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News - March 2012

March 28, 2012

The anticipated sophomore full-length from Death / Doom duo ENCOFFINATION, "O' Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres" will be available on vinyl this April via Selfmadegod Records: 111 copies on white vinyl and 389 copies on black vinyl. You can pre-order your copy now at www.selfmadegod.com

'Maledicte', a track from VORKREIST’s upcoming fourth album "Sigil Whore Christ", is streaming now at this location. The album was recorded at Drudenhaus Studios and will be released via Agonia Records on April 22, 2012 in Europe and May 22, 2012 in North America as a digipak CD, digital download, heavy vinyl and limited to 100 copies heavy vinyl with red splatter (the latter only available via the Agonia Records webshop). The first pressing of every vinyl comes with an exclusive poster. More info here.

Here's a statement from drummer Rhett Davis regarding the return of MORGION's scheduled return at this year's Maryland Death Fest: "It is with great regret that I must inform you all that MORGION must postpone our performance at this year's Maryland Death Fest, on Friday May 25th. Jeremy (Peto - bass / vocals) recently sustained a quite serious neck & back injury, serious enough to where he must undergo surgery and months of physical therapy. Needless to say we are all very concerned for his health and well-being, we must ask you to be patient with us just a lil' bit longer! On the positive, we have our "Rabid Decay" demo, "Live Rehearsal" demo and "Travesty" 7"EP re-released on a CD called "God Of Death & Decay" on Dark Descent Records, as well as the double gatefold Solinari vinyl release on Parasitic Records due before MDF! I do have to stress this is NOT a cancellation, this is a postponement... Our sincere apologies for this, but the circumstances are quite serious and we hope our fans / friends understand and wish Jeremy a speedy recovery!" www.morgion.com

March 27, 2012

Singapore's DEMISOR have signed a deal with Pulverised Records. The band was founded in 1987 and ever since released the "Mestectomy" demo in 1990 and the "Oral Climax" demo in 1992 as well as several split albums. They are currently working on brand new material for an upcoming as-yet-untitled EP, which will be released later this year. You can check out a promo track, entitled 'Theocracy Revile', at this location. In other DEMISOR-related news, the band will be playing this year's edition of the Obscene Extreme Festival 2012 in Trutnov, Czech Republic and share the stage with bands such as EXHUMED, the reunited NASUM, ASPHYX, DISCHARGE, POISON IDEA, CEPHALIC CARNAGE and many more. In conjunction with their debut appearance at the festival DEMISOR are also slated to embark on a mini European tour, trekking across several European counterparts. More information and details on the tour will be announced soon. www.facebook.com/pages/Demisor/104541112997046

March 24, 2012

Florida’s MASSACRE have signed a deal with Century Media. The band’s line-up consists of original band members Rick Rozz (guitar) and Terry Butler (bass) as well as Ed Webb (ex - DIABOLIC, also in DESTINED TO RUIN and GENERICHRIST) on vocals and Mike Mazzonetto (ex - PAIN PRINCIPLE) on drums. 2 new songs (‘Back From Beyond’ and ‘Succumb To Rapture’) have already been recorded at CGM Studios in Florida and will be released as a 7” in August 2012 when MASSACRE will play at the Wacken Open Air in Germany (followed by more shows to be announced soon). Rick Rozz: “I am overwhelmed, and overly flattered, for this great honor in this day and age, of being part of the Century Media Family. I remember touring with Robert Kampf and his band DESPAIR back in the late 1980s, on tour with DEATH, when he was first starting Century Media... and now we are on the same team 25 years later. After so many years gone by it is great to be working with Terry again and our former DEATH manager Eric Greif, as well as getting to write and record with Ed Webb and Mike Mazzonetto. This whole thing came together on the fly, after 17 years in the waiting. Way cool...if you ask me, nothing but respect!” Terry Butler: “It’s a great honor to be part of the Century Media family and for me personally to be working with Rick again! We have found the perfect band members in Ed and Mike to solidify the line-up. We are very excited and focused to get a new album out in 2012." More info at www.reverbnation.com/massacreflorida or the band's facebook page.

March 21, 2012

Norwegian experimental Black Metal band, MESOPOTAMIA, who recently signed to Abyss Records, has posted a pre-production demo of the song 'The Summoning Of Erra' from their forthcoming debut album at www.reverbnation.com/mesopotamia. The band will enter the studio in the early Spring to record the album, which is set to be released later this year. Earlier this year, MESOPOTAMIA posted a demo version of the track 'The Cult Of Ninurta' at the same location. An interview with the band's guitarist V. Braadland can be found at this location. More info at www.facebook.com/mesopotamiaofficial

Cali-based Thrashers MONOLITH will join SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER and BLESSED CURSE on the 10-date West Coast Annihilation Tour, which kicks off on April 05, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.

March 20, 2012

The first 7" by French NECROWRETCH is available now from Detest Records. The band is currently working on their debut album which will be recorded in August this year at Blackout Multimedia Studio in Brussels, Belgium after the band's live appearance at the Hell's Pleasure Festival. It will be released on CD and LP through Century Media Records. Upcoming Detest Records releases include 7" EPs by Finland's CRYPTBORN, Denmark's PUSTULATION and Germany's BEYOND. More info at www.detestrecords.com

On March 17, 2012 Poland's CENTURION celebrated the release of their upcoming album "Serve No One" at Warsaw's Progresja club. You can check out live performances of two of the songs here and here. A photo gallery from the event is also available on the band's official website: www.centurion-deathmetal.pl

March 16, 2012

Swedish Death Metallers FETUS STENCH have released another new song from their upcoming album "Stillbirth", entitled 'Stillborn Son' at this location. The album is scheduled for a Summer 2012 release via Abyss Records. On April 30, 2012, FETUS STENCH will be celebrating the release of "Stillbirth" with a release party at Metal Club in Karlstad, Sweden. VOMITORY is also scheduled to appear. FETUS STENCH guitarist / vocalist Bjorte had this to say about the album, "After 6 months of pure hell, we've come through to the other side with a real monster of an album. A recording filled with technical failures, hate, fights and what not has finally come to an end and so looking back at the whole process and listening to what finally came to be, it was nothing but worth it. I think it's safe to say that we've reached a new level of brutality." Here's the tracklist: 'Meat Grinder Flesh Obliteration', 'Stillborn Son', 'Brennkommando', 'The Outer Island', 'Severe Suffering', 'Necrosis', 'Bashed, Defaced and Disfigured', 'Descending Into the Realm of the Dead' and 'By Butchery Divorced'. More info at www.facebook.com/fetusstench

American Death / Thrashers SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER will start their 11-dates West Coast tour on April 05, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. Joining them will be Northern California's Thrashers BLESSED CURSE. BLESSED CURSE's (formerly DEVASTATOR) self-titled debut album is out now on Cyclone Empire Records. A third band is being sought to complete the package. Interested bands should contact clawhammerpr@gmail.com or Steve Worley at sacrificial2000@gmail.com as soon as possible. More band info at www.facebook.com/sacrificialslaughter, www.facebook.com/blessedcurseofficial.

March 14, 2012

Serbia's NOMINAL ABUSE will be releasing their new full length "Behind The Vanishing Values" on March 30, 2012 via Magnetix Records. It will be available as a physical disc and digital download. The first video off the record for 'Embarrassment And Pressure' can be checked out at this location.

Mexico's X-REVIEWS have just issued the most recent number of their compilation “X-Reviews Compilation Vol 2”. It is professionally printed / duplicated (no CD-Rs or photocopies), limited to 500 copies and comes with band pictures, logos and contact addresses. This time the label has compiled bands from different genres such as Thrash, Death and Black Metal. Bands include MUMMIFIED, INFERNAL EXCECRATOR, MOLOCH, LIKE PYROPHORIC, EISHETH’S FUNERAL, EXTERNAL TUMOR, AMMUNITION, NEVERGREEN, DARK SADNESS, AGGRESSOR and more. For further information contact the label at x-reviews@hotmail.com, www.x-reviews.net.

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions have signed FIENDS AT FEAST and will release their debut EP "Shadows Of Extinction" on March 27, 2012. You can already listen to a full track at this location.

March 13, 2012

French old school Death Metallers AFFLICTION GATE have posted samples of their pre-production / demo 2011 at www.myspace.com/afflictiongate. All three songs will appear on their upcoming MCD "Shattered Ante Mortem Illusions" which will released via German Metal Inquisition Records before this Summer.

Century Media Records have signed MORBUS CHRON from Sweden. The band commented on this as follows: “Always expect the unexpected. MORBUS CHRON are thrilled to join the ranks of Century Media Records. We know that with greater assistance and sturdier tools, the more clearly we can focus our attention solely on the music. So it is with big smiles that we ink this deal tonight. To keep the momentum going, we're entering Gutterview Studios in March / April to record our first 10" EP. Expect to have us around for a while.” MORBUS CHRON's first live appearance in Germany will take place at the Hell’s Pleasure Festival in Pößneck on July 20 and July 21, 2012 along with Century Media label mates SONNE ADAM and NECROWRETCH. Later this year, the band will start writing the follow up to their first album “Sleepers In The Rift”. More info at www.facebook.com/morbuschron, www.myspace.com/morbuschronband

AFTER DEATH (featuring ex - MORBID ANGEL / INCUBUS / NOCTURNUS member Mike Browning) and Chile's UNAUSSPRECHLICHEN KULTEN have teamed up for a split album entitled “Dwellers Of The Deep / The Madness From The Sea”. The release comes as a giant digipak double CD with a giant insert and includes liner notes about the whole concept as well as all the lyrics with Spanish / English translations. Audio samples can be found at http://proselytism.bandcamp.com/

Belgium's blackened Death Metallers EMPTINESS (featuring members of ENTHRONED) will be releasing their third full length album "Error" via Dark Descent Records on May 22, 2012. The tracklisting reads like this: 'Deafer', 'Error', 'It And I', 'Worst', 'Dissolution', 'Not Enough', 'Low', 'Nothing' and 'No Earth'. The album's layout was done by Brussels based Blackout Media and features a four-panel digipak on upgraded matte finish card stock with an eight page booklet. A promotional video for the song 'Deafer' has been posted at this location. All further info at www.emptiness.be

March 11, 2012

Here’s an official statement by ELECTROCUTION guitarist Alex Guadagnoli: "ELECTROCUTION and "Inside The Unreal" apparently were never forgotten by Death Metal fans and we thankfully felt this support and respect for 20 years now. We thought it's time to give something back, especially after watching the price of original used copies reaching $100 each on Amazon, and even those are sold out. We wanted to celebrate with our fans the 20th Anniversary of "Inside The Unreal" with a very special limited edition reissue, which also includes a deluxe vinyl version with never before seen pictures, restyled artwork and all songs remastered at The Strands studio in Los Angeles, California. We want to dedicate this reissue to our supporters and a special thanks goes to Ordo MCM for patiently working with us to make this vinyl edition possible."

March 10, 2012

INCANTATION have issued a number of statements regarding their upcoming new album and the unfortunate passing of former bass player, Joey "Fingers" Lombard… John McEntee: "We are currently working on our new album, which we have about 80% finished. We have a lot more ideas to work on. I am very happy with the way things are coming together. Kyle, Chuck, Alex and I have killer songwriting chemistry and there is such a high quality of musicianship. This is an amazingly strong line up that truely understands the essence of INCANTATION's music. Watch out for the new album this year and a list of a few festival performances will be announced soon. As most of you know, the INCANTATION family has been dealing with the tragic loss of our former bassist and friend Joey "Fingers" Lombard. It's still really difficult to believe that Joey is gone. He was truly a great guy and an awesome and dedicated bandmember. Joey's contribution to the band will never be forgotten. We are fortunate to have written a lot of music with him, so in songs his legacy will live on. Please understand this is a really hard time for the INCANTATION family and friends along with the Lombard family. Thanks for all the tributes and condolences for Joey, it really means a lot to us.” Alex Bouks: "I am more then confident that the new INCANTATION record is going to crush your skulls. In my opinion this is one of the band's darkest and most brutal collection of songs to date and it is my my honor and privilege to be working with two of Death Metal’s finest players in Kyle Severn and Chuck Sherwood.Unleash the blood of the goat! I wanted to thank everyone for their condolences for our fallen brother in Metal and great friend Joey "Fingers" Lombard. Joey was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. Joey had stepped up to the plate and joined John McEntee and myself back in 2000 to create some of INCANTATION’s finest Blasphemy to date!!! He stuck with us for 5 plus long years of writing and traveling the Death Metal roads!! He was an amazing musician and bass player. He had contributed more than most could imagine to the Death Metal scene. He had made many new friends through those years on the road, he was such a likable guy. I don't think he had a mean bone in his body. He will be truly missed. 666 horns to my fallen brother of Metal..." INCANTATION have released a brand new track (the first studio release in 6 years) as part of the “After Party Massacre” CD soundtrack and limited edition bloodsplatter vinyl 7” - a sample of the track can be checked out at this location

March 09, 2012

F.D.A. Records have signed German Death Metallers CHAPEL OF DISEASE. The band's first four song demo "Death Evoked" will be released on April 13, 2012, limited to 166 hand-numbered copies. T-shirt / cassette bundles will be available as well. CHAPEL OF DISEASE plan to release their debut album on CD and LP at the end of 2012. A promotional video, featuring samples from "Death Evoked" has been posted at this location. For more info check out www.facebook.com/ChapelOfDisease

To The Death Records will re-release DOOMSTONE's "Those Whom Satan Hath Joined" album on vinyl. The material was remastered by Bob at Redline Studios and as a special bonus it also includes the two tracks from the band's rare 2 song promo tape. The worldwide distribution will be handled by Blood Harvest Records. Here's the full tracklist: 'Doomstone-Transvection', 'Lord', 'Sores Of The Wicked', 'Unholy Rosaries', 'Christian Burial', 'Possessed Cemetaries', 'Rosemary's Baby', 'Tales Of Voodoo', 'The Twilight People', 'Twisted Priest', 'See You In Hell', 'Those Whom Satan Hath Joined', 'Infestation, Obsession, Possession...', 'Crippling Religion' and 'Deathbed Scenes'. More info at www.tothedeath.se (under construction) or the label's facebook site.

Lavadome Productions will be releasing CHAOS INCEPTION's second full length "The Abrogation". The album was produced / mixed by Lance Wright at Stargate Studios in Huntsville, AL during Fall / Winter 2011 and mastered by Brian Elliot at Mana Studios in January 2012. The tracklist reads like this: 'The Abrogation', 'Phalanx - The Tip Of The Spear', 'Lunatic Necromancy', 'Pazuzu Eternal', 'Hammer Of Infidel', 'Black Blood Vortex', 'Ancient Ways Prevail', 'The Exterminati' and 'Scald Command'. More info at www.facebook.com/chaosinception

Stockholm based DESULTOR will release their full-length debut "Masters Of Hate" on March 20, 2012 via Abyss Records. The album was recorded and mastered by Sverker Widgren at Sweden's Necromorbus Studios. A promo video for the song 'Black Monday' can be viewed at this location. Here's the complete tracklist: 'Chapter 1: New Era', 'Black Monday', 'Another World', 'Denied', 'Division Insane', 'Chapter 2: The Phoenix', 'And So We Bleed...', 'The Luxury Of Pain', 'Caged', 'Masters Of Hate' and 'The End '. For all further info check out www.myspace.com/desultorsweden

March 08, 2012

Poland's Grindcore squad ANTIGAMA a currently recording a new MCD entitled "Stop The Chaos". The mastering and mixing will be handled by the band's longtime friend and producer Szymon Czech (NYIA, THIRD DEGREE) and the MCD is scheduled to be released in May via Selfmadegod Records. A trailer that documents the recording sessions can be checked out at this location. ANTIGAMA is furthermore in the process of recording several brand new tracks for a 3-way split with NOISEAR (USA, Relapse) and THE KILL (Australia). A new full-length (also for Selfmadegod Records) is to be recorded later this year as well. More info at www.facebook.com/antigama

March 07, 2012

Chaos Records have signed Mexico City's THE SUFFERING for the release of their debut full-length later this year. The band was formed at the end of 1996, features ex and current members of CENOTAPH and DENIAL and released a self-titled demo in October of 1998 via Vision D Records.

In April 2012 Mexico's INFINITUM OBSCURE will be touring European for the first time ever since the band's inception 12 years ago. The tour also features Greek DEAD CONGREGATION and will run across five European countries (Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium and Poland) for a total of seven shows. After the tour INFINITUM OBSCURE will enter Skull Seven Studios in North Hollywood CA, with producer Bill Metoyer again, to record the follow up album to 2009's "Sub Atris Caelis". www.infinitumobscure.com, www.facebook.com/infinitumobscure

17 months after the release of the CD version, "Dead Lovers' Guide", the debut full length by Czech Death Metallers BRUTALLY DECEASED, will be released on vinyl via Lavadome Productions as well now. The vinyl edition (matte laminated cover, matte coated sleeve, inside black prints, 140g wax) is limited to 500 copies and can be ordered from this location store.lavadome.org. The album is also available for free download (e-mail required) here and here.

March 06, 2012

US Death / Thrashers LOATHSOME are currently working on their debut full length which will be released via Razorback Records later this year. The band consists of members from DECREPITAPH, KAIJU and WOODEN STAKE and already recorded a demo in 2010 ("Lepers Of The Loathsome"). More info at www.facebook.com/Loathsome666666

March 05, 2012

In about three months Chaos Records in cooperation with Dark Blasphemies Records will release a compilation CD of UNCONSECRATED entitled "Awakening In The Cemetery Grave" that contains all tracks the band ever recorded so far. The entire material was remastered in Germany last year and the CD will feature a 16 pages boooklet, an additional intro (taken from the movie "The Omen") and a new cover design by Daniel Devilish. More info at www.myspace.com/unconsecrated

March 04, 2012

Brazilian Thrashers WOSLOM are currently working on the last details of their first European tour supporting their debut album "Time To Rise" with around 30 concerts in 8 countries. The band is already confirmed for the "SWR Barroselas Metalfest XV", which will take place from April 26 - 30, 2012 in Portugal. For more information on the band check out www.woslom.com

Norway's CHTON have finished a new full length entitled "The Devil Builds" and are currently looking for a label to release it. The album was recorded and produced at Morningstar Studio with Arnt Obsidian Grønbech (KEEP OF KALESSIN, SATYRICON) and mixed by Stamos Koliousis (DJERV, MENCEA) at 2010 Studio in Berlin. Lead guitarist and founding member Øyvind commented: "CHTON is very exited to return to the stage with full force, and we're working on a tour that will bring our rotten blasphemies to places we've never been with this band!" CHTON is now a 4-piece as vocalist Terje has chosen to leave the band after the recording of "The Devil Builds". Bassist Ola now handles main vocals. Commented Terje: "After 10 Years as vocalist in CHTON I have decided to leave the band. We are all good friends and the only reason for me leaving is that I wish to move on and do something else. As a last effort in the the band I have done all the main vocals on the forthcoming album "The Devil Builds". We all feel that we have managed to capture the raw and old school feeling of Death Metal on this album and this is what CHTON is all about!" More info at www.chton.com

The track 'Nonvs Sacramentum' from ENTHRONED's upcoming album "Obsidium" is now streaming at this location. http://soundcloud.com/agoniarecords/enthroned-nonvs-sacramentum.

IMPIETY's eighth full-length album "Ravage & Conquer" will be released through Pulverised Records on April 02, 2012 (Europe) / May 08, 2012 (North America). The album was written, recorded, mixed and mastered in two weeks in January / February 2012 at Studio 47, Singapore and the artwork was conceptualized and designed by Thai graphic illustrator Lord Sickness (SABBAT, WITCHAVEN, ZYGOATSIS, etc). Here's the complete tracklist: 'Revelation Decimation', 'Ravage & Conquer', 'Weaponized', 'The Scourge Majesty', 'War Crowned', 'Legacy Of Savagery', 'Salve The Goat' and 'Sacrifice' (BATHORY cover). More info at www.mightyimpiety.com, www.facebook.com/impietyofficial

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