And the mystery is over, ta-da! Grindcore/death metal legends Carcass have signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records for the world excluding Japan for the release of Surgical Steel, the band's first studio release since their 1996 album Swansong. The band had announced they had conversations with a few labels and now the decision has been made. Better luck next time, all other labels.
After revealing the details of their new album, Mercenary today premiere the first song and title track of the album, "Through Our Darkest Days" as a taste of what's to come. Stream the song below and judge it for yourself. The album will be out in Europe on July 26th via NoiseArt Records and a week later in the US through Prosthetic Records.
In a shocking turn of events, after eight years of existence and four records under their belt, Portuguese gothic/doom metallers Ava Inferi have decided to call it quits. However, Rune and Carmen will appear on a new project soon.
Last year, Metallica confirmed that a 3D movie was in the works for release in 2013. At the beginning of this year, the band revealed more and confirmed that the movie would be titled Metallica Through The Never. Now the band has released the official theatrical trailer of the movie and you can have the first taste of Metallica Through The Neverhere. It will be shown on IMAX theatres in North America on September 27th and will roll into additional theatres in full 3D one week later on October 4th.
Hour Of Penance will embark on a European tour this fall alongside Australian tech-death act Psycroptic and UK death metal outfit Dyscarnate. Prior to the tour, which kicks off in Belgium on September 20th, the band will be seen appearing at several of the summer's international festivals. All upcoming dates are listed below. The death metallers have also announced that they have begun working on their next release, expected out in early 2014.
Doom legends Candlemass will see the release of the vinyl-only Epicus Doomicus Metallicus - Live At Roadburn 2011 album through Svart Records on June 14th. Candlemass' debut LP, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, is a genre-defining classic.
Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane, ex-Iron Maiden) will release a booklet with career information, albums, personal comments and stories, tour dates and pictures to celebrate his 30 years as a singer next year. The singer is also asking fans to share fan pictures to be included in the booklet.
Decadent black metal duo Porta Nigra released their debut album Fin De Siècle last November through Debemur Morti Productions. "Fin De Siècle", their brand new video directed by Håkan Sjödin, has made its debut online and can now be enjoyed below. If you never heard of the band, this is the perfect opportunity to discover it.
Prepare yourself for a new Varathron album because the black metallers have been recording their upcoming offering Untrodden Corridors Of Hades and now released the first studio report. At the moment, all the drum recordings are finished and were recorded at Infinite Loop Music Studio, Ioannina, in Greece.
Swedish female-fronted heavy metallers Sister Sin, who released Now And Forever last year, have announced that they will have a newly remastered version of their first studio album Dance Of The Wicked released as a CD+DVD package on June 25th via Victory Records. You can watch a teaser of the release on the video below.
Remember Sanctuary? Four of the founding members, Warrel Dane, Jim Sheppard, Lenny Rutledge and Dave Budbill, came together for a few select reunion performances in 2010 and today come the news that the heavy metallers signed a deal with Century Media. Sanctuary also begun work on a new album 20 plus years after Refuge Denied (1987) and Into The Mirror Black (1990). To complete the line-up, Brad Hull (Forced Entry) will be filling in for former guitar player Sean Blosl. A late 2013 release is planned for the new album The Year The Sun Died.
Swedes Månegarm have finally released a full brand new song from Legions Of The North, their upcoming album. The viking/black metallers chose the title track "Legions Of The North". Check it out below to have a better idea of what to expect from the offering which is set for release on July 1st in Europe and one day later in North America through Napalm Records. Sounds like the perfect soundtrack to go into battle.
Recently, heavy metal gods Judas Priest announced the release of their upcoming Epitaph Blu-ray and DVD and released a trailer teasing it. Now they shared professionally filmed video footage of Judas Priest performing the song "Turbo Lover" (from the album Turbo) at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, England in May 2012 which can be seen below.
Exciting news arrive from the Red Fang camp. The stoner band will return this fall with their as-yet-untitled third studio album which follows Murder The Mountains. The Portland-based group is currently in the studio finishing the album with the producer Chris Funk (Decemberists) and mixer Vance Powell (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Kings Of Leon). This same team worked on Red Fang's last album also released via Relapse Records.