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Last updated on October 25, 2016 at 8:37 PM ET
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First we were "Blessed By Holy Jism," and now Fornicus is back to offer us another utterly blasphemous hymn!
Check out "Duodecad Aflame" below, taken off the band's new album slated to drop on October 31st.
The Fornicus trio comments: "'Duodeacd Aflame,' the opening track for 'Hymns of Dominion' detailing the destruction of Christ's twelve. Hatred, malevolence, and violence burn through the hymn's three minutes and forty seconds setting the tone for what's to come."
The "Hymns of Dominion" malevolent assault will feature these 11 pulverizing tracks:
1. Conjuring The Adversary
2. Duodecad Aflame
3. Feast For Rats
4. Searing The Scourge Of Christendom
5. Martyrs (Destroyers Of Divinity)
6. Hordes Of The Abyss
7. Wake Of The Churning Depths
8. Woeful Oppressor
9. Blessed By His Holy Jism
10. Kill Yourselves, Kill Each Other
11. Nyctophiliac More...
Got something a little different for you metal fans for this week's Pit Story: Grant MacKenzie and Kenny Parry of the progressive rock/metal duo Jupiter Hollow discuss some experiences from live performances in a video clip rather than text.
From injuries in the pit to loads of problems during early shows, Jupiter Hollow covers a little bit of everything below.
Stay tuned for Jupiter Hollow's debut EP release, "Odyssey" being released by Milagro Records on January 13th, 2017 and acting as a prelude to upcoming album "AHDOMN."
On October 31st, Hells Headbangers will release Void Meditation Cult's "Utter the Tongue of the Dead" full-length release, but today all the songs have come online early.
Five years ago, the entity Void Meditation Cult uttered its "Sulfurous Prayers of Blight and Darkness" and then receded back into the murky depth. Now, the altar is set once more, and candles gleam in the shadows as the specter returns.
1. Blessed By Lycosidae (Opening Mass)
2. Utter The Tongue Of The Dead
3. The Antichrist Prevails
4. At The Door Of An Infernal Realm
5. Defile And Devour
6. Alms For The Eyeless Idol
7. The Brimstone Hail
8. Mould And Blood
9. The Shores of Eternal Night
10. Goddess Of The Waking Death More...
Today the Spanish black/death cult Sacrificio premieres new track "La Sombra en la Ciénaga," which can be heard below.
The track hails from the band's debut album, "Guerra Eterna," set for international release on December 9th as a joint release between Iron Bonehead Productions and Nuclear War Now! Productions.
1. Sombras en la ciénaga
2. Razas del sepulcro
3. La marca del hereje
4. Depositio haereticorum
5. Ritos funerarios
6. Vástagos de la abominación
7. Centinela de los túmulos
8. Guerra eterna (streaming here) More...
Blackened death metal act Kingdom is finally unveiling a third full-length album in its entirety ahead of the official release later this week. Entitled "Sepulchral Psalms from the Abyss of Torment," the album is streaming below and due to drop October 28th through Godz Ov War Productions.
Canadian heavy metal band Tyrants of Chaos has released debut album "The Calm Before the Storm," which was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Sheldon Arvay at Hothouse Studios. Check out album track "Habitat For Insanity" below.
Tyrants of Chaos was formed in 2014 by Paul Denton, Curt Vaselenak, and Sandy Lawson. In their various previous recording and performing acts, the band members have shared the stage with KISS, Rush, Triumph, Finger Eleven and Monster Truck.
Feral's new EP "From The Mortuary" is due to drop December 2nd, and today a lyric video off the release has landed online. Check out "Reborn In The Morgue" below, created by Johan Norström and featuring art by Costin Chioreanu.
Vocalist David Nilsson comments on the release: "'From the Mortuary' picks up where our latest album 'Where Dead Dreams Dwell' left off, and we are thrilled to present this new track. 'Reborn in the Morgue' is a real deadbanger and great example of Feral-material to come."
1. The Hand of the Devil
2. Reborn in the Morgue
3. The Cult of the Head
4. The Rite
5. Necrofilthiac (2016)
6. Relentless (Pentragram cover) More...
The Australian black metal newcomers from Cancer, comprised of members of Deadspace and Inquinamentum, are now streaming their 5-track EP “Terminal” in its entirety below.
Mixed and mastered by Nish Raghavan and featuring artwork by Paul Sutherland (Nattljud), “Terminal” is Cancer’s first studio effort and was officially released today as a digital download via Bandcamp.
01. Distant Dreams
04. To Taste Your Contempt
05. Anamnesis More...
The Dallas-Fort Worth area has given birth to some immaculate bands over the years, and now a new group of thrash revivalists has risen to the forefront: Exhortation. Today the band releases a lyric video for "Seeds of Ruin" taken from debut album "Ashland Messiah," which was recorded by Alex Goodenough and is scheduled for release on December 20th.
The French psychedelic stoner doom sorcerers from Mars Red Sky are pleased to unveil their near-thirteen-minute short film "Alien Grounds."
The clip takes "Apex III" and "Sapphire Vessel," the first two tracks from the Bordeaux trio's third and latest album, "Apex III (Praise for the Burning Soul)" and puts them to a science fiction narrative.
Directed by Sébastien Antoine and starring Yan Tual, Dan Bronchinson, Victoria Cyr, Grégory Dreyfus, and Jean-Claude Tisserand, the clip is currently playing below. Mars Red Sky's "Alien Grounds" comes in advance of the band's forthcoming European live dates scattered throughout the remainder the of year. More...
Irish pagan metal group Primordial will release the first live album in the band's history: "Gods To The Godless (Live at Bang Your Head Festival Germany 2015)," on November 25th via Metal Blade Records. Check out the title track below.
Primordial's A.A. Nemtheanga comments: "It might seem like an unusual move, a double live album. Especially within the scene we are from, but the live album was once a staple of most bands' careers and something we all grew up with in our collection. Pouring over tour dates, gear information and killer live pics.
"Ok so it's not 'Live After Death' but you can see the attraction and taste the romance involved, right? Fact is though we hadn't planned it, it was basically a happy coincidence, the good people at Bang Your head who took such a risk booking us the first time on a more traditional old school rock festival had us back for the fourth time, gave us a proper headlining set length and happened to mention afterwards that they had a mobile recording device rigged up and ready to go.
"When we listened back to the tapes we found something we could work with and the idea took shape. If you love the band, you will know what to expect: blood, guts and passion - and believe us, the double vinyl will look beautiful! If we've been in your orbit, but you've never trained your sights on us properly, this might be a good place to start as the sound is massive, the old songs have some added muscle and the planets aligned to make 'Gods to the Godless' perhaps a great introduction to the band. More...
Turkey-based group Pitch Black Process has a new video out for a metallic cover version of Halil Ibrahim Sofrasi" by Baris Manço. The track will be featured on upcoming album "Derin," due out via EMP Label Group, with full details still forthcoming.
Norwegian actor Espen Reboli Bjerke - known for his extensive work in films, theatre, radio and television - is making a guest appearance on "Welcome The Dead," the seventh full-length album from Norwegian black metal group Crest Of Darkness.
Bjerke, who also won a Spelleman Award (Norwegian equivalent of the Grammies), will perform the spoken lyrics on "Katharsis," the closing track on the album.
"We really needed someone with a great vocal presence to do the spoken part on this tracks, someone who is able to convey the atmosphere," explained Crest Of Darkness founder and frontman Ingar Amlien, "and as far as I was concerned Espen was perfect. I was delighted when he agreed to do it, it's never easy to get actors of his standing to agree to perform on a music album. Of course it did help a bit that he is the brother of our guitarist Rebo!"
New album "Welcome The Dead" will be released on December 2nd, 2016 voa My Kingdom Music in both CD and digital formats, as well as a double LP format that will feature a special bonus track. More...
Anaal Nathrakh's impending album, "The Whole of the Law," is due out October 28th via Metal Blade Record and new single, "Extravaganza!", can be streamed below. The band comments:
"It's about the normalization of murderous violence, the sanitization of death. The primary way that appears in the lyrics is via executions, but it's meant to exemplify a more general phenomenon.
"I suppose it's of a piece with the famous quote that the death of millions is a statistic. Or the impression you might get from the news, even if you're someone who pays close attention to the world, compared to listening to Dr. David Nott talking to Eddie Mair on the radio. And in executions, I think the level of sanitization is quite extreme.
"Hence the terms used in the verses - the drop, the shock, the state-sanctioned shank and so on, they're intended to ape the euphemisms we hear all the time. And in sanitizing killing, the powers that be shield us from the brutality of reality. That's where the wailing parts fit in - 'Hiding behind daddy dear, don't peek with your sad little eyes'.
"It's intentionally made to sound a bit like a child's nightmare, just as we are infantilized and allowed to be blase by the things the song deals with. It's all sometimes presented almost as entertainment, with people talking in terms which suggest a level of ethical concern roughly appropriate to a video game. That's where the title comes from, and why the 'ringmaster' lines are there - 'Take your seats, one and all! The show's about to start...'" More...
Swedish death metal outfit Deranged is streaming new album "Struck By A Murderous Siege" prior to its official October 28th release date. Check it out in the YouTube player below. The album's full track listing is as follows:
1. The Frail Illusion Of Osteology
2. Hello From The Gutters
3. Reverent Decomposition
4. Shivers Down Your Broken Spine
5. Cold Icy Hands
6. Struck By A Murderous Siege
7. Toy Box Torture Chamber
8. Undead Instrument By Grim Ascendancy
As New Jersey-based quartet Risk Relay finalizes fourth full-length album "As We Descend" for release through Nefarious Industries in November, the public's first preview of the album has been made available: check out "My Weight Disappearing" below.
Closing a three-year gap between releases, Risk Relay sought out new inspirational energy and direction for the creation of this new concept recording. "As We Descend" was recorded between March and June of 2016 in full analog to 2" tape, engineered by drummer Brian Buccellato at his own Volume IV studio in New Brunswick, and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side.
The lyrics for "As We Descend" are inspired by the late nineteenth-century science fiction novel, "Etidorhpa," which depicts the story of a man banished to an alternate world within the center of the Earth, and this theme is also reflected in the artwork created by Bryan Elkins. More...
Canadian progressive/power folklore metallers Scythia will kick off a fall conquest of North America tomorrow, October 26th, in Regina.
The tour will hit several major U.S. and Canadian cities, coming to a close on November 19th in Edmonton, AB.
Scythia is touring in support of newest full-length offering, "Lineage," featuring engineering from Nino Laurenne (Firewind, Finntroll, Wintersun, Ensiferum) and Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Powerwolf), and mastering from Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Volbeat, Firewind, Apocalyptica). More...
2016 ushers in a new dawn for U.K. metal trio Dyscarnate. After a period of silence spent writing and dealing with personnel shifts due to the loss of longtime member Henry Bates, the group is set to return with a third album, new vocalist/bassist in Arceye's Al Llewellyn, and a union with Florida's renowned Unique Leader Records.
"We're stoked to be working on the new record with Unique Leader," says drummer Matt Unsworth. "Our style has continued to evolve from album to album and we feel Unique Leader is the perfect home for our new material. We can't wait for everyone to hear what we've put together for album three. It's got all the grooves and blasts our fans would expect but the whole thing is drenched in a fucking dark atmosphere. There's genuine progression from the last record to this one. There is no doubt in my mind that it will surprise more than a few people."
Dyscarnate's as-yet-untitled third full-length album will be released in 2017 with official details to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Three men, one purpose, one sound: always outnumbered, never outgunned. More...
The Brazilian heavy metal icons from Sepultura released a special EP titled "Sepultura Under My Skin" last year, with a cover created around images of different tattoos that the band's fans sent in.
To show the fan base more about the emergence of this release, the second part of "Sepultura Under My Skin - The Mediator UK Tour 2015" has now come online, edited and directed by D.O. Blackley.
Missed the first part? It's still online at YouTube here.
The unrelenting "Shrines Of Paralysis," the fifth full-length album from New Zealand's leading death metal unit Ulcerate, sees release through Relapse Records this Friday. Today the label is making the entire album available for streaming early - listen in below.
Ulcerate's headlining North American tour with Icelandic dissonance-mongers Zhrine and Montreal death metal quartet Phobocosm begins next week on the West Coast.
The tour begins next Wednesday, November 2nd in Los Angeles, and bulldozes its way through the continent for virtually the entire month, the final show hitting Brooklyn on November 29th. More...
Russian atmospheric/depressive black metal band Taiga is now streaming third studio album "Sky" in its entirety. The album was officially released on September 16th via Symbol of Domination, a sub-label of Satanath Records.
"Sky" tells the story about those moments in life when people are aware of their own insignificance and can not overcome the emotional pain. Everyday is torture for them, loneliness guards their cage where they feel there is no escape. In hope of change, they turn their eyes to the sky. You can grab your copy here. More...
Florida doom/stoner metal band is streaming another new track today: check out the freshly unleashed "Thirteen Zeros" below.
Swedish progressive metal act Evergrey premiered the new music video for the song "In Orbit," which features a guest appearance by Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen, over at Loudwire at this location (also available in the player below). The song appears on the band's latest album "The Storm Within," which is available via AFM Records. A review for the album can be read at this location).
Evergrey will embark on a North American tour with Seven Kingdoms, Need and Ascendia in Spring of 2017. News on dates and venues is expected very soon.
Check out "In Orbit" here:
Swedish death metal act Entombed A.D. - featuring vocalist LG Petrov - released a new music video for the song "Dead Dawn." The song is the title track of the latest album - which is available via Century Media Records.
Check out "Dead Dawn" here:
Check out Entombed A.D. live in Europe starting tomorrow. Dates and venues are as follows: More...
Eternal Idol - the new band of ex-Rhapsody Of Fire/Angra singer Fabio Lione, together with guitarist Nick Savio (ex-Hollow Haze) and young vocal rising star Giorgia Colleluor - is streaming the new song "Evil Tears." The song is the opening track from the upcoming debut "The Unrevealed Secret," which drops via Frontiers Music srl on December 2nd.
The track list is as follows:
1. Evil Tears
2. Another Night Comes (see music video here)
3. Awake in Orion
4. Is the Answer Far from God?
6. Sad Words Unvailed
8. Hall of Sins
9. Feels Like I'm Dying
10. A Song in the Wind
11. Stormy Days
Check out "Evil Tears" here: More...
Rockshots Records is proud to announce the signing of Greek hard rock act Nash B.C. The debut album "Burning Babylon" is expected to drop on December 9th. Check out the lyric video for the title track in the player below.
"Burning Babylon" contains nine powerful tracks of hard hitting guitars and catchy choruses! NASH B.C.'s sound will please both fans of sleazy hard rock and modern heavy rock! Imagine D.A.D meets Alter Bridge and you’ll get the picture of this power trio hailing from Thessaloniki.
“Burning Babylon” was recorded at Valve Studio (Firewind, Gus G) by Stratos Karagiannidis and mastered by Steve Nagasaki. Cover Art and layout was designed by Alan Fall and can be seen below.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Burning Babylon
2. Black Fire
3. A Thousand Ways
4. Sands Of Destiny
6. The Siege
7. Mortal Bindings
8. Hiding In Plain Sight
9. Seeking More...
Sydney four piece progressive metal act Hemina is preparing for the release of the third studio album, "Venus," on November 11th. A lyric video for the new song "Moonlight Bride" can be viewed in the player below.
"Venus" is an 80 minute concept album detailing and examining domestic violence, relationships, and individuality in the 21st century with a narrative arc to accompany and elaborate on their previous conceptual output.
Hemina combine hard hitting syncopated grooves and lush synth backwashes with multi-part vocal harmonies and blistering, memorable leads to create soundcapes full of emotion.
The band's first two albums "Synthetic" (2011) and "Nebulae" (2014) were met with critical acclaim traversing two different sides of the band's sonic spectrum from the complex and dark, to the concise and uplifting.
"Venus" sees that spectrum expand, offering flavors of what fans have come to expect in the past as well as a new palette and range of expression never before heard from the group.
From their ambitious "proggy" beginnings that shaped the first release, the band developed a more alternative and concise sound for album number two and have now found their sonic feet and what they feel is the definitive Hemina direction and lineup.
"Venus" has been the most collaborative experience so far, with all members contributing to the songwriting process. So although many of the flavors and sounds will be familiar to those who know them, they are most certainly are treading new ground and this is the most adventurous they have been. More...
Black Yet Full Of Stars - a new band with a fresh style of power and progressive metal with hard hitting guitars and a powerful voice - released a lyric video for the new song "Every Great Man's Ghost." The song appears on the eponymous debut release, issued last week via Rockshots Records.
"Black Yet Full Of Stars" was been produced, mixed and mastered by Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studios.
Check out the clip here:
Italian progressive rock/metal band Heretic's Dream premiered a new video for the song "My Epiphany," which is taken from the album "Floating State Of Mind," which was released earlier this year. The video was directed by 'Adriano Giotti' and can be viewed in the player below.
"The song is about the consciousness of a woman that strength she has been always looking for within the others must be found inside herself; that she needs to go on her own following her way."
The band just confirmed to play as support for Delain for two shows on January 20, 2017 in St. Petersburg and January 21, 2017 in Moscow, Russia.
Check out the clip here:
German progressive and technical death metal masters of Obscura are currently on an extensive European run with Revocation, Beyond Creation and Rivers Of Nihil.
Catch the bands live on the following remaining dates below: More...
Wormhole today premieres a new song entitled "Automated Distress Signal", taken from the band’s upcoming debut album "Genesis", which will be out in stores November 30th via Lacerated Enemy Records.
Check out now "Automated Distress Signal" below.
Hailing from Muggiò, in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, Blasphemer premieres the full-album stream of the band's brand new album "Ritual Theophagy", out in stores now via Comatose Music.
Check out now "Ritual Theophagy" in its entirety below.
"Ritual Theophagy" track list: More...
French black metal band Bahrrecht premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming second album "L’Aube Glacée" (frozen dawn) , which will be out in stores October 31 via German label Ketzer Records.
Check out now "L’Aube Glacée" in its entirety below.
Gwar has launched a $39,900 crowdfunding campaign over at Kickstarter here for a new comic book titled "Gwar: Orgasmageddon."
The planned five-issue series will be put together by writer Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Welcome Back, Critical Hit), colorist Marissa Louise (RoboCop, Escape from New York), letterer Taylor Esposito (The Paybacks, Red Hood and the Outlaws) and editor Brendan Wright (Archie vs. Predator, Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight).
Check out Gwar's promo video for the comic below: