According to Nuclear Blast, New York's genre defining extreme metal legends Suffocation will enter the studio to begin recording their Nuclear Blast debut "Blood Oath" starting January 31st. The follow up to their 2006 self-titled record will once again be recorded with Joe Cincotta, whom they worked with on their previous two releases. Mixing duties will be handled this time around by Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Decrepit Birth) and cover artwork will once again be brought to life by Jon Zig (Deeds Of Flesh, Disgorge, Gorgasm). Some tentative song titles so far are "Dismal Dream," "Undeserving," "Confines Of Disillusion," "Blood Oath," "Come Hell Or High Priest," "Provoking the Disturbed." More details and tour plans to be revealed shortly.
Napalm Death have made their new upcoming album "Time Waits For No Slave", available for streaming online on its entirety. You can listen to the whole album at the group's MySpace.
"Time Waits For No Slave" will be released via Century Media Records on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: January 23
Spain, Portugal: January 27
Sweden, Finland, Hungary: January 28
UK: February 2
France, Greece, Denmark, Norway, Rest of Europe: January 26
USA: February 10
Chainsaw, one of the best bands on Polish melodic Thrash metal scene, returns with a brand new album entitled "Evilution". The new LP is a concept album due to the lyrical content, written by a native Scotsman, Alex Summers. It consists of 10 rather dark and gruesome tales - Celtic legends telling stories of half-human and half-animal creatures, paranormal activities, supernatural powers and the evolution of evil and magic that took place in Scotland throughout the centuries. The first recording session took place in mid 2008 at Studio X in Olsztyn, Poland with the following guests: Titus (vocals), best known from Acid Drinkers, and Mauser (guitar), an ex-member of Vader, currently involved in his project UnSun.
On Friday January 16th, NOVEMBERS DOOM will enter recording studio "Belle City Sound" to begin recording their 7th full length CD, to be titled "Into Night's Requiem Infernal". Tracking duties will be handled by Chris Djuricic (Engineer and Novembers Doom bassist), and the mixing of the disc by Dan Swano at Unisound. The band comments:
"We're using the same Recording / Mixing formula we've used on "The Pale Haunt Departure" and "The Novella Reservoir". In our opinion, the combination of Djuricic and Swano creates the perfect sound for us, and we've received nothing but stellar reviews of sound quality from this combination in the past.
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced its 2009 Inductees, one of them being Metallica. On April 4, 2009, the Induction Ceremony will take place in Cleveland for the first time since 1997. The 2009 Induction Ceremony will be broadcast live on Fuse TV.
According to a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame press release, Metallica is the most successful heavy metal band of the past quarter centry. Metallica's line-up has primarily consisted of drummer Lars Ulrich, rhythm guitarist, vocalist James Hetfield, and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, as well as current bass player Robert Trujillo. Longtime bassists for the band, the late Cliff Burton, and Jason Newsted, are also being inducted. Metallica's early releases included fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship that placed them as one of the "big four" of the thrash metal subgenre alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. The band earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and critical acclaim, with the 1986 release "Master of Puppets" described as one of the most influential and "heavy" thrash metal albums. The band achieved substantial commercial success with its self-titled 1991 album, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. With this release the band expanded its musical direction resulting in an album that appealed to a more mainstream audience.
Dutch metallers God Dethroned have issued the following update:
"You guys already knew that Roel is back in the band after 8 years of absence. Again we have a new band member in the ranks of God Dethroned. Already somewhere in 2008 it became clear that Isaac and the band would follow their own seperate paths again. Everything for our own private reasons, so we said goodbye as friends. Then we decided to record the new album as a 3 piece and look for a new guitar player later.
A few weeks ago we auditioned Susan Gerl (Murder Syndicate) and she proved to be the right person for the band. Professional attitude and a 100% metalhead, exactly what we were looking for. You can see her live in action at our first show of the year in Den Bosch (Holland) on March 21.
Season of Mist is happy to announce French death metallers Trepalium have just been added to the roster. A member of the Klonosphere, a group of French metal bands featuring Klone, Hacride, Mistaken Element and many other, Trepalium are not afraid to cross the boundaries and bring metal to a new dimension of diversity, technicality and energy - just like their friends from Gojira, with whom they are about to tour once again.
"XIII", Trepalium's third album, will be released in February in France, Benelux and Switzerland only. But those of you fellow Europeans who live by the French borders should definitely come and check the band when they're on tour with Gojira!"
"The time has come for our first proper headline gig in London. Come and see us at The Unicorn on the 7th March performing a 90 minute set. Most tracks of our latest album, as well as selected tracks from the band's back catalogue will be performed. Support will be provided by promising atmospheric blacksters Crom Dubh. Entrance is FREE so don't miss this unique opportunity!"
Italian metallers Elvenking have issued the following update:
"Those who already saw the band in action on stage in the last year will recognize Rafahel, who already played a lot of gigs with the band around Italy and Europe."
The band adds: "We are happy and excited to have Rafahel on board with us. We have been playing with him for more than a year now, and we decided to make his role official inside Elvenking". We're sure that Rafahel's amazing guitar technique and masterdom will be a great weapon to take advantage of in the songwriting of the next Elvenking album."
Norwegian metallers Trail Of Tears have issued the following update:
"We would like to tell you all that Trail Of Tears' sixth studio album, "Bloodstained Endurance", is now recorded, mixed, mastered and thus completed! The band as well as producer Terje Refsnes have worked our asses off for the past few months and while sitting here listening to the end result we can't help but feel that we have outdone ourselves and managed to create something quite special. That's right, we said it! "Bloodstained Endurance", ladies and gentlemen, will be released through Napalm Records in the near future. Exact date will be revealed shortly. In the meantime, here is the tracklisting for you:
Sweden's masters of kick-ass heavy metal Wolf are about to return in full metallic glory with their brand-new album "Ravenous" cover artwork]. As a first glimpse at what to expect of the highly anticipated new effort the song "Curse You Salem" has now been posted at MySpace, bang your head on this one!
The band reveals more about the track: "'Curse You Salem' is a genuine Wolf song. We think it's got all the elements our listeners demand from us and we're certain our fans will listen to it and go "Hell yes, that's Wolf"! We felt that while writing it, and bringing it to life while recording it was a blast. It will most certainly be included in our live-set. The song deals with the witch hunts that took place in Salem, Massachusetts somewhat 300 years ago and the lyrics are written according to actual events as well as real people connected to the events that took place. This song & topic fits Wolf like a spiked wristband on Kerry King!"
Taken straight from the band's website, Lord Belial issued the following statement:
"January 2009; Lord Belial has quit all their activities. All future gigs are cancelled. We would like to thank all fans, bands we have played with, labels, organizers and everyone involved in the band for the past 17 years!
The main reason for this is the hearing problem (tinnitus) that has grown into a quite big problem for Micke Backelin the last years... The other members in the band were not forced to put an end to the band but instead they mutually agreed that finding another drummer was not a solution for the future. Anyhow, if Micke's hearing will be at least a little bit recovered after a break from music and especially live appearances for some time, we really hope that we can continue where we ended.
"Painstained", the new Entwine album, is now available for streaming online for 3 days only. You can listen to the whole thing at this location. As announced by the band earlier, the album release was postponded two weeks, and it will be released on January 28 via Spinefarm Records instead.
"Painstained" cover art looks like this, and the tracklist is as follows:
01. Soul Sacrifice
03. Dying Moan
04. Beautifully Confined
05. Lost In My Denial
06. Greed of Mankind
07. Dead By Silence
09. Caught By Desire
10. Say Goodbye
Blood Red Throne will embark on a US mini-tour in March. Support on the tour will come from American death metallers Abysmal Dawn.
March 23 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
March 24 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
March 25 - Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
March 26 - San Francisco, CA @ Annie's Social Club
March 27 - Portland, OR @ Satyricon
March 28 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
March 30 - Denver, CO @ BLueBird THeater
March 31 - Farmington, NM @ Gators
Danko Jones have issued the following statement through their newsletter:
"We have now uploaded the first 4 songs from the upcoming album "B-Sides" on our MySpace. We will continue to upload a new song from the album every day until the release of the album (a total of 27 tracks!), and deleting the oldest so there's always 4 new songs from the album in the playlist. So, keep checking back to the MySpace page every day for a new song. If you want to download a free mp3 of the track "My Time Is Now" from the album, head over to Bad Taste Records homepage or click here."
Everything you want to know about the band is only click away: http://www.myspace.com/dankojones.