German black metal flagship Endstille have parted ways with vocalist and founding member Iblis. After having performed at this year Wacken Open Air with Mannevond of Koldbrann on vocals already the band has now officially confirmed the split:
"Iblis is no longer a member of Endstille.
No comments on any of the reasons why.
All upcoming shows will continue as sheduled and will be played with Mannevond on vocals.
Whether Mannevond will be Iblis' permanent replacement or whether the band will follow its often stated announcement to split up if one of the members leaves the band remains to be seen.
Polish metallers Behemoth have posted online a new song, "Ov Fire And The Void", on their MySpace page.
"Ov Fire And The Void" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Evangelion", which is scheduled for release on August 7 in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records and August 11 in North America through Metal Blade.
"Evangelion" cover art] tracklisting:
03. Ov Fire And The Void
04. Transmigrating Beyond Realms Ov Amenti
05. He Who Breeds Pestilence
06. The Seed Ov I
07. Alas, Lord Is Upon Me
08. Defiling Morality Ov Black God
UPDATED, on 23.07.2009
Polish metallers Behemoth have posted online another new song, "Shemhamforash", on their MySpace page.
UK metallers Pantheist have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Greetings from the English summer of doom. Since the constant weather fluctuations, incessant rain followed by brief spells of sun and then dark clouds etc don't give us much opportunity to enjoy the summer (in a most un-doomly way), we decided to sit behind our laptop instead and give you a small update about what has been going on in our camp lately.
I have been informed today by Rami that the "O Solitude" reissue has been finally sent for printing, and it will be available in a few weeks time. This critically acclaimed (so I've been told, I'm not making this up) debut album will feature stunning new artwork with cold natural landscapes (literally, as the photographs have been taken at the Black Park near Slough under freezing weather conditions) from our in-house artist, Cheryl Pinnock. We will notify you when this long out-of-print album is again available for ordering.
Decadence, in cooperation with the Japanese label Spiritual Beast and Universal officially announce the new album titled "Chargepoint" to be released in October 2009.
It will include a special bonus track and will be Decadence's official release of this album. The release party is planned to be held in Stockholm, Sweden and more details concerning this will be shared as the time draws nearer.
More special information about the release in Japan will be up shortly.
"Chargepoint" cover art] tracklist:
02. Silent Weapon (For A Quiet War)
03. Out Of Ashes
04. Point Of No Return
05. Strength Of Mind
06. Fast Forward
08. Be Home When I'm Gone
Black/ Death Metal titans Belphegor have set "Walpurgis Rites - Hexenwahn" as the title of their 8th full length studio album due out in October 2009. "Walpurgis Rites - Hexenwahn" marks the follow up to the groups extremely successful 2008 release "Bondage Goat Zombie".
Here's what frontman Helmuth has to say: "The title fits perfect to the whole concept, the lyrical themes. Its typical Belphegor, involving symbology and double meanings. I have always been fascinated by the idea and atmosphere surrounding witches, their magic, the insane sabbath/ ceremonies - and all the obscurity that goes with it. With the nine sound collages, the verses, artwork we continue our descent into the depths of musical hell."
The creative force behind the genre-defying, legendary metal titans Fear Factory, guitarist Dino Cazares, has returned with a mind-blowing, scathing new offering that shatters the boundaries of conventionality with unrelenting intensity, precision and speed.
This new offering from Cazares' extreme metal juggernaut Divine Heresy also features one of the genre's most acclaimed drummers, Tim Yeung (ex-Nile, Vital Remains), bassist Joe Payne (ex-Nile) and newcomer vocalist Travis Neal (ex-The Bereaved, Pushed).
This pummeling new offering, "Bringer Of Plagues", which is set for a July 28th North American release, redefines the meaning of aggression and takes extreme to an all new level. Neal has undoubtedly proven that he is the perfect fit for the role as he delivers a debut performance for the ages.
"De Oppresso Liber", the new video from US metallers Sothis, has been made available online. The clip was shot in Los Angeles with director Joe Suarez, who had previously worked with Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying and Evanescence, among others.
"De Oppresso Liber" comes off the band's latest album, "De Oppresso Liber", which was released on September last year via Candlelight Records.
Italian metallers Secret Sphere have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
After the successfull Rock Arena appearance we wanna give you some fresh news!
After ten years of Secret Sphere we decided to change to members of the band: Paco Gianotti and Antonio Agate. Antonio will continue to arrange the music for the new album but he is not fix members of the band anymore.
We wanna welcome to young talented guys Marco Pastorino on rythm guitars and Gabriele Ciaccia on Keyboards, some of you already saw them live with us in the last shows.
Don't forget to take a look to our new MySpace layout online with pictures and infos about the new line up always at the same address.
Swedish metallers Hypocrisy have set "A Taste Of Extreme Divinity" cover art] as the title of their forthcoming album, due on October 23 in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records.
Peter Tägtgren commented: "Hey, it's about time for an update now. We have a title for the new album now: "A Taste Of Extreme Divinity"! I'm at the end of the recording and mixing, a few songs left to sing on. The rest are done mixing-wise... It's just been too busy with touring and recording bands, and I didn't wanna burn myself out totally. We're happy of the result so far, it got everything a Hypocrisy album should have in our own point of view. We will release it on October 23 and start touring in the US on November 5, supporting Ensiferum, then in January 2010 we'll do a headline tour in Europe, after that we'll try to hit rest of the world. Stay tuned for more updates in a few weeks!"
Italian metallers Hour Of Penance have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Hour Of Penance will enter "16th Cellar" studio in Rome on August 27th with Stefano Morabito as sound engineer to start tracking the instruments of their fourth yet untitled new album, follower of the highly acclaimed 2008's "The Vile Conception" released by the renowned Unique Leader Records.
Commented frontman and guitar player Giulio Moschini: "After less then a year of songwriting we're finally ready to hit the studio and record the new album. We're very satisfied with the results of the songwriting sessions, everything went smooth and all the songs came out in a spontaneous way. We have enough material to record almost two albums but as we did with the previous album "The Vile Conception", only the best 10 songs will appear on the new opus. This time we will work with Stefano Morabito to get a more "live" approach and a more natural sound to the new album which will embrace a lot of new and different features from the past releases. I'm sure our loyal fans will not be disappointed when they hear the final result!"
German metallers Secrets Of The Moon have posted online a new song, "Queen Among Rats", on their MySpace page.
"Queen Among Rats" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Privilegivm", which is scheduled for release on September 11 in Germany and Austria (September 14 in the rest of World) via Prophecy Productions.
"Privilegivm" cover art] tracklist:
03. Black Halo
04. I Maldoror
1 - Part I: I Forgive Myself
2 - Part II: The Tree Of Life
3 - Part III: Exsultet
06. For They Know Not
07. Queen Among Rats
The mighty Pelican are in the studio putting the finishing touches on their fourth studio album, entitled "What We All Come To Need". What guitarist Laurent Lebec has dubbed "the most perfect synthesis of everything we've done to date, sonically", this new album is a giant step forward within the complex, intricate, beautiful and crushing sound Pelican is famous for. The album features more guests than have ever appeared on a Pelican album before: Greg Anderson of Sunn O))), Aaron Turner of Isis, Ben Verellen of Harkonen and Helms Alee and Allen Epley from The Life & Times And Shiner. Content-wise, Lebec says "There is a current of inspiration that feels particular to each album's music and titles. Though we lack a singer, the song names are often conceptual. This new album speaks to a rapidly decaying world, the fulfillment we find in each other, as well as the resolve to move beyond disillusionment". If the recent "Ephemeral" EP is any indication of what's to come, we can expect nothing less than the apex of Pelican's creative output.
Swedish metallers Machinae Supremacy have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Due to personal reasons, our dear Tomas "Tom" Nilsén has chosen this time to leave Machinae Supremacy after seven years of pure win and awesome.
As unfortunate as this is, Tomas could not have picked a better time. We are currently focused on producing material for our upcoming album and can therefore take our time finding a replacement for Tomas without it interfering too much with our plans for the near future.