Origin Releases Second “Unparalleled Universe” In-Studio Video

In anticipation of upcoming new album “Unparalleled Universe,” iconic U.S. death metal crew Origin recorded a series of in-studio videos to discuss the album’s recording process. The second in-studio video, featuring guitarist and founding member Paul Ryan, is now available for viewing below.

“Unparalleled Universe” will be released on June 30th via Agonia Records (Europe / ROW) and Nuclear Blast Records (North America). The album’s full track listing is as follows:

1. Infinitesimal to the Infinite
2. Accident and Error (streaming here)
3. Cascading Failures
4. Mithridatic
5. Truthslayer
6. Invariance Under Transformation
7. Dajjal
8. Burden of Prescience
9. Unequivocal
10. Revolucion

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Brendon Small Returns With “Galaktikon II: Become The Storm”

Brendon Small – the mastermind behind massive metal band Dethklok and the Metalocalypse show – has been teasing a new chapter of his popular Galaktikon saga for months. After spending the past two years writing and recording new material and dropping random hints throughout the media and at appearances, the wait is over.

This year, marking the 10 year anniversary of his breakout Dethklok release, “The Dethalbum,” Brendon Small will reveal his upcoming high-stakes intergalactic extreme rock/metal album, “Galaktikon II: Become The Storm.”

The album will be released via physical and digital retailers on August 25th, 2017 (Megaforce Records/MRI), with digital pre-orders set to become available next Friday, June 2nd.

Take a 360° hyperspeed trip through the galaxy and hear a clip of brand new music via the YouTube player below.

“Galaktikon II: Become The Storm” follows the space-age theme of 2012’s original Galaktikon album, with a conceptual storyline and a heavier, darker, more brutal sound. In addition to Brendon Small on vocals and guitar, the new album will feature acclaimed musicians and Dethklok alum Bryan Beller (bass/The Aristocrats, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai) and Gene Hoglan (drums/Testament, Death, Dark Angel). The release was co-produced by Small and Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Ulrich Wild, who also worked behind the board on the Dethklok albums.

“This record is a combination of all the sounds I’ve been making throughout my creative life,” says Brendon Small. “It’s as heavy as I want it to be and melodic as I want it to be – it’s the bigger, darker record I wanted to hear. And what a way to celebrate my 10 year anniversary of making metal with Gene, Bryan and Ulrich, some of the best in the industry. I’m excited to have it live inside listeners’ heads and let their imaginations take over!”

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Goatwhore unveils “Chaos Arcane” lyric video

– May 24th, 2017 –

‘Vengeful Ascension’ release day draws near; band to kick off headlining tour June 9th

Vengeful Ascension is the imminent new full-length from New Orleans’ metal legion Goatwhore. Set to drop on June 23rd via Metal Blade Records worldwide, the band’s seventh full-length and second recorded reel-to-reel was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome).

In advance of its release, today the band shares the official lyric video for “Chaos Arcane.” Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s character who attempts to recount the inexplicable sense of fear in expectancy of an unknown evil, the track conveys that sensation of impending doom through sound in a way only Goatwhore can. To view “Chaos Arcane”, please visit: metalblade.com/goatwhore – where you can also stream the title track, and pre-order Vengeful Ascension in the following formats:

–Digipak CD
–Limited “spell book” edition including two CDs (limited to 3000 copies)
–180g black vinyl
–clear/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–sepia/white-splatter vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–violet-red marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–Clear with black and white swirls (limited to 1500 copies – US exclusive)
–sepia-marbled vinyl (limited to 100 copies – US exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Mixed by Chris Common (Tribulation, Pelican) and mastered by Maor Applebaum (Faith No More, Halford, Today Is The Day), the ten-track Vengeful Ascension is a sonic manifestation of war, chaos, desolation, and emotional conflict, seamlessly bridging twenty years of the band’s signature brand of audio venom. While hardly a concept record in the traditional sense, Vengeful Ascension loosely revolves itself around Luciferian notions in title and spirit where the symbol of Lucifer serves not as a fiendish, all-destroying demon but rather an emancipator or guiding light. It’s a theme of struggle and transcendence derived from John Milton’s Paradise Lost epic and one that has appeared, whether directly or indirectly, within Goatwhore works of the past.

Goatwhore recently wrapped up a successful tour with label-mates Amon Amarth. The band will play the Fort Worth Metal Fest at the The Rail Club in Fort Wort, Texas this weekend before taking to the streets again for a near-three-week North American headlining journey from June 9th through July 1st. Support will be provided by Vancouver metallers, Anciients. See all confirmed dates below.

Goatwhore tour dates:
May 27-28 – Fort Worth Metal Fest @ The Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
w/ Anciients:
June 9 – The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
June 10 – Backstage Lubbock Depot – Lubbock, TX
June 11 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
June 12 – The Green Rom – Flagstaff, AZ
June 14 – Stork Club – Oakland, CA
June 15 – Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR
June 16 – Northwest Terror Fest @ Neumos – Seattle, WA
June 20 – Generator Cabaret – Prince George, BC
June 21 – Distortion – Calgary, AB
June 22 – Brixx Bar & Grill – Edmonton, AB
June 23 – Riddell Center – Regina, SK
June 24 – Windsor Hotel – Winnipeg, MB
June 25 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
June 26 – The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
June 27 – Frankies – Bryan, OH
June 29 – George’s Majestic Lounge – Springdale, AR
June 30 – Vino’s Brewpub – Little Rock, AR
July 1 – Maggie Meyers Irish Pub – Huntsville, AL

Vengeful Ascension track-listing:
1. Forsaken
2. Under The Flesh, Into The Soul
3. Vengeful Ascension
4. Chaos Arcane
5. Where The Sun Is Silent
6. Drowned In Grim Rebirth
7. Abandon Indoctrination
8. Mankind Will Have No Mercy
9. Decayed Omen Reborn
10. Those Who Denied God’s Will

Goatwhore recording line-up:
Louis B. Falgoust II – Vocals
Sammy Duet – Guitars, Vocals
Zack Simmons – Drums
James Harvey – Bass

Goatwhore touring line-up:
Louis B. Falgoust II – Vocals
Sammy Duet – Guitars, Vocals
Zack Simmons – Drums
Robert “TA” Coleman – Bass

Goatwhore online:
http://www.facebook.com/thegoat666
http://www.twitter.com/goatwhorenola
http://www.youtube.com/Goatwhorenola666
http://www.metalblade.com/goatwhore
http://www.goatwhore.net
http://www.instagram.com/goatwhorenola

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Demonic Resurrection Posts “Varaha – The Boar” Playthrough Video

After the official video for “Narasimha – The Man-Lion” released last month (
1. Matsya – The Fish
2. Kurma – The Tortoise
3. Varaha – The Boar
4. Vamana – The Dwarf
5. Narasimha – The Man-Lion
6. Parashurama – The Axe Wielder
7. Rama – The Prince
8. Krishna – The Cowherd
9. Buddha – The Teacher
10. Kalki – The Destroyer Of Filth

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Execration reveals details for new album, ‘Return to the Void’

– May 23rd, 2017 –

Launches video for title track

On July 14th, Norwegian death metallers Execration will release their new album, Return to the Void, via Metal Blade Records. Today, the band has launched the title track as the first single/video, which can be viewed at: metalblade.com/execration – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–Digipak CD
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–grey-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–pot green-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–white/black-splatter vinyl (limited to 100 copies – EU exclusive)
–white/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 120 copies – USA exclusive)
–red transparent vinyl (limited to 100 copies – Hells Headbangers exclusive)
* plus digital options are also available!

“Coming off of two double 12″ vinyl albums, the first clear goal for writing ‘Return to the Void‘ was to deliver the same kind of dynamic and shifting song-writing in a more condensed to-the-point package”, comments Execration. Stripping songs down to their essential core has been a driving force while writing, and it shows – there is not a wasted moment on the album. Ticking in at 42 minutes – a perfect fit for the vinyl format – the album takes the listener through a whirlwind of thrash, death, black, and even heavy metal, fast and slow parts, and the trademark Execration shifts in mood, tempo, and atmosphere.

“As with the previous two albums, we wanted to capture the feel of a live performance, so all the basic tracks (drums, guitars, bass) were recorded live in our rehearsal studio in Oslo over the course of a weekend. Vocals, synths, and various effects where recorded the following weeks with assistance from Andreas Tylden (One Tail, One Head / Altaar). The album was then mixed and mastered by Tom Kvalsvoll of Kvalsonic Labs.”

Thematically, the album takes off into outer space, the world of dreams, and philosophic musings on time and space. The album’s seven songs and two instrumental tracks are permeated with the mysteries of the universe, both in lyrical content and concept, and in the music itself. This theme is further brought to life by the magnificent art of Zbigniew M. Bielak that adorns the front cover.

Return to the Void track-listing:
1. Eternal Recurrence
2. Hammers of Vulcan
3. Nekrocosm
4. Cephalic Transmissions
5. Blood Moon Eclipse
6. Unicursal Horrorscope
7. Through the Oculus
8. Return to the Void
9. Det Uransakelige Dyp

Execration line-up:
Cato Syversrud – Drums
Christian Johansen – Guitar / Vocals
Jorgen Maristuen – Guitar / Vocals
Jonas Helgemo – Bass

Execration online:
https://www.facebook.com/execrationnorway
https://soundcloud.com/execrationnorway

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Execration reveals details for new album, ‘Return to the Void’

– May 23rd, 2017 –

Launches video for title track

On July 14th, Norwegian death metallers Execration will release their new album, Return to the Void, via Metal Blade Records. Today, the band has launched the title track as the first single/video, which can be viewed at: metalblade.com/execration – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–Digipak CD
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–grey-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–pot green-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–white/black-splatter vinyl (limited to 100 copies – EU exclusive)
–white/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 120 copies – USA exclusive)
–red transparent vinyl (limited to 100 copies – Hells Headbangers exclusive)
* plus digital options are also available!

“Coming off of two double 12″ vinyl albums, the first clear goal for writing ‘Return to the Void‘ was to deliver the same kind of dynamic and shifting song-writing in a more condensed to-the-point package”, comments Execration. Stripping songs down to their essential core has been a driving force while writing, and it shows – there is not a wasted moment on the album. Ticking in at 42 minutes – a perfect fit for the vinyl format – the album takes the listener through a whirlwind of thrash, death, black, and even heavy metal, fast and slow parts, and the trademark Execration shifts in mood, tempo, and atmosphere.

“As with the previous two albums, we wanted to capture the feel of a live performance, so all the basic tracks (drums, guitars, bass) were recorded live in our rehearsal studio in Oslo over the course of a weekend. Vocals, synths, and various effects where recorded the following weeks with assistance from Andreas Tylden (One Tail, One Head / Altaar). The album was then mixed and mastered by Tom Kvalsvoll of Kvalsonic Labs.”

Thematically, the album takes off into outer space, the world of dreams, and philosophic musings on time and space. The album’s seven songs and two instrumental tracks are permeated with the mysteries of the universe, both in lyrical content and concept, and in the music itself. This theme is further brought to life by the magnificent art of Zbigniew M. Bielak that adorns the front cover.

Return to the Void track-listing:
1. Eternal Recurrence
2. Hammers of Vulcan
3. Nekrocosm
4. Cephalic Transmissions
5. Blood Moon Eclipse
6. Unicursal Horrorscope
7. Through the Oculus
8. Return to the Void
9. Det Uransakelige Dyp

Execration line-up:
Cato Syversrud – Drums
Christian Johansen – Guitar / Vocals
Jorgen Maristuen – Guitar / Vocals
Jonas Helgemo – Bass

Execration online:
https://www.facebook.com/execrationnorway
https://soundcloud.com/execrationnorway

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Rhapsody Of Fire Streaming “Knightrider Of Doom”

A legend continues in impressive fashion as the Italian symphonic power metal kings from Rhapsody Of Fire have re-recorded their biggest classic songs of the “Rhapsody” years (1997 – 2002) with enormous effort and a huge result.

The album was mixed and mastered by Seeb Levermann (Orden Ogan) and will be available on May 26th as a digipak CD & limited colored double vinyl. It also marks the recording debut of new members Viacomo Voli (vocals) and Manu Lotter (drums).

Today the track “Knightrider Of Doom” comes online and can be heard below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Dawn Of Victory
2. Knightrider Of Doom
3. Flames Of Revenge
4. Beyond The Gates Of Infinity
5. Land Of Immortals (streaming here)
6. Emerald Sword
7. Legendary Tales
8. Dargor, Shadowlord Of The Black Mountain
9. When Demons Awake (song streaming here)
10. Wings Of Destiny
11. Riding The Winds Of Eternity
12. The Dark Tower Of Abyss
13. Holy Thunderforce
14. Rain Of A Thousand Flames

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Ancient Re-Releasing “Trolltaar” EP

Norwegian extreme metal group Ancient is re-releasing the “Trolltaar” EP (1995) via Sleaszy Rider Records.

This 2017 edition includes 3 live tracks from Norway in 1993, with a vinyl edition to also soon be available.

Ancient released long-awaited 7th studio album, “Back To The Land Of The Dead,” on September 16th in North America via (Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s) EMP Underground/EMP Label Group, and in the rest of the World by Soulseller Records.

It arrived a mere 12 years following previous full-length album “Night Visit.” Catch Ancient live on these upcoming live appearances:

7/20 2017 – Gothoom Festival Ostry Grun – Slovakia
12/2 2017 – Into Darkness Festival IV – Leeuwarden – Holland
12/3 2017 – Baroeg Rotterdam – Holland
5/12 2018 – Under The Banner of Black Light Fest – Graz – Austria

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Descend Into Despair Posts “Alone With My Thoughts”

Romania based funeral doom group Descend into Despair just released first single “Alone with My Thoughts” taken off upcoming studio album “Synaptic Veil.” Check out a lyric video for the track below.

“Synaptic Veil” will be released on the 5th of June and is now available for pre-order right here. The band’s second effort features 5 long tracks with a total duration of over 55 minutes of introspective haze:

1. Damnatio Memoriae
2. Alone With My Thoughts
3. Demise
4. Silence In Sable Acrotism
5. Tomorrow

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The Drowning Releases “Withered” EP Via Bandcamp

After much fan pressure over the years, The Drowning has finally made ultra-rare debut EP, “Withered,” available digitally through Bandcamp (you can also stream it below).

“Withered” was originally released back in 2005 and represents the earliest steps of the then fledgling band. Guitarist Mike Hitchen still looks back on the recordings with fondness and recognizes the important part the EP played in setting the band on the right road:

“The ‘Withered’ EP demo was the real beginning for the band. At that time it was just myself and James Moore and we were never really sure how it would turn out – we only put it together just to see if we could make something for ourselves! It was great fun recording it and it was the birth of The Drowning – and that sound can still be heard in our music today.”

Withered by The Drowning

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