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December 15, 2018

Same procedure as every year, ladies and gentlemen... The year is almost over, so for our BEST OF 2018 poll we would like to know from our beloved readers which 10 releases have been your favorites in 2018? It doesn't matter if it's a demo, an EP or a full length album, just compile a list of your 10 faves and send them over to us right here (Deadline: December 30, 2018). To motivate you a little bit more, we are giving away 4 issues of the excellent TOUGH RIFFS MAGAZINE # 6 among all those who participate!! The results will be published in early 2019.

Bay Area based old school Death / Thrashers LACERATION will release a compilation entitled "Remnants" via Unspeakable Axe Records on February 08, 2019. It compiles the "Realms Of The Unconscious" demo from 2010, the tracks from the 2013 split with TINNITUS and the "Consuming Reality" EP from 2009. You can check out the track 'Exhausted In Form' (from the split release) at this location. More LACERATION info at

Russian Funeral Doom trio COMATOSE VIGIL A.K. has just released their first album in seven years via Non Serviam Records. It is entitled "Evangelium Nihil" and was recorded in Winter / Spring of 2018 and the cover artwork was created by W. Smerdulak. A full album stream is available right here. For all additional COMATOSE VIGIL A.K. information visit

December 13, 2018

At the end of December 2018 a special 25th anniversary edition of HEADHUNTER D.C.'s 1993 album "Punishment At Dawn" will be released on CD / DVD via Cogumelo / Mutilation Records (Brazil) and Greyhaze Records (USA). The album will come as a deluxe 3 panel digipak and will feature 4 bonus tracks including the SEPULTURA cover 'Morbid Visions' and 3 live tracks. The booklet features rare photos as well as liner notes. The DVD includes a show from 1994, an interview in the Brazilian open TV from the same year and a photo gallery with lots of band's memorabilia from the 92-95 era. Greyhaze Records is also planning to put out the band's first two albums on vinyl in 2019. Other HEADHUNTER D.C. releases for the next year include black vinyl and cassette versions of their third studio album "...And the Sky Turns To Black... (The Dark Age Has Come)" via Crypts of Eternity Productions and Trauma / Triumvirate Of Evil Records respectively as well as a tribute to BATHORY split 7" with POSTHUMOUS and TRIPALIUM entitled "Anthems Of Blood, Fire And Death - A Brazilian Tribute To Bathory" on Misanthropic Records. The band is also working hard on new material for their next album to be recorded and released in the first half of 2019. For more HEADHUNTER D.C. info check out

Chilean old school Thrashers CRITICAL DEFIANCE will release their debut full-length "Misconception" on February 08, 2019 via Unspeakable Axe Records. You can already stream the album track 'What About You' at this location. More about CRITICAL DEFIANCE at

MISERY INDEX have just released a first track from their upcoming album "Rituals Of Power". You can check out 'New Salem' right here. The album will be released on March 08, 2019 via Season of Mist. The band issued the following comments on the track: "'New Salem' sums up perfectly the lyrical vitriol and musical dynamics featured across "Rituals Of Power". We wanted to introduce the album, not just with a straight-ahead ripping tune, but with a smack to the face; it's a wake up call for any concerned citizen and a code red for civilization. Ugly times call for stark and uncomfortable statements, and 'New Salem' castigates the faults and ineptitude's of our broken media system and the Crucible-esque, witch-hunt culture it fuels." In March / April 2019 MISERY INDEX will be touring Europe in support of the new album together with WORMROT and TRUTH CORRODED. For all additional information and updates visit

Belgium based Lovecraftian Industrial Death Metallers SQUIDHEAD have just released their debut full length album "Cult[ist]". It is the follow-up to their “Prohibition” EP from 2014. The following tracks appear on the album: 'Abyssal Worshippers', 'Mantra Of Insanity', 'Awakening', 'Lucid Nightmares', 'Mad Painter', 'Whispers Of Deep', 'Torn Skies' and 'Verbis Diablo'. A video for the song 'Mantra Of Insanity' can be watched over here. More SQUIDHEAD info at

December 12, 2018

Swedish Black / Thrashers SINIESTRO have just released an EP entitled "Arctic Blood" via Black Lion Records. A music video of the title track can be watched right here and a full EP stream is available at this location. "Arctic Blood" was recorded at Radionika Studios, Sweden in 2018. It was mixed by Dino Medanhodzic and mastered by Jens Bogren. The artwork was supplied by Johnny Karlsson. More SINIESTRO information you will find at

On December 31, 2018 Horror Pain Gore Death Productions will release a limited edition 7" EP from Philadelphia's Thrash Grinders CRACK HOUSE. It is entitled "Smoke Crack In Hell" and will be available in three colors, limited to 100 copies each: "crack rock clear", "piss yellow" and "violently assault violent". The EP was recorded and engineered by Dan Kishbaugh at Panther Pro Audio and features artwork by Tony Champ. You can already check out the track 'Smoke Crack In Hell' over here. The full tracklist reads like this: 'The House That Crack Built', 'Slut Maker', 'The Crack Is Back' and 'Smoke Crack In Hell'. For all additional CRACK HOUSE info visit

December 11, 2018

Sweden's progressive Death Metallers MOURNING SIGN are streaming the song 'Dualism' at this location now. The track is taken from their forthcoming third album "Contra Mundum", which will be released on December 20, 2018 via Orchestrated Misery Recordings. Another song ('Nest Of Vipers') is still streaming over here. The full "Contra Mundum"tracklist reads like this: 'Dualism', 'Homage To A Dying World', 'Nest Of Vipers', 'Sights Of Woe', 'The Defiant Pupil', 'These Scars', 'Who Will Crown The King', 'Sleep', 'White Light' and 'The Devils We Adore'. The album will be limited to 500 copies. For more MOURNING SIGN info check out

December 10, 2018

U.S. progressive Death Metallers CONTRARIAN will release their third full-length "Their Worm Never Dies" on March 15, 2019 via Willowtip Records. The band features Jim Tasikas and Brian Mason on guitars, George Kollias (NILE) on drums / vocals and Ed Paulsen on bass. The album was recorded at Watchmen Studios, Lockport, New York and Burnt Orange Studios in Brandenton, Florida. It was produced, mixed and mastered by George Bokos at Grindhouse Studios in Athens, Greece and the full tracklist reads like this: 'Vaskania (The Evil Eye)', 'Exorcism', 'My Curse', 'The Petition', 'Among The Misled', 'Their Worm Never Dies' and 'Whomsoever Worships The Whiteworm'. More about CONTRARIAN at

Finnish Death Metallers FESTERDAY have just released a music video for the song 'Kill Your Truth' at this location. The track is taken from their debut full length "Iihtallan", which will be released on January 04, 2019 via Season Of Mist Underground Activists. For all additional band information visit

In January 2019 GS Productions will release a 3 CD digipak compilation from Finnish Black Metallers KALMANKANTAJA. It will be entitled "Kuoleman Kehtolaulut 2014 - 2017" and compiles all split releases the band released between 2014 and 2017. More about KALMANKANTAJA at

December 07, 2018

German Death Metallers ICHOR are streaming their fourth full-length "Hadal Ascending" in its entirety at this location now. The album is out now via Unholy Conspiracy Deathwork (CD, digital) and Wooaaargh Records (vinyl). More about ICHOR at

December 05, 2018

On January 25, 2019 War Anthem Records will release a split MCD from Colombian Death Metallers SOL DE SANGRE and Spanish Death / Thrashers PANICO AL MIEDO. It will be entitled "La Senda De La Muerte" and features two cover songs of each band. SOL DE SANGRE present ENTOMBED's 'Revel In Flesh' and UNLEASHED's 'Before The Creation Of Time' (mixed by Tomas Skogsberg, mastered by Dan Swanö), while PANICO AL MIEDO are paying tribute to DEATH's 'Pull The Plug' and PESTILENCE's 'Twisted Truth' (mixed by Marc Boria, mastered by Tony Lindgren). Both bands decided to reinterpret the lyrics in their native language, giving the cover versions a completely new vibe and atmosphere. So, the actual tracklist reads like this: 'Festin De La Carne', 'Antes De La Creación' (SOL DE SANGRE) and 'Desconéctame', 'Verdad Vil' (PANICO AL MIEDO). The cover artwork was created by Juanjo Castellano Rosado. More band information at or

Bangalore, India based old school blackened Death / Thrashers AEMPYREAN will release their debut EP "Fireborn" via Cyclopean Eye Productions on December 05, 2018. A full EP stream is available at this location. All further AEMPYREAN info at

Canadian extreme Metallers REVENGE will release a new EP entitled "Deceiver.Diseased.Miasmic" on December 07, 2018 via Season Of Mist. It will feature the 2 tracks 'Diseased Intrusion' and 'Deceiver Futile'. The song 'Deceiver Futile' can already be streamed right here. In April / May 2019 REVENGE will be touring Europe together with MGŁA. Support comes from DEUS MORTEM (April 28 - May 06) and DOOMBRINGER (May 08 - May 17). More info and updates at

December 04, 2018

Destruktion Records have just released a limited cassette edition (200 copies) of the MATTERHORN debut full length "Crass Cleansing". It comes as a pro-printed tape with full colored cover. For ordering details go to

December 03, 2018

Dutch Thrash Metallers DISQUIET have just released a video for the song 'Designed To Violate' at this location. The track will be featured on the band's third full-length which will be released via Soulseller Records sometime in 2019. From December 06 to December 15, 2018 DISQUIET will be supporting SIX FEET UNDER on their European tour. Other bands on the bill are INCITE, TORNADO and MECALIMB. More DISQUIET info at

German Black Metallers DER ROTE MILAN will release their second full-length "Moritat" on February 01, 2019 via Unholy Conspiracy Deathwork. It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Markus Stock at Studio E Klangschmiede and tells local stories based on real events during the 30 years lasting war in the 17th century. The full tracklist reads like this: 'Die Habsucht', 'Drohende Schatten', 'Gnosis Der Vergänglichkeit', 'Der Letzte Galgen', 'Der Findling' und 'Moritat'. You can already listen to the opening track 'Die Habsucht' right here. "Moritat" will also be released in limited editions as a noble A5 digipak CD and on red vinyl. For all additional band information visit

December 02, 2018

Selfmadegod Records have released a compilation CD from Polish technical Death Metallers REDEMPTOR . It is entitled "The Becoming (2005 - 2011)" and features the band's "None Pointless Balance" debut album (2005), the "Nanosynthesis" demo (2009) and the "4th Density" EP (2011). The artwork was created by REDEMPTOR singer Xaay (BEHEMOTH, NECROPHAGIST, NILE, ABYSMAL TORTMENT). More information at

Selfmadegod Records recently also released two limited split EPs. The first one features VIOLATION WOUND and SURGIKILL. It is available on green (100 copies) and black vinyl (400 copies). Both bands contribute one exclusive song. VIOLATION WOUND is violent Punk band fronted by Chris Reifert (AUTOPSY, ABSCESS, DEATH), while Ohio, Kentucky based old school Death Metallers SURGIKILL features Stevo from IMPETIGO and current members of CRUCIFIED MORTALS, VAULTWRAITH, FAITHXTRACTOR, SHED THE SKIN, WOODEN STAKE. The second split EP comes from MASTER and PAGANIZER. It is available on gold (90 copies) and black vinyl (400 copies) and each band performs one unreleased song which was recorded especially for this release. The cover art for was supplied by Roberto Toderico (SODOM, PESTILENCE, SADISTIC INTENT). For more info and ordering details visit

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