Debut Album “Archaic Malevolence” Detailed By Infected Dead

From the rotten shores of the River Medway in Kent, Infected Dead has emerged to reveal details of the debut record “Archaic Malevolence,” which set for release December 8th via Hostile Media.

Six tracks of visceral death metal, brutal, catchy, influenced by subgenre leaders Aborted and The Black Dahlia Murder, as well as a love of the occult and Lovecraftian cosmic horror. The 5-piece has honed a razor-sharp sound, underlined by a trademark breakneck speed and intense live shows, which has been quickly turning heads in the U.K. underground. Pre-orders are available at this location.

Guitarist Alex Brown comments, “We are delighted to announce our union with Hostile Media for the release of our first offering. This year has been great for us and we’d like to thank them for their faith in what we do and for helping us step up to the next level. From the start of the writing process for ‘Archaic Malevolence’ it was always our intention to push ourselves. We wanted to enter uncharted territory and push the boundaries of what we could do technically and creatively. Inspired by modern day juggernauts such as Aborted, The Faceless, Nile and countless others we feel this release is the perfect balance of unrestrained brutality, infectious hooks and sinister melody from the grandiose title track to the crushing weight of ‘Invocation Of Unspeakable Gods’ this release was designed to grab you.”

“Archaic Malevolence” was produced, mixed and mastered by Wynter Prior, while Luciferium War Graphics was responsible for the epic artwork shown below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Book Of Dead Names
2. Archaic Malevolence
3. Resurrectionist
4. Invocation Of Unspeakable Gods
5. Forced Existence
6. Samsara

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Insurrection Debuts New Song “Data Extracted … End Transmission” From Upcoming New Album “Extraction”

Gatineau, Québec death metal band Insurrection debuts a new song entitled “Data Extracted … End Transmission”, taken from the upcoming new album “Extraction”, which will be released through Galy Records on October 6. “Extraction” was produced by Pierre Rémillard at Wild Studio (Cryptopsy, Obliveon, Gorguts, etc., etc.).

Check out now “Data Extracted … End Transmission” below.

Catch Insurrection live on its imminent tour in support of “Extraction” on the following dates:

Insurrection “Extraction” Tour:
† w/ Blinded By Faith
* w/ Accursed Spawn
Sept 29 – Rimouski, QC – Le Cactus†
Sept 30 – Edmundston, NB – Café D’La Forge
Oct 7 – Repentigny, QC – Salle Laurent-Venne
Oct 13 – Mont-Laurier, QC – Pub 99†
Oct 14 – Rouyn, QC – Salle Evoluson†
Oct 15 – Sudbury, ON – The Asylum
Oct 27 – Cornwall, ON – La Taverne
Oct 28 – Gatineau, QC – Le Minotaure†
Oct 29 – Ste-Thérèse, QC – Monte-Cristo
Nov 3 – Sherbrooke, QC – Magog
Nov 4 – Trois-Rivières, QC – Thrashfest
Nov 25 – Lévis, QC – Le Corsaire†
Nov 26 – Drummondville, QC – TBA

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‘For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records’: PledgeMusic bundles now available!

– August 31st, 2017 –

Earlier this week, Metal Blade Records and BMG released 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.

Now, fans of For the Sake of Heaviness can purchase exclusive bundles and Metal Blade memorabilia through PledgeMusic: pledgemusic.com/projects/metalbladebook

See below for the For the Sake of Heaviness cassette track-listing (one of the many collectibles that you can purchase now through PledgeMusic!):
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.

Metal Blade Records online:
http://www.metalblade.com
https://www.facebook.com/metalbladerecords
https://twitter.com/MetalBlade
https://www.youtube.com/MetalBladeRecords
https://instagram.com/metalbladerecords

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‘For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records’: new book excerpt available via AltPress.com

– August 29th, 2017 –

Book available in stores today; tops charts as #1 selling metal book on Amazon!

Today (August 29th), Metal Blade Records and BMG have released For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records (which has already become the #1 selling metal book on Amazon!) – 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.

For a preview of For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records, please visit AltPress.com for an exclusive excerpt of the book: altpress.com

To purchase 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.

Metal Blade Records online:
http://www.metalblade.com
https://www.facebook.com/metalbladerecords
https://twitter.com/MetalBlade
https://www.youtube.com/MetalBladeRecords
https://instagram.com/metalbladerecords

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‘For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records’: new book excerpt available via LAWeekly.com

– August 28th, 2017 –

Los Angeles panel and signing with Brian Slagel, Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, John Bush, Joey Vera, Lizzy Borden, Betsy Bitch announced for Oct. 2nd

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.

For a preview of For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records, please visit LAWeekly.com for an exclusive excerpt of the book: laweekly.com

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.

On October 2nd at 7PM, Slagel will appear for a book panel and signing at Book Soup in Los Angeles alongside Eddie Trunk (Sirius XM; TV personality for That Metal Show), Don Jamieson (Stand-up Comedian and TV personality for That Metal Show), John Bush (Armored Saint), Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Lizzy Borden (Lizzy Borden), and Betsy Bitch (Bitch). Please visit booksoup.com for more details.

Metal Blade Records online:
http://www.metalblade.com
https://www.facebook.com/metalbladerecords
https://twitter.com/MetalBlade
https://www.youtube.com/MetalBladeRecords
https://instagram.com/metalbladerecords

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Argonauta Records Inks Deal WIth Ancient VVisdom

U.S. occult rockers Ancient VVisdom inked a deal with Argonauta Records to release the highly anticipated new album “33.” The album follows the previous paths “A Godlike Inferno” (2011), “Deathlike” (2013) and “Sacrificial” (2014). “33” will be released worldwide on CD via Argonauta on October 13th. Check out the first single “Light of Lucifer” in the player at the bottom.

From the band, Nathan Opposition says: “Forging ahead, I have kept the all seeing eye on the fallen angel to keep my faith in his works. This album is a work made of worship songs to our Lord and Master Satan. The collective efforts of our unholy Trinity Lucifer, Satan and The Devil. In light of darker times, I find it necessary to express myself in a way that teaches on a higher level.”

On the record deal: “I’m very excited to release Ancient VVisdom’s 4th album “33” with 3 different amazing record labels! Argonauta Records in Italy for CD version, Magic Bullet Records out of Oceanside California doing our digital release, and DHU Records from the Netherlands is going to be doing some sick vinyl colors. It’s a collective. All excellent people, working hard to release underground and independent music. I’m a fan of many different artists and musicians, it’s quite rewarding to see everyone in an underground culture take the initiative and make things fucking happen for all of us, as fans of music and for the ones making music as well.”

About the new album: “33 is a master number. It is also the age Christ was crucified. 33 is the age of the peak of existence. It is the age I am. 33 is the answer. I’ve been fortunate enough to do the devils work and continue to spread the message to the masses. This album is very important to us. It has symbolic meaning and melody that serves the words purposefully. My brother Michael and I are grateful and are pleased to give you ’33.’ This is our favorite offering to date and we hope you all enjoy it.”

The track listing for “33” is:

1. Ascending eternally
2. Light of Lucifer
3. In The Name Of Satan
4. True Will
5. The Infernal One
6. Summoning Eternal Light
7. Rise Fallen Angel
8. 33
9. The Great Beast
10. Lux
11. Dispelling Darkness

Check out “Light of Lucifer” here:

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Bloodhunter Premieres New Song “Eyes Wide Open” From Forthcoming New Album “The End of Faith”

Based in the Galician region of Spain death metal band Bloodhunter premieres a new song entitled “Eyes Wide Open”, taken from the forthcoming new album “The End of Faith”, which will be released through Xtreem Music on October 14.

Check out now “Eyes Wide Open” below.

“The End of Faith” track list:

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’: new book excerpt available via Billboard.com

– August 21st, 2017 –

NYC panel and signing with Brian Slagel, Don Jamieson, Richard Christy, Jim Florentine, Trevor Strnad announced for Sept. 19th

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.

For a preview of For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records, please visit Billboard.com for an exclusive excerpt of the book: billboard.com

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.

On September 19th at 6PM, Slagel will appear for a book panel and signing at Rough Trade in NYC alongside Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder), Richard Christy (Charred Walls of the Damned and The Howard Stern Show radio personality), and Jim Florentine (Stand-up Comedian and TV personality for That Metal Show). Hosted by Don Jamieson (Stand-up Comedian and TV personality for That Metal Show), please visit roughtradenyc.com for more details.

Metal Blade Records online:
http://www.metalblade.com
https://www.facebook.com/metalbladerecords
https://twitter.com/MetalBlade
https://www.youtube.com/MetalBladeRecords
https://instagram.com/metalbladerecords

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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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