Gloria Morti are set to release their third effort, Anthems Of Annihilation, on July 30th through Cyclone Empire. A brand-new song called "Awakening of a Discordant Machine" will be uploaded on the band's MySpace page on June 30th.
Anthems Of Annihilation cover art] tracklist:
02. Solution Called War
03. Awakening of a Discordant Machine
05. Swallowed By Defeat
07. Cut From Gaia
08. The Final Framework
10. Chaos Archetype
Steve DiGiorgio (does this guy ever sleep?) will be the touring bassist for death metal act Obituary this summer. In a statement on their website, the band - who just finished a handful of North American shows - comments:
"We now focus on Europe and our first of two runs for the summer festivals. We will have Steve DiGiorgio of Sadus on bass with us! How cool is that? We have known Steve for a long time and it is going to be great jamming with him. He will be here next weekend to practice and I will make sure the web-cam is back on by then so check it out."
As previously announced, Norwegian gothic metallers Tristania are set to release their new album Rubicon in late August. Now the band has unveiled the cover artwork for their upcoming release. The cover art and design is done by Angst-Im-Wald and can be viewed at this location
Rubicon will be released via Napalm Records on the following dates:
Aug. 25 - Spain
Aug. 27 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy, Sweden
Aug. 30 - Rest of Europe
Aug. 31 - USA/Canada
Cage has been hard at work on their upcoming DVD/blu-ray release which will have cover artwork done by the amazing Marc Sasso of Dio and Halford fame. This DVD will be packed with two full-length concerts and many one off performances as well. More news on the DVD will be released soon. The band's next CD has also been under the blow torch as six songs have already been recorded but much more work is ahead for their as yet untitled 6th release. The release date for their follow up to Science Of Annihilation has not yet been announced. Keep an eye on the band's website for updates.
Pantheist have uploaded two brand-new promo songs. Check out "Broken Statue" and "Brighter Days" on the band's MySpace.
Comments the band: "We have recently completed a promo to be sent to record labels and other contacts relevant for the band. Both tracks of this promo can be listened to for a period of time on this myspace site. Please bear in mind that these are raw home recordings and not finished versions. Hope you enjoy them."
Getting all riled up for the Big Four/Carnage shows? Well, thanks to Noisecreep, here's a small appetizer for Slayer's set, as the band recently filmed a World Painted Blood AOL Session in Los Angeles.
High-quality video footage of Slayer performing "World Painted Blood", "Chemical Warfare/Raining Blood", "Hate Worldwide", and "Mandatory Suicide" has now been made available online. Check out the performance at this location.
Ukraine Black Metallers Balfor has recently released the finalized artwork cover and album tracklisting of the group's debut effort entitled Barbaric Blood. The brooding yet introspect artwork cover and layout for Barbaric Blood was designed by Martin Saavedra at Uruguay's Spina Studio (Aborted, Dååth, Divinity, etc).
States Balfor frontman/guitarist Thorgeir: "It's always a long journey making an album, first it has to be written and rehearsed. Then it has to be recorded and mastered, and that's where most people think it ends. But it doesn't, quite end there. An important factor that everyone forgets about is the artwork, and yet this is often what people notice first. So we are particularly pleased that the artwork for "Barbaric Blood" has been so well executed by Martin of Spina Studio. He has captured both the concept behind the album, and the band itself."
As was speculated, I.C.S Vortex (ex-Dimmu Borgir, ex-Arcturus) has returned to Borknagar after the departure of bassist Tyr just last week. I.C.S Vortex will be handling both bass and vocals duties for Borknagar's upcoming tour.
The band is currently working on touring plans for the future. Due to private commitments vocalist Andreas "Vintersorg" Hedlund (Vintersorg, Cronian) is unfortunately not able to join the band on the road for the moment being. Because of this, I.C.S. Vortex will step in to the fold to handle vocal and bass for upcoming live activities.
Guitarist Øystein G. Brun comments: "As stated in several interviews the last couple of month's it's our firm intention to bring the band's live activities up a notch - in respect for all our fans. There is just no way we can dismiss all the requests we get all over the world. We are currently working on some really interesting touring plans, but unfortunately our brother in music Vintersorg is not able to come along for the moment being due to private commitments. So Vortex being a previous member and always a good friend of the band, it feels great to have him back in the fold in order to execute these plans. Also, I would like to express my deepest admiration for Vintersorg's open minded and supportive attitude, embracing the idea to pull this off with Vortex in his absence- to make this a genuine and worthy solution for Borknagar."
After the successful release of the latest offering Pentagrammaton, Belgian black metallers Enthroned are now set to tour the world in what they have dubbed as "Pentagrammaton World Tour". Support on the North American chapter will come from Australian black thrashers Deströyer 666. Pentagrammaton, Enthroned's ninth studio offering, was released earlier this year via Regain Records. The following are the dates confirmed:
Aug 04 - Brooklyn, NY @ Europa
Aug 05 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Aug 06 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Aug 07 - Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
Aug 08 - Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
Aug 10 - Houston, TX @ Walter's On Washington
Aug 11 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
Legendary Teutonic Thrashers Destruction have signed a new record deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Here are the obligatory press releases that come with such events.
Comments mainman Schmier: "Sometimes I really hate the business side of my job, we have been thru some very difficult decisions in the last couple of months. Now after some weeks of hard work, I can proudly announce that Destruction is back with Nuclear Blast Records. We really wanna thank AFM Records for the great co-operation in the last years. Cheers for supporting all our craziness, I know it wasn't always easy folks.
Going back to NB feels like coming back home now, working with old friends is one of the biggest achievements you can have in this music business known as a "shark tank". Almost eleven years ago, Markus Staiger and his label made it possible for Destruction to come back in a strong way, those were some of the best years the band ever had. Hopefully this will be the last label change of the band's career, we have returned to our home port again and it feels absolutely fantastic.
Shroud Eater, South Florida's DIY grunge/stoner rock trio, is offering a free download of their debut self-titled EP, in anticipation of the release of their debut full-length record, ThunderNoise, due out this autumn.
Inspired by all things dark and dirty, including 70's heavy metal, and 90's grunge/stoner rock, the three-song EP can be downloaded at this location.
"We had always seen the EP as a way to distribute our music for free to as many people as possible - it's a basic primer on who Shroud Eater is as a band, and hopefully it left people curious and interested in hearing what we can really bring to the table," states guitarist/vocalist Jeannie Saiz. "For the ThunderNoise sessions, we have some surprises up our sleeves, and are positive that the finished album will rock your ass off."
Austrian metallers Edenbridge are streaming the first sample from their forthcoming album, entitled Solitaire. The audio sample for the new song "Higher" can be listened at the band's MySpace page (or here at the band's website).
Solitaire will be released on the following dates:
June 30: Spain
July 2: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy, Sweden
July 5: Rest of Europe
July 13: North America
Solitaire cover artwork] tracklist:
01. Entree Unique
04. Skyline's End
05. Bon Voyage Vagabond
06. Come Undone
07. Out Of This World
08. Further Afield
09. A Virtual Dream?
10. Brothers On Diamir
11. Exit Unique
After Oblivion, the technical death metal band from Bosnia & Herzegovina, is finalizing its second release with working title Stamina. Mixing and mastering will be done by Stephan Fimmers (Necrophagist) in his Aexxys-Art Studio and first free streaming tracks should be ready first week of July. Check MySpace for further updates.
The band states: "What you can except from Stamina is eight old school driven tech death metal songs, where not much place is left for experimenting and innovations, since death metal is perfect already." According to their site, the band can be described as early nineties influenced technical death metal, pierced by some Balkan's traditional melodies. More info here.