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ANZILLU Return With “The Cleansing Flame” Music Video and Digital Single

from the Finnish group’s anticipated debut album – out early 2023

Finnish extreme metal phenoms ANZILLU – whose sound is punctuated by buzz-saw guitar riffs delivered with equal amounts of dexterous shredding and pummeling brute force – release the third sample from their anticipated debut album. Today “The Cleansing Flame” digital single is available on all streaming and download platforms and you can watch the video HERE. Compiled from studio photos taken of the band during the recording process of ‘Ex Nihilo’ at the famed Sonic Pump Studio with producer Nino Laurenne (Amorphis, Wintersun, Lost Society) producing and mixing.

'"The Cleansing Flame' is a track I wanted to write about driving a big block muscle car," explains guitarist Jesse Kamarainen. "Although the lyrics don't have anything to do with it, the music I had in mind was written as a soundtrack to the smell of gasoline and the sound of loud V8 engines. The song has a mean attitude and drive to it and it takes an unexpected turn in the bridge."

"The lyric video is composed of photographs from the recording sessions of the upcoming debut album. Now one year later, those photos bring back great memories and we wanted to share them with you too. Some gearheads may also be interested about the process and equipment we used."

As mentioned, “The Cleansing Flame” is the third offering from the group following up slamming numbers like “Trumpets Of War”  and “Needles (On My Nerves)”. Keep an eye out for more information about next year’s full album release, ‘Ex Nihilo,’ and pre-order options for CD and limited colored vinyl soon.

Though the band itself is new, the musicians comprising ANZILLU are not inexperienced. The new group – whose name is inspired by the ancient Sumerian word for “abomination” - was formed in 2019 by guitarist Jesse Kämäräinen after the dissolution of his previous group Inkvisitor, which released two records of thrash-influenced extreme metal between 2015 and 2018.  Kämäräinen had already demoed an album's worth of new material at the time of that development, and went on to bring in a battery of fellow notables that had also been making their names within Finnish metal circles to form ANZILLU. The searing vocal talents of Teemu Kemppainen (Argent Void), the thunderous bass of Rasmus Kantonen, and the death metal crunch of fellow guitarist Sami Katajainen (GAF) join Kämäräinen's six-string powers to deliver a blistering assault of aural senses.

ANZILLU – now armed with a full album's worth of material and their collective metallic powers – honed the existing demos into their final form throughout the first half of last year, and entered Sonic Pump Studios in August 2021 with Nino Laurenne (Wintersun, Amorphis, Lost Society) behind the soundboard handling recording/mixing duties and Svante Forsback (Volbeat, Candlemass, Kalmah) mastering.

More information on ANZILLU, their debut album, and their plans for additional live shows will be revealed in the weeks to come by M-Theory Audio and at



Three Vinyl Reissues Coming Early Next Year – Available to Pre-Order Now

New York metallic hardcore masters SWORN ENEMY begin their run opening for the legendary ANTHRAX and this generation’s crossover kings MUNICIPAL WASTE Tuesday in Birmingham, England for the next week + of shows.

"It's really exciting to be part of the upcoming Anthrax tour. I've been a huge fan since their early days," states singer Sal Lococo. "Not only are we touring with1 of the big 4, but we also get to support Municipal Waste! The UK doesn't know what they are in for!"

SWORN ENEMY's most recent album, ‘Gamechanger,’ was released in April 2019 by M-Theory Audio. The album – produced by Robb Flynn of Machine Head and engineered, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Warbringer) – featured 11 tracks of punishing metallic force that expertly fused the hardcore spirit, thrash metal energy, and metallic groove that have fueled the Queens, NY band from day one. ‘Gamechanger’ was praised by Cryptic Rock as “a brazen album of guts, honor, and respect,” earned plaudits from Dead Rhetoric for its “massive chugging riffs/breakdowns,” and was applauded by Metal Temple for being “heady, rabid, and ready to fuck your shit up.”

The group just released a video for “The Consequence” featuring footage edited by guitarist Matt Garzilli of the guys recording ‘Gamechanger’ at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland.

SWORN ENEMY first burst onto the scene after being signed by Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta, who released the group's first two EPs on his Stillborn Recordings label in 2001 and 2002. He also produced the band's full-length debut, “As Real As It Gets,” memorably praised by Lambgoat as “music that inspires you to want to beat the living piss out of the next unsuspecting person who walks in the room.” The album was released by Elektra Records in 2003, a year that saw the band deliver memorable performances on tour with Ozzfest. The band has also performed alongside a bevy of heavy metal greats, including Mastodon, Fear Factory, Sepultura, Suicide Silence, Dying Fetus, Earth Crisis, Madball, Biohazard, Sacred Reich, Vio-lence, Overkill, Shadows Fall, Nuclear Assault and Hatebreed.

The years between “As Real As It Gets” and “Gamechanger” saw the band release four additional records, three of which – 2006's “The Beginning of the End,” 2007's “Maniacal,” and 2009's “Total World Domination” - will be reissued on colored vinyl with liner notes by Sal Lococo in early 2023 by M-Theory Audio. Pre-Order now available from the official label webstore HERE.

Sworn Enemy supporting Anthrax and Municipal Waste

Sept. 27 – O2 Academy – Birmingham, England

Sept. 29 – Academy – Manchester, England

Sept. 30 – O2 Academy – Glasgow, Scotland

Oct. 1 – O2 City Hall – Newcastle, England

Oct 3 – O2 Academy – Leeds, England

Oct. 4 – Rock City – Nottingham, England

Oct 6 – Academy – Bristol, England

Oct. 8 – Brixton Academy – London, England

GRAVESHADOW Debut “The Betrayer” Music Video

More Live Shows Announced

The Sacramento-based quintet GRAVESHADOW – who deftly mixes symphonic/gothic metal with elements and influences from a variety of styles to create something epic, progressive, melodic and powerful - release a brand-new music video for “The Betrayer” from their recently release comeback album, ‘The Uncertain Hour’ which can be seen HERE.

The footage that comprises the clip was shot on the band’s recent west coast headlining tour from a show at Seattle’s Funhouse venue by Karl Whinnery, bassist from tour and labelmates Vintersea.

"The Betrayer' was written with the intention of continuing the more power metal direction that was introduced with the release of [the first single] 'Gwynnbleidd,'" explains guitarist Aaron Robitsch. [Guitarist] Will also wanted to make more use of guitar harmonies, and I think this song showcases that well. It also continues a theme we have become known for - lyrics about World of Warcraft."

"This song became an early favorite of mine during the recording process. Aaron worked out the idea to have a video shot while we were on tour and the fantastic Karl Whinnery from Vintersea helped us out by shooting it," states guitarist William Lloyd Walker. "Really happy with how it came out a huge thank to Karl for helping us put this together."

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