Mutank Releasing New EP “W.H.A.T.S.T.H.A.T.”

Montreal thrash champions Mutank return with a new EP titled “W.H.A.T.S.T.H.A.T.” due out June 16th via Boonsdale Records. This five track demolisher was produced with Topon Das (Fuck The Facts).

The new EP from the 2014 Wacken Metal Battle Canada winners is a short, but sweet to follow up to debut cassette “M.E.C.H. Metal” and is a taste of what’s to come from the band’s full-length album planned to be unleashed later this year.

Vocalist/bassist Stephen Reynolds comments: “Someone is gonna hurt their neck listening to this…This upcoming EP ‘W.H.A.T.S.T.H.A.T’ sort of started as a joke. I just thought it would be funny to force an acronym for ‘what’s that?’ and I came up with ‘We Have Alottta Thrash Songs That Have Abbreviate Titles’. From there we came up with the concept of an EP with a bunch of forced acronym titles. The EP itself was written somewhat conceptually with the individual songs being very short thrash songs that come together to make one longer progressive thrash track, which harkens back to the title since we don’t even know what it is! We have a ton of new material in the works as well, people can expect new stuff sooner rather than later!”

1. L.I.F.E. (1:01)
2. I.D.I.O.T. (2:06)
3. P.O.P.U.L.O.U.S. (1:40)
4. F.O.G. (1:33)
5. D.E.A.T.H. (3:50)

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Divinity Streaming Full New Album “The Immortalist”

Calgary, AB progressive death metal band Divinity will unleash new album “The Immortalist” on May 26th. The album is a culmination of 5 years of hard work and dedication to Divinity’s craft and can be heard in full below.

“The Immortalist” features 12 tracks that include previous EP releases “The Immortalist, Pt. 1 – Awestruck” and “The Immortalist, Pt. 2 –Momentum” with 3rd EP “The Immortalist Pt. 3 – Conqueror” now completed to finish off the trilogy series as one huge full-length album.

All the tracks on the album are re-mixed and re-mastered by the talented Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Grid Productions) to make the songs more cohesive and work as a full-length experience. This album also features Bjorn ‘Speed’ Strid of Soilwork on vocals for the song “D.M.T.”

The band comments: “We’re very proud of our new album! Our dedication to song writing, recording and producing these 12 songs over the past 5 years has been a crazy musical journey and a huge learning experience that we will never forget.

“Our lyrical content and artwork is based on an original science-fiction concept story about a character who wakes up in a random field within an intricate crop circle with no memory of who he is or how he got there. The character is then thrown into a crazy adventure and eventually learns who he is and how to become immortal. There’s so much more to the story but we don’t want to give it all way just yet.”

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Decrepit Birth Posts “Epigenic Triplicity” 360 Degree Lyric Video

Decrepit Birth is set to release first new album in seven years, “Axis Mundi,” on July 21st via Agonia Records (Europe / ROW) and Nuclear Blast Records (North America).

“Epigenic Triplicity” is the first single to be revealed from the record – check out the track in the form of a 360 degree VR lyric video below.

“We’ve gone through an evolution throughout the years” says founding member and primary songwriter Matt Sotelo. “The last couple of albums we had, ‘Diminishing Between Worlds’ and ‘Polarity,’ were more progressive death metal. They were different from’ …And Time Begins,’ which is a different genre of death metal.

“It’s more brutal. I’m the type of guy who likes to experiment. ‘…And Time Begins’ has no solos. It’s all really fast palm-muted riffs. The other albums breathed more with the guitars. I let chords ring out on Diminishing Between Worlds and Polarity. Axis Mundi is combination of all the stuff I’m into. I like it a lot right now. It’s more melodic. The riffs repeat intentionally. I want to have fun with these songs.”

“I don’t know if we’re going to re-shape death metal,” he continues, “We’re just a band. We’re doing this. We’re fans of the genre. We do our own thing with it. It’s our own paint job. What sounds cool to us. We don’t aspire to be the most technical band out there. The technicality isn’t our main goal. Technicality is part of what we are. When we were writing this album, we wanted the songs that had riffs that repeat. There’s more structure with our new stuff. We’re trying to write good music. We want to entertain people out there. Hopefully, everybody likes ‘Axis Mundi.'”

1. Vortex of Infinity…Axis Mundi
2. Spirit Guide
3. The Sacred Geometry
4. Hieroglyphic
5. Transcendental Paradox
6. Mirror of Humanity
7. Ascendant
8. Epigenetic Triplicity
9. Embryogenesis
10. Orion
11. Desprate Cry
12. Infecting the Crypts

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Old Iron Signs With Good To Die Records

Good to Die Records is excited to announce newest signing: Seattle doomsayers Old Iron. The label will release Old Iron’s second full-length album, “Lupus Metallorum,” on August 18th, and the group will respond by playing as many shows as possible at home and throughout the U.S including Northwest Terror Fest.

Engineered and produced by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, ISIS, The Sword) at Red Room Studios in Seattle WA, “Lupus Metallorum” captures the full weight of a band whose megalithic sound had previously best been experienced live and in the flesh. Good To Die Records comments:

“The tritone — also known as ‘the Devil’s interval’ — is a pairing of notes that are three whole steps apart. It’s simply an interval between two frequencies, but for whatever reason, the human brain translates that pairing as sounding evil. Western composers avoided the note combination for centuries. The church frowned upon its use. It’s strange that two notes could elicit such negative reactions. But this is part of the magic of music — that certain combinations of frequencies trigger specific human emotions.

“We take for granted that every musician is tapping into some ancient wizardry, practicing some mysterious art we don’t fully understand. Seattle’s amplifier-worship dirge trio Old Iron certainly don’t shy away from the tritone or any other malicious note combination, and their explorations of the emotional implications of dissonance run parallel to their navigation of altered states and archaic sciences.

“From the opening riff of ‘Friday Glendale,’ the precedent is set for the trio’s no-frills combination of ruthless noise rock and bottom-heavy sludge. Old Iron’s weighty riffs and malevolent stomp taps into the same adrenaline-producing frequency as a battle cry, with guitarist/vocalist Jesse Roberts’ howl summoning the same primitive visceral response as the Western Huns’ harrowing call-to-arms.

“If Roberts and his cohorts Jerad Shealey (bass) and Trent McIntyre (drums) were merely interested in using their tactics as a study in Pavlovian conditioning, ‘Lupus Metallorum’ would succeed in making us salivating over their riffs.

“Rock music and psychoactive drugs have always played well together, yet in an age where chemical enhancement of music seems reduced to stoned lethargy and molly-induced bump-and-grind, Old Iron’s combination of doomsday riffage and high-grade hallucinogens aims for a far more traumatizing experience, as is evident in the cataclysmic rise-and-fall of the ayahuasca-referencing climax ‘Banisteriopsis Caapi.'”

“There was never any intended theme,” Roberts says of the muse behind Old Iron’s music, “but in hindsight half of the songs were inspired by experiences I’ve had with ayahuasca and DMT.”

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Arkona Kicking Off North American Tour Dates With Sirenia

Napalm Records artists Arkona and Sirenia are ready to kick of their North American tour tomorrow night in New York, NY at Webster Hall. This tour serves as a special 15th anniversary run for Arkona and is also Sirenia’s first ever North American tour. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Anton of Arkona on what fans can expect on tour: “For our Anniversary set list we have chosen the songs, which we never played in North America before, from each of 7 albums we released. These songs are very well describing our 15th year path. Also we added 2 new songs from our upcoming album, which we are going to record right after out return from the tour. And of course our well known hits will not be forgotten!”

Morten of Sirenia added: “We are very excited about touring North America for the first time. It’s something that we wanted to do for years and years. This time it will finally happen. A special thanks to our fans supporting this project via our pledge campaign, together we made this happen. See you in the US and Canada in a few days. First show in NYC on the 13th of May already. Be ready, ’cause we sure are!”

5/13: New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
5/14: Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
5/15: Quebec City, QC @ L’anti
5/16: Montreal, QC @ L’astral
5/17: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
5/18: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
5/19: Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
5/20: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
5/21: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
5/23: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
5/24: Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
5/25: Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
5/26: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
5/27: Scottsdale, AZ @ Pranksters
5/28: El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse
5/29: Dallas, TX @ The Curtain Club
5/30: Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall

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Anthriel Unveils “Transcendence” Album Details

Lion Music is proud to announce the June 15th release for Finnish prog metal act Anthriel’s second album “Transcendence,” arriving seven years after previous album “The Pathway.” Guitarist Timo Niemistö explains the long wait time:

“To make a long story short, life happened to us with highs and lows. We started to record a new material soon after releasing ‘The Pathway’ but some time after we had to let go of our prolonged rehearsal studio. It was a huge setback for the band as a lot of Anthriel history was written within those walls. As a result of frustration the bands ways departed with Jari and Klaus.

“We were kind of drifting some time to find and build a new environment and fresh start to continue recording of ‘Transcendence.’ Henrikki Markkula is a long time friend of us and was a whole band choice number one as a new drummer. Finding a bass player took a while but gladly Mr.Horttana contacted us and turned out to be a multi-talented studio musician and a great personality as well.

“Since the debut album ‘The Pathway,’ the Anthriel family has seen couple marriages and some kids born. I’m busy of repairing house and building a home studio for our needs. The band is stronger than ever and we are really looking forward to prove our strength at live.

He goes on to describe “Transcendence” by saying the release is “musically and lyrically a concept album. Each song has a lot of different layers as we like to keep our songs as a musical adventure for the fans; the more you dig the more you find. New album is solid album with lyrical and musical theme but it also keeps a hidden themes from our previous album. Compared to ‘The Pathway,’ new release ‘Transcendence’ is a darker and heavier album.”

1. The Calling
2. Under Burning Skies
3. Oath Of Darkness
4. Siren’s Song
5. Painted Shadows
6. Rhapsody Of Fire
7. My Dark Morning Star
8. Fallen Souls

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Holocausto Canibal Premieres Full-Album Stream Of New Release “Catalepsia Necrótica: Gonorreia Visceral Reanimada”

Portuguese death/grind band Holocausto Canibal decided to re-interpret and re-record the songs of its first demo “oPus I” and its debut album “Gonorreia Visceral”, and the result in this 20th year of the band’s existence is this new album titled “Catalepsia Necrótica: Gonorreia Visceral Reanimada” streaming below.

Check it out in its entirety below.

Comments bassist and founding member Z. Pedro on this new release:

“This re-recording and reinterpretation with today’s line-up and technologies is something that we couldn’t even think about when this first songs were wrote. If someone told us back then that someday we would be touring America or Europe, like we did in the last few years, we would probably laugh ourselves off, but the reality is that we’re still here, trying to bring you the feeling of the 90’s Oporto extreme metal scene that we all love and grew with and playing the same style we choose in our first rehearsal ever: Death Gore Grind.”

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Cormorant Unveils New Album “Diaspora”

Cormorant is readying to release the band’s long-awaited fourth LP “Diaspora” this August. Recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios in Oakland throughout late 2016, “Diaspora” serves as the follow-up to 2014’s “Earth Diver” full-length and sees Cormorant take a unique style of progressive metal in an expansive and adventurous new direction.

With four songs that total sixty-one minutes, the album features the band’s longest, most detail-oriented compositions to date — the collective result of two years of collaborative writing. “Diaspora” also includes a performance from cellist Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon, Giant Squid, ex-Amber Asylum) while Utah-based artist Jeff Christensen created the album’s vivid, four-panel artwork.

“Diaspora” will be available on 2xLP, CD, and digital formats this coming August 11th with U.S. and European distribution through War Crime Recordings. Check out a teaser trailer below.

1. Preserved In Ash
2. Sentinel
3. The Devourer
4. Migration

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In The Presence Of Wolves Announces New EP “Of Two Minds”

Philadelphia-native group In The Presence Of Wolves rattled the east coast metal scene with 2015 full-length release, “Thalassas,” deftly mixing a bevy of classic progressive rock, modern prog-metal, experimental, post-hardcore and jazz influences.

In The Presence Of Wolves further improves upon that addictive sonic blend with upcoming EP, “Of Two Minds, Stages 1-2: The Ape and The Cage,” a conceptual offering due out June 30th, 2017.

“Of Two Minds…” is available for pre-order now via Bandcamp and you can take a listen to first single, “The One Who Fell To Earth,” in the palyer below.

The release shares ITPOW’s personal confrontations with mental illness, emotional struggles, and the five stages of grief. The EP tells the story of twin brothers, one with paranoid schizophrenia and one without. The sane brother deals with the first two stages of grief as he investigates the reasons behind his twin taking his own life.

At the helm on “Of Two Minds…” was producer Kevin Antreassian of Backroom Studios, otherwise recognized as guitarist for kings of metallic chaos, Dillinger Escape Plan. The EP was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

“This EP feels like a natural evolution of the band,” says guitarist Chris Capitanio.”Our live show has grown more aggressive and our music has too. We still try to incorporate the dynamics and odd time signatures that we love and are known for, but it’s a little heavier this time around.”

“Working directly with Dillinger Escape Plan’s Kevin Antreassian on the record definitely inspired a heavier edge to the songs. This new album is more focused and definitely has a lot more to say,” adds vocalist and bassist Vini Stamato.”We added a lot more to our existing traditional progressive influences and it provided us with an incredibly freeing writing experience.”

1. As We Speak Pt. 1
2. The One Who Fell to Earth
3. White Noise
4. The Ape and the Cage
5. M.U.A. (Manipulation Under Anesthesia)

Capitanio adds, “This EP is the first in a series of conceptual releases. When we started writing, we were all going through a lot of negative things in our personal lives-several close family deaths, cancer scares, breakups-it seemed like it was all happening at once. We came up with the idea of basing the record on the five stages of grief and everything just fell into place.”

“In addition to our own experiences, the lyrical content is somewhat inspired by a documentary I once watched about David Bowie and his family’s history of paranoid schizophrenia,” continues Stamato. “I was actually already writing this EP before his passing, and during that process, I remembered that documentary and re-watched it for inspiration. I wouldn’t go as far as saying this EP is based on Bowie or the documentary, nor are we interested in capitalizing on the Bowie legacy, but the film definitely taught me a lot about the subject matter, regardless.”

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Bison Unveils New Album “You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient”

Vancouver metal band Bison makes a devastating return with brand-new album,”You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient.”

Set for release in Europe on June 23rd followed by a North American release on July 7th, the crushing new offering follows the 2014-issued “1000 Needles” EP and serves asa first full-length offering to include bassist Shane Clark, former lead guitarist of 3 Inches Of Blood.

“It was important that the songs fit together to tell a bit of a story,” relays guitarist and vocalist James Farwell, “a story of a new life and escaping the city, while still being tethered to it. Life is a constant fight, and though I have taken the fight to a more natural and beautiful place, that struggle persists. This is an album of daily living. It is for everyone.”

Bison’s “You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient” was captured in the band’s hometown with long time friend Jesse Gander at Rain City Recorders.

“I wanted to also steep myself in music that was not necessarily heavy in the obvious sense,” Farwell continues, “so I was listening to lots of blues while writing the album: Peter Green, Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf. There was also lots of instrumental rock music playing on my long commutes to Vanceouver for work and rehearsals.”

“The new songs still sound like ‘us,’ whatever that means,” vocalist Dan And adds, “but we aren’t concerned with shying away from whatever influences creep up. The older we get and the longer we play together, the less we give a shit about trying to sound like anything in particular.”

1. Until The Earth Is Empty
2. Anti War
3. Drunkard
4. Kenopsia
5. Tantrum
6. Raiigin
7. Water Becomes Fire

Bison will embark upon a short run of Canadian dates next month with additional live incursions to be announced in the coming weeks. Currently confirmed dates are as follows:

6/09/2017 The Palomino – Calgary, AB
6/10/2017 The Capitol – Saskatoon, SK
6/11/2017 The Windsor Hotel – Winnipeg, MB
6/12/2017 The Exchange – Regina, SK
6/13/2017 The Vat – Red Deer, AB
6/14/2017 Brixx – Edmonton, AB
6/16/2017 The Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC

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