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Cattle Decapitation Unveils New Album

In 2012, Cattle Decapitation released "Monolith Of Inhumanity." Here we are, three years later, and now Cattle Decapitation and Metal Blade Records are pleased to unveil the band's magnum opus with "The Anthropocene Extinction," set for world wide release August 7th, 2015.

Bringing back "Monolith Of Inhumanity" producer Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cephalic Carnage), Cattle Decapitation returned to Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, eager to revisit the close collaboration that helped bring that record to life.

"Dave is a bonafide producer," elaborates vocalist Travis Ryan. "He's got a lot of great ideas and this time we heard him out pretty religiously because making Monolith... had worked out so well. We've always kind of co-produced our records with whoever we brought in, but these last two we did a lot more listening to what he had to say rather than just sticking with what we were saying. Sometimes we shot down his ideas and vice versa, but that discussion was always beneficial. He basically becomes the fifth member of the band at that point, and I think that kind of relationship is the best way to get anything out of anybody."

Cattle Decapitation also enlisted a surprising array of guests to help achieve this new vision: the one and only Philip H. Anselmo lends his throat to "The Prophets Of Loss" while recent signee to his Housecore Records label, fellow San Diegan and friend of the band, Author & Punisher, brings forth the industrial damnation as an intro to the track "Plagueborne." Additionally, Germany's dark metal misanthrope, Mr. Jurgen Bartsch of the almighty Bethlehem, lends a spoken word piece in his native tongue to the apocalyptic final track "Pacific Grim." The record also sees the band extending its collaboration with illustrator Wes Benscoter, who's handled the artwork for every Cattle Decapitation release since 2002's "To Serve Man."

"When we work with Wes, he becomes a member of the band," says Ryan. As always, Benscoter formulated striking imagery that conveyed the record's themes in unflinching style, the cover featuring a bloated and distorted corpse washed up on a beach, its torn abdomen disgorging a mass of waste plastic.

Check out the opening track, "Manufactured Extinct," in the player below. The full track listing is as follows: More...

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Arch Enemy Headlining Summer Slaughter 2015

Arch Enemy will return to North America this July/August to headline the 2015 installment of the Summer Slaughter tour.

Featuring Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, After the Burial, Cattle Decapitation and Beyond Creation as support, this tour will mark the band's second North American run on this album cycle - but the first stateside trek to feature new guitarist Jeff Loomis.

Arch Enemy founder and guitarist Michael Amott comments: "Very pleased to be returning to North America on our current 'War Eternal' campaign...It's an absolute honor to headline the 2015 edition of the legendary Summer Slaughter tour! See you all very soon!"

Dates are as follows (more to be added in the coming weeks): More...

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Slayer Announces New Album

It's official, after months of teasers, the godfathers of thrash are ready to officially unveil new album details.

The brand new, eleventh Slayer studio album, now announced to be titled "Repentless," is due out Tuesday, September 11th, 2015 (worldwide) via Nuclear Blast Records.

A brief teaser trailer is available below. Stay tuned for more info to come your way shortly. In the mean time let us know - how do you think this one will stack up, and will it be worth the wait or live up to older material with all the lineup changes?

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Fear Factory Finishes New Album

The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal from Fear Factory have issued the following update regarding their upcoming 9th studio release, "Genexus:"

“The sensation of finalizing our newest album is one of relief and joy, wrapped within a massive whirlwind of excitement. We really feel this is a very special Fear Factory album. While being careful not to replicate ourselves, this album still has a very classic Fear Factory vibe that we feel will appease both old and new fans.

"The aggressive, melodic and industrial elements are all intact and shine more than ever. Burt and I produced the album with Rhys Fulber co-producing. Damien Rainuad and Giuseppe Bassi handled most of the keys and pre-production. We also enlisted the masterful metallic skills of Andy Sneap for an amazing mixing job! We would like to thank everyone who has been a big part in the making of this record. We can't wait for everybody to hear it.”

New album "Genexus" will be released on August 7th worldwide via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The record was co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber, along with Cazares and Bell and mixed by Andy Sneap. In support of the album, Fear Factory will also perform live on these dates: More...

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