07:20 - Apothecary In other news, this album is so addictive it should be a Schedule I drug [link]
07:12 - theFIST wormed are at willowtip, they toured with those 2
06:35 - Apothecary We'll just have to agree to disagree then, as much as I love both bands, I still consider Zeppelin and Deep Purple hard rock at the very most
06:34 - flightoficarus Big sale at Willowtip. Best band there besides Ulcerate and Gigan?
06:33 - Apothecary Doom/stoner/sludge has its roots in Sabbath, and power and speed/thrash in Priest. I'd say everything else was just bands taking those categories and then building upon them to create new ones
06:30 - deadone That doesn't preclude Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin being pioneers in heavy metal and as such considered part of the genre, even though they happily sit outside it sometimes.
"I have good news my friends. What Lies Beneath is finally recorded!!!!!
Only waiting for some guests that will record few parts and send them over.
It was a great last vocal session. I am grateful that everything I planned was accomplished. Also the things that we decided on the way have only improved the songs making the overall picture clearer in the end.
Infestation, the forthcoming album from US hard rockers Ratt, is available for streaming online in its entirety at this location.
Infestation is scheduled for release on April 20 via Loud & Proud.
Infestation cover art] tracklist:
01. Eat Me Up Alive
02. Best Of Me
03. A Little Too Much
04. Look Out Below
05. Last Call
06. Lost Weekend
07. As Good As It Gets
08. Garden Of Eden
09. Take A Big Bite
10. Take Me Home
11. Don't Let Go
"Little Drops Of Heaven", the new video from Danish metallers Pretty Maids, can be viewed at this location. The clip was directed by Thomas Tjader (Saint Deamon).
"Little Drops Of Heaven" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Pandemonium, which will be released on May 14 in Europe (June 8 in the US) via Frontiers Records.
Pandemonium cover art] tracklist:
03. Little Drops Of Heaven
04. One World One Truth
05. Final Day Of Innocence
06. Cielo Drive
07. It Comes At Night
08. Old Enough To Know
09. Beautiful Madness
11. It Comes At Night
E.M. Hearst from The NULLL Collective threw the following bit of news out through e-mail:
"International Funeral Doom Cult The NULLL Collective have signed with legendary U.K. underground label Aesthetic Death Records. The label will release the Collective's debut full-length CD De Monstris this summer.
The NULLL Collective is made up of three veteran Funeral Doom artists: E.M. Hearst (Torture Wheel, Wraith Of The Ropes, Synaptic Fracture), Stijn Van Cauter (Until Death Overtakes Me, Wijlen Wij, The Ethereal, Beyond Black Void), and S.P. White (Uncertainty Principle). The sound of the debut album is morbid, crushing, raw, monstrous, hateful Funeral Doom of a highly twisted and experimental nature.
Keyboard player Richard Rietdijk has left Textures to pursue other interests. In a statement to the band's fans he had to say the following:
After 10 awesome years playing synths in the band, I've decided to leave Textures. There are other projects (music and other) I've been wanting to do for a while now and currently the time and effort it takes to be in the band is in the way of me achieving those.
I want to thank all you fans for your continued support and making this journey as awesome as it has been. I got the rare opportunity to travel and meet the most awesome people from all over the world and appreciate the sustained contacts online. I hope all of you will continue supporting this hardworking band. They earn every bit of it. Their next album will blow your socks off, believe me!
Singapore metallers Rudra have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"The third chapter in the trilogy is titled Brahmavidya: Immortal I, with 11 tracks, and is well on it's way to completion with drums and guitars already tracked, and recording shall be completed by the end of April.
Indian metal band, Demonic Resurrection has signed to Candlelight Records for the worldwide release of their new album The Return To Darkness, which was released independently by the band in January.
Commented the band: "We've just completed a decade in music and we can't think of a better way to celebrate than to announce that we've signed with Candlelight Records for the worldwide release of our third album The Return to Darkness. In signing with Candlelight, we're joining a roster of bands that have been an integral part of our musical growth and we couldn't be prouder. We believe Candlelight is the right fit for our music and a label that completely respects our artistic integrity. We look forward to a longstanding relationship with them to take our music to the next level."
New Jersey's very own pirate thrashers Swashbuckle recently parted ways with drummer Captain Crashride. A new replacement has already been found with a guy called Bootsmann Collins!
"Ahoy scallywags and asshats! There's been a bit of a change in the 'buckle rank as of late. We have recently parted ways with drummer Captain Crashride. He brought us five years of service and utter shenanigans, and we wish him nothing but the best in combating that extreme outbreak of scurvy. With that being said, we now have a new drummer stepping up to fill the boots and more so to speak, and that man be none other than Bootsmann Collins. He's a fucking killer drummer and quite the retarded pirate. So we couldn't be more stoked to have him aboard. So please give him a warm welcome with yar internet shit-talk and utter disgust for everything piratical. We wouldn't have it any other way. Eat a bowl of fuck!
In a statement on the band's website, the US heavy metal band Icarus Witch announce the news they have parted ways with their singer, and already announced his replacement. Here's the full message:
"We are excited to announce yet another massive shift in our ranks as we welcome new vocalist Christopher Shaner to the Icarus Witch circle and part ways amicably with original vocalist, Matthew Bizilia. Matthew's contributions to the band have been immeasurable over the past six years. While this was a serious decision for both parties, professional differences of opinion led to the change. Bizilia is a phenomenal talent who will always be a part of the Witch family as we wish him much success on his future ventures.
Tampa, Florida thrashers Generichrist have announced the addition of bassist Daniel Santana and drummer Jay Tomaszewski to the line-up. The band have currently been working on the follow up to Vomit Culture, that was released on Death Star records earlier in the year. Frontman/founder Tony Anderson has confirmed that Strangulation Of Twisted Mind will be the title of the next record that will see a July release date and no label has been confirmed yet . The artwork will be handled by Florida artist Mark Cooper who has worked with the band on several of their past releases.
In other Generichrist news, Asian label AreaDeath productions has just released a special limited edition Generichrist CD titled Mindumpster that is limited to 666 handnumbered copies with special artwork and layout. AreaDeath has put out work's from bands like Necrophagia, Nunslaughter, Ritual Sacrifice and Deceased.
Power Quest have issued a short update regarding the upcoming new album:
"We can now reveal that the forthcoming fifth Power Quest record will be titled Blood Alliance. Work on the new material continues apace and the songs that have been demo-ed so far are sounding awesome and true to the PQ tradition of catchy, melodic metal.
Thanks to everyone who applied for the vacant guitarist position in the band. We had a huge amount of applicants from all over the world and unfortunately couldn't reply to each and every one of you. Those shortlisted for audition have been informed via email and we look forward to seeing you on May 2nd in Derby."
NoiseArt Records - a subdivision of Rock The Nation - are proud and extremely enthusiastic to welcome Thaurorod on the roster.
Commented managing director Stefan Hattinger: "A group of great persons, who understands to write outstanding songs and know how to play their instruments. Great melodic vocals from Markku Kuikka and an incredible guitar work performed by guitar hero Emil Phojalainen are the ingredients which stick out. Everybody who loves Dream Theater, Blind Guardian or Wintersun should check out this great band."
With Thaurorod NoiseArt Records signs, after Swedish heavy metal sensation Steelwing and German viking metalheads Varg their third artist.
Thaurorod's so far unnamed debut album will be released later this year. Meanwhile check out the band's MySpace page where you can listen to a pre-mastered version of the song "Warrior's Heart".
French thrashers Lyzanxia have posted a short teaser to their upcoming album Locust. The album will hit the streets on May 31st 2010 through XIII Bis Records - Sony Music distribution. Locust was recorded and produced by David and Franck Potvin between the Déclanché Studio (Switzerland) and the Dome Studio (France).
"Great Are The Eyed" the first official video from Against The Plagues can be viewed below.
The clip was filmed in Miami with directors, Eduardo and Gregg Alvarez from Elephas Production. The song comes off the band's new album Decoding the Mainframe released in Europe on March 31st via Dutch label Vic Records. The album was mastered by Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Aeon, Dissection, Katatonia, Marduk).
Commented the band about the new video: "This is our first official video clip. It was filmed during the winter time in the Miami area. We chose the song "Great Are The Eyed" because we feel that it best represents the essence of our music (extreme, melodic, speedy, powerful riffs, etc.) During the filming, we chose 3 different locations and spent a few days to create this video; this included a great deal of involvement coming from Elephas Production directors Eduardo and Gregg and their their awesome crew. Our goal was to give the listeners bit more than what they have been used to as far as Against the Plagues goes. The video presents the band with our strongest line-up. But over all, we thought it would be fun to create simple and solid metal video that would acompany our album Decoding the Mainframe."