Armod, the new album from Swedish folk power metal band Falconer, will be released on June 3th in Europe via Metal Blade Records.
Armod was recorded at King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque's Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden during December and January.
Falconer commented: "The recording and mixing process went smoother than ever before. The album is embracing the Swedish folk music to a greater extent than before making it sound slightly more down to earth. The music spans from acoustic songs with cello, flute and fiddle to songs with blast beats and really heavy riffing.
As said before this is a 'one-time-only' album and does not define the future sound of Falconer, but it was about time to pay full notice to the infuence that has always made us different. Now we have that out of our system!"
Colosseum will release their final album, Chapter 3: Parasomnia, on March 9th in Finland and on March 25th in the rest of the world through Firebox Records.
Chapter 3: Parasomnia will be a tribute to the late Juhani Palomäki, who died right after the recording process in May last year.
The album was recorded on April 2010, and was mixed and mastered during the autumn and winter of 2010. Containing five lengthy epics and contributions from a number of session musicians, Chapter 3: Parasomnia marks the end of Colosseum as a band, bringing the listener the whole scale of darkness in funeral doom as extreme as it gets.
US thrashers Bonded By Blood were involved in a weather-caused van accident last weekend. On the icy highway to Trenton, NJ their van slipped and trailer flipped over. Thankfully nobody got hurt, though their trailer was damaged beyond immediate repair.
Bassist Jerry Garcia, who was driving the van, tells the story: "As I was driving down the road the weather kept getting worse and worse. It was very difficult to see outside of our windows and the road was becoming one big sheet of ice. I was going about 40-45 mph about two hours from the venue, listening to the song "Chase The Wind" by our friends band Holy Grail on my headphones, when suddenly I realized that our trailer was on a massive hydroplane completely adjacent to us. I laid off the gas and as soon as I did the trailer pulled the van and caused me to loose complete control. All I could say was "OH FUUUUCK!" I managed to narrowly miss the center divider and a few cars before we skid completely across the highway and almost hit the wall on the other side."
Ihsahn - black metal innovator and all round creative genius - will be doing some guest vocals on the new Devin Townsend album, entitled Decontruction.
The ex-Emperor main-man had the following to say: "I have been a long time fan of Devin and his work, and when he asked me to do some vocals for his upcoming Deconstruction album, I said yes right away. Devin is one of those few uncompromising artists who goes anywhere with their music, wherever that takes them. Nothing but respect!"
In other news, Ihsahn will play at the Kabuto Metal Festival in Japan this spring for the first time ever. Accompanied with the guys in Leprous, they will play Namba Hatch in Osaka on May 21 and May 22 at Studio Coast in Tokyo.
Original Six Feet Under bassist Terry Butler has told Blabbermouth that he and longtime drummer Greg Gall have quit the band. Butler (ex-Death, ex-Massacre) will now be playing with Obituary instead.
Butler's statement goes as follows: "I would just like to put it out there that Greg Gall and I have parted ways with Six Feet Under.
As many of you know, I have been helping Obituary out on bass over the past year and now will be officially joining them as a permanent band member. Being in Six Feet Under for 16 years, I have had the pleasure of meeting a lot of our dedicated fans and have made many friends along the way. I hope to see you out there! I wish nothing but the best for Chris Barnes and Steve Swanson in their future with Six Feet Under."
Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I, the upcoming album of US drone band Earth, has been made available for streaming in its entirety, exclusively at National Public Radio, for a limited time (until February 7th).
Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I will be released on February 7th through Southern Lord Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
The 2011 line-up for the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has been revealed. The tour will make a 26-date trek across North America throughout July and August.
Playing on mainstage are Disturbed, Godsmack, and Megadeth joined by Machine Head, Trivium and In Flames (who'll perform in rotating slots throughout the tour). The Jagermeister stage will feature Unearth, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Red Fang and the Jaggermeister Battle of The Bands Winner. The Extreme stage will spotlight Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish and Straight Line Stitch.
All further information can be found at this location.
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2011:
Jul. 09 - San Manuel Amphitheater - San Bernardino, CA
"War of the Gods", a brand-new track from Swedish melodeath warriors Amon Amarth, has been made available for streaming below, or over at SurturRising.com.
"War of the Gods" comes off the band's upcoming new album Surtur Rising, which will be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on March 25th, in the rest of Europe on March 28th, and in North America on March 29th through Metal Blade Records.
Book Of Dowth, the new album of German folk-influenced melodic death metal band Suidakra, will be released on March 25th through AFM Records. The album's cover artwork, created by Kris Verwimp, can be watched below.
More Book Of Dowth album details were previously reported over here.
Following the album's release the band will embark on the European Scream For Violence Tour with label mates Onslaught and Debauchery. Get the dates here.
As vocalist Ji-In revealed yesterday on Luxembourg-based radio program "The Abbey Metal Show", All Beauty Must Die is the new title of German symphonic gothic metal band Krypteria.
All Beauty Must Die is set for an April 22nd release through Roadrunner Records.
Drummer Kusch weighs in with the following: "All Beauty Must Die turned out to be our most diverse album yet. For instance, on this record we have the fastest Krypteria song ever. You'll also hear the longest Krypteria track ever at over 11 minutes and for the first time ever we have a number of guest appearances. Plus, for the first time in Krypteria's seven year history each member of this band gets to sing co-lead vocals on one of the songs.
Meanwhile in Japan... neoclassical power metal/J-Rock outfit Versailles are set to release their new single Philia on March 16th.
The song will be used as the theme song for a new Japanese TV show called Onegaikanaete Versailles (trans: Make my dreams come true, Versailles), which has been airing in Japan since January 17th. Watch a hilariously absurd preview clip below.
The 4-minute comedy series are starring all members of the band Versailles and Rina Koike, a beautiful but poor girl who meets the visual-kei princes, who'll be trying to make her dreams come true and save her from her misery in their own peculiar way.
Rotting Christ will embark on a European headlining tour in April. This will be the last leg of the Aealo Tour 2010-2011.
Support on the trek will come from Omnium Gatherum, Daylight Misery and Dark End on the whole tour. De Profundis will support from 28.04 till 10.05, Arcturon from 8.05 till 15.05, and Riul Doamnei from 10.05 till 15.05.
Rotting Christ will be headlining a North American tour in March and April, with support from Melechesh, Hate and Abigail Williams. Get those dates here.
Rotting Christ - Aelo European Tour:
Apr. 28 - Wiatrak - Zabrze, Poland
Apr. 29 - Melodka - Brno, Czech Republic
Apr. 30 - Colloseum - Kosice, Slovakia
May 01 - Club 202 - Budapest, Hungary
May 02 - Gambrinus - Cluj Napoca, Romania
Bulgarian symphonic black metal band Claymore is making progress on a new album, called From Ignorance to Remembrance. The band has plans to start the recording process in the near future. In the meantime, a rehearsal video featuring some new material can be watched over here.
In other news the band has inked a deal with Unseen Music Group for a future compilation project. The songs "Gift of Hate" and "Near Death Experience" - personal favorites of the label's owner Bernie L. Simpson (aka D.Monic Method), will be featured on the compilation. More details coming soon.
"Faster", the new video from Within Temptation can now be watched over at Kerrang!
The new single Faster will be released digitally on March 13. The song is taken from Within Temptation's new album, The Unforgiving, which will hit stores on March 28.
In other news, the band will debut a short film on the band's official site this afternoon, 5pm CET. The first movie, titled Mother Maiden, ties in with "Faster," introducing the main characters of the narrative.
These movies give further insight into the concept of The Unforgiving and are based on the comic storyline; the characters are impersonated by actors. Each film is followed by a band performance that, all together, form a dark and compelling tale of life, love, revenge, rage, and regret.