French metallers Blut Aus Nord will release their new album, 777 - Sect(s), on April 18 (April 19 in North America) via Debemur Morti Productions. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Earthsound Studio. The artwork was created by Chilean artist Daniel Valencia from Fenomeno Design and can be viewed below:
Sarke, the Norwegian band featuring Thomas "Sarke" Bergli (Khold, Tulus, Old Man's Child, Sensa Anima) and Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone), will release its sophomore album, Oldarhian, on April 15 via Indie Recordings.
Oldarhian cover art] tracklist:
02. Pilgrim Of The Occult
04. Passage To Oldarhian
05. Flay The Wolf
07. Paradigm Lost
08. Novel Dawn
09. Burning Of The Monoliths
10. The Stranger Brew
Celebrated progressive rock / cutting-edge metal band Between The Buried And Me (also BTBAM) has inked a worldwide recording deal with Metal Blade Records. The award-winning North Carolina quintet will kick off the partnership with the April release of its new album The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues.
Guitarist Paul Waggoner commented: "We are delighted in the opportunity to join the Metal Blade family. Their commitment to heavy music over the years is inspiring and we look forward to becoming a part of the ever-growing legacy of the label. Our new release, titled The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues will hit the streets in April. We are confident that our dedicated fans will appreciate it and hopeful that we will gain the attention of some new ears as well. In closing, I'd like to reference a quote from the illustrious Joe Dirt: "Life's a garden, dig it"."
Dutch metallers Imperia will release their forthcoming album, Secret Passion, on March 25 via Massacre Records. The CD was recorded at Spacelab studio in Germany. The album's first single, "Let Down", features a guest appearance by cellist Tina Guo.
Secret Passion cover art] tracklist:
01. Touch Of Your Hand
02. Secret Passion
04. Out Of Sight
05. Let Down
07. Like Rain
09. Hold On
11. Missing It All
12. My Sleeping Angel
"Heaven Forbid", a brand new song from Danish metallers Illdisposed, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
"Heaven Forbid" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled There Is Light (But It's Not For Me), which will be released on April 1 via Massacre Records. The band recorded the album at Antfarm Studio in Århus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (Moonspell, Dark Tranquillity, Gorefest, Sick Of It All). More details about There Is Light (But It's Not For Me) were previously reported over here.
Symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir will be performing one very exclusive show with a special, never-to-be-repeated set list with 53 members of Kork (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and 30 members of the Schola Cantorum Choir, who were musical guests on the Billboard-charting ninth studio album, Abrahadabra.
For fans of Dimmu's Wagnerian-inspired majesty, Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway promises to be a momentous once-in-a-lifetime experience, as this is the band's only confirmed worldwide appearance throughout the summer.
Dimmu Borgir guitarist Silenoz states: "It is with great pride and a sense of fulfillment that we can finally announce this event as yet another ambition becomes reality!" Adds vocalist Shagrath: "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen. Dimmu Borgir makes it happen. The circle will now be complete."
Orange Goblin will be returning to the US to celebrate the band's 15th Anniversary with a full nationwide tour in May and June.
Support on all dates (with the exception of Maryland Deathfest and Chicago) comes from Indianapolis doom metal heroes The Gates Of Slumber and Brooklyn's heavy psych-freaks Naam.
These tour dates will coincide with the US re-release of the first five Orange Goblin albums, recorded on Rise Above Records and made available in the US through Metal Blade. They will also be available as a limited edition box-set.
Orange Goblin: North American tour dates:
05/28 - New York, NY @ Santos Party House
05/29 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
05/31 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Mark Gromen from BW&BK wrote the following special road report, revealing more details regarding Amorphis' upcoming new album, scheduled for a May 27th release through Nuclear Blast.
"In Sonic Pump Studios, on the outskirts of Helsinki, Amorphis premiered their latest twelve track opus for an assemblage of foreign journalists, as well as homegrown fans. Even the album artwork is still in transition, as an egg hovers in the clouds above a groove of snow covered pine trees, the familiar arched Hammer Of Thor symbol is crudely depicted on the shell. Neither label reps, nor management had heard the album prior to the listening session! Bold move.
The still unmastered disc, rumored to go under the title of Beginning Of Time (the last song on the album) will be finalized within the coming week.
Polish black metal band Vesania will embark on the Unholy Carnival Tour in April.
The band - which features in its ranks Behemoth bassist Tomasz "Orion" Wróblewski on vocals and guitar, UnSun/Decapitated bassist Filip "Heinrich" Hałucha, and Dimmu Borgir session drummer Darek "Daray" Brzozowski - will share the stage with Azarath and Nomad.
Demonaz (his passport says Harald Nævdal) - former guitarist and main lyricist for Immortal - will release his first solo album, March Of The Norse, on April 1st in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records.
Old demo versions of two tracks, called "Over The Mountains" and "Dying Sun", can be streamed below or on MySpace. Both tracks were recorded in 2007 at the Soundsurf Studios in Bergen, Norway.
The line-up on those demos was completed by Immortal guitarist Abbath on bass and former Immortal drummer Armagedda, together with guitarist Ice Dale (Enslaved, Gorgoroth, I)
March Of The Norse cover art] tracklist:
01. Northern Hymn
02. All Blackened Sky
03. March Of The Norse