Ashers - the Boston's thrash punk outfit featuring punk legend Mark Civitarese of The Unseen - has teamed up with AMP Magazine for an exclusive stream of their debut full-length record, Kill Your Master, which hit stores last Tuesday (July 13th) on Thorp Records. Head to this location to hear the cutting-edge 13-song debut in its entirety.
Kill Your Master was recorded in February at The Outpost in Stoughton, MA, and was produced by Ashers and Jim Siegal (Cave In, Blood For Blood, Dropkick Murphys). It is their first release since their debut EP, "Cold Dark Place" (Welfare Records), in 2008.
According to a press release, "Ashers aims to create a new sense of aggression on Kill Your Master, combining elements of hardcore, rock, punk, and metal to create a unique sound that will be a rallying cry for all fans of aggressive music."
Spanish extreme metallers Noctem have announced they'll be spending their summer in the studio composing new material. These new songs will appear on the successor of Divinity, released last year through NoiseHead Records.
As a logical progression of the last album, the new material will be full of new nuances and a more complex composition, all drenched in a darker sound. The upcoming album also marks the second installment of the trilogy that started with Divinity. More info details about that album, plus and a cool NSFM video, can be found here.
The title of the new album, as well as lyrical content and cover artwork, will be revealed in the near future. Count on Metal Storm to keep you up to date.
Quo Vadis (the Polish one, not the Canadian one) have a new video online, called "Blood for Oil". The clip was directed by Krzysztof Kuznicki of Great Pomerania Films. "Blood For Oil" is one of the tracks of the band's latest effort, Infernal Chaos, released on June 19th through Chaos Records.
Quo Vadis have been around for more than 20 years now, and are one of the leading bands in the Polish thrash/death metal scene. Is your interest piqued yet? Check out their jams MySpace.
Infernal Chaos cover art] tracklist:
02. Blood for Oil
03. Bomb & Fire
04. Black Horizon
07. Cross Of Gold
08. East vs. West
10. Evil Dad
Power metal geeks fans rejoice! After their extremely successful Hellish Rock World Tour 2007/08, leading Helloween through 40 countries on 4 continents, the German heavy metal legends soon will be touring the world again! Three weeks after the release of the new, yet untitled and highly anticipated studio album around Halloween (end of October) 2010, the band will hit the road again and start the tour in Europe.
While rumors promise the album to be the band´s heaviest and fastest effort in years, Helloween can announce nobody less than the Finland-based heavy metal supergroup Stratovarius for the slot of the very special guest.
Comments singer Andi Deris: "We had a great package with Gamma Ray last time, and we are very proud to have Stratovarius with us this time. We look forward to have another power metal party with our fans all over the planet - see you soon!"
As reported back in April, French black metallers Temple Of Baal were looking for a new drummer after parting ways with Antares. Now, that search has ended, as the band has a new drummer, named Skvm . In a short statement, the band said:
"Temple Of Baal is proud to welcome drummer Skvm (Nightshade, Choking On Bile, oOo) within their ranks. The band is now working on the successor of Lightslaying Rituals and is looking for gigs around Europe. Next live ritual will take place on 11/09/2010 in Liège, Belgium."
Time to get stoked! Enslaved just announced Axioma Ethica Odini as the title of their new upcoming release, out in Europe on September 27 and in North America on September 28.
It's no secret that Enslaved recently recorded a new album for an expected late 2010 release. Finally, the countdown on Enslaved's MySpace has revealed the title and release date for the upcoming new album.
This eleventh studio album was recorded at three different studios in Bergen, Norway; in Duper, Earshot (owned by Enslaved members Herbrand Larsen and Ice Dale), and Peersonal Sound (property of Ivar Bjørnson). Axioma Ethica Odini is the follow-up to 2008's Vertebrae, which earned Enslaved their third consecutive Spellemannpris (the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammy Awards).
"The mix of the new album is finally done! Dennis Ward has completed the works on all the songs and the final result sounds amazing. We are all very satisfied about the album and we are really proud of the work done. Dennis is overlooking themastering session at House of Audio studios (DE) where Jurgen Lusky is giving the final touch."
Now you have just to wait for the official release date. We will give you news as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can listen to the brand new track "The Cabal", available on the band's MySpace. Check it out!
Kataklysm have uploaded a new track entitled "Determined (Vows of Vengence)" to their MySpace page. The track comes from their new album Heaven's Venom, which will be released on August 13th in Europe and August 24th in North America.
As previously announced, the follow-up to 2008's Prevail, was recorded by Kataklysm guitarist J-F Dagenais (Malevolent Creation, Misery Index) and was mixed by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Mnemic, Dark Tranquillity).
In related news, Kataklysm commence shooting a video clip for the song "Push The Venom" this month with director Ivan Colic (Type O Negative, Unleashed, Deathstars, Ex Deo) in Belgrade, Serbia.
Kevin Foley, drummer for French death grind masters Benighted, is on board with Nightmare for a couple of shows on the Insurrection Campaign World Tour - Part II.
Nightmare's permanent drummer, David Amore, is forced to miss the dates due to some personal reasons out of his control. Kevin already checked in at the Savoie Rock Fest last Saturday in Albertville, France. Check out footage from the performance on Nightmare's TV Channel.
David will still play the DevilStone Festival, while the rest of the dates including will feature Kevin on drums:
July 17th - DevilStone Festival - Lituania with David on the drums.
July 24th - Woodstock Festival - Borkovany, Czech Republic,
August 07th - Wacken Open Air - Germany
Influential Post-Hardcore/Experimental Metalcore outfit Poison The Well have decided to go on an indefinite hiatus. The word from the band goes as follows:
"So, after twelve years of being a band, countless tours around the world and records being released, we have made the decision to take some time to explore other interests in our lives. We've all reached a point where we feel like we need to take a step back from the band and pursue other things. PTW has been an all encompassing, full time thing for such a long period that this isn't an easy thing to do. We want to thank everyone who has supported us in anyway, whether it be buying a record or a shirt, to the occasional robbery from time to time. Once again, thanks for everything and we couldn't have done any of this without you."
Immortal will release their first-ever concert DVD, The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh, on August 6 via Nuclear Blast. The disc will include professionally filmed video footage of the band's headlining performance at the 2007 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, which was held August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany.
In an April interview with About.com, Demonaz said the band is making progress on writing their next album. He said: "We already have three songs for the next album. We'll be working on the album this year. And we have material for a lot of other songs, so maybe in August we'll be finished with half the album. But we haven't come so far that I can see the end of the album. I think we'll try to work with the songs and make them classic Immortal songs. The next album will be different than All Shall Fall. I think the songs will come off as one package. Every album is different for us, but we won't try too many new things. We'll stick to the plan and make the music we like."
That obscenely familiar chainsaw guitar tone is back! The undisputed kings of putrid death metal, Interment, return with the much-anticipated and long overdue full-length effort Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy. The album will be released on August 2nd (Europe) and August 31st (North America) respectively. Featuring members of Demonical and the now-defunct Centinex, Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy is not just a nostalgia trip of retro-death but also a lesson in Swedish violence!
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Crypt Of Kerberos/Tyrant axeman Peter Bjärgö and also showcasing the artistic talents of Polish extreme graphic artist Rafal Kruszyk (Nunslaughter, Machetazo, Hooded Menace, etc.) handling the album artwork cover, with the album layout created by Greek artist Anestis Goudas of Derz.Oth Design (Rotting Christ, Shagrath, Den Saakaldte, etc.).
Aw hell yeah, the Relapse Records roster just got even better now that they have US brutal death metal mongers Devourment in their ranks. Here's the official press release:
Devourment's calling card is absolute brutality, and their three previous albums and international touring and festival appearance have made them one of the more talked about bands in the worldwide death metal underground.
Devourment vocalist Mike Majewski commented on the signing: "We are extremely excited to be a part of the amazing Relapse roster! To be alongside the list of past and present Relapse bands that we hold in such high regard is truly an honor for us."
Devourment kick-off a headlining European tour in support of their 2009 release Unleash The Carnivore on August 12th. This tour will launch with a performance as part of Party.San Open Air (GER) and also includes stops at the Brutal Assault Festival (CZE), Mountains of Death Open Air (SUI), and Metal Mean Festival (BEL). Devourment has also just announced a four-week US tour alongside Cattle Decapitation.
Streams Inwards, Mar De Grises' forthcoming album, will be released on August 30th (September 14th in North America) by Season Of Mist. You can now download a full song from the album for free! Check out "Shining Human Skin" here (MP3).
All you need to know about the new album can be read here.
It's official. Spiritual Beggars have pretty much been the busiest band in the last two months. After parting ways with singer JB earlier in June, the Swedish metal band went ahead and got another vocalist, clinched a record deal with InsideOutMusic, and are now on the brink of releasing their 7th studio album - the first in five years - entitled Return To Zero (all album details available here).
And then yesterday, the band signed a deal with Japanese label Trooper Entertainment Inc, founded by legendary Japanese heavy metal music industry guru Mr. Tetsu Miyamoto. The Japanese release date has been set for August 25.
Guitarist Michael Amott (yep, that Michael Amott) comments: "The team at Trooper Entertainment Inc. are the same great people that have done so much for my career in Japan for many years now. I am very much looking forward to getting the new Spiritual Beggars music to Japanese fans in August and playing over there in October!"