Vader Announces New EP “Thy Messenger” Release

Polish death metal veterans Vader has announced that they will be releasing a new EP later this year entitled, “Thy Messenger,” with a full length set to follow. A statement from the band reads as follows:

“VADERMANIAX!!! As announced, we’d like to present you a new VADER release. EP titled THY MESSENGER contains four of the five recorded songs, whose titles will be announced soon. The material was made in about a week in January and February at the Hertz Studio in Bialystok under the supervision of the Wieslawski Brothers. Below we present the cover painted by Wes Benscoter – the same Artist who created a beautiful picture for the cover of “De Profundis” or other bands like Slayer, Kreator or Sinister. The material will be available at the turn of spring and summer this year. Exactly at the same time, a full VADER album will be created, the premiere of which is planned for the end of 2019. More details are coming soon.”

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Vader Announces New EP “Thy Messenger” Release

Polish death metal veterans Vader has announced that they will be releasing a new EP later this year entitled, “Thy Messenger,” with a full length set to follow. A statement from the band reads as follows:

“VADERMANIAX!!! As announced, we’d like to present you a new VADER release. EP titled THY MESSENGER contains four of the five recorded songs, whose titles will be announced soon. The material was made in about a week in January and February at the Hertz Studio in Bialystok under the supervision of the Wieslawski Brothers. Below we present the cover painted by Wes Benscoter – the same Artist who created a beautiful picture for the cover of “De Profundis” or other bands like Slayer, Kreator or Sinister. The material will be available at the turn of spring and summer this year. Exactly at the same time, a full VADER album will be created, the premiere of which is planned for the end of 2019. More details are coming soon.”

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Soilwork, Monster Magnet, Skeletal Remains and Others Added To Brutal Assault Line-Up

Swedish metal eminence SOILWORK will dominate over the fortress along with the Swedish sludge/grindcorers THE ARSON PROJECT. Another great band, THE CONTORTIONIST represents fearlessness in musical expression, designed to please the artist as much as the audience.

Outstanding, shocking, unbelievable, breathtaking and many more is the Japanese self-called “brutal orchestra” VAMPILLIA. It’s not just a band, it’s something that you have to experience in order to believe it. WALLS OF JERICHO are not just noteworthy because they are a metalcore band with a screaming female on vocals. They are also worth remembering because they have been adeptly balancing old-school hardcore, thrash metal, and “chugga-chugga” metalcore with a ferocity and dedication unmatched by many of their contemporaries.

2019 marks the twenty-eighth year of PRIMORDIAL’s seminal career, and the return with their ninth full-length Exile Amongst The Ruins, they have lost none of their vitality. Once again building upon their signature sound, the follow up to 2014’s “Where Greater Men Have Fallen” is a more raw, “old school sounding” record than its predecessor. Hitting home, with what vocalist A.A. Nemtheanga describes as “a direct energy” and wielding an urgency that is undeniable, the Irish quintet once again effortlessly blends elements of Celtic folk and black metal like no one else. One thing is certain – not only the Czech fans will welcome PRIMORDIAL with a warm hug!

Picking their name from a line in Demolition Hammer’s ‘Human Dissection’, California’s SKELETAL REMAINS not only have proven their exquisite taste when finding the right moniker, but also musically by citing Death, Pestilence, early Gorguts, Morbid Angel and the afore-mentioned NY thrashers as influences. With their insanely good album Devouring Mortality, SKELETAL REMAINS are coming back to conquer what’s theirs on Brutal Assault!

Retro-rock visionaries MONSTER MAGNET spent much of the 1990s struggling against the prejudices imposed upon the image and sound by alternative rock fashion nazis. In fact, it wasn’t until that movement’s late-’90s decline that the band’s dogged persistence finally paid off and their fourth album, Powertrip, catapulted to gold sales status on the strength of its massive hard rock hit “Space Lord.” In the meantime, MONSTER MAGNET managed to become one of the most successful and influential bands associated with the so-called underground “stoner rock” scene. Nowadays, it seems a little bit off to call them underground band, since these guys are a huge deal.

All thrashers, beware! DEMOLITION HAMMER are coming to set things straight in the fortress! New York City’s one of the best thrash acts are back with a helluva record Tortured Existence, which shows the band in their best shape!

An absolute honor is to announce legends of psychedelic rock, Chicago based act full of witchery and surrounded by mystical magic – COVEN! This is the first band which brought sign of horns to metal music. The first band using occult lyrics and singing about satanism and the first satanic band which had a big song in charts. Jinx Dawson spawned COVEN in late 2016 with a new line-up to arrange more sabbaths all over the world and we are pleased to say that one of these magical sessions will happen on Brutal Assault!

Back in the day, a claim was made about the HELLHAMMER, that this band will never come back, because it’s absolutely impossible to reform a band so closely linked to a very specific and unique time period. However, here we are, standing before something that will remind us of these times – Tom Gabriel brings us TRIUMPH OF DEATH! It is a project with an open end. Apart from vague considerations to, perhaps, release an occasional live EP, Triumph Of Death will not record any new music but is solely dedicated to performing both well-know and obscure Hellhammer songs.

And there you have it. Will there be more??? Keep your eyes on Metalunderground.com’s Brutal Assault updates to stay informed on all additions!

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The Ocean Collective: first album in four years hits #12 on Billboard’s Top New Artist Albums, More

– November 15th, 2018 –

“…tastefully and ceaselessly juxtaposes guttural and transcendental treatments with masterful cohesion, yielding a simultaneously breathtaking and brutal journey every fan of the genre should take.” (8/10) – Metal Injection

“…hefty discordant post-metal riffs and chaotic percussion, interspersed with a touch of synth to accentuate the dynamic range.”Revolver

“Will 2018 be the year of The Ocean? I predict it will be…it’s fucking great.”MetalSucks

“…an achievement of lush and fascinating soundscapes…’Palaeozoic’ is a highly artistic work that reveals increasing layers of depth with each successive listen.”Invisible Oranges

“…serves to give starving drone-sludge academics their fix…flowered with restful keys, echoing guitar patters, horns and cello.” (8.5/10) – Blabbermouth

“‘Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic‘ aerates prog metal with a Cimmerian shade.” (7/10) – Decibel

The Ocean have become a post-metal cornerstone, not only for their solid output but for the success of their label, Pelagic Records.”Metal Hammer

“…firmly planted within the king of sludgy post-metal The Ocean have always excelled at, but goes in all kinds of unexpected directions”BrooklynVegan

“The release towers over the listener like a massive monolith of musical prowess, proving that no amount of time seems poised to full the edge of this post-metal masterpiece of a band.” (5/5) – New Noise Magazine

The Ocean have fully realized and embraced their sound…the most complete and enjoyable experience one can have of this band.” (7/10) – Exclaim!

“‘Phanerozoic [I: Palaeozoic]‘ further proves that The Ocean are pretty much unparalleled in what they do.”Heavy Blog is Heavy

The Ocean Collective‘s four-years-in-the-works return has been met with open arms and glowing reviews. The post-metal masterpiece Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic is currently sitting on the Billboard charts in the US, currently at #12 on Top New Artist Albums, #18 Current Hard Music, and more. The album has also been charting in Canada, Australia, and the band’s home country of Germany.

Ebbs and flows of proggy melodies, crushing guitars, swelling strings and powerful vocals match the heavy lyrical themes The Ocean Collective has made its signature. Phanerozoic I is now available for purchase, along with meticulously designed merch bundles, here: metalblade.com/theocean

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Revocation lands on international charts with new album, ‘The Outer Ones’

– October 10th, 2018 –

Revocation recently released their new album, The Outer Ones, via Metal Blade Records; for their efforts, the band has now entered the international charts! See below for all positions:

#4 Current Hard Music Albums (USA)
#4 Top New Artist Albums (USA)
#11 Record Label Independent Current Albums (USA)
#12 Top New Artist Albums Consumption (USA)
#16 Current Rock Albums (USA)
#20 LP Vinyl Albums (USA)
#27 Internet Albums (USA)
#43 Record Label Independent Current Albums Consumption (USA)
#46 Billboard Top 200 Albums (USA)
#59 Current Digital Albums (USA)
#62 Digital Albums (USA)
#64 Top 200 (Canada)
#5 Top Hard Music Charts (Canada)
#52 Top Digital Music Charts (Canada)

To preview and purchase The Outer Ones, please visit: metalblade.com/revocation

Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Queensryche, Whitechapel, etc.), The Outer Ones sees Revocation pushing both the death metal and progressive elements of their signature sound harder than ever. “I knew that I wanted to go in a darker direction, and this is our most death metal album to date,” states vocalist/guitarist Dave Davidson. “Sometimes when death metal bands go down the prog route they lose some of that edge, but we wanted to keep the aggression at the forefront of what we do while still pushing our boundaries.” Moving away from the societal and historical themes that informed 2016′s Great is Our Sin, this time Davidson has immersed himself in the fantastic, evoking one of the great writers of the sci-fi/horror genre. “The title is my ode to H.P. Lovecraft and the entities of pure cosmic horror that rule that universe he created. Since the new music we were writing was so evil and spacey in sections it seemed to be the right title to fit the overall vibe. But while the lyrical content is largely influenced by such writings, in every allegory there is of course some reflection of the real world, so I enjoy writing in a way that could have one overlaying meaning and then another deeper, symbolic meaning as well.”

Revocation is currently on the road for their first North American headlining tour in several years, with Exhumed, Rivers Of Nihil, and Yautja as support. Following this trek, Revocation will kick off their first European headliner ever in November, featuring Archspire, Soreption – and labelmates Rivers Of Nihil once again. See below for all dates!

Revocation tour dates
w/ Exhumed, Rivers Of Nihil, Yautja

Oct. 9 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Oct. 10 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
Oct. 11 – Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Grill
Oct. 12 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
Oct. 13 – Kent, OH – The Outpost
Oct. 14 – Detroit, MI – Loving Touch
Oct. 15 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck*
Oct. 16 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks*
Oct. 17 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques*
Oct. 18 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
Oct. 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
Oct. 20 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
*= No Exhumed

Revocation tour dates
w/ Archspire, Soreption, Rivers Of Nihil

Nov. 28 – Berlin, Germany – Badehaus
Nov. 29 – Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall
Nov. 30 – Hannover, Germany – Chez Heinz
Dec. 1 – Dresden, Germany – Puschkin
Dec. 2 – Poznan, Poland – U Bazyla
Dec. 3 – Brno, Czech Rep – Melodka
Dec. 4 – Vienna, Austria – Viper Room
Dec. 5 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Orto Bar
Dec. 6 – Munchen, Germany – Backstage
Dec. 7 – Milano, Italy – Circolo Svolta
Dec. 8 – Aarau, Switzerland – Kiff
Dec. 9 – Marseille, France – Jas Rod
Dec. 10 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 2
Dec. 11 – Madrid, Spain – Caracol
Dec. 12 – Porto, Portugal – Hard Club
Dec. 13 – Bilbao, Spain – Stage Live
Dec. 14 – Pau, France – l’Ampli
Dec. 15 – Paris, France – Petit Bain
Dec. 16 – London, UK – Underworld
Dec. 17 – Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux
Dec. 18 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece
Dec. 19 – Manchester, UK – Rebellion
Dec. 20 – Brussels, Belgium – Magasin 4
Dec. 21 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje
Dec. 22 – Essen, Germany – Turock

Revocation line-up:
David Davidson – Guitars / Vocals
Dan Gargiulo – Guitars / Vocals
Brett Bamberger – Bass / Vocals
Ash Pearson – Drums

Revocation online:
http://www.revocationband.com
https://www.facebook.com/Revocation
https://twitter.com/revocation
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Voivod Posts New Song And Video “Iconspiracy” Online

Ahead of their forthcoming new studio album, “The Wake,” Canadian progressive thrash metal legends Voivod has posted a new music video online for the song, “Iconspiracy.” You can check it out below. The song is the third from the album to receive the music video treatment, following “Obsolete Beings” and “Always Moving.” “The Wake” is set to be released through Century Media on September 21st.

Frontman Denis “Snake” Bélanger checked in with the following comment about the clip: “What I really like about Voivod fans is that they are all able to make their own interpretation of the lyrics or the story of our songs. This video is such a good portrait of “Iconspiracy” and the artist pinpoints awesome visuals in regards to the meaning and representation of the story itself. Thanks to Costin, an amazing artist who did really great work for us in the past and still blows my mind every time again. Question everything! Iconspiracy!!!”

Video director Costin Chioreanu added: “ The most difficult task of an illustrator is to work for his all-time favourite bands. Then he becomes extremely exigent with what he creates and wants to get beyond any known limit. Obviously, this type of experiences are priceless by all means at the same time, because everything goes utterly intense and he feels like a starship exploring the Universe at full warp speed and experiencing several amazing unseen worlds per second. “The Wake” is the album of the year 2018 for me and the video I literally built from scratch for “Iconspiracy” follows the song lyrics and the spaces between them. At the same time, both the story and video fight to remain alive while trying to keep up with the infernal dynamics of the song, which represent another musical proof of the Voivod’s genius. Other than that, this video speaks by itself, just like the music, therefore who is prepared to be awaken, will be!”

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Voivod Posts New Song And Video “Iconspiracy” Online

Ahead of their forthcoming new studio album, “The Wake,” Canadian progressive thrash metal legends Voivod has posted a new music video online for the song, “Iconspiracy.” You can check it out below. The song is the third from the album to receive the music video treatment, following “Obsolete Beings” and “Always Moving.” “The Wake” is set to be released through Century Media on September 21st.

Frontman Denis “Snake” Bélanger checked in with the following comment about the clip: “What I really like about Voivod fans is that they are all able to make their own interpretation of the lyrics or the story of our songs. This video is such a good portrait of “Iconspiracy” and the artist pinpoints awesome visuals in regards to the meaning and representation of the story itself. Thanks to Costin, an amazing artist who did really great work for us in the past and still blows my mind every time again. Question everything! Iconspiracy!!!”

Video director Costin Chioreanu added: “ The most difficult task of an illustrator is to work for his all-time favourite bands. Then he becomes extremely exigent with what he creates and wants to get beyond any known limit. Obviously, this type of experiences are priceless by all means at the same time, because everything goes utterly intense and he feels like a starship exploring the Universe at full warp speed and experiencing several amazing unseen worlds per second. “The Wake” is the album of the year 2018 for me and the video I literally built from scratch for “Iconspiracy” follows the song lyrics and the spaces between them. At the same time, both the story and video fight to remain alive while trying to keep up with the infernal dynamics of the song, which represent another musical proof of the Voivod’s genius. Other than that, this video speaks by itself, just like the music, therefore who is prepared to be awaken, will be!”

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Redemption lands on international charts with new album, ‘Long Night’s Journey into Day’

– August 9th, 2018 –

Redemption recently released their new album, Long Night’s Journey Into Day, via Metal Blade Records; for their efforts, the band has now entered the international charts! See below for all positions:

#17 Current Hard Music Albums (USA)
#19 Top New Artist Albums (USA)
#42 Record Label Independent Current Albums (USA)
#109 Top New Artist Albums Consumption (USA)
#174 Top Current Albums (USA)
#176 Current Digital Albums (USA)
#69 Media Control Top 100 (Germany)
#83 Hard Music Charts (Canada)

To preview and purchase Long Night’s Journey into Day, please visit: metalblade.com/redemption

Long Night’s Journey Into Day is inarguably the sound of a band at the height of their powers. As followers of Redemption are also aware, it is the first full-length since the departure of vocalist Ray Alder, and features the debut of Evergrey vocalist Tom Englund. “We were unable to tour ‘The Art Of Loss‘ because Ray was not able to actively participate in Redemption any longer, so we decided it was time to part company shortly after its release. Ray is a dear friend, and I have nothing but respect and love for him and what we created together. But at some point, it just became untenable.” Of course, Alder’s shoes were not exactly going to be easy to fill, and it was essential that his successor be someone who would immediately command respect, as well as somebody who could exceed expectations when it came to performance. Moreover, it was integral that they had someone who could fully invest in the lyrical themes concerning the human condition, which have always been central to Redemption. So, the fact that from the beginning of his career Englund has penned lyrics about feelings of doubt, fear and despair with an unshakable emotional authenticity made him the perfect choice. “Because of the power of his voice and the emotion he brings, this isn’t going to be a shocking transition for fans. Tom’s also a very versatile vocalist, and being a songwriter, he has a tremendous melodic and compositional sensibility, and on top of that, we’ve known each other for many years, and there is a level of not just professional respect but personal friendship to it all.”

Guitarists Chris Poland (Megadeth, OHM) and Simone Mularoni (DGM) return as guest musicians. When it came to backing up the music with visuals, the band once again turned to a longtime collaborator, Travis Smith, whose humbling resumé includes records by bands such as Art Of Defiance, Opeth and Iced Earth.

As previously announced, Redemption will appear at ProgPower USA 2018, along with a special show at the Whisky A Go Go, with more USA dates coming soon. See below for all dates!

Redemption live:
Sept. 7 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage (ProgPower USA)
Sept. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go

Redemption line-up:
Tom Englund – vocals
Nick van Dyk – guitars
Sean Andrews – bass
Chris Quirarte – drums
Vikram Shankar – keyboards

Redemption online:
http://redemptionweb.com
https://www.facebook.com/RedemptionBand
https://twitter.com/RedemptionOfcl

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Prophets Of Rage Premiere New Music Video “Who Owns Who”

Prophets Of Rage premiere a music video for “Who Owns Who” from their latest self-titled outing. The group have a new release in the works and recently debuted a new song from it called “Heart Afire“. In other news their planned summer tour with Avenged Sevenfold was cancelled earlier this week due to issues Avenged Sevenfold’s vocalist M. Shadows is having with his voice.

Comments the group of it:

“‘Who Owns Who‘ music video was created by VA • the Artist who runs his own charity, V For A Cause. V For A Cause aims to help underprivileged children by raising money for various causes through art. All the money for this video is being donated to this charity. Through art, Vasilis has managed to help children in need.”

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Lizzy Borden storms Billboard charts with first album in 11 years, ‘My Midnight Things’

– June 26th, 2018 –

It turns out that the time away from the music scene has not dulled the appetites of hard rock fans for Lizzy Borden, as his new album, My Midnight Things, has already left a deep impression on five different Billboard charts. These placings include #11 on Top New Artist Albums, #17 on Current Hard Music Albums, #43 on Top New Artist Albums Consumption, #46 on Independent Current Albums, and #148 on Top 200 Current Albums. Additionally, the album also made the Canadian charts – hitting #84 on Top Hard Music Charts.

“We live in a streaming world now, where everyone gets their music for free,” explains Lizzy. “But I want to personally thank all the great Lizzy Borden fans out there who shopped online or drove down to your local mom and pop music store and actually paid for my new album. You guys got Lizzy Borden back on the charts! And the fact that you’ve all embraced ‘My Midnight Things‘ in such an amazing way is the icing on the cake. Thanks again, and I will see you all soon on the ‘My Midnight Things‘ tour!”

Released on June 15th via Metal Blade Records, My Midnight Things can be purchased and previewed at: metalblade.com/lizzyborden

Having signed a new contract with Metal Blade on the strength of three demo tracks, Borden opted to produce My Midnight Things himself, with Joey Scott as co-producer, who also handled all the drumming duties. “I knew what I was going for and had doubts that I could find a producer who would understand that,” Borden explains. “My approach is very different than what is happening in today’s current sound.”

The album was also mixed by Greg Fidelman (Metallica, Black Sabbath, Adele, U2) and mastered by Tom Baker (David Bowie, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Tom Petty), and is already receiving rave reviews, from Alt Revolt, Pure Grain Audio, and Royal Flush:

Borden paints a ten-song art gallery show and lets the listener decide what he or she sees on the canvas.”Alternative Revolt Magazine

“Catchy riffs and melodies that are sure to be trapped inside your head, bouncing around your skull for days to come.”PureGrainAudio

“The resulting creation yielded what is arguably the strongest vocal performance of Borden‘s career.”Royalflushmagazine.com

Lizzy Borden online:
http://www.lizzyborden.com
https://www.facebook.com/Reallizzyborden
https://twitter.com/realLizzyborden
https://www.instagram.com/reallizzyborden

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