Norwegian metal band Claymords has signed a deal with Wormholedeath/Aural Music Group. During October Claymords will travel to Parma in Italy to record the next album with the working title: SCUM OF THE EARTH. Wormholedeath will unleash the album world-wide through Aural Music Group. The release will take place in early 2013.
The whole band together stated :
"After considering a couple of offers, WHD seemed to be the best and the most expanding label. With such a professional and caring attitude it seemed like a natural choice for us. The label has a strong network, and that is everything when youre releasing an album worldwide. We in CLAYMORDS, feel that WHD has the right vision that a label needs in these days.
A&R "Worm" stated:
"Wormholdeath is not a money-machine and until the inspiration will lead our label concept we will continue signing adult and experienced bands...Claymords is one of those bands and we rely on them to be part of the new senior roster that doesn't feature "wannabees", or "trendy posers". These guys work really hard and have no stupid ideas in mind, their music is just true ... Like their attitude. Moreover they trusted us and we will support in the best possible way their already strong and profitable activity. Watch out for this norwegian combo...They will make another awesome album that will be proudly released through our catalogue. Come on, scum of the earth!"
To celebrate this Claymords are having a party at Norbikers in Oslo, June 29th. Everyone is welcome! (location: Konows gate 69). Before getting into the studio, CLAYMORDS will appear at Hard Anger kick off in Stavanger (Aug 4th @ Folken) and Hard Anger Open Air Metal Festival (Sept 1st @Måbødalen/Eidfjord- http://hard-anger.com).
Swedish death metal veterans GRAVE will release their 10th studio album, "Endless Procession Of Souls", on August 27 in Europe via Century Media Records.
The cover artwork for the CD was once again created by Costin Chioreanu, who also worked with GRAVE on the previous two studio albums. In addition to designing the cover artwork, Costin was responsible for some of the extra art for the inside of the CD booklet and the vinyl.
02. Amongst Marble And The Dead
03. Disembodied Steps
04. Flesh Epistle
05. Passion Of The Weak
06. Winds Of Chains
07. Encountering The Divine
09. Plague Of Nations
"Endless Procession Of Souls" was recorded at GRAVE's own Studio Soulless and was previously described by GRAVE guitarist/vocalist Ola Lindgren as "a mix of our latest two releases with some more old-school, groovy 'Soulless' parts."
Hailing from the central region of Portugal, thrash metallers TERROR EMPIRE released their debut album, entitled "Face The Terror", on June 15th.
The name Terror Empire represents an omnipresent reality that has been exposed worldwide since the 9/11 attacks. Since then, there has been an official and paranoid propaganda in order to stifle and deprive all human beings from their individual rights, so they can be subdued to the ubiquous feeling of terror. The bands main focus has always been to produce a traditional thrash metal sound with traces of what has been part of the modern metal sound, such as odd time signatures, breakdowns and a bit of groove.
The recording process took place at the GMP Recording Studios from December 2011 to April 2012. Production was carried out by Rui Alexandre, and sound engineer Miguel Seco (Napalm Death, Robert Plant, Blaze Bailey, among others) was in charge of the mixing and mastering process.
Fans can download and listen the entire album by clicking here.
Polish blackened death metal upcomers DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS have revealed the first track off their upcoming album "Simulacra" due to be released July 30th in Europe and on July 31st in North America. The track entitled 'Icaros', which also the first track on the album, can be listened by clicking here.
Despite having only two albums under their belt DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS quickly managed to put their name out there. Critically acclaimed records and intense touring along with some of the biggest names onto the metal scene made them one of the most promising acts on the European map of extreme music. After a row of personal problems that eventually caused several line-up changes and temporary stage absence, the band strikes back with the brand new opus called SIMULACRA and is now ready to take the scene by storm again.
SIMULACRA is the 3rd full-length by DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS, considered as one of Polands leading and most innovative modern black / death metal acts. Wrapped in breath-taking artwork created by Xaay (NILE, KAMELOT, NECROPHAGIST etc.) the album also features guest appearances of Orion (BEHEMOTH, VESANIA), Jacek Grecki (LOST SOUL) and Roman Berežnicki (LECTER) as well as session synth / samples / fx appearance by Flumen (ASGAARD) and Lestath (METRANSMISSIONAL).
Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of German progressive death metal band OVER YOUR THRESHOLD. The band's full-length debut, "Facticity", will be released on August 28 (one day earlier internationally).
"Eremita", the fourth album from former EMPEROR vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn, can be streamed in its entirety at AOL Music. Due on June 19 in North America (one day earlier in Europe) via Candlelight Records, the CD was recorded and produced at Telemark's Ivory Shoulder Studios, with additional tracking completed at Notodden's Juke Joint Studio and Seattle's Envisage Audio. The effort was mixed by Jens Bogren (OPETH) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. Alongside Ihsahn, the album features performances from drummer Tobias Ornes Andersen (LEPROUS), saxophonist Jørgen Munkeby (Norway's SHINING), guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-NEVERMORE), and vocalists Devin Townsend, Einar Solberg (LEPROUS), and Heidi S. Tveitan (STAROFASH). The album's packaging was created by award-winning Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz.
"Eremita" will be available on standard CD and a limited edition deluxe digibook (featuring an exclusive bonus track).
Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based extreme metallers KATAKLYSM will release a multidisc DVD entitled "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined" on July 3 via Nuclear Blast. The set, which will feature a documentary and bonus CD materials, will depict the ups and downs of the band's long, turbulent career, as well as footage of KATAKLYSM's performance at last year's Summer Breeze festival, which took place August 18-20, 2011 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. The cover art for the release was created by artist Colin Marks (ORIGIN, EXODUS, NEVERMORE).
The "At The Edge Of The World" performance clip, taken from the "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined" DVD can be seen below.
DVD I Iron Will Part I The Early Years 1991-2004 01. Lets Start A Band 1991-1993 02. Signing to Nuclear Blast in 1994 03. Mexico in 1995 04. Max Leaves the Band 05. The Temple of Knowledge 06. The Reformation in 1997 07. Leaving NB in 1998 08. The Prophecy Returns to NB in 2000 09. EPIC 2001 10. In Shadows & Dust 11. Max Quits, Again
DVD II Iron Will Part II The Rebirth 2004-2011 01. Serenity In Fire with Martin in 2004 02. Max Comes Back 03. In The Arms... 2006 04. Prevailing in 2008 05. 2010 Heavens Venom 06. Ozzfest 07. Albanos & Saverio 08. The World Tour 09. Transylvania 10. SPQR Rome 11. Touring with Kids 12. New Orleans 13. 2 Decades of Congrats 14. Credits + "Iron Will" video clip
DVD II and CD I On Fire At Summer Breeze Live at Summer Breeze Open Air 2011 01. Determined (Vows Of Vengeance) 02. Taking The World By Storm 03. The Awakener 04. To Reign Again 05. Manipulator Of Souls 06. As I Slither 07. At The Edge Of The World 08. As My World Burns 09. Drum Solo 10. Blood On The Swans 11. Astral Empire 12. Feeling The Neverworld 13. The Orb Of Uncreation 14. In Shadows And Dust 15. Crippled And Broken 16. Push The Venom
CD II Best Of Kataklysm 01. Iron Will 02. Like Angels Weeping (The Dark) 03. Push The Venom 04. In Shadows And Dust 05. Manipulator Of Souls 06. Crippled And Broken 07. Prevail 08. As I Slither 09. The Awakener 10. The Resurrected 11. Let Them Burn 12. At The Edge Of The World 13. Taking The World By Storm 14. Blood In Heaven 15. The Ambassador Of Pain 16. Where The Enemy Sleeps 17. The Road To Devastation 18. Sorcery 19. The Orb Of Uncreation
Japan's devil-speed Thrash act FASTKILL have released a brand new tracked entitled "Die In The Pentagram", which comes off from the latest album "Bestial Thrashing Bulldozer".
The streaming for "Die In The Pentagram" is now available at the Pulverised Records SoundCloud Page.
Bastardized in the year 1996 with the intention to create utter barbaric and primitive Thrash Metal in its most stripped-down and true form, the group's latest album entitled "Bestial Thrashing Bulldozer" directly picked up from where FASTKILL left off from their previous full-length effort "Nuclear Thrashing Attack", promising the same hostile, savage and merciless Thrash Metal like no other.
01. Kill Fast
02. In Thrash We Trust
03. Die In The Pentagram
04. Stench Of Hell
05. Terminal Disease
06. Guillotine Attack
07. Toxic Tormentor
08. Endless Game
09. Tortured Again
10. Merciless Onslaught
"Bestial Thrashing Bulldozer" will receive a North American and European licensing distribution exclusively through Pulverised Records.
DYING FETUS are set to release their new album Reign Supreme this Tuesday June 19th. Reign Supreme features nine tracks and is a "return to roots" with production focused slightly more on slam than in the band's last few works. Thematically, the album is set to be a good old-fashioned piece of social and political commentary in the style of DYING FETUS as we have come to know.
The band recently completed work on a video for the song "From Womb to Waste". The video features 12 camera angles from a recent live show at Maryland Deathfest held at Sonar in Baltimore, MD. The video was filmed and directed by Scott Hansen (Animals as Leaders, A Day to Remember).
RETALIATION/FINAL BREATH guitarist Dennis Schneider is one of three musicians who have recorded special guest appearances on "Icarus", the new album from German thrashers DEW-SCENTED. Schneider can be heard on the songs "The Fall Of Man" and "Perpetuated".
Commented Schneider: "I've been hooked on DEW-SCENTED ever since the release of 'Impact' back in 2003. When they asked me to do a few guest leads on the new album, I didn't hesitate one second. I'm really happy with the way it turned out 'Icarus' will rip your head off!"
Added DEW-SCENTED: "Dennis Schneider is an incredibly talented guitarist that has jammed with DEW-SCENTED in the rehearsal room before. In the production period for 'Icarus', the idea came up to have him be part of the actual album as well by adding some skillful lead guitar parts. Dennis appears with some furious shred on the songs 'The Fall Of Man' and 'Perpetuated'."
"Icarus" will be released on July 31 in North America via Prosthetic Records (one day earlier internationally through Metal Blade Records).
Victory Records has announced the signing of the South Wales, U.K. metal/hardcore outfit CONTINENTS.
Kerrang! magazine described CONTINENTS' sound as "energy-fueled epic-core with lots of aggression, a healthy blend of raw shouts and low end growls and foot stomping hooks."
"We've always tried to put our own passion for our music before external influence, the most important thing for us is that we enjoy the music we play, and if other people enjoy it too then that's awesome," said CONTINENTS vocalist Philip Cross. "We like to mix elements of our favorite styles and influences, and then put our own perspective on things to see where it takes us."
WARBRINGER's third album, "Worlds Torn Asunder", sold around 2,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD landed at position No. 11 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
WARBRINGER's sophomore CD, "Waking Into Nightmares", also opened with around 2,000 units back in May 2009 to debut at No. 14 on the Heatseekers chart.
"Worlds Torn Asunder" was produced and mixed by Steve Evetts (SUICIDE SILENCE, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SYMPHONY X), and features artwork by Dan Seagrave, who designed WARBRINGER's previous album cover (in addition to art for bands such as ENTOMBED, SUFFOCATION and MORBID ANGEL).