German thrash metal legends DESTRUCTION have officially welcomed Randy Black (ANNIHILATOR, PRIMAL FEAR) into the fold, after a gruelling probation that involved an extensive tour and many shows around the globe.
Randy will make his official debut as the band's new drummer at the Wacken Open Air festival on August 3.
Randy said: "After a recent successful tour of Asia, Australia and a handful of great festival shows, I'm very happy to announce my position as the new drummer for the thrash metal legends DESTRUCTION!
"35 years running! Try to wrap your head around that!
Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of Polish death/black metallers HATE.Buszko stated about the new deal: "'You are judged by the company you keep', the saying goes and if that is true, then we shall be judged extremely favorably.
"We are very proud to announce our signing to Metal Blade Records, a label that is as synonymous with metal as the invention of the distortion pedal.
A pre-production recording of a new HATE song, "Path To Arken", can be streamed below.
"Excommunicated", a brand new song from Florida death metal veterans DEICIDE, has been released and can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's long-awaited new album, "Overtures Of Blasphemy", which will be released on September 14 via Century Media. The follow-up to 2013's "In The Minds Of Evil" was produced by Jason Suecof (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, TRIVIUM) at AudioHammer Studios in Sanford, Florida. The cover artwork was created by Zbigniew M. Bielak (GHOST, PARADISE LOST, MAYHEM) and can be seen below.
Long standing New York death metal legends Pyrexia have returned with their newest and arguably most devastating album Unholy Requiem. The record, which will see a September 14th release date via Unique Leader, was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Subsonic Audio by guitarist Chris Basile and shows the band returning to their filthy, pulverizing, classic sound.
Basile said of the album, This album is definitely the band returning to its roots. Its dirty. Its raw. Its punishing. Its us. Its a hungry Album and we fed it a strict diet of pain, sweat, and blast beats.
Not to be dismissed as a simple throwback album however, Unholy Requiem shows that PYREXIA still absolutely dominate the brutal death metal sound that they helped give birth to. These 8 slabs of blistering, pulverizing menace show a band that are still still pushing themselves forward, determined to continue raising the bar for extreme music. This album with all of it's pummeling groove and signature riff laden violence is nothing less than pure sonic vitriol. PYREXIA have proven once again that they deserve every accolade and have further cemented themselves at the top of the brutal death pantheon.
Unholy Requiem track listing
1. Angels of Gomorrah
2. Blood to Ash
3. Moment of Violence
4. Path of Disdain
5. The Annointed
6. The Fall of Eden
7. Unholy Reqiuem
Pre-order bundles for Unholy Requiem and new tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
The German band Calliophis presents the second album, which comes after a long break. Between the debut album "Doomsday" released in 2008, that received well-deserved positive response, and the new release many concerts in Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Austria were played, the band took part in the legendary Doom Shall Rise Festival, and appeared in a number of thematic compilations. And now, after returning to studio activity, the band brings down to the listener its second album, "Cor Serpentis", proving high skills and creativity of the musicians who not only managed to consolidate their style found at the debut album, but also to master it in the studio, achieving a dense sound and musical perfection of all compositions. Powerful guitars, deep growl, and a combination of atmosphere and stiffness is what should all fans of high-quality doom death metal expect from this release.
After six long, harsh years of absence, the mighty PIG DESTROYER have reassembled to eradicate eardrums and split skulls with their highly anticipated sixth full-length opus, entitled Head Cage (named after a grisly medieval torture device). A visceral vortex of animalistic rage and extreme sonic brilliance, Head Cage is a true work of extreme metal art, that with the addition of a bass player, is hands down their most dynamic and heaviest recording to date. Across twelve tracks, PIG DESTROYER weave together harrowing tales of philosophical dualities, touching on mortality and depression, fear and violence, and the darkest complexities of the human condition, all told through the distorted lens of delightfully transgressive vocalist/lyricist JR Hayes. Musically, the band continues to push the boundaries of metal, grindcore, noise and punk, ramping up the intensity and leaving you bludgeoned in a state of utter shock, all in less than 33 minutes.
The official video for the song "When The Jackals Come" from New York death metallers IMMOLATION can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's latests album, "Atonement", which was released in February 2017 via Nuclear Blast.
"Squalor Opera", the new video from ABORTED, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album, "TerrorVision", which will be released on September 21 via Century Media Records. The artwork was created by Pär Olofsson (EXODUS, IMMOLATION, IMMORTAL) and can be seen below.
SOULFLY has set "Ritual" as the title of its new album, tentatively due in October via Nuclear Blast.Fan-filmed video footage of SOULFLY performing a new song called "The Summoning", which will appear on "Ritual", on June 28 in Zwolle, Netherlands can be seen below.
Death metal veterans SIX FEET UNDER have released a new album of previously unreleased material, titled "Unburied", via Metal Blade Records. Produced by frontman Chris Barnes and mixed/mastered by Chaz Najjar at Badlands Recording in Denver, Colorado, the collection features nine tracks from the "Undead" (2012), "Unborn" (2013) and "Torment" (2017) sessions.
Barnes comments: "I feel 'Unburied' is something special and interesting to release that is different, being that this is our first digital-only release and the songs are all in their rawest and earliest form. It was also a shame for the songs to just sit there and go to waste; I knew the fans would dig them, and also everyone involved worked so hard writing and putting them together !
Dutch death/black metal band SISTERS OF SUFFOCATION has inked a deal with Napalm Records.
The band members said: "We are very proud and excited to announce that we have signed with the mighty Napalm Records. We are very happy to be working with them and are looking forward to releasing an album with them soon!"
Philip Anselmo dedicated a cover of the PANTERA classic "Slaughtered" to Vinnie Paul Abbott during Thursday night's (July 5) SCOUR concert at the Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland. Anselmo simply stated, "This is one for Vince," before launching into the song from PANTERA's 1994 album "Far Beyond Driven", widely considered the heaviest metal record to ever reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Former MALEVOLENT CREATION frontman Bret Hoffmann has died after a battle with stage 4 colon cancer. He was only 51 years old.
The news of Bret's passing was revealed by his wife, Kimberly Karan Hoffmann. She wrote on Facebook: "Today is the saddest day of my life. I just lost my soulmate, the love of my [life]. My best friend has passed away. I will always love [you], RIP, my love."
MALEVOLENT CREATION guitarist Philip Fasciana paid tribute to his former bandmate, writing on Facebook: "Can't believe my best friend/brother has passed away! 40 years of friendship and 30 years of playing music together. There will never be ever anyone I loved more than Bret Hoffmann and writing music and traveling the world with. He was truly the best friend I ever had and will miss him deeply. R.I.P. my brother!!!!!"
Singaporean Black Metallers INFERNAL EXECRATOR have announced the new full-length album as Obsolete Ordinance.
In a span of four years since the band released their debut album, INFERNAL EXECRATORs sophomore record features some of Black Metals prominent musicians; Sacrilegious Rite frontman Ex Ipsis-Mors , Ludo Lejeune aka Ludo Evil and Infernal Vlad of Cult Of Fire all contributing guest spots on Obsolete Ordinance.
The street date for the Obsolete Ordinance CD version will be released on 27th July 2018 and the vinyl version will be released sometime at the end of September 2018 with a few colour variants..
The tracklisting for Obsolete Ordinance are as follow: