Metal News for May 22, 2012
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36 news articles posted on this day.
Cardiac Arrest has just released its fourth full-length album "Vortex Of Violence" and is streaming the entire album over at Metal Review. Check out the tracklisting and cover art for Cardiac Arrest's eleven track "Vortex of Violence" album below, which is out on Ibex Moon Records.
1. Portal of the Damned
2. To Their Graves
3. Relentless Pursuit
4. Conjured Beings
5. Primitive Lunacy
6. Vortex of Violence
7. Depths of Despair
8. Ritual Plague
9. Subject to Torture
11. Last Thing That You See More...
We've been on a mission to get every band's favorite pit stories from live shows, and this week The Dogs Divine shares the following story of an unexpected on-stage dance session:
In 2008 we were doing a show in Melbourne Florida...and this girl from the crowd in a really short skirt and extremely tight top gets on stage. At first she just kinda starts dancing in one place, shaking her hips kinda thing. Well there is this large group of Military MPs that are shipping out in the next day or so to Afghanistan, so they are getting their party on before they leave, well these guys really start encouraging this chick to give them a show.
So, next thing I know, while we are in the middle of a song I might add, she starts going into this choreographed type of moves, I mean it looked like it came out of that movie Flash Dance. I mean spins and kicks and jumping and just all over the stage, from one end to the other. So much so the guitarist and I kinda had to move as far back as possible and basically hug the amps to keep out of her way and avoid a collision.
So we finish the song and it was one of those spots in the set where we just would do a four count on the high hat and go right into another song. So she stays on stage and starts this routine again. So finally we finish the second song and ask her, or rather guide her of stage.
Be sure to check back in again next Tuesday as we continue to share more mosh pit stories.
Canada’s wizards of folk-progressive metal fusion, Scythia, have set aside their time hunting trolls and have come to the rescue of the Richmond Animal Protection Society for a benefit concert to help raise funds for the RAPS two animal shelters in dire need of supplies.
Scythia's vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan commented, "Scythia is stoked to rock out for an honourable cause like animals. A huge inspiration for our breed of folk metal is having a symbiosis with animals and nature... Especially bears, but dogs and cats are awesome as well. We are also stoked about the killer line up, we have played with all of these bands before and believe that each and every band on this bill are top notch musicians capable of delivering incredible performances."
With support from local Vancouver speed thrash metal titans Cradle To Grave, power metallers Aeterna and Nanaimo, BC's Viking warriors Eye of Odin, Scythia along with event organizer and Oboe of death player Morgan Zentner of Aesir Promotions are conquering higher ground for this great cause to help our furry companions in their time of need.
"As the promoter and creator of this event, I am proud to say that Aesir Promotions will be putting on a show to help support such a worthy cause. As an animal owner and lover, I feel that abandoned pets are easily over looked and I was very happy to find the Richmond Animal Protection Society, which is a no kill shelter." says Morgan Zentner, "We have support from bands all over BC and Alberta donating merch for raffle prizes and the support from the metal community in Vancouver has been fantastic. All of the performers for the show are of high caliber and we are all looking forward to helping out our furry friends."
Also for your viewing pleasure, one of Vancouver's best belly dancers, the radiant Mahafsoun will be joining Scythia on stage for a memorable performance. Details are as follows: More...
Rite of Passage Records has premiered Truth And Its Burden's music video for the track "The Decider." The song comes from the band's new album "Choices," which hits stores on May 29th. Check out the video clip below.
“The main idea behind ‘Choices’ is pretty simple;” stated vocalist Ashley DeBeer. “Making choices that reflect clear consideration for dreams and aspirations, it’s not something that merely applies to me/us alone, but rather something many can relate to. I wrote a lot of the songs during a period in my life when change was necessary and I guess with choices in my life I found there was a constant balancing act that took place.”
“There are many contributing factors to making serious life decisions that balance a good choice and help make things a little clearer,” added DeBeer. “Many of the songs reflect the idea of finding myself, building myself, deciding things and just trying to make a conscious effort at being a better person in general.” More...
Poland's Saratan has issued the following announcement about gearing up to release a new album:
"The third album by Cracow based Saratan is ready and will be released in fall 2012. The album title is Martya Xwar (pronounce Martya Hwar /cannibal/). It's 40 minutes of death-thrash metal with oriental flavored instrumentation, vocals and orchestrations.
"The album has been recorded over the course of five months in five different recording studios. Mixed and mastered by V. Santura, guitarist from Tryptikon, Dark Fortress and previously Celtic Frost. Cover artwork has been designed by Michal 'Xaay' Loranc (Nile, Kamelot) and the promotional pictures have been taken by Bandphoto.pl.
"Saratan has recorded this album as a three piece band, after having parted ways with guitarist Mateusz Gajdzik. More info about the album and the record company coming soon!"
Doro will be releasing the new album "Raise Your Fist" this coming Fall, which will be preceded by the "Raise Your Fist In The Air" EP on August 3rd, 2012. You can now check out the artwork for the full "Raise Your Fist" album below. Doro also previously commented:
"The new album will be entitled Raise Your Fist and has been recorded and written in the U.S., Germany, and Scandinavia. Right now we're in the mixing stages and are close to finishing everything. Most important to me are the power hymns ‘Raise Your Fist In The Air’ and ‘Victory,’ which will also be available on the forthcoming EP! Both songs have been played live on our last tour and also made last year’s Wacken Open Air shake! ‘Raise Your Fist In The Air’ will also be available in French… which is going to be very interesting.
"For the diehard fans of German songs like ‘Für Immer’ [‘Forever’], there are two songs in the same vein: the sensitive and quite dark ‘Human Rights’ and the very emotional ‘Engel’ [‘Angel’]. There are also a lot of fast songs like ‘Little Headbanger’ and various fist-pumping ones featuring amazing guests like Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) on ‘Last Man Standing’ which fans will for sure dig live. We also have a song that honors the late Ronnie James Dio called ‘Hero’ and another highlight named ‘It Still Hurts’ featuring Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister.
"The cover artwork has once again been created by British artist Geoffrey Gillespie who is a close friend and companion since he made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for his Triumph And Agony cover as the biggest album cover in the world. Since then, he's done ten covers for us!" More...
Vaginal Penetration Of An Amelus With A Musty Carrot has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new EP "In Involuntary Abortion We Trust." Check out the clip in the player below.
Kaotoxin Records also commented on the band: More...
Fallen Martyr is set to release new album "Shadows" on May 29th, 2012 via Siegen Records. A teaser trailer for the album has now been posted online and can be viewed below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Revelry and Reverence
2. Wake up, Its time
3. Therian Premonition
5. The Restless king
6. Passing through the Veil of The Exterior World
7. Body of Light
9. Cognitive Dissonance and the Children of Hamelin
10. The 8th Circle
11. Soul Left Bare
12. (Cast Me Out) More...
Aberdeen, Scotland based act Rise With Honour has posted a new music video online for the song "Sinking Ships," which was recorded at Mackie Bros Production with video by Dave McCourt Photography.
Check out the clip below. You can also download the track for free at the Rise With Honor Bandcamp page.
Today and throughout the week AOL Spinner will be hosting an exclusive Ides of Gemini listening party where fans can check out the band’s forthcoming full-length, "Constantinople," in its entirety. Check out the album at this location.
The latest studio offering from the West Coast cerebral doom mystics is set for North American release via Neurot Recordings on May 29tb, 2012. The nine-track "Constantinople" was produced by Ides of Gemini and engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Skeletonwitch) at Sunset Lodge Recording in Los Angeles.
Ides of Gemini also has the following upcoming live shows:
5/29/2012 Bootleg Theatre – Los Angeles, CA *record release show w/ VUM, The Nocturnes
6/02/2012 Scion Rock Fest @ The Czar Bar – Tampa, FL
Romanian groovy death metal outfit Loudrage has announced the title and track list for the band's upcoming album. "Bloody Grooves," the band's debut full-length, is set for a late 2012 release. The track listing is as follows:
1. Fear Me
5. As Long as I Live
6. The Man and the Tree
7. Guilty as Charged
9. Bloody Ending
10. Living Dead
Loudrage also recently released a new video for the track "Fear Me," which can be viewed here, and is currently working on a new video for the track "Suffo-Kate" to be released this Summer.
German death metal act Sions Funeral has now finished recording a new EP and has posted a track from the upcoming release online. Check out the song "Possession" in the player below. The band also commented on its history and sound:
"The style of Sions Funeral cannot be defined precisely, even within the band, due to the many different influences like The Black Dahlia Murder or In Flames. In summary, it can be described as melodic death metal.
"Sions Funeral was started back in September 2009, initially under a different name. The founding members were Nicolas Kauke (guitar) and drummer Dustin 'Steve' Waltemode. In November 2009, the second guitarist Kai Slupski joined the band And in January 2010, bassist Sven Dobbert. The singer Mika Mex completed the band in February 2010. In May 2010, the band began to play their first gigs in, for example, Zero (Arnsberg. At the end of the year they decided to record their first demo CD.
"Sions Funeral refers to a killing spree, which had taken place in the Indian city of Mumbai, in the county region Sion (1989). These violent crimes, that were never solved, attributed to an offender who is known as 'Stoneman,' he is called this because he mostly killed his victims with a rock.
"We want to, like any other band, inspire and carry away the audience. Each song tells a short story that the listener can interpret individually and thus can identify himself with our music." More...
The Agonist will finally be unleashing the new album "Prisoners" on June 4th in Europe and June 5th in North America via Century Media Records. For fans that can't wait for Prisoners' release, an album sampler video that features clips of all of the tracks can now be viewed after the jump. The "Prisoners" track listing is as follows:
1. You're Coming With Me
2. The Escape
3. Predator & Prayer
4. Anxious Darwinians
7. Lonely Solipsist
8. Dead Ocean
9. The Mass Of The Earth
10. Everybody Wants You (dead)
11. Revenge Of The Dadaists
Seeker will be heading out on the road with Destruction of a Rose this coming June for a string of tour dates. The band has also now posted the entire new EP "The Antagonist" online for streaming. Check out the songs in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Antagonist
2. Serpent Skin
4. Ghost of the Gallows
5. Idolized More...
In addition to the already scheduled North American tour dates for this summer, Portland, Oregon's Red Fang has confirmed a tour of Europe including numerous festival appearances. The tour starts on July 5th in Gävle, Sweden at the "Getaway Rock Fest" and runs through August 4th at the "Porifestival" in Pori, Finland. A complete list of dates can be found below.
Red Fang will also be headlining "A Benefit For Grant High Art Department" scheduled to take place Friday May 25th at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland, OR. Support will come from Lopez, Nether Regions and Grant High's own Hell's Parrish. Doors for the show at are 7:00 pm with the first band hitting the stage at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased for the show here.
"A Benefit For Grant High Art Department"
5/25: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
6/1: Seattle, WA @ Highline
6/12: Boise, ID @ Neurolux
6/13: Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe
6/14: Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
6/16: Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves More...
Montreal based extreme metallers Kataklysm have unveiled the complete track listing for their multidisc DVD entitled "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined." The DVD will be released on July 3rd and will feature a documentary and bonus CD materials. The set will depict the ups and downs of the band's long, turbulent career, as well as footage of Kataklysm's performance at last year's Summer Breeze festival, which took place August 18-20, 2011 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany.
The cover art for the release was created by artist Colin Marks (ORIGIN, EXODUS, NEVERMORE) and can be viewed below. The track listing is as follows:
IRON WILL Part I
The Early Years 1991-2004
1. Let’s Start A Band 1991-1993
2. Signing to Nuclear Blast in 1994
3. Mexico in 1995
4. Max Leaves the Band
5. The Temple of Knowledge
6. The Reformation in 1997
7. Leaving NB in 1998
8. The Prophecy Returns to NB in 2000
9. EPIC 2001
10. In Shadows & Dust
11. Max Quits, Again More...
Ragnarok, which split with Regain Records last year, has now signed on with Agonia Records. The label commented:
"We are pleased to announce the addition of Norwegian Black Metallers Ragnarok to Agonia’s roster. The band is set to enter the Endarker Studios on the 24th June to record what will be their seventh full-length album. At the production helm will be studio owner and Marduk bassist Devo. The as yet untitled album is due for release later this year."
"Everyone in Ragnarok is delighted to be signing with Agonia Records," comments the band's founder and drummer Jontho. "It’s been a long haul to find the right label, with a lot of offers to sift through, but what impressed us about Agonia was the immediate reply to any of our questions together with a willingness to work with the band as a team, and, most importantly, they recognize the wisdom of allowing Ragnarok the freedom to be themselves."
Mythological occult metal tormenters Absu will dominate American audiences with several confirmed performances in the coming weeks, including a live assault in Baltimore this Thursday night as part of the opening night to the Maryland Deathfest 2012 mayhem.
Absu will be joined on stage that night by a plethora of other extreme acts including Rorschach, Dying Fetus, Eyehategod, Agalloch and headliners for the evening, Autopsy. A full running order for the fest and all other MDF info can be found here.
A week after MDF, Absu will slay this year’s Chaos In Tejas in Austin, Texas on Saturday, June 2nd, headlining the indoor stage at Red 7, with support from Terrorism, Loss, Morbosidad, Ares Kingdom and Black Witchery.
5/24/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
6/02/2012 Red 7 – Austin, TX @ Chaos In Tejas
Further live assaults throughout North and South America are being devised now for disbursement in the coming weeks. The following press release was also issued about the band's latest album:
"Absu’s sixth full-length, 'Abzu,' takes the band’s signature occult black thrash mythology to dark new calculating territories through a whirlwind of razor-sharp riffing and some of the extreme metal world’s most top-notch drumming. The second part of an ongoing trilogy of albums, which began with 2009’s acclaimed 'Absu,' and will eventually come to a finale with 'Apsu,' 'Abzu' was recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas, and finds drummer/vocalist Proscriptor and bassist/vocalist Ezezu sharing equal vocal duties and debuts the skills of new guitarist Vis Crom. The record was mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus), and features original cover art from Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Vader)." More...
Los Angeles progressive thrashers Hexen have officially released a sample track from their forthcoming new full-length, "Being And Nothingness," which is set for North American release through Pulverised Records on July 17th, 2012. The following press release was also issued:
"Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Vivid Tone Recording Studio (Lividity, Guthrie Govan, etc.) by producer Rich Bruce, the sonic onslaught of 'Being And Nothingness' sees the band moving toward a far more comprehensive and thorough voyage of metal musicality and further distancing themselves from being just another run-of-the-mill revival band."
Season of Mist is proud to welcome Norwegian act Khonsu to the label's roster. Khonsu is the new project by the Grønbech brothers, whose last musical collaboration was Keep of Kalessin’s “Reclaim” EP back in 2003.
According to a press release, Khonsu delivers "atmospheric, brutal and enchanting music, and the forthcoming debut album, entitled 'Anomalia,' blending rock, metal, and electronic elements, will definitely be a powerful entity."
“I am very pleased to enter a collaboration with Season of Mist as I’ve always had a high opinion of them - something I believe the rest of the metal world do as well,” S. Grønbech comments. “I have been working on Khonsu’s debut album for some years now and I definitely think that Season of Mist is a great label to release it through. I am looking forward to joining the ranks with legends like Mayhem, Morbid Angel, Samael and many others.”
Season of Mist also commented, "Those of you who attended this year’s edition of the Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway have probably seen the band perform live as Merah. However, due to the recent and sad events in France involving a terrorist named Mohammed Merah, the Grønbech brothers decided to change the band’s moniker to Khonsu."
Chronographs has posted a third teaser trailer online for the band's new EP, which can be viewed below. The group also commented:
"The last of three teasers showcasing clips from our upcoming EP 'Nausea.' This teaser shows a section from the title track 'Nausea.' EP coming soon!"
The previously posted "Nausea" EP teaser can also still be viewed at this location.
Agalloch has announced a massive North American tour this summer, with support coming from Taurus, which features Stevie Floyd of Dark Castle. The band has also been confirmed to play this year’s Noctis Fest which will be taking place on Sept 28th/29th in Calgary, Alberta. A statement from the band reads as follows:
“This tour will mark the release of our recently recorded EP 'Faustian Echoes' on both LP and CD. We have taken great care in the design of this release. Sometime before the tour we will have both a streaming and digital download option available. However, the LP and CD versions will only be available at the shows during the dates on the tour and will be available via mail order after the tour. We will be adding material (both new and old) to our set list and depending on stage time we anticipate playing between 90-120 minutes. The set will rotate each night.
"We have carefully selected local openers whose music fits the environment of an Agalloch show. Where there are no openers selected, we will play nearly 120 minutes. We are all personal fans of the openers and encourage everyone to show up early to see them. We will have a variety of merchandise for sale including: 2 new shirt designs, our back catalog, 'The Demonstration Archive,' 'Marrow of the Spirit' vinyl, a tour poster by Stevie Floyd, original photographic prints by Veleda Thorsson, and various other odds and ends.”
The dates go as follows and the TBA’s will be updated once things are finalized: More...
Death metal ministers Six Feet Under today announce the addition of rhythm guitarist Ola Englund to the their ranks. England, who will make his first official appearance with the band on the 18 Nights Of Blood Tour set to commence next month, takes the place of Rob Arnold.
Comments founding vocalist Chris Barnes of the new recruit: “Ola is an amazing guitarist and was chosen for his superlative technique and style of playing. We believe he will be the perfect complement to Steve Swanson, and the devastating rhythm section that is Talley/Hughell. Steve, Kevin, Jeff and myself are so looking forward to Ola's entrance into the band upon the release of Undead and the commencement of our first tour next month with Dying Fetus and Revocation. We can’t wait for you to witness the new killing machine that is Six Feet Under! Ola takes over duties for our good friend and death metal warrior Rob Arnold who will be retiring from touring but will remain a central writing partner and fellow collaborator on future SFU releases. We are all sad to not have Rob on the road with us, but are confidant and 110% psyched that Ola is now within the ranks of the Undead and will be ready to lay waste to every stop along the way! Hails!”
Adds Englund: "When I got the call from Chris, it felt unreal; first thing that popped up in my head was, ‘why the hell did he want me -- the total gear nerd from Sweden -- to join his awesome band? To be able to share the stage with one of the biggest icons in death metal and the other killer musicians in SFU is a complete honor and a dream come true for me. I couldn't be happier about the situation! Also the new album blew my mind the first time I heard it, it's intense as hell, but still has the riffs and the grooves that Six Feet Under swears by. Fans are going to love it! I’m looking forward to kick some serious ass together with Chris, Kevin, Steve and Jeff! See you on tour!"
Check out video footage documenting Englund’s guitar skills below. More...
Orange Goblin has issued the following announcement about performing at the 2012 edition of Belgium's Roadkill Festival:
"We are pleased to announce that Orange Goblin will be playing at this year's Roadkill Festival in Waarschoot, Belgium on Saturday, 4th August 2012.
"This will be Orange Goblins ONLY show in Belgium of 2012. Other bands due to appear include Hardcore Superstar and many more. Information regarding how to get there and how to purchase tickets etc. can be found at the festival website."
The Stranded has posted another new song online titled "Sulphur Crown," which can be heard on the band's Facebook profile here. The Stranded also commented:
"Hello people, here we go with another brand new song taken from our forthcoming album 'Survivalism Boulevard' out the 2nd of July via Coroner Records, enjoy."
The "Survivalism Boulevard" track listing is as follows:
1. Blood Like Gasoline
2. Only Death Can Save Us Now
3. Blackout Season
4. Ill Will Future
5. Sulphur Crown
7. Carnival Shroud
8. Post-Human Archetype
9. National Breakdown
10. Survivalism Boulevard
Italian outfit Sylpheed has issued the following announcement about the band's vocalist undergoing surgery:
"Ilenia, voice of the Sylpheed, has gone under the surgeon's tool today for an emergency surgery. Now she is ok but she will need some rest in these days.
"Please let her know your love as she wants you to know how she loves you! Soon she will return and roar over again!"
Metal Scrap Records has issued its first split release in the history of the label. On what would have been Chuck Schuldiner's 45th birthday a week ago, a split was issued featuring the Polish band Regicide Decease and the Swiss band Calcined titled "Death Illumination - In Memory Of Evil Chuck." The split features four songs apiece from each of the bands, its tracklisting featured below. Regicide Decease's debut "Anatomy Of Sickness" was released by Psycho Records in 2011 and Calcined has the demo "4th Degree Burns" and the EP "Thwarted" to its credit. Check out a promo clip for it after the jump.
1.Regicide Decease - Aethyr of Desecration
2.Regicide Decease - Revelation of Dark Gnosis
3.Regicide Decease - Black Sun Psalm
4.Regicide Decease - Born Dead (DEATH cover)
5.Calcined - Stripped by Life
6.Calcined - The Call
7.Calcined - For the Beyond
8.Calcined - Evil Dead (DEATH cover)
Ukem Records has just announced the newest signing to its roster are Scottish sickos Unholy Deathcunt. Formed in early 2010 by Demonic Cremator frontman Asphyxiator, its main focus was to create savage, angry, nekro and filthy black metal. After the release of the "Fuck You" demo, Asphyxiator was joined by Filthgrinder on vocals.
The band is set to release five brand new tracks on the yet untitled debut EP for Ukem Records, with the "Fuck You" demo being featured as bonus material. Check out a stream of the Unholy Deathcunt song "Suffer" below.
Abyss Records is slated to re-issue that out-of-print The Gates Of Slumber debut full-length "The Awakening" CD this fall. Originally released in 2004, the Abyss Records re-issue will feature cover art (from the limited-edition double vinyl edition) painted by Ken Kelly (Manowar, Kiss, Conan) along with an exclusive bonus track. The album, along with other The Gates Of Slumber merchandise including the "Coven Of Cain" and "To The Rack With Them" t-shirt designs (both in-stock now), will be available at Abyss Records' website. Below is the cover art and tracklisting of the reissue. After the jump, check out a series of May and June tour dates that The Gates Of Slumber has posted.
Resurrection from the Underworld
The Awakening (Interpolating the Wrath of the Undead)
Broken On the Wheel
Blessed Pathway To the Celestial Kingdom
The Cloaked Figure (Bonus Track)
Atlanta, Georgia’s MonstrO will be rolling into Bonnaroo in a few weeks with a handful of warm up dates under their belts. The four-piece will be headlining the Whisky in Los Angeles this Friday before opening for Danzig starting May 26 and making their way eastward to wind up in Manchester, Tennessee for the Bonaroo Music Festival on Thursday, June 7. MonstrO has previously toured with Kyuss Lives! and recently wrapped up a national tour with Clutch and HellYeah.
MonstrO released the self-titled debut album in September of 2011 via Vagrant Records.
Here are the latest MonstrO tour dates:
05/25 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky (headline)
05/26 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (supporting Danzig)
05/27 – San Francisco, CA The Warfield (supporting Danzig)
05/31 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre (supporting Danzig)
06/01 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre (supporting Danzig)
06/02 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore (supporting Danzig)
06/04 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore (supporting Danzig)
06/05 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE (supporting Danzig)
06/07 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
Swedish metal band Grand Magus is streaming the new track "Valhalla Rising" (heard below). The track appears on the band's sixth full length offering "The Hunt." The album is set for release on May 25, 2012 (EU) and June 5, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing for "The Hunt" is as follows:
1. Starlight Slaughter
2. Sword Of The Ocean
3. Valhalla Rising
4. Storm King
5. Silver Moon
6. The Hunt
7. Son Of The Last Breath Part I: Nattfödd Part II: Vedergällning
8. Iron Hand
Check out "Valhalla Rising" here:
Dutch symphonic metal act ReVamp, featuring Ex-After Forever vocalist Floor Jansen, posted an update that the band is about to commence writing for the second LP with keyboardist Joost van de Broek (HDK/Expedition Delta/Ex-After Forever), who played keyboards on the 2010 debut. The following was posted on the band's Facebook Page:
"ReVamp is proud to announce that we will proceed working on new songs for our second album with the professional help of Joost van de Broek!
"He will guide the songwriting process and use his expertise to make the second ReVamp album a killer! Joost worked with Floor in After Forever and on the first ReVamp album. Their cooperation has proofed itself. ReVamp started writing as a band before Floor's burn out already. Due to her sickness the process stopped. Now that her health is improving we decided its time to pick up the songwriting in a higher speed again. Guided by Joost we will search for a fresh metal sound, a ReVamp sound!!!
"When the album can be recorded and released is not sure yet. We will keep you updated about every step and like you; we can't wait to play you some new stuff!!!"
Floor Jansen has recently recovered from burnout and has started appearing at recent ReVamp gigs as well as a guest with Epica.
Swedish blackened thrashers Angrepp has begun work on the follow up to the 2010 debut LP "Warfare." The band recently added new bassist Titan (Bloodbanner, ex-Hydra) to the lineup. Vocalist Outlaw issued the following statement on the upcoming sophomore effort:
"Angrepp at it again! We've got great news for all of you who follow us. First of all our brother Titan hos joined Angrepp to handle the bass, which makes us a complete line up again. We are more than certain that Titan is the right person to help us create even more brutal and furious hymns. Titan is an experienced musician with a lot of talent and we are proud to have him with us.
Secondly, Angrepp will enter Necromorbus Studio in September to record our second full-length album. Our friend Sverker Widgren will handle the recording, mix/mastering. and it will be released by Abyss Records. Cover and titles will be revealed in August. You won't need to keep one eye open for this will be a true carnage. Cheers!"
More details on this release are coming soon. For those unfamiliar with the band, check out the video for the title track of the band's debut release here: More...
German metallic horrorpunk band The Other is streaming the new track "Puppet On a String" (heard below). The song appears on the band's new LP "The Devils You Know," which is expected for a June 2012 release through SPV/Steamhammer Records.
Check out "Puppet On a String" here:
Swedish melodic metal band Charlie Shred, featuring members of ReinXeed, posted a trailer for the band's self titled debut LP. The album is due out on May 30, 2012 through Doolittle Group.
The band features the following members:
Calle Sundberg (ReinXeed) - Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Tommy Reinxeed (ReinXeed/Golden Resurrection) - Drums
Mattias Johansson (ReinXeed) - Lead Guitar
Johan Tranborg (Moshpit Marshals) - Bass
Check out the trailer here:
Swedish power metal band ReinXeed posted a rehearsal video featuring the new track "Temple of the Crystal Skulls." The track appears on the band's forthcoming fifth LP "Welcome to the Theater," which is due out May 30, 2012 through Doolittle Group/Liljegren Records.
The track listing for "Welcome to the Theater" is as follows:
1. Welcome (Intro)
2. Life Will Find a Way
3. Follow Me
4. Save Us
5. Stranger Tides
6. Somewhere in Time
8. No Fate
9. Temple of the Crystal Skulls
10. Welcome to the Theater
Check out "Temple of the Crystal Skulls" here: More...