Metal News for November 8, 2011
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42 news articles posted on this day.
U.S. doom legends Saint Vitus signed worldwide deal with Season of Mist Records. The band recently recorded a new full length album which will be released in 2012. It will mark the first album since 1995.
"Making this album was really a blast", Dave Chandler comments. "Being able to live in an environment where all we had to concentrate on was the new material, became very inspiring. And along with our new drummer Henry Vasquez and label Season of Mist, this record has given us a new opportunity to show everyone that we still have more to shove in your face".
Saint Vitus is confirmed for the following upcoming festivals:
Maryland Deathfest, Baltimore – May 27th, 2012
Hellfest, France - June 16th, 2012
Tuska Open Air, Finland - June 29th, 2012
Roadrunner Records announced today the addition of French metal behemoths Gojira to the label.
Gojira is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier, who has a previous relationship with Roadrunner, having played bass on Cavalera Conspiracy's debut "Inflikted," along with guitarist Christian Andreu, bassist Jean-Michel Labadie and drummer Mario Duplantier, who is also Joe's brother.
"We are so stoked to walk with the legendary Roadrunner," Joe said about the new partnership. "We discovered Sepultura, Machine Head, Death, Fear Factory and so many other great bands thanks to these guys. Roadrunner has been a great source of inspiration for us as metal fans. It's an honor to be part of this family today as a band. We feel we'll get the right support at the right moment in our career. We cannot wait to release our new record and get back on the road." More...
Gaia Epicus has announced the band's fifth studio album "Dark Secrets" will see release this coming December, 2012. A new teaser trailer for the album has now been posted online and can be viewed in the player below.
The new album's track listing is as follows:
1. Beyond the Universe
3. Lost Forever
4. Mirror of Truth
5. Bounded by Blood
6. Ode to the Past
8. The Raven
9. Behind these Walls
10. Falling into the Abyss
11. Dark Secrets
12. Last Chance
Monuments has posted an instrumental version of "The Uncollective" online, which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented:
"Taken from the currently unreleased debut album, Gnosis. After multiple requests, we decided to do an instrumental video for this track. Enjoy!"
Portugal's Legacy of Cynthia has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist and recording new songs:
"Legacy of Cynthia proudly announces the official arrival of Edgar Milhais as new lead guitar player. This situation taught the band to reflect on the future, seeing this change with the best expectations and a growing willingness to follow the right path in their career.
"This condition led to a natural period of time regarding proper adaptation and adjustment of the new member, which caused the band a hiatus in live performances, but Legacy of Cynthia are now scheduling new tour dates. All venues and promoters interested in booking the band to new shows/festivals/events, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
"The band also informs that they've entered Fingerprint Music Studio to record two new songs, fully written with this new line-up. More news on this subject will be timely disclosed. Cheers!"
The 2011 Fearless Friends Tour has announced several food bank donation opportunities that will be taking place at numerous tour stops. Fans will be able to make a donation in support of local food drives in Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA, Denver, CO, New York City, NY, and Tempe, AZ! All donations will go directly to local area food banks.
Additionally, blessthefall will be giving away special signed drumheads to lucky winners in the aforementioned markets. Moreover, the drumhead giveaway will include TOMS Sunglasses in Los Angeles, Lost and Loveless t-shirts and a Jedidiah Clothing jacket in San Diego, and a $50 Vestra Visa gift card from Tempe Marketplace in Tempe! More prizes are set to be announced soon.
The 2011 Fearless Friends Tour, which includes headliners blessthefall and supporting acts The Word Alive, Motionless In White, Tonight Alive, and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk is presented by Peter Says Denim, and is sponsored by Converse, Good Fight Entertainment, MerchNow, Tilly’s and WHOOZNXT. The tour is set to blaze through North America this November / December, and a current listing of tour dates can be viewed below. More...
Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'anno has posted a demo track of a new song online, entitled "Black Boots." You can check it out below. In posting the song, Di'annos Facebook page confirmed that a new CD is in the works, but whether or not, "Black Boots" appears on the record depends on how well it is received. Di'annos last album, "The Living Dead," was released in 2006. More...
Brooklyn's Hull has been rising in notoriety quickly with sludgy doom and a New York attitude. With "Beyond the Lightless Sky" just released, Hull hit the road this fall and winter to reach fans across the U.S. I caught up with the band the day after Halloween in New Orleans where they discussed the album, rating systems used to rank it, and their California hot tub dreams. A transcription is available below. More...
August Burns Red has released a new music video online for the song "Empires," which is taken off the band's new album "Leveler." You can check out the clip through Vevo or in the clip below.
The band will also be hitting the road with Silverstein and Texas in July. Details are available at this location.
Oakland, California extreme metal act All Shall Perish has teamed up with Noisecreep.com to premiere the band's latest music video for the track, "Royalty Into Exile." Check it out today at this location.
"Royalty Into Exile" appears on All Shall Perish's fourth studio album, "This is Where it Ends," which was released last summer on Nuclear Blast Records. The video comes courtesy of Scion A/V, and for more information on Scion A/V head over here.
All Shall Perish has also announced an upcoming European tour in 2012, with full details available at this locaiton.
U.S. power metal act Widow will be releasing the new album "Life's Blood" on November 11th, 2011 through Pure Steel Records.
Gun Shy Assassin has now teamed up with Pure Steel Records to exclusively premiere another track from "Life's Blood." Check out the track "Embrace It" by heading over here. Guitarist Chris Bennett spoke about the meaning behind "Embrace It:"
"Man, this song is about being in a crazy relationship, one that everybody says won't work. Sometimes you just find true passion in people, maybe someone you wouldn't expect. If others say it won't work, but you believe it you just go for it man! I listen to my gut, and if I feel something is right for me I go forward! You gotta embrace it man!"
Noisecreep is also streaming a track entitled "Take Hold of the Night," which is available at this location.
The track listing for "Life's Blood" is as follows:
1. Lady Twilight (4:09)
2. Blood In Dreams (4:49)
3. Take Hold of the Night (3:39)
4. Another Fallen Angel (5:10)
5. Embrace It (4:23)
6. Behind the Light (3:26)
7. The Burning_Ones (3:12)
8. Live Beyond (5:01)
9. Judgment Day (3:46)
10. I Scream for Ice Queen (4:17)
11. Remembering (3:45)
12. The One I Know (2:50)
Canadian act The Fallacy has posted the song "Gears of War" online, which is taken from the band's upcoming EP "La Fin Du Monde." You can listen to the song in the player below.
The band also commented on its history: More...
Heart of Steel Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Prassein Aloga:
"Heart Of Steel Records is very pleased announce the deal with the classic heavy metal band from Greece, called Prassein Aloga! The album is titled 'Midas Touch' and contains two songs with the vocal performance of the great Paul Di Anno! Release date December 2011 also available on digital stores.
"The band was formed back in 1995 and made an immediate success to the Greek audience with its hard sound and the use off Greek language on the lyrics.
"The first album ('Vasisou pano sou,' meaning 'count on yourself') was relatively the lightest and made its way to almost all the commercial radio charts in Greece. Despite their label's inducements to continue like this, the band's sound grew harder, much too hard for the musical taste of Greek commercial radio djs. So from the third album and on, the band collaborated with various independent domestic labels, keeping an underground profile. More...
Molotov Solution will be hitting the road on the 11th supporting Chimaira and Unearth. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
Nov 11, 2011 - Detroit, MI (US) @ Harpos entertainment Theater
Nov 12, 2011 - Rochester, NY (US) @ Montage Music Hall
Nov 13, 2011 - Toronto, ON (CA) @ The Opera House
Nov 14, 2011 - Montreal, QC (CA) @ Club Soda
Nov 16, 2011 - Hartford, CT (US) @ The Webster Theatre / Webster Underground
Nov 17, 2011 - Poughkeepsie, NY (US) @ The Chance Theater
Nov 18, 2011 - Sayreville, NJ (US) @ Starland Ballroom
Nov 19, 2011 - Hampton, NH (US) @ Wally's Pub
Nov 20, 2011 - West Springfield, VA (US) @ Jaxx
Nov 21, 2011 - Asheville, NC (US) @ The Orange Peel
Nov 22, 2011 - Raleigh, NC (US) @ Lincoln Theatre
Nov 23, 2011 - Myrtle Beach, SC (US) @ House of Blues Myrtle Beach
Nov 25, 2011 - Fort Lauderdale, FL (US) @ Revolution
Nov 26, 2011 - Saint Petersburg, FL (US) @ The State Theatre
Nov 27, 2011 - Jacksonville Beach, FL (US) @ Freebird Live
Nov 28, 2011 - Mobile, AL (US) @ The Indie Spot
Nov 29, 2011 - Austin, TX (US) @ Emo's East
Nov 30, 2011 - Oklahoma City, OK (US) @ Diamond Ballroom
Dec 1, 2011 - Albuquerque, NM (US) @ Sunshine Theater
Dec 2, 2011 - Grand Junction, CO (US) @ Mesa Theater & Club
Dec 3, 2011 - Colorado Springs, CO (US) @ The Black Sheep
Dec 4, 2011 - Farmington, NM (US) @ Top Deck
Dec 5, 2011 - Phoenix, AZ (US) @ Marquee Theatre
Dec 6, 2011 - Murietta, CA (US) @ Galindos
Dec 7, 2011 - Pomona, CA (US) @ The Glass House
Dec 8, 2011 - Reno, NV (US) @ Knitting Factory
Dec 9, 2011 - Boise, ID (US) @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Dec 10, 2011 - Spokane, WA (US) @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Dec 11, 2011 - Calgary, AB (CA) @ The Republik
Dec 12, 2011 - Edmonton, AB (CA) @ The Starlite Room
Dec 14, 2011 - Winnipeg, MB (CA) @ Pyramid Cabaret
Dec 15, 2011 - Saint Paul, MN (US) @ Station 4
Dec 16, 2011 - Cedar Falls, IA (US) @ The Wheelhouse
Dec 17, 2011 - Madison, WI (US) @ Barrymore Theatre
Dec 18, 2011 - Grand Rapids, MI (US) @ The Intersection More...
Hall of Metal has issued the following announcement about offering a new Spanish metal compilation as a free download:
"Our new compilation 'Hall Of Metal Vol.2' is online just now. Here you will find 31 Spanish bands in a double CD playing up to nearly 160 minutes of length available in mp3 and flac formats, as a free download here.
"The main idea that guided us in this new volume is the same as in the previous one: Spanish bands with lyrics in English. But this time we wanted to create a more professional looking info sheet (a big pdf file with bands bio, contacts, photos...) and even more variety regarding musical styles.
"You will find from good ol' heavy metal, thrash, death, black... to stoner, instrumental or psychedelic sounds. We aim to help everyone discover different sounds, and the bands that make them to reach an audience that maybe wouldn't dare to explore them on their own. We sincerely believe both the quantity and quality levels will fulfil the expectations of all those who download the two discs that make this 'Hall Of Metal Vol.2.'"
The track listing is as follows: More...
November 5th, 2011—Day two of Fun Fun Fun Fest exemplified Texas’ extreme weather conditions. Rare rains are great for picnics, but eventually raise havoc on the land. The hottest summer in the recorded history of the United States revealed an Auditorium Shores that resembled a Western ghost town rather than the green knolls of a public park.
Dust masks and bandanas veiled the features of the day’s attendees, giving the festival an appearance part Old West and part zombie-virus film. Those in attendance deserve credit for braving such abhorrent conditions. Weather conditions are beyond the control of Fun Fun Fun’s staff, although I can’t help but think something could have been done to curb the dust problem. No matter who was to blame for Friday’s short Misfit’s set, no controversies marred Saturday’s festivities.
A death metal bludgeoning assaulted my ears upon entering the venue. I asked myself, “Why would a comedy stage play host to a death/grind band?” I peeked around the corner to see this group was Captured By Robots. The one-man-several-robots group was part Mystery Science Theater 3K and part Gwar. Eyeballs and intestines protruded from front man JBOT, who carried on silly conversations with jean-jacket clad, double-necked guitar playing robot GTRBOT666. An ensemble of a disembodied, dreadlocked drummer, DRMBOT 0110 with a macabre brass section and “Monkey Shines” percussion kicked out a hilarious mix of punk, metal, grind, Dubstep and pop covers. Two of the more memorable songs include Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and Buster Poindexter’s “Hot Hot Hot.” More...
Metal Injection was on hand at Cynic's New York City record release show for the new EP, "Carbon Based Anatomy." Cynic performed a collection of songs from the band's catalog acoustically. Video footage of Cynic performing "Veil of Maya" and "Evolutionary Sleeper" can be seen after the jump.
Additionally, frontman Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert spoke to Metal Injection after their set. The guys discussed the evolution of their new EP, if they plan on releasing more EPs in the future, their new members, their experiences with LSD and they reveal that they expect to release a new full-length album by the Summer. Watch the full interview at this location. More...
Kambrium is going to release the band's debut album "Shadowpath" on November 25th, 2011. "Shadowpath" was produced and mastered by Torsten Sauerbrey (My Inner Burning). Here's the tracklisting of the album:
1. Shadowpath (Intro)
2. Among The Lost
3. Arming For Retribution
5. Feuer Gegen Feuer
6. Hollow Heart
7. Hiding In Sorrow
8. The Eye Of Horus
10. A Sinner’s Remorse More...
Zebulon Kosted is set to release the final album in the "Die Nibelungen" trilogy, entitled "Swords of the Hordes," on November 11th, 2011. The band has now announced a release show will be held on November 12th at Zoo City Apparel in Missoula, MT. Zebulon Kosted also commented:
"The album release show for Zebulon Kosted's new full length CD Swords of the Hordes will take you to a new level of disgust and rage!
"Infamous openers Throne of Lies and Monks on Fire will undoubtedly damage you emotionally with a barrage of Metal the likes of which Missoula has never seen.
"Throw in a guest appearance by Sudzy Balboa, and you have the recipe for scarring experiences in a comfortable setting ;)"
Revocation has announced a five-week North American tour in support of the band's new album "Chaos of Forms." The tour will kick off in late January and include Children of Bodom, Threat Signal, and Eluveitie. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below with tickets going on sale this Friday, November 11th.
Commented Threat Signal vocalist, Jon Howard, “Threat Signal is ready to tear North America a new ***hole! Fresh out of the studio with our new self-titled release, we are very anxious to get on the road to shred some new music. We'll be playing songs from all three records, however we'll be focusing more on new material. Touring with Children Of Bodom has been a dream of ours since we started the band, so to be on this tour is just insane. We'll be giving it all we've got, so be prepared for a f**kin’ slaughter!”
1/30 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
1/31 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
2/2 Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
2/3 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
2/4 Sauget, IL @ Pop's
2/6 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
2/7 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
2/9 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
2/10 Salt Lake city, UT @ he Complex
2/11 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
2/13 Santa Ana, CA @ Yost Theatre
2/14 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
2/15 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
2/17 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
2/18 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
2/19 Lubbock, TX @ The Pavilion
2/21 Austin, TX @ Emo's East
2/22 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
2/24 Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
2/25 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
2/26 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
2/27 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
2/29 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
3/1 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
3/2 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount Theater
3/3 Sayerville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/4 Baltimore, MD @ Ram's Head Live
Norwegian act Trollfest recently announced the band has begun recording a new album. The trolls have now checked in with the following update from the studio:
"Day two, and TrollBANK has proven to be super efficient. We are looking at at least six songs with drums recorded in just two days. This is not only according to schedule, but slightly ahead, even. It will probably prove useful later on. Of course, that TrollBANK is recording fast is not the only thing. He is also precise and laying down some really heavy stuff mixed with funk, blast beats, and whatchacallit.
"To listen to how the songs shape up just by getting proper drum-tracks is really rewarding. The drumsound we got kicks so much ass that we can't help ourselves from being superpsyched about laying down more stuff already!
"For now: Pats on the back to TrollBANK, our eminent superman behind the drums, fellow trolls! Stay tuned! The story continues tomorrow!"
Goregrind henchmen Exhumed are currently pulverizing the masses on the second leg of their North American tour with Goatwhore and Havok.
Commented vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey from the road: “We’re really chuffed to by how the second leg of our Back From The Dead And Ready To Party tour has been going. The shows have been a shitload of fun and we’re having a great time raging with the boys in Goatwhore and Havok. So if you’re anywhere near our path of destruction, dysfunction and debauchery, come out and get your sense splattered.”
Exhumed still has the following upcoming shows with Goatwhore and Havok: More...
Shadowside fans who are looking forward to a show in their area now have an opportunity to check out the band's live performance. The Brazilian act will play live on Thursday, November 10th at 3pm GMT -3, on the Showlivre channel. To watch the performance, visit this location.
At this moment, Dani Nolden (vocals), Raphael Mattos (guitars), Fabio Buitvidas (drums) and Ricardo Piccoli (bass) are working hard promoting their brand new album "Inner Monster Out," which was produced, mixed, and mastered by Fredrik Nordström (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dream Evil, Bring me the Horizon, Hammerfall and more).
The album features special appearances of Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity), Björn "Speed" Strid (Soilwork) and Niklas Isfeldt (Dream Evil) on the title track.
You can also check out the band's previously posted music video for "Angel With Horns" by heading over to this location.
Ohio metalcore act The Paramedic has posted a lyric video online for the new song "Clarissa Didn't Explain This," which can be found in the player below.
You can also find The Paramedic's previously posted music video for "The Sixth Seal" by heading over to this location.
A new compilation album is in the works showcasing bands from the Greek death/grind scene, and a teaser for the release is now available online in the player below. Further details on the project are available via this location.
Bands confirmed to appear on the compilation include Terrordrome, Head Cleaner, Soulskinner, Kvazar, Obsecration, Abnormal Inhumane, Birth of Depravity, and more.
Finsterforst, which is currently recording a new release, has posted two brief album snippets online. You can check out the clips below, or find Finsterforst's last studio update at this location.
Rotting Christ has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's previously scheduled appearance at the Cork Midwinter Festival:
"Due to esoterical matters that cannot be resolved in a short amount of time, Rotting Christ is in the very difficult position to announce the cancellation of their special performance in Cork on the 26th of November.
"We would like to send our sincere apologies to our Irish Metal Brothers for that and we do promise to be back in Cork soon to make a hell of a show.
"Thank you for understanding! With respect, SAKIS on behalf of ROTTING CHRIST."
The Rotting Christ track "Demonon Vrosis" was also recently used for the horror movie Morituris. You can check out the teaser trailer here.
Germany's Lifeless has checked in with the following announcement about splitting with Ibex Moon and signing a new deal with FDA Rekotz:
"Hi folks. We finally parted ways with Ibex Moon Records and signed a new deal with German FDA-Rekotz (Entrails, Dead, Revolting, Gorgast...) to get more reputation on the European market.
"We thank John and Ibex Moon for everything they did for us and wish them all the best for the future.
"Our next album will be released somewhat in early 2012. So watch out!"
You can also listen to Lifeless tracks available for streaming online by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile here.
The Iniquity Descent, which features Vreth of Finntroll, has issued the following update about shooting a new music video:
"A small update; We are going to make our first music video. The shooting will take place in the end of November. Also we are planning for some more gigs in the beginning of next year. Feel free to contact us if you would like to book or help us in any way. firstname.lastname@example.org."
The band also recently released a new EP titled "An Empty Temple," which is available for streaming via MySpace. The track listing is as follows:
1. An Empty Temple
2. Reform Or Succumb
3. Reform And Succumb
4. The Invisible
Brazil's Ecliptyka has posted a teaser trailer online for the new "We are the Same" music video, which is available for viewing below. "We are the Same" is taken off the band's latest album "A Tale Of Decadence." More details on Ecliptyka can be found via the band's MySpace music profile.
Coming off of a midwestern fall tour for the album "Thy Blackened Reign," The Horde has announced that it will be filming an official video for the song "Odin's Blood." The band has hooked up with Origin Media Productions for this video, and it should be out before the end of the year. The Horde are currently formulating plans for a more extensive 2012 tour, and here is a live video of the band during this last tour at the Central Illinois Metalfest 2011. More...
Following the release of it's four track demo, Portland's Ritual Necromancy will unleash it's full-length "Oath of the Abyss" on Dark Descent records November 15th. The tracklisting will be as follows:
Consummating Crypts of Eternity
Oath of the Abyss
U.K. gothic death legends Paradise Lost posted a clip of the band performing "The Last Time" from the DVD portion the reissue of the 1995 classic "Draconian Times." The footage was recorded at The Forum in London this year. The package will feature a CD and double live DVD and was released this week on Century Media via CD/DVD, Gatefold Vinyl and digital download.
Check out the video here:
Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish premiered it's new single "Storytime" on Radio Rock Finland on November 7, 2011. "Storytime" is scheduled for release on November 11, 2011. "Imaginaerum" release dates are: November 30, 2011 (Finland), December 2, 2011 (EU) and January 12, 2012 (North America).
The broadcast of "Storytime" can be heard here:
New York's Jack Starr's Burning Starr, featuring former Virgin Steele guitarist Jack Starr, is streaming the title track from the forthcoming LP "Land of the Dead," which is scheduled for release on November 11, 2011 through Limb Music. The track can be heard below.
The track listing for "Land of the Dead" is as follows:
1. Land of the Dead
2. Sands of Time
3. Twilight of the Gods
4. Stranger in Paradise
5. Here We Are
6. Warning Fire
7. Daughter of Darkness
8. When Blood and Steel Collide
9. On the Wings of the Night
10. Never Again
11. Until the End
Check out the track "Land of the Dead" here:
Scandinavian band Oz are streaming the new track "Seasons In The Darkness," The song appears on the forthcoming LP "Burning Leather," the band's comeback album and first release in ten years. The new LP is set for November 18th, 2011 via AFM Records.
Check out "Seasons In The Darkness" here:
Epica's Mark Jansen was interviewed recently by Italy's SpazioRock and posted up on YouTube. The interview touches a bit on the upcoming new Epica LP, which is currently being recorded and is expected for release March 9, 2012.
Check out the interview here:
Swedish symphonic power metal band Dragonland have posted another new track "The Black Mare" (edited version) from the forthcoming LP will be "Under the Grey Banner." The album is due for release on November 18, 2011 through AFM Records.
The track listing for "Under the Grey Banner"
2. Shadow Of The Mithril Mountains
3. The Tempest
4. A Thousand Towers White
5. Fire And Brimstone
6. The Black Mare
7. Lady Of Goldenwood
8. Dûrnir's Forge
9. The Trials Of Mount Farnor
10. Throne Of Bones
11. Under The Grey Banner
12. Ivory Shores
Check out the track here:
Dutch heavy metallers Martyr have launched their third single, titled "D.I.," which is taken off of their new album "Circle Of 8." Surf over to the band's official website at this location to check out "D.I." along with the previously posted title track.
The "Circle of 8" artwork is available here, and the track listing is as follows:
3. Art of Deception
4. Circle of 8
5. All Warriors Blood
6. The Uninvited
7. Insensible Scream
8. Scene of Hell
10. Justified Killing
12. Speed of Samurai
Relapse Records has issued the following announcement about signing a deal with Ulcerate:
"Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of New Zealand progressive death metallers Ulcerate.
"Ulcerate (Paul Kelland: Bass/vocals, Michael Hoggard: Guitars, William Cleverdon: Guitars, and Jamie Saint Merat: Drums) formed in 2000 and has previously released three full-length albums. The band's latest album, The Destroyers of All, was released earlier this year and received international critical acclaim for its blend of ambitious songwriting and unorthodox extremity. Ulcerate will enter the studio next fall to begin recording their Relapse debut."
Ulcerate's Jamie Saint Merat commented on the signing and the band's upcoming tour dates: "Working with Relapse is a very logical next step for us, and we're really looking forward to the partnership. Their presence of quality releases regardless of genre, overarching aesthetic and attention to detail is something that we find very natural to align with, as well as being fans of the label's releases well before the band was even started. In terms of what's next for the Ulcerate, 2012 will be a big year for us - in February we're touring Europe for 23 dates with our good friends in Svart Crown, followed up by MDF X and accompanying side-shows in the US in May, New Zealand shows in December (2011) and January, and a tentative return to Australia mid-year. We'll also begin work on album number 4..."
5 Star Grave, which recently signed to Massacre Records, has issued the following announcement about revealing the "Drugstore Hell" cover artwork:
"Few months and Drugstore Hell will be finally out, in the meanwhile we're glad to unveil the cover arwork of our brand new album!
"The artwork has been completely conceived and created by our guitar player Alessandro Blengino, if interested you can find more of his creations at this location.
New Jersey prog metal act Suspyre has announced the band's new album, and follow-up to "When Time Fades..." (reviewed here), will be titled "The Cycle." The band has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a physical release of the album. Details can be found at this location.
Suspyre has also filmed a bonus DVD to be included with "The Cycle." A teaser trailer for the DVD is available below.