Gridfailure Streaming Full “Hostile Alchemy” Album

NYC-area experimental project Gridfailure just released “Hostile Alchemy,” a nine-track soundtrack to a crumbling political world order, a dying ecosystem, and a worldwide race to thermonuclear apocalypse. In other words, the album was constructed during the 2016 U.S. election cycle.

With oppressing instrumentation and vocals by Gridfailure creator David Brenner (ex-Theologian, ex-Heidnik), “Hostile Alchemy” features guest contributions from a wide cast of allies including Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm), Mark Deutrom (Bellringer, ex-Melvins), Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, Abigail Williams, Chrome Waves), Faith Ciavarella, Pete Tsakiris, Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), Christian Molenaar (Those Darn Gnomes), Alexei Korolev (The Company Corvette), and more.

The full “Hostile Alchemy” album is streaming now at Bandcamp (and in the palyer below) where each sale in March/April plants a tree for Arbor Day.

Hostile Alchemy by GRIDFAILURE

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Scrotoctomy Unveils Debut Album “Born To Eviscerate”

Mexican slam brigade Scrotoctomy has revealed full details on debut album “Born to Eviscerate,” featuring album art by Indonesian illustrator Aghy Purakusuma Art and recorded by Carlos Cruz at El Abuelo Slam Music Studio.

“’Born to Eviscerate’ was written and recorded throughout 2016,” states vocalist Omar García. “We changed things up a bit when you compare this album to our EP, ‘From Torture to Putrefaction’. With influences such as Pathology and Katalepsy, we tried giving this album a more brutal death approach. Overall, we sped up the new tunes and in some cases, made it more technical. We hope this album can become a strong reference to what is Mexican death metal.”

Due out May 5th, 2017 via Gore House Productions, the track listing for “Born To Eviscerate” is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Royal Impalement
3. 818
4. Born to Eviscerate
5. Samurai Disembowelment
6. Through Maggots and Entrails
7. Sextrangulation
8. The Taste of Sickness
9. Psychological Mutilation

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More Bands Added To Metalocalypstick Fest 2017

Based in Valemount, BC near Jasper National Park with the beautiful backdrop of the Canadian Rockies, there stands an outdoor festival that just doesn’t celebrate music, but embraces the power of women in metal.

Formed in 2016, Metalocalypstick Fest was created to present a unique experience within the Western Canadian metal community, a gathering of similar views, aspirations and musical taste (similar to former mainstream music festival Lilith Fair).

Founded by Kaija Kinney of Vancouver’s Anarcheon after researching a lack of female-based metal festivals to apply her band to, Kinney took matters into in her own and decided to produce the event.

Kinney comments: “This festival means the celebration of both sexes coming together and creating something amazing. People like to say women in metal aren’t a big deal anymore and that we are all the same. I feel that is untrue, this is still a male dominated world and woman are still looked as lesser. I want to showcase all these bad ass ladies and celebrate the differences of men and woman rather than pretend we are all equal. Truth is we are different why can’t we celebrate that?”

In addition to the festival celebrating women in metal, the Metalocalypstick Fest gives back to the community by being a non-profit organization dedicated to raise funds and donating 100% of proceeds to local charities Girls Rock Camp, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, Earth Protectors plus an audience picked foundation.

Preparing for a 2nd annual year, the outdoor festival is proud to announce a second batch of bands added to the lineup: Life Like Fire, Breaking The Silent, and the return of Massive Sca Era to join previously introduced Tessitura, Körperlose Stimme, Meteor Tree, Scythia, Hedks, Forsaken Rite and Remnants.

The second annual festival is being held during Canada Day weekend on July 1st and 2nd in Valemount, BC. For tickets and more info, please visit this location.

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Longhouse Releasing New Album “II: Vanishing”

Ottawa, ON’s Longhouse came into being in 2013 when guitarist Marc Casey and bassist/vocalist Joshua Cayer turned a long-standing writing partnership into a full band with drummer Mike Hache, resulting in a circle of dark, riffy, heavy textured doom metal.

They released their debut album “Earth from Water” in 2015, a spiritual odyssey into the perseverance of the human spirit and the lessons we can learn from the natural world. In November 2016, Longhouse returned to Wolf Lake Studios to record with Mike Bond (Loviatar, Norilsk, Arms of the Girl) as producer and engineer for sophomore album “II: Vanishing.”

“’II: Vanishing’ has a logical evolution that is evident in the composition, as well as production. I also think that fans should take a moment to reflect on some of themes that are threaded throughout the album.” says vocalist / bassist Joshua Cayer. “The bulk of my ideas musically and lyrically come from exploring Indigenous ways of knowing. I am Algonquin First Nations. My family’s community is Kitigan Zibi, outside of Maniwaki, QC. However, I grew up in the city, mostly detached from my culture. As a father, I have been trying to immerse myself in the stories, wisdom, and strength of our elders, knowledge keepers and story tellers, so that I can pass that on to my daughters. Because this takes up so much space in terms of who I am, and who I am becoming, it plays a very large part in terms of influences I draw upon.”

Those influences can be heard in first single “No Name, No Marker,” a song written for the voiceless indigenous children who were abused and died while forced to attend residential schools in Canada and were buried in unmarked graves.

“II: Vanishing” will be unleashed digitally on April 14th via Bandcamp, with a physical cassette release June 2017 (date to be determined) via Sunmask Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Hunter’s Moon (8:38)
2. Vanishing (6:13)
3. Blood And Stone (5:57)
4. No Name, No Marker (7:59)
5. The Vigil (10:06)

No Name, No Marker by Longhouse

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Cirith Ungol Releasing “King Of The Dead” Ultimate Edition

In conjunction with Cirith Ungol’s first ever live show on European soil at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany, Metal Blade Records will release the ultimate edition of Cirith Ungol’s “King Of The Dead” album on the weekend of the fest, April 28th.

Check out the classic “Atom Smasher” track below. This edition comes on digipak CD featuring a full re-mastering by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony, five bonus tracks, expanded packaging and a bonus-DVD.

An LP version will be released as part of the Metal Blade Originals series; featuring 400 g spine sleeves, a 12-page booklet and an A1 sized poster, the vinyl was also mastered and fully restored by Patrick W. Engel in January 2017. This version reflects the original sound of the 1st vinyl pressing, released on Enigma in 1984. The track listing is as follows:

1. Atom Smasher
2. Black Machine
3. Master of the Pit
4. King of the Dead
5. Death of the Sun
6. Finger of Scorn
7. Toccata in D minor
8. Cirith Ungol
9. Last Laugh (Live)*
10. Death of the Sun (alt mix)**
11. Master of the Pit (Live)***
12. King of the Dead (Live)***
13. Cirith Ungol (Live)***
* Live 1984 (bonus Track on original CD)
** alternative version (taken from Metal Massacre I)
*** Live at Frost & Fire Fest II at the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura on October 8th, 2016

Bonus DVD (Live at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA on January 19th, 1983):
1. Atom Smasher
2. I’m Alive
3. Black Machine
4. Master of the Pit
5. King of the Dead
6. Death of the Sun
7. Finger of Scorn
8. Cirith Ungol

Cirith Ungol will perform live in Europe for the first time ever at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Konigshofen on April 28-29. See below for all upcoming dates:

Apr. 28-29 – Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany – Keep It True Festival
May 26-27 – Athens, Greece – Up The Hammers
July 21-22 – Crispendorf, Germany – Chaos Descends
Nov. 17-18 – Wurzburg, Germany – Hammer Of Doom

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Northlane Releases Surprise Album “Mesmer”

Northlane just released surprise fourth album “Mesmer” worldwide. The album appeared with no forewarning on digital services this morning.

Recorded throughout September 2016 in New Jersey with producer David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, Paramore, A Day To Remember), this is Northlane’s defining statement, presented directly to the fans in an unorthodox manner. The band comments:

“Through determination, hard work, sacrifice, and a bit of luck, we are able to travel the world taking our music to fans both old and new. We’re able to spend time crafting the music we want to hear with the benefit of not having to leave the studio early to go and work a job. To an artist, these are real luxuries. We appreciate them more than anything and we’re in the position of being able to do this because of you — our incredible fans who continue to support us. You free us to be the artists we want to be.

“This is our way of rewarding our fans for everything they’ve given us. What our music means to you is what it means to us. Art is an experience, and to us it reserves no room for competition, and the only accolade that matters to us is the place this holds in your heart.

“Releasing ‘Mesmer’ in this way has been right for us at this moment in time. We have grown immeasurably as people and as a band through the toughest recording process we’ve ever endured. We’ve been tested every step of the way and have come out the other side with something we are truly proud of. We didn’t want to keep it from you a moment longer than we had to. We felt we owed it to this album to try and think creatively about every aspect of the way people would experience Mesmer, like a gift from us to you that is being unboxed. We wanted to make everyon’s discovery of this moment special.”

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Hideous Divinity Streams New Track “Angel Of Revolution”

Next month, Italian death metal unit Hideous Divinity, which features within its ranks current and former members of Hour Of Penance and Aborted, will unleash the “Adveniens” full-length album via Unique Leader.

In advance of its release, the band has unveiled “Angel Of Revolution” for communal
dissection. Elaborates guitarist Enrico Schettino of the track:

“Where did all this come from? Anger and frustration. Time was running out, recording sessions were approaching, and still, something was missing. The Riff was not there. Yet. Hours were spent listening, relistening, writing, and rewriting, and nothing. Almost giving up, it came. The Riff. Straight, simple, impulsive.

“The rest was easy: Stefano [Franceschini] came along with his punishing bassline and [vocalist] Enrico H. with the lyrics, one of his most memorable entrances ever. Listen to it: You will notice something different. Peculiar. What you hear is A Note. Ladies and gentlemen, here’s ‘Angel Of Revolution,” the straight-to-the-face smasher of the album.”

Slated for release on April 28th, the follow-up to previous “Cobra Verde” long player was recorded, mixed and mastered at Stefano Morabito’s 16th Cellar Studio (Hour Of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse etc.) during the Autumn of 2016.

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Metal Blade Records to release Cirith Ungol classic ‘King Of The Dead’ as Ultimate Edition with bonus tracks and DVD

– March 23rd, 2017 –

In conjunction with Cirith Ungol‘s first ever live show on European soil at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany, Metal Blade Records will release the Ultimate Edition of Cirith Ungol‘s King Of The Dead album on the weekend of the fest, April 28th! To hear the classic track, “Atom Smasher”, please visit: metalblade.com/cirithungol – where the King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–CD/DVD Digipak
–180g black vinyl
–clear ice blue vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–turquoise green/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–blood-red vinyl (limited to 200 copies – USA exclusive)
*plus digital options are also available!

The King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition digipak CD features a full re-mastering by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony, five bonus tracks, expanded packaging and a bonus-DVD! The King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition LP will be released as part of the Metal Blade Originals series; featuring 400 g spine sleeves, a 12-page booklet and an A1 sized poster, the vinyl was also mastered and fully restored by Patrick W. Engel in January 2017. This version reflects the original sound of the 1st vinyl pressing, released on Enigma in 1984!

King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition track-listing:
1. Atom Smasher
2. Black Machine
3. Master of the Pit
4. King of the Dead
5. Death of the Sun
6. Finger of Scorn
7. Toccata in D minor
8. Cirith Ungol
9. Last Laugh (Live)*
10. Death of the Sun (alt mix)**
11. Master of the Pit (Live)***
12. King of the Dead (Live)***
13. Cirith Ungol (Live)***
* Live 1984 (bonus Track on original CD)
** alternative version (taken from Metal Massacre I)
*** Live at Frost & Fire Fest II at the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura on October 8th, 2016

Bonus-DVD track-listing (Live at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA on January 19th, 1983):
1. Atom Smasher
2. I’m Alive
3. Black Machine
4. Master of the Pit
5. King of the Dead
6. Death of the Sun
7. Finger of Scorn
8. Cirith Ungol

Cirith Ungol line-up on King Of The Dead:
Tim Baker – vocals
Jerry Fogle – guitars
Michael ‘Flint’ Vujejia – bass
Robert Garven – drums

Cirith Ungol will perform live in Europe for the first time ever at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Konigshofen on April 28-29. See below for all dates!

Cirith Ungol live
Apr. 28-29 – Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany – Keep It True Festival
May 26-27 – Athens, Greece – Up The Hammers
July 21-22 – Crispendorf, Germany – Chaos Descends
Nov. 17-18 – Wurzburg, Germany – Hammer Of Doom

Cirith Ungol online:
https://www.facebook.com/cirithungolofficial

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Cover Artwork, Title For New Album “Bleed To Death” Revealed By Aposento

One of Spain’s oldest death metal bands Aposento has just revealed the cover artwork for the sophomore album to be entitled “Bleed to Death,” which is set to drop on June 12th through Xtreem Music.

“Bleed to Death” was recorded in Haro (Spain) at Rocklab Studios by Dan Díez. The album was mixed and mastered at Soundlodge Studios by Jörg Uken, who previously worked with bands like Sinister, God Dethroned, Dew-Scented and Suicidal Angels.

The album is the first to feature Mark Berserk on vocals, who joined the band in 2014 just after the debut self-titled album dropped, and drummer Gabriel Valcázar, who joined in 2016. The band’s current sound is faster, more technical and brutal.

The cover artwork (shown below) was created by Abigor Artaburu, who also created the band’s debut full length. More information on the release, including track listing and first single, is expected soon.

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New Lyric Video For “In The Wake Of The Butcher” Issued By Dead Conspiracy

Northwest extreme death metal horde Dead Conspiracy has released a lyric video for the song “In the Wake of the Butcher,” a track from the band’s 2016 self-titled album. Check it out in the player below. “Dead Conspiracy” can be purchased at this location.

The band credited with being Portland’s first-ever death metal act released its long-anticipated first full-length LP of new material in November. “Dead Conspiracy” is available on CD, vinyl and digital formats through Necromantic Press Records. Exile Music will release the album on cassette. CDs featuring the 1987 demo and a cover track recorded for Tribute To Headhunter Death Cult are offered in Brazil by Funeral Rites Records.

The follow-up to the band’s critically-acclaimed 2014 “Abomination Underground,” the self-titled album is an utterly destructive, dark, depraved, and disgustingly satisfying piece of death metal that fans of Death, Gruesome, Sodom, Massacre and all the old gods will surely appreciate. This is beyond old school – this is fucking original!

Check out the clip here:

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