Metal Blade Records News & Tour Update – Cannibal Corpse,Lay Down Rotten, The Devils Blood and More

By on January 18, 2012

CANNIBAL CORPSE: Reigning Kings Of Death Metal Set To Release Twelfth Studio Album
America’s reigning kings of brutality, CANNIBAL CORPSE, will unleash their twelfth studio offering this March via Metal Blade Records. Aptly titled Torture, the follow-up to 2009’s Evisceration Plague offers up 12 tracks of maniacally precise, soul-searing death metal. Torture was again produced by Hate Eternal’s Erik Rutan at his own Mana Recording Studio in St. Petersburg, Florida as well as Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, and features the maniacal cover art by longtime CANNIBAL CORPSE artist, Vincent Locke, viewable HERE.

While Torture marks the latest progression in the band’s sound, it also witnesses a return to what drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz accurately terms “the frenzied attack of Butchered At Birth (1991) or Tomb Of The Mutilated (1992),” infusing the band’s advanced musicianship with the raw savagery that haunted their earlier releases, and in the process conceiving the definitive CANNIBAL CORPSE record. Adds bassist Alex Webster on the outcome of the record: “We’re extremely happy with how Torture turned out. Erik Rutan did an amazing job with the production, and the songwriting and performances may be our strongest yet. We can’t wait until our fans get to hear the whole thing!”


LAY DOWN ROTTEN launch landing page for ‘Mask Of Malice’ and post first new song, reveal cover art! German Death Metallers LAY DOWN ROTTEN have finished the recordings for their upcoming new album Mask Of Malice to be released February, 24th in G/A/S, 27th in the rest of Europe and the UK, and 28th in North America!

Metal Blade has now launched a landing page that includes pre-order links as well as the brand new song Deathchain! Head over to to check it out!

Comments the band:“After three years we are back at the front with our new album MASK OF MALICE that features 10 death metal grenades! We are honored to present our new guitarist and songwriter Kensington who is responsible for most of the killer riffs on this album. MASK OF MALICE is our darkest record to date concerning both the music and the lyrics. Our main interest was to reflect the nature of human malice in our recent music which express in straight forward up-tempo smashers and pounding mid tempo songs. We are grateful for everyone who was involved in this recording of this album!”


THE DEVIL’S BLOOD: New Track Streaming Via Decibel Magazine With just one week away from its North American release, Decibel Magazine is currently streaming “Die The Death” from The Thousandfold Epicentre, the forthcoming new full-length from occult rock conjurers, THE DEVIL’S BLOOD. “Die The Death” is the third track off a record Decibel calls “a rollicking adventure somewhere between early ’80s heavy metal and ’70s Canterbury scene.”

Noted founder/band leader SL of the offering: “The Thousandfold Epicentre has become a beautiful and horrible child, a child that is about to be offered up unto the Bull headed God. Within the flames of its creation we have heated our irons for the branding of the world. Within its words and music lies the entrance to the path towards the crossroads, towards the unending singularity and beyond. Our children for Moloch! Hail Satan!”


POWERWOLF to play special show in Saarbrücken/Germany on February, 19th! On February 19th, mighty POWERWOLF will perform a special show metal mass at the Garage club in Saarbrücken, Germany. A special set list, pyro madness and extended lightning mayhem included, so don’t miss this unholy night.

As a special souvenir, every visitor will get this free exclusive Din A1 Art-Poster designed by Matthew Greywolf.

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POWERWOLF will embark on a headlining tour in spring 2012 to celebrate the metal mass at full length. The Wolfsnächte tour 2012 will be completed by MYSTIC PROPHECY and STORMWARRIOR. Opening up will be the French fellow pack of LONEWOLF. Be prepared for unholy nights full of metal madness.


Cattle Decapitation Begins Recording New Album! Cattle Decapitation entered Denver, CO’s FLATLINE AUDIO on January 7th to record the highly anticipated follow-up to their critically-acclaimed album The Harvest Floor (2009 on Metal Blade Records).

Front man Travis Ryan has this to say: “We spent the first two days mapping out tempos and getting things situated, drums mic’d all that stuff. Just started tracking drums today and everything is sounding great! We’re excited to start laying down some tones and getting this beast finished and in the hands of our fans and friends.”

The band has a small crew filming all steps of the way so fans of the band can look forward to studio video reports via the band’s YOUTUBE channel and getting the full album details in the coming weeks when album title, cover image and track listing as well as immediate U.S. and European tour plans are revealed!


JIM FLORENTINE and DON JAMIESON set to tour with Andrew Dice Clay!Metal Blade recording artists and That Metal Show hosts Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson will be hitting the road at the end of February. They’ll be performing their comedy routines on a short string of dates as the openers for the legendary Andrew Dice Clay. The tour begins February 26th at Comedy Zone in Charlotte, NC. The list of dates is below, along with links to each club’s website for more info and to order tickets.


Cory Smoot CD Release / Memorial Show is Huge Success On Saturday night, January 7th, 2012, the metal community took another step in dealing with the tragic death of long-time GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot by holding the first of two events in a three-show schedule of shows designed to support the Smoot Family Foundation and honor the life of this prolific artist, who died of a heart attack this past November at the age of only 34.

Cory had played the role of Flattus Maximus in the world’s most infamous band for eleven years, as well as participated in many side projects, while at the same time producing and engineering tons of records at his always busy Karma Studios. In doing so he had become a treasured part of the local and national metal scene, and they turned out in force to both events, opening their hearts to Cory’s family in a completely selfless display of solidarity, respect, and generosity.



Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.