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SIX FEET UNDER – Unborn Tracklisting Unveiled

SIX FEET UNDER will release their tenth full-length album, Unborn, on March 19th. The confirmed tracklisting is as follows:

‘Neuro Osmosis’
‘Zombie Blood Curse’
‘Alive To Kill You’
‘The Sinister Craving’
‘The Curse Of Ancients’

The lyric video for ‘Zombie Blood Curse’, the first track to be set loose from Unborn, is streaming below:

Pre-orders at this location


CALL OF THE VOID Premieres “Napalm Lungs” Via Pitchfork.com Live Takeover Announced

CALL OF THE VOID Premieres “Napalm Lungs” Via Pitchfork.com Live Takeover Announced

Kick your Friday in the teeth with “Napalm Lungs” from Colorado audio terroristsCALL OF THE VOID. Brought to you by commercial music mega portal Pitchfork.com, “Napalm Lungs” comes off the band’s soon-to-be-detonated Dragged Down A Dead End Path full-length. On Dragged Down A Dead End Path, CALL OF THE VOIDmeticulously fuse all the prime tenets of crust, punk, hardcore and grind into what Pitchfrok dubs ten “cathartic, anthemic bursts,” making for a 25+ minute traumatically enjoyable listening experience.

Comments the band of their Pitchfork debut: “It’s funny and an honor to be debuting a track on Pitchfork when you really are an obscure band nobody has ever heard before”

Hear “Napalm Lungs” RIGHT HERE.

Dragged Down A Dead End Path was recorded at the Boar’s Nest in Salt Lake City, Utah by Andy Patterson, mastered by Chris Mcnaughton with and will see digital, CD and LP North American release on March 19th, preceded by European release dates of March 15th in Germany, Benelux and Finland, and March 18th in the UK and all other territories.

In related news, CALL OF THE VOID will be road-bound this year bringing their audio violence to a city near you. Ravaging the country alongside Ambassador Gun on select dates, the tour will include appearances at SXSW as well as other additions to be announced in the weeks to come.

CALL OF THE VOID Dragged Down A Dead End Path Tour Dates 2013: 
3/09/2013 Aqualung Community Space – Denver, CO w/ Gravetorn, Reproacher, Catholic Girls, Of Feather And Bone
3/10/2013 Gasworks – Albuquerque, NM w/ Creative Adult
3/18/2013 Avalon House – Murfreesboro, TN w/ Ambassador Gun
3/19/2013 The Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA at w/ Ambassador Gun, Dropout
3/21/2013 The Retro Café – Virginia Beach, VA w/ Ambassador Gun
3/22/2013 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD w/ Ambassador Gun, Passage Between
3/23/2013 JR’s – Philadelphia, PA w/ Ambassador Gun, Cadaveric Spasm, Wet Nightmare
3/24/2013 The Saint – Asbury Park, NJ w/ Ambassador Gun, El Drugstore, Abacinate
3/25/2013 The Place – Brooklyn, NY w/ Ambassador Gun, It’s Not Night It’s Space
3/27/2013 Ultra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Ambassador Gun, Beak
3/28/2013 The Gun Range – Minneapolis, MN w/ Ambassador Gun, Nerves
3/29/2013 THE Shop – Davenport, IA w/ Wax Moth, Crater, My Pal Trigger

Preorders for Dragged Down A Dead End Path are available HERE. Additionally, you can check out opening track “Failure” courtesy of Relapse Records’ latest bandcamp sampler HERE.


SAXON – Sacrifice EPK Now Online

SAXON’s new album, Sacrifice, will be released on March 1st in Europe, March 4th in the UK, and March 26th in North America.

Sacrifice tracklisting:

‘Made In Belfast’
‘Warriors Of The Road’
‘Guardians Of The Tomb’
‘Stand Up And Fight’
‘Walking The Steel’
‘Night Of The Wolf’
‘Wheels Of Terror’
‘Standing In A Queue’

Bonus track:
‘Luck Of The Draw’ (iTunes only)

Bonus Disc:
‘Crusader’ (Orchestrated version)
‘Just Let Me Rock’ (Re-recorded version)
‘Requiem’ (Acoustic version)
‘Frozen Rainbow’ (Acoustic version)
‘Forever Free’ (Re-recorded version)

A new EPK for the album can be seen below:

Taking a sharper, re-invigorated approach to the production, on this, their 20th album, Saxon have produced 10 of their strongest, heaviest and most inspired songs for many-a-year, and a more than worthy successor to their last album, A Call To Arms.

Check out a track-by-track overview by BraveWords scribe Mark Gromen at this location.

Saxon have extended their Sacrifice World Tour, adding a continental European leg, to kick off on June 7th at Sweden Rock Festival.

Says the band: “Rest assured that this will not be all – we will be announcing further dates to complete our world run and be back with some great surprises!”

Saxon tour dates:

24 – Plaza Condesa – Mexico City, Mexico
26 – A Seringueira – Sao Paulo, Brazil
28 – El Teatro Flores – Buenos Aires, Argentina
30 – Gillmanfest – Caracas, Venezuela

18- Assembly – Leamington Spa, UK
19 – Rock City – Nottingham, UK
20 – Academy – Newcastle, UK
21 – ABC – Glasgow, UK
23 – Ritz – Manchester, UK
24 – Leeds, UK – Academy
26 – Wulfrun Hall – Wolverhampton, UK
27 – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK
28 – Academy – Bristol, UK

7 – Sölvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
8 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
10 – Brno, Czech Republic – Fleda
11 – Vienna, Austria – Arena
12 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Cvetlicarna
14 – Florence, Italy – Viper
15 – Rome, Italy – Orion
16 – Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
18 – Barcelona, Spain – Bikini
19 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Arena
21 – Clisson, France – Hellfest Festival
22 – Sankt Goarshausen, Germany – Metalfest
23 – Lucerne, Switzerland – Konzerthaus Schüür
24 – Solothum, Switzerland – Kofmhel
26 – Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos Saal
27 – Memmingen, Germany – Kaminwerk
28 – Osnabrück, Germany – Halle Gartlage
29 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting

ENFORCER Interviewed In Vienna (Video)

On February 12, Stormbringer.at webzine conducted an interview with Swedish metallers ENFORCER before their concert at Viper Room in Vienna, Austria. You can now watch the chat below.

ENFORCER released its new album, “Death By Fire”, on February 1 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD artwork was created by Jonathan Hultèn of Necromantic Art and can be seen below.

“Death By Fire” track listing:

01. Bells Of Hades
02. Death Rides This Night
03. Run For Your Life
04. Mesmerized By Fire
05. Take Me Out Of This Nightmare
06. Crystal Suite
07. Sacrificed
08. Silent Hour / The Conjugation
09. Satan

The official video for the song “Mesmerized By Fire” from ENFORCER can be seen below. The clip was filmed with director, and the band’s longtime friend, Gustav Öhman Spjuth. The group states: “We really feel we have something special to show this time, and it’s definitely not just any other video.”

The “Mesmerized By Fire” seven-inch single was released on January 18.

The track listing for the effort is as follows:

Side A: “Mesmerized By Fire”
Side B: “You Can Be” (non-album track)

In addition to the limited-edition vinyl, there was also be a digital release.

Commented ENFORCER guitarist/vocalist Olof Wikstrand: “‘Mesmerized By Fire’ is more or less the title track from the ‘Death By Fire’ album. I think within four minutes it captures pretty much everything about ENFORCER: intensity and power mixed with a touch of melody and melancholy. The B-side is a cover of NAGAZAKI‘s ‘You Can Be’. It is a track with mega potential from a band that unfortunately never made it in the ’80s.”

ENFORCER‘s second album, “Diamonds”, was released in May 2010 in Europe by Earache Records and in the rest of the world through Heavy Artillery.

Having released its debut album, “Into the Night”, in November 2008, ENFORCER kicked open the floodgates for the return of traditional heavy metal, paving the way for many other young bands to follow. With critical acclaim pouring in from fans and the international music press, ENFORCER wasted no time taking their show to the road for their first European and American tours as well as a litany of appearances at many of Europe’s most highly regarded festivals.

Photo credit: Gustav Öhman Spjuth

Music Review: Cultes Des Ghoules CD: Henbane

Music Review: Cultes Des Ghoules

CD: Henbane

Label: Hells Headbangers

Release: April 16th 2013


In the spirit of full disclosure for this review I have to admit, I have never been a Black Metal fan.  Through the years I have tried to be interested in the genre and look at it from a heavy metal fans perspective.  But to no avail.  I just could not get into this form of music in any way.  I admit I think their subject matter of devil worship, ancient gods, spell craft, dark covens and the medieval imagery they use are things that would normally draw me in but ultimately the nature of the music is just not for me.

Now, all this being said, since I started Skullbanger Media I wanted to branch out and be open to different sounds and be subjective when I review bands from the Black Metal scene.  I know this genre has fans like any other genre of metal and the genre has survived for a reason.  People like this form of music.

Did I find anything with Cultes Des Ghoules recent offering of bombastic Black Metal that I found interesting?  Even for a non believer such as myself?  Actually I did find a few things that I somewhat enjoyed.

The thing that strikes me about Black Metal bands is that they strive to set the atmosphere of evil and horror in their music.  Well at least to me that seems to be one of their driving motivations.  Cultes Des Ghoules’ Henbane is no exception.  Within the albums 5 tracks you have spoken monologues in raspy vocals and menacing tones.  Some of this I could see being in an old horror exploitation movies from the 70’s, also some of the vocals also didn’t convey any sense of fear and I found a little silly sounding.  So some of this was hit and miss for me.

The other thing I found I did enjoy on the album were moments in some of the tracks that were more slow and atmospheric sounding with the use of the tribal sounding drums you hear in the track, ‘Vintage Black Magic’ that I thought was reminiscent to Venom’s ‘In League With Satan’.  The song Festival of Devotion also offers some interesting atmospheric musical elements as well.  However all the songs run at least 9 minutes and are filled the Black Metal stables of blast beat drumming and chaotic guitar work at ear melting speed that make a for a long drawn out process for me.

I think if I was at a bar or show and Cultes Des Ghoules came on to play I would stick around for I  see how a live performance could be an interesting thing to see and would love the opportunity to see how it would play out.  Also, being a photographer I would love the visual aspect of such a show.

I can’t say that Cultes Des Ghoules won me over to the Black Metal Legions but I will say I found a few bits in their music that didn’t send me running either and I found elements of the music interesting as well.

Also, I welcome any constructive comments below that may help me better understand this genre better.  So Fire Away!

Side Note: Normally I would give a number review but I don’t think I am educated enough in this genre for that alone to be a fair critique of this band.   The fact I’m not a fan of this genre a number review would be purely from my personal taste for Black Metal, since that would be all I would have to draw from, and that wouldn’t be entirely fair to the band or the fans of the genre.