The Chasm will enter The Ensomberoom Studios in Fort Wayne, Indiana, early december, to start production for the still untitled 9th chapter, recording of drums and rhythm guitars will start this procedure, all the other elements of the album will be tracked at Lux Inframundis in Chicago, is expected that the recording process will be a long one, due to different factors, but all tracking will be finished by the end of january/early february, the mixing and mastering stages will take shape shortly after. Seven songs at a clocking time of aprox. 55 minutes will compose this new opus, the hymns take us once again to a long darkened path in this neverending crusade, expect the classic The Chasm style with the unavoidable twists and turns scattered all over the whole infra trip.
Norwegian metallers Pagan's Mind have posted the following tour recap about a week ago:
"We just returned from three weeks of tour craziness along with our friends from Sonata Arctica and Vanishing Point. Thanks to all those guys as well as their crews for a great time with ringing ears, lack of sleep, greasy aftershow food and stress - let's do it again soon!
Anyway, we aim for more exhaustion, and are currently hard at work putting together our first DVD. We filmed our hometown (well, almost) show in Oslo, which went beyond our expectations, and are currently editing this and taking care of the bonus material. We aim for an April release, so be prepared for a real pagan live assault."
Suicidal Angels have issued the following update on their MySpace:
"We regretfully announce that our bass player Sotiris decided to leave the band due to personal reasons. It was a tough decision and he struggled for months before making it, but in the end he just believed it to be the best choice.
Sotiris joined the band in 2006 and was the band's bass player for many important concerts and all European tours up to now. He also was part of the line-up for the band's debut album, "Eternal Domination", and can be seen performing on stage in Suicidal Angels' upcoming DVD, "Live Domination", and various videos uploaded on YouTube. Together with the rest of the band, he tried hard to promote Suicidal Angels' music and helped make the group a better live act.
US Heavy metallers Armored Saint have posted the following news bulletin on http://www.myspace.com/armoredsaint1:
"Due to the nature of vague speculation albeit created by your authors here, Armored Saint are officially announcing that they've begun writing new songs for a new record due in 2009.
The band line-up is as it was on 2000's "Revelation" and 1992's "Symbol Of Salvation". John Bush (vocals), Jeff Duncan (guitars), Phil Sandoval (guitars), Joey Vera (bass) and Gonzo Sandoval (drums).
The band has written close to 12 songs as of now and are ready to enter the recording studio in the next month or so. Some working titles include: "Loose Cannon", "Chilled", "La Raza" and "Black Feet".
Goat The Head have posted the following on MySpace:
"We've had some changes in our primal caveman personell. Goat the Head and bassist Snorre Hovdal has decided to part ways. There's not much drama in this, we've just evolved in somewhat different directions. Goat The Head are still very grateful for everything Snorre have done for the band and will naturally wish him all the best in his future endeavours!
New man responsible for the low end frequencies in the caveman collective is mister Trond Frønes. Trond has a broad musical background and some of you may know him from bands such as Cadillac and All Trouble. We're very excited to see what the future can bring with Trond in on the troglodyte team."
Relapse Records posted the following press release on November:
"Glasgow, Scotland's Man Must Die have entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to their Relapse debut, "The Human Condition". This brand new album, "No Tolerance For Imperfection", is being recorded at Grindstone Studios in the UK with producer Scott Atkins.
Man Must Die's Danny McNab commented on the new album: "With 11 songs, full to the brim with anger, heaviness and melodic hooks, MMD cannot wait to unleash this new slab of aural assault and hit the road to promote "NTF"I. We are really psyched about the new record, its like we are a new band with a new found passion for the extreme, we cannot wait to get on the road again and show what MMD are all about. We really think fans old and new will love "No Tolerance For Imperfection" - it's pure MMD but with some new twists and turns, and definitely a new level of intensity. Expect "No Tolerance For Imperfection" to be out around April 2009."
Cryonic Temple have posted their new video "Standing Tall" online, here. This is the first video from the band's latest album "Immortal", released in November via Metal Heaven Records. The clip is filmed and edited by Micke.
Cradle Of Filth have scheduled some new Australian tour dates. Tour will be at the end of May next year.
All confirmed dates:
22 May 2009 - Metro City, Perth
24 May 2009 - Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
26 May 2009 - The Palace, Melbourne
28 May 2009 - The Metro, Sydney
31 May 2009 - The Arena, Brisbane
Commented the band: "Australia has very fragmented and restrictive age policies in place. Each state government passes laws for such events and they are like stated, set in law. We have all ages shows in only Adelaide and Sydney. In these places you can be as young as 9 years old and still attend. Government laws in the other states do not allow us to have all ages shows in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane, these shows will be 18+. See you there!"
Vreid have posted a new song, called "Speak Goddamnitt", online at the band's official MySpace. The track comes off the group's fourth album, "Milorg", which is scheduled for release in Norway on January 5, 2009 via Indie Recordings (January 19 in the rest of Europe).
UPDATED (thanks to SlaytallicA):
An e-card featuring audio samples of all tracks from Vreid's new album new album "Milorg" can be found at this location.
Russian Pagan/Folk Metal band Arkona have issued the following message on their MySpace:
"Arkona started to record the fifth album, named "Goi, Rode, Goi!" which will include 12 tracks with common duration more than 70 minutes. Musically, the album continues the conception of previous two albums of the band, but something new will appear in arrangements - the band invited a string orchestra and a real chore. The list of invited musicians is already known: all live parties of ethnic instruments are performed, as before, by Vladimir Cherepovskiy - the specialist in old instruments and music. Accordion is played by Alexander "Olen'" Oleinikov of Kalevala band. The band plans to widen the list of instruments never being used before. Shaman drums are already ordered from a famous master Dmitriy Ravich + line of jaw harps and some other ethnic percussion.
Illdisposed have issued the following update on their MySpace:
"We are in the middle of the songwriting process for our 11th album. We will begin recording the yet untitled album this winter/early spring.
We have left the label AFM records. The decision was ours alone, since AFM wanted to continue working with us.. Thank you.. But no... We are negotiating with several labels as of now, but think we have found the one that We will ink with. A few more details needs to be settled - and we're good to go, so more on that soon.
In the past 17 years people would either have to see us live or go to a third party dealership in order to obtain Illdisposed merchandise. This has finally changed now, as we have opened our first official shop. So go to this location for all your t-shirt, cd and what not needs.
Hungarian Folk metal band Dalriada have announced their line up is complete again. According to a posting on the band's official website, Imre Cserdi was already replacing György Varga (former bassist) as a tour musician in Autumn. Now the band has found a permanent bassist in Istvan Molnar, a friend of the band from the village Sopron. From now on he's a full-time member and new bass player of Dalriada.
More info about the band on http://www.myspace.com/dalriadahu.
"Initiate" the new video from Tasmanian tech-death masters Psycroptic, can be viewed by clicking here.
The clip was directed by James Harmsworth of Express Media Productions and it reaches almost eight minutes in length. The song comes off Psycroptic's fourth album, "Ob(Servant)", which entered the AIR chart (Australian Independent Recordings) at position No.7.