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Last updated on April 16, 2014 at 12:39 PM ET
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Lacerated Enemy Records has expanded its roster with the recruitment of U.S. technical death metal outfit Reciprocal. The label comments:
"Merging influences from all over, traversing old and new schools, Reciprocal sounds like a hybrid of the best material from Necrophagist, Decrepit Birth, Psycroptic or even Death focusing on pushing the envelope yet retaining a semblance of nondetachable catchiness. The ambitious band will have its latest album promoted worldwide through Lacerated Enemy Records."
The new album is coming out on June 6th, 2014 and was recorded with engineer Zack Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California. Artwork for "New Order of the Ages" was handled by Jon Zig, and the track listing is as follows:
01. New American Century
02. Esoteric Agenda
03. Profit Before Protocol
04. Guilty Until Proven Innocent
06. New Order Of The Ages
08. Mystery, Babylon The Great, Mother Of All Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth
11. RIP (Memento Mori) More...
Germany's Unisonic, the band featuring ex-Helloween members Michael Kiske (vocals) and Kai Hansen (guitars), announced the release of the new EP "For The Kingdom." The EP will be issued via earMusic on May 12, 2014 on the following formats: CD, strictly limited 12" vinyl and digital download.
The artwork (shown below) was created by graphic artist Martin Hausler (who has previously worked with Unisonic on the band's debut album). It constitutes only a very small excerpt of the futuristic album artwork.
"For the Kingdom" was produced by bassist Dennis Ward and contains the fast album track "For The Kingdom," the exclusive song "You Come Undone" (only available on this release) plus four previously unreleased live songs: "Unisonic," "Never Too Late," "Star Rider" and "Souls Alive," which were all recorded at the Masters of Rock Festival 2012 in Czech Republic. More...
The organizers of the Helvete Underground Festival have checked in with the following announcement about the lineup:
"Renowned worldwide for the past 30 years, the Swiss black metal scene owes its fame primarily to bands like Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, and Samael. In parallel to the major formations mentioned above, the Swiss black metal scene did not know any peace between the formation of Hellhammer in 1982 and today. Quite the contrary.
"More than 30 years after its first black metal band was born, a handful of activists from Geneva’s underground culture are gathering to organize a major cultural event which focus is to rehabilitate and pay tribute to black metal, this hidden part of Switzerland’s musical heritage.
"Therefore, it’s with infinite honor and pleasure that we announce you the full line-up for this very unique three-days celebration.
"With the likes of Darkspace, Borgne, Bölzer, Rorcal, and many more, we intend to pay tribute to the greatest facet of the Swiss underground black metal scene.
"Extreme music fanatics worldwide: welcome to the Helvete Underground Festival. Please reserve the dates - October 2-3-4 - and organize your trip to Geneva, Switzerland, for this is going to be one of the greatest extreme music festivals of the year."
New York City's ominous black/death/doom quintet, Grey Skies Fallen, will open the gateways to the band's most epic and expansive album in its seventeen-year history on April 29th, 2014, with the release of "The Many Sides Of Truth."
Today, another single from the record has been set loose. Listen to "The Flame" in the player below, courtesy of Sea of Tranquility.
As with the band's five previous studio works, Grey Skies Fallen will independently unleash "The Many Sides Of Truth" on multiple formats April 29th. The band will directly publish the album through all digital platforms, and in CD and LP runs of 300 copies each. The Travis Smith-designed cover art for the record has been redesigned in three separate color schemes.
Grey Skies Fallen has also confirmed a local release show for "The Many Sides Of Truth" on Monday, May 12th at The Acheron in Brooklyn. This hometown gig will feature direct support from the henchmen in Buckshot Facelift, the brutalizing grind/death faction in which three of the members of GSF share double-duty, as well as local acts Hypoxia, Lysura, and Lucid Terror. Additional live performances will be announced in the coming days.
The album's track listing is:
1. Ritual of the Exiter
2. Unroot Transparent Being
3. The Flame
4. Of the Ancients
5. Isolation Point
6. End of My Rope
7. Winter Hand More...
Polish death metal act Vader released a lyric video for the new track "Where Angels Weep." The song appears on the new release "Tibi Et Igni." The album is set for release on May 30th (EU), June 2nd (UK) and June 10 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Go To Hell
2. Where Angels Weep
3. Armada On Fire
4. Triumph Of Death
6. Abandon All Hope
7. Worms Of Eden
8. The Eye Of The Abyss
9. Light Reaper
10. The End
12. Des Satans Neue Kleider
Check out "Where Angels Weep" here: More...
Iniquitous Savagery released the debut MCD "Compelled By Perverse Immorality" via Grindethic in 2012.
Now the death metal band plans to head to Sound Lodge Studios in Germany in October to work with producer Jörg Uken (Defeated Sanity, Cerebral Effusion, Sinister) on a follow-up release.
Further details are forthcoming, and in the meantime, check out the new promo single "Propagating a Pestiferous Enmity" below.
After posting the "Kill Zone" video, U.S. thrash outfit Black Magik has a new clip out for the title track to "The Conjuring of Three," which can be seen below.
"The Conjuring of Three" is duee out on April 22nd and follows previous albums "Words of Prophecy" (2012) and "The Apocalypse" (2013). The track listing is as follows:
1. The Conjuring of Three
3. The Urge
5. I, Eternal
6. Corporate Metal
7. Kill Zone
9. The American Way (Sacred Reich Cover)
10. Black Magic (Slayer Cover) More...
During the last few days rumors have been swirling the web that AC/DC would finally be hanging up its hat and calling it quits. Now the band has issued the following brief announcement about parting ways with Malcolm Young and continuing on with new music:
"After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.
"In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music."
Stay turned for further statements from the band. AC/DC was also previously covered in the "Monsters of Rock" edition of our Sunday Old School column here.
Finnish outfit Mors Subita has released a new studio video clip from the band's time working on an upcoming second album titled "Degeneration."
Check out this new vocal recording footage in the YouTube player below. You can also follow the band's recording process and see photos of the new lineup over at the Mors Subita Facebook profile here.
Winnipeg's death metal troopers in Psychotic Gardening have teamed up with NoCleanSinging.com for the premiere of latest track "Origin of The Infection," taken from forthcoming album "Hymnosis." Listen to this latest song below.
"Hymnosis" is set for release on May 13th and follows 2011's "Humanitorium" and 2007's debut "Hürdür." The band returns in 2014 with new material and the return of Chuck Labossiere after he filled in with Broken Hope for tour dates in Europe and Canada. The album features nine heavy hitting assaults sure to bang skulls with its full-throttle, go-for-the-throat execution. More...
As Southern California death quintet Skinfather is readying for the release of debut LP, "None Will Mourn," to see release in one week via Streetcleaner Records, today the entire record is now playing online. Check it out below, thanks to Revolver Magazine.
Skinfather will join Iron Lung and Bone Sickness supporting Nails' West Coast tour running from May 1st through 5th. Later this year, Skinfather and Nails will invade the East Coast, with that tour and additional live actions to be locked in the coming weeks.
5/01/2014 The Echo - Los Angeles, CA w/ Nausea
5/02/2014 Constellation Room - Santa Ana, CA w/ Violent Reaction, The Flex
5/03/2014 Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA
5/04/2014 Star Theatre - Portland, OR
5/05/2014 El Corazon - Seattle, WA w/ Gag More...
Greek symphonic metal act Meden Agan posted a lyric video for the new track "Embrace the Sorrow." The song will appear on the band's new album "Lacrima Dei," which will be released in September 2014 via No Regrets Records. The album is the first release with new vocalist Maya Kampak, who joined the band in 2013. The band also made available the song "Divine Wrath," which can be heard over here.
Check out "Embrace the Sorrow" here:
Scottish pirate metal act Alestorm announced that the next installment in piracy will be entitled "Sunset on the Golden Age." The track list and cover artwork can be seen below. The album will be released via Napalm Records on the following schedule:
August 1st: GAS, FIN & BENELUX
August 4th: UK & Rest of Europe
August 5th: USA/CAN
August 6th: ESP/NOR/SWE
The track list for the album is:
1. Walk The Plank
3. Magnetic North
4. 1741 (The Battle of Cartagena)
5. Mead from Hell
6. Surf Squid Warfare
7. Quest for Ships
8. Wooden Leg!
10. Sunset on the Golden Age More...
Canada's biggest death metal export, Gorguts recently undertook one of the best extreme metal tours of 2014. Sponsored by Decibel Magazine, Gorguts joined Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder and Noisem. After a mind-blowing set, band founder and guitar shredding extraordinaire, Luc Lemay joined me for an interview in Mohawk club's green room. In the following video interview we discuss this massive tour, the band's new drummer and the influence Death imparted upon Gorguts. Video by "The Montopolis Thrasher" Victor Guerrero (The Black Dahlia Murder plays in the background).
Rex_84: How is the tour going so far?
Luc Lemay: Amazing! Good stuff.
Rex_84: How do you like touring with these other bands? This is the first time you've toured with all of these bands, right?
Lemay: Yes. Everything is great. It's been super fun. Everybody is nice. It's perfect. I can't complain.
Rex_84: How do you feel about the difference in style for each band?
Lemay: Killer! You have Noisem who brings this grindcore aspect to the tour. You have us (unintelligible). Black Dahlia has this...(grabs a handful of air) very heavy stuff. They bring the hardcore fans. And then you have Carcass. They've been around for so long. It's perfect. There is something for everybody.
Rex_84: And Gorguts is in the middle spot on the bill. Is this the placement throughout the tour?
Lemay: Yes, we have the second spot.
Rex_84: How do you feel about playing this spot?
Lemay: It's perfect. Whatever spot, we get to play. We get to be part of this.
Rex_84: Carcass is a legendary band.
Lemay: Dude, yes! They sound awesome!
Rex_84: Was Carcass an early influence on Gorguts?
Lemay: Well (shows hesitation in response)...we always listened to their music. Did they influence our stuff? Maybe when we started, even then, I don't know because I had "Reek of Putrefaction" and "Symphonies of Sickness," but I don't think Gorguts ever sounded like Carcass. But I was always a fan. I have those records on vinyl. I have the Peel Sessions on vinyl. Do you remember those Peel Sessions?More...
Breaking out as an extreme metal band is nigh impossible no matter where you come from. But when your home country happens to be Australia, you're about as cut off from the mandatory North American and European touring circuits and irreplaceable markets as you can get. So, bands from the antipodean nether realms that flirt with metals harshest borders seem to go one of two routes. One, they build up a good following at home, covering massive spans of distance between isolated cities on red-earth continent and hope the hometown hype machine is enough to catapult them overseas on the strength of a European or American record deal. It got King Parrot signed to Candlelight and over the U.S. It got Psycroptic signed to Nuclear Blast, which sent them all over the world. Adelaide/Newcastle grinders Captain Cleanoff have also manged to tour both the U.S. and Europe on occasion. This is by no means a comprehensive list of Australian bands that have managed to tour outside the borders of their kangaroo and koala-infested homeland. More...