Finntroll vocalist Mathias Lillmåns and guitarist Samuli Ponsimaa have formed Decomposter, a new death metal project. The band has launched itself with the following words:
"A new era for death metal has begun... no wait, we're old school. Anyway... We have begun to exist. The rotted four of us gave birth to a futile piece of music. It's very organic solution for your ear pussies."
The band recently recorded their first demo, entitled Futile cover art]. The song "The Composter" is streaming on the band's MySpace page.
Two members of the UK metalcore outfit After Death drowned yesterday (Thursday January 21) while swimming at the Atalaia beach in Aracaju, in the northeastern part of Brazil. 21-year-old guitarist Leon Villalba and 18-year-old bassist Timothy Kennelly, along with their bandmates, were in the middle of an extensive tour of Brazil as the support act for Master when the incident occurred.
Villalba and Kennelly were reportedly swimming at the beach around 2:30 pm when another beachgoer noticed a floating body and alerted the local lifeguard rescue team. An attempt was made to resuscitate Villalba using CPR, but he didn't respond. Kennedy's body is still missing. The search for Timothy's remains will continue on Friday with air support, since the area to be covered is very wide.
Italian metallers Necrodeath are set to release a cover album in celebration of their 25th anniversary.
According to a posting on the band's website, a new Necrodeath release is coming out soon, covering extreme metal bands that influenced an entire musical generation. The record will include special guest appearances by ex-Necrodeath, ex-Schizo and Bulldozer members.
The twentyfive-year anniversary album will be called Old Skull cover art], and will be "paying tribute to the most influential extreme metal bands of all time. A global feast full of classic tunes for the gruesome masses, burning brightly on the altar of the kings. 25 years of insanity & macabre and still thrashing black. Rise up from the flames and celebrate the horror with us."
The Monolith Deathcult have posted two old/new tracks to their MySpace player. "7 Months Of Suffering" and "The Cruel Hunters" are both taken from the forthcoming album The White Crematorium 2.0 - The Revenge Of The Failed, a reworked version of the band's 2005 album The White Crematorium.
The album will be released in Europe through Twilight-Vertrieb on February 19th, and in the United States shortly thereafter through Epitomite Productions.
"I Need Your Clothes, Your Boots, And Your Motorcycle", the new video from Austrian Death Machine, has been made available online. The video was directed by Dave Brodsky.
Tim Lambesis comments on the video: "Arnold is proof that you can be brutal and still have fun. Metalheads can still laugh at a party right? The theme for this video can go a few different ways. I think that no matter what drastic measures Ahhnold takes, he somehow only creates more fun for all. Other people may think there is an underlying story as a Terminator love story between Ahhnold and T-One-Million. However you interpret the video is fine with me, but if you sing along loud enough Ahhnold just might show up at your house too!"
Finnish metallers Deathbound will release their forthcoming album, Non Compos Mentis, via Dynamic Arts Records on the following dates:
January 25: World
January 27: Finland
January 29: Germany / Austria / Switzerland
Non Compos Mentis cover art] tracklist:
01. I Hate Them Still
02. The Wave Called Misery
03. Free Shackles For Everyone
04. The Process Of Destruction
05. A Better Tomorrow
06. A Reason For Your Fight
07. Hell Could Be The Cure
08. When The Seas Are Boiling
10. The Blues Of A Dying Man
11. Death Comes For A Visit
12. Non Compos Mentis
13. The World Is But A Memory
14. A Need To Survive
Also two new songs from Non Compos Mentis, entitled "Free Shackles For Everyone" and "A Reason For Your Fight", have been made available at the band's MySpace page.
Suffocation and Napalm Death are confirmed to do a tour of Latin America in May next year.
Dates are as follows:
05/05 Mexico City, Mexico @ TBA
05/07 Caracas, Venezuela @ TBA
05/08 Bogotá, Colombia @ Teatro Metropol
05/09 Quito, Ecuador @ Bunga
05/11 Lima, Peru @ Voce
05/13 Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Caupolican
05/14 Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Teatro Flores
05/15 Curitiba, Brazil @ TBA
05/16 São Paulo, Brazil @ TBA
Sadly, just a few days into their European tour with Amon Amarth, Evile's Mike Alexander was suddenly taken ill and rushed to hospital, but tragically passed away in Lulea, Sweden.
Evile members Matt Drake, Ol Drake and Ben Carter have released the following statement:
"This is so hard to find the words to express fully how we feel. We can't believe or accept what's happened. One minute we're talking to our buddy, Mike, the next minute we can never speak to him again.
There's so many things rushing through our heads that we want to say, do and feel. We half expect him to come round the corner and call us 'dickheads'. We can't get our heads around it.
British metallers Napalm Death have posted the entire live concert they performed at The Lost Horizon in Syracuse, NY earlier this year on UVTV's website and on iTunes.
The setlist was as follows:
01. Strong Arm
02. Unchallenged Hate
03. Suffer The Children
04. silence Is deafening
05. I Abstain
06. Life And Limb
08. On The Brink Of Extinction
09. It's A Mans World
10. From Enslavement To Obliteration
11. Time Waits For No Slave
12. When All Is Said And Done
15. The Kill
17. You Suffer
18. Persona Non Grata
19. Smear Campaign
20. Mass Appeal Madness
21. Nazi Punks Fuck Off
Metal Blade Records is proud to announce inking a deal with LA underground black metal act, Lightning Swords Of Death. The band is seven years of the making and has been praised by the likes of Decibel, SOD Magazine, PIT Magazine and Metal Maniacs for their unrelenting and irrefutably vicious sound. Those who were privy to the band's 2007 release, "The Golden Plague", are already aware of the band's prowess. Their second release took the form of a split CD with comrades Valdur, which was only available for a limited time at performances during the country wide 2008 Blodhevn tour. Metal Maniacs called LSOD's part a "heavy, bestial and brutal assault bringing to mind a young and hungry Thornspawn." The split continues to infect all who experience its unyielding expression of true chaos, but it's only a precursor of the grand and terrible horror that is looming in the future like a headsman's shadow...
Deathstars have announced a small Australian tour in September. Sweden's death-glammers, Deathstars, and their infamous, wild, provocative and dark live sets will be in Australia for the first time in September. Tickets are on sale 9am Thursday 23rd July. First 1,500 tickets purchased come with 3 free Deathstars downloads. For your free Deathstars download of "White Wedding" click here.
24/09 - Manning Bar, Sydney
25/09 - Club 299, Brisbane
26/09 - The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
27/09 - Capitol, Perth
Dutch bass player Jeroen Paul Thesseling (Obscura/Ex-Pestilence) says most bassists should be more audible in death metal recordings. "In many of the death metal productions the bass guitar is simply absent or inaudible in the mix, which is a shame. Perhaps this is one of those aspects that will change as the genre evolves. We are lucky to have bassists like Steve DiGiorgio and Alex Webster, both of whom have contributed greatly to the death metal style of bass playing."
Further information can be found at www.jeroenthesseling.com and www.warwick.de
Thesseling joined the German progressive death metal band Obscura in 2007. He toured North America and recorded their second full-length album Cosmogenesis, released via Relapse Records in February 2009. This August, Obscura will embark on a European tour alongside ATHEIST. With PESTILENCE, Jeroen played on their fourth album, "Spheres" (1993).
"Master Of The Bryansk Forests", the new video from Dutch metallers The Monolith Deathcult, has been made available online.
Regarding the video, the band commented: "It lacks the quality of the last God Dethroned video but we are happy with it. As we all know French soldiers aren't very experienced with shooting, but the civilians of Metaluna Productions did a very good job. The live footage of "Master Of The Bryansk Forests" was shot at the 2008 edition of the Chaulnes Metal Fest in France by Metaluna Productions."
"Master Of The Bryansk Forests" comes off the band's latest album, entitled "Trivmvirate", which was released on February 2008 via Twilight Vertrieb.