For those wondering what the hell is going on in the Pain camp, the Swedish metallers have released the following statement:
"Well... It's been a while since the last update and we thought it was about time to let you in on a couple of things.
The last couple of months every one of us has been pretty busy with anything but Pain. As you may know Peter has been concentrating on Hypocrisy this year and recently came home from a successful tour in South America. David, who just got signed up with Zildjian, is working for Unique Pyrotechnic along with doing a lot of different stand-in club shows in Sweden. Johan became a dad in August (best wishes from us all), and the more time spent away from Pain means the more time spent with his family. Michael is working with different side projects along with his work for Digidesign.
In case you missed this, The Burning Sun, the debut solo album of Necrophagist guitarist Sami Raatikainen's project Radiance, is streaming in its entirety over at this location.
The Burning Sun is described as a concept album consisting of a single 49-minute song, and is meant to be listened to as a whole. The album is divided into seven tracks for practical reasons. The effort features guest vocalists Mats Levén (Krux, ex-Therion, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and Noora Häkkinen (Noradrenaline). The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Sami Raatikainen himself.
The entire CD is available for streaming at this location.
Gore-metal originators Exhumed are currently in the studio recording their first full-length album since 2003's Anatomy Is Destiny.
Exhumed guitarist/vocalist/founder Matt Harvey, bassist Leon DelMuerte and guitarist Wes Caley are currently at Arcane Digital Recording in Arizona working with engineer Ryan Butler (Misery Index) to record vocals, bass and guitar tracks. Exhumed drummer Danny Walker previously laid down his drum tracks at Trench Studios with John Haddad (Abysmal Dawn, Intronaut). Mixing and mastering will be handled by Brian Elliott (Graves Of Valor) at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Nile).
Matt Harvey recently checked in from the studio with the following update: "So far we're really psyched on what's been oozing out of the speakers! The guitars are sounding really aggressive right out of the box. I can't wait to get into the vocals and flesh out the songs. We have 18 songs to work through while we're here and then we'll sort through and cherry-pick the heaviest, ugliest tracks for the new record, which is gonna be titled All Guts, No Glory. I think it builds on all the best shit from our first three records and should disgust and revolt any poseurs out there!"
According to a posting on the official In Flames fan page on Facebook, the pre-production of the new In Flames album is almost finished. The songs are almost done and the band is almost ready to start the actual recording of the next album, at their own IF Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden.
According to an earlier statement by the band, "the plan is to spend the remaining part of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 creating and recording the follow-up to A Sense Of Purpose." The as-yet-untitled album will be the tenth studio full-length in the band's discography.
This album marks In Flame's first without founding member, guitarist Jesper Strömblad, who quit the band earlier this year to seek help for his alcohol addiction.
Memorain - the thrash metal super-group led by Greek guitarist Ilias Papadakis, and featuring Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory, ex-Dark Angel, ex-Strapping Young Lad), Steve Digiorgio (Sadus, ex-Death, ex-Testament), Ralph Santolla (Obituary, ex-Deicide, ex-Iced Earth) and Chris Valagao (Zimmers Hole, Devin Townsend) - has revealed the artwork and tracklisting for Evolution, the upcoming full-length album scheduled for a 2011 release through Pulverised Records.
Also to be featured on Memorain's latest album are a few more star-studded guest musicians such as David Ellefson, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Jeff Waters, Christian Wentz, Marc Pattison, Laura Christine and Carlos E. Perez.
David Ellefson recorded 2 songs "A New Era" and "Rules Of Engagement", as well as co-wrote "Rules Of Engagement" with Memorain guitar-player Ilias Papadakis and Tim "Ripper" Owens. On top of that, Tim "Ripper" Owens recorded vocals on "Rules Of Engagement" and Laura Christine also contributed a solo on the song "Destiny Found". Jeff Waters recorded the main guitar solo on "A New Era", while Carlos E. Perez laid down guitar solo for "Methods Of The Past" and with both Christian Wentz and Marc Pattison contributing guitar solos on "Scratching The Surface".
Norwegian metallers Communic are currently preparing the final writing details for their follow-up to 2008's Payment Of Existence. The band is planning to start the recording process early 2011. The band is hoping for a June 2011 release.
Comments guitarist/vocalist Oddleif Stensland: "I am really excited about this new material that we have put together for this new album. There is still some work left, but we are getting closer. I think the heaviness of these songs will surprise many of you, and the overall feeling of it, is way darker this time. The songs are shorter, more in your face and may seem straight forward at first, but there are many twists and turns that will just creep under your skin. This album is DEEP!
Transcending Bizarre? will finally release their new album, The Misanthrope's Fable, on November 19th via Dissonart Productions.
The album recording was finished in July, and was mixed by Dim Douvras (Rotting Christ, Rex Mundi) at Lunatech Studios. The artwork was created by Anestis Goudas (Derz.oth Design) and based on the paintings of Jesse Pepper. Vocalist Bjørnar E. Nilsen from Vulture Industries participates in the song "The Empire of Mind".
The band stated earlier: "We believe that this album is our DARKEST and most complete creation so far. The symphonic avant-gardism of our latest release joins the experimental black metal psychedelia of our debut album and the result is a concept album of nightmarish atmosphere and severe eclecticism."
Norwegian heavy metallers Thunderbolt have added a brand-new song, entitled "Black Horde", to their MySpace player. "Black Horde" can be found on the band's upcoming effort, called Dung Idols. An exact release date is yet to be confirmed. Click here to stream the new track.
Austrian black/death metal band Belphegor has revealed more details regarding their upcoming new album, called Blood Magick Necromance.
Produced by legend Peter Tägtgren at his Abyss Studios in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren, Belphegor's new opus Blood Magick Necromance will be released on January 14th in Europe and February 8th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
The band has tapped two ingenious artists from Austria for artwork purposes: Helmut Wolech and Joachim Luetke for the magickal graphics and cover artwork. More activities on Blood Magick Necromance will be posted soon!
Brazilian thrash metallers Facínora have made their debut album Hell Is Here available for free download. According to the band they will independently distribute their much anticipated debut album by giving their listeners a dose of Facínora without breaking their wallets or bank accounts. Get your dose of thrash at this location (click on the album cover to download the .rar file).
Hell Is Here cover art] tracklist:
01. Hell Is Here
02. Source Of Madness
03. R.I.P (Religions Is A Plague)
05. Empty Illusions
06. Living In Reality
07. War Between Selfish
10. The Evil
"Hunter's Season", the new live video from Kamelot's latest release Poetry For The Poisoned bonus DVD, which features on the deluxe edition of the album, can now be watched below. The album saw an early September release through earMUSIC/Edel.
UK doomsters My Silent Wake have revealed a home-made video for one of their new songs "Death Becomes Us", as can be watched below. The song comes off the band's new effort IV Et Lux Perpetua, released just yesterday (29 October). You can find more information about the album in our news archive.
As reported earlier today, the band will embark on a short European with In Vain in a few days. Dates are available here. This will mark My Silent Wake's last tour with drummer/vocalist Jasen Whyte, who'll be leaving the band at the end of the year.
Here's the full message of the band: "Andi and Jasen will be playing on the tour. Andi did not need the break from the band that was reported a few months ago. These will be Jasen's last performances due to him leaving at the end of the year. Tank will be drumming and me (Ian Arkley) and Kate will be playing as usual."
Ealier this month, we reported about James LaBrie's first solo headlining tour in five years. But now it seems he is forced to cancel the North American trek. The following statement was released regarding the cancellation:
"It is very difficult for what I am about to say. The Static Impulse Tour has been cancelled due to some unfortunate, unforeseen difficulties with securing work visas for a couple of the guys. It would be virtually impossible for us to have these visas processed on time to begin the tour let alone the rehearsals which were scheduled for the week prior to the first show.
I don't know what to say other than we are all in shock and can only hope we can make this a reality at some point in the near future. I am really sorry to everyone who has gone out and purchased the meet and greets and show tickets. This totally sucks and I'm sure you're all quite upset and have every right to be. I can only ask for your understanding and forgiveness and assure you that when we are in a position (hopefully in the near future) to tour all of this will have been taken care of well in advance or it just won't happen."
You can now listen to "By The Hammer Of Zeus (and the Wrecking Ball of Thor)", a new song coming off Virgin Steele's new album The Black Light Bacchanalia, exclusively at Noisecreep.
Vocalist David DeFeis tells Noisecreep: "This track is a good representation of the barbaric-romantic style of the group. It is raw, primitive and aggressive, yet also bombastic, majestic and progressive. It is dark and serious, but it still cooks and maintains its sensuality."
"But before you listen, understand what the song is after on a conceptual level". DeFeis continues, "The lyrics are about the coming of the mountain-fire god, and his hatred and fear of the goddess, and his usurpation of her powers. The opening line sums up how the creation of this album went, and it also sums up the 'never surrender' Virgin Steele spirit: 'Pain is me and I'm relentless.'"
Psycroptic will be joined by guest vocalist Zdenek Simecek (Godless Truth) on their upcoming US tour with Nile, Ex Deo, Keep Of Kalessin and Pathology. Vocalist Jason Peppiatt will be unable to join the band on the tour due to the imminent arrival of his newborn son.
"A month or so after we confirmed the US tour I was greeted with the excellent news that I would be a new father, halfway through the tour no less," commented Peppiatt. "Since I could not miss the birth, and I couldn't exactly drive from the US to Tasmania, I talked it through with the rest of the guys and decided to ask Zdenek in to fill for the last tour of the Ob(servant) album for me. Zdenek has been a long time friend of the band and is a super talented vocalist, so I'm happy to have him in my shoes for this run. I'll be working hard demoing the new material while at home (as well as changing nappy's), and I'll see you all in 2011!"