Review: DAMNATION PLAN – ‘Reality Illusion’ [Song Stream]

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Finnish progressive metal band Damnation Plan are here in 2017 to release a masterpiece for the masses. Damnation Plan formed in 2004 in Espoo, Finland. The band released their first EP in 2007, ‘Darker World’. They took a little bit of a hiatus after that but then regrouped in 2011 to begin work on their first full length album. In 2013, that album, ‘The Wakening’, was released on Coroner Records. The lineup of the band has not changed since 2012 and consists of: Tommy Tuovinen doing harsh and clean vocals, Asim Searah also on clean vocals, Antti Lauri and Kalle Niininen on guitars, Jukka Vehkamaa on bass, and Jarkko Lunnas on drums. Starting work on this new record almost two years ago, the time has finally come. Damnation Plan’s second full length album, ‘Reality Illusion’ will be dropping on March 10th 2017 on Inverse Records. The mixing was done by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studios. You can preorder ‘Reality Illusion’ here. Drummer Jarkko Lunnas had this to say about the new release: Continue reading

INDOMINUS ‘Legion Within’ EP Review & Stream

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We return to Ireland for yet another round of crushing, punishing extreme metal via Indominus‘ debut EP, the 5-song “Legion Within“. Released last September, the guys Alan Duddy (vox), Simon Cochrane (lead gtr./bkg. vox), Logan McKee (rhythm gtr.), Mark Payne (bass) and Nathan Glasgow (drums) administer a savage assault of Death Metal, Thrash, and traditional, oldschool-inspired Metal here. It is highly reminiscent of the earliest pioneering bands within the U.S.’ Floridian DM scene of yesteryear, clearly influenced by the likes of Obituary, Death, Massacre and the like. Structured upon blistering dual guitar antics, bone rattling rhythms and furiously unrelenting drums, the music is savage and abrasive. There are several vocal styles attached to things too ranging from bellowing gutturals to shriek-ish highs and the occasional aggressive Hardcore type, each adding a rather distinct flavoring to things.  
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Review: EX DEO – ‘The Immortal Wars’

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After what has seemed like forever, Canadian death metal band Ex Deo has returned to bless us with their third full length release, ‘The Immortal Wars’. After releasing ‘Caligvla’ in 2012 with a bit of touring, the band decided it was time for a break in 2014. It was soon being reported that the return of the band was unlikely. Lead singer Maurizio Iacono, Jean-Francois Dagenais, Oli Beaudoin, and Stéphane Barbe went back to their main project in Kataklysm. Also featured in the band is Jonathan Leduc on the keyboards and François Mongrain on the bass guitar. Only a year later in 2015, the band announced that they were to begin work on their follow up. In January of 2016, it was revealed that the band’s next release would be titled ‘The Immortal Wars’. It has been a long road since then, but the time has finally come. On February 24th, 2017, Ex Deo will be releasing the album on Napalm Records. It was produced and mixed by Jens Bogren in Sweden. The Roman themed heavy metal band is prepared to unleash hell. You can preorder the new album here. Continue reading

OBITUARY Says ‘No’ In New Song Stream From Decibel Magazine

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Florida’s death metal legends Obituary are streaming a new song titled “No” which they recorded for the Decibel magazine’s flexi-disc series. The track is exclusive to Decibel and is not included on the tracklist of the upcoming Obituary self-titled album due from Relapse Records March 17th. The same day the album is released, Obituary kick off their participation in this year’s Decibel Magazine Tour 2017 along with Kreator, Midnight, and Horrendous

GRUESOME To Release New EP; Title Track With Guest Sean Reinert (Death/Cynic) Streaming

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The oldschool death metal influenced group Gruesome have announced they will release a new EP, “Fragments Of Psyche“, via Relapse Records on March 31st. It’s said the material is specifically influenced by Death’s monumental Human album and will include a cover of the song “Choke It“. Also included are demos of Gruesome‘s early recordings are also featured, including: “Closed Casket“, “Gangrene“, “Gruesome“, “Psychic Twin” and “Savage Lands“. A stream of the title track can be found below which features guest Sean Reinert of Death and Cynic fame. Vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey (also of Exhumed) said of this outing:
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EX DEO Releases New Music Video For “The Roman”

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Canadian death metal band Ex Deo has just released their second song from their upcoming album, ‘The Immortal Wars’, set to release on February 24th on Napalm Records. ‘The Immortal Wars’ will be the band’s third release, following up ‘Caligvla’ (2012). The band then went on a hiatus starting in 2014, making another release unlikely, but they returned in late 2015 to announce they were working on new material. The band has received high praise for their stories of Roman History throughout their discography. Ex Deo had this to say about “The Roman”: Continue reading

MEMORIAM Issues ‘Surrounded (By Death)’ Lyric Video; Details Of Upcoming Debut

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The oldschool death metal inspired band Memoriam have just issued their official lyric video for “Surrounded (By Death)”, a song from their upcoming debut album. That album, “For The Fallen“, will be released through Nuclear Blast on February 24th and contains brutal traditional style death metal from members of Bolt Thrower and Benediction among others. Memoriam‘s members, vocalist Karl Willets (Bolt Thrower), guitarist Scott Fairfax (Benediction, Cerebral Fix), bassist Frank Healy (Napalm Death, Benediction) and drummer Andrew Whale (Bolt Thrower, Colostomy) have an undeniably well-established resume within the DM community. That collective history is expected to be more than able to unleash some of the best modern musical heaviness this year with this highly anticipated debut release. The previously issued song “Reduced To Zero” is also included below.

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SUFFOCATION, REVOCATION & WITHERED Announce Off-Night Shows Without Morbid Angel

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Suffocation, Revocation and Withered have announced their plans to perform several shows together without Morbid Angel on the recently scheduled tour featuring all four bands. You can catch these three bands together at the following stops:

05/19 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
05/20 Greensboro, NC – Arizona Pete’s
05/21 Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
05/22 Tallahassee, FL – The Side Bar
05/26 Nashville, TN – Exit In
05/30 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon (Suffocation only)
06/09 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
06/14 Eugene, OR – Old Nick’s (Suffocation only)
06/19 Flagstaff, AZ – The Green Room
06/22 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
06/29 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
06/30 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie

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OBITUARY Shares ‘Turned To Stone’ Lyric Video

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Floridian death metal stalwarts Obituary  have shared the second single off their forthcoming, self-titled full-length album with their lyric video for “Turned To Stone” below. Obituary is due out March 17th from Relapse Records on CD/LP and digital formats. Meanwhile, the new track, which follows the earlier-issued “Sentence Day“, takes the guys into a bit of a more slower-tempo and almost, dare I say it, doomier direction for the most part. It eventually picks up steam later on in the song and I find it an intriguing glimpse into where Obituary are at musically in 2017.

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Unsigned Band Review: BONE STORM ‘Ritual Supremacy’ Review, Stream, & NYP Item

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Sometimes it can take two States to contribute to making one killer band and that’s the case here with Bone Storm as some members reside in RVA (Richmond, VA.) and others in Middletown, Connecticut. But no matter how much space may lie between them, vocalist Klay Wald,  guitarist Rob Cadrain, bassist Jeff Miles and drummer Pete Fratta manage to create some powerfully brutal Death Metal on their new offering. That offering is the crushing 6-song “Ritual Supremacy” demo and what the quartet have conjured forth here is nothing short of flesh-shredding sonic savagery.
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