While fans were pleased to hear Minsk's hiatus ended last year, they will be even more pleased to know that the post-metal band has entered the studio to begin work on their new full-length record and first in over 5 years. After a two-year hiatus, "the band has been reinvigorated and has written their most ambitious material to date." The album is being recorded at Earth Analog studios outside of Champaign, Illinois throughout July/August and produced by long-time collaborator Sanford Parker. The as-of-yet untitled album will see an early 2015 release via Relapse Records.
Recently, Nightrage have signed an album deal with Despotz Records. Yes, the melodic death metal band will finally release the follow-up to Insidious (2011). In fact, the group is entering the Dugout Studio (in Uppsala, Sweden) with Daniel Bergstrand on September 15th to record the new opus. A new single/video will be out this fall and the yet untitled album will surface in February 2015. Ronnie Nyman will lend his voice to the new release.
Warmen are back and they have a new album called First Of The Five Elements in the works to be released. However, it will only be available through Pledgemusic, and only if they reach their goal. The progressive power metal band has also released the first episode of "Warmenhof," the first in a series of videos about making the new album First Of The Five Elements. Check it out below.
Cadaveria are currently in the studio. The Italian symphonic metallers have also signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their fifth full-length album that follows Horror Metal (2012). The band is completing the recordings of this new album that will see the light of day next fall. More details will be revealed soon.
Fields Of The Nephilim have been elusive on the live scene during 2014 with only a few exclusive appearances. They have been spending the time creating, writing and recording new material. If Fields Of The Nephilim releases a new album, it will be the first one since 2005's brilliant Mourning Sun.
Mastodon have shared behind the scenes footage of the making of their new output Once More 'Round The Sun. The video is now available below. Also, the new Mastodon album is coming out next week (June 24th on Reprise Records), but it is currently streaming on iTunes. For those who have iTunes, you can already listen to it now.
Latvian metallers Skyforger continue to work hard on their new album which will be dedicated to the Old Prussians. The band has now updated on how things are going. The recording process is moving along nicely. With their last album Kurbads released back in 2010, what do you expect from the new one?
Revocation have a new record label. The technical metallers from Boston signed a deal with Metal Blade Records. The band has been very productive in terms of new releases and now prepares their next album to follow Revocation, released less than a year ago. Are you excited for the new album?
New Zealand's death metallers Diocletian have just released a brand new track called "Steel Jaws" off their upcoming new opus Gesundrian and you can check it out on the player below. Tell us about your impressions. The band's 3rd full-length album is scheduled for release on May 23rd on CD/LP under Osmose Productions.
The gothic metallers Trees Of Eternity seem to be approaching the completion of their debut album. With a few recordings still to be done, the band hopes the final mixing will happen in May. After their 2009 demo Trees Of Eternity, guitarist Juha Raivio's project with singer Aleah is ready to unleash new material.
As previously reported, the Ronnie James Dio tribute This Is Your Life will be released on April 1st and today you get to hear Metallica's contribution to the release. The nine-minute medley of four tracks titled "Ronnie Rising" and performed by Metallica features riffs from "A Light In The Black," "Tarot Woman," "Stargazer," and "Kill The King." All songs were originally written and recorded by Rainbow. Enjoy it here!
Danish prog power metallers Evil Masquerade will be releasing new album next month, on April 22nd. The album will be entitled The Digital Crucifix, and was mixed by Tommy Hansen (Jorn, Helloween) and composed/produced by Henrik Flyman. Do not hesitate and check out also the new album's tracklist and cover artwork below.
If you can't wait anymore to listen to something new from Finns Impaled Nazarene, you are in luck because the band just shared a 10-minute sample of the songs that will appear on Vigorous And Liberating Death. The audio samples are available for your listening pleasure on their Facebook page over here or below. Did it raise your expectations for the successor to Road To The Octagon?
Blackened sludge metallers Wolvhammer have entered the studio to record their new album, also their third to date. The Obsidian Plains' follow-up should be released this summer on Profound Lore Records and more will be unveiled in the coming weeks. In the Hideaway Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Wolvhammer is currently tracking with Dan Jensen at the soundboard, with eight new tracks penned for the yet unnamed release.
Epica have presented the second part of the studio documentary of The Quantum Enigma, which gives you another opportunity to hear bits of new music from the album. The Dutch band warns that this video contains a lot of new music. If you are curious, just watch the video below and tell us what you think.