Ville Friman of the Finnish metal band Insomnium has issued the following update on the Candlelight Records website:
"We are currently rehearsing new material, which will become fourth Insomnium album at some point. At the moment, we have four songs ready and lots of semi-ready material in store just waiting to be trained and arranged properly. We have also booked Fantom studio (where 2006's 'Above the Weeping World' was made) for March 2009 and the new Insomnium album is scheduled for autumn 2009 release. We know that it is long wait but at the moment we do not have any choices if we want to guarantee the quality over quantity.
Reason for such long interval in releasing albums is mainly due to touring and difficulties in getting a proper rehearsing place."
"We are happy to announce that the recording of our first album is underway. We are now in the studio, recording 11 tracks. Some songs are quite long (up to 9 minutes!) and will probably be divided in several sections.
Here are the titles of the songs:
01. Daughter Of The Night
02. The Witness
03. The Train
04. On The Wings Of Time
05. Escaping The Ghosts Of Reality
07. The Power And The Glory
08. Everlasting Child
09. The Old Man In The Park
We are finished with Nico's parts and working on the bass guitar now with Tristan . We will record the guitars, the keyboard and the vocals in August. Then the choir and the orchestra parts in September/October. The album will be mixed and mastered in November/December. Our artist friends will normally work on the booklet artwork in September/October with new photos. We're very impatient to have everything ready!!!"
Psycroptic have officially announced the title of their follow-up to 2006's Symbols of Failure. Ob(Servant), the band's first album for Nuclear Blast Records and fourth overall, will be released sometime in late 2008. Ob(Servant) was mixed and mastered by former Machine Head and Soulfly guitarist Logan Mader and recorded once again by guitarist Joe Haley.
Drummer Dave Haley commented on their upcoming release: "'Ob(Servant)' is definitely our finest hour (well, finest 49 minutes and 49 seconds anyway). It's of course a cliché of every band to say that their newest album is their best and so on, but we are very proud of what we have done on this album. The writing process was a little different for this album, with Joe (guitarist) writing pretty much all the material. This gives the album a very cohesive and flowing feel, and this album is definately our most diverse material thus far. The artwork is also amazing, having been completed by Raymand Swanland (Deeds Of Flesh). Those not familiar with his work should check it out - you will be amazed!"
Solefald have posted the following update at their official MySpace:
"Solefald are planning the release of an eight-LP vinyl box including our entire discography and a book about the band's history. This object - if we do it - will probably be the most exclusive item in your collection - and maybe also the most expensive.The price would lie somewhere between 60 and 80 euros including freight, depending on the actual pressing cost - we will press 100 to maximum 300 signed and numbered copies. We need to know if anybody out there is interested? Raise your hands and say ah! Both Laz and me are dying for this project to see the light of day, but, unfortunately, we cannot do it all alone!"
Misery Index has posted a new track entitled "Occupation", from their upcoming album, "Traitors" cover], which is scheduled for a September 30th release in North America and October 6th internationally via Relapse Records. The track is streaming at this location.
01. We Never Come In Peace
03. Partisans Of Grief
05. Ghosts Of Catalonia
07. Ruling Class Cancelled
08. The Arbiter
09. American Idolatry
10. Thrown Into The Sun
11. Black Sites
French metallers Gojira have revealed the cover and the tracklisting for their new album, entitled "The Way Of All Flesh", which is scheduled for release on October 13th in Europe via Listenable Records and on October 14th in the US through Prosthetic Records.
The cover features artwork created by vocalist Joe Duplantier. Joe also drew the artwork for Gojira's previous album "From Mars To Sirius". The new album was tracked in Los Angeles with producer Logan Mader (Cavalera Conspiracy, Soulfly) and at the band's home studio in Bayonne in the south west of France.
As Joseph Duplantier told Total Guitar magazine, the album deals with their vision about life and death.
Finnish metallers Battlelore are streaming on their MySpace a preview of their new album, entitled "The Last Alliance". Also you can download this album sampler at this location.
"The Last Alliance" was recorded at Sound Supreme Studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland, with the ingenious producer Janne Saksa, and mixed and mastered by the legendary Dan Swanö at Unisound Studios, Sweden.
The release dates for the album are:
September 24th 2008 Finland.
September 26th 2008 Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Benelux, Italy, France.
September 29th 2008 the rest of Europe.
October 7th 2008 USA/Canada.
German metallers Lanfear have issued the following update:
"We uploaded the brandnew track "Enter Dystopia" to our MySpace page. Just have a listen, buy the new album on August, 22nd and don't forget to show up at our release party the day after. We'd be pleased."
"Enter Dystopia" comes off "X To The Power Of Ten" which is scheduled for release on August 22th via Locomotive Records.
The band adds: "We'd like to invite you to our release party which will take place in the Stereo Total, Heilbronn, on August 23rd. We'll play a gig incl. some new and some older stuff and maybe also with some suprises. After the show you'll be able to listen to the complete new album "X To The Power Of Ten" and of course you can also buy it and most important: have some drinks with us! Our friends in The Past Alive are going to support us and will surely rock your socks off. We look forward to celebrate our fifth baby together with you all, doors are open at 9 pm!"
"After finishing their highly successful European tour with Suffocation and label mates Warbringer (a tour report/interview with Mitch Harris can now be watched here), British grindcore legend Napalm Death now has entered the studio to record the highly anticipated follow-up to 2006's "Smear Campaign".
Vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway provides more info:
"As always, when trying to decide when we should enter the studio, we threw a dart at a dartboard and, sadly, for all our sanities sakes, it landed on a date which was sooner rather than later. It's all working out good with about 10-12 songs complete thus far. It will be intense, naturally, and like always we'll be looking to move things along a notch production-wise and stylistically. Conceptually, it will, generally speaking, be a tale of analyzing life and stripping it back to the point where I'm asking the question: why are we killing ourselves to get ahead and not appreciating the real simplistic, beautiful things around us. If that sounds hippy-ish, I don't care ha ha. Cheers all!"
"As the almighty progressive death metallers from Cynic are just out of the studio, we can now announce the title of their long-awaited, sophomore album. This 35 minute, 8 song baby is entitled "Traced In Air" and will be released on next October 27th.
To help you wait until then, you can watch a trailer here."
Danish Death Metallers Urkraft have posted the following update:
"As promised... and exiting in some way! Urkraft have released a 4.5 minute hard-hitting medley of songs from the new album A Scornful Death.
It's been a while since Urkraft has been motivated to come out with some usable new material, but today you will be able to get an idea of the songs, the riffs, the sound and the energy in the result of the work from the last 6 months.
The album is produced, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen from Antfarm Studios from material recorded at various locations over the last 4 months. Including our own rehearsal, where most guitar, bass and vocal tracks have been worked with. Drums are recorded and produced by Tue Madsen at the studio of Anders Lundemark (Konkhra) in Copenhagen."
German metallers Holy Moses are streaming on their MySpace a preview of their new album, entitled "Agony Of Death".
"Agony Of Death" will be released on September 26th in Germany (September 29th in Europe and October 7th in the US) via Wacken Records/SPV. The album was recorded at the Blue Castle Studio near Hamburg with producer/guitar player Michael Hankel.
German metallers Disillusion have issued the following update:
"Hello everyone. After all this time of silence, what better news could there be than the fact that long-time Disillusion drummer Jens Maluschka has rejoined the band after a one-year absence?! I cannot tell you how glad we are about that!"
The band adds: "Matthias Becker joins Disillusion on the bass. I met him at recording sessions for his other band Safi MySpace]. Not only did we get along very well, but also his playing style is quite amazing. So, despite him dramatically lowering the average age of the band, I am pretty sure he will contribute a lot to the sound of the band!"
Cradle Of Filth has set "Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder" as the title of its new album. The album is expected to be released in October via Roadrunner Records. The new labum is a 72-minute concept record about a legendary serial killer from the 15th Century, Gilles De Rais, a French nobleman who fought alongside Joan of Arc and accumulated great wealth before becoming a satanist, sexual deviant and a murderer.
"Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder" track listing:
01. In Grandeur And Frankincense Devilment Stirs
02. Shat Out Of Hell
03. The Death Of Love
04. The 13th Caesar
06. Tragic Kingdom
07. Sweetest Maleficia
08. Honey And Sulphur
09. Midnight Shadows Crawl To Darken Counsel With Life
A new Omnium Gatherum track, called "Nail" is available for streaming through the band's official MySpace page. An E-card for "The Redshift" album is available at this location, which has the tracks "Shadowkey" and "The Redshifter". The album is scheduled to be released on 22 September in Europe and 14 October in the U.S. via Candlelight Records.
Album tracklisting cover]:
02. A Shadowkey
03. Chameleon Skin
04. No Breaking Point
05. The Return
06. Shapes And Shades
07. The Redshifter
09. The Second Flame
10. Song For December
11. Distant Light Highway