Hydra Head Launch New Digital Music Store; Download Free Sampler

Hydra Head Records has launched their new online music store featuring music from the label’s roster, which includes OXBOW, CAVE IN, HARVEY MILK, PELICAN, TORCHE, and many more: http://www.hydrahead.com/store

To celebrate the launch, they are offering a free 22-track sampler dubbed Phoning It In. Here’s the tracklist:

1. OXBOW + PHILIPE THIPHAINE – “Coalking” From Songs for the French (5:46)
2. DAUGHTERS – “The First Supper” From “s/t” (3:18)
3. BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE – “Unkerich” From Dolores (5:31)
4. KNUT – “Calamity” From Wonder (1:43)
5. THE AUSTERITY PROGRAM – “Song 27″ From Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn (4:04)
6. PYRAMIDS With NADJA – “Another War” From Pyramids With Nadja (15:27)
7. HELMS ALEE – “Lionize” From Lionize/Truly 7″ (2:45)
8. HAYAINO DAISUKI – “Ghosts of Purgatory” From The Invincible Gate Mind of the Infernal Fire Hell, or Did You Mean Hawaii Daisuki? (2:43)
9. HARVEY MILK – “I Know This Is No Place For You” From A Small Turn of Human Kindness (5:07)
10. LA GRITONA – “Tony Alamo” From Demasiado Tonto Para Los Ninos Listos. Demasiado Listo Para Los Ninos Tontos (4:38)
11. STEPHEN BRODSKY – “Here In Spirit” From Here’s to the future (5:54)
12. JODIS – “Continents” From Secret House (7:27)
13. NIHILL – “Mundus Subterreanus” From Krach (5:16)
14. CAVE IN – “Retina Sees Rewind” From Planets of Old (2:30)
15. KAYO DOT – “II. Whisper Ineffable” From Coyote (11:13)
16. KEELHAUL – “THC for One” From Keelhaul’s Triumphant Return to Obscurity (3:34)
17. CLOUDS – “New Bombs” From B Chuggas May Be Logging (2:08)
18. XASTHUR – “UNTITLED 4/05″ From 2005 Demo (7:02)
19. GRIDLINK – “Amber Gray” From Amber Gray (1:06)
20. GREYMACHINE – “Wasted” From Disconnected (8:43)
21. BERGRAVEN – “Hunger” From Till Makabert Vasen (7:08)
22. TORCHE – “UFO” From Songs For Singles (2:01)

Go download Phoning It In for free!

DARKTHRONE’s Fenriz Releases Second Free Compilation for Vice Magazine

Fenriz of DARKTHRONE has compiled a second compilation for Vice Magazine called Trapped Under Vice Vol. II. In contrast to Vol. I‘s thrash metal mix, Vol. II is what Fenriz calls “soulful proto-metal (metal before there was metal)” from 1968-1978.

Here’s the tracklist:
1. FEVER TREE (USA) “Filigree & Shadow” (1968)
2. ICE CROSS (Iceland) “Jesus Freaks” (1978)
3. CARAVAN (UK) “Cecil Rons” (1968)
4. GUN (UK) “Race with the Devil” (1968)
5. SPOOKY TOOTH (UK) “Better by You, Better Than Me” (1969)
6. LUCIFER’S FRIEND (Germany/UK) “Lucifer’s Friend” (1970)
7. CACTUS (USA) “Parchman Farm” (1970)
8. SCORPION (USA) “Take A Look At Yourself” (1969)
9. SIT LORD BALTIMORE (USA) “Lady of Fire” (1970)
10. BLACK WIDOW (UK) “In Ancient Days” (1970)
11. THE OPEN MIND (UK) “Thor, the Thunder God” (1969)
12. FLAX (Norway) “Demon in Your Heart” (1976)
13. LOBBY LOYDE & TGE CIKIYRED BAKKS (Australia) “Human Being” (1973)
14. AMON DÜÜL II (Germany) “Archangel [Live]” (1975)
15. JANE (Germany) “Janesession” (1975)
16. BLACK OAK ARKANSAS (USA) “When Electricity Came to Arkansas [Live]” (1973)

Read the Vice Magazine announcement and download the compilation.

THE ANSWER Premiere Song From Everyday Demons

Irish rockers, THE ANSWER, premiered the track “Demon Eyes” from their forthcoming album, Everyday Demons, via Spin.comEveryday Demons is the band’s North American debut full length album.  Listen to “Demon Eyes” here:

Alternatively, you can download the track here:
http://spin.com/audio/download/41563/Answer-Demon-Eyes.mp3

THE ANSWER are currently touring North America with AC/DC.  The band will then play the Mercury Lounge in New York on Tuesday, February 3rd before heading off for the European leg of the AC/DC world tour.

COFFINS: Two New Tracks; Northeast Tour Dates

Tokyo’s COFFINS has released two tracks from their upcoming album Buried Death on their MySpace page. The album, to be released on 20 Buck Spin Records with distribution through Southern Lord, will hit the streets on June 20th.

The band will be attacking the Northeast US with a splattering of live dates with labelmates THE ENDLESS BLOCKADE, as well as COFFINS‘ appearance at the Maryland Deathfest. Here are their tour dates:
05/16/2008 Elks Lodge – Cambridge, MA w/RAW RADAR WAR, NOOSEBOMB, SCAPEGOAT
05/17/2008 Matinee show: ABC No Rio – New York, NY w/ASRA, THE COMMUNION
05/17/2008 Evening show: Rockstar Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/UNEARTHLY TRANCE, THE COMMUNION
05/18/2008 Khyber – Philadelphia, PA w/ OTESANEK (reunion)
05/19/2008 Talking Head – Baltimore, MD w/ TRIAC, DRUGS OF FAITH, FIGHT AMP [no COFFINS]
05/20/2008 Nara Sushi – Richmond, VA w/ JUICE TYME
05/21/2008 Jan’s Room – Allentown, PA w/ FISTULA, BIRTH CONTROL
05/22/2008 Roboto – Pittsburgh, PA w/ HELLNATION, ABYSME, SLICES
05/23-25/2008 Maryland Deathfest 2008COFFINS play Saturday night

SANCTUS Make Rarities Available for Free Download

Deactivated death/black metal band, SANCTUS, have made a pair of rare recordings available for free download on their new discography site at sanctusmusic.com.

Fateshifter, the band’s swansong EP released in 2003, and their original demo from 1998 (when the band was called PANTHEON) have been posted for download. Only 50 copies each the EP and the demo were ever made. The once band from Southern California encourage sharing and online distribution of the music.

SANCTUS, who’s only full-length release, Aeon Sky, was released on Metal Blade Records in 2000, disbanded in 2004. Though Aeon Sky is no longer in print, it is not currently available for download on the site.

2 CD ULVER Tribute Album Available for Free Download

An ULVER tribute album entitled, My Own Wolf: A New Approach, has been released by Asphyrical Asphyxia to commemorate the Norwegian band’s 15 year anniversary. The 2 CD set has been posted as a free download, and will receive an physical release on May 8th. The tracklisting is as follows:

CD 1:
01. UNFURL - Lost in Moments
02. AVATHAR - Utreise
03. MURA HACHIGU feat. NOKTURNES - Blinded by Blood
04. SMOHALLA - Le Trône de la Tragédie
05. ASMODÉE - Wolf and Hatred
06. SELVMORD - Wolf and Devil
07. SAEL - Wolf and Passion
08. OTZEPENEVSHIYE - Wolf and Destiny (Forest Fire version)
09. WARDAEMONIC - Nattens Madrigal
10. FB[FORCE] – Graablick Blew Hun Vaer
11. KARNA - Naturmystikk
12. FLUORYNE - Not Saved
13. YEAR ZERO – Nowhere / Catastrophe
14. SINESTESIA - Tomorrow Never Knows

CD 2:
01. PRYAPISME - In the Red
02. JOEY HOPKINS MIDGET FACTORY – Catalept
03. AIDAN BAKER – Eitttlane
04. PANACEA ENTERPAINMENT – Porn Piece or the Scars of Cold Kisses
05. PROJECT:A – Ulver (medley)
06. CATAPLUS – Høyfjeldsbilde
07. JÄÄPORTIT – Gnosis
08. WHEEL OF KNOWLEDGE – Lyckantropen Themes (medley)
09. ZWEIZZ - Kledt I Nattens Farger
10. BOSQUE - Utreise
11. NOISES OF RUSSIA – Darling, Didn’t We Kill You?
12. ASHTAR - The Marriage of Heaven & Hell (medley) (bonus track)

Download the album at the official site: http://panacea.msk.su/ulver/

VIRUS Post Rough Cut of New Song

Norway’s VIRUS, masterminded by Czral (a.k.a. Carl-Michael Eide, VED BUENS ENDE, DØDHEIMSGARD), have posted a rough-cut of a new song on their MySpace page. Czral talks about the track:

“We’ve just posted a new song. It’s a rough-mix WITHOUT BASS. Just like ‘Lost Peacocks‘, we’ve chosen to post it without bass. The reason for this, is that the bass is such a big element in VIRUS, and we want all of you to still hear something new when the album finally is out.

“‘Stalkers of the Drift‘, is the name of this baby. Not as massive as ‘Lost Peacocks‘. A different structure altogether. Slow and sad in the beginning, and building up towards a nice climax in the end. Lyrics are written together with Amniotic Sac, a lost girl from the dead city of Bolton, England. We’ve posted the lyrics as a bulletin to all our friends.

“Well, we’re still in the studio. Recording vocals. The bass is being done, as we speak, at Plenum‘s place. All by himself. Then, of course, we’ll have the mixing, the details, some guitars, and baking. Lots of baking. In spite of all this, we still hope The Black Flux is gonna be out spring-time, even though the time-noose is tightening quite a bit.

“PS: listening to this song more than twice might cause eczema.”

Stalkers of the Drift” lyrics:

Feral aeroplanes, stalkers of the drift
You float inside the hollow waves
Like sleepwalkers on the ocean highway
See the blind cavalry, in their concave masks,
All lined up to fowl the beaches
Dead faces painted in the sands

They mimic themselves, hiding in the wastelands
Empty figures on the crests of the dunes
The desert sculptures
Paying homage to the wounds

With broken limbs they dance
The snakes and their proud owners
On parade out in the iron rain
The sun retreats as the caves drink the rivers

The feral aeroplanes (fuelled on black milk)
Chasing the winds
Upon the ocean highway
Gliding on raw silk
Cheered by broken clapping hands

Listen to the track here.

OPETH Deliver Sneak Peek of The Roundhouse Tapes Live Recording

OPETH‘s forthcoming release, The Roundhouse Tapes, is a 2 CD set containing the band’s live performance from Camden Roundhouse in London where they played last November 9th. The band have launched a microsite previewing material from the upcoming release: http://www.peaceville.com/opeth/

The site features info, downloads, samples of tracks from the album and also and mp3 download offer of the track, “Bleak,” taken from The Roundhouse Tapes.

Frontman Mikael Akerfeldt commented on the project: “The Roundhouse concert…caught the band at the peak of the Ghost Reveries tour. We’ve decided to collaborate with one of our past labels for this release, the legendary Peaceville Records to preserve this pleasurable memory for todays music lovers as well as for generations to come.”

The album is set to drop on November 20th through Peaceville Records.

Listen to the New DIMMU BORGIR in its Entirety

DIMMU BORGIR‘s new album In Sorte Diaboli (set to hit stores next Teusday, April 24th) has been posted for streaming in its entirety on Mp3.com: http://www.mp3.com/DIMMUBORGIR

The band recently announced their headlining tour of the U.S. and Canada with UNEARTH from Massachusetts, California’s DEVILDRIVER, and Canada’s KATAKLYSM, which begins Friday, April 20th in Cleveland, Ohio. Pre-sale tickets for The Invaluable Darkness Tour are available at: https://tixx1.artistarena.com/dimmuborgir/. A complete listing of tour dates can be viewed here: http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/nb/v2/tours/tours.php.