Horror Pain Gore Death Productions have signed California’s sci-fi inspired old school Death Metal devastators Greenwitch. The new EP CosmoSteelBlood Trinity is up now for pre-order and will be released November 20th on CD and Digital formats, along with merchandise and bundles. “CosmoSteelBlood Trinity” was recorded, mixed and engineered by Taylor Young (Kruelty, Vitriol, NAILS) at The Pit Recording Studio and mastered by Brad Boatright (Gatecreeper, Obituary, YOB) at Audiosiege Below is the official description:
Horror Pain Gore Death welcome Greenwitch to the roster with “CosmoSteelBlood Trinity”! Hailing from California, Greenwitch perform sci-fi inspired old school Death Metal that is full of intensity, extremity and interstellar brutality. “CosmoSteelBlood Trinity” utilizes the classic HM-2 tone along with cosmic noise to convey an epic tale of the aftermath of a power struggle between the 9 Galactic Lords and 3 extradimensional beings. Prepare yourself for an astral assault as Greenwitch take you on a mystical journey through the deepest, darkest dimensions of devastation! “CosmoSteelBlood Trinity” was recorded, mixed and engineered by Taylor Young (Kruelty, Vitriol, NAILS) at The Pit Recording Studio and mastered by Brad Boatright (Gatecreeper, Obituary, YOB) at Audiosiege. For fans of Blood Incantation, Disembowel, Full Of Hell, Kommand, Kruelty, Necrot, Outer Heaven, Sanguisugabogg, Triumvir Foul, Undeath and Xibalba
Skeletal Remains have built up a reputation for being a reliable source for some of the best death metal around where old school feel and fury and the ‘raw’ stuff manages to coincide with technical aspects without the scales being tipped. Plenty of stuff your Death or Massacre addict could vibe with and champion while still retaining the attention of people looking for something new, The Entombment Of Chaos is a must hear record for anyone who wants to properly get a grasp on a comprehensive list of the best stuff that came out this year. Despite some upheavals, the current incarnation of the band have released their most essential, confident and potentially career defining release yet! Even if you are not some scholarly metal cleric in a dusty tower, you can casually pick this up and find a killer outlet to both channel rage and have fun.
I spoke to Mike about the new album, coping with Covid, being part of the storied history of death metal, love for the fans and more RIGHT HERE!
On September 18th, blackened death lords Behemoth will release CD and vinyl re-issues of their debut EP, And the Forests Dream Eternally, which can be pre-ordered now at: metalblade.com/behemoth. This will be a thrill for completists who may not have heard it in awhile. I wish they would also re-master Grom and put it on Spotify, but hey.
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Legions! Our first ever record ‘And the Forests Dream Eternally’ is being re-issued through @metalbladerecords and @behemothwebstore. The re-issue includes bonus vintage material, interviews with founding members, liner notes from bands around the world and rare photographs from the earliest years of Behemoth! Pre-order your copy now! (Link in story – Releases Sept.18)
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Originally released in 1995, And the Forests Dream Eternally is available as a double LP or 2-CD Mediabook, both containing bonus vintage audio material and exclusive archival content. The vinyl options look stunning.
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Today, pan-international death metal elite Darkened reveal a new lyric video for “Kingdom of Decay.“ The track is the fourth to be revealed from the band’s highly anticipated debut album, Kingdom of Decay, set for international release on September 11th via Edged Circle Productions. With an entrancing lyric video created by David Havlena (www.hdart.info), see & hear Darkened‘s title track “Kingdom of Decay” in its entirety HERE at Edged Circle‘s official YouTube channel.
KORPSESOTURI have opened a terrifying maw in the Earth to exude the reeking death metal slime odor of their latest mortality fixated attack. This is punishing stuff, very well executed and relentless! Their 10 song sophomore album Korpskrist is set to be released on October 22nd, 2020 through Xtreem Music on CD & 12″ LP formats.
Listen to “Pedon Sielu Sisältäsi” below.
The band said: “Sad news.. LG Petrov has been struck by cancer and he is undergoing chemo treatment to try and control it. Our thoughts and strength goes out to our brother. If you want to support him In these hard times, click the link in the Bio and feel free to donate. #fuckcancer #fightforlifeandmetal”
LG has lived for metal to the hilt and we all are rooting for him during this challenge.
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Sad news.. LG Petrov has been struck by cancer and he is undergoing chemo treatment to try and control it. Our thoughts and and strength goes out to our brother 🖤 If you want to support him In these hard times, click on the link in the Bio and feel free to donate. #fuckcancer #fightforlifeandmetal
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GOJIRA, arguably the best band in heavy music by a long shot, have released a new music video for stand alone track “Another World”. It has a classic Gojira blend of propulsive and relentless riffing patterns with hoarse melodies and a yearning for more in a big Universe. The animated video has a scientific theme and is an entertaining journey. Another grand slam from the masters.
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Brazilian Death Metallers The Troops of Doom have released a video for their track “Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.”
The track comes off the band’s forthcoming EP The Rise of Heresy due out October 9 via Blood Blast Distribution.
The Troops of Doom is led by guitarist Jairo “Tormentor” Guedz from the band The Mist and former member of Sepultura’s original lineup. The band also includes bassist/vocalist Alex Kafer (Enterro, Explicit Hate, ex-Necromancer), drummer Alexandre Oliveira (Southern Blacklist, Raising Conviction), and guitarist Marcelo Vasco (Patria, Mysteriis, acclaimed graphic artist for legendary bands such as Slayer, Kreator, Machine Head, Soulfly, and Hatebreed among many others).
The Rise Of Heresy features four original songs and two cover versions of Sepultura classics, “Bestial Devastation” and “Troops Of Doom.” In advance of the EP’s release, The Troops of Doom are pleased to unleash a lyric video for first single “Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea.”
Check out the lyric video for “Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea” as well as the album art for The Rise of Heresy here.Add to My Radar
Psycroptic have an explosive new video for dark thrash song ‘Beyond The Black’. The very gloomy looking and imposing clip can be experienced below.
The band comments: “We’re very happy have once again worked with our good friend and long time collaborator Wilson Bambrick on the film clip for Beyond The Black. The clip was shot last pre-isolating (in September 2019); and due to the Plague and other delays on our end it hasnt seen the light until now. Please enjoy, and we look forward to getting some new music out later this year.”Add to My Radar
Enterprise Earth have an in quarantine video out for their Foundation of Bones EP’s cover of Lamb of God’s “Now You’ve Got Something To Die For.” While the huge bellow and impending doom of the original is hard to top, the band did a good job and the coolest parts are probably how they charred up some of the faster parts to a blackened crisp. Gotta love the extra breakdown semi-Oceano thunder fudge at the end as well.
Bottom line – the band did a killer job on a self produced EP and kept the fires burning for fans in a commendable fucking way. Y’all need to peep the Necrophagist cover too as it is even better.
Guitarist Gabriel Mangold comments: “Lamb Of God is one of our collective favorites as we all draw a significant portion of our influence from their catalog. We really wanted to do something off of Ashes Of The Wake and this song seemed to check all of the boxes for us. Straightforward and to the point, this was a ton of fun to cover.”Add to My Radar
OVERKILL/SHADOWS FALL’s drummer Jason Bittner has joined forces with guitarists Felipe Roa (SHADOWS FALL), Bobby Koeble (DEATH), and bassist Steve Di Giorgio (TESTAMENT, DEATH) to record a ‘quarantine jam’ video of DEATH‘s “Overactive Imagination” (above).
Jason Bittner wrote also a long accompanying message:
“Well there’s a bunch of explaining that goes along with this video and a history of sorts…….after the whole pandemic started, I contacted my longtime friend and former bandmate Felipe Roa (Shadows Fall touring guitarist after Jon joined Anthrax) to see if he wanted to do some “quarantine covers” and I proposed “Wake Up Dead” by Megadeth, and by now you have seen that one. At the time of discussion Felipe asked if I wanted to do a Death tune, knowing that they are one of my all-time fave bands as well as his, and we used to jam Death in soundchecks all the time. Initially my first reaction “ummmm, I don’t know if I want to do that much WORK, hahaha,” but as soon as he said “Overactive Imagination” I was in – I used to jam this song all the time in my formative years but I did wonder if I could still pull it off. After a couple days of shedding and trying to be 25 again, we had a completed drum track, which I even sent to my pals (former Death drummers) Richard Christy and Gene Hoglan for “approval”. Sean already gave me the green light from Heaven. At first we were just going to do it the two of us, but I had a plan. Here’s some crazy trivia – while I attended Berklee College of Music in the 80’s, I played in a band with Bobby Koeble and we actually recorded a few original songs wayyyyyy back in the late 80’s. Bobby later went on to join Death for the Symbolic album and still plays in Death to All. After not speaking for over 30 years I hit up Bobby, reconnected (which I’d been meaning to do for years) and asked him if he wanted to do this tune with us and he said yes right away. He asked who was playing bass and I told him Felipe probably would do that too………unless…….“Unless what? Unless I can get Steve to do it……So the next point was to contact my friend, and one of the greatest bass players out there, Mr. Steve DiGiorgio to see if this could be possible. At first Steve wasn’t’ sure if he could commit due to his many projects, so we actually asked our friend Bill Bodily (Ex- Toxik, Flotsam and Jetsam touring bassist) to do the bass since Steve wasn’t available. In the meantime, I had sent Steve the track after we put Bobby on it just to “make sure” he couldn’t do it. I had a feeling if Bobby committed, Steve would follow. A week later he did send his tracks, so first off THANK YOU to Steve for going above and beyond in such a quick and timely manner, and also to Bill for being our “backup”, sorry it didn’t work out – next time! So there you have it folks, we put a lot of work into this one because we absolutely love this band in every incarnation, and I am proud to say that I am friends with a lot of the people who have played in their ranks so…….so this one goes out to……Terry Butler, James Murphy, Richard Christy, and Gene Hoglan. Lastly, a moment to remember past members Scott Clendenin, my former bandmate and friend Ralph Santolla, my longtime friend and mentor Sean Reinert, and lastly the one and only Chuck Schuldiner for being one of the greatest songwriters to ever grace the Metal world!! Enjoy and share!!”
“When we first started, our goal was to play death metal and put out some tapes,” says Luca Indrio. “We always wanted to write an album that twenty years from now would be remembered as a true classic of the genre. With Blood Offerings, we may have done that but with Mortal we have definitely done that. Time will prove us right.”
Bold words but I believe them. Blood Offerings was sick as hell and if this is half as good it will still be better than a lot of crap people like too much. Recorded by Grammy award winning engineer Greg Wilkinson (High On Fire, Autopsy) and mastered by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Cattle Decapitation, Mastodon), the follow up to Blood Offerings can be pre-ordered HERE.
The killer production, riffs and menace of “Stench Of Decay” are very good signs.
Notes Indrio, “‘Stench Of Decay’ is the smell of our world falling under the greed and senseless pride of men. It is the stench you smell in the morning when you realize that outside your door is nothing but ugly humans ready to deceive, steal, or even kill for a little more power or money. ‘Stench Of Decay’ is what we have been breathing since day one and we will continue breathing it until everything and everyone we know and love inevitably disappears.”
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New Zealand-based death metal trio ULCERATE are pleased to unveil their official new video for “Dissolved Orders.” The track comes by way of Stare Into Death And Be Still, the band’s critically lauded sixth full-length, out now on Debemur Morti Productions.
The deepest, purest, and most meticulous form of ULCERATE, Stare Into Death And Be Still is a soul-searching conflagration of atypical melodicism, immaculate virtuosic dexterity, and sublimated psychological upheaval. A breathtaking new beginning for one of the most uniquely talented bands in extreme music.
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With Stare Into Death And Be Still, ULCERATE’s signature, ultra-atmospheric fusion of unorthodox death metal with the textures of futurist black metal is here pared down with the consummate hand of experience, giving stunning credence to the riff, the song, and the meaning. Thematically, the album draws upon recent personal experience to confront the truism that death and tragedy aren’t always sudden or violent; that people are often passive observers trapped, “in the silent horror of observing death calmly and cleanly.”Add to My Radar
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Escuela Grind is one of the most intense AND fun bands out right now in the extreme metal scene. Anyone who has seen the outfit live knows they put on a careening and death-defying show, blending elements of many of the heaviest sub genres into a world changing charge. It has been awesome discovering truly fired up and creative acts such as them, Habak or Hostilities this year, giving me hope for the next generation of ass kickers. When I heard Indoctrination I was hooked and feel blessed Escuela Grind were one of the first bands I caught live when shows revved up again. Long may they reign.