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Absu - New Album Details

Candlelight Records has confirmed October 4th as the North American release date for Absu's new album, titled Abzu.

The album is part two of a planned trilogy of recordings from the Dallas-based mythological occult metal band. Mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond, Solitude Aeturnus), the album features the original works of Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Behemoth, Deströyer 666, Vader).

Recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas, Abzu finds drummer/vocalist Proscriptor and bassist/vocalist Ezezu sharing equal vocal duties and debuts the skills of new guitarist Vis Crom. Proscriptor comments: "Abzu is the first studio release to feature a co-vocalist alongside myself since our third album, The Third Storm of Cythraul. Ezezu's vocal presentation is beyond superlative and I am overly pleased with his execution and delivery. The songwriting undertakings were equally distributed between both Ezezu and Vis Crom and I must admit it brings an admirable multiplicity to the album as a whole. The last song on the album, "A Song For Ea," was composed in six movements, as it brought the entire band together as an equivalent songwriting team. Vis Crom has definitely proven to be Absu's most proficient guitarist in the history of the band."

Writing began on Abzu last autumn as Proscriptor notes: "This album has not only been the most challenging in Absu's discography, but the quickest paced - composition and arrangement wise. The current line-up is scattered all across the United States, so the album was physically written utilizing internet file sharing. We even rehearsed, at times, while communicating via cell phones. Lyrically, the album descends deeper into Enki's lower world as well Thelemic and Enochian Magic(k) Systems. My lyrical architecture is extremely convoluted, so I decided to create a generalized synopsis explaining the themes behind each song. I feel these are my best poems since 2001's Tara."

Abzu has benefited from the unity of the band despite limited face-to-face rehearsal time. In fact only two proper rehearsals were had; one preparing for the band's dates with Immortal earlier this year. The six-date showcase tour was the first live American dates for the band since their headline tour in June of 2009. Proscriptor confirms: "We rehearsed one week prior to the tour supporting Immortal and exactly one week after in preparation for the studio experience. I can honestly say this is the first time Absu has rehearsed for only one week, as an entire unit, before entering the studio."

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Source: candlelightrecordsusa.com
Band profile: Absu
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (7)


Exhumed - N. American Tour With Goatwhore, Cephalic Carnage, Havok

US gore grinders Exhumed will embark on a North American tour later this year.

Support on the trek will come from other punishing bands such as Goatwhore, Cephalic Carnage and Havok. Catch all confirmed tour dates after the jump.

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Source: skullsnbones.com
Band profile: Exhumed
Event: Exhumed + Cephalic Carnage + Havok
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (2)


Mastodon - Limited Edition Cover Art Unveiled

As previously reported, Atlanta progressive metallers Mastodon will release their new upcoming album, The Hunter, this October through Reprise Records. The band now revealed the cover artwork for the limited edition package, as can be seen below.

The artwork was once again created by AJ Fosik, a wood carver who is also responsible for the backdrop the band uses live. As said, this marks the first time Mastodon has not used acclaimed artist Paul Romano, who was responsible for all of the group's previous artwork.

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Mastodon
Posted: 30.07.2011 by K†ulu | Comments (8)


Fleshgod Apocalypse - Another New Song Online

"The Egoism", a brand-new track by Italian brutal/symphonic death metal act Fleshgod Apocalypse can now be streamed over at Nuclear Blast USA (in the player at your upper right).

The official music video for "The Violation", another new track from Fleshgod Apocalypse, can still be watched over at this location.

"The Egoism" and "The Violation" come off the band's upcoming album, entitled Agony, which is set to be released on August 9th in North America and on 19th in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records. More album details were previously reported over here.

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Source: nuclearblastusa.com
Band profile: Fleshgod Apocalypse
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (2)


Immolation - US Tour With Jungle Rot, Gigan

US death metallers Jungle Rot just announced an October US tour, supporting death metal pioneers Immolation. The other support slot next will be taken by US grindcore/death metallers Gigan.

Read more to get a list of dates. Tickets for the shows can be purchased at EnterTheVault.

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Immolation
Event: Immolation: North American Tour 2011
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (2)


The Black Locust Project - New Band Of Former Theatre Of Tragedy Drummer

More than a year after Theatre Of Tragedy has called it quits, ex-drummer Hein Frode Hansen formed a new band called The Black Locust Project.

The line-up is completed by Kristian Sigland (The Crest) on vocals, guitars and bass and guitarist Marcus Granlien (To Cast A Shadow).

The band's sound will take a more progressive route than Theatre Of Tragedy, but still can be considered as Gothic. According to the band, The Black Locust Project is single minded in its mission to create music... sincere music, deeply grounded in our roots and hearts.

The Black Locust Project has already finished recorded their debut album and are currently in search for a label now. Two full-length tracks, called "We Remain Strangers" and "Wounded Sky", are available for streaming over at the band's Facebook page. Both songs feature background vocals of Nell SIgland (The Crest, ex-Theatre Of Tragedy).

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Theatre Of Tragedy
Posted: 30.07.2011 by mpdeimos | Comments (0)


Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy - New Video Online

"Skryj Hlavu Do Dlaní", the new video from Czech folk/doom metal band Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy can now be watched below.

The video was directed by Mejla Basel from Mejla Productions.

"Skryj Hlavu Do Dlaní" comes off the band's latest album, called Návaz, which was released earlier this year in January through Season Of Mist. More album details were previously reported over here.

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Source: youtube.com
Band profile: Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (0)


MaYaN - New Dutch And Belgian Live Shows

Mayan - the new project led by Epica vocalist/guitarist Mark Jansen, and featuring Epica band mates Isaac Delahaye (guitar) and Ariën van Weesenbeek (drums), Delain bassist Rob van der Loo, ex-After Forever keyboardist Jack Driessen and guitarist/vocalist Frank Schiphorst - has announced a handful of Dutch/Belgian live dates in autumn.

Get the dates after the jump. The band also announced to tour South America in November. The first shows (all in Brazil) have already been confirmed, with more dates to be announced soon.

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Source: mayanofficial.com
Band profile: Epica
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Angel_Lament | Comments (1)


Thy Catafalque - Ink Deal With Season Of Mist

Season Of Mist is proud to announce the signing of avantgarde metal band Thy Catafalque.

The Hungarian duo has already released four albums of an ever-evolving, experimental, dark yet lush music.

Vocalist/guitarist Tamás Kátai issued the following statement: "A real honour it is to work with one of the finest labels of our scene and thus to share a roster with such massive and legendary names. It's an honest pleasure to represent Hungary here."

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Thy Catafalque
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (0)


Landmine Marathon - New Song Online

"Cutting Flesh And Bone", a brand-new song from US deathgrinders Landmine Marathon is being premiered over at Stereogum.

"Cutting Flesh And Bone" comes off the band's upcoming album Gallows, which is set to be released on September 27th through Prosthetic Records. More album details were previously reported here and here.

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Landmine Marathon
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (0)


Vimaranes Metallvm Fest V - First Bands Announced

The first bands set to perform on Portuguese metal festival Vimaranes Metallvm Fest V have now been revealed. Get the names after the jump.

The festival takes place at Trovadores Do Cano in Guimarães on October 7th to 8th.

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Source: vimaranesmetallvm.pt.vu
Event: Vimaranes Metallvm Fest V
Posted: 29.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (1)


Disturbed - Going On Indefinite Hiatus

Davin Drainman, singer of American nu metal band Disturbed announced through his twitter account that the band is going on indefinite hiatus, in a reply to a fan question. He couldn't tell if the band was breaking up for good.

Speculation about Disturbed's future began two weeks ago when frontman David Draiman told an Idaho radio station: "This is gonna be the last tour that the American people get to see us in for awhile, if not indefinitely. We have some things going on internally, we have some personal things going on."

Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan addressed the rumors about the band possibly breaking up in a new interview on Wednesday (July 27) with Dallas radio station KEGL-FM. The guitarist then said: "Ever since the start of this band, we've always had a game plan of what comes next after each thing. So it's always been 'write, record, tour, let's go home for a month, let's start writing again, do the same thing all over again.' So it's always been laying out future plans. This time around, we just haven't really gotten to those discussions yet. We know that we're coming to the end of this touring cycle and we just haven't planned on what we wanna do next."

Donegan would not say that the band was going to stay together, adding, "I really don't know . I don't have a clear answer because I'm not sure where everybody's head's at at the moment other than we're having a great time out on tour, we're going out big, we're carrying big production, we wanna end this on a big note. I think we're not ready to sit down and have the discussions of when we wanna get back together or if we're gonna. So we're kind of winging it."

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Source: twitter.com
Band profile: Disturbed
Posted: 29.07.2011 by qlacs | Comments (17)


Týr - European Tour With Moonsorrow & Crimfall

Faroe Islands' epic metallers Týr will embark on a European tour later this year. The tour will also feature Finnish viking/folk metallers Moonsorrow, while the opening support slot will be filled by Finnish symphonic folk metallers Crimfall. The trek, dubbed Dead Tyrants Tour, will take off in early November all the way into December. Get all the dates after the jump.

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Týr
Event: Týr + Moonsorrow: Dead Tyrants Tour
Posted: 29.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (9)


Evile - Entire Album Preview Online

One and a half minute previews of all songs set to appear on the upcoming Evile album Five Serpent's Teeth can now be heard in the YouTube clip below.

Five Serpent's Teeth is set to be released on September 26th through Earache Records. More album details were previously reported over here.

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Evile
Posted: 29.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (4)


Adrenaline Mob - Touring With Godsmack, Debut Album Due Next Year

Adrenaline Mob - one of the many side-projects of drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Avenged Sevenfold, Transatlantic) together with Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen - will be touring with the alternative metal band Godsmack in August in support of their post-Mayhem tour.

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Source: mikeportnoy.com
Posted: 29.07.2011 by Project Endgame | Comments (1)