Exumer launches new single, “Raptor”

On April 5th, legendary multinational thrash metallers Exumer will release their fifth full-length, Hostile Defiance, via Metal Blade Records.

Hostile Defiance is exactly what its title suggests. A 42-minute full on attack, the thrash faction hold nothing back as they unleash hell as only they can, yet with more variety and dynamics than ever before. “We wanted to sonically progress, incorporating more melodic elements in the music as well as more rhythmic variety,”states vocalist Mem Von Stein. “We are a lot braver trying to create an up to date and relevant sound that can easily stand alone in today’s thrash landscape without sounding trite or a throwback, and we’re challenging the listener not to get too comfortable with one specific feel, tempo or pace.”

For a preview of the album, the new single, “Raptor”, can be heard at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbzpoipILUg

The video for the previously released track, “Hostile Defiance”, can be seen at: http://metalblade.com/exumer. The clip was created by renowned cover artist Costin Chioreanu (At The Gates, Voivod, etc.), who also made the album artwork and layout for Hostile Defiance.

Fans can pre-order Hostile Defiance at http://metalblade.com/exumer in the following formats:
–jewelcase CD
–ltd. digipak-CD w/2 bonus tracks
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–orange red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 400 copies)
–red-brown/black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–pale blackberry marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–orange-black color in color + red splattered (EU exclusive – limited to 120 copies)
–clear/red&black splattered vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 120 copies)

Hostile Defiance marks Exumer‘s third time working with producer Dennis Koehne (Sodom, Melechesh). Tracking the album in studios in Dortmund and Frankfurt, the sessions were marked with “super positive vibes all around with a strong, driven work ethic to create an optimal product.” The band plans to tour the record hard, and will be hitting the road in Europe when the album drops, and from that point onward, they will be visiting as many countries as possible. “Our goal is simple: to further establish the band as one of the main German thrash metal acts that began in the 1980s and are now carrying the torch into the 2020s.”

Hostile Defiance track-listing:
1. Hostile Defiance
2. Raptor
3. Carnage Rider
4. Dust Eater
5. King’s End
6. Descent
7. Trapper
8. The Order of Shadows
9. Vertical Violence
10. Splinter
11. He’s a Woman – She’s a Man (Scorpions-cover; CD bonus track)
12. Supposed to Rot (Entombed-cover; CD bonus track)

Exumer will be touring Europe around album release and will present new songs, plus their classics, on the road. See below for all dates!

Exumer “European Hostilities” tour 2019
Mar. 29 – Drachten, Netherlands – Iduna
Mar. 30 – Hamburg, Germany – Bambi Galore
Mar. 31 – Essen, Germany – Turock
Apr. 2 – Montpellier, France – Secret Place
Apr. 3 – Irun, Spain – Sala Tunk
Apr. 4 – Valladolid, Spain – Porta Caeli
Apr. 5 – Pamplona, Spain – Sala Totem
Apr. 6 – Oviedo, Spain – Sir Laurens
Apr. 7 – Madrid, Spain – We Rock
Apr. 9 – Granada, Spain – Salal Planta Baja
Apr. 10 – Sevilla, Spain – Sala Even
Apr. 11 – Malaga, Spain – Sala Trinchera
Apr. 12 – Murcia, Spain – Sala Gramma
Apr. 13 – Castellon, Spain – Burbuja
Apr. 14 – Barcelona, Spain – Sala Sidecar

Exumer tour dates
June 7 – Muhlteich, Germany – Chronical Moshers Festival
June 8 – Berlin, Germany – BiNuu
June 9 – Oschersleben, Germany – Rock & Metal Dayz
June 21 – Gardelegen, Germany – Metal Frenzy
June 22 – Bussfeld, Germany – M.i.s.e. Open Air 2019
Aug. 9 – Lisboa Vagos, Portugal – Metal Festival
Aug. 10 – Jaromer, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault
More t.b.a.

Exumer line-up:
Mem V. Stein – vocals
Ray Mensh – guitars
T. Schiavo – bass
Matthias Kassner – drums
Marc B. – guitars

Exumer online:
http://www.exumer.de/
http://facebook.com/exumerofficial
http://twitter.com/exumerofficial
https://www.instagram.com/exumerofficial/

‘For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records’: audio book edition released today

Today (March 5th), Metal Blade Records and BMG have released the audio book edition of For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records – written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, and featuring a foreword by Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich. Read by Brian in his own casual and informal style, this new audio edition of For the Sake of Heaviness is an inside look at how he built Metal Blade from a one-man operation in his mom’s non-air-conditioned garage to the preeminent international home of heavy music that it is today.

Throughout the story, Brian steps aside to present first-person insights and extended guest interviews featuring friends, colleagues, Metal Blade staffers, and a long list of artists, including Metallica‘s James Hetfield, Slayer‘s Kerry King, King Diamond, and many more. Each of these segments is performed in the audio edition by John Bush of Armored Saint.

To purchase the audio edition of For the Sake of Heaviness, please visit: https://www.amazon.com/Sake-Heaviness-History-Metal-Records/dp/B07NZWM5L9/ref=sr_1_1_twi_audd_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1550964869&sr=1-1&keywords=for+the+sake+of+heaviness+metal+blade

Physical copies can also be purchased at: https://www.amazon.com/Sake-Heaviness-History-Metal-Records/dp/1947026003/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1550964869&sr=1-1

Metal Blade Records online:
http://metalblade.com
https://www.facebook.com/metalbladerecords
https://twitter.com/MetalBlade
https://www.youtube.com/MetalBladeRecords
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