Canadian metallers Into Eternity will release their new album, entitled "The Incurable Tragedy", on August 25th in Europe (August 29th in japan and September 2nd in US) via Century Media.
The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Touchwood Studios (Regina, SK), produced and engineered by Grant Hall and Johnny Gasparic, mixed and mastered by Grant Hall (mixing assistant: Justin Bender). The cover artwork was done by Mattias Norén (www.progart.com).
"The Incurable Tragedy" cover] tracklisting:
01. Prelude To Woe
02. Tides Of Blood
03. Spent Years Of Regret
05. Diagnosis Terminal
06. The Incurable Tragedy I
08. Time Immemorial
09. The Incurable Tragedy II
US metallers Helstar have issued the following update:
"Yeah we know, we suck! We haven't kept up with the site, but hey we've been in the studio! That's right we have a new CD completed! The title is "The King Of Hell". The European release date is set for September of this year. The US release should be about 3 months later. Don't ask why, we don't even know. Keep checking back for a sneak peak of some of the new songs and for upcoming European Tour dates!"
"The King Of Hell" cover] tracklisting:
01. The King Of Hell
02. The Plague Called Man
04. When Empires Fall
05. Wicked Disposition
06. Caress Of The Dead
07. Pain Will Be Thy Name
Swedish metallers Burst have posted "(We watched) The Silver Rain" and "Cripple God" through their Myspace. The two songs come off their forthcoming album, entitled "Lazarus Bird" which will be released on September 16th in US (September 19th in Germany, September 22nd in the rest of Europe) via Relapse Records.
"Lazarus Bird" was recorded at Studio Bohussound (Status Quo, Abba) in Kungälv, Sweden. The follow-up to 2005's "Origo" was once again tracked with engineer Fredrik Reinedahl (Opeth, In Flames, Gadget).
The band adds: "We are shamelessly proud to offer you this preview of what we have been doing this last year. Look out for a couple of studio diary-style webisodes to be released shortly. Love from Sweden."
According to a Listenable Records press release: "n0n", the long awaited follow up to the debut "Occasus", sees The Amenta redefining extreme music. Rather than relying on the cliché shit in which other bands are content wallow, The Amenta have constructed an album built on new ideas, new concepts, new sounds and new techniques. "n0n" is the fusion of whitenoise, shards of dissonant guitars and dense layers of radio chatter. Lyrically, "n0n" is a newscast, showing you the shit around you. Suicide bombers and evangelists, freeways and dead ends. "n0n" stands as an indictment on todays media and technology addicted society.
The album will be released on October 20th via Listenable Records.
Norwegian metellars Satyricon have issued the following update::
''The last week and a half has been very eventful, recording vocals, brass with people from the the Broadcasting orchestra and the philharmonic, last night we had a choir called Grex Vocalis in the studio and we did a big photo shoot last weekend with tame wolves and lynx's (that were not tame) at some sort of reservate up in the mountains here in Norway. Very fascinating and powerful! We also went to some locations which represent the country's dramatic nature in a great way.
This week we're finishing the final recordings and preparing the album for mix. Saturday we play Kaltenbach Open Air in Austria and Monday we fly back to L.A to mix the record with Joe Barresi and do mastering with Brian Gardner.
Finnish metallers Amoral have issued the following update:
"We are sad to inform you that Niko is leaving Amoral. A while ago he sat us down and told us that he's having serious motivation problems and feels like it's time to do other things. We were in shock, as none of us saw this coming. We were sure Niko was enjoying the ride just as much as we were. We tried reasoning with him, even offering him a year-long break to do whatever else he feels like he needs to do, but quickly realized he had already made his mind.
Of course we were devastated at first. Niko was just as crucial part of the band as the rest of us, and also our frontman, the voice of the band. Was this the end of Amoral? The rest of us discussed this and were happy to see that we all felt that there's no way we're stopping now. We've worked too hard to get where we are, and we enjoy playing together, so why would we give it all up? We decided to look at the bright side of the situation: this would be our chance to pursue in a more melodic direction, something we've wanted for a long time but weren't able to do with Niko. This shouldn't come as a surprise for you who've been following our doings. The "rock n' roll vibe" has been present in our live shows and songs since our second album Decrowning, and especially on the last album Reptile Ride, which had some melodic vocals and a lot of stuff not suitable under the "technical death metal" -tag we've had on us…
Gothic metallers Moonspell have posted a video for the song "Night Eternal" which comes off their latest album, "Night Eternal" which was released in May of this year. The Video is directed by Ivan Colic (Type O Negative, Symphony X, Hammerfall) who also had directed the band's "Scorpion Flower" video.
A medley of new songs from Swedish metallers Falconer, taken from the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Among Beggars And Thieves", is available for download as an MP3 audio file at this location.
Due in August via Metal Blade Records, "Among Beggars And Thieves" was recorded at Andy La Rocque's (King Diamond) Sonic Train Studio in Varberg, Sweden. 13 songs were mixed during the sessions, including two bonus tracks for the LP's first edition.
Also the band adds: "In about a month you will also be able to see the music video of "Carnival Of Disgust" on www.metalblade.de."
An-card for "Southern Storm", the new album from Krisiun, can be accessed at this location.
Due in Europe on July 21 (on August 5th in North America) via Century Media Records, the CD was once again recorded at Stage One Studios in Borgentreich, Germany with producer Andy Classen (Tankard, Rotting Christ, Dew-Scented), who previously worked with the group on 1999's "Conquerors Of Armageddon" and 2006 "AssassiNation".
According to a press release, the album "offers everything the band's rabid fan base loves since day one: ferocious high-speed blasting, infectious double bass-driven grooves, razor-sharp riffs, devastating leads and a unique feel for combining catchiness with technicality. Tracks like the massive opener "Slaying Steel", "Combustion Inferno" or the band's rendition of the Sepultura classic "Refuse/Resist" are nothing but crushing death metal hits!"
Finnish metallers Elenium have posted two new demo tracks, entitled "Counterflare" and "Inorganic", on their MySpace page.
The band adds:
"We did a rough rehearsal demo of two brand new songs namely "Counterflare" and "Inorganic". Mikael Grönroos was very polite and took care of the recording duties. Thanks mate! These are the first new tracks we've recorded with our current line-up so all kind of feedback is very welcome. ...And yes, we know the first demo is always the best...
These versions will not be officially released since they are only for pre-production. You can still get a vague preview to our future releases.
Indie Recordings has announced the signing of the Norwegian metallers Enslaved. According to a press release:
"Having worked with Enslaved before it is an honour to again being allowed to work with one of the absolute top acts in metal today. Their new album "Vertebrae" will be released September 2008, marking a quantum leap for Extreme Metal. "Vertebrae" is Enslaved's most important achievement to date, and will convince through haunting songs, the most powerful production and unmatched integrity. More details on the album itself will be revealed shortly. Enslaved is also widely acclaimed as one of the best live acts on the scene today - following the release, Enslaved will commence on an extensive European Tour, being supported by fellow Norwegians Stonegard and Krakow. See here for complete tour-list."
A new DVD from Black Metallers Dimmu Borgir has been announced. It will revolve around concerts for the band's Invaluable Darkness tour and their appearance at last year's Wacken Open Air festival. The Invaluable Darkness DVD will be a three-disc release: 2 DVDs plus a bonus audio CD. Click here to see the DVD's extensive tracklist.
In other news Dimmu Borgir has been confirmed for the Blackest Of The Black tour with Danzig, Moonspell, Winds Of Plague, and Skeletonwitch. The tour will be a 24-show trek on October 9th in Miami Beach, Florida and play its wrap-up show on November 10th in San Francisco, California.
Glenn Danzig had this to say: "I'm very happy to have Dimmu Borgir sharing the stage this time, as they are one of my favorite bands and I always wanted them on. Should be an incredible 20th anniversary tour."
Century Media announced the following post for the Divine Heresy regarding their search for a new vocalist:
"There has been much speculation as of late to the status of Divine Heresy's lead singer situation after their last tour, and the band is now going back to the drawing board to explore more options. If you are interested in trying out for the position, you need to go to the group's Myspace page to download some instrumental tracks. You will need to record your vocals on them and submit them back to Divineheresyband@AOL.com along with a bio, any possible photos and contact info. Vocal tracks should be as organic as possible. No autotune or vocal effects, excessive reverb, etc.
Porcupine Tree's official site and Steven Wilson's official site announced the following post :
"The fifth and penultimate in the series of Steven Wilson's Cover Version singles is now available to pre-order from Headphone Dust. As with the first 4, the single contains a surprise cover version and a Steve Wilson original, the original this time being a reworked version of a song previously heard on the Steve Wilson Myspace page, "Well You're Wrong". The previous 4 cover version singles are all still available and there is currently a special offer to get all 5 for £15. Any single Cover Version CD (including the new one) is now at the reduced price of £3.50.
Agathodaimon's official site and label Nuclear Blast announced the following update:
Guitarist Sathonys explains:
"We are currently finishing the works on our upcoming fifth album Phoenix, but still on the search for a new vocalist as permanent member. Please note that we only consider vocalists that live in Germany; it's no use having someone that lives far away in the band, as we insist on steady rehearsals. Thanks to all those people from around the globe who showed their interest so far, but seriously, this makes no sense to us. We prefer to rehearse often, and this might become complicated if you're living on another continent. Until a new member is found, Jonas Iscariot will support us for upcoming gigs such as the one in Romania, 26th July. Skilled and motivated vocalists are invited to send info/bio and samples of their work to email@example.com!"