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Last updated on July 1, 2015 at 5:09 PM ET
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"The Anthropocene Extinction" is the forthcoming new full-length from San Diego deathgrind icon Cattle Decapitation. Set for world wide release August 7th, 2015 via Metal Blade Records, the follow-up to 2012's "Monolith Of Inhumanity" was again captured by producer Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cephalic Carnage) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and includes guest appearances from Philip H. Anselmo, Tristan Shone/Author & Punisher and Bethlehem's Mr. Jurgen Bartsch.
Thematically, with "The Anthropocene Extinction" we are transported forward to man's last gasps, reminiscent of what is currently going on with the Laysan Albatrosses on the island of Midway Atoll. The birds and aquatic wildlife of the Pacific Ocean are mistaking the vast amounts of man-made plastic items for food, ingesting it and dying in large numbers, rotting where they fall and exposing to the world what is happening to the ecosystems of the earth's oceans - the most unknown and unexplored part of our planet.
As a precursor to its release, today seventh track and second single, "Mammals In Babylon" is available for communal appreciation below. Offers guitarist Josh Elmore:
"'Mammals in Babylon' was one of the earliest songs written for the new album. At that time we had completed several other tunes that fell more on the epic side of our writing style. As a foil to that strategy, 'Mammals' came about based upon a desire to concoct a no-BS, straight-forward ripper. Blending a brutal death metal assault with groovier passages that leads into a bleak, yet triumphant chorus, 'Mammals' has a pounding quality that gives way to a buzz-sawing completion. All the while [vocalist] Travis' [Ryan] lyrics frame humanity's infancy in paradise and our evolution to 'maturity' which now finds us dwelling in a wasteland of our own creation. We invite you to take a listen to the next track from 'The Anthropocene Extinction.'" More...
U.S. instru-metal trio Odyssey today reveals the cover artwork for forthcoming progressive opus "Voids," which can be seen below.
"Voids" is currently being crowd funded via a GoFundMe campaign, if you'd like to pre-order the album and help make it sound the best it possibly can, head over to this location.
Polish blackened death metal monster Behemoth has announced upcoming European tour dates for early 2016. The band is further supporting latest effort "The Satanist" (reviewed here) on these January/February shows:
2016-01-29 Copenhagen (Amager Bio) DK
2016-01-30 Gothenburg (Traedgarn) SE
2016-01-31 Stockholm (Arenan) SE
2016-02-02 Hamburg (Markthalle) DE
2016-02-03 Berlin (Astra) DE
2016-02-04 Prague (Meetfactory) CZ
2016-02-05 Essen (Weststadthalle) DE
2016-02-07 Antwerp (Trix) BE
2016-02-10 Fribourg (Fri-Son) CH
2016-02-11 Trezzo sull Adda (Live Club) IT
2016-02-12 Pratteln (Z7) CH
2016-02-13 München (Backstage) DE More...
The historical action flick "Northmen - A Viking Saga" features front man Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth as Viking warrior Valli, and now U.S. fans will get to catch the spectacle.
"Northmen - A Viking Saga" is set to drop in theaters on our side of the world on digital HD by Starz Digital this coming July 31st, as well as on DVD, Blu-ray and on-demand outlets August 11th.
Directed by Claudio Fäh (Hollow Man II and Sniper: Reloaded), the movie also stars Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”), Tom Hopper (“Black Sails,” “Merlin”), James Norton (Belle, Rush), and Ed Skrein (“Game of Thrones”).
Rising UKBM horde Barshasketh today premieres the new track "Ophidian Henosis - IV," which can be heard below. The track hails from the band's third album, "Ophidian Henosis," set for international release on July 30th via Blut & Eisen Productions.
Originally hailing from New Zealand but later relocating to Scotland, Barshasketh has been patiently perfecting its bewitching craft these past five years, away from prying eyes but with sights set on diabolical fullmoon mysticism.
The new album's thoroughly uninspiring track listing is as follows:
1. Ophidian Henosis - I
2. Ophidian Henosis - II
3. Ophidian Henosis - III
4. Ophidian Henosis - IV
5. Ophidian Henosis - V
6. Ophidian Henosis - VI
7. Ophidian Henosis - VII More...
Kansas City ambient post-metallers A Light Within are honored to present their new EP "Body Matter," which can be heard below. You can order your copy at this location and the full track listing is as follows:
1. Torn Page #21 00:59
2. Page #22_No Charge 05:51
3. Page # 51 _Between Shores 07:28
4. Page #29_World Through the Window 04:47
5. Page #13_To Have; To Hold 01:52
6. Page #47-48_Glaso 08:52 More...
Aversion's self titled debut is a sharpened spear of aural hate merging early Scandinavian black metal roots with old school thrash metal grooves. You can check out the "Stench Of Despair" below, or pick up your own copy of the album through Amazon here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Espoirs Brises
2. Flesh of the Maggot
3. Pre-Life Nostalgia
5. Your Hate Against Mine
6. Nie Udalo Sie
7. Stench of Despair
8. Gangrene Harvest More...
The Cringe will be supporting Mötley Crüe on “The Final Tour” this summer alongside very special guest Alice Cooper.
The Cringe, reprising a support slot from the fall/winter leg of the Mötley Crüe tour, will join the epic summer outing for 27 dates beginning July 28th through September 6th and is currently in the studio recording the follow-up to "Hiding In Plain Sight."
“We are absolutely honored to join Mötley Crüe on their ‘Final Tour’ and could not be more excited to hit the road with them and Alice Cooper again!” said John Cusimano, frontman for The Cringe. “We had an amazing time going out and playing shows with these musical icons last year and are really looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at these shows. This is truly one of those classic moments in rock and roll history and we’re going to enjoy the ride.” More...
Rock By Wild has posted a video interview online with Queensryche's Michael Wilton shot last month in Italy, in which he reveals a new album is set to drop this fall. The full interview is available below, and Wilton comments:
"The next album from Queensryche is hopefully coming out the first week of October. We are doing a worldwide release. The record label, Century Media, is the one that will be putting it out and they have the demos right now and are very positive and happy about it. I know that a lot of people are really anticipating this, so stay tuned and you won't be disappointed."
For those interested in the goings-ons of former member Geoff Tate, he also has a new album coming called "The Key." Check out a teaser for that right here.
Today, Svart Records announces September 18th as the international release date for Skepticism's new album, "Ordeal." The label comments:
"A legendary name in metal circles, Skepticism are widely hailed as one of the originators of funeral doom. Their first album for Svart and fifth overall, 'Ordeal' is also the first Skepticism full-length since 2008's 'Alloy.' But instead of going the usual recording-in-the-studio route, the band decided to record this new album live before an audience on January 24th at Klubi in Turku, Finland, with the event also captured on film. A truly unique experience for a truly unique band, 'Ordeal' is a honest and accurate summary of what Skepticism is in 2015."
"Recording the album live was a positive experience. I've come to think of Skepticism being at its best live, and the 'Ordeal' session proved it for me," says keyboardist Eero Pöyry.
"Having a whole day to concentrate in one shot at a perfect performance brought in a good pressure - and a bit of an ordeal, as well." Adds drummer Lasse Pelkonen, "Recording live made the album sound a bit rough and dirty, which is suitable for us in any case."
"Recording live suited me well as a musician," Eero continues. "Only being able to fit in what your hands and feet can do at a time made me play only the essential."
The album will be available as a CD/DVD bundle and also as a LP/DVD set, featuring visual documentation of the whole "Ordeal" performance. "It is hard to think of a more street-credible approach to recording an album," contends Lasse. "I think metal is good only if one can recognize it as such by sound and arrangement. This happens on 'Ordeal.'" More...
Terror will release seventh full length album, "The 25th Hour," this coming Friday, August 7th. Exclusive pre-order packages for are available now at this location.
Starting at just $19.98, various packages include "The 25th Hour" CD with exclusive t-shirts, tank top, longsleeve shirts, crewneck, flag, windbreaker, snapback hat and more. Each of "The 25th Hour" CDs is packaged as a limited edition, individually numbered digipak with an exclusive sticker inside. All of "The 25th Hour" pre-orders include an instant MP3 download of “The Solution.”
Today Five Finger Death Punch releases a music video for "Jekyll and Hyde,” which can be seen below. Record label Prospect Park got five finger death punked when they asked the band for a new music video. Says guitarist Zoltan Bathory:
“Punking the label and trolling the trolls is actually very satisfying … so either we make a video that makes a difference like 'Wrong Side Of Heaven' did or we just fuck it all up and have fun with it... just clown the whole thing as we did with 'Under And Over It'… and now with this one. We didn’t even hire a director … we didn’t want this to accidentally make sense…”
Responds Jeremy Summers, President of Prospect Park Records: “First we were scratching our collective heads but we never once interfered with their vision… so ultimately – if that’s what the band wants to put out we are not going to stop them. We were shocked, then cried, then laughed because it’s actually funny.”
"Jekyll and Hyde” is the first single from 5FDP's forthcoming album, "Got Your Six," due out through Prospect Park in North America on August 28th and Eleven Seven Music outside North America. More...
Butcher Babies gets a lot of hate on Metalunderground (and about any other metal site it seems like), but according to front woman Heidi Shepherd, that hate is what they want and it just propels the band on farther (this may make quality the band members for Sith status - discuss below).
During an interview at this year's Download Festival in Donington Park, Heidi spoke with Heavy Metal Artwork, in which she said:
"The naysayers are the ones that push me the hardest... I had this teacher in junior high that told my mom that I would never be successful at something. Like, what a jerk! And so I was, like, 'Yeah. Fuck that!' And I so I got great grades.... People who tell me 'no,' I'm going to do it. So thank you to the naysayers."
You can watch the full interview below. If you want to know what Butcher Babies brings to the live stage, check out the band's entire Hellfest performance right here, or you can see the recent music video for "Monsters Ball" at this location. More...
This autumn Indie Recordings will celebrate the label's history with a ”10 year anniversary tour” featuring Keep Of Kalessin, Vreid, and Vredehammer (the latter two of which both have new albums coming this year). The label comments:
"The two times Norwegian Grammy Nominated powerhouse Keep Of Kalessin, is now ready to hit the road with fellow mastodons, Vreid and Vredehammer! The undisputable power of these three musical craftsmen reflects perfectly on the band’s most recent recording; 'Epistemology.' Their innovative unique style and technical skills, has gained the band great respect amongst journalists and awarded Keep Of Kalessin an ever growing fanbase around the globe.
"Since 2004, the pitch black brigade Vreid has been marching forward with full power. More than 500 shows, 25 countries and 3 continents have been conquered. In October they will release their 7th album. The reports are that a masterpiece is on its way. Blacker and more majestic than ever, this album will also be their first album since 'I Krig' with lyrics exclusively in Norwegian.
"Vredehammer is one of the most exiting extreme metal bands emerging from the Norwegian underground over the last years, and this year they were nominated to Norwegian Grammy and toured Europe with Satyricon. This autumn they are ready to attack with a killer new album." More...
After recently being declared cancer free and working on a new Iron Maiden album, Bruce Dickinson visited the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins in London.
During his visit, Bruce took part in a music therapy session with special needs kids from Richard Cloudesley School. Nordoff Robbins shot video during the session, which can be seen below.
Iron Maiden's new album "The Book Of Souls" will be released globally on September 4th. Full details and the cover artwork that has given the metal world psychic powers to hear music through images can be found right here.
It's what every metal head has always been clamoring for (right? RIGHT?) - a Rob Zombie pinball machine is coming and can take up residence in your basement man cave!
The machine will feature 10 Rob Zombie songs from across his solo catalog and voiceovers from the director/musician himself as well as characters from his movies like Captain Spaulding. There's only going to be 300 of these puppies made, so you should probably grab yours early.
Watch a sweaty and gross Rob Zombie talking about his new pinball machine in the player below.
Buffalo, New York's four piece deathcore / groove metal outfit A Stranger To Remorse has a new single online for streaming.
Check out the song "Mortem" through the lyric video available below. You can also grab a free download of the single at Chugcore.net here.
German seafaring doom merchants Ahab released a teaser clip for the new music video "Like Red Foam." The song will appear on the new album "The Boats of the Glen Carrig," which will be available on August 28th via Napalm Records.
The track listing for the album is:
1. The Isle
2. The Thing That Made Search
3. Like Red Foam (The Storm)
4. The Weedmen
5. To Mourn Job
6. The Light in the Weed (Mary Madison)
Check out the clip here: More...
Switzerland's death/doom metal act Zatokrev just released a new music video for the track "Swallow the Teeth."
The song is taken from the band's fourth album "Silk Spiders Underwater...," which was issued back in April via Candlelight Records. Check out the clip below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Runaway Soul
2. Bleeding Island
3. The Phantom
5. Brick in the Sky
7. Swallow the Teeth
8. They Stay in Mirrors More...
UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - added three more acts to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise: Ancient Rites, My Dying Bride and Thyrfing will now set sail. Seven more acts are expected to be announced over the course of the day today.
70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.
The festival will board a new vessel: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!.
The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.
Ticket prices start at USD 666 plus USD 348 Taxes and Fees per person and include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service.
Public Sales begin on Thursday July 9, 2015 at 3PM PDT. For more information, head on over to 70000tons.com.
Ancient Rites, My Dying Bride and Thyrfing join the previously named acts:
At the Gates
Children of Bodom
Black metal juggernaut Diabolicum premieres its entire upcoming new album "Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows)" before it comes out on July 7th via Code666 Records.
Check out now "Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows)" below.
Hailing from Rochester, Minnesota atmospheric and blackened death metal outfit Amiensus premieres a new track titled "Divine Potion of Acumen" taken from the band's new album "Ascension", which is out today.
Check out now "Divine Potion of Acumen" below.