Akercocke Premieres Trailer For New Album “Renaissance In Extremis”

The official trailer for “Renaissance In Extremis”, the sixth full-length album from London’s death metal outfit Akercocke, can be seen below. Due on August 25 via Peaceville Records, the disc was mixed by Neil Kernon (Nile, Deicide) and mastered by Alan Douches (Death, Misfits, Cro-Mags) at West West Side Music.

Describes the label Akercocke’s forthcoming release:

“A comprehensive reinvention and expansion of the band’s multifarious sound, Renaissance In Extremis delivers euphoric force and mind-boggling weirdness. There are scything thrash and death metal riffs in abundance, plus warped but elegant melodies and clouds of ugly dissonance; moments of unsettling calm and quiet. Renaissance In Extremis is a bold, bullish and belligerent statement of creative intent: metal’s dark spirit reborn in an explosion of bright ideas and inspirational fury.”

“Renaissance In Extremis” track listing:

01. Disappear
02. Unbound By Sin
03. Insentience
04. First To Leave The Funeral
05. Familiar Ghosts
06. A Final Glance Back Before Departing
07. One Chapter Closing For Another To Begin
08. Inner Sanctum
09. A Particularly Cold Sept

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Mascharat Premieres New Song “Iniziazione” From Upcoming Self-Titled Debut Album

Milan, Italy based black metal unit Mascharat premieres a new song entitled “Iniziazione”, taken from the band’s upcoming self-titled debut album, which will arrive in stores on September 15 through Séance Records. The label describes the album as “a brilliant work of atmospheric Renaissance Black Metal from Milan, Italy inspired by ancient tradition & Venetian carnival”.

Check out now “Iniziazione” below.

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Mascharat Premieres New Song “Iniziazione” From Upcoming Self-Titled Debut Album

Milan, Italy based black metal unit Mascharat premieres a new song entitled “Iniziazione”, taken from the band’s upcoming self-titled debut album, which will arrive in stores on September 15 through Séance Records. The label describes the album as “a brilliant work of atmospheric Renaissance Black Metal from Milan, Italy inspired by ancient tradition & Venetian carnival”.

Check out now “Iniziazione” below.

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New Album “KaliYuga Babalon” Drops From Samadhi Sitaram

Sliptrick Records welcomes Russia group Samadhi Sitaram to it’s roster and is pleased to unleash the the second album “KaliYuga Babalon” today. This is a debauched concept album of powerful hardcore tracks wrapped up in a commitment to go beyond the straightforward and strict musical formulas. The digital format is available today with the physical CD coming a little later in the year.

“KaliYuga Babalon” tells the story of an era of moral, ethic and spiritual decay, a time to which all humanity now comes according to the prophecy of the Srimad Bhagavatam 12th chapter scripture. The continuation and consummation of Hypostasis “Creation – Destruction” or the formula I.A.O. [Birth – Death – Renaissance].

“KaliYuga Babalon” comes hand-in-hand with the video release of the song “Orgy (Ritual Babalon pt. 1)” which is available in the player below.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Intro
2. Kali Yuga
3. The Death Of A Stone
4. Apotheosis
5. Q.Prelude
6. Qliphoth
7. Orgy
8. Shangri LA

Check out “Orgy (Ritual Babalon pt.1)” here:

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Akercocke Debuts New Song “Disappear” From Upcoming New Album “Renaissance in Extremis”

British death metal outfit Akercocke debuts a new song entitled “Disappear”, taken from the upcoming new album “Renaissance in Extremis”, which will be released through Peaceville Records on August 25th.

Check out now “Disappear” below.

Describes the label Akercocke’s forthcoming release:

“A comprehensive reinvention and expansion of the band’s multifarious sound, Renaissance In Extremis delivers euphoric force and mind-boggling weirdness. There are scything thrash and death metal riffs in abundance, plus warped but elegant melodies and clouds of ugly dissonance; moments of unsettling calm and quiet. Renaissance In Extremis is a bold, bullish and belligerent statement of creative intent: metal’s dark spirit reborn in an explosion of bright ideas and inspirational fury.”

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Release Date For Comeback Album “The Future State Of Wicked” Announced By Blood Feast

New Jersey thrash act Blood Feast will rise from a 28 year slumber with the release of the highly anticipated third full-length album, “The Future State Of Wicked.” The follow up to 1989’s “Chopping Block Blues” is set for international release on April 14th via Hells Headbangers.

Blood Feast fans old and new will not be disappointed by “The Future State of Wicked,” as the “holy trinity” of releases from the band’s early days – Kill For Pleasure (1987), the Face Fate EP (1988) and Chopping Block Blues (1990) – inform much of the new album. All the speed, brutality, and twists ‘n’ turns Blood Feast is known for are intact and in your face (nine of the 10 songs being written by original guitarist Adam Tranquilli), yet updated with modern production. Joining Adam are vocalist Chris Natalini and bassist Tom Lorenzo, along with some new blood in Joe Moore (drums) and CJ Scioscia (guitar).

Blood Feast was formed by Adam Tranquilli, Gary Markowich (vocals), Kevin Kuzma (drums), and Lou Starita (bass) in 1985 as Blood Lust. They quickly wrote and recorded the classic four-song demo, “The Suicidal Missions.” Shortly after, they became a five-piece with the addition of Michael Basden on guitar. The band was then approached by New Renaissance Records to contribute songs to the Thrash Metal Attack (“Menacing Thunder”) and Speed Metal Hell 3 (“The Suicidal Missions”). This prompted the name change to Blood Feast. New Renaissance then offered a record deal, which led to the recording of the classic “Kill For Pleasure” album and a US tour with Death Angel. The “Face Fate” EP quickly followed.

Shortly after writing and recording the proposed second album, Adam left the band. The remaining four members then re-recorded these songs, which became the album “Chopping Block Blues.” The band broke up shortly after the album’s release in early 1990.

The five-man Blood Feast reunited for an appearance at the NJ March Metal Meltdown in 1999, but further activity was not to be. A second reunion began in 2007, albeit only with original members Tranquilli and Kuzma. Both Lorenzo and Natalini came on board in 2010, just in time for the band’s first appearance at Headbangers Open Air in Germany (the band was invited back in 2013). During this stretch, Adam began writing new material, with the band even playing an early version of “INRI” at select shows.

The track list for the album is:

1. INRI (song streaming here)
2. Off With Their Heads
3. Brethren
4. By The Slice
5. The Underling
6. Last Rites
7. Who Prays For the Devil
8. Nein
9. Remnants II
10. The Burn

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Something Is Waiting Announces Debut Album “The Something Is Waiting Band”

New supergroup of the Chicago sewers, Something Is Waiting, has announced the July 22nd release of debut album “The Something Is Waiting Band,” coming via The Path Less Traveled Records. Stream first single “New Lows In Hell” below, courtesy of MetalSucks.net.

A band of Chicago veterans, Something Is Waiting is fronted by Eddie Gobbo – vocalist of Jar’d Loose and Renaissance man of the Midwest metal scene. On guitar is Pete Grossman, co-owner of Bricktop Recording, the Chicago studio that has churned out recordings by Weekend Nachos, Harm’s Way, Dead In The Dirt, and scores more. Drummer Idin Alexzander played in (Lone) Wolf and Cub, standouts of the Hewhocorrupts Inc label. Bassist Eddie Limperis is also a member of Barren Heirs.

Something Is Waiting picks up where Gobbo’s other band, Jar’d Loose, last left us. The cover art was created by Stavros Giannopoulos of The Atlas Moth and the track listing is as follows:

1) New Lows in Hell
2) Pet Rockets Stoned
3) Cult House
4) Hippies Become Lawyers
5) Real Estate Cubicle Rock
6) David Mamet and Kids
7) Mark
8) Real Frontwomen Wear Ankhs

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Gorguts Discusses Writing The “Pleiades’ Dust” EP

Gorguts just released a new video interview revealing details behind the collaborative songwriting process on upcoming EP, “Pleiades’ Dust.” The first of a 2 part video featuring Gorguts founder Luc Lemay, and bandmates Kevin Hufnagel and Colin Marston can be seen below.

“Pleiades’ Dust” runs as a single, continuous track that spans over 30 minutes of total run time and will be released by Season of Mist worldwide on May 13th. Regarding the album, Luc Lemay comments:

“As our EP ‘Pleiades’ Dust’ consists out of a single long narrative composition, it was not written with the intention of being edited in segments. As the storyline proceeds in chapters though, I was able to isolate this part called ‘Wandering Times’ which will give the listener a good idea of the composition aesthetics which are present throughout the whole piece.

“The lyrics tell the story of the ‘House of Wisdom’, which is referring to a library that was based in Baghdad sometime between the 8th and the 13th century. There much of the intellectual activity of the Middle Age took place while Europe was stuck in the Dark ages after the fall of Rome.

“Many scientific discoveries were made at the time such as algebra, optics, astronomy, and many more… Without the translation movement that brought this library to life, we would have never had the Renaissance that we know. It is a story about curiosity, beautiful minds and sadly, about how man destroys great discoveries and achievements.”

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Doro Releasing “Love’s Gone To Hell” Single

Following her upcoming North American tour, Doro Pesch will be presented with the Metal Goddess award at the Vegas Rocks! Hair Metal Awards 2016 on May 15th.

But before receiving this award, Doro will release a brand new single titled “Love’s Gone To Hell” on April 1st via Nuclear Blast. As to be expected for such a special song, Doro has recorded a visually stunning music video for “Love’s Gone To Hell,” filmed in locations such as the Renaissance Palace Bückeburg (Lower Saxony, Germany).

Doro states: “‘Love’s Gone To Hell’ is a magical song, a big anthem – and for myself it’s on the same level as the all-time favourites ‘All We Are’, ‘Love Me In Black’ and ‘Für Immer’.”

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Cradle Of Filth Unveils “Hammer Of The Witches” Album Artwork

Cradle Of Filth today unveils the alluring yet harrowing cover artwork for upcoming 11th studio album and opus nocturne entitled “Hammer Of The Witches.” Fiendish main man and vocalist Dani Filth explained the provocative cover:

“The artwork for ‘Hammer Of The Witches’ was created by Latvian Artist Arthur Berzinsh and is a lavish walk-through of the lyricism, drawing on rich Renaissance themes and displaying them in beautiful yet unsettling scenarios. Half of the detailed pieces are totally original for the release, others are Berzinsh classics cunningly tailored to the themes of the album, which are themes rife with heady witchcraft, be it persecution, retribution or unfettered spiritual liberation. The female form is rampant throughout the artwork, unashamedly displayed in its classical rendition of beauty… and horror.”

Arthur Berzinsh is best known for his defiant neo-symbolism raster graphics and oil paintings, postmodern interpretations of classic myths, and refined hooliganism in the playground of contemporary art. Arthur Berzinsh explains his artwork and concepts:

“In terms of mood, I was looking for the inspiration of this set in the spirit of Faustian romanticism, the ambivalent art of Renaissance that reanimated motives of pagan mythology after the Middle Ages, and of course, the darkly beautiful and charming spirit of Goetia traditions that is filled with the atmosphere of hermetical rituals. My personal conceptual leitmotif that inspires me, is a conflict between the free-thinking and totalitarianism, where the raw power always gains the upper hand over individualism.

“The act of art is a theurgical act that creates existence in the Platonic reality – reality of ideas. So, at least in this Platonic dimension let’s give the suppressed ones a chance to get their revenge. For me the Goat of Mendes on the cover symbolizes the scapegoat, who’s tired of his humiliating role and wants a payback. This character is an archetypical symbol of libido and other primordial forces and instinctive aspects of a human being. And these forces always have been a menace for those who want to reign over the others, like it’s schematically represented in George Orwell’s ‘1984.’”

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