Devildriver's Clouds Over California The Studio Albums 2003 - 2011 box set has an updated release date of 19th August
Few musicians manage to make a worldwide impact with their music. Fewer still manage to pull that trick off twice – but Dez Fafara, the leader of DevilDriver, is one of this elite number. Formed in Santa Barbara, CA in 2002 when vocalist & frontman Dez Fafara’s previous band Coal Chamber were winding down, the five piece have since become a constant and dynamic force in the metal world over the best part of the last two decades. Now this deluxe collection of their first five albums entitled Clouds Over California documents their meteoric rise and is available in deluxe splatter LP and expanded CD format.
DevilDriver’s first, self-titled album DevilDriver had established a successful, groove-heavy precedent on its release in 2003 – but when the Californian quintet got together to compose material for the follow-up album two years later, their music had evolved to an unexpected degree, the result was The Fury Of Our Makers Hand. 2007’s The Last Kind Words was recorded as the, then DevilDriver line-up reached the apogee of its powers, ranging from mercilessly fast extreme metal, to subtler, slower territory and all points between. When Pray For Villains was recorded and released in 2009 the album was a deliberate attempt by DevilDriver to step back a little, inject some textures into the songs and allow the music to breathe, while still staying true to their sound. Their fifth album, 2011’s Beast made a clear statement of intent. It’s predecessor was deliberately more introspective so the intention was to amp everything up tenfold this time by getting visceral and violent again.
Iranian thrashers Tarantist contribute to the "Homanity" compilation, to raise awareness about censorship and persecution artists face in Iran
A group of Iranian musicians have contributed to a new compilation, Homanity, to raise awareness about the censorship and persecution artists face in Iran. The compilation was spearheaded by Crowdsourcing Human Rights and Democracy Council and will be released on May 7th.
Iran metallers Tarantist contributed with the track "Soldiering" and can listen to these locations:
Tarantist emerged from Tehran’s underground rock and metal scene in 2000. Their new release “Soldiering,” addresses Iran’s mandatory military conscription for men, who must serve for two years, without pay or benefits, if they want to go to university, get a passport, or participate in other economic activities. Many who do not want to serve are forced to flee Iran, and that comes with its own set of consequences.
People who escape the country (sneaking out from mountains in the borders) without having passport or military service documents are not able to return back to the country or even travel freely throughout the rest of the world.
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New Zealand's Black / Death cult Heresiarch present a collection of freshly mastered earlier materials on 'Incursion'
Forged in 2008, New Zealand’s Heresiarch is one of the most dominant forces of the current black / death metal underworld. The Wellington based malicious quartet has most recently crossed the threshold of an unprecedented level by bringing forth their debut LP, Death Ordinance. However, it will be inappropriate to glorify them solely based on the excellence of that album. Krucyator Productions offer the compilation CD Incursions —collecting all the materials that Heresiarch spawned prior to their 2017’s full length. All the tracks were newly mastered for this compilation album by Luke Finlay at Primal Mastering Studio to have an overall coherent sounding.
Presented in sequential order, the compilation starts with the numbers from 2011’s ruinous demo, Obsecrating the Global Holocaust. Having two originals and one Bathory tribute (Equimanthorn), this demo helped Heresiarch to create a strong buzz in the underground. The following six tracks are taken from the celebrated EP Hammer of Intransigencethe, originally came out a few months after the demo. The final three tracks are borrowed from their 2014’s manifestation, Wælwulf.
Incursions is the representation of Heresiarch’s relentless savagery. Available on CD via Krucyator Productions from April 22nd. .
Greek black metal mystics Melan Selas stream the entirety of their Reon compilation LP at Decibel magazine's website. Set for international release on May 25th via Iron Bonehead Productions, hear Melan Selas' Reon in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Melan Selas are a black metal duo hailing from Greece, comprised of vocalist/lyricist Ἀστραία (Astraea) - Oletir and multi-instrumentalist D.K. Formed in Trikala in 2016, the selfsame four-song Melan Selas debut EP soon followed that year on CD format. Here, Melan Selas march triumphantly forward with a mid-tempo, bass-driven sound that largely recalls the classic Hellenic black metal canon, but with a Lilith-like magic all their own. In fact, the titles to the EP's first two tracks - "Ethereal Annihilation" and "Ancient Spirit" - ring truer than most other descriptions of the band's sound.
Stoic and steely, simmering with a touch of madness spilling over into mysticism: this first recording set the stage for Melan Selas' next strike, which are two brand-new epics collected here for the first time. Longer and stronger, given to galloping blasts of speed, the latest developments of Melan Selas' sound charge forward with even more excitement and an addicting sense of victory. Additionally, a further flare for the classic Greek black metal sound is both defined and reinvigorated; you could easily say Reon came out 25 years ago as you could today. But let it be known that Melan Selas are no mere nostalgia act: their black metal is a deeply personal and potent sort, done with equal amounts reverence and abandon.
With their Melan Selas EP completing side B of the vinyl LP, Melan Selas' Reon is a dramatic introduction to what surely could become the black metal underground's new king and queen. Hail Hellas! Hail fully exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine.
Rotting Christ are announcing the release of 'Their Greatest Spells'. This double-CD compilation features a best of selection approved by frontman Sakis Tolis as well as the new track "I Will Not Serve" and will hit the stores on March 23rd.
Artwork, track-list, and album details of 'Their Greatest Spells' can be viewed below.
Rotting Christ have reached another peak in their long career that now spans over more than three decades. The Greeks have literally stood the test of time. With a steady core line-up and their well-honed live delivery, Rotting Christ are filling concert halls and reap enthusiastic crowd reactions wherever they go. This demonstration of love from their followers is not just driven by nostalgia as the band has managed to evolve and grow, while staying relevant beyond the classics with their highly acclaimed latest albums such as 'Aealo' (2010), 'Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού’ (2013), and 'Rituals' (2016).
With more than 30 years, 12 studio albums, a dozen EPs, singles and split releases, as well as more than 1.250 shows under their belt, it is about high time to take a retrospective look at this band's fascinating musical development by picking a select choice of key tracks covering the many facets of Rotting Christ that have sparkled over the years. With such a massive catalogue such an undertaking will always lead to controversy about certain additions as well as omissions from the final list, but the involvement of frontman Sakis Tolis in this extremely difficult task ensures that the result is at least relevant.
Rotting Christ were founded by Sakis Tolis and his brother Themis in the year 1987. Starting out on a basis of death and grind, the Greeks had already embarked on a darker musical journey by the time their debut full-length ‘Thy Mighty Contract’ (1993) was revealed. On the following seven albums covering a ten-year period from 'Non Serviam' (1994) to 'Sanctus Diavolos' (2004), Rotting Christ steadily defined their own distinct style by experimenting with elements from death, heavy, and gothic metal without betraying their black roots. At the same time, the band went from underground heroes to headliner status. With the highly acclaimed ninth album, 'Theogonia' (2007), the Greek stalwarts added an unmistakable native element to their sound, which has remained with them as a signature trademark ever since. Exploring the mythical legacy of cultures around the globe let to Rotting Christ 's massively successful latest release, 'Rituals'. With 'Their Greatest Spells', the Greek metal icons musically revisit their exciting legacy and even contribute a brand new track entitled "I Will Not Serve" to connect their past with the present.
Sakis: vocals, guitars
Van Ace: bass
On November 24th Bring Me The Horizon will release a compilation of the best tracks from their first five releases. The 15 songs on Bring Me The Horizon 2004-2013 span the British metal/rock band’s first nine years of existence. Vinyl editions will be available on February 9th 2018 standard vinyl is black and there is a limited edition dark red vinyl as well. Pre-orders are available at https://bmth.tmstor.es
Showcasing the roots of the internationally acclaimed band Bring Me The Horizon 2004-2013 features tracks from their first five releases: the 2004 EP This Is What The Edge Of Your Seat Was Made For, their 2006 full-length debut Count Your Blessings, 2008’s Suicide Season, 2010’s There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret and 2013’s Sempiternal.
Those featured tracks include Bring Me The Horizon greatest hits from the Epitaph years, such as “Can You Feel My Heart” and “Sleepwalking”: two songs from the globally successful Sempiternal, which topped the charts around the world and is their biggest selling album to date.
BRING ME THE HORIZON 2004-2013 TRACKLIST:
1. Traitors Never Play Hang-man (from This Is What The Edge Of Your Seat Was Made For)
2. Pray for Plagues (from Count Your Blessings)
3. Diamonds Aren’t Forever (from Suicide Season)
4. The Sadness Will Never End (from Suicide Season)
5. Chelsea Smile (from Suicide Season)
6. The Comedown (from Suicide Season)
7. Blessed with a Curse (from There is a Hell…)
8. It Never Ends (from There is a Hell…)
9. Don’t Go (from There is a Hell…)
10. Crucify Me (from There is a Hell…)
11. Shadow Moses (from Sempiternal)
12. Go to Hell, For Heaven's Sake (from Sempiternal)
13. Can You Feel My Heart (from Sempiternal)
14. Sleepwalking (from Sempiternal)
15. Antivist (from Sempiternal)
Texan metallers Omotai to provide track for Hurricane Harvey benefit compilation; A Ruined Oak LP nears release via Tofu Carnage
While their home town struggles to clear the carnage left by Hurricane Harvey, Houston-based Omotai has provided a new track to a benefit compilation to help their community rebuild.
Making Waves: A Benefit Compilation For Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey is available digitally through Miss Champagne, featuring fifteen Houston artists including Football, etc., Cool Moon, VODI, Ruiners, The Wheel Workers, Astragal, Dollie Barnes, Greg Cote & The Real Life Friends, Tee Vee, Lace, El Lago, Miears, Fight Me, Rose Ette, and Omotai, who provides the track "A Cruel Weight, Thy Wound." All proceeds from the sales of this album will be donated directly to United Way Of Greater Houston's Hurricane Relief Fund.
Omotai bassist / vocalist Melissa Lonchambon Ryan offers, "This storm was completely unfathomable, and I've been through a lot of hurricanes. Some of the first-person accounts I've read will haunt me for a long time. For a lot of people here, it will be difficult and take a long time to get back to some kind of normalcy or get close to replacing what was lost. But I was astounded by the response of regular people here that stepped up and rescued and helped others."
Help Houston rebuild and pick up the Making Waves at THIS LOCATION.
Omotai's upcoming A Ruined Oak album delivers an unrelenting dose of charged riff dynamics, pummelling low-end thunder, and infectious hooks, the album a meditation on the lost colony at Roanoke, centred on abandonment and responsibility, the lyrics haunted by loss and violence. This sprawling, diverse work shows a greater range than anything Omotai has done before, with songs drawing from thrash, doom, sludge, extreme metal, hardcore punk, and post-rock. A Ruined Oak was recorded by Chris Ryan at Dead City Sound and mastered by James Plotkin, and completed with art by Wolfbat and design by Sean Mehl.
Stream Omotai's "Last Of The Green Vial" at Treble RIGHT HERE.
Tofu Carnage Records will issue A Ruined Oak on 2xLP and digital formats on October 6th. Find pre-orders and stream "Welcome to the Adders' Land" and "Last Of The Green Vial" HERE.
Omotai has also booked a run of tour dates across the western half of the country surrounding the release of A Ruined Oak. From September 29th through October 14th the band will run a counter-clockwise trail out to the West Coast and back, with the final venues being locked up now.
Omotai Tour Dates:
9/29/2017 Sunshine Bar - Arlington, TX
9/30/2017 The Blue Note - Oklahoma City, OK
10/01/2017 Streets Of London - Denver, CO
10/03/2017 TBA - Kalispell, MT
10/04/2017 Mootsy's Tavern - Spokane, WA
10/05/2017 The Black Lodge - Seattle, WA
10/06/2017 Le Voyeur - Olympia, WA
10/07/2017 Jub Jub's Thirst Parlor - Reno, NV
10/08/2017 Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, CA
10/09/2017 Blacklight District Lounge - Long Beach, CA
10/10/2017 TBA - San Diego, CA
10/11/2017 Yucca Tap Room - Phoenix, AZ
10/12/2017 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Albuquerque, NM
10/13/2017 Depot District Oyster Bar - Lubbock, TX
10/14/2017 Faust - San Antonio, TX
Even more reasons to celebrate! To coincide with the label’s 30th anniversary, Nuclear Blast will release a special fan box with one DVD and 4 digibook CDs including hymns from the past 3 decades. Bands like Nightwish, Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Meshuggah, Testament, Cradle Of Filth, Avantasia, Paradise Lost and many more will guide you through the label's history, so get ready for this "30 Years Of Nuclear Blast - Anniversary Compilation" out on October 27th. You can now pre-order it here:
The collection includes the following songs and music videos:
01. Slayer – Repentless
02. Nightwish – Élan
03. Sabaton – Uprising
04. Accept – Teutonic Terror
05. Machine Head – Now We Die
06. Anthrax – Safe Home
07. Testament – Native Blood
08. Doro – Love’s Gone To Hell
09. Battle Beast – King For A Day
10. Avantasia – Lost In Space
11. Black Star Riders – Dancing With The Wrong Girl
12. Blind Guardian – A Voice In The Dark
13. Metal Church – Reset
14. Kreator – Civilization Collapse
15. Dimmu Borgir – Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
16. Cradle Of Filth – Heartbreak And Seance
17. In Flames – The End
18. Meshuggah – Bleed
19. Fear Factory - Dielectric
20. Children Of Bodom - Transference
21. Carcass – Unfit For Human Consumption
22. Kataklysm – Elevate
23. Soilwork – Death In General
24. Death Angel – Truce
25. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
26. Epica – Never Enough
27. Sonata Arctica – Flag In The Ground
28. Twilight Force – Flight Of The Sapphire Dragon
29. Amorphis – Sacrifice
30. Avatarium – Pearls And Coffins
31. Eluveitie – Omnos
32. Equilibrium – Blut Im Auge
33. Rise Of The Northstar – Samurai Spirit
34. Suicide Silence – You Can’t Stop Me
35. Soulfly - Archangel
36. Exodus – Blood In Blood Out
37. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
38. Grand Magus – Steel Versus Steel
39. Blues Pills – Lady In Gold
40. Graveyard – Hisingen Blues
41. Hell – On Earth As It Is In Hell
42. Korpiklaani – Rauta
43. Pain – The Great Pretender
44. Deathstars – All The Devil’s Toys
Lavadome Productions has released a compilation CD from Australian Death Metal brutes Beyond
Mortal Dreams. Entitled "As Death, We Shall Walk", the album compiles the band's demo, promo and 2004 EP tracks, along with a cover of Nocturnus' "Lake of Fire" featuring Mike Browning on backing vocals, and a re-recording of "Underground Dwellers." The album serves to expose fans to a surprisingly fresh collection of song from the past, as Beyond Mortal Dreams prepares for the release of its sophomore full-length in 2017. Stream the Nocturnus cover at this location.
The CD comes with an eight-page booklet filled with photos from the old days. Also included are liner notes written by band's ex-drummer Hellaeon, which perfectly captures the passion of the early days; a passion that continues to burn to this day.
Order "As Death, We Shall Walk" at http://store.lavadome.org/
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