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ARCH ENEMY launches live video for “As The Pages Burn” from Masters of Rock 2014 festival; currently on tour in North America with KREATOR

Currently headlining a North American tour in support of their critically acclaimed album, War Eternal, metal icons ARCH ENEMY have launched a new live video for “As The Pages Burn”, taken from their Masters of Rock 2014 festival performance:

To witness this must-see live show in the USA, be sure to catch the band on the road with KREATOR, HUNTRESS, and STARKILL at one of the remaining tour dates:

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EXODUS Hits the Road with SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Next Week

Bay Area thrash titans EXODUS are gearing up to thrash your face off on their upcoming tour with headliners Slayer and fellow special guests Suicidal Tendencies. If you have not purchased your tickets for your local tour stop yet, act quickly ? several dates are close to selling out, including Oakland 11/12, Los Angeles 11/14, and New Jersey 11/29, which are already completely sold out. Get your tickets via the official EXODUS Facebook page now!

Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS VIP Experience packages are available for the entire tour via SLOtix. All EXODUS VIP Experience attendees will be included in a giveaway for either an autographed Gary Holt signature guitar or an EXODUS guitar. At the end of the tour, Gary Holt will personally call the winner himself to announce that they?ve won.

See below for all current tour dates, including EXODUS one-off dates this month and next!

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KATAKLYSM Enlist Producer Andy Sneap for Next Album

Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, will enter the studio next January to record the follow up to their critically acclaimed Waiting for the End to Come album. The band has released the following statement:

“There is no rest for the wicked as they say. KATAKLYSM has been full of inspiration and are in full determination mode lately; a rejuvenated band that is out to conquer the world with no sign of stopping! We’ve been secretly working hard on a monstrous new album, and will enter the studio next January to start tracking. The process will take three months to complete, with three different producers at the helm. Seasoned guitarist and longtime studio engineer J- F Dagenais will be tracking drums, guitars and bass, while traveling between Montreal and Texas. Vocalist Maurizio Iacono will be tracking vocals in Florida with producer Mark Lewis (WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, CANNIBAL CORPSE). The entire process will be mixed and mastered in the UK by legendary producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, AMON AMARTH).”

“This promises to be the album that will once and for all establish KATAKLYSM as one of the top pioneers of the genre! The latest material will be touching on some new ground, while maintaining the aggressive edge the band has always been known for. The chemistry with new drummer Oli Beaudoin is incredible, and the four horsemen promise some crushing new material coming your way. Death metal hymns are arriving!”

The as-of-yet-untitled album is tentatively scheduled to be released in the Summer of 2015.

KATAKLYSM has had one of the busiest year in their entire career supporting their latest gem Waiting for the End to Come. The band started a successful run that started in Australia and Japan a year ago and made its way worldwide to many countries, including some first time stops in places like Brazil and South Africa among others. This December, the campaign which saw the band play 150 shows will conclude with three shows in Mexico.

KATAKLYSM’s latest record Waiting for the End to Come was released last October via Nuclear Blast records.

Waiting for the End to Come Digipak and LP Track Listing:

01. Fire
02. If I Was God – I?d Burn It All
03. Like Animals
04. Kill The Elite
05. Under Lawless Skies
06. Dead & Buried
07. The Darkest Days of Slumber
08. Real Blood – Real Scars
09. The Promise
10. Empire Of Dirt
11. Elevate
DIGIPAK BONUS TRACK
12. The American Way (SACRED REICH cover)

Waiting for the End to Come was recorded by guitarist Jean Francois Dagenais and mixed by Zeuss (SUFFOCATION, HATEBREED, ARSIS). The artwork by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, HATEBREED) is featured on the deluxe digipak and LP versions of their new album, while the cover art by Peter Sallai (SABATON) is featured on the standard jewel case and limited edition cassette tape versions.

BASTARD FEAST announce new North American tour dates

Portland, Oregon’s extreme metal/sludge powerhouse BASTARD FEAST (Taylor Robinson- guitar, Joshua Green- vocals, Nickolis Parks- drums, Justin Yaquinto- guitar, and Jesse Aspy- bass) have announced new North American tour dates. The band will now be making stops in Gainesville, Nashville, Asheville, Richmond, Kansas City, Cheyenne, and more. An updated full list of confirmed dates can be found below.

BASTARD FEAST are touring in support of ‘Osculum Infame’. ‘Osculum Infame’ has been called a “tightly arranged, light-eating burst of ferocity” (Decibel Magazine). The track list is

1. Bloated City
2. Old Father
3. The Rats Through Our Veins
4. The Serpent Spoke
5. Noose Of Smoke
6. A Tribute To What We Stole
7. Watchful Defiler
8. Claustrophobic Of This World
9. Fields Of Black Cancer
10. Synthetic Messiah

BASTARD FEAST’s full-length was recorded, mixed and mastered by Stephan Hawkes (ATTILA, EXOTIC ANIMAL PETTING ZOO, RED FANG) at Interlace Audio (RED FANG, CHINO MORENO, CHELSEA GRIN) in Portland, Oregon.

Regarding the new album, guitarist Taylor Robinson said “The new record is a change in the path for us. We have dialed in our sound even more and sold our souls to hell to channel more darkness. The album is lyrically bleak and filled with contempt. Adding a 2nd guitar and finding our new bass player Jesse has completed our brotherhood for this band. We feel that everyone who will hear this music will be drawn in. It is truly hateful and inspired.”

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SYLOSIS: Second Album Trailer Released!

Little known secret; METALLICA’s …And Justice For All and DEATH’s Symbolic record had a baby. It was tossed into a junkyard and forgotten about. It ate metal and drank gasoline until it broke free and began to kill. SYLOSIS defines modern speed metal. ” ? Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD)

UK based modern thrash heroes SYLOSIS will release their fourth studio album Dormant Heart on the January 12th (UK), 13th (N. America) and 16th (Rest of Europe) via Nuclear Blast! In anticipation of the release, the band has recorded a series of official album interviews with frontman Josh Middleton. The second trailer is now online and shows Josh explaining the artwork for the new album, including where the idea came from and how much he was involved, being an artist himself:

The artwork was created by Bristol based artist BONFIRE (Opeth, Satyricon, Kataonia). On the theme of the artwork Josh comments: “The cover relates to sacrifice (the sacrificial lamb is more of a symbol than something to be taken literally) but also the looming, oppressing figure in the background represents corruption and being forced into something against your will.”

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CANNABIS CORPSE announce new tour dates

Richmond, VA based death metal powerhouse CANNABIS CORPSE have added additional dates to their headlining North American tour. The New Noise Magazine/Metal Underground.com/JSR Merchandise – sponsored tour begins November 28 in Wilmington, NC and will run for a month, and now includes new dates in Houston TX, Minneapolis MN, and a Las Vegas, NV change of venue. Support on all dates comes from MAMMOTH GRINDER and INANIMATE EXISTENCE, as well as soon to be announced, special regional guests. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

The New Noise Magazine cover stars are touring in support of their new album, ‘From Wisdom to Baked’. The album, which has been called “the brutal blunt death metal bludgeoning you’ve been waiting for” (Metal Injection), “death metal for stoners par excellence” (About.com), and “a big step up for [the band] and a high point for the group?s discography” (No Clean Singing) is streaming at Bandcamp.

From Wisdom to Baked’ is available across various formats and bundles here. The track list and artwork for ‘From Wisdom to Baked’ are as follows:

Track list
1. Baptized In Bud
2. Zero Weed Tolerance
3. Weedless Ones
4. Individual Pot Patterns
5. Pull The Carb
6. Considered Dank
7. Voice Of The Bowl
8. THC Crystal Mountain
9. With Their Hash He Will Create
10. From Wisdom To Baked
11. Medicinal Healing

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: Reed Mullin And Karl Agell To Perform Blind Album In Its Entirety At Katherine Ludwig Benefit Concert

Vocalist Karl Agell, who sang on CORROSION OF CONFORMITY’s 1991 seminal Blind full-length and founding drummer Reed Mullin will perform the LP in its entirety on Sunday, November 9th at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. The concert is a benefit show for Katherine Ludwig, former editor of long-running heavy metal magazine, Metal Maniacs, who is currently battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Comments Mullin, “I only heard about Katherine’s medical problems a month ago, and the minute after, I was on the phone with Karl Agell to see if he’d be into doing a benefit for her. I’m not sure folks today know just how instrumental she was in introducing and exposing your typical ‘metal maniac’ of the early ’90s to so many bad ass bands. A lot of which, like COC, had never been given an audience like that before. We had been in fanzines with circulations of maybe a couple hundred, but Metal Maniacs was thousands and thousands! A great advocate for little known underground metal, as well as hardcore/punk bands, she promoted the Blind album to the point where by the end of the year it was on virtually everyone’s top ten metal albums of 1991. I can’t overstate how important she was to COC’s success. Without her, Blind wouldn’t have sold what it did. And after that, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say there probably would never have been a Deliverance album. Katherine Ludwig is wonderful person and I hope we can give back a little for all the goodness she gave us.”

A Facebook page has been launched by Alicia Morgan, who worked as Ludwig’s assistant and was editor for several issues of the magazine. Writes Morgan: “[Katherine would] cover bands before they were on the mainstream radar: Sepultura, Voivod, Prong, Kreator, White Zombie, Obituary, Cathedral, Cro-Mags, Neurosis, Eyehategod, Carcass, Corrosion Of Conformity etc. She gave a voice to underground punk/doom and crust bands like the Amebix, Deviated Instinct and Winter. She gave a platform to unsigned bands and ‘zines. In her editorials, she wrote about issues that meant something to her. Racism. Sexism. Human rights. Animal rights. Vegetarianism. Homophobia. Even if she got flack about it, she’d soldier on, and call people out… I’m asking you to give Katherine, this leader, this beautiful and strong warrior, donations that will relieve some of the burden to ease costs that go along with all of the guts and glory that go along with chemo, and cancer, and everything and everything that will help as she helped all of you.”

Katherine Ludwig Benefit Concert
November 9th, 2014
Doors 5pm – Show 6pm.
Lincoln Theater – 126 E Cabarrus St. – Raleigh, NC 27601
$15 advance/$20 day of show.

ENSLAVED: DIARY OF MAD MEN – EPISODE 3

Checking in from Duper Studios in Bergen, Ivar Bjørnson, guitarist, composer, and founding member of Norwegian progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED offers the third installment in the seven-part “Diary of Mad Men” series shedding insight into the band?s upcoming as-yet-untitled thirteenth studio album, set for an early 2015 release.

“This will be a killer album. I am already willing to stake a lot on that. As the last time with RIITIIR, the first line of defense / attack is made through me, Grutle [Kjellson, vocalist & bassist] and Cato [Bekkevold, drummer] recording our guitar, bass, and drums live in the big Duper room, complete with the ceiling covered in old wooden doors for max room effect. I have to admit I’m starting to feel the effect of working around the clock (there are also things to be done at the home studio, office, and around the house in-between the sessions), but it doesn?t matter how tired the body gets as long as the mind is on fire!”

About this upcoming new release, band members have previously stated: “The high level of energy in the songs reflects both an inspired and an ever-harder working band that keeps pushing their own and their associated genres? limits.”

Main recordings for the new album are taking place at Duper and Solslottet Studios in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings done at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by ENSLAVED members Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar Bjørnson’s Peersonal Sound Studios.

Additional experimentation and sonic exploration will be conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where the band took a mobile studio to record the infamous “Thorn” 7″ single in 2012.

Album number thirteen is being produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy. Mixing will be done by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

Artwork will be illustrated by long-time collaborating artist and “sixth ENSLAVED member” Truls Espedal, who has painted all seven album covers since 2001’s Monumension.

2012’s studio release, RIITIIR, garnered ENSLAVED a seventh nomination for a Spellemann Award (the Norwegian equivalent of the American Grammy) in the category of “Best Metal Album.” They have won a Spellemann Award four consecutive times for the following four studio albums: Axioma Ethica Odini (2010), Vertebrae (2008), Ruun (2006), and Isa (2004).

RIITIIR debuted at #8 on the American Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart in October 2012 and appeared on numerous “Best Albums of 2012″ lists around the world.

LORD DYING Confirm January 27, 2015 Release Date for New Album, Unveil Artwork and Track Listing

Portland, Oregon’s LORD DYING have completed recording their much anticipated sophomore album and are currently on a West Coast tour with stoner/sludge trio Castle. The new record, entitled Poisoned Altars, was recorded with Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind (Black Tusk) at Audiosiege Studios in Portland and will be released January 27, 2015 (1/26 for UK/World and 1/24 for Germany/Benelux/Finland) via Relapse Records. Today the artwork and track listing for Poisoned Altars has been revealed.

Poisoned Altars is direct result of the relentless work the band put in the past 18 months grinding it out on the road touring non-stop with the likes of Red Fang, Black Tusk, Corrosion of Conformity, Valient Thorr and more. Now the band will test out new material as they kick off their North American tour November 8th in Spokane, WA through November 26th in Portland, OR.

Front man Erik Olson commented on the new album:

“We are excited to unleash Poisoned Altars upon the world. We couldn’t be happier with the way the production came out. Joel really out did himself! This is our meanest and most focused record to date. See you on the road!”

Poisoned Altars Track Listing:
1. Poisoned Altars
2. The Clearing at the End of the Path
3. A Wound Outside of Time
4. An Open Sore
5. Offering Pain (and An Open Minded Center)
6. Suckling at the Teat of a Shebeast
7. (All Hopes of a New Day)…Extinguished
8. Darkness Remains

LORD DYING Live:
***All dates w/ Castle***
11/8: Spokane, WA @ The Hop
11/9: Billings, MT @ Babcock Theatre
11/10: Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe
11/11: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
11/13: Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
11/14: Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
11/15: Juarez, MX @ Bar Hysteria
11/16: Tucson, AZ @ Sky Bar
11/17: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red / Red Owl
11/18: San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
11/19: Fullerton, CA @ The Slidebar Rock N Roll Kitchen
11/20: Van Nuys, CA @ White Oak Music and Arts
11/22: Walnut Creek, CA @ Red House
11/23: Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor
11/24: Bend, OR @ 3rd Street Pub
11/25: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11/26: Portland, OR @ Ash Street Venue

NAPALM DEATH and VOIVOD North American Tour January 2015

NAPALM DEATH and VOIVOD will join forces at the end of January for a North American Tour aptly titled THROUGH SPACE AND GRIND.

NAPALM DEATH are set to release, Apex Predator – Easy Meat on January 27 right after they return from the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise and the night THROUGH SPACE AND GRIND starts. They band had this to say:

“As a celebration of both the unconventional and more straight-out methods of musical attack, I think this tour line-up really hits home. To think that 30 years ago I was marveling at the savage eccentricities of ‘War and Pain’ and now I’m sharing stage / living space with Snake, Away and co…surreal, almost. From Napalm’s perspective, we’ll bring the overdrive to the spaciness – it’s all going to rage whichever way you slice it.” -Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway (Napalm Death)

VOIVOD released their latest album, TARGET EARTH in 2013 and took a brief hiatus. They are back with a new bass player and healthy vocal chords! The guys are ready to bring their original style back to the stage. They had this to say:

“I am psyched to tour North America with Napalm Death, for which i always had a huge respect. We crossed path over the years and finally we’ll get to unite Voivod’s spacy Thrash Metal with Napalm’s Grindcore. A perfect combination!!” Michel ‘Away’ Langevin (Voivod)

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MACHINE HEAD RELEASE SECOND ALBUM TRAILER FOR BLOODSTONE & DIAMONDS

“Do not hold on to the bondage of your past. Amidst the chaos, your sacrifice will be vast. You must remain strong. Powerful. Like a diamond, you must be unbreakable.”

Bay Area metal heavyweights MACHINE HEAD have released the second album trailer for their Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, Bloodstone & Diamonds, due out in North America on November 10th. Watch it on the MACHINE HEAD YouTube channel:

Check out song samples & new album artwork on the MACHINE HEAD homepage machinehead1.com/bloodstoneanddiamonds

Bloodstone & Diamonds was produced by Robb Flynn & Juan Urteaga (TESTAMENT, VILE) and masterfully mixed by Colin Richardson (CARCASS, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, SLIPKNOT, BEHEMOTH). Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with the legendary Andy Sneap (EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, MEGADETH) and Steve Lagudi.

ABORTED premiere new video for “Cenobites”

Just in time for Halloween, ABORTED have delivered a gore video classic for their song, “Cenobites” from the album THE NECROTIC MANIFESTO.

Be warned this video is not for the weak mind or weak stomached!

There is also an exclusive iTunes version available that features a brilliant cover version of Sepultura’s classic tune “Arise”, which has only been physically released on the “Scriptures Of The Dead” 7inch.

THE HELL OVER EUROPE TOUR featuring ABORTED, ORGIN, EXHUMED AND MIASMAL

Presented by: Rock The Nation Touring, Rock Hard, Legacy, Metalnews.de, Noizeletter

20.11. Rockfabrik – Nuremberg (DE)
21.11. JC De Klinker – Aarschot (BE)
22.11. Gebäude 9 – Cologne (DE)
23.11. Marx – Hamburg (DE)
24.11. Pumpehuset – Copenhagen (DK)
25.11. Pokalen – Oslo (NO)
26.11. Biljardkompaniet – Kristianstad (SE)
27.11. Konfus – Esbjerg (DK)
28.11. Hellraiser – Leipzig (DE)
29.11. Lido – Berlin (DE)
30.11. Fabryaka Club – Cracow (PL)
01.12. Firlej – Wroclaw (PL)
02.12. Nova Chmelnice – Prague (CZ)
03.12. Randall – Bratislava (SK)
04.12. Viper Room – Vienna (AT)
05.12. Feierwerk – Munich (DE)
06.12. Traffic Club – Rome (IT)
07.12. Le Korigan – Luynes (FR)
08.12. Razz 3 – Barcelona (ES)
09.12. Caracol – Madrid (ES)
10.12. Metronum – Toulouse (FR)
11.12. Ubu – Rennes (FR)
12.12. Divan du monde – Paris (FR)
13.12. Eindhoven Metal Meeting – Eindhoven (NL)
14.12. Underworld – London (UK)
15.12. Grillen – Colmar (FR)
16.12. Bett – Frankfurt/Main (DE)
17.12. Jubez – Karlsruhe (DE)
18.12. Rock It – Aalen (DE)
19.12. Gaswerk – Winterthur (CH)
20.12. Turock – Essen (DE)

SLAYER FAN THROWS A HAIL MARY… AND SLAYER RESPONDS

Left to right: Gary Holt, Tom Araya, Kerry King, Paul Bostaph

It appears an old life maxim has just been re-written. Good things come to those who spill their creative guts, not those who wait.

Example: Los Angeles-based SLAYER fan Jake. In a truly ingenious effort to raise money for SLAYER tickets by offering to sell his 1997 Ford Escort LX, Jake and his friends filmed a spoof of Lincoln?s recent Matthew McConaughey commercial and released it on YouTube on Monday.

Today, three days and over 61,000 views later, SLAYER?s Tom Araya took time off from his studio sessions to respond to Jake?s Hail Mary throw.

Watch Tom?s video response on SLAYER?s official YouTube channel:

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NAPALM DEATH – Announce new album title and release date; 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise!

Following South American touring as well as appearances at Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Horrorfest in Austin as well as Slipknot’s Knotfest in San Bernadino this past weekend, British Grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH are ready to reveal the first details for their much anticipated new, 15th studio album release. The album will be entitled “Apex Predator – Easy Meat” and will be released via Century Media Records on January 26th, 2015 in Europe and January 27th, 2015 in North America.

Vocalist Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway chimed in as follows in regards to the album’s title and concept:

“Sometimes you have to ponder long and hard for an album title, but following the Rana Plaza disaster of last year (collapse of a textile sweatshop building in Bangladesh), it spurred me on to try and craft an exposé of slave labour in the modern world (and the surrounding conditions propping it up).

Some in power like to declare that slavery is consigned to the history books. But if you look beneath the surface it is alive and well in many different forms – it just has a different face now, and exists in ways that may seem ethically ambiguous. Using the terminology of evolution particularly interests us, so in this case the ‘Apex Predator’ represents those who bring the slavery to bear (and capitalise from it), and the ‘Easy Meat’ is of therefore those who feel they have no option but to comply.

Fittingly, the music on ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ is punishing. We feel it’s more ambient, more expansive, more unsettlingly discordant than ever, and importantly, still extremely rampant at excessive speed. We hope in every respect – both musically and lyrically – this album will make your eyes burn with the harsh sonics and harsh visions of the dumping ground of globalisation.”

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HATE ETERNAL announce new drummer

HATE ETERNAL have announced Chason Westmoreland as their new drummer. The Las Vegas native has already laid down drum tracks for the bands forthcoming new album and will be behind the kit with the band for the albums ensuing tour cycle which begins in spring 2015.

The twenty-five year old Westmoreland has already been playing drums for more than twenty years, and touring internationally for the past seven with the likes of FALLUJAH, BURNING THE MASSES, ENFOLD DARKNESS, OCEANO and more. Recent tour footage of Westmoreland can be viewed here;

HATE ETERNAL founder and principal member Erik Rutan (guitar, vocals) comments on Westmoreland joining the band, “Chason is such an amazing talent and a very determined guy. He came down to try out in June and literally blew us away! We bonded instantly musically and personally, and JJ and I knew he was the right guy and drummer for Hate Eternal. Chason has a high motor, hits hard, plays fast and is a very diverse and dynamic player. The drums on this album have a very primal and visceral feel to them and I think he did a tremendous job on the recording. I cannot wait for us to get on tour and deliver the goods!”

Westmoreland comments on joining the band and his contribution to the new album, “I am extremely honored to join Hate Eternal. The new material is very challenging and has a lot going on. I put everything I had into this album and I’m very excited about the results. I cannot wait to see what the future holds and get on the road with our new album!”

The legendary death metal band recently announced their signing to Season of Mist. Widely considered one of the leading bands in the worldwide death metal scene for over eighteen years, HATE ETERNAL’s five prior full-length albums are considered crucial genre touchstones, and the band is a proven headliner across five continents.

HATE ETERNAL (Rutan [guitar, vocals], Hrubovcak [bass/vocals], and Westmoreland [drums]) are currently holed up in Rutan’s Mana Recording studio (CANNIBAL CORPSE, MOUNTAIN GOATS, GOATWHORE) recording a new album that will be released in early 2015.

Rutan comments, “The recording process has been fantastic so far. I’ve never felt so focused and determined on a Hate Eternal record, and I know that this will be an album our listeners and supporters will truly appreciate. It represents an important milestone for me personally since 15 years ago both Hate Eternal began recording it’s first album and Mana Recording Studios was born. We have so much more news to share with you over the coming months. We’re super proud of what we’ve accomplished creatively, and excited at the prospect of releasing what we feel is our most powerful Hate Eternal material to date.”

ABYSMAL DAWN Release Video For “Inanimate”

New Album Obsolescence Out Now on Relapse Records

“The riffs are nonstop infectious to the point of being addictive, the grooves are bitchin’ and demand the volume cranked and the car windows lowered…”

-Outburn 9/10

As they wrapped up their North American tour with Deicide, ABYSMAL DAWN released their new album this past Monday via Relapse Records. Met with critical acclaim and some of the band’s best reviews yet, Obsolescence is a veritable beast of a record and the perfect example of what 21st century death metal should sound like.

Recently the band completed work on a video for the song “Inanimate”. The video has been released today and can be watched HERE;

Front Charles Elliot on the meaning on “Ianimate”

“Lyrically this one is about losing your idealism and becoming a cold, unfeeling shell of a human being, in order to survive our modern society. An inanimate object if you will; one without hope that has cut themselves off from emotion. Our experiences in this life can carve us into stone, but they can also desensitize us in the process. In short, this might be the most depressing song you ever wanted to circle pit too.”

ABYSMAL DAWN strikes the perfect balance between extreme songwriting and exceptional skill with an infectious blend of technical yet memorable riffs, throat shredding vocals, and crushing rhythms delivered with machine gun precision.

RINGS OF SATURN Tour Of Mexico With Lack Of Remorse And Victim Of Greed Rescheduled For December

The delayed tour of Mexico headlined by RINGS OF SATURN with support from Lack Of Remorse and Victim Of Greed has been rescheduled, the destructive caravan set to invade the populations of Queretaro, Leon, Monterrey and Mexico City from December 4th through the 7th.

The news of the trek to Mexico comes as RINGS OF SATURN is already currently embarked on tour, supplying direct support for As Blood Runs Black on their headlining Ground Zero Album Release Tour across the entire US. The live actions coincide with the band’s critically acclaimed sophomore LP, Lugal Ki En, which upon its mid-October release through California’s Unique Leader Records decimated US album charts, taking the #116 spot on the Billboard top 200 chart, #3 on the Heatseekers/New Artist chart, #26 on the Independent album chart, landed at #12 on the Hard Music chart and #41 on the Rock chart.

A cataclysmic display of the Bay Area act’s most ferocious material yet, Lugal Ki En’s relentless, cyber-infused deathcore destruction is based on a lyrical concept in which the Aliens wage war on the angels and demons of the universe after having conquered humanity. Metal Injection crowned the album with a 9/10 review, proclaiming, “Lugal Ki En is a refined and mature sounding Dingir. Speedy catchy riffs, fast beats, choppy transitions, and even some expressive timing is thrown in small segments enhancing specific qualities and making the entire album a rich experience… If technical extreme metal is a genre that you enjoy, there is no doubt Lugal Ki En will satisfy.” Another 9/10 write-up from TechnicalDeathMetal.com adds, “This time around RINGS OF SATURN let the songs evolve more naturally, and while the spastic bursts of jabbing high notes still exist, listeners can hear a variety of influences and new elements as well.” MetalSucks issued, “… it might be the heaviest thing laid down in years,” and Headbang Or GTFO’s 4.5/5 review states, “The band add a lot more to this album with background noise and technical guitar playing that actually feels natural this time around and not random wild guitar playing. Lugal Ki En is one of the better technical death metal albums of 2014 and their best album yet.”

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ENSLAVED: DIARY OF MAD MEN – EPISODE 2

Checking in from Duper Studios in Bergen, members of Norwegian progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED offer the second installment in the seven-part “Diary of Mad Men” series shedding insight into the band’s upcoming as-yet-untitled thirteenth studio album, set for an early 2015 release.

“It has been something like 10 months since the first song was written for this album, but it feels like an eternity with all the touring and normal & special shows!” explains ENSLAVED guitarist & composer Ivar Bjørnson. “Now time is back to normal time, and things are going really well from the get-go: Cato [Bekkevold, drummer] laid down something like one-third of the drums for the album just during the first day!”

ENSLAVED drummer Cato Bekkevold adds: “This album is very complex and challenging to record, and I guess the same words will be frequently used both by the critics and the listening audience. But rest assured that it – as always – is 100% pure ENSLAVED.”

Main recordings for the new album are taking place at Duper and Solslottet Studio in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings done at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by ENSLAVED members Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar Bjørnson’s Peersonal Sound Studios.

Additional experimentation and sonic exploration will be conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where the band took a mobile studio to record the infamous “Thorn” 7″ single in 2012.

Album number thirteen is being produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy. Mixing will be done by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

Artwork will be illustrated by long-time collaborating artist and “sixth ENSLAVED member” Truls Espedal, who has painted all seven album covers since 2001?s Monumension.

A very special hometown show in Bergen, Norway awaits fans on November 1st, where ENSLAVED’s live set will include songs never previously performed in front of an audience, including “Havenless” from 2003’s Below The Lights album. The show’s pre-sale ticket link is available on the band’s official Facebook page.

2012’s studio release, RIITIIR, garnered ENSLAVED a seventh nomination for a Spellemann Award (the Norwegian equivalent of the American Grammy) in the category of “Best Metal Album.” They have won a Spellemann Award four consecutive times for the following four studio albums: Axioma Ethica Odini (2010), Vertebrae (2008), Ruun (2006), and Isa (2004).

SICK OF IT ALL premiere new video “Road Less Traveled”

SICK OF IT ALL have shot and released the first video from their album, LAST ACT OF DEFIANCE, released last month, for the song “Road Less Traveled.” The band is also geared up to start their full US Tour this weekend. See tour dates below. The band had this to say about the video…

“We are very excited to premiere the first video from our new album, LAST ACT OF DEFIANCE.
In “Road Less Traveled,” we talk about our journey in music & life. There’s no better way to celebrate this journey than with a bunch of our friends and to shoot a fun video that documents yet another day for us 4 guys being blessed to be part of a great scene. Drew Stone came out of retirement, stepped it up and directed the video, which captured the true essence behind us as a band. We hope you all enjoy it as much as we do! Hardcore is our life!!!”

The video was directed by documentary filmmaker Drew Stone (xxx All Ages xxx The Boston Hardcore Film, “Who The Fuck Is That Guy”? The Fabulous Journey Of Michael Alago) for Stone Films NYC.

“It’s a real throwback to the golden age of music videos” said Stone. “The video is shot in one take with no camera movement; everything happens right into the camera lens. Sick Of It All is one of the rare hardcore bands who are confident with their place in history and actually have a sense of humor. It was a real honor and pleasure to work with them.”

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ANAAL NATHRAKH’s Desideratum Full-Length Drops TODAY In North America

ANAAL NATHRAKH’s eighth studio offering, Desideratum, is out TODAY in North America via Metal Blade Records. Fittingly christened, “one of the most utterly fearsome and inventive outfits currently operating in the modern extreme metal scene,” by Decibel Magazine, and, “impossibly abrasive and brutal,” by MetalSucks, ANAAL NATHRAKH – guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney alongside vocalist David Hunt AKA V.I.T.R.I.O.L. – is the sound of chaos incarnate. Entirely petrifying yet inexplicably inviting, the duo’s maniacal musical dexterity, ingenuity and breadth, married with an intensely cynical intelligence is virtually unmatched in the metal world.

Reaping mass approvals from media outlets globally, Desideratum takes the meaning of “extreme” to an entirely new realm of audio bedlam. Metal Injection applauds the twosome for consistently offering up, “their own special breed of terrifying, mixing up grindcore speediness with giant choruses and riffs that are the audible equivalent of total nuclear annihilation,” Noisey boasts of the record, “The snarling vocals of Dave Hunt are the focal point, with the war machine of unrelenting black metal/grind/pseudo-industrial blasts bringing up the rear. ANAAL NATHRAKH’s approach is no mercy ever, apparently,” while About.com notes, “ANAAL NATHRAKH are mesmerized by chaos, whether it be from incoherent screaming or programmed drums that blur into a mess of seismic beats. Even more intriguing are the melodic components thrown into the chaos, like the occasional soaring chorus line or striking guitar lead.” Elsewhere the verdict echoes. AngryMetalGuy dubs Desideratum, “a statement of malicious intent, a call-to-arms to rally the masses and bring forth Armageddon.” Sputnik Music agrees, calling the record, “brutal, precise, and surprisingly accessible,” further commending its, “sure-footed brutality.” Adds Ghost Cult, “ANAAL NATHRAKH have realized the beautifully disgusting union of extremity and massive back-splitting, carcass-gutting hooks.”

MACHINE HEAD OFFER SNEAK PEEK AT NEW BLOODSTONE & DIAMONDS ALBUM

Bay Area metal titans MACHINE HEAD are offering fans an advanced preview of their Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, Bloodstone & Diamonds via their homepage.

Due out in North America on November 10th, MACHINE HEAD guitarist & vocalist Robb Flynn has called the new album ?a milestone . . . I cannot even begin to tell you how proud we are of this.? Bloodstone & Diamonds was produced by Robb Flynn & Juan Urteaga (TESTAMENT, VILE) and masterfully mixed by Colin Richardson (CARCASS, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, SLIPKNOT, BEHEMOTH). Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with the legendary Andy Sneap (EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, MEGADETH) and Steve Lagudi.
Stream the single ?Now We Die? in its entirety from the MACHINE HEAD YouTube channel:


Photo credit: Travis Shinn

01. Now We Die
02. Killers & Kings
03. Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones
04. Night Of Long Knives
05. Sail Into The Black
06. Eyes Of The Dead
07. Beneath The Silt
08. In Comes The Flood
09. Damage Inside
10. Game Over
11. Imaginal Cells (Instrumental)
12. Take Me Through The Fire

GWAR Slaughters Another 80’s Anthem for The A.V. Club

For the third year in a row, your Lords and Masters GWAR return to The A.V. Club to take part in the A.V. Undercover Series. The A.V. Undercover Series features artists covering other artists’ music. GWAR’s first offering tackled the Kansas classic, “Carry on Wayward Son” – which was voted favorite performance of the year, to no surprise of GWAR. After a year of celebrating the victory, the group returned to defend the crown with its unique spin on Billy Ocean’s “Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car.” The result? Back-to-back favorite performance titles.

GWAR has now returned for a third time to The A.V. Club. With new Scumdog warriors Blóthar and Vulvatron by its side, GWAR takes on the Pet Shop Boys classic “West End Girls” in what is no doubt the most head scratching followed by headbanging cover yet! Kneel before your overlords and watch them go New Wave. Then remember to vote early and often for GWAR because the Scumdogs command you to do so!

A.V. Club VP/Editor in Chief Josh Modell had the following to say about GWAR’s return visit:

“GWAR once again descended on The A.V. Club office unannounced, demanding to play a song. They threatened to eat our children and drink all our booze–and then made good on that threat.”

GWAR is off on a journey to find their departed brother Oderus Urungus using every resource available – including new Scumdogs Blóthar and Vulvatron. GWAR will enlist the help of even the lowliest Bohab as its enemies plot to take advantage of the hole in GWAR’s ranks. That being said, Bohabs, look at the dates below and see when it is your time to come worship the mighty GWAR!!!

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ANNIHILATED: Extreme Death Metal Architects Plot Global Destruction With XIII Steps To Ruination

Extreme death metal architects, ANNIHILATED, drop the audio devastation that is their XIII Steps To Ruination debut upon North American shores today via Unique Leader.

Produced by ANNIHILATED drummer Scott Fuller, also of Abysmal Dawn, the record hurls forth eleven mutinous, methodically-composed psalms of hate and hostility fueled by political/corporate disgust and societal revulsion. As an added bonus of brutality, XIII Steps To Ruination features guest appearances by Sven De Caluwe (Aborted), Monte Pittman (Prong), Peter Truax (Vesterian, Eyes Of Fire) and Eric Stobel (Plaguereaper, P.O.R.).

Elaborates Glacially Musical, “This album is a full on cacophony of metal but built on perfect timing. The vocals are a chorus. There are always two growls creating an effect of maximum brutality. It kind of sounds like Carcass through a Peavey 5150 amp on the highest gain setting. And it just kills. There are no lulls in this record.” Adds Dead Rhetoric, “ANNIHILATED provide some real ‘kick you in the pants’ material and it’s played with some genuine intensity.”

Formed in 2008, ANNIHILATED features within its ranks, current and former members of Abysmal Dawn, Grotesque, Excretion, and Arkaik. Intent on composing music with a purpose, ANNIHILATED stands resolutely against society’s prevalent “sheep mentality” in favor of rational thought, questioning the motives of government and news media outlets though debilitating auditory domination.

XIII Steps To Ruination is out TODAY via Unique Leader Records in North America, October 31st, 2014 in Europe and November 3rd, 2014 in the UK.

NECROPHAGIA release new album, ‘WhiteWorm Cathedral’

Horror-obsessed death metal maniacs NECROPHAGIA have released their highly anticipated new album ‘WhiteWorm Cathedral’ today in North America. The album is streaming now here. ‘WhiteWorm Cathedral’ is available at the Season of Mist E-shop in CD and Lp formats.

The artwork and track listing for ‘WhiteWorm Cathedral’ can be found below:

Track List:
1. Reborn through Black Mass
2. ???
3. Angel Blake
4. Warlock Messiah
5. Fear the Priest
6. Elder Things
7. Coffins
8. Hexen Nacht
9. Rat Witch
10. March of the Deathcorps(e)
11. Silentium Vel Mortis
12. The Dead Among Us
13. WhiteWorm Cathedral

Formed in 1983, NECROPHAGIA were one of the very first death metal bands in the United States. Often considered pioneers in the “Horror Metal” genre, the band gained notoriety after cutting their teeth in the underground by staging ambitious live shows, chalk full of blood, guts and gore. The band went on to receive world-wide acclaim for their 1998 release of ‘Holocausto de la Morte’, the band’s genre-defining album featuring PANTERA frontman PHIL ANSELMO. Following the landmark album, NECROPHAGIA went on to release several well-received full lengths and EPs, including the highly-sought-after ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ EP (2001).

EXODUS Premieres Brand New “Blood In, Blood Out” Music Video

EXODUS Premieres Brand New “Blood In, Blood Out” Music Video

Catch EXODUS on Tour with SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Next Month!

“Blood In, Blood Out” Lands at #38 on Billboard Top 200 – OUT NOW via Nuclear Blast

Photo by Alan Snodgrass for DigitalDiversion and NewNoiseMagazine

Bay Area thrash titans EXODUS are celebrating Blood In, Blood Out?s stellar Top 40 Billboard debut with the release of their brand new music video for the title track ‘Blood In, Blood Out’, directed by Shan Dan Horan of the Shadow Born Group (Buckcherry, Carnifex, Winds of Plague). The video features hundreds of dedicated Bay Area fans that came out in droves to perform as extras in the video after a wide casting call. Check out the video now, exclusively via Revolver Magazine:

“‘Blood In, Blood Out’ was exactly the kind of video we wanted and needed to make? unbridled energy, violence, blood and our Bay Area friends and family at the center of attention! Just as they should be,” states EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt. “I hate making videos and this one was so much fun, I actually caught myself saying things I never would say before! ‘Let’s run through it again!'”

EXODUS vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza adds, “Typical and sheer violence, straight up aggressive and in your fucking face! Watching this video kind of reminds me of Fight Club, but awesome action and awesome violence, perfect for the title track of the new EXODUS album ‘Blood In, Blood Out’!”

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