Rouyn-Noranda, Canada-based death metal band BACKSTABBER has a demo called Conspiracy Theorist in February.
W.T.C. Productions is issuing ADAESTUO’s Krew Za Krew and a DEVATHORN/INFERNO split called Zos Vel Thagirion.
DØDSFALL’s Døden Skal Ikke Vente is out through Osmose Productions on 25.01.2019. This album is also the debut of drummer Telal.
Japan-based DESECRAVITY’s Anathema album is out through Willowtip Records on 25.01.2019.
Century Media Records has signed WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM and the band’s imprint Artemisia Records to release the band’s upcoming albums in the world outside of North America.
SACRED REICH has welcomed back drummer Dave McClain.
France-based NUISIBLE, featuring former members of AS WE BLEED, issued an album called Slaves & Snakes through Deadlight Records in September. The band has elements of death metal and hardcore.
SE LUSIFERIN KANNEL’s Valtakunta is out through Signal Rex on the 1st of February. It was originally released in October of 2017.
EXODUS Guitarist Gary Holt is missing the current leg of the current SLAYER European tour in order to be home with his dying father. He is replaced for the shows by former MACHINE HEAD and VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel. SLAYER will tour North America with LAMB OF GOD, AMON AMARTH and CANNIBAL CORPSE this May.
CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Pat O’Brien was arrested for breaking into a neighbour’s home and subsequently rushing police officers who responded to the disturbance and unauthorized entry. O’Brien was apparently on drugs and involved in a domestic dispute that resulted in damage and fire to his house in Tampa. The man is a NRA member and owns many weapons.
France-based AEPHANEMER newer demo is out in March. It was mixed by Dan Swanö at Unisound AB and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studio.
Belarus-based death metal group RELICS OF HUMANITY shall issue Obscuration through Willowtip Records on 22.02.2019.
BLUE HUMMINGBIRD ON THE LEFT’s Atl Tlachinolli LP/CD/cassette is being issued through Iron Bonehead/Nuclear War Now!/Crepúsculo Negro in February.
Death metal band OF HATRED SPAWN has issued its self-titled debut album through Boonsdale Records. The band is of JJ Tartaglia (SKULL FIST) on drums, his brother Remy Tartaglia on guitars, Oscar Rangel (ex-ANNIHILATOR) on bass and Matt “Coldcuts” Collacott on vocals.
MEATHOOK’s Crypts, Coffins, Corpses is out through Unmatched Brutality.
MISERY INDEX’s next album, Rituals Of Power, will be released through Season Of Mist in March. The band has a video for the song New Salem.
Canada-based NORILSK’s Weepers Of The Land is out through Hypnotic Dirge Records.
VALLE CRUCIS’ Iron & Blood is out through Pagan Pride Records/Narcoleptica Productions. The band is described as black metal.
France-based Solo project IN SHADOWS AND DUST’s Enlightened By Darkness is out through Redefining Darkness Records. Shadows & Dust was the name of a KATAKLYSM album.
Original MORGOTH guitarist and owner of Direct Management Carsten Otterbach has died due to multiple sclerosis. He was 48.
HOUR OF PENANCE has moved to Agonia Records. A new album is slated for 2019.
DEEDS OF FLESH’s Erik Lindmark died in November due to multiple Sclerosis.
TORTURE SQUAD won a contest that would take a band to perform at Wacken Open Air in 2007. The band also won the 2007 Metal Battle and a spot to perform again in 2008. A contract with Wacken Records and the Hellbound (2008) and Aequilibrium (2011) albums followed. The group returned for a third show in 2011. The chronicle is a documentary called Torture Squad – Wacken Open Air 2011 Documentary now and available on YouTube.
HELLNITE’s Midnight Terrors album is slated through Sliptrick Records in February.
PROTECTOR has uploaded a new song called Three Legions, which will appear on the group’s 2019 album Summon The Hordes through High Roller Records this spring.
ENON CHAPEL will have a self-titled EP through Acephale Winter Productions in February. ENON CHAPEL is the new side-project of Meghan Wood (CROWN OF ASTERIA and IARNVIDJUR) and Balan (PALACE OF WORMS, BOTANIST and ORDO OBSIDIUM).
Italy-based black metal group THE SCARS IN PNEUMA will release its debut album The Path Of Seven Sorrows through Promethean Fire/Kolony Records in February.
In an interview SATYRICON frontman Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven has offered that his ‘90s EIBON project fell apart due to Philip Anselmo’s drug addiction.
Italy-based DEVANGELIC will play at PartySan Metal Open Air Festival 2019 which will take place in Schlotheim, Germany in August. BELPHEGOR, SATAN, TESTAMENT, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, DEICIDE and others are also confirmed.
Italy-based ELECTROCUTION’s Psychonolatry album is out through Goregorecords on 08.02.2019.
CRACK HOUSE’s Smoke Crack In Hell is out through Horror Pain Gore Death now. The band is described as grindthrash.
ECTOVOID’s Inner Death 7″EP/tape is out through Blood Harvest on 18.01.2019.
PLAGUE YEARS’ Unholy Infestation demo is being digitally distributed by Seeing Red Records.
TOR MARROCK’s album The Concept Of Self is out through Black Vulture Records. The band has a video for the song The Belonging.
MAJESTIC DOWNFALL’s Waters Of Fate is out through Solitude Productions. The band is based in USA and plays death/doom metal.
HELLLIGHT’s As We Slowly Fade is out through Solitude Productions. The band is based in Brazil and plays death/doom metal.
PAINTHING’s Where Are You Now…? is out through Solitude Productions. The band is based in Poland and plays death/doom metal.
Spain-based doom/death band SÖNAMBULA has an album called Bicéfalo through Xtreem Music.
WRETCHED FATE’s Demoed In Flesh is out through Redefining Darkness Records.
Macedonia-based white metal band MY DARKEST TIME has a demo called Dawn.
Chicago, USA-based death metal act WARFORGED has signed with The Artisan Era. The group will be working with the label to release its first full-length album in the spring of 2019.
USA-based CONTRARIAN will issue Their Worm Never Dies album through Willowtip Records on 15.03.2019.
DECAPITATED has parted ways with drummer Michal Lysejko. He will be temporarily replaced by VADER’s drummer James Stewart.
Tokyo, Japan-based SUPERBEAST has a demo called Dead World. The band is a duo.
Norway-based black metal band BEKMORK released a demo called Incantations Of The Frigid North last month.
Chile-based CRIMINAL has recruited drummer Danilo Estrella replacing Zac O’Neil.
Toronto-based grindcore band VESICATION has a compilation called A Decade Of Damage through Horror Pain Gore Death this month. The band is compared to CLITEATER and BUTCHER ABC.