Soulfly Premiere New Song “Evil Empowered” & Detail Upcoming New Album “Ritual”

Soulfly premiere a new song entitled “Evil Empowered”, taken from their upcoming new album “Ritual”. Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe and Immolation bassist/vocalist Ross Dolan are among the effort’s guests with the track listing and cover art (done by Eliran Kantor) available at the bottom of this post.

Speaking of the “Ritual“, the band’s mastermind, frontman/guitarist Max Cavalera commented:

“I am really stoked to be working again with two of my favorite artists, Eliran Kantor and Marcelo Vasco! The Ritual artwork is very mystic and captures the vibe of the album perfectly. For this one, we really tried to retain the groove of early Soulfly as well as my love for the heavy, fast stuff I’m into: like death and black metal and some hardcore.

Working with Josh Wilbur for Soulfly this time around has been amazing. He’s a huge fan and added a lot to the record. I would fight for the fast songs and he would always push me to add more groove. I think in the end we created a really cool mix of songs that covers a lot of ground in my career. Let the Ritual begin!”

Check out now “Evil Empowered” below.

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Epic melodic death metallers Nothgard announce new album, ‘Malady X’

– August 9th, 2018 –

Launch title track as first single

Epic melodic death metallers Nothgard from Germany have finished the recordings for their new album Malady X and are proud to present the first song to the masses! Head over to metalblade.com/nothgard to check out the stunning video for the title track “Malady X” – where the record is also available for pre-order in the following formats:


–ltd. 1st ed. Digipak-CD
–box set (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–180g black vinyl
–dead gold marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–light grey marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–red/black marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 120 copies)
–clear/black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 100 copies)

Bandleader Dom R. Crey states: “With ‘Malady X‘, we have created an album that is both dark and serious, but on the other hand rife with catchy melodies – while not compromising our individual sound at all, on the contrary: I am sure we have defined the Nothgard-style more clearly than ever on this album. This is why we are really happy to present our first new material to you in the shape of a music video!”

The clip for “Malady X” was recorded in one take, meaning without interruptions and based on a specific choreography to make an authentic impression. The result is nothing less than breathtaking!

Dom R. Crey adds: “Of course, ‘Malady X‘ takes on an important role because it’s the title track. It represents everything that we, deep inside, find disturbing about society and current ways of thinking. We consciously address it in the lyrics – no-go’s and issues in daily life which should actually be perceived as such, but instead, we have lost awareness of them. Rather than standing in for our convictions, we choose to live according to false values.”

Nothgard has recorded Malady X at Def-Creation and & Southern Deathcult studios and called the renowned Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Kreator, Opeth, etc.) for mastering duties. The result is an album full of epic melodic death metal anthems!

Malady X track-listing
1. Voyage To Decay (Intro)
2. Malady X
3. Shades Of War
4. Guardians Of Sanity
5. Epitaph
6. Deamonium I
7. Serpent Hollow
8. Devil Will Know
9. Fall Of An Empire
10. Herald Of Death
11. Black Horizon
12. Eye For An Eye (ltd. Digi-CD bonus)
13. Ninja (ltd. Digi-CD bonus)

Nothgard will play special release shows at the end of October, along with friends Parasite Inc.. See below for dates!

Nothgard release shows
w/ Parasite Inc.

Oct. 26 – Jena, Germany – F-Haus
Oct. 27 – Markneukirchen, Germany – Warwick Music Hall
Oct. 31 – Linda, Germany – Vaudeville
Nov. 1 – Vocklabruck, Austria – Okh

Nothgard will also join forces with Finnish epic melodic death metallers Omnium Gatherum and Wolfheart for the “Burning Cold Over Europe 2018″ tour this November. See below for all dates!

Nothgard tour dates
w/ Omnium Gatherum, Wolfheart

Nov. 7 – Munich, Germany – Backstage
Nov. 8 – Hamburg, Germany – Kaiserkeller
Nov. 9 – Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu
Nov. 10 – Stuttgart, Germany – ClubCANN
Nov. 11 – Prague, Czech Republic – Nova Chmelnice
Nov. 12 – Budapest, Hungary – Durer Kert 041
Nov. 13 – Vienna, Austria – Szene
Nov. 15 – Essen, Germany – Turock
Nov. 16 – London, United Kingdom – The Dome
Nov. 17 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Baroeg
Nov. 18 – Vosselaar, Belgium – Biebop
Nov. 19 – Paris, France – Le Petit Bain
Nov. 21 – Madrid, Spain – Copernico
Nov. 22 – Barcelona, Spain – Boveda
Nov. 23 – Lyon, France – MJC O Totem
Nov. 24 – Lucerne, Switzerland – Schuur
Nov. 25 – Trier, Germany – Mergener Hof

Nothgard line-up:
Dom R. Crey – Vocals, Lead Guitar, Studio Keyboards
Skaahl – Guitars
Nico Kolja – Bass, Backing Vocals
Felix Indra – Drums

Photo credit: Andreas-Richter; Photoart-Peter Sallai

Nothgard online:
https://www.facebook.com/Nothgard
https://twitter.com/nothgard
https://www.instagram.com/nothgard
http://www.nothgard.com

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Skálmold To Release New Album, “Sorgir,” This Fall

Icelandic Viking metal band SKÁLMÖLD will release their fifth full length album this fall, entitled “Sorgir.” The album title (which translates to “sorrows”) is appropriate for this concept album that is divided in two parts: The first four songs tell four short stories about tragedies and death. It is called Sagnir (tales). The second chapter called Svipir (ghosts) thickens the plot by telling the same four stories from a different perspective.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Ljósið
2. Sverðið
3. Brúnin
4. Barnið
5. Skotta
6. Gangári
7. Móri
8. Mara

“Sorgir” is available in the following formats:

1 CD Digipak + Bonus Track
2 LP Gatefold in different colors

You can pre-order the album here.

From August 22nd til August 25th SKÁLMÖLD will play four special shows together with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra in their hometown of Reykjavik. Three shows are already completely sold out.

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Monstrosity Posts New Single, “Kingdom Of Fire” Online

On September 7th, Metal Blade Records will release “The Passage Of Existence,” the new studio album by Florida death metal legends Monstrosity. For a preview of The Passage Of Existence, the second single “Kingdom Of Fire” is available for streaming below. The album will be available in the following formats:

– ltd. Digipak-CD w/2 bonus tracks
– 180g black vinyl
– orange/red marbled vinyl (limited to 500 copies – EU exclusive)
– transp. grey-brown marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
– dusk blue-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
– terracotta-marbled vinyl (limited to 120 copies – ebay exclusive)
– deep violet blue-marbled vinyl (limited to 500 copies – US exclusive)

Monstrosity’s Lee Harrison (drums) comments: “First off, I present to you the master piece of masterpieces in the Monstrosity universe. This album requires a certain justice though and I ask you, as the listener, to properly step up to the task. Don’t play this recording on a cheap portable radio or your tiny ear buds. This album was built to be played loud on a killer system. Do yourself that favor, at least for the first few times you play it. I know it’s so horribly cliché to say ‘Play it Loud’, but I can honestly say this album is made for that. Listen to it multiple times, too. These songs are going to ‘pop’ live, too. Can’t wait to bring these songs to the stage. I’m curious to see the opinions. The response by the fans to the teaser clip we posted was super positive, so I’ll be so glad when the single is released and the years of hard work finally come to fruition. Hope to see you guys on the road soon and blast it!”

Lee Harrison recorded his drum tracks at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with veteran metal producer Jason Suecof. A week was spent creating rock solid drum tracks. Guitar and bass tracks were handled at Ascension Sound in Tampa with the vocal tracks being recorded at Obituary’s “Redneck Studios” in Gibsonton, Florida. The mix was handled by producer Mark Lewis (Megadeth, etc), and the resulting 2018 album, The Passage Of Existence, was born. 12 tracks of masterfully crafted death metal for the modern era from the standard bearers of extreme art. Monstrosity still stand taller than ever, still delivering their brand of state of the art sonic devastation.

The tracklisting for “The Passage Of Existence” is as follows:

1. Cosmic Pandemia
2. Kingdom Of Fire
3. Radiated
4. Solar Vacuum
5. The Proselygeist
6. Maelstrom
7. Eyes Upon The Abyss
8. Dark Matter Invocation (ltd. Digi-CD bonus)
9. The Hive
10. Eternal Void (ltd. Digi-CD bonus)
11. Century
12. Slaves To The Evermore

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Chthonic Reveals New Album “Battlefields Of Asura” Details

Chthonic, the Taiwanese metal band recognized with its unique signature of performance, is to release an all new album, “Battlefields Of Asura,” on October 10th, the first new music since 2013’s full-length album, “Butik.”

Formed in 1995, Chthonic has hit the road touring over forty countries with hundreds of concerts and festivals. Chthonic has become the most visible Taiwanese metal band with international publicity. In the past five years, all five members of Chthonic have turned a new page in their lives respectively. The frontman of band formed a new political party but also got elected into the Parliament while the others established their families. Nevertheless, they have not forgot the promise to release new material to the fans. This year, Chthonic has Randy Blythe, frontman of Grammy-nominated metal band Lamb of God, and Denise Ho, iconic freedom fighter and singer from Hong Kong collaborating with the creation of the album and appearing in the preview of title track which has raised huge resonance in the music circle.

To tease the album, a secretive promotion plan saw the debut track in new album, “Millennia’s Faith Undone”, remixed and published by five new bands and artists with their own distinctive styles – Elephant Gym, Hom Shenhao, Unfamiliar Friends Party, Bison Country, and Angry Youth, which raised the speculation and attention among fans and people in music industry about the song and the series of remixes. The speculation even hinted the possibility of renaissance of lyrics in Taiwanese. Days ago, Denise Ho, the iconic Hong Kong singer, published her version of “Millennia’s Faith Undone”, as her first Taiwanese song mixed with the voice of Freddy Lim, the frontman of Chthonic, throughout the song, which has become a hit in Taiwan and Hong Kong. As the talks about the relations between the song and Chthonic continues, the answer finally reveals today that the 60-second preview of original version of “Millenia’s Faith Undone” can be heard below and the full version will be out on September 4th.

According to Chthonic, the new album “Battlefields Of Asura” depicts the adventure of deities in Taiwan through eleven songs carrying messages about resistance, freedom and fraternity. The journey is full of hostility, adversary, impregnable fortresses and desires but also inspires infinite courage to search for eternal wisdom. Anyone deeply touched by this album will eventually realize that it is the origin of all thrilling epic stories portrayed in the past albums. This album sounds like gods versus devils and fights among evil spirits on the surface; however, everyone can feel the empathy of fury, grief and even strength of resurgence from the lyrics.

When asked why the band names the new album “Battlefields Of Asura,” Doris, the spokesperson of Chthonic, states, “This album is the prologue of the albums released in the past and was inspired by and dedicated to the activists of Taiwan’s first modern political reform movement back in 1920s.”

Pre-orders on CD and vinyl are available now. The album marks the first vinyl released by Chthonic since its formation. Pre-order of album box set is also available in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong which includes the album, T-shirt and caps, thematic candle glass, rosary plus 7″ vinyl collaboration single of Chthonic and Denise Ho.

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Avenger To Reissue Comeback Album, “The Slaughter Never Stops”

Metal, classic metal, thrash metal… NWOBHM! These are the defining genres that
best describe Avenger. Not a random stab at a description, but an archive of metal styles the band have molded themselves to and related to since their NWOBHM founding over three decades ago.

Avenger’s first two albums, “Blood Sports” (from 1984), and “Killer Elite” (from 1985), were recently reissued on CD via Dissonance Productions, and on LP via Back On Black Records. The reissues are packed with previously unreleased and rare bonus tracks, and booklets with previously unseen photos.

The series now continues: Avenger’s comeback album, “The Slaughter Never Stops” (originally released in 2014, and available as limited edition CD only), will be available on CD, and for the first time ever on LP, with a brand new cover artwork painted by Roberto Toderico (Tygers Of Pan Tang, Quartz, Mythra).

The CD version will hit the streets on September 21 – release date of the LP reissue will be announced shortly.

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Siege Of Power Posts New Video For “Mushroom Cloud Altar” Online

On September 7th Metal Blade Records will release “Warning Blast”, the debut album by multinational all-star death metallers Siege Of Power. You can watch the brand new video for the second single “Mushroom Cloud Altar” below.

Comments the band on the song: “‘Mushroom Cloud Altar’ is a more punky track on the album ‘Warning Blast’. Straight forward D-Beat Discharge without blah blah!”

The album will be available in the following formats:

– ltd. Digipak-CD w/2 bonus tracks
– 180g black vinyl
– cool grey marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
– slate blue-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
– clear smoky white-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – US exclusive)

Before their debut album Siege Of Power will release a limited 7″, entitled “The Cold Room”, on August 10th. Two of the three songs are non-albums songs. The 7″ is strictly limited to 500 copies. 300 copies in black and 200 colored copies. The 200 colored copies will be sold exclusively via the official merch booth at the Party.San Open Air.

Warning Blast tracklisting:

1. Conquest For What?
2. For The Pain
3. Bulldozing Skulls
4. Born Into Hate
5. Torture Lab
6. Uglification
7. Trapped And Blinded
8. Diatribe
9. Warning Blast
10. Mushroom Cloud Altar
11. Lost And Insane
12. Bleeding For The Cause
13. Escalation ’til Extermination
14. Privileged Prick
15. Short Fuse
16. Violence In The Air
17. It Will Never Happen
18. The Cold Room

Siege Of Power is:

Chris Reifert – Vocals (Autopsy, Violation Wound, Abscess, Painted Doll)
Paul Baayens – Guitars (Asphyx, ex-Hail of Bullets, Thanatos)
Theo van Eekelen – Bass (ex-Hail of Bullets, ex-Houwitser, ex-Grand Supreme Blood Court)
Bob Bagchus – Drums (ex-Asphyx, Soulburn, ex-Grand Supreme Blood Court)

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Mayhem To Release Dead Era Box Set, “Cursed In Eternity”

Peaceville has announced Cursed In Eternity, a comprehensive limited edition deluxe set covering the influential Dead era of Norwegian legends Mayhem. The set will be available on November 16th, and is available for pre-order here.

Containing six picture disc LPs, 7”, 92 page book, posters, and DVD featuring the never seen before Jessheim and Sarpsborg live shows plus Henhouse rehearsals.

“We are glad to be able to honour the Euronymous and Dead era in this comprehensive box set that Peaceville and Finn Håkon Rødland put together for the band.” – Necrobutcher & Hellhammer

Mayhem, the Norwegian pioneers responsible for invigorating a global scene alongside originators such as Venom, Celtic Frost & Bathory, formed in 1984, and with a long history of tragedy, intrigue and infamy have become truly revered legends of black metal, with a large part of their legacy established in the late 80’s & early 90’s, when guitarist Euronymous and bassist Necrobutcher welcomed Hellhammer on drums and Dead on vocals, to help shape a new era of darkness and Armageddon.

Marking 30 years since this particularly iconic and subsequently ill-fated union, the deluxe Cursed In Eternity set contains a full and expansive collection of work by the band during that period. This includes Mayhem’s legendary 1990 live dates in Norway and short German tour, plus the additions of the Out From The Dark and Henhouse rehearsal sessions.

These six titles are all presented on a special limited picture disc format for this release, with the set also including a 7” single vinyl containing two studio tracks (“Freezing Moon” and “Carnage”); recorded initially for the CBR compilation Projections Of A Stained Mind and here featuring sleeve artwork made at the time by former vocalist, Maniac.

Along with a full 92-page book recalling tales of their legendary shows and inspirational music from both band members and others from the scene, and including letters and previously unseen photographs sourced from personal archives, all in collaboration with the True Mayhem Collection, Cursed In Eternity also presents, for the first time, a DVD containing never-seen-before footage from the entire Jessheim concert, plus front of stage video from the Sarpsborg show, giving a priceless insight into how these shows were witnessed at the time. The DVD is completed by full footage of the Henhouse rehearsals.

As a final bonus inclusion, Cursed In Eternity features posters from the original designs and Zeitz photo from those iconic live shows.

Contents:

– 92-Page Perfect Bound Book

– LP 1 – Henhouse Rehearsals
– LP 2 – Out From The Dark
– LP 3 – Live In Jessheim
– LP 4 – Live In Sarpsborg
– LP 5 – Live In Zeitz
– LP 6 – Live In Leipzig

– 7” – Freezing Moon / Carnage (Studio)

– DVD:
– Live In Jessheim
– Live In Sarpsborg
– Henhouse Rehearsals

– 4 Posters

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Beyond The Black Posts New Video, “Million Lightyears” Online

German symphonic metal outfit Beyond The Black has posted their new music video online for the song, “Million Lightyears.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the group’s forthcoming new studio album, “Heart Of The Hurricane,” which is scheduled to be released on August 31st through Napalm Records.

“Heart Of The Hurricane” will be available in the following formats:

– 1 CD Jewelcase
– 1 CD Digipack
– Digital Album
– 2LP Gatefold BLACK
– 2LP Gatefold GOLD
– Limited Deluxe Box

Tracklisting:

1. Hysteria
2. Heart Of The Hurricane
3. Through The Mirror
4. Million Lightyears
5. Song For The Godless
6. Escape From The Earth
7. Beneath A Blackened Sky
8. Fairytale Of Doom
9. My God Is Dead
10. Dear Death
11. Scream For Me
12. Freedom
13. Breeze
14. Echo From The Past (Bonus)
15. Parade (Bonus)

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Gama Bomb Reveals New Album, “Speed Between The Lines” Details

Gama Bomb are back with a monster of an album, putting the fast, fabulous and fun back into old school thrash metal and dragging it kicking and screaming into present day.

With its crisp, clean production, distinctive lyrics, irresistible hooks and a huge sense of enjoyment, this new album is an absolute must for thrashers of all ages and fans of Tankard, Municipal Waste, Harvok and Warbringer.

Speed Between The Lines, released by AFM Records on October 12th, is the band’s sixth studio album in 16 years. The album will be available as CD, clear yellow gatefold vinyl (ltd. to 250 units), turquoise gatefold vinyl (ltd. to 250 units), clear/red gatefold and vinyl red/black splatter (ltd. to 100 units) which is exclusively available in the AFM webshop.

Tracklisting:

1. Give Me Leather
2. A Hanging
3. 666teen
4. Bring Out The Monster
5. R.I.P. U
6. Motorgeist
7. Alt-Reich
8. Stay Rotten
9. We R Going 2 Eat U
10. Kurt Russell
11. World Gone To Hell
12. Faceblaster

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