CONVENT GUILT - New album 'Diamond Cut Diamond' in November
“Diamond Cut Diamond”, the second full-length album from Australian true metal quartet CONVENT GUILT, is set for a November 9 release via Gates Of Hell Records.
The follow-up to 2014’s “Guns For Hire” was recorded at various locations around Sydney in the first half of 2018 by Lachie Vercoe, who was also responsible for the album’s mix. “Diamond Cut Diamond” was mastered by Patrick Engel at Temple Of Disharmony. The album’s striking cover art featuring a strong colonial Australian image was created by Lena Richter of Diamonds and Rust Tattoos.
Possessing the same classic metal swagger as found on “Guns For Hire”, “Diamond Cut Diamond” contains seven slabs of song-oriented metal, graced with well-placed tinges of melody and NWOBHM influences. CONVENT GUILT (who feature bassist/vocalist/primary songwriter Ian, the guitar tandem of Andrew and Dario, and drummer Brent) have once again placed focus on emotion and energy over soulless musical precision, resulting in a must-listen for fans of early IRON MAIDEN, SAXON and TRESPASS.
1. Howling Vengeance
2. Born To Trouble
3. Powder Dry
4. Scream Out Your Heart
5. Bonnie And Clyde
6. Thief In The Night
7. Foxes Run
www.facebook.com/ConventGuilt / hwww.gatesofhellrecords.com
VANHELGD – New Lyric Video available
Swedish Death Metallers VANHELGD have unleashed a first song from their upcoming full-length "Deimos Sanktuarium" which will be released on 12th October 2018 (CD, Vinyl & Digital) worldwide via Pulverised Records.
Check out the album's opener "A Plea For Divine Necromancy" at this location: https://youtu.be/ZUf19iVzR1o
The track was premiered by Decibel Magazine: https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2018/09/03/track-premiere-vanhelgd-a-plea-for-divine-necromancy
With their fifth album, VANHELGD have further honed their craft - a spectacle of heavy-as-hammer guitars immersed in funereal coldness. The artwork for "Deimos Sanktuarium" was once again conceptualized and designed by bandleader Mattias Frisk (Ghost, Entrapment, Vampire, etc). It was recorded at Studio Underjord with Joona Hassinen (Year Of The Goat, Saturnalia Temple, Ocean Chief, etc) and mixed/mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio (Watain, Repugnant, Desultory, etc).
1. A Plea For Divine Necromancy
2. Så förgås världens härlighet
3. Vi föddes i samma grav
4. Profaned Is The Blood Of The Covenant
5. The Ashes Of Our Defeat
6. The Silent Observer
7. Här finns ingen nåd
The vinyl version for “Deimos Sanktuarium” will be released in limited quantities on Black Vinyl, White Vinyl (Cudgel & Pulverised Records exclusive) and Ultra Clear Vinyl (Dark Descent Records exclusive). Dark Descent Records is handling North American territories.
www.facebook.com/vanhelgd / www.pulverised.net
PROFESSOR BLACK - New song "You And I" available
"You And I", a brand new song of PROFESSOR BLACK, is available for streaming at this location: https://heavymetalismyway.bandcamp.com/track/you-and-i
The track is taken from the album "Sunrise", out on 5th October via High Roller Records.
PROFESSOR BLACK is the name of a new and unrestricted outlet for songwriter and recording artist Chris Black as he enters his next creative phase. Although Chris is recognized today as the frontman for Chicago’s exhilarating hard rock troupe High Spirits, he has meanwhile been active since the late 1990s with a range of other ongoing bands and projects. No longer willing to simply create a new band identity for each new musical idea, or to cling to the precedents and expectations of existing band identities, Chris decided in 2017 to move forward under a single name. That name is intended to capture as much as possible of Chris’s work outside of High Spirits, whether as a recording artist or live act. PROFESSOR BLACK starts off strong in 2018, including the "You Bastard!" EP and a pair of 7” singles released earlier in the year. But the proper introduction comes in October, when High Roller Records will release the first three full-length PROFESSOR BLACK albums simultaneously. Of course, something different can be found with each one…
"Sunrise" features the more ethereal and atmospheric aspects of Chris Black’s songwriting, and is musically inspired by some of his biggest heroes in the heavy metal singer/songwriter realm: Blackie Lawless, Rolf Kasparek, and Ace “Quorthon” Forsberg.
Chris Black: "Although "Sunrise" is mostly a doom-and-gloom sort of album, here we have the closing track which reveals that not all hope is lost. Or perhaps that there was never any hope in the first place, hahaha. As long as we're damned, we may as well dance!"
www.facebook.com/heavymetalismyway / www.hrrecords.de
THE WIZARDS - Signing with High Roller Records - New Album in October
"Rise Of The Serpent" is the title of the new album of Spanish Rock/Metal fanatics THE WIZARDS. It will be out on 26th October 2018 via High Roller Records.
A first song, "Age Of Man", is premiered by Deaf Forever Magazine - check it out at this location: https://www.deaf-forever.de/songpremiere-the-wizards
THE WIZARDS from Bilbao is a five-headed serpent, rising from the ruins of a society in decline. "Rise Of The Serpent" contains eight Apocalyptic Weapons that will survive the Circle of Time. It is a magical war against The Man, and there is no turning back. From this point of no return, we declare this: magic shall be released and revealed. May the Serpent show you the way, the same it has shown us. This is a magical artifact, listen carefully and the Serpent will rise. Join our cult and let´s ride together towards our Destiny!
The cover was exclusively created by Barcelona based DC Comics, Marvel and Verotik international artist Rafa Garrés.
1. Apocalyptic Weapons
3. Circle of Time
4. Distorted Mirrors
5. Age of Man
6. Strings Synchronise
8. VOID (Visions of Inner Death)
www.facebook.com/TheWizardsRock / www.hrrecords.de
ORGANIC – Deal with Testimony Records – Album Details and First Song available
Testimony Records is proud to announce the signing of South Tyrol based Death Metallers ORGANIC!
Formed back in 2013, ORGANIC are offering a totally crushing HM2 old school sound with buzzing chainsaw riffs and destructive grooves in the vein of early 90s classics such as Dismember’s “Indecent and Obscene” or Grave’s “You’ll Never See”.
The band’s debut full-length “Carved In Flesh” will be released on 16th November 2018 on CD, Tape, limited LP including 2 bonustracks (100 x transparent blood red, 200 x black) and in digital versions. It was recorded and mixed at Sound Control Studio with Lukas Flarer.
As a first teaser, join the “Macabre Rites” at this location: https://testimonyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/organic-carved-in-flesh
Beware - there’s a deadly tank rolling over the Alps!
1. Suffocate In Blood
2. Shrouded In Darkness
3. Frozen Meat Medal
4. Macabre Rites
5. Der Fotzenknecht
6. I, Soulless
7. Carved In Flesh
8. Carnal Absolution (Behind The Altar)
9. From Beyond
10. Death Battalion (Vinyl Bonustrack)
11. The Result Is To Collapse (Vinyl Bonustrack)
www.facebook.com/organicdeathmetal / www.facebook.com/testimonyrecords
SEPTAGON - New Album 'Apocalyptic Rhymes' in November
German power-thrash hybrid SEPTAGON will release their sophomore album, “Apocalyptic Rhymes” on November 9th, 2018 via Cruz Del Sur Music. The follow-up to 2016’s “Deadhead Syndicate” was recorded across a variety of studios with the band opting to produce the album themselves.
Songwriting for “Apocalyptic Rhymes” began shortly after SEPTAGON started playing shows in support of “Deadhead Syndicate”. The result, as guitarist Markus “Ulle” Ullrich (also of LANFEAR and THEM) tells it, is a more focused and catchier album: “When the music for the debut was written, there was no band at all. This time, it was more of a collective work. Except for one track, I wrote all the music for the last album while our second guitarist Stef [Binnig-Gollub] now also brought in some ideas and songs. The production for the album took a bit longer than we expected, otherwise we would have released it sooner. But, we are very pleased with the results.”
SEPTAGON (who are rounded out by vocalist Markus Becker, bassist Alexander Palma and drummer Jürgen “General” Schrank) are arguably neither a true thrash nor power metal band, rather, a seamless blend of the two, whereupon punchy, but anthemic songs are born. With the powerful throat of Becker (also of ATLANTEAN KODEX) out front, SEPTAGON presents a fresh take on two of metal’s most familiar genres. According to Ullrich, SEPTAGON thrives off of this balance.
“When SEPTAGON started, I really wanted to keep it old-school with a nice mixture of speed and thrash and some U.S. vibes in the riffing,” he says. “Markus is a singer with a very melodic voice and I always thought that this is a nice combination. Some songs musically are pure thrash, but since we listen to all kinds of music, it happens from time to time that we come up with some ideas that lead us into a different direction. On the one hand we want to keep our roots, but there's always room for some experiments.”
Conceptually, “Apocalyptic Rhymes” presents a wide variety of topics, including literature (John Knittel’s “Via Mala” on lead single “Home, Sweet Hell”) while venturing into social commentary on “Make A Stand”, “Cosmic Outrage” and “The Weight Of The World”. However, given the current perilous nature of politics on an international scale, “P.O.T.U.S.A” is sure to raise some eyebrows.
Comments Ullrich: “It's obvious what ‘P.O.T.U.S.A.’ is about and simply because Markus lived in the U.S. for more than five years, it was something he just had to do. Some people will agree, some will probably say ‘Shut your mouth and mind your own business, you fuckin' Germans.’ I don't really care since it more and more became also ‘our’ business.”
Armed with a fresh batch of vertical, melodic and biting melodic metal, Ullrich and SEPTAGON are gearing up for another round of shows with an eye toward the future. “We’re going to take this step-by-step,” he concludes. “We want to play more shows, sell some albums and honestly, I can’t wait to write more songs for album number three.”
1. The End
2. The Weight Of The World
3. Home, Sweet Hell
4. Apocalyptic Rhymes
5. Make A Stand
6. The Unfathomable Evil
8. Cosmic Outrage
9. Nothingness Awaits
10. Sunset Blood
www.facebook.com/septagonband / www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
HITTEN – New Video “In The Heat Of The Night”
Spanish Heavy Metallers HITTEN proudly present a second song from their upcoming new album "Twist Of Fate" - to be released on 14th September 2018 via High Roller Records on CD and LP (special edition in blue aqua vinyl).
Check out the official tour video for “In The Heat Of The Night” at this location: https://youtu.be/ezFnQglvo0M
"Twist Of Fate", introducing the band's new vocalist Alexx Panza, will contain ten songs full of wild riffs, classic vocals mixed with powerful high pitches, crazy twin guitar passages and super feeling solos. A must for each and every genre lover!
The first released track, "On The Run", is available here: https://youtu.be/oG9DbTjb2Lg
1. Take It All
2. Final Warning
3. Twist Of Fate
4. Flight to Freedom
6. Evil Within
7. On The Run
8. In The Heat Of The Night
9. Rockin' Out The City
www.facebook.com/HITTENOFFICIAL / www.hrrecords.de
CAULDRON - New Album In September, New Song Streaming
Canadian metal trio CAULDRON will release their long-awaited fifth studio album entitled "New Gods" on September 7 through Dissonance Productions in Europe and The End Records in North America. For the follow up to their critically-acclaimed 2016 album "In Ruin", Jason Decay (lead vocals/bass), Ian Chains (guitar) and Myles Deck (drums) together with producer Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Wooden Sky) honed and recorded the songs at Union Sound in Toronto for what would become "New Gods". "New Gods", the group’s fifth full-length studio record, once again promises a strong emphasis on songwriting and melody, complete with high-end organic production to match.
Listen to new song "Never Be Found": soundcloud.com/dissonanceproductionsuk/cauldron-never-be-found-official-stream
“I am very proud of the songwriting, performances and production on this one, and it is definitely the most confident I have been in a finished album of ours. It is dark, it’s heavy and it has a very melodic sense of AOR. Most importantly, it still sounds very CAULDRON. I’m pretty sure people who were into In Ruin will like this one just as much if not more!” says Decay.
www.facebook.com/cauldronmetal / www.dissonanceproductions.co.uk
CAST THE STONE - "A Plague Of Light" lyric video premiere
American death/black metallers CAST THE STONE (feat. members of Misery Index, ex-Cattle Decapitation and Scour) present a lyric video for their new song "A Plague Of Light", taken from the "Empyrean Atrophy" EP. The EP is set to be released at the end of this month, on August 31st, via Agonia Records. Watch the new lyric video here:
CAST THE STONE is Mark Kloeppel (Misery Index, Scour with Phil Anselmo), Derek Engemann (ex-Cattle Decapitation, Scour), Jesse Schobel (Legend, ex-Scour) and vocalist Andrew Huskey. First formations of the band began in 2002, long before its protagonists departed for their better known metal-scene mainstays. While such ties leave a clear mark, CAST THE STONE emerge not as some metal supergroup, but as a project of the original and purest intent of its membership.
"Empyrean Atrophy" was produced by Dan Swanö (Katatonia, Merciless, Edge Of Sanity) and features cover artwork by Gary Ronaldson of Bite Radius Designs (Primordial, Kreator, Napalm Death). It includes five new, original compositions and a cover of Infestdead's "Jesusatan".
1. As the Dead Lie - https://youtu.be/u2kx8PTf9mc
2. The Burning Horizon - http://geargods.net/?p=31105
3. Standing in the Shadows
4. A Plague of Light
5. Empyrean Atrophy
Andrew Huskey – vocals
Mark Kloeppel – guitars
Derek Engemann – bass
Jesse Schobel – drums
www.facebook.com/castthestoneofficial / www.agoniarecords.com/castthestone
PANZER SQUAD – New Video available
German Extreme-Thrashers PANZER SQUAD have unleashed a second track from their upcoming new album!
Check out the DIY video for “Escapist” at this location: https://youtu.be/y8K-PgIMF0I
"Ruins" will be released on 31st August 2018 via Testimony Records on CD, limited vinyl (100 gold & 200 black) and in digital versions.
Be prepared for a killing mixture of old school 80s Thrash and D-Beat-Punk - all about violence, drugs, insanity and death! No-frills! Straight in your face!
The album opener "Extinction" is streaming here: https://testimonyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/panzer-squad-ruins
2. Death Toll
4. Sewer Rat
5. Societal Funeral
6. Singular Purpose
7. Shut in
8. Victims Of War
10. Approaching The End
11. Zombie Shot
12. After The Bombs
13. Warsystem (Shitlickers Cover)
www.facebook.com/panzersquadthrash / testimonyrecords.bigcartel.com