04:50 - The Maratha Also, black powerfully blending with genres of death, drone, psychedelic, doom, sludge and so on. More or less, this past 2 years there has been a trend of experimentation in metal altogether.
04:44 - The Maratha The problem is that Sludge creepingly blends into heavy, doom, black and death. Look at Roadburn for instance.
03:24 - Marcel Hubregtse SLudge is actually already dead since most bands in that genre are copying each other . Savannah SLudge is doing it and so are the others. If you hear mrore than 6 new sludge bands each months you will notice it.
02:29 - Apothecary Yeah you have a point, that "only old school is real, modern bands suck" mentality is still pretty strong among parts of the metal community though, unfortunately
02:23 - Karlabos but then again most death/thrash/sympho fans are more into older bands and don't follow the new stuff very closely... amongst the new metals arising i still feel sludge is pretty strong
02:17 - Apothecary I still think sludge is far from "the next big trend" lol, that's grossly over-exaggerating its appeal to the average metalhead. More people are into thrash, death, and symphonic type shit before sludge, at least in my area
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."
Swedish metallers Insision have inked a deal with the U.S. label Sevared Records.
The band commented: "Sevared Records is one of the fastest growing death metal labels in the world and it feels good to find a label that stays true to and value classic brutal death metal. Also a big f*** off to goes to Dental Records, that wasted four years of our lives, time and energy..."
Sevared Records statement: "Sevared Records is very honored to sign the mighty Insision! I personally have been a huge fan of this incredible band since the 1st MCD. I'm extremely excited to release the new MCD and the following full length CD, I know these brutal death metal veterans will crush every fan of brutal death metal skulls in! And finally get the recognition of brutality they deserve! And as they say The Dead Live On In 2011!"
Tombs has entered Elmwood Recording studios in Dallas, TX with engineer John Congleton (Baroness, Explosions In The Sky, Black Mountain, St. Vincent) to begin work on their follow-up album to Winter Hours. The new album is expected to see a spring 2011 international release date with more details to be announced soon.
Tombs recently released a 14 track collection of early material, tracks from split releases, and previously unreleased demos titled Fear Is The Weapon. The collection is currently streaming in its entirety at this location. Fear Is The Weapon is strictly limited to a one-time pressing of 1 000 copies and is available exclusively through Relapse mailorder at this location.
Hellfest Open Air is proud to announce the addition of Judas Priest and Trust.
Legendary heavy metallers Judas Priest will be one of the major attractions of the festival, as this will be the band's only farewell show on French soil. And also long-running French rock outfit Trust will treat the fans with a "back to basics" show, only playing songs from their oldest albums.
50 more bands are still to be announced. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
The fourth album of atmospheric metallers Ava Inferi is entitled Onyx and has been scheduled for a February 14th, 2011 release (one day later in the US).
Onyx cover art] tracklist:
02. The Living End
03. A Portal
06. The Heathen Island
07. By Candlelight & Mirrors
08. Venice In Fog
Guitarist Rune Eriksen commented on the artwork: "(Witch)Crafted and dragged into sunlight by Costin Chioreanu / Twilight13Media (Absu, Grave, Demonical), this illustration portraits a more eerie visual side of Ava Inferi than our previous arts. A mysterious and sinister approach to Ava Inferi's aesthetics indeed. I really feel that it connects with the album on a musical and lyrical level too, as it is creating some sort of a window into the fields of the inspirations behind this new offering. We have always dwelled in the more obscure side of things, and even though we have weaved an occasional Wiccan flame or Bacchanalian praise into our arts, we've always cherished and explored the aspects of "horror". With Onyx we have definitely gone deeper into it. Anyway, Costin (who also did the clip for "Last Sign Of Summer") has really done a great job, and we are thankful and grateful for the dedication and hard work he put into this work. Multumesc foarte mult!"
Industrial death metallers The Project Hate MCMXCIX's new album Bleeding The New Apocalypse (Cum Victriciis In Manibus Armis) will hit the stores on next February 14th (one day later in the US).
Bleeding The New Apocalypse (Cum Victriciis In Manibus Armis) cover art] tracklist:
01. Iesus Nazarenus, Servus Mei
02. They Shall All Be Witnesses
03. A Revelation Of Desecrated Heavens
04. Summoning Majestic War
05. The Serpent Crowning Ritual
06. Bring Forth Purgatory
"So, you have digested the title for a while", mainman Lord K. Philipson comments. "Now it's time for the cover. Artist Marko Saarelainen (who you all should hire to do your artwork or websites by the way) has once again dug deep into his disturbed mind and fired up an incredibly fitting work of art to go with the title. Just look at it, check out all the small details and have the title in mind... Taste it... Bleeding The New Apocalypse (Cum Victriciis In Manibus Armis)... That's what you are in for this time. The darkness of the music on this piece is perfectly reflected in Marko's artwork. There is a slight twist to this cover, perhaps you will see it, perhaps you won't. Just acknowledge the fact that in a bunch of weeks you will have the chance to support The Hate and Season Of Mist by actually buying this masterpiece and go thru the incredibly good looking booklet that comes with it. Marko's outdone himself in that area as well, not just with the cover As Dark Angel once put it... Darkness descends. You are now beginning to watch it, piece by piece."
Season Of Mist is happy to welcome French brutal death metallers Benighted to the roster! The tentative release date of the band's as yet untitled sixth album has been set to April 18th, 2011.
The band issued the following statement: "Benighted is back from the psychiatric hospital and is very proud to announce the signing with Season Of Mist for the new album - 12 tracks mixing brutality and groove, a new concept album telling the story of a schizophrenic and the abysses of his delirium about Josef Fritz in his own cave."
Portuguese metallers Heavenwood have inked a worldwide, multi-album deal with Listenable Records (Gojira, Textures, Adagio, The Red Shore, The Order Of Apollon, Immolation, to name just a few - www.listenable.net). The band is currently mixing their fourth album, tentatively due in early 2011, with German producer Kristian " Kohle " Kohlmannslehner who has previously worked with Crematory, Agathodaimon and Benighted, among others, at Kohlekeller Studios (http://www.myspace.com/kohlekellerstudio), Germany.
Heavenwood singer Ernesto Guerra commented: "We are very excited to be able to partner-up with Listenable. They've proven all these years to be hard work, honest and dedicated people to their bands and above all, they feel, understand and believe on our music as we do, and this seems the perfect combination for achieve our goals. I am very confident that with their involvement Heavenwood will reach the next level with Abyss Masterpiece, our heavier, dark and intense album ever."
After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, Judas Priest - one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!
However, the mighty Priest will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive Epitaph Tour - hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal!
With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is Judas Priest!
Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 24-26, 2011 in Dessel, Belgium has its first confirmed headliner: Slipknot will play the festival on Sunday 26 June!
This will be the band's only Benelux show this summer. Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday December 8. Slipknot earlier confirmed as headliners for Sonisphere UK 2011.
As the banner says, more names will be announced tomorrow, so stay tuned!
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The Graspop Metal Meeting organization has released the names of the other two headliners of the festival: Scorpions and Ozzy Osbourne. Scorpions will headline the main stage on Friday June 24, while Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest will play on Saturday. As we announced yesterday, Slipknot will close the open-air festival on Sunday.