Bay Area hardcore/punk/post-punk/whatever band Ceremony announced today the release date for their new LP. Set for a May 19 2015 release once again thru Matador Records, The L-Shaped Man is a literal, metaphorical, and metaphysical quantum leap from their early days and even just from their last album Zoo.
Read on after the break for the details including pre-ordering info and tour dates:
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
One-man blackened doom outfit Total Negation have announced the release of its third full-length record and follow up to 2013’s Zur Späten Stunde | Zeiträume. The new record will bear the title Zeitzeuge and will be released on June 16 via Temple of Torturous on digital and vinyl formats. Project mastermind Wiedergaenger will show off a menagerie of primal black metal, doom, Krautrock, and will relay the story of a contemporary witness, who breaks under the pressure of controlling the life and death of others. The album’s artwork and track listing can be seen after the break. Total Negation‘s past works can be streamed at this location.
[photo by Sean Rayford]
South Carolina’s eclectic hardcore outfit Burnt Books have announced the release of their sophomore full length record and follow up to their 2013 self-titled debut. The new record, which was produced by Phillip Cope (Kylesa, etc), will be titled Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire and will be released through Retro Futurist on CD and digital formats on March 20, with vinyl and cassette formats to be released in the summer. The album’s artwork and track listing, as well as the band’s forthcoming tour dates, can be seen after the break.
CVLT Nation have premiered the first single from the record, titled “Stupid Game”. You can find a stream of the track after the break as well.
New England-based progressive death metal outfit Eschaton have announced the release of their first full length record. The new record will be titled Sentinel Apocalypse and will be released through Unique Leader on May 19. The album was tracked by drummer Darren Cesca (Pillory, Arsis, etc) and will feature 11 tracks of technically proficient, flesh-ripping death metal in the vein of Beneath the Massacre, The Faceless and the like. The album’s artwork, track listing and audio trailer can be found after the break.
Minnesota medieval-themed metal outfit Obsequiae have announced the release of their sophomore full-length and follow-up to 2011’s Suspended in the Brume of Eos. The new record will bear the title Aria of Vernal Tombs and will be released through 20 Buck Spin on May 12 on CD and digital formats, while a vinyl pressing is due out on June 9. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break along with a stream of Suspended in the Brume of Eos.
[photo by Becka Diamond]
Experimental noise architect Dominick Fernow (aka Prurient) has announced the release of the follow up to 2011’s well-received Bermuda Drain. The new full-length, titled Frozen Niagara Falls, will be released through Profound Lore on May 2. The album will boast a 90-minute runtime comprised of 16 new tracks. The record’s artwork, track listing and A/V trailer after the break.
Canadian cinematic post rock legends Godspeed You! Black Emperor have announced the release of their fifth full length album and follow up to 2012’s Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!. The new album (artwork above) will be titled Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress , which will be one multi-movement 40-minute composition, and will be released through Constellation Records on March 31. Pre-orders can be obtained here. On the new record, Constellation had the following to say:
“Known to fans and through live show recordings by the sobriquet “Behemoth”, GYBE has gradually distilled this new work down to a fastidious and uncompromising essence in the studio, with the swing-time swagger of the opening unison riff in “Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!’” giving way to increasing microtonal divergences and an exhilarating immersion in the harmonic power of massed amplified instruments, before collapsing into some of the most visceral and unalloyed noise/drone the band has yet committed to tape on “Lambs’ Breath” and “’Asunder, Sweet’”. The album closes with “Piss Crowns Are Trebled”, a classic 14-minute piece of vintage Godspeed, where ascending and descending guitar and violin melodies intertwine over gut-rattling distorted bass in 3/4 time, segueing into a pummeling four-on-the-floor series of sparkling, soaring crescendos”
An eight-minute except from the album’s opening movement, “Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!'” can be found after the break along with the album’s track listing.
Detroit noisy metal miscreants Child Bite have announced that they will begin recording a new full length to follow up their Strange Waste EP of last year. The band will record the new effort with Philip Anselmo at his famed Nodferatu’s Lair. The group offered the following collective statement:
“Us BITE boys have been holed up all winter, writing tons of stuff for the next record. We’ve been talking to Phil about recording with him for quite a while; we really just did Strange Waste last year as a way to keep busy while waiting for his busy schedule to clear up. We write in waves, with most songs requiring either four or five distinct passes before they are complete. Most of the songs are entering the third and fourth passes, with lyrics just getting started on. We sent Phil a bunch of really rough demos last week to share our progress and his response was; ‘insanely great ideas!’ Juice levels are reaching new heights in the CB camp.”
In related news, Child Bite will be apart of an upcoming Celtic Frost tribute compilation that will be released this spring via Corpse Flower Records as a supplement to Morbid Tales! An Illustrated Tribute To Celtic Frost, a 155-page comic with illustrations and illustrated anecdotes from a varied bunch of metal musicians/authors, edited by renowned illustrator Mark Rudolph. Child Bite will open up the compilation with their rendition of “The Usurper”, with Philip Anselmo providing vocals.
Chicagoan progressive post-metal quintet Taken By The Sun have announced the release of their self-titled debut album. The new album was tracked live at Electrical Audio, engineered by Sanford Parker (Minsk, Twilight, Yob, etc) and mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian). The self-titled effort will feature eight new tracks that fans of Neurosis, Mouth of the Architect, Rosetta and the like will surely salivate over. The album follows their 2013 debut EP, which can be streamed after the break. Taken By The Sun‘s artwork and track listing can be found below as well.
Taken By The Sun will be released independently on February 24.
Minsk have announced the release of their long-awaited fourth studio album and follow up to 2009’s With Echoes In The Movement of Stone. Titled The Crash & The Draw, the recorded by the band alongside Sanford Parker (who also mixed the record), mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, etc) with additional vocal tracking by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) and further tracking, editing and mixing by Kevin Rendleman and Aaron Austin. The album will be released through Relapse Records on April 3 (Germany/Benelux/Finland), April 6 (UK, rest of the world) and April 7 (North America). The album’s artwork and track listing can be found below.