Brazillian Heavy metal group Hazy Hamlet, active since 1999, has finally released its debut - titled "Forging Metal". The album is totally independent, was recorded and produced by the band and mixed/mastered by singer Arthur Migotto. Its sound embraces the traditional heavy metal, turned to the 80s, and the band worked hard to achieve a vintage sonority with valve amps timbres, punchy bass drums, and a lot of effects, rather than the dry sound of contemporary productions. The magnificent cover artwork is signed by professional illustrator Celso Mathias, and presents an acrylic painting of Nordic god Odin forging a sword, accompanied by his ravens Hugin and Munin.
"Finally. We have a date set for our much delayed studio session... On July 10 (yezz, the day after we play the Rockweekend Festival in Kilafors, Sweden) we will enter Abyss Studio together with Peter Tagtgren to begin the recording of our new, yet untitled, full-length album.
At this point of time we have demoed 7 new and totally amazing (of course) songs and we got an 8th almost done. Besides that, we have quite a lot of additional material written that we hopefully will be able to turn into a killer track or two before our studio time runs out.
As I previous mentioned, the new album will definitely be our most varied album thus far, perhaps a little bit toned down compared to its precursor, but still carry on with the same spirit and strength as always.
"Pleištas", the first album of Lithuanian-based black metal band Argharus, will come out on June 6th this year. The album will be released in 6 panel DIGI format under Inferna Profundus Records flag.
After quite enough time since Luctus and Argharus split release, the band has taken a rather different direction, and to its listeners introduces a musical creation of a new concept. The music as well as the idea has significantly changed, what can surprise the constant fans of the band or become a new discovery. The former creation, compared to the latter work, seems like a youthful play, folded by hardly perceived ideas. "Pleištas" is a new path of the band and a reached musical conception, which was not built, but born naturally, in the process of intense work of searching and creating in studio. Destruction or escape from the preceding has not been a purposeful aim. All turned out naturally, as a result of a process, probably familiar to majority of bands.
Finnish four-piece Altaria, known for its traditional but yet catchy heavy metal, has inked a new record deal with Escape Music. The new album "Unholy" will be released this summer.
Altaria's fourth longplayer "Unholy" introduces the fourth lead vocalist during their nine-year long career. Charismatic and multi-talented vocalist Marco Luponero has vaulted the band's stage presence up to a completely new level and participated in composing some of the hardest rocking Altaria material ever. Says drummer, band founder Tony S.: "For the first time ever the new songs have been written together as a band. All of us have contributed to the songwriting."
Death Angel have released the following statement in regards to the departure of longtime drummer Andy Galeon:
"As some of you may have already heard, Death Angel's long time drummer and original member Andrew Galeon has decided that it is time for him to move on from the band. While we are sad to see him go, we wish him nothing but success. Not only has he been an integral part of Death Angel from day one, but he's also family and a friend and we will miss him. All the best to you, Brother.
As for the future of Death Angel, THE SHOW GOES ON! Old friend and long time fixture of the Bay Area metal scene, Will Carroll (Scarecrow, Old Grandad, Vicious Rumors, etc.), will be handling the drum duties for the upcoming local shows in June and the Summer Madness Tour in Europe with Kataklysm and Keep Of Kalessin. Will's been jamming with us for over a month now and is tearing it up! We look forward to hitting the stage with him very soon. We'll be performing songs from "Frolic Through The Park" and "Act III" that we haven't played live since back in the day so prepare for a dose of some serious old school thrash!"
"Faith followers and die hard believers, ex fans and passive likers. The time has come to unveil some secrets about the new material. After massive waves of misery from all fans around the world praying in years for exposing a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g. about the new magic we have decided that we are now ready to do that.
Here are 3 clips from 3 different songs that will appear on the new album. Its midi drums here only and the whole thing is taken directly from a raw working/recording document, which means neither mix nor any kind of sound improvement has been applied on the clips, which is the very point of leaving the final effect for the real album. Also, its MP3 format of course.
"We've been very busy lately writing and completing the material for our 8th studio album and we're proud to announce that Katatonia will enter the studio this summer, starting in a studio in the south of Sweden with drums courtesy of Daniel on June the 10th. We'll then continue on the remainder of the sessions in a studio here in Stockholm further through july and wrap it up in august.
We'll keep the info short for now as we'll launch a studio diary to give you all the in-depth information and details on the album making incl album/song-titles, audio teasers, album artwork and also our tour plans along the recording process. We can already confirm that initially 13 tracks will be recorded and a seIection of 11-12 songs will make it onto the album. We got a few big surprises to reveal and we're confident this material is our most varied, diverse and possibly strongest shit all together on one and the same album. The release date is set for late October on Peaceville."
Hellfest will be upon you soon and we started building the structures under the enjoyment of nice, shiny and hot weather, let's hope that it will still be good when the festivalgoers will arrive in Clisson.
In 15 days, the festival will start and until today 14 000 tickets have been sold. 75% of the tickets are already booked and the festival will probably be sold-out! Great news!
We know that a lot of you have kept some money aside for a couple of months to be able to come to the fest but it's time to react, so act fast now!
As always Hellfest will be a real people melting-pot, because 35% of the audience will come from outside of France. More than 50 different nationalities will be at Clisson, from Argentine to Bosnia, Korea or Saudi Arabia! But our friends from Great Britain who will be the most this year since they have already bought more than 2000 3-Day tickets!
The new video for "Hades Rising" has been released. The song is taken from Bloodbath's album, "The Fathomless Mastery", out now on Peaceville Records. The clip was directed by Village Road Film.
The band previously posted the following update on their official website: "Together with director Owe Lingwall and Village Road Film we just shot the first official promo video in the band's history for "Hades Rising" taken off "The Fathomless Mastery". The footage of the band's performance was shot on location in Vallentuna outside Stockholm and can be summoned up as some serious headbanging with lots of blood, real messy and death metal dandy!"
Shakra have posted a brand new video, for the song "Ashes To Ashes" online. The song for this video comes from the band's latest released new album, "Everest". It was released on April 17 via AFM Records.
"There's been a little chatter here and there about us filming a few shows this summer for potential release on DVD and among the countless internet rumors, these ones are actually true! We thought it would be cool to document a few shows that are unique and sure to be extra memorable for us, and hopefully for you too... first up are the three sold out shows in Mexico City, Mexico at Foro Sol on June 4, 6, 7 and later this summer, we also plan to have the cameras rolling at the sold out show in Nimes, France at Arenes de Nimes, the historic Roman amphitheatre where we'll be on July 7. For any Metallica friends going to these shows, bring your war faces and don't be scared of the cameras!"
Suidakra have issued the following update on their MySpace:
"Suidara is going to China! It will be a mini tour in June with three shows in Shenyang, Beijing and Shanghai, which will no doubt prove quite an experience for Chinese fans and the band alike! The trip will hopefully be filmed and documented in a tour diary like that of the US tour.
Suidakra are also pleased to welcome new guitar player Sebastian Hintz as a full band member. He's a hell of a nice guy and knows to rip his guitar and vocal cords on stage, plus he's already contributed some backing vocals on the latest record "Crógacht". Click here to find more info about the band members.
Suidakra will be featured on the forthcoming Running Wild sampler "ReUnation - A Tribute To Running Wild" (more info here and here). The track "Marooned" will be put through the Suidakra meat grinder and it will rip your wooden legs off, aye!"
Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce the signing of Finnish Goth 'n' Roll legends The 69 Eyes! The "Eyes" have reached the top of an entire genre by now and can surely be seen as the inventors of vampire inspired music also as they made it so successfully popular throughout the 1990ies up till now.
Commented vocalist Jyrki 69: "The situation for The 69 Eyes was great because so many labels showed interest in working with us. We were very happy how Nuclear Blast worked our "Goth'N'Roll" box set and it is overwhelming to start this next chapter for The 69 Eyes by releasing our new studio album through Nuclear Blast! They're the mightiest metal label there is and we're proud to deliver them such a powerful album. Together we definitely will Rock The Metal!!!"