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News - November 2012

November 30, 2012

German Death Metallers DESERTED FEAR have just released a video for the song 'Field Of Death'. The song is taken off their debut album "My Empire", which was released earlier this year through F.D.A. Records. You can check out the video at this location. More information at www.facebook.com/desertedfear

November 28, 2012

New York City based Death Metallers DEHUMANIZED have just released their first album in 14 years, entitled "Controlled Elite". It features guest appearances from SUFFOCATION's Terrance Hobbs and Frank Mullen and is now available through Comatose Music. The band recently teamed up with NefariousRealm.com for an exclusive premier of the song 'Root Of Evil', which features a guitar solo from Terrance Hobbs. Check it out at this location. DEHUMANIZED will be playing a couple of shows in December, including a benefit show for Hurricane Sandy relief on Friday, December 21, 2012 at Broadway Bar in Amityville, NY. The show also features WITHOUT REMORSE, TORN CONSTELLATION, VINCENT PRICE IS RIGHT and IN THE PATH OF TITANS. For more details visit www.facebook.com/dehumanized.ny.

November 27, 2012

DECEASED will release their next full-length album "Ghostly White" through Hells Headbangers in 2013 on both CD and LP formats. It will feature the following tracks: 'The Shivers', 'In A Quiet Town', 'Mr's Allardyce', 'The Germ Of Distorted Lore', 'To Serve The Insane', 'Poor Jessica's Drifted Away' and 'A Palpitation's Warning'. Founding frontman King Fowley had the following to say about the album: "This record will be a very produced musical journey that will capture the complete morbid side of DECEASED. If we do what we are setting out to do, it will ooze of dark melody without forgetting the rough aggressive edges and catchiness in the songwriting that we've kept in our sound since day one. There will be a complete haunting aura throughout the record! A few songs will be lengthy tracks, including a 15-minute ride. Fitting interludes will lock in the actual tracks, and little jolts of madness will also rear their ugly heads from time to time. This is a musical adventure we've been waiting to take, and now's the time. Get out your woolen overcoats, the funeral is about to begin...." Hells Headbangers recently also reissued DECEASED's "Supernatural Addiction" on CD, with an LP version coming on January 23, 2013, featuring five bonus demo tracks ('Dark Chilling Heartbeat', 'Frozen Screams', 'A Very Familiar Stranger', 'The Premonition' and 'The Hanging Soldier') and extensive liner notes from King Fowley. For more DECEASED info, go to www.upthetombstones.net.

As a brief introduction of what is to come old school Black / Death Metallers KING CARNAGE have just released a one song demo track called 'Slashing In The Black' at this location. A full length album entitled "Ounce Of Mercy, Pound Of Flesh" will be released in early 2013 through badGod Music. More info at www.facebook.com/kingcarnage.deathmetal

BrooklynVegan.com has posted 'Sating Erictho', a new track off "Coils Of The Black Earth", the forthcoming debut from Finnish blackened Death Metallers MAVETH at this location. The album will be available on CD and double-LP (black & grey splatter) on December 15, 2012 through Dark Descent Records. All further information at www.maveth.com or www.facebook.com/maveth666

November 26, 2012

LOCK UP, featuring Tomas Lindberg (AT THE GATES, DISFEAR), Anton Reisenegger (PENTAGRAM CHILE, CRIMINAL), Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, BRUJERIA,VENOMOUS CONCEPT) and Nick Barker (ex - CRADLE OF FILTH, ex - DIMMU BORGIR) will be playing a couple of European club shows in Febuary 2013 in support of their lastest album “Necropolis Transparent”. Drummer Nick Barker commented: “We’re really excited and looking forward to blasting our way across Europe in Febuary 2013. LOCK UP on the whole, don’t really get to do club tours very often so this is a great opportunity for us do what we do, get up close and in your face with the fans, in a more intimate setting as opposed to playing the bigger open air festival stages we’re accustomed to. Don’t get me wrong we love playing the big festivals, but with the brutal and savage nature of our music, its very well suited in a club enviroment and we feel both the band and fans vibe on that a lot more”.

NoiseArt Records have signed SVARTTJERN from Oslo, Norway. Their debut “Misanthropic Path Of Madness” was released in 2009 and the second album “Towards The Ultimate” in 2011. The band is currently busy working in the studio, with a release of the new album scheduled for early 2013. The band comments: “The dawn of the Snake is near, and so is an new era of SVARTTJERN, as future releases will be trough NoiseArt Records. Our next full-length is in the final phase of recording, and is due to release first half of 2013 – Year of the Snake. Gather the sinners! Alongside we have also joined forces with Rock The Nation, who will take care of booking and management in the future.” SVARTTJERN is comfirmed for EXTREMEFEST 2013 which takes place in Hünxe Germany from May 23 – May 25 2013. More info about the festival at www.extremefest.eu. All further info at www.facebook.com/svarttjern

November 24, 2012

Nuclear Winter Records in co-operation with Floga Records have just re-released the classic THOU ART LORD demo "The Cult Of The Horned One" as a limited vinyl mini LP (500 copies). A clear vinyl version is also available exclusively from Nuclear Winter and Floga Records, limited to 166 copies.

Nuclear Winter Records also released a limited edition of 200 professionally manufactured tapes of SUN'S BLOOD's "Obscurations To Zos" demo (originally recorded 8 years ago). The band features an ex - DESTROYER 666 member and current PENTACLE guitarist.

COFFIN TEXTS' debut album "Gods Of Creation, Death & Afterlife", originally released on CD by Dwell Records in 2000, has now been re-released by Nuclear Winter Records as well with new artwork / design and a 12 pages booklet. The album features 6 tracks of devastating Death Metal. The cover songs featured in the Dwell Records version have been discarded in favour of preserving the consistency and sonic purity of the original compositions. Limited to 500 copies.

Also available now from Nuclear Winter Records is "Viscera Terrae", the MCD by Germany's DROWNED. For more info and ordering details check out www.nuclearwinterrecords.com

November 22, 2012

"The Northwinds Rend Flesh", the self-released EP from Minot, ND's FROSTHELM, is now available for purchase as a digital download at www.cdbaby.com/cd/frosthelm2. The CD version will be available in the coming weeks. More info at www.facebook.com/frosthelmband

November 21, 2012

Canadian Black Metal duo WILT has just released their self-titled four track EP. The artwork comes courtesy of Sam Nelson and the logo was done by Christophe Szpajdel. Dan Lowndes handled the mastering duties. The EP is available as a digital download at wiltmanitoba.bandcamp.com. Physical copies are coming soon. For more updates and information visit www.facebook.com/wiltmb.

Additionally to the nine songs on the new album "From My Cold Dead Hands" Sweden's NONEXIST also recorded five cover songs that Pivotal Rockordings are currently releasing for free at various social media websites and media outlets. Voices From The Darkside was chosen to be one of them, so we can exclusively offer you the band's unique version of ATOMIC ROOSTER's 'Death Walks Behind You' right here. NONEXIST will make its first live appearance at Scorched Tundra Festival on December 28, 2012 at Sticky Fingers in Sweden, playing alongside ZOMBIEKRIG, SWITCH OPENS, NO HAWAII and label mates ELDRIMNER. The band features former CARNAGE / ARCH ENEMY and current HEARSE vocalist Johan Liiva and ANDROMEDA / SKYFIRE guitarist Johan Reinholdz. The live line-up will be completed by Linus Abrahamsson (ANDROMEDA) on bass, Johan Ålgard (FAITHFUL DARKNESS) on guitars and Joakim Strandberg-Nilsson (FAITHFUL DARKNESS) on drums. For all further information check out www.johanreinholdz.com, www.johanliiva.se or www.pivotalalliance.com

American Thrashers ANGER AS ART will be headlining a festival-style show in San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 15, 2012 that will be broadcasted on the TV show "Rock Spot Plus". The gig will be recorded / videotaped for possible future release by ANGER AS ART. In addition to performing ANGER AS ART material the band will close out the performance with a short set of ABATTOIR songs. A promotional video for the Rock Spot Plus show can be viewed here.

November 20, 2012

Drummer Raelin Iakhu has left NECROS CHRISTOS. Here's the official statement from the band: "After nearly five years of hard work, we sadly have to announce that drum magician Raelin Iakhu played his last show with NECROS CHRISTOS in Helsinki, Finland, this past weekend (Nov. 17th, 2012). His performance on "Doom Of The Occult" will remain as a true testament of the great dedication and effort that he put into the band and that made the album so unbelievably intense. We wish him and his family all the best for the future. His contribution will always be present in the ways of NECROS CHRISTOS. Thank you!"

"A Tomb For The Haunted", the new album from Mexico's AGONY LORDS, will be released November 26, 2012 on Chaos Records. It will be available as a six-panel digipak with a 24-pages booklet that includes artwork, history and lyrics for each track. A special limited edition version (500 copies) will also be available and includes the bonus track 'The Torture Never Stops' (W.A.S.P cover) and an exclusive bonus DVD with official videos, a photo gallery, biography, the making of 'The Spirit In The Tower' video, official bootlegs and "Unions" recording sessions from 1992. Here's the full tracklist of the album: 'Enter The Mausoleum', 'Raising The Occult', 'Dead Eyes', 'The Spirit In The Tower', 'Emily', 'Witches Board', 'Writer Of The Dead', 'The Phantom Boo', 'The Tree Of The Hange', 'A Tomb For The Haunted' and 'The Torture Never Stops' (W.A.S.P. cover, limited edition exclusive bonus track). Visit this location for all further details. The official video for 'The Spirit In The Tower' can be checked out here. 'The Spirit In The Tower' and 'Raising The Occult' are currently streaming at the Chaos Records bandcamp site. More info at www.facebook.com/agony.lords or www.chaos-records.com

"Behold The Ascension Of The Execrated" is the title of the upcoming new album by Cleveland, Ohio's MANTICORE - the band's first full-length since 2006's "For Rats And Plague". It was recorded in the basement of the Last House on the Left on October 12 and 13, 2012 by Don Sukis, Jr. who also mixed and mastered it. Nestor Avalos is responsible for the artwork. The track 'Denying The Resurrection' is now streaming at this location. "Behold The Ascension Of The Execrated" features the following tracks: 'Behold The Ascension Of The Execrated', 'From The Darkness Below', 'Abhorrent Baptism In The Vestal Cavity', 'Procession To Possession', 'Denying The Resurrection', 'Torn Apart By Hate', 'In Nomine Satanas' (VENOM cover), 'Filth Upon Filth' and 'Abolished Holy Conceit'. More info at www.facebook.com/manticore666 or www.deathgasm.com

"Culture Of Death", the debut album from Jacksonville, Florida's CYSTIC DYSENTERY is available now from Deathgasm Records. The album features a cover of SLAYER's 'Born Of Fire' as well as guest vocals from NAILSHITTER's Mike Fortier (on 'Cadaverous Compost') and cover art by Jon Zig. The band is currently streaming selections from "Culture Of Death" at www.reverbnation.com/cysticdysentery. Here's the full tracklist: 'Parasitic Demise', 'Dead Priest', 'Head Wound', 'Concussion', 'Engulfed In Feces', 'Cadaverous Compost', 'Born Of Fire' (SLAYER cover) and 'Culture Of Death'. For all further information go to www.facebook.com/pages/cystic-dysentery/208265715902640

November 19, 2012

Hells Headbangers have signed Singapore's IMPIETY for a new single and full-length album, both to be released in 2013. IMPIETY have just returned from an eight-date Asian tour and are now ready for another European tour later this month with ENTHRONED and FORGOTTEN TOMB. "I've long admired the works of Hells Headbangers", says founding frontman Shyaithan. "They have always put out killer albums from dedicated bands, and it came by much surprise recently that they have shown great enthusiasm and concern to work with IMPIETY. We definitely look forward to an infernal 2013 with Hells Headbangers." After their November European tour, IMPIETY will record a new four-song MCD entitled "The Impious Crusade", set for release in early 2013 by Hells Headbangers. More IMPIETY info at www.facebook.com/impietyofficial

November 18, 2012

The new ANGER AS ART album "Hubris Inc." will be released on February 05 , 2013 via Old School Metal Records. ANGER OF ART founder Steve Gaines (ABATTOIR, BLOODLUST, TACTICS, BITCH, DREAMS OF DAMNATION, PAGAN WAR MACHINE) states that the band's fourth album offers the kind of vicious, memorably penned Thrash / Speed Metal that fans have come to expect without simply retracing the steps taken on previous albums. "Hubris Inc." features the following fourteen tracks: 'Hubris Inc.', 'Time Devours Life', 'Gods Of Hate', 'Anger Is The Reason', 'Speed Kills', 'This Is Why I Hate', 'As The Exalted Seethe', 'Pearls Before The Swine', 'Divided We Fall', 'Head Of The Snake', 'The Evil You Create', 'Pieces Of Red', 'Rage And Retribution' and 'Never Forgive Never Forget'. The song 'Rage And Retribution' features Betsy Bitch on vocals, Jim Durkin (DARK ANGEL) on lead guitar and Timothy Gaines (STRYPER) on bass. Steve Nelson (EVIL DEAD) contributes backing vocals on 'The Evil You Create' and 'Speed Kills' features Mark Caro (ABATTOIR) on lead guitar (the song was actually written for ABATTOIR back in 1984 and is performed by all ABATTOIR members). More information at www.angerasart.com, www.facebook.com/angerasart or www.osmrecords.net

A lyric video for 'Lunatic Necromancy' from Alabama's Death Metallers CHAOS INCEPTION has been posted at this location. The song itself can be found on the band's latest album, "The Abrogation", which was released by Lavadome Productions this June. The band comments on the lyrics: "'Lunatic Necromancy' represents the perversion and sadism of an insane mind, in a different and perhaps more realistic way than is typical. We do not glorify ritual murderers or serial killers. They are pathetic individuals - aberrations. What is the voice that they hear in their minds? What are their hallucinations? You will not understand them, but could you unwittingly become one?" "The Abrogation" is currently streaming in its entirety at lavadome.bandcamp.com/album/the-abrogation. More info at www.facebook.com/chaosinception

Hellthrasher Productions have just released "False Enlightenment", the debut full-length from Greek Death Metallers RESURGENCY, as a limited edition (400 black and 100 red) heavy 180g vinyl, packed in an exclusive high quality gatefold sleeve. For more details and ordering information check out www.hellthrasher.com or www.facebook.com/hellthrasher.prod

November 17, 2012

Typhonian Occult Metallers ACRIMONIOUS will release their second album "Sunyata" through Agonia Records on November 28, 2012 in Europe and February 05, 2013 in the USA. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered in Sitra Ahra and Unreal Studios with the assistance of Necromorbus Studio (WATAIN, ADORIOR, ONDSKAPT, DESTROYER 666). It will be available as digital download, CD / LP with booklet and limited to 100 copies splatter vinyl with a 20 page booklet including an A2 poster. The track 'The Hollow Wedjat' is currently streaming at this location. More info at: www.facebook.com/pages/acrimonious/114756638618913

November 16, 2012

Swedish Black Metallers WATAIN have signed a deal with Century Media Records. The band commented this as follows: "We are writing this from a magical place of desolation and desert-like vastness, where wondrous things are at this very moment taking place. Things that will come to colour our world as well as yours in the strangest hues for many years to come. We are entering this new chapter of WATAIN with a will and confidence to make it the most diverse and rememberable so far. And with the things that we have in mind for the future, it looks like it will be just so. Just wait and see, f***ers! Loud and terrible shall the trumpets of Devils sound…" 2013 will see the release of WATAIN’s much anticipated fifth studio album via His Master's Noise in collaboration with Century Media Records. More info and upates at www.templeofwatain.com

November 14, 2012

"Through The Eternal Damnation", the 4-track debut EP by Turkish Death Metallers ENGULFED, is currently streaming in its entirety at this location. It was recently released on CD by Hellthrasher Productions (the vinyl edition will be out in a couple of months through Me Saco Un Ojo Records). The tracklist reads like this: 'Triumph Of The Impious', 'Summoned', 'Supreme Lord Of Blasphemy' and 'Inseminated With Demon Seed'. The band was formed in late 2010 by members of DECAYING PURITY, BURIAL INVOCATION and DEGGIAL. More information at www.facebook.com/engulfedtr

November 13, 2012

EXUMER have been confirmed to appear at the Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse Festival in Chicago, IL, which is scheduled to take place from May 03 - 04, 2013 and also includes ONSLAUGHT, ELDRITCH, OZ, OMEN, MORBID SAINT, OCTOBER 31, SHOK PARIS and many more. Information and tickets can be found at www.ragnarokkrmetal.com and www.facebook.com/ragnarokkrmetal. This appearance will be part of EXUMER's first full U.S. tour in the band's 27 year long history, which will take place in April / May 2013. Dates and details will be announced as they are confirmed. EXUMER released their latest album, "Fire & Damnation", in April of this year. You can watch the video for the title track at www.metalblade.com/exumer.

German Black Metallers LUNAR AURORA have split-up. Here's the band's official statement: "Dear friends, it has always been clear that also LUNAR AURORA will end some day. And this autumn we felt that it is time to lay the band to rest. We came to that decision for various reasons, the two following may be the most significant. On one hand our imaginations of future musical projects are difficult to reconcile with LUNAR AURORA, on the other hand we feel that LUNAR AURORA is out of tune with these times. We have never been people that speechify, so we won't make a big deal out of that, either. It have been 18 great years and for that we want to say a big "THANK YOU!" to the people who have been with us during those years. Especially the fans as well as the bands we played with or did projects with. Not to forget the magazines, distributors, concert promoters, without whom publicity would not have been possible. Our label partners Frank Stöver, Andreas Lacher and Tom Wahl we owe deep thankfulness for their energy and trust. With deep gratefulness we think of our bandmates Sindar, Nathaniel, Profanatitas, Biil, Skoarth and Bernhard Klepper for all they did for LUNAR AURORA with great dedication. Although there won't be a new LUNAR AURORA album anymore, we will make sure that the long out of stock albums "...Of Stargates...", "Elixir Of Sorrow" and "A Haudiga Fluag" will be available through Cold Dimensions within the next 1-2 years. Until we meet again..."

November 09, 2012

The upcoming full-length from Norwegian Black Metallers ENDEZZMA is entitled "Erotik Nekrosis" and will be released on November 28, 2012 in Europe and February 05, 2013 in the USA through Agonia Records. The album was recorded at Slaughterhaus Studio in Oslo with producer Robert Blix and features the following tracks: 'Junkyard Oblivion', 'Enigma Of The Sullen', 'Against Them All', 'Swansong Of A Giant', 'Hollow', 'Krossing The Rubikon' and 'Soulcleansing'. 'Junkyard Oblivion' is available for streaming at this location.The band's line-up includes Morten Shax on vocals, Trondr Nefas (URGEHAL, BEASTCRAFT, ANGST SKVADRON, VULTURE LORD) and Mattis Malphas (BEASTCRAFT) on guitars, Sregroth (URGEHAL, ÅSMEGIN) on bass and Carl Balam (NATTEFROST, ASTAROTH, ex - INFERNAL) on drums. More info at www.facebook.com/endezzma

On December 15, 2012 Dark Descent Records will release "The Sanctum Of Human Darkness", the new album from Finnish Death Metallers DESOLATE SHRINE. An exclusive premier of the track 'Chalice Of Flesh And Bone' is currently streaming at this location. More about DESOLATE SHRINE at www.facebook.com/desolateshrine

November 08, 2012

UK's Speed Metal trio DECEPTOR has been signed by Shadow Kingdom Records for the release of the band's forthcoming six song MCD "Chains Of Delusion". The band has already posted a video for the track 'Heatseeker' at this location. A stream of the song can also be found here. The "Chains Of Delusion" tracklist reads like this: 'Transmission I', 'To Know Infinity', 'Heatseeker', 'Transmission II', 'Sentient Shackles' and 'Walking Dust'. The release is scheduled for January 21, 2013. More info at www.facebook.com/deceptoruk

Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER, RIBSPREADER, REVOLTING, DEMIURG, BONE GNAWER, etc) has resurrected his HUMANITY DELETE project (that he formed in 2003), and has completed the debut album "Never Ending Nightmares", which will be released on December 04, 2012 through Dead Beat Media. The cover artwork was done by Adam Geyer, with inner artwork also by Adam Geyer, as well as Ironworx Gravefix and Dzul Skam. "Never Ending Nightmares" was recorded by Rogga Johansson and mixed / mastered by Ronnie Björnström. Lyrics have been written by Jill Girardi (Dead Beat Media), while HOODED MENACE's Lasse Pyykkö contributed some guest guitar solos. The following tracks will appear on the album: 'Never Ending Nightmares', 'The Eight Ice Narakas', 'Black Oil Defiler (Orang Minyak)', 'Necromantic Sorcery', 'The Jenglot', 'Dismal Corridors', 'Resurrection Rites', 'Retribution Of The Polong', 'Pontianak Part I', 'The Eight Fire Narakas', 'Frozen Apparition' and 'Pontianak Part II'. More info at www.facebook.com/humanitydelete

November 07, 2012

French Black Metallers AOSOTH are currently working on the follow-up to their 2011 release "III". The as of yet untitled album is tentatively slated for a March / April 2013 release through Agonia Records and will firmly consist of 7 new tracks and 55 minutes of music. Guitarist BST has issued the following statement: "We have entered the infamous Bst Studios once again to work on our fourth album and we are confident that this will be our most elaborate, twisted, and sick release so far. Those who did not like the direction we took with the previous record, probably will hate this one even more. We're on the second day of tracking guitars now, and things are going smoothly, so to speak." Track 'V' from AOSOTH's previous album entitled 'III' can be checked out at this location. More AOSOTH at: www.facebook.com/aosoth

November 06, 2012

"Coils Of The Black Earth", the debut from Finnish blackened Death Metallers MAVETH, will be released on CD and double LP (black & grey splatter vinyl) on December 15, 2012 through Dark Descent Records. It features the following songs: 'The Devourer Within The Gulf', 'Dragon Of The Continuum', 'Hymn To Azael', 'Beneath The Sovereignty Of Al-Ghul', 'Hymn To The Black Matron', 'Stating Erictho', 'Coils Of The Black Earth', 'To Seed The Succubi', 'Terminus I - The Burning Offal Of Hinnom' and 'Terminus II - Hinnom Everlasting'. You can already check out 'Hymn To Azael' at this location. More info and updates at www.maveth.com or www.facebook.com/maveth666

Philip Lawvere, the artist who in the past created album covers for KREATOR ("Pleasure To Kill") and CELTIC FROST ("Emperor's Return"), will design the new HIRAX album, which is scheduled for a Spring 2013 release. HIRAX front man Katon W. De Pena commented: "We couldn't be happier to have Philip Lawvere illustrating the cover of our new album; after getting Bill Metoyer to produce it, this is truly the icing on the Thrash Metal cake!" You can check out Philip Lawvere's work at www.facebook.com/lawvereart. In other news, HIRAX is pleased to announce that their new single "La Boca De La Bestia (The Mouth Of The Beast)" is the most downloaded song in the history of the band. It was recorded, produced and mastered by Bill Metoyer at Skull Seven Productions. More info at www.hirax.org

November 03, 2012

Reunited Brazilian Thrashers PANZER have just released a new single entitled "Rising". It can be downloaded for free at the band’s official website www.panzermetal.com.br. The video for the song can be checked out at this location. Currently the band features original members André Pars on guitar and Edson Graseffi on drums as well as newly recruited Rafael Moreira on vocals and Rafael DM on bass. For all further info you can also check out www.facebook.com/panzermetal

November 02, 2012

The debut album from Costa Rica's old school Death Metallers INSEPULTO has finally been released on October 22, 2012. It features an original cover art by Chilean underground artist Daniel Self-Desecrator and was mixed and mastered by local engineer Max Gutierrez at Cavan Studios. The CD version has been licensed exclusively for Europe to Psycho Records from Poland. The band is currently looking for another label (or labels) to step in and release the album for the American territory. Tape and vinyl formats are being negotiated as well. Contact: insepultocr@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/pages/Insepulto/314871011905018, www.wydawnictwopsycho.com

"Suffering Is The Seed", the new album from Colombian Death / Black Metallers NEPENTE, is scheduled for a November 20, 2012 digital release on MetalHit.com. It was mixed and mastered at Poland's Hertz Recording Studio (VADER, HATE, BEHEMOTH, DECAPITATED, etc) and is currently streaming in its entirety at nepente.bandcamp.com. Here's the tracklist: 'Suffering Is The Seed', 'Hell Is The Name Of This Land', 'Merciful Death', 'Hear Me Howl', 'Slaves Will Always Be Slaves', 'Die For Me', 'This Shroud Is Yours' and 'The Swamp'. More info at www.facebook.com/nepente.manizales

The reissue of WANDERER's "Bypassing The Abyss" is now available through Germany's Dunkelheit Produktionen. The album, that was originally released on Magik Art in 2005, has been carefully repaired and re-mastered since the original master was damaged before pressing. The new edition comes as a digipak with a 12-page booklet including Mysterion's (vocals / lyrics / artwork) original pictures and art editing of the Russian designer Al.Ex (Mayhem Project). Dunkelheit Produktionen has plans for a vinyl edition in 2013. More details at www.dunkelheit.cc or www.facebook.com/dunkelheitprod

Dallas, Texas based deathened Black Metallers SPARROWS have just released "Mark Of The Beast: Indoctrination" digitally through www.sparrowsmetal.bandcamp.com. The CD version will be available in the coming weeks. The tracklist reads like this: 'Drunk On The Blood Of Fools', 'Cellar Of The Damned', 'Brainscan', 'Irradiated Boars', 'The Trinity Denied' and 'Indoctrination'. "Mark Of The Beast: Indoctrination" is the first of a three-part series; the connection between the series will be divulged after all three have been released. A series of videos documenting the recording of the EP can be viewed at this location. More info at www.facebook.com/thisissparrows

Illinois-based Vikings Thrashers THE HORDE have added drummer Travis Scudder to their line-up. He has replaced James Whitehurst, who left the band for personal reasons. Scudder also plays with Rock Island, Illinois Black Metallers SEPT OF MEMNON. THE HORDE are currently working on material for their next album, to be released on CD and vinyl in the fall of 2013 by Abyss Records. Earlier this year, THE HORDE released a video for the track 'Odin's Blood', taken from "Thy Blackened Reign" at this location. Check out www.facebook.com/hordemetal for updates.

Italian Death Metallers ANTROPOFAGUS have released their first ever official music video for the song 'Sanguinis Bestiae Solium' from their 2012 Comatose Music release "Architecture Of Lust". The video was directed by Davide Cilloni and filmed on location at a deconsecrated church in Balestrino (SV, Italy). You can check it out at this location. More info at www.facebook.com/antropofagus.official

Swedish Death Metallers DEMONICAL have issued the following official statement: "The highly successful tour through Russia officially closed the "Death Infernal" touring cycle. We would hereby like to thank each and everyone of you who supported us in a way or another during the past 17 months at all our memorable shows in Europe, north-America and Russia. It was a truly awesome and significant ride. We hope to see you all again in April / May 2013 when we return to the live scene with full force and a new album under our belt. As of now we will fully concentrate on new dominating material and the realization of our upcoming fourth full-length, a process which will take place at Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm between late November and late January 2013. Further news, studio-updates and more detailed info will of course be posted here during the path so keep checking back. Until then - Bang or be banged!!" More info at www.demonical.net

Norwegian Viking Metallers HELHEIM are set to celebrate their 20 year history with a special concert at the Inside Rock Café in their home town of Bergen today. The event will also feature local bands and special guests, and, according to the band, the venue, with its intimate surroundings, has been especially chosen so that it becomes a true celebration amongst fans and friends. However, after receiving many messages from fans outside of Norway who would obviously not be able to attend, HELHEIM have decided to stream the performance live on their website at www.helheim.com/live and the stream will begin at precisely 22:00 Norwegian time, and will remain available to be viewed for a period of time after the event. NARROWHEAD, whose frontman has frequently guested on vocals for HELHEIM, along with the all-girl Rockband FAIRY and Punk Rockers BEINKJØR will also be playing at the event. There will be other guests throughout the evening, but according to HELHEIM: "we prefer to keep it all as a surprise. It wouldn't be a real party if there weren't a few surprises for everyone!" Nine tracks covering 20 years of HELHEIM's history can be heard on the band's SoundCloud page

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