"Swedish "art-rock behemoth" Cult Of Luna have entered Tonteknik Studios in their home town of Umea, Sweden, to record their fifth full length album.
The band have 8 songs ready to commit to tape, having spent the preceding weeks fine tuning the material that will look to build further on the success of "Somewhere Along the Highway".
Although the band are yet confirm the title, the album will see the band attempt to adapt their sound, welcoming a harsher and more primal element to their already complex approach.
Guitarist/vocalist Johannes Persson comments cryptically: "As we close the doors of the Tonteknik studio and travel into unchartered musical ground, only one thing is sure; what will come out will have been born from pain and violence."
Canadian masters of brutality Cryptopsy are currently putting the finishing touches on their sixth full-length studio album, "The Unspoken King". The band recently announced the addition of new frontman Matt McGachy (3 Mile Scream) and keyboards/samplist Maggie Durand to their line-up. Vocalist Matt comments the work on the new album as follows:
"The studio process has been very fulfilling. We have just recently finished all of the vocal tracks and the samples are in the process of being completed. The songs are just as brutal as on the previous albums while being far more concise. We have even brought in ex-Ion Dissonance vocalist Gabriel McCaughry to add some vocals to a track called 'Anoint The Dead'. Some of the other tracks on the album are called 'Worship Your Demons', 'The Headsmen' and 'Bemoan The Martyr'."
Mikkey, Phil and Lemmy have all gathered in Los Angeles to begin working on a follow up to the fan and critically acclaimed "Kiss of Death" album. More will follow.
UPDATED on (June 7):
Motörhead have titled their new album "Motörize". They have just finished recording it at the 606 Studios in Los Angeles, which is owned by Dave Ghrol (Nirvana, Foo Fighters). Motörhead are now heading to Europe to perform at several summer festivals.
German metallers Suidakra will release their new DVD and "best-of" CD package, entitled "13 Years Of Celtic Wartunes", on April 25. Also a trailer of this upcoming DVD is now available Link].
"13 Years Of Celtic Wartunes" will include the band's Wacken Open Air 2007 performance, an acoustic concert, and a best-of CD with remastered and newly recorded songs spanning the band's 13-year history.
Swedish metallers Messhuggah are streaming their entire new album, entitled "ObZen", on the band's MySpace page Link].
"ObZen" will be release in Europe on March 7 via Nuclear Blast Records (on March 11 in US). The album contains nine songs and has a running time of around 55 minutes.
"The Scandinavian version of the ProgPower festival that launched last year has booked Pagan's Mind for this years event. October 31st and November 1st 2008 will the doors open for the second edition of ProgPower Scandinavia."
Also confirmed for the event are:
Pain Of Salvation
The two remaining headliners are yet to be announced.
Guitarist and vocalist Oddleif Stensland has written the following album update on the band's myspace page:
Finally, the mixing of the new album is done, and the master has been sent to our record company Nuclear Blast. Hopefully they will like what we have been working on, cause they have not a single clue on what this album contains, as they have not previewed any demos or anything prior to entering the studio, until the master drops on their office table. But we have tons of confident and this is some of the most insane work we have ever done. The guitar and drums sounds fantastic, and Tor-Atle is playing his best stuff ever, Erik's bass lines are more in your face than it has been before and my vocals has never been as varied as this before. We have no clue on what you guys out there will think of this new material, or what the magazines will have to say about it, but we know it will be hard to top the reviews and sound check positions from "Waves of Visual Decay", because they were so raving all over, so it will be exiting to follow the coming months of promotion.
Nuclear Blast is proud to announce the signing of Sumerian thrashing black metallers Melechesh (pronounced "mele-kesh")! After founding the band in Jerusalem back in 1993 the band managed to become the first metal outfit out of the middle east to draw mass attention from all over the world. Since releasing their break through album "Sphynx" in 2003 every headbanger out there has heard of this oriental blackish, thrashy force called Melechash (which by the way is Hebrew/Aramaic for "king of fire")! After their even more successful 2006 effort "Emissaries" it was time to move on businesswise - enter 2008 this unique and promosing band finally found its new home under the flag of Nuclear Blast! Welcome, brothers!
Swedish metallers Scar Symmetry have posted the following album update on their myspace page:
"We're happy to announce that our 3rd CD, "Holographic Universe", has now been mixed, mastered and delivered to the people at Nuclear Blast Records! We pushed the "record"-button for the first time early December and the time since has been hectic and intense to say the least. We've worked our asses off 24/7 and the result is 12 new songs, featuring all the creamy goodness of "Symmetric In Design" and the spicy flavours of "Pitch Black Progress", this time with a lot of added cheese and pork-fat... Does it make sense to you? No, not to us either..."
"Rumors have been circulating for some time, but Guitar World has confirmed that Ripper Owens is indeed the new lead singer for Yngwie Malmsteen. Yngwie announced the news to the Guitar World staff today when he came to the magazine's New York headquarters for an exclusive interview and photo shoot.
Malmsteen and Owens, who formerly fronted Judas Priest, are hard at work on a new CD, which is currently scheduled for a July release."
Lithuanian metallers Obtest have posted the following update on their myspace page:
The much anticipated fourth album of Obtest "Gyvybės Medis" will be released April 4th in three different formats - digipak compact disk and picture vinyl record is handled by Osmose Productions, whilst collectors' A5 sized CD book is worked by Ledo Takas Records. The album with a total playing time of 44 minutes consists of nine songs, the list of which you can find in the Releases section.
Starting Feb 26, the "Sakalo Vaikai" will be streaming at this location, and can also be accessed through visiting the renewed official websites of both the band and the label.
Swedish death metallers Coldworker have posted updates about their forthcoming album on their website:
Coldworker's second album is entitled "Rotting Paradise" cover art] and will be released worldwide, tentatively, in May 2008. The album was recorded at four different locations and mixed and mastered at a fifth. The drums were recorded over a couple of days at Soundlab Studios. The guitars (all digital this time) were recorded at Johan from his Haven's house, while the bass was recorded at drummer Anders Jakobson's house and the vocals in Coldworker Studios. After all that, Dan Swanö mixed and mastered everything at his own Unisound Studios.
Lee Barrett has stepped down as bass player for To-Mera. It was a decision made at the beginning of the year and a replacement is already in place.
Mark Harrington, also in Demagogue MySpace], is now the new bass player, so please wish him a warm welcome into the fold!
"I've had a great time playing with the band, but unfortunately my "real life" work dictated that I was unable to fulfil any possible future touring or musical commitments. It was only fair to the rest of the band that I left now rather than encounter any potential scheduling conflicts at a later date. I shall hopefully still be involved behind the scenes and taking care of the band's day-to-day business as I have been before, so I'll still be sticking around. Cheers for everyone's support over the last couple of years!" said Lee upon leaving the band.
"American death metallers Nile will appear on a tour in Europe in September! That's gonna be their first European headlining tournee after the release of "Ithyphallic" album (Nuclear Blast). Band's previous tournee alongside Six Feet Under and Finntroll turned out to be a great success so we hope for another glorious crusade.
Nile will play a monthly tour, appearing not only in places passed over during their recent trip, like the Balkans, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, the UK, but also in Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria and Germany.
Special guest acts of "Ithyphallic Europe Tour 2008" will be Swedish death metal horde Grave, promoting their newest album "Dominion VIII" (Regain) and Austrian black-death metallers Belphegor, also promoting their new studio album "Bondage.Goat.Zombie"(Nuclear Blast).