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Exhorder have returned to thrash once more. The newest band lineup features founding members Vinnie LaBella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) on guitar and Sasha Horn (FORBIDDEN) on drums. If you have ever enjoyed albums by bands like Pantera or Byzantine and somehow don't know Exhorder, you ought to go do some catch up homework. While you are at it check out Kyle's time in Alabama Thunderpussy as well, cuz that was also awesome. The band will perform Slaughter In The Vatican, and sophomore album, The Law, in their entirety on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10, respectively, at the St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. Additionally they play a sure to be off the walls homecoming show in New Orleans at Southport Hall on February 12. Exhorder have signed a worldwide management deal with All Independent Service Alliance (AISA) .
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Tennessee deathcore stalwarts Whitechapel just never seem to rest. After releasing the live CD/DVD set The Brotherhood of the Blade in October, the band is releasing the mini-documentary Untold which shows the ‘less talked about aspects of touring’.
Whitechapel is also preparing to enter the studio to record their sixth album.
Check out Untold and comments about recording the sixth album here.Add to My Radar
One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache will be released on March 25 via Neurot Recordings.
Check out the track listing for the album as well as a teaser video here.Add to My Radar
Dutch doom-death warriors Aspyhx are working on the follow up to their 2012 album Deathhammer.
Vocalist Martin van Drunen had this to say about the progress of the album and touring:
“ASPHYX recently ended a small tour throughout Latin America, which was the first tour of the band for over 20 years. We performed in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Sao Paolo, Curitiba, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Lima, Mexico City, San Jose and Medellin. Thanks to all local promoters and venues, D-19 and especially our dedicated and insane fans it became a fantastic experience we’ll never forget and a great success for ASPHYX. So a massive “cheerz a lot!” to everybody in making this possible and all the hordes that came to support the band. So many stories to tell, so many great times and shows we had. Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia; all you crazy metal heads can be proud of your countries and continent where death metal is so very much alive. It was indeed Death… The Brutal Way! And let’s hope ASPHYX can return in the near future! In January 2016 ASPHYX will hit the rehearsal room to finish composing and arranging the final pieces for the follow up of Deathhammer. And then hit the studio for the primary recordings, which will also feature Stefan ‘Tormentor’ Hueskens on drums for the very first time. So we start the new year off promising and 2016 will definitely see another brutal ASPHYX album in our own particular style.”
Check out tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Oakland post-metallers Neurosis are preparing to enter the studio to record the follow-up to 2012’s Honor Found in Decay.
In addition to recording their 11 studio album the band is playing three 30th anniversary performances at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom. Neurosis also has a few European dates planned.
Check out tour dates here.Add to My Radar
The man behind the voice that revitalized a band in mourning is reported to be going home.
Eddie will be joining All Shall Perish to record a new album. If they’ll tour together afterwords is yet to be seen.
The full All Shall Perish line up will be:
Eddie Hermida – Vocals
Ben Orum – Guitar
Chris Storey – Guitar
Caysen Russo – Bass
Matt Kuykendall – Drums
Craig Betit – Additional Vocals
There’s nothing to suggest this puts Suicide Silence‘s future into question. The band is currently kicking ass with Korn through the rest of the month, and will be dropping a EP, Sacred Words, which will feature the single of the same name, as well as three live tracks from RockPart 2015 and other unreleased tracks on October 23.
So basically, Eddie may be pulling double-duty, but that means he’s doing us double the favor! Plenty of deathcore naysayers out there, but All Shall Perish and Suicide Silence are fucking titans. I’ll be slamming Sacred Words until the new All Shall Perish music comes out.
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In September 2014, the band set out to create the follow-up to their well-received debut EP. Expanding greatly on the bedrock sound they had established, further exploration has yielded eleven well thought-out tracks that showcase their nomadic and heavy sensibilities. Conceptual in design, the recording has been crafted in the traditional structure of a side A/side B album that harkens back to the groups\’ early metal roots.
‘Leave the Living\’ was recorded in various locations, including Schaefer Sound Productions (Raleigh, NC), Jerk Music Productions (Burlington, NC), as well as the bands\’ home studio. Egan O\’Rourke of Daylight Dies was enlisted once again for mixing duties.
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South Carolina death metal band Nile have released the track listing for their upcoming album What Should Not Be Unearthed.
The album will come out on August 28 via Nuclear Blast.
Vocalist Karl Sanders had this to say:
“The goal for the new record was sheer epic brutality. The focus this time around is on brutal heavy metal riffing and songwriting; kind of like of an ‘Annihilation Of The Wicked’ approach but very streamlined to achieve maximum destructive impact. So we believe that we have a truly crushing disc to bring to metal fans. Although ‘Unearthed’ is still full of the kind of undeniable musicianship people have come to expect from us over the years, it’s the songs themselves that will hit listeners over the head this time around.”
Check out the track-list here.Add to My Radar
British NWOBHM stalwarts Judas Priest having been doing really well in their retirement. After the release of 2014’s Redeemer of Souls frontman Rob Halford announced yesterday that the band is planning on heading back into the studio to continue to rage against the machine.
Halford said in an interview with Sixx Sense:
“We’ll be out for the rest of this tour until Christmas, take a break, and then more than likely in the studio early of 2016 and see how quickly we can turn this around. It won’t be a rush job, because we treasure everything we do – but I think that the mindset is there to make this record efficiently, and hopefully have it out there as soon as we can.”
Halford has also been encouraged by the reaction to Redeemer of Souls:
“That really motivated us to crack the whip and get on with making the next record pretty quickly. The clock is ticking. We can’t afford to wait three years, or five years now, to make the record. Who wants to go home and sit down for a year? And especially while the band is buzzing and the energy’s there creatively. We had so much stuff happening in the studio we had to put blocks on because we were on a time schedule with the label. So we do have some stuff kind of left over from Redeemer of Souls.”
Check out Judas Priest tour dates here.Add to My Radar
I wrote Autumn instead of Fall because it just sounds so damn provincial. It makes me laugh, ok?
The esteemed gentleman of thrashing heavy metal war demi-gods Holy Grail will issue a follow up to sophomore triumph Ride The Void. This band live are a sight to behold with dizzying leads and soaring vocals. The group spent much of 2014 writing their as-yet-untitled new release. Guitarist Eli Santana and drummer Tyler Meahl also kept busy by touring extensively with Huntress, whose lead guitarist Blake Meahl is Tyler’s brother.
Last month, Holy Grail triumphantly returned to the stage with a live performance at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. during the home opener of the L.A. Kiss arena football team. A photo gallery (courtesy of Voorhees Photo) can be seen at this location. The band expects to announce summer tour dates in the coming weeks.Add to My Radar
California alternative metallers New Years Day have begun recording the follow-up to their 5-song EP Epidemic, which was released last fall.
The as-of-yet untitled album will be the band’s Another Century Records debut and will be the band’s third full-length album
Check out what vocalist Ash Costello had to say about the new album as well as music videos for “Defame Me” and “Angel Eyes” (Featuring Chris Cerulli from Motionless In White) here.
Catch New Years Day on Warped Tour all summer long.Add to My Radar
5 time Grammy nominated metal lifers Anthrax are about done with their follow-up to the widely praised and fan recent favorite Worship Music (the “comeback” album to many followers of the band).
I’m extremely stoked to hear Jon Donias’ contributions, as the band reports he’s played leads on 7 or 8 tunes so far. Jon, of course, was part of the great Shadows Fall and replaced longtime fan fave Rob Caggiano. Fans can catch both on tour when Caggiano’s current band, Danish hellions Volbeat, tour with Anthrax this year (dates below).
Anthrax – Joey Belladonna/vocals, Frank Bello/bass, Charlie Benante/drums, guitarist Jon Donais and Scott Ian/rhythm guitar – started recording the new album in November last year. According to Benante, “‘Worship Music’ started a new chapter in our career, and it has served as an inspiration for this new album. ‘Worship’ was made up of a lot of different types of songs, some thrashy, some very mid-90s Anthrax-sounding, but this new one is really thrashy.”
Said Bello, “The thing about Anthrax…we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey’s powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax, and I think we’ve done a really good job of that, especially on this new record.”
“The lyrics I write tend to go along with the way the music sounds, and this new music is very angry,” Ian added. “Lots of people said that ‘Worship Music’ was a return to the roots of the band…well, this record is even more so. Unlike ‘Worship Music,’ we wrote this new album with a line-up, with Joey in the band, and that has made all the difference in the world. Joey being a part of the band again, going on five years already, it definitely feels like a unit. Everything that was great about him on ‘Worship’ is there even more on this new record.”
“I know that there are a lot of expectations out there for this new album,” Bello admitted, “but that doesn’t really affect us because we write the way we write. We’re all from New York, so we love a challenge, and while I’m happy to have people say that Anthrax is back and that ‘Worship Music’ was the best album of our career, we raised the bar on this one, I think we have the goods with the new songs, and I’m proud to say that. At the end of the day, all you can do is have it come from the heart, do your best, and hope that people like it. That’s what we did with ‘Worship Music,’ and look what happened.”
Anthrax’s new album, as yet untitled, will likely be released later this year.
Dates for Leg One of Anthrax’s 2015-2016 tour are BELOW (as well as their recent contribution to the new Game Of Thrones mix tape).
Brazilian death metallers Krueger are back. Bassist Ze Carlos is rejoining them after eight years away.
With the return of Carlos the band is going to focus on writing a new album entitled The End.
Krueger released a full-length album Return To Death in 2014.
Check out some videos from some Return To Death songs here.Add to My Radar