"New Jersey's metal titans God Forbid entered the studio this week with longtime producer Eric Rachel (Atreyu, The Dillinger Escape Plan) to begin tracking their much anticipated new full-length album. This new effort is the follow up to the group's most successful offering yet, "IV: The Constitution Of Treason", and the depth and diversity on this disc is easily going to position the band as of one the most innovative bands within the genre. This is an entirely new God Forbid that have matured beyond their years and are now more focused than ever before.
Doc Coyle (guitars, vocals) states: "Here we are! We have begun recording the new God Forbid album at Trax East in South River, NJ with Eric Rachel. Everyone in the band is really focused on this record and super excited about the songs. We did a very in depth pre-production for the last 2 weeks, where a lot of kinks have been worked out. There is more preparation for this album and any previous one. We have to give serious thanks to Steve Lagudi, who brought an entire studio to John's house to record pre-pro, and busted his ass engineering and tracking for two weeks. The material is varied and challenging, and I definitely feel another shift in the trajectory of our sound. We will be doing a studio blog keeping everyone posted about the progress, and also video taping as much as possible. Stay tuned to our MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/godforbid for updates. Horns!"
Belgian Heavy Metal band Gitaron have announced that frontman Gio Smet has decided to concentrate on his guitar parts only. The band found a new singer in Nico De Clerq. Nico has a lot of experience and a great voice for Gitaron. In the meantime, backgroundvocalist Femke Waterschoot decided to leave the band. She made this decicion together with the band, as she couldn't combine her work for the band and being a mom at the same time.
Current Gitaron Line up:
Nico De Clercq - vocals
Giovanni Smet - lead guitar/backing vocals
Aaron Onghena - lead guitar
Wilfried Vandenberghe - bass guitar
Tom Willems - drums
You can check out and download a new song from Belgium's Emeth entitled "Anochi Kofer" online over at their official MySpace page. The track comes off the band's new album "Telesis" which has been released today (7 March).
The most notorious pack of degenerates from Belgium Emeth, which features in its ranks ex-Aborted guitarist Matty Dupont and Blood Red Throne bassist Erlend Caspersen, has set "Telesis" as the title of its highly anticipated third album, due early 2008 via Brutal Bands. The band recently finished recording their new album at Hertz Studios with the Wieslawscy brother's as producers and is currently mixing eleven tracks for this new effort. It features the following track listing:
Calling in from a frozen tundra somewhere in Iowa, Arsis frontman/guitarist Jim Malone provides this update:
"Everyone's fine. Hard to believe this happened during the day, but the road is solid ice. The trailer flipped, broke loose of the hitch, and is now stuck in a snow bank. Better the trailer and not us. We're waiting to get it towed, since it's unusable. It's lodged in ice and we can't get to our gear, but we're sure it's all smashed. We need to assess the situation and see how much of our gear still works before we can say anything about finishing out the rest of the tour. We can't afford to buy a new trailer at this point. Again, we apologize to our fans. We'll have an update soon."
The Greek death metal band, made the following announcement recently on their official site:
"The band would like to say a warm "Welcome on board!!" to the new female singer Maria-Melissa Routi, who has undertaken from today the "Female Microphone" in KINETIC, replacing Margaret Staikou. You can find some first information about her at her MySpace profile here. Hopefully her fist live appearance with the band will be on March 15th at Underworld club (Athens) even performing a small number of songs from band's playlist."
The previous female vocalist, Margaret Staikou, was dismissed previously from the band, according to an announcement on 16/2.
Reunited US Thrashers have posted the following message on their MySpace:
"Deathrash will be posting the song "Unfinished Business" this Friday 3/07/08!!! This is the first new Deathrash song in 20 years and the first track from our upcoming CD "Thrash Beyond Death". We have also posted the artwork for the CD cover by artist Rich Rethorn Link]. You can check out more of his art at http://www.myspace.com/richrethorn. "Thrash Beyond Death" will be out summer of 2008.
ONCE MORE INTO THE PITS CAUSE WE HAVE UNFINISHED BUSINESS!!!"
The band is having a twenty year reunion and they will be releasing a CD that will include the '86 demo and a collection of never released live material from '86-'87
Peaceville Records are releasing "Still Life" (2 CD special edition including 5.1 surround Mix). Still will be a 2 disc edition of the classic Opeth album.
"This new 2 disc edition of the critically acclaimed "Still Life" features a re-mastered stereo mix of the album on CD plus DVD with new 5.1 surround sound mix plus "Face Of Melinda" filmed live in London. The artwork has been re-worked by original designer Travis Smith.
"Still Life" was Opeth's first outing for Peaceville. Blessed with renewed enthusiasm, the band delivered yet another flawless gem of an album.
Like "My Arms, Your Hearse" before it, "Still Life" was originally recorded at Gothenburg's famous Studio Fredman under the watchful eye of engineer Fredrik Nordström, and has now been re-mastered and re-mixed by Jens Borgen at Fascination Street Studios.
The Old Dead Tree have announced the following news:
"The search is over, and a new drummer has now joined the band. The level of competition and skills among the few drummers who remained at the top of the crop was extremely high, but this guy logically outplayed everyone in the end.
Indeed, we are very happy to announce that after having worked with us as a session musician for about six months now, Raphaël has decided to join The Old Dead Tree as a full time member! For those who aren't familiar with him yet, Raphaël is the drummer of the french symphonic metal band Penumbra. As a professional musician, he is also involved in others projects and various music styles. If you want to find out more about Raphaël, you can check his MySpace.
Nevermore frontman Warrel Dane has posted a new song called "Messenger", taken from his new solo album "Praises To The War Machine", on his official MySpace page. The song features a guest solo by Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis.
Warrel Dane's debut solo album, "Praises to the War Machine" cover art] will be released on April 28 in Europe and May 13 in North America via Century Media Records.
01. When We Pray
04. Lucretia My Reflection
05. Let You Down
07. Your Chosen Misery
08. The Day The Rats Went to War
11. This Old Man
Go to this location to read the Century Media press release.
The following message was posted on the official Impaled MySpace:
"After many years of hiding out, the video for the song "Choke On It" from the album "Mondo Medicale" has finally surfaced via YouTube! The video, edited and directed by our very own Raul Varela, can be viewed here. After watching it, make a promise to us to stay fuck!"
Sanctity drummer Jeremy has posted the following update:
"Just a little update for all you guys, we are all good back here in NC. We are currently writing new songs and so far they are pretty brutal. Can't wait to get them out we are stoked. The new lineup will be released soon so stay tuned with us for that. Hope everyone out there is doing awesome, can't wait to see everyone on the road."
Meshuggah will be streaming their concert "LIVE" on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at: at: 5:00pm (Pacific) -- 6:00pm (Mountain) -- 7:00pm (Central) -- 8:00pm (Eastern) -- (Europe - This will be Wednesday morning your time!) ...from The Agora Theater in Cleveland, Ohio exclusively at YeboTV.com.
The stream is FREE for fans around the world to view right from the comfort of their home computers. Visit this link to register in advance for this exclusive event.
For more info about the Dimmu Borgir free live internet stream, click here.
According to Bravewords, Danish Death/Black metallers Panzerchrist have announced the addition of drummer Morten Løwe Sørensen (The Arcane Order, Submission) who replaces Reno Kiilerich (ex-Dimmu Borgir, Hate Eternal) and new singer Johnny who replaces Bo Summer (Illdisposed). The band also features guitarists Michael Enevoldsen (ex-Illdisposed) and Rasmus Henriksen and keyboards/bassist Karina Bundgaard.
Check out Panzerchrist on http://www.myspace.com/panzerchristofficial.
Members of '80s German Thrash band Exumer began negotiating a full fledged reunion for 2009. The projected reunion includes a new album, re-releases of the band's two albums from the 1980s and a substantial tour.
Vocalist Mem V. Stein of NYC Thrashers Sun Descends comments:
"This reunion won't be like the one-off show we played at the Wacken Open Air, in 2001. This time we will deliver the entire package and release a new, third Exumer album. It's been close to 22 years since the second Exumer release in 1987 and it seems that the band is still relevant, especially when you consider the new generation of thrash metal bands that quote Exumer as a major influence of theirs. I will keep SD alive and I'm not abandoning the project but most of 2009 will be dedicated to a new Exumer album and it's promotion. We also have Paul Arakaki (guitars/bass) in the band who replaced me on the second Exumer album and now lives in Hawaii. I frequently get emails from fans asking for a Exumer reunion and I feel that the time is right to finally go ahead and make it a reality. We have never played live in North America and I believe that we owe it to the fans here in the States to see the band at least once with full-on live production"
Singapore's Rudra have issued the following update:
"Rudra has finally completed the pre-production of their yet to be titled album which will be the 2nd instalment to the Brahmavidya trilogy. The songs have so much of Brahmavidya: Primordial I & Kurukshetra in them. Shiva is still relentlessly pounding his drums as hell and Devan has contributed nasty vedic metal riffs into this one which will sure make all you faithful ones drool. Rudra will not be playing any shows till the album is completed. The band will be taking a short break after the recording which will commence next month. Soon after the break, Rudra are planning to complete songs for the 3rd instalment of the Brahmavidya trilogy, which will be a more east-meets-west fusion like vedic metal/rock. Look out for more updates!"