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:

LG Petrov – vocals (ENTOMBED A.D., MORBID, NIHILIST)
Fredrik Folkare – guitar (NECROPHOBIC, UNLEASHED)
Victor Brandt – guitar (ENTOMBED A.D., SIX FEET UNDER (live))
A. Impaler – bass (NECROPHOBIC, NAGLFAR (live))
Matte Modin – drums (RAISED FIST, ex-DARK FUNERAL, ex-DEFLESHED, ex-INFERNAL)

ENTOMBED Announces Return After Long Hiatus

Entombed - Back to the FrontSwedish gods ENTOMBED have announced their return via worldwide signing to Century Media Records.  Their first album in 7 years, Back to the Front, will be released on October 28th in Europe and October 29th in North America.

ENTOMBED‘s L-G Petrov (vocals) comments:  “After almost 7 years of studio absence we are back with a new album called ‘Back To The Front‘ ready to blow metalheads away around this world! Feels great to announce this deal with Century Media! Can’t wait to let you all be a part of it!”

More news as it comes in.

Video of the Day: What Do You Get When You Combine CONVERGE and ENTOMBED?

Heavy music fans were given a special treat at CONVERGE‘s show in Stockholm, Sweden last December.  ENTOMBED‘s LG Petrov came out to sing the ENTOMBED classic, “Wolverine Blues,” with the band.  CONVERGE have never made it a secret that one of their favorite and biggest inspirations have been these Swedish death metal gods.  Check out the footage:

CONVERGE “All We Love We Leave Behind” U.S. Tour Announced

Hardcore heroes CONVERGE will be going out on tour this Fall in support of their upcoming album, All We Love We Leave Behind.  Coming along for the ride are TORCHE, KVELERTAK, and NAILS and WHIPS/CHAINS for select dates.   Check out the tour dates.  How can you not come out and see this tour?

All We Love We Leave Behind will be released on October 9th, 2012 on Epitaph Records/Deathwish Inc.  Check out a track from CONVERGE‘s recent split release with NAPALM DEATH below.

CONVERGE and NAPALM DEATH Split 7″EP Coming Soon

Legendary bands CONVERGE and NAPALM DEATH have come together for a split release on Deathwish Inc.

Recorded as part of their new album sessions, CONVERGE offer up the blazing new song “No Light Escapes.” Also on the release, CONVERGE offer a “We Are the World” styled rendition of the influential ENTOMBED classic “Wolverine Blues.” Joining them in tribute is a number of friends including Tomas Lindberg (DISFEAR, AT THE GATES, LOCK UP), Aaron Turner (ISIS, OLD MAN GLOOM, SPLIT CRANIUM), Kevin Baker (APMD, THE HOPE CONSPIRACY), Brian Izzi (TRAP THEM), and more. A new CONVERGE album will surface later in 2012 on Epitaph/Deathwish Inc.

On the flip side, metal pioneers NAPALM DEATH offer up two new aural monsters. First, “Will By Mouth” erupts in classic grind fashion. Also on the release, NAPALM DEATH offer the slower and textural new song “No Impediment To Triumph (Bhopal)“. A deeply resonant number that lyrically sheds light on the horrific Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984.

AMON AMARTH – Twilight of the Thunder Gods

With their relentless touring schedule and countless albums underneath their belt, AMON AMARTH have proved that hard work in the metal scene does indeed pay off. Twilight of the Thunder God shows that although their style of Viking death metal is different and more accessible than UNLEASHED, they can put out a solid album as well. Following the path of the last album, Twilight of the Thunder God treats fans to memorable choruses, melodic riffs, and a few surprise guest appearances. AMON AMARTH offers no bullshit, just straight up headbanging material.

The title track opens the album with tons of ferocity that will indeed make every AMON AMARTH fan smile with approval, and Roope Latvala of CHILDREN OF BODOM fame lends his talents with a nicely executed solo in the track. Fans of all Swedish death metal should be pleased that ENTOMBED growler L.G. Petrov belts out a few lines and backup vocals in “Guardians of Asgaard,” and his vocals compliment Johan Hegg‘s quite well. Johan has definitely stepped up to the plate, as his vocals on Twilight of the Thunder God are decipherable, yet deeper and stronger than ever before.

While the middle of the album loses some steam, “Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags” picks right back up and many of the songs on this album were written for the live setting as you can picture the entire crowd easily singing along and headbanging to certain parts. “No Fear for the Setting Sun” has an aggressive IN FLAMES feel to it, and will certainly satiate the thirst of all Swedish death metal lovers.

Live For The Kill” features APOCALYPTICA, but the cellos do not come into play until almost the end of the song, and while it is a nice touch, it could have been easily substituted with keyboards. “Embrace The Endless Ocean” closes the album nicely, capturing the spirit of a Viking warrior riding into the sunset across the vast ocean. Don’t be surprised if you catch yourself singing along to this album while drinking some beer and headbanging at the same time. (Metal Blade Records)

Various Artists – Immortalised: Earache Records 1986-2000

The golden age of Earache Records is simply legendary. Rarely has there ever been such a collection of pioneering bands of extreme music on one label at a special period of time. This DVD features many of the greatest bands ever such as MORBID ANGEL, CATHEDRAL, NAPALM DEATH, CARCASS, and ENTOMBED as well as some that never quite broke big such as GANDALF and DUB WAR. The most glaring and immediate characteristic of this compilation is the grainy visual quality of it all. The DVD looks as if it was taken off of an old VHS master tape. Some videos look worse than others. Immortalised finds redemption for this flaw in the fact that the material on the DVD is just too strong, diverse, and entertaining to deny. There are serious and dark videos such as “God Emptiness” from MORBID ANGEL and just some straight out annoying songs such as “Meat” by LINEA 77. Comedic highlights can be found in the blatant musical equipment endorsements in SLEEP’s “Dragonaut” or the pro wrestling highlights in IRON MONKEY’s “Supergorgonizer.” There are also bonus live songs from bands in which Earache has already released live DVDs of. Whether you’re a metal newbie, a seasoned veteran looking to relive the good old days or just somewhere in between, there’s truly plenty for everyone. (MVD Visual)

Los Angeles Murderfest 4.0 Announced

Church of the 8th Day, the organizers behind the Los Angeles Murderfest, are proud to announce the next round of bands for the festival, set to take place April 18th, 19th, 20th at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, California as well as announce that tickets for the fest are on sale now!

Daniel Dismal
, the festivals founder had this to say about the line-up thus far…

“This years Murderfest has been coming together in ways that we could never imagine! The response thus far has been amazing and most of it has come without us actually announcing most of the headliners.We’re definitely excited about 4.0 and I think once the whole line-up is released people will be amazed at this years fest. I encourage everyone to try and buy their tickets in advance as the Knitting Factory realistically only holds 700 people.”

Sunday’s headliner will be announced next week. The entire festival line-up will be announced within the next few weeks.

Tickets are on sale NOW at www.ticketweb.com. To keep up to date with the festival please visit www.losangelesmurderfest.com for up to date information.

Friday, April 18th – $15 advance / $15 at the door
Saturday, April 19th – $33 advance / $35 at the door
Sunday, April 20th – $33 advance / $35 at the door
Two Day Pass (April 19th, 20th) – $60 (Only available in advance)

Friday, April 18th:
CONVERGE
THE RED CHORD
BARONESS
GENGHIS TRON
+ more TBA

Saturday, April 19th:
ENTOMBED
MASSACRE
REPULSION
VITAL REMAINS
MONSTROSITY
DEMIRICOUS
ANAL BLAST
IMPALED
MORGION
WACO JESUS
DENIAL FIEND
ABYSMAL DAWN
SCARECROW
RISE
+ more TBA

Sunday, April 20th:
Headliner TBA on 2/29
EXTREME NOISE TERROR
TODAY IS THE DAY
CATTLE DECAPITATION
GHOUL
TRAP THEM
STRONG INTENTION
AT ALL COST
COMPLETE FAILURE
MAGRUDERGRIND
TERMINALLY YOUR ABORTED GHOST
CARDIAC ARREST
IVEBEENSHOT
POPULATION REDUCTION
THE_NETWORK
CALL THE PARAMEDICS
+ more TBA

ENTOMBED – Serpent Saints

It’s been awhile (four years to be exact) since we last heard from Swedish death metal gods, ENTOMBED. By the sound of Serpent Saints, it sounds like band aren’t finished just yet. The title tracks opens with a nice horror movie-like intro and then bursts through the gates with a brutal attack lovingly lifted from MOTORHEAD‘s “Iron Fist.” Second track, “Masters of Death,” continues the excellent quality in bruising fashion. There are some sweet black metal vocals that come in as well. The title track from their last release, “When in Sodom,” is a strong centerpiece. “Warfare, Plague, Famine, Death” finishes off the Serpent Saints with plenty of fire before instrumental outro, “The Ten Commandments,” closes it all down. The aforementioned songs would’ve made for a great, solid EP. The remaining songs are not bad but they just don’t measure up in quite the same way. Throughout Serpent Saints you get the feeling that ENTOMBED are feeling renewed after line-up changes and are having a great time. Vocalist LG Petrov sounds great with his famous roar as loud as ever. Alex Hellid continues on as the band’s sole guitarist and fills the position in fine form. The newcomers, bassist Nico Elgstrand and drummer Olle Dahlstedt, do a fine job in continuing the trademark ENTOMBED sound. Surely, this is the band’s best since 2001’s Morning Star. While ENTOMBED will probably never be able to replicate their early landmark albums, death metal veterans will be happy to know that the band is still capable of writing great songs. (Candlelight Records)

THE HELLACOPTERS: “We Are Breaking Up”

Swedish rockers THE HELLACOPTERS (featuring Nicke Anderson, DEATH BREATH/ex-ENTOMBED) have announced their decision to disband following the release of their forthcoming album. Here is the statement straight from the band:

“After nearly thirteen years as THE HELLACOPTERS we’re now sad to tell you that we are breaking up. The reasons behind this very difficult decision are many and too personal to go into here.

“Playing in a rock and roll band isn’t always a walk in the park, but thanks to all of you who rocked out with us at sweaty clubs, rainy festivals or at home by the stereo throughout the years, it’s been a fantastic trip. We’ll never forget your support.

“We recently finished mixing our seventh and last studio album and it’ll be released early next year according to initial plans. We feel like we wanna say one last ‘Goodbye’ to you and throw in the towel with a bang, so we’re aiming to do a farewell tour through Europe and Scandinavia sometime in the spring. So you’re not getting rid of us just yet.

“Thanks!”