In Virtue has once again entered the studio to lay their vision to tape in the form of a new full-length album entitled Embrace the Horror, a follow-up to last year's Delusions of Grandeur. The album will be a loose concept album about the end of the world and will contain about 12 songs. The band has already laid down the drum tracks at Prairie Sun Recording studios in Cotati, CA with engineer Jason D'Ottavio (Shrapnel Records) and will be recording the remaining tracks over the next several months.
Says guitarist and composer Trey Xavier: "This album has been a long time coming. We've been sitting on these songs for over a year and now we get to do it right. These are our fastest and heaviest songs to date, and I am confident that this album will be a treat for fans of all kinds of metal."
Hot on the heels of a busy and productive 2009, Bay Area thrash legends Death Angel have been holed up in their Oakland, California studio for the past few months writing songs for their next Nuclear Blast release, tentatively scheduled to drop in September. The band heads into Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida in March, with production genius Jason Suecof on the board, to start tracking the new record. Suecof is on the cutting edge of the current metal world having produced albums for the likes of Trivium, August Burns Red, The Black Dahlia Murder, All That Remains, White Chapel, Devildriver and many more.
Rob Cavestany, lead guitarist of Death Angel had this to say about plans for the new album: "Jason is one of my favorite producers churning out some of the sickest slabs of metal out there today. I am so stoked to have the chance to co-produce our next record with him. It's gonna be vicious! The band is on fire right now in the thick of pre-production and the new songs are crushing! We can't wait to start tracking!"
Mägo De Oz - who are still working on the forthcoming new album Gaia III - Atlantia - have announced they'll be playing a live show on February 27th in Madrid, where the band will be playing the entire new album. The band will also present the first videoclip of the album, entitled "Que El Viento Sople A Tu Favor".
Guitarist and Bay Area Metal veteran Robert Kolowitz is the latest addition to Imagika. As a current member of Bay Area stalwarts Hellhound and former member of Blackstorm and RapidFire, Robert brings years of experience and perseverance to the 2nd guitar slot. His former bands have performed with Anthrax, Death Angel, Legacy (Testament), Forbidden, Megadeth, Nitro, Vicious Rumors and Slayer.
Guitarist Steve Rice comments: "The band was impressed with Rob's ability to learn our material quickly and his killer guitar skills. Imagika will sound even more aggressive now and we look forward to our future collaboration as we start the writing for our next CD. Rob came in at a great time on the eve of our new release "Portrait Of A Hanged Man" which we believe is our best release to date. The fans can definitely expect a heavier, louder and faster Imagika!"
Spanish heavy metallers Lujuria have announced they'll be entering New Life studios on March 1st to start recording their tenth full-length. Album title will be La Llama Eterna and will contain some cover songs of the different bands that have had influence in the history of Lujuria. It will also be a tribute to the different members of the band that have died along the past years. The artwork will be done by the students of the Escuela de Arte Superior de Diseño of Segovia, the band's hometown.
La Llama Eterna tracklist:
01. Esta Noche Es Una Noche De Rock And Roll
02. El Heavy No Es Violencia
03. La Fuerza Del Rock
04. Después Del Concierto
05. Balada Para Una Vida
Draconian has finally started the song-writing process for a new album. Below is the statement of vocalist Anders Jacobsson regarding the future of the band:
"Draconian anno 2010, a new productive era. We are aware things has been silent for a while, and that the possible developement of the bands' progress has been kept from the limelight. There hasn't been much to tell really. Things has been standing still for a while due to different aspects and circumstances, which I guess, in after-thought, was necessary. Now, however, we are about to rise from the half-light. We are currently working quite diligently for Draconian to enter the second decade of this new millenium with a boost. Already, things are happening and we are doing our very best to follow up on everything we need in order for the band to stay in peoples hearts. You can expect us to ring out loud for the year to come. Thank you for being patient and understanding."
Wolftrap is how the brand new finnish "old-school hard rock boogie" band is called. Rising from the ashes of the traditional heavy metal band Manitou, the band was born during the autumn of 2009. Wolftrap features four old Manitou members, Omnium Gatherum and Total Devastation drummer Jarmo Pikka, and and born-to-rock-the-world vocalist Jussi Serengil from the local The Doors tribute band, called The Roars.
A first Wolftrap song, entitled "Deal Done My Dear" can now be streamed here.
According to a press release, "Wolftrap will take on the world step by step and piece by piece starting from the coming spring 2010 when this crew gets some of their stuff recorded and released and also debuting on stage at Dark Winter Festival in Kotka, Finland. It's all about having fun, it's not about the fame here... But beware still, 'cause your new soon-to-be favourite band is ready an' willing and quite near you."
Finnish metal band Norther has posted the following update:
"During the last couple of months Daniel from Naildown has been helping us out with our recent live duties. Since he turned out to be a perfect fit in every way we decided to offer him to become a permanent member of the band. Besides his skillfull guitar work he is also a talented songwriter.
Daniel comments: "I have really been enjoying my time in Norther from the very first show. After getting so well along with the guys, I was very pleased when they asked me to become a permanent member of the band. I really believe that together we´re going to create the strongest Norther album ever!"
We have started composing new material for the next full lenght studio album which will be tentatively out in autumn 2010. At the moment we have a big bunch of great tracks from which we will start choosing the best ones for the album.. "The cream always rises to the top so no filler allowed"
Swedish metallers Nominon will release their forthcoming album, Monumentomb, on March 23 via Deathgasm Records.
The album was recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Watain, Nominon, Averse Sefira, Funeral Mist, Nex, Ondskapt, Mork Gryning, Adorior) in Alvik, Sweden and was mixed with producer Tore Stjerna. The cover artwork of teh album was created by Chris Moyen.
Monumentomb cover art] tracklist:
01. Mantra Reverse
03. Undead Beast
04. Kevorkian Exit
06. Mountain Of Hate
09. Wrath Of Shiva
Don't miss your chance to grab a spot on the Deathfest bill with BRUJERIA and IMMOLATION!
Following the massive success of last year's competition - when Dragged Into Sunlight and Neuroma won slots at Deathfest - organisers are on the hunt again for British extreme metal talent to feature at The Second Coming.
Interested? Simply drop us a line at email@example.com with your band's details. The organisers will then narrow entrants down to a shortlist of five, announced on Monday, March 1st.
In an effort to give fans the final say on Deathfest's lineup, organisers will host a public vote through their message board. Only those registered before March 1st will be eligible to vote before close of competition at midnight on Sunday, March 7th.
German metallers Emergency Gate will release their new album, entitled The Nemesis Construct, on April 30 via Twilight Zone Records.
The album was recorded at Dreamscape Studios in Munich and features artwork by Raf W., who has previously worked with Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden and Soulfly among others.
The Nemesis Construct cover art] tracklist:
01. Alternative Dead End
02. Nothing To Lose
03. Dark Side Of The Sun
04. Story Of A Psychopath
05. An End To The Age Of Man
06. Point Zero
08. As My Bride Cries Blood
09. This Time
10. The Green Mile
11. Diary Of Nightmares...
13. World Escape
Fifth Angel is pleased to announce that Jeffrey McCormack will be handling drum duties for the band. A sought-after studio/touring musician from the Seattle area, McCormack joins Ed Archer (guitars), John Macko (bass), Kendall Bechtel (guitars) and Tim Branom (lead vocals) to complete Fifth Angel's lineup.
Archer said: "Jeff's studio and touring experience is a positive addition to Fifth Angel. It's a tall order learning the drum parts our former bandmate Ken Mary put down, and Jeff has approached the challenge head-on. We're all on the same page and can't wait to see what the future holds for Fifth Angel."
Jeff was one of many musicians that called the famous Music Bank studio in Seattle home in the late 1980s. McCormack cut his teeth with many of Seattle's elite musicians, including the late Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains, John DeVol (Culprit) and even Fifth Angel's current vocalist Tim Branom, just to name a few.
Austrian metallers Serenity have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
I think it's time for a little update - we're working hard on the new CD and I can tell you some details now:
The title for the album will be Death & Legacy and we're working on a historical concept for the whole album. Nine songs are nearly finished now so there are only two more songs left to write for the limited editions (one for Europe/USA and one for Japan). The songs so far are really fantastic! Bombastic, speedy and there's a great ballad as well. There will be some interludes and we're just working on the concept for the video clip. There'll also be an online single in advance but I can't tell you exactly when!