Transcending Obscurity Signs Down Among The Dead Men, New Album Revealed

Death metal supergroup Down Among The Dead Men has assembled a new album “…And You Will Obey Me” – which finds the band filthier and crustier than ever before. Sounding massive, Rogga Johansson has created his best music for the band yet, with Dave Ingram being in absolute top form throughout. Both members have put out highly successful albums in Paganizer and Ursinne respectively this year, not to mention the sensational Echelon release where they joined forces again.

The full length is scheduled for release in early 2018 and a new song will be unleashed soon.

Dave Ingram states, “Getting Down Among The Dead Men signed to Transcending Obscurity Records was the ideal move for myself and Rogga, since we both have bands already with this great label (Ursinne for me, Paganizer for Rogga, and Echelon jointly.) This is yet another notch in our respective bullet belts, and we are proud to bring the third Down Among The Dead Men album ‘…And You Will Obey Me’ to the world via Transcending Obscurity Records, one of the most hardworking labels on the scene.”

Rogga Johansson adds, “I just wanna riff, and riffing is what Down Among The Dead Men is all about. Riffing and the immense vocals of the legend himself David Ingram. So we did a new album, and its gonna blow you away, as its a really, really good one! And who better to release it than proven media mogul Kunal Choksi with his Transcending Obscurity? Well no one else at all. I’m utterly proud of this album, and how we release it, and I hope that anyone that needs some dirty deathly crust in their lives will agree to just that too.”

Transcending Obscurity Records owner Kunal Choksi states, “It’s a continued honour to work with legends Rogga Johansson and David Ingram. Down Among The Dead Men have been one of my favourites and I was blown away after listening to their new album. It’s crusty as fuck and crushing as they’ve ever been. I’m sure this will be very well received and it’s great to have the support of both the gentlemen who have been very kind and cooperative all along. Both have been in phenomenal form too, what with their new albums of Paganizer and Ursinne (even Echelon) receiving an overwhelming response. This has been a great signing for the label so far and their new album will definitely be one of the highlights of 2018.”

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European Tour Set To Commence By Immortal Bird

Blackened death grind unit Immortal Bird will bring it’s surly odes overseas for a European live takeover later this month. Set to begin October 21st and level fifteen cities through November 4th, the journey marks the band’s first time ever performing in European territory. The band will be joined by French grindcore maniacs Moshpig. See all confirmed dates below.

Immortal Bird continues to tour in support of the critically-adored “Empress/Abscess” full-length, released in 2016 via a collaborative effort with Broken Limbs Recordings (vinyl/cassette) and the band’s own Manatee Rampage Recordings (CD/digital).

“It’s our first time touring Europe,” says vocalist Rae Amitay. “We’re going out with a super intense and fun French grindcore band, Moshpig, hitting four countries in two weeks, and a couple of the highlights will be the Damnation Prefest in Leeds and Bilbao Deathfest in Spain with Sete Star Sept, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Internal Suffering, and a bunch more. Very stoked to get out of the US for a minute!”

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10/21/2017 Excalibur – Reims, FR
10/22/2017 Riveter – Nancy, FR
10/23/2017 Epplehaus – Tübingen, DE
10/24/2017 La Comedia – Montreuil, FR
10/25/2017 Le Dock – Grenoble, FR
10/26/2017 Les Pavillons Sauvages – Toulouse, FR
10/27/2017 Bilbao Deathfest – Bilbao, ES
10/28/2017 La Scene Michelet – Nantes, FR
10/29/2017 O’Flaherty’s Pub – Lorient, FR
10/30/2017 Bar Live – Roubaix, FR
10/31/2017 The Dev – London, UK
11/01/2017 The Alma Inn – Bolton, UK
11/02/2017 Trillians Rockbar – Newcastle, UK
11/03/2017 Damnation Prefest – Leeds, UK
11/04/2017 The Golden Fleece – Nottingham, UK

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Rockshots Records Inks Deal With Noturnall, New Album “9” This Fall

Rockshots Records is excited to announce the addition of the Brazilian prog/power metal band Noturnall to the label’s roster!

Formed by very known and established musicians, the combo consists of Thiago Bianchi (Vocals), Fernando Quesada (Bass), Léo Mancini (Guitars) – all former members of Shaman – along with Juninho Carelli (Keyboards) and drummer Aquiles Priester (ex-Angra).

The band has come back with the third album “9,” which brings the roots back to the band’s members (Angra /Shaman), but with a heavier and more modern vocal and instrumental lines. “9” is a collection of the best moments from the members’ old bands, and what stood out from the previous albums of Noturnall. “9” will be officially released on October 27, 2017 via Rockshots Records.

Moreover, the album features guitarist Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob ,Sonic Stomp) who had a brief period as a band member, contributing to the song “Wake Up,” one of the highlights of this work.

The first single “Hearts As One” is already available in the player at the bottom. The track listing and album artwork can be found here:

1. Hey
2. Change
3. Wake Up!
4. Moving On
5. Mysterious
6. Hearts As One
7. What You Waiting For
8. Shadows
9. Pain

Check out “Hearts As One” here:

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New Live Album “Law & Order Unplugged Live” Revealed By Blind Petition

Austrian melodic metal veterans Blind Petition announced the new live album “Law & Order Unplugged Live.” The release drops on June 16th via Pure Steel Publishing. The pre-order phase will start on June 2nd.

On “Law & Order Unplugged Live” not only are the fans of the ‘real’ concerts are being served: as the title slightly suggests, it is a concert is unplugged. The rare unplugged concerts of Blind Petition are among the highlights of the band’s history for many fans.

“Law & Order Unplugged Live” includes 13 songs ranging from classics such as “Man Of Spirit,” “Blind Petition,” “Highway Devils” and “Welcome To Win” to more recent songs like “God Of Rock ‘n’ Roll” or “Won’t You.” A wonderfully relaxed bar atmosphere invites you to put this unplugged album on for the upcoming summer barbecue season!

The track listing for the release is:

1. Man of spirit
2. Welcome to win
3. People
4. Like hell
5. Law & order
6. God of Rock & Roll
7. Down to the ground
8. Follow the rules
9. How long
10. Wont You
11. Academy
12. Blind Petition
13. Highway Devils

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Justice Theory Posts New Single “Welcome To The Family”

Finnish thrash metal band Justice Theory has released a new single titled ”Welcome To The Family.” The song chronicles a citizen who has had enough of this world shackled by foolish standards and limitations, so he builds a family of rebels to riot against all the rules.

Justice Theory’s Valtteri comments: “In the beginning we decided that our next single is going to be cheery, high-powered track. We took few steps back from massiveness and melodiousness that our previous single ‘Unbroken’ was all about. ‘

“‘Welcome To The Family’ is highly inspired by our first single ‘Necessary Evil’ and also has the vibes that Anthrax were been able to bring in their songs – Not too seriously, but convincingly. I think that we managed to get what we wanted in this song, and I’m quite sure that it will be one of the highlights on our upcoming shows. IT ROCKS!

“This song is dedicated to our dearest friends and fans, who are supported and believed in us from the very beginning. We are more than happy to see that you guys are out there! So huge thank you all!”

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Gorguts Posts Full Metalorgie Fest IV Performance Online

Gorguts’ celebrated Metalorgie Fest IV appearance at Le Ferrailleur in Nantes from 2016 is now being streamed via YouTube. This pro-shot show includes a full performance of the group’s latest EP “Pleiades’ Dust” (reviewed here) among other highlights.

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Ghost Iris Inks Record Deal With Long Branch

Long Branch Records is pleased to welcome the Danish djent / metalcore group Ghost Iris to its roster. The band just inked a worldwide deal and will release a new record in early 2017.

Ghost Iris comments: “It is such a pleasure to continue our journey as a band with Long Branch on board. It makes us proud, it makes us happy but most importantly it boosts confidence to our ambitions and dreams.”

Florian Kreutzfeldt (A&R Long Branch Records) had this to say: “Ghost Iris was one of the highlights at this years Euroblast Festival, so we immediately decided that we want to work with this band. We are really proud to welcome such a young, ambitious and creative band to our LBR-family.”

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Doro Kicking Off U.S. Shows, Announces Meet ‘N Greet

Doro Pesch will return to the U.S. next week for short run of live dates set to commence with an appearance on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise East, which will set sail from Miami, Florida on February 22nd.

From there, Doro and her band mates will make their way through seven venues, the trek coming to a close in Queens, New York at Blackthorn 51 on March 6th. Additionally, Doro will make an in-store meet-and-greet appearance at Rock Fantasy Records prior to her performance at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, New York on March 5th.

Says Doro of the upcoming dates: “I’m so excited to start the New Year with some tour dates in the states! I can’t wait to see all the loyal fans again and many new faces. I’m so happy and honored to be part of the Monsters Of Rock cruise as well! We’ll play all our highlights as well as the best songs of the Warlock era. You can expect a full metal, high-energy, amazing show with lots of heart, soul and true metal power!”

In related news, Doro will be honored with the Metal Goddess Award at this year’s edition of the Vegas Rocks! Hair Metal Awards in May at the Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel in Las Vegas.

2/22-26/2016 Monsters Of Rock Cruise East – Miami, FL
2/27/2016 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
2/28/2016 The Haven – Winter Park, FL
3/01/2016 Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
3/02/2016 Amos Southend – Charlotte, NC
3/04/2016 Revolution – Amityville, NY
3/05/2016 Rock Fantasy In-Store Meet-And-Greet – Middletown, NY
3/05/2016 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Y&T
3/06/2016 Blackthorn 51 – Elmhurst, NY

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Battle Beast’s Noora Louhimo Guesting On Somehow Jo! Album

Battle Beast’s lead singer Noora Louhimo is featured on Finnish alternative band Somehow Jo’s “Satans Of Swing” track, which is the title track off the album of the same name due to drop on April 30th.

A video clip for the track is now available below, and Noora Louhimo also comments: “I gotta say that the recording sessions with Somehow Jo was one of the highlights of my life and I enjoyed working with them enormously. Above it all, the song ‘Satans of Swing’ kicks ass and so do the guys of the band! Love you Somehow Jo! Keep on rocking!”

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Preview Clip For New Album “Haze Of Nemesis” Available From Red Circuit

German progressive/power metal act Red Circuit, featuring Civilization One/ex-Firewind vocalist Chitral Chity Somapala, announced that the band’s upcoming third studio album will be entitled “Haze of Nemesis” and is expected to be released on October 24, 2014 via Limb Music/Soulfood. A preview clip for the album can be viewed/heard in the player below.

Along with the studio album, also included is a DVD featuring the band’s full performance at ProgPower USA XII in 2011. As an additional bonus, the band will include the video for the opening track “Oceans Apart” on the DVD, which was shot during the band’s performance in Sri Lanka in February 2014.

One of the highlights on the new release is the duet of vocalist Chitral Chity Somapala with Amanda Somerville (Avantasia/Trillium) on the song “Worlds Will Collide.”

The track list is as follows:

1. Oceans Apart
2. My Lonely Heaven
3. Believing A Lie
4. Digging In The Dirt
5. Worlds Will Collide (duet with Amanda Somerville)
6. Spear Of Fate
7. Serpents Smile
8. Silent Roaring
9. Haze Of Nemesis
10. My Serenade
11. Soldier Of Fortune (Bonus Track)

Check out the preview clip here:

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