THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER have gained a reputable fanbase throughout the years, especially of those who worship the Gothenburg sound, namely AT THE GATESSlaughter of the Soul album. Their fourth full length, Deflorate, uses the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality as they continue worshipping the Gothenburg formula that got them where they are today. The band has fused the genres of metalcore and death metal, and the vocals, which range from low growls to high pitched squeals, can be overbearing and turn off old death metal fanatics in the process.

Deflorate starts off strong, however, as “Black Valor” combines a heavy dose of melodic fused riffs balanced with tasty blasts and double bass, and the production is nice, clean, and powerful, very similar to the sound of newer KATAKLYSM albums. THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER thrive on the one foot blast perfected by AT THE GATES, and Deflorate contains plenty of it, which sometimes waters down some of the well written melodies hidden beneath the surface. Songs are short, fluid, and cohesive, as the band blasts through hook laden tracks such as “Necropolis” and “A Selection Unnatural“. The high pitched, effect driven vocals on “Denounced, Disgraced” start to drag the album down, but “Death Panorama” is loaded with high intensity as the double bass pounds throughout, and the blasts compliment the AT THE GATES-ish solos graciously. While trudging through a few generic tracks, Deflorate ends with a slower, but very catchy track that closes out the album perfectly. “I Will Return” touches on the topic of cryogenic freezing, and the band utilizes all the influences they’ve picked up and learned from DISSECTION, IN FLAMES, and IRON MAIDEN as they pull out all the stops.

Underground metal warriors snub this band because of how they look and dress, but musically, the band is one of the best Gothenburg-influenced bands out there today. Deflorate is not for old school death metal fans who grew up on DEICIDE, SUFFOCATION, and IMMOLATION, but for fans of the newer crop of bands, such as ABIGAIL WILLIAMS and VEHEMENCE. Deflorate should please all BLACK DAHLIA MURDER fans, and might be a starting point for new listeners to the genre to move on to heavier bands in the future. (Metal Blade Records)


Danish Metal Award nominees HATESPHERE will hit North American shores early next year in support of newest album To the Nines with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, OBSCURA and AUGURY. Unfortunately, drummer Dennis Buhl is quitting due to severe back problems and the band is therefore forced to cancel their upcoming European tour with HYPOCRISY. However, Dennis Buhl is being replaced by ex-MERCENARY drummer Mike Park. Furthermore, HATESPHERE has entered collaboration with Rune Walther from Dream Fire Agency, which from now on will act as the band’s management.

Guitarist Peter “Pepe” Hansen comments:

“This is indeed a new and exciting chapter for HATESPHERE. After touring Europe for more than 7 years, we finally have the chance to visit The States. It is a huge opportunity for us and we look forward to play for our U.S. fans! A huge thank you to the guys in THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, who were kind enough to invite us! Unfortunately, we have to cancel the European tour with Hypocrisy due to our change of drummer and personal reasons. However, it’s a pleasure to have Mike behind the drums. We’ve known him for several years, and he wanted to play fast for a long time and now it’s finally happening so obviously we’re happy! We promise to return both during the summer at the festivals and in the autumn. Last but not least, we’re happy to announce that Rune Walther from Dream Fire Agency will be taking care of the business as our new manager.”

Drummer Mike Park comments:

“I’ve always been a big fan of HATESPHERE and I’ve known the guys for a long time so it was quite natural to take over from Dennis. The opportunity came as an extension of my break with MERCENARY and I feel great sitting behind the drums in a hard-hitting and professional band as HATESPHERE. I’ve already played my first three concerts with the guys and it was fantastic. The energy, the drive and comradeship is exceptional – just as it should be. Now I look forward to show the HATESPHERE banner in the U.S!”

Confirmed HATESPHERE tour dates/venues:

Feb 24 Atlanta, GA @ Masque
Feb 25 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
Feb 26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Feb 27 Orlando, FL @ The Social
Mar 01 Houston, TX @ Meridian
Mar 02 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Mar 03 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Mar 05 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
Mar 06 Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theater
Mar 07 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Mar 08 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Mar 09 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Mar 10 Boise, ID @ The Venue
Mar 12 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Mar 13 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Mar 14 Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
Mar 15 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
Mar 16 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
Mar 18 Washington, DC @ The Rock and Roll Hotel
Mar 19 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
Mar 20 New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House
Mar 21 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East – Downstairs
Mar 22 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Mar 23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater
Mar 24 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

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 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.