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SACRED STEEL Posts New Song Off The Bloodshed Summoning
German heavy metal brigade SACRED STEEL has posted another track off their forthcoming album, The Bloodshed Summoning.

This newest song to be offered off of the album is titled "When the Siren Calls" and can be heard at

The Bloodshed Summoning comes out on February 16th via Cruz Del Sur Music. The record will be offered as a compact disc with three bonus tracks (including one Misfits cover), as well as on limited edition vinyl and digital formats.
For a complete history on SACRED STEEL visit 


"Sacred Steel always had more melodic elements than a lot of their peers, and with The Bloodshed Summoning, they continue their melodic ways, but make no mistake about it, Sacred Steel is all about the riffs."  - Wicked Channel

"SS have created a solid and effective album that won't disappoint those of you out there that feed from many stylistic troughs." - Worm Gear Zine

"In a nutshell, SACRED STEEL became fiercer and unrelenting with a cracking production on this charming orchestrated horror show. Fusing elements of Thrash Metal into their old pattern made this release a cause of interest and there are examples to prove that, yet even so, the Thrash elements remained under the same level." -

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Kai Schindelar /Bass 

Jens Sonnenberg / Guitars 

Mathias Straub / Drums 
Jonas Khalil / Guitars 
Gerrit P. Mutz  / Vocals
Dunkelheit Produktionen to Release Pathogen's
 Miscreants of Bloodlusting Aberrations March 1st

Germany's Dunkelheit Produktionen has set March 1st as the date on which Miscreants of Bloodlusting Aberrations from Philippine Warriors of Death PATHOGEN will infect humanity. Armed with an album that sounds pretty much just as the title reads, the veteran act continues its plague-spreading reign of terror with complete disregard for the listener's well-being. Miscreants of Bloodlusting Aberrations is old school, uncompromising, and just plain unhealthy Death Metal. Listen if you dare.

1. Atrocity Exhibit
2. Monolith
3. Heretical Wisdom
4. Abyss of Perpetual Upheaval
5. Ideological Strife
6. Leviathan
7. Afterlife (Sacrifice Cover)
8. Uranium Messiah

Please get in touch at for press inquiries and promos. 

For biographical information on PATHOGEN, visit this location.


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YAYLA's Nihaihayat Out Now; Full Album Stream At

Nihaihayat, the fourth full-length release from Turkish black metal entity YAYLA is now available through Montreal-based Merdumgiriz Records.

To commemorate the release of this cerebral and atmospheric masterpiece, is streaming the album in its entirety. Check it out at this location.

Visit to order.

Multi-instrumentalist/ composer/filmmaker Emir Toğrul, the mastermind behind YAYLA. recently completed a short film entitled "Integumental Grasp Through The Sigil Of Hate; Immortalizing The Nine Disguises Of Evil In Senility," featuring album track "Integumental Grasp." Experience this dark and brooding piece of minimalist cinema at this location.
In what will surely be considered a high water mark for Turkish Black Metal, Nihaihayat is a five-track, 51-minute mood-swinging journey book-ended by the chilling beauty of ambient pieces "Integumental Grasp" and "In Senility." In between are three epic cuts of soul searing harshness, hypnotic madness marches, and bleak atmospherics. Nihaihayat was recorded, mixed and mastered by Cristobal Urbina and Emir Toğrul September-December 2012.

Adding yet another personal element to Toğrul's grand vision, each Nihaihayat CD is handmade; Emir sprays the discs, cuts and inserts the prints for the jewel case and jacket, and pretty much makes the whole thing from scratch. Unsurprisingly, the YAYLA shirts are hand-painted by Toğrul. Direct from the hand of the creator himself, there is no limit to the number of Nihaihayati CDs, at least as long as the man is alive. Toğrul is also co-owner of Merdumgiriz

"Certainly a nice record to accompany cold, lonely nights." - Heavy Metal Tribune

"The combination of assaulting black metal and soothing atmospheric elements provides the listener with a style of black metal that many may not hear at a first glance. Yayla creates an album that kicks off the year the right way. So if you're looking for an album that differentiates the styles of black metal, you'll love this right away."
- Ultima Music Blog

Take the plunge and contact about your coverage plans. E-mail interviews are strongly encouraged.

For more on YAYLA, including complete discography and merch, visit the links below:

Merdumgiriz Records and YAYLA have now cast their shadow over the sprawling cyber-tropolis of Facebook. Check both pages at the links below:

Merdumgiriz Records



Comatose Music To Release LOGIC OF DENIAL's Atonement On 2/12/13
Italian death metal band Logic of Denial proudly joins forces with Comatose Music for the February 12th release of Atonement.

After performing at the renowned Neurotic Deathfest (NL) and recording the two track promo Incipit of Abhorrence in 2011, Logic Of Denial finally unleash their second full length album titled Atonement. Mastered at the mighty Hertz Studios and thematically focused on the fields of expiation and catharsis, this album features eleven tracks of blasting death metal brutality, where the process of atonement could represent the ravenous, sick, odd and contradictory side of human and in-human existence.

Pre-orders for Atonement and a stream of opening track "Reek of Perpetual Infamy" can be found at

1. Reek of Perpetual Infamy
2. Weeping Upon Repugnance
3. Behold the Throne of Torture
4. Vile Blessing Prelude
5. The Ravenous Patterns (of Oblivion)
6. Sepsis
7. Catharsis Through Ungodly Annihilation
8. Apocrypha
9. Oracles of Iniquity
10. Ecthra
11. Despondency

Digital promos are available for review, interview and airplay consideration. Contact for inquiries.

Logic of Denial were born in Reggio Emilia at the end of 2006 from the ashes of Collapse (2003-2006) and played, during the years, a lot of gigs in many parts of northern Italy, sharing the stage with many bands like Septycal Gorge, Sickening, Mass Infection, Hatred, Decrepidemic, Blasphemer, Vomit The Soul, Stormlord, Decaying Purity, Murder Therapy, Hateful, Holocausto Canibal, Infernal Poetry, Putridity, Gory Blister, Modus Delicti, and many others.

In 2009 the band recorded the first full-lenght album Necrogenesis, with Carlo Izzo & Moonlight Studios (Parma). In 2010 Logic Of Denial signs a deal with the Italian extreme label The Spew Records, releasing their debut album at Tattoo Deathfest 2010 and promoting it during the whole year.

In 2011 the band shared the stage with some of the greatest death metal acts of all time at at the renowned Neurotic Deathfest (NL) and recorded the two track promo Incipit of Abhorrence. After signing with Comatose Music in 2012, Logic of Denial is ready to unleash the fury of Atonement upon the masses.

Mattia Gatti - Vocals
Alessandro D'Antone - Guitars
Daniele Costa - Drums
Marcello Tavernari - Bass


Ripple Music To Release MOTHERSHIP Debut On February 12th

On February 12th, Ripple Music will give worldwide release to the self-titled debut album from Dallas-born heavy rock trio Mothership.

70's-tinged U.S. hard rock with a sound that satisfies like a steaming hot stew of UFO and Iron Maiden, blended with the southern swagger of Molly Hatchet and ZZ Top, Mothership's goal from the beginning has been to carry on the tradition of the classic rock style; updated and amped up for the modern day. Originally self-released in 2012, Mothership and Ripple Music have joined forces to re-release this stunning debut record on CD (includes lyrics) and LP (packages to include an 11" x 17" poster and download cards). 

On Saturday, January 19th at 8:00 a.m. PST, Ripple Music will begin selling limited edition copies of Mothership on purple splattered vinyl with signed poster. This will be limited to 100 copies so set your alarm clocks and visit the link below to order.

This link will not be live until 8:00 a.m. PST on Saturday, January 19th.  

Select tracks from Mothership are streaming at this location

The band will be playing two Dallas-area CD release shows next month and is currently putting together a West Coast tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:

February 8th @ Curtain Club - Dallas, TX
February 9th @ Lola's Saloon - Ft. Worth, TX
March 8th @ Club Red/ Red Owl - Tempe, AZ
March 29th @ Johnny B's - Medford, OR 

"Such a killer find, man. Can't wait to see them live!"  
- Dom Lawson (Metal Hammer / Classic Rock)

"Been listening to Mothership all day now and if feels like UFO and Orange Goblin got drunk with St. Vitus, smoked some weed with Blue Cheer and spewed out the tuffest blues-drenched, no frills love child I've heard all month. Some ridiculously badass guitars. And heavy above all else!" -- Sword of Doom

"Try to resist a band that plays blues-laden metal with heavy guitar riffs that is also hoping for intergalactic travel. Mothership is a three piece from Dallas that alternates between an almost AC/DC-like sound on a track like 'City Nights' and a broader, heavier and more epic sound on tracks like 'Cosmic Rain,' 'Angel of Death' and the opener, 'Hallucination.'   
-- Vue  

Mothership Bio

Rock n' Roll history is rife with brothers working together to create their artistic vision. But rarely do we hear about a full-fledged family unit embarking down the treacherous path of a musical career. In the case of Texas based Mothership, the Brother Juett (Kyle on bass, younger brother Kelley on guitar) enlisted the aid of their father, John Juett, to help get the 'ship off the ground. Raised on a healthy dose of their father's 70's-era record collection, the brothers began crafting songs fueled on the raucous and raw good time vibe when music seemed to know no bounds. Lifting off the pad for the first time in 2010, the band began to gain momentum and notoriety with their unabashed live shows. Knowing that the service of the family patriarch was temporary, Father Juett actively helped his boys find his replacement, and in late 2011, enter the mighty Judge Smith to hammer away on the skins. In early 2012, Mothership entered Crystal Clear Studios with Wo Fat mastermind Kent Stump manning the boards and by mid-year, the band self-released their debut album. It was the combination of the 70's-era heavy rock fuzz and fury mixed with the blistering guitar solos of the NWOBHM-era that drew the bands attention to California-based Heavy Rock label, Ripple Music. In the waning months of 2012, after a successful year of traveling regionally throughout Texas and opening for national acts such as Prong, Red Fang, Gypsyhawk, Earthen Grave, and Lo-Pan, Mothership officially dubbed Ripple Music as its Home Port and began plotting a course for their first U.S. Tour in early 2013.

Kells Juett- Guitars/Vox
 Kyle Juett- Bass/Vox
Judge Smith- Drums

VEX to release Memorious on February 5th via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions

Progressive Death Metal masters VEX will release their long anticipated sophomore album entitled Memorious on CD format February 5th via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. Below is the official description:

Building upon the strengths of 2010's critically-acclaimed debut Thanatopsis, Vex return to Horror Pain Gore Death Productions with another landmark extreme metal work in the form of Memorious. Those who appreciate the power and the dynamic range of Thanatopsis will delight in the death metal explorations undertaken in Memorious, this time delivered with more streamlined songwriting, more aggression and more of a pronounced folk and progressive influence. The lyrical content details the immensely destructive power of human memory, but topics such as cryptozoology, spiritual longing, drunken nostalgia and political sovereignty are also explored. Fans of Absu, Primordial, Agalloch, Stargazer, Edge of Sanity, Enslaved, Ved Buens Ende, Eucharist, Amorphis, The Chasm, Dissection, Amon Amarth and Aeternus are sure to appreciate Vex's fresh and invigorating approach to death metal. An essential album of 2013!

Album track "Terra Soar" is now streaming at this location.

You can order your copy for only $10 including shipping at

"Utterly unique and bloated with atypical melodies/harmonies, the 2nd full-length from the Texas born Vex is an eye opener of an album which instantly grabbed me with it's superior songwriting and a style so skillfully enveloped by the olden years of melodic death metal."
 - Marty Rytkonen (Worm Gear Zine)

 "Definitely check out this bleak and beautiful masterpiece of a record as soon as possible." 10/10 - The Grim Tower
"Vex have given us a post-Christmas cracker!" - Rock N Reels Reviews

"A very in-depth release. It is indeed a fine listen that you should check out."
- Wicked Channel

Coverage opportunities abound. Get in touch at with your thoughts on this album and interview requests.

Vex is a Central Texas-based extreme metal band that has been gigging around the state since about 2001. Their 2003 EP Sphereith earned considerable praise from 'zines such as Terrorizer and helped the band earned opening slots for international touring slots for Deicide, Hate Eternal, Immolation, Origin, Krisiun, Katatonia, Goatwhore, Moonspell, Exhumed, among others.
In 2005, Vex entered Noise Farm Studios to record a promotional release of songs that would eventually end up on the full-length album Thanatopsis.To promote this release and the EP, the band embarked on a West Coast tour with Godless Rising (Moribund Records) and Avenger of Blood (JCM Records) in the summer of 2006. The next few years were spent sorting out lineup issues and working on Thanatopsis, which would see a release in September 2010 through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. Earlier in the year, Vex released a split 7-inch release with reunited Texas Death Metal group Divine Eve through the same label. Obliteration Records released a CD version of the split in Japan and Asia, featuring 3 tracks from each group.

The two years following the release of Thanatopsis would see further lineup changes, with Joe Jackson from local black metal Sakrefix replacing vocalist Orlando Perez. Apart from a few local gigs, the primary focus during this period was on writing, arranging and recording new material. The culmination of these efforts was the second full-length album
Memorious, set for official release through HPGD Productions in January 2013. A limited edition pressing of the album was released in August 2012 to coincide with the band's first full tour of the East Coast. More extensive touring and promotion is set for 2013.


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