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DARK FUNERAL to re-issue first six albums starting in September; new vocalist search announced


After recently signing to Century Media Records for their upcoming studio album, DARK FUNERAL is now ready to present a series of stunning re-issues for their previous six albums that offer melodic yet blasting satanic hymns in absolute perfection. Created with the band's close cooperation, the first batch of DARK FUNERAL re-issues covers the self-titled MCD (plus bonus material), The Secrets Of The Black Arts (including the re-mixed/re-mastered 8-track Unisound mix as a bonus), and Vobiscum Satanas (including live tracks). These titles will be released in Europe on September 9 and in North America on November 12 via Century Media Records.


In regards to these upcoming re-issues (plus DARK FUNERAL's new vocalist search), the band's mastermind, Lord Ahriman (guitar), comments:


"I'm proud to announce that we are finally doing proper re-issues of our classic albums through Century Media. And to really spice things up, I have dug deep into my personal photo archives to come up with some killer photos/flyers, previously mostly unseen by the public eye. These will be the definite versions of our classic albums, especially the nice vinyls! Each album also contains detailed liner notes-- and besides myself, Themgoroth, Dan Swanö & some other old friends that were present at the time I formed the band contributed to this. Unfortunately, I could not finish off these re-issues with Blackmoon, who sadly passed away earlier this year, but he was fully aware of them and for 'In The Sign...' and 'The Secrets...' we at least added a tribute page to commemorate him.

We've just ended our festival season with a killer show at Germany's Summer Breeze festival. Now, my/our main focus will be to resume writing the next masterpiece, tentatively set for release in 2014. More news to come...

DARK FUNERAL is currently looking for a permanent new vocalist - preferable from Scandinavia. Serious applications can be sent to vocalist@darkfuneral.se!"


All re-issues will be available on black vinyl, in addition to a limited transparent blue vinyl (only 100 copies!) at CM Distro. With previously unseen photos, extensive liner notes by Olivier "Zoltar" Badin (Terrorizer / Iron Fist), bonus material and revamped layouts, these re-mastered classics are essential for every black metal maniac out there! See below for each album's track-listing (all bonus tracks are also included on the respective vinyls).


In The Sign... (re-issue+bonus) track-listing **available as CD, LP (plus poster), digital download**

1. Open The Gates (4:36)

2. Shadows Over Transylvania (4:22)

3. My Dark Desires (3:52)

4. In The Sign Of The Horns (3:43)

5. Equimanthorn (BATHORY cover) (3:21)

6. Call From The Grave (BATHORY cover) (4:34)

7. Open The Gates (live 2003) (3:54)

8. Shadows Over Transylvania (live 2003) (3:16)

9. My Dark Desires (live 2003) (3:48)

NOTE: tracks 1-4 are taken from the self-titled MCD (1994), tracks 6-7 are taken from 'In Conspiracy With Satan' BATHORY-tribute sampler


The Secrets Of The Black Arts (re-issue+bonus) track-listing **available as 2CD, Gatefold 2LP (plus poster), digital download**


1. The Dark Age Has Arrived (00:18)

2. The Secrets Of The Black Arts (03:40)

3. My Dark Desires (03:46)

4. The Dawn No More Rises (03:58)

5. When Angels Forever Die (04:06)

6. The Fire Eternal (03:54)

7. Satan's Mayhem (04:52)

8. Shadows Over Transylvania (03:41)

9. Bloodfrozen (04:20)

10. Satanic Blood (VON cover) (02:12)

11. Dark Are The Paths To Eternity (A Summoning Nocturnal) (05:56)


1. Shadows Over Transylvania (Unisound version (03:39)

2. The Dawn No More Rises (Unisound version) (03:40)

3. The Secrets Of The Black Arts (Unisound version) (03:26)

4. Satan's Mayhem (Unisound Version) (04:48)                                 

5. Bloodfrozen (Unisound Version) (03:36)

6. My Dark Desires (Unisound Version) (03:21)

7. Dark Are The Paths To Eternity (A Summoning Nocturnal) (Unisound Version) (05:39)

8. The Fire Eternal (Unisound Version) (03:38)


Vobiscum Satanas (re-issue+bonus) track-listing **available as CD, LP, digital download**

1. Ravenna Strigoi Mortii (04:26)

2. Enriched By Evil (04:40)

3. Thy Legions Come (04:11)

4. Evil Prevail (04:28)

5. Slava Satan (03:56)

6. The Black Winged Horde (04:37)

7. Vobiscum Satanas (05:00)

8. Ineffable King Of Darkness (03:38)

9. Enriched By Evil (live 1998) (04:43)

10. Thy Legions Come (live 1998) (04:14)

11. Vobiscum Satanas (live 1998) (05:00)

12. Ineffable King Of Darkness (live 1998) (03:28)








ABOMINANT: Onward to Annihilation Out Now on Deathgasm Records


Onward to Annihilation, the 10th studio album from Kentucky Death Metal veterans ABOMINANT, is out now on Deathgasm Records. 


Two decades of violent death metal warfare have led ABOMINANT to this unrelenting and brutal statement of USDM! Featuring the band's most memorable collection of material to date, including a wicked cover of HYPOCRISY's "Left to Rot" and a refreshing molten metal surprise surprise called "Hold your Ground," Onward to Annihilation is ABOMINANT's career best. Metal above all!   


Album track "Legions of Hell" is now streaming at this location. 


From now until Friday, August 30th, DeadRhetoric.com and Deathgasm Records are offering the chance to win a copy of Onward to Annihilation, along with MASADA's Hideous Rot EP and FAITHXTRACTOR's The Great Shadow Infiltrator. To enter, visit www.deadrhetoric.com/news/deathgasm-records-cd-giveaway/

Onward to Annihilation can be purchased at www.deathgasm.net.



We are Coming

Conquerors of Dust

Left to Rot


Onward to Annihilation

Hold your Ground

Beside the Dying Flame

Legions of Hell

Heed the warning and take cover in preparation. On September 3rd Sevared Records will release Sorrow and Skin from Boston Death Metal Force SCALPEL.

Death Metal is a visceral art that is dependent upon the extreme dedication of its loyal fans. SCALPEL has no other purpose than to deliver a version of this art to those same fans whose lives have been claimed by the likes of SUFFOCATION, CARCASS, and DEATH. It is in this vein that SCALPEL constructs its own brutal dirges, devoid of genre restriction and with an eagerness to explore the darker realms of music. The band is rooted firmly in the old school aesthetic, vigilant to revive the gnarly riffage and macabre lyrical content of so many vicious death metal acts. SCALPEL creates its own art to be maddening and precise, to fulfill the connotations of its name.

Nefarious Realm has posted the exclusive premier of the title track from Sorrow and Skin. Check it out at this location. 

For more selections from Sorrow and Skin, including album tracks "Sentinels of Severed Flesh" and "Ripe," live footage and more, visit www.youtube.com/scalpelofficial.

Pre-order the album at www.scalpel.bigcartel.com.
SCALPEL will be performing a show with the mighty GORGUTS on September 8th at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass. in celebration of the release of Sorrow and Skin. The band will follow that gig with another blockbuster opening for MORBID ANGEL on November 10th at The Middle East in Cambridge, Mass. For details and updates, follow SCALPEL at the links listed below.


WEBSITE: www.scalpel.us

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/scalpelofficial 

MYSPACE:  www.myspace.com/scalpel08

BANDCAMP:  www.scalpel.bandcamp.com

BIGCARTEL: www.scalpel.bigcartel.com

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/scalpelofficial

Metal / DEICIDE To Release 'IN THE MINDS OF EVIL' This Fall
« on: August 26, 2013, 08:06:41 PM »

Track Listing For New Studio Album Announced

NO SALVATION TOUR 2013 Set For October With Support From

AUGUST 20, 2013


Metal legends DEICIDE will release 'IN THE MINDS OF EVIL' this fall via Century Media Records. The album is the eleventh studio recording of an illustrious career spanning more than 25 years, and is being produced by Jason Suecoff [ALL THAT REMAINS, TRIVIUM, DEATH ANGEL, BATTLECROSS]. The complete track listing follows:


1. In The Minds Of Evil

2. Thou Begone

3. Godkill

4. Beyond Salvation

5. Misery Of One

6. Between The Flesh And The Void

7. Even The Gods Can Bleed

8. Trample The Cross

9.  Banished By Evil

10. Kill The Light Of Christ

11. End The Wrath Of God


DECIBEL MAGAZINE joined DEICIDE in the studio earlier this year, reporting: "Expect a super-brutal blast to the cranium. Longtime fans will pick up on nuances inspired from the almighty Legion effort." With drummer Steve Asheim adding, "we're going to get down and dirty this time around, so expect the lyrics to be brutal."


DEICIDE is (from L-R in above photo): Glen Benton (vocals and bass), Kevin Quirion (guitars), Steve Asheim (drums) and Jack Owen (guitars).


The band will preview 'IN THE MINDS OF EVIL' on the road this fall on the NO SALVATION TOUR 2013 - a DEICIDE headlining run with fellow Century Media labelmates and death metal favorites BROKEN HOPE in support. Also opening are DISGORGE and NECRONOMICON. The North American tour launches October 2 in Atlanta, GA, and ends October 24 in Austin, TX. Highlights include a convergence with the Delaware Death Fest October 5, as well as stops in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. Complete dates are listed below.



02: Atlanta, GA - Masquerade

03: Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall

04: Springfield, VA - Empire

05: Wilmington, DE - Mojo 13 (Delaware Death Fest, co-headline with Suffocation)

06: New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre

07: Montreal, QC - Club Soda

08: Toronto, ON - WreckRoom

10: Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa

11: Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge

12: Kansas City, MO - Riot Room

13: Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater

15: Spokane, WA - The Hop

16: Seattle, WA - Studio Seven

17: Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre

18: San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge

19: S. Lake Tahoe, CA - Whisky Dick's

20: W. Hollywood, CA - The Whisky

21: Phoenix, AZ - Joe's Grotto

22: El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls

23: Dallas, TX - Trees

24: Austin, TX - Infest


August 26, 2013


Los Angeles, CA - New Hampshire Black Metal quartet VATTNET VISKAR are now streaming their entire new album on Pitchfork.  Sky Swallower is set to hit stores on September 3 via Century Media and has already caught the attention of heavy music lovers thanks to three single song streams in the past few weeks.  Now you can get the full album experience thanks to our friends at Pitchfork.  Check out the album here:



SKY SWALLOWER track-listing:

1. New Alchemy

2. Fog of Apathy

3. Monarch

4. Breath of the Almighty

5. Ascend

6. Mythos

7. As I Stared Into the Sky

8. Apex

*Cover art by Bryan Proteau (Pallbearer).




w/INTRONAUT:9/12/2013   Rocky Point Cantina   Tempe   AZ
9/14/2013   Launchpad   Albuquerque   NM
9/16/2013   Club Dada   Dallas   TX
9/18/2013   The Firebird   St. Louis   MO
9/19/2013   Diamond Pub & Billiards   Louisville   KY
9/20/2013   Montage Music Hall   Rochester   NY
9/21/2013   The Summit   Columbus   OH
9/22/2013   Montage Music Hall   Rochester   NY








Jon Pebsworth

Century Media Publicity

2323 W. El Segundo Blvd.

Hawthorne, CA 90250

Office: (323) 418-1400 x147

Direct: (323) 305-7447


Metal / Scalpel
« on: August 19, 2013, 04:54:38 PM »

Interzone / Pop culture's greatest (s)hits
« on: August 11, 2013, 03:19:14 PM »
I'm sure there are more, but I know of these classic trends:

1. Black Eyed Peas - Let's Get Retarded


2. Riskay - Smell Yo Dick


I guess that hilarious Rebecca Black girl belongs on here, or some of the 70s disco but... anyone have any super-stupid contributions? I mean, more super-stupid than normal.

Interzone / The hard question
« on: August 06, 2013, 09:10:51 PM »
Comparison is easy; creativity is hard.

We know many things don't work well.

Are there things that work better?

We may have to invent them.

Or they may already exist. But probably not in the form we need.

What would society look like, if you were in charge?

Metal / Uniqueness
« on: July 13, 2013, 09:23:37 AM »
Hipsters use "unique" as a compliment, and hippies use it as a reason why each person is important.

It's neither. You don't want a unique hammer, for example, and yet hammers are important. You want some things to be purely functional.

But when it comes to communications -- writings, music, art -- you would expect them not to cluster together, or what you have isn't art, but a circle-jerk repeating the same stuff over and over.

Propaganda would cluster more like that.


This research uses spectral analysis to compare songs. Basically, at what times are they at roughly the same frequencies.

I'd love to run the same thing for metal, first on riffs, and next on songs.

I imagine there's a huge cluster with the "standard speed metal song" from the 1980s front and center. And after that, the standard death metal trudge-jump song. And now, the "chaotic" math-core, metalcore, deathcore, indie, shoegaze, etc. song that ends up in the exact same place as everything else after doing some random stuff at the beginning.

Something to think about if any of you need research topics.

Interzone / Esotericism
« on: July 01, 2013, 10:25:47 PM »
Exoteric religions tell you that a dogma can set you free.

Esoteric religious thought instructs you to explore and discover.

The best parts of esoteric thought are the hermeticists, the Hindus, and the Perennialists.

If religions were more like those... we'd all join.

But they're not very individualist/populist. More like solitary and contemplative. That's not a big seller in Idiocracy-land.

Interzone / Some praise for our volunteers
« on: July 01, 2013, 10:20:45 PM »
First, a big thank you to the moderation team here. The board looks great. Slow, but not inundated with shit. I spent some time on a large-famous-metal-board-that-shall-not-be-named recently and was blown away by the sheer amount of posturing and bad thinking. It was excruciating.

Crow, Jim Necroslaughter, scourge and the team -- great work.

Next, a big hails to all who have written for the site. It's a huge help and has kept the quality writing going. This in turn has made us more of a go-to place for CURRENT releases and thus we're reaching more people with our information about CLASSIC releases.

I should mention our art team. Art team? You know who you are. Lookin' good.

Finally, thanks to the people who've been sticking our links on random blogs with cryptic comments. We keep getting funny emails. But design blogs? Doesn't matter, it's working.

Before I get so focused on my mission that I forget all those who help with that mission on a daily basis... big hugs/drugs/massgraves-of-idiots to you all.

Metal / Best Of Lists
« on: June 29, 2013, 03:57:41 PM »
I think they're a good idea.

Rather, I've realized that I'm an elitist -- I prefer quality/reality over quantity/sociability -- and thus I tend to like paring down to essentials, and really getting to know those.

I don't want to pick up third-string bands because they're interesting examples of that fertile transition period between classic Swedish OSDM and the melodic variant, etc. Or because they use a flute. That's hipster jive.

What I think matters is not form, but the unity of form and content. Together they make a voice. When separated, content becomes ranting and form becomes surface. When together, an object is made that unites the idea of the time with its outcome.

Thus I think it's important to have "best of" lists otherwise known as "best practices" listening lists -- if you want to really enjoy the genre, and not get bogged down in the forgettables the hipsters enjoy, try these.

I'm looking at Jim Necroslaughter's micro-list now:

His Majesty at the Swamp / Black Arts Lead to Everlasting Sins / Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism / Oath of Black Blood / Privilege of Evil / Dawn of Possession / In Battle There is No Law / Thousand Swords / To Mega Therion

Can't think of any I disagree with here:

* Varathron - His Majesty at the Swamp
* Necromantia - Black Arts Lead to Everlasting Sins
* Immortal - Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism
* Beherit - Oath of Black Blood
* Amorphis - Privilege of Evil
* Immolation - Dawn of Possession
* Bolt Thrower - In Battle There is No Law
* Graveland - Thousand Swords
* Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion

However, if I were making a list, it would turn out differently.

I'd point people to Drawing Down the Moon before Oath of Black Blood.

I actually would point them to the first Immortal album, but only after they've heard Blood Fire Death and The Return, which are the two influences they hybridized to make it.

Immolation? Other than the carnage of the last three releases, which are just embarrassing, I'd point toward Here In After. It's more together.

Hard to limit oneself to such a short list! For example, I'd throw in Morbid Tales/Emperor's Return to go with To Mega Therion (and if someone ever edits the cruft out of the album following it, that too).

Ah well, you see how hard it is. And yet, how easy. Because you're selecting the things that really exemplify what you enjoy. Then all is purity.

Interzone / Achievements
« on: June 28, 2013, 09:56:39 PM »
What are you proudest of?

Per item:

What did you overcome?

What did your background not help with?

What changed in you in the course of this accomplishment?

Interzone / Anal hazing
« on: June 26, 2013, 07:53:55 PM »

Has anyone experienced this?

What does it mean?

Why does the press seem to delight in these things?

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