Swedish black metallers WATAIN entered Necromorbus Studio (UNANIMATED, DESTRÖYER 666) in Alvik, Sweden on January 3 to begin recording their fifth full-length album for an August release via Century Media Records.
The first in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Conceived In Sewage", the fourth album from Dallas, Texas-based death metallers DEVOURMENT, can be seen below. The CD will be released on February 19 in North America, February 22 in Benelux, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Finland, and February 25 in the U.K. and rest of the world via Relapse Records.
Captured at Mana Recording Studio in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, MORBID ANGEL), "Conceived In Sewage" proves to be DEVOURMENT's most eviscerating release yet, gushing with over thirty-three minutes of the band's hate-fueled, monstrous brutality.
01. Legalize Homicide
02. Fifty Ton War Machine
03. Conceived In Sewage
04. Fucked With Rats
05. March to Megiddo
06. Today We Die, Tomorrow We Kill
07. Heaving Acid
08. Carved Into Ecstasy
09. Parasitic Eruption
Commented DEVOURMENT frontman Mike Majewski: "This will be the deepest album we have done, for sure. Definitely expect the intensity, but also more thought-out song structures. I would say a bit of a throwback to old-school brutal bands, but with the signature DEVOURMENT elements."
DEVOURMENT's calling card is absolute brutality, and the band's three previous albums and international touring and festival appearance have made them one of the more-talked-about acts in the worldwide death metal underground.
Finnish melodic death metallers MYGRAIN will release their fourth album, "Planetary Breathing", on April 26 via Spinefarm Records. The CD was recorded during August and September at Sound Supreme studio with Janne Saksa, who previously worked with the band on their first two albums. The mixing and mastering was again handled by Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, BLOODBATH, NIGHTINGALE) at Unisound studios in Örebro, Sweden.
Argentina's MORTUORIAL ECLIPSE has inked a deal with Art Gates Records.
According to a press release, the three-piece from Cordoba, which has been in existence since 2007, "combines blackened death metal with symphonic compositions and ancestral resemblance, extended through dark and intense passages occasionally assembled into exquisite dramatic sections."
MORTUORIAL ECLIPSE's debut album, "The Aethyrs' Call", was recorded at Anger Vision and Vermin Studios in Cordoba. The CD was produces by Nefass, co-produced by Matias Takaya and mix and mastered by Arek Malczewski (DECAPITATED, BEHEMOTH) in Poland. It was released by Ishtar Gate Productions.
A nine-minute teaser for "Solarflesh", the new album from Polish extreme metallers HATE, can be seen below. The CD will be released in North America on February 5 via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2010's "Erebos" was recorded at Sound Division Studio in Warsaw with Filip "Heinrich" Halucha (VESANIA, DECAPITATED) and Arek "Malta" Malczewski (BEHEMOTH's sound guy). The effort was mixed at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland with producers Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawski (DECAPITATED, VADER).
01. Watchful Eye Of Doom
02. Eternal Might
03. Alchemy Of Blood
04. Timeless Kingdom
05. Festival Of Slaves
06. Sadness Will Last Forever
08. Endless Purity
10. Hatehammer (limited-edition bonus track)
11. Venom (limited-edition bonus track)
12. Fall Of All Icons (limited-edition bonus track)
German melodic folk/death metallers SUIDAKRA entered the studio to begin recording their new album, "Eternal Defiance", for a mid-2013 release.
Arkadius Antonik: "As on the previous two releases, it will be a concept album again, created by [famous Belgian graphic artist] Kris Verwimp in cooperation with us. Our new concept includes a lot of new elements and suprises which will be reflected in the music as well."
German black metallers IMPERIUM DEKADENZ will release their new album, "Meadows Of Nostalgia", on March 15 in Europe and March 19 in North America via Season Of Mist.
Tthe follow-up to 2010's "Procella Vadens" will feature the following track listing:
01. Durch Das Tor
03. Aue Der Nostalgie
04. Ave Danuvi
06. Aura Silvae
07. Der Unweg
09. Tränen Des Bacchus
Commented the band: "A travelling salesman, marked by a hard life, wanders lost in his thoughts over the high passes of the Black Forest. Despite all, he follows his path without hesitation through harsh landscapes and yet the mountains stand proudly and the epic scenery might even be called romantic. This cover reflects all the emotions, impressions and facets of IMPERIUM DEKADENZ. It is an imperial Black Forest symphony!"
"Species At War", the new EP from Finnish grindcore maniacs ROTTEN SOUND, is available for streaming in its entirety using the SoundCloud player below (courtesy of Inferno). Due on January 18 on CD, etched vinyl and digital via Season Of Mist, the effort was recorded at Nordic Audio Labs last summer and was mixed and mastered by drummer Sami Latva at Latva Studios.
02. The Game
04. The Solution
"Finding a strong label to release the EP and next full-length in Europe was our priority for ," ROTTEN SOUND vocalist Keijo Niinimaa said. "We are very excited about this deal with Season Of Mist and we can't wait to get back on the road with the EP. Take a deep breath, get exhausted with 'Species At War' and see you at the shows!"
Thrash metal combo from Albacete (Spain) "Toxovibora" reveal the artwork cover for their debut album. The artwork is an adaptation of the graphic designer "Lemut".
It was selected to represent the ancestral fear of the man, the snake. The futuristic influences are linked to the concept of the new wave of metal music. In this album there is a combination of the legendary thrash metal sounds of the '90 and modern influences such as the Groove.
The tittle of the album is "Primer Ataque" (First Attack) and represents the first impact of the band in a professional recording process. This name comes from the fact that this is the first full length from "Toxovibora", represented as the first attack of a snake.
In words of the band: "In our opinion, we reflected perfectly the sound that characterizes the band, a strong base, addictive and sharp guitar riffs, combined with a raw voice that spits conscious lyrics".
"Primer ataque" has been recorded in "La guarida de Kreggor" Studios, in Hellín, Albacete (Spain), by Pablo Alcazar.
The spanish release date is fixed for the 18th of February of 2013, and the 1st of March the album will be released in Europe and rest of the world through Code 7 and PHD Distribution.
Danish thrash metal band ESSENCE has returned from the studio presenting you their brandnew album "Last Night Of Solace". The winner of the Rock The Nation Award 2012 was working inside the infamous Abyss Studio with the legendary Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Tägtgren - hailed by many as the "Rick Rubin of Scandinavian Metal". With Last Night Of Solace ESSENCE made a major step forward, both sound- and songwriting wise. With every song the band deliver a very fierce mix between Destruction and Sodom. It´s a thrash metal bombshell par excellence!
ESSENCE comment on the new album: "Last Night Of Solace is very different from our last album. We have matured in our songwriting, our abilities and our expression. It is difficult to describe the album with words, but enormous covers a lot of what the listener will hear on the record. We needed to make this album the way it is today, because it is a statement and it will serve as a point of reference in the future. Also, we did what came naturally and all by itself to us. There is nothing forced on this album and it is just our clean personal energy captured on in 10 tracks. You can hear that the album is recorded in extreme sub-zero temperatures and in the middle of a frozen Swedish winter."
Now the band has unveiled the album cover of Last Night Of Solace
02. Final Eclipse
04. For the Fallen
05. Children of Rwanda
07. Dark Matter
08. Last Night of Solace
10. Fractured Dimension (bonus track)
"Last Night Of Solace" will be released on March 29th via NoiseArt Records and will be available as limited CD in slipcase incl. bonus track!
Brutal Western Canadian death metallers XUL have posted a lyric video for their track 'Mastication Of Putrescent Empyrean Remains' from their debut full length 'Malignance' released earlier this year, which they are also offering as a FREE DOWNLOAD as they currently work on their follow up EP.
Belgian progressive death metallers IN-QUEST have set "8 - The Odyssey Of Eternity" as the title of its much-anticipated new album, scheduled for a late spring release. The follow-up to 2009s Made Out of Negative Matter was recorded at Split Second Sound studio with producer Jochem Jacobs (ex-TEXTURES).
Commented IN-QUEST guitarist Douglas Verhoeven: "As the world didn't perish in 2012, we are back celebrating our existence' eternity with a massive concept album. For over a year, these songs and themes have been distilled and purified into perfection where everything is connected. I am proud to finally come out with the first of news about our new album. A dense, catchy, polyrhythmic 8 string cyclic opus which will for sure surprise a lot of our fans. A new sound, a redefinition or our core elements, and for sure a new form of aggression. Technical, rich and thick with typical IQ bombastic riffing, lyrical insanity and hypnotic melody work. Think heavy... beyond heavy!
Insiders have claimed the new album to be the missing link between 'The Comatose Quandaries' groove and 'Made Out of Negative Matter' compositional/technical prowess, all wrapped into one big insane ride."
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.
French Industrial/Ambient/Black Metal band SPEKTR has revealed a preview of "Cypher" - band's 3rd album that is coming out on the 5th of February in Europe and 19th of February in North Amercia on Agonia Records. The preview can be heard at THIS LOCATION.
"Cypher" is an experimental black metal album, recorded entirely wi thout vocals except sampling. The album introduces industrial and ambient elements and as a whole should be considered as a strongly psychedelic release; it produces a feeling, as if the mind of the listener, dragged into the music, were unable of concentrate itself or were experiencing a powerful hallucinogen effect.
Successor of "Near Death Experience" (from 2006) will be made available as CD, Vinyl (150 on white & 150 on black vinyl) and digital download. "Cypher" will include 9 new tracks.
Denver blackened doom nihilists PRIMITIVE MAN -- featuring within their ranks current and formers members of Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire, Reproacher and Death Of Self -- are preparing to unleash the forbidden fruit of their debut full-length. Recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Cobalt etc), the fittingly dubbed Scorn finds PRIMITIVE MAN commemorating a slow-roasted apocalypse through seven asphyxiating odes of hatred, disease and despair.
American Aftermath calls Scorn one of the heaviest debuts by any band I have ever heard in all of my days, noting that the offering, isnt your run of the mill bong-ripping doom metal that has been done a million times. This is the actual feeling of doom in audio form. Scorn will instill feelings of dread and fear in you and you will love every freaking minute of it. Cvlt Nation agrees commending the bands devastatingly crushing and austere slab of blackened, sludgy doom, while Black Insect Laughter notes: PRIMITIVE MAN serve you up one of the filthiest, most destructive releases you will hear this year. With vocals sounding like a swamp monster spewing up bile in bouts of hatred, the music is a gut-wrenching platter of blackened sludge, crawling out of the mire at the torturous pace of the slowest doom ever heard.
03. I Can't Forget
05. Black Smoke
06. Stretched Thin
07. Astral Sleep
Scorn will be issued on 12 vinyl January 31 via Throatruiner/Mordgrimm Records. In the meantime, get your misery on with a full album stream at THIS LOCATION.
Wormed is probably one of the most respected death metal bands from Spain, a band with an undeniable worldwide projection who changed the way of understanding Death Metal itself, making their personal revolution when their debut album 'Planisphaerium' was released in 2003.
On March 26th 2013 their second full length called "Exodromos" will be out through Willowtip (USA) and Hammerheart Records (EU).
The new album was recorded at Sadman Studios in Madrid, Spain and mastered by Mika Jussila (Amorphis, Impaled Nazarene, Children of Bodom, Nightwish) at the famous Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland.
Undoubtedly, this is one of the most innovative recordings ever written by Wormed. Ten tracks with an intense brutality, traveling at breakneck speeds, charged with dissonant dynamic riffing and tremendously overwhelming heaviness. The overall sound is sophisticated, sharp and more compact than the previous recordings. Every detail is perfectly calculated, and it's by far more technical than ever.
"Exodromos" is a prequel of "Planisphaerium"; the story tells about futuristic science concepts and chaotic visions of the last human left in cosmos, Krighsu. These are particularly in relation to the awakening of the "Chrym" once the last humans of the year 8K, called the Terrax, dissapeared, and the known universe was absorbed by a quantum wormhole in a inverted multi-vectorial reionization. Krighsu, will travel through xenoverses to found a new world with the human seed. The paradox: Krighsu is not the habitual human you all know.