A couple of years of playing gigs, little line-up changes and other shit hitting the fan, and again it's time for a new Hateform album to emerge. The recordings for the upcoming album just started, and the release date is set for spring 2010.
The new guy behind the drums, Tuomo Latvala (Torture Killer, ex-Demigod, Torsofuck) already took charge and blasted in some amazing drum work. This far the album consists of such working titles as "Flight Attendants Biological Clock" and "RailCripple". The ten tracks will be laid down on an open schedule this time, as the extra stress set by a tight deadline doesn't seem to help in getting the best result. Altough the idea is to get the album done before the summer.
Alto Voltaggio, the rock band featuring Frank Knight (Wild Knight, X-Wild), Igor Gianola (U.D.O.) and Francesco Jovino (U.D.O.), have announced the release of a live CD. The album will be available soon, though limited to 500 copies.
The CD was recorded at the band's latest live show in Switzerland at the end of December last year. The show featured an AC/DC cover set including songs as "Dirty Deeds", "Touch Too Much", "Whole Lotta Rosie" and more. Frank Knight took over the Bon Scott numbers.
Stay tuned for more information. Visit http://www.myspace.com/altovoltaggioofficial for details.
Saxon Vocalist Peter "Biff" Byford has teamed up with Metal Hammer Magazine for a campaign to call heavy metal fans in the UK to register their religion as 'heavy metal' in the 2011 census in the UK. In this case, heavy metal would be recognised as a religion in the UK along with other religions such as Christianity and Islam.
At the last census nine years ago, more than 400 thousand people in the UK stated 'Jedi', the fictional characters from the Star Wars series, as their religion thanks to a massive internet campaign. Jedi was ultimately ranked as the fourth most popular religion in the UK behind Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, although it is considered to be a joke, rather than a real reflection of the religious beliefs of people concerned. In 2011, it may be heavy metal's turn, the campaigners hope.
Carnal Forge and drummer Stefan Westerberg have reportedly parted ways.
In a statement on the band's website, the remaining band members state that, "with Stefan being one of the founding members of Carnal Forge we're sad to see him leave.
The good news are that we have already found a replacement for Stefan in Chris Barkensjö (also Construcdead/ex-Grave/ex-General Surgery/ex-Kaamos) to take on the skin battering of Carnal Forge. Chris will do his live debut soon! We wish Stefan the best of luck in his future endeavours and welcome Chris to the ranks! We're stoked about the new blood in the band, and can't wait to get out on the road with this fresh installment!
Indie Recordings are very proud to announce the signing of 1349.
The Norwegian black metal band 1349 rose from the ashes of Alvheim in 1997, and in 2003 they released their debut album, Liberation.
Since then, 1349 have added three more albums to their critically acclaimed catalogue and this spring 1349 will return with their fifth full length album.
1349 will also embark on a big tour later this year and are also confirmed to play at this year's Wacken Open Air Festival and Summer Breeze Festival.
Stay tuned for further information about the upcoming release and tour dates.
Archaon comments: "Finally, after a long wait, much planning and with equal amounts of anticipation, we're proud to announce that we have chosen Indie Recordings as cooperation partner. We are extremely eager to set things into motion with them, and are looking into the future with a great deal of excitement. This will be the ultimate team in bringing our fans aural terror in the next years to come."
Shattered Hope are glad to announce the co-operation with Lugga Music Productions and Adrian De Buitléar.
Lugga Music Productions is well-known in the doom scene for its promo campaigns and tours. Bands like Saturnus, Mourning Beloveth, Mar De Grises, Officium Triste and many more have trusted and are members of the Lugga Music family.
The band comments: "Our booking agent, band & tour manager Adrian De Buitléar will be responsible for the promo campaign for our upcoming album Absence. Soon more details will follow about the album release date!"
Official Lugga Music Productions website and MySpace.
On 15 April Greek extreme metal masters Rotting Christ kick off the first part of their massive European tour promoting band's brand new album entitled Aealo. The first part of the promotional campaign will take place in Poland, where the band is going to play nearly two weeks tournee. During the tour Rotting Christ will be supported by reformed Polish death metal beast Lost Soul. Rotting Christ will tour the rest of Europe afterwards, as direct support to Bolt Thrower.
Commented by the band: "We are honored as a band that we are back in the land that has been supporting our horde since our first steps and we promise to our Polish metal brothers that we will spit our guts on the stage and you will attend the most Rotting Christ show ever."
Aborted will embark on the Machines Of Grind Tour, a 3-way co-headline tour with The Red Chord and Rotten Sound, with support from Those Who Lie Beneath. The tour will take place in April/May. The band adds: "This will be our first tour with the new line-up, as well as our new release Coronary Reconstruction. As the tour predicts a bucketload of brutality and retarded humour, expect such a setlist as well!"
Machines Of Grind Tour-Ture
16.04.10 Denmark Copenhagen @ Pumpehuset
17.04.10 Germany Essen @ Turock
18.04.10 UK London @ Underworld
19.04.10 UK Birmingham @ O2 Academy 3
20.04.10 UK Newcastle upon Tyne @ O2 Academy 2
21.04.10 UK Leeds @ Rios
22.04.10 UK Plymouth @ White Rabbit
French metal outfit Silent Fall (previously known as Winterland) have made three songs available for streaming. The tracks "Who Is The Fool?", "Forever And Ever" and "One Cold Winter Night" are now available here.
The songs will appear on the band's debut album Otherwise, to be released on the 2nd February via Pitch Black Records. Marjolaine Bernard (Wildpath) will appear as a guest vocal on "This Could Have Been" and a guitar solo realized by Stephan Forté (Adagio) will appear on "World Of Secrets".
01. Who Is The Fool?
02. Kill For Life
03. Haunted Sights
04. Forever And Ever
05. One Cold Winter Night
06. I Wish
The following next two weeks you can download all four Gaia Epicus albums for FREE.
The band states: "Yes it's true, how about that? We hope that you will enjoy our music, and that you will buy our albums if you do. Just click here for this fantastic free gift."
This download includes the first four Gaia Epicus releases, Satrap (2003), Symphony Of Glory (2005), Victory (2007), Damnation (2008). The band's upcoming album Dark Secrets will be released in April. More details here.
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."
Andreas Halvardsson has decided to step down as the drummer of Diablo Swing Orchestra due to personal reasons. A statement from the band reads as follows:
"We wish Andreas the best in his future musical endeavors. The good news is that we have found a replacement and would like to say welcome to Petter Karlsson (ex-Therion, Holocoaster) as a full time member of Diablo Swing Orchestra. We've only had one rehearsal together so far but we were all blown away by his drumming so check him out on his MySpace. Petter is also a skilled songwriter so it will be interesting to see what he can add to the already twisted process of making a Diablo Swing Orchestra song.
We are now rehearsing to get ready for touring later this year, new songs are also in the making and pre-production will probably start in the winter. Hope to see you on the road."
Dutch metallers Asphyx have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Asphyx is pleased to announce that we have a new bassplayer. His name is Alwin Zuur and he already played in the old school death metal band Pulverizer (rip) and is also still guitarist of the Dutch death metal band Escutcheon. Besides the fact that Alwin is a very nice guy he's also a 100% true old school death metalhead who, just like us, only wants one thing and one thing only and that's playing Death... The Brutal Way without compromises.
His first show with Asphyx can be seen on the Hammer Of Doom III fest in Germany. Alwin and Asphyx already rehearsed and it was a great experience with him on board. The match was there. Alwin thinks and plays 100% Asphyx and being already a long time fan he stated himself that "A dream came true".
UK metallers Trigger The Bloodshed have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
It's been a while since we've posted anything, so we thought we'd start fresh in the New Year and bring you an update on album number 3!
So far, drums and guitars have been completely finished and are sounding the tits! Vocals are being recording as I'm writing this blog!
We are pleased to announce the mighty Jacob Hansen (Heaven Shall Burn, Neaera, Maroon, Volbeat, Aborted, The Arcane Order, Hatesphere) will be mixing and mastering the album. And as you can see from the bracketed section, he has perfected the sound of a healthy amount of ridiculous bands! It's going to sound fucking killer!