06:08 - Apothecary So I didn't even download the new Death Grips album a full 24 hours ago and I've already played completely through it at least 8 times. The first step is admitting I have a problem, I guess
Serbian death metallers Disdained - who broke up back in April after 3 years in existence - are now offering their last unreleased effort, aptly entitled The Last Opus for free download. All you have to do is click on the flyer on this page to download the 6 six titles.
The MCD was recorded at the Positive Family Studio, Serbia in 2009, and was recorded, mixed and mastered by Saša Bojanić and the band. The Last Opus also features several guest appearances including a guitar solo from Steffen Kummerer (Obscura), screams from Avenger vocalist Honza Kapak and keyboards by Urok (May Result).
Commented the band: "As you all know, we split up a few months back. Although we recorded our second full-length album, we never got it released. So we are putting it up for free download.
More and more details are surfacing regarding the The Big Four: Live From Sonisphere 2010 concert that is being released on Blu-Ray, DVD, DVD Deluxe Version via Universal Music in the UK and Europe on October 11th and Universal Japan on October 13th. A North American release date is expected on October 12th.
According to BW&BK sources, the Deluxe edition DVD Box set includes five CD's featuring each band's entire live set. The Deluxe Edition also features an event poster, posters from each band (four posters) and guitar pick (subject to change). The Box size: 20.5 x 15 x 4cm (subject to change).
The package documents the landmark tour where Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax played together for the first time in their history. The Big Four: Live From Sonisphere 2010 contains footage from the Sonisphere Festival at Sofia, Bulgaria in front of 100,000 fans this past June 22nd. The night also featured the legendary jam cover of the Diamond Head classic "Am I Evil?" by all bands.
Maldives-based extreme power metal outfit Nothnegal are currently in the studio recording their debut full-length. The band writes:
"So we are back in studio after a much needed break and as you may already know, have been writing the material for this album for over a year now and the whole album have actually been rewritten four times! We have been working hard on the overall sound and the material thats gonna end up on the album turned out to be completely different from what we started out with. Due to the writing process, we had to postpone the originally planned recording schedule. But it's all good now, we got 8 songs all done and ready to record. And if you are wondering what they sound like, it does have some melodic elements from the Antidote EP and they are mixed with some heavy/thrashy guitars, everything is slower compared to what we have doing before. We played two songs from the album, "Claymore" and "Janus" on our show with Arch Enemy last month.
Meagering In Vain, the debut EP from Brazilian thrash band Hatematter, released exactly one year ago, is still available for free download on the band's official MySpace. Click here to download the whole package. The file contains six audio (.mp3) tracks and the complete artwork.
Commented the band: "We decided to celebrate this first anniversary because it marks our beginning in the underground. As from there we realized that we could reach much more than this and we will do that. We hope our fans who haven't listen to our record yet, enjoy it now. It was done honestly and means a lot to all the members of Hatematter."
The band is currently on the lookout for a new vocalist, to replace former singer Guilherme Souza.
Danish rock 'n' rollers Volbeat will be doing a string of US tour dates later this month without the company of guitarist Thomas Bredahl. The band issued the following update:
"To our U.S. fans: We'll be playing the first handful of our U.S. shows without Thomas on guitar. Immigration is giving him a real hard time because of an incident concerning theft of a barstool back in the day. He wasn't exactly a juvenile delinquent or anything, but to Homeland Security it's all the same. We hope to have him on board shortly. Our guitar tech will stand in for the time being and we'll, of course, keep you updated."
Quick reminder: the new Volbeat album Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, in slated for release in Germany on September 10 and in most parts of Europe on September 13 via Vertigo/Universal.
Onslaught have set Sounds Of Violence as the title of their fifth album, due for worldwide release later this year via Germany's AFM Records.
Commented Onslaught guitarist Nige Rockett: "Sounds of Violence is a very fitting title for the new recording. Musically and lyrically, this is definitely the most brutal and intense Onslaught album to date. It's full of machine-gun riffs, ferocious drum patterns and some pretty fucked up lyrical content.
This album was never meant to be pretty. It's not a concept album by any measure but there's a definite theme to the whole package, right through from the sleeve design to the music and onto the words;, it's violence all the way. There's a lot of hate in Sounds of Violence and a whole lot of reality in there, too, much of it straight from the heart."
Norwegian metallers The Batallion will release their forthcoming album, entitled Head Up High, on September 27 via Dark Essence Records.
Head Up High was recorded at the Conclave and Earshot Studio, the central Bergen studio owned by Vulture Industries' Bjørnar E. Nilsen and Enslaved's Herbrand Larssen and Arve Isdal, and was once again produced by Bart Schlagermeister (Bjørnar E. Nilsen). The title track from "Head Up High", together with the track "Each Man For Himself", are available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
Head Up High cover art] tracklist:
01. Mind My Step
02. Head Up High
03. When Death Becomes Dangerous
04. Within The Frame Of The Graveyard
With 2010 already being an Industrious year for Engel with the release of their outstanding second Album Threnody launched first in Japan and soon to make its European debut the band are pleased to announce a new addition to the band line up with Jimmy Olausson now seated firmly behind the drum kit as a permanent member.
The departure of former drummer Daniel Mojjo Moilanen has been that of an amicable one and Engel wish him well for the future and thank him for his invaluable contribution over the last years.
Despite his young age Jimmy has already established himself as an outstanding musician most notably for his work with his former band Gothenburg based Marionette and is highly regarded as being one of the premier new talents to arrive on the Swedish Metal scene. Olausson has been playing drums from the age of 5 and from that first moment was immediately hooked and there was really nothing that could stop or curb his interest in drums with the experience being so memorable.
Infernal Angels drummer Asmodeus Draco Dux has joined the ranks of Italian black metallers Handful Of Hate as their new permanent drummer replacing Andrea Bianchi who left due to personal reasons. The band made the following announcement:
"The split between H.O.H and Andrea B. happened in true friendly way 'cause he decided to follow other musical trails in jazz and fusion career, but still holding on the Handful family supporting the band in and out the musical activity! We commonly wish him the best for his future plans and giving a big thank you for all the great and wonderful time spent altogether!"
Canadian speed/thrash metal pioneers Exciter have scheduled a September 24 release for their new album Death Machine. The newest effort will be made available as a standard CD, a digipak and a limited-edition (500 copies) gatefold LP, and will be released via Massacre Records.
In an interview on Greece's radio show "Metalzone", bassist Rob "Clammy" Cohen told the following about the new material: "It's classic Exciter, definitely. It's fast and in your face — straight up."
Death Machine cover art] tentative tracklist:
01. Death Machine
02. Slaughtered In Vain
03. Skull Breaker
04. Power and Domination
05. Razor In Your Back
06. Pray For Pain
07. Demented Prisoners
Only a couple of days after revealing their new music video, "Rusty Rails Of Yesterday", Finnish suomi metal act For Selena And Sin have now announced they will be hitting the road coming September, in what they call the "Finnish Female Fronted Rock/Metal Tour III". The band will tour together with Manzana and Vanity Ink and a host of other gothic metal/rock outfits.
The band added: "There is a good girl in every bad girl. If you haven't seen Finland's coolest female fronted rock/metal bands live yet, here is your chance!"
For Selena And Sin European tour dates include:
23.09.2010 - Sweden, Stockholm - CityRock
24.09.2010 - Germany, Lubeck - Riders Cafe (with A Million Miles)
Brainstorm guitarist Torsten Ihlenfeld has announced the band is busy writing new material for the next album, the successor for Memorial Roots released in October last year. In a message on the band's MySpace he writes:
"Long time no hear. That either means we have been very busy writing songs for the next album or we have been enjoying some free time. Well, we have been and still are busy writing songs for the next album and are now preparing for some summer holidays. Let me tell you, the new songs sound incredible. Last week's rehearsals left us sitting afterwards with some beers and some good shots of Four Roses and a bright smile on our faces. There's some real heavy stuff coming your way."
Rhapsody Of Fire are proud to announce the first dates of their upcoming worldwide tour, in support of the new album The Frozen Tears Of Angels, released in April via Nuclear Blast Records. Here they are:
November 10th, 2010 - Beijing - China
November 12th, 2010 - Shanghai - China
November 13th, 2010 - Taipei - Taiwan
November 20th, 2010 - Mexico City - Mexico
November 29th, 2010 - Santiago - Chile
Richmond, Virginia's Municipal Waste have announced dates for a new European tour this December.
Municipal Waste will be making their way around Europe, including a run of UK shows, with support from Californian metallers Saviours and Boston crossover thrashers Ramming Speed.
Municipal Waste drummer Dave Witte comments: "I can't wait to get back to the UK/Europe in December. We have some killer bands coming with us. Saviours and Ramming Speed make this one hell of a package. Seeing as we had to sit out the summer dates, it will be about 10 months since we've been to the UK/Europe, for the first time in about 5 years... So, no worries people, we're making good on ourselves and will return full speed ahead!"