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News - November 2011

November 28, 2011

INCANTATION are currently writing new material to be released next year. Drummer Kyle Severn wanted to pass this on to fans as something to look forward to: "The new material we have been writing with new members Alex (Bouks also of GOREAPHOBIA) and Chuck (Sherwood also of BLOODSTORM) is beyond brutal, as these songs have come together they are by far the darkest and most demented INCANTATION tracks I've been a part of since "Diabolical Conquest"." The new INCANTATION material is currently being written and is expected to be out sometime in 2012 - but in the meantime, INCANTATION have a brand new track (the first studio release in 6 years) as part of the After Party Massacre CD soundtrack and limited edition 7" bloodsplatter vinyl - click here to hear a sample of the track. Along with the new INCANTATION material, Kyle has also finished up with his first foray into the cinema realm with a new horror / slasher movie called "After Party Massacre". Co-written / co-directed with Kristoff Bates (of Horrormerch.com), it starts with live performances by INCANTATION and SOULLESS, which then takes a deadly turn after the bands are finished as this unrated movie is filled with blood, scantly clad female flesh and lots of Death Metal. For all further info check out www.incantation.com

A special slimcase edition of new ZOMBIEFICATION EP "Reaper's Consecration" will be available for 500 Mexican fans. A vinyl MLP edition, also limited to 500 copies, will be released worldwide. Both editions are set for an early 2012 release. Here's the full tracklist: 'Dead Today, Dust Tomorrow', 'Death Rides', 'Necrohell', 'I Am The Ripper' and 'We Stand Alone'. "Reaper's Consecration" was licensed by Chaos to Pulverised Records for a worldwide release. One of the new EP tracks, 'Dead Today, Dust Tomorrow' is streaming at www.soundcloud.com/chaosrecords. More info at www.zombiefication.com

Here's an official statement from DEMONICAL: "We have cancelled our show at the Rites of Darkness Festival in San Antonio TX on December 9th. Despite the show being booked for over a year and several promises during the last months the organizer has still not been able to provide us with flight tickets, hotel reservations nor fulfill any other contractual obligations so with just ten days to go, it leaves us no other option than to cancel. We have stretched our set deadline numerous times - especially during the last weeks - in order to solve everything and make this show happen but we have now reached the point where enough is enough! We are truly sorry for this but once again, things are beyond our control. We hope to see you all at the Maryland Deathfest X in May 2012 if not sooner."

November 27, 2011

Chaos Records has announced a December 5th release date for BLOOD MORTIZED's "Bestial" EP. The 4 track EP features members and ex-members of CRYPT OF KERBEROS, AMON AMARTH, MALFEITOR and STIGMATA. The limited edition 6-panel digipak comes with the exclusive bonus track 'Of Dust & Doom' plus cover art sticker. The song 'Shadows Of The Quarter Sun' is currently streaming at www.soundcloud.com/chaosrecords/bloodmortized-shadows. Here's the track listing: 'Bestial', 'Of Dust And Doom', 'Shadows Of The Quarter Sun' and 'Rekviem' More info at www.myspace.com/bloodmortized

November 26, 2011

In late December Hells Headbangers Records will release a 39-minute double 12" MLP from PROFANATICA. The material was recorded in two distinct studio sessions. Part 1 features five new songs plus two old classics written and recorded by Paul Ledney with a session member. Part 2 features the same titles but written and recorded by Gelso alongside the same drums and vocals performed on record # 1. This incorporates soundscapes sonically compiled by the late Aragon Amori. The featured tracks are 'As Tears of Blood Stain the Altar Of Christ', 'Jehovah Fading', 'Holy Trinity Done', 'Sickened By Holy Host', 'God Blessed Them', 'Your Crucifixion Your Death' and 'Adorn His Crown With Maggots'.

"Deathwomb Catechesis", the debut album from Russia's Satanic Black Death Metallers PSEUDOGOD will be released on CD, LP, Pic LP (111 copies) through Hells Headbangers Records in early 2012 with Kvlt Records releasing their own version on CD, LP and cassette. The cover artwork was created by Antichrist Kramer, interior artwork comes from Alexander Brown. The band started out in 2006 and has evolved into one of the most brutal bands from Russia ever since. Musically they are supposed to be in the vein of BEHERIT, ARCHGOAT and KATHARSIS. Here's the tracklist of "Deathwomb Catechesis": 'Vehement Decimation', 'Malignant Spears', 'Saturnalia (The Night Of The Return)', 'Azazel', 'The Antichrist Victory', 'Necromancy Of The Iron Darkness', 'Encarnacion Del Mal' and 'The Triangular Phosphorescence'.

NEXUL will release their debut 3 song demo "Nexulzifer" soon.

In late 2011 Hells Headbangers will also release a 7" EP by California's Black / Deathers HAUNTING PRESENCE, with a MLP to follow in 2012.

HELLVETRON's debut full-length "Death Scroll Of Seven Hells And It's Infernal Majesties" will be out in the fall of 2011. Here's the tracklist already: 'Sheol - Grave Of Supernals', 'Abbadon - Wings Of Perdition', 'Titahion - Foul Eaters Of The Clay Of Death', 'Bar Shasketh - Fathomless Pit Of Destruction', 'Tzalemoth - Shadow Of Death', 'Shaari Moth - Omimous Gate Of Death' and 'Gehinnom - Hellwomb Of The Impure Hag Queens'.

Abyss Records have signed Sweden's CARNIVORE with plans to re-release a limited edition version of the band's EP "Faces Of Death" in early 2012. The band will enter the studio in December of this year to record their debut full-length, which will be out sometime next year. CARNIVORE was formed in 2010 when BEYOND HELL (the former project of three of the members) underwent major line-up changes and decided to make a new start. The band played several local shows during 2010 and in 2011 they recorded a three-song EP called "Faces Of Death" which was released on June 1st and sold out in 2 hours. The line-up consists of Daniel Ocic Sundberg - vocals, Tobias Pettersson - guitar, Jonas Davidsson - guitar, Cedrik Petersson - bass and Marcus Nieminen - drums. More info at www.myspace.com/carnivoredeath

November 24, 2011

VORE are about to unleash the long-awaited follow up to 2005's "Maleficus". The album is entitled "Gravehammer", was mastered by Colin Davis of Imperial Mastering and is already available for pre-order at www.vore.org. VORE has posted a video preview of the song 'Doomwhore' at this location. Here's the complete tracklist of the album: 'The Cruelest Construct', 'The Unseen Hand', 'Doomwhore', 'Uroboros', 'Gravehammer', 'The Claw Is The Law', 'Progeny Of The Leviathans', 'Throne To The Wolves' and 'Sacerdorum Tyrannis'.

November 23, 2011

MYSTICAL MUSIC ZINE # 16 is out now, strictly limited to 500 copies. It features interviews with MORGOTH, LOCK UP, GRAVEHILL, BRUTALITY, STENCH, JUNGLE ROT, BASTARD PRIEST, DISMA, MAIM, FERAL, WEAPON, AUTOPSY, NECROS CHRISTOS, OBSCURE INFINITY, BLASPHERIAN, REPUKED and SONNE ADAM. Each issue also contains a CD-R compilation and a AUTOPSY / ASPHYX poster. More info at www.mystical-music.de and ordering details at hauber@mystical-music.de

Canada's ANTEDILUVIAN have just released their debut full-length album “Through The Cervix Of Hawwah” through Invictus Productions (www.invictusproductions.net). Here's the complete tracklist: 'Rephaim Sceptre…', 'Through The Cervix Of Hawwah', 'Intuitus Mortuus', 'Scions Of Ha Nachash (Spectre Of The Burning Valley)', 'From Seraphic Embrace', 'Luminous Harvest', 'Turquoise Infidel', 'Gomorrah Entity (Perversion Reborn)' and 'Erect Reflection (Abyss Of Organic Matter)'. The track 'Scions Of Ha Nachash (Spectre Of The Burning Valley)' can be heard here.

"Hymnes De La Montagne Noire", the newest album from one-man Black Metal outfit NEIGE ET NOIRCEUR, is now available via Sepulchral Productions. To celebrate the album's release, Sepulchral Productions has teamed with GunShyAssassin.com to stream the track 'Hymne II - Neige Noire' at this location. More info at www.myspace.com/neigeetnoirceur

November 22, 2011

The 2nd issue of MORBID ABOMINATIONS ZINE is out now and features interviews with TUNDRA, YSENGRIN, RAVENCULT, COMMUNION, SADOMATOR, MORBOSIDAD, MORTEM ZINE, FUNERAL GOAT, MITOCHONDRION, MANIAC BUTCHER, IMPURE WORSHIP, DEAD CONGREGATION and SATANIC WARMASTER + biographies of GROMM, BLACK FEAST, BLUT AUS NORD, a DEATHKULT open air report and tons of tape, vinyl, CD and zine reviews. 44 pages, traditional old school page-frame design, written in English, quality printing, A4 format. www.hexencave.wz.cz, hexencave@gmail.com

The first release of the new label Atomic Vision Productions is the MC re-release of the old 1994 demo "Agónia" from Slovakia's raw Speed / Thrash Metal band DARK MORDOR. The re-release contains 5 bonus songs (live + never used rehearsals) and comes with a big A4 fold out cover with all translated lyrics, a short bio, liner-notes from the frontman Pavel and a lot of rare photoshots from the old days of the band. More info and ordering details at http://atomicvisionprods.blogspot.com, atomicvision.prod@gmail.com

November 20, 2011

United Guttural Records have signed Bulgary's Death Metallers ENTHRALLMENT. The band will finish their newest album "People From The Lands Of Vit" in late 2011, which is scheduled for an early 2012 release. Their sound has already been compared to SUFFOCATION, CANNIBAL CORPSE and DEVOURMENT. Over the years ENTHRALLMENT has toured extensively throughout Europe as a headlining act and as support with bands like MALEVOLENT CREATION, ROTTING CHRIST, ROTTEN SOUND and DEICIDE. They have shared the stage with OBITUARY, SINISTER, MYSTIC CIRCLE, NAPALM DEATH, DESTRUCTION, VITAL REMAINS, DEAD INFECTION and MISERY INDEX and have been featured at several festivals including Hellhammer Fest and Obscene Extreme. For all further info check out www.myspace.com/enthrallment or www.unitedguttural.com

November 18, 2011

Germany's old school Death Metallers LIFELESS (www.myspace.com/lifelessdeathmetal) have been signed by F.D.A. Rekotz for the release of their as of yet untitled follow up to "Beyond The Threshold Of Death", which was released in 2010 on Ibex Moon Records. The album is currently slated for a spring 2012 release. On December 03, 2011 LIFELESS will take part in the Nocturnus Festival in Berlin alongside the likes of ENTRAILS, UNDERGANG, MASSIVE ASSAULT, STRYCHNOS and REVOLT. More on the festival at www.myspace.com/nocturnusfestival.

November 16, 2011

HailsAndHorns.com, is now streaming "Reduced To Sludge", the new album from FUNERUS in its entirety at this location. "Reduced To Sludge" is the second release from the Pennsylvania / New York based Death Metal band that features INCANTATION guitarist John McEntee, bassist / vocalist Jill McEntee and drummer Sam Inzerra (MORTICIAN, MORPHEUS DESCENDS). The album was engineered by Sam Inzerra, Jim Roe and John McEntee. Drums and guitars were recorded at Neanderthal Studios in Plainfield, New Jersey and the bass and vocals were recorded at Aries Studio in Johnstown, PA. "Reduced To Sludge" was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö (BLOODBATH, DARK FUNERAL, DISSECTION, HAIL OF BULLETS, OPETH) and the cover artwork was done by Dusty Peterson (SIX FEET UNDER, CATTLE DECAPITATION, BLOODBATH). The album will be released by Ibex Moon Records on November 22nd. Jill McEntee comments on the album, "I feel we were able to capture the natural FUNERUS essence on this album. It continues in the same vein of the first album "Festering Earth", in heaviness and songwriting. I think it will be well received."

ENFUNERATION is playing a CD release show with SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER on November 20th in support of both bands' "American Death Thrash" split, out now on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. ENFUNERATION will also play the 3rd Annual Christmas Connection Benefit show on December 3rd at The Roxy in Oklahoma City (1164 N. Macarthur). All proceeds for the 21-band, two-day (12/2-12/3) event go to the Christmas Connection charity, a local non-profit organization dedicated to serving low income families and senior citizens in central Oklahoma.

November 15, 2011

Norway's FESTER have revealed the cover art and tracklisting for their forthcoming new album, "A Celebration Of Death". The band's first offering of new material in 17 years will be out in early 2012 through Abyss Records. In an exclusive premier, Bravewords.com is now streaming the track 'Rites Of Ceres' at this location. The cover for "A Celebration Of Death" was painted by artist Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, SODOM, ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS). The rest of the layout was done by Joce of Industrie Chimere Noire (PORTAL, GHÄST, TOTAL HOLOCAUST). Here's the complete tracklist: 'Rites Of Ceres', 'The Black Tower', 'March Of Death', 'I'll Hunt You Down', 'Metalized', 'Jeg Spytter På Deg', 'Last Day Of Battle Pt.I', 'Last Day Of Battle Pt.II', 'A Face For A Funeral' (bonus) and 'Rites Of Mortiis' (remix of 'Rites Of Ceres' by Mortiis). In addition to the core members, bassist Jon Bakker (KAMPFAR), vocalist Thomas Andersen and guitarist / vocalist Bjørn "Tiger" Mathisen, "A Celebration Of Death" also features Audun Kleive (session drums), Raymond Pellicer (additional guitars, programming and synth), Eivind Aarseth (additional guitars), Guido Saint Roch (guest vocals on 'Metalized') and Mortiis (Dark Converter). More info at www.myspace.com/festernorway

Cyclone Empire in co-operation with Imperium Productions (who will release the vinyl version) will issue the debut full length "When All Life Ends…" of Germany's melodic Deathers DECEMBER FLOWER. The tracklist reads like this: 'Invasion' (intro), 'The Apprentice', 'Your Darkest Path', 'As Darkness Reigns', 'Aeon', 'Dying Sun' (instrumental), 'Life Ends', 'Despise Your Life', 'Lost In Twilight', 'And Blood Has To Be Shed' and 'The Fountain' (outro). More info at www.myspace.com/thedecemberflower

In late 2011, United Guttural (www.unitedguttural.com) will release a split CD from Mexico's Gore Grinders FECALIZER and Porno Grinders PARACOCCIDIOIDOMICOSISPROCTITISSARCOMUCOSIS. The split will contain six tracks from each band with a total playing time of approximately 40 minutes. The tracks on the disc were recorded in mid 2011. Both bands have already toured North and South America and FECALIZER have played several shows throughout Europe. Check out their sites for news and upcoming shows at the following links: www.myspace.com/fecalizermx, www.myspace.com/officialparacoccidio

NOMINON just signed a worldwide booking agreement with the Brazilian booking agency Blackened Mass Media (www.blackenedmmedia.com). Here's a statement from the band: "We are extremely excited to start working with Blackened Mass Media. The band NOMINON have marched on for almost twenty years now booking the shows ourselves, so it certainly feels killer to finally have signed an agreement with a serious booking agency like BMM. For now we've our brand new 7" EP "Manifestation Of Black" coming out December 30th through Deathgasm Records, and during the spring 2012 we will sort out the recording for the fifth, yet untitled, NOMINON album. We already got eight songs roughly written for the next album, and you can be sure that we won't let you guys down. Expect nothing but raging Metal ov Death. Look forward to see you on the road not just 2012, yet also for ages to come. Hail the hordes of flies." "Manifestation Of Black" contains two brand new tracks and is the first recording to feature the new NOMINON line-up. Every 7" purchase comes with a free digital download and the first 300 orders will receive red vinyl. Deathgasm Records will have copies of the Manifestation of Black 7" and T-shirts bearing the cover art (done by Juanjo Castellano) available for sale at the Rites of Darkness Fest which takes place December 8th - 11th in San Antonio, TX.

November 14, 2011

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions have released a 10-track split CD, entitled "American Death Thrash", from Southern California's SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER and Oklahoma City's ENFUNERATION on October 04, 2011. The SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER tracks are the band's first new songs since their 2009 release "Spontaneous Suicide", which was released on Crash Music / EMI.

November 11, 2011

HEADHUNTER D.C. have finally revealed the cover artwork of their forthcoming fifth studio album, entitled "…In Unholy Mourning…". The responsible for the work is the Spanish artist Juanjo Castellano (www.juanjocastellano.com), who has already drawn covers for bands like VOMITORY, NOMINON, SATHANAS, ANAL VOMIT, BLASPHERIAN among others. You can check it out here. "We are very pleased with the excellent job done by Mr. Juanjo Castellano, a real masterpiece, no doubt about it! He just managed to absorb the context behind the album title, creating the visual atmosphere we were looking for and really needed for the album cover. The guy kills! This is one of our best covers, definitely! Horns up to Juanjo!!!", said the singer Sérgio "Baloff" Borges. In partnership with Juanjo Castellano, Brazilian artist Alcides Burn (www.theburnart.blogspot.com) (BLOOD RED THRONE, TORTURE SQUAD, ACHERON, SANCTIFIER and HEADHUNTER D.C. themselves) developed the entire album layout process. "... In Unholy Mourning ..." will be released in South America in the second half of 2011 through a partnership between the labels Eternal Hatred and Mutilation Records, both from Brazil. The material will be released in a deluxe digipack packaging, and will contain two booklets (being one with all lyrics translated into Portuguese) and an exclusive patch for the Brazilian issue. Contacts: www.myspace.com/headhunterdc, www.msmetalpress.com and www.mutilationrecords.com.br

Dark Descent Records have signed EMPTINESS from Belgium. The band was formed by members of ENTHRONED and will release their upcoming full-length titled "Error" through Dark Descent Records in May / June 2012. "Error" is the band's third full-length and is a follow-up to "Oblivion", which came out in 2007 on Agonia Records. The album's title track as been made available for streaming at this location and the video for the song "Deafer" has been posted here. In December, EMPTINESS will strike out on the Under The Colors Of Death 2011 Tour with BALFOR and CHRIST AGONY. You will find the exact dates in our tourdates section. All further info at www.emptiness.be

November 09, 2011

BODYFARM have released a new video for the track 'Slaves Of War', taken from the band's self-titled EP. The EP originally got released by the band in 2010 and was re-released by Abyss Records earlier this year. You can check out the video at this location. BODYFARM is currently working on their upcoming full-length album "Malevolence" which will again be released through Abyss Records next year. The drums have already been recorded and the album will feature 11 new tracks, including a cover song from a legendary old school Death Metal band. Video footage of the recording can be checked out on the band's You Tube channel www.youtube.com/bodyfarmnl.

November 08, 2011

Poland's LUNA AD NOCTUM have posted a new song ('In Hypnosis') from their upcoming album "Hypnotic Inferno" at this location. The band has also launched a new website (www.lunaadnoctum.com) and facebook profile (www.facebook.com/lan.official) for regular updates and all fresh information.

"Oath Of The Abyss", the debut full length by Portland's RITUAL NECROMANCY, has just been released by Dark Descent Records on digipak CD. The vinyl version will come courtesy of Parasitic Records. The cover was created by Josh McAlear and the tracklist reads like this: 'Accretion', 'Cacophonic Dementia', 'Descent', 'The Chasm', 'Desecrated Omnipresence', 'Penitence', 'Consummating Crypts Of Eternity' and 'Oath Of The Abyss'. The band has also announced a series of live dates set for this winter, including an appearance at the Rites of Darkness Fest in San Antonio, TX. Check out our tourdates section for further details or www.ritualnecromancy.blogspot.com for more info.

Slovenian Black Metallers BLEEDING FIST have announced the departure of drummer Lexecutioner. In an official statement, the band commented: "Soon, new details regarding the line-up and the new era of BLEEDING FIST will be known." In December BLEEDING FIST will release their first live album, entitled "Bestial Black Metal Over Berlin", via Haliaetum Records (www.haliaetumrecords.com) and licensed by Moribund. For more info check out www.bleeding-fist.com, www.myspace.com/bleedingfist or www.moribundcult.com

INFINITUM OBSCURE will team up with Greek DEAD CONGREGATION for their first European tour in April of 2012. Check out our tourdates section or www.infinitumobscure.com for further details.

November 03, 2011

Brazil's HEADHUNTER D.C. recently released a track from their forthcoming album "...In Unholy Mourning..." for free download. 'Deny The Light' is available through a virtual single and features two versions of the song – an album version and a raw rehearsal version, recorded in 2010. Click on the banner on this site to download the single. The song is also available through the band’s Myspace page www.myspace.com/headhunterdc. “...In Unholy Mourning...” is about to be released in South America through a partnership between Mutilation and Eternal Hatred Records, both from Brazil.

November 02, 2011

Recently reunited Thrashers DEAD HORSE have been added to this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, which will take place in Austin, TX November 4th - 6th and features the likes of SLAYER, CANNIBAL CORPSE and HENRY ROLLINS. DEAD HORSE will be performing on the Black Stage at 3:50 PM on Saturday, November 5th. The band will also be playing an afterparty the night of their performance. For more info, visit www.funfunfunfest.com.

GRAVEHILL has issued the following statement regarding the cancellation of their planned performance at this year's Goregrowler's Ball: "We were saddened and pissed off, to say the least, to hear from Goregrowlers Entertainment about their decision to not bring us out for the Fest in San Antonio on the days of November 18th - 20th. It is unfortunate and we just wanted to let all of our friends and fans down there that we had NO control over this situation and are disappointed beyond belief. I will not get into every aspect of what went down and what was said and agreed upon. I also won't sit here and bash anyone at the Goregrowlers camp and get into any of that type of crap. What I will do is be honest and give you a "long story short". GRAVEHILL was one of the first bands asked to be a part of this years fest. I was also instrumental in helping them book a few of the bands that are playing. I know that GRAVEHILL is not fucking METALLICA, so we didn't expect some sort of "red carpet treatment". It was obvious that once some of the bigger bands jumped on board and the larger sponsors started getting involved, we felt that we were on the outside looking in. This would have been fine if we had to bring ourselves out and cover all of the costs. We understand how "politics" work in this scene. There are some bands playing now that A LOT of people want to see. But once we were FINALLY notified about us not being a part of the fest, we had already booked the IMPIETY west coast shows and started getting money together to fund that. Being that we play the music that we do, obviously we aren't made of money. There was just NO WAY that we could grab cheap flights and get sleeping arrangements in a manner that would make sense. The reasons and excuses as to why the promoter decided this, well they have press releases being sent out about a lot of those things. Regardless, this situation SUCKS and we are sorry to the Horde of maniacs down in San Antonio that we can't make it out for this one! We have been some killer friends down there, and we were looking VERY forward to killing and hanging out with all of you once again. We ASSURE you that we will be returning to Texas in 2012. We will keep everyone posted about this as soon as we can start generating interest and get the talks finalized. But as far as the fest goes, I will also not tell anyone "DON'T SUPPORT THAT SHIT!" because I have some killer friends still playing it and our other friends in the area deserve a good weekend of metal madness. Plus this was a business decision that just did not work out in OUR favor. Go support your scene everyone! And have a fucking blast at this Goregrowlers Ball. Hails to you and I hope to see you soon you crazy Texas motherfuckers!"

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