08:34 - ScreamingSteelUS I've returned from tonight's show with a setlist from Mayhem, a pick from Watain's bassist, the new Mayhem and Rotting Christ, a Mayhem shirt, and vomit on my shoes from the guy next to me. Shook Necrobutcher's hand. Good show.
American droning black metallers Fell Voices have released the following information in regards to a new album and live appearance:
"In April 2012, Fell Voices will be performing alongside Ash Borer, Sleepwalker, Thou, and many others as part of the Gilead Media Music Festival in Oskosh, WI. Specifics regarding the full line-up, ticketing, lodging, set times, etc. can be found here. As of now, this the only Fell Voices appearance planned for 2012.
Fell Voices has also begun recording a new LP. All information regarding release dates, labels, etc. will be posted here when they have been decided."
And for those of us who can't wait that long to listen to some Fell Voices...
Looking to attend Wacken 2012? "No soup for you! One year!"
That's right, Wacken 2012 is sold out for the seventh time in a row. All 75,000 tickets. Sort of. There are still two ways you can make the trip.
"For those who haven't bought a ticket yet there are two options: Our official tour operators still have remaining contingents but of course only in combination with the travel. If you are interested please contact the particular contact person in our bus tours worldwide section.
Furthermore you have the chance to offer or buy a ticket at our ticket exchange. (This is the part where they tell you to follow the rules strictly, else face potential betrayal.)
The next Pensees Nocturnes album, called Ceci est de la Musique, will be released on the 11th of June. It consists of a unique 55-minute song (aptly titled "Ceci est de la Musique") going with a 48-page booklet developing the artistic approach of the opus.
Says Vaerohn of the independent release: "In order not to contribute to the degrading consumerist system that prevails in the current scene, this release will be an auto-production sold at cost price and therefore won't benefit by any promotion and distribution. The edition will also be quite limited."
It is to be said that this decision doesn't result from a disagreement with the former label Ladlo Productions and that the collaboration may continue for future releases. Grotesque is also still available through the label's website.
That obscenely familiar chainsaw guitar tone is back! The undisputed kings of putrid death metal, Interment, return with the much-anticipated and long overdue full-length effort Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy. The album will be released on August 2nd (Europe) and August 31st (North America) respectively. Featuring members of Demonical and the now-defunct Centinex, Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy is not just a nostalgia trip of retro-death but also a lesson in Swedish violence!
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Crypt Of Kerberos/Tyrant axeman Peter Bjärgö and also showcasing the artistic talents of Polish extreme graphic artist Rafal Kruszyk (Nunslaughter, Machetazo, Hooded Menace, etc.) handling the album artwork cover, with the album layout created by Greek artist Anestis Goudas of Derz.Oth Design (Rotting Christ, Shagrath, Den Saakaldte, etc.).
Swedish heavy metal band Enforcer have announced their partnership with Earache Records in the UK and Europe for their forthcoming album Diamonds, out May 24th.
Enforcer's charismatic singer Olof Wikstrand states: "After the great success of Into the Night we now take things a few steps further with the next album. This time it feels great to have a European dedicated and hard-working label on board. I'm really excited to see what this ends up like and I'm also proud of being a part of Earache."
Dan Tobin, Earache label manager, comments: "Earache is proud to welcome one of the most exciting new bands on the scene onto the label's roster. Enforcer's brand of streetwise heavy metal is as exciting as anything I've heard from a young band, and we look forward to helping them take steps towards the big league. Diamonds is a superb way to start their march to the top."
In anticipation of the God Of War 3 soundtrack - entitled God Of War: Blood And Metal - to be released today, March 2nd, Roadrunner Records is streaming Killswitch Engage's contribution, "My Obsession", on their official website.
"I have played the previous God of War releases,'" Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones says of the upcoming game. "To be a part of this game in any fashion is amazing! Let the rivers flow red with blood; there is vengeance to bestow! Bring me more new finishing blows to my enemies!"
Gamers interested in picking up a copy of this digital-only exclusive EP can do so for just $2 for a limited time here.
New York metallers Tombs have announced a string of spring tour dates taking them to and from Austin, TX for South By Southwest. The band will kick things off in Richmond, VA, teaming up with label-mates Howl, Black Tusk and Graves Of Valor on select dates.
Tombs are touring in support of their new album Winter Hours, which is currently streaming in its entirety at this location. The band's first video from Winter Hours, "Gossamer", is available on the same site.
13.03.2010 - Richmond, VA - Plaza Bowl (with Howl, Javelina)
14.03.2010 - Nashville, TN - Little Hamilton
15.03.2010 - Birmingham, AL - Magic City Wholesale (with Graves Of Valor)
16.03.2010 - Houston, TX - Walter's On Washington (with Graves Of Valor)
Israeli extreme metallers Salem have officially released the brand new track opener "Drums Of The Dead Part 1" on the band's official MySpace page, taken from the upcoming new album entitled Playing God And Other Short Stories.
"Drums Of The Dead Part I" is also now available for streaming on the official Pulverised Records Pulverised Records MySpace page.
The release dates for Playing God And Other Short Stories will be announced at a later date. More album info can be found here.
Mastodon have announced their spring headline tour of North America which will begin April 16, 2010. The tour, presented by Volcom, will feature support from special guests Between The Buried And Me, Baroness and Valient Thorr. This tour will bring the band to the fans in American cities that have yet to experience the Crack The Skye live event.
Apr. 16 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
Apr. 17 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
Apr. 18 - Richmond, VA - The National
Apr. 20 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head
Apr. 21 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Apr. 22 - Hartford, CT - Webster
Apr. 23 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Apr. 24 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Apr. 26 - Pittsburgh, PA - Palace Theater
Apr. 27 - Rochester, NY - Water Street
Napalm Records will be celebrating the company's 15th anniversary in May.
To mark this special occasion, a Napalm Records label night will be held in cooperation with Metalfest Austria. On 12 May a colorful selection of Napalm bands — from the medieval chartbreakers Saltatio Mortis to the combative Vikings of Týr, and the unique group Van Canto, to name but a few — will transform the festival grounds into an unrivaled musical extravaganza! For those of you who want even more excitement, be sure to come by our exclusive Napalm stand, offering a wide selection of 15 years of metal history.
Metalfest, Mining am Inn, Austria
12 May: Napalm Records Label Night with Saltatio Mortis, Týr, Van Canto, Schelmish, Edenbridge, Svartsot, Artas
The Ocean's upcoming albums are going to be entitled Heliocentric and Anthropocentric. They are due for April and October 2010. The concept at the base of both albums is a critique of Christianity from different philosophical and personal angles.
While the songs, art and lyrics of Heliocentric tell the story of the rise of the heliocentric world view and its effects on Christian belief from medieval times to Darwin and Dawkins, Anthropocentric challenges the views of creationists and other modern fundamentalists who still believe that the Earth is at the center of the universe.
Heliocentric cover art] tracklist:
03. The First Commandment Of The Luminaries
04. Ptolemy Was Wrong
Shadows Fall are pleased to announce their first ever headlining tour of Canada. The tour starts on Wednesday February 24th in Calgary, Alberta. Support on the tour will come from Bison B.C. and Baptized In Blood. Special guest Goatwhore will be on the first six west coast dates only. Shadows Fall have also announced a headlining show before they cross the border to the great white North. The show is in Spokane, WA at The Knitting Factory and support will come from Bison B.C., Baptized In Blood and Goatwhore.
Shadows Fall frontman Brian Fair had the following to say about Shadows Fall's Canadian headlining tour: "All of us in Shadows Fall are very excited to finally be heading to Canada for a full headlining tour! We look forward to rocking with all the metalheads in the great white North and sharing a few extra strong beers with you all!"