Norwegian doom metal band Funeral has issued the following update:
"Funeral have parted ways with singer Frode Forsmo (ex-Old Man's Child). We wish Frode the best of luck in the future. We are very pleased to welcome our new vocalist, Sindre Nedland in our ranks. He is known for composing some truly amazing harmonies in both Myrkgrav and In Vain, and inhibits a unique variety in his voice and singing-style.
Funeral have also ended the cooperation with Indie Recordings, and we are currently in negotiations with other labels. The new album is about 90% recorded, and will hopefully see a worldwide autumn release."
Mastic Scum have posted the following update on their MySpace blog:
"We are happy to welcome Alex Schmid aka "Riffmaster X" as new bass-player in Mastic Scum. Alex is also active as guitar-player in "Days Of Loss" (Death metal) from Vienna. Due to time issues Boris Balogh had to leave the band. We wanna thank him for the great time we spent together in the last years and wish him all the best for the future. Mastic Scum will present the new line-up with new setlist at "Battle Of Metal" in Saalfelden on 30.04.2010."
Artillery will enter the recording studio on the 29th of November to record a follow up to their very successful album When Death Comes (2009). New material will be recorded again at Medley Studios in Denmark with Søren Andersen as producer.
Guitarist Michael Stützer says: "Artillery is very excited to start working on the follow up to When Death Comes, which received such a great response from both fans and media. It´s great to go back to the studio only 1 1/2 year after our last effort, to show the fans that Artillery is working very hard to make new recordings and to tour again. And this time it won't take us 10 years to make a new album! We feel that the new songs will continue the style and production of our last efforts and we are looking forward to play new songs live for the best and most dedicated fans of metal."
German metallers Emergency Gate have posted online three new songs, "Alternative Dead End", "Nothing To Lose" and "Point Zero", on their MySpace page.
Also a video for the song "Point Zero" can be viewed at this location.
The three new songs come off the band's forthcoming album, The Nemesis Construct, which is scheduled for release on April 30 via Twilight Zone Records.
The Nemesis Construct cover art] tracklist:
01. Alternative Dead End
02. Nothing To Lose
03. Dark Side Of The Sun
04. Story Of A Psychopath
05. An End To The Age Of Man
06. Point Zero
08. As My Bride Cries Blood
09. This Time
10. The Green Mile
11. Diary Of Nightmares...
Veteran thrashers Overkill have announced their first ever appearances on Australian soil. The band will be touring along the East coast for three dates in September. The tour is part of their Killfest 2010 25th Anniversary World Tour which has been through Europe and the USA. Supporting Overkill will be the experienced Australian Thrash Metallers Mortal Sin. Tour dates are below:
23/09/10 - The Hi Fi, Brisbane
24/09/10 - The Hi Fi, Melbourne
25/09/10 - The Metro, Sydney
"Haifisch" (Eng: "Shark") is the third single from the Rammstein album Liebe Ist Für Alle Da.
According to a press release: "We learn from it that the shark not only has teeth - he's got tears as well. But since it lives in the briny deep, no one sees them. A shame. After all, this cartilaginous fish is one of the oldest of the world's many misunderstood creatures. A bit more sympathy couldn't hurt!"
For the video to "Haifisch", Rammstein worked once again with Jörn Heitmann. To watch the clip at this location.
Decrepit Birth have completed work on their new album Polarity to be released on July 27th in North America. Drums were recorded at Sharkbite Studios (Exodus) with producer Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Suffocation, Immolation) while all other tracking was handled by Matt Sotelo before being mixed by Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios.
Guitarist Matt Sotelo commented on the new material as well as their being added to this years Summer Slaughter tour: "Polarity is a musical odyssey into the mind and soul, covering many different emotions. This album really fuses together where we are as musicians, by combining melody and brutality on a new level. We are also very proud to be part of the Summer Slaughter tour for the second time in a row! Get ready to be pummeled by some of the best bands in extreme music!"
Polish power metal outfit Hexfire are working on their debut album. Last week they were joined in the studio by renowned metal drummer Alex Holzwarth.
Alex Holzwarth, has been in the studio to record drums for some of the tracks on the new Hexfire album. The recording session took place at Nocker Productions in Munich with engineer Dr. Burns."
The band says: "We are so proud that Alex agreed to record for us. At this moment, we can say that Alex has recorded drums for one of the songs and... WOW! He's not just a drummer - he's a real metal machine! What he has done in the studio is incredible. The drums sound so powerful that its even hard to describe. So... Metalheads, be prepare for a real Metal Attack."
The Funeral Orchestra have teamed up with Ocean Chief for the release of The Northern Lights II. The album will be released somewhere in summer. Each band performs one lengthy number on this split release, Ocean Chief with the track "Born", while The Funeral Orchestra do their first track all in Swedish, called "Den Morka Shamanens Glod". The cover artwork for The Northern Lights II can be found here.
German Prog Thrashers Mekong Delta have revealed the tracklisting for their upcoming album, titled Wanderer On The Edge Of Time. Artwork will follow as soon as the details of the album have been finalized. Also a release date is yet to be announced.
Wanderer On The Edge Of Time cover art] tracklist:
01. Intro - Concert Guitar
03. A Certain Fool (Le Fou) - Movement 1
04. Interlude 1 - Group
05. The 5th Element (Le Bateleur) - Movement 2
06. Interlude 2 - Group
07. The Apocalypt - World In Shards (La Maison Dieu) - Movement 3
08. Interlude 3 - Concert Guitar
09. King With Broken Crown (Le Diable) - Movement 4
10. Intermezzo (Instrumental) - Movement 5
The release of Accept's brand new record Blood Of The Nations is fast approaching (late summer of 2010). It will mark the first studio-album of the band since more than fifteen years. You can find a brand new song "The Abyss" on the band's official MySpace page.
The Rotted are set to enter the studio in May with producer James Dunkley to record Anarchogram, a self-released EP comprising of 2 new tracks and 4 bonus tracks.
Says guitarist Tim Carley: "These songs are the first we have written with the new line-up and we are really buzzing about letting people hear them! We've wanted to do something like this for ages, put out a self-financed DIY release on our own label, like the way we used to more than 10 years ago, before MySpace and Blog sites and all that crap. We've got the opportunity to do it this summer and it's a way for us to give something back to the fans at a low cost".
As bonus tracks, each band member will be picking a song by a band they want to personally pay tribute to, for inspiring them to play extreme music in the first place. Says vocalist Ben McCrow: "These are just a bit of fun really, and a chance to pay homage to the Metal Messiahs we worshipped during our teenage years. Most musicians have a list of cover songs they'd love to play, and I'm sure you won't be disappointed with our choices!"
After the release of the EP this summer The Rotted will continue working on album two. They plan to enter Parlour Studio in January 2011 with Russ Russell at the production helm. Anarchogram is set to be released in Summer 2010 and available via the bands webstore.
"Crystal Glaze Foundation" is the new track available for streaming from the Portuguese black metal outfit Corpus Christii. Check out the song on the band's MySpace page. The song comes off the band's forthcoming album titled Luciferian Frequencies scheduled to be released soon.