New Album “The Crowning of the Fire King” Streaming In Full From Sorcerer

In celebration of the release of the new album “The Crowning Of The Fire King” today (October 20th) via Metal Blade Records, Swedish epic doom act Sorcerer is streaming the entire release, which you can hear in the player below.

The track listing for “The Crowning Of The Fire King” is:

1. Sirens (see video clip here)
2. Ship Of Doom (see video clip here)
3. Abandoned By The Gods
4. The Devil’s Incubus (see lyric video here)
5. Nattvaka
6. Crimson Cross
7. The Crowning Of The Fire King
8. Unbearable Sorrow

Check out the album here:

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BATUSHKA: Polish black metal legion joins the Metal Blade Records roster

– October 18th, 2017 –

‘Litourgiya’ re-issue to see release November 3rd

Polish black metal legion BATUSHKA are the latest additions to the Metal Blade Records’ US roster.

Pronounced “Batjushka,” the band’s Cyrillic name Батюшка means “father” and is used to address an Eastern Orthodox priest. Despite their themes and imagery, they are not a Christian band. The identities of the members are unknown, but they are involved with other bands. Their live lineup contains eight members.

Metal Blade will re-issue BATUSHKA‘s Litourgiya full-length, initially released in 2015 in limited quantity via Witching Hour Productions, on November 3rd. Despite its relative cult status, the record earned critical accolades from journalists “in the know.” In a 4.5/5 rating, Sputnik Music championed the record noting, “Crushing intensity is a term bandied about with gleeful abandon nowadays, but it’s more than applicable when used to describe BATUSHKA‘s brand of Slavonic-influenced black metal. The mysterious nature of the band’s members only finishes off the creation of a truly intriguing entity, but in all honesty ‘Litourgiya‘ has done most of the hard work for them; a violent, devout, moving and sibylline affair, and one that will hopefully in time be revered as such.” No Clean Singing concurred, “The music is dark, heaving, and very heavy – with bombastic outbreaks of wildfire and thunder – and the bleak, majestic melodies are effective at getting under the skin. But what sets the music apart and makes the album especially memorable are the vocals. In addition to the incinerating shrieks that you might expect in a black metal album, you’ll hear reverberating liturgical chants in what I’m told is Church Slavonic – the language used in the Orthodox Church in such places as Poland, Russia, and Ukraine, as well as nations in the Balkan Peninsula.” Nine Circles concurred, “to say BATUSHKA is a band that is able to create layers is an understatement…’Litourgiya‘ is a combination of ancient rites and modern blasts; a work of shocking magnitude that has gone almost unnoticed by the metal community at large,” while Metal Bandcamp hailed, “an excellent piece of work, filled with incredible instrumentality that elevates black metal to new heights.”

Physical pre-orders for Litourgiya are currently available at metalblade.com/batushka


Litourgiya track-listing:
1. Yekteniya I: Ochishcheniye
2. Yekteniya II: Blagosloveniye
3. Yekteniya III: Premudrost’
4. Yekteniya IV: Milost’
5. Yekteniya V: Svyatyy Vkhod
6. Yekteniya VI: Upovanie
7. Yekteniya VII: Istina
8. Yekteniya VIII: Spasenie

Embrace the essence of musical ecstasy, fascination, passion and the urge to create… the substitute of modernity and classical perfection, a road to freedom… It’s a distinct world of sounds lavishing us with all their divine glory, sounds of liberation, sounds of spiritual spheres, sounds of harmony…

BATUSHKA online:
http://www.batushkaofficial.com
http://www.facebook.com/Batushkaband

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Metal Blade Records Inks Deal With Batushka, Debut Album To See Reissue

Polish black metal legion Batushka is the latest addition to Metal Blade Records’ U.S. roster.

Pronounced “Batjushka,” the band’s Cyrillic name ??????? means “father” and is used to address an Eastern Orthodox priest. Despite the themes and imagery, they are not a Christian act. The identities of the members are unknown, but they are involved with other bands. Their live lineup contains eight members.

On November 3rd, Metal Blade will reissue the debut full length “Litourgiya,” which was initially released in 2015 in limited quantity (500 copies) via Witching Hour Productions. Despite its relative cult status, the record earned critical accolades from journalists “in the know.”

Physical preorders for Litourgiya are currently available at this location. A video for “Yekteniya IV – Milost'” is also available in the player below.

The track listing is:

1. Yekteniya I – Ochishcheniye
2. Yekteniya II – Blagosloveniye
3. Yekteniya III – Premudrost
4. Yekteniya IV – Milost’
5. Yekteniya V – Svyatyy Vkhod
6. Yekteniya VI – Upovanie
7. Yekteniya VII – Istina
8. Yekteniya VIII – Spasenie

Check out “Yekteniya IV – Milost'” here:

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Metal Blade Records Inks Deal With Batushka, Debut Album To See Reissue

Polish black metal legion Batushka is the latest addition to Metal Blade Records’ U.S. roster.

Pronounced “Batjushka,” the band’s Cyrillic name ??????? means “father” and is used to address an Eastern Orthodox priest. Despite the themes and imagery, they are not a Christian act. The identities of the members are unknown, but they are involved with other bands. Their live lineup contains eight members.

On November 3rd, Metal Blade will reissue the debut full length “Litourgiya,” which was initially released in 2015 in limited quantity (500 copies) via Witching Hour Productions. Despite its relative cult status, the record earned critical accolades from journalists “in the know.”

Physical preorders for Litourgiya are currently available at this location. A video for “Yekteniya IV – Milost'” is also available in the player below.

The track listing is:

1. Yekteniya I – Ochishcheniye
2. Yekteniya II – Blagosloveniye
3. Yekteniya III – Premudrost
4. Yekteniya IV – Milost’
5. Yekteniya V – Svyatyy Vkhod
6. Yekteniya VI – Upovanie
7. Yekteniya VII – Istina
8. Yekteniya VIII – Spasenie

Check out “Yekteniya IV – Milost'” here:

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Cannibal Corpse Premieres Title Track Of Upcoming New Album “Red Before Black”

Death metal veterans of Cannibal Corpse premiere the title track of their upcoming new album “Red Before Black”, which will be out in stores November 03 via Metal Blade Records.

Check out now “Red Before Black” below.

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Video Clip For New Song “On The Wings Of No Return” Issued By Ram

Swedish heavy metal act Ram issued a video clip for the new single “On the Wings of No Return.” Check it out in the player below.

The song is featured on the upcoming new album “Rod,” which stiffens on November 3rd via Metal Blade Records.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Declaration of Independence
2. On Wings of No Return
3. Gulag (see lyric video here)
4. A Throne at Midnight
5. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 1: Anno Infinitus
6. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 2: Ignitor
7. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 3: The Cease to Be
8. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 4: Voices of Death
9. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 5: Incinerating Storms
10. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 6: Ashes

Check out the video here:

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ACT OF DEFIANCE Lands on International Charts with New Album “Old Scars, New Wounds”

Old Scars, New Wounds, out Now via Metal Blade Records Order Here: www.metalblade.com/actofdefiance ACT OF DEFIANCE – the heavy metal group featuring the veteran talents of Chris Broderick on guitar, Henry Derek on vocals, Shawn Drover on drums and Matt Bachand on bass – released their latest full-length album, Old Scars, New Wounds, just under two weeks ago […]

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New Song “Kings Of The Nightworld” Available From The Black Dahlia Murder

Just two days before the release of the new album “Nightbringers” via Metal Blade Records on Friday, October 6th, The Black Dahlia Murder is streaming the new song “Kings of the Nightworld.” Check it out in the player below.

The track listing for “Nightbringers” is:

1. Widowmaker
2. Of God and Serpent, of Spectre and Snake
3. Matriarch (song available here)
4. Nightbringers (music video here)
5. Jars
6. Kings of the Nightworld
7. Catacomb Hecatomb
8. As Good as Dead
9. The Lonely Deceased

Check out “Kings of the Nightworld” here:

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Act of Defiance “Old Scars, New Wounds” LP Stream

Metal Blade Records Streamed live 2 hours ago OUT TODAY (9/29/17) Act of Defiance “Old Scars, New Wounds” LP|CD|DIGITAL: metalblade.com/actofdefiance SIDE A 01. M.I.A. 02. Molten Core 03. Overexposure 04. The Talisman 05. Lullaby of Vengeance 06. Circle of Ashes SIDE B 07. Reborn 08. Conspiracy of the Gods 09. Another Killing Spree 10. Broken […]

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Act Of Defiance (Shadows Fall, ex-Megadeth, Etc.) Debuts New Song “The Talisman” From Upcoming New Album “Old Scars, New Wounds”

Act Of Defiance (Shadows Fall, ex-Megadeth, etc.) debuts a new song entitled “The Talisman”, taken from the upcoming new album “Old Scars, New Wounds”, which Metal Blade will have in stores on September 29th.

Check out now “The Talisman” below.

Comments guitarist Chris Broderick:

“Matt Bachand wrote ‘The Talisman,’ the music for it, and it was actually even a little bit slower than it is now. We kind of listened to it and thought, the tempo should come up just a little bit so we worked on that and then the acoustic entrance originally was an electric guitar idea that Matt had and then I took it and kind of ran with it and kind of made it my own a little bit and put it on acoustic because I thought it sounded more intimate. It does suit the lyrics in terms of content better I think.

To me the song overall is great. Matt did a great job adding the slow, doomy vibe to the song and Henry’s vocals and lyrics that he wrote supports that. I do love it for that reason because it isn’t just on 11 the whole time. It seems like so many bands, and songs, even when we write, it seems like you get this feeling like we have to be on 11 the whole time. But this song rails against that idea, and that’s why I love it so much.”

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