Reactivated California thrash metal pioneers DARK ANGEL are continuing to write material for their long-awaited comeback album. The band's first CD since 1991's "Time Does Not Heal" will feature the lineup that has performed sporadic live shows since reuniting in 2013: Gene Hoglan (drums), Eric Meyer (guitar), Jim Durkin (guitar), Ron Rinehart (vocals) and Michael Gonzalez (bass).
Hoglan stated about how the new DARK ANGEL disc is shaping up: "We started writing this new album, Jim Durkin and myself, in 2014. It was kind of an open year for me, there wasn't a lot of TESTAMENT stuff, there was a little bit of DEATH TO ALL going on and it gave me time to do a lot of DARK ANGEL stuff that year. Originally, we just threw it out: 'Let's get back together. We've got offers to get back together and play some shows and, hey, maybe we can write a little music, see how that goes.' And the shows were super amazing, super successful."
He continued: "The band, we've always gotten along. We never broke up due to acrimony; we broke up because it was time to move on. So all the guys getting together, it's been amazing, and we've all grown up. We used to argue like brothers, like teenage boys back in the day, and now we're just polite older chaps.
"The best way for us to write a DARK ANGEL record is when Jim and I are in the same room, we've both got our guitars on, I'm throwing ideas, he's augmenting them, he's throwing out ideas, I'm augmenting them and we work really well together. That has been a little challenging, schedule-wise, but hopefully over the course of this year, we'll get a little time in and I'll give Jim a shout and see what his schedule's like. I know when I have my gaps so far this year, and maybe we can get together."
Hoglan added: "We've already got five or six songs ready to go and they're killer. The stuff Jim's writing is deadly. And I'm trying to carry forth the youthful energy and aggression of 'Darkness Descends' with a little bit of what we were doing with 'Time Does Not Heal' and some cool-ass 'Leave Scars' thrown in. It sounds like DARK ANGEL, but I'm trying to err on the side of hyper-aggression, and that's cool with me. You never go wrong going heavier. So write a shit-ass heavy fucking record, that's gold in my book."
Swiss extreme metallers SAMAEL have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. The band is working on a new album, to be released later in 2017.
Added the band: "We're thrilled to announce that we've tightened the knot with Napalm Records for the release of our new album! We're looking forward to this exciting alliance for what will undoubtedly be the most important record in the SAMAEL history!
"We've been around long enough to appreciate the importance of collaboration when it comes to turn projects into reality. We still have many great things to achieve and our partnership with Napalm Records will most certainly help us in doing so.
"Desolation Architect", a brand new song from LOCK UP the international grindcore "supergroup" featuring Kevin Sharp (BRUTAL TRUTH, PRIMATE, VENOMOUS CONCEPT), Anton Reisenegger (PENTAGRAM, CRIMINAL), Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, BRUJERIA, VENOMOUS CONCEPT) and Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR) can be streamed below. The track is taken from LOCK UP's forthcoming album, "Demonization", which will be released on March 10 via Listenable. The disc was recorded at Parlour Recording Studios in Kettering, U.K. with longtime friend and acclaimed producer Russ Russell (THE EXPLOITED, NAPALM DEATH, EVILE, THE BERZERKER, DIMMU BORGIR).
Wonders Embury in considering the track's theme, "From conception to dissolution, what do we leave behind? Or what can we? If our lives could be compared to a canvas of artwork, how defined and inspirational will it be to our next of kin? Was it fulfilled and true? Can they learn from the mistakes we all make?"
One of the most oldest turkish black metal band The Sarcophogus shared their new album 'Beyond This World's Illusion's tracklist,cover artwork and information with Extreminal.com readers. The band planinng to release this album after the 7 years of silence. They signed with triple different labels all around the world such as Satanath Records (Russia) , Death Portal Records (Usa) and Philoshopia Records (Sweden). Artwork made by great artist Paolo Girardi.
The second album of Norwegian black / death metal trio Shaarimoth is titled "Temple of the Adversarial Fire" and released by the World Terror Committee on 13 January. Label provides for listening to the track "Faceless Queen Of Bloodstained Dreams". Stylistically, this is ominous sounding death metal with progressive, black metal elements and references to ancient beliefs ,recomending for fans of Behemoth etc.
At the end of this winter / early spring, a joint effort Malignant Voices and Under the Sign of Garazel will release a new EP Polish death / black metal Death Like Mass - authors of the excellent EP "Winding Roads" from last year. New release a new book entitled "How to Kill Devil" and will be released first on CD, and in a later mode on vinyl. The title track to listen below:
On April 12 Terratvr Possessions planned premiere debut album coming from Trondheim duo Whoredom Rife "Dommedagskvad." On vocals granted here Ghash - former lead singer Mare. Listening to the first available track. Very epic sounds, but still close to Scandinavian black metal tradition.
German death metal band Evoked anounced a new addition of F.D.A. Records. This year will be released their debut new album. Label describes them as the result of Morgoth from the time of "Cursed" and the classic, Scandinavian and American influences.
The team established in 2013. guitarist nicknamed Bonesaw. Later that same year, he joined by drummer nicknamed Artilleratör and in January 2014 they recorded their first demo "Return Of The Dead" in the studio at Hellforge Marco Brinkmann, who dograł on this material as bass lines. Demo tape of 150 pieces. Released a few months later, the underground, the German Go Fuck Yourself Productions, the same team with some Krematorem as a session bass player started to play their first concerts - also outside Germany - in the Netherlands and Belgium. At the end of 2015 they recorded the Go Fuck Yourself Studio 5 new songs that in August 2016 were released as a 12 "EP" Lifeless allurement "with the cover, which did them Putrid Matt (Putrid Gore Art). The EP is available, among others, in FDA Records store.
Metalpunks of the US Cleveland - Midnight - announced on February 20 the launch of their new release, entitled "Shox of Violence." It appears effort Hells Headbangers, and will consist of four new songs, announcing the third full-length album, as well as unreleased covers, among others, Venom, Quiet Riot, The Spits, Girlschool, Pagan and Crucifixion.
Death metal veterans SIX FEET UNDER recently completed work on the follow-up to their "Crypt Of The Devil" album for a 2017 release. Vocalist Chris Barnes stated about the upcoming disc: "Our new album does not sound like any of our previous albums. Just as 'Haunted' didn't sound like 'Tomb Of The Mutilated' [from Barnes's previous band CANNIBAL CORPSE], just like 'Maximum Violence' didn't sound like 'Warpath', just like 'Undead' didn't sound like '13'. If you are expecting it to sound like one of our other albums, you will be disappointed. Saying that, the new music we have recorded is fucking insane."
SIX FEET UNDER's new album was mixed by Chris "Zeuss" Harris and was previously described by Barnes as "the most brutally intense, groove-laden masterpiece we've ever put together!"
The official lyric video for the song "Mean, Green, Killing Machine" from legendary New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's eighteenth album, "The Grinding Wheel", which will be released on February 10, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.
Norwegian black metallers IMMORTAL now consisting of lyricist/guitarist Demonaz (real name Harald Nævdal) and drummer Horgh (real name Reidar Horghagen) will enter the studio in January to begin recording their ninth full-length studio album, to be released later in 2017 via Nuclear Blast.
Said IMMORTAL in a statement: "The songs have been ready for some time, but we wanted to record it at the right place and time.
"We will once again work with Peter Tägtgren at Abyss Studio who produced our four last albums.
"The band will enter the studio during wintertime to have the right atmosphere.
"We look forward to record and present the new album to the IMMORTAL hordes sometime in 2017.
"The tracks that will appear on the album are: 'Northern Chaos Gods', 'Into Battle Ride', 'Gates To Blashyrkh', 'Blacker Of Worlds', 'Where Mountains Rise', 'Grim And Dark', 'Called To Ice' and 'Ravendark'."
"Candiru", the new video from Dutch doom death metallers ASPHYX, can be seen below. The clip was shot during the band's recent appearance at Turock Open Air festival in Essen, Germany and was edited by Maurice Swinkels of Younique Film, who previously worked with ASPHYX on the "Forerunners Of The Apocalypse" video.