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Demon Hunter - Renews Deal With Solid State Records

Demon Hunter have renewed their partnership with Solid State Records and will enter the studio in late 2011 to record the new album for the label.

Each of the band's albums and other projects were released with Solid State Records. Both the band and label are proud to announce a deal that will see them continue to partner together.

"Solid State has always been an important part of Demon Hunter," said Demon Hunter singer, songwriter and co-founder Ryan Clark. "They helped market the band before we'd even started writing our first record and they continue to push the band further with each new album. From the very beginning, Solid State has allowed Demon Hunter to do things our own unique way and they've become a vital part of the band's existence. Re-signing was a no-brainer for us."

"I am elated to have the opportunity to continue to work with Demon Hunter," remarked Solid State/Tooth & Nail Records president and founder Brandon Ebel. "Demon Hunter is a core artist for the Solid State/Tooth & Nail family. Ryan Clark is an extraordinary songwriter, musician, artist and friend. We're looking forward to supporting Ryan and the Demon Hunter team on future projects and further developing the Demon Hunter brand worldwide."

"We're knee-deep in the writing process and the songs are sounding as intense as ever," Clark revealed. "We've always made an effort to stay true to our sound, but we like to push the boundaries of that blueprint with each release. These new songs have a lot of varying influences: from viking metal to classic thrash; grooving 90′s rock to stompy hardcore. Our goal, as it is with each record, is to blend these influences into one cohesive but unique Demon Hunter album."


Band profile: Demon Hunter
Posted: 03.08.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (1)

Skeletonwitch - New Song Online, Album Details Revealed

"The Infernal Resurrection", a brand-new track by US black/thrash metallers Skeletonwitch can now be streamed on the band's official album page, Forever Abomination. The cover artwork can be seen at the same location.

The album - Skeletonwitch's first with new drummer Dustin Boltjes (Demiricous) - will be issued in three formats: digital download; a six-panel, plastic-free digipak; and a triple-gatefold LP (which in turn will be available in several color variants).

The album was produced by Grammy-winner Matt Hyde (Slayer, Hatebreed) and the album's artwork is done by Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste, Holy Grail, Cannabis Corpse), who also contributed the cover art for the band's 2009 release, Breathing The Fire.


Band profile: Skeletonwitch
Posted: 03.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (12)

To Cast A Shadow - Part Ways With Vocalist

Posted June.23.2011 on the band's official MySpace and Facebook sites:

We are sorry to inform you all that Gunnhild is leaving To Cast A Shadow after our concert in Gjerdrum, Norway on the 24th of September. It is, however, very important for us to stress the fact that To Cast A Shadow will continue, and future shows have already been booked.


Posted: 03.08.2011 by dismaleuphony | Comments (6)

Hackneyed - Another New Song Online

"Holy Slapstick", a brand-new track from German death metallers Hackneyed can now be streamed on the band's Facebook (You'll have to "Like" the page to access the stream).

Another new track, entitled "Maculate Conception", can be found here.


Band profile: Hackneyed
Posted: 02.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (0)

Falkenbach - Sign With Prophecy Productions

Official press release

When talking about the origins of heathen Metal from Germany, one name invariably is mentioned: Falkenbach. Going for over twenty years, this project by Vratyas Vakyas is considered as a trailblazer and prime mover of a musical style that perfectly combines epic heroism and Germanic mythology, Norse-tinged folklore and metallic aggression - and all that far beyond the well-worn clichés of the so-called "Pagan Metal scene."


Band profile: Falkenbach
Posted: 02.08.2011 by Array | Comments (2)

Steelwing - Enter The Studio

Official press release

The upcoming second Steelwing, yet untitled, album is scheduled for release in early 2012. It will take the post apocalyptic heavy metal onslaught into outer space with a full on tribute to cult 1980's science fiction movies.

Fans of the previous album will not be disappointed by the intense twin-guitar riffage, supersonic metal screams and furious double-kick action, but the band promise more diversity and dynamics as well. Some of the song titles set to appear on the album will be "Full Speed Ahead!" and "Solar Wind Riders", a couple of which have already been performed live this year to the approval of headbangers all over Europe.


Posted: 02.08.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)

Gloria Morti - Writing New Material

Finnish metallers Gloria Morti have issued the following update on their official website:

"The writing of the next Gloria Morti album has begun. We are currently keeping ourselves off the stages and concentrating fully on the writing process. Three songs have already been finished and more ideas are being made to flesh slowly but steadily. We are confident that we will be able to keep up the steady pace of writing and it won't take too long until we hit the studio for pre production. The current direction of the next album seems to be diverse yet aggressive. We are in this to make the best album you have heard from us, and not only that, we are shooting for an album that will take the band to the next level. We'll inform you about the progress."


Band profile: Gloria Morti
Posted: 02.08.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (1)

Biohazard - New Album Details, New Song Online

New York Hardcore legends Biohazard just revealed a few details about the bands forthcoming, highly anticipated new album which is going to be entitled Reborn In Defiance.

The bands first mutual album in its original line-up in 16 years will be released September 23, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records.

A first song, "Reborn", can now be streamed at this location.

Commented guitarist Billy Graziadei: "When we got back together in 2008, we erased the last memory of Biohazard in people's heads and replaced it with a new kick-ass memory of what Biohazard was all about back in the day. People heard we used to fuck shit up, but being back together again as the original Biohazard gave us a chance to re-write history. Now we're doing it once again with a brand new album. Our new album, Reborn In Defiance is everything I love about Biohazard but more... in 2011! 100% ass-kicking in every way... see you in the pit!"


Posted: 02.08.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)

Cancer Bats - Begin Work On New Album

Canadian metallers Cancer Bats have issued the following short update:

"Crazy to think that 4 years ago we started writing Hail Destroyer and now we're starting to write our 4th record!"


Posted: 01.08.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)

Paradise Lost - New Live DVD

Draconian Times MMXI, the brand-new upcoming live DVD featuring UK's gothic metal pioneers Paradise Lost, is set to be released on November 11th through Century Media Records.

The two-disc DVD (Live CD incl.) features a live performance at The Forum in London, UK, which took place on April 1st, a full tour documentary, interviews with the band members and two promo videos.

Pre-sales are available until August 29th over at CMDistro.


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Posted: 01.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (4)

Ieperfest 2011 - Band Cancellations, Replacements Announced

The Ieperfest management checked in with the following update:

"Hey there,

Just two weeks separate us from the 19th edition of the mother of all underground hardcore festivals, Ieperfest. Today, we are filling up the last spots in the line-up, in addition to giving you some additional interesting information regarding the festival.

First off, we regret to announce the cancellation of Cro-Mags, Decortica and WIthdrawal. These bands have decided to postpone their European tours for reasons beyond our control. I'm sure we'll be able to welcome them on the Ieperfest stage some time in the future though.

That being said, we are honored to announce the last four bands to perform at Ieperfest 2011! Ready? Here goes!


Event: Ieperfest
Posted: 01.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (2)

Hard Anger Open Air Metal Festival - First Bands Announced

The management have now revealed the first bands set to play on the Norwegian two-day festival, Hard Anger Open Air Metal Festival 2012. See the names after the jump.

The festival takes place at Måbødalen in Eidfjord - a small community located in Hordaland, Norway - on August 31st to September 1st next year.


Event: Hard Anger Open Air Metal Festival 2012
Posted: 31.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (0)

Mors Principium Est - Song Teaser Online

Finland melodic death metal band Mors Principium Est has made a 1:20 sample/teaser of a new song available for streaming online over at the band's MySpace.

Commented the band: "A lot of you have been asking how are things going and do we already have something new done. Well, things are going quite smoothly and we thought that, what if we upload one short, a bit over 1 min long, demo sample/teaser from one of our new songs for you guys to listen to."

The full song will be uploaded any time soon, so stay tuned.


Band profile: Mors Principium Est
Posted: 31.07.2011 by bluemobiusx | Comments (9)

Anterior - New Song Online, Goatstock Festival Appearance Scheduled

"Blood In The Throne Room", the brand-new single from UK metalcore act Anterior can now be heard over at AltSounds.

Another new track, entitled "Tyranny", can be heard on their Metal Blade page.

"Blood In The Throne Room" and "Tyranny" comes off the band's upcoming album Echoes Of The Fallen, which is set to be released on August 26th through Metal Blade Records. More album details were previously reported over here.

In other news, Anterior will appear at this year's Goatstock Festival, taking place at Bogiez in Cardiff, UK on October 16th.

Information on how to get tickets can be read here.

Goatstock Festival line-up:

Anterior, Fell On Black Days, Storm The Walls, Kryophere, Mutator, Ten Cent Toy, Outgunned, Intensive Square, Burials, Chronographs


Band profile: Anterior
Posted: 31.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (1)

Saltatio Mortis - New Album Details, New Video Online

"Hochzeitstanz", the new video from German folk metallers Saltatio Mortis can now be watched below.

Saltatio Mortis has once again teamed up with producer Thomas Heimann-Trosien for the video.


"Hochzeitstanz" comes off the band's upcoming new album, entitled Sturm Aufs Paradies, which will see the light of day in early September through Napalm Records.


Band profile: Saltatio Mortis
Posted: 31.07.2011 by BudDa | Comments (1)