February 07, 2009

In March 2009 Detest Records will release the second demo tape by Finish STENCH OF DECAY. The band plays old school Death Metal in the purest Finnish tradition, for fans of PURTENANCE, DEMIGOD, CONVULSE and CARTILAGE. One rehearsal track can be heard on www.detestrecords.com in the news section (04/02/09).

HOD has posted a new song (‘Victims’) from their upcoming debut full-length debut, "Serpent", at www.myspace.com/hodtheband. "Serpent" will be released by Ibex Moon Records on March 17. Addressing HOD fans, fiends and friends everywhere, guitarist Lord Necron had this to say, "We are proud to unleash one of our new songs for the public to preview. Put on your spikes, chug your beer and prepare to headbang and thrash your brains out!" The band features the who’s who of Texas underground Metal. Guitarists Bjorn Haga (ex-Necrovore) and Carl "Lord Necron" Snyder (ex-Thornspawn), vocalist Beer Reebs (Pillcrusher, Rancid Vat), bassist Derrick Rivers (ex-GG Allin), and drummer Dennis Sanders (ex-Exulcerate). An EP appropriately titled "Cry And Piss Yourself" was released on digital extreme Metal label Metal Hit in 2008. Regarding the band’s moniker and any surrounding confusion, Lord Necro adds: "As far as any confusion with the band name HOD, it is not an acronym. We do not spell it H.O.D. We spell it Hod. It is the English version of the Norse god Hodur. He is the blind god of darkness and winter. He was put to death by the gods for unintentionally killing Baldur. We have now taken the myth further by suggesting Hod is now a vengeful god for the fate that bestowed on him. He sits in hell plotting and conducting his revenge…. The blind god seeks vengeance. We are but his voice…" www.myspace.com/hodtheband, www.ibexmoonrecords.com

Grindcore pioneers REPULSION will mark their first ever UK show with an exclusive performance at DEATHFEST. The American legends will end a 25-year wait when they touch down in Leeds for what is destined to be an historic show at Leeds University Union, The full Deathfest lineup is: VADER, REPULSION, ORIGIN, AKERCOCKE, BENEDICTION, DESECRATION, LENG TCH’E, LAZARUS BLACKSTAR, THE ROTTED, DAM, BLACK SUN, RETH, INFECTED DISARRAY, INGESTED and ESCLAVAGE. Tickets are only £19.50 and are available from www.leedstickets.com and www.ticketline.co.uk. Also on sale in Leeds at stores including Crash and Jumbo. For more information visit: www.deathfest.co.uk or www.myspace.com/ukdeathfest

OBSCURA sees a worldwide premiere of their video for ‘The Anticosmic Overload’ via Myspace exclusively. ‘The Anticosmic Overload’ was directed and filmed by Steffen Kummerer and Christoph Harrer for their final project in video design at the University of Deggendorf, Germany. The video was shot at the Metropolis Music Hall in Munich during November 2008. "Cosmogenesis" will see a March 2nd international release. Additionally OBSCURA will undertake a massive "Cosmogenesis" USA tour in April 2009 as support of death-metal-masters Cannibal Corpse. With a follow up tour in Europe to be announced later this year.

THE COLD EXISTENCE proudly announce that guitarist Thomas Backelin (Lord Belial, Demarcon, Satanized and Snakestate) has joined the band. From now on Jan Sallander, who handled guitar / vocal duties from day one, will focus on vocals only, thus letting Thomas express his musical talent and guitar skills. Bassist Peter Laustsen says: "Thomas has been a close friend of us for a long time and now that his previous band Lord Belial splitted we soon took the opportunity of having him play with us! We all are sure that his talent and experience will help The Cold Existence skip to a higher level!" The actual line-up is: Jan Sallander – vocals, Thomas Backelin – guitars, Robert Persson – guitars, Peter Laustsen – bass and Joakim Antonsson – drums. For further details: www.myspace.com/thecoldexistenceonline, www.kolonyrecords.com

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