Vanhelgd Premiere New Song “Profaned is the Blood of the Covenant” From Upcoming New Album “Deimos Sanktuarium”

Swedish wretchlords VANHELGD have launched a stream for “Profaned is the Blood of the Covenant,” taken off the band’s forthcoming fifth full-length album, Deimos Sanktuarium.

Stream “Profaned is the Blood of the Covenant” now below:

Deimos Sanktuarium features seven tracks of crushing, yet cold OSDM. The album will be out October 12 on LP, CD and digital formats through Dark Descent Records (North America). The album will be available in Europe through Pulverised Records.

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Sinsaenum (DragonForce, Ex-Slipknot, Etc.) Premiere New Music Video For Cover Of Melvins’ “Hooch”

Sinsaenum (DragonForce, ex-Slipknot, etc.) premiere a new music video for their new take on Melvins‘ “Hooch“.

The band are presently touring Europe and the UK supporting their new effort, “Repulsion For Humanity“:

09/28 St. Brieuc, FRA – La Citrouille
09/29 Paris, FRA – TBA
09/30 Reims, FRA – La Cartonnerie
10/01 Esch Sur Alzette, LUX – Kulturfabrik
10/03 Hamburg, GER – Knust
10/04 Hannover, GER – Musikzentrum
10/05 Berlin, GER – L ido
10/06 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
10/07 Prague, CZE – Futurm
10/09 Munchen, GER – Backstage Werk
10/10 Budapest, GER – Durer Kert
10/11 Wien, AUT – Szene
10/12 Zug, SWI – Galvanik
10/13 Milan, ITA – Legend
10/14 St. Etienne, FRA – Le Fil
10/16 Colmar, FRA – Grillen
10/17 Stuttgart, GER – ClubCANN
10/18 Vosselaar, BEL – Biebob
10/19 London, UK – The Dome
10/20 Amstelveen, NET – P60
10/21 Copenhagen, DEN – Vega

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Epic melodic death metallers Nothgard release video for 2nd single, “Epitaph”

– August 9th, 2018 –

Epic melodic death metallers Nothgard have just finished working on their 2nd video clip in support of their upcoming new album, Malady X – due out October 26th via Metal Blade Records. Head over to youtube.com/watch?v=qTV5W7u0EXY to check out the video for “Epitaph”!

Bandleader Dom R. Crey comments about “Epitaph”: “The first single ‘Malady X’ is out for three weeks now and we are super happy about all the amazing feedback. The time has come to unleash the second single and music video, this time in 4k quality! ‘Epitaph’ is a very special song for me. Based on the concept of constant struggle in a world where all of us need to find their places. Sometimes this can be tough and very often some of us have the feeling of not being part of this world – or do not even want to be part. Song-wise ‘Epitaph’ is one of my favorite tracks on this album. But before I tell too much I would rather recommend you to check out the video and song.”

For another preview of Malady X, the title track can be heard at: metalblade.com/nothgard – where the album can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–ltd. 1st ed. Digipak-CD
–box set (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–180g black vinyl
–dead gold marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–light grey marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–red/black marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 120 copies)
–clear/black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 100 copies)

Nothgard has recorded Malady X at Def-Creation and & Southern Deathcult studios and called the renowned Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Kreator, Opeth, etc.) for mastering duties. The result is an album full of epic melodic death metal anthems!

Malady X track-listing
1. Voyage To Decay (Intro)
2. Malady X
3. Shades Of War
4. Guardians Of Sanity
5. Epitaph
6. Deamonium I
7. Serpent Hollow
8. Devil Will Know
9. Fall Of An Empire
10. Herald Of Death
11. Black Horizon
12. Eye For An Eye (ltd. Digi-CD bonus)
13. Ninja (ltd. Digi-CD bonus)

Nothgard will play special release shows at the end of October, along with friends Parasite Inc.. See below for dates!

Nothgard release shows
w/ Parasite Inc.

Oct. 26 – Jena, Germany – F-Haus
Oct. 27 – Markneukirchen, Germany – Warwick Music Hall
Oct. 28 – Ingolstadt, Germany – Eventhalle Westpark *with Equilibrium
Oct. 31 – Linda, Germany – Vaudeville
Nov. 1 – Vocklabruck, Austria – Okh

Nothgard will also join forces with Finnish epic melodic death metallers Omnium Gatherum and Wolfheart for the “Burning Cold Over Europe 2018″ tour this November. See below for all dates!

Nothgard tour dates
w/ Omnium Gatherum, Wolfheart

Nov. 7 – Munich, Germany – Backstage
Nov. 8 – Hamburg, Germany – Kaiserkeller
Nov. 9 – Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu
Nov. 10 – Stuttgart, Germany – ClubCANN
Nov. 11 – Prague, Czech Republic – Nova Chmelnice
Nov. 12 – Budapest, Hungary – Durer Kert 041
Nov. 13 – Vienna, Austria – Szene
Nov. 15 – Essen, Germany – Turock
Nov. 16 – London, United Kingdom – The Dome
Nov. 17 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Baroeg
Nov. 18 – Vosselaar, Belgium – Biebop
Nov. 19 – Paris, France – Le Petit Bain
Nov. 21 – Madrid, Spain – Copernico
Nov. 22 – Barcelona, Spain – Boveda
Nov. 23 – Lyon, France – MJC O Totem
Nov. 24 – Lucerne, Switzerland – Schuur
Nov. 25 – Trier, Germany – Mergener Hof

Nothgard line-up:
Dom R. Crey – Vocals, Lead Guitar, Studio Keyboards
Skaahl – Guitars
Nico Kolja – Bass, Backing Vocals
Felix Indra – Drums

Photo credit: Andreas-Richter; Photoart-Peter Sallai

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Y&T Pulls Out Of Saxon European Tour, Replaced By FM

American hard rockers Y&T has announced that they have been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Saxon European tour due to vocalist/guitarist Dave Meniketti’s back injury, as he is adhering to his doctor’s advice and giving himself the necessary time to heal and recover. Their place will be taken by British rock veterans FM, while heavy metal heroes Raven will also be on board.

Says Dave: “It is with great disappointment that I announce Y&T’s decision to withdraw from Saxon’s upcoming fall Europe/UK tour. As many of you already know, I severely injured my back in July and have been under the care of a sports doctor/back specialist ever since. After I received two rounds of cortisone injections to reduce the inflammation, we all had high hopes I’d get “back on the field” in time for this tour. But as many people know, recovering from this kind of back injury takes time.

“Given the advice of my doctor and the urging of everyone around me, really, the only course of action for my long-term health is to stay home and properly complete my recovery. This decision has weighed heavily on me – and believe me, I’d much rather be on tour playing for all of you – but getting on an 11-hour flight and sitting for five weeks on drives of up to 10+ hours every day in a van traveling 11,000 miles/18,000 km would be a reckless approach at this stage of my recovery. I can’t risk another setback like I experienced last month when I played a show against my doctor’s advice.

“I apologize to the fans and to our buddies in Saxon for any inconveniences and disappointments that this has caused. We’re big fans of Saxon and consider them to be one of the best live straight-ahead rock bands out there, so we’re all disappointed to miss what surely would’ve been a great time on tour with them.

“For my part, and for Y&T going forward, I’m on the mend and can’t wait to get back up on stage later this year. To our amazing fans in Europe and the UK, again, my apologies. We’ll be back in 2019.”

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Kamelot Posts New Video, “Mindfall Remedy” Online

Following the first leg of a massive World Tour in North America during April and May, it’s now time kick off the next leg and bring The Shadow Theory overseas! Kamelot is returning to Europe for their biggest headliner tour to date. Special guests on the tour include Leaves’ Eyes, Visions of Atlantis, Dynazty (Sweden), Circus Maximus (Oslo) vocalist Lauren Hart (Once Human) and more!

Just in time for the upcoming tour, the band has released a brand new music video for the track “MindFall Remedy!” The live footage is taken from Kamelot’s North American tour and just offers a glimpse of what you can expect when the band takes the stage.

“The North American Tour was our biggest ever and we had to chronicle it in some way, the fans were so amazing. We decided to shoot this video and mix in scenes from the tour. We cannot wait to return to the US and Canada for the next run!”, states Kamelot’s Thomas Youngblood.

The meaning of the song and title “MindFall Remedy” sparks some debate, but Kamelot singer Tommy Kaverik sums it up beautifully:

“In this material world, full of vanity and beautifying filters, it is easy to turn to those things when looking for validation and comfort. We have come to expect external gratification to lift us up, solve our insecurities and give us a meaningful existence. With this song we want to encourage people to look inside themselves for answers. Only then can we fully learn to respect and love ourselves and grow as people. There is a way to unlock your inhibitions, and only you possess the key…”

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The Ocean Collective announces new album, ‘Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic’

– September 5th, 2018 –

Stream new single, “Permian: The Great Dying”, now

The Ocean excel in their idiosyncratic nuances and hammering insistence on this Teutonic paean to Earth’s geology.”Revolver

The Ocean do for earth science class what Mastodon did for Melville: make learning brutal.”Decibel

The Ocean remains one of the great optimisms in progressive metal.”Blabbermouth

“…not a band to be taken lightly, even if that were possible…the future of progressive metal itself.”Metal Injection

Expansive, all-encompassing, reaching extraordinary depths…all can be said about both the dark abyss that forms the vast majority of our planet, and the band from which it takes its name. Today, The Ocean Collective announces their massive two-part return, four years in the making. This November, Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic will be released, with Phanerozoic II to follow in 2020.

The Ocean marks their rebirth with “Permian,” a nine-minute epic about The Great Dying. Explains guitarist and primary songwriter Robin Staps, “About 90% of all life on Earth was wiped out during this mass extinction event at the end of the Permian period, 250 million years ago. The most probable scenario is that The Great Dying was caused by increased volcanic activity inducing a global warming of about five degrees, which led to widespread ocean anoxia and the release of large amounts of methane gas from shallow seabeds into the atmosphere. This fast release of methane, a greenhouse gas, caused even further warming.”

All of this occurred long before humanity appeared on the map, yet the effects of this global warming cannot be ignored. Says Robin, “There is no reason to assume that the results of the current human-caused warming would not be, at best, similarly devastating. The same increase in global temperatures that happened over the course of at least 150,000 years at the end of the Permian is likely to happen in just a few hundred years now. Looking at the five mass extinction events during the Phanerozoic eon reminds us that even without human impact, Earth has the power and potential to wipe out humanity in its entirety, at any given moment in time.”

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 pre-order, along with meticulously designed merch bundles, something for which they’ve become known, and will be released November 2 via Metal Blade Records (CD / digital) and the band’s own Pelagic Records (vinyl). Pre-order now via Metal Blade Records: metalblade.com/theocean

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Since 2001, the Berlin-based musician collective The Ocean Collective have released 7 critically acclaimed studio albums, and a split EP with Japanese post-rock legends Mono. With an ever-changing lineup of various on- and off-stage musicians and visual artists, the relentlessly touring group have become well known for their immense, mind-expanding live shows, which they have carried into the most remote corners of the globe, from Siberian squats to colonial theatres in Ecuador.

Over the course of their storied career, The Ocean Collective have toured with Opeth, Mastodon, Mono, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Anathema, Between The Buried And Me and Devin Townsend, and have appeared on major festivals including Roskilde, Dour, Pukkelpop, Roadburn, Wacken, With Full Force, Summer Slaughter, Summer Breeze and Graspop. The band’s own Pelagic Records has also become one of Europe’s leading labels for post-rock and post-metal, with a catalog of 120 releases since 2009.

After 5 years of touring on Pelagial, the band started recording their 8th studio album in February 2018, split into two volumes to be separately released in 2018 and 2020 respectively, titled Phanerozoic. The Phanerozoic eon succeeded the Precambrian supereon, spanning a 500 million-year period leading to the present day, and it has witnessed the evolution and diversification of plant and animal life on Earth, and the partial destruction of it during 5 mass extinction events. Conceptually and musically, The Ocean Collective‘s Phanerozoic is the missing link between the albums Precambrian and Heliocentric / Anthropocentric.

Guitarist and primary songwriter Robin Staps penned Phanerozoic as he did its predecessors, in seclusion in a house by the ocean. The first volume of the double album Phanerozoic is made up of bleak and heavy songs, boiled down to the essential core of the musical ideas driving them. With analog synths merging with the heavy guitars, the addition of Peter Voigtmann to the band’s ranks has made a marked difference. After years of handling the spectacular lighting design at The Ocean Collective‘s live shows, essentially “playing drums on the lighting console every night” as Staps puts it, he now brings a bevy of angry, dystopian sounds to the songs. Phanerozoic also marks the recording debut of bassist Mattias Hagerstrand and drummer Paul Seidel, who both bring their own style and approach to their respective instruments.

As with all of The Ocean Collective‘s releases, the music is only one piece of the puzzle. The collective has always been known for lyrics that are poignant and thought-provoking, and Phanerozoic is no exception. The central idea upon which the lyrics are premised is that of ‘eternal recurrence’, “Nietzsche’s concept that everything happens over and over again, an infinite amount of times throughout infinite time and space”, Staps explains. “When you look at Earth’s history you find a lot of evidence for this: continents have collided and drifted apart across the oceans and collided again, life nearly disappeared various times but then resurged again… this album is essentially about time, perception of time, and repetition. It is about coming to terms with the fact that there are things in life which will recur and which we cannot change and finding ways of dealing with that”.

The immediacy of Phanerozoic can be attributed to the band working out every detail and testing every song live in the rehearsal room prior to heading into the studio, a different approach as compared to their previous releases. The process of laying down tracks began in Iceland, with the drums being tracked at Sigur Ros’ own Sundlaugin Studios with long-time friend and producer Julien Fehlmann. A big drum room with great natural reverb located in a bleak and beautiful place surrounded by nature provided the perfect location for the initiation of this record.

The remainder of the album was tracked in Berlin. A brass section was recorded, and previous collaborators Vincent Membrez (piano) and longtime live cellist Dalai Theofilopoulou are featured. Katatonia vocalist Jonas Renkse delivers a stunning performance on the 11 minute track “Devonian”. However, this is very much vocalist Loic Rossetti’s album. Staps and Rossetti worked extensively, trying out a variety of styles and focusing on finding the best possible approach for each song. “Loic screaming over a heavy part always works great, but our goal was to avoid always going the obvious route this time”, Staps explains. The result is an album which gains its heaviness not from the surface but from below, not so much from the vocals, but from the underlying riffage, bass and drumming.

It was a conscious decision not to let this fondness of experimenting stretch to the choice of the team working on the album: Julien Fehlmann tracked drums, Jens Bogren (Katatonia, Opeth) handled mixing and mastering duties, and Norwegian artist Martin Kvamme, whose only clients are Mike Patton and The Ocean Collective, was once more in charge of the mind-blowing artwork, making this his 5th consecutive collaboration with the collective. “There’s no reason to change a perfectly working formula”, Staps comments. “When Jens played us the basic sound of the record, Loic and I looked at each other and our jaws dropped. It sounded SO FUCKING HEAVY that for a moment we were thinking about what we could potentially do to make it sound a bit more human and a bit less perfect… but we eventually learned to accept that Jens had simply done an outstanding job”.

Each of The Ocean Collective‘s releases has proven a profoundly immersive experience, with an unrivalled attention to detail – something which becomes particularly apparent in the award-winning packaging: for the lavish acrylic boxset that came with 2013′s Pelagial, over 10.000 acrylic layers were individually silk-screen printed and manually assembled. That which accompanied 2010′s double album Heliocentric / Anthropocentric was particularly unique, its gatefold sleeve featuring rotating gold-foiled PVC dials screwed on top of it. Phanerozoic will not fall short of its predecessors: Phanerozoic will come in a trifold (LP) / digipak (CD) with die cuts through multiple layers, creating a 3D effect; topped off by metallic inks and a blind embossing emulating a rock structure.


Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic track-listing:
1. The Cambrian Explosion
2. Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence
3. Ordovicium: The Glaciation of Gondwana
4. Silurian: Age of Sea Scorpions
5. Devonian: Nascent
6. The Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse
7. Permian: The Great Dying

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Benighted Premiere “Martyr” From Upcoming 20th Anniversary Release

Benighted debut a new song titled “Martyr” that will appear on their forthcoming limited edition 20th annviersary collection, “Dogs Always Bite Harder Than Their Master“. That outing will be released on October 12th via Season Of Mist and will feature a number of previously unreleased songs.

As previously reported, the band will be out with Aborted and Cryptopsy in Europe this fall on this tour:

11/01 Leeuwarden, NET – Neushoorn
11/02 Mulhouse, FRA – Noumatrouff
11/03 Sint Niklass, BEL – Casino
11/04 St-Brieux, FRA – La Citrouille
11/08 Biarritz, FRA – Atabal
11/09 Madrid, SPA – Caracol
11/10 Barcelona, SPA – Boveda
11/11 Lyon, FRA – CCO
11/12 Brescia, ITA – Circolo Colony
11/13 Ljubljana, SLO – Ortor Bar
11/14 Fribourg, SWI – Fri-Son
11/15 Vienna, AUT – Arena
11/16 Munich, GER – Feierwerk
11/17 Ostrava, CZE – Barak Music Club
11/18 Prague, CZE – Roxy
11/19 Poznan, POL – Klub Y Bazyla
11/20 Berlin, GER – Cassiopeia
11/21 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
11/22 Hamburg, GER – Bambi Galore
11/23 Essen, GER – Turock
11/24 Weinheim, GER – Cafe Central
11/25 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo

Track list:

01 – “Teeth And Hatred”
02 – “Martyr”
03 – “Dogs Always Bite Harder Than Their Master”
04 – “Slaughter Of The Soul” (At The Gates cover)
05 – “Reptilian” (live in Lyon 2018)
06 – “Cum With Disgust” (live in Lyon 2018) (feat. Arno of Black Bomb A)
07 – “Spit” (live in Lyon 2018) (feat. Niklas Kvarforth of Shining)
08 – “Necrobreed” (live in Lyon 2018)
09 – “Unborn Infected Children” (live in Lyon 2018) (feat. Sven “Svencho” de Caluwe of Aborted & Nikita Kamprad of Der Weg einer Freiheit)
10 – “Foetus” (live in Lyon 2018) (feat. Ben Wright of Unfathomable Ruination)

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Primitive Man & Unearthly Trance Premiere Full-Album Stream Of Brand New Split Release

Denver’s PRIMITIVE MAN and New York City’s UNEARTHLY TRANCE unite for an exercise in complete and total suffering with a split LP out now via Relapse Records.

Check out the split in its entirety below.

Split w/ Unearthly Trance by Primitive Man

In related news, PRIMITIVE MAN will return to Europe later this month on a headlining tour with labelmates -(16)-. The tour begins August 29th in Dortmund, Germany and concludes September 15th at Bloodshed Festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands:

PRIMITIVE MAN w/ -(16)- :
8/29/2018 Junkyard – Dortmund, DE
8/30/2018 IFZ- Leipzig, DE
8/31/2018 KB18 – Copenhagen, DK
9/01/2018 1000fryd – Aalborg, DK
9/02/2018 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
9/03/2018 Magasin4Brussels, BE
9/04/2018 Tiefgrund – Berlin, DE
9/05/2018 Poglos – Warsaw, PL
9/06/2018 Fuga – Bratislava, SK
9/07/2018 Desszert Feszt Budapest Opening Party – Budapest, HU
9/08/2018 Reflektor Venue – Timisoara, RO
9/09/2018 Something For The Core VII – Bucharest, RO
9/10/2018 Mocvara – Zagreb, HR
9/11/2018 Circolo Magnolia – Milano, IT
9/12/2018 Sunset Bar – Martigny, CH
9/13/2018 Gaswerk – Winterthur, CH
9/14/2018 Jubez – Karlsruhe, DE
9/15/2018 Bloodshed Fest 2018 – Eindhoven, NL

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Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage & Thy Art Is Murder Announce European/UK Tour

Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage and Thy Art Is Murder will be touring Europe and the UK early in the new year. Below’s where that trek will hit:

01/25 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
01/26 Leipzig, GER – Arena
01/27 Frankfurt, GER – Jahrhunderthalle
01/29 Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
01/31 Nottingham, UK – Motorpoint Arena
02/01 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
02/02 London, UK – Alexandra Palace
02/04 Paris, FRA – Olympia
02/05 Brussels, BEL – Forest National
02/06 Amsterdam, NET – AFAS Live
02/08 Cologne, GER – Palladium
02/09 Cologne, GER – Palladium
02/11 Stuttgart, GER – Schleyer-Halle
02/12 Zurich, SWI – Halle 622
02/13 Milan, ITA – Alcatraz
02/15 Munich, GER – Zenith
02/17 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
02/18 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin

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Mantar Teases New Music Video, “Taurus”

German black/doom/punk chimera Mantar will release their third studio album The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze on August 24th via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order the album here, and check out a teaser for the upcoming “Taurus” music video below.

Mantar have achieved more in five years than most bands twice their age and size. The product of a twenty year friendship between guitarist/vocalist Hanno Klaenhardt and drummer Erinc Sakarya, theirs is a success story born entirely of one thing: hard work, with three albums, an EP and a live release already to their name. Releasing their 2014 Svart Records debut Death By Burning, an uncompromising clash of stripped-back punk attitude and metal intensity to instant critical acclaim, the band toured relentlessly, gracing stages the world over, including the hallowed likes of Roadburn, Wacken Open Air and Maryland Deathfest. They used 2016’s Ode To The Flame, their Nuclear Blast Records debut, to further build upon their incendiary live reputation, conquering not only Europe and the US, but Russia, Japan and South Africa.

Now, following a brief period of repose which saw Hanno move to Florida, Mantar return with The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze, a short, sharp shock that hones the hungry riffs and breath-taking pace of their previous records. “We skipped the bullshit,” explains Hanno. “I wanted 3 or 4 minute songs; bam, bam, bam. Every song different, catchy – that’s what rock and roll is about.”

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