Swedish traditional heavy metal band Astral Doors are busy working on a new album, tentatively penciled in for an October release.
The band revealed the following about the upcoming album: "The work with the upcoming album continues. Even though we're not even half way through the process we can already feel that this release will be something special. This time around we deal with religion, and all the shit it has brought to the world, once and for all and the working title of the album is Jerusalem. Our intention is that the album will be released in October in connection with a European tour.
The first DVD from the band is also in the making. Some additional material will be filmed this summer and we're talking about a winter release."
Belgian death metal veterans Aborted will begin recording their seventh full-length record to date from June onwards at the infamous Hansen Studios with producer Jacob Hansen (Invocator, Hatesphere, Volbeat).
The band will be tracking over 15 tracks of the most brutal and intense material they have written to date. The sonic onslaught - baptized as Global Flatline - will contain 12 tracks with additional bonus material featured on limited editions.
The artwork for Global Flatline will once again be handled by Justin Osbourne who previously worked with the band on its 2010 EP Coronary Reconstruction as well. Since 2011 marks the ten year anniversary of Aborted's Engineering The Dead record, the band decided to re-record two tracks of the album as part of the bonus material for Global Flatline. You can vote for your favorite Engineering the Dead songs on the band's Facebook Page.
Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of In Flames.
Says Antje Lange from Century Media Records: "We are very happy to make In Flames part of the Century Media Family. The band has a very loyal international fan base and has found a partner with an international set up."
In Flames Anders Fridén commented: "This is number 10... Album number 10! That we even made it this far, that is amazing. Then, to deliver the album of our career that is something else... It's fast, slow, heavy and mellow. It's happy, sad, angry and calm. Sounds of a Playground Fading is everything we ever done on crack (it's a metaphor boys and girls), it's cask strength whisky when it's THAT perfect moment. Use and abuse!
Iron Dawn, the new EP from Swedish black metal band Marduk, will be released in late May through Regain Records.
Marduk just finished the recording of three songs for an upcoming EP set to be released on the same day as the bands appearance at the Maryland Deathfest on the 27th of May. So the first chance to get your hands on it will be during that festival and the dates coming up during the 7 Bowls of Wrath Tour. Release for the rest of the world has been set for the 30th of May.
The songs included differ from the concept that is being created for the next full-length album, therfore this EP will be made available as a special treat for all Marduk Legionaries out there.
The Iron Dawn EP will only be available for a certain time period and will be unleashed on digipak version and also on 12" vinyl limited to 500 copies worldwide.
"Spot A Pathetic", the new video from Singaporean grindcore act Wormrot, can now be watched below.
The clip was shot just weeks ago at The Blvd in Los Angeles, California with director Dave Vorhes (White Wizzard, Bonded By Blood).
"Spot A Pathetic" comes off the band's upcoming new album Dirge, which will be released on May 3rd in North American and on May 23rd through Earache Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
Six Feet Under have recruited Chimaira guitarist Matt DeVries to play bass on their upcoming European tour.
Six Feet Under's current line-up now includes guitarist Rob Arnold (Chimaira) and drummer Kevin Talley (Dååth, ex-Chimaira, ex-Misery Index), alongside vocalist Chris Barnes and guitarist Steve Swanson.
Original bassist Terry Butler and longtime drummer Greg Gall announced their departures from Six Feet Under in January. Butler has since joined Obituary as a permanent member.
Six Feet Chimaira have scheduled the following European live shows:
April 01 - Bischofswerda, Germany - East Club
April 02 - Glauchau, Germany - Alte Spinnerei
April 03 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
Get ready for hell on earth, because for the first time since they tour together on Ozzfest 1999, Rob Zombie and Slayer are teaming up to hit the road, bringing a glorious purgatory to fans in 12 North American cities.
Both Zombie and Slayer will present their full headline sets at every show, and both bands will close shows over the course of the tour. San Francisco's thrash-metal band Exodus has been confirmed to open all shows.
Said Slayer's Kerry King: "We haven't toured with Zombie since Ozzfest 1999, so you can expect no less than 'hell on earth'. Total sonic annihilation and a visual bludgeoning. Bring your own body bag..."
"Total destruction on stage and off is what this combination promises," states Zombie, "Seriously, how much more Hell could you ask for? The answer is none more Hell."
Swedish melodic heavy metal band Dawn Of Silence have added a new guitarist to their ranks.
The band issued the following statement: "For quite a while Patrik Johansson (also in Bloodbound) has thought of letting go of the guitar playing and just focus on the vocals. After considerations with the rest of the band we've now decide to go on as a quintet. Therefore we are pleased to welcome Jesper Johansson (Sins IV Ages, ex-Morifade) to the band.
We've known Jesper, both personally and musically, for a couple of years now, so asking him to join felt very natural. We're convinced that this change will gain the band for the better and take our live performances to the next level.
Shining founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth is quitting all other projects in order to concentrate on Shining.
Kvarforth released the following statement: "A lot of things have been happening recently with Shining, and the rapid growth of the band over the last year, and the commitment that Shining now requires of me has meant that it has become impractical for me to continue working as vocalist with other bands.
This includes my work with Bethlehem, who themselves realised that the band could not continue with myself on vocals. Bethlehem is still my all-time favourite band and I wish them all the best for the future. I will also be quitting as front man for Den Saakaldte.
From now on, therefore, I will only be making occasional guest vocal appearances on albums by other bands, and my priority will be Shining. My work with Maniac's band Skitliv will not be affected, however, as the vocals and the bulk of the creative work is in his hands.
Carrion Crows Over Camlan, the upcoming debut album of British pagan metal band The Wolves Of Avalon, will be released in April through Godreah Records.
The Wolves Of Avalon is the new project of The Meads Of Asphodel mainman Metatron. Not wanting to take the Meads into the pagan metal realms, the birth of The Wolves of Avalon, was always going to happen. The Wolves of Avalon is an embodiment of ancient British spirit and pride and not to be confused with any modern interpretation of things long since buried by time and dust. By drafting in JM to create the music and traditional instrumentalist from other bands, Metatron's vision has finally come to life.
The Wolves of Avalon features guest appearances by Rob Darken (Graveland), Verst (Instinct), Roibéard Ó Bogail (Mael Mórdha), Magnus O. Wohlfart (Yggdrasil), Petra Jadrná (Cruadalach), Arvid Vermote (Krigavar), and Rob Wakefield (Aurora-Project).
Circle Of Dead Children have parted ways with guitarist and co-founding member, Jason Andrews.
The band released the following statement: "Circle Of Dead Children is extremely appreciative and thankful to Jason for the twelve years he has dedicated to the band and the numerous unmatched memories which he gifted to each member of the band from 1998 to present. We wish him all the best in whatever moves he makes next in life and will forever stand beside him as a great friend."
The following was added later: "Anyone following Circle Of Dead Children over the past decade has seen our production and output slow down significantly over the past several years and decisions to put the band to permanent rest have been considered, especially lately. However, instead of viewing this most recent change as another damaging or distressing circumstance, Circle Of Dead Children has been invigorated and motivated to a new level.