‘For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records’ now available for pre-order

– July 20th, 2017 –

On August 29th, Metal Blade Records and BMG will release For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records – written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, and featuring a foreword by Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich. Celebrating the storied label’s 35th anniversary, For the Sake of Heaviness is an inside look at how Slagel built Metal Blade from a one-man operation in his mom’s non-air-conditioned garage to the preeminent international home of heavy music that it is today.

To pre-order For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records, please visit: smarturl.it/mbr35th – where an exclusive box-set is available, with the following contents:
For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records book
For the Sake of Heaviness cassette
–Metal Blade Records 35th anniversary bookmark
–bookplate autographed by Brian Slagel
* box dimensions: 9.375″ x 6.375″ x 1.25″

See below for the For the Sake of Heaviness cassette track-listing:
SIDE A
1. Fates Warning “Guardian”
2. Lizzy Borden “Lord of the Flies”
3. Omen “Holy Martyr”
4. Cirith Ungol “Black Machine”
5. GWAR “Gor-Gor”
6. Cannibal Corpse “Stripped, Raped, and Strangled”
7. Six Feet Under “War Is Coming”
SIDE B
1. Mercyful Fate “Egypt”
2. King Diamond “Voodoo”
3. The Black Dahlia Murder “Funeral Thirst”
4. Unearth “Black Hearts Now Reign”
5. Amon Amarth “Twilight of the Thunder God”
6. Visigoth “From the Arcane Mists of Prophecy”

For the Sake of Heaviness pulls back the curtain to reveal the definitive look at how Metal Blade began, what they’ve accomplished, and where they’re going. Slagel reveals the early advice he gave that helped guide Motley Crue‘s career; how he helped Metallica replace their bassist – twice; his detailed work on Thin Lizzy and Alice Cooper re-issues; his behind-the-scenes role in the careers of Slayer, GWAR, Mother Love Bone, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Goo Goo Dolls, and Lamb of God; and his unlikely ventures with kindred metal heads – from hockey star Ken Baumgartner, to celebrity chef Chris Santos, to The Howard Stern Show‘s Richard Christy, to comedians Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson and Jim Breuer.

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Cities Of Mars Posts New Song “Envoy Of Murder”

Swedish doom outfit Cities Of Mars is now streaming new single “Envoy of Murder” in the YouTube player below. About this single, the band says:

“As always, the song contains a piece of the unfolding saga of the ancient Martian civilization, rediscovered by the KGB agent Nadia in 1971. The song is set in 3251 BC, where a devastating civil war rages on Mars.

“A mad scientist has just released his latest invention onto the battlefield – an army of biomechanical spiders. Hidden in the shadows, the scientist controls his spider minions roaming the battle plains, infecting and reanimating dying soldiers into walking terrors.”

This is the first single from Cities Of Mars’ upcoming album “Temporal Rifts,” due to be released by Argonauta Records as vinyl, CD, and digital formats September 29th, 2017.

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Wraith Announces New Album “Revelation”

British group Wraith is due to release new album “Revelation” on August 4th, 2017 via Ice Rain Records / Cargo Records. “Revelation” is produced and mixed by Neil Kernon and mastered by Andy Sneap (Accept, Kreator, Machine Head, Megadeth).

Peter Way (UFO) is co-writer of “Under The Hammer” and that song was mixed by Mike Fraser (Whitesnake, David Coverdale, Blue Murder). The album artwork comes courtesy of Tristan Greatrex.

Guests on the album include the previously mentioned bassist Pete Way, Kim Nielsen – Bass (Phantom Blue, Asia), Steevi Jaimz – Backing Vocals (Tigertailz), and Tony Mills – Backing Vocals (SHY, T.N.T).

1. Lifeline
2. Dream Steeler
3. Into The Fire
4. Under The Hammer
5. Leaving Me Again
6. No Respect
7. Invasion
8. Revelation
9. Human Eater
10. Hunted (Bonus Track)

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Brendon Small’s Galaktikon Streaming New Song “My Name Is Murder”

The wait is over – Dethklok mastermind Brendon Small has unleashed a brand new, full track cut from his upcoming high-stakes intergalactic extreme rock/metal album, “Galaktikon II: Become The Storm.”

The album will officially drop August 25th, 2017 via Megaforce Records/MRI and today a new single, entitled “My Name Is Murder.” is available for streaming below.

Brendon Small says: “I wrote all the riffs for ‘My Name Is Murder’ in one sitting, and it quickly became a favorite while we were making the record. Story-wise, this song is about a bad dude doing very bad things, and writing from the POV of a bad guy is very, very fun for me.”

1. Some Days Are For Dying
2. Icarus Six Sixty Six
3. The Agenda
4. The Ocean Galaktik
5. My Name Is Murder
6. Become The Storm
7. Nightmare
8. Could This Be The End
9. To Kill A God
10. Exitus
11. Rebuilding A Planet

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The Black Dahlia Murder: limited, exclusive ‘Nocturnal’ vinyl now available via Metal Blade Records

– June 22nd, 2017 –

Bass play-through for album track, “I Worship Only What You Bleed”, online now by ex-TBDM bassist Ryan Williams

On July 28th, Metal Blade Records will release The Black Dahlia Murder‘s classic album, Nocturnal, on vinyl, to commemorate the record’s 10th anniversary. Available in a black and blue split-colored vinyl (limited to 1000 copies!), Nocturnal can be pre-ordered now at: indiemerch.com


Nocturnal track-listing
1. Everything Went Black
2. What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse
3. Virally Yours
4. I Worship Only What You Bleed
5. Nocturnal
6. Deathmask Divine
7. Of Darkness Spawned
8. Climactic Degradation
9. To a Breathless Oblivion
10. Warborn

A bass play-through of the album track, “I Worship Only What You Bleed”, (by ex-The Black Dahlia Murder bassist Ryan Williams!) is also online now at: youtube.com/watch?v=UjMJsPbygkQ

Currently finishing work on their upcoming 8th full-length, The Black Dahlia Murder will head back out on the road this summer, as co-headliners of “The Summer Slaughter Tour” with Dying Fetus! Featuring Oceano, Origin, Slaughter to Prevail, Rings Of Saturn, Betraying the Martyrs and Lorna Shore as support, this USA trek will also see The Black Dahlia Murder perform Nocturnal in its entirety – making this one show not to be missed! See below for all dates.

“The Summer Slaughter Tour” dates
w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Oceano, Origin, Slaughter to Prevail, Rings Of Saturn, Betraying the Martyrs, Lorna Shore

July 27 – Reverb – Reading, PA
July 28 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
July 29 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
July 30 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
Aug. 2 – The International – Knoxville, TN
Aug. 3 – The Masquerade (Heaven) – Atlanta, GA
Aug. 4 – Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA *
Aug. 5 – Come and Take it Live – Austin, TX
Aug. 6 – Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
Aug. 7 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Aug. 8 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX *
Aug. 9 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
Aug. 10 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Aug. 11 – City National Grove of Anaheim- Anaheim, CA
Aug. 12 – The Novo – Los Angeles, CA
Aug. 13 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Aug. 14 – Strummers – Fresno, CA *
Aug. 15 – The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall – Berkeley, CA
Aug. 16 – Bossanova – Portland, OR *
Aug. 17 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Aug. 18 – Diamondz Event Center – Jerome, ID *
Aug. 19 – The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Aug. 20 – Crown Upstairs – Wichita, KS **
Aug. 21 – The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 22 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
Aug. 23 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
Aug. 25 – The Majestic – Detroit, MI
Aug. 26 – Agora Theatre and Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
*=”Summer Slaughter” off-date w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Lorna Shore
**=”Summer Slaughter” off-date w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Lorna Shore

The Black Dahlia Murder will release their new untitled album in fall 2017 via Metal Blade Records. Guitars, bass, and drums were tracked with former The Black Dahlia Murder bassist Ryan Williams (facebook.com/Augmented.Audio), while vocals were tracked with Joe Cincotta (fullforcestudio.com); Jacob Hansen (Aborted, Volbeat, etc.) is currently mixing and mastering the record at Hansen Studios in Demark. This upcoming full-length is the follow-up to 2015′s critically acclaimed Abysmal, which was named one of the best albums of the year by Metal Sucks, Metal Injection, Metal Insider, among many others. To preview and purchase Abysmal, please visit: metalblade.com/tbdm

The Black Dahlia Murder online:
http://www.tbdmofficial.com
http://www.facebook.com/theblackdahliamurderofficial
http://twitter.com/bdmmetal
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Thy Art Is Murder Announces New Album “Dear Desolation”

Australian group Thy Art Is Murder will release new album “Dear Desolation” on August 18th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Check out the music video for the first single, “Slaves Beyond Death,” in the player below.

“Dear Desolation” was produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio in Belleville, NJ. Artwork was created by Eliran Kantor.

Comments vocalist C.J. McMahon: “I feel the strongest I’ve ever felt going into a record. Coming back to the fold of our band has reinvigorated me. I missed my brothers, touring, and of course all our dedicated fans around the world who have always given us their all.

“This new record is going to shape our future; we gave it everything we could and then some. In the past, I was the weakest link and now that I have re-built myself, we are stronger than ever and nothing can stand in our way.”

Adds guitarist Andy Marsh: “Hate, War, Desolation; the trilogy series of the path mankind has laid out before himself. We are prouder than ever of our efforts on this record. A lot of time, planning, creativity and teamwork has culminated in what we think is our most completed vision yet: Dear Desolation.”

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Black Dahlia Murder To Co-Headline Summer Slaughter Tour With Dying Fetus

Currently finishing work on an upcoming eighth full-length album, The Black Dahlia Murder will head back out on the road this summer as co-headliner of The Summer Slaughter Tour with Dying Fetus.

The U.S. trek — which runs from July 27th through August 26th — will also see The Black Dahlia Murder perform “Nocturnal” in its entirety in honor of the album’s ten-year anniversary. Support will be provided by Oceano, Origin, Slaughter To Prevail, Rings Of Saturn, Betraying The Martyrs, and Lorna Shore. See below for all dates.

The Summer Slaughter Tour w/ Fetus, Oceano, Origin, Slaughter To Prevail, Rings Of Saturn, Betraying The Martyrs, Lorna Shore:

7/27/2017 Reverb – Reading, PA
7/28/2017 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
7/29/2017 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
7/30/2017 Webster Hall – New York, NY
8/02/2017 The International – Knoxville, TN
8/03/2017 The Masquerade (Heaven) – Atlanta, GA
8/05/2017 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
8/06/2017 Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
8/07/2017 House of Blues – Houston, TX
8/09/2017 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
8/10/2017 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
8/11/2017 City National Grove of Anaheim- Anaheim, CA
8/12/2017 The Novo – Los Angeles, CA
8/13/2017 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
8/15/2017 The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall – Berkeley, CA
8/17/2017 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
8/19/2017 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
8/21/2017 The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
8/22/2017 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
8/23/2017 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
8/25/2017 The Majestic – Detroit, MI
8/26/2017 Agora Theatre And Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

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The Black Dahlia Murder to co-headline “The Summer Slaughter Tour” with Dying Fetus

– June 12th, 2017 –

New album due out this fall

Currently finishing work on their upcoming 8th full-length, The Black Dahlia Murder will head back out on the road this summer, as co-headliners of “The Summer Slaughter Tour” with Dying Fetus! Featuring Oceano, Origin, Slaughter to Prevail, Rings Of Saturn, Betraying the Martyrs and Lorna Shore as support, this USA trek will also see The Black Dahlia Murder perform Nocturnal in its entirety, for the album’s 10-year anniversary – making this one show not to be missed! See below for all dates.

“The Summer Slaughter Tour” dates
w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Oceano, Origin, Slaughter to Prevail, Rings Of Saturn, Betraying the Martyrs, Lorna Shore

July 27 – Reverb – Reading, PA
July 28 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
July 29 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
July 30 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
Aug. 2 – The International – Knoxville, TN
Aug. 3 – The Masquerade (Heaven) – Atlanta, GA
Aug. 5 – Come and Take it Live – Austin, TX
Aug. 6 – Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
Aug. 7 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Aug. 9 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
Aug. 10 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Aug. 11 – City National Grove of Anaheim- Anaheim, CA
Aug. 12 – The Novo – Los Angeles, CA
Aug. 13 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Aug. 15 – The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall – Berkeley, CA
Aug. 17 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Aug. 19 – The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Aug. 21 – The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 22 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
Aug. 23 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
Aug. 25 – The Majestic – Detroit, MI
Aug. 26 – Agora Theatre and Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

The Black Dahlia Murder will release their new untitled album in fall 2017 via Metal Blade Records. Guitars, bass, and drums were tracked with former The Black Dahlia Murder bassist Ryan Williams (facebook.com/Augmented.Audio), while vocals were tracked with Joe Cincotta (http://fullforcestudio.com); Jacob Hansen (Aborted, Volbeat, etc.) is currently mixing and mastering the record at Hansen Studios in Demark. This upcoming full-length is the follow-up to 2015′s critically acclaimed Abysmal, which was named one of the best albums of the year by Metal Sucks, Metal Injection, Metal Insider, among many others. To preview and purchase Abysmal, please visit: metalblade.com/tbdm

The Black Dahlia Murder online:
http://www.tbdmofficial.com
http://www.facebook.com/theblackdahliamurderofficial
http://twitter.com/bdmmetal
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Entrails launches new album’s title track, “World Inferno”, online

– June 6th, 2017 –

On June 16th, Swedish death metallers Entrails will release their new album, World Inferno, worldwide via Metal Blade Records! To hear the album’s title track, please visit: youtube.com/watch?v=W5J3ZPpOORc

Guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist comments: “It feels just insane to be finally unleashing the third single from our upcoming album. And with this album title song we speed it up once again and make it all into a big Inferno of Swedeath in our way. With this said – turn up the volume to 11 and be fed with ‘World Inferno’!”

For another preview of World Inferno, the first single, “The Soul Collector”, can be heard at: metalblade.com/entrails – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–CD
–180g black vinyl
–blue grey-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–blood red vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EMP exclusive)
–steel blue clear vinyl (limited to 100 copies – USA exclusive)
–clear skyblue vinyl (limited to 100 copies – Hells Headbangers exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

The recordings for World Inferno started in December 2016 in Lundqvist’s Bloodshed Studio. Dan Swano once again handled the mixing and mastering for the album. Dan Swano comments: “I don’t know if I had said this before, but I say it again. Every time I start thinking about putting together some new SweDeath project, Entrails show up at my doorstep with a new album to mix, and every time I think ‘Fuck!! – What’s the point in making my own project when this is so fucking good, and exactly what I wanted to do…’ And if I felt there were some details to improve upon from our previous work together, they fix that and then some, and return with an album even stronger than the previous one. What the fuck is going on in Linneryd!? Is Jimmy cloning death metal warriors in some barn over there or what!? To sum it up. Yet another amazing slab of SweDeath coming your way from Entrails! Beyond. Blown. Away!”

World Inferno track-listing:
1. World Inferno
2. Condemned to the Grave
3. Serial Murder (Death Squad)
4. The Soul Collector
5. Dead and Buried
6. Insane Slaughter
7. Into Eternal Fire
8. Suffer
9. The Hour of the Casket
10. The Blood Breed

Entrails line-up:
Jimmy Lundqvist – guitars
Tommy Carlsson – vocals/bass
Pontus Samuelsson – guitars
Martin Michaelsson – drums

Entrails online:
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