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Last updated on February 12, 2016 at 1:44 PM ET
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19 news articles posted today (and counting...)
With the release of Oceans Of Slumber's "Winter" on the horizon, the band shows the world yet another cut with "Turpentine." The band comments:
"...and now to the other side of what we do, we bring you all the boudoir vibe and the delta blues sounds of 'Turpentine.' A song that combines our furthest influences with our most primal, this is the opposite side of our extreme metal leanings and our Prog tendencies and the ultimate result of the Bayou City that helped spawn what we are today."
The Century Media Records debut, which also marks Oceans Of Slumber's sophomore full-length release, will see a worldwide release on Friday, March 4th 2016.
In advance of Nuclear Blast debut, "Ode To The Flame," Germany's extreme metal duo Mantar releases the first single "Era Borealis" - listen in below.
"Ode To The Flame" will be released on April 15th via Nuclear Blast. Mantar will also inundate the band's native Germany with an exclusive run of release shows this April, with further tour dates to be announced in the near future.
4/14/2016 Doom Over Leipzig - Leipzig, DE
4/15/2016 Schaubude - Kiel, DE*
4/20/2016 FZW Club - Dortmund, DE*
4/21/2016 Schlachthof - Wiesbaden, DE*
4/22/2016 B58 - Braunschweig, DE*
4/23/2016 Stockrock - Hagen, DE
4/29/2016 Desertfest - Berlin, DE
5/07/2016 Volksbad - Flensburg, DE*
5/13/2016 Post Valley - Gießen, DE
5/27/2016 Freak Valley Festival - Siegen, DE
5/28/2016 Visbek Rockt - Visbek, DE
*record release show More...
Montreal, QC based Éohum (pronounced ee-o-um) formed in 2010 as a traditionalist cultural band produced from the mind of guitarist Jeremy Perkins to create a relentless, anthemic groove-tinged black metal to emphasize a message clearly depicting people's lack of interest in the past relationship we held with nature and our ancestral ways.
Unleashing debut “Revelations, Aurora Of An Epoch” in 2015, Éohum returns in 2016 with latest offering "Ealdfaeder" set for release on March 18th. The EP was recorded at Chris Donaldson’s (Cryptopsy) “The Grid” with a special guest recording from drummer Simon Mackay of The Agonist on tracks 2-4-5.
This mini album also features a line up with band founder Perkins on guitar along with the return of Annie Perreault on French horn/flute, guitarist Sylvain Dumont, vocalist Barrie Butler, plus new comers bassist Cesar Franco and drummer Luca Belviso.
Check out first single "The Apathetic Plague" below. Band founder and guitarist Jeremy Perkins comments: "'The Apathetic Plague' is the track I am most proud of, the arrangement and overall producing came out strong and clearly depicts Éohum sound as a whole with our full lineup and new skin!
"The message projected in this song lyrically reveals our main message and thematic in this EP; being the loss of interest and connection between human cultures and the environment they are from in our greed filled, corrupt world of today. Apathy runs deep replacing our roots and ancestral symbiotic ways!" More...
French metal band Eths today provides the first details on a new album. The quartet will release "Ankaa" worldwide on April 22nd and is streaming footage from the recording sessions below.
Eths also just announced a string of headlining shows in France beginning on March 4th at Avalanche Festival. Stay tuned for more info on "Ankaa."
Mar. 4 Salvan, FR @ Avalanche Festival
Mar. 5 Paris, FR @ Petit Bain
Mar. 19 Guyancourt, FR @ La Batterie
Apr. 2 Les Pennes Mirabeau, FR @ Jasrod
Apr. 8 Epinal, FR @ La Souris Verte
Apr 23 Oignies, FR @ Le Metaphone
Apr. 24 Arlon, FR @ Entrepot
Apr. 26 Grenoble, FR @ Amperage
Oct. 1 Decines Charpieu, FR @ Warm Audio More...
"The new Mindtech EP is out today! We are proud to finally share 'Edge of The World' with everyone. Five songs written and played with passion. Heavy riffs, double bass drumming, stunning vocals, soaring guitar solos and lots of melodies.
"Support the band by buying it on iTunes, and you will have the digital booklet included for lyrics, credits and the kick ass artwork. And, let us know what you think."
The EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Edge of the World
2. Black Heart
3. The Quest
4. Lost In a Dream
5. Misery More...
Valleys is pleased to unleash debut full-length concept album, "Experiment One: Asylum," to the masses today! In celebration of the release, the entire album can be heard below.
"Experiment One: Asylum" tells the story of main character Asylum, who battles with multiple-personality disorder stemming from a dark personal tragedy. Each track on the album explores a different personality, weaving the listener through a mind of severe mental illness with a dynamic, heavy soundtrack.
While excited for the release of their debut album, the men of Valleys are still mourning the recent loss of their vocalist, 23-year-old Mikey Clement, who tragically passed away on February 5th in a car accident. More...
We all get a little mad sometimes ...
Belgium's gore-mongers, Aborted, has just vomited forth the cover artwork for the upcoming full-length album, "Retrogore." Have a look at the pure horror below and keep in mind... that guy in the mirror could easily be you!!!!
The highly detailed artwork was masterfully crafted by Christopher Lovell.
"Retrogore" will mark Aborted's ninth studio album and will see a worldwide release in April of 2016 through Century Media Records. After delivering two seriously drenched and critically acclaimed albums in the form of "Global Flatline" (2012) and "The Necrotic Manifesto" (2014) (see review here, Aborted has returned to not only deliver another album jam-packed with ferociously ripping brutal death metal but also surpass all expectations with what could be considered the most mature and diverse album to date.
Don't fear though, the berserker drums of Ken, the virtuoso guitar skills of Mendel and his new partner Ian, JB's jackhammer bass as well as the possessed growls, shrieks and squeals of commander-in-chief Caluwé are all still prevalent, but this time, Aborted has added a good portion of epically-crushing atmosphere throughout the twelve tracks found within "Retrogore." Who dares wins! A first glimpse into the new material will be launched soon, so stay tuned! More...
Finnish melodic death metal act Omnium Gatherum is streaming the new track "The Pit." The song will appear on the forthcoming release "Grey Heavens," which is due out February 26th via LifeForce Records.
The full track listing is as follows:
1. The Pit
3. Frontiers (see music video here)
4. Majesty and Silence
7. The Great Liberation
8. Ophidian Sunrise
9. These Grey Heavens
10. Storm Front
Check out "The Pit" below: More...
German power metal act Sinbreed released a music video for the new track "Moonlit Night." The song will appear on the upcoming new release "Master Creator," which is set for release on February 26th via AFM Records.
The track list for the album is:
1. Creation Of Reality (see music video here)
2. Across The Great Divides
3. Behind A Mask
4. Moonlit Night
5. Master Creator
6. Last Survivor
7. At The Gate
8. The Riddle
9. The Voice
10. On The Run
Check out "Moonlit Night" here: More...
German thrash legends Destruction have announced that the band's new release will be entitled "Under Attack." The album is set to drop May 13th via Nuclear Blast Records.
Bassist/frontman Schmier commented: "Our planet was never so under pressure. It cracks everywhere and the respect for our home and the people seem completely lost. So the dismal prognosis of crime bosses."
"You can hear the typical style out immediately, but we have added some new nuances," confirmed Schmier. "Many say our music direction can not evolve, I can see very different."
More information on the album is expected soon. A teaser clip can be heard after the album's artwork depicted below: More...
Megascavenger is known for having big names guesting on albums and the latest one is no exception. The new album "As Dystopia Beckons" will be issued via Selfmadegod Records on March 1st.
The album will again feature a star-studded line up featuring band members of Hail of Bullets, ex-Massacre, ex-Mantas, ex-Benediction, ex-Bolt Thrower, Echelon, Fleshcrawl, Entrails, Sinister, Crypticus and others, all of whom play an important role in forming the sound of the band. Unlike ever before, Rogga Johansson, who is helming this project with authority and confidence, uses industrial sounds bring a futuristic, bold image which few bands dare to go for. While most stick to the tried-and-tested sound of bands like Cannibal Corpse or Suffocation these days, Rogga here is able to successfully meld the powerful and mighty death metal sound with the futuristic industrial touches reminiscent of bands like Fear Factory, The Berzerker, Godflesh and even Strapping Young Lad. The result is jaw-dropping old school death metal metamorphosed into something that retains the right elements while taking a huge step forward - this could very well mean a quantum leap for the whole state of death metal, and will definitely go down in history as a very important and significant release.
The lineup and track list is as follows:
1. Rotting Domain (Feat. Sven Gross of Fleshcrawl)
2. The Machine That Turns Humans Into Slop (Feat. David Ingram of Hail of Bullets, Echelon, ex-Benediction, ex-Bolt Thrower)
3. Dead City (Feat. Jocke Svensson of Entrails)
4. As The Last Day Has Passed (Feat. Teddy Möller of Loch Vostok, The Experiment No.Q, The Hidden)
5. The Hell That Is This World (Feat. Kam Lee of ex-Massacre, ex-Mantas, Bone Gnawer, The Grotesquery)
6. Dead Rotting And Exposed (Feat. Brynjar Helgetun of Crypticus, Johansson & Speckmann, Just Before Dawn)
7. Steel Through Flesh Extravaganza (Feat. Adrie Kloosterwaard of Sinister)
8. The Harrowing Of Hell (Kam Lee ex-Massacre, ex-Mantas, Bone Gnawer, The Grotesquery)
9. As Dystopia Beckons More...
Greek thrash act Suicidal Angels announced the impending new release "Division in Blood." The band stated in the announcement: "Here we come with some great news for all you maniax out there! Below you may find the official press release, revealing the cover and the title of our new record. The 6th official studio album is followed by a breathtaking cover, which Mr. Repka created once more. 'Division of Blood' it is, armed to the teeth, marching to enter your speakers and blow them off! Stay tuned for more, we come back soon with extensive details!"
"Division of Blood" - the follow up to the highly acclaimed 2014 album "Divide and Conquer" - will be released on May 27th via NoiseArt Records.
The stunning cover artwork (shown below) was created by acclaimed artist Ed Repka Illustration (Megadeth, Death, Municipal Waste).
The band added: "Against the odds of the times (that we live), against gods, masters and slaves, the “Division of Blood” marches on and kills! Another incredible piece of art from Mr. Repka, follows our official 6th studio album. The banners of the Moshing Crew raise high and the legions are ready to unleash all the passion and the flame. Join the forces to clear the path, one is the way, no side loss just wrath!" More...
Finnish melodic metal quintet Sonata Arctica announced that the band is working on the follow up to the 2014 album "Pariah's Child" (see review here). The band will also tour 9 European countries with support from label mates Twilight Force.
The new album is due for release in October via Nuclear Blast, stay tuned for more info. As with "Pariah's Child," the as yet untitled upcoming ninth studio album will be recorded at Studio 57.
Keyboard player Henrik ‘Henkka’ Klingenberg commented: “As far as the musical direction of the album, it's really too early to say how it will turn out. Having said that, I expect the usual Sonata Arctica trademarks to be found on it. We will however get this album completed in time for an autumn release and we'll tell you all more as things progress..."
Sonata Arctica commented on the EU tour announcement: “We're all really looking forward to finishing our new studio album and taking the songs on the road. This time we'll start in Europe and the UK before heading on to the rest of the world. As always, you can expect an energetic show with new material as well as some old favourites.”
Henrik continued: "At the moment we're taking a break from the recording of our 9th studio album and heading out with Nightwish for a couple of months in North America. When we get back we're more or less going straight into the studio to continue working on the album." More...
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Bardus has hooked up with Clermont-Ferrand noisemerchants Solar Flare Records -- label home to Pigs, Sofy Major, American Heritage, Fashion Week, The Great Sabatini and more -- for the April release of the band's upcoming new release "Stella Porta."
"If the Melvins, Eyehategod, Unsane, and Queens of the Stone Age all somehow co-fathered some ungodly offspring" -- as written by Metalsucks -- is an accurate description of what Bardus sounds like. Formed in 2011, Bardus has been daring listeners to define their sound, which has been described as "genre-defying impetuosity" by Heavy Planet. Citing heavy, sludgy, groove, psychedelia, noise rock influences, the band continues to challenge listeners.
Following their debut full-length, Solus, self-released in 2013, Bardus has been creating a name for itself through solid DIY touring and supporting national acts abroad. Through their hard hitting style of music, Bardus has continued to develop a sound of their own, as proven on their newest album, "Stella Porta."
Solar Flare Records will issue "Stella Porta" on CD and digitally on April 1st, and preorder packages are available at this location.
The track listing for "Stella Porta" is:
1. Smoke Bath
3. Sky King
7. Clandestine More...
Blackened thrash metal act, Bloodthirst, has revealed more details on the upcoming mini-album, "Glorious Sinners," which is set to drop on April 8th via Pagan Records. Check out the artwork and track list below.
The material was recorded at Left Hand Sounds studio and will include five brand new tracks. The release was recorded at Left Hand Sounds studio. Kontamination Design is responsible for the cover artwork, which can be views below.
“The history of the papacy is full of dark chapters written in blood, corruption and immortality of those who professed to be the highest representatives of their god.” The lyrics along with the artwork create a concept exposing of the deceitfulness of the Vatican hierarchy.
The track list is as follows:
1. The Viper's Nest
2. The Reign Of The Antichrist
3. The Masterpiece Of Lie
4. No God Shall Stand Before The Pope
5. Sacco di Roma More...
Frontiers Music Srl is proud to present the debut album from Shiraz Lane entitled "For Crying Out Loud," which will be released on April 15, 2016. Today sees the release of the band's first official video for the song "Wake Up," which can be viewed in the player below.
Guitarist Miki Kalske commented on the video: "The 'Wake Up' music video is a pretty straight forward, epileptic, at-your-face band video which goes along well with the message and feeling of the song. The video was filmed on a theatre type stage, set up to a gloomy atmosphere illuminated by a net of LED lights on the background, which makes our high-energy pouncing around look almost ghostlike. The whole process was a lot of fun, plus it serves as an intensive cardio workout to jump around on stage like a maniac for a whole working day."
Vocalist Hannes Kett added: "As the song title suggests, we want everyone to wake up and find the courage to read between the lines, to open our eyes to everything happening behind the scenes, to see that life is not all sunshine & rainbows. If we choose to be blind to all the mistakes we've made, we'll never learn and find ourselves living in a world filled with hatred, lies & confusion. We're all part of the cycle of life, for better or for worse; the hands of time will have us all eventually. Let us not be afraid of breaking the box we live in, let us find peace of mind in our every day lives. Let us Wake Up."
Swedish fantasy power metal act Twilight Force has signed on with Nuclear Blast Records.
The foundation for what is now Twilight Force was laid out in 2011, with a quest to bring back the golden age of epic symphonic power metal. By combining strong melodies with orchestral arrangements and fast tempos, Twilight Force wanted to create an intense and memorable listening experience; immersing the audience in a magic universe filled with wonder, heroic tales and mesmerising mythical worlds. Using their vast experience from previous musical endeavours, their classical training and technical proficiency, they started working intensely and meticulously in their studio in the heart of Sweden, the Twilight Forge. The music took shape and grew from the depths of their hearts, and the basis of the songs swiftly came into existence. Hence, the first ever adventure metal album – "Tales Of Ancient Prophecies" - saw the light of day in 2014. In the wake of their successful first release, and two glorious tours across Europe with Sonata Arctica and Gloryhammer, Twilight Force have returned to the Forge to craft their second opus. The conquest has merely begun...
The band commented: "Sound the Horns of Triumph! It is with great exuberance that we can finally reveal that a legendary Scroll of Allegiance has been sealed. Twilight Force have entered into a pact with Nuclear Blast, and will henceforth stand proudly alongside venerable acts such as Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Sabaton and Blind Guardian. This wondrous covenant will unlock magic portals to kingdoms unknown, and help us guide humans and kindred spirits alike into our mystical glorious realm. So, now is the time to rejoice! The Knights of Twilight's Might shall rise!" More...
Greece’s Stheno and Germany’s World Downfall premiere the full-album stream of their brand new split 7", out in stores now via Everydayhate Records.
States Everydayhate Records about its latest release:
"German - Greek friendship at its finest! A grindcore/crust/death/black metal sonic attack is provided with this split release! Two grindcore/death metal tracks made by the old-school German killers World Downfall, who break the ice after a long musical pause. They come crushing down, straight to your face! Stheno continues to move on the blackened path with a grindcore/black metal/crust blend, offering a four-song Greek punch; blackened sonic hooliganism especially for you, freaks!"
Check it out now in its entirety below.
Walls Of Jericho premieres a new song entitled "Relentless", taken from the upcoming new album "No One Can Save You From Yourself", which will be out in stores March 25th through Napalm Records.
Check out now "Relentless" below.
Says frontwoman Candace Kucsulain of the track: More...