There is death/doom and then there is BEYOND HELL’s The Sleeper Awakens. Featuring drummer Elektrokutioner (DECREPITAPH, FATHER BEFOULED, FESTERED, etc) and with guest appearances by Patrick Bruss of CRYPTICUS (who also mixed/mastered) and Slyof FONDLECORPSE, The Sleeper Awakens crunches, lurks, and spooks like HOODED MENACE, frequently twisting into romping death metal form. Yet the deeper into the abyss one goes the more dynamics are revealed, not the least of which is accomplished soloing and sections of pure dark majesty. And all of it chills to the bone! As if that weren’t enough, the album also includes the sold out …And Evil Crept Through EP (tracks 10 – 13), for a grand total of 13 cuts of face melting horror death and spine tingling doom.
The Sleeper Awakens was co-released by Dark Descent Records and Skeleton Plague Records.
Neurot Recordings proudly unveil a brand new live album from NEUROSIS, who are undoubtedly cited as one of the most influential bands of heavy music’s experimental underworld.
The first release from NEUROSIS since 2007’s Given to the Rising, this new live album was recorded that same year in Tilburg, Holland, at the annual Roadburn Festival, where NEUROSIS headlined to a diehard audience. The album expertly captures as much of the band’s live experience as one possibly could on a physical recording, harnessing the monolithic flow and power of the band’s well-known sonically devastating live performances. The monstrous 78-minute record showcases this iconic band surging through hymns from their last few albums, including Given To The Rising, The Eye Of Every Storm, A Sun That Never Sets, and Through Silver In Blood.
Live At Roadburn will see official release on August 30, 2010, alongside the reissue of NEUROSIS’ groundbreaking 1993 release Enemy Of The Sun. The ‘Roadburn release features the iconic artwork/layout skills of visionary artist/NEUROSIS live visual master Josh Graham, also responsible for the redesigned Enemy Of The Sun layout. Both albums will be released on CD worldwide August 30th, 2010, part of this year’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of the legendary act.
Swedish epic power metal sextet SABATON have just entered the Billboard charts at #124 (Heatseekers) and #87 (Top Hard Music) with their brand new World War II-themed album, Coat Of Arms. Worldwide first-week chart entries are as follows: Sweden #4; Poland #9; Finland #17; Germany #19; Switzerland #33 and Austria #71.
En route to Frankfurt, Germany for a festival appearance, SABATON lead singer Joakim Brodén checks in from the airport in Stockholm about the band’s recent accomplishment in North America:
“Coat Of Arms keeps bringing us amazing news all the time it seems. Six Swedish heavy metal retards in camo pants on the Billboard charts? Never thought I’d see the day! I’m not sure I believe it, but if it’s true, we’re the happiest Swedes alive at this moment! What’s next, pink aliens at Wal-Mart? Thanks to all our American brothers and sisters and cousins who actually bought our album instead of downloading it! Damn, we’ve just GOT to find some way to get over to America on this tour!”
Coat Of Arms is available for streaming in its entirety on the band’s MySpace page. The track listing is:
01. Coat of Arms
04. Screaming Eagles
05. The Final Solution
06. Aces In Exile
09. White Death
10. Metal Ripper North American Bonus Tracks:
11. Coat Of Arms (Instrumental)
12. Metal Ripper (Instrumental)
The band’s headlining “World War Tour” kicks off on August 27 and consists of over 60 shows in more than 20 countries. The final concert will take place on December 11, after which SABATON “will re-group, re-arm and prepare for yet another strike in 2011.”
View More-Metal.com’s recent interview with members of SABATON here. Professionally shot footage of SABATON’s appearance at the Meltdown Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden can be viewed here.
SABATON recently shot a video in Warsaw, Poland for the track “Uprising” with director Jacek Raginis (who is related to decorated World War II hero Wladyslav Raginis) and producer Bogna Janiec of Studio Filmowe N. The video is described as “a powerful and emotional tribute to those who lost their lives in the Warsaw uprising in 1944” and includes an appearance by Swedish actor Peter Stormare (Fargo, 8MM, Prison Break), Polish actors Mateusz Damięcki and Monika Buchowiec, plus a special appearance by General Waldemar Skrzypczak of the Polish army. View a video trailer here. View the “Making Of” video here. View photos from the video shoot here.
SABATON features Joakim Brodén on vocals, Oskar Montelius on guitars, Rikard Sundén on guitars, Pär Sundström on bass, Daniel Mullback on drums, and Daniel Mÿhr on keyboards.
The Frozen Tears Of Angels, the new album by Italy’s RHAPSODY OF FIRE
The Frozen Tears Of Angels, the new album by Italy’s RHAPSODY OF FIRE, has debuted at #52 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #60 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #132 on the Top Independent Albums chart.
Guitarist & songwriter Luca Turilli checks in from his hometown in Trieste, Italy and responds to the news:
“We have no words to describe the feelings after hearing this excellent news! We are more than honored to have finally entered the U.S. Billboard charts, especially after having released an album so deep, intense and emotional like The Frozen Tears Of Angels. Thanks to our record company Nuclear Blast for believing in us and making a unique effort to push our new release and thanks to all of YOU, American brothers and sisters, for your incredible support. We love you and we are looking forward to visiting your wonderful country once again with our next upcoming tour! Peace and respect to all of you.”
Produced by Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli, The Frozen Tears Of Angels was mixed and mastered by Sascha Paeth (Edguy, Avantasia, Epica) and debuted on the following international album charts following their European release: Greece #11; Italy #31; Germany #33; Finland #35; Switzerland #39; Japan #41; France #51; Austria #58; South Korea #69; Spain #81 and Belgium #96.
The track listing for The Frozen Tears Of Angels is as follows:
The third of four portions of the new artwork for the as-yet-untitled DIMMU BORGIR album has been uploaded to the band’s MySpace page.
When asked if there’s a connection between the image on the new album and the character from Death Cult Armageddon, German artist / painter / graphic designer Joachim Luetke (Arch Enemy, Kreator, Sopor Aeternus) – who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria – responds: “The [older] character’s called The Wanderer. Now, in retrospective, I feel that he’s always been the prophet, the herald of an age to come. Now he’s roaming the world after mankind’s demise. He’s the last of his kind. Neither human nor god – the perfect link to the age of the elder gods.”
The following update is from Dave Chavarri of the band ILL NIÑO
“Hello Ill Maniacs,
We wanted to inform you, on our progress recording the new CD!! ILL NIÑO has been working around the clock writing and jamming everyday, and the new songs are coming out fuckin nuts!! After much thought, we have decided to title our new CD “Dead New World”. Our new CD is everything you expect from ILL NIÑO’s original Latin Metal sounds; it’s heavy as fuck, full of Cristian growling vocals, melodic choruses, Tribal Latin rhythms, sick guitars, as well as also being the most progressive record we’ve ever recorded!!!
We have never put out the same CD twice, and our Victory Records release “Dead New World” will prove that once again. We will be touring throughout 2010 and 2011, so joins us in our “Dead New World
Michigan thrash institution NOCTURNAL FEAR check in with the following studio report for forthcoming album Excessive Cruelty: “We look forward to recording our next assault this winter,” according to NF mastermind Chris Slavehunter. “This new shit will be our heaviest yet. I’ve begun a relationship with Engl amps outta Germany and received two prototype Powerball heads with my custom Vektor mod done to them by my guitar tech, and as always, I’ll be playing my USA BC Rich Bich guitars custom modded to play extreme WAR METAL! As the number-one band supporting the US Armed Forces, I promise our new album, Excessive Cruelty, will cause massive collateral damage on a genocidal scale!”
As previously reported, NOCTURNAL FEAR recently added new member Warmonger on bass. The band is rounded out by Devastator on vocals, Rev. Chris Slavehunter PhD on all guitars, and Aggressor on drums. A release date for NOCTURNAL FEAR’s Excessive Cruelty will be announced later this year. In the meantime, consult www.myspace.com/nocturnalfear and www.moribundcult.com.
Italian Death Metalists, Humangled will be filming a video for the track “Liquidfire,” from their Abyss Records debut, Fractal. Humangled has teamed up with award-winning director / screenwriter Vincezno Ricchiuto for the shoot. Filming is scheduled to get underway this month.
Guitarist Luke Scurb has this to say about the video’s subject matter, “Liquidfire is a severe analysis of the loss of consciousness due to drug abuses. In many cases, modern society and the lack of values lead to terrible consequences.”
Fractal was released in June of this year through Abyss Records and has already caught the ear of fans and critics worldwide.
The animated comedy duo that made metalheads look like complete morons could be set for a return!
According to Reviewniverse, we might get our chance to see the duo on TV once again. A full statement reads: “REVIEWniverse has exclusively learned from an anonymous source that Mike Judge is currently outlining 30 new episodes of his iconic animated comedy Beavis and Butt-Head for its native network.
“The source conceded that plans for actual broadcast are not yet cemented, or even a given, but confirmed that the King of the Hill/Office Space/Idiocracy maestro is definitely in the midst of writing new B and B material with the hopes of a full-throttle return…Judge plans on retaining the show’s original ghetto-tech aesthetic, right down to the faded color palatte.”
German power metallers RAGE have extended their deal with Nuclear Blast Records.
“We are happy that our common history will continue,” the band said in a statement. “At Nuclear Blast we really feel at home and we look forward to all upcoming projects. After the great success of the last RAGE album ‘Strings To A Web’, we are even more motivated and we saw the same energy in Nuclear Blast as well.”
“Strings To A Web” entered the Media Control chart in the band’s home country at position No. 27. Released on February 5 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was recorded at Twilight Hall Studio and was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL). The cover artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard (AVANTASIA, THERION), and it shows the soundchaser as a spider, caught in a web.
The special two-track single, “Into The Light / Purified”, was released on January 15.
The limited-edition digibook version of “Strings To A Web” includes a high-quality DVD including 15 live clips. The main portion of the DVD consists of the “best-of” show RAGE played at the Wacken Open Air festival in 2009, including guest appearances by Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN), Schmier (DESTRUCTION) and Jen Majura (BLACK THUNDER LADIES).
“Strings To A Web” includes melodic and anthemic tracks such as “Into The Light” and “The Beggar’s Last Dime”, as well as powerful thrashers like “Purified” and “Tomorrow Never Comes”. But the heart of the record comes in the shape of the 16-minute masterpiece “Empty Hollow”, a progressive fairytale that unites everything RAGE is about.
Dutch occult rock wizards THE DEVIL’S BLOOD recently completed a phenomenal new promo trailer in support of both their debut album The Time of No Time Evermore, which features live footage of the band, artistic film manipulation, and commentary from founder and guitarist SL. Check it out to fully understand their firm stance on life and death, the messages they try to convey, and definitely their beliefs in the intense music they create more as an entity than a band.
View the clip:
THE DEVIL’S BLOOD’s debut full-length The Time of No Time Evermore was released in North America May 25th, 2010. The album showcases 54 minutes of the act’s unique style of ethereal, occult, classic rock, and has received amazing fan and media reactions around the globe over the last several months.
Current tour plans for the band include a rash of European Metalfests through the rest of the Summer — including Wacken, Party San, Summerbreeze, Hole In The Sky and more — as well as a return trip back to North America this September for The Noctis IV: Thrones of War Metalfest and Conference in Calgary, Alberta. More excursions are in the summoning stages now and will be released as they are confirmed.
THE DEVIL’S BLOOD Summer Live Actions:
7/08/2010 Grindwerk-Dynamo – Zurich, Switzerland
7/09/2010 Metalcamp Slovenia – Tomlin, Slovenia
7/16/2010 Zwarte Cross – Lichtenvoorde, The Netherlands
8/07/2010 Wacken Open Air – Schleswig Holstein, Germany
8/12/2010 Party San Metal Open Air – Thüringen, Germany
8/19/2010 Summerbreeze – Dinkelsbühl, Germany
8/27/2010 Hole In The Sky Festival – Bergen, Norway
9/25/2010 Noctis IV: Thrones of War Metalfest – Calgary, Alberta, Canada
SIGHT OF EMPTINESS: UGLY KID JOE Singer WHITFIELD CRANE To Pay Tribute To RONNIE JAMES DIO In Costa Rica
Singer Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE, ANOTHER ANIMAL, LIFE OF AGONY) will join the Costa Rican metal band SIGHT OF EMPTINESS for a very special night of covers. On July 10 at 8 p.m. at Jazz Cafe in Escazu, Costa Rica, the crowd will be treated to renditions of songs in tribute to Ronnie James Dio (HEAVEN & HELL, DIO, BLACK SABBATH,RAINBOW), Peter Steele (TYPE O NEGATIVE) and Paul Gray(SLIPKNOT), with Crane taking the mic for the Dio portion of the show. “I have been in Costa Rica for the past few months, when I went to the Megadeth show I saw Sight Of Emptiness open the show. Those guys just killed on stage and one thing lead to another. I am excited to rock the mic, Costa Rican style”, said Whitfield Crane about the show.
When asked about the current status of UGLY KID JOE, Crane said, “It’s ON — UGLY KID JOE is back. We are talking about doing shows next year, in addition to studio time. I’m stoked”
SIGHT OF EMPTINESS supported MEGADETH on May 9 at Autodromo La Guacima in San Jose, Costa Rica in front of 14000 people. SIGHT OF EMPTINESS also won the Award of “Best Metal Album” for their second Independent record: “Absolution of Humanity” 2010, at the ACAM AWARDS in Costa Rica = ASCAP in the USA. In addition, they were previously handpicked by both DARK TRANQUILLITY and AMON AMARTH to open their shows in the country. They also shared stages with such bands as LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT, FIREWIND and SABBAT (featuring Andy Sneap, producer of the latest MEGADETH album, “Endgame”).
SIGHT OF EMPTINESS’s second album, “Absolution of Humanity”, was mastered by Jens Bogren (OPETH, SOILWORK, BLOODBATH, KATATONIA, SYMPHONY X) at Fascination Street Studios. The cover artwork was created by Costa Rican artist Pablo Vargas.
Montreal extreme metal purists, ION DISSONANCE, have released the first song, “After Everything That’s Happened, What Did You Expect,” from their highly anticipated debut Century Media release, Cursed. The track can be streamed at their Myspace page, www.myspace.com/iondissonance or at the below links:
Cursed, was tracked at .357 Productions with ION DISSONANCE guitar player, Antoine Lussier at the production helm. It is scheduled for release on August 24th. The album’s official track listing can be viewed below.
Ion Dissonance – Cursed
2- You People Are Messed Up
3- The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same
4- This is The Last Time I Repeat Myself
5- No Care Ever
6- After Everything That’s Happened, What Did You Expect
7- We Like to Call This One…Fuck Off
8- Can Someone Please Explain This to Me?
9- Disaster in Sight
10- This is Considered Mere Formality
11- This Feels Like The End…
12- They’ll Never Know
13- Pallor – iTunes bonus track
14 – After Everything That’s Happened, What Did You Expect (Big Chocolate remix) – Japanese bonus track, out on Doom Patrol Records 8/24
15 – You People Are Messed Up (Big Chocolate remix) – European bonus track, out on Basick Records 8/23
A new video trailer unveiling the captivating artwork from the acclaimed Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord) can be seen now at the link below. http://bit.ly/dauDgY
ANGELS OF BABYLON is the answer to your heavy metal supergroup prayers. This new amalgamation of epic sound features former MANOWAR drummer Rhino, Arizona based power-metal vocalist David Fefolt, guitarist Ethan Brosh and MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson. Their debut album Kingdom of Evil was released in Europe by Metal Heaven Records in January of 2010, and in Japan with Hydrant Music in May of 2010. ANGELS OF BABYLON recently signed with Burnhill Union Records, who will be releasing the record to the United States on July 27th, 2010. Kingdom of Evil is now remastered, and features three previously unreleased tracks.
With this intense line-up of heavy metal greats and sharp musicians, ANGELS OF BABYLON is sure to see success in this evolving industry and genre. Forging ahead with the sounds of classic metal, while bringing fusion of new technique and prowess, the band is a new force to be reckoned with. With the launch of Kingdom of Evil worldwide, Earth will soon know the excellence that is ANGELS OF BABYLON.
“At a point in metal history when the best music moving forward is really drawing from our pasts, ANGELS OF BABYLON has become a unique and eclectic composition of music and styles, encompassing many from across the entire genre,” states bassist David Ellefson. “Power, melody, and hooks stand the test of time regardless of what category the ‘experts’ put it in.”
ANGELS OF BABYLON drummer and Nashville, TN native Rhino began compiling tracks featured on Kingdom of Evil many years ago, but was patiently waiting for the optimum lineup to record and release an album. Rhino is well known for his amazing work with MANOWAR. In 1991, Rhino appeared on The Triumph of Steel; one of MANOWAR’s best selling album to date. Rhino continued on with MANOWAR, touring Europe multiple times and cruising through Japan between 1992-1995. Rhino left MANOWAR in 1995 to pursue personal interest. In the coming years, Rhino was soon introduced to Fefolt, Ellefson and Brosh, and they provided the key to his inspiration to forge ahead and complete the album.
Vocalist David Fefolt feels this album will surprise a lot of people due to its classic metal sound, but with an accent of majestic arrangements throughout. Fefolt was a member of the epic metal band, VALHALLA, and their debut album is still considered one of the staples of metal vinyl collectors worldwide.
Bassist David Ellefson is well known for his time with thrash icons MEGADETH. From1983 to 2002, Ellefson held his place as the co-founder and original bassist in the band. In February of 2010, Ellefson rejoined the ranks of MEGADETH, just in time for the much anticipated “Rust In Peace” 20th Anniversary tour of North America, aside fellow thrash legends TESTAMENT and EXODUS.
Guitarist Ethan Brosh graduated from Berklee in 2004 with honors and a major in songwriting before returning to the school in 2008 to teach. Brosh is currently an instructor in the guitar sessions program. His debut instrumental album Out of Oblivion, was released on March 24th 2009 by Magna Carta Records, and features impressive guest appearances and production credits.
DARK ORDER is proud to announce that our new album ‘COLD WAR OF THE CONDOR’ will be released worldwide by BattleGod/Twighlight on 20th AUGUST 2010, along side our American Metal brothers HARKONIN and their new album ‘DETEST’ !
COLD WAR OF THE CONDOR was forged in the fire of human blood, it will form an ultimate testament to those of the dead and disappeared, who will have new voice, and be the unforgotten…
This has been a long time coming for us, 3 combined years writing, 2.5 years of recording, mixing and mastering, so we thank EVERYONE for their patients. You will NOT be disappointed with this album.
THIS IS TRUE MODERN THRASH METAL, not like other bands who claim to be Thrash and sound like something else.