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The underground sensation Lord Mantis was regarded as one of the more important new acts in the sludge community. The blackened touch they brought to their performances stuck out like a sore thumb in all the right ways until the band split in 2017. Fast forward about two years and differences have been mended, a new line-up forged, and the fire re-lit to reform and remind everyone who they are with a long overdue new album that sadly does not include founding member and former drummer Bill Bumgardner. It’s evident there is honor to his contributions, but what Universal Death Church lacks in his presence it more than makes up for with the inclusion of the turbulent history that brought the beast down to its knees once before. All of this takes little time to pick up on within just the first few minutes of your first spin, but those first impressions can be a bit deceiving. I know this due to multiple impressions in one sitting…

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German Thrash icons SODOM have released a new song today titled “Down On Your Knees,” and will release a new EP titled Out Of The Frontline Trench on November 22, 2019. The all-new effort will be available via Entertainment One (“eOne”) in North America and SPV/Steamhammer in Europe as CD DigiPak, vinyl, download, and stream.

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A title that has been on Apoch’s wishlist for a little while now, Project RIP has finally dropped on Steam. The first-person shooter title pits you as a hired gun to go out and harvest the souls of the undead, a description prime for live streaming. Right? Well, a few nights ago, Apoch gave it a shot and was left shouting “Bring out your dead!” during this half of the live stream.

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Today, Osmose Productions announces January 31st, 2020 as the international release date for Bütcher‘s highly anticipated second album, 666 Goats Carry My Chariot. The infernal blackened speed metallers also reveal the epic cover artwork, courtesy of the masterful Kris Verwimp, which can be viewed further below.

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Seattle, Washington-based BLACKQUEEN, founded by life-long punk/metal scene veterans having played with Assück, Wormwood, and more, has completed their new LP for release this fall. The newly-completed The Destructive Cycle features guest vocals and art/design contributions from Assück’s Paul Pavlovich and Leviathan/Lurker Of Chalice’s Wrest, and will see release on multiple platforms, the initial digital and CD release to take place in November, with the LP to follow in early 2020.