Sliptrick Records Inks Deal With Necrophor For Debut Album

Swedish death/thrash act Necrophor signed on with Sliptrick Records for the release of the upcoming debut album “Reborn,” which is due out on May 9th.

Necrophor was founded in 2012 with the purpose to spread “The Word of Chaos” by Henrik Eriksson. Shortly afterwards, Eriksson recruited two of his old comrades from Stormrider and the project came to life. Between 2013 and 2015, the trio recorded three 3-track promos that were released as free downloads and received some good press.

In 2016, after expanding to a 4 piece, the band entered Sunlight Studio again, this time with the purpose to record the upcoming full-length album “Reborn.”

Stay tuned for more information on the album soon.

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Former Budgie Guitarist John Thomas Passes Away

Former Budgie guitarist John Thomas has passed away at the age of sixty three according to his ex bandmate, Steve Williams. No cause of death has been revealed as of yet except that he died last night. Steve Williams paid tribute to the fallen guitarist by stating:

“My friend and fellow Budgie band member John Thomas sadly passed away last night. My thoughts are with the loved ones he left behind.”

Thomas had suffered from health issues in the past, including a stroke which led to him leaving Budgie, whom he first joined in 1979. He recorded three albums with the group, “Power Supply,” “Nightflight” and “Deliver Us From Evil,” and stayed with the band until they broke up in 1998, as well as taking part in reunions in 1995 – 1996 and then again from 1999 – 2002.

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Riwen Streaming Full New EP

Simple, raw, fast and unapologetic, Riwen is a Swedish DIY hardcore project spawned by Cult Of Luna guitarist/vocalist Johannes Persson. Joined by members of Totalt Jävla Mörker and Sonic Ritual, the band spews forth crusty, punk-infused hardcore bedlam. Elaborates Persson:

“It’s a short and simple story: I got fed up with the big productions and long sound checks that comes with Cult Of Luna. So, it’s back to the roots of my salad days in Umeå. It’s time to make it simple, raw and fast. This is hardcore. I decided to write fourteen songs in fourteen days inspired by the bands I worshiped as vegan straight edge punk kid: Judge, Battery, Integrity, ACME and Damnation AD.

“The Riwen concept is to not spend months in the studio and nitpick over every drumbeat and production details. The musical destruction has to be alive and direct, tailor-made to induce mosh mayhem and walls of death. I hooked up with [vocalist] Fredrik [Lindkvist] and [drummer] Christian [Augustin], both with a past in the crust/grind terror force Totalt Jävla Mörker. One rehearsal sealed the deal and we recorded three tracks in one night about to be released as a ten-inch vinyl on the Norwegian metal label Indie Recordings. Adding guitar player Marita [Jonsson Mätlik] and bass player Christoffer 138 [Röstlund Jonsson; DS-13, AC4, Epileptic Terror Attack, Sonic Ritual etc.] the lineup was complete. And thus, we are ready to slam dance all over the world. Are you ready? Tonight we ride!”

Turn up “Riwen,” currently streaming in full below, courtesy of Zero Tolerance Magazine. The track listing is:

1. Nature Calls Us Back
2. Values
3. Karlsgrundet

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Non Opus Dei Announces Upcoming Split, Album Releases

Non Opus Dei has checked in with the following announcement about working on an upcoming new release:

“The band is working on the songs for a new album. We have just recorded three new tracks. We decided to go for an old school style live recording in the studio (with all the musicians and their amps in the same room), with no overdubs, and no post-production tweaking. The result is amazing and we are convinced that this is the right sound for our full album.

“The three abovementioned tracks recorded live in Bat Studio in Olsztyn will probably be published as a split in September 2013 – as the herald of our new album. We have also started playing live again. Below are some videos from our gigs.”

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Non Opus Dei Announces Upcoming Split, Album Releases

Non Opus Dei has checked in with the following announcement about working on an upcoming new release:

“The band is working on the songs for a new album. We have just recorded three new tracks. We decided to go for an old school style live recording in the studio (with all the musicians and their amps in the same room), with no overdubs, and no post-production tweaking. The result is amazing and we are convinced that this is the right sound for our full album.

“The three abovementioned tracks recorded live in Bat Studio in Olsztyn will probably be published as a split in September 2013 – as the herald of our new album. We have also started playing live again. Below are some videos from our gigs.”

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Former X Japan And Loudness Bassist Taiji Sawada Passes Away

Although the circumstances have yet to be revealed, former X Japan and Loudness bass player Taiji Sawada has reportedly passed away. He was 45 years old. The past week, Sawada had been involved in some controversy, after he was arrested on July 11th “for interference with a flight attendant” due to an incident on a plane en route from Japan to Saipan. He then attempted suicide three days later, (July 14th,) over the incident, for which he was allegedly facing federal charges in the United States. It is not yet known if these instances are related to his death.

Taiji Sawada played for the Japanese heavy metal band X Japan from 1985 to 1992, during which time he recorded three albums with group before creative differences forced him to leave and join fellow countrymen Loudness, with whom he appeared on their self-titled 1992 album, as well as their live record, “Once And For All.”

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