20:53 - Erik M. Lex, opinions differ of course. The Key is really one of my favourite DM albums. Maybe you're "one of those people" who likes Thresholds more. I found that one rather boring compared to the debut.
Nile's drummer George Kollias skills have been enlisted by Ade and he will be featured as a guest drummer on the group's upcoming new album Spartacus, which will be out on the 16th of April via Blast Head Records. You can listen to their brand new song "Betrayer From Thrace" below with drumwork from Kollias.
The Amnesia Rock Fest has announced some of the bands that will be performing in Quebec, Canada, this June and Cryptopsy are in the line-up and will be doing the show with special guest former vocalist Lord Worm.
In case you didn't know, Cryptopsy have a new album coming up, four years after the release of The Unspoken King. The upcoming self-titled album from the Canadians should be released later this year and the band has just revealed its tracklist and artwork, available below. The cover is the creation of Mircea Gabriel Eftemie.
Egyptian death metal band Scarab has revealed the artwork for their upcoming second full-length album titled Serpents Of The Nile. The artwork was designed by Mohamed "Bombest" El Sherbieny, the band's bassist. The album has been mastered in Poland at the world-renowned Hertz Studio by Wieslawski Bros. The band also promised to release the new album's title track soon.
The Kuwait-based melodic death metal band Divine Disorder has released a new two-track single titled Children Of Menace. The single features the mighty Karl Sanders from Nile and Pzy-Coma from The Kovenant in one of the tracks.
Turkish heavy metallers Mezarkabul (aka Pentagram) have released a new video for the song "Geçmisin Yükü", taken from the band's latest album MMXII. The video was directed by Ketche and has premiered at the Turkish channel Dream TV, where you can watch it. Alternatively, you can watch the video at the band's Facebook page.
Aural Music has made available for streaming two new songs from Summoning The Bygones, the upcoming new album from Jordanian death/doom metallers Bilocate, available at this location. The songs are "The Tragedy Within" and "Hypia", which will be featured on the new album, set for release on May 28th. The track "Hypia" is a fully modified version of "Days Of Joy", one of the tracks from the band's debut album Dysphoria, and features the metal icon Dan Swanö as guest vocalist. More album details here and here.
Jordanian dark oriental metallers Bilocate have revealed the cover artwork for Summoning The Bygones, their forthcoming album. The artwork was designed by Matthew Vickerstaff of Darkwave Art in the United Kingdom, who is working with Listenable Records and Peaceville Records and worked with bands such as My Dying Bride, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Cradle Of Filth, Decapitated, Hate Eternal and many more. Summoning The Bygones' official release date worldwide is on June 11th, 2012, via Code666 Records (Aural Music). More album details were previously reported here.
Turkish heavy metallers Mezarkabul have recently released a trailer for their new album titled MMXII, which is available for viewing below. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. This is the band's first full length album with Gökalp Ergen as vocalist, who joined the band after Murat Ilkan's departure in 2010. MMXII was released on April 26th through Sony Music Turkey.
Syrian heavy metallers The Hourglass have announced Jon Oliva, the mastermind and the voice of the legendary US heavy metal band Savatage, as guest vocalist in the band's new single Play The Pawn. The vocalist will put his own vocal passages and piano solo in the song. The single will be released on May 2012 on Youtube.
The Dubai-based Death Metal band Nervecell have released the new official video for "Shunq (To The Despaired... King Of Darkness)", which features the legendary Karl Sanders from the North American band Nile, making a guest appearance on vocals. The song appears on the band's latest album Psychogenocide, released on Lifeforce Records (Europe) and Spellbind Records (Middle East). The video was shot in the city of Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates. It was directed by Shane De Almeida and edited by Ahmad Al Sharif.
Syrian black/folk metallers Abidetherein have released a brand new video for the song "Begotten", taken from the band's debut album titled Paralysis Engulfed The Myth and you can watch it at this location. The video features scenes taken from the experimental 1991 horror film "Begotten", which is considered by the band the inspiration behind the album. Paralysis Engulfed The Myth was self-released on January 1st.
Saudi Arabian grindcore act Creative Waste has confirmed that the digital release date of their upcoming debut album Slaves To Conformity has been set for April 3rd. The band has also announced death metal drummer Kevin Talley (Dååth, Nothnegal, Six Feet Under) as a guest musician on two tracks of the album.
Bulgarian death metallers Enthrallment have unveiled the cover and tracklist for their forthcoming album People From The Lands Of Vit. The album will be released this year by the American label United Guttural. The cover art of the album, entitled "Hell", was created by the Bulgarian artist Stefan Stefanov.