Transcend Management are very pleased to announce the signing of a worldwide management deal with Imperial Vengeance, a British extreme metal act formed in 2007 by C. Edward Alexander (aka Charles Hedger (Cradle Of Filth)) and David Bryan.
The band have an interesting and intriguing angle to their creative persona as they attempt to explore ideas and material firmly rooted in the glory days of the British Empire presenting a wide range of subjects influenced by its' colorful social and military histories, theatre, literature and mythologies.
Having self-released their 4-track EP called Death: August & Royal in early 2008 the band were quickly snapped up by legendary UK label Candlelight Records. The duo then spent the rest of the year writing and recording their debut album At The Going Down Of The Sun. Fuelled by absinthe and cigar smoke, the album contains ten tracks of what the duo have referred to as "Aristocratic Dark Metal" with the title track featuring a specially recorded passage from Harry Patch, who at the age of 110 was the last surviving Tommy to have seen combat in the trenches of the Pashcendale. Mixed and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima and released 25th July 2009, the CD has been attracting considerable attention and excellent reviews.
After years of gestation, the mighty Finnish death thrashers Phlegethon will see all their recorded material from 1989 to 2008 remastered and officially re-issued in a killer double-CD including liner notes, exclusive interview & photos, under the title of Drifting In The Crypt. This cult release will come out during the second half of January 2010 through Xtreem Music and will be accompanied by the first time ever Phlegethon t-shirts ever printed.
Phlegethon is one of the cult Finnish bands that contributed to the old Finnish death metal scene alongside bands like Demigod, Funebre, Amorphis, Demilich, Sentenced, Xysma, Disgrace, Mordicus, Purtenance, Convulse and others.
Vocalist Johan Lindstrand of Swedish Death metallers One Man Army And The Undead Quartet has issued the folowing update:
"2010 will mark the beginning of a new era for us. With a brand new line up we will record a brand new album. The 3rd of January we kinda woke up after a couple of months of silence and rest. It has been great to just relax all this time and not thinking of anything else but to recharge the batteries. But at one point you need to get back on track.
We actually went to the rehearsal room and picked up 2 brand new songs written by guitarist Jonas Blom. They sound pretty different to what we have done before and they feel great. Time will tell how they will sound with vocals but I have a lot of cool stuff in mind. We already have like 3-4 songs to work with at the moment so we will definitely be ready to record in a couple of months. I hope you will join us on another ride."
Norwegian black'n'rollers Vreid have announced the departure of guitarist Ese and his replacement by Stian "Strom" Bakketeig, who also performs in Cor Scorpii and Mistur and was - alongside with the three remaining members of Vreid - a part of Windir until the death of frontman Terje "Valfar" Bakken in 2004. The statement of the band reads as follows:
"In late December we got the news from Ese that he could not continue to play with Vreid. This was of course very sad news, as Ese has been a member of Vreid since the beginning in 2004. We respect his decision, and want to thank him for all his great work during the 5 years, 4 album and almost 200 shows for the Vreid brigade.
Tunisian Prograssive metal band Myrath are streaming their first track, entitled "Forever And A Day" from their new album Desert Call on MySpace.
The audio track will be the XIII Bis Records version of "Forever And A Day", which means that verse is sung in Arabic. The video trailer will be the Nightmare Records version of the same track, with vocals all in English.
On Wednesday January 6th 2010 anther track "Madness" will be added
Master have announced the following tour dates for Brazil and Europe. The band recently completed recording their upcoming latest full-length offering entitled The Human Machine. A release date is still unknown.
Brazil tour dates
Jan 14 2010 - São José dos Campos, SP
Jan 15 2010 - Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Jan 16 2010 - Vilha Velha, ES
Jan 17 2010 - Salvador, BA
Jan 22 2010 - Aracaju, SE
Jan 23 2010 - Maceio, AL
Jan 24 2010 - Recife, PE
Jan 28 2010 - Natal, RN
Jan 29 2010 - João Pessoa, PB
Jan 30 2010 - Campina Grande, PB
Jan 31 2010 - Fortaleza, CE
Feb 04 2010 - Picos, PI
Feb 05 2010 - Teresina, PI
Feb 06 2010 - Imperatriz, MA
Feb 07 2010 - Belem, PA
Feb 12 2010 - Palmas, TO
Italian gothic metallers Macbeth spent last months writing and rehearsing the new material for their upcoming fifth album.
The band stated: "Actually we're working on new material and we're pleased to inform you that ten brand-new songs are about to be finished! Things are shaping up really well and we're pretty excited about the new material. We are planning to enter the studio as soon as possible this year. We'll keep you updated..."
In other news, the group's female vocalist Morena is also hosting together with Masha (Exilia) a new radio show named LadyKillers. The show will air from 2:00/5:00 p.m. (CET) each week on Linea Rock (on Radio Lombardia). More info (in Italian) here.
Mercenary have been joined by Danish drummer Morten Løwe Sørensen (Submission, The Arcane Order), who made the following comment:
"I'm happy to announce that I have now joined Mercenary. After having shared the stage with Mercenary alongside my band Submission, I became really impressed by their shows and musicianship, so I'm really looking forward to deliver some kick-ass shows as their drummer. I'm also very excited about being involved in the writing for the next album. It will show a new Mercenary, and I mean that in a very positive way. In my opinion the new material will definitely be the strongest to this date!"
Guitarist Jakob Mølbjerg adds: "We're very happy to have Morten join the ranks. Not only is he a true master behind the drums, he's also a very easygoing person with a great musical drive and understanding. With Morten in the band, there's a whole new sense of renewed and shared energy, creativity and ambition. We've had several rehearsal sessions in the last couple of weeks, and the metal just flows. The old songs already sound like Morten have played them for years, and the new material is crushing and intense.
It is our very pleasant duty to disclose information which has been conceived a few weeks ago. The new "dark" horse on Naga productions' roster are Slovak Hromovlad.
The band is well-known by natural and very successful concerts and its potential is still growing. Fans also very familiar with the previous two records, and very quickly Hromovlad's folk / black metal popular.
We believe that together we produce the best Hromovlad's album and look forward to what the year ahead in this respect will.
Mourning Beloveth have posted the following year recap, announcing the departure of original guitarist Brian Delaney and future plans:
"As 2009 withers and dies on its arse, we take this opportunity to dwell on what has been a busy and rather eventful year in the world of Mourning Beloveth.
On the live front, April 09 saw us finally back on the road in Europe, the "Milestones of Misery" tour saw us fulfill our commitment to reschedule the 11th Hour postponement of 08's "Age of Disease" tour dates. Along with our partners of alcohol induced Doom, Mournful Congregation and Longing For Dawn, this jaunt proved a great success, both in new and more familiar cities, and was the first major project since agreeing a booking deal with Lugga Music.
According to a band update, Mathias Röderer is no more playing for Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity for family reasons. Matze has been a part of Atrocity from the beginning (1985) and did music with the band for more than 20 years. Both bands wish him the best for his future!
Sander van der Meer from Dutch death metallers Cypher will take up the place on second guitar for Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity.
Dutch metallers The Gathering have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
We want to thank all you nice people that has supported and followed us through 2009; a very exciting year for us here in The Gathering.
We are truly grateful and it means a lot to us that we had such a nice response on The West Pole and the new line up of The Gathering! We are very much looking forward to another eventful year with touring lots of countries and meeting many of you friends and fans playing and sharing our common interest: music.
When all the snow came down here before Christmas we used the opportunity to enjoy it making a brand new little video for "No Bird Call". You can see it here."
German Thrash metallers Paradox have issued the following update:
"We are sorry to inform you, that we had to split with Kai Pasemann (guitar) and Roland Jahoda (drums). We had no choice, because we found out we have a different view on how to reach our goals. We thank Kai & Roland for the years they stayed with us and wish them all the best in their future!
Skilled lead guitarists and drummers, who want to work with us professionally on a long term contact us at paradoxbangers aol com.
In February 2011 we plan to release our new album for the 25th anniversary of the band. Paradox is still alive!"
Einherjer have issued the following update on their official MySpace:
"2009 has been a good year for Einherjer. We did some great festivals with Wacken Open Air as the definitive highlight. We got great response and we had a great time. We also spent most of 2009 to write new material and now it's time to bring to the production to the next phase.
Einherjer will enter Studio Borealis in January to start recording the new, yet untitled, album. This will be our first album in 7 years. The last Einherjer album was Blot, released by Tabu Recordings in 2003."