Canadian death metal band GORGUTS will release a one-track EP, called Pleiades’ Dust, on May 13th through Season Of Mist.
Canadian grindcore band WAKE’s The Seeds Of A Worthless Tomorrow demo is out now. The band is touring Canada and USA.
Romania’s INDIAN FALL has announced major changes in line-up with both guitarists being replaced. Radu Barna has decided to focus on his other band, THE THIRTEENTH SUN, and Ciprian Costas has to leave his country for a while. Replacing them will be John (CODE RED, PERSEVERANCE, ex LNDH) and Alinesku (W3 4R3 NUM83R5, ex-DELIVER THE GOD). The line-up is complete again for the band to continue working on its upcoming album scheduled for release on Loud Rage Music later this year.
Illinois-based Transcending Records has multiple records in the works. These include SOLILOQUIUM’s (featuring members of DESOLATOR and ENDING QUEST) Absence (death/doom), HADEAN’s On Fading (avant-garde “Chamber” metal), BECOMING AKH‘s Abolisher (Egyptian themed death metal) and DESPONDENT’s Awakening The Elder Gods (technical death metal).
Sliptrick Records has issued WASTAGE’s album Slave To The System. The thrash metal group hails from Slovakia.
Art Gates Records is issuing Embodied In Incense by Slovenian black/death Metal band CVINGER. It was recorded at Endarker Studio (Sweden). The band is touring China.
Sliptrick records has issued Turkish band CARNAC’s album Frail Sight. The band is compared to AT THE GATES.
ORACLES is a new project featuring members of ABORTED, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS and DIMLIGHT. A song called Scorn is now available from the upcoming debut album, Miserycorde. The album will be released in July through Deadlight Entertainment. The group is playing Antwerp Metal Fest. Members are singers Sven De Caluwé (ABORTED) and Sanna Salou (DIMLIGHT), guitarists Mendel Bij de Leij (ABORTED) and Steve Miller (SYSTEM DIVIDE and LOCULUS), bassist Andrei Aframov (SYSTEM DIVIDE) and drummer Ken Bedene (ABORTED and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS).
Sliptrick Records has issued EFPIX’S Evil Sides. The band hails from Russia and is described as “melodic death metal/industrial.”
Finnish death metal band GLORIA MORTI will release its next album Kuebiko on March 18th. It is their first for Willowtip Records.
Unique Leader Records has signed OMOPHAGIA from Switzerland. The band’s next release In The Name Of Chaos is out on April 15th. The record was engineered at the band’s own studio in Switzerland and mixed and mastered at Hertz Studio in Poland.
UNBORN SUFFER’s Nihilist album is out through Selfmadegod Records. The Polish grindcore band was formed in 2001.
Polish band MIND AFFLICTION’s Into The Void is out through Metal Scrap Records.
California-based metal band NECROT, featuring within its ranks current and former members of ACEPHALIX, VASTUM, SAVIOURS and WATCH THEM DIE, has joined the Tankcrimes Records roster for the release of its The Labyrinth full-length on April 15th.
Northern Germany’s duo MANTAR will release its Nuclear Blast debut Ode To The Flame worldwide on April 15th. The band was formed 13 years ago. The album revolved around a theme of ‘fire.’
Swedish band EXTERMINATION TEMPLE is preparing for the release of the outfit’s first vinyl release with the Lifeless Forms 7″ EP in early March. It is self-released through the band’s Apocalyptic Visions imprint.
Armstrong Metalfest is taking place on July 15th and 16th in Armstrong, BC at the Hassen Arena. Bands include TROLLBAND, XUL and DEAD ASYLUM. The link is https://armstrongmetalfest.ca/tickets/. Armstrong is 500 kms east of Vancouver.
The eighth issue of Romania-based fanzine Slowly We Rot is out now. It features bands like MORBID SLAUGHTER, ARCHGOAT, MERCYLESS and others. Included is a compilation CD. Order it here: http://slowlywerot.miiduu.com/slowly-we-rot-8-2016.
Canadian grindcore band FUCK THE FACTS has been nominated for a JUNO Award for Heavy Metal Album of The Year for the August 2015 full-length demo Desire Will Rot released through the band’s own imprint Noise Salvation.
SLEEPERS’ GUILT, a melodic death metal band from Luxembourg, is back with a double release called Kilesa, which was released on February 27th. The first part of the album contains ten songs; the second part contains the title track Kilesa that has been subdivided in three parts, having a total playing time of 30 minutes. The lyrical concept of the title track is about the Kleshas in Buddhism, the mental states that cloud the mind.
‘80s’ crossover band WEHRMACHT has had its Shark Attack album reissued by Dead Center Productions. The limited edition comes with a Russian translation of its lyrics.
Copenhagen “progressive grind” band PISS VORTEX is back with a new EP entitled Future Cancer, set to be issued in April through Denmark’s Indisciplinarian.
TRAGACANTH recently signed with Loud Rage Music for the release of its debut full-length album on CD format. The CD is scheduled to be out March 4th.
ANTHRAX is being sued by a Detroit businessman who believes the band is selling sweatshirts featuring his ‘Happy Hanukkah’ design.
ARTILLERY will release a new album, called Penalty By Perception, on March 25th through Metal Blade Records. A track called In Defiance Of Conformity is available now.
Former PANTERA and current DOWN singer Philip Anselmo has apologized to his current band-mates after his band’s appearance at FortaRock festival in the Netherlands was cancelled. Other promoters have also begun cancelling band shows after the singer gave a Nazi salute on stage and shouted “white power” in Los Angeles. Anselmo quickly defended himself saying he and others were drinking white wine and the expressions were “inside joke.”
MEGADETH‘s new album Dystopia landed at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200. It sold 49,000 records. The right-wing frontman for the group and his band were promoted on a show on American extreme right-wing channel Fox News.
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER has announced USA Tour with FALLUJAH And DISENTOMB. The band will play the Unhallowed album in its entirety. The band and guitarist Ryan Knight have amicably parted ways. Brandon Ellis will tour with the band instead.
Sweden’s grind band GADGET is back with a new album for Relapse called The Great Destroyer.
Battleground Records has confirmed April 1st for the release of the devastating split LP from Denver slow burners, ORYX, and Tucson grind rippers, LANGUISH.
DIE CHOKING has begun a first tour of Europe called Grind Is The New Black. The tour also marks the CD release of the band’s debut album III, which is being co-released between The Compound Recs and Selfmadegod Records.
The third album from Ukrainian-Russian band DAN DEAGH WEALCAN is called Fragmented Consciousness and is out now.
Canadian “neoclassical-influenced technical death metal” band FIRST FRAGMENT will release its debut full-length, entitled Dasein, on May 20th through Unique Leader Records.
ABORTED will release their next full-length album Retrogore in April through Century Media.
SUICIDAL ANGELS will release a new album, called Division Of Blood, on May 27th through NoiseArt Records.
DEATH ANGEL has announced The Evil Divide as the title for its next album, which is out on May 27th through Nuclear Blast. The album recorded at AudioHammer Studio in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof.
German thrash metal band DESTRUCTION will release a new album, Under Attack, on May 13th through Nuclear Blast.
Relapse Records has re-signed INCANTATION. The band is at its own studio working on a new record.
SKELETONWITCH has recruited singer Adam Clemans (WOLVHAMMER) and is working on a new EP for a summer release through Prosthetic Records.
German death metal band OBSCENITY has a new full-length album, entitled Retaliation, scheduled for a May release through Kolony Records.
FALLUJAH will release a new full-length album, entitled Dreamless, on April 29th through Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album was recorded at Sharkbite Studio with producer Zack Ohren.
Let us hope it did not break: Montreal “black metal” band ÉOHUM featuring a “French horn player” is “dropping” a demo March on 18th through guitarist and band founder Jeremy Perkins’ imprint Mycelium Networks.
Wax Maniax is issuing new vinyl versions of SODOM’s Obsessed By Cruelty as double-LP for its 30th Anniversary Edition on March 25th. Up next are SODOM’s Persecution Mania/Expurse Of Sodomy double-LP and ACID’s self-titled LP out on April 15th.
Guitarist Alex Skolnick of TESTAMENT skipped the first three shows of his band’s North American tour with SLAYER and CARCASS due to a scheduling conflict with Axes & Anchors cruise where he was playing. Glen Drover filled in.
Former SLAYER member Dave Lombardo will drum for SUICIDAL TENDENCIES on tour supporting MEGADETH in USA.
Guitarist Rick Van Zandt of METAL CHURCH underwent emergency eye surgery to repair a detached retina and is unable to tour with the band. The band has recruited FIREWOLFE man Paul Kleff.
ORANSSI PAZUZU next LP Värähtelijä is out now through Svart Records.
CATTLE DECAPITATION has re-signed with Metal Blade Records.
Norway’s PICTURES OF PAIN has an album called World Demise through Pitch Black, which is the follow-up to The Reckoning which was issued six years ago.
SILENT IMAGES will release its debut LP Knightfall in Spain this February 29th and worldwide on March 28th through Art Gates Records.