Fractal Universe reveals details for new album, ‘Rhizomes of Insanity’

– February 21st, 2019 –

Launches video for new single, “Oneiric Realisations”

On April 19th, Fractal Universe will release their new album, Rhizomes of Insanity, via Metal Blade Records. In anticipation of this release, the band has launched a video for the record’s first single, “Oneiric Realisations”, which can be viewed at: – where Rhizomes of Insanity can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–ltd. digipak-CD w/ bonus track (EU exclusive)
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–light yellow vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–yellow / white splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 120 copies)
–orange / red marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 150 copies)
* exclusive bundles with shirts, plus digital options are also available!

Fractal Universe comments: “Directed by Vincent Tournaud, the video was shot during 2 days of October 2018 at l’Autre Canal in Nancy, France.
A special attention was given to the lightings and color grading, which were designed to both match with the album artwork and catch the particular atmosphere of the song.”

Fractal Universe‘s sophomore full-length, Rhizomes of Insanity, hits as hard intellectually as it does sonically, affirming the French quartet’s place on the progressive death metal map. “‘Rhizomes of Insanity‘ is a concept album based on a thought experiment around the concept of insanity,” asserts vocalist/guitarist Vince Wilquin. “It questions the origins of it, and tries to define where we set its boundaries with ‘reason’. It eventually questions its place in our modern society and surmises that it has turned into an intrinsic, unavoidable but also necessary part of it and of every human being, which we’re trying to repress at all costs.” From start to finish, the album is an immersive, complex yet wholly accessible collection rich in melody, invention, and packed with decimating riffs – wielding ten tracks, all of which hit their mark.

Rhizomes of Insanity track-listing
1. Oneiric Realisations
2. Flashes of Potentialities
3. Rising Oblivion
4. A Reality to Foreclose
5. Masterpiece’s Parallelism
6. Parabola of Silence
7. Madness’ Arabesques
8. Architectural Aberrations
9. Fundamental Dividing Principle
10. Chiasmus of the Damned
11. Collective Engram – Unplugged (Bonus Track)

With a headline French tour scheduled for April followed by a European run later in the year, plus the intent to play as many festivals as possible this summer, metal fans can expect to hear a lot more from Fractal Universe in 2019 and beyond. “Since the beginning of the band, we’ve always given ourselves a 100% to offer our fans the best possible music and memorable live performances. With ‘Rhizomes of Insanity‘ and our forthcoming collaboration with Metal Blade Records, I believe we now have the perfect cards in hand to bring Fractal Universe to the next level.”.

Fractal Universe tour dates:
Apr. 19 – Nilvange, France – Le Gueulard+
Apr. 20 – Limours, France – Asylum Metal Fest
Apr. 23 – Nantes, France – La Scène Michelet
Apr. 25 – Toulouse, France – La Cave à Rock

Fractal Universe online:


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Aztec Metal Band Cemican Signs To M-Theory Audio; Plans New Album For Spring

The Mexican-based Aztec metal group Cemican – whose unique music incorporates elements of the legends, mysticism and ideologies of ancient Mexican culture – has signed with M-Theory Audio, who plans to release the group’s new album in the late spring/early summer.

Cemican – who combine the modern instrumentation of a metal band with traditional pre-Hispanic instruments – experienced a breakout year in 2018. In addition to their new single/video “Guerreros de Cemican” receiving regular airplay on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal, the six-piece group was invited to perform at the Paris edition of the Download Festival and Germany’s Wacken Open Air, as well as Force Fest – described by Revolver as “Mexico’s premier open-air festival” – in their native country.

The band plans to build on their momentum on 2019, when they will return to Europe in both the winter – when they’ll perform at France’s Cernunnos Pagan Fest and Germany’s Wacken Winter Nights – as well as the summer, when they will make their debut at the French festival Hellfest.

“I was first exposed to the sound of Cemican upon hearing ‘Guerreros de Cemican’ played on Liquid Metal. Finding out more about this exciting new band I saw the captivating promo video and that they were performing on some big shows,” explains M-Theory label head Marco Barbieri. “I was impressed and wanted to buy their record only to find that they were still unsigned and looking for a home. I immediately had to get in touch and share my enthusiasm and belief in the group and their musical and visual concept and here I’m proud to announce the forthcoming album and help further develop the band and spread their appeal.”

“Life is the center of every culture, the mysticism and ancient sounds gathered in the path of the death, warrior blood and glory of an empire,” states Xaman Ek. “The rituals of the Aztecs lead by the war drums thru the red path…TODOS SOMOS GUERREROS.” (We Are All Warriors)

Formed in 2008, Cemican has independently released two albums to date – 2009’s Ometiliztli and 2012’s Ticateh Ipan Miquixtlahuac. More information on the group’s new record – which will include “Guerreros de Cemican” in addition to other new tracks recorded in late 2018 – will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Herod Posts “Fork Tongue” Video, Featuring Carcass Guitarist Bill Steer

Herod have arisen from the ever- prosperous Swiss music scene. Throughout their young 4 years of presence, they have already shared the stage with such acts as Gojira, Crowbar, The Ocean, Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death and Voivod – Attesting their repute as the bus boy’s of King Herod, serving up whole sides of rare riffs, disposition, beauty and authority.

Initially the brain child of guitarist Pierre Carroz, 2014 saw Herod’s debut release “They were None” via Mighty Music and a subsequent European tour. Following the departure of original vocalist David, former The Ocean (Precambrian) vocalist Mike Pilat was recruited for follow up album “Sombre Dessein”.

Pilat also plays guitar and Herod are now furnished with a supplementary layer of musicality to complement both heaviness and soundscape aspects of their palette. Carcass guitar player Bill Steer makes a guest appearance on “Fork Tongue,” the new track which the band have shared today.

The band comment, “When Michael Pilat (Vocal/gtr) and Pierre Carroz (founder/gtr) worked on the lyrics, they came up with a concept made out of ideas and punch lines Pierre had been collecting for a few months. At that time Pierre was reading the works of a French philosopher (Michel Onfray) who introduced him to the idea of the inescapable end of our civilisation as a Greek tragedy. We all have studied the history of ancient civilizations that have collapsed at some point but it is like we cannot face the idea that we might reach the end of our civilisation that started about 2000 years ago. After brainstorming, they decided to build the lyrics with the concept of the rise & fall of a dictator, which is also a tip of the cap to King Herod.

“Design-wise, Pierre had the idea of the « Shipbreakers” when he saw the documentary “Freightened” ( that talks about the cargo freight which ships 90% of what we consume in social,
economic and environmentally disastrous conditions.

“The artwork and the video clip are made up from footage of “Shipbreakers”, people who dismantle huge container ships which end up mooring to die on Indian or Bangladeshi shores. Herod create a strong musical and visual image of the abysses of the human consumption project, which turns out to be hell on earth for these people whose every day work involves constantly risking their lives to feed their families. And we’re all concerned.

“The idea behind the lyrics is the acceptance of the situation, the confrontation of our denial and the quest of a certain “tragic wisdom” in order to find the light where it is.

“While opening 35 shows for Carcass in 2015, we were delighted to see Sir William Steer playing every night. He’s such a inspiring and thrilling guitar player as well as an humble gentleman. During the recoding process we ask him to record a solo on « Fork Tongue » and we couldn’t believe he accepted.”

Recorded and mixed by Swiss audiophile Julien Fehlman, mastered by Magnus Lindberg from Cult of Luna, “Sombre Dessein” is an album of staggering riffs, intricate yet groovy polyrhythmic patterns and sheer heaviness. The bi-lingual vocal approach adds an unusual but intriguing aspect to the band’s delivery of their craft.

“Sombre Dessein” is released on 15th February via Pelagic Records.

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Psycroptic Announces North American Tour With Cannabis Corpse

Australian technical death metal outfit Psycroptic has announced that they will embark on a headlining tour of the United States this Spring. The tour is in support of their latest album, “As The Kingdom Drowns,” which was released in November last year and will see them being joined by stoner death metal trio Cannabis Corpse, as well as French death metal outfit Gorod and Green Bay, Wisconsin’s, Micawber.

The tour dates are as follows:

April 12 – Brooklyn, NY – Gold Sounds
April 13 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
April 14 – Cincinnati, OH – Top Cats
April 15 – Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
April 16 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
April 17 – Minneapolis, MN – Liquor Lee’s Lounge
April 18 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
April 19 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
April 20 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
April 21 – Salt Lake City UT – Metro Music Hall
April 23 – Seattle, WA – Club SUR
April 24 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
April 25 – Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
April 26 – San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
April 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Catch One – Union
April 28 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
April 29 – El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
April 30 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
May 1 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live!
May 2 – Corpus Christi, TX – House Of Rock
May 3 – Lafayette, LA – The District
May 4 – Orlando, FL – The Haven
May 5 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
May 6 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
May 7 – Richmond, VA – The Camel
May 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge

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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:

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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