The last leaves have fallen in the old world of Europe, stripping down the trees to wooden skeletons, and a dark wind is blowing from the coldest north to freeze your souls. Finntroll will blow their new album Nifelvind across the withered earth on 22nd February 2010. Everybody who thought that the album title is Mot Skuggornas Värld should learn his lesson to never trust a Troll. Nifelvind was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland and mastered by Mika Jussila (add any big Finnish Metal band for namedropping) at Finnvox Studios. The album cover artwork was done again by the band's own guitarist Skrymer.
On December 14th 2009, Russian manic depressive metallers Psilocybe Larvae have released their Non-Existence CD worldwide through Dark Harvest Records.
According to a press release, Psilocybe Larvae tap into emotions in such a creative way that musically they are like no other artist and have set themselves apart from the norm to create an art through music.
The album was already released in February of 2008 in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus via Moscow label Mazzar/Mystic Empire. In March the band headlined a Russian tour to support the new album and took part in the Creative Breath of Death tour of Belarus. Now the band has signed a deal with Dark Harvest Records for the "Non-existence" worldwide release.
Gamma Ray's upcoming album To The Metal will be released via earMUSIC on January, 29th 2010. EarMUSIC is a project of Edel.
The new Gamma Ray offering is thoroughbred and classy, fast-paced and deep, and holds a few surprises in store which distinguish the band from the mass of acts who try their hand at similar styles and sounds.
The line-up consisting of Kai Hansen (vocals/guitar), Dirk Schlächter (bass), Henjo Richter (guitar) and Daniel Zimmermann (drums) recorded a total of twelve new songs at their own studio in Hamburg in autumn 2009. Ten of them will feature on the regular album release, and two additional bonus tracks can be heard on different editions of the album, the band's stylistic range including a full-throttle number such as "Rise", the rhythmic and melodically diverse "Time To Live", and the multilayered anthem "All You Need To Know" (which has given rise to speculation about a spectacular guest singer), as well as the sensitive ballad "No Need To Cry", composer/lyricist Dirk Schlächter's attempt to come to terms with the untimely death of his father. Of course, there's also the awesome title track - first introduced at the Wacken 2009 open-air and a number of festivals in Scandinavia and considered absolutely indispensible by the fans, which Gamma Ray recorded as a classic Metal track in the midtempo range, making it a real anthem.
Intronaut guitarist/vocalist Sacha Dunable has posted the following detailed blog regarding the band:
"So yeah, the new record is coming along. We are planning to be in the studio recording by April at the latest. We have about four and a half songs totally finished, and so far the material is completely blowing everything else we've done out of the water. I'm almost embarassed to have been a part of the last four releases knowing how great this one will be. You can check out a brief clip of us jamming on some new stuff here. Details on all that will be coming soon.
I supposed I could give you more of a detailed update on the band, too. We have all been busy with other musical projects in the past few months as well:
Dutch metallers Thanatos have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Thanatos have parted ways with drummer Yuri Rinkel, who will be concentrating on his other band Melechesh from now on.
He has been replaced by Marco de Groot (far left on the picture), who's also playing with Dutch death metal band Houwitser and who used to play in various acts including Altar, Blind Justice and Ordo Draconis.
2010 will see the return of Thanatos to the live front!"
Disillusion, under the pen of mainman Andy Schmidt, issued the following statement:
"Rajk Barthel and Disillusion go separate ways in music.
After 10 years on a common path with Disillusion, our musical ways are separating today . Both allowed this decision a lot of time, trying restarts for almost two years and seeking any chance to continue to work together.
Rajk and I have met back in 1998 in windy November Leipzig, constantly being fond of one another, starting to work on music and the formation of the band only one week later. However, now that some dreams of that time have come true and others are in the reach, a split is important and right; to keep on going and to continue to feel at home in one's artistic harbor, without wallowing in memories.
Italian thrash/death metallers Subhuman released the video for the song "Nata Troia" (Natural Born Whore), taken from their debut album Profondo Rozzo. The video was produced by Marco Boni and Luca Ristori of Extreme Video. Profondo Rozzo was released on 21 August through Maple Metal Records.
Attacker have made their Condemned single available for free download over at this location. The single was originally only released in a limited quantity for the Keep It True X Festival in April 2008.
Last week, Attacker entered the studio to begin the pre-production and demoing of some new songs in preparation for the recording of the band's as of yet untitled 5th studio album. The band stated: "We will be working out all the kinks so that we can deliver an album that we can be proud of and that Attacker fans will embrace."
Ex-Stormwitch, Mystic Prophecy, Majesty, and current Crystal Viper members have joined forces in Born Again.
The brand new female fronted international power metal act named Born Again, has just recorded its début single titled Neverending Fire which will be released in early 2010. Songs were produced by Bart Babriel (Crystal Viper, Lonewolf), and recorded at the MP studio with Mariusz Pietka (Crystal Viper, Pathfinder). The same team is already working on the début full length album of born again, scheduled for 2010.
Born Again are:
Marta Gabriel - Lead And Backing Vocals, Keyboards (Crystal Viper)
Martin Albrecht - Bass Guitar And Backing Vocals (Ex-Stormwitch/Mystic Prophecy/Valley's Eve)
It's been 11 long years and now the world will see the return of Burzum. The highly anticipated new album is entitled Belus after the name of the ancient European solar deity of light and innocence. Belus is not a religious album or an anti-religious album, nor is it a political one, but an attempt to explore the myths about Belus and unveil the oldest roots of our cultural heritage. The album deals with the death of Belus, his sombre journey through the realm of death and his magnificent return. In essence the album and the story of Belus is meant to be an entertaining story about something that once upon a time played a major role in the forming and shaping of Europe.
Tunisian progressive metallers Myrath will release their second album titled Desert Call on January 25th 2010. The album will be released in Europe on XIIIBis Records (Sony Distro) and the rest of the world by a yet to be announced prestigious American label. Mastering took place at House of Audio in Germany.
Myrath commented about the signing with XIIIBis Records as follows: "We are pleased to announce that Myrath has signed a contract with XIIIBis Records (Sony distribution) for the exclusive release in Europe of the new album Desert Call. We are extremely proud to be among the few metal bands to sign for one of the biggest labels in France (Home of artists such as Ray Charles, Alain Chamfort, Simply Red, Tears For Fears, Michael Jones, Mötley Crüe, Nine Inch Nails, Paul Personne, Status Quo, Patrick Rondat, Suicidal Tendencies, Trust and many others).