DevilOnMyShoulder.jpgHell In The Club have revealed the details of their upcoming new album ‘Devil On My Shoulder’, out November 4th, 2014 on Scarlet Records.

Hell In The Club
include members of acclaimed acts such as Elvenking, Death SS and Secret Sphere, but their music stands out as something totally different: they mix classic hard rock and modern sounds, heavy metal and party songs, fifties rock’n’roll and anything in between.

HITCDevil On My Shoulder’ is a powerful, exciting album that displays strong songwriting capabilities, top notch musicianship and meaningful lyrics (one song is based on Daniel Pennac’s La Saga Malausséne), in the vein of the great heavy/rock albums of our times. ‘Devil On My Shoulder’ was produced by Simone Mularoni (DGM, Empyrios) at Domination Studios in San Marino. Cover artwork was made by Justin Osbourne of Slasher Design (Suicide Silence, Municipal Waste, 3 Inches Of Blood).

The tracklist as follows:
01. Bare Hands
02. Devil On My Shoulder
03. Beware Of The Candyman
04. Proud
05. Whore Paint
06. Pole Dancer
07. We Are The Ones
08. Save Me
09. Toxic Love
10. Muse
11. Snowman Six
12. No More Goodbyes
13. Night

More news will be revealed soon on www.scarletrecords.it and www.hellintheclub.com.


Candlelight Records Sign Blood Red Throne

brtnews1Candlelight Records is pleased to announce the signing of Blood Red Throne.

Daniel “Død” Olaisen started his musical career in the legendary Norwegian black metal band Satyricon in 1996 at just 19 years of age when he joined as a live guitarist. Since 1993 Død had been writing death metal riffs and in 1998 he started working on material for his own death metal band and with his friend Tchort (Emperor, Carpathian Forest), who also played bass in Satyricon, Blood Red Throne was officially a born.

Shortly after, the young and talented bass player Erlend Caspersen was found and the search for a drummer and singer could start! After a while BRT got in touch with Freddy Bolsø; he was just the drummer they were looking for and the band could now begin rehearsing material.

A demo was soon recorded with Ronnie Thorsen from Trail of Tears on vocals which became ‘Deathmix 2000’. A deal with Hammerheart Records was then signed.

A debut album had to be recorded, but they still hadn’t found a permanent singer. Just three weeks before entering studio, BRT asked long-time friend, Mr. Hustler to join the band, despite never having played in a band or done vocals ever before. But ‘Monument of Death’ became a fuckin’ killer debut album, released in 2001! The limited edition included a package called ‘The Suicide Kit‘, which not only contained the actual album, but also a printed razor blade and a poster. The kits were hand numbered in the band member’s own blood!

Espen “Beist” Antonsen (The Sickening) replaced Freddy Bolsø on drums and the band recorded ‘Affiliated With The Suffering’ in 2002, playing a host of European festivals with it. Nothing lasts forever and Beist left the band when BRT were about to record their first album on Earache Records. With help from Bernt Moen they managed to record their darkest and most intense album, ‘Altered Genesis’, released in 2005. Soon after Vald replaced Mr. Hustler on vocals and Anders Haave became the new permanent drummer in time for a new European tour and the recording of fourth album, ‘Come Death’.

After more touring 2008 was devoted to the writing and recording of fifth album ‘Souls Of Damnation’. After this release, Tchort decided to have a break to focus on his family and work. Nevertheless, the band went out on their first headliner European Tour in October 2009 with Hate. Soon after the tour, Anders decided to leave the band and he was replaced by Swedish wonder boy, Emil Wiksten. Ivan “Meathook” Gujic also joined in 2010, at first as a session guitar player while Tchort still had his break, and within a year BRT went on tour with Dimmu Borgir and Enslaved across the states and Canada.

In 2011 new album ‘
Brutalitarian Regime’ was released on US label Sevared Records. Unfortunately, Erlend Caspersen and Vald decided to leave BRT in October 2011. They were replaced by Ole Bent Madsen on bass guitar and Bolt on vocals in December of that year and the new line-up went back to Europe and toured with Suffocation in March 2012.

May 2013, marked Blood Red Throne’s 15th anniversary and seventh studio album, simply entitled ‘Blood Red Throne’ which was played on their headline European Tour in May/June that summer.

After playing this summer’s Bloodstock Open Air with great bands such as Down, Hellyeah, Megadeth and Emperor, Blood Red Throne signed to Candlelight Records. In December 2014 the band is going on their first headline tour of South America with a new album planned soon.

Daniel “Død” Olaisen – guitar
Ivan “Meathook” Gujic – guitar
Yngve “Bolt” Christiansen – vocals
Ole «Hell»Bent Madsen – bass


Abiotic currently tracking their sophomore album with Jamie King!

abiotic-jamie-kingSeptember 17th, 2014 – Winston-Salem, NC – Recording is currently underway for Abiotic’s sophomore album at The Basement Recording in Winston-Salem, NC. The band is working with producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, The Human Abstract, Glass Casket, Last Chance to Reason) whose creative input will be an important facet on how their new songs take shape. In a recent interview, guitarist John Matos explained: “Jamie King is the man and we can’t wait to hear what he has in store for our sound. We wanted to be as prepared as possible so that we have that wiggle room to be creative during tracking. Being solid on how everything will go before hand leaves room to try new things and can take a record to the next level.” The entire interview can be read now on heavyblogisheavy.com.

Abiotic’s second album will be released in early 2015 and is the follow up to 2012′s “Symbiosis“. New vocalist Travis Bartosek and drummer Brent Phillips have since joined the line up, which is rounded out by the immensely talented guitarist duo of John Matos and Matt Mendez, along with bass phenom Alex Vazquez. Watch videos and listen to songs from “Symbiosis” at metalblade.com/abiotic.

The band plays well-really well (bassist Alex Vasquez is transcendentally funky)-and could eventually help propel some kind of post-djent prog bandwagon Decibel Magazine

one face-shredding, brain-melting, ear-destroying album… unending, top-tier death metal devastation.MetalUnderground.com

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1109New Jersey natives Chasing Safety have announced their signing to Outerloop Records with the debut album Season Of The Dead due out on October 14, 2014. “Common Enemies” the first single off of the fall release can be heard now on Altpress.com.

Outerloop Records president Mike Mowery comments, “We’re incredibly excited to welcome Chasing Safety to the Outerloop Records roster. I met bassist/singer Ken Davis when he was filling in for Asking Alexandria on a song in Baltimore a couple of years ago. We hit it off immediately and he introduced to me to his former band. I saw the potential immediately and worked with the band, managerially, to re-brand themselves and release their EP. When we started the label I knew that they’d be a perfect fit for it. Finally the time has come and I am very excited to introduce the world to Chasing Safety.”

Formerly known as Us, From Outside, Chasing Safety self-released The Machine EP in 2013 grabbing the attention of fans old and new and landing the band a spot opening for A Day To Remember presented by Radio 104.5 Philadelphia’s Alternative and Skate and Surf Festival.

1110Chasing Safety’s new album Season Of The Dead effectively blends dynamic and melodic riffs, ferocious screaming, and powerful choruses with an inkling of wicked theatrics. The band enlisted producers Dan Korneff (Pierce The Veil, Crown The Empire) and Nick Sampson (I See Stars, Asking Alexandria) to work on the record, taking their sound to the next level.

“We’re very excited about signing with Outerloop Records and the upcoming release of our debut record Season Of The Dead! The writing and recording process for this record has been an insane journey for us as a band. Working with Nick Sampson and Dan Korneff really helped us explore every aspect of what our band as a whole has to offer. Our first single ‘Common Enemies‘ was the first song written for the album and we continued to change and rewrite parts of the song over the course of an entire year. We’re happy with how it came out for the album and are excited to finally get it out there for people to listen to,” states vocalist Johnny Galivan.

Season Of The Dead track list:
1. Common Enemies
2. One Can Only Hope
3. Til Death Do Us Part
4. Far Away
5. My Revenge (Feat. Kyle Bihrle)
6. Shadowed By A Storm
7. Listen Clearly (Feat. Spencer Charnas)
8. Gentleman
9. We Believe
10. Through Winters (Feat. Jason Lancaster)
11. Season Of The Dead (Feat. Garret Rapp)

Chasing Safety will be on The Fuel The Passion Tour this fall in support of the release of Season of The Dead. Catch them with For All I Am, Kingdom of Giants, Indirections, Invent Animate, and Assassins in a city near you.

9.26 – Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
9.27 – Hamtramck, MI @ Paycheck’s
9.29 – Jamestown, NY @ LVN Renaissance Center
9.30 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall
10.1 – Trenton, NJ @ Championship
10.3 – Roanoke, VA @ Inside-out Venue
10.4 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
10.5 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
10.7 – Orlando, FL @ Bombshell’s Tavern
10.8 – Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem
10.10 – Ringgold, GA @ Cloud Springs Deli
10.12 – St Louis, MO @ Fubar
10.13 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
10.14 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
10.15 – Mcallen, TX @ El Rey Theatre
10.16 – Houston, TX @ Walters
10.19 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
10.20 – Roswell, NM @ The Unity Center
10.21 – Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
10.24 – Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe
10.26 – Englewood, CO @ Skatuary

Connect with Chasing Safety online
Facebook: www.facebook.com/chasingsafetyband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/chasingsafety
Instagram: @ChasingSafety


New Music Video From Colossus: “Demons” is Out Now

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Click above to watch Demons by Colossus

Colossus have released the first video for their new album “Badlands“.

Shot by Dan Ludenman and featuring historic landmarks from the band’s hometown of Sioux Falls, the darkness behind the lyrics of Demons’ comes to the forefront in this video, directed by Ludenman and Colossus front man Alex Gutzmer.

2014091611080857_540_540_1_0“We had an amazing time filming Demons‘. There’s a definite possibility that it will make people feel uncomfortable, but we wanted to show a physical represen-tation of the demons that we all-too-often have to face.”

Badlands is Colossus’ sophomore album and is out now on Facedown Records.


Under Cities Announces The Harder Than You Think Tour With Scylla

3f97f524-c461-47e7-8271-81813655276dRed Cord Records’ Nevada based hardcore outfit Under Cities has announced that they will be touring the West Coast this October with Arizonians Scylla. Under Cities will be touring off their Red Cord Records debut album, Never A Lost Cause, that was released on January 21st and features ten slabs of melodic hardcore. The tour will run from October 3rd in Sacramento through October 17th in Portland, OR. Key stops on the tour include San Diego, Mesa (Nile Underground), Boise (Crazy House), and Seattle (El Corazon).

10/3/2014 Sacramento, CA – TBA
10/4/2014 Riverside, CA – Clash City w/Palace In Ruins
10/5/2014 San Diego, CA – TBA
10/6/2014 Mesa, AZ – Nile Underground w/Palace In Ruins
10/8/2014 Ogden, UT Mojo’s
10/9/2014 Pueblo, CO – Venue1925
10/10/2014 Casper, WY – Caper House
10/11/2014 Billings, MT – Railyard
10/13/2014 Boise, ID – Crazy Horse
10/14/2014 Yakima, WA – The Lair
10/15/2014 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/16/2014 LongView, WA – Regeant Resteraunt
10/17/2014 Portland, OR – Ash St.

About Under Cities:
Under Cities began in October 2011 After changing their name from Dressed in White. The following march they released their independent self-titled release. They toured with To The Wind to promote the release of the EP and soon after played Cornerstone’s final year in Illinois. They signed with Bridgeway Entertainment / Red Cord records October 2012. They recorded their first full length record in March of 2013. “Never a Lost cause” which released January 21st, 2014 . After a Hiatus and a few different line-up changes Under Cities has begun a working relationship with Sights Set North Agency and are hitting the ground running. Be on a lookout for tour dates and a new EP.

About Scylla:
Scylla delivers a wide range of style in our music, with a blend of technical prowess, hardcore drive, and sounds inspired by live performance. We are comprised of talented musicians with different tastes, and we are bringing something different to the Arizona metal scene with melody and aggression.




One Machine Band Photo 2014One Machine, the brainchild of acclaimed guitarist / songwriter Steve Smyth (Testament, Nevermore, Forbid-den, Dragonlord, Vicious Rumors), have released the official music video for ‘The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth’, the title track of the band’s debut album, out now on Scarlet Records.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86-UBAnS2pc

One Machine is an international metal band with classic and modern influences, featuring members carefully selected by Smyth: Mikkel Sandager (Mercenary) on vocals, Jamie Hunt (Biomechanical) sharing guitar duties, rounded out by a powerhouse rhythm section with Tomas “O’Beast” Koefoed (Mnemic) on bass guitar and Michele Sanna on drums (although former drummer Raphael Saini of Italian progressive metallers Chaoswave played on the album).

The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth‘ was recorded and produced by Steve Smyth. Mixing was handled by Roy Z (Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson, Halford), mastered by Alan Douches (Three Inches Of Blood, Firewind, Sepultura) from West West Side Music with artwork created by Niklas Sundin from Cabin Fever Media (Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy), complimented with photography from Anthony Dubois (Meshuggah, Mnemic).

Follow www.scarletrecords.it and www.feedtheonemachine.com for all the updates.



1061Fourth album “Grand Morbid Funeral” out November 18 on Peaceville

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Sweden’s master of horror, Bloodbath – notable for the inclusion of Katatonia and Opeth members – is set to release its fourth album of supreme death metal, Grand Morbid Funeral, on November 18 through Peaceville Records. Following the departure of Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt and months of speculation and rumor, Metal Hammer (U.K.) has revealed Paradise Lost’s Nick Holmes as the new vocalist of Bloodbath.

Blakkheim (guitar) commented, “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 fulfilling 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!”

Jonas Renkse (bass) commented, “Ever since I got into Lost Paradise back in ’90, 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!”

1060Recorded 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.

With eerie, doom-like melodies mixed with raw and savage riffing, and featuring a number of guest appearances including Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler from U.S. gore-master, Autopsy, Grand Morbid Funeral is a new high-point of brutality for Bloodbath.

Formed in 1998 with a mutual fascination for horror and the glory days of death metal (especially the old Florida & 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 TBA.

Stay tuned for more info on Bloodbath and Grand Morbid Funeral.

Bloodbath online…

Bloodbath is…
Jonas Renkse – Bass
Anders “Blakkheim” Nyström – Guitar, Vocals
Martin Axenrot – Drums
Per “Sodomizer” Eriksson – Guitar
Nick Holmes – Vocals


James and The Little Death

James 2014 by Roger Sargent

James 2014 by Roger Sargent

James is a collective, not an individual, and they have been releasing their fine art since 1986!  2014 brings La Petite Mort (The Little Death) into the world, an album about death and release that is simply astonishing. Moving and poignant while conveying a bit of humor and irony within the lyrics, James has clearly released a masterpiece that music fans of all ages will surely cherish.  We recently spoke with founding member and bassist Jim Glennie to find out more about their wondrous new creation, the timeless topic of death (with a lightness of course), and other glorious subjects of intrigue.  Read on…

First, how does the new album La Petite Mort compare to the classic James releases?
It’s a little difficult from our position to be hugely objective. I think its easier for people outside to point out those differences. When we were looking to do with this record,  we were focusing on the sonics of it a little bit more and trying to get the sound of the album right. I think we were pretty confident that we had written a good bunch of songs. We wanted to make sure that it came across on the record. That’s why we ended working with Max Dingel, the producer. He’s made some great sounding records and has worked with people whose records we’ve loved the sound of. It was like, OK, let’s see if we can bring another element to the way that we approach the recording process. Max did that, he’s a bit of a lunatic. Like a mad professor, he focuses in to a ridiculous degree in getting the quality of the sounds. It was kind of a painstaking process, you gotta hang in there and be patient with him. But I think he made a record that’s given us some of the power and the grit i think we get when we play live, I don’t know if that was his intention or not, but I think looking back at what he’s made, I think that’s the biggest differentiation in some of the classic James records.

jamespetit1How was it like working with Max Dingel as opposed to working with Brian Eno?
Eno is much more a problem solver. Eno took us through a huge transformation the way we fired our songs and our own music when it came to production and working in the studio. I think we’d always been quite pained in the studio, the process had always been quite painful and difficult. We were just too serious. We took the approach to the songs very seriously. It just made it quite difficult of a process. it was more like, you torture yourself for six weeks and then you’d have to abandon the project, then that’s your record. Eno was much more, light handed. He brought fun to the process, which is something I don’t think we had ever considered was a possibility. [laughs] Just enjoy yourself! Brian changed that, he brought about that transition we’ve stuck with and have done our best to stick with the point that you can be reverent with songs. You can smash things up and mesh things around. The spirit of Eno exists in everything we do now. It was as huge transformation in the way we approach pretty much doing everything, working with Brian.

The concept of the new album seems to be about the passing of loved ones and mortality. How is it going into the studio recording lyrics that are so very serious?
It’s a strange one, Tim went through as you probably know, a couple of big losses in his life leading up to the recording of the record. That was always going to have an impact on the lyrical quality. He’d write about what’s important to him, he doesn’t have any conscious control over that. It’s just what comes to him to sing about. It’s something we couldn’t do a great deal about. The age of the people in the band, 50ish, we’ve all lost loved ones. We’ve reach that point in our lives where parents have died, grandparents. It’s correct to share the feelings and emotions that he’s expressing on the record. One thing we didn’t want to do is make a record that’s morose or miserable. Far from it, that was our challenge, really. To make something that was musically uplifting to counterbalance some of the feelings of loss I think that Tim had personally gone through. Also, just conceptually bring a viewpoint of death that wasn’t miserable, or certainly not depressing but perhaps something a little more positive. It opened up a whole world of different subjects, far be it for me to say that James could possibly bring about a cultural change in our way we view death. In the west, we don’t deal with death very well. Certainly from a UK perspective. It’s something we never talk about until somebody dies. Then it’s this huge big shock and everyone is devastated as if it was a surprise that it was ever going to happen. It’s a strange view to have on something, which is completely not inevitable for every single person. Almost like we’re immortal, like these things are never going to happen. It’s odd when you reflect on that.  Even the album title has got a little bit of humor in it. We didnt want to write something, or produce something that was incredible serious. It was more about, in a human way, just making people realize their mortality. Also the impact that that can have on your life. Feeling, hey, I wont be around here forever more. You grab life while you can.

What can one expect from a James performance in 2014? Any chance of you coming back to the states?
We’ll definitely come back to the states. There’s been a rumor of us going back in November, which I’m probably not supposed to say. It’s all been very unofficial so far [laughs] but that’s fairly vague. Dont know about an extensive tour, yet. We will definitely tour this record. We’ve been touring through the summer, through the festivals and the record has been doing great. We’ve been really enjoying playing the songs sonically, a real blast. I think it’ll be an added contribution to what we normally do. As any James gig, you never know what you’re going to get. We tend to change set lists every night. We’ve got a massive back catalog to choose from, we tend to plunder that well so we can draw all sorts up that you’ve not heard for maybe 15 years. We can play a whole bunch of the new record if we want to. We tend to kind of leave it relatively late in the day, to write set lists for gigs. Like, an hour or so before we go on stage so we tend to reflect where we’re at quite specifically in our headspace, but even geographically where we’re at. We’d love to come over to the states again and sooner, basically. We know we have a lot of fans over there that are chomping at the bit to see us again. This record, hopefully, will break through to some new people as well through sites like your own, maybe even get their attention for the first time. That’s really exciting. One of the great things about a new album coming out is that you suddenly lock into another bunch of music fans that maybe never came across you before, that’s exciting.

What do you think makes the collaboration between you and Tim Booth so successful after all these years?
JG: God, I don’t know. I really dont. Musically when we write we play off each other a lot. It just seems to work, he seems to be constantly going over the melodies to the things I come up with. I seem to be able to constantly come up with things to what he’s doing. What that is, I haven’t a clue. It’s one of those things I really dont want to analyze too closely, almost like it won’t be there anymore if I do. Its always scary writing songs. We go in a room with nothing prepared. We don’t have a key songwriter that sits at home with a piano, banging things out and then brings them to everyone. We’ve never worked like that. We go into a room, plug in and we start playing and listen to each other.  How it’s happened to go on this long, I haven’t a clue. I really don’t understand that. It never seems like something that would be here forever more. If you asked me back in the day if I had ever thought we’d be here now, certainly not. But we still love what we do, we always hope that we’re challenging each other and ourselves and hopefully coming up with great records that people love and enjoy and they see the relevance and hopefully some of the commitment that we’ve put into the process. That inspires us and is motivation to keep going.

jamescatbig2Who is the kitty on The Morning After / The Night Before album and why does the kitty look so pissed?
[laughs] Good question, actually. I don’t know who’s cat it is! I really dont know. [laughs] Its scary thought, isn’t it? Seems to be standing on its tail, I don’t know. We’re all animal lovers, no animals were hurt in the photo shoot. I can guarantee you that. I cant answer that, I dont know, but you’re right. It does look scary, it kind of looks huge as well. It looks like it’s going to get you in a nightmare, doesn’t it?

Yeah, it does. Who cares about the scary heavy metal album covers. I think that album cover is the most scariest album cover that’s ever existed.
I think you’re right. I love cats, I’m a big cat person. But there is something inherently dark about that, which is probably why we like that kind of independence and bloody mindedness and still an almost wild and tame element to cats. That is kind of cool.

Do you have any messages for your fans out here in the Los Angeles area?
Just a huge big thank you for the support over the years. I know its not always easy being a James fan and we’ve not always gotten over there as much as we’ve liked, that’s difficult for people. People have had to come to us, bless their souls for coming to see us play in the UK or other places in Europe, which is incredibly moving when people go through that much trouble. Again, just hoping, pushing, driving and hoping to get ourselves over there so we can actually play to them as soon as possible.

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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AdimironExtreme progressive metallers Adimiron have released a teaser video for their new album ‘Timelapse’.

This new dark and sinister effort combines all the elements that made Adimiron’s sound so distinctive: rhythmic spasms and asymmetric textures embedded in a progressive and dramatic scenario. Focusing on the concept of synthesis, ‘Timelapse’ reveals fascinating and obscure musical landscapes, with no boundaries of any kind.

TimelapseThe cover artwork was made by American contemporary visual artist Lindsey Wakefield, who commented: “Our identity is made up of our experiences and emotions that are often described through the words we give them. My painting for this new Adimiron chapter are there to try to capture the vague visual identity of those feelings and make the unidentifiable to identifiable.”

Timelapse’ will be available starting from November 4th, 2014 on Scarlet Records.

You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BdgzomMoTA

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