The official schedule for the Belgrade Metal Meeting fest 2018 has been announced, Serbian metal masters Infest and Bombarder will perform on the festival as well and check out the official announcement of the Guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö from Kreator for the festival and the fans!

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 4,000 dinars. 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.

 

Swedish Death Metallers LIK sign to Metal Blade Records!

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).

Links:

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/LIKofficial
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/lik_official/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/lik_official

Allegaeon launches cover of Rush’s ”Animate” on all digital music services!

During the recording sessions for ‘Proponent for Sentience‘, Denver, CO’s Allegaeon recorded two Rush covers. Fans have already heard ”Subdivisions”, which was included on the album and has since become the band’s most streamed track on Spotify. Today, in celebration of January 6, 2018, the date version of the band’s song ”1.618”,  Allegaeon is releasing their cover of ”Animate” worldwide on all digital music services. Listen to the song and stream/download from your preferred provider here: smarturl.it/allegaeon-animate

Guitarist Greg Burgess stated this about the cover:

When we settled on Rush to cover during the ‘Proponent’ sessions, I simply couldn’t pick which song to do. ‘Subdivisions’ or ‘Animate.’ Both were favorites for me personally, and both were sort of ‘under the radar’ eg. not ‘Tom Sawyer’ or ‘Spirit of the Radio.’ Where the original idea was to do a cover for a Japanese bonus track, we figured if we did both we could cover a special song for both the Japan AND Europe pressing. Then the powers that be decided to just include ‘Subdivisions’ on the album, and keep ‘Animate’ in reserve for something. Jan 6th, 2018 is the only occurrence of the golden ratio in date form that will occur during our life time. So 1.6.18 seemed like the perfect date to release it in Allegaeon fashion.

Proponent for Sentience was released in September of 2016. The album was produced by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation) and is a complex, intelligent, and absorbing concept record that can rightfully sit alongside the true greats of the medium. Allegaeon will begin recording their fifth full-length album with Otero at Flatline Audio in March.

Links:

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/allegaeon
Youtube:http://www.youtube.com/ALLEGAEON
Twitter:http://twitter.com/allegaeon
Instagram:http://instagram.com/allegaeonofficial

SepticFlesh release music video for “Martyr” in advance of European tour!

In advance of their massive European tour, SepticFlesh are now revealing a pro-shot clip for the track “Martyr” taken from their latest masterpiece, ”Codex Omega”, which has been directed by long-time collaborator Jon Simvonis.

The Band stated this about the music video and the song:
“We are welcoming the new year by releasing the second video from our latest album, ‘Codex Omega’ – this time for the song, ‘Martyr’. Once again the clip is directed by Jon Simvonis, blending the music of SepticFlesh with Kendo, which literally means ‘the way of the sword’. It is a battle of sword and spirit. The ultimate goal of the fighter is to become superior to his own previous self.”
Director Jon Simvonis adds this about the music video:
“We really had an awesome time filming SepticFlesh while they were delivering an explosive performance for the ‘Martyr’ video! No wonder, why this band nails it on every stage that they set foot on.”
Credits:
Produced by Jon Simvonis for Arctosfilms SA
Cinematography: Gabriel Loukeris
Art Direction: Eleni Kariori, Apostolos Polychroniadis
Make Up: Lia Apostolopoulou
Special Appearance: Renma Dojo Kendo Club
Special Thanx:
Neal Berkowitz & BORISFX, George Pergantos, Sonia Mavridou, Rotzer Fischer, Vasilis Bofilios, G. Politis, Eftihia Petropoulou & Dimitris Lagios – Cafe Bonjour, Nick Vell, Erietta Taf, Kyriakos Kouroutsavouris

 SepticFlesh will kick off a massive European tour in support of their latest masterpiece, ”Codex Omega” today. The Greek masters of symphonic death metal will be joined by label mates and American black metal trailblazers Inquisition.

SEPTICFLESH tour poster EU 2018

SepticFlesh European Tour  dates with Inquisition:
04 Jan 18 München (DE) Backstage
05 Jan 18 Leipzig (DE) Hellraiser
06 Jan 18 Praha (CZ) Klub Nová Chmelnice
07 Jan 18 Budapest (HU) Barbara Negra
08 Jan 18 Wien (AT) Viper Room
09 Jan 18 Ljubljana (SI) Orto Bar
10 Jan 18 Bologna (IT) Alchemie Club
11 Jan 18 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony
14 Jan 18 Lyon (FR) Cco Jean Pierre Lachaize
16 Jan 18 Madrid (ES) Sala Caracol
17 Jan 18 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz
18 Jan 18 Toulouse (FR) Le Metronum
20 Jan 18 Paris (FR) La Machine du Moulin Rouge
22 Jan 18 London (UK) The Underworld
23 Jan 18 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
24 Jan 18 Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje
25 Jan 18 Hamburg (DE) Markthalle
26 Jan 18 Matrix (DE) Bochum
27 Jan 18 Mannheim (DE) MS Connexion Complex

Meh Suff Winter 2018 poster

SepticFlesh Festival Shows:
02 Dec 17 Beirut (LB) Minus 5
12 Jan 18 Zürich (CH) Meh Suff! Winter-Fest 2018
13 Jan 18 Denain (FR) In Theatrum Denonium Festival
19 Jan 18 Angers Le Chabada (FR) Angers Mini Fest

 

Tracklist:

1. Dante’s Inferno (5:34)
2. 3rd Testament (Codex Omega) (4:08)
3. Portrait of a Headless Man (5:00)
4. Martyr (5:07)
5. Enemy of Truth (4:55)
6. Dark Art (5:24)
7. Our Church, Below the Sea (3:59)
8. Faceless Queen (5:20)
9. The Gospels of Fear (3:41)
10. Trinity (4:07)

SEPTICFLESH by Stella Mouzi

The demons of winter will first be summoned in the Bavarian city of Munich on January 4th and will continue to raise hell in 10 more countries until a final black ceremony at the MS Connexion Complex in Mannheim, Germany on the 27th of January.

SepticFleshare painting an apocalyptic vision and make full use of their impressive musical palette consisting of death metal and orchestral colors on their tenth full-length  ”Codex Omega”.

From their alpha EP ”Temple of the Lost Race” that was released one year after their founding in 1990, the Greek musicians have pushed the limits of the metal genre and continued to explore new sonic path with every following release from their debut album ”Mystic Places of Dawn” (1994) to the stunning ‘Sumerian Daemons’ (2003), which have in the meantime all been re-issued by Season of Mist.

Yet  SepticFlesh had clearly come into their own sound when they unleashed their celebrated comeback album after a five-year hiatus that re-charged their artistic batteries. ”Communion” (2008) offered a well-balanced amalgamation of metal elements that were freely drawn from the darker side of the genre including death, black, and gothic metal with epic orchestral arrangements. This symphonic excellence was based on guitarist Christos Antoniou bringing to bear the fruits of his academic studies of classical composition, which he passed with honours and distinction.

With a clear musical compass to navigate, SepticFlesh continued to explore their sound and the compositional possibilities of this new-found metal continent. ”The Great Mass” (2011) and ”Titan” (2014) saw the Greeks evolving at fast speed and at the same time gathering adherents as well as critical praise in ever growing numbers. Extended touring on both sides of the Atlantic and performances at about every important festival further consolidated the bands burgeoning status.

Although the biblical omega marks the end, SepticFleshon the contraryare reaching their current peak with ”Codex Omega”, an album that clearly witnesses the Greek visionaries having come to maturity and expert craftsmanship in every sense.

SEPTICFLESH collector's box version 1

 Septicflesh are the undisputable masters of symphonic death metal and ”Codex Omega”is the perfect proof for this bold statement.

 

Line-up:

Seth Siro Anton: vocals, bass
Christos Antoniou: guitar, orchestration
Sotiris Anunnaki V: clear vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar
Kerim “Krimh” Lechner: drums

Guest musicians:
Giannis Poupoulis: oud (on “Martyr” and “Faceless Queen”)
Vahan Galstyan: duduk (on “Portrait of a Headless Man”)

Orchestra:
FILMharmonic Orchestra of Prague conducted by Adam Klemens

Choir: 
Soprani: Flora Tzini, Christina Alexiou, Margarita Papadimitriou
Alti: Antonia Despouli, Kandia Bouzioti, Kiriaki Trohani
Tenors: Michalis Platanias, Romanos Papadimitriou
Basses: Nikos Tsachalinas, Romanos Papadimitriou
Conducted by Margarita Papadimitriou

Recording:

Zero Gravity Studios (Athens, Greece)
Smecky Studios (Prague, Czech Republic)
Fascination Street Studios (Stockholm, Sweden)

Production:

Produced by Jens Bogren and SepticFlesh
Sound engineer: Terry Nikas
Sound engineer for the orchestra recordings: Jan Holzner

Mix:

Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios assisted by Linus Corneliusson.

Mastering:

Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios.

Cover art: Seth Siro Anton

Links:

Facebook:www.facebook.com/septicfleshband

Website:www.septicflesh.com

Booking contact: mike@continental-concerts.de

Pre-sales: http://smarturl.it/SepticfleshCodex

Check out the offical music video for ”Martyr” here, enjoy it:

Pokerface released new music video for the cover of the Arch Enemy’s song ”The World Is Yours”!

Russian death/thrashers Pokerface have released a music video to “The World Is Yours”, a Swedish melodic death legends Arch Enemy a cover song. The guest lead guitar was played by Lisaveta Schtoltz.

 My personal opinion about this cover is that is different in many ways, but the vocals of Alexandra Orlova is just amazing and brutal as hell, with the unique combination of the clean vocals, it’s not technically perfect as the original song, but it has that crazy insane thrash metal vibe and thrash metal influence, pure destruction, rage and anger, amazing cover and the vocals. 

Video production, post-production, and effects: Dmitry Morsus (Amorsus Studio)

Location: Sunlight studio, Moscow

Recording, mastering, and mixing: Konstantin Vihrev

Backline provided: by MetalStuff

About Pokerface:

The band was created in Moscow in 2013. Doctor (drums) and Dietrich (guitar) organized a group with an ironic name Pokerface. The band got over some changes of musicians, but it has never stopped to work intensively in the studio and on stage and finally had crystallized its unique style.

Pokerface shared the stage with such famous bands as Sodom, Onkel Tom, Sister Sin, Knorkator,  Sepultura, Overkill, Claustrophobia, Children of Bodom, Vader,  Megadeth, Kreator, Death DTA and Infected Rain.

 

Credits:

Lineup: LadyOwl – Vox, Xen Ritter – Guitars, Lisaveta Schtolz – Guitars (guest star), Ded Moroz – Bass, Roman Pankow – Drums

 Links:

https://www.facebook.com/pfacegroup

https://www.instagram.com/pokerfaceband_official/

http://pokerface.band/

Check out the cover song and music video for ”The World Is Yours” here, enjoy it:

Dark Funeral returns to North America with Septic Flesh and Thy Antichrist, tickets are available now!

Swedish black metal masters, Dark Funeral, are excited to announce their return to North America for the first time in 5 years. The band will be co-headlining this run with Septic Flesh and are set to make their first appearance at The Regent in Los Angeles, CA on February 22nd. Performing along with them through March 20th will be Thy Antichrist. Despite recently parting ways with a drummer, Nils “Dominator” Fjellstroem, Dark Funeral have much to celebrate. In addition to supporting their latest album ”Where Shadows Forever Reign”2018 marks the band’s 25-year anniversary and the 20-year anniversary of their second full-length album ”Vobiscum Satanas”. Tour dates and ticket links below.

Statement of the  Lord Ahriman about the tour:

“It’s been 5 years since we last toured North America. A lot of things have happened since then, but most importantly, we have released a new and absolutely killer album entitled ‘Where Shadows Forever Reign’ through Century Media/Sony! Along with our friends in Septic Flesh & Thy Antichrist, it’s going to be nothing but EPIC to bring this co-headlining tour along with our friends in Septic Flesh and Thy Antichrist. Be there!!!”
Upcoming Tour Dates:

2/22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent // Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2kx78Ew
2/23 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick // Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2AyMo60
2/24 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar // Tickets: http://bit.ly/2BdLRaO
2/25 – Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House // Tickets: http://bit.ly/2oiZrGO
2/26 – Portland, OR – Rock Hard PDX // Tickets: http://bit.ly/2AABRaz
2/27 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven // Tickets: http://bit.ly/2jZeKQz
3/01 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater // Tickets: http://bit.ly/2kuCawC
3/02 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room // Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2jXBnEP
3/03 – Ringle, WI – Q&Z Expo Center // Tickets: http://bit.ly/2yEEO7S
3/04 – Chicago, IL – Reggies // Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2j5lV8X
3/05 – Columbus, OH – Alrosa Villa // Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2BurCYY
3/06 – Lakewood, OH – The Foundry // Tickets: http://bit.ly/2B9SQnz
3/07 – Detroit, MI – Harpos // Tickets: http://bit.ly/2jOGUxC
3/08 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club // Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2Bs8TgC
3/09 – Montreal, QC – l’Astra // Tickets: http://bit.ly/2Au8YAN
3/10 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre // Tickets: http://livemu.sc/2jNlMrw
3/11 – Worcester, MA – Palladium // Tickets: http://bit.ly/2nFnKia
3/12 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage // Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2AkCOHM
3/13 – Spartanburg, SC – Groundzero // Tickets: http://bit.ly/2jvBCqy
3/14 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade // Tickets: http://bit.ly/2Al93qv
3/16 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall // Tickets: http://bit.ly/2A1qF6A
3/17 – Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club // Tickets: http://bit.ly/2AmAaRT
3/18 – Austin, TX – Come And Take it Live // Tickets: http://bit.ly/2jvE9AX
3/20 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red // Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2BQAQfv

Execration ”Return To The Void” European tour for January 2018 is fully booked!

Norwegian Death Metallers Execration released their latest album ”Return To The Void” last July via Metal Blade Records. The European tour starting in January is fully booked now, check out the dates below!

Statement of the band about the European tour:

The Europe tour is just a few short weeks away, and all the details are locked down. We’re very excited to hit the road again, to return to places we’ve not been in a while, and go places we haven’t been yet. See you in January!

”Return To The Void” European Tour 2018 Execration with Reptilian:
18th Jan. Copenhagen • DK • Pumpehuset + Slægt (dk)
19th Jan. Hamburg • DE • Bambi Galore + Ketzer (de) + Dawn of Obliteration (de)
20th Jan. Antwerp • BE • Music City
21st Jan. London • UK • The Black Heart + Decrepid (uk) + Seprevation (uk)
22nd Jan. Paris • FR • Le Klub + Misgivings (fr)
23rd Jan. Bonn • DE • Bla
24th Jan. Dresden • DE • Chemiefabrik
25th Jan. Poznan • PL • U Bazyla
26th Jan. Warzaw • PL • Poglos
27th Jan. Berlin • DE • Wolf City Winter Festival + Antichrist (swe), Vulture (de)
28th Jan. Rotterdam • NL • In the Grip of Winter Fest + Pestilence (nl)

Surf over to metalblade.com/execration to watch the video forReturn To The Void and check out more music from Execration. At the same location, you can order the album on Digi-CD and on vinyl!

Thematically, the album takes off into outer space, the world of dreams, and philosophic musings on time and space. The album’s seven songs and two instrumental tracks are permeated with the mysteries of the universe, both in lyrical content and concept and in the music itself. This theme is further brought to life by the magnificent art of Zbigniew M. Bielak that adorns the front cover.

Execration line-up:
Cato Syversrud – Drums
Christian Johansen – Guitar / Vocals
Jørgen Maristuen – Guitar / Vocals
Jonas Helgemo – Bass

Links:

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/execrationnorway
Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/execrationnorway

The Crown returns to Metal Blade Records album recordings for the new upcoming album are done!

Swedish Death Metal legends The Crown have returned to Metal Blade Records for multiple album deal!

Statement of the band about the album deal:

We are very honored to be back working with the label that supported us through many albums. The biggest “steps” during our career have been thanks to Metal Blade. We have always had a strong mutual will to make the best possible albums. Now let’s fire up this Death Metal engine again!

The Crown has just finished recording their new, yet untitled long player at Studio Fredman and the record promises to be one of the biggest surprises of the upcoming year. A return to Death Metal speed and darkness in full glory!

Metal Blade Records 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

Links:

Webisite:http://www.thecrownofficial.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/thecrownofficial
Twitter:https://twitter.com/thecrownsweden
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/user/thecrownsweden

Check out a video teaser of the song ”Iron Crown”here, enjoy it:

 

Gorguts bassist releases play-through video for their album ”Pleiades’ Dust”!

Colin Marston has released a remarkable play-through video for the complete ”Pleiades ‘ Dust” EP via his own YouTube channel.

Disclaimer: Season of Mist is not responsible for any entangling or other damage to your fingers if you are trying to replicate his playing.

Gorguts’ latest, highly acclaimed latest EP ”Pleiades’ Dust”, which consists of one epic track is still available in various formats via the Season of Mist shop.

The artwork of the EP that contains only its epic title track was created by renowned Polish artist Zbigniew M. Bielak

Canada’s long-running and much-loved craftsmen of technical death metal are returning with a 33-minute song. Entitled ” Pleiades’ Dust ” this complex, image-evoking, and masterly arranged eponymous track fills an entire EP. Expect the unexpected, when it comes to Gorguts.

In an age of a postulated clash of cultures, mastermind Luc Lemay delivers a piece of music that is conceptually and lyrically based on the ”House of Wisdom”, a medieval library based in Baghdad and at the heart of the Golden Age of Islam with its many scientific breakthroughs in various fields of learning.

Vocalist and Guitarist Luc stated this:

“It is a story about curiosity, beautiful minds and sadly, about how man destroys great discoveries and achievements.” Musically there is more narrative feeling as each section is introduced in such a way that every riff has the space to evolve like a character in a story.”

Few extreme bands can boast the pedigree of Gorguts. During their early days as part of death metal’s first wave, they created a legacy of legendary releases including their debut album ”Considered Dead ”(1991) and its more experimental and technical follow-up ”Erosion of Sanity” (1993). After a hiatus of five years, Luc Lemay returned with a new line-up, which released the highly acclaimed and seminal third full-length ”Obscura”(1998). By then Gorguts had been busy at expanding and redefining the language of death metal. With a new line-up that left Lemay as the sole original member, the next milestone album was released under the title ”From Wisdom to Hate ” (2001).

GORGUTS picture by Jimmy Hubbard

Yet again the band went into hibernation, while their musical legacy continued to inspire and thrive as their native Quebec became a focus for technical death metal with acts such as CryptopsyNeuraxis, and Beyond Creation to name but a few following in their footsteps. After more than a decade of silence, mastermind Luc Lemay unleashed ”Colored Sands” (2013) with an all-star line-up including Colin Marston(Behold The Arcotpus), Kevin Hufnagel (DYSRHYTHMIA), and John Longstreath (OriginSkinless), who has in the meantime been replaced by Patrice Hamelin (Quo VadisBeneath The Massacre).

Now Gorguts return with their most experimental song so far that combines all their virtues into one massive masterpiece. Lean back and listen carefully!

Artwork by Zbigniew M. Bielak, check out the links, below:

Facebook:www.facebook.com/zbigniewmbielak/

Website:https://shop.e-kunst.com/artist/zbigniew-m-bielak

Shop: http://smarturl.it/GorgutsPleiades

Available formats:
Digipak CD
Gatefold vinyl album in various colours

Line-up:
Luc Lemay: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Hufnagel: Rhythm & Lead Guitar
Colin Marston: Bass
Patrice Hamelin: Drums

Booking:

Europe: marco@avocado-booking.com
North America: dan@circletalentagency.com

Links:

Facebook:www.facebook.com/GorgutsOfficial
Website:www.gorguts.com
Bandcamp:http://gorguts.bandcamp.com/
Reverbnation Website:www.reverbnation.com/gorguts

Streaming of their latest last years album  ” Pleiades’ Dust ”  is available here, enjoy it:

Check out the full play-through video for ”Pleiades’ Dust” here, enjoy it:

 

Entrails releases exclusive digital single ”Death Is the Right Path”!

Swedish Death Metallers Entrails have just released a digital single entitled ”Death Is The Right Path”! The single features two exclusive tracks that are only digitally available!

Track list:
1. Death Is The Right Path
2. Blood Burst

Check them out HERE!

Statement of the band about the two song:

If ‘World Inferno’ wasn’t enough and your necks haven’t turned loose after massive headbanging, Entrails will now fulfill that with two new songs to make the ‘World Inferno’ complete!

Links:

Website of the label:metalblade.com/entrails

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/Entrails666