Italian blackened Thrash outfit Necrodeath have posted the following news update:
"After having collaborated in the building of "Draculea" and having been on tour around Italy and Europe during all 2006, guitarist "Pier" Gonella has definitely joined Necrodeath's line-up, now with 5 members, something new in the band so far.
In the meantime, bassist John, decided to leave the band after 10 years of hate and scorn. Soon the name of his substitute will be announced."
Drummer Marco "Peso" Pesenti commented: "It's a pleasure having Pier back to Necrodeath, this time as a stable member. His presence has already brought a fresh and bleeding energy to the band and the first compositions, in a total "old school" vein, are blooming. Stay tuned..."
Obscura will headline this year's edition of the Munich Deathfest. Recently the band finished the recordings of their second album, which will be released at the beginning of 2009. Obscura announced that they will perform all songs of the upcoming album during the show in Munich.
Munich Deathfest festival will take place November 8, 2008 in Munich, Germany. For more information, visit their MySpace.
The full line-up for this year's edition:
Age Of Carnage
Over Your Threshold
According to a press release from Arcane Promotions, Nocturnus will be touring their legendary "The Key" album later this year with their classic line-up from that period. Support will come from Violated (SWE), Punish (CH), Memorial (DK) and Slither (SWE)
So far the following dates have been announced:
Oct. 14 - Copenhagen, DEN - The Rock
Oct. 15 - Hamburg, GER - Hafenklang
Oct. 16 - Hengelo, NED - Metropol
Oct. 17 - Rotterdam, NED - Baroeg
Oct. 18 - London, GBR - Electrowerkz
Oct. 19 - Birmingham, GBR - The Asylum
Oct. 20 - TBA
Oct. 21 - TBA
Oct. 22 - Pratteln, SUI - Z7
Oct. 23 - Wien, AUT - Viper Room
Oct. 24 - Milano, ITA - Zoe Club
Oct. 25 - Giebelstadt, GER - Bringer Of Death Fest XVI
On the 23rd of July Metallica announced the tracklist of the upcoming album Death Magnetic on their official website. Pretty much all of the information about this album is now known so only the music itself is a mystery.
Here are the song titles:
01. That Was Just Your Life
02. The End Of The Line
03. Broken, Beat & Scarred
04. The Day That Never Comes
05. All Nightmare Long
07. The Unforgiven III
08. The Judas Kiss
09. Suicide & Redemption
10. My Apocalypse
"After finishing their highly successful European tour with Suffocation and label mates Warbringer (a tour report/interview with Mitch Harris can now be watched here), British grindcore legend Napalm Death now has entered the studio to record the highly anticipated follow-up to 2006's "Smear Campaign".
Vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway provides more info:
"As always, when trying to decide when we should enter the studio, we threw a dart at a dartboard and, sadly, for all our sanities sakes, it landed on a date which was sooner rather than later. It's all working out good with about 10-12 songs complete thus far. It will be intense, naturally, and like always we'll be looking to move things along a notch production-wise and stylistically. Conceptually, it will, generally speaking, be a tale of analyzing life and stripping it back to the point where I'm asking the question: why are we killing ourselves to get ahead and not appreciating the real simplistic, beautiful things around us. If that sounds hippy-ish, I don't care ha ha. Cheers all!"
As posted by the band: "In October/November, we'll head out with Poisonblack and Fear My Thoughts for a series of shows dubbed "Where Death Is Most Alive". For more info, please visit the official tour MySpace page here."
The dates are as follows:
24. Oct, Berlin, Kato (Germany)
25. Oct, Hamburg, Grünspan (Germany)
26. Oct, Doordrecht, Bibelot (Netherlands)
27. Oct, Vosselaar, Biebob (Belgium)
28. Oct, Paris, Locomotive (France)
29. Oct, Lyon, Ninkasi kao (France)
31. Oct, Milano, Rolling Stone (Italy)
01. Nov, Bologna, Estragon (Italy)
02. Nov, Rome, Alpheus (Italy)
04. Nov, Treviso, New Age (Italy)
05. Nov, Ljubljana, Gala Hala (Slovenia)
06. Nov, Vienna, Szene (Austria)
As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis will see the debut album, "Total Brutal", from his new side-project, Austrian Death Machine, released on July 22nd in North America through Metal Blade Records. The album will be available on July 25th (Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Italy) / July 28th rest of Europe. The first single from the "Total Brutal" album, "If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It", is now available at the band's MySpace page.
The track features the voice of Ahhnold as Dutch from the movie Predator screaming back and forth with the Predator himself. Comments main-man Tim Lambesis: "In the first verse Ahhnold is talking trash about how he's going to take Predator down, but in the second verse Predator comes back spittin' his evil game. This is the classic struggle of good and evil but with way bigger muscles and more brutal double bass. In fact, I think it's the breakdown about 1/2 way through the song that crushes Predator's evil once and for all".
As posted on the Deathstars website: "It's time to feel the explosion once again, because Nuclear Blast recently released the ultimate edition of Deathstars breath-taking 2nd album "Termination Bliss" - simply a must have for every fan of the Swedish death-glam-heroes. The "Termination Bliss Extended" version contains 2 bonus tracks and an extremely hot Special-DVD including all video-clips and special "making of" features of Deathstars. In addition there is also a single DVD - simply titled "Termination Bliss EXTENSION" - available. Check it out! But that's not enough: Deathstars will release a fat 7 inch picture single of "Blitzkrieg/Cyanide" via Nuclear Blast pretty soon! So be prepared for another upcoming boom!"
Death cover band Symbolic have issued the following update:
"On Monday, March 3rd the French-Canadian TV channel Télé-Québec aired a special report on the benefit concert to honor late Death/Control Denied mastermind Chuck Schuldiner, which took place on December 12th, 2007 at the Theatre Imperial in Quebec City, QC, Canada. 'Méchant Contraste' producer Marc Bergeron and his team followed the production process of the concert, which which featured the local Death cover band Symbolic alongside guest musicians Bobby Koelble (guitarist on Death's Symbolic album), Shannon Hamm (guitarist on Death's The Sound Of Perseverance album), Scott Clendenin (bass on Death's "The Sound of Perseverance" album), Daniel Mongrain (Martyr), Marc-André Gingras (Quo Vadis), Jonathan Lee (The Autumn Offering, ex-Acheron; ex-Death drum roadie for Richard Christy on The Sound of Perseverance tour), and Nick Barker (ex-Dimmu Borgir/Cradle Of Filth drummer). The report focuses on the different steps that were taken by the event's organizers while putting the show together, the building of the stage and behind-the-scenes footage. As well, there are interviews with Antoine Baril, Shannon Hamm, Scott Clendenin, Bobby Koelble and Alexis Robitaille."
San Francisco Bay Area Thrashers Death Angel are pleased to announce their first full US tour since their initial split 18 years ago! The band will embark on a co-headlining tour this May/June with God Forbid that will include Soilent Green and Light This City. Dubbed the "In Thrash We Trust" tour, this will mark the bands first tour in support of their critically acclaimed "Killing Season" record.
A visibly excited founding guitarist, Rob Cavestany, eagerly offered a few words about the event: "Death Angel is teaming up with God Forbid to hit the road and we couldn't be more stoked! "In Thrash We Trust" will be the first full blown tour of the states that Death Angel has done since the 'ACT III tour' in 1990 and we are gonna bring it! Also on the bill are Soilent Green and Light This City so you better prepare to get thrashed all night long! Can't wait to see you all very soon! "Killing Season" has begun!!!"
Reunited US Thrashers have posted the following message on their MySpace:
"Deathrash will be posting the song "Unfinished Business" this Friday 3/07/08!!! This is the first new Deathrash song in 20 years and the first track from our upcoming CD "Thrash Beyond Death". We have also posted the artwork for the CD cover by artist Rich Rethorn Link]. You can check out more of his art at http://www.myspace.com/richrethorn. "Thrash Beyond Death" will be out summer of 2008.
ONCE MORE INTO THE PITS CAUSE WE HAVE UNFINISHED BUSINESS!!!"
The band is having a twenty year reunion and they will be releasing a CD that will include the '86 demo and a collection of never released live material from '86-'87
Death Angel's new album, entitled "Killing Season", can now be streamed in its entirety at the group's MySpace page (here). The stream will last until February 22.
Due on February 26, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records, "Killing Season" was recorded at Studio 606 in Northridge, California with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has previously worked with Foo Fighters, Rush, Velvet Revolver, Shadows Fall and Stone Sour, among other acts.
Deathchain has posted the following updates on their website:
"We have decided to announce this due to all questions regarding this issue: Our long-time guitar player Bobby Undertaker has decided to step off from this roaring machinery. It did not come as a complete surprise but somehow it was inevitable, as one will find out when reading the Undertakers last obituary. It is with full understanding we part our ways with long-time friend and brother, so cheers to you and may Cthulhu guard your steps!"
Bobby Undertaker has also posted his statement on the website:
"Deathchain has come to a point where in order to grow bigger and more known as a band, more and more tours outside Finland must be done. It seems that Deathchain is going to be pretty busy on that matter. That means months away from Finland and for me, also months away from my day job. In my current situation in life, that job is something I just can't afford to lose. Especially when doing tours as a support, usually there's no income of any kind and for me that situation is financially impossible. It's not fair that the whole band would be held back just because of me. Furthermore, I totally agree with the rest of the band that using someone to replace me on tours is totally lame and just plain stupid. Either you're in, or you're out and I'm sad to announce that under these circumstances, I am out of Deathchain.