Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Releases for June 10-20th , 2014--Arch Enemy, The Veer Union, , Bloody Hammers & Diamond Jam

So because I did not do last weeks list this will be a two week grouping and please allow me to explain that I have been so focused on the event I am doing next month here in town it is so nearing it's date and am very excited to bring it together.

So on with the releases:
P.S. Everything you see below is written by someone else I have done none of the writing below, images and words are those belonging to the label/PR group and the bands below:

 Burial Ground
 Listenable Records
Release: 10 June 2014

Bands bio:
Let us not beat around the bush shall we? LOUDBLAST are legends in the French and worldwide underground scene; end of story. Not only because they started off as far back as 1985, when the words ‘death metal’ were barely invented… Or because of their Scott Burns-produced masterpieces ‘Disincarnate’ (1991) or ‘Sublime Dementia’ (1993) or European tours with DEATH or CORONER. No, if this lot led by founding member and guitarist/vocalist Stéphane Buriez are so revered in their home-country, it’s first and foremost because of their unrivalled career that saw them taking many surprising and risky left-turns without ever looking back.

Three years ago, ‘Frozen Moments Between Life and Death’ proved to be their boldest move as refuelled by the arrival of youngsters Alex Lenormand (bass, ex-LOCUS, CODE, SIC) and Drakhian (lead guitar, GRIFFAR, ex-TAAKE, BLACK DEMENTIA), Buriez and his longtime drummer Hervé Coquerel did throw all the rules out of the windows without turning their backs on their roots. The result of eighteen months of hard work, ‘Burial Ground’ goes even further. A solid mix of classic and modern influences, it dares transgressing their traditional thrash/death style of yore to achieve a much more malign yet as catchy sound.

‘Burial Ground’ is also their first record released through the LISTENABLE imprint. A new partnership that will enable them to tour Europe (and beyond!) and conquer a brand new audience, as soon as they’ve wrapped their upcoming extensive headlining French tour . So forget everything you think you knew about LOUDBLAST and get ready to enter this ‘Burial Ground’!

 Under Satan's Sun
 Napalm Records
 Release Dates:
   30. May 2014 G/A/S, FIN & Benelux
  02. June 2014 UK & Rest of Europe
 10. June 2014 USA/CAN

Bands bio:
BLOODY HAMMERS, the band revolving around the charismatic mastermind Anders Manga, release their third album "Under Satan's Sun" which follows once more the dark paths populated by sinister characters and spectral apparitions. Dark Horror Rock with a pinch of H.P. Lovecraft and Ray Bradbury is the main attraction of the show, when the master of ceremonies Anders Manga opens the gates to the nether world. "Under Satan's Sun" is a multilayered album that resembles a classic horror flick from the 70s. An album filled with charm, big refrains and a classy atmosphere.


The Veer Union
Divide The Blackened Sky (Deluxe Edition)
Pavement Entertainment
Release: June 10, 2014
The Veer Union was founded in 2004 by singer/songwriter Crispin Earl from Vancouver, Canada. The band made their mark in 2009 with the top 10 hit single “Seasons” off their debut album Against The Grain, which peaked at #7 and was the longest charting rock song for a new artist all year. It became the theme song for the 2009 Stanley Cup winners, the Pittsburgh Penguins. “Seasons” was also featured in all Major League Baseball post season telecast as well as NFL, NASCAR, ESPN, WWE, NHL and more. 

Pavement Entertainment now brings you the “Deluxe Edition” of Divide The Blackened Sky which includes three new songs and re-mastered tracks. Frontman Crispin Earl said  of the album,“Divide The Blackened Sky, is a much darker and heavier effort than our previous works. It depictsall the hard times we have been through over the last couple of years”. The band will be supporting this effort with a full tour, a new single and video.

Century Media Records
Release Date: June 10, 2014

Due out June 10th in North America via Century Media Records, ‘War Eternal’ was recorded in various studios during winter 2013/2014 and was produced by ARCH ENEMY themselves with Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR) mixing and mastering the album at Fascination Street Studio. With this upcoming album, the band has introduced a new member to their ranks: Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of Canadian act THE AGONIST. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now classic ‘Wages Of Sin’ (2001), has stepped down as front-woman to focus on the band's management. For a preview of ‘War Eternal’, be sure to check out the video for the album’s title track, which surpassed 1 million views within a week of its launch: 

Faen i Helvete
Agonia Records
European release date = May 27th 
North American release date = June the 10th***

DEN SAAKALDTE steps out of the shadows after five long years of strengthening their dark musical identity and defining a more grim musical approach. Built upon intense and heavy emotions and featuring members of Gorgoroth, 1349, Koldbrann and Nidingr, "Kapittel II: Faen i Helvete" feels as the band's most complete work to date. The album combines doom and black metal elements with clean vocals, spoken parts and obscure atmosphere. A twisted remedy for joy and must have for black metal enthusiasts!

Deus Otiosus
Deepsend Records
Release: 10 June 2014

In continuing their path towards a blackened totality, Deus Otiosus have achieved a sound that's distinctively their own on "Rise," the band's third album.

"Rise" unleashes an even heavier emphasis on their violent, thrashing attack while absolutely obliterating the mosh pit. A complete and utter, neck-snapping campaign of death, "Rise" features nine songs of godless, headbanging metal that will rip your face clean off. These insane Danes seek to "Rise" and dominate the masses and their new album is a leap forward in accomplishing this goal.



Diamond Jam 
The Luckiest Man Alive
Inverse Records
Releases: June 12th, 2014

Diamond Jam is a rock group from Jyväskylä, Finland. The band was founded in 2008 as a trio. In 2009, the current lineup was formed:

Santeri Karppinen (Vocals) Joel Holma (Guitar) Otto Ahola (Drums) Aleksi Tiusanen (Bass)

The Luckiest Man Alive is Diamond Jam's third EP. The band combines influences from hard rock, alternative rock and grunge. 

Diamond Jam is actively touring around Finland and is planning their first full-length album release.

Musta Seremonia
Svart Records
Release: 13 June 2014
Rippikoulu's Musta seremonia is both an international cult item and an integral part of the history of Svart Records as well - a reissue of the original 1993 tape was one of the earliest Svart releases back in 2010. Back then, this album was considered as one of the best kept secrets in the Finnish underground metal scene. Four years and one quickly sold out reissue later Rippikoulu's greatness is no longer a secret, and we are happy to bring Musta seremonia back on the market. 
Rippikoulu began their musical endeavours back in the late eighties, and like so many of their contemporaries, evolved from primitive punk noise to death metal. However, while many bands played death metal with groovy riffing and overall headbanging attitude, Rippikoulu's choice of style was darker. Their downtuned metal is bleak and nearly unbearably heavy in its execution, dark and soul-searching in its themes, intertwining faster bursts of chaos with slow, doomy passages.
Rippikoulu released the Musta Seremonia demo album on tape in 1993 and then disappeared. They never gained much popularity in their time, but their legacy has steadily grown in time. The album has been carefully remastered from the original DAT master tape, with the vinyl mastered at Orgone Studios for maximum analog pleasure and the CD being closer to the original tape. 

Vassafor / Sinistrous Diabolus
Split LP
Iron Bonehead
Release: 16 June 2014
Perhaps the pinnacle of abyssal New Zealand darkness, VASSAFOR and SINISTROUS DIABOLUS join together for a special split LP to be released by IRON BONEHEAD PRODUCTIONS. Following their cult debut double-LP, Obsidian Codex, VASSAFOR are up first and offer two double-digit tracks of perpetually pulsing/slithering churn 'n' spurn, their sepulchral black/death metal verily the sound of a slow descent into Hell - and with a special tribute during second track "Son of Moon." On their side of the split, SINISTROUS DIABOLUS pick up where their hotly tipped debut LP, Total Doom/ /Desecration, left off: a 20-minute monolith that builds from absolutely desolate doom-death into a teeth-gnashing surge of hypnotic bestiality. Perfectly paired, VASSAFOR and SINISTROUS DIABOLUS offer two unique paths into the eldritch depths...


Ending Quest
The Summoning
FDA Rekotz
Release: 20 June 2014
FDA Rekotz is proud to announce the June 20 release of The Summoning from old school Swedish Death Metallers ENDING QUEST. It is indeed time for some classic sounding “Stockholm Sunlight” Death Metal direct from the depths of Stockholm! The Summoning is the debut album of this three-piece slaughter brigade, which also boasts members of DESOLATOR. On offer are 11 tracks that any fan of GRAVE, GOREMENT or ENTOMBED will worship! The lyrics span suffering, pain and the dark side of this rotten life, while the cover artwork was done by ArtWars Medendesign (Master, Lifeless, December Flower etc.).

ENDING QUEST is not just another swe-death copycat, ENDING QUEST is raw, brutal and original! 

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

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