May 27, 2016
DECAPITATED has premiered a new live performance music video of the track “Blood Mantra”, taken from the band’s latest album “Blood Mantra”. The clip was shot during the band’s March 2016 UK tour.
May 27, 2016
Today, Moscow-based death metal merchants, KATALEPSY, have unleashed the brutal sounds of their Gravenous Hour full-length.
Out now via Unique Leader, the record can be heard in its bestial entirety at THIS LOCATION.
Gravenous Hour was captured at Cosmos Studios by Arkady Navaho (T.H.R.O.N., Obstetrical Palsy) with artwork by W. Smerdulak (Semargl, Blackthorn, Distant Sun et al). Order Gravenous Hour on CD at THIS LOCATION.
Reaping adulation from critics and fans globally, Loudwire notes, “The band’s knack for settling into tight grooves… within their earth-heaving riffs is a Russian trademark as they seem to do it better than most. Dizzying fretwork rounds out the guitar work, anchored by furious gravity blasts and pounding the ride cymbal, sounding more like a freight train pulling in at full speed. KATALEPSY offer enough dynamics that save them from the stylistic trappings that ensnare so many slam acts.” No Clean Singing issues, “If Gravenous Hour is any sign of what is going on in modern death metal circles, there is certainly a reason to dive deeper into those turgid waters. While old-school death and Swedish death metal continue to reign ascendant, this younger generation of bands is certainly vying for the opportunity to take their place in extreme metal’s pantheon.” Proclaims Two Guys Metal Reviews of Gravenous Hour, “The production, songwriting and execution of this record are all top notch…. There is something wonderfully visceral about the experience of listening to Gravenous Hour… and as the chugs resonate across your speakers and into your heart, you will find yourself raising a fist in honor of the true masters.” Dead Rhetoric concurs, “Genre fans are sure to get a thrill out of Gravenous Hour. There’s a fresh energy and chaos level that KATALEPSY delivers with flair… This is burly, dynamic, and surprisingly memorable death metal.” Adds MetalSucks of the track “Critical Black Mass,” “…between vocalist Igor Filimontsev’s guttural delivery and the thick, ropey tone of the guitars, the song basically ends up sounding like metal’s answer to what happens to your asshole after enjoying an entire bottle of the hottest hot sauce you can find. This is what it sounds like when your anus is a fire breathing dragon.” In a 4/5 review, Heavy Blog Is Heavy concurs, “the determination and hard work of this group is fucking stupendous. Not known for pulling punches or leaving the difficult stuff for special occasions, Gravenous Hour shows these musicians at their devastating best. Somewhere deep in the cacophony of tar-lunged vocals and whiplash-friendly drumming lives a guitar and bass attack so pleasing, KATALEPSY should be charging for the privilege.”
KATALEPSY was formed in 2004. The band’s first demo, Femicide, brought the first victims to the altar of brutality, which strengthened the band to a point where they began playing live beyond the Moscow region. In 2007 they gave birth to Musick Brings Injuries, and blood was spilled in circle pits and mosh-battles throughout Russia, which led to the Triumph Of Evolution three-way split CD with partners in crime Fleshrot and Blunt Force Trauma. This release gave the band opportunities to invade foreign lands on tour, beginning with a performance at Switzerland’s Mountains Of Death Open Air in 2008, followed by raids all over Europe where shows and festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, and Finland became battlefields of unholy beatdowns to the band’s technical grooves. In 2010, KATALEPSY unleashed the Your Fear Is Our Inhabitancy EP followed by a three-week European tour, amidst a restructuring of the lineup, when the band caught the attention of Unique Leader Records, and inked a blood pact with the label. The signing was followed by the 2012 release of the band’s debut album, Autopsychosis, which was surrounded by widespread touring, and irreversibly brought a new horde of listeners into the band’s domain.
May 27, 2016
Kansas death metal squad, UNMERCIFUL, will drop the devious fruits of their long-awaited new full-length this Summer via Unique Leader Records. Titled Ravenous Impulse, the record features the drum demolition of John Lonstreth (Dim Mak, Origin, ex-Gorguts etc.).
Comments UNMERCIFUL guitarist Clint Appelhanz (ex-Origin) of the band’s forthcoming full-length, “It’s been ten years since the release of Unmercifully Beaten and we’ve had an up and down ride through the years. We are proud to announce the release of Ravenous Impulse to mark a new time for the band. Ravenous Impulse features a collaboration of song writing styles from [bassist] Jeremy [Turner; ex-Origin], [guitarist] Justin [Payne] and myself. Coupled with John Lonstreth’s approach to drums and Kris [Bolton; D.F.W.B.]’s vocal delivery, we feel that our sound is in a new place while still maintaining the band’s identity. Concepts behind most of the lyrical content mainly deal with violent instinct and diabolical human behaviors. We feel these subjects and themes are more realistic and relative to everyday society and more terrifying. Expect a classic death metal sound with modern speed.”
Ravenous Impulse Track Listing:
3. Ravenous Impulse
4. Sociopathic Predation
5. Kill Reflex
6. Habitual Savagery
7. Enduring Torture
8. Kingdom Of Serpents
9. Methodic Absolution
Founded in 2001, UNMERCIFUL released its debut, Unmercifully Beaten, in 2006. With intensive tour runs from 2006 through 2009 with the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Necrophagist, Decrepit Birth, Cryptopsy, and more, the band went through various personnel changes before deciding to disband in 2009. What started out as just a reunion show in 2012, quickly returned the band to working status. With consistent live shows and numerous metal fest appearances, the band released a self-titled demo in 2014 as a first step in the process to completing its first full-length release in nearly a decade. After the abrupt departure of drummer James King, John Longstreth was enlisted to record drums for Ravenous Impulse.
In July 2015, UNMERCIFUL entered Chapman Studios (Origin, Tech N9NE) to work with longtime producer and friend, Robert Rebeck. Longstreth laid down a phenomenal recording on drums. The rest of the album was recorded and mixed at Clint Appelhanz’s own Waveworks Studio. The process was long and tedious, but the end result is nothing short of sonically devastating. Ravenous Impulse raises the bar of relentless, unmerciful, aggressive, and plainly brutal death metal. Look for Ravenous Impulse July 22nd, 2016 on Unique Leader Records.
May 26, 2016
Blistering anarchist black metal unit, ISKRA, has teamed up with Southern Lord for the CD release of their latest LP, Ruins. Approaching the most fearsome of all genres from a foundation in filthy metallic crust, ISKRA has skillfully created an old school orthodox epic that their extensive back catalog has always been working towards, and in Ruins is executed in sublime, scathing style.
The Canadian collective, almost two decades into their journey as ISKRA, stands out as staunch advocates of anarchism, and reject all forms of oppressive mainstream ideologies such as communism, fascism and democracy. To underline this, they coined their unification of extreme punk anger and black metal sonics “anarchist metal,” separating themselves from other acts deemed as “extreme” or “radical” but lacking conviction or real menace. It is certainly evident in their vitriolic offensives that they mean business, but most impressive is the sharp, refined songcraft that makes Ruins a compelling black metal record regardless of your political (dis)orientation. The constantly shifting tremolo riffs and blasting drums are some of the most devastating and aggressive you will hear, and fans of Absu and early Immortal will find plenty to enjoy – ISKRA exerts overwhelming levels of energy and brutality in Ruins, outpacing and outwitting the vast majority.
ISKRA have toured across scores of countries with countless acts operating in various subsects of underground punk and metal, and have built up a fearsome international reputation, demonstrated by their heavy patch presence on the battle jackets of the true. A wealth of DIY and independent label releases trails behind them, with numerous albums, splits and demos all available to download for free from their website in accordance with their principles.
Southern Lord will issue ISKRA’s Ruins on digipak CD including a twenty-page booklet with lyrics and liner notes on July 1st.
Ruins Track Listing:
3. Predator Drone MQ-1
7. Aegis Of The Victor
8. Der Einzige
10. Battle Of One Hundred Slain
11. Masqueraders Of Fraud
12. Thieves Of Life
13. Privileged Morality
ISKRA also proudly announces the Anarchy Attack… Canadian Destruction (Storming the Atlantic) Summer Tour of Canada, their first major tour of Canada since 2004. This tour will mark the band’s first coast to coast tour of the country and includes five days in the maritime provinces. The tour also features appearances at the legendary Spider Fest (formerly Spider Acres) in Meyersburg, Ontario and Evil Fest in Sainte-Angele-de-Merici, Quebec. The band’s full live itinerary will be announced in the days ahead.
May 26, 2016
Technical death metal band VALE OF PNATH has premiered a new lyric video for “A Nightmare Phantasm”, taken from the upcoming new album “II”, which will be out in stores June 10 via Willowtip Records.
May 26, 2016
Argento Records proudly confirms the label’s next official release, with a newly recorded album by Dutch black metal act, VERWOED, titled Bodemloos, marking the outfit’s first recordings since converting from the moniker, Woudloper.
Utrecht-based soloist Erik B. began paving his path of destruction as one-man project, Woudloper, in 2014, creating an ethereal yet scathing style, heavily rooted in traditional black metal, yet reaching into more psychedelic realms of inspiration. Breathe Plastic released a critically acclaimed, self-titled demo tape in 2015, yet immediately subsequent to its release the project changed its name to VERWOED, as an even more exploratory epoch of the band was taking place.
On the maiden official VERWOED release, Bodemloos sees this artisan peeling back even more layers of this project, exposing incredibly dense and much more psychedelic and hallucinogenic cosmic textures than before, while remaining yielding in its nihilistic and violent tactics. Bodemloos brings three massive new movements into existence, its immersive tones recorded, mixed, and mastered by John Bart Van Der Wal (Aborted, Herder), the album completed with cover artwork created by Joost Vervoost (Terzij De Horde). Argento Records will release Bodemloos on CD, digital, and 180-gram one-sided LP, the vinyl’s B-side featuring an etching handled by Reuben Sawyer (Chelsea Wolfe, Hollow Sunshine), on July 8th. Audio samples, preorders, and further info on Bodemloos will be issued in the days ahead.
Following the release of Bodemloos, VERWOED will transform from a solo outing into a five-piece lineup, and begin performing live, the first shows to be announced shortly.
Bodemloos Track Listing:
2. Een Leven Aan De Oppervlakte
May 26, 2016
THREAT SIGNAL will kickoff a 10th anniversary tour for their 2006 debut album, “Under Reprisal“. The Canadian tour will commence on June 22nd with dates available below. A new album from the outfit was recently finished and is on course for a late 2016 release date.
6/22 Toronto, ON – Rockpile West
6/23 Guelph, ON – District
6/24 Hamilton, ON – Club Absinthe
6/26 Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s Music
6/28 Ottawa, ON – House of Targ
6/29 Quebec City, QC – L’agitee
6/30 Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar
Source: The PRP
May 26, 2016
BORN OF OSIRIS will tour Europe this Fall along with Veil Of Maya, Volumes, and Black Crown Initiate. Here are the confirmed dates:
9/09 Karlsruhe, GER @ Stadtmitte
9/10 Brussels, BEL @ VK
9/11 Leeds, UK @ Key Club
9/12 Glasgow, UK @ Classic Grand
9/13 Manchester, UK @ Sound Control
9/14 Cardiff, UK @ The Globe
9/15 London, UK @ o2 Islington Academy
9/16 Tilburg, NET @ 013
9/17 Paris, FRA @ Fleche d’Or
9/18 Toulouse, FRA @ Metronum
9/20 Madrid, SPA @ Changó
9/21 Barcelona, SPA @ Salamandra 2
9/22 Montpellier, FRA @ Secret Place
9/23 Milano, ITA @ Legend Club
9/24 Lausanne, SWI @ Cerbervs Fest
9/25 Saarbrücken, GER @ Garage
9/26 München, GER @ Backstage
9/27 Wien, AUT @ Arena
9/28 Budapest, HUN @ Durer Kurt
9/29 Katowice, POL @ Mega Club
9/30 Leipzig, GER @ Täubchenthal
10/01-02 Köln, GER @ Euroblast
10/03 Berlin, GER @ Musik & Frieden
10/05 Stockholm, SWE @ En Arena
10/06 Oslo, NOR @ John Dee
10/07 Gothenburg, SWE @ Fangelset
10/08 Aarhus, DEN @ Atlas
May 25, 2016
The 7th edition of MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE, the ultimate hard rock/heavy metal experience at sea, will set sail February 2-7, 2017 aboard a new ship and has expanded to six days, visiting two additional ports in the Caribbean for the first time.
Appropriately titled Gathering of Titans, this year’s five-night/six-day exclusive full ship charter cruise will set sail out of Tampa, FL aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance Of The Seas, visiting Georgetown, Grand Cayman andCozumel, Mexico and feature 15+ artist performances, including headliners Vince Neil “The Voice Of Mötley Crüe,” Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Queensrÿche, Night Ranger, Saxon and Stryper. As in past years, the cruise will also feature an optional Pre-Cruise Party in Tampa on the evening of Wednesday, February 1st (details TBA).
The cruise goes on sale now with cabins starting at $1,099 per person (double occupancy), plus government fees, taxes, and gratuities. For booking and more info, visit http://www.monstersofrockcruise.com and connect on Facebookand Twitter.
Source: Metal Rules
May 25, 2016
THY ART IS MURDER have announced a final leg of their ‘Coffin Dragger Tour’. This leg will take place in the band’s native Australia with support from Graves and I, Valiance. Here are the confirmed dates:
7/22 Maroochydore, AUS – The Helm
7/23 Gold Coast, AUS – Miami Tavern
7/27 Coffs Harbour, AUS – Coffs Hotel
7/29 Newcastle, AUS – Camrbdige Hotel
7/30 Wollongong, AUS – Uni Bar
7/31 Wodonga, AUS – Masonic Hall
8/03 Ballarat, AUS – Karova Lounge
8/04 Warrnambool, AUS – The Loft
8/05 Geelong, AUS – Barwon Club
8/06 Frankston, AUS – Pelly Bar
8/07 Footscray, AUS – Phoenix Youth Centre
Source: The PRP