Heavy Metal News – March 04, 2014

ENTOMBED: Limited Blood-Red, Black Marble ‘Wolverine Blues’ Double 10″ LP Reissue Now Available

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Where “Left Hand Path” and “Clandestine” helped define a genre and launch a “sound,” “Wolverine Blues” was the foundation that ENTOMBED laid down for a new style in extreme music altogether. Here we can hear the beginnings of what would be coined as “death & roll.”

Forever influential and chock-full of that sought after guitar tone, “Wolverine Blues” is a must-have for anyone who considers themselves a fan of underground music. This classic album has been re-envisioned, pressed on blood red wax with black marbling and spread across two 10-inch LPs, with side four being an etching of the now iconic Skull & Bones symbol. Inside the double gatefold jacket, there is also an array of bonus material, including: (1) the album lyrics, (2) a classic collage of photos from this era of ENTOMBED, and (3) a collectible 20”x20” double-sided poster.

Limited to 500 copies worldwide, this “Wolverine Blues” double 10-inch LP will disappear fast! Please visit CM Distro to purchase your copy.

“Wolverine Blues” track listing:

Side A:

01. Eyemaster
02. Rotten Soil
03. Wolverine Blues
04. Demon

Side B:

01. Contempt
02. Full Of Hell
03. Blood Song

Side C:

01. Hollowman
02. Heaven’s Die
03. Out Of Hand

Side D:

Etching of “Skull & Bones” symbol (no audio)

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/entombed-limited-blood-red-black-marble-wolverine-blues-double-10-lp-reissue-now-available/#jLQsRZ6judAzfgdk.99

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HIRAX: Entire ‘Immortal Legacy’ Album Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

California thrashers HIRAX will release their new album, “Immortal Legacy”, on March 4 (February 24 in Europe) via SPV/Steamhammer. It will be made available as a CD, gatefold colored LP and a digital download.

“Immortal Legacy” can now be streamed in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget at this location.

“On our new album we more than ever felt an artistic obligation to our fans to give them a really big-sounding record,” says HIRAX singer Katon W. De Pena.

“Our philosophy has always been to remember where we come from and stay true to our roots.

“Our fans know that we will never let them down and that they have helped to raise us up to a level with bands such as SLAYERSODOMKREATOREXODUSOVERKILLTESTAMENTANNIHILATOR and many others.

“This record proves that we are at the top of our game musically.”

According to Katon W. De Pena, the reason “Immortal Legacy” sounds so powerful is the fact that the members of HIRAX‘s current lineup agree 100 percent on the group’s stylistic direction.

Lance [Harrison, guitar] is a riff-writing master and a major force to reckon with,” says Katon. “Nicknamed the Shred Baron for obvious reasons. He believes in heavy metal 100 percent.” His younger brother Steve (bass) is an important part of the HIRAX sound. “Nobody plays bass like him,” says Katon. “There is a unique sound and bond between Steve and his brother. As a bass player, he is a true musician.”

Last but not least, there’s Jorge Iacobellis (drums and percussions), who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Iacobellis is a seasoned veteran who plays with lots of heart and soul. Katon says: “The best way I can describe his drumming style is loud and powerful.”

The most unusual song on “Immortal Legacy” is “The World Will Burn” which has to be heard to be believed, according to Katon. His favorite track on the record changes daily, “but if I had to decide today, it would be ‘Black Smoke’, along with the title track, ‘Immortal Legacy’. Once you hear them, you will never forget them.”

“Immortal Legacy” was produced by Bill Metoyer (SLAYERARMORED SAINTW.A.S.P.SACRED REICH) who previously worked with HIRAX in the early 1980s on their first two albums. Metoyer is a master of his craft and HIRAX feel honored and lucky to have him working with them. For KatonBill is a “musical wizard and his work on our new album is genius.”

The cover of “Immortal Legacy” was created by legendary artist Philip Lawvere (KREATORCELTIC FROST), marking his first oil painting in 25 years since coming out of retirement. He is the artist behind such classic album covers as KREATOR‘s “Pleasure To Kill” and CELTIC FROST‘s “Emperor’s Return”Lawvere had done stunning illustrations for numerous albums and is best known for a slew of thrash metal offerings released on Noise Records. The HIRAX frontman comments: “We couldn’t be happier to have Philip Lawvere illustrating the cover of our new album. After getting Bill Metoyer to produce it, this is truly the icing on the thrash metal cake!”

With guest guitar players Jim Durkin (DARK ANGEL), Juan Garcia (AGENT STEEL, EVILDEAD) and Rocky George (SUICIDAL TENDENCIESFISHBONE) on the album, Katon is excited about a real metal monster that his band has produced.

“This is our most epic-sounding record to date, sonically powerful and over the top,” he says. “14 new raging thrash metal songs that will make you bang your head!!!”

He adds: “This is probably our most diverse album ever. I think there is something for every heavy metal fan on this record! Obviously I’m very proud of it.”

CD Version:

01. Black Smoke (4:35)
02. Hellion Rising (4:05)
03. Victims Of The Dead (3:07)
04. Thunder Roar, The Conquest, La Boca De La Bestia – The Mouth Of The Beast (4:54)
05. Earthshaker (0:44)
06. Tied To The Gallows Pole (4:05)
07. Deceiver (3:42)
08. Immortal Legacy (4:40)
09. S.O.W. (intro) (0:57)
10. Violence Of Action (3:36)
11. Atlantis (Journey To Atlantis) (1:30)
12. The World Will Burn (2:07)

Online Version:

01. Black Smoke (4:35)
02. Hellion Rising (4:05)
03. Victims Of The Dead (3:07)
04. Thunder Roar, The Conquest, La Boca De La Bestia – The Mouth Of The Beast (4:54)
05. Earthshaker (0:44)
06. Tied To The Gallows Pole (4:05)
07. Deceiver (3:42)
08. Immortal Legacy (4:40)
09. S.O.W. (intro) (0:57)
10. Violence Of Action (3:36)
11. Atlantis (Journey To Atlantis) (1:30)
12. The World Will Burn (2:07)

Bonus track:

13. Mephistopheles (5:16)

LP Version:

Side 1

01. Black Smoke (4:35)
02. Hellion Rising (4:05)
03. Victims Of The Dead (3:07)
04. Thunder Roar, The Conquest, La Boca De La Bestia – The Mouth Of The Beast (4:54)
05. Earthshaker (0:44)
06. Tied To The Gallows Pole (4:05)

Side 2

07. Deceiver (3:42)
08. Immortal Legacy (4:40)
09. S.O.W. (intro) (0:57)
10. Violence Of Action (3:36)
11. Atlantis (Journey To Atlantis) (1:30)
12. The World Will Burn (2:07)

Bonus track:

13. Mass Hysteria (3:45)

HIRAX is:

Katon W. DePena – Vocals
Lance Harrison – Guitar
Steve Harrison – Bass
Jorge Iacobellis – Drums

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/hirax-entire-immortal-legacy-album-available-for-streaming/#yMRiRTsqeLXvb1Iv.99

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CORMORANT Reveals Cover Art And Tracklisting For ‘Earth Diver’

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

The Bay Area alchemists behind the progressive black/death/trad metal of CORMORANT have completed work on “Earth Diver”, the follow-up to 2011’s critically acclaimed “Dwellings”, and are finally ready to share a few more details about the LP. The new full-length is slated for an April 2014 release, and features mind-boggling cover art from accomplished artist Sam Ford of Wizard Rifle (whose creations can be seen gracing works by BLACK COBRAWITCH MOUNTAINOCCULTATIONATRIARCH).

The CORMORANT members collectively state, “We’re excited to reveal Sam Ford‘s awesome artwork for ‘Earth Diver’… It has been several months in the making and worth every second!

“The cover draws upon many of the lyrical themes featured on the album, and it’s part of a four-panel presentation that includes further custom artwork from Sam.”

“Earth Diver” track listing:

01. Eris
02. Daughter of Void
03. Sold as a Crow
04. Waking Sleep
05. The Pythia
06. Broken Circle
07. Mark the Trail
08. A Sovereign Act

The band’s third LP will continue to explore the black metal and doom influences found on “Dwellings” and will also mark the first appearance of new bassist/vocalist Marcus Luscombe (VENGINCE, ex-CLOAKWHEEL). Recording, mixing and mastering were once again be handled by Justin Weis (AGALLOCHSLOUGH FEGHAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE) and the band will once more release the record on their own terms.

“Dwellings” was cited by National Public Radio as “far and away the best metal record of 2011.” The record crashed album-of-the-year lists from the likes of Yahoo! MusicAbout.comNo Clean SingingThe Needle Drop, and Invisible Oranges, with MetalReview.com describing it thusly: “Evocative, literate, soaring, thoughtful, passionate, full of both weight and light, and still one hell of a lot of fun, ‘Dwellings’ is an absolute triumph for independent music, and for heavy metal as a whole.”

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/cormorant-reveals-cover-art-and-tracklisting-for-earth-diver/#Yx3MuSWOTPy135j2.99

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