Peasant To A King Drop New Single ‘Selfish’ Via Slam Worldwide

Galway/midlands based Peasant To A King have dropped a new single Selfish exclusively through Slam Worldwide. Which is pretty big for the lads!

A young band that are still very much in development, but doing all the right things and heading firmly in the right direction.

They do need to get a good promo picture sorted soon though. If they want to be considered by bigger sites etc, they’ll need that side of things or won’t be considered. I’ve seen it all before with bands on the rise…

If they keep producing material of this quality? They’ll go far!

Mixing and Mastering by Josh Robinson & Michael Scott

Bandcamp: https://peasanttoakingofficial.bandca…

Catch them at Iron Mountain Metal Festival 2020.

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Irish Grindcore Legends Abaddon Incarnate Sign With Transcending Obscurity Records

Irish grindcore/death metal legends Abaddon Incarnate formed in 1994. They have signed with labels such as Candlelight, Season Mist and Sentinel Records in the past and now they have signed with Transcending Obscurity Records. Who are one of the biggest labels in Asia since their formation in 2005. Based in India, they have stores in US for North America, Germany for Europe, in addition to physical distribution in North America and Europe.

They released this joint statement.

We’re huge fans of grind music but we haven’t been able to sign too many, with the exception of MediumHenry KaneMorgue Supplier and Marginal. But we’re absolutely ecstatic to have Abaddon Incarnate from Ireland join our roster. It doesn’t hurt that we were huge fans of their music right since their early days.

Label owner Kunal Choksi comments, “I’ve been a huge fan of the band ever since they put out the album ‘Nadir’ which I regarded as one of the best albums of that decade in our feature on our webzine back in the day. Ever since then I wanted to work with the band but had to wait till they were free of contractual obligations, and as fate would have it, things aligned almost miraculously to turn this into a reality. The band have been very prompt and clear and we had no problems in signing a multiple album deal with Abaddon Incarnate. We’ve always been on the lookout for more grind bands for the label and are just thrilled to find one in Abaddon Incarnate, who’re one of our favourites. Expect a new album to be recorded in mid-2020, with its release happening soon after.”

Abaddon Incarnate add, “Having known the label by reputation, there was very little discussion when it came to accepting the offer from Transcending Obscurity. Furthermore considering they are fans of the band from back in the Nadir days it would appear it’s mutually beneficial. We are in the process of writing new material for a 2020 release and could not be more excited that we will now be part of such a distinguished roster.”

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WATAIN Member Banned From Entering The US

WATAIN Member Banned From Entering The US

In what can only be described as absolute stupidity, WATAIN member/guitarist Pelle Forsberg  has been banned from entering the US.
Read their full statement here.

We regret to inform you that US authorities has decided to ban Watain’s guitarist Pelle Forsberg from entering their country. Erik, Alvaro, Hampus and Emil have after a week of uncertainty just arrived in the States, unfortunately not in time to go through with tonight’s show in Houston.

Here is what happened:
Upon his entry to the States last week, Pelle was unprovokedly taken into custody, locked up in a cell and interrogated during an entire night, only to finally have his newly approved US Working Visa -which he has been granted 5 times prior to this one- revoked and made void. He was thereafter deported back to Mexico where he had been prior to the tour. This radical and fatal decision, made by a random custom officer who happened to be on duty that day, was based on google searches on Watain made during the Pelle’s incarceration, as well as private pictures found on his phone of motorbikes, hunting and various things related to Satanism, Black Metal and counter culture in general. Stuff this officer didn’t understand, or like.

As if this was not enough, the US border authorities furthermore also decided to direct their suspicion towards the rest of the band as well, one day before we were scheduled to leave, forcing us to discard of our tickets and stay home.

However, after several days and nights of hard and excruciating -and obviously ridiculously expensive- work from lawyers and management (anyone who has tried to question a claim made by US authorities in the past years could possibly relate here), we were finally given permission for the other four Watain members to enter the States. This means Watain will be forced to perform as a four piece on this tour, with Alvaro on guitar and Erik handling bass and vocals. We have barely had time to rehearse, and since Pelle has many other duties in Watain other than playing guitar, many things have had to be re-organized. We have already lost several thousands of dollars in lawyer costs, new last minute flights, new visa embassy appointments and so forth.

We do not ask for your pity here, everyone who chooses to do what we do has to be prepared to meet opposition in all its shitstained, imbecile shapes every now and then. But we do ask for your understanding. And if you want to truly support Watain in this critical time, coming out to the shows and buying tour merch will now be more appreciated than ever, since the economical damage is quite severe already. Other than that, this entire debacle has only filled us with more anger and force, now ready to be unleashed on the 26 shows ahead.

Pelle had nothing illegal on his phone. He did not behave suspiciously or provokingly. All this comes down to one grumpy officer doing the last hours of his shift, disapproving of Pelle’s appearance, private life or ways of expression. We would like to remind you that this is not a cautionary tale from 1980s Soviet, this is Trump-administered border policy in today’s United States. This is what you get with an imbecile, Christian, racist ape ruling the nation and “defending it at all cost” from anything that can be considered alien and therefore unacceptable and potentially dangerous.

Here is a statement from Pelle:

“All this started with a personal vacation in Mexico to experience Dia de los Muertos, before going to the States to start rebuilding the stageshow for this tour. I got stopped at the border control in Atlanta, apparently I was red flagged because I already had a return ticket to Mexico the day after (cheaper to get the ticket like that). But all good, I had NO bullshit on me, with me or whatever. All papers/visas were under control. But then they proceeded with checking my phone to see “who I was” basically. After that, they had me interrogated by 4 different officers for 7 hours. Then they asked me fill out a form where I responded “yes” to “have you been treated bad by any officer”, and then all hell broke loose. Never in my life was I ever treated this shit! No information, no phonecalls, if I asked about something I just got a “shut up, we are making the rules!” screamed at me. Got thrown into a cell with just a bean bag as a bed next to a toilet. Bright lights all night for 8 hours.

I don’t have any illegal stuff on my phone nor a criminal record. For sure some pics can be disturbing for ”normal people”. I don’t live a normal life. It’s pics of me riding bikes with friends (that may have a questionable club patches/bikes etc), me chopping heads off road kills, welding weird things that look ”frightening”, pics from tours where obviously weird shit happens all the time etc etc etc. Again, nothing illegal, no bullshit! Of course they also started to google Watain and of course they stumble upon these lowlife fuckfaces that accuse Watain of being a right wing band. This tiresome lie that has been going on for a while now, didn’t really help me in this situation. And in the end, this is just about a little border officer that didn’t like what he saw and read on the internet, who in turn decides that I, one of the founding members of Watain, CAN’T JOIN THIS TOUR!
Be sure that I will fight this because this 5 year ban from the States has ABSOLUTELY no ground at all!

But to all of you crazy fuckers out there!
Watain never surrenders! Alvaro takes my guitar and Erik takes the bass once again!
Join them! FUCK THE WORLD!
I’ll be back!”

What can I say? Complete bullshit!
If you wish to help WATAIN with their lost finances?
Click the link here to buy some of their merch.

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Grey Stag Release New Single ‘Skyburner’ Ahead Of ‘The Boats’ EP Out December 6th

Progressive Sludge band Grey Stag have came a long way in a very short time. Only two years ago they were an unknown quantity, they now have a best EP award for their previous EP ‘The Guide’ in The Metal Radio Ireland Poll as one example and moving forward all the time!

Their next EP ‘The Boats’ is set to drop on December 6th and will feature three tracks. The now released lead single ‘Skyburner’. ‘Five Eyes’ and ‘The Boats’ the title track.

Having heard this in its entirety, it’s a monster! A big, heavy ugly monster that would be liable to thrash a city Godzilla shtyle!

If you thought ‘The Guide’ was good? (It was…) Just wait until you hear this in its entirety! All three tracks are belters! The Boats is probably the best track, but Five Eyes is excellent too! ‘Skyburner’ is a great track without any shadow of doubt, but the follow up tracks are another level in my God like opinion! Good job nobody reads our stuff or I’d sound like an awful cunt…

In all seriousness, Grey Stag have given us another EP of the year contender! It’s an absolutely brilliant EP from start to finish.

Grey Stag just keep on getting better! Another monolithic step forward for the lads!


Now, shtick Skyburner in your earholes!

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Grey Stag headline the Second Stage on Sunday at Iron Mountain Metal Festival.

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Mental Cavity, Canberra’s heaviest exports, are today releasing the second brutal single from their brand new album ‘Neuro Siege’. It’s called Artificial Integration, it will be released this Friday November 22 on all online stores and streaming platforms – and it features Taylor Young from epic US death metal outfits NAILS and Twitching Tongues! The track is a short sharp blast of riffs, pinch harmonics and disgust at the human beings treatment of the earth!

New album ‘Neuro Siege’ will arrive on Friday December 6th, to be released through Brilliant Emperor records. The record can be pre-ordered right now digtally at, and for physical pre-orders, hit up the Brilliant Emperor store at

According to Aaron Osborne of Mental Cavity, the new track is “…about people’s dependence on technology and this taking over more and more of their lives. Technology then over time becomes self-aware and is disgusted at humans for being wasteful and weak.” The single premiered on triple j’s The Racket with Mitch Alexander earlier this week.

Neuro Siege is Mental Cavity’s second full length album and was produced by Mike Deslandes (YLVAPaganTropical Fuck Storm). After the release of 2017’s Aneurysm, Mental Cavity have continued to grow and push further out of the shadow of their slumbering musical-brethren I Exist. Mental Cavity is Aaron Osborne on vocals and guitar (also host of the Oblivious Maximus podcast), Alex Young on vocals and bass, Rohan Todd on guitar, and Simon Murphy on drums.

New single ‘Artificial Integration’ featuring Taylor Young from NAILS and Twitching Tongues will be released on all digital stores and streaming platforms this Friday November 22.

Neuro Siege is due for release via Brilliant Emperor and Oblivious Maximus Records on December 6. Pre-order are available now digtally at, and for physical pre-orders, the Brilliant Emperor store at


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The Enigma Division Make First Transmission – 1977

The Enigma Division Make First Transmission – 1977

The Enigma Division today made their first transmission by releasing a teaser ‘1977’ for their forthcoming self titled album due next year.

Today we both bring you a formal introduction to all members and had a chat with the bands co-founder Conor McGouran. Not to mention their teaser for 1977.

The Band

Conor McGouran – Guitar/Synths

Conor began playing shows at the age of 11 and over the years has performed and recorded with notable acts such as Brian Robertson(Thin Lizzy), Bobby Kimball(Toto), Riccardo Cocciante, Oakhaart to name only a few. In 2013 he joined U.K. Progressive Metal titans Xerath which led to performances at notable festivals such as Euroblast, Tech-Fest, Bloodstock, Hammerfest etc and tours with such bands as Tesseract, Periphery and Fleshgod Apocalypse. He recorded the album “III” with the band in 2014 and the band’s swan song single, “Regret” in 2017. He is also co-founder and co-producer for The Enigma Division.

Ronan Burns – Bass/Synths

Ronan has been playing live since age 11 and has toured with the likes of Riccardo Cocciante and Craig Walker as well as a number of original projects. His roots are in metal but playing wise have swung from progressive rock to jazz fusion / blues and back again over the years. Probably listens to as much classical music as anything else, so long as it’s loud and unsettling. He is also co-founder and co-producer for The Enigma Division.

Ben Wanders – Drums/Vocals

Ben started playing drums at the age of 8 and has toured extensively with many acts around the world. His beginnings were in rock and metal but eventually evolved into jazz, fusion, pop and progressive music.

Some of the most notable acts he has performed with include Xerath, Noel Hogan, Elmore, Síomha and Shardborne, to name a few.

William Alex Young – Vocals

“Having been in bands since 2013 and having written a variety of my own music since I was a teen, I’ve sang in many different genres of rock and metal. From the metalcore influenced grunge to epic progressive metal, including many guest spots.

I’m excited to help get the vision for The Enigma Division off the ground as it is shaping up to be something truly unique!”

Interview: Conor McGouran

BM: Can you please tell us about the origins of The Enigma Division?

C: It started as the brainchild of myself and Ronan Burns who I’ve played with since I was a kid. We both have a quite a wide range of musical tastes and the idea was to create a sound that combined all of these influences and make it our own.
We were sending each other clips and it was like – “lets make some Blade Runner metal” – or something along those lines.
And it kinda turned into a mish mash of all of the stuff we’d been listening to over the years and incorporated our love for 80’s Sci-Fi and space exploration in general to the equation. We began writing in 2017 but in a way it’s a project thats been in the making for years. It’s nice to finally achieve it.

BM: As you have already been involved in an excellent prog metal aka Xerath III, and preparations for album number four were underway, did any of your writings make it onto this album?

C:Not really but the experience of working with Rich and Mike was incredibly influential. Xerath was their baby and I was very fortunate to help facilitate their ideas at the time. Their influence and my time in the band has certainly become a part of my DNA.

BM: As Ben from Xerath is your drummer for The Enigma Division. Were there any plans/ideas for Richard to do some guest vocals on this album?

C: All I can say for now is that the album will feature a few vocalists. William Alex Young of course being one. 

Dave Whyte (Riverdance/Session) who provided a guest solo for the album

BM: As an acclaimed Irish musician, you of course had the opportunity in Xerath. Do you find that living here may have held you back in regards to many opportunities that may have came your way?

C: When growing up in Dublin I was fortunate enough to witness a great music scene happening here at the time with many world class musicians. People like Louis Stewart, Anto Drennan, Jimmy Smyth, Peter Browne, Dave Whyte, Mal O Brien, Billy Bergin, Greg Boland. To be honest there’s too many to mention. Ireland really is blessed with top class musicians. Watching those guys at an impressionable age helped make me understand music on a deeper level and I’m grateful for that experience. I’m also incredibly honoured to have Dave and Mal guesting on the album.

BM: You have recruited legendary keyboardist Derek Sherinian for the album. Was that a difficult procedure, or was he very open to your ideas for this project?

C: It’s quite surreal having Derek Sherinian on the album. Myself and Ronan have been huge fans of Derek since his debut with Dream Theater on “A Change of Seasons” and through Planet X onwards. In fact “Universe” from Planet X began my fascination with 7 string guitar. When i first heard our music with Derek’s distinctive lead tone, i was just floored. Proper dream come true stuff. He did an incredible job.  

BM:  What has been the biggest obstacle so far for this project?

C: Time. It’s been extremely demanding all round. The writing part was probably the easiest and most fun. Because of the nature of the music the sessions tend to be quite large, and it can be hard to make the instruments, orchestrations and vocals fit together well. So this led to lots of rewriting and difficult decisions in order to make the ideas flow.

BM: Are there any plans to take this album to the live circuit or will it be a studio project?

C: We certainly aspire to gig it at some point once we figure out the logistics.

BM: As we all know it’s very difficult to make money let alone break even in music now. What are your overall goals/aims for this album?

C: We just hope that people will enjoy the music for what it is and we thankfully are an independent band in every sense so no musical idea was diluted. It is what we wanted it to be and if it hits some people, then that’s our goal.

BM: If you could go back in time, would you tell your younger self anything?

C: Lots but I’ll save that for therapy. Actually wait no, the lotto numbers. ha ha ha.

BM: On a similar note, what advice would you give to young aspiring guitar players?

C: Just enjoy playing and don’t worry about what other people think. Just make music at whatever level your at. Shawn Lane once said you can make beautiful music at any technical level – and I couldn’t agree more. The technique will naturally happen along the way and how you apply it is whats important. I’d also add to try your best to see the best in things. I remember hearing a story about Jimi Hendrix when he went to see a band in a club in London. The guitar player wasn’t great but he managed to make some cool symphonic feedback effect. Jimi was inspired by that one moment in the show and took that. The point being, you can learn from anyone if you’re open to it.

BM: You have of course played with some amazing musicians over the years. Who/what would you consider to be your favorite memories? I won’t say the best as that’s subjective and potentially offensive…

C: Honestly each tour and experience is unique to itself. I’ve been fortunate that i’ve gotten to see a lot of world through music and jam with some pretty amazing people along the way.

BM: When can we expect The Enigma Division album to launch roughly?

C: Early next year. 

BM: If the band were to play one gig and one alone. Who would you like to have n the bill. Go mad here!

C: Peter GabrielMeshuggah
Devin Townsend
Planet X
Faith No More
Brad Fiedel

BM: Is there anything you would like to add?

C: I hope you all enjoy the album!!

We thank Conor for taking the time to speak to us and we’re very much looking forward to this album.
Those that know, just know this will be a masterpiece! It’s a given with the talent onboard…

There’s other progressive metal albums in the works for 2020, so along with those and The Enigma Division. 2020 could be a special year for this particular genre of music in regards to Ireland.

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