The one and only Saruman Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Dracula), yes that one, announced last year that his second heavy metal album was in the works. You can listen to the first sounds of Charlemagne: The Omens Of Death on the video below. The album is being released on May 27th, 2013 on his 91st birthday.
Swedish black metal outfit Pest have premiered the first song off their forthcoming album The Crowning Horror. The release will hit the shops on the 18th of June in Europe and 9th of July in North America via Agonia Records, and the track "Volcanic Eyes" can now be streamed through the Soundcloud player below.
Misery Signals will release a new album this year titled Absent Light. The band has already revealed the album cover, available below, as well as the release date for July 23rd. Adam Rosenlund created the artwork and the group also announced the Absent Light album release tour with The Color Morale, Intervals (select dates), Elitist (select dates) and The Kindred.
Chthonic have released a new video showcasing their new song "Sail Into The Sunset's Fire" from the new album Bú-Tik. So, you can listen to a new song and watch another new video. Enjoy! The video was once again directed by Lin Chun.
Sweden's Cult Of Luna have revealed a new remix from legendary artist and producer Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu). Broadrick tackles the track "Vicarious Redemption" from their most recent studio album Vertikal released in January. You can stream the track through Soundcloud, which is available below.
Carpathian Forest frontman Nattefrost was unable to gain entry into the US due to the immigration laws. Despite this setback, Carpathian Forest, whose remaining four members had been granted visas, was still aiming to appear at the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore on the 26th May as scheduled, but as a four-piece, with guitarist Blood Pervertor taking on vocals. Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, the embassy was not able to return drummer Kobro's passport in time for the band to leave, and Carpathian Forest has therefore been forced to pull out of the festival completely.
Revocation released the EP Teratogenesis in 2012 and are showing no signs of slowing down. The metallers have now released the tracklist and unveiled the cover art for their upcoming self-titled release. The new album Revocation comes out on August 6th via Relapse Records. The artwork was created by Orion Landau (Dying Fetus, Obscura, Nile). Check it out below.
So far, Dark Tranquillity have shown us three new songs that will appear on their new album Construct but why not one more? According to the band, this one will be the last song online before the official release so take advantage of the opportunity and listen to "Endtime Hearts" right now through the YouTube video located below. You know you want to.
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.
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.
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.
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.