As posted on Blabbermouth, guitarist Christian Muenzner of German progressive death metallers Obscura is working on an instrumental guitar record for a tentative spring release.
The album will feature Hannes Grossmann (Obscura, Blotted Science) on drums, Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Death, Iced Earth) on bass and Daniel Galmarini (Mercury Falling) on keyboards, with guest appearances by Ryan Knight (The Black Dahlia Murder, ex-Arsis), Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry, Kaipa) and Bob Katsionis (Firewind). Vic Santura (Dark Fortress, Triptykon) will handle the production duties on the CD, the drums for which will be laid down starting on December 27.
Commented Muenzner: "Being a fan of instrumental guitar music for many years, this has always been a dream of mine. After I finished recording my guitar parts for the upcoming Obscura album Omnivium, I felt quite inspired and spent all of my free time working on the songs for this project.
Rotten Sound's brand new full-length album, Cursed, will see its worldwide (excluding Finland) release on March 15th via Relapse Records. The album will see its Finnish release on March 16th courtesy of Fullsteam Records.
Cursed, the follow-up to 2008's Cycles, was recorded at Nordic Audio Labs. Lyrically, the 16-track album will be themed around the six curses of mankind. Cursed is currently available for pre-order. Additional album details to be posted soon.
Rotten Sound, who will be touring in North America early next year, has also announced a headlining European tour in support of Cursed. This four week tour will kick-off in early April and also include Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate and Haust. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below with more to be announced soon.
Update by Chris through Alestorm's official Facebook:
"Greetings my fellow bawbags, pirates, and gobshites!
It is my very great pleasure to announce that on January 10th, Alestorm will be heading to the studio to record our 3rd album, which we're gonna call Back Through Time. It's gonna be an epic adventure through piratical badassery in 11 tracks, with more drunken singalong anthems than you can shake a stick at. There will be songs about midgets. There will be songs about Wisconsin. There will be songs about travelling through time to kill Vikings. And of course, loads of songs about pirates doing what they do best; kicking your ass and stealing your wenches!
Lasse Lammert will once again be at the helm of the production, at his LSD Studios in Lubeck, Germany. We'll be there for about a month (1 week of recording, 3 weeks of alcohol abuse), and we're hopefully looking at a release in early summer, in time for us to kick your asses with these songs at all the festivals.
"Aschevolk" a new song from German black metallers Helrunar has been uploaded for streaming. Head over to this location and let us know what you think. The song is off the bands upcoming album Sól scheduled for release on 11th January 2011. Click here for more details on the album
The members of Stream Of Passion have been working hard the last few months on new material for a new album that will see the light in 2011. But to make the waiting a little bit easier and as a big "thank you" to all their fans for their unconditional support, the band has released a new track online entirely for free! The song, titled "Spark", plus a special end of the year message from the band members can be seen and heard below.
Stream Of Passion wishes you Happy Holidays and all the best for 2011!
Mortiis will return to the touring circuit this winter with a two-month, full European tour supporting evil-electro outfit Combichrist.
"In some fundamental ways, Combichrist and Mortiis are very different, but in other fundamental ways, we are very much the same," explained vocalist and namesake Mortiis. "At the end of the day, both bands have this 'f-you' attitude. It's expressed somewhat differently musically, but energy and attitude-wise we're carrying the same torch, so to speak. I think fans of both bands will pick up on that."
Mortiis took a break from touring while preparing their latest releases, the soon-to-emerge next album, The Great Deceiver and Perfectly Defect are totally free digital download. Unveiled October 10, Perfectly Defect is full-length, downloadable album available at www.mortiis.com. Perfectly Defect is the quintessential prelude to the world of The Great Deceiver - while the latter is heavier and darker, the former is varied, experimental, and largely instrumental. The bottom line is that Perfectly Defect leads into The Great Deceiver acting as a crucial stage in the evolution of Mortiis' music.
Norwegian avantgarde metal outfit Ram-Zet are currently working on a new record, the follow up to 2009's Neurtralized.
The band posted the following short statement from the studio: "We're recording our 5th album these days... we're done with the drums, almost there with the bass, and Thursday, Zet started at his guitar work, which is going to be areal blast for him, as he's never been this exited!"
As was reported earlier, Japanese death metal jaggernauts Defiled are set to release their fourth studio effort, entitled In Crisis, this January. As you eagerly wait for this release, the band gives you a "taste of things" to come. Download the brand-new track, "Retrogression", NOW and let us know what you think!
Finnish metallers Poisonblack - who are a quartet again after the departure of guitarist Janne Markus (The Man-Eating Tree) a couple of weeks ago - will begin recording their new studio album in January. Lead & Roll Vol. 5 will be the working title of the band's fifth full-length.
Here's the official word from the band: "So it is set. The recordings for the next album will start January 14th 2011 in Antfarm studios, Århus Denmark with Tue Madsen as the producer. We'll keep you posted as the recordings start and progress. So until then sleep tight and dream of Sodoma."
Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend has tapped Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Bloodbath etc.) to mix Deconstruction — the third in a series of albums to be made available under The Devin Townsend Project moniker. The sessions will take place in late February 2011 at Fascination Street studio in Örebro, Sweden.
In a November update Townsend had the following to say about Deconstruction: "There are 2 drummers on this one, Ryan Van Poederooyen (The Devin Townsend Band) for the crushing stuff, and Dirk Verbueren (Soilwork, Scarve), Aborted) for the inhuman stuff. This is a record I have been working up to for some time, and while doing it, I realize that not only am I in control of it (totally) but that this newfound control allows me to take it to places I would have never been able to a decade ago. I pretty much believe that this will be one of our finest hours, and although there is some funny moments, it's a pretty 'pointed' record (if ya know what I mean)..."
Critically acclaimed grind act, Wormrot will be heading into Singapore's TNT Music Productions this January to record a brand new album entitled Dirge. With this being the full-length follow-up to Abuse, the band promises to bring their breakneck grind tones to grim new lows.
Frontman, Arif Rot is highly excited about the band's new material and wants the world to know about it: "We are definitely stoked to get this album out. We are working extra hard on this one. EXTRA FUCKING HARDER THAN ABUSE. We are currently in the rehearsal studio still writing songs and making some minor adjustments and what not. If you are digging Abuse and also from our latest split with I Abhor, then u might dig the new album. We'll be in the studio for Dirge first week of January. NEW YEAR WITH A NEW DOSAGE OF GRIND!"
The CEO of Metal Mind Productions, Tomasz Dziubiñski, has passed away yesterday after struggling with an unspecified illness for many years. Tomasz was a pivotal personality of the metal scene in Poland and also in Europe. He was responsible for promoting many Polish artists that are now household names, was the Editor-In-Chief of the Polish edition of Metal Hammer and the main organizer of Metalmania festival. He has definitely had an enormous influence on how metal music has developed in the last 20 years.
Metal Storm would like to express deepest condolences for Dziuba's friends and family and offer a friendly shout-out to Metal Mind Productions and Metal Hammer Polska.
Ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy - who joined Avenged Sevenfold in the studio and on a US tour earlier this year - has issued the following update on his Facebook page:
"Yes, the rumours are true... Sadly my time with Avenged Sevenfold has come to an end...
The band has decided to carry on into 2011 without me... I had a great time with them throughout 2010, but it was their choice to end the relationship at the end of 2010 as was always the initial plan....
I had an awesome time on stage with the guys every night and have so many cool memories from the experience with them... I am proud to always be part of the A7X family and history. I also adore the A7X fans and totally appreciate the way they welcomed me aboard and were so loving and supportive during my time with the band... Thank you!