08:51 - Apothecary It's like it's saying "those things, that you thought were buried deep in your mind's recesses.... I am bringing them out." So, "disturbing" in a different sense of the word, I guess
08:50 - Apothecary I'm not in Vindsval's head of course, but I look at MoRT as channeling the nature of the human unconscious, and that's what's so off-putting about it in a way because its paradoxical structured/formless aura somehow reflects that
08:25 - Jaeryd Gnaw Their Tongues is something I would call disturbing though, yes.
08:23 - Jaeryd MoRT, disturbing or scary? Twisted, dark, insane, and brilliant, yes, but there's much more unsettling stuff out there.
08:14 - Apothecary If you liked I Shall Die Here, you might want to investigate the work of The Haxan Cloak farther, the guy they collabed with for it. Pretty nice if you're into the ambient stuff [link]
Armored Saint bassist Joey Vera has issued the following update on his MySpace blog:
"After 6 weeks, the new Armored Saint record is done. Well, not entirely... We still have to have it mastered which should be done in the next 2 weeks. So technically, there's plenty of time for more arbitrary bouts of stress. But all of the tunes have been recorded and mixed. And I have the dark circles under my eyes to prove it!
As the producer of the record, I did in fact work very long and hard on this. But I didn't work alone. Everyone involved worked their asses off. Gonzo, John, Phil and Jeff all came in and gave it everything. Engineer Bryan Carlstrom and his assistant John Nuss were the work horses who kept up the pace in this session which for the most part meant putting in 12 - 14 hour days. I can't say enough about Bryan, Nuss and Annette Cisneros from Tranzformer Studios in ...Burbank... This is a first class operation and to boot, they all gave heart and soul into the project which these days you just cannot even pay for. We are in much debt with them. Truly wonderful people.
A trailer for Primordial's forthcoming DVD release, All Empires Fall, has been posted online.
The All Empires Fall DVD is due out via Metal Blade Records in March, and will feature footage shot at the band's January 24th, 2009 show at the Button Factory in Dublin, Ireland, as well as documentary footage.
A limited edition set will include bonus features and a bonus audio CD. Further details to follow.
Official press release
Irish Pagan masters Primordial will release their first ever DVD All Empires Fall on February 28th / March 1st 2010 via Metal Blade in Europe. It will be a DVD-set containing two discs full of quality material.
Disc 1 is the centrepiece of the DVD and features a full Primordial headline show recorded live on the 24th of January, 2009 in their hometown of Dublin, Ireland. The show was filmed with five cameras and has an exceptional vintage look due to the hard work in post production. A truly impressive and powerful live gig, exciting from start to finish in front of die hard Primordial audience and a perfect sound track that is available in stereo and 5.1.
A preview for the entire Monolith album, the upcoming new offering by In Mourning is available at this location. The album will be unleashed in Europe 25th of January, and in North American territories 16th of February.
The mini-site for Monolith is now launched and can be accessed at this location. Fans can finally hear the new album in its entirety, with high-quality streaming. The mini-site also includes essential information such as album tracklisting, band biography and as well as some photos and videos taken from the Monolith recording sessions.
Monolith cover art] tracklist:
01. For You To Know
03. The Poet And The Painter Of Souls
04. The Smoke
05. A Shade Of Plague
06. With You Came Silence
Noctiferia have just signed a worldwide deal with Listenable for 3 albums, first one bearing the title of Death Culture due to be out in March 2010!
Noctiferia's Igor Nardin (guitar/programming) shares his enthusiasm: "We are really excited to join forces with Listenable Records. We've followed the label and its bands for quite some time and really respect their work and treatment. We feel that Death Culture fits in perfectly with the label's catalog and we share the same vision about music industry and band development. This is a perfect beginning of 2010, the year of Death Culture."
Finnish metallers Sotajumala entered Studio Audio in Jyväskylä, Finland earlier today (Monday, January 11) to begin recording their third album, Kuolemanpalvelus, for a late spring release through Cobra Records.
The album will be tracked at Studio Audio and Basement Alliance studios with Tuomas Kokko while the mastering will be handled by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers in Helsinki on February 8.
Kuolemanpalvelus tracklist (order subject to change):
Syvyydessä (In The Abyss)
Paratiisin Kutsu (The Call Of Paradise)
Kuolleet, Toinen Jae (The dead, 2nd Verse)
Sinun Virtesi (Your Hymn)
Luut Sinusta Muistuttaen (Only Bones Remind Us Of You)
Toinen Tuleminen (The Second Coming)
Norwegian metallers Sarkom have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"One of the founding members, Renton, has decided to quit his job as drummer for the band. However, a couple of upcoming 7" releases will still include his work as both drummer and songwriter, as this already have been recorded.
To replace Renton's seat behind the drums, we have found our longtime friend J. Folkedal, which also handled the drums on our last tour. If he will join the band as a pemanent member is still undecided, but as for now, he will join the force at all our upcoming live performances!
We are very grateful for all the work and effort Renton has put into this band and wish him all the best for the future!"
US metallers Drowning Pool have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"After months of lockdown in the recording studio in New Jersey, we are proud to emerge with our most solid and dynamic album yet. "Feel Like I Do" is our first single from the new self titled record due out in April. All you Drowning Pool Fans will dig the new tunes so crank it up and rock out with us!"
"Feel Like I Do" is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
The South African festival MotherFUDD The Gathering 2010 will be hosting the first ever Official Guinness World Record for "The Most People Headbanging Simultaneously". The record will be set on 13 March 2010 at 2pm at the Malonjeni Guest Farm in Johannesburg.
The organization states: "We are very proud indeed, not only that it will be us Fudders that make our international mark but also that it's South Africans that will be setting it. Everything is good to go."
The song that will set the World Record will be a remake of Blackmore's Night - All For One. The .mp3 can be downloaded here.
21 of South Africa's top metal acts are set to play the festival. The full line-up includes the following bands: Agro, All Forlorn, Architecture Of Aggression, Bile Of Man, Chromium, Emperium, Erebus, Fragmented Children, Haggis And Bong, Instrametal, Juggernaught, Loathe, Mazaru, Nighthawk, Red Helen, Reverend Henry Kane, Rhutz, Riddare Av Koden, Sacrifist, Sathern and Stigmata Dawn.
Fleshgod Apocalypse are going to hit "16th Cellar Studios" this week to record their new EP called Mafia.
Bassist Paolo Rossi states: "We can't wait to spread this new material around, these new songs sond more epic than ever, faster and violent as well; so get ready for a new blast of classical insanity! Moreover, that's the first effort of the new line up and we're very excited about that."
Recording line-up will be:
Tommaso Riccardi - Lead Vocals, Guitars
Paolo Rossi (ex-Tyrannic Ethical Reconstruction) - Vocals, Bass
Cristiano Trionfera - Vocals, Guitars
Francesco Paoli (Hour Of Penance, ex-Tyrannic Ethical Reconstruction) - Drums, Guitars and Vocals
Dark Tranquillity will release We Are The Void, due in Europe on March 1, 2010 via Century Media Records.
The drums for the CD were recorded at bassist Daniel Antonsson's studio, while the remaining instruments were tracked at Martin Brändström's (electronics) newly renovated Rogue music facility. The mixing duties are once again being handled by Tue Madsen (Halford, Behemoth, Kataklysm, The Haunted) at his Antfarm studio in Århus, Denmark. Working songtitles set to appear on the CD include "I Am The Void", "Zero Distance", "The Burden Of Love Alive", "Archangelsk" and "Memories In Reverse".
Swedish death/black metal band Zonaria reports that they've finished writing all the music for their upcoming album. The album recording will be handeled by Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Sonic Syndicate, Hypocrisy, Centinex, Carnal Forge) in the famous studio Abyss (Dimmu Borgir, Children Of Bodom, Pain, Hypocrisy, Sabaton, Dark Funeral, Immortal, Celtic Frost, Marduk).
Simon Berglund states about recording in Abyss: "I'm stoked about going in to the studio with Jonas. He did an amazing job on Infamy And The Breed and have done some more incredible work with other bands. And not to mention recording in studio Abyss for the first time. Many of our all-time favorites have recorded in that studio and something magic always happens with the albums recorded there."
Bay Area death metal band, Abscess has announced the release date for its latest effort, Dawn of Inhumanity. The new record, which is the follow up to 2007's, Horrorhammer, will hit stores in the US on March 9th (March 15th Europe) via Peaceville Records.
Dawn of Inhumanity was recorded at the famous Fantasy Studios, CA in October 2009, with experienced engineer Adam Munoz helping to produce this latest spawn. The result is an unrivaled nightmare of raw experimental extremity. Including special guest vocal appearances by the Darkthrone duo, this is twisted, dirty punk death without limits!
Abscess drummer/vocalist, Chris Reifert, states: "Bursting through the boundaries of brutality, Abscess surpasses all previous efforts and presents a death metal masterpiece filled with insanity, violence and mind blowing savagery."
Norwegian metallers Keep Of Kalessin have posted an edited version of the brand new song "The Dragontower" online. The full version of the song will appear on the bands upcoming album, Reptilian, which will be released in 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The edited version is the one Keep Of Kalessin will take part in the national Eurovision Songcontest "Melodi Grand Prix" with.