MALEVOLENT CREATION Unveil Video For New Song 'Release The Soul'
Florida death metal legends' 'The 13th Beast' due out March 1; pre-orders available now
After previously previewing their forthcoming album “The 13th Beast” via the blistering songs “Decimated” and “Mandatory Butchery,” the veteran extreme metal group MALEVOLENT CREATION – one of the pioneers of the “Florida death metal” sound – have now given fans a third taste of what's in store. A music video for the new song “Release The Soul,” which premiered yesterday via No Clean Singing, can now be seen at this location.
Says vocalist/guitarist Lee Wollenschlager, “The song is about a murder victim's last moments and thoughts, and the pleasure of the kill for the murderer. A classic revenge kill with high expectations for the murderer.”
Due in North America on March 1 via M-Theory Audio, “The 13th Beast” is the first MALEVOLENT CREATION album since the passing of original vocalist Bret Hoffman, who died from colon cancer last year. The record marks the recording debut of Wollenschlager (Throne of Nails, Imperial Empire), as well as new bassist Josh Gibbs and new drummer Phil Cancilla. Pre-orders on CD digipak, cassette and limited-edition 180-gram silver vinyl (which includes a gatefold insert) are available now at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store.
MALEVOLENT CREATION – whose 1991 debut, “The Ten Commandments,” was named one of the Top 100 Death Metal Albums Of All Time by Decibel Magazine in 2012 – was originally formed in Buffalo, New York, but the group soon moved to Florida and became a staple in the state's burgeoning death metal scene. “The 13th Beast” is their first release since 2015's acclaimed “Dead Man's Path” (Century Media), hailed by Metal Hammer as “probably their fastest material since 1997's 'In Cold Blood'.” Musically, "The 13th Beast" expands upon "Dead Man's Path" yet also incorporates a brutality known from albums such as "The Will To Kill" and "Eternal," which is further accentuated by Wollenschlaeger's understandable yet deeper vocal tone and songwriting contributions.
Says founding guitarist Phil Fasciana, "I'm very proud of this album and look forward to presenting it live alongside songs from our massive back catalog, including stuff that hasn't been played live in a long time or ever."
The video for “Release The Soul” was filmed by Chris Briggs and Roger Beaujard of Primitive Recordings and Quintin Supra of Eye Candy Photography House. Additional footage and video production were provided by Guilherme Henriques.
SWORN ENEMY: New Robb Flynn-Produced Album 'Gamechanger' Due April 5
After turning back the clock in 2018 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their Jamey Jasta-produced debut, “As Real As It Gets,” the Queens, New York-based SWORN ENEMY resets their sights on the present day with their punishing new album “Gamechanger.” Due April 5 via M-Theory Audio, the album – produced by Robb Flynn of Machine Head, and engineered, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Warbringer) – features 11 tracks that expertly fuse metal, thrash and New York hardcore. A brief teaser can be seen/heard at this location. Look for a new song to premiere next month.
The track listing for “Gamechanger” – the cover art for which can be seen above – is as follows:
- Prepare For Payback
- Seeds of Hate
- Coming Undone
- Fragments of a Broken Life
- The Fall of Modern Man
- Selling A Dream
- The Consequence
- Integrity Defines Strength
Vocalist and founding member Sal Lococo says the new album – nearly five years in the making – will be worth the wait. “The new album is savage as fuck,” he says. “Now it’s time to get back out on the road and show everyone how fucking great this new shit is!”
SWORN ENEMY was first signed by Hatebreed frontman 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.
In the 15 years since, SWORN ENEMY released four additional albums of punishing metallic hardcore and toured with a number of notable acts, including Anthrax, Mastodon, Fear Factory, Sepultura, Suicide Silence, Dying Fetus, Earth Crisis, Madball, Biohazard and Hatebreed. The band expects to spend much of 2019 touring in support of “Gamechanger”; stay tuned for additional details in the coming weeks.
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UK Blackened Death Act HECATE ENTHRONED Unveil 'Revelations In Autumn Flame' Video
New album 'Embrace Of The Godless Aeon' out next week; limited-edition box set contents revealed
Next Friday (Jan. 25), the UK-based symphonic blackened death metal group HECATE ENTHRONED will release “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon,” their first album in five years (and their debut for new label partner M-Theory Audio). Today, the group unveils the second taste of the horrors that await – “Revelations In Autumn Flame,” which is now available on all streaming platforms.
A music video for the song can be seen at this location. Portions of the clip were shot during the group's recent performance at the Tabernacl Chapel in Llandundo, North Wales, which bassist Dylan Hughes says provided an epic setting in which to film.
“Where better to shoot this video than in a chapel during a dark cold December in North Wales?” he says. “The show was set up on the pulpit in front of pews filled with a congregation of metal-fueled blasphemers, their breath visible in the cold, dank air. The atmosphere created the malevolent and darkly energetic performance caught in the video, recorded by our good friend Dan Cookson and edited by Jeff Grindstopher of Grindstopher Productions. Watch closely throughout for the ongoing threat from the enveloping icy embrace of Cthulhu.”
According to Hughes, “Revelations In Autumn Flame” was written “about modern religious fundamentalism being a reaction to a rise of secularism, and a rise in people being more educated about the universe and abandoning belief in God because of it. It’s about theistic religion being almost in its death throes and becoming more extreme because of it, but a more enlightened mankind will come through this and ‘rise like a phoenix from the flames.'”
“Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” – which features cover artwork by Nestor Avalos (Bloodbath, Rotting Christ, The Black Dahlia Murder), as seen above – can be pre-ordered now on CD and red splatter vinyl at this location. A limited-edition deluxe box set that features a digipak CD of the new album plus the exclusive purple vinyl and cassette editions of the album, a signed photo card and other collectibles including a coaster/bottle opener, a poster, a woven logo patch, two stickers, pin and a different tarot card unique to each box is also available. Digital pre-orders on Bandcamp and other platforms include “Revelations In Autumn Flame” and “Temples That Breathe” as instant downloads.
One of the UK underground's longest-running and most respected acts, HECATE ENTHRONED has been praised by the likes of Terrorizer for their “mixture of death metal aggression with black metal atmosphere.” “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” – their first recording with vocalist Joe Stamps, who joined the band in 2015 – sees the group continue to deftly mix black with death, modern with classic and extreme with symphonic. The album, which features guest vocals on three songs by Sarah Jezebel Deva (Cradle of Filth, Therion, Mortiis), was co-produced by Dan Abela (Voices, The Antichrist Imperium).
Originally co-founded in Wales by guitarist Nigel Dennen in the mid-1990s, HECATE ENTHRONED is dedicated to delivering their own brand of evil metal with little regard to politics or the trends of popular demand. The group's 1997 full-length debut, the Andy Sneap-produced “The Slaughter Of Innocence, A Requiem For The Mighty” (Blackend Records), was a seminal release in the then-burgeoning orchestral black metal movement. Since then, several albums and EPs and numerous live performances have firmly established the band as one of extreme metal's most important voices.