OBSCURA to Release Akróasis February 2016

It has been five years since the release of OBSCURA‘s universally acclaimed Omnivium album. Now the progressive metal masters return with their strongest and most dynamic release to date. The aptly named Akróasis (Greek for “hearing” or “listening”) draws on all the various elements of OBSCURA’s signature sound and combines those qualities into a cohesive and mind-blowing whole. Check out the trailer:

Akróasis will be released February 5, 2016 via Relapse Records. The album will be available in CD, 2xLP and digital download.

“With Akróasis, we produced our grand opus featuring eight songs of fluent arrangements, odd time signatures never heard before in metal, and the most high end production in the history of the band. Without question Akróasis is the heaviest, most complex record we have made to date. We cannot wait to perform live again and bring this excellent music to stages around the globe,” says OBSCURA founder and frontman Steffen Kummerer.

More Great Black Metal on the Way: THE DEATHTRIP Announce Second Album

In great news, UK/Norwegian black metallers, THE DEATHTRIP, have announced that they will release a follow up to their excellent debut album, Deep Drone Master:


“Okay, a few words from the Deathtrip camp to break the silence & show we have not been swallowed up in the abyss, hah. The songs for the second album are written, and recording will commence in the next few months now. Music will follow closely in the vein of Deep Drone Master; hypnotic, repetitious and raw. It marks a further step in concept and depth, yet without deviating from the essence of the band. These are all new songs, plus maybe a re-recording of Global Exit could end up on there (which was itself originally intended for Deep Drone Master)……and we can safely predict no orchestras.

“Thanks to all who supported Deep Drone Master.”

SATYRICON’s Satyr Reveals Brain Tumor Diagnosis

SATYRICON‘s Satyr recently announced that he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The unfortunate news comes during the demo sessions of the follow up to Satyricon. He announced the news on his Instagram:

“I’m going home. I got extremely sick 8 days ago and was rushed to hospital. Scans have shown that there is a blind passenger in my head. Most likely it is benign. I can live with it as long as it does not grow bigger. Removing it is extremely complicated and should only be done if it grows into a size where it is a matter of life and death. We all get our set of cards and this happened to be one of mine. There are so many people who have to deal with much worse things than I do, so I do not feel sorry for myself. I have a great family, lots of friends, Satyricon, Wongraven Wines and many people who support my endeavours all over the world. I will spend the next two weeks trying to get my strength back, then try to starting writing on the new Satyricon again and pick up where I left on all my wine projects…#thankyou”

We wish for a speedy and full recovery for Satyr!

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))

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: http://cryptopsyofficial.bandcamp.com/. 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 indiegogo.com.

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.


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.


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 https://www.facebook.com/Intronaut.