(New York, NY) — DARKEST HOUR are about to enter the studio and they have announced that they are teaming up with renowned SOILWORK shredder Peter Wilchers. The band has put a lot of time and thought into choosing the right producer for this record and they’re convinced they’ve found one. “We’re really excited about working with Peter on this album. It’s going to be amazing collaborating with such an inventive and unique guitarist/musician to produce and document what we feel is the most emotional and melodic Darkest Hour album to date,” says drummer Ryan Parish.
With records such as ALL THAT REMAINS’ “The Fall of Ideals” and SOILWORK’s latest effort, “The Panic Broadcast” under his belt, DARKEST HOUR are quite confident in what Peter brings to the table. “Peter is someone we’ve admired and very much respected as a musician and producer for quite some time. Being a pioneer of the Swedish metal sound, (which has so greatly influenced our band) we hope to refine all of those classic elements with him and incorporate new methods to improve our songwriting” says font man John Henry.
This time around, these songs we’re done a bit differently. 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 frill aggressive assault. The new material shares in that aggression and pushes Darkest Hour beyond the unknown.” The new songs are just about finished and ready for the studio. “I am very exited to work alongside the Darkest Hours guys, and I know from hearing some of their new material that it will be a killer one,” says Wilchers himself.
For more information on DARKEST HOUR and their experience in the studio with Peter, visit http://www.darkesthour.cc for updates over the next few months.
SYMPHORCE, featuring BRAINSTORM frontman Andy B. Franck, have checked in with the following:
Just a short update what’s going on. The album recordings have been finished, the whole thing is mixed and mastered and what can we say? it sounds FUCKING AWESOME! There’s no doubt that the small break we had turned out to be good for us, and we’ll be back with the best Symphorce record for sure. It’s what we believe at least 😉
We will come up with some more news very soon; exact release date, album title, artwork, and so on. We’re absolutely excited, and so will you be when the albums out, we’re pretty damn sure about that!
So far so good…..you guys have a great day. May the Phorce be with you!”
Go to this location for updates and Symphorce audio samples. Footage from the studio is available below.
Paragon Records are proud to be a sponsor of one of the most massive underground East Coast metal events of the summer, the 2010 edition of the New York Death Militia Annual.
Presented by the official NYDM and LIDM chapters, the event will take place on New York’s Long Island this August 13th and 14th, at the Black Rock Tavern in Yaphank. The two-day massacre will host a variety of brutal black, death and thrash acts including Morbid Visions, Bloodfest, Viaticum, Plague Legion, Blood Obsession, Ominous, Grotesqueuphoria, Agrath, Corpsefier and more. A simple $5 admission gets you in each day and includes buffet access, and all NYDM members will get in for free. There will also be merch tables from all bands as well as from Redrum Records and Paragon Records. View the flyer here.
Paragon Records’ latest releases include the varied black metal attack of French legion ALDAARON’s latest release Nous Reviendrons Immortels, brutally-charged death metal from inter-continental act SECTIONED’s Purulent Reality, and most recently, the violent and haunting black metal of Serbian duo KOZELJNIK’s latest full-length Deeper The Fall. Upcoming Paragon releases also include new albums from DIMENTIANON, the KHORS The Flame Of Eternity’s Decline/Cold 2xCD reissue, and more. Contact Earsplit PR for all Paragon Records-related promo requests. Interviews with all Paragon acts are available upon request. *NOTE – Paragon Records’ website was hacked recently; check out the new site at:http://www.themetalunderground.com
Following the incredible success stories and sold-out shows from Europe and the United States, Germany’s ACCEPT are proud to announce their latest news from Japan: ACCEPT have signed a new recording deal with Universal Japan. The new ACCEPT album “Blood Of The Nations” will be released by Universal in Japan on September 4th, 2010. The band’s and Universal’s promotional machines for this highly anticipated release have already shifted into high gear. The interest by the Japanese media is at an all-time high, and the first high-profile press representatives are on their way to conduct face-to-face-interviews with ACCEPT at their home in Nashville, USA next week.
As ACCEPT’s guitarist Wolf Hoffmann explains: “Japan was our last missing component in the international marketplace, which we have completed now with Universal! They are the perfect partners for us over there. Japan has always been a terrific market for us. We had tremendous success there in the past, so we are very happy to come back to Japan after all these years. Rock music is still a big thing in Japan and every good rock band in the world has Japan on their wish list. We can see from our website that we have a lot of fans there. We are excited and looking forward to bring them our new album and our great live shows.”
“Blood Of The Nations”, the new, long-awaited studio album from ACCEPT, will be released on the following dates:
August 20: Europe (via Nuclear Blast)
September 4: Japan (via Universal Japan)
September 14: North America (via Nuclear Blast)
“Blood Of The Nations” was recorded at Backstage Studio in Derbyshire, England with acclaimed British producer and SABBAT guitarist Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, MASTERPLAN and many more). The 80 + min long CD marks the recording debut of the band’s latest addition, vocalist MARK TORNILLO (ex-TT QUICK) and contains 12 tracks, including “The Abyss”, “Shades Of Death”, “Teutonic Terror”, “Blood Of The Nations” and “Pandemic”….
ACCEPT 2010 is:
Wolf Hoffmann: Guitar
Peter Baltes: Bass
Mark Tornillo: Vocals
Herman Frank: Guitar
Stefan Schwarzmann: Drums
ACCEPT confirmed for Japans biggest Heavy Metal Festival LOUDPARK
After traveling over 60.000 miles and visiting 16 countries and performing in front of 450.000 people in 80 days, the unstoppable ACCEPT virus has spreading all over the planet. To top it off, the band conducted more than 150 interviews and uncountable meet & greets to get up and personal with their fans. Now ACCEPT is ready to conquer the next continent!
ACCEPT have just been confirmed to appear at this year`s LOUDPARK in JAPAN at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City, Tokyo.
Loudpark is the biggest heavy metal festival in Japan. Situated just north of Tokyo, the Saitama Super Arena holds over 40.000 rock fans. ACCEPT will perform on Saturday,October 16th. Other acts appearing at the Loudpark Festival include Ozzy.
ACCEPT – First video “Teutonic Terror” from the upcoming album “Blood Of The Nations”
Like many here in North America, I only discovered Sabaton sometime in 2008 with their glorious album THE ART OF WAR. Their spin on the power metal style was, and remains, refreshing. Not that I don’t love the mighty warrior dragon wizard stuff as well, but I’ve always been interested in history and especially fascinated by World War II. So after hearing Sabaton sing about WWII and other wars and conflicts, the mixture of history and metal was a winning combination. With Sabaton’s 2010 release COAT OF ARMS the band continues on the same path honing some amazingly catchy and memorable anthems. I had the opportunity to speak with the voice of Sabaton, Joakim Brodén, in late July 2010. We spoke about the band’s image, and about war and how it is more than just history. It is something that should be studied not to memorize specific dates, but to learn from what has happened so that the same things will not happen again.
Rhapsody of Fire:
The Frozen Tears of Angels interview with Alex Staropoli
Interview and transcription by Erich Heintzelman
I recently spoke with Alex Staropoli, the keyboardist for Rhapsody On Fire about their new album, Frozen Lake of Tears. Due to legality issues, Alex and I did not discuss the band’s struggles over the last four years but Alex expalined the making of the new album, plans for a tour, and what he considers to be one of the best bands making music right now.
Belgian black metal legion ENTHRONED will kick off their long anticipated North American tour next week! The trek will mark the band’s first time on US/Canadian soil in nine years! This special leg of the Pentagrammaton World Tour 2010 will begin in Brooklyn, New York at Europa on August 4 and bludgeon its way through nearly two dozen cities before winding down at the Hostile City Deathfest in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 29. Support will come from Australian black thrashers Deströyer 666 and California death metallers Pathology as well as Black Anvil, Estuary and Cardiac Arrest on select dates. Tickets for all shows are currently available via Enter The Vault: http://enterthevault.com
Said vocalist/guitarist Nornagest: “ENTHRONED is glad to be back in the States after nine years of absence. The US will be the first nation to witness the new face of ENTHRONED and will be the kick off of the Pentagrammaton World Tour!”
Pentagrammaton, ENTHRONED‘s ninth studio offering, was released earlier this year via Regain Records. A sonic hailstorm of blasting beats that cruise along with warhead aggression, the band’s sinister brand of black metal is powered by a diabolical aura that is theirs and theirs alone. ENTHRONED currently features: Nornagest (vocals/guitars), Phorgath (bass/vocals), Neraath (guitars/vocals), Garghuf (drums) and Tzelmoth (live guitars).
ENTHRONED: Pentagrammaton World Tour 2010 (check out the tour poster here: http://tinyurl.com/3yr3zmx )
8/04/2010 Europa – Brooklyn, NY w/ Black Anvil, Estuary
8/05/2010 Jaxx – Springfield, VA w/ Black Anvil, Estuary
8/06/2010 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC w/ Estuary
8/07/2010 The Dunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
80/8/2010 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
8/10/2010 Walter’s On Washington – Houston, TX
8/11/2010 Emo’s – Austin, TX
8/12/2010 Club 101 – El Paso, TX
8/13/2010 Club Red – Tempe, AZ w/ Estuary
8/14/2010 Ultra Violet – Los Angeles, CA w/ Estuary
8/15/2010 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA w/ Estuary
8/17/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA w/ Estuary
8/18/2010 Satyricon – Portland, OR w/ Estuary
8/19/2010 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA w/ Estuary
8/20/2010 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC w/ Estuary
8/21/2010 Red Room – Boise, ID
8/22/2010 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
8/23/2010 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
8/24/2010 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
8/25/2010 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL w/ Estuary, Cardiac Arrest
8/26/2010 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI w/ Estuary, Cardiac Arrest
8/27/2010 The Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Estuary, Cardiac Arrest
8/28/2010 Katacombes – Montreal, QC w/ Estuary, Cardiac Arrest
8/29/2010 Club Polaris /Hostile City Deathfest – Philadelphia, PA
Florida based death metal legends MALEVOLENT CREATION have revealed the set list for their upcoming tour with EXODUS. The band recently checked in from the road while doing a couple of headlining shows leading up to the tour to give us the scoop:
“We are a few shows into our US tour and everything’s going killer. The band’s playing tight and the set list consists of several classics and one new song, ‘Slaughterhouse’. A few more shows and then we start the ‘March of Brutality’ tour with EXODUS! We’ll be shooting a video for ‘Slaughterhouse’ in the week in between tours as well. 20 plus years and still no one can destroy this MALEVOLENT CREATION!”
Set List: Eve of the Apocalypse
Multiple Stab Wounds
Living in Fear
Invidious Dominion, the bands 11th studio outing, will be released on August 24 in North America via Nuclear Blast.The albumwas produced and recorded by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, KRISIUN, GOATWHORE) at Mana Studios in Florida. The cover art was brought to life this time around by renownedartist Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN).
Drums for Polarity were recorded at Sharkbite Studios (EXODUS) with producer Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, SUFFOCATION, IMMOLATION) while all other tracking was handled by Matt Sotelo before being mixed by Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios. The artwork was completed by cult artist Dan Seagrave (MORBID ANGEL, ENTOMBED, SUFFOCATION, etc.) and can be viewed here http://decibelmagazine.com/Content.aspx?ncid=374702.
Polarity Track Listing:
1. (A Departure of the Sun) Ignite the Tesla Coil
3. The Resonance
5. Solar Impulse
6. Mirroring Dimensions
7. A Brief Odyssey in Time
8. The Quickening of Time
9. Sea of Memories
11. Darkness Embrace
Trieste, Italy’s crushing quartet THE SECRET are set to drop their upcoming Solve Et Coagula full-length via Southern Lord Recordings this September 28th. The twelve hellish hymns embodied in Solve Et Coagula were captured by Kurt Ballou (Trap Them, Converge, Cursed) in his infamous Godcity Studios, resulting in cavernous, earthmoving tonal supremacy. Each song preaches of loss of faith in all forms of religion and politics and a vile outlook on humanity as a whole. The album runs rampant with dismantling breakdowns, gargantuan, swelling riffage and jackhammer blastbeats, all empowered by the most shredding vocal attack. While surely reminiscent of Converge, Cursed and labelmates Black Breath, THE SECRET integrate as much influence from filthy politi-crust acts, as well as psychotic metalcore into Solve Et Coagula‘smetallic surge. But no matter how you try to compare or categorize this highly lethal Italian export, the end result is certain; this is the sound of humanity’s failure and defeat, embodied as pure aural rage. THE SECRET have previously unleashed two full-length releases on now defunct Goodfellow Records (2004’s Luce and 2008’s Disintoxication), and have undergone countless lineup changes and setbacks over the past few years. The current lineup is inarguably the most devastating and concise to date, making Solve Et Coagula their most lethal assault yet.
Solve Et Coagula Track List:
1. Cross Builder
2. Death Alive
3. Double Slaughter
4. Where It Ends
7. Pleasure In Self Destruction
8. Eve Of The Last Day
9. Pursuit Of Discomfort
10. Bell Of Urgency
11. War Desire
In honor of BLIND GUARDIAN’s European release date for their tenth studio album At The Edge Of Time, a free iPhone / iTouch app is now available for download at the Apple app store at this link.
At The Edge Of Time will be available in North America on August 24th as regular jewel case and digi-pak versions. The track listings are as follows:
Regular jewel case version:
01. Sacred Worlds (9:17)
02. Tanelorn (5:58)
03. Road Of No Release (6:30)
04. Ride Into Obsession (4:46)
05. Curse My Name (5:52)
06. Valkyries (6:38)
07. Control The Divine (5:26)
08. War Of The Thrones (4:55)
09. A Voice In The Dark (5:41)
10. Wheel Of Time (8:55)
The digi-pak version will include a UNIQUE download code where fans can gain access to a password-protected page for exclusive BLIND GUARDIAN content!
Digi-pak Bonus CD track listing:
01. Sacred Worlds (Extended “Sacred” version)
02. Wheel Of Time (Orchestral version)
03. You’re The Voice (Radio edit)
04. Tanelorn (Into the Void) (Demo version)
05. Curse My Name (Demo version)
06. A Voice In The Dark (Demo version)
HEAVEN & HELL's DIO Tribute At U.K.'s HIGH VOLTAGE Festival
Surviving HEAVEN & HELL members Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice played a very special tribute to their fallen bandmate, Ronnie James Dio, this past Saturday (July 24) at the High Voltage festival at Victoria Park in London, England. The musicians were joined by legendary former DEEP PURPLE and BLACK SABBATH man Glenn Hughes and Norwegian vocalist Jorn Lande, who sings for power metallers MASTERPLAN and has just released his own tribute to Ronnie.
The setlist was as follows (vocalist for each track listed in parenthesis):
01. The Mob Rules (Jorn Lande)
02. I (Jorn Lande)
03. Country Girl (Glenn Hughes)
04. Children Of The Sea (Glenn Hughes)
05. Turn Up The Night (Jorn Lande)
06. Voodoo (Jorn Lande)
07. Bible Black (Glenn Hughes)
08. Falling Off The Edge Of The World (Glenn Hughes)
09. Die Young (Jorn Lande)
10. Heaven And Hell (Jorn Lande, Glenn Hughes)
11. Neon Knights (Jorn Lande, Glenn Hughes, Philip Anselmo)
Proceeds from this performance will go to the Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up And Shout” Cancer Fund.
Immediately following the High Voltage concert, Hughes revealed exclusively to Express & Star that there will be a Dio tribute album, “with some megastars,” to raise funds for to the Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up And Shout” Cancer Fund, as well as a major show in Los Angeles in March 2011.