Gateway to Hell Premieres Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Of Upcoming New EP “Clovers”

Maryland doom quintet Gateway to Hell premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band’s upcoming new EP “Clovers”, which will arrive in stores later today via Unholy Anarchy Records.

Check out now “Clovers” in its entirety below.

Explains the band:

“Most of the songs we write are based around inside jokes that eventually snowball into a twisted story backed by catchy riffs. For instance, the title track started out as a reference to an episode of the show Review, where the main character has to go to jail with their imaginary friend named Clovers. From that joke, the song morphed into a reflection of the masks we wear to impress others, whether that be an uneasy performer onstage or an overwhelmed friend going through the motions of life. Clovers is equally inspired by the the life of Paul Stanley and your average childhood imaginary friend – both burdened to live up to the expectations of others in the face of the grim realities of life. Musically, we wanted to conjure the quiet before the show followed by the rush as the curtains get pulled. By the time the solo rolls around, you’re comfortable in your groove and have finally become the anticipated entertainment of the night. At the end of the song, the show’s over, and you’re left alone with your insecurities.”

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Cripper reveals details for new album, ‘Follow Me: Kill!’

– July 18th, 2017 –

Launches first single, “Pressure”, online

On September 15th, Germany’s Cripper will release their new album Follow Me: Kill! worldwide via Metal Blade Records! To hear the first single, “Pressure”, please visit: – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:
–Digipak CD (EU exclusive)
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–yellow orange vinyl (limited to 200 copies)
–cool grey marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Follow Me: Kill! is Cripper‘s fifth album, and it adds fresh, exciting elements into their music. Still, the band never forgets where they come from and stay true to themselves within the frames of musical progression. The result is an effort that maintains the heaviness and groove the band is known for, while also containing atmospheric parts, capably realized and granting diversity.

Cripper comments: “Taking a different approach with the way of songwriting this time really paid off! The overall atmospheric curve was laid down for the whole album before we even started writing. It turned out to be a great idea – we were able to create a strong density throughout the album, while the songs are more diverse than ever. A heavy, intense piece of genre-stretching metal music!”

Follow Me: Kill! track-listing:
1. Pressure
2. Into The Fire
3. World Coming Down (limited Digipak CD only)
4. Mother
5. Shoot or Get Shot
6. Bleeding Red
7. Comatose
8. Pretty Young Thing
9. Running High
10. Menetekel

Cripper live:
July 29 – Coburg, Germany – Summerblast Festival
Sept. 2 – Kleinwenkheim, Germany – Bonebreaker Festival
Sept. 15 – Hannover, Germany – Subkultur (Follow Me: Kill! release show)
Oct. 20 – Greifswald, Germany – Jugendzentrum Klex
Oct. 21 – Hannover, Germany – LUX
Oct. 22 – Koln, Germany – MTC
Oct. 27 – Markneukirchen, Germany – Music Hall
Oct. 28 – Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia
Dec. 9 – Andernach, Germany – JUZ Andernach

Cripper line-up:
Britta Gortz – vocals
Christian Brohenhorst – guitar
Jonathan Stenger – guitar
Lommer – bass
Dennis Weber – drums

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New Album “Swan Songs II” Details Released By Lord Of The Lost

With the “Swan Songs” series Hamburg based Lord of the Lost showcases an ability to create fascinatingly heavy classical music. This is the second time the Hamburg-based dark rockers have conjured music with an ensemble album in such grandiose style. The upcoming masterpiece titled “Swan Songs II” will be released October 6th on Napalm Records and will feature some of the finest Dark Rock-sinfonia coated by dramatic arrangements with a chamber orchestra. Now the band fronted by charismatic mastermind Chris Harms has unveiled first details about their hotly anticipated record “Swan Songs II” including the cover artwork, track listing and an initial album teaser

“You could say Swan Songs is some kind of a side-project for us, but “Swan Songs II” is predominated with 10 brand new songs so we would like to emphasize its independence as a main album,” vocalist Chris Harms explains. “After our show at Gothic meets Classic and when we started to re-arrange our songs with a symphonic orchestra in 2014 for the first Swan Songs release back in early 2015, this album turned out as a huge success. Sold out shows, many emotions and tears behind, on and in front of the stage, it’s been a very touching record for us & our fans, so that kept motivating us as well as in our creative freedom to release the next chapter of new songs you won’t hear as normal rock versions, and what should become “Swan Songs II”.”

Get a first glimpse into “Swan Songs II” with this exciting album teaser below. The album artwork and track listing can be found here:

1. Waiting For You To Die
2. Lighthouse
3. The Broken Ones
4. My Better Me
5. Ribcages
6. Wander In Sable
7. The Devil You Know
8. We Were Divine
9. From The Brink Of The Other World
10. Fall Asleep

Check out the teaser clip here:

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New Album “Covered In Black” Detailed By Anubis Gate

Danish progressive metal act Anubis Gate will release its seventh album “Covered in Black” on September 1st via Nightmare Records.

With six highly acclaimed albums, what can be said about a seventh album? It would be easy to say the following: It is our most mature album. Or how about this: We built on everything that came before it and added new twists and turns. Or this is our most accessible album perhaps.

But that wouldn’t be quite true. In fact it might even be quite untrue. Except for the part about building on past experiences, since everybody does that.

What would have been mature was to make an album resembling our previous album “Horizons”, going with the beautiful feel-good vibe of that album (though its topics were not all that feel-good)

Commented the band: “Instead, the writing of this album simply did not go in that direction. While ‘Covered In Black’ is a highly melodic affair, it is also challenging in a way none of our previous albums are. Dealing with, and dedicated to, people in dark places, this albums has a darker and more complex edge to it. Allowing ourselves to dig deeper into our collective pool of musical experiences and knowledge, the inspirations come from far across the spectrum. Ranging from classical chamber music, seventies prog and extending to thrash, with very eastern influences popping up,this is an album that is best heard as one piece, even if the individual tracks can stand on their own. Since we’ve come this far we also allowed ourselves that freedom.

“Is it a concept album? No. But it is a theme album. About people in dark places. From psychopaths, assassins to the more modern topics of being at the receiving end of what is bad about social media. Topics of lifelong failure and revenge are touched upon. The ten-song-long album has two suites, both consisting of three songs. One has the songs spread here and there on the album, while the other is connected as one long piece if you wish to listen to it that way. Wonderfully old-fashioned and just the way we like it. And it is, we feel, simply the best album we’ve ever done.”

The album was produced by Kim Olesen and Jacob Hansen, as per good tradition. The track listing is:

1. Psychotopia
2. The New Delhi Assassination
3. The Combat
4. Too Much Time
5. A Journey To Nowhere
6. Black
7. Blacker
8. Blackets
9. Operation Cairo
10. From Afar

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New Album “The Forgotten Tome” Announced By Overoth

Irish extreme metal horde Overoth today revealed long awaited details for the follow up to the debut, “Kingdom Of Shadows.” With no less than ten tracks and over 40 minutes of extreme metal laden with orchestration, and artwork from none other than Will Simpson (Game Of Thrones, DC Comics), the quartet’s forthcoming grand opus entitled “The Forgotten Tome” is set for release on September 22nd via Hostile Media. The album will be available as a standard CD, limited edition heavyweight vinyl and as a digital download. Album pre-orders and bundle deals are available over here.

The band commented: “We’ve been working on this album for what seems like an aeon, but finally we’re pleased to announce that our hard work and determination for perfection has come to a close. We actually tracked the drums, guitars and vocals for this album around two years ago, and we had planned to add some subtle orchestration as we had done in our debut ‘Kingdom Of Shadows’… however… when Dan (guitars) got started, the songs yearned for much more than we had anticipated. It would be further months of writing, from violins to piano, to the use of ancient instruments like the duduk and ney flute and then back and forwards with mixing… it would appear mixing twenty instruments isn’t all that easy! We also had a grand vision for the artwork and working with a talent such as Will Simpson was a great experience, he really did bring our vision to life. The artwork is a story in itself, with multiple pieces all intertwined. There is more than what the cover art depicts, but we’ll reveal all that at some point in the very near future. Finally, ‘The Forgotten Tome’ is complete and we are set to unleash the beast into the world this September.

“Lyrically, for the most part this collection of tales at a first glance would appear fantasy based, with fables of war and magic, good and evil, but actually there is a more human narrative underlying each song. We have our own interpretation of these stories, and we hope that people can find it or come up with some other moral of their own.”

The band recorded “The Forgotten Tome” at Sonic Forge in Wales with producers Joe Thompson and Mike Hourihan at the helm. The track listing is:

1. Opus Obscura
2. Sigil Of The Empty Throne
3. Winter Of Iniquity
4. The Keeper
5. God Of Delusion
6. The Forgotten Tome
7. Leviathan Swallowed The Sun
8. Mar The Gates
9. Harbinger Of The End Times
10. Shadows In A Thousand Shades Of Black

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Sliptrick Records Signs Sunwalter

The Sunwalter project was launched in Moscow on August 31st, 2008. Originally, the band was defined as melodic black metal, but has since morphed to Sci-Fi Metal with clean female and extreme male vocals, a mix of metalcore, power and modern metal all wrapped up in some truly extra-terrestrial lyrics. The band signed with Sliptrick Records for the forthcoming “Alien Hazard” release.

The band commented: “At a certain point in time the Sunwalter crew was abducted by a group of alien creatures. None of the previous events matter anymore. In their songs they deliver encrypted messages from the deepest space, revealing the secrets of the Universe for the good of Earthmen. Any listener can experience the impact of the Sunwalter space patrons, since the extraterrestrial intelligence supervises the content of all songs.”

Stay tuned for more information soon.

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Cold Blooded Streams New Song “Forever War”

“Forever War” – a new track from Spokane, Washington’s own Cold Blooded – just came online and can be heard below. A sludgy song of epic proportions, the track is taken from the forthcoming full-length album “Throne Burner,” due to be released via Blackhouse Records (Prison Religion, Ras Kass) on 7/21 and produced by Bill Nieman.

Speaking on the album’s title and lyrical through-line for the songs, vocalist Ethan Kennedy said: “In the past I wrote lyrics inspired by books or films that affected me. However with Throne Burner I started writing shortly before the presidential election and I knew no matter who won, a good deal of this country would be supremely pissed off and extremely divided.

“I wrote about all the negativity and violence in America and the influences that in turn has on our society. Some songs are from the perspective of someone directly affected by the violence, some deal with those of us viewing it in the media and even to the perspective of someone who wants to perpetrate the violence.”

To further hone the sonic chaos the band enlisted Topon Das of avant-grind freaks Fuck The Facts to contribute several sound-collage interludes (as well as master the record). Speaking on Das’s relationship to the band, Kennedy related: “we’ve opened for Fuck The Facts several times and they are one of our favorite bands. We also bonded because our old drummer owns a food truck of some renown and we invited them down after a show to gorge themselves. That definitely solidified our friendship.”

Speaking on Das’s interludes, Kennedy continues “he really went out of his way to get our input into what we wanted for those segments to even revising what he did based on my opinion. In the end he created some very palpable moods/messages that fit the album perfectly.”

The band has several shows confirmed around the record release (listed below) and will also be supporting Decapitated and Thy Art Is Murder in Spokane.

7/20 Spokane, WA The Pin (Record Release Show!)
8/18 Seattle, WA The Kraken Klaw
8/19 Everett, WA Tony V’s Garage Klaw, Method 13
8/31 Spokane, WA The Pin Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder

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I Am Become Death Streaming Two New Tracks

Boston hardcore punk crew I Am Become Death will release new LP “Unfortunate Anthems and Songs of No Hope” on June 23rd via Magnetic Eye Records, which was captured at Getaway Recording Studio.

In advance of the new album’s release, new songs “Foe” and “Victims” have come online. Check ’em both out via the SoundCloud players provided below.

“Unfortunate Anthems and Songs of No Hope” delivers blast beat hardcore, blurred-out buzzing feedback, extremity, and aggression. Themes range from political dissonance and the consequences of greed to personal anxiety and despair.

1. Self Loathing
2. The Buzzard
3. Look Who’s Desperate Now
4. An Unfortunate Anthem
5. Foe
6. Victims
7. Feeder/Gainer
8. Alcholocaust
9. Blood Bug
10. Waste
11. A Song of No Hope
12. Every Fucking Day

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Tombs streams new album, ‘The Grand Annihilation’, via

– June 15th, 2017 –

Kicks off USA tour with Fit For An Autopsy, Moon Tooth tomorrow

Tomorrow (June 16th), Brooklyn’s Tombs will release their fourth full-length, The Grand Annihilation, via Metal Blade Records. Produced once again by Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Soilent Green, Belphegor, Hate Eternal), The Grand Annihilation remains rooted in the blackened, post-metallic sound that the band has become known for since 2007′s self-titled EP, while also being their most experimental record to-date. To hear the album in full, please visit now for the exclusive stream, before release date:

To pre-order The Grand Annihilation, please visit: – where the record is available in the following formats:

–Digipak CD
–180g black vinyl
–dark olive-marbled vinyl (limited to 400 copies – EU exclusive)
–ivory/grey-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–orange/brown-marbled vinyl (limited to 100 copies – EU exclusive)
–gray/green-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – US exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

In support of the album’s release, Tombs will embark on a USA tour tomorrow with Fit For An Autopsy and Moon Tooth. See below for all dates!

Tombs tour dates
w/ Fit For An Autopsy, Moon Tooth

June 16 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
June 17 – Reading, PA – Reverb
June 18 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
June 19 – Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
June 20 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
June 21 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
June 22 – New Orleans, LA – Neutral Ground Coffeehouse
June 23 – Austin, TX – Grizzly
June 24 – Houston, TX – Walters
June 25 – Dallas, TX – Curtain Club
June 26 – Albuquerque, NM – Blu Phoenix
June 27 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Half Room
June 28 – West Hollywood, CA – Roxy
June 29 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
June 30 – Chico, CA – Lost on Main
July 1 – Portland, OR – Analog
July 2 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
July 4 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall (Black Metal & Drag BBQ) *
July 5 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
July 6 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
July 7 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
July 8 – Cleveland, OH – Foundry
July 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
*=Tombs headline show

Tombs front-man Mike Hill is not a man interested in appeasing his existing audience or modifying the music he makes in the hope of luring in a broader one. Letting the songs come as and when inspiration hits him is integral to Hill’s process, and this accounts in part for The Grand Annihilation‘s diversity. The blasting, scathing yet melodic black metal savagery of opener “Black Sun Horizon” and “Way Of The Storm” are very much built to destroy, while wielding a poignancy that is undeniable – both of which stand in strong contrast to the uncomfortable post-punk squall of “Underneath” that showcases Hill’s Nick Cave/Ian Curtis-esque singing voice, while the likes of the throbbing “Saturnalian” and unnerving tribal thunder of “Walk With Me In Nightmares” stand in categories all of their own. While every track on The Grand Annihilation stands separate from those around it, it is still a cohesive collection, and at no point do the stylistic twists and turns undermine its coherence. “If you’ve been following Tombs, you probably know to expect the unexpected, and I always strive to present a full range of emotion on everything with the band’s name on it,” Hill explains. “That said, this is a very dark and introspective record that digs deep into the common ideas of mortality, infinity and cosmic mysteries. The lyrics on the new record are a celebration of freedom through embracing the dark side. Once you realize that you follow the dark path – the path of the individual – there is a certain feeling of liberation that accompanies it.”

The Grand Annihilation track-listing
1. Black Sun Horizon
2. Cold
3. Old Wounds
4. November Wolves
5. Underneath
6. Way of the Storm
7. Shadows at the End of the World
8. Walk with Me in Nightmares
9. Saturnalian
10. Temple of Mars

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Tarlung Streaming Full “Beyond The Black Pyramid” Album

Austrian sludge metal group Tarlung released the “Beyond The Black Pyramid” album last month, and now all the songs have come online for streaming. Check it out below. The full “Beyond The Black Pyramid” track listing is as follows:

1. It Waits In The Dark 01:50
2. Dying Of The Light 08:16
3. Mud Town 06:27
4. Kings And Graves 09:47
5. The Prime Of Your Existence 10:56
6. Resignation 04:02
7. Born Dead 09:13
8. Beyond The Black Pyramid 07:29
9. Karma 08:21

Beyond The Black Pyramid by TarLung

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