ALL HELL To Release Prosthetic Records Debut ‘The Grave Alchemist’ In April; Tour Dates

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One of our favorite regional bands (for those of us at MNHQ that is), Asheville, North Carolina’s All Hell, have shared some details of their upcoming debut for Prosthetic Records, “The Grave Alchemist“. Produced by Kris Hilbert (The Body), who worked with the band on their earlier release The Red Sect, and mixed and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust), The Grave Alchemist will see a worldwide release on April 14th. The album contains twelve tracks of the ferocious blackened thrash that we have come to love seeing the band perform on a regular basis here in the Appalachian locale. The press release included with the news of the album states “The album is a narrative-driven horror concept album that weaves a tale of alchemy, necromancy, and vampirism over the span of three centuries. It is a potent blend of violence, mysticism, psychology, and the occult, distilled into an aural elixir of Blood and Gold.”

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EMPEROR ‘The Complete Works’ Box Set Is Done And Shipped

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Back in 2014, the Blood Music label announced that there was a Box Set in the works that would amass the entirety of all the complete works of the legendary Emperor into one collectible release. Now, well over a full three years later, that collection titled “The Complete Works“, is..well, complete and done finally. In fact, it has now been shipped to those that were lucky enough to sign on to obtain one and rendered their payment to ensure it at the time. 

A statement from the label was posted earlier this week which read: “Nearly 4 years from start to finish, the Emperor official ‘The Complete Works‘ box is finally finished. All production parts finished and shipped to everyone from whom payment was received. Continue reading

SCOUR (Phil Anselmo, Pig Destoyer, Cattle Decapitation, Etc. Members) To Play First Live Show; Follow Up Dates

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Scour, the extreme/black metal band that features Phillip Anselmo alongside John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer), Chase Fraser (Animosity), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation) and Chase Schobel (Strong Intention) have announced their debut live gig. The group will take the stage at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, LA on February 19th and currently have two other live performances abroad planned at this time as well.

2/19 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
2/23 Bergen, NOR – Blastfest
6/16 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest

Review: EMPYREAN THRONE – ‘Chaosborne’ [Song Stream]

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Up and coming black metal artists, Empyrean Throne, are gearing up to release their first full length album: ‘Chaosborne’. The album will be released on January 24th, 2017 by Erthe and Axen Records. The record was produced by Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh). The American band was born in Lake Forest, California back in 2011. This will be the band’s followup to their debut EP that was released in 2013, titled ‘Demonseed’. Empyrean Throne does a great job combining the traditional black metal sound along with the new age sound as well. They blend in orchestral elements, melodic and speedy guitar, and raw, ripping vocals. The band consists of Andrew Knudsen on vocals, Mike Brennan on guitar, and Leviathan on the drums. You can check out some of their previous material on their Bandcamp page as well. Continue reading

Live Review: Anagnorisis And Cryptic Hymn

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20161103_205511Who doesn’t love going to a metal show? The sweat, the hair, the ringing ears. Every time I get to go and see great artists ply their craft on the stage, I always consider myself to be extremely fortunate to be a part of such an experience. It’s an even bigger thrill when the artists that I get to scream my lungs out for are from my home state of Kentucky. Continue reading

MAYHEM Announce North American Tour; Will Play Entire Debut Album

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The biggest name in all of Black Metal, the legendary, pioneering Mayhem have announced they will undertake a very special North American tour in Jan. – Feb. 2017. The tour marks the first time in Mayhem’s history where the band will be playing “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” in its entirety in North America and support for this special trek will come from Inquisition and Black Anvil

Vocalist Attila Csihar stated the following in regard to the tour: “The first time I heard from Mayhem was in ’91-’92 when I received a letter from Euronymous. I did not know that letter was gonna change my whole life… They were looking for a new vocalist for their debut record to replace Dead, who had passed away. Of course I said yes to their offer and in 1993 we recorded the album called De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas one of the most magical recordings of all time. The music opened some altered dimensions that we were simply not able to handle anymore and it unleashed a complete Chaos, which ended up at burning churches and eventually a murder within the band. It was almost impossible to release that record but finally when it came out under the Sun in ’94, it made a strong impact on the whole Heavy Metal scene… The so-called ‘2nd Wave of Black Metal’ born in the cold and dark underground of Oslo. At the same time Mayhem collapsed and got burned down as well. From those ashes the band had to rise once again, when they reunited Mayhem with some old and new members. But that album was always so strong and so unique that even after my reunion with Mayhem in 2004, we were still not comfortable to present it live as a whole thing. Time passed and the whole band got stronger and more experienced. So now in 2016 suddenly we felt it was the time to play that whole record finally, to release That Beast after more than two decades. So De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas finally becomes Alive!”
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WITCHERY Return With New Album And Lyric Video Debut

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It has been a long six years since their last studio album but on November 25th, Swiss black metallers Witchery finally return with “In His Infernal Majesty’s Service” on Century Media Records. It was produced and mixed by Daniel Bergstrand at Dug Out StudioAn official Lyric Video to the song “Nosferatu“, taken from the new album, can be seen below.

In His Infernal Majesty’s Service” celebrates the 20th year of the band’s existence while marking some notable changes in the band’s line up also. Gone is longtime member Martin Axenrot, the new revamped roster consists of original members Patrik Jensen (guitar; The Haunted ), Rikard Rimfält (guitar: Seance) and Sharlee D’Angelo (bass, Arch Enemy), alongside new additions to this nocturnal guild Angus Norder (vocals; Nekrokraft) and Chris Barkensjö (drums, Lik).

State Of The Art: Minnesota – AMIENSUS

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*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured State*

This month’s State is Minnesota!

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AMIENSUS

Rochester, Minnesota’s Amiensus was first formed by members of established regional bands like The Last, Dread Veil, and Minos back in 2010 when the musicians involved acted on their urges to create exploratory, non-genre driven music. The band settled on their name being inspired from the famous Amiens Cathedral located in Amiens, France and adding the ‘sus’ suffix to it for a little recognizable flair. Currently in 2016, the band consists of James Benson (clean & harsh vocals, guitars), Alec Rozsa (keys, gtrs., vox), D. Todd Farnham (bass), Chris Piette (drums), and Zack Morganthaler (lead gtrs., keys), along with studio singers Aaron McKinney and Julia Holter. Past members include Joe Waller. Taking musical influences from such wide ranging sources as Progressive and Atmospheric Metal, Black Metal, Experimental, Post-Rock, Folk, Doom, Death Metal and anything else that interested them, Amiensus issued their first recorded effort that same year, 2010. It came in the form of the 3-song ‘The Last‘ EP, the title derived from the material’s origins itself being from the aforementioned band The Last.

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State Of The Art: Minnesota – OAK PANTHEON

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This month’s State is Minnesota!


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The Minneapolis-based duo that comprise Oak PantheonSami Sati: Guitar, Bass, Vocals and Tanner Swenson: Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Drum Programming have actually been playing music together since their early, formative teenage years but in 2011 the pair formed Oak Pantheon as their official project. The guy’s first recording was a Single track “Architect of the Void Pt. I” with the help of Sean Golyer who engineered, mixed, and co-produced the track and from there it took on a life all of its own. The lone song garnered massive interest from fans of Progressive/Atmospheric Black Metal and fueled the guys to forge ahead with recording a proper release, “The Void” EP, which was issued in mid-2011. The version we are streaming here below is the 2014 remastered edition of that EP and it is an interesting glimpse in to the earlier era of Oak Pantheon‘s style of ambient-textured musical extremity. The Gothic nuances, layered instrumentation, and acidic, venomous vocals meld together and reveal song matter relating to love, loss, death, and myriad emotional states that Oak Pantheon has perfected in their short time together.


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An Interview With THONIAN HORDE

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THONIAN HORDE (Pic By Dave Sherman)

THONIAN HORDE (Pic By Dave Sherman)

Maryland. It’s the home of U.S. Doom, we all know that…or dammit, you should know that. But with that said, Maryland really is home to many other styles of music and the scenes that support them and for its relative size, Maryland is overflowing with innumerable musicians. With such a long running, burgeoning music community being so ever-present within the State, it is a given that some guys (and gals) would know other guys (and gals) that they would like to collaborate with in some type of musical endeavor. I am kind of guessing that is what happened and then resulted in the formation of the Boonsboro-based Thonian Horde because the quartet that make up the band, Ron ‘Fezz’ McGinnis, Darren ‘Dirty’ Waters, Tyler ‘The Beast’ Lee, and Dan ‘D’ Mize have known one another for quite awhile. The pedigree of bands making up this foursome’s present or past projects include Bailjack, Weed Is Weed, Faith In Jane, Admiral Browning, Pale Divine, and others so one can see that these musicians are not any Johnny-Come-Lately’s. No, in fact this four piece are talented, seasoned veterans who are capable of playing any style of Rock or Metal that they might choose to and it just so happens that in Thonian Horde, they play viscerally volatile, savage blackened Thrash with elements of Crust and Classic Metal. It is blisteringly acidic, explosive and corrosive to your cranium sinister sounding sonics but don’t just take my word for it, you can hear the recently released Thonian Horde self-titled LP in my recent review here. So, being a lover and supporter of all that is Maryland extreme music, I contacted the dark Horde’s warriors elite and asked for an Interview so that we might unveil a bit more about this fatalistic foursome so, without further hype and hoopla, I give to you The Metal Nexus Interview With Thonian Horde!!! Continue reading