In 1985, San Francisco's Possessed released their now-legendary death metal debut "Seven Churches".
Not only did Seven Churches' blend of thrash riffs, grunting vocals and blistering leads send shockwaves of excitement throughout the underground tape-trading scene of the day, but the album's final track, "Death Metal"—and Possessed's 1984 demo of the same name—just may have given an official name to the genre that had already spawned such American bands as Death, Morbid Angel and Master.
Click the song names below to download each track:
'Burning In Hell'
Months before "Seven Churches" hit the stores, cassettes of "Death Metal" had been spreading throughout the extreme metal community. While the tape typically traded contained four tracks: 1) 'Death Metal', 2) 'Evil Warriors', 3) 'Burning in Hell' and 4) 'Fallen Angel', the original self-produced demo did not contain 'Fallen Angel'. 'Fallen Angel' was reportedly recorded during the "Death Metal" session, but did not make the official demo, because it was banged out quickly at the end of the recording session. But, through the tape-trading process, "Fallen Angel" became tacked on to the end of "Death Metal".
On Elvenking's Official Myspace, you can have the very first taste of the band's upcoming new album "The Scythe" with 60 seconds samples of the following 3 songs: 'Infection', 'The Divided Heart' and 'The Scythe'.
The link to the samples is the following: http://www.myspace.com/elvenking.
Elvenking will release its new CD "The Scythe" in Europe on September 14 via AFM Records. The album was mixed at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. The mastering took place on April 10 at Finnvox Studios with Mika Jussila and Nino Laurenne.
Greek Power/Melodic metal sensation Firewind are proud to present you their video clip for the song 'Breaking The Silence' (feat. Tara Teresa on guest vocals), which marks the band's 2nd single outtake in Greece off their critically acclaimed album "Allegiance". The clip was directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Company Sweden (Dimmu Borgir, Within Temptation, etc.) and you can now watch it at this location on Century Media's website or at YouTube here.
Firewind's Gus G comments on the video as follows: "So here it is! I hope you all dig our brand new video…I can tell you we had a blast doing it! The song itself is a highlight of our latest record, as the duet between Apollo and Tara came out fantastic. Patric Ullaeus' videos are always a guarantee and it's an honour for us to work with the best of the best! Patric definitely made sure we had enough fire on this one and really brought things to a new level!"
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Therion mainman Christofer Johnsson has posted the following message on Therion's offcial website:
"I'm happy to announce that I've officially just prolonged the contract with Nuclear Blast Records for another 5 albums. Our souls now belongs to the innovative and dedicated little label from the village of Donzdorf , who through hard work and and honest dedication over the years have become the pearl of metal labels of all times. It's been 12 years since we signed with them and I look forwards to the upcoming 12 years. "
The following update has been issued on Tarot's official website:
"Tarot will return to club Rupla at Kuopio on Friday 17.08.2007 to play their second last gig in Finland before the break. The venue is the same where Tarot played for the first time in Kuopio 25 years ago.
To celebrate this event and the current power of the band's live performance the show will be filmed and recorded for a future DVD/CD release.
Special guest: legendary DJ Nite.
Doors open 1900.
Show time 2100.
No age limit
Limited drinking area (K-18)
Tickets EUR 12 from Tiketti - http://www.tiketti.fi (on sale 12.7.) and EUR 13 at door."
Vicious Art, the Swedish Death/Thrash metal band featuring former Dark Funeral members Matias Mäkelä and Robert Lundin, along with Jörgen Sandström (The Project Hate, ex-Entombed, Grave) on bass, has set "Pick Up This Sick Child" as the title of its second full-length album, tentatively due in October/November 2007 via Mighty Music. The CD was recorded at Offbeat studios in Jakobsberg, Sweden and was mastered in Denmark by Jacob Hansen. The album artwork is being created by Kristian Karlberg.
"Pick Up This Sick Child" tracklisting:
01. Tombstone Grind
02. The Paulina Paw Paintings
03. Our Family Flesh
05. We're Both Into Killing Me
06. Chewing Gunpowder
Malevolent Creation's upcoming album "Doomsday X" is available for streaming in its eternity at MP3.com here.
This new album will be released in the US on July 17 via Nuclear Blast Records and in Europe on August 24 via Massacre Records. "Doomsday X" was recorded and engineered at Mercury Recording Studios in Pompano Beach.
"Doomsday X" tracklisting:
01. Deliver My Enemy
03. Culture Of Doubt
04. Strength In Numbers
06. Unleash Hell
07. Dawn Of Defeat
08. Upon Their Cross
09. Bio Terror
10. Buried In A Nameless Grave
11. Prelude To Doomsday
Also Candlemass' latest album "King Of The Grey Islands" can be streamed in its eternity on MP3.com. The album will be released on July 17th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. You can listen to the album at this location.
Tour dates for the tour that will bring Helloween and Gamma Ray together on the road for the first time together have been posted on the band's offical website and are as follows:
16. Nov 2007 - HU - Budapest - Petröfi Hall
17. Nov 2007 - SER - Belgrad - Hala Sportova
18. Nov 2007 - BUL - Sofia - Festivalna Hall
19. Nov 2007 - ROM - Bukarest - Agronomia Sport Hall
21. Nov 2007 - TR - Istanbul - t.b.a.
23. Nov 2007 - GR - Thesaloniki - Principal
24. Nov 2007 - GR - Athens - Olympic Properties Arena
27. Nov 2007 - I - Rome - Tendastrisce *
28. Nov 2007 - I - Milano - Alcatraz *
29. Nov 2007 - CH - Dietikon - Stadthalle *
01. Dec 2007 - D - Lichtenfels - Stadthalle *
02. Dec 2007 - D - Bremen - Aladin *
The following message was posted on Relapse's official website:
"Denver's Cephalic Carnage are set to team up with Between The Buried And Me, The Red Chord and label-mates The End for a tour of North-Eastern North America. This tour will kick off on August 27 in Pittsburgh, PA and run through September 11. A complete listing of tour dates can be found in the tour section.
Cephalic Carnage, fresh off the successful Summer Slaughter Tour, are touring in support of their brand new album, "Xenospaien". "Xenosapien" has been praised by international metal press since its release in late May, being described as " most insane metal ever" (Metal Hammer), "colorful and dynamic" (Decibel), " album made to ridiculously high standard(s)" (Big Chesse) and "blindingly expansive" (Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles)."
The first part (out of five) of the sequel to the acclaimed Norwegian/Swedish documentary "Cult of Aggression", focusing on the Norwegian black metal pioneers Mayhem, has been posted on the band's official web site, for stream and download. Entitled "Pure Fucking Mayhem", the new documentary was financed by the film's director, Stefan Rydehed, and "will be shown at film festivals around the globe", according to Rydehed. "If any company wants to release it, they can contact me; otherwise it will be released through the Internet".
According to the director, "Pure Fucking Mayhem" covers Mayhem's history from the early days to the present day and it is a totally new documentary. Included in the film is a brand new interview with singer Attila Csihar, conducted on February 4th, 2007 at the infamous Shining gig in Halmstad, Sweden. "With the documentary there will also be a soundtrack for it - black metal songs played on piano", Rydehed says.
Founded 1982 in Texas, Helstar went to a legend of the US Metal scene with such albums like "Burning Star" (1984), "Remnants Of War" (1986), "A Distant Thunder" (1988) and "Nosferatu" (1989). After the split in the beginning of the nineties, James Rivera played in bands like Vigilante and New Eden before Helstar did a reunion and the album "Multiples In Back" in 1995. After the album, the band split again.
Afterwards, Rivera released 2 outstanding records named "Distant Thunder" and "Killing Machine" before he joined Vicious Rumors and did the recordings of their latest album.
After playing with Vicious Rumors on this years "Bang Your Head" Festival, Rivera signed a long dated contract for Helstar with AFM Records.