Belgian death metallers Aborted are still working on a new full-length album, the follow-up to 2008's Strychnine.213. The band has released the following statement regarding the progress on that yet to be titled new album, which will be released later this year:
"2011 is going to be an important year for the band, we have a lot of things cooking and cannot wait to share them with all of you medical deviants out there!
Good news is that we are starting pre-productions for our upcoming record on January 4th. This means we will demo all the songs for the record, make sure everything sounds good and make the necessary adjustments to make sure they are all more lethal than a chainsaw in Mr. Leatherface's hands. We're all very excited about the material thus far and can't wait to get this over with and proceed to the actual recordings later this year. Expect a fall 2011 release through our culprates in mayhem Century Media.
Independent musicians, graphic artists, and a computer graphics demogroup have collaborated on a grand scale multimedia tribute to drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, ex-Dream Theater, ex-Avenged Sevenfold, ex-Liquid Tension Experiment), in celebration of over a quarter of a century of highly influential musicianship.
Mike Portnoy's early investment into the internet, as well as his relationship with the global fan base, created a fad-transcending musical community that continues to grow past the post quarter century mark. Mike Portnoy has always possessed a strong commitment to bringing a diverse lineup of "under the radar" support bands on the road. These tours introduced hundreds of thousands to some truly genre-defining music, and inspired a new generation with music that would have otherwise remained outside the public view.
Swedish progressive metal band Cloudscape have issued the following update on the band's forthcoming album, New Era:
"Cloudscape is very excited about 2011 considering they'll release their fourth album to be entitled New Era. All songs are now written and the band is making plans with their management. Cloudscape will most likely enter the studio during the first months of 2011. Cloudscape have as you may know went through a few member changes (new drummer, new bassist, new guitarist, ed.) and it's been 2.5 years since the release of Global Drama so, the band is happy to say that all wounds are healed and the band is back in the saddle more inspired than ever."
In other news, vocalist Mike Andersson's other band, Full Force, have uploaded a new song to be included on their debut album to be released also in 2011. The track "None Of Your Concern" can be heard here.
The Swedish/Finnish and now also Brazilian melodic metal band Divinefire are back and will release their 5th studio album called Eye Of The Storm in late March 2011 in Japan and in April for the rest of the world.
The big news is the new line-up of Divinefire. The band is now fronted by two vocalists Christian Liljegren (Golden Resurrection) and German Pascual (Mind's Eye) and both vocalists have fronted the loved melodic neoclassical metal band Narnia who did their last concert at Christmas Rocknacht December 3, 2010.
Together with guitarist and composer Jani Stefanovic, Divinefire are complete and will deliver an exploding metal album called Eye Of The Storm. Sound clips from the new album will soon be available at MySpace. A short teaser video is already available below.
French atmospheric doom metal trio Ixion have signed with Avantgarde Music for the release of their upcoming album To the Void, tentatively planned for release at the end of february 2011.
To the Void will feature 10 new tracks for a total lenght of 56 minutes. The opening track of the album, called "Beyond The Skies", as well as an album medley are uploaded on the band's MySpace profile.
The band stated: "We are very happy about this partnership and to be part of the new era of this well-known label."
Avantgarde Music released the following statement: "Ixion from France was the first band we add to, what we like to call, our "new era" roster. And "why signing Ixion...?" (YES, there will always be a reason now and on to sign a band and not just "things that happen"...), well basically because we liked a lot their overall atmosphere, the whole mood, the sound design in its integrity and not only for the detail (something you can't catch from the one song preview we have posted here).
Midas Fate, the progressive metal band led by guitarist Vitor Campos and featuring ex-Masterplan/ex-Riot vocalist Mike DiMeo, has uploaded two new tracks off their upcoming single What Dreams May Come. Check out "Liars In The Name Of Faith" and "History Repeats Itself" on the band's MySpace page.
January 25th, 2011 will see the worldwide release of the new Midas Fate single, What Dreams May Come. The release was mixed by Paulo Brancaccio at Diesel Studio and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studio.
What Dreams May Come cover art] tracklist:
01. What Dreams May Come
02. Liars In The Name Of Faith
03. History Repeats Itself (exclusive single track)
Back in November, the news came out that drummer Jörg Michael (ex-Rage, ex-Running Wild, ex-Saxon, ex-Mekong Delta) was diagnosed with cancer. The current Stratovarius drummer now checked in with the following message:
"Dear All, this is Jörg speaking, finally.
I hope this message finds everybody well and everybody is in an easy-peasy Christmas mood already. The first leg of the European tour with Helloween is over - time to have a few words with you.
First of all, let's not forget the brilliant emergency rescue action and playing of Alex Landenburg (Axxis, Mekong Delta, At Vance), thanx again for all what you did for the fans, the band and also for me.
Surely I hate the idea of somebdy is sitting on "my chair" but this special action needed some special treatment and I am proud and happy that it was you, Alex. Thanx again, we'll get together for a real drink, not like these other Scandinavian pussies in the band
Ah, Christmas. That most wonderful time of the year when the Metal Storm Staff is locked up in their sacred Staff Towers, totally focused on picking this year's nominees for the MS Awards - a Herculean undertaking which usually involves a lot of bitching and moaning and drawing guns at each other. Isn't Christmas just magical?
Anyway, have some schnapps on the house, and enjoy this holiday edition of the Greatest Metal Video Ever... Series!
Medeia - Antichristmas
Everybody and their mom knows that Christmas is just as metal as Jari Mäenpää is the most reliable person in the entire scene... which is why Medeia released the most anti-cliche, anti-fluffy, and batshit insane anti-Christmas video in the history of time and space... which is why there'll be no presents for Christmas for them. Ha!
I.C.S Vortex (Borknagar, ex-Dimmu Borgir, ex-Arcturus) has revealed more details about his solo release, entitled Storm Seeker:
"I finally got the master tape of the first ICS Vortex album! Storm Seeker contains 11 tracks and holds 45 minutes of groovy hooks and signature clean vocals. Brewed in a dirty metal pot, ingrediens included are Stoner Rock mashed with BM, 70's prog spiked Pagan and alternative roots fried Norwegian style. Some of the song titles are "Skoal!", "Dogsmacked", "Oil in Water" and "Odin's Tree".
It's been a year of sporadic work at Toproom Studio with engineer Børge Finstad. My good old teammate from Borknagar, Asgeir Mickelson (Sarke, Spiral Architect), handles the drums, and Terje "Cyrus" Andersen added some solos. Mix was done by Børge, Asgeir and me. A record deal is in the works and we're looking at a release in good time before summer 2011.
Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of legendary doom metal act Pentagram.
The band, now entering their 40th(!) year anniversary, will be releasing a full-length album titled Last Rites in the spring of 2011 featuring all new tracks with a DVD to follow in late 2011. The doomed duo of Bobby Liebling & Victor Griffin has united once again to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Pentagram! Spring 2011 will bear witness to the revered pair's first studio album together in 17 years. Only days out of the sessions, the band will unleash these newborn heavies live! Monstrous new riffs and more will be freed the nights of January 6th, at Europa in NYC and January 7th, at Club Hell in Providence, RI. Also playing live with the band will be Pentagram alumni and current full-time bass player Greg Turley with Tim Tomaselli (Place Of Skulls) filling in on drums.
The Godfathers of New York Hardcore, Agnostic Front, have just finished recording their highly anticipated follow up to their 2007 release, Warriors. The yet to be titled album features 13 new powerful and anthemic songs laid down by Erik Rutan (Madball, Goatwhore, Cannibal Corpse, etc.) at his Mana Recording Studio in Tampa, FL under the watchful guide of producer Freddy Cricien of Madball. The record was mastered by Alan Douches (Nile, Mastodon, etc.) and will be released on March 4, 2011!
Vocalist Roger Miret commented on the new material: "After all is said and done we are amazed on how great our new record turned out! It's by far our catchiest record to date and it's going to make everyone want to sing along for sure. Freddy killed it on the production end, just capturing that hardcore vibe that only he can get out of Agnostic Front. The boys all put nothing but passion into the songs, and Erik Rutan just dialed it all in to make Agnostic Front sound as natural and as organic as ever. This one will definitely be a classic once it's heard worldwide!"