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Last updated on February 10, 2016 at 1:08 PM ET
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12 news articles posted today (and counting...)
Draconian just issued this announcement online about parting ways with the band's decade-long bassist:
"We have some sad news and some good news from the Draconian camp. First of all, we regretfully need to say farewell to Fredrik Johansson, our longtime friend, a positive light and fellow musician in the Horde since 'The Burning Halo' era... Fredrik has decided to leave the band in order to spend more time with his family and he doesn't want to frustrate the band’s intention to achieve its goals playing more shows, tours and to move forward.
"With a very sad heart we must say goodbye and we shall truly miss you, Fredrik. You bridged our gaps in many ways, and in us you'll always find your faithful friends. Always consider yourself a part of Draconian and if you need us we’ll be there for you. All the delightful memories we share is forever! Thank you for everything, Fredrik.
"On a happier note we’d like to congratulate our drummer Jerry Torstensson and partner Janaina to their new born baby girl. Jerry will therefore sit out on upcoming shows in Greece and the European tour to be with his family. The drums on the upcoming events will be handled by no other than Tarald Lie from Tristania. The bass will be mastered by Daniel Änghede (Crippled Black Phoenix, Hearts of Black Science, ISON). See you soon." More...
North Carolina post hardcore outfit Ghosts Again has released a new single and music video for "Les Enfants Terribles," taken off a forthcoming EP set to release late this spring.
Vocalist Alex Cortright commented on the new track:"'Les Enfants Terribles' is a song about losing your home and just trying to get away from the toxic things of your past. Something I think a lot of people can relate to. This track was also one of the first songs we sat down together to write for the upcoming record and it was there, that I think we really found our sound, and where we wanted to take the rest of the EP." More...
For over two decades, Sourvein front-man T-Roy has managed to keep the roving pirate ship that is his band afloat through sheer will alone.
Pushing through poverty, the deaths of friends and family, bouts of severe depression, periods of alcohol abuse, and an absence of the stability provided by a consistent record label, T-Roy has over the course of two decades managed to build the band into a force in the metal, doom, sludge, and crust underground.
Over twenty long dues-paying years later, Sourvein has at long last found a proper home for the doom-laden Southern noise with Metal Blade Records. The band's upcoming full-length and Metal Blade debut, "Aquatic Occult," will reveal itself to the masses on April 8th.
Pre-orders for the album begin today at this location. Below you can stream track three from "Aquatic Occult," titled "Ocypuss". The track features guest vocals from long-time supporter and Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe, as well as a guest performance by Mike Dean (bass) and Reed Mullin (drums) of Corrosion of Conformity.
Aside from Blythe, Dean and Mullin, the album features additional guest performances from musicians Stig Miller (Amebix), Keith Kirkum (ex-Weedeater), Dean Berry (Iron Monkey), Dave Capps (All Tore Up), Chris Holcombe and Joel Martin (Subrig Destroyer), and Kevin Rochelle (Sea of Tyrants). Reed Mullin performs drums on all but four album tracks. The album's track listing is:
1. Tempest (Of Desire) (feat. Stig Miller)
2. Avian Dawn
3. Ocypuss (feat. Randy Blythe, Mike Dean)
4. Aquanaut (feat. Dean Berry)
5. Hymn to Poseidon
8. In the Wind
9. Cape Fearian
10. Capsized (feat. Dave Capps)
11. High Tide
12. Bermuda Sundown (feat. Keith Kirkum)
13. Coral Bones
14. Oceanic Procession (feat. Stig Miller, Randy Blythe on organ) More...
Formed in 1995 by Katatonia members Jonas Renkse and Fred Norrman, October Tide spawned two cult releases - "Rain Without End" (1997) and "Grey Dawn" (1999) - before going on hiatus for over 11 years.
Reunited in 2009, and since 2015 with a new full-time drummer Jocke Wallgren (Valkyrja, Astrophobos), the Swedes continue to push their vision of melodic death/doom metal to the next level.
Executed with passion, the band's new album "Winged Waltz" is a showcase of what talent and expertise can bring to the table. Alexander Högbom (vocals) comments on the new album:
"This is undoubtedly the best and most emotionally charged material October Tide has created, in my opinion. I know how much hard work Fredrik (guitars) has put into making this album and you can really feel the thought behind it all. I almost injured myself physically and was close to pass out a couple of times during the recording of the vocals. I gave it all to match the intense music and those powerful lyrics and I'm very happy with the result." More...
On March 11th, the German thrashers from Accuser will release new full-length, "The Forlorn Divide," via Metal Blade Records worldwide.
For a preview of the album, check out "Impending Doom" below. The full track listing for "The Forlorn Divide" is as follows:
U.K. band Discharge signed to Nuclear Blast late last year and now the time has come to unleash a new studio album on an unsuspecting world. The "End Of Days" arrives April 29th, 2016. Discharge commented:
"So here it is the ‘End Of Days’... 15 brand-new tracks. The first day we entered the studio we kept hearing all over the media that there was a blood moon that night, and certain religious groups were reporting that it was the ‘End Of Days.’
"It seemed a natural title for the album given the lyrical content of the songs and the state of the world today, so it stuck with us. Regression has been the basis of this album, opposed to 'progression’.? We really cut it down to basics on this one, quite a few songs under two minutes long... we're all really pleased with it. Play loud!" More...
Portland's Red Fang has announced a new run of North American dates this coming April, which will see the band playing venues across the U.S. West Coast and British Columbia with support from Golden Void, Bison, and Black Wizard on select dates.
Red Fang recently celebrated its tenth anniversary with a trio of Northwestern U.S. performances. The also band returns to the studio later this month, recording the follow-up to "Whales & Leeches" with famed producer Ross Robinson (At The Drive In, The Cure, Sepultura) and with mixing handled by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Melvins, Tool).
Red Fang will trek from Portland to Robinson's Venice, California studio with two shows en route: Feb. 17 at Jub Jub’s in Reno and Feb. 18 at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz. See these upcoming Red Fang tour dates: More...
Haken is pleased to announce the release of "Affinity," the band's fourth full-length studio album and the follow-up to 2013's "The Mountain" (reviewed here) on April 29th, 2016.
Recorded during the winter months of 2015, "Affinity" marks a new approach to the song-writing process for Haken, as vocalist Ross Jennings explains: "It is the most collaborative we have ever been on an album. We wanted to develop and expand our sound by having every member contribute initial ideas from the very beginning of the process. It naturally takes longer to filter through the mass of material and fit it all together coherently, but this approach has helped to create something completely fresh whilst maintaining the core elements of Haken's sound."
The band once again called upon Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Between The Buried And Me) for mixing and mastering duties. "He is a wizard in this department! We are always confident his mix will bring out the best from our performance and this is no exception," remarks keyboardist Diego Tejeida.
Haken welcomes friend and Leprous frontman Einar Solberg mid-song for a spot of guest vocals at one one of the album's twists and turns. The full track listing is as follows:
1. affinity.exe [1:24]
2. Initiate [4:16]
3. 1985 [9:09]
4. Lapse [4:44]
5. The Architect [15:40]
6. Earthrise [4:48]
7. Red Giant [6:06]
8. The Endless Knot [5:50]
9. Bound By Gravity [9:29] More...
Belgium's death metal warriors of Exuviated just announced they will be joining Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, Abiotic and Infernal Tenebra on their second leg of "The Tyrants Of Death 2016 European Tour".
See the band live on the following dates below:
13.03.2016 - HOL - Utrecht - De Helling
14.03.2016 - GER - Kassel - Kulturzentrum K19
16.03.2016 - CH - Aarau - KiFF
17.03.2016 - CH - Sion - Le Port Franc
18.03.2016 - GER - Oberhausen - Helvete Metal Club
19.03.2016 - GER - Rheine - Hypothalamus
20.03.2016 - HOL - Nijmegen - Doornroosje
21.03.2016 - DEN - Esbjerg - Tobakken
22.03.2016 - DEN - Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
23.03.2016 - SWE - Malmoe - Moriska Paviljongen
Chicago beatdown/hardcore metal outfit Drowning premieres a new song entitled "Dead End" featuring Kublai Khan vocalist Matt Honeycutt on guest vocals. The track is taken from the band's upcoming new album "Egotrip", which will be out in stores February 26th through Fast Break!.
Check out now "Dead End" below.
Comments Drowning frontman Bryan Grantz: More...
Nuclear Blast Records' finnish thrash metal outfit Lost Society premieres a new free, digital single entitled "Braindead", brought to you by Scion Audio Visual in partnership with Skybound Entertainment.
Check out now "Braindead" below.
Nightkin - featuring Mike "Gunface" McKenzie of The Red Chord fame and former The Black Dahlia Murder drummer Zach Gibson in the lineup - premieres a new song titled "Fear Of The Light", taken from the upcoming new album "Oath Of Elucidation", which will be out in stores February 23rd.
Check out now "Fear Of The Light" below.