Archive for February 3rd, 2017


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Today the occult metal project Light of the Morning Star premieres new track “Ophidian” online – listen in below. The track hails from debut full-length album “Nocta” (reviewed here), which is set for international release on March 3rd via Iron Bonehead Productions.

1. Nocta
2. Coffinwood
3. Serpent Lanterns
4. Grey Carriages
5. Crescentlight
6. Oleander Halo
7. Ophidian
8. Lord of All Graves
9. Five Point Star

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Imperium Dekadenz just announced a string of headlining shows and festival appearances in Europe for later this year.

The tour, which kicks off on February 4th in Minsk, sees the band performing at Wacken Open Air, Gothoom Open Air Fest, Barther Open Air, and many more. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Regarding the tour, Imperium Dekadenz comments: “We are proud to announce a fine collection of European shows. We will perform in many countries that Imperium Dekadenz has never visited before and can hardly wait to finally present songs from our current album ‘Dis Manibvs’ live. We can promise you a wild and inspiring experience. See you on the road!”

Feb. 04 Minsk (BY) @ Brugge Pub (Distant Shadows Fest 2017)
Feb. 11 Adelsheim (DE) @ Live Factory (Winter Nacht Fest II)
Mar. 11 Tübingen (DE) @ Epplehaus
Mar. 18 Erfurt (DE) @ Club From Hell (+Thormesis +Freitod et. al.)
Apr. 15 München (DE) @ Backstage (Dark Easter Metal Meeting)
Apr. 21 San Donà di Piave (IT) @ Revolver Club
Apr. 22 Turin (IT) @ Daevacian
Jun. 10 Göttingen (DE) @ Underground Remains Open Air 2017
Jul. 20 Zarnovica (SK) @ Gothoom Open Air Fest
Aug. 03 Wacken (DE) @ Wacken Open Air 2017 (exact date tbc)
Aug. 19 Barth (DE) @ Barther Open Air 2017 (exact date tbc)
Nov. 25 Sofia (BG) @ Live & Loud (November’s Doom Days)

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The wait is finally over for 80’s hard rock fans: after a year of hiatus the thunderous Fnnish group Loudguns is back with a new double single release including two new tracks: “Billie The Queen” & “These Dreams.”

These two tracks are culled from upcoming 3rd album “Revolution Days.” Loaded with a new singer Olli Kärki, Loudguns launches this new era with a bang. Both songs have now come online via YouTube in the form of lyric videos – check ’em out below!

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Abbath, the new incarnation of former Immortal frontman Abbath Doom Occulta, has announced a Latin American tour.

The “Jomsviking Latin America” tour 2017 kicks off on May 26th and sees Abbath touring alongside Sweden’s Amon Amarth.

Abbath will be touring in support of his self-titled album from 2016, which managed to take home our Best Debut Album award last year.

Catch Abbath alongside Amon Amarth on these upcoming 2017 Latin American shows:

May 26 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
May 27 Sao Paulo, Brazil
May 28 Belo Horizonte, Brazil
May 30 Porto Alegre, Brazil
May 31 Curitiba, Brazil
June 2 Manaus, Brazil
June 3 Fortaleza, Brazil
June 4 Recife, Brazil
June 6 Buenos Aires, Argentina
June 7 Santiago, Chile
June 8 Lima, Peru
June 11 San Jose, Costa Rica
June 14 Chihuahua, Mexico
June 16 Monterrey, Mexico
June 17 Mexico City, Mexico
June 18 Guadalajara, Mexico

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Gore House Productions is proud to announce the signing of Mexican brutal grinding legion, Rottenness, and issued this statement about the band:

“Since its inception in 1994, the Yucatán based beast has made a mark onto the fast growing death metal scene. Rottenness has not only become one of Mexico’s most active extreme acts, but has also without a doubt influenced many more to come. While the band has gone through various line up changes, Rottenness as been able to stand among various death metal giants and has performed on many stages including Maryland Deathfest, Los Angeles Murderfest, Obscene Extreme Fest, and more.”

Guitarist and founding member Jaleel Castillo comments: “This is excellent news!! We are so excited to announce that we will be part of one of the amazing metal family community – Rottenness is part now of Gore House Productions! This will be a perfect collaboration from both camps, We are very happy to be part of one of the greatest underground labels. You can expect our new material very soon! It´s an honor to start this year under the ranks of Gore House Production and we want to thank them for the patience and support!! Get ready for this 2017 – Stay sick and brutal!!!”

Rottenness will release a third full-length album in late 2017 via Gore House Productions with details to be revealed in the coming months. Catch the band live on these dates:

February 2 – Merida, Yucatán (MX)
May 19-21 – Alt St. Johann, Switzerland (Rock The Hell Fest)
July 1 – Wermelskirchen, Germany
July 5-9 – Trutnov, Czech Republic (Obscene Extreme Fest)

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Spinefarm Records is proud to announce that North Carolina’s He Is Legend is the latest addition to the label’s global roster. The band will release a new album through this deal on April 28th.

“We’re very excited to start a new relationship with people who truly understand this band as a whole,” said frontman Schuylar Croom. “It was really important for us to find the proper home for this record after seeing the tremendous response from our fans during the crowdfunding campaign. We truly believe Spinefarm Records is the best possible partner to help us keep that momentum trending in the right direction.”

He goes on to say, “In our eyes, this is the most important He Is Legend record to date and we’re happy that our friends at Spinefarm are going to help us get this album out to the masses.”

The band will embark on a slate of headline tour dates in March and will also support Norma Jean on a separate trek. All upcoming confirmed tour dates are available below.

He Is Legend headling dates
3/01/17 – Nashville, TN – The End
3/02/17 – Athens, AL – El Opry
3/03/17 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
3/04/17 – Little Rock, AK – Vino’s
3/05/15 – Fayetteville, AK – Nomad
3/06/17 – Tulsa, OK – Downtown Lounge
3/08/17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Hangar 18
3/09/17 – Spokane, WA – The Pin

w/Norma Jean
3/10/17 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
3/11/17 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
3/12/17 – Walla Walla – WA
3/14/17 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
3/15/17 – Sacramento, CA – Colonial Theatre
3/16/17 – W. Hollywood, CA – Whiskey A Go Go
3/17/17 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
3/19/17 – Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar & Billiards
3/20/17 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
3/22/17 – Denver, CO – The Marquis Theater
3/23/17 – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
3/24/17 – Austin, TX – Grizzly Hall
3/25/17 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
3/26/17 – Grand Prairie, TX – So What?! Music Festival
3/27/17 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
3/28/17 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s Oasis
3/29/17 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stacie

He Is Legend headling dates
3/30/17 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room
3/31/17 – Lakewood, OH – The Foundry
4/01/17 – Northampton, PA – The Gin Mill
4/02/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
4/04/17 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
4/05/17 – Johnson City, TN – The Hideaway
4/06/17 – Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern

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Tazmanian brutal death metal band Gape releases sophomore effort, “Exploit The Moist,” today – February 3rd – via CDN Records.

The follow-up to 2012’s self-titled debut, “Exploit The Moist” promises to deliver on its title with nine songs clocking in at a quick-yet-abusive 33 minutes of groovy gore-grind-sludge-slammin tunes.

1. Rimjob Romance
2. Porn Gore Core
3. Mang’n Mung Minge Mang Mmmm…
4. Exploit the Moist
5. I Love to Fuck Song
6. Prolapsed Pleasures
7. Smelly Vag Kebab
8. Slow Death of A Porno Junkie
9. Sludge Puppet

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Swedish traditional heavy metal band Mean Streak has signed a three album deal with Japanese label Marquee/Avalon. The first album to see release will be “Blind Faith,” coming May 31st and featuring 12 songs with one bonus Japan-only track.

Bassist Peter Andersson states: “This is exciting for us, as Japan is one of the most important markets. We are really looking forward to do our fourth album with Marquee/Avalon, the premier rock & metal label in Japan.”

The album was produced by Peter Andersson and Max Norman, mixed by Max Norman, and mastered by Thomas “Plec” Johansson at The Panic Room Mastering.

Max Norman stated: “Just finished mixing Mean Streak new album – it really rocks! Thankfully all mixing completed and congratulations to the guys on a killer album!”

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Florida’s alt-metal crew Afterlife released debut EP “Vicious Cycle” today (February 3rd) via Stay Sick Recordings. All the EP’s track have also come online for streaming today and can be heard below.

The band will announce tour plans soon, but for now, listen to “Vicious Cycle” below and get a taste of what Afterlife are all about. The track listing is as follows:

1. Anthem
2. Pain and Pleasure
3. Vicious Cycle
4. Fading Away
5. Catalyst

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Burlington, VT power trio Ghastly Sound recently signed with heavy music indie label Magnetic Eye Records. The bass-driven three piece, which fuses 90’s-era noise rock dissonance and distortion with a nod to modern stoner, doom and cult rock, will release a self-titled debut EP on March 10th.

Today, new song “Where the Ghosts Hide” comes online and can be heard below. The upcoming EP’s track listing is as follows:

1.) The Worst
2.) Where the Ghosts Hide
3.) Cape Buffalo
4.) Cuttlefish

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