Sodom To Release New EP, “Partisan” In November

Attention all Sodom fans, there’s exciting news from Tom Angelripper & Co. On the one hand, the band are currently at the studio to record new material, on the other their next shows are scheduled for early September, and the end of November will see the start of their extensive MTV Headbangers Ball Tour 2018 alongside Exodus, Death Angel and Suicidal Angels.

And as if that wasn’t enough great news, the best bit of intelligence comes directly from the thrash metal act’s inner circle…

“We’re a real family again,” enthuses frontman Angelripper following the band’s lineup change in spring 2018. “We all really enjoy the new lineup consisting of Frank Blackfire (guitar, ex-Sodom, ex-Kreator, Assassin), Yorck Segatz (guitar, Beyondition), Husky (drums, Asphyx, Desaster) and myself. There’s a real team spirit again, we’re having a great time together, every one of us is interested in everything and – really important! – everybody is there for everybody else. Obviously that kind of atmosphere is bound to have a positive effect on the songwriting.”

Examples? Sodom’s new Partisan EP will be out in November, featuring three tracks including a live recording from this year’s Rock Hard Festival. The new lineup could hardly present itself in a more impressive manner!

Partisan will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on November 23rd as CD digipak, 10″ clear vinyl, download and stream.


1. Partisan
2. Conflagration
3. Tired & Red (Live at the Rock Hard Festival 2018)


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Rob Zombie Signs With Nuclear Blast Records; Plans To Release New Album In 2019

Nuclear Blast Records is pleased to announce the worldwide signing of rock and heavy metal icon and unique filmmaker, Rob Zombie. A follow up to his 2016 studio album, “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” and 2018’s “Astro-Creep: 2000 Live” is expected for a 2019 release. More details to be announced shortly.

Comments Rob Zombie:
“I am very excited to work with the fine folks at Nuclear Blast. The combination of the label’s grassroots urge to get the hustle done mixed with the detonation of our most combustable melodic masterpiece yet should prove to be a winning hybrid of hellacious hullabaloo.”

Adds a representative from Nuclear Blast:
“As fans ourselves at Nuclear Blast we have long admired the artistry of Rob Zombie throughout his extensive and successful career in both music and film. It is a very exciting opportunity to unite ROB’s visionary talent with Nuclear Blast ingenuity. Nuclear Blast has a long history of thinking outside of the box and creating personal and collectible experiences for the fans. We look forward to delivering unforgettable experiences to fans around the world for years to come with the legendary Rob Zombie.”

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Debut Self-Titled EP To Be Released By Lark

Progressive sludge/stoner metal band Lark is set to release the debut, self-titled album on October 31st. The band features former members of Bright Curse and Sail In Between.

Lark is the overdue collaboration of two French brothers, Raph, former guitarist and lead singer of Sail In Between and former bassist of Angher Incorporated and Zach, former drummer of Bright Curse. The elder resides in their native south of France, while the younger moved to London in 2009 to explore the UK music scene.

Zach evolved in the stoner, psyche and hard rock tones in recent years while Raph followed his love for hardcore and prog, but their tastes meet in a rock and metal avalanche of riffs, grooves and all that is heavy. They shared a vision of music that combines massive and textured sound with the groove of their early metal influence.

The two brothers rapidly found ways around the distance between them and started their first creative collaboration at the beginning of 2017. The EP came to life thanks to the help of Robin Mariat of Grey Matter Studio (Lyon, Fr), Chris Painter of Red Roof Sounds (London, Uk), Marco of Marc&Cheese (London, Uk) and Jake Read of Living Room Studios (London, Uk).

The band is set to release their first EP “Lark,” a new blend of metal inspired by Mastodon, Opeth, Gojira, Black Peaks, Russian Circles and more this fall. The D-day is set for Halloween 2017 when the extensive network of VIPs will meet and celebrate at a location not yet disclosed.

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Imperialist Announces Debut Album “Cipher”

Black metal band Imperialist will unleash debut album “Cipher” on November 28th, 2017. Check out the cover art and track listing below.

Imperialist was established in Los Angeles in early 2013 by Sergio Soto. Once the compositions had been crafted, Sergio called upon Rod Quinones, a long-time friend who had been playing the drums for over a decade due to his extensive training in drumline and his high school marching band.

Soto and Quinones quickly gathered an ease in working through the compositions and decided to request for Bryant, the other half of the Quinones, to join them as the second pair of virtuosic strings. Once the songs had been further conquered, they gained Adrian Castaneda on bass, as he had learned bass early on in his studies, and was ready to transition to a more serious target.

At the beginning of 2017, Imperialist ventured to Trench Studios to record and mix this debut full-length album with John Trench in Pomona, CA. “Cipher” was mastered by Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams, The Faceless, Aborted).

01. Continuum
02. The Singularity
03. Advent Anathema
04. Splendor Beneath an Ancient Permafrost
05. Umbra Tempest
06. Chronochasm
07. Binary Coalescence
08. The Dark Below
09. Mercurian Dusk

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Der Weg Einer Freiheit Posts New Song “Skepsis Part II”

Der Weg Einer Freiheit is now premiering the first sinister track taken from upcoming fourth studio album “Finisterre.” The song, “Skepsis Part II,” can be heard below. Frontman Nikita Kamprad comments on behalf of the band:

“We are extremely stoked to finally be able to present the first new track taken from our upcoming album ‘Finisterre’. In comparison to the quite complex and progressive instrumental ‘Skepsis Part I’, the now premiered ‘Skepsis Part II’ is a more straight forward composition, in which epic melodies are aggressively building up until the doomy grand finale.

“Ultimately, we consider both parts of ‘Skepsis’ to be connected and forming one extensive musical piece. This lyric video also provides an impression and closer look at the extensive album artwork, which was created by our friend Max Löffler once again. Enjoy!”

1. Aufbruch
2. Ein letzter Tanz
3. Skepsis Part I
4. Skepsis Part II
5. Finisterre

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Outerloop Coaching Launches “60 Days To Signable” Webinar Series

Dedicated to educating the next generation of music business entrepreneurs, Outerloop President and CEO Mike Mowery has launched a new educational initiative titled Outerloop Coaching.

Outerloop Coaching consists of online courses, webinars, e-books, and mentoring for aspiring managers and self-managed musicians. Mowery shares everything he has learned over two decades in the business so others can learn how the 21st century music business really works.

For the first time ever, Mike Mowery is opening up his extensive experience and knowledge base to aspiring musicians in an educational capacity. Today, Outerloop Coaching launched sign-ups for an online course webinar series titled “Sixty Days to Signable,” which goes over what it takes to get the attention of record labels, managers and other industry professionals who can help independent bands grow.

Individuals enrolled in the course will have the opportunity to interact with Mike Mowery directly via e-mail throughout the program. “Sixty Days to Signable” will run Wednesday evenings from April 19 until June 7th, at 8pm EST. Further details are available here.

Mowery comments: “I’m really excited to be able to offer up my extensive experience and knowledge base to aspiring musicians in an educational capacity. If you’re serious about your band’s or personal success, there is no time like the present. This structured course will give you all of the tools you need to get your band from wherever you are to a place where managers, agents and labels will be ready to take you into serious consideration.”

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AFM Records Announces “20 Year – Metal Addiction” Compilation

2016 marks the 20th anniversary for Germany-based metal label AFM Records. Being in the business for two decades now and working with the “who’s who” of the scene, the company is proud to present a special compilation of highlights and new tracks titled “20 Years – Metal Addiction.”

Of course all the big names who were (and are) crucial for the label’s evolution during the years are featured here: Doro, U.D.O., Fear Factory, Evergrey, Avantasia, Rhapsody Of Fire, Danzig, Leaves’ Eyes, Edguy, Destruction, Masterplan, D-A-D, Ministry and many more.

Two brand new, previously unreleased songs by Iron Mask and Eden’s Curse perfectly round off this extensive release, which comes up with a total of 52 tracks on 3 CDs.


1. U.D.O.- Thunderball
2. Avantasia – Reach Out For The Light
3. Evergrey – A New Dawn
4. Masterplan – Spirit Never Die
5. Doro – Thunderspell
6. Leaves’ Eyes – Edge Of Steel (2016 Version)
7. Danzig – Ju Ju Bone
8. Lordi – The Riff
9. Shakra – Hello
10. Iron Savior – Starlight
11. Bloodbound – Moria
12. Flotsam and Jetsam – Taser
13. Ministry – Double Tap
14. A Life Divided – The Lost
15. D-A-D – Last Time In Neverland
16. Voodoo Circle – Graveyard City
17. Krokus – Too Wired To Sleep


1. Edguy – Babylon
2. Orden Ogan – The Things We Believe In
3. Rhapsody of Fire – Distant Sky
4. Kissin’ Dynamite – I Will Be King
5. Serious Black – Sealing My Fate
6. Jon Oliva’s Pain – Time To Die
7. Tankard – (Empty) Tankard
8. Elvenking – The Loser
9. Sinner – Heart Of Darkness
10. Ohrenfeindt – Zeit für Rock’n’Roll
11. Brainstorm – How Much Can You Take
12. At Vance – Only Human
13. Stahlmann – Feindflug
14. Solution .45 – Gravitational Lensing
15. Ektomorf – Rat War
16. Graveworm – Runaway
17. Onslaught – Born For War


1. Herman Frank – Right In Your Guts
2. Iron Mask – All For Metal
3. J.B.O. – Vier Finger für ein Halleluja
4. The New Black – With A Grin
5. Thunderstone – Veterans Of The Apocalypse
6. Suidakra – March Of Conquest
7. Destruction – Bestial Invasion
8. Sinbreed – Call To Arms
9. Manimal – Irresistible (Edit)
10. Eden’s Curse – Sell Your Soul
11. Triosphere – Breathless
12. Circle II Circle – Into The Wind
13. Borealis – The Chosen One
14. Fear Factory – New Messiah
15. Mors Principium Est – God Has Fallen
16. Pyogenesis – Steam Paves Its Way
17. Tanzwut – Brüder im Geiste
18. Theatre Of Tragedy – Hide And Seek

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Morbid Saint Announces “Spectrum Of Death” Vinyl Re-Issue

A masterpiece of raw and rabid, deadly thrashing madness is going to return as a stunning reissue on March 11th, 2016 via Century Media Records: Morbid Saint’s “Spectrum of Death!”

Originally recorded as a demo in the late 80’s and produced by Eric Greif (Acrophet, Viogression), the 1990 released album by the Wisconsin thrashers offers a vicious and intense mix of early Slayer, Kreator, and Dark Angel that has not lost any of its violent impact.

After a series of low-key reissues and shabby bootlegs, “Spectrum of Death” will now be released on digital form, double CD, and vinyl, visually orientating on the original design in a gatefold sleeve to house the extensive 8-page LP-sized booklet.

For this release, founding member Jay Visser (guitar) dug deep into his personal archive and excavated tons of rare photos, obscure logo designs, and flyers as well as telling the history of Morbid Saint in a detailed interview.

Whereas the “Spectrum of Death” album was specially mastered for vinyl, and hardly touched to preserve its original sound, all other tracks have been carefully restored and remastered by Patrick W. Engel / Temple Of Disharmony (Iced Earth, Grave, Massacra). Pre-orders are up now at this location.

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Nervecell Working On New Album

The follow-up to Nervecell’s “Psychogenocide” album is finally on the horizon, with the band offering this update:

“We have been working on new material for quite some time now and already have a few songs arranged and finalized with a lot more ideas still floating around at this stage.

“With all the extensive touring schedules and experiences we’ve had during the last 4 years, it’s only become more certain that the way forward for us musically is to dwell more into the extreme direction, fueled together with that Middle Eastern rage in our music and maintaining the classic Nervecell death / thrash stance. So rest assure, no one will be disappointed!”

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Author & Punisher Gearing Up For Second Leg Of North American Tour

One-man industrial doom fabricator Tristan Shone (AKA Author & Punisher) will kick off the second leg of his extensive North American tour next week, waging his mechanical deconstruction upon the stages of sixteen venues through twelve states with an included stop at Philip H. Anselmo’s annual Housecore Horror gala.

Author & Punisher will again be joined by special guests Muscle And Marrow. Dates are as follows:

11/03/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
11/04/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
11/05/2015 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
11/06/2015 Extravaganza Fest @ Strange Matter – Richmond, VA *
11/07/2015 Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
11/08/2015 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
11/10/2015 Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
11/11/2015 New World Brewery – Tampa, FL
11/12/2015 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
11/13/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
11/15/2015 Housecore Horror Fest @ The Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
11/17/2015 Sidewinders – Austin, TX
11/18/2015 The Sandbox – El Paso, TX
11/19/2015 Ghost – Santa Fe, NM
11/20/2015 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
11/21/2015 Hideout – San Diego, CA
* no Muscle And Marrow

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