Bay Area masters of atmospheric technical death metal FALLUJAH have revealed the next single, “Embrace Oblivion,” featuring Katie Thompson, from the band’s eagerly awaited 5th studio album, “Empyrean,” that’s out September 9th via Nuclear Blast.
Commenting on the single, vocalist Kyle Schaefer says: “‘Embrace Oblivion’ is about accepting change on a personal level, and trusting in your ability to adapt and grow from events that may seem destructive in the short-term. Sometimes we need to break down our own established structures in order to build something better in their place.”
One of Denmark’s finest metal exports, CABAL, have announced their new album “Magno Interitus”that will be released on October 21st via Nuclear Blast. The band have also released a fitting video for their new single “Exsanguination”
CABAL states: “The album ‘Magno Interitus’ – which translates to ‘The Great Decay,’ was written during the pandemic when we felt like everything was falling apart right in front of us, both in grand scheme of things but also on a much more personal level. So most of the songs serve as an outlet for all of the emotions we’ve felt during this time, which is also why this might not be the most uplifting album ever produced. The album was recorded, produced and mixed and mastered by our very own Chris Kreutzfeldt.”
Sepultura unveils a new version of their 18-year-old sensational track ‘Apes Of God’ that they recorded together with Death Angel guitarist and Grammy-nominee Rob Cavestany as part of their weekly SepulQuarta video podcast last year. ‘Apes Of God’ is the second single to be released from their upcoming compilation album ‘SepulQuarta‘, so get ready for some stomping rhythms and crushing riffs! Check it out and download it for airplay now:
While the pandemic paralysed the entire world and prevented bands from touring, Latin America’s biggest metal export Sepultura refused to sit back and act like animals trapped in a cage. Therefore in early 2020, the legendary Brazilians from Belo Horizonte seized the moment to start their own weekly SepulQuartavideo podcast, in which they invited other famous musicians from all over the world to not only discuss important topics, but also perform a track from Sepultua‘s massive catalogue together with the band. The resulting full-length compilation will now be released on August 13th, with the album containing 15 classics featuring internationally renowned guests and friends such as Devin Townsend, Matt Heafy, Danko Jones and many more.
Watch the video for ‘Apes Of God’ below.
Pre-orders for ‘SepulQuarta’ are available via the following link.
After incubating for the larger part of 2020 – at a time when creative mastermind Al Jourgensen was able to ruminate on the new world we as a society have found ourselves in – the time has finally come for Ministry to unleash their much-anticipated 15th studio album.
In conjunction with today’s album announcement, the latest track ‘Good Trouble’, inspired by the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests and the activist work of the late US Congressman John Lewis, is also released.
Aptly titled Moral Hygiene, the new album will be released via Nuclear Blast Records on October 1. With some of Ministry’s strongest and most inspired material to date, the 10 tracks are a follow-up to 2018’s lauded AmeriKKKant and put forth Jourgensen’s societal manifesto and plea for civilization to get back to a set of standards that lives up to and embraces our humanity.
“The good thing about literally taking a year off from any social activity or touring is that you really get to sit back and get an overview of things as they are happening, as opposed to being caught up in the moment. And what I saw with how we handled several public crises – from the pandemic to racial injustice to who we vote in to lead our country – is that times are changing, and society needed to change to get away from the idea that has permeated us of take care of yourself, fuck everything else. Now more than ever we need moral hygiene,” says Jourgensen of the new album. “It consumed me as I wrote this album. It’s not some pious term. It’s what we have to return to in order to function as the human species on this planet. And I’m proud to have had such great guests on this album to help cement that message like Billy Morrison, Jello Biafra and Arabian Prince.”
The new single ‘Good Trouble’ is accompanied by a new video that includes sampling from last year’s demonstrations in Los Angeles as captured by Jourgensen and his partner Liz Walton. Watch it below:
Jourgensen adds about the new single, “I was watching the coverage last July around Lewis’ death and was in awe the next day when this entire letter from him was published in the New York Times. How suss was that to want to keep making progress after his death by thinking about the legacy he left. I was struck by the reflectiveness of his speech, knowing he was dying and making sure it was released because he saw trouble ahead. That is the moral hygiene of this album – we have to do something to change and I really hope we continue to act and live up to the idea of getting into good trouble for the benefit of society.”
Moral Hygiene also includes the previously released track ‘Alert Level’ that sounded the alarms about our collective dissonance towards the pandemic, climate change and the man formerly in the White House, bolstered by the song’s overarching question posed to listeners: “How concerned are you?”
The new album also adds perspective to the countless lives that were tragically lost to the COVID-19 pandemic on the haunting track ‘Death Toll’ while ‘Disinformation’ decries the too frequent willingness to accept everything – even mistruths – as fact.
Other musical jewels on the upcoming release include a collaboration with Jello Biafra (Jourgensen’s cohort in side project LARD) on ‘Sabotage Is Sex’ and a unique take on The Stooges’ ‘Search And Destroy’ that features guitar virtuoso Billy Morrison (Billy Idol/Royal Machines). Morrison is also heavily featured on a number of songs on the album.
Moral Hygiene was recorded with engineer Michael Rozon (also behind the boards on AmeriKKKant) at Scheisse Dog Studio, Jourgensen’s self-built home studio and creative lab. As with all Ministry albums, all songs are written and performed by Al Jourgensen. Additional contributions come from Billy Morrison (Billy Idol, Royal Machines), Cesar Soto (Man The Mute), John Bechdel (Killing Joke, Fear Factory), Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour, Soulfly, Nausea), Paul D’Amour (Tool, Feersum Ennjin), Arabian Prince (N.W.A.), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) and sitar player Flash.
Check out the track listing for ‘Moral Hygiene’ as well as stream the single ‘Good Trouble’ below.
‘Moral Hygiene’ track listing: 1. Alert Level 2. Good Trouble 3. Sabotage Is Sex 4. Disinformation 5. Search and Destroy 6. Believe Me 7. Broken System 8. We Shall Resist 9. Death Toll 10. TV Song #6 (Right Around The Corner Mix)
Aggression Continuumfeatures guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder Dino Cazares; drummer Mike Heller; and former vocalist, lyricist, and co-founder Burton C. Bell. It was produced and engineered by Damien Rainaud (Dragonforce, Once Human), with keyboards by Igor Khoroshev (ex-YES), and programming on two songs from longtime collaborator Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly). Aggression Continuum was mixed by A-list rock and metal producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Killswitch Engage, Trivium), who also mixed the album’s critically-acclaimed predecessor, Genexus. The artwork for the album was created by Francesco Artusato.
Check out ‘Fuel Injected Suicide Machine’ below.
Check out the track listing for ‘Aggression Continuum’ below.
01. Recode 02. Disruptor 03. Aggression Continuum 04. Purity 05. Fuel Injected Suicide Machine 06. Collapse 07. Manufactured Hope 08. Cognitive Dissonance 09. Monolith 10. End Of Line
FEAR FACTORY records are cinematic in scope; sonic landscapes, echoing the dystopian post-apocalyptic futures found in classic sci-fi literature and films, from Ray Bradbury to Blade Runner. Aggression Continuum, the tenth studio album, is the culmination of three decades of unforgettable songs, performances, and forward-thinking storytelling concepts, while simultaneously rebooting FEAR FACTORY onto a brilliant and excitingly unpredictable new path. Like the liquid metal T-1000 in the Terminatorfranchise or the Academy-Award winning reboot of Mad Max, Aggression Continuum is a turning point where what “was” transforms into what will be. It’s FEAR FACTORY’s own Fury Road.
Light The Torch will release their new album and second full length You Will Be the Death of Me on June 25 via Nuclear Blast.
Today, the band release new single “More Than Dreaming” along with a visualiser.
“I love starting the album with ‘More Than Dreaming,'” says Jones. “It’s got great energy and bounce to it — exactly what you want as an opener. We are looking forward to playing this live. The wait is almost over!”
The visualizer is a 3-dimensional version of the album artwork. Both the visualizer and album cover were created by Francesco Artusato.
“The idea for this artwork started developing in my head right after we were done with the first session of pre-production,”Artusato explains. “I started seeing certain colors and this style in my head. To me, the music on this record in fact sounds like ‘those colors.’ The concept is pretty simple: You can see a torch in the middle and three flames coming out of it. The three flames represent the three of us. The addition of neons and fog was inspired by John Carpenter’s ’80’s movies.”
He continues, “Having all the artwork created in 3-D, I was able to place it in a CG environment, start animating some of the elements, and create some sort of story. I think in this case it works well with the ‘dream-like’ vibe of these visuals. Artwork and visual creativity have been a big part of my growth as an artist for the past few years and I love to be able to combine music and visuals in one project. It made this album even more special to me.”
Check out the visualiser below.
For ‘You Will Be the Death of Me’, the band returned to Sparrow Sound in Glendale, California to once again work with the production team of Josh Gilbert and Joseph McQueen [Bullet for My Valentine, As I Lay Dying, Suicide Silence]. This time around, they also welcomed Whitechapel’s Alex Rudinger on drums.
Check out the Cover Art and the tracklisting below.
1. More Than Dreaming 2. Let Me Fall Apart 3. End of the World 4. Wilting In the Light 5. Death of Me 6. Living With a Ghost 7. Become the Martyr 8. Something Deep Inside 9. Hate Myself 10. Denying the Sin 11. Come Back to the Quicksand 12. Sign Your Name
Upheld by head-spinning seven-string virtuosity yet anchored to skyscraping melodies, Light the Torch crafted 12 metallic anthems, including an unexpected and awesome cover of the ’80s hit “Sign Your Name” by R&B singer Terence Trent D’Arby. The group shot out of the gate as a contender on their full-length debut, Revival. It bowed at #4 on the Billboard US Independent Albums Chart and at #10 on the Hard Rock Albums Chart in addition to receiving acclaim from Revolver, Outburn, and many more. “Calm Before the Storm” racked up a staggering 15.4 million Spotify streams, while “The Safety of Disbelief” remains one of SiriusXM Octane’s all-time most requested songs. They also crisscrossed North America and Europe on tour with the likes of Trivium, Avatar, In Flames, Ice Nine Kills, Killswitch Engage, and August Burns Red to name a few.
‘You Will Be the Death of Me’finds Light the Torch firing on all cylinders and ready to take things to the next level.
Progressive heavy metal band Interloper have returned to present their debut, full-length album Search Party which will be released on June 11th via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band releases a music video for their second single and album title track ‘Search Party’.
Miles Dimitri Baker comments, “I am thrilled to have the title track for our record out! I feel it’s an amazing song to follow up the first single off this record. I think it does a great job of showing some of the diversity song to song that you can expect to hear on this record. ‘Search Party’ is one of my favourites on the record. I feel that the structure, melodies, and progressions in this tune were so beautifully done. I hope you all enjoy the title track off of our record Search Party as much as we do!”
Aaron Stechauner states, “This is my favorite Interloper song, and really my favourite song I’ve ever been involved with. I actually think it’s the best one on the album, alongside its sister song ‘Cheshire’. When I listen to this song it doesn’t even feel like I’m listening to my own band… it feels like I’m listening to a song that one of my favorite bands wrote. One of those legend bands like Opeth or Gojira or Meshuggah. Not from a sound sense, more so from an emotional place. It’s kind of surreal to call it my own. That probably sounds a little dramatic or maybe even a bit pretentious, but it is a genuine feeling. I’m pretty anxious to see what people think about it because I probably care about people loving it as much as I do more than any other song.”
Andrew Virrueta comments, “This song is one of my favourites off of the record. In my opinion, it’s one of the tightest songs compositionally and this song, I think, sets the stage for the rest of the songs following its completion. ‘Search Party’ definitely sets a benchmark for me to meet throughout the rest of the album’s writing process. I hope you all fall in love with this song like we did!”
Watch the animated music video created by Tony Simone of Zen Beast Media below:
The deep cohesiveness of Interlopers’s writing process forSearch Partyallowed for a creative project with no real boundaries or restrictions.The album was produced by the band and Joey Virrueta. Drums were recorded at Big Bad Sound LA by Jack Ruley and Zach Fisher, with the mixing and mastering completed once more by Andrew’s brother Joey Virrueta. The album artwork was created by Caelan Stokkermans.
Search Party track list: 1. Pathkeeper 2. Bound to Fall 3. Moonlight 4. Dreamlands 5. Drift 6. Search Party 7. The Wishing Well 8. Idle Years 9. Thank Cheshire 10. Baring Teeth 11. Rio (Duran Duran Cover)
The Duke of Spook and his devilish ghouls, WEDNESDAY 13, have returned from the crypt to release a new digital EP titled “Necrophaze – Antidote” that’s out today from Nuclear Blast. The EP features rare and unreleased music from recording sessions for his latest full-length, “Necrophaze,” including two new songs “Your Mother Still Sucks Cocks In Hell” and “Screwdriver 2 – The Return” and two previously released covers of INXS’ “Devil Inside” and Gary Numan’s “Films” (featuring Calico Cooper).
Commenting on the EP, Wednesday 13 states: “While recording the last record we had a couple of extra tracks that we didn’t know what to do with. Re-recorded version of 2 songs from my former band Frankenstein Drag Queens and 2 cover songs. The idea of putting out an EP tied in with Necrophaze with these songs seemed like the best way to get them out to the fans. The new recorded version of Screwdriver is as loud & energetic as the original from 1998. ‘Your Mother Still Sucks Cocks In Hell,’ was another classic that needed to be heard again.”
Check out the track ‘Screwdriver 2 – The Return’ below.
Here’s the Tracklisting for the ‘Antidote’ EP: 1. Your Mother Still Sucks Cocks In Hell 2. Screwdriver 2 – The Return 3. Devil Inside 4. Films (Featuring Calico Cooper)
Last Friday, the UK based Post Hardcore outfit DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL added another promising chapter to their very own story as a with their new longplayer “Loss”, the band seized their ultimate act of liberation and celebrates this groundshaking stepstone today with the release of a visualiser for ‘Signal Fire’.
Check out the visualiser for ‘Signal Fire’ below.
The album is available now in various formats. Order your copy here.
Singer Paul Green states on the release of “Loss”: “It’s been 9 years of waiting for this day for our loyal fans and we couldn’t be happier to finally have ‘Loss’ out in the wild, we’re hugely grateful for their patience and support throughout these years. We’re incredibly proud of this record and we hope everyone enjoys what is a truly personal account of our lives over these last 3 years. We have endured the same hard times as many of you out there and for those navigating your own grief and mental health journeys, we hope ‘Loss’ helps you in some way.”
Furthermore, he adds particularly with regard to ‘Signal Fire’: ‘Signal Fire represents another dimension of the sound of ‘Loss’, its atmospherics and delicate passages nod to our past yet it looks forward to the new dynamic that flows through the album.’
Check out “The Narcissist” here:
The tracklist of “Loss” reads as follows: 1. Ardour 2. Witness Marks 3. Burdened 4. Tateishi 5. The Narcissist 6. Beyond Reach 7. Signal Fire 8. Acrinomy 9. But Not Forgotten 10. Loss
LIGHT THE TORCH — Howard Jones [vocals], Francesco Artusato [guitar], and Ryan Wombacher [bass] — will release their new album and second full length “You Will Be the Death of Me” on June 25 via Nuclear Blast.
Today, the band has dropped the first single and an accompanying video for the track, “Wilting in the Light,” which was directed by Ramon Boutviseth in L.A.
“You Will Be the Death of Me has been a journey — even without the pandemic,” says Jones. “This album has been emotional and rewarding in every way, and we couldn’t be more excited to finally release it. Maybe there was a bit of desperation writing and recording these songs.”
He shares, “Going through personal turmoil and watching Francesco deal with injuries, we knew this could change things drastically for us. The album was a welcome distraction, and we dumped every emotion we had into YWBTDOM. To watch Fran heal and become an even more complete artist in front of my eyes has been amazing to watch. Everything we went through individually and together with this album drew Fran, Ryan, and I together. I couldn’t be more proud of this album knowing I made it with my family.”
Artusato opens up about his experiences, saying, “This record is special to me in a different way. From writing the music during one of the toughest times of my life while dealing with a bad injury due to a car accident to being obsessively involved with every aspect of its production, recording, and creating the artwork. It’s hard to describe how I feel, and to finally see this record getting ready to be released.”
He continues about the redemptive power of the album, offering, “We are all very satisfied with how this record showcases the evolution of our band and our evolution as individuals. Without our brotherhood, this music could not have happened. Music is what kept us strong together during our toughest times. There’s nothing like art that expresses pure and deep emotions, and that’s what I feel when I listen to Howard’s performance on this record.”
Wombacher concurs, “I think this album shows the growth the band has experienced after years on the road together, and a friendship that has continued to thrive doing what we love together.”
The guys returned to Sparrow Sound in Glendale, California to once again work with the production team of Josh Gilbert and Joseph McQueen [Bullet for My Valentine, As I Lay Dying, Suicide Silence]. This time around, they also welcomed Whitechapel’s Alex Rudinger on drums. “He’s incredible,” says Artusato. “He was exactly what we needed.”
YOU WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME TRACK LISTING:
Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting and pre-order options below.
“More Than Dreaming” “Let Me Fall Apart” “End of the World” “Wilting In the Light” “Death of Me” “Living With a Ghost” “Become the Martyr” “Something Deep Inside” “I Hate Myself” “Denying the Sin” “Come Back to the Quicksand” “Sign Your Name”
Pre-orders for the record are available via the following link.