Archive for May 16th, 2017

Turkish death worshippers Persecutory just revealed details of new album “Towards The Ultimate Extinction,” set for a release on CD and MC at the end of June, 2017 via Godz Ov War Productions.

The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Erhan Kabakci and Can Gelgec at Jam Session Studios. The artwork was created by Alex Shadrin who’s well-known with sickly illustrations as Nether Temple Design. The title hymn is now streaming below, and the full track listing is as follows:

01. Pillars Of Dismay
02. Towards The Ultimate Extinction
03. Till Relentless Salvation Comes
04. Along The Infernal Hallways
05. Awakening The Depraved Era
06. Hegemony Of The Ruinous Impurity
07. Maelstroms Of Antireligious Chaos

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20 Buck Spin has recruited Denver’s unrestrained metal outfit Weapönizer for the June 30th release of second LP, “Lawless Age.” The label today issues a warning shot from the album, titled “Hellbound.” Stay tuned for more audio assaults to arrive in the coming weeks. The album’s full track listing is as follows:

1. Malefactor
2. Hellbound
3. Vulture
4. Rattenkrieg
5. Lawless Age
6. Gangrene
7. Iron Clan Exiles
8. Temple Of The Iron Skull
9. World War 2 [English Dogs cover]

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Imminent Sonic Destruction and Edensong have been busy pulling out all the stops, hitting all your favorite progressive rock and metal news outlets to promote an upcoming North American tour.

Now, Edensong has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a very special limited edition (250 copies) anniversary edition of acclaimed album “Years in the Garden of Years” (reviewed here).

The album will be issued as a gatefold double album and any copy that is procured via this Kickstarter campaign will be signed by Edensong, numbered, and include a personalized thank you message. Check out full campaign details here.

Imminent Sonic Destruction has also been busy with pre-tour planning activities and just released a teaser video available below. Catch the bands live:

May 20, 2017 – Terra Incognita Festival, Quebec City, Canada (Edensong only)
May 22, 2017 – Toronto, Canada @ The Hard Luck Bar
May 24, 2017 – St. Louis, Missouri @ Fubar
May 25, 2017 – Chicago, Illinois @ Martyrs
May 26, 2017 – Detroit, Michigan @ The Loving Touch
May 27, 2017 – Erie, Pennsylvania @ Sherlock’s
May 28, 2017 – New York City, New York @ DROM

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U.S. Bay Area thrash group Hirax recently announced upcoming summer tour dates in Europe alongside Raven and Kill Ritual kicking off on June 7th in Belgium.

Today, Hirax has unleashed a teaser video for the tour, which can be seen below. Catch these upcoming Hirax 2017 tour dates around the world:

w/ Raven and Kill Ritual
June 07 – Roeselare (BEL) “De Verlichte Geest”
June 08 – Essen (GER) “Turock”
June 09 – Hamburg (GER) “Bambi Galore”
June 10 – Rotterdam (NLD) “Baroeg”
June 11 – Tilburg (NLD) “Little Devil”
June 12 – Osnabruck (GER) “Bastard Club”
June 13 – Dresden (GER) “Chemiefabrik”
June 14 – Dornbirn (AUT) “Schlactaus”
June 15 – Florence (ITA) “Circus Club”
June 16 – Milan (ITA) “Blue Rose Club”
June 17 – Montbeliard (FRA) “Atelier des Môles”
June 18 – Hellfest (FRA)

29 – July Chicago, IL (USA) “Reggies”

w/ Sacred Reich
September 14th, Santa Ana, CA (USA) “The Observatory”
September 15th, Los Angeles, CA (USA) “The Roxy”

In Japan
10-11-12 February 2018 True Thrash Fest Osaka (JAPAN) “Osaka Esaka Muse”

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London-based extreme death metal group Abhorrent Decimation is prepared to release sophomore album, “The Pardoner,” hitting digital and physical retailers worldwide on July 28th, 2017 via Prosthetic Records.

The 10 track, 50 minute opus was recorded, mixed and mastered by bassist David Archer at Audio Empire. The intricate artwork for “The Pardoner” was created by German illustrator Karmazid, based on a visual concept by Vocalist Ashley Scott.

Conceptually, the album is an in-depth exploration into the Pardoner, English poet Geoffrey Chaucer’s most depraved and deceitful character from The Canterbury Tales. The Pardoner is a religious fraud and hypocrite who preaches against the love of greed, yet whose own love of wealth enabled him to profit off the sins of others.

He claimed to work on behalf of the clergy, selling spiritual forgiveness for one’s sins in the form of his pardons, which included forged “official letters” from high ranking church officials absolving one of their sins and bones and crystals blessed with healing powers. In Chaucer’s story, the Pardoner tells a harrowing tale of three men whose materialism becomes the death of them.

Vocalist Ashley Scott comments on the lyrical content of the album: “Lyrically, the album opens with a scene setter. Pardoners would often operate with a partner called a Soothsayer. A Soothsayer would visit a town prior to The Pardoner’s arrival. It was his job to stir locals up regarding their sins and the repercussions thereof. He would advise people that if they could find a Pardoner, they should do so and atone for their sins by buying a pardon or indulgence.

“Tracks 2 to 7 are the story The Pardoner tells of the three men, avarice and Death. In many places throughout tracks 2 to 7, I actually use Middle English turn of phrase. In some places, I have used my own interpretation and translations of Chaucer’s work and in other places; I introduced some of my own narrative and details. The idea was to create an obvious storytelling feel to this section, with word play and rhyme playing a major role in what I did, as I wanted to ring as true to the original as possible. Track 8 is my own conclusion of the inexorable nature of death and greed. Track 9 is an instrumental and then the record closes with Track 10, The Pardoner. A sort of self damning, confessionary monologue.”

1. Soothsayer
2. Heretic Sacrifice
3. Votive Offerings
4. Granted Indulgence
5. Black Candle Gathering
6. Conspire
7. A Glass Coffin Burial
8. The Scythe in the Dark
9. Host
10. The Pardoner

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As spring creeps into summer, Bloodstock HQ is a hive of activity. The “Metal 2 The Masses” finals are well under way and plans are on track for 2017 being the biggest and best Bloodsotck yet.

Bloodstock 2017 will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on the 10th – 13th if August 2017. Today the organizers of the festival reveal 10 more bands added to the lineup:

Battle Beast
Devil’s Playground
Heathen Deity

Devilment declares: “Obviously the band is really looking forward to playing the festival, and as a English band it will definitely be an honour to play the main stage on what is tantamount to the best British festival out there. Hopefully festival goers will come and check Devilment out, we intend on putting on quite a raucous heavy metal spectacle!”

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To celebrate the band’s 25th anniversary, Orphaned Land just released a digital compilation of special versions of some of popular songs along with previously unreleased material titled “Orphaned Land & Friends.”

Frontman Kobi Farhi comments: “We are very proud to release these amazing collaborations we did with amazing different and various musical heroes of ours such as Steven Wilson, Erkin Oray or Yehuda Poliker. Not to mention that cover we did with friends for Pearl Jam or that amazing Piano cover Moran Magal did to our ‘ORwarriOR’ song ‘From Broken Vessels.’

“These tracks were released only as bonus tracks on our previous albums’ limited editions and some songs were never released officially. Many people were not aware of these amazing versions and we believe that ‘Orphaned Land & Friends’ is something you should all know!”

Get your own copy of the release in various formats here or stream all of “Orphaned Land & Friends” below.

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After releasing the “Weather Report” EP – which can be heard in full here – Romanian death’n’roll band Blacksheep now has a music video online for the title track. Check it out below.

1. Weather Report 03:55
2. Heartkilling 04:04
3. A Story For You 04:00

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Argonauta Records is thrilled to announce today inking a deal with Italian stoner sludge group The Red Coil. The label comments:

“Formed in 2008, The Red Coil is a band authoring a stunning and aggressive sound, blending elements from sludge, stoner and southern/groove metal. The name The Red Coil is related to the concept of Kundalini, the energy that resides in the subtle body traditionally represented as a sleeping serpent coiled at the base of the spine.

“They are actually in studio recording the new album, scheduled out by fall of 2017. Just wait for a blast of sonorities highly recommended if you like Spiritual Beggars, Corrosion of Conformity and Crowbar.”

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Spanish hard rockin’ heavy metal group The Wizards just released “Full Moon in Scorpio” via Fighter Records, a spin-off from Xtreem Music. You can hear the full album below, or pick up your own copy via Bandcamp here. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Avidya 04:51
2. Calliope (Cosmic Revelations) 05:23
3. Odinist 04:31
4. Stardust 07:42
5. Leaving the Past Behind 05:30
6. Halftones to Eternity 05:07
7. Who Are You, Mr. Gurdjieff? 05:04
8. When We Were Gods 07:27

Full Moon in Scorpio by THE WIZARDS

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