More lame merchandising: ARCH ENEMY has launched its own brand of hot sauce, Burning Angel.
Philadelphia’s grinders DIE CHOKING will release a full-length debut LP, called III, through The Compound Records later this summer.
Guitar Player magazine has an interview with MASTODON‘s Brent Hinds who insists he dislikes heavy metal. “I never really liked heavy metal in the first place,” he says. “I came from Alabama playing country music, surf rock, rockabilly, and stuff like that…” JUDAS PRIEST and MASTODON will play SLIPKNOT’s Knotfest on October 24-25th at San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore, California.
Art Gates Records has signed Belgian Thrash Metal combo INDEMNITY. The band is working on a new record.
Suspiria Records has issued NETHERTALE’s Abyssal Throne. The debut album is described as melodic death metal.
DESASTER, NECROPHOBIC, MARDUK, VEKTOR, PURGATORY, DESASTER, NECROS CHRISTOS, TODESTRIEBE and SOLSTICE are among the bands, which have been confirmed for the seventh edition of the independent Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival, set to take place December 11 and 12th, 2015.
Unlike other labels, which sign bands despite not wanting to: Season Of Mist is “proud to announce the signing” of Sweden’s CRAFT to its Underground Activists imprint. The band, which is described as “black metal virtue of raw spiritual energy expressed through violent, ripping guitar work and unholy rhythms enhanced by demonic vocals” can be followed on… Facebook.
More pride: Loud Rage Music has “proudly” signed Romanian black metal band ORDINUL NEGRU. The band’s Sorcery Of Darkness album is due this autumn. The label has also signed Romanian band HATEMODE. That band is recording in the studio.
Seattle, WA thrash metal band FALLEN ANGELS is back with a new release called World In Decay, which is produced by producer/engineer Michael Rosen (FORBIDDEN, TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, TESLA, VICIOUS RUMORS). The demo is set to be released on August 4th, 2015 through the band’s imprint, Cyberdyne Records.
Death To False Metal Festival, which is taking place at New Haven, Connecticut suburb of Hamden on August 14th and 15th features many bands including WHIPLASH, VALKYRIE, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT, KRIEG, SECRETS OF THE SKY, IMMORTAL BIRD, GODHUNTER, SECRET CUTTER, NIGHTBITCH and more.
KRISIUN has a new record, Forged In Fury, out on August 7th through Century Media.
GOATSNAKE‘s first LP in fifteen years, Black Age Blues, is available now worldwide through Southern Lord Recordings.
Thrash metal band DESIGNS OF CHAOS has a new demo called The Darkest Storm. The Darkest Storm was written and partially recorded in early 2014, but in June of that year the band was stopped in its tracks by the loss of drummer, Chris Crammond. The man died due to an accident at work. The group recruited drummer Andy Bramley for the recording.
London, UK’s EMPYREAL DESTROYER is issuing a demo called Curse All Creation on July 20th. The band had recorded it years earlier and is finally able to issue the material.
Romanian occult band ORDINUL NEGRU has a full-length album Sorcery Of Darkness scheduled for autumn 2015 through Loud Rage Music.
Polish death metal quartet OGOTAY has signed a deal with Selfmadegod Records to release a new full-length, entitled Dead God’s Prophet. The band is comprised of bassist/vocalist Marcin Świerczyński (YATTERING), drummer Szymon Andryszczak (PANDEMONIUM) and guitarists Artur Piotrowski (MESS AGE) and Andrzej Peszel.
IMMORTAL BIRD’s Empress/Abscess LP is out this month. Former drummer and vocalist Amitay has swapped in her drum stool for a full-time position at the mike with long-time live drummer, Garry Naples (NOVEMBERS DOOM) taking her place at the kit.
Is it about Teddie Nugent? Mammoth Lake, California-based black/death band VALDUR has issued a demo called Pathetic Scum.
AMBASSADOR GUN’s third album, Tomb Of Broken Sleep, is now out through No Clean Singing.
Italy’s RESURRECTURIS has signed a contract with Danish label Mighty Music to release its fourth album, called Nazienda, this September.
Swedish doom/death metal band OCTOBER TIDE has signed a deal with Agonia Records. An album is due this year.
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will release a new full-length album, called Abysmal, on September 18th through Metal Blade.
Due to financial problems, Continental Concerts has cancelled the Metal Alliance Tour. DEICIDE, HATE ETERNAL, BLACK CROWN INITIATE and others were touring. DEICIDE is continuing on its own. ENTOMBED A.D. was booted from the shows as well.
Toronto, Canada’s death metal band ABYSS is touring the West Coast of North America in a ten-city West Coast Anatomization tour, set to bridge the end of July through the first week of August. It is following the release of the Heretical Anatomy debut LP through 20 Buck Spin in April.
FIRESPAWN (formerly using the monicker FIREBORN), which is a project of ENTOMBED’s Lars Göran Petrov (vocals), guitarists and Victor Brandt of ENTOMBED and Fredrik Folkare of UNLEASHED and NECROPHOBIC, NECROPHOBIC’s Alex Friberg (bass) and DARK FUNERAL’s Matte Modin (drums), has signed with Century Media. An album is due in November. In the meantime, a 7” inch EP called Lucifer Has Spoken will appear in August.
A Swiss-made Viking film called Northmen – A Viking Saga, featuring Johan Hegg of AMON AMARTH as warrior Valli, will come to US cinemas this month. A DVD release will follow on August 11th.
MALEVOLENT CREATION will release a new album, called Dead Man’s Path, on September 18th through Century Media.
The seventh issue of Romanian fanzine Slowly We Rot will be released soon. The new issue features ABHORRENCE, MY FUNERAL AZAGHAL, BRUTALITY, DEVOURMENT, ESOTERIC, GBMC, LLOTH (in memory of Tristessa of ASTARTE), NAZXUL and more. It comes with a free bonus zine covering the Romanian scene and a CD. Go here for more information: http://slowlywerot.miiduu.com/.