In a new video, UK death metal giants Abhorrent Decimation confirm they have appointed Ross McLennan (of Reign of Fury fame) as their new lead guitarist. McLennan, a long time friend of the band, enters the fold to complete the line up and begins to contribute material as the group start work on their Prosthetic Records debut.
“I’m really happy to be joining the band at such an exciting time. I’ve known the guys quite a while and always admired their drive and professionalism. I hope that I can add something to that formula and I look forward to contributing towards making the next record a success.” Vocalist Ashley Scott added, “Ross has been a friend of the band for such a long time, it’s great to have him fill this position. As a unit, we are closer than we have ever been, the creative juices are flowing and we are ready to seriously up our game from the Miasmic era. The themes for this new one are all done, we have a considerable amount of demoed material already and we are just extremely excited to collaborate with Prosthetic on this release.”
On top of this, the video contains some new audio, perhaps a sign that things are changing with the bands sound? Bass player David Archer, who will also be engineering and producing the upcoming album had this to say…
“The dynamic of the band has changed recently and that has obviously altered the way that we do things. I really wanted to try to include influences from other genres and styles to make our sound a bit broader and more musical whilst still retaining that aggression of our previous material. The main thing that I want to achieve with this album is to create something that sounds a bit more involved and thought-out. Something dark, brooding and just a bit more reflective, whilst still being something that our fans can appreciate and that we will enjoy playing live.”
Rhythm guitarist William Cooke added,
“We’re bringing a lot more to the table this time around, the demos we have made so far are packed with new influences and I know our fans are going to love the general direction of this sound. It’s an extremely exciting time.”
The band have also shared the final run of dates that they will play before they head into the studio to begin recording this winter, they also confirm that they are main support to Wombbath in London next year at The Black Heart Camden, 3rd February 2017, get that one in your diaries.
The final shows are…
27 August 2016 - The Black Heart, London
22 October 2016 - TBA, Belgium
23 October 2016 - TBA, Belgium
28 October 2016 - The Facebar, Reading
30 October 2016 - Fulford Arms, York
Death metal legends Obituary have announced Ten Thousand Ways To Die, a special two-song single containing a pair of brand new studio tracks plus a bonus live set of twelve classics and fan favourites from the band's storied catalogue. Recorded in eleven different cities during the band's highly successful 2015 Inked In Blood world tour, the live tracks capture the incredible performances of a band that has stood atop the death metal pantheon for almost 30 years. Ten Thousand Ways To Die is sure to satisfy new and die-hard Obituary fans and will quench the blood-thirst of listeners until the band's new album drops in Spring 2017.
Listen to the new single "Loathe" now via this location. Physical pre-orders for Ten Thousand Ways To Die are available at this location with digital pre-orders available here.
Additionally, the band has announced a Fall European Tour, The Battle of the Bays, with support from Exodus, Prong and King Parrot. The tour kicks off October 21st in Hannover, Germany and a complete listing of dates is included below.
The band commented on the live album saying:
"We are very excited about the live songs that we recorded on this last US Tour. Joe Cincotta from Full Force Studio is also our live sound engineer and he had his full recording rig on the road with us so we took advantage of the opportunity and recorded the show every night. The quality was amazing so we decided to include this as part of the Ten Thousand Ways to Die release to give the fans a little Ob bonus! We selected songs from different cities so you will hear the sound difference between each song. Nothing was done to the songs after the live performance recording so it gives you the real, true, unedited "live show" sound and feeling that the fans experienced at each show."
Obituary Tour Dates:
Oct 21 Hannover, DE Capitol
Oct 22 Lille, FR Aeronef
Oct 23 Rennes, FR L’Etage
Oct 24 Paris, FR Elysée Montmartre
Oct 25 London, UK Electric Ballroom
Oct 27 Glasgow, UK Garage
Oct 28 Manchester, UK Academy 2
Oct 29 Birmingham, UK 02 Academy 2
Oct 30 Southampton, UK Engine Rooms
Nov 01 Antwerp, BE Trix
Nov 02 Tilburg, NL O13
Nov 03 Leuuwarden, NL Neushoom
Nov 04 Cologne, DE Live Music Hall
Nov 05 Aarhus, DK Voxhall
Nov 06 Copenhagen, DK Pumpehuset
Nov 08 Dortmund, DE FZW
Nov 09 Berlin, DE Huxley’s
Nov 10 Leipzig, DE Taubchenthal
Nov 11 Warsaw, PL Progresja
Nov 12 Katowice, PL Mega Club
Nov 13 Ostrava, CZ Garaz
Nov 15 Bucharest, RO Arlene Romane
Nov 16 Budapest, HU Durer Kert
Nov 17 Zagreb, HR Tvornica Club
Nov 18 Vienna, AT Arena
Nov 19 Bologna, IT Zona Roveri
Nov 20 Zurich, CH Komplex
Mammothfest 2016 will support Martlets Hospice in Brighton following tragic passing of Tom from Architects
The Mammothfest team in Brighton have been deeply moved by the passing of Tom Searle of Architects recently. He spent his last days being cared for by the incredible people at Martlets hospice, a charity that rely on donations to continue to help those in need through their last days. Stephen Dickson, Mammothfest director commented:
"Firstly we send our love and compassion to the band and their families at this difficult time. Having personally witnessed the passing of my best friend and Mammothfest business partner Rik Mosquero in 2013 after months in a hospice, we know just how tough a journey it is. It is fucking brutal so we are compelled to do something positive to put some back. The people in hospices are on another level, the care they give is so amazing so Architects and Martlets have got our complete support.
We have therefore invited Martlets hospice down to have a stall for the weekend and we will be holding daily raffles so we can try to raise as much money as possible. This is where we ask everyone around the world to chip in and help the cause!"
MAMMOTHFEST are asking you all, yes you bands, labels, magazines, printing companies and other - whatever it may be - if you have something that can be raffled, send it to the address below asap:
3B Highcroft Villas
Every prize will be raffled and every single penny raised will go directly to the hospice.
Cut off point is 20/09/2016 to submit prizes.
If you are unable to attend or send prizes for the raffle but want to support this incredible charity/cause then please donate at the following just giving page:
Cradle Of Filth the UK’s most visionary and hellish outfit are very pleased to announce that they are currently writing new material. The band have been locked away for the past week in a studio in Brno, Czech Republic, working on the follow up to their 2015 opus ‘Hammer Of The Witches’.
The evening before embarking on their creative quest, rather vocal front man Dani Filth said the following:
"As a band we are very much looking forward to our writing session in Brno. It's going to be very inspirational to just bury ourselves away in a rehearsal room in the Czech Republic and knead our ammunition of razor sharp flesh-ripping sonic torments into sinister form. Hopefully when we emerge from our musical chrysalis one week later, something beautiful will be born. The new Cradle Of Filth album will be mostly written. Then will come the long Autumnal evenings bringing the monster further to life by dressing it in lyricism. I can hardly wait!"
“As a band, Cradle Of Filth have already written about fifty percent of the material towards the new album, which now requires collating and readdressing. We started writing shortly after returning from our highly successful tour of the U.S. and Canada back in March. We were 'adrenalised' by the whole reaction we received out there, having not been back to that part of the world for a fair few years. The camaraderie of playing to that many people across seven weeks really inspired us to start writing material again so soon after the release of our previous endeavour, 'Hammer Of The Witches'.”
“There are certainly a few songs completed already, though these will undoubtedly be scrutinised thoroughly when we hit the rehearsal studio. It'll just be awesome to play through it all creatively in the rehearsal room.”
“We can reveal that there is one song carried over from the previous album, a veritable lament entitled 'Achingly Beautiful'. We've worked some more on it, fleshing it out considerably. It is very old school Cradle Of Filth, featuring a haunting middle section full of soaring female vocals and choir very akin to 'A Gothic Romance' from the album 'Dusk... and Her Embrace'. It may not even make this album's grade in the end, as we're being extremely thorough with quality control, but it's definitely something that is being delivered to the proverbial butcher's block from the off.”
Cradle Of Filth chose Brno as a location for several reasons aside from the draw of its elegance and rich architecture; drummer Marthus and second guitarist Ashok live there, plus Brno is also home to Europe's second largest Ossuary, which is essentially a medieval charnel house filled with fifty thousand skeletons, second only in size to the catacombs in Paris.
More on ‘Hammer Of The Witches’
‘Blackest Magick In Practice’ Official Video
'Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych' Official Video Censored
'Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych' Official Video Uncensored
‘Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess’ Lyric Video
‘Enshrined In Crematoria’ Official Track
Cradle Of Filth links;
Two years after the release of their seminal album, The Divination of Antiquity (2014), pioneers of contemporary UK Black Metal, Winterfylleth, return with their highly anticipated new release, The Dark Hereafter, confirmed for a September 30th release on Candlelight / Spinefarm Records.
Musically, we find the band progressing their ideas, moving into uncharted territories – exploring longer, more expansive songs and building on their signature sound with both style & intent. Thematically, The Dark Hereafter casts a light on how we are now seeing the negative, long-term effects of bad policy making and global oligarchy playing out in society; how we have learnt all of these lessons before and yet ignore the wisdom of the ages.
Featuring 5 brand new tracks, The Dark Hereafter finds Winterfylleth at their most musically focused and lyrical best. The band once again used the amazing production talents of Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studio and Tim Turan at Turan Audio to make the record a reality.
Says guitarist Chris Naughton:
“After two years away, we are really pleased to share this new record with you all. We thought a lot about making it, what it has to say lyrically, what that means and how we progress along with that as a band approaching our 10th year of existence. In recent years, it feels like we’ve been living in an uncertain and unsettling world, and on ‘The Dark Hereafter’ we wanted to bring the issues surrounding that uncertainty to life within these new songs. They carry a lot of meaning and sentiment for us, and we hope they will also have that meaning for you. We look forward to seeing you all along the way in 2016/17!”
Fans can pre-order the physical album now in a variety of bundles at http://po.st/91Ry4B or pre-order the digital record and automatically received an instant download of “Ensigns of Victory” here.
After their brilliantly bonkers performance at Bloodstock mainstage last week to an absolutely huge crowd all robototroning, crabuloning and hurricanadoing like crazy, Evil Scarecrow are delighted to announce new dates for the start of 2017 and beyond, on their ‘Rock You Like A Hurricanado’ tour backed by Live Nation.
Previously released dates:
29th October - Corporation, Sheffield
26th November - Midlands Metal Crusade, Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
7th January - Yardbirds, Grimsby
‘Rock You Like A Hurricanado Tour’:
26th January - Cathouse, Glasgow
27th January - The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
28th January - Rock City, Nottingham
2nd February - The Engine Rooms, Southampton
3rd February - Electric Ballroom, London
4th February - Thekla, Bristol
Tickets are now available from all usual online vendors:
This fabulous, fun band will be bringing their unique brand of metal, mayhem and madness to several shows across the UK and with their ever growing fan following, they can guarantee a wildly wonderful show that you’d be mad to miss. Bring party poppers, plastic blow up crabs & any other robot/wind/crustacean related things you can think of!
A quote from Dr Hell on the forthcoming shows:
“We’re back on the road for our ‘Rock you like a Hurricanado Tour’ (see what we did there). We’ll be bringing our biggest, silliest show yet along with some brand new, probably never heard before, music ‘genius’. I expect the entire tour to sell out immediately now that we are super famous massive rock stars, so I’ll be personally selling extra tickets on eBay like a dirty tout. Dust off your robot cardboard boxes and get ready to spin on the spot!"
The Raven Age ft. Iron Maiden's bassists son George Harris announce new album - 'Darkness Will Rise'
UK metallers The Raven Age (ft. George Harris) will be releasing their debut album Darkness Will Rise this December
As you may know guitarist George Harris is the son of Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris and the band have been on the road with Maiden supporting them on ‘The Book Of Souls’ World Tour, which saw them play 36 countries over the past 6 months and concluded at Wacken Open Air festival on 4th August.
Hailing from Harlow the 5-piece have been making big waves on the metal scene. In 2014 they released their self-titled debut EP, which has achieved over 1,000,000 streams and following its release climbed to number 1 on Amazon’s Hot New Release Chart and number 16 on the Top 100 Amazon Rock and Metal Chart. The EP features the track 'Angel In Disgrace’ which reached number 3 in the iTunes Metal Chart in Australia.
Darkness Will Rise can be pre-ordered with an exclusive free track ‘Trapped Within The Shadows’ from - http://theravenage.org/
Classic Heavy Metal veterans Iron Maiden have officially released an 'End Of Tour' video clip which you can watch by clicking the below video.
The tour was in support of the band's latest album 'The Book of Souls' which is their 16th studio album and holds it's position as the longest-ever-made-album in Iron Maiden history, notching up 92 minutes.
Ipswich ‘War Torn’ Black Metal 4-piece Eastern Front are the fifth inductees to the resurrected Cacophonous coven, signing to the label today and announcing their much anticipated third album "Empire" for release on 30th September.
"Empire" focuses on the concept of building an empire through bloodshed and devastation, and is the first record to feature new vocalist Marder after Nagant decided it was time to hand over the vocal duties.
“Signing to the birthplace of UK Black Metal, and to be a part of this historic relaunch is such an honour. Their mission statement and work ethic really resonates with us and clearly it hasn't changed since the early 90's, their passion to succeed is infectious and with it being such exciting time in the UK extreme music scene the quality of the Cacophonous roster is testament to that. We feel our brand of War Torn Black Metal is a perfect fit and will add to the legacy. Cacophonous has always had a great reputation for pioneering new and established bands, so in our tenth year of existence it’s the perfect place for Eastern Front to launch 'EmpirE'.
'EmpirE' is our darkest and most conceptual release to date. Its essence is limitless loss, the notion that empires are literally built upon countless sacrifice and slaughter. The bigger the empire the more blood will have been spilt, the more pain endured, the more wounds inflicted. ‘EmpirE’ is a focused single vision of death as is conveyed throughout the artwork and is our statement of intent as a band redefined. This concept resonates for the members of Eastern Front, pain and loss having been the band’s fifth member for the last few years so this as catalyst certainly affected the writing when research began, that place of introspective honestly is what birthed the album ‘Empire’
We welcome Marder to the vocal parapet, a true ferocious force of nature and now an essential part of our battalion. During the first studio sessions Marder came in as a guest for the record but from the first scream we knew if the job of vocalist for Eastern Front ever became available again she is the one. It did. She is.”
- Destroyer, Guitars
Two years after the release of their seminal album The Divination of Antiquity (2014), pioneers of contemporary UK Black Metal, Winterfylleth return with their highly anticipated new release, The Dark Hereafter on Spinefarm/Candlelight Records. Musically we find the band progressing their ideas and moving into uncharted territories; exploring longer, more expansive songs and building on their signature sound with style & intent. Thematically The Dark Hereafter casts a light on how we are now seeing the negative, long term effects of bad policy making and global oligarchy playing out in our societies, how we have learnt all of these lessons before and yet ignore the wisdom of the ages.
Featuring 5 brand new tracks, The Dark Hereafter finds Winterfylleth at their most musically focused and lyrical best. The band once again used the amazing production talents of Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studio and Tim Turan and Turan Audio to make the record a reality. Speaking about the new record, guitarist Chris Naughton said;
“After two years away we are really pleased to share this new record with you all. We thought a lot about making it, what it has to say lyrically, what that means and how we progress along with that as a band approaching our 10th year of existence. In recent years it feels like we have been living in an uncertain and unsettling world, and on ‘The Dark Hereafter’ we wanted to bring the issues surrounding that uncertainty to life, within these new songs. They carry a lot of meaning and sentiment for us and we hope they will also have that meaning for you too. We look forward to seeing you all along the way in 2016/17!”
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