Bassist Andreas Larsen has left Swedish extreme metallers SHINING so that he can concentrate on his studies. The band states, "He has been a great asset to the band during his time with us, and a good companion, and we wish him well for the future. A new bass player has already been chosen, and we will be announcing more about this shortly."
Norwegian black metallers DARKTHRONE will release their new album, "Circle The Wagons", on April 5 via Peaceville Records. Tracklist:
01. Those Treasures Will Never Befall You
02. Running For Borders
03. I Am The Graves Of The 80s
04. Stylized Corpse
05. Circle The Wagons
06. Black Mountain Totem
07. I Am The Working Class
08. Eyes Burst At Dawn
09. Bränn Inte Slottet
HOUR OF PENANCE are poised to strike & devastate the ears of the loyal disciples of death metal once more with a merciless master class in brutality entitled 'Paradogma' brought into inception at the legendary 16th Cellar Studios and mastered at the Hertz Studios in Poland. Unleashing a likely tour de force in maniacal death metal brutality, a
celebration of music in it's darkest and most inhuman form, HOUR OF PENACE have ascended to an even greater height of precision savagery. Paradogma will be out worldwide March 30th on Unique Leader Records and in Australia via Stomp.
Artwork by Gyula Havancsak . Tracklist:
02.Thousands of Christs
03. The Woeful Eucharesty
04.Malevolence of the righteous
05.Caged into Falsehood
06.Incestuous dynasty of Worms
07.Adversary of Bigotry
For 7 years nearly 200 bands which had performed on stage representing 18 countries, giving power to the Maryland Deathfest so one more is on it’s way. Taking place in 28-30th May on Sonar, Baltimore; the festival combining death metal, grindcore, thrash, hardcore, black metal in one stage announced the line up list:
Watain, Possessed, Gorguts, D.R.I., Nazxul, Coffins, Stormcrow, Malignancy, Putrescence, Defeatist, Trap Them, Gride, Birds Of Prey, Jesus Crost, Sodom, Melechesh, Autopsy, Incantation, Impaled, Asphyx, The Chasm, Haemorrhage, Deceased, Fuck The Facts, Total Fucking Destruction, Sulaco, Jucifer, The Communion, Howl, Ingrowing, Obliteration, Wolfbrigade, Sadistic Intent, Blood Duster, Verbal Abuse, Fang, Portal, Obituary, Entombed, Naglfar, Pestilence, Malevolent Creation, Converge, Pentagram, Gorod, Eyehategod, Sinister, Necrophobic, Circle Of Dead Children, Tombs, Rottenness, Surroundings, Honkey Kong, 16, Capitalist Casualties, Captain Cleanoff, Rompeprop, Gridlink, Magrudergrind.
The Canadian band Kataklysm’s new album title is determined. ’’ Heaven’s Venom’’ will be released in October 2010 from Nuclear Blast. The guitarist of the band Jean Francois Dagenais commented on the new album, ‘ This album is different from Prevail but there will be classic Kataklysm effects. There are some fast and dinamic parts but we also consider to make a melodic record. For band’s vocal Maurizio this album is very personal. Because of the hard times he had in his private life, his lyrics become more tough. So here comes a highly aggressive and tenacious album! Every time we push our selves to create harder songs but I’m sure that this one will be a good one. I’m going to handle the recordings as usual but for mixing, Tue Madsen from Denmark who has completed the bands line best with the ‘In The Arms Of Devastation’, will be helping us. So in the end it’s a ’winning’ team and Heaven’s Venom will be a strong album…’ By The way Canadian extreme metallers Kataklysm were honored recently at a performance in Stuttgart Germany, with a plaque commemorating their 15 year relationship with Nuclear Blast Records.
Oakland, California’s death masters Decrepit Birth, entered Sharkbite Studios with producer Zack Ohren and has started recording drums for their upcoming album ‘Polarity’ labeled Nuclear Blast. Guitarist Matt Sotelo commented on the new album, ‘We are happy to say that everything is going very smoothly! This studio is the best studio that we ever find the opportunity to work. With the help of the engineer Zack Ohren we start to work with setting up the KC’s drums and we are pretty sure that this will be our best album ever! The album’s concept is very special for us. The lyrics reflect on the world around us, visions of the future, the coming together of energy, and the balance of life both positive and negative side. We also believe that music and concepts are very tied together, so that the music embodies lyrical concept. It’s something we’ve always tried to do but this time it really feels right. We describe it as ‘death metal from the soul! ‘
Dying Fetus, who is going to return early in the April from Planetary Depravity US tour, is getting ready for the Thrashing And Burning Tour with their new album Descend Into Depravity. The bands such as Origin, Beneath The Massacre, Man Must Die and Revocation also going to take the tour with Dying Fetus. Band member Sean Beasley told that they are very excited to be a part of Thrash And Burn this year and can't wait to witness the carnage every night of this tour. Band also completed their second video Your Treachery Will Die With You from the new album, with the help of the director Kevin Custer (Hatebreed, Testament, Soulja Boy, Kingdom Of Sorrow).
Düsseldorf, Germany based Death Metal band DEBT OF NATURE have signed an agreement for the release of their forthcoming full-length ‘CRUSH, KILL AND BURN’ through DEITY DOWN RECORDS (Netherlands).
Recordings, engineered by CARSTEN REHMANN (JAPANISCHE KAMPFHÖRSPIELE, UNCHALLENGED HATE) are scheduled to take place at CKB Studios (Essen, Germany) during February, the result of which will be mixed and mastered at ANDY CLASSEN’s Stage One Studio (KRISIUN, ASPHYX, BELPHEGOR, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, HOLY MOSES) in March. ‘CRUSH, KILL AND BURN’ should be ready for release around May of 2010.
Along with a brand new logo, DEBT OF NATURE introduces new drummer KEVIN ‘Kev’ SIEPMANN and female lead vocalist MASAE DAUSEND.
The band comments: ‘It's kinda cool to sign with a company that is really into music. Gerard of Deity Down records is not only a cool guy with a good taste, but even came down all the way from Breda to Düsseldorf, just to see us play live. That's pretty astonishing in a time where other labels just check the total hits on a band's myspace- or facebook-site to sign them. But that's definitely the same approach to music that we have and therefore we have the greatest respect for the label.’ (Marc)
’It's an amazing thing to be on a roster with great bands like Thanatos, Murder Therapy, Devious or Persistense. This is just the beginning - be prepared!’ (Marcus)
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