Metal News for March 6, 2012
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Meet Janne Wirman, virtuoso metal keyboardist; leader of Warmen, former collaborator with Masterplan and Kotipelto, and full-time melody man for Finnish heavyweights Children Of Bodom. As 2012 dawned, so too did the band's 15th anniversary, which - despite last year's acclaimed "Relentless Reckless Forever" - prompted a retrospective live setlist on a sweeping tour across North America, leaving no stone in the catalogue unturned. Thus it seemed only appropriate for Janne, near the tour's end in Montreal, Quebec, to reflect a bit on the past with me prior to the performance. Here's how it went down: More...
Tearing onto the scene in 2010 with “Exoplanet,” The Contortionist impressed many with their aggressive brand of progressive metal. They were unfairly handed down the “deathcore” tag by many, and though there were some sonic comparisons to that style, the band was far more than that generic label. The band were at their best with varying tempos and calmer, ambient sections on songs like the three-part title track and “Flourish.” Currently working on their second album, scheduled to be released in late spring/early summer, I got the opportunity to speak to guitarist Robby Baca about how the album is coming along so far. More...
Transubstans Records will be releasing the debut album "Hur Svart Kan Det Vara?" from Ett Rop Pa Hjalp on March 14th. Ett Rop Pa Hjalp is a Swedish band with a complete 70's rock/metal vibe, whose name literally translates into "a cry for help" in English. This new debut album of theirs, whose title means "how smart can that be" in English, has material that the band recorded a while ago that is now finally seeing widespread release. Ett Rop Pa Hjalp is streaming the new track "Den Siste Altruisten" below, plus there's an upload of "Folj Mit Liv" afterwards, a song about people's interaction on social media.
Extreme metallers Jungle Rot are currently out on the road melting faces and burning down cities in support of the new album "Kill On Command" alongside the legendary Deicide and Abigail Williams.
On the eve of the tour's kickoff I got in touch with Jungle Rot's vocalist Dave Matrise to chat about the impending North American devastation and the band's excitement to be crossing the border into Canada to spread the "Kill On Command" wrath to new audiences. Check out the full interview below, in which Matrise also talks about shooting the "Blood Ties" music video and the band's plans for upcoming tours throughout the rest of the year. More...
In support of the upcoming release "Out of the Darkness," A Sound of Thunder has announced a string of North American tour dates, including a special CD release show, an MS Benefit concert, and appearances with Sabaton and Virgin Steele. A complete list of dates can be found below.
Vocalist and frontwoman Nina Osegueda commented on the upcoming tour: "The guys and I are excited to finally bring our mayhem around the US! We're sharing the bill with great bands in every city, and are honored to be playing with acts like Sabaton, Virgin Steel, Brocas Helm, and Skull Fist along the way. We promise to play at full blast and full intensity every night...the only challenge will be playing with hangovers and sore necks!"
Relatively new faces in the metal world, A Sound of Thunder is fronted by powerful lead vocalist Nina Osegueda. Lead guitarist Josh Schwartz and drummer Chris Haren founded the group 2008. Nina joined in 2009, and was followed by bass and keyboard player, Jesse Keen, in 2010. In less than two years, A Sound of Thunder recorded and released an EP, a charity single benefiting the West Memphis Three, and a full length self-produced album. The band has performed throughout the US, and opened for such high profile bands as Accept, Sabaton, Firewind, Primal Fear and Doro. More...
Industrial metal giants Ministry are streaming the new song "Double Tap." The song appears on the forthcoming LP "Relapse," which is due out on March 23, 2012 through AFM Records. Check out Metal Underground's latest interview with Al Jourgensen at this location.
The track listing for "Relapse" is as follows:
2. Double Tap
5. United Forces
6. 99 Percenters
8. Weekend Warrior
9. Git Up Get Out ‘n Vote
11. Relapse Defibrillator Mix (Special Limited Edition)
Check out "Double Tap" here:
Xerosun has posted a cover of the Depeche Mode track "Enjoy the Silence," which can be heard below. The band aslo commented:
"We are delighted to unveil our new video for our cover of the Depeche Mode song 'Enjoy The Silence.' This song has been a staple of our live show for some time now, so we thought we would do a proper studio version for you guys!
"Massive thanks to the awesome Alwyn Walker and Westland Studios for doing a great job on the song, and all the togs who have shot us over the years!" More...
Chaos Records has announced the signing of Mexico City's The Suffering. Forming in 1996 for the express purpose of crossing Mexican ancient and Swedish old school death metal, The Suffering released one well received self-titled demo in 1998, which you may stream songs from over on MySpace. The Suffering, featuring current and ex-members of Cenotaph and Denial, plans on releasing its full-length debut via Chaos Records later this year.
London-based traditional metal band Neuronspoiler has named Dave Shirman (MOANA SLEAZER, ex-SERPENT SINS) as the band's new guitarist following the departure of Stanley Long in February.
The group is currently writing new material and will be going into the studio in the summer to start recording the full-length follow up to the 2010 EP, "No One's Safe."
Neuronspoiler drummer Tim Barclay commented: "We're really excited that Dave has joined the band. He's a great fit, in personality and ethos as well as musically. We needed someone who really loved metal and who was going to be committed to trying to do something great on the stage and in the studio. When Dave first started playing our songs it was like he’d been playing them with us forever and it felt good. We're really looking forward to hearing what he brings to the sound when we head into the studio this year."
Fresh off a North American tour with Children of Bodom, Boston's Revocation is pleased to announce a North American headline tour. The tour kicks off April 19th in Allston, MA and runs through April 29th in Trenton, NJ. Support on the tour will come from Cannabis Corpse and Ramming Speed. A complete list of dates can be found below.
Bassist Anthony Buda commented on the Children of Bodom tour and Revocation's upcoming headline run:
"Hey all thanks so much for coming out and raging with us for the past 5 weeks on the Children of Bodom, Eluveitie and Threat Signal tour! It was a wild ride, and we're sad to see it pass. But we are beyond psyched to now announce our headlining run in April with Cannabis Corpse and Ramming Speed. Expect a longer set with some new tracks and some old classics. These shows are gonna kill, see you there!!" More...
Massachusetts' riff-murderers All Pigs Must Die will embark on their latest cross-country killing spree with Narrows, and the bands are SXSW-bound for several massive live assaults on the legions swarming through Austin next week.
With the tour kicking off in Brooklyn this Friday they will crush their way south towards the SXSW festivities. All Pigs Must Die will perform next Thursday with CTTTOAFF, The Atlas Moth, Kill The Client, Mutilation Rites, and more. On Friday they'll storm at the Southern Lord/The Power of the Riff showcase with Ringworm, Black Breath, Narrows, Enabler, Ken Mode and more, and on Saturday a free Death Comes Ripping day party with Ringworm, Kill The Client, Ancient VVisdom, Primitive Weapons, Mutilation Rites and others. Sunday will see APMD invading Dallas for Brofest, performing with Off!, Balaclava, Coliseum, Full of Hell and tons more before touring their way back home via a few stops throughout the Midwest. More...
Three Napalm Records recording artists - Alestorm, Arkona, and Huntress - will be joining headliners Turisas as direct support for this year's installment of the PaganFest America tour. To celebrate this monumental tour, Napalm Records is giving away a free label sampler on a first-come/first-served basis to all PaganFest America Part III ticket-buyers. Entitled "With Us Or Against Us - Operation Bald Eagle," this Napalm label sampler includes the following track list:
1) HUNTRESS - Spell Eater
2) MOONSPELL - Lickanthrope
3) MOONSPELL - White Skies
4) CANDLEMASS - Dancing in the Temple of the Mad Queen Bee
5) KONTRUST - Sock 'n' Doll
6) NACHTBLUT - Eiskönigin
7) ATOMA - Rainmen
8) LONEWOLF - Army of the Damned
9) THE GRAVIATORS - Häxagram
10) XANDRIA - Valentine
11) HEIDEVOLK - Een Nieuw Begin
12 DIABULUS IN MUSICA - Sceneries of Hope
13) HELLSAW - Silence
14) IRON FIRE - Taken
15) NEMESEA - Afterlife
16) SVÖLK - 52
17) ARKONA - Slovo
18) THULCANDRA - Black Flags of Hate More...
Lamb of God has been forced to cancel the band's previously scheduled shows for March 7th in Auckland, New Zealand and March 9th in Anchorage, Alaska, due to a medical emergency regarding a family member.
The band intends to make up both shows during the Resolution tour cycle. Lamb of God has been touring in support of the band's new album "Resolution" (reviewed here).
Stay up-to-date with Lamb of God's latest touring activity by heading over to the group's official Facebook profile.
Last week saw the release of the debut album from Imminent Sonic Destruction titled "Recurring Themes" (reviewed here).
To celebrate the release, Imminent Sonic Destruction performed a special CD release show on February 24th at The Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI. The band played to a packed house treating fans to songs from the new album as well as some killer covers. Fan-filmed footage of the band performing the Dream Theater classic "Metropolis" can be viewed below.
Guitarist Scott Thompson spoke about the CD Release Show: "I think we succeeded in putting on the kind of show we had only dreamt about to this point. We sounded great, our playing was precise, and the lighting/video production added to create a spectacle that proved we are ready for the next level. Metal fans, and non-metal fans were equally entertained."
Frontman Tony Piccoli added: "It was an absolute success at every level. Looking forward to taking the show on the road." More...
German power metal band At Vance announced that the band will release its eighth full length studio release, entitled "Facing Your Enemy" on April 27, 2012 through AFM Records. The album is the follow up to the 2009 release "Ride the Sky."
The album artwork for "Facing Your Enemy" can be seen here:
The Atlas Moth released the skull-jarring opus "An Ache For The Distance" (reviewed here) last year via Profound Lore Records.
Known for pushing the boundaries of metal and experimenting with outside influences, the Chicago band recently covered "Black Trees" by experimental/synth rock band Hooray For Earth. The track has now premiered online through Pitchfork.com and can be heard at this location.
The Atlas Moth is also preparing to descend upon Austin, TX for South by Southwest next week. No strangers to SXSW, the band has several shows planned that will see the group share the stage with Nachtmystium, Andrew W.K., All Pigs Must Die, Rwake and more. Surrounding SXSW, The Atlas Moth will join forces with Nachtmystium and Bruce Lamont for a short run of shows. Dates are listed below. More...
With less than a week before Austin, Texas kicks off its annual music, film and interactive festival know as SXSW, Metal Underground offers our readers a series of interviews to promote Motorbreath Entertainment's Showcase, which Metal Underground has proudly sponsored. The Motorbreath concert is the only showcase at this year’s festival that primarily adheres to bands playing thrash and speed metal.
Hells Headbangers recording artist, Speedwolf is the first group featured in our ongoing coverage. Since 2008, the group has shaken the peaks of its native Denver mountains with punk-addled speed metal and a heavy dose of Motorhead. In the tradition of Motorhead, the group’s name and album cover references motorcycles. Their members obviously don’t turn into human-animal hybrids, as their album cover depicts, but they aren’t posers when it comes to riding. Due to the roar of his bike, vocalist Reed Bruemmer nearly missed my call. He caught it just in time, however, to convey how “revved” up he is about the group’s upcoming SXSW performances. More...
Bucharest, Romania based crust/hardcore/sludge metallers Mediocracy have made available online the video for the song "Your Reflection," which can be viewed belwo.
"Your Reflection" comes off the band's new EP titled "Memory Hole," set for release on March 22nd, 2012 through Asiluum Net Label and Metalfan Records Division. The EP was recorded with Romanian producer Marius Costache (Avatar, White Walls, Coins As Portraits, Satanochio) and the artwork was designed by the band's lead vocalist, Viez.
The "Memory Hole" track listing is as follows:
2. Your Reflection
3. Silent Cries More...
Black metal group Nachtmystium will be heading to Austin, TX next week for the annual South By South West music festival.
In addition to playing the official Metal Sucks Showcase on March 15th, the band will be playing a handful of dates leading up to and surrounding the show. A full list of dates can be seen below along with supporting acts for dates outside of Austin.
Nachtmystium announced last week that the group entered Engine Studios in Chicago, IL to begin working on a third release for Century Media Records, titled "Silencing Machine." The band will team up with Stanford Parker again to produce the album, who also worked on "Assassins: Black Meddle, Part I" (2008) and "Addicts: Black Meddle, Part II" (2010). More details on the forthcoming album will be released shortly. More...
Burnaby, BC melodic death thrashers Tribune are proud to announce they will be hitting the road in the USA from April through May along with Canadian dates to be announced soon in support of their upcoming release "Elder Lore / The Dark Arts." The album is out officially on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 under their independent label Corpse Corrosion Music.
The band is now offering the first single "The Succubus" for free download Reverbnation. Tribune's currently announced shows are as follows:
April 12, 2012 -The Fun House - Seattle, WA
April 13, 2012 - Plan B - Portland, OR
April 14, 2012 - The Black Forest - Eugene, OR
April 18, 2012 - On The Y - Sacramento, CA
April 21, 2012 - Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
April 23, 2012 - UB's - Mesa, AZ
April 26, 2012 - Zombies - San Antonio, TX
April 27, 2012 - O'Riley's - Dallas, TX
April 28, 2012 - Sam's Lounge - Jackson, MS
May 4, 2012 - Pick Wick Pub - Poughkeepsie, NY
May 6, 2012 - Bogie's - Albany, NY More...
Pennsylvania's One Year Later has posted the title track online from the upcoming "The Sound of a Broken World" album, which is due out on March 13th, 2012. Check out the track below.
One Year Later also recently posted another track online titled "Absolution." Listen to the song online at this location.
Jeff Loomis has released a video teaser for his forthcoming album, "Plains Of Oblivion," due out April 10th. The teaser has audio snippets from every song off of the new album including "The Ultimatum," which was the first track to be revealed in its entirety last week. Check out the clip below.
In support of the release, Jeff Loomis will be on tour with Protest the Hero, Periphery, and The Safety Fire. A full list of dates can be seen below. More...
Earlier this year, San Diego’s brutal death metal/slam outfit Pathology completed a successful 3-week west coast headlining tour that also went down into Mexico for 4 shows.
“Our west coast tour was fun and successful,” states drummer Dave Astor. “We really got to play some smaller markets on the run and I was happy to see some old and new fans come out, especially to some of these more rural areas that we’ve never played. Hopefully we can do this as intensive west coast run once a year.”
Next on the band’s agenda is more touring in support of last fall’s "Awaken to the Suffering" album. Pathology took the initiative of doing headlining shows leading to a request for a slightly different type of tour this April with Rose Funeral and The World We Knew, getting into some alternative venues on the east coast and Midwest.
“I’m excited for this,” continues Dave. “We’ve been proud to tour with some of our influences but we also know our band appeals to a different and younger audience so we’ll be bringing some brutal, slamming death metal to these shows.” More...
Magic Bullet Records has issued the following announcement about I Am Heresy entering the studio to record the band's debut album:
"As we continue to celebrate the 15th year of Magic Bullet Records, it’s time to reveal another awesome twist.
"As many in the listening audience will recall, the first ever record released on the label was Boy Set Fire‘s 'This Crying, This Screaming, My Voice is Being Born' back in 1997. Fast forward to 2012 and BSF singer Nathan Gray has brought his new band into the fold; a six-headed monster of sound that has been christened I Am Heresy. More...
Currently out terrorizing stages on their headlining tour with Torche, Valient Thorr and A Storm Of Light, Raleigh, North Carolina cross-over legends Corrosion of Conformity today announce another round of live dates this June which will take them to the West Coast and Canada. Sponsored by Thrasher Magazine, the trek will steam-roll its way through 17 cities beginning June 1 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The band will be joined by Torche, Black Cobra and Gaza. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 9 at all major ticket outlets.
Corrosion of Conformity released a self-titled new studio offering to the masses last week via Candlelight Records. The album was recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in Los Angeles, produced by the band in cooperation with long-time collaborator John Custer and mixed by John Lousteau (Foo Fighters).
The 11-track offering features the "Animosity" lineup of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman, and drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin and closes a six year recording gap for the band. Corrosion of Conformity's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Job For A Cowboy will release the new album "Demonocracy" in Europe on April 6th/10th, 2012 via Metal Blade Records. The album was produced by Jason Seucof (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium), who also recorded the previous "Ruination" full-length, at Audiohammer Studios and features another strikingly detailed concept cover by artist Brent Elliott White. Check out the artwork below.
Check out the new single "Nourishment Through Bloodshed," in the player below. The "Demonocracy" track listing is as follows:
1. Children of Deceit
2. Nourishment Through Bloodshed
3. Imperium Wolves
4. Tongueless and Bound
5. Black Discharge
6. The Manipulation Stream
7. The Deity Misconception
9. Tarnished Gluttony More...
Allegaeon entered Lambesis Studios with Daniel Castleman in January to begin work on the new album "Formshifter." The band has now posted a new song from the album online, titled "Tartessos: The Hidden Xenocryst," which can be heard in the player below.
Pre-orders and behind-the-scenes studio video can both be seen now at this location. "Formshifter" will be released on May 4th/7th, 2012 via Metal Blade Records in Europe.
Guitarist Greg Burgess had this to say about the new album, "With 'Formshifter,' I think we kept the sound a lot of our fans love about us, but achieved them through certain compositional challenges. Be it style, or genre mixing, I believe that we seamlessly applied certain elements we didn't have on Fragments, and it added a color and dimension we didn't have before."
Guitarist Ryan Glisan adds, "This album to me indicates the future of the band but nods to our past as well. It, to me, is more of where I have envisioned our band being since I started the band a couple years back, it relies on similar songwriting structures and musicality but adds more groove and memorable riffing than our previous efforts." More...
Symphonic metal act Upon Wings released its debut single "The Dream" today on iTunes, Amazon MP3, and Google Music. You can also stream the track below. “The Dream” is the result of a collaboration between classically-trained dramatic mezzo-soprano Anne Erickson and Grammy-nominated producer Glenn Brown (Spinal Tap, The Verve Pipe).
Upon Wings hails from the U.S. and can be described as symphonic metal with a classical influence. After creating the idea for Upon Wings, singer Anne Erickson – who is also a music journalist for Gannett, Gibson Guitar, Loudwire and radio host and managing editor of Audio Ink Radio – entered the studio with Glenn Brown to put the ideas onto tape.
“I’m so excited about the first single from UPON WINGS,” declares Erickson. “It seems this is the right time to share ‘THE DREAM. I’ve been singing classical, musical theater and opera music since I was 4 years old, and that led me on a path to pursue music journalism and rock radio. Now, it feels great to be back on the other side and releasing a song that brings together the classical sounds that I remember from my childhood with elements of symphonic metal. I thank everyone who gives ‘THE DREAM’ a listen!” More...
Grammy-nominated alternative-metal act Spineshank has reunited after a six year hiatus and is back full force and completely rejuvenated. The band has inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records for the release of the new album, "Anger Denial Acceptance," that will be released in North America on June 19th and in Europe on June 18th.
"We're very excited to be on a great label like Century Media," comments guitarist Mike Sarkysian. "Aside from being the premier label for rock and metal, the seem to really understand our vision and are as excited as we are about taking Spineshank to a whole new level!"
"Anger Denial Acceptance" will be the band's fourth album and follow up to the 2003 release, "Self-Destructive Pattern." "This is by far the proudest I have ever been of any Spineshank record," says Sarkysian. "Anger Denial Acceptance is the darkest and the most honest this band has ever been."
Spineshank - vocalist Jonny Santos, drummer Tommy Decker, guitarist Mike Sarkysian and bassist Rob Garcia - has sold over 300,000 albums with the group's three previous releases on Roadrunner Records and has played alongside System of a Down, Splitknot, and many other notable acts.
Touche Amore has announced an upcoming string of tour dates with Defeater in April. The tour poster can be viewed below, and dates are as follows:
4/17 Syracuse, NY
4/18 Manchester, NH
4/19 Amityville, NY
4/20 New Brunswick, NJ
4/21 Harrisonburg, VA
4/22 Nashville, TN
4/23 Indianapolis, IN
4/24 Covington, KY
4/25 Columbus, OH
4/26 Lansing, MI
4/27 Iowa City, IA
4/28 Rockford, IL More...
Swedish Viking Metallers King of Asgard recently entered the studio to record the follow-up to the band's debut album "Fi'mbulvintr," released in 2010. The recording will once again be held at the Sonic Train Studios with engineer Andy LaRocque (KING DIAMOND).
The second King of Asgard album will be entitled "…To North," being the first one featuring new second guitar player Lars Tängmark.
Comments King of Asgard: "Finally! We're very satisfied with the material we've written and everything is finished for recording. Getting together with Andy at Sonic Train Studio again will be great. Second round with our brother in arms. We're really looking forward to see where this is heading. It's been awhile since our debut album so we're eager and proud this is gonna be a pleasure both for our fans and us as a band. Stay tuned!" More...
Dutch symphonic band Epica announced that due to the overwhelming demand from fans who missed out on tickets for the upcoming sold out "Requiem for the Indifferent" release show at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands, the band has added an additional date for May 23, 2012 @ Paard in Den Haag, Netherlands.
For all the remaining European tour dates, head over to this location for dates and venues. For a review of the forthcoming "Requiem for the Indifferent" album, which is due out on March 9, 2012 (EU) and March 13, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast, head on over to this location.
Symphonic death metal act Ex Deo revealed the track listing for the forthcoming sophomore effort "Caligvla," which is due out on August 31, 2012 through Napalm Records. The date was chosen since it will be the 2000th Birthday of Caligula.
The track listing for "Caligvla" is as follows:
2. The Tiberius Cliff ( Exile to Capri )
3. Per Oculos Aquila
5. Pollice Verso (Damnatio ad bestia)
6. Divide et Impera
7. Teutuborg (Ambush of Varus)
8. Along the appian way
9. Once were Romans
10. Evocatio : The Temple of Castor & Pollux
U.K. black metal act Order of the Blackguard has been working on the follow-up to the "Way of Cross and Dragon" album (reviewed here). The band described the new material as "blackened doomy folky melodic and 100% metal," and has also now checked in with the following recording update:
"Vocals and guitar tracks recorded... Graves robbed... Priests slaughtered.... Ale consumed..... My work here is nearly done.
"Artwork, album info and release date coming as soon as possible. May the Dragons be with you.
"Il Reverendo. In The year of their foul lords."
For more on Order of the Blackguard, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.
Revoker has teamed up with Metal Hammer to release a new music video for the track "Born To Be An Outlaw." Check out the clip via Metal Hammer or through the player below.
"Born To Be An Outlaw" is taken off the band's "Revenge For The Ruthless" album. You can also check out the band's previously posted video for "The Great Pretender" here.
Footage from resurrected U.S. traditional metal band Shok Paris surfaced on the web as the band headlined the Friday night session of the "Up The Hammers VII" festival in Greece on Friday, March 2, 2012.
Check out "Steel & Starlight" (the title track of the 1987 album) here:
Norwegian black thrashers Aura Noir is streaming the new track "Fed To The Flames" exclusively through Terrorizer Magazine's website at this location. The song appears on the band's fifth studio LP entitled "Out to Die," which is due out on March 23, 2012 through Indie Recordings. The album marks the return of ex-Mayhem guitarist Blasphemer.
The track listing for "Out to Die" is as follows:
2. Fed To The Flames
4. The Grin From The Gallows
6. Priest's Hellish Fiend
8. Out To Die More...
Norwegian black/death metal band Fester posted a promo video for the song "The Black Tower" from the band's forthcoming third studio release "A Celebration of Death." The album is set for released on March 20, 2012 through Abyss Records.
The track listing for "A Celebration of Death" is as follows:
1. Rites of Ceres (7:11) (streaming at this location)
2. The Black Tower (6:32)
3. March of Death (8:19)
4. I'll Hunt You Down (6:08 )
5. Metalized (3:27)
6. Jeg spytter på deg (7:32)
7. Last Day of Battle Pt. I (1:16)l
8. Last Day of Battle Pt. II (6:13)
9. A Face for a Funeral (2:51)
10. Rites of Mortiis (4:56) More...
Drummer and original member Kosta Zafiriou has split with Pink Cream 69 in an effort to concentrate on new band Unisonic (featuring Ex-Helloween founder Kai Hansen and vocalist Michael Kiske). He will be replaced by his long time drum technician Mike Schmidt, who also played with Sunstorm.
Zaifiriou explained his departure:
It was a very hard decision to leave the band I co-founded back in 1987, but I am sure this is the right step. Due to my various activities with my company Bottom Row plus being the drummer and manager of my new band UNISONIC, more and more I felt I was retarding PC 69´s career. Chris is a great drummer and a good friend of the band since many years, which makes him the perfect match for PINK CREAM 69. I wish the guys only the best and look forward to see the first show with him - as a visitor, enjoying the songs that accompanied me half of my life!
On March 1, 2012, the band entered the studio to record it's 11th full length studio release and successor to “In10sity” (2007). The new, yet-untitled, album is targeted for release by Frontiers Records in the autumn of 2012.
Guitarist Alfred Koffler commented on the new album:
The vibe within the band is very enthusiastic and creative. There are far too many strong songs by Dennis (Ward), David (Readman) and myself to pick from. There will be eleven of them on the album plus a couple of bonus tracks for the different markets and formats. We also will have guest appearances by two famous musicians on the new record – both fans of the band. More on that soon!
After issuing four EP's since its creation in 2005, the last of which was 2009's "OREFO," U.K. metal band HeKz is set to release its debut full release entitled "Tabula Rasa" on April 6, 2012 through Metal Dwarf Music. As a teaser to the album, the band posted a clip from the track "Bring The Fire," which can be heard below:
Swedish traditional metal act Sister Sin posted an in studio and behind the scenes clip of the band recording and preparing the band's third, yet untitled, full length LP. The band entered Standstraight Studios on February 27, 2012 with producer Chris Snyder. The new release album is scheduled to be released at the end of May through Victory Records.
Check out the video here: More...
German power metal legends Rage has posted behind the scenes footage on the making of the new music video for the song "Twenty One." The song is the title track of the band's 21st studio release which was released last week in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records. To see the music video, head over to this location.
Check out the behind the scenes footage here:
Ohio modern groove metal band Like Moths To Flames posted a music video for "GNF." The track is from the band's debut LP "When We Don't Exist," which was released this past November through Rise Records.
Check out the video here:
Danish modern metallers Mnemic posted the fifth installment of the video studio blog series while they record the band's fifth album at the Antfarm studios with long time producer Tue Madsen (Behemoth, The Haunted, Sick of it All).
In the fifth episode, you can watch Guillaume Bideau record vocals. The new album is set for a June 2012 release through Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the video here:
Sydney, Australia technical death metal band Gods of Eden is streaming its self-titled four song EP over on Bandcamp. The EP is scheduled for release on April 1st, which will be followed by a carefully planned live concept show.
The EP cover artwork was designed by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sodom, Atheist). Gods Of Eden started in 2010 as the creative side endeavor of guitarist Danni Perez. Stream all four songs in the player below, and the video upload of the title track contains the lyrics. More...
Black metal act Atra Vetosus has finished writing material for the upcoming full-length album "Voice's From The Eternal Night," with recording set to start soon. The band has now revealed the album's track listing will be as follows:
I. Skies Of Obsidian Rain
II. A Palace Shrouded In Emptiness
III. The Spirit Of The Forgotten Woods
IV. Into The Dawnless Night [Interlude]
V. Under The Wings Of Darkness
VI. Nocturnal Winds
VII. Tortured By The Light Of A Thousand Stars
VIII. Far Beyond... [Outro]
You can also check out the demo version of the "Nocturnal Winds" song at this location.
King of Asgard has issued the following brief announcement about entering the studio to record a new album:
"Today King of Asgard entered Sonic Train Studios to record the follow-up to 2010's debut album 'Fi'mbulvintr' with engineer Andy LaRocque!
"The album is to be released via Metal Blade Records. Updates will follow!"
Further details on the band's upcoming sophomore album will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out the band's music through MySpace.
King of Asgard is:
Karl Beckman – vocals/guitars
Lars Tängmark - guitars
Jonas Albrektsson – bass
Karsten Larsson - drums
In Vain has issued the following announcement about the band's upcoming plans for recording new material and releasing a new music video:
"Regarding the band we are still active, but we've been chilling a bit since our last shows in 2010.
However, 2012 will be a year that will see increased activity from In Vain.
"To kick it off we shot a music video for Dark Prophets, Black Heart (from Mantra) a couple of weekends ago. Should be online in not too long.
"Regarding new songs, J. Haaland has come a long way on writing new material and we expect to enter the studio in 2012 to record our third album. We are also in the process of booking gigs. Interested promoters, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
"For further updates please refer to our Facebook page. Invite all of your friends!
"Hope to see you on the road soon!"