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"Till Death, La Familia," the new album from rock stalwarts Ill Nino, is available today and now Revolver Magazine is hosting the video for first single, “Live Like There’s No Tomorrow.” Check out the clip below.
Vocalist Cristian Machado declares of the album: “The main objective is to do something refreshing, to do something that’s a little different than our other albums and to do something a little bit modern.” Machado continues, "The new album will have its surprises and all I will say is that it is very catchy and very groove-oriented. The lyrics, I feel, are by far the best lyrics I've ever written, and I really do give the guys in the band so much credit for writing such amazing songs for this new album."
The album was produced by Eddie Wohl (Anthrax, Fuel, Cradle Of Filth), co-produced by drummer Dave Chavarri and Ill Nino, and mastered by Maor Applebaum (Sepultura). More...
Hells Headbangers is proud to release the first issue of the Organ fanzine. Available in an 120-page, perfect-bound book, Organ was hand-drawn and written in an old-school cut 'n' paste style by celebrated underground artist Putrid, who's done artwork for Autopsy, Impetigo, Hooded Menace, and Acid Witch among many others. The following press release was issued about the magazine:
"Organ is the physical-waste deposit of two Midwest dipshits who suffer from obsessive visions of horror, visions of endless torrents of blood and gore, visions of cinematic barbarism transfixed within a nauseating vortex of undead soldiers of Satan waging war with guitars and venomous forked tongues, never-fuckin'-ending visions that transform their already unstable reality into an all-out blood orgy of neck-snapping, fist-pumping, homicidal lunacy! That, and super-cool comics and buxom babes smothered in a lot of blood... Organ is cry for help - a plea, if you will, to join their Cult Of Gore. They are possessed by death and obsessed with gore, and they want you to come fuckin' die with 'em.
"This blood tome is saturated in interviews with metal purveyors Impetigo, Asphyx, Undergang, Nocturnal, Grave Upheaval, Cianide, Morbus Chron, and Denial, a chat with Mike Minnet of Bad Taste, and Mike Howlett, the author of The Weird World Of Eerie Publications book: literally, a fuck-ton of horror/exploitation write-ups including a Coffin Joe and Tim Ritter spotlight, metalhead artist profiles, insane horror comics, nerd anecdotes of the lurking past, and then throw in a gaggle of numskulls that love Jap hardcore, Conan The Barbarian rip-offs, and throwin' loads to Amber Lynn for, like, over two decades!! And just when you think the sleaze maelstrom has ceased, you are dead-fuckin'-wrong! There's even more weird diseases to contract that you've never even heard of, WOW!"
Gatineau, QC duo Norilsk proud to announce the release of debut EP "Japetus," due out today digitally as a pay-what-you-want download, plus physically on limited edition CDs (only 100 printed). Nicolas Miquelon (Bass, Guitar and Vocals) comments:
"Releasing the first EP of a new band always feels great; and it is particularly true with this one. Coming from a region where doom is slowly blooming on the metal horizon, Norilsk is for us like a different kind of seed springing out of the underground. Reactions to the songs have been very positive and we couldn’t be happier about the comments we received thus far.
"From the huge sound to the clean layout and the simple vinyl looking packaging, we decided to press a very limited number of CDs, 100 to be precise, while making the digital version available on a pay-what-you-want basis. As records collectors, we like to think, aside from the quantity, that the exclusive Voivod cover gives the CD a rareness quality for fans to enjoy.
"From the dramatic black and white 19th-Century photo of an ice shove in the port of Montreal to the duality of languages (French / English) and the frontier city where this band comes from (Gatineau QC / Ottawa ON), the whole EP has an underlying layer of contrasts under its weighty doom embrace. More...
This week, Southern Lord issues the entire anthology-to-date from Swedish raw punk outfit Electric Funeral in the form of the 2xLP "Total Funeral" compilation, and now the entire collection is streaming in full below, thanks to Cvlt Nation.
"Total Funeral" is out this week, available in a blood red/beer piss 2xLP package and digital download. Orders for both versions can be placed over here. The following press release was issued about the compilation:
"From beginning to smoldering end overall bearing over an hour-and-a-half of carnage with fifty-three tracks, Total Funeral includes the tracks from Electric Funeral's Harvester Of Death, Make Noise Not War, D-Beat Noise Attack, The Face of War, Make A Change, Gröndalen, In League With Darkness and Order From Disorder releases, the split with Go Filth Go, and even several previously-unreleased and new/unreleased tracks, containing every filthy, goddamned, d-beat-ridden anthem released to date from the one-man act.
"The brainchild of Jocke D-takt, also of Paranoid, Desperat, Warvictims, Totalt Jävla Mörker and countless other acts, Electric Funeral's purely pissed-off style explodes out of the speakers with relentless noise and unfuckwithable energy, surging with the sounds of Anti-Cimex, Gloom, Discharge and the like to blazing speeds in the vein of Disclose and Krömosom." More...
Pennsylvania metal band Texas In July has officially announced the new record "Bloodwork" will be released on September 16th via Equal Vision Records. You can check out the song "Broken Soul" below.
Following the release of a 2012 self-titled record, Texas In July joined forces with new vocalist JT Cavey. Following several tours together under the new lineup, Texas In July entered the studio as a four-piece in January of 2014, in its hometown of Lancaster, PA with producers Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland. The new album also features a special guest spot from Miss May I vocalist Levi Benton on “The Void.”
“I think this album shows us at our most extremes,” says guitarist Chris Davis. “It has some of our heaviest and most aggressive moments to date and also our most melodic and mellow sections as well. It was all about pushing ourselves to extend our boundaries.”
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Broken Soul
2. Sweetest Poison
3. Pseudo Self
5. The Void (ft. Levi Benton)
6. Inner Demons
9. The Tightrope
11. Bloodwork More...
The heavy metal stalwarts in Slough Feg have announced that longtime drummer Harry Cantwell will be leaving the band after the July 28th show at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco.
Cantwell has performed with the band for the past seven years, and on the last three studio albums "Ape Uprising," "The Animal Spirits," and "Digital Resistence." The band plans to begin auditioning new drummers as soon as possible. Interested drummers can reach out at the Slough Feg Facebook profile.
Vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi offered the following comment: "After almost seven years as drummer of Slough Feg, Harry Cantwell will be leaving the band after our July 28th show at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. We're sad to see him go, for he's been a great drummer and also truly great person, and of course we wish him luck in all of his future pursuits. Luckily Harry gave us plenty of notice, and also played fantastically at the last two shows in Minneapolis and Chicago--- so not a drop of bad blood here.
"I'm sure we'll all remain friends, and of course we'll continue to use Harry's talents as fashion consultant to the band after his departure. So come celebrate Harry's last show on July 28th at Bottom of the Hill!! Obviously this news brings up the question: what are we gonna do about a drummer? Well, we do have some stuff scheduled for a few months down the road, so we'll be auditioning drummers ASAP. If you think you're up to the task, then let us know!!!"
Latest album "Digital Resistance" was recorded with Justin Weis (who produced the album with vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi) at Trakworx in South San Francisco from January-October 2013 and marks the band's first new studio album since 2010's "The Animal Spirits." More...
The Brazilian death metal band NervoChaos just released a music video for the song "The Devil’s Work," which was directed by Cherry Taketani and can be seen below.
The album "The Art Of Vengeance," released by Cogumelo Records in Brazil and by Greyhaze Records worldwide, is the sixth studio album from NervoChaos, produced by Italian Alex Azzali and with cover artwork by Marco Donida.
Structure Of Inhumanity is hitting the studio to start recording the follow-up to "Completion Integration."
The band has tapped drummer Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Six Feet Under, Chimaira) to track drums along with guitarist Brian Koenig (Luna Mortis). Structure Of Inhumanity has also brought on board new additions Eli Pete on bass (Epicurean) and Cory Scheider on rhythm guitar (Luna Mortis).
A series of studio videos are being released along the way. The first pre-production teaser can be found below. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Structure of Inhumanity is the musical vision of keyboardist Jonah W. (Pyramaze, Written In Blood, Echoterra, Dance of the Mourning Child, Blood Promise, Legion of Carcaroth, Avian). The idea for Jonah to form a new project came about during the fall of 2005. It was then that he felt it was time to establish himself as a creative force and a songwriter, in addition to a studio musician and live performer. The basic groundwork that became the foundation of the Structure of Inhumanity sound, was melodic, epic, occasionally progressive, and over the top heavy metal, strongly routed in the Swedish and Finnish sound, with a touch of American style riffing." More...
Lizzy Borden has announced the dates for the band's previously announced 30 years of American Metal Tour.
The anniversary show will feature songs from each and every Lizzy Borden record to date, including classic songs like "Me Against The World," "American Metal," and "Master of Disguise." Dates are as follows:
July 24, 2014 Lima, Peru Centrica
July 26, 2014 Bogota, Colombia Ozzy Rock Bar
August 1, 2014 Incheon, South Korea Pentaport Rock Festival
August 14, 2014 Forth Worth, TX Rail Club
August 15, 2014 Houston, TX Concert Pub North Theater
August 16, 2014 San Antonio, TX. Fitzgerald's
October 10, 2014 North Platte, Nebraska Skull Fest
October 11, 2014 Denver, CO Wolf Fest
Nov 7, 2014 Madrid, Spain We Rock
Nov 8, 2014 Zaragossa, Spain Teatro de las Esquinas
Nov 9, 2014 Donostia, Spain Doka
Nov 11, 2014 Eisden/Maasmechelen, Belgium Rock Club Jan Hertog
Nov 12, 2014 Tilburg, Holland Little Devil
Nov 14, 2014 Lichtenfels, Germany Paunchy Cats
Nov 15, 2014 Uster, CH Star Club
Nov 16, 2014 Bologna, Italy Freak Out
Nov 17, 2014 Brecia, Italy Colony
Nov 21, 2014 Vienna, Austria Escape
Nov 22, 2014 Zlin, Czech Republic Monsters of Rock Festival
Nov 23, 2014 Moscow, Russia Voltaclub More...
The final bands have now been announced for this year's edition of the Bloodstock Festival, which takes place from August 7th - 10th (get ticket info and other details over here). The organizers of the festival comment:
"The ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals have rocked to a conclusion and some more lucky young bands are joining the New Blood stage at Catton Park next month, plus there's a few last additions for the Sophie and Jagermeister stages.
"Balls Deep bring their trad groove metal to the Sophie Lancaster stage. The Brit outfit have been busy honing their ‘Pro-Pain cut with Black Sabbath’ sound, coming on like the bastard sons of Pantera and classic heavy metal.
"Over on the Jagermeister stage, female-fronted power metallers Aceldama will be impressing allcomers with their high octane performance and audience interaction, while New Blood stage stoner rocker’s Resin will be offering an additional acoustic spin on their new material.
"Meanwhile, the New Blood stage welcomes the last clutch of winners from the last batch of M2TM roadshow finals. Goat Leaf bring their doom groove from the Sheffield heats, Oakhaart’s tech death noise hails from Gloucestershire, impressing judges at the Bristol event, Sinpathetic grace us with their death metal from the Preston night, Eradikator’s thrash metal won out in Birmingham, and lastly but not least, Cacodaemonic's unholy, neo-classical infused death metal represents Nottingham."
The full 2014 festival lineup will be as follows: More...
U.K. outfit Devilment, which features Dani Filth, has announced a European Tour with Lacuna Coil and Motionless In White.
This will be Lacuna Coil's first European headline tour in support of new album, "Broken Crown Halo" (reviewed here).
Dani Filth comments: "At last Devilment is unleashed upon an unsuspecting world! All of us in the band are super ecstatic that we begin our live career touring with two such formidable acts across Europe, just in time for the release of 'The Great And Secret Show,' our debut musical excretion out November 3rd. This tour is going to absolutely and utterly slay!"
Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) adds: "This is going to be HANDS DOWN the tour of the year and I am so damn excited it’s not even funny! A melting pot of darkness, adrenaline, sick rock metal and goth atmosphere is going to embrace you all soon... Lacuna Coil + Motionless In White + Devilment are going to paint your heart black in November. Come see us, you won’t regret it (and damn, I can’t fucking wait!).” More...
The Obelisk is premiering Grifter's new video for "Princess Leia," which appears on forthcoming album, "Return Of The Bearded Brethren" due out next month via Ripple Music. Check out the clip below.
The album, which includes many tales of Guinness, ’70s sex symbols, drinking regrets, religious folly and more, is slotted for to be released on August 12th in North America, August 18th in Europe and will be available on CD, limited vinyl & digital formats. The track listing is as follows:
1. Black Gold
2. She Mountain
3. Paranoiac Blues
4. Princess Leia
5. Bow Down To The Monkey
6. Braggard’s Boast
7. It’s Not Me, It’s You
8. Fire Water
9. The Return Of The Bearded Brethren
10. Fairies Wear Boots (Black Sabbath cover) More...
Pelgrim guitarist Pim Goossens has issued the following announcement online about parting ways with the band:
'Hello everyone, I’m sad to inform you that I am quitting Pelgrim. In the coming months I will be starting a master’s programme and although I would love to do both this and play in the most kickass band in the universe ever, I know that both would suffer.
"This would be unacceptable to me and more importantly it would be unfair to my bestest of buddies, who are gay for robots, but I don’t judge. I have been making music with some of these nerds for almost ten years, Wouter Zaman and Koen Scheepens, and in the last years I have also had the pleasure to see Rik Torremans and Django van Loon join our merry band of band buddies. They are all my best friends, truly, and I hope they will grow so much more with a new guitar player (who should not be gay for robots, someone has to be the normal one..).
"In short: this sucks, shmurr, had to be done, murp, all the best, bliep, being in bands is for noobs, huurrdiedurr. Also, be gentle to the robots. They have feelings, you know.'
The Dutch band adds: "This surely is a major disappointment for us, since Pim is a long time member and friend. We love you Pim ‘njek-njek-sjmurdiebur’ Goossens and wish you all the best. However, Pelgrim will go on and we’ll start looking for the right replacement for Pim. Do you think you’ve got what it takes? Contact us right away!" More...
Hot on the heels of their recent announcement of a North American tour sponsored by MetalUnderground.com with prog metal titans Pain of Salvation, Vangough are launching a crowd-funding campaign to help them stay on the road and deliver a Kickstarter-exclusive live CD. Vocalist and guitarist Clay Withrow explains how the next logical step was to get the band on tour following the release of their third album, 'Between the Madness' (reviewed here). “We’ve been aggressively trying to get on a tour for years now, so it’s been a longtime coming. This is a big step in bringing our music to a larger audience.”
Autumn's Dawn has revealed a second track from upcoming debut album, "Gone," which will be released August 25th (September 3rd internationally).
Hear the new song "Until My Heart Corrodes With Rust" below. You can pre-order the album at this location, and the track listing is as follows:
1. The Ashes Of A Life (streaming here)
2. Until My Heart Corrodes With Rust
3. Into The Cold
4. Grace Of The Grave
5. When The Sun Sets For The Last Time
6. Blank Stare, Dead Eyes
8. Through The Rusted Gates Of Time
Colorado black metal cult Nightbringer is streaming the first track taken from new album, "Ego Dominus Tuus" ("I Am Your Lord"). The new track, "Et Nox Illuminatio Mea In Deliciis Meis," is streaming below, thanks to Stereogum.
Regarding the track, the band issued the following statement: "Et Nox… refers to a line from Psalm 139. The lyrics draw heavily upon this psalm, which we feel, via a perhaps more heretical approach, elucidates symbols relevant to the ‘midnight sun’ and the ‘night of light.’ Furthermore we touch upon the Greek melancholia and the sovereignty of Saturn over those of us who are born with his mark and our relation to the former concepts as well as the significance of the ‘black light’ of our Lord. It speaks much of the ecstatic furor one may enter in which wisdom is imparted both from above, below and within, via a state of ‘divine madness.'"
"Ego Dominus Tuus" will be released by Season of Mist in North America on September 30th (September 26th worldwide). Pre-orders can be found here and "Ego Dominus Tuus" was recorded and mixed at Flatline Audio Studios by Dave Otero. The track listing is as follow:
1. Prayer of Nephal
2. Et Nox Illuminatio mea in Deliciis Meis
3. Lantern of Eden's Night
4. Things which are Naught
5. I am the Gateway
6. Call of the Exile
7. Where Fire never Dreamt of Man
8. The Witchfires of Tubal-Qayin
9. Salvation is the Son of Leviathan
10. The Otherness of Being More...
Mad Alien, the German act that was active from 1989-1995 will re-issue a compilation of material via a self-titled release through Kathargo, under its "Heavy Metal Classics" line, on August 29th.
Coming into the Rock scene in 1989 with the EP "We Are Alive," Mas Alien showed a lot of potential with their melodic Heavy Metal/Hard Rock. "Combining a fine vocalist, good guitars, outstanding songwriting and the typical 80's feel, this high quality was 'standard' for all songs also on the forthcoming full length in 1992." Mad Alien was a victim of the grunge movement in the early 90's and faded out by 1995.
The track list for the compilation is:
1. We Are Alive
2. Creature of the Storm
3. One of These Days
4. Lady Desireous (Opus 9,7)
5. Time War
6. Shout it Out
7. Kwisatz Haderach (Part I - III)
8. Only for You
10. Nightmare on Elm Street
11. Fire on Ice
12. Opus 8,5
14. Lovesong More...
Pennsylvania progressive/power metal act MindMaze has posted a preview clip for the upcoming release "Back From the Edge." The sophomore album is currently targeted for a fall release and more information is expected shortly. Guest stars scheduled to appear include Mike LaPond (Symphony X), who handled the bass duties on the album.
The band successfully funded the recording of the release via a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign. Check out the trailer here:
U.S. progressive metal act Creation's End, featuring ex-Riot/ex-MasterPlan vocalist Mike DiMeo, have posted the album art and track list for the upcoming new album "Metaphysical." The album will drop on August 29th via Pure Prog Records, a division of Pure Steel Records.
The track list for the album is:
2. The Chosen None
4. This Heart
5. All I Have
6. Part Of You
9. Turn Away
10. Bring To Life
11. Constructing A Savior
12. Singularity More...
Sweden's Facebreaker, featuring Scar Symmetry vocalist Robban Karlsson, released a new music video for the track "Catacomb." The song appears on the latest release "Dedicated to the Flesh," which is available via Cyclone Empire Records.
Check out the video here:
Swiss folk act Eluveitie posted a preview clip for the upcoming new music video "Call of the Mountains." The song appears on the band's new album "Origins," which is set for release on August 1 (EU), August 4 (UK), and August 5 (US) via Nuclear Blast Records. A review for the album can be found at this location.
The band will make this track available in English, Swiss-German, Romansh, French and Italian. Check out the preview here: