The 11th Hour's mastermind is no other than jack-of-all-trades Ed Warby, who already carved his name into the history of Metal with Gorefest and Hail Of Bullets. With his new band, Warby takes a turn towards old-school Doom Metal. Slow motion grooves, viscious riffs, and a bleak atmosphere are at the heart of the music. The songs resonate with darkness and despair and grab the listener from the get-go. A full length release is tentatively scheduled for fall 2009.
"The 11th Hour is upon us, and it is with great pleasure that we announce our freshly forged bond with Napalm Records. It's an honor to be added to such a great and diverse artist roster and we feel it's the perfect home for our massive brand of doom metal! Now let's open those floodgates of doooooom…"
The first single "On The Hill Of Dreams" of the new Dark Moor album "Autumnal" is now available at the band's MySpace page. The track was recorded at the New Sin Studios and it's a preview for the band's seventh forthcoming album "Autumnal", which is scheduled to be released in January 2009.
Well-known Finnish pagan black metal band Wyrd signs to Naga Productions for their upcoming album "Kalivägi". Wyrd's frontman Tomi Kalliola (aka Narqath) also playing in black metal band Azaghal said that "Kalivägi" will be in vein of older Wyrd's albums.
On their MySpace, Wyrd issued the following comment regarding the album: "The earlier announced next Wyrd album "Death Of The Sun" will be delayed into later date because of problems arranging rehearsal and studio times.
But fear not loyal readers, for a new Wyrd album titled "Kalivägi" will be released in early 2009 (possibly February) and it's an return to the more folk influenced black metal sound of the early albums. More infos & samples will follow soon."
Swedish grindcore act General Surgery are releasing a new album and posted the following update regarding this event:
"So, the new album is done. 15 tracks of unholy gore metal, served on a viscera infested mortuary slab for your audial displeasure, "Corpus In Extremis: Analysing Necrocriticism" will be unleashed some time during March 2009 on Listenable Records.
There will be both a CD and LP version with slightly different track lists, the artwork and photos will also be altered for each release.As usual, the album was recorded at Off Beat studio in Stockholm, but this time by the surgeons themselves so this is a truly self-produced effort. Mastered at the renowned Tailor Maid facilities in Stockholm by mastering wizard Peter In De Betou. Artwork by Sven/Listenable Graphix.
Revolution Renaissance, the new band of the Stratovarius mastermind Timo Tolkki has signed a worldwide deal for one album with Scarlet Records.
The last weeks have kept Tolkki and his band members busy putting finishing touches to the band's first real debut album entitled "Age Of Aquarius". Recorded over 3 months in Finland, it is by far the darkest, heaviest and most symphonic album that Tolkki has ever been involved in.
Finding a close connection with his new band members Gus Monsanto and Bruno Agra, the trio locked itself in a cabin in Finland for a month and composed 10 new songs. It is the first time during Tolkki's career that he shared the whole songwriting process with other band members. "I just felt this incredibly fresh vibe with these guys and the songs were just flowing. It was so natural process that it almost felt like the songs were already composed and we just let them be born. It was possible because in Gus and Bruno I finally have found the kindred spirits I have been looking for so long. The results were something that none of us were expecting and yet at the same time, we felt that this record is exactly the way it is supposed to be", comments Tolkki.
Former Kinetic vocalist Mina Giannopoulou is releasing new material with her new band The Rain I Bleed. The following update was posted on The Rain I Bleed Myspace:
"Just to let you know that the recordings and the biggest part of The Rain I Bleed's debut album "Narcissist" is already done. The recordings took place in Athens at the ScytheNoiseLab Studios under Chris "Rektor" Ntaskas' 'magical ears' and after all, the mixing took place at Black Lounge Studios in Sweden with Jonas Kjellgren (guitarist in Scar Symmetry) who has also worked with Sonic Syndicate and other bands too along with Chris "Rektor" Ntaskas.
A big honour for us were 2 guest from 2 musicians that the whole band really appreciates; Jeff Loomis (Nevermore's guitar-player) and Jonas Kjellgren (as a guitar-player this time ;-) Also "Narcissist" 's cover is made by Niklas Sundin, who has also worked for In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Sentenced, At The Gates, Arch Enemy etc. The album is about to be mastered at Tailor Maid Studios, Sweden.
According to Nuclear Blast, mighty Swedish Doomsters Candlemass have a truly precious gift for all their patiently waiting fans: serving as a first taste of what's to come with their yet untitled album in early 2009, you now have the chance to listen to several brand new snippets! Starting today, Leif Edling and co. serve you bits and pieces from the following songs:
01. Hammer Of Doom
02. If I Ever Die
03. Demon Of The Deep
04. My Funeral Dreams
Expect no less than a true Epic Doom masterpiece from Candlemass, and make sure to click here to experience an exclusive outlook. The samples will be available online until January 10.
Danish Folk Metal band Svartsot have announced the following news, in a statement from Michael Lundquist Andersen (guitar), Martin Kielland-Brandt (bass), Niels Thøgersen (drums) and vocalist Claus B. Gnudtzmann:
"We are sorry to announce that because of different opinions on how to run a band and how the music should sound, we have decided to leave Svartsot. We will surely miss all of you people out there who have supported us at live gigs, and by listening to our songs. It has been a great adventure with you all, boys and girls, and who knows. Maybe we will see you all out there at the venues again in the future, in other bands. We will all continue playing music together outside of Svartsot.
In the first week of December, Cruachan announced the departure of female vocalist Karen Gilligan:
"Karen has left Cruachan on good terms for various reasons (message from Karen below). We wish her all the best for the future. She will not be replaced!
Over the last few years we have been moving towards a more extreme sound and style, now that Karen has left we are going to continue with this plan and Keith Fay will take over full time vocal duties while John Ryan and John O Fathaigh will take on backing vocal roles.
For live concerts we are planning to adapt some of our back catalogue songs to suit this new arrangement. There are obviously some popular songs where this will not work and we plan to take a session female vocalist on tour with us. Karen has confirmed that she will appear as a guest on some tracks on the new album and this is something we are really happy about. We are looking at this as an opportunity to have a new start with Cruachan and we promise that our next release will be the greatest Cruachan album to date."
Australian metallers Lord have issued the following update: recording has begun on the follow up to 2007's "Ascendence" album, entitled "Set In Stone".
Commented Lord mainman Lord Tim: "Work has finally started on the next Lord album! This album has a lot to live up to as "Ascendence" was very well received and we're all still fiercely proud of it, but I think what we've written will easily stand up to the quality of anything we've done before. Of course every artist says their new album will be their best work yet, but in this case rather than saying that, I would describe this as not necessarily better than our last album, but more so this is more true to what Lord is about; the definitive Lord album as it were. If I were to draw comparisons between Lord and Dungeon , "Ascendence" would be the equivalent of the "Resurrection" album, and "'Set In Stone" would be the equivalent of "A Rise To Power" - the album where most people would agree Dungeon really hit its stride.
Lunatica have announced more details concerning their upcoming new album. The band's fourth effort will be entitled "New Shores" and will be released on 27 February (in Europe) next year via Napalm Records. While the cover art can be watched here, a brand new song, called "The Chosen Ones" can be downloaded in mp3-format here.
Napalm Records has posted the following press release in the meantime: "Lunatica's fourth album unveils a genuine masterpiece. Soulful Symphonic Melodic Metal refined with the crystal clear vocals of frontwoman Andrea gives way to enchanting melodies, multifaceted compositions, and symphonic passages that build the foundation for each song without ever compromising the metal aspects of this work. The Swiss combo masterfully fuses its diverse influences, creating a homogenous and compact end result that is crowned by sweeping choruses and emotive movements. Sascha Paeth (Edguy, Kamelot) takes on the production responsibilities, bringing the sound of "New Shores" to a whole new level. Those interested in moving on to greener pastures will find the perfect opportunity to do so in Lunatica."
Guitarist Peter "Pete" Falk of Danish Symphonic Black metal band Illnath has posted the following massage on their MySpace:
"After a long time (11 years) in the spirit of Illnath, Artur "Tyr" Meinild has decided to leave the band. We wish him good luck and hope the best for him in the future.
We are now looking for a new member behind the Piano-weird instrument. Let us know if you, or someone you know are interested in. Please contact us by email."
Sycronomica have uploaded two brand-new songs, called "Kaleidoscope" and "The Call", on their MySpace page. These two tracks were recorded in November at the Helion Studios in Munich (Germany). The songs are a preview for the band's third forthcoming album, which is scheduled to be released in early 2009.
Epica announced the following on their MySpace page:
"We are sad to announce that Ad Sluijter has decided to part ways with Epica. Ad is a founding member of Epica and has been of great value to the band. We would like to use this opportunity to thank Ad for his everlasting devotion for Epica! On Ad's MySpace you can read a personal statement. We will never forget all the reat moments we have shared together and wish Ad the very best for the future! We hope to be able to announce Ad's successor soon and keep you updated on that."
Here's a small extract from what Ad had to say concerning his decision to leave: "Because of the busy tour schedule and the lack of time to work on new material as a result, I found myself more and more in a situation where I felt like I had to compose instead of wanting to compose. I don't consider myself a great song writer. I really need to spend a lot of time and put a lot of effort into it before I am anywhere near to being satisfied with the result. And being the perfectionist that I am, it was just getting more and more frustrating not having the time to do so and therefore not being able to achieve the best possible result. Because of this I simply lost the fun I usually had when composing, and this was for me a clear sign that I had to change something.
Koch Records announces the addition of critically-acclaimed heavy trio High On Fire to its roster. The band just completed a run of West Coast dates and now will focus on writing the new CD that will be released in Summer 2009.
High On Fire's former record label, Relapse, will release a live album from the group entitled "Live From The Relapse Contamination Festival" on January 6. The eight-song CD was recorded at the 2003 edition of the festival and includes a cover version of Venom's "Witching Hour".
"Live From The Relapse Contamination Festival" tracklisting:
01. Blood From Zion
02. To Cross The Bridge
05. Speed Wolf
06. Eyes & Teeth