13:00 - Timmeh Indeed, I cannot possibly read the word 'Mayhem' without hearing the voice of Necrobutcher.
11:46 - !J.O.O.E.! Funnily enough some of the best tracks from that BTC comp are from the new entities, that have nothing else to their name [link] Probably Ramirez fucking about.
11:37 - Joe Zombie Still waiting for updates on Charlie Fell's new band...
08:34 - ScreamingSteelUS I've returned from tonight's show with a setlist from Mayhem, a pick from Watain's bassist, the new Mayhem and Rotting Christ, a Mayhem shirt, and vomit on my shoes from the guy next to me. Shook Necrobutcher's hand. Good show.
Florida death metal monsters Malevolent Creation have just signed a management deal with Extreme Management Group (Suffocation, Origin). It is also at this time that the band would like to confirm April 5 2010 as the starting date for recording their new album with Eric Rutan at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Vital Remains, Goatwhore, etc.).
The band has released the following official statement: "After over 20 years in existence, and now having the most solid line up in years, we really wanted to make sure that with this new album we elevated the band in every way. Getting good management was crucial and Extreme Management Group has a great track record. Erik had been talking to us since Doomsday X to record us, and with Gus Rios (drums) being the band full time now, we didn't want him to have the responsibility of producing the album as well as writing and playing. Erik really understands what we are about, and has all of the same thoughts about recording as us. It really couldn't be a better working situation. We've said it before but this album really is without a doubt is the most relentless, focused and brutal Malevolent Creation album ever! We really went back to our roots, not only as a band, but as fans of metal. We wrote an album of songs that we as fans of brutal music would want to hear."
US metallers Pro-Pain will release their forthcoming album, entitled 'Absolute Power on May 7 via Regain Records.
The CD was recorded at Little Creek studios in Gelterkinden (Baselland), Switzerland.
Absolute Power cover art] tracklist:
02. Destroy The Enemy
03. Stand My Ground Destruction)]
04. Road To Nowhere
06. Hell On Earth
07. Divided We Stand
08. Gone Rogue (I Apologize)
09. Rise Of The Antichrist
10. Hate Coalition
German thrash metallers Dew-Scented have finished recording and mixing their new album Invocation at Soundlodge Studio in Northern Germany with producer Jörg Uken (God Dethroned, Sinister, etc.).
Vocalist Leif Jensen checks in with the following comment: "It is done! After long weeks of intense work, we are finished tracking and mixing this new album... What a great feeling! The new song-material is totally fresh and energetic to us and I hope all you thrash maniacs will dig it as much as we do! Despite the band's line up changes, we are pretty much staying true to our traditional stylistic formula and tried to combine the best of our 80's thrash metal roots with the punch of a modern production and an utterly aggressive performance! Look out!"
German metallers Disbelief will release their forthcoming 20th anniversary album, entitled Heal, on May 21 via Massacre Records.
The band adds: "We recorded eight songs including three cover versions and a remake of the classic track "Shine". The remaining four new Disbelief songs are meant to be a tribute to bands who influenced us a lot over those two decades concerning their music and attitude!"
Heal was produced by Witali Weber and was mastered by Andy Classen. The album will also contain a DVD with a complete Disbelief show from the Walpurgis Metal Days in 2009.
01. Certainty Of Reality
02. The Eyes Of Horror
03. The Last Force: Attack!
Candlelight Records today confirms the worldwide signing of October Tide. The band featuring guitarist Fredrick Norrman, vocalist Tobias Netzell, drummer Robin Bergh, and session bassist Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge) is currently finishing work on their still untitled new album. Expected for release early fall, it will be the first new recording from the band in over ten years. It follows recent reissue of the band's acclaimed debut Rain Without End.
Formed in 1995 by then Katatonia guitarist Norrman and Katatonia/Bloodbath vocalist Jonas Renkse, October Tide quickly made a mark with two albums recorded and released during the years 1997 and 1999. Much of the band's music was written during a short break up of Katatonia which later proved only temporary as the band would reform and continues today; their latest album Night Of The New Day features work by Norrman. October Tide would not perform live during this short period of activity and few interviews with the members were granted despite praise from both media and fans. The band, until reforming in late 2009, would maintain a cult status throughout the doom/metal community.
"Midnight Vice", a new song from Swedish metallers Enforcer, is available for streaming at this location.
"Midnight Vice" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Diamonds, which is scheduled for release on May 24 in Europe via Earache Records and one day later in the rest of the world through Heavy Artillery Records.
"Forlorn Waves", a new song from Finnish metallers Barren Earth, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
"Forlorn Waves" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Curse Of The Red River, which is scheduled for release on March 29 in Europe (April 6 in North America) via Peaceville Records.
Curse Of The Red River cover art] tracklist:
01. The Curse Of The Red River
02. Our Twilight
03. Forlorn Waves
05. The Leer
06. The Ritual Of Dawn
07. Ere All Perish
08. Cold Earth Chamber
09. Deserted Morrows
Barren Earth and MetalSucks.net have teamed up to premiere a brand new track, "The Leer", off the band's forthcoming debut full length record, Curse of the Red River. The song is available for streaming, exclusively at this location.
Former Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens and his band Circle II Circle have just started recording their fifth album. Entitled Consequence Of Power, this will be the second concept album of the band. The release is expected for Autumn 2010.
Gamma Ray have added more live dates to their so-called "To The Metal World Tour". Catch the band live in Russia, Asia or Latin America on the following dates:
08.04.10 - Russia - Moscow, B1 Maximum
10.04.10 - Russia - St Petersburg, DK Lensoveta
13.04.10 - Japan - Osaka, Big Cat (with Rage)
15.04.10 - Japan - Tokyo, On Air East (with Rage)
16.04.10 - Japan - Tokyo, On Air East (with Rage)
17.04.10 - Japan - Nagoya, Bottom Line (with Rage)
20.04.10 - Korea - Seoul, V-Hall
21.04.10 - China - Beijing, Mao Live House
22.04.10 - Taiwan - Taipei, Armed Forces Cultural Center
24.04.10 - Guatemala - Guatemala, City Teatro Miguel Angel Asturias
25.04.10 - Mexico - Mexico City, Circo Volador
Lifeforce Records is proud to announce the signing of one of the most exciting young death metal acts, The Last Felony, from Montreal, Canada.
"Our search for a new label is finally over," guitarist Dominic Grimard comments. "We are extremely proud to be joining the Lifeforce family. This label has housed so many great bands, whether it be past or present, which in effect, makes this deal that much more exciting for us. Lately, we have been stalled in our search for a label with an open mind in terms of extreme music, and Lifeforce seems like the perfect fit for us for obvious reasons. We are grateful for this opportunity which Stefan Luedicke and the Lifeforce family have given us, and are anxious to see what the future holds for our band.
Against The Plagues have issued the following update:
"We would to clear the air and clarify all the rumors regarding our line-up changes. We had not yet posted any official statements regarding these changes because we had been busy with all our label-negotiations (re-mastering our self-released album) along with preparing for our upcoming video. Now, we feel that it is time to officially announce that our original guitarist Adrian Adamus (Forest Of Impaled) is no longer member of Against The Plagues. In short, Adrian had decided to part ways with the band (and extreme music) right now in order to focus on his personal/family life. We respect his decision and wish him the very best.
Now, we are extremely proud to announce that bassist Marco Martell (Malevolent Creation, Divine Empire, Kult of Azazel) is handling the guitarist position now and will be participating with the song writing process for the next album. Marco is an accomplished guitarist with the versatility, speed, and skill that the "ATP style" demands. We are very excited about the official release of our debut album along with the new material that we have planned. We would like to thank all the fans that continue to support our endeavors despite this harsh, economic state."
1349 will not be performing at this year's Copenhagen Metal Festival. The band has issued a short press release on their website: "With deepest apologies to all their fans and supporters, 1349 have to announce that they will not play at the upcoming "Copenhagen Metal Festival" on the 2nd of April, due to severe financial/organizational problems at the forefront of the event on the part of the responsible organizers. 1349 & Twisted Talent regret the latest proceedings and want to make sure that there will be no iteration of this situation."
Ratt are streaming the opening track "Eat Me Up Alive" from their first new album in over 10 years, Infestation. Check it out here. The album drops on April 20.
UPDATE (thanks to CHEF METAL HEAD)
Ratt have premiered their new video, "Best Of Me", directed by Andrew Bennett, on Noisecreep. Watch the clip here.
Given the band's history, it's pretty natural that the first frame of Ratt's new video begins with a shot of a Sunset Boulevard street sign. Those first few introductory seconds say everything about the history of Ratt. The sign also alerts the viewer that they're about to experience classic Ratt in all their glory: a live club show, women and that signature guitar tone.
Norwegian extreme metal horde Keep Of Kalessin will release their new album, Reptilian, in North America on June 8 via Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Dragon Iconography
02. The Awakening
04. The Dragontower
05. Leaving The Mortal Flesh
06. Dark As Moonless Night
07. The Divine Land
08. Reptilian Majesty
A shortened and rough mix of the new song "The Dragontower" can be heard on the band's MySpace page. Reptilian is the follow up to Keep Of Kalessin's 2008 release, Kolossus and was recorded once again at their own studio in Trondheim, Norway. Final mixing duties were handled this time around by Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Behemoth, Meshuggah).
Soulfly's 7th studio album Omen will be released on May 25th. Guest musicians set to appearance on the album include Prong's Tommy Victor, The Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato and Max Cavalera's sons Zyon and Iggor. Pictures from the studio can be found here.
Omen regular cover art | limited edition cover art] tracklist:
01. Bloodbath & Beyond
02. Rise Of The Fallen
03. Counter Sabotage
04. Jeffrey Dahmer
05. Lethal Injection
06. Great Depression
09. Off With Their Heads
10. Vulture Culture
11. Soulfly VII
12. Four Sticks
14. Your Life, My Life