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Profetus - New Album Details

Finnish funeral doom group Profetus, are now finishing their upcoming second album "…to Open the Passages in Dusk", which is to be released in summer 2011 through Weird Truth productions, Japan. The album, consisting playing time of one hour, and 4 solemn and majestic tracks is again invoking the stream of Dark Scandinavian Doom Metal at its finest. Profetus paints with the brush of long-known tradition, leading the listener towards the sole essence of Scandinavian mind - picturing a desolate landscape, where the gloomy mist circles the thousand lakes, tasting the soil, cascading to the cold air into piercing northern light.

"…to Open the Passages in Dusk" tracklist:

01. When Autumn Cries a Fiery Canticle
02. The Watchers Dusk
03. The Shoreless
04. Burn, Lanterns of Eve


Band profile: Profetus
Posted: 12.05.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

Ghost Brigade - New Album Release Date Revealed, Finnish Tour Dates

Season Of Mist press release

Ghost Brigade have set Until Fear No Longer Defines Us as the title of their forthcoming third album, which has been scheduled for an August 19th (August 23rd in North America) release.

In order to celebrate the release of Until Fear No Longer Defines Us, the band will embark on a Finnish tour in next September and October. Support for most of the shows comes from Finnish dark hardcore act Unkind.


Band profile: Ghost Brigade
Event: Ghost Brigade: Finnish Tour
Posted: 08.05.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (8)

Arch Enemy - New Song And Album Trailer Online

Official press release

Arch Enemy have teamed up with to launch the brand new track "Bloodstained Cross" off the upcoming album Khaos Legions which will hit stores on May 30th in Europe and June 7th in North America. Simply head over to this location.

Angela Gossow comments: ""Bloodstained Cross" - I'd say the title speaks for itself on this one! A remorseless and brutal, yet intricate knuckleduster thrash-attack. Some epic guitar moments in this one too courtesy of the Amott bros. Will be a killer track live... Now turn up the volume and blast this godless anthem all over town!"

In addition you can now enjoy the second Khaos Legions trailer on YouTube.

Last but not least, you can now pre-order Khaos Legions in various formats on Century Media Records.

Kriegsphilosoph for the news!]


Band profile: Arch Enemy
Posted: 08.05.2011 by Vargsmal | Comments (20)

Sepultura - New Album Details

Nuclear Blast press release

Legendary Brazilian/American thrashers Sepultura have released the cover artwork for their upcoming album Kairos. Artwork was handled this time around by artist Eric Sayers.

"I started by researching Kairos for images and meaning as soon as the band gave me the title," stated Sayers. Kairos is about time, the actions we take, and the positive or negative repercussions that follow. I knew the image would have wings. I also knew I would somehow need to represent time, but in a way that is timeless. Speaking with Andreas, he had an idea for a gel skull. I was uncertain how I would make that happen, but I did and it is unique. Actions and their repercussions are represented by the arms, transitioning from the strong healthy arm on top and the decrepit hand below. The background is made from a couple of photos I took on a recent trip to Morocco. They give the composition a mystical quality. It was an honor for me to work with Sepultura. I am a long-time fan of this legendary band."

Guitarist Andreas Kisser added: "We were very lucky choosing the artist to design the cover of Kairos. His name's Erich Sayers and we met him backstage in a Sepultura concert in LA last January. He left us his card and when we checked his website, we got very impressed by his awesome work. I explained to him the concept of Kairos and he fastly captured what we wanted, sending us ideas in that same week. He's a very talented guy, who knew how to draw the concept of the album. The cover is different to all the other covers we did in the past but it's "old school" at the same time, like the album itself. We're very happy with the result".

Sepultura will release Kairos, their 12th studio album and Nuclear Blast Records debut, on June 24. Kairos was recorded once again at Trama Studios in São Paulo, Brazil and produced and mixed by Roy Z. (Judas Priest, Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Helloween). Mastering was handled by Maor Appelbaum!

Kairos tracklist:

01. Spectrum
02. Kairos
03. Relentless
04. (2011)
05. Just One Fix Ministry cover]
06. Dialog
07. Mask
08. (1433)
09. Seethe
10. Born Strong
11. Embrace The Storm
12. (5772)
13. No One Will Stand
14. Structure Violence (Azzes)
15. (4648)
16. Firestarter
17. Point Of No Return
+ making of DVD

Amatsu Mikaboshi for the news!]


Band profile: Sepultura
Posted: 08.05.2011 by Vargsmal | Comments (24)

Against The Plagues - New Bassist Announced

Official press release

Bassist Novy (ex-Behemoth/Vader, Road's End) will be officially teaming up with Chicago based, multinational extreme act Against The Plagues in support of their second full-length release. The band decided to part ways with previous guitarist Wojtek Lisicki and continuing work on new album as a 4 piece group including Varyen - drums(ex-Forest Of Impaled/Damnation), Marco Martell - guitars (Divine Empire), Novy - bass (ex-Behemoth/Vader, Road's End), Logan Perez - vocals (Vex).

Commented co-founder Varyen Chylinski: "I am proud to announce that one of the best bass player in death metal scene - Novy who previously worked with Behemoth and Vader is officially new member of Against The Plagues! He is great very experienced musician who used to play in several world class bands in the past and I am looking forward to work with him on our upcoming second album. We are very excited and full of energy like never before and I cannot wait to expose our new material to all our loyal followers! Also I want to confirmed that guitarist Wojtek Lisicki is no longer with us. We wish him all the best. Please check out our myspace/facebook sites for all updates."


Band profile: Against The Plagues
Posted: 08.05.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (2)

Archgoat - To Record New EP

Debemur Morti Productions press release

Finnish black crusaders Archgoat will record 5 new hymns of Angelslaying Black Fucking Metal this coming July. The mini album should be released in October this year. More information to follow in the coming weeks.

In other news, the layouts for both full lengths, Whore Of Bethlehem and The Light-Devouring Darkness, are currently being reworked by Finnish artist Helgorth from Babalon Graphics for an upcoming picture 12" vinyl re-issue via Debemur Morti Productions.

Last but not least, the band is set to headline the Deathkult Open Air festival in Gera, Thüringen (Germany) this coming June 4th as well as The Return Of Darkness & Evil Festival IV in Clifton, NJ (USA) this coming August 13th. This is the band's first and only East Coast appearance.


Posted: 08.05.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (1)

Factory Of Dreams - New Video Online

"Back To Sleep", the new video from Portuguese metallers Factory Of Dreams, can be viewed at this location. The video was produced by Hugo Flores and directed by Emil Jonsvik of First Edition Pictures.

"Back To Sleep" comes off the band's latest album, entitled Melotronical, which was released on March 8 via Progrock Records.


Posted: 08.05.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (1)

Catamenia - New Keyboardist Announced

Finnish metallers Catamenia have issued the short following update:

"We've decided to take the keyboards back to our music, so we want to welcome Jussi Sauvola from Silent Threnody and Decrowned to join the band. His profile can be found here. Welcome to Cata-family, Jussi!"


Band profile: Catamenia
Posted: 07.05.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (9)

Pro-Pain - Part Ways With Guitarist, Replacement Announced

Official press release

It is with great sadness that we bring to you (the fans) the following news:

Due to unexpected circumstances regarding some potentially serious health issues, our long time lead guitarist and dear friend Tom Klimchuck will unfortunately have to put his musical endeavors on hold for at least the foreseeable future. Although we all wanted so much for Tom to be able to participate in the 20 Year Anniversary tours, we collectively decided that it was too risky and that his health and family should take precedent. Thankfully, (with Tom's blessing) we have found a replacement in Adam Phillips (Indorphine) and so the tours will move forward as planned. The fans can expect a great show, as we have quite an ambitious set list lined up for them. A personal statement from Tom to the fans can be expected shortly. In the meantime, we welcome Adam aboard and we wish Tom a speedy and full recovery. Thank you all for your support during this difficult time and transition, and special thanks to Tom for his many years of flawless commitment to our beloved band (this tour's for you). We hope to see you all at the gigs!"

Official statement from Tom: "Although thoroughly saddened by the realization that my time in Pro-Pain is at its end, I look back with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and pride. The band has been an absolute blessing to me. It has provided a platform with which to fight the good fight, and bring inspiration through commonality to people all around the world. All the while offering countless, magical experiences that most can only dream of. I owe a massive "Thank you!" to Gary, Marshall, Ricky, and Adam, as well as all previous members, and crew past and present; my brothers. It has been a privilege sharing the stage, and sharing so many incredible times with you all. These are the fabric of our souls, and you are all irreversibly woven into mine. A very special "Thank you." goes out to all the Pro-Pain fans. It is a powerful thing to watch a large group of people, seemingly strangers to one another, find common ground, and even inspiration in something I have put my heart and soul into. This is the show you have given me as I've looked out from the stage to all of you, and the gift you have given me that I will have forever. I am eternally grateful."


Band profile: Pro-Pain
Posted: 07.05.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

Septicflesh - French Tour Dates

Greek extreme metallers Septicflesh will embark on a French Tour later this month. Support act will come from Svart Crown, W.E.B., and Valet Parn.

Announced dates are as follows:

14.05 - Colmar - Grillen
15.05 - Lyon - Marché Gare
16.05 - Marseille - Poste à Galène
17.05 - Bordeaux - Complexe
18.05 - Rouen - 106
19.05 - Paris - Nouveau Casino
20.05 - Lille - TBA
21.05 - Caen - Espace Coisel
22.05 - Nantes - Ferrailleur
23.05 - Toulouse - Ramier


Band profile: Septicflesh
Event: Septicflesh: The Great Mass Tour
Posted: 07.05.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (3)

Amorphis - Two New Songs Online (UPDATED)

Original news, published on 19.04.2011

"You I Need", the brand-new single from Finnish heavy metallers Amorphis, has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.

"You I Need" comes off the band's upcoming new album The Beginning Of Times, which will be released on May 27th in Europe and June 7th in North America through Nuclear Blast Records. More album details were previously reported over here.

UPDATE Vargsmal, Blizk and 34845 for the news!]

"My Enemy", another brand new song from Finnish metallers Amorphis, is available for streaming at the band's Facebook page.

"My Enemy" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled The Beginning Of Times, which will be released on May 27th in Europe and June 7th in North America through Nuclear Blast Records.


Band profile: Amorphis
Posted: 07.05.2011 by BudDa | Comments (25)

Arkona - New Video Online

"Stenka Na Stenku", the new video from Russian metallers Arkona, can be viewed at this location.

"Stenka Na Stenku" comes off the band's forthcoming EP, entitled Stenka Na Stenku, which will be released on the following dates:

May 25: Spain, Finland, Sweden
May 27: Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg
May 30: Rest of Europe
June 14: USA, Canada


Band profile: Arkona
Posted: 07.05.2011 by Sjuk | Comments (3)

Circus Maximus - Update From The Band

Norwegian metallers Circus Maximus have issued the following update on their official website:

"As many of you have been wondering, what has been, or is going on in the Circus Maximus camp these days? What is the status on the recording on the new album? Well... To give you the short and brutal version, here is where we are today:

After finishing the drum tracks in November, the band took the Christmas holidays off, presuming to start up right over new years with drum editing, and continue with guitar, bass, keys and vocals right after that. What we didn't plan out as a result of Mats' grueling long hours in front of the computer, editing drums, was that he got arm inflammation in both arms. Because of this, both the drum editing (that was over half ways finished), and upcoming rhythm guitar tracking had to be postponed until further notice. With this, and other personal/family stuff that had to be dealt with, the recording process stagnated quite a bit.

On a positive note: Mats' arm injury has improved a great deal, and the drum-editing is finished, the band has been rehearsing for their upcoming shows in May and we are filming more for the 'Rockumentary' this weekend up in the mountains of Trysi (Guess there will be more drunken madness than interviews, because it's Mikey's birthday as well).

We are glad to tell you all that things are looking better nowadays with the speed bumps and hickups out of the way, and that we will be putting the 'pedal to the metal' on the recordings from mid May. Circus Maximus is truly grateful for all the support that has been shown, as well as your patience and understanding. There wouldn't be a Circus Maximus without you, the fans. That makes you a little Circus Maximus too... hehe."


Band profile: Circus Maximus
Posted: 07.05.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (2)

Kimaera - New Song And Video Available For Free Download

Lebanese metallers Kimaera have released a new single, entitled December Ends, after their second album Solitary Impact. The artwork of the single was done by Anastasiya Shylina. The song "December Ends" is available for free download at this location.

The band also recorded a video for the song, which includes footage from the band's rehearsals and their performance in "Masters of Rock 2010" in Czech Republic. The video was directed by Rayframe and can be viewed here (you can also download the video at this location).


Band profile: Kimaera
Posted: 07.05.2011 by JD | Comments (0)

Hate Eternal - Entire New Album Streaming Online

Metal Blade Records press release

Hate Eternal's upcoming album Phoenix Amongst The Ashes (out May 10) is currently streaming in its entirety on Metal Sucks here. Be sure to check out the album while you can (comes down Monday May 9) and leave a comment.

Founder, vocalist and guitarist Erik Rutan comments: "Phoenix Amongst The Ashes is an album that we did everything possible to create a death metal classic that would stand out amongst all of our releases as an album that not only carries the traditional Hate Eternal sound, but expands the boundaries of what is possible within the confines of extreme death metal. I feel that this album truly represents a band that overtime has matured into creating our most dynamic and intense album yet. At times fast and extreme, at times, heavy, atmospheric, evil and melodic with the darkest of overtones. I truly feel this is one of my finest moments in my career and a defining moment for Hate Eternal. If you are a death metal fan, you should give it a listen, you won't be disappointed!"

Hate Eternal recorded their fifth studio album, Phoenix Amongst The Ashes, at frontman Erik Rutan's own Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, FL with mastering handled by Alan Douches of West West Side. J.J. Hrubovcak has been added as the band's bassist, alongside the devastating combo of Erik Rutan on guitar and Jade Simonetto on drums.


Band profile: Hate Eternal
Posted: 07.05.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (3)