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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Montreal-based metallers Augury have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Hello to all,
After eight years of collaboration, we are sad to announce that we had to part way with our bass player Dominic "Forest" Lapointe. We keep in mind his outstanding musical input and volcanic stage presence, and thank him for helping to shape the sound of Augury.
But the show must go on and we are actually starting "The American Defloration" tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, Obscura and Hatesphere, with a very special rhythm section featuring Quebec City jazz player Christian Pacaud (MAG Project) on bass, and our long-time friend Tommy McKinnon (formerly of Neuraxis) behind the drum kit.
First dates have been confirmed for Fear Factory's previously announced US headling comeback tour in Spring, dubbed Fear Campaign Tour 2010. Taking the tour banner a little too literally, "support" will come from the following godawful acts: Winds Of Plague, Dirge Within, and Periphery. Yikes! For what it's worth, Divine Heresy is also said to play on select dates.
So far the following shows have been announced:
Mar. 22 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee
Mar. 23 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
Mar. 24 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
Mar. 26 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
Mar. 27 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Mar. 28 - Houston, TX - The Channel
Mar. 30 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Israeli extreme metallers Salem have officially released the brand new track opener "Drums Of The Dead Part 1" on the band's official MySpace page, taken from the upcoming new album entitled Playing God And Other Short Stories.
"Drums Of The Dead Part I" is also now available for streaming on the official Pulverised Records Pulverised Records MySpace page.
The release dates for Playing God And Other Short Stories will be announced at a later date. More album info can be found here.
Australian black metallers Empyrean have posted a new track up on their MySpace. There is no mention of what upcoming release "Odium" comes off, but the band state it'll give you a good idea on the direction they're heading in. The track can be heard at this location.
Belgium black metal squad Enthroned have issued the following news on their MySpace blog:
"It is with deep regrets I have to inform you, that we have been forced to cancel Enthroned's appearance at "Bad Vibrations over Munster" fest this next April. It seems that the anti-fascist organisation "Antifa" cannot make the difference between a Nazi/fascist concentration and a non-political Black metal festival with NO NSBM band or ideas involved! We received this mail from the local organiser:
"Hey man. Bad news about the gig in Münster on 03.04. The venue has cancelled my event because of a threat of Antifa and I switched to Helvete Club Oberhausen. The owner of Sputnikhalle Münster don't want to make any contracts, nor give me any assurance for 03.04. Besides I wanted to offer both concerts (Bad Vibrations over Münster I and II) as a combi-ticket. So now I can't guarantee for an financial success... Not even that this event will take place, because I can't have any contract with the venue. I am afraid I must cancel this gig. It will be the first time I cancel a published event. I am very sorry about it... Kind Regards."
Vocalist Jonathan "Joller" Albrechtsen has left Danish metallers Hatesphere. Jonathan will be temporarily replaced by Morten "Kruger" Madsen of the Danish Metal band Mevadio.
Despite Jonathan´s exit, Hatesphere have no intention of quitting, and they will hit the American shores as planned on 24th February to tour one month with their friends in The Black Dahlia Murder, Obscura and Augury.
Here's what bassist Mixen Lindberg had to add on behalf of the band: "Today is one of those strange days where two equally strong feelings are tossing my insides around in a ponderous fist fight. One is gloomy and leaving me with a sensation that we're stuck knee-deep in a twitch. The other one is relieved, proud and stronger than ever. Today we part ways with Joller. Having a hard time combining full-time work, 2 bands and a general lack of excitement on his part, Joller came to the conclusion that his time in HateSphere was up. We debated for a couple of days there, but saw it fitting that we let him go because you can't be in this band if your heart is not in place. So, as sad as it may be, we're happy to send him on his way so we can all on move on towards bigger and better things, fully focused.
French Progressive metal band Hacride have parted ways with original drummer Olivier Laffond and are welcoming new member Mike Roponus (Om Mani, live Demians) into their ranks.
Hacride vocalist Samuel Bourreau explains: "We've been using Mike 's services over the past few months because of Olivier's wife's pregnancy. It was originally supposed to be a temporary situation but he decided to quit the band to focus on his new family responsabilities which we perfectly understand. It feels a bit weird for us because we have had the same stable line-up since the band's birth. On top of being a great friend Mike has proved to be one of the best drummer known to us. We are glad to have him as a full member of Hacride."
I'm pretty sure most of you mastered the basics of reading, so this title speaks for itself really. Here's a video so ridiculously awesome - or awesomely ridiculous, that's up to you - we decided to create a whole new feature just for similar special occasions.
The point of this new feature is to find the greatest metal video in the history of awesome. The more hilarious/eccentric/ludicrous the video the better...
Current heavyweight champion defending his belt is White Wizzard - Over The Top.
As the song title subtly gave away, this is nothing but pure over the top traditional metal madness. White Wizzard are bringing true heavy metal to the wild wild west... but how! You really need to see this to believe it. This video/piece of art/cause of recurring nightmares is as epic as they come. A pinnacle of cheese. Wrong on so many different levels. But you know what, in a strange way, I totally dig this particular travesty.