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 ALIEN WEAPONRY have returned, announcing the release of their upcoming sophomore album, Tangaroa, out September 17, 2021 via Napalm Records! The first track has big melodies and an obvious Korn influence. Like Gojira, the band have also opted not to discuss stupid shit during this time of unprecedented environmental threat and are instead focusing on world issues for this song – illegal fishing practices. Through raising this awareness, ALIEN WEAPONRY hope to support the important work and efforts of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. If you recently watched Seaspiracy but that wasn’t somehow enough to make you stop eating fish, maybe this video will at least empower you to donate. 

 

Lead vocalist and guitarist Lewis de Jong says about the track:
“We decided to write this song about how the ocean is being suffocated by humans and their waste. The ocean is an important part of my life, and it’s important to protect it.”

 

Drummer Henry de Jong adds:
“‘Tangaroa’ is a heavy and angry message about how we are destroying the ocean with pollution and overfishing. The video ties in with this message, with us drowning in plastic conveying the struggle of ocean life.”

 

Henry de Jong says about Tangaroa:
“The album is tied together with the message of ‘Tangaroa’ – the whole album is more a snapshot of the band’s brains during the writing process. We have also written songs that are about some of our first tūpuna (ancestors) who were here in Āotearoa (New Zealand). Hatupatu, who is very famous in Māori history, as well as Īhenga, who named a number of places in Āotearoa during his travels.”

 

Lewis de Jong adds about the album’s artwork and thematic details:
“The album is named after the track ‘Tangaroa’, and we went with this theme on the artwork. The album is drawn from some new experiences we’ve had as well as some ancient Māori tales. I think we have stepped things up from the last album.”

 

Bassist Tūranga Morgan-Edmonds also adds:
“This album’s use of even more traditional Māori sounds and styles is a very exciting step forward for us.”

 

Tangaroa tracklisting:
1. Titokowaru
2. Hatupatu
3. Ahi Kā
4. Tangaroa
5. Unforgiving
6. Blinded
7. Kai Whatu
8. Crooked Monsters
9. Buried Underground
10. Dad
11. Īhenga
12. Down The Rabbit Hole

Photo credit: Buzz Osborne

Mr. Bungle have released The Night They Came Home (Ipecac Recordings), their NorCal band’s first live album. The 14-song album, accompanied by a physical-only film release, captures the band’s Halloween 2020 livestream event, and features the new live video for “Eracist” (https://youtu.be/TUSUlCBE0BQ).

“‘Eracist’ is a unique song in the Raging Wrath book,” explains Trevor Dunn. “There was no initial demo, only a ‘moshy’ riff that Patton had come up with in the ’80s that Trey somehow remembered. Once that was unearthed Patton completed the tune with a double-time bridge and some lyrics about erasure and denial. It seems to me that it somehow feels contemporary while fitting in with our teenage songwriting style. I guess that’s because it was written over a span of 35 years! You may notice that it’s one of the only songs on the ‘demo’ that actually has a vocal melody. Back in the ’80s we were mostly thinking about drums & guitar, which of course, is really all that metal is about.”

The Night They Came Home finds Mr. Bungle performing songs from their recently released album, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo. The two-hour film, directed by Jack Bennett, is available on CD + Blu-Ray, CD + DVD, and VHS, while the album is also available digitally. The Blu-Ray/DVD iterations feature Bungle’s performance, Neil Hamburger’s opening set, three official music videos (“Raping Your Mind,” “Eracist,” and “Sudden Death”), as well as extended behind-the-scenes footage including several surprise cameos. The VHS release, limited to 1000 collectible copies, is an edited, performance-only portion of the film.

The band performs at Riot Fest (Chicago) in September. The festival marks the first time Mike Patton has pulled double-duty on the same bill, with both Mr. Bungle and Faith No More playing the festival.

“The Night They Came Home” track list:

  1. Won’t You Be My Neighbor (Mr. Rogers cover)
  2. Anarchy Up Your Anus
  3. Raping Your Mind
  4. Bungle Grind
  5. Methematics
  6. Hell Awaits/Summer Breeze (Slayer/Seals & Croft medley/cover)
  7. Eracist
  8. World Up My Ass (Circle Jerks cover)
  9. Glutton For Punishment
  10. Hypocrites/Habla Español O Muere (S.O.D. cover)
  11. Spreading The Thighs of Death
  12. Loss for Words (Corrosion of Conformity cover)
  13. Sudden Death
  14. Loss of Control (Van Halen cover)

 

Infernal alchemists NEW SKELETAL FACES will unleash their long-awaited Sextinction seven-inch EP on June 25th.

 

Transmuting sound into power, the follow up to 2019’s critically-lauded Celestial Disease full-length finds NEW SKELETAL FACES expanding upon their signature sound invoking the darkest, esoteric elements of rock and roll. Featuring deathrock anthem “Banshee Sex Tomb” and the thunderous metal-tinged dirge of “Extinction Of Bodies,” NEW SKELETAL FACES intoxicate the listener once again with an arcane brew of sex, disenchantment, and danger!

Lyrically, both songs are suitably unpleasant. “Banshee Sex Tomb” attacks the listener by questioning innocence and morality. Rejecting both values, the song spirals downward into a romantic embrace of nihilism. “Extinction Of Bodies” is pure Armageddon. The verses clearly express the insignificance of humanity as replaceable species, and hints of a celestial force causing this destruction. Both songs are dire prophecies.

 

Recorded, mixed, and mastered entirely by the band, NEW SKELETAL FACES’ limited-edition Sextinction EP is pressed on bone colored vinyl and features original cover art by vocalist/guitarist Errol Fritz. Staying true to DIY ethics, the record includes hand numbered and wax stamped obi-strips by the band themselves. Fans of Christian Death, Fields Of The Nephilim, and the dark side of punk-metal (ie Amebix) pay heed.

 

For Sextinction preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.

 

Sextinction Track Listing:
Side A – “Banshee Sex Tomb”
Side B – “Extinction Of Bodies”

Catch NEW SKELETAL FACES live July 3rd at Bricks Bar in Maywood, California supporting Only Theatre Of Pain featuring Rikk Agnew and Gitane Demone performing Christian Death’s classic debut. Stay tuned for additional shows to be announced in the weeks to come.
NEW SKELETAL FACES:
7/03/2021 Bricks Bar – Maywood, CA w/ Only Theatre Of Pain

In related news, NEW SKELETAL FACES will be featured in the forthcoming Hemlock: A Night Of Deathrock book. Hemlock is a club located in San Diego, California centered around old school goth, deathrock, and post punk. The book is a culmination of photos, stories, art, merch, posters, bands, and DJs, as well as the community that has supported Club Hemlock throughout the years. An official book release party will be held at The Casbah in San Diego, California on June 19th.

Swedish black metal cultists Wormwood have announced a new release date for their upcoming record Arkivet:

“Due to the spring’s problems in the Suez Canal and Covid-19, we unfortunately have to announce that the Arkivet release will be postponed. This is because the vinyl pressing plant hasn’t been able to deliver on time, due to a lack of materials from the factories.

This is terribly sad news for us, but unfortunately beyond our ability to speed up. The new release date is set for August 27th. We apologize to all of you who have pre-ordered the album, but urge you to wait another month. It will be worth it.”

Pre-order the album here.

Arkivet tracklisting:

“The Archive”
“Overgrowth”
“End Of Message”
“My Northern Heart”
“Ensamheten”
“The Slow Drown”
“The Gentle Touch Of Humanity”

“The Archive” video, a moody and compelling piece, can be seen below:

Hell’s Heroes IV in Houston has announced a skull crushing line-up for the April 2022 event. There is literally something for almost any metal fan unless you are a complete whiner.

From Candlemass to Riot V to Haunt to Sumerlands and many more, the line-up is jaw droppingly rad.

 

The full lineup for the 2022 Hell’s Heroes Festival is as follows:

Dark Angel
Candlemass
Cirith Ungol
Riot V
Eternal Champion
Satan
Whiplash
Medieval Steel
Slough Feg
Enforcer
Night Demon
High Spirits
Haunt
Traveler
Sumerlands
Screamer
Savage Master
Bewitcher
Smoulder
Night Cobra
Natur
Solicitor
Legendary
Lady Beast
Blood Star
Warcloud
Saber

“It’s beyond words how excited I am that Hell’s Heroes is back and better than ever for 2022,” says organizer – and Night Cobra frontman – Christian Larson. “Since we had to skip two years due to the pandemic, we decided to add a second day to the festival this time and really go crazy on the lineup! Excited to see everyone in 2022!”

 

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David Ellefson no longer in MEGADETH after scandal

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 12:47 PM (PST)

MEGADETH have parted ways with their most acclaimed bassist David Ellefson. Obviously there is a lot to unpack here from the moral standpoint of what happened (even if it wasn’t grooming, which depends on whose word you take at face value…edging the age of consent and lying to your wife is fucked up) to other people saying Mustaine is also likely glad to get someone else who he can pay less as well. Any way you slice it amounts to a lousy shit pile of a stain on the legacy of the remaining classic member’s bond.  Still, I hope if Ellefson truly does try to aspire to Christian values that David will work towards making amends and focusing on his family.

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POWERWOLF have released the epic first single from forthcoming  July 16, 2021 album Call Of The Wild.

Matthew Greywolf on the new single: “We are more than proud to present “Beast of Gévaudan,” the first song off our upcoming album, Call Of The Wild. The story behind the song couldn’t fit better into the world of POWERWOLF: It’s about a mysterious beast that killed countless people in the south of France at the end of the 18th century. The beast was never caught and there have always been many legends surrounding the events, up to the interpretation of the clergy, who saw the beast as ‘God’s punishment’ or even as a ‘savior of mankind from the worldly and sinful existence.’”

“Call Of The Wild” track listing:

01. Faster Than The Flame
02. Beast Of Gévaudan
03. Dancing With The Dead
04. Varcolac05. Alive Or Undead
06. Blood For Blood (Faoladh)
07. Glaubenskraft
08. Call Of The Wild
09. Sermon Of Swords
10. Undress To Confess
11. Reverent Of Rats

Various formats (2-CD mediabook, 3-LP vinyl box, 3-CD earbook, digital) of the new album include the bonus album “Missa Cantorem” — a survey of tracks with newly recorded vocals by friends and companions of the band. The collaborator list is, simply put, fucking impressive.

“Missa Cantorem” (bonus album) track listing:

01. Sanctified With Dynamite – feat. Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR)
02. Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend – feat. Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY)
03. Nightside Of Siberia – feat. Johan Hegg (AMON AMARTH)
04. Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone – feat. Doro Pesch
05. Fist By Fist (Sacralize Or Strike) – feat. Matthew Kiichi Heafy (TRIVIUM)
06. Killers With The Cross – feat. Björn “Speed” Strid (SOILWORK)
07. Kiss Of The Cobra King – feat. Chris Harms (LORD OF THE LOST)
08. We Drink Your Blood – feat. Johannes Eckerström (AVATAR)
09. Resurrection By Erection – feat. Christopher Bowes (ALESTORM)
10. Saturday Satan – feat. Jari Mäenpää (WINTERSUN)

POWERWOLF is:

Attila Dorn – vocals
Falk Maria Schlegel – organ
Charles Greywolf – guitar
Matthew Greywolf – guitar
Roel van Helden – drums

Photo credit: Matteo Vdiva Fabbiani / VDPICTURES

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RIP Will Mecum (Karma To Burn)

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 7:06 PM (PST)

Tragic news for rock fans as Karma To Burn have announced the passing of OG member and seriously talented guy Will Mecum:

Dear friends, we come with very heavy hearts to tell you that Will Mecum is no longer with us. Earlier this week, Will suffered a traumatic head injury from an accidental fall. On the evening of April 29th, Will passed on to the next realm. His spirit will live on through his music, and as an organ donor his spirit will live through others who may need help. Words cannot describe how much we appreciated the amount of love and support all of you showed the band throughout the years, it was truly an honor to share the experience of celebrating Will’s riffs all over the world. Rest in Power, Will.

An underground staple, KTB have plenty of accomplishments to be proud of and Mecum was a pioneer, a handsome rogue and a musical lifer hero to many. Our hearts go out to everyone.

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Two Minutes to Late Night presents Splitsville: a new recurring live stream where two bands cover a song from each other’s catalog. It’s a homage to the classic 7″ cover splits nerds have to own but with two kick-ass music videos to go along with it. This nextSplitsvilleis going to be between hardcore pioneers Integrity and genre-defying shoegaze rock band Nothing. The stream will feature Integrity covering Nothing and Nothing covering Integrity with videos of the quality you come to expect from Two Minutes to Late Night PLUS exclusive crossover merch for both bands you can only buy during the 24-hour stream.

The live stream for the Nothing / Integrity – Splitsville performance with begins TONIGHT Friday, April 30th through the Two Minutes to Late Night Bandcamp channel here: https://twominutestolatenight.bandcamp.com/merch/splitsville-episode-2-integrity-nothing

Additionally a limited, one-time pressing only will be available through Relapse Records and 2 Minutes to Late Night’s Splitsville! This 7″ will only be available to pre-order from Friday, April 30th at 8PM EST at the launch of NOTHING’s and INTEGRITY’s Splitsville performances through Saturday, May 1st at 8PM EST. Relapse will only press the amount that is pre ordered and will ship this Fall.

Domenic Palermo (Nothing) comments:

“Integrity is the best hardcore band ever. to be able to collaborate with Dwid and the gang is bucket list level shit. I feel both honored and extremely nervous to be involved. I really hope we don’t play ourselves.” 

Dwid Hellion (Integrity) comments:

“I continue to be a long time fan of NOTHING and it is a great pleasure to be able to participate on the latest installment of SPLITSVILLE with them. Roaring such beauty into its own inversion.” 

Heavy metal provocateurs Darkthrone have been many styles, but always devoted to the metal. Now a new album is expected entitled Eternal Hails. With a title like that it is a safe bet they have not switched to Weird Al style polka comedy medleys (though I bet Fenriz could pull that off).

We look forward to another masterpiece from these grim heroes of the underground resistance.

ETERNAL HAILS –THE NEW DARKTHRONE STUDIO ALBUM – COMING 25TH JUNE
PRE-ORDERS START WEDNESDAY 28TH APRIL

“Five heavy dinosaurs looking in wonder and bewilderment at the stars” Fenriz

His Master`s Voice [07:17]
Hate Cloak [09:16]
Wake of the Awakened [08:24]
Voyage to a North Pole Adrift [09:24]
Lost Arcane City of Uppakra [07:02]
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KARNIVOOL announce May 12th Global Live Stream Event

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 9:31 AM (PST)

April 27 2021, Perth, Australia — Karnivool present “The Decade of Sound Awake” livestream – an exclusive event on May 12 from the Heath Ledger Theatre in their home city of Perth, Australia.

The one-time livestream concert will see the band perform their seminal, platinum selling second album Sound Awake in its entirety plus new material and, captured on film properly for the first time, the fan favorite song, “Fade.” Tickets are available now: https://shops.ticketmasterpartners.com/karnivool-livestream.

Originally planned as a short Australian tour in early 2020, “The Decade of Sound Awake” was rescheduled (twice!) in an attempt to make the tour happen normally, safely and in the way the band had envisioned but that was not possible with what’s going on in the world.

Singer Ian Kenny says:

“Diving back into Sound Awake as a complete performance was a sweet reminder of the layers and complexity that make it one of our most important releases. The music pushes and pulls in complex directions, I continue to find something new when lost in its emotional turbulence.”

Singled out for its incredible contemporary design and unique acoustic properties, The Heath Ledger Theatre, designed by Australian architect & AIA Gold Medal winner Kerry Hill, is named in honor of the actor. The theatre sits in the CBD of Perth, the remotest city on earth and is far more accustomed to ballet, theatre and orchestra recitals – this beautiful room has not seen or heard the likes of Karnivool! The visually stunning performance was directed by Matt Sav, mixed by frequent Karnivool collaborator Jan Kerscher and brought to you by the streaming service behind the incredible Nick Cave “Idiot Prayer” performance.

In order to accommodate fans all over the world, this livestream event will be broadcast across multiple time-zones with 8 pm screenings happening for both pacific and eastern time zones. There are no restrictions on which stream can be viewed.

Karnivool acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work, live and play. We pay respects to all Aboriginal elders and people, standing united towards a shared future. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

 

I love NYHC and many of the bands I have shared the stage with, interviewed or saved my life. That said, I am super bummed out right now by a lot of people I love and the reckless 2,000+ social distancing flaunting Madball, Murphy’s Law, Bloodclot, Wisdom In Chains etc. show in Tompkins. Yes, shows are important for mental health, as Wisdom In Chains noted on Insta. Supporting Firefighters and the Burn foundation is great. So is protecting our most vulnerable and adhering to the bare minimum to help us have real solidarity and get through this. This show was not the triumph hardcore bands and fans are claiming it was. Period. Sorry if that makes me the ‘woke SJW mob’ and not a concerned diabetic who has loved and lived their life for punk and metal for over three decades.

As my pal Ryan Butler of Landmine Marathon fame said online ,“Tompkins Square Park in NYC yesterday looked like the Rose Garden at the White House a few months back times 1,000.” Hard to disagree.

Update. I don’t know if this is true but the Parks Dept. are saying organizers lied and said the event was a 9/11 memorial with a hundred people expected. Classy if true! Wow. WTF, y’all. I know some of you were around for 9/11 and love the city more than that. For real?!! WTF.  Cuz you donated to firefighters doesn’t make it any less misleading. And how about the healthcare workers who have to take care of anyone who gets sick?  (BNB Productions now say the permit never mentioned 9/11 and that people just “suck the dick of the media” but failed to show the permit to back up the claim the media is lying, so I can’t verify one way or the other. It is immature af though to just downplay people’s concerns as sheeple and pussies, tough guys).

Further update: Chris Flash told EVGrieve: “Nowhere did it say anything about September 11. We did apply for a September 11 memorial event, but it was for September,” Flash also said,”…Why would we apply for a September 11 memorial in April?””We were given a 3-page list of things the Parks Department wanted us to comply with — we complied with all of the stipulations,” Flash said. “We were required to provide gloves, masks, sanitizer and a clipboard if someone wanted to voluntarily provide contact tracing. We provided two tables with all the necessary supplies. We cannot enforce rules, we can’t — we’re not the police. Even the police said they can’t enforce.”

(Um, you can’t enforce the rules but anyone could have kept urging the crowd to mask up at the very least. Or the band members and scene folx -who’ve posted tons of selfies to their own insta feeds with the vast majority in no masks- could have also done the right thing and masked up). I also hear that people were being mocked for wearing them at the event, though can’t verify.  CDC has eased masking guidelines for vaccinated people as of 4.27 but still say “vaccinated people should still wear masks in public settings indoors and outdoors where there is a substantial risk of Covid-19 transmission, such as concerts, sporting events and other crowded gatherings,” the CDC said.)

People have been saying that maybe the vast majority of unmasked moshing and screaming people were already vaccinated (as if that means you can’t still carry it home or elsewhere, fucking duh). It was harder for young people to get vaccinated until very recently in New York.

For the wary, I can’t force people to trust big pharma companies with awful track records like Johnson and Johnson (who have sucked ass for years). I especially am not tone policing women who have fertility side effect fears when we need way better long term clinical studies or bipoc folx who are afraid because they have historically been guinea pigs to racist medical research practices before. I sure as hell also agree that it is fucked it seems -if I am understanding things right- that Reagan made it so you can’t sue lots of vaccine makers if something goes wrong (tell your conservative leaning Libertarian pals that). H.R.5546 – 99th Congress (1985-1986): National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress says that ,”Provides that no vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death: (resulting from unavoidable side effects; or (2) solely due to the manufacturer’s failure to provide direct warnings.”

I agree that is completely bullshit to not be able to sue someone if there is a problem. That goes for the Covid vaccinations as well. No one should be above lawsuit if there is a huge fucked up problem with any of them.

That is still besides the point when it comes to this concert.

I am personally diabetic and fully vaxxed. I am absolutely glad I got it. But if someone “healthy” with doubts can’t even do bare minimum compassion to wear a mask cuz they think it doesn’t work (as if having none will somehow protect others more!?) or social distance cuz moshing and peacocking is more important …yikes. And most of those people on the crowd aren’t gonna go green diet anyway and just want to fucking party, c’mon.

John Joseph wrote this on social media: “For the last year in New York City there were protests – tens and thousands of people in the streets – some rioting and looting engaging in bias attacks – nobody said shit – the media condoned it. On 4/20, thousands filled Washington Square Park sharing blunts and weed pipes no masks – again nobody said shit. This was our fucking protest – this was our rally – people came out from all over the country and enjoyed live music! Those who didn’t want to come stayed away – good nobody Missed their ass. They were free to live in fear – hide under their table and talk shit on social media.”

I don’t know about the 4/20 day stuff so can’t speak on it and can understand how that would bother a straight edge person. I am sober a year and a half and John’s description ALSO sounds like 4/20 was reckless and should have been discussed. It sounds like you think it is just hypocrisy that they weren’t called out and the hardcore show was, not that people have valid super spread concerns. Also, the idea that just because our elected officials and others have done hypocritical things is ALSO a good reason to be irresponsible as a ‘protest’ to hypocrisy is the epitome of two wrongs don’t make a right.

Ok, and while I super respect John’s veganism and love his books on the subject and think everyone should become one to save the planet (watch Seaspiracy and stop eating fish today PLEASE), this BLACK LIVES MATTER statement is simply a false equivalency. Most people at BLM protests were masked and it was outdoors, with a combination that helped soften the blow of those who weren’t substantially. That is not thousands of people crammed in a small park with masked folx being mocked and people screaming gang vocals and pitting in close proximity and breaking social distancing suggestions and max outdoor capacity guidelines. That isn’t ‘united blood’. It is fucking telling immunocompromised people that y’all don’t care when this is over or just don’t believe in it.

We all wan’t shows to come back right, but this aint it. At all.

Again, the current law in New York, according to our shitbag, rapey, bad clemency record, Weinstein money accepting and CNN softball question champion Governor Andrew Cuomo is that “outdoor venues with 2,500 person and overcapacity can begin holding live concerts at 20% capacity.” Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test would be required for entry. I hate Cuomo for almost killing my mom in an old folks home as well and for playing chess with lives and refusing one of Trump’s only decent ideas by not using the hospital boats, but these capacity and safety limitations I cannot fault him for.

The Warzone tribute I covered there was one of the coolest things I have ever been to and it was great to help document it that day several years ago. I did not expect to hear that this new event would completely disregard respectfully making sure shit was done right and call people who are concerned ‘beeyotches’ (wow super feminist and inclusive, punk rawwwwk).

I believe in Christ consciousness and healing and growth and lifting one another up when we fall or make mistakes, but that requires self-awareness. I don’t at all enjoy now feeling alienated from all these bands and people who went who I admired. You can’t talk about making everyone considerate enough to live better and take care of the Earth and animals (as they should) if you also don’t care enough to protect the most vulnerable humans or try to lessen the ongoing impact of the pandemic in even the most minor ways.

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Z2 Comics, the leading publisher of music-inspired graphic novels, reveals this fall’s jewel in the crown of the “king” of heavy metal himself: the first-ever comic written by the one and only King Diamond. White Noise Studios scribe Dan Watters and October Faction artist Damien Worm team with The King himself for a chilling new version of the story of Miriam Natias and Jonathan LaFey and an inheritance far more terrifying than even the haunted mansion in which it’s discovered.

To celebrate this unprecedented pairing, Z2 Comics will offer an exclusive brand new Abigail graphic novel picture disc edition of this incredible album, featuring the front cover of the graphic novel, and on the back side, you will find both the original Abigail cover and an alternate cover painting by artist Torbjörn Jörgensen, available only with the deluxe and super deluxe graphic novel package, exclusively through the Z2 website, and available for pre-order now: https://z2comics.com/kingdiamond

“A graphic novel based on one of my stories is a dream come true for me. Working with a company like Z2 and the writer Dan Watters, and the graphic artist Damien Worm, is making this project the highest class one could wish for. Not just our own fans, but any fan of the horror genre, will enjoy the darkness and creepiness of this project. I simply can’t wait to personally be able to present this to you once we get closer to Halloween. Abigail has risen again.”

The haunting saga of King Diamond‘s Abigail brought to stunning and horrific life by Dan Watters, Damien Worm, and King Diamond himself! Adapting the storyline of one of heavy metal’s most celebrated concept albums, this new graphic novel will reward both longtime fans and horror hounds alike with a story made even more chilling in comic book form!

Publisher Josh Frankel says, King Diamond is as his name would imply, heavy metal royalty, and we are all his servants. I couldn’t be more honored to reward fans of comics and heavy music with what will most likely be one of the highlights of the year, and a high watermark for Z2’s direct artist collaborations overall.”

With 12 albums released as King Diamond, millions of albums sold worldwide, with over 175,000 of 1987’s Abigail in the US alone. The second album under the King Diamond banner, Abigail, is an undisputed classic and considered his true breakout release, setting the stage for over three decades of devoted fandom. With the new album announced, 2022 will truly mark “the return of the king.”

King Diamond‘s Abigail graphic novel will be released in standard softcover and hardcover editions in comic shops and bookstores alike, just in time for Halloween in October 2021, with special deluxe and super deluxe editions available for pre-order now only through the Z2 website (https://z2comics.com/kingdiamond), which include a special exclusive one-time variant cover vinyl edition in a strictly limited edition of 3,000 copies!

A very unique and sinister piece of dark art will be made available for pre-order, as a companion to the graphic novel on King Diamond‘s personal request. Details will be available on the Z2 website: https://z2comics.com/kingdiamond

Important discussion at Toilet Ov Hell to a tone deaf af Sin Quirin side project press release and the allegations about him that have been extremely downplayed by Ministry, Nuclear Blast and Cleopatra and any potential touring companions. Listen to the whole thing.

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Gost, the “dark synthwave frontrunner” (Kerrang!), has set an Aug. 13 release date for his new album, Rites of Love and Reverence (Century Media Records).

“I have recently been fixated on the subject of witchcraft and its effect on women throughout history,” explains Gost. “I myself practice rituals to help clear my mind and focus on my day to day endeavors. This curiosity into witchcraft’s history and my own traditions combined to inspire the new album.”

A key conceptual element is the inclusion of Dutch photographer Nona Limmen’s photograph on the album cover, as Gost explains: “I have been a fan of Nona Limmen’s work for some time now. The inspiration for the new album is much about witchcraft from the feminine perspective. For women, throughout history, witchcraft has been negative, empowering, poisonous, and beautiful. The moment I saw this photographer by Nona, I could not imagine using anything else to convey the album’s content as beautifully and powerfully as this image does.”

Gost has spent the past several years on the road, touring with a wide range of artists from his synthwave brethren like Perturbator and Carpenter Brut, to industrial artists like 3TEETH and Author & Punisher, as well as some of the biggest names in metal, like Mayhem and Power Trip. The mysterious producer cut his teeth playing in metal bands, eventually drifting towards electronic music, which combined with his fascination with the occult, John Carpenter and ‘80s slasher flicks, gave birth to his uniquely powerful sound. With haunting atmospherics and evocative aesthetics, Gost quickly developed a loyal following in both the electronic, rock and metal communities.