Ok, so it's time for the scheduled (almost) monthly Clandestine Cuts! This month features Razorwyre, Disintegrated, Everfailed, Apsis, Magrudergrind, Gallowbraid and Catuvolcus. Go read it here.
Now, you're probably wondering what the big changes are to this issue? Well, it's quite simple; we're giving you! Yes, you! Some more power regarding the MetalStorm awards. We've attached a poll to the bottom of the article, where you get to vote for what you think is the best demo, EP, or single from that issue. The top 6 chosen will be nominated in the 2010 MetalStorm awards under a new category!
During the MS awards, we experience some of our highest traffic all year. Now, a nomination in the MetalStorm awards may not mean all that much to a band like Iron Maiden, but some massive exposure in the awards may be huge news for some of these bands that just need to get their name out there. Think a certain band has got that sound that more people should hear? Show it! Give them a vote!
"Legacy Of Ashes", a brand new song from Dutch metallers Sinister, is available for streaming at the Massacre Records' website or MySpace page.
"Legacy Of Ashes" is the title track from the band's forthcoming album, Legacy Of Ashes, which will be released on December 17 via Massacre Records.
Legacy Of Ashes cover art] tracklist:
01. Herd Of Damnation
02. Into The Blind World
03. The Enemy Of My Enemy
04. Anatomie Of A Catastrophe
05. The Sin Of Sodomy
06. Legacy Of Ashes
07. The Hornet's Nest
08. Righteous Indignations
09. The Living Sacrifice
"Killzone", a brand new song from Dutch metallers Legion Of The Damned, is available for streaming at the Massacre Records' website or MySpace page.
"Killzone" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Descent Into Chaos, which will be released on January 7, 2011 via Massacre Records.
Descent Into Chaos cover art] tracklist:
01. Descent Into Chaos
02. Desolation Empire
03. Holy Blood, Holy War
04. War Is In My Blood
05. Night Of The Sabbath
06. The Hand Of Darkness
07. Lord Of The Flies
09. Possessed Again
10. Shrapnel Rain
British crossover thrashers SSS are spreading some festive metal cheer by offering you a free song, titled "Merry ChristmaSSS".
It's that time of the year again and the Liverpool thrashers have taken time out of their schedule to think of others and give you all a special treat with a free song to see you through the holiday period.
Download "Merry ChristmaSSS" now for free at this location (view an image with the lyrics here).
The original line up of one of the most influential hardcore punk metal bands, Biohazard, is gearing up to release their first album together in sixteen years. The as yet untitled album will be released in Spring 2011 via a new partnership with Nuclear Blast for the world outside of North America.
Jaap Wagemaker, A&R for the label says: "We at Nuclear Blast have been longtime fans since we first saw Biohazard on tour with Wargasm and at the legendary Dynamo Open Air where they played no less than four times! Judging by the sheer power, enthusiasm and pleasure that I have seen them unleash live by playing their classics, the new album promises nothing less than another milestone in their career".
Dave Machander, touring drummer for Annihilator on Refresh the Demon Europe tour 1996, has sadly lost his battle with cancer. Annihilator mainman Jeff Waters released the following statement:
"A few weeks ago (while I was touring in Europe), I got word that we lost a former member of Annihilator's touring lineup, Dave Machander. He passed away from cancer.
Dave was a super nice guy. I met him under stressful circumstances. In 1996, we did a record called Refresh The Demon. Randy Black was our drummer then and I had bought everyone's plane tickets for our upcoming Refresh the Demon EUROPE tour 1996.
12 days BEFORE the tour weas supposed to start, I get a call from Randy telling me that, if I did not pay him dounle+ the money I was to pay him for the tour, that he would not come along and would join another Vancouver artist "Bif Naked" instead (as she apparently was offering more money). I told him that we could not afford this and that it is very, very wrong to hold us "hostage" like this. He ended up leaving for Bif Naked (which ended up lasting one tour and he was out anyway!) but, more importantly, Randy Black left us with NO DRUMMER, a cancelled flight that I did not get my money back for and a tour in 12 days!!!
"Last Fight", the new video from Hungarian metallers Ektomorf, can be viewed at this location.
"Last Fight" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Redemption, which will be released on December 17 via AFM Records.
Redemption cover art] tracklist:
01. Last Fight
03. I'm In Hate
04. God Will Cut You Down
05. Stay Away
06. Never Should
07. Sea Of My Misery
08. The One
13. Kill Me Now
UPDATE: (thanks to Terror stricken)
"Sea Of My Misery", the new video from Hungarian metallers Ektomorf, can be viewed at this location.
"Sea Of My Misery" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Redemption, which will be released on December 17 via AFM Records.
In other news, the band added: "A new videoclip is also in the works for the song "Totalitarian" from the band's lastest album Hypomanic. We'll be shooting in the coming weeks so expect a release around January."
Toxic Holocaust has entered Dexters Lab in Milford, CT to begin work on the long-awaited follow-up to An Overdose Of Death... The band is recording with Toxic Holocaust / Kingdom Of Sorrow drummer and engineer Nick Bellmore (Hatebreed, Phantoms, Full Blown Chaos). The new full-length is expected to see a late spring 2011 release date. Additional release information will be posted shortly and studio updates are posted regularly at this location.
Toxic Holocaust frontman Joel Grind recently checked in from the studio with the following; "We are on Day 4 of recording the new record, everything is coming together quickly and smoothly. Drums are finished and we have started on guitar tracks. I'm excited for people to hear this new stuff, its not going to alienate old fans by any means but I think it might attract some new ones. It's definitely a step up from what we've done, and this time around we've increased the evil ten fold. The lyrics on this record are a little darker including lots of occult themes as well as real life shit that is stranger than fiction could ever be."
US metallers Necrophagia have revealed the cover artwork of their forthcoming album, Deathtrip 69. The artwork was created by renowned tattoo artist Jake Arnette and will be made available as limited-edition signed prints soon.
Deathtrip 69 will be made available in April 2011 via Season Of Mist. Info on ordering limited edition signed prints of the artwork will be made available soon.
"Human Nature" and "Taste Of Destiny", two new song from Swedish metallers Degradead, are available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
The two songs come off the band's forthcoming album, A World Destroyer, which was recorded at Peter Tägtgren's Abyss studios in Pärlby, Sweden with producer Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Centinex, World Below).
Prophecy Productions recently announced that Helrunar's new album, Sól, will be released on the following dates:
Germany and Austria: December 31st
Rest of Europe: January 3rd
North America: February 8th
An audio sample from the album, the track "Nebelspinne", can now be downloaded at this location. Also the album will be available in three different formats:
- Sól I - Der Dorn Im Nebel (Digipak CD) pre-order]
This is part 1 of the two-piece concept album. Musically, "Der Dorn Im Nebel" establishes the concept of Sól with classical and direct Pagan Black Metal, while the lyrics outline the individual's struggle against and for himself.
- Sól II - Zweige Der Erinnerung (Digipak CD) pre-order]