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As the metal market slowly changes its tone, Victory Records takes a bold step out of their norm by signing Montreal black metal horde, ERIMHA. In three quick years, ERIMHA has built and rebuilt itself from a five-piece to a newly-shuffled foursome. Their second album “Reign Through Immortality” will be an instant grab for those who’ve sat impatiently waiting for the next DIMMU BORGIR album.

Employing a theatrical style of black metal, ERIMHA is a steamrolling embodiment of DIMMU BORGIR, EMPEROR, DARK FUNERAL, MELECHESH and NILE. With choral fugue supplementation, swarming orchestral samples and funeral chimes galore, ERIMHA (a Sumerian term for army or legion) rips all available airspace asunder on “Reign Through Immortality”.

If you’re familiar with all of the aforementioned associations, then you know what you’re getting with ERIMHA. Black metal has reached a maturation phase where it’s been spread into three sanctions: the stylish-expressive (WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM and AGALLOCH), the soul-charred purists (GORGOROTH, LEVIATHAN and MARDUK) and the would-be cinematic, the latter of which to ERIMHA subscribes.

It’s not so much actual Satanism that charges up “Reign Through Immortality”, but it is one of the most evil tones to nudge its way through a portal to the metal mainstream offered by Victory Records. ERIMHA is best savored while reading “Red Sonja”, “Conan” or “Warlord of Mars”, as the synthesized scoring behind ERIMHA‘s punishing aggression sets a nuance of gory hand-to-hand combat. The opening instrumental “Enlightenment” and a second one “Saunter to Extinction” capture a cinematic sense of bloody anticipation, with the promise of pure mayhem at the fore of ERIMHA‘s punctuated battle lines.

While ERIMHA are essential students of their dark tutelage, consider them apt pupils. “Reign Through Tomorrow” is nothing you haven’t already heard within this extension of arcane metal music, but it is hammered down with undeniable exactitude. The grisly speed of Ksoas‘ bludgeoning double kicks, rolling toms and grind patterns is seldom called back from ERHIMA‘s methods of fierce velocity. Guitarists Kthien and Diusternas, along with session bassist Leather King, interpret the winds of chaos with diligence and cadence, even if they get drowned in the mix sometimes behind the drum tracks, the orchestration modes and Gore‘s venomous wails.

There are only traces of songwriting variation between “Ascetic”, “Condemned to Desolation” and “Metaphysic Countenance”, while ERIMHA mixes up their primary schemes later on “Verdict of the Soul” and “Cataclysmic Tides”. The two-act finale “Metemphychosis” serves as a ten minute closing thesis statement to everything these well-versed understudies have outlined throughout the album. The final section, decorated by dancing synth lines and then soaring clean vocals, are inspired touches. Unfortunately, by this time, only true fans of this stuff will continue to be dialed in, while others may have grown tired of the repetitious rising and falling dirge crescendos that are milked way hard.

The biggest compliment to be paid to ERIMHA is they have their craft down as reputably as you’d want it if you’re a fan of this style of metal music. For awhile, “Reign Through Immortality”‘s effects are rousing, voluminous and superbly-polished. After the reintroduction of death bells on multiple songs, plus recurring chord progressions and blast beat sequences spread throughout the album, ERIMHA‘s exhaustive measures leave a wrung-out feeling. Not to downplay what ERIMHA (an admirably skilled band) does, but there’s always the pleasurable notion of keeping this album going while Sonja stalks and ultimately beheads Thulsa Doom. It seems like a marriage made in some unholy alter-reality.

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Scottish folk/power metallers ALESTORM will release a concert DVD, “Live At The End Of The World”, on November 13 in Spain, Sweden, Norway; November 15 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Benelux; November 18 in the rest of Europe; and November 26 in North America via Napalm Records.

Filmed in January in Australia and New Zealand, this double-disc set (1 DVD, 1 audio CD) contains professionally filmed footage of the band’s headlining show from Melbourne, plus bonus material.

“Live At The End Of The World” track listing:

01. The Quest
02. The Sunk’n Norwegian
03. Leviathan
04. Shipwrecked
05. Over The Seas
06. Midget Saw
07. Nancy The Tavern Wench
08. Pirate Song
09. Back Through Time
10. Wenches & Mead
11. Death Throes Of The Terrorsquid
12. Keelhauled
13. Rumpelkombo
14. Set Sail And Conquer
15. Captain Morgan’s Revenge
16. Rum

ALESTORM‘s “Shipwrecked” video was filmed in Belgrade, Serbia with director Ivan Colic, who has previously worked with EPICA, KAMELOT and KATAKLYSM. The song comes off the band’s third album, “Back Through Time”, which was released in June 2011 via Napalm Records.

“Back Through Time” was produced by Lasse Lammert at LSD Studios in Lübeck, Germany. The effort was made available as a jewelcase, mediabook, LP, and special-edition boxset “featuring bonus tracks and other mad shite!”

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Los Angeles-based thashers WARBRINGER will release their fourth studio album, “IV: Empires Collapse”, on October 28 in Europe and October 29 in North America via Century Media Records.

“IV: Empires Collapse”, the studio recording debut for former MANTIC RITUAL members Jeff Potts (guitar) and Ben Mottsman (bass) rounding off WARBRINGER‘s five-piece lineup, was recorded with producer Steve Evetts (SEPULTURA, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SUICIDE SILENCE), mixed by Brett Eliason (PEARL JAM, HEART) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (CANNIBAL CORPSE, HATEBREED, CONVERGE). The album’s cover artwork, which can be seen below, was designed by Adrienne Rozzi.

Comments WARBRINGER: “The artwork for ‘Empires Collapse’ came about from wanting to take a much more focused and simplistic approach. Previous WARBRINGER album covers are extremely detailed, busy works, so it was a conscious decision to have art that was the antithesis of what we had done before. John Laux came up with the concept, so we had our friend Adrienne Rozzi make up a sketch, which led to us having her follow through with the final piece. It’s incredibly different from what most fans would expect for a WARBRINGER album cover, but we wanted the art to visually reflect the music. The piece reminds me of a tarot card illustration and sets a very cryptic, somber vibe which associates well with the music that ties into the album’s title.”

“IV: Empires Collapse” track listing:

01. Horizon
02. The Turning Of The Gears
03. One Dimension
04. Hunter-Seeker
05. Black Sun, Black Moon
06. Scars Remain
07. Dying Light
08. Iron City
09. Leviathan
10. Off With Their Heads!
11. Towers Of The Serpent

The lyric video for the song “Hunter-Seeker” can be seen below.

WARBRINGER will tour North America with KREATOR and OVERKILL between October 27 and November 29. Additionally, WARBRINGER has just been announced to appear at IRON MAIDEN‘s The Battle Of San Bernardino event on September 13, with additional performances by MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, SABATON and OVERKILL, making it a night to remember for fans of heavy/thrash metal.

Said WARBRINGER about the opportunity: “It’s an honor to be able to perform alongside one of heavy metal’s most influential bands and we want to thank everyone who has given us their support in order to achieve this opportunity. It will be a monumental concert for us and all attending. Up the irons!”

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Los Angeles-based thashers WARBRINGER will release their fourth studio album, “IV: Empires Collapse”, on October 28 in Europe and October 29 in North America via Century Media Records.

“IV: Empires Collapse”, the studio recording debut for former MANTIC RITUAL members Jeff Potts (guitar) and Ben Mottsman (bass) rounding off WARBRINGER‘s five-piece lineup, was recorded with producer Steve Evetts (SEPULTURA, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SUICIDE SILENCE), mixed by Brett Eliason (PEARL JAM, HEART) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (CANNIBAL CORPSE, HATEBREED, CONVERGE). The album’s cover artwork, which can be seen below, was designed by Adrienne Rozzi.

Comments WARBRINGER: “The artwork for ‘Empires Collapse’ came about from wanting to take a much more focused and simplistic approach. Previous WARBRINGER album covers are extremely detailed, busy works, so it was a conscious decision to have art that was the antithesis of what we had done before. John Laux came up with the concept, so we had our friend Adrienne Rozzi make up a sketch, which led to us having her follow through with the final piece. It’s incredibly different from what most fans would expect for a WARBRINGER album cover, but we wanted the art to visually reflect the music. The piece reminds me of a tarot card illustration and sets a very cryptic, somber vibe which associates well with the music that ties into the album’s title.”

“IV: Empires Collapse” track listing:

01. Horizon
02. The Turning Of The Gears
03. One Dimension
04. Hunter-Seeker
05. Black Sun, Black Moon
06. Scars Remain
07. Dying Light
08. Iron City
09. Leviathan
10. Off With Their Heads!
11. Towers Of The Serpent

WARBRINGER will tour North America with KREATOR and OVERKILL between October 27 and November 29. Additionally, WARBRINGER has just been announced to appear at IRON MAIDEN‘s The Battle Of San Bernardino event on September 13, with additional performances by MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, SABATON and OVERKILL, making it a night to remember for fans of heavy/thrash metal.

Said WARBRINGER about the opportunity: “It’s an honor to be able to perform alongside one of heavy metal’s most influential bands and we want to thank everyone who has given us their support in order to achieve this opportunity. It will be a monumental concert for us and all attending. Up the irons!”

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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.

May 7, 2013
Acolyte - Alta (Mordgrimm)
Amber - Lovesaken (Halo Of Flies)
The Amenta - Flesh Is Heir (Listenable)
Atrocity - Okkult (Napalm)
Control Human Delete - The Prime Mover (Code 666)
Delain - Interlude (Napalm)
Dug Pinnick - Naked (MVD)
Earthling - Dark Path (Forcefield)
F.K.U. - 4: Rise Of The Mosh Monsters(Napalm)
Freedom Call - Ages Of Light (SPV)
Gama Bomb - The Terror Tapes (AFM)
Gloomball - The Distance (SPV)
Grime - Deteriorate (Forcefield)
In The Silence - A Fair Dream Gone Mad (Sensory)
Kingdom Come - Outlier (SPV)
Magister Templi - Lucifer Leviathan Logos (Cruz Del Sur)
Metal Law - Lawbreaker Re-Release (Metal On Metal)
Mpire Of Evil - Crucified (Deadline)
Nordheim - Refill (Maple Metal)
Rhapsody Of Fire - Live: From Chaos To Eternity (AFM)
Sacred Gate - Tides Of War (Metal On Metal
Sadgiqacea - False Prism (Candlelight)
Sidious - Ascension to the Throne ov Self (Kaotoxin)
Sodom - Epitome Of Torture (SPV)
Temple of Thieves - Passing Through The Zeros(Goomba)
Tormented - Death Awaits
V8 Wankers - Got Beer? (SPV)
Vicious Rumors - Electric Punishment (SPV)

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WeLoveMetal.com has posted the exclusive world premier of “Lucifer” off the full-length debut “Lucifer Leviathan Logos” from Norway’s Magister Templi.

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CANNIBAL CORPSE members Rob Barrett and Paul Mazurkiewicz will reunite with their former band, TIRANT SIN, at a special show to celebrate Rob’s wedding to Irina on January 11, 2013 at Club Infinity in Williamsville, New York.

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Portland Oregon’s down-tempo, psychedelic act Megaton Leviathan has checked in with the following statement about progress on a new record and parting ways with a band member:

“Dear friends of Megaton Leviathan,

“I’m putting out a direct statement to those of you who are closest to the band. Over the last month Megaton Leviathan attempted to record our 2nd full-length album. After much set backs, schedule changes, conflicts, and the lack of communication the recent attempt at a collaborative effort between Chris and I had dissolved, is the best way I can put it. The end result is that Chris Beug is no longer a member of Megaton Leviathan.

“It boils down to this; I am completely unwilling to rush and compromise the creative process or output of this project. Megaton Leviathan is the result of years of hard work, and my desire to mix all of the things I love into one art project. I am very grateful for all the experiences I have had over the years, good bad and indifferent. For they have shaped what this project has become.

“It will not go without saying Chris was instrumental in getting Megaton Leviathan out of the studio and on the road, is responsible for a lot of its image and made many sacrifices along the way just as I have. For the record it has been a emotional week.

“Megaton Leviathan is still very much alive. I have recently joined forces with 7th Rule records here in Portland, and he has been very supportive through this. With his help and the support of my friends this album will get done, and see the light of day sometime in 2013. It wont be the album I thought it was going to be, but it’s going to be the album it’s meant to be. That’s psychedelic isn’t it?”

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Chrome Waves released a self-titled debut album on Gravedancer Records earlier this month, and now the band has unleashed a new video for the track “Light Behind A Shadow.” The John Bradburn directed clip can be viewed via Metal Injection or in the player below.

Chrome Waves is:

Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth, Twilight)
Jeff Wilson (Nachtmystium, Wolvhammer)
Jef Whitehead (Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice)
Bob Fouts (The Gates of Slumber, Apostles of Solitude)

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Chrome Waves has been quite busy over the past month. The group’s self-titled debut release will be out on July 3rd, 2012 via Gravedancer Records and now fans have a chance to check out the album by hearing the song “Height of the Rifles” over at The A.V. Club. Check out the track at this location.

The band has also added a new permanent member to the fold in the mighty Jef Whitehead (aka Wrest of Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice). Chrome Waves is also in the midst of shooting a video for the track “Light Behind a Shadow” with director John Bradburn and will soon be announcing tour dates.

A pre-order package is now available for “Chrome Waves” at the Gravedancer Records webstore. The pre-order bundle features a special, limited edition “Chrome Waves” vinyl (all white, limited to 100 copies only) which are hand-screened and numbered by the band. Also included are exclusive t-shirts, stickers and patches that won’t be available anywhere else.

Chrome Waves is:

Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth, Twilight)
Jeff Wilson (Nachtmystium, Wolvhammer)
Jef Whitehead (Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice)
Bob Fouts (The Gates of Slumber, Apostles of Solitude)

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