Montreal's technical death metal band Beneath The Massacre have scheduled studio time for the follow up record to 2007's "Mechanics Of Dysfunction." The band will enter the studio April 25 with Yannick St-Amant (Despised Icon, Neuraxis, Martyr), who also produced Beneath The Massacre's prior full-length and the "Evidence Of Inequity" EP. Afterwards, Jason Suecof (The Black Dahlia Murder, God Forbid, Chimaira) will mix the record, which is currently slated for a fall 2008 release through Prosthetic Records.
"So we just came back from our headline tour in the US. We had a blast." Beneath The Massacre vocalist Elliot Desgagnes says. "A lot of people showed up and all the bands on the package were super cool dudes. We're now working hard on the new material that will be recorded starting in April at Yannick's studio. We can't wait to enter the studio. We'll probably be posting video and blogs to let all you guys know what's going on in studio. Stay tuned."
Swedish art-rock outfit Cult Of Luna has set "Eternal Kingdom" as the title of its fifth full-length album, due on June 16 in Europe and July 8 in the U.S. via Earache Records. The CD was recorded at Tonteknik Studios in the band's hometown of Umeå. The follow-up to 2006's critically aclaimed "Somewhere Along The Highway" will reportedly be "much heavier and darker affair than previous albums."
The artwork for "Eternal Kingdom" can be viewed at this location.
Commented guitarist Erik Olofsson: "It is with great ambition and struggle we have created a very heavy album. The sound is strong and progressive. Our compositions do not hold back on anything this time!"
Billboard are reporting that AC/DC are recording their first studio album in eight years with producer Brendan O'Brien . No release date has yet been announced for the Columbia project.
The news came via a Web post Link] from Supersuckers frontman Eddie Spaghetti, who said his own band's album is being delayed due to O'Brien engineer Billy Bowers' work with AC/DC. Bowers is producing the Supersuckers' as-yet-untitled disc.
" wants to make some last-minute tweaks and, well, he can't right now," Spaghetti wrote. "He's been detained by a little Australian band called, uh, AC/DC."
AC/DC is expected to tour in support of the album, with dates to be announced.
According to the Nuclear Blast Newsletter, guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie of the Danish modern metallers Mnemic has issued the following update:
"We are back from the rotten dead, finally with some great news for y'all.
We toured most of last year, which was very fun but at the same time very exhausting for some of us, which lead to a minor break in order to recharge our batteries and reload our guns. We have finally regained focus and are now ready to bring Mnemic back on the map.
I know many of you have asked us when we will be back on the road again, when we will be touring the U.S., Japan, Australia and so on and so on... Thank you for all the requests! Unfortunately I can only say that there will only be one tour this year and a few selected shows. The tour will be in Denmark and it will be launched actually next month. Dates can be found at the http://www.myspace.com/mnemic site and http://www.mnemic.com.
The cover artwork for "Watershed", the forthcoming album from Swedish metallers Opeth, can be viewed here. The cover was (as usual) designed by Travis Smith in co-operation with frontman/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt.
"Watershed" is scheduled for release on June 3 via Roadrunner Records (one day earlier internationally). The CD, recorded in the band's native Sweden and produced by frontman/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and Jens Bogren, is a masterwork that follows the time-honored Opeth tradition; its modern yet timeless, progressive yet paying homage to the sounds of classic rock.
After a few months of search and the cancellation as support of the Therion tour, Morten Veland's Sirenia have finally announced a new vocalist. This is the band's statemant regarding the new frontwoman:
"Sirenia is finally ready to introduce their new female singer. Ailyn - Born 1982 in Barcelona, now settled in Granada, Spain. Ailyn has been strongly attached to music all her life, and began singing at an early age. Later on she studied singing at The School of Music Albéniz, and obtained singing lessons with several singing teachers around Spain. In the past she's been singing and performing all kinds of styles and genres, but in 2004 she discovered the sounds of metal combined with atmospheric and classical elements, this style of music made a big impression and she knew right away in which direction she wanted to take her career. Sirenia has done pre-productions of several new songs and recognizes that Ailyn's voice match perfectly with the new songmaterial. The band is very pleased to have Ailyn onboard and we all look forward to a future collaboration."
"We are excited to announce that a our new album "Silhouettes" can be listened to in its entirety on our MySpace page. This a week before it will see its European release through Listenable Records! We would love some feedback, as this is the result of 6 months of hard work!"
"Silhouettes" is due to be released on April 21st via Listenable Records.
Jordanian Dark Oriental Metal Band Bilocate released the following official statement through their website:
"Following the success of Bilocate's last release "Dysphoria" back in 2005, a new Chapter has begun with engineer Jens Bogren best Recognized for his outstanding work with Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath, Amon Amarth, Symphony X, Paradise Lost and many more, the new Album is currently being mixed by Jens in Fascination Street Studio in Sweden.
As Jens commented on Bilocate Album:
"Bilocate takes the qualities from the best epic death metal bands and blend it with their very own middle eastern touch, and out comes one of the most interesting metal bands I've heard for a long time You can hear that they put effort and thought in to every note and every scream!" (Jens Bogren)
On May, 2, 2008, the metal compilation "Power And Glory - The Best Power Metal Hymns - Vol. 1" cover] will be released through AFM Records. Besides AFM Bands like Circle II Circle, Axxis, Headhunter and Jon Oliva's Pain, this sampler will also contain lots of "non AFM bands" like Helloween, Nightwish and Gamma Ray.
01. Nightwish - Bye Bye Beautiful
02. Helloween - As Long As I Fall
03. Jon Oliva's Pain - Adding The Cost
04. HammerFall - Last Man Standing
05. Saint Deamon - My Heart
06. Headhunter - Silverskull
07. Rage - Carved In Stone
08. Primal Fear - Face The Emptiness
09. Ross The Boss - We Will Kill
10. Brainstorm - Fire Walk With Me
11. Sonata Arctica - Paid In Full
A very brief statement was posted on Celtic Frost's website states the following:
"Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer has left Celtic Frost due to the irresolvable, severe erosion of the personal basis so urgently required to collaborate within a band so unique, volatile, and ambitious."
UPDATED on 11 April (thanks to SlaytallicA):
Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer talks about his departure from the band. Here's his statement:
"I am devastated beyond description, and I am infinitely disappointed. As the one member of Celtic Frost who is exposed most dramatically to the feedback by our audiences and the media, I feel troubled and humiliated about being unable to honor the enormous goodwill extended to Celtic Frost during the past few years and meet the justified expectations of our fans.
Debemur Morti Productions issued a news item concering the Finnish October Falls and more in particular, details about the new album:
"The title and artwork of Finnish artist OCTOBER FALLS' forthcoming second album have been unveiled. The vast vistas and lycanthropic landscapes encountered during the four epic tracks of "The Womb Of Primordial Nature" are tragic, morose and discomforting.
There is no tracklisting; instead, the prevailing theme - centred around the primal beast within man - is divided into four 'tales'. An edited version of the third part has been uploaded and can be heard here. Release date is foreseen for this coming June."
Vocalist Gus Monsanto has posted the following announcement on his myspace page:
Brazilian singer/guitarist/songwriter Gus Monsanto has parted ways with French prog-metal band Adagio after four years of hard work, which included a successful album and a European tour.
"We parted ways friendly. It has been an overwhelming experience to fill David Readman's shoes and I will take with me the great people I met on the road, the friends I made during this period, the countries I have visited. The road stories and great music I made with Stephan, Franck, Eric and Kevin will not be forgotten. They will carry on as the archangels in black they are, as all of us are Metal Commandos," Monsanto said.
The following message has been posted on the official Axel Rudi Pell website:
"Just would like to let you know that we will enter the studio on April 20th to start recording the next CD. I completed the writing process for all songs and I'm very proud to tell you, that the next record will be awesome! It will feature 10 songs, runs approx. 60 minutes and has NO Intro... hahaha...! Also there will be NO coverversion on it... I'll keep you updated with some more Infos and photos during the next coupla months..."
"The CD will be released by SPV in Germany on October 24th and in Europe on October 27th. The release date for the USA will be confirmed very soon. Catch the band live this year at the Rock Of Ages and Wacken Open Air festivals during the summer. A headlining tour is planned for January 2009"
From SMN: "Pathetic excuse for a death metal band Brain Drill have posted the following update to try and play off their recent e-fighting/break up Link] as a rumor and announce their intention to reform, as if anyone with decent taste in music gives a fuck about them:"
From Lambgoat: "Not surprisingly, Northern California metal band Brain Drill has reformed. You may recall their meltdown last month Link]. Here's the official word :"
"Brain Drill will be carrying on despite all the recent rumors of break ups. The band is currently looking for a new drummer and more information will be made available shortly for those interested in trying out for the spot."