Voivod, Animals as Leaders plus others added to Brutal Assault line-up

The only predictable thing about Canadian cosmic-metal warriors Voivod is that they will forever be unpredictable. On the warpath for more than 35 years, Voivod have pushed their sound relentlessly forward, constructing imaginative musical realms with each endeavor. They literally changed the face of thrash metal in the ‘80s, forged new prog-metal ground in the ‘90s, and kept up with changing times and lineups in the 2000s with fresh, inspired music and they’re back with a new album The Wake, which keeps pushing the limits!

Appearing in 2002, even before the rebirth of thrash metal scene worldwide, Violator was formed with the purpose of rescuing the spontaneity and anger that seemed forgotten in the metal scene. Coming from the center Brazil, Brasilia, Violator is one of the most intense South American bands and after years of waiting, they will finally thrash Brutal Assault! Doing so they will be joined by masked Swedish crossover deviants Dr. Living Dead and legendary veterans of Boston HC scene Slapshot! Ensiferum are true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal and with their latest output Two Paths they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre, so it was about a time they returned to Brutal Assault!

Polish death machine Decapitated is back with a bang! Their new album Anticult highlights just how vital have remained two decades deep into their career. They have long been undeniable masters of their craft and they are expanding their parameters with this album, which should elevate the band’s profile beyond the death metal realm in which it has dominated for years. And now they’re coming for the Brutal Assault crowd! And speaking of technical death metal, of all the amazing technical death metal bands out there, very few can write memorable catchy songs with extreme technicality like French killers Gorod. Get ready for intelligent, deftly crafted flights of musicianship…that will rip your head off!Sometimes, a band’s music registers just as seismically on an emotional wavelength as it does on a sonic spectrum. And one of those unique bands are Animals as Leaders, who re imagine, reinterpret, and refresh instrumental prog, experimental metal, modern jazz, alternative, and even world music to a point where the reaction becomes primal. Consistently delivering a captivating show, their show will surely be one of the musicianship highlights of the festival.

New York’s Car Bomb detonate a vicious blast of wildly technical and progressive modern metal. The Long Island quartet’s attack is relentless and suffocating: vicious jazz-inspired blasts shift into mechanistic, canyon-wide grooves. Schizophrenic, whisper-to-a-scream vocals seem to spiral out of control, only to snap back lock-step into the churning assault. Make sure to witness their Brutal Assault debut! Progressive Swedes Letters from the Colony had proven that they could marry various elements of death metal, metalcore and jazz into a complex hybrid and produce something strangely familiar yet truly original. And this list finished with Chinese atmospheric black metal Zuriaake.

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Cadaveric Fumes Premiere New Song “Necromancy Sublime” From Upcoming New Split w/ Skelethal

Death metal outfit Cadaveric Fumes premiere a new song titled “Necromancy Sublime”, taken from their upcoming new split with French death metal band Skelethal, which will be out in stores November 23 via Hells Headbangers Records.

Check out now “Necromancy Sublime” below.

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Hyrgal Premiere New Song “Césure” From Upcoming New Split Release

French black metal band Hyrgal premiere a new song entitled “Césure”, taken from their upcoming new split release with two other French bands, Bâ’a and Verfallen, which will be released by Les Acteurs de L’Ombre Productions on October 12th.

Check out now “Césure” below.

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Slayer, Manowar, Carcass, Etc. Announced For 2019 ‘Hellfest Open Air’

An initial lineup announcement has been made for the 2019 edition of ‘Hellfest Open Air‘ festival, which will take place again June 21st-23rd in Clisson, France. Below you can see the bands booked so far:

Slayer
Manowar
Carcass
Mass Hysteria
Dropkick Murphys

The show will be Slayer‘s final French live show as the group are out on with their farewell tour. The announcement was made via the below video.

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No Return Premiere New Music Video For “Despise Your Heroes” From Upcoming New Album “The Curse Within”

“Despise Your Heroes”, the new official music video from the French melodic death-thrash metal outfit No Return, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band’s latest effort, “The Curse Within”, which was released past November through Mighty Music.

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Bookakee Debut New Song “Bréhaigne” From Upcoming New Album “Ignominies” – Benighted’s Julien Truchan Guests

Often referred to as Montreal’s answer to GWAR, progressive/technical Death Metal whirlwind BOOKAKEE will release sophomore album Ignominies June 29 on Transcending Records. A promo video for first single “Bréhaigne,” the album’s only song sung in French and featuring guest vocalist Julien Truchan (BENIGHTED), is now available for streaming below:

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Inquisition Dropped By Record Label, Season Of Mist

Black metal duo Inquisition has been dropped by French record company Season Of Mist, it was announced earlier today. No explanation has been given and the message on the Season Of Mist page simply read:

“Season of Mist are no longer working with Inquisition. There will be no further statement.”

Naturally, rumours are circulating as to why the company has dropped the band, originally from Colombia but now based in the United States of America, though Inquisition are no strangers to controversy, having had several concerts cancelled recently over allegations of Nazism, among other serious accusations. More information will be brought to you as soon as it becomes available.

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Melted Space Issues Track Listing And Cover Art For “Darkening Light” – Album Due In February Through Sensory Records

As Sensory Records prepares for the February release of Darkening Light, the latest full-length opus by French metal opera collective, Melted Space, the album’s track listing and cover art has been posted.

Darkening Light Track Listing:

1. The Void Before
2. Newborns
3. The Meaning of this Place
4. From the Beginning to the End
5. The Dawn of Man (I’m Alive!)
6. Trust in Me
7. Regrets
8. Man and Future
9. Missing Creed
10. Fallen World

Melted Space’s Darkening Light features very immersive artwork, perfectly reflecting the atmosphere of this new opus, centered on the creation of the world and the rejection of the gods by Man, created by Adrien Bousson. Darkening Light was recorded and mixed in France by François-Maxime Boutault and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New York, with additional contributions recorded abroad in Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Greece, and the United States between June and September 2017.

Darkening Light will see worldwide release through Laser’s Edge division Sensory Records, on February 16th, 2018. The album will be issued on all digital platforms, on CD, and with an extended double-LP pressing which features exclusive bonus material, which will be disclosed in the days ahead.

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Gorgon Debut New Single “Ishassara” From Upcoming New 2018 Album

‘Ishassara’ is a short and tragic story written by Gorgon founder and vocalist Paul Thureau, taking place in ancient Crete: it’s the story of a tortured man who has lived a life in pain, regrets and guilt, and who starts giving all his love and devotion to a goddess (Ishassara) asking her for peace of mind and soul.

Recorded at Hybreed Studios, produced by Jussi Kulomaa and mastered by Jaakko Viitalähde, ‘Ishassara’ is the first song released by the French band since 2016’s Titanomachy album and a track that is set to feature on the forthcoming full-length slated for release 2018.

Listen To ‘Ishassara’ below.

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Monument Of Misanthropy Premieres New Track “At Death’s Door” – New Album “Capital Punisher” Out Today

Monument Of Misanthropy‘s new EP titled “Capital Punisher” officially hits stores on CD today, October 31, 2017 and will be released digitally via all major digital-retailers on December 5th, 2017 (Krampus Night). Physical orders and exclusive bundles for “Capital Punisher” are available via BigCartel HERE.

Like on the Austrian/French brutal death metal maniacs’ critically acclaimed pre-decessor and full-length debut “Anger Mismanagement”, French drum-wizard Romain Goulon (Necrophagist, ex-Benighted) is providing studio-drums. Except on band’s cover version of The Faceless’ track “Prison Born”, for which David Diepold (ex-Benighted) delivered his amazing session work.

Today Monument Of Misanthropy has dropped a sinister and erratic new track from the brand new outing, titled “At Death’s Door”, which can be streamed via YouTube below.

Explains frontman George “Misanthrope” Wilfinger: “‘At Death’s Door’ is an evaluation of our fucked up global political and economic situation and a venomous swan song for humanity. It’s about corruption and the constant misleading of the people, executed by a small group of lobbies for the benefit of an even smaller circle of entrepreneurs that run our entire world to their own innermost needs.”

Adds Wilfinger:

“To sum up, I can say that with our lyrical themes ranging from political and economic corruption, to sickening animal abuse, and the psychological struggles of a misanthropic mass murderer, “Capital Punisher” serves perfectly as 2017’s cataclysmic and cynical soundtrack for a world gone criminally insane. Brutal music for brutal times.”

“Capital Punisher”-track list:

01 Epilogue I 
02 Capital Punisher 
03 Epilogue II 
04 At Death’s Door 
05 Epilogue III 
06 Killing Spree 
07 Pull The Plug (Death – cover version) 
08 Prison Born* (The Faceless – cover version)

“Capital Punisher” arrives in stores on CD today , October 31, 2017 and digitally via all major digital-retailers on December 5th, 2017 (Krampus Night). Physical orders and exclusive bundles for “Capital Punisher” are currently available via BigCartel HERE.

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