Monthly Archives September 2020

JUNGLE ROT – Working On New Album

American death metal act JUNGLE ROT are currently hard at work writing material for their 11th studio album.

Tracking will presumably take place this winter and the new record will arrive in spring 2021. For now, a few photos from the band’s latest sessions can be found HERE.

“Steeped in the relatively straightforward, yet viciously corrosive grooves perpetrated by early-’90s bands like Sodom, Unleashed, and Bolt Thrower, Kenosha, Wisconsin’s Jungle Rot deliver a punitive blend of old-school thrash metal, death metal, crossover, and crusty punk. Founded in 1993 — vocalist and guitarist Dave Matrise has been the group’s only constant member — the band made their official debut with 1998’s Pulverizer Records-issued Slaughter the Weak...

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TRAUMA – Vocalist Donny Hillier Passes Away

According to, TRAUMA vocalist Donny Hillier passed away on Monday (September 28) following a brief battle with an unspecified illness.

The San Francisco Bay Area musician’s death was confirmed by his bandmates via social media. They wrote: “It is with immeasurable sadness that TRAUMA shares the news that our brother Donny Hillier passed away yesterday September 28, 2020 from a short illness.

“We are all grief stricken and send our deepest condolences to Donny’s family and will respect their wishes for privacy at this time.

Donny was the voice of TRAUMA since the beginning in 1981 and will be a hard act to follow.”

Originally formed in 1981 in San Francisco, TRAUMA was part of the same scene that gave the world such thrash notables as EXODUS, METALLICA and...

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DEEDS OF FLESH – Debut New Single

Technical death metal veterans DEEDS OF FLESH have returned from a seven-year hiatus to present their ninth studio album, Nucleus, slated for a December 11 release via Unique Leader Records.

Nucleus will be the group’s first release since the 2018 passing of guitarist/vocalist Erik Lindmark. As a tribute to Lindmark, a slew of notable guests join vocalist Jacoby Kingston on the new record, including Luc Lemay (Gorguts), John Gallagher (Dying Fetus), George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse), and Frank Mullen (Suffocation).

Deeds Of Flesh have issued the first single from the album, “Alyen Scourge,” which is available for streaming above.

Guitarist Craig Peters comments: “After we started the writing process for Nucleus about seven years ago, I’m very glad that now fan...

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FEAR FACTORY – Vocalist Burton C. Bell Quits Band

In the wake of voicing his displeasure for the GoFundMe campaign launched by FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares to ostensibly raise money for production of the group’s forthcoming album, vocalist and co-founder Burton C. Bell has announced his departure from the band.

Bell released the following statement:

“I consider myself a private person, preferring to keep my personal business to myself and trusted loved ones. I make my public statements with thoughtful intent, never deviating from the truth, in spite of the consistent series of dishonest representations and unfounded accusations from past and present band members; a toxic drama I choose to not be part of.

“The past several years have been profoundly agonizing, with these members bleeding my passion with depraved deceit...

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Lars Ulrich Thinks “Load” & “Reload” Are Underrated

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich recently chatted with about the band’s latest release, “S&M2“. That live outing once again finds the thrash metal legends paired with the San Francisco Symphony and was recorded last fall. It saw a home release this past August.

The discussion also found Ulrich being asked to highlight some key tracks from the band’s catalog, including which song was written the most ‘classically’, which was the hardest to translate to “S&M2” and more. Some of the highlights from that include:

The ‘Geekiest Metallica song for drummers’:

“It’s gotta be around Puppets or Justice...

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SODOM – Debut New Song

SODOM have issued a lyric video for “Sodom & Gomorrah,” a track from their forthcoming studio album, Genesis XIX, which will arrive on November 27 through Entertainment One. You can check out the clip above.

“Considered one of German thrash metal’s “Big Four” along with Kreator, Tankard, and Destruction, Sodom is one of the genre’s longest-running and most influential bands. Emerging in the early 1980s, the group took cues from Mercyful Fate, Accept, and Venom, among others, and from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, to create a tougher, leaner form of metal...

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THANATOPSIS – Premiere New Single

California’s THANATOPSIS are releasing the new single “Consequence”, off the upcoming debut album “Initiation” due out October 23, 2020 via Extreme Metal Music.

The band comments about the song: “‘Consequence’ is one of the newer songs that was written for the Initiation album.  ‘Consequence’ is basically about the uprising of the common man against population control perpetuated by the ruling class, and the subsequent formation of underground resistance.  The epic nature, aggressiveness, and twists in this song make for a listening experience that we believe will resonate with our audience.”  

Listen to “Consequence”:
iTunes (Instant Grat)

“Initiation” album pre-order CD

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OZZY – Begins Work On New Album

Ozzy Osbourne has begun work on his thirteenth studio album with “Ordinary Man” producer/songwriter Andrew Watt once again in place. Discussing the matter recently with, he offered:

“I’m doing another record right now. I just started to work with Andrew again.”

“It’s what gets me up in the morning, and it’s what I’m here to do. It saved my life, doing that last album. [It’s better than] sitting on my ass all day waiting for the fucking pandemic to be over. And then you go, ‘Oh, yeah, I am a rock and roller. I’d better do an album.’ You’ve got all the fucking time in the world to make the best album possible.”

Ozzy Osbourne rose to fame in the 1970s as the frontman of the seminal heavy metal band Black Sabbath, delivering such iconic son...

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KATAKLYSM – Debut New Music Video

To celebrate today’s release of their new album, Unconquered, KATAKLYSM have dropped a music video for the track “Cut Me Down,” featuring Tuomas Saukkonen (Wolfheart). The new clip can be viewed above.

Vocalist Maurizio Iacono comments: “‘Cut Me Down’ is a melodic, high octane assault, with thrash elements and relentless power, showcasing another angle of our new album, Unconquered, which is released today! The lyrical idea of this song is being surrounded by someone whose sole purpose is betraying and taking advantage of you, I lived with this type of scenario around me many times. Luckily for me, I trust no one. I did however trust Tuomas Saukkonen of Wolfheart to come and give a hand on the song and rip through the chorus with me as a special guest!”

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WHITEHCAPEL – Set To Record New Album

WHITECHAPEL have finished writing a new album and plan to enter the studio this week to start production.

Speaking with (video seen above), Whitechapel guitarist Alex Wade explained that while the pandemic derailed the band’s original plans, it afforded them time to work on new material:

“I definitely feel like we got kind of cut short as far as the album cycle for ‘The Valley’ goes. But we’re trying to make the best of it that we can. We had a lot of killer tours and everything lined up this year. But it is what it is, and we just kind of have to roll with the punches.

“We made the best of a bad situation, and we ended up writing another album. So we’re gonna be going into the studio this week, actually, and we’re gonna start production on that...

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