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The official lyric video for the song “Into Hell” from Tel Aviv-based neo-thrashers HAMMERCULT can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s second album, “Steelcrusher”, which was released on CD and colored vinyl on January 27 in Europe and February 4 in North America via Sonic Attack/SPV. The effort was produced by Tal Vaisman and mixed and mastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris.

“Steelcrusher” track listing:

01. Hymn To The Steel (intro)
02. Steelcrusher
03. Metal Rules Tonight
04. Into Hell
05. We Are The People
06. Burning The Road
07. Ironbound
08. Unholy Art
09. Satanic Lust
10. Liar
11. Damnation Arise
12. Heading For War
13. In The Name Of The Fallen

The song “We Are The People” includes a guest guitar solo by SEPULTURA‘s Andreas Kisser.

The video for the “Steelcrusher” title track can be seen below.

Comments HAMMERCULT singer Yakir Shochat: “This is a live video of the band performing the song ‘Steelcrusher’ live for the first time, which is truly capturing the raw power and unstoppable energy of HAMMERCULT live stage show. It clearly can be seen that the mania raged well within the crowd and the band to one big extreme metal party!

“We have chosen to kickstart ‘Steelcrusher’ with the self-titled video and a live video because it old the real essence of us as a live band, without any filtering, editing and over-hyped budget or scripted stuff — just pure metal onslaught, and making the fans roar, which is what we do best.”

The “Steelcrusher” cover artwork was created by Andreas Marshall, the Berlin-based artist who has previously worked with BLIND GUARDIAN, IN FLAMES, RUNNING WILD and HAMMERFALL, among others.

“We definitely have European influences and have grown up with bands like KREATOR, DESTRUCTION and SODOM,” says HAMMERCULT frontman Yakir Shochat. “Lots of important groups signed with Noise Records in their early days. That’s why we’re particularly happy that ‘Steelcrusher’ will be out on Sonic Attack, Noise founder Karl Walterbach‘s current label. So as fans of that great Noise era, we’ve come full circle in that respect.”

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KATATONIA and OPETH have historically been muttered in the same breath as fellow impresarios of fugue metal, even if the former hasn’t been anything remotely close to metal in quite some time. Of course, the bands shared Mikael Åkerfeldt through the Nineties, so they were bound to share the spotlight as well. Over the years, however, the two bands have become divisible even while rolling as touring mates. Since “Discouraged Ones” and “Last Fair Deal Gone Down”, KATATONIA have taken ongoing steps away from a pure metal path. OPETH continues to embrace it while exploring new courses, as “Damnation” and most recently, “Heritage”, have proven. In both cases, their progressive refinement is world-class.

Since their transformation that came as much out of necessity due to Jonas Renkse‘s battered vocals that demanded a clean-sung repertoire, KATATONIA has excavated labyrinths of atmosphere in search of an alternative and prog-grounded emotiveness. Long gone is the dusky grit from the early years when KATATONIA was the two-man operation of Renkse and Anders Nyström. As if the duo could foresee where the band has found itself on the heels of “Brave Murder Day”, one of the band’s last authentic metal albums. Today, KATATONIA keeps a spotless yet spacious music space, while Jonas Renkse has evolved into a beguiling, if frequently sullen vocalist.

Last year, KATATONIA took another major step away from their metal roots with “Dead End Kings”, a revelatory album that stripped down even more static than ever before. “Dead End Kings” pushed out heavy tones incrementally while embracing piano, synths, strings and an overall gentler touch that nevertheless hit home.

Now this year comes “Dethroned & Uncrowned”, a largely acoustic reworking of the “Dead End Kings” album for Kscope, sister label to the band’s main hub, Peaceville Records. Suffice it to say, KATATONIA strips things down even further on the redux, manufacturing even more elegance out of these eleven songs. While “Dead End Kings” manages to flex stray bars of electric muscle, “Dethroned & Uncrowned” hones deeper on the six- and twelve-string dreaminess that served as the former album’s epicenter, now this one’s apex.

Instead of making this a pure acoustic project, KATATONIA spills extensive piano scales, chamber fugue, Mellotron, synthesized beats, brass, reed instrumentation and acoustic bass to broaden the plaintive moods of the original songs. “Dethroned & Uncrowned” is thus stunning and quixotic, even more so than “Dead End Kings”. Every song in transition is a success, most notably “The Parting”, “The One You Are Looking For is Not Here”, “Lethean”, “Hypnone” and “Dead Letters”.

The near-naked character is essentially the same throughout “Dethroned & Uncrowned”, which means this re-imagination is demure, seductive and inspiring, even with KATATONIA‘s frequent themes of dirge and despondency. The lulling melodies of “Dead Letters” is so gorgeous one could picture it accompanying a Gothic romance film. In particular is a singular acoustic twine draped across an encompassing bridge that feels both windswept and amorous. This version of “Dead Letters” is by far one of KATATONIA‘s most engaging and articulate productions to-date.

The breezy cello and deeper accented piano plucks on this take of “The Parting” is enthralling in its own right, while THE GATHERING vocalist Silje Wergeland‘s vertigo-inducing parts on “The One You are Looking for is Not Here” are pushed up towards the front of the mix this time. The strategy allows for more congruency with Jonas Renkse‘s fervent swooning. Together the duet sounds as captivating as the massive layers of synth, string, piano and echoing percussion heaped into this inveigling cut of the song.

There are only a couple of spots on “Dethroned & Uncrowned” where electric guitars are retained, such as “Hypnone” and “Ambitions”. In turn, the distortion is struck altogether from the jazzier, piano-driven noodling on “Buildings”, the one moment on “Dead End Kings” that came close to constituting actual metal attributes.

This album’s version of “Ambitions” slinks on an erotic crawl via an echoing drum machine as it does with smooth syncopation and flirtatious Mellotron on “The Racing Heart” prior to. In the latter’s case, Jonas Renkse pulls off a near-close imitation of Seal. “Undo You” later rides upon tertiary coatings of cello, Mellotron and piano that garnish the primary acoustic spools and Renkse‘s placid wheedling. Despite the deathly odes of the song, “Undo You” gains momentum on this version from its initial conveyance of desperateness, nudging out of its bleak conundrum with flowing aspiration.

While absorbing the soul-torn despair of its predecessor, “Dethroned & Uncrowned” thrusts “Dead End Kings” onto a more dignified platform where further grandeur is raided and then pampered with the deepest respect. This could’ve been a cheap ploy to ride the success “Dead End Kings”, but it’s a testament to KATATONIA‘s gifted ensemble they manage to far outclass its predecessor. “Dethroned & Uncrowned” mirrors OPETH‘s magnificent “Damnation” in certain fashions, but KATATONIA proves here they have smartly mapped out their future, one that could find them scoring a film project or gracing an orchestra hall. Without using direct metal overtures, KATATONIA has helped legitimize the genre with as much class and poise as their celebrated countrymen.

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Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.   For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule, check out our complete Heavy Metal CD Release Date calendar.

September 10, 2013
Altars - Paramnesia (Nuclear Winter)
Bobaflex - Charlatan’s Web (BFX)
Dark Design - Prey For The Future (Heaven and Hell)
Dave Martone / Glen Drover - Live At Metalworks(Magna Carta)
Death Ray Vision - We Ain’t Leavin’ Till You’re Bleedin’ (Bullet Tooth)
Dissension - Of Time And Chronic Disease (Believe)
Ensnared - Ravenous Damnation’s Dawn EP (Nuclear Winter)
Fit For An Autopsy - Hellbound (Good Fight)
Gemini Syndrome - Lux (Warner Brothers)
Hollow Haze - Countdown To Revenge (Scarlet)
Human Improvement Process - Deafening Dissonant Millennium (Memorial)
Integrity - Systems Overload (A2/Orr+ Mix) (Organized Crime)
Katatonia - Dethroned and Uncrowned (Kscope)
Lalu - Atomic Ark (Sensory)
Ministry - From Beer To Eternity (13th Planet)
Ranger - Knights Of Darkness (Ektro)
ReinXeed - A New World (Doolittle)
The Ruins Of Beverast - Blood Vaults… (Van)
Scythe - Subterranean Steel (Primitive Reaction)
Sinner - Touch of Sin II (AFM)
Transient - Transient (Six Weeks)
Turbocharged - Area 666 (Chaos)

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Alright seriously, the last Scar the Martyr single was pretty damn good, which gave me some hope. "My Retribution" is on that same level. "My Damnation" is streaming over at the band's website, but it's only (about) 30 seconds worth of new music. However, it's 30 seconds of really solid music. It's basically like if …

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Finnish melodic death metal act MyGrain, featuring Damnation Plan vocalist Tommy Tuovinen (known here as To(mm)yboy), posted a music video for the new track “Dreamscape.” The song appears on the band’s upcoming fourth studio album “Planetary Breathing.” The album drops via Spinefarm Records on September 27th.

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Permeated Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Darkall Slaves: “We are extremely happy to communicate our latest signing: Darkall Slaves from France joined the Permeated Records army and are ready to make your ears bleed with 8 brand new tracks which will be released in the beginning of the next year. “Stay tuned for a sick album in the style of Abysmal Torment, Beheaded, Suffocation and Origin! Check out the track ‘Mindless Damnation’ below from the EP ‘Abysses Of Seclusion’ released on Kaotoxin Records.”

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We know you’re busy and may not have time to wade through more than dozen different lengthy album reviews. So we’ve consolidated a bunch of this week’s new releases into short, bite-sized chunks. You can quickly and easily read our takes on the latest from Adrenaline Mob, Damnation Plan, The Eye, For For A King, Godyva, Heavatar, Hot Lunch, Illnath, Mortillery, Naera, Necrocurse, Nolentia, Patria and The Saint James Society.

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Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.   For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule, check out our complete Heavy Metal CD Release Date calendar.

March 12, 2013
Adrenaline Mob - Coverta (Elm City)
Damnation Plan - The Wakening (Coroner)
Fit For A King - Creation/Destruction (Solid State)
Godyva - Alien Heart (Southern Brigade)
Heavatar - Opus I – All My Kingdoms (Napalm)
Hot Lunch - Hot Lunch (Tee Pee)
Illnath - 4 Shades Of Me (Pitch Black)
Mortillery - Origin Of Extinction (Napalm)
Napalm Death - Enemy Of The Music Business/Leaders Not Followers Re-Release (Secret)
Necrocurse - Grip Of The Dead (Pulverised)
Neroargento - Underworld (Coroner)
Nolentia - May the Hand That Holds the Match… (Kaotoxin)
Orange Goblin - A Eulogy For the Fans-Orange Goblin Live 2012 (Candlelight)
Patria - Nihil Est Monastica (Drakkar)
Rammstein - Videos 1995-2012 DVD (Density)
The Saint James Society - Bab(a/y)lon Rising (Tee Pee)

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“Blindsighted”, the new video from Finnish metallers DAMNATION PLAN, can be seen below.

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Finnish melodic death act Damnation Plan, featuring ex-Kiuas vocalist Asim Searah, posted a new music video for the song “Blindsighted.” The song appears on the debut release “The Wakening,” which is scheduled for release on March 12th, 2013 via Coroner Records. The album was mixed and masterered by Dan Swan

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