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Fresh Blood Programme
Fourth Strike – Diabolizer

diabolizerTurkey is a country that is very interesting in Metal in a lot of ways. It is the only relatively (notice the italics? don’t hound me) liberal country in the Middle East except for Israel (which is rather quickly gaining that italics to the “liberal” adjective as well,) therefore it allows shows on a rather consistent basis. Meanwhile it also a place where a lot of cultures in history have collided, it was a trade hub for everyone from the Italians, the Ottomans, and the Arabs to the Slavs, Vikings and many, many others….. Read More

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Fresh Blood Programme
Third strike – Morthus

13734805_10154371190632720_1961025198_nTo be perfectly candid, Morthus was the first band I had in mind when I began the Fresh Blood Programme.  Keeping a steady eye on the Polish scene, a scene of high quality extreme Metal, makes it hard for me to really be excited about a debut before it’s out. Of course there are exceptions, and some animals in Animal Farm are more equal than others, but Morthus is perhaps one of the most equal I’ve heard in the last half a century. Hailing from the suburb of Warsaw, Warka, this group of youngsters have been one that I’ve kept my eye on since I’ve heard of their tour with the ubiquitously renowned Infernal War….. Read More

 

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Fresh Blood Programme
Second strike – Dim Aura

DimAurapicThe Israeli Black Metal scene, if you can call it that, is quite an odd beast to reckon with. Diverse as all hell and very small, almost every band you encounter sounds radically different than the last. Especially between any ones that have any kind of size or traction. You have all your usual variants of course, Dimmu clones, early first wave wannabes, and all of their ilk, but you also have a few bands that are actually very much unique and interesting as they sound markedly different than most Black Metal bands you’ll come across. One band that exemplifies this difference is Tel Aviv’s Dim Aura…… More

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Fresh Blood Programme
First strike – Armagh

ArmaghPoland’s Armagh are kind of a rarity when it comes to young bands. On the one hand, they come from what is now a very quickly developing Metal scene, with many bands to emulate and many preordained paths to follow. On the other… More

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GRUESOME
Dimensions Of Horror
Relapse
20 May 2016
After exploding onto the death metal scene in 2015 with their Leprosy-inspired full-length debut, Savage Land, death metal wrecking crew GRUESOME — featuring current and former members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation, and Derketa — returns in 2016 with a new EP entitled Dimensions Of Horror. Produced by the band and co-produced and recorded by Jarrett Pritchard at New Constellation RMP Studios in Orlando, Florida, Dimensions Of Horror is a gruesome salute to Death’s iconic Scream Bloody Gore full-length and once again features cover art by the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Atheist, Massacre et al). A six-song slab of grisly, bone-breaking death metal jams, Dimensions Of Horror continues the development of GRUESOME‘s homage to the founding fathers of the genre and proves that no matter the decade, old-school death metal is always relevant, savage, and irresistible.

Dimensions Of Horror is due out May 20th, 2016 on CD/LP/CS/Digital worldwide. Physical preorders are via Relapse.com

Over the past year, GRUESOME has performed at numerous festivals worldwide, including Full Terror Assault Fest, Obscene Extreme America, and Netherlands Deathfest. The band has also been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore this coming May 26th through the 29th. Stay tuned for more festival announcements.

Multi-state death metal project GRUESOME was born out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey and drummer Gus Rios’ mutual involvement with the Death To All tours. Harvey served as frontman for the original mini-tour and Rios both performed “Baptized In Blood” and worked with DTA drummer Sean Reinert on the following US  tour where  Exhumed filled in as support. After discussing and discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on Death’s first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested that the pair write their own songs in intentional homage to the band. It wasn’t long before the idea gained traction, and the band soon had five tracks written. With Harvey writing in California, Rios recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derketa bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida, while Harvey tracked his vocals on the West Coast.

GRUESOME released a pair of single-song demos in 2014, and was subsequently signed by Relapse Records in June of that year, with a full-length release (recorded in Florida, of course) planned for early the following year. The result of those recordings would become the band’s debut full-length Savage Land, a truly harrowing slab of Leprosy-styled death metal released in April 2015. It’s clear from the song quality on Savage Land that GRUESOME is humbly determined to keep Death’s classic sound alive as faithfully as possible, and the critical acclaim for the record has reflected the band’s dedication. Metal Injection called Savage Land, “the advanced, dripping-rot-from-the-corners-of-a-coffin, putrid, vile death metal throwback that you’ve been waiting for,” while Exclaim gushed, “the enthusiasm alone on Savage Land is awe-inspiring.” Now, GRUESOME has returned stronger than ever with their new EP Dimensions Of Horror. With an all-star lineup and unmatched songwriting skills, GRUESOME is willing and able to propel the historical sentiment and sincerity of Death’s spirit into the present.

GRUESOME is:
Daniel Gonzalez – guitar
Matt Harvey – guitar, vocals
Robin Mazen – bass
Gus Rios – drums

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