Italy’s STIGMA has set Concerto for the Undead as the title for its follow up to 2008’s When Midnight Strikes! The sophomore effort is due out April 30th in Europe, May 3rd in the UK and May 4th in North America via Pivotal Rockordings. Concerto for the Undead features lyrics centered on the cult-classic comic book series Tales From the Crypt and includes guest vocal appearances by Jamie Hope (ex-THE RED SHORE) and Jon Hunt (ex-DEAD TO FALL). The tracklist is as follows:
01.Chop His Head Off!
02.Prove You Are a Man!
03.…And They Died Happily Ever After!
04.A Monstrous Feeling
06.What About a Terror Ride
07.3000 Years and Still Keeping it Real
08.A Grave Situation
09.Beat Me Maestro, Eight to the Dead!
Concerto for the Undead was produced at Fear Studio by BRING ME THE HORIZON guitarist Jona Weinhofen and was mixed & mastered by Scott Atkins (BEHEMOTH, CRADLE OF FILTH, SYLOSIS). Artwork for the album features stunning comic illustrations of the band’s now patent horror themed lyrics and was created by Andrea Berton of Corefolio Design (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WINDS OF PLAGUE). Parts 1 and 2 of the band’s studio diaries can be viewed below: Part 1:
Long-running Italian extreme metallers NECRODEATH will celebrate their 25th anniversary by releasing a covers album, entitled "Old Skull". The CD, which is due on February 5, features guest appearances by members of influential Italian thrashers BULLDOZER and former members of SCHIZO.
"Old Skull" was recorded at Quake Sound Studios in Rapallo (Ge) and was produced by the bandmembers themselves. It was mixed by Giuseppe Orlando at Outer Sound Studios in Rome and was mastered by Simone Mularoni at Fear Studios in Ravenna. The cover artwork was created by Davide Nadalin and Nerve Design.
01. Mater Tenebrarum (NECRODEATH 2010)
02. Black Magic (SLAYER)
03. Raise the Dead (BATHORY)
04. Pleasure to Kill (KREATOR)
05. Paranoid (BLACK SABBATH)
06. Sodomy and Lust (SODOM)
07. Bloodlust (VENOM)
08. Ace of Spades (MOTORHEAD)
09. Am I Evil? (DIAMOND HEAD)
10. Mater Tenebrarum (NECRODEATH 1985)
London, U.K.-based progressive extreme metal band DE PROFUNDIS will release its second album, "A Bleak Reflection", on February 1, 2010 via
Kolony Records. The CD was recorded in June/July 2009 with producer Fernando Pereira Lopes (MISANTHROPE, ORAKLE) and was mastered by Tim Turan (EMPEROR, OPETH, MOTÖRHEAD). Tracklist:
01. The Ephemeral Burden
02. Ablaze In Autumn's Fire
03. Nocturnal Splendour
04. Cease To Be
05. Crimson Black Bleeding
06. Cold Is The Grave
08. The Mourner
A 10-minute video clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions for "A Bleak Reflection" can be viewed below.
Season of Mist is proud to announce the label just inked a deal with Dutch death metal brutes SEVERE TORTURE. Welkomst!
Bassist Patrick comments: "We are very excited about signing to Season of Mist! They have an amazing bandroster and we can't wait to release our new album on the same label as Dillinger Escape Plan, Cynic, Morbid Angel, Watain and many others. We already had our share of label experience in the past, some good, some bad, and we have the feeling that working with Season of Mist is going to be a big step up for us! Merci beaucoup, motherfuckers!!!"
SEVERE TORTURE is currently in Split Second Sound Studios in Amsterdam with producer Jochem Jacobs, hard at work on their upcoming fifth album. You can find some videos of the recording sessions on the band's YouTube channel.
French death-tech metallers GOROD have entered the studio to begin recording material for a new EP, to be released before the summer. The disc will include a 14-minute-long new song, one acoustic track, one cover and two re-recorded old songs from the band's first two albums. The EP will also contain a video portion consisting of an entire live performance recorded on October 31, 2009 at the Halloween Invasion at RockSchool Barbey in Bordeaux, France.
Israeli Extreme Metallers SALEM, back with a stunning seventh full-length album entitled Playing God And Other Short Stories, has issued a new album trailer, which includes a few audio excerpts from the upcoming album.
View the Playing God And Other Short Stories video trailer below.
SHINING has completed work on its seventh album, "Shining VII - Född Förlorare" (English translation: "Born Loser"), for a March/April release via Indie Recordings. Tracklist:
01. Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel
02. Tiden Läker Inga Sår
03. Människa O'Avskyvärda Människa
04. Tillsammans Är Vi Allt
05. I Nattens Timma
Legendary death metallers MASTER recently completed recording their tenth full-length album, entitled "The Human Machine", for an early 2010 release via Pulverised Records. Tracklist:
01. The Human Machine
02. It's What Your Country Can Do For You
03. Twisted Truth
04. True Color
05. Suppress Free Thinking
06. A Replica Of Invention
07. Faceless Victims Expelled
08. Worship The Sun
09. The Lack Of Space
10. Impale To Kill
A 50-second video trailer for "The Human Machine", which includes audio snippets from the new album, is available below.
Swedish death metallers SYN:DROM (formerly BLACKBREATH) recently entered Nevo studios in Sundsvall, Sweden to begin recording their debut album, "With Flesh Unbound". The CD, which is being engineered and mixed by the bandmembers themselves, is tentatively due this spring via ViciSolum Productions.
Video footage from the vocal-recording sessions can be viewed below.
The band describes its musical direction as "high-quality death metal in the vein of HATE ETERNAL, AEON and DECAPITATED."
Swedish old-school death metallers SINNERS BURN have inked a deal with Khaosmaster Productions. The band's third album, entitled "Insanity Warmachine", is scheduled for a late spring/early summer release. The CD was recorded at The Undead Studios and was mixed and mastered by Patrick Bruss (CRYPTICUS).
aGerman thrashers DEW-SCENTED have inked a European deal with Metal Blade Records. The band will enter Soundlodge Studios in Northern Germany in February with producer Jörg Uken (GOD DETHRONED, SINISTER) to begin recording its new album for a May release.
DEW-SCENTED's video for the song "That's Why I Despise You" can be viewed below. The clip was shot in Gothenburg, Sweden with acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus from the Revolver Film Company AB (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL).
"That's Why I Despise You" comes off DEW-SCENTED's latest album, "Incinerate", which was released in North America in April 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records.
EYES OF NOCTUM, the California-based black metal band fronted by Weston "Arcane" Coppola Cage (19-year-old son of actor Nicolas Cage), has parted ways with bassist Shawn (a.k.a. Moloch). The group is currently seeking a replacement.
San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS will release their ninth studio album, "Exhibit B: The Human Condition", on April 23 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was helmed by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ARCH ENEMY, KREATOR).
Thrash/Death/Progressive band Killems second album, Reflections of Decline, will be available on April 30th in stores across Europe and USA, and also through NoiseHeads mailorder. Reflections of Decline includes 9 tracks, 6 of which have been advanced at the bands official Myspace. The album track-listing is as it follows:
05. The Abyss
09. The Cage