L-R: Liam Maguire (Guitars/Backing Vocals), Steve "The Animal" Mitchell (Drums/Backing Vocals), Jay "Beard" Sarrazin (Guitars/Lead Vocals), Kyle "Tiny Basstank" Clark (Bass/Backing Vocals)
Toronto-based metal messiahs Decatur will be unleashing their debut album “Badder Than Brooklyn” produced by Joe Duplantier of Gojira on October 6th, 2017. In preview to its release, the band have teamed up with MetalUnderground.com for the premiere of its full stream. The debut is all-killer, no filler! It doesn’t hide behind its production; it compliments it. These are truly songs of power and empowerment, a clarion call for strength in life’s battles…healing through headbanging. From the power shredding of “Into The Night” and the storytelling of the album's title track “Badder Than Brooklyn” to the brutal beat down of songs like “Bottled Inside” and “Internal War”, Decatur feel modern metal has lost its way and they’re here to provide the roadmap forward to the future!
Vocalist/guitarist Jay Sarrazin comments:
"Working on this record was a dream come true for us. We were honoured to be able to work with Joe Duplantier. His vision and knowledge of music is so vast that he opened up so many gates for us. There are so many musicians in the world, but very few true artists and Joe is definitely one of the artists. Getting the chance to work side by side with him was an amazing experience for us. This album turned out better than we hoped. We put a lot of time and effort into the final product. We really scrutinized every piece of it. Our goal was to bring metal back to its hay day. To write a great album and not just a great single. We definitely created something original with this album. Something that's not happening in metal at the moment. It's for real fans of real metal. We couldn't be more excited to take this across Canada to kick off the tour. You should expect us to come for the kill live. We are very excited to unleash this album on the world and to start touring it."
Listen to "Badder Than Brooklyn" at the following link: http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=137319
Album pre-order available here.
In support of the debut album, Decatur will also be embarking on a cross Canada tour kicking off in Toronto on October 6th and going West as far as Victoria, BC to then wrap up in Eastern Canada in Montreal on November 25th (dates listed below).
Oct 6 - Toronto, ON - DC Music
Oct 7 - Hamilton, ON - Che Burrito
Oct 11 - Calgary, AB - Dicken's Pub (moved from Distortion)
Oct 12 - Red Deer, AB - The Vat Pub
Oct 13 - Edmonton, AB - Rendez Vous
Oct 14 - Kelowna, BC - Muninn's Post
Oct 16 - Nanaimo, BC - The Cambie
Oct 19 - Victoria, BC - Logan's Pub
Oct 20 - Vancouver, BC - Pub 340
Oct 26 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Hotel
Oct 27 - Sault Ste. Marie, ON - Algonquin Pub
Oct 28 - Windsor, ON - The Rockstar
Nov 3 - Guelph, ON - Dstrct
Nov 4 - Cornwall, ON - Lola's
Nov 10 - Niagara Falls, ON - The Geekery
Nov 11 - Sudbury, ON - The Asylum
Nov 25 - Montreal, QC - Piranha Bar
Canada's Death / Black military-inspired metallers Visions of the Night have revealed the artwork for their upcoming release 'Supreme Act of War'.
The album will feature the return of Todd Hansen (King Parrot, The Berzerker) on session drums and a guest appearance by a metal legend to be announced next week.
The album will be released at the start of their Asian tour in Seoul, South Korea on November 25.
Canada's Augury sign with The Artisan Era. Highly anticipated 3rd album set for spring 2018 release.
Montreal-based progressive death metal legends Augury has been hard at work the last few years writing and recording their highly anticipated third full-length. The group's 2004 debut album Concealed and 2009 follow-up Fragmentary Evidence are widely revered death metal releases which were far ahead of their time. Eventually, the group's forward-thinking ways have led to their esteemed status as highly influential legends in the progressive death metal and technical death metal scenes. Today the band is proud to announce their signing to rising extreme metal label The Artisan Era. Which will be followed by the release of their 3rd album in 2018.
Augury had this to say about signing with The Artisan Era:
"We are proud to announce that Augury has teamed with The Artisan Era Records for the release of their third album. While the recording is entering the mixing/mastering process with Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy) at The Grid Studios, Augury is back with a new creation, lyrically influenced by lost civilizations and their enigmas, musically following the roots from the two predecessors, 2004’s Concealed, and 2009’s Fragmentary Evidence. The album's artwork and title will be disclosed in a further statement, so brace yourselves for its emergence in Spring 2018!"
A video featuring clips of some of the new Augury material is live and can be heard HERE
Patrick Loisel - Vocals, Guitars
Mathieu Marcotte (Humanoid) - Guitars
Dominic "Forest" Lapointe (First Fragment, Teramobil, ex-Beyond Creation) - Bass
Antoine Baril (Contemplator) - Drums
Canada's melodic thrash metal powerhouse, Threat Signal, premiere the first single from their long-awaited fourth studio album, "Disconnect", set to be released on November 10th worldwide via Agonia Records. The band's first new song in six years, "Exit The Matrix", is available in the form of a lyric video, at this link:
Since their critically acclaimed debut offering "Under Reprisal" (2006), which won the "Canadian Recording Of The Year Award" at the Hamilton Music Awards, Threat Signal became internationally recognised as one of the most interesting modern acts in thrash metal. Their latest two instalments, the intense "Vigilance" (2009) and reinvented "Threat Signal" (2011), have both met with unrelenting hype, with each generating growing interest within the metal community. Combining the complexity of thrash metal, with a more contemporary groove sound involving technical rhythms and melodic musical passages, the band finally returns with its fourth studio album, "Disconnect".
Founder & vocalist Jon Howard commented:
"Well, we made it to album number 4! To say its been a tough ride would be an understatement, but as the shit piles on, we'll keep shovelling that shit off!! So we began writing this album back in 2012, and continued writing over the next 3 years until we were able to hit the studio again. Basically our thought process while writing was to not have an end goal of what the album should sound like. We didn't plan to make a really heavy album, or a melodic album, or take anyone else's input on what we should sound like. We basically just wrote songs with a clear and open mindset until Disconnect grew together.
This album ranges from melodic metal, to hard rock, to thrash metal, and even down to a chill acoustic tune, its a roller coaster of a ride while staying true to the Threat Signal sound. You will feel the energy from all of our previous albums plus something new. A big thanks to Agonia records for believing in us and finally getting this album released. Also a HUGE thanks to the fans for sticking with us over the years. I'd like to dedicate our album Disconnect to my fallen friend and former Threat Signal drummer Norm Killeen. May you be jamming with the best of them in the next life!!! Peace and love".
"Disconnect" was recorded and produced by vocalist Jon Howard and lead guitarist Travis Montgomery. Mixing and mastering were done by Mark Lewis (DevilDriver, Whitechapel, Battlecross, Coal Chamber). Artwork for the album was created by Ludovic Cordelieres of Rusalkadesign (Kamelot).
- Digipack CD.
- Limited to 500 copies BOX (inc. CD + bonus track, poster, patch and sticker).
- Regular black LP.
- Limited to 150 copies transparent blue/opaque red ("colour in clolour") LP.
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Hells Headbangers has announced the signing of Chile's Communion. The first fruit of this union shall be TWO albums released simultaneously: their debut album, At the Announcement, to be released by the Sinister Flame but with distribution by Hells Headbangers; and the band's second album, The Communion, to be released exclusively by Hells Headbangers. Both albums shall be released on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats.
One of the most cult bands in the shit-hot South American black/death scene, for nearly a decade now, Communion have been cultivating a mystique and work ethic like no other. Staunchly DIY and largely rejecting the gross machinations of the European "metal" industry, Communion have built up a sparse yet strangely vast body of work comprising myriad short-length releases - sometimes, true "singles" in that the release will feature only one track - that are either self-released or released through vocalist/bassist Deathmessiah's Proselytism label, which has become ground zero for the very best in nowadays South American black/death. Despite their often-short run-times, each Communion release is its own special world, ranging the rich history of South American metal, from its blackest, most sulphurous depths to its most traditional, headbanging heights. That one band can encompass a relatively expansive swath of sounds whilst remaining uniquely rigid and focused in their attack has endeared the band to legions the world over, all of whom await each Communion release with bated breath and cherish it as a true artefact.
A statement from Deathmessiah reads: "Many people ask us why we haven't been signed and released any album before. Well, the truth is that we have been ripped off by an ex-member who played drums and owns a studio called DM6, and after being kicked out of the band, he magically 'lost' our first-album tracks - only voice needed to be recorded, and we previously paid 50% in advance - and also ripped off my label with other recordings I paid in advance, too, and from which we never got any fucking tracks or money back. All that made us waste YEARS of work, and my label got really financially affected, too. But now, after I found the right souls to work with and after being in the depths of the underground releasing demos after demos and playing in several countries through South and North America, we are attacking once more now with twice as much strength!"
Continuing, Deathmessiah reveals, "Besides that, when we entered again to record with a newer line-up, our recordings took a lot of time in the mixing so we could get a personal sound that will remain as dark, ferocious, and professional as we could achieve. We worked hard on the lyrics, which are totally straightforward. Both albums are linked lyrically. What we want to say with them in the end is to 'keep ever open eyes,' and there's nothing better to sing it with total destructive and hypnotic metal."
As for working with Hells Headbangers and The Sinister Flame, "With my label work, I have been in contact with Hells Headbangers and The Sinister Flame for many years. We've been working together arranging trades since the early 2000s, and I know they are 100% into metal and dedicated to their unholy work, and that's what really counts for me and for the future of Communion, which will forge two more albums, The Ordeals and Take This Torch. These labels have spread our name before we signed with them and supported my work in many ways, and I truly believe they're not afraid to show and be themselves as record labels and persons, instead of following a sheep-minded world that's trying to turn you into an ignorant coward. So, let's celebrate the funeral of mercy with pure WITCHING METAL!"
As a prelude to the imminent double-album attack, Communion shall be embarking upon their first North American tour this month, alongside new Hells Headbangers comrades (and fellow Chilean tyrants) Slaughtbbath. Confirmed dates are as follows, as well as tour poster (above):
September 8-9 - Wings of Metal Festival, QC
September 12 - Worcester, MA
September 13 - Brooklyn, NY
September 14 - Philadelphia, PA
September 15 - Cleveland, OH
September 16 - Chicago, IL
September 17 - Hamtramck, MI
September 20 - Buffalo, NY
September 21 - Toronto, ON
September 22 - Sherbrooke, QC
September 23 - Considered Dead Festival, QC
Release date, cover art, and pre-order info for both albums to be announced shortly. In the meantime, Communion have just revealed two brand-new tracks at Hells Headbangers' official YouTube channel: "Secret Rites," from At the Announcement, can be heard HERE while "Witching Thrust," from The Communion, can be heard HERE.
Canadian death metallers Obliterate are the latest edition to the Unique Leader Records roster. The band will unleash their second full-length, Impending Death, February 2018.
Issued guitarist Marcus Adam, "We've been working really hard on this record for awhile and, with this partnership with Unique Leader, we think it's the perfect time for us to unleash what is our heaviest offering to date to our fans. This album is not only our heaviest work to date, but it also demonstrates a much more mature and atmospheric sound which takes our music to a whole new level. We come from a deathcore background and that remains the foundation of our sound, but on Impending Death you will also hear a strong death metal influence. We also have two of the industry's beefiest vocalists from Oceano and I Declare War to appear on separate songs, so old-school deathcore fans surely won't be disappointed."
"The title is both a message lyrically and musically," he adds, "as we want the listener to feel that the next moment of a song will be as crushing as the last and for that experience to translate across the album. There's a sense of impending weight in terms of our delivery. With Unique Leader behind us -- a label recognized for introducing some of the most intense bands in the game -- this album will see Obliterate reach new audiences and we are confident grow our fan base not only in Canada and the US, but worldwide"
Formed in 2010, Obliterate emerged from Quebec, Canada as a crushing component of the modern death metal and deathcore mechanism. Comparable to acts such as Whitechapel and Thy Art Is Murder, the band bring hook-laden breakdowns and a frenzied intensity that stands defiant alongside the US dominated genre.
In 2012, Obliterate released their debut album The Filth Of Humanity. The album demonstrated the potential of what the band had to offer and would soon after lead to a growing profile through active touring across Canada and the United States. The band followed up the debut with a self-titled EP that featured crushingly heavy drops and a relentless riff onslaught that confirmed the bands growing identity as a leader of the Canadian deathcore sound.
Obliterate are currently finalizing their forthcoming full-length, Impending Death, with producer Christian Donaldson of Cryptopsy (Despised Icon, Beyond Creation, Ingested). Pushing the band's abilities to new levels and creating a sound that explores a greater level of extremity, the album maintains Obliterate's deathcore roots while bringing a more intense and crushing death metal approach.
In addition to being active in the studio Obliterate has also played two of Canada's largest music festivals this year, namely Montebello Rockfest where the band shared the stage with the likes of Rammstein, Queens Of The Stone Age, Meshuggah and many more, and Music 4 Cancer Fest alongside Pennywise, Less Than Jake and many others. These appearances build upon the band's impressive history of support slots alongside Fleshgod Apocalypse, Unearth, and Gorguts among so many more as well as a performance on the 2013 edition of Amnesia Rockfest with Deftones, Lamb Of God and Offspring.
Nuclear Blast Entertainment is pleased to announce the signing of Canadian newcomers, Arrival Of Autumn. "We are incredibly excited to be signed with Nuclear Blast Entertainment," states the band. "To work with a team that has not only been a leader in the industry, but has helped develop and give the world so many bands that are extremely important to us as musicians, is an absolute honour."
Thee band has released a demo version of a song from their upcoming album. Check out the song produced and mixed by Jason Suecof on Spotify or YouTube HERE.
Arrival Of Autumn started as a band with a mission to play music without compromise and carve their way through the music scene on their own terms. Coming from a small city in Northern Canada, this was a necessary strategy, since the band didn't come up in a big city scene with regular promoters, venues and attendees.
After touring in support of two self-released albums, 'Endless Nights' and 'Shadows', the band began plotting their next release. On a whim they decided to send some of the new demos to one of their heroes, Jason Suecof at Audiohammer Studios, to see if he would be interested in recording them. To the band’s absolute surprise, Jason liked what he heard and found time between some of the heavy-hitters that he had been working on, to record the material. This was an opportunity the band couldn't pass up, and immediately started planning the trip of flying over 3000 miles, from one end of the continent of North America to the other, to record the best songs the band had ever written.
Fast forward to after two successful recording sessions produced by Jason Suecof and mastered by Mark Lewis, the band was able to attract the attention of A&R legend Monte Conner. Conner was impressed with what he heard and quickly struck a deal with the band. With such a rapid ascent thus far, there's no telling what great things lurk in Arrival Of Autumn's not too distant future. Keep an eye out for news on the band's label debut sometime in early 2018.
Arrival Of Autumn is:
Jamison Friesen | vocals, rhythm guitar
Brendan Anderson | lead guitar
Kevin Student | bass
Ty Fox | drums
Canada's Inverted Serenity premiere "Mechanical Gods" via Toilet Ov Hell; pre-order 'As Spectres Wither' now.
Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Progressive Death Metal / Technical Death Metal outfit Inverted Serenity recently announced their upcoming third full-length, As Spectres Wither. Today the band partnered with Toilet Ov Hell to unleash the albums first single, "Mechanical Gods". The song showcases the band's ability to blend crushing technical death metal with progressive death elements and sublime clean singing led passages.
You can check out "Mechanical Gods" HERE
Toilet Ov Hell had this to say about today's song premiere:
"That principle of “eclectic but cohesive” applies to the songs on an individual level as well, delivering no shortage of surprises and subverting expectations. “Mechanical Gods” opens up with a mid-tempo start-stop riff that sounds like it’s building towards djenty chugs, but it quickly fades into a bass-driven clean section with surprisingly powerful singing. As the distortion kicks back in, the drums get progressively heavier, leading into a jaunty groove and mind-bending tapped dual leads."
"It’s a hell of a ride that gives a tantalizing look at what the rest of the album has to offer."
Pre-orders for As Spectres Wither are now live
True avant-garde Norwegians Enslaved have announced the release of their epic new studio album for October 13th 2017. This 14th full-length masterpiece sets the musical mind-twisters free from genre boundaries and offers an unprecedented mix of prog, extreme metal and shoegaze on 8 tracks with a playing time of more than an hour. Elegantly titled ‘E’, the album was once again written by the unholy alliance of guitarist Ivar Bjørnson (music, lyrics) and singer/bassist Grutle Kjellson (lyrics) and marks the introduction of their new keyboard master and clean vocalist Håkon Vinje. Mixed and mastered at the Fascination Street Studios by the renowned Jens Bogren, ‘E’ heralds a new era for Enslaved. Its cover artwork was once again hand-painted by the Norwegian artist Truls Espedal. As support for their brave sound journey, the quintet brought several guest musicians on board for the songs 'Hiindsiight' and 'Feathers Of Eolh', including Warduna's Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, flutist Daniel Mage and jazz saxophonist Kjetil Møster.
You can now pre-order physical editions of the album here:
Limited Edition Brown or NB Anniversary Green Vinyl, Limited Edition Digipack CD + Tote bag (all inc signed insert)
Limited Edition Digipack CD (inc signed insert)
Limited Edition Double Gatefold Etched Vinyl (inc signed insert)
Or the digital version here:
Digital Album via iTunes
Enslaved recently announced that they will supporting label mates Opeth on their autumn UK and Ireland tour dates, as well as playing a headline show at London’s Islington Assembly Hall plus a string of headline European tour dates. Their upcoming UK and EU tour dates read as follows:
10th Nov – (DE) Hamburg - Logo
11th Nov – (DE) Berlin - Nuke
12th Nov – (DE) Cologne - Underground
13th Nov – (NL) Utrecht - Tivoli de Helling
15th Nov – Manchester - O2 Ritz *Nov 16th – Glasgow - Barrowlands *
17th Nov – Belfast - Limelight *
18th Nov – Dublin - Academy *
19th Nov – Nottingham - Rock City *
21st Nov – Bristol - O2 Academy *
22nd Nov – Birmingham - O2 Institute *
24th Nov – London - Islington Assembly Hall
25th Nov – (FR) Paris - Trabendo
26th Nov – (BE) Vosselaar - Biebob
28th Nov – (FR) Rezé - Barakason
29th Nov – (FR) Lyon - CCO Villeurbanne
30th Nov – (FR) Brescia - Circolo Colony
1st Dec – (CH) Pratteln - Z7
2nd Dec – (DE) Frankfurt - Das Bett
3rd Dec – (CZ) Prague - Chelmnice
16th Dec – (RU) Moscow - Volta
17th Dec – (RU) St. Petersburg - Club Val
Enslaved will also be playing some exclusive release shows in Norway, where you can meet the band at the merch stand and receive two unique gig posters for free:
12th Oct (Norway) Oslo - Blå
13th Oct (Norway) Bergen – Garage
You can also see Enslaved at the following festival shows:
13th Aug (BE) Kortrijk - Alcatraz Festival
24th Aug (NO) Bergen - Beyond the Gates
25th Aug (NO) Moss - Festivalen Sin
16th Sept (BR) Sao Paulo - Overload Music Fest
28th Sept (CAN) Quebec – Nordicq Festival
26TH Oct (SWE) Stockholm - Close-Up Baten 21
1st-5th Feb 2018 (US) Miami – 70,000 Tons Of Metal
www.enslaved.no | www.facebook.com/enslaved
Sliptrick Records are proud to announce their new licensing partnership with Victor Entertainment (Asia). With that news comes the release date of the most recent album from Japanese all girl band Mary’s Blood. The album Fate will be made available in the US, Canada and Mexico via Sliptrick on August 29th, 2017.
Japanese, Tokyo based band Mary’s Blood, are a power metal band formed by ex-Destrose members Eye, Saki and Mari. Originally formed as a 5 piece, the band has now settled into a tight-knit 4 member group with Rio filling the bass position. Although their music is very much of the here and now, the band wear their love of the 80’s proudly and share with that era, a gift of blending melody with tremendous power and precision. Whilst the stylistic influences may be clear, Mary’s Blood have forged their own raw unique sound which gives them their truest identity within the Japanese scene and singles them out as one of the best all girl hard rock/metal bands out there.
The group have had numerous releases since their debut EP in 2011 and are currently promoting their 3rd album release, Fate which has had wide spread critical acclaim in Asia and beyond. Fate and their previous album, Bloody Palace are now being made available worldwide and if you love down, dirty, groovy and melodic heavy metal music played by fantastic female musicians with a fiery passion for what they do, then then these albums are an absolute must for any self-respecting fan of the genre!
Fate (US Edition) | Released Aug 29th, 2017 on Sliptrick Records
Mary’s Blood are:
Eye – Lead Vocals
Saki – Guitar
Rio – Bass
Mari – Drums
Band links: Official Website (eng) | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube
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