Dragon Fire: Cirith Ungol, GWAR, Monster Magnet, plus more

Dragon Fire is Slow Dragon Music’s brief news round-up, filled with chunks of fleshy goodness. 

It’s been a busy month at SDM yet again, so you might have noticed another gap in the Dragon Fire updates. In the wake of the ninth Hordes Of Belial, the Scottish underground is somewhat on fire with some great new music! To get back in the swing of things, some very notable videos have raised their heads in the last couple of weeks;

First of all, Dundee’s Catalysis unleashed an absolute beast of a new sound on Nothing Left.


Edinburgh’s rising force, Perpetua, taught us the meaning of punishment with To Suffer.


And even before that, Ramage Inc. worked industriously to bring us their own brand of prog in new single Strive.


There seems to be a fire burning north of the border to match that of our talented southern cousins, and it is well worth digging in deep to check it out!

Today (October 5th 2018), Cirith Ungol release their first record since 1991!!! Titled Witch’s Game, the single has been written for the soundtrack to upcoming animated film The Planet Of Doom. Appropriately, the B-side is a live rendition of Doomed Planet from their 1986 album, One Foot In Hell. It is available in the following formats:

–180 g black vinyl
–Rusty colored marbled vinyl (ltd. 500)
–Pastel orange/Red marbled vinyl (ltd. 300)
–Orange w/brown circle vinyl (ltd. 200 – High Roller exclusive)
–Clear dark brown marbled vinyl (ltd. 100 – band exclusive)
–Dead gold marbled vinyl (ltd. 300 – US exclusive)
–Picture Disc (ltd. 500)

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Abysmal Torment have let loose a monstrous video for their track The Misanthrope. Taken from their album of the same name, this is just under 3 and half minutes of hard-hitting, Maltese, technical death metal, and it’ll rip your ever-milling neck off!


Marking the start of their Gore, Core, Metal and More North American tour, monster mob, GWAR have put out an animated video for Viking Death Machine, from The Blood of Gods, their 2017 album. It’s daft. It’s catchy. It’s fun. What else did we expect?


Nick Oliveri‘s latest opus is due for release October 12th. With a selection of limited formats, as well as standard black vinyl and digipak, N.O. Hits At All Vol. 5, features tracks from The Dwarves, Mondo Generator, and other bands in which Oliveri has performed. It is the final release in a series of five.

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Featuring Marcela Bovio (Stream Of Passion, Ayreon, MaYan), the video for The Goddess by Off The Cross was released October 3rd. Each track from the album, Divided Kingdom, will have a different guest vocalist, including Jonas Renkse (Katatonia, Bloodbath), Tijs Vanneste (Oceans Of Sadness, Van Echelpoel) and more.


If you fancy something with a really old school feel, Satan’s Satyrs have premiered The Lucky Ones – taken from their incoming album of the same name – over on CVLT Nation. Fronted by Clayton Burgess (ex-Electric Wizard), this is 70s flavoured, filthy, hot slush.

With dates supporting Entombed AD and Vader looming, and recently signing to Transcending Obscurity, Welsh death/doom outfit, The Drowning, have released an interview to mark the 10 year anniversary of their album This Bleak Descent. They are some busy guys! Everything on their Bandcamp page is going at 10% off until October 31st, with the code BLEAK.


Edinburgh metal party, Bob Fest, announced the final two additions to the November 3rd line-up; Abaddon and Threshold Sicks. They join Hammer, Tombstone Crow, Iron Altar, Flat Iron, Perpetua, Forgotten Remain, King Witch, and Dog Tired, for what promises to be one of the events of the season!

US trad metallers, Corners Of Sanctuary, are currently out on tour in the states, promoting their fifth album, The Galloping Hordes. As well as the lyric video below, they also recorded a music video for the track Hail, Hail in a very skinny two hour window, while in Germany.


Monster Magnet have a new lyric video available for the track When The Hammer Comes Down. They’re another band off on their  touring jollies in the Americas, with the following dates running to the end of October:

9/28: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
9/29: Pontiac, MI @ The Emerald Theatre
10/2: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/3: Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
10/5: Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater
10/6: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/8: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/9: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/10: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/12: San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
10/13: Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival*
10/15: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/16: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/17: Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
10/19: San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
10/20: Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
10/21: Houston, TX @ White Oak (Upstairs)
10/23: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/24: Nashville, TN @ Basement East
10/26: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
10/27: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
10/28: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair *Festival Appearance


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