TMP: Ensiferum, Jag Panzer, Triptykon And More!


The joke is over. The stick is broke. This is hell and it’s all news to you.

DevilDriver is going to tour the US with 36 Crazyfists, Cane Hill, Uncured, and Tetrach.

Guitarists of famous bands, Gus G (Ozzy, Firewind) and Vinnie Moore (UFO) are touring the US together.

One of folk metal’s biggest names, Ensiferum, is going to release their new album Two Paths on the 15th of September (art here). You can order it via Metal Blade and listen to a new song, “For Those About To Fight For Metal”, below. It’s very certainly an Ensiferum song, and if you enjoyed the last album you’ll likely do so now too. Personally not a fan of this whole “For teh metuhls, my breh!” -thing, and it’s just “okay” to me, but I’m a grouch and don’t like things anyways, so give it a shot.

Talking about metal stalwarts, Jag Panzer – the legendary US heavy metal band will be releasing The Deviant Chord on the 29th of September. To commemorate the occasion you can view the cover art while listening to the new song, “Far Beyond All Fear” below.

Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister spoke often in his latter days about his desire to release a cover album, it is now – posthumously – being realized. Under Cöver, featuring old and new covers, will be available for pre-order soon. What do you mean grave-robbing?


  • Venom (of Cronos) is going to release a new EP this year, and is already working on their next full-length. Said EP is supposedly running late of schedule due to traffic at vinyl presses. “It’ll give you a clue of what the full-length’s gonna sound like. We’re developing this whole ‘black metal’ thing forward, [we] got to stay in motion and be excited about our new music – so I like to dissect, stretch and turn Venom around” says man who’s spent the last 30 years recreating the same song over and over, about the new EP.
  • British thrash metal veterans Xentrix have awoken, with a new front-man.
  • Fans of (modern) Anathema ahoy! The Chant is releasing a new EP Approacher, and have a song/video out.
  • Body Count does Slayer.
  • Former Oceanwake guitarist starts new band – Atlases, with an EP coming out this Fall, check out a song, if you’re into post-metal.
  • The Agonist released a video.
  • Heavy metallers, Portrait, prepare to launch their career into the stratosphere with a new song.
  • A new Thy Art Is Murder song is out, from Dear Desolation, out August 19th.
  • Cavalera Conspiracy album #4 is ready and will be called Psychosis, supposedly sounds like early Sepultura.
  • The Hirvi, supposedly a cult-thrash/speed band from the 80’s (aka released one demo in 1989), comes back with Oldschool Killingspree – and I care because their current line-up is rounded out by Otto Luotonen, best known as the drummer of Rytmihäiriö – one of my all time favourites. Listen to “Dying Time“.
  • Accept’s new song is called… “Koolaid“, because apparently “drinking the kool-aid” refers to a person or group holding an unquestioned belief, argument, or philosophy without critical examination. Sounds very much like Accept, not a bad thing necessarily.
  • Marco Aro and co. came back Haunted with a spark.
  • Steven Wilson goes ABBA” has a video.
  • Cripper is pressuring you to follow them. And kill?
  • Triptykon is kind of preparing to start recording a new album some time in the foreseeable future without their departing drummer Norman Lonhard.


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  • Lacertilian

    Clicked that Cavalera Conspiracy video just to be able to vindicate the jaded cynic in me pre-pre-emptively saying it DOES NOT SOUND LIKE EARLY SEPULTURA, but alas there was no song for me to PFFT OF COURSE IT WASN’T GOING TO SOUND LIKE EARLY SEPULTURA at.

    Hearing Max’s rad accent make it sound like he says “Conspiracy Diarrhoeas” at the end made it worth it tho.

    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      What if it does though?

      • Lacertilian

        a) If you’re joking – lol

        b) If you’re serious – I don’t think they’ll be able to ever fully achieve that sound without Andreas’ input. Even just without his solos it wouldn’t compare, let alone his amazing clean guitar sections. If they were capable of doing it, they shouldn’t have waited until album 4 after reuniting to attempt it. Many would have given up expecting anything resembling their classic sound after the second album.

        A sad pessimistic reptile.

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      I’m kinda excited for it, mostly because I dig everything Arthur Rizk does

      • Señor Jefe El Rossover

        The man is unstoppable

  • KJM, Anla’Shok

    OT: Got a “like” on Twitter from Mr Dale Cooper himself, Kyle MacLachlan.(top line)

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    Lots of this news is news for me to use. Thank you Karhu for the news I can use.

    • Óðinn

      Fair AND balanced.

  • AndySynn

    So, I actually really like two DevilDriver albums (“The Fury…” and “…Words”) because at that point they were just trying to be a groovier, more Americanised version of Arch Enemy – death metally in places, but much more crowdpleasing, but with a heck of a lot of killer riffs. Even Dez seemed to have stepped up his game vocally.

    But then, the downward slide began, and the rot set in pretty quick – the songs got dumber, the riffs got more by-the-numbers, and the lyrics… oh god, the lyrics.

    Then of course there was the whole Coal Chamber reunion debacle, and now we see Dez and his goons clearly returning to form – chasing the money and popularity and mainstream acceptance at the expense of, well, pretty much any modicum of critical or underground respect they might have earned.

    Sad times indeed.

    • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

      I think, I am pretty sure in fact, that I enjoyed the song “Pray For Villains”. Also saw them open for Cannibal Corpse years ago and it was alright apart from the macho bullshit in very speak.

    • Jack Bauer

      I really like Clouds over California, but that’s all I can think of at this point

    • Depechemodeisgangsta

      I listened to The Fury… but that was it, it was OK for me, but i never went back, i also listened to Pray for villains and that was it, i haven’t check anything since.

    • Elizabeth Short

      The Fury… was surprisingly good and well-constructed given how underwhelmed I was by their first album. Some, honest to Jeebus, good ragers on that album. Clouds had some good tracks as well…I’m a sucker for severely down-tuned music, so “Monsters of the Deep” is always a repeat play for me, even if it is kinda dopey and simplistic. Not the best band ever, but when I get back home after my biscuits and gravy, they seem like perfectly complimentary biscuits and gravy metal.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    At this point I’m more excited for the new Venom Inc album than any new stuff from Venom.

    • KJM, Anla’Shok

      Didja notice on that print screen below that I got a little “love note” from Blue Pants? ^_^

      • Janitor Jim Duggan


  • KJM, Anla’Shok

    Maybe Triptykon will actually tour The US behind this next one, or not. : (

  • Howard Dean

    Fuck yeah, Jag Panzer. Excited for that.

    Ample Destruction >>>>>>>>>>>

    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      Damn straight.

  • Depechemodeisgangsta

    About 2 weeks ago i was on the gym, and i tried to listen to last Motorhead album, and is not longer available, so i hope this one will be, very interested on hearing, Heroes version, Depeche Mode is currently playing that song live in their European leg tour, hopefully they do the same for USA tour.

    • hey, off topic question for ya: can you recommend a Depeche Mode starter album for someone who has liked all of their singles?

      • KJM, Anla’Shok

        I’m no fan, but I’d go with Black Celebration. I think I remember Peter Steele mentioning it as a fave of his.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Black Celebration is a little advanced for a beginner fan. I go with Violator and Some Great Reward followed by Music For The Masses and Black Celebration.

          • Depechemodeisgangsta

            But Jimmy has listened to the singles, so he will probably be familiar with the main songs, and i think Black Celebration is a good start and then i would say go straight to Music For The Masses.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I now agree with KJM. Since he’s not a complete novice that’s a good path to go down

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Some Great Reward is my choice.

      • Depechemodeisgangsta

        Agree with KJM, i will start with Black Celebration very underrated album, and way ahead of his time, it still holds up and easy to listen since is around 45 minutes.

  • Óðinn

    The vocals on that Slayer cover <<<<<<<<<<<<

  • Eliza

    “Steven Wilson goes ABBA”, a little part of me dies every time I’m reminded of this.

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    “Apparently ‘drinking the kool-aid’ refers to a person or group holding
    an unquestioned belief, argument, or philosophy without critical

    That’s right. Jim Jones

  • Bert

    “Body Count does Slayer”

    Oh my!

  • NDG

    New Portrait!