I didn’t make any updates to the playlist the last couple weeks because nothing new was out. Today is quite a different story:
UNLEASHED, “Lead Us Into War” — Holy smokes. I was a bit iffy on the last album (the music was great but the concept lyrics just didn’t sit well for me), but this first track from The Hunt for White Christ is a ripper. Game on, Unleashed…game on. More on the release here.
ENTOMBED A.D., “Fit for a King” — LG & co. have a new single out. Not sure if this is attached to a new album, but it’s been two years since they released Dead Dawn so they’re about due for one.
ABORTED, “Vespertine Decay” — Third pre-release track from their upcoming splatter (ha! wordplay), TerrorVision, due out September 21st on Century Media.
OPPROBRIUM, “The Battle of Armageddon” — This is taken from their Supernatural Death compilation that came out in 2012 but has been remastered and released in digipack format. Out today!
DEICIDE, “Defying the Sacred” — Third pre-release track from their upcoming Overtures of Blasphemy album, due out September 14th on Century Media and all signs still point toward this being one of their best. Also noticed today that it’s 12 songs in 38 minutes, so they are keeping it tight.
KRISIUN, “A Thousand Graves” — Third pre-release track from their upcoming Scourge of the Enthroned album, due out September 7th on Century Media. Dizzying and brutal.
MONSTROSITY, “Radiated” — Third pre-release track from their upcoming The Passage of Eternity album, due out September 7th on Metal Blade. I don’t think of Monstrosity as a “technical” band but this has some intricate stuff going on.
SIEGE OF POWER, “Violence in the Air” — Bagchus, Riefert and co. release another track from their upcoming Warning Blast, due out September 7th on Metal Blade.
VOIVOD, “Always Moving” — Second pre-release track from The Wake, due out September 21 on Century Media. This is really trippy. They just keep getting weirder.
Thank you for checking us out on Bandcamp! I wanted to let you all know that I have updated our Bandcamp site with our remixed version of the In Death We Meet album. If you are not aware, we had the album remixed by Ola Lindgren from the band GRAVE. For those who have already downloaded the original version, you are able to download this version for free in addition to the bonus tracks that are included on the remixed CD. The bonus tracks are from a limited 300-copy 7” release in 2014: “Darkness Fades Life” and a cover of SEPULTURA’s “Troops of Doom” off of Morbid Visions.
For those that already bought the album on Bandcamp, re-download it from your Collection and you’ll get the remixed album and bonus tracks for free.
If you haven’t bought the record, you’re missing out:
“Pittsburgh’s largely unsung goddesses of death returned after a long hiatus to release their first proper full-length – a full 24 years after their inception – and luckily for us, it’s fucking MASSIVE. This is raw, primitive with a bit of polish, and above all, ungodly heavy death/doom from a cadre of ladies who were cracking skulls and tuning low while most of us were still in diapers.” ~Kim Kelly
More details on the new CANCER album, Shadow Gripped.
The big news for me is it was produced by SIMON EFEMY (Foel Studios). Simon also produced and engineered Cancer’s Sins of Mankind (1993) and Black Vanity (1995), as well as all of PARADISE LOST’s classics, CROWBAR’sBroken Glass, NAPALM DEATH’s comeback albums and many more. His involvement bodes well for a big, clean production.
Also learned that Anders Nyström of BLOODBATH put in a guest appearance.
Down the Steps
Half Man, Half Beast
Crimes So Vile
Thou Shalt Kill
It’s not out until February 11, 2019 but BURNING SHED is taking preorders. All orders through Burning Shed come with an exclusive bonus digital track (mp3) from the release date which will be available on the account page.
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Rutan & co. return with their followup to 2015’s Infernus (Season of Mist) on October 26th! Rutan and J.J. Hrubovcak return on guitar/vox & bass, respectively but Hannes Grossman replaces Chason Westmoreland on drums. Eliran Kantor provides amazing art once again. Assuming Rutan produced & mixed at Mana Studios.
From SEASON OF MIST:
Legendary death metal juggernaut HATE ETERNAL return with Upon Desolate Sands, their heaviest and most ambitious album to date. Helmed by extreme metal luminary Erik Rutan, the new album sees the band take another huge step forward in their quest to push death metal to its outermost limits. From the scorching opener “Violent Fury”, through to the epic, hypnotic, 2-part title track closer, Upon Desolate Sands showcases a band operating at peak performance and sees Hate Eternal raise the bar yet again.
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Montréal based melodic death metallers KATAKLYSM announce that they will be teaming up with Swedish death metal legends HYPOCRISY for a European co-headline tour! After several years without any touring activities, the band with Peter Tägtgren (PAIN, LINDEMANN) is back in business; Kataklysm will release their upcoming studio record, Meditations on June 1st, 2018 through Nuclear Blast. The tour’s special name traces back to Nuclear Blast’s popular sampler series and promises nothing but evenings of moshpits and endless devastation. Don’t miss out on this outstanding tour and secure your tickets now!
From Kataklysm’s Maurizio Iacono:
“It’s been in talks for over two years and finally both Kataklysm and our brothers in Hypocrisy can make the schedule work to join forces once more. It’s been almost 15 years since we toured together and the last time we did the tours became instant classics. It‘s that time again folks… Kataklysm & Hypocrisy team up once more for a world tour beginning with Europe this fall. To make things even greater our record label Nuclear Blast has come on board and baptized the tour “Death…is Just the Beginning”, a homage to the old classic compilations that made so many fans discover both bands back in the day. This will mark the return of this classic compilation with this tour and maybe give other artists the chance to get discovered like we did. DO NOT MISS THIS TOUR, YOU ONLY GET ONE CHANCE!”
From Hypocrisy’s Peter Tägtgren:
“I hope that you are just as excited as we are, because we are very happy to announce that we are finally warming up the Hypocrisy engine again and that we will be back on the road in fall! We will be touring Europe together with our friends in Kataklysm! The tour will be an overview of the chaos and confusion created by Hypocrisy over the years. See you out there!”
While the tour is the big news, seeing Hypocrisy up on two feet again is a good sign. It’s about time for another album from them.
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Update: First song is out and it rips. YouTube embed below. Like and share that shit.
From NAPALM RECORDS:
The Hunt For White Christ is the fourth album in the continued story line of the World of Odalheim and their Midgard warriors – a story authored by Johnny Hedlund himself, comprising of the past, present, and what Hedlund’s deems as the future of the Viking traditions and values. The album was recorded in the spring of 2018 at Chrome Studios, and does not simply mark the Swedes’ 13th full-length album: it also solidifies the bands impact on history, paving the way to their 30th anniversary in 2019.
Looks like it’ll be available in all the usual formats plus a limited edition boxset.
Nuclear Blast are reviving their old Death …is Just the Beginning death metal compilation series and for anyone old to remember geeking out over the first few installments of this series (before they turned it into video compilations and started putting power metal bands on it) or Roadrunner’s similar At Death’s Door series, it looks like they may be doing it right.
Right off the bat, the cover art is solidly in line with the early entries. It’s a painting in a single dominant color with a cross and a graveyard and a church and a spooky monk…check, check, check. Not sure who the artist is, but the style is appropriately Wåhlin-esque. And they got the logo & typography right. So far, so good.
But the best thing about the early comps were the slightly offbeat track selections. They didn’t always just pull a track from the album; they would often use a remix or an alternate mix, an unreleased track or sometimes a demo from an upcoming release. For the revival, we’re getting the following:
Benediction – Tear Off These Fucking Wings (demo)
Kataklysm – The Awakener (re-recorded)
Hypocrisy – They Lie (The Exploited cover)
The Spirit – Illuminate The Night Sky
Memoriam – The War Rages On (demo)
Insidious Disease – Soul Excavation
Possessed – Abandoned (demo)
Thy Art Is Murder – The Son Of Misery
Immolation – Morbid Visions (featuring Max Cavalera) (Sepultura cover)
Nailed To Obscurity – King Delusion
Bleeding Gods – Beloved By Artemis
Decapitated – Sane (Meshuggah cover)
Aenimus – Before The Eons
Paradise Lost – Frozen Illusion
Carcass – A Wraith In The Apparatus
Brujeria – Viva Presidente Trump!
A couple clunkers and a few bands I haven’t heard of, but overall this is pretty dead on.
The release is out September 10, 2018 on the following formats:
Boxset — Atomic green 2xLP in a gatefold sleeve with CD, patch, and poster. Limited to 500 copies worldwide.
Green & black splatter 2xLP in a gatefold sleeve. Limited to 200 copies.
Green & red splatter 2xLP . in a gatefold sleeve.
Black 2xLP in a gatefold sleeve.
There’ll be a tshirt and longsleeve as well.
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Not much new OSDM out on the streaming services this week, but ABHORRENCE, MONSTROSITY and DEICIDE all dropped new tracks ahead of their upcoming albums, due out September 21st (Svart Records), 7th (Metal Blade) and 14th (Century Media), respectively. This is Abhorrence’s first new music in 28 years (good lord), Monstrosity’s first album in 11 years and Deicide’s first with new guitarist Mark English.
“Hello my friends — so this is it, after 30 years of being a part of this amazing band, which I have had the opportunity to tour the world and bring our music to the sickest fans on the planet, it has come to this time — I bid you a farewell.
“I would like to thank first and foremost, all of my brothers in SUFFOCATION who I have shared the stage with over the years. We have had the sickest of times on the road, and recorded some of the sickest fucking music the planet has ever heard. Secondly I want to thank all our fans and friends worldwide, who have helped make this journey possible by supporting us unconditionally. None of this would have been possible without you. So in closing, I will miss you all. This has been the craziest ride of my life and I would not change a thing! Until we meet up again take care, stay brutal and I look forward to the next chapter.
“But before I take my final step off the stage, to give back to all of you who have supported, me and the boys are going to head out on the ‘Death Chopping North America’ tour. Along with some insane support acts including CATTLE DECAPITATION, KRISIUN, and SOREPTION! I hope to see you all for one last ride across North America. Stay brutal.”
Not much new OSDM out on the streaming services this week, but what is is good. Press play and read below.
The New Shit
DRAWN AND QUARTERED have a new album called The One Who Lurks (Krucyator Productions). Raw and bowel-ish, firmly of the Incantation school of grime. Good stuff and it’s name-your-price on Bandcamp.
Hammerheart’s working on reissues of MALEVOLENT CREATION‘s catalog and their deluxe version of The Ten Commandments dropped today. This is how you do a reissue: Terrific remastering + definitive versions of demos leading up to the recording. If you can hold your nose over stuff like this and stuff like this, it sounds absolutely terrific.
ATROCITY came out of nowhere with a killer followup to 2013’s Okkult and while there’s a bit goth in the choirs and bombastic bits, it’s a death metal record overall, and an aggressive one at that. I don’t think Alex Krull (vox) has ever sounded quite this good, to be honest. This week, we swapped in “Devil’s Covenant” featuring LG Petrov which one of the more melodic tracks, but it’s nice to hear Petrov and Krull ganging up.
KRISIUN dropped a 2nd track from their upcoming album, Scourge of the Enthroned called “Devouring Faith.” It’s a bit more inventive than the “Demonic III” so we swapped it in.
Last but not least, we’re adding “Crawl” from ENTOMBED’s 1991 Crawl EP because Earache released it on Bandcamp today.On first listen, I’d have sworn it was just the Clandestine mix with an intro and a different singer, but it’s much, much beefier. This version is taken from the Entombed: The Singles Collection because that’s what’s on the streaming services, but it’s the same track.