Rene Jansen, former bassist in death metallers Cadaver passed away yesterday at age 45, after battling leukemia for the past few months. He was currently involved in a black metal project by the name of Order, together with his old band mate Anders "Neddo" Odden, and early Mayhem members Eirik "Messiah" Nordheim and Kjetil Manheim, veterans in the Norwegian metal scene. The band stated earlier this autumn that they had high hopes, and expected a quick recovery for Rene. Sadly, he lost the battle.
The Deathtrip is a relatively unknown band and has just two demos in their discography. A few days ago, a Facebook profile popped up, and news of the forthcoming full-length album were posted shortly after. The album, called Deep Drone Master, will be released on the Finnish record company Svart Records. The band currently consists of vocalist Bjørn "Lord Aldrahn" Dencker, session drummer Dan "Storm" Mullins, and guitarist "Host". Their debut album has been mixed by Snorre Ruch from the legendary Thorns and is set for international release on November 14th.
After five years with the band, Asgeir Mickelson has announced that he has left Sarke. On what grounds he is leaving is not known. The announcement was short on Sarke's Facebook page, and even shorter on Asgeir's. Asgeir Mickelson simply said he left and the Norwegian black metallers simply thanked Asgeir for the great work he has done in the band and wished him luck with everything.
Norwegian vocalist Jørn Lande (Jorn) has recently contributed with lead vocals on a song featured in League of Legends. League of Legends is a game by Riot Games, and is an extremely popular online multiplayer game. Riot Games has put together a metal band in the game called Pentakill, which is supposedly the most famous band in the Valoran continent. With millions of active players, it's a good way to spread heavy metal to the masses! You can listen to the song with Jørn on vocals here.
Bölzer just revealed the artwork for their upcoming EP, which will be called Soma. After the release of the acclaimed EP Aura in 2013, fans are probably curious about what the extreme metal band will release next. You can hear the track "Steppes" from the EP if you still haven't, but also check out the cover art below now.
Three great female metal singers will join forces for a few shows across Europe this year. Liv Kristine, Anneke van Giersbergen and Kari Rueslåtten, will be together on stage. They will perform old material from their past bands, such as The Gathering, The 3rd And The Mortal and Theatre Of Tragedy, as well as some material from their careers as solo artists and also duets.
Swiss renowned surrealist artist H.R. Giger has passed away. H. R. Giger is known for his sculptures, paintings and furniture, and also for designing the monster in the Alien movies, and several metal album covers like Celtic Frost's legendary To Mega Therion, and Carcass' Heartwork front album sculpture. More recently, his artwork was featured on Triptykon's new album Melana Chasmata and also Eparistera Daimones. Giger has died at the age of 74, as a result of injuries sustained in a fall, Swiss public television, SRF, has reported.
As you might now, Amon Amarth's frontman Johan Hegg joined the cast of Northmen - A Viking Saga last year. In the movie, he plays the Viking warrior Valli. Now the international trailer for Northmen - A Viking Saga has finally been unveiled. Watch the trailer here now!
A small new update suggests that the new Arcturus album is coming together these days. Last year, Hellhammer laid down the drum tracks for the album, and recently the official Facebook page for the band posted a short update: "Recording vocals". Short but good news! We'll just have to wait for more updates then. Fans have been waiting for a long time since the band's last album Sideshow Symphonies came out in 2005 already.
1349 have released the first track from their forthcoming new album. This new song is called "Slaves" and will appear on their brand new album and also the 7" and digital single Slaves. This song is the first new piece of music unleashed by the black metallers since the band released Demonoir in 2010. Get ready and have a listen through the lyric video below.