Children Of Bodom Discusses Recording New Album “Hexed”

Finland’s melodic death superstars Children Of Bodom are set to release their tenth album, Hexed, on March 8, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records. In a new trailer posted today, Alexi discusses the recording and mixing process for the band’s new offering, which you can check out below.

“Hexed” saw the return to Finland’s Danger Johnny Studios where they were reunited with Mikko Karmila (“I Worship Chaos,” “Halo Of Blood,” “Hatebreeder,” “Follow the Reaper” & “Hate Crew Deathroll”) who recorded everything except keyboards and also produced the album with the band. Janne Wirman recorded keyboards at Beyond Abilities Studios. The album was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.

“Hexed” track list:

1. This Road
2. Under Grass and Clover
3. Glass Houses
4. Hecate’s Nightmare
5. Kick in the Spleen
6. Platitudes and Barren Words
7. Hexed
8. Relapse (The Nature of My Crime)
9. Say Never Look Back
10. Soon Departed
11. Knuckleduster
12. I Worship Chaos (live)
13. Morrigan (live)
14. Knuckleduster (remix)

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Memoriam Begins Work On New Album; Summer 2019 Release Expected

Old-school death metal band Memoriam are currently working on the follow up to their highly acclaimed 2018 album The Silent Vigil. The band recently ensconced themselves at Parlour Studios in Kettering (UK) to kick off the recordings with renowned producer, Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, At The Gates, Amorphis etc).

The band states:
“So here we are on our second week of recording our third album at Parlour Studios with the infamous Russ Russell at the desk. Personally we think this is the album people wanted to hear from us when we set out with Memoriam, a big gritty production, aggressive vocals and music and a few curve-balls thrown in to keep the grey matter active! In hindsight it feels like the previous two albums were a preparation for this one. Our most satisfying work personally to date. We hope you feel the same once you get to hear it. Anyway, onwards with the recording”

The new album will be released in summer 2019. Stay tuned for more info.

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High on Fire Wins Grammy Award For Best Metal Performance

HIGH ON FIRE was honored with a Grammy in the “Best Metal Performance” category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 61st annual Grammy Awards, which is being held tonight (Sunday, February 10) at Staples Center in Los Angeles. HIGH ON FIRE was nominated for “Electric Messiah”, the title track of its 2018 album.

When HIGH ON FIRE was first nominated, guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike said in a statement: “We are so honored to be appreciated by our peers. We love and live our art.” Drummer Des Kensel added: “It doesn’t matter whether we win or not. It’s just an honor to be recognized for our hard work and sacrifice after devoting our whole lives to music.” Bassist Jeff Matz concurred, saying: “This is pretty mind-blowing. We’re beyond thrilled about the nomination. We all put a lot of sweat and sleepless nights into writing and recording this album. It’s amazing that our efforts are being recognized in this way.”

The nominees in the “Best Metal Performance” category were as follows:

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME – “Condemned To The Gallows”
DEAFHEAVEN – “Honeycomb”
HIGH ON FIRE – “Electric Messiah”
TRIVIUM – “Betrayer”
UNDEROATH – “On My Teeth”

The majority of the awards in the 84 Grammy categories spread across 30 fields are being handed out in a non-televised event, the Premiere Ceremony, this afternoon. The televised portion of the Grammys will begin on CBS at 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET.

Last year, the Recording Academy announced several changes to the awards process, most notably to the “General Field” categories — record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artist — where the number of nominations was increased from five to eight. The Recording Academy also claims to have made greater efforts this year to diversify its voting body, reaching out to women and people of color specifically about becoming new members while requiring longtime members to re-qualify based on recent work.

The Grammys are voted on by approximately 13,000 Recording Academy members, who are comprised of artists, songwriters, producers and engineers. More than 21,000 recordings were submitted for Grammys consideration this year. For 2019 awards, music must have been released between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 in order to be eligible.

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Overkill Premiere New Track & Lyric Video “Last Man Standing”

Overkill premiere a new lyric video for their first single called “Last Man Standing” from the band’s impending 19th studio release, “The Wings Of War“, which is scheduled for a February 22nd release date via Nuclear Blast.

Comments the band’s vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth of it:

“The time has come, for a first taste, ‘Last Man Standing‘.This cut got the unanimous nod to open The Wings of War, all they way back to the first demos in March, so much so, it was mock titled OPENER up until the recording. Sometimes everyone is on the same page, wtf!. So dig into some old school thrash, with a side order of Jersey made, head-banging.”

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Manowar Guitarist Karl Logan Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

Karl Logan, the fifty three year old guitar player for heavy metal legends Manowar, has been arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina and charged with six counts of third degree exploitation of a minor. His bail was set at $35,000 and has been posted. Currently, no further information has been revealed, though the arrest record can be seen at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office web site by clicking here.

Logan joined Manowar in 1994, replacing David Shankle on guitar and made his recording debut with the band on the “Louder Than Hell” album, which also marked the return of drummer Scott Columbus. In 2016, Manowar announced that they would be retiring after a final world tour dubbed “The Final Battle,” which is currently scheduled to continue into next year.

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Once Human Debut “Eye Of Chaos” Live Version From New Live Album “Stage Of Evolution”

A live performance video of Once Human‘s song “Eye Of Chaos” has been debuted online streaming below. You can find the recording on the groups new live release, “Stage Of Evolution“, out September 28th via earMUSIC.

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Iron Reagan Premiere New Track “Patronizer” – To Release New EP In October,

Iron Reagan announce an upcoming new EP entitled “Dark Days Ahead” which will drop on October 12th via Pop Wig Records. Below you can stream a new song from the release called “Patronizer”.

Comments frontman Tony Foresta (also of Municipal Waste) of the EP:

“A lot of these tracks were written during the recording sessions for ‘Crossover Ministry‘ but didn’t fit with that album. We’ve been friends with the Trapped Under Ice guys for years and are stoked to get these tracks out on their label.”

Iron Reagan have the following September shows booked:

09/07 Boston, MA – House Of Blues (feat. Suicidal Tendencies & Sick Of It All)
09/08 Washington DC – 9:30 Club (feat. Suicidal Tendencies & Sick Of It All)
09/21 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club (feat. Against Me!)
09/22 Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
09/23 St. Augustine, FL – Sing Out Loud Fest (feat. Against Me!)

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Iron Reagan Premiere New Track “Patronizer” – To Release New EP In October,

Iron Reagan announce an upcoming new EP entitled “Dark Days Ahead” which will drop on October 12th via Pop Wig Records. Below you can stream a new song from the release called “Patronizer”.

Comments frontman Tony Foresta (also of Municipal Waste) of the EP:

“A lot of these tracks were written during the recording sessions for ‘Crossover Ministry‘ but didn’t fit with that album. We’ve been friends with the Trapped Under Ice guys for years and are stoked to get these tracks out on their label.”

Iron Reagan have the following September shows booked:

09/07 Boston, MA – House Of Blues (feat. Suicidal Tendencies & Sick Of It All)
09/08 Washington DC – 9:30 Club (feat. Suicidal Tendencies & Sick Of It All)
09/21 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club (feat. Against Me!)
09/22 Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
09/23 St. Augustine, FL – Sing Out Loud Fest (feat. Against Me!)

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Monstrosity Posts New Single, “Kingdom Of Fire” Online

On September 7th, Metal Blade Records will release “The Passage Of Existence,” the new studio album by Florida death metal legends Monstrosity. For a preview of The Passage Of Existence, the second single “Kingdom Of Fire” is available for streaming below. The album will be available in the following formats:

– ltd. Digipak-CD w/2 bonus tracks
– 180g black vinyl
– orange/red marbled vinyl (limited to 500 copies – EU exclusive)
– transp. grey-brown marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
– dusk blue-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
– terracotta-marbled vinyl (limited to 120 copies – ebay exclusive)
– deep violet blue-marbled vinyl (limited to 500 copies – US exclusive)

Monstrosity’s Lee Harrison (drums) comments: “First off, I present to you the master piece of masterpieces in the Monstrosity universe. This album requires a certain justice though and I ask you, as the listener, to properly step up to the task. Don’t play this recording on a cheap portable radio or your tiny ear buds. This album was built to be played loud on a killer system. Do yourself that favor, at least for the first few times you play it. I know it’s so horribly cliché to say ‘Play it Loud’, but I can honestly say this album is made for that. Listen to it multiple times, too. These songs are going to ‘pop’ live, too. Can’t wait to bring these songs to the stage. I’m curious to see the opinions. The response by the fans to the teaser clip we posted was super positive, so I’ll be so glad when the single is released and the years of hard work finally come to fruition. Hope to see you guys on the road soon and blast it!”

Lee Harrison recorded his drum tracks at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with veteran metal producer Jason Suecof. A week was spent creating rock solid drum tracks. Guitar and bass tracks were handled at Ascension Sound in Tampa with the vocal tracks being recorded at Obituary’s “Redneck Studios” in Gibsonton, Florida. The mix was handled by producer Mark Lewis (Megadeth, etc), and the resulting 2018 album, The Passage Of Existence, was born. 12 tracks of masterfully crafted death metal for the modern era from the standard bearers of extreme art. Monstrosity still stand taller than ever, still delivering their brand of state of the art sonic devastation.

The tracklisting for “The Passage Of Existence” is as follows:

1. Cosmic Pandemia
2. Kingdom Of Fire
3. Radiated
4. Solar Vacuum
5. The Proselygeist
6. Maelstrom
7. Eyes Upon The Abyss
8. Dark Matter Invocation (ltd. Digi-CD bonus)
9. The Hive
10. Eternal Void (ltd. Digi-CD bonus)
11. Century
12. Slaves To The Evermore

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SUMAC Premiere New Track “Attis’ Blade”

SUMAC premiere their new song “Attis’ Blade” from their upcoming new effort “Love In Shadow“. The group feature current and former memebrs of Isis, Baptists etc. and will release “Love In Shadow” on September 21st via Thrill Jockey.

Comments SUMAC frontman/guitarist Aaron Turner of this song and the new full length:

“While all ‘Love In Shadow was written before our recording session with [Keiji Haino,] that experience further bolstered our confidence to travel further into territories free of preconceived structure and melody. Immediacy, intuition, and risk have become an increasingly important aspect of our music making.

Before SUMAC was even a fully-formed band there was a goal I had in mind for how to approach writing songs: marrying fully realized structures to freely improvised movements – and trying to find fluid passages between these worlds. ‘Attis’ Blade‘ is a breakthrough for us in that it comes closer to meeting that goal than anything else we’ve written previously.

It’s a song I’m happy with in its own right, and more importantly as a key to the next step in our evolutional process. In this song I hear the three of us learning to trust one another more fully, and collectively embracing a more expansive dimension of our existence.

Lyrically the song has to do with succumbing to base desires, the subsequent self-abuse/admonishment to atone for these perceived transgressions of moral code, and also the personal histories that can lead to this kind of behavioral dysfunction.”

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