"Non Serviam: The Official Story Of Rotting Christ", a full-length book created by ROTTING CHRIST frontman Sakis Tolis and Dayal Patterson (author of "Black Metal: Evolution Of The Cult", "The Cult Never Dies Vol. One" and "Into The Abyss"), will be released in late November via Cult Never Dies. The book will contain extensive interviews with Themis Tolis, Jim Mutilator, Morbid, George Tolias, George Emmanuel and members of other bands, including WATAIN, MAYHEM, ENSLAVED, MOONSPELL, BLASPHEMY, MYSTIFIER, SEPTICFLESH, BEHEMOTH, MACABRE OMEN and IMMOLATION.
ROTTING CHRIST recently entered the studio to begin recording its brand new album, to be released in early 2019 via Season Of Mist. The disc is being produced by vocalist Sakis Tolis. Jens Borgen (AMON AMARTH, KREATOR, DIMMU BORGIR, OPETH, KATATONIA) will again take on the job of mixing and mastering.
ROTTING CHRIST's "Their Greatest Spells" was released in March via Season Of Mist. This double-CD compilation features a best-of selection approved by Tolis as well as the new track "I Will Not Serve".
Nuclear Blast has announced the signing of Greek symphonic death metallers SEPTICFLESH to a worldwide deal.
"We are honoured to have signed with one of the world's leading record labels, Nuclear Blast Records," commented the group. "SEPTICFLESH has always been a hard-working band looking to the future while keeping traditional elements and utilizing a modern and dark feel to our music. We needed someone who would understand this and we are happy to have found our new home with Nuclear Blast. In the meantime, our latest album, 'Codex Omega', continues to gain ground worldwide. We will keep touring in support of it and prepare for the conquests set before us."
SEPTICFLESH plans on releasing its Nuclear Blast debut in 2019.
"Mt. Skull", the new video from PIG DESTROYER, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's first album in six years, "Head Cage" (named after a grisly medieval torture device), which will be released on September 7 via Relapse Records.
Celebrating their 35th anniversary this year, Canadian progressive sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD will release their new studio album, "The Wake", on September 21 for via Century Media Records.The official video for the album's opening track, "Obsolete Beings", can be seen below. The clip was directed and edited by Eric Massicotte and Pierre Duplessis.
The North West, U.K.-based blackened death metal sextet HECATE ENTHRONED whose "brutal epic scornful metal" has earned extensive acclaim over the past two decades has signed a worldwide recording contract with the American label M-Theory Audio. The group plans to release a new album their sixth full-length, and first in five years in January. More information about the recording will be revealed in the coming months.
Midwest death metal titans JUNGLE ROT have released the Dustin Smith-directed video for the song "Send Forth Oblivion". The track is taken from the band's self-titled album, due out July 20 via Victory Records.
"Jungle Rot" track listing:
01. Send Forth Oblivion
02. Delusional Denial
03. A Burning Cinder
05. Fearmonger (feat. Schmier)
06. Stay Dead
07. Glory For The Fallen
08. Pumped Full Of Lead
09. Twisted Mind
10. Terrible Certainty (KREATOR cover)
"Fearmonger" features DESTRUCTION vocalist/bassist Schmier lending his shrieking throat as JUNGLE ROT vocalist/guitarist Dave Matrise lays down a counter-guttural growl lower than Dante's gates of hell.
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.