Dutch bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (Pestilence, Obscura) will promote the recently completed Pestilence album Doctrine with a new custom made bass guitar. This week the German bass manufacturer Warwick confirmed to support Thesseling by building a seven-string fretless version of their classic Thumb NT series that he plays exclusively since 17 years.
"In the studio we decided to record the new Doctrine material with a low F-sharp tuning on bass, but then I still needed to find a way to work it out for live performances. I'm proud of the long-term collaboration with Warwick; this masterpiece will make it sound extremely massive.", according to Jeroen. Pestilence's Doctrine will be released in April through Mascot Records. Obscura will release its new album, Omnivium, in March via Relapse Records.
Whitechapel have given Blank TV the exclusive premier of their new live music video "Breeding Violence", which was shot in Nashville, TN on January 8th with director Scott Hansen. Fans can now watch the video below:
In the meantime, Whitechapel continue to tour across the US as headliners on the Welcome to Hell Tour (click for concert dates).
Earlier today, Irish blues and rock guitarist and vocalist Gary Moore was found dead in his hotel room in Spain. His inspiring, emotional playing style made him into one of rock's guitar gods and his influence can be heard in all kinds of blues, rock and metal music. He was known for participating in several projects and bands such as Skid Row (the Irish band in the 70s) and Thin Lizzy, as well as for his own, highly successful solo career. Thin Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell: "I still can't believe it, he was so robust, he wasn't a rock casualty, he was a healthy guy."
So far, no information about the actual reason for the death has been reported. We will keep you updated. In the meantime, here is Gary performing his biggest hit "Still Got The Blues":
"The Follower", a brand new song from Danish metallers Mercenary, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
"The Follower" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled Metamorphosis, which will be released in Europe on February 25 via NoiseArt Records. Also a trailer for the album can be viewed at this location. More details about Metamorphosis were previously reported over here.
German metallers Debauchery will release their new album, entitled Germany's Next Death Metal, on March 25th via AFM Records.
Germany's Next Death Metal cover art] tracklist:
01. The Unbroken
02. Zombie Blitzkrieg
03. Warmachines At War
04. Animal Holocaust
05. Bloodslaughter Onslaught
06. Germany's Next Death Metal
07. School Shooter
08. Death Will Entertain
09. Armed For Apocalypse
10. Genocider Overkill
11. Killing Is Our Culture
12. School's Out
Dutch death metal band Supreme Pain signed a deal with Massacre Records.
The band commented as follows: "So Massacre Records will release our new CD. It is great that they give us this opportunity that we are on the same rooster as bands like, Malevolent Creation, Sinister, Legion Of The Damned and many more.
Recently we finished the recordings of our third full-length CD at Soundlodge Studio in Germany with Jorg Uken. The mixing will also be done by Jorg in February. The title is: Divine Incarnation. We recorded 9 blasting death metal tracks with an evil and twisted atmosphere. Soon the track list and release date will be announced."
US metallers Believer have issued the following update in regards to their forthcoming full-length album:
"We're pleased to announce that mixing and mastering for the upcoming album is complete. We decided early on in project that we wanted an outside person to mix the record so we could spend more time writing and recording. Kevin Leaman (Believer guitarist) recommended Kevin Gutierrez from Assembly Line Studios for mixing this record. Leaman had worked with Gutierrez previously and said that he was really easy to work with. From the first telephone conversation it was clear that Gutierrez understood exactly what we were looking for sonically and he seemed really interested in helping us achieve that.
Mare, the new album by Norwegian pagan black metal band Kampfar, will be released on March 25th in Europe and April 5th in North America through Napalm Records.
The album was produced by Peter Tägtgren at Abyss Studio.
According to the press release, Mare opens a new chapter in the Norwegians' band history, while delivering a true monument to black metal. Frontman Dolk and the rest of the band have achieved the difficult task of giving their sound new impulses without losing their unique style. Isolated keyboard passages and sprechgesang consort with icy riffs, dark melodies, and oppressive drums. Dolk's raw vocals continue to set the pace, while giving songs like "Bergtatt", Volvevers", and the title track such intensity that they are left with no other choice but to crawl under the skin of even the most discerning black and pagan metal fans.
"In Obsecration Of The Seven Darks", a brand new song from US metallers Haeresiarchs Of Dis, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
"In Obsecration Of The Seven Darks" is the title track from the band's forthcoming album, In Obsecration Of The Seven Darks, which will be released on April 19th through Moribund Cult Records.
In Obsecration Of The Seven Darks cover art] tracklist:
01. In Obsecration Of The Seven Darks
02. Onward Through The Oculus
03. Remembrance Of He Who Defied God
04. Aut Vincere Aut Mori
05. Confounded By The Vanquished Coil
07. Ensorcelled By Khaos
08. Grazioso Drone
09. Consummation Of The Seed/ Dawn
Norwegian doomsday rock n rollers Chrome Division featuring notorious Dimmu Borgir singer Shagrath on guitar, just finished the work on the bands new album.
The yet untitled effort will contain the following tracks, among others: "Unholy Roller", "Fight", "Zombies & Monsters", "Bulldogs Unleashed" and "Join The Ride".
Furthermore the album will feature the first recordings of new vocalist Shady Blue (better known as Athera from Susperia) who replaced Eddie Guz in 2009. The third Chrome Division release was recorded at Marius Strand Studio, Oslo and is set to be unleashed in the first half of 2011.
"Erased Existence", a brand new song from Singapore metallers Wormrot, is available for streaming at this location.
"Erased Existence" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Dirge, which will be released on the following dates:
USA: 3rd May (25 track CD)
UK/Europe: 23rd May (25 track CD)
UK/Europe: 23rd May (25 track CD + DVD)
UK/Europe/USA: 23rd May (Limited Vinyl LP with 2 bonus tracks)
Dirge cover art] tracklist:
01. No One Gives A Shit
02. Compulsive Disposition
03. All Go No Emo
04. Public Display Of Infection
05. Overpowered Violence
06. Semiconcious Godsize Dumbass
07. Spot A Pathetic
08. Evolved Into Nothing
09. Butt Krieg Is Showing
10. Fucking Fierce So What
Norwegian metallers Helheim have issued the follwing update on their official website:
"We are happy to announce that almost all the work on the album, entitled Heiðindómr Ok Mótgang, is now in its utter final phases; cover, DVD, mastering etc. The album will contain nine tracks and a live DVD. The DVD contains two live performances, The Inferno Festival 2009 and The With Full Force Festival 2009 together with all the Helheim music videos.
The album is set to be released in march in Norway and mid may elsewhere. We will soon start to release teasers from the album, so stay tuned!"
In other news, "Dualitet Og Ulver", the new video from the band, can be viewed at this location. The clip was filmed in the mountains surrounding the band's hometown of Bergen and features a guest appearance by Taake's Hoest.