Hellpath (Brazil) About to release their first EP

All of a sudden I got a message from William Da Cruz ,the bassplayer today with some info and a video from their upcoming EP and I have to admit that the track became an instant classic more or less.
I listen to a lot of music these days,but this one immediatly caught my interest after 20 seconds of listening and this is a band I'm eager to hear more from! 

It will come with a guarantee that says"if your head don't bang to this you'll get your money back"
If this doesen't bang your head then what do?


Hellpath is a southern Brazilian Heavy Metal band with guttural vocals. Since 2006 composing its own songs. The band is formed by Tadeu de Oliveira and Richard Felix on the guitars, Thiago Müller on the vocals, William da Cruz on the bass and Rodolfo Pacheco on the drums. Hellpath is currently in studio, recording its first EP which will have 4 songs out of the 11 made by the band throughout the years. According to the band, "the songs are fast, agressive, melodic and with good riffs". The lyrics travel between social issues, politics and religion, and sometimes playing with

Pitch Black Mentality (Nor) - New album soon!

Pitch Black Mentality
The Pitch Black Reality
Casket Records
Pitch Black Mentality started as a project in 2008/09 between Jarle H Olsen and Frank Natås in Norway, Bergen. Starting off as a Metallica-tribute band and performing on/off again for nearly a decade, they decided to forge their own sound by combining elements of melodic metal and thrash, utilizing the fierce technique and amazing guitar-shredding from Jarle - Combined with the heavy and raw riffstyle from Frank.

9 songs took shape in the year of 2009 and were fleshed out with the help of friends and collegues by the names of Rodrigues Garcia and Cristian Carrsco Lara - Both from Chile - whom helped form the quartet as studio/session musicians on bass and drums.

After lyrics was written by Natås,the vocal duties fell on bassplayer/guitarist/vocalist Tore Christer Storlid (known for his duties in acts such as Brutallica, Artificial Comfort, Mahirim and Audrey Horne). For the first time the songs came alive and the band began to take on a life of its own. Finally, Jarle H Olsen gave the songs depth and magic with his epic lead guitars. Thus, the album "The Pitch Black Reality" was born - Mixed by the legendary Tommy Hansen at Jailohuse Studios (Helloween, TNT, JORN, D.A.D) in Denmark . With the addition of Bjarte K Helland (Brutallica, Mahirim, Artificial Comfort), the lineup was yet again complete.

With their debut offering, "The Pitch Black Reality", soon to be released on Casket Records, the band are looking to launch into the European and UK markets in early-mid 2014.
A review of this album will follow,watch out!

Rotten Liver (France) - Purification By Debauchery Review

Rotten Liver (France) - Purification By Debauchery
Mortis Humanae Productions

I got this promo a few weeks ago from Laurent which has released some pretty good albums the last years.
This album is somewhat different from the the other releases I've heard form MHP so far.

Rotten Liver deliver a very good dose of black metal with rock n' roll influences or perhaps in the opposite order if you like.
This 4 track EP is overall a very good release and has gone on repeat for a while,still not tired of it.
The thing with this band is probably that they manage to pull out some excellent but yet simple riffs that just hits my brain,right where it's supposed to.

Even though this is black metal or whatever you like to call it, I find it very easy listening, entertaining & enjoyable.
And as said this has a solid dose of traditional rock n' roll influences and they blend in with the darker side excellent.

The reason is simply because these guys surely know how to make quality music and at times I have to ask myself if it's on the edge to psychedelic twists at times.
You have to listen to know what I mean 'cause this band throws in some excellent guitars solos, and also the drummer does a good job in lifting this record further.
The tunes on this album is mostly mid-tempo or should I say laid back with some faster parts now and then with a dark and trancelike atmosphere at times.

At the moment I have no favorite tracks as I enjoy playing the whole release over and over again and honestly, I find each track to very good... Did you really think I would put it on repeat if not?
One thing is for sure! This beats the hell out of 90% of todays so-called Black Metal in my opinion.
Rotten Liver is one of the best releases ,if not the best that has been released by Mortis Humane Productions so far and of what I've heard.

I sincerely hope we'll se a full-lenght from this band in the future ,as I'm very eager to hear more from this band and follow up on their progression.
I don't know the release date for this one or if it's already out,contact the label or band for details.

This one is highly recommended by Scullfukker ,and I strongly advice you to check out if you want something out of the ordinary and quality!

Tracklist :   Infamous Nil
                   Become The Arcanthropos
                   Black' N Rot
                   Purification By Debauchery

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Rotten Liver was born in France under Brittany’s rain. It started as a duo around winter 2010, willing to create a dark and tortured black metal with a rock’n’roll feeling. After some line up difficulties, the coven finally found two devoted souls to start composing and recording its first EP entitled “Purification by Debauchery”, dealing with gnosis, sin and chaos. The beast is now ready to spread its vision of Black metal to the masses.

Shining 8 ½ - Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd Dark Essence Records Release: 23 September 2013

I found this somewhat hard to review since I've heard all the tracks before,even though they are newly recorded versions and with different vocalists,read below for more info on that.

While listening to the first track I have to admit that the cold industrial sphere and the mean,ugly vocals is quite suitable and surely sets the mood quickly.

The first tracks give a pretty good impression on me.
That being said ,I was somewhat disappointed by a couple of the performances/tracks here ,not that they are weak or anything, it's rather a matter of personal taste.

What makes this release interesting is of course the fact that instead of just re recording the songs he has also decided to hire in different vocalists for the tracks ,which is not a bad idea.

The production is more cold.industrial and raw than on the previosu releases,
so even if one has heard the tracks before, the new production makes new life to them.

The keyboards have to be mentioned here as they have a huge impact on the final result and are a very good addition to the musical journey we are going through here.

It's for sure that Shining has the ability to take the listener on a long dark, yet beautiful journey through your inner nightmares.
And I would say they have succeed with this one ,as it's refreshing and nice to experience this.

Niklas Kvarforth and his band Shining has never done things the usual way, and presents a rather special album with “8 ½ - Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd”. Dark Essence Records is proud to release an album with different Shining songs that hark back to an earlier era for the band.  Rather than simply re-issue the original tracks, Shining has decided not only to re-record the songs, but re-record them using a number of different vocalists.

The tracks on “8 ½ - Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd” dates back to the “Livets Ändhållplats” and “Angst” era in their original pre-production versions, with newly recorded bass and guitars on top and the malevolent brilliance of Lars Fredrik Fröslie’s keyboard magic. Six vocalists whom we all find both inspiring and “otherworldly” have blessed the album with their madness, some of them even in their native languages.

The vocalists are Famine, Attila Csihar, Pehr Larsson, Gaahl, Maniac and Kvarforth himself.

“8 ½ - Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd” looks back, but at the same time, it also brings new life and new elements to these classic songs.

           Photos by Fabiola Santini

Band website:

Hideous Rot EP from Philadelphia's MASADA Out Now on Deathgasm Records

Hideous Rot from Philadelphia's MASADA is a 5-track MCD of unpolished underground death metal brought to you by current/former members of IMMOLATION, RELLIK GOREAPHOBIA, and CRUCIFIER. And it's out now on Deathgasm Records! Also featuring a bizarre contribution from Clive Jones of legendary 70's occult rock band BLACK WIDOW (on "Fluteotherapy"), Hideous Rot is real-deal USDM!    

MASADA is now streaming two tracks off of Hideous Rot. Check out the EP opener "Hideous Cerebral Pulp" at this location.  

Stream "Suffer Mental Decay" and order the EP at


Hideous Cerebral Pulp
Exist to Rot
Suffer Mental Decay
Toxic Unreality

Get in touch at for coverage opportunities. 
Masada was conceived in 2008 by guitarist Chris Milewski with the intention of not only creating aggressive music, but also something that involved a sort of uniqueness and thought. Chris was soon joined by renowned drummer Craig Smilowski (ex-Immolation, ex-Goreaphobia, Rellik,) bassist Matt Dwyer (Rellik,) and vocalist Cazz "The Black Lourde of Crucifixion" Grant (Crucifier.) In May 2011, the "Suffer Mental Decay" EP was released to great reviews and a great response in the underground Death Metal scene. In 2012/2013 Craig Smilowski and Matt Dwyer were eventually relieved of their duties in Masada so that they could focus on family and their main musical endeavor - Rellik. After a futile search for replacements, Cazz, being a drummer, naturally stepped up to sit behind the kit and Chris took on bass duties. In February of 2013, as a two-piece, Masada recorded the "Hideous Rot" tracks which were released (along with the "Suffer Mental Decay" EP and a special track by Clive Jones of Black Widow (UK)) on mCD by Deathgasm Records, mLP by Blood Harvest Records, and tape by Serpent Eve Records! New material is already in the works.

Temple Of Void - Releases their debut/full-lengt in 2014

TEMPLE OF VOID sign with Rain Without End and Saw Her Ghost for debut full length in 2014
Death / Doom Metal band TEMPLE OF VOID recently signed on with Rain Without End Records (Canada / Germany) and Saw Her Ghost Records (Detroit, USA) to release their debut full-length in 2014. TEMPLE OF VOID's debut full-length will be released on both CD (Rain Without End - early 2014) and Vinyl LP (Saw Her Ghost - 2014). TEMPLE OF VOID are currently writing music for their debut full-length.
TEMPLE OF VOID self-released their demo "DEMO MMXIII" in May 2013, since then the demo has been rereleased by Till You Fukkin Bleed on Cassette which can be purchased here:
 And will be released as a digipac with a previously unreleased track on Archaic Sound (Poland) later this year.
"DEMO MMXIII" is also available through the band in physical & digital formats and can be purchased on their bandcamp page:
To keep up to date with TEMPLE OF VOID make sure to "like" their facebook page here:
The track "Examinate Gaze" from "DEMO MMXIII" can be heard here:
Exanimate Gaze - Temple of Void (version II)
Exanimate Gaze - Temple of Void (version II)
1. Beyond the Ultimate 6:07
2. Exanimate Gaze 5:32
3. Bargain In Death
Alex Awn - Les Paul
Eric Blanchard - Les Paul
Mike Erdody - Microphone
Jason Pearce - Yamaha
Brent Satterly - Rickenbacker
Temple of Void is an uncompromising new band from the depths of Detroit and from all corners of the universe. ToV plays doom metal. ToV plays death metal. ToV harkens back to the somber sound of early British doom, while channeling the energy and devastation of old school American death metal. But ToV is far more than the sum of its parts. Temple of Void controls worlds. And then crushes them.
Temple of Void self-released their demo in May 2013. Four weeks later and they had signed to four different record labels. First was a cassette version of the demo with a label from the Ukraine, then a digipac CD version with a label from Poland, and then finally securing a deal with a label from Canada and one from the US to release a full-length in 2014 on CD and LP respectively.
Temple of Void is currently writing music for their debut full-length. They're also looking to spread their melancholic metal of death from coast to coast. If you're interested in booking ToV, use the contact below. They want to slay your city! If you want to review the demo or interview the men behind the metal, get in touch! Fuck


In conjunction with At War With False Noise (UK), Jerkoff Records (USA) and Blackseed Records (USA), Unholy Anarchy Records is set to release a brand new split 7-inch featuring Belgian grind gods AGATHOCLES and HOGRA.

AGATHOCLES have been around for over 25 years and in that time have appeared on well over 100 split 7-inch releases, as well as numerous comps, EPs, demos and full-length albums. This release sees the legendary trio take an unexpected departure from their traditional and patented mincecore style of grind and unleash two tracks that were written to compliment the power electronics of Pittsburgh's HOGRA, who have built a solid catalog of splits, tapes and EPs over the past year.

The split is scheduled for an early September release. For ordering information, visit

A1. AGATHOCLES - "I Don't Wanna See You (No More)"
A2. AGATHOCLES - "From Grey... To Black"
B1. HOGRA - "Vomica"
B2. HOGRA - "Bezoar"
Straight from the underground comes the newly launched Unholy Anarchy Records and Distro. Launched in the summer of 2013, Baltimore-based Unholy Anarchy is guided by the philosophy to release quality underground extreme music without boundaries - the only criteria being quality music from great bands.

Run by true metal fans for true metal fans, Unholy Anarchy focuses primarily on vinyl releases, but is open to a variety of mediums from acts that share a similar vision. The label's first release will be a seven-inch split with Belgium's AGATHOCLES and Pittsburgh, PA's HOGRA. Due out in early August, the split will be a co-release with Blackseed Records, Jerk Off Records and At War With False Noise.

On the distro side of things, Unholy Anarchy has hundreds of titles on picture disc, 12", 10", 7", CD and cassette formats in stock. Throughout July, the label is offering 15% off all 12" vinyl purchases and always offers free shipping on any order over $50.

Unholy Anarchy is an independently owned and operated family business that focuses on maintaining the importance of physical music formats, especially vinyl.  The label was founded with the hopes of delivering quality underground metal, punk and hardcore from artists and labels we respect.  They are dedicated to helping the scene, the bands, and delivering music to you.  Unholy Anarchy has made every effort to stock rare imports and hard to find albums for our U.S. customer base, and hope you find Unholy Anarchy a collective that you can stand behind.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- August 13th, 2013
CHICAGO, IL (DLSP) - I wanted to take a moment and introduce you to a new industrial hard rock/metal band called Beauty In The Suffering which features producer DieTrich Thrall (Marazene). The band encompasses the best of the industrial metal genre from Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson to Mindless Self Indulgence. Special guests include members of American Head Charge, Dope, Genitorturers, Rikets, and others TBA. The band is pleased to announce three of those guests right now - Aaron Montgomery [TRAPT], Chris Telkes [THE RAZORBLADE DOLLS] and Provo Provenzano [SKINLAB].

Drummer AARON 'MONTY' MONTGOMERY of platinum rockers TRAPT will contribute drums on "THE PLEA", a track expected to appear on the bands debut full length album. Said Monty, "Had a blast working on this project and in particular 'The Plea.' Awesome track with kick ass industrial rock drive that has the melodies to match. Watch out for these guys!" 

Current THE RAZORBLADE DOLLS guitarist CHRIS TELKES has contributed guitar on the bands announced debut single "THE CRAZIES". Chris is perhaps best known for co-founding the industrial rock band NOCTURNE with LACEY CONNER (VH1's ROCK OF LOVE). BEAUTY IN THE SUFFERING are expected to announce a release date for the digital single in the coming weeks.
SKINLAB guitarist PROVO PROVENZANO (RIKETS, EVERYBODY PANIC!) will add guitars to "REVEILLE". "REVEILLE" is the the expected second digital single from the band expected in the Fall. Provo has also been the engineering force behind the project with tracking taking place at PIRATED SOUNDS STUDIO and BELL LAB RECORDINGS both located in the Oklahoma City, OK metro area. "BEAUTY IN THE SUFFERING is one of the most exciting projects I've worked on lately," Provo commented. "DieTrich is insanely precise in the studio and has a great vision for where his songs need to be and the DIY ability and attitude to get it done right."


(above) DieTrich Thrall of BEAUTY IN THE SUFFERING

"Real talented and cool bunch of guys who I am beyond thrilled to have on board the very first Beauty In The Suffering songs - the tracks they sent us have been top shelf embellishment," Dietrich offered. "Provo has been been my weapon of choice in helping me realize these tracks at the level I always heard them in my head so a very big kudos to him for that as well." 
BEAUTY IN THE SUFFERING previously announced ANGEL BARTOLOTTA (DOPE, TEAM CYBERGEIST) as having supplied live drums to "THE CRAZIES" in February of this year while drummer CHRIS EMERY of AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE was reported to have completed work on seven additional BEAUTY IN THE SUFFERING songs in a marathon 15 hour session last December.

Dietrich is best known for his co-founding and co-visionary role in the industrial-metal band MARAZENE (later called MARAZENE MACHINE). From managing the band during its most active and successful national touring years (2006-2008), to co-producing the band's critically hailed cover of MÖTLEY CRÜE's "Live Wire" in 2011 as well as the band's lone official full-length album ("MachiNation", 2006), to writing fan-favorite tracks such as "Give", to guiding the band's philosophical and edgy lyrical approach ("AnTiThesis", "Infidel Society"), to producing multiple videos for the band, Dietrich's contributions and influence are heavily noted.

More information at 
@ Twitter:  #BITSuffering 

GOREGAST: Covered in Skin 7-inch EP Coming 9/27 on FDA Rekotz

German grindcore artists GOREGAST are set to release Covered in Skin, a 7-inch vinyl EP featuring two newly recorded songs, on September 27th via FDA Rekotz.

The band's first recorded output since 2011's Desechos Humanos, the tunes featured on Covered in Skin will serve as a taste of things to come when GOREGAST releases their fourth full-length album in the spring of 2014. Expect some of the most
rancid, dark, intense and catchy classic death metal set to tape with Covered in Skin. The EP was mixed and mastered by Andreas Hilbert (Golem) with cover artwork by Dedy (Badic Art).

Covered in Skin will be limited to 500 copies. Two editions will be offered, a clear green edition with an embroidered GOREGAST patch and sticker (100 copies) and a funeral black edition (400 copies, shipped with sticker). T-shirt/vinyl bundles are also available. Pre-orders for Covered in Skin are now being taken at this location.

Check out the teaser video HERE.

Side A: Covered In Skin 
Side B: Mindcreeper

Unholy Anarchy Records Taking Pre-orders for ASHENCULT/MEPHORASH Split

On September 15th, Unholy Anarchy Records will unleash Opus Serpens, a split release featuring two of underground black metal's most impressive new acts; ASHENCULT and MEPHORASH.

From the darkest corners of the occult comes Opus Serpens. This 10-inch split is pressed on a limited silver vinyl and traditional black vinyl. Each copy comes with a custom patch and poster of the cover art, which was crafted by Italian mastermind Paolo Girardi. Pre-orders for Opus Serpens are now being taken at this location

Philadelphia's ASHENCULT self-released their debut album, Black Flame Gnosis, last year on both CD and digital formats, receiving praise from a variety of press outlets.  For the Opus Serpens split, ASHENCULT offers "My Tenth Death," the band's first new material since the debut. The track provides a glimpse of what's to come from this exceptional and up-and-coming USBM act. Unholy Anarchy Records will also be releasing Black Flame Gnosis as a gatefold 12-inch LP in October. Stay tuned for pre-order information and details on this exceptional slab of vinyl.

Swedish misanthropes MEPHORASH deliver a haunting dose of occult Black Metal on their side, with the track "Atramentous Ungod Aspect." Guest vocals for the song were provided by the unholiest of them all; Acherontas V. Priest. Sink your teeth into this expertly crafted slice of occult Black Metal. is hosting a stream of "Atramentous Ungod Aspect." To listen, go HERE.

Side Ashencult - My Tenth Death
Side Mephorash - Atramentous Ungod Aspect

Digital promos for Opus Serpens are available for review and airplay consideration. Members of ASHENCULT and MEPHORASH are open for interviews as well. For inquiries and requests, contact
Unholy Anarchy Records & Distro is an independently owned and operated family business that focuses on maintaining the importance of physical music formats, especially vinyl.  The label was founded with the hopes of delivering quality underground metal, punk and hardcore from artists and labels we respect.  They are dedicated to helping the scene, the bands, and delivering music to you.  Unholy Anarchy has made every effort to stock rare imports and hard to find albums for our U.S. customer base, and hope you find Unholy Anarchy a collective that you can stand behind.

MERCILESS TERROR To Release Vile Extinction October 7th on Devil's Clause Records


UK-based thrashers MERCILESS TERROR will release their full-length debut, Vile Extinction, on October 7th via Devil's Clause Records.
The album comes on the heels of last year's self-released EP, Eternal Decay, and sees the band overcome a series of obstacles in the form of lineup changes. Since recording Vile Extinction, shredder Luke Tasker joined as the band's new guitarist and front man Dale Linsdell commented, "'It has been tough this past year, with new line up changes/touring and recording the album itself, we are glad to finally unleash it upon the world. This will be 11 tracks of pure terror."

Vile Extinction is lyrically themed on the damnation of humanity. The imminent fate that will consume us all and lead the remnants of civilization to fight for survival. This, of course, is mankind's own doing through unnecessary wars over religion, over-harvesting, over-spawning like a cancerous infection upon the Earth and depleting the world's life force. This is humanity's Vile Extinction...
Vile Extinction was recorded at Stuck on a Name Studios by co-producer Ian Boult and was mixed and mastered by Ajeet Gill at Hellfire Studios. The album artwork was handled by legendary artist Jon Zig and the bands logo was revamped by local artist Gary Ronaldson of Bite Radius Designs.
 Official release date in October 7th.

"When Merciless Terror are not pummeling you with savage drumming then they are berating you with speed freak like riffs and a vocal style that will make lesser music fans cower in fear!" - Destructive Music
On Sunday, August 11th, MERCILESS TERROR will be performing on the New Blood stage at this year's Bloodstock Festival. The band has also announced several more live dates, including a September tour of Russia. Dates are as follows:

August 11th - BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL (New Blood Stage)
August 29th - Exeter, UK @ THE CAVERN
August 30th - Brighton, UK @ THE GREEN DOOR STORE
August 31st - Bristol, UK @ The Hatchet Inn
September 7th - Moscow, RU @ Under The Ground
September 8th - Samara, RU @ Zvevda
September 9th - Ufa, RU @ Dance Bar
September 10th - Chelyabinsk, RU @ Club Ozz
September 11th - Perm, RU @ 13 Komnata
September 12th - Kotlas, RU @ Club Pila
September 13th - Arkhangelsk, RU @ Black Wings of Death Fest 
September 14th - Vologda, RU @ Iris Club 
September 15th - St. Petersburg, RU @ Stoker 
Death/Thrash Aggressors Hail from Nottingham, UK. Formed in April 2009, the band takes influence from the likes of: Slayer, Malevolent Creation, Early Sepultura & Bolt Thrower. Creating a powerful blend of Crushing Death Metal with a delivery of relentless Thrash Metal battery!

In 2011 the critically acclaimed debut E.P Perpetual Devastation was released onto the world mastered by James Murphy. Since its release the Quartet have undergone several line-up changes, to finally form a solid and ferocious unit. Merciless Terror are an unstoppable force that have already laid waste to audiences Internationally from UK/IRE & Europe to the likes of Scandinavia, and even Japan. Along their trail of Terror they have also tore it up with the likes of Bolt Thrower, Benediction, Maleovlent Creation, Bonded By Blood, Desecration, Cerbral Bore and many more! The band have recently recorded their new full-length album Vile Extinction which will be released on October 7th worldwide via Devils Clause Records!  The Reign of Terror has just begun...


PURIFY THE HORROR: Untitled Debut EP from UK Grindcore Enigma Now Available As Free Download

Birmingham grindcore trio PURIFY THE HORROR have unleashed a plague of savagery and chaos in the form of their untitled debut EP. To ensure the infection spreads as far as possible, the band is giving the release away as a free digital download.

Their identities hidden, but their agenda blatantly obvious, PURIFY THE HORROR have captured the true essence of grindcore with this offering of unbridled chaos. Download the violence now at

"Hailing from the home of grind, the United Kingdom, Purify The Horror have created an exclusive brand of grindcore that would make the bearers before them and fellow countrymen proud." - 

PURIFY THE HORROR consists of three individuals prominent within the underground music scene who have decided to remain anonymous and adopt the image of filthy pigs in an effort to effectively incite the grind revolution. The band's untitled debut EP is a 17-minute long celebration of sensory depravity propounded by a vile concoction of filthy riffage, blast-beats and a dual vocal attack which will leave you asking yourself, "What the fuck were they thinking?"
Sergeant Squeal: Vocals 
Fat-belly Pig: Additional vocals
Bear-Pig: Guitars & Bass
Lord-Pig: Drums & Lyrics   

Martin Walkyier Goes SKYCLAD For The Last Time

Starting on September 4th, pioneering Pagan Metal vocalist Martin Walkyier will embark on a trio of shows, dubbed 'Martin Walkyier's Viking Funeral,' that will see the front-man performing classic SKYCLAD material for the final time.

Fan-filmed footage of Walkyier performing the SKYCLAD classic "Spinning Jenny" with folk metal's ELVENKING, who will join the singer for the Viking Funeral dates, has been posted HERE.

Tickets for the Martin Walkyier's Viking Funeral dates, presented by Xanden Concerts and Terrorizer Magazine, are available at the venue box offices or can be purchased online at the following locations:
September 4th (London) & 5th (Birmingham) - - (Direct Link)
September 6th (Dublin) - - (Direct Link)

Intended as a swansong that will allow the legendary Pagan Metal vocalist to close the book on SKYCLAD and focus his attention on THE CLAN DESTINED, Martin Walkyier's Viking Funeral will consist of three shows in London, Birmingham and Dublin. Italian Melodic Folk Metallers ELVENKING will back the singer up on stage as well as make their live UK debut on the tour. Direct support will come from DEVILMENT, the new project featuring CRADLE OF FILTH vocalist Dani Filth. The band is currently hard at work on their debut album.

Portugal's premier melodic death metal band, WE ARE KILLING OURSELVES (WAKO) join the bill as they start to develop their fanbase in Europe. The opening slot will be filled by Devil's Clause Records newest signing HELGRIND. The London based thrash metal band who are the main support to WAKO UK Headlining Tour will open with their new album in the process of being mastered. Celtic warriors WAYLANDER and blackened folk metallers CELTACHOR have been added to the September 6th date in Dublin.

Martin Walkyier's Viking Funeral featuring Martin Walkyier goes Skyclad, Devilment,Elvenking, We Are Killing Ourselves & Helgrind dates:

September 4th - O2 Academy Islington, London
September 5th - O2 Academy2, Birmingham
September 6th - The Pint, Dublin* (w/ Waylander and Celtachor)

*No WAKO or Helgrind


MONSTERWORKS Release Video For 'Late Heavy Bombardment'

UK Supermetallers MONSTERWORKS have released the visual accompaniment to the track 'Late Heavy Bombardment' off their upcoming new album, Earth.

The video, along with the song's lyrics, is posted at this location.

4.5 billion years in the making... Earth will be available, via Eat Lead and Die Music, from the MONSTERWORKS webstore on August 20th with digital distribution through the usual outlets on August 30th. The album will be available as a special edition numbered digipak CD signed by the band, with lyric booklet and two bonus tracks.

Vocalist/Guitarist Jon had this to say about the concepts surrounding the album,

"I am intrigued by evolution, not just of biological organisms but also how the physical world changes over time, so it was not that much of a stretch to consider doing an album themed around the life-cycle of Earth; beginning with its origin 'From Dust and Gravity' where a clumping together of rock and minerals left over from a supernova explosion formed a globe orbiting an infant star. Each track progresses chronologically, from an early period called the 'Late Heavy Bombardment' which is thought to have delivered water and seeded chemical elements that developed into life and what was to be our 'Last Universal Ancestor.' Then we move onto a time where cyanobacteria started to photosynthesize and a process of 'Oxygenation' paved the way for more complex animals to evolve, 'Powered by Fate' as it were. Explosions of life, even when resulting in huge animals like dinosaurs, were often 'Bookended by Extinction' events that wiped the slate almost entirely clean until our chance came in the present 'Aeon of Man.'  

Earth honors the seemingly miraculous yet naturally occurring planet on which we live. The title track is the only song that gets a little preachy about our responsibility as custodians of the environment; the rest is just a tale of the sequence of events that got us this far. So take from it philosophically what you will, MONSTERWORKS primarily aims to produce metal which blurs the boundaries between preposterousness and the familiar while hopefully initiating a little independent thought along the way."

From Dust and Gravity
Late Heavy Bombardment
Last Universal Ancestor
Powered by Fate
Bookended By Extinction
Aeon of Man

If you want an idea about what Monsterworks sounds like, past reviews put it best:

"There are some big shapes within these tracks. Very big shapes. Each track has a completely different sound, starting with huge chunky riffs to chew on and then turning to sludge-like doom number, closing with a tranquil, melodic tune."  
- Culture Bomb Magazine

"At times bizarre, at times incomprehensible, and at all times utterly interesting. The experience gives you so much in such a short amount of time that it's absolutely worth the ride, even if you only manage to take in half of everything available."

 "Monsterworks have no boundaries and flip the bird at the rule book."

 "With powerful lyrics that doubt one's belief, the band's music is far more than harmony and technique, for it might make a person think and confront himself with things he may consider undoubtedly true."
- Metal Shock Finland

"Monsterworks is an amazing grungey, progressive, sometimes thrashy sometimes insane kind of band with amazing musicianship and incredible songwriting abilities."   
 - Tragedy Axe

DARK DESIGN: North Carolina Thrashers Unleashing Debut Via Heaven and Hell Records

Prey for the Futurethe debut album from Raleigh, NC technical power thrashers DARK DESIGN will be released this September through Heaven and Hell Records. 

Since early 2010, DARK DESIGN, comprised of members Ray Lewis (guitar), Mike Joyner (guitar), Andrew Bertrand (vocals), and rhythm section Matt (bass) and Robbie Mercer (drums), have built a strong fan base in their local metal scene. Their technical prowess and progressive song structuring have often been compared to that of Death, Toxik, and Anacrusis. As buzz of the band began to grow they were requested to play the 2012 Warriors of Metal Festival in Ohio. Meanwhile, the band remained focused on material for their debut album. Prey for the Future was recorded earlier this year by John E Wooten (Widow U.S) and mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios. 

Digital promos are now in circulation and the band is available for interviews. for inquiries. 
Heaven and Hell Records is pleased to offer their newest digital sampler, Over the Top, as a free download. The comp features 21 tracks from DARK DESIGN, WITCHES MARK, TWISTED TOWER DIRE and more. Download Over the Top free of charge

Fear Theories (NO) Release debut EP and begin work on new material!


Norwegian Heavy Metal band FEAR THEORIES have began the process of writing new material expected to be recorded later this year with RAMI award winner in Studio Sound Engineering, Jeffro Lacksheide, handling the mixing responsibilities.

  On May 3rd FEAR THEORIES self-released their debut EP "So It Begins" consisting of five tracks of Heavy Metal with a traditional sound, catchy riffs, rough vocals, fast guitar solos and a modern twist. The EP can be purchased directly from the band by contacting them via email:
Andreas Tjøsvoll - Guitarist,
Ole Sønstabø - Lead Guitarist:
Håkon Sakseide - Bassist:
Brage Nygaard - Drummer:

    Early this year FEAR THEORIES won the Karmøygeddon Kick Off band contest and performed at the Karmøygeddon Metal Festival in May, sharing the bill with greats like Sabaton, Overkill, Eluveitie and Paradise Lost among others. In late August FEAR THEORIES will begin a small tour in Norway which includes supporting the Norwegian band ZENO MORF at their release party on September 6th.
To keep up to date with FEAR THEORIES make sure to "like" their facebook page here:
"Heroes of the Past" The closing track from "So It Begins" can be heard here:
FEAR THEORIES (Norway) "Heroes of the Past" (Promo Video)

1. So It Begins
2. The Treasure of the Haunted Pirate
3. Blank
4. Overlords
5. Heroes of the Past

Andreas Tjøsvoll: Guitar, Vocals
Ole Sønstabø: Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Håkon Sakseide: Bass, Backing Vocals
Brage Nygaard: Drums

Fear Theories was formed in the fall of 2010. Since then the band has created a traditional sound with a modern twist. The band plays hard and loud with catchy riffs, rough vocals and fast guitar solos. Past the 2.5 years since the beginning, the band has been noticed in the metal community on the westcoast of norway and has performed at the Karmøygeddon Metal Festival, sharing the bill with greats like Sabaton, Overkill, Eluveitie, Paradise Lost etc.
The band's debut EP; So It Begins was released on May 3rd 2013.