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ELECTRIC WIZARD: Follow Up to “Time to Die” Due for a Halloween 2016 Release

Electric Wizard 2016

Spinefarm Records are aware that free and wild cult leaders, ELECTRIC WIZARD, are working on their ninth studio album, with delivery expected in time for a Halloween 2016 release.
This is all the information available. The whereabouts of the band and the recording / mixing details are not currently known, but more news should follow in due course…
This new offering will be the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Time to Die’ – which can be purchased HERE– and will be the second release on the band’s‘Witchfinder Records’ imprint, the result of a worldwide deal withSpinefarm Records.
‘Time to Die’ effectively closed the lid on a particular part of the band’s career, and this new album will represent a fresh turn of the turf…
Until that time, get your fix of pure evil at one of these live performances:-
08/26/16 – Psycho Las Vegas, Las Vegas, US
EW recently headlined ‘Desertfest’ in both Berlin and London, finishing off the festivals (and the attendees’ ear drums) with the sort of performances that have made them the true gate-keepers of UK metal’s great & glorious traditions.

DIRE OMEN Debuts New Song at BraveWords.com

Edmonton, Alberta Black/Death Metallers DIRE OMEN have teamed with BraveWords.com for an exclusive stream of new song “Onward with Wounds of Disillusion.” The track comes from Dark Descent Records release Wresting the Revelation of Futility, which will be available for mass consumption on November 12. Listen to the song right friggin’ here.

Characterized by a progression towards the chaotic, opaque darkness that now permeates their sound, the history of the Canadian Black/Death Metallers has led to the establishment of an undeniable identity, most evident on this debut album. Utilizing abyssal, morose imagery combined with a strong sense of Thelemic ritualism, DIRE OMEN has developed a unique take on the Black/Death genre.

The album will come housed in an upgraded stock digi-jacket with a poster fold out that includes lyrics. Let’s all revel in it. Get in touch at clawhammerpr@gmail.com to experience the macabre madness.

Pre-order Wresting the Revelation of Futility at this location.

Dire Omen - Wresting the Revelation of Futility

THE CROWN: ‘Headhunter’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Headhunter”, the new video from reactivated Swedish death/thrash metallers THE CROWN, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band’s new studio album, “Death Is Not Dead”, which will be released on January 12, 2015. The CD’s cover artwork was created by Björn Gosses of Killustrations and can be seen below.

Says the band: “So, what’s new in THE CROWN camp? Well, in just a few months we are celebrating our 25th anniversary in the name of death metal.

“Can you believe it? 25 years filled with blood, sweat and tears and one hell of a pile of good albums to be really proud of.

“But this celebration is not only to look back and be nostalgic. It’s also to embrace the very bright future of this band. We feel great at the moment and we will make 2015 the best year so far.

“Do you wanna join the ride? Well, then don’t hesitate to continue to read.

“We know that a lot of you folks out there have waited and waited for some new shit but guess what!? The wait is over.

“For the past two years, we have worked really hard writing and recording our new album, ‘Death Is Not Dead’, and it’s finally ready to be unleashed upon mankind January 12, 2015.

‘Death Is Not Dead’ is something that we’re extremely proud of. We truly hope that you will dig it and give it the support that it needs and deserves. We have definitely done our best to produce a death metal classic.

“For those who can’t wait for 2015, we will release our very first seven-inch single ever with the track ‘Headhunter’ on October 27, limited to 1000 copies. Pre-orders start on September 29. B side for this single will be our version of ‘Unfit Earth’, originally recorded by NAPALM DEATH.”

“Death Is Not Dead” track listing:

01. Reign
02. Headhunter
03. Iblis Bane
04. Eternal (PARADISE LOST cover)
05. Struck By Lightning
06. Speed Kills (Full Moon Ahead)
07. Herd Of Swine
08. Horrid Ways
09. Ride To Ruin
10. Meduseld
11. Godeater

Bonus CD on limited digipack edition:

01. We Come In Peace (Piece by Piece)
02. Agent Orange (SODOM cover)

In other news, THE CROWN has parted ways with drummer Janne Saarenpää.

Says the band: “Janne Saarenpää decided to focus on other things for a time not specified. We truly respect his wishes and support him on his new adventures. Although there will always be an open spot for him in this band, so if he decides to come back he is more than welcome. So we wish him good luck for the future and would like to thank him for everything in the past. Our live situation will therefore look a bit different, but we have that covered already. More info on that when time comes.”

THE CROWN last year announced the addition of guitarist Robin Sörqvist (IMPIOUS) to the group’s ranks.

THE CROWN played its first concert with returning vocalist Johan Lindstrand on May 5, 2012 at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg, Sweden. This marked the band’s first appearance in Gothenburg in 12 years and was the group’s only show in Sweden that year.

THE CROWN‘s last album, “Doomsday King”, came out in September 2010 via Century Media Records. The CD was the group’s first — and only — release to feature vocalist Jonas Stålhammar.


Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/the-crown-headhunter-video-released/#6q80XVQIM6Grho3G.99

THE CROWN - Death is Not Dead

DECREPIT BIRTH drummer SAMUS releases NECROPHAGIST cover of “The Stillborn One”

Jesus look alike and drumming mastermind, Samus, of the Santa Cruz death metal band DECREPIT BIRTH, has just released his latest video as a cover of NECROPHAGIST‘s “The Stillborn One”Samus is coming off his recent comical hit “Fart Metal” which is exactly what you think it is – kick ass heavy metal filled with tons of farts.  Samus plays homage to himself in his one-man NECROPHAGIST cover by inserting a few well placed farts into the song to keep things spicy.

DECREPIT BIRTH has been working on new material which will be the follow up to their brutal 2010 release, Polarity.  When asked about the status of the new album, Samus comments “It’s coming.  I promise”.

Decrepit Birth Samus

ATRIARCH: Pitchfork Streams New LP From Death/Doom Alchemists In Its Entirety

With the release of An Unending Pathway, the haunting new long player from Pacific Northwest atmospheric death/doom alchemists, ATRIARCH, now less than a week away, today Pitchfork is streaming the record in its entirety.

Tracked at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon, produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Melvins et al) and the band, engineered and mixed by Anderson at Everything Hz, also in Portland, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege, An Unending Pathwayboasts seven cataclysmic soundscapes made of cryptic atmospheres and droning floods of ritualistic sludge. Offering true purification through sonic ritual, ATRIARCH‘s third full-length fuses all the prime tenets of death rock, doom, black metal, post punk and psychedelic drone/noise, into something that is at once tempting and petrifying.

Cvlt Nation applauds the outfit’s, “arresting and welcome combination of doom metal, death rock, black metal, and Mid Eastern-influenced darkwave sound,” Noisey notes, “There’s a lurching, ritualistic feel to the proceedings, and a dire hopelessness in the vocals that doesn’t let up for a moment. It’s death rock that ODs on death… The end result is as dark and eerily atmospheric as an abandoned graveyard at midnight,” while Sea Of Tranquility commends, “An Unending Pathway is so out there at times that it’s almost puzzling. For some, this melting pot of sounds, mixed with the frightening tone of much of the album, is going to be very unsettling….” Elsewhere the sentiment echoes. In a 4/5 rating, Metal Riot elaborates, “‘Collapse’ breathes with terrific shifting drums Moonspell or The Cult fans could appreciate equally. There is a deranged charm to the vocal and unity in this song that owns the feeling coveted. Marching drums ring in ‘Revenant,’ a more interesting song that bridges military black metal and noise rock influences with some tortured screams before drooping into a death shuffle. The patience of the slow bass line and sustained notes paired with sudden bursts of black metal drumming is worth the whole record alone.” AddsMetal Storm in an 8.5/10 score, “If the third album of a band’s discography is typically held as the ‘make it or break it.’ point, these guys not only break through the wall, they pummel it into dust.”

Experience An Unending Pathway in full courtesy of Pitchfork at THIS LOCATION.

ATRIARCH - An Unending Pathway

ABYSMAL DAWN Streaming New Album in Full on Metal Sucks

ABYSYMAL DAWN are less than one week away from the release of their new album Obsolescence.  That being said, the band has teamed up with Metal Sucks for an exclusive stream of Obsolescence beginning today.  Visit the link HERE, to listen to Obsolescence in its entirety courtesy of Metal Sucks.

Obsolescence will be released October 27th in North America (UK/World October 27th and Germany/Benelux/Finland on October 24th) via Relapse Records.  Obsolescence is available for pre-order from Relapse RecordsHERE and digitally via Bandcamp HERE. The album can be pre-ordered on iTunes HERE. The album will be released on CD/LP/Digital/Deluxe Digital formats.  The CD and digital releases include a bonus cover of Dissection’s “Night’s Blood” and the digital deluxe version includes demo recordings of every song on the album.  A Relapse.comexclusive vinyl color is also available and includes a full color album cover poster.  The devastating, otherworldly artwork was created by Pär Oloffson. (The Faceless, Spawn of Possession).

Throughout the recording of Obsolescence, ABYSMAL DAWN shot a series of videos documenting the process. The first video in the series can be viewedHERE and the second episode can be seen HERE and the third video in the series can be viewed HERE.

A lyric video for the song “Laborem Morte Liberat Te” can be viewed HERE.

In support of Obsolescence,ABYSMAL DAWN are on the road with Deicide through October 28th in Dallas, TX.

ABYSMAL DAWN strikes the perfect balance between extreme songwriting and exceptional skill with an infectious blend of technical yet memorable riffs, throat shredding vocals, and crushing rhythms delivered with machine gun precision. With Obsolescence, ABYSMAL DAWN unleash a veritable beast of a record and the perfect example of what 21st century death metal should sound like.  The album was produced by Mike Bear at Artisan Road and mixed and mastered by John Haddad (Intronaut, Exhumed, Phobia) atTrench Studios.

Obsolescence Track Listing:

1. Human Obsolescence

2. Perfecting Slavery (featuring Christian Muenzer) 

3. Inanimate

4. Devouring the Essence of God (featuring Bobby Koelble)

5. One Percent Incomplete

6. Loathed in Life / Praised in Death

7. By My Demons

8. Laborem Morte Liberat Te

9. The Inevitable Return to Darkness

Bonus Track:

10. Night’s Blood (DISSECTION cover)

Abysmal Dawn - Obsolescene

CROWBAR: ‘Symmetry In White’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Symmetry In White”, the new video from New Orleans sludge metal veterans CROWBAR, can be seen below. The clip was helmed by Mike Holderbeast of Cement Level Studios (GOATWHORE, HIGH ON FIRE, EYEHATEGOD), who previously directed the band’s video for the track “Walk With Knowledge Wisely”.

“Symmetry In White” is taken from CROWBAR‘s new album, “Symmetry In Black”, which sold around 3,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 68 on The Billboard 200 chart.

CROWBAR‘s previous CD, 2011’s “Sever The Wicked Hand”, opened with around 3,500 units to land at position No. 4 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

“Symmetry In Black” came out in North America on May 27 via Entertainment One Music. The CD, which was made available in Europe on May 26 through Century Media Records, was produced by CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA).

Windstein exited DOWN in September 2013 in order to focus “100%” on CROWBAR. He was replaced in DOWN by the band’s longtime stage manager and HONKY founding guitarist Bobby Landgraf.

CROWBAR last year announced the addition of bassist Jeff Golden to the group’s ranks.

Jeff is from Bolton, Connecticut, but currently resides in Estero, Florida.

CROWBAR is:

Kirk Windstein (Guitar, Vocals)
Matt Brunson (Guitar)
Tommy Buckley (Drums)
Jeff Golden (Bass)


Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/crowbar-symmetry-in-white-video-released/#LLMGycJjOomRKLm7.99

CROWBAR - Symmetry in White

CENTINEX Premieres “Death Glance” Via Noisey

Swedish reformed death metallers CENTINEX have teamed up with Noisey to premiere a new track “Death Glance”, from the band’s upcoming full-length album“Redeeming Filth”. Stream the new song, before the release hits the stores viaAgonia Records on November 21st in Europe and December 9th in North America, at:

http://noisey.vice.com/en_ca/blog/centinex-is-bulldozing-steamrolling-old-school-death-metal-badass-ery

CENTINEX is made of Martin Schulman (Demonical) on bass, Sverker Widgren(Demonical, Diabolical) on guitars, Alexander Högbom (October Tide,Spasmodic) on vocals and Kennet Englund (Interment, Centinex 1999-2003) on drums. Commented by the band’s founder and mastermind, Martin“Influenced and inspired by the early 90’s classic Florida-scene, “Redeeming Filth” picks up the spirit from our 1992-debut “Subconscious Lobotomy” and leads us back to the golden days of riff-oriented death metal. The future looks soaking  brutal!”.

Band’s ninth album, the successor to “World Declension” (2005), was recorded atAmplified Studios and mixed & mastered at Garageland Studios by Ronnie Björnström (Aeon) during the spring of 2014. Album cover (see below) has been created by Twilight 13 Media (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Darkthrone).

“Redeeming Filth” will be available in: digipack CD, digital format, black vinyland brown vinyl (handnumbered and including poster; limited to 100 copies).

Tracklist:
01. When Bodies Are Deformed
02. Moist Purple Skin
03. Death Glance
04. Stone Of Choice
05. Unrestrained
06. Bloodraze
07. Without Motives
08. Rotting Below
09. Dead, Buried and Forgotten
10. Eye Sockets Empty

Line-up:
Alexander Högbom – vocals
Sverker Widgren – guitars
Martin Schulman – bass
Kennet Englund – drums

CENTINEX - Redeeming Filth

LICH KING Announce Signing With Evil EyE Records & New ‘Do-Over’ EP Release

Massachusetts Thrashers Lich King are set to release a new EP entitled ‘Do-Over’ which comprises 5 re-recorded songs from the ‘Necomantic Maelstrom’ and ‘Toxic Zombie Onslaught’ albums. ‘Do-Over’ also features a cover version of Van Halen’s track ‘Hot For Teacher’ and a demo version of ‘Crossover Songs Are Too Damn Short’ which will appear on the band’s 5th full length album scheduled for a mid 2015 release. The EP will be released worldwide on 25th December 2014 via Evil EyE Records. We would like to give your publication the opportunity to preview & review the EP.

Lich King are architects of new ‘old-school’ thrash metal in the vein of EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, S.O.D and SLAYER amongst others. Drummer Brian Westbrook describes the bands unique proposition as follows: “We think the sound of thrash was perfected in the 80’s and we’re not trying to add anything to the mix. We’re just coming up with riffs and songs that the old masters didn’t.”

Lich King‘s frontman Tom Martin made the following educated statement regarding the new deal between Lich King and Evil EyE Records.

“So apparently we’re “signed” to some no-name label now.
Brian did it under my nose, despite my protestations. That’s just great.

We couldn’t be happier to be contractually shackled to Eviley or whatever for the forseeable future. Having some scheister on another continent in control of our future sounds like such a great way to lose a lot of money, and we’re really excited to begin the ‘but things wouldn’t always be so good’ part of our VH1 Behind The Music episode.

What the hell.”

The ‘Do-Over’ EP was produced and mixed by Lich King‘s drummer Brian Westbrook (PDP Recording: http://pdprecording.com), while the EP’s artwork was designed by Lich King‘s vocalist Tom Martin (Tom Martin Art & Design: http://www.undeadwizard.com/).

A Cd & Digital Download Pre-Order Package is available at the Evil EyE Records store: http://evileyerecords.net/product/lich-king-do-over-ep-cd-digital-download-format/

Lich King - Do-Over

PANIKK signs with Xtreem Music

Slovenian thrashers PANIKK have inked a deal with Xtreem Music that will begin with the immediate re-issue of last year band’s debut album “Unbearable Conditions” that was released through a very small local label that only pressed 250 copies of this album, thus it got certainly unnoticed within the Thrash Metal scene. But this is going to change now!!

PANIKK represents, alongside with label mates ERUPTION, one of Slovenia’s top Thrash Metal bands and their aggressive yet technical style is sure to catch the attention of any lover of good old school Thrash Metal in the vein of bands like DEMOLITION HAMMER, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE… “Unbearable Condition” gets a new chance with this re-issue and will put the band in the map while they’re working on their 2nd album which is planned to be recorded in summer 2015.

“Unbearable Conditions” will be released in November 22nd through Xtreem Music and you can visit the band’s official Facebook here: www.facebook.com/panikkofficial while you listen to an album track on the following links:
http://youtu.be/kQMqfhyjy-Q
http://soundcloud.com/xtreemmusic

PANIKK 2014