The Black Light Bacchanalia, the 12th studio effort of Virgin Steele, is now made available for streaming in its entirety at AOL's Listening Party.
The album will be released on North American territories on November 9th through SPV/Steamhammer.
The Black Light Bacchanalia cover art] tracklist:
01. By The Hammer Of Zeus (And The Wrecking Ball Of Thor)
02. Pagan Heart
03. The Bread Of Wickedness
04. In A Dream Of Fire
05. Nepenthe (I Live Tomorrow)
06. The Orpheus Taboo
07. To Crown Them With Halos (Parts 1 & 2)
08. The Black Light Bacchanalia (The Age That Is To Come)
09. The Tortures Of The Damned
10. Necropolis (He Answers Them With Death)
11. Eternal Regret
Symfonia is the name of a new melodic metal project featuring former members of Helloween, Stratovarius, Angra and Sonata Arctica. The band is set to enter the Studio Mega in Varberg, Sweden later this month to begin recording its debut album, scheduled for a spring 2011 release.
The Symfonia line-up looks as follows:
Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius, Revolution Renaissance) - guitar
André Matos (Angra, Shaman, Viper) - vocals
Jari Kainulainen (Stratovarius, Evergrey) - bass
Mikko Härkin (Sonata Arctica, Kotipelto) - keyboards
Uli Kusch (Masterplan, Helloween) - drums
The very humble press release reads as follows: "None of these musicians need an introduction. They are all legends among the melodic metal community. By sheer coincidence, they all found themselves living on the same continent, in Scandinavia. They decided to join forces and express their talents in the form of a new melodic metal project: Symfonia.
Norwegian metallers Trail Of Tears are in the pre-production phase of a new studio album. A clip from the studio can be watched below. Here's an update from the band:
"Ok, so it's been a while since the last update from the Trail camp. The reason for this silence is simple: we have been keeping ourselves busy writing some new tunes and trying out a few ideas in the studio. We have to say that it has been a good experience and some of the ideas which have surfaced so far sound pretty damn exciting to our ears! We are continuing to write material for the next album and will spend a few more months creating something that will live up to our own expectations and goals and hopefully raise a few eyebrows as well!"
It is finally now official: premier LA Thrash outfit Hexen is now a part of the Pulverised Records home of the Extreme Metal elite roster.
Formed in 2003 and with 4 demos and the brilliant 2008 full-length debut State Of Insurgency later, Hexen is now all geared up and preparing to enter the studio for a brand new second as-yet-untitled full-length album that will see the light of day in 2011.
Hexen's brand of blistering Thrash Metal caught the Metal community by storm with their intellectual and thought-out songwriting, and showcasing the fretboard virtuoso twin-axe attack of Ronny Dorian and Tak Arayan; very much reminiscent of Megadeth during their heyday. Having already proven that they are not your average Thrash band, their upcoming sophomore release will promise that the border is going to be pushed once again.
Hate Eternal is working on their fifth studio album (second for Metal Blade Records) and follow up to Fury And Flames once again at Erik Rutan's own Mana Recording Studios. JJ Hrubovcak has been added as the band's bassist and the devastating combo of Erik Rutan on guitar and Jade Simonetto on drums is at work once again. The album promises to be one of the most intense death metal albums of 2011.
Frontman Erik Rutan offers the following update: "The band has been locked up in Mana Recording Studios doing pre-production for the past 2 months, finishing up songs that we have been writing over the last year in between tours and albums that I've produced, and we feel we have come up with one of Hate Eternal's heaviest, most twisted, evil, melodic, and insane albums yet. It was my goal to expand upon what the band has done in the past, and add new dynamics and twists to the traditional, dissonant Hate Eternal style, yet keep it in the same vein. It took the three of us really pushing ourselves, and digging deep into the essence of who we are as musicians and writers and players to create something very unique and special. We cannot wait for everyone to hear what we have in store. Look out for updates from the studio over the next few months."
UK progressive metallers Threshold have started writing material for the follow up to their last album Dead Reckoning. The new album is due for release through Nuclear Blast Records sometime in 2011.
Threshold will record the new volume at Thin Ice Studios in the UK, with production as usual by Karl Groom and Richard West. The band's last studio album Dead Reckoning was released in 2007 and enjoyed chart success in the UK, Germany and Holland. Threshold have since released a double album compilation The Ravages Of Time and a box set entitled Paradox - The Singles Collection.
US Melodic Death/Power Metal band Structure Of Inhumanity - featuring in its ranks members from Pyramaze, Arsis and Suspyre - are debuting the Scott Hansen directed video for the song "The Ruin" taken from their upcoming debut album Completion Integration.
The band was formed in 2005 by Jonah Weingarten (keyboardist known for Pyramaze and Lilitu), as part of his vision for creating a unique sounding blend of melodic death, progressive rhythms, powerful heavy metal, and cinematic orchestration. Joined by Noah Martin (bass/growls - from Arsis), Clay Barton (clean vox - from Suspyre), guitarists Mike Iuzzolino and Brandon Ellis as well as drummer Gabriel Marshall (Suspyre), Jonah recorded the album together with James Murphy (Testament, Death, Obituary) and Peter Wichers (Soilwork, Warrel Dane). Murphy is also mixing and mastering the album.
Samael want to give their fans a taste of what's to come with their Antigod EP and the upcoming studio album. You can check out the track "Antigod" at this location.
The Antigod EP will be out on November 19th as a digital download exclusive, while the band's next album is due in 2011.
Samael vocalist Vorphalack comments: "Here's the song we chose to give you a taste of our new album. Sound wise, "Antigod" stands between the up-tempo tracks and ultra heavy ones of our new recordings. As for the lyrics, we've expressed our views on the religious matter before but with this track, we made our position clearer than with any previous song. "Antigod" doesn't resume the whole album but it gives you a good idea of what's about to come... "
Swedish death metallers Diabolical are very proud to announce the release of a new CD, entitled Ars Vitae, which will be out January 21, 2011. The album will be released by ViciSolum Productions. It will also be released in the US around the same time.
Ars Vitae contains 17 tracks; both new studio recordings produced at Necromorbus Studio during this year, and previously unreleased recordings. One track from the record, called "Eye", is available for streaming at the band's website or on YouTube below.
The band will be touring Europe under the Black Steel Worship European Tour banner later this month with Interment. Get dates here.
The Reitermania never stops! Die Apokalyptischen Reiter will be releasing their new album Moral And Wahnsinn on the 25th of February 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. Album trailer available below.
Commented the band: "We are leaving the studio with the feeling of having created something unique that will last forever. This album unites all our musical sides and strengths with lyrical brillance focusing on the highs and lows of human insanity and also the morality in each one of us. Insanity is imagination, morality a barren womb."
Moral And Wahnsinn cover art] tracklist:
01. Die Boten
02. Gib Dich Hin
03. Hammer Oder Amboß
04. Dir Gehört Nichts
05. Dr. Pest
06. Moral & Wahnsinn
Using the remaining time between the last festival and the upcoming South American tour (25th of November), Rammstein has visited a studio on the outskirts of Berlin in the past week. This week the light and sound rehearsals for the upcoming shows start again.
Kirill Zmurciuk, guitarist and founding member of Moldovan progressive death metal band Neuromist, has announced the departure of their drummer and vocalist. Here's the full message:
"Without any introduction I will get straight to the point - we have yet another line-up changes. Both Mihail Grigorash and Vladimir Ghilien have left the band a few months ago for personal and very positive reasons. Both are waiting for their wives to give birth to their children, and that's very good news for us. Guys simply don't have the time to focus on music so they decided to leave the band. All we can say is good luck for their families that will get bigger very soon
As for our little family, we are glad to announce our new/old drummer - Serghei "Liolik" Petrenco. Those of you who have seen us supporting Sadist in Chisinau on 30th of October already know that the founding drummer is back in the fold and he's kicking some serious ass behind the kit. He has agreed to stay with us permanently after this show, and we're very excited about it since he's a real pro and there's not doubt that our music will get even more technical and aggressive with him joining us. So, welcome back to the family!