Tombs announces USA tour dates with 1349, Goatwhore

– September 26th, 2017 –

After recently releasing their fourth full-length, The Grand Annihilation, Tombs is heading back out on the road again in support of it, this time with 1349 and Goatwhore, leading up to the bands’ Ozzfest/Knotfest appearances. See below for all dates!

Tombs tour dates
w/ 1349, Goatwhore

Oct. 28 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA *
Oct. 29 – Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
Oct. 30 – Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX (supporting Kreator)
Oct. 31 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX (supporting Kreator)
Nov. 1 – Top Deck – Farmington, NM (supporting Kreator)
Nov. 2 – Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV
Nov. 3 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ
Nov. 4 – Ozzfest @ Glen Helen Amphitheater & Festival Grounds – San Bernardino, CA *
Nov. 5 – Knotfest @ Glen Helen Amphitheater & Festival Grounds – San Bernardino, CA ^
*=no Goatwhore
^=no 1349 or Tombs

While every track on The Grand Annihilation stands separate from those around it, it is still a cohesive collection, and at no point do the stylistic twists and turns undermine its coherence. The blasting, scathing yet melodic black metal savagery of opener “Black Sun Horizon” and “Way Of The Storm” are very much built to destroy, while wielding a poignancy that is undeniable – both of which stand in strong contrast to the uncomfortable post-punk squall of “Underneath” that showcases front-man Mike Hill’s Nick Cave/Ian Curtis-esque singing voice, while the likes of the throbbing “Saturnalian” and unnerving tribal thunder of “Walk With Me In Nightmares” stand in categories all of their own.

To preview and purchase The Grand Annihilation, please visit: metalblade.com/tombs

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DragonForce releases “Midnight Madness” video

– September 21st, 2017 –

UK tour to kick off next month

International metal superstars DragonForce have unveiled a new video for “Midnight Madness”. Taken from latest album, Reaching Into Infinity, the video drops just ahead of the UK and European legs of their massive “Reaching Into Infinity” World Tour.

Giving fans a rare glimpse into the making of a DragonForce album, the video takes fans behind the scenes with the band when recording the album. Guitarist Herman Li explains: “Many fans have asked us over the years what’s it like working in the studio on an album. The music video from the latest song to be released from the ‘Reaching Into Infinity‘ album – ‘Midnight Madness’, has the perfect vibe to take the fans behind the scene and see what we get up to!”

To watch “Midnight Madness”, please visit: youtube.com/watch?v=vSiQ3k8GGGg

See below for upcoming tour dates!

“Reaching Into Infinity” World Tour
w/ Powerquest

Oct. 4 – Glasgow, UK – The Garage
Oct. 5 – Newcastle, UK – Riverside
Oct. 6 – York, UK – Fibbers
Oct. 7 – Sheffield, UK – Corperation
Oct. 8 – Manchester, UK – Sound Control
Oct. 11 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 2
Oct. 12 – Cardiff, UK – Globe
Oct. 13 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
Oct. 14 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Oct. 15 – Tunbridge Wells, UK – Forum
Oct. 16 – Dover, UK – The Booking Hall

To preview and purchase Reaching Into Infinity, please visit: metalblade.com/dragonforce

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Rivers of Nihil Announce Fall Tour Dates, Currently Recording New Album

– September 8th, 2017 –

This October, Rivers of Nihil will make the trek out to Texas Revolution Festival, to appear with Upon A Burning Body, Fire From The Gods, Impending Doom, King 810, Within The Ruins, Aversions Crown, Enterprise Earth, Currents, Prison, Darke Complex, Reign, and Bodysnatcher. Along the way, the group will play a string of headline shows leading to and from the fest. See below for all dates!

Rivers of Nihil tour dates
Oct. 24 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Funhouse at Mr. Small’s
Oct. 26 – Nashville, TN – The End
Oct. 28 – Austin, TX – Texas Revolution Festival
Oct. 29 – Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club
Oct. 30 – Little Rock, AR – Vino’s
Oct. 31 – Chattanooga, TN – Ziggy’s

Rivers of Nihil are currently recording their third album at Atrium Audio (where they also recorded 2015′s Monarchy) with Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland. Due out early 2018, this record will continue the seasonal concept that began with spring on Rivers of Nihil‘s debut, The Conscious Seed of Light, and was followed-up with the oppressive summer heat on Monarchy. Stay tuned for more news coming soon!

To preview and purchase Monarchy, please visit: metalblade.com/riversofnihil

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Cripper premieres video for “Into The Fire”

– August 30th, 2017 –

On September 15th, Germany’s Cripper will release their new album Follow Me: Kill! worldwide via Metal Blade Records! The band has now launched the 2nd single taken from that album, which is entitled “Into The Fire”! The full production video for “Into The Fire” can be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=n3qw3yLjp1s

Cripper comments: “The video for ‘Into The Fire’ is our 8th music video. So what do you do as a band to not bore yourself with repetition? Right, you crank it up to 11 and take it to the next level! ‘Into The Fire’ is not only the track that inspired us for our upcoming album’s title ‘Follow Me: Kill!‘, it is also one of the album’s bosses so to speak. Music, lyrics, story and performance mark another milestone in Cripper‘s history. Many thanks at this point to our friends who once more helped us bringing our madness to life with this self-made video production by delivering brilliant performances and lending us their muscles and brains to make things work. We owe you!”

For another preview of Follow Me: Kill!, the previous single “Pressure” can be heard at: metalblade.com/cripper – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–Digipak CD (EU exclusive)
–CD
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–yellow orange vinyl (limited to 200 copies)
–cool grey marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Follow Me: Kill! is Cripper‘s fifth album, and it adds fresh, exciting elements into their music. Still, the band never forgets where they come from and stay true to themselves within the frames of musical progression. The result is an effort that maintains the heaviness and groove the band is known for, while also containing atmospheric parts, capably realized and granting diversity.

Follow Me: Kill! track-listing:
1. Pressure
2. Into The Fire
3. World Coming Down (limited Digipak CD only)
4. Mother
5. Shoot or Get Shot
6. Bleeding Red
7. Comatose
8. Pretty Young Thing
9. Running High
10. Menetekel

Cripper live:
Sept. 2 – Kleinwenkheim, Germany – Bonebreaker Festival
Sept. 15 – Hannover, Germany – Subkultur (Follow Me: Kill! release show)
Oct. 20 – Greifswald, Germany – Jugendzentrum Klex
Oct. 21 – Hannover, Germany – LUX
Oct. 22 – Koln, Germany – MTC
Oct. 27 – Markneukirchen, Germany – Music Hall
Oct. 28 – Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia
Dec. 9 – Andernach, Germany – JUZ Andernach
Mar. 17 – Marsberg, Germany – Schutzenhalle Marsberg

Cripper line-up:
Britta Gortz – vocals
Christian Brohenhorst – guitar
Jonathan Stenger – guitar
Lommer – bass
Dennis Weber – drums

Cripper online:
http://www.cripper.de
https://www.facebook.com/Cripper.Official
https://twitter.com/cripperthrash
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Crimfall premieres video for new single “Until Falls The Rain”

– August 16th, 2017 –

On August 25th, Finnish cinemascope metallers Crimfall will release their new album, Amain, worldwide via Metal Blade Records! Crimfall has now premiered the first video clip in support of the new album. Please visit youtube.com/watch?v=VcTmunax5OE to see the video for the new single “Until Falls the Rain”!

Crimfall comments: “Before we unleash the third storm that is ‘Amain‘, we present you our very first music video. ‘Until Falls The Rain’ is the crushing conclusion for the album, last simmering truths are laid low, throats bared against the unforgiving fall. It was a long day of drowning under homemade sprinklers, shooing away fire brigades and mopping away thousand lakes of water. In the end we are more than satisfied with the forlorn end result.”

The video was directed by Olli Hakkinen and shot by Max Smeds.

For more previews of Amain, both singles “The Last of Stands” and “Mother Of Unbelievers” can be heard at: metalblade.com/crimfall – where the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–limited Digipak CD with exclusive bonus tracks (acoustic and instrumental songs)
–180g black vinyl
–red/black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–skin colored marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–bluish gray marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Amain is Crimfall‘s most ambitious album yet, combining familiar elements with fresh inspiration, and wreathed in massive crisp production from Fascination Street Studios. Featuring music that spans from monumental orchestrations to songs whispered over fading pyres, Amain contains layers upon layers of grand melodies woven between jagged shadows. On this new release, Crimfall also continues to sing the stories of wars waged in vain, advocating freedom from religious dogmas and the bloody chains of tradition.

Amain track-listing:
1. Eschaton
2. The Last of Stands
3. Ten Winters Apart – pt1. Far From Any Fate
4. Ten Winters Apart – pt2. Song of Mourn
5. Ten Winters Apart – pt3. Sunder the Seventh Seal
6. Ten Winters Apart – pt4. Dawn Without a Sun
7. Mother of Unbelievers
8. It’s a Long Road
9. Wayward Verities
10. Until Falls the Rain

Crimfall live:
Oct. 13 – Helsinki, Finland – The Circus w/ Ensiferum + Wolfheart

Crimfall line-up:
Mikko Hakkinen – Vocals
Helena Haaparanta – Vocals
Jakke Viitala – Guitars
Miska Sipilainen – Bass
Janne Jukarainen – Drums

Crimfall online:
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Tombs premieres “Walk With Me in Nightmares” video via Ozzfest Facebook

– July 25th, 2017 –

After recently announcing their appearance at Ozzfest on November 4th at the Glen Helen Amphitheater & Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA, Tombs is now premiering their new video for “Walk With Me in Nightmares” via Ozzfest’s Facebook. To watch “Walk With Me in Nightmares” [which was directed/edited by David Brodsky (mgenyc.com)], please visit: https://www.facebook.com/ozzfestofficial – where the video will be debuting at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT / 8pm CEST. Fans can also view “Walk With Me in Nightmares” now at: : youtube.com/watch?v=JoC0j-kJrXY

Tombs recently released their fourth full-length, The Grand Annihilation – the group’s most experimental record to-date. The blasting, scathing yet melodic black metal savagery of opener “Black Sun Horizon” and “Way Of The Storm” are very much built to destroy, while wielding a poignancy that is undeniable – both of which stand in strong contrast to the uncomfortable post-punk squall of “Underneath” that showcases front-man Mike Hill’s Nick Cave/Ian Curtis-esque singing voice, while the likes of the throbbing “Saturnalian” and unnerving tribal thunder of “Walk With Me In Nightmares” stand in categories all of their own. While every track on The Grand Annihilation stands separate from those around it, it is still a cohesive collection, and at no point do the stylistic twists and turns undermine its coherence.

To preview and purchase The Grand Annihilation, please visit: metalblade.com/tombs

Tombs online:
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Portrait launches new single, “Martyrs”, online

– July 19th, 2017 –

On August 25th, Swedish heavy metallers Portrait will release their new full-length, Burn The World, worldwide via Metal Blade Records! For a preview of Burn The World, the second single, “Martyrs”, can be heard at: youtube.com/watch?v=87jwPkw45eQ

The album’s title track can also be heard at: metalblade.com/portrait – where the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–CD
–180g black vinyl
–pale violet red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–pastel rose marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–mahogany brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–multi-coloured splatter vinyl (eBay exclusive – limited to 150 copies)
–orange red marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 150 copies)
–box-set (limited to 500 copies) with the album on pale pink clear vinyl and digipak CD, plus a patch, slipmat, photo card (signed by all members), and Mother Sun 12″ featuring a cover of Judas Priest‘s “Mother Sun” as well as two exclusive demo versions on side B
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Portrait comments: “‘Burn the World‘ is our fiercest one to-date, holding all aspects of Portrait within it, yet in an even more dynamic, empowered and elevated form than its predecessors. Expect nothing else than sheer heavy metal rage dedicated to all forces that seek to end this world through their fires of adversity.”

Burn The World contains guest appearances by Set Teitan (Dissection) and Kevin Bower (Hell).

Burn The World track-listing:
1. Saturn Return (intro)
2. Burn The World
3. Likfassna
4. Flaming Blood
5. Mine To Reap
6. Martyrs
7. Further She Rode
8. The Sower’s Cross (CD bonus track)
9. To Die For
10. Pure Of Heart

Portrait line-up:
Per Lengstedt – vocals
Christian Lindell -guitars
Robin Holmberg – guitars
Fredrik Petersson – bass
Anders Persson – drums

Portrait online:
http://www.portraitmetal.com
https://www.facebook.com/portraitsweden

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Amon Amarth: ‘Fate of Norns’ and ‘With Oden on Our Side’ LP re-issues now available via Metal Blade Records

– June 29th, 2017 –

Amon Amarth has a long history with Metal Blade Records, that goes back to 1998 when they released their debut album, Once Sent From The Golden Hall. That album, along with 1999′s The Avenger, were the first two Amon Amarth records that received the Metal Blade “Originals”-treatment, followed by The Crusher and Versus The World last month. Now it’s time to give Fate Of Norns and With Oden On Our Side the same treatment!

Both Fate Of Norns and With Oden On Our Side will be released with 400g heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), 60x60cm two-sided artwork posters and 250g inserts.

See below for an overview of all versions. Pre-order your copies now via Metal Blade Records (USA), EMP (EU) or at our eBay store (EU)!

Fate Of Norns “Originals-Series” LP re-issue
–180g black vinyl
–orange-brown-marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–silver-grey-marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–flame splatter vinyl (eBay exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–clear vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–orange vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–brown-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 100 copies)

With Oden On Our Side “Originals-Series” LP re-issue
–180g black vinyl
–golden yellow vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–silver-grey-marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–flame splatter vinyl (eBay exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–clear vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–yellow vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–dahlia orange-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 100 copies)

Metal Blade Records will re-issue all Amon Amarth albums chronologically in the near future. For fans planning to collect all of the releases, a limited, specially designed slipcase-box is available (exclusively at EMP) that fits the complete Amon Amarth back catalog! Get it while supplies last.

Amon Amarth online:
http://www.amonamarth.com
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband
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https://youtube.com/AmonAmarthOfficial
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Riot: three tracks from upcoming re-issues now streaming online

– June 28th, 2017 –

All three albums available digitally for the first time!

On June 30th, Metal Blade Records will release three new re-issues of Riot‘s classic catalog: Inishmore, Shine On and Sons Of Society. These two studio albums (Inishmore, Sons Of Society) and live album (Shine On) are melodic power metal gems, and these new editions are a must-have for any fan’s collection. All three albums have been re-mastered by Patrick Engel for optimal sound quality; the vinyl versions also include 350 g covers, an insert and free poster, while the digipak CDs include poster booklets. This is also the first time that all three records are available digitally.

See below for more details about each re-issue, and pre-order your copies now at: metalblade.com/riot – where the re-mastered versions of “Liberty” (from Inishmore), “Twist Of Fate” (from Sons Of Society), and “Bloodstreets” (from Shine On) are also streaming.

Inishmore will be available as a digipak CD with four bonus tracks [“15 Rivers”, “Red Reign”, “Danny Boy” and “15 Rivers (acoustic demo)”], digitally, as well as on vinyl in four different versions:
–180 g black vinyl
–night blue violet marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–lime green vinyl (limited to 200 copies – Metalizer exclusive)
–clear dawn red vinyl (limited to 100 copies – USA exclusive)

Sons Of Society will be available as a digipak CD with five bonus tracks (all instrumental rough mixes of album songs), digitally, as well as on vinyl in four different versions:
–180 g black vinyl
–clear orange-red vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–purple blue vinyl (limited to 200 copies – Metalizer exclusive)
–orange-brown vinyl (limited to 100 copies – USA exclusive)

Shine On will be available digitally, as well as on a digipak CD with the Live At Club Citta January 31st, 1998 DVD as a bonus. The DVD features a full live show, plus extra live clips and video clips!

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Destrage launches guitar play-through for “Blah Blah”

– June 27th, 2017 –

You can try to put Destrage in a box but you will never succeed. Words such as “progressive”, “cinematic”, “mathcore”, “technical” and “groove-laden”, could be thrown at them, but really the only one you need is Destrage, for they are in a category of their own making. This has never been more true than on A Means To No End, the fourth full-length from the Milan, Italy-based 5-piece, which was released last October via Metal Blade Records. Riveting from start to finish, it leads the listener through an emotionally-charged labyrinth of complex yet catchy melody and muscle, following nobody’s rules, and it stands out as one of the truly unique releases of 2016.

For a preview of A Means To No End, Destrage has now launched a play-through video by Camilla Boro (Sandhog Music Production) for the album track “Blah Blah” (featuring guitarist Matteo Di Gioia), which can be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=XuwbwNiWhcI

To purchase A Means To No End, please visit: metalblade.com/destrage

Destrage line-up:
Paolo Colavolpe – vocals
Matteo Di Gioia – guitar
Federico Paulovich – drums
Ralph Guido Salati – guitar
Gabriel Pignata – bass

Destrage online:
http://www.destrage.com
http://www.facebook.com/destrage
http://www.youtube.com/destrage
http://twitter.com/destrage
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