Textures is excited to announce that Daniel de Jongh - former front man of the Dutch metal band Cilice - will replace Eric Kalsbeek who left the band earlier this year.
Daniel had to say this about joining Textures: "I am truly honored to have been asked to replace Eric as vocalist for Textures. Textures is a standout band and is a band which I've listened to the last couple of years, like so many other metal-fans out there. Although it was a pretty tough decision to leave my former band Cilice, this was an offer I just couldn't refuse. The guys in Textures are just a great bunch of people and it is clear that there is and will be loads of inspiration for the next years to come. I also know how much Eric was respected by the fans and I hope that I can assure you guys out there that I will replace him with as much dignity as he did for Textures the last 6 years. All I can say is that we as Textures are ready to rock everyone out there and that the anticipation for the next album can be withhold. We are in writing process at the time and I can reveal that it is going to be kick-ass as always!"
The new album Hypomanic of Belgian razorgrind act Leng Tch'e is set to a May 24th release in Europe and June 8th in the USA.
Hypomanic cover art] tracklist:
01. Wirehead Imbeciles
03. The Stockholm Malevolence Project
04. World State Abomination
05. Refined Torture
06. Misleading Innuendos
07. Obiter Dicta
08. Death's Head Cockroach
10. Anthropocentric Suicide
11. Silence Is Better Than Unmeaning Words
12. Violence Does Even Justice
13. Corrosive Rotgut
14. Perfervid Odysse
Austrian metalcore act The Sorrow will be posting their entire December home concert, at the Event Center in Hohenems, online very soon. In anticipation of the event, the band has posted a little trailer online. Watch the clip below. The band's latest record Origin of the Storm was released in February 2009 through Drakkar Records.
Origin of the Storm cover art] tracklist:
02. Where Is the Sun
03. My Immortal Guardian
05. Eyes of Darkness
06. Raising the Devil
07. Anchor in the Storm
08. From This Day On
09. Heaven Is No Place for Us
11. Collector of Tears
13. Day of the Lord
Finnish metallers Amorphis have issued the following update on their official website:
"The "Forging Europe Tour" will continue in November 2010 with 21 gigs in twelve countries. The tour will be presented by Metal Hammer and Terrorizer; both support acts are to be announced later. Tickets for the German shows can be ordered from Metaltix."
Announced tour dates are as follows:
Nov. 05 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
Nov. 06 - Aalborg, Denmark - Metal Festival
Nov. 07 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
Nov. 09 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Cathouse
Nov. 10 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Academy 3
Nov. 11 - London, United Kingdom - O2 Academy Islington
Nov. 12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli De Helling
Florida death metal monsters Malevolent Creation have just signed a management deal with Extreme Management Group (Suffocation, Origin). It is also at this time that the band would like to confirm April 5 2010 as the starting date for recording their new album with Eric Rutan at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Vital Remains, Goatwhore, etc.).
The band has released the following official statement: "After over 20 years in existence, and now having the most solid line up in years, we really wanted to make sure that with this new album we elevated the band in every way. Getting good management was crucial and Extreme Management Group has a great track record. Erik had been talking to us since Doomsday X to record us, and with Gus Rios (drums) being the band full time now, we didn't want him to have the responsibility of producing the album as well as writing and playing. Erik really understands what we are about, and has all of the same thoughts about recording as us. It really couldn't be a better working situation. We've said it before but this album really is without a doubt is the most relentless, focused and brutal Malevolent Creation album ever! We really went back to our roots, not only as a band, but as fans of metal. We wrote an album of songs that we as fans of brutal music would want to hear."
US metallers Pro-Pain will release their forthcoming album, entitled 'Absolute Power on May 7 via Regain Records.
The CD was recorded at Little Creek studios in Gelterkinden (Baselland), Switzerland.
Absolute Power cover art] tracklist:
02. Destroy The Enemy
03. Stand My Ground Destruction)]
04. Road To Nowhere
06. Hell On Earth
07. Divided We Stand
08. Gone Rogue (I Apologize)
09. Rise Of The Antichrist
10. Hate Coalition
German thrash metallers Dew-Scented have finished recording and mixing their new album Invocation at Soundlodge Studio in Northern Germany with producer Jörg Uken (God Dethroned, Sinister, etc.).
Vocalist Leif Jensen checks in with the following comment: "It is done! After long weeks of intense work, we are finished tracking and mixing this new album... What a great feeling! The new song-material is totally fresh and energetic to us and I hope all you thrash maniacs will dig it as much as we do! Despite the band's line up changes, we are pretty much staying true to our traditional stylistic formula and tried to combine the best of our 80's thrash metal roots with the punch of a modern production and an utterly aggressive performance! Look out!"
German metallers Disbelief will release their forthcoming 20th anniversary album, entitled Heal, on May 21 via Massacre Records.
The band adds: "We recorded eight songs including three cover versions and a remake of the classic track "Shine". The remaining four new Disbelief songs are meant to be a tribute to bands who influenced us a lot over those two decades concerning their music and attitude!"
Heal was produced by Witali Weber and was mastered by Andy Classen. The album will also contain a DVD with a complete Disbelief show from the Walpurgis Metal Days in 2009.
01. Certainty Of Reality
02. The Eyes Of Horror
03. The Last Force: Attack!
Candlelight Records today confirms the worldwide signing of October Tide. The band featuring guitarist Fredrick Norrman, vocalist Tobias Netzell, drummer Robin Bergh, and session bassist Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge) is currently finishing work on their still untitled new album. Expected for release early fall, it will be the first new recording from the band in over ten years. It follows recent reissue of the band's acclaimed debut Rain Without End.
Formed in 1995 by then Katatonia guitarist Norrman and Katatonia/Bloodbath vocalist Jonas Renkse, October Tide quickly made a mark with two albums recorded and released during the years 1997 and 1999. Much of the band's music was written during a short break up of Katatonia which later proved only temporary as the band would reform and continues today; their latest album Night Of The New Day features work by Norrman. October Tide would not perform live during this short period of activity and few interviews with the members were granted despite praise from both media and fans. The band, until reforming in late 2009, would maintain a cult status throughout the doom/metal community.
"Midnight Vice", a new song from Swedish metallers Enforcer, is available for streaming at this location.
"Midnight Vice" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Diamonds, which is scheduled for release on May 24 in Europe via Earache Records and one day later in the rest of the world through Heavy Artillery Records.
"Forlorn Waves", a new song from Finnish metallers Barren Earth, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
"Forlorn Waves" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Curse Of The Red River, which is scheduled for release on March 29 in Europe (April 6 in North America) via Peaceville Records.
Curse Of The Red River cover art] tracklist:
01. The Curse Of The Red River
02. Our Twilight
03. Forlorn Waves
05. The Leer
06. The Ritual Of Dawn
07. Ere All Perish
08. Cold Earth Chamber
09. Deserted Morrows
Barren Earth and MetalSucks.net have teamed up to premiere a brand new track, "The Leer", off the band's forthcoming debut full length record, Curse of the Red River. The song is available for streaming, exclusively at this location.
Former Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens and his band Circle II Circle have just started recording their fifth album. Entitled Consequence Of Power, this will be the second concept album of the band. The release is expected for Autumn 2010.
Gamma Ray have added more live dates to their so-called "To The Metal World Tour". Catch the band live in Russia, Asia or Latin America on the following dates:
08.04.10 - Russia - Moscow, B1 Maximum
10.04.10 - Russia - St Petersburg, DK Lensoveta
13.04.10 - Japan - Osaka, Big Cat (with Rage)
15.04.10 - Japan - Tokyo, On Air East (with Rage)
16.04.10 - Japan - Tokyo, On Air East (with Rage)
17.04.10 - Japan - Nagoya, Bottom Line (with Rage)
20.04.10 - Korea - Seoul, V-Hall
21.04.10 - China - Beijing, Mao Live House
22.04.10 - Taiwan - Taipei, Armed Forces Cultural Center
24.04.10 - Guatemala - Guatemala, City Teatro Miguel Angel Asturias
25.04.10 - Mexico - Mexico City, Circo Volador
Lifeforce Records is proud to announce the signing of one of the most exciting young death metal acts, The Last Felony, from Montreal, Canada.
"Our search for a new label is finally over," guitarist Dominic Grimard comments. "We are extremely proud to be joining the Lifeforce family. This label has housed so many great bands, whether it be past or present, which in effect, makes this deal that much more exciting for us. Lately, we have been stalled in our search for a label with an open mind in terms of extreme music, and Lifeforce seems like the perfect fit for us for obvious reasons. We are grateful for this opportunity which Stefan Luedicke and the Lifeforce family have given us, and are anxious to see what the future holds for our band.
Against The Plagues have issued the following update:
"We would to clear the air and clarify all the rumors regarding our line-up changes. We had not yet posted any official statements regarding these changes because we had been busy with all our label-negotiations (re-mastering our self-released album) along with preparing for our upcoming video. Now, we feel that it is time to officially announce that our original guitarist Adrian Adamus (Forest Of Impaled) is no longer member of Against The Plagues. In short, Adrian had decided to part ways with the band (and extreme music) right now in order to focus on his personal/family life. We respect his decision and wish him the very best.
Now, we are extremely proud to announce that bassist Marco Martell (Malevolent Creation, Divine Empire, Kult of Azazel) is handling the guitarist position now and will be participating with the song writing process for the next album. Marco is an accomplished guitarist with the versatility, speed, and skill that the "ATP style" demands. We are very excited about the official release of our debut album along with the new material that we have planned. We would like to thank all the fans that continue to support our endeavors despite this harsh, economic state."