Dutch Death Metallers God Dethroned recently finished the recordings for their sophomore new album Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross. The band's 9th album has been recorded at Soundlodge Studios in Leer, Germany.
Comments singer/guitarist Henri Sattler: "Just like with our two previous albums, we've been recording at the Soundlodge Studio's in Leer, Germany with producer Joerg Uken. Under the Sign of the Iron Cross is another concept album about World War One. Having done a concept album about this topic before didn't make it an easy job, but reading Ernst Juenger's "In Stahlgewittern" (Storm of Steel), which is his biography of his daily experiences in the trenches during the war, gave me so much inspiration that I managed to do a good job on the lyrics and I'm really satisfied with the result, but this is of course something you will have to check out for yourselves.
Progressive death metal act Obscura has unveiled the name of their forthcoming full-length as Omnivium.
Omnivium was recently recorded and now being mixed at Woodshed Studio in southern Germany with engineer V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress). The nine-track album will see an early 2011 release date. Additional album details will be made available shortly.
Obscura's Steffen Kummerer issued the following update from the studio: "Although we recorded again with our long time friend and producer V. Santura in the Woodshed Studios, the studio sessions were hard work and lots of sweat. It was for the best though since Omnivium is definitely the next step for this band."
Christian (Muenzer - guitar) recorded some outstanding solos with a new 8 finger tapping technique, Jeroen (Paul Thesseling - bass) brought his own stamp of fretless tone into the mix again, and Hannes (Grossmann - drums) recorded his heaviest session to date and broke through the 260 bpm line. Everyone brought lots of great ideas to the table and made Omnivium a truly collaborative band effort. Omnivium sounds solely like Obscura, and brings us a step closer to reaching our unique vision of progressive death metal."
Just a quick message to inform you we've got a new type of article floating around, currently going by the name "Clandestine Cuts #1". You can find it here.
As you can read in the introductory statement of the article, we felt that the demos of unknown metal bands (a.k.a. the future of metal) definitely deserve attention - but maybe not as much as the big shots of the metal scene (yet). So we gave them their own place, the Demo Spotlight, where we describe the music, share MySpace links and show the cover art.
We hope you like the article (check it here!), because we plan on writing many more! As this is the first of a series, we still might decide to fine-tune it a bit in upcoming editions and suggestions are always welcome! Post a comment or send a PM to a Staff member to share your thoughts.
The guy and gal of Kauan are working on a new album. In yet another short update, the band says that the writing process for the material on a new album is done. The bands last output Aava Tuulen Maa was released only last year.
Rob Zombie has premiered the track "Everything Is Boring" on ARTISTdirect.com. The track features Joey Jordison of Slipknot bashing behind the kit, John 5 ripping on the axe and Piggy D holding the bass groove. It's one of Zombie's most explosive and engaging salvos ever. The track is available on the special edition of Hellbilly Deluxe 2 hitting shelves on September 28 via Roadrunner Records. The special edition offers two other songs with Jordison on drums "Michael" and "Devil's Hole Girls and the big Revolution" as well as a documentary entitled Transylvania Transmissions. Of course, there's also "Everything is Boring"
Rob checks in:"It's such a funny phrase, but I often end up saying, 'Jesus Christ, everything is so fucking boring," laughs Zombie. "When I'm flipping TV channels or doing anything, I find myself saying that a lot. I thought, 'Alright, I'll make a song out of it.'"
The German label Prophecy Production has issued the next statement on their official website :
"We are incredibly happy to announce that EMPYRIUM, the most renowned Prophecy act ever, has decided to reunite and to record new music! Here's the official statement of Schwadorf on the reunion: "Since the rumours start to spread we think it's about time to make this official: EMPYRIUM is alive again! Our first new sign of life will be the song 'The Days Before The Fall' on the Prophecy Prod. compilation 'Whom The Moon A Nightsong Sings' but we have plans for more! The spirit is back and it really feels right to us to start writing songs with EMPYRIUM again. We are not in a rush though so don't expect a full lenght today or tomorrow but we have the patience and faith to make this new songs outstanding and unique. Just as EMPYRIUM ever was...."
Vancouver, Canada's metal mastermind Devin Townsend has announced a special, intimate acoustic show set to take place on October 7, 2010. This free event is taking place at Vancouver's only all-metal specialty store Scrape Records. The event is to celebrate the shop's 13 years in business. The show is set to begin at 2 P.M.
The show should be for free, but there is a notice from Scrape: "Priority entrance will be given to those who have purchased or will purchase their DEVIN TOWNSEND tickets from SCRAPE or show up the day of the performance wearing any generation of SCRAPE gear. If you already have a ticket please stop by SCRAPE asap with your ticket to get your priority. Watch out for contests!!"
Sacred Oath has posted the new single "Meet Your Maker" online, which is coming from the band's album "World on Fire". The song was posted on Youtube. Footage includes some band's promotional photos. Sacred Oath's new album "World on Fire" is set to be released this fall. Release date is to be announced.
In case you were wondering what happened to French brutal death metal outfit Benighted, this should put some of your doubts to rest.
The band has posted a very short update on their official facebook page about them recording a new album. When the yet-untitled album will be released is yet-unknown but at least this should calm your nerves.
Polish female fronted Traditional Heavy Metal act Crystal Viper posted online a brand new song, taken from their forthcoming studio album "Legends", which will hit the streets on October 22, 2010 (through AFM Records in Europe and States / Spiritual Beast Records in Japan). Song titled "Blood Of The Heroes" includes guest apperance of Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner).
The album was recorded and mixed at the MP Studio in Poland, with engineer Mariusz Pietka and producer Bart Gabriel. "Legends" will feature several very special guests: Rhino (the famous ex-Manowar drummer), Stefan Kaufmann (U.D.O. Accept), Mat Sinner ¨(Primal Fear, Sinner). and Sven D'Anna & Dano Boland (Wizard). As the title suggest, all the lyrics will be based on the original Polish legends from the middle-ages.
Universal Music has announced new release dates of "The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria" DVD which will also be released in Blu-ray containing footage of the June 22, 2010 Sonisphere cinecast from the Sofia, Bulgaria leg of the rock festival featuring the "The Big Four." The DVD hits the streets on October 29 in Northern Europe, November 1 in most of the rest of the world, November 2 in North America and the full shows from all four bands will be included in the two-disc set along with behind-the-scenes and interview footage.
According to a posting on Metallica's official web site, "you can now pre-order the deluxe set in the Metallica Store. Along with the deluxe box set, you will also receive a limited-edition, exclusive RED 'The Big 4' guitar pick with one of four different print colors (white, black, silver or gold). This red guitar pick is not available in stores!"
In case you did not know, black metallers Secrets Of The Moon have been working on a new album. The band has now unveiled more information concerning the album. The album is titled The Seven Songs Ov The Seven Bells and will feature the following tracks:
01. Seven Bells
02. Blood Into Wine
04. Stillborn Icon
06. The Three Beggars (Satans Church)
Tristania are delighted to announce that violin virtuoso Pete Johansen will be joining the band on the first half of the upcoming European leg of the Rubicon Tour. After playing on the Rubicon Release Party in Stavanger, Johansen will rejoin the band in London on October 8th for the concert at Camden Underworld, and stay on board until after the Krakow concert on October 15th.
"This wasn't really planned at all. Pete was supposed to join us for the release party in Stavanger and that was all, but on our first rehearsal together just a few weeks ago everything just clicked. We did actually joke with Pete about him joining us for the tour, and little did we know that only two days after, Pete would offer his incredible talent to us for so many more gigs than planned. We're all really buzzing about this, and we think our fans will see this as a nice bonus", the band talked to Tristania.com
It´s getting dark at Wacken. There are only few bands existing which are entwined around by such lots of rumours like this band. After their last bloody show at Wacken 2004, Norwegian black metal icon Mayhem returns to Wacken. The band is fronted again by former vocalist Attila Csihar who replaced Maniac in the end of 2004.