Grindcore masters Pig Destroyer have released a never before heard EP entitled Mass &Volume. This EP is dedicated to the memory of Pat Egan and to the loving family that he left behind. Artwork was created by Arik Roper. The EP is available for purchase at Bandcamp. This is the only format that this EP is available in and all proceeds of this recording will be donated to the college fund of Pat Egans daughter, Katie.The band spoke about Pat and the EP release:
Pat Egan was a friend and a keystone member of the Relapse family for many of the years we have been involved with it. He devoted his life to supporting underground music and he immeasurably helped develop the bands he worked with. His untimely passing on February 18 2013 shocked the many people that his life and work had touched.
This EP was written and recorded during the final day of the Phantom Limb sessions with unexpected extra studio time and resources.
Swedens legendary death metal masters The Crown have published the following statement regarding the recording process for the follow-up to the bands critically acclaimed album, Doomsday King(2010):
A lot of things are happening with The Crown at this very moment. We are in the middle of recording a true masterpiece. Marko is more or less done with his rhythm guitar work and Magnus has started with the bass stuff. He recorded a bass track for one song today before we all got together and filmed a small jingle for our Japanese friends. Only three months until we hit Japan for the very first time. We are extremely excited about this. Hopefully well see YOU there. Last but not least, we are very proud to announce our new lineup. Yes, we have a new member in the band. His name is Robin Sörqvist and he fits the band more than perfectly. You have probably heard him in the band IMPIOUS before. Hes got the lead guitar skills and the will to kick ass, just as the rest of us. Please embrace Robin with a big and loud HELL YEAHHHHH!!!!
New York death metal legends, Immolation have unveiled the artwork and track listing for their upcoming ninth full-length album Kingdom of Conspiracy. The cover imagery was brought to life by Pär Olofsson (Immortal, The Faceless, Abysmal Dawn).
The figures in the artwork have all been bound and chained and have their eyes and mouths sewn shut symbolically, showing the chilling of speech and the intentional blinding of the masses, explains guitarist Robert Vigna. They all make up the huge ominous structure behind them, which is symbolic of the growing security state as well as our failing structures today, and how they are slowly and methodically consuming and controlling us all. It has a very Orwellian feel to it, which is what we were going for since the album is very dark in a slightly different way.
In regards to Kingdom Of Conspiracys lyrical content he continues:
The album deals with the world today and the slow unraveling and breakdown of our societies and the systems and structures behind them. It speaks of the human side to all this and how we have all lost our way and have fed into these very systems that are slowly coming apart. This is the common thread running throughout the album and the cover paints a very dark picture of the future, where these systems have completely absorbed our world, and our freedoms and we have become a part of the very fabric of these structures that we have created. Each song is a symptom of this mass sickness that has brought the world to the point it is at now, and we paint a very bleak picture of this slow and gradual breakdown and the human failures that sped this process along. This is the Kingdom of Conspiracy.
The follow up to their 2010 release Majesty and Decay, will be released on May 14th in North America both digitally and physically via Nuclear Blast. The album was recorded at Sound Studios in Millbrook, NY with longtime producer Paul Orofino, and mixed-mastered by Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Decrepit Birth, Suffocation).
metal legends Hypocrisy
have just uploaded a short documentary about making-of the End Of Disclosure video clip, directed by Ville
Lipiainen (Nightwish and Amorphis fame), which recently took
place in Stockholm, Sweden. Watch the footage below:
As They Burn have released a music video for Dream Collapse, from their new album Will, Love, Life. An introduction to their blend of groove-oriented technical-death metal, Dream Collapse is an ode to crashing dreams and forgotten plans for the future.
Abiotic have got
together with director Dan Drescher, who filmed their
previous video Vermosapien, to
shoot a brand new video for Facades.
The videos release date will be announced later, but Abiotic has posted several images on their Facebook page.
"Alchemy Of Blood", the new video from Polish extreme metallers HATE, can be seen below. The track comes off the band's new album, "Solarflesh", which was released in North America on February 5 via Napalm Records.
Prosthetic Records will release "Gates To The Pantheon", the new album by German black/death quintet NEGATOR, in North America this spring. The CD will be made available physically on May 14 and digitally on April 23 to coincide with its European release through Viva Hate Records.
02. Bringer Of War
03. The Last Sermon
04. Serpents Court
05. Nergal, The Raging King
06. Carnal Malefactor
07. The Urge For Battle
08. Atonement In Blood
The band is currently offering a free download of the single "Atonement In Blood" using the SoundCloud widget below.
German thrashers ACCU§ER will release their new album, "Diabolic", on April 12 via Red Shift Music/H'ART. The CD was recorded in October/November 2012 at Gernhart studio with producer Martin Buchwalter (DESTRUCTION, PERZONAL WAR, SUIDAKRA).
The Norwegian Thrash Metallers from CRITICAL SOLUTION have just finished recording their debut album in ANDY LA ROCQUE's SONIC TRAIN STUDIOS in Varberg, Sweden.
Mid 2011, the band worked already with Andy La Rocque, when he produced and mixed their EP "Evidence of Things Unseen". Also, this time, Andy La Rocque is responsible for the production, recording, mixing and mastering of this upcoming full-lenght, which will contain 14 tracks !
CRITICAL SOLUTION is revealing today 2 very special guests who will appear on their debut album ! For their cover of Motörhead's KILLED BY DEATH, guest vocals are contributed by WHITFIELD CRANE (UGLY KID JOE) and ANDY LA ROCQUE (KING DIAMOND) delivers a guitar-solo on the same song !
The new album has a tentative release date for Spring 2013.
The band has uploaded a teaser for KILLED BY DEATH (feat. Withfield Crane & Andy La Rocque):
The Italian Death Metal band Hateful has just signed up with The Spew Records (a division of Punishment 18 Records). Thier second new album will be released before end of June. Hateful released their debut full-length album "Coils of a Consumed Paradise" in 2010 via Horrors of Yuggoth.
Pagan Records announces April 10th as the international release date for DEMONIC SLAUGHTER's brand-new album,Downfall. Hailing from Poland and featuring present and past members of Abusiveness and Blaze of Perdition the band has been creating a reputation since 2006 through the release of their three full-length albums as well as few EPs, as one of the most respected Black Metal bands in their homeland. Downfall, representing bands continued path of worshipping the old gods of Norwegian Black Metal, is by far is the most mature and accomplished material written by the band to this date. It consists of eight songs of cold, raw Black Metal with grim aura. DEMONIC SLAUGHTER delivers their requiem in honor of the final darkness and collapse of the mankind.
02. Labyrinth Of Lost
03. Dark Matter Constelation
04. Lightbringer - The Architect
05. Martwa Cisza
07. Planet Of Doom
08. Cold And Haunted
Premiere track Lightbringer The Architect is available below: