New Album “Ending Life Slowly” Revealed By Autumns Eyes

At the crossroad between a hallowed holiday and the cusp of a dead cold winter is where you’ll find Autumns Eyes mastermind Daniel Mitchell. After many seasons of seclusion and intermittently hitting the studio, the recording process has finally wrapped up for the new album titled “Ending Life Slowly.”

Mitchell is no stranger to the darker side of creativity, and crafts music free of constraints or label interference. “Ending Life Slowly” strikes a balance between somber reflections on mortality and full-force screaming metal, with cover art to reflect the album’s dreary nature crafted by Indonesian artist Sorrow Grips (Gojira).

Due out on October 31st, “Ending Life Slowly” serves as the first full-length album from Autumns Eyes since the 2012 release of “Please Deceive Me.” Halloween and the death of Fall is a perfect time to be reminded that sometimes life ends far too slowly.

Mitchell had this to say about the impending album release: “Living in New England has always made it easy to draw from the month of October for creative inspiration, with life breathing its flaming colors into all the surrounding trees. Unfortunately, these themes can only be revisited every so often before it becomes repetitive. That’s why I reached into the month of November for inspiration. A time when Fall is still thriving, but where color has faded and the trees are bare as skeletons.

“While a walk through the woods here in October can be a relaxing activity, doing the same in November carries an overwhelming sense of dread. You’re surrounded by death, and the trees no longer sway and breathe with the air. They’re cold, stiff, bare, and knock together like bones breaking in the sky.

“This atmosphere is what fueled the writing process for ‘Ending Life Slowly,’ with death and decay surrounding every element of each track. It’s a cliche topic to write about in heavy metal music, but my approach here was focused more on the immense weight death can hold over one’s shoulders. To sit an truly contemplate what it means for all things to come to an end was a sobering experience to say the least.

“I always look at music as sonic therapy, but this was the one time where music couldn’t offer any kind of solace. It just reminded me that life can either go by too fast, or it can end too slowly.”

Check out the album’s artwork and track listing below, along with a video update from the studio released earlier this summer:

1. Death of October
2. Break the Skin
3. Your Last Day
4. Moments Into Memories
5. The Honest Liars
6. Couldn’t Hold On
7. Far Away From Fading
8. Internal Arson
9. Open Your Eyes, Not Your Wrists
10. Under the Skin of the Sun

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Debut Album “Archaic Malevolence” Detailed By Infected Dead

From the rotten shores of the River Medway in Kent, Infected Dead has emerged to reveal details of the debut record “Archaic Malevolence,” which set for release December 8th via Hostile Media.

Six tracks of visceral death metal, brutal, catchy, influenced by subgenre leaders Aborted and The Black Dahlia Murder, as well as a love of the occult and Lovecraftian cosmic horror. The 5-piece has honed a razor-sharp sound, underlined by a trademark breakneck speed and intense live shows, which has been quickly turning heads in the U.K. underground. Pre-orders are available at this location.

Guitarist Alex Brown comments, “We are delighted to announce our union with Hostile Media for the release of our first offering. This year has been great for us and we’d like to thank them for their faith in what we do and for helping us step up to the next level. From the start of the writing process for ‘Archaic Malevolence’ it was always our intention to push ourselves. We wanted to enter uncharted territory and push the boundaries of what we could do technically and creatively. Inspired by modern day juggernauts such as Aborted, The Faceless, Nile and countless others we feel this release is the perfect balance of unrestrained brutality, infectious hooks and sinister melody from the grandiose title track to the crushing weight of ‘Invocation Of Unspeakable Gods’ this release was designed to grab you.”

“Archaic Malevolence” was produced, mixed and mastered by Wynter Prior, while Luciferium War Graphics was responsible for the epic artwork shown below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Book Of Dead Names
2. Archaic Malevolence
3. Resurrectionist
4. Invocation Of Unspeakable Gods
5. Forced Existence
6. Samsara

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Trailer Clip For New album “For The Demented” Issued By Annihilator

Last week, Annihilator announced the release of the 16th studio album, “For The Demented,” hitting stores on November 3, 2017 via Neverland Music/Silver Lining Music. The album is certainly the most complete and definitive statement yet. The album will be available in a Limited Edition Digipack with Lenticular cover, a jewel-case CD, a 12″ 180gms coloured vinyl in gatefold and digital download. Pre-orders are now live via this location.

Make sure to also check out a brand new album trailer in the player at the bottom, in addition to the full music video for the first single “Twisted Lobotomy”, over here.

Annihilator mastermind Jeff Waters felt that with For The Demented, it was time to analyze what fans had been telling him over the years. “It was time to sit down and figure out ‘why’ Annihilator ‘s early “thrash-meets-melodic” caught the ears of so many and to try to sweep the ‘fan’ part of my writing/playing/singing out the door and welcome back the mostly-original Waters writing that was to be the first four Annihilator albums.”

Waters adds, “Bottom line, For The Demented captures some feel from Annihilator’s 1985-87 demos mixed with the first four Annihilator records. Back to the thrash-meets-melody but with some pure Waters guitar riffing, up-graded lead guitar shredding and vocals back to the demo-days meets the King of The Kill record. Lyrically, I placed a theme on the record: the human mind and all of its glory, complexity, diversity, weaknesses and insanity! Pretty much the craziness of the music is matched by the lyrics… I think metal fans are going to hear much of what they have been waiting for from Annihilator.”

Since 1989, Canada’s Annihilator have not stopped putting out records and touring the world. Despite the ever-changing climate of the metal world (and releasing a series of “different” metal records with various lineups along the way), Jeff Waters and company have consistently delivered strong albums since the band’s debut “Alice In Hell.” Then there was 1990’s best-selling “Never, Neverland,” 1995’s “King of The Kill,” “Schizo Deluxe” in 2005 and many other critically-acclaimed releases up until 2015’s “Suicide Society.” The ‘under-the-radar’ influence of this band, and writer/guitarist/vocalist Jeff Waters, has been felt throughout the entire realm of the metal world by a ton of well-known musicians and bands; that influence even stretching into the hard rock and instrumentalist genre.

The track listing for “For The Demented” is:

1. Twisted Lobotomy
2. One to Kill
3. For the Demented
4. Pieces of You
5. The Demon You Know
6. Phantom Asylum
7. Altering the Alter
8. The Way
9. Dark
10. Not All There

Check out the preview clip here:

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Debut EP “Pillars” Announced By Apologoethia

Today, Invictus Productions set November 24th as the international release date for Apologoethia’s highly anticipated debut mini-album, “Pillars.”

Apologoethia was spawned way back in 2012 as a side-project of J.B. in order to develop some ideas that didn’t fit both musical and stylistically with his main band, Spain’s Graveyard. After an intense period of composition, the style that now exists as Apologoethia was born. Sometime in 2014, J.B. asked J.F. to lay down some drum patterns that would fit with the riffs, the tempos, and complement the overall feel, atmosphere, and vibe that the songs needed and demanded. With all the material already prepared, shaped, and sharpened, it was time to develop the conceptual side of the band, creating some lyrics that would fit with Apologoethia’s atmosphere and dark ‘n’ macabre approach. After a meticulous search, L.O. was brought into the band, knowing that his writing and conceptual skills would work perfectly with the band’s aesthetics and purposes.

Alas, what results is a hysteric-yet-nuanced plunge into the realms of madness. Exploring the dark side of human knowledge, an introspection through different cultural, ascetic, and religious approaches mankind explored throughout centuries past, Apologoethia here construct ceaselessly roiling monoliths of diabolical metal mania. Comprised of four equally treacherous labyrinths/songs, Pillars unfurls its mysteries with a perversely restless ease, pitching headlong from lumbering doom chunder into frothing, ferocious South American-styled chaos and often back again (or in reverse, or both), all of it betraying a boundless vision heeding the darkest energies coursing through heavy metal. Within, stretches of clean-toned tension crop up, deliriously setting the stage for further onslaught to commence.

Rounded out by rich ‘n’ robust production, Pillars marks a none-more-auspicious debut for a name that shall soon be spoken of far and wide: behold the birth of Apologoethia. The first Pillar to be revealed is “De Aeterno Praesentia,” which can be heard in the player below.

The cover and track listing are as follows:

1. Pillar I (De Fundamenta Spiritus)
2. Pillar II (De Humanae Natura)
3. Pillar III (De Absentiae Vitae)
4. Pillar IV (De Aeterno Praesentia)

Check out “Pillar IV (De Aeterno Praesentia)” here:

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Debut EP “Pillars” Announced By Apologoethia

Today, Invictus Productions set November 24th as the international release date for Apologoethia’s highly anticipated debut mini-album, “Pillars.”

Apologoethia was spawned way back in 2012 as a side-project of J.B. in order to develop some ideas that didn’t fit both musical and stylistically with his main band, Spain’s Graveyard. After an intense period of composition, the style that now exists as Apologoethia was born. Sometime in 2014, J.B. asked J.F. to lay down some drum patterns that would fit with the riffs, the tempos, and complement the overall feel, atmosphere, and vibe that the songs needed and demanded. With all the material already prepared, shaped, and sharpened, it was time to develop the conceptual side of the band, creating some lyrics that would fit with Apologoethia’s atmosphere and dark ‘n’ macabre approach. After a meticulous search, L.O. was brought into the band, knowing that his writing and conceptual skills would work perfectly with the band’s aesthetics and purposes.

Alas, what results is a hysteric-yet-nuanced plunge into the realms of madness. Exploring the dark side of human knowledge, an introspection through different cultural, ascetic, and religious approaches mankind explored throughout centuries past, Apologoethia here construct ceaselessly roiling monoliths of diabolical metal mania. Comprised of four equally treacherous labyrinths/songs, Pillars unfurls its mysteries with a perversely restless ease, pitching headlong from lumbering doom chunder into frothing, ferocious South American-styled chaos and often back again (or in reverse, or both), all of it betraying a boundless vision heeding the darkest energies coursing through heavy metal. Within, stretches of clean-toned tension crop up, deliriously setting the stage for further onslaught to commence.

Rounded out by rich ‘n’ robust production, Pillars marks a none-more-auspicious debut for a name that shall soon be spoken of far and wide: behold the birth of Apologoethia. The first Pillar to be revealed is “De Aeterno Praesentia,” which can be heard in the player below.

The cover and track listing are as follows:

1. Pillar I (De Fundamenta Spiritus)
2. Pillar II (De Humanae Natura)
3. Pillar III (De Absentiae Vitae)
4. Pillar IV (De Aeterno Praesentia)

Check out “Pillar IV (De Aeterno Praesentia)” here:

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Annihilator Releasing New Album “For The Demented”

Annihilator’s 16th studio release, “For The Demented,” is now officially due out November 3rd, 2017 via Neverland Music/Silver Lining Music) and pre-orders will go live next week. Today you can watch a new music video for the absolute burner of a new track, “Twisted Lobotomy,” in the palyer below.

“It was time to analyze what a lot of fans over the years have kept telling me,” says Annihilator’s Jeff Waters. “It was time to sit down and figure out why Annihilator’s early ‘thrash-meets-melodic’ caught the ears of so many and to try to sweep the ‘fan’ part of my writing/playing/singing out the door and welcome back the mostly-original Waters writing that was to be the first four Annihilator albums.”

Waters didn’t venture back alone while looking back through the band’s history. “I was well aware that trying to re-capture the past usually fails, or at least won’t come close. So, I decided to bring in fresh ears, both musically and physically with Rich Hinks, my bassist for the last few years. And doing most all of the records by myself, including writing and playing most all on my own, as well as mixing, mastering, engineering, etc…, well it can become routine and can often hinder you from being objective and more creative.

:Rich came in and co-wrote the music with me, as well as co-produced the beginning stages of the record. His background of classic thrash metal meets a newer math metal style was the perfect combination for me to simply ask, ‘What do you think of this?’ He would most-often reply with ‘not the Annihilator style I like,’ so we would keep going until we both felt that core Annihilator riffing and writing style presented itself.

“Bottom line, ‘For The Demented’ captures some feel from Annihilator’s 1985-87 demos mixed with the first four Annihilator records. Back to the thrash-meets-melody but with some pure Waters guitar riffing, up-graded lead guitar shredding and vocals back to the demo-days meets the King of The Kill record. Lyrically, I placed a theme on the record: the human mind and all of its glory, complexity, diversity, weaknesses and insanity! Pretty much the craziness of the music is matched by the lyrics.”

1. Twisted Lobotomy
2. One to Kill
3. For the Demented
4. Pieces of You
5. The Demon You Know
6. Phantom Asylum
7. Altering the Alter
8. The Way
9. Dark
10. Not All There

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Lyric Video For New Song “Children Of The Sounds” Posted By Kaipa

Legendary Swedish progressive rockers Kaipa, led by mastermind Hans Lundin, recently announced the release of their new studio album “Children of the Sounds” for September 22nd via InsideOut Music.

Now, the band is pleased to reveal the lyric video for the album’s title track which you can see in the player at the bottom.

On the song, Hans comments: “I’ve often wondered where all those notes are coming from when the inspiration suddenly hits me in one of those magical moments when I just have to start writing a new song. Maybe I have a huge library of notes that I’ve collected during all my life, hidden somewhere in my sub-consciousness.

“Maybe these notes have been played before and then they just vanish in the air. After slumbering for many years, they suddenly wake up eager to start a new life and to form new combinations, and so they guide me through the writing process.”

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Children of the Sounds 11:31
2. On The Edge of New Horizons 17:10
3. Like A Serpentine 12:52
4. The Shadowy Sunlight 6:57
5. What’s Behind The Fields 9:31

Check out “Children of the Sounds” here:

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Orange Goblin Writing New Album Due Out In 2018

London’s Orange Goblin finally officially announced that the writing process has begun for a brand new album, slated for release in the spring of 2018.

The new record will be Orange Goblin’s first for the Candlelight label since being acquired by Spinefarm/Universal and will be recorded early next year at Orgone Studios with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Cathedral, Paradise Lost, Angel Witch, etc.)

The new album marks the band’s first since 2014’s “Back From the Abyss.” Although there is no information on the album title or track listing, the band can reveal that the record will feature a guest appearance by legendary Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell.

The remainder of 2017 sees Orange Goblin continuing to play across Europe at the likes of Woodstock Poland, Wacken Open Air, Desertfest Athens, Up In Smoke Festival, and the HRH Doom V Stoner Festival.

8/4 -Woodstock – Kostrzyn, Poland
8/5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
8/12 – Sonic Blast Fest – Moledo, Portugal
9/9 – Fall of Summer Fest – Torcy, France
9/30 – HRH Doom V Stoner – Sheffield, UK
10/6 – Desertfest – Athens, Greece
10/7 – Up In Smoke Festival – Pratteln, Switzerland
10/27 – Voodoo Lounge- Dublin, Ireland
10/28 – Limelight, Belfast – Northern Ireland
10/29 – Siege of Limerick Fest – Limerick, Ireland
11/4 – Ozzfest Meets Knotfest – California, USA
11/18 – Helldorado Fest -Eindhoven, Netherlands
11/25 – MMC Fest at Slade Rooms – Wolves, UK

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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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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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