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Protector - Announce New Album, Reveal Details

German thrashers Protector will be releasing their seventh full length, titled Summon The Hordes, on April 26th via High Roller Records. The album was recorded at Phonostudio Johannisthal in Berlin (all instruments) and Wolfden Studio in Stockholm (vocals). Harris Johns (Voivod, Helloween, Kreator, Sodom, Tankard) was responsible for recording, mixing and mastering.

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Posted: 29.03.2019 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

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Lord Dying - Stream 'Freed From The Pressures Of Time' Track

A new Lord Dying track, called "Freed From The Pressures Of Time", has premiered online. The song is taken from the group's forthcoming studio album, Mysterium Tremendum, out in stores on April 26th via eOne Music. Check it out below.

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Posted: 29.03.2019 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

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Negator - Return With New Label And Full Length

With the signing of a new label - Massacre Records - and new album announcement - Vnitas Pvritas Existentia - German black metal unit Negator initiates a new era in their career. With this news, the band ends a four-year hiatus, releasing their fifth studio album in October, 2019. More details to follow.

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Posted: 29.03.2019 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

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Exhumed - Enter The Studio, Begin Recording New Album

Gore metal maniacs Exhumed have entered the studio, where they begin with the recordings of their seventh full-length and follow-up to 2016's Death Revenge. The as-yet-untitled album is being recorded at the band's home-built studio Darker Corners. It is being produced by the band and Alejandro Corredor (Brujeria, Nausea) and will be mixed and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust). The record is expected to see release later this year.

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Posted: 29.03.2019 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

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Heidevolk - Premiere New Video

Dutch folk metal outfit Heidevolk reveal a new music video clip "A Wolf In My Heart", animated by Awik Balaian. "A Wolf In My Heart" is taken from the group's latest full-length offering Vuur Van Verzet, released back in January, 2018.

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Posted: 29.03.2019 by Abattoir | Comments (1)

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Rivers Of Nihil - To Tour Europe

US metallers Rivers Of Nihil confirmed that they will embark on a headlining European tour this September/October. Support on their two-week run will come from Black Crown Initiate, Møl and Orbit Culture. All confirmed dates are available below.

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Posted: 29.03.2019 by Abattoir | Comments (1)

Bands
Picture

If you say Holland and the first Dutch metal band, which image comes to mind then? Right! We're talking about Picture! And they're back stronger and more motivated than ever.

Picture was the very first Dutch hardrock band with a "record deal". With a history of 7 released albums world-wide and extensive tours throughout Europe with AC/DC, Saxon, Ted Nugent, Rose Tattoo and April Wine, everybody understands the past of Picture.

Back in 1979 (30 years ago) the story of Picture began. Classic songs like "Heavy Metal Ears", "Diamond Dreamer, "Bombers" and "Eternal Dark" (covered later by Swedish metal giants HammerFall) and highly energetic live performances made Picture a very successful band. Picture paved the way for all other successful Dutch hardrock bands that followed in their footsteps soon afterwards.

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Posted: 29.03.2019 by Bad English

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Rammstein - New Album In May, First Single Revealed

As Rammstein just confirmed, the new, untitled Rammstein album will be released on May 17th, 2019 and is now available for pre-order here. It's the seventh full-length by the German industrial metallers and the first since 2009's Liebe Ist Für Alle Da. The first single, "Deutschland", just premiered and you can watch the video, directed by Specter Berlin, below.

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Posted: 28.03.2019 by nikarg | Comments (19)

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Abattoir's Concert Hunt - Round 11 & 12 (Concert Review) / Round 13 & 14 (Preface)

The latest issue of my blog-type concert article is here. This edition features another two concert reviews from the events that happened in the last two weeks, this time about Mike Shinoda (Round 11) and Sólstafir (Round 12). This issue also features two concert prefaces for the upcoming two events: a grindcore package with Rotten Sound and Implore in Zagreb (Round 13) and Jungle Rot with Ultra-Violence in Velenje (Round 14).

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Posted: 28.03.2019 by Abattoir | Comments (8)

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Stormhammer - To Release New Album In May, Stream Lyric Video

Power metal outfit Stormhammer will unleash their new studio record, Seven Seals, on May 24th via Massacre Records. The upcoming album features new vocalist Matthias Kupka, who is also responsible for the mix and mastering of Seven Seals at Maxiworx Studio. The band also present a brand new lyric video for the song "Prevail".

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Posted: 28.03.2019 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

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Forget In Black

Forged in Black began in early 2009 with the aim of re-inventing traditional heavy metal with a unique contemporary edge. Operatic vocals lead the charge and are backed by dark, hard-hitting music that includes: full-throttle thrash; epic guitar harmonies; crushing doom riffs and aggressive guttural vocals. The band's live show embodies the energy of the music by delivering copious amounts of head-banging; charismatic stage presence and much crowd involvement.

Consistently impressing audiences and promoters across the country, Forged in Black has secured higher profile shows along with a host of positive reviews. The most notable show played so far took place at Bloodstock Festival 2012 where the band played under their previous name Merciless Fail; having won the Metal to the Masses and Band Quest competitions. Other noteworthy shows include: the main stage at Red Roar Festival 2012 (playing alongside bands such as Praying Mantis and Breed 77); Metal Gods Festival2013 (featuring Beholder and Savage Messiah); main support to Skreamer at Camden Underworld; main support to Beholder on the Southend leg of their Order of Chaos tour and most recently slots at the Relentless Garage and Camden Barfly.

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Posted: 28.03.2019 by RaduP

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Omicida

OMICIDA are a new modern-day thrash metal band, as they wear their influences on the sleeves while adding their own unique flare with their extreme precision and break-neck, dual-guitar shredding. The band does not try and re-invent the wheel, they just add some new dynamics to it. Formed in Los Angeles (2014), the band was founded by ex-White Wizzard, Monument member Giovanni Durst (drums). Originally OMICIDA was joined by ex-White Wizzard member Erik Kluiber (guitar), along with ex-Devil You Know member Roy LaVari (guitar), Roman Kovalik (bass) and Giovanni Barbieri (vocals) replacing former singer Joseph Michael. The band released their first 7 song EP "Certain Death" in 2015 and continuing to release two more singles "State of Terror", "Protect and Serve" in 2016, 2017. Since then, OMICIDA has been featured on media outlets to the caliber of Revolver Mag, Brave Words, Terrorizer (track "Disobey" featured on Fear Candy CD) and other outlets creating the strong base for the band to continue their path towards the making of their first debut album. Due to logistics issues Giovanni Durst (drums) had to relocate to Europe. The band's future though was far from being over. Instead, OMICIDA relocated to London in 2018 as band's new HQ. Giovanni Barbieri kept his place behind the mic in the new formation, adding new guitarists Will Wallner (ex White Wizzard), Dan Baune (Monument) and bassist Dan Bate (Monument). The band's main influences have always been Slayer, Testament, Kreator, Overkill, Coroner, Exodus, just to name a few. OMICIDA delivers a frenetic and dizzying array of speed and technicality, while maintaining a crushing groove with melodic hooks.

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Posted: 28.03.2019 by RaduP

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Wardrum

During the beginning of Summer 2010, drummer Stergios Kourou decided to start Wardrum together with guitarist Kosta Vreto and bassist Kostas Scandalis, following their common urge to play some old school metal. Later, vocalist Piero Leporale from Italy joins in and the team now is complete and ready to work. On September 2010, the band started the preproduction of 10 songs and entered the recording studio. The debut album "Spadework" was produced by Kostas Scandalis and released by Steel Gallery Records on the 20th of April 2011.

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Posted: 28.03.2019 by Bad English

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Helms Alee - Release 'Spider Jar' Music Video

"Spider Jar", the official music video from Helms Alee, has been launched. Track comes from Helms Alee's forthcoming album Noctiluca, due April 26th through Sargent House. Video clip was filmed by Steven Lindquist and edited by Christiaan Morris.

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Posted: 28.03.2019 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

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Bloodthirst

Bloodthirst - a Polish black/thrash metal act coming from the Goat City - Poznań. Formed over a decade ago, after a couple of demos & split releases have signed to highly acclaimed Pagan Records and released the three full-length albums: Let Him Die (2007), Sanctity Denied (2009) and Chalice of Contempt (2014). Although the music is based on classical thrash pounding, it is widely influenced by black & death metal of the 90s, which resulted a solid background in the scene. The band have shared stage with cult names like Destroyer 666, Nunslaughter as well as the most recognizable Polish metal groups.

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Posted: 28.03.2019 by Bad English

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Tempel (NOR)

Looking for some new riff-lords to darken your existence? Look no further than Norway's Tempel. Formed by Kvelertak-drummer Kjetil Gjermundrød and his brothers Espen and Inge, along with childhood friend Andreas Espolin Johnson, this band promises to slay straight from the outset.

While the band's visual profile and music presents the band as a dark entity, Tempel's music and live shows also demonstrate a fun-loving crew who don't take themselves too seriously, paying homage to rock 'n' roll greats with emphasis on both musicianship and showmanship.

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Posted: 28.03.2019 by RaduP