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Hellsaw - Enter The Studio

Austrian black metallers Hellsaw entered Munich's Dreamsound Studios last week to begin recording their fourth full-length album. Titled Trist, the album will be the follow up to 2009's Cold and is due for release on Napalm Records in early 2012.

Frontman and founder Aries commented about the direction Hellsaw will take with the album: "The German word "Trist" is difficult to define exactly but if you think of various connotations of solemnity and sadness you'd be thinking along the right lines. Cold was more about melancholy, Trist is darker; it's like the scent of fine whiskey and damp earth.

As a band, we always prepare thoroughly before going into the studio, but this time we've rehearsed even more in order to perfect the sound for each track. We've also sought to redefine the Hellsaw sound, without losing our identity. There needs to be a certain amount of experimentation with each new album in order to bring the sound up to date. Without giving too much away, with Trist we believe we have found the perfect symbiosis between the old and new elements. All the songs are strong, and it will definitely kick ass."


Band profile: Hellsaw
Posted: 18.07.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (3)

Rage Nucléaire - New Project By Ex-Cryptopsy Vocalist

Rage Nucléaire - the new project led by ex-Cryptopsy vocalist Dan "Lord Worm" Greening - are finishing up the last pieces of their upcoming debut album, entitled Unrelenting Fucking Hatred.

Said Lord Worm to Bravewords: "Rage Nucléaire is a hate-filled blend of melodic black metal and violent industrial. It's a three-piece and its other component parts are Alvater on guitar, synth, drum programming, and background vocals, and Dark Rage on guitar, background vocals, and secret things even I'm not privy to.

A full-length CD, Unrelenting Fucking Hatred, is currently in the works. The three of us seem to share the same bleak world vision, for one thing, and this shows up very clearly in the compositions. Alvater used to be in the godly Frozen Shadows, and I know he hasn't spent nearly a fraction of his accumulated rage. Dark Rage and I don't do a lot of cretinous smiling, either.

Also, I remember a talk with (ex-Cryptopsy guitarist) Steve Thibault about ten years ago, in which he said something about having one more album left in him. As it turns out, he didn't, but I've often thought about that, and I figure I might have one or two left to expiate. As the millennium progresses, so does the aural assault perpetrated by really nasty practitioners of the Black Art; good. I just want to add my voice to the global chorus of discomfiture. And so, I will.

I'm still into doing live stuff but we'll have to see about that. There is also some material being written for a second release, and we'll probably have to put up a Facebook page, too, at some point. Other than that, I'm just looking forward to being dead, but then, aren't we all."


Band profile: Cryptopsy
Posted: 18.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (12)

Criminal - New Song Online

"Akelarre", a brand-new track from thrashers Criminal - originally formed in Chile and now based in the UK - has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.

"Akelarre" is the title track off the band's upcoming new album, which will be released on August 19th through Massacre Records.

Akelarre is Criminal's seventh studio album and first since the departure of lead guitarist and founding member Rodrigo Contreras and the subsequent addition of Basque guitar player Olmo Cascallar. The album was produced by bassist Dan Biggin at his HVR Studios in Suffolk, UK.

Akelarre tracklist:

01. Order From Chaos
02. Resistance Is Futile
03. The Ghost We Summoned
04. Akelarre
05. State Of Siege
06. Tyrannicide
07. Feel The Void
08. The Power Of The Dog
09. Vows Of Silence
10. La Santa Muerte


Band profile: Criminal
Posted: 18.07.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (1)

Arosian Black Mass Festival - Line-Up Revealed

The line-up for the Arosian Black Mass Festival has been finalized. Get all the names after the jump. The first-ever edition of Arosian Black Mass will take place on the 11th and 12th of November. This 2-day event of esoteric music and art will take place in the city of Västerås (Arosia in Latin), Sweden (a ~100 km west of Stockholm).

Tickets (Age: 18+) can be bought at this location (sales will start in August).


Event: Arosian Black Mass
Posted: 18.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (0)

Bloodsoaked - New Video Online

"No God", the brand-new video from North Carolina-based one-man brutal death metal band Bloodsoaked can now be watched below.

The clip was directed, shot, and edited by Jesse Knight. The clip is also the only, and one-time only, music video by Bloodsoaked featuring a full line-up.

"No God" comes off the band's third full-length album The Death Of Hope, which was released earlier this month through Comatose Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


Band profile: Bloodsoaked
Posted: 18.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (2)

Threshold - Resume Work On New Album

UK-based progressive metal outfit Threshold will soon return to the studio to complete work on their forthcoming ninth studio album. The follow-up to 2007's Dead Reckoning is due for release through Nuclear Blast Records in 2012.

The album is once again being recorded at Thin Ice Studios in the UK with producers Karl Groom and Richard West. The band has been working on the new material since November last year.


Band profile: Threshold
Posted: 17.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (3)

Dream Theater - Touring North America With Trivium In September

According to the latest word on the interwebs, progressive metal giants Dream Theater will embark on a U.S. headlining tour in September. Support on the road will come from their Roadrunner Records labelmates Trivium.

Exact cities and dates will be announced soon, so keep an eye out for updates.

Dream Theater will release their forthcoming new album, A Dramatic Turn Of Events, on September 12th. Get a new track, called "On The Backs Of Angels", here and more album details here.

Trivium on their turn will release their upcoming new album, In Waves, on August 9th. New tracks are listed earlier here. More album details are available here.


Band profile: Dream Theater
Posted: 17.07.2011 by CHEF METAL HEAD | Comments (17)

Warbringer - N. American Tour With Lazarus A.D., Landmine Marathon

In support of Warbringer's forthcoming new album, Worlds Torn Asunder (due on September 27th), the road warriors have announced a headlining tour beginning October 3rd.

The month-long trek, dubbed America Torn Asunder 2011, will take them around the country, along with support from friends Lazarus A.D., Landmine Marathon and Diamond Plate.

Tickets for the show can be bought here. Get a list of all confirmed dates after the jump.


Band profile: Warbringer
Event: Warbringer: America Torn Asunder 2011
Posted: 17.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (2)

Into Eternity - New Single Streaming Online

"Sandstorm", the brand-new single from Canadian tech progressive death metal band Into Eternity, can now be streamed over at Bravewords.

"Sandstorm" was written in May and features the band's new drummer Bryan Newbury (Death Toll Rising). The track also features the guest death vocals of former Into Eternity vocalist Rob Doherty. This streaming version is just the bonus Tim Roth (guitars/vocals)/Rob Doherty version.

The real version of "Sandstorm", which features singer Stu Block (recently enlisted by Iced Earth), Tim Roth and Rob Doherty, will be released on iTunes on July 25th.

Into Eternity are busy writing new material for the follow-up to 2008's The Incurable Tragedy.


Band profile: Into Eternity
Posted: 17.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (11)

Moonspell - Spanish Tour Dates Confirmed

Portuguese gothic metal act Moonspell just announced a handful of live shows in Spain.

The tour, dubbed Vintage Tour 2011, will take place in early December. The band also promised a special Portuguese date will be announced soon. Get the Spanish dates after the jump.


Band profile: Moonspell
Event: Moonspell: Spanish Vintage Tour 2011
Posted: 17.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (2)

Chris Connelly - New Solo Album Later This Year

Relapse Records will release the brand new solo album from prolific musician and writer Chris Connelly (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, The High Confessions).

The new album, titled Artificial Madness, was recorded this past May at Engine studios in Chicago with producer Sanford Parker. Joining Connelly for the recording and adding to his distinctive vocal and guitar work was Noah Leger (The Karl Hendricks Trio, The(e) Speaking Canaries, Head of Skulls) on drums, Will Lindsay (Indian, Nachtmystium, Wolves In The Throne Room) on bass, and Dallas Thomas (The Swan King, Circle of Animals, Asschapel) on guitar.

The title Artificial Madness is a reference to today's insane reliance on needless technologies that has turned humans into head-hung, shuffling zombies. Connelly describes the release as "an adrenaline rush of paranoia, drawing on my history with bands like Ministry, Killing Joke, and The Damage Manual while retaining the melodic sense. It's a statement against the way music has become a flaccid Eagles/Fleetwood Mac nightmare with no one fighting or asking questions anymore. It's time for a revolution."

Artificial Madness will see an autumn 2011 release date with additional album details to be posted shortly.


Posted: 17.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Iced Earth - Free Live Webcast Tonight

Iced Earth's live performance at the Ilosaarirock Festival in Joensuu, Finland will be streamed live later today at 7:00 pm local time (12:00 noon EST / 9:00 am PST) at this location (brought to you by the Finnish broadcasting company YLE).

Iced Earth recently entered the studio to begin recording their new upcoming album, Dystopia, with producer Jim Morris. The album is tentatively scheduled for a late 2011 release through Century Media Records. More on that here.

As previously reported, Matt Barlow will retire from the band after the summer festival shows. Afterwards Into Eternity vocalist Stu Block will become the new lead singer for Iced Earth.


Band profile: Iced Earth
Event: Ilosaarirock Festival
Posted: 16.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (21)

Warbringer - Album Release Date Announced

US thrash metal quintet Warbringer will release their upcoming new album, Worlds Torn Asunder, on September 27th through Century Media Records.

Worlds Torn Asunder was produced and mixed by the renowned Steve Evetts (Suicide Silence, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Symphony X), and features artwork by the talented Dan Seagrave, who designed Warbringer's previous album cover (in addition to art for bands such as Entombed, Suffocation and Morbid Angel).

About the artwork, vocalist John Kevill comments: "The concept behind Worlds Torn Asunder was the decline of our existing world at the hands of the human race. The artwork depicts the world literally being torn and we wanted to include the setting in the cosmos along with a darker 'higher' force lurking behind the shadows. We had worked with Dan Seagrave before on Waking into Nightmares and were very comfortable with the way he expressed himself. He's been the artist for many bands we love and are inspired by."

Worlds Torn Asunder tracklist:

01. Living Weapon
02. Shattered Like Glass
03. Wake Up... Destroy
04. Future Ages Gone
05. Savagery
06. Treacherous Tongue
07. Echoes From The Void
08. Enemies Of The State
09. Behind The Veils Of Night
10. Demonic Ecstasy


Band profile: Warbringer
Posted: 16.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (2)

Confessor - Confirm Appearance At Maryland Deathfest

After years of silence US doomsters Confessor have confirmed to play live at next year's Maryland Deathfest. The band will also release a demo collection/archival DVD, entitled Uncontrolled.

The band issued the following statement: "Confessor is excited to announce that the band is back in action and we have been confirmed for the 2012 Maryland Deathfest next year. Rehearsals have already started and we hope to play a warm-up show in Raleigh prior to the MDF appearance. We still have some limitations with Scott living and working in China but it looks like he will be able to spend some more time in the States next year.

The current project Far and Away featuring Steve Shelton, Chris Nolan, and Brian Shoaf from Confessor will continue to write and record and Cary continues playing with Parasite Drag.

Besides the appearance at MDF the band, in conjuction with reissue specialists Divebomb Records, are putting together a demo-collection-and-archival-DVD set entitled Uncontrolled. This will be the first time that all three legendary Confessor demos are made available commercially. The DVD will contain archival footage collected by the band with additional material supplied by die-hard fans.

In additional to audio and video content, Jeff Wagner (author of Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal) has contributed a brand new essay to go along with pictures the band has unearthed for the deluxe booklet. Release date for the set is undetermined at the moment, but Divebomb Records hopes to have it available by year's end."

The tenth edition of the Maryland Deathfest will take place May 24-27th at Sonar in Baltimore, MD. The bill so far includes names such as Morbid Angel, Electric Wizard, Saint Vitus, Morgoth, Suffocation, Negură Bunget and Bethlehem, among others. Go here for an overview of all confirmed acts so far.


Band profile: Confessor
Event: Maryland Deathfest X
Posted: 16.07.2011 by cpnolan | Comments (0)

Chthonic - Entire New Album Streaming Online

Takasago Army, the brand-new album from Taiwanese black metal quintet Chthonic can now be heard in its entirety over at

Takasago Army is the band's sixth full-length album, which was released on July 6th through SPV Records. More album details were previously reported here and here.


Band profile: Chthonic
Posted: 16.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (0)