John Prassas, guitarist and only remaining original member of US symphonic metal band Aesma Daeva is working on a solo album.
Prassas just finished writing most of the material on the new album, which will be entitled States Of Mind. The recording and production process will start any time soon. The album is said to feature several guest appearances of other Aesma Daeva members.
The 34-second intro of States Of Mind can already be streamed on John Prassas' Facebook wall.
Swedish industrial metallers Pain have issued the following update:
"More and more pieces are falling into place, and as we are finishing the work with the new Pain album we are ready to announce the first show dates for 2011.
2011-06-19 - Myötätuulirock - Vantaa - Finland
2011-06-25 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel - Belgium
More dates are already booked but not ready to get official yet. And even more dates including a mini-tour and a longer headline tour are in the planning stage and will be announced as soon as the organizers give us the go sign.
2011 will be an awesome year for Pain and we're really looking forward to see you this summer and play the new songs live!"
In conjunction with the release of Cannibal Corpse's fourth DVD, Global Evisceration, on March 15, Metal Blade Records has teamed up with BlankTV to debut the next teaser clip featuring part of a live performance of the track "Stripped, Raped, and Strangled". You can watch the clip below.
Global Evisceration was shot and edited by director Denise Korycki from Wild Wind Productions (who also shot and directed Centuries of Torment - The First 20 Years).
Global Evisceration contains one disc and is approximately 3 hours long with artwork by the infamous Vince Locke. The main program includes full live-song performances from two live shows: the Gothic Theater in Englewood, CO shot on March 5th 2010, and Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, NM shot on August 5th 2010. Global Evisceration also includes bonus performances and extra segments including behind the scenes footage covering Evisceration Plague era tours.
Glendale, AZ extreme metal band Job For A Cowboy have entered Florida's Audio Hammer Studios with producer Jason Suecof to record an EP of all new material. The as-yet-untitled EP will feature the first new music from the band since 2009's Ruination LP which landed at #42 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. A spring release via Metal Blade Records is expected.
Job For A Cowboy vocalist Jonny Davy commented: "It felt like a long time since we last got together to write new material. After collaborating in the snow of Boston, we're now recording our second EP. It feels good to be in Florida with Jason, Ron and Eyal of Audio Hammer studios. Job For A Cowboy 2.0 is on the way."
US metallers Pentagram have just revealed the tracklisting and the artwork for their forthcoming album, entitled Last Rites, which will be released on April 12 via Metal Blade Records. The cover artwork for Last Rites was handled by Mo Moussa (MoMoussa.com) who is best known for his work with Marvel and DC Comics. Mo Moussa's other credentials include New Line Cinema, Nickelodeon as well as the four major TV networks. A Philly native and a huge fan of underground music, his work also graces the covers of several of his favorite local bands including Total Fucking Destruction.
Last Rites cover art] tracklist:
01. Treat Me Right
02. Call The Man
03. Into The Ground
05. Everything's Turning To Night
"Love As A Weapon", a brand new song from US metallers Darkest Hour, is available for streaming (by "liking" it ) at the band's Facebook page.
"Love As A Weapon" comes off the band's forthcoming album, The Human Romance, which will be released in North America on February 22 through eOne Music and in Europe on March 7 via Century Media Records.
The Human Romance cover art] tracklist:
01. Terra Nocturnus
02. The World Engulfed In Flames
03. Savor The Kill
04. Man And Swine
05. Love As A Weapon
06. Your Everyday Disaster
07. Violent By Nature
09. Severed Separates
11. Terra Solaris
12. Beyond The Life You Know
"Slaves Of Fear", another brand-new track from Swedish melodeath warriors Amon Amarth, has been made available for streaming, exclusively at Decibel Magazine.
Another new song, called "War Of The Gods", is still streaming over here.
"Slaves Of Fear" comes off the band's upcoming new album Surtur Rising, which will be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on March 25th, in the rest of Europe on March 28th, and in North America on March 29th through Metal Blade Records.
2011 marks God Dethroned's final year in existence.
God Dethroned vocalist and guitarist Henri Sattler released the following statement on behalf of the band: "We could have spent another year in a tour bus because the amount of offers was endless, but I just don't feel like touring anymore. People told me to take a break for a year or maybe two, but as I'm an "all, or nothing at all" type of person, I decided to call it quits.
Not immediately, but in December of this year we will definitely play our last show. That's gonna be at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting in Holland.
I'm very proud of what we achieved with the band, but the time has come for new challenges. I would like to thank all of our fans for their support for all these years."
Here is the official press release of the festival:
Unfortunately we're sad to announce that two bands are forced to cancel their upcoming appearances at Hellfest 2011.
The first one, and not the least, is Trust. Here is the band's official statement :
"Unfortunately Trust will not be playing on the 18th of June 2011 at Hellfest festival. The band will not be performing any concerts for an indefined period of time. We would like to point out that that it is not linked in any way with the organization of the Hellfest event."
The second cancelation is Lock Up originally scheduled to play Saturday, June 18th under the Rock Hard tent. A problem in their tour schedules has forced the band to cancel this performance.
"Mare", a brand new song from Norwegian metallers Kampfar, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
"Mare" is the title track from Kampfar's new album, Mare, which will be released on March 25 in Europe (April 5 in the US) via Napalm Records. More details about Mare were previously reported over here.
Finnish metallers Soulfallen have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"We have been quiet for some time now, but now it is time to break the silence. Lately there have not been a lot of gigs, and we will only do a selected amount of shows this spring, since we have been and wish to concentrate on writing new material fitting our upcoming evil plans. Plans that include the recording of our third album in the summer of 2011!
The successor of Grave New World will be forged to life at the familiar and fiendly fires of Mount Doom also known as Studio Watercastle, located in Jyväskylä, Finland. And as before, additional orchestral perversions will be invoked at Noisework productions. The new album will be the end of a trilogy, the final step into the dark. It will bear the trademark sound of Soulfallen, but with a few more sinister twists and turns to elevate this auditory plague into whole new depths of gloom. We can't wait for you all to feast your ears upon this!
"Love Will Set You Free", the new video from UK metallers Whitesnake, can be viewed at this location. The clip was directed by Devin DeHaven of Fortress Entertainment (Papa Roach, Method Man, Talib Kweli) and was filmed in Lake Tahoe, Nevada (where Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale has a house).
"Love Will Set You Free" is the first single from Whitesnake's new album, Forevermore, which will be released on March 25 in Europe (March 29 in North America) via Frontiers Records. The band's eleventh studio album was recorded, produced and mixed by Coverdale, guitarist Doug Aldrich and Michael McIntyre at Snakebyte Studios and Grumblenott Studios & Villas in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, with additional work at Casa Dala, Sherman Oaks, California.
Danish metallers Illdisposed will release their new album, There Is Light (But It's Not For Me), on April 1 via Massacre Records. The album was recorded at Antfarm Studio in Århus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (Moonspell, Dark Tranquillity, Gorefest, Sick Of It All).
There Is Light (But It's Not For Me) cover art] tracklist:
01. Your Own Best Companion
02. Heaven Forbid
03. Our Words Betrayed
04. The Taste Of You
05. Ast The Day Rottens
06. Reality To Fall
07. Step Into My Winter
09. Sunday Black
11. Our Words Betrayed