Decrepit Birth’s “Polarity” Album To See First Time Ever Vinyl Release

Technical Death Metal band Decrepit Birth will see their stellar 2010 release Polarity (Nuclear Blast/Agonia) reissued as a deluxe digipack and special vinyl editions (Orange and Black) for the first time ever. The album releases on April 26th. Pre-orders are live at the ink below. The album is considered the bands’ finest hour, although their other albums such as 2017’s Axis Mundi was also excellent. The album included a cover of Death’s ‘See Through Dreams’ Polarity as recorded at Legion Recording Studio (except for drums at Shark Bite Studios), mixed at Castle Ultimate Studios and mastered at West West Side Studios. Cover artwork by Dan Seagrave (Entombed, Hypocrisy, Vader). Continue reading

Rivers Of Nihil – Where Owls Know My Name

A relationship between Heavy Metal and birds has existed for decades. Representing everything from freedom to patriotism, the mighty eagle has flown free, as high as the sun, and even cried, not to mention appearing in varying degrees of quality on the covers of every Primal Fear album ever. Crows, ravens, and vultures all stand proudly and fiercely Metal, and even the mention of blackbirds and albatrosses has been known to get moshpits moving. Continue reading

Renowned Metal Album Cover Artist Dan Seagrave Booked For Gallery Show

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Acclaimed for his artwork adorning album covers by bands such as Decrepit Birth, Gorguts, and Warbringer; Dan Seagrave will have his work on display at in a gallery show this weekend. Eridanos Tattoo & Gallery, located in Cambridge, MA will host an event showcasing Seagrave’s work. Continue reading

Choosing Death: the Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore Book Out In April

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Author Albert Mudrian (also editor in chief of Decibel Magazine) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Choosing Death: the Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore with an expanded and revised edition, flaunting 100 additional pages of new content.

This fully redesigned hardcover version is the inaugural release of brand-new imprint Decibel Books, and will be limited to 3,000 hand-numbered copies. It boasts three new chapters (with new material interspersed among the original 10 chapters), over 50 new interviews (for a total of 200) and a new cover painting by legendary death metal artist Dan Seagrave, recalling elements of his classic Entombed and Morbid Angel album covers.

Now out of print, the original Choosing Death has been translated into seven different languages around the world. This exciting history, featuring an introduction by famed DJ John Peel, tells the two-decade-long history of grindcore and death metal through the eyes and ringing ears of the artists, producers and label owners who propelled them. Phil Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera) called it “something special. This is a must-read for anyone who wants a comprehensive ‘who-did-what-when’ book. Thumbs up.”

The revised and expanded Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore is available for pre-order exclusively HERE. Books will ship the week of April 12th.

Disgrace Book April East Coast Dates, Streaming “Uncreation”

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Disgrace. Photo Credit: Miguel Del Angel

Southern California hardcore stalwerts Disgrace have booked an East Coast US tour for mid-April, with dates posted below. Stream “Uncreation,” off of True Enemy, out March 24, 2015 via Closed Casket Activities,
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DISGRACE The True Enemy Tour:
Apr 12: Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY
Apr 13: Bogies – Albany, NY
Apr 14: Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC
Apr 15: SHIBGB’s – Toronto, ON
Apr 16: Ocean Garden – Buffalo, NY
Apr 17: The Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Nails, Incendiary)
Apr 18: The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal & Hardcore Fest)

Disgrace will strike out at backstabbers, cowards and religious zealots with pure fury through one of the most infectious, groove-heavy, death-influenced hardcore records in recent times with True Enemy. Featuring members of Nails, Creatures, Forced Order, and four-fifths of Twitching Tongues, Disgrace devastates with harshness of masters Merauder, Cold As Life and All Out War, yet taking on metallic attributes of early Bolt Thrower, Celtic Frost, Cannibal Corpse and Sepultura, delivering a modern, punishing metallic groove. Disgrace will now grab the scene by its throat with their debut LP, produced and recorded at The Pit in Van Nuys, California by vocalist Taylor Young (also of Nails, Twitching Tongues), and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, Nails, Blacklisted). True Enemy‘s thirty-four minutes of executioner style metallic hardcore have been shrouded in appropriately grim cover art by legendary artist Dan Seagrave.

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Xibalba Streaming Tierra Y Libertad

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Xibalba is streaming Tierra Y Libertad, which is now available via Southern Lord Recordings, here.

Stream the official music video for “Enemigo” here.

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Bearing an impressive arsenal of recordings amassed since 2010, including notable splits, EPs, demos and two prior LPs, each chapter of XIBALBA’s recorded bloodline to date has seen the band expand upon their dense, hateful sound, and their third LP, Tierra Y Libertad, proves to follow this ominous warpath. With some of the band’s most savage death metal-fueled hardcore and decimating breakdowns to date, XIBALBA still continues to impress with new atmospheric tones and harrowing elements with nearly forty-four minutes of unrelenting revolutionary violence. Tierra Y Libertad was recorded by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues, Disgrace) at The Pit in Van Nuys, and has once again commissioned Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Suffocation) for Tierra Y Libertad‘s cover artwork.

The band has booked a string of upcoming shows:

Feb 07: Soda Bar – San Diego, CA (w/ Excel, Rotting Out)
Feb 18: Bogies – Albany, NY (w/ The Banner)
Feb 19: Haverhill – Haverhill, MA (w/ The Banner)
Feb 20: Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY (w/ All Out War, The Banner, Rude Awakening)
Feb 21: Charm City Art Space – Baltimore, MD (w/ All Out War, The Banner, Rude Awakening)
Feb 22: Firehouse 13 – Providence, RI (w/ The Banner, Rude Awakening)

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Xibalba Streaming “Enemigo” Music Video

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Xibalba is streaming their music video for “Enemigo”, off their Tierra Y Libertad album, out on January 27, 2015 via Southern Lord, here.

With nearly forty-four minutes of unrelenting violence and the band’s most savage, death metal-fueled hardcore breakdowns to date, Pomona, California-based XIBALBA’s intimidating Tierra Y Libertad was recorded by Taylor Young at The Pit in Van Nuys (Nails, Twitching Tongues, Disgrace), and bears artwork by Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Suffocation).

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XIBALBA Tierra Y Libertad Record Release Shows:
Jan 30: Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA (w/ All Out War, Skinfather)
Jan 31: Gilman – Berkeley, CA (w/ All Out War, Skinfather)
Feb 07: Soda Bar – San Diego, CA (w/ Excel, Rotting Out)
Feb 18: Bogies – Albany, NY (w/ The Banner)
Feb 19: Haverhill – Haverhill, MA (w/ The Banner)
Feb 20: Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY (w/ All Out War, The Banner, Rude Awakening)
Feb 21: Charm City Art Space – Baltimore, MD (w/ All Out War, The Banner, Rude Awakening)
Feb 22: Firehouse 13 – Providence, RI (w/ The Banner, Rude Awakening)

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Xibalba Releasing New Album in January via Southern Lord

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Pomona, CA extreme metallers XIBALBA will be releasing their third album Tierra Y Livertad on January 26, 2015 in Europe and January 27, 2015 in North America via Southern Lord. The album was recorded by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues, Disgrace) at The Pit in Van Nuys, CA and artwork was done by Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Suffocation).

Tierra Y Libertad Track Listing:
1. Enemigo
2. Guerrilla
3. Invierno
4. Pausa
5. En Paz Descanse
6. Tierra Y Libertad
7. Si Dios Quiere
8. El Vacío

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Decimation Releasing New Album December 9th

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Turkist extreme metallers Decimation have made “Supreme Wisdom of Blasphemy in the Reign of Ungodly Creation” here, and “Devish Domain Vortex in the Gloom of Wicked Ziggura” here and here.

Their forthcoming album Reign of Ungodly Creation is out December 9th via Comatose Music. This album was mastered by Sasha Borovykh at TsunTsun and artwork was included in a 16-page booklet by Dan Seagrave.

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1. Noncelestical Orisons Cataclised in the Passage of Ninib
2. Supreme Wisdom of Blasphemy in the Reign of Ungodly Creation
3. Mystic Transformation in Encrypted Scrolls of a Grievous Sermon
4. Aberrant Ablution by Filthy Excrements of a Grotesque Crassamentum
5. Psalm Carnage in the Ghoulish Chapel of Gehenna
6. Ghoulish Requiem for a Macabre Daemonarch
7. Prophetic Despise Under the Pendulum of a Sacrilegious Throne
8. Devilish Domain Vortex in the Gloom of Wicked Ziggurat
9. Veracity in Relics

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