00:16 - Apothecary That seems to be true, I've listened to them on album and have watched live vids of them as well and live they seem to be better. But then again, that can probably be said of most of this type of music
23:37 - Maratha Zero Kama is fundamental, thanks mz
US Thrasher's Anger As Art is currently in the pre-production of their fourth studio album. In a lengthy "End Of Year" update, the band vocalist and guitarist, Steve Gaines, states the following:
"You guys have no idea what kind of absolute rage has been un-corked in the music we are writing for album #4. Yes, I said it here - we are now in pre-production for our 4th full length release. With the tentative title of Hubris, Inc - once again the subject matter is about rising against. If you all walked in our shoes, you'd know (and many of you do. That is why we speak not just for you, but with you!!!). At this point, I cannot say anything more than it sounds like Anger, the logical next step after Disfigure. Song titles so far:
Reunited Dutch Speed metal band Martyr are in the middle of recording their new as-yet-untitled album, to be released around May 2011.
Currently five songs have been recorded at Jack's Pace Studio, Belgium with producer Jack Nobelen (Horizon, Savage, Stilletto). Five more songs are to be recorded in the first two months of next year, and will be far more heavy and up tempo compared to the earlier 2CD release Fear The Universe (released in 2009 through Rusty Cage Records).
In related news, the band is also switching to another record company in between, before they will hit the stage in Europe in March again (including an appearance at Up The Hammers Fest VI in Greece).
Because Martyr does not want to have their fans waiting too long before any new material will see the light of day, they have pre-released a brand new track, called "Circle Of 8". Watch the video below.
Amon Amarth have announced a string of European headlining shows, scheduled for May 2011. Support on the road will come from The Black Dahlia Murder. As previously reported, Amon Amarth will support Children Of Bodom and Ensiferum on the UK/Ireland leg of their Ugly World Tour. Get dates here.
Amon Amarth's upcoming album, Surtur Rising, will be released on March 29, 2011 via Metal Blade Records.
May 13 - Oslo, NOR - Betong
May 14 - Stockholm, SWE - Tyrol
May 15 - Gothenburg, SWE - Tradgarn (without The Black Dahlia Murder)
May 17 - Copenhagen, DEN - Vega
May 18 - Hamburg, GER - Grosse Freiheit 36
May 19 - Antwerp, BEL - Hof Ter Lo
May 20 - Amsterdam, NET - Melkweg
May 21 - Cologne, GER - E-Werk
Last week, the remaining members of Italian power metel outfit White Skull announced they'd introduce their new line-up this week. The band now confirmed that their former vocalist Federica de Boni will return to the fold.
The message from the band goes as follows: "No need to introduce her, Federica "Sister" De Boni is once again White Skull's frontwoman. The announcement of her return has been released by the leader of the band Captain Tony Mad. Federica has officially joined the band even though she currently lives in the USA, her return to Italy is supposed to be around next June 2011. In the meantime the band has already started writing new songs."
"The Last Dead", a brand new song from Canadian metallers Thine Eyes Bleed, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
The band commented: "We decided to post a tune "The Last Dead" off our yet to be released third full length album. Currently seeking a record label/management, we thought we give you a little taste of what we've been up to. Also looks like we will be doing back-to-back dates in London, Ontario at Call The Office on January 14/15 with our friends and fellow hometown band Baptized In Blood. Keeping busy, 2011 has lots to come."
Long-running US power metallers Omen have parted ways with vocalist George Call (who also sings in US power metal band Aska).
Commented Omen mainman/guitarist Kenny Powell: "I loved George singing for Omen and I have great respect for him. However, I made a commitment to Omen and myself three years ago to try and do the final three Omen records equal to the first three. I was 53 at the time, I am now 56 and want to accomplish every thing possible before my skills start to diminish. At this rate I will get my first social security check before I finish a new Omen record. It is simply not acceptable for me to wait any longer... At this point in time I must put Omen above anything else.
The new record is finally moving forward, and the great thing for me is that it is going to be even better than I thought possible. Matt Story is doing the vocals. He was the person that I wanted all along, but it was not possible because of other commitments. He has a great voice and has time to do the Omen CD now. He has been here every time I have asked and busted his ass to three and four in the morning without a single complaint.
The ghost is back to spread his unholy shadow of horror and darkness! Ghostrider, the infernal horde that generated the Italian metal legend Necrodeath over 25 years ago has returned back to life with a new desecrating assault of old school Black/Thrash filled with rawness and intensity.
11 new studio songs including revisited versions of their 1984 classics like "The Exorcist", "Doomed To Serve The Devil", "Victims of Necromancy" etc as well as some brand new tunes of thrashing ferocity and an Onslaught cover. This album's line-up features former drummer Mark Peso (Necrodeath, ex-Sadist) and some current/older Necrodeath members. Face the true impact of 1984's Italian raw Black/Thrash fierceness!
German black metal band Waldgeflüster will enter Schattenschmiede Studios on December 27th to record the follower to the 2009 release Herbstklagen. The new album will be named Femundsmarka - Eine Reise In Drei Kapitel (transl: Femundsmarka - A Journey in Three Chapters), with a planned release by Black Blood Records in Spring 2011.
Waldgeflüster's main-man Winterherz commented: "Since I've been joined by my brother P., this is going to be the first Waldgeflüster material which hasn't been written solely by me. The album concept revolves around our mutual Trekking tour into the vast region of Femundsmarka, Norway in August 2009. More details are about to come in the near future."
Italian modern metal act Destrage have won the "Videoclip Category" of the Torino Best Soundtrack Awards 2010 with their video of the track "Jade's Place". You can watch the clip below.
For more info about the Awards, visit this page.
The clip was written and directed by The Jack Stupid. The video also features a guest appearance by Mattias "IA" Eklundh (Freak Kitchen) performing the guitar solo on the song. "Jade's Place" comes off the band's sophomore release The King Is Fat'N'Old, released in October via Coroner Records. Read Darkside Momo's review here.
Slayer and Megadeth will team up once again for their European Carnage Tour 2011 taking place in March and April. The list of confirmed tour dates looks as follows:
Mar. 13 - Kiev, Ukraine - Expo
Mar. 15 - Moscow, Russia - Olimpiski
Mar. 16 - St Petersburg, Russia - Jubileeny
Mar. 17 - Helsinki, Finland - Ice Hall
Mar. 19 - Stockholm, Sweden - Arenan
Mar. 20 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
Mar. 21 - Aarhus, Denmark - SCC
Mar. 23 - Brussels, Belgium - Forest
Mar. 24 - Bamberg, Germany - Stechert Arena
Mar. 26 - Paris, France - Zenith
Mar. 28 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
Mar. 29 - La Coruna, Spain - Coliseum
Mar. 30 - Lisbon, Portugal - Pavilhao Atlantico
Apr. 01 - Barcelona, Spain - St Jordi Club
Den Bosch, Netherlands based Thrash/Death quintet Persistense have renewed their agreement with Deity Down Records.
A new full-length, sophomore to 2009's In Blood And Heart will be slated for release in the second half of 2011. During the first half of the year Persistense will focus on touring extensively once more, as well as on adding the finishing touches to the new material.
The band, whose moniker often is thought to contain a spelling error while in fact it is a contraction of "to persist" and "intense", have welcomed new guitarist Hein Willekens, who replaces Jacques Maas.
Persistense recently launched a videoclip of "The Reality", a track taken from their current album In Blood And Heart. You can watch it below. More info about the band can be found on MySpace.
As posted on Blabbermouth, guitarist Christian Muenzner of German progressive death metallers Obscura is working on an instrumental guitar record for a tentative spring release.
The album will feature Hannes Grossmann (Obscura, Blotted Science) on drums, Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Death, Iced Earth) on bass and Daniel Galmarini (Mercury Falling) on keyboards, with guest appearances by Ryan Knight (The Black Dahlia Murder, ex-Arsis), Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry, Kaipa) and Bob Katsionis (Firewind). Vic Santura (Dark Fortress, Triptykon) will handle the production duties on the CD, the drums for which will be laid down starting on December 27.
Commented Muenzner: "Being a fan of instrumental guitar music for many years, this has always been a dream of mine. After I finished recording my guitar parts for the upcoming Obscura album Omnivium, I felt quite inspired and spent all of my free time working on the songs for this project.
Rotten Sound's brand new full-length album, Cursed, will see its worldwide (excluding Finland) release on March 15th via Relapse Records. The album will see its Finnish release on March 16th courtesy of Fullsteam Records.
Cursed, the follow-up to 2008's Cycles, was recorded at Nordic Audio Labs. Lyrically, the 16-track album will be themed around the six curses of mankind. Cursed is currently available for pre-order. Additional album details to be posted soon.
Rotten Sound, who will be touring in North America early next year, has also announced a headlining European tour in support of Cursed. This four week tour will kick-off in early April and also include Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate and Haust. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below with more to be announced soon.