OMNIUM GATHERUM have just released their brand new single “Blade Reflections”. It is now available on all streaming and download platforms and will also be featured on a limited Edition Omnium Gatherum / Skalmöld split 7-inch, which will be available on the upcoming "Arctic Circle Alliance” European Tour (see below for all dates). You can watch the lyric video for “Blade Reflections” streaming here: https://youtu.be/j5glljbcJPw Singer Jukka Pelkonen comments, "In the light of recent events we wanted to voice our opinion about the tragedy of suicide. This is a subject that may concern anyone at some point. ʻBlade Reflectionsʼ is a statement against suicide and an encouragement to all of those who dwell in the depths of self-annihilation. Having been there myself too, I know how devastating it can be. There is nothing more precious than this life itself and it is worth seeing through. Though, we do not condemn those who choose to go, rather we want to stand by with all the rest, all of us, who are staying."
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Greek black metal freedom fighters Rotting Christ continue their exhalted career of twisting expectations into fragments with the first, gloriously smoking track “In Nomine Dei Nostri” from new album Rituals. Hear the dark gem at Decibel HERE.
Whereas other less skilled bands would turn the heavily intoned chanting in this track to doggerel, Rotting Christ evoke a Satanic and brazen confidence that translates across this serious ear scorcher for a song that underscores the corruption in this world. The heart bleeding sense of melody that shoots through the song as well is truly something to behold, for the brave nd rebellious out there.
Preorder Rituals on CD or LP here.Add to My Radar
Holy crap?!! Could this tour be any more stacked with characters? This is one helluva great line up.
Notorious southern metal outfit WEEDEATER have announced the first leg of this two-part North American headlining tour. This first leg begins on March 14, and travels across the South and Western US. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.Add to My Radar
Regarding the video, SOLSTAFIR guitarist/frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason comments, “The track is about wandering in darkness. Playing chess with Death, getting burned by salt, drowning in the ultimate wave of sin and returning back home by using moonlight as navigation.”
Video directors Harri Haataja and Vesa Ranta comment, “They told us a real-life story about a sailor who lost his crew at sea and was stranded to shore as the only survivor,” the directors write. “He proceeded to find his way to town and [along the way] he found a barrel filled with water. But the water was frozen, so he had to punch through the ice with his bare hands to fight the dehydration. Eventually, after a long journey, he found his way to town and survived.”
“Miðaftann” is taken from SOLSTAFIR’s critically acclaimed new album , ‘Otta’. The album, which has made Decibel Magazine’s top 40 albums of 2014, is streaming here, and is available now at the Season of Mist E-shop.Add to My Radar
Australia’s black/thrash instigators DESTRÖYER 666 have announced new details behind their forthcoming album. The influential metal legends will release ‘Wildfire‘ worldwide on February 26. ‘Wildfire‘ promises a return to the band’s thrashing roots.The artwork for ‘Wildfire’ can be found below. Working track titles include “Traitor”, “Live and Burn”, and a title track. More news regarding the album, including the details behind physical formats and several track premieres will be available in the weeks to come.
I’ve always thought Venomous Concept was a cool…concept? No, they are actually cool in reality as well. And quite venomous.
Anything Kevin Sharp (ex-Brutal Truth) is part of is always completely unhinged. I maintain that he has the single fiercest howling bellow ape scream in metal history. Go listen to the Damaged album Purified In Pain he was on, fuck!!! While it is a drag Buzzo from Melvins hasn’t been in the group for awhile, VC still have Napalm Death alumni and more. They aint skimpin’ in the awesome department.
Anyhow, the band have silly ass new album art and are streaming a new track from their forthcoming new album, ‘Kick Me Silly; VC 3’. The track, titled “Rise”, is streaming now with Revolver Magazine.
Regarding the new track, vocalist Kevin Sharp comments: “I like the contrast in guitars here. A decent mix of melodic bite…like if a shoegazer had more nut, less mustache.”
‘Kick Me Silly; VC3’ will be released by Season of Mist worldwide on January 8. The album is available for pre-order across several CD, ltd. LP and ltd. cassette formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop.
Hot on the heels of signing the great Emptiness, esteemed label Season of Mist have announced the additional signing of WITHERED. The Atlanta based critically acclaimed black metal band will release their next full-length via the label in 2016.
Regarding the signing, WITHERED comment, “We are proud to work with a label like Season of Mist, which is truly committed to supporting extreme metal. WITHERED’s character and passion will be well represented by the Season of Mist team. After three years of evolution, our breath has deepened to fuel our musical exploration, and our growth, past the most brutal of expectations. We’ll see YOU on tour soon!”Add to My Radar
Emptiness have a new home with Season of Mist. I interviewed the experimental Belgian death metal band (and I do mean experimental) awhile ago for their last monster Nothing But The Whole and can’t wait to hear what scary music they make next. Like Hypothermia .Swallowed, or Harmonic Cross, the dudes in Emptiness seem more about creating a total mindfuck of a bleak vibe rather than adhering to expectation. I admire that greatly and kudos to Season Of Mist for supporting real art like this.
Regarding the signing, EMPTINESS comment: “We are currently working on the follow-up to ‘Nothing But The Whole’, for which our aim is to release it in late 2016 on our new label Season of Mist. We also would like to thank Dark Descent for supporting us in our decision and for helping to spread the seeds of the void. Important news will follow in due time.”Add to My Radar
Savannah’s genre-defying KYLESA have embarked on a tour across North America. The tour kicks off tonight in St. Petersburg, FL and sees the band criss-crossing North America throughout the fall. A full list of confirmed tour dates in support of new album Exhausting Fire can be found below.Add to My Radar
Kylesa have a stream of their enjoyable new record Exhausting Fire over at
Noisey. The hard working band’s latest addition to their legacy, their seventh
LP in all, has some of the stomp they started back in the self titled days and
mastered on Static Tensions. Ultraviolet and Spiral Shadow‘s oddball charms
are alive and well as the band “throw caution to the wind” and marry blues
rock and sludge with a broader sense of melody than ever and a more and more
masterful sense of psychedelia.
Stream this baby HERE.
“Falling” can instantly be filed away alongside “Tired Climb” and the great and almost Soulfly-esque instrumental “Parent’s Song ” from the S/T as a new classic of layering, tone setting and feel. “Falling” is a dreamier yet just a pinch disconcerting lullabye that shows the post-punk influences and pop flirtation on the fringes of the band’s at times monumentally heavy wall of sound. This is the record that ought to get Ecstatic Vision, Crowbar and Blues Pills fans excited in equal measure, in a perfect world.Add to My Radar
Prog metal heroes Cynic have released a break up statement, the second in their off and on history. Hopefully the future will iron things out as their return was a huge boon to the scene:
It is with a heavy heart that I post today’s CYNIC news. CYNIC is no longer an active band. Due to artistic and personal differences, the second chapter in the ‘BOOK OF CYNIC’ has come to an end.
I will say the last shows we played in JAPAN have left me with a positive charge, even though they were the last live performances with Paul, Sean Malone & I on the same stage. My longstanding creative partnership with Paul, which started when we were very young kids in south Florida, has simply endured so much friction that there is no way, from my perspective, that CYNIC can be salvaged, repaired or kept afloat by any means.
I profusely apologize to the fans who were not only expecting us in China & Taiwan (that was not our fault), but to the fans who were planning to see us in Europe next month. These things happen, unfortunately, to bands. There can be differing levels of conflicts and/or differences in opinions, musical directions, or perspectives. Sometimes these things are insurmountable, and no amount of time or effort can resolve them. This is the case with CYNIC.
This page will stay up, and of course there are our respective personal pages and websites that will continue to let everyone know what we’re doing individually.
I wish all of you love & peace.
Luc Lemay of greatest band in the world Gorguts has spilled to Frank from Metal Injection plans for a one song style album! As a big fan of some good examples of this idea from USX’s The Valley Path (which I often gush about) to Inter Arma’s “The Cavern” or Meshuggah’s classic “I”, this is pretty fuckin’ golden news. Goguts are so skilled and Lemay always so ambitious that this is sure to be an intense opus. Formidable minds in death metal shall never be thwarted!Add to My Radar
ATHEIST are streaming previously unreleased live footage of the band’s classic line-up performing the track “The Formative Years” at the band’s official YouTube page. The footage is taking from the forthcoming deluxe CD + DVD reissues of the technical metal pioneers’ early works.
The video, restored from footage shot at the Waters Club in 1991, features legendary ATHEIST bassist Roger Patterson playing what would be his last ever show before his death.Add to My Radar
Conquerors Of The World brought defiance and skill to NYC’s Gramercy Theater last night, an awesome venue I always try and catch good tours at. The staff is generally really cool, the sound is really consistent and they book a fair amount of good metal shows. Deathstars, Moonspell and Septicflesh are reaching the end of a “long hot” tour (as described by a nonetheless enthusiastic vocalist Fernando Ribiero of Portugal’s darkest sons. There was no sign of road fatigue in the swagger and theatrical bravado of these three great bands, though there were some merch sizes no longer available this late in the tour.
Septicflesh from Athens are perhaps the most consistently ambitious band in metal. I’m listening to Sabbath Assembly’s 18 minute cult hit masterpiece “The Four Horseman” (not a Metallica cover). As the music and chanting about babies and Lucifer with lush and sultry vocals takes me away on this half lit rainy morning, still tired from a long late train ride back home two hours from NYC, I am left in awe and thanks of bands who work their craft to the white-knuckle bone.
Titan on Prosthetic Records has some critics saying it is too similar to the previous release from the band, but really is that a valid complaint? If you are bitching about a huge orchestral arrangement paired with psychotic technique, the utmost heavy speed and nightmare imagery upheaving the soul with important questions of self and the cosmos being too redundant, um…go take out your trash or something. Seth Siro Anton led the Greek demi-gods in a hellraising charge that had the crowd screaming the band’s name and getting down hard, especially ine heavy, somewhat slower bridge riff of new fang bang “Order Of Dracul”. I had to send Androniki Skoula from Chaostar a hyper message to tell her how excited I was to finally be seeing Septicflesh live.
The kick ass top to bottom show was on the same night as the annual Black N Blue Bowl at the old Ritz (Webster Hall) and while it featured my friends in Candiria and Bad Brains this year along with other great bands like 100 Demons and Madball, I still went to Gramercy. I’d been bugging Prosthetic publicist Kelly about this tour since like the split second after it was announced, though I wish they’d been on different weekends.
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