Stockholm Super Group FIRESPAWN Announce Debut Album

FIRESPAWN, the new Swedish super group featuring current and former members of ENTOMBED A.D., NECROPHOBIC, UNLEASHED, DARK FUNERAL, have announced that their debut album, Shadow Realms, comes out November 13, 2015. The music that has been released so far sound very promising.

Check out the track, “Ruination“:

Also, check out the official video for the title track of their 7″, Lucifer Has Spoken:

FIRESPAWN line-up:

Fredrik Folkare – guitar (NECROPHOBIC, UNLEASHED)
Victor Brandt – guitar (ENTOMBED A.D., SIX FEET UNDER (live))
A. Impaler – bass (NECROPHOBIC, NAGLFAR (live))

Video of the Day: Live Recording of ABBATH’s “Fenrir Hunts”

While the world awaits for ABBATH‘s first solo album, the band launched a video of a live version of “Fenrir Hunts.”  This version will be different from the version that will appear on the album.

The band states: “We have performed ‘Fenrir Hunts‘ live since our debut concert at Tuska Festival in Finland. This led to the decision to record a few live songs properly. With the aid of a camera team, we have recorded three tracks in a live setting at the beginning of September. Along with ‘Fenrir Hunts‘, which you can see today, there will be two cover versions coming up soon. Now, here is ‘Fenrir Hunts‘, the first glimpse from our upcoming debut album!”

The band also features King ov Hell (ex-GORGOROTH) on bass.  Spot the CONVERGE Jane Doe tattoo in the video.


ARCH ENEMY to Celebrate Loud Park 10th Anniversary with Very Special Guests

Loud Park festival is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year.  The two-day festival is set to for October 10-11, 2015 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.  Juggernauts in the Japan, ARCH ENEMY will be headlining the Ultimate Stage on the first night.  To celebrate the occasion, the band will be joined by former/original members, Christopher Amott and Johan Liiva.

Time to book those flights to Japan!

CRYPTOPSY Launch Video for “Detritus (The One They Kept)”

Montreal’s CRYPTOPSY have posted their official video for the song, “Detritus (the one they kept)“:

While diehard fans may have been justifiably concerned that new CRYPTOPSY music would suffer without guitarist/songwriter Jon Levasseur, this song is killer.    “Detritus (the one they kept)” is the first song released from the band’s upcoming EP, The Book of Suffering Tome 1.

Pre-orders are available here: The Book of Suffering Tome 1 will be officially released on October 30, 2015.

The EP is a first in a series of EP that the band will crowdfund on

Song of the Day: INTRONAUT’s “Fast Worms” is Their Tour De Force

The new INTRONAUT single, “Fast Worms,” is an awesome encapsulation of the band’s history as well as future.  The song embodies the awesome dynamic range that the band are known for as well as the brutality of the early era.  What more could you ask for?

Frontman Sacha Dunable comments on the song, “Here’s one of my favorite songs off the new record, Fast Worms. It’s a real banger and a great representation of the whole record. We can’t wait to get out and jam these new songs live!”

INTRONAUT‘s fifth album, The Direction of Last Things, comes out November 13, 2015 via Century Media Records.  Don’t miss their November/December 2015 U.S. tour with BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, ENSLAVED and NATIVE CONSTRUCT.

BORIS and MERZBOW’s Latest Collaboration Entitled Gensho

Renowned Japanese artists BORIS and MERZBOW have completed recording a new collaborative full-length LP entitled Gensho (Japanese for “phenomenon”) under the name BORIS WITH MERZBOW. Gensho is a unique release featuring over 150 minutes of new music spread across two discs. The BORIS tracks are new reinventions of the band’s classic songs, while the MERZBOW songs are new compositions. BORIS and MERZBOW have each contributed exactly the same amount of music, with the two discs intended to be played at the same time on physical speakers at varying volumes so that the listener can experience their own “gensho/phenomenon” every time. The artists also commented, “Of course you can enjoy both albums separately, as a separate work.” Gensho is slated for a February 2016 release via Relapse Records.

Though the artists have an extensive history of collaborating with one another, this latest effort was born out of a one-off show in 2014 for Boiler Room TV, when the two acts decided that their set from that day was worthy enough to perform in the context of a proper studio recording. As with every BORIS and MERZBOW release, the only thing to expect is the unexpected. Each artist’s individual contribution to Gensho weaves through countless disparate textures with a varied sonic palette, to say nothing of the effect when both records are played simultaneously. The unique presentation of the album lends it near-infinite potential for aural discovery, and encourages direct interactivity with the listener rarely found in such unconventional music.

BORIS WITH MERZBOW have also announced an exclusive one-off show in Tokyo on November 27, 2015 at JP Fever in support of Gensho this November.


Video of the Day: MY DYING BRIDE’s “Feel the Misery” Highlights the Tragedy of Asylum Seekers

MY DYING BRIDE has released a music video for the title track off its upcoming 12th opus, Feel the Misery.

Using “The Raft of Medusa” by French romantic painter Théodore Géricault as visual inspiration, as well as taking cues from the band’s own bleak and foreboding music, MY DYING BRIDE‘s latest video is a harrowing tale of tragedy and loss.

Filmed on the stunning Pembroke coast of South Wales, and in particular St. Govan’s Chapel, the scenes were set to play out the narrative as vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe takes the role of a lone musician and poet who stumbles upon a fallen maiden while combing the seascape for curiosities. Clearly the victim of a recent shipwreck, she is gathered up and removed to a suitable, somber resting place, all the while the mournful “Feel the Misery” plays alongside, marrying the rich visuals with the melancholic song.

Directed by James Sharrock and Ryan Mackfall, Sharrock explains: “The concept for ‘Feel the Misery’ has been in my head for a while. It is loosely based on the famous painting ‘Raft of Medusa‘ by Theodore Gericault painted in 1819, and when I heard the song it invoked the creative idea I had been thinking about.

“In May this year I read in the news reports of a ‘Ghost ship’ carrying 350 starving Rohingya Muslims vanishing off Thailand. Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand refused to engage in search-and-rescue operations, instead pushing the boats back to sea, letting the people starve and refusing to accept the asylum seekers – similar to the story behind ‘Raft of Medusa.’ It was only later in the year as we were filming the music video down around the Pembrokeshire coast that the media took a greater interest in the deaths of asylum seekers in the Mediterranean. The song has allowed me to bring to life not only issues that are currently facing us all, but a masterpiece that reflects a similar tragedy from centuries ago.”

Feel the Misery, the band’s 12th album, comes out today. It can be ordered on CD, vinyl, plus a special edition 2CD/2×10 vinyl set in deluxe earbook format with exclusive music and expanded booklet, online at:

BOLT THROWER’s Martin “Kiddie” Kearns Passes Away

Longtime BOLT THROWER drummer Martin “Kiddie” Kearns passed away this past Monday, September 14, 2015.  While his passing was sudden, he did not suffer.  Here is the band’s official statement:

“With the heaviest of hearts, and still numb from shock, we have to share the very sad news that on Monday 14th September Bolt Thrower lost our powerhouse drummer, Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns.

“After the first rehearsal for our upcoming tour of Australia, Kiddie suddenly felt unwell which continued throughout the night, and the next day he passed away peacefully in his sleep.

“He was a fantastic Dad, husband, son, friend, but to us he was always ‘Kiddie’, the same 17 year old Coventry kid whose drumming style and personality blew us away when he first walked into our rehearsal room 20+ years ago.

Kiddie enriched our lives, and the Bolt Thrower sound. He leaves a massive hole in the lives of everyone who knew him and will be very sorely missed by many.

Karl, Jo, Baz, Gav & the loyal BT crew”

Much respect goes out to Martin Kearns.  Here’s footage of the band performing this year in London.


Straight Shooting: Go See the Legends Before They’re Gone Forever

We are all guilty of taking metal legends for granted by thinking they’ll always be around.  So what happens?  We skip out on seeing them when they come through town for what sometimes turns out to be years.

Next thing you know, someone like Ronnie James Dio suddenly passes away and you’re just left regretting not seeing him every chance you had.  I had the chance to see DAMAGEPLAN on what turned out to be their final tour and stand in the photo pit in front of one of my teenage heroes, Dimebag Darrell.  Well, when news hit about his murder, part of me was deeply regretting leaving that show early and missing their whole set.

Now, with SABBATH‘s recent announcement that they will embark on a final tour early next year, it really clicked for me that time is precious.  I’m sure it’ll be virtually the same safe set that they’ve always played since reuniting with Ozzy but that’s not the point now.  Tony Iommi wants to focus on his health and that’s all that matters.  Let’s hope Bill Ward can be apart of this as well.

Lemmy‘s ailing health has caused cancelled or curtailed shows, which indicate the need to go see MOTORHEAD before it all possibly ends in the near future.  Check out this footage from the band’s show in Austin, Texas last week:

Hard to watch, right?

Let’s seize the opportunities that we have and pay homage to the legends while we still can.


INTRONAUT to Release The Direction of Last Things This November

Progsters INTRONAUT have revealed release details for their upcoming fifth studio album. Mixed by Devin Townsend, The Direction of Last Things will be available November 13, 2015 via Century Media Records.

The initial LP run of the album will be limited to 2,000 copies worldwide and presented in an awe-inspiring package. This double LP piece will be housed in a matte-finished gatefold with a spot UV print over highlighted art elements. Collectors will also be treated to a rarely utilized packaging element, a printed inner-gatefold tube, which not only houses the LP’s, but also a 12″x24″ poster, showcasing the full cover art in all its glory. Just when you thought it was over, LP’s will be pressed on mint green & black splatter, red & black marble, solid dark-green or standard black wax with an etching, which surrounds the music grooves, on side D. Actual color-run numbers to be announced at a future date.

“I don’t care how cliché it is to say; this is our best record yet! This is INTRONAUT at our most technical, brutal, catchy, and straight up fearless. I haven’t been this proud of an album since we recorded our first demo 10 years ago. We took a somewhat unusual approach and tracked most of it live over the course of four days, then handed it off to Devin Townsend to mix. The result is pure magic. Prepare your earholes for fornication,” states frontman Sacha Dunable.

On the heels of the new album release, INTRONAUT will hit the road on The Coma Ecliptic Tour III featuring BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, ENSLAVED and NATIVE CONSTRUCT.

“It’s been over a year since our last North American tour. What better way to dust it off than with these three amazing bands. These shows are going to be insane, and we can’t wait to play some new songs for you guys!” adds Sacha.  Tour dates can be found at