Review: FULL OF HELL & MERZBOW – “Full Of Hell & Merzbow”

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Formed in 2009 initially under a far more familiar Crowbar-ian banner, Ocean City, MD audio terrorists Full Of Hell have since grown into one of the most innovative acts in contemporary extreme music, bearing name to a consistent assault of constant reinvention bred from a seemingly unending wealth of existential woe and genre-weaving knowhow. On the live circuit, the quartet have fared similarly, holding their vile live exorcisms to the acclaim of endless punk houses and festival audiences the world over, slaying equally audiences Backtrack to The Body. While 2013’s Rudiments Of Mutilation seemed to serve as the band’s magnum opus and a comfortable defining point for the band’s shifting sound, this year’s Full Of Hell & Merzbow, a chance collaboration with the long-standing noise legend, marks the beginnings of yet another new trajectory into alienation for the initially hardcore-rooted band that proves that there is much hell left to explore. Continue reading

CANNABIS CORPSE Announce Winter US Tour With MAMMOTH GRINDER And INANIMATE EXISTENCE

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Weed-based death metal project Cannabis Corpse (members of Municipal Waste) have announced dates for an upcoming nineteen date Winter tour with direct support from metallic hardcore outfit Mammoth Grinder and prog/tech-deathers Inanimate Existence. The tour will kick off November 28th in Wilmington, NC before concluding December 20th in Richmond, VA. Peep the full details below.  Continue reading

SWALLOWED Streaming Debut LP “Lunarterial” In Full

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In lieu of its release today, Finnish death/doom fiends Swallowed have made available their long-coming debut LP, Lunarterial, for full streaming and download over at Dark Descent Records official bandcamp. Borne in 2007, the meticulous death metal Fins have been honing their craft for years, having released only a careful discography of two demos and an EP,  outside of this year’s masterful album, no doubt, one of the year’s strongest releases within the genre. Stream and purchase Lunarterial  digitally via the Dark Descent widget below and pick the record up on vinyl via Me Saca Un Ojo Records here or on CD via Dark Descent here. HAIL DEATH.

 

 

MAYHEM Announce Headlining Tour With WATAIN And REVENGE

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The infamous Mayhem have announced dates for an upcoming 18-date Winter tour alongside Swedish peers Watain and Ross Bay annihilators Revenge. The band will be supporting their 2014 release, Esoteric Warfare, released this past June on Season Of Mist Records. Peep the full tour dates below and follow the tour’s official Facebook page here for future updatesContinue reading

REVOCATION Post Second Making-Of Video For “Deathless”

Revocation are back with the second in a series of behind the scenes features for their upcoming Metal Blade Records debut, Deathless, due out the 14th of October. The video continues the one-on-one interview format of the first entry, this time giving further insight into the meaning of the title track as well as the band’s decision to record with Zeuss of Planet Z Studios (Arsis, The Red Chord, Crowbar). Peep the teaser above and be sure to catch Revocation on one of their upcoming tours (US with Crowbar, Havok, Fit For An Autopsy and Armed For Apocalypse, Europe with death metal peers Cannibal Corpse and Aeon and Australia with Thy Art Is Murder). Deathless comes out the 14th Of October. Pre-order it on CD and vinyl via Metal Blade here.

BLOODBATH Unveil New Track “Unite In Pain” And Album Details

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Following a series of return announcements on Metal Hammer magazine, the newly-Nick Holmes (Paradise Lost) fronted Bloodbath  have unleashed “Unite In Pain”, the first taste of the death metal supergroup’s long-awaited upcoming LP, Grand Morbid Funeral, due out November 17th on Peaceville Records. The track itself is a move backwards towards the group’s time on Nightmares Made Flesh and Resurrection Made Carnage rather than the more groove-oriented The Fathomless Mastery, grimier HM-2 sound, death metal explosions and familiar doomy dirges all in tow. In lieu of Peter Tagtren and Mikael Akerfeldt’s former capacities in the band, Holmes fills his vocal role well, adding a more clarified and pronounced growl to the mix. Stream “Unite In Pain” exclusively via Metal Hammer here, peep the track-list for Grand Morbid Funeral below and pre-order the record on CD, vinyl and bundle packages via Peaceville Records here and O-Merch here. Continue reading

Homewrecker Streaming New Track “Circle Of Death”

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Ashtabula, Ohio metallic hardcore outfit Homewrecker are currently streaming the crushing title track off of their upcoming sophomore LP, Circle Of Death, due out the 31st of October Halloween. “Circle Of Death” follows the lead of two prior singles “Skin the Pig” and “Born To Suffer”, displaying the now quartet of Ashtabula fiends in a newly streamlined and frenzied metallic rage. Check out “Circle Of Death” via Noisey here, pre-order Circle Of Death via A389 Recordings here and be sure to catch Homewrecker on their upcoming headlining run with labelmates Pharaoh, details below. Continue reading

BLOODBATH Vocalist On New Album Revealed; AUTOPSY Guest Vocals Confirmed

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Earlier today, Metal Hammer revealed the identity of death metal supergroup Bloodbath’s new frontman as Nick Holmes, known mostly for his work with the now prominently un-deathly Paradise Lost. Replacing previous frontmen Mikael Akefeldt (Opeth) and Peter Tagtren (Hypocrisy), Nick Holmes marks his first recorded debut with the band on their upcoming fourth LP, Grand Morbid Funeral, due out for release on Peaceville Records this November 17th. Addressing the odd pick considering Paradise Lost’s output as of late, Metal Hammer expanded on the choice stating :

The Paradise Lost singer might be known these days for his sonorous tones, but Bloodbath’s forthcoming album, Grand Morbid Funeral released by Peaceville Records on November 17, will see the return of the ravenous and cavernous growl that marked Paradise Lost’s debut album, Lost Paradise, so expect an outpouring of sonic dread, blood-soaked riffs and monstrous grooves…

The site further confirmed some nefarious guest appearances, noting that the album will be:

dragged even deeper into the lair of the awesome by the guest appearances of Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler from supreme US filthmongers, Autopsy.

Look out for pre-order information in the future by following Bloodbath on their official Facebook here.

FULL OF HELL Streaming New Track “Gordian Knot”

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Audio terrorists Full Of Hell are currently streaming “Gordian Knot”, the first cut off of their upcoming collaborative LP with renown Japanese noise artist Merzbow, exclusively over at Noisey. Delivering on the band’s promise to continue to push their aural boundaries to further realms of harshness and inaccessibility, the new track deters away from the band’s groovier dark hardcore beginnings in place of a newer adherence to the rasp of death metal and grindcore, a direction the full album is due to pursue. Stream “Gordian Knot” via Noisey here along with an interview with vocalist Dylan Walker on the band’s new alliance with label Profound Lore, commentary on the development of the new album as well as information on the second bonus album included exclusively with the CD version of the band’s upcoming LP. In addition, Full Of Hell are set to embark on an Australian tour with Idylls and Machina Genova late November. Peep dates for that tour below.

Full Of Hell & Merzbow arrives November 25th on CD via Profound Lore Records and vinyl via A389 Recordings. Full Of Hell’s most recent release was an exclusive 2014 Record Store Day split with Dwid Hellion (Integrity) noise project Psywarfare.

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REVOCATION Release Making-Of Video For Deathless

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Revocation have released the first episode of the Making-Of special feature for their upcoming Metal Blade Records debut and fifth LP, Deathless. Shot by Naughty Mantis Productions, who recently brought forwards Whitechapel’s crowd-funded documentary, the pro-shot footage features one-on-one interviews with each individual band member on the weight and inner gimmicks of the new record. Personally, I feel the video missed the opportunities for the band’s well known comedic shenanigans but it’s a pretty tight affair. Peep the teaser below and be sure to catch Revocation on one of their upcoming tours (US with Crowbar, Havok, Fit For An Autopsy and Armed For Apocalypse, Europe with death metal peers Cannibal Corpse and Aeon and Australia with Thy Art Is Murder). Deathless comes out the 14th Of October. Pre-order it on CD and vinyl via Metal Blade here.

BLOODBATH Announce New Album Details

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Death metal supergroup Bloodbath have officially announced the first details for their long-awaited fourth LP, Grand Morbid Funeral, the group’s latest effort following 2008’s The Fathomless Mastery. Due out November 17th via Peaceville Records, this record will feature an as-of-yet unknown new frontman (due out for reveal on September 16th by Metal Hammer), in place of long-running vocalist Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) and will be due for another slight style change as has been tradition for each of the band’s releases, remaining nevertheless death metal in essence according to guitarist Anders Nystrom through Metal Hammer. Further news for the LP will be released closer to launch date. For now, you can peep Grand Morbid Funeral’s artwork below.

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Pig Destroyer Open Pre-Orders For Previously Limited Mass & Volume EP; Announce Tour Dates

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Initially available as a limited digital download release fundraiser for the family of Relapse Records team member Pat Egan following his death in 2013, the two-track experimental doom Mass & Volume EP by innovative deathgrinders Pig Destroyer is now due for a one-time, never to be repressed CD/vinyl release according to news direct from the band and label this morning. Recorded in lieu of extra studio time during the band’s sessions on their 2007 LP Phantom Limb, Mass & Volume serves as a fine epilogue to the Bryan Harvey era of the band, marking his final contributions to the group since his tenure start on Pig Destroyer’s 1999 split with Gnob.

In addition, the band have also announced two live dates for December with Dropdead, one show serving as the band’s live Boston debut. Peep a teaser for Mass & Volume along with those show details below and pre-order the record digitally here or physically as CD or vinyl here. Continue reading

Napalm Christ Streaming Debut LP In Full

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Little Rock, AR death metal/doom unit and recent A389 Recordings signees Napalm Christ are streaming their debut self-titled LP in full, a complete Audiosiege Studios (responsible for the recent Left For Dead/Bloodlet/Gehenna A389 revived records) remaster of their ripping 2013 Demo. Revitalized, the record oozes with clarity in its old school Swedish and Finnish death metal grime and bludgeons in its familiar and competent demonstrations of the old school violence of American death. Stream the full record below, purchase the immediately available digital download here or pre-order the record in its various vinyl offerings here.

GENOCIDE PACT Streaming New Track “Desecration”

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The throwback death metal brainchild of DC’s Disciples Of Christ and Protester, Genocide Pact, are back with their face-shattering second entry, a single by the title of Desecration, the group’s first material since their well received invocation by demo in 2013. Backed by the support of Weekend Nachos frontman John Hoffman’s personal record label, Bad Teeth Records, Desecration is available for pre-order now with its A-Side available for digital preview. Stream the title track “Desecration” along with G-Pact’s debut demo below and pre-order the record (limited to 50 on Alien Green slime vinyl) via Bad Teeth here. For cool people and fans of audio-frequencies that’ll end up making you look like that guy above.

Be sure to follow Bad Teeth Recordings on FB here to keep up with future plans and updates, of which records by Full Of Hell, Bent Life and Spine are confirmed ventures.

 

SWALLOWED Streaming New Track “Arterial Mists Of Doom”

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Finnish death/doom act Swallowed are currently streaming a new track entitled “Arterial Mists Of Doom” off of their upcoming debut full-length effort, Lunarterial, poised for a split release on vinyl, CD and digital between Dark Descent Records and Me Saco Un Ojo on October 14th. Revamped and shortened off of the group’s 2010 self-titled EP, “Arterial Mists…” is the final brutal incantation of “The Dying Misted In The Bloodstream”, taking less a page from the gloom of Asphyx for a bite of the chaotic Teitanblood and Blasphemy. Armed with absolutely grueling production, the track sludges across like Cheryl being consumed by the woods in Evil Dead, its blasts and builds like the wringing apart of bone by rotten branches, ultimately building to a body-shattering conclusion ala Frank from Hellraiser. Pure fucking filth. Stream “Arterial Mists Of Doom” exclusively via Noisey here, peep the album artwork by Swiss artist Peter Birkhäuser below and be on the lookout for pre-orders on the horizon soon.  Continue reading