Having recently released Colored Sands, Gorguts have announced a new headlining North American tour for December. The trek, which begins on December 11th in Burlington, Vermont, will travel through the United States and Canada before ending on December 21st in Brooklyn, New York. The tour sees tech death metallers Gorguts with special guests Origin and Nero Di Marte. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
Canadian death metallers Augury have issued the following statement: "It is with great pleasure that we announce the return of bassist Dominic "Forest" Lapointe and drummer Étienne Gallo to Augury. The writing process has begun with all the original members, and the band is focused 100% on the new album."
US brutal/technical death metallers Suffocation have announced a fully fledged European tour for July dubbed The End Of Humanity European Tour 2012, which will feature special guests Origin. They will also be joined by Re-Armed and Unbreakable Hatred.
Through-out February and into early March, US technical death metallers Origin, together with Australian technical death metallers Psycroptic and Belgian razorgrinders Leng Tch'e, will embark on a European tour, taking off in Switzerland.
Twilight Of The Gods - the band that formed as a Bathory tribute have signed a deal with Season Of Mist. The band have been writing their own original material together and should have a full-length album ready at some point next year.
Finland's hard-rocking power metallers Amoral will embark on a handful of concert shows, through October to December, in their home country, with a special guest on November 11th: Original Amoral vocalist Niko Kalliojärvi.
Darkane vocalist Jens Broman has decided to leave the band.
He is replaced by Lawrence Mackrory who sang on Darkane's 1999 debut album Rusted Angel and also did a guest appearance on "Chaos vs. Order" from Expanding Senses. Darkane would like to wish Jens the best of luck in the future.
Lawrence will make his new debut with Darkane in Strasbourg, France on September 20th when the European headlining tour will start, together with Destinity and Devastating Enemy.
Original Majesty rhythm guitarist Björn Daigger (also in the now defunct Civilization One) has made his return to the band and will play on all forthcoming Majest shows.
Commented vocalist Tarek Maghary: "It is great, that Björn and the band are untited again and I can't wait to enter the stage and seriously kick some ass!"
Majesty will play at the Agglutination Metal festival in Chiaromonte, Italy on August 20th and on the official comeback show on September 3rd in Dittigheim, Germany. More shows will be announced very shortly.
"Expulsion Of Fury", a brand new song from US metallers Origin, is available for streaming at the band's Facebook page.
"Expulsion Of Fury" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled Entity, which will be released in June. More details about Entity were previously reported over here. Also, a review of the album by Baz Anderson, can be found here.
Entity, the new album from US technical death metallers Origin, will be released on June 7th in North America and June 10th in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records.
The album was recorded at Chapman Recording Studios in Lenexa, KS with longtime engineer and friend Robert Rebeck.
Drummer John Longstrength commented on the visual aspect of their forthcoming release: "As you can see, we're getting closer and closer to having a new album available for you. This has been a project that has been a long time in the making with all the unexpected twists and turns that come with creating an album and we are almost there. So, this is the new album cover! Designed by the band and executed flawlessly by artist extraordinaire, Colin Marks. As you can see, this time there's no aliens, no scary faces, no silly comic book imagery, no bullshit. It's back to basics for the people that don't fall for, or appreciate bullshit trends that currently compromise the validity of this art. Let this album cover with its grey, dead, coldness reflect our disdain for the misconception that Origin is represented by a giant, planet eating, scary face that's aimlessly roaming the cosmos like an idiot. Like the cover, the music on this album is stone, it's cold, it's serious, it's desolate, it's very angry, it's the band unified, and working overtime to create what we feel will be the finest 45 min Origin has created yet. This album is its own bitter Entity."
US extreme metal outfit Origin has announced that Skinless vocalist Jason Keyser has taken over the role as the band's new lead singer.
Longtime Origin vocalist James Lee left the band last year in February. Back then, Mica "Maniac" Meneke (The Faceless) was brought into the band as his temporary replacement.
Keyser will be making his debut with the band on the forthcoming North American tour with Hate Eternal, Vital Remains and Abysmal Dawn. Those tour dates were previously reported over here.
Commented the band: "This tour will mark our first full length run with new vocalist, Jason Keyser (Skinless, Mucopus). It took some time for us to arrive at this point, but be ready for the most blistering Origin performances to date. See you all on tour!"
Hate Eternal and Origin will co-headline a North American summer tour that will also include Vital Remains and Abysmal Dawn.
Hate Eternal vocalist/guitarist Erik Rutan and co. will be heading out this summer in support of their new album for Metal Blade Records, which is currently in the final stages of being completed. Hate Eternal's new album promises to be one of the most venomous slabs of death metal in 2011 and this tour, which features fellow death metal greats Origin, Vital Remains and Abysmal Dawn, will easily be one of the heaviest line ups of the year - or so the official press release promises you.
Erik Rutan adds: "Hate Eternal is super excited to be touring North America this summer with a new album and a completely awesome death metal package. It has been a while since we have done a headliner tour in the US, so for us to co-headline with Origin and add Vital Remains and Abysmal Dawn to the bill, totally has us amped up and psyched like you can't imagine!
Former Alice In Chains bass player Mike Starr has passed away. His body was found on Tuesday March 8th in a Salt Lake City home. Starr was 44 years old.
Starr was Alice In Chains' first bass player and was a part of the line-up from 1987 till 1993. He appeared on the band's first two albums, Facelift and Dirt, but left in the middle of the "Dirt Tour" and was replaced by current bassist Mike Inez.
Back in April 1994, Starr was sentenced to 30 days in the Houston jail for misdemeanor drug possession. More recently in 2009, Starr appeared on the third season of "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" - one of VH1's bizarre reality series. Last month, he was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance. Salt Lake City cops said he had 6 Xanax pills and 6 Opana (painkiller) pills when he was busted.
Nine Inch Nails mainman Trent Reznor and frequent NIN collaborator Atticus Ross have won an Oscar for their Original Score on the The Social Network, the 2010 motion picture about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Earlier this year, the duo already won a Golden Globe Award for their compositions.
The 83rd annual Academy Awards were held last night, Sunday February 27th.
The Social Network soundtrack album was released in October by The Null Corporation, Reznor's own independent record label. A five track sampler EP is available for download at the whopping price of your e-mail address at this location.