Soulfly Posts New Album, “Ritual” Trailer Online

Metal icons Soulfly are set to release their devastating new album Ritual on October 19th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Today, the band has released the first of several album trailers. Watch guitarist/vocalist Max Cavalera discuss the exceptional album artwork for Ritual, below.

Comments Max Cavalera: “I am really stoked to be working again with two of my favourite artists, Eliran Kantor and Marcelo Vasco! The Ritual artwork is very mystic and captures the vibe of the album perfectly. For this one, we really tried to retain the groove of early Soulfly as well as my love for the heavy, fast stuff I’m into: like death and black metal and some hardcore. Working with Josh Wilbur for Soulfly this time around has been amazing. He’s a huge fan and added a lot to the record. I would fight for the fast songs and he would always push me to add more groove. I think in the end we created a really cool mix of songs that covers a lot of ground in my career. Let the Ritual begin!”

Metal Underground caught up with Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera this week in Bristol, England to discuss “Ritual,” which you can also view below.

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Soulfly Premiere New Song “Evil Empowered” & Detail Upcoming New Album “Ritual”

Soulfly premiere a new song entitled “Evil Empowered”, taken from their upcoming new album “Ritual”. Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe and Immolation bassist/vocalist Ross Dolan are among the effort’s guests with the track listing and cover art (done by Eliran Kantor) available at the bottom of this post.

Speaking of the “Ritual“, the band’s mastermind, frontman/guitarist Max Cavalera commented:

“I am really stoked to be working again with two of my favorite artists, Eliran Kantor and Marcelo Vasco! The Ritual artwork is very mystic and captures the vibe of the album perfectly. For this one, we really tried to retain the groove of early Soulfly as well as my love for the heavy, fast stuff I’m into: like death and black metal and some hardcore.

Working with Josh Wilbur for Soulfly this time around has been amazing. He’s a huge fan and added a lot to the record. I would fight for the fast songs and he would always push me to add more groove. I think in the end we created a really cool mix of songs that covers a lot of ground in my career. Let the Ritual begin!”

Check out now “Evil Empowered” below.

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Downfall Of Gaia to hit the studio and work on new full-length album

– August 7th, 2018 –

Photo credit: Florian Fassbinder

Downfall Of Gaia just entered the studio to work on the successor to their 2016 album, Atrophy! The currently untitled fifth studio album will be recorded at Hidden Planet Studio in Berlin with Jan Oberg and at Backroom Studios New Jersey with Kevin Antreassian (Dillinger Escape Plan). This time around, the mix and master will come from V. Santura (Triptykon/Dark Fortress)! The band is aiming for a release in early 2019. Stay tuned for more news coming soon!

Downfall Of Gaia comments: “We couldn’t be more satisfied to have all of these talented people on board for our next release! Looking forward to share some new piece of music with you very soon.”

Downfall Of Gaia live:
Aug. 24 – Spital am Semmering, Austria – Kaltenbach Open Air
Sept. 21 – Osaka, Japan – Shovel w/ Der Weg einer Freiheit
Sept. 22 – Tokyo, Japan – Space Odd w/ Der Weg einer Freiheit
Oct. 5 – Bayern, Germany – Way Of Darkness Festival
Oct. 6 – Paderborn, Germany – Metal Inferno Festival

Downfall Of Gaia is:
Dominik Goncalves dos Reis – vocals/guitars
Marco Mazzola – guitars
Anton Lisovoj – vocals/bass
Michael Kadnar – drums

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Dream Theater Posts New Studio Video Online Showing New Album Guitar Tracking

American progressive metal legends Dream Theater has posted a new video online, the latest in their series chronicling the recording of their as yet untitled fourteenth studio album. This time, John Petrucci gives fans a behind the scenes look at the guitar tracking. You can check it out below. This will be the band’s first album for Sony Music’s progressive imprint InsideOutMusic, with whom they signed with last year.

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Avenged Sevenfold Cancels North American Tour Dates With Prophets Of Rage

Avenged Sevenfold has announced that they have been forced to cancel their planned tour North America with supergroup Prophets Of Rage as a result of vocalist M Shadows suffering from a vocal chord injury. This includes their planned headlining spot at the Heavy MTL festival, where their place will be taken by Limp Bizkit. A statement from M Shadows reads as follows:

“There is no good way to start out a note containing bad news but here it is.

“After Europe I came down with a terrible viral infection that rendered me voiceless.

“I tried my best to take care of the situation with voice rest, medication and doctor visits but the voice was only getting worse.

“After a week of steroids, the swelling went down enough to see the cause of the problem. A blood blister has formed on my vocal folds and is preventing them from vibrating properly. In short, I can’t sing anything at the moment and the more I attempt to, the more damage is being done. Luckily, as of now the doctors feel that 3 months of no singing and voice rest should get my chords back on track.

“Unfortunately, this means we will have to cancel all tour dates at the moment.

“Decisions like this weigh on me very heavily. It’s a tour I was looking forward to very much. I want to apologize to the fans who have spent their time and money booking travel arrangements and accommodations. I also want to apologize to our crew and the other bands who were depending on this tour.

“None of these things are lost on me.

“Just know that I have exhausted every possible solution in trying to get out there and perform for you. It just simply can’t happen at the moment.

“We have a few things coming down the pipe soon that should be fun, so we hope you look out for those.

“Again, I am deeply sorry and hope to see you all soon.

“In silence,

“M”

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Terrorizer Reveals New Album “Caustic Attack” Details

American grindcore icons Terrorizer, featuring legendary drummer Pete Sandoval, have united with The End Records for the release of their long-anticipated new full-length, “Caustic Attack.”
Produced by Jason Suecof (Deicide, All That Remains, Kataklysm, Battlecross) at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida and featuring the apocalyptic cover art of Timbul Cahyono (Rotting Corpse, Pyrexia), the record serves as the band’s first studio offering in six years.

Before Pete Sandoval recorded Morbid Angel’s first album, 1989’s Altars Of Madness, he performed on two demos and a split album with his original band Terrorizer. Today, the group’s 1989 full-length debut “World Downfall” is still considered a pinnacle for death metal and grindcore, featuring impossibly fast blast-beats and double-bass drumming along with a blitzkrieg attack by late guitarist Jesse Pintado (Napalm Death), and ex-vocalist Oscar Garcia (Nausea). The 1989 lineup was rounded out by Sandoval and then-fellow Morbid Angel bandmate David Vincent on bass.

Over the next twenty-three years, Sandoval took time between Morbid Angel albums to continue working with Terrorizer, recording two more cataclysmic full-lengths, 2006’s Darker Days Ahead and 2012’s “Hordes Of Zombies.” And now, another six years down the burning highway, Terrorizer is back with “Caustic Attack,” their heaviest and most eclectic album to date.

Terrorizer started working on Caustic Attack in 2014, but before they could lay down a single bar of music, Sandoval had to make sure he was healthy enough to work on a new album – which was far from a sure thing. Rewind to 2009 when Sandoval’s suffered a severe back injury caused by decades of Olympic-class death metal drumming. After seeing different doctors and exploring his options, Sandoval opted for invasive surgery to repair the deteriorated discs between interlocking vertebrae in his spine.

By 2013, Sandoval was feeling pretty good, so he got together with multi-instrumentalist Lee Harrison, who played on Malevolent Creation’s 1989 demo a year before giving birth to metal veterans Monstrosity, which have released five full-length albums to date. In 2007, Lee joined up with fabled Crimson Glory singer, Midnight, with whom he worked until the vocalist died in 2009. Lee has also played guitar with Obituary on tour in South America in 2012. Now, he’s deadly serious about his role in Terrorizer, but at first playing with Sandoval was more like a hobby.

“We started playing some songs just for fun,” Sandoval explains. “We did some of the World Downfall songs, and then we learned a few cover songs and we did our first show as a party. That’s how everything started.”

Feeling confident and comfortable again behind the kit, Sandoval invited Sam Molina, who played with Harrison in Monstrosity, to join them on bass, and the trio started working on songs for “Caustic Attack.” A violently explosive album for increasingly turbulent times, “Caustic Attack” is the sound of a world nearing apocalypse. The songs conjure images of warplanes on bombing runs, giant tanks obliterating small villages and the endless rattle of machine guns mowing down everyone in sight.

Sandoval has long been known as one of the fastest players in death metal – the pioneer of blast beats – and he doesn’t hold back on “Caustic Attack.” At the same time, even the fastest songs are tighter and more precise than Terrorizer have ever been thanks to veteran producer Jason Suecof, who’s painstaking method of recording showcases Sandoval and his team at peak capacity. The only minor hitch in the process was deciding whether or not to include guitar solos.

“The original Terrorizer didn’t have solos, so we took the same approach,” Harrison says. “It was just riff after killer riff. That was an interesting challenge for me – to keep the music fresh without relying on solos. But the great thing about not having solos is it allows us to keep a dense sound as a three-piece. When you put leads in there, you need a second guitar or else the bottom falls out. Staying a three-piece makes it easier to travel and tour, and we didn’t want to mess with that formula.”

Now that Sandoval is devoting all his time and effort to Terrorizer (he left Morbid Angel in 2013), he plans to tour extensively and then record another album. The six-year curse is officially broken. “It feels so great to be back playing every day,” Sandoval says. “I worked really hard on my recovery and all that work is really paying off now because when I play these songs I feel the same way I did in 1990 or 2000. I feel young again and I can play with no problem. And that’s hard to do because this new album has a lot of changes, double-bass, fast blast beats. You name it.” [words by Jon Wiederhorn]

Terrorizer’s “Caustic Attack” will see release via The End Records this fall. Further details including track teasers to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Stay alert.

Terrorizer lineup:

Pete Sandoval – drums
Lee Harrison – guitars
Sam Molina – bass/vocals

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Destruction Reveals New Drummer Randy Black

German thrash metal legends Destruction are pleased to officially welcome Randy Black (Annihilator, Primal Fear) into the fold, after a gruelling probation that involved extensive touring with many shows around the globe.

Randy will make his official debut as the band’s new drummer at Wacken-Open-Air on August 3rd, 2018.

Mastermind Schmier states:
“Many years ago, when Randy was still with Primal Fear and we were looking for a drummer, it was the first time we talked about Destructions open drummer seat. But we did not wanna approach them at that time because of his obligation with good friends. Some years later he filled in for Vaaver on the American Tour with Sepultura because Vaaver became a father again at that time. So it was obvious for me, to pass the baton to Randy first this time. And he blew us all away with his tight, groovy and over the top drumming. He’s also a very cool Canadian lad that lives in Germany for many years now – so it was a perfect match right away! Hell-come on board buddy!”

Guitar player Mike adds:
“It’s surely not easy to replace an outstanding drummer like VAAVER !!!
But the Show must go on, and RANDY kicks in like a motherfucker…
Solid , groovy, heavy, humble….He´s on fire!!!

“Get prepared my friends …”

And the new Destruction drummer Randy commented:
“After a recent successful tour of Asia, Australia and a handful of great festival shows I’m very happy to announce my position as the new drummer for the Thrash Metal Legends DESTRUCTION!
35 years running! Try to wrap your head around that!
I’m looking forward to continuing the Destruction legacy together with Schmier and Mike including plans of recording a kick ass new CD and touring the planet.

“I‘m chomping at the bit to get out there and Thrash for all you crazy Metal heads on the road soon!“

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Cannibal Corpse announces USA tour with Hate Eternal, Harm’s Way

– July 17th, 2018 –

After releasing their 14th studio album, Red Before Black, last year to critical acclaim, Cannibal Corpse is ready to head back out on the road this winter in support of it – this time, with Hate Eternal and Harm’s Way joining them on the bill. See below for all dates!

Cannibal Corpse tour dates
w/ Hate Eternal, Harm’s Way

Nov. 2 – Columbia, SC – The Music Farm
Nov. 3 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
Nov. 4 – Norfolk, VA – Shaka’s Live
Nov. 5 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
Nov. 7 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
Nov. 8 – Providence, RI – Fete
Nov. 9 – Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall
Nov. 10 – Rochester, NY – Anthology
Nov. 11 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s
Nov. 13 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
Nov. 14 – Toledo, OH – Civic Music Hall
Nov. 15 – Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theater
Nov. 16 – Palatine, IL – Durty Nelly’s
Nov. 17 – Madison, WI – The Majestic Theater
Nov. 18 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
Nov. 20 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Nov. 21 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Nov. 23 – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
Nov. 24 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Nov. 25 – Baton Rouge, LA – The Varsity Theater
Nov. 27 – Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlies
Nov. 28 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
Nov. 29 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
Nov. 30 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
Dec. 1 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
Dec. 3 – Memphis, TN – Growlers
Dec. 4 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theater
Dec. 5 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey
Dec. 6 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Culture Room

Many words come to mind when you hear the name Cannibal Corpse, but one truly defines the soon-to-be thirty-year death metal veterans: Unstoppable. Produced by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Goatwhore), their latest album, Red Before Black, serves to not only reiterate this but to once more raise the stakes, making it very clear who sets the standard when it comes to always compelling music that is equally brutal and complex. Moreover, the band have pushed themselves again, ensuring that it stands out from their catalog. “Throughout our career we’ve tried to improve the precision of both our musical execution and our album production, while still maintaining full-on aggression. ‘Red Before Black‘ continues in that direction, but might go even further on the aggressive side of things. It’s definitely precise, but it has a rawness to it that goes beyond anything we’ve done recently,” asserts bassist Alex Webster. “We really worked super hard crafting these songs, practicing them, and getting them where we wanted to be more so than on any of our previous albums,” adds drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz. “And as Alex said, musically I think it’s the most raw sound we’ve had – and at the same time I think it’s our most focused, tightest and catchiest record.”

To preview and purchase Red Before Black, please visit: metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse

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Tombs announces North American tour dates with Barishi

– July 12th, 2018 –

Plus a special show with Godflesh!

After releasing their fourth full-length, The Grand Annihilation, last year, Tombs has been touring the world in support of it, joining the likes of Crowbar, Goatwhore, Kreator, and more on various runs across the USA, plus appearing at last month’s Hellfest in France and 2017′s edition of Ozzfest. Now, the band is heading back on the road – this time, with Barishi, plus a special show with Godflesh. See below for all upcoming dates!

Tombs tour dates
w/ Barishi

Aug. 24 – Montague, MA – RPM Fest
Aug. 25 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre *
Aug. 26 – Rochester, NY – Bugjar
Aug. 27 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
Aug. 28 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
Aug. 30 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
Aug. 31 – Ottawa, ON – Café Dekcuf
Sept. 1 – Montreal, QC – Turbo Haus
Sept. 2 – Quebec City, QC – L’Anti
Sept. 3 – Burlington, VT – Nectars
Sept. 28 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot (Berserker Fest) **
*= w/ Godflesh, no Barishi
**= no Barishi

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. 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 front-man Mike 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.

To preview and purchase The Grand Annihilation, please visit: metalblade.com/tombs

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Revocation launches video for first single from new album, ‘The Outer Ones’

– July 10th, 2018 –

‘The Outer Ones’ now available for pre-order

On September 28th, Revocation will release their new album, The Outer Ones, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of The Outer Ones, a video for the first single, “Of Unworldly Origin” (directed by David Brodsky / www.davidsbrodsky.com), can be viewed at: metalblade.com/revocation – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–jewelcase-CD
–transparent blue w/ black smoke vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 750 copies)
–purple w/ kelly green splatter vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–transparent grey inside opaque grey vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–opaque cyan / aqua vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–transparent olive green marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–transparent red/black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–clear w/ red, blue & green splatter (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–clear water blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–transparent dark green/black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

The Outer Ones sees Revocation pushing both the death metal and progressive elements of their signature sound harder than ever. “I knew that I wanted to go in a darker direction, and this is our most death metal album to date,” states vocalist/guitarist Dave Davidson. “Sometimes when death metal bands go down the prog route they lose some of that edge, but we wanted to keep the aggression at the forefront of what we do while still pushing our boundaries.” Moving away from the societal and historical themes that informed 2016′s Great is Our Sin, this time Davidson has immersed himself in the fantastic, evoking one of the great writers of the sci-fi/horror genre. “The title is my ode to H.P. Lovecraft and the entities of pure cosmic horror that rule that universe he created. Since the new music we were writing was so evil and spacey in sections it seemed to be the right title to fit the overall vibe. But while the lyrical content is largely influenced by such writings, in every allegory there is of course some reflection of the real world, so I enjoy writing in a way that could have one overlaying meaning and then another deeper, symbolic meaning as well.”


The Outer Ones track-listing
1. Of Unworldly Origin
2. That Which Consumes All Things
3. Blood Atonement
4. Fathomless Catacombs
5. The Outer Ones
6. Vanitas
7. Ex Nihilo
8. Luciferous
9. A Starless Darkness

On August 6th, The Outer Ones will be played in advance of release, at an exclusive album listening party (sponsored by Metal Injection) at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY – with Revocation‘s Dave Davidson in attendance! After the record is played in its entirety, fans are welcome to join Davidson for metal karaoke, plus discounted drinks all night long. To RSVP for this event, please email: revocationparty@gmail.com

This September/October, Revocation will head out on the road for their first North American headlining tour in several years, with Exhumed, Rivers Of Nihil, and Yautja as support. See below for all dates!


Revocation tour dates
w/ Exhumed, Rivers Of Nihil, Yautja

Sept. 17 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
Sept. 18 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
Sept. 19 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Sept. 21 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Sept. 22 – Austin, TX – Come & Take It Live
Sept. 23 – Ft. Worth, TX – Rail Club
Sept. 24 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
Sept. 26 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
Sept. 27 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
Sept. 28 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Sept. 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Union
Sept. 30 – Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theatre
Oct. 1 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
Oct. 3 – Vancouver, BC – Astoria*
Oct. 4 – Spokane, WA – The Pin
Oct. 5 – Seattle, WA – Highline
Oct. 6 – Portland, OR – Analog
Oct. 7 – Boise, ID – Shredder
Oct. 9 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Oct. 10 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
Oct. 11 – Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Grill
Oct. 12 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
Oct. 13 – Kent, OH – The Outpost
Oct. 14 – Detroit, MI – Loving Touch
Oct. 15 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck*
Oct. 16 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks*
Oct. 17 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques*
Oct. 18 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
Oct. 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
Oct. 20 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
*= No Exhumed

Revocation line-up:
David Davidson – Guitars / Vocals
Dan Gargiulo – Guitars / Vocals
Brett Bamberger – Bass / Vocals
Ash Pearson – Drums

Revocation online:
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