04:02 - Apothecary @Jaeryd, you're referring to LaVeyan Satanism, which is essentially Nietzsche/Ayn Rand type philosophy plus some Crowley - influenced ritual magick. Most theistic Satanists do not consider it as "real" Satanism
03:30 - no one because calling yourself a satanist sounds more kvlt
03:23 - Kuroboshi If you're not into the whole anti-christianity thing, it seems kind of stupid to call it satanism. Why not just say liberal atheism?
03:14 - Jaeryd Most Satanists I know are either moderately liberal or at least libertarian in nature.
02:59 - Jaeryd Some forms of Satanism aren't what I'd call stupid. They're basically just atheism with an added philosophical system that uses the rebellion of Satan as a metaphor.
Prophecy Productions recently announced that Helrunar's new album, Sól, will be released on the following dates:
Germany and Austria: December 31st
Rest of Europe: January 3rd
North America: February 8th
An audio sample from the album, the track "Nebelspinne", can now be downloaded at this location. Also the album will be available in three different formats:
- Sól I - Der Dorn Im Nebel (Digipak CD) pre-order]
This is part 1 of the two-piece concept album. Musically, "Der Dorn Im Nebel" establishes the concept of Sól with classical and direct Pagan Black Metal, while the lyrics outline the individual's struggle against and for himself.
- Sól II - Zweige Der Erinnerung (Digipak CD) pre-order]
Dornenreich's seventh album, Flammentriebe, will be released on February 14th, 2011! See below the album's track list and its cover artwork, which once more has been painted by Eviga's father, Hansjörg Stock.
Flammentriebe cover art] tracklist:
02. Der Wunde Trieb
03. Tief Im Land
05. Wandel Geschehe
06. Fährte Der Nacht
07. In allem Weben
08. Erst Deine Träne Löscht Den Brand
Finnish metallers Omnium Gatherum will release their forthcoming album, New World Shadows, via Lifeforce Records on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: February 4, 2011
Sweden, Finland, Hungary: February 9, 2011
Rest Of Europe: February 7, 2011
North America: March 1, 2011
The album was recorded at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland with Teemu Aalto, and was mixed and mastered at Unisound Studio in Örebro, Sweden by Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Hail Of Bullets, Novembers Doom).
New World Shadows cover art] tracklist:
03. New World Shadows
04. Soul Journeys
05. Nova Flame
06. An Infinite Mind
07. Watcher Of The Skies
08. The Distance
09. Deep Cold
Devildriver announced today the release of their forthcoming fifth album, Beast. Beast was produced by Mark Lewis (All That Remains, Trivium, The Black Dahlia Murder) and will hit retail via longtime label Roadrunner Records on February 22, 2011.
While many bands in the modern era are already withering away by their second album and have shriveled up and died by their third, DevilDriver have proven to mutate, growing stronger, deadlier and more immortal with each successive release. Beast, which follows 2009's Pray For Villains, finds the band refusing to compromise in their mission to deliver music that will make you feel as though you were slapped upside the head with a baseball bat. The band recorded 14 songs during the Beast sessions, with 11 or 12 tracks expected to make the final cut. Some song titles are as follows: "Dead to Rights," "Hardened," "Bring The Fight (To the Floor)," "Shitlist," "Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened)," "Blur," "You Make Me Sick (Sacred Secrets)," "The Blame Game," "Coldblooded, "Crowns Of Creation" and "Lend Myself to the Night."
Norwegian metallers Kampfar have parted ways with guitarist Thomas. His statement on the matter reads as follows:
"After playing guitar in Kampfar for quite a few years, I have now decided to leave the band. I cannot even begin to sum up all the good times I've had together with my bandmates, and our close friendship will surely continue outside of the context of the band.
I sincerely hope the guys will find another guitarist to play in the band (the riffs are not that hard to play and there are no solos, which could be seen as a plus or a minus depending on perspective). On the stage, you'll only need to pay attention to Ask, since he knows how to keep in time. It is also best to watch out for Jon and Dolk as they are maniacs and will not stand still for a moment.
Swedish metallers Spawn Of Possession have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"We regret to inform you that we have released Richard Shill of his drumming duties in Spawn Of Possession. Reason being is that Richard depends very much on actual band practice and with Spawn Of Possession members being scattered all over Sweden, Norway and Germany band practice becomes an impossibility. This decision is in no way a reflection on Richards skills as a drummer or his personality as he will always remain part of the Spawn Of Possession family. We wish him all the best with his ongoing and future endeavors in music.
To fill the gap after Richard we have recruited Henrik Schönström to take over the percussive side of the band. Right now Henrik is preparing for the recording of the next album and we welcome him to the camp."
Midwest thrashers Lazarus A.D. are pleased to announce Black Rivers Flow as the title to their second full-length album due out February 1st via Metal Blade Records. The highly anticipated release was recorded in July and August 2010 at Belle City Sound with Chris Wisco and was mixed & mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Production.
Black Rivers Flow cover art] tracklist:
01. American Dreams
02. The Ultimate Sacrifice
03. The Strong Prevail
04. Black Rivers Flow
05. Casting Forward
06. Light A City (Up In Smoke)
07. Through Your Eyes
08. Beneath The Waves Of Hatred
09. Eternal Vengeance
Quebecois metallers Neuraxis have unveiled the cover of their upcoming album, Asylon, which will be released in North America on February 15th, 2011.
The cover art was created by artist Dennis Sibeijn of Damnengine Artwork, who worked with the band on their previous album, The Thin Line Between, as well with Job For A Cowboy, Chimaira and more. Asylon was recorded at Wildsound Studio with producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Last Felony, The Agonist). Prosthetic has launched the pre-order for the album, at its official webstore.
Vocalist Alex Leblanc commented on the cover: "So here is the cover for Asylon. As many of you will see, it is very different from all our previous album covers. Since the lyrics and the music are so connected on the new record, we wanted the cover to represent perfectly the vibe... dark, visceral and heavy. We used a lot of dark green to represent the sick/poisonous mood of the lyrics."
Swedish metallers Insision have inked a deal with the U.S. label Sevared Records.
The band commented: "Sevared Records is one of the fastest growing death metal labels in the world and it feels good to find a label that stays true to and value classic brutal death metal. Also a big f*** off to goes to Dental Records, that wasted four years of our lives, time and energy..."
Sevared Records statement: "Sevared Records is very honored to sign the mighty Insision! I personally have been a huge fan of this incredible band since the 1st MCD. I'm extremely excited to release the new MCD and the following full length CD, I know these brutal death metal veterans will crush every fan of brutal death metal skulls in! And finally get the recognition of brutality they deserve! And as they say The Dead Live On In 2011!"
Tombs has entered Elmwood Recording studios in Dallas, TX with engineer John Congleton (Baroness, Explosions In The Sky, Black Mountain, St. Vincent) to begin work on their follow-up album to Winter Hours. The new album is expected to see a spring 2011 international release date with more details to be announced soon.
Tombs recently released a 14 track collection of early material, tracks from split releases, and previously unreleased demos titled Fear Is The Weapon. The collection is currently streaming in its entirety at this location. Fear Is The Weapon is strictly limited to a one-time pressing of 1 000 copies and is available exclusively through Relapse mailorder at this location.
Hellfest Open Air is proud to announce the addition of Judas Priest and Trust.
Legendary heavy metallers Judas Priest will be one of the major attractions of the festival, as this will be the band's only farewell show on French soil. And also long-running French rock outfit Trust will treat the fans with a "back to basics" show, only playing songs from their oldest albums.
50 more bands are still to be announced. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
The fourth album of atmospheric metallers Ava Inferi is entitled Onyx and has been scheduled for a February 14th, 2011 release (one day later in the US).
Onyx cover art] tracklist:
02. The Living End
03. A Portal
06. The Heathen Island
07. By Candlelight & Mirrors
08. Venice In Fog
Guitarist Rune Eriksen commented on the artwork: "(Witch)Crafted and dragged into sunlight by Costin Chioreanu / Twilight13Media (Absu, Grave, Demonical), this illustration portraits a more eerie visual side of Ava Inferi than our previous arts. A mysterious and sinister approach to Ava Inferi's aesthetics indeed. I really feel that it connects with the album on a musical and lyrical level too, as it is creating some sort of a window into the fields of the inspirations behind this new offering. We have always dwelled in the more obscure side of things, and even though we have weaved an occasional Wiccan flame or Bacchanalian praise into our arts, we've always cherished and explored the aspects of "horror". With Onyx we have definitely gone deeper into it. Anyway, Costin (who also did the clip for "Last Sign Of Summer") has really done a great job, and we are thankful and grateful for the dedication and hard work he put into this work. Multumesc foarte mult!"
Industrial death metallers The Project Hate MCMXCIX's new album Bleeding The New Apocalypse (Cum Victriciis In Manibus Armis) will hit the stores on next February 14th (one day later in the US).
Bleeding The New Apocalypse (Cum Victriciis In Manibus Armis) cover art] tracklist:
01. Iesus Nazarenus, Servus Mei
02. They Shall All Be Witnesses
03. A Revelation Of Desecrated Heavens
04. Summoning Majestic War
05. The Serpent Crowning Ritual
06. Bring Forth Purgatory
"So, you have digested the title for a while", mainman Lord K. Philipson comments. "Now it's time for the cover. Artist Marko Saarelainen (who you all should hire to do your artwork or websites by the way) has once again dug deep into his disturbed mind and fired up an incredibly fitting work of art to go with the title. Just look at it, check out all the small details and have the title in mind... Taste it... Bleeding The New Apocalypse (Cum Victriciis In Manibus Armis)... That's what you are in for this time. The darkness of the music on this piece is perfectly reflected in Marko's artwork. There is a slight twist to this cover, perhaps you will see it, perhaps you won't. Just acknowledge the fact that in a bunch of weeks you will have the chance to support The Hate and Season Of Mist by actually buying this masterpiece and go thru the incredibly good looking booklet that comes with it. Marko's outdone himself in that area as well, not just with the cover As Dark Angel once put it... Darkness descends. You are now beginning to watch it, piece by piece."