Beneath the burden of their fans' anticipation with regards to the new vocalist, Barren Earth plans to enter the studio in March to partially record the follow-up to their 2012 release, The Devil's Resolve. Due to keyboardist Kasper Mårtenson's schedule conflicts, they will return to the studio to finish off the album later in the year. Jón Aldará, who stepped in for renowned Swallow The Sun frontman Mikko Kotamäki, hails from Faroe Islands doom metal band Hamferð. You can read up on the subject over here and here.
The official new album details from Brazilian black metal horde Patria are here. First of all, the band is very pleased to announce that they have recently signed with Indie Recordings, which will unleash their upcoming effort, Individualism, on April 21st (Norway/Europe) and April 25th (Germany/Austria). The album mastering was made by Øystein Garnes Brun from the almighty Borknagar, and the cover art was created by the artist Costin Chioreanu. Other details are available below, as well as the band's new single "Blood Storm Prophecy", which can be streamed through the YouTube player.
Do you want to listen to a new song from symphonic metallers Delain? The band just released the first single off their new opus The Human Contradiction and you can stream it online at your pleasure. The song is called "Your Body Is A Battleground" and it features Marco Hietala (Nightwish). Listen to the song through the lyric video below and tell us what you think about it.
Care for another album from Enslaved? In a recent interview, Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved commented on the band's plans for the future and mentioned that a few side-projects will be revived/born. He also confirms that the band will work on a new album this year.
Black metallers Xanthochroid are about to release their second full length album called Of Erthe And Axen. The band is currently in the pre-production phases, where they're compiling ideas, practicing and recording demo tracks. Another Xanthochroid album is on the way to follow Blessed He With Boils. The album is expected to be released in the Fall/Winter of 2014.
Last time we heard of Nachtmystium, its mastermind Blake Judd announced the end of the band and the release of a final album called The World We Left Behind. Nachtmystium are returning to Belle City Sound today to put the finishing touches on the band's farewell album. The album will be released via Century Media Records worldwide in late spring/early summer 2014. An exact release date will be announced when it is confirmed.
As the release of Impaled Nazarene's new album approaches, the Finnish band has now released the cover artwork that will grace the impending Vigorous And Liberating Death. The album will be out on the 14th of April via Osmose Productions. You can expect a total playing time of 33:48. Do you like the cover?
Italian outfit Eldritch premiere a brand new official video clip for the track "Alone Again", taken off their recently released album Tasting The Tears, out in stores from February 17th. The video was shot by Luca Passerotti and directed by Skrotosound. You can check it out below through YouTube.
Today Finnish black metal horde Sargeist has premiered the new track "The Shunned Angel". The song hails from their anticipated fourth album, Feeding The Crawling Shadows, set for international release on March 31st via World Terror Committee Productions for the CD version, with a gatefold vinyl version to follow at a later date. Dive deep into the black pit and listen to the song here. Also, check out the new album details below.
The first band confirmations of the 12th Metal Female Voices Festival edition are here. The festival will take place in mid October (17th - 19th), and as usual in the same venue as in previous years - Oktoberhallen, Wieze, Belgium. Regular pre-sale tickets will go on sale soon. The line-up with the first band confirmations can be seen below.
Persefone will re-release their classic album Core worldwide on April 18th through ViciSolum Records. The album has been sold out for years and many fans have requested that the band would re-release it. The new release, which also includes a very exclusive bonus track, has been remixed by Pere Revert (producer directly involved in the creation of both Shin-Ken and Spiritual Migration). For now, pre-listen to the track "Sanctuary Act III: Exiled To The Void" streaming at this location.
It seems like the Maryland Deathfest XII will not be graced by the performance of the Norwegians Ulver. The band was forced to cancel the upcoming show in Moscow in April and the performance at Maryland Deathfest due to health problems with one of its members.
Great news for the Australian fans of Anathema. The band has just announced the Australian Weather Systems Tour, which will happen this August. This three-date tour will visit Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Anathema is currently working on the follow-up to the Weather Systems album.
On the 11th of March, progressive guitar virtuoso Angel Vivaldi will release his new EP Away With Words. That's one week from today, but you don't have to wait until then do enjoy the full release, since it is streaming online right now at this location.