SEPTICFLESH: First Single from Titan Released

Extreme symphonic metal gods, SEPTICFLESH, have released their first single, “Order of Dracul,” off their upcoming album, Titan.  The album hits June 2014.

The band says, “‘Order of Dracul‘ is the first taste of the new album. It is a bombastic song with colorful classical orchestration. The title refers to Vlad Tepes, the notorious prince of Wallachia.”

We say that the song is an epic monster.  No one does orchestrations like these guys (Sorry DIMMU!).  The follow up to The Great Mass should be another winner.

Catch GODFLESH on Their 2014 U.S. Tour

Reunited extreme metal legends GODFLESH started their U.S. tour last week on the East Coast.  It’s been quite some time since the band toured the States so be sure to catch them because you never know if this will be the last time.

The End Records reissued the band’s final studio album, Hymns, as a 2-CD set with tons of bonus material.

Remaining tour dates:

4/15 – Metro – Chicago, IL
4/17/14 – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA
4/18/14 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
4/20/14 – DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
4/22/14 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
4/24/14 – Mohawk – Austin, TX

Here is some footage from their show in New York:

TIAMAT’s Johan Edlund Announces Resignation

TIAMAT mainman Johan Edlund (vocals/guitar) announced last night that he is quitting the band.  He cited health issues.  Check out his statement:

“I have decided to leave Tiamat. My health etc.. Doesn’t work anylonger. I say leave because I don’t claim anything Tiamat. If the other guys wanna continue, fine.. Go ahead. Get a great goodlooking vocalist, sign to Century Media & just do it. But I’m out & not even intrested apart from wishing all the best for the band. All contracts & such will be handed out to Anders, lars & Roger, if they’re into it. I want nothing from this, I was spoiled too much of being an adult. Give someone a better chance. I will do the four festivals we have booked for the summer. Face it, there are other bands, plus even Tiamat might get better! Love my brothers & thank YOU for your support! KISSES!”

So without the band’s songwriter, it looks like the band will have a hard time carrying on.  What a shame.

STAROFASH’s New Meisterwerk Ghouleh is Available Now

Notodden, Norway’s STAROFASH, featuring Heidi S. Tveitan (ex-PECCATUM), has just released their fourth album entitled  Ghouleh.  The album is available for free streaming and purchase on Bandcamp (http://starofash-official.bandcamp.com/) in addition to iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Spotify.  In other words, Ghouleh is a digital only release via Mnemosyne Productions.

Here is what she had to say about the album:

“I am very happy to share the following announcement with you :)
Mnemosyne Productions are proud to present the fourth album from Starofash, titled ‘Ghouleh‘. This completes Heidi S. Tveitan‘s 2013 project, where she wrote, recorded and released one song for each month of the year. The album contains all twelve songs, and finishes off with a bonus track. Artwork and design by Ideophony. Photos by Heidi S. Tveitan.”

After listening to the first few tracks, it looks like STAROFASH have another winner on their hands.  Awesome.

Deathwish Inc. Announce Deathwish Fest 2014

Deathwish Inc. is proud to announce the two-night Deathwish Fest July 22nd and 23rd at The Sinclair in Cambridge MA, featuring Deathwish-affiliated artists. This is the first in a series of Deathwish Events that will happen in the future worldwide.

CONVERGE and TRAP THEM will headline both nights of the event, and it will be both bands’ only Boston area appearances this year. It will also be the only area appearance for MODERN LIFE IS WAR, HARM WULF (G. of BLACKLISTED), and YAITW who are all making the journey exclusively for these shows.

Tickets go on sale 04/11/14 at www.sinclaircambridge.com, and are $20 a day/$50 2-day pass w/ J. Bannon limited silkscreened print (limited to 100 copies, to be picked up in person at show).

More info can also be found at www.deathwishinc.com.

NADER SADEK Announces Canadian and European Tour Dates with New Line Up

Visual/performance artist NADER SADEK, who conceptualized the 2011 blackened death masterpiece In the Flesh and its live follow-up Living Flesh, will return to the stage in late May with a string of Canadian and European dates.

The band also has a new line up of all-stars for the tour:

Vocals – Travis Ryan (CATTLE DECAPITATION)
Guitars – Rune Eriksen (AURA NOIR/ex-MAYHEM)
Guitars – Bobby Koelble (DEATH TO ALL/ex-DEATH)
Bass – Martin Rygiel (ex-DECAPITATED)
Drums – Flo Mournier (CRYPTOPSY)
Concepts and Direction – Nader Sadek

Tour dates are as follows:

5/20 Montreal, Quebec @ Petit Campus
5/23 Rome, Italy @ Traffic Live Club
5/24 Florence, Italy @ Cycle Club
5/25 Novara, Italy @ Rock’N'Roll
5/26 Martigny, Switzerland @ Sunset Bar
5/27 Paris, France @ Glazart

Season of Mist and CANNABIS CORPSE Join Forces

Death metal band CANNABIS CORPSE have signed with France’s Season of Mist and have announced From Wisdom to Baked as the title of their forthcoming new album. The American powerhouse’s fifth album will hit the stores on June 20th (June 24th in North America).

CANNABIS CORPSE’s first four releases, Blunted at Birth, Tube of the Resinated, The Weeding, and Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise, were reissued last year and are available on the Season of Mist e-shop.

CANNABIS CORPSE is the project of MUNICIPAL WASTE bassist Phil “LandPhil” Hall and his brother Josh “Hallhammer” Hall. The band, rounded out by guitarist Brent Purgason (aka “Pustulus Maximus” of GWAR).

SOLSTAFIR Finally Set for First North American Tour

Iceland’s best metal export SÓLSTAFIR have announced that they will finally be touring North America for the first time.  The only downside is that it’s strictly an East Coast tour.  JUNIUS will be the opening band, which makes for a very cool touring combo.  The tour starts May 15, 2014 in Toronto and concludes at the glorious Maryland Deathfest on May 23, 2014.

In other news, the band recently wrapped up the recording sessions in Studio Sundlaugin for their upcoming album.  Check out photos on their Facebook page.  It should be a damn good album.

MESHUGGAH Announce 25th Anniversary North American Tour

Stockholm, Sweden’s MESHUGGAH will hitting the road this summer to celebrate their 25th anniversary.  They plan to play a very special 25th anniversary set by performing selections from their entire discography and possibly include some rare songs that haven’t been played live in many years. Fans have the opportunity to vote for the songs they want to hear via MESHUGGAH’s online song poll: www.facebook.com/meshuggah/app_151503908244383.

The tour starts in LA on June 6, 2014 and wraps up later in the month in New York.  Check out tour dates here.  BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will be opening.