Bay Area death metal band, Abscess has announced the release date for its latest effort, Dawn of Inhumanity. The new record, which is the follow up to 2007's, Horrorhammer, will hit stores in the US on March 9th (March 15th Europe) via Peaceville Records.
Dawn of Inhumanity was recorded at the famous Fantasy Studios, CA in October 2009, with experienced engineer Adam Munoz helping to produce this latest spawn. The result is an unrivaled nightmare of raw experimental extremity. Including special guest vocal appearances by the Darkthrone duo, this is twisted, dirty punk death without limits!
Abscess drummer/vocalist, Chris Reifert, states: "Bursting through the boundaries of brutality, Abscess surpasses all previous efforts and presents a death metal masterpiece filled with insanity, violence and mind blowing savagery."
Norwegian metallers Keep Of Kalessin have posted an edited version of the brand new song "The Dragontower" online. The full version of the song will appear on the bands upcoming album, Reptilian, which will be released in 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The edited version is the one Keep Of Kalessin will take part in the national Eurovision Songcontest "Melodi Grand Prix" with.
Excalion have added the opening song for their upcoming album titled High Time to their MySpace player. The third Excalion album High Time will be released 29th of January 2010. High Time was recorded at Studio Watercastle in Jyväskylä, between August and October 2009. More details and tracklist here.
Locrian have completed their new collaborative studio album, entitled Territories. The album was recorded in January 2009 at Phantom Manor Studios in Chicago, IL and features numerous collaborators including Andrew Scherer (Velnias), Mark Solotroff (Bloodyminded), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), and Blake Judd (Nachtmystium). The album will also be a collaboration between four labels from three countries: At War With False Noise (UK), Basses Frequences (France), Bloodlust! (USA), and Small Doses (USA). Territories is Locrian's second studio album and is slated for a March 1st release.
Territories cover art] tracklist:
01. Inverted Ruins
02. Between Barrows
03. Procession of Ancestral Brutalism
Norwegian power metallers Gaia Epicus have announced more details regarding the band's upcoming fifth studio release. The album will be titled Dark Secrets and will hit the streets in Spring. Album cover art, designed by JP Fournier, will be revealed soon.
Dark Secrets tracklist:
01. Beyond The Universe
03. Lost Forever
04. Mirror Of Truth
05. Bounded By Blood
06. Ode To The Past
08. The Raven
09. Behind These Walls
10. Falling Into The Abyss
11. Dark Secrets
12. Last Chance
Throes Of Dawn have issued the following update regarding their new upcoming effort:
"We have settled a release date for our fifth album The Great Fleet Of Echoes. The album will be released 19th of February in the Finnish Metal Expo. We are also very pleased to announce that the album is released both as a digipack CD and a 12" double vinyl lp with a 24-bit mastering and two bonus songs.
It took a lot of time, but we are happy with the outcome. The Great Fleet Of Echoes is a clear expansion in the bands songwriting. Showing more versatile, progressive and melodic approach into the gloom and melancholy our music reflects. A firm and logical step forward."
Due to Tom Araya's back surgery, Slayer have been forced to cancel all of their immediate tour plans through April. This includes the American and Canadian Carnage tour dates that were set to kick off on January 18, as well as the band's European headline tour scheduled for March and April. The Slayer camp is working hard to reschedule dates for later this year.
Here's the statement from Slayer's manager Rick Sales: "Tom gave various medical treatments more than a fair shot, but they just haven't handled the problem, so he's biting the bullet and is scheduled for back surgery at the end of this month."
This difficult decision made by the band's bassist/vocalist Tom Araya means the cancellation of Slayer's immediate tour plans that include the American and Canadian Carnage Tour dates that were set to kick off on January 18, as well as the band's UK/European headline tour scheduled for March and April. Booking agents for both Slayer and Megadeth are already hard at work rescheduling the tour dates; tickets already purchased for these shows will be honored at the rescheduled dates.
The following update was issued on the Cloven Hoof's official website:
"The band have decided to release a 5 track EP entitled Throne Of Damnation by popular demand. It will have 3 new songs, "Prime Time", "Running Man" and "Freak Show". Also to be included are re-workings of "Whore Of Babylon" and "Night Stalker" featured on the Brutal Legend game. The EP is available as a limited run only, so will be much sought after. The first 500 will be on sale at a special price of £5.00 including postage and packing. Order now to avoid disappointment! Go to the shop menu!"
Message posted on the band's official myspace page today:
After taking an offical break over two years ago, it has now become the reality that Zyklon is no longer a functional band, and thus the decision is made to formaly split up the band, instead of just letting it decend into nothingness.
As a final release from the band, Candlelight Records will later this year put out a boxset, entitled "The Storm Manifesto", including all three full-length albums with various bonus material. Zyklon played its final show in Tokyo, Japan on the 28th of September 2007.
All members of Zyklon are still active on various fronts. Samoth is currently in the studio working on the debut album for his new project, The Wretched End. Destructhor is still touring with Morbid Angel, and is still planning to complete a new Myrkskog album with Secthdamon. Trym is mainly working in his tattoo shop, but is scheduled to appear in a new music project soon.
"The Unrelenting Surge Of Vengeance", the new video from Indian metallers Demonic Resurrection, has been made available online. The clip was directed by Vijesh Rajan and Srinivas.
"The Unrelenting Surge Of Vengeance" comes off the band's forthcoming album, The Return To Darkness, which is scheduled to be released on January 15th via Demonstealer Records. The artwork of the album was created by Xaay, who has previously worked with Nile, Karl Sanders, Necrophagist and Behemoth.
The Return To Darkness cover art] tracklist:
01. Between Infinity And Oblivion
02. Where Dreams And Darkness Unite
03. The Warriors Return
04. A Tragedy Befallen
05. The Unrelenting Surge Of Vengeance
"Your Treachery Will Die With You", the new video from US metallers Dying Fetus, has been made available online. The clip was filmed in New York with director Kevin Custer (Hatebreed, Testament, Soulja Boy, Kingdom Of Sorrow), who previously worked with the band on the "Shepherd's Commandment" video.
"Your Treachery Will Die With You" comes off the band's latest album, Descend Into Depravity, which was released on September 2009 via Relapse Records.
Italian "psychotic" death metallers Murder Therapy have made their entire debut album Symmetry Of Delirium, released in September, available for streaming. Check it out here.
The band comments: "With the coming of a new year we decided to take another step in doing things our way. We have uploaded our entire album, hoping it will stay online a long time. We know we are not the first band to do this, and will not be the last, although most of the time albums are streamed only for a limited promotional time. We want to use this blog to be clear about what we are doing. There are certain beliefs about the music/internet relationship that we think don't make sense anymore.
To think that downloading an album equals a failure in selling it is madness. Thinking that streaming an entire album could demotivate its purchase is absurd (unless the album is really bad, eh eh). Having the listener find somewhere else (blogspots, Torrents, P2P..) a "preview" of the entire album, instead of having the band present it is nonsense.
Helloween have released a video for the new version of the song "Dr. Stein". The clip was shot with Oliver Sommer from AVA Studios. According to a press release, the clip is described as "a comical video where the guys don't take themselves too serious and intentionally present the band in a very self-ironic way!"
Helloween's upcoming Unarmed - Best Of 25th Anniversary compilation album will be released in Europe on January 29, 2010. A US release date has yet to be announced.