02:15 - Fearmeister That Dawn of War III trailer is the most metal thing this year. Literally Zdzisław Beksiński art in CGI form
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00:44 - SSM I always think this is a great site, and it will be with this staff.
00:42 - SSM The Glory Days? It's always the glory days if you want. Sometimes it's gory, but mostly glory.
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00:28 - Jaeryd I've also been a lurker for a long time. I don't post much or participate in the forums, but I like keeping an eye on things going on, and I like a lot of the staff here and respect their opinions on music.
French metal band Orakle have delivered the news that guitarist Amar Ru is leaving. The band released the following statement:
"After seven years spent within Orakle, guitarist Amaury aka Amar Ru decided to part ways with the band, willing to focus on different activities and musical insipirations. Of course, his decision won't compromise the future of the band, as we are currently working on the next album, following 2008's Tourments & Perdition. As things stand, the guitar duties on this next recording will be handled by Eithenn and Achernar; however, perfect candidates are free to knock at our door. Be patient, and rendez-vous when the fruit reaches maturity."
Enthroned will not be touring Guatemala, Honduras and San Salvador this December. The band issued the following apology:
"We are very sorry to announce that we have to cancel the shows in Guatemala, Honduras and San Salvador this December. The concert in Mexico City remains and is still happening! We got informed by the local promoters that a hurricane might hit those countries at that period and flights will most likely be canceled.
Regarding the promoter, the dates will be re-scheduled next year, in 2011. It's always better to let our fans from Guatemala, Honduras & San Salvador know about the situation, and we hope those dates are not canceled but just delayed to a few months. As for the rest and to all Mexican Maniacs out there, see you in December!"
Mortiis returns to satiate fans' desire for new music today (October 10) with Perfectly Defect, a completely free, full-length, downloadable album. Get your fix of new Mortiis material here.
"Putting Perfectly Defect out as a free download was a decision we made after some consideration," said the band's namesake Mortiis. "The new model of the music business is important to keep in mind; there´s a new mentality out there in terms of how people acquire their music now. For better or worse, music seems to have become a medium a lot of people aren´t prepared to pay for in the old fashioned way. So, we paid to record it out of our own pockets 'cos we thought it would be a really cool gift to our fans that have been waiting around for ages for something new to come out."
US metallers Hammer Horde will be returning to Dimmworks Studios at the end of November to begin recording their 2nd album. The band's as yet untitled forthcoming album is expected to be released sometime in 2011.
Photo and video updates of the band in the studio will be available online as production continues.
At the 16th of April 2011 the new edition of the Kings Of Black Metal Festival will take place at the Hessenhalle in Gießen, Germany.
The organization earlier confirmed Watain as the headliners of the festival and Alcest as the opening act. But now it is also revealed that Taake will perform a special show, as the band confirmed to exclusively premiere new material from their forthcoming album!
The 2011 edition of the Kings Of Black Metal Festival is shaping up as follows: Watain, Inquisition, Dornenreich, Troll, Alcest, Corpus Christii, Taake ( set incl. world premiere of new material from their forthcoming album). More band will follow very soon.
Blood Stain Child - the Japanese cyber-melodeath band with contemporary Japanese music culture influences - have signed with Coroner Records for the release of their fifth album.
The album will be released in the spring of 2011, although the release date has not been confirmed yet. Ettore Rigotti (Disarmonia Mundi, Slowmotion Apocalypse, Destrage, Stigma) will take care of production, mix and mastering of the album in his "The Metal House" studios.
After the success of the previous album Mozaiq, mixed by Tue Madsen and released in Europe and America by Dockyard1/Locomotive and after some line-up problems, the band finally announces the new members: Greek vocalist Sophia and drummer GAMI (ex-Youthquake) had been added to the band.
Polish act Calm Hatchery have made two new songs from their upcoming album Sacrilege Of Humanity available for streaming now at the band's official MySpace page.
Calm Hatchery are a brutal death metal quintet from northern Poland, featuring past and present members of Dead Infection and Tehace. They've just finished putting the final touches on their second album, entitled Sacrilege Of Humanity. The band signed a worldwide deal with Selfmadegod, and the album shall hit the stores on November 16, 2010.
Sacrilege Of Humanity is technical, brutal death metal inspired by such genre leaders as Nile, Morbid Angel, Decapitated and Immolation. The album's flawless sound of second was captured at Hertz Studio, Bialystok where the album was recorded and supervised by the Wieslawski brothers (Behemoth, Vader, Hate). The cover artwork is being designed by Mentalporn (Deathstars, Behemoth) and will be released shortly. All pieces of this puzzle ensure us that this is going to be fantastic piece of extreme music, a must-have for all fans of aforementioned bands. More info coming soon.
Gorgoroth will spend the following week in Tomas Asklund's Monolith Studio to put the finishing touches on a project which has been kept secret until now: a complete re-recording of the band's third album Under the Sign of Hell. It has long been Infernus' wish to do such a re-recording, and now the work is close to an end. No release date has been set yet, but an early to mid 2011 release is likely. In addition, the time in the studio will be spent working on the still untitled next Gorgoroth full-length album, tentatively scheduled for a late 2011 release. Both albums will be released by Regain Records.
The final dates of the second leg of Gorgoroth's Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt European Tour in November 2010 have been confirmed. Support bands will be Cavus from Finland and Noctem from Spain. The tour is now shaping up as follows:
"Enlightenment Process", the new video from Impaled Nazarene can now be viewed below. The song comes off the band's upcoming new album, entitled Road To The Octagon. The video clip was shot by the crew at Filmokratik.
In conjunction with Osmose Productions, Road To The Octagon will see an official release on November 20th. Album artwork was done by Darkgrove Design.
Impaled Nazarene will also release a free download of the digital single Enlightenment Process on 19th of November. This single will contain the track "Enlightenment Process" and two extra songs namely "Ghettoblaster" and "Kali-Yaga". Both are recorded on the same session as the actual album was. They are re-recordings of our old songs taken from Suomi Finland Perkele and Ugra-Karma albums. Osmose Productions will release 7" vinyl version of those three songs limited to 1000 copies.
Cage will once again return to the East Coast for a string of dates between October 14th-24th. Cage will debut 3 new songs from their as of yet untitled upcoming CD slated for the second quarter of 2011.
"We have had such a killer time on the East Coast where some serious metal heads dwell, we had to return and expand our search for more Vikings!" says singer Sean Peck. Upon their return Cage will announce the details of the 2 disc DVD release.
October 15th - Marrieta GA @ The Local (with Eternal Hour, Brazen Angel, Paradigm)
October 16th - Springfield VA @ Jaxx (with 5th Avenue Vampires)
October 17th - Richmond VA @ The Triple (with Hateful Bones, Goracide)
October 19th - Baltimore MD @ The Sonar (with Tolerance For Tragedy, Sky Came Burning, Balor's eye)
French metallers Lonewolf have parted ways with long time guitarist Damien Capolongo.
The band's vocalist, Jens Volker Mathias Bömer, states: "Damien, our long time lead guitarist and Lonewolf go separate ways now. Other priorities, family, the will of playing something a bit different made this choice as an evidence for Damien, and it is the best decision for both sides to avoid any future misunderstandings which could be bad for our true friendship that of course still remains. We wish Damien all the best for the future.
Nevertheless, he'll play the two upcoming gigs with us: Luynes and Toreille, to close this chapter in a cool way.
Alex, our bass player, (but former Nightmare guitarist) will take the lead guitar, and we will search a new bass player. We don't give a fuck about a monster of technicality, we want to find a true metal child for whom the names Manilla Road, Stormwitch or Running Wild don't sound foreign and strange."
"Greed Is Blind" and "Secret Of The Black Water", two new tracks from the Polish female-fronted traditional heavy metal act Crystal Viper are available for streaming on band's official MySpace profile.
Both tracks come off the band's new album, Legends, which is scheduled for release on October 22 via AFM Records in Europe and United States, and on November 17 via Spiritual Beast Records in Japan. As the title suggests, all the lyrics on the CD are based on the original Polish legends from the Middle Ages.
Battle Metal warriors Turisas have released their digital-only single Supernaut this week. The single is now available through all digital platforms.
Since the feedback to Turisas' version of Supernaut on Metal Hammer UK's Black Sabbath tribute covermount CD was so positive, the band and Century Media Records decided to release an extended version of the track, featuring an additional one minute that wasn't available on the previously released version of the song.
The band is still busy mixing the upcoming, yet-untitled album with Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Amon Amarth, Katatonia) at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden. The album was recorded at the Sound Supreme studio in Hämeenlinna, Finland and will be released in early 2011.
Abysmal Dawn recently wrapped up the recording and mixing process to their new album and follow up to 2008's Programmed to Consume.
Guitarist/vocalist Charles Elliott checked in as follows: "We've been working on and off in the studio on this album since May and now we're finally done. After a series of set backs, illness, and going through a world of shit in our personal lives, we had no choice but to make this record our revenge and the defining moment for Abysmal Dawn. We've had the finished mixes for about a week now and everyone that has heard it has been just blown away. We can already tell that this will be the record that the band will become known for. It's a very varied, extreme, technical, and melodic record and I can promise you that no one will be disappointed."
Atheist's fourth album Jupiter will be out on November 8th (one day later in the US). This magnum opus will be available as limited Digipak edition, vinyl LP with download card and poster, and jewel case CD. You can now download the album's opening track, "Second to Sun", for free by clicking here (.mp3)