02:37 - !J.O.O.E.! Hey ZÖN, I found your stuff last week actually, really nice, especially with headphones.
02:00 - mz also, I have not heard your music yet, but experimental/ drone/ dark ambient fits my taste prefectly.
01:56 - mz on a serious note, the majority of active users are into black, death, doom and sludge it seems.
01:54 - ZÖN Are there any interested in blackened power metal though. I can get on board with that
01:52 - mz @ zon: welcome to the MS. We have a nice comunity of small number of people who are active, and the atmosphere here is much more civilized than MA+ there are not many active users interested in power metal, which is very good :D
01:38 - Maco Call me Maco Trunk. Don't tell it to my man Karl.
01:35 - Maco I'm like Eddie Trunk, main difference is that I don't believe good music died in the 90's.
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!"
After more than 15 years as the driving force in Exmortem, Martin Thim have decided that its time to focus on new adventures and Exmortem is hereby history.
Exmortem have been one of the leading acts in the Danish metalscene for many years and set the bar high with albums like Berzerker Legions and latest Funeral Phantoms.
Our last album Funeral Phantoms is also viewed as the bands absolutely best release and we are proud to leave on the top of our career. With Funeral Phantoms we reached what we have always aimed for, so now it's time for something new.
I'm also extremely proud to look back and be able to say that we never repeated ourselves, each album has it's own sound and atmosphere, no album is alike. That is very satisfying as an artist!
Dimmu Borgir proudly announce the launch of the first leg to their Darkness Reborn World Tour for their upcoming new album with Korn in Europe.
States guitarist/songwriter Silenoz: "We really look forward to finally start the touring cycle in support of our new monster! Special thanks to Jonathan and Korn for giving us the opportunity!"
Dimmu Borgir's ninth studio album will be released in Germany on October 1st, in the rest of Europe on October 4th, and in North America on October 12th. More updates are expected to be announced very soon, so stay hanging around.
19 September - HMH, Amsterdam
23 September - Eishalle Seutweg, Winterthur
24 September - Zenith, Munich
26 September - Gasometer, Vienna
Wisconsin's emissaries of death, Jungle Rot, are taking the fight to the streets this summer, touring the US & Canada in support of the band's latest album What Horrors Await, via Austria's Napalm Records. The Tour dubbed "Driven To Conquer" will be supported by up and coming Metal Blade artists; Lightening Swords of Death and Woe Of Tyrannts. The dates confirmed are below:
07/28 - Station 4, St. Paul, MN
07/29 - The House Of Rock, Eau Claire, WI
07/30 - The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
07/31 - Reggie's, Chicago, IL
08/01 - Blondies, Detroit, MI
08/02 - Pirates Cove, Cleveland, OH
08/03 - Emerson Theater, Indianapolis, IN
08/04 - Opera House, Toronto, ON
08/05 - Petit Campus, Montreal, QC
Just last week, Dutch death metallers God Dethroned - who recently extended their deal with Metal Blade Records - have issued the following update:
"We've been working hard on a new album lately and just finished songwriting. Our second album with a World War One theme. Mike and Henri will start laying down drum and guitar tracks at Soundlodge Studio's (Germany) with producer Joerg Uken. It's our third time recording there as we have been very pleased with the results of the previous albums.
We would like to thank Ian Jekelis (Abigail Williams) for playing guitar with us on the Killfest tour in the US where we supported Overkill on many great and successful shows. We also would like to welcome Danny Tunker as our new lead guitarist. Danny already played with us on a few shows and festivals and we decided to give him the chance to show his skills on our new album."
The brand new album of Atrocity - featuring Yasmin Krull - will be called After the Storm, and it will be released in September.
According to a press release, "this is, without doubt, a very special album based on a cooperation between the band and guest female singer, Yasmin. Admirers of the legendary and just re-released Calling the Rain EP won't have to wait any longer. Atrocity is surely the only metal band which attracts fans from the metal scene as well as from ethno, folk and world-music genres.
Alex Krull states: "Fans and musicians of the band have been waiting much too long for the continuation of Calling the Rain. Now time has finally come and we just can't wait to let our fans hear and enjoy the new songs. We are incredibly happy with the result. The songs contain great rhythms, the music is sounding very special and organic, moreover, the energetic vocals together with the mythological based lyrics convey a magic atmosphere. Well, once more it's time to take blinkers off! Just listen, and it will take you away!"
Back in May, German gothic metallers Coronatus announced the departure of vocalists Lisa Lasch and Carmen Lorch. Back then, the band declared that, "even after such a hard strike like the loss of both of our female singers we will not give up!"
And so, since last week, Coronatus has their first new female singer, named Natalia Kempin. Natalia will take over the spot of Carmen.
Swedish progressive/experimental metallers Therion have just unveiled the artwork for their upcoming album, Sitra Ahra, due to release in September via Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork can be viewed at the band's official website, at this location:
The CD was mixed at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm by Lennart Östlund (Led Zeppelin, ABBA). The cover artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard, who worked on all of the band's most recent releases in addition to collaborating with Edguy, Avantasia, Rage and Hammerfall, among others.
Sitra Ahra was mastered in New York and it features the following track listing:
Swedish Death Metallers The Crown have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records.
Guitarist Marko Tervonen comments: "We are happy as hell to turn a new page in The Crown's history book...and to pick up the journey with Century Media Records supporting us feels great. We can't wait to unleash Doomsday King upon you all!"
Jens Prueter (Head of A+R, Century Media Europe) adds: "Some of the very early Century Media signings have been Unleashed, Grave, Tiamat, Asphyx, Morgoth - the glory days of the first Death Metal wave. We are still in love with Death Metal and are more than proud to announce the signing of Swedish Death Metal legends The Crown. They haven't lost any aggression since the early 90's and are still a guarantee for some Death Metal Holocaust! In case of doubt, go to one of the summer festivals and hear some new songs live before the album's fall release. We will be there as well. Cheers!"