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EXMORTUS – Unveils ‘Legions Of The Undead’ Video; New Horror-Themed EP Out Now

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, music videos, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , on October 28, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

With All Hallows’ Eve and the Day of the Dead fast approaching, the L.A.-based thrash/death/shred quartet EXMORTUS has unveiled a visualizer for the title track for their just-released horror-themed EP Legions of the Undead. Check out the clip – which was designed by Wayne Joyner (Dream Theater, Devin Townsend). Watch it  HERE or below:

Says guitarist Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez, “Just in time for Halloween, enjoy this video of the new EP title track, ‘Legions of the Undead,’ inspired by the darker themes in Tolkien & Lovecraft lore. We are extremely excited to perform the new songs on Death Angel’s North American Humanicide Tour this November and December. See you on the road, Legions!”

As Gonzalez acknowledged, the song “Legions of the Dead” nods to the Dead Men of Dunharrow in “Lord Of The Rings.” It is joined on the new EP by one other new original track – the “Evil Dead”-inspired “Swallow Your Soul” – as well as three instrumental covers: renditions of Danny Elfman’s “Beetlejuice” theme and Bernard Hermann’s theme from Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic “Psycho,” as well as a neoclassical shred take on 19th Century Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s haunting “Night On Bald Mountain.”

Recorded earlier this year with longtime producer Zack Ohren (Machine Head, Immolation) at Oakland’s Sharkbite Studios, “Legions Of The Undead” – the cover art for which was designed by Toha “AHOT” Mashudi – is now available via the band’s own Exmortus Music in cooperation with M-Theory Audio. Physical copies can be ordered on CD and limited-edition green slime-colored vinyl HERE.

“Legions Of The Undead” marks the first EXMORTUS release featuring the lineup – founding guitarist/vocalist Gonzalez, guitarist Chase Becker (also of Warbringer), bassist Cody Nunez and drummer Adrian Aguilar – that has logged numerous miles on the road together over the past two years with the likes of Obituary, Venom Inc., Sabaton, Kreator, Havok, Allegaeon, Hatchet, Homewrecker and The Absence. The group – whose most recent performance was alongside Exodus at the legendary thrash group’s sold-out “Bonded By Con” concert during San Diego’s recent Comic-Con – will support another iconic Bay Area act this fall, when they team up with Death Angel for a five-week tour across the U.S. and Canada. See below for the complete itinerary.

Founded by Gonzalez when he was just 12 years old, EXMORTUS released their debut album, “In Hatred’s Flame,” via Heavy Artillery in 2008. After gaining additional acclaim with their 2011 sophomore effort “Beyond The Fall Of Time,” the group signed a three-album deal with Prosthetic Records in 2013. In support of that acclaimed trilogy of releases (2014’s “Slave To The Sword,” 2016’s “Ride Forth” and 2018’s “The Sound Of Steel”), the band toured alongside some of metal’s biggest names, including Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Abbath, Dark Tranquillity and Marty Friedman, earning extensive praise along the way for their live power, prowess and proficiency.

EXMORTUS on tour with Death Angel:

Nov 13 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst (EXMORTUS only)

Nov 14 – Chico, CA – Metal Shop (EXMORTUS ONLY)

Nov 15 – Bend, OR – Third St. Pub (EXMORTUS only)

Nov 16 – Seattle, WA – Club Sur

Nov 17 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater

Nov 18 – Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theater

Nov 19 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite

Nov 20 – Calgary, AB – Dickens

Nov 21 – Regina, SK – The Exchange

Nov 22 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramids

Nov 23 – St. Paul, MN – The Amsterdam

Nov 25 – London, ON – London Music Hall

Nov 26 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace

Nov 27 – Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar

Nov 28 – Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey

Nov 29 – Quebec City, QC – L’Anti Bar & Spectacles

Nov 30 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus

Dec 1 – New Bedford, MA – Vault @ Greasy Luck

Dec 2 – Waterford, NY – Chrome (EXMORTUS only)

Dec 3 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon

Dec 4 – Baltimore, MD – Otto Bar

Dec 5 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club

Dec 6 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club

Dec 7 – Tampa, FL – Brass Mug

Dec 8 – Orlando, FL – The Haven

Dec 9 – Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box (EXMORTUS only)

Dec 10 – Lafayette, LA – Grant Street

Dec 11 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar

Dec 12 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live

Dec 13 – Dallas, TX – Trees

Dec 14 – Tulsa, OK – The Shrine

Dec 15 – Enid, OK – 1927 Event Center

Dec 17 – Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad

Dec 18 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red

Dec 19 – West Hollywood, CA – Whisky

For more info:

www.m-theoryaudio.com

www.exmortusmusic.com

www.facebook.com/exmortusofficial

www.instagram.com/exmortus_official

Source:

M-Theory Audio

LONG LIVE EXMORTUS.

STONE.

DISMEMBERMENT – “Once Forsaken” Now Streaming + Preorders Posted; ‘Arc Of Ancients’ LP By Ohio Death Metal Act Nears Release Through Creator-Destructor Records

Posted in Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on October 7, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

[photo by Liam Shively]

Creator-Destructor Records this week unleashes Once Forsaken, the lead single from Ohio death metal act DISMEMBERMENT‘s impending second album, Arc Of Ancients. The song has been set loose upon the public as the devastating new LP nears release later this month. Preorders for the record have also been issued with the new track.

In a time fueled by instant gratification and over-saturation, DISMEMBERMENT has chosen to avoid the common path. Since the band’s formation in the winter of 2010, the band has forged their own way, fueled by fierce determination and perseverance. Over recent years, DISMEMBERMENT has continued to grow into a well-oiled machine, booking their own shows, traveling, and recording and releasing albums on their own finances, while continually pushing themselves and their unique brand of metal to new heights. Their catalog includes two EPs – The Condemned (2011) and Denied Salvation (2012) and their 2014-released debut LP, Embrace The Dark.

DISMEMBERMENT has taken their unique blitzkrieg black-thrash attack across the nation many times over, including touring with greats such as Master and Solstice, and having shared the stage with the likes of Mayhem, Immolation, Morbid Angel, Gorguts, Incantation, Death Angel, and countless more.

It is only now, with the impending release of their second LP, Arc Of Ancients, that the truly destructive nature of DISMEMBERMENT‘s sound is fully apparent. Completed in recent days, the album further expands on the band’s sound from the prior album, Embrace The Dark, yet reinforces their sound with the ferocity of their earlier recordings. Arc Of Ancients was recorded and mixed by the band, mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering, and as with prior releases, the album artwork was handled by renowned artist Andrei Bouzikov.

States the band with the release of the “Once Forsaken” single, “Here at last! A new ripper hot off the press. Turn it up and bang your head!”

Stream DISMEMBERMENT’s savage “Once Forsaken” at THIS LOCATION or below:

Arc Of Ancients will be released on LP, CD, and digital platforms through Creator-Destructor on October 18th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp HERE.

Watch for additional audio samples, and more on Arc Of Ancients to be issued in the days ahead, with tour dates to also be posted throughout the coming months.

Source: Earsplit PR

LONG LIVE DISMEMBERMENT.

LONG LIVE OHIO.

STONE.

VASTUM – Oakland Death Metal Quintet Releases New Single; ‘Orificial Purge’ Full-Length Nears Release This Month Through 20 Buck Spin

Posted in Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, music videos, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on October 1, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

Oakland death metal outfit VASTUM is preparing for the release of their gnarled fourth album, Orificial Purge. Ahead of the album’s public unveiling through 20 Buck Spin at the end of October, the new single “I On The Knife (Second Wound)” has been issued.

With lead vocalist Daniel Butler, guitarist/vocalist Leila Abdul-Rauf, guitarist Shelby Lermo, bassist Luca Indrio, and drummer Chad Gailey, Ryan Honaker provides guest strings on VASTUM‘s Orificial Purge, and Honaker and Abdul-Rauf also help shape the album with elements of ambience. Recorded with Greg Wilkinson (Necrot, Nightfell, Ulthar) at Earhammer Studios and visually represented by the brooding abstraction of San Francisco artist Laina Terpstra, VASTUM’s Orificial Purge is one of the year’s most vicious and hypnotic LPs. Fans of Bolt Thrower, Undergang, Autopsy, Necrot, Asphyx, Mortuous, Tomb Mold, and Scorched are orificially summoned to take note.

Vocalist Daniel Butler exposes of the track’s lyrical content, “‘I On The Knife’ is about psychophysical self-mutilation under the command of a thing, an it, which is gradually symbolized as an object (e.g. father, knife) that in turn reveals the self as a wound. Basically, it’s about how you’re a wound and nothing else.”

Guitarist/vocalist Leila Abdul-Rauf offers, “We felt this song – along with initial single, ‘Reveries In Autophagia’ – was the most representative of the classic VASTUM sound.”

Hear VASTUM’s “I On The Knife (Second Wound) at THIS LOCATION or below:

20 Buck Spin will issue Orificial Purge on CD, LP, cassette, and all digital platforms on October 25th. Preorders go live this week at the label webshop HERE and at Bandcamp where “Reveries In Autophagia” is now streaming HERE.

Guitar World just ran a feature on the 25 Best Metal Guitar Tones Of All Time where VASTUM‘s Leila Abdul-Rauf was featured alongside the likes of Black Sabbath, Slayer, Metallica, Entombed, Meshuggah, Danzig, Sunn O))), and more. See the piece HERE.

Having just made their return to Killtown Death Fest 2019 in Copenhagen alongside Grave, Coffins, Abhorrence, Tomb Mold, and many others in September, VASTUM has also been confirmed to play the inaugural Shadow Frost Music & Arts Festival taking over Frederick, Maryland February 21st and 22nd, 2020. The band joins The Chasm, Primitive Man, Thantifaxath, and labelmates Magic Circle as one of the event’s main headliners, and guitarist/vocalist Leila Abdul-Rauf will also perform a set from her solo/ambient project at the fest as well.

VASTUM Live:

2/21-22/2020 Shadow Frost Music & Arts Festival – Frederick, MD [info]

After four years of near silence, Oakland death metal outfit VASTUM returns with Orificial Purge, the anxiously awaited follow-up to their acclaimed Hole Below. With its members playing in Acephalix, Necrot, Ulthar, Mortuous, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm, and others, the band’s dedication to their craft is showcased throughout the underground. After three standout albums over the course of the last eight years, the effect of VASTUM‘s influence has by now seeped into the wider death metal scene, leaving an indelible mark due to their singular amalgam of aural primitivism and aesthetic originality. Their most markedly refined and tortured oblation to date, Orificial Purge represents the dominant return of VASTUM, a death-doom band driven by the horrors of psychic and corporeal life.

VASTUM‘s Orificial Purge offers a distinctive blend of sinister atmosphere, punishing brutality, and an unparalleled lyrical and visual imagery that traces connections between perversion, mortification, and “an abyssal mysticism of sin.” Elements from previous albums are preserved on Orificial Purge, but they are evolved and devolved at once. The usual mid-paced dirge and cave-dwelling riffs are intertwined with slicing melodic dissonance and a celestial frenzy in the solos and the leads, all of which is set against the background of a bulldozing rhythm section. The dual vocal and lyrical exorcisms of Daniel Butler and Leila Abdul-Rauf combine to deliver unsettling, dichotomous meditations on “abjection as life, life as tragedy, and tragedy as an eviscerating, eroticized rapture through which an evil and useless humanity comes into being.

http://www.20buckspin.com

Source: Earsplit PR

LONG LIVE VASTUM.

STONE.

DRAGONFORCE – To Kick Off North American Headlining Tour This Week

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, music videos, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on September 30, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

International extreme power metal unit DRAGONFORCE will kick off their anticipated North American headlining tour this week. The trek will commence on October 1st in Tucson, Arizona and conclude October 12th in Ventura, California. Support will be provided by Dance With The Dead and Starkill. The following day, the band will set sail as part of the first annual Megacruise. See all confirmed dates below.

DRAGONFORCE w/ Dance With The Dead, Starkill:

10/01/2019 Encore – Tucson, AZ
10/02/2019 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
10/03/2019 Vinyl @ Hard Rock – Las Vegas, NV
10/04/2019 Strummers – Fresno, CA
10/05/2019 Cargo – Reno, NV
10/06/2019 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
10/07/2019 The Red Room – Vancouver, BC
10/08/2019 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
10/11/2019 August Hall – San Francisco, CA
10/12/2019 Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA
10/13/2019 Megacruise – Los Angeles, CA* DRAGONFORCE only

DRAGONFORCE is touring in support of their eighth full-length, Extreme Power Metal, released worldwide on September 27th via Metal Blade Records. Produced in Los Angeles, California by Damien Rainaud at Mix Unlimited, Extreme Power Metal was also recorded, in part, on guitarist Herman Li’s livestream channel on Twitch (twitch.tv/hermanli) with participation from fans. To preview the record, and to view the band’s recently-released video for “Razorblade Meltdown” visit metalblade.com/dragonforce.

DragonForce – Razorblade Meltdown (New Official Video)

The Grammy-nominated extreme power metal group is based in London, England. Their platinum-selling record, Through The Fire And Flames, brought them international acclaim and was featured as the most-challenging song on Guitar Hero III. Their energetic and humorous live performances have won them fans on every continent.

The group is known for their long, complex, and fast guitar solos performed by Herman Li and Sam Totman, who founded the band after meeting through a classified ad in 1999. Since then, the band has released seven studio albums, including Valley Of The Damned (2003), Sonic Firestorm (2004), Inhuman Rampage (2006), Ultra Beatdown (2008), The Power Within (2012), Maximum Overload (2014), and Reaching Into Infinity (2017). 2019 brings the next chapter in DRAGONFORCE history: Extreme Power Metal!

Regarding Extreme Power Metal, Li says, “This album again combines the best of DRAGONFORCE in an even bigger, more epic way than we have ever done before. We are so excited for fans to hear it!” The keyboards of the new album were performed by Coen Janssen of symphonic metal titan Epica, adding a new dimension to the album. Notes Totman, “We worked really closely with Coen on this new album. We are so happy with what he has brought into this new album. Every fan will be so happy to hear his majestic playing!”

Drawing from a wide range of influences, the band’s sound combines the sing-a-long choruses of classic ’80s rock with triumphant, uplifting melodies and fantasy-themed power-metal-inspired lyrics. As a nod to their passion for all things video-game related, the band frequently incorporates retro game sounds and melodies into their recordings and live shows.

Following the release of Extreme Power Metal, DRAGONFORCE will begin their world tour in support of it. Li promises, “In this age, where our music is easily accessible, I am not going to waste time trying to describe the sound of our new album. I’ll let the music do the talking! However, what I can tell you is, our upcoming tour will be our biggest in a decade. We have a massive epic production and a really special surprise for VIPs. We can’t wait to see everyone out on the road!”

More DRAGONFORCE:

http://facebook.com/dragonforce

http://instagram.com/dragonforcehq

http://youtube.com/dragonforce

Source: Earsplit PR

LONG LIVE DRAGONFORCE.

STONE.

Finnish Melodic Metal Band PHOENIX TITAN Released Their Debut Album ‘AVATAR OF FIRE’

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on September 30, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

PRESS RELEASE

September 30th 2019

Finnish melodic metal group PHOENIX TITAN have released their powerful debut album AVATAR OF FIRE. The album is available as CD and listenable on online streaming services.

Listen to the album:

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2m8HmLo

Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/us/album/111607272

Apple Music: https://apple.co/2mh4YxE

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2mglOwA

Phoenix Titan is a five-piece group from Finland playing tight melodic metal. The history of the band began 2014 and all the band members have around 20 years experience of recording and playing live on several different bands.

The debut album ”Avatar of Fire” is released on September 27th 2019 via Inverse Records. The recording of the album began on summer 2017 and the final studio tracks were recorded early 2019. The album is recorded and produced by Aksu Hanttu (S-Tool, Tuoni, Entwine) and mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers. Common denominator on all of the album tracks is catchy riffs and melodies combined to fierce energy.

Phoenix Titan – Avatar Of Fire – Track List:

  1. Torment Of Vanity
  2. Metal Shark
  3. Accused
  4. Ride For Vengeance
  5. Will I Ever Find My Peace?
  6. Napalm Phoenix
  7. (In)Sanity
  8. The Game
  9. Chosen One

Line-up:

Harri Ahola – vocals

Santtu Rautiainen – guitar

Topi Vuorela – guitar

Tatu Rautiainen – drums

Juhana ”Jusa” Ovaska – Bass

Band comments on the recording process:

“We wanted to put effort to the quality of the recording on every production phase. Even as it took a lot more time, nerves and bad humor than we expected. The professional work can be seen and heard on the record. We are really satisfied with the album and we are looking forward the live shows to come.”

More PHOENIX TITAN:

https://www.facebook.com/phoenixtitanband/

https://www.instagram.com/phoenixtitanband/

Source: Inverse Music Group

LONG LIVE PHOENIX TITAN.

STONE.

WOLFBRIGADE – To Release Their Tenth Full-Length, The Enemy: Reality, Through Southern Lord In November; Details Posted

Posted in hardcore metal, metal music, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , on September 25, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

[photo by E. Ljungbacken]

Southern Lord has issued the details of WOLFBRIGADE‘s impending tenth full-length, The Enemy: Reality, now confirmed for release on November 8th.

On the wind-bitten plains of Skaraborg, Sweden, the wolves have arisen once again. They are on the prowl, yearning for your blood, warm and fresh. On their tenth album, WOLFBRIGADE cuts deep, and they are ruthless. This time they have only submitted to themselves, from recording to production and artwork working in isolation, resulting in heightened senses and sharpened fangs. The ten songs rip into both body and mind, with no holds barred regarding power, substance, and melody.

This time around, WOLFBRIGADE‘s hybrid beast of Swedish hardcore and death metal known as Lycanthro Punk has become even more distinct. These ten tracks of destruction display both a love for 80s metal hooks and intros, as well as primitive hardcore brutality.

The lyrics on The Enemy: Reality dissect the state of human existence, the bizarre animal presence that we are. The naked apes. Exploring the dynamics that rule man. Power and submission. Manipulation. The injustices of inequality. This is an album seething with anger and frustration.

The band remarks, “Humans are a narcissistic breed, incapable of real change. This album is a way for us to deal with the fact that we are one of a large pack, submitting to the same societal norms as everyone else. No matter how much we would like it to be different. We are all on the same crazy trip.”

The Enemy: Reality will see release through Southern Lord on November 8th. Watch for audio premieres, preorders, and more to post in the weeks ahead. Following a one-off show in Los Angeles, California with Final Conflict and Dropdead and a set at Off Limits Festival in Naucalpan, Mexico last week, expect new live dates for WOLFBRIGADE to post over the coming months.

The Enemy: Reality – Track Listing:

  1. Sum Of All Vices
  2. Fire Untamed
  3. The Wolfman
  4. Hammer To The Skull
  5. Narcissistic Breed
  6. Nightmare Of Wolves
  7. Doomsday Dominion
  8. Wells Of Despair
  9. Human Beast
  10. Hunt The Hunter

WOLFBRIGADE:

Jocke Rydbjer – guitar

Micke Dahl – vocals

Erik Norberg – guitar

Johan Erken – bass

Tommy Storback – drums

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More band & record label info:

http://www.facebook.com/lycanthropunks

http://southernlord.bandcamp.com

Source: Earsplit PR

LONG LIVE WOLFBRIGADE.

STONE.

NEBULAE – Italian Metallers Reveal Details Of New Album “Pulse”!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

Italian metallers NEBULAE are ready to reveal details of what will be the band’s second full-length studio album. Titled “Pulse”, the nine-track album is set for release on the 18th October via Time To Kill Records.

Groove is clearly evident in the band’s style which however includes references to several metal genres, old and new. The album with its varied and intensively composed songs will surely appeal to fans of Gojira, Tesseract, Deftones, Jinjer and Klone.

“The new album has a mission: to make peace understood through a specific mantra ‘Listen. Understand. React.’ The title ‘Pulse’ – Impulse is the basis of all that animates us, of everything that makes us resist to events. It is the primary push to improve and evolve. The sequence of tracks into the album examines the unfolding over time of human experiences that lead the human being to evolve and fight, marked by everything he has faced and is still preparing to face”.

The record’s first single, “Removal”, is now streaming HERE and below:

“Pulse” – Track List:

  1. Trapped
  2. Dawning
  3. Removal
  4. Bend Down
  5. Poors
  6. Bite
  7. Smother
  8. Control
  9. Dust

Album pre-orders are available here.

Line-up:

Miriam Granatello – Vocals
Eduardo Mazza – Guitar
Antonio Masciandaro – Bass
Alfonso Mocerino – Drums

NEBULAE:

https://www.facebook.com/nebulaeofficial/
https://nebulaeofficial.bandcamp.com/

Time To Kill Records:

https://www.facebook.com/timetokillrecords/
http://www.timetokill-records.com/

Source:

LONG LIVE NEBULAE.

STONE.

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