Florida-based death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE have recruited Erik Rutan to fill in for guitarist Pat O'Brien on the band's upcoming tours. Rutan will appear live with the band for the "Decibel Magazine Tour" and the upcoming U.S. leg of SLAYER's final tour happening this May alongside LAMB OF GOD and AMON AMARTH.
O'Brien was arrested on December 10 on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault. Deputies say he burglarized a house and charged at a deputy with a knife.
O'Brien allegedly broke into a Northdale, Florida home and shouted that "the rapture is coming" before pushing a woman to the ground. He ran toward a responding deputy with a knife and was subdued with a stun gun.
Less than half a mile from where O'Brien was arrested, a fire broke out at the house he was renting, sending flames billowing into the night sky from the roof. Fire marshals found a large cache of weapon, locked safes and potential explosive devices inside O'Brien's home.O'Brien was released from Hillsborough County jail on December 14, after posting a $50,000 surety bond.
PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, the project led by the former PANTERA and current DOWN/SUPERJOINT frontman, has announced the addition of former CATTLE DECAPITATION bassist/current SCOUR guitarist Derek Engemann to the group's squad. Engemann — who takes the place of bass player Walter Howard (GRIEVED, OPPRESSIVE FORCE, VAGINAL BEAR TRAP) — will make his live debut with THE ILLEGALS beginning next week on the band's Latin American tour where the band will perform ILLEGALS tracks alongside a selection of PANTERA hits.
Comments Anselmo of the new addition: "Derek is a brother; he's solid, driven, and talented. It's awesome to have him on board and I look forward to jamming and writing with him. We're lucky to have him."
Adds Engemann: "I'm very excited to share the stage with THE ILLEGALS! It's also truly an honour to pay such a great tribute to Dime and Vinnie!"
Greek dark metal band ROTTING CHRIST have unveiled a video for their new song "The Raven". It is the third track to be released from the band's upcoming album, "The Heretics", which will be released on February 15 via Season Of Mist.
Frontman Sakis Tolis comments on the new song: "We proudly present to you 'The Raven', the third song from our upcoming new album, 'The Heretics'. It is the epilogue of the album, and one of our most atmospheric and melodic creations. It's a tribute to one of America's most (in)famous writers — Edgar Allan Poe — and more specifically to his influential poem of the same name. Enjoy 'The Raven' and see you soon on our heretical path!"
The artwork for "The Heretics" was created by Greek artist Maximos Manolis.
Dutch death/thrash metal band IZEGRIM have released a video for the song "Retraumatized", which is taken from their latest EP, titled "Beheaded By Trust". The clip follows the band throughout its performance at the sold-out Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival, which took place on December 14. The video was directed by Sebastiaan Spijker of Ik Wil Ook Een Videoclip.
IZEGRIM's Marloes comments: "From preparations to soundcheck, to the gig at the prestigious sold-out Eindhoven Metal Meeting: it's all packed into Izegrim's latest video clip. No expensive props, no bluescreens, no storyline or silly choreography. This is 100% IZEGRIM at its best!"
Swedish epic heavy doom metal warlords SORCERER has announced the addition of bassist Justin Biggs to the group's squad.
Says the band: "This may come as a surprise to some, maybe not to others. Justin is the handsome fellow on stage left that has been filling in for Johnny Hagel on all our gigs this past year, doing a splendid job, we hasten to add, and we're very happy to announce that he is now a full-time member.
"Coming from a heavier direction than some of us other guys, we're really excited to see what he will bring to the table in terms of songwriting. He's already played us some of his ideas for the album and they are heavy as shit so we are very much looking forward to bringing his musical personality into the SORCERER sound.
"But what about Johnny, you ask? Well, we are also very happy to say that he will stay on as a member but not playing live with the band. He will take part in some of the decision-making and the creative direction of the band but most importantly he will still be every bit as involved in the songwriting as before, and we wouldn't have it any other way so all you Hagel fans, stay cool. He's still with us.
“No one can destroy this MALEVOLENT CREATION” is a legendary line by the late, great Bret Hoffmann, who passed away on July 7th, 2018. Renowned and revered for his vicious vocal style and unique onstage presence, Hoffmann is impossible to replace, but co-founder Phil Fasciana decided to face the challenge and affirm the truth behind this lyric from the group’s 1991 debut “The Ten Commandments”.
Now, MALEVOLENT CREATION has confirmed January 18th, 2019 as the release date for “The 13th Beast”, which introduces a new line-up consisting of Phil Cancilla (drums), Josh Gibbs (bass), Phil Fasciana (guitars) and vocalist/guitarist Lee Wollenschlaeger (Throne Of Nails, Imperial Empire).
“This is the biggest honour I could ever be given”, says Lee Wollenschlaeger.“The opportunity to front one of my all-time favourite bands, and an even bigger pleasure of jamming with such great people. We have created one of the most relentless albums of MALEVOLENT CREATION’s history. As a fan, I know we are going to shock a lot of people at how intense this new album is. Done in a way only MALEVOLENT CREATION can. I can’t wait to see all you guys on the road in 2019 and beyond, playing songs from all the albums, including our new album, “The 13th Beast”!”
“Lee was the missing link when I was searching for a new vocalist and guitarist”, adds Phil Fasciana. “Each new member is a solid musician and songwriter sharing the same passion for extreme music MALEVOLENT CREATION has been striving for since 1987. I’m very proud of this album and look forward to presenting it live as well as songs from our massive back catalogue including stuff that hasn't been played live in a long time or ever.”
Musically, “The 13th Beast” expands upon 2014’s “Dead Man’s Path” yet also incorporates a brutality known from albums such as “The Will To Kill” and “Eternal” which is further accentuated by Wollenschlaeger’s understandable yet deeper vocal tone and songwriting contributions. Just like “Dead Man’s Path”, the record offers artwork by German Latorres, and was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö @ Unisound.
A first song from the album will be released on November 30th, 2018.
“The 13th Beast” will be released as black and limited coloured LP plus 4-page LP booklet, CD, and digitally – presales start November 23rd, 2018.
The official lyric video for "The Hunt For White Christ", the title track of the 13th full-length album from Swedish death metal veterans UNLEASHED, can be seen below. The disc will be released on October 26 via Napalm Records.
Vocalist/bass player Johnny Hedlund explains the story behind the new song: "After the despicable acts of terror against women and children in the South, and the devastation of the villages (as seen on the album cover), The Midgard Warriors decide to hunt down White Christ, all the way to Jorsala, if need be."
Legendary Florida death metal masters Malevolent Creation is just finished recording for their last album and they are still working on the other details of the upcoming album. Album will be titled as ‘’13th Beast’’ and it is on the hands of a famous musician and sound engineer Dan Swano for mastering and mixing. There is no release date revealed until now.
Here is the band’s official statement;
''The 13th full-length Malevolent Creation album "The 13th Beast" is done and being mixed and mastered by Dan Swano as we speak. Get ready for complete annihilation!''
Malevolent Creation’s founder legendary vocalist Brett Hoffman passed away because of the cancer last year.
Mass Infection are set to release a new album, entitled "Shadows Became Flesh", on the 7th of December 2018 via Comatose Music. Recorded and mixed once again at Infected Studios in Livadia, Greece, at the end of Summer and in an overall process of a month. Our fourth full-length release was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music and consists of 9 new songs, featuring a fantastic cover artwork by the Greek painter Maximos Manolis!
Coming four years after its predecessor, "Shadows Became Flesh" brings along new elements, sounding completely fresh and unlike any other album in the band's history.
This time all music and lyrics are saturated with a nightmarish atmosphere, new riffing styles and patterns have been added, fitted with Giulio Galati - Drummer relentless drum pummeling and explosiveness, as his unquestionable skills have raised the band to the next level!
Lyric-wise, new ideas were conceived to match the darker sound: themes regarding dreams, mystical visions,
hallucinating experiences and images of otherworldly entities focus on a personal perspective on encountering the realms of the beyond, thus leaving behind any old subjects and marking a different era for the band and a path most likely to be followed in every future attempt.
Demise Of The Almighty
To The Lords Of Revulsion
Oath To Nothingness
Enduring Through The Apocalypse
At One With Demon Dreams
The Merging Of Infinities
Shadows Became Flesh
Updates and details regarding preorders are soon to follow. Videos from recordings and a brand new song will be uploaded as well, so keep your eyes open for more! Expect nothing less than obscure and ominous brutal death metal that will melt your face!
Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of black metal worshippers Urn. The band will release their new album via Season of Mist in 2019.
URN comment: "Hey comrades and supporters around the globe! For the ones who aren't familiar with us, we are here to tease you with the sound of Urn from the fiery depths of the Finnish history and long forgotten voices. Here we are on the shores of a new era. Since the beginning, we have been focusing on creating something unique of our own and after all these years, with the same and hard working mentality, we are more than excited to now sign with Season of Mist. Once again, we start the engine and deliver the sound of metal. Let it Burn!"