Mercyless tease new album Something wicked this way comes...from the land of wine and cheese.

Mercyless, "Pathetic Divinity" (2016)

Mercyless, “Pathetic Divinity” — Out October 7, 2016 on Kaotoxin Records

France’s MERCYLESS don’t get a lot of love, but that’s only because they had a short window of awesomeness before shooting themselves in the foot with an ill-advised genre shift. In that short window of good times however, they released 3 demos and 2 back-to-back albums of unpredictable, pummeling, semi-technical death metal — Abject Offerings (1992) and Coloured Funeral (1993) — which cemented their reputation as the real deal.
At least it did until the band pivoted to a vastly inferior semi-industrial “groove metal” style and released C.O.L.D. (1996) and Sure to Be Pure (2000). Some time after that, they threw in the towel completely.

Fast-forward a decade and guitarist Stéphane Viard guitarist / vocalist Max Otero reunited, got back to business and delivered 2013’s comeback album, Unholy Black Splendor.

Fast-forward to now and Viard is out, new guy Gautier Merklen is in and Mercyless are back with a new album, Pathetic Divinity on Kaotoxin Records. Here’s the press release:

French death metal veterans MERCYLESS have now revealed further details about their sixth studio full-length album. Due on October 7, “Pathetic Divinity” will mark the band’s 30th anniversary celebrations, which started in June and will last through the end of 2016 and all of 2017.

Produced by Philippe Reinhalter at the Psykron Studio (PUTRID OFFAL, DIVISION ALPHA) and mastered by Frédéric Motte at the Conkrete Studio (ANATA, OTARGOS, PUTRID OFFAL), “Pathetic Divinity” will be made available on various formats (CD, vinyl, cassette) via Kaotoxin Records.

Pre-orders will start on August 29.


  1. Blood of Lambs
  2. Pathetic Divinity
  3. A Representation of Darkness
  4. My Name Is Legion
  5. Exhort the Heretic
  6. Left to Rot
  7. Eucharistic Adoration
  8. Christianist
  9. How Deep Is Your Hate?
  10. Liturgiæ
  11. Bless Me Father (2015 version)*
  12. Probably Impure (2015 version) *
  13. Eucharistic Adoration (2015 version)*

*Bonus Tracks

Worth mentioning is that Mercyless released a free single in June. The tune is called “Altered Divination” and comes backed by live version of “Substance of Purity” from Abject Offering, possibly taken from their live album, Live Offerings (2015), which saw an extremely limited release in Europe). You can also snag Abject Offerings (a classic) and that live album!

Firespawn release video for “All Hail”

Sweden’s FIRESPAWN (originally named Fireborn and fronted by L. G. Petrov of ENTOMBED / ENTOMBED A.D. fame) have released a new video in support of their 2015 effort, “Shadow Realms” (Century Media). Can’t say I love it, but Century Media certainly put some dollars into the production, which is nice to see. If nothing else, perhaps it will turn people on to this solid slab of death clean, well-produced death metal that flew under a lot people’s radar last year.


Here’s an older (and simpler and better) video for “Lucifer Has Spoken” which is full of Damien-esque goodness:


Get Some!

Firespawn, "Shadow Realms" (2015)

Memoriam sign with Nuclear Blast Past and current members of Bolt Thrower and Benediction retaliate.

Memoriam 2016

This slipped under the radar! Apparently, back in January, Karl Willets (vocals; Bolt Thrower) and Frank Healy (bass; Benediction, Sacrilege) started a new band with Andy Whale (drums; ex-Bolt Thrower) to “jam out some cover versions of old classic songs that had influenced us in the past along with some cover versions from the bands we had played with over the years, and maybe eventually do a few low key gigs” in the wake of Martin “Kiddie” Kearns’ death and all Bolt Thrower activities being put in indefinite hold. When Benediction’s live guitarist, Scott Fairfax came into the picture, he brought with him a bunch of music and things turned more serious.

The band just announced their signing with Nuclear Blast. CEO Markus Staiger says in the press release:

“Being a lifetime fan of both Benediction and Bolt Thrower, it is with great pride that I announce that the new band of Frank Healy and Karl Willets has now joined the Nuclear Blast family! Following the first news regarding the band, I have been keeping a close eye on them and was very curious to hear their material. After hearing their first demo songs I was completely sold and knew that I had to get in contact with Frank and Karl to seal the deal. Memoriam will please all the fans of old school death metal and especially the worldwide fan base of Bolt Thrower and Benediction!

This is all very promising stuff and it’s great to see some old dogs back to their old tricks.

Memoriam released a 7″ called The Hellfire Demo with the songs “War Rages On” and “Resistance”. Take a listen to the B-Side of the 7″ below and check out their various sites:

Memoriam – Resistance

Gruesome are visiting the (un)holy land! Cuz where's more fun than Florida in August?


DEATH worshippers GRUESOME are hitting the road to support their new EP, Dimensions of Horror, out now on Relapse Records. Their 10-date European run is preceded by what will no doubt be 3 suitably swampy August shows in the home of gators, sweltering humidity and inexplicable behavior: Florida.

North American Dates

  • Aug 4 Tampa, FL New World Brewery
  • Aug 5 Winter Park, FL The Haven
  • Aug 6 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Kreepy Tiki

European Dates

  • Aug 10 Jaromer, CZ Brutal Assault Fest
  • Aug 11 Schlotheim, DE Party San Open Air
  • Aug 12 Leeuwarden, NL Into The Grave
  • Aug 13 Ieper, BE Ieper Hardcore Fest
  • Aug 14 Essen, DE Turock
  • Aug 15 Karlsruhe, DE Substage with EXODUS
  • Aug 16 Colmar, FR Grillen with EXODUS
  • Aug 17 Dornbirn, AT Conrad Sohm with EXODUS
  • Aug 19 St. Nolff, FR Motocultor Fest

Caribbean Dates

  • Aug 21 Santurce, Puerto Rico Club 77

If you can’t make a show, check their new video and maybe pick up of copy of the new shit?

GRUESOME – "Dimensions Of Horror" (Official Music Video)

New Centinex available for preorder Fresh meat from a reliable Swedish institution

After nearly a decade on hiatus, Sweden’s CENTINEX rebounded with 2014’s more than solid comeback, Redeeming Filth. Two years later and their next full-length slab, Doomsday Rituals is scheduled for release in July 2016 on Agonia Records. It’s available for preorder with 3 promising tracks streaming on Bandcamp.

Centinex, "Doomsday Rituals"

60% of Entombed are back together! Reunited and it feels so uuuurrrrrrgh!!!

Decibel Magazine broke the news a couple weeks ago that the mighty ENTOMBED is back in action with 3 original members: Guitarists Alex Hellid & Ulf Cedarlund and drummer/writer/driving force/sometimes secret vocalist Nicke Andersson! Plans on the table at the moment are Close-Up Magazine’s Båten cruise in late October and a performance of Entombed’s 1991 classic Clandestine with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra on November 12. Continue reading

Incantation Summer 2016 Tour

Incantation are set to play some select US dates and a solid European run this summer, kicking off with an appearance at the Obscene Extreme fest in the Czech Republic.

June US Dates

  • Jun 24 Columbus, OH O’Shecky’s*
  • Jun 25 Crest Hill, IL Bada Brew*
  • Jun 26 Lansing, MI Mac’s Bar*

July European Dates

  • Jul 14 Obscene Extreme Festival – Trutnov (CZE)
  • Jul 15 Neudegg Alm Abtenau – Salzburg (AUT)
  • Jul 16 Elyon Club – Milan (ITA)
  • Jul 17 Le Korigan – Luynes (FRA)
  • Jul 18 Tba (FRA)
  • Jul 19 Tba (FRA)
  • Jul 20 Le Klub – Paris (FRA)
  • Jul 21 Muziekcafe Elpee – Deinze (BEL)
  • Jul 22 Little Devil – Tilburg (NLD)
  • Jul 23 Chaos Decends Festival – Crispendorf (GER) *Incantation Only
  • Jul 24 Viper Room – Vienna (AUT)
  • Jul 25 Akc Attack – Zagreb (HRV)
  • Jul 26 Metal Days Festival – Tolmin (SVN)


Nuclear War Now have found a new home

Future home of a whole heap of devil music.

Future home of a whole heap of devil music.

Exciting update from Nuclear War Now:

“The future headquarters of NWN has been found. The offer was accepted recently and we’ve already begun the process of closing the deal. It’s taken a bit longer than expected, and cost a bit more, but the end result will be better than we had originally planned. This location will provide more than 6000 sq ft of working space for NWN, and enough space to host a retail record store in the front! We are excited to know that we will open our future long-term operational headquarters in just a matter of a few short months. With your continued support, NWN looks to the ever onward and ascendant horizon.”

Read the whole story here:


Infestdead gets an anthology Dan Swano's death metal band gets a second life on vinyl.

Infestdead's "Satanic Serenades" 2xLP

Century Media have snuck out what appears to be a nice anthology for Infestdead, Dan Swano’s early ’90s death metal project. Remastered by Swano himself (naturally), Satanic Serenades is a 2xLP on 180g wax in a gatefold sleeve adorned in art by Gyula Havancsák (Annihilator,Destruction, Jungle Rot) in both traditional black and limited edition gold (100 copies).

Satanic Serenades starts at $19 on North America.

FREE DOWNLOAD: Immolation, “Providence”

Immolation, "Providence" - 2011

Immolation, "Providence" - 2011

Scion A/V may be corporate marketing scum, but at least they’re pimping some good bands. Hot on the heels of the surprisingly good Enslaved EP comes “Providence”, another free EP, this time from our very own death metal legends, Immolation. Production is right in line with the glorious “Majesty & Decay”, the download is fast and flawless and it even comes with 800×800 artwork. Can’t really ask for more.