Execration launches new single, “Hammers of Vulcan”, online

– July 11th, 2017 –

This Friday (July 14th), Norwegian death metallers Execration will release their new album, Return To The Void, via Metal Blade Records. Today the band premieres a new song taken off Return To The Void: “Hammers Of Vulcan” – which can be heard at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTUs6hfCPTY

For another preview of Return To The Void, the title track and previous single “Eternal Recurrence” can be heard at: metalblade.com/execration – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:
–Digipak CD
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–grey-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–pot green-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–white/black-splatter vinyl (limited to 100 copies – EU exclusive)
–white/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 120 copies – USA exclusive)
–red transparent vinyl (limited to 100 copies – Hells Headbangers exclusive)
* plus digital options are also available!

“Coming off of two double 12″ vinyl albums, the first clear goal for writing ‘Return To The Void‘ was to deliver the same kind of dynamic and shifting song-writing in a more condensed to-the-point package”, comments Execration. Stripping songs down to their essential core has been a driving force while writing, and it shows – there is not a wasted moment on the album. Ticking in at 42 minutes – a perfect fit for the vinyl format – the album takes the listener through a whirlwind of thrash, death, black, and even heavy metal, fast and slow parts, and the trademark Execration shifts in mood, tempo, and atmosphere.

“As with the previous two albums, we wanted to capture the feel of a live performance, so all the basic tracks (drums, guitars, bass) were recorded live in our rehearsal studio in Oslo over the course of a weekend. Vocals, synths, and various effects where recorded the following weeks with assistance from Andreas Tylden (One Tail, One Head / Altaar). The album was then mixed and mastered by Tom Kvalsvoll of Kvalsonic Labs.”

Thematically, the album takes off into outer space, the world of dreams, and philosophic musings on time and space. The album’s seven songs and two instrumental tracks are permeated with the mysteries of the universe, both in lyrical content and concept, and in the music itself. This theme is further brought to life by the magnificent art of Zbigniew M. Bielak that adorns the front cover.

Return To The Void track-listing:
1. Eternal Recurrence
2. Hammers of Vulcan
3. Nekrocosm
4. Cephalic Transmissions
5. Blood Moon Eclipse
6. Unicursal Horrorscope
7. Through the Oculus
8. Return to the Void
9. Det Uransakelige Dyp

Execration line-up:
Cato Syversrud – Drums
Christian Johansen – Guitar / Vocals
Jorgen Maristuen – Guitar / Vocals
Jonas Helgemo – Bass

Execration online:
https://www.facebook.com/execrationnorway
https://soundcloud.com/execrationnorway

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SiriusXM Liquid Metal has your chance to win a trip for two to see Slayer with Lamb of God and Behemoth LIVE in Las Vegas!

– July 11th, 2017 –

One Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip for two to Las Vegas including round-trip airfare, a two-night hotel stay at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, ground transportation to/from Vegas airport, two tickets to see Slayer with Lamb of God and Behemoth on Friday, August 4th at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, one Tom Araya signature bass from ESP Guitars (TA-204 FRX model) and one Kerry King signature guitar from B.C. Rich (KKW30 model). Plus, SiriusXM Liquid Metal host Jose Mangin will escort the winner and their guest to a meet & greet with members of Slayer, Lamb of God and Behemoth! Courtesy of Nuclear Blast Records.

Enter at: https://www.siriusxm.com/Slayer

For tour information and dates, visit slayer.net

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Tombs, Goatwhore, Oni to appear at “Ozzfest Meets Knotfest” in November

– July 10th, 2017 –

On November 4th and 5th, Tombs, Goatwhore, and Oni will appear at “Ozzfest Meets Knotfest” at the Glen Helen Amphitheater & Festival Grounds. Joining them on the bill is Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, among many others. For more information, please visit: ozzfest.com or knotfest.com. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, July 14th @ 10AM Pacific Time.

Tombs recently released their fourth full-length, The Grand Annihilation – the group’s most experimental record to-date. The blasting, scathing yet melodic black metal savagery of opener “Black Sun Horizon” and “Way Of The Storm” are very much built to destroy, while wielding a poignancy that is undeniable – both of which stand in strong contrast to the uncomfortable post-punk squall of “Underneath” that showcases front-man Mike Hill’s Nick Cave/Ian Curtis-esque singing voice, while the likes of the throbbing “Saturnalian” and unnerving tribal thunder of “Walk With Me In Nightmares” stand in categories all of their own. While every track on The Grand Annihilation stands separate from those around it, it is still a cohesive collection, and at no point do the stylistic twists and turns undermine its coherence. For more information, please visit: metalblade.com/tombs

Goatwhore‘s new, seventh full-length offering (and second recorded reel-to-reel!), Vengeful Ascension was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome). A sonic manifestation of war, chaos, desolation, and emotional conflict, seamlessly bridging twenty years of the band’s signature brand of audio venom, Vengeful Ascension finds its members at their most accomplished both individually and as a cohesive unit. Guitarist Sammy Duet’s dense, sub nuclear riff work and possessed solo blitzes are at their most devastating, spiraling flawlessly and instinctually around drummer Zack Simmons’ and bassist James Harvey’s hammering rhythms, with front-man Ben Falgoust’s distinctly commanding roar, his acidic prose more enunciated than ever before, complimenting the apocalyptic proceedings. For more information, please visit: metalblade.com/goatwhore

With their influences rooted in progressive metal, Oni‘s sound can be compared to the genre’s heavy hitters – The Human Abstract, Protest The Hero and Between The Buried And Me – yet they remain truly unique. With Jake Oni handling vocal duties, Martin Andres and Brandon White on guitar, Chase Bryant on bass and Joe Greulich on drums, they are also perhaps the first metal band to feature a xylosynth player, Johnny D, which adds an intriguing dynamic to the nine songs found on their latest full-length, Ironshore. On the album track “The Only Cure”, Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe also contributes his inimitable style – resulting in one of the record’s heaviest moments. For more information, please visit: metalblade.com/oni

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The Nuclear Power Trio: Trump, Kim Jong Un, Mike Tyson shoot music video to promote world peace!

– July 10th, 2017 –

Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un, and Mike Tyson unite to form musical supergroup “The Nuclear Power Trio” to promote world peace! Featuring Nick Schendzielos, Greg Burgess, and Pete Webber, respectively. With the tensions at an all time high, and the threat of nuclear war looming in the air, the timing is just right to get together and solve our problems with an epic fusion jam that’s sure to incite world peace. Promote world peace and watch now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRMWOyphVI0

Nick Schendzielos:
I’m extremely pleased to finally unleash this new video on the interweb. It’s truly amazing to see all this creativity brought to life by these insanely realistic masks from Landon Meier. Yuge thanks to the entire team for making this happen!

Pete Webber:
As hilarious and awesome it was making this video, it was a very cool experience to play something other than heavy metal! Very cool to show some different musicianship that we could accomplish! I believe the whole project came out great and I can’t wait to do more!

Greg Burgess:
What’s better than getting to jam with dudes you respect; dudes who have been good friends AND you respect. When Nick asked me if I was interested in doing his next video, I of course said yes, but I totally wanted to raise the bar musically on what had been done before. I studied what Nick did with Dave Davidson, cranked up some Zappa and some Gloria Estafan, and got to work. Working with these dudes has been nothing short of an incredible experience. 10/10, would bang again.

Learn more about Landon Meier’s masks at http://www.hyperflesh.com

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Amon Amarth: ‘Fate of Norns’ and ‘With Oden on Our Side’ LP re-issues now available via Metal Blade Records

– June 29th, 2017 –

Amon Amarth has a long history with Metal Blade Records, that goes back to 1998 when they released their debut album, Once Sent From The Golden Hall. That album, along with 1999′s The Avenger, were the first two Amon Amarth records that received the Metal Blade “Originals”-treatment, followed by The Crusher and Versus The World last month. Now it’s time to give Fate Of Norns and With Oden On Our Side the same treatment!

Both Fate Of Norns and With Oden On Our Side will be released with 400g heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), 60x60cm two-sided artwork posters and 250g inserts.

See below for an overview of all versions. Pre-order your copies now via Metal Blade Records (USA), EMP (EU) or at our eBay store (EU)!

Fate Of Norns “Originals-Series” LP re-issue
–180g black vinyl
–orange-brown-marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–silver-grey-marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–flame splatter vinyl (eBay exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–clear vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–orange vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–brown-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 100 copies)

With Oden On Our Side “Originals-Series” LP re-issue
–180g black vinyl
–golden yellow vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–silver-grey-marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–flame splatter vinyl (eBay exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–clear vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–yellow vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–dahlia orange-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 100 copies)

Metal Blade Records will re-issue all Amon Amarth albums chronologically in the near future. For fans planning to collect all of the releases, a limited, specially designed slipcase-box is available (exclusively at EMP) that fits the complete Amon Amarth back catalog! Get it while supplies last.

Amon Amarth online:
http://www.amonamarth.com
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband
https://www.instagram.com/amonamarth
https://youtube.com/AmonAmarthOfficial
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Riot: three tracks from upcoming re-issues now streaming online

– June 28th, 2017 –

All three albums available digitally for the first time!

On June 30th, Metal Blade Records will release three new re-issues of Riot‘s classic catalog: Inishmore, Shine On and Sons Of Society. These two studio albums (Inishmore, Sons Of Society) and live album (Shine On) are melodic power metal gems, and these new editions are a must-have for any fan’s collection. All three albums have been re-mastered by Patrick Engel for optimal sound quality; the vinyl versions also include 350 g covers, an insert and free poster, while the digipak CDs include poster booklets. This is also the first time that all three records are available digitally.

See below for more details about each re-issue, and pre-order your copies now at: metalblade.com/riot – where the re-mastered versions of “Liberty” (from Inishmore), “Twist Of Fate” (from Sons Of Society), and “Bloodstreets” (from Shine On) are also streaming.

Inishmore will be available as a digipak CD with four bonus tracks [“15 Rivers”, “Red Reign”, “Danny Boy” and “15 Rivers (acoustic demo)”], digitally, as well as on vinyl in four different versions:
–180 g black vinyl
–night blue violet marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–lime green vinyl (limited to 200 copies – Metalizer exclusive)
–clear dawn red vinyl (limited to 100 copies – USA exclusive)

Sons Of Society will be available as a digipak CD with five bonus tracks (all instrumental rough mixes of album songs), digitally, as well as on vinyl in four different versions:
–180 g black vinyl
–clear orange-red vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–purple blue vinyl (limited to 200 copies – Metalizer exclusive)
–orange-brown vinyl (limited to 100 copies – USA exclusive)

Shine On will be available digitally, as well as on a digipak CD with the Live At Club Citta January 31st, 1998 DVD as a bonus. The DVD features a full live show, plus extra live clips and video clips!

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Destrage launches guitar play-through for “Blah Blah”

– June 27th, 2017 –

You can try to put Destrage in a box but you will never succeed. Words such as “progressive”, “cinematic”, “mathcore”, “technical” and “groove-laden”, could be thrown at them, but really the only one you need is Destrage, for they are in a category of their own making. This has never been more true than on A Means To No End, the fourth full-length from the Milan, Italy-based 5-piece, which was released last October via Metal Blade Records. Riveting from start to finish, it leads the listener through an emotionally-charged labyrinth of complex yet catchy melody and muscle, following nobody’s rules, and it stands out as one of the truly unique releases of 2016.

For a preview of A Means To No End, Destrage has now launched a play-through video by Camilla Boro (Sandhog Music Production) for the album track “Blah Blah” (featuring guitarist Matteo Di Gioia), which can be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=XuwbwNiWhcI

To purchase A Means To No End, please visit: metalblade.com/destrage

Destrage line-up:
Paolo Colavolpe – vocals
Matteo Di Gioia – guitar
Federico Paulovich – drums
Ralph Guido Salati – guitar
Gabriel Pignata – bass

Destrage online:
http://www.destrage.com
http://www.facebook.com/destrage
http://www.youtube.com/destrage
http://twitter.com/destrage
http://instagram.com/destrage_official
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Cattle Decapitation announces headlining tour

– June 27th, 2017 –

Metalsucks & Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents “The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings”, with Revocation, Full Of Hell, Artificial Brain

This October/November, Cattle Decapitation will headline the Metalsucks & Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents “The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings”. Featuring Revocation, Full Of Hell, and Artificial Brain as support, these upcoming shows are not to be missed!

Tijuana, Mexico’s mad doctors of gore Thanatology will be replacing Full of Hell as support on the first 3 dates!

See below for all dates.

Metalsucks & Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents
“The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings”
w/ Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Full Of Hell, Artificial Brain

Oct. 10 – Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater * ^
Oct. 11 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick * ^
Oct. 12 – Flagstaff, AZ – Green Room * ^
Oct. 13 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
Oct. 14 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Oct. 15 – Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
Oct. 16 – Portland, OR – Bossanova
Oct. 17 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Oct. 18 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
Oct. 20 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite
Oct. 21 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
Oct. 22 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Oct. 23 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theater
Oct. 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
Oct. 26 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
Oct. 27 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
Oct. 28 – Covington, KY – Madison Live
Oct. 29 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
Oct. 31 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Nov. 1 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Nov. 2 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
Nov. 3 – Boston, MA – Once Ballroom
Nov. 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage
Nov. 5 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Nov. 6 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Nov. 8 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s
Nov. 9 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Nov. 10 – Orlando, FL – The Haven
Nov. 11 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
Nov. 13 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall
Nov. 14 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Nov. 15 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
Nov. 16 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th St Collective
Nov. 17 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
Nov. 18 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
Nov. 19 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
Nov. 20 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
* = no Full Of Hell
^ = with Thanatology

Cattle Decapitation will be touring in support of their most recent full-length, 2015′s The Anthropocene Extinction. As the most sonically and thematically engrossing record of Cattle Decapitation‘s maniacal discography, The Anthropocene Extinction was named one of the best albums of the year by Loudwire.com, MetalSucks.net, MetalInjection.net, among many others. To preview and purchase the acclaimed The Anthropocene Extinction, please visit: metalblade.com/cattledecapitation

Cattle Decapitation online:
http://www.facebook.com/cattledecapitation
http://twitter.com/cattledecap
http://www.youtube.com/officialcattledecap
http://instagram.com/cattle_decapitation
http://www.indiemerch.com/cattledecap

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Cattle Decapitation announces headlining tour

– June 27th, 2017 –

Metalsucks & Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents “The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings”, with Revocation, Full Of Hell, Artificial Brain

This October/November, Cattle Decapitation will headline the Metalsucks & Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents “The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings”. Featuring Revocation, Full Of Hell, and Artificial Brain as support, these upcoming shows are not to be missed!

Tijuana, Mexico’s mad doctors of gore Thanatology will be replacing Full of Hell as support on the first 3 dates!

See below for all dates.

Metalsucks & Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents
“The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings”
w/ Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Full Of Hell, Artificial Brain

Oct. 10 – Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater * ^
Oct. 11 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick * ^
Oct. 12 – Flagstaff, AZ – Green Room * ^
Oct. 13 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
Oct. 14 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Oct. 15 – Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
Oct. 16 – Portland, OR – Bossanova
Oct. 17 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Oct. 18 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
Oct. 20 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite
Oct. 21 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
Oct. 22 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Oct. 23 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theater
Oct. 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
Oct. 26 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
Oct. 27 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
Oct. 28 – Covington, KY – Madison Live
Oct. 29 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
Oct. 31 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Nov. 1 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Nov. 2 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
Nov. 3 – Boston, MA – Once Ballroom
Nov. 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage
Nov. 5 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Nov. 6 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Nov. 8 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s
Nov. 9 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Nov. 10 – Orlando, FL – The Haven
Nov. 11 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
Nov. 13 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall
Nov. 14 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Nov. 15 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
Nov. 16 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th St Collective
Nov. 17 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
Nov. 18 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
Nov. 19 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
Nov. 20 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
* = no Full Of Hell
^ = with Thanatology

Cattle Decapitation will be touring in support of their most recent full-length, 2015′s The Anthropocene Extinction. As the most sonically and thematically engrossing record of Cattle Decapitation‘s maniacal discography, The Anthropocene Extinction was named one of the best albums of the year by Loudwire.com, MetalSucks.net, MetalInjection.net, among many others. To preview and purchase the acclaimed The Anthropocene Extinction, please visit: metalblade.com/cattledecapitation

Cattle Decapitation online:
http://www.facebook.com/cattledecapitation
http://twitter.com/cattledecap
http://www.youtube.com/officialcattledecap
http://instagram.com/cattle_decapitation
http://www.indiemerch.com/cattledecap

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Wovenwar launches new video for “Cascade”

– June 26th, 2017 –

After releasing their sophomore full-length, Honor Is Dead, to critical acclaim last year, Wovenwar is launching a new video for the album track “Cascade” today. Directed/edited by the band’s own Nick Hipa (guitar), “Cascade” can be seen here: youtube.com/watch?v=BbNGviLx7Mg

More aggressive and fluid than its self-titled predecessor, Honor Is Dead was written with contributions from all members. The results speak for themselves, capturing a group that sounds truly unified, and hungry. Expanding upon the ruthlessly catchy melodies and hooks of their debut, Honor Is Dead makes for a listening experience with real depth, and a broad emotional range. Driven by a darker lyrical theme, the album’s 11 tracks hit with devastating force!

To preview and purchase Honor Is Dead, please visit: metalblade.com/wovenwar

Wovenwar online:
http://www.wovenwar.com
https://www.facebook.com/wovenwar
https://twitter.com/WOVENWAR
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https://www.youtube.com/user/WOVENWAR

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