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CELTIC FROST's TOM GABRIEL WARRIOR Pens Foreword To New Book 'USBM: A Revolution Of Identity In American Black Metal'

Decibel Books has announced the publication of "USBM: A Revolution Of Identity In American Black Metal". In parallel with the blazing European scene of the 1990s, the American wasteland birthed its own wayward souls who found their own uses for blast beats, tremolo picking, ghoulish shrieks and satanic leanings. Over the span of 30 years, ...

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Former ABSU Drummer/Vocalist Launches PROSCRIPTOR MCGOVERN'S APSÛ

Agonia Records has announced the signing of PROSCRIPTOR MCGOVERN'S APSÛ, the new, Texas-based "mythological occult metal" act led by former ABSU drummer/vocalist Proscriptor McGovern (a.k.a. Russ R. Givens). PROSCRIPTOR MCGOVERN'S APSÛ's self-titled debut album will be released later in the year. When Proscriptor dissolved ABSU on January 27, 2020, his main intention was to splinter ...

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ABSU Calls It Quits

Black metallers ABSU have split up. Longtime drummer and vocalist Russ Givens, who goes by the stage name Proscriptor McGovern, broke the news of the band's breakup in a social media post earlier today. He wrote: "After meager deliberation and zero remorse, I have decided to dissolve ABSU after three decades of existence. Collectively and ...

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Damnatio ad Bestias - IMPRECATION

"Everything is bigger in Texas." Hyperbole aside, whether we're talking about its far reach in terms of geography or the fact that it's the 10th largest economy on the planet, the Lone Star State truly is gargantuan on numerous levels. Having said that, while in-state metal diehards are well aware and appreciative—whether we are talking ...

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Protogoni Mavri Magiki Dynasteia - MYSTIFIER

Brazil's bestial barbarians MYSTIFIER have been unwavering in the endless pursuit and exploration of extreme metal darkness for 30 years. Whether it's interesting or trivial depends on who you ask, but the act is arguably best known for its inclusion on the metalcentric soundtrack of Harmony Korine's ragtag-celebrating cult classic film "Gummo". Anecdotal bullet points ...

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NOIRE Signs With DEATHBOUND RECORDS

Deathbound Records has announced the signing of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada's NOIRE. The band's debut album, "Dark Reverence", will be made available on October 1. NOIRE, a progressive black metal band founded in 2012 by Andrew Lawes (vocals, guitar and piano) and Bob Fitzgerald (guitar), was joined by Derrick Kroll (drums) and Craig Peeples (bass) in ...

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ILLNATH Announces New Singer

Danish metallers ILLNATH have parted ways with vocalist Mona Beck and have replaced her with Marika Hyldmar. The band states: "After several auditions with several vocalists, we decided that Marika was exactly what this band needed. And thus, we dragged out of the comfort of her home, and cast her into the fields of evil ...

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GLORYFUL To Release 'The Warrior's Code' In May

German metallers GLORYFUL will release their debut album, "The Warrior's Code", on May 24 via Massacre Records. The CD was recorded with legendary Swedish sound alchemist Dan Swanö. Belgian artist Kris Verwimp, who has previously worked with such bands as ABSU, DARK FORTRESS and MELECHESH, created the cover artwork, which you can see below. "The ...

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ABSU Announces Special North American Tour

ABSU has announced details on its upcoming tour, dubbed North American Connexus Conjuration. The 26-city trek will see the band perform two full sets with music spanning their 20-year recording career. It is the first full tour by the Texas-based mythological occult trio since the release of "Abzu", the second of a planned trilogy of ...

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PANTHEON I: Video Footage From The Studio Posted Online

The first in a series of video clips featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions for the forthcoming fourth full-length album from Norwegian extreme metallers PANTHEON I can be seen below. The drum tracks for the CD were recorded at Skansen Lydstudio in Trondheim, with Vegar "Vyl" Larsen (KEEP OF KALESSIN, CHTON, live session drums ...

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ADORNED BROOD: 'Kuningaz' Track Listing Unveiled

German pagan metallers ADORNED BROOD will release their seventh album, "Kuningaz", on November 23 via Massacre Records. The CD was recorded at the Kohlekeller Studio in Seeheim-Jugenheim, Germany with producer Kai Stahlenberg. Guest musicians on the album include Mario Pontigo, Moritz "Mo" Stübing (ALL WILL KNOW) and Florian "Blutaxt" Tamm (BLACK UNICORN). The cover artwork ...

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PANTHEON I Begins Recording Fourth Album

Norwegian extreme metallers PANTHEON I have entered Skansen Lydstudio in Trondheim to begin recording their fourth full-length album. The drum tracks have already been laid down, with Vegar "Vyl" Larsen (KEEP OF KALESSIN, CHTON, live session drums for GORGOROTH) behind the kit in place of the band's drummer, Mads G (THE ALL SEEING I, ZEENON), ...

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ADORNED BROOD: Second 'Kuningaz' Trailer Released

German pagan metallers ADORNED BROOD will release their seventh album, "Kuningaz", on November 23 via Massacre Records. The CD was recorded at the Kohlekeller Studio in Seeheim-Jugenheim, Germany with producer Kai Stahlenberg. Guest musicians on the album include Mario Pontigo, Moritz "Mo" Stübing (ALL WILL KNOW) and Florian "Blutaxt" Tamm (BLACK UNICORN). The cover artwork ...

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ADORNED BROOD To Release 'Kuningaz' In November

German pagan metallers ADORNED BROOD will release their seventh album, "Kuningaz", on November 23 via Massacre Records. The CD was recorded at the Kohlekeller Studio in Seeheim-Jugenheim, Germany with producer Kai Stahlenberg. Guest musicians on the album include Mario Pontigo, Moritz "Mo" Stübing (ALL WILL KNOW) and Florian "Blutaxt" Tamm (BLACK UNICORN). The cover artwork ...

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DE PROFUNDIS: 'Twisted Landscapes' Video Released

"Twisted Landscapes", the new video from U.K. progressive black/death metallers DE PROFUNDIS, can be seen below. The clip was filmed in London and Peterborough, U.K. under the watchful eye of director Phil Berridge of Creative Junkie Media (ABORTED, CEREBRAL BORE). "Twisted Landscapes" comes off DE PROFUNDIS's third album, "The Emptiness Within", which was released in ...

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ABSU: 'Hall Of The Masters' Video Released

Mythological occult metal discoverers ABSU have released their new video, for the anthem "Hall Of The Masters", courtesy of this year's Adult Swim Singles Program. Once again, the band has showcased their signature style of occult black/thrash mythology to dark, new, calculating territories. The audio was recorded earlier this year at Nomad Recording Studios in ...

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ABSU: Video Footage Of 'Slaughter By The Water' Performance

Video footage of ABSU's performance at the third annual Slaughter By The Water festival, which took place on August 25 on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier in Alameda, California, can be seen below (courtesy of Capital Chaos TV). ABSU's latest album, "Abzu", came out last October via Candlelight Records. The CD was part two of ...

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EXODUS To Headline 'Slaughter By The Water' Festival

San Francisco Bay Area metallers EXODUS will headline the main stage at the third annual Slaughter By The Water festival, set to take place on August 25 on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier in Alameda, California. The main stage will also include performances by PHILM, SEVERED FIFTH, ABSU, WITCHAVEN, IMPALED, AUTOPSY, FOG OF WAR and ...

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ABSU Releases New Single Via Adult Swim Series

Mythological occult metal discoverers ABSU announce the release of their new single, "Hall Of The Masters" courtesy of this year's Adult Swim Singles Program. Once again, the band has showcased their signature style of occult black/thrash mythology to dark new calculating territories — whirlwinds of razor-sharp guitar work and top-notch drumming. The track was recorded ...

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SLAYER Drummer's PHILM Confirmed For 'Slaughter By The Water' Festival

PHILM — the Los Angeles-based experimental post-hardcore triumvirate featuring drummer Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), guitarist/vocalist Gerry Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Pancho Tomaselli (WAR) — has been confirmed for the Slaughter By The Water festival, set to take place on August 25 aboard the decommissioned USS Hornet flight carrier docked in Alameda, California. The festival billing ...

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ABSU Forced To Cancel CHAOS IN TEJAS Performance

Mythological occult metal artisans ABSU regretfully announce the cancelation of their set at this weekend's Chaos In Tejas festivities, where they were confirmed to headline the show at Red 7 this Saturday with support from TERRORISM, LOSS, MORBOSIDAD, ARES KINGDOM and BLACK WITCHERY. Immediately following their bludgeoning performance at the opening night of this year's ...

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DE PROFUNDIS: Entire New Album Available For Streaming

"The Emptiness Within", the third album from U.K. progressive black/death metallers DE PROFUNDIS, can be streamed in its entirety using the audio player below. "The Emptiness Within" was released on May 7 in the U.K. and will be made available on May 11 in the rest of Europe via Kolony Records. The CD was once ...

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AVERSE SEFIRA Calls It Quits

American black metal titans AVERSE SEFIRA have officially called it quits. The band formed in 1996, and went on to make their mark through Europe and the Americas, performing with other notable black metal groups like DARK FUNERAL, GORGOROTH, WATAIN, MARDUK, 1349, ABSU, ANTAEUS, and SECRETS OF THE MOON. They gained a respectable following despite ...

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DE PROFUNDIS: Another New Song Available For Streaming

"Silent Gods", a brand new song from U.K. progressive black/death metallers DE PROFUNDIS, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The track comes off the band's third album, "The Emptiness Within", which will be released on May 7 in the U.K. and May 11 in the rest of Europe via Kolony Records. The CD ...

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RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER To Release 'Ghostmaker' In June

Candlelight Records has set a June 19 North American release date for "Ghostmaker", the third album from the Philadelphia quartet RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER. Produced by the band, the CD reunites the band with noted gore artist Mike Hrubovcak (SINISTER, HATE ETERNAL, CATTLE DECAPITATION). Commented RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER vocalist/bassist Shawn Riley: "'Ghostmaker' represents everything we have worked towards ...

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PANTHEON I Records Two New Tracks

Norwegian extreme metallers PANTHEON I have completed recording two tracks to show both fans and prospective labels the direction they are taking with their music and what to expect from their fourth full-length album. While there are no definitive plans at the moment to make the two songs — titled "Pariah" and "Martyr" — available ...

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DE PROFUNDIS To Film First-Ever Video Next Weekend

U.K. progressive black/death metallers DE PROFUNDIS will film their first-ever promotional video — for the song "Twisted Landscapes" — next weekend in Leicester. The clip will be directed by Jordan Saunders of Dead Parrot Productions. "Twisted Landscapes" comes off DE PROFUNDIS' third album, "The Emptiness Within", which will be released on May 7 in the ...

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