The anticipated new album from Norwegian Black Metallers RAGNAROK will be released on the 30th of October in Europe and on the 6th of November in North America.
Malediction is the title of RAGNAROK's brand new album. When it comes to Norwegian Black Metal, RAGNAROK is one of the outstanding examples of what integrity and perseverance can bring to the genre. Since their inception at the beginning of 1994, the band has outlasted a multitude of variations and trends within the metal community that sought to influence the Black Metal genre. Eschewing avant-garde, nu-metal and even hardcore influences, the band remained true to themselves and to the traditions of Black Metal, whilst at the same time growing as writers and performers and refusing to become stale. Today, after 18 years in the business, RAGNAROK still play Black Metal in the classical style, and continue to significantly increase their fan base, having become internationally recognised exponents of the genre with six albums and high profile festivals and tours under their belts. With their seventh full-length album the group deliver the best there is in terms of dark and aggressive music. RAGNAROK does not need to re-invent the wheel they just improve it.
Malediction was recorded, mixed and mastered by Devo of Marduk's fame at Endarker Studios.
Full scale European, US and South American tours are planned for late 2012 and early 2013, including festival appearances. The band has already confirmed to play at Metal Legacy Festival (Saturday 27 October, Stromstad, Sweden) and to headline Messe des Morts Festival (Saturday 24 November, Montreal, Canada; first North American appearance of the band). More news to be announced shortly.
The debut album of spanish melodic Death Metallers THE DESCENT is ready and will be released in October 1st through XTREEM MUSIC. With an excellent artwork design by Auryn Digital and a great production by Carlos Creator at RockStudios being later mastered at swedish Fredman Studios by Fredrik Nördstrom, "Dimensional Matters" is a magnific album which will sure please any fan of melodic yet aggressive Death Metal the swedish way a la AT THE GATES, DIMENSION ZERO, early SOILWORK, EUCHARIST...
01. The Web of Lies
02. Sacred War
03. Winter Hell
04. Rejected by the Sun
05. The Day After
07. Wraith (Tied to Reality)
08. No One Cares
10. Guilty Conscience
THE DESCENT recorded an official video-clip with a song from the album entitled "Rejected by the Sun"which perfectly shows their ability to blend melody, catchy riffs and killer grooves with heavier and more aggressive passages combined a varied vocal department, which makes of this album a very dynamic and enjoyable work.
Pulverised Records announced the signing of Malaysian old-school Death Metallers LAVATORY!
With this Death Metall hellspawn in existence since 2010, LAVATORY recently released a five song EP entitled "Transgression" which firmly showcased the band's penchant for raw and disgusting Death Metal in the veins of Entombed, Carcass and Dismember, etc. Plans are already underway to work on the LAVATORY's debut full-length album, promising to be the band's most defining piece of retch-crushing Death Metal yet.
States LAVATORY throat-slasher Muntah Ke Darah on the signing: "Well it's a dream come true for LAVATORY to sign with Pulverised as we are the first Malaysian band offered with this opportunity. Our next step after releasing a full-length with Pulverised Record is to plant the Malaysia and the Asia map into Europe and America territories. We hope our debut will open up the worldwide Metalheads' eyes on Asia."
Pulverised Records label manager Roy Yeo further commented: "LAVATORY caught us by complete surprise when we first heard them, and truth be told that there really isn't much bands in the South East Asia region paying tribute to the elder statesmen of Swedish Death Metal such as Entombed and Dismember! This sinister alliance between LAVATORY and Pulverised Records will prove to be an interesting yet lethal one indeed. We cannot wait to hear how they will pick up from where they left off with the "Transgression" EP, but something tells me that the new full-length album is going to be a mixture of sick, crushing and rotten Death Metal coming our way!"
The Slovenian Bay area thrash metal maniacs Panikk just finished the recording of their upcoming album which is scheduled to be released in early 2013 on Metal Tank Records under the name of Unbearable Conditions.
The band comment: "we finally finished the recording of Unbearable Conditions. The overall recording went smoothly, in fast mood and with no dramatic issues. We already heard the very final result and the entire crew is both excited and thrilled about what months of recording gave birth to: a lethal dose of fast, old school and untamed thrash metal. We are pretty sure that all of you enjoying tunes from legendary acts such as VIO-LENCE, EVILDEAD, SEPULTURA, DEMOLITION HAMMER, FORCED ENTRY and ACID REIGN will dig our latest effort at 100%."
Below you can preview "Panic Attack", the first single taken from the album.
Yonkers, New York-based technical death/grind legends Malignancy are pleased to unleash their latest slab of sonic bestiality in the form of Eugenics. Set to be unearthed in Europe on October 8th, 2012 through Willowtip Records/Hammerheart Records, Eugenics was recorded throughout 2010 - 2011 by Eliot Gellar at the Gellar Cellar Studio in Mahopac, New York, mixed and mastered by Luca Minieri at Dissonant Studio in Aosta, Italy and features the cover art of Justin Osbourn of Slasher Designs. Loosely based around the concept of eugenics defined as the study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population, especially by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics) - the bands third full-length hurls forth 10 mercilessly brutal hymns of technically proficient audio carnage.
Elaborates the band in a collective statement: Eugenics is a culmination of Malignancy past and present with a hint of what's to come in the future. Recording the new tunes with a click track was a totally new experience.
In the near future humans will face the very real threat of extinction. Either natural or man-made, it will come to pass. Eugenics is an account of what may happen.
Forced to dwell hundreds of miles underground, in an abandoned U.S. archive, they fight to live. This installation still contains all the necessary previsions needed for survival. A self sufficient complex, far removed from the vigor of life topside. It is equipped with generators, a constant replenishing air supply, even waste management. A perfect habitat for the evolution of the last species on Earth, Man.
Anticipation for Honor Found In Decay, the tenth studio album by NEUROSIS, is starting to intensify, as we count down the days until its North American release date on October 30th. Like an eclipse, a brand new NEUROSIS album is not a frequent occurrence and when it comes around, every last moment must be savored. For this momentous event, all the forces are aligned.
NEUROSIS forged the songs on Honor Found In Decay with the revered Steve Albini, marking their fifth collaboration with the engineer in their longstanding relationship. Their monolithic sound captured at Electrical Audio studios, Chicago, the seven tracks were then mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering in Ventura, California.
01. We All Rage In Gold
02. At The Well
03. My Heart For Deliverance
04. Bleeding The Pigs
05. Casting Of The Ages
06. All Is Found... In Time
07. Raise The Dawn
Aesthetics have always been paramount for NEUROSIS and with Honor Found In Decay, Steve Von Till, Scott Kelly, Noah Landis, Jason Roeder and Dave Edwardson's musical vision is brilliantly evoked by NEUROSIS' visual guru Josh Graham. And with that, we proudly unveil the cover art and track listing for this prodigious album, which is shaping up to be one of the biggest releases in the band's extensive history.
Swedish Death Metal legends SORCERY have inked a deal with XTREEM MUSIC for the release of their second full length album. Formed back in 1985 and thus being one of the very first Swedish Death Metal bands, they released three demos in '87, '88 & '89, a 7"EP in '90 and an already classic album in 1991. The band split up in '97 and reformed in '09, recording two more demos before signing to XTREEM MUSIC.
SORCERY is currently working on their new album, over 20 years after their debut. Still untitled, it's being partly recorded with Tomas Skogsberg at Sunlight Studios, the same studio used in 1991 with "Bloodchilling Tales". Seven out of the nine songs on the album are brand new, written with the latest line-up consisting of original members Ola Malmström (vocals), Paul Johansson (guitar) and the two new members, John Falk (drums) and Mikael Carlsson (bass). The other two songs, "Master of the Chains" and "Maculated Life" were written during the bands earlier days and will perfectly link the old material with the new.
Cover artwork for the new album is actually being drawn by renowned artist Daniel Devilish while the recording will be finished around November for an expected release in January 2013 on CD with vinyl version later on. In the meantime you can actually listen two new songs featured on the band's "Warbringer" pre-production demo 2012 which are being re-recorded for the album with better sound, production and arrangements, will serve to hear what's coming!!
New York death metal legends, IMMOLATION, recently entered Sound Studios in Millbrook, NY with longtime producer Paul Orofino to record their ninth full-length album. The follow up to their 2010 release Majesty and Decay, will once again be mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION).
"Just got out of the studio a couple of days ago, here in Europe now getting ready to do some open air festivals, commented guitarist and dead ringer for Anton LaVey, Robert Vigna. The new album will have 10 tracks of some of the most intensely dark material we have ever written! Very powerful and very heavy. Steve (Shalaty drums) really pushed it all to the limits on this one too.
Once again we went up to Millbrook, NY to do the main tracking. Paul Orofino got us some of the best sounds we've had yet! We were there for two weeks laying down tracks, having amazing Belgian beers at Pauls in house bar 'BarFunGul', as well as plenty of BBQing! Throughout the time we were there we got through one blackout and dodged a very intense storm system that had the potential to cut our recording session real short. Luckily everything worked out. We still have to add some last touches on to the songs etc., as well as have Zack Ohren mix and master it all but so far everything is off to a great start.
Be certain that this new album will surely be one of our strongest yet. We look forward to getting it all finished up soon and getting it out there as soon as possible for the fans!"
Swedish death metallers EVOCATION have announced the addition of bassist Gustaf Jorde (RAUBTIER, DEFLESHED) to the group's ranks. EVOCATION will release its fourth studio album, "Illusions Of Grandeur", in Europe on September 24 via Century Media Records. The CD includes "ten tracks of supreme Swedish death metal, a perfect mélange of Stockholm rawness and Gothenburg epics," according to a press release.
GOD SEED, the Norwegian band featuring former GORGOROTH members King (bass; real name: Tom Cato Visnes) and Gaahl (vocals; real name: Kristian Espedal), will release its debut album, "I Begin", on October 30 in Europe and October 23 in North America via Indie Recordings. The CD was written, arranged and recorded between the fall of 2009 and May 2012. The group laid down ten new songs which "will show the band from a different side but well-rooted in what Gaahl and King are known for in the past," according to a press release.
GOD SEED earlier in the year announced its new lineup. It is as follows:
* Tom Cato Visnes (a.k.a. King) (TEMPLE OF THE BLACK MOON, OV HELL, GORGOROTH) - Bass
* Kristian Espedal (a.k.a. Gaahl) (GORGOROTH, TRELLDOM, WARDRUNA) - Vocals
* Stian "Sir" Kårstad (TRELLDOM, DJERV) - Guitar
* Kenneth Kapstad (MOTORPSYCHO) - Drums
* Geir Bratland (DIMMU BORGIR) Keyboards, Noise
* Lust Kilman (THE BATALLION, GRIMFIST) - Guitar
Commented King: "All members of GOD SEED have been carefully picked for their musical skills and devoted personalities. We aim to release an album which will sound different than what we have done in the past. The new members have been very important for creating a sound that hopefully will come across as unique and defining the new GOD SEED sound. From this moment, GOD SEED should not be viewed as a duo anymore, but as a band with six members."
GOD SEED's "Live At Wacken" DVD and CD was released on January 27 in Europe and January 31 in North America via Indie Recordings.
Chton announce a new vocalist Craig (also in Demontera) in their ranks. After their previous vocalist Terje (CHTON vocalist from 2002 to 2011) left the band just after recording CHTON's upcoming sophomore album "The Devil Builds", the band had a brief period as a 4-piece with bass-player Ola handling main vocals. Now the band has found a dedicated vocalist in Craig, and Ola is back to handling bass and backing-vocals.
Commented Torstein: "Now we have found a vocalist in Craig that has the guts and dedication to front CHTON, giving 666% as he shreds his throat and spits blasphemies from the stage!"
CHTON is set to host a releaseparty for the upcoming album "The Devil builds" on September 15. at Fru Lundgrens in their hometown Trondheim.
SF Bay Area Thrashers KILL RITUAL has signed a worldwide deal for the Oct. 30th release of their debut CD The Serpentine Ritual with Scarlet Records.
The CD was recorded and engineered by Kill Ritual Lead Guitarist Steve Rice at Fang Studios in San Mateo, CA and Fossil Sound in San Jose, CA. Mix and Mastering was done by Andy LaRocque of King Diamond fame at his Sonic Train Studios in Varberg Sweden. LaRocque also makes a guest appearance on the CD with the ending solo on the track Coat Of Blood.
The band has also shot a promo video for the first single Old School Thrasher that was directed and edited by Mike Sloat (Testament, Machine Head, Lynyrd Skynyrd ) to be released in conjunction with CD.
The cover art was designed by Jobert Mello for Sledgehammer Graffix (Sabaton, Primal Fear )
Lead Guitarist Steve Rice comments on the deal: Well the Kill Ritual debut will at last see the light of day and we are psyched to have Scarlet Records on board for the release of the CD. The label has a ton of great bands on their roster and excellent distribution worldwide so we can reach as many Metal Maniacs as possible. Get ready for some SF Bay Area Thrash and Roll!
Ottawa, ON death thrashers MORTOR whom are gearing up for the release of their new album 'Shoot 'Em Up' on Tuesday, September 18th are unleashing to fans a FREE DOWNLOAD of the first single 'Under The Flag' at the following location here.
Recorded at Garage Studios by Christian Donaldson (CRYPTOPSY, MYTHOSIS) and engineered by Mathieu Marcotte (AUGURY), Shoot 'Em Up includes 14 tracks of blistering speed, crushing riffs, and trademark catchy hooks and is the follow up to the band's 2010 gut wrenching annihilator 'Metal Ride'.