Swedish Viking metallers KING OF ASGARD have finished recording their second album, " To North", at Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden with engineer Andy La Rocque (KING DIAMOND guitarist) at the helm. A July release is expected.
Comments bassist Jonas Albrektsson: "The ' To North' master just arrived and it sounds astonishing! Andy La Rocque made a great job on the production and the mastering along with Olof Berggren. It's upright and powerful. We feel very proud of what we achieved on this recording and merely the sound of it makes it a worthy follow-up to the firstborn 'Fi'mbulvintr'. Songs and sounds came out much as of what we planned, with power and a great variety. ' To North' takes off pretty much where 'Fi'mbulvintr' left off, so to say, with a natural development, more varied songs and structures. It's a development of our sound which will be recognized by old fans as well as bring some new ones to the horde. This time around I've been more involved in the writing process along with Karl, which kind of shines through, giving the songs a wider perspective. Expect some very strong songs on ' To North', where epic meets with brutality! The lyrical theme this time is basically in the same vein but has different twists. Not as obvious as before. ' To North' will make The Nine Worlds Burn and Varberg was just left behind."
Songtitles set to appear on " To North" include "Gap Of Ginnungs", "Plague-Ridden Rebirth", "Nordvegr", "Upon The Mountain" and "The Nine Worlds Burn".
A teaser for "White Skies", the new video from Portuguese gothic metallers MOONSPELL, can be seen below. The full clip will make its online debut on May 11."White Skies" comes off MOONSPELL's new album, "Alpha Noir", which was released on April 27 via the band's new label home, Napalm Records. The cover artwork for the CD an intricate, marvellous and symbolic creation by Seth Siro Anton, the Greek artist who collaborated with the band on "Night Eternal" can be seen below. Also available is a preview image of the strictly limited edition "Alpha Noir" deluxe box set containing the limited-edition double album mediabook, including two album covers, and "Alpha Noir"'s counterpart "Omega White" and an exclusive MOONSPELL logo pendant.
"C.ult O.f M.y A.shes", a brand new song from Portuguese death prog masters DISAFFECTED, can be streamed by clicking here. The track comes off the band's second full-length album, "Rebirth", which will be released on May 25 via the German label Massacre Records. The CD was recorded between August and December 2010 at The Pentagon in Lisbon, Portugal and was produced by Fernando Matias (MOONSPELL, GWYDION) and DISAFFECTED.
"Rebirth" features guest appearances by Miguel "Mike" Gaspar (MOONSPELL) on percussion, Joaquim Aires (BEFORE THE RAIN) on percussion and Célia Ramos (MONS LVNAE) on female vocals. The album cover art was created by the German graphic artist Marc Niederhagemann (ArtWars Mediadesign).
01. Mankwala (intro)
02. C.ult O.f M.y A.shes
03. Getting Into The Labyrinth
04. Dreaming III (A Nightmare)
05. Evilution Within
06. Miracle Dance
07. Our Will
08. Hypnotic Prophecy
09. The Rebirth Of...
10. 1460 Steps To Divine
11. Arrival (outro)
DISAFFECTED filmed a video for "The Rebirth Of..." on February 26 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Dutch death/thrash metallers DEVIOUS will release their new EP, "Wolfhagen", on May 11 as a limited edition, hand numbered metal case. On that very night, the band will present the new effort live on stage at Metropool in Hengelo, The Netherlands. Also set to appear are DEATH SQUAD and DECEIVING FAITH. "Wolfhagen" was mixed and mastered last month by Jörg Uken at Soundlodge Studios in Rhauderfehn, Germany.
The bass tracks on the new EP were laid down by Alwin Zuur (ASPHYX) following the departure of Daniël Centiago. A session touring bass player has since been recruited in the shape of Niels Achtereekte (VITAMIN 14, ex-NEXT WASTE DIMENSION).
"Wolfhagen" marks the recording debut of DEVIOUS' new singer, Dennis Lusseveld, who joined the band in November.
The opening track from the new EP, "One Man Horde", can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
DEVIOUS' third full-length album, "Vision", was released in December 2009 via Deity Down Records.
After a demo, seven split 7"s and numerous tours, old school grindcore trio SAKATAT finally release their debut full-lenght, entitles "Bir Devrin Sonu"! CD version is coming out on Everydayhate in May 2012 and the single-sided LP version on Bringer Of Gore in July 2012, to be available first time on the 1-month European tour!
SAKATAT European Tour in July 2012
SAKATAT will be touring Europe during the entire month of July! Check out the dates below and please feel free to get in touch if you can help out with the missing dates !
July04NLHengeloTBAw/ MATKA TERESA
July08DELeipzig/Dresden areaNEED HELP! GET IN TOUCH!
July09PLWroclaw areaNEED HELP! GET IN TOUCH!
July11CZPrahaModra Vopicew/ FUBAR, PLAGUE RAGES, TOOLS OF THE TRADE, WEEKEND NACHOS, WOJCZECH
July13CZTrutnovObscene Extreme Festw/ tons of bands
July15SKTrencinBoogie Barw/ TBA
July16HUSzekesfehervarPucok Barw/ DO YOU THINK I CARE, GARGA PITIL, HUMAN ERROR, KRAMPUS
July17HUBudapestRoham Barw/ ANOTHER WAY, DO YOU THINK I CARE?, HUMAN ERROR
In anticipation of the upcoming release of their forthcoming new studio offering Monolith Of Inhumanity, today CATTLE DECAPITATION unveils a new in-studio video clip. Check out the guitar tracking process and other CATTLE-related commentary below, where youll also get to hear A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat.Monolith Of Inhumanity is set for a North American release on May 8, 2012. Commended by Stereokiller in an early review for being their most focused and intelligent album yet another solid CATTLE DECAP release that proves again that they are not to be fucked with, and noted for being arguably the quartets strongest effort to date, by Blistering, the record was produced by Dave Otero of Denver's Flatline Audio and finds the progressive grind conjurers exploring innovative new techniques in song writing without abandoning their signature formula of confrontational audio wreckage.
In related news, CATTLE DECAPITATION is currently bringing their audio pummel to the stage on the Occupation Domination 2012 tour. The band is joined by Origin, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings Of Saturn, Battlecross and more! Check out remaining dates below.
Finally, MetalSucks will be streaming Monolith Of Inhumanity in its entirety this coming Friday!
Jordanian dark oriental metallers BILOCATE have revealed the cover artwork for Summoning the Bygones, their long awaited forthcoming album.
The artwork was designed by by Matthew Vickerstaff of Darkwave Art in the United Kingdom, who is working with Listenable Records and Peaceville Records and worked with bands such as MY DYING BRIDE, DEICIDE, MORBID ANGEL, CRADLE OF FILTH, DECAPITATED, HATE ETERNAL and many more.
Summoning the Bygones official release date worldwide is on the 11th of June 2012 via Code666 records (Aural Music).
Video footage from the studio diary can be seen below.
The album includes a fully modified version of "Days Of Joy" under a new name "Hypia" (which is actually the very first name this song had originally when it was composed in 2003), in addition to a brand new song and a cover of "Dead Emotion" from one of the legends in Doom/Gothic Metal PARADISE LOST taken from their legendary album Gothic rearranged totally in BILOCATE style, its a way of celebrating 20 years from the release of this amazing record that created a whole new Metal genre.
The tracks Hypia and the legendary 20-minute track A Desire To Leave features the Metal icon Dan Swano as a guest vocalist.
Check Out The Six Feet Under 18 Days Lyric Video Premiere!
Bloody-Disgusting is excited to exclusively bring you 18 Days, the latest lyric video from Metal Blade Records artist Six Feet Under (which features ex-Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes)! The song comes from Undead, which hits stores May 22nd via Metal Blade Records and was produced by Mark Lewis (Whitechapel, Trivium, Deicide) You can preorder the album here. Enjoy the video below!Six Feet Under is the fourth best selling death metal act in the United States. Undead will be their ninth studio album.
THE ASCENDANT's debut EP was finally unleashed in April 2012 through Daemon Worship Prod, after countless delays. "The Spiritual Death EP" gathers 13 minutes of Transcendental Black Metal composed and performed by Daniel (EXCESSUM) and Lars (MARDUK) with the aid of K.W. (AD HOMINEM) on vocals. Conceptually dealing with Transmutation and Spiritual Death, it is somewhat ironic that this EP was recorded already back in 2007 and only now, half a decade of semi-constant movement and transformation later, it is ready to manifest. Beware! Black Metal shall not be reborn this time either. Released first as a 7'', to be followed by an MCD version at a later date.
Portuguese extreme progressive metallers MALEVOLENCE have set ANTITHETICAL as the title of their forthcoming third album.
The main theme of the album illustrates a razor-sharp concept inspired from Ancient Greek Etymology (1580s, from Gk. ANTITHETIKOS) that reflects the diametrical opposition to a number of propositions consisting in the revelation of a divergent thought. Pertaining to ANTITHETICAL, the Anti (against) + Thesis (position), as a figure of speech (mainly used by the authors of the Baroque period; style of the epoch known as the art of conflict) acknowledge opposition towards the relative thesis expressed.
MALEVOLENCE singer/guitarist/songwriter Carlos Cariano detaching a slight sparkle on the title and its significance, said:
ANTITHETICAL is loaded with intoxicatingly corrosive contrasts whilst the album represents pure rebellion, a pure nonconformist extension towards the current situation of the globe,
an upheaval towards the current language that has no force of expression and no meaning, due to the predictability of words and counterfeit actions that have become commonplace worldwide.
Inner strength and living values nowadays are negatively base underneath relative truths and we are expressing ourselves precisely antithetically whilst insisting on critical thinking.
Music and lyrics are far beyond the average practice and ANTITHETICAL is a very unnatural progressive slab of extreme sonic amalgamation creating parallelisms to simplify extremes whilst apprehending both the positive and the negative perspectives of existence, in order to erect with the synthesis that transcends both.
As Hope is ANTITHETICAL to Despair, the contrasts established within the album serve in effect to give tension to the broad-spectrum body of work consisting of 7 songs.
ANTITHETICAL includes the most epic material (longest song clocking at 9:27m), plus the heaviest proportional songwriting ever accomplished on the eighteenth year of existence of the collective.
Exploring experimental yet instrumental mind bending extreme metal structures, the album is a pure heavy mammoth demonstration on extreme progressive metal territory.
The final track listing and further details shall be revealed soon.
The Italian/Brazilian AMASSADO announce the deal with TO REACT RECORDS for the release of their new job.
The successor of Coracao Enterrado entitled "ESCRAVIDAO SUBLIMINAL" is a six-track EP of aggressive grind/hardcore contaminated by industrial/noise parts.Coming soon will be announced the release date.
Click here to listen a Sepultura's cover for the song "Biotech is Godzilla".
The ten years of Brazilian death/black metal band GRAVE DESECRATOR are being celebrated with the release of Deathspells Rising via Depise the Sun Records in Italy. This CD contains the debut and unique demo tape from 2001, tracks from the first EP, rehearsals, cover version and one live track. The album features artwork by Chris Moyen (BEHERIT, INCANTATION, ARCHGOAT).
The French Ambient / Post Black Metal band THE GREAT OLD ONES will release his incredible debut album Al Azif on 27th April 2012 on Les Acteurs De LOmbre productions. Expect a ritualistic, slow-paced black metal in the vein of ALTAR OF PLAGUES, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, FEN. Recorded and mixed by Cyrille Gachet from France (Year of No Light, ...) and mastered by Alan Douches from New York (Tombs, Dillinger Escape Plan, ...).