Metal Blade Records – Newsletter 6/5/17 (6th May 2017) (Featuring: Goatwhore, Igorrr, Entrails, Downfall Of Gaia and Sacred Reich)

Upcoming Releases
05.05.17 GOD DETHRONED – “The World Ablaze”
19.05.17 AMON AMARTH – “The Crusher” (vinyl re-issue)
19.05.17 AMON AMARTH – “Versus the World” (vinyl re-issue)
19.05.17 BELOW – “Upon a Pale Horse” (Digi-CD/LP)
16.06.17 ENTRAILS – “World Inferno” (Digi-CD/LP)
16.06.17 IGORRR – “Savage Sinusoid” (Digi-CD/LP)
16.06.17 TOMBS – “The Grand Annihilation” (Digi-CD/LP)
23.06.17 GOATWHORE – “Vengeful Ascension” (DCD Book/Digi-CD/LP)
14.07.17 BLOODCLOT – “Up In Arms” (CD/LP)

Goatwhore will release their new album Vengeful Ascension on 23rd June. This ten-track (41 minute) album marks the band’s seventh  and second recorded reel-to-reel captured at Earth Analog in Tolono Illinois with producer Jarrett Pritchard (whose previous work includes records by 1349 and Gruesome) breaking a 4 album tradition of working with Erik Rutan. The album was also mixed by Chris Common (whose previous work includes records by Tribulation and Pelican) and mastered by Maor Applebaum (whose previous work includes records by Faith No More, Halford and Today Is The Day).

Frontman Ben Falgoust said: “Working with Rutan was awesome. We did some great records with him. But you come to a point where you’re like, ‘All right. Let’s try something new.’ It was part of trying to remove ourselves from a comfort zone and a risk thing we needed to take. Plus, we really wanted to hit the essence of where we are live and what better way to harness that than by having our live sound guy involved. Jarrett is knowledgeable with the studio stuff. He also knows how we sound coming out of a PA and we really wanted to get closer to that.

“Each song is a representation of Goatwhore. From day one until now. It really shows our evolution as a band,” the front-man reflects.”I don’t think that this band has reached its peak yet. I mean, I think we’re closer now than ever but we’re still growing; we’re still evolving.”

Vengeful Ascension will be available on the following formats:
–Digipak CD
–Limited “spell book” edition including two CDs (limited to 3000 copies)
–180g black vinyl
–clear/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–sepia/white-splatter vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–violet-red marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–Clear with black and white swirls (limited to 1500 copies – US exclusive)
–sepia-marbled vinyl (limited to 100 copies – US exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Goatwhore’s new album has been described to theme itself around Luciferian notions, with Lucifer seeming as a emancipator and a guiding light. It is seen as a theme of struggle and transcendence and is heavily borrowed from John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Falgoust said: “There’s that whole idea of Lucifer being the anti-hero, he’s cast out from this place in Heaven to the depths of nothing. He keeps trying to ascend to the top again but no matter what, there’s always this significant force trying to destroy him at any point and banish him back to Hell. If you look at it from an everyday aspect in life, it’s the idea of people, hitting the bottom of the barrel or you know, things just aren’t going right in life… emotion plays a huge part in how people react. Whether it’s based on love or hatred or sadness or whatever, there’s always an aspect of emotion that drives people to an extent. So the whole idea of a ‘Vengeful Ascension’ is built on being at the bottom, working your way to the top, and realizing along the way that there are other facets to the journey aside from just pure retribution. Within negativity there can exist a positive angle as well.”

Vengeful Ascension‘ track-listing:
1. Forsaken
2. Under The Flesh, Into The Soul
3. Vengeful Ascension
4. Chaos Arcane
5. Where The Sun Is Silent
6. Drowned In Grim Rebirth
7. Abandon Indoctrination
8. Mankind Will Have No Mercy
9. Decayed Omen Reborn
10. Those Who Denied God’s Will

Goatwhore are currently on tour supporting Amon Amarth the dates for this are below:
May 8 – TLA – Philadelphia, PA
May 9 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
May 10 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY
May 11 – The Garrison – Toronto, ON * Goatwhore only
May 12 – 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI
May 13 – Dark Lord Day @ Three Floyds Brewing – Munster, IN
May 16 – The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
May 17 – Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO
May 18 – Lookout – Omaha, NE * Goatwhore only
May 19 – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
May 20 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY

Entrails look set to release their new album World Inferno on 16th June with Metal Blade Records. Check out their site now where you can order their album as either a Digi-CD or on Vinyl.

Entrails guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist said: “I am damn proud to finally unleash this nasty beast, A new chapter is written for Entrails to satisfy all old school maniacs out there. Having new blood in the band, Martin and Tommy, helped making this fifth album the rawest and heaviest to date. Prepare yourself to stretch out your neck in full headbanging!

The recordings for the new album started in December 2016 in Lundqvist’s Bloodshed Studio, Dan Swano who did mixing and mastering for the album said: “I don’t know if I had said this before, but I say it again. Every time I start thinking about putting together some new SweDeath project, Entrails show up at my doorstep with a new album to mix, and every time I think “Fuck!! – What’s the point in making my own project when this is so fucking good, and exactly what I wanted to do…” And if I felt there were some details to improve upon from our previous work together, they fix that and then some, and return with an album even stronger than the previous one. What the fuck is going on in Linneryd!? Are Jimmy cloning death metal warriors in some barn over there or what!? To sum it up. Yet another amazing slab of SweDeath coming your way from Entrails! Beyond. Blown. Away!

World Inferno‘ track listing:
1. World Inferno
2. Condemned to the Grave
3. Serial Murder (Death Squad)
4. The Soul Collector
5. Dead and Buried
6. Insane Slaughter
7. Into Eternal Fire
8. Suffer
9. The Hour of the Casket
10. The Blood Breed

Downfall Of Gaia release their new lyric video for Atrophy the title track of their album released last November, check this track out now to sample what they had in store on their most recent release the video was made by KDigitalProductions. 

The band’s new album can currently be ordered on vinyl,  as a Digi-CD or bundled with a T-shirt check the link out – here to order.

Atrophy was recorded at the Hidden Planet Studios in Berlin with Jan Oberg and mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley from the Atomic Garden Studios in San Francisco.

Downfall Of Gaia will also be on tour in Europe this week, check dates out below:
6/05/17 UK – Manchester – Rebellion
07/05/17 UK – London – Underwolrd
11/05/17 PL – Poznan – Pod Minoga
12/05/17 DE – Hannover – Bei Chez Heinz
13/05/17 DE – Leipzig – Westwerk
17/06/17 DE – Kiel – Kiel Explode
24/06/17 DE – München – Saint Helena Festival
05/08/17 DE – Karlsruhe – New Noise Fest

Igorrr – the creation of French musician Gautier Serre – will release their new album Savage Sinusoid via Metal Blade Records on 16th June. The record sees the melding of instruments such as electronic manipulations, accordion, saxophone, sitar and the harpsichord alongside blastbeats, death grunts, chunky riffs and soaring operatic vocals.

The band’s new single Opus Brain is available now to see what this intense creative mind can do within the world of music.

Be sure to check out the band’s site at Metal Blade Records, where the album can be boughts in the following formats:
–Digipak CD
–pale skin clear vinyl (limited to 500 copies)
–cream/white splatter (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–golden yellow vinyl (limited to 100 copies – Bandcamp exclusive)
–tan-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – US exclusive)
*exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

‘Savage Sinusoid‘ track-listing:
1. Viande
2. ieuD
3. Houmous
4. Opus Brain
5. Problème d’émotion
6. Spaghetti Forever
7. Cheval
8. Apopathodiaphulatophobie
9. Va te foutre
10. Robert
11. Au Revoir

Serre has collaborated with several musicians on this project including vocalists Laurent Lunoir and Lauere Le Pruenec, drummer Sylvian Bouvier and plenty of collaborations including Cattle Decapitation’s vocalist Travis Ryan on Apopathodiaphulatophobie, Cheval and Robert. 

Serre says: “I just want to make the music I love, without asking myself if it’s gonna be too complex or too far from what people like. I want to make the music which has sense to me, with no restrictions, like a big party with metalheads, electronics nerds, classical and baroque-heads and gypsy violinists getting drunk and joining together to bring the best of every genre.

Igorrr will be on tour in Europe this summer, dates are below:
June 17 – Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, France
Jul. 7 – What The Fest?!#2 – Vendargues, France
Jul. 9 – UK Tech Fest – Winthorpe, United Kingdom
Jul. 15 – Dour Festival – Dour, Belgium
Aug. 11 – Brutal Assault – Jaromer, Czech Republic
Oct. 17 – l’Aeronef – Lille, France
Nov. 15 – La Maroquinerie – Paris, France

Sacred Reich will do a global tour in celebration of their album Ignorance reaching it’s 30th anniversary. The tour will feature Byantzine as support and will look set to commemorate this historic milestone for this classic Thrash band. The group shares lineage with many of the second wave Thrash Metal bands including Testament, Destruction and Dark Angel.

Byantzine will be touring their new album The Cicada Tree due for release this Summer. The band have also started a PledgeMusic campaign with every purchase receiving a digital download of the tracks and other exclusive content including cover songs by Fishbone and The Cars, reserve your copy now.  The dates for both of these bands are listed below:

Sacred Reich “30 Years of Ignorance” EU tour dates
Jul. 26 – London, United Kingdom – The Underworld
Jul. 27 – Birmingham, United Kingdom – O2 Academy Birmingham
Jul. 28 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – The Cathouse
Jul. 29 – Belfast, Ireland – The Limelight 2
Jul. 30 – Dublin, Ireland – Voodoo Lounge Dublin
Aug. 2 – Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
Aug. 3 – Osnabruck, Germany – Bastard Club
Aug. 4 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
Aug. 5 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Dynamo Metal Fest
Aug. 6 – Drachten, Netherlands – Into the Grave Fest
Aug. 9 – Munich, Germany – Backstage Halle
Aug. 11 – Josefov, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault Festival
Aug. 13 – Kortruk, Belgium – Alcatraz Festival
Aug. 16 – Dornbirn, Austria – Dornbirn Conrad Sohm
Aug. 17 – Innsbruck, Austria – Innsbruck Hafen
Aug. 18 – Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – Summer Breeze
Aug. 19 – Essen, Germany – Turock Open Air
Aug. 21 – Thessaloniki, Greece – Eightball Club
Aug. 22 – Athens, Greece – Kyttaro Club

Sacred Reich “30 Years of Ignorance” USA tour dates
w/ Byzantine

Sept. 14 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory w/ Hirax, Yidhra
Sept. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre w/ Hirax, Yidhra
Sept. 16 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s w/ Yidhra
Sept. 18 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
Sept. 20 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
Sept. 21 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Sept. 22 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Sept. 23 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Sept. 24 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
Sept. 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage
Sept. 27 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Sept. 28 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
Sept. 29 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Sept. 30 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar w/ Slim
Oct. 1 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
Oct. 2 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls *
Oct. 7 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red *
* = no Byzantine

Solitude – Reach For The Sky [REVIEW]

A lot of people might not know much about Japan, but their music scene is always rampant with great artists. From Dir En Grey to artists such as Maximum The Hormone, the country knows how to bring something spectacular to music. The same could be said for classic heavy metal group Solitude, who are able to channel some amazing artists to bring you eight solid tracks of nice riffage.

Kicking off with a mostly guitar centric intro, the first track ‘Venoms Angel’ feels just like a classic thrash metal record out of the gate with held electric guitar notes and a soft, yet poignant acoustic guitar before the rest of the band bring something fast paced and exciting. Bringing off older shades of Metallica and their thrashier elements, the whole first track is the perfect way to get you right into the record. Then leading into ‘Blow’, the Judas Priest feels super strong with this one and the old school flames fly high in testament and the vocals have a gravelly tone, yet power through nicely with the rest of the head banging ensemble.

The record is a full on affair of all things you love about the genre and more! With some of the catchiest songs that feel like they were ripped out of the eighties and nineties, you can only feel the leather jacket protruding out of your body and your hair getting extremely long to feel like you belong with this record. All the tracks know how to hit well with the guitars, with the song ‘Escape From The Crime’ focusing on that. With that track being the instrumental interlude, even if the track almost hits 4 minutes of runtime, the band don’t try and overdo it and brings a brilliant track to help keep up the pace.

The one point that seems to be a mainstay that can be a little bit displeasing to some listeners is the vocal element of it. Whilst it can take a while to get used to the singing voice that Akira Sugiuchi brings to the table, it can somewhat undervalue some of the instrumentation that the band brings, such as the ever-enjoyable riff in ‘You Got My Mind’. The longest track, which is also the albums closer, ‘December’ brings the album to a really amazing close with everything just working together as a cohesive unit and just flowing that much nicer. The track works with the vocal style brought and for those eight minutes, you are hooked from beginning to end.

This album is definitely a one to listen to many different age groups. For the new fans who want that classic feel for the modern age to the older metalhead who want something to take them back to their youth, Solitude have brought something very strong to your music library.

 

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Bloodstock announce Friday headliner, other bands

In preparation for the full lineup, Bloodstock Festival have released the names of some of the bands hitting up the 2017 instalment.

Among them are Friday headliners Amon Amarth and their support Blind Guardian. The latter of the pair have the festival down as their only UK show this year, so definitely a good reason to go.

Elsewhere in the announcement were Hatebreed, TestamentPossessedHell and Whitechapel.

See the latest poster below and get tickets here.

bloodstock announcement 2017