"Fear Campaign", the new video from US metallers Fear Factory, has been made available online. The video was directed by the team of Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci for Boston-based, Emmy nominated Killswitch Productions. The clip was filmed in Los Angeles with additional photographic elements and all post production completed in Boston.
"Fear Campaign" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Mechanize, which will be released on February 5 in Europe via AFM Records and on February 9 in the US via Candlelight Records.
Australian metallers Mortal Sin have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Sorry I have not been on here in a while, it's been a busy couple of months since we got back from our South American tour, which was very satisfying but incredibly hard. Many thanks to all the metalheads who came to our shows, you made us feel very welcome and supported our music way more than we could have ever imagined. Thank you. To all the organisers, promoters and townfolk, we really appreciate all the work you put into making the tour a success for Mortal Sin. We certainly hope we can make our way back to your beautiful countries again sometime soon!
2010 arrived and Mortal Sin decided it was about fucking time we got our arses into gear and started writing some songs for a new album. We are notoriously slow writers, but many of you who may have heard the new song "Deny" that we have been road testing at our shows, will agree that we could be onto something special here. Like many thrash bands we feel strongly about our thrash roots and want to create an album of pure thrash. If we could combine Kreator's Hordes Of Chaos, Testament's Formation Of The Damnation and Overkill's newie Ironbound into a huge melting pot, that would be the kind of album we wanna make!
Swedish metallers Shining have issued the short following update on their MySpace blog:
"Just to let everyone know that Larsen has officially left Shining so that he can concentrate on his studies. He has been a great asset to the band during his time with us, and a good companion, and we wish him well for the future.
A new bass player has already been chosen, and we will be announcing more about this shortly."
Trollfest, the Oslo-based black metallers who describe their music as True Norwegian Balkan Black Metal, recently entered the Strand Studio in Oslo to record the band's fourth full-length album and have released an update on the proceedings via a video. In what has become something of a tradition with Trollfest, the whole recording process is once again being filmed by Manskow Productions and the first update contains interviews with various band members, as well as clips from the studio that give a taste of what can be expected from the new album. The band will be looking for a new label to release the album. The video can be seen on the band's MySpace page.
German metallers Grave Digger have issued the following update:
"An eventful year 2009 lies behind us. It started with the release of the Ballads Of A Hangman album together with the successful European tour. Then the split with Thilo Herrmann (guitar)... Another successful trip to Russia. The festival season in summer with the Rock Harz festival and the Wacken Rocks South. Our first shows in Mexico and then finally Manni Schmidt (guitar) leaving the band, that was a real big shock to us all.
We had already booked some concerts (before) the end of the year and we didn't want to cancel them. So we decided to play the shows with a substitute guitarist. An old friend stepped in: Axel Ritt (Domain. So we had the chance to finish the year in a peaceful way with these concerts. We are glad to announce Axel as the new guitar player of Grave Digger. His playing and his behaviour on and off stage totally convinced us that he is the right man for the job.
Van Canto have uploaded the video to their interpretation of Manowar's "Kings Of Metal". This is the bonus track of the re-released Hero
album. There is also a small sound snippet from our forthcoming album Tribe Of Force online here. The band's third album will be released on 24 February 2010.
UPDATE (thanks to BudDa)
Van Canto have uploaded another new video for a new song, entitled "Lost Forever". The clip, which was directed and produced by Angst-im-Wald, can be viewed at this location.
"Lost Forever" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Tribe Of Force, which will be released on February 24 via Napalm Records.
Slaughtering, a new 2DVD+CD from Dutch metallers Legion Of The Damned, will be released on April 23 via Massacre Records.
The set will feature two complete shows, shot at the Summer Breeze and Thrash Assault festivals. Also included will be loads of extras including more live footage and interviews. Complete details to follow.
A DVD trailer from Slaughtering can be viewed at this location.
"Wir Kapitulieren Niemals", a new song from Swedish metallers Unleashed, is available for streaming at this location.
"Wir Kapitulieren Niemals" comes off the band's forthcoming album, As Yggdrasil Trembles, which is scheduled for release on March 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
As Yggdrasil Trembles cover art] tracklist:
01. Courage Today, Victory Tomorrow!
02. So It Begins
03. As Yggdrasil Trembles
04. Wir Kapitulieren Niemals
05. This Time We Fight
06. Master Of The Ancient Art
07. Chief Einherjar
08. Return Fire
09. Far Beyond Hell
10. Dead To Me
11. Yahweh And The Chosen Ones
12. Cannibalistic Epidemic Continues
13. Evil Dead Death cover]
The 6th annual Metal Storm Awards are here, and they need your votes! To make your life easier we picked a selection of nominees for most categories, though in some (like The Biggest Surprise/Letdown) the decision is traditionally entirely up to you. Still, if your favorite album of the year is not included, please don't trash your monitor or send us hatemail - in each category you can add a write-in vote (on second thought, hatemail is our favorite form of entertainment, so it's OK too). And feel free to use this thread for discussion.
The voting will be wrapped on the 28th of February, with results posted the next day.
Italian metallers Hour Of Penance have set Paradogma as title of their forthcoming album which will be released on March 2 via Unique Leader Records.
The cover art is being completed by Gyula Havancsàk, artist who worked with band as Annihilator, Destruction and more.
Paradogma was recorded at 16th Cellar studios with producer Stefano Morabito and mastered at Hertz Studios in Poland. Tracklist and final details to be announced soon.
UPDATED, on 26.01.2010 (thanks to BudDa)
Hour Of Penance are poised to strike and devastate the ears of the loyal disciples of death metal once more with a merciless master class in brutality entitled Paradogma brought into inception at the legendary 16th Cellar Studios and mastered at the Hertz Studios in Poland.
Dutch metallers Heidevolk have issued the following update on their official website:
"The recordings for the new Heidevolk album are done! Dick Kemper is currently mixing and mastering the songs. Heidevolk: "We are very enthusiastic about the sound and songs and we can't wait to present them live to you". Awik Balaian (http://www.awikbalaian.net/) is finishing the album artwork.
The CD is titled Uit Oude Grond ("From Old Soil"). The album features eleven songs telling different stories of myth and legend from Gelderland and beyond. These stories from old soil are captured in raging metal songs aswell as folky tunes.