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Shape Of Despair - EP Cover Artwork Revealed

Finnish funeral doomsters Shape Of Despair are done with the recording of two new tracks, which will be released on a 7" EP entitled Written In My Scars. According to the most recent update, the EP is now being mastered.

The release of the band's first new material in several years is scheduled for late October/beginning of November 2010 through Solarfall Records (sub-label of Aftermath Music).

The Written In My Scars cover artwork will look this:


Band profile: Shape Of Despair
Posted: 11.08.2010 by Thryce | Comments (5)

Eternal Winter - To Release Debut Through Pure Steel Records

US Power metal act Eternal Winter has signed a worldwide deal with German underground heavy metal label Pure Steel Records for the upcoming release of the as-of-yet untitled debut full length album.

Eternal Winter frontman, Matthew Knight (Poseidons Anger) states: "In the past, we have always released independent demos and EP's... When we decided to record our first full-length, it became apparent that we would need the support of a strong, honest record label in order to release the best album possible... Many of the labels I had spoken with in the past, had wanted us to compromise our sound by taking out keyboard parts, changing my vocal style, etc... Pure Steel Records is the first label who has always supported us and our music from the very beginning, and truly believes in what we do!

We began dealing with Pure Steel in 2008 when we contributed to the Warlock Tribute Album they released that year... While at the time, we weren't as big and professional as many of the other bands on the Tribute, they admired us and gave us a chance to appear on the album. After working with them to release our tribute song, we saw how professional and easy to work with these guys were. They loved our True Metal sound and we soon developed a strong mutual friendship.

Now, my band mates in Eternal Winter and I are happy and honored to be a part of the Pure Steel Family... We know we have found a good home for us, and look forward to a bright future ahead!"

Pure Steel Records product manager Andreas Lorenz adds: "The US band plays perfect 80'ies influenced US Metal in style of old Virgin Steele and some Crimson Glory influences.

Volker and me were fascinated of this voice, which got a lot of feeling for great melodies in the guise of 80'ies US-Metal scene. We heard some demotracks in 2008 and were both enthusiastic about it. We can't wait to hear the debut album, but our expectations are very high. A more than worthy Pure Steel band."

The band is currently hard at work in the studio recording their long-awaited debut album. We will keep you updated on the progress. Check out the band on MySpace for more info and streams.


Posted: 11.08.2010 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Vanisher - Join Tribunal Records, New Songs Streaming

Tribunal Records are excited to welcome Vanisher to their family.

Vanisher may be a new band to most, but only in name as within their ranks veterans from Bloodjinn and Glass Casket reside, and they are confidently leading the new pack of metal bands surfacing in North Carolina. While not bearing much resemblance to their former bands, Vanisher has set out to carve a new path and capture audiences with it's futuristic metal brand.

Vanisher combine an old school thrash/death metal mentality with an absolutely modern melodic fluency allowing them to succeed in shattering all stylistic barriers with their debut album. The History Of Saints is well rounded in all things relevant in metal today (production/songwriting/artwork) and quickly establishes Vanisher as a band that everyone should keep their eyes and ears on.

The History Of Saints will be released on September 14th. Four songs, "Born To Breed", "The Architect", "Oceans" and the title track of the band's debut are now available for streaming on MySpace.

The History Of Saints cover art] tracklist:

01. Born To Breed
02. I Am Failure
03. The Architect
04. A Wolf In The Fold
05. Oceans
06. Liaisons
07. State Of Adversity
08. Frustrated Static
09. The History Of Saints
10. Cave Dweller
11. Pure Diesel
12. Conviction Cell

Bonus CD

01. Kings
02. The Road
03. Spiraling Downwards
04. Into The Sands
05. The Staredown
06. Feverish Crimes
07. New Brand Of Justice
08. Reaction


Posted: 11.08.2010 by Thryce | Comments (1)

Virgin Steele - New Album On The Way

US metallers Virgin Steele are set to release their new album, The Black Light Bacchanalia, via SPV/Steamhammer on the following dates:

Germany, Austria, Switzerland: October 22
Rest of Europe: October 25
USA, Canada: November 9

The new album will be available as a limited-edition digipak, standard CD, double gatefold vinyl and as a digital download.

Commented vocalist David DeFeis: "It will be a long album... close to 80 minutes. The album (to be really brief) concerns the reversal of all things. Once conquered by invading cultures, older Pagan deities become the demons of the new religion. The Black Light Bacchanalia is a reversal of the sacred sexual customs, and the final desecration of the "Goddess Principle", switching from matrilineal descent to patrilineal descent, with the rise of the idea of the Mountain-Fire God.... And it also has to do with ancient fears such as the fear of the sun not rising... Lyrically it is a kind of continuation of the story I told on the last album... Musically it is quite something else..."

Songtitles set to appear on The Black Light Bacchanalia CD include:

* By The Hammer Of Zeus
* Pagan Heart
* The Bread Of Wickedness
* The Orpheus Taboo
* In A Dream Of Fire
* Nepenthe
* Necropolis (He Answers Them With Death)
* To Crown Them With Halos Parts 1 & 2
* The Tortures Of The Damned
* The Black Light Bacchanalia (The Age That Is To Come)
* Eternal Regret


Band profile: Virgin Steele
Posted: 11.08.2010 by Bad English | Comments (7)

Cannibal Corpse - USA Tour, Ft. Dying Fetus, Vital Remains, Devourment

Cannibal Corpse will be hitting the road for a 17 date run that takes the band through the east coast, south, and Midwest. The mighty Cannibal Corpse will be kicking things off on Friday November 5th in Wilmington, NC at The Soapbox Laundrolounge and will finish things up on Monday November 22nd in Asheville, NC at The Orange Peel. Joining Cannibal Corpse on the road is Dying Fetus, Vital Remains, and Devourment. The tour is being brought to fans by BC Rich, Metal Blade Records, Good Fight Entertainment, and Relapse Records. Head over to this location for additional touring news and ticketing links.

Cannibal Corpse North American Tour with Dying Fetus, Vital Remains and Devourment:

11/05 -Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox Laundrolounge
11/06 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
11/07 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
11/08 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theater
11/09 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
11/10 - Lexington, KY - Buster's
11/11 - East St. Louis, MO - Pop's
11/12 - Des Moines, IA - People's Court
11/13 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
11/14 - Madison, WI - The Annex
11/16 - Columbus, OH - Skully's
11/17 - Williamsville, NY - Infinity
11/18 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
11/19 - New York, NY - Santos Party House
11/20 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
11/21 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
11/22 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel


Band profile: Cannibal Corpse
Event: Cannibal Corpse + Dying Fetus + Vital Remains
Posted: 11.08.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (6)

Hail Of Bullets - New Album Details Revealed

Hail Of Bullets have announced On Divine Winds as the title of their upcoming new album to be released October, 8/11 via Metal Blade Records in Europe and on October, 12 in North America.

Hail Of Bullets' debut album ...Of Frost And War was a concept album about the Eastern front war of Germany. On Divine Winds is another concept album, this time covering the Pacific battles between Japan and the USA.

Comments singer Martin van Drunen: "This time Hail of Bullets takes on the Pacific War. The expansion of the Empire of Japan throughout Asia, introducing a full scale war using all forces combined. The massive strike back of the Americans, whose marines bravely fought many tough and bloody battles on now forgotten insulate islands spread throughout the whole Pacific. This led to desperate Japanese defense tactics such as Kamikaze, human bullets and suicidal Banzai charges. Until finally, incendiary bombings brought the empire to its knees."

The album title On Divine Winds refers to the translation for the Japanese word Kamikaze, as kami stands for "God" and kaze means "wind". The album features 12 tracks on the limited first Digibook edtion and 11 tracks on the regular jewelcase version. On Divine Winds was produced by Ed Warby and like before the monstrous mix was in the capable hands of Mr Dan Swanö.

On Divine Winds cover art] tracklist:

01. The Eve Of Battle
02. Operation Z
03. The Mukden Incident
04. Strategy Of Attrition
05. Full Scale War
06. Guadalcanal
07. On Coral Shores
08. Unsung Heroes
09. Tokyo Napalm Holocaust
10. Sugar Loaf Hill (bonus track on ltd. 1st Digibook edition)
11. Kamikaze
12. To Bear The Unbearable


Band profile: Hail Of Bullets
Posted: 10.08.2010 by Thryce | Comments (2)

The Cleansing - Working On New Album

Guitarist Andreas Lynge of Danish death metal act The Cleansing checked in with the following album update:

"We recently finished the recording sessions of the new yet untitled 2nd The Cleansing album! Yesterday, Monday the 9th of August, we entered CB studios in Denmark with producer Christian Bonde to mix the album that consists of nine tracks.

We are also proud to announce that mastering engineer Bjørn Engelmann (who has worked with Behemoth and Bloodbath to mention a few) will do the mastering of the album at Cutting Room Studios in Sweden.

This album is really gonna crush in so many ways! We really feel it's the next big step for The Cleansing. More info on the album very soon along with track list and pictures from the recording sessions."

Head to MySpace if you want more info on The Cleansing.


Posted: 10.08.2010 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Sanctioned Annihilation Tour - High On Fire, Torche, Kylesa

US stoner metallers High On Fire have announced a headlining North American tour later this fall, this in support of their latest studio album, Snakes For The Divine. Also joining them on the trek, dubbed "Sanctioned Annihilation Tour," will be Torche and Kylesa.

Sanctioned Annihilation tour dates are as follows:

09/29 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
09/30 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
10/01 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre
10/02 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
10/03 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/05 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
10/06 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
10/08 - Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Company
10/09 - Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
10/10 - Chicago, IL @ Metro (Riot Festival)
10/11 - Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird
10/13 - Covington, KY @ Historic Southgate House
10/14 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
10/15 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
10/16 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street
10/17 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
10/19 - Halifax, NS @ The Paragon Theatre (Halifax Pop Explosion)
10/21 - Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
10/22 - Providence, RI @ Club Hell
10/23 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
10/24 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Starlite Ballroom
10/27 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
10/29 - Gainesville, FL @ Common Ground (Ye Old Fest)


Band profile: High On Fire
Event: High On Fire: Sanctioned Annihilation Tour
Posted: 10.08.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (5)

Samael - Have Entered The Studio Today

Three weeks after coming back from Germany where the band spent some time on the pre-production of every song with long time partner Waldemar Sorychta (Moonspell, Lacuna Coil, Tiamat), the guys from Samael are now ready to record their new album, the successor of Above.

The sessions started today (August 10th 2010) and should go on for a whole month. Regular updates will be given through the band's Twitter profile.


Band profile: Samael
Posted: 10.08.2010 by Fane | Comments (5)

Gaia Epicus - UK Tour Cancelled

Norwegian power metallers Gaia Epicus have posted the following message on their MySpace:

"We are sorry to say that the planned UK Tour to support Killing Machine is canceled/postponed. Killing Machine had to cancel the upcoming UK tour because of their bass player leaving the band. Gaia Epicus was really looking forward to go back to the UK and play. We are now working hard on either getting new dates for the tour with Killing Machine or putting up a new tour of our own. We hope to have new dates for you very soon."

For the ones interested, Killing Machine's new bassist is called Jochen Mayer (ex-Domain, Casanova). His first live debut took place last weekend at Wacken Open Air. All info on this US Heavy metal band on MySpace.


Band profile: Gaia Epicus
Posted: 10.08.2010 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Volbeat - Have A New Video Out

Volbeat have revealed their brand new video for the track "Fallen". This track comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, which is scheduled for release on September 10th. All further album details are available here.

The video itself is now available on the band's official website.


Band profile: Volbeat
Posted: 10.08.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (2)

As I Lay Dying - N. American Trek With All That Remains

As I Lay Dying will be hitting the road in the next coming months, starting September all the way to November. First up is a tour of the USA and Canada, with support from All That Remains, label mates Unearth, and Carnifex. Afterwards the band will go to Europe, embarking on a tour with Heaven Shall Burn, plus Suicide Silence on selected dates. These live shows can be found here. The North American dates are listed below.

As I Lay Dying: USA & Canada Tour (with All That Remains, Unearth and Carnifex):

14-09-2010 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
15-09-2010 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
16-09-2010 - Abilene, TX - Midnight Rodeo
17-09-2010 - Little Rock, AR - The Village (no All That Remains)
18-09-2010 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theatre
19-09-2010 - Knoxville, TN - Valarium
20-09-2010 - Cincinnati, OH - The Madison Theater
21-09-2010 - Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
22-09-2010 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's (no All That Remains)
23-09-2010 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
24-09-2010 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
25-09-2010 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre (no All That Remains)
26-09-2010 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial
27-09-2010 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
28-09-2010 - Ottawa, ON - Capital Music Hall
29-09-2010 - London, ON - Cowboys
01-10-2010 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Center
03-10-2010 - Saskatoon, SK - Odeon
04-10-2010 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
05-10-2010 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Events Center
07-10-2010 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
08-10-2010 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
10-10-2010 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
11-10-2010 - Chico, CA - Senator Theatre (no All That Remains)


Band profile: As I Lay Dying
Event: As I Lay Dying + All That Remains
Posted: 10.08.2010 by BudDa | Comments (2)

Satan's Host - New Album On The Way

Satanic metal warlords Satan's Host are currently at Flatline Audio with producer Dave Otero working on the band's ninth studio album, entitled By The Hands Of The Devil, to be released next year by Moribund Records.

The band recently parted ways with vocalist Eli Elixir, marking the return of Leviathan Thisiren (a.k.a. Harry Conklin of Jan Panzer and Titan Force).

According to a press release: "Founding six-string sorcerer Patrick Evil, with his cornucopia of über-evil riffs, has been at the top of his game with all-new tracks that will devour the weak at heart and those who try to dismiss this true metal virtuoso. Anthony 'Evil Hobbit' Lopez, making his second appearance on the drums of doom, has taken the groove to a new hellish high, and with the addition of Margar on bass, Satan's Host have taken their musical journey to new, darker realms with deeper and broader themes and lyrical content."

Commented Patrick Evil: "I think this will be our greatest album to date. Our ninth release for our 25th aniversary — how much better can it get than that?"


Band profile: Satan's Host
Posted: 10.08.2010 by Bad English | Comments (0)

Protest The Hero - Will Enter The Studio Later This Month

Since it feels like forever since we heard any news from the Protest The Hero camp, guitarist Luke Hoskin decided it was time to inform us about the following PTH news:

"We just solidified the studio time for our next album that we have been writing for about three years or so. At least, it feels that way. We have successfully bribed our good friend Julius "Juice" Butty (Alexisonfire) to record it all at a brand new studio in Canada called "Jukasa". Our official start-date is August 30th and we couldn't be more pleased with the studio and producer.

When asked to describe the new music, we usually just get embarrassed and start to sweat. So take that in whatever way you want to - the one thing I can say is we actually have more than 10 songs for once."

The band's third full-length will be mixed by producer/engineer Machine for an expected early-2011 release via Vagrant Records.


Band profile: Protest The Hero
Posted: 10.08.2010 by BudDa | Comments (9)

Dragonland - Update On New Album

Dragonland guitarist Olof Mörck (who also plays in Nightrage) has checked in with the following update on the band's as-yet-untitled album, scheduled for a release in 2011 :

"There has passed some time since we published a demo teaser track for all of you to hear, and first of all; the reactions up til this day have been nothing short of amazing, thank you for your continued support! Much water have flown under the proverbial bridge since then, and thus I figured it was time to issue an update about the comings and goings inside the Dragonland camp!

We have been hard at work with the new material since around uploading the demo song, and the lest five months or so we have kicked things into overdrive. A majority of the new album stands completed, and as "Shadows" indicated, it is a glorious return to our roots from at least a lyrical side; I have spent the last years drawing up concepts and polishing details about the story, but in general I can say that it will dark fantasy with quite a genuine touch!

Classical mythology and literature such as The Odyssey, The Aenid, Shakespearian drama and the epic Gilgamesh stands as main influences, and lends depth and credibility to the story. I know there are a multitude of metal fans who love the fantasy concept but are outright embarrassed with how the medium is usually transferred into the metal context; clichéd and without any finesse or depth. This album and its lyrics is a deliberate attempt to speak to these individuals - and anyone else willing to share the journey.

Musically, this album sure does not stray backwards, quite the opposite. More bombastic, orchestral and progressive is how I would like to describe the material, and we have gone far to ensure the music accompanies the epic described within the lyrics. I would also like to share some of the song titles that will appear on the new album include; "The Tempest", "A Stranger I know", "The Shadow of the Mithril Mountains", "A Thousand Towers White".

Expect momentous sonical vistas from phantasic worlds when this journey starts in 2011."


Band profile: Dragonland
Posted: 10.08.2010 by BudDa | Comments (10)