Morbid Angel will be headlining the third annual Scion Rock Fest, which will be held on Saturday, March 5th, in Pomona, California. The festival will take place at The Fox Theater Pomona and The Glass House.
As usual, entry will be free, though attendees must RSVP online here. While tickets are free, they are limited and entry is not guaranteed.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows (with more bands to be announced):
Morbid Angel - Obituary - Death Angel - Municipal Waste - Agalloch - Integrity - Bastard Noise - Atheist - Floor - Black Breath - Nails - Primate - Crom - Wormrot - Kvelertak - Necrite - Woe - Fuck The Facts - Bonded By Blood - Christian Mistress
Austrian symphonic power metal band Serenity have uploaded an album preview for their upcoming release, Death & Legacy. Check it out below. Death & Legacy is set to be released on February 25th via Napalm Records.
According to a press release, Serenity's third album embarks on a journey to discover the historic figures of ages past. Embellished in symphonic metal garb, Christopher Columbus, Giacomo Casanova, Sir Francis Drake, Queen Elizabeth I, and many more prominent figures take center stage on Death & Legacy. The band masterfully unites the emotions and thoughts of these famed characters with the fitting musical interludes that allow them to tell their tales. The emphasis of Serenity's sound remains guitar-oriented metal, although they also use orchestral arrangements to create a detailed and colorful symbiosis of symphonic and metallic elements.
Last night, Warbringer played at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA supporting Sepultura and Angra. This marked the last show together with drummer Nic Ritter (ex-Prototype). After a two-year international touring cycle and one album, Waking Into Nightmares, Nic and the band have decided to collectively part ways.
Nic had this to say about his decision: "I felt like it was time for a change both musically and personally. All is good between the guys and myself as this was a mutual decision. I wish them the best in the future and with the next album."
Added Warbringer guitarist John Laux: "Nic Ritter is an incredible drummer and we wish him the best of luck! I know he made a lot of friends around the world and I just want everyone to understand that our decision to part ways was mutual and necessary. Nic has worked very hard with us over the last 2 years and we are grateful for his contributions musically and his commitment personally on the road."
"Was It Worth It?", the brand-new single from Children Of Bodom has been made available for streaming, over at Facebook.
In order to get access to the stream you'll have to let everybody know you're into Children Of Bodom by "liking" them on Facebook (Ha ha! /Nelson), or just wait till some smartass uploads the whole thing on YouTube (a rough radio version is already available here).
"Was It Worth It?" comes off the band's upcoming new album Relentless Reckless Forever, which will be released on March 8th through Universal Music.
Dying Fetus are currently streaming the upcoming re-issues of their 1995 demo collection Infatuation With Malevolence and debut album Purification Through Violence in their entirety at this location (player at the upper right).
Both Infatuation With Malevolence and Purification Through Violence will be released next Tuesday, January 18th through Relapse Records. The re-issues have been re-mastered and re-packaged now including new liner notes and never-before-seen photography, and bonus tracks. Re-issues of Dying Fetus' Killing On Adrenaline album and Grotesque Impalement EP will follow in early March. Killing On Adrenaline will include two bonus tracks while Grotesque Impalement will feature three previously unreleased tracks.
Omnivium, the upcoming album of technical death metallers Obscura will be released on March 29th through Relapse Records. Cover artwork can be found below, while the complete tracklist and more details are available here.
According to a press release, Omnivium finds the band pushing the progressive edges of the genre's sounds to new heights while delivering the technical metal that has become their calling card. The band gracefully blends brutality and beauty with complex, commanding songs played at stunningly virtuosic levels. Ominivum very clearly raises the bar for extreme, technical metal and is Obscura's finest moment to date. Get excited!
Vader are gearing up to hit Hertz Studio in Poland, from March 15th to April 10th, 2011, to record Welcome To The Morbid Reich. Mix and mastering will take place in May with a tentative August/September release date through Nuclear Blast.
Vader frontman Peter Wiwczarek plans to record 10-11 tracks plus 2 bonuses for special editions of the Welcome To The Morbid Reich album. Draft titles of a few tracks include: "Lords of Thorns", "I Am Who Feast Upon Your Souls", "Only Hell Knows", "Return to the Morbid Reich", "I Had A Dream".
He also added the following: "For a long time I've been thinking about new tracks and the album concept; more and more things start to be clear. For the most part I'd like Spider (aka guitarist Marek Pajak) to take part in the process of album creation. I also have in mind relating to the good old times with a new lay-out for the album. I met with Zbyszek Bielak, a very talented artist, who will design the new lay-out, merchandise and scenic elements. Zbyszek has already worked with such bands as Watain, Absu, Behemoth... The new album will mainly focus on the Morbid Reich feeling combined with brutal riffs and tempo of the previous albums. We also have a surprise for our devoted fans, we're going to come back to our old logo."
Ill Niño will embark on a European headlining tour in March and April. Woop woop! The band will tour in promotion of their latest release, Dead New World. Support on the trek comes from Breed 77.
US shows, taking place later this month, were previously announced here.
Ill Niño - European Tour:
March 12 - London, England - Kick Out The Jams Festival
March 13 - Reading, England - Sub 89
March 14 - Manchester, England - Moho Live
March 15 - Glasgow, Scotland - King Tut's
March 17 - Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms
March 18 - Prestatyn, Wales - Hammerfest
March 19 - Nuneaton, England - Queens Hall
March 20 - Cardiff, Wales - Millenium Music Hall
March 21 - Brighton, England - Concorde 2
Spiritual Beggars - the Swedish stoner band featuring Arch Enemy's Michael Amott and Sharlee D'Angelo - has scheduled two live shows in Japan taking place in March.
Commented drummer Ludwig Witt: "We had a great time in Japan performing at the two massive Loud Park 10 concerts in October alongside Ozzy Osbourne, Motörhead etc. Our first new album in five years, Return To Zero, has been really well received by the Japanese fans and we can't wait to go back and play the full headline set at our own, more intimate, club dates in Osaka and Tokyo in March."
Spiritual Beggars in Japan:
March 24 - Tokyo - Club Quattro
March 25 - Osaka - Club Quattro
Video footage from the forthcoming Ulver live DVD, entitled Ulver At The Opera 2010, is now available for viewing at this location. No release date has been set for the moment, so keep an eye out for further updates.
Ulver played live at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet on July 31th last year, with special guests Ian Johnstone and Christian Fennesz.
Dutch doomsters Hooded Priest have scheduled a handful of gigs in The Netherlands and Belgium over the next couple of months. The band will be supporting Procession in Antwerp on 18 February, together with their comrades from Children of Doom, after which they'll be playing on the Back Against The Wall Fest in The Hague (1 April), Nepherex Fest in Dendermonde (23 April) and the Dordrecht Doom Day in, duh, Dordrecht (14 May).
Guitarist J-Maze (his parents called him Joe Mazurewicz), however, will be forced to sit out those live shows, as he's becoming a father by the end of April. On one or two gigs he will be replaced by Heinrich von Irm, who helped out the band before on bass. J-Maze will rejoin the band in the second half of the year as the band is hoping to do some shows abroad.