ACEPHALIX - New album details and first song available
California death metal horde ACEPHALIX – featuring members of Vastum, Necrot, Depressor, and more – has completed their third LP, and is preparing to unleash "Decreation" upon the public masses in September. New label home 20 Buck Spin has unloaded a YouTube stream of the album’s pummeling second track, “Suffer (Life In Fragments),” along with early preorders for the record.
The rotten corpse of ACEPHALIX, the Bay Area’s beast of barbarism, has been re-animated. Abnormally deceased since the band’s Southern Lord debut, "Deathless Master", the crushing return of "Decreation" leaves no bone unbroken and no skull intact. The album was recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (Vastum, Necrot, Ghoul), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Nails, Obituary, Black Breath), and completed with artwork by Adam Burke (Occultation, Loss, Gatecreeper, Artificial Brain).
20 Buck Spin will release "Decreation" on LP, CD, and digital formats on September 22nd!
1. Upon This Altar
2. Suffer (Life In Fragments)
3. Mnemonic Death
4. God Is Laughing
5. Excremental Offerings
6. Egoic Skin
SLOUGH FEG - Rejoins Cruz Del Sur Music
San Francisco true metal troubadours SLOUGH FEG have rejoined Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music, the label behind the band’s heralded “Atavism” (2005), “Hardworlder” (2007) and “Ape Uprising!” (2009) albums.
Comments vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi: “We are happy to announce that we are back with Cruz Del Sur Music and will begin recording a new album in July! We believe that a smaller ‘boutique’ label such as Cruz Del Sur is appropriate for our sound, fanbase and work ethic, and look forward to working with Enrico [Leccese] and company again.”
“I am extremely excited to have SLOUGH FEG back on Cruz Del Sur!” says Leccese. “It is always nice when bands you like track you down. It’s even more special when it’s someone you’ve worked with for about ten years and established a friendly relationship. It’s a recognition that we were doing something right in the past. I can’t wait to hear the new album and share it with the metal world.”
Continues Scalzi: “The new album will be called ‘The New Organon’, and the songs are somewhat of a return to the heavier side of our sound: more rustic, heavy, churning, medieval/Celtic and proggy sounding riffs, as opposed to the more ’70s rock sounds of more recent albums. But don’t worry: there will be a couple of rockers as well! We will also have some newer, experimental songwriting styles, mixing heavy rock and metal with the melodic sounds of ’50s and ’60s pop. Imagine DEL SHANNON singing for BLUE CHEER! After all, it wouldn’t be a SLOUGH FEG album without some bizarre surprises!
“So, journey we more into the vaults of the Voi-vaudevillian…the Epic-cure for all Epicurean Angst and Ennui. The Celtic cacophony continues!”
SACRED LEATHER - "Ultimate Force (Live Leather)" - video clip
Indianapolis classic metal renegades SACRED LEATHER have released the video for “Ultimate Force (Live Leather)”, which is the title track from the band’s forthcoming self-titled debut album. The LP is set for a February 2018 release via Cruz Del Sur Music.
Filmed and edited by Parasol Photographics, “Ultimate Force (Live Leather)” was shot in Indianapolis during the first of two opening sets for NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD and former MANOWAR guitarist ROSS THE BOSS. The video was directed and produced by Magnus Legrand.
Comments vocalist Wrathchild: “The title track serves as the first passage of the record ‘Ultimate Force’, which chronicles the rise of the Legion of Leather. Led by the Lost Destructor, the Legion congregate in order to harness the Ultimate Force to reign in dominancy, set to the backdrop of an apocalyptic climate.”
SACRED LEATHER was created out of necessity, summoning the spirit of heavy metal forefathers in an age mired in apostasies.
With influences evident to any heavy metal purist, SACRED LEATHER’s music seems to emerge directly from the early ’80s, mixing elegant and nostalgic hard rock/proto metal with the most belligerent side of NWOBHM.
DEMON EYE -"The Redeemer" track premiere
DEMON EYE proudly present "The Redeemer" from their upcoming new album, "Prophecies and Lies" - to be released on 11th August 2017 through Soulseller Records. The premiere is co-hosted worldwide exclusively via The Obelisk (USA) and The Sludgelord (UK).
The Obelisk (including review): http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2017/07/11/demon-eye-prophecies-and-lies-review-stream
The Sludgelord (including top 5 influential albums): http://thesludgelord.blogspot.com/2017/07/track-premiere-raleigh-north-carolinas.html
Pre-Orders: Worldwide & North America
MAUSOLEUM GATE - New album ‘Into a Dark Divinity’ coming in September - Details revealed
Three years after their highly acclaimed debut, the Finns return with "Into a Dark Divinity"! The sophomore full-length will be released on 8th September 2017 via Cruz Del Sur Music.
Capitalizing on the debut’s majestic sound, MAUSOLEUM GATE harnesses the keyboard-dominated bravado of classic DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW and blends it with the proto metal visions of MANILLA ROAD and early IRON MAIDEN.
"Into a Dark Divinity" proves that MAUSOLEUM GATE are one of the scene’s best new true metal torchbearers. Singular, alluring and able to captivate audiences of all varieties, they represent a new front in authentic vintage metal.
1. Condemned to Darkness
2. Burn the Witches at Dawn
4. Solomon's Key
6. Into a Dark Divinity
OBSCURITY - New lyric video available
OBSCURITY have published a lyric video and therefore a second new song from their upcoming new album "Streitmacht" - to be unleashed on 14th July 2017 via Trollzorn.
The track "Was uns bleibt" is streaming here: https://youtu.be/rgrMRV_PdFA
The 8th full-length of this German horde features diverse influences of the Death, Black and Viking Metal genres which are merged into the band’s typical "Battle Metal".
BLACK MESSIAH - New audio clip available
German Pagan Metallers BLACK MESSIAH have released an audio clip from their new and seventh album "Walls Of Vanaheim" which is out now on Trollzorn.
Check out "Die Bürde des Njörd" at this location: https://youtu.be/DD8-zFmdVAA
Martial stirring, uniquely rough, touching emotionally and full of individual beauty - this is BLACK MESSIAH at their very best!
DENY THE URGE - New album 'As Darkness Falls' - Details and first track revealed
German Death Metallers DENY THE URGE return with their third full-length! "As Darkness Falls" will be released on 1st August 2017 via G.U.C. (German Underground Crossection).
After over 10 years of band history DENY THE URGE are reinventing themselves with this new record. "As Darkness Falls", garnished with an amazing cover art created by none other than Dan Seagrave himself, is a tribute to the roughness of the 90s and at the same time does not miss the virtuosity and refinement of technical Death Metal. For the vacant place behind the drums the band recruited VADER drummer James Stewart and the album was partly recorded in England at the Grindstone Studios (Cradle Of Filth, Amon Amath, Behemoth and others). The production was handled by Jost Schlüter (pure sonic).
Check out the title track at this location: https://youtu.be/-3LpjHondhU
2. As Darkness Falls
4. Altar Of Addiction
5. All Or None
6. On The Surface
7. Infected Curses
9. Perfect Disguise
10. Vatermoran (instr.)
12. The Processing (instr.)
13. Separated Flesh
DEMON EYE – New album "Prophecies and Lies" – Details and first track available
DEMON EYE are back with their third offering and another dose of their own blend of Heavy Classic Rock, Proto Metal and Traditional Doom!
"Prophecies and Lies" will be released on 11th August 2017 via Soulseller Records on CD, vinyl and in digital versions.
The new album was recorded by Mike Dean of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY in the band's hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, and displays a strong musical progression with mighty riffs, haunting melodies and fist-raising anthems. DEMON EYE are bringing vintage heavy darkness for modern times and current day evils.
Check out the album’s opening track, “The Waters and the Wild”, at this location: https://demoneye.bandcamp.com/track/the-waters-and-the-wild
1. The Waters and the Wild
2. In the Spider’s Eye
3. The Redeemer
5. Infinite Regress
6. Dying For It
7. Politic Devine
8. Power of One
10. Prophecies and Lies
11. Morning’s Son
HIGH SPIRITS & ARGUS - Tour announcement
Chicago’s self-proclaimed “100% High-Energy Rock” band HIGH SPIRITS is pleased to announce the fourth (and final) leg of the MotivaTour, a cross-continental romp in support of its widely-acclaimed 2016 album Motivator. To further celebrate, longtime label partner High Roller Records will present a brand new HIGH SPIRITS EP entitled Escape! The EP features four new songs and will be released just as the tour is taking off in September.
Touring alongside HIGH SPIRITS will be Pittsburgh’s true metal merchants ARGUS, who will be making a much-requested return to Europe following a highly successful outing in 2016. This time, ARGUS will have a brand new LP in tow, entitled From Fields of Fire and scheduled to arrive via Cruz del Sur Music in August.
Taken together, HIGH SPIRITS and ARGUS is a unique and potent pairing of musical styles, both with a keen eye on the future, and sure to deliver maximum value for the great heavy metal fans of Europe.
HIGH SPIRITS & ARGUS - confirmed dates:
08 Sept – Dornbirn AT – Schlachthaus
09 Sept – Olten CH – Coq d’Or
10 Sept – Münster DE – Sputnikhalle
12 Sept – Oldenburg DE – MTS Record Store
13 Sept – Hamburg DE – Bambi Galore
14 Sept – Berlin DE – Urban Spree
15 Sept – Weimar DE – Kasseturm
16 Sept – Püchersreuth DE – Storm Crusher Festival