New Album “Phoenix” Announced As Nocturnal Rites Rises From The Ashes

Swedish metal act Nocturnal Rites has come back from the dead, signed on with AFM Records and announced the new album “Phoenix,” which will be out on September 29th.

There are bands which are badly missed once they disappear from the scene. One of those examples is Nocturnal Rites, who last released an album in 2007 (“The 8th Sin”) and then afterwards slowly slipped into a hiatus kind of situation.

We are happy to come up with good news now: Nocturnal Rites is indeed back! The band has just put finishing touches on “Phoenix.” The band commented: “We can’t wait to share this new album with everyone. It’s been long overdue. Needless to say, it feels great to finally be back.”

Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Nocturnal Rites is:

Jonny Lindqvist – Vocals
Nils Eriksson – Bass
Per Nilsson – Lead Guitar
Fredrik Mannberg – Guitar
Owe Lingvall – Drums

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New Music Video “Chylde” Issued By Axemaster

Ohio metal act Axemaster released a new music video for the track “Chylde.” The song appears on the latest effort “Overture to Madness,” which was issued in early March via Pure Steel Records, the comeback release after a 25 year absence from the scene.

Check out “Chylde” here:

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Orakle Inks Deal With Apathia Records

After two albums released in 2005 (“Uni aux cimes”) and 2008 (“Tourments & Perdition”), Orakle had disappeared from the scene, but 2015 will mark the return of the French metallers, with a long-awaited third album and a signing on Apathia Records.

Entitled “Éclats,” this new chapter was produced by the band, mixed at Henosis studios by Frédéric Gervais, and mastered by Bruno Gruel / Elektra Mastering.

Many years of work have been necessary for Orakle to achieve a very personal and audacious album, where the sophisticated black metal of the band’s beginning merges with a tortuous and experimental metal, but also with progressive rock and exclusively French lyrics.

“Éclats” will be released on May 11th via Apathia Records, with pre-orders starting on February 16th. Stay tuned for more details.

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Steve Robello Named New Bassist For Trauma

Resurrected San Francisco speed metal act Trauma has named ex-Dublin Death Patrol member Steve Robello as the band’s new bassist. Robello replaces outgoing member Marcel Eaton.

The band commented: “They put a couple of records out and played a bunch of festival dates a little while back. He was the Bassist who played with us at the HOA festival. We are glad to have him.”

Trauma reformed in 2013 after a 28 year absence from the scene. The band will go down in history as being the late Cliff Burton’s band before joining Metallica. Back in June, Trauma signed on with Pure Steel records for the release of as of yet untitled sophomore release due out later this year. It is the first release since the debut full length “Scratch and Scream” was issued 30 years ago.

The current lineup for Trauma is:

Donny Hillier – vocals
Kurt Fry – guitars
Kris Gustofson – drums
Steve Robello – bass

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Ferocious Records Signs Indestructible Noise Command

Ohio-based Ferocious Records is announced the signing of Connecticut thrash metal outfit Indestructible Noise Command (I.N.C.) for the release of the fourth studio album “Black Hearse Serenade.” The album is tentatively set for release this fall.

Ferocious chief Dylann DeAnna commented: “When we heard the new record, it was a no-brainer to sign this extremely talented band and release their new material”

I.N.C. released the third full-length album “Heaven Sent…Hellbound” just after reforming in 2010 after a 22 year absence from the scene. A review for that album can be found at this location.

More information on the album is expected soon.

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Oblivion Signs With Unique Leader Records

Unique Leader Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with California act Oblivion:

“We are proud to announce that Oblivion has joined the Unique Leader family. Oblivion formed with the intent of creating extreme metal music that will last the ages, music that transcends genres and time.

“The band features an all-star cast of metal musicians: bassist Ben Orum was the founder and primary songwriter in All Shall Perish, lead singer Dr. Nick Vasallo is a professor of music and internationally acclaimed modernist composer, guitarist Victor Dods is completing his PhD in Math, guitarist Ted O’Neill is a 25 year veteran from the scene, and drummer Luis Martinez is a young musical phenom trained by Ndugu Chancler.

“Their debut album ‘Called to Rise,” which was produced by Zack Ohren of Castle Ultimate Studios (Suffocation, Immolation, Decrepit Birth, Deeds of Flesh) has been unanimously praised by both critics and fans. The self-released debut sold out immediately and is now being reissued by Unique Leader Records.

“Already being heralded as ‘the best new death metal band in years,’ Oblivion has several unique features which will intrigue the masses. The official worldwide street date for ‘Called to Rise’ is October 15th.”

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Lightless Moor Signs With Wormholedeath To Release "Crying My Grief To A Feeble Dawn"

Italian gothic metal band Lightless Moor has signed a deal with Wormholedeath/Aural Music Group. Wormholedeath will release the debut album titled “Crying My Grief to a Feeble Dawn” worldwide through Aural Music Group.

The album was recorded and mixed at Realsound Studio in Parma (Italy) with producer Wahoomi Corvi (Crysalys, The Way Of Purity, Haterial), and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finvox Studios (Finland). The album will see its release this coming 2013, with further details to come. Lightless Moor comments:

“We are extremely proud to announce the beginning of the journey with Wormholedeath! It is one of the main Italian label, and in addition to the excellent established friendship, we are assured of a great professional work!”

The label also added, “Lightless Moor is a band that we kept under our radar for a long time … They evolved so much during the last year that we decided to offer them a deal. The album is just great and produced by our favourite studio ever, the guys are really honest and nice so they really deserve attention from the scene. We’ll do everything possible to make people turn their heads toward this amazing band. I would love to thank the musicians involved in this project for their trust. Cry your grief, Lightless Moor are ready!”

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