Nightrage Posts New Single “The Damned” Online

Nightrage is back with their second single, “The Damned”, from their upcoming album “Wolf To Man” where the band invites us to a mesmerizing melodic musical journey, telling the truthful story that guides us all the way to the inevitable demise of mankind. The music delivers a delicate and well-balanced blend between brutality and melody, and also an intricate mix of thrashing riffs, airy instrumentals and hooking choruses to bang your fists to. “The Damned” will be released February 1st via Despotz Records.

“Humans have given up on living for real and now just live for next cheap thrill not giving a shit how to make it to the next day. It’s more important to have many “likes” on social media then it is to take care of or interact with the ones living around you. We and our bodies are just empty shells now losing the last of our damned souls to the cheap thrill of fake life online. It’s our own fault. Hate us and blame us. We are the damned!” – Nightrage

This relentless story of extinction is told with as much aggression as there is intriguing and mesmerizing melodies. Memorable hooks and some of the catchiest choruses that metal has seen in decades, does nothing to compromise the brutality and honesty that Nightrage is known for.

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Gozu premieres new single, “Manimal”, via TheObelisk.net

– April 4th, 2018 –

On April 13th, Boston’s rock/metal outfit Gozu will release their new album, Equilibrium, via Blacklight Media Records. For a preview of Equilibrium, the new single, “Manimal”, can be heard now via TheObelisk.net

For another preview of Equilibrium, the previous singles – “Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat” and “The People vs. Mr. T” – can be streamed at: blacklightmediarecords.com/gozu – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–CD
–180g black vinyl + download card
–sky-blue marbled vinyl + download card (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–magenta marbled vinyl + download card (limited to 200 copies – USA exclusive)
–transparent petrol blue vinyl + download card (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–olive/black marbled vinyl + download card (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

With roots in 60s psychedelia and classic rock, the fuzzy stoner riffs of the 70s, the grit of 90s grunge and the winning dirty rock n’ roll that has in recent years made a resurgence, Gozu has been churning out killer records since 2009. With 2016′s Revival they took their sound in a somewhat new and more aggressive direction, and in doing so, dropped the most compulsive, exciting and downright badass release of their career – and Equilibrium has only raised the stakes. “We wanted these songs to hit a nerve, make people shake their ass and enjoy simply being alive,” says vocalist/guitarist Marc “Gaff” Gaffney, who founded the band with lead guitarist Doug Sherman. Much of the record’s strength stems from the unit growing since Revival, the first full-length featuring drummer Mike Hubbard and bassist Joseph Grotto. Having also reunited with Revival producer Dean Baltulonis (Hatebreed/Goes Cube/The Hold Steady) at Wild Arctic Studio in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the record is certainly the catchiest and most instant music dropped by the quartet, embracing their love of pop music but without compromising on any of the other vital elements of their sound.

Equilibrium track-listing:
1. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
2. The People vs. Mr. T
3. King Cobra
4. Manimal
5. They Probably Know Karate
6. Prison Elbows
7. Stacy Keach
8. Ballad of ODB

Gozu line-up:
Marc Gaffney – guitar and vocals
Joe Grotto – bass
Mike Hubbard – drums
Doug Sherman – lead guitar and sounds

Gozu online:
https://www.facebook.com/GOZU666
http://gozu.bandcamp.com
https://www.instagram.com/gozu666
https://twitter.com/GOZU666

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Spectral Premiere New Single “Hallucinatory Authorization”

Progressive technical death metal powerhouse Spectral unleash the second single anticipating their upcoming studio album Neural Correlates of Hate scheduled to be released March 12th in collaboration with Loud Rage Music.

Says guitarist Ciprian Martin:

“It’s time to reveal the second single taken from our upcoming release. Mostly instrumental, Hallucinatory Authorization will take you on a cold dark journey in the realm of the Alien franchise.
Hallucinatory Authorization is definitely NOT the catchiest song from Neural Correlates of Hate but it’s for sure one of my favorites. From Behemoth to brutal death metal, from Gorguts to Death, Hallucinatory Authorization is the sickest song from the album.”

Recording Lineup:

Ciprian Martin (Guitars & Bass; ex-Taine)
Andrei Calmuc (Vocals; CodeRed, ex-Indian Fall)
Romain Goulon (Drums; Benighted, ex-Necrophagist, Monument Of Misanthropy, Disavowed)
Christian Muenzner(Guest Solos; Alkaloid, Spawn of Possession, ex-Necrophagist, Defeated Sanity)
Calin Paraschiv (Guest Solos; Pestilence, Necrovile, Clitgore)

Tracklist:

Artificial Storage (03:51)
Ashes to Dust (08:46)
Nihilist (03:55)
Empathy (04:22)
Neural Correlates of Hate (02:56)
Hallucinatory Authorization (08:14)
Hatred (01:58)
Divided We Fall (04:14)
Into the Further (05:23)

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Karkaos Recruits New Drummer Justine Ethier

Canadian group Karkaos just issued the following announcement about bringing on new drummer Justine Ethier:

“Karkaos would like to welcome Justine Ethier, known for her work in Blackguard and Sykode on drums. Blackguard is one of the bands that helped us define our sound and after a few years in the scene, we were lucky enough to get to know Justine through friends.

“Her skills are going to take Karkaos on a whole new level and we are already working on the catchiest, heaviest and hardest material we’ve ever had. The chemistry both as musicians and as friends is simply amazing and we can’t wait to share that on stage with you all.”

Here’s what Justine had to say: “I’m proud to join the ranks of Karkaos, a band I’ve always respected. Musically, it feels like home.”

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Massacre Records Signs With Halcyon Way For European Releases, Resigns With Nightmare For North America

Atlanta’s Halcyon Way has announced that they have signed a multi-album deal with Massacre Records, which includes the release of the new album “Conquer,” in Europe. The band has also resigned with Nightmare Records for the release in North America. “Conquer” is expected to be released towards the end of 2014.

Guitarist Jon Bodan commented on the signings: “We are very, very excited to announce that we have signed a multi-album deal with the legendary Massacre Records for Europe and the rest of the world, and we have re-signed with our good friends at Nightmare Records for the North American release of our new album, ‘Conquer.’ We cannot wait for this new album to come out and for you guys to hear it. It’s the heaviest thing we have ever done, the catchiest thing we’ve ever done, and we are incredibly excited to get it in your hands.”

More information on “Conquer” is expected soon. Check out the band’s latest video “Web of Lies” for a taste:

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Cardiac Arrest Inks Deal With Razorback Recordings

A foreboding covenant dripping with darkness and dread has been sealed that will bring together splatter metal label Razorback Recordings and the punishingly perverse Illinois act Cardiac Arrest.

2014 will now see to the unleashing of the band’s fifth and most foul album to date, “And Death Shall Set You Free.” Razorback Records comments:

“Formed deep in the black infamy-choked bowels of Chicago in the late ‘90s, Cardiac Arrest has been a known associate of Razorback’s for years and, while the two camps had bonded over their shared obsessions with all things horror and metal, they never worked together – until now!

“Releasing their four previous albums elsewhere, the fearsome foursome of Midwest metal maniacs continue their legacy of death metal brutality with ‘And Death Shall Set You Free’ and the ten cruel scythe cuts of horror-weltered cacoffiny offered therein, with such aural atrocities as ‘There Is No Escape,’ ‘Bridge Burner,’ and ‘Rise! Part Man, Part Beast.’

“While the new album will be the catchiest yet, it will still be as unforgivingly heavy as a sledgehammer to the skull. And it is coming for YOU in the late Summer or early Fall of 2014 … You have been warned! ‘Til then, as those abominable gore-adorers who are Cardiac Arrest always proclaim … ROT FOREVER!”

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God Forbid To Release New Album "Equilibrium"

God Forbid is preparing to release a sixth full-length album and Victory debut, “Equilibrium,” on March 26th. The forthcoming effort was produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel), Jason Suecof (Bury Your Dead, Chimaira) and mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth).

“With the new album, we focused on writing tight, hook-y metal songs,” commented guitarist/vocalist Doc Coyle on the creative process for Equilibrium, “There are some really fast, super heavy, groovy songs – some of the catchiest, most melodic songs we’ve ever written. We wanted a modern, but organic-sounding album that was tight but still captured the intensity of the band. The album sounds huge!”

Coyle went on to speak about the overall theme of the album, “The title of the album says it all – it’s about finding your way when you’re lost. The lyrics come from a very personal, very real place. The recurring lyrical theme is about the everyday struggles of life and what it takes to persevere and follow your dreams.”

God Forbid’s solidified line-up, newly managed under World Entertainment’s Alexander Ford and Gunter Ford, includes lead vocalist Byron Davis, guitarist/vocalist Doc Coyle, bassist John “Beeker” Outcalt, Corey Pierce on drums and newest member Matt Wicklund on guitar. The band will support “Equilibrium” with heavy touring. Pre-orders and package deals for “Equilibrium,” featuring brand new merch, are now available here.

God Forbid will debut brand new material at the following upcoming headlining shows in February:

Feb. 18 – Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus
Feb. 24 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz

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Hooded Menace Enters The Studio To Record "Effigies Of Evil"

Finnish death / doom bringers Hooded Menace have entered the studio to record their new album and first for Relapse Records. The new record, entitled “Effigies of Evil,” is being self-recorded by the band at its very own Horrisound Studios, the group’s personal compound of stench and decay.

Drums are being tracked at SF Sound and the band plans to complete recording in mid February for a Summer 2012 release.

Hooded Menace, which takes influence from 80’s era Candlemass, Cathedral, Paradise Lost, Asphyx, and Black Sabbath, has previously release two full length albums as well as split releases with Coffins, Asphyx, Ilsa, and more.

Hooded Menace guitarist Lasse Pyykko commented on the new recordings: “This album is the catchiest stuff we’ve done so far. On average it’s slightly faster (read: more mid-tempos) and a bit more melodic than the previous records but as always there’s still an unhealthy dose of down-tempo horror hammering. It’s crushingly heavy, dark and graceful music in all its gory glory!”

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