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An Interview With Switzerlands Up And Coming Nu Metal Band CHAOSEUM

The word Chaoseum means museum of Chaos.

Up and coming Swiss based band Chaoseum was Founded in 2018 by Loïc Duruz and Valery Veings, both former guitarists of Symphonic Metal band Elferya. Theres Greg Turini on Drums and Singer CK Smiles joined the band later in February 2019, after their first album.

CHAOSEUM band hails from Switzerland. When creating music the band likes to explore different styles. They’re not really fixed on a singular genre. They like to reinvent themselves while simultaneously reviving the nu-metal sound of the nineties, a musical era the band grew up in. They are a fusion of nu- metal and metalcore. They released the song Smile Again during the pandemic and it exceeded 1M views on Youtube within 1 week. At this stage of the game they began to take thing a little more serious.

CHAOSEUM’S new album The Third Eye is definitely worth checking out. Theres talent here. The production is good and you can hear the intensive hard work and detail they put into every song. Dance On My Grave, Welcome Home, My Wonderland and Sanctum Cinerem have thick, monumental sound characterized by distorted guitars, extended guitar solos and emphatic beats that aptly produce a recurring chaotic theme. The verses on Welcome Home are incredible but then the chorus kind of throws you off. The bridge on Satctum Cinerem is extraordinary and reminds me of The Hating by Korn. Unreal has very dark lyrical content with hidden messages. My favorite track on the album is The Third Eye. Its a phenomenal album, I’m still digesting it. Their music is showing why there’s an upsurge in their ever growing fan base in the metalcore scene.

In the immortal words of the late great Hilly Kristal, “There’s something there, there’s definitely something there.” It will be very interesting to see what their sound evolves into in the future.

A brief history of the band

CK started playing music with his father at the age of 5, with whom he played his first concert. On his 8th birthday he started to study classical guitar at the conservatory of Lausanne.

CK: “Music is the best way to express all emotions. I started to play music with my dad when I was a little kid and I’ve never quit… and I never will.”

Loïc started playing guitar in 2002. He is totally self-taught. It’s while watching videos and live performances of bands like Deftones and Korn on MTV that inspired him to play guitar and start a band.

Valery is a big fan of Iron Maiden and it was while watching the live show “After Death” that he decided to buy his first guitar and start playing it.

Greg has always had a passion for drums. He started playing the drums at a very young age and decided to make it his profession and study at the conservatory. Today he teaches drums in his own school.


Metal Lair: How did you all meet and what was the catalyst in deciding to form a band?

Chaoseum: Valery and Loïc wanted to do a lot of gigs and for that we left our old band to create Chaoseum. Greg followed us directly and we contacted CK to join us.

Metal Lair: Who writes the lyrics and who writes the music?

Chaoseum: There is not a precisely defined rule. Loïc usually brings the musical part he shares with CK. In collaboration, they finalize the framework. Greg and I bring a little touch with our style of play. Regarding the lyrics, that’s CK and myself. The lyrics always come after the music because the latter inspires us for the theme of the lyrics. The edgelines are then created by CK. For the instrumental composition it is Loïc who composes the first drafts of the songs and then the arrangements are made with the band.

Metal Lair: Some bands write songs about politics, religion and other controversial material. Are there any subjects you consider off limits that you wont write about?

Chaoseum: We do not wish to give our political opinions. We prefer to talk about subjects that affect us personally and our life experiences.

Metal Lair: Your new album is phenomenal. Ive listened to it several times now. For me the stand out track is The Third Eye.” What made you write this song and how did you come up with the intro?

Chaoseum: “Third Eye” was the intro to “Fly Away” but when we were arranging it we decided to make it a track. So we decided to create a heavy bass line and add some cello because CK plays it. We wanted to create something very atmospheric and CK had the good idea to do some oriental vocals to give this vibe

Metal Lair: The song Unreal is intense and has very dark lyrics. Are these lyrics personal? Who wrote this song and what exactly is this song about?

Chaoseum: “Unreal” talks about CK Smiles past and more precisely about his relationship with religion.

Metal Lair: What is the song I Sexy Zombie about exactly?

Chaoseum: In “I sexy zombie”, CK puts himself in the shoes of Hannibal Lecter.

Metal Lair: What is the music scene like in Switzerland? Do you guys play a lot of local shows there?

Chaoseum: In Switzerland, we have some good festivals and concerts. Like the Greenfield festival, etc. People like to go to festivals, but they don’t go to the concert halls as much to see the bands play. We have played a few gigs at home but we usually get more requests from other countries

Metal Lair: Do you all hang out together when not doing band stuff?

Chaoseum: Yes of course. We meet up and go to concerts and also for lunch, etc…

Metal Lair: What is everyones favorite movie?

Greg: Whiplash

Loïc: The Exorcism of Emily Rose

CK Smile: La Ruée vers l’or de Chaplin

Valery: Cheakspear in Love

Metal Lair: What is everyones favorite food to eat?

Loïc: Fondue

CK Smile: Indian Food

Greg: Tomahawk with French Fries and Vegetables

Valery: Grill Stone

Metal Lair: What is next for Chaoseum?

Chaoseum: The promotion of our new album and the preparation of a tour in 2023

Metal Lair: Do you have any final words for your fans?

Chaoseum: Keep your Smile Motherfucker!

CHAOSEUM’s New Album The Third Eye Out Now! Get It Here

Artwork by Gustavo Sazes

Track Listing:

  1. Sexy Zombie
  2. Unreal
  3. Dance On My Grave
  4. The Third Eye
  5. Fly Away
  6. My Wonderland
  7. Welcome Home
  8. Until The End
  9. Sanctum Cinerem
  10. What I
Chaoseum - My Wonderland (Official video)
Directed by: Jason Borruso
Director Of Photography: Cedric Friedli
Assistant: Gad Baumgratz

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PANTERA’S First Show in 21 Years. Fan Filmed Footage

photograph by Paul Gargano

Well, it finally happened after many years. Pantera hit the stage and set it on fire last night at At Mexico HELL & HEAVEN METAL FEST to the delight of legions of fans. The Pantera reunion has sparked much controversy since its inception. Fans are divided due to the absence of the the bands co-founders, the Abbott brothers.

It was first reported in July that Anselmo and Brown would unite with Wylde and Benante for a world tour under the PANTERA banner.

The band will headline a number of other major festivals across North America, South America and Europe and stage some of their own headline concerts. They will also support METALLICA on a massive North American stadium tour in 2023 and 2024.

According to Billboard, the lineup has been given a green light by the estates of the band’s founders, drummer Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, as well as Brown.

Last night, December 2nd Pantera played their first show in over 20 years, and it was totally action packed with high energy.

This was the groove-metal inaugural gig with their new lineup original members Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown were joined by longtime friends Charlie Benante, Anthrax and Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society. and the start of a long tour schedule that’s set for South America this winter, and eventually Europe and the United States.

Fans at Mexico’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest who were lucky enough to witness this historic event quickly flooded the internet with videos. Pantera‘s stacked, 15-song setlist was their most beloved material, including their cover of Black Sabbath’s “Planet Caravan” during which a tribute video to the band’s founding brothers, Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul — who passed in 2004 and 2018, respectively — played on the screen behind them.

Earlier this week, Benante told Metal Edge: “The first show with PANTERA is going to be kinda nerve-wracking. I’m probably gonna need a couple of drinks to be honest with you, to kinda settle me down… I need to get that first PANTERA show under the belt.”

Asked if he’s looking forward to any performing any particular PANTERA tracks, Benante said”: “I enjoy each one of them. When I look down at the list, I’m like, ‘Oh, I like this song,’ that type of thing. There’s two odd songs in there too that I don’t think they played, consistently, throughout [their] sets. Those are the two songs I enjoy playing the most, I think.”

Regarding the criticism floating around social media about relaunching the PANTERA name more than two decades since the group played their last show, and all the chatter about it not being a true reunion without Vinnie and Dime, Benante said: “First off, it’s not a reunion. It’s a celebration of the music. If you saw the thing that went out, it was like, ‘PANTERA featuring…’ the four of us. Those two guys are a part of this and who else is there? Vinnie and Dime are not here, so, Philip and Rex, they were that band, too. [They] deserve to be there as much as anybody. I see the negative stuff sometimes, and I’m just like, ‘This is so ridiculous, man.’ Just enjoy hearing those songs again.”

Benante told SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” about how he plans to approach the PANTERA gig: “I can’t go do this as the drummer from ANTHRAX because it would be a different sound completely. So the way I’m gonna do that is if you close your eyes, it’s gonna sound like it’s Vinnie, basically. And that’s how it’s gonna be. The sound is gonna sound exactly like him.”

Wylde said that he had a similar mindset. “You approach it the same way as you do when I’m playing with Ozzy,” he said. “Obviously I’ve gotta learn Randy Rhoads‘s stuff and I’ve gotta learn Jake‘s E. Lee stuff, and when I was doing the BLACK SABBATH stuff, you learn it and do it as faithful as you can. Charlie‘s gotta learn all of Vinnie‘s parts. You approach it as if you’re in a cover band. When we do the ZAKK SABBATH stuff,” referring to his BLACK SABBATHcover band, “I don’t start changing lyrics midway through ‘War Pigs’. You learn the songs — so that’s what you do.”

A year ago, Anselmo said that he was up for reuniting with Brown for a special tour celebrating the music of PANTERA. The 54-year-old singer, who has spent the past few years playing a PANTERA-centric set with his solo band, THE ILLEGALS, discussed the possibility of re-teaming with his former PANTERA bandmate during an interview with Brazil’s Inside With Paulo Baron. Asked if he and Rex would be open to playing some shows in celebration of PANTERA‘s legacy, Anselmo said: “If Rex and I had a show to play, or we were ever gonna be on stage again together, I would welcome it with open arms. I love Rex. And he’d be the same way. We’re brothers forever. So playing on stage together, or doing some shows together, is not out of the question. It could happen.”

In April 2021, Rex told Eonmusic that he and Philip still get offers for a PANTERA tribute tour. “But if you don’t have the other guys in the band, it’s not going to sound the same,” he said. “If we were ever to do something like that, it would have to be spot-on, or I wouldn’t do it. It would be a tribute.”

Talk about a possible “Pantera reunion” intensified when Anselmo regularly joined Wylde‘s BLACK LABEL SOCIETY to perform PANTERA‘s song “I’m Broken” during DOWN‘s 2014 stint on the “Revolver Golden Gods Tour”. That buzz only got stronger after Brown joined the jam on May 23, 2014 when the tour swung through Texas.

Up until his passing, Vinnie remained on non-speaking terms with Anselmo, whom the drummer indirectly blamed for Dimebag‘s death.

Vinnie Paul and Dimebag co-founded PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, they formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by a troubled schizophrenic who believed that the members of PANTERA were stealing his thoughts.

Watch fan-shot footage below, and check out the setlist, courtesy of setlist.fm.

Pantera setlist, 12/2/22:
A New Level
Mouth for War
Strength Beyond Strength
Becoming (with Throes of Rejection outro)
I’m Broken (with By Demons Be Driven outro)
Use My Third Arm
Drag the Waters
This Love
Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit
Fucking Hostile
Planet Caravan (Black Sabbath cover, with Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul tribute video)
5 Minutes Alone
Walk
Cowboys From Hell
Dom/Hollow

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Aborted, Vault of Horrors Album Review

Written By Lindon Faynes

As creatures of habit, it is often easy to feel content with repetition and familiarity. We know what to expect and can find solace in homogeneity. This often applies to the music we listen to, something that follows a distinct style or sound that can make one feel gratification. Originality and personality can be and usually will be sacrificed for an indifferent but pleasing sound to feed this appetite.   

Belgium’s Aborted have always been a band that were “style over substance” as in whilst offering nothing new to the death metal spectrum, do add a direct-on-target sound that utilizes the influences from Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse & Carcass that quenches that grim death metal thirst. I very much doubt Sven ever set out to redirect or reinterpret the genre but to just play brutal and intransigent music which has been accomplished album after album.  

“Vault of Horrors” is an album comprised of drummer driven death metal. It is as fast paced and as frantic as any other current death metal sound. I am in no shape or form calling Aborted generic, but the riffs presented here are formulaic. Lots of tritone power chords & tremolo littered with syncopated chugging that draws a good amount of influence from the current deathcore sound sprinkled in with technical showmanship and the typical melodies used in most extreme metal. Not riff devoid by any means, however it is very paint-by-numbers in terms of songwriting and with the clean and very modern production does not help with differentiation from other similar acts. This is not a critique but more so an observation of the current extreme music scene what with bands using the same instrument brands, tunings and amp pre-sets. It all has a great sound however leaves a lot more to be desired in originality or ingenuity.   

One of the main selling points for this release was that all 10 tracks (not including the bonus song) feature a well-known guest vocalist. I have always found that the most unique feature of Aborted’s music was frontman Sven’s vocals. He, alongside other belching greats Frank Mullens and George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, have very distinct styles & sounds. I have heard songs he has guested on without knowing and was able to pick that it is him which should display my reverence for his voice. Kicking the thesaurus aside and just stating it – he’s an awesome vocalist. Everyone else is great too. However, hearken back to my point on the production and writing, these songs could have been written by the guests bands themselves. Eric from Despised Icon does his vocals over a slam riff and isn’t too different sounding from his own band, same with Oliver from Archspire, his section could be either Aborted or Archspire and this echoes for a good portion of the guest spots here (Fleshgod & Cryptopsy are exceptions to the rule). Despite this, it is understandable that the album would have these features as all these bands are touring brothers, and it would help bring in new fans.

In short, this album is a solid slab of death metal; did you really come in expecting more than that? Songs like “The Shape of Hate”, “Death Cult” & the grindy “Insect Politics” still batter your ear drums effortlessly. Solid but not stellar, safe but not stagnant.

ORDER VAULT OF HORRORS HERE:

1.Dreadbringer (feat. Shadow Of Intent)
2.Condemned To Rot (feat. Francesco Paoli)
3.Brotherhood Of Sleep (feat. Johnny Ciardullo)
4.Death Cult (feat. Despised Icon)
5.Hellbound (feat. Matt McGachy)
6.Insect Politics (feat. Jason Evans)
7.The Golgothan (feat. Hal Microutsicos)
8.The Shape Of Hate (feat. Oliver Rae Aleron)
9.Naturom Demonto (feat. David Simonich III)
10.Malevolent Haze (feat. Ricky Hoover)

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EXIST share new music video for ‘Window To The All’ Via Prosthetic Records

Photographer credit: Chris Joao

EXIST is:
Max Phelps – Guitars and Vocals
Alex Weber – Bass and Vocals
Charles Eron – Guitars and Synths
Brody Taylor Smith – Drums

US progressive metal band EXIST has today shared a new music video for Window To The All, the visual features footage of the band performing the track live in Charlotte, NC in January. Window To The All is taken from EXIST‘s upcoming fourth album, Hijacking the Zeitgeist, which is set for release via Prosthetic Records on Friday (April 13).

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR
WINDOW TO THE ALL BELOW.

Pre-order Hijacking the Zeitgeist here.

Speaking on the music video release, Max Phelps (vocals and guitar) comments: “Window To The All is the album closer for Hijacking The Zeitgeist. It probably contains some of the most ‘tech death’ parts on the album although it’s also chock full of groove as well as a beautiful jazz fusion solo executed by Charlie Eron (our new guitarist, WAIT). Musically there’s some great interaction between Alex Weber (bass) and Brody Taylor Smith (drums) that really adds life and depth to some of the repeating riffs. Lyrically the song reflects on the limitations of our vantage points as humans and how we are all stuck within ourselves.”

EXIST’s latest full-length sees the group expand upon their established dichotomy of extreme metal technicality and sanguine atmospherics with an intentionally more concise approach to songwriting, resulting in the most direct and emphatic album of their 14 year career.

Similarly to 2020’s EgoiistaEXIST took on a keen co-production role for Hijacking the Zeitgeist as recording sessions commenced in early 2022, with the band emphasising a collaborative approach to the songs arrangements. Drum co-production was handled by John Douglass (Mr. Bungle, Entheos and The Contortionist) before vocals were handled by Mike Semesky in the winter.

Hijacking the Zeitgeist’s sonic heft isn’t without its diaphanous counterpoints, as Phelps and new addition Charles Eron (guitar and synths) craft deceptively complex interplay on album high points in Thief of Joy (featuring Sanjay Kumar of Inferi and Wormhole), Blue Light Infinite and soaring closer Window to the AllEXIST’s sonorous sonic landscape is bolstered by immersive rhythmic lock-ins between Alex Weber (bass and vocals) and Brody Smith (drums), that shine in Anup Sastry’s mix and Kris Crummett’s mastering work.

At the core of Hijacking the Zeitgeist lies a multifaceted exploration of algorithmic rabbit holes, conspiratorial paranoia, and the universal traits that lie within humanity – these cautionary tales are tied together in striking detail with album art by Sebastian Jerke. EXIST treats both the allure and perils of both digital mazes and the real world, with equal parts wide eyed awe and horror.

Hijacking the Zeitgeist tracklist:
1. Blue Light Infinite
2. Thief of Joy
3. Hijacking the Zeitgeist
4. Funeral Toll
5. A Path to Nowhere
6. One Degree Removed From Human
7. Window to the All

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Ingested: UK Death Metal Trio Releases “Endless Machine” Video

Photo by Eduardo Ruiz

INGESTED:
Jason Evans – vocals
Sean Hynes – guitars, backing vocals
Lyn Jeffs – drums

The Tide Of Death And Fractured Dreams Full-Length Out Now On Metal Blade Records

Watch INGESTED’s “Endless Machine” video HERE

The Tide Of Death And Fractured Dreams, the latest full-length from UK death metal trio INGESTED, is out today on Metal Blade Records!

Since their fifth album, 2020’s Where Only God May TreadINGESTED has been on a creative tear that has produced almost a full record every year, each displaying the kind of musical growth that only comes from constantly practicing, playing, and writing. The Tide Of Death And Fractured Dreams is not only as innovative and brutal as their last disc — the bleak, firestorm Ashes Lie Still — it showcases a band willing to expand its creativity without sacrificing the ferocity that made it one of the most impressively destructive, technical death metal bands on the scene. The Tide Of Death And Fractured Dreams is proof that once INGESTED sniffs out a trail of musical blood, they ravenously follow it until they’ve uncovered a festering feast.

Whether pummeling listeners with double-bass rolls, blast-beats, and grinding rhythm; breaking it all down with jagged, staggered riffs, and piercing harmonics; or flooding the mix with rapid-fire bursts of minor key melodies, INGESTED has injected all of their experience, skill, and artistry into ten trenchant new tracks.

In celebration of the release, today the band unleashes a video for “Endless Machine.”

Comments vocalist Jason Evans, “‘Endless Machine’ is about the day to day grind you get stuck in, when you haven’t found the courage to get up and take charge of your own situation. Take a deep breath, embrace the risk, and don’t get stuck in an endless machine with no way out. So, sink your teeth into the live mayhem of this new video and expect the same carnage on our upcoming tour with Fallujah, Vulvodynia and Melancolia.”

Watch INGESTED‘s video for “Endless Machine” at THIS LOCATION.

Watch INGESTED‘s previously released videos for “Paragon Of Purity” HERE and “Pantheon” HERE.

The Tide Of Death And Fractured Dreams was produced by the band with the guidance of recording engineer Nico Beninato. The record includes a guest appearance by Chimaira‘s Mark Hunter who provides vocals for the track “In Nothingness” and Sylosis singer Josh Middleton who contributes to “Expect To Fail,” as well as the striking cover art of David Seidman.

INGESTED‘s The Tide Of Death And Fractured Dreams is available on CD, digitally, and LP in the following color variants:

Pulverised Viridian (US)
Wounded Scarlet (US)
Sapphire Shards (EU)
Empty Crimson (EU – ltd. 500)
Shattered Harlequin (EU – ltd. 500)

Order your copy today!

US: indiemerchstore.com
UK: plastichead.com | eyesoremerch.com
EU: eu.kingsroadmerch.com | impericon.com
AU: direct-merch.com

INGESTED will embark upon a European headlining tour later this month with support provided by FallujahVulvodynia, and Mélancolia. See all confirmed dates below.

INGESTED w/ Fallujah, Vulvodynia, Mélancolia:
4/17/2024 The Fleece – Bristol, GB
4/18/2024 Asylum – Birmingham, GB
4/19/2024 The Underworld – London, GB
4/20/2024 Rebellion – Manchester, GB
4/21/2024 Slay – Glasgow, GB
4/22/2024 Rescue Rooms – Nottingham, GB
4/23/2024 Papillon – Southampton, GB
4/24/2024 Glazart – Paris, FR
4/25/2024 Le Ferrailleur – Nantes, FR
4/26/2024 Groove – Bilbao, ES
4/27/2024 Moby Dick – Madrid, ES
4/28/2024 Razz 3 – Barcelona, ES
4/29/2024 Le Rex – Toulouse, FR
5/01/2024 KiFF – Aarau, CH
5/02/2024 Feierwerk – Munich, DE
5/03/2024 Rock Café – Prague, CZ
5/04/2024 Analog Music Hall – Budapest, HU
5/05/2024 Viper Room – Vienna, AT
5/06/2024 2Progi – Poznan, PL
5/07/2024 Moritzbastei – Leipzig, DE
5/08/2024 Hole44 – Berlin, DE
5/09/2024 Pumpehuset – Copenhagen, DK
5/10/2024 Kollektivet Livet- Stockholm, SE
5/11/2024 Musikens Hus – Gothenburg, SE
5/12/2024 John Dee – Oslo, NO
5/14/2024 Logo – Hamburg, DE
5/15/2024 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE
5/16/2024 Kulttempel – Oberhausen, DE
5/17/2024 JH Comma – Bruges, BE
5/18/2024 Doornroosje – Nijmegen, NL
5/19/2024 Patronaat – Haarlem, NL

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Dååth: Progressive Death Metal Collective Unleashes “Ascension” Video / Single

Photo by Stephanie Cabral

DÅÅTH:
Eyal Levi – guitar
Sean Z – vocals
Krimh – drums
Jesse Zuretti – orchestration, synth, guitar
Rafael Trujillo – lead guitar
Davis Marvuglio – bass

The Deceivers Full-Length Nears Release On Metal Blade Records

Watch/stream DÅÅTH’s “Ascension” HERE

Returning progressive death metal collective DÅÅTH are excited to unleash their latest single, “Ascension,” and an accompanying video. “Ascension” also features a guest guitar solo from Dean Lamb (Archspire). The track comes off their forthcoming full-length (and first new studio output in fourteen years), The Deceivers, set for release on May 3rd via Metal Blade Records.

The band’s return has been surrounded by excitement from enthusiastic fans, though founder/guitarist Eyal Levi admits that the hiatus wasn’t by choice. “I kept wanting to get back together. It was tough psychologically.” But Levi kept himself busy working in studios for other bands (Chelsea GrinThe Contortionist), honing his production and engineering skills. He later co-founded Unstoppable Recording Machine, a school that teaches metal music production, and its sister company, Riffhard, that specializes in metal guitar instruction. Both became Levi’s primary focus for a number of years, but folks never stopped asking him asking the status of DÅÅTH. Interest never waned.

When the pandemic lockdowns and an injury stunted Levi’s ability to work out, he needed an outlet for his energy and decided to pick up his guitar again. After shaking off years of rust, his love for the instrument reawakened. “Once my playing was starting to sound like me, I started writing and the riffs started to sound like DÅÅTH,” Levi says. “At that point, I spoke to [vocalist] Sean [Zatorsky], and he told me that he’d been waiting for this phone call for eleven years.

The Deceivers is at once a devastating reminder and giant leap forward that showcases the technical wizardry and brutal intensity that the Atlanta, Georgia-bred band is capable of. Levi has overseen an overhaul of the lineup. Together with force-of-nature vocalist Zatorsky, who has fronted the band since 2007, they are now joined by Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (Septicflesh, ex-Decapitated) on drums, Jesse Zuretti (The Binary Code) on orchestration and guitar, Rafael Trujillo (ex-Obscura) on lead guitar, and David Marvuglio (ex-Ice Nine Kills) on bass.

The nine tracks comprising The Deceiversare monstrously heavy but beautifully orchestrated, blessed with melodies that will haunt anybody fortunate enough to hear them. The album title is the continuation of a theme that began with 2007’s The Hinderersand continued with 2009’s The Concealers. “Those titles are about the outside world,” Levi says. “They’re not about us. While they touch on self-destruction and self-deception, we all occasionally fall victim to, this album is a scathing critique and exploration of certain societal elements. The deceivers and obstructors in life. Those who impede your progress through subterfuge and manipulation.”

The latest single, “Ascension,” explores mindless conformity and how easily one can fall victim to coercion. From the first hit of the drum opening, the song is a powerhouse that delivers a journey through larger-than-life orchestrations fused with flattening metal devastation. “This song is a beast. Riffs for days, brutality and groove, there are soaring solos all over the place,” says Levi, “plus, it’s peppered with parallel universe Danny Elfman moments.”

Adds Zuretti. “Rarely is it true to be taken on a ride with music; let ‘Ascension’ prove its validity by guiding you through warping passages, orchestral fidelity, uncommonly creative musicianship, and uncontested power. ‘Ascension’ is the year’s mindfuck, carrying the listener from different realms of musical identity, showcasing talent to points that’ll make you think it’s otherworldly. Of all of the tracks you’ll hear in 2024, this will be one you’ll be revisiting the most whilst scratching your head in disbelief.”

Watch DÅÅTH’s “Ascension” video at THIS LOCATION.

Watch DÅÅTH’s previously released video for “Hex Unending” at THIS LOCATION.

The Deceivers was produced by Levi, with Andrew Wade handling vocal production, John Douglass engineering, Jens Bogren mixing, and Tony Lindgren mastering. Guest guitar solos are contributed across numerous tracks by Dan Sugarman (Ice Nine Kills), Jeff Loomis (NevermoreArch Enemy), Mark Holcomb (Periphery), Dean Lamb (Archspire), Per Nilsson, (Scar SymmetryMeshuggah), and Spiro Dussias (Platonist), with renowned video game composer Mick Gordon (Doom Eternal) contributing sound design and synth to “Purified By Vengeance.”

The Deceivers will be released on CD and digital formats as well as vinyl in the following color variants:

Mineral (US – Ltd. 300)
Transparent Blood Red Base w/ Opaque Black Smoke + Heavy White Splatter (US – Ltd. 200/EU – Ltd. 500)

Find pre-orders at: metalblade.com/daath

DÅÅTH began their journey in 1999 and stayed busy for just over a decade before its 2011 hiatus. In that time, the band released four studio albums – Futility in 2004, The Hinderers in 2007, The Concealers in 2009, and their self-titled LP in 2010. Tours with Cattle DecapitationDark FuneralCynicNileSlayerDragonforceGoatwhoreChimairaDying Fetus, and Devildriver followed. DÅÅTH also landed a coveted spot on Ozzfest playing before tens of thousands of fans in outdoor amphitheaters across the US, in addition to the infamous and long-running metal tour Summer Slaughter.

After twelve years on hiatus, DÅÅTH found their ideal new home at Metal Blade, signing to the label and wasting no time creating new music, cover songs (Death‘s “The Philosopher” and Morbid Angel‘s “Where the Slime Live“) and reissuing previous albums. The first new song from the revitalized DÅÅTH, “No Rest No End” (released ahead of the album in February 2023), features guest solos by Spiro Dussias and now-DÅÅTHmember Trujillo, who impressed Levi so much while guesting on the track that he was invited to join the band.

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Darkthrone Release “Black Dawn Affiliation” The Only Track To Be Released From, It Beckons Us All, Ahead Of Release on April 26

DARKTHRONE
Release “Black Dawn Affiliation” 
The Only Track To Be Released From It Beckons Us All,
Ahead Of Release on April 26.

With the highly anticipated launch of the new album ‘It Beckons Us All’ from the Norwegian black metal pioneers just two weeks away, Darkthrone have offered fans a glimpse of what is to come with the release of the track “Black Dawn Affiliation“.

The single release is accompanied by an animation created by Matthew Vickerstaff .

Watch The Lyric Video For Black Dawn Affiliation Here

Listen to it here
https://orcd.co/darkthrone_bda_listen

Fenriz comments of the song’s creation “Nocturno Culto sculpted BLACK DAWN AFFILIATION and as much as I writhe in woe trying to describe riffs I did not make, we are certainly rocking hard and dark around a dungeon of slow Kreator 1986-era riffs (think Awakening Of The Gods or Take Their Lives from the FLAG OF HATE 12”). 

The song is linearly constructed, which is bold for a single but we often write this way. One could say it is a two-pronged beast which after the intermission (filled with a choir of the damned that we sung ourselves, believe it or not: “Aaaaaa.”) continues with my favourite riff in the song since I first heard it appear early in the second part and it is there that I was given the reins to let the halls and chambers of stardust levitate with unearthly synth and a voice that still today, when writing this, strikes me as being influenced by the first rock album I heard back in 1973 – Morrison Hotel. Lyrics darker and more disturbed than ever solidify these halls now.

Nocturno Culto adds “It is not easy to describe the music you make, but for sure I will try…it´s heavy! Everything worked out as I hoped for this track. Some things are just forged in the studio, like as Fenriz´s excellent vocals at the end of the song; and the choir I wanted. Instead of just taking shortcuts, Fenriz and I recorded three vocal tracks each, and it was brilliantly mixed by Silje at Chaka Khan. There are many things one can say about riffs, but I make songs from a combination of a very methodical approach and happy accidents! And somewhere in the back of my head, it´s most likely there is something affecting a lot of my decisions on little details that shapes the riffing.”

And now, we must await…we must count down the days until It Beckons Us All, Darkthrone’s new masterpiece, is unleashed in full.

It Beckons Us All was recorded in April and May 2023 at Chaka Khan Studios in Oslo, the same location used for the Eternal Hails and Astral Fortress albums, mastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door, with artwork courtesy of Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak

It Beckons Us All tracklisting
1. Howling Primitive Colonies [06:30]
2. Eon 3 [05:43]
3. Black Dawn Affiliation [06:11]
4. And In That Moment I Knew The Answer [03:17]
5. The Bird People Of Nordland [07:27]
6. The Heavy Hand [04:18]
7. The Lone Pines Of The Lost Planet [10:03]

It Beckons Us All is available on the following formats and pre-orders are live NOW!  
https://darkthrone.lnk.to/beckons

*Limited Edition Deluxe boxed edition: includes It Beckons Us All on CD, an exclusive corona vinyl LP & cassette and art prints all housed in a heavy duty lift off lid box
*Limited edition ‘Fenriz’ edition LP on blue marble coloured vinyl– exclusively via Peaceville.
*Limited edition ‘Nocturno Culto’ edition LP on grey marble coloured vinyl–available via Peaceville.
CD LP Digital
Plus other limited edition coloured vinyl LPs are available in stores across the world
cream white, crystal clear, petrol and .. a collectors dream .. if you can find them!

“A cauldron of old and epic metal beckons thee” – Fenriz

Watch an introduction from Fenriz
https://youtube.com/shorts/FMQwAGpfxKA

Watch the “It Beckons Us All” trailer 
https://youtu.be/ZHaKnsJjkjY

 

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Anvil Announce New Album Plus Danko Jones Issue Deluxe Edition of Electric Sounds

Following their much acclaimed, eleventh studio album, Electric Sounds, Canada’s rock’n’roll frontrunners DANKO JONES are celebrating the release of their Electric Sounds Deluxe Version, out now on AFM Records

Additionally to the album Electric Sounds, the digital Deluxe Version will include two bonus tracks, “Waiting For You” (premiered earlier this Spring) and the previously-unreleased “Haunting Me”

The Electric Sounds Deluxe Version is now available on all digital providers via 
https://danko-jones.bfan.link/electric-sounds-Deluxe 

For the dedicated record collector and as a very special Vinyl release, the DANKO JONES “4×10” – a limited 10″ edition featuring both bonus tracks as well as two unreleased live songs – is also now available and can be ordered at: 
https://danko-jones.bfan.link/4×10

Electric Sounds Digital Deluxe Tracklist:
01. Guess Who’s Back
02. Good Time
03. Electric Sounds
04. Get High?
05. Stiff Competition
06. She’s My Baby
07. Eye for an Eye
08. I Like It
09. Let’s Make Out
10. What Goes Around
11. Shake Your City
12. Waiting for You (Bonus Track)
13. Haunting Me (Bonus Track)

“4×10” Vinyl Tracklist:
01. Haunting Me
02. Lipstick City – Live in Bremen
03. My Little RNR – Live in Stockholm
04. Waiting for You

With Electric SoundsDANKO JONES have stormed international album charts ( Sweden #12, Germany #18, Switzerland #24), with consecutive top radio chart entries like with their hit singles “Good Time”, “Guess Who’s Back” and “Get High?”, ruling the German Rock Radio Charts at a phenomenal #1 position. On their ensuing, Recently, the band was nominated for a Juno Award, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy Award.  

Without any doubt, Electric Sounds has the instant sound and feel of a classic. When the wheel is spinning freely and propelling you forward, there’s no need to reinvent the damn thing: instead, the Canadian trio is simply honing and refining their craft, and always at full volume. From the chest-out chutzpah of the opening “Guess Who’s Back” and the muscular new wave strut of “Good Time”, the ultimate pothead anthem “Get High?” to the title track’s promise to “smash a thousand guitars tonight!” and “Stiff Competition”‘s angular, cock-eyed stomp and juddering bull’s-eye of chorus, Electric Sounds is a deceptively diverse affair. No band has ever sounded more ready to hit the road than the pumped-up threesome showcased on hell-for-leather ragers like “Eye For An Eye”, “What Goes Around” and mad-eyed and murderous closer “Shake Your City”.  

Electric Sounds was produced by Eric Ratz, and guest spots from Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies) on “She’s My Baby”Damian Abraham of Fucked Up on “Get High?” and guitarist Daniel Dekay (from Canadian thrash legends Exciter) on “Electric Sounds” complete the picture with a snotty flourish. 

With the latest Deluxe Version in addition to Electric Sounds as well as the “4×10” Vinyl edition, DANKO JONES present their fans some highly-collectable highlights featuring previously-unreleased bonus material, showcasing their amplitude of songwriting skills, an irrepressible energy and the reliability always providing a damn good time!

ANVIL
Announce New Studio Album, ‘One And Only’
Present First Video Single “Feed Your Fantasy”!

Canadian metal legends ANVIL have announced their new studio album, ‘One And Only’, for a release on June 28, 2024 via powerhouse label AFM Records! A first video single, “Feed Your Fantasy”, has just been premiered and is now streaming below.

When it comes to the most influential bands in the history of heavy metal, authorities on the subject regularly vote ANVIL among the top positions. The group from Toronto, Canada, with its two masterminds, Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow and Robb Reiner, and bassist Chris Robertson, not only looks back at an impressive career with countless highlights – as well as a number of well-documented difficulties – but has also had a lasting influence on lots of internationally renowned musicians, from Metallica to Slayer and beyond. 

Their forthcoming, 20th album is aptly entitled ‘One And Only’ANVIL are and will always be one of a kind and are continuing to shape the contemporary metal scene just as impressively as they did at the beginning of their career. How they achieve this? Thanks to their straightforward metal fuelled by cutting riffs and catchy hooks, which the musicians continue to celebrate with admirable effortlessness and great passion. “We’re more like our old selves than we’ve been in years,”comments frontman Lips Kudlow on the new album, adding: “We’ve dropped all our more modern aspects, particularly the 90s version of Anvil. No sexual topics and no thrash speed songs like they featured on past albums.”

Their first album single, “Feed Your Fantasy”, is out now on all digital streaming providers at 
https://anvil.bfan.link/feed-your-fantasy

Watch the band’s new video clip

‘One And Only’ track listing:
01 – One And Only
02 – Feed Your Fantasy
03 – Fight For Your Rights
04 – Heartbroken
05 – Gold And Diamonds
06 – Dead Man Shoes
07 – Truth Is Dying
08 – Rocking The World
09 – Run Away
10 – World Of Fools
11 – Condemned Liberty
12 – Blind Rage

One And Only’ sees the band provide first-rate ANVIL entertainment: While Guitarist/vocalist Lips is considered to be one of the most creative and interesting storytellers of the metal genre, Chris Robertson and Robb Reiner keep the up the pace with their usual confidence, providing the perfect rhythm section for Lips. Although they have experienced the tough and frequently merciless side of the music industry on a number of occasions, ANVIL never lost their idealism, motivation and energy, which is immediately evident on ‘One And Only’.

Like its four predecessors, ‘One And Only’ was produced by Martin ‘Mattes’ Pfeiffer (U.D.O., among others) and Jörg Uken at his Soundlodge studio. As far as Lips is concerned, Pfeiffer and Uken are “… our one and only choice. As usual, Mattes and Jörg did a great job in choosing our best playing and making sure it has top notch sound. Great guys who understand the band and know what suits us best.”

Pre-Order ‘One And Only’, Here: Due Out On June 28, 2024 via AFM Records

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WARDRUNA Release New Song And Video For Hertan

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Einar Selvik
Lindy-Fay Hella
Eilif Gundersen
HC Dalgaard
Sondre Veland

Amidst Wardruna´s song-writing hibernation, the group resurfaces to offer a taste of their next album with the single release and music video for the song Hertan. The song is available on all digital streaming platforms now.

Watch the video here
Listen to the song here

Picture by Tuukka Koski | Design by Øivind Myksvoll

Einar Selvik comments on the new song: ““Hertan” is the proto-Scandinavian word for “heart” and that is exactly what we explore in this song and film. The duality of the heart with the rhythm, flow and pulse we can see, hear, and feel in nature and in all forms of life – and the more abstract idea of the heart, The rudder on the ship of emotions, our decisions, and our true desires.”

Once again, Wardruna teamed up with Finnish director and photographer Tuukka Koski for the video production of Hertan. Koski has previously directed Wardruna´s videos for Raido, Voluspá, and Grá. This time, the production mainly took place during some freezing nights in northern Finland at the island of Hailouto.

Einar about the video shooting process: “It is always a true pleasure to create art with Tuukka and his colleagues at Breakfast Helsinki! His experience and eye for detail as well as the ability to always conjure up next-level material, is very inspiring to be part of. Three days, three locations, no sleep but a lot of heart. This is how it went down. Hope you will enjoy the result!”Listen/Watch here

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POWERWOLF’s Back Again With A New Studio Album, “Wake Up The Wicked”, Out July 26!

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POWERWOLF are:
Attila Dorn – vocals
Falk Maria Schlegel – organ
Charles Greywolf – guitar
Matthew Greywolf – guitar
Roel van Helden – drums

POWERWOLF’s New Studio Album, Wake Up The Wicked, to be Released on July 26, 2024 | Pre-Order Your Copy HERE

First North American Headline Tour Begins in August 2024

Headlining the Biggest Arenas in Europe on Wolfsnächte 2024 Tour

POWERWOLF – a band that fills the hearts of every heavy metal fan with joy – will release their highly-anticipated new studio album, Wake Up The Wicked, on July 26, 2024 via Napalm Records! With several #1 chart entries and multiple gold and platinum records, POWERWOLF is undoubtedly one of the most successful current heavy metal bands worldwide. Headline and premium slots at premier rock and metal festivals like Wacken, Hellfest and Graspop, as well as massive sold-out arena shows have further solidified the Wolfpack’s standing at the very top of the scene. POWERWOLF’s high quality releases are steadily praised by critics and fans alike, building upon the successful reach of their songs and impressive official music videos, which have been streamed tens of millions of times across platforms to date.

Fans can get a taste of the massive live shows by ordering one of the formats including the bonus album, Manhattan Metal Mass – Live in New York City, recorded at their first ever US show. Pre-order your version of the new album now!

Pre-Order your version of Wake Up The Wicked HERE:

Wake Up The Wicked Tracklisting:

Bless ’em With the Blade
Sinners of the Seven Seas
Kyrie Klitorem
Heretic Hunters
1589
Viva Vulgata
Wake Up the Wicked
Joan of Arc
Thunderpriest
We Don’t Wanna Be No Saints
Vargamor

Wake Up The Wicked – the highly anticipated successor to the extremely successful previous studio album, Call Of The Wild (2021) – will be released just in time for the award-winning band’s first ever full North American tour, starting in August 2024, followed by their biggest European headline tour to date, the Wolfsnächte 2024. Wake Up The Wicked is once again produced by the outstanding Joost van den Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities and marks a new benchmark and undisputed career highlight for the band. The new album is hard, surprising and full of variety. While staying true to their established, loved sound, POWERWOLF go one step further and showcase a different facet of their deft musical and technical skills. This is evident, for example, on the outstanding single “1589”, which is based on a true story from the 16th century.

20 years after their formation in 2004, POWERWOLF are expanding their repertoire with the highest quality and adding many future live hits to their extraordinary discography. Wake Up The Wicked is yet another statement cementing the status of the band as a leading force in the world of heavy metal!

Wake Up The Wicked will be available in various formats:
– 3LP Vinyl Box incl 1LP Popup Gatefold Vinyl Wake Up The Wicked red/black marbled, 1LP Gatefold Vinyl black Live in New York, 1LP Gatefold Vinyl black orchestral album, 96 pages booklet, DIN A1 poster – exclusively available via Napalm Records Mailorder – strictly limited!
– 3LP Vinyl Box incl 1LP Popup Gatefold Vinyl Wake Up The Wicked white/black marbled, 1LP Gatefold Vinyl black Live in New York, 1LP Gatefold Vinyl black orchestral album, 96 pages booklet, DIN A1 poster – exclusively available via Powerwolf Shop – strictly limited!
– 3LP Vinyl Box incl 1LP Popup Gatefold Vinyl Wake Up The Wicked yellow/red marbled, 1LP Gatefold Vinyl black Live in New York, 1LP Gatefold Vinyl black orchestral album, 96 pages booklet, DIN A1 poster – exclusively available via EMP – strictly limited!
– 2CD Mediabook + bust, incl Wake Up The Wicked and Live in New York, bust, 48 page booklet – exclusively available via Napalm Records Mailorder – strictly limited!
– 3 CD Earbook, incl Wake Up The WickedLive in New York, Orchestral Album, 96 pages booklet – exclusively available via Napalm Records Mailorder, Powerwolf Shop and EMP – strictly limited!
– 1LP Gatefold Vinyl, oxblood – exclusively available via Napalm Records Mailorder – strictly limited!
– 1LP Gatefold Vinyl, silver – exclusively available via Powerwolf Shop – strictly limited!
– 1LP Gatefold Vinyl, gold – exclusively available via EMP – strictly limited!
– 1LP Gatefold Vinyl, black
– 2CD Mediabook, incl Wake Up The Wicked and Live in New York, 48 page booklet poster
– 1CD Jewel Case
– Music Cassette, red – exclusively available via Napalm Records Mailorder – strictly limited!
– Music Cassette, black – exclusively available via Powerwolf Shop and EMP – strictly limited!
– Digital Deluxe Album
– Digital Album

[2CD Mediabook + bust, incl Wake Up The Wickedand Live in New York, bust, 48 page booklet – exclusively available via Napalm Records Mailorder – strictly limited!

POWERWOLF 2024 North American Tour:
w/ Unleash The Archers
08.29.24 US – Los Angeles, CA / The Hollywood Palladium
08.31.24 US – Denver, CO / The Ogden Theatre
09.03.24 US – Chicago, IL / The Riviera Theatre
09.04.24 US – Cleveland, OH / The Agora Theatre
09.05.24 US – Silver Spring, MD / The Fillmore
09.07.24 US – Tampa, FL / Jannus Landing
09.08.24 US – Atlanta, GA / The Masquerade
09.09.24 US – Charlotte, NC / The Fillmore
09.12.24 US – Philadelphia, PA / The Fillmore
09.13.24 US – Worcester, MA / The Palladium
09.14.24 US – New York City, NY / Brooklyn Paramount
09.15.24 US – Laval, QC / Place Bell

POWERWOLF Wolfsnächte 2024:
w/ HammerFall, Wind Rose
04.10.24 DE – Hamburg / Barclays Arena
05.10.24 NL – Amsterdam / AFAS Live
06.10.24 BE – Antwerp / Lotto Arena
09.10.24 FR – Nantes / Zenith
10.10.24 LU – Esch Sur Alzette / Rockhal
11.10.24 DE – Stuttgart / Schleyerhalle
12.10.24 DE – Frankfurt / Festhalle
14.10.24 IT – Milan / Alcatraz
16.10.24 CH – Zürich / The Hall
17.10.24 FR – Paris / Zenith
18.10.24 DE – Oberhausen / Rudolf Weber Arena
19.10.24 DE – Berlin / Velodrom
21.10.24 PL – Krakow / Tauron Arena
22.10.24 HU – Budapest / MVM Dome
23.10.24 AT – Vienna / Gasometer
25.10.24 DE – Munich / Olympiahalle
26.10.24 CZ – Prague / Sportovni Hala Fortuna

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ROTTING CHRIST Release New Single “Saoirse” From New Album Pro Xristou

Photo by © Chantik Photography

Line-up
Sakis Tolis – Guitar, Vocals
Themis Tolis – Drums
Kostas “Spades” Heliotis – Bass
Kostis Fouk – Guitar

In celebration of their 35th year as a band, this May, Rotting Christ are releasing their 14th album. ΠΡΟ ΧΡΙΣΤΟU (Pro Xristou) is bound to hold a revered place in the Greeks’ heretical history. Always true to their name, Sakis Tolis and his brother Temis pay tribute to the last of the Pagan kings. Today, they’re releasing the album’s rising and resolute new single, “Saoirse”.  

Watch the video for “Saoirse”https://youtu.be/ORI2fmbHzfg

Pro Xristou comes out May 24 on Season of Mist.

Pre-order: https://shop.season-of-mist.com/list/rotting-christ-pro-xristou

Pre-save:https://orcd.co/proxtristoupresave

“Saoirse” pays tribute to the Irish King of Tara, who was one of the last kings to resist the expansion of Christianity. In Gaelic, “Saoirse” means “freedom”. The song invokes this long-heard ancient battle cry from the very beginning, opening with a distant clang of swords. “I am the wind that blows across the sea”, Sakis warns as a riff comes charging in behind him like a tidal wave.

Like all of Pro Xristou, “Saoirse” was recorded and produced in Athens, Greece. Their new single also embodies the history of the band’s home country with its resounding choir and thunderous drum fills. But it’s also emblematic of the way Rotting Christ has evolved over the past 35 years. Steered by a steadily chugging rhythm section, minor chords and melodic leads unfurl with the towering majesty of an ancient tapestry. At the center of this black metal fresco stands Sakis, the unwavering captain of Rotting Christ’s battle ship. “Hails to our ancient Kingdom”, he growls, still fierce and full of fight after all these years. 

Track-list

1. Pro Xristou (Προ Χριστού) (1:29)
2. The Apostate (5:01)
3. Like Father, Like Son (4:35) [WATCH]
 4. The Sixth Day (3:56)
5. La Lettera Del Diavolo (4:01)
6. The Farewell (6:15)
7. Pix Lax Dax (4:33)
8. Pretty World, Pretty Dies (4:51)
9. Yggdrasil (5:04)
10. Saoirse (6:17) [WATCH]
11. Primal Resurrection (Bonus Track) (5:32) – Only Deluxe Editions!
12. All For One (Bonus Track) (3:37) – Only Deluxe Editions!

In the dimly lit catacombs of extreme metal, one name stands as a monolith: ROTTING CHRIST. Sakis Tholis and his brother Themis started this band together back in 1987. In the three decades since, these Greek titans have left their blackened imprint all over the metal world. They’ve released 13 studio albums and played more than 1,300 concerts around the globe.  Underneath all this hard work, Rotting Christ have but one vision – an urge to not only push the boundaries of extreme metal, but to keep reinventing themselves along the way.

Rotting Christ’s evolution has unfolded across several distinct chapters. After starting out closer to the barely controlled chaos of grindcore, they went on to establish the iconic sound of Hellenic black metal. Their albums often embrace refined gothic soundscapes, only to plunge back into the depths of blasphemous fervour. Each chapter marked another, further exploration, and an unwavering commitment to push boundaries.

But the real turning point came in 2007, when Rotting Christ signed a pact with Season of Mist. They unleashed a series of albums for the French label that defied any and all expectations. From the piercing Theogonia and the symphonic grandeur of Aelo to the ritualistic intensity of Κατά Τον Δαίμονα Εαυτού, the cinematic experiences created by Rotting Christ became a spectacle of bombastic atmospheres, mesmerizing choirs, and neo-classical arrangements. The unexpected is their modus operandi, with the use of various languages (Latin, Arabic, Greek,  English) as well as the extensive use of famous poetry woven into their music, like Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’ on The Heretics.

In 2019, Rotting Christ’s epic journey continued with The Apocryphal Spell compilation, which offers fans an intimate glimpse into unreleased and rare material. This allowed them to gather strength, preparing for the release of their next, highly anticipated, 14th full-length studio album: Pro Xristou.

Pro Xristou
 (‘Before Christ’ in Greek), serves as a fervent tribute to the last Pagan kings who resisted the onslaught of Christianity, guarding their ancient values and knowledge. In this thematic odyssey, intricately woven through tracks such as ‘The Apostate’ and ‘Ygdrassil’, Rotting Christ delves into the legacies of historical figures such as Flavius Claudius Julianus and Nordic mythological kings, embodying the might of Pagan wisdom in the face of Christian adversity. The album encapsulates the essence of Rotting Christ’s signature style – melodic, yet harsh at times – reinventing themselves yet again, while remaining rooted in their 35-year legacy.

Guest Musicians
Amdroniki Skoula – Vocals (on ‘La Letra Del Diavolo’)
Nikos Kerkiras – Keyboard
Christina Alexiou – Choir
Maria Tsironi – Choir
Alexandros Loyziotis – Choir
Vasilis Karatzas – Choir

Andrew Liles – Narration (on ‘The Apostate’, ‘Pretty World, Pretty Dies’)
Kim Diaz Holm – Narration (on ‘Ygdrassil’)

Recording Studio
Deva Sounds Studios (Athens, Greece)

Producer
Sakis TolisSound Engineer
Fotis Bernando
Aggelos Karatzas

Mixing
Jens Borgen at Fascination Street Studios (Örebro, Sweden)

Mastering
Tony Lidgren at Fascination Street Studios (Örebro, Sweden)

Artwork Artists
Thomas Cole – Artwork
Adrien Bousson – Digital Processing

Biography
Sébastien J. Gamez 

Links:
Official Website: https://www.rotting-christ.com/en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rottingchristofficial/
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/rottingchristofficial/
Twitter (X): https://twitter.com/athanatoieste
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/RottingChristOfficia
Bandcamp: https://rottingchristofficial.bandcamp.com/
Apple Music: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/rotting-christ/id28441629
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7FhkwcO8Jd7BRWdllBpXBJ

Available Formats:
Digital Download
CD Digipak
CD Clamshell Box – Deluxe Digipak w/ Gold Foil + 2 Bonus
Tracks & Extras
12″ Vinyl Gatefold – Black
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Crystal Clear
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Crystal Clear, Red & Blue Mixed
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Green
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Turquoise
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Yellow
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Blue
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – silver & Black Marbled
Limited Box Set Vinyl – 12″ Gold & Black Marbled w/ Gold Foil + 2 Bonus Tracks & Extras
Cassette

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German Heavy Metal Legends ACCEPT Reveal Second New Single, “The Reckoning”

Photo Credit: Christoph Vohler

ACCEPT are:
Wolf Hoffmann – guitar
Mark Tornillo – vocals
Uwe Lulis – guitar
Martin Motnik – bass
Christopher Williams – drums

German Heavy Metal Legends ACCEPT Reveal Second New Single, “The Reckoning” | Check Out the Music Video HERE

New Studio Album, Humanoid, out April 26, 2024 via Napalm Records
Pre-Order NOW

Check Out The Interactive Humanoid Experience Website and Immerse Yourself in the New Album HERE

ACCEPT’s New Teutonic Metal Masterpiece Humanoid!

Iconic heavy metal institution ACCEPT have released their second new single, “The Reckoning”, off of their highly anticipated album, Humanoid, out April 26, 2024! The dark accompanying music video channels ACCEPT’s captivating live energy and matches the sinister instrumentation and apocalyptic lyrics of the track.
 
Formed in 1976, ACCEPT was the first internationally successful German heavy metal band. Currently, the frontrunners are again at the top of the international heavy metal scene, having stormed the charts with their latest album, Too Mean To Die, peaking at #2 on the Official German Album Charts. Order your copy of ACCEPT’s next masterpiece, Humanoid, now, and check out the official music video for “The Reckoning”below for a taste of what’s to come!
 

Wolf Hoffmann on “The Reckoning”:   
“We’re thrilled to release ‘The Reckoning’ as our second single. It’s is one of our favorites from the new album: hard hitting, solid metal with lyrics about a poignant life theme. We hope the fans enjoy it as much as we do! “

Watch the Official Music Video for “The Reckoning” HERE:

“On Humanoid, ACCEPT once again succeed in channeling the essence of heavy metal: Cutting riffs, sublime solos, big melodies. Must be heard loud!”
– Metal Hammer Germany –

[ACCEPT Metal Hammer Coverstory with excl 7’’ Vinyl to be published on April 12 – Pre-Order now!]
 

Once again finalized by leading metal producer Andy Sneap (Judas Priest, Amon Amarth, Testament, Saxon, etc.) at his Backstage Recording Studios Ltd. in Derbyshire, UK, Humanoid is a towering musical achievement and another world class entry in the ACCEPT catalog, certain to rally fans from around the world. Humanoid will be available in various formats worldwide, some of them strictly limited.

Humanoid joins absolute genre classics like Balls To The Wall, certified Gold in USA and Canada, Metal Heart, and newer masterpieces like Blood of the Nations and the #1 charting album Blind Rage. Their albums regularly place in national Top 10 sales charts, with global sales in excess of 17 million to date.

Pre-Order Your Copy of HumanoidNOW:

Tracklist Humanoid:
1    Diving Into Sin
2    Humanoid
3    Frankenstein
4    Man Up
5    The Reckoning
6    Nobody Gets Out Alive
7    Ravages Of Time
8    Unbreakable
9    Mind Games
10    Straight Up Jack
11    Southside Of Hell

ACCEPT have never shied away from hot button issues, and this album is no exception. Yet the band’s 17th studio album is certainly not a concept album. It deals with topics like AI and how our reliance on technology is gradually stripping away our individuality. ACCEPT offers a warning in this new album and title track single Humanoid. Since singer Mark Tornillo will never be an advocate for the digital age, he counterbalances the title track with raw emotions, frailties, significant Rites of Passage we encounter on the path of life and characteristics that make us uniquely human: feeling uncomfortable, getting older, dealing with hurt, disappointment, and the final stop for everyone: death.   

Humanoid will be available in the following formats:
 Ltd Box incl. CD Mediabook + Flag, Keytool in Guitar Look, Lighter, Photo Card, Textile Sticker – Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive (strictly limited to 1000 copies worldwide)
– 1-LP Gatefold Vinyl SPLATTERED CRISTALLO, BLACK, BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW, WHITE Die-Hard Edition + 12 inch Booklet + Slipmat + Patch + Record Butler – Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive, (strictly limited to 666 copies worldwide)
– 1-LP Gatefold Vinyl SOLID BABY BLUE – Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive (strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide)
– 1-LP Gatefold Vinyl TRANSLUCENT TURQUOISE – Napalm Records North America exclusive (strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide)
– 1-LP Gatefold Vinyl CRISTALLO – JPC exclusive (strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide)
– 1-LP Gatefold Vinyl TRANSLUCENT ORANGE – EMP exclusive (strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide)
– 1-LP Gatefold Vinyl SILVER – Platekompaniet exclusive (strictly limited to 400 copies worldwide)
– 1-LP Gatefold Vinyl SOLID ROYAL BLUE– North American Indies exclusive (strictly limited to 1100 copies worldwide)
– 1-LP Gatefold Vinyl BLACK 
– 1-CD Mediabook w/ 28 pages booklet + 1 Bonus Tracks – limited edition
– 1-CD 6 pages Digisleeve + 12 pages booklet
– World exclusive 7“ vinyl incl. ”Humanoid”and “The Reckoning”, physically unreleased – only available with METAL HAMMER Germany May issue incl ACCEPT cover story (street date April 12th), before the new album drops
– Digital Album

Ltd Box incl. CD Mediabook + Flag, Keytool in Guitar Look, Lighter, Photo Card, Textile Sticker – Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive (strictly limited to 1000 copies worldwide)]

Humanoid is a ferociously electrifying, dynamic and subtly nuanced platter with tongue in cheek humor, as heard in biblical references on “The Reckoning” – an ode to concert audiences – a thrilling new spin on the “Frankenstein” story and “Straight Up Jack” – a track that surely would have been a Bon Scott approved drinking song.           

The opening track “Diving into Sin” gives listeners a hair-raising energetic jolt with its Middle Eastern influenced intro, and an almost aggressive, screaming vocal from Tornillo setting the rest of the album up for a most bountiful feast. “Unbreakable” is as much about the band as it is the bond between ACCEPT and their fans, in the concert arena – an easy going “Hey, let’s do this” kind of rock song. “Mind Games”, on the other hand, has a vintage feel, circa “Metal Heart”“No One Gets Out Alive” seems tailor made for live shows. It says that regardless of life’s circumstances, rich, famous, or not, death is the great equalizer. Upbeat and aggressive with guitar interplay, “Southside Of Hell” ends the disc with a wonderful bit of wordplay, courtesy of Tornillo.           

Humanoid is an album that targets the head, heart, gut and… balls! Listen for yourself!

ACCEPT Live 2024:
 
South American Headline Tour:
29.04.24 UY – Montevideo / Complejo Sala Show
01.05.24 BR – Sao Paulo / Carioca Club
03.05.24 AR – Buenos Aires / Teatro Flores
05.05.24 CL – Santiago / Coliseo
07.05.24 PE – Lima / CC Festiva
09.05.24 CO – Bogota / Royal Center
11.05.24 SV – San Salvador / Gimnasio Adolfo Pineda Santa Tecla
13.05.24 MX – Mexico City / Sala Urbana
15.05.24 BR – Belo Horizonte / Mister Rock
17.05.24 BR – Brasília / Toinha
18.05.24 BR – São Paulo / Carioca Club
19.05.24 BR – Santo André / Santo Rock
 
European Headline Tour:
17.10.24 TR – Istanbul / KCP
28.10.24 FR – Toulouse / Le Bikini
29.10.24 FR – Lyon / Transbordeur
31.10.24 BE – Antwerp / Trix
01.11.24 FR – Paris / Elysee Montmartre
02.11.24 CH – Lausanne / Les Docks
03.11.24 CH – Zurich / Komplex
05.11.24 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage
06.11.24 DE – Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle
07.11.24 DE – Langen / Stadthalle
09.11.24 AT – Vienna / Simm City
12.11.24 DE – Munich / Backstage
13.11.24 DE – Berlin / Huxleys
15.11.24 DE – Neu-Ulm / Ratiopharm Arena
16.11.24 DE – Geiselwind / Musichall
20.11.24 DE – Gera – KuK
21.11.24 DE – Bremen / Aladin
25.11.24 NO – Oslo / Rockefeller
26.11.24 SE – Gothenburg / Trädgår’n
28.11.24 SE – Skövde / Valhall
29.11.24 SE – Karlstad / Nöjesfabriken
30.11.24 SE – Stockholm / Fryshuset
 
Festivals 2024:
05.-08.06.24 PL – Gdansk / Mystic Festival
19.-22.06.24 DK – Copenhagen / Copenhell
20.-22.06.24 ES – Cartagena / Rock Imperium Festival
26.-29.06.24 ES – Viveiro / Resurrection Festival
27.-30.06.24 FR – Clisson / Hellfest
11.-15.07.24 HU – Dunaújváros / Rockmaraton
12.-14.07.24 BG – Mogilovo / Midalidare Rock in the Wine Valley
14.07.24 CZ – Visovice / Masters Of Rock
20.07.24 DE – Pyras / Pyras Open Air
21.07.24 GR – Athens / Release Athens
26.-28.07.24 UK – Ebbw Vale / Steelhouse Festival
31.07.-03.08.24 DE – Wacken / Wacken Open Air
01.-03.08.24 SE – Rejmyre / Skogsröjet
20.10.24 ES – Mallorca / Full Metal Holidays
22.-23.11.24 GER – Weissenhäuser Strand – Metal Hammer Paradise

Tickets available HERE

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Music News

Allegaeon Releases New Video For The Single”Iridescent”

Photo by Kyle Lamar/Digital Myle

ALLEGAEON:
Greg Burgess – lead guitar
Michael Stancel – lead guitar
Jeff Saltzman – drums
Ezra Haynes – vocals
Brandon Michael – bass

Watch/stream ALLEGAEON’s “Iridescent” HERE

Colorado melodic tech outfit ALLEGAEON, unleash their new stand alone single, “Iridescent” accompanied by an absolutely unhinged music video. The band recently finished working on their seventh full-length album with longtime producer Dave Otero (Flatline Audio).

The scathing new tune follows their “Inhumation” single, released last Fall, and serves as a precursor to the band’s forthcoming full-length. Where “Inhumation” had more of a Damnum vibe, “Iridescent” is more reminiscent of Elements Of The Infinite. Musically, both songs were written with an overwhelming sense of anger; “Inhumation” in soundscape form and “Iridescent” in a pure, frantic guitar-driven form.

Comments returning vocalist Ezra Haynes, “Originally recorded during the same session as our last single, ‘Inhumation,’ we wanted to release ‘Iridescent’ to give our fans a little love before we full send our next album cycle. This stand-alone single was cut from the very cloth of ALLEGAEON’s Elements Of The Infinite era. Perfect timing too, as we’re about to head out on the North American leg of the Cancer Culture Tour with Decapitated, Speticflesh, and Kataklysm this April. It will be very cool to see how the newer material is received. Here we are, just about ten years from when we released the song ‘1.618.’ We still get asked to this very day about our wheel of subgenres, or, ‘Where’s the crab?’ I’m really looking forward to the next ten-plus years of glizzies.”

Adds guitarist Greg Burgess, “The music for ‘Iridescent’ spawned from my excitement of working with Ezra again. We had been throwing ideas back and forth, rekindling our writing chemistry, and this song just seemed to write itself. The accompanying video’s subject matter evolved much like our video for ‘1.618.’ Five guys sat around talking about stupid things until we started laughing. Then the question was posed… ‘What if?’ Anyway, I hope people like hotdogs and stupid videos.”

Watch ALLEGAEON‘s video for “Iridescent” at THIS LOCATION.

Stream the band’s previously released single, “Inhumation,” at THIS LOCATION.

Next month, ALLEGAEON will hit the road with DecapitatedSepticflesh, and Kataklysmfor the Cancer Culture Over North America Tour 2024. The tour runs from April 16th through May 19th. Tickets are on sale now. See all confirmed dates below.

North American Tour Supporting Decapitated Begins Next Month

ALLEGAEON w/ Decapitated, Septicflesh, Kataklysm:
4/16/2024 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
4/17/2024 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
4/18/2024 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
4/19/2024 Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
4/20/2024 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
4/21/2024 Come and Take it Live – Austin, TX
4/23/2024 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
4/24/2024 The Masquerade (Hell) – Atlanta, GA
4/25/2024 Hangar 1819 – Greensboro, NC
4/26/2024 The Queen – Wilmington, DE
4/27/2024 The Webster – Hartford, CT
4/28/2024 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY
4/29/2024 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
5/01/2024 Imperial Bell – Quebec City, QC
5/02/2024 Beanfield Theater – Montreal, QC
5/03/2024 The Phoenix – Toronto, ON
5/04/2024 Preserving Underground – Pittsburgh, PA
5/05/2024 Piere’s Entertainment Center – Fort Wayne, IN
5/06/2024 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
5/07/2024 Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY
5/08/2024 The Forge – Joliet, IL
5/10/2024 Green Room – Minneapolis, MN
5/11/2024 Park Theater – Winnipeg, MB
5/12/2024 Louis (USSU) – Saskatoon, SK
5/13/2024 The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
5/14/2024 The Back Alley – Calgary, AB
5/16/2024 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
5/17/2024 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
5/18/2024 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
5/19/2024 1720 – Los Angeles, CA

A lot has happened with ALLEGAEON since the 2022 release of Damnum, a record called a “triumph” of maximalist modern metal and “technically dazzling yet always in thrall to the uplifting power of melody.” First, the Colorado-based band — who formed in 2008 — welcomed back original singer Ezra Haynes as permanent vocalist in November of 2022. Then the quintet wrote and recorded two blistering brand-new songs — “Iridescent” and “Inhumation” — with longtime producer Dave Otero.

Both of the songs are really aggressive, far more than anything I’ve done with the boys,” says Haynes. “Since my departure in 2015, ALLEGAEON had grown so much musically as well as introduced a more ‘personal’ style of lyrics to the fold. This was a very cool change to me.”

Creative freedom is key in both ALLEGAEON‘s new songs and revitalized lineup. “During my previous career in music, I was always mildly satisfied due to death metal just being aggressive in nature,” Haynes reflects. “Having the ability to really spread my wings in the ‘introspective’ sense really garnered ALLEGAEON my full buy-in.”

Producer Otero has worked with the band for fifteen years, and guitarist Greg Burgess explains that, “Dave always provides a comfortable working environment, amazing ideas, and a career-spanning understanding of what has made Allegaeon, ALLEGAEON.”

Among the lineup’s six albums are features from Bjorn Strid of Soilwork (vocals) and Benjamin Ellis of Scar SymmetryALLEGAEON has seen their albums in the Top 10 of Billboard’s US Hard Rock, US Rock, US Indie and US Sales charts, the tracks “1.618” from Elements Of The Infinite; “Of Beasts And Worms” off Damnum, and “Parthenogenesis” from Apoptosis earning millions of collective streams from fans the world over.

If Damnum is what happens when “absurdly gifted musicians reach a state of unwavering confidence” as one journalist raved, the band’s next chapter, back with Haynes, and with an unbounded, refreshed creativity, will be unstoppable.

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Tours

Alice Cooper announces more Germany concerts together with Doro!

Image: Alice Cooper [Official Press Photo]

Alice Cooper has announced that in addition to his summer tour, he will play more concerts in October under the theme “Too Close For Comfort,” accompanied by none other than the Queen of Metal, Doro.

Alice Cooper has announced that in addition to his summer tour, he will play more concerts in October under the theme “Too Close For Comfort.” The legendary shock rocker will be accompanied by none other than the Queen of Metal, Doro, along with her band. Look forward to energized concerts in a rockin’ manner and a brand-new stage show.

The latest album “Road” was released on August 25th last year by ear MUSIC. If you missed the last album, here is your chance to listen to it:

Here is a list of all the dates in Germany:

Alice Cooper’s Germany concerts in the summer of 2024:

12.06.24 Hamburg – Stadtpark
22.06.24 Northeim – Waldbühne
01.07.24 Nuremberg – Stadionpark
02.07.24 Dresden – Junge Garde
04.07.24 Butzbach – Schlosshof
06.07.24 Breisach – Pinot And Rock
More Alice Cooper shows in Germany with Doro in the fall:

03.10.24 Stuttgart – Porsche-Arena
04.10.24 Lingen – Emsland Arena
06.10.24 Oberhausen – Rudolf Weber Arena
08.10.24 Munich – Olympiahalle
09.10.24 Berlin – Max-Schmeling-Halle
11.10.24 Leipzig – Arena

Alice Coopers latest album ‘Road’ is now available. Get your copy now.