Angerhead, Helion Prime, Dire Peril and others featured on new free compilation.‏

ONLINE METAL PROMO and THE AUTOPSY REPORT radio show (UK) have partnered to offer “Metal Up Your Axe, Vol. 2”, a free digital download music compilation featuring a mix of 41 past, current and unreleased original songs from established and up and coming rock & metal bands from the United States, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria.

Bands featured on the compilation include:

1. Alsatia
2. Angerhead
3. Azrael’s Bane
4. Blasted To Static
5. Broken Teeth
6. Canedy
7. Chris Violence
8. Corners of Sanctuary
9. Diamond Lane
10. Dire Peril
11. Dreadnaught
12. Empires of Eden
13. Enceladus
14. Eternal Voyager
15. Flames of Fury
16. HailMary
17. Helion Prime
18. Ignitor
19. Jessikill
20. Knightmare
21. Lords of the Trident
22. Love & War
23. Malice
24. Maxxxwell Carlisle
25. Outlaws & Moonshine
26. Phallax
27. Rabid Assassin
28. RebelHot
29. Seventh Calling
30. Shallow Ground
31. Sorizon
32. St. James
33. Stop Stop
34. Strikeforce
35. The Rods
36. TwentyDarkSeven
37. Unbound
38. Vanlade
39. Viron
40. Zar
41. Zephaniah

Download the free songs, compilation artwork and track listing here.

DEATH Stream Deluxe Reissue of ‘Scream Bloody Gore’ in Full

As the final chapter in Relapse’s comprehensive DEATH reissue series, the band’s legendary 1987 debut Scream Bloody Gore is receiving the deluxe reissue treatment on a wide variety of formats including 2CD, Limited Edition 3CD, LP, Deluxe 2xLP Boxset, and cassette this coming May 20. Like the preceding DEATH reissues, the new version of Scream Bloody Gore has been meticulously remastered from the original tapes by Alan Douches (Death, Mastodon, Nile) and includes a plethora of bonus content, including previously unreleased recordings and rehearsal demos, super-expanded packaging, and brand-new extensive liner notes from former DEATH drummer / Autopsy founder Chris Reifert, Sepultura’s Max Cavalera, and original Scream Bloody Gore producer Randy Burns.

Physical pre-orders are available now via Relapse.com at this location. Digital pre-orders can be found via DEATH‘s Bandcamp page here.

Along with the deluxe reissue of Scream Bloody Gore, Relapse has also announced the very first official DEATH bobblehead, a stunning recreation of Ed Repka’s iconicScream Bloody Gore album art! Made exclusively for Relapse Records by AGGRONAUTIX, a company creating limited-edition metal, punk, and cult figures, these collectible, high-quality resin figurines stand 7″ tall, are hand numbered 1 to 1,000, and come packaged in a custom windowed box. Visit here for photos and more details.

Info/Bio:
Over the course of more than a decade and seven increasingly accomplished albums, Chuck Schuldiner, the architect behind the ubiquitous DEATH, became a bona fide heavy metal icon. Now widely recognized as the father of death metal (if a single candidate must be chosen, his résumé is about as good as it gets), Schuldiner’s singular drive and ruthless creative vision guaranteed that DEATH would ever represent the cutting edge of the style’s development. Indeed, while the savagely raw aggression contained in DEATH‘s first three albums proved crucial to spearheading the first generation of death metal bands, the astounding musicianship and increasingly sophisticated songwriting found on their later-day efforts surely influenced even more groups to explore the limits of extreme metal’s most progressive outposts. By all accounts a force to be reckoned with on-stage, DEATH also logged more frequent flier miles than perhaps any other band of their ilk, undertaking numerous far-reaching tours despite suffering from continuous and often acrimonious musician turnover within their ranks. Throughout this long journey and drastic evolutionary curve, Schuldiner was to be the only constant, the effective mastermind behind DEATH‘s continually groundbreaking career, and, as proven by his near-canonization at the time of his untimely passing, arguably unequalled in stature within one of rock’s most uncompromising style.

Scream Bloody Gore Tracklisting (Deluxe Edition):

Disc 1 (Original Album, Remastered)

1. Infernal Death
2. Zombie Ritual
3. Denial Of Life
4. Sacrificial
5. Mutilation
6. Regurgitated Guts
7. Baptized In Blood
8. Torn To Pieces
9. Evil Dead
10. Scream Bloody Gore
11. Beyond The Unholy Grave
12. Land Of No Return

Disc 2

13. Torn To Pieces (Original Florida Session)
14. Legion Of Doom (Original Florida Session)
15. Scream Bloody Gore (Original Florida Session)
16. Sacrificial (Original Florida Session)
17. Mutilation (Original Florida Session)
18. Land of No Return (Original Florida Session)
19. Baptized In Blood (Original Florida Session)
20. Regurgitated Guts (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
21. Sacrificial (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
22. Sacrificial – Take 2 (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
23. Torn To Pieces (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
24. Do You Love Me? V1 (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
25. Infernal Death (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
26. Zombie Ritual (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
27. Beyond The Unholy Grave (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
28. Do You Love Me? V2 (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
29. Denial Of Life (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)

Disc 3

30. (Part Of) Scream Bloody Gore (Rehearsals 5/28/86)
31. Legion Of Doom (Rehearsals 5/28/86)
32. Beyond The Unholy Grave (Rehearsals 5/28/86)
33. Scream Bloody Gore (Rehearsals 5/28/86)
34. Torn To Pieces (Rehearsals 5/28/86)
35. Mutilation (Rehearsals 5/26/86)
36. Torn To Pieces (Rehearsals 5/26/86)
37. Zombie Ritual (Rehearsals 5/26/86)
38. Land Of No Return (Rehearsals 5/26/86)
39. (Part of) Evil Dead (Rehearsals 5/26/86)
40. Baptized In Blood (Rehearsals 5/26/86)
41. Infernal Death (Rehearsals 5/26/86)
42. Denial of Life (Rehearsals 5/26/86)
43. Death Metal (Rehearsals 5/26/86)

Perturbator releases new album, ‘The Uncanny Valley’ on Bandcamp

The sci-fi short film and song combine with sleek emotions and sensations akin to the arthouse thriller Drive, as well as Blade Runner, the films of Dario Argento, and the illustrations of Ariel Zucker-Brull (Perturbator’s visual artist).

Perturbator’s highly anticipated new album, “The Uncanny Valley” along with its companion EP, “The Uncanny Valley – Bonus” is finally available for streaming and purchase at Bandcamp.  In addition, both “The Uncanny Valley” and “The Uncanny Valley – Bonus” EP can be heard in their entirety on YouTube as well.  Physically, “The Uncanny Valley – Bonus” EP is only available as part of the special limited edition 3xLP and 2xCD sets available exclusively on Blood-Music.com.

Previously, mastermind James “Perturbator” Kent hit us with an exceptional animated video for his second single “Sentient”.  Each scene was designed and animated pixel-by-pixel by director and animator Valenberg, hypnotizing viewers into Perturbator’s universe – one heavily influenced by the tropes of classic cyberpunk, horror, and science fiction. The sci-fi short film and song combine with sleek emotions and sensations akin to the arthouse thriller Drive, as well as Blade Runner, the films of Dario Argento, and the illustrations of Ariel Zucker-Brull (Perturbator’s visual artist).

The Uncanny Valley is out worldwide via Blood Music on May 6.  It will be released on vinyl, CD and digitally. A special edition release features 16 extra drawings, compiling a full graphic novel for the album; as well as an entire 7-track EP of bonus material – featuring three new tracks, two instrumental versions of tracks that originally contain vocals, one 8-bit version of a previously-released track, and an unreleased demo that didn’t make the final cut for The Uncanny Valley.

Flotsam & Jetsam Release Lyric Video

Thanks again to Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art for crushing this one. He’s the man to go to for all your video/album and band art needs.

Here’s the next sneak peak of the upcoming album for you to sink your metal minds into. Our 2nd lyric video is of ‘Time To Go’, track 10 on the album. A deep cut, yet a strong cut. Enjoy!
Thanks again to Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art for crushing this one. He’s the man to go to for all your video/album and band art needs. He’s a Brit, but don’t hold that against him. His work speaks for itself, accent and all. Via Flotsam & Jetsam Facebook

Denner / Shermann to release full-length album, ‘Masters of Evil’, on June 24th

“After ‘Satan’s Tomb’, we continued aggressively writing and recording ideas, except for the short break we took to do all the press for the release of the debut. We are very excited with the outcome, and the full-length album is ready to be unleashed this summer,” says guitarist Hank Shermann.

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Twin guitar legends of Mercyful Fate Michael Denner & Hank Shermann have completed the mixing and mastering of their new Denner / Shermann full-length album, Masters Of Evil – to be released by Metal Blade Records on June 24th.

The album cover was painted by Swedish artist Thomas Holm, who also created the Satan’s Tomb artwork – and who is very well known amongst fans for his standout pieces over the past three decades! The mixing was once again handled by Arnold Lindberg at Sound Industry Studio in Gothenburg, Sweden – who engineered their critically acclaimed EP, Satan’s Tomb. Mastering was done once again by Maor Appelbaum in Los Angeles, California. The vintage sound on the new record harkens one back to the days of 2 inch tape machines, long nights in dark studios, and huge consoles glowing under dim incandescent light.

Masters Of Evil contains 8 new Denner / Shermann tracks that continue right where the EP left off. Building upon the musical foundation of the Satan’s Tomb EP, these songs cover the entire gamut of heavy metal nuances and take the listener down a mysterious path where tales of dark, supernatural fantasies are told, transporting you to places that can only be found in the most vivid, blood curdling nightmares.

Masters Of Evil is fully loaded to satisfy the old fans with just what they would expect – and also injected with menacing, sinister, new surprises that could only come from the sonic DNA of Michael Denner and Hank Shermann.

“After ‘Satan’s Tomb‘, we continued aggressively writing and recording ideas, except for the short break we took to do all the press for the release of the debut. We are very excited with the outcome, and the full-length album is ready to be unleashed this summer,” says guitarist Hank Shermann.

Vocalist Sean Peck comments, “This record really has it all I think. Working with Hank and Michael and the guys creating this record, was the ultimate metal thrill ride for me! I can’t wait to hear the fan reaction to this sinister sonic salvo of savagery!”

Michael Denner also adds, “This new record really shows how the five of us have grown as a band and bonded as songwriters. It contains the kind of compositions I believe our fans would expect from us. I think this release will serve as kind of a tribute to our incredible fans worldwide, as we recognize and acknowledge their die hard loyalty over the years.”

The first single, “Angel’s Blood”, comes right at you with a sonic sledge hammer! Once the guitars hit your ears, the unmistakable trademark guitar sound of Michael Denner and Hank Shermann is instantly recognized. Prepare yourself for a heavy metal thrill ride!

Black Crown Initiate Debut New Song

“We’ve been through a great deal as a band since our last release,” says Thomas. “We’ve grown a great deal as writers, players, and people and put everything we had into this one.”

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Pennsylvania purveyors of metal BLACK CROWN INITIATE have unveiled a brand new track today titled “For Red Cloud. 

It is the first bit of new music we’ve heard from the band since the release of their previous LP in 2014. Guitarist Andy Thomas calls the song “a statement of the psychological enslavement of the modern world, and a tribute to those who resisted being enslaved. We will never become the storm of change that our world needs. Our children will never know what true freedom feels like, and we surely don’t, either.”
BLACK CROWN INITIATE will release Selves We Cannot Forgive on July 22, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne). The tracklist and visually mindbending cover art created by Travis Smith (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Avenged Sevenfold) can be seen above. “We’ve been through a great deal as a band since our last release,” says Thomas. “We’ve grown a great deal as writers, players, and people and put everything we had into this one.”

Recorded and mixed by Carson Slovak & Grant McFarland (August Burns Red, Texas In July, From Ashes To New) at Atrium Audio Recording Studio’s in Lancaster PA, Selves We Cannot Forgive will be the follow up to the buzzworthy debut LP The Wreckage of Stars released at the end of 2014. The Wreckage of Stars also propelled the band into the international touring act it is today. BCI quickly found themselves on the road with the likes of Behemoth, Deicide, Napalm Death and Voivod.

Selves We Can Not Forgive, the band’s sophomore album with Entertainment One, is a lean and focused collection that jettisons the extraneous fat found too often within ambitious metal bands, striking a balance between fearless adventurousness and methodical might. It follows The Wreckage of Stars, which together with their self-financed Song of the Crippled Bull EP introduced Black Crown Initiate’s unapologetic exploration of everything from Friedrich Nietzsche and Greek Sophist Gorgias to Hinduism, Buddhism, and indigenous mysticism, with a pragmatic skepticism.

Thomas continues on their new release, “we feel it is a more than fitting next chapter for the band; one that we are truly proud and excited to enter. We hope you all enjoy it too. See you on the road!”

Black Crown Initiate have worked their way into the heavy music community’s collective consciousness with steady determination. Likeminded supporters who made the thrilling discovery of songs like “A Great Mistake,” “The Fractured One,” and “Withering Waves” are rewarded in kind by the continued evolution on Selves We Can Not Forgive. As Black Crown Initiate continuously proves, heavy metal and heavy intelligence don’t have to be mutually exclusive. These men are conjuring an awe inspiring body of work that is as unstoppable as it was inevitable, like existence itself. This is high-minded art delivered with a guttural growl.