05:06 - Apothecary But yes, that other one was quite nice, if you were at all interested. Pretty stunning use of native percussion [link]
05:05 - Apothecary I'm terribly indecisive when it comes to sharing new music discoveries on here. If I shared everything I wanted to, believe me, you all would be overloaded with at least 4 pages of shouts
04:55 - no one wonder why you deleted the last shout
04:51 - Apothecary Some of the best ambient I've yet heard this year. Not sure how I managed to miss this back in January. Seriously cool [link]
Death Angel were recently used in a psychological study that shows liked and disliked music are equally disruptive to serial recall. The disliked music in the study was the song "Thrashers" by Death Angel.
Dr. Nick Perham explained his reasoning by using Death Angel as the "disliked" music in the study: "We needed a track that most participants would say they did not like. Having been a fan of metal music since my teens, I was pretty confident that a thrash metal song would do the trick as most people never seemed to like the music I liked. In choosing a thrash metal song, I needed a song that was heavy but also allowed the listener to hear many of the different components of the song - the acoustical variation between the successive sound items. We chose "Thrashers". Participants were only allowed to participate in the study if they disliked thrash metal as a musical genre...
Italian bloodsuckers Theatres Des Vampires are all set to release their new album, called Moonlight Waltz, on December 3rd 2010 via Aural Music. The album was recorded in July at Temple of Noise studios in Rome, Italy with producer Christian Ice (who was involved on all the latest Theatres des Vampires releases).
A preview of one of the new songs "Carmilla" will be available on the band's MySpace page starting from mid-September. A video for that song will be filmed next weekend (August 28-29) with director David Bracci, who previously worked with the godfather of Italian horror movies Dario Argento.
In a recent interview, Theatres Des Vampires keyboardist Fabian Varesi stated the following about the new material: "This album has the best production of our entire career. And we are delighted by the quality of Orchestration parts, thanks to the help of Maestro Luca Bellanova and the amazing performance of the Classical Music Academy of Rome. Of course there are some typical Theatres Des Vampires songs - but with something new, as usual. As we always say, with each album we want to make something new, something fresh, and I think these songs go along these lines."
After 13 years of service, guitarist Harri Pikka (also in Total Devastation) has fled left melodic death metal outfit Omnium Gatherum. The band issued the following explanation:
"We're really sorry to announce that Harri Pikka has silently decided to flee the Omnium Gatherum crew after 13 years of solid service. We don't know his exact reasons for this but maybe someday mr. Mystery Man will tell us... At the moment we've decided to finish the new album as a 5-piece unit. But we have the best possible live guitar unit called Joonas Koto (Malpractice, ex-To/Die/For, ex-Hateframe) filling the second guitar live duties at the moment and it rocks!"
Sahg — the Norwegian heavy rockers featuring current/former members of Gorgoroth, Manngard and Audrey Horne — have posted a brand new track online. The song is called "Mortify" and is now available for streaming on MySpace page. "Mortify" comes off the band's third album, III, to be released on August 30 through Indie Recordings.
III cover art] tracklist:
01. In Through The Eye
02. Baptism Of Fire
04. Hollow Mountain
05. Mother's Revenge
06. Downward Spiral
07. Shadow Monument
10. Spiritual Void
Nevada based blackened thrashers Blasphemous Creation are hitting the road this September/October on the Diabolical Kingdom Tour. The band are promoting their critically acclaimed debut, Diabolical Kingdom, which was released on Apocrypha Records in Deember 2009
Diabolical Kingdom cover art] tracklist:
01. Disciples of the Underworld
02. Beyond the Grave
03. Burn in Hellfire
04. Diabolical Kingdom
05. Blasphemous Creation
06. Serpent Lord Divine
07. Of Fire (Dismember cover)
08. Shadows of Evil
09. Eternal War
10. They Come at Night
11. Death Is Certain
13. Ripped in Half
14. Black Winter
15. Realm of Pain
Winners of the 2008 Bloodstock Unsigned competition, Blasphemous Creation are known for their explosive live shows. Don't miss this opportunity to catch the fast rising band as they lay waste to a city near you! More info about the band and free streams at MySpace.
Pantheist have completed the recordings of the track "Barock" for the conceptual split album Unveiling the Signs.
Sound wise, the track harks back to the sound of the band's demo 1000 Years, but with a few subtleties that suggest it's the year 2010 and Pantheist are a full band now. Lyrically, it is a nostalgic looks at a long lost and uncertain past where heroism, fantasy and magic reigned supreme.
A preview of the track will be available on the band's MySpace as soon as it is mastered.
Back in April, the band announced they were writing new compositions for a new album too.
Agathodaimon have parted ways with guitarist Jan Jansohn (Adorned Brood). Vocalist/guitarist Martin Wickler had the following to say about this:
"Some of you may have noticed the new photo yesterday already and wondered who this guy might be. Well, we did part ways with Jan due to musical and personal differences and now would like to announce a new guitar player in our ranks; please welcome Thilo Feucht! He's no unknown musician to our fans, you will know him from various contributions and guest appearances he had on Chapter III and Serpent's Embrace, back then under the nick name of Azrael.
He has also joined us on stage several times in the past since Chapter III, and already for our recent gigs we had in Austria and Germany. We're proud that he joined our ranks as full member now, and look forward to working on our sixth album together.
Finnish melodic death metal band Tracedawn are busy writing new material for an upcoming album. The band issued the following short update:
"We are still searching for a booking agency to handle our Finnish gigs. Everything else is fine at the moment. We are writing songs and looking forward to next fall when we'll start to make demos from our new stuff. Later on we'll start recording the third Tracedawn album! Hope we can publish it somewhere in Spring 2011!"
US deathcore act Whitechapel will be kicking off a headlining tour across the United States this October, in support of their latest studio album, A New Era Of Corruption. Joining them on the trek will be Impending Doom, Miss May I, Oceano and I Declare War.
The Corruptour live dates are as follows:
10/01 - Macon, GA - The 567
10/02 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
10/03 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
10/04 - Jacksonville, FL - Rain (Plush Complex)
10/05 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
10/06 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
10/07 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11 Tavern
10/08 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
10/09 - Jermyn, PA - Eleanor Rigby's
10/10 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
10/12 - Boston, MA - Harper's Ferry
Florida based death metallers Malevolent Creation have uploaded a new song, called "Slaughterhouse". The track is available on MySpace, and comes off the upcoming Invidious Dominion.
Invidious Dominion marks the band's 11th studio full-length and will be released on August 24 in North America via Nuclear Blast. The album was produced and recorded by Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Vital Remains, Krisiun, Goatwhore) at Mana Studios in Florida. Artwork was done by Pär Olofsson (The Faceless, Immortal, Abysmal Dawn).
Invidious Dominion cover art] tracklist:
01. United Hate
02. Conflict Finalized
04. Compulsive Face Breaker
Slovenian thrashers Negligence have revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their new album Coordinates Of Confusion. The band's sophomore release, has been mixed by drummer Ruzz in their own Negligence studio in late spring of 2010, and was mastered at West West Side Music in New York by Alan Douches. Coordinates Of Confusion will be released the 8th/11th of October 2010 via Metal Blade Records in Europe.
Commented the band: "We're stunned by the result of the mixing and mastering and can´t wait for you metalheads to hear it!"
The album opening track "Mind Decay" is streaming on the band's MySpace. Check it out and leave your thoughts in the comment section below!
Amaranthe, the Swedish/Danish power metal/melodic death metal "super-group", are set to record their debut full-length album. In October, the band will enter Hansen Studio in Ribe, Denmark for two months with producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Mercenary, Nightrage). The as-of-yet untitled album is scheduled for a spring 2011 release via Spinefarm Records.
Guitarist Olof Mörck commented: "Needless to say, we are very much looking forward to getting all the tracks on tape! There has been quite a stir and hype around Amaranthe lately, and it is funny to think that everything that people have heard so far are demos recorded in a bedroom - it is going to be fantastic to able to show people the true potential of our music, with a killer sound! This whole production is going to be HUGE and spending two months with Jacob Hansen recording the album will ensure that we will have a production second to none! Jacob Hansen is definitely one of the top names in today's metal recording scene, and when we found out that he was available on quite short notice we where very enthused! Keep your eyes peeled when this baby is unleashed in early spring 2011!"
For the first time in its near-30 year history, Slayer, the single most distinctive and radical thrash metal band ever, will see its ten American Recordings albums released as a limited-edition, high-end, box set - The Vinyl Conflict.
Ten albums on 11 discs, The Vinyl Conflict will feature the band's entire Def/American Recordings catalogue: Reign In Blood (1986), South of Heaven (1988), Seasons In The Abyss (1990), the double-record Live Decade of Aggression (1991), Divine Intervention (1994), Undisputed Attitude (1998), God Hates Us All (2001), Christ Illusion (2006), and World Painted Blood (2009). The Vinyl Conflict will be released on October 12, 2010.
"Most longtime Slayer fans may not have these records at this point," said American Recordings' Dino Paredes, "or their copies are completely beat-up, so to have the complete catalog in this first-class presentation is terrific. For the newer fans, this is their opportunity to really get into this band the way that they could have if they were born 20 years earlier."
All That Remains will release their forthcoming album, entitled For We Are Many, on October 12th through Prosthetic Records / Razor & Tie. The album was recorded this spring at Zing Studios in Massachusetts and produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, who also handled This Darkened Heart and The Fall Of Ideals.
Vocalist Phil Labonte commented: "Fans of Overcome won't be disappointed, but the disc will also offer new twists and turns."
All That Remains will be touring with As I Lay Dying and Unearth in September and October. Fans can expect additional headlining dates around the release of For We Are Many. The band will then head to Europe for dates in November and December.
We are very happy to announce that we have signed a worldwide deal with the mighty Century Media Records. Throughout the spring and summer we negotiated with several attractive labels but in the end it was clear that Century Media would be our home for the years to come. Their enthusiasm, professionalism and genuine love for music made an instant impact on us. We are convinced that this alliance will lead to even greater achievements in the future and also avails us to tour outside Europe more often. And naturally it is a great honor for us to stand in the same team with the likes of Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, Paradise Lost, The Haunted, Finntroll and Turisas. A new exciting chapter in the story of Insomnium has begun!