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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Apothesary Releases “You’ve Met With A Terrible Fate, Haven’t You?” Video

Two weeks out from the release of Apothesary’s latest album “Accept Loss Forever” on M-Theory Audio, the Nor Cal band releases another promo video, this time for the song “You’ve Met with a Terrible Fate, Haven’t You?” once again produced by Tsunami Films.

“We’re all extremely happy to premiere ‘You’ve Met with a Terrible Fate, Haven’t You?’ on Bravewords! This song was one of the last to be written for the album – at a time when you couldn’t force me to write much of anything,” explains guitarist Clayton Cagle.

Clayton goes on to say, “You’ve Met’s lyrics deal with a pretty fragile point where I was struggling to find value in myself. I was stuck sort of contemplating who in my life really mattered and who I felt still cared. The list seemed short, as it usually does for someone in that state of mind, so the lyrics really serve to reflect that feeling of hopelessness I held in that moment. It was a very dark time, for sure, so I’m grateful I had a pen and a notebook to spill those thoughts onto.”

Apothesary describe the emotionally charged “Accept Loss Forever” as an ode to suffering, as the album chronicles the various challenges and difficulties the group has overcome. If you missed it, the lyric video for “Tempest (Even Tide)” can be seen here.

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Cripper Unveils Upcoming Album “Follow Me: Kill!”

On September 15th, Germany’s Cripper will release new album “Follow Me: Kill!” worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Check out the first single, “Pressure,” in the player below.

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!”

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

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MASTERPLAN Dropping “PumpKings,” July 28

MASTERPLAN‘s upcoming release will be a special one for band leader Roland Grapow, because it shows the man revisiting his Helloween past. “PumpKings” includes 11 songs which Roland contributed to Helloween’s rich legacy during his time in the band. These songs have been re-recorded by Masterplan’s current line-up recently. “PumpKings” will be released on July 28th as […]

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MASTERPLAN Dropping “PumpKings,” July 28

MASTERPLAN‘s upcoming release will be a special one for band leader Roland Grapow, because it shows the man revisiting his Helloween past. “PumpKings” includes 11 songs which Roland contributed to Helloween’s rich legacy during his time in the band. These songs have been re-recorded by Masterplan’s current line-up recently. “PumpKings” will be released on July 28th as […]

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Cytotoxin Posts “Gammageddon” Album Preview

“Gammageddon” is the forthcoming new full-length from Germany’s Chernobyl-themed death bringers, Cytotxin.

Captured earlier this year again at Kohlekeller Studios, “Gammageddon” centers itself on the city of Pripyat, which had grown to a population of nearly fifty-thousand by the time it was evacuated the day after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

“Gammageddon” serves as a soundtrack to the horrors leading to the evacuation with its unadulterated technical extremity. Check out an album preview below. The album will be released on CD and digital formats via Unique Leader Records on July 21st.

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Video Clip For New Song “The World Is Yours” Issued By Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy fired off the first single from “Will To Power” in the form of the music video for “The World Is Yours.” Check it out in the player below.

The highly anticipated follow up to “War Eternal” is finally ready to be unleashed on September 8th via Century Media Records.

Mastermind Michael Amott comments, “We’ve been hard at work on the new album for a while now and we’re proud to present the first taste of new Arch Enemy music in over three years with our new single and video, ‘The World Is Yours’! This was the first song I wrote for the upcoming ‘Will To Power’ album and Daniel (Erlandsson, drums) helped me arrange and finish it up. One of many songs we co-wrote and co-produced this time around. We had a blast recording together with the full band in the south of Sweden and then mixing with Jens Bogren, who did a superb mix and mastering – in my opinion even surpassing the epic sound on our previous record, ‘War Eternal’. People that have heard this song in particular are saying it’s got the classic anthemic Arch Enemy vibe going on, and I think they might be right about that… Looking forward to playing it live on stage later this summer!”

The track list for the album is:

1. Set Flame to the Night
2. The Race
3. Blood in the Water
4. The World is Yours
5. The Eagle Flies Alone
6. Reason to Believe
7. Murder Scene
8. First Day in Hell
9. Saturnine
10. Dreams of Retribution
11. My Shadow and I
12. A Fight I Must Win

Check out “The World is Yours” here:

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Details Of New Album “Escaping Gravity” Issued By Gross Reality

Formed all the way back in 1991, Raleigh, NC melodic thrash outfit Gross Reality amassed an impressive live resume throughout the early-’90s; sharing the stage with legends such as Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse, Confessor, Deicide, Type O Negative, and Unleashed. However, the band had left behind not a single recording at the time of the initial demise in 1996.

Reforming in 2009 at a time when high-level thrash metal was coming back with a vengeance, Gross Reality continued to gain exposure on the live front, performing alongside longstanding icons such as Death Angel and (at the time) relative newcomers such as Evile and Bonded by Blood alike. This culminated in 2014, when Divebomb Records finally unleashed the reunited group’s long overdue debut full-length, “Overthrow.”

Now, three years later, Gross Reality’s fine-tuned trio of longtime core members Daniel Powell (bass/vocals), Roland Arthur (guitar), and Jason Wheeler (drums) has prepared an intense sophomore outing, “Escaping Gravity.” The eight-song effort—once again produced by Jamie King at The Basement Recording—features gorgeous cover art by Par Olofsson and delves into lyrical topics as diverse as perseverance, the effects of war, alien abductions, and much more. The album drops on August 11th via Divebomb Records.

“Escaping Gravity”‘s individualistic brand of tight, high-energy thrash strikes a constant balance between focused aggression and emphatic melody—at times even dipping its toe into more ambitious and prog-leaning waters, sure to pique the interest of those in search of more technical and complex fare. The end result should appeal to fans of everyone from Testament to Powermad; not to mention a younger generation of listeners more accustomed to the contemporary sounds of acts like Charred Walls of the Damned, Havok, and Gama Bomb.

The track listing and artwork can be found here:

1. Dimensional
2. Event Horizon
3. Zero Day
4. The Incomplete
5. Invitation
6. Soul Worn Thin
7. Into The Vault
8. Escaping Gravity

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Enslaved Finishes Work On New Album

It is accomplished – the Norwegian progressive extreme metal crew Enslaved just completed the recording process on a 14th full-length album.

In the renowned Fascination Street Studios, Jens Bogren polished this new raw diamond with his mixing and mastering skills. Just like for predecessor “In Times” (reviewed here) the metal veterans from Bergen still never look back and keep on expanding their horizons.

“I’m always psyched and proud when we finish an album recording, and this is no exception!” states singer Grutle Kjellson. “It was a really exciting process this time, with the line-up change and everything, so although it wasn’t a dramatic change, the band dynamics were suddenly different. But, it was like a little re-boot, a fresh start so to speak. The studio sessions were great, and we all feel that we have done something truly amazing. We hope you’ll enjoy it. Ugh!”

Stay tuned for full info to arrive later in the summer. Enslaved will also be touring the UK and Ireland as support to Opeth in November:

Nov 15th – Manchester, O2 Ritz
Nov 16th – Glasgow, Barrowlands
Nov 17th – Belfast, Limelight
Nov 18th – Dublin, Academy
Nov 19th – Nottingham, Rock City
Nov 21st – Bristol, O2 Academy
Nov 22nd – Birmingham, O2 Institute

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Sonus Mortis Issues “Hold This Mortal Coil” Update

Sonus Mortis is about to begin the recording process for an upcoming release, and the band issued this statement online:

“I can confirm that I have finished the writing process for the 4th album ‘Hold This Mortal Coil.’ Posting to reveal the new album artwork (Done by Mark Erskine at Erskine Designs), really happy with this one!

“Going to spend the next 2-3 months rehearsing all the guitar/bass/vocal parts before locking in studio time, looking to an October time frame – all going to plan.

“Won’t give too much away but expect plenty of variety (acoustic passages, death-doom elements etc) and extreme endeavor this time round.”

1. Metamorphosis
2. Hold This Mortal Coil
3. Join The Separated Symbiote
4. Monolith
5. The Descending Dealate
6. Tota Mors Certa Est
7. Still
8. The Threads Of Life

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