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Category 7: Heavy Metal Supergroup Reveals “Mousetrap” Video And Single

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Eponymous Debut Nears Release Via Metal Blade Records

Watch / stream CATEGORY 7’s “Mousetrap ” HERE

Mousetrap” is the latest single from CATEGORY 7, the heavy metal supergroup featuring the iconic lineup of John Bush (Armored SaintAnthrax), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline MobSonic UniverseNoturnall), Phil Demmel (Machine HeadKerry KingVio-Lence), Jack Gibson (Exodus), and Jason Bittner (Shadows FallOverkill). The track comes courtesy of the band’s self-titled debut full-length, set for release on July 26th through Metal Blade Records.

Named after the numerical designation for the most powerful windstorms, CATEGORY 7 came together from a batch of musicians who strived to play music they loved and weren’t hearing elsewhere and wanted to do so with bandmates they enjoyed being with. The result is sonically rewarding and lives up to the storied histories of its members. Meticulously structured songs skillfully balance thrash beats, NWOBHM-inspired rhythms, a punk metal attitude, and ferocious dual guitar work ultimately establishing an eclectic musical backdrop for vocalist John Bush’s instantly identifiable vocals.

The band has already earned perhaps the most honorable of accolades from Metallica‘s James Hetfield who added the band’s last single, “Exhausted” to the the playlist of Metallica‘s official podcast, The Metallica Report.

It’s all about big verses and big songs, and it has a lot of the elements we’ve explored in our other bands,” notes guitarist and main songwriter Mike Orlando.

I think the sound of this band really comes down to the odd connection that all of us have,” adds Bittner. “We’ve known each other for years as friends and peers. And we’ve all looked up to each other and know that one day we’d have to work together. It’s taken almost two decades for that to happen, but lo-and-behold, once it did there was no stopping us.”

In advance of the record’s official unveiling, today the band presents a video for third single, “Mousetrap.”

Comments Bush, “The music for this one felt like a mysterious caper to me. I drew inspiration from The Three Musketeers where a police tactic was used to apprehend someone who went to the residence of a person who was previously arrested. The whole thing feels like a black and white movie with scenes of entrapment, interrogation, and a corrupt warden. Even though it feels like something old, it also feels like it could be applied to what is happening in our modern justice system. Round and round we go.”

Watch CATEGORY 7‘s video for “Mousetrap” at THIS LOCATION.

Watch CATEGORY 7’s previously released video for “In Stitches” HERE and “Exhausted” HERE.

Category 7 was produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Orlando at Sonic Stomp Studios with art and layout by Carlos Fides at Artside Studio (AngraEvergreyKamelot). The record will be available on CD and digital formats as well as vinyl in the following color variants:

Storm Surge (US + EU)
Sable Smoke (EU – Ltd. 300)

Find pre-orders at: metalblade.com/category7

CATEGORY 7:
John Bush – vocals
Phil Demmel – guitar
Mike Orlando – guitar
Jack Gibson – bass
Jason Bittner – drums

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Ensiferum: Finnish Folk Metal Titans to Release “Winter Storm” Full-Length on October 18th via Metal Blade Records

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New Video / Single Now playing + Pre-orders Available

Watch / stream ENSIFERUM’s “Winter Storm Vigilantes” HERE

ENSIFERUM will release their long-awaited new studio album, Winter Storm, on October 18th through Metal Blade Records.

The Finnish folk-metal melodeath sensation has maintained a prolific release schedule since their first demo in 1997, gradually increasing in stature until eighth album Thalassic crowned their ascent in 2020. The nautical opus went on to top Finland’s album chart, reaching #3 in Germany, and top ten in Switzerland, Canada, and the United States. Eventually, ENSIFERUM would take Thalassic on two massive world tours and to festivals like Wacken, Hellfest, Summer Breeze, and Ragnarök, but the global Covid pandemic ensured that the four-year wait for Winter Storm would be the longest in the band’s near-thirty-year history.

Much of the new material emerged in the lockdown era, when ENSIFERUM‘s founding guitarist Markus Toivonen set himself the challenge of finding new ways to make music — eventually composing every song except the rousing, anthemic “Fatherland,” written by bassist Sami Hinkka. The addition of singer/organist Pekka Montin’s crystal-clear melodic high notes provided a tremendous boost on Thalassic. But on Winter Storm — a fantasy concept narrative penned by Hinkka — Montin’s super-strong voice finds its optimal place in ENSIFERUM‘s sound. Bringing to life such grandiose, heroic material, the singer emerges as one of the greatest vocal discoveries of the decade.

The way I see it, this album is more like a ‘musical’ than a traditional album,” says Hinkka. “The lyrics of Winter Storm are based on part of my unpublished fantasy book. One day it will be out… I don’t want to reveal the plot or details too much but ‘Winter Storm Vigilantes’ and ‘Fatherland’ tell of two factions in this long tale. The Vigilantes have gained knowledge to utilize certain rare elements, and even though there was already magic in this world, with this new epiphany they have reached a completely new level. This element seems to interact with living things in a way that even the wisest men don’t completely understand. And through generations of trial and error, they have refined a skill to expose their horses to the element and managed to break the law of gravity, making their steeds fly. But they became ruthless and greedy on their quest to gain more of this element. A small tribe in the north keep on fighting for their land, which the Vigilantes plan to take over. These North Folks will literally fight until the last man…

Other characters include a Vigilante castaway, the last shaman of the North Folk, and a mysterious widow. The album ends with a great battle against the Vigilantes and the unholy alliance of the castaway and the North Folk shaman, who has transcended into a spirit wolf. Who will prevail? Will this be the final battle of the book? Time will tell… I understand that all this sounds very far out — well, it is a fantasy book — but believe me, it will be truly an epic story!

Adds Hinkka of ENSIFERUM‘s first single from the offering, “Winter Storm Vigilantes,” “Markus had quite grandeur visions of the song and it turned out to be even more heroic than we expected. It was an obvious choice to open the new album. This epic song serves as one faction of the big story. The song pushes forward with the might of a thousand horses and will surely be a great song in the future setlist.”

Watch ENSIFERUM’s “Winter Storm Vigilantes” at THIS LOCATION.

ENSIFERUM‘s Winter Storm was produced by Janne Joutsenniemi, mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren, and includes guest appearances by Lassi Logrén on Nyckelharpa and violin and Mikko Mustonen on orchestration as well as Eleine’s Madeleine Liljestam who provides all vocals on “Scars In My Heart.”

Winter Storm will be available on jewel case CD, special edition CD featuring two additional bonus tracks, and digitally as well as vinyl in the following color variants:

Frost (US)
180g Black (EU)
Light Blue Ice Marbled (EU)
Light Blue Ice Marbled w/ Signed Cover (EU – Ltd. 100 – Amazon EU excl.)
Blood Red Marbled (EU – Ltd. 500)
Pic-LP (EU – Ltd. 500)
Red Opaque Blackdust (EU – Ltd. 200 – Band Shop excl.)
Blood On Ice Splatter (EU – Ltd. 300 – EMP excl.)
Frosty Blue Splatter (EU – Ltd. 200 – Levykauppa excl.)

Find pre-orders at: metalblade.com/ensiferum

Winter Storm Track Listing:
01. Aurora
02. Winter Storm Vigilantes
03. Long Cold Winter of Sorrow and Strife
04. Fatherland
05. Scars in My Heart (feat. Madeleine Liljestam)
06. Resistentia
07. The Howl
08. From Order to Chaos
09. Leniret Coram Tempestate
10. Victorious
11. Six Ribbons (Jon English Cover) *
12. Lambada (Kaoma Cover) *
* Special Edition Bonus Track

ENSIFERUM:
Petri Lindroos – vocals, guitars
Markus Toivonen – guitars, vocals
Sami Hinkka – bass, vocals
Janne Parviainen – drums
Pekka Montin – keyboards, vocals

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GOATWHORE Announces North American Headlining Tour; Tickets On Sale Now!

Photo by Stephanie Cabral

GOATWHORE:
Louis B. Falgoust II – vocals
Sammy Duet – guitars, vocals
Zack Simmons – drums
Robert “TA” Coleman – bass

GOATWHORE will return to North American stages on a massive North American headlining tour this August/September. The caravan of chaos begins on August 9th in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and runs through September 30th in Pensacola, Florida with stops at this year’s editions of Full Terror Assault in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois and Metal Injection Fest in Brooklyn, New York. Support will be provided by Vitriol as well as Thantifaxath, Herakleion, and Necrofier on select dates.

Comments guitarist/vocalist Sammy Duet, “I am thrilled  to be part of this supernatural intervention of a tour along with Vitriol, Necrofier, and Thantifaxath! I am especially excited to see our Canadian fans after a very long time! Falses Stay Hidden!”

Tickets are on sale now. See all confirmed dates below.

GOATWHORE w/ Vitriol, Thantifaxath, Herakleion:
8/09/2024 Chelsea’s Live – Baton Rouge, LA
8/10/2024 House Of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
8/11/2024 Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
8/12/2024 CheapSteaks – Dallas, TX
8/13/2024 Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX
8/14/2024 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
w/ Vitriol, Thantifaxath:
8/15/2024 Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
8/16/2024 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA * No Vitriol
8/17/2024 The Casbah – San Diego, CA * No Vitriol
8/18/2024 1720 – Los Angeles, CA * No Vitriol
8/20/2024 Backstage Bar & Billiards – Las Vegas, NV * No Vitriol
8/21/2024 The Siren – Morro Bay, CA
8/22/2024 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA * No Vitriol
8/23/2024 Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
8/24/2024 Volcanic Theater Pub – Bend, OR
8/25/2024 Dante’s – Portland, OR
8/27/2024 Substation – Seattle, WA
8/28/2024 Cobalt Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
8/30/2024 Commonwealth – Calgary, AB
8/31/2024 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
9/02/2024 The Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
9/03/2024 The Aquarium – Fargo, ND * No Thantifaxath
w/ Vitriol, Necrofier:
9/05/2024 Full Terror Assault – Cave-In-Rock, IL
9/06/2024 Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA
9/07/2024 Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
9/08/2024 X-Ray Arcade – Cudahy, WI
9/10/2024 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH
9/12/2024 Frankie’s Inner-City – Toledo, OH
9/13/2024 Spirit Hall – Pittsburgh, PA
9/14/2024 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
9/15/2024 The Sanctuary – Hamtramck, MI
9/17/2024 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
9/19/2024 Piranha Bar – Montreal, QC
9/20/2024 The Middle East – Cambridge, MA
9/22/2024 Metal Injection Fest @ The Brooklyn Monarch – Brooklyn, NY
9/24/2024 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
9/25/2024 Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
9/27/2024 Conduit – Winter Park, FL
9/28/2024 Gramps – Miami, FL
9/29/2024 Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
9/30/2024 Handlebar – Pensacola, FL

GOATWHORE continues to tour in support of their acclaimed Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heavenfull-length released in October of 2022 via Metal Blade Records. Their most accomplished composition to date in sound, concept, and execution, the twelve-track offering earned the #9 position on Billboard’s Current Hard Music Albums chart upon its first week of release.

Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven was produced by Jarrett Pritchard (Exhumed, 1349), and tracked primarily at Studio In The Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana under pandemic restrictions. The band recruited acclaimed producer Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire, Gatecreeper, Code Orange) to mix the record with final mastering duties handled by Grammy-award winning engineer Ted Jensen (Ghost, Gojira, Cult Of Luna). The record is tied together by the art of longtime collaborator Jordan Barlow.

Preview and purchase Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven at: metalblade.com/goatwhore.

“Angels… consistently rages without ever devolving into the samey sounding banality that plagues so many less adept practitioners. Angels… just gets better the longer it plays.” – Decibel Magazine

“Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven proves yet again that one of the hardest working bands in metal can continue to impress us with their tried and true brand of blackened extremity.” – Metal Injection

GOATWHORE has begun a new campaign of terror with this album, channeling their darkest and most malicious release in some time.” – Lambgoat

“If you love war metal, this pick will be right up your alley. It assaults you with blitzkrieg strength. This evil offering is pleasantly raw. Yet, it is also a polished and mature work. GOATWHORE will catch you off guard with soaring guitar solos and the like.” – MetalSucks

“Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven cherry-picks the best bits from various subgenres — the guttural intensity of death metal, the trilling majesty of black metal — and assembles them into songs that feel almost regal in their hateful conviction.” – Spin Magazine’s 10 Best Metal Albums Of 2022

“The blackened thrash remains up front, as Falgoust’s growls and Duet’s riffs and sinister solos coalesce with the determined rhythms of Simmons and Coleman. GOATWHORE ascends to eviscerate all expectations. Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven exceeds the related genre’s boundaries and redefines their sound and place in the landscape of metal.” – New Noise Magazine

“… all killer with no filler… Whatever the future may hold for GOATWHORE, Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven proves that the band is at the top of its game, and that it has much more to offer.” – Blabbermouth

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Hellbutcher Unleashes “Hordes of the Horned God” Single

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Stream HELLBUTCHER’s “Hordes Of The Horned God” HERE

Self-Titled Debut Nears Release On Metal Blade Records

As the frontman of legendary Swedish maniacs NifelheimHellbutcher stands among the most elite figures of the black metal underground, and with his eponymous new band, HELLBUTCHER, his frenzied mission continues conjuring sounds of pure blasphemy and absolute musical Armageddon. Nothing less than total metal devastation will do!

Following the end of Nifelheim, who played their final show in late 2022, Hellbutcherwasted no time in forging forward. Teaming up with old compadres in evil, guitarists Necrophiliac and Iron Beast, bassist Eld, and drummer Devastator (ex-Nifelheim), HELLBUTCHER quickly set about bringing their new vision to life. Together, they had quickly amassed enough material to record their raging, hellish, self-titled debut album, set for release on May 31st through Metal Blade Records.

Recording in various locations around Sweden, such as Devastator’s own Red And Black Hall Drum Studio and Iron Beast’s Chrome Studios, and producing and mastering everything themselves – “No need for an outside producer since we knew exactly how our band should sound” – it is a record that stands proud and unambiguous as a work or pure, metallic mayhem.

From the album’s opener, the crazed “The Sword Of Wrath,” HELLBUTCHER‘s intent is loud and clear: Channeling the spirit of VenomBathoryIron MaidenExciterMotörheadMercyful Fate, and the aggressive spirit of true heavy metal. It’s an explosion of diabolic evil, performed relentlessly by true masters of the form.

Elaborates Hellbutcher of the band’s latest single, “The title ‘Hordes Of The Horned God’ was inspired by an old Dissection song where Jon [Nödtveidt] mentions ‘my god has horns.’ I crafted the song with an epic yet raw and thrashing feel. The intro riff recurs in various forms, shaping both the chorus and the end of the mid-section of the song. Additionally, our great guitarist, known as Iron Beast, delivers some fantastic guitar solos on this track.”

Stream HELLBUTCHER‘s “Hordes Of The Horned God” at THIS LOCATION.

Watch the band’s previously released video for first single, “The Sword Of Wrath,” HERE.

With an enviable musical pedigree and a killer album to their name, HELLBUTCHERare certain to scorch a mark onto the black metal scene. “I believe this band has the potential to surpass Nifelheim; we’ve accomplished more in a year than I did in the last decade with Nifelheim,” Hellbutcherstates. “The key difference lies in the fact that this band shares a common goal. I am now filled with tremendous inspiration, and I plan to create new songs, records, and gigs at a completely different pace than before.

Insisting in so many words that posers should die, and promising that their live shows “will be a neck-breaking experience,” the underground is about to be hit with an outbreak of evil unlike anything it has seen for a long time. Time to turn the cross upside down: HELLBUTCHER is here, and they mean evil business.

Hellbutcher will be released on May 31st digitally and in the following physical formats and special editions:

Jewel Case (EU + US)
“Metal” Vinyl (EU + US)
Special Edition (EU – CD, DVD, Patch)
Special Edition (EU – LP, DVD, Patch) Orange Yellow Marbled Vinyl
180g Black Vinyl
Ash Grey Smoke Vinyl (EU – Ltd. 300, Sound Pollution excl.)
Blood Stained Ice Splatter Vinyl (EU – Ltd. 300)
Red “Black Dust” Vinyl (EU – Ltd. 200, Sweden Rock Mag excl. – SOLD OUT)

Find pre-orders at: metalblade.com/hellbutcher

Hellbutcher Track Listing:
01. The Sword of Wrath
02. Perdition
03. Violent Destruction
04. Hordes of the Horned God
05. Death’s Rider
06. Possessed by the Devil’s Flames
07. Satan’s Power
08. Inferno’s Rage

HELLBUTCHER:
Hellbutcher – vocals
Necrophiliac – guitars
Devastator – drums
Eld – bass
Iron Beast – guitars

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Kvaen, Swedish Melodic Death Black Metallers to Release “The Formless Fires” Full-Length June 21st on Metal Blade Records

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KVAEN:
Jacob Björnfot – everything

KVAEN Live Lineup:
Jacob Björnfot – vocals/guitars
Kristian Gustavsson – guitars
Rasmus Rova – guitars
Per Lindström – bass
Fredrik Andersson – drums

New Video / Single Now Playing + Pre-orders Available

Watch/stream KVAEN’s “The Formless Fires” HERE

KVAEN will release their third album, and first for Metal Blade Records, The Formless Fires, on June 21st.

There are many great extreme metal bands in Sweden, but only one from Kalix. This remote beauty spot near the Finnish border, on the northernmost shores of the Baltic, is home to Jacob Björnfot, creative mastermind behind melodic black/death metal project, KVAEN.

A sumptuous but bitingly intense exploration of beauty and violence, KVAEN‘s The Formless Fires is a melodic black metal masterwork radiating an inspirational sense of place. Even more than 2020’s folky, speed metal-infused debut The Funeral Pyre or 2022’s compelling, expansive follow-up, The Great Below, the vast pine woods and icy lakes are powerfully evoked in the elemental gloom riffs, chilly melodies, and windswept solos running through these eight mighty songs.

Assisting in this record’s immersive sweep are Björnfot’s fascinating lyrics. Like many Swedish songwriters, his use of English reveals a love and care for the language that few native speakers even bother to rival. If this album seems less intimate and more universal than the raw candor of its predecessor, it’s only because Björnfot’s knack for allegory has improved. Illuminating some of the lyrical themes, Björnfot asserts “I love mythology. ‘Basilisk’ is, for example, the king of serpents but is rarely mentioned by the mainstream. ‘The Perpetual Darkness’ is about being born different from those who are ‘normal.’ It is also about being a lone wolf and banished from society. That song has become a personal favorite of mine.” Additionally, ‘De Dödas Sång (Song Of The Dead)’ tackles the disturbing theme of Ättestupa, the ancient Norse suicide ritual whereby elderly villagers jump to their deaths from sheer precipices.

Comments Björnfot on the record’s eponymous opening track and first single, “‘The Formless Fires’ was actually written for another project of mine featuring members from Dissection, Lord Belial, Sacramentum, and Naglfar but I convinced myself to keep it for the next KVAEN album instead and I’m glad I did – this is one of my top favorites off the new album.

Watch KVAEN’s “The Formless Fires” video at THIS LOCATION.

All instrumentation on The Formless Fireswas composed and performed by Björnfot with the exception of drums which were resoundingly hammered by ex-Amon Amarthbasher Frederik Andersson. The record features the guest solos of Sebastian Ramstedt (Necrophobic) on “Traverse The Nether” and Chaq Mol (Dark Funeral) on “The Wings Of Death.”

The Formless Fires will be available on CD and digital formats as well as vinyl in the following color variants:

180 g Black
Dark Midnight Blue Marbled
Copper Orange Marbled – Ltd. 400
Dark Violet Marbled – Sound Pollution Exclusive Ltd. 300
Fiery Orange Red Splatter – Ltd. 300
Blue Black & White Splatter – Ltd. 200

Find pre-orders at: metalblade.com/kvaen

The Formless Fires Track Listing:
01. The Formless Fires
02. Traverse the Nether
03. Tornets Sång
04. The Ancient Gods
05. Basilisk
06. De Dödas Sång
07. The Perpetual Darkness
08. The Wings of Death

KVAEN Live:
6/21/2024 Helvete – Oberhausen, DE
6/22/2024 Boarstream Open Air 2024 – Buchenbach, DE
6/23/2024 Nachtleben – Frankfurt, DE
8/30-31/2024 Bulasal Metal Fest – Västeräs, SE
5/03/2025 Karmøygeddon Fest – Kopervik, NO

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Thrash Metal Legends FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Announce New Studio Offering “I Am The Weapon”

Following their 2021’s “Blood In The Water”, Veteran Arizona thrashers FLOTSAM AND JETSAMhave shared a first single taken off their forthcoming, 15th studio album entitled “I Am The Weapon”, that is slated for a 2024-release via AFM Records

More album details and pre-order options will be revealed on May 24, 2024. 

At the same time, a repress of the band’s 2016-album, “Flotsam And Jetsam”, will be issued as a strictly limited, Gatefold Clear 2-Vinyl!

The band comments: “We’re very excited about this new album, “I Am The Weapon.” We put a great amount of effort and thought into the music, and we can’t wait to start unleashing this metal assault on the music community…”

Their new single “I Am The Weapon” is now available on all digital providers.

Watch the lyric video right here:

It’s been almost 40 years since FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, formed in Phoenix, Arizona released their landmark debut, “Doomsday for the Deceiver,” the only album to ever receive a 6K rating from the influential British magazine Kerrang! Bassist Jason Newsted would jump ship to Metallica while the band released the unstoppable “No Place for Disgrace” in 1988. “Cuatro” (1992), “Drift” (1995), “High” (1997), and “My God” (2001) all still rank extremely high in heavy metal circles. But it was the first part of this unofficial trilogy in 2016’s self-titled “Flotsam and Jetsam” that a certain rejuvenation and reset was clearly felt.

Fast-forward five years to a planet that was forced to its knees. While spending most of the pandemic times in a holding pattern like the rest of the world, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM made the best of a struggling situation and just let those creative juices and angst flow. What emerged was the much-acclaimed “Blood in the Water”, released in 2021 via AFM Records. 2024 will see FLOTSAM AND JETSAM return with their thunderous, new studio album “I Am The Weapon”; watch out for more news and details to follow in the weeks ahead!

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Goatwhore Announce Fifteen Date UK and Irish Tour with Eyehategod in December

Photo By Stephanie Cabral

GOATWHORE:
Louis B. Falgoust II – vocals
Sammy Duet – guitars, vocals
Zack Simmons – drums
Robert “TA” Coleman – bass

New Orleans’ favourite extreme metal alchemists, GOATWHORE have confirmed they’ll join Eyehategod on an all encompassing fifteen date steamroller ride through the UK and Ireland. Kicking off in Glasgow on December 6, 2024 and taking in an appearance at the Byker Grave Fest in Newcastle along with Discharge and more to be announced the day after before laying waste to the the shires over two weeks, finishing in Dublin, Ireland on the 21st.

It’ll be the band’s first time here since their hjghly rated Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven album was released on Metal Blade Records in 2022.

Twin Troubled Tables Tour 2024
EYEHATEGOD + GOATWHORE
2024-12-06 – Glasgow – Slay
2024-12-07 – Newcastle – Byker Grave Fest, University
2024-12-08 – Sheffield – Corporation
2024-12-09 – Manchester – Rebellion
2024-12-10 – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
2024-12-11 – Swansea – Patti Pavilion
2024-12-12 – Reading – Face Bar
2024-12-13 – Brighton – Arch
2024-12-14 – London – Garage
2024-12-16 – Milton Keynes – Craufurd Arms
2024-12-17 – Bournemouth – The Bear Cave
2024-12-18 – Wolverhampton – KK’s Steel Mill
2024-12-19 – Bristol – Marble Factory
2024-12-20 – Belfast – Voodoo
2024-12-21 – Dublin – Grand Social

Tickets for all shows are available here: routeonebooking.fanlink.tv

GOATWHORE released their critically adored Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven full-length last October via Metal Blade Records. Their most accomplished album to date in sound, concept, and execution, the twelve-track offering earned the #9 position on Billboard’s Current Hard Music Albums chart upon its first week of release and stands among the most ravaging records to come out of 2022.

Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven was produced by Jarrett Pritchard (Exhumed1349), and tracked primarily at Studio In The Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana under pandemic restrictions. The band recruited acclaimed producer Kurt Ballou (ConvergeHigh On FireGatecreeperCode Orange) to mix the record with final mastering duties handled by Grammy-award winning engineer Ted Jensen (GhostGojiraCult Of Luna). The record is tied together by the art of longtime collaborator Jordan Barlow.

Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven is available on CD, digitally, and LP on multiple color variants. Preview and purchase yours today at: metalblade.com/goatwhore

View the band’s videos for “Born Of Satan’s Flesh HERE.

And the title track HERE.

Angels… consistently rages without ever devolving into the samey sounding banality that plagues so many less adept practitioners. Angels… just gets better the longer it plays.” – Decibel Magazine

If you love war metal, this pick will be right up your alley. It assaults you with blitzkrieg strength. This evil offering is pleasantly raw. Yet, it is also a polished and mature work. GOATWHORE will catch you off guard with soaring guitar solos and the like.” – MetalSucks

Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven cherry-picks the best bits from various subgenres – the guttural intensity of death metal, the trilling majesty of black metal – and assembles them into songs that feel almost regal in their hateful conviction.” – Spin Magazine’s 10 Best Metal Albums Of 2022

…blistering tracks toward the album’s back-end like ‘Voracious Blood Fixation’ and ‘The Devil’s Warlords’…showcase some of GOATWHORE’s best, off-kilter, savage riffs ever. It truly is all killer with no filler… Whatever the future may hold for GOATWHORE, Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven proves that the band is at the top of its game, and that it has much more to offer.” – Blabbermouth

The blackened thrash remains up front, as Falgoust’s growls and Duet’s riffs and sinister solos coalesce with the determined rhythms of Simmons and Coleman. GOATWHORE ascends to eviscerate all expectations. Angels Hung from the Arches of Heaven exceeds the related genre’s boundaries and redefine their sound and place in the landscape of metal.” – New Noise Magazine

…another devilishly brutal offering from GOATWHORE and sees the band on relentlessly savage and reenergized form with their brand of no nonsense metal going for the jugular at every chance it gets.” – Distorted Sound

Goatwhore Online:

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Catch Lizzy Borden At at Metal Blade Records Museum Tomorrow And Next Saturday!

Additional tours opened up in May when both Amon Amarth and Cattle Decapitation will be in town

The ultimate Heavy Metal museum features artifacts from Slayer, Metallica, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Thin Lizzy and many more!

Tickets HERE!

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce that LIZZY BORDEN will be at its Las Vegas, NV based heavy metal museum every Saturday this month. Inside the museum, fans will be able to wander the halls of heavy metal history, collected throughout the life and career of Metal Blade’s founder and Chairman/CEO, Brian Slagel. You’ll see items like old promo materials, old show flyers from the Sunset Strip and beyond, plaques, props from tours and music videos, original promotional photos from bands’ album releases, original artwork from bands’ cover art, merch, gear, and so, so much more.

Metal Blade Records has also opened up additional museum tours the weekend that both Amon Amarth and Cattle Decapitation are in town on their individual headlining tours.

Friday, May 24th
Saturday, May 25th
Sunday, May 26th

Tour #1 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Tour #2 2:30pm – 4:30pm

For a better idea of what the museum holds, check out these videos which offer a quick tour through the museum with Metal Blade’s very own, Brian Slagel.

Pt 1 HERE

Pt 2 HERE

And while out and about in Las Vegas, make sure to stop by Metal Blade Records‘ store at the Antique Mall Of America. Full of Metal Blade collectibles and out-of-print items that can’t be found anywhere else, fans can visit the location to get their fix of rare vinyl, t-shirts, CDs and more. (Antique Mall of America 9151 S Las Vegas Blvd # 344 Las Vegas, NV 89123 – directions HERE)

About Metal Blade Records:
Founded upon owner Brian Slagel‘s enduring drive to find great bands and get their music out to as many people as possible, since 1982 Metal Blade has brought wave after wave of powerful, innovative, and often genre-defining music to the ever-hungry metal masses. It is this ethos that has seen Metal Blade build up a stunning and diverse catalog, weather the various storms facing any independent label, and in an age of declining record sales boast the most successful years of its existence as it celebrates its fourth decade.

Metal Blade Records launched MetallicaSlayerArmored SaintFates WarningGWARCannibal CorpseAmon AmarthWhitechapelThe Black Dahlia MurderCattle Decapitation, and dozens more genre giants, shaping four decades and counting of hard rock, metal, and extreme music culture. Brian Slagel worked as a record store clerk when he founded Metal Blade in 1982, reserving a spot for a young Lars Ulrich on his Metal Massacre compilation series. Metal Blade grew from humble beginnings in Los Angeles to become an international powerhouse, selling millions of albums while remaining fiercely independent. In 2017, Slayer‘s Kerry King inducted the label into the Hall of Heavy Metal HistorySlagel‘s For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records arrived the same year.

In 2022 Metal Blade Records celebrated its 40th Anniversary by way of two live shows in Las Vegas – one featuring Killswitch Engageand another featuring Sacred Reich. In addition to these two packed live shows/parties, the label reissued its first release, the compilation album Metal Massacre, plus specially branded 40th Anniversary small batch vodka and rum, and a West Coast style IPA beer. Brian Slagelalso saw the release of his second book, Swing of the Blade: More Stories from Metal Blade Records that was released on May 9th and was met with rave reviews from fans and press alike. One fan on Good Reads called the book “a sentimental journey through Brian’s metal origin-story recollections from his deep and wide perspective as founder of Metal Blade that I enjoyed very much” while MetalTalk.net wrote that “Swing Of The Blade is an endearing, honest, and enjoyable journey into the deeper world of Brian Slagel, the main man behind the legendary Metal Blade Records…this is very much Brian in his own words, recounting tales from the early days of Metal Blade through to a brief post-pandemic epilogue, where he expresses his regret that the book hasn’t coincided with the 40th anniversary of the label.” To round out the celebration, Brian Slagel opened up the label’s collection of heavy metal memorabilia to fans in Las Vegas, NV, marking the opening of the official Metal Blade Records Museum that is open every Saturday.

The celebrating rolled over into 2023 and in October AXS TV picked up and premiered the Denise Korycki documentary of Metal Massacre: The Story Behind the Legendary Album. Packed with all-star interviews, rare photos, the film tells the story of the groundbreaking 1982 Metal Massacre vinyl compilation-a sonic celebration of the burgeoning Los Angeles Metal scene, which helped launch the careers of iconic acts Metallica and Ratt, and ultimately led to the birth of the legendary independent record label Metal Blade Records. The film boasts priceless commentary and anecdotes from Metal Bladefounder Brian Slagel and his friend and collaborator John Kornarens, two metalheads with a dream who made Metal Massacre a reality; as well as Metallica members Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield; Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy; and Black N’ Blue singer Jamie St. James, among many others.

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

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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!

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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

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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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Allegaeon Releases New Video For The Single”Iridescent”

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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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German Heavy Metal Outfit Vulture Unleashes “Realm of the Impaler” Video / Single

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VULTURE:
L. Steeler – vocals
S. Castevet – guitars
M. Outlaw – guitars
A. Axetinctör – bass
G. Deceiver – drums

Sentinels Full-Length Nears Release On Metal Blade Records

Watch VULTURE’s “Realm Of The Impaler” video HERE

German heavy metallers VULTURE will unleash their fourth album, Sentinels, upon the masses on April 12th via Metal Blade Records. In anticipation of the release, today the band drops the fiery new single, “Realm Of The Impaler.”

If there is one band that combines a classic approach with fresh ideas and an expansive joy of playing to honor their ancestors from the likes of early ExodusMetallica, or Slayer, then it is VULTURE

Blabbermouth once hailed the band for breathing, “fresh life into the peerless sounds of the ’80s metal underground,” adding that, “while there are countless bands taking a similar approach, very few of them have either the songwriting chops or the inarguable conviction that this band keep delivering in massive, choking quantities.” Defenders Of The Faith Metalconcurred, “Their musical chops are such a force to be reckoned with; if they wanted to, they could form a traditional/prog metal band on the side, but they won’t. They’ll continue to subtly incorporate elements of such without losing their way.”

On SentinelsVULTURE proves once again that tradition and further development are not mutually exclusive, but on the contrary can lead to something extraordinary that leaves no headbanger untouched.

In direct comparison to the last album, Dealin’ Death, we’ve picked up the pace again noticeably,” says guitarist Stefan Castevet. “We’re bolder and a bit wilder again. It was important to us to be catchy and to include choruses that stick. Of course, we’ve basically retained our style, but we’ve defined the framework of the songs more clearly.”

VULTURE again recorded with Marco Brinkmann in his Hellforge Studio where there were also some innovations. “We had a clearly structured daily routine, a normal working day with set goals in which we could focus purely on recording the songs. Our previous recordings were a bit less organized which resulted in working overtime for everyone involved at the end. This is one of the reasons why Sentinels is the best sounding VULTURE record to date!

Comments Castevet on the band’s latest single, “‘Realm Of The Impaler’ shows our musical roots in classic heavy metal. Lots of twin guitars and melodies paired with driving drums and a dark atmosphere. The song proves that we are much more than a typical ‘hit it’ thrash band. Lyrically, the song deals with the infamous figure Vlad Tepes: His name a curse, his tongue a whip!

Watch VULTURE‘s “Realm Of The Impaler” video at THIS LOCATION.

Watch VULTURE’s previously released video for “Unhallowed & Forgotten” HERE.

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

Crystal Clear w/ Black Smoke (US)
180g Black (EU)
Blood Red & White Splattered (EU – Ltd. 200)
Bright Red White Marbled (EU – Ltd. 700)
Special Edition Bundle w/ 12″ (Midnight Blue Marbled), 7″, Patch, Photo, Poster (EU – Ltd. 500)

Find pre-orders at: metalblade.com/vulture

VULTURE Live:
3/14-17/2024 Underground Resistance Festival – Göteborg, SE
4/11/2024 Don’t Panic – Essen, DE * Record Release Show
4/12/2024 Bambi Galore – Hamburg, DE * Record Release Show
4/13/2024 Hühnermanhattan – Halle, DE * Record Release Show
4/26/2024 SWR Festival – Barroselas, PT
5/10/2024 Huginns Awakening Fest – Ostende, BE
5/30 – 6/1/2024 Muskelrock Festival – Alvesta, SE

A devastating Teutonic speed attack forged in the blazing fyres of the Ruhrpott!” — Yorck Segatz, Sodom

VULTURE strikes again! From technical finesse and fast-paced riffs to catchy choruses and laid back groovers, Sentinels delivers forty-one merciless minutes of electric ecstasy straight in your face! A refined and perfectionized successor to 2021’s Dealin’ Death that strikes with unchallenged power!” — Max Mayhem, Evil Invaders

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