03:49 - Fearmeister Dark Thrones and Black Flags is one of my all time favorite albums :D
03:46 - Apothecary I prefer Mayhem to Darkthrone, but I do greatly admire Darkthrone for changing up their style over their career. And pfffttt to the butthurt fans who don't like their more recent shit :)
03:31 - Fearmeister Sure its less experimental, but the Fenriz's riffs are soooooo good
"Forced To Rock", the new video from US metallers Arsis, has been made available online. The clip was filmed last month with MyGoodEye (The Red Chord, Goatwhore, The Black Dahlia Murder).
Commented mainman James Malone: "I don't think I have the vocabulary to properly express how excited I am for the video clip "Forced To Rock" to be unleashed upon an expecting metal community. The video was shot in sub-zero temperatures and we were truly suffering the entire time, but I guess all great art comes from suffering. I would like to give Kim Dylla (vocalist of the band This Means You) the biggest thank you ever for her participation in our video and for forcing us to rock. The video shoot was something I will never forget."
Guitarist Uwe Lulis (Rebellion), drummer Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody Of Fire, ex-Angra, Dol Ammad, ex-Sieges Even) and bassist Oliver Holzwarth (Blind Guardian, ex-Sieges Even) have reportedly joined forces in a brand new Germany-based project called Brutal Godz.
According to a press release only Blabbermouth knows of, Brutal Godz' "musical concept is based on energy, cruelty in its purest form without any boundaries."
Brutal Godz are currently seeking a vocalist to complete the group's line-up. According to the band: "fluent English is a must, country of origin/place of residence does not matter. Of utmost importance is a variable voice able to shout, sing and intonate with a strong feel for rhythm patterns. A dominant stage performance is a must."
The Man-Eating Tree, the new atmospheric metal band featuring ex-Sentenced drummer Vesa Ranta alongside current/former members of Poisonblack, Reflexion and Embraze, have entered Mastervox Studio in Oulu, Finland to begin recording its debut album with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (Him, Sentenced, Amorphis).
According to the group's official bio, The Man-Eating Tree was formed when "Vesa Ranta, having taken a break from music after Sentenced, began to overcome his post-Sentenced battle fatigue and lack of musical motivation. The idea of a new band - or bands - was eventually brainstormed over a period of time between Vesa and his friends, including gentlemen Miika Tenkula, Aaron Rantonen, Janne Markus (guitar, Poisonblack) and Mikko Uusimaa. Plans were made reality in 2009; the outfit was completed by the addition of Tuomas Tuominen (Fall Of The Leafe) as a vocalist and Heidi Määttä (Embraze) as a keyboard player. First demo recordings were made in the spring and summer of 2009.
Swedish progressive metal outfit Pain Of Salvation have revealed their new official video for the song, "Linoleum". The track "Linoleum" comes off the band's latest EP with the same title. Linoleum was released in November last year.
Phoenix, Arizona's Landmine Marathon have announced March 16th, 2010 as the release date for their upcoming third length, Sovereign Descent, via Prosthetic Records. The album was recorded at guitarist Ryan Butler's Arcane Digital Recording Studios, (Misery Index, Phobia, The Funeral Pyre) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (Converge, Hatebreed, The Dillinger Escape Plan).
The band commented: "We are beyond stoked and anxiously awaiting the release of Sovereign Descent. We feel this is our strongest material to date both in writing and in performance. We cannot wait for fans new and old to hear this album and see the songs performed live on the road."
After the great feedback got from some important shows in Italy with bands like Brutal Truth, Arch Enemy, All Shall Perish, Brujeria and Neaera, Italian thrash-death metallers Living Corpse signed with Murdered Music for the release of their upcoming debut album entitled Metaphisical Collapse, scheduled on February 8th 2010 and worldwide distributed via Coroner Records.
The album, which includes 10 tracks of pure thrash-death metal without compromises, was recorded at One Voice Studio by Daniele Giordana (sound tech for Hatebreed, Sick Of It All, Obituary, Suicidal Tendencies), and mixed/mastered by Ettore Rigotti at The Metal House Studio (Disarmonia Mundi, Slowmotion Apocalypse, Destrage, Stigma, etc...). Cover artwork was done by Damnengine Design (Slipknot, Chimaria, Lamb Of God, Aborted).
Vocalist Eric Kalsbeek has left Textures to focus on his job and his family. Due to Eric leaving Textures the release date for the follow up of Silhouettes has been pushed back to the beginning of 2011. The following statement was issued:
"I decided to quit Textures. My life changed, priorities shifted. I can't cope with the heavy touring and the time investment anymore. I need to focus on my job and family. I need to take a few steps back. I've had six beautiful years with the band, did loads of amazing shows, made tons of new friends and created some mind-blowing music. I'm going to miss the guys, and of course you, the fans. I know Textures will continue to conquer the world and give you all great, heavy and awesome music. I wish my successor all the best. I will keep on making music, but something totally different, much more low-profile. Maybe we will meet again. Eric out."
Israeli death metallers Salem have revealed the album artwork and final tracklisting for the group's upcoming seventh full-length album entitled Playing God And Other Short Stories.
Playing God And Other Short Stories was recorded at Harold Studios in Israel and mastered by UE Nastasi at the prestigious Sterling Sound NYC. Also appearing as special guest singer on this album is the acclaimed At The Gates frontman Tomas Lindberg, who shared vocal duties on "The Mark Of The Beast Part 1" and sang exclusively on "The Mark Of The Beast Part 2".
Salem also did a rendition of one of Bob Marley's most recognizable song "Exodus"; giving it their own unique but nevertheless an aggressive touch with their version of the song.
A couple of years of playing gigs, little line-up changes and other shit hitting the fan, and again it's time for a new Hateform album to emerge. The recordings for the upcoming album just started, and the release date is set for spring 2010.
The new guy behind the drums, Tuomo Latvala (Torture Killer, ex-Demigod, Torsofuck) already took charge and blasted in some amazing drum work. This far the album consists of such working titles as "Flight Attendants Biological Clock" and "RailCripple". The ten tracks will be laid down on an open schedule this time, as the extra stress set by a tight deadline doesn't seem to help in getting the best result. Altough the idea is to get the album done before the summer.
Alto Voltaggio, the rock band featuring Frank Knight (Wild Knight, X-Wild), Igor Gianola (U.D.O.) and Francesco Jovino (U.D.O.), have announced the release of a live CD. The album will be available soon, though limited to 500 copies.
The CD was recorded at the band's latest live show in Switzerland at the end of December last year. The show featured an AC/DC cover set including songs as "Dirty Deeds", "Touch Too Much", "Whole Lotta Rosie" and more. Frank Knight took over the Bon Scott numbers.
Stay tuned for more information. Visit http://www.myspace.com/altovoltaggioofficial for details.
Saxon Vocalist Peter "Biff" Byford has teamed up with Metal Hammer Magazine for a campaign to call heavy metal fans in the UK to register their religion as 'heavy metal' in the 2011 census in the UK. In this case, heavy metal would be recognised as a religion in the UK along with other religions such as Christianity and Islam.
At the last census nine years ago, more than 400 thousand people in the UK stated 'Jedi', the fictional characters from the Star Wars series, as their religion thanks to a massive internet campaign. Jedi was ultimately ranked as the fourth most popular religion in the UK behind Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, although it is considered to be a joke, rather than a real reflection of the religious beliefs of people concerned. In 2011, it may be heavy metal's turn, the campaigners hope.
Carnal Forge and drummer Stefan Westerberg have reportedly parted ways.
In a statement on the band's website, the remaining band members state that, "with Stefan being one of the founding members of Carnal Forge we're sad to see him leave.
The good news are that we have already found a replacement for Stefan in Chris Barkensjö (also Construcdead/ex-Grave/ex-General Surgery/ex-Kaamos) to take on the skin battering of Carnal Forge. Chris will do his live debut soon! We wish Stefan the best of luck in his future endeavours and welcome Chris to the ranks! We're stoked about the new blood in the band, and can't wait to get out on the road with this fresh installment!
Indie Recordings are very proud to announce the signing of 1349.
The Norwegian black metal band 1349 rose from the ashes of Alvheim in 1997, and in 2003 they released their debut album, Liberation.
Since then, 1349 have added three more albums to their critically acclaimed catalogue and this spring 1349 will return with their fifth full length album.
1349 will also embark on a big tour later this year and are also confirmed to play at this year's Wacken Open Air Festival and Summer Breeze Festival.
Stay tuned for further information about the upcoming release and tour dates.
Archaon comments: "Finally, after a long wait, much planning and with equal amounts of anticipation, we're proud to announce that we have chosen Indie Recordings as cooperation partner. We are extremely eager to set things into motion with them, and are looking into the future with a great deal of excitement. This will be the ultimate team in bringing our fans aural terror in the next years to come."