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OVERKILL has debuted an all new music video for their newest single “Armorist” exclusively via NOISEY MUSIC today. Directed by long time collaborator Kevin J. Custer, the video depicts the raw power that emulates from the bands viscous live show. “We had a head banging riot working with Kevin Custer, he has an eye for the performance and the fast editing hand. Just what the doctor ordered for a face-melting, thrash-a-thon!,” says frontman Bobby Blitz.

overkillThis is the third time Custer has directed the band’s visual element. Prior to “Armorist” he was tapped for “Bring Me The Night,” from Ironbound in 2010 and “Electric Rattlesnake” from The Electric Age in 2012. Blitz continues, “I was quite blown away with his use of natural light in Armorist, as if he let the sun in through the windows, then controlled how it was used. Horns up Kids, here comes the Overkill/Custer, Armorist!

OVERKILL will release their seventeenth LP White Devil Armory on July 22nd via eOne Music in North America, and July 18th overseas via Nuclear Blast. The effort is the follow up to the critically acclaimed The Electric Age released in 2012.








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Scorpion Child


Nuclear Blast


10 out of 10






When was the last time a debut album topped your best of the year list?
When was the last time a debut album grabbed you by the balls and made you sit up and pay attention the first time it was played for you?
Well, that time is now, the band is Scorpion Child, and the album is their self titled debut album on Nuclear Blast.

Austin Texas has put out a ton of great bands in the last few years. Most notably The Sword (in my book anyway) and now another epic sounding band that reminds you of Led Zeppelin on steroids. I hate comparing any band to Zep but when the lead singer, Aryn Jonathan Black, sounds like a young hungry Robert Plant and the rest of the five piece band comes off as the be all end all of 70’s super groups it is very difficult to not make that comparison.

There seems to be a resurgence of that epic hard rock sound from the 70s coming back. I for one am all for it. But this is no novelty act. This is the music that could very well save Rock & Roll (and FUCK FALL OUT BOY for even tongue in cheek insinuating it could) and put it back in the forefront of popular music.

Part hard rock riffs, melodic rock vocals, prog rock noodling wall of sound, and psychedelic pop sensibilities Scorpion Child is is nothing short of mesmerizing. If there is a single flaw on the album it would be that there are only 9 songs on it. And in this day and age of bands rethinking the full length album and releasing two very strong songs with 10 cuts that are glorified b-sides, Scorpion Child comes out swinging for the moon with a full album of great songs that should put every band bemoaning the current state of the music industry on notice that if you put out a full length album of quality songs and not just filler that it will be received and heralded as a full length album worth owning and listening to in its entirety.

Scorpion Child doesn’t miss a beat here. There isn’t a bad song on this album.

If you don’t run out and purchase this right now… There is no hope for you or Rock & Roll. Because this is the PERFECT ROCK & ROLL ALBUM.

Go.
Get it.
You’ll thank me later.

And I predict this album will be on almost everyone’s top ten list and should be most of their #1 pick.




Dark Roots Of Thrash, a DVD/2CD release documenting Bay Area veterans TESTAMENT’s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, NY this past February, will be made available on October 11th (Europe) and October 15th (North America) via Nuclear Blast!

testamentDark Roots Of Thrash was produced by Get Hammered Productions, directed by Tommy Jones (DEATH ANGEL, KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK) and mixed by Juan Urteaga (VILE, EXODUS, SADUS, MACHINE HEAD). It captures a total of 19 live tracks with countless cams onstage and high above the audience, plus a special moshpit cam that makes you feel like you’re a part of the show!

Vocalist Chuck Billy added: “For all you die hard metal heads out there Dark Roots Of Thrash is a must have for your collection. This live DVD and CD is something you can put in you player and crank up for the feeling of a live TESTAMENT performance! You will get 18 songs from the early days of thrash metal to where we are today. Heavy metal forever!

Dark Roots Of Thrash will be made available in a variety of different formats including the standard DVD+2CD and 2CD versions. A limited Bluray+2CD (Europe only), LP (Europe only), as well as Nuclear Blast mail-order only items (LP colored in gatefold, DVD+2CD DIGI + tourpass and limited BlueRay+2CD DIGI + tourpass) will also be for sale via http://shop.nuclearblast.com.

Dark Roots Of Earth DVD/2CD track list:
DVD:
01. Intro
02. Rise Up
03. More Than Meets The Eye
04. Burnt Offerings
05. Native Blood
06. True American Hate
07. Dark Roots Of Earth
08. Into The Pit
09. Practice What You Preach
10. Riding The Snake
11. Eyes Of Wrath
12. Trial By Fire
13. The Haunting
14. The New Order
15. Do Not Resuscitate
16. Three Days In Darkness
17. The Formation Of Damnation
18. Over The Wall
19. Disciples Of The Watch
20. Credits
BONUS CONTENT:
21. Backstage Footage
22. Native Blood (Video Clip)
CD1:
01. Intro
02. Rise Up
03. More Than Meets The Eye
04. Burnt Offerings
05. Native Blood
06. True American Hate
07. Dark Roots Of Earth
08. Into The Pit
09. Practice What You Preach
CD2:
01. Riding The Snake
02. Eyes Of Wrath
03. Trial By Fire
04. The Haunting
05. The New Order
06. Do Not Resuscitate
07. Three Days In Darkness
08. The Formation Of Damnation
09. Over The Wall
10. Disciples Of The Watch

Dark Roots Of Earth 2CD track list:
CD1:
01. Intro
02. Rise Up
03. More Than Meets The Eye
04. Burnt Offerings
05. Native Blood
06. True American Hate
07. Dark Roots Of Earth
08. Into The Pit
09. Practice What You Preach
CD2:
01. Riding The Snake
02. Eyes Of Wrath
03. Trial By Fire
04. The Haunting
05. The New Order
06. Do Not Resuscitate
07. Three Days In Darkness
08. The Formation Of Damnation
09. Over The Wall
10. Disciples Of The Watch

Pre-order your copy here: http://smarturl.it/TestamentDROT








The Nuclear Blast/Stern Pinball booth (#503) will be in full promotion mode for Picturehouse’s music-driven feature film Metallica Through The Never at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, California.

Metallica Through the NeverPicturehouse – the full-service independent film marketing & distribution company – has teamed up with Nuclear Blast & Stern Pinball to promote METALLICA’s upcoming film with an assortment of promotional items. The Nuclear Blast/Stern Pinball booth (#503) is the only location on the convention floor where these items are available. Fans will have the chance to play the soon-to-be-released METALLICA pinball machines and enter to win tickets to attend METALLICA’s “secretComic-Con show. Come to Booth #503 and become part of Metal History!

METALLICA will appear for the first time ever at Comic-Con in San Diego with a special live performance and Hall H Panel on Friday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. in support of the groundbreaking 3D feature film, Metallica Through The Never. The band will perform an intimate private concert at a secret location in San Diego. The film’s 6:30 p.m. Hall H panel includes all four members of Metallica: James Hetfield (vocals, guitar), Lars Ulrich (drums), Kirk Hammett (guitar, background vocals), and Robert Trujillo (bass, background vocals) along with actor Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), director/writer Nimród Antal (Predators, Kontroll) and producer Charlotte Huggins (Journey to the Center of the Earth). The Hall H presentation world premieres the Metallica Through The Never theatrical trailer and poster, show exclusive preview footage, and discuss the making of the film. During the Hall H panel, Comic-Con conventioneers in attendance have an opportunity to win tickets and learn the location where METALLICA will play later that same evening. Also, the event launches advance ticket sales for the September 27, 2013 opening of the film available online at www.fandango.com.

Terrorizer Magazine is hosting the full album stream of ENFORCER’s Nuclear Blast debut, Death By Fire, due out in North America on March 5th.

Download the “Mesmerized By Fire” track for FREE from this location:

Guitar solos, fire, and oh yeah, a cute little baby Anti-Christ. They’re all there in ENFORCER’s latest video.

The tracklisting for Death By Fire is:
enforcer01. Bells Of Hades
02. Death Rides This Night
03. Run For Your Life
04. Mesmerized By Fire
05. Take Me Out Of This Nightmare
06. Crystal Suite
07. Sacrificed
08. Silent Hour / The Conjugation
09. Satan

For the uninitiated: Guitarist/vocalist Olof “Enforcer” Wikstrand founded the one-man band with the two-song 2005 Evil Attacker demo that introduced ENFORCER to the Swedish metal scene. The band grew into a 4-piece and released their first full-length, Into The Night, in 2008. They first toured North America in 2009 with Cauldron and in 2010, delivered their sophomore effort, Diamonds.

ENFORCER have assaulted audiences at Metalcamp, Bloodstock, Hole In The Sky, Dynamo, Keep It True, Rockstad: Falun, and Hell’s Pleasure festivals. Next month, the band will open for NWOBHM greats ANGEL WITCH and Swedish metallers GRAND MAGUS on the “Hunting Across Europe” tour.








Death By Fire, the third full-length album and Nuclear Blast debut by Swedish high energy heavy/speed metal band ENFORCER, will be released in early 2013.

Guitarist/vocalist Olof “Enforcer” Wikstrand shares the following about the album artwork: “The cover is drawn by our long-time friend Jonathan Hultèn of Necromantic Art. It captures pretty much everything we wanted from a cover. Simple and direct!

The tracklisting for Death By Fire is:
01. Bells Of Hades
02. Death Rides This Night
03. Run For Your Life
04. Mesmerized By Fire
05. Take Me Out Of This Nightmare
06. Crystal Suite
07. Sacrificed
08. Silent Hour / The Conjugation
09. Satan








It is with great sadness and regret this morning that we have to report that Mitch Lucker, vocalist of SUICIDE SILENCE, passed away a few hours ago due to injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident.

NUCLEAR BLAST would like to offer our condolences to his family, friends, band members and fans worldwide who are affected by this loss.

He left us doing what he loved to do most. He was 28 years old and will be sorely missed.

Fans are encouraged to share their memories, photos of Mitch and condolences on the band’s official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SuicideSilence









The day we’ve all been longing for since the release of WINTERSUN’s eponymous debut album in 2004 is getting closer. On the 23rd of October 2012, Nuclear Blast will release Time I!

During the Time I listening session at the Nuclear Blast HQ in Donzdorf, Germany guitarist/vocalist Jari Mäenpää was interviewed by BLEEDING RED frontman Timo Joos. Joos asked the WINTERSUN mastermind fan questions that had been collected via the official Nuclear Blast Europe Facebook page.

Time I track listing:
1. When Time Fades Away
2. Sons of Winter and Stars
I Rain of Stars
II Surrounded by Darkness
III Journey Inside a Dream
IV Sons of Winter and Stars
3. Land of Snow and Sorrow
4. Darkness and Frost
5. Time




























A lyric video for the new CRUCIFIED BARBARA track, “Everything We Need,” is available for viewing on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

Everything We Need” is from the band’s third studio album and Nuclear Blast debut, The Midnight Chase, due out in North America on July 31st. It was recorded at the legendary Music-A-Matic Vintage Recording Studio in Gothenburg, Sweden and can be pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.

Track listing for The Midnight Chase is:
01 – The Crucifier
02 – Shut Your Mouth
03 – Into The Fire
04 – Rules And Bones
05 – Everything We Need
06 – If I Hide
07 – Rock Me Like The Devil
08 – Kid From The Upperclass
09 – The Midnight Chase
10 – Count Me In
11 – Rise And Shine
12 – Acid Rain (North American Bonus Track)








Bay Area thrash metal legends, TESTAMENT, have launched a contest around their new album Dark Roots of Earth where fans can win a chance to see the band for free in their town! How does it work? It’s simple. When you pre-order the new album from the NB USA / CM Distro web shop, e-mail us at mail@nuclearblastusa.com (E-mail Subject must read: Testament – Radio Contest Entry) and include your name, order confirmation number AND the radio station name where you heard the new Testament single, “True American Hate.”

If your local radio station receives the most entries, the band will be coming to your town to play a show! Best of all, anyone who submitted their valid contest entry for the winning station will also receive FREE entry into the show!

Open to USA residents only. Contest ends 7/30/12. Winning radio station / city will be selected on 8/03/12.

Fans can also use the following splash page to spread the word about the contest to their friends right HERE.

Dark Roots Of Earth is due out on July 31st in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

















Virginia’s speed metal punks MUNICIPAL WASTE are bringing their space terror back to North America beginning May 27th on a 2-leg headlining run presented by SCION A/V! The first leg features Black Tusk as support; second leg features 3 Inches Of Blood as direct support & openers Black Tusk.

The band is out spreading the word about their new album, The Fatal Feast, available now on Nuclear Blast.

MUNICIPAL WASTE with 3 Inches Of Blood & Black Tusk
6/11: Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
6/12: Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club
6/13: Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse
6/15: Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room
6/16: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
6/18: Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
6/19: Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
6/21: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
6/22: Columbus, OH @ Screaming Willies
6/23: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
6/24: Albany, NY @ Bogie’s
6/25: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
6/26: New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House

Fans can order The Fatal Feast CD, deluxe digi-pak, or super limited edition pop-up vinyl gatefold here.













KREATOR, one of Germany’s longest-lived & prodigious thrash metal bands, have released the official video for the title track off their thirteenth studio album, Phantom Antichrist. For a glimpse of humanity’s doomed future courtesy of Polish production company Grupa 13 (BEHEMOTH, SONATA ARCTICA, ELUVEITIE).

Mille Petrozza, KREATOR’s singer & guitarist, states: “Grupa 13 strikes again! The most apocalyptic video in the history of KREATOR is here!

Phantom Antichrist, the band’s debut album for Nuclear Blast, is due out in North America on June 5th and in Europe on June 1st. It was recorded in Örebro, Sweden at the famed Fascination Street Studio with renowned producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Soilwork).

The track listing for the jewel-case North American version is:
01. Mars Mantra
02. Phantom Antichrist
03. Death To The World
04. From Flood Into Fire
05. Civilization Collapse
06. United In Hate
07. The Few, The Proud, The Broken
08. Your Heaven, My Hell
09. Victory Will Come
10. Until Our Paths Cross Again

Phantom Antichrist’s limited edition digi-pak version will include a bonus DVD; a 2-LP vinyl edition will be available July 3rd.