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Nightbringers (Pre-Order)Any band that has earned an army of devout followers through dropping seven killer full-lengths - and touring their collective ass off for sixteen years - could perhaps be forgiven for thinking they could take it easy as they wade into their eighth release. But that's just not The Black Dahlia Murder's style, and Nightbringers is testament to that. Having released their most accomplished, aggressive, and emotionally diverse music to date in the form of 2015's Abysmal, the Michigan quintet have once more pushed themselves to new heights, and the 34 minutes of searing melodic death metal that comprises Nightbringers is riveting listening. "I always feel a responsibility to the people who support this band when we start making a new record," asserts vocalist Trevor Strnad. "The pressure that comes from people being excited to hear what you come up with next can be intimidating, but it's so exciting that those people love you so much for just doing what you do. It makes you want to honor what you've done in the past, but also excite them with where you go next, and that definitely drove us on Nightbringers. When we started writing I honestly didn't know we had this album in us, and I feel really proud of it. It's a great moment for us."
Rather than meticulously plan things out or stick rigidly to any kind of template, when it comes to writing The Black Dahlia Murder prefer to let things happen organically. In the hands of guitarist Brian Eschbach - who co-founded the band with Strnad in 2001 - and new recruit Brandon Ellis (Cannabis Corpse/ex-Arsis) Nightbringers is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic TBDM, resulting in a collection that shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. With guitarist Ryan Knight having amicably stepped down in 2016, the addition of twenty-four-year-old Ellis to the band's ranks has helped usher in an exciting new era. "He's very professional for his age, I think he's skilled far beyond his years, and his live energy is exceptional. When Max (Lavelle, bass) joined the band he challenged a lot of us on stage to raise our personal bar, and Brandon's pushed that even further," states Strnad. "Brandon coming into the band and writing a bunch of songs was an awesome surprise too. He really took the reins, and this record is also the most involved that Alan (Cassidy drums) has been too. The way that we were doing the demos and bouncing things back and forth he had a lot of room to do what he wanted to do, and I think it's definitely a more colorful album for that. I also think as we get older the emotional content goes up. I think we better realize how to grip the listener. Personally, I try to write lyrics that are going to match each part, and kind of ramp up those feelings that we're putting across." Strnad's statements are vividly borne out by every moment of Nightbringers. For fans attending 2017's Summer Slaughter tour, the first taste of of the record came with the inclusion of the title track in their set, which has an undeniable immediacy to it, rich with hooks and boasting a "circusy, evil and playful" air. By contrast, "Catacomb Hecatomb" is suffused with tragedy, the mournful tone of its slower passages deeply affecting. This too is dramatically different to "As Good As Dead", which has some swagger to it that Strnad likens to Megadeth, or "Matriarch", described by Eschbach as a "wild, neoclassical romp" and stands as one of the most cutthroat and all out aggressive tracks in the quintet's arsenal. Upon first hearing the latter, Strnad was intent on matching its visceral intensity. "I felt inspired to write very violent lyrics to it. It's told from the perspective of a woman who is trying to have a child and not having any luck, and she goes kind of crazy and stalks this other woman who is due to have a child. She finds her moment to take it from her, cutting it right out of her stomach." While Strnad explores a variety of themes and ideas with his lyrics, they are united by the album's title, which embraces a tenet that has been central to The Black Dahlia Murder's output since the very beginning. "A lot of archaic ideas that are still upheld - such as marriage and monogamy - came from Christianity, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, and to me, death metal has always been bucking that. It's 'being-the-villain music', because we're the enemy of Christianity, the enemy of all that is good and traditional. Death metal is for free thinkers, it's for showing people the path to inner strength and operating on your own will, instead of being told what to do and living in fear, and songs like the title track and "Kings Of The Nightworld" are about leading a legion of awakened minds into battle." Following this theme also motivated Strnad to forge into ever-darker territory, even when this meant tearing things up and starting over. "I felt I needed to rise to the occasion to make as much of the blood and guts and heinousness as possible, and there was actually a couple of points where I rewrote some songs. I just didn't feel like they were dark enough, or violent enough, so I was really trying to ramp up the monstrous aspects of things, and definitely trying in different ways to take down tradition."
Rather than decamp to a single studio, the members split off when it came time to start laying down the songs - all well versed in how to get the best out of their individual performances. With former bassist Ryan Williams once again assisting, the drums were tracked at The Pipe Yard in Plymouth, Michigan and rhythm guitars in the band's practice space in Warren, Michigan [was bass tracked there too?]. Ellis then recorded his many blistering solos in his home studio, while Strnad headed to Full Force Studios on Long Island, with Joe Cincotta (Suffocation, Internal Bleeding) overseeing his sessions. For the unique and haunting cover art they turned to Kristian Wåhlin, aka Necrolord, who has designed seminal artwork for the likes of At The Gates, Bathory, Emperor and also TBDM's 2007 release, Nocturnal. "I think he's the most prominent artist when it comes to classic releases in the melodic death metal genre, and kind of bringing things full circle with it being the ten-year anniversary of Nocturnal felt right. By now people probably wouldn't have expected us to go back to him, so it's kind of a surprise, but at the same time it's a very classic cover too." With the band celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the aforementioned album by playing it in its entirety on Summer Slaughter, it has given them a moment to reflect not only on the road that has led them to here but also that which lies ahead. "When I think back to when we started the band I feel very proud of everything we've done, and I also see a lot of improvement over the years," says Strnad. "In the early songs I can hear us as kids, and then segueing into our adulthood as musicians and writers, but sixteen years in I still feel young as a band. I feel like we have a shit ton left to do, and I think we're sitting pretty with the best lineup we've ever had. I also think Nightbringers could be our finest hour yet. I feel very strongly that it will affect people, I want to get all of these songs in people's ears, and I want them to check out everything we've got on this record. There's so much variety and so many great ideas, and I think that this could take us to another place."1. Widowmaker
2. Of God and Serpent, of Spectre and Snake
6. Kings of the Nightworld
7. Catacomb Hecatomb
8. As Good as Dead
9. The Lonely Deceased$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
REDD-MET-3911xThe Black Dahlia Murder
Combining death metal with anything resembling melody kinda defeats the whole purpose, doesn't it? Guess no one ever bothered to tell the Black Dahlia Murder this heavy metal golden rule, as evidenced by their fourth studio release overall, 2009's Deflorate. But don't be misled: it's not like they're going to be confused anytime soon as power pop champions when it comes to melodic content -- it's a tiny pinch of melody stirred into gallons of brutal extreme metal.
The album signals the first appearance by new guitarist Ryan Knight, replacing John Kempainen, who played on all of the group's previous studio efforts. However, the slight lineup hiccup has not affected the ferocity of the Black Dahlia Murder's mighty metal attack, especially on such eardrum blasters as Necropolis and Denounced, Disgraced. As with past Black Dahlia Murder releases, Trevor Strnad is one of the genre's most impressive vocalists, as he effortlessly alternates between screechy screams and guttural growls, without ever missing a beat.
Some bands soften their approaches with experimentation as their discographies grow. Deflorate proves that the Black Dahlia Murder will not be listed in this category anytime soon.
- Greg Prato (All Music Guide)1. Black Valor
3. A Selection Unnatural
4. Denounced, Disgraced
5. Christ Deformed
6. Death Panorama
7. Throne Of Lunacy
8. Eyes Of Thousand
9. That Which Erodes The Most Tender
10. I Will Return$22.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-MET-4017xThe Black Dahlia Murder
Unhallowed (Awaiting Repress)Coke Bottle Clear Vinyl
Very few bands, if any at all, get it right on the mark with their first album. When I say that, I mean how capable they are of attaining and projecting their goal as a band - the sound and message - into one complete album. While there's no such thing as the perfect album, debut, or otherwise, The Black Dahlia Murder's Unhallowed is a spectacular start for a metal band nowadays and already demonstrates a great portrayal of their aim as a band.
Combining the atmospheric brutality of blackened death with the technical harmonies of melodic death, the band demonstrates a powerful sound right from the start. Songs such as Funeral Thirst, Elder Misanthropy, and Apex all showcase the band being able to combine solid songwriting with genuinely good musical ideas executed in a genuinely good manner.
While the album's material isn't overall stick-in-your-head as tracks off later releases such as Nocturnal, this album proves that The Black Dahlia Murder has charged out the front gate with all guns blazing and a reminder of why they're at the forefront of the American metal scene nowadays. A great debut album and a great album in general. Highly recommended! Cheers!!!
- BillNightspawnDorfer (The Metal Archives)1. Unhallowed
2. Funeral Thirst
3. Elder Misanthropy
5. When the Last Grave Has Emptied
6. Thy Horror Cosmic
7. The Blackest Incarnation
8. Hymn for the Wretched
9. Closed Casket Requiem
10. Apex$22.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Abysmal (Awaiting Repress)Triple Gatefold Jacket
Abysmal is the upcoming seventh studio album by American metal band, The Black Dahlia Murder.1. Receipt
2. Vlad, Son of the Dragon
5. Threat Level No. 3
6. The Fog
9. The Advent
10. That Cannot Die Which Eternally Is Dead$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Abysmal (Picture Disc)Limited Edition Picture Disc
Abysmal is the upcoming seventh studio album by American metal band, The Black Dahlia Murder. It was produced by Mark Lewis, who also produced The Black Dahlia Murder's albums Deflorate and Ritual, and the band's former bassist Ryan Williams, who also produced their preceding album Everblack.1. Receipt
2. Vlad, Son of the Dragon
5. Threat Level No. 3
6. The Fog
9. The Advent
10. That Cannot Die Which Eternally Is Dead$25.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
Ritual (Awaiting Repress)
The often imitated yet never duplicated Detroit deathsters The Black Dahlia Murder are back with their 5th full-length album, the death metal opus Ritual; a collection of 12 searing tracks that see the band staying true to their sound and style while progressing in both writing and musicianship. Guitarist Ryan Knight delivers truly searing leads that will without a doubt daze and lay waste the ears of both loyal Black Dahlia Murder diehards and burgeoning fans alike.1. A Shrine to Madness
2. Moonlight Equilibrium
3. On Stirring Seas of Salted Blood
4. Conspiring With the Damned
5. The Window
6. Carbonized in Cruciform
7. Den of the Picquerist
8. Malenchanments of the Necrosphere
9. The Grave Robber's Work
10. The Raven
11. Great Burning Nullifier
12. Blood in the Ink$20.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Beyond The GateColored Vinyl
Taking a page from each of the anthologies that Metallica, Megadeth, At The Gates, and Behemoth have written, Wretched has bound together their own unique volume of stylishly structured death/thrash metal masterpieces. The band recorded "Beyond The Gate" with producers Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me) and Eric Rachel (Hatebreed, The Black Dahlia Murder, Dillinger Escape Plan) at The Basement Recording Studios in their home state of North Carolina.1. Birthing Sloth
2. The Deed of Elturiel
3. In The Marrow
4. A Still Mantra
5. Cimmerian Shamballa
6. On the Horizon
7. Part I: Aberration
8. Part II: Beyond the Gate
9. My Carrion Video
10. The Guardians of Uraitahn
11. The Talisman
12. Eternal Translucence$15.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
NecrobreedFeaturing Guest Vocals From Trevor Strnad Of The Black Dahlia Murder And Arno Of Black Bomb A
French gore-grinders BENIGHTED deliver total brutality with their new album 'Necrobreed'. A relentless assault from start to finish, 'Necrobreed' unleashes a torrent of fierce blast beats (courtesy of former NECROPHAGIST drummer Romain Goulon), punishing breakdowns and some of the most savage vocals the genre has ever seen. 'Necrobreed' inflicts maximum aural damage with each and every track, and establishes BENIGHTED as the new face of extreme death metal.1. Hush Little Baby
4. Forgive Me Father
6. Der Doppelgaenger
8. Monsters Make Monsters
9. Cum With Disgust
11. Reeks Of Darkened Zoopsia
12. Mass Grave$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sic Lvceat LvxFormed in 2009, the Swiss group SCHAMMASCH combines a forward approach to modern black metal, articulating their extreme roots with doom-laden atmospherics dredged with Hermetic mysticism. The band, whose name derives from Babylonian sun god Samaš, signed to Prosthetic in 2014 to release Contradiction, which Metal Hammer lauded as one of the most overwhelming albums of the year...cerebral and utterly absorbing. Now, Prosthetic proudly reissues SCHAMMASCH's 2010 debut opus Sic Lvceat Lvx, which translates from Latin to Let the Light Shine. Consisting of seven hypnotic, cinematic tracks, the album -- which, until now, has only been available as a limited-edition CD release in select European countries -- has been freshly remastered by V. Santura (Celtic Frost, Triptykon), with glorious new artwork by Valnoir (The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth).1. Lux Eterna
2. He Whose Face Is Made Of Entrails
3. Chaos Reigns
4. No Light From The Fires
5. Black But Shining
7. The Venom Of Gods$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Skeletal DomainLucky number thirteen? Lucky or not, it's a quantity of releases (not even counting VHS/DVD releases and EPs) and a wealth of material beyond which most bands could even imagine. Cannibal Corpse approaches each recording session with a honed and precise vision of a band in their third decade of existence. With this new entry to their extensive catalog, they have switched gears, opting to work with producer Mark Lewis at Audio Hammer Studios, after having tracked their previous three (Kill, Evisceration Plague, Torture) with Erik Rutan. Mark Lewis is a name metal fans have surely heard at this point; he has produced recent albums from The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver, and many more. Sonically speaking, the result this time around is a massive, belligerent, and deliberate aural attack.1. High Velocity Impact Spatter
2. Sadistic Embodiment
3. Kill or Become
4. A Skeletal Domain
5. Headlong into Carnage
6. The Murderer's Pact
7. Funeral Cremation
8. Icepick Lobotomy
9. Vector of Cruelty
10. Bloodstained Cement
11. Asphyxiate to Resuscitate
12. Hollowed Bodies$23.99Picture Disc Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RivalsAmerican nu-metal legends Coal Chamber took a hefty
13-year break - but before they went on hiatus, they
thrilled thousands of fans worldwide with the wickedest
of all grooves that churned out 90s anthems like 'Loco'
and 'Big truck'. Frontman Dez Fafara went on to reach
superstardom with DevilDriver, but there`s nothing like old
love: American nu-metal legends Coal Chamber took a
hefty 13-year break - but before they went on hiatus, they
thrilled thousands of fans worldwide with the wickedest
of all grooves that churned out 90s anthems like 'Loco'
and 'Big truck'. Frontman Dez Fafara went on to reach
superstardom with DevilDriver, but there`s nothing like old
love: Rivals is Coal Chamber`s fourth album and a furious
comeback! Produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia
Murder, DevilDriver, Cannibal Corpse).1. I.O.U. Nothing
2. Bad Blood Between Us
3. Light In The Shadows
4. Suffer In Silence
5. The Bridges You Burn
7. Another Nail The Coffin
10. Dumpster Dive
11. Over My Head
12. Fade Away (Karma Never Forgets)
13. Empty Handed$19.99Vinyl LP + DVD - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-NUC-7189xThy Art Is Murder
Hate (Picture Disc)Limited Edition Of 1,000
First Time On Picture Disc
Nuclear Blast brings you a new ritual offering of darkness from Thy Art Is Murder. Simply titled Hate, the band's second full length is the pointed result of their growing dissatisfaction with all aspects of modern life - political, religious, social and environmental - everyone is to blame. Fusing the blasting technicality of metal luminaries The Black Dahlia Murder with thunderous breakdowns and the intensity born of their nascent hometown scene; the blackened grandeur of Behemoth and the pit churning groove of Tampa originators Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse, the furious musical arrangements provide a bloody canvas for vocalist CJ McMahon's outpourings of bile. No strangers to stoking controversy and criticism, the band have not toned down their art for the sake of palatability and have introduced a morose melodicism into their maelstrom - the rumination before pulling the trigger.1. Reign Of Darkness
2. The Purest Strain Of Hate
3. Vile Creations
4. Shadow Of Eternal Sin
6. Infinite Forms
7. Dead Sun
8. Gates Of Misery
9. Defective Breed
10. Doomed From Birth$23.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
WhitechapelEngineered and Mixed by Mark Lewis (Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver), Who Also Handled Production Duties Alongside the Band
Having spent several years lauded as one of the frontrunners in their genre, in 2012 WHITECHAPEL stand as a defining force in contemporary heavy music. Building dramatically on the trademarked bludgeon of their first three releases, with Whitechapel the Tennessean sextet have inarguably delivered their most intense, dynamic, and downright hostile record to date. Drenched in atmospheric darkness, the record is also rife with gripping melodies that drag the listener in to the tumult, willing or otherwise, and across its ten tracks it is infused with an emotional depth that pointedly separates the band from the plethora of two-dimensional mosh-starters that have sprung up in their wake.1. Make It Bleed
2. Hate Creation
4. I, Dementia
5. Section 8
7. Dead Silence
8. The Night Remains
10. Possibilities of an Impossible Existence$22.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-MET-9815xBlack Dahlia Murder
Everblack (Awaiting Repress)2013 album from the Michigan Metal warriors. Everblack is the follow-up to their 2011 album Ritual. Recording was completed at Audiohammer Studios, Rustbelt Studios, and Regal Fecal. Mixing was handled by Jason Suecof and Ryan Williams, mastering was completed by Alan Douches at West Westside. Trevor Strnad's horror-inspired lyrics persist on Everblack, beginning with 'In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me', a reference to the murder from which the band took for their moniker.1. In Hell Is Where She Waits for Me
2. Goat of Departure
3. Into the Everblack
4. Raped in Hatred by Vines of Thorn
5. Phantom Limb Masturbation
7. Blood Mine
8. Every Rope a Noose
9. Their Beloved Absentee
10. Map of Scars$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
REDD-PRO-3314xScale The Summit
The Migration (Awaiting Repress)The Migration, the new album from progressive instrumentalists SCALE THE SUMMIT, will be released in North America on June 11 via Prosthetic Records. Recorded earlier this year at North Carolina's Basement Studios with producer Jamie King (BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, HE IS LEGEND, FOR TODAY), the album will feature cover artwork by illustrator Duncan Storr (HAWKWIND, EDGE OF SANITY).
The Migration marks the recording debut of new SCALE THE SUMMIT bassist Mark Michell. The album will be released just days after SCALE THE SUMMIT hits the road with INTRONAUT on a summer North American tour.
SCALE THE SUMMIT's 2011 effort, The Collective, saw the band tour alongside the likes of PERIPHERY, CYNIC, FAIR TO MIDLAND, THE CONTORTIONIST, THE HUMAN ABSTRACT, PROTEST THE HERO and TRIOSCAPES. Since that album's touring cycle ended late last year, the band has kept busy, with guitarist Chris Letchford launching his own signature series Strandberg guitar and bassist Mark Michell releasing an instructional book.
The follow-up to 2009's Carving Desert Canyons, The Collective was recorded at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (DEVILDRIVER, ALL THAT REMAINS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER).1. Odyssey
2. Atlas Novus
3. The Olive Tree
4. Narrow Salient
7. The Dark Horse
10. The Traveler$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Flesh CoffinFormed in 2010, Lorna Shore consists of vocalist Tom Barber, guitarists Adam De Micco and Connor Deffley, and drummer Austin Archey. To date, they have released three EPs and released their debut full-length Psalms in June of 2015. Aside from being featured on the Metal Alliance Tour with Deicide, Lorna Shore has most notably toured alongside bands such as Carnifex, Chelsea Grin, The Black Dahlia Murder, and more. The band has also played festivals such as the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival, Never Say Never Festival, South By So What, Skate and Surf Festival and SXSW's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival Stage. Lorna Shore's unique signature aesthetic spans death metal, black metal, power metal, and progressive rock for a style that encompasses brutal breakdowns, dazzling technical passages, white-knuckle-ride dynamics, and rich textured moments. The band's forthcoming sophomore album, Flesh Coffin (Outerloop Records) was produced by Lorna Shore, Carson Slovak, and Grant McFarland at Atrium Audio (August Burns Red, Everclear, From Ashes to New), mixed by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland, and mastered by Zakk Cervini (Beartooth, Good Charlotte, Blink 182).1. Offering Of Fire
2. Denounce The Light
3. The Astral Wake Of Time
4. Desolate Veil
5. FVNERAL MOON
9. Black Hollow
10. Flesh coffin$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
InterminationLauded as "one of the most determined and deadly thrash metal acts in recent history (Alibi), German thrash mavens DEW-SCENTED have returned with their 10th studio album Intermination. Featuring 13 punishing tracks of pure thrash metal, the album also boasts a special appearance on guest vocals from Kyle Thomas (Exhorder, Trouble) on the track Reborn in addition to a cover version of grindcore legends Repulsion's Radiation Sickness. Mixed by Dan Swano (Edge of Sanity, Opeth, Bloodbath) while featuring artwork from Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy, Legion of the Damned), Intermination is set to pulverize crowds worldwide on June 30 via Prosthetic Records.
The band celebrated their 20-year anniversary in 2013 by releasing the comprehensive compilation Insurgent, containing a mix of new original songs with live tracks and hard-to-find covers, which they supported with extensive touring across Europe and Japan including runs with Testament, Death Angel, The Black Dahlia Murder, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Sacred Reich. They also maintained a high-profile across the festival scene with appearances at Wacken, Full Metal Cruise, Free & Easy Festival and several more. Stay tuned for news on the band's upcoming appearances!1. Declaration Of Intent
2. On A Collision Course
3. Scars Of Creation
4. Affect Gravity
5. Means To An End
6. Ode To Extinction
7. Demon Seed
8. Power Surge
9. Ruptured Perpetually
10. Living Lies
13. Radiation Sickness$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mark Of The BladePushing their sound forward with each successive release, Mark of the Blade remains true to the band's roots while venturing into previously unexplored territory, both sonically and lyrically. To view the lyric video for the first single - the album's title track - and to pre-order the record in various formats, please visit: metalblade.com/whitechapel
Reunited with producer Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse), Whitechapel has redefined who they are and what they are capable of with their new album, Mark of the Blade. Kicking off with "The Void" - which has a Slayer-esque ferocity that is perfectly suited to the band's three-guitar attack - the songs that follow all leave a distinct impression, and by the time the rich, dark melodies on "Decennium" bring the record to a close, it's impossible to deny the emotional weight brought to bear.
"It's the most dynamic record we've done, in the sense that one song can be very aggressive while the next one will be softer and sentimental," guitarist Alex Wade asserts. "At this point in our career and as we grow older, we are taking a more open-minded approach to creating our music, allowing what we think sounds good to evolve naturally, rather than to just write what is expected of us."1. The Void
2. Mark of the Blade
3. Elitist Ones
4. Bring Me Home
6. A Killing Industry
9. Dwell in the Shadows
11. Decennium$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Apothic GloomSKELETONWITCH are "a band that makes metal so brilliant, vital and special" (Metal Hammer). Relinquishing genre-boundaries with their mixture of blackened thrash, death and heavy metal, the band are a force to be reckoned with as they have incessantly spent the past ten years touring across the world while simultaneously releasing the most zealous, catchy riffs and precisely pummeling rhythms across five full-length releases with Prosthetic Records, including their most recent 2013 effort "Serpents Unleashed", which saw the band land at their highest chart position, #62 of Billboard's Top 200.
SKELETONWITCH have cemented the group's reputation as one of metal's most important acts landing themselves on high visibility tours with the likes of Danzig, Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest, Arch Enemy, Children of Bodom, Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth, Ghost B.C., and The Black Dahlia Murder and extensive headlining jaunts, including a 63 shows in 65 days run.
The band present a reenergized power with the new year as they announce new vocalist Adam Clemans (Wolvhammer) to the current line-up consisting of Evan Linger (bass), Dustin Boltjes (drums) and founding members Scott Hedrick and Nate Garnette on guitars. SKELETONWITCH debuted the first new material from their recording session at Baltimore, MD's Developing Nations with Kevin Bernsten (Noisem, Mutilation Rites) with the 7 single "Well of Despair" which they debuted live while being featured on this year's Decibel Magazine tour alongside Abbath, High on Fire and Tribulation. The single will be featured on their forthcoming EP, "The Apothic Gloom".
Scheduled for release via Prosthetic, "The Apothic Gloom" showcases four tracks spanning just under 20 minutes of what Noisey hails as a "cold blast of icy, melodic black metal" with "plenty of shredding". #WorshipTheWitch1. The Apothic Gloom
2. Well of Despair
3. Black Waters
4. Red Death, White Light$15.9912 Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Omen Of Disease (Awaiting Repress)Brought forth in 1998, BROKEN HOPE was the brainchild of guitarist/chief-lyricist-songwriter, Jeremy Wagner. Though Jeremy was still attending High School, his passion and drive for bringing the band out of obscurity was apparent from the start. In 1989 and 1990, BROKEN HOPE recorded two demo tapes which landed them a deal with the underground label, Grind Core records. In 1991, BROKEN HOPE spewed forth their debut album, Swamped In Gore, which subsequently launched the band out of the underground and into the mainstream. Swamped In Gore was not only ahead of its time musically but it was also the first digitally-recorded death-metal album yet again showing the forward thinking of the then fledgling act.
By 1993, BROKEN HOPE broke away from their first record label and quickly was immediately approached by Metal Blade Records. BROKEN HOPE released four albums with Metal Blade Records: The Bowels of Repugnance, Repulsive Conception, Loathing, and the re-release of Swamped In Gore. 1995's Repulsive Conception, reached CMJ New Music Monthly's Metal Top 25 chart, as did the follow-up, 1997's Loathing.
In 2013, BROKEN HOPE put pen to paper and signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. Their sixth album, OMEN of DISEASE, is slated for an October 2013 release. The album features new members, Damian Leski (vocals), Mike Micezek (drums), and Chuck Wepfer (lead guitar). Trevor Strnad of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER makes a guest appearance on backing vocals for the track, "Rendered Into Lard." Omen of Disease also features the artwork and return of BROKEN HOPES's former (and brilliant) album cover artist, Wes Benscoter (SLAYER, KREATOR, MORTICIAN plus many more).
BROKEN HOPE has absolutely delivered their sickest, most ferocious creation to date with Omen of Disease and they're just getting started.1. Septic Premonitions (Intro)
2. Womb Of Horrors
4. Flesh Mechanic
5. Rendered Into Lard
6. Omen of Disease
7. The Docking Dead
8. Give Me the Bottom Half
9. Predacious Poltergeist
10. Blood Gullet
11. Carnage Genesis
12. Choked Out and Castrated
13. Incinerated (2013 Redux)
14. Grindbox Live in San Francisco
15. He Was Raped Live in San Francisco$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Cast The First StonePressed On Camo Green Vinyl
Death metal is more than just music. It transcends such a limited mortal state of mind. Death metal is the aural expression of humanity's darkest side, of devastation, sorrow and the harbingers of mankind's own inhumanity and ultimate destruction. Death metal is not a trend, a fashion parade or a means to an end. It is much more than that. It is a way of life. A life in death.
This is the doctrine Italy's HOUR OF PENANCE, spewn forth with unrelenting musical ferocity through their sickening, mind-obliterating auditory assault on the senses.
Forged in the dark shadows of "The Holy Capital," this most unholy of quartets have steadily been making a name for themselves as one of the most intense, talented and impressive modern death metal bands both in-studio and onstage.
Like clockworks Hour of Penance is ready to release "Cast the First Stone" as the follow-up of his last successful album Regicide. Releasing an album every 2 years, the band has been described by the fans and worldwide press as one of the most "productive" band in the genre, "Cast the First Stone" will mark album number 7 in the band's career .
Singer Paolo Pieri describes the concept of the new album : "Cast the First stone" revolves around the idea that the injustices suffered during the Crusades and Colonialism cannot justify indefinitely a chain of hate that propagandize the destruction of the West. I believe that the political situation in recent years has brought to light again a millennial conflict between West and East, and events like the terrorist attack at the Bataclan, where we only played a few months before the massacre, have influenced the lyrics on this record very much.
It does not matter who has thrown the first stone, but who first evolved his ideology to seek peace and coexistence instead of war to the bitter end. In Europe, people have massacred each other for millennia but in the last 60 years, we were able to overcome differences and secular hatred that divided us, while the blind hatred of Islamic extremism is bringing entire geographic areas back to the darkest middle ages.
We find ourselves once again in front of a war between reason and religion, and unless we take a strong stand in defense of our Western values, we risk falling into chaos because of a weak and coward enemy stubbornly convinced of his senseless laws."
Lead guitarist and songwriter, Giulio Moschini, adds : "Sonically speaking , this is the best sounding album we've ever recorded , we really worked hard on this, listening to the album countless times before finally delivering the masters to Prosthetic Records.. it was definitely worth the wait and we're 100% satisfied by the great work our bass player Marco Mastrobuono has done behind the mixing desk. We've literally spent weeks trying different micing techniques, hardware, preamps- trying to avoid plugins technologies as much as we could. We wanted our album to sound more dynamic and I think that we've achieved that 100%. "
Since releasing 2012's acclaimed "Sedition", which Decibel lauded as a "hyper-blasting, inhuman, machine-like attack," HOUR OF PENANCE has annihilated fans worldwide with its fiery exuberance, playing well over 200 gigs alongside such acts as BEHEMOTH, SKELETONWITCH, CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DEVILDRIVER, PSYCROPTIC, MISERY INDEX, DEICIDE, BELPHEGOR, NILE and KRISIUN.1. XXI Century Imperial Crusade
2. Cast the First Stone
3. Burning Bright
4. Iron Fist
5. The Chains of Misdeed
6. Horn of Flies
7. Shroud of Ashes
8. Wall of Cohorts
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