Woe Streams An Ode To “The Ones We Lost”

U.S. black metal unit Woe will release new “Hope Attrition” full-length album next month via new label home Vendetta Records. In advance of its release and in conjunction with Valentine’s Day, today “The Ones We Lost” is offered up for public feasting.

“If the name doesn’t give it away, ‘The Ones We Lost’ is about coming to terms with a loved one’s death,” elaborates founding guitarist/vocalist Chris Grigg. “For me, it is the most draining song of Woe’s entire catalog. I, the other members of the band, and seemingly everyone I know had to deal with sudden deaths of family and friends over the past few years. Even if you recover, it leaves you changed.”

He goes on to say, “The cognitive dissonance between your body’s sense of something fundamentally broken in the world and the world’s indifference never really goes away. I think of this song as the emotional centerpiece of the album, a statement about grappling with the individual’s powerlessness in the face of the ultimate, final uncaring force.”

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All Out War To Headline Bozzfest Benefit Show

Over the Christmas holiday, longtime Decibel contributor David Shawn Bosler was in a serious car accident that left him with a horrific list of broken bones and injuries, requiring multiple surgeries and putting him on a long road to full rehabilitation.

On March 24th, 2017, Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn is hosting a benefit show, with 100 percent of the money raised going to Bosler’s recovery fund. The bill is topped by a rare live appearance from savage metalcore stalwarts All Out War, joined by local black metal philosophers Anicon, brutal Philly grinders Die Choking, and the hypnotic bass soundscapes of Insect Ark.

There will also be some one-of-a-kind items up for raffle to help Bosler and his family. Tickets are available here and anyone who can’t attend the show can still contribute to the Bosler family’s GoFundMe campaign here.

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Antropofagus Releasing New Album “Methods Of Resurrection Through Evisceration”

Antropofagus returns May 12th, 2017 with uncompromising godless ferocity – five years after the “Architecture of Lust” release, this Italian death metal beast strikes again with “Methods of Resurrection Through Evisceration” (M.O.R.T.E.), a journey into life, death, resurrection and the descent into the darkest depths of self.

Guitarist Francesco and Vocalist Tya had this to say about the forthcoming Comatose Music release: “We decided to go with a warmer and fatter tone this time. The songs are more straight forward and in your face than the songs on ‘Architecture of Lust’, and certainly more groovy. I’d say this is the most old school and evil Antropofagus album to date.

“Dave and I worked hard to make sure this album would have a deeper sanguineous sound, and I also went from a six string to a seven string guitar for this recording. I’d say Morbid Angel and Hate Eternal have been the strongest influences while writing this album, but the Antropofagus trademark is definitely there, so expect pure brutality! Probably our most balanced and mature album so far.”

Vocalist Tya adds: “This is definitely the Antropofagus album which we worked the most on, the one that required the highest tribute from us. As on a conceptual level, it’s drenched of my own blood. ‘M.O.R.T.E.’ is a continual succession of thoughts, shadows and nightmares shaped into music, extreme and hate-filled against all which is dogmatic to humanity’s eyes. A process of rebirth through the evisceration of my own self.”

01. Whirlwind of Initiation
02. Spawn of Chaos
03. Chants for Abyzou
04. Praise to a Hecatomb!
05. Methods of Resurrection Through Evisceration
06. Omnipotent Annihilation
07. The Abyss (Chapter 1)
08. Quintessence of Suffering
09. Deception of the Blood
10. Living in Fear (Malevolent Creation cover)

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Helheim Releases “Ymr” Music Video

After releasing ninth full-length album “landwarijaR,” Norwegian Viking metal crew Helheim now unleashes a second video from the album. Check out “Ymr” below.

Like the preceding video for “Baklengs mot intet,” new clip “Ymr” was directed by Guilherme Henriques, and this time the band concentrates on live footage from Inside Live & Rock Café bt Mathis Backe interspersed with film of some of the glorious scenery that surrounds Helheim’s home town of Bergen.

Helheim’s V’gandr explains: “With ‘Ymr’ Helheim explores the terrain that might result from the complete enlightenment of knowledge. The tree of life is the symbol of this path and you may wonder if this enlightenment is of a positive or of a negative energy. When the One with the one eye closes it, that is when we must open up ours and see what lies ahead. ‘Ymr’ is the primal scream, the essence of man and to grow from there you have to climb. Whereas ‘Baklengs mot intet’ showed no hope in its cloak of negativity, ‘Ymr’ might kindle a tiny spark – but that’s up to the eye of the beholder or should I say, the ears of the listener.”

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DragonForce reveals details for new album

– February 8th, 2017 –

International metal superstars DragonForce have revealed details for their forthcoming, new studio album. Reaching Into Infinity will be released in the USA via Metal Blade Records on May 19th.

Recording the bulk of the album at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden, with producer Jens Bogren, the band also laid down tracks while touring their Killer Elite best of album, utilizing Lamerluser Studios, (London, UK), Dark Lane Studios (Witney, UK), as well as the band’s own Evil1 Studios in Charleville-Mezieres, France and Shredforce One Studios (CA, USA).

“We were flying out, playing a festival, then back into the studio, then back out again,” explains bass player Frederic Leclercq, who also handled the majority of songwriting on this album.“It was very intense and very tiring. I obviously played bass but also a lot of rhythm guitar, electric and acoustic, and lost my temper a few times – I think we all did at some point, because we wanted to deliver nothing but the best.”

For their seventh studio album, DragonForce has opened up their sound like never before, capturing the fierce, forlorn and fun with both menace and melody.

“I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music,” Fred continues. “It’s great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with Marc’s vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality!”

The first album to feature Gee Anzalone, the Italian drummer has laid down an insanely impressive performance to provide the perfect backbone to the DragonForce sound, which of course still boasts the band’s trademark insanely-fast solos, courtesy of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman.

The band will give USA fans their first taste of the new songs at Chicago Open Air on July 15th at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. For more information about Chicago Open Air, please visit: chicagoopenair.com. Additional USA dates will be announced soon!

“The title of the album explains pretty much what we are trying to do with our music,” Fred concludes. “Today’s world is really crazy – there is fear of the future, uncertainty. But the power of music is infinite, and it can give strength and hope to people.”

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Dragonforce Reveals “Reaching Into Infinity” Details

The international metal superstars from DragonForce have revealed details for their forthcoming studio album. “Reaching Into Infinity” will be released in the USA via Metal Blade Records on May 19th, 2017.

Recording the bulk of the album at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden, with producer Jens Bogren, the band also laid down tracks while touring for the “Killer Elite” compilation release, utilizing Lamerluser Studios, (London, UK), Dark Lane Studios (Witney, UK), as well as the band’s own Evil1 Studios in Charleville-Mezieres, France and Shredforce One Studios (CA, USA).

“We were flying out, playing a festival, then back into the studio, then back out again,” explains bass player Frederic Leclercq, who also handled the majority of songwriting on this album. “It was very intense and very tiring. I obviously played bass but also a lot of rhythm guitar, electric and acoustic, and lost my temper a few times – I think we all did at some point, because we wanted to deliver nothing but the best.”

“I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music,” Fred continues. “It’s great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with Marc’s vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality!”

This will also be the first album to feature Italian drummer Gee Anzalone. The band will give USA fans a first taste of the new songs at Chicago Open Air on July 15th at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

“The title of the album explains pretty much what we are trying to do with our music,” Fred concludes. “Today’s world is really crazy – there is fear of the future, uncertainty. But the power of music is infinite, and it can give strength and hope to people.”

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Nailed To Obscurity Announces Tour Dates With Dark Tranquillity

Just shortly after the release of full-length album “King Delusion” last Friday, melodic death metal doomsters Nailed To Obscurity today announces a European tour with none other than Gothenburg melodic death metal pioneers Dark Tranquillity.

Guitarist Jan-Ole Lamberti comments: “Touring with a legendary band like Dark Tranquillity is definitely a dream coming true for us!

“We were about 15 years old when Damage Done came out and Volker and I were completely blown away by the album and so we were listening to it over and over again and it became one of our alltime favorite records. This band had such a strong influence on us in every possible way and it will be an honor for us to support them on their European headline shows in April/May.”

25.03.2017 Antwerp (Belgium) – Het Bos***
16.04.2017 Vosselaar (Belgium) – Biebob**
17.04.2017 Leiden (Netherlands) – Gebr. Nobel**
18.04.2017 Aschaffenburg (Germany) – Colos Saal**
19.04.2017 Mannheim (Germany) – 7er Club*
22.04.2017 Budapest (Hungary) – Barba Negra Music Club*
27.04.2017 Gdansk (Poland) – B90*
30.04.2017 Tampere (Finland) – Yo Talo*
01.05.2017 Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi*
03.05.2017 Stockholm (Sweden) – Fryshuset Klubben*
04.05.2017 Orebro (Sweden) – Frimis Salonger*
06.05.2017 Gothenburg (Sweden) – Trädgårn*
23.06.2017 Manslagt (Germany) – Let The Bad Times Roll Open Air
30.06.2017 Gardelegen (Germany) – Metal Frenzy Open Air
01.09.2017 Katzenbach (Germany) – Metallergrillen Open Air
*) with Dark Tranquillity
**) with Dark Tranquillity & Omnium Gatherum
***) with Primordial

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Nailed To Obscurity Announces Tour Dates With Dark Tranquillity

Just shortly after the release of full-length album “King Delusion” last Friday, melodic death metal doomsters Nailed To Obscurity today announces a European tour with none other than Gothenburg melodic death metal pioneers Dark Tranquillity.

Guitarist Jan-Ole Lamberti comments: “Touring with a legendary band like Dark Tranquillity is definitely a dream coming true for us!

“We were about 15 years old when Damage Done came out and Volker and I were completely blown away by the album and so we were listening to it over and over again and it became one of our alltime favorite records. This band had such a strong influence on us in every possible way and it will be an honor for us to support them on their European headline shows in April/May.”

25.03.2017 Antwerp (Belgium) – Het Bos***
16.04.2017 Vosselaar (Belgium) – Biebob**
17.04.2017 Leiden (Netherlands) – Gebr. Nobel**
18.04.2017 Aschaffenburg (Germany) – Colos Saal**
19.04.2017 Mannheim (Germany) – 7er Club*
22.04.2017 Budapest (Hungary) – Barba Negra Music Club*
27.04.2017 Gdansk (Poland) – B90*
30.04.2017 Tampere (Finland) – Yo Talo*
01.05.2017 Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi*
03.05.2017 Stockholm (Sweden) – Fryshuset Klubben*
04.05.2017 Orebro (Sweden) – Frimis Salonger*
06.05.2017 Gothenburg (Sweden) – Trädgårn*
23.06.2017 Manslagt (Germany) – Let The Bad Times Roll Open Air
30.06.2017 Gardelegen (Germany) – Metal Frenzy Open Air
01.09.2017 Katzenbach (Germany) – Metallergrillen Open Air
*) with Dark Tranquillity
**) with Dark Tranquillity & Omnium Gatherum
***) with Primordial

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Rottenness Signs With Gore House Productions

Gore House Productions is proud to announce the signing of Mexican brutal grinding legion, Rottenness, and issued this statement about the band:

“Since its inception in 1994, the Yucatán based beast has made a mark onto the fast growing death metal scene. Rottenness has not only become one of Mexico’s most active extreme acts, but has also without a doubt influenced many more to come. While the band has gone through various line up changes, Rottenness as been able to stand among various death metal giants and has performed on many stages including Maryland Deathfest, Los Angeles Murderfest, Obscene Extreme Fest, and more.”

Guitarist and founding member Jaleel Castillo comments: “This is excellent news!! We are so excited to announce that we will be part of one of the amazing metal family community – Rottenness is part now of Gore House Productions! This will be a perfect collaboration from both camps, We are very happy to be part of one of the greatest underground labels. You can expect our new material very soon! It´s an honor to start this year under the ranks of Gore House Production and we want to thank them for the patience and support!! Get ready for this 2017 – Stay sick and brutal!!!”

Rottenness will release a third full-length album in late 2017 via Gore House Productions with details to be revealed in the coming months. Catch the band live on these dates:

February 2 – Merida, Yucatán (MX)
May 19-21 – Alt St. Johann, Switzerland (Rock The Hell Fest)
July 1 – Wermelskirchen, Germany
July 5-9 – Trutnov, Czech Republic (Obscene Extreme Fest)

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VI Announces Split Album With Temple Of Baal And The Order Of Apollyon

On March 31st, three of the finest French black/death metal acts – VI, Temple Of Baal, and The Order Of Apollyon – will find their way onto winter-chilled turn tables, thanks to a new split release.

Divided into three chapters, the recording will feature one brand new song from each of the bands, with a playing time nearing 25 minutes. The split will be available through Agonia Records.

VI comments: “Being a part of this split along with Temple of Baal and The Order Of Apollyon was an opportunity for us to release a new single track. We thought we were done for a while with creating new music since the release of De Praestigiis Angelorum, but it appeared that we still had more to do. Expect something slightly different from what we’re known for. Expect something unique.”

Temple Of Baal adds: “Split releases have paved Temple Of Baal’s history through the years as special items in the band’s discography, done with special bands strictly chosen for their common views on Black and Death Metal as sacred works of Left Hand Path dedication. Once more, Temple Of Baal teams up with bearers of the Black Flame to bring a three-fold testimony of Faith.”

The Order Of Apollyon had this to say: “Joining forces with Agonia for a fresh new start for The Order, we deemed appropriate to release something special. We chose to share this one with artists that we respect not only as musicians, but also as genuinely devoted human beings. The song we wrote for this EP is also meant to give you a taste of what’s to come on our side in the near future.”

1. Chapter One: “Trident Of Flesh” (The Order Of Apollyon)
2. Caput Secundum: “Non Sum Dignus” (Temple Of Baal)
3. Troisème Chapitre: “Aucun d’entre vous ne sera sauvé. Car c’est impossible aux hommes et tout est possible à dieu. Il ne va rien rester de vous, rien de votre nombre, de votre grandeur” (VI)

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