Set for a February 15th release, Rotting Christ's upcoming album is entitled Aealo, correlatively with the band's will to delve deeper than ever before into their Greek roots.
Frontman Sakis explains: "Aealo is the transcription of the ancient Greek word ΕΑΛΩ into the Latin alphabet. It means thrashing, catastrophe or destruction and reflects the musical and lyrical content of the album. The concept of Aealo deals with the feelings of a warrior during a battle, therefore the album's title bears this sense of anger, fear and grief."
The CD was recorded at Lunatach Studios in Katerini, Greece and will feature guest appearances by Greek-American vocalist Diamanda Galas and Primordial frontman Alan A. Nemtheanga.
In a statement from the band, Hatesphere have announced the addition of a new drummer:
"Things happen fast in this world - and after having suffered back problems for a long time Dennis finally had to throw in the towel. So the US Tour (with The Black Dahlia Murder, Augury and Obscura) not only marks the first time for us over there - it also marks the first tour with our new drummer, Mike Park, who many of you know from his work with fellow Danish metallers Mercenary. Mike has already had his live debut with us on our three shows in late November, and we are more than happy to have him joining our ranks! Welcome in the band!
As mentioned before things really do go fast from time to time. We have been forced to cancel our upcoming European tour with Hypocrisy, because of several personal circumstances and our change of drummer. We are very sorry, as we have looked very much forward to this tour - both to play with Hypocrisy and Survivors Zero but also to meet all you European fans again. But it seems impossible for us to be able to play it at this time. We hope for your understanding - and we promise you, we will be back later in 2010. Thank you all for your support!"
British thrashers EVILE have revealed the identity of their new bassist, who joins the band following the tragic and untimely death of their late bassist, Mike Alexander.
Mike Alexander passed away on October 5th, 2009 while the band was on tour in Sweden.
EVILE members Matt Drake, Ol Drake and Ben Carter have released the following statement:
"This has been one of the most bizarre and surreal tasks we've ever had to undertake. It isn't like Mike has decided to leave the band and we're simply finding a new bass player, he was taken from us, and we were forced to replace him. In effect we had to look for a new Mike, but that would never happen. He was one of a kind, and we'll never forget him.
Greek progressive math-death metallers Tardive Dyskinesia completed their first video for the song "Triggering The Fear Reactor" included in their brand new album "The Sea of See Through Skins" released on October 12th via Coroner Records.
"Aggressive, math, psychotic and obsessive are the keywords that identify this new work amazingly mixed and mastered by Jochem Jacob at Split Second Sound Studio in Holland (Textures, Inquest, Chiraw)."
The video of "Triggering The Fear Reactor" can be seen here.
"After the great feedback got from some important shows in Spain with bands like Scar Symmetry, Amon Amarth, Neaera, Maroon and Textures, the Spanish melo-death metallers Rise To Fall signed with Coroner Records for their upcoming debut album entitled "Restore The Balance", scheduled on February 22nd 2010.
The album, which includes 11 tracks recorded at the Rockstudios in Bilbao by the renowned producer Carlos Creator, was mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios in Denmark."
A preview of the new tracks can be listened at the official Rise To Fall MySpace or at Coroner Records MySpace.
German black metallers Kaer Morhen are proud to announce their first full-lenght album, called Aen Ithlinnespeath, is finally finished. Aen Ithlinnespeath is described as a one hour of epic and melodic black metal.
Aen Ithlinnespeath cover art] tracklist:
01. Aen Ihtlinnespeath
02. Silver And Steel
04. Kaer Morhen
05. Nilfgaard Is Marching
06. Order Of The Rose
Two full tracks ("Nilfgaard Is Marching" and "Silver And Steel") as well as samples can be streamed at http://myspace.com/songsofkaermorhen.
Canadian blackened thrash metal outfit Thesyre have issued the following statement:
"Since the release of our latest album Résistance (Osmose Productions, 2009) and after thinking for a while about the future of the band, we came to the conclusion that our priorities as a band were simple: We enjoy writing, arranging and recording music but we hate the idea of performing it onstage and on tour. We are creators, not entertainers. Also, we liked collaborating with labels over the years (and some obviously did a better job than others) but there will be no satisfying recording deals for us anymore. We're going independent!
From now on we'll be giving you free access to download our music via our website. If you feel like it, you will still be able to support us directly by buying our limited physical releases (Tape, CD, LP), merchandising items or simply making a donation after downloading.
Chilean metallers Six Magics signed a deal with Coroner Records for the release of their new album entitled Behind The Sorrow, scheduled on February 15th 2010.
After the amazing success got in South America with their previous album and their promotional tours with bands like Nightwish, Blind Guardian and Rhapsody Of Fire, the female fronted quintet is ready to overrun all the other countries with their new amzing album, recorded, mixed and engineered by the legendary multi-platinum producer David Prater, the man behind the console for albums like Images And Words and A Change Of Seasons by Dream Theater. Behind The Sorrow is described as an heavy metal album with classic influences and prog shades, full of epic and orchestral moments, played with a modern and actual attitude.
The forthcoming 4th album proper from English progressive Black metal band, The Meads Of Asphodel is in the final stages of completion. The album is titled, The Murder Of Jesus The Jew, with a track listing featuring: "From Eagle to Cross", "God of Sand", "Apostle of the uncircumcised", "Jew Killer", "The Man from Keiroth".
Guests who have already recorded vocals are, Hoest Taake], Vincent Crowley Acheron]. The intro and one instrumental has been created by Mirai Sigh], with guitar and keyboard parts handles by Alisa Coral Space Mirrors], Elle Torry, Imperial Vengeance].
The core elements of the band, Metatron , J.D Tait , Alan Davey and skim hammerer Urakbarameel have created a concept album that centers around the humanity of the Galilean healer who became a God of western aspirations and whose own roots became washed away with the cleansing of the Roman Church. The Murder Of Jesus The Jew is scheduled for a release mid-2010.
Textures will release a best of album titled Extracts 2004-2009 exclusively in India, where up until now none of the band's albums have been available. Extracts 2004-2009 will be released on the 4th January through EMI Music. The album will consist of a compilation of songs from the Textures first three albums.
Extracts 2004-2009 tracklisting:
01. Storm Warning
06. Ostensibly Impregnable
07. Stream Of Consciousness
08. Laments Of An Icarus
11. To Erase A Lifetime
Textures performed for the first time in India on the 5th of December. The band co-headlined Deccan Rock Festival in Bangalore. Fan-filmed footage can be found here. Limited amounts will be exclusively available from the band's webstore in the new year.
The last leaves have fallen in the old world of Europe, stripping down the trees to wooden skeletons, and a dark wind is blowing from the coldest north to freeze your souls. Finntroll will blow their new album Nifelvind across the withered earth on 22nd February 2010. Everybody who thought that the album title is Mot Skuggornas Värld should learn his lesson to never trust a Troll. Nifelvind was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland and mastered by Mika Jussila (add any big Finnish Metal band for namedropping) at Finnvox Studios. The album cover artwork was done again by the band's own guitarist Skrymer.
On December 14th 2009, Russian manic depressive metallers Psilocybe Larvae have released their Non-Existence CD worldwide through Dark Harvest Records.
According to a press release, Psilocybe Larvae tap into emotions in such a creative way that musically they are like no other artist and have set themselves apart from the norm to create an art through music.
The album was already released in February of 2008 in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus via Moscow label Mazzar/Mystic Empire. In March the band headlined a Russian tour to support the new album and took part in the Creative Breath of Death tour of Belarus. Now the band has signed a deal with Dark Harvest Records for the "Non-existence" worldwide release.
Gamma Ray's upcoming album To The Metal will be released via earMUSIC on January, 29th 2010. EarMUSIC is a project of Edel.
The new Gamma Ray offering is thoroughbred and classy, fast-paced and deep, and holds a few surprises in store which distinguish the band from the mass of acts who try their hand at similar styles and sounds.
The line-up consisting of Kai Hansen (vocals/guitar), Dirk Schlächter (bass), Henjo Richter (guitar) and Daniel Zimmermann (drums) recorded a total of twelve new songs at their own studio in Hamburg in autumn 2009. Ten of them will feature on the regular album release, and two additional bonus tracks can be heard on different editions of the album, the band's stylistic range including a full-throttle number such as "Rise", the rhythmic and melodically diverse "Time To Live", and the multilayered anthem "All You Need To Know" (which has given rise to speculation about a spectacular guest singer), as well as the sensitive ballad "No Need To Cry", composer/lyricist Dirk Schlächter's attempt to come to terms with the untimely death of his father. Of course, there's also the awesome title track - first introduced at the Wacken 2009 open-air and a number of festivals in Scandinavia and considered absolutely indispensible by the fans, which Gamma Ray recorded as a classic Metal track in the midtempo range, making it a real anthem.
Intronaut guitarist/vocalist Sacha Dunable has posted the following detailed blog regarding the band:
"So yeah, the new record is coming along. We are planning to be in the studio recording by April at the latest. We have about four and a half songs totally finished, and so far the material is completely blowing everything else we've done out of the water. I'm almost embarassed to have been a part of the last four releases knowing how great this one will be. You can check out a brief clip of us jamming on some new stuff here. Details on all that will be coming soon.
I supposed I could give you more of a detailed update on the band, too. We have all been busy with other musical projects in the past few months as well: