» News Archive April 2013
"Grip Of The Dead", the debut full length by Sweden’s NECROCURSE, will be released as limited vinyl edition (400 copies in orange, 100 copies in black vinyl with sawshaped slipmat) through To The Death Records. It also features the vinyl only bonus track ‘Souls Of A Thousand Funerals’. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Sonic Train Studios with King Diamond’s guitarist Andy La Rocque and it features cover artwork by David Herrerias. Sound samples can be found at this location. More info and ordering details at www.tothedeath.se
Norwegian Death Metallers BLOOD RED THRONE will release their 7th, self-titled album on May 21, 2013 through Sevared Records. The band will embark on a full European tour right after the album is released. More information at www.facebook.com/bloodredthroneofficial
PROTECTOR will enter the studio in May 2013 to record their first record in 20 years. In October 2013 Mathias, Michael, Carl-Gustav and Martin will play three gigs in Germany (Berlin on the 3rd, Dresden on the 4th and the Hell Inside Festival in Würzburg on the 5th). For more information go to www.facebook.com/protector.666not777.
Ex – NIRVANA 2002 members Lars Henriksson and Erik Qvick have joined forces again in UNDER THE CHURCH. The band’s first 3 track demo will be released in May. According to Erik they already have some more tracks recorded, so another 3 track release is planned for August. A couple of samples can be checked out at http://underthechurch.bandcamp.com.
SONNE ADAM will return to European stages in May in support of the band’s latest release "Messengers Of Desolate Ways". This tour also includes SONNE ADAM’s first ever appearances in Sweden, Norway, Ireland and Italy. The album’s opening track ‘Hater Of Mankind’ can be checked out at this location. More SONNE ADAM at www.facebook.com/sonneadam
Century Media Records have signed Dutch Death Metallers THANATOS. "Even after being in ‘the business’ for so many years, we’re really excited to become part of the Century Media family, which is without any doubt one of the best and most important labels for metal today", comments THANATOS’ vocalist and guitarist Stephan Gebédi. "We can’t wait to start working on new material and it’s our intention to record an absolute Death / Thrash Metal monster to coincide with our 30th anniversary in 2014! We come from an era when there was no strict boundaries between Thrash and Death Metal which resulted in masterpieces like DARK ANGEL’s "Darkness Descends" and POSSESSED’s "Seven Churches" and it’s our mission to transport the legacy of those albums to 2014 and beyond…" More information about THANATOS you will find at www.thanatos.info or www.facebook.com/thanatos333
Chilean Death Metallers THORNAFIRE have signed a deal with F.D.A. Records. The band’s fourth full-length will be out in late 2013. A video statement (discussing their deal with F.D.A. Records and the addition of drummer Nikko Pagani to the line-up) can be checked out here. The band’s promotional video for the song ‘Malefactor Manifesto’ (from the band’s 2012 release "Eclipse Nox Coagula") can be found at this location. More information at www.thornafire.cl or www.facebook.com/thornafire
"Precis Innan Gryningen", the debut full length from Swedish Death Metallers JUST BEFORE DAWN, will be released via Chaos Records on May 20, 2013 (the CD version will already be available on May 13, 2013). The album was mixed and mastered at Sufficiently Studios by Benny Moberg (MALFEITOR) and features no less than seven guest vocalists: Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER, REVOLTING, DEMIURG), Jonas Lindblood (PUTEREAON), Ralf Hauber (REVEL IN FLESH), Mr.Hitchcock (ZOMBIEFICATION), Dennis Johansson, Gustav Myrin (BLOOD MORTIZED) and Tony Freed (GODHATE), as well as Rick Rozz (MASSACRE, DEATH), who contributed a guest solo to the track ‘Under Wheels Of Death’. The artwork was created by Daniel Devilish (ENTRAILS, SORCERY, BLOOD MORTIZED) and the complete "Precis Innan Gryningen" tracklist reads like this: ‘Precis Innan Gryningen’, ‘As Death Breaks The Surface’, ‘Under Wheels Of Death’, ‘Pulverised’, ‘Ten Megaton War Machine’, ‘Raped Soil’, ‘Slagfält Efter Slagfält’ and ‘The World Burning’. The opening track ‘Precis Innan Gryningen’ is currently streaming at this location and a promo clip for ‘As Death Breaks the Surface’ can be found here. All additional information you may find at www.facebook.com/justbeforedawntheycame
"The Crowning Horror", the fourth full-length album by Swedish Black Metallers PEST, will be released through Agonia Records on June 18, 2013 in Europe and July 09, 2013 in North America. It was mixed by Fred Estby (DISMEMBER / CARNAGE / NECRONAUT) at Gutterview Recorders and mastered by Andy Jackson (PINK FLOYD’s engineer, Grammy nominee) at Tube Mastering, UK. The release will be available as an 8 panel digipak CD, digitally and on vinyl (the first 100 copies on a solid, purple wax vinyl). The tracklist reads like this: ‘The Funeral Hours’, ‘A Face Obscured By Death’, ‘Volcanic Eyes’, ‘Devil’S Mark’, ‘Holocaust’, ‘The Abomination Of The God’, ‘Thirteen Chimes’, ‘Demon’, ‘The Crowning Horror’ and ‘Eternal Curse’. Prior to the album release a 7" EP entitled "Black Oath" (B-side ‘Morbid Revelations’) will be released worldwide on April 16, 2013. A limited version of this EP (bone white vinyl) is already sold out. For more info check out www.pest.se
‘Sacred Putrefaction’, the closing track from PUTRIFIED‘s upcoming mini album can be streamed at this location. The as of yet untitled mini album was mixed and mastered by Devo and Oskar at the Endarker Studio, Sweden. More information at www.facebook.com/pages/putrified/139314062811752
On June 10, 2013 Vic Records will release a twelve track album entitled "Sulphur Skies", by JOHANSSON SPECKMANN. As the name already reveals, this project consists of Rogga Johansson on guitars and bass (PAGANIZER / RIBSPREADER, THE GROTESQUERY) and Paul Speckmann on vocals (MASTER, DEATH STRIKE, ABOMINATION). The drums and production will be handled by Norwegian Brynjar Helgetun (THE GROTESQUERY, RIBSPREADER). You can check out a promo video at this location. More information at www.facebook.com/pages/lohansson-speckmann/225899484206206
Vic Records will also re-release MASTER‘s 1985 debut album on June 10, 2013 with a new painted cover art by Richard Schouten (ACHROSTICHON, PENTAGRAM, ABOMINATION), a new designed booklet with liner notes from Paul Speckmann and rare mid 80s MASTER pictures. A promo video for this release can be found here. All further info at www.facebook.com/pages/master/18521536017?fref=ts
ABORYM have posted a cover of IRON MAIDEN’s ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ at this location. The song appears on their upcoming double album "Dirty", which will be released as a jewel case, double digipak and gatefold double LP through Agonia Records on May 28, 2013 in Europe and June 11, 2013 in North America. While the first CD will feature completely new material, the second CD will include two completely re-arranged and re-recorded tracks from previous albums, covers of tracks by IRON MAIDEN, PINK FLOYD and NINE INCH NAILS, as well as a previously unreleased track. The band has also a second video teaser for "Dirty" here. The tracklist for "Dirty" reads as follows. CD 1: ‘Irreversible Crisis’, ‘Across The Universe’, ‘Dirty’, ‘Bleedthrough’, ‘Raped By Daddy’, ‘I Don’t Know’, ‘The Factory Of Death’, ‘Helter Skelter Youth’, ‘Face The Reptile’ and ‘The Day The Sun Stopped Shining’. CD2: ‘Fire Walk With Us’ (new version, originally released on “Fire Walk With Us”), ‘Roma Divina Urbs’ (new version, originally released on “Kali Yuga Bizarre”), ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ (IRON MAIDEN cover), ‘Comfortably Numb’ (PINK FLOYD cover), ‘Hurt’ (NINE INCH NAILS cover) and ‘Need For Limited Loss’ (new track). More information about ABORYM at www.aborym.it and www.facebook.com/aborymofficial.
IMPRECATION will release their long-awaited first full-length "Satanae Tenebris Infinita" through Dark Descent Records on June 25, 2013. The cover art was created by Chris Moyen and the album tracks ‘Blood Dominion’ and ‘From Beyond The Fiery Temples’ are currently streaming at this location. The complete "Satanae Tenebris Infinita" tracklist reads like this: ‘Blood Dominion’, ‘From Beyond The Fiery Temples’, ‘Hosanna Ex Inferis’, ‘The Coils Of Eden’, ‘Chapel Of Rotting Flesh’, ‘Rancid Blood On Blackened Thorns’, ‘Of The Black Earth’ and ‘Carrion Winds Of Golgotha’. In the early 90s the band released a couple of demos and an EP followed by a compilation of material in 1995 titled "Theurgia Goetia Summa" on Repulse Records (which was reissued several times later on). More info at www.facebook.com/pages/imprecation/194725213915960
On June 25, 2013 Finnish Black / Death Metallers LANTERN will release their debut full-length "Below" via Dark Descent Records on CD, black and red vinyl. The artwork for the album was created by Alexander Brown (VORUM, MITOCHONDRIAN) and the track ‘Entrenching Presences’ is currently streaming at this location. Here’s the full tracklist: ‘Rites Of Descent’, ‘Revenant’, ‘Entrenching Presences’, ‘Manifesting Shambolic Aura’, ‘Demons In My Room’, ‘Below’ and ‘From The Ruins’. More information at www.lantern.ws or www.facebook.com/lantern666
On April 26, 2013 Blood Harvest Records will release a new 4 track 12" MLP by Mexico’s Death Metallers NECROCCULTUS, entitled "Solemnelohim, Bringer Of Death" which originally was supposed to be released as two separate 7" EPs by Blood Harvest and the now defunct Detest Records respectively. A full stream of "Solemnelohim, Bringer Of Death" can be found at this location. Band contact: email@example.com
"He Who Invokes Decadence", the second full length by German Death Metallers SEPTEMBER MURDER, will be released on June 17, 2013 (Europe) and June 18, 2013 (rest of the world). The album was recorded at Schmiedeberg 7 Studios with Jens Martinek and mastered by Peter Neuber (NASUM, VOMITORY, PRIMORDIAL) at Mega Wimp Sound Studios. The artwork was once again created by Christian Herzer from GUULarts. Here’s the complete tracklist of the album: ‘Under Severed Skies’, ‘Two Culprits, One Oath’, ‘Among Vultures’, ‘From Adoration…’, ‘…To Deterrence’, ‘May Conviction Force Reckoning’, ‘In Celebration Of Mankind’s Wretchedness’ and ‘He Who Invokes Decadence’. A streaming of the single "Among Vultures" can be found at this location. More information at www.facebook.com/smofficial
"A Call From Beyond The Grave", the debut full length by Canadian Black Metallers BURIALKULT, was just released through Blood Harvest Records. It was recorded at Cenotaph Studios in Victoria, BC between December 2012 and January 2013 and mastered by Hayden Cyr. The cover are was created by Mark Riddick. Here’s the complete tracklist: ‘Hossana In The Depths’, ‘By Satan Possessed’, ‘Blasphemous Infuneral’, ‘Throne Of Disease’, ‘Eternal Satan’, ‘Filth’, ‘A Call From Beyond The Grave’, ‘I Am Torment’, ‘Spell Of Black Torment’, ‘Provocations’, ‘Necrotormentor’ and ‘Desecrate The Temple’. A full album stream can be found at this location. More information at www.facebook.com/burialkult
Pulverised Records have signed Bangladesh based Death / Thrashers ORATOR. The band commented on this as follows: “We are presently working on new songs and we look forward to reveal them on our second album through Pulverised Records. More announcements on the upcoming album will follow in the course of time. ORATOR forms this mighty pact with Pulverised Records to bring their old school Death Metal Aghori cult to a whole different level of existence both locally and internationally. The band therefore looks forward to a long and successful relation with the mighty Pulverised Records." ‘Gnosis Stained Khadga’, a track taken off the latest ORATOR album "Kapalgnosis", has been posted here. All further info you will find at www.facebook.com/pages/orator/320273501690?fref=ts
US Death Metallers DEROGATORY have been signed by F.D.A. Records. Their debut, "Above All Else" will be released by the label later this year. More at www.facebook.com/pages/derogatory-deathmetal/206246546127752?fref=ts
"Civilization Under Threat", the new album from Bay Area Thrash Metallers POTENTIAL THREAT SF will be released June 18, 2013 through Old School Metal Records. It was engineered and mastered by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, TESTAMENT, HEATHEN) at Trident Studios and features the following tracks: ‘Intro’, ‘Destroy And Dominate’, ‘The Threat Of Things To Come’, ‘Stick To Your Guns’, ‘In For The Kill’, ‘Edge Of Insanity’, ‘Beneath The Surface’, ‘Behold The End’, ‘Written In Blood’ and ‘Rise Of The Apocalypse’. All further info at www.facebook.com/potentialthreatsf. Stream selections from the band’s 2009 release "A New Threat Level" at www.myspace.com/potentialthreatsf.
Dedy Badic (from Badic Art) has created a new logo for GOREGAST that reflects the band’s return to their classic Death Metal roots a lot better. In early May, the band will play three dates with PAGANIZER and after that they will enter Soundforge Studio in Berlin to record tracks for an upcoming 7" EP that is scheduled for a release in September via F.D.A. Records. For more information check out www.goregast.de or www.facebook.com/goregast
German melodic Death Metallers BURIAL VAULT will release their second album "Incendium" on May 24, 2013 through Apostasy Records. It was recorded at Soundlodge Studios by Jörg Uken (GOD DETHRONED, DEW-SCENTED, DEFEATED SANITY) and features artwork from Ben Borucki (AGATHODAIMON, SUICIDE SILENCE). Here’s the complete tracklist: Chapter I: ‘The Stench Of Burning Thoughts’, ‘A Blind Follower And A Watchful Hound’, Chapter II: ‘Soil & Green’, ‘Peculiar’, ‘The Nightly Horror’, ‘Prelude To Peripety’, ‘Fatal Accident’, Chapter III: ‘Struggling Doubt’, ‘Moment Of Truth’, ‘Awareness’, Chapter IV: ‘Surveillance Web’, ‘Catharsis’ and ‘Black Into White’. For more information check out www.facebook.com/burialvaultband
"When Worlds Collide", the third full-length by Swedish Grinders EXHALE, was recorded, mixed and mastered at Hoborec Studios with Ulf Blomberg at the production desk. The cover artwork was created by Dutch illustrator Dennis Sibeijn (SLAYER, EXODUS, ABORTED, JOB FOR A COWBOY, etc) and the album features the following tracks: ‘Wrath Unleashed’, ‘Avsky’, ‘Apocalypse’, ‘Machinery’, ‘Barriers Of Blood’, ‘Monuments Of The Dead’, ‘Concealed Within’, ‘Till Slakt’, ‘Glorify The Dumb’, ‘Vigilante’, ‘In This Valley’, ‘Etiketter’, ‘Illusions’ and ‘Left Inside’. More info at www.exhaleswe.com or www.facebook.com/officialexhale
On June 03, 2013 Century Media Records will release “Tomb Of The Forgotten – The Complete Demo Recordings”, a 3 CD / 4 LP compilation that features all recordings of Finnish Death Metallers NECROPSY: “Mental Disturbance” (Demo 1989), “Curse” (Demo 1990), “Indigestion” (Demo 1990), “Promo 1991”, “Another World” (Demo 1991),“Go All The Way Of Flesh” (Demo 1992), split LP with DEMIGOD, “Promo 1993” demo and ‘Anointing Of The Sick’, a track that appeared on the 1993 compilation “Monoheads”. The entire material has been carefully remastered at DMS Mastering Studio (MORBID, ASPHYX, GRAVE etc.) from the original tapes and the cover has been done by César Valladares (ASPHYX, KRISIUN etc.). The booklet will feature an in-depth interview with NECROPSY’s main man Janne Kosonen and former guitarist Aatu Holma, done by Timo Hanhirova of Miasma Mag (Finland) and the release is stuffed with loads of old and never-seen-before photos, demo art, flyers etc. More info at www.necropsy.fi, www.myspace.com/necropsyfinland
Kaotoxin Records will release "Ascension To The Throne Ov Self", the debut EP from London / UK’s Black / Death Metallers SIDIOUS, on May 07, 2013. It was produced by Russ Russell (DIMMU BORGIR, LOCK UP, NAPALM DEATH, etc) and will feature the following tracks: ‘Insurmountable Mass’, ‘Sentient Race’, ‘Nihilistic Regeneration’ and ‘Ascension To The Throne Ov Self’. The official EP trailer can be checked out at this location. All further information at www.facebook.com/sidiousofficial
Chile’s Black Metallers ANIMUS MORTIS have just released their first official live video"Lvx". You can check it out here. The video was recorded 2010 at Teatro Caupolican, in Santiago, Chile. All further info at www.facebook.com/animusmortisofficial
Swedish Black Metallers SVARTSYN have posted the track ‘Demoness With Seven Names’, off their upcoming full-length album "Black Testament", at this location. The album was recorded at Mortsella Studio, Sweden and will be released on May 28, 2013 in Europe and June 11, 2013 in North America via Agonia Records. Here’s the tracklist: ‘Revelation In The Waters’, ‘Venom Of The Underworld’, ‘Demoness With Seven Names’, ‘Carving A Temple’, ‘Eyes Of The Earth’, ‘Rising Beast’ and ‘Black Testament’. More SVARTSYN you’ll find here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/svartsyn/102465529861216
From October 07 to October 19, 2013 Danish Horror Metallers DENIAL OF GOD will be touring the US for the very first time together with IMPALER and SATHANAS. Interested bookers should write to Helstrashmaster@hotmail.com. The first dates will be announced soon.
CRYPTOPSY have released an official lyric video for the song ‘The Golden Square Mile’ at this location. The song comes off the band’s self-titled release, which came out last fall. Next week, CRYPTOPSY will join forces with CATTLE DECAPITATION and DECREPIT BIRTH for a 24 dates European tour. The tour will kick off on April 12, 2013 at the Helvete club in Oberhausen, Germany and conclude with an appearance at the Neurotic Deathfest in Tilburg, Holland on May 05, 2013. For all further information and updates check out www.cryptopsy.ca or www.facebook.com/cryptopsymetal
On April 19, 2013 Germany’s True Metal cult fanzine THAT’S METAL returns with a new issue (# 17). On 80 glossy pages you’ll get lengthy features about cult bands like OBSESSION, DEMON, HELSTAR, THUNDERHEAD, BANSHEE, ATTACKER, GOTHIC KNIGHTS, DAMMAJ or STEEL PROPHET and newcomers like POSSESSOR, AIR RAID, DEXTER WARD, SONIC PULSE, WALPURGIS NIGHT, TOMBSTONE, VOLTURE, ASGARD as well as a Rhett Forrester tribute. Long lost bands like XCEL, OVERLORDE SR, LECTRIC LEATHER, JACKAL, DRESDEN, SABOTAGE and ASTAROTH are also interviewed and current MANILLA ROAD Drummer Andreas "Neudi" Neuderth looks back on his involvement with cult acts like SAVAGE GRACE and GRIFFIN and his very first years as an underground Metal pioneer on TV’s open channel. As a special extra you’ll get a compilation CD (including a four page booklet) entitled "Metallic Commandments – Volume 1" that consists of ten songs, all of them unreleased on CD before. The magazine is entirely written in German and sells for 10 Euros (including CD) or 5 Euros (without CD) plus postage through mailorders like www.underground-power.de or firstname.lastname@example.org. The mag will also be available at the official merchandise booth at the "Keep It True" Festival in Lauda-Koenigshofen on April 19 / 20, 2013. For all further info check out www.facebook.com/thatsmetalmagazine
F.D.A. Records will release vinyl editions (limited to 500 copies each) of OBSCURE INFINITY‘s "Putrefying Illusions" and DESERTED FEAR‘s "My Empire" on May 24, 2013. For more information or pre-order details go to www.fda-records.com.
On June 21, 2013 The Ajna Offensive will release ENTARTETE KUNTS, a collection of underground artwork written and curated by Dennis Dread. The book, that is going to feature nearly 400 full-color reproductions from 42 international artists on 340 pages, will be available in two editions: a 8.5” x 11” hardbound edition with debossed cover and dustjacket (limited to 400) and a 8.5” x 11” paperback edition with frenchflap cover (limited to 600). The foreword was written by Patrick Rosenkranz. Artists that will be included are: Nick Blinko (RUDIMENTARY PENI), Michel “Away” Langevin (VOIVOD), Ed Repka (MEGADETH), S. Clay Wilson (Zap Comix), Rob Miller (AMEBIX), Erik Danielsson (WATAIN), Kristian “Necrolord” Wåhlin (DISSECTION), Sean Taggart (CRUMBSUCKERS), Joe Petagno (MOTÖRHEAD), Jos. A. Smith (BATHORY), Bobby BeauSoleil (LUCIFER RISING), Dennis Dread (DARKTHRONE) and 30 more artists from around the world. For all further information check out www.theajnaoffensive.com
The NECROCCULTUS album "Encircling The Mysterious Necrorevelation" (from 2005) will be re-released through Razorback Records with the "Supreme Occult One… The Underworld Abhorrence" 7" EP (originally released by Blood Harvest Records in 2006) as well as the NECROPHOBIC cover ‘Unholy Prophecies’ at the end of the Summer.
Bloody Productions have just released "Of Martyr’s Agony and Hate", the second album of Spanish Death Metallers SCENT OF DEATH , as a limited edition (500 copies) 12" LP. In the upcoming months the label will also release the vinyl version of "Testimony Of The Abominable", the debut album of Spanish Black Metallers BALMOG (limited to 300 hand numbered copies, with the blood of the three band members). More info at www.bloodyproductions.com.