Kirill Zmurciuk, guitarist and founding member of Moldovan progressive death metal band Neuromist, has announced the departure of their drummer and vocalist. Here's the full message:
"Without any introduction I will get straight to the point - we have yet another line-up changes. Both Mihail Grigorash and Vladimir Ghilien have left the band a few months ago for personal and very positive reasons. Both are waiting for their wives to give birth to their children, and that's very good news for us. Guys simply don't have the time to focus on music so they decided to leave the band. All we can say is good luck for their families that will get bigger very soon
As for our little family, we are glad to announce our new/old drummer - Serghei "Liolik" Petrenco. Those of you who have seen us supporting Sadist in Chisinau on 30th of October already know that the founding drummer is back in the fold and he's kicking some serious ass behind the kit. He has agreed to stay with us permanently after this show, and we're very excited about it since he's a real pro and there's not doubt that our music will get even more technical and aggressive with him joining us. So, welcome back to the family!
Greek demons Septicflesh just finished recording the successor of 2008's Communion. After a long period of intense work in Athens, Prague and Sweden, the evolution of the band's Symphonic Death sound has been achieved with the help of the Filmharmonic Orchestra of Prague and well known artist/producer Peter Tägtgren.
130 musicians were involved in the recording process. Besides the traditional classic orchestra instruments, this time Septicflesh incorporated harpsichord, some bizarre ethnic instruments and a boy soprano to their sound, pursuing a more "horror soundtrack" approach. Of course, the guitars will still shred you to death!
The release of the forthcoming 10-song album is expected for the first quarter of 2011. In the meantime, a brand new song will be available worldwide as an exclusive digital download single from this December 17th on. So keep your eyes on this site for updates!
Swedish death metallers Aeon have released the following press statement:
"As you all may know, we have been searching for a new drummer since early September this year. We have gotten a great deal of drummer-applicants from various countries. Some of them where really awesome drummers, to say the least. We would like to take the opportunity to thank every single one of you for showing interest and sending us drum-videos of you playing our songs etc. Thank you so much and good luck with your future endeavors.
Without really thinking about it, the best solution for us was lurking around the corner. Arttu Malkki, our first original drummer (1999-2002) has during the last year been showing interest in playing faster death-metal once more. After his departure from Aeon back in 2002, Arttu has mainly been playing in heavier/slower metal bands Sanctification, The Equinox Ov The Gods and Souldrainer, ed.].
Coronatus are currently writing songs for a new album.
The band had the following to say: "A few weeks ago, we started with the songwriting for the new, upcoming album. We already filed around 10 songs in rough basics, which will be now completed and arranged by the band. Hopefully we can present you some samples soon."
The album will be the first with new singers Mareike Makosch and Natalia Kempin.
"Heaven Nor Hell" is the brand-new video of Danish rockers Volbeat. You can watch the clip at Rocktube.
The song comes off the band's recently released Beyond Hell/Above Heaven. The album will be released digitally in the U.S. on November 9 and as a physical CD on December 15. Beyond Hell/Above Heaven was released in Germany on September 10 and in the rest of Europe on September 13 via Vertigo/Universal. Album samples of the new Volbeat album can be found at this location. More album details are available here.
Norwegian black metallers Urgehal are streaming two new tracks, called "Death Is Complete" and "Beyond The Nightmare" at their official MySpace page.
Added the band: "The two new added tracks are taken from the upcoming 7" which is a tribute to old dirty fucking Black Metal. The reason for the sloppy drumming on the song "Death Is Complete" is that Trondr Nefas did it himself after not having played drums on a regular basis since '97. These two songs are staying here for a short while and the necro release is due after "Happy New Year". So just drop dead or fuck off!"
Go check out the two songs of pure primitive hell here.
Death metallers Abysmal Dawn finished recording the new album last month already, but have waited to announce more details until now.
Anyway, the follow-up to 2008's Programmed to Consume will be entitled Leveling The Plane of Existence. A North American release date has been set for February 1st, while the album will be released in the UK on February 7th, in Germany and the Benelux on February 11th and on February 14th in the rest of Europe.
Album tracklisting and cover artwork will be revealed shortly.
Abysmal Dawn began recording Leveling The Plane of Existence in May 2010. The drums were recorded at Trench Studios in Corona, CA with John Haddad (Phobia, Intronaut, Hirax) with the rest of the instrumentation being produced and recorded by Mike Bear (Artisan, ex-Prototype), at Artisan Road Studios in Encino, CA. Leveling The Plane of Existence is being mixed and mastered by Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Hate Eternal) at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, FL.
Earlier this week, the news got out that soprano Tarja Turunen will perform a unique Christmas tour 2010 with well-known Finnish musicians - Kalevi Kiviniemi, Marzi Nyman and Markku Krohn. They will perform in churches in Oulu, Lahti, Kuopio, Pori and Keuruu. The Artistic Director of the concerts is Kalevi Kiviniemi and the concerts are organized by Rowan3 Productions. Tickets are on pre-sale now.
Christmas Concerts 2010:
29.11.2010 19:00 - Oulu, Tuomiokirkko
30.11.2010 19:00 - Kuopio, Tuomiokirkko
02.12.2010 19:00 - Pori, Keski-Porin kirkko
03.12.2010 19:00 - Lahti, Sibeliustalo
05.12.2010 19:00 - Keuruu, Keuruun Uusi kirkko
Monster Magnet frontman Dave Wyndorf has announced the departure of longtime guitarist Ed Mundell, who decided to leave the band earlier this week after eighteen years of service. Here's the word from Wyndorf:
"After 18 years Ed's left Monster Magnet for "personal reasons" What can I say? He told me this two months ago and I gave him some time for him to perhaps reconsider but no go. It's a bummer, yeah but we've been through this kind of thing before. Make no mistake, Magnet goes on. We start the "Mastermind" tour tonight in Cologne, Germany with Phil Caivano and Garrett Sweeny handling duel guitar chores.
I'd like to thank Ed for the immense talent he's brought to the band over the years and wish him good luck in whatever he decides to do next. Good luck Ed, we''l miss you!"
Just a quick message for everyone to run over to our articles section and check out the brand new (almost) monthly Clandestine Cuts! You can find it here.
This month features Skull Fist, Wicked Side, Inmost Ego, Acelsia, Seven Year Kismet, Vomit The Hate and Phosphorus.
Be sure to check it out and hear these bands in their beginning stages, as you never know who the next Enslaved, Immortal, or Amorphis may be. This is just a small chunk of what the future of metal has to offer, and as a collective force, through word of mouth, you/us/we have the power to choose whether or not one of these bands is THEE future of metal.
But most importantly, support the underground - those who need it most!
"Yhdeksän Tien Päät", the new video from Finnish metallers Stam1na, can be viewed at this location.
"Yhdeksän Tien Päät" comes off the band's new collection of old demo recordings, entitled Vanhaa Paskaa, which were originally "self-released" on cassette tape or CD-R format before the band signed a deal with Sakara Records. Due on November 3 via Sakara Records, Vanhaa Paskaa cover art] features the following tracklist:
03. Koe Murha!
04. Eivät Ikinä Saa
05. Arjen Sankari
07. Elämäsi Repliikki
09. Erilaisen Rakkauden Todistaja
10. Älä Puhu Poika
Oslo/Berlin based avantgarde black metal band Solefald have recently published a new track, called "Vitets Vidd I Verdi", on MySpace.
"Vitets Vidd I Verdi" is the first single from the forthcoming album Norrøn Livskunst, to be released on November 15th through Indie Recordings. The band also launched an e-card with samples from all tracks on the album. You can check it out at this location.
Norrøn Livskunst cover art] tracklist:
01. Song Til Stormen
02. Norrøn Livskunst
04. Stridsljod, (Blackabilly)
07. Vitets Vidd I Verdi
09. Waves Over Vallhalla (An Icelandic Odyssey Part 3)
Terminal, the highly anticipated new album from extreme sludge doom metal trio Salome is now available for streaming in its entirety at NPR.org. The stream will be available till November 9, its official release date on Profound Lore Records.
Terminal was described earlier as an intense 70-plus minute sonic jaunt of punishing sludge doom metal reverence. Don't miss out on this great release, stream it here and leave your thoughts on the album in the comments section below.
Terminal cover art] tracklist:
01. The Message
03. Master Failure
05. An Accident Of History
06. The Witness
07. The Unbelievers
"The Watcher's Monolith", a brand-new Agalloch track is streaming on Stereogum. Go have a listen here and weigh in with your thoughts in the comment section.
As reported back in September, Agalloch completed work on their fourth full-length entitled Marrow Of The Spirit. A release date is set for November 23 via Profound Lore Records.
Marrow Of The Spirit is the first album to feature new drummer Aesop Dekker (Ludicra) and features guest appearances by cellist Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon, Giant Squid, Asunder, Amber Asylum), Jeffrey Neblock (Vindensang), and Nathan Carson (Witch Mountain, Two-Ton Boa, Sunn O)))).
Marrow Of The Spirit was recorded and mixed through the means of exquisite vintage gear within the months of July and August in Portland, Oregon at Audible Alchemy Studios with (Faust guitarist) Steven Wray Lobdell and mastered and manifested in San Francisco, California at Trakworx Studios with Justin Weis (Ludicra, Slough Feg, Hammers Of Misfortune).
Matt McChesney, vocalist of US metalcore act The Autumn Offering, has issued an official statement announcing the band is taking a "long break," and quite possibly even breaking up. Here's the full message:
"Due to guitarist Tommy Church leaving the band, as well as a million other things, we have decided to take a long break. Possibly just end it, depending on what happens. We haven't been dropped by our label or anything, we are just burnt out.
There is no reason to go on and on with bullshit, we are all friends. All you guys know we love you. Personally, I wish everyone well, in whatever they choose to do. As for myself, I have a new band with guitarist Jesse Nunn. We will enter the studio next month with producer Logan Mader to start our new record. It's not going to be a metal band, as I am personally done with metal for awhile. I'm disgusted with the state of it, and I dont want to be a part of it.