"The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills", the new video from British extreme metal icons CARCASS, can be seen below. CARCASS will issue a collection of previously unreleased and hard-to-find tracks this November. Titled "Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel", all the songs on the EP were recorded during the "Surgical Steel" sessions, which was produced by Colin Richardson (NAPALM DEATH, BOLT THROWER, GOREFEST, CANNIBAL CORPSE, SINISTER, RODRIGO Y GABRIELA) and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS, TESTAMENT). "Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel" will be made available on physical and digital formats on November 11 (North America), November 17 (UK) and November 14 (rest of Europe) via Nuclear Blast. "Well, let's call this tying up loose ends," commented CARCASS frontman Jeff Walker. "We thought we'd make all the tracks available from the 'Surgical Steel' album session on an EP… just in case you bought the jewel case version, didn't buy the digipak, didn't buy the Japanese import, or maybe you never bought the Decibel magazine issue with the flexi disc? Well, here you go; ALL the songs on one disc along with an previously unreleased track. Even Trevor Strnad's arm makes a guest appearance! Enjoy." "Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel" EP (digipak CD) track listing: 01. A Wraith In The Apparatus 02. Intensive Battery Brooding 03. Zochrot 04. Livestock Marketplace 05. 1985 (reprise) "Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel" EP (10-inch black 140-gram gatefold vinyl) Side A: 01. A Wraith In The Apparatus 02. Intensive Battery Brooding Side B: 01. Zochrot 02. Livestock Marketplace 03. 1985 (reprise) "Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel" EP (10-inch silver 140-gram gatefold vinyl) Side A: 01. A Wraith In The Apparatus 02. Intensive Battery Brooding Side B: 01. Zochrot 02. Livestock Marketplace 03. 1985 (reprise) CARCASS will return to the United States once again this October/November. Joining them on select dates are Florida death metal legends OBITUARY and the eclectic champions of "murder metal," MACABRE. Death grinders EXHUMED and newcomers NOISEM will open each night of churning insanity. Joining Walker and guitarist Bill Steer in CARCASS' current incarnation are drummer Daniel Wilding (ABORTED, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED) and guitarist Ben Ash (PIG IRON, DESOLATION, LIQUEFIED SKELETON). In a recent interview with AndrewHaug.com, Steer stated about whether he has begun thinking ahead to CARCASS' follow-up to "Surgical Steel": "There's plenty of incentive there. Speaking for myself, I would love to do another record. I've heard Jeff [Walker, bass/vocals] say similar things, and I know Dan [Wilding, drums] would love to. We're just gonna take it as it comes, really, 'cause, obviously, we're still some way into our touring schedule. We're not really gonna be done with that until… I don't know… towards the end of November, I think. So we can't realistically even look at new material until December. We'll take it from there. All I know is we would the next record to be very strong indeed, so as long as it takes, that's all I can say. Not that I am anticipating a long time in the studio, but we'll spend as long writing as we need to. You get very conscious of the passing of time, especially when you're at the age that Jeff and myself are at, so you don't wanna waste your time, or the audience's, with something that is mediocre." "Surgical Steel" sold around 8,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 41 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on September 16, 2013 in the U.K., September 13, 2013 in the rest of Europe and September 17, 2013 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
Swedish metallers IN FLAMES will film a new concert DVD/Blu-ray on November 6 at Hovet in Stockholm and November 7 at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden. An early 2015 release is expected. IN FLAMES' new album, "Siren Charms", sold around 9,000 copies...
Swedish death metal supergroup BLOODBATH, which features in its ranks KATATONIA's Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström, as well as OPETH's Martin Axenrot, has recruited PARADISE LOST's Nick Holmes as its new lead singer. Holmes will make his BLOODBATH debut on the band's new album, "Grand Morbid Funeral", which will be released on November 17 via Peaceville. The effort features guest appearances by Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler from AUTOPSY. "Grand Morbid Funeral" track listing: 01. Let The Stillborn Come To Me 02. Total Death Exhumed 03. Anne 04. Church Of Vastitas 05. Famine Of God's Word 06. Mental Abortion 07. Beyond Cremation 08. His Infernal Necropsy 09. Unite In Pain 10. My Torturer 11. Grand Morbid Funeral The official lyric video for the song "Famine Of God's Word" can be seen below. "Ever since I got into 'Lost Paradise' back in 1990," Renkse tells Metal Hammer magazine, "Nick Holmes has been one of my favorite growling vocalists out there. He was always audible and articulate but still deep and definitely morbid. It is a great pleasure to work with him some 25 years later after I was introduced to his thunderous roar!" Adds Nyström: "Little did I expect to be working with the voice behind the death metal classic 'Lost Paradise', or the genre-defining 'Gothic' and yet here we are decades later, fullfiling another death metal dream. With his sinister and ominous vocal delivery, it's an absolute pleasure to make Old Nick the bell-ringer in BLOODBATH's 'Grand Morbid Funeral'!" Regarding the musical direction of "Grand Morbid Funeral", Nyström says: "We're proud of all these different styled releases and we loved doing each and every one of them, but the objective was never to settle with a certain style, so our time has come to shift once more. "It was already decided right after the last album that the next record would not become a 'Fathomless Part 2', but in certain aspects it would actually to become its antithesis! So prepare yourselves for an ultimate blueprint of destructive, raw, heavy, organic and sludgy death metal! The time has come to stomp those HM-2 pedals once more and close the circle of the death metal archives with our 'Grand Morbid Funeral'!" Recorded once again at Ghost Ward Studios and the City Of Glass Studios in Stockholm, and mixed by David Castillo, "Grand Morbid Funeral" is undoubtedly the band's darkest and dirtiest opus yet; an organic collection of filth-ridden tracks straight from the grave, boldly eschewing the approach of somewhat over-produced modern death metal in favor of something altogether more rotten to the bone. Formed in 1998 with a mutual fascination for horror and the glory days of death metal (especially the old Florida and Stockholm "Sunlight" scenes), the band has remained a leading light of extreme metal since its "Breeding Death" EP was unleashed back in 2000, and a formidable force for 15 years, further cemented by the devastating — and most successful album to date — "The Fathomless Mastery" in 2008. BLOODBATH is set to appear on a string of festivals throughout 2015, including Inferno festival (Norway), Neurotic Deathfest (The Netherlands) and Maryland Deathfest (U.S.), with more to be announced.
BackstageAxxess.com recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Asked how his life has changed since he joined PRIEST in 2011 as the replacement for K.K. Downing, Faulkner said: "In lots of ways. I mean, it's remained the same in the sense that I'm still doing what I've always done, which is play guitar with that kind of outlook — harmony guitar and heavy guitar; I didn't have to change my writing style or anything, so things like that have remained the same, fortunately, 'cause that's who I am as a guitar player. Other things have changed immensely. I mean, I'm never in the same place for more than a month or so, 'cause we've always got promotion to do, or some recording to do, or some writing to do… whatever it is, there's always something going on every few months. So I've become a bit of a heavy metal vagabond, really. I think I'm young enough to do that still and I don't have to settle down here too much. And just being a part of PRIEST, because you're going everywhere and you're so learning so much about the industry outside of playing guitar, and I welcome the challenge." He continued: "You know, there are challenges in life, and that's not really a big challenge. Moving around the world is part of PRIEST and learning all this information and how to conduct yourself in meetings and press and promo and all the things that you don't really learn about when you're focused on your instrument. Which is a good thing, because you should be focused on your instrument when you're practicing and learning. But then learning how to listen to others and express ideas and be accepting of other people, it's just a great education and a great experience, and every day there's something new to experience and learn. And some things you don't quite the hang of straight away, but you've got that drive to learn how to do it, which is the same drive that started you off playing an instrument in the first place. So there's all this knowledge to be gained, and there's a wealth of experience to [benefit from by working with] these guys. And I'm sure they're learning too, in some respects. When you get someone from the outside in, I'm sure they learn different things as well… different viewpoints and stuff like that. So, again, it's just an education for me, and continues to be, moving forward." Prior to hooking up with PRIEST, Faulkner was the guitarist in the backing band for Lauren Harris, daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris. JUDAS PRIEST's 17th studio album, "Redeemer Of Souls", sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Hayley Leggs of TotalRock Radio conducted an interview with ENTOMBED A.D. guitarist Nico Elgstrand and vocalist Lars Göran Petrov at this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 7-10 at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the difference in ENTOMBED's sound since the addition of "A.D." to the the band's name, Nico said: "There isn't a difference, really. I mean, I've been with the band for 10 years. We've been doing what we have been doing as always, just now we're gonna get a bit more busy doing it properly as opposed to, like… I mean, seven years between every album, that's nonsense; you have to be just a bit quicker than that. So, from now on, it's gonna be as it should be." "Back To The Front", the album that was recorded last year by four members of the most recent lineup of the legendary Swedish metal act ENTOMBED — Lars Göran Petrov (vocals), Olle Dahlstedt (drums), Nico Elgstrand (guitar) and Victor Brandt (bass) — was released on August 5 via Century Media Records under the band name ENTOMBED A.D. The CD was recorded at Studio Bohus (ABBA, EUROPE) in Kungälv, Sweden with producer Roberto Laghi (IN FLAMES, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR). The cover artwork was painted by Zbigniew Bielak (WATAIN, VADER). In a recent interview with Metal Underground, Elgstrand stated about the legal issues that forced the ENTOMBED name change: "We've had some internal turmoil that resulted in a separation of Alex [Hellid, guitar] from the band. [It] turns out he didn't wanna make music and tour on it. [We're] still not sure what the hell he wants to do! When we were about to release the album, he started bringing in lawyers and claimed that the name ENTOMBED belongs to him. Which, of course, it doesn't, but instead of getting into a lawsuit that would've gone on for a long time and wouldn't have made anyone happy except a bunch of lawyers, we decided to add 'A.D.' to the name and get on with what were supposed to do, which is making music and touring as a band. As of now, the name ENTOMBED is on hold for anyone to use until people involved come to a solution. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to happen in the near future."
Fan-filmed video footage of reactivated German death metallers MORGOTH performing a new song, "God Is Evil" on October 3 at LKA-Longhorn in Stuttgart, Germany can be seen below. MORGOTH in August released a seven-inch EP/digital single titled "God Is Evil" featuring two brand new tracks. Comments the band: "Finally, after 17 years, we have some new tunes to share with you. "We are excited about the nearing release of the 'God Is Evil' single, which contains the title track as well as the song 'Die As Deceiver'. These two brand-new songs are meant to be a first teaser for our upcoming album, 'Ungod', which we will be recording later this year for a release early 2015 via Century Media Records." "God Is Evil" is available on black vinyl and limited golden vinyl (300 copies). The powerful artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu, who has previously worked with ARCH ENEMY, GRAVE, DARKTHRONE and many others. MORGOTH released its first-ever live album and DVD, "Cursed To Live", on June 25, 2012 via Century Media Records. The audio tracks were mixed at Unisound Studio in Sweden with Dan Swanö (OPETH, KATATONIA, DISSECTION). "Cursed To Live" is the documentation of MORGOTH's 20th-anniversary celebration of the band's all-time classic album "Cursed" (released by Century Media Records in 1991). It was released on CD, a limited DVD+2CD as well as a limited deluxe 2LP. The live show featured on the album was recorded at the band's triumphant show headlining Way Of Darkness festival 2011, at which MORGOTH performed an extensive set of 15 songs, with the main focus on the songs off "Cursed". The cover artwork — with an intentional nod to the original "Cursed" art — was designed by the renowned artist Dirk Rudolph (RAMMSTEIN, IN EXTREMO, APOCALYPTICA), who had also created the original artwork for "Cursed". MORGOTH 2014 is: Marc Grewe - Vocals Harry Busse - Guitar Sebastian Swart - Guitar Sotirios "Soti" Kelekidis - Bass Marc Reign - Drums
The English-language edition of "Relentless: Thirty Years Of Sepultura", the first complete biography of SEPULTURA's epic career by Sao Paulo, Brazil-based U.S. author Jason Korolenko, will be made available on December 4 via Rocket 88, a UK-based publisher dedicated to exploring new worlds of music and popular culture. According to a press release, the book "tells the remarkable story of how Brazil's biggest musical act came to sell over 20 million albums worldwide. From their beginnings playing music that could have seen them arrested, through three decades of success, struggle and strife and including new details about members leaving, 'Relentless' uncovers the story of one of the world's most influential metal acts. Written with the support of the band, it is illustrated with over 70 photos, many from the band's personal archives, and most previously unseen." Said SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser: "There is fantastic research on Brazil and the political context. It has some very detailed stuff on the songs, the studio… It's awesome." "Relentless" was published in Poland on October 8 under the title "Sepultura - Brazylijska Fura" (which translates to "Brazilian Fury"). Korolenko is a widely published writer of horror fiction and music journalism. For more information, visit SepulturaBook.com. Former SEPULTURA frontman Max Cavalera released his autobiography, "My Bloody Roots", earlier in the year. Kisser told Australia's Loud magazine that he had no interest in reading Max's book, which was co-written by British author Joel McIver, explaining: "It's just [Max's] opinion, that's all. I'm not interested to get into a fight to say, who's right, who's wrong… Of course I don't agree with everything, but if you have a mind and a mouth, you might as well express what you feel. It's just what you're feeling, that's it. It's nothing to do with what we're doing now and stuff, you know? I didn't read it, but of course people always comment [to me] about features of the book: 'He said that, he said that.' That's fine; it's just not something that is really going to change anything of what we're doing today. If he felt the urge to put something like that out, that's his… We're very focused [on] here, today. The music that SOULFLY or CAVALERA CONSPIRACY or whatever is doing is nothing to do with what SEPULTURA is doing. We're so much apart. It doesn't matter what you say, at the end of the day… There's so many opinions around the world, and I respect them all. But we're doing something very special. I think we've respected our past, but live in the present very much."
Former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo's SUPERJOINT RITUAL project will reunite for an appearance at this year's edition of Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell's groundbreaking horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore Horror Film Festival, which will be held October 23-26 in Emo's in Austin, Texas. For legal reasons, the band will perform at the event under the abbreviated moniker SUPERJOINT. Asked in an October 5 interview with Jack Antonio if the SUPERJOINT RITUAL reunion will be a one-off or if there will be further activity beyond the Housecore Horror Film Festival appearance, Anselmo said: "It is a one-off, a hundred percent, as of right now, man, It's something that we get asked about quite a bit, but, really, for us, if you look at the guys that are in the band, original members, it's really me and Jimmy [Bower, guitar], and, of course, we've got Kevin Bond coming in on guitar and whatnot. But, really, if you look at just Jimmy and me alone, we're gonna be crazy busy coming up in 2015 as well, and Jimmy with EYEHATEGOD and whatever obligations DOWN decides to take on. But I think the main focus of next year would be, maybe around summer time, is getting [to work on] that third [DOWN] EP. And other than that, man, I wanna write another solo record and produce some bands. So, [there will be] not as much touring for me next year." He continued: "We realize this is the end of the push for this year, and SUPERJOINT just happens to be part of it. It's gonna be fun, man. It's gonna be a blast." A short video clip of SUPERJOINT rehearsing for the upcoming show can be seen below. Asked at the 2011 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival if there was any possibility of a SUPERJOINT RITUAL reunion at some point in the future, Anselmo replied: "Absolutely a hundred percent no fucking way. I know some people like that band, but there's too many sour feelings, too much bad business and I don't take steps backwards anymore, I'm fucking running forward. You hear me? Good." SUPERJOINT RITUAL's sophomore album, "A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred", was released in July 2003 via Sanctuary. Anselmo described his band's songs as "short blasts of hardcore blood" and said, to those who weren't around to witness AGNOSTIC FRONT and early SLAYER, "We're givin' you a fuckin' beautiful example of what it was like."