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Maruta - New Album In February, Preview Tracks Online

Miami-based Grindcore act Maruta have finished work on their new album - the band's second for Willowtip Records - entitled Forward Into Regression. A release set has been set for February 22, 2011. Germany's Power It Up Records will be releasing a gatefold LP version. A release date for the vinyl is TBD.

Vocalist Mitchell Luna comments: "So we finished wrapping up full-length number two, and I can honestly say that we are all very proud of the outcome. We took the same open minded approach to grindcore as we have on our previous recordings, but incorporated a couple new surprises. The end result sounds more relentless, and I personally feel that it is a well rounded record that is equally emotional as it is abrasive. Stoked for it to drop!"

The album was recorded at Florida's Mana Recording Studios (Hate Eternal, Cannibal Corpse, Nile) by engineer Brian Elliot. This will be Maruta's first release with their new line-up. Drummer Daniel Morris and bassist Mauro Cordoba joined the band in early 2010.

Two preview tracks, called "Hand Of The Overseer" and "March Forward (Into Regression)" have been added to the Willowtip Music Player.


Band profile: Maruta
Posted: 05.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Godflesh - Frontman Talks About New Material

Blabbermouth is telling me that Godflesh mastermind Justin Broadrick has told Decibel Magazine that the band is slowly putting together ideas for a new studio album.

"It's something we're discussing all the time, and I do have bits and pieces of material," he said. "But it's something we'd really like to develop. It'd be quite easy to knock out eight to 10 in-character songs and release it as quickly as possible to capitalize on the popularity of the group, but it would feel entirely wrong. If it's another two years until another Godflesh record, so be it. The most important thing is making a record that stands up with the rest of the back catalogue. I do have this in me again, though."

Another extract of the interview with Justin Broadrick (where he talks about the band's reunion appearance at Hellfest) can be found here. The full interview can be read in the January issue of the magazine.


Band profile: Godflesh
Posted: 05.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (5)

Control Denied - Update On Sophomore Release

Control Denied vocalist Tim Aymar has issued a very, very lengthy update on the completion of When Machine And Man Collide - the band's long-awaited sophomore release.

Before you start reading, here's a short recap I took from Blabbermouth: as you all know, Chuck Schuldiner began work on the album, but never managed to finish the effort before his health quickly deteriorated in the months leading up to his tragic death, in December 2001. The remaining members of the group subsequently announced their desire to complete the album and release it in Chuck's memory, but legal hassles between Schuldiner's family and Hammerheart Records (to whom Chuck was signed at the time of his death) put the entire project on hold. But now the family of late Death/Control Denied guitarist is moving ahead with plans to complete and eventually release the long-awaited second album.

Or as Tim Aymar explains in great detail:

"On December 13th we will once again take at least a few moments of our day to remember the "Father Of Death Metal", Chuck Schuldiner. Those who know Chuck's music from Death and Control Denied have faithfully and patiently awaited the announcement of the completion of Chuck's dying wish which is to get the final Control Denied record out to you , and along with my other band-mates, I am extremely happy to be here to fulfill the promise I made a decade ago.

When I first talked to Chuck about auditioning for a new band he was working on, an extension of his former band Death which he called Control Denied. We first talked over the telephone, and he was not at all like what I had expected him to be. My band-mate, co-writer and dear friend Jimmy Dofka from Psycho Scream had turned me on to Death a few months before, and the picture I had in my mind of Chuck, judging only by how precise and beautifully violent that music is, was of a brutal tyrant. I mean after-all, just listen to Gene Hoglan's drumming and the command of Chuck's blood soaked screaming, and you'll know what I mean. Well, I was delightfully wrong. The voice on the phone was just a guy like me, an easy going, slow talking hippie with a burning passion for metal. We both understood the seriousness of the business at hand, but neither of made it seem anything but exiting and fun, and that was awesome. That's just what professionals do.

We talked about our tastes in music and inspirations and our idols. We were definitely on the same page. He said he wanted me to audition because from what he'd heard already from Psycho Scream, my voice had all the qualities he had been looking for since he began his journey into metal. There's a bit of everyone we both liked in there, a bit of Dio, Halford, Tyler, Gillan, Bonnet, all the best screamers in the biz. With that in mind, we set a date and I flew down to meet him and do the audition. I thought maybe there was a chance he was blowing a bit of smoke up my ass, because that's just what some people do. But no, as it turns out, he was one of the few people in this biz that didn't.


Band profile: Control Denied
Posted: 05.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (6)

Assassin - New Album Details Revealed

German thrashers Assassin will be releasing their new studio album Breaking The Silence on February 25, 2011 via SPV/Steamhammer Records. The album was produced by Harris Johns (Kreator, Sodom, Voivod).

Breaking The Silence cover art] tracklist:

01. Breaking The Silence
02. Raise In The Dark
03. Judas
04. Turf War
05. Destroy The State
06. No Fear
07. Kill Or Be Killed
08. Real Friends
09. Strike Back
10. I Like Cola


Band profile: Assassin
Posted: 05.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (2)

Hatred Sounds Fest - Postponed Due To Vital Remains' Visa Issues

The Hatred Sounds Festival, set to take place yesterday December 4th in Ibagué, Colombia, was postponed after the last-minute cancellation of headliners Vital Remains.

Due to visa problems of the band's tour drummer Eddy Hoffman, Vital Remains were forced to cancel the event. Andrés Castro, tour manager for the band's Latin American shows, explained to the local media that the band tried to look for some available drummers in order to attend the show in Colombia, but they were already busy working on side projects or live shows with other bands.

Vital Remains promised to announce a new date, and the festival is postponed till then. Other acts on the bill included Soulburner, Luciferian, Nihil Obstat and Sagros.


Band profile: Vital Remains
Event: Hatred Sounds Festival VII [Postponed]
Posted: 05.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (1)

Wallner/Vain - Guest Musicians Revealed

Official press release

Los Angeles based hard rock artists Will Wallner (guitars) & Vivien Vain (vocalis) announce their debut album featuring an all-star line up of guest musicians. The duo have written and recorded several songs and are in the process of recording the final tracks for their debut release.

The project began when Wallner/Vain had a chance meeting with Carmine Appice (Blue Murder, King Kobra) and Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio) at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip. Half of the songs feature Carmine and half feature Vinny. Bassist Tony Franklin (Blue Murder, The Firm) plays alongside Carmine which reunites the duo who played together in the critically acclaimed Blue Murder. Vinny performs with bassist Jimmy Bain (Rainbow, Dio) who had previously played together in the classic line-up of Dio. Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot) also plays on several tracks with Vinny.

Guest musician Tony Carey (Rainbow, EBC) also plays on two tracks and reunites Carey with Jimmy Bain who last played together on Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow album Rising. Mixing the album is industry pro Gary Tole who in addition to working with Bon Jovi and Metallica has worked with David Lee Roth and Joe Lynn Turner.

Finally a song from Will Wallner's previous project with keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion) will be included on the album. The song was produced by Derek and features Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Pride & Glory) on drums with Tony Franklin.

The album will be released sometime in 2011. For more information and samples go to this location.


Posted: 04.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (12)

Amorphis - Free DVD Concert Stream Today

Nuclear Blast Records and Finnish progressive metallers, Amorphis, are proud to announce the first ever DVD concert stream event featuring the recent 2DVD + 2CD release, Forging The Land Of Thousand Lakes exclusively at Nuclear Blast's brand new streaming room!

Fans around the world can tune in to watch on Friday, December 3, 2010 at this location.

1st Streaming Time: 5:00pm (Central European Time) for Europe
2nd Streaming Time: 3:30pm (Pacific) / 6:30pm (Eastern) for North America

The Nuclear Blast streaming room will be to 'go-to' location for fans to tune in and watch live DVD concert streams (and other surprises) on select dates. Fans can also connect via Facebook, Twitter, AIM, and MySpace to chat with one another and even band members on certain occasions!.


Band profile: Amorphis
Posted: 04.12.2010 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (4)

Hammerslagfest 2011 - First Names Announced

Taake and Urgehal are among the first confirmed bands for Vinterblot 2011 edition of the Hammerslag Festival, set to take place February 18-19, 2011 in Tønsberg, Norway.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows: Taake, Urgehal, Svarttjern, Arvas, Framferd, Cutthroat, Zareptha, Concrete, Svikt and Kirkebrann.

More info about the festival and tickets at this location.


Event: Hammerslagfest: Vinterblot 2011
Posted: 04.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Whyzdom - New Vocalist Announced

French metallers Whyzdom have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:

"Dear Friends,

We are very proud to present you today the vocalist who joined us to give Whyzdom a new voice. Clémentine Delauney has received an intensive artistic training since her youngest age: contemporary dance, classical and jazz piano, theatre, classical singing (she joined the Maîtrise of Lyon Opera in 2003). Motivated by the everlasting will to let her voice express itself in a symphonic metal band, it's an immense pleasure to welcome her in our family.

We invite you all to welcome her as well on MySpace, Facebook or even more directly on our forum:

We will prepare some extracts to put online in the very next few weeks. In the meantime, you can watch some photos on our website at this location.

Thank you for your support! See you soon!"


Band profile: Whyzdom
Posted: 03.12.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (8)

Cilice - New Vocalist Announced

Original news, posted on 29.11.2010

Cilice are excited to announce that the band has a complete line up again.

"After singer Daniël de Jongh had left the band to join Textures earlier this year we are now even more excited to announce that Bryan Ramage will be the new front man of Cilice.

The rehearsals and try-outs we had together sounded truly convincing. It feels great to play old songs in a refreshing way and to explore new directions working on new songs. With great confidence we are going to make another killer record!

Coming Thursday a video clip will be launched on YouTube to introduce Ramage to you guys. It will be a new version of the song "Left / Right Hemisphere" - let's call it a revox! The (audio) track will be available on our MySpace/Facebook from Tuesday on."


Cilice has uploaded the new "revox" version of the song "Left / Right Hemisphere" with new singer Bryan Ramage. The footage was shot during the Mini Mammoth UK Tour earlier this year. Check it out below.


Posted: 03.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Opeth - To Enter The Studio In January

That's right! Opeth will start the recording of their 10th album on the 31st of January 2011. The band has picked the legendary Atlantis Studios (ex Metronome studios) in Stockholm and will once again work with Jens Bogren engineering. Mixing duties will be handled by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree).

A possible release worldwide is expected in Autumn of 2011 through Roadrunner Records. The new material has been described by the band as being "good".


Band profile: Opeth
Posted: 03.12.2010 by bane26 | Comments (57)

Colosseum - New Album Details Revealed

Colosseum's third and last album, Chapter 3: Parasomnia will be a tribute to singer/guitarist Juhani Palomäki, who died right after the recording process in May of this year. The album will be released through Firebox Records hopefully still during the month of December, at latest in the beginning of January 2011.

Colosseum - Chapter 3: Parasomnia cover art] tracklist:

01. Dilapidation And Death
02. Questioning Existence
03. Passage To Eternity
04. On The Strand Of Nightmares
05. Parasomnia


Band profile: Colosseum
Posted: 03.12.2010 by Array | Comments (4)

Six Feet Under - Cancel December Tour Dates

Six Feet Under has canceled all dates on their earlier announced Christmas Metal Tour. The band released the following apology message:

"Circumstances and events beyond our control has forced the cancellation of our December tour in Europe. We are deeply aware of the burden this puts on our loyal fans and we apologize. We live to play in front of our Fans and our commitment to our European fans could not be stronger.

You have always been there for Six Feet Under and we do not take that for granted. You are important to US! In April 2011 we will do a tour of Europe to support our new DVD Wake The Night! Live In Germany. We will make up as many of these canceled dates as possible while adding many more. Thank you for understanding but more importantly, thanks for supporting Six Feet Under"


Band profile: Six Feet Under
Event: Six Feet Under: Christmas Metal Tour [CANCELLED]
Posted: 03.12.2010 by BudDa | Comments (1)

Earth - New Album Details

Official press release

Earth is pleased to announce the arrival of a new album. Coming February 2011 from Southern Lord Records, we welcome Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I. Produced and recorded at Avast Studios in Seattle,Washington by Stuart Hallerman (notable engineer behind Earth 2), this new album features the following line-up:

Adrienne Davies - trap kit and percussives
Dylan Carlson - electric guitar and devices
Lori Goldston - cello and devices
Karl Blau - electric bass guitar

Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I cover art] tracklist:

01. Old Black
02. Father Midnight
03. Descent To The Zenith
04. Hell's Winter
05. Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1


Band profile: Earth
Posted: 02.12.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (14)

Amaseffer - New Song Online

Israeli metallers Amaseffer have issued the short following update on their official website:

"We're back!

A taste of things to come... new song, "Pillar Of Fire", from upcoming album When Lions Leave Their Den, available on our new dedicated website

Keep it holy."

More details about When Lions Leave Their Den were previously reported over here.


Band profile: Amaseffer
Posted: 02.12.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (4)