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Worth A King's Ransom - Album Preview Online

Swedish metalcore act Worth A King's Ransom are set to release their upcoming EP, The Kraken Awaits. The new EP will be released through Spotify and iTunes any time soon. A short teaser of the upcoming effort is available below.

More info on the band on MySpace.


Posted: 30.03.2011 by Thryce | Comments (3)

Hellfest 2011 - Line Up Change!!!

Three new cancelations for Hellfest 2011!

Here is the official statement of the festival with replacement.

"Unfortunately, Unleashed, BlackRain and Masters Of Reality are canceled…

These three bands will be respectively replaced by Primordial, Headcharger and The Damned Things.

The 3 day passes and daily tickets are still available in all of our usual stores and are still at a special price with Digitick through our website

We remind you that bus+ticket packs are still available with buses leaving from cities from all around Europe. Please visit our "Bus-Trip" section!

Stay tuned on to get more news soon including the running-order and map of the festival 2011!"

Event: Hellfest Open Air 2011
Posted: 30.03.2011 by Jeff | Comments (8)

Jesu - New Song Online

"Birth Day", a brand-new track from UK post-metal band Jesu has been made available for streaming, exclusively at Stereogum.

"Birth Day" comes off the band's upcoming new album Ascension, which will be released on May 10th through Caldo Verde.


Band profile: Jesu
Posted: 30.03.2011 by BudDa | Comments (1)

HIM - Part Ways With Label

After 6 years and three albums, Finnish rock band HIM and Sire/Warner Music have decided to part ways.

Seymour Stein, founder of Sire Records says: "It was a pleasure working with HIM, and we're very proud to have been their partners for the last six years. Ville is a rare talent, and my relationship with their manager Seppo dates back to the days when he pioneered rock music in Finland looking after the career of Hanoi Rocks. HIM are particularly important because they are the first and only band from Finland to reach Gold status in America. I, along with the entire Sire/Warner Bros. family, wish them continued success in the future."

HIM's discography on Sire includes the 2005 album Dark Light, which reached gold in the US. Follow-up albums Venus Doom (2007) and Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice (2010) charted both in the US and Europe.

"We're ever so grateful for having had Seymour and Co as the generous hosts on our extended first stay in the New Country. It's been a Blast Royale but now it's time to clean up the rubble and start anew", comments Ville Valo of HIM.


Band profile: HIM
Posted: 30.03.2011 by Array | Comments (7)

Norther - Album Teaser Online

An audio teaser for Circle Regenerated, the upcoming new album of Finnish extreme power metal band Norther, plus a full track called "Break Myself Away", are now available for streaming over at Facebook.

More album details were previously reported over here. Specific release dates for Circle Regenerated are as follows:

13.4.2011: Finland
15.4.2011: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway
18.4.2011: UK, Benelux, France, Greece, Denmark, Portugal, Rest of Europe
19.4.2011: Spain, Italy
20.4.2011: Sweden, Hungary
22.4.2011: Australia, New Zealand
19.4.2011: USA


Band profile: Norther
Posted: 30.03.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (4)

Borknagar - Ink Deal With Century Media

Borknagar has inked a three-album deal with Century Media Records. The band is currently working on material for its new CD, tentatively due in early 2012.

Commented Borknagar mainman Øystein G. Brun: "Well, sometimes life takes slightly unexpected yet great turns! Due to internal business affairs, the deal with Indie recordings was mutually terminated by both parties in January 2011. Since then we have been negotiating a possible re-signing with Century Media Records.

While you are reading this, Jens F. Ryland and I are at the headquarters of Century Media Records in Dortmund to ink a new deal with our old partners in crime. It feels very good to be back in the fold of the mighty Century family; there is simply no team, no label alike. Thanks to Jens Preuter (head of A&R), we have worked out and landed a deal that we are 110 percent sure will serve the future endeavors of Borknagar in the best possible and most potent way. We share so much history with Century Media Records and we are now preparing to create more musical history for the future to come — together with our friends at the Century family!"

Added Preuter: "We are very proud to welcome back such a great and highly influential band. Whether you want to call it black, progressive, Viking, folk or whatever metal, Borknagar always managed to be just themselves on a unique and high level. I already heard some pre-production demos from the upcoming album and I can tell you it will be not just another masterpiece, but probably the best material they've done so far."


Band profile: Borknagar
Posted: 30.03.2011 by BudDa | Comments (2)

Protest The Hero - New Video Online

"C'est La Vie", the new video from Protest The Hero, can now be watched over at MetalSucks.

"C'est La Vie" comes off the band's latest album Scurrilous, which was released earlier this month through Vagrant Records/Underground Operations. More album details were previously reported over here.


Band profile: Protest The Hero
Posted: 30.03.2011 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Hammerfall - New Song Online

"One More Time", the brand-new single from Swedish power metal band Hammerfall, has been made available for streaming over at Facebook ("liking" the band is not required).

"One More Time" comes off the band's upcoming new album Infected, which will be released on May 20th through Nuclear Blast Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


Band profile: HammerFall
Posted: 29.03.2011 by Thryce | Comments (35)

Astral Doors - Working On New Album

Swedish traditional heavy metal band Astral Doors are busy working on a new album, tentatively penciled in for an October release.

The band revealed the following about the upcoming album: "The work with the upcoming album continues. Even though we're not even half way through the process we can already feel that this release will be something special. This time around we deal with religion, and all the shit it has brought to the world, once and for all and the working title of the album is Jerusalem. Our intention is that the album will be released in October in connection with a European tour.

The first DVD from the band is also in the making. Some additional material will be filmed this summer and we're talking about a winter release."


Band profile: Astral Doors
Posted: 29.03.2011 by BudDa | Comments (1)

Hate Eternal - New Song Online

"Haunting Abound", a brand-new track from Florida-based extreme metallers Hate Eternal, has been made available for streaming over at this location.

"Haunting Abound" comes off the band's upcoming new album Phoenix Amongst The Ashes, which will be released on May 10th through Metal Blade Records.


Band profile: Hate Eternal
Posted: 29.03.2011 by Thryce | Comments (7)

Aborted - Enter The Studio In June

Belgian death metal veterans Aborted will begin recording their seventh full-length record to date from June onwards at the infamous Hansen Studios with producer Jacob Hansen (Invocator, Hatesphere, Volbeat).

The band will be tracking over 15 tracks of the most brutal and intense material they have written to date. The sonic onslaught - baptized as Global Flatline - will contain 12 tracks with additional bonus material featured on limited editions.

The artwork for Global Flatline will once again be handled by Justin Osbourne who previously worked with the band on its 2010 EP Coronary Reconstruction as well. Since 2011 marks the ten year anniversary of Aborted's Engineering The Dead record, the band decided to re-record two tracks of the album as part of the bonus material for Global Flatline. You can vote for your favorite Engineering the Dead songs on the band's Facebook Page.

Vocalist, founder and gurgloroth Sven de Caluwé comments: "We are thrilled to be finally recording Global Flatline and have the material out there. It is exciting in many ways, one being that this might be one of the most important records Aborted's career. We really took our time in composing the most heavy and uncompromising material the band has written to date. Some of the material is faster than ever, some of the material is slower than ever, some old school and some new school, inspired by all eras of Aborted, yet still sounding unique on its own.
Writing this record definitely took us back to the roots of why we started playing this kind of music in the first place, the passion and adrenaline you get from playing extreme metal.

Obviously it just isn't a carbon copy of Goremageddon or Engineering The Dead or anything: there are plenty of new elements as well since we never believe in writing the same record. Those who checked out Coronary Reconstruction have had a small taste of what's to come and we can guarantee you you won't be disappointed with Global Flatline! We are also very excited to be working again with Jacob Hansen, the man produced Goremageddon and The Haematobic EP and it was always a pleasure to work with him then, so this should be a blast."


Band profile: Aborted
Posted: 29.03.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (3)

Havok - Entire New Album Streaming Online

Time Is Up, the new upcoming album from US thrashers Havok, is now available for streaming in its entirety, exclusively at MetalSucks.

Time Is Up will be released on March 29th through Candlelight Records.


Band profile: Havok
Posted: 29.03.2011 by Thryce | Comments (3)

In Flames - Sign With Century Media Records

Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of In Flames.

Says Antje Lange from Century Media Records: "We are very happy to make In Flames part of the Century Media Family. The band has a very loyal international fan base and has found a partner with an international set up."

In Flames Anders Fridén commented: "This is number 10... Album number 10! That we even made it this far, that is amazing. Then, to deliver the album of our career that is something else... It's fast, slow, heavy and mellow. It's happy, sad, angry and calm. Sounds of a Playground Fading is everything we ever done on crack (it's a metaphor boys and girls), it's cask strength whisky when it's THAT perfect moment. Use and abuse!

By the way, we are happy to be in bed with Century Media. They know the business, we know the music, a perfect match. What can possibly go wrong... ha, ha, ha!"

In September 2010 In Flames once again entered their own IF Studios together with Roberto Laghi, Daniel Bergstrand and Örjan Örnkloo to start the recording of the new album. The album Sounds Of A Playground Fading will be out on the following dates: on June 15th in Sweden, on June 17th in Germany, on June 20th in the rest Of Europe and on June 21st in North America.

Around the time In Flames will play some of the most important European summer festivals (Sonisphere, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park, Hellfest, and more), followed by the Rockstar Mayhem US tour in July and an European tour in Fall/Winter 2011.


Band profile: In Flames
Posted: 28.03.2011 by Thryce | Comments (24)

Marduk - To Release New EP In May

Iron Dawn, the new EP from Swedish black metal band Marduk, will be released in late May through Regain Records.

Marduk just finished the recording of three songs for an upcoming EP set to be released on the same day as the bands appearance at the Maryland Deathfest on the 27th of May. So the first chance to get your hands on it will be during that festival and the dates coming up during the 7 Bowls of Wrath Tour. Release for the rest of the world has been set for the 30th of May.

The songs included differ from the concept that is being created for the next full-length album, therfore this EP will be made available as a special treat for all Marduk Legionaries out there.

The Iron Dawn EP will only be available for a certain time period and will be unleashed on digipak version and also on 12" vinyl limited to 500 copies worldwide.

Iron Dawn tracklist:

01. Warschau 2: Headhunter Halfmoon
02. Wacht Am Rhein: Drumbeats Of Death
03. Prochorovka: Blood And Sunflowers


Band profile: Marduk
Posted: 28.03.2011 by Thryce | Comments (12)

Wormrot - New Video Online

"Spot A Pathetic", the new video from Singaporean grindcore act Wormrot, can now be watched below.

The clip was shot just weeks ago at The Blvd in Los Angeles, California with director Dave Vorhes (White Wizzard, Bonded By Blood).

"Spot A Pathetic" comes off the band's upcoming new album Dirge, which will be released on May 3rd in North American and on May 23rd through Earache Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


Band profile: Wormrot
Posted: 28.03.2011 by Thryce | Comments (3)