The month of January brings excitement to the City of Anaheim every year, and the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) 2014 show is no exception! Let’s cut to the chase this year! A few highlights of the gazillions of musical instruments and gadgets are found below…enjoy! Continue reading →
Relapse Records has announced the signing of Richmond, VA hardcore thrash supergroup, IRON REAGAN. Consisting of current and former members of MUNICIPAL WASTE, CANNABIS CORPSE, DARKEST HOUR, MAMMOTH GRINDER, SUPPRESIONand more, IRON REAGAN formed in 2012 and consists of Tony Foresta – vocals, Phil Hall (AKA Landphil) - guitar, Mark Bronzino – guitar, Rob Skotis – bass, and Ryan Parrish – drums.
The group is currently in the midst of recording their highly anticipated sophomore full-length with guitarist Phil Hall at Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, VA and will be self-producing the record before sending it off for mixing with CONVERGE’s Kurt Ballou. A fall release is expected via Relapse Records. Vocalist Tony Foresta commented on the signing and the new material:
“I’ve always wanted to work with Relapse for years. Their reputaion of releasing so much great underground music speaks for itself. We are all extremely excited about signing with Relapse and putting out this rager of an upcoming record. Having Kurt Ballou on board mixing is just the icing on he cake. We are about 75% done tracking the record here with Phil in Richmond and between this and the rad tours we have coming up its looking to be a very exciting year. I couldnt think of a better label to put this record out on and am really looking forward to a long future with Relapse.”
Additionally, the band is currently on a seven week run that will take them to SXSW and back and includes dates with OCCULTIST and GHOUL. A complete list of tour dates can be found here.
Album number three, Sweven, from Sweden’s MORBUS CHRON is now out. If you haven’t heard them before, these guys dish out their own unique style of death metal. Less power chords, more single string notes, and inspiration from none other than DEATH.
Underrated Norwegian avant garde black metallers SOLEFALD recently traveled to the nation of Tanzania to record their album, Kosmopolis. The band are no strangers to travelling to different countries to conjure up inspiration as they travelled to Iceland for the recordings of Red for Fire: An Icelandic Odyssey, Part 1 and Black for Death: An Icelandic Odyssey, Part 2.
Check out this awesome video of Cornelius doing some recording with guest musicians:
By the look and sound of it, it looks like another interesting album from SOLEFALD!
After more than two decades, Total Fucking Darkness, the infamous third demo from extreme metal pioneers, CRADLE OF FILTH, will be unleashed on gatefold double LP and digipak CD via Mordgrimm May 5, 2014.
The undertaking was helmed by vocalist Dani Filth, former guitarist Paul Ryan (currently of THE KING IS BLIND) and Cacophonous Records founder Frater Nihil, who first signed CRADLE OF FILTH, in an effort to bring fans old and new a remastered version of the demo along with material that had been sitting in the vaults for twenty years.
Given new life at Turan Studio in Oxford with engineer Tim Turan (who has worked on everything from EMPEROR to THIN LIZZY), Total Fucking Darkness commences with “Spattered In Faeces,” the only surviving track from the now mythical Goetia sessions, followed on Side A and the rest of Side B with the recordings from the Total Fucking Darkness demo. Side C offers up another previously unreleased hymn with “Devil Mayfair (Advocatus Diaboli),” recorded in a rehearsal studio on Samhain 1992, followed by three more tracks from the same session, a further hint of the material that would have featured on the aborted Goetia album. Two short instrumental movements from former CRADLE OF FILTH keyboardist Ben Ryan are also included.
Housed in a heavy gatefold sleeve with paintings featuring the perverse visions of Radio 1 Presenter and occult artist, Daniel Carter, the legendary recording will be released in an initial mail-order edition of 666 copies, unleashed in an unholy trinity of three two-color, 180-gram vinyl variants limited to 222 copies each; orange/black, blue/grey and grey/black. Each copy includes a limited edition booklet with a foreword by Dani Filth and formerly unseen photos from the band archives. A retail version in blue vinyl with insert, and a digipak CD, will be available from Amazon and other outlets on May 5, 2014, with the limited edition version slated for release two weeks earlier.
Under appreciated death/grind extremists MISERY INDEX have announced The Killing Gods as the title of their forthcoming new full-length. The band’s fifth studio album will hit the stores on May 23rd (May 27th in North America).
Frontman Jason Netherton issued the following update: “After an extended writing and recording process we have finally completed ‘The Killing Gods’. It is the longest, most diverse and most complete album we have ever created, and it represents the blood, sweat and beers of four dudes trying to make the best songs they can. We think we have succeeded and we hope you do as well. Look for this metal beast to drop in May!”
The Killing Gods was recorded at Wright Way Studios in Baltimore, MD and engineered by Steve Carr (DYING FETUS, SLIPKNOT, SOILWORK). The drum parts were tracked with Scott Hull (PIG DESTROYER, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED) at Visceral Sound in Bethesda, MD.
The band recently announced a special live date as part of this year’s Maryland Death Fest pre-show, on May 21.
Following the band’s recent appearance on the inaugural voyage of the Progressive Nation at Sea cruise, doom metal pioneers turned progsters, ANATHEMA, has announced a U.S. tour for March as special guests of Finland’s HIM. The tour marks just their second proper North American run after a successful tour last September/October.
Commented lead guitarist/vocalist Daniel Cavanagh:
“ANATHEMA is delighted to return to the United States as special guests of our personal friends Ville Valo and HIM. It’s always a great occasion playing with our Finnish mates – as we’ve known each other’s music for many years and have been sharing stages together on a number of occasions since our main support to them in the UK for ‘Dark Light‘ in 2006. To do this in the United States, the birthplace of rock and roll and one of ANATHEMA‘s true musical and spiritual homes, is just a fantastic prospect – especially so soon after our first headlining tour last autumn which was a success beyond our expectations. We hope to really provoke a strong reaction from the audience, and I’m sure we will perform a song or two from our brand new album, which is being finished as I write. HIM in the USA? Bring it on!”
Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM will release their long-awaited new album on May 23rd (May 27th in North America). Entitled Esoteric Warfare, MAYHEM’s fifth full-length will be the follow-up to 2007′s excellent Ordo Ad Chao. Esoteric Warfare will be preceded by the release of new single Psywar as a 7” vinyl on April 25th (April 29th in North America). A lyric video of the song is below:
The B-side of the Psywar 7″ vinyl is made of the From Beyond the Event Horizon demo, a non-album track taken from the band’s 2012 Budapest sessions. The single will come in different editions featuring art from Zbigniew Bielak (WATAIN, GHOST, BEHEMOTH) and Costin Chioreanu (ULVER, VADER, IHSAHN). It is available for pre-order at Season of Mist’s e-shop. Here are all four versions:
In other news, the reissue of the iconic and controversial Grand Declaration of War, originally released in 2000, will be released this April. The album will a second CD, which includes 2001’s European Legions, made of live tracks and pre-production versions of songs from Grand Declaration of War.
Long-running Floridian death metal band and recent Old School Metal Records signees, RESURRECTION have announced the departure of bassist/vocalist Damian Chavez. The announcement comes less than a month before the band’s March of Death European Tour. RESURRECTION has recruited Jeff Surmell of SOLACE OF REQUIEM to fill in for the tour. The band had the following to say regarding the split with Chavez:
“As of today (Feb. 18, 2014) RESURRECTION vocalist/bassist Damian Chavez is no longer with the band. Many reasons went into the decision to part ways, but all that needs to be said is that Damien is on a different level musically as well as personally, than the rest of the band. Our priorities just no longer aligned. Without going into excessive and unnecessary detail, and as hard as it is this close to the European tour, the band had to make the tough decision to cut our losses and move on.
“Jeff Sumrell, front-man for the technical Death Metal band SOLACE OF REQUIEM will be handling the vocal and bass duties during the upcoming ‘March Of Death‘ European tour. Jeff toured with the band in 2010 during the ‘Resurrected In Europe‘ Tour and kicked-ass every night of the tour. Jeff‘s vocal style and power dramatically add to the brutality of our live performance and we’re excited about what the future might hold with Jeff and Resurrection. We would like to thank our fans for the continued support.”
RESURRECTION has made their newest song, “Rain of Ashes,” available for streaming here. The song comes off the band’s upcoming Soul Descent – March of Death. Due out in March, the album will be released in conjunction with the March of Death European Tour. The tour kicks off on March 14 in Germany and will take the band through Germany, Belgium, Holland, Czech Republic and Poland.