Tool celebrates their third consecutive #1 debut on Billboard’s Top 200, with Fear Inoculum (RCA Records) reigning over the U.S. sales charts, selling 270,000 units.
The news of Fear Inoculum’s impressive debut comes amidst news stories of the album release being met by lengthy lines at retailers as music lovers clamoured to get a copy of the limited edition, physical version of the CD. The spectacular, groundbreaking packaging boasts a 4” HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage, charging cable, 2 watt speaker, a 36-page booklet and a digital download card. The Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) released a rare statement, describing the event-like album release:-
“Several stores had well-attended midnight sales on Thursday (it was my store's first midnight sale in 10 years). When we returned to work on Friday morning, there were lines at the door… the TOOL release was the biggest thing to hit retail in years.”
The success wasn’t isolated to the U.S., with the album debuting at #1 in Australia, Norway, New Zealand, and Belgium, as well as Top 5 debuts in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, Italy and Finland.
Scandinavian death metal band makes death metal history in Denmark as their come-back album "Blasphemy Awakes" enters the Danish charts at an amazing no. 2 on the vinyl chart and at no. 7 on the physical album chart.
"Anything is possible, but nothing is real or atleast this is surreal. A hellish greeting to those who made this possible, and between you and me, God is not included", says vocalist MHA.
The comeback album "Blasphemy Awakes" was recorded and mixed in late 2017 by Jakob Gundel (Invocator) in Copenhagen at Gain Factory. The new line-up features Perra Karlsson (Destroyer 666, Nominon) on drums, Kræn Meier (Sacrificial, Atomkraft) on guitars and JP Storm (ex. Dominus) on guitars and bass on this recording is handled by KB Larsen (Volbeat). Artwork is done by Roberto Toderico.
Thorium will perform at this year's Metal Magic Festival on the 14th of July and currently a European tour is being booked.
MHA – Vokills
Kræn Meier - Guitars
JP Storm - Guitars
Perra Karlsson - Drums
Claus Krans - Bass (Bass on the "Blasphemy Awakes" album by KB Larsen)
Deathcore squad Gravemind's EP 'The Deathgate' was released last week and the floodgates have opened - with the completely independent niche--within-niche genre Deathcore record hitting #70 on the ARIA Charts overall, #20 on the Australian Artists Chart and #2 on the Australian Independent AIR Chart. A massive effort for the Melbourne outfit, who have very few of the vinyl record pre-orders they put on pre-order last week as well.
For most of the release week, they sat within the top 5 Metal releases, top 20 Rock releases and top 100 overall in iTunes and number 2 Metal release in Bandcamp.
The release was announced via a viral mystery website - to which they revealed themselves to be the ones behind thedeathgate.com. It was a source of mystery that many media outlets tried to solve - The Music, killyourstereo, Rogue Inc, AAA Backstage, Reddit, Tomatrax, Deathcore Memes and more searched the site from top to bottom for clues, with varying degrees of success.
Early July saw Melbourne Deathcore outfit Gravemind unveil that they were behind mystery website thedeathgate.com. The site countdown eventually revealed that Gravemind were behind the site.
They are heading out on their EP release tour in September, which sees them on a three date jaunt in Brisbane, Melbourne and Launceston that brings along fellow Deathcore crew Blind Oracle for the Brisbane and Melbourne shows.
Punters can look forward to seeing Gravemind on tour, having developed their sound and bone-rattling live show in shows with bands such as Architects, House Vs Hurricane, I Killed the Prom Queen, King Parrot, Hollow World, Iconoclast, A Night in Texas and Justice for the Damned.
Gravemind's EP 'The Deathgate' is out now. Singles 'Anaesthesia' and 'Echo' are available now in iTunes and Spotify and all online retailers.
For more information go to gravemindofficial.com.
While She Sleeps’ third album ‘You Are We’ entered the UK album charts at a career-high Number 8 last week. The record also debuted at Number 15 in Germany and Number 26 in Australia. The Sheffield band chose to fund the campaign with the help of their loyal fanbase through Pledge Music, making for a totally independently produced and released record. They achieved well over 200% of their initial goal and were able to connect with their fans every step of the way.
Made with Carl Bown, who also produced ‘Brainwashed’, the songs that comprise ‘You Are We’ reaffirm While She Sleeps as one of the most inspiring, riotous and important voices in British music today, demonstrating both their continued musical evolution and their incisive social conscience.
Swedish Power metal heroes, Sabaton, released their latest record, The Last Stand, on August 19th through Nuclear Blast. The album reached the highest UK chart position in the bands history debuting at #17 on the National Chart.
The success was wide-spread globally including top positions in Czech Republic, Finland, Switzerland and the band's native country Sweden. Now the Swedish quintet have entered the Top 10 of the world charts with the new studio album, hitting no. 6.
The band commented on this big success across the world:
"It's absolutely great to see that we list higher in every country than ever before with our new album The Last Stand. This inspires us to continue to write songs since apparently fans think we still have the ability. Now we just look forward to performing them all live!"
Worldwide first week chart positions for The Last Stand include:
#1 - Czech Republic
#1 - Finland
#1 - Sweden (#1 in Rock/Metal)
#1 - Switzerland
#2 - Germany
#2 - Austria
#2 - Poland
#4 - Belgium (#3 - Vlanders, #11 Wallonie)
#11 - Netherlands
#11 - Norway
#15 - Hungary
#17 - UK (#1 in The Rock Chart #5 in Indie Chart)
#18 - Spain
#20 - Canada (#2 Hard Music Chart)
#29 - Australia
#32 - France
# 63 - US Billboard Chart (#2 on Billboard Hard Music Chart, #4 - Independent)
#92 - Ireland (#14 - Indie)
Additionally, the band have revealed the first track-by-track trailer today, telling more about the stories behind the songs. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/_nIPHU6N1IM
Order the album on CD, Vinyl and Limited Edition CD/DVD (includes signed insert, while stocks last) from Recordstore.co.uk here: http://bit.ly/SabatonRS
Or get the limited Gold, Yellow or Blue Vinyl, Box Set and Tank Edition (includes signed insert, while stocks last) from Nuclear Blast UK Store: http://bit.ly/SabatonNBStore
Or digitally: http://nblast.de/SabatonDownloads
A brand new video by West Virginia-based noise / stoner metal trio Rhin has just been completed and immediately dispatched by the aficionados of the underground at Cvlt Nation. Culled from their third album, "Passenger", the video was filmed for the track "Uncle Tuck" by the band at their own House Of Tuck residence where the LP was recorded as well.
Issues Cvlt Nation with the "Uncle Tuck" video premiere, "I love the hypnotic, psychedelic riffs of stoner metal, and the dirty blues of sludge, but I like them even better when they're mixed in the rebellious, chaotic blender that is noise! West Virginia's Rhin have a new album in the works entitled Passenger that will make you want to get all fucked up on moonshine and burn some shit!"
Feel free to shred to Rhin's "Uncle Tuck" at Cvlt Nation RIGHT HERE.
Baltimore-based Grimoire Records is preparing the diverse and damaging "Passenger" for release on splatter vinyl, cassette, and digital formats on May 6th, with a CD pressing following. Preorders are available HERE.
Directly preceding the release of "Passenger", Rhin will hook up with their brethren of dirge in Grizzlor for a three-day romp through the Northeast at the very end of April. Also Rhin will inundate the Southeastern and Midwestern states on a more extensive tour with Ratship, whom they recently did a split cassette with, that action running from May 26th through June 5th.
RHIN Tour Dates:
4/28/2016 The Fire - Philadelphia, PA w/ Grizzlor
4/29/2016 Grand Victory - Brooklyn, NY w/ Grizzlor
4/30/2016 Three Sheets - New Haven, CT w/ Grizzlor
5/26/2016 VClub - Huntington, WV w/ Ratship
5/27/2016 The Green Lantern - Lexington, KY w/ Ratship
5/28/2016 Nightmare House on Elm Street - Bowling Green, KY w/ Ratship
5/29/2016 Springwater Bar - Nashville, TN w/ Ratship
5/30/2016 Lost Cross House - Carbondale, IL w/ Ratship
5/31/2016 Black Sheep Cafe - Springfield, IL w/ Ratship
6/01/2016 Institute 4 Creativity - Champaign, IL w/ Ratship
6/02/2016 House Show - Bloomington, IN w/ Ratship
6/03/2016 Modern Cult Records - Louisville, KY w/ Ratship
6/04/2016 Rake's End - Cincinnati, OH w/ Ratship
6/05/2016 Spacebar - Columbus, OH w/ Ratship
Abbath have entered national, independent, and metal charts all over Europe with their eponymous debut album. 'Abbath' has been released worldwide on January 22nd. All current chart entries are listed below.
Sweden #3 - Hard Rock and Metal Chart
UK #14 - Top 40 Rock and Metal Chart
Norway #17 (higher than last Immortal album)
UK #33 - Top 50 Independent Chart
'Abbath' is still already available from the Season of Mist shop in several formats including a limited edition box with extras and Gatefold vinyl in various colours:
Artwork and track-list of 'Abbath'., which can both be viewed above and below.
01. To War!
03. Ashes of the Damned
04. Ocean of Wounds
05. Count the Dead
06. Fenrir Hunts
07. Root of the Mountain
09. Nebular Ravens Winter [bonus]
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