Behemoth Posts New Video “Bartzabel” Online

Before unleashing their eagerly awaited new album, “I Loved You At Your Darkest” this Friday, Behemoth have released the brand new single “Bartzabel.”

Mastermind Nergal comments: “‘Bartzabel’ is a song that came in the midst of a Behemoth rehearsal… We had no structure, no vision – but piece by piece, it came to be, and we were extremely excited by the result. To us, it’s the eye of the ‘ILYAYD’ storm: sonically calmer and slower than anything else on the record, but definitely one of the darkest!

“Lyrically, we (myself and Krzysztof Azarewicz) were inspired by Aleister Crowley’s conjuration of the Spirit of Mars – which the video, by our trusted friends in Grupa 13, depicts beautifully…I may even go as far to say that it’s my favourite BEHEMOTH video of all time! I hope you all enjoy it, and we look forward to ‘ILYAYD”s launch this Friday!”

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Bleeding Gods Recruits New Bassist Yessica Netto

Dutch blackened death metal band Bleeding Gods has announced that they have recruited Yessica Netto as their new bass player. A statement from the band reads as follows:

“We are proud to announce that we have found our new Metal Queen. As of today Yessica is going to handle all the brutal and heavy bass parts.

Yessica states:
“I have known Bleeding Gods for quite some time now, and they are a fascinating mixture
of different people and unbelievably excellent musicians. I feel honored to be asked
to join Bleeding Gods, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I look forward to being involved in the future of the band and to meeting you all on the road!”

“We have already started rehearsals for the first live shows with Yessica and we are highly motivated. At the moment, we are writing the successor of ‘Dodekathlon’, so stay tuned for further info.”


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Dimmu Borgir Taps Bassist Victor Brandt (Entomed A.D., Etc.)

Dimmu Borgir announce that they have officially tapped Entombed A.D./Firespawn bassist Victor Brandt.

Says Brandt of his new job:

“It’s a great honor and pleasure to be a part of the mighty Dimmu Borgir. And such great timing for me to start at the release of their new album ‘Eonian‘, which in my opinion is their best album so far. The members of the band are equally awesome to their music so I am looking forward to good times ahead.”

Adds Dimmu Borgir:

“We are very excited to have Victor become a part of the team! His experience, dedication and craftmanship is very much appreciated and we look forward to sharing the world stages with him!”

You can see Victor Brandt in his new Dimmu Borgir stage outfit below:

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Arsis Sign With Agonia Records

Arsis have officially signed a contract with Agonia Records for territories outside of North, South and Central America. The group’s music will still be released through Nuclear Blast Records in those areas. Tracking sessions for the Arsis’ sixth album commenced with producer Mark Lewis (Whitechapel, DevilDriver) late last year and the band are plotting a 2018 release for it.

Speaking on the band’s new label arrangement, mainman James Malone comments:

“We are really excited to have found a label partner outside of the Americas. Agonia works with some great bands and we are pleased to be working with them moving forward. We look forward to reaching some new ground with a new record in 2018. Stay tuned for details.”

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Eyes Of The Sun Signs With Black Light Media

Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Brooklyn’s doom metal trio Eyes Of The Sun. After releasing a self-titled EP in 2010, and debut full-length “Chapter I” in 2013, the band is now poised to release a sophomore effort in 2018.

Eyes Of The Sun comments: “This is the absolute highlight of our journey and we look forward to the days ahead. We are extremely proud to be part of the Blacklight Media/Metal Blade family and its history. This is a testament to the support of our friends, family and fans that have been with of us throughout the years.”

Chris Santos (Blacklight Media) adds: “The beauty of Blacklight Media, for me, is that I get to work with bands from so many different genres of metal, and am so psyched to be building such a diverse and uniquely different roster of amazing metal bands. On that note, I’m super stoked to be working with my friends Eyes Of the Sun from right here in Brooklyn, who are a crushingly heavy, wall-shaking earthquake of heavy doom with a live sound that has to be heard to be believed.”

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Onslaught Gearing Up For European Shows, Signs New Management Deal

Onslaught has joined forces with Proximity Productions Management, with guitarist Nige Rockett commenting:

“We’ve been to Asia several times in recent years and it’s clearly an expanding market where Metal music is very much on the rise. It would be awesome to increase the ‘Onslaught‘ profile in the region and I think working with ‘Proximity Productions’ will definitely give us a huge advantage. We’ve been in discussion with the company for some months now and their vision for the band is very cool, the vibes are extremely positive and we look forward to this new challenge with Harsha and his team.“

On signing up with Onslaught, the owner of PP adds, “It is indeed an honour and a privilege to work with such big names from the classic era. One of those bands that remain true to it’s form even to this day and age. It’s a surreal experience that we begin our journey together now.”

Meanwhile, Onslaught is all set for the next leg of the “Full Force” European tour, thrashing till death alongside Artillery.

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Trauma Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2017

U.S. group Trauma has been confirmed for the 2017 edition of the floating 70,000 Tons of Metal festival taking place on February 2nd – 6th. Drummer Kris Gustofson stated:

“Trauma is delighted and honored to be playing on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise with some of the best bands in metal. This is going to be a blast and we look forward to putting the pedal to the metal.”

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Lillian Axe Posts 2017 Teaser Video

Lillian Axe is looking forward to a rocking new year, with the band issuing a new video heralding what’s in store. The Axe also comments:

“Happy New Year everyone. 2017 is going to be an awesome year for Lillian Axe and we look forward to seeing all of you on the road. Please take a moment and help us get this going viral. As always, thank you for your friendship and support.”

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Immortal To Enter The Recording Studio

Immortal will start recording a new album at Abyss Studio this coming January 2017. Demonaz and Horgh comment:

“The songs have been ready for some time, but we wanted to record it at the right place and time. We will once again work with Peter Tägtgren at Abyss Studio who produced our four last albums. The band will enter the studio during wintertime to have the right atmosphere.

“We look forward to record and present the new album to the Immortal hordes sometime in 2017. The tracks that will appear on the album are: ‘Northern Chaos Gods’, ‘Into Battle Ride’, ‘Gates To Blashyrkh’, ‘Blacker Of Worlds’, ‘Where Mountains Rise’, ‘Grim And Dark’, ‘Called To Ice’, and ‘Ravendark.'”

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