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1349 announce more headlining US tour dates

Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 have added more shows to their headlining U.S. tour. New dates include shows in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and more. Support on this tour comes from ORIGIN, ABYSMAL DAWN, and WOLVHAMMER. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

In addition to the full U.S. tour, 1349 has also announced an exclusive performance as part of this year’s “70000 Tons of Metal” cruise alongside VENOM, DESTRUCTION and more.

1349’s critically acclaimed new album, ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’was recently for a Spellemann award, (the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy) in the in the “Best Metal Album” category.

‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’, which has been called a “another career-defining release which will surely confirm their place among black metal’s more promising groups.”

Tracklisting:
1. Cauldron
2. Slaves
3. Exorcism
4. Postmortem
5. Mengele’s
6. Golem
7. Chained
8. Godslayer
1349 have premiered their new video for “Slaves” here. “Slaves” is the lead track from ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’.

Founded in Norway in 1997, 1349 have remained a constant influence on the Norwegian black metal scene. With a penchant for lightning speed riffing, blazing drums, and apocalyptic lyrics, the band has trail-blazed the underground, surpassing many of their peers through brute musical force. Following a a trio of landmark albums, namely 2003’s Liberation, 2004’s Beyond the Apocalypse, and 2005’s Hellfire, 1349 is set to re-establish their dominance in the world-wide extreme metal scene.

1349 Tour dates:
01/22-26 Miami, FL @ 70000 tons of Metal Cruise (1349 Only)
02/08 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
02/09 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
02/10 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
02/11 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
02/12 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
02/13 Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
02/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Complex
02/15 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
02/16 Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s
02/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Area 51
02/18 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
02/19 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
02/20 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
02/21 Cleveland, OH @ Roc Bar
02/22 Trenton, NJ @ Backstage at Championship Bar
02/23 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
02/24 Springfield, VA @ Empire
02/25 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
2/26 Savannah, GA @ The Jinx

UNLEASHED Enter Studio to Record New Album!

Legendary Swedish Viking Death Metal outfit UNLEASHED are currently in the studio recording the follow up to their critically acclaimed Odalheim album. The new album is being recorded by producer and guitar player Fredrik Folkare in his own Chrome Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. The title of the record is still a secret but expect it to be released tentatively in the spring of 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

Frontman Johnny Hedlund states:
?Warriors!!! We are almost finished with the recordings of the new album. We are naturally very excited about this new release and are looking forward to hear your comments about it. This album takes over exactly where Odalheim left off, both music and story wise. Looking forward to see you all in a Viking hall soon. Hail Odin! Johnny & The Boys?

With their blend of melody and brutality, UNLEASHED are one of the founders of Viking death metal. Their riffs are pure shrapnel and their choruses are epic – melting uncompromising brutality with anthemic odes to Odin.

UNLEASHED?s latest record Odalheim was released in April 2012 via Nuclear Blast.

NECROWRETCH posts new track, “Feast Off Their Doom”, online; reveals artwork and details for new album, ‘With Serpents Scourge’

With Serpents Scourge, the second diabolic opus from NECROWRETCH, will be released through Century Media Records on February 16th in Europe and February 24th in North America (digital only). The album will be available on CD, LP, and digitally; vinyl collectors, be sure not to miss the album on dark green vinyl! This version is limited worldwide to only 100 copies and can exclusively be purchased at CM Distro.

For a preview of With Serpents Scourge, fans can check out the new track, “Feast Off Their Doom”;

Possessed by Satan and with an urge to deliver one of the most blasphemous albums ever recorded on French soil, NECROWRETCH channeled all of their sinister powers and spewed out nine tracks dripping with utter blasphemy, depravity and vileness that have no equal. The album was mastered by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony (NECROPHOBIC, DISSECTION, ASPHYX, NECROS CHRISTOS, etc.).

Be prepared for the storm of the Antichrist!

With Serpents Scourge track-listing:
1. Black Death Communion
2. Feast Off Their Doom
3. With Serpents Scourge
4. By Evil And Beyond
5. The Bells Of Evil Schism
6. He Thrones On Thy Sins
7. Even Death May Die
8. Infernal Imprecation
9. Mortem Ritu

NECROWRETCH line-up:
Vlad – guitars, vocals
Amphycion – bass
Ilmar – drums

MORGOTH announces details for new album, ‘Ungod’; launches new track, “Black Enemy”

After 19 years, the deadly teutonic death metal force of MORGOTH returns with a new studio album: Ungod. Due out March 30th in Europe and April 7th in North America via Century Media Records, Ungod will contain 11 tracks of dark and dismal death metal, combining the untamed ferocity of MORGOTH’s infamous EPs with the atmospheric density of the band’s two legendary albums, Cursed and Odium.

For a preview of this upcoming release, be sure to check out the new track “Black Enemy”:

MORGOTH comments on the new album and the new track as follows:

“After 18 years we can finally present a first glimpse at our new full-length album, ‘Ungod’! We started with the songwriting in January 2013 and finished the recording process by the end of December 2014. It was an awesome experience to go through the sometimes very complex and challenging process of writing and recording an album again.

Our goal was to present some real MORGOTH-style Death Metal, which closes the gap between ‘Cursed’ and ‘Odium’. We hope that we have achieved this goal and our supporters and friends will like the final outcome.

The idea behind the song ‘Black Enemy’ is that this evil force rests within all of us and all we can do is trying to keep that beast under control. The ‘Black Enemy’ represents the dark and destroying part inside of us and the lyrics deal with someone who is not able to control it anymore, committing a murder in the end”.

Ungod was recorded, mixed and mastered in November and December 2014 by Jörn Michutta and Matthias Klinkmann at Sound Division Tonstudio in the band’s initial home-area of Sauerland / Germany, after having already successfully tested the studio for the God Is Evil EP.

MORGOTH recently parted ways with longtime vocalist Marc Grewe, who was replaced by Karsten “Jagger” Jäger (also in DISBELIEF). Jagger has already proven being the perfect fit for MORGOTH at his live debut in December, and his performance on Ungod will further solidify the choice.

Be prepared for the return of MORGOTH and the coming of the Ungod.

MORGOTH live 2015:
Jan. 17 – Pretzschendorf / Dresden, Germany – Break The Silence Festival
Feb. 20 – Bergen, Norway – Blastfest
Mar. 26 – Hamburg, Germany – Bambi Galore *
Mar. 27 – Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia *
Mar. 28 – Würzburg, Germany – Cafe Cairo *
Mar. 29 – Wermelskirchen, Germany – AJZ Bahndamm *
June 19 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell Festival
June 20 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
June 21 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
June 26-28 – Protzen, Germany – Protzen Open Air
July 30-Aug. 1 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
Aug. 13-15 – Dinkelsbühl, Germany – Summer Breeze Open Air
*=Ungod release shows with DESERTED FEAR as main support

BENIGHTED release second DVD track, announce Canadian headlining tour

Leading European death metal extremists BENIGHTED have premiered the second live track taken from their forthcoming live CD + DVD set, ‘BENIGHTED – Brutalive the Sick’. The track, titled “Experience Your Flesh” is streaming now at Lambgoat.

‘BENIGHTED – Brutalive the Sick’ will be released by Season of Mist worldwide on February 23, 2015. Pre-orders are available here. The DVD art and track list can be found below.

BENIGHTED have announced a headlining tour of Canada. The tour, which starts on Feb 26 in Quebec sees the band travel throughout the country before concluding on March 21. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Previously, the band streamed the track “Let the Blood Spill Between My Broken Teeth”.

Track list:
1. X2Y
2. Noise
3. Let the Blood Spill between My Broken Teeth
4. Collapse
5. Experience Your Flesh
6. Carnivore Sublime
7. Prey
8. Grind Wit
9. Fritzl
10. Collection of Dead Portraits
11. Slaughter Suicide
12. Slut
13. Asylum Cave

BENIGHTED also recently released a video for the track “Spit”, off their new album, ‘Carnivore Sublime’. The video, featuring Niklas Kvarforth of label mates SHINING (Swe), is streaming here. “Spit” was taken from the band’s newest album, ‘Carnivore Sublime’, which was released by Season of Mist on February 18. BENIGHTED are streaming their new album, ‘Carnivore Sublime’ at bandcamp.
Updated BENIGHTED news and tour information will be made available at the Season of Mist website, and the BENIGHTED Facebook page.

Canadian tour dates:
2/26 Québec, QC @ Studio Sonum
2/27 Rimouski, QC @Cactus Show-bar
2/28 Halifax, NS @ Gus’pub
3/01 Moncton, NB @ Le Coude
3/02 Fredericton, NB @ The Capital
3/03 Arvida, QC @ K-Baret
3/04 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Électriques
3/05 Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekcuf
3/06 Toronto, ON @ Rancho Relaxo
3/07 Sault Ste Marie, ON @ Oddfellows Hall
3/08 Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
3/09 Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
3/10 Regina, SK @ The Clud
3/11 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
3/12 Vernon, BC @ The Green
3/13 Vancouver, BC @ Funky Winker Bean’s
3/14 Kamloops, BC @ Dirty Jersey
3/15 Edmonton, AB @ Dv8
3/16 Saskatoon, SK @ Vangellis
3/17 Brandon, MB @ North Hill Inn
3/19 Sudbury, ON @ Theater Cambrian
3/20 Rouyn-Noranda, QC @ Salle Évolu-Son
3/21 Trois-Rivières, QC @ Batisse Industrielle

Prong to release covers record this spring

PRONG will release an all covers LP titled Songs From The Black Hole in the U.S. on March 31st via eOne Music. The release will be in tandem with SPV/Steamhammer special CD and LP edition available in Scandinavia on March 25, in Germany on March 27, and the rest of Europe on March 30. “PRONG is very excited about the upcoming release of our new record, ‘Songs From The Black Hole,'” says frontman Tommy Victor. “We are equally excited about the artwork and packaging.”

TRACK LISTING:

1. Doomsday (DISCHARGE)
2. Vision Thing (SISTERS OF MERCY)
3. Goofy’s Concern (BUTTHOLE SURFERS)
4. Kids Of The Black Hole (ADOLESCENTS)
5. Bars (BLACK FLAG)
6. Seeing Red (KILLING JOKE)
7. Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely (HÜSKER DÜ)
8. Give Me The Cure (FUGAZI)
9. Banned in DC (BAD BRAINS)
10. Cortez The Killer (NEIL YOUNG)

Victor continues, “With the help of our art director Mike Lopez, the theme of urban decay, desolation, insecurity and ultimate change that prevails in the music has been brought to the surface in images. Since much of PRONG’s origins come from a place of abandonment, we feel our new album artwork fully reflects this sentiment.”

The track list is far from traditional. With covers of artists like Neil Young, Black Flag, Bad Brains and Sisters of Mercy, the band casts their net wide. The goal, says Victor, was to explore the vast landscape that makes up the bands sound, stemming from their roots. “Since the record explores PRONG’s roots, musically and geographically, this needed to be expressed visually and this was attained.”

SAMAEL announce headlining festival appearance

Swiss metal legends SAMAEL have announced a rare North American festival appearance at Montreal’s Messe Des Morts Festival, where the band will play their universally lauded album, ‘Ceremony of Opposites’ in its entirety. Messe Des Morts runs from April 2-4 and sees the band playing alongside underground stalwarts SHINING, CULT OF FIRE, and MITOCHONDRION.

SAMAEL previously released the albums ‘Anti God’ and ‘Lux Mundi’ through Season of Mist.

Founded in 1997, SAMAEL has earned notoriety within the worldwide underground scene as a result of the band’s constant evolution in extreme music. The band’s classic album, ‘Ceremony of Opposites’ is considered the record that paved the way for SAMAEL’s shift from primitive black metal to their current-day fusion of extreme metal with industrial music.

BROKEN HOPE Unveils First Photos of New Lineup + Announces 2015 Festival Appearances

BROKEN HOPE recently overhauled their lineup by adding new bassist, DIEGO SORIA of DISGORGE, and new lead-guitarist, MATT SZLACHTA (ex-CHIMAIRA).

BROKEN HOPE founding-father, JEREMY WAGNER, says: “I’m far beyond delighted with our new members–Diego and Matt. Both of these guys are old friends of mine, and both are amazing musicians of the highest order. Diego’s history with extreme death-metaller’s DISGORGE and Matt’s contributions to CHIMAIRA bring a new level of professionalism and brutality to BROKEN HOPE. Moreover, Diego and Matt possess a true love for death metal and grind. Their passion for extreme metal was something their predecessors lacked–and it’s a most-welcome adrenaline-shot that BROKEN HOPE needed badly. SEE YOU ALL IN 2015–STRONGER & SICKER THAN EVER!”

BROKEN HOPE have also announced the following 2015 spring and summer European festival appearances (via Flaming Arts Management & Booking):

04/11/2015: ROYAL METAL FEST (Aarhus, DENMARK) w/DESTRUCTION & more

04/17/2015: DOOM ROTTEN DEATH FESTIVAL (BERLIN, GERMANY).

04/19/2015: NEUROTIC DEATH FEST (Tilburg, HOLLAND) w/BLOODBATH, HATE ETERNAL, IMMOLATION, INTERNAL BLEEDING, OBITUARY, & more.

04/25/2015: INSANE INSANITY FEST (Erlenbach Am Main, GERMANY) w/INTERNAL BLEEDING, INTERNAL SUFFERING, PROFANITY, & more.

07/09/2015: OBSCENE EXTREME (Trutnov, CZECH REPUBLIC) w/PIG DESTROYER, TERRORIZER, INTERNAL BLEEDING, NAUSEA, HIRAX, & more.

07/11/2015: ROCK MARATON FEST (Budapest, HUNGARY) w/THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, HATEBREED, THE EXPLOITED, DESTRUCTION, & more.

07/25/2015: STONEHENGE FESTIVAL (Steenwijk, HOLLAND) w/DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, MARDUK, HIRAX, & more.

07/30/2015: GOTHOOM FESTIVAL (Nova Bana, SLOVAKIA) w/INSOMNIUM, AGOLLOCH, CRYPTOPSY, CATTLE DECAPITATION, & more.

09/12/2015: FULL TERROR ASSUALT–OPEN AIR FESTIVAL (Cave-In-Rock, ILLINOIS). *The FIRST “OPEN AIR” Death Fest in the USA!

INQUISITION reissue discography

Black metal powerhouse INQUISITION will release their entire back catalog through Season of Mist with brand new artwork by acclaimed artist Paolo Girardi. The first of these to release in North America is their second record ‘Invoking the Majestic Throne of Satan’, which will be available on Feb. 24. Following the release of ‘Invoking the…’, Season of Mist will release the band’s third album, ‘Magnificent Glorification of Lucifer’ on March 24.

All of INQUISITION’s reissues will available across CD and limited edition LP formats in the highly coveted goat and cow leather variants previously seen on the release of the band’s newest album, ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’. All INQUISITION pre-orders will be available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

Tracklisting
1. Embraced by the Unholy Powers of Death and Destruction
2. Enshrouded by Cryptic Temples of the Cult
3. Kill with Hate
4. Rituals of Human Sacrifice for Lord Baal
5. Invoking the Majestic Throne of Satan
6. Hail the King of All Heathens
7. The Realm of Shadows Shall Forever Reign
8. For Lucifer My Blood
9. Imperial Hymn for Our Master Satan
10. Outro

Additionally, Season of Mist will release INQUISITION’s first proper full-length, ‘Into the Infernal Regions of the Ancient Cult’ for the world outside of North America on January 26.

INQUISITION previously announced a string of headlining European tour dates in Latvia, Estonia and Russia. The dates, which start on February 11 in Latvia, will see the band travel for a week before concluding in Moscow. These dates follow INQUISITION’s previously announced headlining European tour. The tour sees INQUISITION with support from ARCHGOAT, ONDSKAPT, and BLACKDEATH. The tour kicks off on January 20 in Germany, and continues through 11 different countries. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be seen below.

INQUISITION are touring in support of their critically acclaimed new album, ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’. ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’, the band’s first for Season of Mist, has landed on several “best of 2013” year-end lists, including Decibel Magazine, MetalSucks, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Buzzfeed, Invisible Oranges, and many more.

“When a new Inquisition album appears, it’s not even a question of whether it’ll be any good. It’s a matter of how good. In the case of ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’, the answer is “completely fucking awesome”. In fact, we’re gonna go ahead and say it’s the band’s finest hour…Call it what you want, we’ll call it the Black Metal album of 2013″ – Decibel Magazine

“Safe to say the new Inquisition record, Obscure Verses for the Multiverse, is inventive and incredible, a stellar assembly of riff-first black metal guaranteed to go down as one of the year?s finest albums, metal or otherwise.” -Stereogum

“Obscure Verses for the Multiverse is exactly what you would want to hear from Inquisition. This is a dark album that offers both heavy, mid tempo groove as well as fast and aggressive moments. The insane drumming, the eerie guitars, a few melodic passages, a lot of dissonant parts and that demonic voice behind the microphone, everything is where it is supposed to be and the end result is fucking insane.” – CVLT Nation

INQUISITION European tour dates:
*All dates with ARCHGOAT, ONDSKAPT, BLACKDEATH
1/20/2015 Berlin, DE @ K17
1/21/2015 Krakow, PL @ Fabryka Club
1/22/2015 Prague, CZ @ Nova Chmelnice
1/23/2015 Erfurt, DE @ From Hell
1/24/2015 Munchen, DE @ Backstage
1/25/2015 Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie
1/26/2015 Brescia, IT @ Circolo Colony
1/27/2015 Luxembourg, LU @ Kulturfabrik
1/28/2015 Paris, FR @ Divan Du Monde
1/29/2015 London, UK @ Underworld
1/30/2015 Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
1/31/2015 Essen, DE @ Turock
2/1/2015 Odense, DK @ Posten
2/2/2015 Flensburg, DE @ Roxy
2/3/2015 Kassel, DE @ Rostlaube
2/4/2015 Wien, AU @ Escape Club
2/5/2015 Zürich, CH @ Alte Kaserne
2/6/2015 Huy, BE @ Atelier Rock
2/7/2015 Weinheim, DE @ Cafe Zentral
3/11/2015 Riga, LV @ Nabaklab
3/12/2015 Tallinn, EE @ Tapper
3/13/2015 Saint Petersburg, RU @ Phoenix
3/14/2015 Moscow, RU @ Seven

EXHUMED: Gore Metal Tacticians Stream “New” Requiem Of Repugnance At Revolver; North American Live Takeover With Napalm Death + Voivod Draws Near

With the re-unveiling of EXHUMED’s now-iconic full-length, Gore Metal: A Necrospective: 1998 – 2015, now just one month away, today the gatekeepers at Revolver Magazine are delighted to decimate ear holes with a renovated version of longtime live favorite, “Limb From Limb.”

Expounds vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey: “So… for the second ‘single’ from our hubris-laden rerecording of Gore Metal, here’s live staple ‘Limb From Limb.’ This one has been rerecorded pretty much exactly how we’ve played it live for years now; faster and a bit punchier than the original – not to mention infinitely more audible – and with the lovely chainsaw solo in the bridge. Now that’s what I call musical development! Anyway, it’s a great tune to piss off some neighbors with and will hopefully inspire you to find new and atrocious uses for your motorized home and garden appliances. Cheers, and enjoy!”

Crowned, “a classic piece of blazing gore metal with death on its mind from start to finish,” by MetalSucks, Gore Metal was initially released in 1998. A boundary-defying audio manifestation of vile, grinding, over-the-top death metal, Gore Metal beams with charming repugnance, its raging riff subversions, foul-themed, slasher-film-inspired prose and putrid cover art still repulsively alluring nearly two decades since its release.

Not content to let the album rot away, EXHUMED returned to the studio to rerecord the underground classic. The resulting Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015, slated for release next month via Relapse Records, maintains the bone raw aggression of the original recordings while adding depth to the sonic devourment thanks in no small part to years of touring and a vastly improved-sounding recording quality.

As a precursor to the release, EXHUMED will be goring stages throughout North America with co-headliners Napalm Death and Voivod later this month. Set to commence on January 27th in Miami, the band will raze nearly three-dozen municipalities, with the trek coming to a close on February 28th in Houston. Additional support will be provided by Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate with Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories and Phobia to appear on select performances throughout the journey.

EXHUMED:
1/24/2015 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
1/25/2015 Red 7 – Austin, TX
w/ Napalm Death, Voivod, Iron Reagan, Black Crown Initiate:
1/27/2015 Grand Central – Miami, FL w/ Ringworm
1/28/2015 State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL w/ Ringworm
1/29/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Ringworm
1/30/2015 Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC w/ Ringworm
1/31/2015 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD w/ Ringworm
2/02/2015 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY w/ Ringworm
2/03/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Ringworm
2/04/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON
2/05/2015 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
2/06/2015 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
2/07/2015 Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ Ringworm
2/08/2015 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Ringworm
2/09/2015 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH w/ Ringworm
2/10/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL w/ Ringworm
2/11/2015 Amsterdam – Minneapolis, MN w/ Ringworm
2/12/2015 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB
2/13/2015 The Exchange – Regina, SK
2/14/2015 Republik – Calgary, AB
2/15/2015 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
2/17/2015 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC w/ Dayglo Abortions
2/18/2015 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA w/ Theories
2/19/2015 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
2/20/2015 Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Phobia
2/21/2015 Strummers – Fresno, CA w/ Phobia
2/22/2015 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
2/23/2015 Club Red – Tempe, AZ w/ Phobia
2/24/2015 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM w/ Phobia
2/25/2015 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO w/ Phobia
2/26/2015 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS w/ Phobia
2/27/2015 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX w/ Phobia
2/28/2015 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX w/ Phobia

Presented with completely new artwork and a gaggle of detailed liner notes, Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015 will be unleashed via Relapse Records February 10th, 2015 digitally, as a limited edition LP, and as a deluxe two-CD set which comes packaged with the original version of the album for the price of a single CD.

ENSIFERUM: Finnish Folk Metal Forbearers Unleash New Video; One Man Army Full-Length To See Release Next Month

One Man Army is the sixth studio album from Finnish folk metal forbearers, ENSIFERUM. Set to drop next month via Metal Blade Records, the predominantly analog-recorded offering was captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland and delivers eleven punishingly epic odes alongside a four-track bonus CD featuring the band’s rendition of Barathrum’s “Warmetal,” Iron Maiden’s “Wrathchild,” Uriah Heep’s “Lady In Black,” and Judas Priest’s “Breaking The Law,” initially unveiled as the covermount CD of issue #94 of Germany’s long-running Legacy Magazine.

In anticipation of the forthcoming release, today ENSIFERUM unveils the official new video for One Man Army’s title track as well as an in-depth “making of” clip that brings fans deep into the heart of the filming session.

ENSIFERUM’s One Man Army will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 24th, 2015. 70,000 Tons of Metal voyagers will be able to catch ENSIFERUM’s battle-ready live performance next week before the band kicks off a lengthy European live incursion, wielding their swords alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum. See confirmed dates below.

ENSIFERUM:
1/22-1/26/2015 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise – Miami, FL
2/27/2015 Pakkahuone – Tampere, FI
2/28/2015 Rytmikorjaamo – Seianajoki, FI
3/06/2015 Lutakko – Jyvaskyla, FI
3/07/2015 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI
w/ Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum:
3/11/2015 Zeche – Bochum, DE
3/12/2015 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
3/13/2015 Backstage – München, DE
3/14/2015 Masters of Rock Café – Zlin, CZ
3/15/2015 Club 202 – Budapest, HU
3/16/2015 Szene – Wien, AT
3/18/2015 Live Club – Milan, IT
3/19/2015 Les Docks – Lausanne, CH
3/20/2015 La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FR
3/21/2015 Z7 – Pratteln, CH
3/22/2015 Ninkasi Kao – Lyon, FR
3/23/2015 Le Bataclan – Paris, FR
3/24/2015 O2 Academy Islington- London, UK
3/25/2015 Patronaat – Haarlem, NL
3/26/2015 Hedon – Zwolle, NL
3/27/2015 Biebob – Vosselaar, BE
3/28/2015 Tivoli – Bremen, DE
3/29/2015 Grünspan – Hamburg, DE
3/30/2015 Vega – Copenhagen, DK
3/31/2015 Göta Källare – Stockholm, SE
4/01/2015 Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, SE
4/02/2015 Inferno Metal Festival – Oslo, NO

Festivals Summer 2015:
8/13/2015 Rockstadt Extremefest – Rasnov, DE
6/19/2015 – 6/21/2015 Hellfest – Clisson, FR
7/30/2015 – 8/1/2015 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, DE
8/06/2015 – 8/8/2015 Party San Open Air – Schlotheim, DE
8/09/2015 Bloodstock Open Air – Walton-On-Trent, GB
8/13/2015 – 8/15/2015 Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, DE

Forged in 1995 as a trio by guitarist/vocalist Markus Toivonen, and presently featuring current and former members of October Falls, Rapture, Norther, Barathrum and Sinergy, ENSIFERUM has been flying the flag of epic, folk-infused death metal high and proud for two decades. A Latin word translating to “sword bearer,” ENSIFERUM’s valiant tale begins humbly with three meticulously composed demos that raised the collective eyebrows of the extreme metal underground with their sharp and dexterous fusion of Bathory-esque darkness, Amorphis-styled melody and poignant accounts of ancient sagas and warrior quests. Released in 1999, it was the third demo, Hero In A Dream, which included the band’s first-ever integration of female vocals, that reaped the praise and support of Finland’s Spinefarm Records, where the band would remain for five conquering studio offerings.

ENSIFERUM recorded their self-titled debut in November of 2000 at Sundi-Coop Studios in Savonlinna with Tuomo Valtonen (Rapture, Nattvindens Gråt, Darkwoods My Brotherhood). Released during the new millennium’s emerging Viking metal movement, the album featured such guest musicians as Trollhorn (keyboards), Marita Toivonen (kantele) and Johanna Vakkuri (guest female vocals who first appeared on the Hero In A Dream demo). Christened, “an excellent platter of Viking metal,” by Sputnik Music, furthering that “The Finns put forth an excellent effort, one that combines heavy, yet melodic riffing, impressive, folky interludes, and fun sing/growl-along atmospheres,” the record’s methodic, yet organically-executed synthesis of Viking, folk and power metal adorned in fantastical themes of Scandinavian lore sans the more kitschy humppa trappings of many of their sword-wielding peers, earned ENSIFERUM the mass reverence of fans on European shores and beyond.

Second full-length, Iron, found ENSIFERUM holed up in Copenhagen’s Sweet Silence Studios. There in Denmark, during the Fall of 2003, the band’s second full-length was captured by the gifted hands of producer Flemming Rasmussen, notorious for his work on such groundbreaking recordings as Metallica’s Master Of Puppets and Ride The Lightning. For the next decade, ENSIFERUM would gallop their way further into the hearts of metallers of all walks with their epic hymns and grandiose, cinematic live performances. Honing their creative skills both compositionally and thematically with each passing effort, the band’s unification of technically adept metallic guitar sweeps with the more traditional sounds of their homeland a la Finnish kantele, bagpipes, nyckelharpa and bodhrans, and the gentle balance of vocalist/guitarist Petri Lindroos warring growls with Toivonen’s and bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka’s harmonized choruses, proved continually and deliberately infectious.

By 2013, ENSIFERUM – Toivonen, Hinkka and Lindroos alongside drummer Janne Parviainen and keyboardist/vocalist Emmi Silvennoinen – had become an international folk metal sensation having spread their valiant battle anthems to the stages of some of Europe’s most prestigious metal festivals as well as lengthy live pillagings through North America, Australia, South Africa, China, South and Central America. That year, the collective joined the legendary ranks of heavy metal powerhouse, Metal Blade Records, for the release of their sixth studio album, One Man Army.

WATAIN to kick off North American tour

Swedish black metal tyrants WATAIN will return to North America for a co-headlining tour with MAYHEM! See below for all upcoming dates.

WATAIN and MAYHEM with REVENGE:
Jan. 8, 2015–Philadelphia, PA–Union Transfer
Jan. 9, 2015–Baltimore, MD–Baltimore Soundstage
Jan. 10, 2015–New York, NY–Webster Hall
Jan. 11, 2015–Boston, MA–Royale
Jan. 12, 2015–Montreal, QC–Club Soda
Jan. 13, 2015–Toronto, ON–Opera House
Jan. 15, 2015–Cleveland, OH–Agora Ballroom
Jan. 16, 2015–Chicago, IL–Bottom Lounge
Jan. 17, 2015–Minneapolis, MN–Mill City Nights
Jan. 18, 2015–Lawrence, KS–Granada Theater
Jan. 20, 2015–Denver, CO–Summit Music Hall
Jan. 23, 2015–Calgary, AB–Republik
Jan. 24, 2015–Edmonton, AB–Starlite Room
Jan. 26, 2015–Vancouver, BC–Rickshaw Theatre
Jan. 27, 2015–Seattle, WA–El Corazon
Jan. 28, 2015–Portland, OR–Hawthorne Theatre
Jan. 30, 2015–San Francisco, CA–DNA Lounge
Jan. 31, 2015–Los Angeles, CA–Fonda Theatre

WATAIN will be touring in support of their critically acclaimed fifth full-length, The Wild Hunt, which was unleashed last year worldwide via Century Media Records. Produced once again by Tore Stjerna at his Necromorbus studio in Alvik (Sweden), The Wild Hunt is a sonic and lyrical tour-de-force that explores WATAIN’s roots, such as BATHORY and DISSECTION, while also remaining truly unique. Amid the tracks teeming with the band’s classic sound, the album also features clean vocals, Spanish guitars, and other musical experimentation, with the end result being “their most daring album yet” (Decibel Magazine).

ENDSTILLE announce European tour dates

Black metal war machine ENDSTILLE have announced a European tour. The dates include stops at Blast Fest (Norway), Incineration Fest (the UK) and more. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

ENDSTILLE are touring in support of their newest album, ‘Kapitulation 2013’. ‘Kapitulation 2013’ was released on on November 12.

Being one of Germany’s most popular black metal exports, and one of Europe’s biggest non-scandivian black metal bands, ENDSTILLE has created waves throughout the underground community, starting with the release of ‘Operation Wintersturm’ (2002). Several well-received full lengths later, ENDSTILLE eventually became a true live force, touring alongside bands such as DARK FUNERAL and NAGLFAR, and as part of various festivals, including Wacken Open Air, Motocultor, Summe Breeze, Eindhoven Metal Meeting, With Full Force Open Air, Metal Assault, and many more.

ENDSTILLE 2015 Tour Dates:
1/16 Rostock, Germany @ Alte Zuckerfabrik
1/17 Magdeburg, Germany @ Factory Magdeburg/ Dominion Club
2/21 Bergen, Norway @ Blastfest
3/28 Oberhausen, Germany @ Black’n’ Thrash Inferno
4/05 Munich, Germany @ Dark Easter Metal Meeting
5/09 London, UK @ Incineration Festival
7/24 @ Carpathian Alliance
8/14 Barth, Germany @ Barther Metal Open Air

KATAKLYSM Announce New Album Title

Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, are currently in the studio recording the follow up to their critically acclaimed Waiting for the End to Come album. The record, which has been dubbed Of Ghosts And Gods, will tentatively be released this upcoming Summer. A short teaser for the album can be viewed now via the group?s Facebook page.

Guitarist J- F Dagenais will track drums, guitars and bass for the album, while vocals will be recorded by 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).

KATAKLYSM has had one of their busiest years in 2014 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.

INQUISITION announce new headlining European tour dates

Black metal powerhouse INQUISITION has announced a string of headlining European tour dates in Latvia, Estonia and Russia. The dates, which start on February 11 in Latvia, will see the band travel for a week before concluding in Moscow. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

INQUISITION previously announced a headlining European tour. The tour sees INQUISITION with support from ARCHGOAT, ONDSKAPT, and BLACKDEATH. The tour kicks off on January 20 in Germany, and continues through 11 different countries.

Regarding the tour, founding member Dagon comments:

“The time has come to close the black circle, and journey together as one shadow by gathering what we feel is a line-up of cults that we know will offer the atmosphere we seek to bring to you. We are honored to have assembled and bring to all followers this occasion to witness live in the flesh, in support of the INQUISITION headlining tour 2015. As direct support we have chosen the beast of ARCHGOAT right out of Finland for their long dedication to Black Metal and the art of occult music in general; simply one of our favorite bands and a classic act. Equally proud to have with us will be the obscure Swedish cult ONDSKAPT casting their potent dose of highly lethal poisons, and, the unique darkened souls of BLACKDEATH from Russia evoking abstract rites of dark frequencies whom we are very proud to have joining us. From beginning to end throughout the evening, we would like to offer an occasion of ritual to the ancient ones and initiation to the newly arrived. Raise the chalice!?

INQUISITION are touring in support of their critically acclaimed new album, ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’. ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’, the band’s first for Season of Mist, has landed on several “best of 2013” year-end lists, including Decibel Magazine, MetalSucks, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Buzzfeed, Invisible Oranges, and many more.

1349 announce headlining US tour, Norwegian Grammy nomination

Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 have announced a headlining U.S. tour. The tour, which starts on February 8 in Tampa, FL sees the band travel throughout the month before concluding in Spartanburg, SC. Support on this tour comes from ORIGIN, ABYSMAL DAWN, and WOLVHAMMER. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

In addition to the full U.S. tour, 1349 has also announced an exclusive performance as part of next year’s “70000 Tons of Metal” cruise alongside VENOM, DESTRUCTION and more.. The cruise departs from Miami, FL on Jan 22nd, and will travel for 4 days before returning.

1349’s critically acclaimed new album, ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’. The new album was recently nominated for a Grammy in the band’s native Norway in the “Best Metal Album” category. The Spellemann awards will be presented on January 17.

‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’, which has been called a “another career-defining release which will surely confirm their place among black metal’s more promising groups.”

Tracklisting:
1. Cauldron
2. Slaves
3. Exorcism
4. Postmortem
5. Mengele’s
6. Golem
7. Chained
8. Godslayer

Founded in Norway in 1997, 1349 have remained a constant influence on the Norwegian black metal scene. With a penchant for lightning speed riffing, blazing drums, and apocalyptic lyrics, the band has trail-blazed the underground, surpassing many of their peers through brute musical force. Following a a trio of landmark albums, namely 2003’s Liberation, 2004’s Beyond the Apocalypse, and 2005’s Hellfire, 1349 is set to re-establish their dominance in the world-wide extreme metal scene.

1349 Tour dates:
1/22-26 Miami, FL @ 70000 tons of Metal Cruise (1349 Only)
2/8 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
2/10 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
2/11 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
2/12 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
2/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Complex
2/15 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
2/16 Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s
2/18 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
2/19 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
2/20 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
2/21 Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
2/22 Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar
2/23 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
2/24 Springfield, VA @ Empire
2/25 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero

SKELETONWITCH to tour Europe with Goatwhore, Mortals

Arguably metal’s hardest-working band, SKELETONWITCH will continue their world tour in support of the acclaimed “Serpents Unleashed” in the spring, when the group will headline an extensive European tour with support from Goatwhore and Mortals. The “Hell Has Arrived Over Europe” tour kicks off April 3 at Norway’s Inferno Fest (Behemoth, Septicflesh, 1349), and will also include a stop at the prestigious Roadburn Festival in Holland, where the group was handpicked to appear by co-curator and recent North American tour-mate Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved).

SKELETONWITCH celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2013 with the release of “Serpents Unleashed,” their highest-charting album to date. Lauded as “the heaviest record (they’ve) ever recorded” (A.V. Club), the album was included on year-end “best of” lists by the likes of Pitchfork, Decibel and PopMatters.
True to form, SKELETONWITCH showed no mercy over the past year as they slithered throughout North America and Europe on tours with the likes of Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Enslaved, Suffocation, Havok, The Black Dahlia Murder, Ghoul, Fallujah and Black Anvil in addition to appearing at festivals and events including Decibel’s 10th Anniversary Party, Brutal Assault , Summer Breeze and Party.San Open Air. If that wasn’t enough, the band also showed off their humanitarian side by releasing a limited-edition, hand-screened “Serpents Unleashed” LP, proceeds from which were split between two no-kill animal shelters located in their home state of Ohio.

SKELETONWITCH TOUR DATES
4/3 Oslo, NO – Inferno Fest
4/4 Motala, SW – Kulturakademin #
4/6 Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset #
4/7 Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang #
4/8 Osnabruck, DE – Bastard Club #
4/10 Tillburg, NL – Roadburn Festival
4/11 Manchester, UK – Sound Control #
4/12 Dublin,IL – Voodoo Lounge #
4/13 Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks #
4/14 Birmingham, UK – The Oobleck #
4/15 Sheffield, UK – Corporation #
4/16 London, UK – Underworld #
4/17 Brussels, BE – Magasin 4 #
4/18 Koln, DE – Underground #
4/19 Paris, FR – Covent Garden #
4/20 Angouleme, FR – La Nef #
4/21 Madrid, ES – Sala Lemon #
4/22 Barcelona, ES – Sala Razz 3 #
4/23 Lyon, FR – MJC O Totem #
4/24 Zurich, CH – Dynamo/ Werk 21 #
4/25 Milan, IT – Lo Fi #
4/26 Rome, IT – Traffic Live #
4/27 Innsbruck, AT – p.m.k. #
4/28 Munchen, DE – Backstage #
4/29 Leipzig, DE – Conne Island #
4/30 Berlin, DE – Magnet #
5/1 Wien, AT – Arena #
5/2 Prague, CR – Exit-us #
# with Goatwhore and Mortals

BLACK TUSK Announce Additional European Dates

After a trying year and the loss of their brother and band mate Athon, Black Tusk announced last week that they will honor Athon’s memory and proceed with a a previously planned tour of Europe with Black Label Society next February.

Today the band have announced an additional twelve headlining dates in Europe around the tour. A complete list of dates is included below.

Black Tusk recently completed their fifth full-length record with producer Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust at Audiosiege Studios in Portland, OR this past September. The record will see a mid 2015 release via Relapse Records.

BLACK TUSK:

***All dates with Black Label Society and Crobot***

Feb 06 Budapest, Hungary Kvlt*
Feb 07 Bratislava, Slovakia Randall*
Feb 08 Schweinfurt, DE Alterstadtbahngof*
Feb 09 Nijmegen, Holland Merelyn*
Feb 11 Glasgow, UK 02 ABC
Feb 12 Birmingham, UK The Institute
Feb 13 London, UK Roundhouse
Feb 14 Bristol, UK Bristol 02 Academy
Feb 15 Leeds, UK Leeds 02 Academy
Feb 17 Norwich, UK Norwich UEA
Feb 18 Nottingham, UK Rock City
Feb 19 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy
Feb 20 Lille, France La Peniche*
Feb 21 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg
Feb 22 Brussels, BE Ancienne Belgique
Feb 24 Frankfurt, DE Batschkapp
Feb 25 Dortmund, DE FZW Freizeitzentrum West
Feb 26 Paris, FR Le Bataclan
Feb 27 Strasbourg, FR La Laitere
Feb 28 Hamburg, DE Hafenklang*
Mar 01 Aarhus, DK Train
Mar 02 Copenhagen, DK Stengade*
Mar 03 Oslo, NO Rockefeller Music Hall
Mar 05 Stockholm, SE Close Up Baten (Crusie)
Mar 06 Helsinki, FI Nosturl
Mar 08 Tallinn, EE Rock Cafe
Mar 09 Vilnius, LT Forum Palace
Mar 11 Gdansk, PL B90
Mar 12 Krakow, PL Studio
Mar 13 Prague, CZ Klub 007*
Mar 14 Pratteln, CH Z7
Mar 15 Lausanne, CH Les Docks
Mar 16 Munich, DE Kranhalle*
Mar 17 Milan, Italy Legend Club*
Mar 19 Vienna, AU The Chelsea*
Mar 20 Berlin, DE Kantine*

*Black Tusk only

THE CONTORTIONIST ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR DATES With REVOCATION, FALLUJAH & TOOTHGRINDER

THE CONTORTIONIST have announced a heavy hitting headline run with notable acts REVOCATION, FALLUJAH and TOOTHGRINDER in support. Dates will start on February 7th in their hometown of Indianapolis and wrap up in Newport, KY on February 28th after covering much of the eastern half of the U.S. “We’re excited to hit the road with all these amazing bands and play a ton of epic shows,” says vocalist Mike Lessard. “We couldn’t think of a better way to start our 2015!”

Primordial Sound was Corey Norman’s second directorial effort for the band and depicts the band in an ultra minimalist, stripped down state. Norman also directed “Language I: Intuition” released earlier this year. The Contortionist released Language in September to some high critical acclaims. Popular alternative weekly The Aquarian says the LP “keeps up with this idea of call and response between spacey ambient melodies and heavy-hitting metal tunes all the way through its 48-minute run.” Outburn Magazine calls it “a richly layered, atmospheric, and evocative record” and Substream Magazine goes as far to say that “What The Contortionist has given us isn?t space travel but a journey through a dream state.” in their 5/5 review.

The band just wrapped up a highly successful run with PROTEST THE HERO in Europe.

LORD DYING Premiere New Song “An Open Sore”

Portland, Oregon’s LORD DYING will release their new album entitled Poisoned Altars, January 27, 2015 (1/26 for UK/World and 1/24 for Germany/Benelux/Finland) via Relapse Records. Poisoned Altars is available in CD/LP/Digital and a Special Silver Colored LP. The album was recorded with Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind (Black Tusk) at Audiosiege Studios in Portland, OR. 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.

Today the band has released the second single from Poisoned Altars and it is streaming exclusively at Revolver Magazine. The song “An Open Sore” features guests vocals from Red Fang’s Aaron Beam.

LORD DYING has confirmed a hometown album release show for January 31st in Portland, OR at Mississippi Studios with special guests Sons of Huns. It was also announced yesterday that LORD DYING will be playing at Psycho California Fest in Santa Ana, CA on May 15th – May 17th.

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

DARK FUNERAL unleashes new track and video, “Nail Them To The Cross”

In 2012, long-running Swedish black metal legends DARK FUNERAL signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and now, after completing the search for a new front-man, unveil the first glimpse of their future blasphemies with the new track “Nail Them To The Cross”!

“Nail Them To The Cross” was recorded at Dugout Studios in Uppsala/Sweden and was mixed and mastered by Daniel Bergstrand. The video clip was directed by Owe Lingvall.

A strictly limited 7″ single including “Nail Them To The Cross” and another new track will be released in early 2015; stay tuned for more information coming soon!

DARK FUNERAL live:
Jan. 23, 2015 – Meh Suff! Winterfestival – Zürich CH
Feb. 20, 2015 – Blastfest – Bergen, NO
May 15, 2015 – Steelfest – Hyvinkaa, FIN (Special TSOTBA set)
June 19, 2015 – Nummirock – Nummijarvi, FIN
July 4, 2015 – In Flammen Open Air – Torgau, DE
Aug. 22, 2015 – Kaltenbach Open Air – Spital am Semmering, Austria

EXHUMED: Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015 To Be Released This February; Massive North American Tour With Napalm Death + Voivod Announced

Originally released in 1998, EXHUMED’s now-classic debut full-length, Gore Metal, was a boundary defying offering of filth-ridden, grinding, over-the-top death-metal. Unrepentantly fast, furious and maniacal, Gore Metal gleamed with a delightful audio repugnance bedecked in blazing riff infiltrations, slasher-film-inspired lyrics and vile cover art. It was the record that made Carcass seem PG-rated by comparison and thus certified itself as a true underground classic.

Not content to let the album rot away, EXHUMED returned to the studio almost two decades later to re-record the landmark offering. The resulting Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015, set for release this February via Relapse Records, maintains the maniacal ferocity of the original recordings while adding depth to the sonic devourment thanks in no small part to years of touring and a vastly improved-sounding recording quality.

Proclaims vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey: “I’m super pumped that we got the chance to re-record Gore Metal. I don’t think any of us were happy with how it turned out the first time around, so getting another shot at it meant a lot to me personally. I was also really excited to have our old friend Ross Sewage reprise his vocals on the new version, ensuring that it still sounds like that era of EXHUMED, though things are a lot more audible this time around!”

Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015 Track Listing:
1. Necromaniac
2. Open The Abscess
3. Postmortem Procedures
4. Limb From Limb
5. Enucleation
6. Casket Crusher
7. Death Mask
8. In My Human Slaughter House
9. Sepulchral Slaughter
10. Vagitarian II
11. Blazing Corpse
12. Deadest Of The Dead

As a precursor to the release, the perpetual road warriors in EXHUMED, currently terrorizing Europe alongside Aborted, Origin and Miasmal, will embark upon a massive North American live takeover next year with co-headliners Napalm Death and Voivod. Set to commence on January 27th in Miami, the band will raze nearly three-dozen megalopolises, with the infiltration coming to a close on February 28th in Houston. Additional support will be provided by Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate with Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories and Phobia to appear on select performances throughout the trek. See confirmed dates below. You have been warned.

EXHUMED w/ Aborted, Origin, Miasmal:
12/15/2014 Grillen – Colmar, FR
12/16/2014 Steinbruch Theater – Darmstadt, DE
12/17/2014 Jubez – Karlsruhe, DE
12/18/2014 Rock It – Aalen, DE
12/19/2014 Heavy Xmas – Zürich, CH
12/20/2014 Turock – Essen, DE
EXHUMED:
1/24/2015 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
1/25/2015 Red 7 – Austin, TX
w/ Napalm Death, Voivod, Iron Reagan, Black Crown Initiate:
1/27/2015 Grand Central – Miami, FL w/ Ringworm
1/28/2015 State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL w/ Ringworm
1/29/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Ringworm
1/30/2015 Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC w/ Ringworm
1/31/2015 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD w/ Ringworm
2/02/2015 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY w/ Ringworm
2/03/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Ringworm
2/04/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON
2/05/2015 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
2/06/2015 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
2/07/2015 Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ Ringworm
2/08/2015 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Ringworm
2/09/2015 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH w/ Ringworm
2/10/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL w/ Ringworm
2/11/2015 Amsterdam – Minneapolis, MN w/ Ringworm
2/12/2015 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB
2/13/2015 The Exchange – Regina, SK
2/14/2015 Republik – Calgary, AB
2/15/2015 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
2/17/2015 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC w/ Dayglo Abortions
2/18/2015 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA w/ Theories
2/19/2015 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
2/20/2015 Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Phobia
2/21/2015 Strummers – Fresno, CA w/ Phobia
2/22/2015 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
2/23/2015 Club Red – Tempe, AZ w/ Phobia
2/24/2015 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM w/ Phobia
2/25/2015 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO w/ Phobia
2/26/2015 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS w/ Phobia
2/27/2015 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX w/ Phobia
2/28/2015 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX w/ Phobia

ENSIFERUM: Finnish Folk Metal Collective To Release New Full-Length This February

Finland’s favorite folk metal collective and recent Metal Blade signees, ENSIFERUM, will unleash their sixth studio album this Winter. Titled One Man Army, the predominantly analog-recorded offering was tracked between September and November of this year with award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland.

Elaborates ENSIFERUM bassist/vocalist Sammi Hinkka of the sessions, “The recording process was long, hard, rewarding and full of incredible moments. Instruments were actually played and left as they were instead of creating tracks from hundreds of different takes, moving them to the grid and modifying things. Of course computers were used but overall we made everything as analog as possible. Listeners can experience a better sound and natural groove, something that we think most metal albums lack these days. Overall, the album sounds much more like a band playing live rather than ‘midi-metal.'”

Commended by Outburn for songs that are consistently “epic” in scope with a “reliance on catchy melodies,” ENSIFERUM’s One Man Army serves as the follow-up to 2012’s lauded Unsung Heroes full-length and boasts the stunningly detailed, mythological cover craftings of renowned illustrator, Gyula Havancsak (Annihilator, Tyr, Elvenking, Stratovarius etc.).

“On the new album, we took many things musically to the next level so we decided also to try something new graphics-wise,” relays Hinkka. “Gyula Havancsák did a phenomenal job! For the first time it was really nice to be more involved with designing the cover and all details. Our humble gratitude to Gyula for all the patience and really amazing results. We couldn’t be more satisfied!”

As a precursor to the release, ENSIFERUM unleashed the fittingly-titled “Warmetal” for public consumption. Composed by Demonos Sova of Finnish black metal unit, Barathrum, the track is available on the covermount CD of the current issue of Germany’s Legacy Magazine.

ENSIFERUM’s One Man Army will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 24th, 2015. Further details, including track listing and additional teaser hymns to be unveiled in the coming weeks. In the meantime, 70,000 Tons of Metal voyagers will be able to catch ENSIFERUM live next month before they kick off a massive European trek, wielding their swords alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum. See confirmed dates below.

ENSIFERUM:
1/22-1/26/2015 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise – Miami, FL
2/27/2015 Pakkahuone – Tampere, FI
2/28/2015 Rytmikorjaamo – Seianajoki, FI
3/06/2015 Lutakko – Jyvaskyla, FI
3/07/2015 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI
w/ Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum:
3/11/2015 Zeche – Bochum, DE
3/12/2015 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
3/13/2015 Backstage – München, DE
3/14/2015 Masters of Rock Café – Zlin, CZ
3/15/2015 Club 202 – Budapest, HU
3/16/2015 Szene – Wien, AT
3/18/2015 Live Club – Milan, IT
3/19/2015 Les Docks – Lausanne, CH
3/20/2015 La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FR
3/21/2015 Z7 – Pratteln, CH
3/22/2015 Ninkasi Kao – Lyon, FR
3/23/2015 Le Bataclan – Paris, FR
3/24/2015 O2 Academy Islington- London, UK
3/25/2015 Patronaat – Haarlem, NL
3/26/2015 Hedon – Zwolle, NL
3/27/2015 Biebob – Vosselaar, BE
3/28/2015 Tivoli – Bremen, DE
3/29/2015 Grünspan – Hamburg, DE
3/30/2015 Vega – Copenhagen, DK
3/31/2015 Göta Källare – Stockholm, SE
4/01/2015 Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, SE
4/02/2015 Inferno Metal Festival – Oslo, NO
End Tour
8/13/2015 Rockstadt Extremefest – Rasnov, DE
6/19/2015 – 6/21/2015 Hellfest – Clisson, FR
7/30/2015 – 8/1/2015 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, DE
8/06/2015 – 8/8/2015 Party San Open Air – Schlotheim, DE
8/09/2015 Bloodstock Open Air – Walton-On-Trent, GB
8/13/2015 – 8/15/2015 Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, DE
8/13/2015 Rockstadt Extremefest – Rasnov, RO

ENSLAVED Announces North American Headlining Tour

The long ships will return to North America once again when Norwegian-progressive-extreme-metal-Vikings, ENSLAVED, embark on their headlining tour this upcoming March! “Some days are greater than others,” commented guitarist Ivar Bjørnson. “Announcing the release of our new album In Times at the same time as a North American tour, both in early March 2015, makes for one hell of an event horizon. We’ve had such great tours in the US and Canada the last years; we simply cannot wait to come back! Ah, this can’t get much better. Hey, wait – masters YOB has accepted our invitation to be special guests, and ECSTATIC VISION is supporting. Now, there’s an amazing package for you (that’s what she said)!”

ENSLAVED, YOB, ECSTATIC VISION

3/05/15 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
3/06/15 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
3/07/15 San Francisco, CA – Slim?s
3/09/15 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
3/10/15 Vancouver BC – Rickshaw Theatre
3/11/15 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
3/13/15 Salt Lake City, UT – Bar Deluxe
3/14/15 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
3/16/15 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
3/17/15 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
3/19/15 Toronto, ON – Opera House
3/20/15 Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Électriques
3/21/15 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
3/22/15 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
3/23/15 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
3/24/15 Boston, MA – Sinclair

ENSLAVED: NEW ALBUM DETAILS ANNOUNCED

In Times will be the title of the thirteenth studio album by Norwegian progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED. Hand-painted artwork is by long-time collaborating artist and “sixth ENSLAVED member” Truls Espedal. The album will be released on March 6 (Europe) and March 10, 2015 (N. America).

ENSLAVED guitarist & composer Ivar Bjørnson shares the following about the band’s latest creation:

“I was so deep into the songs and ideas for such a long time (or have my head so far up my own a**, if you prefer more direct language) that it is hard to have any ‘opinions’ about them that is anything else than the high-flying mumbo-jumbo of the introvert song-smith. The songs are extensions of my inner and outer life, the thoughts I am aware of having, as well as those that lie too deep to register in everyday consciousness. The songs are the resounds of grandiose altered states and mundane tiny micro-events. In addition, they are, of course, also the result of inspiration from other music and art. I do think this new album is the most consistent body of work we have so far: It incorporates our ‘blacker’ past with our influences from prog rock, our present sense of absolute freedom, and the joy of being in this band, if that makes any sense? Ha, ha, ha. It is higher in energy, more aggressive, yet more beautiful and subtle. It simply sounds inspired.”

The track listing for In Times is:

01 – Thurisaz Dreaming
02 – Building With Fire
03 – One Thousand Years Of Rain
04 – Nauthir Bleeding
05 – In Times
06 – Daylight

The new album’s total running time is fifty-three minutes.

Main recordings for In Times took place at Duper Studios to Solslottet Studio in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings sessions 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 was conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where a mobile studio recorded additional sounds.

In Times was produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy. Mixing was completed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

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