Heavy Metal News – February 19, 2014

NOCTURNAL BREED: New Song ‘Cursed Beyond Recognition’ Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Epic Norwegian thrash metallers NOCTURNAL BREED will release a new album entitled “Napalm Nights” on March 11 in Europe and March 18 in North America via Agonia Records.

“Cursed Beyond Recognition”, another song to be revealed from the release, is available for streaming at this location.

Featuring a guest appearance by DARKTHRONE‘s Nocturno Culto on vocals and former member A.E. Rattlehead on guitar, “Napalm Nights” includes 10 brand-new tracks recorded at Killer Studio in Norway during 2012 and 2013.

Recently reunited with original guitarist I. MaztorNOCTURNAL BREED — which includes present and past members of SATYRICONAETERNUS and GEHENNA — is coming back with its fifth full-length release after seven years of silence. The newest album is a punch of epic old-school thrash metal with a blackened rock ‘n’ roll undercurrent.

“Napalm Nights” track listing:

01. The Devil Swept The Ruins
02. Speedkrieg
03. Cursed Beyond Recognition
04. The Bitch Of Buchenwald
05. Napalm Nights
06. Thrashiac
07. Dawn Campaign… Flamethrower Ridge
08. Under The Whip
09. Dragging The Priests
10. Krigshisser

“Napalm Nights” recording lineup:

S. A. Destroyer – bass, vocals
I. Maztor – guitar
Tex Terror – drums, vocals
V. Fineideath – guitar
Nocturno Culto – guest vocals

E.A. Rattlehead – guest guitar

“Napalm Nights” will be available in digipack CD, limited double black vinyl in gatefold sleeves (with insert with lyrics and A2 poster), limited double military green vinyl (with insert with lyrics, A2 poster and laser-cut full color patch) and digitally.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/nocturnal-breed-new-song-cursed-beyond-recognition-available-for-streaming/#sQqvdBJgRDpjVDoD.99


GAMMA RAY: New ‘Empire Of The Undead’ Trailer Available

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

German power metallers GAMMA RAY will release their eleventh studio album, “Empire Of The Undead”, on CD, CD/DVD digipack, LP and digitally via earMusic on March 28.

The “Empire Of The Undead” title track was already been made available on the single/EP “Master Of Confusion”, an appetizer the band released in 2013, just before touring the world with HELLOWEEN.

GAMMA RAY recorded the new album in various sessions in 2013, with Eike Freese at the mixing desk alongside bass player and co-writer Dirk Schlaechter.

It was just after landing in South America that the unbelievable news reached GAMMA RAY mainman Kai Hansen and his bandmates: Hammer Studio, their home, rehearsal place, studio and meeting point for many metal bands in Germany, including their instruments, amps and tapes, had been destroyed by a terrifying fire.

GAMMA RAY will embark on the “Empire Of The Undead” tour in March, with special guests RHAPSODY OF FIRE.

The complete track listing for each “Empire Of The Undead” format can be found at GammaRay.org.

The CD and DVD contained in the CD/DVD digipack will feature the following:


01. Avalon
02. Hellbent
03. Pale Rider
04. Born To Fly
05. Master Of Confusion
06. Empire Of The Undead
07. Time For Deliverance
08. Demonseed
09. Seven
10. I Will Return
11. Built A World (European bonus track)
12. Avalon (live from the final studio sessions)
13. The Spirit (live from the final studio sessions 1)
14. Empire Of The Undead (live from the final studio sessions 1)


Four live songs from the final studio sessions

01. The Spirit (live from the final studio sessions 2)
02. Empire Of The Undead (live from the final studio sessions 2)
03. Demonseed (live from the final studio sessions 2)
04. Empathy (live from the final studio sessions)

* Tour Of Hamburg with GAMMA RAY
* Generic Interview with Kai Hansen and GAMMA RAY
“To The Metal” promo video

Three Videos from “Skeletons & Majesties Live” DVD

01. Gamma Ray
02. Wings Of Destiny
03. Send Me A Sign (acoustic)

A new “Empire Of The Undead” trailer can be seen at this location.

“Master Of Confusion” was released on March 15, 2013 via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group.

The release is not free from tasty rarities: a brand new studio cover versions of British glam rock band SWEET (“Lost Angels” — “the reason I have joined a band many years ago,” stated GAMMA RAY frontman Kai Hansen) and a hidden treasure of NWOBHM (“Death Or Glory” by HOLOCAUST).

“Master Of Confusion” is rounded off with six live versions (“The Spirit”“Wings Of Destiny”“Farewell”“Gamma Ray”“Time To Break Free” and “Insurrection”, recorded in Bochum) that were already included on the Blu-ray “Skeletons & Majesties Live” but were not featured on the CD release (which included the show recorded in Pratteln).

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/gamma-ray-new-empire-of-the-undead-trailer-available/#Wqx4gwKxyRkmOcbv.99


MAYHEM To Release ‘Psywar’ Single In April; Full-Length Album To Follow In May

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM will release their as-yet-untitled new album at the end of May via Season Of Mist. A single, “Psywar”, will precede the full-length effort on April 25.

The “Psywar” lyric video was created by revered artist Costin Chioreanu (SPIRITUAL BEGGARSORANSSI PAZUZUVULTURE INDUSTRIES) and can be seen at this location.

“Psywar” is available for pre-order from Season Of Mist.

MAYHEM‘s follow-up to 2007’s “Ordo Ad Chao” was mixed at Mølla Studio in Gjerstad, Norway.

MAYHEM was honored in the “Metal” category at the 36th annual Spellemann awards (the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy Awards) for “Ordo Ad Chao”.

“Ordo Ad Chao” entered the Norwegian album chart at position No. 12, the band’s highest position ever.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/mayhem-to-release-psywar-single-in-april-full-length-album-to-follow-in-may/#YrOLhPRMuMhrDOvt.99


ENTHRONED To Release ‘Sovereigns’ In April

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Belgium’s leading black metal force ENTHRONED returns with a new studio album entitled “Sovereigns”. The follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed “Obsidium” is scheduled for a April 15 release via Agonia Records.

“Sovereigns” drifts from sonic blast beats to oppressive slower parts, melds together aggressive shredding with forceful riffs, and blends satanic whispers with Nornagest‘s trademark vocals. On the whole, band’s 10th album feels coherent and offers first-rate black metal. The album introduces a new drummer, Menthor, in the place of Garghuf and a new rhythm guitarist ZarZax.

“Sovereigns” was recorded and mixed in ENTHRONED‘s own studio, Blackout Multimedia. The album will be available in: digipack CD, black vinyl, bone-white vinyl with green splatter limited to 100 hand-numbered copies and exclusive box CD limited to 333 hand-numbered copies (including the new album released in exclusive jewel-case edition, embroidered patch (8 cm x 10 cm), flag (42 cm x 59.4 cm) and a lighter with band’s logo).

“Sovereigns” track listing:

01. Anteloquium
02. Sine Qua Non
03. Of Feathers and Flames
04. Lamp of Invisible Lights
05. Of Shrines and Sovereigns
06. The Edge of Agony
07. Divine Coagulation
08. Baal al-Maut
09. Nerxiarxin Mahathallah


Nornagest – lead vocals & lead guitars
Phorgath – bass
Neraath – lead guitars
Menthor – drums
ZarZax – rhythm guitar

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/enthroned-to-release-sovereigns-in-april/#G25rlVsgW27fb89H.99


IRON SAVIOR: ‘Rise Of The Hero’ Trailer Available

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Germany’s IRON SAVIOR will release its new album, “Rise Of The Hero”, on February 28 via AFM Records. The Japanese edition of the CD will arrive on February 19 through Avalon.

“Rise Of The Hero” track listing:

01. Ascendence (Intro)
02. Last Hero
03. Revenge Of The Bride
04. From Far Beyond Time
05. Burning Heart
06. Thunder From The Mountains
07. Iron Warrior
08. Dragon King
09. Firestorm
10. The Demon
11. Fistraiser
12. Dance With Somebody (MANDO DIAO cover)
13. I’ve Been To Hell 2014 (limited-edition bonus track)

A trailer for “Rise Of The Hero” is available at this location.

IRON SAVIOR will play a special release show for “Rise Of The Hero” on February 27 at Hard Rock Café St. Pauli in Hamburg, Germany.

IRON SAVIOR likes to surprise its fans from time to time. Who would have expected a cover version of MANDO DIAO‘s “Dance With Somebody” from the Hamburg-based band? Well, whatever works is allowed. So frontman Piet Sielck admits that “Dance With Somebody” was originally recorded to become a bonus track for the limited edition of the new CD, “but we simply liked it too much and finally decided to make it a regular album track.”

IRON SAVIOR‘s latest album, “The Landing”, was released on November 18, 2011 via AFM Records.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/iron-savior-rise-of-the-hero-trailer-available/#CWkTe82dx1y8Ku3Z.99


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