Legendary hard rock icons Ratt announced today that Infestation will be the title of their next album, due out in March 2010 via Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records. Infestation is the band's first studio album since 1999. Infestation was produced by Elvis Baskette (Chevelle, Incubus, Limp Bizkit) and marks the very first time in their storied career that Ratt have recorded outside of Los Angeles! The band lived together at Elvis' Virginia studio while recording the album. In addition to core, longtime members Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini and Bobby Blotzer, the album also features new guitarist Carlos Cavazo, formerly of Quiet Riot, and Robbie Crane, who has been with the band for twelve years, will continue on bass.
Prosthetic Records is proud to announce the signing of Mantric to the label for a worldwide, multi-album deal. Formed in 2007 in Oslo, Norway from the ashes of metal pioneers Extol, Mantric takes the visionary songwriting approach of its founding members to new, epic heights.
Fusing a unique, distinctly Scandinavian take on rich, challenging metal and punk with a powerful progressive edge, Mantric recorded their upcoming debut in Norway, with studio guru Tue Madsen (Dark Tranquillity, The Haunted) handling mixing and mastering duties. Prosthetic Records quickly recognized that something rather special was developing and are now very happy to have Mantric as part of their diverse roster.
On October 30th, Norwegian black metallers Sworn will release the new album 'Bastards and Conquerors' via Twilight-Vertrieb GbR. One week until the release of 'Bastards and Conquerors', you can now listen to the title track and "Beyonder" at this location.
'Bastards and Conquerors' cover artwork] tracklist:
01. Prophecies From The Land Of Lost Voices
02. The Bastard, The Conqueror
03. Summoning The Sinister
06. Damnation Spawned
07. Carnal Monuments
08. The Archaic Wraith
Kataklysm have just revealed the cover artwork and bonus material tracklist for the upcoming tour edition re-release of their latest album "Prevail". The album re-release is due on January 8th 2010 via Nuclear Blast.
Maurizio Iacono commented: "We decided to give "Prevail" a little facelift with a new artwork, and we had a cool song we had recorded during the "Prevail" studio sessions called "Cross the line of Redemption" that never got on the album. We also added a version with vocals to our most popular instrumental song "The Last Effort". On the visual end we added some cool songs from some European open air festivals we did and added some videoclips. Just a little something for our fans to hold them over until the next album will come out. This will be a "Touring edition" since we will embark on a euro headliner tour and do some selected shows In Canada next year."
Nine Inch Nails and Rage Against The Machine have joined efforts with some other rock and pop artists (such as Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne and R.E.M.) to campaign against the use of their music in Guantanamo Bay to torture the detainees. The National Security Archive, an independent research institute that is based in Washington, have uncovered under the Freedom of Information Act about 20 classified documents that detail the use of loud music as "an interrogation device" to "create futility" in uncooperative detainees.
Terror suspects have been tortured with songs by Rage Against the Machine, Deicide ("Fuck Your God"), Metallica ("Enter Sandman"), Britney Spears, the theme tune to Sesame Street, Barney the Dinosaur's title song and a number of tracks by shock rocker Marilyn Manson. One detainee spent hours being forced to listen to Drowning Pool's "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor". Some inmates also complained of being subjected to the work of Eminem, Bruce Springsteen ("Born in the U.S.A.") and the Bee Gees in order to prevent them sleeping.
Swedish metallers Slumber have issued the following update:
"After a couple of turbulent months in the race to finish the new album we've encountered a few obstacles wich forced us to delay the recording. The drummer Ted had to leave the band becuase of private reasons, and we have two new drummers replacing him temporarily for the Resonance recording. Studio "Panic Room" in Skara is now booked four weeks starting 7th January.
We will announce a few changes in the line-up after the recording as some reorganizing is happening for 2010. Prospects of finding a label that suits our world for the coming three albums is looking very solid. This will also be announced shortly after the recording. We will report from the studio trenches once we're there. We're making a lifework effort here people. Bear with us a little longer, and your ears will be greatly rewarded. 2010 will be a Slumber year. We will make doom and gloom shine brighter than an elven arse!"
"Because our bandmate Rob has a lot of personal stuff going on in December he will not able to accompany us at our European tour with Sonata Arctica. However we already found a really good replacement for Rob. Bass-guitar player Roel Vink wil take care of Rob's job at this tour. They know each other from their mutual former band Sun Caged. However Rob will play the Dutch gigs of the tour. "
German metallers Grave Digger have issued the following update regarding the disbandment of guitarist Manni Schmidt from their ranks:
"We have to make an announcement that most of you probably never expected. A band like Grave Digger has to develop constantly. The problem is that this is only possible if the musicians have the same goal and the same attitude. And they have to feel good with what they are doing. If you have some permanent stress in the band, there is no more productive work possible and in the long run the music suffers from this situation. Unfortunately, there were so many disagreements recently building up between Manni and Chris that this would affect the productivity and creativity in a bad way. Because of all this, Manni decided to leave Grave Digger. This happened by mutual consent. We wish Manni all the best for the future and say thank you for many nice and eventful years.
ICS Vortex (ex-Dimmu Borgir) has issued the following update on his new MySpace page:
"First song is recorded for the I.C.S Vortex album and the rest will follow during this winter. Release early autumn 2010. Studio is booked for Lamented Souls in March and release date is set to late autumn 2010. And for those wondering about the revival of Arcturus, I was told by an alien that 2011 is a lucky number..."
Latvian dark death metal band Preternatural has posted their new video "Cryophobia" online. "Cryophobia" is the new single by Preternatural, that has concequently led to an idea of making the band's first official video. The concept of the video and the song itself is based on a theory of "a living planet", that considers humanity as the parasite and has no will to sustaine the symbiosis, putting an end to all mankind using cold as an extinction.
The video was shot in Riga during May-June, with the help of "Pratapalata movies" guided by two masters of vanguard images Janis Krivans and Armands Erglis.
More info about the band on http://www.myspace.com/preternaturalofficial.
Arch Enemy have released the first music video from their new album "The Root of All Evil". The brand new video for the track, "Beast of Man", can be viewed online. The video for "Beast of Man" was filmed by RGKP Videoproduktion, and was shot this past summer at Germany's Rock Harz Festival.
"Beast of Man" was also the first song to be revealed from the "The Root of All Evil", which releases in the US next week, on October 6th, through Century Media Records. "Beast of Man" as well as another track from "The Root of All Evil", "Bury Me An Angel", can be heard on the official Arch Enemy MySpace page. Arch Enemy has also teamed up with GuitarWorld.com to offer free download of the track "Pilgrim", here.
The Red Chord's brand new album "Fed Through The Teeth Machine", will be streaming in its entirety on MetalSucks.net. Swing by now through Monday to listen to the album that MetalSucks.net describes as "uncompromising and self-assured". The album will be available to purchase everywhere on Tuesday, October 27th.
"Fed Through The Teeth Machine" cover art] tracklist:
02. Hour Of Rats
03. Hymns And Crippled Anthems
04. Embarrassment Legacy
05. Tales Of Martyrs And Disappearing Acts
06. Floating Through The Vein
07. Ingest The Ash
08. One Robot To Another
09. Mouthful Of Precious Stones
10. The Ugliest Truth
11. Face Area Solution
12. Sleepless Nights In The Compound
Disarmonia Mundi have finally completed their new record entitled "The Isolation Game". The album has been recorded, produced, mixed and mastered at The Metal House Studio by Ettore Rigotti and contains 13 brand new tracks of wallshaking extreme metal also featuring guest appearances by Björn "Speed" Strid (Soilwork) on vocals and guitarist Olof Mörck (Nightrage) on solos on some tracks. The album will be released in December by Coroner Records.
The new single "Perdition Haze" from the new album "The Isolation Game" will be available in full streaming and digital download at the Disamonia Mundi MySpace, at Coroner Records MySpace and at Coroner Records offcial website the 31st of October at midnight.