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.
More good news today! None other than "the incredible" Linkin Park will be the second headliner of the 2011 edition of Download Festival, set to take place June 10-12 at Donington Park. And if that wasn't enough, also Rob Zombie has been added to the line-up today. Earlier this month the organization already confirmed the appearance of "the mighty" Avenged Sevenfold, with System Of A Down as the absolute headliners of the festival.
Here's the accompanying press release:
"With the boards brimming with activity over this evening's news that Linkin Park have been confirmed as the second headliner for Download 2011, we've just added one more artist to the bill that's sent the hype machine in to overdrive!
Scottish alternative rock band Biffy Clyro has been confirmed as one of the headlining acts at the Sonisphere music festival in Hertfordshire, England. Slipknot has also been confirmed to perform at Sonisphere this summer, including an exclusive UK performance at Knebworth.
Scots rock heroes Biffy "who the fuck is this band anyway?" Clyro will bring their famously energetic live performance, award-winning rock outs and catchy singalong anthems to Sonisphere for the first time, for an exclusive headlining set on the Saturday night.
The announcement comes hot off the heels of a massive arena tour which ended at a sold out Wembley Arena on Saturday night. With latest album Only Revolutions going platinum in the UK and earning a Mercury Prize nomination for Album of The Year, plus their second UK Festival Award in the bag (for the Virtual Festivals Critics Choice Award in honour of their Glastonbury performance), Biffy Clyro are on a massive trajectory that will ensure their headline set on Knebworth's mighty main stage is an iconic one in their career.
Swedish metal band Falconer have started the recording process of the new album Armod. Guitarist Stefan Weinerhall has issued the following update:
"Falconer has now begun the recording of its new album Armod at Andy La Rocque's (King Diamond) Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden. Our drummer Karsten Larsson, who is the first one to be recorded, thinks this may be his best session ever. The vibe is really awesome!"
To read an earlier post about this album, go to this location.
From Chaos To Eternity is the title of the new Rhapsody Of Fire full length album, that will be released in Spring 2011 through Nuclear Blast at a worldwide level.
Here's the official Italian-cheese press release:
The 10th studio album of the Italian power metal act will be a new musical masterpiece. Described by the band as the natural evolution of the monumental chartbreaker of 2010 The Frozen Tears Of Angels, the new album will represent an important goal in the history of Rhapsody Of Fire, as it will be the last one based in the fantasy saga started in 1997 with the debut album Legendary Tales.
As usual Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli will be the producers of the new work. But for the first time, part of such a production (vocals and guitar recordings) was and will be mostly based in Trieste, the Italian hometown of the two founders. The recordings of bass and drums already took place in Wolfsburg at "The Gate Studio" under the wise supervision of their longtime friend Sascha Paeth (Avantasia, Angra and more).
Good news everyone! At The fucking Gates will do a limited run of select shows in 2011.
Commented the band: "Simply put, we had the time of our lives during the 2008 reunion and have decided to do a couple of more shows. Although we won't be touring extensively, and we stick to the initial promise of not making anymore music. Please check our homepage and MySpace for updates."
The first confirmed show in 2011 is the Metaltown Festival, set to take place June 17-18, 2011 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Other confirmed acts on that billing include: System Of A Down, Cradle Of Filth, Parkway Drive and Raubtier.
At The Gates also confirmed for Tuska Open Air, taking place in Helsinki, Finland on July 22, 2011.