Reactivated New Jersey metallers Whiplash have inked a worldwide deal with Pulverised Records. The band will enter the studio in early March to begin recording its sixth album, "Unborn Again", with guitarist/vocalist Tony Portaro handling the production duties. Co-producing the effort will be Harris Johns, who has previously worked with Coroner, Helloween, Kreator, Sepultura, Sodom and Voivod, among many others. The band will also document the full recording session and edit the footage into a free bonus DVD.
Commented Portaro: "We are thrilled to be working with Calvin and everyone at Pulverised Records. Their enthusiasm surrounding the "Unborn Again" project is unmatched by any of the labels that we have worked with in the past. It will also be my pleasure to work side by side with the Harris Johns and although the actual recording of "Unborn Again" will not begin until March of 2009, we are eagerly anticipating mixing and mastering with him at Spiderhouse in April."
Theatre Of Tragedy have updated their website with the following news:
"Another year has passed and not much has happened publically with the band. Rest assured we haven´t just been lazy (well a bit of that too :-). The year has mainly been spent writing and rehearsing the new material for the upcoming 7th Theatre Of Tragedy album. So far 12 songs are done and 10 of those will make it to the album.
As usual we are nowhere near a title for the album, not even a songtitle is ready, but it will come.
The drums have been recorded together with a really nice guy called Alexander Nyhus and now we are waiting for our producer to finish up his current project with some elderly pop legends. Recordings are planned for February and March so a release date should be either June or August depending on what AFM Records want to do.
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Glam rockers KISS have shot down rumors the band is retiring, by confirming they will be recording a new album.
Earlier this year it was reported the group was planning a reality TV show to audition replacement bandmembers, because founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons were getting too old to rock.
Frontman Stanley has now admitted that rumors about a new album are true, and they are currently back in the studio working on new tunes - and he's promising a treat for fans of the band's original 1970's sound.
Stanley tells Askmen.com, "It's going to be very much a vintage, classic, 70's KISS album without much regard to what's happened since then; it's back to the roots."
Peaceville Records announced today that, for the first time in nearly 15 years, two vile new Autopsy tracks were recorded in September 2008, bringing together Chris Reifert, Danny Coralles and Eric Cutler for another slice of death & decay.
These tracks make up a special, extremely limited (only 1,000) 7" vinyl release, titled "Horrific Obsession". This 7" will be available exclusively from the Peaceville website on 26th January 2009, with pre-orders being taken now in the Peaceville webstore.
In addition to this, a special 2 disc edition of Autopsy's iconic debut album "Severed Survival" will be released in February to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original release.
The Chasm will enter The Ensomberoom Studios in Fort Wayne, Indiana, early december, to start production for the still untitled 9th chapter, recording of drums and rhythm guitars will start this procedure, all the other elements of the album will be tracked at Lux Inframundis in Chicago, is expected that the recording process will be a long one, due to different factors, but all tracking will be finished by the end of january/early february, the mixing and mastering stages will take shape shortly after. Seven songs at a clocking time of aprox. 55 minutes will compose this new opus, the hymns take us once again to a long darkened path in this neverending crusade, expect the classic The Chasm style with the unavoidable twists and turns scattered all over the whole infra trip.
Norwegian metallers Pagan's Mind have posted the following tour recap about a week ago:
"We just returned from three weeks of tour craziness along with our friends from Sonata Arctica and Vanishing Point. Thanks to all those guys as well as their crews for a great time with ringing ears, lack of sleep, greasy aftershow food and stress - let's do it again soon!
Anyway, we aim for more exhaustion, and are currently hard at work putting together our first DVD. We filmed our hometown (well, almost) show in Oslo, which went beyond our expectations, and are currently editing this and taking care of the bonus material. We aim for an April release, so be prepared for a real pagan live assault."
Suicidal Angels have issued the following update on their MySpace:
"We regretfully announce that our bass player Sotiris decided to leave the band due to personal reasons. It was a tough decision and he struggled for months before making it, but in the end he just believed it to be the best choice.
Sotiris joined the band in 2006 and was the band's bass player for many important concerts and all European tours up to now. He also was part of the line-up for the band's debut album, "Eternal Domination", and can be seen performing on stage in Suicidal Angels' upcoming DVD, "Live Domination", and various videos uploaded on YouTube. Together with the rest of the band, he tried hard to promote Suicidal Angels' music and helped make the group a better live act.
US Heavy metallers Armored Saint have posted the following news bulletin on http://www.myspace.com/armoredsaint1:
"Due to the nature of vague speculation albeit created by your authors here, Armored Saint are officially announcing that they've begun writing new songs for a new record due in 2009.
The band line-up is as it was on 2000's "Revelation" and 1992's "Symbol Of Salvation". John Bush (vocals), Jeff Duncan (guitars), Phil Sandoval (guitars), Joey Vera (bass) and Gonzo Sandoval (drums).
The band has written close to 12 songs as of now and are ready to enter the recording studio in the next month or so. Some working titles include: "Loose Cannon", "Chilled", "La Raza" and "Black Feet".
Goat The Head have posted the following on MySpace:
"We've had some changes in our primal caveman personell. Goat the Head and bassist Snorre Hovdal has decided to part ways. There's not much drama in this, we've just evolved in somewhat different directions. Goat The Head are still very grateful for everything Snorre have done for the band and will naturally wish him all the best in his future endeavours!
New man responsible for the low end frequencies in the caveman collective is mister Trond Frønes. Trond has a broad musical background and some of you may know him from bands such as Cadillac and All Trouble. We're very excited to see what the future can bring with Trond in on the troglodyte team."
Relapse Records posted the following press release on November:
"Glasgow, Scotland's Man Must Die have entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to their Relapse debut, "The Human Condition". This brand new album, "No Tolerance For Imperfection", is being recorded at Grindstone Studios in the UK with producer Scott Atkins.
Man Must Die's Danny McNab commented on the new album: "With 11 songs, full to the brim with anger, heaviness and melodic hooks, MMD cannot wait to unleash this new slab of aural assault and hit the road to promote "NTF"I. We are really psyched about the new record, its like we are a new band with a new found passion for the extreme, we cannot wait to get on the road again and show what MMD are all about. We really think fans old and new will love "No Tolerance For Imperfection" - it's pure MMD but with some new twists and turns, and definitely a new level of intensity. Expect "No Tolerance For Imperfection" to be out around April 2009."
Cryonic Temple have posted their new video "Standing Tall" online, here. This is the first video from the band's latest album "Immortal", released in November via Metal Heaven Records. The clip is filmed and edited by Micke.
Cradle Of Filth have scheduled some new Australian tour dates. Tour will be at the end of May next year.
All confirmed dates:
22 May 2009 - Metro City, Perth
24 May 2009 - Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
26 May 2009 - The Palace, Melbourne
28 May 2009 - The Metro, Sydney
31 May 2009 - The Arena, Brisbane
Commented the band: "Australia has very fragmented and restrictive age policies in place. Each state government passes laws for such events and they are like stated, set in law. We have all ages shows in only Adelaide and Sydney. In these places you can be as young as 9 years old and still attend. Government laws in the other states do not allow us to have all ages shows in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane, these shows will be 18+. See you there!"
Vreid have posted a new song, called "Speak Goddamnitt", online at the band's official MySpace. The track comes off the group's fourth album, "Milorg", which is scheduled for release in Norway on January 5, 2009 via Indie Recordings (January 19 in the rest of Europe).
UPDATED (thanks to SlaytallicA):
An e-card featuring audio samples of all tracks from Vreid's new album new album "Milorg" can be found at this location.
Russian Pagan/Folk Metal band Arkona have issued the following message on their MySpace:
"Arkona started to record the fifth album, named "Goi, Rode, Goi!" which will include 12 tracks with common duration more than 70 minutes. Musically, the album continues the conception of previous two albums of the band, but something new will appear in arrangements - the band invited a string orchestra and a real chore. The list of invited musicians is already known: all live parties of ethnic instruments are performed, as before, by Vladimir Cherepovskiy - the specialist in old instruments and music. Accordion is played by Alexander "Olen'" Oleinikov of Kalevala band. The band plans to widen the list of instruments never being used before. Shaman drums are already ordered from a famous master Dmitriy Ravich + line of jaw harps and some other ethnic percussion.