TMP: Testament, Devin Townsend, and More! (I Hope)

This week is a crowdfunding news week, I am falling asleep as I type so I need some help from my astute readers to help fill in this news day.

In jealous of Europeans news, Devin Townsend is touring with BTBAM and Fallujah.

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German Melodic and/or Power Metal band Freedom Call released a new song off their upcoming album.

Peter Tägtgren of Hypocrisy has a side project called Pain. He released a new song out off the album, which will be out September 9th.

Lotus Thief announced the title of their highly anticipated second album, and that they have signed to German label Prophecy Productions during the week. The follow up to 2014’s Rervm will be titled Gramarye and is set to be released during the Northern Hemisphere’s coming Autumn (i.e. “Cold Make Leaf Go Brown and Fall Down” or whatever you weirdos call it). They also posted some art which I can only guess is affiliated with the album somehow, as it wasn’t made explicitly clear in the press release. (- Lizard)


Throwback thrashers Hellbringer, from Australia’s capital city Canberra, can certainly not be bashed for false advertising. The trio’s titular track from their upcoming LP Awakened from the Abyss shows the band are about to bring the all the damn hell on August the 19th. On first play through I got a strong Hell Awaits vibe from the track, which is always welcome in my books. If you’re anything like this lizard, you’ll be hitting that pre-order button as soon as possible!

Seriously, did anything happen in the last few days?

Please light me up on what I missed in the comments!

  • Eliza

    That Hellbringer song is awesome!

  • With these posts I tagged #DarkTranquillity and #Kalmah in my #MostAwaited2016Records page of my #LinkNotebook. #Thanks, #JoaquínPhoenix. And now, I’m adding #LotusThief (seriously, that cover art is great!) and #FreedomCall.


    • Joaquin Stick

      Thank Lizard Bro for the Lotus news and the Hellbringer track. He carried me on his scaly shoulders this week.

      • Lacertilian

        There was something on my back?!

    • Lacertilian


    • To add to the post and since we were talking Cradle of Filth last week:

      CoF recovered the first tapes of the Dusk… and Her Embrace record and will be released this week under the name “Dusk… and Her Embrace – The Original Sin”. I’m digging this more crunchy production, to be honest, it adds a little bit more to the vampiric melodies.

      • Eliza


  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    everyone is busy looking for the pokemon

  • Did we ever post about Tanagra’s Indiegogo?

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Darmok and Jalad at Indiegogo

      Crowdfunding, his arms wide

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa


    • Señor Jefe El Rosa


  • The Shitgrinder side of the Coffin Birth/Shitgrinder split is available now for “name your price”.

  • Eating Frisbees In Pyongyang

    Words Of Blood just released a new CD yesterday, on the traditional metal end of things.

  • Eating Frisbees In Pyongyang

    And on the grimy black/death metal end, Tash’s new one comes out today. Riff starts at 3:05.

  • Owlswald

    “In jealous of Europeans news, Devin Townsend is touring with BTBAM and Fallujah.” You mean Leprous?

    • our owl has eagle vision!
      either of those tours would be cool (Fallujah or Leprous), but i would lean towards the latter. fosh.

      • Owlswald

        Europe gets all the killer lineups. The tour package with Fallujah is coming to Portland but I’m skipping it in favor of Gorjira / Tesseract. I’ve seen both DTP and BTBAM before, and both are great, but I’m terribly nervous about seeing Fallujah live and having it ruin them for me.

        • this is just one bro’s tip:
          Fallujah doesn’t slay live. they’re fine and all, but they tend to stick to the more mosh-y selections in hopes of pleasing the largest amount of crowd members. so to me, they’re perfectly skippable; but to someone else that might be killer

          • Owlswald

            I hear you. Many tech-death bands are plagued by what I deem the “Faceless effect”, meaning they sound like a wall of sound live and all the precision that makes tech-death great is completely lost.

          • brokensnow

            moshing and head banging is a bad thing..?

          • what i meant to say is the following: Fallujah tend to skip over the tracks that are my favorites, tracks that don’t feature prominent breakdowns and deathcore-style riffing

          • brokensnow

            ah. the stuff that keeps the blood flowing. got it.

          • The Tetrachord of Archytas

            Yeah I caught Zenith Passage and Rivers of Nihil last night.
            Ive only heard a few songs from Rivers, so when they went on I was thinking that they sounded more on the core side than I remembered. They still slayed though. Their signer looks like a dwarven battle lord with a zangief haircut

      • more beer

        I am pretty sure owls have pretty good eyesight to begin with.

    • Joaquin Stick

      Yeah… I have many excuses. I think the last tour DT and BTBAM did was with Fallujah and I was having a pretty derpy moment. I’ll shape up my brain for the next run.

      • Owlswald


  • Blut Aus Nord ‎– MoRT, finally gets a repress….

    • Abradolf Lincler


  • here’s a chunk of news about which i was completely unaware and unexcited:
    Devin Townsend Project “Transcendence” out September 9th on Inside Out Records
    funny how one’s tastes change over time

    • Xinen

      Not to disprove your point, but merely a reflection on my own weird taste I guess, but I’ve never been able to get into anything by that guy with but one exception. Love by Strapping Young Lad I enjoy but outside of that nothing has ever clicked, even upon re-listening sessions. Ah well.

      • Owlswald

        Accelerated Evolution was my introduction to his solo material and I still think it’s one of his best. He got a little too nerdy with the Ziltoid stuff and lost me for a while.

        • Xinen

          Right on, I’ll re-check it out.

      • personal taste, can’t argue with that one!

    • Joaquin Stick

      Every time I listen to a DT song I enjoy it, but the crazy amount of stuff he puts out just makes it hard to really be excited anymore lol.

      • brokensnow

        A good artist should release something every 9 to 11 months.

      • quality >>>>>> quantity

    • brokensnow

      Just listed to ocean machine. ssssssoooo gggooooodddddd…..tthheee wwwwaasssttteeddd yyyeeaarrssssssss……

      • i’m definitely a fan of the older stuff. he lost me with Deconstruction and everything afterwards.

  • Eating Frisbees In Pyongyang

    And the guys from Pagan’s Mind, Symphony X, Secret Sphere and Helloween just announced a new group: Shadowspell.

    • Eliza

      That’ll be fun.

      • Eating Frisbees In Pyongyang

        Hopefully they’ll have some songs out soon!

    • Owlswald

      That is such a fitting name. I’m somewhat intrigued though.

    • brokensnow

      bitchin name.

    • tertius_decimus

      Usually supergroups suck.

      • Eating Frisbees In Pyongyang

        Hopefully this won’t be one of them. All 4 groups have a pretty similar sound, so it should be able to gel together.

  • Waynecro

    Thanks for the news, Mr. Stick!