Primitive Race Unveils New Album “Soul Pretender”

Primitive Race — the hard rock/industrial hybrid helmed by Chris Kniker with core members Mark Gemini Thwaite (The Mission UK/Peter Murphy) and Erie Loch (Wiccid/Luxt) — will release sophomore album “Soul Pretender” on November 3rd via Metropolis Records.

As was the case with the band’s debut, Kniker brought on a group of guest musicians into the Primitive Race fold, with the full album featuring vocals by former Faith No More singer Chuck Mosley and drums by the Melvins’ Dale Crover.

The album was produced by the band’s core trio, with Kniker recruiting Maor Appelbaum (Faith No More/Sepultura) for mastering, Toshi Kasai (Melvins/Helmet) for engineering, and Joe Haze (tweaker/PIG) for mixing.

“Musically, ‘Soul Pretender’ was a natural progression from the first album,” explains Kniker. “To have Chuck and Dale involved was perfect! They really brought a new vision to the project. Their style is a perfect match with Mark, Erie and myself. This record is more focused and organic. I wanted more of an alternative rock record. Stripped down. Live real drums. There’s space in the record. I didn’t want some overly polished ‘perfect’ record.”

1. Row House
2. Cry Out
3. Cranial Matter
4. Take It All
5. Bed Six
6. Stepping Stone
7. Turn It Up
8. Soul Pretender
9. Nothing to Behold
10. Dancing On The Sun

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Noble (Confide, Oh, Sleeper, Ex-Attack Attack!, Etc.) Debuts “Deadset”

Noble – a new outfit combining Mark Barelaii (At The Skylines), Jeff Helberg (Confide), Sean Bell (ex-Attack Attack!, In Fear And Faith), Zac Mayfield (Oh, Sleeper) – debuts its new track “Deadset”. Writing has been underway, though the band is still unsure if it will be for an EP or a full-length.

Check out now “Deadset” below.

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Expulsion Releases “Total Human Genocide” Playthrough Video

Extreme metal act Expulsion today unveils a playthrough video for “Total Human Genocide” performed by guitarist Matt Olivo. The track comes by way of the band’s debut album “Nightmare Future,” which is out now on Relapse Records.

Produced by grind legend Matt Olivo of Repulsion, mixed by Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Mayhem, Faith No More, Halford), “Nightmare Future” is available on CD, LP, and digital formats via Relapse Records.

1. Total Human Genocide
2. Alter of Slaughter
3. Mask of Fear
4. Nightmare Future
5. Funeral Bells
6. Compulsions
7. Comatose

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Bloodhunter Posts New Single “Let The Storm Come”

Spanish death metal band Bloodhunter has launched first single “Let the Storm Come,” taken from second album “The End of Faith,” which will be released this coming October 16th via Xtreem Music. The album’s full track listing is as follows:

01. The Forbidden Zone
02. The End of Faith
03. Eyes Wide Open
04. Still Standing Up
05. Death & Rebirth
06. The Queen Beast
07. All these Souls Shall Serve Forever
08. Spirits of Sin
09. Let the Storm Come
10. Possesed by Myself
11. Crystal Mountain (Death)

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‘For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records’ now available for pre-order

– July 20th, 2017 –

On August 29th, Metal Blade Records and BMG will release For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records – written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, and featuring a foreword by Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich. Celebrating the storied label’s 35th anniversary, For the Sake of Heaviness is an inside look at how Slagel built Metal Blade from a one-man operation in his mom’s non-air-conditioned garage to the preeminent international home of heavy music that it is today.

To pre-order For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records, please visit: smarturl.it/mbr35th – where an exclusive box-set is available, with the following contents:
For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records book
For the Sake of Heaviness cassette
–Metal Blade Records 35th anniversary bookmark
–bookplate autographed by Brian Slagel
* box dimensions: 9.375″ x 6.375″ x 1.25″

See below for the For the Sake of Heaviness cassette track-listing:
SIDE A
1. Fates Warning “Guardian”
2. Lizzy Borden “Lord of the Flies”
3. Omen “Holy Martyr”
4. Cirith Ungol “Black Machine”
5. GWAR “Gor-Gor”
6. Cannibal Corpse “Stripped, Raped, and Strangled”
7. Six Feet Under “War Is Coming”
SIDE B
1. Mercyful Fate “Egypt”
2. King Diamond “Voodoo”
3. The Black Dahlia Murder “Funeral Thirst”
4. Unearth “Black Hearts Now Reign”
5. Amon Amarth “Twilight of the Thunder God”
6. Visigoth “From the Arcane Mists of Prophecy”

For the Sake of Heaviness pulls back the curtain to reveal the definitive look at how Metal Blade began, what they’ve accomplished, and where they’re going. Slagel reveals the early advice he gave that helped guide Motley Crue‘s career; how he helped Metallica replace their bassist – twice; his detailed work on Thin Lizzy and Alice Cooper re-issues; his behind-the-scenes role in the careers of Slayer, GWAR, Mother Love Bone, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Goo Goo Dolls, and Lamb of God; and his unlikely ventures with kindred metal heads – from hockey star Ken Baumgartner, to celebrity chef Chris Santos, to The Howard Stern Show‘s Richard Christy, to comedians Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson and Jim Breuer.

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Bloodhunter Unveils “The End Of Faith” Album Artwork

Spanish death metal band Bloodhunter today reveals the cover artwork for sophomore album “The End of Faith,” with a release date scheduled for October 16th through Xtreem Music.

The label comments: “Just imagine if Arch Enemy would play death metal (yes, death metal, not aggressive modern heavy metal, haha!!) with a much more brutal approach.”

01. The Forbidden Zone
02. The End of Faith
03. Eyes Wide Open
04. Still Standing Up
05. Death & Rebirth
06. The Queen Beast
07. All these Souls Shall Serve Forever
08. Spirits of Sin
09. Let the Storm Come
10. Possesed by Myself
11. Crystal Mountain (Death)

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Expulsion Streaming New Track “Comatose”

Extreme metal act Expulsion — which features members of Repulsion, Exhumed, Phobia, Intronaut, Gruesome, and numerous others within its ranks – today shares a new track from forthcoming debut album “Nightmare Future.”

Hear closing track “Comatose” in the player below. Comments guitarist Matt Olivo: “You’re living an undead existence connected to machines to keep you alive. Death is imminent, but when? Minutes? Days? Years? Decades? ‘Comatose’ tells this cautionary tale with vivid morbidity and sheer ultra-violence.”

Produced by Matt Olivo, mixed by Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Mayhem, Faith No More, Halford), “Nightmare Future” will drop this coming July 14th on CD, LP, and digital formats via Relapse Records.

The previously released track “Total Human Genocide” can also still be heard by heading over here.

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BMG to publish new book, ‘For the Sake of Heaviness: the History of Metal Blade Records’

– June 26th, 2017 –

Metal Blade Records and BMG are proud to announce the upcoming release of For the Sake of Heaviness: the History of Metal Blade Records on August 29th. Written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, the book features a foreword by Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich and celebrates the storied label’s 35th anniversary.

Slagel comments: “I have been asked many times about doing a book about the history of Metal Blade and it just seemed like a cool thing to do to document the 35th anniversary. You never really stop to think about a lot of this stuff, so doing the book is a great way of looking back at how many awesome things have happened to me and Metal Blade. We have had a long relationship with BMG and with their new move in book publishing, it all seemed like perfect timing. Being able to work with their team really made the final decision to actually do the book. I am really happy with the way it came out and I hope everyone out there enjoys it as well!”

For the Sake of Heaviness is an inside look at how Slagel built Metal Blade from a one-man operation in his mom’s non-air-conditioned garage to the preeminent international home of heavy music that it is today. The book recounts the early beginning of a metal-obsessed Southern California kid who launched a fanzine and landed a record store job, before cobbling together what he assumed would be a one-off compilation of fledgling bands from the L.A. scene. Released in 1982, the Metal Massacre LP included the debut recordings of local groups such as Steeler, Malice, Ratt, and Metallica.

For the Sake of Heaviness pulls back the curtain to reveal the definitive look at how Metal Blade began, what they’ve accomplished, and where they’re going. Slagel reveals the early advice he gave that helped guide Motley Crue‘s career; how he helped Metallica replace their bassist – twice; his detailed work on Thin Lizzy and Alice Cooper re-issues; his behind-the-scenes role in the careers of Slayer, GWAR, Mother Love Bone, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Goo Goo Dolls, and Lamb of God; and his unlikely ventures with kindred metal heads – from hockey star Ken Baumgartner, to celebrity chef Chris Santos, to The Howard Stern Show‘s Richard Christy, to comedians Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson and Jim Breuer.

Stay tuned for more details, and pre-order options, coming soon!

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Bloodhunter Signs Deal With Xtreem Music

Spanish male-backed death metal band Bloodhunter just inked a deal for the release of an upcoming 2nd full-length album via Xtreem Music this coming fall.

Originally emerging back in 2008, Bloodhunter is one of Spain’s leading death metal forces. Led vocalist Diva Satanica, the band released debut album “Bloodhunter” back in 2014.

Bloodhunter has now finished recordings for a new album to be entitled “The End of Faith,” whose lineup is completed with guitarist Fenris, bassist Éadrom, and session drummer Marcelo Aires. Full album info will arrive shortly – stay tuned!

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Kaine Unveils New Album “A Crisis Of Faith”

The new Kaine album will be called “A Crisis Of Faith” and will be the first full-length release from the band to feature the lineup of Rage Sadler (Guitars and Vocals), Chris MacKinnon (Drums, Keys, and Vocals), Saxon Davids (Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals) and Stephen Ellis (Bass and Backing Vocals).

The new release features songs written by all four bands members and has been a collaborative effort. Pre-orders are due to begin soon along with further details – in the mean time, check out the cover artwork below and stay tuned for more info.

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