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MUSHROOMHEAD Shares New Single 'Prepackaged'

Cleveland, Ohio-based masked metal masters MUSHROOMHEAD recently announced their brand-new, upcoming ninth album, "Call The Devil", due out August 9 via Napalm Records. 30 years into their groundbreaking history, the band shows no signs of slowing down, proving innovative without losing sight of the...
July 10, 2024

The Unforgiving Reality In Nothing

Stalwarts of the UK deathcore scene since the mid-noughties, TURIN (formerly known as THIS IS TURIN) have undergone a subtle but significant transformation. Observant folk will have noticed that deathcore has been mutating in all kinds of directions over the last few years, rehabilitating what was o...
July 9, 2024

NILE Announces 2025 USA Tour With SIX FEET UNDER

Death metal veterans NILE recently announced their highly anticipated tenth album, "The Underworld Awaits Us All", out August 23 via Napalm Records. The LP's breakneck first single, "Chapter For Not Being Hung Upside Down On A Stake In The Underworld And Made To Eat Feces By The Four Apes", arrived...
July 9, 2024

EXCEL's 'Long-Lost' Album 'Seeking Refuge' To Be Re-Released

From the dark alleys and dead ends of Los Angeles, EXCEL have been delivering maximum crossover since crossover first crossed over. Their classic albums "Split Image" (1987) and "The Joke's On You" (1989) remain linchpins of the genre decades after their release. The band continues to pack venues ac...
July 5, 2024

POWERWOLF Releases Music Video For 'Sinners Of The Seven Seas' Single From 'Wake Up The Wicked' Album

POWERWOLF has released the second single from its upcoming studio album, "Wake Up The Wicked", due out July 26, 2024 via Napalm Records. The filming of the accompanying high-quality music video for "Sinners Of The Seven Seas", which can be seen below, took place in Switzerland and the south of Franc...
June 21, 2024

ANNIHILATOR Founder JEFF WATERS Releases New Single From AMERIKAN KAOS Project

In May, Metal Department released the debut album from AMERIKAN KAOS, "Armageddon Boogie". AMERIKAN KAOS is described in a press release as "the secret love child" of guitar virtuoso Jeff Waters, best known as the founder and leader of Canadian thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR. AMERIKAN KAOS was bo...
June 14, 2024

MUSHROOMHEAD Announces New Album 'Call The Devil', Shares 'Fall In Line' Single

Following the breakout success of their eighth studio album and Napalm Records debut, 2020's "A Wonderful Life", Cleveland, Ohio-based masked metal masters MUSHROOMHEAD return with 2024's cinematic "Call The Devil" — laying waste to any preconceived notions of where the band is headed in their third...
June 13, 2024


Deep within the impenetrable darkness of the brutal/technical death metal world, MALIGNANCY are certified heavy weights. Active since the early '90s, the New Yorkers released one of the most commanding debuts the genre has yet produced, in the form of 1999's "Intrauterine Cannibalism": a towering mo...
June 11, 2024

TESTAMENT Announces Remastered Versions Of 'The Legacy' And 'The New Order'

San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal pioneers TESTAMENT have announced an explosive celebration of the band's enduring legacy and their influential presence in the thrash metal scene. On July 12, TESTAMENT will release the remastered versions of their seminal albums "The Legacy" and "The New Order" b...
June 7, 2024

Massive Incineration

A strong track record counts for a lot in underground metal, particularly when a band disappears for over a decade. VOMIT THE SOUL could easily have been just another footnote in the never-ending history of brutal death metal, but their 2005 debut album "Portraits Of Inhuman Abominations" was suffic...
June 4, 2024

ANNIHILATOR To Be Joined By STU BLOCK For One-Off Performance Of 'Alice In Hell' Album During Livestream Event

Following the cancelation of ANNIHILATOR's appearance at the Topfest in Slovakia, which was scheduled for late this month, the Canadian thrash metal pioneers have announced a livestream event from the United Kingdom celebrating the 35th anniversary of ANNIHILATOR's classic debut album, "Alice In Hel...
June 3, 2024

NILE Announces First New Album In Five Years, 'The Underworld Awaits Us All'

American death metal icons NILE return in 2024 with their highly anticipated tenth onslaught, "The Underworld Awaits Us All", due out August 23 via Napalm Records. Boasting airtight technicality and unrelenting brutality, the new album pushes each member of NILE — founding mastermind/guitarist Karl...
May 29, 2024

Between The Worlds Of Life And Death

Denver-dwelling doyens of dazzling tech-death, VALE OF PNATH have earned a cult following for the sheer claustrophobic extremity of their sound. Previous albums "The Prodigal Empire" (2011) and "II" (2016) had an idiosyncratic, gothic quality to them, but their main focus was total obliteration via...
May 21, 2024

POWERWOLF Releases Cinematic Music Video For '1589' Single From 'Wake Up The Wicked' Album

POWERWOLF has released the long-awaited first single from its upcoming studio album, "Wake Up The Wicked", due out July 26, 2024 via Napalm Records. "1589" tells the story of Peter Stump, who lived near Cologne, Germany in the 16th century and is known today as the Werewolf Of Bedburg. After being d...
May 17, 2024

Under The Crooked Claw

There is no such thing as too much heavy metal. Ryan Waste knows this. With a laudable legacy as guitarist with MUNICIPAL WASTE, who almost single-handedly put crossover thrash back on the map back in the mid-'00s, he has already earned hero status. BAT may have been a low-key concern until recently...
May 16, 2024