Despotz Records Inks Deal With F.K.U.

Inspired by 80’s thrash bands and horror movies, coupled with old issues of Metal Forces and cheap beer, the mighty Swedish horror metal machine F.K.U. has just signed with Despotz Records and is currently working on an album to be released in late fall.

The band says, “As we prepare to enter the next stage of our ongoing battle for total dominance, we have formed a new alliance to assist us in forcing the world to succumb to horror and metal. We are proud to announce that Despotz Records will be releasing our albums in the future. They are a force to be reckoned with and will take no prisoners. And make no mistake, F.K.Ü. will be back with another horror metal attack late this fall.”

Throughout their three decade long career F.K.U. has shown the world that it’s possible to have good, friendly, violent fun on your way to the nearest mosh pit.

“We give you horror Thrash Metal’s finest, F.K.Ü,” says Despotz Records partner, Omer Akay. “The band celebrates it’s 30th anniversary this year, and we’re honoured to present their fifth album to the world this fall. Mosh til u drop!!”

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Entrails Streaming New Song “Serial Murder (Death Squad)”

On June 16th, Swedish death metallers Entrails will release new album, “World Inferno,” worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Check out new single, “Serial Murder (Death Squad),” in the player below.

Entrails guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist comments: “It’s about time to unleash our next beast called ‘Serial Murder (Death Squad)’ – that means you should roll up your sleeves, loosen up your ponytail and get in the mood with a proper beer and prepare yourself for a trip among serial murders. The Death Squad awaits you!”

1. World Inferno
2. Condemned to the Grave
3. Serial Murder (Death Squad)
4. The Soul Collector
5. Dead and Buried
6. Insane Slaughter
7. Into Eternal Fire
8. Suffer
9. The Hour of the Casket
10. The Blood Breed

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Below Streaming New Single “Hours Of Darkness”

Next Friday (May 19th), Swedish epic doom metal band Below will release new album, “Upon A Pale Horse,” worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Check out new single “Hours of Darkness” in the player below.

Below comments: “With ‘Upon a Pale Horse’, we feel that we have found our sound. We have grown as songwriters and this album contains our fastest and slowest, shortest and longest, heaviest and most melodic songs to date.

“Making this album more diverse yet still staying true to the core of heavy riffs and melodies that is Below. We recorded ‘Upon a Pale Horse’ in Deep Blue Studios, the studio where we recorded our first EP, so in some sense it felt like we were returning to our roots.”

1. The Plague Within
2. Disappearing Into Nothing
3. The Coven
4. Upon a Pale Horse
5. Suffer in Silence
6. Hours of Darkness
7. 1000 Broken Bones
8. We Are All Slaves

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Below releases third and final single, “Hours of Darkness”, online

– May 11th, 2017 –

Friday (May 19th), Swedish epic doom metallers Below will release their new album, Upon A Pale Horse, worldwide via Metal Blade Records! To hear the new single, “Hours of Darkness”, please visit: metalblade.com/below – where the first single, “1000 Broken Bones”, can also be heard, and the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–Digipak CD
–180g black vinyl
–silk gray-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–dim gray-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–transparent vinyl (limited to 100 copies – USA exclusive)
*plus digital options are also available!

Below comments: “With ‘Upon a Pale Horse‘, we feel that we have found our sound.bWe have grown as songwriters and this album contains our fastest and slowest, shortest and longest, heaviest and most melodic songs to date. Making this album more diverse yet still staying true to the core of heavy riffs and melodies that is Below. We recorded ‘Upon a Pale Horse‘ in Deep Blue Studios, the studio where we recorded our first EP, so in some sense it felt like we were returning to our roots.”

Read on for some reviews of the critically acclaimed Upon A Pale Horse:

“The title track features mighty choirs and beats everything Candlemass released in the last 10 years. You could say the same about ‘Hours Of Darkness’, but this one could be even on one of the 80s classic albums of the Epic Doom Gods. Killer album!”Andreas Stappert, Deaf Forever Germany, 9.5 out of 10 points

“All in all a very strong proof of the talent of these Swedes, I didn’t expect such a high quality!”Boris Kaiser, Rock Hard Germany, 8.5 out of 10 points

Below are a heavy hit!”Thorsten Dietrich, Break Out Germany

Upon A Pale Horse track-listing:
1. The Plague Within
2. Disappearing Into Nothing
3. The Coven
4. Upon a Pale Horse
5. Suffer in Silence
6. Hours of Darkness
7. 1000 Broken Bones
8. We Are All Slaves

Below line-up:
Zeb – Vox
Hedman – Bass
Paud – Guitar
Berg – Guitar
Doc – Drums

Below online:
https://www.facebook.com/belowmetal
https://twitter.com/belowmetal
https://www.instagram.com/belowmetal

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New Album “Strength In Numbers” Announced By The Haunted

After a strong finish on a series of tour dates across the UK and Central Europe alongside heavy-hitters’ Meshuggah and Arch Enemy respectively, Swedish thrash metal act The Haunted has been busy completing the recording and mixing process of the upcoming 9th studio album effort.

Recorded at Parlour Studios in the UK with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Exploited), the album is entitled “Strength In Numbers” and will be released worldwide via Century Media Records on August 25, 2017. More information on the album is expected soon.

Guitarist Ola Englund has checked in with the following comment: “Working on ‘Strength In Numbers’ with Russ Russell as an engineer and producer has been an incredible experience. His attitude and positivity has helped us to truly do our best when recording. He’s just a killer guy to be around!”, before adding: “All the tracking for the album has been completed and Russ is right in the middle of mixing and mastering it. And from the early mixes I’ve heard, it’s shaping up to be insanely heavy. No clean singing, no banjo, no pickup trucks…so fans of country music are gonna hate it, haha! Seriously: Heads are gonna roll. In a good way…”

A video teaser from their recording sessions can now be seen below:

Having recently been announced to appear at the lauded Sweden Rock Festival, the band has also confirmed a string of tour dates across Scandinavia in support of their upcoming release in late August/early September. A full list of upcoming appearances is as follows:

6/7 Sölvesborg, SE – Sweden Rock Festival
8/31 Oslo, NO – Blå
9/1 Stavanger, NO – Folken
9/2 Bergen, NO – Hulen
9/8 Örebro, SE – Frimis Salonger #
9/9 Linköping, SE – The Crypt #
9/15 Borlänge, SE – Liljan
9/16 Sundsvall, SE – Club Destroyer
9/21 Gothenburg, SE – Pustervik #
9/22 Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand #
9/23 Malmö, SE – KB #
9/29 Hultsfred, SE – Mörkaste Småland Festival
9/30 Eskilstuna, SE – Loket
10/7 Hoogeveen, NL – Graveland Fest
# with Witchery

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Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth Covered In “Cold Void” Documentary

Niklas Kvarforth, founder of the controversial Swedish metal band Shining, is featured as the focal point of a new documentary produced by Art House Films.

Titled “Cold Void,” the documentary is a personal portrait of Kvarforth, the man behind headlines that have included suicide and self-destruction, addiction, bipolar disorder, passion and schizophrenia. The documentary was filmed by Art House producer Claudio Marino and his film production company Artax Film.

“Cold Void” is set for release in the fall and will also be available worldwide in DVD format directly from Artax Film and Shining, as well as via VOD.

Marino comments: “I’ve known about Niklas and his music for a long time. His story interested me and I wanted to know more about him as a person. I did some research and we got in contact. I showed him my documentary trilogy ‘Blood and Spirit’ and he was interested in working with me. We got along from the start and he proved to be very cooperative. He was brutally honest, and never left any of my questions unanswered.”

You can catch Shining and Revenge on tour:

May 05 Baltimore, MD @ Sparta Inn
May 06 Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar
May 07 Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti Bar
May 08 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
May 09 Toronto, ON @ Garrison
May 10 Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
May 11 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
May 12 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
May 14 Boise, ID @ The Shredder
May 15 Vancouver, BC @ Red Room
May 16 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 17 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
May 18 Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
May 19 Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
May 20 Los Angeles, CA @ Complex
May 21 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
May 23 Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
May 24 Fort Worth, TX @ Rail Club

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Cities Of Mars Signs WIth Argonauta Records

Swedish doom metal band Cities of Mars has inked a new deal with Argonauta Records for the release of an upcoming studio album. The group comments:

“We’re happy to announce that we’ve signed a deal with Italian doom titan label Argonauta Records for the release of our first full-length album. Argonauta dedication and growth as a relentless force in the heavy underground scene suits our own hands-on hard work ethic.

“Sonically, we are still roaming the deep space of slow riffs, but are also expanding into a few selected up-thrusts. We believe you’ll like it as much as we do! We are very excited to join forces with Argonauta Records and together enter the next phase of the Cities of Mars saga.”

Argonauta adds: “The Swedish renowned band Cities of Mars has taken the genre with storm with last EP ‘Celestial Mistress.’ All songs are written as a part of an intergalactic story taking place on Mars with a time frame that stretches from ancient days up until now. The concept is well incorporated in the bands all releases and really appreciated according to multiple reviewers all over Europe.

“The band is planning a massive three-week European tour to promote the release of the upcoming album, ‘Temporal Rifts.’ The full-length album will contain five new songs firmly rooted in the ancient Martian civilization later discovered by a covert KGB agent. ‘Temporal Rifts’ will be available on LP, CD, downloads and via various streaming services during Fall 2017.

Celestial Mistress EP by Cities of Mars

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Entrails reveals details for new album, ‘World Inferno’

– May 2nd, 2017 –

Launches first single, “The Soul Collector”

On June 16th, Swedish death metallers Entrails will release their new album, World Inferno, worldwide via Metal Blade Records! To hear the first single, “The Soul Collector”, please visit: metalblade.com/entrails – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–Digipak CD
–180g black vinyl
–blue grey-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–blood red vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EMP exclusive)
–steel blue clear vinyl (limited to 100 copies – USA exclusive)
–clear skyblue vinyl (limited to 100 copies – Hells Headbangers exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Entrails guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist comments: “I am damn proud to finally unleash this nasty beast, a new chapter is written for Entrails to satisfy all old school maniacs out there. Having new blood in the band, Martin and Tommy, helped making this fifth album the rawest and heaviest to date. Prepare yourself to stretch out your neck in full headbanging!”

The recordings for World Inferno started in December 2016 in Lundqvist’s Bloodshed Studio. Dan Swano once again handled the mixing and mastering for the album. Dan Swano comments: “I don’t know if I had said this before, but I say it again. Every time I start thinking about putting together some new SweDeath project, Entrails show up at my doorstep with a new album to mix, and every time I think ‘Fuck!! – What’s the point in making my own project when this is so fucking good, and exactly what I wanted to do…’ And if I felt there were some details to improve upon from our previous work together, they fix that and then some, and return with an album even stronger than the previous one. What the fuck is going on in Linneryd!? Is Jimmy cloning death metal warriors in some barn over there or what!? To sum it up. Yet another amazing slab of SweDeath coming your way from Entrails! Beyond. Blown. Away!”

World Inferno track-listing:
1. World Inferno
2. Condemned to the Grave
3. Serial Murder (Death Squad)
4. The Soul Collector
5. Dead and Buried
6. Insane Slaughter
7. Into Eternal Fire
8. Suffer
9. The Hour of the Casket
10. The Blood Breed

Entrails line-up:
Jimmy Lundqvist – guitars
Tommy Carlsson – vocals/bass
Pontus Samuelsson – guitars
Martin Michaelsson – drums

Entrails online:
http://www.facebook.com/Entrails666

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Eluveitie Announces Tour With Amaranthe And The Charm The Fury

Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie is now putting finishing touches on an upcoming second acoustic record entitled “Evocation II.” After a release show at Summer Breeze, Germany, the band led by Chrigel Glanzmann will embark on a European club tour to present these new songs to the fans live on stage.

Swedish modern melodic metallers Amaranthe will be accompanying Elevutie on this European adventure. The Charm The Fury will serve as opener. Chrigel comments on these upcoming shows:

“As you might know, we’re in Tommy Vetterli’s iconic Newsound studios at the moment, recording our upcoming album ‘Evocation II!’ But the ‘tour bug’ already got us once more and we can’t wait to finally hit the road again. And so we’re excited to announce our European tour this fall – all the more as we’ll be in fantastic company, for we’ll bring along our swedish friends from Amaranthe, as well as the shooting stars of The Charm The Fury, who will open the shows!

“And even though we’ll present brand new songs off our upcoming acoustic album, we’ll of course lay waste your cities with a full neckbreaker set! So expect nothing less than one hell of a fucking metal massacer! m/”

25.10.2017 IT – Parma, Campus Industry
26.10.2017 HU – Budapest, Barba Negra
27.10.2017 PL – Warsaw, Progresja
28.10.2017 CZ – Zlin, Masters of Rock Cafe
29.10.2017 AT – Vienna, Simm City
30.10.2017 DE – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
31.10.2017 SI – Ljubljana, Kino Siska
02.11.2017 FR – Paris, Cabaret Sauvage
03.11.2017 UK – London, Assembly Rooms
04.11.2017 NL – Eindhoven, Effenaar
05.11.2017 BE – Antwerp, Trix
06.11.2017 DE – Frankfurt, Batschkapp
08.11.2017 DE – Berlin, Kesselhaus
09.11.2017 DE – München, Backstage
10.11.2017 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser
12.11.2017 DE – Bochum, Zeche

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Cut Up releases video for “Behead the Dead”

– April 27th, 2017 –

Confirmed for Summer Breeze festival 2017

Just one month ago, Swedish death metallers Cut Up released their sophomore album, Wherever They May Rot, worldwide via Metal Blade Records! Today, the band has released a new video for the album track “Behead The Dead”, which can be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=OxLjYNBOWlw

Cut Up guitarist/vocalist Andreas Bjornson comments: “The time has come to deliver a new video upon thee and we’re going all in on the Deathgrind with ‘Behead The Dead’! Working once again with our Arvika film crew we have created a suiting old-school VHS-like video for this unrelenting song. The lyrics describe the action plan for a corpse that simply will not rest and fits the music accordingly. Turn the stereo all the way up to eleven and blast shit to bits! Our brand new album, ‘Wherever They May Rot‘, is out NOW worldwide through Metal Blade Records!”

With an impressive collective past in the extreme side of metal and the ambition to blaze the trail of musical violence, Cut Up has come to claim the throne. Combining grinding death metal with a modern approach and high musicianship, yet always with key focus on brutality, these Swedes are notorious for bringing the gore wherever they go. To preview and purchase Wherever They May Rot, please visit: metalblade.com/cutup

Cut Up has also been confirmed for this year’s edition of the mighty Summer Breeze festival taking place in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany in August. See below for all upcoming dates!

Cut Up live:
Apr. 29 – Sundsvall, Sweden – Club Destroyer
May 12 – Deinze, Belgium – Muziekcafe Elpee
May 13 – Veghel, Netherlands – Deathfest II
May 20 – Hyvinkaa, Finland – Steelfest Open Air
July 29 – Essen, Germany – Nord Open Air
Aug. 16-19 – Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – Summer Breeze Festival
Oct. 21 – Belusa, Slovakia – Deathfest

Cut Up line-up:
Erik Rundqvist – vocals & bass
Andreas Bjornson – vocals & guitar
Anders Bertilsson – guitar
Tobias Gustafsson – drums

Cut Up online:
http://www.cutupofficial.com
https://www.facebook.com/cutupofficial
https://www.instagram.com/cutupofficial
https://www.youtube.com/c/cutupofficialdeathmetal

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