Iceland's Beneath premiere 'Emphemeris' full-length via New Noise Magazine; record out this Friday via Unique Leader
This Friday, Icelandic death metal collective Beneath will drop their blistering Ephemeris full-length via Unique Leader Records. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, At The Gates, etc.) at the acclaimed Studio Fredman in the fall of 2016, Ephemeris features new recruit Mike Heller (Malignancy, Control/Resist, Fear Factory) at the drum stool. The result is nine tracks of relentless brutality; an odyssey through the forthcoming millenniums of exponential colonization of planets and galaxies by human induced technology; a world where technology has gone way beyond the frontier of the imagination.
Hear the record in full courtesy of New Noise Magazine at THIS LOCATION.
Ephemeris will be released on August 18th via Unique Leader Records. Physical pre-orders are currently available at THIS LOCATION. For digital orders, visit the Unique Leader Bandcamp page HERE.
On Ephemeris, Wonderbox Metal commends the band's, "condensed surgical brutality and forward-thinking intrigue." Archiac Triad champions an, "extraordinary piece of music, which shows that neither stagnation nor experimentation can really put a dent in the life span of brutal death metal, as long as the vocals are deep and growling as all hell and you keep your complex riffing straight-forward." In an 8/10 rating Dead Rhetoric notes, "Explosive, and sometimes surprisingly catchy, Ephemeris is some of Beneaths finest material to date. A slim and focused release that allows the brutality to flourish without fear of numbing the listener's senses, it's ultimately the marriage of steamrolling aggression and sly melodies that give the band their strongest weapon." Adds Last Rites of closing track "Multiangular" specifically, "It opens in a flurry of swirling rage and torment and slowly attacks that emotion with different musical approaches. Discordance, which the band finally realized is a helpful tactic, dominates the second swath alternating with diminished lead runs and then, with a bugle-like call from the lead guitar, the track descends into a blend of what they've done so well across the previous eight tracks. Drums remain intense, guitars display true melody, vocals continue to use almost laid-back rhythms and it's all seamlessly blended together to create a finish that leads directly back to where it started."
Beneath was formed in 2007. The band released their first EP, Hollow Empty Void, in 2010 which landed them a record deal with Unique Leader Records. In 2012, Beneath unveiled their debut full-length, Enslaved By Fear. The album was mixed by Daniel Bergstrand (Behemoth, In Flames, Meshuggah) at Dug Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden. In 2013, the band headed to Bialystok, Poland to record their second full length, The Barren Throne, with legendary death metal producers, Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawski, known for their work with bands like Decapitated, Vader, and Behemoth. The record dropped in April of 2014 to stellar reviews with No Clean Singing crowning it, "one of the best albums of the year," hailing their special brand of, "dynamic, intricate death metal with a touch of somberness and depressive melody." Angry Metal Guy concurred, "The Barren Throne is the culmination of .... [the] anti-religion, hate, death, blood, and gore of Enslaved By Fear only this time it's dragged out across a lengthy eleven gruelling abominations," while The Sludgelord championed the record's meticulous fusion of, "black, death, and a little bit of prog, all mixed within a cauldron of dark imagery and a tale of a dark being awakening and creating a world of despair and destruction." 2017 welcomes Ephemeris.
Mexican heavy metal warriors Battle Raider are streaming their highly anticipated sophomore album, Battle Raider, at Legacy magazine's website. Set for international release on August 21st via Fighter Records, hear Battle Raider's self-titled new album in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Having released their debut album, Hard Flyer, in 2015 and obtaining a good international following, Battle Raider have been deepening their epic brand of pure heavy metal on their self-titled second album, a much more mature and defined work that was recorded during the first half of 2017. Any fan of bands like very early Queenrsyche, Cirith Ungol, Iron Maiden, early Fates Warning, Crimson Glory, and even Manowar will for sure adore this new album by Battle Raider!
In the lead-up to its release next Monday, hear Battle Raider in its entirety HERE, courtesy of Legacy, Germany's defenders of the true.
Texan thrashers Warbeast premiere 'Enter The Arena' via Loudwire; album to drop this Friday via Housecore
Enter The Arena, the long-awaited new full-length from Texas thrash warriors Warbeast, will make its final descent this Friday via Housecore Records. In advance of its release, Loudwire is currently offering up an exclusive stream of the record at THIS LOCATION.
Enter The Arena -- which was captured at Philip H. Anselmo's famed Nodferatu's Lair, mixed by Mike Thompson at the Riff Factory and mastered by Lee Russell -- features newest Warbeast recruits, guitarist Drew Shoup and bassist Lyric Ferchaud, and stands among band's most potent, volatile, and unrepentantly powerful offering yet.
Warbeast's Enter The Arena will see release on August 4th on CD, LP, and digitally. For physical pre-orders go to THIS LOCATION. For digital orders go HERE.
The release of Warbeast's Enter The Arena follows vocalist Bruce Corbitt's recent esophageal cancer diagnosis. A treatable though rarely curable disease, Corbitt faces the likelihood that he will never be able to sing again. The singer, who recently completed an intensive schedule of radiation treatments, played his final show on May 27th at the Rail Club in Fort Worth. Last month the band played a release show for Enter The Arena with vocals handled by Philip H. Anselmo, Edwin Neal (Texas Chain Saw Massacre), and Wayne Abney (Hammer Witch) with Corbitt performing a few refrains. View a slide show courtesy of the Dallas Observer HERE as well as live footage HERE.
Comments Anselmo, "In light of the complicated situations surrounding Bruce Corbitt, lead vocalist for Rigor Mortis and Warbeast, respectively, most of us sisters and brothers in the heavy metal community are very aware of, I'd like to extend an enormous amount of just-praise upon him. Since the late 1980s to the present, Bruce has always been a person to count on as a friend, and an excellent man to work closely with. Our love of music brought us together and created an unbreakable bond, and that is a priceless cornerstone that can't be ignored when examining one's life in hindsight. Bruce has always shot me straight, given me life advice, and from my perspective, has always been there for anyone and everyone in need, for a myriad of unselfish reasons. I thank all that's good out there I had the chance to be a part of the four Warbeast releases, and I feel Bruce's best is on their latest record, Enter The Arena. He's a damned warrior, a fighter, and best of all, for the better of the genre, one of the most recognized voices in all of heavy metal. Well done, Big Brother."
A special fund to help with the Corbitt family's escalating medical expenses has been set up. To donate visit THIS LOCATION.
An in-depth interview with Corbitt was recently published by Decibel Magazine in their September 2017 issue. Order a copy today at THIS LOCATION.
The roots of Warbeast are firmly entrenched in the legendary '80s Texas underground metal scene. Vocalist Bruce Corbitt was the voice of speed metal splatter kings Rigor Mortis, who achieved major label success on Capitol Records in 1988. Guitarist Scott Shelby was part of the riff machine behind Gammacide, one of Texas' most furious thrash exports. Drum tornado Joey Gonzalez now also provides blasts and mayhem for Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals and Superjoint.
Swedish Melodic Death / Thrash squad Mordenial is all set to release their sophomore full length "The Plague" on 31st July via Black Lion Records. The best way to describe the music is when crunchy groovy elements bump into some exquisite melody driven death metal music.
No Clean Singing is exclusively streaming the album, earlier before the actual release date.
"The music is also immensely powerful in its sound, and immensely punishing in its impact, and those grim melodies prove to be as infectious as the contagions that have inspired the album."
"In 2014, we started to work with our second album "The Plague". We had some lyrics as well as fragments for the title track. The writing went slow for a while but at the beginning of 2015, we managed to put 10 songs together that we all were satisfied with.
The songs were recorded late 2015 after a lot of technical problems during the recording. We contacted Roberto Toderico who did the artwork for "Where The Angels Fall" and he did an awesome artwork that fits well with the concept of the album.
"The Plague" is basically 10 different songs that all deal with the concept "Plague", all from a futuristic perspective to a more ancient perspective. The lyrical aspects are also about how people justify terrible act by pretending to be chosen by god or gods.
The album is a mixture of different types of metal. We are not bound to boundaries when we create songs for Mordenial. Our definition of the "The Plague" is a heavy album with a lot of variation. We are very satisfied with the outcome of the songs and hopefully you will like it to."
Fiebig — Vocals, Drums
Kjetil Lynghaug — Lead Guitar
Martin — Guitar, Bass
Italian horror death metallers Gravesite stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Neverending Trail of Skulls, at Decibel magazine's website. Set for international release on August 1st via Xtreem Music, the album was recorded by Umberto Furlan at Black Sun Studio between October 2016 and February 2017, with a later mastering by Daniel Lowndes at Resonance Sound Studio and topped off by the artwork of Matteo Zanella. Hear Gravesite's Neverending Trail of Skulls in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Gravesite was formed back in 2014 by members from other bands like Haemophagus, Undeed Creep, and Cancer Spreading among others, and released a demo entitled Obsessed by the Macabre. This led to their signing with Xtreem Music, who released their debut album Horrifying Nightmares... in July 2015, which was formed by nine tracks of old-fashioned death metal in the best tradition of bands like Autopsy, Grave, Death, and Carcass. Hear the full continuation of that tradition exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine.
Italian Technical / Melodic Death Metal band Integral recently released debut album Resilience on Japanese label Ghastly Music. Integral's sound can be summarized as the merging point of melodic death metal riffing, brutal blast beats, harsh vocal lines, deathcore groovy breakdowns, and mellow fusion openings. That is exactly what one gets from the 10 tracks on Resilience, along with introspective and inner conflict-based lyrics. Mixed and mastered by Ettore Rigotti (Destrage, Disarmonia Mundi, Babymetal...), the album also features Steffen Kummerer from Obscura and Tommy Talamanca from Sadist.
Recommended for fans of The Black Dahlia Murder, Beyond Creation, The Faceless, Gorod, and technical death metal in general.
Stream and/or purchase Resilience: https://integralband.bandcamp.com/releases
"Mechanical Existence Construction" promo video: https://youtu.be/jwVVhUbaLzg
Drum recording: Tommy Talamanca at "Nadir Music"
Vocal, guitar and bass recording: David Zampini at "A Mano Armata Dischi"
Keys and programming: David Zampini and Ettore Rigotti
Mixing and mastering: Ettore Rigotti at "The Metal House"
Guest vocals on Mechanical Existence Construction by: Steffen Kummerer
Guitar solo on Room with a View by: Tommy Talamanca
Illustration by: Francesco Buttarelli
Alessio Moraschini (vocals)
Massimiliano Cirelli (guitar)
Jacopo Farina (guitar)
Marco Morandi (bass)
Agostino Buttarelli (drums)
Black / Death upstarts Vesicant stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Shadows of Cleansing Iron, at CVLTNation.com. Set for international release on July 14th via Iron Bonehead Productions, hear Vesicant's Shadows of Cleansing Iron in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from New Zealand's fertile metal underground, Vesicant create a constantly churning momentum of coil-and-release dynamics, draped in dread and doom and grinding to ash all who stand in their way. Verily, Shadows of Cleansing Iron is aptly titled: the duo's world-eating sound approximates the inexorable crush of hulking, rusty tanks lurking across battlefields from time immemorial.
Vesicant started as a serious band in 2014 when Profanum moved to Wellington and immediately began writing material with then-drummer Carnifex. In late 2014, Mordance joined on drums, who quickly became a core member - while assisting with lyrics, he also does vocals on Shadows of Cleansing Iron. Carnifex and Pravus had left the band prior to the full-length; their contributions can be found on our demo. Vesicant's core concept became the abject horrors and untold abysmal affliction for those men who fought in WWI - more specifically, "Vesicant" or gas attacks used as a method of psychological deterrence with intent to do physical bodily harm en masse. Vesicant's purpose isn't to glorify war, but merely an attempt to channel the intense feelings of those who lived or died during that hellish era.
Of course, neither side are excluded. We saw Entente and Central powers fighting in unison against a greater enemy: FEAR. Fear of losing their brothers in arms, fear of retreat, fear of embarrassing their nation's flag, fear of being torn apart by shrapnel, or worse... Vesicant's music is largely inspired by novels of the Great War, such as Ernst Jünger's Storm of Steel - in particular, the author's point of view that the war provided each man a stark purpose and direct path of ascension towards personal heroism and immortality. Other concepts buttress the overall carnage and harrowing annihilation of the Great War, such as nature's reverence for the sacrifice, yet its soil drinks up the blood of these men ambivalently.
For now, Shadows of Cleansing Iron is an aural assault of the most harrowing violent proportions. Darkness and despair mixed with confusion provides the basis while moments of heroism provide the smallest glimmering hope of survival. Face the entirety of that onslaught exclusively HERE, courtesy of CVLTNation.com.
Chilean black / thrash magicians Invocation Spells stream the entirety of their highly anticipated third album, The Flame of Hate, via NoCleanSinging.com. Set for international release on July 7th via Hells Headbangers, hear Invocation Spells' The Flame of Hate in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Ever aptly titled, The Flame of Hate bursts into being immediately, igniting a sulphurous conflagration from the first few notes. Indeed, this is very much the Invocation Spells the metal underground quickly came to worship with Hells Headbangers' international release of the band's second album, Descendent the Black Throne: harsh, hammering black / thrash imbued with that ancient filth 'n' fury that can only come from South America, and specifically the duo's cult homeland of Chile. But as the album evolves, often at a breakneck pace, it becomes poignantly apparent that Invocation Spells have advanced as songwriters.
Granted, much of Descendent the Black Throne had a special magic that helped it elude easy "black / thrash" categorization - namely, through an acute balance between the bestial and more classically speed metal tropes - but the molten, even martial pulse the band employ here turns these more deliberately hypnotic spells of possession into veritable anthems of minimalism, spilling poison and black blood in equal measure, and giving new rise to the term "headbanging." And just like its predecessor, the recording across The Flame of Hate locates that elusive middle-ground between fuck-off raw and clear/cutting, with each incensed-yet-impassioned note ringing out through the humid haze before mangling the mind with quintessentially Chilean diabolism. At eight compact songs, The Flame of Hate wastes no time and demands repeat ignition, each glowing/glowering ember lighting the way to absolute possession. The Flame of Hate burns to the touch, and Invocation Spells dare you to take this torch!
Feel the full burn of that torch exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. Pre-order info can be found at Hells Headbangers' Bandcamp HERE, where the album can also be pre-ordered.
Spanish occult doom metal band Kabbalah have teamed up with The Sludgelord to stream the
entirety of their new album Spectral Ascent. The album will be released on July 7th 2017 via Twin Earth Records.
Stream the album here: http://thesludgelord.blogspot.com/2017/06/album-premiere-spanish-psychdoom-trio.html
Pre-order the vinyl edition here: http://twinearthrecords.storenvy.com/products/20518964-kabbalah-spectral-ascent-limited-edition-clear-transparent-vinyl-lp-pre-o
Pre-order the album on CD or digital formats here: https://kabbalahrock.bandcamp.com/album/spectral-ascent
Serbian crossover thrash maniacs Nadimac stream the entirety of their highly anticipated fifth album, Besnilo ("Indignation"), at web-portal ToiletOvHell.com. Set for international release on July 3rd via Xtreem Music, hear Nadimac's Besnilo in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Containing 14 raging songs, Nadimac's Besnilo is a manic attack to your ears with an uncommercial style of high-paced crossover thrash metal not for weak ears, which will for sure please any lover of bands like Tankard, Cryptic Slaughter, Razor, Assassin, The Exploited, S.O.D., Crumbsuckers, D.R.I., and Sodom.
In the lead-up to its release on July 3rd, hear Besnilo in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of ToiletOvHell.com
1. Uvod u Besnilo (The Indignation Echo)
2. Palikuca (Flaming Vendetta)
3. Jednom Nogom u Gradu (Escapism Against Modernism)
4. Kapitalizam je Kanibalizam (Capitalism is Cannibalism)
5. Revolucija u Izlogu (Shopping Revolution)
6. U Podrumu Žute Kuce (Organ Market Basement)
7. Anatomija Poslušnosti (Anatomy of Obedience)
8. Analni Ovcar (Anal Shepherd)
9. Teraj se u Kurac (Go Fuck Yourself)
10. Prvi Put sa Kevom na Šemu (My Mum's Drugs)
11. Rodjen u Ofsajdu (Nesportski Dan) (Born in Offside [Anti-Sport Day])
12. Zemlja Povraca (Mother Earth is Vomiting)
13. Crna Štampa (Diarrhea Newsweek)
14. Bez Ograda, bez Barijera (Against Elitism, Pro Unity
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