The thrash legends Slayer are back in the studio to record the 11th album of their career. World Painted Blood, their latest output, came out already five years ago. Tentatively set for release in early 2015, this new record will be the first since guitarist Jeff Hanneman's passing and since drummer Paul Bostaph rejoined after Dave Lombardo was kicked off the band. The band has shared some pictures from the studio sessions. Check them out!
Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum are hitting the studio next month to record their upcoming album that follows Unsung Heroes. With pre-production out of the way, the band is prepared to begin recording. Work will begin on September 8th at Astia Studio in Lappeenranta, Finland with producer Anssi Kippo. Fans can expect to hear new music at the beginning of January 2015.
Aeon Zen are about to release their upcoming album Ephemera on September 1st (Europe) and September 2nd (North America). Recently, the band shared the first part of their new audio book based on the album, created by the band. Check it out below where you also find the video for the track "Unite". Enjoy!
If you enjoyed Wolfheart's debut album Winterborn last year, you will be pleased to know that the group's second album is in the works. In fact, mastermind Tuomas Saukkonen just released a video update where he discusses the festival season and confirms that they are in the studio recording their next album. If you want to hear a snippet of a new song, check out the video here and get ready for some more music from Wolfheart!
Power metal heavyweights Helloween confirm that they will begin the studio sessions for their next album at MiSueno Studios, located on the isle of Tenerife, and start working on the successor of Straight Out Of Hell in October. Joining the band to handle production duties will be long-term companion Charlie Bauerfeind.
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.