Brazilian heavy metallers Scelerata have announced the addition of vocalist Fabio Juan to the group's ranks. Juan is known from his work with Helloween Cover Brasil, Midas Fate and Codinome S.K.
Fabio will travel with Scelerata in the Brazilian SkeleTour 2010, that will happen in August and September with Paul DiAnno, former lead singer of Iron Maiden. Scelerata will be the backing band for Paul and do the opening for all 20 concerts, passing through the five Brazilian regions. Following the tour, the band will enter the studio to record their 3rd album, to be released worlwide in the first half of 2011.
Below is the "summer update" from the Vreid camp. The band discusses the release of a new DVD, a European tour later this year and a new upcoming album. Read all about it:
"New booking agency: We are pleased to announce that German agency ICS Festival service GmbH, has become our booking agency for Europe (minus Norway) and Asia. ICS is a well established agency, and we are happy to be a part of their rooster. We have already started working on tours & festivals for 2011 with ICS.
DVD coming soon: Our first DVD is soon to be released. It will hit the streets in September (exact date will follow soon). The DVD is entitled Vreid Goddamnit and will contain the complete Vreid concert at Inferno Festival, Rockefeller, Oslo, April 10th 2009. The concert was filmed with 7 cameras and mixed by Hváll at Studio 1184. There is also lots of extra material at the DVD, more info on this will follow soon with the release date.
Tunisian progressive metallers Myrath are in the pre-production stages of yet another new as-yet-untitled album. The band's latest output Desert Call was released just at the beginning of this year. The band wrote:
"We are pleased to announce that our producer Kevin Codfert is in Tunis since Tuesday July 27th 2010 to work on the pre-production of Myrath's new album. The actual recording of this new album is anticipated to next November and the release date to first quarter 2011. Please stay tuned for further updates."
Revolution Renaissance mastermind Timo Tolkki has issued the following statement regarding the ultimate fate of the band:
"Due to my private problems, the lack of interest in Revolution Renaissance shows by the promoters, and the current situation in the music industry that affects to everything including the production budgets, it has become impossible to continue the band.
We have tried to book shows in these last three years, but we haven't been able to do so. A rock band cannot exist without direct contact to its fans. Therefore, I have no other choice but to make the decision to stop the band and its activities due to the above mentioned reasons.
The third and final album of the band, Trinity, will be released at the end of September.
US Death metal band Ex Dementia recently added Matt Peterson as the new lead guitarist to their ranks. In a rather amusing statement the band comments:
"All of us in Ex Dementia are proud to announce and welcome a new asshole to EXD... Matt Peterson! Matt is a long-time friend, and an even better lover. Who is Matt? And what will be left of him? Well, he's our new lead guitarist. And what will be left of him? Fuck you, don't take it so literal. It's a movie reference, dick. So we would like you to give him a warm welcome the way every Ex Dementia fan has... By getting drunk at our shows and yelling "YOU SUCK!" from the back of the bar."
The band's latest effort, The Red Mass, was released last October. Get yourself familiar with Ex Dementia on MySpace.
Czech black metal band Maniac Butcher are back after a 10 year hiatus with their 7th full length album Masakr. Ruthless and savage black metal that spits at the cross!
Masakr contains six new tracks of orthodox black metal. Raw and heavy guitars pound out riff after riff of furious evil energized by aggressive drumming and completed with a violent wave of harsh distorted dirty vocals that tell the epic tale of Maniac Butcher. The overall sound on Masakr is monstrous. This album is by far the most professionally produced Maniac Butcher album to date yet still captures the raw and underground feeling of previous albums.
The album will be released through Negative Existence. All info and samples are available at this location.
Danish death metal band By The Patient (who'll play on Wacken Open Air next week), have uploaded three tracks from the upcoming debut album Servants.
The three tracks are "Blood of Martyrs Shall Cover the Earth", "Constituted in Bloodshed" and "Engulfed in Prosthetic Prophecies". You can listen to the tracks on the band's MySpace.
The album was produced and mixed by Steffen Sørensen and mastered by Jacob Bredahl (The Kandidate, ex-Hatesphere) who also produced the vocals. The cover artwork was made by Toshihiro Egawa who has also done artwork for acts like Annotations Of An Autopsy, Trigger The Bloodshed and Ingested.
Riverside vocalist/bassist Mariusz Duda is just about to finish recording the material for his second album Lunatic Soul II. Everthing, for the first time is being done in the Serakos studio in Warsaw and is supervised by Robert Srzednicki and Magda Srzednicka. At the moment the work is focused on the vocal parts; and the mixing and mastering of the material is due in August.
Lunatic Soul's White Album is a continuation of the debut. It is the second part of the diptych about the journey through the land of the dead. "White" — because this album's cover is... the negative image of the first one.
"There is a little fear that the listeners, seeing a white cover with the characteristic sign and logo 'lunatic soul' but without any '2' or 'II,' will think that it is a kind of re-release of the first album," says the author of Lunatic Soul. "That's why I'd like to highlight that it's going to be entirely new material, and the cover looks as it looks because since the beginning it was supposed to be a black and white diptych. Lunatic Soul is simply a double album divided into two single ones by the period of two years' anticipation. And now there comes the time for its second and last part."
Dutch Death metal masters Hail Of Bullets have finished the recordings for their long-anticipated second longplayer to be released October 8/11 via Metal Blade Records in Europe and on October 12 in North America.
Comments drummer Ed Warby: "I don't think I've ever worked this hard on anything in my entire life, but it sure has paid off! Although Of Frost And War is a tough act to follow, my ringing ears tell me we've succeeded in besting it on every level: songs, playing, production... at the moment Dan Swanö is putting the final touches on a mix that could squash a tank, and then it's off to the pressing plant! All the main ingredients of our blood 'n' guts style death metal have remained intact and I honestly can't imagine anyone that liked our previous work is going to be the least bit disappointed, on the contrary!"
German metallers Atargatis have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"We are now looking for a creative guitarist and bassist with background vocals, who is dedicated, has got semi-professional ambitions, who can identify with our music and is willing to focus on Atargatis and our music.
If you are interested and feel that this applies to you, don't hesitate to send us your application (preferably including a photograph, information about your musical background and audio samples): band atargatis de.
German metallers Varg have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"The bloodthirsty Viking metallers Varg announce the title of their new upcoming album Wolfskult", which will be hitting stores in early 2011 via Noise Art Records.
In the same breath vocalist Freki and bassist Managarm pronounce a very special event for fans of the wolfshorde:
"We invite all fans and supporters of the Wolfskult to a prelistening at our place. On Saturday 11th september we will all meet at 96450 Coburg, Germany, to listen to the album and rate it in detail.After that we will check out our rehearsal room, have some good old german beers and do some pub crawling in the evening. With the scream "Wir sind die Wölfe" ("We Are The wolves"), which we will record all together in a small recording studio in Coburg you will become a part of the same-named song on the new album. Which choir could be better for this refrain than true fans? Right, none! Therefore we're really looking forward to this day with you guys! Subscribe fastly, places are limited!"
Danish hard rockers Volbeat have issued the following update on their official website:
"It's been a long process, but damn well worth it. The artwork for Beyond Hell/Above Heaven is done and we're absolutely very proud of it.
Get a first taste as we present the front & back cover to you, along with the tracklist!
Next week you can view the artwork process in the making when we upload exclusive footage of this artistic process when illustrator Karsten Wrysand and Michael unfold the Graphic universe of Beyond Hell/Above Heaven."
Beyond Hell/Above Heaven will be released in Germany on September 10 and in most parts of Europe on September 13 via Vertigo/Universal. The album was once again recorded at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen.
Costa Rica's Catholic church is calling for respect from the Swedish black metal band Marduk, who will be making an appearance in Costa Rica later this week on the Baphomet Fest.
Marduk has been strongly criticized by religious groups for its anti-Christian lyrics and even branding the band as "satanic."
Mario Segura, Catholic priest and spokesperson for the Curia Metropolitana, said "they should have more respect because they are sacred things", referring to the band's use of religious articles, like an inverted cross in its album cover art.
Segura said he considers that this type of music and message cannot encourage any good in Costa Rica's youth.
Marduk will be in Costa Rica on Thursday July 29 at the Pepper Disco Club (formerly The City). The band last made an appearance in Costa Rica in 2003.
Reunited Animosity line-up Corrosion Of Conformity have added three new October dates to their previously announced tour dates.
With the twenty-fifth anniversary of the classic Animosity album approaching, the original incarnation of Corrosion of Conformity (Woody Weatherman, Mike Dean and Reed Mullin) will play their first live shows in over twenty years with the tour kick-off this week in Asheville, NC. The band will be performing songs from Animosity, Technocracy and some new stuff.
The reunited trio announced earlier this month that they have recorded a new seven-inch single, Your Tomorrow (Parts 1 and 2), which will be available at all upcoming tour dates and via Southern Lord's website.