Ancient Re-Releasing “Trolltaar” EP

Norwegian extreme metal group Ancient is re-releasing the “Trolltaar” EP (1995) via Sleaszy Rider Records.

This 2017 edition includes 3 live tracks from Norway in 1993, with a vinyl edition to also soon be available.

Ancient released long-awaited 7th studio album, “Back To The Land Of The Dead,” on September 16th in North America via (Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s) EMP Underground/EMP Label Group, and in the rest of the World by Soulseller Records.

It arrived a mere 12 years following previous full-length album “Night Visit.” Catch Ancient live on these upcoming live appearances:

7/20 2017 – Gothoom Festival Ostry Grun – Slovakia
12/2 2017 – Into Darkness Festival IV – Leeuwarden – Holland
12/3 2017 – Baroeg Rotterdam – Holland
5/12 2018 – Under The Banner of Black Light Fest – Graz – Austria

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Decrepit Birth Posts “Epigenic Triplicity” 360 Degree Lyric Video

Decrepit Birth is set to release first new album in seven years, “Axis Mundi,” on July 21st via Agonia Records (Europe / ROW) and Nuclear Blast Records (North America).

“Epigenic Triplicity” is the first single to be revealed from the record – check out the track in the form of a 360 degree VR lyric video below.

“We’ve gone through an evolution throughout the years” says founding member and primary songwriter Matt Sotelo. “The last couple of albums we had, ‘Diminishing Between Worlds’ and ‘Polarity,’ were more progressive death metal. They were different from’ …And Time Begins,’ which is a different genre of death metal.

“It’s more brutal. I’m the type of guy who likes to experiment. ‘…And Time Begins’ has no solos. It’s all really fast palm-muted riffs. The other albums breathed more with the guitars. I let chords ring out on Diminishing Between Worlds and Polarity. Axis Mundi is combination of all the stuff I’m into. I like it a lot right now. It’s more melodic. The riffs repeat intentionally. I want to have fun with these songs.”

“I don’t know if we’re going to re-shape death metal,” he continues, “We’re just a band. We’re doing this. We’re fans of the genre. We do our own thing with it. It’s our own paint job. What sounds cool to us. We don’t aspire to be the most technical band out there. The technicality isn’t our main goal. Technicality is part of what we are. When we were writing this album, we wanted the songs that had riffs that repeat. There’s more structure with our new stuff. We’re trying to write good music. We want to entertain people out there. Hopefully, everybody likes ‘Axis Mundi.'”

1. Vortex of Infinity…Axis Mundi
2. Spirit Guide
3. The Sacred Geometry
4. Hieroglyphic
5. Transcendental Paradox
6. Mirror of Humanity
7. Ascendant
8. Epigenetic Triplicity
9. Embryogenesis
10. Orion
11. Desprate Cry
12. Infecting the Crypts

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Video Clip For New Song “To Erebor” Issued By Wind Rose

Italian folk/power metal band Wind Rose released a video clip for the new song “To Erebor.” The song appears on the third studio album “Stonehymn,” which drops on May 26th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

“Stonyhymn” was mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni (DGM, Ancient Bards, Secret Sphere) and features the following track listing:

1. Distant Battlefields
2. Dance of Fire
3. Under the Stone
4. To Erebor
5. The Returning Race
6. The Animist
7. The Wolves’ Call (see lyric video here)
8. Fallen Timbers
9. The Eyes of the Mountain

Check out “To Erebor”:

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Arkona Kicking Off North American Tour Dates With Sirenia

Napalm Records artists Arkona and Sirenia are ready to kick of their North American tour tomorrow night in New York, NY at Webster Hall. This tour serves as a special 15th anniversary run for Arkona and is also Sirenia’s first ever North American tour. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Anton of Arkona on what fans can expect on tour: “For our Anniversary set list we have chosen the songs, which we never played in North America before, from each of 7 albums we released. These songs are very well describing our 15th year path. Also we added 2 new songs from our upcoming album, which we are going to record right after out return from the tour. And of course our well known hits will not be forgotten!”

Morten of Sirenia added: “We are very excited about touring North America for the first time. It’s something that we wanted to do for years and years. This time it will finally happen. A special thanks to our fans supporting this project via our pledge campaign, together we made this happen. See you in the US and Canada in a few days. First show in NYC on the 13th of May already. Be ready, ’cause we sure are!”

5/13: New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
5/14: Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
5/15: Quebec City, QC @ L’anti
5/16: Montreal, QC @ L’astral
5/17: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
5/18: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
5/19: Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
5/20: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
5/21: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
5/23: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
5/24: Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
5/25: Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
5/26: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
5/27: Scottsdale, AZ @ Pranksters
5/28: El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse
5/29: Dallas, TX @ The Curtain Club
5/30: Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall

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New Single “Accident And Error” Available From Origin

Origin has unleashed the new song “Accident and Error” – the first single from the forthcoming new album “Unparalleled Universe,” set to be released on June 30th via Agonia Records (Europe/ROW) and Nuclear Blast Records (North America).

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Infinitesimal to the Infinite
2. Accident and Error
3. Cascading Failures
4. Mithridatic
5. Truthslayer
6. Invariance Under Transformation
7. Dajjal
8. Burden of Prescience
9. Unequivocal
10. Revolucion

Check out the 360 degree clip here:

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Details Of New Album “Unparalleled Universe” Revealed By Origin

Vaunted U.S. titans of extreme death metal, Origin, have revealed details surrounding the forthcoming new album “Unparalleled Universe,” which is set to be released on June 30th via Agonia Records (Europe/ROW) and Nuclear Blast Records (North America). Pre-orders for the album are available at this location. The first single “Accident And Error” will come in the form of a 360 degree lyric video which will be available in North America on Friday, May 12th at 10:00am.

For 20 years, Origin has engaged a full-blown sensory assault of tight, taut, and technical death metal amplified by flashes of grindcore and groove. However, 2017’s “Unparalleled Universe” sees the quartet – Paul Ryan (guitar, vocals), John Longstreth (drums), Mike Flores (bass, vocals), and Jason Keyser (vocals) – strengthen that blueprint with a handful of surprises.

“It feels like an Origin album, but it’s unparalleled to what you might expect if you haven’t heard us for 10 or 15 years” says Ryan. “To me, it’s a true reflection of ourselves. I compare it to an action movie. Our earlier material is filled with action from beginning to end. Now, the idea is to add a little more depth and dynamics. You could say there are some twists in the plot musically”.

“Unparalleled Universe” was recorded and mixed at Chapman Studios in February 2017 alongside longtime collaborator and engineer Robert Rebeck (Tech N9ne). The band emerged with ten new songs including a cover of Brujeria’s “Revolución”, that were mastered in March 2017 by Colin Marston at Menegroth – The Thousand Caves (Altar of Plagues, Jarobe, Krallice) and wrapped in a cover prepared by Filip Ivanovic (Dismember, Cryptopsy, Heavy Montreal, Gorguts).

The track listing is as follows:

1. Infinitesimal to the Infinite
2. Accident and Error
3. Cascading Failures
4. Mithridatic
5. Truthslayer
6. Invariance Under Transformation
7. Dajjal
8. Burden of Prescience
9. Unequivocal
10. Revolucion

“Unparalleled Universe” album formats:
– Digipack CD.
– Limited BOX CD (including beer opener with album cover, flag with band logo and alternative CD version of the album).
– 12” gatefold LP (black).
– 12” gatefold LP (gray).
– 12” gatefold LP (splatter) – Agonia Records Webshop exclusive!
– 12”gatefold picture LP.
– Digital.

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Firespawn Posts “Serpent Of The Ocean” Music Video

One more week to go, then Firespawn’s brand new album “The Reprobate” will descend upon this world with furious wrath. Today the band releases a brand new video for the album’s opening track “Serpent Of The Ocean” – check it out below.

“The Reprobate” will be released on April 28th, 2017 digitally in North America and as a digipak CD, deluxe LP (with Gatefold sleeve, 180 g vinyl, poster, inlay and the entire album on CD) and as digital download/stream via Century Media.

1. Serpent of the Ocean
2. Blood Eagle
3. Full of Hate
4. Damnatio ad Bestias
5. Death by Impalement (streaming here)
6. Generals Creed
7. The Whitechapel Murderer
8. A Patient Wolf
9. The Reprobate
10. Nightwalkers

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Hammerfall And Delain Kicking Off North American Tour Dates

The fans have waited almost a full year since the announcement, and now two of Europe’s finest metal exports and Napalm Records recording artists – Hammerfall and Delain – are set to kick off their co-headlining North American tour tonight in Toronto, ON.

The tour crisscrosses North America including an appearance in Worcester, MA at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, and wraps up May 18th in Atlanta, GA. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Hammerfall is on the road supporting tenth studio album and Napalm Records debut “Built to Last,” which was released last November. Guitarist Oscar Dronjak comments:

“7 years is a long time, but now we’re set to the North American shore at last! Our aim is to create the greatest heavy metal party every single night, and together with our friends in Delain and, most importantly, you, the true Templars of steel, I feel confident we’ll make it happen.”

Delain will be touring on the heels of the “Moonbathers” album. Fans can expect to hear new material from “Moonbathers” as well as Delain classics. Vocalist Charlotte Wessells had this to say:

“We love performing in North America and after a handful of amazing North American tours we are really excited to offer fans the much requested full headline experience during this co-headline run with heavy metallers Hammerfall! You don’t want to miss out on this package, we look forward to a kick-ass tour.”

4/19: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
4/20: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial De Quebec
4/21: Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
4/22: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
4/24: New York, NY @ Stage 48
4/26: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/27: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
4/28: Chicago, IL @ Concorde Music Hall
4/29: Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
5/1: Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
5/3: Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
5/4: Calgary, AB @ Dickens 1000
5/5: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
5/6: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/8: San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall
5/9: Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey a Go Go
5/10: Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
5/11: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
5/13: Dallas, TX @ Trees
5/14: San Antonio, TX @ Alamo Music Hall
5/15: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
5/17: Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
5/18: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

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Van Records Expanding With U.S. Division

Germany’s cult label Ván Records has sanctioned a partnership in the U.S. forging a new branch of the company to deliver the diverse catalog to more stateside listeners. Alongside the announcement, the label has also released new singles from The Ruins Of Beverast and Slaegt.

Having released over two-hundred albums, singles, EPs, splits, and more from across the realms of metal and rock since being founded in 2004, Ván Records has been largely responsible for the worldwide proliferation of acts such as The Devil’s Blood, Urfaust, King Dude, and countless others.

Now, Ván Records’ owner Sven Dinninghoff has furthered the label’s relationship with King Dude founder TJ Cowgill to help launch the new U.S. division of the entity out of Seattle. This new branch of Ván sees the catalog now distributed stateside through Revolver, making these titles much more accessible to fans across North America and beyond.

The first wave of titles to see U.S. release through this new deal will strike on May 19th, including new LPs from The Ruins Of Beverast, Slaegt, Gold, and Dread Sovereign, with many more to follow. A Ván Records retail shop will also be launched this Summer.

Cowgill states, “I am honored and proud to be a part of the ever growing Ván Records family, from working at first with Sven as an artist on the roster to now, becoming an integral part of the family as head of the label’s U.S. office. We have been planning this expansion now for over almost eight months, and seeing it come to life has been a truly awesome experience. Our dedicated staff and myself hope that through this expansion we will bring even more quality and excellence known from Ván into the lives of every single fan, record store and distributor in North America. Hail the glory of Lucifer!”

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Vampire Posts “He Who Speaks” Music Video

There are two more weeks before Vampire’s impatiently awaited new album “With Primeval Force” will be released, and n the meantime a brand new video clip for the song “He Who Speaks” comes online and can be see below.

“With Primeval Force” will be released digitally in North America on April 21st with pre-orders online here, but many other formats are available for import via Century Media.

1. Knights Of The Burning Crypt (4:49)
2. He Who Speaks (3:26)
3. Metamorfosis (3:53)
4. Skull Prayer (2:20)
5. Midnight Trial (4:46)
6. Revenants (6:14)
7. Ghoul Wind (3:24)
8. Initiation Rites (4:35)
9. Scylla (4:39)

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