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Seidr and Vex pre-orders... the wait is finally over!!!

This post announces that we are now accepting pre-orders for both
Seidr - Ginnungagap 2CD and Vex - Memorious 2LP (Eihwaz Recordings)

Both releases are at the pressing plant, amazing and well worth the wait.

There is a lot of info to digest, so we suggest you follow the links below to reserve your copies today!

Thanks to all our supporters for your patience.

There is some amazing news that we are eager to share with all of you, but that will have to wait a little while longer....

until then:


Metal / Carcass - Swansong LP
« on: October 05, 2013, 01:43:12 PM »
This Friday, October 11th, we'll be offering the final FDR vinyl of the Earache Carcass collection,"Swansong", that so many of you have been asking for. By now, you should all know how fast the most limited colours of these vinyl releases sell, so make sure you're ready to order at 1pm EDT because they will go fast!

Please be aware that the most limited colour of "Swansong" will be limited to ONE PER CUSTOMER!


"Hypernova", the stunning new album from electronic metallers The Browning, is finally here! Orders are shipping now, and we're pleased to be offering a bundle deal with the choice of 8 different T-shirt designs, including a couple of limited edition tie-dye shirts.

Recorded at Planet Red Studios in Richmond, Virginia with producer ANDREAS MAGNUSSON (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, IMPENDING DOOM), the album features the band's trademark electronics expertly blended with crushing metal riffs. With their sound now more refined since tours with the likes of Chimaira, Soilwork, Blessthefall, We Came As Romans and our own Eskimo Callboy, the album follows on from their debut album, "Burn This World", perfectly, and further enhances their reputation as one of the most unique bands around.


The depth shatteringly heavy new album, 'Incisions' from masters of brutality Oceano, is shipping now ahead of it's 14th of October release. Undoubtedly the heaviest new release from Earache of 2013, 'Incisions' shows how relentless touring pays off with Oceano's most focussed and musically savage album to date!

With a choice of three new T-shirt designs or the awesome album artwork on a crew-neck sweatshirt, why not pick up the album as part of a bundle deal and save yourself a bit of money while you're at it?



Finally we've added a few new T-shirts to our merch range over the last few weeks. Aside from the aforementioned new Oceano and The Browning designs, we also have new shirts from Carnage, Cult Of Luna, The More I See, Morbid Angel, Vektor, plus just added this week, three shirts from sci fi death metal pioneers Nocturnus!


Metal / Printed metal zines
« on: October 05, 2013, 12:15:24 PM »

Metal / Queensr˙che film mini movie Queensr˙che: Ad Lucem
« on: October 04, 2013, 11:45:37 AM »

Queensr˙che film mini movie
Queensr˙che: Ad Lucem     


October 4, 2013 



Legendary Seattle rockers, Queensr˙che recently filmed a 'mini movie' with the tracks, "Spore" "Midnight Lullaby" "A World Without" and "X2" providing the score to a 10-plus minute story, dubbed Queensr˙che: Ad Lucem. The film was created by Veva Entertainment Co. with director Daniel Andres Gomez Bagby and producer Marco De Molina and was filmed last month on location at Central City Stages in Los Angeles. Todd La Torre, vocalist for Queensr˙che has issued the following statement:


     "We decided to take a different approach with this video, which is comprised of four pieces of music from our latest self-titled release, Queensr˙che.  It's a conceptual mini-movie music video that invites the audience to scratch beneath the surface a bit, rather than the usual "chewed food" that so many are used to being fed.  We really wanted to deviate from a performance type of video so the music and story-line could be the main focus."


     La Torre also adds, "The overall theme of the song Spore is one that deals with personal demons, relationship struggles, career pressures, personal/professional morals and ethical dilemmas.  These are issues we all face on some level and the video touches upon them all.  Midnight Lullaby/A World Without deals with the loss of a mother during childbirth, leaving a father as a single parent and struggling to move forward through the turmoil. X2, though it opens up our album, provides for a nice outro to it all. The end result is a roller coaster of emotion in an effort to find a healthy resolve. Given our history, we feel that this multifaceted conceptual video, along with a great cast of actors to suit, will really resonate with our fans."


Queensr˙che first burst onto the music scene in 1982 with the release of their self-titled 4 song EP Queensr˙che. They very quickly gained international recognition and performed to sold out audiences around the world. With the follow up first full-length album "The Warning" in 1984, and the ground breaking 1986 release of "Rage For Order", Queensr˙che continued to prove their worldwide dominance as one of the most respected and creative bands of the 80's. In 1988 the band turned out yet another monumental album "Operation: Mindcrime", which would go on to become one of the TOP 10 best-selling concepts records of all time, and set the stage for continued sold out performances around the world. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful "Empire" in 1991, the band earned multiple Grammy Award nominations and won the MTV "viewer's choice" award for the #1 chart topping hit "Silent Lucidity". During the next ten years, the band continued to release albums and tour the world to sold-out audiences. Queensr˙che has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and have continued to break new ground and push their creative process.


Queensr˙che is:

Todd La Torre (vocals)

Michael Wilton (guitars)

Parker Lundgren (guitars)

Eddie Jackson (bass)

Scott Rockenfield (drums).




Centre for Women’s Studies and the International Society of Metal Music Scholars


Metal and Marginalisation: Gender, Race, Class and Other Implications for Hard Rock and Metal

University of York, UK, 11th April 2014

Since the rising dawn of metallectualism, heavy metal scholars have acknowledged metal’s capacity to creatively explore forms of individualism, alterity and otherness. Further, metal frequently casts itself as a marginalised group in mainstream society, with fans and musicians often reveling in their outsider status which is reinforced by references to non-conforming traits (Satanism, for example). As self-proclaimed outsiders, a rhetoric of inclusion is frequently mobilised to establish an oppositional relationship against the ‘nasty’ and exclusionary mainstream. Yet, despite the significance of metal’s discursive construction as an inclusive space outside of the mainstream, the symbolic boundaries of metal are strictly policed. With the assertion of the labels ‘kvlt’ and ‘trve’ defining an authentic embodiment of black metal’s otherness, heavy metal’s borders are performatively marked and reified in its categorising terminology; in behavioural norms; through social relation and the organisation of scenic spaces. This contributes towards the establishment of a dominant framework of a classed/ gendered/sexualised/racialised identity, marking belonging to the ‘imaginary community’ of metal. Furthermore, postulations of metal as an ‘all-encompassing’ community would seem to be belied in the UK by the overwhelming whiteness, maleness and straightness of its participants, both on and off the stage.

This symposium seeks to address the spaces ‘in-between’ (Bhabha, 2004) metal’s boundaries of identification, exploring how metal does or does not accommodate groups that are marginsalised within its own community - the individuals negotiating metal’s edges: women; LGBTQ; ethnic minorities and others who do not fit the metal bill. Exploring the ‘cultural liminality’ (ibid) of metal, we want to examine how metal’s reliance on concepts of otherness often unites it aesthetically and ideologically, yet the alterity of minority discourses within metal appear to challenge its totality and solidity. We want to question how much space metal creates for alternative forms of alterity or otherness, furthermore, how the ideal of individualism plays out in symbolic practices that differentiate and mark the limits of community.

Further provocations may include:

·         What does it mean to exist on the edges of what is already exterior?

·         What does it mean to hold a minority identity in the space of metal?

·         Does the narrative of metal’s inclusivity have a basis in lived experience? Or are such groups tolerated rather than included?

·         How does the language used in metal’s discourses (e.g. genre terms) construct frameworks that include or exclude?

·         Encounters with racism at metal events

·         How does metal contribute to or confront frameworks of racialisation?

·         The use of sexism, racism and/or homophobia as shock tactic

·         How does extremity promote cultures of inclusivity or marginalisation?

·         Structural hegemonic whiteness, maleness and heterosexuality

·         Can the struggles at the margins be attributed more positively to understanding metal as an agonistic site, with contestation at its core?

·         Discourses of metal vs. the mainstream: a positive identification of marginalisation, the importance of alterity and the passion with which individual’s seek to position metal as alternative to the mainstream.

·         Being ‘trve’, belonging and the exchange of cultural/symbolic capital in metal scenes.

·         Metal as marginal - recent developments in policy: The Sophie Lancaster Foundation and the legal fight to protect alterity.

This one day symposium will have a less formal feel, allowing space for a mixture of presentation formats including conventional papers, shorter discussions of research-in-progress, and alternative, performative or practice presentations (music performances, visual arts, deep listenings, etc). We also hope to produce a journal special issue or edited collection  following the event.

We invite abstracts or proposals (300 words) for papers, workshops, performances and other forms of presentation. Please send to Rosemary Lucy Hill, Caroline Lucas and Gabrielle Riches (rlh504@york.ac.uk, carolinelucas@hotmail.co.uk, G.Riches@leedsmet.ac.uk) by 16th December 2013.

Debut album by this Molten Heavy Metal act.
Julio Viterbo-Guitars/Bass
Daniel Corchado-Guitars/Bass
Geoff Montgomery-Drums
Roberto Valle-Vocals
8 tracks,limited edition of 300 copies on Digipak.
Available August 2013 at:



Metal / Shadow Kingdom to release Lost Breed early doom metal albums
« on: October 03, 2013, 02:48:54 PM »
Shadow Kingdom Records Announces the Release of LOST BREED Reissues

Continuing with its knack for unearthing hidden treasures, Shadow Kingdom Records has announced the October 15 reissues of The Evil in You and Me and Save Yourself from 90s' Doom Rockers LOST BREED. Both albums have been remastered for maximum sonic power. Shadow Kingdom Records owner Tim McGrogran gives us a little LOST BREED history and the details behind each album. 


"Back in the 80s it was fairly common for bands to move to LA to try and make it big. LOST BREED is among the many bands that made that trip from NY to LA. They soon met up with the legendary Scott 'Wino' Weinrich, whom at the time had already had two SAINT VITUS records under his belt, was soon to be releasing a third SAINT VITUS record, and was also in the process of restarting THE OBSESSED. Even with all of those irons in the fire, he started writing and jamming with LOST BREED. With his main roots and influence coming from the Maryland Doom Metal scene, it's no surprise that LOST BREED fits right in there stylistically. With that said, Wino did lay a nice foundation for the band to build and grow from. Wino only appears on their first Demo and doesn't appear on either album since at some point he probably realized he had too much going on and two bands to focus on were enough. With all of the music out there, it's going to be a big surprise for people who haven't heard this band yet. They have extremely unusual songwriting skills that not only make you scratch your head, but also bang your head at the same time. Once the music of LOST BREED settles in, it's quite the listening experience and after a while you might think to yourself 'How does something that sounds so complex and disjointed work together so well?' So, what does this sound like? We're still trying to figure this out. In short, it just does, but if you're looking for a reference point, then start with THE OBSESSED and some old SOUNDGARDEN and play both records at the same time. The Evil in You and Me is arguably the first "Doom Rock" album to ever exist. Some might call it 'Stoner Rock' (we wouldn't agree), but whatever it is, it's pretty groundbreaking."

"Save Yourself picks right up where The Evil in You and Me ends. This album is a little more straightforward in the songwriting department, but it still has that quirky charm about it. It's probably a little more doomy and with that a little more accessible than The Evil in You and Me. Both Save Yourself and The Evil in You and Me are essential and you definitely need both if you like this style of music. These guys might have had a short-lived career, but we probably got the cream of the crop out of them before they called it quits. They were a band that came out at the wrong time when the world wasn't ready for them. It's a shame because if they were more well known, they would probably influence a ton of bands. The one thing that's great about LOST BREED is that this stuff never gets stale. You discover something new with each listen and after years of hearing them, the well of new sounds never runs dry."

Stream tracks from The Evil in You and Me and Save Yourself at shadowkingdomrecords.bandcamp.com.

Metal / Saxon was inspiration for "Spinal Tap"
« on: October 03, 2013, 01:10:59 PM »
avy metal band Saxon releases "Unplugged and Strung Up" Nov. 19, 2013. — Courtesy photo


Let us now pay respect (well, a little) to Saxon, the not-so-great lost hope of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, which propelled Def Leppard and Iron Maiden to stardom in the early 1980s.

Saxon, which plays here Thursday, Oct. 3, at Ramona Mainstage, briefly seemed destined for fame, undaunted by a lack of vision and skill. Or, as I wrote in my U-T San Diego review of the band’s 1985 California Theater concert: “Saxon performed with all the ability and finesse of a group of roller derby contestants crashing into a wall.”

In hindsight, that was precisely the band’s charm, even if it eluded me at the time. Below are some other reasons I now have a fondness for Saxon, one of the inspirations for the classic 1983 film satire “This is Spinal Tap.” (Tap member Harry Shearer went on the road with Saxon to take notes, before filming began. He was especially impressed with original Saxon bassist Steve Dawson's trademark stage move, which found Dawson playing one open string on his bass with his right hand, while holding his left arm in the air, fist proudly clenched.)


Century Media Records is proud to announce the first ever official "complete recordings" release of TREBLINKA, one of most notorious death / black metal bands of all times.

TREBLINKA were founded in 1987 by Johan "Lucifer Hellslaughter" Edlund and Jörgen "Juck the Ripper" Thullberg. During the band's short existence of only two years, TREBLINKA have released two demo tapes and one 7inch EP. After the release of the last recording, the now infamous "Severe Abominations" EP, the band changed its name to TIAMAT and became one of the biggest and most influential metal bands of the 90ies.

Ever since then the entire TREBLINKA recordings have remained untouched by the band, just being heavily exploited by bootleggers all over the world.

But constant dripping finally wore the stone, so now the time is due to announce the release of "Shrine Of The Pentagram", the first ever fully authorized release of TREBLINKA since 1989.

"Shrine Of The Pentagram" will be released on October 7th, 2013 as a Kingsize 3CD Mediabook, a Deluxe 5LP box set with LP sized booklet as well as digital download.

Daniel Ekeroth, author of "Swedish Death Metal" has done an elaborate interview with Jörgen "Juck" Thullberg and Stefan "Emetic" Lagergren revealing many unknown details and a lot of entertaining side notes from the history of the band while Olivier Badin (writer for Terrorizer and Iron Fist) has interviewed Johan "Hellslaughter" Edlund for his view on the importance and influence of TREBLINKA.

"Shrine Of The Pentagram" tracklist (3CD):

Disc 1:
1. Crawling In Vomits
2. Earwigs In Your Veins
3. Hail To Cruelty
4. Cadaverous Odour

5. Nocturnal Funeral
6. Evilized
7. Necrophagous Shadows
8. Mould In Hell

9. Severe Abominations
10. Earwigs In Your Veins

11. Hail To Cruelty (1989)
12. Earwigs In Your Veins (1989)
13. Mould In Hell (1989)
14. Evilized (1989)
15. Hail To Cruelty (2008)

Disc 2:
LIVE AT ROY (November 20th 1988)
1. Crawling In Vomits
2. Earwigs In Your Veins
3. Hail To Cruelty
4. Cadaverous Odour

LIVE AT VITA HUSET (February 25th 1989)
5. Intro
6. Necrophagous Shadows
7. Crawling In Vomits
8. Mould In Hell
9. Hail To Cruelty
10. Earwigs In Your Veins
11. Evilized
12. Cadaverous Odour

Disc 3:
1. Nocturnal Funeral
2. Crawling in Vomits
3. Cadaverous Odour
4. Necrophagous Shadows
5. Evilized
6. Hail To Cruelty
7. Earwigs In Your Veins

8. Apotheosis Of Morbidity
9. Necrophagous Shadows
10. The Malicious Paradise
11. In The Shrines Of The Kingly Dead
12. Altar Flame
13. Evilized
14. Nocturnal Funeral
15. Where The Serpents Ever Dwell

"Shrine Of The Pentagram" tracklist (5LP):

Side A
1. Crawling In Vomits
2. Earwigs In Your Veins
3. Hail To Cruelty
4. Cadaverous Odour

Side B
1. Nocturnal Funeral
2. Evilized
3. Necrophagous Shadows
4. Mould In Hell

Side C
1. Severe Abominations
2. Earwigs In Your Veins

Side D
1. Hail To Cruelty (1989)
2. Earwigs In Your Veins (1989)
3. Mould In Hell (1989)
4. Evilized (1989)
5. Hail To Cruelty (2008)

Side E
1. Nocturnal Funeral
2. Crawling in Vomits
3. Cadaverous Odour
4. Necrophagous Shadows
5. Evilized

Side F
1. Hail To Cruelty
2. Earwigs In Your Veins

LIVE AT ROY (November 20th 1988)
3. Crawling In Vomits
4. Earwigs In Your Veins
5. Hail To Cruelty
6. Cadaverous Odour

Side G:
LIVE AT VITA HUSET (February 25th 1989) - Part I
1. Intro
2. Necrophagous Shadows
3. Crawling In Vomits
4. Mould In Hell

Side H:
LIVE AT VITA HUSET (February 25th 1989) - Part II
1. Hail To Cruelty
2. Earwigs In Your Veins
3. Evilized
4. Cadaverous Odour

Side I:
1. Apotheosis Of Morbidity
2. Necrophagous Shadows
3. The Malicious Paradise
4. In The Shrines Of The Kingly Dead

Side J:
1. Altar Flame
2. Evilized
3. Nocturnal Funeral
4. Where The Serpents Ever Dwell

Hellslaughter - guitars, vocals
Juck - bass
Emetic - guitars
Najse - drums


CENTINEX Subconscious Lobotomy Reissue Album Details Revealed
Long-defunct Swedish Death Metallers CENTINEX have once again unearthed their debut  Subconscious Lobotomy thanks Pulverised Records. This was the album that forged the band's legacy, and eventually inspired them to push the boundaries of Swedish Death Metal into more melodic territory as their career progressed.

To commemorate the album's twenty-year anniversary, Pulverised Records will give Subconcious Lobotomy an entire facelift in both visual and audio aspects. Featuring the unmistakable horrific style of influential artist Mark Riddick (Morbid Angel, Slayer, Arsis, Grave, etc) and completely re-mastered by Sverker Widgren at the infamous Necromorbus Studio, Sweden (Setherial, Necrovation, Demonical, etc).

As a special treat for the fans, Subconscious Lobotomy will also include liner notes written exclusively for this reissue by former CENTINEX bassist Martin Schulman, who provides an in-depth history of the band. Additionally, the reissue will include the Apocalyptic Amargeddon 7-inch EP released in 2000 as bonus tracks. The EP tracks have never been released on CD format before now.

Release date and pre-order information coming soon.

1) Blood On My Skin
2) Shadows Are Astray
3) Dreams Of Death
4) Orgy In Flesh
5) End Of Life
6) Bells Of Misery
7) Inhuman Dissection Of Souls
8) The Aspiration
9) Until Death Tear Us Apart
10) Apocalyptic Armageddon
11) Seeds Of Evil
12) Everlasting Bloodshed
Mattias Lamppu - Vocals
Erik Hĺkansson - Vocals
Martin Schulman - Bass
Andreas Evaldsson - Guitar
Joakim Gustafsson - Drums


Metal / Purtenance to release "Awaken from Slumber" in November
« on: October 02, 2013, 08:58:27 AM »
Nokia, Finland-based death metallers PURTENANCE will release their second album, Awaken From Slumber, on October 1st via Xtreem Music. A vinyl edition will be released in November.

After 2012's comeback EP Sacrifice The King which got mixed feelings from fans, the band not only continued working on new songs, but also added a second guitarist named Ville Nokelainen and entered studios in spring 2013 to record this new album, at the same time they offered their first shows in 20 years.

For those who expect a Member…II, they won't find it here. That album was done over 20 years ago with a different lineup. Awaken From Slumber shows the heaviest and darkest side of the band. This is how Purtenance sounds 2013. A fucking crushing, heavy and gloomy death metal with inhuman brutal vocals. Those who weren't satisfied with their previous EP should give it a listen to this new album cos they'll be gladly surprised!!

Awaken From Slumber tracklisting:

'What Was Hidden'
'Toxic Death'
'Field Of Terror'
'Vaikka Paahtuisin Tulessa'
'End For The Parasites (Called Humankind)'
'Hour Of The Cannibal'
'Temptation Of Suicide'
'Risen From Grave'
'Endless Abyss' (outro)

Just after the release of the album, Purtenance will play their very first show outside Finland at Ritual Zombi Fest, together with label mates AVULSED, DISSECT, CHRIST DENIED and ONIROPHAGUS, taking place October 12th in Madrid, Spain.


Interzone / Tom Clancy 1947-2013
« on: October 02, 2013, 08:23:04 AM »
A Baltimore-born former insurance agent, Clancy was known for writing meticulous thrillers focusing on political intrigue and military tactics and technology.


Metal / Autumn Screams Doom festival
« on: October 01, 2013, 06:19:47 PM »

25-26 October 2013

Baltimore, MD

The second annual Autumn Screams Doom fest descends upon Baltimore, MD on October 25th and 26th at the Ottobar.  This year’s rendition of the fest features an exclusive East Coast appearance from none other than LOSS.  Other highlights include the first Maryland appearance of Rhode Island’s CHURCHBURN, doom mainstays IRON MAN (recently signed with Rise Above Records), Virginia’s SATAN’S SATYRS, and doom miscreants UZALA.  The complete lineup and details on the bands is located below. 

Autumn Screams Doom is now in its second year, and showcases the very best from across the doom spectrum over two days.  Point your browsers HERE for photos and a review of last year’s inaugural Autumn Screams Doom fest courtesy of Decibel Magazine).   


Autumn Screams Doom II Lineup

Friday, October 25th


SERPENT THRONE (Philadelphia, PA)


IRON MAN (Gaithersburg, MD)

WEED IS WEED (Frederick, MD)

SUNBURSTER (Philadelphia, PA)


Saturday, October 26th

LOSS (Nashville, TN)


UZALA (Boise, ID)

CHURCHBURN (Pawtucket, RI)

DRUGLORD (Richmond, VA)

WIZARD EYE (Philadelphia, PA)


Unholy Anarchy Records, in conspiracy with At War With False Noise (UK), will be recording the fest in preparation for a Double LP compilation that will feature a live track from each band playing the fest.  The compilation will be mixed and mastered by Zack Allen of Obsidian Eye Studios, who mastered the vinyl edition of Loss’s Despond, and more recently, mixed the Recluse demo tape.  Anton Escobar will handle the complete artwork and gatefold layout.

Information on pre-orders and news regarding the Double LP will be made available HERE.

Single day and two day tickets are still available for pre-order at the Official Fest Site HERE.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

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