CHROME DIVISION, the Norwegian act featuring DIMMU BORGIR frontman Shagrath (aka Stian Thoresen) on guitar, has announced “3rd Round Knockout” as the title of their forthcoming third album, to be released in April via Nuclear Blast Records. The band recorded the new material at Marius Strand Studio in Oslo. Track titles to appear on the release include: ‘Bulldogs Unleashed’, ‘Zombies & Monsters’, ‘Fight’, ‘Join The Ride’ and ‘Unholy Roller’.
Chrome Division are confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Kings Of Black Metal Festival, scheduled for April 16th in Giessen, Germany at the Hessenhallen. Acts scheduled for the festival currently now include: ALCEST, CORPUS CHRISTII, CHROME DIVISION, DORNENREICH, ENDSTILLE, INQUISITION, TAAKE, TROLL, WATAIN. Further festival details at this location.
In conjunction with the release of CANNIBAL CORPSE’s 4th DVD, Global Evisceration, on March 15, Metal Blade Records has teamed up with BlankTV to debut the next teaser clip featuring part of a live performance of the track Stripped, Raped, and Strangled. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/blanktv. Global Evisceration was shot and edited by director Denise Korycki (Wild Wind Productions) who also shot and directed Centuries of Torment – The First 20 Years (entered the Billboard Music Video Charts at #8 in its 1st week of release!) in addition to DVD’s for bands like As I Lay Dying, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, and Super Joint Ritual.
Global Evisceration contains one disc and is approximately 3 hours long with artwork by the infamous Vince Locke. The main program includes full live-song performances from two live shows: the Gothic Theater in Englewood, CO shot on 5/3/10 and Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, NM shot on 5/8/10. Global Evisceration also includes bonus performances and extra segments including behind the scenes footage covering Evisceration Plague era tours.
Head over to the CANNIBAL CORPSE landing page www.metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse to check out the first video – an excerpt that didn’t make the final cut featuring Jesse Jackson – and to check out preorder options for Global Evisceration.
Package #1: Global Evisceration DVD Package #2: Global Evisceration DVD + Comic Book/Evisceration Plague CD (while supplies last)
Psychedelic doom rock band GRAVEYARD from Gothenburg, Sweden have unveiled the artwork for their second full-length studio release, Hisingen Blues. The album was produced, recorded, and mixed in 100% analog by Don Alsterberg (JOSÉ GONZALES, JUNIP, SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES, THE INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY) at Don Pierre Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. It will be out in Europe on March 25 and in North America on April 19th.
The band shares details about the album artist, Ulf Lundén:
“We wanted a cover that wasn’t your average rock/metal cover, and our friend Ulf Lundén was just the right guy to do it. We had seen his work for his own band, Bombus, and we knew he had a wild imagination. So we just let him loose. He put us up against the green screen, took his photos and that was that. A couple of weeks later, he showed us what he had done. We were astonished by his work, a perfectionist indeed. We got what we asked for, a cover that isn’t average. Rich with details, swamp/jungle feeling, weirdness and a lurking evil feel to it.”
Listen to a preview of the album’s title track, “Hisingen Blues,” here.
A limited edition 7” picture disc of the title track “Hisingen Blues” backed with the exclusive vinyl track “Granny And Davis” and featuring different artwork will be available through Nuclear Blast Germany’s mail-order on February 25th and Nuclear Blast USA’s webstore on March 15th. This release is limited to 500 copies worldwide, so keep an eye on when it goes on sale in your territory because they’ll go fast!
Joakim Nilsson – Guitar & Vocals
Jonathan Ramm – Guitar & Vocals
Rikard Edlund – Bass
Axel Sjöberg – Drums
Stream GRAVEYARD’s entire, self-titled debut album here.
AOL MUSIC HOSTING FULL ALBUM LISTENING PARTY OF CLANDESTINE’S “THE INVALID”
In celebration of the release of their debut album, AOL MUSIC is hosting a full album listening party for CLANDESTINE’s debut release “The Invalid”. The album is released via Nightmare Records. Over the past few weeks, the band has debuted new tracks from the album as well as the video for their first single “Disappear in You”. Starting today you can preview the album in its entirety at: http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds
DEBUT ALBUM “THE INVALID” IN STORES ON NIGHTMARE RECORDS
Heavy metal video website METAL INJECTION debuted the new video clip for “Disappear in You” You can be one of the first to see this breathtaking video below:
CLANDESTINE and Nightmare Records have also confirmed that they will be offering the digital version of the album at a fan friendly price of $4.99. “The Invalid” will be available at this special price at ITunes, Amazon, Nightmare and all other major digital retailers.
CLANDESTINE’S ultimate goal is combining diverse influences and styles that mark a new generation with an unnamed creation while striving to provide a sonic link from the past to the future. Their fierce and melodic style creates a bi-polarity of music that is its own enigma…
CLANDESTINE is a truly unique band, combining progressive rock with female fronted metal, a touch of electronic music that enhances the futuristic timbre, and some smooth huge pop melodies. “The Invalid” is a must for fans of bands as diverse as Evanescence, Dream Theater, Fair to Midland, Rush, Lacuna Coil, Tool and Between the Buried & Me. What more can you ask for?
Mortal Music to Release Withering Soul’s No Closure March 8th
Mortal Music will release No Closure from Chicago’s WITHERING SOUL on March 8. MVD Entertainment Group will handle distribution.
The band’s full-length debut is a combination of symphonic black metal and melodic death metal with some gothic overtones thrown in as well. As an added treat, guest backing vocals have been provided by Melissa Ferlaak. Inclusive of quality Scandinavian influences, but now with mature competency, they have carved their own path that is destined to generate a buzz in the underground and capture fans across the board. No Closure was recorded and mixed by Chris Wisco (Novembers Doom, Michael Angelo Batio, Soil, Lazarus A.D.) at Belle City Sound (Racine, WI), and mastered at The Cutting Room (Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir) in Sweden.
01. Night of the Revenant
02. Phantasmal Chaos Divinity
03. The Sequitor
04. Tides of the Accursed
05. Possession of Deception – Part II
06. Sadistic Redress
07. Manifest Transparency
08. Lifeless they Lie
10. Requiem of Sorrow
Withering Soul Bio:
Today’s metal market may be saturated with melodic black/extreme metal from all corners of the world, but Chicago’s Withering Soul promises to deliver on all fronts. If you want sinister screams as well as bone-chilling cleans, you’ll get them. If you want interesting time changes and climactic phrasings, you will find them here too. Add some creepy atmosphere and dueling guitars for good measure and you have No Closure, the band’s debut full length offering.
Withering Soul was founded by brothers Mykil (Vocals) and Krystofer (Guitars / Synths), and what originally started as a side project, eventually developed into a full band. The group first recruited Matt “Xaphar” Block (ex-Nachtmystium) on drums to complete their EP release, Apparitions of the Surreal (2004).
The band later added some new musicians; Marek who replaced Matt on drums, and also William on bass to complete an endless assault of live shows, sharing the stage with the legendary acts such as Enslaved, Dark Funeral, Finntroll, Satyricon, Absu and Hanzel und Gretyl to name a few. In recent news, the band was featured on ReUnation – A Tribute to Running Wild with their cover of “Firebreather.” The album was released worldwide by Germany’s Remedy Records and received positive reviews including a “Best Song on Album” by WeRock (SWE).
In keeping with their diligent work ethic, the Withering Soul is also currently writing new material for their follow up album, which will be yet another step towards their ultimate goal to leave a lasting impression on the metal world with its own brand of music.
‘The Architects of Guilt’ out on Solid State Records
TEXAS – North Texas technical death metal quartet, The Famine, has posted its final behind-the-scenes video blog on the Solid State Records YouTube channel, chronicling the recording process of the forthcoming album, The Architects of Guilt. The sixth installment of the series focuses on The Famine’s new vocalist – and former bassist – Nick Nowell, as he works to compliment The Famine’s brutally hostile music with a range of vocal stylings. The new frontman also discusses the lyrical writing process, some strategies for keeping his throat as fresh as possible, the album title, and more.
View the informative behind-the-scenes video, as the band preps to release The Architects of Guilt tomorrow on Solid State Records.
The track list for The Architects of Guilt is…
1. The New Hell
2. Ad Mortem
3. We Are The Wolves
4. Turner Classic Diaries
5. Bigger Cages, Longer Chains!
6. The Crown and The Holy See
7. VII The Fraudulent
8. A Pavement Of Good Intentions
9. A Fragile Peace
10. Pyrithion House
11. To The Teeth
The Famine also debuted a music video for the album’s first single, “Ad Mortem”, last week. The new video can be viewed online.
Finnish dark metallers BEFORE THE DAWN have posted the third video trailer for their upcoming album Deathstar Rising! Check it out:
Deathstar Rising combines the heaviness of melodic death metal, the gloom of dark metal, the frostbitten cold of the Finnish winters and epic harmonies like no other. With this their sixth album, they pick up right where their highly successful 2007 effort Deadlight left off, delivering emotive melodies with a devastating intensity. Deathstar Rising will be unleashed on February 25 (Europe) and May 3 (North America) via Nuclear Blast!
BEFORE THE DAWN have previously hit both single and album charts in the bands home country of Finland and played shows in more than 16 countries supporting bands like KATATONIA, MOONSPELL, SWALLOW THE SUN, SCAR SYMMETRY and AMORPHIS.
30-year old footage of MÖTLEY CRÜE performing live at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA has surfaced to promote a series of rock/metal themed auctions from eBay seller EliteWorks.
The Mötley Crüe segment, which also includes a brief interview with a 22-year old Nikki Sixx, was shot on November 12th, 1981, just prior to the independent release of the band’s debut album, Too Fast For Love.
Several one-of-a-kind Mötley Crüe collectables are featured in the auctions, including a June 1981 promotional Umatic master videotape of the band’s first two music videos (‘Take Me To The Top’ and ‘Public Enemy#1′), a test pressing 12” single from Theatre Of Pain, a 24-year old stage used items from the Girls, Girls, Girls Tour as well as guitar picks, early press kits, import singles, t-shirts and much more.
Vintage memorabilia from KISS, BON JOVI, ALICE COOPER, VAN HALEN, SCORPIONS, DIO, THE CULT, GUNS N’ ROSES, TESLA, QUIET RIOT, RATT, W.A.S.P., MR. BIG, FASTER PUSSYCAT, KING DIAMOND and even lesser known cult acts such as WARLOCK, FATE’S WARNING, PRETTY BOY FLOYD, DIRTY LOOK, TORA TORA, SACRED REICH and OLIVER MAGNUM are also featured among this week’s 84 auctions which may be viewed here.
Polish technical death metal band DECAPITATED are currently at Radio Gdańsk Studio in Poland recording their follow-up to 2006’s Organic Hallucinosis. Guitarist & founding member Wacek Kiełtyka offers the following first report from the studio:
We’ve just started the recording session of the new album at the studio of Radio Gdansk which is brilliantly equipped and has some wicked recording space. This time ‘round, we are working with Malta (Arek Malczewski) and Daniel Bergstrand who have been with us to set up the drums sound… and so far everything has been going surprisingly well.
Right now, [drummer] Kerimh [Lechner] is finishing the last two tunes. I must say the drums sound really cool. Daniel has surprised us with his approach towards recording using millions of – often weird – solutions, e.g. a piano or using the corridor of Radio Gdansk. 🙂
We are recording fully live drums – no triggers or plastic sounding stuff whatsoever, which, especially for Kerimh, renders the session more demanding than he had expected; but because of this, in my opinion, the sound will be original and will help us to avoid the so-called ‘machine gun effect.’ We are going to record eight songs altogether and the album will be about forty minutes long. It looks like this time, our recording style is pretty ‘old-school’- with live drums and no recording of double guitar tracks, which means one guitar per side.
Daniel is just on his way back to Sweden now and we are starting to record the skins for the last two songs so I gotta be going now.
Check out the pics and till the next time, Yo.”
Drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner checks-in about drums:
I just wanted to tell you what is going on in the studio. Today is the second day of actual drum recording and it’s going really well! We probably could finish about four songs today. We will see how the next days will look like, but I think we could finish drums earlier. We do not have any bigger problems so it feels good to record in this place. The acoustics of this room sound great so I enjoy playing all these songs a lot. Today is also the last day with Daniel Bergstrand, who prepared the drum sound for us – and he definitely knows what he’s doing!!
When I listen to the songs right now, I believe that this album will be strong. Different in some ways, but I feel confident about the new material. Being part of the new line-up and recording the first album after the long break is definitely a big thing for me. After all those shows we played together, this is our new challenge. It’s not easy but I like challenges!
So that’s it for today. Stay tuned for more news coming up! Cheers!”
Preliminary song titles used for the recording sessions (excerpted from the studio photos) include:
-Riff 1 Clean
-Fast One (Need More!!!)
DECAPITATED’s fifth studio album is being produced by Wacek Kiełtyka and sound engineered by Malta Arkadiusz Malczewski. Drums are being recorded with Daniel Bergstrand (BEHEMOTH, MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, KEEP OF KALESSIN, DEFLESHED), who is also handle mixing duties.
DECAPITATED’s line-up includes: Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka on guitar, Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (Thorns Of Ivy, Tone Intimacy) on drums, Rafał Piotrowski (Ketha, Forgotten Souls) on lead vocals, and Filip “Heinrich” Hałucha (Vesenia, Rootwater, Unsun, Masachist) on bass.
PENTAGRAM, the band that has been churning out widely admired hard rock/doom metal for over four decades, has just revealed the track listing and artwork to the band’s highly anticipated full-length album Last Rites. Last Rites, out on April 12th via Metal Blade Records, contains 11 new tracks of behemoth tunes that fans have been clamoring for since the last Liebling/Griffin masterpiece was released in 1994 (Be Forewarned).
Last Rites track listing:
1. Treat Me Right
2. Call the Man
3. Into the Ground
5. Everything’s Turning to Night
6. Windmills and Chimes
7. American Dream
8. Walk in Blue Light
10. Death in 1st Person
11. Nothing Left
Cover art for Last Rites was handled by Mo Moussa (MoMoussa.com) who is best known for his work with Marvel & DC Comics. Mo Moussa’s other credentials include New Line Cinema, Nickelodeon as well as the four major TV networks. A Philly native and a huge fan of underground music, his work also graces the covers of several of his favorite local bands including Total Fucking Destruction.
Stay tuned to MetalBlade.com for more info on Last Rites including preorder options, show dates, singles, and more!
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The band recently announced their new record entitled “The Human Romance” to be released on February 22, 2011. This is the bands seventh full length and their debut for new label eOne Music. Renowned SOILWORK guitarist Peter Wichers, along with the band, produced the record himself.
The band has also released the sixth chapter of their behind the scenes studio footage today, see it here: http://bit.ly/gonuYN “This time around, the DARKEST HOUR songs were composed a bit differently than was the case in the past.” Guitarist and founding member Mike Schleibaum explains, “we
have been working on these tunes ever since we left the studio last
April. ‘The Eternal Return’ was written during a very dark, bleak time
for the band and I think that record matches that in both tone and character. Our vision was for it to be an
in your-face, no-frills aggressive assault. The new material shares in
that aggression and pushes DARKEST HOUR beyond the unknown.”
DARKEST HOUR recently finished their 15 Year Anniversary “Legacy” tour in Europe last week. The next run of dates has them headlining the “ATTICUS METAL TOUR” along side BORN OF OSIRIS. “Atticus Metal” promises to be one of the most exciting tours for the first half of 2011 and is a must see for all metal fans alike. For additional information feel free to head over to http://www.facebook.com/atticusmetaltour.
* 2/25-Washington, DC @ 930 Club (DH CD RELEASE SHOW!)
* 2/26-Virginia Beach, VA @ Skate High
* 2/27-Greensboro, NC @ Greene St
* 2/28-Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
* 3/01-Joliet (Chicagoland), IL @ Mojoes w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/02-St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/03-Covington, KY @ The Madhatter w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/04-Detroit, MI @ Harpos w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/05-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/06-St. Paul, MN @ The Station w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/07-Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
* 3/08-Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
* 3/09-Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
* 3/10-Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound w/ NORMA JEAN, STICK TO YOUR GUNS
* 3/11-Reno, NV @ The Alley
* 3/12-Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
* 3/13-Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
* 3/14-Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
* 3/15-Boise, ID @ The Venue
* 3/17-Santa Clara, @ The Avalon w/ SLEEPING GIANT
* 3/18-Modesto, CA @ Seasons Hall w/ SLEEPING GIANT
* 3/19-Anaheim, CA @ The Grove – CALIFORNIA METALFEST V w/ AS I LAY DYING, SUICIDE SILENCE, WINDS OF PLAGUE, SLEEPING GIANT
* 3/20-Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
* 3/22-Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Theatre
* 3/23-Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre
* 3/24-Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
* 3/25-Dayton, OH @ The Attic w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/26-Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club w/ THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE
* 3/27-Albany, NY @ Northern Lights w/ THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE
DARKEST HOUR is John Henry – vocals, Mike “Lonestar” Carrigan – guitar, Mike Schleibaum – guitar, Ryan Parrish – drums and Paul Burnette – bass guitar.
For more information on the band and their tour dates, visit:
Re-issue of ‘Storm Before Calm’ out now remastered including bonus-DVD ‘Live At Summer Breeze 2004!
Irish pagan metal masters PRIMORDIAL have just released the reissue of their classic Storm Before Calm album in Europe. The album is available in a remastered version as a double digipak with new artwork. The package also contains the bonus-DVD Live at Summer Breeze 2004!
Storm Before Calm track listing:
1. The Heretic Age
2. Fallen To Ruin
3. Cast To The Pyre
4. Suns First Rays
5. What Sleeps Within
6. Hosting Of The Sidhe
7. Sons Of The Morrigan
Live at Summer Breeze 2004 DVD track listing:
1. Gods to the Godless
2. A Journey’s End
3. The Heretic’s Age
4. The Soul Must Sleep
5. Sons of the Morrigan
6. To Enter Pagan
Head over to the MetalBlade.com and check the order options as well as the live video of the album track Sons Of The Morrigan taken off the Summer Breeze 2004 show by clicking HERE!
Meanwhile PRIMORDIAL have finished the recordings on their seventh studio album, Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand, with producer Chris Fielding (Napalm Death, Electric Wizard) for a April release via Metal Blade Records.
PRIMORDIAL vocalist A.A. Nemtheanga comments on Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand:
“If I had to sum this album up I would say this is the ‘death’ album. Plain and simple. There isn’t exactly a whole concept but many of the themes deal with mortality, how we deal with it. The spiritual structures we place around us to make sense of it. Sex, death, procreation and god. As we get older our relationship to our lives changes, the realization you will not live forever, the grand plan you hoped to uncover never materializes, food for worms and nothing more.
We are animals, beasts and making peace with that beast might be your life’s work but more often than not he is never tamed.
Once a wolf always a wolf. We all seek redemption in one way or another, from lies or from truth. Those of us who are godless or faithless often envy the man of faith for his life seems to have an extra purpose, despite the fact that logic, pragmatism, science and realism should crush any sign of faith, we still persist in lying to ourselves. Perhaps the alternative is too much to bear. So the themes of religion, mortality and death occur over and over again, along with continuing themes of alienation, martyrdom, sacrifice, violence and retribution. Occasionally, very occasionally a chink of light breaks through.
This is our seventh album, you know what to expect, passion, intensity, commitment and sheer bloody mindedness. Don’t expect fantasy or escapism. No remorse, no regret.”
PRIMORDIAL will release their new longplayer, Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand, on April 23rd/26th, 2011 via Metal Blade Records in Europe and April 26th in North America! Stay tuned for track listing, album art, pre-order deals and the first sound samples in the coming weeks!
Ronnie James Dio - Live in Helsinki, Finland in 2006
According to Joe Siegler from Black-Sabbath.com, TIM “RIPPER” OWENS (HAIL!, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) will be singing in place of RONNIE JAMES DIO (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, RAINBOW, ELF) on some unreleased Dio material the Dio band is going to be recording. Apparently bassist Rudy Sarzo and guitarist Craig Goldy were given permission by Wendy Dio to go through Ronnie’s computer looking for music they can record.
In other news, last night (Sunday, February 13th) at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, – which took place in Los Angeles at Staples Center – during the photo flashback segment honoring musicians that we lost in the past year, Ronnie James Dio was among them.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day…t he perfect blend of rock and romance… Whitesnake has partnered with VEVO for the world premiere of the brand new video “Love Will Set You Free.” As of today, Monday, February 14th, the video can be viewed here. Directed by Devin DeHaven/Fortress Entertainment (Papa Roach, Method Man, Talib Kweli), the video was shot in Lake Tahoe, NV. “Love Will Set You Free” is the first single from the forthcoming Whitesnake album, FOREVERMORE, and is available for purchase from February 21st at all digital stores.
FOREVERMORE is due out on March 29th in North America and March 25th in Europe and finds founder/singer/songwriter David Coverdale and company returning to their no-holds-barred, bluesiest, sexiest rock n’ roll roots. This will be Whitesnake’s 11th album and the first release via the Italian-based Frontiers Records label. FOREVERMORE was recorded, produced and mixed by Los Bros Brutalos (Coverdale, Doug Aldrich and Michael McIntyre) at Snakebyte Studios and Grumblenott Studios & Villas in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, with additional work at Casa Dala, Sherman Oaks, CA.
Formed in 1977, and steered by the legendary David Coverdale, Whitesnake carry a rightful reputation as one of the world’s leading rock n’ roll bands. Coverdale’s blues roots, combined with a feral sense of rockin’ and rollin’, have consistently shaped the ‘Snake’s sound along with Coverdale’s love and appreciation of impeccable musicianship. Whitesnake’s ascent to the very top of the rock n’ roll heap was confirmed with 1987’s self-titled mega-platinum album, which saw two massive Top 10 hits, two #1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love” and a virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the world. Whitesnake is David Coverdale (vocals), Doug Aldrich (guitars), Reb Beach (guitars), Michael Devin (bass) and Briian Tichy (drums).
For vinyl lovers, BURNING FORTUNE is also available on limited edition coloured vinyl LP, which also includes a free CAULDRON Chromium Dioxide fanzine. The limited edition vinyl is available in the following colours and quantities:
A new track from BURNING FORTUNE, titled “All Or Nothing”, has been added to the DLC roster of the multi-million selling hit video game Rock Band. Download the track to play along to from the Rock Band Network at http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5005338
CAULDRON are currently on tour in Canada. Catch them live at the following remaining shows:
Feb. 18 – Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
Feb. 19 – Montreal, QC – Katacombes
Feb. 24 – Quebec, QC – Scanner Club
Feb. 25 – Moncton, NB – The Manhattan
Feb. 26 – Dartmouth, NS – CD Heaven (early in-store show)
Feb. 26 – Halifax, NS – Gus’ Pub
Feb. 28 – Fredericton, NB – The Capital