Jim Matheos, guitarist and only remaining founding member of Fates Warning, and John Arch, the original vocalist of the band, are pleased to announce Sympathetic Resonance as the title of their debut album, which will be released September 13th in North America.
The band - accompanied by Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) on bass, Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, ex-Iced Earth) on drums, and Frank Aresti (ex-Fates Warning) on additional lead guitar - began tracking the drums on January 12 and continued to record through mid February with Jim Matheos producing.
Jim Matheos offered his insight on the writing and recording process of Sympathetic Resonance; "I think John and I work really well together. There's a lot of mutual respect and trust in what we do. But, we're also both very critical of ourselves, and each other. This can make for a long and, sometimes, tedious process. But ultimately it's one I enjoy because I think it brings out the best in both of us."
Gorgoroth and Vader will team up for The Sign Of Hell Tour 2011, destroying cities all over Europe later this year. The European trek, which will include over 45 shows, will kick off at the end of October and conclude right before Christmas. Dates to be announced soon.
According to Polish concert promoter and management company Massive Music, "such a long and immense tour hasn't been seen in Europe so far — all fans of Gorgoroth and Vader should start preparing for a magnificent feast!
It is a completely one-off occasion as both bands will promote their newest albums and they've already announced new concert sets. Gorgoroth will play some of their material from Under The Sign Of Hell released by Regain Records and Vader will present the new songs from Welcome To The Morbid Reich released by Nuclear Blast.
Due to a "serious injury" being suffered by drummer Paul Bostaph, Testament have enlisted the services of Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory, ex-Strapping Young Lad) to handle the studio drumming for their new album. The group recently entered the studio to begin tracking the new album with producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Opeth). A late 2011/early 2012 release is expected.
In addition to Hoglan, Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler will appear on "a couple of bonus tracks." According to the band's management, Bostaph will rejoin Testament at a later date for touring duties.
Hoglan previously played drums on Testament's 1997 effort, Demonic, but didn't stick around long enough to do any touring with the band.
Dutch death metal band Sinister - who recently went to some severe line-up changes - have announced the addition of bassist Mathijs Brussaard to the group's ranks.
Sinister mainman Aad Kloosterwaard briefly comments: "We like to welcome Mathijs Brussaard as the new Sinister bass player. We are now a 5 piece band and hope with this to bring our new songs to a higher level."
The line-up is completed with drummer Toep Duin (ex-Supreme Pain, Godmode), guitarist Bastiaan Brussaard (Supreme Pain) and guitarist Dennis Hartog (Godmode) who all joined the band a few weeks ago.
Soon the new Sinister line-up will start working on a new album which will be entitled The Carnage Ending.
About a month ago, Liechtenstein-based gothic metal band Elis parted ways with vocalist Sandra Schleret. A few days ago, the band announced her replacement will be singer Simone Christinat from Schaffhausen, Switzerland.
Simone herself had the following to share: "I am really happy to be announced as the new Singer of Elis within these days. I feel honored to be a part of this great band and I'm looking forward to a lot of good moments with Elis.
It feels like the beginning of a new chapter in my life and I am excited to get many new experiences as the new Elis singer. The first show will be in July. Until then there have a couple of rehearsals to be done. Of course it would be great to meet you Elis fans soon at one of our upcoming shows."
"I Rot Within", another brand-new track from US gore grinders Exhumed has been made available for streaming over at BloodyDisgusting.
Two other new tracks, called "Necrotized" and "As Hammer To Anvil", are still streaming over at Facebook.
"I Rot Within", "Necrotized" and "As Hammer To Anvil" come off the band's upcoming new album, entitled All Guts, No Glory, which will be released on July 5th through Relapse Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
"Born In Blood", a brand-new track from US groove thrashers Chimaira can be streamed in the YouTube clip below for the time being.
Another new track, called "Trigger Finger", is also streaming at YouTube.
"Born In Blood" and "Trigger Finger" come off the band's upcoming new album, entitled The Age Of Hell, which will be released on August 16th in North America, On August 26th in Germany and on August 29th in Australia and the rest of Europe through Long Branch Records.
Swedish death metal act Nominon has announced a couple of line-up changes in the band. The band welcomes back guitarist Christian "AntiChristian" Strömblad, who left the band only a couple of months ago. In the meantime, they also parted ways with bassist Martin Petersson, forcing guitarist Juha Sulasalmi to take over bass duties.
In the words of the band: "Nominon would like to welcome back the mighty guitarist AntiChristian to the band. After several months apart the band and AntiChristian realized that enough's enough and buried the hatchet. After a few meetings and rehearsals Nominon are certainly back on track again.
Since the bassist for a year, Martin, left the band a couple of weeks ago, and AntiChristian triumphant return to Nominon all this lead to the fact that guitarist Juha Sulasalmi will from now on take over the bass duties. Why complicate things further?!
Irish thrashers Gama Bomb are currently writing new material for their as-yet untitled new album.
The follow-up to 2009's Tales From The Grave In Space will be Gama Bomb's fourth album and is tentatively due to be released early next year.
Gama Bomb frontman Philly Byrne comments: "We're about to enter a studio in central Dublin to work on demos for our new album, which we're hoping to release in early 2012. In terms of songwriting, we're writing much 'tougher' or meaner songs now. We want to make music that street gangs could listen to before a fight, songs you can sharpen a switchblade to. I've been looking a lot to Phil Lynott for inspiration, which can never be a bad thing. He's always been a big inspiration for us, even if you can't always hear it.
"Concerto", a new track from German technical death metallers Obscura, has been made available for streaming over at Facebook (you'll have to "like" the band to access the stream).
"Concerto" is a cover track from Marty Friedman and Jason Becker's Cacophony Speed Metal Symphony album.
"Concerto" was included as the Japanese bonus track and on the iTunes digital deluxe album of the band's latest album, entitled Omnivium, which was released on March 29th in North America and early April in Europe through Relapse Records. More album details were previously reported over here.