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Last updated on June 3, 2015 at 3:48 PM ET
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Israeli outfit Hammercult has signed a new record deal with German based label SPV/Steamhammer. The first release will be the new album "Built For War."
The new album is being mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (Moonspell, The Haunted, Dark Tranquility) and is currently scheduled for a worldwide (excluding Japan) release on August 28th as a digipak version, an LP version, and as a digital download. Stay tuned for more info regarding artwork, track listing and new tour dates. More...
On July 10th, Prosthetic Records will release an expanded “encore edition” of the groundbreaking self-titled debut album by instrumental progressive metal pioneers Animals As Leaders.
It will include three bonus tracks — the live setlist standard “Wave of Babies” (previously unavailable on CD), a 2001 demo called “Orea,” and the never-before-heard “Kalimba,” a short teaser for which can be seen below.
In addition, physical editions of the album will include enhanced artwork featuring 3-D imagery and custom AAL3-D glasses. Pre-orders (including a low-priced CD/t-shirt bundle) are now available at this location. The track listing is:
1. Tempting Time
3. Thoroughly at Home
4. On Impulse
6. Behaving Badly
7. The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing
10. Point to Point
11. Modern Meat
12. Song of Solomon
13. Wave of Babies
15. Orea (demo) More...
Los Angeles-based metal warriors Holy Grail will return to the road this summer to pulverize audiences across the U.S.
The band, which is currently tracking material for a third album with Grammy Award-winning producer John Spiker, will kick things off at Prosthetic Records’ “West Coast Metal Meeting” on July 11th with label mates Exmortus and Spellcaster before commencing a four-week tour three nights later. Dates can be found below. More...
Recently signed to Prosthetic Records, inAeona will release "Force Rise The Sun" on August 7th, 2015, with a teaser trailer available below. Prosthetic comments:
"Combining their shared passions for music and creativity, the trio first began making waves locally with concerts featuring an elaborate light show that accented their haunting tones and gave audiences unique and intense live experiences.
"The trio soon hit the road on a self-booked tour, playing anywhere and everywhere possible while showcasing their debut EP 'Blue Sky All Day,' which featured artwork from longtime friend, Junius guitarist Michael Repasch-Nieves. The band has recently shared the stages with Junius, So Hideous, He Whose Ox Is Gored, and Author and Punisher, to name a few.
"Look out for new music from 'Force Rise the Sun' and upcoming tour announcements by following inAeona online!" More...
New Jersey five-piece metal band Lorna Shore is streaming the entire "Psalms" album online below (stream provided courtesy of Revolver magazine).
"Psalms" was produced by Will Putney (They Art Is Murder, Fit For An Autopsy, Upon A Burning Body) at modern metal’s iconic studio, the Machine Shop, and will be released next Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 via Density Records. Upcoming Lorna Shore tour dates are as follows:
06/03 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
06/05 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin!
06/06 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
06/07 – Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
06/08 – Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
06/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater, DTLA
06/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
06/12 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
06/15 – Austin, TX @ Empire Garage
06/16 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
06/18 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
06/19 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
06/20 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall More...
Toronto grinding metallic hardcore quartet Mad Trapper will release the "Dead Living" LP digitally on June 29th through Sorrow Carrier Records. This first full-length takes Mad Trapper's metallic hardcore trainwreck off the tracks.
Opener “Claws” displays a haunting melodic side previously unheard of from the GTA band, while the group wastes no time following it up by grinding through 10 tracks that converge the fiercest facets of metal and hardcore into an explosive mass. New song "1/3" can also now be heard below. More...
Rob Zombie has checked in with the following update about revealing a new character photo from his upcoming fan-backed "31" movie:
"It's been awhile since I've posted anything from my next film 31. Here is your first look at David Ury as Schizo-Head!
"31" comes after Zombie's last flick, "The Lords of Salem," and will deal with killer clown mayhem. More details and brief clips from the shooting of the movie can be seen at this location. Zombie is currently embarked on a summer tour, with release info about the album expected to arrive after the live festivities end.
Ryan McCombs suffered from a stroke only days after finishing a headline U.K. tour last October (2014).
7 months on, touring as support to Coal Chamber, McCombs and the crew are back on the International Road of Rock, proving that stroke does not stop a hardcore musician like him!
Also, temporary drummer Mitch has now been made a permanent addition to the band, and sits in with me and Ryan on a quick catch up (and another ridiculous challenge) over the last few days.
As raging So-Cal punk/hardcore faction Obliterations takes off on a latest live attack this week, a new video for the band's "Scapegoat" track has been released.
Directed and edited by Ian McCullough at Annotation Films, the "Scapegoat" video is as rampant as Obliterations' unruly output, ramming as much seizure-inducing visual violence as possible into each frame. Check it out below, and catch the band performing live on these dates:
6/04/2015 Music Hall Of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY w/ Refused
6/05/2015 Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY w/ White Lung
6/06/2015 The Studio At Webster Hall - New York, NY w/ Give, Impact
6/08/2015 DC9 - Washington DC w/ White Lung
6/09/2015 Rumba Café - Columbus, OH w/ White Lung
6/10/2015 The Demo - St. Louis, MO w/ White Lung
6/11/2015 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN w/ White Lung
6/12/2015 Underground Lounge - Chicago, IL
6/13/2015 PJ's Lager House - Detroit, MI w/ White Lung
6/14/2015 Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH w/ White Lung
6/15/2015 Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY w/ White Lung
6/16/2015 Great Scott - Allston, MA w/ White Lung
6/17/2015 Bar Le Ritz PDB - Montreal, QC w/ White Lung
6/18/2015 Ottawa Explosion Weekend - Ottawa, ON w/ White Lung
6/20/2015 Lee's Place - Toronto, ON @ NXNE w/ Girl Band, Mission Of Burma, California X More...
Invading the Montreal, QC metal scene from August 20th - 23rd, Obscene Extreme America announces more bands to this year's lineup along with some unfortunate news that M.O.D. has cancelled its appearance due the band ending its journey as stated by front man Billy Milano:
“After a long hard ride of 30 years, I have decided to not release the new M.O.D. record. To not continue on a live tour schedule of any type and spend my time on the things in life that matter. Family and love.
"I want to thank all the M.O.D. fans around the world who supported the band and vision of music for the fans by a fan of music. I thank you greatly with all my heart, but I just don’t want to do it any longer. I just wanted to have some fun one more time and I did. Twice.
"It’s time to say farewell. Peace, happiness and love to all. Respectfully, the artist formally known as Billy Milano.”
However several new bands have been confirmed this week, including Dysentery, System Shit, and Tentacles. The current lineup looks like: More...
Brisbane-based metal band A Breach Of Silence will support A Skylit Drive on an upcoming Australian tour.
The trek will kick off on August 25th in Brisbane, and is scheduled to wrap up in Adelaide on August 29th. Also supporting will be Sydney up and comers, Polaris. See below for tour dates.
This will be A Breach Of Silence's third tour in support of latest album, "The Darkest Road" which was released by Eclipse Records.
August 25 – Brisbane @ Brightside (18+)
August 26 – Newcastle @ Cambridge Hotel (18+)
August 27 – Sydney @ The Factory (18+)
August 28 – Melbourne @ The Corner Hotel (18+)
August 29 – Adelaide @ Fowlers (AA/Lic) More...
Ventura, California-based technical death metal unit Inherit Disease will release a third full-length later this year via Unique Leader Records.
Titled "Ephemeral," the follow-up to 2010's "Visceral Transcendence" was tracked at Seahorse Sound Studios by Samur Khouja (Condemned, Arkaik, Flesh Consumed) and will feature mixing/mastering by Sasha Borovykh (Epicardiectomy, Cerebral Effusion) from Tsun Tsun Productions.
Once again adorned with the stunningly disturbing cover creation of Yang Guang, "Ephemeral" will explore the realms of our dark future. Additional details will be leaked in the coming weeks - in the mean time check out studio footage below. More...
Canadian epic death metal quartet Vesperia has unveiled an unsettling teaser for new music video "The Western Tempests," which was filmed and produced by the eminent Toronto-based Ax Woods Visual.
The short clip offers a glimpse of the dismal imagery the band is honing in on for newest EP, "The Iron Tempests," which will span around 18 - 24 minutes long and is co-produced with the effort of Ryan Bovaird, frontman of Canadian melodeath band Hallow's Die.
The EP artwork was also created by none other than Vesperia's front man Morgan Rider at his own White North Studios. Stay tuned for full details.
Marquee Records has delved into the album crypts and is emerging with a speed metal classic: Abattoir's "Vicious Attack." The re-issue is due out June 22nd, with Marquee Records also commenting:
"Los Angeles in the mid 1980’s will always be remembered for its heyday of the Sunset Strip music scene. But a fierce LA band by the name of Abattoir also made a definite impression in their own right. The big break came when they released the track 'Screams From The Grave,' featuring John Cyriis who would later join Agent Steel, via Metal Blade Records compilation series Metal Massacre IV. A local radio DJ soon placed the song on regular rotation during his weekly show, 'The Mighty Metal Hour' on KMET, and from there the band's career skyrocketed. Abattoir went from playing to crowds of 150 to 600 plus, well beyond many club capacities.
"Spearheaded by guitarists Mark ‘The Shark’ Caro and Juan Garcia`s heavy bone-crushing riffs, the fierce rhythmic backbone of drummer Robert Wayne, bassist Mel Sanches and topped off by the blood-curdling screams of new vocalist Steve Gaines, Abattoir set out to follow up on their marginal success and record their first demo on a $3,000 budget. The finished effort was appropriately titled, Vicious Attack, and renowned metal label Combat Records, home to Megadeth, Possessed and Exodus, and a label that would go on to sign metal greats such as Death and Nuclear Assault, loved it so much they offered to press and release it without any further enhancements (other than omitting Garcia and Wayne from the album's credits who had since moved on, and instead displaying a photo of the new line-up completed by guitarist Danny Oliverio and drummer Danny Anaya, later of MX Machine). More...
Goatsnake's mighty first LP to see release in fifteen years, "Black Age Blues," is available now worldwide through Southern Lord Recordings. In stores now, the crushing album is also streaming in its entirety, as the band continues a European tour in support of the thunderous new work.
Stream all the tracks below, and remember - maximum volume yields maximum results! You can also catch the band live on these dates:
6/03/2015 SO36 - Berlin, DE
6/04/2015 Freakvalley Festival - Siegen, DE
6/07/2015 AN Club - Athens, GR
6/20/2015 Crucialfest - Salt Lake City, UT More...
Shattered Sun's new album, "Hope Within Hatred," demonstrates a pummeling fusion of metallic force and groove-heavy melodies.
In this first of a two part track-by-track breakdown series, vocalist Marcos Leal sat down to go inside several songs from "Hope Within Hatred," including the title track. Stay tuned for part two next week, featuring the final five tracks, and including some never-before-seen photos. More...
Polish death metal act Embrional has premiered an official music video for the song "Madman's Curse," taken from the band's 2015 sophomore album "The Devil Inside." The clip was directed, shot and edited by Sebastian "Semen" Turkowski (what a nick name, eh?). Check it out below.
"The Devil Inside" was released on CD via Old Temple and limited edition versions via Godz ov War / Third Eye Temple. The track listing is as follows:
01. The Devil Inside
02. Evil's Mucus
03. Funeral March
04. The Abyss
06. In Darkness
07. Behind The Mask Of Sanity
09. Madman's Curse
12. Whores, Drugs and Brain Dead More...
GWAR has just added Clutch as a co-headliner to this year's GWAR B-Q festivities. And as if that weren't enough to melt your pathetic mind, the B4BQ launch pre-party will now feature the entire lineup of the hard hitting Summer Slaughter tour, who will join metal heavy weights Fear Factory and the return of Coal Chamber.
That's right, GWAR-B-Q has grown to include three stages of brutal music - Clutch will join the already stellar lineup of bands set to rock the Slaughterama Stage with the heaviest grooves on the planet.
The B4BQ started as a small gathering prior to GWAR-B-Q, but this year the event will come into its own as a full day of eardrum blasting metal madness at The National (708 E Broad St, Richmond, VA) on Friday, August 14th. The pre-party event kicks off at 2:00 PM and features Coal Chamber, Fear Factory, Arch Enemy, Born Of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, After the Burial, Cattle Decapitation, and Beyond Creation.
That's one band for each finger to clinch together into two heavy metal fists of fury as you punch your way through the mosh pit. Tickets to the B4BQ go on sale today at this location.
Myrkur's new album "M" is due out August 21st through Relapse Records, and the song "Hævnen" can now be heard below.
On the heels of Myrkur's debut EP comes "M," the Danish black metal phenom's first full-length album. The album was recorded in various locations of Oslo, Norway (including renowned artist Emanuel Vigeland's Museum) with co-producer Garm - the mastermind behind Ulver.
Myrkur's first ever live performance will take place headlining the black stage at Denmark's Roskilde Festival with Deafheaven and Tombs. Numerous other festival appearances around Europe are planned throughout the year. Myrkur also comments:
"The album is a story where the songs are connected. It is Nordic folk music, black metal, classical choirs and more. It feels like a soundtrack to some sort of Norse mythology horror movie with blastbeats. I wrote it about many things, as a goddess who wants revenge and to kill off people in my life, perhaps also a side of myself. I feel a strong sense of being divided into two, not one whole. a side of light and a side of shadows battle within me. And sometimes a disassociation to reality. A disconnect to the normal world and to what I am. This album tells my story and the transformation to one is complete in my mind." More...
New Hampshire's post-black metal band Vattnet Viskar has launched a new video for "Heirs," the sixth single from upcoming sophomore album "Settler" (due out June 16th). Check it out below. The full album's track listing is as follows:
8. Coldwar More...
Los Angeles melodic death thrasher Murashita, fronted by Masaki Murashita (ex-Hemoptysis), has announced upcoming Japanese tour dates. Murashita ecruits Rodney McGlothlin (Voice of Dissent) on bass and KK (ex-Ninezero) on drums for this tour.
Murashita comments, "I'm beyond stoked to finally get to tour in my home country, Japan! I can't wait to perform the songs from the upcoming EP and get to see the all the metal fans there!"
A debut release is also currently being recorded and will drop later this summer. See the band live:
Sep. 04 - Nagoya - Imaike Club 3Star
Sep. 05 - Tokyo - Meguro Rokumeikan
Sep. 11 - Tokyo - Shinjuku WildSide Tokyo
Sep. 13 - Osaka - Namba Rockets
Edmonton, AB's power metal quintet The Order Of Chaos has a music video online for the title track to "Apocalypse Moon," a new album due to drop on July 24th. Check it out below, thanks to Metal-Rules.com.
The album was recorded/mixed and mastered at the Physics Lab by Terry Paholek in Edmonton and features twelve brand new tracks. "Apocalypse Moon" features Amanda Kiernan (Into Eternity) on vocals, John Simon Fallon and John Saturley on guitar, Tim Prevost on drums and Duncan Hickerty on bass guitar whom has been recently replaced by Barrett Klesko of All Else Fails for live performances.
Barrett Klesko also runs FadeBack Studios United and directed and edited the video, with choreography by Maria Harrigan and makeup by Molly Anna.
"The concept behind the 'Apocalypse Moon' music video is the cycle of rebirth. Mankind's strength is tempered in the the depths of personal darkness," comments director and new bassist Barrett Klesko. More...
Iron Bonehead will release Doomentor's debut EP, "The Second Ceremony," coming July 24th internationally on 7" vinyl.
"The Second Ceremony" comprises two twisted 'n' twisting epics of traditional-yet-defiant doom majesty. A mysterious trio hailing from Germany, Doomentor take classic doomed-out heavy metal like early Trouble, Manilla Road, and Griffin and then drag it deep into pitch black depths, stretching each tone to its most melancholic, malign length. The track listing is:
2. Nocturniae Monumentalis More...
Moribund Records is proud to announce the signing of American black metal cult Unhuman Disease. The label comments:
"As longtime fans of the Oklahoma natives, particularly the 'Dalla Benedizione del Diavolo' and 'Glorification of Satanas' full-lengths, Moribund feels that Unhuman Disease is a perfect fit for the label and its commitment to pure, uncompromising black metal.
"Having released now-legendary records by Judas Iscariot, Horna, and Sargeist, Moribund Records is prepared to unleash Unhuman Disease on an unsuspecting populace, with the first evil fruit being the band's seventh full-length, entitled 'De Templi Autem Veteris Serpentis' and set to be recorded soon.
"Unhuman Disease's brand of staunchly Satanic black metal is not unlike the aforementioned paradigm-shaping bands, but with a filth 'n' fury all their own, and Moribund couldn't be more devilishly pleased to have the band among its elite roster.
"Unhuman Disease was manifested under the Black Moon of 2001 by Nocturnus Dominus on all instruments, vocals, and lyrics, with the goal of the band to release actual Satanic black metal. No gimmicks, no compromise - just traditional Satanist black metal that believes in the Lord. The first expression of Satanic chaos, the 'Awakening of the Horned Beast' demo was recorded in 2001 and limited to 20 copies. More...
Mysterious Slovenian outfit Beneath The Storm is giving final touches to a new work titled “Devil’s Village,” which will be a concept album based on the cult classic movie “City of the Dead” (starring Christopher Lee as the Professor and Patricia Jessel as the Infamous Witch).
According to a press release, the album will be "a new step into the most extreme sludge doom sonorities, disturbing atmospheres made of obscure and twisted riffs, sinister sound bytes and inhuman vocals."
The “Devil’s Village” will be released by Argonaute Records in late summer 2015. Stay tuned for more details, and in the mean time you can check out music from previous album "Evil Reflection" at this location.
Hate Eternal is currently streaming the first track taken from new album "Infernus." The track, titled "Pathogenic Apathy," is streaming below.
"Infernus" will be released in North America on August 21st and features artwork by Eliran Kantor. The track listing is as follows:
1. Locust Swarm
2. The Stygian Deep
3. Pathogenic Apathy
4. La Tempestad
6. The Chosen One
7. Zealot, Crusader of War
8. Order of the Arcane Scripture
9. Chaos Theory
10. O’ Majestic Being, Hear My Call More...
Danish melodic death metal act Killing Gandhi, featuring ex-Wuthering Heights members Martin Arendal (guitars) and Kasper Gram (bass), has signed with Martin Steene's (Iron Fire) label Crime Records. The band's new release "Cinematic Parallels" is expected later in the summer, with all the details set to be announced in the coming weeks. As a taster, the video clip for the new track "0100101101000111" can be viewed below.
Steene commented on behalf of Crime Records: "We are extremely excited here at the CR company to announce our new signing. Danish Melo Death Metallers Killing Ganghi has joined our growing band roster. We are proud to be working with yet another great and skilled act, and are looking forward to release their upcoming album 'Cinematic Parallels' later this summer. Cover artwork and release date coming within the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned."
Killing Gandhi was founded by Arendal and Kasper Gram in 2011 after testing their musical skills with Manticora, Wuthering Heights, Evil Masquerade and Ureas for 10+ years. "Cinematic Parallels" began to take shape in the spring of 2013, after joining forces with Thorbjørn Jensen (ex. Sickseed) and Rasmus Schmidt (Illdisposed, ex. Corpus Mortale). More...
Japanese melodic death metal act Gyze released a new lyric video for the track "Honesty." The song features a guest vocal appearance by Disarmonia Mundi's Ettore Rigotti, who also mixed and mastered the band's new album "Black Bride." The release is set to drop on June 9th via Coroner Records.
The track list is:
1. Black Bride
2. In Grief
3. Honesty (Feat. Ettore Rigotti)
4. Insane Brain
5. Black Shadow
6. Winter Breath
8. Satanic Loop
12. Surface Tears (Exclusive Coroner Records Bonus Track)
Check out "Honesty" here: More...
Dutch symphonic death metal act Epica announced its very own festival dubbed the "Epic Metal Fest." The lineup includes a headline performance by Epica along with Eluveitie, Fear Factory, Moonspell and Periphery, with more acts expected to be announced soon.
The event takes place on November 22, 2015 at Klokgebouw in the Netherlands. It will mark the final date in support of the current release "The Quantum Enigma" (see review here) as the band states:
"This will be our party of the year, the ultimate Dutch show we'll do before entering the studio to record the follow-up for 'The Quantum Enigma.' You really don't want to miss this!"
Tickets will go on sale Friday at 10am CET at this location.
Clips from the upcoming new album "Suicide Society" from Canadian thrash legends Annihilator have surfaced and can be heard below. The new release is expected on September 18, 2015 via UDR Music. The album marks the first release since 2013's "Feast" and mainman/guitarist Jeff Waters' return to full time vocal duties, following the departure of David Padden back in December.
The track list for "Suicide Society" is:
1. Suicide Society
2. My Revenge
4. Creepin' Again
5. Narcotic Avenue
6. The One You Serve
7. Break, Enter
8. Death Scent
9. Every Minute More...
21 Octayne, the modern rock/metal act featuring Luca Turilli's Rhapsody drummer Alex Landenburg and Axxis guitarist Marco Wriedt, posted a video studio report on the band's upcoming sophomore studio release. The follow up to the 2014 debut album "Into the Open" (see review here), is expected for release this year. More information is expected soon.
The following clip features Wriedt laying down some of the solos on the release at Louis Audio Recording in Germany. Check it out here:
Canada-based metallers 3 Inches Of Blood decided to part ways. The band's final show is planned to take place on November 7th at the Commodore Ballroom in their hometown, Vancouver, BC.
States 3 Inches Of Blood about its plans to disband:
"Unfortunately, this is not the sort of news you were wanting to hear, but here goes: It is now that we come to announce that 3 Inches Of Blood has decided to part ways. Naturally, people will have questions as to why we have collectively made this decision.
"While our reasons are personal, just know we are all still good friends, but it is just time to move on. All of us will continue to pursue musical projects, so refer to our social media pages to keep up with that. We are eternally thankful to our fans, friends and family that have stuck by us through thick and thin and always believed in us. You are the reason this band got anywhere and kept us going. We'd also like to thank our musical peers and former 3 Inches Of Blood members for all your love and support over the years. More...
California's crust warriors Temple Of Dagon premieres a new track titled "Nexus of Reality" taken from the upcoming new album "Revelations Of The Spirit" which is set to drop June 9th via Black Voodoo Records.
Check out now "Nexus of Reality" below.
Australian progressive technical death metal outfit Ne Obliviscaris premieres the new music video for "Painters Of The Tempest (Part II): Triptych Lux / Movement III: Curator" taken from the album "Citadel" which was released in November 2014.The clip was directed by Joe Ritson.
Check out now "Painters Of The Tempest (Part II): Triptych Lux / Movement III: Curator" below.
Cleveland-based power metallers Deadiron premiere their new music video for the track titled "Long Way Home" taken from their recently released their album "Into the Fray".
Check it out now below.