mori" will be out in stores August 19th via Another Century Records and features the following track listing:
2. Remember We Die
5. On Point
6. La Devastante Veritá
7. Sorry Not Sorry
9. Alive Inside
11. Lucido Somnium
12. Say Goodnight
14. Ordo ab Chao
15. Brought To Light More...
Obed Marsh's "Innsmouth" album was just self-released, and now all the tracks are also available online for streaming.
Formed in early 2014 by Sam Ford and Drew James Griffiths from Ur Draugr, Obed Marsh is a blackened doom metal duo from Perth, Australia taking inspiration from the magical and macabre world of American author H.P. Lovecraft.
Named after a character from Lovecraft’s horror tales, Obed Marsh’s musical vision combines slow, bleak and crushing riffs, anguished screams and an organic drum production to create a soundscape that is dark, haunting and downright intense.
1. Prologue 01:54
2. Innsmouth Ritual 07:02
3. Esoteric Order 05:20
4. Usurpers 06:53
5. Deficient 08:36
6. Desquamate 10:06
7. Seeping Wombs 08:06
8. Epilogue 03:01 More...
A new single is now streaming online from Robots And Monsters' upcoming "Nothing To Fear Nothing To Fight" EP. "Signing Off" is the closing track to the new seven-song record, which follows a concept about battling your own mind.
Robots And Monsters comments: "By the end of his journey, our anti-hero takes full ownership of his thoughts. In 'Signing Off,' we find him embracing the dread, the sadness. He yearns for peace, to 'leave it all behind.' Whether that means a physical end or a symbolic end to this internal suffering is up to the listener to decide."
Check out the song below, and you can also see Robots And Monsters performing live on these dates:
8/06/2016 33 Golden Street - New London, CT
8/13/2016 Lucky 13 - Brooklyn, NY w/ All Out War, Full Scale Riot More...
For a preview of Necromancing The Stone's "Jewel Of The Vile," check out a lyric video for new single "The Descent" below.
Featuring artwork by Ariel Zucker-Brull and guest appearances by Taylor Nordberg (The Absence, Infernaeon) and Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore), "Jewel Of The Vile" is due out August 5th via Metal Blade.
2. Bleed for the Night
3. The Descent
4. The Siren's Call
5. Ritualistic Demise
6. The Old One
7. Rotted Reunion
8. Unfinished Business
9. Honor Thy Prophet
10. From Graves to Infamy
11. The Battle of Morningstar More...
Sweden-based progressive rock outfit Karmakanic just released fifth album "Dot" on InsideOutMusic. To celebrate, the band released a brand new lyric video for the track "Steer By The Stars." Karmakanic's Jonas Reingold had this to say:
"This 4 min song stands in contrast to the 30 min epic that is on the album. I like the Yin and Yang philosophy; dark / bright, complex / simple. It has always been a real thread throughout the musical history of Karmakanic.
"It showcases Göran Edman at his best, Gentle Giantish vocal harmony arrangement with a stunning lead performance. This is also my very first compositional collaboration with my long time buddy Andy Tillison, he also recorded some awesome hammond organ for the track. Start the engines and steer by the stars, it might take you to places never seen before." More...
Bay Area death metal collective Inanimate Existence will release a third full-length album this fall via Unique Leader Records. Titled "Calling From A Dream," the follow-up to "A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement" was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Zack Ohren at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California (Suffocation, Fallujah, The Zenith Passage etc.) and will see release on September 19th, 2016.
"After the release of our last album, we decided to take our sound to a new place while incorporating our roots," the band elaborates. "Expect deep compositions with many emotional ups and downs. Inspiration was drawn from music theorists and composers dating back thousands of years. Within Calling From A Dream, listeners will encounter a wide array of musical elements blended to form a rich contrast of sonic textures that result in a dynamic aural experience."
New album "Calling From A Dream" is the story of a young man's journey to reunite with the soul of his lost lover. Through his dreams, she guide's him across a dark mysterious world filled with gods and demons.
1. Calling From A Dream
2. The Arcane Crystal
3. The Shore Of Rising Shadows
4. Pulse Of The Mountain's Heart
5. Upon Whirling Winds
6. Dreaming Of New Beginnings
7. Beneath The Mist
8. Falling Into Malice
9. Burial At Sea More...
Opeth will release new album "Sorceress" on limited edition pink vinyl, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Gilda’s Club NYC. The band’s 12th studio album will be released on September 30th via imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Additional editions of the vinyl will be announced at a later date.
Pre-orders for the special edition pink vinyl are up now at this location. The mission of Gilda’s Club NYC is to support, educate and empower cancer patients and their families.
Today’s news comes on the heels of the band’s first full studio video blog, which is still available here. The "Sorceress" track listing is as follows:
Sorceress 2LP pink vinyl
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
11. Persephone (Slight Return)
12. The Ward (Bonus Track)
13. Spring MCMLXXIV (Bonus Track) More...
The release of the new Wild Zombie Blast Guide album "Back From The Dead" had to be postponed by one week to August 26th, but to soothe the pain of that setback today a new music video arrives.
The guys from Wild Zombie Blast Guide now offer up a clip for "I Give You Mercy." This is just one of nine hefty thrashcore grenades that will be lobbed with "Back From The Dead."
Supremative's "Servitude of the Impurity," which will be released as a 7" vinyl on July 29th by Blood Harvest Records, has come online in full today.
Originally released as a demo tape in 2013 and now nearly impossible to find, "Servitude of the Impurity" introduced Supremative to the international underground with the force of an atomic bomb. The track listing is as follows:
1. Intro / Embrace the Endless War
2. Altars Of Sodomy
3. Campaign Of Execution
4. Servitude Of The Impure Messiah More...
Following a full stream of new album "Rotting Empire," South Florida heavy metal outfit Forty Winters today launches a music video for the track "Snuff out the Light." Check out the clip below.
Vocalist Xavier Vicuna comments: "'Snuff' was filmed and directed by the Cuartas brothers, the same dudes who brought you the 'Isolate' video. We just felt comfortable going back to them, especially with a more intense location set in place. We wanted to go for a darker and more horror vibe. The brothers really brought our ideas to life. The song is about alcohol abuse, buried under a plethora of metaphors." More...
As part of the build up to the release of Faith No More's "We Care A Lot" reissue (coming August 19th via Koolarrow Records), today you can watch rare footage (audio and video by Chris Husband) of Faith No More performing "The Jungle" live in 1986 at The i-Beam in San Francisco. The footage and track are also included on the album reissue.
“This was an album that started as a demo, before any label had any interest in us,” explained Faith No More bass player Bill Gould. “There were a couple of reasons we decided to release this now: first of all, it’s been 20 years since it has been commercially available.
"Secondly, when cleaning out my basement, I discovered the original master reels, and we all thought that resurrecting this from the original tapes would be a great way to reintroduce 'We Care A Lot' into the world. Lastly, this has been a band effort; we are releasing this in the same way as we recorded it, deciding everything amongst ourselves and getting our hands deep into the nuts and bolts… just like we used to.” More...
New York-based Scowl will take some noise-drenched powerviolence grindcore to deviant audiences down the sweltering East Coast on a short run of tour dates this week.
Scowl's summer tour sees the band ripping down the East Coast beginning amidst the Democratic melee in Philadelphia this Friday, July 28th. Shows follow in Baltimore on Sunday, July 30th and Richmond on Monday the 31st, with one show still trying to come together for this Saturday, July 29th.
7/28/2016 Century - Philadelphia, PA
7/30/2016 Hellzapoppin - Baltimore, MD
7/31/2016 25 Watt - Richmond, VA More...
Via Nocturna is now offering up a full stream of the debut album by Mexican doom/sludge band Teorema. The band's odd blend of doom, sludge, noise and folk music can be heard through the self-titled album stream below.
Imperium Dekadenz is streaming a third crushing new track from forthcoming album "Dis Manibvs." The title track is streaming below, while "Dis Manibvs" will be released on August 26th worldwide via Season Of Mist.
Regarding the new track, Imperium Dekadenz comments: "Our title track 'Dis Manibvs' describes a journey to the desperate moment of death when attending a loved person doomed to pass away.
"Its heavy low-tempo melodies might remind you of songs like 'Staub und Erinnungen' from our album 'Dämmerung der Szenarien.' They are supported by a down-tuned seven-string e-guitar, which create a dark depressive atmosphere until a furious blast marks the very moment of death. In our mind, 'Dis Manibvs' represents the most intimate and dark track on our forthcoming release." More...
Oathbreaker is gearing up to release a new album on September 30th, with pre-orders for the impending "Rheia" now online at this location. Before Deathwish Inc. officially releases the album, a new teaser has come online in the form of the "Needles In Your Skin" single - check it out below. More...
Following a brief teaser clip last week, Betraying The Martyrs today releases a new official music video for "The Great Disillusion." This new video single is just the first taste of an upcoming full-length album due for release in September. Stay tuned for more news.
Following that whole debacle with "Time II" not getting released due to, ahem, let's call them "studio issues," Wintersun is trolling now trolling fans by announcing that something or other is done... but not precisely what "it" actually is.
Seriously guys, don't expect an album, they're being way too coy for that. Jari Mäenpää issued this statement via Facebook, which was subsequently shared on the Wintersun page:
"When I announced last week that 'it is done,' I did not mean that IT is done. I meant that IT is done! :D
"But seriously, after almost two years of insane amount of work (not to mention a lifetime of practicing and developing music composing, lyric writing, playing, singing, production and engineering skills etc.), something big and amazing that will blow your mind has finally been completely finished, 100%! We thought (and I'm sure you did too) that this day would never come, but it's finally here. I feel I did the impossible! Feeling very proud and happy!
"The question now though is, will it ever be released? Well it will be sooner or later, but that is yet to be determined. I have sent a long email to Nuclear Blast and we are now in negotiations with them. That's all I can tell you right now. Keep your fingers crossed!"
Chilliwack, BC's heavy metallers from Medevil are set to unleash their debut full-length album "Conductor of Storms," due out on August 26th, 2016.
The Canadian metal scene has been anticipating this release since the band placed in the top 6 during the 2015 Wacken Metal Battle Canada competition.
Today the band premiers second single "The Angel of Rain," which can be heard in the player below. The full "Conductor of Storms" track listing is as follows:
1. Nightwalk (5:11)
2. Machination Factory (4:37) [streaming here]
3. An Empty Glass (4:03)
4. In The Distance (2:50)
5. The Angel of Rain (7:40)
6. A Sacrifice (5:04)
7. Escape (4:20)
8. The Fabled Uxoricide (12:02) More...
Oakland, California-based Void Omnia has released debut album "Dying Light" through Vendetta Records, with a vinyl pressing of the record now in motion for release in the coming weeks. Check out the entire cosmic, explosive black metal album below.
Formed by a pact of henchmen who currently share duties in Ruine, Ulthar, Tragic Death, and others or have formerly played in Apocryphon, Mutilation Rites, and Tombs, Void Omnia was formed in 2011 by guitarists Mike Jochimsen and Tyler Schroeder. Vocalist Jamison Kester next joined the fold, and they began work on what would become a self-titled demo.
After a number of lineup changes, the current iteration took shape in 2015 with the addition of drummer Cody Stein and bassist Justin Ennis. The remainder of last year was spent creating what would be debut LP, "Dying Light."
In January of this year, Void Omnia invaded Oakland's Earhammer Studios to record with Greg Wilkinson (Necrot, Vastum, Graves At Sea), the sessions resulting in a blaze of empowering black metal with searing melodies. Mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording in Minneapolis and fitted with artwork by Glenn Schonn, the album was released on CD and digital formats in June through Germany's Vendetta Records. More...
Ecuador-based old school death metal band Epidemia released the "Leprocomio" album via Satanath Records, and now all the tracks have come online for streaming. Listen in below, or pick up your own copy at Bandcamp here. The album's full track listing is as follows:
2. Retribución Homicida
3. Redención Del Engendro
4. Miseria Introspectiva
5. Agonistes En El Inframundo
6. Cadáveres Poseídos
8. Existencia Repulsiva More...
The Witch County malignant frights from Devilment – led by fiery frontman Dani Filth - are very pleased to announce an extensive U.K. tour which will commence this December. The run will kick off on December 6th in Colchester, taking the band through 11 cities before wrapping up at eminent Southampton venue, the Engine Rooms, on December 19th.
Devilment have been working hard over the past few months on the follow up to their debut album "The Great And Secret Show," which was released by Nuclear Blast Entertainment in 2014. Dani comments:
"Everybody in Devilment is very excited about the prospect of releasing our latest album, which we have worked extremely hard on (te-he! He said 'hard-on')... The album is definitely a step-up from our debut, featuring a more mature, dissonant presence coupled with a darker edge, yet at the same time utilising our better musical assets to deliver a unique metal hybrid. I don't even know what to classify it! And of course, it's going to be awesome touring this in our home nation just before Xmas. We literally can't wait; the shows are going to be insane!" More...
I've never been to an open air music festival. Mostly since most music fests have only one or two artists who I like and try to jam as many different styles of music into one festival as possible to the point where they have no target audience anymore. Lollapalooza is perhaps the biggest offender in that regard to he point where it appeals to both everyone and nobody simultaneously. But thankfully Chicago finally got a metal festival of its own to compensate for a lot of the directionless festivals that the city is known for that have kept me at bay for so long.
Milwaukee Metalfest closed up around a decade ago so Chicago getting a heavy metal festival was (literally) music to my ears. The Rust Belt had nothing in the way of metal festivals and the only other big metal fests have been Rocklahoma, Maryland Deathfest, New England Metal and Hardcore Fest and 70,000 Tons of Metal. As somebody who doesn't live within driving distance from Oklahoma, Maryland, Massachusetts or Florida, I was incredibly excited for something to hit the Midwest as it was long overdue.
But the part that got me most excited was the potential for the future. Specifically a future where artists who only do festivals and mini-tours can finally hit a big outdoor stage and do so in my hometown. Think Anaal Nathrakh, Samael, Ihsahn, Pig Destroyer and Zardonic being able to not only play a real festival show in the Midwest but also be introduced to a whole new audience who would be coming for the far more mainstream headliner. At the very least, the fest could use some less obscure second stage openers and some more foreign bands who haven't come to America for years like Primordial, Vreid or Orphaned Land. But for a brand new festival, the lineup wasn't bad by any means, particularly when it came to headliners. It's a possible future outlet for all the cool stuff that I would never otherwise get to see in coming years which is what got me psyched more than anything else.
I waited in the mother of all lines upon arriving on Friday for a full 90 minutes. Everyone wanted to be in early to catch the opening band on the opening day of the inaugural festival. And the person in front of me was the evil doppelganger of a friend of mine from college. Same body. Same haircut. Same facial features. Same teeth. It was just completely uncanny, especially since one of them lives in west Iowa and the other in east Nebraska. More...
Infinite Density - the tech death solo project of Ne Obliviscaris' bassist Brendan "Cygnus" Brown - premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Recollapse of the Universe", which will be out in stores this Friday, July 29 via Bandcamp. Vocals are provided by Ben Boyle (AMDBL, Hadal Maw, Vipassi).
Check out now "Recollapse of the Universe" in its entirety below.
Hell Night premieres a new song entitled "Feed Hate", taken from the upcoming new 7-song EP "Human Shelves", which will be out in stores this fall. Shadows Fall vocalist Brian Fair has recently joined the band. Hell Night will play its first live show with Fair at the Food Bar Lounge in St. Louis, MO on August 18th.
Check out now "Feed Hate" below.