CAST THE STONE (feat. MISERY INDEX, CATTLE DECAPITATION & SCOUR Members) Detail new EP “Empyrean Atrophy”

US-based death/black metal band CAST THE STONE, comprising original members Mark Kloeppel(MISERY INDEXSCOUR), Derek Engemann(ex-CATTLE DECAPITATIONSCOUR), Jesse Schobel(LEGEND, ex-SCOUR) and vocalist Andy Huskey, will re-emerge on August 31st with their new EP on Agonia Records. The band’s new EP, titled “Empyrean Atrophy”, is pictured below, and features cover artwork by Gary Ronaldson of Bite Radius Designs(PRIMORDIALKREATORNAPALM DEATH).

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SKELETONWITCH Presents Catchy And Riff Filled New Track, “Fen Of Shadows”!

Hark all ye thrashers! The boys from SKELETONWITCH are back, and have put out a brand new song, “Fen Of Shadows” from their all new, upcoming sixth studio full length, ‘Devouring Radiant Light‘. The brand new album will be out by July 20th, via Prosthetic Records this summer. So be prepared for a fast, technical and murky summer, all thanks to our boys from Athens, Ohio.

Fen Of Shadows” is SKELETONWITCH at it’s best and a true embodiment of what their music feels and holds. It can’t get any better than this. The riffs are catchy, thrash to it’s core, with lots of subtle black metal vibe. And at the same time, it is diverse and has a lot of other exciting stuff going on with it. The song has a brooding and post-metal sort of aura, where it takes you by your neck, but it’s a good feeling, like the one you feel when you walk amidst a misty, cold, dark and windy forest at the dawning of dusk. The tremolo induced shrills and wails will give you the goosebumps that is so inevitable on this track. Vocals are ear piercing and a total blistering force to reckon with, a force equally as fatal as the lightning fast riffing and terror inducing, relentless drumming. Continue reading

ROTTING CHRIST Arrested In Country Of Georgia; Charged With Terrorism!

ROTTING CHRIST amidst their European tour got arrested unfortunately in the Eastern European country of Georgia, in their capital city Tbilisi on the 12th of April, this month, right before their concert on the 13th. The band was arrested on ridiculous and spurious grounds involving charges of terrorism allegedly based on the band’s name! Front man Sakis Tolis informed later as stated below that they were “branded as Satanists and therefore suspects of terrorism.” A reason every metalhead is accused of once in their lifetime!

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DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT Kick Off EU “Heathen Crusade” Tour With PIMORDIAL And MOONSORROW [Tour Dates]

“[DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT is] the future of German Extreme-Metal” – Mille Petrozza, Kreator

German Black metal visionaries Der Weg Einer Freiheit have kicked off their European tour in support of their highly acclaimed and recently released album ‘Finisterre’. Alongside Primordial and Moonsorrow, the “Heathen Crusade 2018” tour will charge through multiple countries throughout the month and will showcase Der Weg Einer Freiheit at the height of their powers. A full list of confirmed dates are below, but be quick as these tickets are hot with the Paris show already sold-out! Continue reading

State Of The Art: Georgia’s GUILLOTINE [Album Stream]

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

This month’s State is Georgia!

Atlanta-based Guillotine offers bass-heavy, blackened death/doom metal with heavy doses of groove. Weaved seamlessly into the band’s sound are a unique blend of musical influences such as old school American death metal, Scandinavian black metal, and Southern sludge. Their songs often bounce between slow/doomy evilness to mid-tempo aggression. While typically never delving into super high-velocity thrashing speeds or blast beats, alternately their use of grooving riffs and double-bass rhythms gives Guillotine a signature sound of their own that is equally dark and punishing. Continue reading

State Of The Art: Vermont’s LIGHTCRUSHER [Album Stream]

Photo Credit: Christian Buck

 

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

This month’s state is Vermont!

 

Combining elements of doom, death, sludge and black metal the Montpelier, Vermont based band Lightcrusher was formed in 2010. You could say that their lyrical themes tend to be more leaning towards the darker side of things with themes like nature, misanthropy, loss, and isolation. The band is comprised of 5 members including members and ex-members of bands like Chalice, Lord Gallows, The Demon BellSunder, Cruciferion, Limbwalker and others. Some of the members were actually in these bands together, so there was already a chemistry and bond created there that you can hear on the bands material. The members include M. Schrift on vocals, A. Sørensen on guitar and vocals, K. Emmons also on guitar, J. Elwert behind the drum kit and L. Gallows on the bass. The quintet released their first material in the form of a demo in September of 2015. Simply titled ‘Lightcrusher Demo’. The recording included five tracks. Fast forward to December 2016 and the band has now released a brand new EP titled ‘Forests of Unresolve’ which includes 5 blistering tracks of death doom and the bands signature duel vocal style. 

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MAYHEM Announces “Demon Anthology” US Tour [Full Tour Dates]

Norway black metal pioneers, Mayhem announce US dates for their “Demon Anthology” tour.  Starting at the end of March, they will begin their run in the Northeast with special guests: Atlanta black metal/rock act, Cloak; and New Jersey death/black metal band, Incantation.

Mayhem promises a new live set covering some of the greatest songs from all of their past albums. Their most recent full-length studio album is ‘Esoteric Warfare’ which has received numerous accolades and critical acclaim. Continue reading

DIMMU BORGIR Celebrates 25 Years, Confirms Release Date Of 10th Studio Album ‘Eonian’

Dimmu Borgir is celebrating 25 of baptizing the world in darkness and fire, and with it being 7 long years since the release of their most recent studio album ‘ABRAHADABRA you should be elated to know that Dimmu Borgir has finally broken the soul torturing silence and confirmed that their 10th studio album titled ‘Eonian’ is set to be released on May 4th, 2018! Continue reading

SATYRICON To Embark On Final US Headlining Tour This Spring!

When it comes to something dark, sinister and macabre settings Norwegian dual powerhouse SATYRICON are at the helm for driving things forward. Wading through the misty, grim and cold winters SATYRICON have paved a long way of terrifying black metal ever since it was formed in 1991 in Oslo. They are till this date one of the prime and most important black metal bands in the world to have come out of the unholy grounds from up north. As they inch closer to three decades of hard hitting black metal, the duo are ready shroud the entire United States with black clouds on their final US run this spring in support of their latest studio album, ‘Deep Calleth Upon Deep‘.

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Interview: Noor of NORTHWIND WOLVES “I See Some Of The Darkest Aspects Of Human Life On A Daily Basis Here In Los Angeles”

Recently, I had the great opportunity to interview Noor, the lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, and co-founding member of LA-based, black metal band, NorthWind Wolves. After reviewing NWW’s latest album, ‘Dark… Cold… Grim…’ and being impressed by their music, I was honored to be able to speak directly to the man himself. He graciously opened up about everything including his own personal musical journey and influences, the origins of the band, and even helped clear up some misconceptions and rumors floating around the internet.
Noor’s story is definitely an enthralling one, and one that really speaks to the drive of a musician’s passion to pursue his art. With a deep look into the mind of a true black metaller, and without any further hesitation, please enjoy this riveting interview with Noor of NorthWind Wolves: Continue reading