Martyrdöd Releases Video For “Handlöst Fallen Ängel”

Swedish metal/crust punk outfit Martyrdöd – featuring members of Skitsystem, Agrimonia, and others – has just unleashed an official video for the track “Handlöst Fallen Ängel,” the track hailing from the band’s List album, which was released through Southern Lord in November.

Martyrdöd’s List is available worldwide on CD and digital as well as on LP in North America through Southern Lord; orders can be placed at the Southern Lord website. In Europe, the LP is handled via La Familia and D-Takt & Råpunk. Stream the album here.


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Excel Reissue’s The Joke’s On You Via Southern Lord

SoCal punk-hardcore-metal hybrid outfit EXCEL has remastered their seminal 1989 release, The Joke’s On You.

Originally released via Caroline Records, and produced by Randy Burns (Megadeth, Kreator, Possessed), The Joke’s On You is EXCEL‘s second full-length, which saw wide acclaim from thrash, punk, metal, and skate rock circles, as members have been known to share ramps with pros Christian Hosoi, Eric Dressen, and Tony Alva, and others. Drawing influence from a diverse range of artists including Black Sabbath, Black Flag, Jimi Hendrix, and early era-Corrosion Of Conformity, people often talk of “crossover” acts, but none quite do it as exceptionally well as EXCEL.

The Southern Lord reissue of The Joke’s On You, remastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Poison Idea, Integrity, Nails) contains the twelve tracks featured on the original CD edition, including the track “Blaze Some Hate” — initially released as a 12″ single via Caroline, not the original release of the LP – appears as the closing track of the new reissue/remaster. This isn’t the first time Southern Lord has documented the importance of EXCEL either, as the label also reissued the band’s first album, Split Image, in 2014.
Formed in 1984 from the remains of Los Angeles hardcore band Chaotic Noise, EXCEL caught wide attention of the masses with the release of their Personal Onslaught demo (1985). Fellow Californian thrash crossover influencers, Suicidal Tendencies, accelerated EXCEL into wide acclaim with frontman Mike Muir’s inclusion of them on his Welcome To Venice compilation (1985) and releasing EXCEL‘s Split Image debut LP on the Suicidal Records imprint. Sold out tours and further successful releases soon followed, all which stomped over various sonic terrains whilst always spreading a punk attitude and a harbored love for heavy metal.

SLC Thrashers Deathblow Release ‘Demolition Deployment’ EP

Salt Lake City Thrashers Deathblow have released a new three-song EP called Demolition Deployment. Stream and/or purchase the EP here.

Demolition Deployment was self-released on November 27. It was recorded at the Boards Nest by Andy Patterson and DEATHBLOW. Artwork by Adam Burke. These songs will not be included on DEATHBLOW’s next full-length album, which is expected to be released early 2017.

Track List:

1. Demolition Deployment
2. Implements of Destruction
3. Mean Machine

Asphyx launch new music for video “Candiru” and announce tour dates!

Dutch Doom Death Metal division Asphyx continue to promote their much acclaimed latest album, Incoming Death, which was released at the end of September via the band’s longtime label partner Century Media Records.

Therefore, Asphyx are now launching a a new music video for the album’s merciless opening track “Candiru”. The clip was shot during the band’s recent appearance at Turock Open Air festival in Essen, Germany and was edited by Maurice Swinkels / Younique Film (Exodus, Kataklysm, etc.), who most recently worked with ASPHYX on the “Forerunners Of The Apocalypse” clip.

Asphyx vocalist Martin van Drunen checked in with the following comment about “Candiru”: “Candiru is a no-nonsense, non-compromising 3 riff containing fast Asphyx Death Metal track. A gory story about a revolting little fish from the Amazon that can nest itself in human genitals to suck blood after it got there via the urine stream. Only removable through amputation, so be careful there were you relieve yourselves folks! The video was recorded at this year’s Turock Open Air in Essen Germany, which we can almost call our second home. The very first time we ever rammed that tune on stage. We had a ball, as always, so hope you do too while watching this“.

Asphyx- Live 2017:
01/14/2017 Berlin (Germany) – Slaughterhouse
02/11/2017 Dublin (Ireland) – Voodoo Lounge
03/04/2017 Umea (Sweden) – House Of Metal Festival
03/25/2017 London (UK) – The Underworld
04/08/2017 Wien (Austria) – Arena / Vienna Metal Meeting
04/16/2017 München (Germany) – Backstage / Dark Easter Metal Meeting
04/25/2017 San Diego (USA) – Brick by Brick
04/26/2017 Los Angeles (USA) – The Echo
04/27/2017 Oakland (USA) – Metro Operahouse
04/28/2017 Portland (USA) – The Raven
04/29/2017 Seattle (USA) – Highline
04/30/2017 Vancouver (Canada) – Rickshaw Theatre
05/20/2017 Stockholm (Sweden) – Kraken *
05/26/2017 Madrid (Spain) – Sala Copernico *
05/27/2017 Lisbon (Portugal) – RCA Club *
06/03/2017 Gelsenkirchen (Germany) – Rock hard Festival *
06/10/2017 Glasgow (UK) – Audio *
06/23/2017 Protzen (Germany) – Protzen Open Air *
07/01/2017 Vana-Vigala (Estonia) – Hard Rock Laager *
07/07/2017 Ballenstedt (Germany) – Rock Harz Open Air *
07/22/2017 Brescia (Italy) – Colony Open Air
08/19/2017 Dinkelsbühl (Germany) – Summer Breeze Open Air *
09/30/2017 Bucharest (Romania) – Fabrica *
More dates to be announced soon…

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Jake And Chase of ONI Interviewed In San Francisco, California

Mean Gene of Capital Chaos TV gets the inside scoop from Jake & Chase of ONI at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California while on tour with Children Of Bodom, Abbath & Exmortus 12/05/16.

In Japanese folklore, the Oni is a malevolent shape-shifting demon, able to take on many guises as it spreads pain and misery. The constantly shifting, ever-evolving sound of Ontario, Canada’s Oni is no less elusive, though unlike their namesake, amidst the brutality and violence, they weave great beauty, and a breadth of heartfelt emotion. “We want the songs that we write to not only move us but move our fans, and stand the test of time” states vocalist Jake Oni. “And though our music is very technical, songwriting is so important to everything we do. The songs need to rock, regardless of how well anyone plays their instrument, and we want to write songs that people can bang their heads to, and have fun with.

Formed in 2014, the initial vision was “to be the band I never got to see”, explains Jake Oni. With their influences rooted in progressive metal, Oni‘s sound can be compared to the genre’s heavy hitters – The Human Abstract, Protest The Hero and Between The Buried And Me – yet they remain truly unique. With Jake Oni handling vocal duties, Martin Andres and Brandon White on guitar, Chase Bryant on bass and Joe Greulich on drums, they are also perhaps the first metal band to feature a Xylo-synth player, in the form of Johnny D, which adds an intriguing dynamic to the nine tracks found on their full-length debut, Ironshore.

Emphasizing Oni‘s many strengths, Ironshore takes listeners on an absorbing ride that provides ample opportunity for head-banging, singing along, and deep introspection. With first single, “Eternal Recurrence”, the band snaps and snarls through a barrage of savage yet controlled violence, counterpointed by passages of unfettered grace, and shredding that is as complex as it is melodic. In 4 minutes and 54 seconds, they demonstrate the breadth of their musical mastery and songwriting abilities, which runs through the course of the album. Lyrically, Jake Oni also refuses to limit himself to a specific theme. “There is no one concept because every song is different. Some songs are about other people, some songs are about me. Some songs are about scenarios or themes that my band and I created. It’s about how the song makes someone feel more than anything.“

Presiding over the sessions was producer Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Gojira), who immediately understood what Oni was trying to achieve. “He brings out the best in our music,” Jake Oni enthuses. “He pushes me vocally to get the best performance, and he knows what I’m trying to say, musically, so we get great results together. He’s a top-notch producer, he knows the metal genre, and has an ear that is amazing for the stuff that Oni does.” Through this connection, the band was able to reach out to Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe, who contributes his inimitable style to “The Only Cure” – one of Ironshore‘s heaviest moments – as well as naming the record.

With their debut under their collective belt and ready for release via Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records on November 25th, 2016, the band has now set their sights on conquering the music world, one show at a time. “Energy and inspiration is what we’re all about,” asserts Jake Oni. “Every day is a new beginning if we make it, so we give our best at every show, for every fan. We live for music, and our fans make our music possible. They give it life, energy and inspiration.”

Sepultura Unveil Music Video For “Phantom Self”

Brazilian heavy metal icons, SEPULTURA, will unleash their upcoming studio album, Machine Messiah, on January 13th through Nuclear Blast. With their new music video “Phantom Self” they provide another thrilling look into their 14th studio release and deliver haunting images and sociocultural criticism in this clip directed by Mauricio Eça.

“‘Phantom Self’ starts with a short intro based on the Brazilian rhythm ‘Maracatú’, original from the Northeast region of Brazil”, explains mastermind Andreas Kisser. “We mixed this very Brazilian sound with violins performed by a Tunisian violin ensemble, the Myriad Orchestra. This was a suggestion from Jens Bogren, the producer of the album, who worked with this orchestra before and he thought it could be a nice combination. We used the violins on different parts of the song and that opened a lot of new possibilities, specially for my guitar parts, it was great to have that conversation between guitar and violins making the part even more special. It’s a very heavy song, with a lot of groove, one of the most complete songs we ever worked with and it’s taking SEPULTURA to a new level!”

Singer Derrick Green adds: “The lyrical idea came from an article that Andreas sent me. It was about a young man who had everything going for him and unfortunately was in a horrific car accident in the 70’s. After the accident, he lost his entire idea of who he was. No one could figure out what was going on inside his mind. He would have glimpses of his former self but doctors realized that chemical elements of his mind had shifted. He had become an entirely different person within himself. There is this element of change that exists within all of us. This ability is important for our evolution as human beings to move forward even after traumatic events.” 

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Cultural Warfare Sign To M-Theory Audio, Future Kill EP To Be Released January 2017

There’s no denying the impact Bay Area thrash has had on heavy metal. While that recognized glorious time has passed that doesn’t mean the soil is no longer fertile as the region still produces some of the best talent and CULTURAL WARFARE joins the list of noteworthy artists from the area. Hailing from Oakland’s East Bay, Cultural Warfare is made up four seasoned musicians with one common goal, who understand the rich history and lineage that their forefathers built and want to continue that legacy. Recently joined by former Taunted/Annihilation vocalist Jacques Serrano the band has elevated their potential bringing in a singer of his quality opening up the ability of the band to cross over and appeal to a wider audience of metalheads splicing the past with the present to create something the blends aggression with melody perfectly.

M-Theory Audio recognized this immediately when the group debuted a new track, “Defy the Blade” from the forthcoming Future Kill 5-song EP and worked out a deal to assist the band in getting their music heard.

“We are very excited to announce our new partnership between M-Theory Audio/Salem Rose Music and Cultural Warfare,” explains drummer Kevin Doughty. “Marco Barbieri has been an integral part of the Metal scene, music business, and community for many years. He has a vast knowledge of this business and specializes in nurturing bands to get the best out of them to achieve their goals. This is exactly what we were looking for, so when Marco heard our song ‘Defy the Blade’ that we put out on YouTube, he reached out to our singer wanting to hear more of our new EP. We were completely blown away by his interest. Once Marco heard the entire EP he offered us a contract under his new label M-Theory Audio. We were beside ourselves to say the least! We believe this is a partnership that will blossom into something very special, and are very much looking forward to working with M-theory Audio and Marco in the upcoming year 2017.”

Produced by Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Exodus, Testament) at Trident Studios in Martinez, CA and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Sepultura, Halford, Faith No More) in Los Angeles, the five songs sound large and impactful capturing CULTURAL WARFARE perfectly. Awesome cover art by Stone Design brings the band’s concept of Future Kill to life perfectly. The EP is set for a January 27threlease date on M-Theory Audio, via CD and digital distribution. Preorder copies now at the M-Theory shop for the special price of $5 here.

Brutal Slam Death Unit Acranius Announce New Album Reign Of Terror

Based in Germany, and active since 2009, brutal slamming death metal unit Acranius having been tearing it up for many years now. On January 27th, 2017, the band will drop their 3rd full-length called Reign Of Terror through Rising Nemesis Records. The band are seasoned road warriors and in the last two years have done high profile tours with groups such as the well known UK act Ingested in April of 2015. As well as having just finished a 2016 winter tour with fellow labelmates Within Destruction whose 2016 album Void received a lot of attention and praise. All their time spent touring has helped sharpen the band’s deadly art into an even finer instrument of death, which has resulted in them crafting their best music to date on Reign Of Terror. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Lasse Lammert at LSD Studio in Lübeck, Germany.


The first single/music video from Reign Of Terror called “Kingmaker” launched today through New Noise Magazine.

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Exmortus Interviewed In San Francisco, California And Tour Announcement

Mean Gene of Capital Chaos TV gets the inside scoop of touring with Abbath & Amon Amarth, hair mishaps, desert island discs and more with Exmortus vocalist Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez, drummer Mario Moreno and new bassist Cody at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California while on tour with Children Of Bodom, Abbath & ONI 12/05/126

Having just wrapped up a month long jaunt with Finnish metal masters Children of Bodom, black metal legend Abbath and prog outfit Oni, Los Angeles’ neoclassical shred quartet Exmortus showcased their “modern day thrash-meets-old school Michael Angelo Batio & Yngwie Malmsteen” sound that “made the crowds go wild” (Metal Wani). Drummer Mario Moreno remarked,  We had an amazing time on the I WORSHIP CHAOS tour, but like the saying goes all good things must come to an end. We just played our last show in  New York City and we’re making our way back home with a stop in El Paso, TX. 2016 was a great year for the band and we’re anxious for what 2017 already holds for us. “

With 2016 nearly at an end, Exmortus once again continue to prove themselves as one of the hardest working bands in heavy metal having spent over 3/4 of the year on tours alongside acts such as Amon Amarth, Marty Friedman, Enforcer, Warbringer, Entombed A.D., Holy Grail, Spellcaster and Cauldron as well as performing at the opening ceremony for Ozzfest meets Knotfest. They will continue their non-stop assault on audiences in support of their critically acclaimed release “Ride Forth” as they have just announced two sets of tour dates for early 2017. The band will join thrasher’s Havok and Extinction AD for a brief jaunt across the U.S. and Canada from February 8 – 18 before rejoining Havok for their first-ever European tour April 2 – 30 alongside thrashers Warbringer and tech death outfit Gorod.

Moreno commented, “We’re excited to start our next tour alongside Havok and Extinction AD. The tour will be in February with 11 dates across the U.S. followed by a European tour with Havok, Warbringer and Gorod. This will also be our first time going overseas and we’re stoked to be doing it with some killer bands. See you metal maniacs on the road! \m/” 
12/22 El Paso, TX – The Warehouse 
2/4 Long Beach, CA – DiPiazzi’s
2/8 Chicago, IL – Reggies Rock Club # 
2/9 Detroit, MI – Smalls # 
2/10 Toronto, ON – Rockpile West # 
2/11 Quebec City, QC – L’Anti #
2/12 Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques #
2/13 Somerville, MA – Once Ballroom # 
2/14 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus # 
2/15 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge # 
2/16 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall # 
2/17 Dayton, OH – Rockstar Pro Arena # 
2/19 Oklahoma City, OK – Thunder Alley # 
4/2 Manchester, UK – Rebellion & 
4/3 Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux’s & 
4/4 London, UK – Underworld & 
4/5 Hasselt, BE – Muziekodroom & 
4/6 Tilburg, NL – 013 & 
4/7 Hamburg, DE – Logo & 
4/8 Aalborg, DK – Royal Metal Festival & 
4/9 Gothenburg, SE – Sticky Fingers & 
4/11 Helsinki, FI – Tavastia & 
4/13 Stockholm. SE – Fryshuset Klubben & 
4/14 Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset & 
4/15 Berlin, DE – Cassiopeia & 
4/16 Markneukirchen, DE – Framus & Warwick Concert Hall & 
4/17 Munich, DE – Feierwerk & 
4/19 Vienna, AT – Arena & 
4/20 Ljublana, SI – Orto Bar & 
4/21 Brescia, IT – Circolo Colony & 
4/22 Pratteln, CH – Z7 & 
4/23 Saarbrucken, DE – Garage & 
4/24 Nantes, FR – Ferrailleur & 
4/26 Madrid, ES – Caracol & 
4/27 Barcelona, ES – Salamandra 1 & 
4/28 Puget, FR – Le Rats & 
4/29 Paris, FR – Petit Bain & 
4/30 Essen, DE – Turock &
# with Havok, Extinction A.D.
& with Havok, Warbringer & Gorod

Calamity Release Lyric Video For “End Of The Road” Single


Puerto Rico-based hardcore thrashers, Calamity, recently released their new single, “End Of The Road”, which was produced by Ramon Ortiz (Puya, Ankla).

“With this single we wanted to show our followers the path we are taking before starting on our second album. We would say we went heavier this time, and the new ideas we are writing are taking pretty much the same direction; heavier, deeper and more powerful.” – Vocalist/guitarist, Berny Santos.

Watch the lyric video for “End Of The Road” below which is also available at BandCamp, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

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