ENTOMBED A.D. and ABORTED Co-headlining tour “Hell Over Europe III” coming next month

The legendary Swedish Death Metal act ENTOMBED A.D. have announced a tour with their brothers in crime ABORTED. The bands are going on “Hell Over Europe III” and will be joined by BAEST. (See the complete list of show below.)

Entombed A.D. and Aborted Co-headlining tour "Hell Over Europe III

ENTOMBED A.D. have just released their 3rd album entitled “Bowels Of Earth” through Century Media Records. The record official release date was 30th August and was followed by a kick-ass show at the Romanian festival Posada Rock Fest on 31st, where the guys performed two tracks of the album which were well embraced by the audience.

ABORTED are touring in support of their latest offering “TerrorVision” (2018) and BAEST will have their second effort “Venenum” out on September 13th.

The “Hell Over Europe III” tour starts October 18th in London and ends on November 17th in Hamburg. Get your tickets for this ball breaking tour package now!

Hell Over Europe III

Presented by Metal Hammer

18/10/2019 UK London – The Dome
19/10/2019 DE Paderborn – Metal Inferno Festival
20/10/2019 DE Leipzig – Taubchentall
21/10/2019 CZ Prague – Futurum
22/10/2019 SK Bratislava – Randal club
23/10/2019 PL Warschau – Proxima
24/10/2019 LT Vilnius – Kablys
25/10/2019 LV Riga – Melna Piektdiena
26/10/2019 EE Talinn – Tapper
27/10/2019 FI Helsinki – On The Rocks
29/10/2019 SE Stockholm – Slykhust
30/10/2019 SE Gothenburg – Pustervik
31/10/2019 NO Oslo – Jon Dee
01/11/2019 DK Copenhagen – Vega
02/11/2019 DE Kassel – Goldgrube
03/11/2019 DE Mannheim – MS Complex
04/11/2019 IT Milano – Legend club
06/11/2019 ES Murcia – Garaje
07/11/2019 ES Malaga – Paris15
09/11/2019 ES Bilbao – Stage Live
10/11/2019 FR Toulouse – Metronum
11/11/2019 FR Niort – Camji
12/11/2019 FR Rennes – Ubu
13/11/2019 FR Savigny Le Temple – L’Empreinte
14/11/2019 BE Antwerp – Zappa
15/11/2019 NL Haarlem – Patronaat
16/11/2019 NL Sittard – Volt
17/11/2019 DE Hamburg – Kulturpalast

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Metal trailblazer K.K.Downing of JUDAS PRIEST triumphantly returns to the live stage after ten years

We usually like to shun pompous epithets dominating the metal media, but K.K.’s emergence at this year’s Bloodstock Festival has been an artistic as well as a personal triumph. Having left JUDAS PRIEST in 2011 (but remaining legally a member), his involvement in playing music amid unresolved issues had been close to none.


It has been quite an ordeal for the passionate Judas Priest fan to follow them this past year-and-a-half. Of course, Judas Priest is an ordeal itself – full of agony as well as ecstasy, a birthplace of extreme emotion inhumanly executed, origin of extreme metal and dare we say heavy metal per se, while transcending boundaries and never being cliche. But much needed catharsis has seemed to elude as of late.

Concluding image of the Firepower tour

Concluding image of the Firepower tour

It all began with the unfortunate announcement of Glenn Tipton’s Parkinson’s diagnosis in February 2018 and him being forced to step down from being a full touring Judas Priest member.

It seemed then that K.K.Downing, the other half of the guitar duo which constituted the dual-lead attack and, alongside Rob Halford, the legend that became Priest, had assumed that the way was open for him to return to the band he formed and devoted his life to.

Little did he know that not only this wasn’t the case, but his expressed surprise would trigger undisguised hostility in the Priest camp. An innocuous statement of Downing’s, namely that Andy Sneap had probably a greater contribution to Priest’s Firepower album than that of just any producer – much like the late Chris Tsangarides had on Painkiller – spurred Rob Halford to insinuate that Downing had made an ill implication of Glenn Tipton not having played guitar on Priest’s last installment. Tipton in turn, who was said to have only decided not to tour three weeks prior to the tour itself, appointed Sneap as his replacement without room for negotiating alternatives.

Judas Priest on their Firepower tour

Judas Priest on their Firepower tour

Many hints on the part of the band, aimed at Downing, were thrown in the media in the following months, suggesting that he had departed on his own accord and shouldn’t expect to be asked back (despite that Rob Halford had also once left), with some of them targetting K.K.’s reputation while also implicating the fans, as in: “Fans won’t miss KK Downing, since we have Richie Faulkner who brought new energy”. To the latter, KK responded that he had been the one most energetic on the British Steel 30th Anniversary tour, where namely, in October 2009, he made his final appearance on stage. We’d like to add to that K.K.’s unique style and cordial personality which couldn’t be replaced and which makes an artist, rather than just meticulous technicality.

K.K. Downing at Bloodstock Festival

K.K. Downing at Bloodstock Festival

Furthermore, in his book “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest” which came out in September 2018, K.K., while remaining gentlemanly, made it clear he had reasons to have departed, involving decrease in the quality of performance, questionable management, and not least the personality of Glenn Tipton who, through “subtle control” in the words of K.K., sidelined him creatively and in terms of decision-making for the band. K.K.’s protests were fully ignored, he said, and the band had been run as a dictatorship instead of democracy, thence leaving him no choice.

For the fans of Judas Priest, the 2018-19 Firepower tour has been excessively emotional primarily due to the partial involvement of Glenn Tipton who still played some encores on chosen shows. We were made witness to his passion and attachment to the stage. His last appearance was on the 3rd of May, when his efforts seemed poignant.

K.K. Downing with Ross The Boss

K.K. Downing with Ross The Boss

The next step for Priest was the announcement of a 50th-anniversary concert (respectively tour), which everyone would have assumed should involve Downing (and why not other past members, such as drummer Les Binks of Stained Class fame). To our dismay, however, it seems to have been suggested that Sneap would continue “flying the flag” as replacement in Judas Priest, while K.K. intimated Priest’s lawyers had been sending him letters, “trying to erradicate the last speck of me” – this all leaving us to anticipate a golden wedding with a new girlfriend, while trying to divorce one’s wife.

Whatever’s going on behind the scenes in Priest, seems to stem from the realms of the irrational. Some fans hold it against Downing that he made bad business decisions in his life (as if this has any relevance to pure artistry), while business-savvy Priest have it together – but what business plan involves the promotion of a 50th-anniversary tour with only two original members (Tipton still being featured on the poster without promise of participating), a third one eager to play?

K.K. Downing with Ross The Boss Band

K.K. Downing with Ross The Boss Band

Speaking of playing, K.K. was artistically unambiguous on the 11th of August at Bloodstock, where he joined Ross The Boss (Ross Friedman, formerly of Manowar) and his band – this peer of Downing’s had his heart in bringing disheartened K.K. back: “I don’t know anything about what went down between K.K. and the band and I hope one day it could be solved matter. Fact it’s my ulterior motive to bring K.K Downing out and get him playing again and maybe back to where he belongs in Judas Priest. (…) I would love to put some good vibes out there to him and so maybe there would be a chance that something could happen and I think the fans would love it.” (themetalvoice.com)

K.K. Downing with Ross The Boss Band

K.K. Downing with Ross The Boss Band

K.K. emerged to show us what it’s all about. Youthful and dynamic, an eternal kid at heart, he executed with his poise of a “precision musician” as he describes himself, with distinction and ease, but also barely concealing his excitement and vivaciousness.

However dysfunctional the characters in the band might have been, they seemed to work together splendidly in the name of rock’n’roll – anything can be forgiven but the loss of spark and an air of toxicity, detrimental to music itself.

Throughout the clashes with his band (of which we can’t bring ourselves to say “former”) and the negative portrayal in the media, Downing has remained positive and keeps extending his will for dialogue (unfortunally met with a brick wall so far). The result on stage is the ingredient essential to music – groove.

Promotional poster for Judas Priest headlining the 2020 Wacken Festival

Promotional poster for Judas Priest headlining the 2020 Wacken Festival

Priest have been ill-advised to try and divide their fans, claiming whatever part of their unfortunately dwindling audience. Isn’t this in stark contrast with one of their anthems, United?

K.K.Downing is improvisation and freedom, a gale cutting the air to not let it stale. We need that back in Judas Priest, where the star of Rob Halford shines ever brightly.

In his latest interview following the performance at Bloodstock, a cheerful Downing leaves us resolutely hopeful: “Maybe this would be the first of many things… when bands get together, perform together…”

But “it is what it is”, K.K. always concludes, and in whatever way, we hope he Heads Out To The Highway without looking back, granting us his consistent lively presence on stage.

Ross The Boss with K.K. Downing performing Judas Priest classics: Green Manalishi (Fleetwood Mac cover), Heading Out To The Highway, Breaking The Law, and Running Wild:

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Norwegian Black Metallers NORDJEVEL release video of track from upcoming album

With a little over a month to go before the 29th March release of their sophomore full-length album “Necrogenesis” on Osmose Productions, Norwegian Black Metallers NORDJEVEL have revealed a new video for a track from the album.



The video, by Grupa 13 Production, for the track “Amen Whores” can be seen below.

Recorded at Velvet Recording in Spydeberg, Norway, “Necrogenesis” was engineered by NORDJEVEL and Christer Krogh, and mixed and mastered by Patric Darkhyrys at his WSL Studios in France.

Nordjevel - Necrogenesis

Nordjevel – Necrogenesis

With Artwork and layout by Vincent Fouquet of Above Chaos, tracklisting for “Necrogenesis” is as follows:

1. Sunset Glow
2. Devilry
3. The Idea Of One-Ness
4. Black Lights From The Void
5. Amen Whores
6. The Fevered Lands
7. Nazarene Necrophilia
8. Apokalupsis Eschation
9. Panzerengel
10. Venom Of Serpents (Bonus Track Vinyl, Digipack)



GHOSTHEART NEBULA: Italian Doom Metal project with debut EP

“Reveries”, the first EP of Italian Doom Metal project GHOSTHEART NEBULA, has been released by the band itself in December 2018 and the process was carried out between Norway and Italy: recorded and mixed by Aron Corti at Streetrecstudio in Albese con Cassano (Como), mastered by Øystein G. Brun (BORKNAGAR) at Crosound Studio in Bergen (Norway).

Ghostheart Nebula - Riveries

Ghostheart Nebula – Riveries

The artwork has been created by Gogo Melone (AEONIAN SORROW, CLOUDS).

Ghostheart Nebula

Ghostheart Nebula

GHOSTHEART NEBULA is a Doom Metal project born at the end of 2017 from the meeting between Nick Magister (COUNTERSTROKE), Maurizio Caverzan (IN-SIGHT) and Bolthorn (OBSOLETE THEORY). Their music can be identified as Doom Metal rich of Post Rock hints, soundtrack to intimistic and dreaming moments.

SERPENTINE CREATION: New 7″ vynil EP and video

Corvus Records released 7″ vynyl EP “Ave Eva” of Bulgarian Black Metal band SERPENTINE CREATION. A-side contains self-titled song in the well known band’s style, B-side contains orchestral version of “Ave Eva”, done by Daemonicreator (CORPUS DIAVOLIS).

Serpentine Creation - Ave Eva

Serpentine Creation – Ave Eva

SERPENTINE CREATION presents new video to the song “Ave Eva”.

Ave Eva. Everything that has beginning has an end too. We are born of sin and will die in vain. Eva is our beginning and the end, or the other way round. Doesn’t matter what way you read the title Ave Eva, you get the same meaning. Mesmerizing string and violent guitar wrangling in chaotic and furious manner, circling above, screaming and drowning in hell’s choir paying tribute to the only Goddess – the first and the last. Eva. Ave.

Brutal Assault 2019: DIMMU BORGIR, GODFLESH, ANTHRAX and SACRED REICH join the festival

Let’s open this mega update with Black Metal stormblast! Over seven years, deathlike silence has filled the halls of the world’s biggest Black Metal forge, whilst powers have been gathering to resurrect the band right in time for their 25th anniversary. And now DIMMU BORGIR have finally returned with a vicious work of art that is their latest album Eonian and they are coming to storm the main stage at Brutal Assault!

Wicked aural filth comes from the islands with GODFLESH, who are highly regarded as one of the pioneers of Industrial Metal; they took industrial to the next level with their fuse of heavy guitars and mixing it with slow drum loops and effects and their unique approach has spawned several musical styles since their conception.

Brutal Assault 2019

Brutal Assault will also present a combo of iconic thrashers that need no introduction, ANTHRAX and SACRED REICH will make it to the fest alongside upcoming crossover Thrash ministry IRON REAGAN and a staple name of the genre PRONG. Elusive French synth mastermind CARPENTER BRUT draws its influences from 80s TV shows and B-movies loaded with cheap thrills and sharp synthesizers. The mysterious and discreet man behind the pentagon – or the Brutagram as his fans would call it – evokes an encounter between Justice beats and the universe of John Carpenter. Into the brutagram at BA 2019! Through parted flesh, mental scars and waning health – from misfortune and adversity that would have broken lesser men, comes another black metal legend that almost doesn’t perform live… Welcome French titans ANTAEUS, come to your condemnation and witness Satanik Audio Violence! For the fans of modern death metal and hardcore amalgamation we are gonna have glowing hot Brits VENOM PRISON, their returning fellow countrymen ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY and Australia‘s own THY ART IS MURDER who are on fire right now! Anglophone domination over the genre will be contested by Japanese metalcore sensation CRYSTAL LAKE, who just set an impossible bar to leap over with their latest output Helix. If you think it’s enough incredibly energic music for now, then we beg to differ because we are also gonna have vigorous Metal Hardcore of GET THE SHOT and American Noise Rock kings DAUGHTERS, who are doing one of their rare live appearances at BA 2019!

Equally rare live are CULT OF LUNA and these Swedish visionaries have been praised for their live performances for a long time and Brutal Assault will host one of their few appearances in 2019. You shouldn’t miss this opportunity to witness a shattering audio-visual feast of iconoclastic proportions! Other thoughtful bands for thinking audience on the list are the German musician collective THE OCEAN with their immersive audial experience, US progressivists AFTER THE BURIAL and Norwegian masters of stellar Avant-Garde MANES. You can also look forward for rising stars of Danish scene SLÆGT, who play an epic blackened heavy metal but without any kind of limitation when approaching the style, their compatriots TAPHOS with their gut-wrenching death metal and progressive heavy metal outlet of Dutch singer Anneke van Giersbergen under the moniker VUUR. Gloomy rock doom in the end, the very godfathers of the genre THE OBSESSED who were formed already back in 1976 by Scott “Wino” Weinrich are back from the dead to perform for you at BA 2019!

In the end, we have some band news – A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH are unable to perform on Brutal Assault, because of the technical difficulties.


Timetable for Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018

The cult indoor extreme music festival Eindhoven Metal Meeting celebrates 10 years anniversary in 2018! The event will take place on Friday 14th & Saturday 15th December 2018 once again at the reputable Effenaar in Eindhoven, NL.

The timetable for Netherland’s longest running indoor Extreme Metal festival Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 is now available. Check it below and make sure to mark your highlights prior you get to Effenaar! It will be a hard headbaning weekend!

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 schedule day 1

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 schedule day 2

The festival tickets are sold out.

The festival weekend starts with the Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 Warm-Up Party, which will be hosted by Effenaar on Thursday 13th of December! The bands that will perform are AURA NOIR, DEMONICAL, OBLITERATION and VORBID. Tikets cost 13,50 euro (for EMM ticket holders – show your ticket at the booffice) and 18 euro (excl. service fees). Buy it here: ticketmaster.nl

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 Warm Up Party

Here is the time-schedule for the official afterparty:
02:45 – 03:30 SIBIIR

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 Afterparty

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HECATE ENTHRONED unveils new song, the new album coming in January

UK Black/Death Metal Act HECATE ENTHRONED unveils new song “Temples That Breathe”. Long-awaited new album “Embrace of the Godless Aeon” coming January 25.

Last week, the UK-based Blackened Death Metal group HECATE ENTHRONED announced that “Embrace of the Godless Aeon”, their first album in five years (and their debut for new label partner M-Theory Audio), will be released on January 25, 2019. Now, the group has unveiled the first proper taste of the new record – “Temples That Breathe”, which can now be heard on all streaming platforms. A video for the song, which premiered via Decibel Magazine, can be seen:

Says bassist Dylan Hughes: “The track is a critique of the Catholic Church for centuries of abuse. It paints the church as a kind of virulent entity that spreads pain and horror, almost as if the church itself is alive – hence, temples that breathe. The stark, menacing stills and imagery within the video create this unnerving miasma, an uneasy feeling like cold, stale secular breath on the back of your neck. The song features epic and sweeping orchestrations, heavy aggressive riffing, breakneck speeds and harmonies with a brutal vocal delivery – all the elements you’d expect from HECATE ENTHRONED, which are contained in abundance on this album, making this track the perfect first release to give you a flavor of what’s to come.”

Hecate Enthroned - Embrace Of The Godless Aeon

Hecate Enthroned – Embrace Of The Godless Aeon

“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 m-theoryaudio.com/store. A limited-edition deluxe box set that includes exclusive purple vinyl and cassette editions of the album, a signed photo card and other collectibles is also available. Digital pre-orders on Bandcamp and other platforms include “Temples That Breathe” as an instant download.

Hecate Enthroned

Hecate Enthroned

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, a sentiment that “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” firmly reinforces.

BULGARRITORY with second album

STOIAN KAEV (FIN BULGARIA/BULGARRITORY) album “Nekade tam” is in the process of being completed and is expected to be released in December. It will be his first solo album for two years now.

Bulgarritory - The Old Witch

Bulgarritory – The Old Witch

It is also expected that recordings on the second album of BULGARRITORY will be launched at that time. The planned album will be titled “The Old Witch”.



Angelmeat magazine #4 is out now, download it for free

Angelmeat tissue #4 is served, tastier than ever before. Inside the pages await the freshly slaughtered, skinned and split wide open interviews with MONSTROSITY (USA), SEANCE (Sweden), AETERNUS (Norway), KROMORTH (Brazil), CIST (Russia), LUCIFER’S CHILD (Greece), ZEALOT CULT (Ireland), HOSTIA (Poland), PSYCHOTOMY (Italy), VALDRIN (USA), WITCH KING (USA) and a ton of ripped apart reviews in English.

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