SikTh are among the new batch of bands confirmed for UK's Download Festival next year. While the fans would be hoping for a new album and full-on tour since the band disbanded in 2008, at least that's something. Volbeat, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicide Silence, Buckcherry, Memphis May Fire, Battlecross, Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel, Thy Art Is Murder, The Amity Affliction, Avatar, Lonely The Brave, Arcane Roots and Feed The Rhino are the other bands confirmed.
Brutal death metal force Dying Fetus have been confirmed for the 2014 UK Download Festival. After headliners were announced for next summer's Download Festival, the Internet spoke and made #WhyNotDyingFetus trend on Twitter. It started as a joke but the organizers of the festival were listening to the online buzz and now Dying Fetus will actually perform at Donington Park this upcoming June.
Anubis Gate have been working on their next effort called Horizons for the last two years. The plan was to release it this year, but the band will not meet that deadline. When Anubis Gate recorded Horizons, there were three songs that they didn't know what to do with. A different version of the song "Destined To Remember", a cover of the Pink Floyd track "Sheep" and a cover of "Broken Wings", originally by Mr. Mister. So, while you are waiting patiently until early 2014 for the new album to be released, you can now download this 22-minute EP called Sheepover here.
Death metal force Lay Down Rotten has announced the first details about their new album. After releasing albums like Breeding Insanity, Gospel Of The Wretched and 2012's Mask Of Malice, now it is time for the first sign of life from the band via their new label-home Apostasy Records. Deathspell Catharsis is the name of their new output which was once again produced by the band's confidant Thilo Krieger in his Desert Inn Studio. The artwork is by Toshihiro Egewa (Cryptopsy, Defeated Sanity, Krisiun and many more) and you can check it out here.
Hate Eternal have some good and bad news to share. The bad news is that drummer Jade Simonetto has left the band to further his education and post-music career. The good news is that the brutal death metallers are currently writing material for the follow-up to Phoenix Amongst The Ashes and are seven songs deep into the process. Hate Eternal is tentatively scheduled to begin recording in the Spring of 2014.
The Swedes Amaranthe are going through a line-up change. The band just announced that Andreas Solveström has chosen to step down as the growl vocalist in Amaranthe. His reasons are personal and the split is amicable and friendly, and not the result of any hard feelings. And since the band is not planning to slow down, they have welcomed a new member: Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson (Scarpoint), who filled in for Andy on their latest European and American tour.
This one is a two-in-one. A lot has been happening on the New Orleans sludge metal veterans Crowbar camp lately. The band has announced the addition of bassist Jeff Golden to the group's ranks. Jeff is from Bolton, Connecticut, but currently resides in Estero, Florida. Bassist Patrick Bruders quit the band two months ago. Furthermore, Crowbar's mastermind Kirk Windstein, who was also in Down, is focusing solely on Crowbar now and will be replaced by stage manager/Honky guitarist Bobby Landgraf in the band.
Czech doom/death metallers Somnus Aeternus have made their debut album On The Shores Of Oblivion available for free download. According to the band, the future of music distribution lies in the "name your price" model, which is becoming popular especially among independent artists. The album can be downloaded now via Bandcamp, where you can also buy physical copies and merchandise.
Megadeth have unveiled the trailer of their new DVD Countdown To Extinction: Live to be released worldwide on September 24th (September 23rd outside of North America) via Tradecraft/UMe. It will be available in several video and audio configurations, including deluxe Blu-ray/CD, DVD, CD, digital album, and more. The band performed their fifth studio album Countdown To Extinction in its entirety. The album was recorded in Los Angeles in 1992 and released that same year. It became a classic album.
According to a recent post on the band's official Facebook, Down are back in writing mode at Phil Anselmo's New Orleans studio, Nodferatu's Lair. The band is currently in the writing process for a new release. When the stoner group released their The Purple EP, they said that three more EPs would follow. Stay tuned for more details in the future.
It is quite a busy year for Downfall Of Gaia. These German sludge/post metallers, who are currently touring across the States, have now confirmed another set of European tour dates. This will be also their third and final part. Check out the complete list of tour dates below.
Trivium feel like sharing today and the first song from their upcoming sixth studio album is currently available for streaming and free download. You can now listen to the new tune "Brave This Storm" on the Soundcloud player below and download the track at this location. This is your first chance to listen to something from the new album Vengeance Falls. Enjoy it!
Susperia has announced the first single which is called "Standalone" from their upcoming album. This is the first song the melodic death metal band has recorded completely by themselves in their own studio. The mixing and mastering has been done by the drummer Tjodalv, also in their own studio. The first single "Standalone" off the new opus will be available as a free download for a limited period of time. You can download it at the band's Facebook page (you need to like it before you can download).