Death metallers Abysmal Dawn finished recording the new album last month already, but have waited to announce more details until now.
Anyway, the follow-up to 2008's Programmed to Consume will be entitled Leveling The Plane of Existence. A North American release date has been set for February 1st, while the album will be released in the UK on February 7th, in Germany and the Benelux on February 11th and on February 14th in the rest of Europe.
Album tracklisting and cover artwork will be revealed shortly.
Abysmal Dawn began recording Leveling The Plane of Existence in May 2010. The drums were recorded at Trench Studios in Corona, CA with John Haddad (Phobia, Intronaut, Hirax) with the rest of the instrumentation being produced and recorded by Mike Bear (Artisan, ex-Prototype), at Artisan Road Studios in Encino, CA. Leveling The Plane of Existence is being mixed and mastered by Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Hate Eternal) at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, FL.
Earlier this week, the news got out that soprano Tarja Turunen will perform a unique Christmas tour 2010 with well-known Finnish musicians - Kalevi Kiviniemi, Marzi Nyman and Markku Krohn. They will perform in churches in Oulu, Lahti, Kuopio, Pori and Keuruu. The Artistic Director of the concerts is Kalevi Kiviniemi and the concerts are organized by Rowan3 Productions. Tickets are on pre-sale now.
Christmas Concerts 2010:
29.11.2010 19:00 - Oulu, Tuomiokirkko
30.11.2010 19:00 - Kuopio, Tuomiokirkko
02.12.2010 19:00 - Pori, Keski-Porin kirkko
03.12.2010 19:00 - Lahti, Sibeliustalo
05.12.2010 19:00 - Keuruu, Keuruun Uusi kirkko
Monster Magnet frontman Dave Wyndorf has announced the departure of longtime guitarist Ed Mundell, who decided to leave the band earlier this week after eighteen years of service. Here's the word from Wyndorf:
"After 18 years Ed's left Monster Magnet for "personal reasons" What can I say? He told me this two months ago and I gave him some time for him to perhaps reconsider but no go. It's a bummer, yeah but we've been through this kind of thing before. Make no mistake, Magnet goes on. We start the "Mastermind" tour tonight in Cologne, Germany with Phil Caivano and Garrett Sweeny handling duel guitar chores.
I'd like to thank Ed for the immense talent he's brought to the band over the years and wish him good luck in whatever he decides to do next. Good luck Ed, we''l miss you!"
Just a quick message for everyone to run over to our articles section and check out the brand new (almost) monthly Clandestine Cuts! You can find it here.
This month features Skull Fist, Wicked Side, Inmost Ego, Acelsia, Seven Year Kismet, Vomit The Hate and Phosphorus.
Be sure to check it out and hear these bands in their beginning stages, as you never know who the next Enslaved, Immortal, or Amorphis may be. This is just a small chunk of what the future of metal has to offer, and as a collective force, through word of mouth, you/us/we have the power to choose whether or not one of these bands is THEE future of metal.
But most importantly, support the underground - those who need it most!
"Yhdeksän Tien Päät", the new video from Finnish metallers Stam1na, can be viewed at this location.
"Yhdeksän Tien Päät" comes off the band's new collection of old demo recordings, entitled Vanhaa Paskaa, which were originally "self-released" on cassette tape or CD-R format before the band signed a deal with Sakara Records. Due on November 3 via Sakara Records, Vanhaa Paskaa cover art] features the following tracklist:
03. Koe Murha!
04. Eivät Ikinä Saa
05. Arjen Sankari
07. Elämäsi Repliikki
09. Erilaisen Rakkauden Todistaja
10. Älä Puhu Poika
Oslo/Berlin based avantgarde black metal band Solefald have recently published a new track, called "Vitets Vidd I Verdi", on MySpace.
"Vitets Vidd I Verdi" is the first single from the forthcoming album Norrøn Livskunst, to be released on November 15th through Indie Recordings. The band also launched an e-card with samples from all tracks on the album. You can check it out at this location.
Norrøn Livskunst cover art] tracklist:
01. Song Til Stormen
02. Norrøn Livskunst
04. Stridsljod, (Blackabilly)
07. Vitets Vidd I Verdi
09. Waves Over Vallhalla (An Icelandic Odyssey Part 3)
Terminal, the highly anticipated new album from extreme sludge doom metal trio Salome is now available for streaming in its entirety at NPR.org. The stream will be available till November 9, its official release date on Profound Lore Records.
Terminal was described earlier as an intense 70-plus minute sonic jaunt of punishing sludge doom metal reverence. Don't miss out on this great release, stream it here and leave your thoughts on the album in the comments section below.
Terminal cover art] tracklist:
01. The Message
03. Master Failure
05. An Accident Of History
06. The Witness
07. The Unbelievers
"The Watcher's Monolith", a brand-new Agalloch track is streaming on Stereogum. Go have a listen here and weigh in with your thoughts in the comment section.
As reported back in September, Agalloch completed work on their fourth full-length entitled Marrow Of The Spirit. A release date is set for November 23 via Profound Lore Records.
Marrow Of The Spirit is the first album to feature new drummer Aesop Dekker (Ludicra) and features guest appearances by cellist Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon, Giant Squid, Asunder, Amber Asylum), Jeffrey Neblock (Vindensang), and Nathan Carson (Witch Mountain, Two-Ton Boa, Sunn O)))).
Marrow Of The Spirit was recorded and mixed through the means of exquisite vintage gear within the months of July and August in Portland, Oregon at Audible Alchemy Studios with (Faust guitarist) Steven Wray Lobdell and mastered and manifested in San Francisco, California at Trakworx Studios with Justin Weis (Ludicra, Slough Feg, Hammers Of Misfortune).
Matt McChesney, vocalist of US metalcore act The Autumn Offering, has issued an official statement announcing the band is taking a "long break," and quite possibly even breaking up. Here's the full message:
"Due to guitarist Tommy Church leaving the band, as well as a million other things, we have decided to take a long break. Possibly just end it, depending on what happens. We haven't been dropped by our label or anything, we are just burnt out.
There is no reason to go on and on with bullshit, we are all friends. All you guys know we love you. Personally, I wish everyone well, in whatever they choose to do. As for myself, I have a new band with guitarist Jesse Nunn. We will enter the studio next month with producer Logan Mader to start our new record. It's not going to be a metal band, as I am personally done with metal for awhile. I'm disgusted with the state of it, and I dont want to be a part of it.
Slovenian thrash metallers Negligence have released their new album Coordinates Of Confusion just three weeks ago. To make you fully aware of their fine blend of thrash metal Negligence has decided to stream the new album in its entirety for one week at MySpace.
Comments the band: "Finally the album is out! We just love every part of it - the sound, the music, the design. We put a lot of hard work, sweat and BEER into it! Here is a chance for you to listen to the entire album on our MySpace page and if you like it get your copy today!"
Coordinates Of Confusion has been mixed by Ruzz (drums) in their own Negligence studio in late spring of 2010 and was mastered at West West Side Music in New York by Alan Douches. Surf over to MySpace to stream the album.
"Breathe", the new video clip of Swedish melodic prog band Darkwater is now available for viewing below.
The video was directed by Radionika AB, Dino Medanhodzic and Joacim Hammarström. The girl in the video is played by Angelica Lewenhagen. "Breathe" is the opening track off the band's upcoming album Where Stories End, which will be released in Europe on November 12th by Ulterium Records and in North America on November 23rd by Nightmare Records.
The Ocean is currently on a full 5-weeks European tour supporting The Dillinger Escape Plan (get dates here) and will continue to support Anathema right after the end of this tour. The Ocean has been confirmed as main support for the following dates:
Nov 09 - Rocking Chair, Vevey, Switzerland
Nov 10 - Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
Nov 11 - Estragon, Bologna, Italy
Nov 12 - Alpheus, Rome, Italy
Nov 13 - New Age, Treviso, Italy
Nov 14 - Magazzini Generali, Milan, Italy
Nov 15 - Boogaloo Club, Zagreb, Croatia
Nov 16 - Misthalle, Graz, Austria
Nov 17 - Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
Nov 18 - Diesel Club, Budapest, Hungary
Nov 21 - Akademija, Belgrade, Serbia (headline show)
Nov 22 - Randall, Bratislava, Slovakia
"September Sun", the new video clip of Finnish metallers End Of You is now available for viewing below or at this location.
The video was directed and edited by Jami Pietilä. The song comes off the band's latest release Remains Of The Day which was released in April. More release info about the album was reported earlier here.
Italian death metallers Natron are postponing their European tour to next spring 2011. Natron drummer Max Marzocca expains:
"We have to announce another bad news: unfortunately we have to cancel this tour with Mumakil, and even this time again it's something not depending on the band. Mumakil fellas suddenly weren't available for touring for health problems with one of their members so they were forced to quit. After forwarding the sad news to the clubs/promoters we received responses regarding a possible line up change and they were not positive at all. Some clubs confirmed their shows but some others not. Frankly, we thought well to renounce and cancel it. Really this is the last thing we want to do after months of hard work but we didn't see alternatives: the short time we had in front of us to replace those shows was not helping at all and mainly several days off in the scheduling didn't make sense to continue!