Southern California's heavy fuzz rockers Fu Manchu have completed work on their eleventh full length album. The electrifying group will drop "Signs Of Infinite Power" on October 20, 2009 via Century Media Records.
Originally formed in 1985 as a Black Flag-influenced hardcore punk band called Virulence, Fu Manchu has since become one of hard rock's most celebrated names. The band released its first single "Kept Between Trees" in 1990 and in the years following, helped give rise to a celebrated style of heavy music tagged "stoner rock" alongside peers such as Kyuss, Monster Magnet and Sleep. Since its inception, the quartet has built itself a fanatical army of loyal enthusiasts all drawn to the group's ridiculously catchy, unpretentious music, guitar-driven sound and carefree lyrics centered on "old muscle cars, choppers, vans, skateboarding and science fiction."
Evile has posted three preview tracks from their new album online. Songs are called "Nosophoros", "Now Demolition" and "Infected Nations". Head over to the band's MySpace page to check them out.
"Infected Nations" is scheduled for release on September 21 in Europe (September 22 in North America) via Earache Records.
Evile lead guitarist Ol Drake commented about the first track "Infected Nation": "Finally, we can show you a track off the upcoming album "Infected Nations", funnily enough the first track being "Infected Nation". It's been very hard to pick out just one track to initially show the world, as there is such diversity on this album and I wanted to showcase the different direction we're going in. I think "Infected Nation" is a good place to start in showing you, as it still has the pure thrash feel to it but with an injection of our new path musically."
After being dissed by Dimmu Borgir last weekend - Link] - vocalist Simen "ICS Vortex" Hestnæs' webmaster has revealed the man's future plans:
"I think that now is the right time to post some news on the future music plans of ICS Vortex.
Simen will have a meeting with Lamented Souls in mid September to plan a new release and a few gigs in Norway. There is another meeting also planned with Arcturus members to discuss about the future of the band and a possible reunite. Nothing's for certain yet but keep visiting back the page as more announcements will take place about Simen's projects in the very near future!"
"Solfernus' Path", the fifth full-length studio album from Polish dark metallers DARZAMAT, will be available for streaming in its entirety on the French webzine Heavylaw.com (http://www.heavylaw.com/ ) An exclusive listening session will be at website on Friday 4 September. The album will be playing for 24 hours only. It's free for everyone.
"Solfernus' Path" was released in Europe on August 28 through Massacre Records and in Japan via Spiritual Beast Records. The CD was recorded in Poland under the supervision of Jaroslaw Toifl, with whom the band had previously worked on 2005's "Transkarpatia" (Metal Mind Productions in Europe, MVD in the USA). There are two great guests on the album: King Diamond's Andy La Rocque (guitar solo in "King of the Burning Anthems") and Stone Sour's Roy Mayorga (opening intro). The artwork for the new CD was created by MentalPorn.com Agency, which has previously worked with such bands as Deathstars and Behemoth. The album was mixed by Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry guitarist) of Black Lounge Studios in Avesta, Sweden.
The brand new full-length effort from Swedish death metallers My Own Grave, entitled "Necrology", is now available for streaming in its full entirety at the Pulverised Records Myspace page. The My Own Grave e-card also includes the behind-the-scenes video footage of how "Necrology" was spawned. The e-card will stay on the website for 2 weeks starting on 10th of July 2009 till 23th July 2009.
"Necrology" cover art] tracklist:
01. Awaiting Death
03. Hail The Blind
04. None Shall See
05. Disciples Of War
07. Bloodline Broken
Guitarist Shagrath has issued the following update on behalf of Chrome Division:
"Hail all you Rock 'n' Rollers out there! We thought it would be the right time for a little update from Hell, to all the Chromers out there. A lot of things are happening in the Chrome Camp these days, and not everything is ok for some...
First and foremost, we've decided to part ways with Eddie Guz, the voice of Chrome since 2005. He's out, due to lack of dedication and commitment to the band. Since the band is more active than ever, it would only slow down the tempo of achieving their future goals. This decision needed to be done for the benefit of Chrome Division. Eddie Guz will still remain a friend and a drinking buddy, but sometimes friendship and music don't always blend easily together. But we ensure our fans that there is no need to worry.
Dimmu Borgir keyboardist Øyvind "Mustis" Mustaparta has issued the following statement on his MySpace page:
"Attention to all the worldwide fans of my work with Dimmu Borgir. I feel that I must begin my note to you all by saying that your dedication and interest in my musical work with Dimmu Borgir has been greatly appreciated by me for many, many years and you all have motivated me to continue to push the creative envelope farther each and every day. You might be able to see where this note is heading and if you are thinking correctly you will know that I am informing you all that I am no longer associated with the band and have left the ranks of Dimmu Borgir effective immediately.
On December, 18, 2009, the new Tankard DVD "Open All Night - Reloaded" will be released via AFM Records.
The DVD will contain a Tankard live show, recorded on the "Thrashing East" Festival which has taken place in East-Berlin on the 4th of March in 1990. Furthermore, the DVD will contain live recordings from the Rock Hard Festival 2007, the video clips "The Beauty And The Beast", "Stay Thirsty!" and "Forza SGE" and many outtakes.
In resume, the new DVD will include over 3 hours of Tankard fun.
Sensational news to report: Revolution Renaissance has joined the Napalm Records ranks! The band's mastermind is none other than legendary songwriter and guitarist supreme Timo Tolkki, who has already carved his name in the book of Metal by writing timeless hymns for his former band Stratovarius.
With Revolution Renaissance he continues to take Symphonic/Melodic Metal fans by storm and presents the ever-growing fanbase with powerful riffs, sweeping melodies, catchy choruses, and a top notch production that makes even the tiniest detail audible. Since 2008, the band has released two successful longplayers with a third one currently in the works. More details cannot be revealed at this point in time, but fans can expect yet another masterpiece of Symphonic/Melodic Metal! The new album will hit the streets in 2010. Stay tuned for more info in the coming months!
After a small hiatus, Year Of Desolation have issued the following update on their MySpace:
"I am pleased beyond belief to be able to say this: Year Of Desolation IS going to start tearing shit up again. That's right, after a year and a half long hiatus, we've all talked and it's going to happen. The line up is going to be:
Chad Zimmerman - Vokills
Brandon Lytle - Bass
Matt Behner - Drums
Josh Kappel - Guitars
John M. Hehman II - Composition/Guitars
Mike had to leave us about 2 and a half years ago because of some personal issues but he's got it all sorted out and we're glad to have him back on board. That being said, Brandon Lytle is a 100% phenomenal Bassist, we appreciate him, the time he spent with us and we wish him all the best. Much love and respect Bran.
Italy's Corroosion have revealed details for their forthcoming debut "Punish The Mind". The album will hit the streets on November 13th in Europe and November 16th in UK & Ireland. Release date for Japan, USA & Canada will be announced soon, but pre-orders have already started.
The album was recordered at 16 cellar Studio, Rome. Mastering is made by A. Douches (Killswitch Engage, Emmure, Carnifex, The Acacia Strain, Terror, Cannibal Corpse, Ion Dissonance, Hate Eternal).
On the new MySpace profile of the band it's possible to watch a studio report video with previews of some tracks.
Lifelover have announced the title, tracklist and cover art of the band's upcoming release. "Dekadens" will be be released in September. The MCD version will be out through Osmose Productions, and the MLP version will be released through Elitmusik. The music has been mastered, all of the artwork has been finished, and everything is on its way to the printing plant. The MCD will feature 7 tracks, and have the total length of around 26-27 minutes.
The band commented: "As we've proclaimed before, we're all extremely satisfied with this release, and we all feel that this has turned out to be Lifelover's finest effort to date. The respose from the select few that have already heard the material has been absolutely overwhelming, and we feel confident that it will be recieved just as well by all of you. We will be publishing a little preview from the MCD here on MySpace shortly. Thanks for all your patience and support. We're counting the days!"
French metallers Nightmare have posted online a new song, "Legions Of The Rising Sun", on their MySpace page.
"Legions Of The Rising Sun" comes off the band's forthcoming album, "Insurrection", which is scheduled for release on September 11 through AFM Records. The album was recorded at Peek studio in France with Patrick Liotard and at U3multimedia and Indiscreet Studios in Stuttgart, Germany with Achim Koehler (Primal Fear, Edguy, Masterplan).
"Insurrection" cover art] songtitles set to appear on the album:
Three Mile Island
The Gospel Of Judas
Angels Of Glass
Legions Of The Rising Sun