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Deicide Release New Track ‘Excommunicated’ From Their Forthcoming Album ‘Overtures Of Blasphemy’



Florida Death metal legends Deicide have released their first single ‘Excommunicated’ from their forthcoming album ‘Overtures Of Blasphemy’. 

It took me a couple of listens, but I’m optimistic for the new album on the strength of this track. This band never disappoint me personally, so I may be biased… 

They released this very brief statement today. 








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AXIS OF DESPAIR: Irish Premiere ‘Lockdown’ By Swedish Grindcore Kingpins, ‘Contempt For Man’ Debut LP Nears Release Through Southern Lord



We are hosting the Irish premiere of “Lockdown,” the new single by Swedish grindcore kingpinsAXIS OF DESPAIR. The band – formed by current and former members of Nasum, Coldworker, Infanticide, Volturyon, Livet Som Insats, Nervgift, Overtorture, and more – is preparing for theirContempt For Man debut full-length to see release through Southern Lord at the end of July.


Contempt For Man dispatches twenty super-charged tracks of AXIS OF DESPAIRs brutalizing but hook-laden grindcore attack. The album surges with blasting percussion delivered with savage force, yet every hit finding its target with pinpoint accuracy. The blazing riffs leave charred scars in their path, while lyrically the band unloads their noncompliance with humanity’s declining ways.


Of “Lockdown” the band offers, “While the title is a nod to fellow grinders Lock-Up, the music centers around an idea of doing a chorus riff with clear notes that moves around, thus creating a hook that makes ‘Lockdown’ stand out on the album. This is a quite good slice of AXIS OF DESPAIR‘s type of grindcore: while ‘Lockdown’ has its share of drive and aggression, it also has catchiness and a certain groove that we really like.”


Metal Injection’s write-up defines the track as, “a rather quick dose of buzzing guitars and blasting drums. It builds off a strong hook and a menacing groove. While only a small sample of AXIS OF DESPAIR‘s newest effort, it shows a promising forecast for the rest of Contempt Of Man.”



Contempt For Man was recorded by drummer Anders Jakobson at Soundlab Studios and in the band’s rehearsal room Summer 2017, mixed at Studio Ülgnor by Johan Berglund, and is completed with artwork by Paul Romano (Mastodon, Circle, Hate Eternal).


Southern Lord will release Contempt For Man on LP, CD, and digital formats July 27th; find preorders at the label webshop HERE and at Bandcamp where the tracks “A Life Of Ceaseless Grind,” “Crush The Empire,” and “The Wolven Law” are streaming HERE.


AXIS OF DESPAIR will perform at Obscene Extreme 2018 in Czech Republic on July 19th with more live actions to follow. Watch for additional tour dates, audio samples, and further album updates in the weeks ahead.



7/19/2018 Obscene Extreme Festival – Trutnov, CZ



was formed in late 2013 by former Coldworker members Joel Fornbrant (vocals), Oskar Pålsson (bass), and Anders Jakobson (drums). The lineup was completed by guitarist Kristofer Jankarls (also in Livet Som Insats) a few months later and the quartet focused on songwriting. The first recording took place in the spring of 2015 and the twelve tracks were released on the two 7″ EPs — Time And Again, released via Selfmadegod Records, and Mankind Crawls, a co-release through Give Praise Records and Spela Snabbare Records. Following both EPs and several live shows, AXIS OF DESPAIR set to work on new material, striving to create a striking grindcore album with an aggressive, yet diverse selection of strong songs. The writing process was spread out over a year until the band went into the studio and begun the recordings in the summer of 2017, now set to arrive in the form of their debut album, Contempt For Man.

Stream “Lockdown” now and check out Axis of Despair on FacebookContempt For Man arrives July 27 through Southern Lord.


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Daybreak Drop ‘Acid Green’ Brand New Brutally Heavy Single & Video



Planet Perth’s Daybreak are quickly being recognised as the next big thing in Australian Heavy Music. Having recently toured nationally with acts like Polaris, Alpha Wolf and Honest Crooks – the words SOLD OUT being stamped all over posters has been common occurrence.


Leaving behind their high school beginnings and moving forward into young adult life, the band recently stepped back into the studio with engineer and producer Cody Brooks to record new single ‘Acid Green’, which was then mixed and mastered by Lance Prenc. The track is available for purchase and streaming Wednesday, July 4th with a local launch party happening at Amplifier Bar, Perth taking place on Saturday, July 14th featuring guests Deadlights (Brisbane), Illyria and Owed to Damnation.


While the pure anger of their youth still remains, the band’s sound has matured into its current state.

Vocalist Shaun Cox said that new single Acid Green “…talks about a turning point at the start of my adult life. I describe the emotions that were running through my mind at a time where I could visualize how my future would pan out if I didn’t change the fundamental values in my life. This experience caused me to grow and mature as a person, faster than anything had before which also accompanies the maturing in the sound of our music. Acid Green is the start of the next chapter of Daybreak.”


Daybreak’s 2017 sophomore EP Death Dreams featured tracks with guest vocals from Mark Poidafrom Aversions Crown and Jamie Hails from Polaris. The EP’s massive & complex deathcore sound, developed well beyond their years, proved to be hugely successful and resulted in their Spotify numbers going through the roof, being showcased on the Official Deathcore Spotify & Homegrown & Heavy playlists to over 150k followers. Daybreak have already supported a tonne of bands, including Parkway Drive, The Acacia Strain, Stick to Your Guns, Ocean Grove, Alpha Wolf, Polaris, Hellions and Make Them Suffer.


‘Acid Green’ is live today on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play and all good online outlets. Tickets are on sale for Daybreak’s Perth Launch show at the door ONLY.



For more information, head to facebook.com/daybreakperth


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MammothFest Issue Statement On Their Future

MammothFest Issue Statement On Their Future




MammothFest have today released this statement. A raw and true tail of the music business. We have now put an advert on our site which we shall be keeping until the festival has passed. At no cost I will add. This festival needs support and it’s opening doors for Irish bands so very important we support this event.  

MAMMOTHFEST SUMMER SALE – upto 33% off weekend tickets for a limited time – £40 + booking fee, last chance to secure savings in 2018. 

IMPORTANT STATEMENT FROM MF MD STEVE DICKSON – For those of you, that’s most of you, unaware, I have been unwell for a while so I have been unable to give much time to MAMMOTHFEST. In fact it’s partly because of the overwhelming pressures of MAMMOTHFEST over the years that I have become unwell. I’m pretty broken from it all…

So this following message has taken me 3 hours to write and I still find it hard to hit the send button but it’s time to say something. I don’t cope well with stress (who does) and with other personal matters i feel it is time to lay my cards on the table. 

Over the past 10 years, accumulating business debts to over £50,000, I have found it hard to find the energy to go any further. I have prioritised MAMMOTHFEST over family on the grounds my efforts will be rewarded and I can put back but this has never happened. I have since separated from my ex and my daughter is now sometimes living 40 Miles away partly due to my mistakes. I’m not saying it is all MAMMOTHFESTs fault or all mine, life… however it is mine to deal with and I accept full responsibility, but it has become so hard again I feel it is time to be open about my position. There is so much more I could go into but my shit is exactly that and I am not looking for sympathy but I want to ask for help, which is incredibly hard for me to do because it’s essentially admitting defeat which I never wanted to have to do.

I have been diagnosed with emotional unstable personality disorder. However the are solutions and I am working towards managing this bastard now I know. I still don’t really understand what it is but I’m hard as nails and will sort it. 

It seems on reflection, i have been putting on increasingly expensive events, Parties for others to enjoy, which I am very proud of in one respect, but at my cost in the hope returns would improve and it’s got to the point where something needs to change, now I am aware of this reality. 

Last year the “glass ceiling” Brightons metal scene has, clearly presented itself to us and caused us to lose a considerable sum of money. In 2017 we were blessed by an investor coming in to inject some cash into the business with a view to creating a larger event with greater costs but also a greater profit potential. Numbers were good and we were meticulous in our finances but despite all we still fell well short of expectations/calculations so we lost money again leading me to dip considerably in mind and mood. Wtf do i/We have to do to make this work? We have tried everything pretty much now. 

2018, we are so proud to have the mighty Decapitated and so many other stunning bands and of course the event will go ahead, but it MAYBE the last MAMMOTHFEST event we put on? 

In order for us to proceed in 2019 we need to see considerable, I mean sell out level support for this year’s event or my losses over the years will become to much for me to be daft enough to consider investing in again. I gave my bollox, I don’t feel I can do much more. Meh.

Now I put it to you all; if you give a fuck about live metal music in brighton or locally, get a ticket asap, show your support and help me/us turn this around. Not interested, don’t get a ticket, no problem. We simply offer a service, no one is obliged to support us but I cant justify another year losses as I’m sure you all can understand, now I am being open. 

This is, I hope, not to be interpreted in some passive aggressive manner but in an honest straight up cards down position about my health and life. 

If the people’s actions show us you want us to carry on we will but from here the numbers will do the talking because I am not prepared to carry this level of pressure or expect my team to work for free again so hard for another year, any more unless there is justification, despite how much I/we love this whole project and anyone that knows me knows I am utterly dedicated to the cause. 😔

Below are 3 ticket links… 0% discount, 25% discount and 33% discount. If full price is to much for you, get a cheaper ticket if you want. 

Standard price: https://www.gigantic.com/mammothfest-20…
25% off – https://www.gigantic.com/mammothfest-20…
33% off – http://www.gigantic.com/mammothfest-201…

I feel ashamed almost to have to post this; feeling failure hurts real bad but having opened up to my team recently about my realities and feeling a sense of support and understanding from them; along with the desire to ask for help (rather than do something silly which has entered my head a lot recently) and talk about my difficulties I hope I will not only get some help from the metal community but also show to others that it is ok to be open about mental health challenges and that there are other ways out. I partly say this in the wake of mark and his taking of his own life recently which is fucking awful, why did he feel he could not talk to anyone? Well, i will. It really hit home and made me think there must be another way forward. I believe there is but I admit to needing help. 

I am very proud of our achievements to date, ok the money had not married up but our events and efforts as a team have been impeccable, my team are incredible, i love them so much and we have brought some absolute legends to brighton which I know we all share proudly. 

Part of me is ready to call it a day and focus on my health. That said, if the people want us to carry on then you know what to do. I dunno. 

Why am I posting this? I recognise fully this could be the demise or it could be the turning point. Either way I now have nothing more to lose so fuck it. 

Shit or bust time. 

Sorry to let everyone down, I have done my best but is time to be open. 

If anyone wants to help awesome. Don’t care how, pm me. 

Whatever happens 2018 will be a banger 


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Interview/Feature: Lock Horns

Interview/Feature: Lock Horns



Lock Horns are a Northern Irish progressive metal outfit. For people who want their music cranked to the max with a stage performance to match. Lock Horns have just released their independent album entitled ‘Molṑn labé’, which translated from Greek means ‘Come and take them’. 

I’ve listened to the album multiple times as of now and it’s easily one of my favourite releases this year. The lads are well thought of within the Belfast scene and have already reached the final of the Belfast based Bloodstock Metal To The Masses competition on two occasions. After listening to their debut album it becomes very apparent why they are on the rise! It’s a real tour de force and an album I always listen to in its entirety. 



We spoke to them recently about their future plans and aspirations for the band. 

BM: Can you please tell us about the bands formation and how Lock Horns came to be. 

LH: We all studied together in Bangor Co. Down. The band formed in mid/late 2015. Corey and myself were in one class, Rhys and Alex were in another. I had planned on doing a web series about metal and recording mini segments of riffs. Corey wanted some covers made, so I decided to produce them in exchange for him to play on the tracks I was writing. After jamming together the potential was there, I knew we needed to start a band. Alex and I had been in a previous project together so I knew he was the front man for the job. Only piece of the puzzle was left finding a Bassist and it just so happened that Alex knew Rhys and that was that… Lock Horns was formed. 



BM: Who as a band are your main musical influences? 

LH: As we’ve progressed there has been a sharing of influences throughout the band. The influences that I know are unanimous are Meshuggah, Gojira, Lamb Of God and Pantera. On our newest album there are elements of each members direct influences, which I feel has led to an album that is in its own lane in terms of genre especially from Northern Ireland that I’ve heard. 


BM: That all sounds great as a band will always thrive as a democracy. It’s also very much an album of it’s own genre to my ears. I’d find it very difficult to describe your sound to someone. 

As you have been building a name for yourself in Belfast. Have you any plans for an Irish tour and beyond? 

LH:  Definitely, with the release of our album ‘Molon Labe’ we need to spread the word. I’ve started to plan Irish dates, I’m hesitant to say a particular month as of now. It will be dependent  of the availability of venues and making sure a run of 4/5 shows can be secured consecutively. 


BM: Sounds great! 

The album was delayed, was there any particular reason for that or was it just a matter of timing. 

LH: Since the band formed, it’s all about quality. Quality of how a music video should look, the photos we use to present ourselves, how our live show should be… Quality is everything! The delay was necessary for us to end with the product that is ‘Molon Labe’. I feel strongly if we were to have released it when we had originally planned the outcome would have been unsatisfactory and the reception would have fallen flat. I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved and I believe stands up any metal album period. 



BM: Sounds to me like you’re doing everything right and made the correct call. The album is excellent and you really do present yourselves very well. You debut video ‘Wendigo’ was amazing for a young bands first video. Better than a lot of established bands in my view. 

Are you working on new material and is it similar or different to the album? 


LH: Ideas are starting to be thrown about, it’s hard to tell where the next album will go. I’m always conscious when writing of trying to push the ideas to the extreme of what’s expected and been done before. The track ‘Machines’ off Molon Labe is in a Drop F# tuning, every other track is tuned to a Drop C#. It’s very possible that our next album could be on a 7 string but no promises as of yet! 


BM: You already have two Bloodstock Metal To the Masses finals under your belt. Will you be reentering again next year? 


LH: I think so, every show is a chance to grow and hone our stage skills. If we can do that with the potential of hitting the Bloodstock stage. We’re game! 



BM: Have you considered the possibility of entering the MammothFest competition in Cork next year or the possibly the Dublin based MTTM competition to enhance your exposure? 


LH: MammothFest is on the list definitely. We’ll be down that neck of the woods very soon though! 


BM: What’s your hopes for this album? 


LH: That it keeps spreading, there is always someone new to discover it and that is the plan… That people keep discovering it wither it be today or in 2020 by friends or fellow metal heads sharing it. 


BM: Anything you would like to add? 


LH: Our debut album ‘Molon Labe’ is available to buy on Itunes and stream on Spotify. Check it out! Thank you to those who have shared the album and supported us to this point by coming to live shows, sharing content and buying merchandise. 


BM: We thank the band for taking the time to speak with us and we wish them massive success with this amazing album. In a just and fair world, they will go very far! 



Stream or download ‘Molon Labe’ now:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6a0ASOBGDSKrRWutPw5jaN?si=Jth1U4AzQquAv7kNpIfbEw

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/molon-labe/1390588434


Debut music video Wendigo. 



Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LockHornsOfficial/





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IMMORTAL Unleash Lyric Video For Second Single ‘Mighty Ravendark’



Only two days left until IMMORTAL will release their highly anticipated new album »Northern Chaos Gods« that marks a return right to the raw roots of the band! Today, the Norwegian black metal legends unveil their second single, the 9-minute-long hymn ‘Mighty Ravendark’, which is not only the longest track in the band’s history to this date but has also been named ‘best IMMORTAL song of the past 20 years’ by Germany’s Deaf Forever Magazine. Listen to the track that concludes the blistering journey that is IMMORTAL’s new album and experience the finale of one of their grandest efforts.



You can now pre-order the band’s new full-length release, »Northern Chaos Gods«, in the format of your choice. It will be available as digipak, 180g LP (various colours) in gatefold, a collector’s boxset, strictly limited mailorder steel box or digitally:

Album tracklist:

1. Northern Chaos Gods 
2. Into Battle Ride 
3. Gates To Blashyrkh 
4. Grim and Dark 
5. Called To Ice 
6. Where Mountains Rise 
7. Blacker Of Worlds 
8. Mighty Ravendark

A lyric video of the first single, ‘Northern Chaos Gods’, can also be seen here:

The line-up on the album is:
Demonaz (vocals, guitars)
Horgh (drums)
Peter Tägtgren (session bass)

More info:


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