Just a quick message for everyone to run over to our articles section and check out the brand new (almost) monthly Clandestine Cuts! You can find it here.
This month features Skull Fist, Wicked Side, Inmost Ego, Acelsia, Seven Year Kismet, Vomit The Hate and Phosphorus.
Be sure to check it out and hear these bands in their beginning stages, as you never know who the next Enslaved, Immortal, or Amorphis may be. This is just a small chunk of what the future of metal has to offer, and as a collective force, through word of mouth, you/us/we have the power to choose whether or not one of these bands is THEE future of metal.
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Black/ Death Metal titans Belphegor have set "Walpurgis Rites - Hexenwahn" as the title of their 8th full length studio album due out in October 2009. "Walpurgis Rites - Hexenwahn" marks the follow up to the groups extremely successful 2008 release "Bondage Goat Zombie".
Here's what frontman Helmuth has to say: "The title fits perfect to the whole concept, the lyrical themes. Its typical Belphegor, involving symbology and double meanings. I have always been fascinated by the idea and atmosphere surrounding witches, their magic, the insane sabbath/ ceremonies - and all the obscurity that goes with it. With the nine sound collages, the verses, artwork we continue our descent into the depths of musical hell."
Attention U.S. 3 Inches Of Blood fans. The day you've been waiting for is finally coming. The first album, "Battlecry Under a Wintersun", will be released in the U.S. and re-released in Canada on Tuesday, February 3, 2009. It will be released by Sonic Unyon and distributed by Caroline Distribution in the U.S.
As a special treat for all who have waited to get it, there will be four bonus tracks included on the album that were previously unavailable outside of the UK.
01. Ride, Darkhorse Ride
02. Destroy The Orcs
03. Headwaters Of The River of Blood
04. Heir To The Chaos Throne
05. Skeletal Onslaught
06. Journey To The Promise land
07. Lady Deathwish
08. Curse Of The Lighthouse Keeper
Brachial metal outfit Belphegor are in the final stages of the writing process for their upcoming, as of yet untitled album, the follow up to 2008's "Bondage Goat Zombie".
Posted by Helmuth on the official site: "Yeah, brothers and sisters, currently we're working on nine sound collages. We started directly in April 2008 after the "Bondage Goat Zombie" release, to create the new compositions/arrangements for the eight Werk, 6sikk6 songs basically completely finished. Words can't really describe how enthusiastic and motivated we are, to get into the studio and record this monster, it feels great to be creative again. Nefastus will be responsible for the drums on that album, he also blasted on "Pestapokalypse VI". He is an old friend to the Belphegor family. We rehearse day and night since December to make it as tight and monumental as possible, stay tuned demons... hell awaits!"
Here is the tracklist for the upcoming Motörhead album Motörizer:
01. (Teach You How To) Sing The Blues
02. Time Is Right
04. Runaround Man
05. English Rose
06. Rock Out
07. 1000 Names
08. When The Eagle Screams
09. Don't Die Ashamed
10. Back On The Chain
11. Buried Alive
US: August 26
Germany: August 29
Rest of Europe: September 1
According to their official website, Motörhead have titled their new album "Motörize". Recording has just been completed in Los Angeles at 606 Studios, which is owned by Dave Grohl (Probot, Foo Fighters, Nirvana). Motörhead are now heading to Europe to perform at several summer festivals.
Lemmy's story is about to move from the concert hall to the big screen. Tentatively titled "Lemmy", the documentary movie promises fans more access than ever before to Kilmister's life, and includes interviews with past and present bandmates and such peers/admirers as Slash, Dave Grohl, the Clash's Mick Jones, Alice Cooper, Steve Vai and wrestling superstar Triple H.
Directors/producers Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski are shooting the movie on a combination of HD video and super 16 mm film. "Lemmy" is planned for release in 2009 and a teaser clip is already available at http://www.lemmymovie.com/
It's been more than a decade, but all four original members of Mötley Crüe are back together in full force. "Saints Of Los Angeles" is the title track and lead single off the notorious rock band's new album due this Summer. With its powerhouse hook, the track aims to prove that the gang is still on top of its game, rocking harder than ever.
Click here and check out "Saints of Los Angeles" on AOL Music, or via YouTube here.
Bassist Nikki Sixx has issued the following update: "The album's done, the video's done, the artwork is done, the photo sessions are all wrapped up and the single is ready to go to radio, rehearsals start tomorrow; wow……it's been so busy, it feels like I'm leaving a few things out….and I probably am. I know a lot of you have heard "Saints Of Los Angeles" on the web….if you like the single, just wait 'til you see the video. OK, my eyes are red, and its a rare night to not have to work, so im gonna sit back and feel good about all the hard work. I hope you all like it as much as we do."
Extreme metallers Belphegor have debuted the video of the title track of their forthcoming album "Bondage Goat Zombie" a few days ago, exclusively at MySpace Metal.
Helmuth commented: "The video to "Bondage Goat Zombie" delivers a four minute sound wall of total destruction and melodic riff explosions. The hymn relates to the Belphegor trademark of Satanism, the devils pact and BDSM. Veneratio Diaboli - Die Toten reiten Schnell (The Dead Ride Fast).
The title track "Bondage Goat Zombie" is distinguished in English, German and Latin, and contains some of the most aggressive vocal work I've ever unleashed. Belphegor will continue to keep the fucking devil and demonic spirit in Metal music alive, unleash more energy, and give the die-hard brothers and sisters ultimate hell."
Mikkey, Phil and Lemmy have all gathered in Los Angeles to begin working on a follow up to the fan and critically acclaimed "Kiss of Death" album. More will follow.
UPDATED on (June 7):
Motörhead have titled their new album "Motörize". They have just finished recording it at the 606 Studios in Los Angeles, which is owned by Dave Ghrol (Nirvana, Foo Fighters). Motörhead are now heading to Europe to perform at several summer festivals.
Finnish melodic black metal act Catamenia has issued the following update:
"Our forthcoming album is titled as 'VIII'. We will enter the studio as soon as possible and during the recordings, a studio diary will also be provided."
In other news, the band has made it to the Metal From Finland Awards
"Thank you all who supported Catamenia and cast us a vote in Metal From Finland contest end of the last year. We made it into actual Awards with your awesome help! But again your vote would be so much appreciated, so if you feel like helping us again, click here and give us your vote. Thank you and wish you all the best in 2008!"
It is truly something very special what infamous Finnish folk metal warriors Turisas unleash upon you now with the premiere of their fantastic new clip "Rasputin", an insane cover version of the old Boney M. classic every fan should already recognise from their unforgettable live shows.
Band mastermind Warlord comments the clip as follows: "This video is pretty far from what you'd expect from a Turisas-video - or any metal video for that matter! The idea to the video is just as wild as the cover song itself: a battle metal band covering a 70's disco hit. Just as the song, it is a crossover of the 70's kitsch attached to the Boney M - track, but performed by us as we do it. Director Vesa-Matti Vainio and the whole crew did a great job on this one and to me, this is a good pick for our first video ever. I assure you, there are plenty of ideas on epic spectacles to be looked into later."
Finland's battle metallers Turisas will be swapping their blood soaked furs and axes for the glitter & glitz of the 70's disco era with the release of their debut single 'Rasputin' on 24th September.
On the release of their interpretation of the classic disco hit originally by Boney M, Warlord Nygard comments "We've been begged to record Rasputin pretty much since we first played it live a couple of years back. It's amazing how popular this cover version of ours have become at our gigs during the last year and it really makes us feel like we must have done something right here looking at big crowds going totally mental over a 70's disco hit! I remember getting the idea for this cover years back - in 2001 I think. I was on a ferry trip between Finland and Sweden and there was this cover band performing 70's disco hits. The minute they blasted 'Rasputin' I knew, that at some point, we would need to do it in some form or another. It was just obvious that it would work amazingly well given a slightly more modern and heavier touch-up. Personally I've always preferred these old 70's disco bands".
After truly epic performances opening up the main stage at this years Download Festival and Metal Hammer's Golden God Awards, the Finnish Viking warriors Turisas have announced their headlining UK tour for September 2007 in support of their new album 'The Varangian Way'.
Warlord Nygard comments on the forthcoming tour "It's been well over a year since the last Turisas headlining show in the UK. It seems we have only been over for short one-off support and festival sets, but now that will finally change. We felt so bad about us having to cancel a show in London earlier this year, that we are now not only returning to make up for that show, but with a full tour consisting of eight shows across the country. We will be bringing over the full package, not only a 15 minute showcase set, so prepare yourselves for one of the greatest nights out you will be getting for a while."