Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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German pagan/black metallers Thormesis are set to release their fifth album,"Trümmerfarben", via MDD Records on February 10th, 2017.

Today the band unveiled the cover artwork, for which Bloodboy is responsible. Also, the artwork will feature several illustrations by Hubert Dürr (Internus). The album will feature 9 tracks and will be available as a high-quality DigiPak.

"Trümmerfarben" was recorded and produced by the band themselves. . On the occasion of the album release, two special release shows will take place on the first weekend of February.:
 

10. Februar - Frostfeuernächte 2017, Gräbendorf (near Berlin)
11. Februar - Adelsheim (+ SuidAkra, Imperium Dekadenz, Vargsheim, Delirium, Internus)
 
Links:


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Out of all the promos I have been sent this week this is the one which I have constantly in my playlist, such a great combination of heavy, thrash metal with an extreme twist all presented in well-crafted songs and musicianship to back it up. Check 'em out!


 TRACKLIST 
1. Bež’te živi vraćaju se mrtvi
2. U vatri sazdan
3. Gvozdeni puk(Kult rata)
4. Vostani Serbije
5. Rusija
6. Slava Gromu
7. Lešinari će slaviti moje ime
8. Egzekutor
9. Rod

 Label:  Symbol of Domination (Belarus) - sub label of Satanath records (Russia)
 Release Date:  September 9th, 2016
 Genre:  Thrash/Black metal
 Country:  Serbia
 Running Time:  36 min


One of the most anticipated albums from  the Serbian scene is finally out. Thrash/black metal warriors Wolf’s Hunger are striking again with their second full length release. “Bež’te živi vraćaju se mrtvi” offers 35 minutes of uncompromising and merciless thrash/black metal inspired by World War I, Serbian history and Slavic heritage.


http://wolfshunger.rs/
https://www.facebook.com/Wolfs-Hunger-62483787343/




Caslav - vocals / bass
Dovla - guitars
gor - guitars / vocal
Ivan - drums



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Pessimist's classic thrash debut which first dropped back in 2015 has been reissued along with their much sought after 2007 demo " Nuclear Holocaust" as bonus tracks.
 TRACKLIST 
01.   Trommelfeuer
02.   The Massacre of Nanking
03.   Infernal Death
04.   Prelude (Arm For War)
05.   Call To War
06.   Son Of Satan
07.   It’s Time To Fuck (With Hate)
08.   Death By Torture
09.   Another Day in Mania
10.   Hell Of War  [Bonus]
11.   Kill Or Be Killed [Bonus]
12.   Armageddon [Bonus]
13.   I Hate You [Bonus]
14.   Nuclear Holocaust [Bonus]

Old School Thrash Metal

Founded in 2006, Pessimist didn't took long to make a name for themselves in the german scene. After three highly acclaimed demos, 2010 saw the release of the band's debut album "Call To War". Unfortunately, their record label closed its doors three years later, in 2013, and on that same year the band released their sophomore album "Death From Above", via MDD. With their uncompromising old school heavy thrash metal, Pessimist quickly gained a growing audience!

And it's precisely the debut album that we are reissuing you! We feel this album doesn't deserve to be forgotten. Featuring 9 crusher songs, this reissue will feature 5 remastered songs from the 2007 debut demo "Nuclear Holocaust", which is nowhere to be found since 2008. And sure, the original low budget demo and recording quality can't be reversed but it will certainly be a worthwhile combination for the thrash metal fans.
Label website: www.mdd-records.de
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mddshop
Shop: www.mdd-shop.de

Distribution by:
Germany / Austria / Switzerland: Alive!
UK: Plastic Head
BeNeLux: Sonic Rendezvous
Italy: Audioglobe
Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland: Border Music
France: Socadisc



 Line-up:  

TZ - Vocals
Eric - Guitars
Murphy - Guitars
Samuel - Bass
Zufi - Drums

 Links:  
Band Website | Band Facebook
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Ukrainian Black Metal horde BALFOR, have released music video for “Serpents Of The Black Sun”. Track taken from the band’s upcoming 3rd album entitled “Black Serpent Rising”, to be released on January 15th worldwide via Drakkar Productions.
Video was produced by the Utgard Productionand directed by Anders Matt Kochin.
Watch the video below





The cover artwork was created by a talented Ukrainian artist Nugeslag who was the talent and mastermind behind the cover artwork on the latest Rotting Christ albums.
 
The album was recorded at More Music Studio in Kyiv, Ukraine. Mixed and mastered at Blacklight Studio by Shaddar (Khors, Ulvegr, etc.).
 
Tracklisting:
Serpents Of The Black Sun
Dawn Of Savage
Unbounded Wrath Of Venom
Heralds Of The Fall
Among The Fallen Ones
Wolfbreed
A Vulture’s Spell
Crimson Stronghold
 
Recently band announced first summer festival date at Dark Troll Festival, Germany, which will take place from May 25th - 27th, 2017. Additional details on the festival are available here (http://darktroll-festival.de/).




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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In the Riff we Trust with Greg Murphy of Pseudo/Sentai



THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?
Rush riffs such as the big ones from Tom Sawyer, Cygnus X-1 made me want to play the bass, but I'd say maybe the riff that made me want to play the guitar most of all was the riff from "Inertiatic ESP"
WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?
When I was 15, the first song I learned to play was a song that I wrote, which had a particuarly lame riff. We all start somewhere.
YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?
I'm going to go with 3 modern metal musicians because to go through all of history would be too much.
Hasjarl (Deathspell Omega)
David DiSanto (Vektor)
Luc Lemay (Gorguts)
WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?
Robert Fripp (King Crimson)
THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?
Deathspell Omega- Sand from their Drought EP. Pretty much the whole minute and a half long song
THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?
Cardiacs - The Obivious Identity - the main riff
THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?
Hoogie Boogie Land- Complete. 
Though, it could also be considered one of the best riffs ever if you want to deconstruct metal or whatever.
RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?
These aren't my favorite albums, just my favorite metal riff albums right now. This list could change every week.
Vektor- Terminal Redux
Gorguts- Obscura
Thorns- s/t
King Crimson- Red
Demilich- Nespithe
A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?
Either Demilich - When the Sun Drank the Weight of Water or Emperor- Curse You All Men!
THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?
My favorite riff on the last album I will record before I die
WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

I guess because deep down, even the most complex humans want to have a sense of familiarity to things they devour. Riffs allow for the repetition of a musical theme that you can subconsciously replicate in your mind so that the next time it cycles through, you're mentally singing along with it. Predictability and repetition are reflective of our experiences on this planet, and they are 2 of the things we can never escape. That which we enjoy we will repeat because we chase after fleeting experiences, and things we dislike are bound to happen again, just like good riffs/music fills the void and bad riffs that we will certainly hear repeatedly if we go anywhere other than our homes.


https://www.facebook.com/PseudoSentai/


Monday, November 28, 2016

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Heaven and Hell Records continue to bring you awesome re-issues of U.S. metal cult classics, this time, New York’s Lady Killer’s self-titled debut from 1983.
Lady Killer was formed in 1981 in New York, N.Y. with guitarists Joey D’Imperio and Jeff Stewart, vocalist K.K. Burns, bassist Terry Brennan, and drummer Frank Rajki. The group would quickly become a familiar sight on the local New York circuit leading to the release of their self-titled debut in 1983. The following year the group would return to the studio to record their follow that would be shelved and never see a release.

Now 32 years after the ‘Lady Killer’ debut Heaven and Hell Records plan to re-issue this buried U.S. metal classic.

Package will include full-color 12page booklet with full lyrics, never before seen photos, and band history essay.
In edition 5 bonus tracks that were planned to appear on the second album featuring second vocalist Joseph Zetti,  but were shelved for several years until now.

Tracks include:

01. Lightning Strikes Twice 
02. You Got Me Runnin’
03. Outta My Way 
04. Last Chance Tonight 
05. Go Ahead And Laugh 
06. Breaking Away 
07. Another Shot In The Dark 
08. Waste No Time 
09. Lady Killer
10. Seducer *
11. Rock You Hard *
12. Turn iIt Up *
13. Bent Over Backwards *
14. In the Line of Fire *
LADY KILLER is:

K. K. Burns : Vocals
Joey D'Imperio : Guitar
Jeff Stewart : Guitar
Frank Rajki : Drums
Terry "Lid" Brennan : Bass

Sunday, November 27, 2016

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This time we put the all important question to Canada's Thrashers Infrared.




THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

Ironman Black Sabbath

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

Ironman Black Sabbath

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, and Jeff Waters

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

Easily James Hetfield in the 1980’s

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

Seek and Destroy- Metallica

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

Into the Void – Black Sabbath

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?



I don’t have one in particular but there so many riffs that sound like the classic riffs, guitar players should work on their riffs to make them sound original and develop their own style.

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

Well as you can tell I’m a huge Metallica fan and 80’s thrash, there are so many good albums:
Metallica Kill’em All
Metallica Master of Puppets
Megadeth Killing is my Business
Slayer Reign in Blood
Exodus Bonded by Blood

A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?

Slayer - Angel of Death, the middle Riff  (pumping fluid….)

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

Metallica - Jump in the Fire

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

When you hear a great riff you will know it right away it catches your attention and makes you want to listen to the entire song. When listening to the radio or whatever and you hear a great riff everyone will stop talking and turn the song up, that is what is so great about riffs. As a guitar player when you write what you think is a great riff it is exciting to let people hear it to see if you get that WTF riff reaction.



http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Infrared/3540328129
https://www.facebook.com/infraredmetal
http://infraredmetal.ca/
https://twitter.com/infraredmetal

Saturday, November 26, 2016

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AXE CRAZY was formed in 2010, in Poland. Named after the classic song of the NWoBHM legends JAGUAR, AXE CRAZY deliver traditional heavy metal influenced by bands such IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, or DIO. In 2014 the band released its debut MCD entitled "Angry Machines". Two years later, the EP was reissued on vinyl by Pure Steel Records. Now the band joined the No Remorse Records family. The upcoming full-length debut album will be entitled "Ride On The Night", and the CD will have its premiere on December 16, 2016 (vinyl LP version to follow).



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Release Date: 18 November 2016
Genre: Avant-Garde Black Metal
Format: CD
Label: Godz ov War Productions
Country: Poland


A duo hailing from Poland, Misanthropic Rage are a literal whirlwind of avant-garde black metal. Aptly titled, Gates No Longer Shut is a 40-minute firestorm of frayed logic, feverish frequencies, and ceremonial magick.

With dissonant riffing colliding with spiraling melodies, down-tempo trudges giving way to tornadoes of hypnotic speed, scabrous blackened vocals fighting with clean-toned exhortations, Gates No Longer Shut entrances the listener with a continual, torturously twisting push 'n' pull.Within, Misanthropic Rage embrace the slipstream, weaving cryptic tales across thoroughly seamless songwriting, and yet never losing sight of each song's emotional center.

Similarly, the duo remained grounded firmly within black metal, but caring enough to push its boundaries in a respectable, reverential manner, never getting caught up in trendy "post" this or that, instead nodding to the pioneering days of Moonfog during the late '90s. Indeed, the past is alive with Gates No Longer Shut, and Misanthropic Rage are the future! (Words by Nathan T. Birk)

Check out Misanthropic Rage on Facebook.
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Ukrainian Black Metal horde BALFOR, featuring members of KhorsRaventale and ex-Hate Forest is now streaming the lyric video for the song “Crimson Stronghold”. The song is taken from the band's third studio album, "Black Serpent Rising", which will be released on January 15 via Drakkar Productions


Black Serpent Rising” was recorded at More Music Studio in Kyiv, Ukraine. Mixed and mastered at Blacklight Studio by Shaddar (Khors, Ulvegr, etc.). Cover artwork created by Ukrainian artist Nurgeslag (Rotting Christ)

BALFOR are:
Thorgeir – vocals, guitars
Athamas – bass, vocals
Astaroth Merc - guitars
Khaoth – drums, percussion

www.balfor.info
www.facebook.com/balforofficial
www.balfor.bandcamp.com/


Friday, November 25, 2016

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On December 9, the Polish Heavy Metallers CRYSTAL VIPER will release a video clip to the first single off the new album, entitled "The Witch Is Back". The video clip has been produced by the Grupa 13 production house, which most recently also did the KREATOR, BEHEMOTH and AMON AMARTH videos. "The Witch Is Back" single will be available as an online stream on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services, and except that the digital download will be available on iTunes and Amazon. Fans that will decide to preorder the digital version of the forthcoming new album, will be able to immediately download "The Witch Is Back" single for free.

CRYSTAL VIPER are returning after a 4 year absence, with a brand new concept album entitled "Queen Of The Witches", which will be released on February 17, 2017, on AFM RECORDS. The album has been produced by Bart Gabriel (CIRITH UNGOL, MYTHRA, SACRED STEEL), and engineered and mixed by Mariusz Pietka (JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, LONEWOLF, MORTICIAN). The album's cover artwork has been created by the legendary German artist, Andreas Marschall (RUNNING WILD, BLIND GUARDIAN, OBITUARY). "Queen Of The Witches" also features three special guests: the MANOWAR co-founder and guitar hero Ross The Boss, and no less legendary Jeff Dunn (aka Mantas) of VENOM / VENOM INC., will appear with guitar solos in two of the songs. Except that, in one of the songs fans will hear a duet of Marta Gabriel and Steve Bettney, vocalist of the NWoBHM cult heroes SARACEN.

"Queen Of The Witches" will be available as limited edition vinyl LP (first pressing: 500 copies on white vinyl, gatefold cover), CD, and digital download. The LP and CD versions will include different bonus tracks. The album can be already pre-ordered: http://bit.ly/CRYSTALVIPER_Queen_PREORDER

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Swedish death metal project DIATONIC is streaming a brand new song entitled "The Eyes", which is taken off the band's upcoming album "I Am The One", out tomorrow, November 25th, in Europe.

Diatonic is the solo project of Joakim Antman, a Swedish musician who plays bass in the likes of The Ugly, Skitarg and Overtorture. For this project, the musician shows his multi-instrumental capability and teams up with Marduk's drummer Fredrik Widigs to provide what we will simply call a swedish death metal beast!

Watch the lyric video for the track "The Eyes" below or at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGSXe-9zBHw
Diatonic - The Eyes (OFFICIAL, lyric video)
DIATONIC "The Eyes" (Official Lyric Video)



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Old school thrashers BLOODRIDE from Helsinki, Finland released their third album titled Planet Alcatraz today November 25th via Inverse Records.

On this album anger and frustration has risen to new level which can be seen on lyrical themes. Stupidity and selfishness of mankind gets loads of verbal hits this time. Musically these assaults are also very hard, brutal but sometimes even catchy.

Album was recorded during at Peter´s Cross Studios between December 2015-May 2016 by Petteri Lammassaari and was mixed and mastered by Jarno Hänninen at D-Studio. Artwork is done by Niko Bauer from PoorAndStarving.

Confirmed gigs for 2017:
07.01.2017 Russia, Saint Petersburg (Stoker Bar)
13.01.2017 Estonia, Tallinn (Bar Fubar)

Listen to the album on Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/album/2BlAe48wxXHLVMtw0C7LaF



Track list:
1. S.O.B.
2. Planet Alcatraz
3. War In Me
4. Beyond Repair
5. All We Deserve
6. Baptizing Demons
7. Grave Is Calling
8. Rat Racer
9. Storm Under My Skin
10. Marching Off To War

Line-up:
J. Leskinen - Vocals
Simo Partanen- Guitars
Teemu Vähäkangas - Guitars
Esa Pennala - Bass
Petteri Lammassaari – Drums

Links:
http://www.bloodride.com
https://www.facebook.com/bloodride
https://twitter.com/Bloodride
https://bloodride.bandcamp.com
https://soundcloud.com/bloodride-1
https://myspace.com/bloodride666
http://www.last.fm/music/Bloodride