SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away at about 11 a.m. today (Thursday, May 2) near his Southern California home. He was 49. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.
Hanneman who in January 2011 contracted necrotizing fasciitis, likely caused by a spider bite, and has been undergoing surgeries, skin grafts and intense rehab since spoke to U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine in the fall of 2011 about his recovery which has seen him sit out an entire two years' worth of touring with the band.
Hanneman was kicking back in a hot tub with a couple of beers when noticed a spider bite him on the arm.
"Didn't even feel it," he said. "But an hour later, I knew that I was ill." On his way to the hospital, "I could see the flesh corrupting," he recalled. "The arm was real hot. I got to the emergency room, and thank god the nurse knew straight away what it was. By chance, although it's pretty rare, she had seen a case a little while before. At that point, I was an hour away from death."
Although the spider bite itself was not serious, it had caused bacterial infection in the deeper layers of the skin and tissues of the arm.
"Unbelievably, the doctor was a SLAYER fan," said Hanneman, "First thing he said to me was: 'First I am going to save your life. Then I am going to save your arm. Then I am going to save your career.'"
Hanneman underwent emergency surgery to remove the dead and dying tissue. The doctor was able to save the muscles and the tendons, but the guitarist had a large open wound on his arm. He spent the next two months in hospital, having extensive skin grafts and heavy doses of antibiotics to suppress the infection.
"I had to learn to walk again," Hanneman said: "I hadn't stood up for a month, apart from anything else. The skin grafts were very painful and all the muscles and tendons in the arm where very weak. That was OK, though. I count myself lucky that the nurse and doctor knew right away what had happened to me, because things could have been a whole lot worse."
At the April 2011 "Big Four" concert in Indio, California, Hanneman joined SLAYER onstage for a two-song encore, but he hasn't yet been able to tour again.
Dust N Brush, the technical death metallers from Siewierz (Poland) have reminded their fans and the whole metal world about their presence, with a new EP titled Exist for What Youll Die For. The EP is a prelude to the forthcoming second long-play to be released in 2014. The three new songs featured on this EP are a great example of modern technical melodic death metal with progressive influences, for fans of Beyond Creation, Within The Ruins, Veil of Maya, and Archons. The fans of the afore-mentioned should be pleased, when listening to this stuff.
The worldwide release of the EP will take place on 11th May, via bands social web profiles and platforms, such as bandcamp, 8merch, and many more.
The band commented on the release: All the time we have spent on the producing of this EP was not in vain. In the meantime, we were touring with Vader, Hate, and other bands, which was crucial for the changing of our approach to sound in general, switching more towards pure death metal. The last six months were a huge challenge for us, but nonetheless, we think that we have managed to put out the best effort to date. We are satisfied with the result and we surely cannot wait to read the first reviews. The new songs are brutal, complex, melodic, but also really mature. It is a huge step forward from Filth of Our Blood, and we predict that fans will have varying opinions about it. Anyway, see you all on tour and at festivals, and remember to let us know what you guys think about the record. In the fall, we are going to stop promoting the EP and focus on our next album. Keep your eyes and ears open (laughs)!
Exist for What Youll Die For was mixed and mastered in IX Studio (Poland), under the supervision of Michal Urgul Barski.
SORCERY has come to an agreement with Xtreem Music for the re-issue on CD of their legendary debut album from 1991 "Bloodchilling Tales" together with their previous 7"EP from 1990 "Rivers of the Dead", both with remastered sound for the first time and a totally revamped artwork and layout. This new re-issue comes under the title of "Legacy of Blood" and has been released last month by swedish labels To The Death & Blood Harvest on 12"LP vinyl format.
This album was out of print on its original CD version for a few years already and since the layout, sound and original cover were of poor quality, the band decided to give it a completely new look. However, original cover art both from the album, EP, photos and lyrices are being included on the new design for everyone's enjoyment.
SORCERY's debut 7"EP caused quite an impact in the swedish scene back in 1990 as well as their debut album a year later, being considered one of the leading Death Metal bands in their country together with acts like ENTOMBED, DISMEMBER, CARNAGE, GROTESQUE... creating their own sounding DM style with a devilish feel resulting on a cult album for any lover of swedish Death Metal.
Release date for CD version of "Legacy of Blood" will be May 10th. You can see the album cover on big size and listen to an album track below.
Belgian progressive death metallers IN-QUEST will release their eight album, "8 - The Odyssey Of Eternity", on September 1st. The follow-up to 2009s Made Out of Negative Matter was recorded, mixed and mastered at Split Second Sound with producer Jochem Jacobs (ex-TEXTURES). The artwork for the CD was created by Trine + Kim Design Studio.
Commented artwork designers Trine Paulsen and Kim Sølve: "The front cover illustration is an octagram and pretty much everything in the artwork is built solely upon an obsession with the figure 8 and eternity. We wanted the artwork to have some of the grandioseness that we feel the concept imply "
01. Enter Eternity of Lethargy
02. Taedium Vitae
03. Elliptical Orbits in Disbelief
04. Reiterated Cycles of Celestial Spheres
05. Neo-Pseudo Existence
06. Infinite Sleep for the Hollow
07. The Algorhythmic Alignments
08. Yearn to Return [liquidation fails]
The third in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the studio can be seen below.
IN-QUEST recently re-released 2009's "Made Out Of Negative Matter" digitally on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and others. A new version of "Stahlmacht" was added as bonustrack.
Swiss grindcore band MUMAKIL is preparing to expel an exceptionally punishing grindcore album of monstrous proportions with their recently completed third LP, "Flies Will Starve", nearing deployment late this spring.
Relapse will dispense "Flies Will Starve" on CD, LP and digitally on June 25 in North America, preceded by its release June 21 in Germany/Benelux/Finland and June 24 in the U.K. and abroad, in conjunction with new bursts of touring across Europe, Canada and beyond over the coming months.
01. Death From Below 02. Dawn Of Slugs 03. War Therapist 04. Fucktards Parade 05. Built Of Lies 06. Shit Reminders 07. Designed To Fail 08. Get Exorcised 09. Fresh Meat For The Grinder 10. Repudiate 11. Army Of Freaks 12. Hailing Regression
13. Cockroaches 14. Wrong Turn 15. Let The World Burn 16. Piss Off (Part 2) 17. Waste By Definition 18. Unfair For Whom? 19. Bring Them To Ruin 20. Begging For The Obvious 21. Redline 22. Blind Disciples 23. Betrayer 24. Behind The Mask
Bassist Slawomir "Mortifer" Archangielskij of Polish extreme metallers HATE died in his sleep on April 6 after suffering from a cardiac arrhythmia. The 27-year-old suffered from an irregular heartbeat and died of natural causes, according to a posting on the band's Facebook page. The group added: "It is also known that Slawek suffered from asthma and had problems with breathing whilst asleep (obstructive sleep apnea)."
In a new posting on HATE's Facebook page, the band says: "We would like you to know that we have decided to continue with the band and keep on doing our job as always. There is still a big hole in our hearts, but we do not want to focus on mourning over the tragedy. Instead, we decide to focus on the band and keeping it alive as well as all the ideas we shared with Mortifer. We treat what we do as a mission and we cannot see the end of it. On some shows to come, we will be accompanied by Mortifer's wife Alexandra on bass guitar. She has been in the business for some time and been involved in a few Russian bands before. As an experienced musician, she will undoubtedly manage on the stage with us. On other shows, we will be joined by Piotr Kolakowski (NEYRA), a talented musician who had previously been on stage with us as a session musician. The festivals below have been confirmed, but there are more to come soon."
Legendary spanish Brutal Christophobic Death Metallers CHRIST DENIED, who got reactivated in late 2011, have been hard working on their long awaited sophomore album after their acclaimed debut in 1996 "...Got What He Deserved" and various split CD's and their collection CD "Drink... Drink the Blood!" from 2004. This work has resulted in 8 new songs plus a cover song of IMPRECATION which will be featured on the new album that will be entitled "Cancer Eradication", that continues where the band left, combining all elements of their different recordings and for sure will not dissapoint any of their fans.
Recordings are almost finished and the album is expected to be released during the first days of June, right before the very first shows of the band in its history. Yes, CHRIST DENIED will perform live, something unthinkable until Roger Infected joined the band replacing David Nigger.
As soon as the recording, mixing & mastering process of the new album are finished, the band will post one advance song on their official Facebook as well, so keep an aye open for it!! The war against christian hypocrisy is fiercer than ever and CHRIST DENIED are already embarked on their second crusade to eradicate the worst cancer of humanity!!
The Death Doomer LAPSUS DEI have returned after a long silence of three years since their last album released this time under the Chilean label AUSTRALIS RECORDS.
"SADNESS REFLECTIONS" the title of this new album of 13 tracks in which it demonstrates a more mature and developed sound, dominated by rhythmic and harmonic sounds in conjunction with violent and heartbreaking breaks, all topped by growls and wrenching vocals.
"We are looking for an own sound and at the same time, our old and new fans can identify it as our style", says its leader and founder Rodrigo Poblete, "we wanted to make a conceptual album, but didn't sound boring or pretentious, and honestly I can say that it achieved to identify what we really wanted".
"SADNESS REFLECTIONS" is not a taken lightly album or appeared out from nowhere, in addition to the participation of five current members of the band, it is included the support of VIKA YERINOYEV (Pianos), ALEJANDRA LAVISSE (Violins and Violas) and FERNANDA AURISTONDO(vocals) for this recording. The actual line-up is JULIO LEIVA (Grunts and Vocals), RODRIGO POBLETE (Guitars), JORGE ALQUINTA (guitars), JUAN JOSE ULLOA (bass) and GABRIEL CARREÑO (drums)
Another aspect is the main art for which was elected the Czech master of visual arts VLADIMIR CHEBAKOV.
Swedish black metal outfit PEST revealed details of their forthcoming album out on Agonia Records. Band's fourth full-length entitled "The Crowning Horror" will hit the shops on the 18th of June in Europe and 9th of July in North America.
The album is preceded by a 7" EP titled "Black Oath c/w Morbid Revelations" released on April 16 worldwide. The limited version of the EP (bone white vinyl) is already sold out.
"The Crowning Horror" is PEST's first in 5 years time, highly anticipated album. It was mixed by Fred Estby (Dismemebr/Carnage/Necronaut) at Gutterview Recorders and mastered by Andy Jackson (Pink Floyd's engineer, Grammy nominee) at Tube Mastering, UK. The release will be available on a noble 8 panel digipack CD, digitally and on vinyl (first 100 copies on a solid, purple wax vinyl).
The band is recommended for fans of Bathory, Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Nifelheim or older Deströyer 666 and similar.
PEST commented: "After years of silence a new wave of black death will finally strike the world. The plague is upon us. Bring the darkness!"
Irish extreme metallers CHOSEN have posted a live in studio video of them performing their track 'Instinct' from their debut album 'Resolution' released last month and now available for FREE download via their official website. The album has received over 12,500 downloads since its release on March 30th.Produced by Alwyn Walker, 'Resolution' is a reflection of sheer perseverance and innovation, brimming with top-notch musicianship, well-crafted arrangements and inventive hooks. Merged with a rich audio production value, void of the sterile, homogeneous and plastic instrumentation factor, which currently dominates the commercial metal market, this debut album from one of Irelands noteworthy metal bands is a truly refreshing piece of work.
'Resolution' is also available in two special edition CD formats:
The Deluxe Special Edition is a double CD that features a 9-track bonus disc of unreleased songs, rough mixes, drum and bass tracks taken from their album sessions along with a detailed album booklet.
The Collectors Edition is a spawn of the Deluxe Special Edition that includes a beautiful 60-page, full colour soft cover booklet, extensive liner notes, lyrical themes and illustrations for each song, rare photos, studio diaries and more, all exhibited within an exquisite tapestry of expanded album artwork courtesy of Fiaz Farrelly making it a must have item for those who want something a little more tangible to add to their music collection.
Death Thrash metallers MORTAL FORM present the video for the song 'At Fever Pitch', the first track revelead from their new masterpiece "The Reckoning".Also you can download the song 'At Fever Pitch' on My Kingdom Music Soundcloud page.
Four years after the great success of "Taste Of Blood", MORTAL FORM are ready to come back with our new album titled "The Reckoning".
The album out on May 13th, 2013 on My Kingdom Music has been produced by Jörg Uken at Soundlodge Studio already at work with Sinister, Obscenity, God Dethroned, Fearer and it's a honest, original and well produced hellish Thrash Death Metal attack inspired by bands as Death, Arch Enemy, Kreator, In Flames and Iron Maiden.
From the darkest depths of 90's arrives one of the icon bands of Chilean Thrash Metal. DARKNESS, a foundation of old school with more than a hundred shows within the Chilean metalhead scene. After a long time and with AUSTRALIS RECORDS, the raw band of Thrash with Death Metal influences is back in order to release its official production for the first time, and is nothing less than his remembered debut demo "DEMO I" recorded in 90's that added to its modern-sounding EP 2012 shapes one of the most awaited albums of recent times. In more than 40 minutes, SUIVAN KONG (Guitar and Vocals), FRANCISCO CAUTIN (Bass), SEBASTIASN ORMEÑO (Guitar) y MARTIN VALENZUELA (Drums session) give new life to death and its scythe that in the 90's hit the metal scene of a troubled and metal thirsty country!
Swedish Deathgrind behemoths QUEST OF AIDANCE have announced their debut full-length album as "Misanthropic Propaganda". Belching out fourteen tracks of exceptional grinding, where both lyrics and artwork are based on the classic 80's sci-fi TV-series "V"; the group's first full-length effort is a major evolution prior to their previous two EPs.
The album cover artwork for "Misanthropic Propaganda" features the anomalous yet breathtaking trademark of Pär Olofsson (Immolation, Malevolent Creation, Coldworker, etc).
01. A New Storm Rising (Instrumental)
02. Seething Voids
03. Deadly Viral Strain
04. To No Avail
05. Section 34
08. Sothis Allegro (Instrumental)
09. Red Dust
11. Sirian Breed
12. Like Shadowing Suns
13. The 5th Column
14. Doom Reactor
QUEST OF AIDANCE have recently completed work on the music video for 'Anyx', a brand new track taken off from the new album "Misanthropic Propaganda". Watch the 'Anyx' music video below.