IMMORTAL BIRD Announce New Album “Empress/Abscess”, “Western Migration Tour”

Midwest blackened death/grind hybrids Immortal Bird have announced the release of their debut full-length and follow up to their 2013 Akrasia EP. Titled Empress/Abscess, the five-track album was recorded with Pete Grossmann (Weekend Nachos, etc) and mixed and mastered by Colin Marston. The EP will feature a guest appearance by John Hoffman of Weekend Nachos and will see drummer/vocalist Rae Amitay switching to a full-time position as vocalist. She elaborates:

“I’ve stepped away from drumming duties and enlisted our live drummer, Garry Naples (Novembers Doom). Essentially, I had to set my ego aside and determine what was going to be the best for this music. [Guitarist] Evan [Berry] and I wrote some incredibly challenging material for Empress/Abscess, and Garry had been playing it live for months, whereas I’d been focusing a lot of my drumming energy on the newest Thrawsunblat album. My chops are in a very different place than they were when we recorded Akrasia and it would take me a week in the studio to do what Garry can accomplish in two days. Having him behind the kit saved us time, the finished product is stronger, and I was able to delve into the vocal performances and lyrics with my undivided attention. Will I play drums on future Immortal Bird albums? It’s entirely likely, but for Empress/Abscess, I passed the sticks over to the best person for the job.”

An official release date is still pending, but Empress/Abscess is expected to drop sometime in June. The band will also be embarking on their “Western Migration” tour later this month. Those dates can be found after the break.

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SKINLESS Announce New Album “Only The Ruthless Remain”

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Iconic New York death metal titans Skinless have announced the release of their fifth full-length record and follow-up to 2006’s Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead. The new album will bear the title Only The Ruthless Remain and will be released on May 29 (Germany/Benelux), June 1 (UK/world) and June 2 (North America) through Relapse Records (pre-order here). The new record was captured by Tom Chase at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Integrity, etc) and Audiosiege in Portland. On the upcoming effort, guitarist Noah Carpenter comments:

“We worked really hard on this record and I hope you guys soil your diapers repeatedly when you hear it. We think it’s the most well-rounded Skinless album yet; from the song writing to the production, the artwork, and the layout, it’s the real deal. Get your beers and toilet paper ready.”

Vocalist Sherwood Webber adds:

“Gallons of brew slammed and oceans of blood spilled, we’re back sicker than ever. This is a dark, immense slab of death metal. May the brutal party commence again until Only The Ruthless Remain!”

The album’s artwork, track listing and album trailer can be found after the break.

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KING GIANT Announce New Album “Black Ocean Waves”

Northern Virginia-based southern metal purveyors King Giant have announced the release of their third full-length and follow-up to 2012’s Dismal Hollow LP. The new album will be titled Black Ocean Waves and is due to be released independently in June on CD, and digitally distributed again with The Path Less Traveled, with a vinyl version to follow. The record was engineered and mixed by J. Robbins (Clutch, Wino, etc) and will feature eight new tracks totaling 45 minutes in length. The album’s artwork, track listing and album trailer can be found after the break.

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FIGHT AMP Announce New Album “Constantly Off”

Philadelphia noise rock outfit Fight Amp have announced the release of their first full-length record in three years, entitled Constantly Off. The Steve Poponi (Ladder Devils, etc) produced effort will be released on June 9 via Brutal Panda Records. LP pre-orders can be placed here, cassette versions can be placed here and CD and digital editions can be found here. An album trailer can be viewed after the break.

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SECRETS OF THE SKY Announce New Album “Pathway”, Stream New Track

Oakland-based post-metal outfit Secrets of the Sky have announced the release of their sophomore full-length and follow up to their 2013 debut, To Sail Black Waters. The new album will be titled Pathway and will see a release on May 19 via Metal Blade. The forthcoming 13-track opus was  engineered, mixed, mastered and co-produced by Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios with Secrets of the Sky. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break.

Metal Blade are currently offering pre-orders for the album as well as a stream of the new track “Three Swords”. Guitarist Clayton Bartholomew issued the following comments regarding the new track:

“‘Three Swords’ was the first song we put together for the new album when we started writing it back a year or so ago. In fact, the songs on the album were written in the order they appear on the record. The first album, To Sail Black Waters, ends with a single guitar part fading out, and the same riff fades in to the Pathway album via ‘Three Swords.’ The song is just a piece of the overall puzzle that constitutes Pathway, which I believe as an album is more well-rounded and dynamic as a whole than any of our previous work.”

Stream the track at this location.

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ANTIGAMA To Release New Album In May

Polish experimental grindcore unit Antigama have announced the release of their seventh full-length record and follow up to 2013’s Meteor. The new record will bear the title The Insolent and will be released on May 7 via Selfmadegod. The new 10-track record was recorded and mixed in January and February by Pawel Grabowski and the band themselves, and was mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer). Other details regarding the release are still pending.

ENTRAILS Announce New Album “Obliteration”, Stream New Track

Swedish death metal quartet Entrails have announced the release of their new full-length record and follow up to 2013’s Raging Death. The new album will be titled Obliteration and will see a release through Metal Blade Records on May 15. Obliteration was tracked by guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist at his own Bloodshed Studios and mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö (Bloodbath, Aeon, etc) at Unisound. Lundqvist issued the following comments regarding the upcoming offering:

“Finally, we can unleash this beast named Obliteration to the fans out there, this time with a more driven and raw style that shall taste good to everyone’s ears if you’re into the older simplified death metal that we prefer to play. Recorded in our own Bloodshed Studios and mixed by the mighty Dan Swanö nothing else but slabby, Swedeath can be served.”

The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break.

Pre-orders for the record can be found at Metal Blade, along with a stream of the new track “Beyond The Flesh”.

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DAWN OF AZAZEL Announce New Album “The Tides Of Damocles”

Long-running New Zealand progressive death metal outfit Dawn of Azazel will release their fourth full-length next month. The new record will be titled The Tides of Damocles and will be released on April 28 via the band’s Bandcamp. The upcoming effort, which follows 2009’s Relentless, was recorded, mixed and mastered last year at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, etc) in Tampa, Florida by Brian Elliot and J.J. Hrubovcak. The band issued the following comments regarding the new album:

“We’re excited as fuck to resurface with this record.  It has an anger and a dynamism that reflects the reasons we’ve been silent for a several years, and our aggression moving forward in spite of these obstacles. We couldn’t be more proud of this record as our contribution of something ferocious and unique to the death metal genre.”

The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break, along with their upcoming live dates.

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VALBORG Announce New Album “Romantik”

German experimental sludge metal trio Valborg have announced the release of their fifth full-length album and follow up to 2012’s Nekrodepression. The new album will be titled Romantik and will be released on CD and digitally on May 19 and on vinyl June 16 via Temple of Torturous. After four albums of primal metal stylings, Romantik will see the band opting for more atmospheric nuances to accompanying their pummeling rhythms. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break along with a stream of Nekrodepression.

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