Hammerheart Records to reissue Deicide

Netherlands’ Hammerheart Records has announced that they’re going to work with the Hoffman brothers on some pretty big DEICIDE news:

Hammerheart Records will also re-issue all the Deicide albums that were released from 1990 until 2001. All albums will get a deluxe treatment, remastering, 2-CD editions, bonus tracks (tons of never released recordings), LP editions (first time for some), digital, MC, merchandise. The whole package, the whole deal, as done on Pestilence and currently being done on Malevolent Creation. This is a huge undertaking and we will start soon, and the whole project will keep us busy for 2018-2020 (do not contact us on details, we simply do not know yet).

Just looking at the dates (1990-2001), this covers everything Hoffmans-era Deicide released on Roadrunner:

  1. Deicide (1990)
  2. Legion (1991)
  3. Once Upon the Cross (1995)
  4. Serpents of the Light (1997)
  5. Insineratehymn (2000)
  6. In Torment in Hell (2001)

Whether they’ll include the live album, When Satan Lives is unclear at this point.

Curious how Roadrunner Records plays into this. Metal Blade released an LP of the first Deicide album in 2015 and according to Discogs, Roadrunner & Roadblock still control the copyright & publishing, respectively. Cool that they’re allowing others to keep this stuff alive now that they’ve moved on to more mainstream pastures.

These could end up being definitive versions if the remastering goes well and Hammerheart’s deluxe reissue of MALEVOLENT CREATION’s The Ten Commandments that just got released sounds really, really good. If the Deicide material gets this sort of love, we’re all going to be very happy. Vinyl box set? Here’s hoping.

But wait, there’s more!

Before Deicide was Deicide, Deicide was AMON. When the Hoffman’s split from Glenn & Steve in 2004, they regrouped under that name and eventually released Liar in Wait in 2012. From Hammerheart:

Hammerheart Records will release a new Amon album, will re-issue the 2012 album and also the legendary Amon demos from 1987 and 1989. We heard new songs, and they have the classic Amon/Deicide crunch/vibe, they are catchy yet brutal, they are quality Death Metal par excellence.

Those Amon demos were previously released in 1993 as a Deicide compilation called Amon: Feasting the Beast. It’s unclear if this is a straight reissue of that compilation or something new & fun like cassettes with the original art.

Amon - Sacrificial  Amon - Feasting the Beast

Regardless, these are terrific recordings and it’ll be great to have them back in circulation again.

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Cancer’s back

Well, this is exciting. Reunited, signed to Peaceville with a new album in the can? Sign me up.

Straight from the horse’s mouth:

“We are delighted to have signed a recording deal with such an esteemed label as Peaceville. We have full confidence that they understand this metal and CANCER as a band. Together we want to deliver an album that celebrates our 30-year existence and the old school death metal sound that we played a part in creating back in 1988 when the band was conceived. So rejoice and hoist the bunting fashioned from flaps of skin, and fill your balloons with the last gasp of a dying man! We are back from the dead. CFC”

…and from Peaceville Records‘ press release:

The new album is tentatively titled, Shadow Gripped and will feature twelve songs of brutal old school death metal. Shadow Gripped was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales with Simon Efemy (PARADISE LOST, NAPALM DEATH, AMORPHIS) handling production and mixing duties alongside the band, with further recording taking place in Spain. The band checked in from the studio saying “The recording has gone really well. We have captured the raw essence of what the band actually sounds like. Death metal that will bite your balls off, spit them out, and leave you shouting for more!!!!”

Keep an eye on Cancer’s official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/goryend

    

Mercyless tease new album

Mercyless, "Pathetic Divinity" (2016)
Mercyless, “Pathetic Divinity” — Out October 7, 2016 on Kaotoxin Records

France’s MERCYLESS don’t get a lot of love, but that’s only because they had a short window of awesomeness before shooting themselves in the foot with an ill-advised genre shift. In that short window of good times however, they released 3 demos and 2 back-to-back albums of unpredictable, pummeling, semi-technical death metal — Abject Offerings (1992) and Coloured Funeral (1993) — which cemented their reputation as the real deal.
At least it did until the band pivoted to a vastly inferior semi-industrial “groove metal” style and released C.O.L.D. (1996) and Sure to Be Pure (2000). Some time after that, they threw in the towel completely.

Fast-forward a decade and guitarist Stéphane Viard guitarist / vocalist Max Otero reunited, got back to business and delivered 2013’s comeback album, Unholy Black Splendor.

Fast-forward to now and Viard is out, new guy Gautier Merklen is in and Mercyless are back with a new album, Pathetic Divinity on Kaotoxin Records. Here’s the press release:

French death metal veterans MERCYLESS have now revealed further details about their sixth studio full-length album. Due on October 7, “Pathetic Divinity” will mark the band’s 30th anniversary celebrations, which started in June and will last through the end of 2016 and all of 2017.

Produced by Philippe Reinhalter at the Psykron Studio (PUTRID OFFAL, DIVISION ALPHA) and mastered by Frédéric Motte at the Conkrete Studio (ANATA, OTARGOS, PUTRID OFFAL), “Pathetic Divinity” will be made available on various formats (CD, vinyl, cassette) via Kaotoxin Records.

Pre-orders will start on August 29.

Tracklist:

  1. Blood of Lambs
  2. Pathetic Divinity
  3. A Representation of Darkness
  4. My Name Is Legion
  5. Exhort the Heretic
  6. Left to Rot
  7. Eucharistic Adoration
  8. Christianist
  9. How Deep Is Your Hate?
  10. Liturgiæ
  11. Bless Me Father (2015 version)*
  12. Probably Impure (2015 version) *
  13. Eucharistic Adoration (2015 version)*

*Bonus Tracks

Worth mentioning is that Mercyless released a free single in June. The tune is called “Altered Divination” and comes backed by live version of “Substance of Purity” from Abject Offering, possibly taken from their live album, Live Offerings (2015), which saw an extremely limited release in Europe). You can also snag Abject Offerings (a classic) and that live album!

Firespawn release video for “All Hail”

Sweden’s FIRESPAWN (originally named Fireborn and fronted by L. G. Petrov of ENTOMBED / ENTOMBED A.D. fame) have released a new video in support of their 2015 effort, “Shadow Realms” (Century Media). Can’t say I love it, but Century Media certainly put some dollars into the production, which is nice to see. If nothing else, perhaps it will turn people on to this solid slab of death clean, well-produced death metal that flew under a lot people’s radar last year.

Here’s an older (and simpler and better) video for “Lucifer Has Spoken” which is full of Damien-esque goodness:

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Firespawn, "Shadow Realms" (2015)

Memoriam sign with Nuclear Blast

Memoriam 2016

This slipped under the radar! Apparently, back in January, Karl Willets (vocals; Bolt Thrower) and Frank Healy (bass; Benediction, Sacrilege) started a new band with Andy Whale (drums; ex-Bolt Thrower) to “jam out some cover versions of old classic songs that had influenced us in the past along with some cover versions from the bands we had played with over the years, and maybe eventually do a few low key gigs” in the wake of Martin “Kiddie” Kearns’ death and all Bolt Thrower activities being put in indefinite hold. When Benediction’s live guitarist, Scott Fairfax came into the picture, he brought with him a bunch of music and things turned more serious.

The band just announced their signing with Nuclear Blast. CEO Markus Staiger says in the press release:

“Being a lifetime fan of both Benediction and Bolt Thrower, it is with great pride that I announce that the new band of Frank Healy and Karl Willets has now joined the Nuclear Blast family! Following the first news regarding the band, I have been keeping a close eye on them and was very curious to hear their material. After hearing their first demo songs I was completely sold and knew that I had to get in contact with Frank and Karl to seal the deal. Memoriam will please all the fans of old school death metal and especially the worldwide fan base of Bolt Thrower and Benediction!

This is all very promising stuff and it’s great to see some old dogs back to their old tricks.

Memoriam released a 7″ called The Hellfire Demo with the songs “War Rages On” and “Resistance”. Take a listen to the B-Side of the 7″ below and check out their various sites:

Gruesome are visiting the (un)holy land!

GRUESOME TOUR FLYER 2016

DEATH worshippers GRUESOME are hitting the road to support their new EP, Dimensions of Horror, out now on Relapse Records. Their 10-date European run is preceded by what will no doubt be 3 suitably swampy August shows in the home of gators, sweltering humidity and inexplicable behavior: Florida.

North American Dates

  • Aug 4 Tampa, FL New World Brewery
  • Aug 5 Winter Park, FL The Haven
  • Aug 6 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Kreepy Tiki

European Dates

  • Aug 10 Jaromer, CZ Brutal Assault Fest
  • Aug 11 Schlotheim, DE Party San Open Air
  • Aug 12 Leeuwarden, NL Into The Grave
  • Aug 13 Ieper, BE Ieper Hardcore Fest
  • Aug 14 Essen, DE Turock
  • Aug 15 Karlsruhe, DE Substage with EXODUS
  • Aug 16 Colmar, FR Grillen with EXODUS
  • Aug 17 Dornbirn, AT Conrad Sohm with EXODUS
  • Aug 19 St. Nolff, FR Motocultor Fest

Caribbean Dates

  • Aug 21 Santurce, Puerto Rico Club 77

If you can’t make a show, check their new video and maybe pick up of copy of the new shit?

New Centinex available for preorder

After nearly a decade on hiatus, Sweden’s CENTINEX rebounded with 2014’s more than solid comeback, Redeeming Filth. Two years later and their next full-length slab, Doomsday Rituals is scheduled for release in July 2016 on Agonia Records. It’s available for preorder with 3 promising tracks streaming on Bandcamp.

Centinex, "Doomsday Rituals"

60% of Entombed are back together!

Decibel Magazine broke the news a couple weeks ago that the mighty ENTOMBED is back in action with 3 original members: Guitarists Alex Hellid & Ulf Cedarlund and drummer/writer/driving force/sometimes secret vocalist Nicke Andersson! Plans on the table at the moment are Close-Up Magazine’s Båten cruise in late October and a performance of Entombed’s 1991 classic Clandestine with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra on November 12. Continue reading 60% of Entombed are back together!

Incantation Summer 2016 Tour

Incantation are set to play some select US dates and a solid European run this summer, kicking off with an appearance at the Obscene Extreme fest in the Czech Republic.

June US Dates

  • Jun 24 Columbus, OH O’Shecky’s*
  • Jun 25 Crest Hill, IL Bada Brew*
  • Jun 26 Lansing, MI Mac’s Bar*

July European Dates

  • Jul 14 Obscene Extreme Festival – Trutnov (CZE)
  • Jul 15 Neudegg Alm Abtenau – Salzburg (AUT)
  • Jul 16 Elyon Club – Milan (ITA)
  • Jul 17 Le Korigan – Luynes (FRA)
  • Jul 18 Tba (FRA)
  • Jul 19 Tba (FRA)
  • Jul 20 Le Klub – Paris (FRA)
  • Jul 21 Muziekcafe Elpee – Deinze (BEL)
  • Jul 22 Little Devil – Tilburg (NLD)
  • Jul 23 Chaos Decends Festival – Crispendorf (GER) *Incantation Only
  • Jul 24 Viper Room – Vienna (AUT)
  • Jul 25 Akc Attack – Zagreb (HRV)
  • Jul 26 Metal Days Festival – Tolmin (SVN)

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Nuclear War Now have found a new home

Future home of a whole heap of devil music.
Future home of a whole heap of devil music.

Exciting update from Nuclear War Now:

“The future headquarters of NWN has been found. The offer was accepted recently and we’ve already begun the process of closing the deal. It’s taken a bit longer than expected, and cost a bit more, but the end result will be better than we had originally planned. This location will provide more than 6000 sq ft of working space for NWN, and enough space to host a retail record store in the front! We are excited to know that we will open our future long-term operational headquarters in just a matter of a few short months. With your continued support, NWN looks to the ever onward and ascendant horizon.”

Read the whole story here: http://www.nwnprod.com/?p=5256