Asphyx unleashed their latest studio album, Incoming Death, back in September via Century Media Records, and just in case you forgot how amazing it was, the Dutch doom death metallers have released the second video from the record. Continue reading
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US sludge outfit Black Tusk and English post-rock act maybeshewill have been added to Damnation Festival.
They’ll be joined at Leeds University Union on Saturday 7 November by a selection of some of the UK’s best rising death, doom and black talent; namely The King Is Blind, Witchsorrow and Voices.
And making their debut UK performance will be Belgian black metal trio Wiegedood.
The six new additions join a packed and diverse roster already boasting At The Gates, High On Fire, Mono, Asphyx, Solstafir and a posthumous return to live action from the much missed Altar of Plagues.
With eight bands still to be announced and capacity reduced by 1,000 tickets in response to fans’ concerns about overcrowding last year, it promises to be an 11th instalment of Damnation Festival to remember.
Netherlands Deathfest, a new indoor metal festival set to debut next February has added 12 more bands to its already impressive bill. In a post to Facebook, the fest announced that Asphyx, Blasphemy (in an exclusive appearance for Europe), Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, Lord Belial, Thanatos, and Wolfbrigade are amongst the newly added bands to a bill that already includes Autopsy (exclusive), Pig Destroyer and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Cripple Bastards, Doom, Dropdead, Gruesome, Razor, Wormed and more. Formed to replace the Neurotic Deathfest, which ceased existence early this year after 12 years, the show is being booked by the brains behind Maryland Deathfest, who are branching out and also booking events such as Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival later this year. 3 Day passes go on sale on August 15th at 10 AM CET here.
12 more bands confirmed for Netherlands Deathfest 2016!
Blasphemy – Exclusive European appearance!
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult
Agoraphobic Nosebleed *
Autopsy – Exclusive European appearance
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult
Excruciating Terror *
Flesh Parade (Original line-up) *
Morpheus Descends *
Visceral Disgorge *
* = first time in Europe
This is not the full billing. More bands will be announced SOON!
3-day passes go on sale Saturday, August 15th at 10 am (CET)
Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/netherlands-deathfest-2016-tickets-17988974507
Dutch death/doom metallers Asphyx have re-released their first two full length albums – 1991’s The Rack and 1992’s Last One On Earth on vinyl, out March 16, 2015 via Century Media Records.
ASPHYX vocalist Martin van Drunen has checked in with the following comment about these re-releases:
“Over the years Century Media has put out a lot of superb vinyl re-releases. Especially for that LP freak of today for whom it’s difficult, if not impossible, to find the originals. Even I couldn’t obtain everything as a young metalhead back in the days and therefore I am happy that labels do decide to re-release some sonic classics. And so is the case with these first two Asphyx albums. After the mauling “Death…The Brutal Way” and crushing “Deathhammer”, old and new Asphyx fans are now given the opportunity to add “The Rack” and “Last One On Earth” to their vinyl collection. Two outstanding re-releases by dedicated metalheads for loyal metalheads. Kept as close to the originals as possible, not only when it comes to the artwork of ancient master Axel Hermann, but also sound-wise these take you back to the early days of true Death Metal…and of Century Media as well! The band is proud of these milestones, as lots of the tracks are still and always will be played live with the intensity and volume Asphyx is so well-known for. So get your hands on these albums, and give ’em a deafening spin on your record player! Vinyl…The Brutal Way!”
Both vinyl editions orientate on the original pressings and feature the original covers. In contrast to previous CD or vinyl reissues, these 2015 editions do not contain remastered versions of The Rack and Last One On Earth. Both albums are based upon the original early 90’s recordings and were specially mastered for vinyl by Patrick W. Engel / Temple Of Disharmony (Massacra, Dissection, Grave) in December 2014, allowing you to enjoy these classics in their authentic, original rawness. Death…the fuckin’ brutal way!
The band has upcoming live dates coming up.
Feb 21: Blastfest – Bergen (Norway)
Feb 28: Rock In Szcecin – Szcecin (Poland)
Mar 14: Euskal Assault Festival – Durango (Spain)
Apr 04: The Dome / Doom Over London V – London (UK)
Apr 17: Traffic Club – Rome (Italy)
Apr 18: Circolo Colony – Brescia (Italy)
Apr 25: Boveda – Barcelona (Spain)
May 16: Steelfest – Hyvinkää (Finland)
Jun 06: Out & Loud Festival – Geiselwind (Germany)
Jul 18: Bang Your Head Festival – Balingen (Germany)
Aug 06: Brutal Assault Open Air – Jaromer (Czech Republic)
Aug 07: Party.San Open Air – Schlotheim (Germany)
Sep 12: Death Feast – Andernach (Germany)
Martin van Drunen – Vocals
Paul Baayens – Guitars
Alwin Zuur – Bass
Stefan Hüskens – Drums
Metalcore is one of the more divisive tags in the world of heavy music; labelling bands like The Devil WearsPrada or August Burns Red with this term causes huge controversy within the metal and hardcore communities. But there are still a few bands out there who want to show the true meaning of this word. Californian ensemble Xibalba are a great example how mixing metal and hardcore can produce devastating results.
Xibalba’s previous two albums, Madre Mia Gracia Por Los Dias and Hasta La Muerte (both Southern Lord) had shown great potential, with the band picking up right inspirations from both doom and death metal worlds and adding a great deal of heaviness to hardcore grooves. However their monolithic density was a tad over-used and at times became slightly monotonous.
Although the mix is not as condensed as on the previous LP’s, make no mistake Tierra y Libertad (Southern Lord) takes no prisoners – it’s a crushing conglomerate of death, sludge metal and hardcore and a massive step forward for Xibalba. Those super-heavy riffs have been retained but with a more creative use of dynamics.
Xibalba continues to create their own style, richly drawing on the ferocity and brutality found in the works of Morbid Angel, Asphyx and on the early Machine Head albums. Mid-paced tempos are as crushing as on any Incantation or Crowbar album. Tierra y Libertad concludes with almost 13-minutes ‘El Vacio’, a sludge/doom-metal orgy with a touch of Neurosis – a perfect ending for this behemoth of an album.
Recorded with Taylor Young of Nails and Twitching Tongues, the man also responsible for the sound on their last album, the production is rich and thick – proof positive, that you don’t change a winning formula. Tierra y Libertad is an album that will redefine the perception of modern Metalcore: a ferocious dose of venom and bile which will shatter barriers between doom, sludge and hardcore which will gain favour with fans of both scenes.
In the dark days of December, the end of the year is approaching for us all. When families are getting siked up for Christmas and new years eve. Us Metalheads were looking forward to a weekend full of awesomely brutally bands. Metal and Eindhoven go together as the nice juicy cherry on a chocolate cake.Continue reading
Blastfest will be held 18-21st February 2015 in Bergen, Norway and in case you missed this lineup announcement, here it is again:
At The Gates
Blood Red Throne
Dead To This World
Purple Hill Witch
The 3rd Attempt
+ more yet to be announced.
Steelfest Open Air is now set for May 15-16, 2015 in Hyuinkaa, Finland.
CONFIRMED BANDS 2015:
DARK FUNERAL (SWE) – EXCLUSIVE The Secrets Of the Black Arts gig
NOKTURNAL MORTUM (UKR)
ANAAL NATHRAKH (UK)
SATANIC WARMASTER (FIN)
COSMIC CHURCH (FIN)
MOR DAGOR (GER)
DIM AURA (ISR)
Out and Loud Festival has confirmed their lineup, which is happening June 4-6, 2015 in Geiselwind, Germany.
Confirmed acts include:
Subway To Sally
The Vision Bleak
Secrets of the Moon
The Vintage Caravan
Napalm Records Stage:
My Sleeping Karma
Visions of Atlantis