ANAAL NATHRAKH’s Next Chapter of Hellfire Drops October 2016

Birmingham, UK’s finest black metallers ANAAL NATHRAKH will unleash their new album, The Whole of the LawOctober 28th via Metal Blade Records.  The album sounds like it’ll be another winner judging by the song, “Depravity Favours the Bold“:

The Whole of the Law track listing:
1. “The Nameless Dread
2. “Depravity Favours the Bold
3. “Hold Your Children Close and Pray for Oblivion
4. “We Will Fucking Kill You
5. “…So We Can Die Happy
6. “In Flagrante Delicto
7. “And You Will Beg for Our Secrets
8. “Extravaganza!
9. “On Being a Slave
10. “The Great Spectator
11. “Of Horror, and the Black Shawls
12. “Powerslave” (Bonus Track)
13. “Man at C&A” (Bonus Track)

Song of the Day: VADER’s Iron Times EP is Excellent as All VADER EPs Are

This month saw the release of VADER‘s latest EP, Iron Times, via Nuclear Blast. In keeping with their tradition, Iron Times is another excellent release that is meant to tide us over till their next full length entitled The Empire.  Let’s check out Track 2, “Prayer to the God of War.”  If only VADER could ghostwrite for SLAYER

Get Progged Out with the Title Track from OPETH’s Sorceress

For those who enjoyed the direction that OPETH have been going with recent albums, the title track for their new one, Sorceress, is sure to please.  Check it out below:

The band’s twelfth album is set for a September 30, 2016 release via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Here you go kids! Here’s the title track, ‘Sorceress,’ combined with the now obligatory lyric video. Why not eh? We’re happy with the tune. It’s heavy, a bit ‘meat and potato,’ but what the hell…we love it! Hope you do too!” – Mikael Åkerfeldt

Sample Two Songs from IN THE WOODS… Comeback Album, Pure

The legendary IN THE WOODS… will release their comeback album, Pure, after returning to the stage last year.  Pure is set for a September 16, 2016 release via Debemur Morti Productions.   Two songs have been posted, “Cult of Shining Stars” and “Blue Oceans Rise (Like a War)“:

Important to note that this is not a complete band reunion as vocalists, Jan Kenneth Transeth and Synne “Soprana” Larsen, as well as deceased guitarist Oddvar A:M are not included.  The current vocalist is James Fogarty.

Max and Iggor Cavalera Announce “Return to Roots” Tour

Return to Roots TourTo celebrate the 20th anniversary of SEPULTURA‘s RootsMax and Iggor Cavalera will be heading out on the Return to Roots Tour where they will be performing the entire album.   Long time SOULFLY/CAVALERA CONSPIRACY member Marc Rizzo will play lead guitar.

“Metalheads! It’s time,” declares Max Cavalera. “20 years ago, we released the Roots album and changed the face of metal forever. Now, we’re returning to “the roots” to show everybody the magic and inspiration of the Roots live experience! You cannot miss this RETURN TO ROOTS 2016!”

Iggor Cavalera adds, “I am very proud to play Roots again, to reaffirm that after 20 years, it still moves people! We hit the stage again with Roots to destroy everywhere we pass by!”

The US tour starts this September and opening bands include THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, COMBICHRIST, ALLEGAEON, ALL HAIL THE YETI, and ONI.  Tour dates and additional info can be found here.

DARK FUNERAL – Where Shadows Forever Reign

Dark Funeral - Where Shadows Forever ReignThe Ineffable Kings of Darkness make a monumental return with one of the best albums of their career.  Absolutely no disrespect to the excellent, previous two albums, Attera Totus Sanctus and Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus, but Where Shadows Forever Reign is on another level and unequivocal proof that DARK FUNERAL is only getting better with time.

It was not easy to replace one of the greatest vocalists in extreme metal history in Emperor Magnus Caligula as evidenced by the short stint with vocalist Nachtgarm.  However, Heljarmadr perfectly steps into the position.  His most distinctive characteristic may be his clear enunciation of each word ala David Vincent, which brings greater communication to the great lyrics.

Where Shadows Forever Reign takes the classic DARK FUNERAL sound of pure darkness, unrelenting speed, and those fantastic melodies, and expands on it with a grander presentation, the most diverse songs of any previous album, and more soul.  The songwriting is masterful in that there is always a perfect transition between song sections or a build up of a riffing theme within each song.

As I Ascend” is a perfect example of the band’s growth as songwriters.  This slow, brooding song is easily the most soulful song of DARK FUNERAL‘s catalogue.  It perfectly embodies the journey and triumph of overcoming struggle and dark times in life.  “Temple of Ahriman” is another doomy song that works well to create the blackest atmosphere.

In a coincidental way, DARK FUNERAL also fills a void left by the mighty DISSECTION in that the melancholic and epic melodies on Where Shadows Forever Reign are reminiscent of the latter’s first two albums.  Let’s also give praise to the excellent cover artwork by Necrolord.  Another instant classic.

In a time where most of the Sweden’s black metal bands have disbanded or compromised their sound, the importance and relevance of Where Shadows Forever Reign cannot be understated.  Long may DARK FUNERAL carry the torch. (Century Media Records)

BLOODY HAMMER’s Upcoming Lovely Sort of Death Sounds Like Another Winner

BLOODY HAMMERS will follow up to 2014’s Under Satan’s Sun with Lovely Sort of Death on August 5, 2016 via Napalm Records.

“This album is certainly the darkest album I’ve ever recorded”, states BLOODY HAMMERS mastermind Anders Manga. Through the snowy winter of 2015, Anders began writing, but this time took a much darker and atmospheric direction. For the first time he added thick Moog sounds along with his normal fuzzed-out guitar, with more atmospheric keys provided by Devallia.

Check out the videos for the first three songs released, “Bloodletting on the Kiss,” “The Reaper Comes,” and “Messalina“:

Iceland’s KONTINUUM Join Season of Mist Roster

Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of Reykjavik, Iceland’s KONTINUUM. Regarding their signing, KONTINUUM comment: “We are very pleased to announce our signing with Season of Mist. For us it is important to work with people that we connect with. People that relate to our creative output and vision. This is why we look forward to our future cooperation with Season of Mist.”

Check out our reviews for the very good first two albums, Earth Blood Magic and Kyrr.

BMG Announces Acquisition of The End Records

In a surprise move, major label BMG has announced the acquisition of pioneering indie label The End Records.  The acquisition includes the entire back catalogue as well as future releases.  The End Records will continue to operate from its offices in New York.  Check out the press release here.

The label was started out of CEO Andreas Katsambas‘ home in Pasadena and flourished in the early years as a label that pioneered a new scene of eclectic, avant garde metal bands, including AGALLOCHWINDS, and EPOCH OF UNLIGHT.  They also made a name for themselves by becoming the trailblazer in having the best selection of underground metal and rock albums in its online shop.  One did not have to pay $30 for a copy of ARCTURUSLa Masquerade Infernale.  The now industry standard pre-release album packages with a limited edition t-shirt, CD, vinyl, and mp3s was a concept pioneered by Katsambas.

The End Records partnered with many underground European labels such as Black Mark, Osmose Productions, Music for Nations and Listenable Records to provide distribution in North America.  One could finally pick up IMMORTAL‘s At the Heart of Winter at a record store at a domestic price.

Through endless hard work, struggle, and disappointments, Katsambas kept the label alive and greatly expanded the roster to include bands of all genres.  The End Records ceased to be strictly a heavy music label.  The label that was once home to ULVER, DIR EN GREY, and VOIVOD is now home to EVERCLEAR, WANZ, and THE DANDY WARHOLS.

We congratulate Andreas Katsambas and the rest of the staff, past and present, on this milestone!

 

BRUJERIA’s Pocho Aztlan Coming September 2016

Mexican outlaws, BRUJERIA, make their long awaited return with fourth full-length album, Pocho Aztlan.  It’s set for a September 16, 2016 release via their new label, Nuclear Blast.

The title translates to “Wasted Promised Land,” a combination of Aztlán, the fabled ancestral home of the Aztecs, and the term pocho, which native Mexicans use to refer—not always kindly—to their counterparts born in the States. Vocalist Brujo himself is pocho, a man caught between two worlds. Many pochos are not exactly accepted with open arms in Mexico. Meanwhile, they’re too often regarded as second-class citizens in their adopted US home.

Brujo‘s all-Spanish lyrics are as vivid as they are effective: Bona fide tales from the frontlines of the drug war, the racial divide, and the battle for the border. “A lot of BRUJERIA songs are true stories,” Brujo says. “And if they haven’t happened yet, they will happen.”

The band also includes Jeff Walker (CARCASS) and Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH).