On November 4th, 2016, DARK TRANQUILLITY will release their 11th album Atoma through Century Media Records. The band is proud to present the first single and video for the song “The Pitiless“:
The band comments: “Selecting the first single from an album as diverse as Atoma is always a hard task, but we felt that The Pitiless gives a good representation of the general vibe of the material. It’s fast, melodic and with a sense of urgency that permeates the whole album. Enjoy!”
The video was filmed during their stay at the German Turock Open Air Festival 2016 in Essen by the director Dirk Behlau. The next video will be filmed by Vesa Ranta (ex-SENTENCED drummer) in Northern Sweden and you can expect something very epic.
Additionally, the band have finally announced that Swedish death metal vet Anders Iwers is an official member:
“We’re happy to announce mr. Anders Iwers (known from his work withTiamat, Avatarium and Ceremonial Oath) as a full member of the band! As most of you know, he has been handling bass duties live for quite a while now, as well as doing a fantastic job playing on “Atoma”, so we’re very pleased to get rid of the “session” tag and officially welcome him to the fold. Follow him on Anders Iwers Official.“
As a devotee to heavy music, the words of Tony Iommi are always sacred. Check out this extensive interview, Inside Black Sabbath With Tony Iommi, in which he discusses the history of SABBATH, the origins of his sound, and even demonstrations of the band’s most well-known riffs. As always, he’s down to earth and honest in his assessments of SABBATH history. While a good portion of the info is universal knowledge, it’s always nice to hear it again straight from the grandmaster.
The interview appears to be recorded prior to the Dehumanizer sessions around 1990.
The first song off the upcoming ASPHYX album, “Incoming Death,” has been released. Check out these two-minutes of bliss:
Vocalist Martin van Drunen shares some insight into the song:
“‘Incoming Death‘ was music-wise composed in perhaps 10 minutes when Husky and Paul were checking the sound in the Perle am Rhein studio for the flexi recordings. When we all freaked out on it, we knew we had the title track for the album. It’s so typical our ASPHYX death metal style. Straight forward, no nonsense, three riff, in-your-face death metal. Not that we were looking for a title track that would be in the tradition of ‘Death The Brutal Way‘ or ‘Deathhammer‘. It just came out like this. It’s a damn neck breaker to raise hell to when playing live and that’s why the choice for the track was only natural. Stanza, chorus, repeat, bridge, stanza, chorus, end. That’s how it’s done. On Instinct. Lyricwise three times death and gore by plague, aliens and zombies. And some metal beasts are even shorter than two minutes! So grab a beer, bang that head and scream along. This is fuckin’ ASPHYX and we always deliver the goods!”
Incoming Death comes out September 30, 2016 via Century Media Records.
The band also recently launched a very special new track dubbed “Deathibel” on a flexi single via Decibel Magazine, which can be checked out here:
Birmingham, UK’s finest black metallers ANAAL NATHRAKH will unleash their new album, The Whole of the Law, October 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”
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)
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…
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
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.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of SEPULTURA‘s Roots, Max 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.
The 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 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“: