Ladies and gentlemen! You know what time it is! It's time for our monthly Demo/EP/Single spotlight special! This month features Astrophobos, Rising, Australis, Desert Beneath The Pavement, Albatross, Heathen Beast, and Sanity Of Impiety! Check it out here.
We could write a long story here about how this feature is by the people - for the people, but frankly we don't need to! You show your support for the underground by giving these guys a listen and giving them a vote if you like 'em. Is it working? Well, since the release of our monthly feature, Skull Fist have found themselves a record & booking deal, and Apsis have apparently been contacted by a few labels. Are these great developments because of our combined efforts? It's impossible to say for sure, but the timing is remarkable. Either way, it's because of people like you that these bands are finding some success. So go vote for your favourite from issue #4! Voting closes for all issues on January 14th, nominees will be revealed shortly thereafter.
Primordial are still busy working on their seventh studio album at the Foel Studios in Wales. Last Wednesday, the band has posted a one-minute video clip of a studio rehearsal, which can be watched on the band's Facebook page. The band also revealed the new album will be entitled Redemption At The Puritans Hand. More updates as they come in.
Canadian grindcore act Fuck The Facts have announced a string of 10 year anniversary shows.
"January 2011 will mark 10 years since Fuck The Facts started as a band. We decided to celebrate this milestone by playing some special shows in February and March with a set that'll touch on every album from 2001's Mullet Fever all the way up to some brand new songs from our upcoming album Die Miserable. Most dates are already confirmed, but we'll be updating the dates with details as we get them. So keep an eye out."
Fuck The Facts recently released a new DVD, entitled Live In Whitby. The DVD was recorded on April 11, 2009 in Whitby, ON, Canada and features the full live sets from Fuck The Facts, Heaps Of Dead, The Unborn Dead and F.A.T.O. You can watch a live clip, called "Everyone is Robbing The Dead", below.
The reigning queen of German heavy metal, Doro Pesch, has confirmed a handful of live shows in South America and Mexico for April 2011.
Doro's anniversary 2DVD/CD set, 25 Years In Rock, was released on November 26, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
21.04.2011 - BRA - Belo Horizonte, Lupa Multshow
23.04.2011 - BRA - São Luis, Red Club
24.04.2011 - BRA - São Paulo, Carioca Club
26.04.2011 - ARG - Buenos Aires, Roxy Live
28.04.2011 - COL - Bogotá Teatro Mama
30.04.2011 - MEX - Mexico City, Lunario
Finnish Heavy metal band Stargazery has signed with Pure Legend Records - a subdivision of Pure Steel Records.
Stargazery was founded in 2005 and is the new band of Ghost Machinery/Burning Point guitarist Pete Ahonen, and is fronted by former Michael Schenker Group/Masterstroke vocalist Jari Tiura.
The ambitious band is playing Hard-Rock influenced melodic metal on high standard in vein of the late Rainbow-phase and Dio. Stargazery has recently completed work on their debut album, Eye On The Sky, which will be released worldwide in the first quarter of 2011. The album was recorded and mixed at the HellGate and the Reindeer Horns studios in Oulu/Finland, and mastered at Bazement Studios. Cover artwork is done by Felipe Machado (Thunderblast).
Vocalist Peter Dolving has issued the following update on the new The Haunted album:
"So the work's done. We hope to pour music and inspiration into your heads. The record is called Unseen and will be hitting stores in March 2011 (via Century Media Records). We spent a month and a half with Tue Madsen, who brought out the best in everyone and did an incredible job mixing."
Unseen was recorded in October at Antfarm Studio, Denmark. Studio reports can be found at this location.
There is some bad news from the Rebellion camp: guitarist Uwe Lulis (ex-Grave Digger) has decided to quit the German heavy/power metal band. Furthermore, also drummer Gerd Lücking and guitarist Simone Wenzel have announced their departure.
Uwe Lulis stated: "Rebellion was also my band and I would be pleased if bassist Tomi Göttlich (ex-Grave Digger) and vocalist Michael Seifert will continue successfully".
The situation of Rebellion is thus extremely difficult, and the two remaining members are now deliberating whether and how they are going to carry on with the band.
Commented Tomi Göttlich: "We ask ourselves whether Rebellion without Uwe can still be Rebellion. On the other hand a band always depends on their fans, so we would be pleased if our fans told us their opinion about it."
UK based melodic power metal crew Power Quest have completed their new album Blood Alliance and are ready for an ambitious and busy 2011. Not only will the UK 6-piece have its 10 years anniversary coming up, but Blood Alliance will see the light of the day in early 2011. Firstly it is released in Japan on January 19th via Marquee/Avalon. The European release is expected towards the end of March, with the USA release in early April.
Keyboardist and PQ founder Steve Williams had this to say, ahead of revealing the tracklist for the new record: "Well it has been a long time coming but finally the 5th Power Quest album is done and I don't think I have ever been so excited about releasing an album. All the guys have given 110% to this record and I'm proud of them all. Its without doubt the heaviest PQ album yet but without sacrificing the PQ melodic tradition. I just can't wait for you all to hear it!"
Polish death metal quintet Calm Hatchery recently released their new video, called "Messerschmitt", available for viewing below.
"Messerschmitt" comes off the band's sophomore release, Sacrilege Of Humanity, released on December 20 via Selfmadegod Records. The album was recorded at Hertz Studio under the supervision of Wiesławscy Bros (Behemoth, Vader, Hate). Cover artwork was created by Mentalporn (Deathstars, Behemoth).
Three songs, entitled "We Are The Universe", "Lost In The Sands" and "Messerschmitt", are available for streaming on the band's MySpace.
New Jersey death metal barbarians Grimus recently inked a record deal with New York-based Innerstrength Records.
Commented the band of the union: "We are pleased to announce our new deal with Innerstrength Records! They put out some great, quality, heavy underground music and we're excited to be part of their growing roster. Be on the alert for Grimus coming to a venue near you as well as some new music next year."
Grimus released their pummeling Gutter Earth EP earlier this year. The four-track offering was recorded and mixed by guitarist Marco Bobadilla and mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering. Gutter Earth is available for free download here and is also streaming in its entirety on the band's official MySpace page.
Kaoteon are proud to announce they've signed with renowned extreme metal label Osmose Productions. The official press release reads as follows:
"Forged in the Middle East where terror and war never rest; the Lebanese extreme black/death metal band Kaoteon brings forth their first full-length record with Osmose Productions to blast your ears and damage your minds. This kaotik opus is titled Veni Vidi Vomui, which translates to "I came, I saw, I vomited".
Veni Vidi Vomui was recorded and mixed inside the bullet-scarred walls of Beirut at Mixdown Studios, while the mastering was done by no other than the infamous Dan Swanö (Bloodbath, Edge Of Sanity, Katatonia, etc.).
Paragon Records is proud to announce the release of Return To Abandoned, the long-awaited new full-length from Ukrainian black metal horde Khors.
The official press release adds that, on Return To Abandoned Khors yield harsher, brooding sounds of their earlier work whilst mixing in the melancholy and spacious atmosphere of 2008's unsung dark black gem Mysticism. Inarguably the most majestic journey the band has taken its listeners on thus far, Return To Abandoned will appeal to old and new fans alike.
Khors was formed by former Astrofaes bassist, Khorus, in August 2004, with an aim to create gloomy, powerful, atmospheric black metal. Sometime later, guitarist/vocalist Helg (Runes Of Dianceht) and drummer Khaoth (Tessaract, ex-Astrofaes, ex-Hate Forest) joined the fold. The band was later rounded out by guitarist Warth. Contrary to rumors, Khors is not attached to any politically motivated groups or extremists.
Fear Factory are forced to cancel their US mini-tour set to kick off this week.
Fear Factory's management (more precisely Scott Koenig of King Artist Management) explained that the reason for the last-minute postponement concerns a "family emergency" of one of the band members. The band's manager went on to say that the shows are "currently being rescheduled for early April." The rescheduled dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
Affected shows include:
Dec. 29 - Tempe, AZ - The Club House
Dec. 30 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
Dec. 31 - Fort Worth, TX - The Rail Club
Jan. 01 - Tulsa, OK - The Marquee Theater
Jan. 02 - Amarillo, TX - Club Khaos
Jan. 04 - Farmington, NM - Top Deck
Sirenia just released a brand new song of their upcoming album The Enigma Of Life. Check out "The End Of It All" at the bands official MySpace profile.
The Enigma Of Life marks the band's second effort to feature X Factor winner contestant Ailyn on vocals and will be out on January 21, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. More album details were previously reported here.
A short album trailer for Sirenia's upcoming effort, The Enigma Of Life, can now be watched below.
"The Cemetery Angels", the new video from US metallers Crowbar, can be viewed online at this location. The clip was filmed on December 5 in New York City with director Dale "Rage" Resteghini.
"The Cemetery Angels" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Sever The Wicked Hand, which will be released in the US on February 8, 2011 through E1 Music (on February 14, 2011 via Century Media Records in Europe).