By now, chances are you have already heard of Gruesome. The Death-adoring metal collective has shared a lyric video for their namesake track as well as a pulverizing cover of Death's "Land Of No Return" (from Scream Bloody Gore). Both tunes come via the band's critically-lauded Savage Land debut full-length. The lyric video is available for your listening pleasure below.
Another festival is rising in the United States. This year's inaugural edition of Death To False Metal Festival is taking place in Hamden, Connecticut from August 14th to August 15th at The Outer Space & Ballroom. The festival is set to feature names such as Whiplash, Krieg, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Secrets Of The Sky and many more. Check out the full line-up below and get ready for the summer heaviness. The festival passes are on sale now at this location.
Bay Area thrash metal veterans Death Angel will release the aptly titled A Thrashumentary on July 24th via Nuclear Blast. Now they have released the first of two video trailers teasing their upcoming DVD plus live album release. Watch the appetizer right here where several respected musicians discuss the thrash metal movement in the Bay Area and more.
Five Finger Death Punch are joining forces with In This Moment and Papa Roach for a North American tour later this year. Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach co-headline the tour. In an innovative move, both bands actively involved the fans by giving them the opportunity to request the tour come to their city via a "demand campaign". 1.5 million people responded to the call to action and made their voices heard. Special guests will be In This Moment with support from debut artist From Ashes To New.
San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans Death Angel will release the aptly titled A Thrashumentary on July 24th via Nuclear Blast. The DVD was directed, shot and edited by Tommy Jones (Kataklysm, Soilwork, Lamb Of God, Carcass, Testament) of Videohammer Studios and is a documentary on the band and the thrash scene. The release will also include a full live album entitled The Bay Calls For Blood.
Illimitable Dolor is a new funeral doom band featuring members from The Slow Death, Anhedonist, Backyard Mortuary and their debut album coming in late 2015. The band has released so far an unmixed sample online and you can see if you are interested below.
Trouble in paradise? Five Finger Death Punch had a meltdown onstage during the band's performance in Memphis, Tennessee as part of the Beale Street Music Festival. Reportedly, the band cut its performance short after roughly six songs and walking off stage. This led some fans to speculate they were breaking up. However, the Los Angeles metallers have already dismissed these rumors. The band's frontman, Ivan Moody, has suggested that it was all due to technical problems and that the band fired some of their crew.
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.