Iconic Norwegian black metallers RAGNAROK have announced album details of their eagerly anticipated eighth studio installment, "Psychopathology". The record is set for release on 25th of March on Agonia Records and is now available to pre-order via the label's webshop. The band that has been active for over twenty years on the metal scene, have completed work on their new album in Endarker Studio (Sweden) with MARDUK's bassist Devo behind the console. Cover artwork made by Marcelo Vasco (Slayer, Machine Head, Dimmu Borgir) and track listing are available below.
Founder and frontman Jontho had this to say about fans can expect from the album: "Your wait will finally come to an end in 2016 when we release "Psychopathology", our eighth full-length album. I can say with absolute certainty that this album will be the best in RAGNAROK's career to date. It is the result of dedication, hard work, and the musical skills of our lineup, and is the next stage in the band's development, both musically and lyrically. "Psychopathology" is about to unleash total chaos upon you as it invites you to dive deeper into the dark recesses of the human mind".
Brazil-based thrash metal legion, BLACKNING, have finished the composition process of the follow up to their debut release "Order Of Chaos". Their yet untitled sophomore album is set to be recorded during February and March on studios Acústica and El Diablo, and will be released sometime in the middle of 2016.
Five years after an acclaimed Los Asesinos del Sur, Polish death black metal barbarians from STILLBORN attacking with a refreshed line-up and presenting a new full-length Testimonio de Bautismo. When others hide behind the veil of hypocrisy and conformism, they returns to spread the truth and spit venom...!!!
Seven new, furious, vicious and blasphemous hymns! In addition, a cover of Sodom and an instrumental march toward death! Thirty-three minutes of pure Death Black metal madness! Even more than ever Thrash metal fascination...
The album was recorded, mixed and mastered in May 2015 with the help of the sound engineer Ataman Tolovy (ex-Stillborn member).
Testimonio de Bautismo will be released in late February 2016 as a regular CD / Ltd. CD via Godz Ov War Productions. Full tracklisting and cover art are to be unveiled soon. For now, the band has posted a first single off the new album called Ancykryst. Listen to the song at this location:
Written and directed by guitarist Lee James Appleton, and brought to life by the talented Danny B of HVR Video, FOR ALL THE DAEMONS ARE HERE is, in Appletons own words a short art film, influenced by surrealist, psychological cinema, rather than a traditional Heavy Metal performance video. It follows a nameless protagonist who walks the path of sin, whose soul is plagued by habitual scepticism and desires a way out of his anguish to reach a more meaningful, divine existence
Vocalist Stephen John Tovey adds When it came to choosing which track to represent our album with Daemons was the lead candidate. It is a tale of pride coming before a fall. It also unveils a central feeling throughout the world within Our Father; that Earth is in fact Hell, all while inspiring Lees paranoiac internalising of the themes from which he created the powerful visuals you see accompanying our potent anthem.
OUR FATHER, which landed at #5 in Kerrangs 9 Extreme Metal Albums Youll Need in 2016, consists of 10 blistering tracks that discuss the concept of Satan as a creation of God, and the subsequent downfall of their relationship.
THE KING IS BLIND boast an impressive heritage, with members drawing from a wealth of experience in CRADLE OF FILTH, NEW MODEL ARMY, EXTREME NOISE TERROR, and ENTWINED. Fresh from a bludgeoning performance at Damnation Festival, and their recent UK run with Winterfylleth, the band hold an impressive set of notches on the touring post, including Temples, HammerFest and Bloodstock festivals, alongside support to Fen. The band are pencilling in further dates for early 2016 which will be announced soon.
Ukraine's number one Brutal Death Metal export FLESHGORE have just revealed the cover art of their 5th album entitled "Denial of the Scriptures" as well as an advance song and the complete tracklist for the album that is about to be released through Xtreem Music.
"Denial of the Scriptures" is an album that grazes perfection in terms of Brutal Death. The 9 songs here contained plus the PYAEMIA cover, are simply the best of the best that you can actually find within this genre. The killer production, skilled musicianship, the perfectly balanced song structures and the inhuman ferocity of the songs, makes of this album one of the highlight for this year and will for sure make the delight of any lover of bands like pretty reminiscent of bands like SUFFOCATION, DYING FETUS, SEVERE TORTURE, PYREXIA, PYAEMIA...
Tracklist for "Denial of the Scriptures" is as follows:
01. Talk to Me About God
02. Inception of Incursion
03. Stop the Possessor
04. Killing Relapse
05. Forgotten Knowledge
06. Bloody Hands of Aggressor
07. New Ordeal Comes Into the World
09. Denial of the Scriptures
10. Gorging on Mucus and Bile (Pyaemia cover)
Release date for "Denial of the Scriptures" is set for 19th of February through Xtreem Music.
French black metallers AOSOTH announced that they will be touring Europe in March 2016 together with Polish acts MGŁA and DEUS MORTEM. The tour will kick off on the 17th of March in Berlin, Germany. Detailed dates are available below.
The band comments on the tour: "Aosoth is very proud to be embarking on this new journey with our comrades of Mgła and Deus Mortem, spreading disease and death across Europe. We have full trust in our brethren making this series of tragic events happen, and in the fact that this will be harmful both to the audience and to us. See you on the road. Death conquers all".
AOSOTH's UPCOMING SHOWS:
28/2 - Netherland Deathfest, Netherlands
12/3 - Armageddon Descends Festival, Lithuania
Tour with Mgła and Desu Mortem:
17/3 Berlin/Germany - Blackland
18/3 Arnhem/Netherlands - Willemeen
19/3 Oberhausen/Germany - Resonanzwerk
20/3 Brussels/Belgium Magasin 4
21/3 Nantes/France - Ferrailleur
22/3 Paris/France Petit Bain
23/3 Colmar/France Le Grillen
24/3 Ettlingen/Germany JUZ Specht
25/3 Olten/Switzerland Provisorium 8
26/3 - Zwickau/Germany - Club Seilerstrasse (+ Infernal War)
Doom/crust/prog-infused death metallers USURPRESS have signed a deal with Agonia Records. The quartet from Uppsala, Sweden recorded their 3rd album, entitled "The Regal Tribe", during the fall of 2015 under supervision of rising star producer Lawrence Mackrory (FKÜ, Darkane). Its release date has been slated for 2016.
"The name Agonia is synonymous with integrity, originality and quality", says USURPRESS frontman, Stefan Pettersson. "We felt that to be able to compete with the bands already signed to the label we had to challenge ourselves and really step up our game. We decided early on to discard the traditional way of songwriting/arranging and compose The Regal Tribe one piece at the time, starting with the first riff in the first song and ending with the last riff in the last song. That way we hoped to avoid the album becoming repetitive and stale and instead more fluent and powerful. Listening back to the finished album, Im convinced we did the right thing. This is the album we have always sought to do".
Cover artwork, tracklisting and other details of the band's 3rd album "The Regal Tribe" will be revealed shortly.
Experimental French black metallers, SPEKTR, have teamed up with CVLT Nation for North America and VS Webzine for Europe, to reveal a new song, "From The Terrifying To The Fascinating", taken from their upcoming new album "The Art to Disappear", set to be released on January 29th via Agonia Records. Listen to the track here:
Deadly Carnage (Post-Black from Italy) have released a new official video entitled "Hole of Mirrors", the song in question anticipates "Chasm" the new EP of the band, due out in early 2016 to celebrate ten years of activity. The director of the video is Danilo Montagna, he is working with the band since their debut.
Manitou Springs, CO based AKHENATEN is a Middle Eastern black/ death metal project created in 2012 by the Houseman brothers as a side hobby to their full time band Helleborus. With all music arranged by Jerred and vocals done by his brother Wyatt, the duo are now are offering fans a FREE download of their track 'Ninurta: The Fall Of Anzu' from their recently released debut album 'Incantations Through the Gates of Irkalla' via Satanath Records (Russia), Murdher Records (Italy) along with Darzamadicus Records (Macedonia).
'As a token of our appreciation regarding the positive feedback surrounding this release, we are offering you all a free download of Ninurta: The Fall Of Anzu. Soon we will have shirts available with the accompanying illustrations by Dymond Starr. The artwork is a visual reflection the track as it depicts Ninurta slaying Anzu.' comments vocalist Wyatt Houseman.
Swedish black metal/post-rock wanderers, HYPOTHERMIA, are entering 2016 with fresh blood and touring plans. The group has officially welcomed bassist Phil A. Cirone (Craft, Kall, ex-Shining) into its ranks, and announced a headlining European mini-tour to take place this spring, in celebration of their latest album "Svartkonst" and new things on the horizon.
Phil had this to say about becoming a member of the band: "I consider it a great honor to have been granted the opportunity to add my weapon of choice to the Hypothermia arsenal. I will wield it with the utmost respect for this great art".Upcoming shows:
One man UK extreme metal wrecking machine Tom Reynolds has been making quite a name for himself of late with his incessant live appearances up and down the UK and knack for marrying a plethora of extreme metal sounds into one. Now having completed his next Foul Body Autopsy record, an EP entitled Perpetuated By Greed, like all its predecessors Tom has a message to deliver, and again, just like its predecessors, the message is as subtle as a JCB driving up a village main street. In his own words, "The concept behind the new Foul Body Autopsy record is... Everything Is Completely Fucked!".
Recorded at The Parlour Recording Studio (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, Evile) with producer Neil Haynes and featuring cover art from Coki Greenway, Perpetuated By Greed delves into environmental issues, and subjects on a broader scale in comparison to So Close To Dehumanization. The record features six tracks of blistering blackened death grind extreme metal, fast drumming, growls and pinpoint guitarwork.