Flayed Disciple return with A Hell In Living Flesh – a brand new EP of coruscating Death/Thrash fury!

After an eight year leave of absence Flayed Disciple are back on the frontlines, bringing with them five new tracks of incendiary death/thrash metal! The sound of endless war and eternal conflict captured within machine gun riffs, barbed wire solos, a rhythm section like an artillery barrage and vocals to raise the dead – this is the reality of A Hell In Living Flesh!

The release of their debut album, Death Hammer, in 2012 really announced Flayed Disciple to the worldwide underground metal scene in no uncertain terms. With No Clean Singing comparing the effect of listening to Death Hammer to “injecting napalm into the bloodstream”, Flayed Disciple begin to rise through the metal ranks, performing at HammerfestBloodstock and Neurotic Deathfest. A self-titled EP in 2014 kept the momentum going, along with shows across Europe with the likes of Aborted and Vader. Then, although the band never disbanded, they stepped back from the treadmill of writing, recording and touring – until now. Now they are back with a brand new EP that utterly decimates everything that has come before. A bold claim indeed considering the poisonous potency of Death Hammer in particular, but one listen to A Hell In Living Flesh will be like a fragmentation grenade applied to your doubts. With the band now having recruited ex-Burning Skies vocalist Merv Hemborough and reunited with Death Hammer drummer Phil Tolfree, they are firing as never before.

With songs like ‘Warmaster’, ‘The Dark Other’ and ‘I Am Leviathan’ added to their arsenal the second coming of Flayed Disciple will prove unstoppable. The hooks are sharper, the solos more exhilarating and the riffs pack enough firepower to tear you in half; when this killer collection is unleashed on April 22nd you better run for cover. A Hell In Living Flesh is coming and Flayed Disciple are back – harder, faster and heavier than ever before.Visit Flayed Disciple on Facebook
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Dreamfire present immersive new video for their acclaimed ‘Rains Of Castamere’ collaboration with vocalist Alexa Ray

Back in the summer of 2017 Dreamfire, the grand, ambient/neoclassical creation of reclusive artist Osirion, released an epic, immersive, instrumental reimagining of ‘The Rains Of Castamere’, a song originally written for the television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Game Of Thronesby composer Ramin Djawadi. The song was recorded for the Season Two soundtrack of the phenomenally successful series by The National and for the Season Four soundtrack by Sigur Ros. The Dreamfire interpretation of ‘The Rains Of Castamere’ added a breathtaking depth of melancholy and an aching atmosphere of faded majesty to the originally simple and melodic refrain, going on to accrue more than 150,000 views on the Dreamfire YouTube channel.

This year Dreamfire revisited their reimagining of ‘The Rains Of Castamere’ with internationally renowned vocalist Alexa Ray. Alexa’s passion for Dreamfire’s orchestral arrangement of the simple ballad from Westeros drew Osirion from his seclusion and inspired him to once more walk the epic landscapes of the world of Game Of Thrones. This new video created by Osirion is the perfect accompaniment to the magic that the two artists created together.

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UK black metal antiheroes Sidious return with the cold majesty of new album Blackest Insurrection!

In the silence of early morning, the twilight hours, the in between times, when shadows hang like black pools in the grey light and the fire of day first flickers on the horizon, then they meet beneath the frost rimed branches. Dark shapes of claw, tooth and blade, adorned with the broken mockery of once great wings. They speak in sibilant whispers lest the earth itself betray them, with ruined voices that in times long past had brought tears to the sky with their beauty. They speak of vengeance, their smoking breath seething with hatred and malice. They plot destruction and grand endings in fire…and blackest insurrection.

Blackest Insurrection is the third album from formidable UK black metal force, Sidious and a wild, uncompromising paean to tragedy, rebellion and defiance unto death. This is the album with which Sidious realise all their promise and potential, defining their sound. A spear hurled with monstrous strength, direct and devastating, yet carrying cold ghosts of dark atmosphere and emotions darker still in its wake. Intimidating and enthralling in equal measure and forged in the flames that have burnt at the heart of black metal since its infernal birth. From the measured malevolence of ‘Hailing Shards Of Agony’ to the careering chaos of ‘Thousandfold Will’, the freezing nightmares of ‘Blood-Soaked Mist’ to the imperious domination of ‘To Know My Kingdom’, Blackest Insurrection is a magnificent, majestic outpouring of pure, unadulterated black metal that will place Sidious in the vanguard of Albion’s legions.

Since the release of their well-received second album, Temporal, Sidious have recruited drummer Valdr (Hecate Enthroned, Formicarius, Necronauticaletc), bringing increased firepower to their arsenal and for the recording of Blackest Insurrection they renewed their working relationship with producer Russ Russell(Dimmu Borgir, Napalm Death, Amorphisetc), who brought a wicked miasma to the band’s debut album, Revealed In Profane Splendour. Sidious’ new label, the bastion of UK extreme metal that is Clobber Records (Argesk, Shadowflag, Wolfbastard etc) will unleash Blackest Insurrection on CD, cassette and digital formats on March 11th – beware, the uprising has begun and the fallen will fly once more on the wings of war!

Isfeth – Vocals
Baalrath – Bass
Indomitus – Guitar
Valdr – Drums
Genre: Black Metal
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Bludgeoned – Summary Execution US Brutal Death Metal on Vile Tapes

Jonathan Huber – Vocals
Sean May – Guitars
Nikhil Talwalkar – Drums

Justice lies maimed and torn, trampled beneath the fervour of those desperate to brand themselves as faithful. Belief dismembers truth, while in the shadows sadism and perversion cloak themselves in the robes of righteousness. A spiteful hunger for blood and the primitive thrill ignited by the gleam of the axe leap from heart to heart like wildfire and they scream out for killing, for torture and destruction; howling in lawless lust for summary execution…

Born into the gore-choked slurry of the extreme metal underground in 2018, Bludgeoned were brought together by a shared dedication to sonic brutality and a determination to create music that pushed every needle deep into the red. With each song they wrote the Bludgeoned sound just became heavier, more destructive and more shockingly violent. In late November of 2021 they streamed their first collection of material on Slam Worldwide – a furious assault of blast beats and bone-crunching riffs, topped by the larynx-ripping vocals of experienced front man Jonathan Huber (I Declare War, Pathology, Whitechapel etc). That stream brought high praise from the likes of Matti Way (Abominable Putridity, Disgorge etc) and caught the ear of Constantine Chevardin from Russian slam beasts Traumatomy, who immediately offered to give a full, physical release to the Summary Execution EP on his renowned Vile Tapes label. Summary Execution is fully deserving of its worldwide release as tracks like ‘Circadian Servitude’ are daunting in their sheer velocity and power. Vast grooves collide with uncontrolled savagery and immediately memorable hooks are embedded deep into the raw flesh of each extravagantly extreme track. Thrillingly bestial, Bludgeoned’s Summary Execution is a master class in awe-inspiring devastation.

On February 10th Vile Tapes will release Summary Execution on jewel case CD, digi-pack CD and black and bronze cassettes, with an array of supporting merch and exclusive bundles. This explosive and superbly crafted outpouring of brutal death metal marks the beginning of Bludgeoned’s ascent through the ranks of the genre, but also stands as a landmark release in its own right. No trial, no debate, no reprieve – get ready to face your Summary Execution.

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Vulture Lord unleash savage new song from their Deathiah Manifesto split with Black Altar – ‘Hark! The Hymns Of War’

The release of the demonic split release from Black Altar and Vulture Lord gets ever closer, but before the appointed hour on February 15th Vulture Lord have revealed another track from Deathiah Manifesto. ‘Hark! The Hymns Of War‘ is a serrated blade of pure darkness and evil that will tear through the ranks of the light, a cavalcade of poisonous riffs and sinister intent. Today you can experience this bestial battle cry at the Odium Records YouTube channel. Expect no mercy if you enter the field of conflict!

Swathed in the magnificent artwork of Jengiot Hitam (AbigailImpietyBattle Dagorath etc), Deathiah Manifesto will be unleashed on February 15th by Odium Records, on eleven panel, inverted cross digi-pack,black vinyl and limited die hard editions. One of Vulture Lord’s contributions to this momentous work features the original vocal tracks laid down by original band member Trondr Nefas, who returned to the shadows in 2012.

Be prepared for the black storm!

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Wolfbastard ready to shatter skulls with new album Hammer The Bastards! Violent Black Metal/Punk on Clobber Records out Jan 14th!

Three years on from the senseless violence of their second album, Graveyard Sessions, Manchester’s anti-heroes Wolfbastard are back! Walking the margins of civilised society and not giving a damn for your love or hatred, the belligerent beasts have returned with another chaotic platter of D-beat infused black metal, stained with the influence of crust punk and blackened hardcore. Everything has been turned up one more notch – the aggression, the speed, the violence, the attitude – and the result is the thirteen track nail bomb of Hammer The Bastards!Since bursting onto the scene in 2012 in an explosion of blood, beer and hate, Wolfbastard have established themselves as prime purveyors of the ugliest, grittiest most unrelenting sonic violence imaginable. Proudly and defiantly unacceptable, this band hit hard enough to punch through brick walls and have no regard for any collateral damage that may occur on their riff-fuelled rampage. Hammer The Bastards is the ultimate expression of their nihilistic destruction, the perfect distillation of their heavier than hell, irresistible metallic onslaught. Starting and ending in the tomb, from ‘Can’t Escape The Grave’ to ‘Graveyard Slag’, ‘Pissing On The Sacred Ground’ along the way, this is a one way trip to oblivion.

New label, Clobber Records, will loose the leash on the slavering Wolfbastard pack onJanuary 14th and Hammer The Bastards will be set free. Louder, harder and faster than ever before and just as up for the fight, Wolfbastard are ready to tear down anything that gets in their way. You’ll either be wielding the hammer or under the hammer – the choice is yours.

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Wretched Tongues unleash ‘Into The Nothing’ – the first crushing single from their forthcoming Vicious Instinct Records debut album

Now signed to Vicious Instinct Records, bruising New Hampshire deathcore outfit, Wretched Tongues, are ready to unleash the first single from their full length debut album, Ulter Praefinitum. ‘Into The Nothing‘ is a bone-breaking, brain-shaking assault of relentless savagery that sets out the Wretched Tongues manifesto in unflinching fashion. This song, this band are built to destroy! Colossal riffs and rabid vocals are driven forward by a monstrous rhythm section and this wickedly addictive song demands to be played again and again and again.

The Ulter Praefinitum album will be released on March 18th, adorned in the awesome artwork of Caelan Stokkermans(Vesperian Sorrow, Vomit The Soul, Abiotic etc) and it takes everything heard on Wretched Tongues’ previous EPs (Burial Grounds 2017, Death Eater 2018) and singles (The Absence Of Light 2019, Dismal; Eternal 2020) to the next level and beyond. This is where the pain really begins!

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Phobetor return with stunning second album Through Deepest Fears And Darkest Minds – a magnificent work of Blackened Death Metal.

A little more than a year has passed since Phobetor’s debut album, When Life Falls Silent announced itself with a howl of rage and defiance – and yet in the troubled months that have followed its release this band have taken gargantuan strides. Everything that was good about When Life Falls Silent is now better; the darkness is deeper, the atmosphere colder, the power more intimidating. As winter falls Phobetor invite you to turn your eyes to the hell inside, to travel with them Through Deepest Fears And Darkest Minds…Beneath the stunning cover artwork, created by Brian D’Agosta (VallenfyreGodthrymmGoatwhore) lies an album of unnerving shadows, that will sink its claws deep into your heart and mind. The journey that you take Through Deepest Fears And Darkest Minds crosses varied landscapes, populated by a bestiary of terrors. The intensity of the experience is unflagging, despite the myriad intricacies which adorn the foundations of thundering power. The sense of dread never leaves you as each song unfolds and when ‘As Dreams Decay’ finally allows the curtain to fall on this most harrowing of dramas, tendrils of fear still wind like smoke through the chambers of your mind. Devastatingly heavy and utterly consuming, Through Deepest Fears And Darkest Minds possesses a unique character, a sinister edge that will cut you to the bone.

Mixed and mastered by Neil Hudson of Krysthla the sound of this album is forceful and undeniable, blending brute strength and revealing clarity. Every wickedly alluring aspect of these incredible songs can be appreciated as Phobetor tear you open, breaking every lock, exposing every secret, unleashing every monster. On December 13th Black Jasper Records will let loose Through Deepest Fears And Darkest Minds to ravage your dreams and haunt your nightmares. One of the most powerful albums of this or any other year.

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Solitary release their new video of brooding, bulldozing thrash – ‘The Dark…The Resilient’ – from the Metalville album The Truth Behind The Lies


Back from a successful run of dates in Scotland, thrash masters Solitary are now ready to unveil their latest video. The Dark…The Resilient is the fifth video from The Truth Behind The Lies, Solitary’s thrash masterpiece which was released last year by Metalville Records. The most compelling video that the band have shot so far, The Dark… deals with the life changing consequences of driving whilst under the influence and the potentially devastating impact of that light hearted saying ‘one for the road’. The sombre subject matter is matched by the seething, brooding riffs that permeate the track, making it one of the most powerful songs in the Solitary discography.

In other Solitary news the band currently have a sale running at their online store, with big reductions on a range of items. Exclusive bundles unavailable anywhere else are also back in stock. Any purchase from the Solitary store this month will automatically enter customers into a one of a kind competition. Solitary will record a song of the winning customer’s choice, taken from their back catalogue, live in rehearsal and the video link will be sent ONLY to that lucky winner. So for your chance to win something really unique, head to the Solitary sale and get shopping!
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Consecration present Reanimated, a new EP of horrors on Cavernous Records!

While the world awaits the new full length studio album from Consecration, which will blight the spring of 2022 with its rotten horrors, released from the clutches of Redefining Darkness Records, the band have dug deep into their crypt of dead songs and torn three mouldering corpses from their caskets. Three ancient tracks have had their bones broken and reassembled and new life breathed into their hollow chest cavities. They have been brought back from the dead…reimagined and reanimated!Consecration’s unholy elixir of decaying death metal and decomposing doom has grown darker and heavier over the years of their shadowy existence. Their earlier compositions have been transformed into terrifying, monstrous versions of their original incarnations and the band decided that the time had come for the results of that alchemical process to be captured and preserved for posterity. On one cold autumn night they entered their rehearsal studio and thundered through three prime examples of their new necromantic rituals, recording them raw and live, freezing their intimidating, overwhelming presence for eternity. ‘Cast Down For The Burning MMXXI’ and ‘Gut The Priest MMXXI’ are black abominations, warped children of tracks that appeared on the band’s 2010 debut EP, Gut The Priest while ‘Domain Of Despair’ grew from the diseased seeds of an incomplete 2011 demo, never made available before in any format. Together these haunted, hellish entities form a new EP, Reanimated, that reveals the new putrescent, perished heart of Consecration.

Reanimated will be released on November 19th by Cavernous Records, complete with stunning artwork from band vocalist and lyricist Daniel Bollans. It is a look back to the past through a lens of nightmares and a warning of what the future holds. For you dwellers in twilight and haunters of the burial grounds, this is an underground treasure to feed your ravenous souls.

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