Memoriam Splits With Drummer Andy Whale

British death metal supergroup Memoriam, which is comprised of members of Bolt Thrower, Benediction and Cerebral Fix, has announced that they will part company with drummer Andy Whale after two shows in Germany at the end of this month. A statement from the band reads as follows:

“Those who know Andy will know he is a fiercely proud family man and father. He wants to be with the first love of his life, which is his partner and children, more and we cannot see a better and more admirable reason for a band departure. We are sure that Andy will continue playing in the future but we think he may well follow his more punk routes than death metal. This is not an acrimonious departure and we are sure that in the future he will jump behind the kit again with Memoriam on stage for a bit of a bash!

“So, on the 28th and 29th of September in Germany (Erfurt and Oberhausen), Andy will be doing his last live shows with Memoriam. So those that can, please come along and enjoy the events, join our party, have fun and give Andy a right good send-off. All other shows will still go ahead, but for now, let’s all wish Andy well in whatever endeavour he chooses to move on with.

“We have achieved so much in such a short time together as a band and our love for you will never diminish. Our love and respect, always.”

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Grave Digger Posts New Video, “Zombie Dance” Online

It might be the most surprising song Grave Digger has ever released. After nearly four decades of true German heavy metal, the time has come to reach out to different musical influences. After listening to “Zombie Dance” we know for sure that Polka and Metal fit perfect together. This collaboration with their labelmates Russkaja will make you dance, especially when it’s played live on their upcoming “Tour Of The Living Dead”. Be aware!

Chris Boltendahl on “Zombie Dance”:
“Polka and Metal – is that fitting? With “Zombie Dance” we are opening the gate to hell for every incarnate, true metalhead and Grave Digger fan. But to be honest … the symbiosis between Metal and Polka turns out to be perfect and calls on everyone to dance and headbang. You wanted PARTY – you’ve got it !!! With “Zombie Dance” and its video we give you a late summer hit in 2018. Whoever stands still or remains seated while this song is played is already dead or not born yet!!”

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Chthonic Reveals New Album “Battlefields Of Asura” Details

Chthonic, the Taiwanese metal band recognized with its unique signature of performance, is to release an all new album, “Battlefields Of Asura,” on October 10th, the first new music since 2013’s full-length album, “Butik.”

Formed in 1995, Chthonic has hit the road touring over forty countries with hundreds of concerts and festivals. Chthonic has become the most visible Taiwanese metal band with international publicity. In the past five years, all five members of Chthonic have turned a new page in their lives respectively. The frontman of band formed a new political party but also got elected into the Parliament while the others established their families. Nevertheless, they have not forgot the promise to release new material to the fans. This year, Chthonic has Randy Blythe, frontman of Grammy-nominated metal band Lamb of God, and Denise Ho, iconic freedom fighter and singer from Hong Kong collaborating with the creation of the album and appearing in the preview of title track which has raised huge resonance in the music circle.

To tease the album, a secretive promotion plan saw the debut track in new album, “Millennia’s Faith Undone”, remixed and published by five new bands and artists with their own distinctive styles – Elephant Gym, Hom Shenhao, Unfamiliar Friends Party, Bison Country, and Angry Youth, which raised the speculation and attention among fans and people in music industry about the song and the series of remixes. The speculation even hinted the possibility of renaissance of lyrics in Taiwanese. Days ago, Denise Ho, the iconic Hong Kong singer, published her version of “Millennia’s Faith Undone”, as her first Taiwanese song mixed with the voice of Freddy Lim, the frontman of Chthonic, throughout the song, which has become a hit in Taiwan and Hong Kong. As the talks about the relations between the song and Chthonic continues, the answer finally reveals today that the 60-second preview of original version of “Millenia’s Faith Undone” can be heard below and the full version will be out on September 4th.

According to Chthonic, the new album “Battlefields Of Asura” depicts the adventure of deities in Taiwan through eleven songs carrying messages about resistance, freedom and fraternity. The journey is full of hostility, adversary, impregnable fortresses and desires but also inspires infinite courage to search for eternal wisdom. Anyone deeply touched by this album will eventually realize that it is the origin of all thrilling epic stories portrayed in the past albums. This album sounds like gods versus devils and fights among evil spirits on the surface; however, everyone can feel the empathy of fury, grief and even strength of resurgence from the lyrics.

When asked why the band names the new album “Battlefields Of Asura,” Doris, the spokesperson of Chthonic, states, “This album is the prologue of the albums released in the past and was inspired by and dedicated to the activists of Taiwan’s first modern political reform movement back in 1920s.”

Pre-orders on CD and vinyl are available now. The album marks the first vinyl released by Chthonic since its formation. Pre-order of album box set is also available in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong which includes the album, T-shirt and caps, thematic candle glass, rosary plus 7″ vinyl collaboration single of Chthonic and Denise Ho.

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Death/Black metallers Hate from Poland sign to Metal Blade Records

– July 12th, 2018 –

First new song now available

Photo credit: Daniel Rusilowicz

Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of Hate, the glorious death/black metal force hailing from Warsaw, Poland.

Hate have been praised by press and fans alike for years for creating lacerating and dark music, proven best on their current album, Tremendum (2017). The album saw ATF Sinner (vocals, guitars) utilize the dark aspects of the mystic and arcane Slavonic folklore to explore themes both personal and impersonal. It is an album that is relatable at first listen, but that is hard to fully know.

In 2018, we find Hate as ever, advancing. In preparation for what might be their most fruitful endeavor so far, to collaborate with the home of American metal, Metal Blade Records. “‘You are judged by the company you keep’, the saying goes – and if that is true, then we shall be judged extremely favourably. We are very proud to announce our signing to Metal Blade Records, a label that is as synonymous with metal as the invention of the distortion pedal. This signing could not have come at a better timing, as it coincides with an opening of a new chapter in the band’s history. Beginning with the release of 2017′s ‘Tremendum’, Hate has been on a journey towards new, even darker horizons, and we’re confident that this step will help us in reaching these goals. Our first collaboration is already well underway and plans have already been laid down to enter the studio in December of this year, with a tentative release date for mid-2019. Come, bear witness and join us on this journey”, comments the band’s front-man ATF Sinner.

Check out the pre-production for the new Hate song, “Path To Arken”, at:

Watch Hate on their world tour, which is kicking off tomorrow at In Flammen Open Air! See below for all dates.

Hate live:
July 13 – Torgau, Germany – In Flammen Open Air
July 14 – Essen, Germany – Turock
July 15 – Chepelle Lez Herlaimont, Belgium – Le Cercle
July 16 – Den Haag, Netherlands – Musicon
July 17 – Paris, France – Le Klub
July 18 – Nantes, France – Le Ferraileur
July 20 – Montpellier, France – Secret Place
July 21 – Barcelona, Spain – Move Your Fucken Brain
July 22 – Nice, France – Altherax Music
July 23 – Tolmin, Slovenia – Metal Days Open Air
Aug. 10 – Jaromer, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault Open Air
Aug. 25 – Coventry, UK – Arches
Aug. 27 – London, UK – Black Heart
Aug. 28 – Southampton, UK – Talking Heads
Aug. 29 – Brighton, UK – The Green Door Store
Aug. 30 – Manchester, UK – Rebellion
Aug. 31 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Sept. 1 – Leeds, UK – Temple of Boom
Sept. 2 – Edinburgh, UK – Heavy Scotland Open Air
Sept. 13 – Kiev, Ukraine – Bingo
Sept. 15 – Saint Petersburg, Russia – Opera
Sept. 16 – Moscow, Russia – Rock House
Sept. 17 – Yaroslav, Russia – Szhao Da
Sept. 18 – Novosibirsk, Russia – Podzemka
Sept. 19 – Krasnoyarsk, Russia – The Moods
Sept. 20 – Irkutsk, Russia – Rock’n Roll Pub
Sept. 21 – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – Noise Metal Fest
Sept. 22 – Tianuin, China – Party Live
Sept. 23 – Shanghai, China – Bandai Namco Base
Sept. 25 – Hangzou, China – Mao Live House
Sept. 27 – Osaka, Japan – Shinsaibashi Soma
Sept. 28 – Nagoya, Japan – Rad Hall
Sept. 29 – Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya Cyclone

Hate line-up:
ATF Sinner – vocals, guitars
Pavulon – drums
Apeiron – bass (session)
Domin – guitar (session)

Hate online:


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Dying Fetus Announces European Tour Dates

Death metal veterans Dying Fetus has announced a string of headlining shows across Europe this summer, as well as a number of festival appearances. The tour begins August 2nd at Wacken Open Air in Germany and ends August 25th at Death Feast in Andernach, DE. Direct support will be provided by Carnifex, Toxic Holocaust, Goatwhore and Venom Prison on select dates. The tour includes additional festival appearances at Brutal Assault, Rockstadt Extreme, Party San and more. All confirmed tour dates are listed below.

August 2 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
August 3 – Brasov, Romania – Rockstadt Extreme
August 5 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Randal Club #
August 6 – Warsaw, Poland – Proxima #=
August 7 – Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu #=
August 9 – Jaromer, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault
August 10 – Schlotheim, Germany – Party San
August 11 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands – Into The Grave
August 12 – Arlon, Belgium – L’Entrepot *=
August 13 – London, UK – Islington Academy *#=?
August 14 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy *#=?
August 15 – Oberhausen, Germany – Kulttempel *#=?
August 16 – Pagney-derriere-Barine, France – Chez Paulette *#=?
August 17 – Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – Summer Breeze
August 18 – Paris, France – Petit Bain =?
August 19 – Saint-Nolff, France – Motocultor Festival
August 20 – Montpellier, France – Secret Place #=?
August 21 – Aarau, Switzerland – Kiff #=?
August 22 – Milano, Italy – Spazio Naif #=?
August 23 – Klagenfurt, Austria – Club Stereo #=?
August 24 – Lindau, Germany – Club Vaudeville ?
August 25 – Andernach, Germany – Death Feast

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Aborted Reveals New Album Title, Release Date And Announces European Tour With Cryptopsy

Belgian deathgrind veterans Aborted has posted a message online revealing the details of their forthcoming new studio album. A post on their official Facebook account reads:

“We have some exciting news to share with you all – as many of you know, we entered the studio to start the recording of our new studio album which will be called “TerrorVision”. Expect nothing less than brutal death metal on the highest level, enriched by the dark melodic twist of our latest EP, “Bathos”. “TerrorVision” is set to be released on September 21, 2018 via Century Media Records. Aborted will return to the death metal clubs of Europe in early November, joined by Cryptopsy, Benighted and Cytotoxin. Do not miss the brutal death metal package in autumn!

Aborted’s vocalist Sven De Caluwe comments on the album and tour:

“So here we are, at it again. We just spent a little over two weeks recording the follow up to Retrogore, entitled TerrorVision at the mighty Kohlekeller Studios in Germany. Tracking is coming to its end, and it’s been a record we poured a ton of work in over the last year or so. This is actually the first record we were able to do full pre-productions for and had Kohle involved in with since the beginning, and let me tell you, the result is there. We all feel very proud and strongly about how this beast is shaping. Get ready for the most ambitious, varied and brutal Aborted record so far. Kohle has been pushing us beyond the limit of what we have ever done and stuff is sounding massive; always a pleasure to have him involved.

“Next to that we can’t be more excited to announce the line-up for our Hell Over Europe II tour. Last time we had a killer package; well this time for the release of TerrorVision I think not only do we have one of the best brutal death metal packages we could put together; but it’s also the most awesome company of friends we could dream to share the road with for a month. Get ready to have your bodies annihilated by our friends of Cryptopsy, Benighted and Cytotoxin next to yours truly of course. This is going to be the party you don’t wanna miss out on, we are ecstatic to share the road with our good friends and hang with you all, see you all out there, PREPARE TO GRIND!!!!!!”

The tour dates are as follows:

01/11/2018 TH NL Leeuwarden Neushoorn
02/11/2018 FR FR Mulhouse Noumatrouff
03/11/2018 SA BE Sint Niklaas Casino
04/11/2018 SU FR ST-Brieuc La Citrouille
08/11/2018 TH FR Biarritz Atabal
09/11/2018 FR ES Madrid Caracol
10/11/2018 SA ES Barcelona Boveda
11/11/2018 SU FR Lyon CCO
12/11/2018 MO IT Brescia Circolo Colony
13/11/2018 TU Sl Ljubljana Orto Bar
14/11/2018 WE CH Fribourg Fri-Son
15/11/2018 TH AT Vienna Arena
16/11/2018 FR DE Munich Feierwerk
17/11/2018 SA CZ Ostrava Barak Music Club
18/11/2018 SU CZ Prague Roxy
19/11/2018 MO PL Poznan Klub Y Bazyla
20/11/2018 TU DE Berlin Cassiopeia
21/11/2018 WE DK Copenhagen Pumpehuset
22/11/2018 TH DE Hamburg Bambi Galore
23/11/2018 FR DE Essen Turock
24/11/2018 SA DE Weinheim Café Central
25/11/2018 SU NL Eindhoven Dynamo

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Ministry Frontman Al Jourgensen Discusses Sexual Harassment

In the latest in a series of videos posted online by Nuclear Blast, Ministry frontman and founder Al Jourgensen has weighed in on the high profile claims of sexual harassment. Like former U.S. Senator Al Franken, Jourgensen admits he’s done things that he’s not proud of. “But you grow, you learn, you listen,” he says. Jourgensen has taken an objective look at some of his actions from the past that he didn’t consider sexist at the time, but, today’s raised awareness has given him a fresh perspective.

“Now it’s time for the men to buck up and start thinking,” he says. “We’ve slated our society to be exploitative and men have been rewarded by this system, but now, we’re starting to think.

“It’s not going to be an overnight thing, but at least start thinking. ‘Ok, I remember this party back, maybe 10 years ago where I did…yeah…I see that that was weird, I can see where I could have possibly weirded someone out…’ just that is a step forward. Just for a man to think ‘you know what? That was fucked up.’ That’s a step forward and that’s where we need to be and that’s what these discussions that are happening right now are doing…hopefully.”

“AmeriKKKant” tour dates:

March 22 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
March 23 Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA
March 24 Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
March 26 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
March 28 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
March 29 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC CANADA
March 31 Union Hall, Edmonton, AB CANADA
April 1 Palace Theatre, Calgary, AB CANADA
April 3 Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
April 5 Boubon Theatre, Lincoln, NE
April 7 Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
April 8 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
April 10 Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH
April 11 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI
April 12 Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
April 14 Opera House, Toronto, ON CANADA
April 15 MTelus, Montreal, QC CANADA
April 17 Royale, Boston, MA
April 18 Aura, Portland, ME
April 19 Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY
April 21 Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
April 22 Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
April 23 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD
April 25 Center Stage, Atlanta, GA
April 26 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
April 28 Levitation Festival, Austin, TX

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Cancer Bats Announce “Hail Destroyer” 10th Anniversary Live Shows

Cancer Bats announces two special tenth anniversary shows for their 2008 release “Hail Destroyer“. The shows will take place at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, ON on April 20th and 21st. Cancer Bats will be performing the album in full each night.


— Cancer Bats (@cancerbats) December 5, 2017

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Prosthetic Records Inks Deal With Sorxe, New Album Details And First Single Released

Phoenix, AZ-based experimental sludge/post metal band Sorxe has announced the band’s signing to Prosthetic Records. The band will release its second full-length album “Matter & Void” on November 24th.

“Matter & Void” was recorded, mixed and co-produced by Matt Bayles (Russian Circles, Botch, Isis). The album will be available via CD, limited edition violet and black swirl LP and all digital outlets. Pre-orders are available now at this location.

The four-piece relies heavily on improvisation, pulling ideas from an eclectic well of inspiration ranging from Neurosis, Swans, Melvins and Pink Floyd. SORXE consists of guitarist/vocalist Tanner Crace, drummer Shane Ocell, and two bassists – Christopher Coons and Jonathan Portnoy, who tread new psychedelic ground into the unknown.

Crace comments on the signing: “Sorxe is humbled and honored to join the Prosthetic family! We have much music to share with everyone and we are truly excited to have this platform and support of the label to be able to extend our reach. We are greatly looking forward to the ‘Matter & Void’ album release, touring, and bringing the music to a wider audience of people all over the world. Thank you!”

The first single “Hypnotizer,” can be streamed via Metal Injection either at this location, or just below in the player provided.

Crace says about the track: “Lyrically there’s a lot of intertwining themes about the cold calculating and unforgiving nature of existence. The song ‘Hypnotizer’ deals with the allure and seduction of new technologies and how it’s all sold to all of us to make life easier, but the double edge sword of the matter is we are becoming even more distant and distracted. Life is getting more chaotic and moving faster than we can keep up.

“Musically we feel the album as a whole is more advanced structurally than our self-released debut Surrounded by Shadows, while at the same time it feels simpler. We really wanted to build on certain themes and let them grow and contort to suck you in, grab your attention and then take you on a journey with us. A lot of the inspiration comes from visual cues, certain vibes in movies we like, etc.”

The artwork and track listing for the album is:

1. Hypnotizer
2. Distraction Party
3. Never To See
4. Black Water
5. Eastern Transmission
6. The Endless Chasm

Check out “Hypnotizer” here:

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God Mother Debuts New Song “De Ovälkomna” From Upcoming New Album “Vilseledd”

God Mother debuts a new song entitled “De Ovälkomna”, taken from the upcoming new album “Vilseledd”, which Party Smasher Inc. will have in stores on September 29th. The new track sports a guest turn from Jonas Holmberg and Patrik Andersson of This Gift Is A Curse.

Check out now “De Ovälkomna” below.

States God Mother frontman Sebastian August Campbell of it:

“The idea of the lyrics came from one of our tours in northern Sweden during the winter, where the days are short and the night is always looming. Some days, even farther up north, the sun doesn’t show face at all. Winter depression is a real factor in Scandinavia. This song is a praise for the crawling chaos behind the veil of civilized human society that lives after the sun’s hours.”

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