Woe Reveals New Album “Hope Attrition”

U.S. black metal legion Woe will release long-awaited new full-length album “Hope Attrition” this March 17th, 2017 via new label home of Vendetta Records.

The alarming seven-track offering, and first in four years following the “Withdrawal” album (reviewed here), was penned throughout the end of 2015 and most of 2016.

Featuring founding guitarist/vocalist Chris Grigg alongside a monster lineup of longtime contributing bassist Grzesiek Czapla, guitarist Matt Mewton, and drummer Lev Weinstein, “Hope Attrition” is a frenzied but mournful work that draws from Woe’s darkest black metal influences while bringing out dormant death metal undertones.

The album is bolstered by the crushing production of engineer Stephen DeAcutis (Evoken, Dim Mak) at Sound Spa Studios in Edison, New Jersey. “Hope Attrition” is a personal commentary on the chaos of the modern world that only Woe can offer. Grigg relays of the record’s manifestation:

“‘Hope Attrition’ is the result of the most intense writing and demoing process since the first album. The long break from playing and performing gave me the opportunity to approach Woe with a renewed energy and perspective. Grzesiek acted as co-producer and under his watchful eye, I wrote and scrapped nearly another album’s worth of material before settling on these, which then saw fine tuning at the hands of the full band.

“The world itself provided the ultimate motivation and pushed us darker, heavier, more oppressive, resulting in the strongest work in our catalog. We are particularly proud to be working with Vendetta on this release, as they are a partner who shares our dedication to our art.”

1. Unending Call Of Woe
2. No Blood Has Honor
3. A Distant Epitaph
4. The Din Of The Mourning
5. The Ones We Lost
6. Drown Us With Greatness
7. Abject In Defeat

Hope Attrition by Woe

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Immolation Posts Third “Atonement” Teaser Trailer

New York death metal group Immolation will release new album “Atonement” on February 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has released a third video trailer for “Atonement,? in which guitarist Robert Vigna discusses how he writes and prepares songs for the recording studio.

Immolation also graces the cover of the March issue of Decibel Magazine. Editor and chief Albert Mudrian recently offered a few thoughts on the honor:

“…in 2002, Immolation were already royalty to death metal fans, but by then, scene veterans who had stayed true to the genre’s dark and brutal path were in short supply. And the majority of them who remained committed were selling fewer records and performing to considerably smaller crowds than they had a decade prior.

“Fourteen years and four fantastic albums into their career, Dolan and Vigna could have easily packed it in, unwittingly positioning themselves for a fat reunion paycheck when the death metal nostalgia bug bit hard at the end of the aughts. Instead, they began doing what nearly every other other old-school death metal band failed to accomplish—they started releasing the best music of their career.

“Beginning with the towering ‘Unholy Cult,’ they recorded a string of modern classics further deepening their underground legacy, while slowly weaving like one of Vigna’s serpentine riffs into extreme metal’s vanguard. Decibel is only too happy to help bring their shadows into the light.”

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Zeal & Ardor Streaming “Come On Down”

Zeal & Ardor just shared the new song “Come On Down” – listen to the black metal blues track below. “Come On Down” comes off the album “Devil Is Fine,” due out February 24th, 2017.

“Devil Is Fine” mixes a variety of genres, including black metal, blues, and more, while the lyrics are delivered in the fashion of slave spirituals sung by chain gangs.

Zeal & Ardor is the one-man brainchild of Manuel Gagneux, a Swiss-American formerly based in New York City. His approach draws on an alternate history and stems from two thoughts: Christianity was imposed upon American slaves, just as it was imposed in Norway, and black metal in the ’90s grew as a rebellion to monotheism. What would have happened if American slaves had rebelled in the same way? Or put bluntly: What would satanic spirituals sound like?

1. Devil Is Fine 03:12
2. In Ashes 02:38
3. Sacrilegium I 01:54
4. Come On Down 03:19
5. Children’s Summon 03:08
6. Sacrilegium II 02:11
7. Blood In The River 03:33
8. What is a Killer like you gonna do here? 02:15
9. Sacrilegium III 02:44

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Born Of Osiris Premieres New Song “Glorious Day” From Upcoming Debut EP Re-Release “The New Reign”

Born Of Osiris premieres a new song titled “Glorious Day”, taken from the upcoming re-recorded debut EP “The New Reign”, which will be out in stores on February 24th through Sumerian Records. The re-release has been given the new title of “The Eternal Reign” and is described as also being “re-envisioned”.

Check out now “Glorious Day” below.

Comments guitarist Lee McKinney:

“We are beyond excited to break the silence on what we’ve been up to this past year. 10 years ago we were seniors in high school in Chicago and spent our spring break recording a record that we had no idea would massively impact our lives. The New Reign was something we all believed in, and for that reason we were all anxious and curious to see how it would be taken.

This past year we decided to re-record our debut. I know what you’re thinking…. “they took the album and sent it to someone else to re-mix / re-master and they are going to re-package and re-sell it.” Wrong! We went to the studio, re-recorded the entire thing, changed guitar riffs/drum parts/bass/vocals and even recorded a new song that I wish made it onto the original version 10 years ago. This song “Glorious Day” was made before some of the other songs that made the original recording.

I must say, it’s crazy to still be in our 20’s and be on a 10 year anniversary. I’m so thankful for this… and I must thank the fans for supporting us every step of the way, as well as Sumerian Records for believing in us all of this time.

So to go along with such a monumental occasion, we give you “The New Reign Tour” to go along with this release. We are going to play this record for you now that we as a band and production are better and tighter than ever. Join us, VOLUMES, and some more new friends on what should be one of the most meaningful Born of Osiris tours to date.”

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Psycho Las Vegas 2017: King Diamond to Headline

– January 10th, 2017 –

Today, Psycho Las Vegas unveils King Diamond as the festival’s grand headliner. In coming to Psycho, King Diamond mark 30 years since the release of Abigail, and this will be King‘s only USA performance of 2017!

With a career spanning more than 35 groundbreaking years, King Diamond‘s namesake stands among the ultimate heavy metal icons. From landmark records with Mercyful Fate to establishing the band King Diamond in 1985 and unleashing the unholy trinity of Fatal Portrait (1986), Abigail (1987) and “Them” (1988) on the world, King Diamond‘s vocals, atmosphere and songs have become the staple diet of multiple generations of headbangers.

Don’t miss your chance to see one of metal’s ultimate legends take the stage at the biggest underground fest the US has ever known when King Diamond plays Psycho Las Vegas 2017 in August at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino!

Additional headliners, full lineup & official festival artwork revealed Jan 2017.

– confirmed lineup –

KING DIAMOND (Headliner / USA 2017 exclusive)

VIP tickets are on sale as of Jan. 18.

Payment options for Psycho Las Vegas 2017 are available through Affirm, with immediate delivery of tickets. More info at affirm.com.

Psycho Las Vegas 2017 is set for Aug. 18-20 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Tickets are available at vivapsycho.com.


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Enime Releases “Selling Fear” Lyric Video

Influenced by 80’s thrash giants like Exodus, Anthrax, and Metallica plus later-day heroes like Killswitch Engage, Enime’s music is heavy, articulate, clean, thrashy, and melodic.

After unleashing debut album “Demon Inside” in July of 2016, the Montreal based metallers have premiered a new lyric video for “Selling Fear,” a track about how the government and media use fear as a scare tactic to keep the general population in check.

1. Demon Inside (4:21)
2. Break The World (3:22)
3. Pretty Place (5:07)
4. Selling Fear (4:40)
5. Lies (2:31)
6. The Darker Side Of Me (4:09)
7. Choose a God (2:08)
8. Dead Ended (4:43)
9. Claiming Justice (4:34)
10. Can’t Rewind (4:10)
11. You Won’t Drag Me Down (2:36)
12. Become One (3:41)

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Malacoda Posts “There Will Always Be One” Video

Canadian horror inspired symphonic power metallers Malacoda released a new six track EP titled “Ritualis Aeterna” this past December. Today the band also drops a music video for “There Will Always Be One,” which captures Malacoda’s time in-studio recording “Ritualis Aeterna.”

Vocalist Lucas Di Mascio comments: “‘There Will Always Be One’ is probably our thrashiest track. This song has a lot of anger behind it, and it’s dedicated to those who have gotten in the way of the band and made our journey more difficult. Trust me- it’s not an honor to have us write a song about you!”

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Heretoir Recruits Drummer, Readying New Album For Release

Heretoir just checked in with the following year-end recap and announcement about recruiting a new drummer:

“2016 was a very busy year for us – after 5 years of songwriting and intense work we finally finished our second full-length album ‘The Circle!’ We played a single but wonderful show at the Resist.Rewild Fest 2016 for a fantastic crowd but also parted ways with our former drummer Belial.

“We would like to thank every single one of you for the support throughout the years – everyone that supports us by coming to our shows, getting in touch with us in order to share personal thoughts and experiences connected to our music, buying our releases and merchandise and for everyone spreading the word about our music – it really means a lot to us…!

“We start into 2017 with a great energy and anticipation, a new album – and a great new drummer! We would like to introduce Nils (Thränenkind, ex-Ophis, ex-Fäulnis) as the new brilliant man behind the drumset.

“Nils already nailed it during the drum recordings for ‘Substanz’ in 2012 and we’re really happy to have him with us – welcome Nils!”

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Forgotten Tomb Frontman In Accident, New Album Coming

Italian metal band Forgotten Tomb just checked in with this update about releasing a new album following vocalist Ferdinando being in an accident:

“Hey folks, sorry for the recent lack of news. Our main man F. got seriously injured in a accident 1 month ago and consequences have been that the recording-sessions for the new album got postponed and all upcoming shows/tours got cancelled, since he’s unable to perform both in studio and live.

“He’s recovering fast though and we’ll keep you posted about our next moves. The album will drop sometime in 2017, details will be revealed as soon as we are able to get back into the studio.”

This upcoming album will follow 2015 Agonia Records release “Hurt Yourself and the Ones You Love.” For the latest recording updates, head over to the band’s Facebook profile here.

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Pryapisme Releasing New Album “Diabolicus Felinae Pandemonium”

The French cat-obssed Pryapisme is back with new album “Diabolicus Felinae Pandemonium,” due out February 3rd via Apathia Records.

“Diabolicus Felinae Pandemonium” features some noticeable guests, including Adrien Daguzon (Zibeline) playing saxophone, Mathieu Halberstadht (Please Lose Battle) on the contrabass, and some real cats on backing vocals.

The album tells us the advent of the Era of the Cat, the one which will replace mankind. After the arrival of the lol-cats all over internet, which constitutes the last conspiracy, well after the one of Ancient Egypt where the cats were already ruling the highest spheres of power, the diabolical felines are now preparing the birth of Satan’s cat, the Chosen One which will tame humanity and in the end, conquer the whole galaxy with the help of its pentagram of cat food.

Diabolicus Felinae Pandemonium by Pryapisme

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