"The Essence Of Anger" the new thrash metal 20th anniversary masterpiece of Wuppertal's cult band Contradiction will be released on September 25, 2009. Limited Access Records and the band go ahead and release the cover artwork by Jonathan Stenger and the tracklist!
"The Essence Of Anger" cover art] tracklist:
01. Perfect Combatants
02. The Essence Of Anger
03. Start The Action
04. The Spectator
05. Walk Of Shame
06. For The Light
07. Death Is Now
08. Life's End
09. Collateral Carnage
10. Reign Of Fear
Guest singer Leif Jensen of Dew-Scented will be the only musical guest on Contradiction's upcoming album.
The release party and show for "The Essence Of Anger" will be on October 9th at the LCB in Wuppertal, Germany. Their buddies Naked Frenzy and Aardvarks will support Contradiction.
After three years working in the shadow, Spanish darkened Death Metal mongers Vidres A La Sang are back on track to complete and announce the coming of their third opus completing a trilogy that has transported us through the realms of poundingness, brutality, epic, feelings and drama dualized in only one context of life and death.
"Som" is the title of this new album that will reveal new horizons for the band that even though they still keep it loyal to their trademarks, explores new ways to reinvent themselves and keep on growing in their creative camp of maximum maturity. "Som" is a risky and honest work, carefully ellaborated, dense and crushing, intense and suffocating, simple and twisted in equal parts, the masterpiece that should Vidres A La Sang to the top of contemporaneous extreme Metal.
Official press release, taken from the Kekal newsletter
Jeff Arwadi and Leo Setiawan are leaving Kekal effective immediately. Arwadi and Setiawan were the last two remaining Kekal members. Bassist Azharlevi Sianturi already left the band in March. Throughout the past few months, Jeff has been securing all copyright and other rights of the entire Kekal's "intellectual property" including the band's entire releases back-catalog as well as all official internet sites, and also plan to make some of the band's important albums for free download. However, after seeking some legal advices, he decided to keep Kekal to remain exist as a band (read: institution) albeit without active band-members.
Danish metallers Illnath have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Good evening once again, people.
After a long time of cooperation Illnath has parted with drummer Danni. We wish him all the possible luck with his other band Svartsot and all other musical projects or bands he joins. He is a lovely chap and an amazing drummer, and we do part as the best possible friends.
We would all personally apologize to those fans and friends who are waiting for shows that now will be cancelled. We know you have been through this before, and we're truly sorry. The remaining members of the band are dedicated to the Illnath-soul that lives on and we will never give up!
So, we are once again back to looking for a drummer. If you or anyone you know are interested in playing for Illnath, please send a message or email to email illnath dk for arranging an audition.
German metallers Destruction are set to release their new double live album, entitled "The Curse Of The Antichrist - Live In Agony", on September 25th via AFM Records. The live version of the track "The Butcher Strikes Back" is currently streaming on the band's official MySpace page.
"The Curse Of The Antichrist - Live In Agony" cover art] tracklist:
01. The Butcher Strikes Back
02. Curse The Gods
03. Mad Butcher
04. The Alliance Of Hellhoundz
06. Eternal Ban
07. Urge The Greed Of Gain
08. Thrash Till Death
09. Metal Discharge
10. The Damned
11. Cracked Brain
13. Death Trap
14. Unconscious Ruins
15. Life Without Sense
"The Bringer Of War", a brand new song from US metallers The Gates Of Slumber, is available for streaming at DecibelMagazine.com.
"The Bringer Of War" comes off the band's forthcoming album, "Hymns Of Blood & Thunder", which is scheduled for release on September 13 via Rise Above Records.
"Hymns Of Blood & Thunder" cover art] tracklist:
01. Chaos Calling
02. Death Dealer
03. Beneath The Eyes Of Mars
04. The Doom Of Aceldama
05. Age Of Sorrow
06. The Bringer Of War
07. Descent Into Madness
08. Iron Hammer
09. The Mist In The Mourning
10. Blood And Thunder
GameDaily.com has revealed the complete tracklisting for the Brütal Legend video game, which will be available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, on October 13 in North America and on October 16 in Europe.
"This soundtrack took years to put together as we wanted to represent every genre of Metal, and also have the perfect music for every epic moment in the game," says Tim Schafer, President of Double Fine Productions development studio. "It's designed to be loved by Metal fans, and for those who are not, it will either convert them or make their heads explode... or both."
"What can I say?," Emily Ridgeway Brütal Legend's music director adds. "It's metal. It's the best. It'll kick your f***ing teeth in."
Swedish metallers Slumber have posted online a "laptop version" of a new song, "Atoma", on their MySpace page.
The song comes off the band's forthcoming album, "Resonance", which will be released next year. The band will record "Resonance" between October 5 and November 15 at Panic Room Studios in Skara.
The band adds: "It pains some musicians to show their work in such a premature stage. This song is a laptop version of a track appearing on upcoming album "Resonance". However, the urge to share our work overshadows its bad shape and sound. This naked version of the song "Atoma" is without the heavy atmospheres of synth, vocals and proper drums. When recorded it will spark and shine like Titanic. Let the journey of "Atoma" take you elsewhere meanwhile. Enjoy."
San Francisco Metal quartet Skinlab are giving fans a taste of their new album, "The Scars Between Us" for 72 hours starting on August 12th, the album will be streaming in its entirety on the bands official MySpace page.
Due to MySpace restrictions the first 10 songs will be posted and Skinlab will be rotating in the 11th song on the album, half way through the 72 hour preview of the album.
Produced by Juan Urteaga and Skinlab guitarist Snake at Trident Studios, "The Scars Between Us" is the band's Stand and Deliver Records debut. The album will be hitting stores in the USA and Canada on September 15th, with Worldwide release dates to follow.
Bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel commented: "Were a little less then a month away from the release of "The Scars Between Us", and we are super stoked to stream the whole album. We are really proud of this album and wanted to give our fans a preview of what Skinlab is about is 2009!"
Swedish metallers Marionette have posted online two new songs, "The Swine" and "Through Veils", on their MySpace page.
The two songs come off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Enemies", which is scheduled for release on October via Listenable Records.
The band adds: "Today you get your first taste of "Enemies"; we have posted "The Swine" and "Through Veils" on our MySpace page. The songs represent the new album in a good way we think: one of them is a more heavy song while the other one is more catchy. Either way, these songs take what we did on Spite to a new level. We hope you will love these songs as much as we do.
Swedish metallers Naglfar have issued the short following update on their MySpace blog:
"Just a quick note to let you all know that Naglfar is currently working on the followup to "Harvest". In a not too distant future, the recordings will begin and further information will then be released.
For now our MySpace page is the only source of official information."
Finnish metallers Stam1na have issued the short following update on their MySpace blog:
"Stam1na is now five member band as keyboard player Emil Lähteenmäki was confirmed as an official band member in Jurassic Rock last friday. Emil has played all the keyboard parts for Stam1na's records and has been playing live with Stam1na since 2007."
Dear ticket-holder, booking agent, journalist, sponsor contact, music-fan and others associated with the festival,
We regretfully announce that ProgPower Scandinavia 2009 has been cancelled!
For almost a year we have been working hard on making this festival a reality and we believe that our labour has been fruitful in meeting all aspects required of a successful festival.
We have booked a more than solid roster with Pretty Maids and Candlemass as headliners; along with names such as Mercenary, Freak Kitchen, Manticora and Textures on the bill. All of these bands have established popularity in Denmark and should easily attract the Danish metal audience to our festival.
We have confirmed sponsorship/endorsement deals with a.o. Marshall, Musikpartner, Jack Daniels, Jägermeister, Cult Energy Drinks, Carlsberg and Coca Cola. We've have media support in the form of Metalized Magazine and Denmark's largest newspaper BT. We have had the collected Danish internet based metal media supporting us with banner advertisement, etc. And we've also had a lot of international promotion on metal sites in France, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, USA, Germany and Sweden.
UK metallers My Dying Bride have issued the short following update on their official website:
"My Dying Bride have been busy in the Future Works studio, recording material for a new EP release, titled "Bring Me Victory". Two covers, one of the traditional "Scarborough Fair" and a cover of "Failure" by the Swans, will be part of this new EP. A new video has been completed as well to support the release.
An October release date has been pencilled in but this may be put back a little depending on how the last days of recording go!
Lifeforce is proud to announce the signing of Dubai's premier Death Metal act Nervecell!
Nervecell's Lifeforce debut will be the release of the band's album "Preaching Venom" outside the Middle East on October 26th in Europe (North America - tba).
"After months of discussions, negotiations and debates on seeking a secure label for our latest album "Preaching Venom", and the future of Nervecell during these difficult times in the record industry, the long awaited chase has indeed come to an end. We are extremely proud to announce that Nervecell has now officially signed to Lifeforce Records and to say that we are thrilled about it is the understatement of the year!" comments guitarist Barney Ribeiro.