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Sear Bliss - Busy Recording New Album

Hungarian metallers Sear Bliss have issued the following update:

"The recording of the seventh Sear Bliss album with producer Viktor Scheer began on the 21st of July. The drums and guitar tracks have already been recorded. The record will be released by Candlelight Records, release date will be announced later. The yet-untitled album will open a new chapter in the life of the band musically. The songs are dramatic and unsettling, dark and painful. More details and photos of the recording can be viewed here."


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Posted: 16.08.2011 by Array | Comments (1)

Mastodon - New Song Online

"Curl Of The Burl", a brand new song from US metallers Mastodon, can be streamed using the SoundCloud player at this location.

"Curl Of The Burl" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled The Hunter, which will be released on September 27 via Reprise Records. More details about The Hunter were previously reported over here.


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Posted: 16.08.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (17)

Rhapsody Of Fire - Members Go Separate Ways

Posted today on the Rhapsody website:

After 15 years of friendship, hard work and big passion, fully invested in the creation of symphonic music and an epic saga that will remain in the history of heavy metal, Alex Staropoli and Luca Turilli decided to proceed to a friendly split. "10 albums released and the end of the saga represent, musically and lyrically, an important artistic goal finally reached, underlined by the success of our last release From Chaos To Eternity, for which we want to thank our wonderful fans once again. Now it came the time when new artistic stimulations need to be found, in respect of both parts' visions and perspectives and of our longtime friendship" say Luca and Alex. Due to the latest legal agreements actually in force, Alex Staropoli will go on with Rhapsody Of Fire having, between the others, Fabio Lione as singer, Tom Hess as guitar player and Alex Holzwarth as drummer. For the same agreements and the original name's common ownership, Luca Turilli will release his future works with a new Rhapsody band, including the faithful band members Dominique Leurquin, Patrice Guers and Alex Holzwarth.

Alex says: "While wishing the best to Luca and his new band, I want to tell you that Fabio and myself feel motivated and stronger than ever and that Rhapsody Of Fire are already planning a great worldwide tour. More information regarding the new bass player and the new second guitar player will follow. Stay tuned!"

The website will remain the glorious Rhapsody Of Fire website at all effects and the official fan club of Rhapsody Of Fire only. In the future, if you want to know more about the new band of Luca Turilli, please check his personal website at


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Posted: 16.08.2011 by Baz Anderson | Comments (50)

Tarja Turunen - New Musical Group

The singer has announced her participation in a new project named Harus.

Here is the official statement from her official website:

"There is an old Finnish tradition when it comes to newborns - the baby is not to be named until the baptism ceremony, when he or she is presented to the family with the chosen name.
A few years ago, in 2006, a new project from Tarja was born and, following the same tradition, the time has come to baptize it, to make the presentations to the family and to give it a name - Harus.


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Posted: 16.08.2011 by Sjuk | Comments (24)

Esoteric - Update On The New Album

As previously reported over here a few months ago, the British doom-bringers known as Esoteric announced a new album.

This joyful event that occurred also included a promise of future updates. Now here is one: Esoteric's forthcoming sixth album is entitled Paragon Of Dissonance and it will be released somewhere in mid-November as a 2-disc set, like most of Esoteric's previous albums. More details in September.


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Posted: 16.08.2011 by Array | Comments (9)

Wolvhammer - Complete New Album

Official press release

American blackened crust/sludge scumbag metal band Wolvhammer, have completed work on their follow-up to last year's Black Marketeers Of WWIII debut, entitled The Obsidian Plains.


With already a decent pedigree within the U.S. underground black metal scene that involves such likeminded heathens as Nachtmystium, Cobalt, Ludicra (RIP), Withered etc. Wolvhammer are set to elevate their pillaging to a whole new level with The Obsidian Plains.

Known for combining such genres as black metal (of the Darkthrone, Craft, old Celtic Frost/Hellhammer vibe), punk, crust, doom and epic blackened-like sludge, with The Obsidian Plains (which was produced and recorded by Sanford Parker) Wolvhammer are going to make an impact with the subtlety of a vicious sledgehammer blow to the head. An album much more epic, crushing, and overall more encompassing than their debut. With several shifts in the band's line-up since their inception, the band look to make even more of a statement with their latest solidified lineup, which now includes ex-Nachtmystium guitarist Jeff Wilson.


Posted: 15.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (4)

Cradle Of Filth - To Release Miscellaneous Mini-Album

Official press release

The UK's premier extreme metal antagonists Cradle Of Filth will release their new mini-album, entitled Evermore Darkly… on Peaceville Records, October 10th, 2011. A follow-on from last year's triumphant Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa album, Evermore Darkly… will arrive as a CD/DVD package including new tracks & rarities, with a lengthy on-the-road documentary and ten songs filmed live at this year's Graspop metal meet, as well as the video for "Lilith Immaculate".


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Posted: 15.08.2011 by Array | Comments (6)

Pentagram - New DVD Details, Euro & US Tour Dates

When The Screams Come, the brand-new upcoming DVD from legendary US doom rockers Pentagram will see its release on August 30th this year. A video from the DVD, where the band is playing the song "Relentless", can be seen in the YouTube-video below.

Clips from the DVD as well as music from the band's latest album, Last Rites, can be seen and heard at Metal Blade. Several pre-order bundles are available with Last Rites vinyl, an exclusive t-shirt and more. Fans can also purchase limited colored vinyl European imports of Last Rites, all exclusively on Metal Blade's Indiemerch webstore here.


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Posted: 15.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (1)

Chimaira - New Album Streaming Online

The Age Of Hell, the brand-new upcoming album by US groove thrashers Chimaira can now be streamed in its entirety over at AOL Music.

The Age Of Hell is set to be released on August 16th in North America, on August 26th in Germany and on August 29th in Australia and the rest of Europe through Long Branch Records.


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Posted: 15.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (0)

The Black Dahlia Murder - Announce North American Headlining Tour

Detroit's melodic death metal outfit The Black Dahlia Murder, who are currently headlining the Summer Slaughter Tour in support of their new album Ritual, will be back on the road this fall on a headline run that sees the band hitting cities not reached on their current tour. Support on the fall tour comes from Oakland, California's All Shall Perish - currently on The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival - and Richmond, Virginia's Cannabis Corpse.


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Posted: 15.08.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (1)

Tsjuder - New Album Details

Norwegian black metal act Tsjuder recently reunited after a five-year hiatus and as previously reported over here, there is an album on its way, which is to be released October 14th in Europe and October 18th in the US. The first pressing of their new album entitled Legion Helvete will be available as a limited edition digipack adorned with a metal medallion.


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Posted: 15.08.2011 by Array | Comments (5)

Wolves In The Throne Room - New Song Streaming Online

NPR is hosting the public's first listen to "Woodland Cathedral," the fifth track off of Cascadian black metal act Wolves In The Throne Room's upcoming LP, Celestial Lineage at this location.

The fourth album of the band, Celestial Lineage, will be released on September 13th, via Southern Lord Records.


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Posted: 15.08.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (10)

Sinner - New Album Details, New Video Online

"Back On Trail", the new video from German heavy rockers Sinner, can be seen below. The clip was filmed in Nürnberg, Germany.

"Back On Trail" comes off Sinner's new album, One Bullet Left, which is scheduled for release on September 9 via AFM Records. The CD was recorded in Stuttgart, Germany with Mat Sinner producing and Achim Köhler engineering.


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Posted: 14.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (2)

House Of Lords - New Studio Album In September

Frontiers Records will release the new House Of Lords studio album, Big Money, on September 23rd in Europe and September 27th in North America.

"I am very proud to have done four House Of Lords CDs with the same lineup," says singer James Christian. "I enjoy working with every one of them and plan to do many more records in the future. Mark Baker has now been on board as a co-writer for the last two CDs I love working with him. We are totally on the same page when writing new music."


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Posted: 14.08.2011 by LonesomeRider | Comments (0)

Darkthrone - Ravishing Grimness Album To Be Re-Released

As it was reported here, Peaceville Records is releasing new editions of classic Darkthrone albums.

After Panzerfaust, it is now the time of Ravishing Grimness to be re-released as a double-disc set on September 5th. This new edition includes a bonus disc featuring commentary from Fenriz and Nocturno Culto describing their inspirations, as well as memories from the time of recording.


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Posted: 14.08.2011 by Sjuk | Comments (14)