April 20, 2011

Ukrainian Doom / Death act APOSTATE, who released the critically acclaimed "Trapped In A Sleep" on Black Art Records, are seeking a new record label for their next release. The band is also seeking booking agencies for purposes of worldwide touring. Please get in touch at apostate@i.ua if you are a label interested in releasing the next album, licensing "Trapped In A Sleep" for new territories or a booking agent interested in working with the band. You can also hear the full album stream at www.myspace.com/apostateua

The following was issued by California’s GRAVEHILL in regards to their forthcoming album, "When All Roads Lead To Hell", and the band’s new label situation: "GRAVEHILL has spent the past several months in seclusion finishing our new album "When All Roads Lead To Hell". We had several songs already written before we undertook the "Campaign Tour" last summer. When we invited Hellfiend (aka Matt Harvey of EXHUMED) to join the band full time, we spent the time necessary to either "re-evaluate" or completely ditch what we had. Thankfully most of the music was used and with Hellfiend’s input we felt we had eight songs worthy of recording. We entered Trench Studios in March 2011 with John Haddad and laid down all drums, guitars, bass and vocals… most of the tracking was pretty effortless and relaxed, we either had an idea of what we wanted or we’re just really good at convincing each other we knew what we were doing? The most common question asked regarding this record is "How does it compare to "Rites Of The Pentagram"? All bands always respond with "This is the best record we’ve ever done, the last album pales in comparison and blah blah blah…" The best way to respond to that is simply "Ryan Butler!" When we left Trench Studios making the " Rites Of The Pentagram" record we were happy with the result, obviously some things could have been better or even worse if you think about it? But the songwriting and overall rawness of the band did shine through! However by 86’ing Zyklon-A out of the band last summer and bringing in Hellfiend just offered a wealth of alternatives, one of them being the new EXHUMED record "All Guts, No Glory"! Ryan Butler of Arcane Digital did all the guitar, bass and vocal tracking for that record. Hearing the wall of guitars really made an easy decision to provide the WARLTH record to Ryan to mix and master. We also laid down four guitar rhythm tracks unlike the two we used on " Rites Of The Pentagram"! The end result is this heavy as fuck, pissed off, intense, faster and dare I say "mature" record? Considering all the trials and tribulations we had with " Rites Of The Pentagram" as well as a less than stellar line-up; up to this point anyway, "When All Roads Lead To Hell" might as well be our first record! We are that proud of this record, love it or hate it, we have made the best fucking Death Metal record we ever wanted to hear! When it came to deciding on who would be releasing this album we had an easy decision with Dark Descent Records. Matt Calvert came highly recommended and after a few short discussions we made accordance for a May 20th CD release; right in time for our appearance at the Maryland Death Fest!" Drummer Thorgrimm had this to say about Dark Descent Records: "We are very lucky to find one of the hardest working labels out there right now! They may be a small upstart label but Matt’s work ethic and care in his bands and his label is impeccable! We are very confident that this release will reach far beyond our previous work and are very glad that Dark Descent is leading the way! HAIL HELL!" GRAVEHILL are also very happy to announce that "When All Roads Lead To Hell" will also see a 12" vinyl release with Chaos Records! Our friend Victor Hernandez Gil made us an offer we couldn’t refuse, and seeing this release on vinyl is very important to GRAVEHILL! Look for its release in early July 2011! Vocalist Mike Abominator made the following comments about Chaos Records: "We needed a connection that could help us outside the U.S. So the plan was to build a strong team of death that could help us spread our plague worldwide. Victor and Chaos Records were our first choice to attack down in Mexico. We have the utmost respect for the Mexican Metal fans and look forward to infecting even more down there! It was a great surprise that Victor also had connections set up in Europe as well, so we killed 2 posers with one stone so to speak! Europa will also be infected now! Hail Victor and Chaos Records for being a part of our Horde of Death!" "When All Roads Lead To Hell" will be out on May 20th (with the vinyl treatment coming in July). Here’s the complete racklisting: ‘Intro’, ‘Unholy Executioner’, ‘Devil Worshiper’, ‘Extinction’, ‘When All Roads Lead To Hell’, ‘Suffer No Man To Live’, ‘Pray For War’, ‘Consvmed By Rats’ and ‘7:06’. All further info at www.myspace.com/gravehill666

EVOCATION teams up with ARCH ENEMY as main support for three Tour dates from May 31 to June 02, 2011 in Slovakia and Poland. These Tour dates follow straight after EVOCATION’s upcoming European Tour as support for AMON AMARTH. Commented by EVOCATION’s Marko Palmén: "We are proud to announce the addition of three more shows in Slovakia and Poland as main support for ARCH ENEMY. It’s been 18 months since we were out on our last European Tour together with CANNIBAL CORPSE. All I can say is that we are really looking forward to taking our latest release "Apocalyptic" out on the road where it belongs! Can’t wait to meet all of you friends we met on the last Tour in October 2009. See you all very soon!" You can check out the tourdates here.

F.D.A. Records have signed Swedish BLOOD MORTIZED for their upcoming full length album entitled "The Key To A Black Heart". BLOOD MORTIZED says the following on the upcoming album: "The new material is more diverse, displaying a perfect mix of fast songs and heavy as fuck material. Expect unpolished, filthy, dirty, pounding and grinding Swedish Death fucking Metal deluxe! We feel that we have found a perfect liaison with F.D.A. Records and they are the perfect vessel to spread the disease which "The Key To A Black Heart" is destined to be." Fans of old school Death Metal can expect a limited edition digipak release and a jewel case version of the the CD. The album is slated to be released in late autumn 2011 and will be recorded at Underworld Recording, Eskilstuna, Sweden. More details such as track listing, artwork etc. will follow soon. www.myspace.com/bloodmortized

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