Dragon Fire is Slow Dragon Music’s brief news round-up, filled with chunks of fleshy goodness.
A lot has been going on within our clan of late; The transformation of Hordes Of Belial into Hordes X, taking on Metal 2 The Masses Scotland, and a few other projects which will soon come to light. This has meant a big lapse in Dragon Fire articles. However, it would be insane to try and catch up on everything that’s caught our attention over the past three or four months. This DF will be a simple re-introduction, just to affirm that it hasn’t been put to rest. Hope you all had a great season, and get off to a fantastic start in 2020!
Cattle Decapitation have been on fire of late. With their new album, Death Atlas, rampaging through the charts, a huge wedge of antipodean tour dates on the way, and a headlining slot at Bloodstock Festival’s Sophie Lancaster stage, some giant wheels are in motion. Perhaps one of their most interesting items, though, is the video for The Unerasable Past. More than just another visual spin, it sees their long-running art creator, Wes Benscoter, apply his directing skills (see also Hold Your Fire) to deliver a short film based around the song.
France’s extreme metal cadre, Benighted, are all set to deliver a brand new full-length of brutal death/grind in April. Their fresh platter, Obscene Repressed, comes out 10/04/2020 vis Season Of Mist, and is preceeded by this sick, twisted, celebratory holiday poem, which gives some suggestion of what is to come.
Relocated South American death metal troupe, No Raza, also have a new album due March 20th. Transcending Material Sins will be released via Noble Demon, a new label from ‘Nuclear Blast veteran’, Patrick Walch. First single, On The Verge Of Dying Out, is currently streaming on all digital platforms.
Threshold Sicks drummer, Ross Tanbini, will be launching his solo album, Wavering, early next year. He says “To finally be in a position to release my first solo album feels incredible. I wrote and recorded the whole album myself on every instrument including vocals. This gave me complete creative control to truly express myself, and to finally be able to let people hear it feels great.” Single, Serpents, is due out in digital format February 1st, premiering right here on Slow Dragon Music.
Defiled are now onto the second video track from their next album. Centuries comes from the upcoming full-length, Infinite Regress, due for release on January 24th via Season Of Mist. The band offer “another oddball from our new album for you to chew on while waiting for the official release! This song represents pretty much our own “out-there” style, if you know what we mean!” Previously released, Tragedy can be caught over on YouTube.
Edinburgh based progressive death metal upstarts, Nassau, are currently in the final stages of putting together two brand new singles. With the tracks named Satan and Ruptured, they plan to self-release via Bandcamp, early in 2020. It’s possible this may follow the band’s current approach to circulating their demo as a pay-what-you-want release on the platform, “Because free metal, yo!”, to quote directly. Time will tell. Catch them live at ForresFest and Metal 2 The Masses Scotland.
Early in November, we got the first glimpse of what will become the first King Diamond studio album in twelve years! The single, Masquerade of Madness‘, is, says the frontman, “one of the first King Diamond studio songs in a long time. It will be featured on a future two album horror concept story, of which the first part is titled The Institute. Both Andy (Larocque – guitar) and I are presently working on several different songs with high potential for the upcoming album; all of which are absolute killers.”
If you have a bit more time on your hands, and are looking for a fresh, intense listen, you can check out Anhedonia‘s debut album, Virulence, which is playing in full on YouTube (see below), and available to buy and stream on Bandcamp. The Dead Syndicate Records distributed release – dark, stomping death metal sharing much in common with the likes of Meshuggah – features guests from Spite, Emmure, Slaughter To Prevail, and Drag The Lake.
Despite all the trials and tribulations of modern band-ship, East Anglia’s Hedra have soldiered on to bring us a second single from their long planned album Elements. Following on from Karma In Blood, the new track is titled Polaris, and it seems it is number 2 of 4 coming from the record, with each based on one of the traditional elements of earth, wind, water, and fire. The next in line is Broken Bones. An acoustic/mellow version of each is planned, as well as a potential CD box set.
Pyramids On Mars have a sci-fi soaked prog monster premiering over on Brave Words right now. If you want to chill, but still feel the urge to keep things heavy and creepy, with a bit of a mind bending twist, this could be just the ticket. A bit of a blend of Dream Theater, War Of The Worlds, and Dune. Edge Of The Black is available from the POM Bandcamp page.
The Netherland’s God Dethroned have opened up on their next album, Illuminati, with a cover art reveal, and the first of a series of videos based around its over-arching concept. Frontman, Henri Sattler, says “Freemasons, occultists and conspiracy theory enthusiasts pay attention! God Dethroned is back to smack you in the face with our new album called Illuminati. After finishing the World War One trilogy, it was about time to go back to dark side with songs about religion, freemasonry and the occult. Song titles like Spirit of Beelzebub, Broken Halo, Book of Lies and Satan Spawn leave very little to the imagination as to what to expect from us from a lyrical point of view.”