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Australia-based THY ART IS MURDER will release a new album, entitled Human Target, through Nuclear Blast and Human Warfare on July 26th.

Bay Area thrash metal band HATRIOT will release an album entitled From Days Unto Darkness through Massacre Records this month. The album features Cody Souza on vocals replacing his father, Steve “Zetro” Souza.

USA-based CARNIFEX will release an album, entitled World War X, through Nuclear Blast in August. The band has a video clip for the song No Light Shall Save Us, which features ARCH ENEMY’s Alissa White-Gluz.

MEGADETH was to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Youthanasia album of 1994 by playing the album in its entirety at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado, USA on October 31st. Singer Dave Mustaine has been diagnosed with throat cancer, however, and the band’s shows for the year have been cancelled.

OBITUARY will embark on a North American tour this autumn. Support will come from ABBATH, MIDNIGHT and DEVIL MASTER in September and October.

Everlasting Spew Records is issuing LORD GORE’s Scalpels For Blind Surgeons album on August 9th. The label is also issuing Land Of Forgotten Riff by BIRDFLESH and DEMIURGON’s The Oblivious Lure.

EXM93, which was formerly MORTUARIUM, will releases a full-length album called URBAN FAR WEST on Vomit Arcanus Productions.

BACKSTABBER will performing on day three of this year’s eclectic Frimat Festival in Val d’Or, Canada on July 26th.

The Ottawa, Canada-based thrash metal band INFRARED has a demo called Back To The Warehouse.

Grindcore group STENCH OF PROFIT will release a new four-track EP, Human Discount, through Lethal Scissor Records.

Thrash metal band SOLITARY has an EP called XXV, which features re-recordings of old songs as well as live tracks.

Calgary, Canada-based WIDOW’S PEAK has announced The Crusty Cross Canada Cruise Tour for July in support of its Graceless demo.

MUNICPIAL WASTE, SICK OF IT ALL and NAPALM DEATH will tour the USA in October.

CURSE OF DENIAL’s Coming For Your Soul is out through Redefining Darkness Records this month. The label is also issuing JESUSEGG’s The Second Coming.

BORNBROKEN is touring Canada this month and next.

Toronto-based VESICATION’s Total Fecall is out through Horror Pain Gore Death this month. The label calls it “one of the most offensive releases of 2019.”

Italy-based metal band LOGICAL TERROR has released a video for its single Transition. The track is off the band’s demo, Ashes Of Fate.

Horror Pain Gore Death has issued SEKKUSU’s Satyrömania album. The band is compared to DISCHARGE and DESTRUCTION.

NOCTEM’s The Black Consecration album is the fifth and upcoming album of the band and will be issued through Art Gates Records worldwide in November.

UK-based death/doom band CONSECRATION has an album called Fragilium through Solitude Productions.

Horror Pain Gore Death is issuing RIBSPREADER’s Crawl And Slither album this month.

BOATMAN’S TOLL’s The Fat Is In The Fire is out through Seeing Red Records on the 19th of July 2019. The band is described as a cross between “sludge, death metal, and stoner rock.”

Toronto-based SLUDGEHAMMER will perform at this year’s Loud As Hell Fest (Aug 2 – 4) in Drumheller, Canada alongside GOATWHORE, ANCIIENTS, CLOVEN HOOF, PLANET EATE and others. The band is supporting its Antechamber demo.

BORKNAGAR’s True North will be released through Century Media in late September.

MACHINE HEAD bassist Jared MacEachern has dislocated his shoulder during a mountain biking accident. He is expected to heal quickly.

Calgary, Canada-based DETHEROUS has an album called Hacked To Death through Redefining Darkness Records in August. The band is described as death/thrash metal.

SKUZ’s Death Mince Discography is a compilation of the band’s music through Horror Pain Gore Death. The band is compared to IMPETIGO.

Canada-based GOMORRAH’s Gomorrah is out through Willowtip Records on the 9th of August. The label is also issuing NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THE DEAD THINK’s self-titled album in September.

EFFIGY’s MCMXCII – Darkest Day is out through Redefining Darkness Records and Raw Skull Recordz this month. It is an early demo by the band.

France and Canada-based band DISOWNING has an album called Human Cattle through Xenokorp on 12.07.2019.


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KROKUS has announced that their Adios Amigos farewell tour will hit North America in 2020.

REVOCATION and VOIVOD will tour the USA in October.

BURNING WITCHES has lost vocalist Seraina Telli. The band recruited Laura Guldemond, singer for the Netherlands-based band SHADOWRISE, as its new lead singer.

Former ANGRA singer and solo artist André Matos has died. He was 47 years old.

Austria-based metal act STREAMBLEED has signed with WormHoleDeath for the release of the Enslave The World Forever album.

Marco Barusso of HEAVY METAL KIDS has a band called THE PRICE. THE PRICE will join SOEN and WHEEL on an extensive tour through Europe in August and September.

LORDI will release a video, called Recordead Live - Sextourcism In Z7, on DVD, vinyl and digipack through AFM Records this month.

Following a disagreement with Hellfest’s organizers MANOWAR pulled out of its headlining act at the festival in France last month.

PRIMAL FEAR has asked drummer Francesco Jovino to leave the act and replaced him with Michael Ehré of GAMMA RAY.

Former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler was taken to a hospital after stabbing himself at his house. Accounts differ on whether the incident was an accident or a suicide attempt.

VOIVOD has signed up to perform at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Wimp out alert! KATHAROS XIII has an upcoming album called Palindrome through Loud Rage. The album contains elements of jazz and doom. The band is Manuela Marchis – vocals, F. - guitars, keyboards, vocals, Sabat – drums, Alex Iovan – saxophone and Hanos-Puskai Péter – bass.

SIN MG has recruited Matt Woltman as its bassist.

MAGNUM has asked bassist Al Barrow to leave and has replaced him with Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, UNISONIC, etc.).

Inspired by KEEL? Reformed Italy-based hard rock band HATE will start recording a second album for Diamond Prods. at Pier Gonella’s Musicart Studio on the 2nd of July. A mini live album will be available digitally.

Could conservatism be the ultimate metal ideology? After all, suicide is so deathly.


Metallian Demos

CONCRETE FUNERAL - ULTIMUM JUDICIUM
The bio reveals that the 2015 formed Calgary, Canada quartet are for fans of "Death (the band)". One can safely presume that no one involved with the band endorses the concept or act of dying. Ultimum Judicium begins with the title track which happens to be an intro. Speak Of The Devil takes a minute to truly launch, the launch is impressive however. Speedy somewhat dated thrashing with sold vocals pleases ears. Exodus is one possible comparison. (Swedish) death metal lurks within the thrash too. Drown takes a few second to launch too, a thrash and death mix that for once shows bios can be truthful and not made up clichés or hyperbole. The 80s Overkill-esque guitars and solo bring back nostalgic feelings. Devin Schum is not a Bobby Blitz type singer though. He, more than the instruments, provides a death metal edge. The 80s Overkill influence becomes more apparent on Holo-Comb. Code Adam features vintage thrashing riffs at the start and includes both a metal solo and speedy death metal blasts. Toxic Fuck starts slower but doesn't miss much. The simpler riffs still deliver, so do the drumming and singing. Mattress Stains has a Slayer-ish start and its lyrics plead with a whore to close her legs and slurp up the jizz that she clearly and desperately wants. Clearly someone is very angry at her. Carnival Of Contradictions has Schum screaming his lungs out and the band, every instrument including himself on rhythm guitars, ably keeping up in an extended instrumental section. The closer is called Stabbed To Death is as impressive and the songs before and once again Jesse Lindbeck, Paul Mercer and Connor Erhart impress. Take a stab at thrashing Canadian metal at https://concretefuneral.bandcamp.com/ - Anna Tergel