» News Archive October 2008
Spain’s DEATH OVER THREAT have signed with Xtreem Music for the release of their debut album "Sangre" (Blood). "Sangre" is an album that is supposed to showcase a really aggressive and intense brand of Thrash Metal in the vein of SLAYER and SEPULTURA (in their "Arise" days), spiced with some Bay Area touches. The release date for this album is not settled yet, as it’s still in the design and post-production process, but it’s expected sometime in late ’08 and early ’09. In the meantime you can listen to 4 songs on their official MySpace site www.myspace.com/death6over6threat6
The upcoming 2nd album "Final Step To Future Madness" by Ukrainian brutal Death Metallers MENTAL DEMISE will also be released through Xtreem Music. This new effort not only features new vocalist Andrey "Sadist" Burovenko, it is also said to be faster, more intense and technical, yet still in the ultra-brutal blasting Death Metal vein that characterized their previous recordings with influences from bands like CRYPTOPSY, KRONOS, early ABORTED, DEICIDE and DECAPITATED, spiced with some old styled Florida’s Death Metal. The new album was recorded at famous Polish Hertz Studios (VADER, DECAPITATED, KRONOS, EMETH) and includes 11 new songs plus 3 old tunes featuring the new vocalist. "Final Step To Future Madness" will be released by the end of summer ’08. Advance songs can be checked out at the band’s official website www.myspace.com/psychopenetration
The newest addition to Xtreem Music’s Thrash roster are Barcelona Thrashers KÖRGULL THE EXTERMINATOR. The band, which is formed by two girls and two guys, have just released their debut recording in form of a split CD with MORBID YELL where they perform a really primitive, rotting and infernal old school Thrash / Black with influences from early SODOM, MORBID, early BATHORY, HELLHAMMER, early VOIVOD, DARKTHRONE and BULLDOZER. KÖRGULL THE EXTERMINATOR is currently working on a new and exclusive song and video-clip for Xtreem Music’s upcoming mega compilation as well as writing new songs for their debut full-length album to be recorded by the end of the year for a 2009 release. The four songs from their split CD can be heard on their official website at www.myspace.com/korgulltheexterminator
The recent 6 song debut mini CD "Thrashing Your Brain", by Spanish old school Thrash Metal newcomers AGGRESSION, which was recorded at AXtudios, secured the band a 2 album deal with Xtreem Music. AGGRESSION are now writing new songs for what will be their debut full length album, scheduled for a late 2008 release. For those who aren’t familiar with AGGRESSION, they play a high quality aggressive Thrash influenced by bands like EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ONSLAUGHT, SLAYER, HIRAX and even ANTHRAX from their best works. "Thrashing Your Brain" is available both directly from the band or through Xtreem Music’s mailorder. Three of the songs are available for listening at the band’s own website www.myspace.com/aggressionband
MYSTICAL MUSIC ZINE # 13 is out, for the very first time totally written in English, yet still in the classic MYSTICAL MUSIC early 90s underground layout. On 86 A4 pages you’re about to get 19 in-depth interviews with RESURRECTION, DEICIDE, HAIL OF BULLETS, TREBLINKA Special (6 pages), BLOODBATH, DISFEAR, UNANIMATED, FATALIST, GROTESQUE special (8 pages), DEMIURG, THE ROTTED, MOURNING BELOVETH, DANIEL EKEROTH (Swedish Death Metal book), FACEBREAKER, 21 LUCIFERS, GRAVEYARD and SPEARHEAD as well as a shitload of reviews. The coverartwork was done by Riddickart (ARSIS, KATAKLYSM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) and each copy comes with a free CDR sampler, featuring CASKET, FACEBREAKER, PUTERAEON, 21 LUCIFERS, GODLESS, GORCHAROT, HAVOK, SPEARHEAD, NECROID, MR. DEATH, KATAPLEXIA, December FLOWER, DENIAL, MATHYR and many more (21 tracks in total), plus further reviews as an enhanced PDF file. It sells for 5,- Euro / 8 US$ (postage & package included) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Distributors & mailorders are welcome.
"History 1" is the title of a recently released DÉTENTE compilation CD. It features the original 4 song demo that was recorded in 1985, mastered and available for the first time, coupled with the post DÉTENTE band CATALEPSY. CATALEPSY featured the DÉTENTE songwriting duo of Steve Hochheiser and Ross Robinson as well as MACHINE HEAD’s Dave McClain on drums. The track list reads like this: ‘Holy War’, ‘Widow’s Walk’, ‘Shattered Illusions’, ‘Vultures In The Sky’, ‘An Offering’, ‘Obituary Fear’, ‘Evil Within’, ‘Under The Influence’, ‘Who Can You Trust?’ and ‘Law And Disorder’. For all further info go to www.myspace.com/detenterna
Reunited Virginia Thrash Metal legends AT WAR have signed with New York’s Heavy Artillery Records for the release of "Infidel", their first studio album in 20 years. Tentatively set for a March 2009 release, the CD will feature nine tracks of pure War Metal the likes of which can only be delivered by AT WAR. AT WAR frontman Paul Arnold had this to say about the band’s return and the forthcoming album: "AT WAR is back!!! Harder, heavier, and meaner than ever. "Infidel" will solidify what people expect from AT WAR… War Metal in its most ballistic form!"
German Death Metallers OBSCURA have set "Cosmogenesis" as the title of their upcoming album. The group recently signed with Relapse Records and has completed the recordings for their second full-length album, to be released in early 2009. "Cosmogenesis" features guest appearances from Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK, BLOTTED SCIENCE) and Tymon Kruidenier (CYNIC, EXIVIOUS). "The new album sounds very intense and brutal", the band says in a statement. OBSCURA will headline the Munich Deathfest on November 8 and is preparing for more touring in the New Year. OBSCURA was founded in 2002 by guitarist / vocalist Steffen Kummerer. After several line-up changes mastermind Kummerer got backed up by a new team of virtuoso musicians. Late 2007 OBSCURA announced drummer Hannes Grossmann (ex-NECROPHAGIST) and fretless bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-PESTILENCE) as new permanent members. Early 2008 the new line-up was completed by Christian Muenzner (ex-NECROPHAGIST) as permanent guitarist. All further information you can find at www.myspace.com/realmofobscura or www.jeroenthesseling.com
Sweden’s THE COLD EXISTENCE have been signed by Kolony Records. The band’s new album "Somber Gates", set for an early 2009 release, will feature a sound reminiscent of such extreme Metal heavyweights as Behemoth, Nile, Dissection, At the Gates and Hypocrisy. For further details check out www.kolonyrecords.com or www.myspace.com/thecoldexistenceonline
The follow up to EVOCATION‘s highly acclaimed debut-classic "Tales From The Tomb" is entitled "Dead Calm Chaos" and will be released on Halloween 2008 on CD and LP. The album was recorded by the band in their own studio under the supervising eyes of guitar player Vesa who previously has also been working with SUICIDAL WINDS. The tracklist reads like thiss: ‘In The Reign Of Chaos’, ‘Silence Sleep’, ‘Angel Of Torment’ (featuring Anders Björler of At the Gates / The Haunted), ‘Boundead’, ‘Dead Calm Chaos’, ‘Truth Will Come Clear’, ‘Dust’, ‘Protected By What Gods’, ‘Antidote’ (featuring Dan Swanö of Bloodbath / Edge of Sanity), ‘Tomorrow Has No Sunrise’, ‘Astray Masquerade’ and ‘Razored To The Bone’ (featuring Anders Björler of At the Gates / The Haunted).
With the new material for the second longplayer "The Sleep Of Morbid Dreams" US underground Death Metallers FUNEBRARUM suddenly got the attention of Cyclone Empire where the band finally signed a contract. "The Sleep Of Morbid Dreams" is scheduled for a release in early 2009.
Swedens PAGANIZER will release their new MCD "Scandinavian Warmachine" on Cyclone Empire in early 2009. Also their long-time recorded last album "Carnage Junkie" will finally be released on Vic Records this November. "Scandinavian Warmachine" will feature the following tracks: ‘Forever Scorn’, ‘Scandinavian Warmachine’, ‘The Flesh’, ‘Colder’, ‘Thule In Flames’, ‘Distracting The Gods To Enable The Slaughter Of Millions’, ‘An Icon For The Damned’ and ‘Crusader’.
DEMONICAL will fully concentrate on their second, as of yet, untitled full-length album which will be recorded during November and December at Necromorbus Studios for a release in April 2009.
Australia’s GOSPEL OF THE HORNS have split up. Here’s the official statement from Howitzer: "After 16 years of beer sweat and hell, I have decided to bring Gospel of the Horns to an end. We would like to thank the many friends we have made around the world during our journey… and hail to Darragh from Invictus for his unending support. He has given GOSPEL every opportunity to drive our thrashing mayhem out to all. The time is right to move on to new horizons, and we are content in knowing that we have given everything we had in our arsenal. Our final show will be on the 7th December 2008 with GRAVE in our home town of Melbourne. This show will be one hell of a mighty occasion! Give em hell."
SADISTIC INTENT‘s rare "Resurrection Of The Ancient Black Earth" LP (originally released anno 2000 via Iron Pegasus Records) will be available on CD soon. It will include the "Resurrection" and "Ancient Black Earth" mini albums plus the track ‘Morbid Faith’ from the equally hard to find 7".
Necrotic Records is going to re-release the latest productions from Gentle Exhuming Records: MORTAL FUNGUS "Back To The Lombrosary", TRANSIENCY "Manqualm" and WORLD FUNERAL "Caledarium Et Frigidarium". Check out Necrotic Records on MySpace: www.myspace.com/necrotic_records
Israel’s symphonic Black Metallers DAGOR DAGORATH have published a new song entitled ‘Heaven In Hell’ on their official myspace site www.myspace.com/dagordagorath. The track was taken from the band’s debut album "Yetzer Ha’Ra". The artwork is made by Greek artist Seth Siro Anton (Moonspell, Vader, Belphegor, Paradise Lost). The tracklist of the album reads like this: ‘The Hell In Heaven’, ‘The Devil On The Chain’, ‘Heaven In Hell’, ‘The Maze Of Madness’, ‘Vicious Circle’, ‘The Call’ and ‘Wind Cry’.
AMON AMARTH‘s new album ‘Twilight Of The Thunder God’ landed on position 6 on the official German longplay charts, which marks the highest chart entry in the history of the band as well as Metal Blade Europe.
A new SIX FEET UNDER track called ‘Shot In The Head’, from their upcoming new album "Death Rituals", has its debut exclusively on BraveWords.com’s KnuckleTracks Online Audio Player from October 6th until the 12th. The album’s limited first edition for Europe will be exclusively released as a digipak and features three live songs recorded at the With Full Force and Summer Breeze festivals this year. The songs are: ‘Revenge Of The Zombie’, ‘Victim Of The Paranoid’ and ‘Human Target’. "Death Rituals" saw the band returning to Morrisound studios in Tampa, FL with Chris Carroll at the helm with mixing duties being handled by Toby Wright (Slayer, Korn, In Flames, Fear Factory, etc.) and the return of SIX FEET UNDER’s old friend Bill Metoyer, who recorded the bands CD "Warpath", helping out with recording of the drums. "Death Rituals" will be released on November 14 in Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Italy and on November 17 in the rest of Europe.
GOD DETHRONED have finished the songwriting for their upcoming new album. Here’s an official comment from the band: "We’re ready! We finished 8 songs for our new album "Passiondale". Those of you who are fans of our "Bloody Blasphemy" and "The Lair Of The White Worm" albums can take a deep breath now and wait out the time until the album comes out. Cause this motherfucker brings back all the good things you liked so much. Bringing back Roel to the band after all these years was a good idea. His drumming gave us the right vibe to come up with the stuff we needed for so long. We’re really happy about the results and we can’t wait to start tracking down those songs. We start recording on October 13th in the Soundlodge Studios in Germany." The album is a concept album about World War I and the song titles are ‘Under A Darkening Sky’, ‘Behind Enemy Lines’, ‘Drowning In Mud’, ‘No-Man’s Land’, ‘Passiondale’, ‘Poison Fog’, ‘Fallen Empires’ and ‘Artifacts Of The Great War’. It is to be expected for release in April / May 2009.
Despite the hurricane devastation to the city of Houston, Texas the DESTROYING TEXAS FEST will still go on at the White Swan on November 22, 2008 with headliners BLOODSTORM and the addition of MORBOSIDAD to the line up of NECROHOLOCAUST, GNOSTIC, BAPHOMETS HORNS, NODENS, ADUMUS, TO SCALE THE THRONE and OBEISANCE. All for only $15 Dollars.
SLAUGHTER vocalist / guitarist Dave Hewson has just posted the following sad news: "I just wanted to let everyone know that longtime drummer for SLAUGHTER and STRAPPADO, Brian Lourie, has died of a heart attack at the young age of 39. Brian was one of the best people I have ever met and was a huge part of SLAUGHTER joining in 1987-88 ’till we disbanded in 1992. His sense of humor and love for life made him such a wonderful person who will be greatly missed. I will try to release more info as it comes. Love you, bro." Rest in peace Brian!
Germany’s RESURRECTED have composed all songs for the still untitled follow up to "Endless Sea Of Loss" and are scheduled to enter Catacomb Productions for the recordings beginning of October. The drum recordings will start on October 7th.