Sepultura have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records.
Guitarist Andreas Kisser states: "We are happy to be at Nuclear Blast, especially in the year we are celebrating 25 years of history, and it is a great honor for us to join forces with the most metal label in the world. I am sure this will be a great journey for both of us and we are already working on new material while on the road. Let's go for another 25 years!"
Nuclear Blast A&R manager Jaap Wagemaker further comments: "Yes, you got that right! Another great thrash band has joined the Nuclear family! We have been following the band around Andreas and Derrick Green for quite some time now and every time when we saw them play live, we were equally impressed by the sheer energy that they create on stage! After inviting the band to come to Donzdorf (Germany; Nuclear Blast's worldwide headquarters) and having some talks with them, we soon found out that we are all on the same page regarding what would be best for the future of Sepultura!
Sweden's Spiritual Beggars finally return to the spotlight with their first new studio album in five years, Return To Zero. Once again, the Beggars effortlessly manage to confirm they are a band that continues to defy musical boundaries and that delivers Classic Heavy Rock at its very best! The artwork of the upcoming album is done by the well known Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes.
Spiritual Beggars's guitarist Michael Amott (Carcass, Arch Enemy) states: "I'm extremely pleased with the Return To Zero cover! To me, it's the quintessential Spiritual Beggars artwork. The artist really managed to capture the essence of our band, the new album and the constant flow of cryptic ideas I was throwing at him! As I'm old school, I can't wait to see this in its full glory on the vinyl LP... But hey, it'll look cool as a minuscular image on your iPod too!"
So... apparently MetalStorm.net has been blocked by Iranian authorities. As of Sunday, MS has been "filtered" and is no longer accessible in Iran. Yup, Metal Storm is officially too metal for Iran. Several of our Iranian users have reported though that, next to bypass software, the site is still available through https://www.metalstorm.net.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has been filtering social network sites, like MySpace, Facebook, Last.fm, Twitter, Urkat for years now. But since last month authorities have started filtering blogs and websites related to Metal music. The infamous Metal Archives were the first to go down. But also most of the Persian language metal forums and blogs got filtered. Even the official Metallica website had to bite the dust.
Season of Mist unexpectedly announced that Ukrainian Black Metal legends Drudkh will release a brand new album on September 20th, 2010. The new work will be entitled Handful of Stars and will also be available as a limited edition box set. More news to follow soon!
Dutch eclectic extreme Metal band Conspiracy returns with a brand new third full-length album entitled Irremediable.
Previously helmed solely by Carpathian Wolf (Lupus Karpatius in Latin) for the previous two full-length albums, the band currently also consists of German guitarist/composer/orchestrator Aryan Blaze to join the ranks of Conspiracy.
Carpathian Wolf (aka Al' Hazred, former member of Sumerian Black Metallers Melechesh) left Melechesh in 2008 to fully concentrate and focus on Conspiracy. Conspiracy's musical direction sees a more logical step towards the fulfillment and ideology of Carpathian Wolf himself.
Conspiracy head-honcho Carpathian Wolf comments: "This time Conspiracy doesn't just spit rage and hatred but presents the symphony of sinister entertainment for the chosen elite black metal consumer. The material on Irremediable ranges from Blackened Heavy Metal with melodic and harmonious guitar solos to Black Metal with unorthodox elements, which will pleasantly surprise even the most spoilt listeners."
Maple Metal Records have signed Canadian death metal band Massive Slavery and will release their first album Global Enslavement on July 26th.
Massive Slavery hail from the towns of Val d'Or and Ryoun-Noranda, the gold-mining district in Northern Quebec. The province of Quebec, Canada has traditionally been a hot bed for great metal talent and now Massive Slavery can be added to that illustrious list.
Born from a concept conceived by bassist Marc-André Barrette (ex-Paroxysm) and guitarist Joël St-Amant (Descend into Nothingness), Massive Slavery was officially created in the winter of 2009.
Having previously worked with Joel in Descend into Nothingness, drummer Pierre-Alexandre Mercier (Decrepity) did not hesitate to join the crew. Even if the band were still looking for a frontman, they began to write and work on fresh material. After a couple of months of hunting around, their search was finally over when vocalist Jonathan St-Pierre landed the role, to round out this new quartet. His addition to the band gave new dynamics, and a boost of energy to push the band into finalizing the writing of their first album.
Greek black metal band Aenaon are proud to announce the upcomming release of A Parallel Zoetrope, a 7' split between Aenaon and Satanochio. This split will be released in 500 copies worldwide from Floga Records and Orkestral Promenade Productions.
The Aenaon song will be called "I, Tyrant". The Satanochio side is coming with the song "Crimson Grim". Both songs are placed in the avantgarde and experimental dimensions of black metal.
The artwork of this release is done from Costin Chioreanu, an artist well known from works with bands like Decrepit Spectre, Ulver, Aura Noir, Grave etc.
The mastering of the Aenaon song, took place at Strype Audio in Norway. The well-known studio from the works of bands such as Code, Dødheimsgard, Ihsahn, Darkthrone, Emperor, Arcturus, Virus, 1349, Keep Of Kalessin etc. The release was engineered by Tom Kvalsvoll. Release date on the 19th of July 2010.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of US Classic Heavy Metal band Benedictum for the release of a brand new studio album in early 2011. Since 2005 Benedictum has been heralded as one of metal's most exciting bands. Fronted by the awesome talent of Veronica Freeman, her raw and powerful vocals have been the driving force behind this international metal sensation.
This year proves to be a very intense and exhilarating time, as Benedictum are set to deliver their 3rd album of jaw dropping, head banging, female-fronted fury. After releasing two critically acclaimed albums (Seasons Of Tragedy & Uncreation), produced by internationally renowned producer and bassist Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio & Foreigner), Benedictum is back to unleash their career defining release!
German Pagan folk metal act Black Messiah and Russian Viking metallers Nomans Land are the latest bands to join the Black Trolls Over Europe Tour which takes place later this year. The tour also features Negură Bunget, Adorned Brood, Dyrathor and Heathen Foray, with special guest Wolfchant on select occasions. The currently announced dates are as follows:
08.10.2010 - DE - Bonn, Klangstation
09.10.2010 - DE - Gera, Sächsischer Bahnhof
10.10.2010 - DE - Darmstadt, Steinbruchtheater
11.10.2010 - DE - Hamburg, Headbangers Ballroom
12.10.2010 - DE - Flensburg, Roxy
13.10.2010 - DE - Essen, Turock
14.10.2010 - DE - Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
15.10.2010 - CH - Uster, Stadthofsaal
16.10.2010 - DE - Ruhla, Waldeshall Festival
Angra has finally announced the official title of its seventh full length. Aqua will be the first material released in the last four years and after the return of the drummer Ricardo Confessori (Shaman) to the band. Below is the official press release:
Aqua is a Latin word and means "water" in English. It represents the unique style that presented Angra to the world. Its incredible ability in mixing various music genres, transcending from Classical to Metal, Folklore to Modern, Pop to Experimental, has an unquestionable relevance nowadays and it is described in each detail of the new work.
The whole composition of the album was directly inspired by "The Tempest" - the last play written by William Shakespeare and shown here through an epic vision compared to its dark side.
Audrey Y Beeson-Michael, the older sister of Curtis Beeson, former drummer of the '80s/'90s metal bands Nasty Savage, Massacre, Fester and Denial Fiend, has sent the following letter to Blabbermouth.net:
"On Monday, June 28, 2010, we found out that Curtis had a massive brain tumor. Curtis had been complaining of headaches and losing the vision in his right eye for about five months. Being a "man", he did not go immediately to the hospital. My mother and my other brother Sanford (former singer of Low Brow) kind of "dragged" him to Tampa General Hospital on that Monday. After explaining to the ER staff his symptoms, they immediately send him for a CT Scan and MRI. They found a massive tumor, over and behind his right eye. They scheduled him for surgery for Friday, July 2 at 8 a.m. After 16 hours of surgery, his doctor finally came out and said that they had removed all of the tumor. The tumor was the size of a softball.
US technical death/grind metallers Cephalic Carnage have announced the addition of guitarist Brian Hopp to the group's ranks. Brian Hopp will be replacing Zac Joe as lead guitarist.
The band stated: "So yeah yeah old news, but as most of you know Zac left the band, but what you don't know is who our new guitarist is. Please welcome Brian Hopp a.k.a. Legolas to the Cephalic family. He's got a really sweet bow and arrow, and his guitar playing is almost as good as his archery. We are extremely pleased with his work on the new record, and we think you will be too. Come tickle his chin and give him a pinch on Summer's Laughter."
Misled By Certainty, the new Cephalic Carnage's album, is due on August 31 via Relapse Records.
Shining will make a rare appearance in their home country of Sweden when they headline the Forlorn Festival which is scheduled to take place on the 26th and 27th November at the Fabriken, in Umea, Sweden. According to the organisers this will be Sweden's first ever Black Metal festival, and the line up will feature some of the country's leading Black Metal bands, many of whom, like Shining itself, rarely get to play in their own country. Line up up for the Forlorn Fest is as follows:
Shining's much anticipated seventh album VII / Född Förlorare is due for release on Indie Recordings later this year. The band will be appearing at a number of festivals over the summer, and will embark on a series of European dates with Enthroned during October and November.
The news is already a tad old, but just in case you missed this moment of rejoice, gore-metallers Exhumed have reformed after a five-year hiatus!
The band will feature founding and original member Matt Harvey on guitars and vocals along with returning members Leon DelMuerte (Phobia, Muder Construct) on bass and vocals, Wes Caley (Uphill Battle) on guitars, and Danny Walker (Intronaut, Muder Construct, (Uphill Battle) on drums. The band will begin recording a new full-length and follow-up album to 2003's Anatomy Is Destiny this fall for a spring 2011 release.
Harvey recently commented on the reformation: "I'm totally fucken psyched to be making music with Exhumed again, it's been way too long. After a few years off and away from the Death Metal scene, I feel rejuvenated and ready to hack, maim and kill once again. I wanted this to be a continuation of what the band was doing and was on its way to doing, not a reunion or some weird nostalgia thing, so the first person I started talking about this with was our guitarist Wes (Caley), who has been writing some great songs for the new album, and once he got the ball rolling with Leon (DelMuerte, bass, vocals) and Danny (Walker, drums), it come together quickly and easier than ever!"