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Cryptopsy Sign to Season of Mist

Photo by Maciej Pieloch

No band has tested the boundaries of extreme music more than Cryptopsy.

After an ungentle exhumation from the Canadian underground during the early ’90s, Cryptopsy quickly rose to recognition amongst metalheads all across the globe. Most bands would consider themselves lucky to make one classic album. Cryptopsy have made three, including None So Vile, which is widely considered one of the best death metal albums of all time.     

Cryptopsy’s raw and blistering technical prowess set a precedent for extreme music. After all, their eldest statesmen did write the book on this style of drumming. But the band have continued to evolve throughout their storied career. Their 30-year discography defies any one categorization, incorporating everything from jazz fusion to mathy avant-garde rhythms and melodic experimentation before returning to their more brutal form.

Just last year, Cryptopsy won a JUNO Award for their most recent album, As Gomorrah Burns. This year, the band earned another prestigious honor: joining the celebration of death metal’s most iconic band. While they continue to tour North America alongside Death to All, recently, Cryptopsy made a stop at Maryland Death Fest for a special 30th anniversary set of their debut album, Blasphemy Made Flesh.  

Now that they’ve signed with Season of Mist, Cryptopsy are focused on keeping their momentum rolling. They’re hitting the road this fall on a second tour of North America, this time with CarnifexNew music is also on the way, along with definitive reissues from their classic catalogue.  

“We are thrilled to announce that Cryptopsy has joined forced with Season of Mist!” the band says. “Season of Mist’s dedication to artistic integrity and their track record of supporting diverse and innovative music make them the perfect partner for Cryptopsy. With their backing, we look forward to reaching new heights creatively, connecting with more fans and continuing to push the boundaries of extreme music. We are excited for the journey ahead and the opportunities this opens up for what’s already an exciting new chapter of our band”.

The Scream of Perseverance Tour 2024
featuring Cryptopsy and Death to All


June 15 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile [TICKETS]
June 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile [TICKETS]
June 17 – Richland, WA @ Ray’s Golden Lion [TICKETS]*
June 18 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre  [TICKETS]
June 19 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre [TICKETS]
June 21 – Berkeley, CA @ Cornerston [TICKETS]
June 22 – Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone [TICKETS]
June 23 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst [TICKETS] 
June 24 – Fresno, CA @ Full Circle Brewery District [TICKETS]*
June 25 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick [TICKETS]
June 26 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick [TICKETS]
June 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater [TICKETS]
June 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater [TICKETS]
June 29 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Nile Theater [TICKETS]
June 30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad [TICKETS]*
July 2 – Oklahoma, OK @ 89th Street Collective [TICKETS]*
July 3 – St. Louis, MO @ Red Flag [TICKETS]*
*Cryptopsy only

Necromanteum Part II North American Tour 2024
featuringCryptoposy, Carnifex,Mental Cruelty, Organectomy and Heavy / Hitter

October 4 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House Concert Hall [TICKETS]
October 5 – Palmdale, CA @ Transplants Brewery [TICKETS]
October 6 – Roseville, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post [TICKETS]*
October 8 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre [TICKETS]*
October 9 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon [TICKETS]
October 10 – Vancouver, BC @ Hollywood Theatre [TICKETS] *
October 12 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom [TICKETS]
October 13 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room [TICKETS]
October 14 – Saskatoon, SK @ Louis’ [TICKETS]
October 16 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Park Theatre [TICKETS]
October 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater [TICKETS]*
October 18 – Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre [TICKETS]
October 19 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s [TICKETS]*
October 20 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi Annex [TICKETS]
October 22 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House [TICKETS]
October 23 – Nepean, ON @ Brass Monkey [TICKETS]
October 24 – Montreal, QC @ Beanfield Theatre [TICKETS]
October 25 – Quebec City, QC @ La Source de la Martinière [TICKETS]
October 26 – Ablany, NY @ Empire Live [TICKETS]
October 27 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater [TICKETS]
October 28 – Cleveland, OH @ The Asylum at Masonic Temple [TICKETS]
October 30 – Springfield, MO @ Regency Live [TICKETS]
October 31 – Wichita, KS @ Temple Live Wichita [TICKETS]
November 1 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep [TICKETS]
November 2 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex [TICKETS]*
November 3 – Reno, NV @ Virginia Street Brewhouse [TICKETS]
*no Cryptopsy

Lineup  
Flo Mounier – Drums
Matt McGachy – Vocals
Christian Donaldson – Guitar
Oli Pinard – Bass

Style: Death Metal

When Cryptopsy emerged from Montreal, Quebec in 1993, their groundbreaking blend of technical prowess and brutal intensity left an indelible mark on extreme metal.   

Right away, Cryptopsy showcased their unparalleled musicianship with their debut album. Blasphemy Made Flesh (1994) set the stage for a career that’s been defined by innovation and boundary-pushing. Their next album solidified the band as pioneers of death metal. None So Vile (1996) earned them critical acclaim and a devoted fanbase across the world.  

“Brutal and beautifully chaotic…a must-have for any extreme metal fan’s collection”, wrote Metal Hammer, who named None So Vile one of the best death metal albums ever.  

Cryptopsy has continued to evolve throughout their storied career. Their 30-year discography defies any one categorization, ranging from jazz fusion on Whisper Supremacy (1998) and the avant-garde rhythms of Once Was Not (2005) to the melodic experiments of The Unspoken King (2008).  

In 2012, Cryptopsy released their self-titled album, which signaled a return to their brutal roots. Three years later, the band embarked on The Book of Suffering, an ambitious two-part EP that Decibel regarded as “an absolute fucking burner”.   

Almost 30 years into their career, Cryptopsy won the JUNO Award for Best Metal/Hard Music Album for their latest album As Gomorrah Burns (2023). They followed that up by earning another prestigious honor: joining Death to All on a tour of North America.  

Along with their celebrated discography, a relentless work ethic and reputation as blistering live performers has cemented Cryptopsy as one of metal’s most influential and respected bands. But while their legacy is safely established, the band remain committed to expanding the definitions of extreme music. Having now signed with Season of Mist, they’re preparing to release new music, along with definitive reissues from their classic catalogue. 

Follow Cryptopsy
Bandcamp: https://cryptopsyofficial.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cryptopsyofficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cryptopsyofficial/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/29PgYwTelpNl6370XLqFtN
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@CryptopsyDeathMetal
BandsInTown: https://www.bandsintown.com/a/2941-cryptopsy

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ANCIIENTS Announce Record Release Shows

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ANCIIENTS Announce Record Release Shows in British Colombia 

JUNO Award winners return with the heavy and heartfelt Beyond the Reach of the Sun

After eight years of soul-searching deep within the Canadian wilderness, Anciients are back and ascending toward their rightful place as guiding lights for progressive metal. The JUNO Award winners recently announced their highly-anticipated third album

To celebrate the coming of Beyond the Reach of the Sun, this fall, Kenny Cook, Mike Hannay and the band’s new axe men Brock MacInnes and Rory O’Brien will play three record release shows in their native British Columbia. This special run includes one night at The Rickshaw Theatre in the band’s hometown of Vancouver.

“We are beyond excited to play our new album in a live setting for the very first time,” Cook says about the band’s upcoming shows. “It’s going to be epic! More show announcements are coming soon”.

Anciients will be supported by five fellow Canadian bands: metal-punks Fearbirds, progressive metalheads Black Thunder, metal stoners Waingro, thrashy death metal trio Bloodrhine and post-metal doomsayers Empress.   

Anciients Beyond the Reach of the Sun Record Release Shows 

September 20 – Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar with Fearbirds and Black Thunder [TICKETS]
September 21 – Nanaimo, BC @ The Queens with Fearbirds and Black Thunder [TICKETS]
September 27 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre with Waingro, Bloodrhine and Empress [TICKETS]

Beyond the Reach of the Sun comes out August 30, 2024 on Season of Mist. 

Watch the mind-bending guitar playthrough for lead single “Melt the Crown”.

Pre-order & Stream 

https://orcd.co/anciientsbeyondthereachofthesun

The video for the guitar playthrough of “Melt the Crown” was directed, filmed and edited by Claine Gorgoth Lamb (@claines_world).

Tracklist
1. Forbidden Sanctuary (8:16)
2. Despoiled (5:19)
3. Is It Your God (7:07)
4. Melt the Crown (7:08) [WATCH]
5. Cloak of the Vast and Black (6:20)
6. Celestial Tyrant (5:52)
7.Beyond Our Minds (4:12)
8. The Torch (4:13)
9. Candescence (4:10)
10. In the Absence of Wisom (6:35)

It’s been a rough handful of years for British Columbia-based extremity-laced progressive rockers, Anciients. When the quartet unleashed their Voice of the Voidalbum in 2016, the world appeared to be their oyster and things seemed ripe for the picking. They were coming off the success of their Heart of Oak debut from 2013, its ascendancy due in large part to a collective uptick in interest for involved, forward-thinking music. The public had moved beyond toe-dipping and tire-kicking, and were instead doing headfirst dives into exploring the likes of Opeth, Mastodon, Baroness, The Ocean, Intronaut and others who originally hailed from the extreme music underground, but had since grown, matured and scrubbed behind their ears to include heaping and healthy chunks from the outskirts of their record collections and influence pools.  

The Band That Auto-Correct Loves to Fuck With™ shared stages with everyone from High on Fire and Goatwhore to Boris and Lamb of God, were in the midst of a European tour when they discovered they were JUNO Award (Canadian Grammy equivalent) winners in the heavy metal/hard rock category. The world was ready to accept Anciients into its welcoming arms. Anciients was gearing up to employ takeover methods, specifically their brand of thunderous rhythms and labyrinthine riffing bolstered by a road warrior mentality. And then, the momentum petered out and the band seemingly fell off the face of the earth.  

Today, Anciients are ready and poised to resume their spirited quest for heavy metal paramountcy. There’s no doubt the band is back and with a stunning and beautiful collection of ten songs on offer in the form of new and third album, Beyond the Reach of the Sun, they are positioning to reestablish themselves as a dominant force for those who love windmilling their tresses around thoughtful tempo changes, complex harmonic layers and driving power chord shifting. But what the hell happened and where did they disappear to?

“Basically,” explains guitarist/vocalist Kenny Cook, “right before Voice of the Void was recorded, my wife had our first kid. She ended up having heart complications and almost passed away from it. We recorded the last record and once it came out, I was kind of just focusing on her, dealing with her health issues and keeping that in check. I wasn’t at the stage where I could be gone for half a year, especially with a new kid. Long story short, she’s happy and healthy now, but dealing with family issues was the main priority. It was a bit of a road.”

Adding to that bit of Anciients camp turmoil, guitarist/co-vocalist/co-founding member, Chris Dyck and the band parted ways in January of 2017. This left a gaping lineup hole at an inopportune juncture in the band’s timeline. Not only did Cook have to deal with the absence of his long-term song and lyric writing partner, but Dyck was also someone he had been splitting vocal duties with since the pair formed the band in 2009. And then, while helping his wife with her recovery, raising their new born and “because we wanted to raise our son in a small town environment,” the Cook family uprooted to Columbia-Shuswap four hours east of the Vancouver area, where drummer Mike Hannay, Brock MacInnes (Dyck’s replacement) and brand spanking new bassist Rory O’Brien still reside.

“We knew Brock from other bands he’d been in and we knew he’d be a great fit,” explains Cook. “He actually filled in for Chris on a tour we did back in 2015. As far as the vocals, I just found myself picking up the slack on both ends. It felt somewhat natural, it was definitely different. Doing the lyrics myself for the first time was somewhat daunting, but it was also something done out of necessity. But even when Chris was in the band I handled 80-90% of the vocals anyway, so it didn’t change all that much.”  

Then, that whole COVID-19 thing you probably heard about once or twice hit in 2020 and put another restraining bolt on Anciients’ activity, especially touring as the Canadians found themselves dealing with stricter travel restrictions and mandates than many other countries; most notably, not being able to cross the border for almost two years. Once the dust settled, Cook had to adjust to being the lone vocalist and how that impacted the material he was writing while navigating being creative with distance between Anciients’ members for the first time. Not a biggie, as in-person writing sessions are more of a rarity these days, but because of the time elapsed since Voices of the Void, things/interests/influences changed and the band ended up scrapping half of an album’s worth of material and starting fresh. When they put their heads down at the end of 2021 with the focus being Beyond the Reach of the Sun, what was revealed a year later was more streamlined and slithery, more chest-thumpingly direct, more epic and triumphant sounding. Riffs come in explosive layered packets. Leads, harmonies and melodies are more on par with wind-tussled mountain tops instead of sweaty bar shows and the band moves with finely honed, martial accuracy as conducted by Hannay’s rocket-in-the-pocket staccato swing and accents.  

Songs like “The Torch” blaze with the shirtless glisten of ‘70s stadium rock power. “Cloak of the Vast and Black” swirls and whirls with a combination of hardcore intensity, grunge groove and expansive six-string parries. “In the Absence of Wisdom” is a hurricane-sized maelstrom of classic and prog rock elevated to grandiosity by a return to their growling sludge/death early years as the song/album concludes. The album’s first single, “Melt the Crown” mixes cues from legendary fellow hosers Rush and Harlequin, turn-of-the-millennium post-metal and the most psychedelic corners of the Rise Above Records roster.

“The new record has a lot more of our rock side,” Cook offers, “and leans towards those elements of our sound and personalities, whereas Voice of the Void was pretty crushing all the way through. With the new material we’ve tried to add more dynamics to the music and give the songs more room to breathe.”  

Album opener “Forbidden Sanctuary” is the soundtrack to exploration, of new worlds and sonic arrangement as sine-wave guitars pull from vintage Mercyful Fate covens and Krautrock communes with synths opening up novel textural avenues, as they do on the ethereal wispiness and space rock/sci-fi soundscapes of the instrumental “Candescence.” Beyond the Reach of the Sun sees synths and keyboards making their first appearance on an Anciients record and were played by producer/mixer Jesse Gander and Justin Hagberg at the former’s Rain City Recorders studio. In addition to augmenting the album with his skill on the black and whites, Hagberg — a member of the recently reunited 3 Inches of Blood —  also helped Anciients navigate a significant last-minute hurdle, one that threatened to pull the reins back on their comeback roar.

“We lost our bass player literally a month before we were going in to record and were kind of up shit’s creek. Justin also plays in a band called Ritual Dictates with Rory and is the one who brought his name up.”

O’Brien, a former member of Vancouver’s Bushwhacker, was absolutely interested when approached by Anciients.  

“We got lucky and he saved our asses at the last minute.”  

Cook stepped up to the challenge of being the sole lyricist to drape Beyond the Reach of the Sun in deeply personal expressions of the inner turmoil, fear and isolation he’d experienced in himself and saw in others over the past few years. There were moments where he didn’t know whether loved ones were going to pull through and what life was going to look like were tragedy come to pass. Mental health and people living life without being able to see any light at the end of the tunnel became a very prevalent theme to tracks like “Despoiled” and “Beyond Our Minds.” And while the line that became the album’s title is taken from a David Attenborough-narrated Planet Earth documentary, it speaks more to the coming and going of despondency when one doesn’t know how dark the darkness is going to get, as in “Is It Your God,” which pulls from the manifestation of grief and how it can shatter belief systems.  

“That one is a little more personal to me and my situation,” Cook says somberly. “I had a good friend of mine from when I was younger pass away from cancer. His mother was super-religious and there were ideas taken from her questioning how could something like that happen to her when she had such a strong faith.”  

The title and themes of stripped away hope and piled on anguish and tumult were parlayed into the album’s spectacular cover art. Created by Adam Burke (Nightjar Illustrations), the drawing is part-pulp novel cover, part-Franzetta landscape, part-sci-fi movie poster and all a vast illustration one can easily lose themselves in while the record spins in the background.

“We gave him the concept and basic outline of how we wanted the cover to look and he took it to a whole new dimension. It turned out pretty wild!”

With all being said and done, Anciients have returned! They stand ready to ascend the prog metal ladder and get back to doing what they do best with a weighty and dense, but wholly accessible, album. It’s a collection of ten songs that possesses the ability to have those furiously banging heads also tapping into their power of self-reflection and contemplation to ponder the finality of existence, the value of life and their place in the universe.  

“Totally! We’re going to take as many of the opportunities that come to us. The hiatus is over and I think with the new members and everyone being on the same page we’re ready to get out there as soon as possible. We missed out on a huge block after the last record, so we’ve got to make up for lost time. Now that everyone is happy and healthy, we plan to hit it hard.”
Lineup
Kenny Cook (vocals, guitar)
Mike Hannay (drums) 
Brock MacInnes (rhythm guitar)
Rory O’Brien (bass)

Guest musicians
Justin Hagberg plays keyboard on “Forbidden Sanctuary”, “Is It Your God”, “Melt the Crown”, “Candescence”, “In the Absence of Wisdom”.

Jess Gander plays synths on “Candescence” and “Cloak of the Vast and Black”.

Recording studio
Rain City Recorders

Producer / sound engineer
Jesse Gander
Assisted by Szymon Wojciech

Mastering studio and engineer
Stu McKillop @ Rain City Mastering

Mixing studio and engineer
Jesse Gander Rain City Recorders

Cover artwork artist 
Adam Burke @ Nightjar Illustrations

Bio
Kevin Stewart-Panko

Pre-order & Streamhttps://orcd.co/anciientsbeyondthereachofthesun

Follow Anciients Online
https://www.facebook.com/ANCIIENTSRIFFS
https://www.instagram.com/anciients/
https://twitter.com/ANCIIENTS
https://www.youtube.com/user/ANCIIENTS
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/anciients/603538280
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3YQOcYukzO6U1MjFcavDUE?si=4QWahfZxQjOmAI7nYrav6g&nd=1&dlsi=0142e5e62ae54105

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The Black Dahlia Murder – New Album Announced, First Single Released

Photo by Marshall Wieczorek

To Release Servitude On September 27 via Metal Blade Records
First Single, Aftermath Out Now

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will release their tenth studio album, Servitude, on September 27 via Metal Blade Records, today unveiling the record’s first single and preorders.


“Before the tragedy, no one ever thought this band was going to exist without Trevor.”

That’s THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s co-founder Brian Eschbach telling it like it is. With the tragic passing of the band’s frontman and co-founder Trevor Strnad in 2022, Eschbach, bassist Max Lavelle, drummer Alan Cassidy, and producer/guitarist Brandon Ellis were faced with a decision: Close the door on one of the most beloved death metal bands of the last twenty years, or carry on in their fallen brother’s charismatic spirit?

“Everyone that’s in the band now is someone that Trevor and I searched for,” Eschbach says. “We spent so much time on the road together that everyone understands the mission statement. We don’t really need to talk about it. We just need to make great music and try to make people happy playing it.”

After a period of profound grief and deep soul-searching, Eschbach moved from guitar to vocals, setting aside his lifelong identity as a live guitarist for the survival of the band. Former THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER member Ryan Knight returned to the fold to take Eschbach’s place on guitar. The new lineup made their debut in TBDM’s hometown of Detroit in late October 2022 for a tribute show for Strnad.

Fast forward to right about now: THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s new album is the one that many would have thought impossible. Servitude marks Eschbach’s recorded debut as THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s lead vocalist and lyricist—and their first with Knight on guitar since 2015’s Abysmal.

“I just had to lean into it hard,” Eschbach says of approaching Servitude in a completely new role. “Honestly, writing the lyrics for this album was easier for me than writing the music for the three songs that I wrote music for. I’d pick a subject, research it, and just kinda dive in. Even though it’s not something I’d really ever done before, there was a natural flow to it once I started.”

You can hear the thrilling results on “Aftermath,” the ripping lead single, which envisions a post-apocalyptic cannibal scenario. “We wanted that one to be heard first because it’s one of the faster songs on the album, if not the fastest,” Eschbach says. “We wanted that very aggressive BLACK DAHLIA melodic death metal feel coming right at you. Lyrically, it’s about a meteor that fucks up the whole planet, but there’s still people living. Kind of like The Walking Dead, but with no zombies—so you get right to how people deal with it. And by the end, they’re eating each other.”

Watch THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s video for “Aftermath,”
created by My Good Eye: Music Visuals, at
https://youtu.be/pCFivg0a_co

Listen to the track HERE
 

The members of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER know that some will be skeptical of an album without Trevor’s inimitable presence. But many fans have already embraced the band’s decision to move forward. 

“More than pressures or expectations from the fanbase, I feel their trust and support,” Ellis says. “We’ve always done what we do for them, and they’ve appreciated our consistency over the years. The global outcry following Trevor’s passing has shown us how important the band’s music has been to so many people, and how important it is that we continue in his honor. Under all that weight, I think we all knew what needed to be done.”

“We put in everything we had, and this is the album that felt right to make,” he adds. “I’m proud of it and proud of the five of us. You can never please everybody, but I know that this music will be a healing and positive force for those who embrace it!”

The guitars, bass and vocals for Servitude were recorded at Ellis’ home studio in New Jersey. The drums were recorded by Mark Lewis in Nashville, Tennessee where the album was also mixed. Servitude was mastered by Ted Jensen.

Servitude will be released on CD & LP

Find preorders at 
metalblade.com/tbdm

Servitude Track Listing:
1.  Evening Ephemeral
2.  Panic Hysteric
3.  Aftermath
4.  Cursed Creator
5.  An Intermission
6.  Asserting Dominion
7.  Servitude
8.  Mammoth’s Hand
9.  Transcosmic Blueprint
10.  Utopia Black

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER:
Brian Eschbach – lead vocals
Max Lavelle – bass
Alan Cassidy – drums
Brandon Ellis – lead guitar, backing vocals
Ryan Knight – rhythm guitar, backing vocals

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VESTIGE Unveil Total Package on First Single

VESTIGE formed during an intense period of individual turmoil. But after vocalist and guitarist Théodore Rondeau and his old Naraka bandmates Pierre-André Krauzer (bassist) and Quentin Regnault (drums) bonded with guitarist Thomas Petit over a shared love for metal innovators like Alcest and Deftones, together, the four-piece embarked on their own journey toward a modern vision of metal that’s both cathartic and crushing.    

Last year, Vestige achieved their first milestone by signing with Season of Mist, even though they had yet to release any music. This year, the band have played several shows in their native France, including a recent date with Celeste. Now, people all over the world can hear the first glimmer of their debut album, Janis, with lead single “Deviens la Nuit”.    

“‘Deviens La Nuit’ catalyzes everything that Vestige represents in a single piece of music”, Rondeau says. “Between deep melancholy and the violence of realization, it marks the beginning of the journey that is Janis”. 

Watch the colorfully strobing video for “Deviens la Nuit”which was directed by Mathie Ezan (Cult of Luna, Hans Zimmer)

Janis comes out September 6 on Season of Mist.

Pre-order & pre-save: https://orcd.co/vestigejanis

Vestige draw inspiration from modern metal innovators like Alcest and Deftones, but “Deviens la Nuit” encapsulates all the individual pieces that make this band unique. Within the span of 5 minutes, they shift seamlessly from chugging riffs and tortured growls to melodic shoegaze and atmospheric post-metal before closing with a doomy and dissonant, head-banging breakdown. It’s here, within this dark night of the soul, that they bring us to the edge of despair so that we can feel what it’s like to be born anew.

“Cathartic, gentle, violent but enveloping, ‘Deviens La Nuit’ is the transformation and realization of the condition in which Theodore composed it”, Vestige says. “We hope that this song will invite you to experience this introspective journey with us”. 

Tracklist1. Différent (2:47)
2. Deviens la Nuit (5:29) [WATCH]
3. Démence de l’Âme (6:25)
4. Océan (5:27)
5. Automne Part 1 (5:50)
6. Automne Part 2 feat Neige (Alcest) (4:54)
7. Appel de l’Âme (4:15)
8. Corrosion (5:16)
9. Stigmates du Temps (4:34)
10. Envol de l’Âme (5:40)
11. Avant la Fin (7:15)
Total runtime: 57:53

Théodore Rondeau, the creative initiator behind VESTIGE, embarked on a journey of forming the band during a turbulent phase in his life. Emerged as a creative vessel for a complicated emotional journey, the band transcends the boundaries of individual therapy into a collaborative force that hopefully resonates with the feelings that may be all too common for the human experience.

With a profound connection to their craft, VESTIGE pour their souls into their debut album, infusing it with a captivating blend of melancholy, desperation, and catharsis. The music serves not only as an expression of their turmoil, but as a conduit for listeners to navigate the complexities of their own emotions. Through this process, VESTIGE becomes a project with the potential to connect with people on a profound level, forging a collective experience through the universal language of music.

The formation of VESTIGE’s lineup reads like a musical destiny unfolding: Pierre-André Krauzer on the bass, Quentin Regnault on drums, and Théodore on vocals and guitar. They first crossed paths during their tenure in Naraka, a band that shared stages with icons like Cradle of Filth and Alcest. This initial connection laid the groundwork for the formation of the band. Not long after, the addition of Thomas Petit on the second guitar solidified the lineup, bringing a sense of completeness to the ensemble. The band’s sonic identity now established; VESTIGE was ready to share this experience with the world.

The signing with Season of Mist brings the band’s first milestone, allowing VESTIGE to share their journey in the form of their debut album, Janis. Poised for release in late 2024, the album is a culmination of their collective efforts and a statement of the band’s arrival in the heavy music scene. Weaving through atmospheric shoegaze textures, melodic landscapes and intense, tormented moments that reflects the emotional spectrum of the human experience, the band established a foothold into the genre of modern metal.

Beyond the studio, VESTIGE is gearing up for a series of live performance in 2024, setting the stage for an introspective musical experience that brings raw and authentic energy. A cathartic release that pulls in the listener into the emotional depths the band has to bring.
Line-up
Théodore Rondeau – Vocals, Guitar
Pierre-André Krauzer – Bass
Quentin Regnault – Drums
Thomas Petit – Guitar

Recording Studio
Théodore’s Home Studio, and Quentin’s Home Studio (For Drums)

Production Credits
Mixed by Geoffrey Bonnifet at his Home Studio
Mastered by Acle Khaney at 4D Sounds, Oxfordshire, UK

Biography
Sébastien Gamez

Cover Art
Kilian d’Angelo & Justine Dorin

Photography & Video Production
Mathieu Ezan

Pre-save & Pre-order:https://orcd.co/vestigejanis

Follow Vestige:
https://linktr.ee/vestigemusic

Booking Contact:
Thomas Petit – thomas@tourvie.fr

Available Formats:
Digital Download
CD Digipak
2×12″ Vinyl Gatefold – Black
2×12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Gold

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Icelandic Death Metal Squad DEVINE DEFILEMENT Release ‘Age of Atrocities’

Photo Credit: Einar Jarl
Line-up:
Ingólfur Ólafsson (Vocals)
Guðmundur Hermann Lárusson (Guitar)
Arek Alenjikov (Bass & backing vocals)
Sigurjón Óli Gunnarsson (Guitar)
Stefán Friðriksson (Drums)
Freyr Hreinsson (Vocals)

Reykjavík (IS) – Icelandic Death Metal squad Devine Defilement have released sophomore album, Age of Atrocities, on Rising Nemesis Records! The album is streaming in its entirety and can be purchased at:

devinedefilement.bandcamp.com/album/age-of-atrocities

The theme of Age of Atrocitiesreflects the atrocities of mankind throughout the ages and pinpoints the brutality and insanity of the human being. The album packs a healthy dose of technicality, guttural vocals, and blasting drums, all mixed with infectious grooves and slams.

“An album in which almost all facets of death metal find a place. Varied carnage of the highest order!” (9/10)

– Undergrounded

“Devine Defilement keeps a classic feel and rawness to their music that fans of death metal will love, but mixes in modern styles to create a fresh take.”

– The Metalverse

The band has released a whopping five official videos for tracks from the album, which are available below!

“Byzantine Blinding”

youtu.be/npQx4zFvmZE

“Wraith”

youtu.be/r6PVDymF3q4

“Embedded in Filth”

youtu.be/8oP84T5AIJ0

S.C.U (ft. Trausti from False Majesty & Floor from Korpse) youtu.be/aWkl8VwrotM

“Malformed Grin”

youtu.be/n7Fv-SmbDDs

Track Listing:

1. Summoning
2. The Wolf of Bedburg (ft. Steinar Ólafsson)
3. Byzantine Blinding
4. Malformed Grin
5. Labyrinth of Disfigurement
6. All Rise
7. S.C.U (ft. Trausti from False Majesty & Floor from Korpse)
8. Betrothed to Blasphemy
9. Embedded in Filth
10. Wraith
11. SIC (Slipknot Cover)

Mixed and Recorded by Sigurjon Oli Liquid Slam Studios.

Mastered by Floor at GLDCHN Studios.

Artwork by Freyr Hreinsson.

BIO:

The slam crew of Devine Defilementhas been on the forefront of the Icelandic death metal scene for the past few years. Pulling influences from a variety of death metal sub-genres they have concocted a brutal cocktail of groove, slams, blasts and ferocity that has made them a force to be reckoned with! Armed with the release of their sophomore album Age of Atrocities, they are poised to deliver a punishing 2024 for everyone who heeds their call.

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JINJER Announces 2024 North American Headline Tour with Support from Hanabie. and Born of Osiris

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JINJER Announces 2024 North American Headline Tour
Featuring Support from Hanabie. and Born Of Osiris

Launching September 20 in Sayreville, NJ 
Presales Begin Today | General On Sale Begins Friday, June 14

First Official Live DVD/BluRay, Live in Los Angeles, out NOW
Get Your Copy HERE

Hot on the heels of the recent release of their first official live DVD/BluRay, Live in Los Angeles, Ukraine’s very own modern metal phenomenon JINJER have just announced what is poised to be one of heavy metal’s most in-demand tours of the year. The progressive metal giants have once again set their sights on North America for a massive headline tour, featuring support from fast-rising Japanese metalcore unit Hanabie. and progressive metalcore mainstays Born Of Osiris.

As JINJER is currently in the studio recording their highly anticipated upcoming fifth studio album, fans can expect to hear a handful of brand new, never-before-heard tracks on the tour. Be among the very first to witness new music! #JINJER5

Kicking off on September 20 in Sayreville, NJ, the tour will visit many major cities in the USA and Canada, coming to an end in Sacramento, CA on October 13 at Aftershock Festival. In addition to Aftershock, the tour will also see JINJER performing at major festivals such as Metal Injection Festival, Louder Than Life, and the return of the mighty Mayhem Festival. Various ticket presales via Citi, Ticketmaster, Live Nation and more begin today, with general public onsale beginning this Friday, June 14 at 10:00 AM local time.

Visit WWW.JINJER-METAL.COM for more tickets and more information, and don’t miss this colossal juggernaut of a tour this fall!

JINJER on returning to North America:              
“It’s finally time for some huge announcements: We’re stoked to report that this September, JINJER will return to North America with not only two absolutely sick supports: Hanabie and Born Of Osiris! Most importantly we’ll be performing some brand new unreleased songs from our upcoming fifth studio album – just cannot wait to share what we’ve been working on for the last two years. This will be without a doubt a banger of a tour … we’re looking forward to this so much!”

JINJER
w/ Hanabie. and Born Of Osiris
09/20/24: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
09/21/24: Brooklyn, NY @ Metal Injection Fest
09/22/24: Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre
09/23/24: Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
09/24/24: Montreal, QC @ MTELUS
09/26/24: Harrisburg, PA @ HMAC
09/27/24: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
09/29/24: Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life
10/01/24: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
10/02/24: Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
10/03/24: Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
10/04/24: North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues
10/06/24: Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
10/07/24: San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre
10/09/24: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
10/11/24: Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
10/12/24: San Bernardino, CA @ Mayhem Festival
10/13/24: Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival

JINJER‘s first official live DVD/BluRay, Live in Los Angeles, is out now via Napalm Records. Filmed on December 22, 2022 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA, USA, Live in Los Angeles not only honors their endurance through recent challenges, but also celebrates their triumphant 15-year journey. During these years, JINJER attained remarkable milestones, touring globally and captivating millions at prestigious festivals like Hellfest, Rock am Ring, Graspop Metal Meeting, Download Festival and Rocklahoma USA. Moreover, their latest triumph, the acclaimed studio album Wallflowers, broke charts worldwide, soaring to #1 on both the US Billboard Top New Artist Album charts and Canadian Hard Music album charts, #2 on the US Hard Music album charts, #5 on the official UK Rock & Metal album charts and #7 on the official German album charts.

Live in Los Angeles was a spontaneous decision by the band, recorded as raw as possible, to emphasize the passion that can come from a live show. This release is an explosive mixture of JINJER’s discography – featuring fan favorites like “Sit Stay Roll Over”“Call Me A Symbol” and the game changing “Pisces”. The live album contains 16 songs in various audio formats, with some strictly limited: the Deluxe Digipack features not only a DVD, but also two more songs, “Wallflower” & “Disclosure!”, recorded in Paris in 2023.

Order your copy of Live in Los Angeles NOW:

Live in Los Angeles tracklisting:
1. Intro
2. Sit Stay Roll Over
3. Teacher, Teacher!
4. Copycat
5. Home Back
6. I Speak Astronomy
7. As I Boil Ice
8. Judgement (& Punishment)
9. Dead Hands Feel No Pain
10. Vortex
11. Who Is Gonna Be The One
12. Sleep Of The Righteous
13. Call Me A Symbol
14. Perennial
15. Pisces
16. On The Top

Live in Los Angeles will be available in the following formats:
1DVD/1BD/1CD Deluxe Digipak (DVD size)incl. Slipcase & 20 pages booklet
2LP BLACK Vinyl
Ltd. 2LP PURPLE Vinyl (Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive) – strictly ltd to 300 copies worldwide
Ltd. 2LP YELLOW Vinyl (Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive) – strictly ltd to 300 copies worldwide
Ltd. Die Hard 2LP PURPLE/WHITE Marbled Vinyl incl. 20 page booklet & vinyl slipmat (Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive) – strictly ltd to 700 copies worldwide
Ltd. 1MC (YELLOW MC / PURPLE Print) (Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive) – strictly ltd to 200 copies worldwide
Ltd. 2LP CLEAR Vinyl (Band Shop Exclusive)
Ltd. 2LP WHITE Vinyl (Band Shop Exclusive)
Digital AlbumWatch the Live Video for “Home Back” HERE:

You can find more formats and specials, as well as new merch in the 
JINJER merch shop HERE!

More JINJER live dates:
 
Additional Festivals 2024
08/03/24: Rasnov, RO @ Rockstadt Extreme Fest
08/05/2024: Istanbul, TR @ Freedoom Metal Festival
08/08/24: Villena, ES @ Leyendas del Rock
08/09/24: Jaromer, CZ @ Brutal Assault
08/10/24: Cercoux,FR @ Festival 666
08/11/24: Kortrijk, BE @ Alcatraz
08/15/24: Dinkelsbühl, DE @ Summer Breeze
08/17/24: Carhaix, FR @ Motocultor
08/18/24: Vallamand, CH @ Rock The Lakes
 
Celebrating Life Through Death – European Farewell Tour 2024 
JINJER as special guest for Sepultura,
w/ Obituary (Main Support) & Jesus Piece (Opener)
10/03/24: Paris, FR @ Zenith Paris
10/31/24: Offenbach am Main, DE @ Stadthalle
11/01/24: Hamburg, DE @ Inselpark Arena
11/02/24: Cologne, DE @ Palladium
11/03/24: Den Bosch, NL @ Sepulfest
11/05/24: Brussels, BE @ AB Box – SOLD OUT!
11/06/24: Esch-Sur-Alzette, LU @ Rockhal
11/08/24: Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy – SOLD OUT!
11/09/24: Dublin, IE @ Olympia Theatre – SOLD OUT!
11/10/24: Belfast, IE @ The Telegraph Building
11/11/24: Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom – SOLD OUT!
11/12/24: London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
11/14/2024: Zurich, CH @ The Hall
11/15/24: Ludwigsburg, DE @ MHP Arena
11/16/24: Munich, DE @ Zenith
11/17/24: Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra Red Stage
11/19/24: Leipzig, DE @ Haus Auensee
11/20/24: Vienna, AT @ Gasometer
11/21/24: Katowice, PL @ Spodek
11/22/24: Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
11/23/24: Prague, CZ @ O2 Universum – SOLD OUT!
11/24/24: Prague, CZ @ O2 Universum
 
Latin America Tour 2024
+ special guests: Heaven Shall Burn
11/30/24: Porto Alegre, BR @ Opiniao
12/01/24: Curitiba, BR @ Tork and Roll
12/03/24: Belo Horizonte, BR @ Mister Rock
12/05/24: Brasilia, BR @ Toinha
12/07/24: Rio de Janeiro, BR @ Circo Voador
12/08/24: Sao Paulo, BR @ Terra SP
12/10/24: Buenos Aires, AR @ Teatro Flores
12/12/24: Santiago, CL @ Teatro Caupolican
12/14/24: Bogota, CO @ Calle 13
12/15/24: San Jose, CR @ Pepper’s Club
12/18/24: Guadalajara, MX @ C4 *
12/19/24: San Luis Potosí, MX @ Centro de las Artes *
12/20/24 Mexico City, MX @ Circo Volador *
*no HSB
 
… to be continued …

About JINJER:    
Through their relentless hard work, non-stop touring and critically acclaimed, chart-breaking releases gaining millions of streams/views across all platforms globally, JINJER are truly one of modern metal’s hottest and most exciting bands around today. The band has become synonymous with doing things their own way and breaking every rule in the heavy metal handbook – which they proved loud and clear on their hugely successful fourth studio album, Wallflowers. The four-piece progressive groove metal wrecking machine known as JINJER have carved their very own place in the metal landscape. JINJER was formed in 2009, but consider the official start of the band to have happened with the addition of incredible vocalist Tatiana Shmayluk in 2010.   
 
JINJER is:           
Tatiana Shmayluk – Vocals         
Roman Ibramkhalilov – Guitars 
Eugene Abdukhanov – Bass       
Vlad Ulasevich – Drums
 

JINJER online:  
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NILE are back with their first album in 5 Years Via Napalm Records

Photo Credit: Casey Coscarelli

NILE

Death Metal Icons to Release First New Album in Five Years, The Underworld Awaits Us All

Out August 23, 2024 via Napalm Records 

Pre-order The Underworld Awaits Us All Here

New Single, “Chapter for Not Being Hung Upside Down on a Stake in the Underworld and Made to Eat Feces by the Four Apes”, Out Now 

World-renowned American death metal icons NILE return in 2024 with their highly-anticipated 10th onslaught, The Underworld Awaits Us All, out August 23 via Napalm Records. Boasting airtight technicality and unrelenting brutality, the new album pushes each member of NILE – founding mastermind/guitarist Karl Sanders, longtime drum master George Kollias, vocalist/guitarists Brian Kingsland and Zach Jeter, and bassist Dan Vadim Von – to their furthest extremes both in artistry and performance.

Once again produced and recorded at Sanders’ own Serpent Headed Studios in Greenville, South Carolina, the band returned to Vile Nilotic Rites engineer Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Whitechapel) for mixing and mastering.

In celebration of today’s announcement, NILE have dropped the album’s first new single, “Chapter for Not Being Hung Upside Down on a Stake in the Underworld and Made to Eat Feces by the Four Apes”, alongside a new official music video. Topped by killer screams and gutturals, the track is a winding hacksaw of brutal tech-death injections citing the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

NILE’s Karl Sanders comments on the new track and video:

“‘Chapter for not being Hung Upside Down’ is one of our favorite tracks on the new record. It’s a lot of fun to play, challenging and unpredictable, but with an infectiously brutal, unrestrained vibe that I am very certain will be a blast in the mosh pit during live shows.

We are super happy to be working with Tom Flynn for the video for this song – he is a visionary with insanely creative ideas and a really cool guy to work with. Very excited for people to see what he has been cooking up with this video.”

Watch the new official music video for

“Chapter for Not Being Hung Upside Down on a Stake in the Underworld and Made to Eat Feces by the Four Apes” 

Facing the planet’s inevitable end with their diehard fans at their side, NILE waste absolutely no time with histrionics on The Underworld Awaits Us All, distilling their trademark Egyptology driven tempest down to its most streamlined essence. Charging into battle as its namesake depicts, “Stelae of Vultures” makes an immediate impact with dissonant guitar chords and supernatural drumming, teasing the auditory evisceration to come. Topped by impressive screams and gutturals, the track leads into “Chapter for Not Being Hung Upside Down on a Stake in the Underworld and Made to Eat Feces by the Four Apes”, citing the Egyptian Book of the Dead’s 181st chapter. The album’s most succinct track, “To Strike with Secret Fang”, blends low-end punishment with blackened death metal inspiration, before album standouts such as “Naqada II Enter the Golden Age” and “Overlords of the Black Earth” breathe new life with thrash and fusion experimentation, as well as real human choirs – adding a raw element to the NILE fold. Each track soars as a technical tour-de-force – featuring career-defining extreme drumming from Kollias, as well as razor-sharp soloing from all three active guitarists and palpable bass exploration. A perfect example of this equation is pinnacle burner “Under the Curse of the One God”, combining sinister atmospherics with breakneck pacing and whirlwind, vicious riff acrobatics. 

Throughout the remainder of its 11 pummeling tracks and intricate interludes, NILE masters full-tilt speed and ferocious musicality. 30 years into their heavy reign, The Underworld Awaits Us All proves that NILE is marching onward and undoubtedly upward, bleeding metal for their fandom for as long as the sands of time will allow.

Karl Sanders says about the album:

“We are very happy to be sharing with fans Nile’s 10th album. We worked overtime making this record as killer as we could – because we sincerely felt fans deserved our best efforts. The Underworld Awaits us All – and we will see you there.”

The Underworld Awaits Us All‘s mind-bending art was once again envisioned and created by Michał ‘Xaay’ Loranc, with reference to the cycle of life and judgment at its end. 

The Underworld Awaits Us All track listing:
1. Stelae of Vultures
2. Chapter for Not Being Hung Upside Down on a Stake in the Underworld and Made to Eat Feces by the Four Apes
3. To Strike with Secret Fang
4. Naqada II Enter the Golden Age
5. The Pentagrammathion of Nephren-Ka
6. Overlords of the Black Earth
7. Under the Curse of the One God
9. Doctrine of Last Things
10. True Gods of the Desert
11. The Underworld Awaits us All
12. Lament for the Destruction of Time

The Underworld Awaits Us All will be available in the following formats:
-6 Page CD Digipak & Anubis Bust (limited to 500)
-2LP Gatefold MARBLED ORANGE RED BLACK w/ 24 Page Vinyl Booklet and Slipmat (limited to 200)
-2LP Gatefold SPLATTER DARK GREEN YELLOW (limited to 300)
-2LP Gatefold BLACK
-2LP Gatefold CLEAR (North American retail stores only – limited to 500)
-Cassette Tape Edition YELLOW (limited to 200)
-6 Page CD Digipak
-Digital Album

Pre-Order The Underworld Awaits Us All
https://lnk.to/NILE-TUAUA/napalmrecords

NILE is:
Karl Sanders – Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards,
George Kollias – Drums
Brian Kingsland – Guitar, Vocals
Zach Jeter – Guitar, Vocals
Dan Vadim Von – Bass

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THE ATLAS MOTH announce ‘Coma Noir’ graphic novel

Photographer credit: Matt Driscoll

Chicago, IL experimental metal band THE ATLAS MOTH has announced a graphic novel, titled Coma Noir, co-written by  Stavros Giannopoulous (guitar and vocals) and Nick Savage, with illustration by M. Ryan Arnold, inspired by the band’s 2018 album of the same name. The Coma Noir graphic novel is an 88 page color comic, which includes a proprietary custom bookplate badge and bonus gifts.

ORDER THE COMA NOIR GRAPHIC NOVEL HERE.
Revisit THE ATLAS MOTH’s Coma Noir album via
Apple MusicTIDALDeezerBandcamp and Spotify

Speaking on the announcement, Stavros comments: “I’d long been thinking of this story that was part horror and part noir, since before Coma Noir‘s album release. I’m a huge fan of both genres of film and comics so being able to tie both into my love of music was a perfect opportunity. I’ve gotten to release albums on some of the best metal labels ever and now I get to release a comic, yet another notch on my belt.”

Coma Noir‘s primary protagonist Detective Valentine wants nothing more than to drown his sorrows and self-pity at the bottom of a bottle. But a mysterious female named Nour Samman hires him to track down a priceless amulet. During the investigation, Detective Valentine finds himself dealing with a secret society, The Streets of Bombay, that seems to want him as a leader and an old friend who warns him of the dangers he’s gotten caught up in. His feelings for this mysterious woman push him to leave it all behind for her, but the fates have something else in store. Will he be the one who is damned, or will he be able to escape the dangers of The Streets of Bombay?

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HUNTSMEN, ‘The Dry Land’, out now

Photographer credit: Sam Porter

HUNTSMEN has today released their third album, The Dry Land, via Prosthetic Records. On The Dry Land, the Chicago, IL ensemble cover themes of purgatory and the liminal space between life and death via allegorical tales against a backdrop of Americana infused doom metal, with a newfound black metal influence in their sound. HUNTSMEN will be celebrating the release of The Dry Land this evening (June 7) at The Sleeping Village in Chicago, with support from Without Waves and Anatomy of Habit – more details below.LISTEN TO THE DRY LAND BELOW.
Stream The Dry Land via Apple MusicTIDALDeezerBandcampand Spotify.
Order The Dry Land here.

Speaking on the album release, Aimee Bueno-Knipe (vocals) comments: “After years of work, we are so proud to finally release our third full length album, The Dry Land. Through writing this album we addressed the fears, frustrations, and losses we suffered during the past few years to create an end product that we are each deeply emotionally invested in.

“This album holds particular significance to me as it is the first full length album that I have contributed to writing on as a full-time member of HUNTSMEN, and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity. This album has seen us struggle, heal, grow, and change, and we hope it will help others do the same.”

Following the release of their sophomore full-length, Mandala of Fear, in 2020 and The Dying Pines EP in 2022 HUNTSMEN’s intervening years between studio albums were marked with devastatingly contrasting highs and lows. Whilst their body of studio work continued to garner acclaim from fans and critics alike, chronic illness would become a recurring uphill battle for the ensemble. As these jarring mixed fortunes reached their apex towards the end of 2022, the band reached towards each other outside of their craft as old friends. Taking stock of four years of tribulations led to a reevaluation of what it is to be creatives and, in turn, ushered in a collective rebirth.

Writing sessions for The Dry Land saw a number of artistic firsts for HUNTSMEN, most notably with the first full collaborative inclusion of vocalist Aimee Bueno-Knipe. The creative process soon saw HUNTSMEN adding more black metal influences into their Americana and folk tinged doom, evidenced most overtly on tracks such as This, Our Gospel and lead single In Time, All Things. Elsewhere, HUNTSMEN’s knack for finely crafted and richly layered melodies offer moments of resplendence on the slow burning Lean Times and closer The Herbsight.

Mirroring the circumstances and environment that led to its creation, The Dry Land’s pacing is one rooted in the art of rise and fall dynamics both musically and lyrically. Tales of escaping religious violence, malevolent apparitions and death incarnate all play key roles throughout the album’s narrative thread. HUNTSMEN treat each tale as both exorcism and exaltation, adding a pervasively unsettling quality to The Dry Land that is sure to stick long after the runtime is over.

The Dry Land was recorded and mixed by Pete Grossmann at Bricktop Studios before being placed in the hands of Brad Boatright for mastering, with the resulting sound adding a towering grandiosity to the album whilst simultaneously highlighting HUNTSMEN’s newfound corrosive qualities. The Dry Land’s striking cover art was created by Derek Setzer, depicting an immolating dancer in high contrast black and white amongst rusted gold.

Through the fire, HUNTSMEN find themselves reborn on The Dry Land.

Upcoming HUNTSMEN shows:
June 7 – Sleeping Village – Chicago, IL (The Dry Land album release show)
w/ Without Waves and Anatomy of Habit

The Dry Land tracklist:
1. This, Our Gospel
2. Cruelly Dawns
3. Lean Times
4. In Time, All Things
5. Rain
6. Herbsight


HUNTSMEN is:
Chris Kang – guitar and vocals
Aimee Bueno-Knipe – vocals
Marc Stranger-Najjar – bass and vocals
Ray Bueno-Knipe – drums and vocals
Gavin Cushman – guitar and vocals
Kirill Orlov – guitar (on The Dry Landstudio recording only)

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WRAITH share new single, ‘Merchant of Death’

Photo credit: Christian Danner

Indiana’s WRAITH has today shared a new single, Merchant of Death, from their forthcoming album, Fueled By Fear, which is due to be released via Prosthetic Records on June 28. Merchant of Death is the third track to be taken from the blackened thrash / speed metal group’s latest full-length, and arrives ahead of WRAITH‘s upcoming summer North American tour dates in support of Exciter and Midnight this July and August.LISTEN TO MERCHANT OF DEATH BELOW.
Stream Merchant of Death via Apple Music | TIDAL | Deezer | Bandcamp and Spotify
Pre-order Fueled By Fear here.

Speaking on the single, WRAITH comments: “Clocking in at 2 minutes and 8 seconds, Merchant of Death doesn’t waste any time. This is one of the fastest songs the band has ever written. Both lyrics and music attack with an intensity not yet displayed on our previous albums.”

What started as a one-man band in 2016, WRAITH has evolved into a propulsive beast of a band. Channeling a reverence to classic metal from a bygone era, WRAITHincorporate their distinctively blistering sonic signature to create something urgent and contemporary. The band have previously described their collective mission as follows: a war of aggression on the dour confines of the modern metal scene and total sonic annihilation.

Fueled By Fear captures the raw punk edge of their previous releases; a sound that will already be familiar to converts who have caught the band live in all their full-throttled abrasive glory. The album was self-produced by the band in Griffith, Indiana, with engineering, mixing and mastering handled by CJ Rayson. Each member brings their own influences and stylistic flourishes to the table, combining to create a tightly wound, cohesive collection of scorching tracks that reflect their individual personalities and tastes.

Thematically the album explores a dystopian landscape where the boundaries between fiction and reality are blurred, and global and political tensions form in a powder keg of fraught possibilities. Whilst the tales they weave are rooted in reality and an interest in religion, history and political science, they have given themselves free reign to explore the outer reaches of nightmarish possibilities.

Back firmly in the real world, WRAITH have a busy year of live shows planned and every intention of getting heads banging with their mosh-ready brand of snarling heavy metal.

Upcoming WRAITH tour dates:
w/ Exciter and Midnight

18 July – The Siren – Morro Bay, CA
19 July – La Santa – Santa Ana, CA
20 July – Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
21 July – Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ
22 July – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
24 July – The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
25 July – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
26 July – Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX
27 July – Echo Lounge – Dallas, TX
29 July – Turf Club – Minneapolis, MN
30 July – Reggies – Chicago, IL
31 July – Legends – Cincinnati, OH
01 August – Meadows – Brooklyn, NY
02 August – Middle East – Boston, MA
03 August – Foufounes – Montreal, QC
04 August – Lee’s Place – Toronto, ON

Fueled By Fear tracklist:
1. Asylum
2. Fueled By Fear
3. Horses and Hounds
4. Shame in Suffering
5. Code Red
6. Ice Cold Bitch
7. Warlord
8. Merchant of Death
9. Heathen’s Touch
10. Hell’s Canyon
11. Vulture
12. Shattered Sorrow
13. Truth Decay
14. The Breaking Wheel

WRAITH is:
Chris Petkus – Bass
Jason Schultz – Guitar
Matt Sokol – Vocals/Guitar
Mike Szymendera – Drums & Percussion

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ABHORIA share new music video, ‘The Inexorable Earth’

Photographer credit: Nicholas Dodge

ABHORIA has today shared a new music video for The Inexorable EarthThe Inexorable Earth is taken from the US dystopian black metal band’s latest full-length, Depths, which was released earlier this year via Prosthetic Records, and follows their recent spring tour in support of the album. WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR
THE INEXORABLE EARTH BELOW.

Stream Depths via Apple Music | TIDAL | Deezer | Bandcamp and Spotify
Order Depths here.

Speaking on The Inexorable Earth, Trevor Portz (guitar) comments: “The Inexorable Earth is ABHORIA in its purest form: relentless, blast-beat driven black metal with some melodic and death metal flourishes. This was the first song specifically written for Depths, and lays out the story that the album follows: Someone who has been locked inside, ignoring the nightmare that their world has become, finally ventures out… and it’s even worse than they expected. While it’s certainly not a political song, it was definitely influenced by the limitless destruction humans are hellbent on delivering to the planet and their fellow inhabitants. Pay close attention to Ben’s scream in the middle, which is insanely long and was done in one breath!”

While the groundwork for the lyrical content on Depths was laid in the dystopian-inspired songs of its predecessor, founder Trevor Portz’s vision is more fully realized on their second full-length. Whilst not quite a concept album, there is a thread that runs between each track; each unveils a different extreme scenario or revelatory terror for the surviving inhabitants in a hellish world. The nightmarish anthology details different Orwellian scenarios where the human condition is laid bare with all its ugly possibilities offered up for examination. How do they react when confronted with nearly inconceivable adverse events? How do extreme conditions shape their view of the world and of themselves?”

The band was inspired by many real life locations and situations, allowing their imaginations to embellish further fictional details to bring their bleak visions to life. The ominous, fantastical realm where ABHORIA’s storytelling exists is brought to life further still by the magnificent cover art by iconic artist, Dan Seagrave.

Standout track, The Well, tells the tale of a group of refugees escaping a compromised city in the aftermath of a war. Exhausted, dehydrated and losing hope, they come across a natural water source. Relieved, their thirst is slaked… but the relief is temporary, as they soon discover the water is tainted. Only one among their number doesn’t drink from the poisoned “well,” thus forced to watch helplessly as their friends perish agonizingly. The story was inspired by Montezuma Well in Arizona, where there is a high level of arsenic in the water, rendering it a tantalizingly dangerous prospect for many generations of people.

A reinvigorated line up has instilled a newfound confidence in the core members of ABHORIA. The result is an album rooted in the aggressive black metal core of its predecessor, but with new flourishes that push the boundaries of the band. Whilst recording took place in various locations, the resulting nine tracks are a cohesive, dynamic collection masterfully mixed by Zack Ohren. A fine balance of melody and intensity makes the album a compelling listen; for fans who were taken with the desolate black metal of their debut, there’s even more to embrace on Depths.

Abhoria tracklist:
1. Emergence
2. The Inexorable Earth
3. The Well
4. Within Our Dominion
5. They Hunt at Night
6. Devour
7. The Foundling
8. Ghost in the Smoke
9. Winter’s Embrace

ABHORIA is:
Trevor Portz – Guitar
Ben Pitts – Vocals
Theo Romeo – Guitar
Igor Panasewicz – Bass
JS – Drums

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WORMED Crush the Cosmos on New Single “Protogod”

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Prepare yourself earthlings; a monumental wave of technical death metal is hitting the cosmos today. Wormed are releasing the next transmission off their highly anticipated fourth album Omegon. “Protogod” packs so much galactic force that it could break the space-time continuum. 

Listen to “Protogod”: https://youtu.be/fFHnPRWlk1s    

Omegon comes out July 5 on Season of Mist

Pre-order & Pre-save: https://orcd.co/wormedomegon

On Omegon, Wormed writhe deeper into their nesting ground of brutal, brain-crushing sci-fi. Their new album continues the intergalactic legend of shadowy hacker Krighsu as he battles against civilizations from across all dimensions in search of the mysterious Omegon, a cosmic substance that defies the grasp of mere mortals. 

“Protogod” comes screaming across the cosmos, beckoning anyone who’s adventurous enough to have their mind blown. Eerie, dissonant riffs crush through an asteroid field of blast beats. With his bottomless death growl, Phelgeton summons enough dark force to swallow all the stars from the sky.  

Tracklist
1. Automaton Virtulague (4:13) [WATCH]
2. Pareidolia Robotica (4:56)
3. Protogod (4:48) [LISTEN]
4. Pleoverse Omninertia (3:44)
5. Malignant Nexus (1:58)
6. Virtual Teratogenesis (4:28)
7. Aetheric Transdimensionalization (4:53)
8. Gravitational Servo Matrix (4:25)
9. Omegon (7:31)
Total runtime: 41:00

Country: Spain (ES)
Genre: Brutal/Technical Death Metal

Space – the final frontier. Yet, when WORMED reach out into the void, the results sound far more like a dark space opera inhabited by bizarre aliens, genetically and technically evolved meta-humans struggling for power and survival in galactic empires. Now, the nano-technological war has been unleashed in the void to defeat the last sower of human life, Krighsu!

Odd-time signatures, avalanches of breaks and complex rhythmical as well as melodic patterns will excite every aficionado of extreme technicality, while growls down-tuned strings and double-bass assaults will more than satisfy extreme metal connoisseurs. While being outstandingly skilled musicians WORMED are avoiding any self-indulgent show of prowess for its own sake. Instead, the five-piece from Madrid clearly lays its emphasis on creating atmospheric songs, which develop and grow along the underlying story.

Originating from Spain’s capital Madrid in 1998, WORMED immediately made an impact in the death metal scene with the release of their ‘Floating Cadaver in the Monochrome’ MCD (1999). Following a promo CD under the title ‘Voxel Mitosis’ (2001), the first studio album ‘Planisphaerium’ received high acclaim by critics and fans alike in 2003. In the wake of their debut full-length, the Spanish received invitations to international festival shows and touring around the globe. WORMEDperformed in Japan alongside GORATORY and VOMIT REMNANTS and afterwards hit Europe with MALIGNANCY and DESPONDENCY.

A creative hiatus, partly due to line-up changes and filled with re-issues of their previous released as well as the single ‘Quasineutrality’ (2010) finally ended, when their sophomore album ‘Exodromos’ came out in 2013. On their third full-length ‘Krighsu’ (2016), the fast-rising Spanish Sci-Fi tech death prodigies are telling a dystopian cosmic story with lyrics and music joined into an overarching concept. Its intense brutality, dissonant dynamic riffing, and tremendous heaviness combined with an amazing futuristic concept, which introduced the character Krighsu – last human in the cosmos, harvested top reviews and saw WORMED headlining in the US and co-headlining in Europe.

In the summer of 2019, WORMED brought their ultra-technical cosmic sonic onslaught to new heights on their 4-track EP ‘Metaportal’, released through Season of Mist. Praised as a monstrously satisfying addition to their catalogue, the EP bridged the gap between their previously released 2016 ‘Krighsu’ and their newest project. Atmospheric yet faithful to the skull-crushing mindboggling textures they’ve given fans over the years, ‘Metaportal’ allowed WORMED to come to terms with the loss of Guillermo Calero in 2018 and move forward.

On ‘Omegon’, WORMED’s upcoming 2024 release, they continue the story of Krigshu, a timeline hacker entangled in manipulation by cosmic forces. As viciously as the aggression they bring on their technically impressive instruments, Krigshu battles his way to unlock the mysteries of Omegon, a mysterious cosmic substance holding ultimate power. With 9 tracks of ultimate interstellar chaos, a story unfolds and WORMED prove yet again that they reign supreme on the technical death metal genre.

Line-up
Phlegeton – Vocals
Migueloud – Guitars
D-Kazar – Guitars
Guillemoth – Bass
V-Kazar – Drums

Recording Studio
BlackStorm Studios (Karrantza, Basque Country)

Production Credits
Ekaitz Garmendia – Producer & Sound Engineer
Mixed & Mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves (Queens, NY, USA)
Editing by Simon Da Silva at The Empty Hall (Madrid, ES)

Cover Art
Phlegeton – “Phlegeton Art Studio

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Follow Wormed
Official Website: http://www.wormed.net/
Bandcamp: https://wormed.bandcamp.com/
Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/en/artist/324196
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wormed
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wormedband/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wormedband
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/WormedTV
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/artist/wormed/id341334269
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1YXwL0RvyKn9swZ6CsVDwk
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/music/player/artists/B002XOX5EY/wormed

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