Toxic Holocaust has entered Dexters Lab in Milford, CT to begin work on the long-awaited follow-up to An Overdose Of Death... The band is recording with Toxic Holocaust / Kingdom Of Sorrow drummer and engineer Nick Bellmore (Hatebreed, Phantoms, Full Blown Chaos). The new full-length is expected to see a late spring 2011 release date. Additional release information will be posted shortly and studio updates are posted regularly at this location.
Toxic Holocaust frontman Joel Grind recently checked in from the studio with the following; "We are on Day 4 of recording the new record, everything is coming together quickly and smoothly. Drums are finished and we have started on guitar tracks. I'm excited for people to hear this new stuff, its not going to alienate old fans by any means but I think it might attract some new ones. It's definitely a step up from what we've done, and this time around we've increased the evil ten fold. The lyrics on this record are a little darker including lots of occult themes as well as real life shit that is stranger than fiction could ever be."
US metallers Necrophagia have revealed the cover artwork of their forthcoming album, Deathtrip 69. The artwork was created by renowned tattoo artist Jake Arnette and will be made available as limited-edition signed prints soon.
Deathtrip 69 will be made available in April 2011 via Season Of Mist. Info on ordering limited edition signed prints of the artwork will be made available soon.
"Human Nature" and "Taste Of Destiny", two new song from Swedish metallers Degradead, are available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
The two songs come off the band's forthcoming album, A World Destroyer, which was recorded at Peter Tägtgren's Abyss studios in Pärlby, Sweden with producer Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Centinex, World Below).
Prophecy Productions recently announced that Helrunar's new album, Sól, will be released on the following dates:
Germany and Austria: December 31st
Rest of Europe: January 3rd
North America: February 8th
An audio sample from the album, the track "Nebelspinne", can now be downloaded at this location. Also the album will be available in three different formats:
- Sól I - Der Dorn Im Nebel (Digipak CD) pre-order]
This is part 1 of the two-piece concept album. Musically, "Der Dorn Im Nebel" establishes the concept of Sól with classical and direct Pagan Black Metal, while the lyrics outline the individual's struggle against and for himself.
- Sól II - Zweige Der Erinnerung (Digipak CD) pre-order]
Dornenreich's seventh album, Flammentriebe, will be released on February 14th, 2011! See below the album's track list and its cover artwork, which once more has been painted by Eviga's father, Hansjörg Stock.
Flammentriebe cover art] tracklist:
02. Der Wunde Trieb
03. Tief Im Land
05. Wandel Geschehe
06. Fährte Der Nacht
07. In allem Weben
08. Erst Deine Träne Löscht Den Brand
Finnish metallers Omnium Gatherum will release their forthcoming album, New World Shadows, via Lifeforce Records on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: February 4, 2011
Sweden, Finland, Hungary: February 9, 2011
Rest Of Europe: February 7, 2011
North America: March 1, 2011
The album was recorded at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland with Teemu Aalto, and was mixed and mastered at Unisound Studio in Örebro, Sweden by Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Hail Of Bullets, Novembers Doom).
New World Shadows cover art] tracklist:
03. New World Shadows
04. Soul Journeys
05. Nova Flame
06. An Infinite Mind
07. Watcher Of The Skies
08. The Distance
09. Deep Cold
Devildriver announced today the release of their forthcoming fifth album, Beast. Beast was produced by Mark Lewis (All That Remains, Trivium, The Black Dahlia Murder) and will hit retail via longtime label Roadrunner Records on February 22, 2011.
While many bands in the modern era are already withering away by their second album and have shriveled up and died by their third, DevilDriver have proven to mutate, growing stronger, deadlier and more immortal with each successive release. Beast, which follows 2009's Pray For Villains, finds the band refusing to compromise in their mission to deliver music that will make you feel as though you were slapped upside the head with a baseball bat. The band recorded 14 songs during the Beast sessions, with 11 or 12 tracks expected to make the final cut. Some song titles are as follows: "Dead to Rights," "Hardened," "Bring The Fight (To the Floor)," "Shitlist," "Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened)," "Blur," "You Make Me Sick (Sacred Secrets)," "The Blame Game," "Coldblooded, "Crowns Of Creation" and "Lend Myself to the Night."
Norwegian metallers Kampfar have parted ways with guitarist Thomas. His statement on the matter reads as follows:
"After playing guitar in Kampfar for quite a few years, I have now decided to leave the band. I cannot even begin to sum up all the good times I've had together with my bandmates, and our close friendship will surely continue outside of the context of the band.
I sincerely hope the guys will find another guitarist to play in the band (the riffs are not that hard to play and there are no solos, which could be seen as a plus or a minus depending on perspective). On the stage, you'll only need to pay attention to Ask, since he knows how to keep in time. It is also best to watch out for Jon and Dolk as they are maniacs and will not stand still for a moment.
Swedish metallers Spawn Of Possession have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"We regret to inform you that we have released Richard Shill of his drumming duties in Spawn Of Possession. Reason being is that Richard depends very much on actual band practice and with Spawn Of Possession members being scattered all over Sweden, Norway and Germany band practice becomes an impossibility. This decision is in no way a reflection on Richards skills as a drummer or his personality as he will always remain part of the Spawn Of Possession family. We wish him all the best with his ongoing and future endeavors in music.
To fill the gap after Richard we have recruited Henrik Schönström to take over the percussive side of the band. Right now Henrik is preparing for the recording of the next album and we welcome him to the camp."
Midwest thrashers Lazarus A.D. are pleased to announce Black Rivers Flow as the title to their second full-length album due out February 1st via Metal Blade Records. The highly anticipated release was recorded in July and August 2010 at Belle City Sound with Chris Wisco and was mixed & mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Production.
Black Rivers Flow cover art] tracklist:
01. American Dreams
02. The Ultimate Sacrifice
03. The Strong Prevail
04. Black Rivers Flow
05. Casting Forward
06. Light A City (Up In Smoke)
07. Through Your Eyes
08. Beneath The Waves Of Hatred
09. Eternal Vengeance
Quebecois metallers Neuraxis have unveiled the cover of their upcoming album, Asylon, which will be released in North America on February 15th, 2011.
The cover art was created by artist Dennis Sibeijn of Damnengine Artwork, who worked with the band on their previous album, The Thin Line Between, as well with Job For A Cowboy, Chimaira and more. Asylon was recorded at Wildsound Studio with producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Last Felony, The Agonist). Prosthetic has launched the pre-order for the album, at its official webstore.
Vocalist Alex Leblanc commented on the cover: "So here is the cover for Asylon. As many of you will see, it is very different from all our previous album covers. Since the lyrics and the music are so connected on the new record, we wanted the cover to represent perfectly the vibe... dark, visceral and heavy. We used a lot of dark green to represent the sick/poisonous mood of the lyrics."