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!"
Having just finished a successful UK Tour with Hammerfall as well as some first European Summer festival appearances, Swedish metallers Dream Evil continue adding fuel to the fire of their highly acclaimed newest studio album release In The Night released back in January. The band has now debuted the album's first video clip for the anthem "Bang Your Head", which was shot with acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus.
Napalm Death singer Mark "Barney" Greenway and Kreator's Mille Petrozza have reportedly recorded guest appearances on Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, the fourth studio album of Volbeat.
Volbeat vocalist/guitarist Michael Poulsen told Revolver magazine the following: "We were listening to those guys when we were 14, 15 years old, and we have definitely not forgotten them for inspiring us. They know Volbeat — they like our records. We had the opportunity to talk to those guys during the last three years touring around Europe. And to actually have them on the record is really a great compliment. What they did in the studio to the Volbeat sound is amazing."
Recorded at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven will be released in Germany on September 10th and in most parts of Europe and UK on September 13th by Vertigo/Universal.
Iron Maiden have premiered their new video for the opening track of the upcoming album The Final Frontier, to be released next month. The clip for "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier" is actually pretty cool, so check it at this location.
The video was produced by award-winning production company Darkside Animation Films. Darkside's creative team includes animators who've created effects for feature films including "Lost in Space", "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Down". The script was written by the director of BBC Radio's "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", and the live action was co-ordinated and directed by Nick Scott Studios.
80's American Thrash band Toxik has announced the release of a DVD, Think Again. The DVD will be available on August 20th. All details are available here.
The Think Again DVD will contain a lot of back-in-the-days material, such as interviews, live shows, and pictures. Here is an excerpt from the post by Tad (drummer, 1986-1992): "The main feature is a 1989 headlining set from the Paramount Theater in Toxik's hometown of Peekskill, NY. This performance came shortly after the release of World Circus and the energy level of the band is truly at it's peak for Toxik's 1st headlining show. The set contains all the tracks from World Circus & an early version of "Spontaneous" that appeared on our 2nd album Think This." The DVD will also contain some new footage as well.
Last Sunday, Korn performed an 80-minute concert inside a crop circle during a special North American broadcast on HDNet. The event is now available online and can be enjoyed at this location. The crop circle has featured in a series of viral videos posted online by the band and the concert is said to be inspired by the eerie atmosphere of Pink Floyd's legendary Live At Pompei gig.
Said frontman Jonathan Davis: "The setting and the mood took us into a totally new direction musically. We took the opportunity to stretch out and experiment with the performance. I don't think we'll ever be the same."
The concert promotes the arrival of Korn's ninth album, Korn III - Remember Who You Are, which comes out today (July 13th).
Coinciding with the release of the band's sophomore album Crush, Kill and Burn just yesterday, Düsseldorf, Germany based Thrashing Death Grind outfit Debt Of Nature have posted the album track "Eisenfresser" on their MySpace page. The song also appears on a cd sampler, available with the current issue of the German Legacy magazine.
Crush, Kill and Burn was recorded at CKB studios in Essen, Germany, and was mixed and mastered at Andy Classen's Stage One studio. The record is released as of July 12th by Netherlands based label Deity Down Records.
Crush, Kill and Burn cover art] tracklist:
01. Intro ( Debt Of Nature Reprise)
02. Masturbator Generator
03. Crush Kill and Burn
The latest Swedish spawn Crucifyre - which features members from veterans Morbid, Crematory and Afflicted - have announced the debut album title as Infernal Earthly Divine. The visual direction and album artwork for Infernal Earthly Divine was designed by both Crucifyre and graphic artist Stefan Hansson.
A two-minute preview sample of the opening track "Born Again Satanist" is now available at the Crucifyre MySpace page.
Infernal Earthly Divine will contain 9 tracks of pure old-school hell, with an approximate running-time of 40 minutes. A further announcement on the official release date will be made soon.
Cattle Decapitation are pleased to announce "The California Blood Tour".
Featuring bands mostly hailing from California, the tour will be headlined by Cattle Decapitation and sees Devourment (TX) rearing its ugly head plus searing acts such as Knights Of The Abyss, fellow San Diegans Burning The Masses and newcomers Son Of Aurelius. Select dates also feature Sacramento's Slaughterbox and San Diego's own purveyors of brutality, Condemned.
This will be Cattle Decapitation's final US tour for the Harvest Floor record, as the band will commence the writing of their 5th Metal Blade release at the end of the year.
Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan had this to say about the tour: "We've had this idea for a tour that was mostly comprised of California bands for quite a while now. I don't know, there was just something about the term "California love" (popularized by 2Pac Shakur) that never quite sat right with us so we came up with something a little more fitting, considering the level of brutality that California has always had under its belt. From the seedy sewers in the big cities to the "Cowshwitz" communities of central CA to the inhospitable depravity of the dry desert, we decided it was time to show the rest of the US that CaliGOREnia is not just about hippies, silicone bodies and marijuana dispensaries (not that there's anything wrong with that, haha!)... This is California Blood!"
Cephalic Carnage have uploaded the first new track off the upcoming Misled By Certainty (needless to say it totally slays). The preview song is called "Abraxas Of Filth", and includes a guest appearance from Ross Dolan of Immolation on back-up vocals. Check it out here.
Misled By Certainty, the follow-up album to 2007's Xenosapien, was recorded at the band's own recording studio with longtime engineer/producer Dave Otero. An August 31st North American release date has been set.
&eventsSlayer, Megadeth and Anthrax will be joining forces on the second leg of American Carnage Tour (as was rumored). Right after the first leg of their American Carnage tour (with Testament), Slayer and Megadeth will continue to tour with yet another Big Four act, Anthrax.
This trek kicks off September 24 at Verizon Wireless Theatre in Dallas, Texas and will play 20 dates, including New York's Nassau Coliseum, concluding at Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on October 21. A special pre-sale will launch this Wednesday, July 14.
On leg two, both main bands are still playing the Seasons in the Abyss and Rust In Peace albums from front to back to celebrate the 20th anniversary of said landmark releases.