The upcoming Dutch Doom Days festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands is shaping up. Recently, new names have been announced for the bill that will be headlined by Shape Of Despair on October 31st. Death Penalty was confirmed as co-headliner on the second day of Dutch Doom Days. Belgian newcomers Bathsheba as well as doom/death metallers Insanity Reigns Supreme also join the line-up.
Sad news to report as former Death's bassist Scott Clendenin has passed away. He was a bassist in the seminal death metallers for a few years and also played in Chuck Schuldiner's other band Control Denied. Scott Clendenin had some health challenges in the last few years. He played on Death's The Sound Of Perseverance album, and recently participated in two Death To All live runs, in 2012 and 2013, including the highlight of his acoustic guitar in a poignant rendition of "Voice Of The Soul". Our condolences to his family and friends.
At the end of last year, shocking news came that 48-year-old Static-X frontman Wayne Static had passed away and at the time not many details were revealed about his death. Now, a few months later, it has been confirmed by the official coroner's report that he died as a result of mixing Xanax and other prescription drugs with alcohol. The coroner's report lists the official cause of death as "mixed prescription drug (oxycodone, hydromorphone, alprazolam) with alcohol toxicity" and the "manner of death" is stated as "natural."
Bloodcults, the newest death metal attack from The Monolith Deathcult, is currently available for streaming in full at Metal Hammer (UK). The band will officially release the mini-album on March 23rd through Season Of Mist. How is the successor to Tetragrammaton sounding? Check it out for yourself.
If you like to read and also like death metal and grindcore, this could be perfect for you. Originally released on Feral House back in 2004, Choosing Death: The Improbable History Of Death Metal and Grindcore is widely recognized as the definitive history of its titular extreme music subgenres. For its (more or less) 10-year anniversary, author Albert Mudrian - editor-in-chief of Decibel Magazine - has chosen life after death in the form of an expanded and revised edition, which flaunts 100 additional pages of new content.
As they are about to release their new album Extinct, gothic metallers Moonspell have now announced that they will be touring in the United States, Canada and Mexico in support of the record in April and May. Joining them on this trek are Septicflesh (who are also touring with the Portuguese band in Europe) and the Swedes Deathstars. See the dates below if you want to check out this tour.
Death doom metallers The Slow Death's new album Ark will be released on March 16th 2015 via Chaos Records. Now it's time for new music. You can stream the new track "The Chosen Ones" at this location as a foretaste. It's an 11-minute song. Enjoy!
Drummer Will Carroll gets the unlucky award of the day. The man behind the drum kit of thrashers Death Angel broke a bone in his right foot while he was taking out the trash. He will not be able to play drums for at least 3 weeks and so the band is forced to cancel their appearance at the Metal Against Cancer benefit on February 28th. They tried to arrange for a stand-in drummer, but with the lack of advance warning on the issue, they weren't able to make that work.
Death doom metallers The Slow Death's new album Ark finally has a release date. The CD version will be released on March 16th 2015, via Chaos Records. The album will be up for pre-orders next week. Ark will be released in 6-panel digipak with mate lamination and spot varnish, 16-page full color booklet with lyrics.
Dutch death metallers The Monolith Deathcult are premiering the first new track taken from their forthcoming EP Bloodcults, which has been scheduled for release on the 23rd of March via Season Of Mist. They are now streaming a lyric video for the song "Reign Of Hell". You can enjoy it as much as you want below. Did you like that?
Australians The Slow Death have updated on their new album and shared some news regarding the release of Ark. The death doom metal band's new album should be available in the first week of March, limited to 1000 digipaks. Chaos Records should be offering CD/shirt bundles too.
Here is some more Napalm Death music for you! The UK metallers have just shared a brand new video for "Smash A Single Digit". Their upcoming 15th studio album, Apex Predator - Easy Meat, is released today in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Finland via Century Media Records. Napalm Death are celebrating that with an animated video. The video for "Smash A Single Digit" was directed and produced by Michael Panduro, who has previously worked for bands like Cephalic Carnage, Saint Vitus or Job For A Cowboy. Watch it below, it's worth it.
Americans Five Finger Death Punch have announced a string of American headline shows in April and May. But that is not all they have to share. Since wrapping up their tour of fall 2014 co-headlining arenas across North America with Volbeat, the band has entered the studio to write the follow-up record to their 2013 albums The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell - Volume 1 and 2. They are working on new music and their next album is slated to come out later this year.
Gothic and death rock pioneers Christian Death will have two of their trail-blazing early albums reissued on deluxe vinyl! To celebrate their 30th anniversary, milestones Catastrophe Ballet and Ashes will be released on black and limited edition coloured vinyl by Season Of Mist on January 19th (March 24th in North American shops).
Napalm Death have just revealed the second track from their upcoming release, their 15th studio album Apex Predator - Easy Meat due out on January 26th, 2015 in Europe and January 27th in North America via Century Media Records. The UK grindcore pioneers give you an opportunity to check out the song "How The Years Condemn" now. It's almost 3-minutes of brutality available through Soundcloud below.