Ukrainian black metallers BALFOR are proud to unveil the cover art and track listing of their upcoming Pulverised debut Barbaric Blood. Designed by Martin Saavedra at Uruguay’s Spina Studio (Aborted, Daath, Divinity etc.), the cover is at once dark, brooding and apocalyptic.
Barbaric Blood was recorded at Blacklight Studio, Ukraine in August 2009 and mixed and mastered by Shaddar.
Barbaric Blood Track Listing
1. “From The Ashes (…The Beginning)”
2. “Behold My Hate!”
3. “Shadow Of My Raven Wings”
4. “In A Thunder Of Ancient Glory”
5. “Pure Barbaric”
6. “Light’s Demise”
7. “Kingdom’s Blood”
8. “Voices Of Wilderness”
9. “The Perfect Fire”
Comments BALFOR frontman/guitarist Thorgeir of the cover: “It’s always a long journey making an album. First it has to be written and rehearsed. Then it has to be recorded and mastered, and that’s where most people think it ends. But it doesn’t quite end there. An important factor that everyone forgets about is the artwork, and yet this is often what people notice first. So we are particularly pleased that the artwork for Barbaric Blood has been so well executed by Martin of Spina Studio. He has captured both the concept behind the album, and the band itself.”
BALFOR will release Barbaric Blood later this year via Pulversied. Further info TBA.
Metal Blade Records reissuing two of Behemoth’s classic EP’s as a double disc set!
Masters of blackened death metal, BEHEMOTH, just shot a new production video for the track Alas the Lord Is upon Me off their latest release Evangelion, which was released August 11, 2009. The video was produced and directed by Rafal Szermanowicz and Grupa 13 who also shot BEHEMOTH’s videos for Ov Fire and the Void and At the left hand ov God.
Vocalist and guitarist Nergal comments on the band’s upcoming video for Alas the Lord Is upon Me:
“First of all, we’ve overcome ourselves with this new video clip. Period. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a very long time. Pretty much no digital intervention, no blue boxes, no fake shit this time, but great filming, good acting, and a fuckin’ awesome storyline. It’s disturbing, crazy, and evil. We’ve had over 70 people working for us on this video so we can easily say it was the biggest production so far. I’m beyond excited! Wait and see.”
Dariusz Szermanowicz of Grupa #13 comments:
“This time we decided to make something different. We’d like to make video in ‘cinematic’ style without so many VFX like in last two videos. We found great location, we had dozen of actors and extras and awesome stylizing. During the 16 hours of hard work we’ve created amazingly killer video!”
In other news; this fall Metal Blade Records will be releasing BEHEMOTH’s early EP’s Conjuration and Slaves Shall Serve as a double disc CD set. More info on this release will be made available in the coming weeks.
Evangelion landed at #56 on Billboard Magazine’s Top 200 Chart with 8,500 units scanned during its first week of release.
Other chart numbers for Evangelion are as follows:
#5 Billboard Hard Music Albums
#6 Billboard Independent Albums
#61 Top 200 Current Albums
#6 Independent Chart
#10 Hard Music Chart
Netherlands: #5 (Indie Charts)
Here’s what critics have had to say about the band’s ninth full-length album, and first full-length for Metal Blade Records: Read the rest of this entry »
New Evergreen Terrace videos from Australia and SXSW available; on Thrash And Burn Tour this summer! Evergreen Terrace posts Australian tour video and sidewalk moshing video!
The perpetually-hilarious members of Evergreen Terrace recently returned from touring in Australia with Casey Jones on the “Cheer Up Emu Kid” tour. In what has become an Evergreen Terrace tradition, a side-splitting tour wrap up video has been posted that highlights some of the more ridiculous moments of the tour. Among other things, they eat Kangaroo shit, almost get murdered and get their hands on some Horny Goat Weed – all that and more can be seen now on MetalBlade.tv HERE.
Evergreen Terrace played SXSW in Austin, TX earlier this year and guitarist Josh James hosted a segment for Metal Blade TV that showcased a phenomenon unique to metal and hardcore: moshing. In this video, Josh James interviews and does play-by-play for some moshers and Dennis from Alesana unveils his new mosh move, “The Care Bear”. Check it out HERE!
Evergreen Terrace will be spending part of their summer as part of this year’s Thrash And Burn Tour alongside Asking Alexandria, Kittie, Born Of Osiris, Impending Doom and more! The tour officially starts July 16 and Evergreen Terrace will join the tour from August 2nd through August 15th. The band’s latest album, Almost Home, is available everywhere now!
Josh James adds, “We decided to not play last so we could have plenty of time to party. Most of the thrashing will be done with Craig and Drew at the bar. The burning however will hopefully happen while we’re on stage.”
EVERGREEN TERRACE Thrash And Burn Tour 2010
w/ Asking Alexandria, Born Of Osiris, Kittie, Stick To Your Guns, Impending Doom, Greeley Estates, Periphery, Motionless in White and Chelsea Grin
08/02 Dallas, TX House of Blues
08/03 Houston, TX House of Blues
08/05 Tampa, FL State Theatre
08/06 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
08/07 Richmond, VA Hat Factory
08/08 Long Island, NY Crazy Donkey
08/09 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony
08/10 Montreal, QC Club Soda
08/11 Buffalo, NY Xtreme Wheels
08/12 Pittsburgh, PA Ches Arena
08/13 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
08/14 Detroit, MI Harpos
08/15 Chicago, IL Metro
Arizona based virtuosic thrashers VEKTOR are taking their cosmic mayhem on the road in support of their epic space metal debut album Black Future, released on Heavy Artillery Records in late 2009. Full U.S. tour kicks off tonight in Riverside, CA so be sure to catch VEKTOR on the road.
Refusing to be pigeon-holed into any metal sub-genre, VEKTOR employs an array of intricacy, virtuosity and a wholly unique sound which few others can claim. Diabolical space metal? Prog? Jazz fusion? You decide. Welcome to the future; prepare to have your brains melted.
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – June 18, 2010 – The technical death metal band AEON, who formed in Östersund, Sweden in 1999, are pleased to release their first production video from the band’s new release Path of Fire that just dropped in the states on May 25. The video made for the track Forgiveness Denied was directed, filmed and edited by Standard Film Team Umeå HB and was shot in April in two different locations; band scenes being filmed in Östersund, Sweden and the storyline in Umeå, Sweden. Head over to MetalUnderground.com, who is hosting the exclusive premier, to check out the new video.
Guitarist Daniel Dlimi comments: “There have been a lot of scandals revealed lately, regarding priests (especially catholic ones) who have been abusing children sexually. In my world, there is nothing more innocent than a child, and the ones who abuse a child sexually will never be forgiven. In my opinion, they deserve to die a horrible, painful death. We want to dedicate this song/video to them, the filthy fucking priests who have laid a hand on a child sexually; we hate you, and want you dead.”
“In the race to create ever more brutal death (and black) metal, Aeon has wisely eased off the acceleration pedal whether they meant to or not. By slowing down and bringing more than just riffs and blasts, Aeon and has created an album that is heavy and brutal, but also listenable and enjoyable – Aeon can definitely bring the brutality” MetalUnderground.com
Managing to combine the sounds of ‘80s era first-wave thrash and ‘90s era power metal, Albany, New York’s Addicted to Pain will appeal to a wide variety of heavy metal connoisseurs. Comprised of Leo Curley (vocals, guitar), Bob Horvath (bass), and Gregory Nash (drums), it all started when Bob and Leo met in a band called Eyesore (which included a pre-Shadows Fall Jason Bittner in its ranks), before finding the missing piece to the puzzle with Gregory. But come 2010, the trio has unleashed their first-ever release – a self-titled four-song EP – which is available for purchase via iTunes, as well the group’s official site and myspace page.
And to get that extra added crunch to their sound, the boys enlisted the aid of a gentleman that was there at the dawn of the thrash metal movement, Alex Perialas. “Most amazing/draining recording experience ever,” recalls Curley. “We worked with Alex Perialas (Anthrax, S.O.D., Testament, Pro-Pain, etc.). He really pulled it out of us. It was like working in a piece of metal history – living in the band house and studio where all that happened was humbling. We had a lot to live up to.”
And it turns out that the Perialas/Addicted to Pain union has certainly reaped metallic dividends, as evidenced from all four of the EP’s tracks. But the group has specific favorites in mind. Curley – “For me it’s ‘Trust Me.’ This song was a skeleton when we brought it to Alex. He really had a lot to do with the formation of this sweet little ditty. Many vocal rewrites. All the hard work gives me a real sense of pride on this one.” Nash – “‘Here and Now,’ ‘cause it’s in 7.” Horvath – “‘Trust Me’ is brutal and ‘Abigail’ for its sound and its lyrical content.”
Addicted to Pain is also gearing up to tour the US in the fall. It won’t be long until headbangers coast to coast will get to experience this fearsome threesome head-on. Or as Curley explains the group’s live show, “Blood, sweat, and tears all over the stage!”
Ottawa technical Death Grind band Killitorous(featuring Eric Morotti from Blind Witness on drums) has released a new music for a song off their upcoming EP called: “Carving a Totem pole a top blood mountain whilst enslaving the local mountain-folk population as cattle…”
The debut EP entitled “PRETEND TO MAKE BABIES” is currently beinyg mixed and mastered with Chris Donaldson(CRYTOPSY, THE AGONIST, NEURAXIS…) and should be expected July 5th everywhere….
American progressive metallers DARK EMPIRE have announced the addition of Swedish vocalist Urban Breed (PYRAMAZE, BLOODBOUND, TAD MOROSE) to the group’s ranks. Urban replaces Jens Carlsson (PERSUADER, SAVAGE CIRCUS), who split from the band on good terms in 2008.
Commented DARK EMPIRE bandleader/guitarist Matt Moliti: “I cannot express how thrilled I am to be collaborating with Urban. His vocals have the perfect blend of power and dynamics that I think will truly take DARK EMPIRE’s music to the next level. I’m excited as hell for people to hear the material!”
Demo samples from DARK EMPIRE’s forthcoming third album, “From Refuge To Ruin”, will be posted to the band’s MySpace page in the coming weeks.
Regarding the sound of DARK EMPIRE’s new songs, Matt said, “The new material has the sound that was established on [2008’s] ‘Humanity Dethroned’, but we’ve added some new elements, such as seven-string guitars, mellotrons, and a good deal of old-school doom metal and ’70s prog-rock influence. I really think these were the missing puzzle pieces and what we’re going to present on ‘From Refuge To Ruin’ is the ultimate culmination of what I started back in 2004. We’re looking at nine songs, with two that are near or over the 10-minute mark. We’ll also be doing two covers for bonus tracks. More details on all of that to come.”
He added, “We will start recording in the fall with producer Jeremy Krull. We’re also in talks with drummers, and we should be able to make a final announcement on who will be performing on the album soon. The plans are for a spring 2011 release.”
DARK EMPIRE released its sophomore effort, “Humanity Dethroned”, in 2008 on Killzone Records.
Who Was I, the progressive brutal metal band from Melbourne, Florida, have been confirmed for Magic Circle Festival IV and will hit the main stage right after MANOWAR on July 11, 2010.
Known for their rhythmic unity, mind blowing grooves, explosive melodies and throaty lyrics Who Was I have been obliterating audiences in the US since 2005. Connections magazine boasts, “the combined talent in this band is absolutely staggering!!! Magnificently melodic, yet edgy songwriting with hints of good old American 80’s metal combined with modern metal of today.” Their appearance at Magic Circle Festval @ Metalcamp marks Who Was I’s very first concert outside the US and they are ready to take Europe by storm.
Who Was I CDs will be available at the Magic Circle Music merch booth.
Long Island, New York’s Paragon Records’ latest signing KOZELJNIK are set to unleash their second full-length Deeper The Fall this June 22nd. Hailing from Belgrade, Serbia, this malicious duo are sure to infect black metal fans across the globe with their brew of inspiring, ever-morphing product.
Running the creative gamut of black metal, each track on Deeper The Fall melds elements of savage, triumphant, depressive, antagonistic, schizophrenic, and anguished songcraft, roaming all realms of the genre, and leaving not one moment of the release to waste. Featuring members of other current Serbian acts The Stone and May Result, the pair bring on extra musicians for live performances, but otherwise mastermind these clever passages between the two of them, and bring the creative force of two bands to the table with every KOZELJNIK anthem during the recording process. Fans of Negură Bunget, S.V.E.S.T., Mayhem, Enslaved, Bergraven and Corpus Cristii should certainly be intrigued.
INTO ETERNITY'S STEVE BOLOGNESE TO DRUM FOR THRASHERS RATTLEHEAD ON U.S. TOUR WITH HEXEN
Steve Bolognese of extreme metallers INTO ETERNITY will be joining Los Angeles thrashers RATTLEHEAD on their summer “THRASHED AND DETOURED 2010” nationwide campaign alongside fellow thrash band HEXEN (OSM RECORDS).
RATTLEHEAD will be touring in support of their upcoming LP entitled “TALES FROM THE GUTTER” due out in early July 2010. Touring alongside will be HeXeN, supporting their acclaimed debut release “STATES OF INSURGENCY”
The tour will cover over 30 shows in 35 days, with select east coast dates also featuring MANTIC RITUAL (NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS):
7/9/2010 Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky a GoGo
7/10/2010 Las Vegas, NV @ Lucky Lady
7/11/2010 Phoenix, AZ @ UB’s Bar
7/12/2010 Albuquerque, NM @ Warehouse 805
7/13/2010 Ft. Worth, TX @ Rock Dogs
7/14/2010 San Antonio, @ TX Ten Eleven
7/15/2010 Austin, TX @ Headhunters
7/16/2010 Jackson, MI @ The Warehouse
7/17/2010 Longwood, FL @ Liquid Scrips
7/18/2010 New Port Richey, FL @ Bourbon Street
7/19/2010 Atlanta, GA @ Lenny’s
7/20/2010 Springfield, VA @ TBA w/ Mantic Ritual
7/21/2010 Bethlehem, PA @ Hard Bean Cafe w/ Mantic Ritual
7/22/2010 Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s Diner w/ Mantic Ritual
All recordings and mixing are now complete for the forthcoming solo album from one of metal leading keyboard maestros – Mistheria. The keyboard wizard has checked in with the following guest updates.
Mark Boals (Royal Hunt, Ring of Fire, Y. Malmsteen) has completed his recordings on the song “Eye of the Storm – Metal Opera 82”. Of course, the song sounds nothing short of awesome! With a mix between elegant melody and metal power, Mark’s vocals made the song totally captivating! After long years trying to make real our collaboration, I’m really proud to feature Mark, one of the greatest metal singers, on my new album!
Mark comments, “This song brought back fond memories of the roots of Neo-Classic Metal. I had a blast recording it, and working with Mistheria!”
Rob Rock has posted the following statement on his involvement in the album.
“Recording for Mistheria was a pleasure for me. Lies and Deception is a great song we wrote together and the song is just full of monster musicians exploding all over the place. A very interesting song to be a part of. The song is also very energizing and my vocal performance is high octane, somewhat like my Wicked Maiden (Impellitteri) and Slayer of Souls (Rob Rock) vibe in a way. A very “live” vocal take, with lots of “on the spot” ad-libbing, which added a very emotional and natural performance attitude to the song. I really like it!” – RR
Italian Bass player Alberto Rigoni (Twinspirits / solo) completes the “Dragon Fire” album line-up. Thanks to a great mixture of perfect performance and powerful rich sound, Alberto did an excellent job recording whole album with his fantastic 6-strings Elrick Bass.
The album’s personel in full is: Vocals – John West, Mark Boals, Rob Rock, Titta Tani, Lance King.
Guitars – George Bellas, Roger Staffelbach, Emir Hot, Neil Zaza
Bass – Dino Fiorenza, Alberto Rigoni
Drums – John Macaluso
Lion Music can now confirm the track listing is as follows:
01. Dragon Fire.
02. Lies and Deception.
03. Killing the pain.
04. Two of us.
05. Metal Opera (part 1): A.D. 1982.
06. Metal Opera (part 2): Eye of the storm.
07. Now it’s never.
08. Fire and Flames.
09. The Prelude of my life.
10. Chopin Fantasy.
11. The power of one.
12. The Beast.
13. A beautiful dream.
Mistheria – Dragon’s Fire will see release later in 2010.
Silence doesn’t mean inactivity: Titta Tani is the new singer of Italian progressive metallers Ashent.
The band report: After a short but intense period of transition, the new Ashent line-up is finally completed. Titta Tani (Claudio Simonetti – Daemonia, Goblin, ex DGM and ex Necrophagia) officially joins the band, replacing the bands dear friend Steve Braun.After 5 years spent together, we friendly decided to follow different musical adventures, hoping to continue to improve ourselves as men, musicians and song-writers, with honesty and genuine passion. We wish Steve all the best, in order to reach new goals with his new band. Now, we are fully focused on the next gigs and we’re continuing the composition of our 3rd album that, with reasonable certainty, will be recorded during the next fall-winter period.
Steve’s statement: “Today is a very bittersweet day for me. My Ashent family and I have regretfully decided to part ways. Due to the economic problems in the world it was getting increasing harder to get over to Italy. After quite a few discussions we decided that the only way for Ashent to move forward is for them to look for a new singer. My wife Tara and I love our Ashent family and are sad that this period has to come to an end but we love Ashent too much to let it suffer because I couldn’t be a part as much as was needed. With this being said I couldn’t be happier that Titta has joined the Ashent family. He is an awesome singer as well as a great guy. We met last May when we did a few shows together and instantly I considered him a true friend. Thank you all for the memories and most of all your love and friendship. God Bless!!!!”
Titta’s personal statement: “Ashent welcome me as a family receives a relative who has been far away for a long time: with friendship and affection. And it’s FANTASTIC. To replace such an impressive singer as Steve is a challange that cannot be undervalued, but I will give the best of myself in order to find the way into the fans’ hearts of this amazing band!”
So guys, see you at the next gigs, and stay tuned checking the official pages.