Shadow Kingdom Records have announced the signing of Italy's legendary Death SS for the reissue of the band's first three albums: 1988's ...in Death of Steve Sylvester, 1989's Black Mass, and 1991's Heavy Demons. Each album will be released on CD, vinyl, and cassette formats, with a T-shirt design produced for each album cover. Additionally, each of these three classic albums will be faithfully restored to their origin sound and design, as per the band's specifications. Long a cult name in the international heavy metal scene, Death SS have influenced thousands over the past three decades in their long, twisted history, equally influencing the nascent speed metal and black metal scenes with their trademark ghoulish and theatrical presentation. Shadow Kingdom couldn't be prouder and more honored to have Death SS amongst its roster, most of which have been shaped by the band in one way or another.
Founded in 1977 by vocalist Stefano Silvestri - whose initials gave the band their "SS" appellation - the first Death SS lineup was soon complete with the addition of guitarist Paolo Catena, bassist Daniele Ugolini, and drummer Tomaso Castaldi. All four members took as artistic names the way their names would be in English: Steve Sylvester as The Vampire, Paul Chain as The Death, Danny Hughes as The Mummy, and Tommy Chaste as The Werewolf. Steve Sylvester and Paul Chain soon started to compose their first songs: "Terror" (1977), "Zombie" (1977), "Horrible Eyes" (1978), "Murder Angels" (1979), and "The Hanged Ballad" (1979).
Contrary to popular belief, there were lineup changes from 1977 to 1982. As Steve Sylvester stated in an interview for Trumetal.it webzine on December, 2005, "Danny Hughes were really two individuals, the same way Tommy Chaste were three. It all came from my haste to quickly establish the names of the musicians that were part of the band, in a sort of magical pact. The first Danny Hughes (Daniele Ugolini) was the first guy that played the bass on the band, but […] he was substituted by Gabriele Tomassini, who became the new Danny Hughes (II). As for the musicians nicknamed Tommy Chaste, nothing is known about the first out of his real name (Tomaso Castaldi). The second was Franco Caforio (who lately gained fame with the Italian rock band Litfiba) and took the name of Thomas Chaste. The third one (Andrea Vianelli; the first one to be called with the compound name Thomas Hand Chaste) entered in Death SS in October, 1980. There’s only one recording available previous to the entrance of Andrea Vianelli, that is the rehearsal version of 'Zombie' from 1979 released on Zombie/Terror single, contained in The Cursed Singles boxed set (1995)."
Claudio Galeazzi (Claud Galley, The Zombie) also entered in the band in 1980 as rhythm guitar player, and Death SS became a quintet. This lineup recorded the demo The Horned God of the Witches (1981), unreleased as such for the general public (only two copies exist) but contained in The Story of Death SS compilaton LP (1987). The Mummy (Gabriele Tomassini) left in 1982, and Claud Galley took the bass instead. Again as a four-piece, the band recorded Demo II, which included "Horrible Eyes," "Cursed Mama," and "Kings of Evil." Other songs were composed but not recorded before Steve Sylvester left the band: "Welcome to my Hell," "Inquisitor," "Black and Violet," and "Chains of Death," for example, would see the light in other points of Steve Sylvester’s and Paul Chain’s careers.
After Steve Sylvester’s departure in 1982, Paul Chain kept on recruiting Sanctis Ghoram (Piero Gori) on vocals. With him, Death SS released the Evil Metal EP and contributed with the song "Black and Violet" for Heavy Metal Eruption compilation in 1983. Three years later, Minotauro Records released The Story of Death SS 1977-1984, a collection of demos and early recordings of the band, which was a relative success. Meanwhile, Steve Sylvester, who had moved to Florence, re-formed the band with new and valid local musicians and rerecorded his old songs (which are mainly featured on their first two LPs) along with some new ones.
After releasing their completely new compositions on Heavy Demons, Death SS slightly changed its name to Sylvester’s Death for its subsequent Cursed Concert and Straight to Hell EP in 1992/1993 (to avoid controversy and confusion in Germany with the "SS" part of its name). Meanwhile, Steve Sylvester recorded his first solo album (with members of the old Death SS) and spent some time to clear up ideas while releasing hard-to-find miscellany like Horror Music: The Best of Death SS.
The 1997 comeback was the seminal point for Death SS's new modern sound, which would be better developed on Panic, Humanomalies, and The 7th Seal. The band played their supposed farewell shows at Headbanger’s Open Air festival on July 24th to 27th, 2008 and was put on hold until late 2012.
The Dutch symphonic metal stars EPICA are ready to release the second studio trailer for their upcoming masterpiece The Holographic Principle. In this new clip, the band shows its work and experimentation with many new instruments and how it affected the depth and diversity of their new sound: https://youtu.be/HzqHyRu1oSc
"Recording this album felt like being a kid in a candystore", states Keyboarder Coen Janssen. "Never before have we used more live-instruments. Recording them ourselves and hearing the music come 'alive' like that is an indescribable feeling! I'm sure these efforts make this album our best yet!"
In case you missed the first trailer, where EPICA spoke about their songwriting process and revealed their first song snippets, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/LSlEVPjG7rg
EPICA's new masterpiece The Holographic Principle will be released via Nuclear Blast on September 30th, but you can already see the track-list here:
Don't miss EPICA on tour!
06.08. LT Zarasai City - Roko Naktys
The band's own EPIC METAL FEST:
01.10. NL Tilburg - Epic Metal Fest Netherlands
15.10. BR Sao Paulo - Epic Metal Fest Brazil
EPICA + POWERWOLF
12.01. D Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
13.01. D Cologne - Palladium
14.01. D Ludwigsburg - MHP Arena
16.01. CH Geneve - Salle Des Fetes De Thonex
17.01. CH Zurich - Volkshaus
18.01. IT Milan - Live Club
20.01. D Munich - Tonhalle
21.01. A Vienna - Gasometer
24.01. PL Warsaw - Progresja
25.01. D Berlin - Huxley's
27.01. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
28.01. CZ Prague - Forum Karlin
01.02. BE Brussels- Ancienne Belgique
03.02. UK London - o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
04.02. F Paris - Le Zénith
More dates coming soon...!
Get your tickets here: www.epica.nl/tour
EPICA VIP upgrades are available here: www.epica.soundrink.com
Polish label VIA NOCTURNA have teamed up with Metal Underground to stream the entirety of Mónt, by Swiss extreme metal band BEANSIDHE. The album, which is a masterpiece of extreme metal will be available for purchase on July 28th 2016.
Stream Mónt here:http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=125070
Purchase the album on CD here: https://vianocturna.bandcamp.com/album/m-nt
Established in 1999, Switzerland’s BEANSIDHE has delivered in 2016 its third manifestation – “Mónt”. The album is a dedication to the païsans who inhabited our mountains centuries ago. The lyrics – sang in our typical dialect – explore the inner feelings of solitary men, touch on the wonders of nature, and deal with concepts of man’s spiritual elevation to deity. “Mónt” is a long step forward from the previous works of the band, which while being musically valid probably lacked originality and self-awareness. Beansidhe has in the past few years dedicated itself almost completely to the creative side of making music, while specifically disregarding live shows. It is the opinion of the individuals behind Beansidhe that their music is better appreciated in a quiet setting and in deep reverie.
German metalcore unit I AM NOAH have released a Recording Video for "One Man Wolfpack," a track from new album The Verdict.
The Verdict was released worldwide May 13 on Bastardized Recordings. Purchase the album at this location.
Produced by Aljoscha Sieg at Pitchback Studio, the album questions the long-existing, yet unchallenged barriers of the mind that humanity has grown to accept. In 12 songs, unapologetic intensity meets empathy, devotion and structure. Sonically rooted in ambient metalcore, the album is defined by its progressive riffing and percussive assault. The lyrics are written from the perspective of the album's fictional anti-hero, Noah.
New York City-based technical metal duo, Bangladeafy, has just issued the first single from their impending Narcopaloma EP, with a premiere of the churning "Termites," delivered exclusively through Metal Injection.
Narcopaloma crams seven new tunes into a white-knuckled fifteen-minute ride through Weirdo City, delivering Bangladeafy's manic, tech-mangled, bass and drum-driven attack with even more brain-warping arrangements than before. Progressive fusion meets cyber annihilation in brutalizing grooves that take the listener by the throat and drag one through a psychotic 8-bit video game holocaust.
The first single from Narcopaloma comes writhing forth through an exclusive debut at Metal Injection, the write-up stating of the track, "'Termites' bends and twists endlessly though cluttered hallways of riffs and insane passages that just might make you pause the track to get off your ass and practice. Seriously, this sounds like four dudes trying to keep up with one another... not two dudes crushing it. Observe!"
Choke on Bangladeafy's "Termites" RIGHT HERE.
Narcopaloma will see release on CD and digital formats through the band's cohorts at Nefarious Industries on August 26th; preorders will be made available in the coming days. Bangladeafy has booked a Brooklyn record release show on August 25th, with many other live announcements to be expected.
Bangladeafy CD Release Show:
8/25/2016 Sunnyvale - Brooklyn, NY w/ Husbandry, Spotlights, Geometers
The origin of the Bangladeafy moniker fuses the Bangladeshi descent of drummer Atif Haq with the physical hearing impairment of bassist/pianist/vocalist Jon Ehlers, as he along with two sisters were been born with sensorineural hearing-loss. The duo interlopes endless runs and rhythms with intense time changes and otherworldly texture with utter seamlessness. Closing a three-year gap since The Briefcase EP left jaws swinging, the duo slams back onto the grid with Narcopaloma. The record is drenched in the synth elements that have permeated the outfit's prior works, including segues bridging each track, and while Bangladeafy songs are largely instrumental already, Narcopaloma is virtually void of any vocals. Narcopaloma was engineered and mixed by Jonathan Vergara at Pancake Studios, with Atif Haq's drums having been recorded by Mike Gatto, and all bass, samplers, and keys tracked by the band's Jon Ehlers.
Bangladeafy is also already currently immersed in the writing process for their next release. Steady updates are to be expected throughout the year.
Shantak is a Melodic Death Metal project born in Brescia (Northern Italy). The Heavy, Doom and Thrash Metal influences mixed with Melodic Death and Old School Death Metal are perfectly blended, as Shantak craft their songwriting transcending into gloomy yet bright melodies, with lyrical themes focused on literature, dreams, love and the universal power of Nature, while the main themes are landscapes painted of death and mortality.
Nicola Belotti [Vocals]
Luigi Colucci [Guitar]
Simone Mazzardi [Guitar]
Matteo Spada [Drums]
Federico Albini [Bass]
"Deride The Wretch" is the unrelenting new single from Denmark's brutal death faction, DAWN OF DEMISE. Culled from the band's impending fourth full-length studio album, The Suffering, which is rapidly nearing release through Unique Leader Records, the song is delivered to the public by way of a new lyric video, premiered through Decibel Magazine.
Offers the esteemed mag of this brutal visual creation, "'Deride The Wretch' is three minutes of groovy, crushing riffs paired with a sharp, mechanical-looking lyric video. There aren't many frills in the song - DAWN OF DEMISE rounds out the instrumental with lyrics about the changing of time and hierarchies, along with the death you'd expect in a death metal song."
Adds the band, "'Deride The Wretch' shows what DAWN OF DEMISE is all about. It's heavy, groovy, slamming, but it also has a few fast parts and quite a few of our signature breaks here and there. All in all, 'Deride The Wretch' is very representative of this upcoming album... The Suffering is without a doubt our most varied release, but here's a very DAWN OF DEMISE-ish track to get the ball rolling!
Sample "Deride The Wretch" by DAWN OF DEMISE at Decibel RIGHT HERE.
Appropriately titled The Suffering, the new DAWN OF DEMISE album bears eleven new limb-removing tracks totalling a punishing thirty-seven minutes of extreme death metal savagery engineered mixed and mastered at Antfarm Studios by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Behemoth, Aborted). Unique Leader will issue The Suffering from these Danish death metal dealers on August 26th; pre-orders are available HERE.
DAWN OF DEMISE was forged in Silkeborg, Denmark in 2003 with a singular purpose - to play heavy, crushing death metal. Thirteen years later, that goal hasn't changed. The band differs a great deal from many of death metal's modern practitioners due in no small fact that the collective cares little about acts about speed or technicality, their focus set exclusively on heaviness, groove, good songs, and the catchy riff. Inspired by the likes of Suffocation, Pyrexia, Internal Bleeding, Abominable Putridity, Obituary, and Inveracity, the band's vicious, slam-laden output should be of little surprise.
The release date of the new ANCILLOTTI album „Strike Back“ on CD is September 16th, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on September 2nd, 2016 on the Pure Steel webshop.
More than two and a half years after the longplayer debut „The Chain Goes On“ (also released through Pure Steel Records) the Italians ANCILLOTTI are back with their second output „Strike Back“. Formed by the ANCILLOTTI brothers Daniele (ex Strana Officina) and Bid as well as son/nephew Brian ANCILLOTTI with the blood brother guitarist Ciano, the family business committed themselves to classical Heavy Metal. Melodic, yet modern produced, but also with a big Rock’n’Roll drive. On the – plus intro – eleven new tracks ANCILLOTTI offer everything in handmade Heavy Metal; no matter if emotional ballads (“Lonely Road”), the anthem "Fight" or banging midtempo tracks (“Life Is For Livin’”) or doublebass parts (“The Hunter”). Traditional Italian Steel is reborn!
Iberian extreme metal outfit Noctem are excited to reveal the details on their highly anticipated fourth studio album entitled "Haeresis". Scheduled for release on September 30 via Prosthetic Records (N.America, UK / EU) and Art Gates Records (Spain), "Haeresis" consists of ten brutally punishing tracks which conceptually delve into the dark history of their home country of Spain. Complimenting cover artwork, as seen above, was completed by Seth Siro Anton (Septicflesh, Moonspell, Behemoth) and depicts an epic and grotesque display of obscene torture extracted from the Spanish inquisition (1.500 A.C.).
Noctem, consisting of Beleth (vocals), Exo (lead guitars), Ethell (rhythm guitars), Varu (bass) and Voor (drums), self-recorded and produced "Haerisis" earlier this year at Firework Estudios in Valencia before sending it to Sweden's Necromorbus Studio for mixing and mastering by Tore Stjerna (Watain, Valkyrja).
The band collectively proclaimed;
"This record is proof that a band like us can keep evolving with time. It looks, sounds, smells and tastes different from anything we've ever done while keeping our original essence in every track. We're sure that any fan of Extreme Metal will be satisfied with this new opus".
Having recently made their way across the European festival circuit, including a featured set at Metal Lorca Festival, Noctem will next bring their darkened assault to audiences this October as they join Negura Bunget across Spain. Previously, the band has shared the stage with acts including Taake, Valkyrja, Marduk and Anaal Nathrakh, just to name a few.
Stay tuned for new music and further details on "Haeresis" at:
and the official sites of the band:
"Wriggling Chrysalis Of Metaphysical Grudge" is chock full of penetrating, pit-raging tunes, going off like a bomb from the start, setting the tone for the entire album. Containing plenty of what makes Brutal Death Metal "brutal", whether it is the slamming grooves or the blasting mayhem, its also is fast, catchy, and technical, and never boring, making this a stand out brutal death metal album that appeals to a wide audience.
Japanese newcomers Urobilinemua have more than earned their way to the Gore House Productions camp. In under 2 years, this technical yet brutal quintet has not only released a split, but also self-released and distributed their first EP in the vast Japanese metal market.
Featuring album art by the grotesque loving painter Mei Maro, "Wriggling Chrysalis Of Metaphysical Grudge" was recorded / mixed at Urobilinemia's home studio, and received a revamp mastering touch by Chris Garcia of The Morgue Music Studios (Stages of Decomposition, Bloodscribe, Cranial Engorgement) in Inglewood, CA.
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