19:55 - Moose Many thanks to whoever introduced me to Astronoid via the shoutbox the other day. Their new album, Air, is magnificent. I can even understand why some refer to their genre as "Dream Thrash".
19:12 - Opethian @Apothecary, I got to meet him when I saw them play at Denver this past January. Dude is down to earth and was a privilege to get to meet him and Dallas \M/
18:18 - Apothecary Yeah, you wouldn't want to get in a fight with him though. Just check out this vid lol, apparently at this show some dumbass was throwing beer on his pedals [link]
18:01 - Marcel Hubregtse Karl is a small,. albeit quite fattish mf. He is smaller than I am. And I am only 5'11"
17:56 - 3rdWorld He definitely isn't massive as he once was.
17:26 - Apothecary I think I am slightly taller, I'm about 6 feet. But he is definitely a bigger guy than I am, overall
Shelob, the new band featuring members of Hollow Corp and Skull, is putting the final touches on their self-produced debut album. The band is currently mixing the effort for a 2011 release via a yet to be determined record label. Alan Douches (Mastodon, Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan) will handle the mastering at West West Side Studio in New Windsor, NY in mid-February.
Lone Star, TX-based brutal death metal outfit, The Famine, has posted a brand-new track from their forthcoming full-length, The Architects of Guilt. The song is entitled "Ad Mortem" and can be streamed below or on the band's official MySpace page. The Famine's sophomore effort is slated to hit stores on February 15th via Solid State Records.
The Famine vocalist, Nick Nowell, explains: "Ad Mortem" is a song about addiction, and the excuses we all have for our complicity. We'll come up with just about anything to keep from being disgusted with ourselves."
Despite several unfortunate setbacks during the recording process, the finishing touches on the long awaited, The Architects of Guilt, were polished up this fall with the help of the renowned audio mastermind, Jason Suecof.
ThunderNoise, the debut album of South Florida's sludge/stoner metal trio Shroud Eater is now available for streaming in its entirety at the band's bandcamp page.
Comments guitarist/vocalist Jeannie Saiz: "ThunderNoise is our statement of intent. It's a ferocious labyrinth of music that we literally put blood, sweat and tears into. We hope it consumes the listener as much as it did us."
ThunderNoise was recorded at Miami's Relax Bro! Studios in July 2010, and mixed by Scott Angelacos and Jeff McLear.
ThunderNoise cover art] tracklist:
01. High John the Conqueror
04. Shark Valley
05. We Are Beasts
06. Descent from the Summit
We are deeply saddened to bring you the news US metalcore outfit Atreyu will be put on ice for an indefinite period of time, though not breaking up.
Vocalist Alex Varkatzas tweeted as follows: "Atreyu is taking a long long break after 11 years of rocking. We aren't breaking up but... We aren't writing recording or touring for a while. Simply taking a break to recharge and focus on different parts of our lives. Thanks to everyone who has supported us and given us a reason to exist over the past 11 years. We hope to see you again one day. All of us have other projects we are excited about and urge you to check them out if you miss us too much."
Morbid Angel will be headlining the third annual Scion Rock Fest, which will be held on Saturday, March 5th, in Pomona, California. The festival will take place at The Fox Theater Pomona and The Glass House.
As usual, entry will be free, though attendees must RSVP online here. While tickets are free, they are limited and entry is not guaranteed.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows (with more bands to be announced):
Morbid Angel - Obituary - Death Angel - Municipal Waste - Agalloch - Integrity - Bastard Noise - Atheist - Floor - Black Breath - Nails - Primate - Crom - Wormrot - Kvelertak - Necrite - Woe - Fuck The Facts - Bonded By Blood - Christian Mistress
Austrian symphonic power metal band Serenity have uploaded an album preview for their upcoming release, Death & Legacy. Check it out below. Death & Legacy is set to be released on February 25th via Napalm Records.
According to a press release, Serenity's third album embarks on a journey to discover the historic figures of ages past. Embellished in symphonic metal garb, Christopher Columbus, Giacomo Casanova, Sir Francis Drake, Queen Elizabeth I, and many more prominent figures take center stage on Death & Legacy. The band masterfully unites the emotions and thoughts of these famed characters with the fitting musical interludes that allow them to tell their tales. The emphasis of Serenity's sound remains guitar-oriented metal, although they also use orchestral arrangements to create a detailed and colorful symbiosis of symphonic and metallic elements.
Last night, Warbringer played at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA supporting Sepultura and Angra. This marked the last show together with drummer Nic Ritter (ex-Prototype). After a two-year international touring cycle and one album, Waking Into Nightmares, Nic and the band have decided to collectively part ways.
Nic had this to say about his decision: "I felt like it was time for a change both musically and personally. All is good between the guys and myself as this was a mutual decision. I wish them the best in the future and with the next album."
Added Warbringer guitarist John Laux: "Nic Ritter is an incredible drummer and we wish him the best of luck! I know he made a lot of friends around the world and I just want everyone to understand that our decision to part ways was mutual and necessary. Nic has worked very hard with us over the last 2 years and we are grateful for his contributions musically and his commitment personally on the road."
"Was It Worth It?", the brand-new single from Children Of Bodom has been made available for streaming, over at Facebook.
In order to get access to the stream you'll have to let everybody know you're into Children Of Bodom by "liking" them on Facebook (Ha ha! /Nelson), or just wait till some smartass uploads the whole thing on YouTube (a rough radio version is already available here).
"Was It Worth It?" comes off the band's upcoming new album Relentless Reckless Forever, which will be released on March 8th through Universal Music.
Dying Fetus are currently streaming the upcoming re-issues of their 1995 demo collection Infatuation With Malevolence and debut album Purification Through Violence in their entirety at this location (player at the upper right).
Both Infatuation With Malevolence and Purification Through Violence will be released next Tuesday, January 18th through Relapse Records. The re-issues have been re-mastered and re-packaged now including new liner notes and never-before-seen photography, and bonus tracks. Re-issues of Dying Fetus' Killing On Adrenaline album and Grotesque Impalement EP will follow in early March. Killing On Adrenaline will include two bonus tracks while Grotesque Impalement will feature three previously unreleased tracks.
Omnivium, the upcoming album of technical death metallers Obscura will be released on March 29th through Relapse Records. Cover artwork can be found below, while the complete tracklist and more details are available here.
According to a press release, Omnivium finds the band pushing the progressive edges of the genre's sounds to new heights while delivering the technical metal that has become their calling card. The band gracefully blends brutality and beauty with complex, commanding songs played at stunningly virtuosic levels. Ominivum very clearly raises the bar for extreme, technical metal and is Obscura's finest moment to date. Get excited!
Vader are gearing up to hit Hertz Studio in Poland, from March 15th to April 10th, 2011, to record Welcome To The Morbid Reich. Mix and mastering will take place in May with a tentative August/September release date through Nuclear Blast.
Vader frontman Peter Wiwczarek plans to record 10-11 tracks plus 2 bonuses for special editions of the Welcome To The Morbid Reich album. Draft titles of a few tracks include: "Lords of Thorns", "I Am Who Feast Upon Your Souls", "Only Hell Knows", "Return to the Morbid Reich", "I Had A Dream".
He also added the following: "For a long time I've been thinking about new tracks and the album concept; more and more things start to be clear. For the most part I'd like Spider (aka guitarist Marek Pajak) to take part in the process of album creation. I also have in mind relating to the good old times with a new lay-out for the album. I met with Zbyszek Bielak, a very talented artist, who will design the new lay-out, merchandise and scenic elements. Zbyszek has already worked with such bands as Watain, Absu, Behemoth... The new album will mainly focus on the Morbid Reich feeling combined with brutal riffs and tempo of the previous albums. We also have a surprise for our devoted fans, we're going to come back to our old logo."
Ill Niño will embark on a European headlining tour in March and April. Woop woop! The band will tour in promotion of their latest release, Dead New World. Support on the trek comes from Breed 77.
US shows, taking place later this month, were previously announced here.
Ill Niño - European Tour:
March 12 - London, England - Kick Out The Jams Festival
March 13 - Reading, England - Sub 89
March 14 - Manchester, England - Moho Live
March 15 - Glasgow, Scotland - King Tut's
March 17 - Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms
March 18 - Prestatyn, Wales - Hammerfest
March 19 - Nuneaton, England - Queens Hall
March 20 - Cardiff, Wales - Millenium Music Hall
March 21 - Brighton, England - Concorde 2