Dragon Fire: Tokyo Blade, Gnaw Their Tongues, Warbringer plus more


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

With coronavirus, and the incurred lockdown, upon us, there’s been a bit more time to keep on top of smaller bits and pieces of news from the underbelly of the underground. That means another Dragon Fire can be squeezed out in just less than three weeks! You have to find the positive in the negative, right? Hopefully this all blows over in the not too distant future, and we can all get back out to some live shows. Right now, we’re also looking at offering up some advertising space on the SDM site. It’s going to be quite restricted, because, let’s face it, who wants a spam fest? Interested parties should email slowdragonmusic@gmail.com. On with the show!

Back in the late 70s/early 80s, Salisbury’s Tokyo Blade made a bit of name for themselves. People might not be as familiar with the NWOBHM originals now as they were then, but they have been keeping the irons hot on and off, and 2020 sees a new album in the offing. Dark Revolution goes out via Dissonance Productions and Back On Black Records, in May.

North Scotland’s blackened death metallers, Drekavac, are threatening a new two-track, standalone single this Summer. The release, titled Insentient, is being pre-empted by a series of video teasers and ads, like the one seen below. A lot of thought seems to be going into not just the material, but the presentation, too.


In the midst of chaos, Gnaw Their Tongues spat out a fresh platter at the start of April, in I Speak The Truth, Yet With Every Word Uttered, Thousands Die. Now there’s a mouthful. It’s also the fourteenth nightmarish full-length from the solo project since 2004, which is a massive achievement for one person to mastermind. Check it out on the Consouling Sounds label.


Swedish death metal band, Bombs Of Hades, are currently launching their brand new EP, Phantom Bell on Black Lodge Reocrds and Moondawn. Featuring Jonas Stålhammar (At The Gates/ex-The Crown), you can pretty much expect that album number five isn’t going to be standard fodder. This EP is intended as a taster for what’s to come.


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BPMD – Blitz, Portnoy, Menghi, Demmel. There’s not much more needs to be said, really, is there? With their American Made album due June 12th on Napalm Records, they’ve launched this blasting version of Aerosmith’s Toys In The Attic.


Cannabis Corpse attack Gimme Radio at 1700 CEST tonight (4pm in the UK/8 am Pacific Time), for a 4/20 “Wake and Bake” special. Founding member, Municipal Waste’s Landphil, will be delivering his own special mix of tunes, and fielding questions for the two hour slot. 


Warbringer recently released this lyric video for the evilly thrashtastic Glorious End. It comes from the album Weapons Of Tomorrow, which comes out this Friday. Vocalist John Kevill says: “The song and title have a cruel twist of irony, as the protagonist’s bravery is rendered useless by the horrific new weapons of his time, and he questions the virtues of his father as he dies.”

Those Germanian pagans in Heilung are at it again, and, as per usual, it is to monumentally atmospheric effect. Norupo is another track from 2019’s Futha album, and is, according to the band, “composed around the ancient runic poem with the name ”The Norwegian Rune Poem”. The poem was preserved in a 17th-century copy of a now lost 13th-century manuscript and gives a complete description of all sixteen runes of the younger Futhark.”


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