Norway's ICS Vortex have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records for the launch of the versatile Storm Seeker debut album, to be released on August 22nd, 2011 in Europe and August 23rd, 2011 in North America.
ICS Vortex, former Dimmu Borgir and current Borknagar member, comments on the signing as follows: "Boarding with Century Media, ICS Vortex is ready to weather whatever storm lies ahead. The album, aged like a pirate's favorite drink, is now ready to be shot with fellow mates."
ICS Vortex's debut album is a havoc of varied metal and takes the musical elements from his +10 years experience with Dimmu Borgir as well as the legacy of the classic bands with whom he is still active (Borknagar, Arcturus and Lamented Souls), topping things off with his signature clean vocals in order to make Storm Seeker become a perfectly balanced axe, whether a song is cutting fast, or dicing slow.
The Devin Townsend Project is about to complete their remarkable 4-album series with Deconstruction and Ghost. You can now download two brand-new yet unreleased songs, entitled "Juular" (featuring Ihsahn, ex-Emperor) from Deconstruction and "Feather" from Ghost on the landing page available at this location (you'll need to share the page through Facebook or Twitter to access the downloads).
Deconstruction and Ghost will be released in North America on June 21 (one day earlier internationally) through InsideOut Music. More album details were previously reported over here.
Heavy rock innovators Mastodon are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to their ground-breaking concept album Crack The Skye, one of the most critically lauded albums of the past decade.
The band is currently recording at Doppler Studios in their hometown of Atlanta with producer Mike Elizondo. Drum tracks have been previously completed in Los Angeles at the legendary Sound City Studios where Nirvana's masterwork Nevermind was recorded.
Mastodon can also now confirm a pair of new songs: "Blasteroids," and "All The Heavy Lifting" will be featured on the new disc which will be release later this year.
As with all of their albums, Mastodon, which is bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill Keliher, and drummer Brann Dailor, will take a different tack and musical approach to the music on this outing.
US deathcore act All Shall Perish are forced to cancel their previously announced European tour due to "scheduling conflicts for the new album and the restructuring of band management". The group was scheduled to hit the road in Europe in June alongside Suicide Silence and After The Burial.
Comments the band: "We are beyond crushed about the Europe tour falling through... We were really looking forward to coming back out and playing the new material at the festivals. Unfortunately, some things are not meant to be. We are already working on new plans to return to Europe after the album drops, so stay tuned!"
According to a posting on the band's website, former bassist of Dutch thrashers Legion Of The Damned Twan Fleuren has committed suicide.
Twan joined the band Occult in 1998 where he directly joined them on a tour with Morbid Angel, Amon Amarth and Gorgoroth in 1999, after the recording of Occult's Rage to Revenge in 2001 and 2 great tours with Dark Funeral in 2001 and Exodus, Nuclear Assault and Agent Steel in 2003, Twan Fleuren was also at the beginning of the succes of Legion of the Damned and recorded with the band the legendary Elegy for the Weak with Andy Classen in 2003 that was later re-released under the name Feel the Blade in 2007, as well as the recording of Malevolent Rapture in 2004, which was released in 2006, the album that brought Legion of the Damned to a level where they are in right now.
US melodic tech death metallers Arsis are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to 2010's Starve For The Devil. A demo version of a new track, entitled "Since The Shadows", is available for streaming on the band's Facebook.
The band comments: "We are indeed writing a new Arsis album and we want to offer everybody a glimpse into the music that we've been building for the last few months. This is a demo of a new one called "Since The Shadows" and it's from the first batch of songs for the album. It's still early but a musical direction has emerged from the work so far and we think it speaks for itself without any grand pronouncements, so enjoy it and we will see you on the Firewind tour this fall!"
"The Dark Army", a brand new song from Dutch metallers Supreme Pain, is available for free download at the Massacre Records' Facebook page (you simply need to "Like" Massacre's Facebook page to get the track).
"The Dark Army" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled Divine Incarnation, which will be released on May 27 via Massacre Records.
Arch Enemy will embark on the Khaos Over Europe Winter Tour at the end of the year. The band will tour all around Europe in support of the upcoming Khaos Legions. Support on the road will come from Warbringer and Chthonic. Additional support on the French dates will be provided by Oriental metallers Arkan. Get the first dates below, with more shows to be announced.
Guitarist Alex Paul (ex-Houwitser), drummer Edwin van den Eeden and bassist Joost van der Graaf (Cypher) have reportedly left Dutch death metallers Sinister.
Vocalist Aad Kloosterwaard (Supreme Pain, ex-Thanatos), who is now the only remaining member of the band, has vowed to relaunch the band with a brand new line-up and "let the Sinister flame burn for some more years to come."
Boy oh boy, "In Waves", a brand-new track from Florida metallers Trivium has leaked on the interwebs and can be streamed in the YouTube clip below for the time being.
"In Waves" comes off the band's upcoming new as-yet-untitled album, tentatively due on August 9th through Roadrunner Records.
The album was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with the production/mixing team of Colin Richardson (Bullet For My Valentine, Slipknot) and Martin "Ginge" Ford, along with engineer Carl Bown.