Dimmu Borgir have revealed the cover artwork and album title for their next effort, the follow-up to 2007's In Sorte Diaboli. The album will be called Abrahadabra. Its artwork was created by German artist Joachim Luetke (Kreator, Arch Enemy, Meshuggah) and was revealed step-by-step in 4 pieces during the last days. Abrahadabra will be released in Germany on September 24, in the rest of Europe on September 27, and in North America on October 12 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The word "abrahadabra" (which roughly translates into "I will create as I speak") first publicly appeared in Chapter III of Liber AL vel Legis (commonly referred to as "The Book of the Law") written by Aleister Crowley in Cairo, Egypt in 1904.
At this moment, Stéphan Forté, Kevin Codfert and Mats Levén, are at the moment working on the composition of Adagio's fifth album at Kevin's XFade studio in Nanterre (France).
Guitarist Stéphan comments: "I'm at the moment at Kevin's studio working on the composition of Adagio's upcoming album, and for the first time, I will not compose the whole music and lyrics alone, as Mats, Kevin and the guys will also collaborate to the writing! It will definitely bring a fresher sound to the band, and so far, the experience is awesome. Mats arrived here on Sunday, and we've started working right away on some ideas. Lots of great melodic vocal lines, heavy riffing and intense piano parts are coming naturally, so that's a very positive start...
Great piece of news to kick off your weekend, Shape Of Despair have reportedly finished work on a 7" EP called Written In My Scars. The EP will be released by Solarfall Records - a sub-label of Aftermath Music - on a yet to be determinded date. Written in My Scars is said to feature two brand-new tracks.
Arizona-based extreme metal band, Hemoptysis are tentatively scheduled to return to the studio this month with award-winning producer, Ryan Greene (Megadeth), to begin recording their debut full length album. This is the long awaited follow-up to their acclaimed 5 song debut EP and Ryan Greene-produced CD single, Shadow of Death.
Following the studio, and after a short hiatus, the band will embark on the 2010 Fall Southwest Tour. Hemoptysis will be joined by Chaos Ascending, as they play September dates across the Southwestern United States from California to Texas.
In other news, the band have been chosen to receive their second consecutive "Metal Band of the Year" award. Guitarist/vocalist, Masaki Murashita, has recently received verbal confirmation from Phoenix Music Awards founder, Al Bowman, regarding the honor. This year's incarnation of the event is scheduled for November 18, 2010 at The Paramount Theater in Hollywood, CA.
Australian avant-garde occult death metal band StarGazer have finally completed work on their much-anticipated full-length album, A Great Work Of Ages, the first StarGazer full-length in five years. The album will be released late August.
Following 2005's The Scream That Tore The Sky - the band's debut album - StarGazer), along with their like-minded comrades Portal, had already built quite a reputation within the Australian underground metal scene since their formation towards the end of 1994 and had already manifested themselves as one of the most potent forces within the Australian metal underground.
And just like Portal, StarGazer (in which said members are also involved with bands such as Mournful Congregation, Cauldron Black Ram, and were even a part of Portal's line-up for Outre) have crafted themselves out to be one of the most unique death metal bands today (musically and lyrically). Amongst a series of demos, EP's, splits, and compilations (surrounding their Scream That Tore The Sky release), StarGazer create an intimidating breed of avant-death metal which comes across as chaotic mix of classic '80s thrash ala Coroner and Voivod blended with the aesthetic power of Morbid Angel, the blackthrash virulence of Absu, and who also incorporate the more progressive edge of death metal reminiscent of Testimony Of The Ancients era Pestilence, Atheist and Sadus.
French funeral doomsters Ataraxie are still working on their 10th anniversary album, entitled Project X. Though the album should see the light of day before the end of the year. This anniversary release will take the shape of a double album, featuring re-recordings of The Other Path, a bunch of previously unreleased tracks (written between 2002 and 2009) and live material.
If everything goes by plan, the record should be out somewhere this autumn.
Bass player Mixen Lindberg is the latest member to leave Hatesphere. According to a short band statement, Mixen has chosen to pursue other projects. He will temporarily be replaced until the end of 2010 by former Hatesphere bassist Mikael Ehlert (ex-Artillery, Koldborn).
As previously reported, vocalist Jonathan Albrechtsen resigned back in February after three years of duty, and was temporarily replaced by Mevadio singer Morten Madsen. But now - after conducting auditions in Copenhagen - the band has finally found a worthy candidate to fill the open vacancy in the person of Esben "Esse" Hansen. The new Hatesphere frontman is known from his work for Danish metalcore outfit As We Fight.
Swedish/Dutch "all star" prog death metallers Demiurg are happy to announce more details on the new upcoming record Slakthus Gamleby. The album is scheduled for release at the end of this month (July 30th). Slakthus Gamleby - mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at his famous Unisound-Studios - will combine old school Swedish Death Metal, razorsharp riffings, great melodies, harsh Grunts, surprising epic vocals, beautiful female vocals; courtesy of Marjan Welman of Dutch Goth-metal hopefuls Autumn and lots of dynamic and atmospheric variations that give the listener the chance to find new details with every listening run.
During the next few weeks the band will as well be posting some glimpses of the horrors the album has in store, starting with the pounding opening track "Life Is A Coma" and "Death Grasp Oblivion". Head over to MySpace to check these samples out.
Cradle Of Filth will release their new album All Hallows Eve in North America on November 9 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD will be issued in Europe through Peaceville Records on the band's own AbraCadaver imprint.
Frederick Jude, managing director of Peaceville Records, comments on this upcoming cooperative effort: "Football aside, we're pleased to be teaming up with Nuclear Blast on this very important release. Given their resources, interest in the band, and track record in the U.S., we believe Cradle Of Filth will be best positioned to better the sales of their last album in North America."
The band recently entered Monkey Puzzle studios near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk this month to start work on the follow-up to 2008's Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder, with a full world tour in its support to follow.
Just three months ago, after the departure of original vocalist Matthew Bizilia, the guys of Icarus Witch were joined by a replacement vocalist Christopher Shaner. However, due to contractual obligations Christopher had prior to joining Icarus Witch, he will be unable to join the band for the first 3 dates of the Y&T tour that kicks off next Friday in Portland, Oregon. The band has, however, found a temporary replacement in vocalist Jason Russo.
In a statement on their MySpace blog, the band says: "We first had the pleasure to hear this guy wail a few years back when he was fronting Lifeforce Records artist, Herod. Since that time we also played a show in Cleveland with his band, Darkling. With a voice somewhere between TNT & Helloween on the high end and a ballsy growl that would make King Diamond proud, he's the perfect fit for this temporary fill in. We are most grateful that he's agreed to take this challenge on such a short notice. Portland, Seattle & Spokane are in for a rare treat. Don't take our word for it; check out his pipes at here."
Boston's unrelenting metal/hardcore outfit, Hell Within, has posted an exclusive album stream of their forthcoming Thorp Records debut, God Grant Me Vengeance, exclusively on TheGauntlet.com. The new record will be available for streaming up until its release on July 13th at this location.
God Grant Me Vengeance, the ferocious follow-up to 2007's, Shadows of Vanity (Lifeforce Records), was recorded at Damage Studios in Massachusetts, with engineer/producer, Pete Rutcho (Bury Your Dead). The new record was produced by Hell Within and Rutcho, and artwork comes courtesy of Hell Within vocalist, J.J. Long.
Soilwork will be ripping up Aussie shores for only the third time in October this year. Touring on the back of the release of their eighth studio album, The Panic Broadcast, the band will be bringing their killer live shows, which The Metal Observer have dubbed "Metal with the fun factor in the driving seat".
Tickets on sale Friday 16th July.
Oct 21 - Brisbane - The Hi Fi
Oct 22 - Sydney - Manning Bar
Oct 23 - Melbourne - The Hi Fi
Oct 27 - Adelaide - Fowlers Live (All Ages)
Oct 28 - Perth - Rosemount
For now, Soilwork are ready to tour North America with Death Angel and Augury. More details and tour dates can be found here.