Only hours after the band announced their new record deal with Victory Records, Blackguard is back in the news announcing the departure of keyboard player Jonathan Lefrancois-Leduc (also in Ex Deo). The band issued the following statement:
"For those of you who have seen us play recently with Leaves' Eyes and on the Nevermore tour, you have no doubt noticed the absence of our Keyboardist Jo. We're sad to say that Jo has officially left the band to pursue other endeavors.
There's no drama here, and we're all still good friends. Jo simply felt his time with the band had come to an end and we have amicably parted ways. Blackguard will remain a 5 piece for the foreseeable future."
Sodom has made a brand new track, "In War And Pieces", available for streaming online. The song is the title track off the band's upcoming new album, set for release on November 22nd in Europe and on January 11, 2001 in the USA. Listen to "In War And Pieces" at this location.
All In War And Pieces album details are available here.
Peaceville Records will begin releasing new editions of classic Darkthrone albums later this month from the recently acquired Moonfog Productions catalogue titles.
The first re-issue, Panzerfaust, - Darkthrone's fifth album overall - will be released as a double-disc set and individually numbered vinyl (2000) on October 25th. The 2-CD edition includes a bonus disc featuring commentary from Darkthrone's infamous drummer/lyricist, Fenriz, for a first hand perspective behind the creation of the 1995 Frost-fuelled black metal masterpiece.
In related news, Peaceville Records will re-issue the rare second Isengard release, Høstmørke (1995), on October 25th. The album, which was performed entirely by Fenriz, also features a special commentary disc conducted by Fenriz, reflecting on the recording process, as well as an insight into the time of the recording.
You can now check out a brand new The Ocean track, called "The Grand Inquisitor II - Roots & Locusts", off the band's upcoming album entitled Anthropocentric, at Stereogum. The album Anthropocentric serves as part two of the concept explored on the band's well-received Heliocentric long player, released this past spring and will be released in North America on 9th November via Metal Blade.
Furthermore, the Landing Page for Anthropocentric is now live as well, offering fans in the US, UK, Canada, and Europe a chance to pre-order the album. "She Was the Universe," the third track off Anthropocentric, is streaming now. Metal Blade Records will continue to update the Landing Page leading up to and throughout the release of Anthropocentric with news, tours, dates, video footage, and more so be sure to check back frequently.
Germany's metal band Deadlock has entered Slaughter's Palace studio to begin recording its new album for an early 2011 release via Lifeforce Records. The as-yet-untitled CD is once again being produced and engineered by the band's musical mastermind and guitar/sound wizard Sebastian Reichl.
Check out photos from the studio on Deadlock's Facebook page.
"Why I Bleed", a brand new song from Swedish metallers Darkwater, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
"Why I Bleed" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Where Stories End, which will be released on November 12 in Europe through Ulterium Records and November 23 in North America via Nightmare Records.
Where Stories End cover art] tracklist:
02. Why I bleed
03. Into The Cold
04. A Fools Utopia
05. Queen Of The Night
06. In The Blink Of An eye
07. Fields Of Sorrow
08. Without A Sound
09. Walls Of Deception
Norwegian metallers Syrach have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"A couple of days ago, we got an e-mail from our drummer Adam telling us he is leaving us. We have been seeing this coming for some time, since he's only been in Bergen twice in one year for rehearsals. Fair enough, since he got a great job in Oslo he have our understanding and the best of luck in the future. Hopefully he will not quit drumming, as he is far too good to leave his sticks on the shelf, especially since he is only 25 years old...
So with this blog we will remember Adam as we remember him and at the same time ask all drummers out there to get in touch if you want to play some true norwegian doom!
Close to a year ago, Satyricon announced they were taking a short break. Well, the band's hibernation is now over. Moreover, Satyricon announced today they will start working on a new record any time soon. Here's the full message:
"Our off year is coming to an end and in a few months time we will start writing for a new album. We are feeling fresh and charged. In 2011 we will re-release all albums from the nineties with updated art work and re-mastering where it is needed. There might even be some interesting shows to go with it!
Unfortunately we never had the opportunity to visit Russia with The Age Of Nero, until now that is. Therefore we are pleased to announce shows in St Petersburg and Moscow in December."
Victory Records is proud to announce the signing of Montreal's Blackguard. Earlier this year the Folk Power metal band recorded their third studio album. The album is tentatively due on February 15, 2011. Stay tuned for updates.
The album was recorded at several different studios, including Chris Donaldson's (Cryptopsy) Home Studio, Badass Studios with producer Jef Fortin (Neuraxis) and Silver Wing Studios.
Victory Records is home of A Day To Remember, Otep, Taproot, Ill Niño, Carnifex and more. Blackguard were previously signed to Nuclear Blast and Sumerian Records.
On the heels of the cancellation of their European tour, Austin, TX's The Sword are also regretfully canceling the remainder of their scheduled US dates due to the departure of their drummer, Trivett Wingo. The split is amicable and both Trivett and the rest of the band wish each other the best of the luck with their respective plans. The Sword are already working diligently to reschedule their European and US dates.
Trivett Wingo explains: "It is with deep sadness that I am announcing my departure from The Sword. After nearly seven years and some of the most amazing adventures of a lifetime, I have arrived at a place where I am physically and emotionally unable to continue on as part of The Sword. If I could go any further, I would as I love the music and JD, Bryan and Kyle are people that I deeply respect, but I have reached a point where I just can't do this anymore. I would like to thank the wonderful people who made this experience what it has been: the fans, the people that I have worked and all of the bands and musicians that have inspired me over the years. I thank you and apologize for any disappointment that this may cause anyone, not least of which The Sword."
Sirenia have announced the title of their next upcoming album, penciled in for an early 2011 release through Nuclear Blast Records. The Enigma of Life will be the title of the fifth studio album. Singer Ailyn is currently in studio laying down the vocal arrangements.
Dutch death metallers, God Dethroned, have launched a landing page for their upcoming new album Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross. Head to this location now to stream the title track off the new album and to find out about the various pre-order deals.
Comments singer/guitarist Henri Sattler on the title track: "The 1905 Schlieffen Plan made by the Prussian Count von Schlieffen after England signed the previous Entente Cordiale in 1904 with France. The plan was based on a battle between Hannibal and the Roman army in 216 B.C. that was later modified and eventually failed when put into practice. It remains uncertain if the changes to the Schlieffen Plan or the plan itself was the reason for not being successful."