Vancouver, Canada-based back metal duo VITAL SPIRIT will issue its debut full-length Still As The Night, Cold As The Wind through Vendetta Records (CD) and Hidden Tribe (cassette) this month.
UK-based death and doom metal band CONSECRATION has an album called Cinis through Redefining Darkness on 17.06.2022. Cinis means ‘cold ashes’ in Latin.
Fri Som En Fågel…/Filthy Christians, the out of print 1988 G-ANX/FILTHY CHRISTIANS split 7″ will be re-released through Armageddon on May 06th.
Crawling Chaos has signed Germany-based death/doom act SEEDS OF CONTEMPLATION. The label will release the debut album Contemplations On Hidden Meanings on CD on the 6th of June.
NIGHTBEARER will release an album called Ghosts Of A Darkness To Come through Testimony Records on June 24th. It will be issued on limited vinyl (with different colours), jewel case CD and digitally. A video for the song The Shadow’s Waiting is available.
Canada-based MISCREATION has a demo entitled Miscreation MMXXI on May 12, 2022. The demo was recorded, mixed and mastered by Christian Donaldson of CRYPTOPSY.
Time To Kill Records will issue thrash metal band VIOLENTOR’s Manifesto Di Odio album this month. There is a video for the title track.
Let the underground never remain underground: Xtreem Music has re-released MASTER’s 1985 demo as a limited edition digipak CD of 300 copies. The CD comes with three bonus tracks, namely Re-entry And Destruction, Pledge Of Allegiance and Funeral Bitch. These tracks were recorded at the same time as the demo and have been released elsewhere, but are now re-mastered.
Sweden-based GRAFVITNIR released a full-length called Tunes Of Sitra Ahra through Carnal Records last month.
Canada-based SVNEATR has signed to Prosthetic Records and an album is due this year. The band and Denmark-based HEXIS are touring Canada in June.
Following 12 years of inactivity, the Netherlands-based death metal act SEVERE TORTURE returns with a new EP entitled Fisting The Sockets. The group is recording a full-length currently, which will be released through Season Of Mist in 2023.
Featuring members from MACERATED, REDUNDANT PROTOPLASM and others, ORGAN TRAIL has signed with Horror Pain Gore Death and issued the Appetite For Dissection album. The music is compared to CARCASS and NAPALM DEATH.
Comic deathcore band TIMŌRĀTUS has a demo called My Life In A Made Metal Band.
HOLOCAUSTO CANIBAL has a new album called Crueza Ferina through Selfmadegod on 27.05.2022. The song Ęxodo Mortuoso features a solo by IMMOLATION man Bob Vigna. The band is Orca – vocals, Z. Pedro – bass, António C. – guitar and Diogo P. – drums.
USA-based CARTILAGE has a new album called The Deader The Better through Creator-Destructor Records. Ross Sewage (IMPALED and EXHUMED), Leon del Muerte (IMPALED and TERRORIZER LA), and Tom Draper (ex-CARCASS) make guest appearances. The band has booked several California, USA shows.
IMMORTAL GUARDIAN and POWERGLOVE are touring the USA and Canada. The former band has a music video for the Ozona single.
The Netherlands-based death metal act GOATMILKER released a full-length called Exterminate The Holy through Nocturna on April 15th. It was recorded at The Goatmilker Studio.
Sweden-based DEVIL’S FORCE has a single called Deadly Screams. The solo project of HELLTRAIN vocalist Pierre Törnkvist features Olof Wikstrand (ENFORCER) on lead guitar and Perra Karlsson (IN AETERNUM, NOMINON and DREADFUL FATE) on drums for this release.
FALLUJAH has an advance song called radiant Ascension off its forthcoming Empyrean record, which shall be released through Nuclear Blast Entertainment in September. After parting ways with two members last year, FALLUJAH has recruited singer Kyle Schaefer (ARCHAEOLOGIST) and bassist Evan Brewer (THE FACELESS) and is touring the USA with RIVERS OF NIHIL (headliners), ALLUVIAL and WARFORGED.
Techno-death band ORIGIN will release its latest album Chaosmos through Agonia Records (Europe) and Nuclear Blast Records (rest of the world) in June.
EYEHATEGOD, COME TO GRIEF, SNAFU and ESCUELA GRIND have a mini-tour of the USA this month.
Spain-based techno-prog doom band ORTHODOX has reverted to its original line-up and recorded an album called Proceed, which is being released by Alone Records. The band has been as a duo since 2014, but guitarist Ricardo Jiménez has returned for the first time since 2011’s Baal.
An American living in South Korea and a Ukrainian living in Poland have joined forces as ANACHRONISTIC and issued the 700 And 19 Ways Of Decay demo. The style is described as black metal and hardcore.
The USA-based gore/hardcore band THE DECAYED has a demo called Corrupt Politicians Will Never Set You Free.
Spain-based grindcore band MONDO PODRE has an album called Necronomía De Subexistencia through Colectivo Bilis, minoRobscuR, Finte Platte, AAIP, I Don’t Give A Fuck, Cancer Christ Tapes and last but not least Indómita Galaxia. The band was founded in 2016 after the dissolution of KISTE SACRO and has gone through a series of line-up changes.
Italy-based death grinders CRISIS BENOIT will release a debut album, entitled El Culto De La Muerte, through Slaughterhouse Records on June 10th. Recorded and produced by Carlo Altobelli at the Toxic Basement Studio and adorned with a cover by Ester Cardella, the band tells us that it is wrestling themed. The project kicked off in 2016. The band performed several gigs in Italy, 9 European tours and one Mexican tour (June 2019) in the interim.
Bulgaria-based deathrash metal act EUFOBIA has a music video for the song Madness, which is the first single of its upcoming album. The lead role is played by the Bulgarian model Maria Georgieva. The band, whose name means ‘fear of good’ in old Greek, is comprised of: Niki – guitar and vocals, Ivan – guitar, Steff – bass and vocals and drummer Blago.
MANTAR shall release its new full-length, Pain Is Forever And This Is The End, through Metal Blade on July 15th.
FOAD Records has signed Brazil-based crossover RATOS DE PORÃO for the international release of the new full-length, Necropolítica. The album is slotted for May 20th.
HYPOCRISY drummer Reidar “Horgh” Horghagen has left the band after 18 years of activity. The band is due to tour North America with CARACH ANGREN, THE AGONIST and HIDEOUS DIVINITY this spring. Henrik Axelsson of THE CROWN is the tour replacement.
The Entropic Queen is a music video and single from Italy-based GENUS ORDINIS DEI. The Entropic Queen was produced by Tommy Monticelli at Sonitus Studio during the after-effects of the band’s infection with the COVID-19 virus. The song tells a story about the pandemic, but from the virus’s perspective.
SEPULTURA played several concerts with drummer Bruno Valverde (ANGRA) in the USA last month. Valverde was filling in for drummer Eloy Casagrande after the latter man broke his right leg in a stage accident and had to be operated on. SEPULTURA had to cancel a show following the accident.
Germany-based DAILY INSANITY is teaming up with death thrashers RISE OF KRONOS to play co-headlining shows in Europe this summer. It is dubbed The Final Crusade tour.
Saudi Arabia-based SIJJEEL has an album of death metal called Salvation Within Insanity through Comatose Music on June 3rd. It follows 2020’s Cyclopean Megaliths demo.
Vocalist Redouane Aouameur of LELAHELL is offering expert vocal tuition and guest vocal performances for budding students and bands. He can be reached through https://www.redouaneaouameur.com.
Germany-based ASH OF ASHES has a new demo and it is called Traces. A song called Into Eternity is available in advance.
Italy-based SEPTEMBER DAMAGE has a demo called Perception Of Reality. The demo premiered at Alchemica Music Club at the release party, which was held on March 25th.
Folk metal act HELSOTT has a music video for the song Independence Night, featuring guest vocals from Tim “Ripper” Owens. The song is taken from the upcoming concept album Will And The Witch, which is available through M-Theory Audio on Friday, May 20th.
Black metal act UNFELLED, featuring D. of WOODS OF DESOLATION, has signed with Season Of Mist. The band was founded in 2016 and is expected to release an album this year.
Darkness Shall Rise Productions has a 14-tape box containing the complete works of EMPEROR and other swag. It is called Fire & Demise – Into The Infinity Of Darkness.
Israel-based thrash metal band SINNERY has an album called Black Bile, which is slated for release through the USA-based Exitus Stratagem Records in September. The band’s last album was issued in 2016.
CULTIC has released its new full-length Of Fire And Sorcery on CD-R and digital formats through Eleventh Key.
Finland-based death metal band HAGALAS has released a new EP called As A Unit through Inverse Records. It was recorded in the autumn of 2021.
Yet another cover version: VREID has released a cover version of ROLLING STONES’ Paint It Black that was originally written for the Norwegian Nobel Peace Centre and Inferno Festival’s ‘Songs That Change The World’ series in 2020. The event was cancelled due to the pandemic and the band has recorded and released the song independently now through Season Of Mist.
NITE and BEWITCER toured the USA West Coast last month. The tour passed through Hell’s Heroes festival in Texas.
DARK ANGEL guitarist Jim Durkin was unavailable for the band’s show at the Hell’s Heroes festival and was replaced by Laura Christine, wife of the band’s drummer Gene Hoglan, of MELDRUM and DREAMING DEAD.
Maine, USA-based THY ENEMY has a new demo called Unattainable. The band operates with two vocalists.
LAMB OF GOD recruited Joe Badolato, singer for FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, for Friday, April 22nd’s concert in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA. The show, part of the band’s The Metal Tour Of The Year tour with MEGADETH, TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES, required the stand-in because LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe tested positive for COVID-19 and missed a Michigan show. Subsequently, LAMB OF GOD bassist John Campbell left the tour to take care of an undisclosed family matter. He was replaced for the outstanding shows by VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel.
Kansas City, USA-based BORN IN RUIN has a demo called No Man’s Land. The band that was founded in 2019 is compared to LAMB OF GOD and SOILWORK.
Sweden-based doom metal band KORSELD has a demo called Jordevandring MMXXII. The songs on Jordevandring XXMMII were composed and recorded 10 years ago and were finally completed and given vocals. The demo, which has Swedish lyrics, was mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound AB.
Launching Underground Kvlt Records, a new subsidiary of black metal label Odium Records, is LIKHEIM with its debut EP, Alt Skal Svinne Hen… on May 30th. Originally formed by vocalist Gretn, who still shapes the band’s vision, LIKHEIM is assisted by guitarist Umarlak (ERADICATION) and bassist Gamle Erik (CARPATHIAN FOREST and SVARTTJERN).
New Zealand-based trash metal act ANVILHAMMER has a demo called Impression Of Chaos. The act was founded by SUBTRACT Front Man Joel Facon in 2021.
USA-based NIGHT ATTACK has a demo called The Initiation. NIGHT ATTACK was created in Charlotte, NC, in 2016 by Charles Lucia, better known as Verigo of the black metal bands VESTERIAN and ANCESTRAL BLOOD.
AT THE GATES will conduct the Slaughter Of The Soul North American tour this summer. Originally planned for the 25th anniversary of Slaughter Of The Soul album of 1995 in 2020, the pandemic postponed the touring to this year. AT THE GATES will play the whole Slaughter Of The Soul album from start to finish, and also a mix of other tracks from its 30-plus-year career.
Death metal side-project BLOODBATH has signed with Napalm Records. The band has released music on Century Media and Peaceville.
Japan-based goregrind group PHARMACIST has issued a full-length album, called Flourishing Extremities On Unspoiled Mental Grounds, through Bizarre Leprous Productions.
After 30 years playing and writing music in bands in Brazil and the UK (where he lived for a decade), DENFIRE has gone solo to deliver his blend of heavy music. The crossover band has a demo called Riding The Winds Of Death.
The first release under the Unorthodox Emanations imprint, the new death metal branch of Avantgarde Music will issue its first record in 2022. The Berlin, Germany-based TERATOMA will release its debut album Purulent Manifestations.
Folk and extreme band based in Scotland SAOR will release its fifth full-length album, called Origins, through Season Of Mist in late June.
Yet another cover version: The Cathartic Anointing Of Heterodoxy In Resilience (A Black Metal Rhapsody), the new HANORMALE album, will be released through Zero Dimensional Records on 05.05.2022. The album features a cover version of Bohemian Rhapsody by QUEEN. Simultaneous to the release of HANORMALE’S new album Japan’s Zero Dimensional Records has also decided to re-issue the band’s second album, 天 照 大 御 神 (‘Amaterasu Omikami’), which was originally released by Dusktone in 2015. There are six bonus tracks and a new layout.
THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT is releasing Three-Headed Death Machine, which is a new single in celebration of the band’s 20th anniversary.
Belgium-based deathrash act DECLARED DEAD has a demo called Integument Of Golden Luster. DECLARED DEAD began activity through the leadership of Anders Milovovich in June 2014.
Based out of San Francisco, USA and Mumbai, India, SPASMODIA has issued its debut demo, Malicious Premonitions. The band plays death metal.
SUICIDE SILENCE has parted ways with drummer Alex Lopez. Ernie Iniguez, who had recorded drums on Become The Hunter for the band, has stepped in for the current The Chaos & Carnage tour alongside CARNIFEX and others.
Featuring Bret Smith, an original member of EMBALMED and initiated as his solo project in 2019, GUTRICYDE has a self-titled demo that is distributed on CD by Corpse Gristle Records. The band also features Lance White, formerly of GRUESOME FATE and BLAST WOUND on guitar and vocals, Dave Tillery formerly of EMBALMED and GRUESOME FATE upfront, as well as stage theatrics mascot Ray “Gutty” Mora.
USA-based SELF IMPOSED EXILE has a demo called Mountainside, which is described as progressive blackened death metal, yet features a keyboard player. The band signed with Ragebreed Records in January 2021, but left the label in January 2022.
UK-based MISOPHONIA has a demo called El Silencio Será Eterno.
Australia-based death metal band ALTARS is issuing an album called Ascetic Reflection through Everlasting Spew. It is the band’s first album in nine years. The label has also issued USA-based NOTHINGNESS.
Horror Pain Gore Death is issuing ELBOW DEEP’s Homeschool Shooter album this month. The band is described as similar to MACABRE and GG ALLIN.
Ottawa, Canada-based HARVESTED has a self-titled demo. The band has filmed a video for the song Apathetic. Each of the five tracks on the demo revolves around mental illness and is inspired by horror and thriller movies or shows.