The organizers of the Summer Slaughter Tour have just announced a second nationwide underground festival tour to take place later in the Summer. It's called The Thrash And Burn Tour, presented by Revolver Magazine in conjunction with Deathcote, Merch Now and Iron Fist Clothing.
While Summer Slaughter is known to be "The Most Extreme Tour of the Year" with a cutting edge line-up focused on pure progressive brutality and the different faces of death metal, The Thrash And Burn Tour will showcase a diverse mix of underground metal bands who draw from decades of Thrash, Punk and Hardcore to mold their 21st century sounds. Darkest Hour, fresh off their tour with At The Gates has been chosen to headline this tour.
Cali's reunited thrashers Forbidden posted the following:
"Forbidden proudly announces Mark Hernandez (Heathen, Defiance, Re-Ignition, Vio-lence, Torque, Technocracy, Social Unrest), as the drummer for Forbidden's upcoming European tour. Mark Hernandez is one of the most dynamic and solid drummers in Hard Rock/Heavy Metal today. His aggressive attack and technical ability shine. Mark has proven himself over and over from his time in one of the most respected thrash metal bands of all time Vio-lence and more recently with Heathen and the rebirth of Defiance. Mark will be one of the most watched drummers in Hard rock & Heavy Metal for years to come."
Brutal Truth recorded four new songs late last year for the upcoming Relapse Records compilation "This Comp Kills Fascists". A new Brutal Truth song, "Turmoil", is now available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
In the tradition of the legendary "Cry Now, Cry Later" compilations of the 90's, Pig Destroyer / Agoraphobic Nosebleed's Scott Hull has brought together some of the very best of today's underground grindcore, hardcore, and power violence bands making up volume one of "This Comp Kills Fascists". The complete listing of bands included is: Agents Of Satan, A.S.R.A, Brutal Truth, Chainsaw To The Face, Insect Warfare, Kill The Client, Magrudergrind, Man Will Destroy Himself, Shitstorm, Spoonful Of Vicodin, Total Fucking Destruction, Wasteoid, and Weekend Nachos.
Napalm Records is offering an exclusive preview of the new albums by Faroe Islands pagan metal band Týr and Austrian symphonic black metallers Hollenthon at this location (free MySpace registration may be required to view).
Týr's new album "Land" will be released on May 28th (Finland), May 30th (Germany, Sweden, France, Italy), June 6th (rest of Europe) and June 10th (US, Canada) via Napalm Records. Hollenthon's album "Opus Magnum" is scheduled for release on May 30th (Europe) and June 7th (North America).
Folk metallers Waylander have posted on their Myspace page two fully mixed and mastered songs from their upcoming album entitled "Honour Amongst Chaos" cover]. The album will be release in June 2008 via Listenable Records.
Finnish metallers Amoral have issued the following update on their website:
"We are more than happy to welcome Pekka Johansson to the band as our new bass player! Pekka has been helping us out with our recent live duties, and the vibe's been great both on and off stage. The dude's a great bassist, has a killer stage presence and is good company, so we quickly realized we'd need to look no further.
Pekka will be joining the official Amoral forum soon, so you can all pick his brain over there and ask him anything you wanna know..."
Swedish metallers Wolf have issued the following update on their MySpace page:
"Wolf proudly present Richard "Raptor" Holmgren as their new official drummer. Richard is a well known musician and previously played in several bands such as Apostasy, Haterush and more. Raptor is now a fulltime member of the howling Swedish Heavy Metal machine that is Wolf. Please check out this video introduction by Richard "Raptor" Holmgren."
In other news, Wolf is currently working hard on a new album. Johannes "Axeman" Losbäck comments:
"We've successfully progressed in the writing process as we got about 7-8 songs finished and more to work with. We feel that this next Wolf album will knock your teeth out by the sheer sight of it. We will have some very exciting news about the recording coming your way soon."
Swedish metallers Cloudscape have issued the following update on their MySpace page:
"The wait is almost over!! Cloudscape is proud to announce that they have inked a deal with recordlabel Golden Core / Roastinghouse Records (ZYX) to release the new (third) album entitled "Global Drama" all over Europe during mid August, 2008. "Global Drama" will also be released in the US and Canada through Nightmare Records in August.
An 8 minute sample containing parts from all songs from "Global Drama" have been uploaded here, so, go there and have a listen… comments are welcome so, please join the official Cloudscape forum.
For magazines, webzines, TV and radio stations who wants to get in touch with Cloudscape for interview requests, promos and so forth ..please contact their management at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the staff at Golden Core."
An e-card for Paradise Lost's forthcoming DVD, entitled "The Anatomy Of Melancholy", can be accessed at this location.
The DVD was filmed and directed by Paul M Green and his Dash Productions team (Opeth, The Damned, Gary Numan). Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Symphony X) mixed the brilliantly captured live sound at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden, and the dark enchanting cover artwork was done again by Greek artist Seth who already worked on the band's last two album covers.
"The Anatomy Of Melancholy" release dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux and Italy: May 23th.
Spain and Portugal: May 27th.
Sweden, Finland and Hungary: May 28th.
Peaceville Records is proud to announce the extension of their partnership with My Dying Bride, widely regarded as purveyors of the best genre-defining Doom/Gothic Metal since the early days of Peaceville. Long may it continue!
On signing the new deal Andrew Craighan commented "We've been with Peaceville since the release of our very first album way back in 1992 and it's a pleasure to announce that we'll continue working together for the coming future, as we feel there is a great understanding etween ourselves & Peaceville moving forward, and both look forward to bringing more crushing
doom your way soon".
The new My Dying Bride live CD/DVD set, An Ode to Woe is available now and the band are currently underway with recording their highly-anticipated follow-up to 2006's album, A Line of Deathless Kings with long-time producer, Mags.
"As a taster we have put up a few samples of the near final mix of the Killing Music sessions. Let us know what you think so far. We like it!! In all there will be 14 original songs along with 2 cover versions. We are just finishing off all the bollocks that goes with an album release. New photos, album sleeve, videos etc., so hopefully all will be in your grubby little hands at the beginning of September - which will mark the beginning of a full European tour starting September 18th, 2008."
Check out the samples at Benediction official MySpace.
The final "Killing Music" tracklisting is as follows:
Northern Metal webzine is reporting that, reactivated Norwegian cult act Khold is back after a short break. Since their debut release in 2001, the excellent album "Masterpiss Of Pain", Khold has established themselves as a leading force within the Black Metal genre. By fronting a raw, primitive and obscure playing style, they have earned excellent feedback on all continents, and due to excessive touring the band have build up a solid fanbase.
Khold hits tight as clenched fists, and you are bound to enjoy their crunchy mid-paced black/doom compositions. Khold's fifth opus is entitled "Hundre År Gammal" and will be released on June 9th via Norwegian Tabu Records. Check artwork here.
Metal Hammer writer Joel McIver reports that the new guitarist in Florida Death Metal legends Morbid Angel is none other than Zyklon's longtime axemeister Destructhor (Thor Anders Myhren).
Frontman David Vincent told Metal Hammer in a recent interview, "The hunt for another guitarist to play alongside Trey (Azagthoth, the band's primary songwriter) was long and difficult. Man, I tell you, we had tapes sent to us from all over the world from guys who wanted to play in our band, and many of them were extremely talented - but Thor was the right choice for us. He's a fantastic guitarist and fits right in with the band. Also, Zyklon have supported Morbid Angel in the past, so the guys knew each other already.