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Italian/Norwegian hard-industrial-electro extreme metallers ABORYM, who feature in ther ranks Fabban and Paolo Pieri (HOUR OF PENANCE) along with drummer Bård G. “Faust” Eithun (BLOOD TSUNAMI, MONGO NINJA, ex-EMPEROR), have inked a new deal with Agonia Records. Details on band’s seventh full-length album, the follow-up to 2013′s “Dirty”, are yet to be announced.

ABORYM is currently working on a new video for the song “Bleedthrough”, taken from “Dirty”. The clip is being directed by Andrea Malkavian and the Victorlab crew.

ABORYM‘s “Dirty” video can be seen below. Directed by Alberto Falcone, the clip features all three band members as well as actors, and, according to frontman and founder Fabban, the title of the track pretty much sums up the subject matter of the video.

ABORYM‘s sixth full-length album, “Dirty”, was released on May 28, 2013 in Europe and June 11, 2013 in North America via Agonia Records. The 10-track double album (cover below) was made available in digipak, jewel case and gatefold double LP formats.

“Dirty” was recorded at the Fear No One Studios in Italy with Emiliano Natali, reprising his sound engineer role from the band’s “Psychogrotesque” album, and was helmed by Marc Urselli of New York’s Eastside Sound Studio, who previously worked with the likes of Mike Patton and Lou Reed. The electronic part of the album was engineered by D. Loop (KEBABTRAUME, LIMBO). R.G. Narchost (STORMCROW, DEMON’S SHADE, DROWNING ASHES) created “The Spiral Shaped Chamber” custom sounds library for the band. Artwork for the album is by ABORYM‘s Fabban.

The first CD of the album features new material, while the second CD features two tracks from previous albums, which have been completely re-arranged and re-recorded, covers of tracks by IRON MAIDEN, PINK FLOYD and NINE INCH NAILS, and a previously unreleased track performed by both musicians such as Agonia BV, Tamara Picardo, Samuel Heru Ra Ha MK, Hostis, Ulven, Mike Bizzini, David Cholasta, Tobias Dünnebacke, Jonathan Butcher, Jessy Lavallee, Thomas Hochstetler, Mary J. Rooks, Amanda Neilson and Mark Llewellyn, as well as several fans. The song was written by Alberto Penzin (CO2, ex-SCHIZO) and was spliced together from all the different sources.

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Belgium’s leading black metal force ENTHRONED returns with a new studio album entitled “Sovereigns”. The follow-up to 2012′s critically acclaimed “Obsidium” is scheduled for an April 15 release via Agonia Records.

“Sovereigns” drifts from sonic blast beats to oppressive slower parts, melds together aggressive shredding with forceful riffs, and blends satanic whispers with Nornagest‘s trademark vocals. On the whole, band’s 10th album feels coherent and offers first-rate black metal. The album introduces a new drummer, Menthor, in the place of Garghuf and a new rhythm guitarist ZarZax.

“Sovereigns” was recorded and mixed in ENTHRONED‘s own studio, Blackout Multimedia. The album will be available in: digipack CD, black vinyl, bone-white vinyl with green splatter limited to 100 hand-numbered copies and exclusive box CD limited to 333 hand-numbered copies (including the new album released in exclusive jewel-case edition, embroidered patch (8 cm x 10 cm), flag (42 cm x 59.4 cm) and a lighter with band’s logo).

“Sovereigns” track listing:

01. Anteloquium
02. Sine Qua Non
03. Of Feathers And Flames
04. Lamp Of Invisible Lights
05. Of Shrines And Sovereigns
06. The Edge Of Agony
07. Divine Coagulation
08. Baal al-Maut
09. Nerxiarxin Mahathallah

The song “Of Shrines And Sovereigns” can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.

ENTHRONED is:

Nornagest – lead vocals & lead guitars
Phorgath – bass
Neraath – lead guitars
Menthor – drums
ZarZax – rhythm guitar

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British heavy metal legends SAXON produce a series of alternative takes on classic favorites to herald a worthy new entry to the Saxonian Institute of Metal.

There is always feral beauty in a raging beast…and with “Unplugged And Strung Up”, SAXON‘s selection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw heavy metal thunder, the point is triumphantly underscored.

Due on November 18, “Unplugged And Strung Up” reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic SAXON songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, U.K. earlier this year, “Unplugged And Strung Up” contains re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized versions of “The Eagle Has Landed” and “Crusader” by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. “Frozen Rainbow”, from the band’s 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, while “Red Star Falling” soars and sweeps the emotions with its orchestrally arranged dovetail.

As if this reinvention wasn’t enough, SAXON superfans and collectors can purchase a digipak version of the release which will include 2002′s storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits “Heavy Metal Thunder”. Featuring staple SAXON stormers such as “Motorcycle Man”, “Strong Arm Of The Law” and “Dallas 1pm”, it is a quintessential part of any collection.

The standard single CD of “Unplugged And Strung Up” will come in a jewel case, and a double-vinyl gatefold sleeve version of the release will also be available. The digipack will be a two-disc version of the release featuring the bonus disc “Heavy Metal Thunder”, and there will be a digital release of the same.

“Unplugged and Strung Up” track listing:

01. Stallions Of The Highway (remix)
02. Crusader (orchestral version)
03. Battle Cry
04. The Eagle Has Landed (orchestral version)
05. Red Star Falling (orchestral version)
06. Broken Heroes (orchestral version)
07. Call To Arms (orchestral version)
08. Militia Guard
09. Forever Free (re-recorded version)
10. Just Let Me Rock (re-recorded version)
11. Frozen Rainbow (acoustic version)
12. Iron Wheels (live acoustic version)
13. Requiem (acoustic version)
14. Coming Home (acoustic version)

“Heavy Metal Thunder” track listing:

01. Heavy Metal Thunder
02. Strong Arm Of The Law
03. Power & The Glory
04. And The Bands Played On
05. Crusader
06. Dallas 1pm
07. Princess Of The Night
08. Wheels Of Steel
09. 747 (Strangers In The Night)
10. Motorcycle Man
11. Never Surrender
12. Denim & Leather
13. Backs To The Wall

Check out the cover artwork below.

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“To Hell And Back”, the new video from Greek/German heavy metallers MYSTIC PROPHECY, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s new album, “Killhammer”, which will be released on September 27 via Massacre Records. The effort will be made available as a jewel case, limited-edition A5 digipak with a bonus live DVD, as well as limited vinyl LP in gatefold cover (500 copies) and limited clear vinyl (100 copies).

“Killhammer” was recorded at the Prophecy & Music Factory Studios with singer Roberto Dimitri Liapakis (SUICIDAL ANGELS, VALLEY’S EVE, INSIDEAD) once again sitting in the producer’s chair. Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY) was responsible for the mix at the Studio Fredman in Sweden. The album’s cover artwork was created by Uwe Jarling and can be seen below.

Comments Liapakis: “We are truly satisfied with our new album.

“I’m pretty confident that we have taken MYSTIC PROPHECY to the next level, and I believe our fans will be satisfied with the result too.

“We already have great reviews coming in, and a very warm response from the people who have already listened to it.

“We strongly believe that ‘Killhammer’ is heading for the German charts.

“As in our previous albums, we had some nice surprises to present; the same goes for ‘Killhammer’. We have a couple of aces up our sleeves, certain elements which, when you listen to it, you will understand the path we are walking into.”

“Killhammer” track listing:

01. Killhammer (4:16)
02. Armies Of Hell (4:24)
03. To Hell And Back (4:24)
04. Kill The Beast (3:24)
05. Hate Black (4:54)
06. Children Of The Damned (4:41)
07. 300 In Blood (4:22)
08. Angels Of Fire (4:07)
09. Warriors Of The Northern Seas (4:21)
10. Set The World On Fire (3:47)
11. Crazy Train (OZZY OSBOURNE cover) (5:19)

MYSTIC PROPHECY is:

Roberto Dimitri Liapakis – Vocals
Markus Pohl – Rhythm guitar
Laki Ragazas – Lead guitar
Connie Andreszka – Bass
Tristan Maiwurm – Drums

A few days after the release of “Killhammer”, MYSTIC PROPHECY will launch a European tour alongside MASTERPLAN and JADED HEART.



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Darkman of LoudGuitars.com conducted an interview with British heavy metal legends SAXON on September 15 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can now watch the chat below.

There is always feral beauty in a raging beast…and with “Unplugged And Strung Up”, SAXON‘s selection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw heavy metal thunder, the point is triumphantly underscored.

“Unplugged And Strung Up” reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic SAXON songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, U.K. earlier this year, “Unplugged And Strung Up” contains re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized versions of “The Eagle Has Landed” and “Crusader” by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. “Frozen Rainbow”, from the band’s 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, while “Red Star Falling” soars and sweeps the emotions with its orchestrally arranged dovetail.

As if this reinvention wasn’t enough, SAXON superfans and collectors can purchase a digipak version of the release which will include 2002′s storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits “Heavy Metal Thunder”. Featuring staple SAXON stormers such as “Motorcycle Man”, “Strong Arm Of The Law” and “Dallas 1pm”, it is a quintessential part of any collection.

The standard single CD of “Unplugged And Strung Up” will come in a jewel case, and a double-vinyl gatefold sleeve version of the release will also be available. The digipack will be a two-disc version of the release featuring the bonus disc “Heavy Metal Thunder”, and there will be a digital release of the same.

“Unplugged and Strung Up” track listing:

01. Stallions Of The Highway (remix)
02. Crusader (orchestral version)
03. Battle Cry
04. The Eagle Has Landed (orchestral version)
05. Red Star Falling (orchestral version)
06. Broken Heroes (orchestral version)
07. Call To Arms (orchestral version)
08. Militia Guard
09. Forever Free (re-recorded version)
10. Just Let Me Rock (re-recorded version)
11. Frozen Rainbow (acoustic version)
12. Iron Wheels (live acoustic version)
13. Requiem (acoustic version)
14. Coming Home (acoustic version)

“Heavy Metal Thunder” track listing:

01. Heavy Metal Thunder
02. Strong Arm Of The Law
03. Power & The Glory
04. And The Bands Played On
05. Crusader
06. Dallas 1pm
07. Princess Of The Night
08. Wheels Of Steel
09. 747 (Strangers In The Night)
10. Motorcycle Man
11. Never Surrender
12. Denim & Leather
13. Backs To The Wall

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“Like Animals”, a brand new song from Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based death metallers KATAKLYSM, can be streamed below. The track comes off the band’s new album, “Waiting For The End To Come”, which will be released on October 29 in North America via Nuclear Blast. The artwork by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, HATEBREED) will be featured on the deluxe digipak and LP versions of the effort. The cover by Peter Sallai (SABATON) will be featured on the standard jewel case and limited edition cassette tape versions.

“This other version of the new art made by Eliran Kantor represents a more iconic and epic approach,” commented Iacono. “A man representing all of humanity, shaking the foundation of existence and ultimately beginning the process of destruction. The main foundation is depicted here as the famous KATAKLYSM ‘tribal sun’ logo. It does not represent the end of KATAKLYSM by any means; more the beginning of a new era after the end of a certain existence.”

The follow-up to 2010′s “Heaven’s Venom”, “Waiting For The End To Come” was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist Jean-François Dagenais, who has previously worked with MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX and DESPISED ICON, among others, and mixed by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (SUFFOCATION, HATEBREED, ARSIS).

“Waiting For The End To Come” jewel case and limited cassette track listing:

01. Fire
02. If I Was God – I’d Burn It All
03. Like Animals
04. Kill The Elite
05. Under Lawless Skies
06. Dead & Buried
07. The Darkest Days of Slumber
08. Real Blood – Real Scars
09. The Promise
10. Empire Of Dirt
11. Elevate

“Waiting For The End To Come” digipak and LP track listing:

01. Fire
02. If I Was God – I’d Burn It All
03. Like Animals
04. Kill The Elite
05. Under Lawless Skies
06. Dead & Buried
07. The Darkest Days of Slumber
08. Real Blood – Real Scars
09. The Promise
10. Empire Of Dirt
11. Elevate
12. The American Way (SACRED REICH cover; digipak bonus track)

As previously reported, KATAKLYSM has recruited ex-NEURAXIS drummer Oli Beaudoin to sit behind the kit during the recording sessions for “Waiting For The End To Come”. Beaudoin is also playing all of KATAKLYSM‘s currenty announced shows.

Drummer Max Duhamel announced on April 8 that he was taking a break from KATAKLYSM to deal with issues related to alcohol abuse.

KATAKLYSM will embark on a European headlining tour in January 2014. Support on the trek will come from KRISIUN and FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE.

“Waiting For The End To Come” alternate cover:

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“Waiting For The End To Come” standard cover:

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British heavy metal legends SAXON produce a series of alternative takes on classic favorites to herald a worthy new entry to the Saxonian Institute of Metal.

There is always feral beauty in a raging beast…and with “Unplugged And Strung Up”, SAXON‘s selection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw heavy metal thunder, the point is triumphantly underscored.

“Unplugged And Strung Up” reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic SAXON songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, U.K. earlier this year, “Unplugged And Strung Up” contains re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized versions of “The Eagle Has Landed” and “Crusader” by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. “Frozen Rainbow”, from the band’s 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, while “Red Star Falling” soars and sweeps the emotions with its orchestrally arranged dovetail.

As if this reinvention wasn’t enough, SAXON superfans and collectors can purchase a digipak version of the release which will include 2002′s storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits “Heavy Metal Thunder”. Featuring staple SAXON stormers such as “Motorcycle Man”, “Strong Arm Of The Law” and “Dallas 1pm”, it is a quintessential part of any collection.

The standard single CD of “Unplugged And Strung Up” will come in a jewel case, and a double-vinyl gatefold sleeve version of the release will also be available. The digipack will be a two-disc version of the release featuring the bonus disc “Heavy Metal Thunder”, and there will be a digital release of the same.

“Unplugged and Strung Up” track listing:

01. Stallions Of The Highway (remix)
02. Crusader (orchestral version)
03. Battle Cry
04. The Eagle Has Landed (orchestral version)
05. Red Star Falling (orchestral version)
06. Broken Heroes (orchestral version)
07. Call To Arms (orchestral version)
08. Militia Guard
09. Forever Free (re-recorded version)
10. Just Let Me Rock (re-recorded version)
11. Frozen Rainbow (acoustic version)
12. Iron Wheels (live acoustic version)
13. Requiem (acoustic version)
14. Coming Home (acoustic version)

“Heavy Metal Thunder” track listing:

01. Heavy Metal Thunder
02. Strong Arm Of The Law
03. Power & The Glory
04. And The Bands Played On
05. Crusader
06. Dallas 1pm
07. Princess Of The Night
08. Wheels Of Steel
09. 747 (Strangers In The Night)
10. Motorcycle Man
11. Never Surrender
12. Denim & Leather
13. Backs To The Wall

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The video for “Killhammer”, the title track of the new album from Greek/German heavy metallers MYSTIC PROPHECY, can be seen below. Due on September 27 via Massacre Records, the effort will be made available as a jewel case, limited-edition A5 digipak with a bonus live DVD, as well as limited vinyl LP in gatefold cover (500 copies) and limited clear vinyl (100 copies).

“Killhammer” was recorded at the Prophecy & Music Factory Studios with singer Roberto Dimitri Liapakis (SUICIDAL ANGELS, VALLEY’S EVE, INSIDEAD) once again sitting in the producer’s chair. Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY) was responsible for the mix at the Studio Fredman in Sweden. The album’s cover artwork was created by Uwe Jarling and can be seen below.

Comments Liapakis: “We are truly satisfied with our new album.

“I’m pretty confident that we have taken MYSTIC PROPHECY to the next level, and I believe our fans will be satisfied with the result too.

“We already have great reviews coming in, and a very warm response from the people who have already listened to it.

“We strongly believe that ‘Killhammer’ is heading for the German charts.

“As in our previous albums, we had some nice surprises to present; the same goes for ‘Killhammer’. We have a couple of aces up our sleeves, certain elements which, when you listen to it, you will understand the path we are walking into.”

“Killhammer” track listing:

01. Killhammer (4:16)
02. Armies Of Hell (4:24)
03. To Hell And Back (4:24)
04. Kill The Beast (3:24)
05. Hate Black (4:54)
06. Children Of The Damned (4:41)
07. 300 In Blood (4:22)
08. Angels Of Fire (4:07)
09. Warriors Of The Northern Seas (4:21)
10. Set The World On Fire (3:47)
11. Crazy Train (OZZY OSBOURNE cover) (5:19)

A trailer for “Killhammer” can be seen below.

MYSTIC PROPHECY is:

Roberto Dimitri Liapakis – Vocals
Markus Pohl – Rhythm guitar
Laki Ragazas – Lead guitar
Connie Andreszka – Bass
Tristan Maiwurm – Drums

A few days after the release of “Killhammer”, MYSTIC PROPHECY will launch a European tour alongside MASTERPLAN and JADED HEART.



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“Alone In Heaven”, the new video from Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARTICA, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s latest album, “Stones Grow Her Name”, which was released in Europe on May 18, 2012 and in North America on May 22, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded in several studios all over Finland, mixed at Sonic Pump Studios by Mikko Karmila and mastered at Chartmakers by Svante Forsbäck. The effort was released as a limited-edition digipak, standard jewel case, vinyl and download.

Commented SONATA ARTICA vocalist and keyboardist Tony Kakko: “‘Alone In Heaven’ got sparked lyrically after I had suffered few personal losses in relatively short period of time. Those will make you think about a possibility of afterlife and such things. At least for me it was like that.

“I will always remember those passed on through this song every time we play it.

“I was initially a little hesitant wether or not this is a suitable track for SONATA, being rather ‘hard/soft rockish.’ But the guys fell in love with it immediately and it fell right in on the quite mellow-mooded ‘Stones Grow Her Name’ album. I think it’s a nice emotional rock song with some extremely beautiful parts to it. It has become a little bit of a fan favorite and crowd pleaser, being quite approachable and straight forward arrangement wise. Very live friendly track we’ll surely play also in the future. The video is like the song, fairly simple and …soft. Enjoy.”

“Stones Grow Her Name” sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 9 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

SONATA ARCTICA recently parted ways with bassist Marko Paasikoski and replaced him with Pasi Kauppinen (SILENT VOICES, ex-REQUIEM, WINTERBORN).

According to Timo Isoaho of Finland’s Soundi magazine, Tony Kakko has written around 50 songs for the follow-up to 2012′s “Stones Grow Her Name”, with plans to track and mix the effort over a three-month period beginning in October.

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“Waiting For The End To Come”, the new album from Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based death metallers KATAKLYSM, will be released on October 29 in North America via Nuclear Blast. The artwork by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, HATEBREED) will be featured on the deluxe digipak and LP versions of the effort. The cover by Peter Sallai (SABATON) will be featured on the standard jewel case and limited edition cassette tape versions.

“This other version of the new art made by Eliran Kantor represents a more iconic and epic approach,” commented Iacono. “A man representing all of humanity, shaking the foundation of existence and ultimately beginning the process of destruction. The main foundation is depicted here as the famous KATAKLYSM ‘tribal sun’ logo. It does not represent the end of KATAKLYSM by any means; more the beginning of a new era after the end of a certain existence.”

The follow-up to 2010′s “Heaven’s Venom”, “Waiting For The End To Come” was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist Jean-François Dagenais, who has previously worked with MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX and DESPISED ICON, among others, and mixed by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (SUFFOCATION, HATEBREED, ARSIS).

“Waiting For The End To Come” jewel case and limited cassette track listing:

01. Fire
02. If I Was God – I’d Burn It All
03. Like Animals
04. Kill The Elite
05. Under Lawless Skies
06. Dead & Buried
07. The Darkest Days of Slumber
08. Real Blood – Real Scars
09. The Promise
10. Empire Of Dirt
11. Elevate

“Waiting For The End To Come” digipak and LP track listing:

01. Fire
02. If I Was God – I’d Burn It All
03. Like Animals
04. Kill The Elite
05. Under Lawless Skies
06. Dead & Buried
07. The Darkest Days of Slumber
08. Real Blood – Real Scars
09. The Promise
10. Empire Of Dirt
11. Elevate
12. The American Way (SACRED REICH cover; digipak bonus track)

The song “Kill The Elite” can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

As previously reported, KATAKLYSM has recruited ex-NEURAXIS drummer Oli Beaudoin to sit behind the kit during the recording sessions for “Waiting For The End To Come”. Beaudoin is also playing all of KATAKLYSM‘s currenty announced shows.

Drummer Max Duhamel announced on April 8 that he was taking a break from KATAKLYSM to deal with issues related to alcohol abuse.

KATAKLYSM will embark on a European headlining tour in January 2014. Support on the trek will come from KRISIUN and FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE.

“Waiting For The End To Come” alternate cover:

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“Waiting For The End To Come” standard cover:

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