November 28, 2015
ANNIHILATOR founder/frontman Jeff Waters has checked in with a post-European tour update:
“After one hell of a successful and fun tour and new CD release, discussions are going on right now for Round 2 of the Annihilator – Europe In The Blood Tour. Nothing confirmed and we are still getting more and more offers coming in, but yes, we will likely be back to Russia, Denmark, Germany and many others that we missed in Europe on this recent run that covered three months. We will let you know when but it will likely be early 2016 Thanks to all of you who came out so far and we are working hard to bring this metal madness to everywhere else!
For touring/booking inquiries in Europe, contact our agency Seaside Touring/Thomas Kreidner. For everywhere outside Europe, contact management: email@example.com.
We might also be looking for a good metal support band. Our last tour had some pretty kick-ass bands: Harlott and Archer. This time, we would bring only one support (so we can play a longer set). Interested bands can contact management with a link to a video/info of the band at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Waters took the time to sit down with Hughes & Kettner before their gig at Luxembourg’s den Atelier venue to discuss everything from touring the world with his GrandMeister 36, to his favourite guitar amp recording techniques, plans for Annihilator album number 16, and a whole lot more.
November 27, 2015
Den Headz, GOJIRA plans to drop a new album in stores next year. Prior to that though, Listenable Records will be releasing limited edition splattered vinyl pressings of the band’s earlier releases. Each of those is set for January 25th, with the following details released in regards to pressing/color:
180 gram splatter vinyl of 500 copies in ultra transparent clear vinyl with red and orange splatter.
“From Mars To Sirius”
Limited edition 180 gram splatter double vinyl of 500 copies in ultra transparent clear vinyl with orange and white splatter.
“The Way Of All Flesh“:
Limited edition 180 gram splatter double vinyl of 500 copies in ultra transparent clear vinyl with royal blue and black splatter.
November 27, 2015
Swedish doom metal band, CANDLEMASS, is about to celebrate 30 years of doom with a brand new EP, which is scheduled for release early next year via Napalm Records. The band is now offering a first taste of the upcoming new EP HERE.
November 26, 2015
Agonia Records are proud to announce the singing of Sweden’s melodic death/doom metal band, IN MOURNING. The band is currently in studio working hard on the successor to their 2012 much-lauded offering, The Weight Of Oceans.
Hailed by many as the heir to Opeth’s melodeath throne, In Mourning was formed in the Swedish woods in the year 2000. Since then the band has evolved over the years striving to refine its sound to what it is today. April 2012 marked the release of the bands third and latest album The Weight Of Oceans, a mythology inspired conceptual story that journeys to the sea. Musically blending a broad spectrum of influences into a foundation of melodic death metal. Thrusting from doomy metal-riffs, blasting drumbeats and deep growling vocals to calm breezes of clean flowing melodies and harmonies.
After the release of The Weight Of Oceans the band parted ways with drummer Christian Netzell (also Volturyon, Spasmodic etc.) to later be joined by former Katatonia drummer Daniel Liljekvist. Now hitting the recording studio with new spark in late 2015 to write a new chapter together with Polish record label Agonia Records.
On the new deal and upcoming album, In Mourning commented:
“We’re signing to Agonia Records for this new record that we’re currently recording. It all feels really good, we get good vibes from the people at Agonia and the label has some of our friends on their roster as well as a lot of other good music. We’re in good company and we have some good things cooking.
“The new record brings some new elements to the band, which feels good. First of all we are super stoked to have Daniel Liljekvist with us behind the drums, he has brought a whole new vibe to the band and brings both new kinds of dynamics as well as new kinds of power to the music. We’re also recording with Jonas Martinsson who is handling the studio engineering, which as well will bring new elements to the sound of the record.
“Drums are recorded and they sound awesome. We’ve begun tracking guitars and we’re somewhere in the middle of recording rhythm guitars right now. We won’t reveal much more at this point but we can promise that more news will follow soon, keep your eyes peeled and check our online pages now and then.”
November 25, 2015
Swedish/Canadian heavy metal band ASSASSIN’S BLADE has signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records.
The band was formed in 2014 by singer Jacques Bélanger (ex-Exciter), guitarist David Stranderud (Instigator, ex-Portrait, ex-Trap, ex-Devil Lee Rot, ex-Autopsy Torment) and bass player Peter Svensson (Void Moon, ex-Cult Of The Fox, ex-Trap). In 2015, drummer Marcus Rosenkvist (Void Moon, ex-Indemnity) joined the band. The debut album is entitled Agents Of Mystification and will be released in 2016.
Band statement: “Assassin’s Blade is proud to sign with Pure Steel Records and we are looking forward to work with one of the most renowned underground labels in the world.”
Jacques Bélanger – vocals
David Stranderud – guitars
Peter Svensson – bass
Marcus Rosenkvist – drums
November 25, 2015
Spain’s BIZARRE has signed with Xtreem Music for the release of their upcoming debut mini CD as well as future albums.
Formed in summer 2015, Bizarre features members Evilead (Elderdawn), Funedëim (Famishgod, Dis Gob), Uretra (Onirophagus) and Obszen (Kuroi Oni). The band recently recorded a demo-track of the song “Moldy and Decomposed” that will be included on 5-song debut EP “Inner Necropolis” to be recorded in January 2016 at famous Moontower Studios in Barcelona, with artwork done by Raúl González.
Xtreem Music comments:”The style of Bizarre is a totally old school driven death metal that blends brutality and melody in equal parts and firmly rooted in the early 90’s Finnish scene with influences from bands like Adramelech, Demigod, Demilich, Cartilage… but adding some extra touches from bands like Anasarca, Intestine Baalism, and Grave.”
November 25, 2015
MEGADETH’s 12-inch single, “The Threat Is Real”, will be released this week as part of Record Store Day’s annual Black Friday bonanza. The effort will include the title track and a cover of FEAR’s “Foreign Policy”, both of which are taken from MEGADETH’s forthcoming fifteenth studio album, “Dystopia”.
“The Threat Is Real” is now available for streaming below.
Now in its eighth year, Record Store Day is an annual day-long celebration of record store culture taking place on the third Saturday in April, with an annual Black Friday event occurring the day after Thanksgiving. This year, RSD has named Dave Grohl as Record Store Day Ambassador 2015.
For more information, visit http://www.recordstoreday.com.
“Dystopia” will be released on January 22, 2016. The follow-up to 2013’s “Super Collider” was recorded earlier in the year in Nashville, Tennessee and was produced by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. The CD was mixed by Josh Wilbur, who has previously worked with LAMB OF GOD, ALL THAT REMAINS and GOJIRA.
“Dystopia” marks the recording debut of MEGADETH’s new lineup, featuring founding members Mustaine (guitar, vocals) and David Ellefson (bass) alongside LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler and Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA.
“Dystopia” final track listing:
01. The Threat Is Real
03. Fatal Illusion
04. Death From Within
05. Bullet To The Brain
06. Post American World
07. Poisonous Shadows
08. Look Who’s Talking (iTunes bonus track)
09. Conquer Or Die
10. Lying In State
11. The Emperor
12. Last Dying Wish (iTunes bonus track)
13. Foreign Policy (FEAR cover)
November 25, 2015
AVERSIONS CROWN will tour Europe in early 2016. Rings Of Saturn and A Night In Texas will be along in support. Here is the confirmed schedule:
1/09 Wolfsburg, GER @ Juha Ost
1/09 Antwerp, BEL @ Kavka
1/10 Lille, FRA @ La Peniche
1/11 Bournemouth, UK @ The Anvil
1/12 Glasgow, UK @ Ivory Blacks
1/13 Birmingham, UK @ Rainbow
1/14 Plymouth, UK @ The Hub
1/15 London, UK @ Boston Music Rooms
1/16 Sittard, NET @ Volt
1/17 Trier, GER @ Ex-Haus
1/18 Berlin, GER @ Music un Frieden
1/19 Hamburg, GER @ Hafenklang
1/20 Oberhausen, GER @ Kulttempel
1/21 Frankfurt, GER @ Elfer
1/22 Karlsruhe, GER @ Die Stadtmitte
1/23 Dessau, GER @ Beat Club
1/24 Prague, CZE @ Chapeau Rouge
1/25 Graz, AUT @ Explosiv
1/26 Budapest, HUN @ Durer Kert
1/27 Wien, AUT @ Viper Room
1/28 Florence, ITA @ Cycle Club
1/29 Vicenza, ITA @ CS Bocciodromo
1/30 Milano, ITA @ Circolo Svolta
1/31 Lyon, FRA @ La Marquise
2/01 Paris, FRA @ Gibus Live
2/02 Aarau, SWI @ Kiff
2/03 Munchen, GER @ Backstage
November 24, 2015
Vancouver, BC-based heavy metal/stoner rockers, BLACK WIZARD, will release their new album, New Waste, on January 29th via Listenable Records.
Black Wizard formed in 2009 between four high school friends. Founding members Adam Grant and Eugene Parkomenko, still in the original lineup, were both working a shitty construction job at the time, cranking the likes of Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Witch, Electric Wizard as loud as possible to get through the day on site.
Black Wizard is now releasing their brand new record, New Waste, and will be touring the US and Europe again in the next six months.
“Laughing and Lost”
November 24, 2015
Swedish black metal masters DARK FUNERAL are now preparing the release of their next studio album. Mastermind Lord Ahriman comments:
“Cold winds are blowing over Scandinavia and the winter will arrive very soon. The world is bleak and dark days await. During the past months we have been forging the foundation of what will become the new Dark Funeral album.
“Music and lyrics are falling in place, piece by piece. The actual plan for the release is also slowly taking shape and everything has finally started to move. We aim to hit the studio in early 2016 and to have the actual album in your hands during the first half of the year! More info to follow…”
This upcoming 2016 Dark Funeral album will follow the 2009 full-length release “Angelus Exuro pro Eternus”.