Glorior Belli have inked a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records in anticipation of their upcoming album The Great Southern Darkness, due to be released in the fall of this year.
The band commented: "We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to work with the folks of Metal Blade Records, who put out some of the best Metal in the past decades, and it's only fair given the efforts and determination of Glorior Belli into making genuine music that stands the test of time."
Megadeth are gearing up to record their as-yet-untitled new album with producer Johnny Karkazis (Machine Head, Disturbed). The album is slated for a fall 2011 release through Roadrunner Records, with drum tracking due to begin next week at Vic's Garage studio in San Marcos, operated by band leader Dave Mustaine. Johnny K replaces Andy Sneap (Nevermore) behind the board, who was forced to pull out due to scheduling conflicts.
Stay tuned for updates on Megadeth's follow-up to 2009's Endgame which debuted on the Billboard 200 at #9!
In other news, Mustaine has launched a new project called Red Lamb with former Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz, Accept bassist Peter Baltes and Yngwie Malmsteen drummer Patrick Johansson. Most of the music will be taken from Spitz's aborted Deuxmonkey project with ex-Crimson Glory frontman Wade Black, which fell apart when Black quit back in April due to creative differences.
Finnish funeral doom group Profetus, are now finishing their upcoming second album "…to Open the Passages in Dusk", which is to be released in summer 2011 through Weird Truth productions, Japan. The album, consisting playing time of one hour, and 4 solemn and majestic tracks is again invoking the stream of Dark Scandinavian Doom Metal at its finest. Profetus paints with the brush of long-known tradition, leading the listener towards the sole essence of Scandinavian mind - picturing a desolate landscape, where the gloomy mist circles the thousand lakes, tasting the soil, cascading to the cold air into piercing northern light.
Ghost Brigade have set Until Fear No Longer Defines Us as the title of their forthcoming third album, which has been scheduled for an August 19th (August 23rd in North America) release.
In order to celebrate the release of Until Fear No Longer Defines Us, the band will embark on a Finnish tour in next September and October. Support for most of the shows comes from Finnish dark hardcore act Unkind.
Arch Enemy have teamed up with www.metalsucks.net to launch the brand new track "Bloodstained Cross" off the upcoming album Khaos Legions which will hit stores on May 30th in Europe and June 7th in North America. Simply head over to this location.
Angela Gossow comments: ""Bloodstained Cross" - I'd say the title speaks for itself on this one! A remorseless and brutal, yet intricate knuckleduster thrash-attack. Some epic guitar moments in this one too courtesy of the Amott bros. Will be a killer track live... Now turn up the volume and blast this godless anthem all over town!"
In addition you can now enjoy the second Khaos Legions trailer on YouTube.
Legendary Brazilian/American thrashers Sepultura have released the cover artwork for their upcoming album Kairos. Artwork was handled this time around by artist Eric Sayers.
"I started by researching Kairos for images and meaning as soon as the band gave me the title," stated Sayers. Kairos is about time, the actions we take, and the positive or negative repercussions that follow. I knew the image would have wings. I also knew I would somehow need to represent time, but in a way that is timeless. Speaking with Andreas, he had an idea for a gel skull. I was uncertain how I would make that happen, but I did and it is unique. Actions and their repercussions are represented by the arms, transitioning from the strong healthy arm on top and the decrepit hand below. The background is made from a couple of photos I took on a recent trip to Morocco. They give the composition a mystical quality. It was an honor for me to work with Sepultura. I am a long-time fan of this legendary band."
Bassist Novy (ex-Behemoth/Vader, Road's End) will be officially teaming up with Chicago based, multinational extreme act Against The Plagues in support of their second full-length release. The band decided to part ways with previous guitarist Wojtek Lisicki and continuing work on new album as a 4 piece group including Varyen - drums(ex-Forest Of Impaled/Damnation), Marco Martell - guitars (Divine Empire), Novy - bass (ex-Behemoth/Vader, Road's End), Logan Perez - vocals (Vex).
Commented co-founder Varyen Chylinski: "I am proud to announce that one of the best bass player in death metal scene - Novy who previously worked with Behemoth and Vader is officially new member of Against The Plagues! He is great very experienced musician who used to play in several world class bands in the past and I am looking forward to work with him on our upcoming second album. We are very excited and full of energy like never before and I cannot wait to expose our new material to all our loyal followers! Also I want to confirmed that guitarist Wojtek Lisicki is no longer with us. We wish him all the best. Please check out our myspace/facebook sites for all updates."
Finnish black crusaders Archgoat will record 5 new hymns of Angelslaying Black Fucking Metal this coming July. The mini album should be released in October this year. More information to follow in the coming weeks.
In other news, the layouts for both full lengths, Whore Of Bethlehem and The Light-Devouring Darkness, are currently being reworked by Finnish artist Helgorth from Babalon Graphics for an upcoming picture 12" vinyl re-issue via Debemur Morti Productions.
Last but not least, the band is set to headline the Deathkult Open Air festival in Gera, Thüringen (Germany) this coming June 4th as well as The Return Of Darkness & Evil Festival IV in Clifton, NJ (USA) this coming August 13th. This is the band's first and only East Coast appearance.
"Back To Sleep", the new video from Portuguese metallers Factory Of Dreams, can be viewed at this location. The video was produced by Hugo Flores and directed by Emil Jonsvik of First Edition Pictures.
"Back To Sleep" comes off the band's latest album, entitled Melotronical, which was released on March 8 via Progrock Records.
Finnish metallers Catamenia have issued the short following update:
"We've decided to take the keyboards back to our music, so we want to welcome Jussi Sauvola from Silent Threnody and Decrowned to join the band. His profile can be found here. Welcome to Cata-family, Jussi!"
It is with great sadness that we bring to you (the fans) the following news:
Due to unexpected circumstances regarding some potentially serious health issues, our long time lead guitarist and dear friend Tom Klimchuck will unfortunately have to put his musical endeavors on hold for at least the foreseeable future. Although we all wanted so much for Tom to be able to participate in the 20 Year Anniversary tours, we collectively decided that it was too risky and that his health and family should take precedent. Thankfully, (with Tom's blessing) we have found a replacement in Adam Phillips (Indorphine) and so the tours will move forward as planned. The fans can expect a great show, as we have quite an ambitious set list lined up for them. A personal statement from Tom to the fans can be expected shortly. In the meantime, we welcome Adam aboard and we wish Tom a speedy and full recovery. Thank you all for your support during this difficult time and transition, and special thanks to Tom for his many years of flawless commitment to our beloved band (this tour's for you). We hope to see you all at the gigs!"
"You I Need", the brand-new single from Finnish heavy metallers Amorphis, has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.
"You I Need" comes off the band's upcoming new album The Beginning Of Times, which will be released on May 27th in Europe and June 7th in North America through Nuclear Blast Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
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"My Enemy", another brand new song from Finnish metallers Amorphis, is available for streaming at the band's Facebook page.
"My Enemy" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled The Beginning Of Times, which will be released on May 27th in Europe and June 7th in North America through Nuclear Blast Records.
Norwegian metallers Circus Maximus have issued the following update on their official website:
"As many of you have been wondering, what has been, or is going on in the Circus Maximus camp these days? What is the status on the recording on the new album? Well... To give you the short and brutal version, here is where we are today:
After finishing the drum tracks in November, the band took the Christmas holidays off, presuming to start up right over new years with drum editing, and continue with guitar, bass, keys and vocals right after that. What we didn't plan out as a result of Mats' grueling long hours in front of the computer, editing drums, was that he got arm inflammation in both arms. Because of this, both the drum editing (that was over half ways finished), and upcoming rhythm guitar tracking had to be postponed until further notice. With this, and other personal/family stuff that had to be dealt with, the recording process stagnated quite a bit.