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Southern Californian death/thrash battalion EXMORTUS has officially joined the roster of metal’s heaviest label Nuclear Blast Records. In addition to the signing announcement, the band is giving fans a taste of their highly-anticipated next album with the single ‘Oathbreaker,’ which is available for streaming now and accompanied by the music video created by Wayne Joyner (DREAM THEATER, DEVIN TOWNSEND).

Commenting on the signing, founding guitarist Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez says: 

“We are very excited to announce that our upcoming album will be our first with Nuclear Blast as our new label. We’re working with them to bring you what we consider to be our best album yet!”

Adding about the single, Conan states: 

“‘Oathbreaker’ is the perfect teaser for the new album. Not only is it fast, heavy and filled with shred, but it’s inspired by Tolkien’s haunting lore of the Dead Men of Dunharrow in the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. While our previous work focused more on the heroic aspect of fantasy and sword & sorcery, this album expresses the darker side with tragic heroes and horrors of humanity. Enjoy the new track cause we feel it belongs in our setlists for years to come!”

As three-time Grammy-nominated hard rock quartet NOTHING MORE gear up to hit the road later this month alongside IN THIS MOMENT, the band have shared a fourth new track, “YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE MEANS,” from their upcoming album SPIRITS –  out October 14 and available for pre-order now.

The impassioned song examines what happens when one tries to make a one-sided relationship work with all-too-real lyrics— “I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, there’s no rest, there’s no peace”—which leads into frontman JONNY HAWKINS’ fervently belting out its chorus, “You don’t know what love means, and it’s killing me.” 

As three-time Grammy-nominated hard rock quartet NOTHING MORE gear up to hit the road later this month alongside IN THIS MOMENT, the band have shared a fourth new track, “YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE MEANS,” from their upcoming album SPIRITS –  out October 14 and available for pre-order now.

The impassioned song examines what happens when one tries to make a one-sided relationship work with all-too-real lyrics— “I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, there’s no rest, there’s no peace”—which leads into frontman JONNY HAWKINS’ fervently belting out its chorus, “You don’t know what love means, and it’s killing me.” 

It’s time for another deep dive into the horrors of mortality and the foul side of the supernatural – it’s time for “Survival Of The Sickest”! The sixth full-length album from BLOODBATH, Sweden’s undisputed masters of old school death metal, will be unleashed on September 9, 2022 via Napalm Records.

This is death metal at its ugly best: vicious, unrelenting and irrevocably sworn to the black.
After smashing the thrashing death metal assault and album opener “Zombie Inferno” out to the masses, BLOODBATH have just released another new burner, entitled “Carved”, featuring none other than Luc Lemay (Gorguts). Without any doubt, the relentlessly heavy track will ensnare the minds of new fans and thrill longtime supporters, aiming to turn intestines outwards in preparation for another irrevocable BLOODBATH!

Jonas Renkse on “Carved“:“If you’re a subject to human experiments performed by the sickest surgeon, you may not have the time to suffer a thousand deaths, but one thing is for certain: YOU’RE CARVED.”

The world is in flames, and “Survival Of The Sickest”, produced by BLOODBATH and co-produced and mixed by Lawrence Mackrory at Rorysound Studios, offers no respite from the horrors of reality. Instead, with the addition of new guitarist Tomas ‘Plytet’ Åkvik (Lik) onboard, BLOODBATH’s latest and greatest album gleefully confronts the slavering ghoul lurking in the shadows, and treats him to ten songs of ripping death metal frenzy. Alongside BLOODBATH’s official alumni, “Survival Of The Sickest” boasts a smattering of irresistible cameos from the great, good and ghoulish of the metal underground, including Barney Greenway (Napalm Death), Luc Lemay (Gorguts) and Marc Grewe (Morgoth).
From the thuggish brain-smash of opener “Zombie Inferno” to the bleak, obsidian ooze of closer “No God Before Me”“Survival Of The Sickest” is the sound of a great band in blistering form. In contrast with The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn, which borrowed heavily from the blackened end of the death metal world, the new BLOODBATH goes straight for the jugular in true old school fashion. With strong echoes of everything from Morbid Angel and Death to Deicide and Obituary, songs like the rampaging “Putrefying Corpse”, the disgustingly slow and heavy “Dead Parade”, and the deliciously twisted “Tales Of Melting Flesh” breathe fresh fire into an arcane, perpetually rotting formula.

Formed by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström (both of KATATONIA), Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) and Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity) in 1998, BLOODBATH devoted themselves to resurrecting the increasingly forgotten art of pure death metal. In 2014, they unveiled a new frontman – legendary Paradise Lost vocalist Nick Holmes, now redubbed Old Nick – and yet another macabre musical evolution. With this new line-up, the only way to go was grim. On “Survival Of The Sickest”BLOODBATH evoke their most horrifying sonic scenarios to date, from the death-by-munching nightmare of “Malignant Maggot Therapy”, to the murderous nihilism of “Affliction Of Extinction”.

A glorious comeback from a legendarily wicked musical force, “Survival Of The Sickest” provides yet more proof that BLOODBATH are the kings of the old school.
BLOODBATH add:“If there was a declaration of goods attached to this album, it would say Florida death metal exported from Sweden.”

Providence, RI. quintet KINGSMEN have unleashed their latest single and music video for ‘Bitter Half’ via Sharptone Records. Speaking on today’s release, the band shares:

“There’s always a good guy and bad guy.  Every story has one. Every person has an inner voice speaking on behalf of each side. Every idea you create involves them. More often than not, the bad guy in our minds seems like a big scary monster. They’re intimidating. They can be enticing. They can make things seem too easy. They can cheat you out of a great opportunity by offering the coward’s way out. They can make you feel weak. ‘Bitter Half’ is about knowing you’ve been taken advantage of by that ‘devil on your shoulder’. Its about standing up and saying enough is enough. It’s time to move on. It’s time to become better. It’s time to say “f*ck you” to your bitter half.’’

Prior to today’s drop, Kingsmen have previously released the music video for ‘Trial By Fire’, the band’s first new, original release since their 2020 debut album, ‘Revenge. Forgiveness. Recovery‘. Watch the music video for ‘Bitter Half’ here or at the link below, stream the track here: https://bfan.link/bitter-half

Be sure to stay tuned for more Kingsmen news coming soon.

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, is thrilled to release the new trailer for the Shudder Original Gloriousahead of the film’s debut on the platform on Thursday 18 August. The latest feature film from celebrated director, podcaster, and academic Rebekah McKendry (All The Creatures Were Stirring, co-writer of the upcoming Bring It On: Cheer or Die) film comes to Shudder hot off of its widely-praised world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival.

Glorious follows as, spiraling out after a bad breakup, Wes (Ryan Kwanten) ends up at a remote rest stop miles away from civilization. His situation worsens after he finds himself locked inside the bathroom with a mysterious figure (J.K. Simmons) speaking to him from an adjacent stall. As Wes tries to escape, he finds himself an unwilling player in a situation bigger and more terrible than he could possibly imagine…

With the majority of the film taking place in a rest stop bathroom, Glorious is an intimate indie horror full of twists and unimaginable turns that boasts one of the most jaw-dropping roles of Simmons’ career. Psychedelic, comedic, overwhelmingly messy, and surprisingly emotionally, Glorious has all the makings of a future cult hit.

Glorious speaks to my adoration of Lovecraft, gore, absurdist humor, philosophy and the type of transgressive movies that leave you thinking I can’t believe I just saw that,” says McKendry. “It is a wild mix of horror, humor and heady moralistic concepts about our own existential realisations of who we really are, forcing each of us to stare into our personal abyss. And sometimes, the abyss stares back… and maybe has a favor to ask.”

Written by Todd Rigney, Joshua Hull and David Ian McKendry. AMP International’s Bob Portal and Inderpal Singh serve as producers along with Joe Wicker and Morgan Peter Brown from Fallback Plan Productions, Jason Scott Goldberg and Christian Armogida.

 It’s the long-anticipated crossover fans have been waiting for. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reprised their iconic Breaking Bad roles as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in tonight’s episode of the sixth and final season of the Emmy-nominated acclaimed drama series Better Call Saul. With only two episodes now left in the series, new episodes of Better Call Saul premiere Tuesdays, same day as the U.S. and only on Stan.

Cranston and Paul both won numerous awards for their incredible roles, including Golden Globes and Primetime Emmys, making their inclusion in the final season a must-watch event for Breaking Bad fans.

Heralded as “a beautiful tragedy and gripping character drama” (IndieWire) and “one of the best dramas on television” (Vulture), Better Call Saul’s final season concludes the complicated journey and transformation of its compromised hero, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), into criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. From the cartel to the courthouse, from Albuquerque to Omaha, season six tracks Jimmy, Saul and Gene as well as Jimmy’s complex relationship with Kim (Rhea Seehorn), who is in the midst of her own existential crisis. Meanwhile, Mike (Jonathan Banks), Gus (Giancarlo Esposito), Nacho (Michael Mando) and Lalo (Tony Dalton) are locked into a game of cat and mouse with mortal stakes.

Better Call Saul garnered a 2018 Peabody Award, and, over five seasons, has earned 40 Emmy® Award nominations, four Golden Globe® Award nominations, six Writers Guild Awards, nine Critics’ Choice Awards, five Television Critics Association Awards and four AFI Awards for “TV Programs of the Year,” among many other Guild nominations. The series stars Bob OdenkirkJonathan BanksRhea SeehornPatrick FabianMichael MandoTony Dalton, and Giancarlo Esposito and is executive produced by Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Thomas Schnauz, Gordon Smith, Alison Tatlock, Diane Mercer, and Michael Morris. 

Better Call Saul Season 6 is now streaming, with new episode Tuesdays same day as the U.S. and only on Stan.

In celebration of Disney+ Day, Disney and Pixar’s original series “Cars on the Road” will debut exclusively on the streaming service Sept. 8, 2022. Check out a new trailer, key art and image for Disney and Pixar’s “Cars on the Road” now. The Disney+ Original series follows Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and his best friend Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) as they head east from Radiator Springs on a cross-country road trip to meet up with Mater’s sister. “The series is a romp across the country with Lightning McQueen and Mater,” says director Steve Purcell. “Like any real road trip, every day is a new mini-adventure with unexpected twists and turns.”
 
“Cars on the Road” is produced by Marc Sondheimer. The series’ episodes are directed by Steve Purcell (Eps 1, 2, 8), Bobby Podesta (Eps 5, 6, 9) and Brian Fee (Eps 3, 4, 7). Composer Jake Monaco created the score for all nine episodes.  
 
Disney+ Day will return on Thursday, September 8, 2022, leading into D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event presented by Visa in Anaheim, CA. In celebration, the streaming service will host special experiences for fans and subscribers, and will premiere new content from its marquee brands – Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic.

Today, Disney+ released an exciting new trailer and key art for “Andor,” an original, 12-episode series from Lucasfilm. The series, which takes place prior to the events of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” debuts exclusively on Disney+ on its new date, Wednesday, September 21, with a three-episode premiere. 
 
The “Andor” series explores a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It’s an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero. 
 
Diego Luna returns as Cassian Andor and is joined by cast members Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller and Fiona Shaw. The executive producers are Kathleen Kennedy, Tony Gilroy, Sanne Wohlenberg, Diego Luna and Michelle Rejwan. Tony Gilroy is also the creator and showrunner.

Calling all Australian heavy music fans as two of the nations most captivating and relentless heavy acts, Brisbane post-hardcore outfit Deadlights and regional Victorian metallers Mirrors, join forces to announce an unforgettable six-date Australian co-headline tour in November, ‘The Ego’s Valley Australian tour

Joined by special guests Inertia, the Destroy All Lines tour kicks off in Mirrors hometown of Melbourne on November 4 at Corner Hotel. The tour will move through Hobart on November 5, Perth on November 22, Adelaide on November 12, Sydney on November 25 and will come to wrap at Princess Theatre in Brisbane on November 26. Tickets on sale Wednesday August 3 at 5pm local time via Destroy All Lines. 

Having extensively toured their mesmerizing live shows together across the country in 2019, both Deadlights and Mirrors are primed and ready to pick up where they left off and dive headfirst into ‘The Ego’s Valley’ tour.

Since touring with each other in November 2019 on Thornhill’s The Dark Pool tour, we’ve been itching to get back on the road together!” share respective vocalists Dylan Davidson and Patty Goodman.

As we both released albums during COVID and haven’t had a chance to tour them yet, we figured now is the perfect time to make it happen. I think our sounds mesh in a really cool way that both our fanbases will love. Our worlds are going to collide to create an experience that the Aussie scene will always remember.”

Debuting with Greyscale Records as one of their first signings with their album ‘Mesma’, Deadlights have become a household name within the Australian alternative scene. Supporting acts such as Parkway Drive, Thy Art Is Murder, Every Time I Die, and so many more, 2020 saw the band knuckle down to create the landscape that would become the follow up to ‘Mesma’. They began with a blank slate, waded into uncharted territories and dove deep into ‘The Uncanny Valley’.

Similarly, Mirrors quickly turned the eyes and ears of Australian listeners towards Regional Victoria in 2017. Ceaseless work by the band alongside their fierce production team culminated in an eleven track, genre busting tour de force in the form of their debut album ‘The Ego’s Weight’ released in 2021 through their freshly acquired record label, Resist Records. Nominated for Best Independent Heavy album or EP at the 2022 AIR Awards, ‘The Egos Weight’ delivered a multitude of opportunities for the quartet including an appearance at Knight and Day Festival, Unify Forever Festival, and national tours with Polaris and While She Sleeps alongside Loathe. 

Sydney band Inertia have proven their place atop the lineup with their most recent release, ‘Memoria‘, built from the foundations of dark pop dripping with soul and intensity contrasting with explosive, driving riffs. The metalcore act strive to carve out their unique position at the forefront of Australia’s heavy music community, leaving a lasting impression with their carefully crafted sound. Inertia’s determination and drive secured them a place on the coveted Resist Records roster and has seen the band share the stage with some of the most prominent alternative acts both Australian and international.

Join Deadlights, Mirrors and Inertia on an unforgettable run of shows on the ‘The Ego’s Valley’ Australian Tour. Tickets on sale Wednesday August 3 at 5pm local time via Destroy All Lines. 

Watch and listen to ‘Omens,’ the title track from LAMB OF GOD’s forthcoming 9th album. The new single from the GRAMMY-nominated metal colossus is available everywhere for download and streaming.

I think a lot of the messes human beings find ourselves in could be very easily prevented simply by paying attention to obvious repeating patterns, both in our personal lives and in a broader sociohistorical context,” says LAMB OF GOD frontman D. Randall Blythe. “What some call ‘omens’ are really just manifestations of the fact that there is nothing new under the sun. It’s foolish to ignore this, but we all do it.”

Listen to the single on all platforms:  https://lambofgod.bfan.link/omens-single

Pre-order Omens album here (included local pre-order link): https://lambofgod.bfan.link/omens

The gargantuan ‘Omens’ follows the album’s first single, ´Nevermore,´ which collected more than 1 million views on YouTube and over 1 million streams on Spotify shortly after its release just last month.

The hard rock and metal press described ´Nevermore´ as “crushing” (Metal Injection), “like a nail bomb” (Revolver), and “a thundering taste of what’s to come” from the band’s new album (Kerrang!).

The Omens album arrives on October 7th, 2022, on Nuclear Blast Records.

Omens follows 2020’s self-titled No. 1 Hard Rock Album, saluted by the likes of Rolling Stone and NMEOmens is perhaps their angriest album yet. Produced by longtime collaborator Josh Wilbur (Korn, Megadeth), Omens is a vicious new testament for the Richmond, Virginia-based band, a furious entry in their beloved catalog. “The world is crazy and keeps changing. Omens is a reaction to the state of the world,” Blythe explains. “It’s a very pissed-off record.” He pauses for emphasis. “It is extremely pissed-off.”

The New Wave Of American Heavy Metal architects tracked Omens at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California, a location that birthed classics from The Doors, The Ramones, and Soundgarden, among others. “The inner workings of the band have never been better,” explains guitarist Mark Morton. “You can hear it in Omens. You can see it in our performances, and if you’re around us for five minutes, you can feel it.”