Abhorrent Decimation Unveils New Album “The Pardoner”

London-based extreme death metal group Abhorrent Decimation is prepared to release sophomore album, “The Pardoner,” hitting digital and physical retailers worldwide on July 28th, 2017 via Prosthetic Records.

The 10 track, 50 minute opus was recorded, mixed and mastered by bassist David Archer at Audio Empire. The intricate artwork for “The Pardoner” was created by German illustrator Karmazid, based on a visual concept by Vocalist Ashley Scott.

Conceptually, the album is an in-depth exploration into the Pardoner, English poet Geoffrey Chaucer’s most depraved and deceitful character from The Canterbury Tales. The Pardoner is a religious fraud and hypocrite who preaches against the love of greed, yet whose own love of wealth enabled him to profit off the sins of others.

He claimed to work on behalf of the clergy, selling spiritual forgiveness for one’s sins in the form of his pardons, which included forged “official letters” from high ranking church officials absolving one of their sins and bones and crystals blessed with healing powers. In Chaucer’s story, the Pardoner tells a harrowing tale of three men whose materialism becomes the death of them.

Vocalist Ashley Scott comments on the lyrical content of the album: “Lyrically, the album opens with a scene setter. Pardoners would often operate with a partner called a Soothsayer. A Soothsayer would visit a town prior to The Pardoner’s arrival. It was his job to stir locals up regarding their sins and the repercussions thereof. He would advise people that if they could find a Pardoner, they should do so and atone for their sins by buying a pardon or indulgence.

“Tracks 2 to 7 are the story The Pardoner tells of the three men, avarice and Death. In many places throughout tracks 2 to 7, I actually use Middle English turn of phrase. In some places, I have used my own interpretation and translations of Chaucer’s work and in other places; I introduced some of my own narrative and details. The idea was to create an obvious storytelling feel to this section, with word play and rhyme playing a major role in what I did, as I wanted to ring as true to the original as possible. Track 8 is my own conclusion of the inexorable nature of death and greed. Track 9 is an instrumental and then the record closes with Track 10, The Pardoner. A sort of self damning, confessionary monologue.”

1. Soothsayer
2. Heretic Sacrifice
3. Votive Offerings
4. Granted Indulgence
5. Black Candle Gathering
6. Conspire
7. A Glass Coffin Burial
8. The Scythe in the Dark
9. Host
10. The Pardoner

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Video Clip For New Song “Courageous Minds” Issued By Running Death

With the 2015 debut album “Overdrive,” German thrash act Running Death triggered a positive and far-reaching surprise-effect as a vertical starter attracting a multitude of worldwide fans.

Countless reviews attested the band around guitarist and singer Simon Bihlmayer with “dancing from the row” material, a very own upscale class. Encouraged by this, the band’s songwriting became even more determined. The result is the new album “DressAge,” a crisp rocking, fresh and dynamic release coming on May 26th.

Get your first taste with the video clip for “Courageous Minds,” seen at the bottom of the article.

The detailed front cover for “DressAge” was created by the Mexican graphic artist Joel Sánchez Rosales, which was the perfect match for the lyrical relationship to the delicious dressage theme of the title song. ?

Check out “Courageous Minds” here:

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Cytotoxin Announces “Gammageddon” Album Release

During the night of April 26th, 1986, a world-changing accident occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. A catastrophic meltdown befell Reactor No. 4, resulting in core explosions and open-air fires. Copious quantities of radioactive materials and airborne isotopes were consequently dispersed into the atmosphere and surrounding lands.

The disaster has been widely regarded as the worst accident in the history of nuclear power globally. As a result, Reactor No. 4 was destroyed and is being enclosed in a concrete and lead sarcophagus to prevent further escape of radioactivity. Large areas of Europe were affected by the accident, with the radioactive cloud spreading as far as Norway.

Moved by devastating consequences of the event, a German band called Cytotoxin pulverized the death metal world with its formation in 2010. Fast forward to today and its time for “Gammageddon.” Captured earlier this year again at Kohlekeller Studios, “Gammageddon” centers itself on the city of Pripyat. Named after the nearby Pripyat River, the city was founded on February 1970 as the ninth nuclear city — a type of closed city — in the Soviet Union, to serve the nearby Chernobyl plant.

It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of nearly 50,000 by the time it was evacuated the day after the Chernobyl disaster. The city is now a ghost town, and “Gammageddon” serves as a soundtrack to the horrors leading to the evacuation with its unadulterated technical extremity.

“Gammageddon” will be released on CD and digital formats via Unique Leader Records on July 28th. Pre-orders will be unveiled in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out “Radiatus Generis” below.

Notes the band of the track: “You all have had almost five years to prepare for the next radioactive fallout, but you may not be ready for such an overdose of extreme metal.This is brutal… this is frightening… this is Gammageddon!”

1. Radiatus Generis
2. Chaos Cascade
3. Gammageddon
4. Chernopolis
5. Deadzone Outpist
6. Redefiniing Zenith
7. Corium Era
8. Antigensis
9. Outearther
10. Sector Zero

Gammageddon by Cytotoxin

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Finsterforst Working On New Album

Following 2015’s “Mach dich frei” album and the subsequent 2016 EP titled… ahem… “#YØLØ,” German folk metal band Finsterforst is now working on a new release. The band comments:

“Spring is coming and the songwriting process for our next album has started. As you can see, we are gathering true pagan influences with Hannes a.k.a THE Lulatsch at Europapark!

“After supporting us at Ragnarök Festival with his amazing accordion and vocal performance, he still feels like being a part of this band – at least somehow!

“Anyway, what do you guys expect from the next Finsterforst record?”

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8kids Announces New Album “Denen Die Wir Waren”

8kids will release “Denen Die Wir Waren” via Napalm Records this coming May 26th, 2017. The label comments:

“Torrid guitar-led melodies cascade while Jonas Jakob vocally reflects the agony, frustration and enlightenment of the emotional extremes buried within 8kids music. The raw sound of his voice acts like an ice-breaker cutting through frozen seas.

“Despite their young age, 8kids are deft storytellers, portraying heart-wrenching moments that everyone can relate to in one way or another. Their pathos-filled debut album ‘Denen Die Wir Waren ‘(‘The Ones We Used To Be’) provides a feast of ear-catching hooks mixed with a heavy dose of rough, post hardcore-esque drive.

“If you feel nothing while listening to ‘Zeit‘, you stopped feeling a long time ago. Compared to the likes of Heisskalt and Fjørt, the German-based trio are part of a new movement, a musical Zeitgeist; There’s no better time than now, and soulmates Emma, Hans and Jonas are ready to share their story.”

1. Intro
2. Bordsteinrand
3. Über den Berg
4. Ich kann die Welt spüren
5. In den Sternen
6. Zeit
7. Zerbrechen
8. Blitzschlag
9. Geist
10. Kamintrophäe
11. Kann mich jemand hören
12. vis-à-vis
13. Winter in dir

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New Album “Fallen Kings” Announced By Wizard

Its been four years since the German power metal machine Wizard issued “Trail of Death.” On June 16th, the band will release the next chapter and 11th full length studio album entitled “Fallen Kings.” The album

Its time to raise your skinny (and not so skinny) fists to the heavens! “Fallen Kings” was mixed and mastered by Achim Köhler and features the following track listing:

1. Liar and Betrayer
2. We are the Masses
3. Live your Life
4. Brothers in Spirit
5. White Wolf
6. Wizard until the End
7. Father to Son
8. Let us Unite
9. Frozen Blood
10. You are the King
11. We are Ready for Metal (Bonus Track)
12. The King (Bonus Track)

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Vicious Rumors Announces New Lineup And Tour Dates

If you don’t know by now, Vicious Rummors is indeed a living entity; always progressing and evolving with time. 38 years and 16 albums later… the band promised some major announcements and here they are: Vicious Rumors is proud to welcome back lead singer Brian Allen, who sang on SPV/Steamhammer albums “Razorback Killers” (2011), “Live You to Death” (2012) and “Electric Punishment “(2013).”

Brian left the band in 2013 for family reasons and returns with full force and power. Geoff Thorpe says: “We’re so excited to have Brian back! Life really does have a funny way of coming full circle!”

Singer Nick Holleman has subsequently left the band to pursue other projects. He may be leaving “the band.” but he’s definitely not leaving “the family.” Thorpe says: “With no bad feelings at all we wish Nick all the best and thank him for 4 great years of recording and touring.!”

Vicious Rumors is already working on a killer new studio album, and furthermore introduces a new lead guitarist from Portland, OR baned Gunnar DüGrey. Thorpe comments: “His style, feel and general playing ability is out of this world!”

In the summer of 2017, the band will perform an exclusive German Open Air concert at the prestigious Bang Your Head Festival in Balingen as well as a series of club shows. The only current North American appearance is scheduled at Bossanova Ballroom in Portland, OR on June 24th. A full European headline tour is being booked by EAM booking agency for November (exact dates and support bands will be announced in July).

Vicious Rumors 2017 consists of:

Brian Allen – vocals
Geoff Thorpe – guitars
Gunnar DüGrey – guitars
Tilen Hudrap – bass
Larry Howe – drums

24.06.US-Portland, Oregon – Bossanova Ballroom

07.07.D-Munich – Backstage
08.07.NL-Eindhoven – Dynamo Club (with Death Angel)
09.07.D-Marburg – Knubbel
15.07.D-Balingen – Bang Your Head Festival
16.07.D-Frankfurt – Zoom (with Death Angel)

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Unique Leader Records Signs Stillbirth

Long-running German death metal legion Stillbirth is the latest addition to the Unique Leader Records’ expansive family of brutality.

The band will unleash the fifth full-length “Annihilation Of Mankind” through the label later this year. The follow-up to the 2015-issued “Global Error” full-length (Rising Nemesis Records/Deafground Records) finds vocalist Lukas Swiaczny at his most versatile blasting a monstrous mix of aggressive growls, shouts, bestial gutturals, hellish screams and repulsive grunts. “It’s a perfect mix of brutal, slamming death metal, head-splitting grindcore and mosh pit-inducing grooves,” issues the band of their latest offering. “The riffs are heavier than ever…. It’s the heaviest output in Stillbirth’s history.”

Additional info on “Annihilation Of Mankind” will be unveiled in the coming months.

The band is currently scouring Europe on the Psychosadistic Design tour alongside Vulvodynia and Obsolete Incarnation. In August, the band will punish the masses on the Brutal Grooves ‘N’ Grinding Moves tour with Gutslit, Splattered, and Carnivore Diprosopus. Stay tuned for dates.

Remaining dates for the Stillbirth w/Vulvodynia, Obsolete Incarnation tour are as follows:

5/05/2017 Bandhaus – Leipzig, DE
5/06/2017 Cafe De Meister – Geleen, NL
5/07/2017 The Other Side – Peer, BE
5/08/2017 Candy Shop – Paris, FR
5/10/2017 Barrio’s Cafe – Milano, IT
5/11/2017 La Marquise – Lyon, FR
5/12/2017 Monthly Assault @ Industrie 45 – Zug , CH
5/13/2017 Holsteiner Deathfest @ Juki 42 – Ahrensburg, DE

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Lifeless Unveils New Album “The Occult Mastery”

Today, FDA Rekotz unveils the release date, cover art and track listing for the third full-length album from German metal act Lifeless. The label comments:

“8 new songs plus an intro full of intensity, feelings and brutality, with no doubt their best material to date. The new album called ‘The Occult Mastery’ sounds catchy as hell and invites you to a journey back to the glory days of classic death metal. This album is simply a pure masterpiece of Swedish sounding death metal and highly recommended for fans of pure classic death metal how it was meant to be.”

Vocalist / guitarist Marc (ArtWars Mediadesign) is responsible for the cover artwork and “The Occult Mastery” will be out July 7th. The full track listing is as follows;

01. Prelude Kali Yuga
02. The Occult Mastery
03. Progenies Of A Cursed Seed
04. From Chaos Our Order Shall Rise
05. Delusions Of Grandeur
06. Rites Of Desolation
07. Interlude Dystopia
08. Insanity Reigns
09. Throes Of Dawn

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New Song “Whither Goest Thou?” Available For Streaming From Nargaroth

Reinvigorated German black metal band Nargaroth released a special lyric video for the new track “Whither Goest Thou?,” which you check out below. The song appears on the upcoming seventh studio album “Era of Threnody,” which is set for international release on May 16th via Inter Arma Productions.

German longest-running and most prolific black metal band, Nargaroth built a canon of work that’s as infamous as it is cult in the underground. Led as always by the peerless vision of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Ash, the Nargaroth aesthetic has spanned the many extremes of black metal as an artform, but always done with bravado and self-belief, purity of intent and purity of purpose. Now, with the band’s first full-length in a long eight years, “Era of Threnody” has arrived to mark a glorious new epoch for Nargaroth.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Dawn of Epiphany
2. Whither Goest Thou?
3. Conjunction Underneath The Alpha Weel
4. …As Orphans Drifting In A Desert Night
5. The Agony Of A Dying Phoenix
6. Epicedium To A Broken Dream
7. Love Is A Dog From Hell
8. Era Of Threnody
10. My Eternal Grief, Anguish Neverending

Check out “Whither Goest Thou?” here:

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