Posted: by Ryan Mullaney
When I saw that metal gods Judas Priest were ten minutes from my house, I knew right away I was going. When I saw that fellow NWOBHM legends Saxon were also on the bill, I bought tickets right away.
RIVERS OF NIHIL will kick off their North American tour supporting Dying Fetus and Thy Art Is Murder, with additional support from Enterprise Earth and Sanction this week. The tour begins on March 15th in Poughkeepsie, New York and will make its way through nearly three-dozen cities, drawing to a close on April 22nd in Amityville, New York.
MONSTRANCE, comprised of current and former members of CARCASS, MY DYING BRIDE, MALEDICTION and BAL-SAGOTH, has released an updated demo track of “Cerebral Bore Machine,” featuring new vocalist Rik Simpson.
Australia’s stone pillar of funeral dirge, MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, prepares to unveil their mammoth The Incubus Of Karma LP later this month, Decibel Magazine is now streaming the album’s “Whispering Spiritscapes.”
Virginia Beach, VA’s ARSIS, a standout in the technical, melodic death metal genre, has signed a worldwide record deal with Agonia Records, excluding North, South and Central America, in which the band will be released by Nuclear Blast Records.
Battlesword is one of those bands you may have heard of in passing, or not at all if you don’t live in their home country. This German melodic death metal act formed way back in 1999, remaining active ever since. Even though the group is approaching eighteen years, they only issued a few demos alongside a 2003 debut album titled Falling in Triumph. It wouldn’t be another thirteen years before their long-awaited follow-up, titled Banners of Destruction, would be released by the band directly. But has the wait been worth it, or does this effort show the rust from age and studio inactivity?