Upcoming ABORYM Album Details Announced


Details of Dirty, the 6th full-length album from Italo-Norwegian hard-industrial-electro extreme metallers ABORYM have been announced. The 10-track double album (cover below), which will be available in digipak, jewel case and gatefold double LP formats, is set for release on Agonia Records on the May 28 in Europe and the June 11 in the USA/North America.

Dirty was recorded at the Fear No One Studios in Italy with Emiliano Natali, reprising his Sound Engineers role from the band’s Psychogrotesque album, and it is helmed by Marc Urselli of New York’s Eastside Sound Studio who has worked with the likes of Mike Patton and Lou Reed. The electronic part of the album is engineered by D. Loop (Kebabtraume, Limbo). R.G. Narchost (Stormcrow, Demon’s Shade, Drowning Ashes) created “The Spiral shaped chamber” custom sounds library for the band. Artwork for the album is by ABORYM’s Fabban.

The first CD of the album features new material, whilst the second CD features two tracks from previous albums, which have been completely re-arranged and re-recorded, covers of tracks by Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd and Nine Inch Nails, and a previously unreleased track performed by both musicians such as Agonia BV, Tamara Picardo, Samuel Heru Ra Ha MK, Hostis, Ulven, Mike Bizzini, David Cholasta, Tobias Dünnebacke, Jonathan Butcher, Jessy Lavallee, Thomas Hochstetler, Mary J. Rooks, Amanda Neilson and Mark Llewellyn, as well as several fans. The song was written by Alberto Penzin (CO2, ex-Schizo) and was spliced together from all the different sources.

Dirty tracklist:

CD 1
Irreversible Crisis
Across the Universe
Raped By Daddy
I Don’t Know
The Factory of Death
Helter Skelter Youth
Face the Reptile
The Day the Sun Stopped Shining

Fire Walk With Us (new version originally released on “Fire Walk With Us”)
Roma Divina Urbs (new version originally released on “Kali Yuga Bizarre”)
Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden Cover)
Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd Cover)
Hurt (Nine Inch Nails Cover)
Need for limited loss (new track)

Formed in 1992 by frontman Fabban, ABORYM started life as a covers band and went through several transformations, eventually pioneering what the band calls hard-industrial-electro extreme metal. Today’s line up consists of Italians Fabban on vocals, bass and Synths and Paolo Pieri (Hour Of Penance) on guitars, keyboards and programming, together with Norway’s Bard “Faust” Eithun (Blood Tsunami, Mongo Ninja, ex-Emperor) on drums.

With Dirty being the band’s first release since 2010’s Psychogrotesque, all three musicians have something to say about it.

Guitarist Paolo Pieri commented:

“This is definitely the most schizoid and experimental ABORYM work so far. This time we focused on pushing the boundaries of electronic music one step forward while retaining the ruthless brutality of extreme metal in a way totally ahead of the times.”

Drummer Bard “Faust” Eithun added:

“This time around ABORYM push everything further; the electronic and industrial elements have never been so present. Rest assured, no matter how sick, twisted and beyond everything it sounds, it is still ABORYM.”

The last word falls to founder Fabban:

“I believe that Dirty represents the best material ever written by ABORYM from 1992 until today. Given that it wasn’t that easy to go beyond an album such as Psychogrotesque, I strongly believe that this time we did exceed every limit and every concept of experimentation – manipulating all the clichès of extreme metal, industrial or electronic music and pushing together elements that are so far away from each other. As a result, we achieved something really innovative, powerful, refined and of a really high standard. The quality of sounds, the nuances, the details passing through the recording quality; the quality of the machines that we used and abused, the quality of the lyrics, the artwork and the performances of each of us and of all the people who have worked with us, are definitely all at the top. Dirty is a record that simply expands the range of our listeners, it’s an album that everyone can enjoy and really appreciate. I am personally very excited and, at the same time, really proud of what you’ll soon be able to listen to. We worked so hard for the past two years on this double album that we have no words to really explain how excited we are to finally see it released. It’s an album that will further change the history of extreme music. Of that I have no doubt.”

Three earlier tracks from ABORYM can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud player at http://soundcloud.com/aborymofficial/sets/aborym.

More information about ABORYM can be found on the band’s website at www.aborym.it and facebook at https://www.facebook.com/aborymofficial.

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Valkyrian Music

Gloryhammer, the new epic power metal band formed by Alestorm’s Chris Bowes, have released their first ever video for Angus McFife which is taken from their upcoming debut album; Tales from the Kingdom of Fife. The video can be viewed below.

Tales from the Kingdom of Fife is a concept album and tells the story of an alternate -history medieval Scotland, a realm of dragons, wizards, magic and dark sorcery. It is the legend of the glorious hero Angus McFife, who wages a long war against the evil wizard Zargothrax, in order to free the people of Dundee. The album will be released through Napalm Records on 29th March 2013. The album can be pre-ordered at this location.


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LIONIZE Premiere New Video

Washington, DC quartet LIONIZE recently completed work on a video for their song Dr. Livingston. The song is taken from the band’s latest release Superczar and the Vulture. The video was directed by Agent Ogden (Clutch, Primus) and features guest appearances from Jess Margera of CKY, Pietasters, H.R. of Bad Brains and the crew from the 9:30 Club. Check out the exclusive premiere of the video HERE.

On Tour With Clutch This Spring

The band commented on the video:

“We are looking forward to sharing our second music video ever for Dr. Livingston from the Superczar album. We felt honored to have our friends HR, Jess Margera, the 930 staff and the pie tasters take part in this. We hope everyone enjoys it as much as we enjoyed making it.”

LIONIZE will return to the road this March alongside Maryland rockers Clutch. The first leg of the tour also features Orange Goblin and Scorpion Child and kicks off March 8 in Cincinnati, OH. The second leg of the tour sees LIONIZE alongside Clutch and The Sword. Those dates begin May 1 in Richmond, VA. A complete list of shows can be
found on the TOUR DATES pages.

For a band with so little pretense, sometimes it can be easy to forget just how much LIONIZE accomplished since their inception in 2004. From being the first band to play both Bonnaroo and the Vans Warped Tour in the same year to their five full-length albums to virtually non-stop touring year after year, the groove-heavy rock group has dared to do more than most bands could ever hope to accomplish. On the release of their most recent album, Superczar and the Vulture, produced by the famed J. Robbins, the band showcases their live sound in a way that they have never done before, allowing the listener an unprecedented look at the experience of hearing the songs played live in front of them.


PURSON Release New Video, Album Forthcoming

Led by enigmatic vocalist/guitarist Rosalie Cunningham, London, England‘s Purson are poised to erupt on the international underground with their new album, The Circle and the Blur Door. The first single, Leaning on a Bear, has been transformed into a brand new music video by director Chris Martin. The video, which is as trippy and psychedelic as the band, is streaming on Purson’s youtube channel now: youtube.com/PursonMusic.

PURSON release brand new video for Leaning on a Bear; new album to be released April 30

Rosalie Cunningham elaborates on the video:

“We found this great place in Brixton, South London called Cafe Cairo that looks as though it has been transplanted there from the souk in Marrakesh. It was just perfect for a Purson video, so we invited some friends along, hung out, and played. Chris Martin shot and edited the video and my brother, William, treated the footage and added the trippy effects.”

The Circle and the Blue Door is slated for release in North America on April 30. Pre-orders and more information will be launched on Monday, March 11 at metalblade.com/purson. European fans can order the album at riseaboverecords.com.

About The Circle and the Blue Door:
The Circle And The Blue Door finds the missing link between Pentangle and Pentagram, by way of David Bowie’s dream reality and The Beatles’ feel for the perfect melody. And while it owes a debt to front woman Rosie Cunningham’s clear love of the late 60s and the early 70s, it is her poetic, evocative lyricism, tight song craft, sonorous vocal style and dedication to deep musicality that takes this wonderful album far beyond the waters of pastiche. Only an original mind could come up with a line like “ex dwellers of Spiderwood Farm, though they live here, they mean you no harm” – and set it against a mellotron solo.

Influences may be rooted in the classic period of late 60s/early 70s rock, but the lyrics reflect a young woman’s vision of the world. Rocking Horse is about retreating into the innocence of childhood, although in Rosie’s hands this takes on a sinister edge, with lines like: “in our own secret garden we play, I the spider and you the fly.”

“It’s about remembering childhood in a hazy way,” she explains. As for the Bowie-esque Tragic Catastrophe, it describes her dreams of being a rock star and feeling like a girl out of time.

“It starts with me as a kid, going through my dad’s 70s music magazines in the attic and being fascinated with these people, and wondering how on earth I could ever do guitar music today.”

She answers her own question with The Circle And The Blue Door, a fantastical rock classic with its own vision and purpose. And there are subtleties. Purson, named after the great god of Hell, may evoke the colour-saturated English countryside of early 70s Hammer Horror movies, but they do so with Beatles-esque sophistication, baroque charm and minor key reflection. The Circle And The Blue Door proves that those impossible dreams of the little girl in Tragic Catastrophe weren’t so impossible after all.

Rosalie Cunningham – Vocals, Lead Guitar
George Hudson – Guitars
Samuel Shove – Organ, Mellotron, Wurlitzer
Barnaby Maddick – Bass, BVs, BJs
Jack Hobbs – Drums



ABIOTIC Shoot New Video

ABIOTIC partnered with director Dan Drescher once again. He filmed their previous video Vermosapien, and will now shoot a brand new video for Facades. The video’s release date is TBA, but ABIOTIC posted several still images on their facebook page HERE.

Launch performance demonstration/lyric video for The Graze of Locusts Watch and enter to win a brand new ESP guitar!

ABIOTIC elaborates on the video:

“The shooting for a second music video with director Dan Drescher is wrapped up and we couldn’t be more excited. We shot at two locations in Orlando, Florida and could not have asked for a better crew on the set. The song we’ll be releasing the video for is Facades and Dan was definitely in the same mind set as we were in taking this video to the next level. Prepare yourselves for something insane!”

ABIOTIC partnered with GuitarWorld.com to launch a brand new performance/lyric video for The Graze of Locusts. Fans can view the video, as well as enter to win an ESP/LTD EC-10 Two Tone burst with gig bag now at GuitarWorld.com.



IMMOLATION Unveil Track Listing, Album Artwork

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New York death metal legends, IMMOLATION, unveiled the artwork and track listing for their upcoming ninth full-length album Kingdom of Conspiracy. The cover imagery was brought to life this time by no less than Pär Olofsson (IMMORTAL, THE FACELESS, ABYSMAL DAWN).


“The figures in the artwork have all been bound and chained and have their eyes and mouths sewn shut symbolically, showing the chilling of speech and the intentional blinding of the masses,” explains guitarist Robert Vigna.

“They all make up the huge ominous structure behind them, which is symbolic of the growing security state as well as our failing structures today, and how they are slowly and methodically consuming and controlling us all. It has a very Orwellian feel to it, which is what we were going for since the album is very dark in a slightly different way.” 

In regards to the album’s lyrical content he continues:

“The album deals with the world today and the slow unraveling and breakdown of our societies and the systems and structures behind them. It speaks of the human side to all this and how we have all lost our way and have fed into these very systems that are slowly coming apart. This is the common thread running throughout the album and the cover paints a very dark picture of the future, where these systems have completely absorbed our world, and our freedoms and we have become a part of the very fabric of these structures that we have created. Each song is a symptom of this mass sickness that has brought the world to the point it is at now, and we paint a very bleak picture of this slow and gradual breakdown and the human failures that sped this process along. This is the Kingdom of Conspiracy.”

The follow up to their 2010 release, Majesty and Decay, will be released on May 10 via Nuclear Blast. The album was recorded at Sound Studios in Millbrook, NY with longtime producer Paul Orofino, and mixed and mastered once again by Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION).

Kingdom Of Conspiracy track listing:
1. Echoes Of Despair
2. Keep The Silence
3. Kingdom Of Conspiracy
4. Serving Divinity
5. The Great Sleep
6. Indoctrinate
7. A Spectacle of Lies
8. God Complex
9. Bound To Order
10. All That Awaits

For photos of the band in the studio click here.

For a free download of their recent Scion A/V Presents: Immolation – Providence EP visit http://www.scionav.com/collection/808

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A Glorious Epoch 


HYPOCRISY Album Trailer Released, Tour Dates Announced

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Swedish death metal legends HYPOCRISY just uploaded the first album trailer of their upcoming masterpiece End Of Disclosure.

It doesn’t take more than the first seconds of the opener and title track End Of Disclosure to locate the new record’s position in HYPOCRISY’s multifaceted discography. Being on a par with 1990’s brute yet multifarious masterpieces, End Of Disclosure – produced by mastermind Peter Tägtgren in his Abyss Studio, Sweden – leaves no space for breathers. Lethal punches are hailing down on your eardrums from the first riff to the final cymbal clash, which are being intensified in their vast vigorous effect by melodies of pure majesty.

Check the title track video cliphttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJsdZ2FR3WM

And the Making Of: http://youtu.be/B195M02nmq4


HYPOCRISY also confirmed the following dates for 2013.
The official release shows of the new album End Of Disclosure are going to take place on March 22 in Stockholm/Klubben and March 23 in Götheborg/Brew House.

End Of Disclosure Tour 2013
03/28 DE Essen/Turock
03/29 BE Namur/Cinex
03/30 NL Leeuwarden/Romein
03/31 NL Eindhoven/Effenaar
04/01 FR Paris/Trabendo
04/02 FR Saint/Etienne/Le Fil
04/03 CH Genf/L’Usine
04/04 CH Winterthur/Salzhaus
04/05 DE Stuttgart/LKA
04/06 DE Leipzig/Hellraiser
04/07 DE Hamburg/Markthalle
04/08 DE Berlin/K17
04/10 PL Krakau/Kwadrat
04/11 CZ Prag/Nova Chmelnice
04/12 DE Dettelbach/Metal Franconia Festival
04/13 DE München/Backstage
04/14 AT Wien/Szene

04/16 UK London, Camden Underworld
04/17 IRE Dublin, Button Factory
04/18 UK Glasgow, Stereo

Check out the trailer of the END OF DISCLOSURE WORLD TOUR: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2aPv1PXnIs

End Of Disclosure will be released March 22, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

VESPERIA Debut Album Available Now



Canadian epic metallers, VESPERIA will be offering their 2011 full length album Voyage from Vinland in digital format for only 3 DOLLARS (CA) during the remainder of March.

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The 2011 release was made under VESPERIA’s former name, Bolero and featured songs refined to the creation of the band in late 2007.

Voyage from Vinland was recorded at Attlesey Studios in Oakville/ Scarborough, Ontario from July 2009 to October 2010 and engineered by Colin Attlesey (Will of the Ancients, Blastomycosis) and Thomas Ireland (Battlesoul) of Icehouse Studios.

The band also filmed a music video for the single Pints Held High from the 2011 release. That video can be viewed here:

This announcement also includes that of a string of shows across Ontario, Canada with fellow epic metallers, CRIMSON SHADOWS. The dates confirmed are as follows:

March 30 – Belleville @ the Belle Pub
April 12 – Orangeville
April 13 – North Bay @ the Granite Club
April 27 – Oshawa @ the Atria
May 3 – Brantford

*More tentative dates to be announced.




CLUTCH Premiere New Single

As CLUTCH prepares for the release of their highly anticipated new studio album Earth Rocker the band is ready to give fans another taste of what they can expect on March 19.

Get a first listen to the second single from the album entitled Crucial Velocity HERE

CLUTCH are on the cover of this month’s Decibel Magazine. The magazine features an in-depth interview with the entire band, as well as a special column on craft beer from resident beer expert Jean-Paul Gaster. Copies of the issue can also be purchased HERE.

CLUTCH kicks off he first leg of the Earth Rocker North American tour tonight in Cincinnati, OH and it runs through April 20 in Baltimore, MD. Support on the first leg will come from Orange Goblin, Lionize and Scorpion Child.

The band will also be playing at two SXSW Music Festival appearances in Austin, TX this year. They will play two official “SXSW” shows.

The first show is the indiemerchstore.com showcase Friday, March 15 at 1100 Warehouse. Doors open at 6:30PM and CLUTCH will headline the show and perform at 12:15 AM. Admission is free with SXSW Badge and for Wristband holders. A limited number of tickets will be sold to fans at the door only.

The following day, Saturday, March 16 CLUTCH play at the Converse/Thrasher Death Match 2013 event. This showcase takes place at The Scoot Inn and is free and open to the public. Fans are suggested to arrive early as the event is first come, first serve. The event starts at 12 noon and CLUTCH is scheduled to headline the outside stage at 5:00 PM.

The second leg of the Earth Rocker North American tour was recently announced and will kick off May 1 in Richmond, VA and runs through May 26 in San Antonio, TX. Support on this run comes from The Sword and Lionize.

CLUTCH’s first ever lyric video for the song Earth Rocker can be viewed here.

Earth Rocker is available for pre-order exclusively at the CLUTCH Merch Store
Fans can pre-order the record individually or partake in the special fan-friendly bundle packages that are being offered.

Fans can keep up on the progress of Earth Rocker by visiting the new website
www.earthrocker.com. The website is a hub dedicated to all things Earth Rocker. Fans can expect to see frequent updates including photos, videos from the studio, song title announcements and samples of new songs.

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WARDRUNA Release Live Video Footage






Viking neo-folk collective WARDRUNA released live video footage from their recent performance at Castlefest in Lisse, Netherlands. The video, found below, features a magical performance of the track Helvegen off of their upcoming album Yggdrasil.

The album, the second chapter of the band’s planned “Runaljod” trilogy (a musical interpretation of the runes of the elder futhark), will be available on April 2 in North America, March 15 in Norway and March 25 throughout mainland Europe. You can pre-order a copy of Yggdrasil directly at the Indie Merch webstore HERE. A special edition digibook, which also includes a unique bronze necklace and with a 32-page booklet filled with extra artwork, translated lyrics, and further reading on the Runes concept, is also available in limited quantities HERE.

Watch the Video

Featuring vocals by God Seed/ex-Gorgoroth singer Gaahl, WARDRUNA, whose music is currently featured on several episodes of the History Channel’s newest series Vikings, will be seen later this month at the annual Inferno Festival in Switzerland, where they’ll play alongside bands including Anaal Nathrakh, Primoridial, Dark Funeral, My Dying Bride and Aura Noir. They will also make their U.S. debut at the pagan/doom-focused Stella Natura Festival held in California’s Tahoe National Forest later this year.

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