Metal Blade Record News! GOATWHORE, BEHEMOTH, UNEARTH, OSI, and More!

OSI: Brand New Album Announced! Tracklisting and Album Artwork Revealed
“Fire Make Thunder” Audio Medley Now Available!

Fire Make Thunder marks the fourth undertaking for the collaborative duo known as OSI. Formed in 2002 by Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, former Dream Theater keyboardist), OSI is a long distance partnership, both musicians typically writing and recording alone and sending song ideas back and forth for further elaboration. Written and recorded throughout most of 2011, this latest release once again reflects the eclectic influences of both Matheos and Moore.

Fire Make Thunder is slated for a March 27th release via Metal Blade Records. Today OSI unveils the artwork and the tracklisting for their fourth release.


GOATWHORE launch new single on!
Goatwhore featured on the cover of Decibel Magazine’s February 2012 issue – out now!

Blood for the Master: the brand new studio album from New Orleans Louisiana’s sons of American no-frills black metal meets death & roll, GOATWHORE, is set for release in North America on February 14th 2012 via Metal Blade Records. Recorded in St. Petersburg, FL at Mana Studios, GOATWHORE once again joined forces with producer Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Cannibal Corpse, Agnostic Front, The Mountain Goats) to lay down the ten blistering tracks for the band’s 5th full-length release, which Decibel Magazine claims “reeks of blasphemy, brimstone, Jägermeister and fire.”

The second single from album, When Steel And Bone Meet, is being exclusively premiered on Decibel Magazine’s website HERE. GOATWHORE is featured on the cover of Decibel Magazine’s February 2012 issue, on newsstands now. In the cover story feature, guitarist Sammy Duet and vocalist Louis Benjamin Falgoust II discuss the new album, the band’s numerous career hurdles, and their recent successes. If you aren’t a Decibel Magazine subscriber, you can pick up a copy of the issue HERE.


Decibel Magazine Tour Line Up Announced
Behemoth, Watain, The Devil’s Blood and In Solitide take part in premier heavy metal magazine’s inaugural tour starting in April

Blackened clouds are gathering overhead, and it’s all our fault. North America’s premier heavy metal magazine is launching the maiden edition of its annual earth-scorching tour this April. The inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour will feature not just the long-awaited stateside return of Polish blackened death metal overlords Behemoth, but support from Swedish black metal provocateurs Watain, Dutch prog mystics the Devil’s Blood and Swedish old-school occultists In Solitude.


THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER announce their first 2012 headline tour
Support coming from Nile, Skeletonwitch, and Hour of Penance

Detroit Michigan’s melodic death metal outfit THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will be hitting the road this March marking the band’s first headline run of 2012. Joining THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will be Nile, Skeletonwitch, and Hour of Penance. The tour kicks off on March 24 in Grand Rapids, MI at The Intersection and wraps up on April 20 in Worcester Mass at the New England Metal &amp Hardcore festival.

Tickets for the upcoming tour will go on sale starting this Saturday, January 21.


RAM to stream “Death” in its entirety with Terrorizer Magazine
RAM will stream the whole of their new album Death, to be released January 30, 2012 via Metal Blade Records in the UK!

It’ll be online at TERRORIZER from 10:00am GMT, a week before release, on Monday January 23, 2012. Check it out HERE.

Make also sure to surf over to the landing page at where you will find the pre-order options and the new song Defiant! Death will be available on CD and on vinyl (Europe only)! A shirt bundle is also available there!


PILGRIM premiere new song on “Misery Wizard” on; announce east coast tour dates
PILGRIM will be launching the title track from their debut album, Misery Wizard, today on the popular music destination, Fans can preview the 10 minute + doom epic HERE. Rhode Island’s PILGRIM are the latest addition to the Metal Blade roster via Alan Nemtheanga’s imprint, Poison Tongue Records. The doom trio consists of: Krolg Splinterfist, Slayer of Men on drums, Count Elric the Soothsayer on bass guitar and The Wizard on guitar and vocals. The band will be performing on a string of dates on the east coast this March. The confirmed dates so far are available below.

Misery Wizard is available for pre-order now and will be released in North America on February 14th, 2012.


UNEARTH introduces Nick Pierce as their new drummer!

*Photo courtesy of Jeff Chan

Fans that have seen Unearth live on their recent trips to Alaska, Japan and on their US and Canadian tour with Chimaira, may have noticed a new face on stage. The guy behind the kit has been none other than up-and-coming drummer, Nick Pierce.

Nick Pierce is a self taught drummer who’s been playing since age 10. He grew up playing for local bands in the Seattle/Tacoma area (Culling the Weak, Eterna Nocturna, Embalmed) as well as LA based band The Faceless. Nick first sat in behind the kit for Unearth in May of 2011 during their two show trip to Alaska. Unearth discovered Pierce on YouTube where he had been covering Unearth songs, among many other bands, on a series of videos on his YouTube channel.


German Thrash Metal legends EXUMER launch video trailer with music and artwork of upcoming new album “Fire & Damnation”!
Legendary German thrashers EXUMER have just launched a video trailer for their long anticipated comeback album Fire & Damnation, to be released April 6th/10th via Metal Blade Records in Europe and on April 10th in North America.

Surf over to Metal Blade TV HERE to check out the trailer that features music of Fire & Damnation as well as the stunning front cover. The art direction and production of the clip was executed by German-born artist Cyphers-X, who has worked with bands such as The Very End in the past.

EXUMER singer Mem V. Stein adds:“We are very excited for our fans to hear and see a taste of things to come and what they can expect from “Fire and Damnation”. We intentionally worked with Cyphers-X to keep the trailer short and to the point, which is a perfect representation of the album. Fans can expect nothing short of some of the most pure, uncompromising and undiluted thrash metal they have heard in a long while.”


THE DEVIL’S BLOOD: New Album Out Now! “The Madness of Serpents” Art Teaser Posted
The Thousandfold Epicentre, the long awaited new full-length from Dutch occult rockers THE DEVIL’S BLOOD, is out NOW in North America! Featuring 11 tracks produced with the help of Pieter Kloos at Void Studios (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), The Thousandfold Epicentre has reaped critical acclaim among critics nationwide. Crowned this week’s Album Of The Week, MSN Headbang noted: “…this daring, mysterious album sees this promising band starting to sound closer to being fully realized than ever before.” Verbicide championed the band saying: “…if rock ‘n roll is truly the devil’s music, then THE DEVIL’S BLOOD could be headliners in Hell,” while Decibel Magazine proclaimed it “…an 11-track opus of maximum cosmic significance…”


SHAI HULUD announces Hope Within Hatred tour; working on new album
Shai Hulud will kick off 2012 with a co-headlining tour alongside A Plea For Purging. Support on the tour comes from Counterparts and Dead Icons. The tour begins on February 23th in Danbury, CT and wraps up March 18th in Evansville, IN. Additionally, Shai Hulud, will be playing four headlining shows in Mexico from March 8th-11th.

Shai Hulud is currently writing the follow-up to their latest album, Misanthropy Pure. The band plans on recording after this tour.

Matt Fox adds, “When I was in high school I proudly wore a Slayer “Hell Awaits” back patch on my patch and pin riddled jean jacket on top of a Who Framed Roger Rabbit t-shirt while skipping classes in Batman Converse high tops. I never gave a fuck about looking cool. In form, when given the opportunity Shai Hulud tours with bands we think we might like to be around. We’re happy to be hitting the road with our pals in Counterparts, and soon-to-be pals in A Plea For Purging and Dead Icons. And what’s more, I’d probably kill to have that Roger Rabbit shirt again.”


King Diamond offers an update; hints at upcoming shows
It has just been confirmed that King Diamond has joined forces with Nick Storch at ICM and Paul Ryan at The Agency Group. Nick Storch will be in charge of booking King Diamond concerts in North and South America, and Paul Ryan will be in charge of booking King Diamond concerts in Europe and rest of world.

“It is great to be in the top professional hands of Nick and Paul. They both come highly recommended by Brian Slagel of Metal Blade, who personally suggested the partnership that is now in effect. ICM and The Agency Group have so much combined experience, which will open new doors for us. When it comes to getting us back on stage again, we all agree on how to bring King Diamond to a whole new level. Within a few weeks, we should be able to announce the first part of our plan. WELCOME ON BOARD AND STAY HEAVY.” – King


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