Hades Archer Debuts New Song “Unus Cantus Bestiae” From Upcoming New Album “Temple of the Impure”

Chilean black/death outfit Hades Archer debuts a new song entitled “Unus Cantus Bestiae”, taken from the upcoming new album “Temple of the Impure”, which will be released via Hells Headbangers on October 13th, on CD, LP, and cassette tape.

Check out now “Unus Cantus Bestiae” below.

Temple Of The Impure by HADES ARCHER

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Krossfyre Premieres Title Track From Upcoming New Album “Burning Torches”

Spanish black/death band named Krossfyre premieres title track of the group’s upcoming new album “Burning Torches”, which be released by Hells Headbangers on September 15 (CD, 12? MLP). Krossfyre’s line-up includes members of Sheidim, Graveyard, Körgull the Exterminator, Insulters, Suspiral, and Morbid Flesh.

Check out now “Burning Torches” below.

Burning Torches by KROSSFYRE

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Hells Headbangers Inks Deal With Krossfyre, New Song Available For Streaming

Hells Headbangers announces the signing of Spain’s Krossfyre. The first fruit of this union shall be the band’s six-song debut EP, “Burning Torches.” Check out the new song “Fire Solution,” which also reveals the cover art, in the player below. The release date for the EP will be announced soon.

Krossfyre formed only last year, but set to work on writing and recording “Burning Torches,” completing the six-song/20-minute EP last September at Moontower Studios. Although an otherwise brand-new name, Krossfyre include among their ranks members who do or have done time in such bands as Sheidim, Spain’s Graveyard, Körgull the Exterminator, Insulters, Morbid Flesh, and Suspiral.

References to be made include classic Nifelheim and Vomitor, but also early Tribulation, later Desaster, Gospel of the Horns, Bestial Mockery, and Nocturnal Graves among others. But the sheer charisma and cantankerous esprit Krossfyre exude – not to mention infectious, gloriously METAL songwriting – puts the band squarely amongst those hallowed ranks. Early days still, to be sure, but on evidence of the forthcoming “Burning Torches,” the name Krossfyre will soon be upon the tongues of diehards worldwide soon enough.

A statement from the band reads: “Playing blackened heavy/thrash evil music, Hells Headbangers was our very first choice for obvious reasons. It is the home of Hobbs’ Angel of Death, Vomitor, and Blood Feast just to name a few of an endless list. No other label can presume to have such a strong, high profile and respected roster, especially these days where labels need to adapt to new trends or disappear. We put all our energy and effort into Burning Torches, and we’re sure that Hells Headbangers will know how to push it the way it deserves!”

Check out “Fire Solution” here:

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Hells Headbangers Records Signs Hammr For Debut Album

Today, Hells Headbangers announced the signing of Hammr. Highly impressed by the band’s self-titled debut EP in 2015, not to mention hailing from the label’s home base of Cleveland, the first fruit of this union shall be Hammr’s debut album “Unholy Destruction,” which shall be released later this year.

Hammr was formed in Cleveland, Ohio by J. Hammer in 2013. As a strictly solo endeavor, Hammr recorded a full digital-only demos album, which caught the attention of several labels. From there, the band went on to release the Hammr EP in 2015, first digitally and then on cassette tape through Hota Rex, the latter of which quickly sold out. Other plans for releases were delayed due to label managers going to jail as well as the usual financial delays, which led J. Hammer to start releasing demo singles directly to the metal people. It was during this time that he met the folks behind Hells Headbangers and also Demona founder Tanza Speed, who both took a lot of interest in Hammr. Once he received the offer, J. Hammer decided to hold off on recordings for other labels, and use some of his demos and new material for the imminent debut album, “Unholy Destruction.”

Hammr’s influences proudly include early Bathory, Celtic Frost, Iron Angel, Discharge, early Slayer, Sodom, and Venom. “These are influences that get me going,” says J. Hammer, “and also embody the spirit of my music, but Hammr is definitely not a ‘worship’ band. I dub it ‘Satanic speed,’ as it combines fast speed metal riffing with D-beat drums and relentless arrangements. This isn’t a quick-startup, Lemmy-worshiping metal/punk band that we see a lot of; Hammr goes for your throat and doesn’t give a fuck about that shit.”

No politics, no party, no drinks: J. Hammer is an introverted lone-wolf, and has since become the guitarist and active songwriter for Demona, who played last year’s Hells Headbangers-curated Hells Headbash. At present, Hammr is finishing up drums for Unholy Destruction at Audio Alchemy Studios, and finishing guitars, bass, vocals, and mixing with Vanik from Midnight. Toxic Holocaust maiman Joel Grind is handling the mastering, with the album slated to be complete by early March.

A statement from J. Hammer reads: “I’m honored to be part of the Hells Headbangers roster, a label I have followed for years and also from my hometown of Cleveland. I’m very excited to unleash Unholy Destruction through such a well-respected and renowned label.” More Hammr news to be revealed shortly.

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Cursed Moon Signs Record Deal With Hells Headbangers

Hells Headbangers is proud to announce the signing of Cursed Moon. The label issued this statement:

“A one-man entity hailing from the greater Los Angeles area, Cursed Moon is one of the most exciting newcomers the label has come across. Branding itself ‘deathwave,’ Cursed Moon uniquely combines classic goth-rock from the ’80s with early black metal sounds, weaving a witchy atmosphere whilst being grounded firmly in the grit of evil heavy metal. It’s a sound that’s immediately memorable and positively addicting – and not to mention one that will appeal to a wide variety of metalheads, punks, and other assorted freaks.”

“Well, Cursed Moon started last year (2015), when I began the writing process of it during late September,” explains mainman Sal “Hellraiser” Yanez. “I was pretty much just jamming on my guitar while I was listening to The Sisters of Mercy and I thought to myself, ‘This would actually be fun to play.’ So, just for fun, I wrote one song and I was really impressed on how it came out, so then I wrote second song and I also liked it. The style of music I was writing was different; it was something I haven’t heard of any band doing.”

Yanez goes on to say, “It was some sort of post-punk with an evil twist to it. It had band influences like Fields of the Nephilim, The Sisters of Mercy, and Christian Death mixed with Bathory, Celtic Frost, Amebix, King Diamond, etc. After that moment, I then decided to make it into a real music project and pursue it. That’s when the name Cursed Moon was born along with the unique style of subgenre in what I call ‘deathwave.’ After I had enough songs written, I wanted to go to a legit studio and record them and do them right so I can put out an album. I wrote and recorded all the instruments myself, since this was just a one-man music project. Now, thanks to Hells Headbangers for signing and doing an official album release and for also believing in the Cursed Moon vision, I am currently putting together a live lineup for shows/tours that’s almost complete. That is just the beginning in what’s to come…”

The first fruit of this union will be Cursed Moon’s self-titled debut album, which will be released by Hells Headbangers during the first quarter of 2017 on CD and vinyl formats. In the meantime, a four-song sampling of Cursed Moon’s unique deathwave can be heard below.

Cursed Moon (Album Promo) by Cursed Moon

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Immolation: ‘Close to a World Below’, ‘Failures for Gods’ and ‘Here in After’ LP re-issues now available via Metal Blade Records

– November 16th, 2016 –

Metal Blade Records has announced the next batch of classic albums to be included in the label’s “Originals-Series”: Immolation‘s Close To A World Below, Failures For Gods and Here In After! Available in early 2017, these LP re-issues are the best editions yet, with a new master for vinyl by Patrick W. Engel (Temple of Disharmony), liner notes (by the band’s own Ross Dolan and Bob Vigna), 400g heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), 60x60cm two-sided artwork posters and 250g inserts.

Immolation‘s Ross Dolan comments: “We are really excited that Metal Blade will be re-issuing our three records with them on vinyl. We are especially excited that ‘Here In After‘ will finally be available on vinyl to the American fans since it was our only Metal Blade release that was never released in a vinyl format back in 1996. These three releases were a crucial part of Immolation‘s musical journey, and they really helped solidify our sound and musical direction for years to come. Each one of these releases was extremely unique for the time and our fans still really seem to love what we have created with each of these three albums. Whether it was the dense and heavy ‘Here In After‘, the chaotic and more intricate ‘Failures For Gods‘ or the dark and epic ‘Close To A World Below‘, each one of these albums holds a special place in this band’s 28-year history, and we are still to this day very proud of what these albums represent to us and our fans. We also wanted to give everyone a sense of where we were at the time of each release and what we remembered most from each one of these recording sessions, so for each of the three albums, Bob and I put together some liner notes to make these re-issues special for the die-hard fans. We hope everyone enjoys them and gets to re-visit these releases on vinyl once again. Enjoy and we will see everyone on the road in 2017!”

See below for an overview of all versions. Pre-order your copy now at metalblade.com/immolation, or Nuclear Blast Records and Hells Headbangers in the USA!

Close To A World Below “Originals-Series” LP re-issue (USA)
–Transparent-orange vinyl edition (limited to 300 copies; Metal Blade USA exclusive)
–Clear vinyl edition (limited to 100 copies; Hells Headbangers exclusive)
–Transparent-green vinyl edition (limited to 100 copies; Nuclear Blast USA exclusive)
–Transparent-red vinyl edition (limited to 500 copies; retail exclusive)

Failures For Gods “Originals-Series” LP re-issue (USA)
–Purple vinyl edition (limited to 300 copies; Metal Blade USA exclusive)
–Clear vinyl edition (limited to 100 copies; Hells Headbangers exclusive)
–Transparent-green vinyl edition (limited to 100 copies; Nuclear Blast USA exclusive)
–Transparent-red vinyl edition (limited to 500 copies; retail exclusive)

Here In After “Originals-Series” LP re-issue (USA)
–Transparent-yellow vinyl edition (limited to 300 copies; Metal Blade USA exclusive)
–Clear vinyl edition (limited to 100 copies; Hells Headbangers exclusive)
–Transparent-green vinyl edition (limited to 100 copies; Nuclear Blast USA exclusive)
–Transparent-red vinyl edition (limited to 500 copies; retail exclusive)

European fans can pre-order the following versions now at EMP/eBay:
Close To A World Below “Originals-Series” LP re-issue (EU)
–180 g black vinyl
–Orange-red vinyl (limited to 300 copies)
–”Fire”-splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies)

Failures For Gods “Originals-Series” LP re-issue (EU)
–180 g black vinyl
–Clear-purple marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies)
–Purple-red-splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies)

Here In After “Originals-Series” LP re-issue (EU)
–180 g black vinyl
–Dark slate blue marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies)
–White-purple-splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies)

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Nuke Releasing Debut Self-Titled Album

Out of the wastes of Detroit will come Nuke’s self-titled debut album for Hells Headbangers, set for international release on July 22nd.

A statement from the band reads: “Nuke is immensely excited to have our debut album released via Hells Headbangers! The label has already been a good home us via other projects, and we feel our brand of metal, punk, and speed fits right in. Get Nuked and go to Hell!”

Check out opening track “Nuke Me Baby” below. The full “Nuke” track listing will be as follows:

1. Nuke Me Baby
2. Metal Inferno
3. Marching Undead
4. Hellrider
5. Dead Space
6. Rip Ride
7. The Queen
8. Flame of Desire
9. Murder Troops

Nuke by NUKE

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Hells Headbangers Comments On Passing Of Jim Konya

Yesterday we reported the passing of longtime Nunslaughter drummer Jim Konya at age 44. Jim had suffered a debilitating stroke on September 7, right after brightening the spirits of many attendees of Hells Headbangers’ Hells Headbash – Part 2 that weekend.

On September 27, he suffered another, more severe stroke. Although hope lingered, his condition continued to worsen. On October 7, the decision was made to remove Jim from life support, and he left this mortal coil at 7:10 pm EST.

Whether it was through selfless encouragement or his characteristically mischievous sense of humor, his impact on the worldwide metal and punk scenes was nothing but positive. “Jim Sadist” was most renowned for his work in NunSlaughter, for whom he drummed for 20 years, but for nearly as long, he drummed for Schnauzer and fronted (and occasionally drummed for) The Spawn of Satan, who released the very first record on Hells Headbangers.

Recently, the label offered a special The Spawn of Satan download collection for donation to a medical expense fund, and will continue to offer it for Jim’s final expenses here. Hells Headbangers label head Chase Horval had the following to say about Jim’s passing:

“Jim was a massive inspiration during the formative years of Hells Headbangers. Not only did he take us under his metal wing and teach us how to get an LP made, he introduced us to many great bands over the years, and his death/thrash band The Spawn of Satan was the very first to sign to Hells Headbangers long before we made any footprint on the metal map. Without him, we may of never released a single NunSlaughter record, or have even become a record label, for that matter.”

With an equally heavy heart, founding NunSlaughter vocalist Don of the Dead states, “It is difficult to express the overwhelming sense of loss of Jim. Perhaps in time, I will be able to tell everyone more about him, but for now, I only want to say, ‘Goodbye Jim, I love you.'”

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Evil Army Streaming “Violence And War” EP

Once again, signs of life come from the Evil Army camp: the brand-new “Violence and War” mini-album, set for international release on October 2 via Hells Headbangers, is today streaming in full. The track listing is as follows:

1. Army of Doom
2. The Assault
3. My Rage Unleashed
4. Deathbreath
5. Violence and War

Be sure to also catch Evil Army live at the Hells Headbash – a lineup showcasing Hells Headbangers bands – this September. Details at this location.

Violence And War by EVIL ARMY

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Embalmer Signs With Hells Headbangers To Release “Emanations From The Crypt”

Today Hells Headbangers confirms the signing of Cleveland death/grind veterans Embalmer. The band recently completed recording and mixing/mastering at Brainchild Studios with producer Noah Buchanan (Nunslaughter, Solipsist) for the release of second album, “Emanations from the Crypt.”

The album will feature 10 new tracks, a re-recorded version of “They Can Smell Our Blood,” and an outro for over 31 minutes of pure audio horror. Full-color cover artwork was done by Chris Moyen at Thorncross Designs, with additional interior artwork by Mark Riddick at Riddick Art.

The album will be released later this fall on CD, LP, and cassette formats and will receive the full Hells Headbangers treatment, complete with extensive booklet with plenty of photos, full lyrics, thanks list, and some special surprises in the works.

This year also marks the 25th anniversary for Embalmer, which will be returning to the stage Saturday, September 5th as part of the Hells Headbangers’ second annual Hells Headbash weekend at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio.

Founding Embalmer drummer Roy Stewart had the following to say about the signing: “We are extremely happy to be working with Hells Headbangers again for the upcoming album, and the decision was really a no-brainer. This is a very important album for the band, and after an unsavory experience with our last label, we felt it was important to work with people we trust, are close to home, have great distribution, and an iron-clad reputation for quality products and customer service in the scene. The fact that their headquarters is also located in northeast Ohio gave us the opportunity for a more ‘hands-on’ approach than would have been possible through another label. This album represents our strongest, most brutal material written to date, and we could not be happier having Hells Headbangers behind us in getting it out to the masses.”

Vocalist Paul Gorefiend added the following: “In our discussions about label selection for the new release, Hells Headbangers was always at the top of the list. I have known some of the [Horval] brothers since before they started the label, and have watched them build it over the last 15 years into one of the most respected and credible labels in the underground. The owners on down to the warehouse staff are all true metalheads, understand the history of the band, and are committed to putting the time and attention to detail required to realize our shared vision of sickness.”

Regarding “Emanations from the Crypt,” Gorefiend also remarked, “This record is long-overdue, and we acknowledge that. The band never was truly happy with the 13 Faces of Death album, so we worked hard to really make sure this release was a return-to-form of sorts, and true representation of what we feel Embalmer is, and always has been. We went back to the basics and drew influence from the original Into the Oven and There was Blood Everywhere eras musically, peppered in some extra Terrorizer/Autopsy influences, added some crazed Deranged Rated-X-style riffing over the top, and backed it all against the blasting, non-triggered drum assault Roy has become known for.

“Matter of fact, Roy still plays the same drum-set he bought in 1988, and used for all previous recordings. Vocally, all the elements older fans expect from an Embalmer release are present, from forceful lows, the trademark eeeeeees, and tortured shrieks and highs. I am speaking as a 23-plus-year fan myself, and not a member when I tell you this is the most aggressive, blistering and punishing Embalmer release to date. Yes, the wait was long but definitely worth it, and we honestly can’t wait to get this music out to the fans and hear their feedback!”

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