Rotting Christ Reveals New Album Title, “The Heretics”

Greek extreme metal legends Rotting Christ has revealed in a short Facebook post about a listening party in Germany that the title of their forthcoming new studio album will be, “The Heretics.” Little else is known about the record at this point, except that it is scheduled to be released through Season Of Mist in the early part of 2019. This will be Rotting Christ’s first album since the 2016 release, “Rituals.” More information about the album will be revealed when it becomes available.

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Byzantine launches new video for “The Cicada Tree”

– September 19th, 2018 –

After releasing their latest album, The Cicada Tree, last year to critical acclaim, Byzantine is now launching a new video for the record’s title track! Directed by Holly Mollohan / Screaming Butterfly Entertainment, the clip for “The Cicada Tree” can be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=EbWXmBWlPqg

Vocalist/Guitarist Chris “OJ” Ojeda comments:
“Over the course of our last few albums, we have really been trying to stretch our songwriting abilities and push past any limitations set upon ourselves. The title track, ‘The Cicada Tree’, is a great representation of our band at this point in our discography. We try to always write from the heart and with purpose. This song has one of the deeper meanings on our last album, symbolizing our 17 years as a band and our slow but steady evolution as an underground artist.”

To state that The Cicada Tree is “classic Byzantine” in no way implies that this is an album solely rooted in the band’s past. Certainly, all of the hallmarks that have made their sound so compelling for close to two decades are present and correct: muscular yet lithe riffs and fluid leads play against gripping, dynamic and at times unpredictable rhythms, while rich melodies and lyrics that are both involved and intelligent wind their way through every track. But, once more, the groove metal unit has continued their steady evolution – the interplay between their members organic and natural, imbuing the record’s sixty-two-minute running time with a freshness and urgency. Founding member Chris “OJ” Ojeda states, “The first few albums, you’re trying to find your sound, and sometimes you tend to not see the forest for the trees. Now, on album number six, it seems a calmness took hold during the songwriting process, possibly from just having more confidence in our sound. At this point, our fans expect us to experiment and push our boundaries, which is an extremely liberating feeling.”

To preview and purchase The Cicada Tree, please visit: metalblade.com/byzantine

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Azusa (Extol, Ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan, Etc.) Premiere “Heart Of Stone”

Azusa debut a second new song from their upcoming debut release, “Heavy Yoke“. You can now stream “Heart Of Stone” from that album below.

Comment Azusa, who feature current and former members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Extol and Sea + Air, of this newest cut:

“‘Heart Of Stone‘ is one of the more direct and ‘to the point’ tracks on the album. It flirts with the punk/hardcore side of thrash and death metal and still saves room for weirder melodies and unpredictable shifts. Lyrically, this song sums up what the Heavy Yoke album is all about: There is a carnival of contrasts found in every soul, as in life itself. When changes in life bring instability, we’re often driven by negative forces like fear instead of love.”

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Shining (NOR) Premiere Title Track Of Upcoming New Album “Animal”

Shining (NOR) will release their new album “Animal“ on October 19th. The band will have that effort out via Spinefarm Records and are now streaming the title track below.

According to the group’s Jørgen Munkeby, the album finds them moving on from their ‘blackjazz’ phase, including abandoning the trademark saxophone. He says of that:

“I was tired of doing the same thing. I was done with ‘blackjazz’ and wanted to create something new and exciting. I needed a change. I’m finally at the point where I have nothing to lose and everything to win. We had 360 degrees to play with so we could’ve gone in any direction. This new record is more Muse than Meshuggah, more Ghost than Gojira, and more Biffy Clyro than Burzum!”

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Mantar Shares Teaser For New Album “#3”

Mantar is teasing what will apparently be unveiled as Album “#3”. The group states the album is done and is awaiting release via Nuclear Blast Records at this point.

Check out the trailer for Album “#3” now below:

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Decapitated Vocalist & Bassist Formally Charged With Rape & Kidnapping & Plan To Pursue Bail

Decapitated singer Rafal Piotrowski and bassist Hubert Wiecek had their first court appearance in Spokane County on Friday for allegedly participating in a gang rape of a woman on their tour bus in Spokane on Aug. 31. With the aid of a Polish translator, Judge John Cooney communicated the charges of first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape to Piotrowski and first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape to Wiecek.

Waclaw Kieltyka and Michal Lysejko, the band’s bassist and drummer, had their first court appearance in Spokane on Oct. 13. Kieltyka was charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape and Lysejko was charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape.

All four band members had their bonds set at $100,000. They also aren’t allowed to talk to each other while incarcerated and were forced to surrender their passports to their attorneys.

The band has been in Spokane County Jail after being extradited from California. They were arrested Sept. 9 in Santa Ana in connection with the case and charged on Oct. 12.

Attorney Jeffry Finer, who represents Piotrowski, said the men will be pursuing bail, but are waiting on documents from Poland to “impress the court” which could take over a week.

“Among this group, there are a number of advanced degrees and zero criminal history,” Finer said.

None of the men has a criminal history in the United States, according to prosecutors, but it’s unknown if they have criminal records in Europe.

According to court documents, two women told police they were invited onto the tour bus following the show. The alleged victim of the rape said that, after talking for some time, she went into the bus bathroom where she was “grabbed and spun around to where she was facing the sink and mirror in the bathroom,” and subsequently raped by each of the members of the band.

The other woman told police that she was able to escape after kicking one of the band members in the groin.

Decapitated announced last month that it was canceling all previously announced tour dates. The band also publicly denied all accusations.

In an announcement last week, the Decapitated members stated that the charges against them were pressed “as a procedural formality” adding that “without doing so, the police would be forced to release band. This is not a conviction or any indication of guilt or innocence.”

The musicians added: “Some facts are indisputable at this point – that the original officer who took the complaint from the accuser stated, ‘I do not have probable cause that a rape occurred,’ and it’s taken a full thirty days to file charges, which is right up against the point at which the defendants would legally have had to be released.”

“The band firmly refutes the allegations and are confident that once the facts and evidence have been seen and heard, they will be released and able to return home.”

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Spawn Of Possession Calls It Quits

Swedish death metal group Spawn Of Possession has officially called it quits, issuing this brief message to fans:

“Last week we decided to put SoP to rest due to several problems, mostly because we now realize we don’t have the time to either finish a beast like a new album properly or do anything else with SoP for a long time.

“So the band has pretty much just faded away at this point. Anyway! We are very thankful for all the support we had through the years! Cheers!”

The group’s last major release was the “Incurso” full-length album via Relapse Records back in 2012.

Incurso by Spawn of Possession

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Moral Void Announces “Deprive” Album Release

Chicago blackened hardcore punk trio Moral Void will drop blistering debut full-length album entitled “Deprive” on August 11th with Translation Loss Records.

Since 2012, Moral Void has given only a taste of the band’s thunderously caustic sound with three 7″ releases (one being a split with Young And In The Way). For this debut full-length album, “Deprive” delivers ten dismal new songs, each one grittier than the last.

“We wanted to create a group of movements that were cohesive, versatile, and dynamic while maintaining aggression and rawness,” drummer Ryan Emmans explains. “We were focused on writing music that gets to the point right out of the gate and doesn’t waste anyone’s time.”

The album was recorded at Minbal Studios by Moral Void’s own guitarist/vocalist Matt Russell and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Harvest
2. Callous
3. Drudge
4. Dust
5. Prey
6. Frail
7. Bereft
8. Deceit
9. Shadow
10. Martyr

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Fire From The Gods Posts “The Voiceless” Video

Austin, Texas metal band Fire From the Gods today releases new video “The Voiceless,” which can be seen below. The band is known for uniquely bridging the gap between metal fury and hip hop, and this track is off of the band’s upcoming album, “Narrative Retold,” which hits stores May 19th.

Fire from the Gods signed with Rise Records for the release of 2016 LP, “Narrative,” which was produced by David Bendeth (Paramore, Of Mice & Men, Breaking Benjamin). Written from the point of view of a minority man living in urban America, “Narrative” put American society under a microscope, tackling topics like racism and abuse of power and balancing those with empowering underdog anthems.

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Half Blood Releases “El Origen” Lyric Video

Santiago, Chile based metal band Half Blood just released the lyric video for “El Origen,” the first single off of the band’s debut, eponymous full-length EP due out later this year. The band comments:

“We started working on the album at the end of 2014. We wrote more than 15 songs, and then improved all of them, just to make sure we have the best material we could get from all of us. We are very proud of the final result—raw, violent and straight to the point.”

1. Adamas
2. Self Exile
3. Crisis
4. The Choice
5. El Origen
6. Forever
7. No Future
8. Not your own
9. Release
10. G.T.F.A.

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