Petter Karlsson wasn't only taking care of the drums in Therion for over four years. He was also a singer, guitarist, head composer, co-producer and recording engineer on Therion's 13th album "Gothic Kabbalah", by many considered to be the best Therion album.
Over 200 shows later, it was time to create something of his own. He quit Therion and in the year 2008, he started a new exciting project and began composing maybe his best songs ever...
In Petter's own words: "the last year I've received hundreds of mails from fans begging me to come up with something new", and he continues, "this is the first time
ever, I've been able to put 110% effort, commitment, blood and tears into my music without any compromises."
Nuclear Blast proudly announces the signing of Unleashed! The legendary Swedish Viking Death Metal has several classic albums like "Across The Open Sea" already to their credit and is the perfect example for mixing melody and aggression: their riffs are pure shrapnel, but their choruses are epic, melting uncompromising brutality with anthemic odes to the Odin.
A statement from the band: "Unleashed marks their 20th Anniversary by proudly announcing their signing to Nuclear Blast records. Johnny and the Boys eagerly anticipate their partnership in this new era of Viking Death Metal."
Their Nuclear Blast album debut is set for a 2010 release.
Baroness has unveiled the track listing from their forthcoming album. The complete listing for the 12 song effort is as follows:
01. Bullhead's Psalm
02. The Sweetest Curse
03. Jake Leg
04. Steel That Sleeps the Eye
05. Swollen and Halo
06. Ogeechee Hymnal
07 .A Horse Called Golgotha
08. O'er Hell And Hide
09. War, Wisdom and Rhyme
10. Blackpowder Orchard
11. The Gnashing
12. Bullhead's Lament
Their second full-length and follow-up to 2007's Red Album was recorded in Dallas, TX with producer / engineer John Congleton (Exolsions In The Sky, The Polyphonic Spree, Black Mountain) and will see an October 2009 international release date. Two exclusive in-studio entries chronicling the band's first two weeks in the studio can be accessed here and here.
Sevared Records is incredibly proud to announce the signing of California's brutal death metal band Sepsism. After 6 years of silence comes the brand new 2009 full-length CD, entitled "Distorting The Mortal Visage". "Distorting The Mortal Visage" is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2003's "To Prevail In Disgust", easily their most brutal and sick work to date. Don't miss out on this instant brutal death metal classic.
The cover artwork for "Distorting The Mortal Visage" has been done by Tony Koehl. The album will be out in August 2009.
Scotland's Man Must Die have posted a third preview track, "Gainsayer", from their forthcoming album "No Tolerance For Imperfection" online. "Gainsayer" can be heard online now via the band's MySpace page, along with "This Day Is Black" and "Kill It, Skin It, Wear It". The follow-up to their Relapse debut "The Human Condition", "No Tolerance For Imperfection" is set for an August 4th North American release date (August 10th internationally). A picture of the cover artwork can be found here.
Man Must Die have recently added a second guitar player to ranks; Renne Hauffe from German grinders Japanische Kampfhörspiele. The two bands have recently completed a European tour together, along with Macabre, where Hauffe began learning the new material.
US metallers Whiplash have posted online a new song, "Feeding Frenzy", on their MySpace page.
"Feeding Frenzy" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Unborn Again", which is scheduled for release on July 15 via Pulverised Records. The album was recorded at Mozart Studio with world-renowned engineer/producer Harris Johns (Sodom, Kreator, Helloween, Sepultura). The band mixed and mastered the CD at Spiderhouse Studio. The cover artwork was done by Ed Repka.
"Unborn Again" cover art] tracklist:
01. Swallow The Slaughter
04. Float Face Down
05. Fight Or Flight
06. Pitbulls In The Playground
Samples from Cave In latest EP, "Planets Of Old" are made available for streaming over at this location. The EP has been released since 19th July. The EP was produced by Paul Kolderie who has previously produced albums for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Radiohead and Portugal. The Man.
"Planets Of Old" cover art] tracklist:
01. Cayman's Tongue
02. Retina Sees Rewind
03. The Red Trail
04. Air Escapes
Pestilence have uploaded some new tracks of the "Resurrection Macabre" album. The album has been out a while in Europe but is still pretty fresh for the US. At http://www.myspace.com/pestilenceofficial you can find "Fiend", "Dehydrated II" and "Neuro Dissonance" streaming online.
Katatonia, the Swedish masters of melancholy, are set to return with their follow-up to 2006's groundbreaking album, "The Great Cold Distance". It can now be revealed that the latest opus is to be titled "Night Is the New Day", with the band currently well along the road to completion of their eighth studio album.
"Night Is the New Day" will be released on October 19th (US - October 27th) on Peaceville Records.
Keep a look-out for the upcoming launch of http://www.nightisthenewday.com for exclusives & announcements on the final cover artwork, final tracklisting and the release of the new single.
Brazilian prog power metal band (featuring Angra's members Edu Falaschi and Felipe Andreoli) is currently preparing new material for its third studio album, at the same time promoting its predecessor "Fragile Equality".
Almah's singer Edu Falaschi gave official comments about the present stage of work:
"It's a great pleasure to inform you that very soon we will have a new Almah album in our hands, completely composed. The chemistry of the current line-up is so good and the results we have got with "Fragile Equality" have been so fantastic, that we can't stop working at our new songs. All of them sound with a lot of energy, with modern and heavy passages. Certainly, this third CD is a mix of everything that Almah has done on its first two albums, for sure, besides new approaches, sounds and ideas. Very soon we will launch some videos and photos of our work at pre-production of the album and most probably - some parts of new songs! The studio recording is pre-scheduled for the middle of September and the release of the album is to be in the first half of 2010."
Deathstars have announced a small Australian tour in September. Sweden's death-glammers, Deathstars, and their infamous, wild, provocative and dark live sets will be in Australia for the first time in September. Tickets are on sale 9am Thursday 23rd July. First 1,500 tickets purchased come with 3 free Deathstars downloads. For your free Deathstars download of "White Wedding" click here.
24/09 - Manning Bar, Sydney
25/09 - Club 299, Brisbane
26/09 - The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
27/09 - Capitol, Perth
Guitarist/songwriter Brandon S. Patton checked in from Los Angeles about Echoes Of Eternity's sophomore album:
"Working with Logan Mader on "As Shadows Burn" was amazing. We had a lot of respect for him from the start, given his experience as a professional guitarist with Machine Head in the '90s and the great work he's done as a mixer and producer in recent years, the most recent Gojira album being a prime example.
The difference between our debut album and this second album is night and day! On the first album, the mix was really uneven and the vocals had WAY too much effects on them. On "As Shadows Burn", we captured a much more natural feel as a band. It doesn't sound so fucking processed and stiff. The guitars and drumming are way more aggressive and the band is smokin', with the whole album being slam-packed with killer riffs. The production and mix is a million times better. And Francine delivers an AMAZING vocal performance that is going to make people wake the fuck up. Even if you've made up your mind that you hate female-fronted metal, you are probably going to dig this record because first and foremost, its a KILLER metal record.
The following update was issued on the Century Media Records' website:
"Montreal's masters of brutality Despised Icon are about to return with their new album "Day Of Mourning" in September. Now, the devastating new track, "MVP", is available on the band's MySpace page, so head over now to check it out.
Furthermore, the band will hit European stages on the highly anticipated "Never Say Die! Club Tour" with labelmates Architects and I Wrestled A Bear Once as well as Horse The Band, As Blood Runs Black, Oceano and The Ghost Inside, see below for the exact dates!
The new Despised Icon album was recorded with Yannick St-Amand, mixed by Andreas Magnusson (Haste The Day, Born Of Osiris) and mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Nile). "Day Of Mourning" will be released on September 21st in Europe and September 22nd in the US!"