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Last updated on July 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM ET
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Drummer Hannes Grossmann and guitarist Christian Muenzner have announced their departure from German prog/tech death metal band Obscura.
Due to these lineup changes, recordings for the band's fourth album and follow-up to "Omnivium" (reviewed here) have been postponed. Christian Muenzner comments:
"My decision to step down from my position as the lead guitar player in Obscura after more than 6 years was not an easy one, but even though it may come unexpected for the majority of fans, it is something I have been contemplating for the last couple of years. There is no bad blood between me and any of the other members of the band.
"However, I just want to devote the biggest part of the time that I have to work on my own music and visions. Doing this, I just can't invest the bulk of my time into the band, because a band operating at the level of Obscura does not work as a an additional thing or even a 'hobby'. It demands a lot of time and availability, but I I know that if my heart is not fully into the music anymore it is not true to myself, my bandmates or to the fans, and I have always believed that solely the fact that a band is successful or that people expect you to play a certain style of music are not enough of a reason to do it.
"A second crucial factor in my decision was that I am still dealing with a neurologic condition in my fretting hand called Focal Dystonia, which almost took the ability to play guitar away from me completely by late 2011/early 2012. Even though I regained most of my chops by now through re-training and Botox therapy, the condition is still there and I have to be very careful not to relapse and undo my progress by putting too much strain on my hand, which is why touring several months on an album cycle with material that brings me to the edge of my technical ability every night is not an option for me anymore in the near future.
"The slightest chance of recovery or at least further improvement have absolute priority for me in the coming years, as I want to be able to play guitar and release music for much longer. Thus I decided to focus mainly on my teaching career and on writing and recording my own music for now. I will remain very active and you will hear a lot of new music from me in the future. More...
The viking metal pioneers in Einherjer are due to release a brand new 7" on the 25th of August, and on digital formats August 4th.
"Nidstong" is limited to 500 copies worldwide, and the single will be a first taste of a forthcoming album, which is to be released later this Autumn.
The band's previous release “Norrøn” made the official Norwegian album charts, and this summer the group has the pleasure of performing at festivals like Summer Breeze (15th August) and RockHarzt Open Air (11th August) in Germany. More...
Chronographs has released more footage online today of Finn Mclean tracking drums for "Flat White" at The Ladder Factory with George at G1 Production. Check out the clip below, or you can see previously posted studio footage over at this location.
Noisey is today hosting a stream of Funerary's 15-minute, bleak new video for "Atonement/Beneath The Veil." Check it out below.
Formed in early 2013, Funerary came to pass by the adherence of five souls looking to coagulate in depression, grief, and anger. Finding solace in dwindling light, the band creates a musical presence that is powerful and progressive in the realm of doom metal by combining what can only be described as cosmic, transcending songs ridden with despair and indignity.
Funerary's debut album, "Starless Aeon," will be unleashed on August 12th in both digital and cassette form via Midnite Collective. You can also experience the gloom live on these dates:
8/13 - San Bernardino @ Black Flame Collective w/ Harassor, Trapped Within Burning Machinery
8/14 - Chico, CA @ Cafe Coda w/ Amarok, Usnea, Fórn
8/16 - Oakland, CA @ Deadfest w/ Noothgrush, Usnea, Fórn & More
8/18 - Fullerton, CA @ The Slidebar w/ Bell Witch, Ephemeros, Ancient Altar More...
Today Xy from Samael officially releases "Sedunum," an orchestral project composed specifically for the Swiss city of Sion.
You can order your own copy of the album at this location, and a teaser trailer featuring snippets from the release can be seen below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Sedunum : 3.14
2. Ad Gloriam : 4.18
3. Dreams of Yore : 3.13
4. Celestial City : 4.59
5. Elsewhere : 2.15
6. In Aeternum : 4.27
7. Timeless : 2.24
8. For Victory : 2.33
9. Once : 1.58
10. Through Ages : 4.23
11. Eternal Peace : 3.32
12. In Memoriam : 3.03
13. Babylon : 4.30
With the release of "The Flesh Prevails," the forthcoming magnum opus from atmospheric death metal henchmen Fallujah now almost two weeks away, The Onion's A.V. Club offers up fifth number, "Levitation," for public consumption.
Give it a listen in the SoundCloud player below. Comments vocalist Alex Hoffmann of the newly released song:
"'Levitation' is a track made with the purpose of channeling the most dark and ethereal energies that the album has to offer, swaying away from speed and aggression and into more otherworldly and melancholic themes. This is my personal favorite track on the album and one that we can't wait to play live."
The album was mixed, mastered, and engineered by sound savior Zack Ohren (Suffocation, All Shall Perish) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California and "The Flesh Prevails" will be released via Unique Leader Records on July 22nd, 2014. Upcoming Fallujah tour dates are available after the jump. More...
Hang The Bastard has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new album:
"We are extremely happy to announce the release details and information about our brand new full-length 'Sex In The Seventh Circle.' The record will come out worldwide on Century Media Records and Siege Of Amida records. The title track will premiere on the radio1rockshow on Monday 14th July."
"Sex In The Seventh Circle" is due for release on September 22nd via SOAR/Century Media in Europe and October 14th in North America. The track listing is as follows:
01. Keeping Vigil
02. Morrs Tempest
04. The Lesser Key
05. The Majestic Gathering Of Goetia
06. Mist Of Albion
07. Sex In The Seventh Circle
08. Snake Symbol
10. Beyond The Pale
11. Sweet Mother More...