Stream 1349’s Demonoir in its Entirety

Demonoir, the fifth full length from Norwegian black metal titans, 1349, is now streaming in its entirety here. The album will be released in North America on April 27th via Prosthetic Records and was recorded at Studio Nyhagen, deep in the woods in Norway with Tom G. Warrior serving as co-producer.

1349 are currently on tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE in North America.

CANNIBAL CORPSE Digital Box Set of Entire Discography Now on iTunes

Death metal stalwarts, CANNIBAL CORPSE, have released their entire discography in one digital package on iTunes. The 16 album package contains 196 songs and costs $99.99.

Here’s a list of all the albums included:
Eaten Back To Life (12 Tracks)
Butchered At Birth (10 Tracks)
Tomb Of The Mutilated (10 Tracks)
Hammer Smashed Face (3 Tracks)
The Bleeding (11 Tracks)
Vile (11 Tracks)
Gallery Of Suicide (14 Tracks)
Bloodthirst (11 Tracks)
Live Cannibalism (18 Tracks)
Gore Obsessed (11 Tracks)
Worm Infested (6 Tracks)
The Wretched Spawn (13 Tracks)
Kill (13 Tracks)
Evisceration Plague (12 Tracks)
Bonus Demo Tracks (18 Tracks)
Bonus Live Tracks (23 Tracks)

Click here to buy the lot (link opens in iTunes).

CANNIBAL CORPSE are currently in the midst of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival.  Go here for tour dates ane more info: http://www.mayhemfest.com/

BEHEMOTH Posts First Single Off Evangelion

BEHEMOTH, who have set Evangelion as the title of the band’s ninth hell-breaking opus, have just posted a brand new track and the first single off the band’s August release on their official MySpace page. Head over to www.myspace.com/behemoth now to listen to the track “Ov Fire and the Void” off Evangelion and while you’re there be sure to check out video footage of the band during the recording process as well as upcoming tour dates.

Evangelion was recorded in the band’s hometown at Radio Gdansk studio with longtime sound engineer Malta, the Wieslawscy Brothers, and Daniel Bergstrand (drum engineering) in the producers’ chairs. Evangelion was mixed in Miloco Studios by Colin Richardson and will be unleashed in the US on August 11th via Metal Blade Records and in Europe on August 9th via Nuclear Blast.

In support of the band’s 9th full-length studio album Evangelion, BEHEMOTH will be touring on what is sure to be this summer’s largest and most bone crushing metal festival; The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival with mighty SLAYER and MARILYN MANSON as co-headliners. BEHEMOTH will be conquering the Hot Topic stage alongside label mates CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE BLACK DHALIA MURDER, JOB FOR A COWBOY and WHITECHAPEL, on over 25 dates this summer so make sure to catch the masters of blackened death metal live when they come to a city near you.

http://www.behemoth.pl

http://www.myspace.com/behemoth

CANNIBAL CORPSE – Evisceration Plague

After releasing a slew of mediocre and bland albums in the last decade, the most popular death metal band in the world returns with Evisceration Plague. On the surface, one may find that this is the same redundant formula CANNIBAL CORPSE has been using since the early 90’s – but this latest slab has finally matched the musicianship and songwriting that hasn’t been seen since their 1998 classic, Gallery Of Suicide.

From the opening seconds of “Priests of Sodom“, Corpsegrinder‘s scream shows that he certainly means business. Alex Webster is one of the few talented bass players around that doesn’t just double whatever the guitar players play, and it’s fortunate that the bass is very audible in the mix. While Paul Mazurkiewicz‘s drumming is (and always has been) the weakest link of the band, he does pull off more double bass and mixes a variety of beats this time, rather than the usual mid-paced “Cannibal blast beat” throughout the entire album. “Scalding Hail” kicks in with some tasty chops reminiscent of Gallery of Suicide and the arrangements on this album seem to flow a lot smoother than previous efforts. “To Decompose” features the classic CANNIBAL feel, as well as a nice mosh pit inducing break down towards the middle of the track. Pat O’Brien‘s shredding skill is showcased throughout the album, especially on “Carnivorous Swarm” – which leads to the fact that the guitar duo of Pat O’Brien and Rob Barrett is nicely meshed on Evisceration Plague, as opposed to on the lackluster Kill album. The title track includes the catchy “Plague leads to death…Plague leads to death…” chant that the live crowds will eat up while Corpsegrinder pounds his fists in the air and goes into his trademark windmill headbang.

Although new and fresh ideas from CANNIBAL CORPSE are long gone, Evisceration Plague dishes out a surprisingly solid album by these veterans. CANNIBAL fans, new and old alike, should be happy with this offering. If the albums Vile and Gallery of Suicide had a baby, Evisceration Plague would be the end result. (Metal Blade Records)

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NEURAXIS Prepares for Upcoming Tours

Montreal technical death metallers NEURAXIS are currently prepping for back-to-back tours. First up is the “Montreal Assault” tour, which will see the band play alongside DESPISED ICON, CARNIFEX, THE PLASMARIFLE and labelmates BENEATH THE MASSACRE.

“I’m looking forward to the Montreal Assault tour, mainly since we have been friends with almost all the bands for so many years now,” says guitarist Rob Milley. “Some may know that Alex (Erian, DESPISED ICON vocalist) was once our drummer, and Maynard (Moore, THE PLASMARIFLE vocalist) was once our vocalist, so for me it’s like coming full-circle touring with these guys. BENEATH THE MASSACRE have always been close with us and I’m looking forward to meeting the dudes in CARNIFEX. Come out to this tour and have a good time with all of us.”

Montreal Assault” will be quickly followed by a tour alongside the legendary CANNIBAL CORPSE. NEURAXIS says they’re honored to have been hand-picked as support.

“To have the privilege to tour with such legends is truly an honor,” says vocalist Alex Leblanc. “I’ve been listening to CANNIBAL CORPSE forever, and I just can’t wait to tear it up every night and share the stage with these icons.”

NEURAXIS on tour:

1/29 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH*
1/30 Hayloft – Mt. Clemens, MI*
1/31 House Cafe – Dekalb, IL*
2/1 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA*
2/3 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO*
2/5 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA*
2/6 Satyricon – Portland, OR*
2/7 Vet’s Hall – Santa Cruz, CA*
2/8 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA*
2/9 Whisky – Hollywood, CA*
2/10 The Rock – Tucson, AZ*
2/11 Compound – Albuquerque, NM*
2/13 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX*
2/14 Java Jazz – Houston, TX*
2/15 Plano Center – Plano, TX*
2/17 Orpheum – Tampa, FL*
2/18 Fuel – Jacksonville, FL*
2/19 Club Hollywood – Augusta, GA*
2/20 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC*
2/21 Brewery – Raleigh, NC*
2/22 KC’s – Fredricksburg, VA*
2/23 Sonar – Baltimore, MD*
2/24 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA*
2/25 Blender Theater – New York, NY*
2/26 Palladium – Worcester, MA*
2/27 Xtreme Wheelz – Buffalo, NY*
4/2 Orange Peel – Asheville, NC**
4/3 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN**
4/4 Marquee – Tulsa, OK**
4/6 Club Vegas- Salt Lake City, UT**
4/7 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID**
4/8 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA**
4/10 Croatian Cultural Centre – Vancouver, BC**
4/11 Habitat – Kelowna, BC**
4/12 Starlite – Edmonton, AB**
4/13 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB**
4/14 Riddell Centre – Regina, SK**
4/15 Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB**
4/17 Station 4 – Minneapolis, MN**
4/18 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI**
4/19 Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI**
4/21 Medley – Montreal, QC**
4/22 Babylon – Ottawa, ON**
4/23 Le Capitole – Quebec City, QC**
4/24 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY**
4/25 Alley Katz – Richmond, VA**
4/26 Hooligan’s Music Hall – Jacksonville, NC**
4/27 Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL**

* w/ DESPISED ICON, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, CARNIFEX, THE PLASMARIFLE

** w/ CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE FACELESS, OBSCURA

CANNABIS CORPSE Post New Song from Tube of the Resinated

Richmond, Virginia’s weedian heathens CANNABIS CORPSE, featuring MUNICIPAL WASTE‘s Land Phil and his twin brother, have posted the first public sampling of their new and true death metal album, Tube of the Resinated. The new track, “Mummified in Bongwater,” has been posted on the band’s myspace page:

http://www.myspace.com/CannabisCorpseVA

This bong-blastin’ bludgeoner is the second of nine songs that comprise Tube of the Resinated, appropriately due out April 20th on Forcefield Records (CD) and Robotic Empire (vinyl). Do not listen if you anticipate any drug-testing in the next month, as this stoney tune will give you a contact high of sizzling brutality.

HATE ETERNAL – Fury & Flames

Fury & Flames, HATE ETERNAL‘s latest onslaught, is easily the band’s most aggressive and complex to date. From the scorching opener “Hell Envenom” to the somber, haunting passages on album closer “Coronach,” Fury & Flames is a challenging, albeit at times, overwhelming listening experience. Aiding mainman Erik Rutan in his mission is a virtual supergroup of underground metal’s finest: Shaune Kelley (RIPPING CORPSE, DIM MAK) on second guitars, Alex Webster (CANNIBAL CORPSE) on bass, along with newcomer Jade Simonetto (CAMILLA RHODES) on drums. Despite such a strong pool of talent, not one member seems to outshine the other on the album, but it isn’t for lack of trying, as the four shredders attack their instruments like madmen. They play as if their lives depended on it, creating highlights for both themselves and the album at hand. Webster’s intricate, almost classically-inspired bass playing creates an almost orchestral feel to the album. Rutan and Kelley trade off twisted, dissonant chords and melodic passages with ease, complemented nicely by some incendiary solos that burn up the fretboards. Meanwhile, newcomer Jade Simonetto is a monster, playing with what seems to be octuple limbs. The man unleashes flurries of blast beats, fills and double-bass throughout the album with virtually no respite. As the speeds on the album reach ridiculous tempos at times, the listener might miss some of the album’s more clever surprises. But therein lies the greatness of Fury & Flames in that it offers frequent repeat listening to catch some of the subtleties that the listener may have missed during the initial barrage. At times, Fury & Flames is so over the top in its intention and delivery but it’s a credit to Rutan‘s ability as a producer to rein in each member’s performance for maximum efficiency. All in all, the album is a violent, emotional release with strong attention to detail and execution. HATE ETERNAL has set a benchmark for the world of extreme music, that the competition will spend the rest of the year trying to match. (Metal Blade Records)

CANNIBAL CORPSE: Killing for a Living

Killing sprees, severed limbs, maggots, and zombies aren’t what eighteen year careers are typically made of. But death metal’s biggest and bloodiest band, CANNIBAL CORPSE, has done just that. They’ve stabbed, hacked, slashed, and killed their way to the brutal tune of hundreds of thousands of albums sold, while winning over legions of fans and upsetting a few parents and politicians along the way. The band’s latest album, Kill, ranks as arguably their best albums in years and sees them at the top of their game. APESHIT met up with talkative frontman, George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, during the last date of the Sounds of the Underground Tour in Los Angeles this past summer. Holding nothing back, he revealed his thoughts on the current state of the CANNIBAL CORPSE camp, censorship, and the driving force behind the band.

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DEICIDE – The Stench of Redemption

Everyone knows that Glen Benton and his merry band of hell raising mischief-makers have been writing songs about hating Jesus and killing Christians for a long time, but after a series of mediocre and otherwise seemingly forgettable releases on Roadrunner Records there is one question that seemed to haunt this band – does anyone care? With the reinvigorated songwriting and supercharged rhythms on The Stench of Redemption, DEICIDE is going to make you care.

Although their 2004 release Scars of the Crucifix marked a return to form of sorts on Earache Records, it took a line up change and rebuilding of this band’s sound from the ground up to create the aural assault in The Stench of Redemption. Gone are the production hiccups that appeared on Scars…, and Brothers Brian and Eric Hoffman bowed out to be replaced by ex-CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Jack Owen and guitarist Ralph Santolla of ICED EARTH. The result is excellent production with a plethora of roars, riffs and blasts that explode with thrash-infused death metal goodness. The band freely admits that this is the fastest material they have written, and their determination to write what is potentially the best DEICIDE release to date shines through. Tracks such as “The Lord’s Sedition” demonstrate that Glen picked up a few pointers on atmosphere and mood during his time working with VITAL REMAINS, though nothing on this album is as pretentious as the songwriting that appeared in Dechristianize.” Ralph and Jack most notably showcase their talents with solos on “Desecration,” “Crucified for the Innocence,” and “Death to Jesus.” Select versions of the album also include an interesting cover of DEEP PURPLE‘s “Black Night,” which has more blasting drums than Deep Purple could ever have imagined.

Some may say this album only serves up the best parts of those songs in DEICIDE‘s early career, but anyone with an ear for reinvention will recognize this release as representing the expression only hinted at in 1992. Let the earth quake, skies fall, and gods tremble with The Stench of Redemption. (Earache Records)

Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising Tour with ENSLAVED, DARK FUNERAL

Candlelight Records today proudly announces its second North American label tour package. Set to kick off January 9, Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising will feature the long-awaited stateside return of DARK FUNERAL (Sweden), ENSLAVED (Norway) and introduce newcomers ABIGAIL WILLIAMS (USA). The tour will visit 20-plus cities before concluding on February 4.

DARK FUNERAL guitarist/founding member Lord Ahriman says, “since we announced the first European tour dates for our latest album Attera Totus Sanctus earlier this year, there has been a constant and completely overwhelming flow of mails from the US and Canada asking when the hell we will tour North America. Well finally dates are being booked! Last time we toured the US supporting CANNIBAL CORPSE in 2002 we had a blast. Everyone we met during that tour was really cool. The crowd was totally awesome. It’ll be killer to finally return overseas! I have the feeling that this is going to be one hell of a tour and we hope see you in January!”

ENSLAVED guitarist Ivar Bjornson adds, “I have awaited this moment since I don’t know when and now it is official: an extensive ENSLAVED tour in North America is becoming reality. We have been working every possible angle of getting over to present our music for years. We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at the shows. You won’t be disappointed; neither will we.”

Dates and ticket on sale information for Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising will be announced shortly.