Metallian Heavy

LEVIATHAN’s Scar Sighted is out in November.

Denmark’s HATESPHERE will release a new album, called New Hell, on November 20th through Massacre Records. The album was recorded in August with producer Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studios in Aarhus, Denmark.

Former DEATH and MASSACRE guitarist Rick Rozz and former MASSACRE drummer Mike Mazzonetto have recruited singer and bassist Michael Grim to form yet another project, THE END. It is a death metal band. THE END will have a demo called Age Of Apocalypse out in January, 2016.

Singer and guitarist Joseph Duplantier of French band GOJIRA has opined that the band’s follow-up to 2012’s L’Enfant Sauvage album is going to be the greatest GOJIRA album. He remarked, “it sounds really pretentious to say it’s the greatest album of all time, but, to us, it is.”

ARCH ENEMY will be rejoined by its original members Johan Liiva (vocals) and Christopher Amott (guitar) for its show at this year’s Loud Park festival on October 10-11 at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan, which is just north of Tokyo.

Earache will release MORBID ANGEL’s Entangled In Chaos for the first time on vinyl. It will be out on October 2nd as part of Earache’s First Time On Vinyl series.

Edmonton, Canada’s brutal death metal band DISPLAY OF DECAY has a new demo called Dust of Existence. It features 8 tracks and is a follow-up to 2014’s Outbreak Of Infection EP.

Brute Force Lobotomy by Belgian death metal band SERIAL BUTCHER is now out through Unique Leader. It was recorded and mixed by Lander Cluyse (HESSIAN, OATHBREAKER, AMENRA, etc.) at Hearse Studio and mastered by SERIAL BUTCHER guitarist Kenneth Keysers at Badass Audio Mastering.

San Antonio, USA death metal band ABHORRENT will issue its debut full-length this November through Willowtip Records. Titled Intransigence, the ten tracks were engineered, mixed and mastered by Mike Garrison at Sound Crater Recording.

BMTC Records has issued MALPHAS’ Occult Propaganda album. The band is described as black metal.

As US pomp/black metal band ABIGAIL WILLIAMS prepares for its full-length album The Accuser to see release through Candlelight Records at the end of October, the first single from the record was issued in the form of an exclusive premiere of Path Of Broken Glass through Revolver Magazine. Additionally, the band’s co-headlining North American tour with TODAY IS THE DAY is underway.

VASTUM will issue its third album called Hole Below this month through 20 Buck Spin. It was recorded at Earhammer Studio in California and mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright. The art for Hole Below was created by vocalist Daniel Butler.

Dutch old school death metal band BODYFARM has a new album called Battle Breed. The band’s new record will be released on November 6th through Cyclone Empire Records. The follow-up to 2013’s The Coming Scourge was mixed and produced by Ronnie Björnström from Enhanced Audio Productions (AEON, CENTINEX, SORCERER,..).

Progressive French tech death metal band GOROD will issue A Maze Of Recycled Creeds full-length in North America this month through Unique Leader Records. The band was formed in Bordeaux, France in 1997 and initially was called GORGASM.

New York City-based experimental death metal quartet PYRRHON will release a CD version of its latest works, the Growth Without End mini-album, through Selfmadegod Records in October following its initial vinyl version released earlier this year by Handshake Inc.

UK-based EXTREME NOISE TERROR will release its self-titled new full-length through Willowtip Records. Set for release on November 5th, the first studio album in six years sees the band returning to its hardcore punk roots.

Black metal band MEPHORASH’s 1557 Rites Of Nullification album is released by Odium records.

In coincide with Relapse’s 25th anniversary, Cleveland hardcore band RINGWORM will play alongside Relapse bands PIG DESTROYER and SKINLESS at this December’s Denver Black Sky festival. The third iteration of the annual Relapse-sponsored concert, which will also feature HAVOK, NEKROFILTH, KHEMMIS will take place on December 5th, 2015 at Denver’s Gothic Theatre.

TSJUDER has released Antiliv, which was issued through Season Of Mist on the 18th of September.

RITUAL KILLER has issued an album called Exterminance through Season of Mist.

KYLESA’s forthcoming album Exhausting Fire is being supported this month with a US tour.

The first AEVANGELIST album to be fully released over in the United States is through 20 Buck Spin and called Enthrall To The Void Of Bliss.

Winnipeg, Canada’s INVERTED SERENITY has an upcoming demo called Integral out on October 9th. It is the follow-up the 2013 debut Manifestation Of Eternity In A World of Time.

Aeons In Tectonic Interment, the new full-length from Finnish funeral doom band, TYRANNY will be out this week through Dark Descent Records.

Svarga Music is reissuing the debut album of Ukrainian “Atmospheric black metal” band KHORS, which is re-mastered and re-mixed and features new artwork on the sixth of November 2015. KHORS’ first album The Flame Of Eternity’s Decline was originally released in 2005.

BLACK BREATH’s third album Slaves Beyond Death is out through Southern Lord.

HAIDUK, the Calgary, Canada one-man thrash, black and death metal project fronted by Luka Milojica has issued a demo called Demonicon with each song referring to the nine demons on the release’s front cover.

The new DEICIDE? In what is becoming a routine EYEHATEGOD cancelled its September shows. The band has offered no explanations.

Battleground Records has a deal with Los Angeles area-based black/death metal quartet DECEIVE for the release of the band’s forthcoming debut album. The band is currently writing and demoing material for the record with plans of entering the studio to record later this year and releasing the LP in 2016.

Martin “Kiddie” Kearns, the drummer of British death/grind band BOLT THROWER, has died at the age of 38. He died in his sleep after feeling sick at rehearsal for the now cancelled Australian tour the day before.

ELIMINATE, the new band of former DARK ANGEL singer Don Doty, has parted ways with drummer Sasha Horn and replaced him with Joe Cangelosi (WHIPLASH, KREATOR, etc.). Horn was busy with other commitments.

U.K. thrash metal band ONSLAUGHT has recruited guitarist Iain ‘GT’ Davies of ENDEVAOUR as the replacement for Andy Rosser Davies.

Pure Steel Records has signed speed/thrash metal band DESTRUCTOR to a three-album deal. Pure Steel will release the Back In Bondage material for the band and follow up with a new album.

Metal Blade Records has signed German thrash metal band ACCU§ER. The band will again enter Gernhart Studio with producer Martin Buchwalter to record the follow-up to 2013’s Diabolic, which is due for a March 2016 release.

CRYPTOPSY will release a new demo, called The Book Of Suffering Tome 1, on October 30th. The disc was produced by Chris Donaldson at The Grid studio. The band is touring Canada.

SLAYER‘s Repentless album landed at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 by selling 50,000 units in the week ending September 17 in the USA.

ALL THAT REMAINS bassist Jeanne Sagan has opted to leave the band to pursue personal interests. The bassist is leaving on friendly terms and ALL THAT REMAINS will continue to tour for its latest album, The Order Of Things.

Lucid Dawn is the forthcoming full-length from ARKAIK. Set for release this month through Unique Leader Records, Lucid Dawn is the second installment in a series of concept albums revolving around Cyrix, a disillusioned character in a dystopian society.

Romanian Black Metallers AKRAL NECROSIS and MARCHOSIAS will release an upcoming split CD, called (inter)SECTION, on the 5th of October through Loud Rage Music.

Dutch band I CHAOS has released a new album, called Masterbleeder, on September 25th. The album was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound studios and is be released worldwide through Suburban/RITF Records.

A new studio album from SUNN O))) Kannon will be released on December 4th.


Metallian Hard

LOUDNESS will release several different versions of the special 30th-anniversary edition of 1985’s Thunder In The East album on November 25th featuring bonus DVDs with live shots from the band’s U.S. tour and demo material.

SATAN’s Atom By Atom album is now out on October 16th through Listenable Records.

Frontiers Music has signed the GRAHAM BONNET BAND for a new studio album, which is due in early 2016. The band has been booked for a UK tour in February.

ARAPACIS is working on a new album called System Deceive with John Gallagher of RAVEN playing most of the bass on it and other guests such as Steph Honde on guitar (DI'ANNO/HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS, etc.).

Edmonton’s BLËED has issued its debut demo, The Hatred Inside. The band is influenced by GWAR.

Eddy Malm, singer and guitar player of HEAVY LOAD is recording a full-length album for an unnamed European label under the EDDY MALM BAND name. The line-up now is Eddy Malm: vocals, Per Hesselrud: guitar and background vocals, Tomas Malmfors: bass and background vocals and Micke Kerslow on drums.

US power metal act REVERENCE, featuring RIOT V vocalist Todd Michael Hall, ex-TOKYO BLADE guitarist Bryan Holland and ex-SAVATAGE drummer Steve "Doc" Wacholz, has an upcoming sophomore full-length album called Gods Of War. The album is set for release through Razar Ice Records on November 4th, 2015.

The Greek heavy metal band ALPHASTATE has a demo called Out Of The Black. It contains 10 tracks and will be released on November 27th.

KISS singer Paul Stanley has called Dee Snider of TWISTED SISTER a "wannabe" after the latter frontman called to the current KISS line-up as an "insult" for being imitators. Snider responded with a challenge to Stanley to see who can rock harder.

Former QUEENSRŸCHE and current OPERATION: MINDCRIME singer Geoff Tate is a guest on the next AVANTASIA album Ghostlights which is due in early 2016 through Nuclear Blast.

Ash Hudson, brother of former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash, has apologized to singer Axl Rose and the fans for calling the vocalist a "fat bastard". He had opined that a reunion of the band would not recreate the magic. In his apology he also noted that Axl is on a diet.

After being away from hard rock for some twenty years Ritchie Blackmore is returning to the style with a line-up of relative unknowns partly due to “nostalgia.” The 70-year-old expects to play several shows next year featuring RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE material. Most recently former RAINBOW singer Joe Lynn Turner had noted that he and Blackmore had discussed a RAINBOW set.

DEF LEPPARD's new self-titled album will arrive on October 30th on vinyl through earMUSIC. The CD is expected on November 30th.

Norwegian band SUSPERIA has recruited singer Bernt Fjellestad of GUARDIANS OF TIME.

Yet another project: RESURRECTION KINGS is the name of a project featuring singer Chas West (RED DRAGON CARTEL), guitarist Craig Goldy (DIO, GIUFFRIA, ROUGH CUTT and cover band DIO DISCIPLES), bassist Sean McNabb (DOKKEN and GREAT WHITE) and drummer Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL). The band is working on a debut album for 2016.

HERESY OF DREAMS was born in Castellón, Spain and released its debut LP Nuestra Ley Es Esta through Gateways Productions. Now the band joins the roster of AGR for the release of its new and second album.

After 14 years, vocalist Arthur Migotto, who also acts as the band’s composer and producer, is leaving HAZY HAMLET by the end of the year. The band is seeking a replacement.

Brazil's HIBRIA's has had to cancel its USA/Canada tour due to visa issues.

Italian occult band VOID OF SLEEP released its sophomore full-length through Aural Music. Titled New World Order the seven-track concept album and follow-up to 2013's Tales Between Reality And Madness album was recorded by bassist Riccardo Pasini (EPHEL DUATH and THE SECRET) at Studio73 in Ravenna, Italy.

US power metal band REVERENCE will release their new album, Gods Of War, on October 21 in Japan via Marquee/Avalon and the rest of the world through Razar Ice Records on November 4, 2015.

Occult heavy metal band MIRROR will unveil its self-titled debut through Metal Blade Records on November 13th. The brainchild of bassist/vocalist for SATAN'S WRATH’s Tas Danazoglou, MIRROR was formed following a chance meeting with London-based producer (CATHEDRAL, ANGEL WITCH, PARADISE LOST) and drummer, Jaime Gomez Arellano.

Ljubljana, Slovenia-based doom metal band MIST has announced its first UK tour with a short stop in Belgium. The band will be promoting its new EP entitled Inan’, which was released in May 2015 through Soulseller Records.

IRON MAIDEN's The Book Of Souls album has debuted at position number one in 24 countries and number 2 in Canada. The band is heading out to Oceania and South Africa.

Swedish rock/metal band WE ARE THE CATALYST has announced a full UK Headline Tour in support of its demo Monuments.

California metal band SAVIOURS will embark upon a Canadian and US tour this autumn supporting CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and BRANT BJORK AND THE LOW DESERT PUNK BAND. The trek will commence on November 16th and run through December 10th.

Vancouver’s SAINTS OF DEATH (a name inspired by the Mexican folklore of Santa Muerte or ‘Holy Death’) is a four-piece that originally began as a MOTORHEAD tribute band, but has now issued its self-titled debut EP as of September 25th.

Swedish heavy metal band RAM has an album called Svbversvm. The band's fourth studio LP will be released the 30th of October through Metal Blade Records.

RUSH had both of their Toronto concerts from June recorded and will release them as a DVD this November.

CYNIC will headline this year's Euroblast festival on October 3rd in Koeln, Germany. Paul Masvidal and bassist Sean Malone have hired drummer Matt Lynch of jazz-fusion project TRIOSCAPES for the show. Drummer Sean Reinert had announced that the band is breaking up due to personal and artistic differences.

KING DIAMOND will film a concert video while on tour this autumn for a DVD. Director Denise Korycki (CANNIBAL CORPSE and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) is filming multiple shows from Abigail In Concert 2015 tour.

GIRLSCHOOL will release a studio album, called Guilty As Sin, on November 13th through UDR Music.

PRIMAL FEAR has picked Rulebreaker as the title for its new album, which is out on January 29th through Frontiers Music. The album was recorded at Hansen Studio in Ribe, Denmark with producer, and PRIMAL FEAR bassist, Mat Sinner and engineer Jacob Hansen.

The management of the Chicago Cubs major league baseball team has filed a complaint about the condition of the field at its Wrigley Field following a show by AC/DC there on September 15th. Reportedly, pieces of the turf were dug out during the show supposedly causing members of the Cubs to make multiple errors during games.

MASTERPLAN will release its first concert video on October 9th. Keep Your Dream aLive will feature the entire show at Masters Of Rock festival, footage from Wacken Open Air, footage from the band's Asian tour and ProgPower USA.

CAULDRON will release its next album In Ruin on January 8th through The End Records. High Roller Records will issue the album in Europe on January 29.

Idiots Of The Month comment: MEGADETH singer Dave Mustaine has endorsed caveman Rick Santorum again for the presidency of the United States. Shockingly, polls have not shown the desired results for the Republican caveman. Elsewhere, Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza has now joined OHM, the band of ex-MEGADETH member, guitarist Chris Poland. OHM’s previous drummer, David Eagle, suffered a heart attack and had open-heart surgery in May before dying. MEGADETH’s new single is called Fatal Illusion.


Metallian Demos

FALLEN ANGELS - WORLD IN DECAY
Seattle, USA's Fallen Angels have enlisted Michael Rosen (Forbidden, Death Angel, etc.) to produce this their third album. A band referencing the Bay Area thrash sound and era can immediately place themselves in the dated category. That description can be a positive depending on its execution. The opener, The Hammer's Blow, is straightforward thrash, perhaps too much so. The no-nonsense speedy thrash continues in Nightmare. The quintet's guitarists - Matt Be Roth and Erik Hansen - inject the double solo in the song to add the 'technical' to it and the bassist, Carl Larsson, takes some inspiration from Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Death, etc.) to do the same. The song itself sounds a bit like late '80s Overkill in parts. Forsaken Existence continues the same path, sometimes not very convincingly. Leading The Blind starts heavy and Bard Kennaugh's vocals may remind some listeners of DRI's Kurt Brecht. Overall the song fits right in and is a time machine to 1987 or 1988. Fire At Eden's Gate would be a shorter time travel, it is more controlled. Into The Abyss features the traditional backing vocals screaming the song chorus. The Hour Of The Time is very nihilistic and reminiscent of Mortal Sin's type of thrash. Mortis Ex Machina continues the lyrical theme highlighted by the album title. An unlisted outro closes World In Decay. Check the thrashers at www.fallenangelsthrashband.com. - Anna Tergel

DOMINATION - INFANTS OF THRASH
The side of the CD has the album listed as Infants Of Trash. Infants doesn't make much more sense and this is not trash. The cover art looks like a comic book version of The Matrix human farm. Infants Of Thrash is this Greek quintet's first full-length. Born In War... starts the 12 song album ominously. It jumps straight into Great Society Shutdown which continues the war theme and is about the Vietnam war. The song is all out chaos, speedy, thrashy and hardcore-ish. Theo's vocals give the band a more punk or hardcore dimension. His aggressive shouts fit well in with the noisy production. The situation in the band's country and world are obvious influences in lyrics like 'Justice is imprisoned ... Her laws are laid to rest ... Truth is raped ... Justice gone' on Zero Hour. Killing Joke triggers head banging when its speedy parts kick in, it also features a fast solo. The bass seems to get louder in the mix on You Will Know My Name, the song structure and screamed chorus take the song deeper into hardcore territory too. Demonstration Of Democracy is fully anarchist and anti-politician. Seal Of Justice keeps the speed and mayhem going with a catchy touch too. Needle's End takes a slower and heavier turn to start then becomes speedy again, it explores drugs and suicide. Thrash Pit doesn't let up and celebrates the pit. Loss Of Sanity and the title track take turns predicting doom and celebrating thrash and metal. The latter is made for moshing. Epilogue Of Conquest is the back to the silence song or outro that is neither needed nor required. Head over to www.facebook.com/domination.gr for more. – Anna Tergel