The first Belgrade Metal Meeting festival will be held on January 19, 2018, in the Hall of Sports in New Belgrade, organized by the MH Concerts and Serbian Hellbangers, one of the bands will be German almighty thrash metal band Kreator, Polish death/thrash kings Vader, French metal band Dagoba and Slovenian metal band Noctiferia, Polish technical death metal band Decapitated will not play because of their scandalous incident of raping a fan in their bus and they were in court for that, and they are no information if they will perform at this festival.
Serbian metal bands Infest and Bombarder will also perform on the festival.
The organizers stated this about the festival and the future of it:
”The Belgrade Metal Meeting is about to become a traditional festival, and on this occasion, we invite fans of fierce sound to support our story and come on January 19 to metal dust”.
Tickets were on sale on September 4th at the price of 2,600 dinars ,up to October 1, the tickets will cost 3,400 dinars in the official pre-sale, 3700 dinars for the fan pit, and at the concert day 4,000dinars. Sales locations for the tickets are Felix bar in Belgrade and Mungos in Novi Sad as well as the Eventim network.
”Belgrade Metal Meeting” official schedule:
16:00 – entrance
16:30 – Infest
17:15 – Bombarder
18:00 – Dagoba
18:45 – Noctiferia
19:45 – Vader
21:00 – Creator
Check out until the festival some Serbian brutal metal power the music video of Infest for the song”Of Everlasting Hate” and Bombarder song ”Okot iz Pakla”:
Check out the official announcement of the Guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö of the Kreator for the festival and a message for the fans:
For more information, follow the official Facebook event HERE.
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals are premiering the third crushing song taken from the legendary singer’s sophomore album with his personal band, ”Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue”. The full-length will be out on January 26th, 2018.
Phil Anselmo stated this about the song “Delinquent”:
“It’s old school-meets-ugly-school. Good shit.”
1. Little Fucking Heroes
3. Choosing Mental Illness
4. The Ignorant Point
7. Photographic Taunts
8. Finger Me
9. Invalid Colubrine Frauds
10. Mixed Lunatic Results
Philip H. Anselmo is an iconic artist, maybe a little bruised, scarred, singed, and somewhat battered by time, himself, and others. But the Texan remains proudly standing, unbent, and still angry. Loved and hated, attacked and praised, Phil is not ready to go down into the archives of musical history without a fight.
His new cooperation with the band that Phil himself created, The Illegals, is as brutal, kicking, lashing, and fury-filled as one could expect from this artist and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals‘ debut ”Walk Through Exits Only” (2013). Their sophomore album, ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ is a much the metaphorical fist in the face and display of force as his adherents could wish for.
”Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue” is not a simple repeat of the past – as tempting as that might sound, considering that no other artist left a deeper mark on metal in the 90’s than Pantera. Raging, roaring, and bulldozing their way through the metal scene, the Texans have left a lasting legacy. At their front stood anger and hostility personified ,Philip H. Anselmo. What followed for example with Down and Superjoint Ritual has further cemented the singer’s reputation as a living legend. As an artist in his own right, Phil finally emancipated onto a solo-path with ”Walk Through Exits Only”, which enabled him to do exactly as he pleased – with no need to compromise on anything.
Now, ”Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue” follows along the path that Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals debut has carved, but takes the mega-heavy, angry monster born out of mating the visceral aggression and power of Pantera with the devastating thrash and Southern sludge that Phil and the New Orleans scene pioneered.
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals are back and about to mercilessly install ”Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue” as a new benchmark for extreme heaviness.
Philip H. Anselmo: vocals
Mike DeLeon: lead guitars
Jose “Blue” Gonzales: drums
Stephen “Schteve” Taylor: guitars
Walter Howard: bass
2017 was a great year for Warbringer. Many felt the band released their ultimate work with ”Woe to the Vanquished” and the group proceeded to tour the US and Europe several times on the back of it alongside bands like Dark Tranquillity, Destruction, Death Angel, Havok, Darkest Hour, Suicidal Angels and Exmortus.
2018 will produce its own set of historic moments as explains Warbringer singer John Kevill:
This year we will be writing new material, but that doesn’t mean the live war machine will stop rolling… in addition to our Japanese “Thrash Domination” festivals with Testament and Exodus, we are pleased to announce a small run of West Coast shows in April of 2018. Since we have been playing Woe to the Vanquished in its entirety this last year, to great response, we decided we liked the full album format live. It is really cool being able to deliver the whole of a record, front to back, in a live setting, and so on these limited April dates, we will be doing that with a fan favorite from our back catalog… Waking into Nightmares.”
Released in 2009, ”Waking Into Nightmares” was produced by Exodus guitarist Gary Holt and engineered by Zack Ohren (Immolation, Cattle Decapitation, Suffocation) and showcased a more mature Warbringer who not only displayed their continued traditional thrash metal assault but peppered it with more dark and heavy death metal influences. The album was recognized for the band branching out into their own unique and continued evolution of thrash, as well as for the addition of the late Nic Ritter on drums who brought a more technical and progressive style of playing, that continues to date with the current rhythmic work of drummer Carlos Cruz.
“We will play the full record live as both a treat for fans as well as a tribute to Nic Ritter, who passed away in 2017. That record pushed the boundaries forward for Warbringer and we look forward to punishing everyone with it live this coming April. See you in the pit.”
On February 9th, Salt Lake City’s traditional metal champions Visigoth will release their sophomore album, ”Conqueror’s Oath”, via Metal Blade Records. Today, the band unleash a new video on the world for the lead single “Warrior Queen.” The video was directed by Brock Gorssl (vortexvideos.com) and can be seen now at metalblade.com/visigoth.
The record is there ready to pre-order and available in the following formats:
–180g black vinyl
–silver vinyl (limited to 400 copies – USA exclusive)
–clear with white/blue smokey swirl vinyl (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–opaque blue vinyl (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–cool grey marble vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–white/blue splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–sky-blue marble vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–purple red marble vinyl (limited to 100 copies – EU exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!
Standing in staunch opposition to any presumptuous notion of “reinventing the wheel” or “redefining the genre”, Visigoth instead dedicates themselves to worshipping at the ageless altars of heavy metal with a singular focus on writing music inspired by their favorite records. Whether whipped into a frenzy ignited by classic USPM or NWOBHM anthems, or pensively meditating on traditional epic heavy metal or weighty doom-inspired moments, these Salt City hessians wear their influences proudly on their sleeves. With their new 2018 long-player ‘Conqueror’s Oath‘, Visigoth stays true to the title and conquers the sophomore slump blues with 8 iron-forged anthems of pure metal magick guaranteed to satiate the hunger of the rock’n’roll hordes! Returning to the depths of the Boar’s Nest in their hometown of Salt Lake City to record once again with engineer extraordinaire Andy Patterson (Subrosa, Deathblow,Dreadnought, et al), ”Conqueror’s Oath‘‘ was hammerforged in a whirlwind month of mayhem and mastered by Dave Otero of Flatline Audio (Satan’s Host, Nightbringer, Khemmis, et al). Immortalized by breathtaking cover art created by none other than underground album art legend Kris Verwimp (whose work has graced records by Absu, Bewitched, Desaster, Horna,Moonsorrow, Skullview, Arkona, and many, many more) in proper swords-and-sorcery fashion,”Conqueror’s Oath” stands tall on the field of battle, serving as a gauntleted fist in the face of non-believers. Prepare for the onslaught of Salt City Steel!
1. Steel and Silver
2. Warrior Queen
3. Outlive Them All
5. Traitor’s Gate
6. Salt City
7. Blades in the Night
8. The Conqueror’s Oath
Visigoth European tour:
Feb. 17 – Wurzburg, Germany – Metal Assault Festival
Feb. 18 – Oldenburg, Germany – MTS Records Store
Feb. 19 – Berlin, Germany – Cortina
Feb. 20 – Leipzig, Germany – Four Rooms
Feb. 21 – Wien, Austria – Escape Metal Corner
Feb. 22 – Innsbruck, Austria – Livestage
Feb. 23 – Dornbirn, Austria – Schlachthaus
Feb. 24 – Lunen, Germany – Swordbrothers Festival
Feb. 25 – Genk, Belgium – Flashback
Feb. 27 – Barcelona, Spain – Rocksound
Feb. 28 – Zaragoza, Spain – Sala Lopez
Mar. 1 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Live
Mar. 2 – Ljungby, Sweden – Turbofest
Mar. 3 – Niederjossa, Germany – Full Metal Fest
Mar. 6 – Goppingen, Germany – Zille
Mar. 7 – Leiden, Netherlands – De Noble
Mar. 8 – Marburg, Germany – Knubbel
Mar. 9 – Weiher, Germany – Live Music Hall
Mar. 10 – Hamburg, Germany – Hell Over Hammaburg Festival
In the dirt where fallen icons lay to rest, the maggots and seeds spawned in 2014 a new creation. This took the ugly form of LIK, which fittingly means corpse in Swedish. An un-dead creation which offers a plate of savory old school death metal.
Metal Blade Records welcomes LIK to their roster.
Statement of the band about the collaboration with Metal Blade Records: “The huge impact Metal Blade has had on the scene is something you can’t overlook and being a part of this family is a ‘pinch yourself to see if you’re dreaming’ scenario! We can’t stress enough about how psyched we are and it’s just another sign that no-frills death metal is still alive and breathing!”
Walking the earth for three cold winters, and with the first offer named ”Mass Funeral Evocation”, it’ll have a sister released in May of 2018.
LIK has no passage as this entity is devoted to make a permanent mark on those who lay down their souls to Rock’n’Roll. The possessed souls to carry out the sonics are Tomas Åkvik (Guitar/Vocals), Niklas Sandin (Guitar/Bass) and Christofer Barkensjö (Drums).
Doomster Hamferð from the Faroe Islands will release their new album ”Támsins likam” this Friday, January 12th, via Metal Blade Records!
The band has now released the third single taken off ”Támsins likam”, please surf over tometalblade.com/hamferd to listen to ”Stygd”!
At the same location, you can watch the lyric video for the first single ”Hon syndras” as well as the production video for the 2nd single ”Frosthvarv”! Make sure to check out the pre-order section, you can purchase ”Támsins likam” in the following formats:
–180g black vinyl
–dark grey marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–pastel violet marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–milky clear vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–transparent blue vinyl (TUTL exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–light grey black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
Roughly translated as ”Body of the mist”, ”Támsins likam” is an attempt to create the most intriguing, honest and unique Hamferð experience yet. It is nothing less than a pinnacle; a culmination of many years of refining both sound and songwriting, spearheaded by a strong desire to keep progressing and expanding. This has resulted in an album bustling with elements ancient and familiar, violent and strange, earthen and spectral – all the while fiercely seeking to surprise and move the listener.
Once again recorded in Studio Bloch in the Faroe Islands, but this time mixed by the legendary Swedish sound wizard Daniel Bergstrand in his Dugout Productions studio, ”Támsins likam’‘ exhibits a rawer and more mature version of the known Hamferð sound. The somewhat harsh and bare soundscape deliberately contrasts with the refined compositions, while at the same aligning with the increasingly honest and violent lyrical content.
“Faroese doom metal” is a powerful sound. Exclusive to this self-styled tag is Hamferð. For a near decade, the funeral dressed sextet has been casting a unique expression rooted in conceptual tragedy and intense, narrative doom metal.
Faroese history and folklore are mixed together with grand atmospheres, a trademark that has earned worldwide attraction. Stages at festivals such as Inferno, Midgardsblot, Tuska, Summer Breeze, Wacken and much more have been turned into funerary ceremonies.
Touring with bands like Amorphis and Moonsorrow has further garnered the band a respected reputation due to strong yet solemn live performances.
The lyrical and conceptual approach is ambitious in scope. People are drawn to it, even though the band sings in their native tongue, Faroese. With a highly engaging idea concerning lyrics and songwriting, the hour has arrived to close a conceptual trilogy which commenced with the 2010 EP ”Vilst er síðsta fet’‘, continued with the internationally acclaimed 2013 full-length album ”Evst‘‘, and is now concluded with ”Támsins likam”.
03. Tvístevndur meldur
05. Hon Syndrast
06. Vápn í anda
Jón Aldará – Vocals
John Egholm – Guitar
Theodor Kapnas – Guitar
Ísak Petersen – Bass
Esmar Joensen – Keyboards
Remi Johannesen – Drums
Deströyer 666 will release a crushing new EP on February 23rd, 2018. ”Call of the Wild” contains three brand new songs and a fresh take on their classic and live-favorite, “Trialed by Fire”.
1. Violence Is Golden (4:30)
2. Stone by Stone (3:37)
3. Call of the Wild (4:46)
4. Trialed by Fire (7:02) Total: 19:55
Photo-credit: Ester Segarra
Deströyer 666 continue to do what they are best at kicking ass and hammering out heavy metal that is slamming straight into the face. No compromise, no sell out, no bullshit!
The Australians fill the gap between albums with the hard-hitting EP, ”Call of the Wild” that comes with a distinct taste of an unrepentantly classic flavor.
Deströyer 666 don’t do whiny nostalgia but simply stick to their old school roots, which are reaching straight down into the golden age of metal while allowing themselves to sound fresh and remain relevant.
The band originally started out as a solo project of Bestial Warlust guitarist KK in Australia in 1994. As early as with debut album ”Unchain the Wolves” (1997), fast-tracked towards international acclaim.
The even stronger second full-length, ”Phoenix Rising” (2000) had the Australians relocating to Europe to be able to satisfy the soaring demand for touring and festival shows. After a round of line-up changes, third full length ”Cold Steel… For an Iron Age” (2002) cemented the band’s excellent reputation.
After a hiatus caused among other issues by disenchantment with the business, Deströyer 666 returned with ”Defiance” in 2009 and followed up on this success with the rough and gritty ”Wildfire” seven years later that saw them touring and performing at all the relevant metal festivals worldwide on a regular basis again.
”Call of the Wild” comes with three fresh tracks and the revisited classic, “Trialed by Fire”, which was first published on ”Terror Abraxas”(2003). Now come and get yours!
German Thrash legends Accu§er will release their new album ”The Mastery” January 26th via Metal Blade Records!
Statement of the band the new album:
“2017 has been quite busy for us, as we wanted to come back with a bang and to present you a more than decent follow up to ‘The Forlorn Divide’. For us, ‘The Mastery’ is the essence of what Accu§er is all about. It definitely feels like the angry newborn child of ‘Who dominates Who’ and ‘Repent’. We just hope all you thrashers out there are going to enjoy this record as much as we do!”
Afterwards, point your browser at metalblade.com/accuser to watch the video for the first single ‘Mission Missile’ – at the same location you can pre-order the album in the following formats:
–180g black vinyl
–aubergine marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–black purple splattered vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–pastel pink/violet marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 160 copies)
01. Mission: Missile
02. The Real World
03. Solace in Sorrow
04. Time for Silence
05. My Skin
09. Into the Black
10. The Mastery
Accu§er has been in a constant songwriting mode all over last year. Combined with the energy and spontaneity from several live shows the songs came together very quickly.
Together with longtime producer Martin Buchwalter they put together the record in the summer of 2017 at well-known Gernhart Studio (Destruction, Tankard and many more).
For the band ”The Mastery”, is some kind of missing link between the technical virtuosity of an album like ‘Who Dominates Who’ and the more basic, heavy approach of ‘Repent’. Best of both worlds so to say and not only for the band the best album since their comeback in 2008. ”The Mastery” contains all of the elements that define the Accu§er sound: heavy, chunky thrash riffs, aggressive vocals with a touch of melody – in addition to the high-class guitar solos by youngster Dennis Rybakowski. When it comes to the lyrical side of their songs, Accu§er still raises their voices to denounce social grievances.
Frank Thoms – vocals/guitars
Dennis Rybakowski – guitars
Frank Kimpel – bass
Olli Fechner – drums
Alpha Omega Management has a pleasure to announce that the Italian progressive rock/metallers Heretic’s Dream are confirmed, as main support, for the Swedish powerhouse Therion, on their “Beloved Antichrist” tour in Kyiv – Ukraine, on April 15th at Bel Etage.
Furthermore, on January 28th, Heretic’s Dream will perform at Power Prog Fest Vol 2 in Rome – Italy.
About Heretic’s Dream:
Heretic’s Dream is a female fronted five piece Rock band that can’t easily be labeled as playing anyone type of Rock music! Their music is Hard Rock, Alternative, Progressive and Metal, combining unusual and complex rhythms with a fierce energy, making their music unique!
Heretic’s Dream alsojoined the Finnish progressive metal masters Amorphis on the ”10th Eclipse Anniversary shows”in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Spika tour Agency has released the full video of Heretic’s Dream show performed at Zal Ozhidaniya Club 13.05.2017, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Check out the full video here, enjoy it:
Check out their latest video for the song ”Secret Place”, taken from the forthcoming album ”Floating State Of Mind” here, enjoy it:
Swedish Death Metal legends The Crown announces new album ”Cobra Speed Venom” for a March 16 release through Metal Blade Records.
Produced together with Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman the record promises to be one of the biggest surprises of the year. A return to Death Metal speed and darkness in full glory!
Statement of the band about the new upcoming album:
“We are really looking forward to finally be able to show our fans how damn good this band can be when the circumstances are right. With that I mean to be able to do an album the way we want to do it: creating as a band, rehearsing as a band, recording as a band. You will hear a band performing here, with fierce energy and hunger!”
Surf over to metalblade.com/thecrown to check out the video for the first single ”Iron Crown’. At the same location you can pre-order the album in the following formats:
–ltd. 1st ed. Digi-CD with 2 exclusive bonus tracks
–180g black vinyl
–viole(n)t blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–pale lilac marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–purple red splattered vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–dusk blue splattered vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 400 copies)
–white/purple splattered vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–limited boxset (incl. ltd. ed. Digi-CD/exclusive 7″ with both bonus tracks/exclusively colored album vinyl [opaque rose/black marbled]/exclusive back patch/hand signed photo card – limited to 300 copies)
01. Destroyed by Madness
02. Iron Crown
03. In the Name of Death
04. We Avenge!
05. Cobra Speed Venom
06. World War Machine
08. Rise in Blood
09. Where My Grave Shall Stand
10. The Sign of the Scythe
11. Nemesis Diamond (Bonus Track)
12. The Great Dying (Bonus Track)
Metal Blade will release ”Iron Crown”, the 1st single of the upcoming album, as a limited 7″ on January 12th. The B-side features the exclusive new song ”Ride The Fire” (not to be featured on the long player). The ”Iron Crown 7″ will be released in these colors: black (300 copies), silver (200), red transparent (100) and can be pre-ordered from EMP and our ebay-store!
The Crown line-up:
Johan Lindstrand – Vocals
Magnus Olsfelt – Bass
Marko Tervonen – Guitar
Robin Sörqvist – Lead guitar and backing vocals
Henrik Axelsson – Drums