American black metal titans Averse Sefira has officially disbanded. The band formed in 1996, and went on to make their mark through Europe and the Americas, performing with other notable black metal groups like Dark Funeral, Gorgoroth, Watain, Marduk, 1349, Absu, Antaeus, and Secrets of the Moon.
The band gained a respectable following despite a fiercely independent stance that garnered them a complex reputation in the underground. They achieved wider exposure with their signing to Candlelight Records in 2007 and the release of their highly-rated fourth LP, "Advent Parallax", the following year. Over the last decade, they also appeared in multiple documentaries and books examining metal culture.
Averse Sefira was known for dealing in esoteric themes, involved lyrics, and fractured musical styles that were regarded as both ambitious and confounding in equal measures. They were also known for strong ties with several veteran death metal acts, many of whom regularly touted the band in interviews.
Formal farewell statements from founding members Sanguine Mapsama and Wrath Sathariel Diabolus can be found at the band's official blog : aversesefira.blogspot.com
Greek Brutal Death Metal band Cease of Breeding announced:
"After many delays we managed to complete promo 2012, here's the first song Superior Worms, feel free to drop a comment and share this with your pals.We would also like to thank Seth van de loo(Severe Torture, Nox, Centurian) and Chris(Blustery caveat) for providing guest vocals on both songs!"
Canada's groove metal wrecking crew Misguided Aggression have made the bold decision to release their 2009 and 2011 albums, Hatchala and Flood The Common Ground for free download online.
Both full-lengths can be accessed by clicking here.
Released via Year Of The Sun Records, Misguided Aggression's music displays a style of metal that combines the ferocity of Lamb Of God, the power of Pantera and the complexity of Meshuggah. Not content with simply laying down the crushing grooves, MA puts for a socially-conscious lyrical approach critical of war, the media and much more.
"Listen up and get ready, we're taking this show on the road," exclaims MA bassist John-Ryan Godfrey. "What makes the green grass grow? Blood! And we won't be afraid to shed any for those who want it."
"When I Was Flesh", the new video from Norwegian black metallers 1349, can be seen below. The performance footage for the clip was filmed at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2011. The video was direced and edited by S.A Destroyer at Necrolab Studio and was produced by Concept Machine I:A.
Swedish Viking metallers KING OF ASGARD have finished recording their second album, " To North", at Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden with engineer Andy La Rocque (KING DIAMOND guitarist) at the helm. A July release is expected.
Comments bassist Jonas Albrektsson: "The ' To North' master just arrived and it sounds astonishing! Andy La Rocque made a great job on the production and the mastering along with Olof Berggren. It's upright and powerful. We feel very proud of what we achieved on this recording and merely the sound of it makes it a worthy follow-up to the firstborn 'Fi'mbulvintr'. Songs and sounds came out much as of what we planned, with power and a great variety. ' To North' takes off pretty much where 'Fi'mbulvintr' left off, so to say, with a natural development, more varied songs and structures. It's a development of our sound which will be recognized by old fans as well as bring some new ones to the horde. This time around I've been more involved in the writing process along with Karl, which kind of shines through, giving the songs a wider perspective. Expect some very strong songs on ' To North', where epic meets with brutality! The lyrical theme this time is basically in the same vein but has different twists. Not as obvious as before. ' To North' will make The Nine Worlds Burn and Varberg was just left behind."
Songtitles set to appear on " To North" include "Gap Of Ginnungs", "Plague-Ridden Rebirth", "Nordvegr", "Upon The Mountain" and "The Nine Worlds Burn".
A teaser for "White Skies", the new video from Portuguese gothic metallers MOONSPELL, can be seen below. The full clip will make its online debut on May 11."White Skies" comes off MOONSPELL's new album, "Alpha Noir", which was released on April 27 via the band's new label home, Napalm Records. The cover artwork for the CD an intricate, marvellous and symbolic creation by Seth Siro Anton, the Greek artist who collaborated with the band on "Night Eternal" can be seen below. Also available is a preview image of the strictly limited edition "Alpha Noir" deluxe box set containing the limited-edition double album mediabook, including two album covers, and "Alpha Noir"'s counterpart "Omega White" and an exclusive MOONSPELL logo pendant.
"C.ult O.f M.y A.shes", a brand new song from Portuguese death prog masters DISAFFECTED, can be streamed by clicking here. The track comes off the band's second full-length album, "Rebirth", which will be released on May 25 via the German label Massacre Records. The CD was recorded between August and December 2010 at The Pentagon in Lisbon, Portugal and was produced by Fernando Matias (MOONSPELL, GWYDION) and DISAFFECTED.
"Rebirth" features guest appearances by Miguel "Mike" Gaspar (MOONSPELL) on percussion, Joaquim Aires (BEFORE THE RAIN) on percussion and Célia Ramos (MONS LVNAE) on female vocals. The album cover art was created by the German graphic artist Marc Niederhagemann (ArtWars Mediadesign).
01. Mankwala (intro)
02. C.ult O.f M.y A.shes
03. Getting Into The Labyrinth
04. Dreaming III (A Nightmare)
05. Evilution Within
06. Miracle Dance
07. Our Will
08. Hypnotic Prophecy
09. The Rebirth Of...
10. 1460 Steps To Divine
11. Arrival (outro)
DISAFFECTED filmed a video for "The Rebirth Of..." on February 26 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Dutch death/thrash metallers DEVIOUS will release their new EP, "Wolfhagen", on May 11 as a limited edition, hand numbered metal case. On that very night, the band will present the new effort live on stage at Metropool in Hengelo, The Netherlands. Also set to appear are DEATH SQUAD and DECEIVING FAITH. "Wolfhagen" was mixed and mastered last month by Jörg Uken at Soundlodge Studios in Rhauderfehn, Germany.
The bass tracks on the new EP were laid down by Alwin Zuur (ASPHYX) following the departure of Daniël Centiago. A session touring bass player has since been recruited in the shape of Niels Achtereekte (VITAMIN 14, ex-NEXT WASTE DIMENSION).
"Wolfhagen" marks the recording debut of DEVIOUS' new singer, Dennis Lusseveld, who joined the band in November.
The opening track from the new EP, "One Man Horde", can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
DEVIOUS' third full-length album, "Vision", was released in December 2009 via Deity Down Records.
After a demo, seven split 7"s and numerous tours, old school grindcore trio SAKATAT finally release their debut full-lenght, entitles "Bir Devrin Sonu"! CD version is coming out on Everydayhate in May 2012 and the single-sided LP version on Bringer Of Gore in July 2012, to be available first time on the 1-month European tour!
SAKATAT European Tour in July 2012
SAKATAT will be touring Europe during the entire month of July! Check out the dates below and please feel free to get in touch if you can help out with the missing dates !
July04NLHengeloTBAw/ MATKA TERESA
July08DELeipzig/Dresden areaNEED HELP! GET IN TOUCH!
July09PLWroclaw areaNEED HELP! GET IN TOUCH!
July11CZPrahaModra Vopicew/ FUBAR, PLAGUE RAGES, TOOLS OF THE TRADE, WEEKEND NACHOS, WOJCZECH
July13CZTrutnovObscene Extreme Festw/ tons of bands
July15SKTrencinBoogie Barw/ TBA
July16HUSzekesfehervarPucok Barw/ DO YOU THINK I CARE, GARGA PITIL, HUMAN ERROR, KRAMPUS
July17HUBudapestRoham Barw/ ANOTHER WAY, DO YOU THINK I CARE?, HUMAN ERROR
In anticipation of the upcoming release of their forthcoming new studio offering Monolith Of Inhumanity, today CATTLE DECAPITATION unveils a new in-studio video clip. Check out the guitar tracking process and other CATTLE-related commentary below, where youll also get to hear A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat.Monolith Of Inhumanity is set for a North American release on May 8, 2012. Commended by Stereokiller in an early review for being their most focused and intelligent album yet another solid CATTLE DECAP release that proves again that they are not to be fucked with, and noted for being arguably the quartets strongest effort to date, by Blistering, the record was produced by Dave Otero of Denver's Flatline Audio and finds the progressive grind conjurers exploring innovative new techniques in song writing without abandoning their signature formula of confrontational audio wreckage.
In related news, CATTLE DECAPITATION is currently bringing their audio pummel to the stage on the Occupation Domination 2012 tour. The band is joined by Origin, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings Of Saturn, Battlecross and more! Check out remaining dates below.
Finally, MetalSucks will be streaming Monolith Of Inhumanity in its entirety this coming Friday!
Jordanian dark oriental metallers BILOCATE have revealed the cover artwork for Summoning the Bygones, their long awaited forthcoming album.
The artwork was designed by by Matthew Vickerstaff of Darkwave Art in the United Kingdom, who is working with Listenable Records and Peaceville Records and worked with bands such as MY DYING BRIDE, DEICIDE, MORBID ANGEL, CRADLE OF FILTH, DECAPITATED, HATE ETERNAL and many more.
Summoning the Bygones official release date worldwide is on the 11th of June 2012 via Code666 records (Aural Music).
Video footage from the studio diary can be seen below.
The album includes a fully modified version of "Days Of Joy" under a new name "Hypia" (which is actually the very first name this song had originally when it was composed in 2003), in addition to a brand new song and a cover of "Dead Emotion" from one of the legends in Doom/Gothic Metal PARADISE LOST taken from their legendary album Gothic rearranged totally in BILOCATE style, its a way of celebrating 20 years from the release of this amazing record that created a whole new Metal genre.
The tracks Hypia and the legendary 20-minute track A Desire To Leave features the Metal icon Dan Swano as a guest vocalist.
Check Out The Six Feet Under 18 Days Lyric Video Premiere!
Bloody-Disgusting is excited to exclusively bring you 18 Days, the latest lyric video from Metal Blade Records artist Six Feet Under (which features ex-Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes)! The song comes from Undead, which hits stores May 22nd via Metal Blade Records and was produced by Mark Lewis (Whitechapel, Trivium, Deicide) You can preorder the album here. Enjoy the video below!Six Feet Under is the fourth best selling death metal act in the United States. Undead will be their ninth studio album.
THE ASCENDANT's debut EP was finally unleashed in April 2012 through Daemon Worship Prod, after countless delays. "The Spiritual Death EP" gathers 13 minutes of Transcendental Black Metal composed and performed by Daniel (EXCESSUM) and Lars (MARDUK) with the aid of K.W. (AD HOMINEM) on vocals. Conceptually dealing with Transmutation and Spiritual Death, it is somewhat ironic that this EP was recorded already back in 2007 and only now, half a decade of semi-constant movement and transformation later, it is ready to manifest. Beware! Black Metal shall not be reborn this time either. Released first as a 7'', to be followed by an MCD version at a later date.