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'.
Vancouver BC's Lovecraftian death metal trio Auroch are proud to announce their signing to metal label Hellthrasher Productions for the release of their first full-length album 'From Forgotten Worlds' set to be released later this October.
"This is merely the beginning. We look forward to this pact with such a dedicated label known for their great releases and support of metal." comments vocalist / guitarist Seb Montessi.
Showcasing the bands metamorphoses from thrash metal band into a full-fledged death metal assault, the debut full-length album is raw, relentless and tapping into a musical current of the wrath of Lovecrafts Ancient Ones. Any and all who question or condemn modern conventions should sympathize with the ideologies and mythos provided. Fans of barbaric blasting and technical shredding should associate with the musicality.
Major member changes has been made in Polish melodic death metal band Empatic. The guitarist Jakub Bednarski is replaced by Piotr Kain Kołakowski (Neyra, Violent Creed), and instead of Jarosław Sliwka (the drummer) Krzysztof Bednarowicz (Manipulation, Deathbringer) came back to the band.
The authors of the very well received album Gods of Thousand Souls (Terrasound Records/Psycho Records) are currently working on their next studio album which will be recorded in the second half of 2013 in SB Studio in Ostroleka.
Empatic (with its new members) is planning to give a few concerts in autumn. The information about the dates of concerts will be given soon!!!
After a warmly approved debut release ("Nihilistic Vision" from 2009) and a major European tour with SODOM, DIE HARD returns with nine new compositions of old-school thrash metal. The Swedes' new album, "Conjure The Legions", will be released in Europe on September 25 and in North America on November 6 via Agonia Records.
A promotional video teaser featuring song samples from "Conjure The Legions" can be viewed below.
01. Conjure The Legions
02. Masters Of Deceit
03. Satanic Uprise
04. Thrash Them All
05. Cold Scythe
06. Sanctify The Morbid
08. Stand Up
09. Robe And Crown
"Conjure The Legions" will be made available as a digital download, jewel-case CD and on black vinyl and limited to 66 copies yellow vinyl. Prior to the album's arrival, Agonia Records will also release a special EP from DIE HARD entitled "Antichrist". The EP includes two exclusive tracks: an alternate version of song "Antichrist" and a VENOM cover.
Swedish extreme metallers SHINING have set "Redefining Darkness" as the title of their eighth full-length album, due later this year via Spinefarm Records.
Unlike all previous SHINING efforts, "Redefining Darkness"'s title will not be prefaced with a number.
Commented SHINING founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth: "The use of numbers to describe our albums is no longer something that SHINING is interested in doing.
"The new album is without a doubt the darkest thing I have ever done or heard. People will be upset, for sure and hopefully its divine genius will destroy the lives of thousands."
SHINING recently announced the addition of two new touring members Euge Valovirta on guitar and Rainer Tuomikanto on drums.
Some of you might have already spotted Euge on SHINING's previous gigs in Germany and Finland. Not only is he known to be one of the greatest guitarists in Finland, but, along with Peter Huss, he is also one of the most versatile players SHINING's live touring has ever witnessed.
Rainer is mostly known of his innovative approach to drumming; combining elements of bombastic groove, hard-hitting solid beats and lightning-fast execution to unbelievably energetic live performances.
Rainer made his live debut with SHINING on June 15 at the Metaltown festival in Gothenburg, Sweden.
SHINING in May released an EP of cover songs with a choice of material that came as a surprise to many of the band's fans. The four-track EP, titled "Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt", includes tracks from KATATONIA, KENT, IMPERIET and POETS OF THE FALL.
French heavy/death metallers UNCHAINED will release their debut album Oncoming Chaos, worldwide on September 10, 2012 via M & O MUSIC.
Oncoming Chaos is mixed by Damien Rainaud and mastered by Logan Mader (Gojira, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, W.A.S.P., Devil Driver ) at The Omen Room Studios in Los Angeles. The song No Scapegoat to Blame can be streamed below.
Now the alliance between violent death metal and catchy melodic heavy metal has a name UNCHAINED.
French death/thrash metallers DEAD COWBOYS SLUTS will release their debut album The Hand of Death, worldwide on September 19, 2012 via M & O MUSIC.
According the press release : DEAD COWBOYS SLUTS is a metal band that contrasts clearly with the current scene with their simple and effective music directly issued from the great period of the 90′s. They prove it with their first album, in which their heavy riffs have not finished to make us headbang.
The New album trailer can streamed below.
02. Asylum Breakout
03. I Will Hunt You Down
05. Must Be Broken
07. Purify By Fire
08. This Hate
09. Gates Of Perdition
10. Skull Crusher
11. Life, Death, And Its Painful Intervening Period
A new Turkish Black/Thrash Metal band 'The Upheaval' released their first demo in free download (Click here to download).
Now they are starting promotion for their first ever demo on internet. Also the band finished their first debut album is called 'Failure of Humanity' which is including 8 tracks of thrashing black metal with influences of extreme metal touches.
They are looking for a extreme metal label for releasing their debut album.
A tribute album to David Gold a founding member of the Ontario, Canada-based black and doom metal band WOODS OF YPRES, who was killed in December in a car accident near Barrie, Ontario will tentatively be released in late August or early September. The CD's cover artwork was created by Jason Hicks.
The project's mastermind, Steph LeDrew, previously stated about the collection: "On December 21, the world lost WOODS OF YPRES founder/frontman David Gold. Not only was the entire local metal community but the international metal family mourned the loss of such a brilliant soul. As a thank you and farewell to WOODS OF YPRES, I reached out to those who were influenced by WOODS and David, so join me in creating a musical salute to one of the greatest doom metal bands to unleash onto the underground metal scene."
Arists and songs featured on the album are as follows:
* NOVEMBERS DOOM - "Wet Leather"
* GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH - "Suicide Cargoload"
* ECLIPSE ETERNAL - "Crossing The 45th Parallel"
* EMPYREAN PLAGUE - "Shedding The Deadwood"
* PANZERFAUST - "A Meeting Place And Time"
* PAGAN RITUAL - "The Shams Of Optimism"
* AMARANTH - "Allure Of The Earth"
* ALBIREON - "Retrosleep In The Morning Calm"
* ANEMIC - "The Sun Was In My Eyes: Part Doom"
* BEGOTTEN - "The Sea Of Immeasureable Loss"
* RELIQUIS - "Career Suicide"
* JOEL VIOLETTE and RAE AMITAY - "Silver"
* CANOPY - "Falling Apart"
* UNBOWED - "Your Ontario Town Is A Burial Ground"
* DEATHMARCH - "Northern Cold"
* KUHRZARTH - "Finality"
* THE GOV' AND FRIENDS - "Intro: The Looming Of Dust In The Dark"
* THE BEAR HUNTERS - "Thrill Of The Struggle"
* SVARTE KRAKE - "You Were The Light"
* JUSTIN BENDER (INTO ETERNITY) - "Trillium: The 3rd Of Three Winters"