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Moribund Records recording artists Pact, which has released two albums through the label (2012's "The Dragon Lineage of Satan" and this year's "The Infernal Hierarchies, Penetrating the Threshold of Night") has announced a name change to Pact Infernal. The newly renamed band comments:
"Pact will now be going by the name Pact Infernal to help usher in a new era of darkness and death. Antithesis will be handling the vocal duties, and session/live guitarist Dirge has joined Wretch and T as a full member of the band.
"Over the next several months, Pact Infernal will be taking a break from live appearances to put all their energies into writing and recording their third album, which is now deep in the works to be released on Moribund Records. The band also promises this to be their most hate-fueled and aggressive album to date. There will be hell to pay!" More...
Maverick will release new album "Quid Pro Quo" on November 28th, 2014 via Massacre Records, with pre-orders available at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Event Horizon
2. Snakeskin Sinner
3. Paint By Numbers (watch the video here
4. Got It Bad
5. In Our Blood
6. One More Day (Quid Pro Quo)
8. Rock 'N' Roll Lady
10. Last Addiction
11. Side By Side
12. Took The Night More...
Fabian "Fab" Regmann has joined Disbelief, and the band is already starting work on a new album with the working title "Full Of Terrors."
Further details on "Full Of Terrors" are forthcoming shortly via Massacre Records, and the band's current line-up is as follows:
Fabian "Fab" Regmann - Drums
Alex Hagenauer - Guitar
Karsten "Jagger" Jäger - Vocals
David "Dave" Renner - Guitar
Jochen "Joe" Trunk - Bass More...
Symphonic black metal outfit Synkvervet is streaming new track "The Horde," which comes off the "Trollspeil" album and can be heard below. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Horns of Vengeance
2. The Horde
4. Inner Sanctum
6. Ektet i Elven
8. Clearwater Diamonds
10. Vandrer Heden
German post-black metal outfit Heretoir has issued the following brief announcement about working on a new album:
"The second Heretoir album will be entitled 'The Circle.' It will see the light of day in 2015 and it will tell a story about the beauty but also the impermanence of our lives and everything we experience - everything that surrounds us..."
Stay tuned for further details on "The Circle," which are expected to be announced shortly.
To celebrate the release of a live CD/DVD this week, Dagoba has posted a track online recorded at the Hellfest 2014 in France.
Check out this version of "I, Reptile" in the player below, thanks to Noisey.Vice.com. The track originally appeared on the "Post Mortem Nihil Est" album that came out last year.
On the heels of Monday’s release of debut album “Children of the Iron Age,” the Colorado quartet Wayfarer has announced a series of tour dates across the Western U.S.
First, the band will perform a hometown record release show alongside Primitive Man on Friday (28th) before embarking on a week-long west coast jaunt on December 13th. Dates can be found below.
Guitarist Shane Handal commented, “We are eager to return to the west coast in support of our record and storm the stage alongside many of the great bands the area has to offer. Always forward.”
11/28 Denver, CO – Hi-Dive (Record Release w/ Primitive Man)
12/13 Salt Lake City, UT – TBA
12/14 Boise, ID – The Shredder
12/15 Spokane, WA – “House Show”
12/16 Seattle, WA – Black Lodge
12/17 Portland, OR – Tonic
12/18 Sacramento,CA – Cafe Colonial
12/19 Oakland, CA – Eli’s
12/20 Los Angeles, CA – Five Star Bar More...
This coming Thursday, November 27th, Abhorrent Decimation follow in the footsteps of fellow U.K. death metal upstarts Unfathomable Ruination as the band enters João Onofre's "Box sized DIE," which is located outside The Gherkin in London.
After a Summer run, which featured Unfathomable Ruination, this one-off performance celebrates Onofre’s solo exhibition, Tacet, held at Marlborough Contemporary.
Abhorrent Decimation vocalist Ashley Scott comments, "The lads in Unfathomable Ruination put an incredible amount of work into the project earlier this year and made the stop in London such a success. We are delighted to step in for a single guest appearance this Thursday at 18:00. So if any of you are able to come down to the Gherkin and check it out, please feel free to do so. We will be doing just one performance in the box, only playing NEW material from our debut album in the soundproof box before it is shipped away to another destination."
"Box sized DIE" is the work of João Onofre and consists of a large hermetically sealed soundproof steel cube in which the Portuguese artist invites a local death metal band to play inside of. The band perform inside the cramped space with all their equipment both with the door open, and then with it closed.
When opened an audience can hear and see the band perform but when closed the audience cannot hear nor see them. The interesting part is that the band are limited to the performance length because when closed oxygen eventually runs out forcing the band to escape the box for air. According to Onofre, the installation, which is situated in the heart of the business district in London, is meant to symbolize the office buildings that surround the box, filled with cubicles, impossible to know what’s going on inside from the exterior. More...
Gathered under the banner The German Panzer are three musicians hailing from Teutonic and traditional metal roots: vocalist and bassist Schmier (Destruction) guitarist Herman Frank (Accept, Victory) as well as drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (Accept).
The first Panzer onslaught entitled "Send Them All To Hell" will be out November 28th via Nuclear Blast and was mixed and mastered by VO Pulver at Little Creek Studios in Gelterkinden/Switzerland.
Today the band has released a new trailer including excerpts from the upcoming music video "Death Knell." Check it out below. You can also catch a lyric video for the new track "Mr. Nobrain" over at this location. More...
Colombian outfit Sacred Goat has released a new music video online in anticipation of the upcoming "Sinful Self" album.
The music video for new track "Hierophany Torture" was directed by Andrés Burgos Pineda and can be seen in the YouTube player below.
Heavy doom-rock outfit The Skull - featuring Trouble members Eric Wagner and Jeff "Oly" Olson - has announced a December U.S. tour to promote the band's debut record, “For Those Which Are Asleep."
The album was released worldwide this month (November 4th) via Tee Pee Records. Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
December 11 – 31st Street Pub - Pittsburg, PA
December 12 – Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
December 13 – The Foundry Concert Club – Lakewood, OH
December 14 – Rock Star Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
December 15 – The 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN
December 17 – Fubar – St. Louis, MS
December 18 – Brauerhouse Lombard – Lombard, IL
December 19 – Reggies – Chicago, IL
December 20 – the Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI More...
Quebec’s progressive dark metal band Moonlyght has officially announced its new line-up for 2015, as well as the release of third album "Return to Desolation," that will come out via Blast Head Records in 2015.
A new song to herald the upcoming album will drop in November. The band comments: "Prepare yourself for more than 1 hour of pure progressive and extreme dark metal from Moonlyght! Our third album will be released by the Canadian label Blast Head Records at the mid-2015. We will be able to give you a release date very soon, as well as all details concerning the album."
The band's new lineup consists of:
Sébastien Robitaille – Vocals/Guitars
Luc Gaulin – Drums & Percussions
Christian Jacques – Bass
Fred Bedard – Lead Guitars
Thierry Nadeau-Cossette – Keyboards
Ophidian I has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new track for streaming:
"We are thrilled to share with you this new song that gives a sneak peak into our sophomore album which is currently in pre-production. We present: Whence They Came!"
"Whence They Came" was mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren/Castle Ultimate Productions and can be heard below.
Secret Service Records has announced the signing of Brazilian female-fronted thrash metal band Autopse.
The group's new album will be released in March of 2015, and today an advance music video for the track "Fear And Death" can be seen below.
Portland, Oregon's Lord Dying will release a new album entitled "Poisoned Altars" on January 27th, 2015 via Relapse Records.
The album was recorded with Toxic Holocaust's Joel Grind (Black Tusk) at Audiosiege Studios in Portland, OR and is the direct result of the relentless work the band put in the past 18 months grinding it out on the road touring non-stop with the likes of Red Fang, Black Tusk, Corrosion of Conformity, Valient Thorr and more.
Today the first song from the album "A Wound Outside Time" has been made available to the public. Check it out below. Front man Erik Olson comments:
"We are excited to premier 'A Wound Outside of Time,' a song about confronting your demons and addictions and not being afraid to head into the darkness regardless of the outcome. Hopefully we all persevere. Enjoy! "
The album's track listing is:
1. Poisoned Altars
2. The Clearing at the End of the Path
3. A Wound Outside of Time
4. An Open Sore
5. Offering Pain (and An Open Minded Center)
6. Suckling at the Teat of a Shebeast
7. (All Hopes of a New Day)...Extinguished
8. Darkness Remains More...
Having recently locked a deal with Forcefield Records for the release of debut full-length, "False Light," Virginia's Unsacred just unloaded the first auditory rapture from the album via CVLT Nation (also available below) with the crushing track "Plague."
"False Light" was recorded by Ricky Olson and mixed by Bryan Walthall and Ricky Olson at Rusty's and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege Engineering. The track listing is as follows:
1. False Light
5. Void Part II
7. Cage More...
Sweden's Zavod has released a new four-track EP online for streaming, which can be heard below, and the band also comments:
"Good evening friends! We have released 'Tsar' EP on YouTube. It will be released on spotify, itunes, amazon, deezer and google play within 7 days. We thank everyone for the endless support and we hope you'll find the absolute ZAVODKA-feeling in the new songs. Cheers."
Intervals, which released "A Full Voice Within" earlier this year, has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:
"Hey everyone, Aaron here.
"We would like to take a minute to get you guys up to speed on things. It is with a heavy heart, that we announce to you all, that we have decided to part ways with our singer, Mike Semesky.
"To give you some background, Mike initially joined the band, filling in on bass guitar when the band was still strictly an instrumental entity. With a few tours under our belts with Mike, we realized that we all shared a chemistry, and decided to entertain a curious desire of all of ours, which was to write our debut record, with a vocalist.
"Writing and recording A Voice Within was a gratifying and enlightening experience and touring in support of that record with Mike this past year, has been nothing short of spectacular. With that said, we have reached a fork in the road that is this journey, and have come to an amicable parting of ways. We wish Mike the best in future endeavours and beyond.
"Since the beginning, Intervals has always been about sharing the joy and passion we all have for music, together. When things began, I had one song and no clue what I was doing or what the future held. You all welcomed the sounds I hear in my head with open ears, minds, and hearts. Your warm reception and encouragement made it possible to have connected with Anup and Lukas and fully realize the band's potential as well as giving us the ability to tour and play music for you all.
"We are nothing short of grateful to all of you and will continue to do so. When we announced the addition of a vocalist to the band, initially, it was met with mixed emotions. However, this past year, we have enjoyed nothing more, than to connect with you guys, not only musically, but beyond that. We live for that vibe we all feel, when we're sharing a verse or a chorus, together. Those are the tangible moments that keep us constantly yearning to make music what we live for. More...
Agnostic Front will enter Buzzbomb Sound Labs on December 5th to begin recording an 11th studio album.
The session will be handled by Paul Miner (Terror, H20, etc.) who will be engineering, mixing and mastering the release. Artwork and layout will be handled by artist Todd Huber, who also works with vocalist Roger Miret’s clothing-line American Made Kustom.
"We are excited to be working with Paul Miner at Buzzbomb Sound Labs on our new record which we are calling The American Dream Died,” comments Miret. “ This recording promises to be mean, fast and furious; with elements of our classic styles, adding chaotic blasts of real old school hardcore!" More...
Norwegian extreme/prog band Enslaved today offers the sixth installment in the seven-part “Diary of Mad Men” series shedding insight into the band’s upcoming as-yet-untitled thirteenth studio album, set for an early 2015 release.
“It’s our last day in Duper Studios before we move across the hall into Solslottet Studios for the next Metal Olympics event: Grutle’s vocals!” states an enthusiastic Ivar Bjørnson, Enslaved’s guitarist & composer. “It has been a great week and the best possible start for this process that will end up in some kind of epic release early next year. Today I’ve been laying down some e-bow Fripp-worship, some atmospheric guitars so soaked in reverb and echo that the speakers are wet, some Mellotron keys, and even a line or two of the good old piano.”
“It’s more aggressive,” adds album co-producer Iver Sandøy about the new material, “balancing the progressive feel of the previous few albums with a more evident nod to the band’s darker history.”
The new album will follow Enslaved's 2012 progressive black metal opus "RIITIIR" - be sure to check out our review at this location.
As the countdown to "Greying" ticks on, The Banner unveils one more of the new album's songs. Stream "Circle of Salt" below, courtesy of Metal Injection.
"Greying," The Banner's third full-length (and first since 2008!), hits stores December 9th on Good Fight Music. Fans can pre-order the LP, CD, and various merch options now from Good Fight's official store. "Greying" was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Putney (Body Count, The Acacia Strain) and Randy Leboeuf. See the band live:
Feb 15 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ E-Town Concrete, Vision of Disorder More...
RPG metal band Dethlehem will drop new album "Destroyers Of The Realm" on January 6th. The heavy metal warrior’s new album was mastered by Jens Bogren (At The Gates, Opeth, Amon Amarth).
A NSFW video for the face-melting track “Oathbound” can be seen below, thanks to Metal Injection. The new album's track listing is as follows:
03. Interlude I - Seeking the Soothsayer
04. Shadow Remnants of the Guardian Shield
06. Interlude II - Curse of Goblintown
07. Final Voyage of the Gobblinaught
08. Mystic Island
09. Interlude III - Approaching the Boss Battle
10. Dark Tower
11. Planetary Collapse More...
After releasing a lyric video for "Killing Time," Laugh At The Fakes has posted a new lyric clip for "Death Awaits," taken off the album "Dethrone The Crown" released earlier this month.
"Dethrone The Crown" was produced by Greg Dawson and mastered by Andy VanDette (Rush, Dream Theater, Kid Rock, Deep Purple, Bruce Dickinson, Bif Naked) and follows the 2011 six song EP "One Night Only." The "Dethroned The Crown" track listing is as follows:
1. Not Like Me (6:27)
2. Death Awaits(4:52)
3. Cut To The Chase (3:36)
4. Killing Time (6:14)
5. Fighting Dirty (5:38)
6. Got No Regrets(4:03)
7. Harmonica Playing Man (6:15)
8. And I (6:56)
9. Dethrone The Crown (5:14) More...
Triphon just dropped a new album via Rockingham Records / The Orchard Enterprises, and now the band is streaming a bonus track from the release. Triphon comments:
"Our second full-length studio album Awaken has officially been released worldwide. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you all so much for the support and truly hope you enjoy our new music. We really couldn't do this without you.
"By popular demand, we posted the bonus track from the record. We had some fun while making the album and decided to thrash up A-ha's 'Take On Me.' Crank it up, cheers everyone!"
Italian dark metal band Lykaion and Finnish metal label Inverse Records are pleased to announce their cooperation. Inverse comments:
"The band's second album is called 'Heavy Lullabies' and it represents a firm step forward compared to the debut album 'Nothin' But death.'
"The result is a perfect balance between scratching sounds and straightforward melodies who will easily stick in your head after just one listening, in a perfect range from ballads to heavier songs."
The "Heavy Lullabies" album is scheduled to come out in February 6th, 2015 via Inverse Records. A lyric video for "Accept Yourself" can be found below. More...
"Cobre Verde" is the latest long player from Italian death metal draftsmen, Hideous Divinity. Released late last month via Unique Leader Records, "Cobre Verde" is a concept record based around Werner Herzog's 1987 film of the same name.
Tracked at 16th Cellar Studios (Hour Of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Vomit The Soul), "Cobra Verde" thrusts forth nine smoldering tracks of discontent, revulsion and unrelenting audio deviance and includes a guest vocal appearances by Nile's Dallas Toler-Wade on "The Alonest Of The Alone" as well as a ravenous rendition of Ripping Corpse's "The Last And Only Son."
Palm Reader has released a new music video for "I Watch The Fire Chase My Tongue," which can be seen below.
The video was directed and produced by Chris Porter at LifeisArtFilms and this is the first track to be released from the band's upcoming second album, "Beside The Ones We Love." The album is due out next year, with further details forthcoming.
Adding to an already packed winter touring season, Upon A Burning Body is pleased to announce an upcoming co-headline tour with labelmates Veil of Maya.
Presented by Revolver Magazine and appropriately dubbed the “Slow Your Troll and Know Your Role” tour, the run kicks off on January 8th in Atlanta, GA and will feature support from Volumes, Gideon and The Last Ten Seconds of Life. The tour ends with a bang in West Hollywood, CA on January 31st.
"Prolapse," the ravenous sixth full-length studio output from Chicago-based hardcore earthmovers, American Heritage, is now publicly available worldwide via Solar Flare Records.
To dispatch the news of its release, Decibel Magazine is running a stream of the entire LP alongside a track-by-track deconstruction of the album's six brand new originals and accompanying three cover tunes courtesy of the band.
Hear all the tracks off "Prolapse" in the SoundCloud player provided below. More...
The Polish metal Leviathans from Hate have joined the Hatefest Tour 2015, The unholy billing will be headlined by Six Feet Under (US) together with Marduk (SE), Vader (PL) and Hate.
Spacial guests on all weekend-dates will be Eisregen (DE) and Debauchery (DE). Dates are as follows:
02.04.2015 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser
03.04.2015 AT – Wien, Gasometer
04.04.2015 CH – Pratteln, Z7
05.04.2015 DE – Essen, Weststadthalle
06.04.2015 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
07.04.2015 DE – Lindau, Club Vaudeville
08.04.2015 DE – Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
09.04.2015 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
10.04.2015 DE – Geiselwind, Musichall
11.04.2015 DE – München, Backstage
12.04.2015 DE – Berlin, Postbahnhof More...
On the eve of its official unveiling via Housecore Records, today Revolver Magazine heaves forth Child Bite's "Strange Waste" EP in its mutinous entirety. Give it a listen below.
The latest collection of audio pandemonium from Detroit's punk/metal miscreants was self-produced at Russian Recording in Indianapolis, Indiana, and boasts a wholly bastardized hybrid of the Melvins, Dead Kennedys, Big Black, and System Of A Down.
Expands vocalist Shawn Knight of the EP overall, "We've always worked a bit backwards, usually booking the studio time prior to writing any of the music for any given record. It lights a fire under our collective ass, which helps with creativity. We work well with restrictions or parameters.
"This time we took it a step further and chose the release format [double 45 rpm vinyl] prior to writing. That's why all of the songs on Strange Waste are so short... we wanted each of the four sides to be under five minutes long. We treated this EP like an album; ten songs stripped down to the bare essentials." More...
Ingested just posted a lyric video for new song "The Divine Right Of Kings," which is taken from the death metal quintet's forthcoming album "The Architect Of Extinction." The album was mixed by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy).
Explains Jason Evans (vocals): "'The Divine Right Of Kings' is the first track of 'The Architect Of Extinction,' and it picks up the pace directly from where 'Revered By No One, Feared By All' ended. This is hateful narcissism of the highest order, drowning in crushing slams and machine gun blastbeats. The lyric video was made by Craig Gowans (Bleed From Within) and he’s done an incredible job. This is the perfect introduction to our new album, and we hope you have as much fun listening to it as we did creating it!"
"The Architect Of Extinction" is due to be released on January 12th, 2015 via Century Media Records.
Swiss progressive death-Djent combo Mycelia signed a worldwide deal for the production and release of their new album which will be produced by Wahoomi Corvi at Realsound studio during March 2015. The band is ready to record eleven brand new tracks, as new album's songwriting process is now completed.
Mycelia was founded in 2010 by members Mike Schmid and Marc Trummer who were trying to face the challenge of writing songs, not only way above the musical level of what they were used to play in former bands, but also by using influences from various musical genres and combining them to something fresh, original and yet beautiful. Inspired by artists such as The Human Abstract, Meshuggah or The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mike and Marc quickly put together a few songs, and were searching for musicians to play the second guitar, bass and vocals. It didn’t take long until they found Patrick Küng, Roy Sonderegger and Marc Fürer with whom they recorded their first songs and played the first concerts with great bands such as Carnifex, Veil of Maya, Suffokate and Maroon. More...
Norway's Wardruna, featuring ex-Gorgoroth vocalist Kristian Eivind Espedal (a/k/a Gaahl), had it's mesmerizing debut full-length, "Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga," reissued in North America, and is available now via Indie Recordings. Originally released in 2009, the album is the first in the band's stunning "Runaljod trilogy," a musical rendition of the twenty-four runes in what is often referred to as the "elder futhark."
"Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga" incorporates some of the oldest of Nordic instruments such as primitive deer hide frame drums, kraviklyra, tagelharpe, mouth harp, goat horn and lur, poetic metres and lyrics written in Norwegian, Old Norse and Proto-Norse tongue. Some of the recordings are captured outdoors or under circumstances of significance to each rune while other sources of sound like trees, rocks, water and torches are used. All of these elements are carefully woven into a rich musical landscape and complemented with whispering voices, melodic song and mighty choirs. Although Wardruna's sound shares characteristics with music typically labeled as folk, world and/or ambient, none of these genres can accurately describe their unique style. It truly must be experienced. Music from "Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga" is featured in the soundtrack to both seasons of The History Channel's "Vikings" series.
The track listing for the release is:
1. Ar var alda
5. Heimta Thurs
10. Algir - Stien klarnar
11. Algir - Tognatale
12. Dagr More...
U.K. symphonic death metal act Xerath released a new music video for the track "Bleed This Body Clean." The song is taken from the latest album "III," which is available from Candlelight Records. Check out our review for the release at this location.
Check out the video clip here:
Francesco Artusato of the Francesco Artusato Project presents a lesson video featuring "Our Dying Sun".
"Our Dying Sun" is the title track from the band's new album, which was released in October via Sumerian Records. You'll also find a transcription of the "Our Dying Sun" guitar solo at this location.
Explains Artusato (Devil You Know, All Shall Perish): "This is the solo from "Our Dying Sun". I start by playing a syncopated lick that superimposes a group of four over the 6/4 meter (m.2); this type of rhythmic dissonance (created via polyrhythms) sets the mood for the rest of the solo. The first long phrase that appears is based around the E diminished scale; it further incorporates additional chromatic notes that push the sound even more outside (m.3-4). Here, the rhythmic dissonance of the polyrhythm transitions into the harmonic dissonance of the diminished scale. This is followed by an ascending and descending sequence based around one of the two possible whole tone scales (m.5-6). I execute the ascending whole tone sequence via hybrid picking. The rising line which appears in the middle of measure 7 uses the other whole tone scale—when the last two sequences of whole tone scales are taken together, you get the entire chromatic set. One thing the solo achieves is to break down the chromatic scale into different types of symmetrical sets which form most of the phrases you hear here. Lastly, a tapping line moving up the neck chromatically in quintuplets closes out this entire solo."
You can now watch the lesson video below (courtesy of GuitarWorld).
Italian death metal grindcore outfit Hierophant releases it's new album "Peste" today via Bridge Nine Records.
You can now stream the entire album below.
The Faceless' frontman Geoff Ficco is streaming his black metal project YS' album "Vast". The album is about 30-minutes long and consists of two tracks.
The Faceless recently lost their rhythm section, bassist Evan Brewer and drummer Alex Rüdinger, and had to drop off the planned european tour with Protest the Hero and The Contortionist.
You can now listen to The Faceless' vocalist's black metal side project below.
Foscor a blackened avantgarde metal band hailing from Barcelona has more than a decade of experience in blending the best of 90ies black metal tradition with other classic and modern extreme metal styles to create an atmospheric and unique sound.
"Those Horrors Wither" is their 4th album and another step away from the confines of the black metal genre.
You can now stream the entire album below (courtesy of Decibel).