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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
More bands were recently confirmed for Maryland Deathfest VII. Just announced to appear at MDF 2009 are:
Swallow the Sun
The Red Chord
Keep of Kalessin
Agenda of Swine
Pretty Little Flower
Bolt Thrower has released this bit of news regarding their first trip to the USA in 14 years:
"Due to the fact that we are not real festival lovers or great fans of flying, the chances of us ever coming to the States for a one-off show was always very small. But after years of relentless emails from Ryan we've finally given in. It's hard to believe that it's been 14 years since we last played in the US, so we are very happy to announce that we are finally coming back. Bolt Thrower will be playing Maryland Deathfest VII, on May 22-24, 2009, at Sonar, Baltimore, MD."
A few more bands were exected to be included in this announcement, but the organizers are still working on the details. Therefore, another announcement is expected with even more band confirmations in the near future, as they wrap up the booking process for Maryland Deathfest 2009
Tickets will definitely go on sale on Friday, November 7th.
Here is a full list of currently confirmed bands for Maryland Deathfest 2009: More...
Texas-based mythological occult metal outfit ABSU has announced the addition of bassist/co-vocalist Ezezu (ex-PANZRAM) to the group's ranks. This is the first time the band is experiencing a permanent quartet-type line up since the band's debut album "Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L." Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor says of the latest addition, "We are very proud to welcome Ezezu as the newest member of ABSU. He was the missing element we have been searching for and definitely fits in the group. We are delighted to convey our next chapter of mythological occult metal with him." More...
Speed N' Spikes is a series of five limited edition split 7" releases from ten of the best underground thrash metal bands today. Volume two features all new and exclusive material from RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER and the first new material from ABSU in nearly 10 years. This split 7" will be available May 20th and includes the RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER track "Brainwasher C. 1655" and ABSU tracks "To The Gallows" and "Thrashstorms," which can be heard now on each band's respective MySpace pages (MySpace.com/RumpelstiltskinGrinder and MySpace.com/Absu). You can get more information on the split, including pre-order options, on the release page.
Issue one of the series featured recent Relapse signees TOXIC HOLOCAUST and Rochester's BLUDWULF and has completely sold out since its release in January. Future editions will feature new and exclusive material from ABIGAIL, EARLY MAN, NEKROMANTHEON, RAMMER, AVENGER OF BLOOD, and WITCHAVEN. Each edition will be on colored wax and strictly limited to 1,000, never to be repressed again. The Speed N' Spikes series also features collectible original artwork from Relapse's Timothy Leo and Mike Wohlberg of The Fat Kid Illustration, with each volume making up a portion of a comic strip. Further release information for each edition will be made available at Relapse.com shortly.
Texas-based mythological occult metal outfit ABSU has announced the addition of guitarist/keyboardist Zawicizuz (ex-RAPE, PILLAGE & BURN, INFERNAL OAK) to the group's ranks. He replaces Vastator, who recently quit the band due to musical and personal differences. Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor says of the replacement, "We are very proud to welcome Zawicizuz as the newest musician of ABSU! He is one of the best-kept secrets in the extreme Texas music environment and we are delighted to convey our next chapter of mythological occult metal with him."
ABSU will enter Nomad Recording Studio in April 2008 to begin recording the self-titled CD for a tentative autumn release on Candlelight Records. The album will be engineered/produced by none other than Sterling Winfield (PANTERA, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, SOLITUDE AETERNUS, USURPER, BLOOD OF THE SUN, etc.) and mastered by Proscriptor at his studio Tarot Productions. More...
Texas-based mythological occult metal outfit ABSU has signed a deal with Candlelight Records.
Proscriptor says of the deal: "With the launch of the new ABSU line-up, (members Aethyris and Vastator) and a new studio album in the works, I felt it was time to re-evaluate the career path of the band. Candlelight's expanding growth, as an independent label with their proven creative support, is one of the many reasons I feel this is the superlative opportunity for ABSU. Working with Osmose Productions for over 15 years has been a prosperous experience and I have the utmost respect for the label's manager, Herve Herbaut. I wish him good fortune and success in the future."
Absu will begin recording in February/March 2008 anticipating a release before June 2008. More...
German black/thrashers DESASTER have finished recordings for their new, sixth album 666-Satan's Soldiers Syndicate. The album was recorded in the Harrows Studio, Holland (ASPHYX, PENTACLE, OCCULT, SOULBURN).
According to a press release, "666-Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate" again shows the band's typical thrashing, blacking riff metal without mercy - where there is no space for any innovation and modern elements! It’s what Desaster is all about: A Fist In Your Face Metal Attack! Beware and be prepared for sharp riffs, pounding drums, roaring bass and screaming hell."
"666-Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate" features guest appearances by Proscriptor (ABSU), A.A. Nemtheanga (PRIMORDIAL) and Ashmedi (MELECHESH).
"666 - Satan´s Soldiers Syndicate" will be released September, 7th (Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Italy) / September, 10th (rest of Europe).
The tracklisting for "666 - Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate" is:
2. Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate
3. Angel Extermination
4. Razor Ritual
6. Fate Forever Flesh
7. Vile We Dwell
9. Venomous Stench
10. More Corpses For The Grave
Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor from the mythological occult metal outfit ABSU has released the following statement:
"After five years of silence, I am pleased to announce the new lineup of ABSU.
"It was a difficult task to replace both Shaftiel and Equitant after being together for nearly 11 years, but now is the time to carry on. Here is the new reorganization of the band:
* Proscriptor McGovern - Percussives, Mellotron, Voices & Lyrical Magick
* Vastator Terrarum - Guitars, Bass Guitar, Analog Synthesizers & Backing Voices
* Aethyris MacKay - Guitars, Bass Guitar, Analog Synthesizers & Backing Voices
"We have begun composing and arranging the material for what will be known as the self-titled album, simply called 'Absu'.
"In 2002, four out of 16 tracks were written; two of them we're keeping while the other two we're abandoning.
"We will begin recording in the latter part of autumn 2007 or early 2008 anticipating a release before June 2008 for Osmose Productions."
Proscriptor added: "Lyrically, I am concentrating more on Sumerian-based occult themes of magick and mythology versus the Celtic aspect of my previous writings, which was heavily expressed on the last few ABSU studio albums. Musically speaking, the material will be quite similar to 'Tara', but with more of a '70s progressive/psychedelic texture within it. You will not be disappointed - trust me. I will be utilizing the first logo created by Equitant and Belgian artist Kris Verwimp will handle the cover illustration once again."
In other news, Osmose Productions will re-release a remastered digipak version of ABSU's last studio album, "Tara", including the EP "In the Eyes of Iold?nach" as bonus tracks, in September.
Swedish black/death metallers The Legion are busy writing songs for the follow-up to last year's debut album, "Unseen to Creation". "Seven tracks are completed so far and the new material will for sure surpass anything we’ve ever done before," the band write on their web site. "We are planning to start the recording of this as-yet-untitled album sometime early next year."
The Legion's debut album, "Unseen To Creation", was released last October through France's Listenable Records. The CD, which was recorded at Abyss Studios with producer Tommy Tägtgren, features "ten songs of complex and eclectic black/death metal, ranging in style from Morbid Angel to Setherial." The cover art was done by Kris Verwimp, who has previously worked with Marduk, Absu, and Immortal, among others.