Under Sulphurous Skies, a brand new single from VIGILANCE, can be streamed below. Under Sulphurous Skies comes off VIGILANCES debut album, Queen of the Midnight Fire, which is scheduled for release on May 14, 2013 on Metal Tank Records
VIGILANCE guitarist Gilian Adam tells: After months of hard work, the album is done. Rok Zalokar did a great job and we are very much excited to finally give you a taste of what is to come. The gates have been opened, the torches have been lit. Follow if you dare.
The members of Atlanta-based grindcore trio DEAD IN THE DIRT have completed the writing process for their pending debut LP, and are preparing to set up camp to harness their latest blast-laden auditory dissent in the coming days.
DEAD IN THE DIRT will travel seven hundred miles north, set to record with Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos) at Bricktop Recording Studio in Chicago the second week of April, armed with a barrage of new songs which will be delivered later in the year as their first full-length release, The Blind Hole. Following their initial 2010-released Vold EP, DITD caught the attention of Southern Lord Recordings, who hooked up with the band immediately for the release of their Fear 7, which bore some of the heaviest music of the year, taking morose lessons from His Hero Is Gone and Cursed to horrifically relentless levels of blasting intensity. The label will continue the tradition, and The Blind Hole will see release through Southern Lord later in the year.
A band who continually takes their societal and politically-based contempt out on the road, DEAD IN THE DIRT have taken part in multiple Southern Lord and The Power Of The Riff events and tours over the past two years, including both East Coast and West Coast US tours as direct support for SUNN O))) in 2012. With much more still in the works for the coming months, a live assault throughout the Midwest and parts of the Southeast US has already been confirmed for the majority of the month of May. The band will also take on Europe for a full month this October and November.
Lycanthropy «Dead Silence» EP is released via U.S. based Metallic Media.CD contains four absolutely new tracks; among them is also «Oppressive Catastasis» known as Lycanthropy debut video clip. Release contains 2 bonus levels: «Former Glory» EP, taken from the 2010 and exclusive mix made especially for this CD. Strictly limited edition 1000 copies.
The guitarist Andrea Giordano has left Sawthis due to musical differences.
He has been replaced by Janos Murri, long-standing experience guitarist (ex Resurrecturis, Darkside, Demolition, international tour with Death Angel, Moonspell, Impaled Nazarene, Vital Remains....) and already on stage with the band in two European tours.
Sawthis actually are finishing the mixing of the new album.
The official lyric video for the song "Cycles Of Suffering" from New York death metal veterans SUFFOCATION can be seen below. The track comes off the band's new album, "Pinnacle Of Bedlam", which was released on February 19 via Nuclear Blast Records.Source: Blabbermouth.net
According to a Facebook posting from Matte Modin (DARK FUNERAL, INFERNAL, DEFLESHED), Swedish guitarist David Parland (NECROPHOBIC, DARK FUNERAL, INFERNAL) died on March 19 at the age of 42. No cause of death has yet been revealed.
A founding member of the Swedish melodic death metal band NECROPHOBIC, Parland later went on to start DARK FUNERAL and make a melodic and essentialist version of black metal that later worked more occult heavy metal into the mix. After that, he joined INFERNAL and developed their unique style of intensely violent music.
Guitarist Lord Ahriman (Mikael Svanberg) of Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL has posted the following message regarding the passing of his former bandmate, Swedish guitarist David Parland (pictured below; NECROPHOBIC, DARK FUNERAL, INFERNAL):
"A couple of days ago I was reached by the terrible news that my old brother David 'Blackmoon' Parland had passed away and entered the eternal fire once and for all. It's taken me a few days to grasp it all. And it still hurts a lot to even think to talk about it.
"During the last couple of weeks, I was in close contact with David. He was going through an extremely difficult time of life, whereof he contacted me to ask for my help.
"Even though the two of us had a bit of a complicated relationship over the years (much excessive in the media though), he knew that he could ALWAYS call or visit me when needed, which he also did once in a while.
"Last time I talked to him was when he called me on March 15. From what I could understand, things were going in the right direction. I also had some very good news for him, which he was very happy to hear about. What happened after that I simply can't understand. And I cant understand WHY he didn't call me (again).
"So close, so fucking close to get back on track, brother.
"You will be missed deeply! May you reign forever and ever in the eternal hellfire.
German death metallers LAY DOWN ROTTEN has inked a deal with Apostasy Records. The band's new album will be released before the end of the year.
Commented the band: "After it was quiet for quite a long time with LAY DOWN ROTTEN, we can finally spread some news again!
"First, we want to announce that we have signed a new label deal with Apostasy Records! We are really looking forward to working together with Tomasz and Co. to finish a new album as soon as possible then, we are naturally working at full stretch on new songs now. It should also not be unmentioned that our drummer Timo [Claas] has pulled off some new endorsement deals. Thus he is now very well equipped by Cube drums, Samsun cymbals and Ice sticks!
"And finally, you can still visit us live, of course. A few new shows are already confirmed. Some other will certainly follow for this year!"
Austrian death/ black metal metallers BELPHEGOR have pushed back the release date of their new album to early 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2011's "Blood Magick Necromance" was recorded in part at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, MORBID ANGEL, CANNIBAL CORPSE).
Commented BELPHEGOR founding member, guitarist and vocalist Helmuth Lehner: "Drums, bass and guitars are all tracked. It sounds brutal, more aggressive and more death than what was heard on the last LPs. The soundwall is massive just as expected. Thanks to Erik Rutan for the extra motivation and forcing us to nail down tight-as-fukk performances. Furthermore, I am set to lay down the vocals in June/July, the mixdown and mastering will be done in September.
"A tough call, but it was the best for the record to decide to delay the release date again, to unleash the album in early 2014.
"Eternal Defiance", the new album from German melodic folk/death metallers SUIDAKRA, will be released on May 24 via AFM Records. The cover artwork was created by Kris Verwimp.
01. Storming The Walls
02. Inner Sanctum
03. Beneath The Red Eagle
04. March Of Conquest
05. Pair Dadeni
06. The Mindsong
07. Rage For Revenge
08. Dragons Head
09. Defiant Dreams
10. Damnatio Memoriae
11. Mrs Mcgrath (bonus track)
Commented SUIDAKRA singer 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."
Gorath - Apokálypsis (Unveiling The Age That Is Not To Come) was officially released on cd in 2011 through Twilight Vertrieb. Since Gorath will be officially buried on April 27th ConSouling Sounds decided to release this album on vinyl.
Concept: about the Apocalypse of John. Many have tried to interpret these visions, but very few have managed to look beyond the madness, beyond the deceit of the false "God" that so many weaklings worship. Those desperate fools who put their faith and hope in the final judgement by their "God" are up for an unpleasant revelation, for He is not who He claims to be. Cursed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy and doomed are those who hear and who keep what is written therein...
The vinyl will be limited to 250 copies. Official release date May 3rd.
Last week, the Norwegian Thrash Metallers from CRITICAL SOLUTION announced the special appearances of Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) and Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) on their upcoming album. This week, the band reveals the full details for this debut full-lenght.
CRITICAL SOLUTION's debut CD is titled "EVIL NEVER DIES" and the release date has been set for May 16, 2013.
This debut full-lenght is a concept album and tells the story of Wallace Green: Wallace and his company are sailing to Sad Hill, where he assasinates the king, with his own life to follow. After Wallace's death, he makes a deal with the devil to live again and becomes the Soulmaker. He does his evil agenda and spreads terror across the world ....
The band recorded again 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 album.
Vocalist/Guitarist Christer Slettebø about the whole experience: "To release this album is absolutely amazing! One of many dreams is coming true for us. Also to be so honored to have both Whitfield Crane and Andy LaRocque on the album as guests, well its fuckin' rad! So it is great to finally get the album out and we hope people will like it!"
Italian death metal acts PULVIS ET UMBRA decided to part away from Rising Records /Plastichead due to working inability of the label itself and joined the roster of ABWESEND Records which will schedule an exclusive GSA release (Germany/Switzerland/Austria) on April 5 for band's debut album "Reaching The End" in cooperation with German promoter GORDEON MUSIC.
Spanish thrashers RANCOR have signed a deal with Xtreem Music for the immediate release of their sophomore album "Dark Future" which was recorded during the last months of 2012 by the band themselves under the production of their guitarist Vasco Durán being mixed and mastered at Rock Lab Studios by Dan Díez.
In March 2nd, the band released a mini CD entitled "Raining Bombs" containing an unreleased song from the same sessions as well as an album track ("Dark Future") plus two old re-recorded song. This EP is exclusively sold only through the band on their official website and live shows.
"Dark Future" contains 9 slabs of intense Thrash Metal in its purest form, blending aggressive riffing with a great sense of melody creating memorable songs dragging varied influences that might remind you to bands like MORTAL SIN, OVER KILL, SLAYER, old METALLICA, TESTAMENT, early ANNIHILATOR and the Bay Area sound. Album cover art has been made by comic artist Vito Sicilia, who did an awesome job which for sure is a plus for this brilliant album.
RANCOR is already working on upcoming shows to present "Dark Future", some of them supporting (again) UK's legend ONSLAUGHT.
Release date for "Dark Future" is scheduled for April 15th. You can visit the band's official website or their Facebook and listen to an advance song below.
Deathbound Records announced that Woccon's The Wither Fields EP will be available on March 26th! This is a very limited and numbered pressing [250 copies only] with an exclusive bonus track (Sea of Trees) only available on the CD Edition. The Wither Fields contains over 40 minutes of material with 3 previously unreleased tracks from one of the most promising bands in extreme metal. This limited edition is bound to become a collectors item and will only be available through Deathbound Records, Woccon [catch them on Facebook or on tour] and Profusion Le Metalstore [Montreal, Canada]. The album will also be available through digital outlets on March 26th!
01. Our Ashes (7:08)
02. Shattered Mirrors (6:42)
03. Lament (5:55)
04. A Failing Devotion (6:48)
01. Solitary Pressure [Bonus Track] (4:34)
02. Bereavement [Bonus Track] (5:10)
03. Sea of Trees [Bonus Track] (5:17)*
*Only available on the Physical Edition of The Wither Fields EP
Munich, Germany-based epic black metallers SYCRONOMICA will release their new mini-CD, "Neverest", on April 2 via Nocturnal Empire Productions.
02. Jukai - Das Meer aus Bäumen
03. Intro *
04. Durch das Geäst *
05. Fever Dreams *
06. Painful Grieving *
07. Neverest (video)
* Demo 1998
The "Neverest" video was filmed in April 2012 at the Ragnarök festival in Germany by Felix Opahle and Wolfgang Lanzenberger and it features additional original footage from Bavarian alps and the Himalayan mountains. The track was recorded in October 2011 at SOS Studios in Munich by Michael Zech (SECRETS OF THE MOON, ex-NEGURA BUNGET).