Israeli Folk Black metal band Arafel - featuring former Equilibrium vocalist Helge Stang - recently finished work on the album cover of their new third album For Battle Once Fought. The art contribution belongs to well-known artist Kris Verwimp (Absu, Ancient Rites, Moonsorrow).
The album was recorded on October 2009 and mixed and mastered on January 2010 in Hertz Studio (Poland) with Wojtec and Slawek Wieslawski (Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated). Additional clean vocals were performed by Yohaj Davidoff (Reign Of Architect, Prowlers, ex-Acropolis) and recorded at Amaseffer's studio by Yuval Kramer (Amaseffer, Prey For Nothing).
According to the band the album features 8 tracks "filled by aggression and epic war atmosphere". Song samples are available at the band's MySpace and Facebook. Arafel is now looking for a label to release the album.
Former Acid Bath vocalist Dax Riggs (also Agents Of Oblivion, Deadboy And The Elephant Men) is premiering the title track off of his second solo album, Say Goodnight To The World, exclusively on Metalunderground.com. Say Goodnight To The World will be released August 3rd on Fat Possum Records. You can stream or download the title track, "Say Goodnight To The World," at this location.
Say Goodnight To The World tracklist:
01. Say Goodnight to the World
02. I Hear Satan
03. You Were Born to Be My Gallows
04. Gravedirt on My Blue Suede Shoes
05. Like Moonlight
06. No One Will Be a Stranger
07. Heartbreak Hotel
08. Sleeping With the Witch
09. Let Me Be Your Cigarette
10. See You All in Hell or New Orleans
Italy's crushing quartet The Secret are set to drop their upcoming Solve Et Coagula full-length via Southern Lord Recordings this September 28th.
The twelve hellish hymns embodied in Solve Et Coagula were captured by Kurt Ballou (Trap Them, Converge, Disfear) in his infamous Godcity studio, resulting in cavernous, earthmoving tonal supremacy. Each song preaches of loss of faith in all forms of religion and politics and a vile outlook on humanity as a whole. The album runs rampant with dismantling breakdowns, gargantuan, swelling riffage and jackhammer blastbeats, all empowered by the most shredding vocal attack.
While surely reminiscent of Converge, Cursed and labelmates Black Breath, The Secret integrate as much influence from filthy politi-crust acts, as well as metal into Solve Et Coagula's metallic surge. But no matter how you try to compare or categorize this highly lethal Italian export, the end result is certain; this is the sound of humanity's failure and defeat, embodied as pure aural rage.
Back in March we reported about Anette Olzon's pregnancy... which means we also have to inform you about the outcome of this story, right?
So, yesterday afternoon, Friday July 30, at 4:28 pm Swedish time, the Nightwish vocalist gave birth to her second child (her first with current boyfriend and Pain bassist Johan Husgafvel). The baby boy is 52 centimeters tall and weighs in at 3930 grams. Olzon also has an eight-year-old son, Seth, with her now-ex-husband.
Do with all this information what you will.
Anette posted the following message on her blog today: "We have tried to get him out the natural way since tuesday and used different methods, but like with my first son, I didn´t get enough strong contractions so it was decided to finally get him out through a c-section.
Sydney psychedelic stoner/doom outfit Adrift For Days are set to release their 71 minute debut album The Lunar Maria on August the 5th, 2010.
The Lunar Maria is inspired by numerous groups such as Neurosis, Electric Wizard, Weedeater, Alice In Chains, Down, Om, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd and features previous members of several Sydney bands including Ebolie, Intrepid, The Captains Package and Kill A Celebrity.
Recording took place at The Brain Studios with additional recording, mixing and mastering completed by Tim Carr at 301 Studios. A picture of the cover artwork can be found here. Adrift for Days' The Lunar Maria (digipak) will be available through the band, 65 Degrees Music Cafe and iTunes from August 5th.
West Coast gore legends, Autopsy, have completed the recording of their first tracks since officially reforming last year. The Tomb Within EP was recorded in mid-July 2010 at Fantasy Studios with Adam Munoz. The Tomb Within unites the original trio of Chris Reifert, Danny Coralles, and Eric Cutler, joined on bass by Joe Trevisano (ex-Abscess).
The new EP - the band's first in over a decade - consists of five new tunes of gore and depravity, and will be released on CD and 12" vinyl on September 13th through the Peaceville Records webstore, with a general release set for later this fall. Cover art is supplied by renowned fantasy/horror artist Matt Cavotta.
Neurot Recordings is proud to unleash the latest full-length from "psychedelic, high-volume blues rock" ensemble U.S. Christmas. Entitled Run Thick In The Night, the band's fifth long player was recorded by Sanford Parker at Fahrenheit Studio in Johnson City, Tennessee, mixed by Parker and USX members Nate Hall, Matt Johnson and Josh Holt at Semaphore Studios in Chicago, IL and mastered by Collin Jordan.
One of the new tracks, "Fonta Flora" is streaming on the band's MySpace. Run Thick In The Night will be released via Neurot Recordings on September 20, 2010.
Run Thick In The Night cover art] tracklist:
01. In The Night
02. Wolf On Anareta
03. Fire Is Sleeping
Hardcore/Thrash metal band SIC (Faroe Islands) has uploaded a brand new track, titled "Killing Birth", on its official MySpace page. The track comes off the band's newly recorded sophomore album, Fighters They Bleed, which is expected to be released in late 2010. The album was recorded at Denmark's Hansen Studios under Jakob Hansen himself and was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen. Fighters They Bleed is the first album to feature Dennis Buhl (ex-Hatesphere) on drums who replaced Magnus Hansen earlier this year.
A "sing-along" video (containing lyrics) of the song "Killing Birth"can also be found on Youtube at this location.
SIC's debut album, Pandemonium, was released in 2007 via Tutl Records and was recorded at Denmark's Jailhouse Studios together with producer Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pretty Maids).
US death metal act Incantation has been forced to cancel their appearances at this year's Stonehenge and Mass Deathstruction festivals. Incantation frontman John McEntee has issued the following statement, explaining the cancellations:
"It is with great regret we announce that we had to cancel our headlining festival appearance at the Stonehenge Fest in Holland and the Mass Deathstruction Fest in Belgium this weekend. Between us and our booking agent we did all we could to try to make the fest appearance happen, but only after many attempts we had to come to the conclusion that there was just no way to make it happen.
We want apologize both fest organizers for giving us this opportunity. we also want to thank all our supporters that were looking forward to our performances. we know that both promoters are very stand up people, and I'm sure both fest will be a great success."
Scars On Broadway, the System Of A Down spin-off featuring guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan, have a new song online. The brand new track is called "Fucking" and can be streamed via SoundCloud over at this location. To unlock the free "Fucking" mp3 download, you'll need to share this page with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.
Scars On Broadway returned to the live stage on 2nd of May after a 17-month absence to play a headlining show in West Hollywood, California, where they performed another new song, called "Talkin' Shit". The band will also play in Los Angeles in August. There is however no word on any further new studio material of the band.
In anticipation of the upcoming new Helloween album 7 Sinners, to be released somewhere around Halloween, the band will release a new single in September - though reportedly in Japan only. The disc will be titled Are You Metal? and will be in Japanese stores on the 22th of September.
Are You Metal? tracklist:
01. Are You Metal?
02. Raise The Noise
03. I'm Free
Technical Death metallers Decrepit Birth have, in conjunction with NoiseCreep.com, uploaded their newest music video for the track "The Resonance" online. The clip can be viewed at this location. The video was directed by former VJ/producer for MTV Norway's Headbangers Ball Ann Christin "Anki" Rihm.
The song comes from the band's latest album Polarity, out now on Nuclear Blast Records. More album details can be retrieved here.
We are the almighty drunkards, Bro Jovi, from the US. Bro Jovi is a rabid alcohol fueled beast, and is comprised of ex- and current members of Abigail Williams (Candlelight Records), Aborted (Century Media Records), and System Divide (Metal Blade Records).
Our debut album, Songs to Crush Beers to Vol. I : Slippery When Blacked, was recorded in late Fall of 2009 and is hot and ready for mass international consumption! The album was tracked and mixed at Conquistador Studios (Cleveland, OH) by producer/engineer Cole Martinez (System Divide, Aborted, Abigail Williams) while all artwork/layout duties were handled by Avernus Studios, otherwise known as the infamous, Sven De Caluwe (Aborted, System Divide).
Trail Of Tears guitarist Pål Olsen has parted ways with the band after three years of service. The band issued the following statement:
"Our guitarist, party-hat chief and beer drinker extraordinaire, Paul, has informed the rest of us that he is leaving the band. His decision is based on lack of time and a general wish to concentrate on the band that he co-founded, Guardians Of Time. We think it sucks to lose a talented guitarist as well as a genuinely great guy but this decision is probably for the best both for Paul, as well as for the band and we absolutely respect it and wish Paul much luck and happiness in the times to come. Trail of Tears will not bring a new member into the family as we are very much content with how the situation is at the moment and so the band will continue as a 5-piece.
Metal Blade Records has teamed up with MetalSucks.net to give you a chance to check out Dementia/Dyslexia in its entirety before it's even released. Dementia/Dyslexia is the debut full-length album of experimental death metal act Fleshwrought. Make sure to surf to MetalSucks.net to check out Dementia/Dyslexia - it's pretty sick stuff.
Fleshwrought is the new band of death/grind drummer Navene Kopperweis (known from Animosity and Animals As Leaders) who teamed up with Job For A Cowboy vocalist Jonny Davy.
Dementia/Dyslexia was finished by June 2009 and was recorded at Navene's studio, Death Midi Soundlab, in San Francisco. Navene played all of the instruments, did all the tracking, mixing, and editing, with mastering handled by Dustin Miller at Audio Aggregate Recordings in Des Moines Iowa.