UK thrashers Evile, who recently announced their first full headlining UK tour, are currently hard at work on the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2007 debut album, "Enter The Grave".
Lead guitarist Ol Drake comments: "We're very glad to announce we'll be working with the brilliant Russ Russell on the next release at Parlour Studios, UK. Russ has produced excellent work with bands such as Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Exploited and many more. We've known Russ for a few years now. We first met him in London at one of our shows where he expressed how much he'd like to work with us sometime, and that time has come. I believe Russ can bring us a very interesting sound and approach to the new material which we're writing. Expect a very crushing and interesting album! The cover art will also be very crushing and interesting! Definitely one for vinyl!
Netherlands based Death/Thrash quintet Devious commenced recording their new full-length album "Vision", to be released by Deity Down Records. "Vision" succeeds the band's critically acclaimed works "Acts of Rage" (Spitzenburg Records 2003) and "Domain" (Deity Down Records 2007). The recordings will be engineered by Frank Klein Douwel and mixed by producer Jochem Jacobs (Textures) at the Split Second Sound studios, Netherlands.
The release of "Vision", is planned for late August 2009. The exact date will be announced shortly.
Two weeks ago, the following news was posted on the Ayreon website:
"There's not been much news from us lately, but don't let that fool you. There has been a bustle of feverish activity going on behind the scenes here at the Electric Castle. With this update from ArjenLucassen.com we're excited to officially announce the details of Arjen's new project, Guilt Machine.
The Line-up will be:
Arjen Lucassen: instruments, backing vocals
Jasper Steverlinck (Arid): vocals
Chris Maitland (ex-Porcupine Tree): drums
Lori Linstruth (ex-Stream Of Passion): lead guitar
As Ayreon fans have come to expect from Arjen, the music of Guilt Machine ranges from dark and heavy to atmospheric and melancholic. But Guilt Machine introduces some new twists as well, particularly when it comes to the vocals. Rather than putting together an ensemble cast of vocalists from the prog, rock and metal scene, Arjen has enlisted the talents of a single alternative Belgian rock vocalist, Jasper Steverlinck.
Mastodon have posted their new video, for the song called "Divinations" online. The video can be viewed here. The clip was filmed by director Roboshobo (a.k.a. Robert Schober), who previously worked with the band on the "Sleeping Giant" video.
The song "Divinations" comes off groups's upcoming new studio album, entilted "Crack The Skye", which is scheduled for a March 24 release.
Revolution Renaissance, the new band of Timo Tolkki, has made the title track of the album "Age Of Aquarius" available for free download. Click here to check the song out (mp3).
In the meantime, the band announced the release date of the band's sophomore album has been postponed for two weeks. According to the band, it needed to be synchronized with Far East JVC release date of 25.3.2009.
UPDATED (thanks to Kallis Helmi and ArtiA)
Another new Revolution Renaissance song, called "Ghost Of Fallen Grace", is available for free download (mp3).
"We're hereby announcing the next band for ProgPower Scandinavia 2009:
FREAK KITCHEN is more than just another "heavy metal band" - Freak Kitchen is an experience!!! With a high-octane live show, these three Swedes take the audience through a blitzkrieg flash of rock, fusion, metal, jazz and prog, all held together by extreme musicianship. They are a band not afraid to laugh at themselves while delivering some of the most incredible music ever to grace ProgPower Scandinavia."
Here we are! After a lot of discussions, negotiations and real headaches, we are now able to give you the last confirmed names of the 2009 festival edition.
We promised you eclecticism, and as you can see we didn't lie! Traditional heavy metal, indus, grind, glam, hardcore, prog… everything is perfectly consistent with what we want to do with the Hellfest: An extremely specialized yet open-minded event!
The presence of a few really famous bands known by a large audience didn't distract us from our goal to develop the metal genres which made the reputation of the festival. The extreme metalheads will headbang at the new ROCK HARD TENT, which can welcome up to 6,000 people and where a lot of death, black, grind and other bands will put you in a trance.
Liechtenstein-based metallers Elis have issued the following update through their website:
"Hello folks, here is something special for you!
To shorten the time a little bit until the release of "Catharsis", we made a video clip to the song "Show Me The way". In this clip, you got behind the scenes footage of our touring live. You can follow us on our journey to gigs, we're taking you backstage and you can see us get in touch with the most important people, YOU, the fans!
You will find the clip at this location, click it and enjoy the video!"
Season Of Mist is immensely proud to announce that Atheist and Gnostic just inked a deal with their label! After Cynic, that's two more technical US death metal legends they are welcoming to their roster.
Here's drummer Steve Flynn's comment:
"We're absolutely thrilled that, as of today, both Gnostic and Atheist are officially signed to Season Of Mist! Gnostic's debut CD "Engineering The Rule" will be released before the summer and Atheist's yet untitled CD, will be released later in the year. Season really stepped up to the plate to get this done, for this is also a highly unique situation for technical death metal. Three members of Gnostic are also in Atheist. With me on drums for both bands, Chris Baker on lead guitar for both and Jonathan Thompson on bass for Gnostic and guitar for Atheist, these signings represent very significant personal milestones for everybody involved. For me, the Gnostic debut CD is the first, and ONLY, new project I've been involved with since Atheist's "Unquestionable Presence" in 1992. For Kelly Shaefer and me it is the first time that we will collaborate on new Atheist material, also since 1992's "Unquestionable Presence". We'll be bringing in our old friend and Atheist bassist Tony Choy for writing and touring as well. Signing both bands is also a unique coup for Season Of Mist and indicative of their cutting-edge attitude. Both bands will be touring together in 2009 in the US and Europe, which means that we will be pulling double duty every night!"
Polish metallers Antigama have posted online a new song, entitled "Disconnected", on their MySpace page.
The track comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Warning", which is scheduled for release in North America on March 3 (March 9 internationally) via Relapse Records.
"Warning" cover artwork] was recorded in Warsaw at Progresja Sound Studio, with producer Szymon Czech (Third Degree, Nyia, Vesania, Unsun). According to the band, the album consists of 16 tracks, some of the titles are: "Disconnected", "Jealousy", "City", "Sequenzia Dellamorte", "Empty Room", "Orange Pills", "Black Planet".
Queensrÿche's "If I Were King," the first single from the new album "American Soldier" is now available for streaming online. The single was released yesterday (March 3rd). The artwork can be found here.
"American Soldier" will be available from Atco/Rhino on March 31. All info about the album and US tour dates here.
U.S. death metallers Obituary have completed work on their new album for a tentative May/June release via Candlelight Records. The artwork of the new album can be viewed at this location Vocalist John Tardy states:
"Sorry I have not updated the website in a while. We have been so busy finishing up this new Obituary album and getting ready to leave for Europe in a few days that I just have not had time to do it. The good news is, last night, we finished up the mixing and we are done. It came out really sick and I cannot wait for you guys to hear it... it is heavy! Like I said, we now focus on heading to Europe for our Full of Hate tour that runs pretty much the month of March! It should be a good time and I hope you all can come out and see us."