Finnish melodic deathsters INSOMNIUM have begun recording their eighth studio album for a fall 2019 release. Drums are being nailed at SF Studio with engineer Kimmo Perkkiö. Work will then continue at Teemu Aalto Music Productions in Kotka. Jens Bogren will handle the mix at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.
Comments guitarist Markus Vanhala: "Again, when the days grew darker and the nights became colder, our path led into the dark. We checked in to our traditional forest cabin HQ in the southern Finland for a new material rehearsal camp and (un)reality-check. We came out with 10-ish songs full of that good ol' Finnish melancholy, sorrow and misery and now it's time to wrap it all on tape for you peeps to hear 'em. Cannot wait to start the studio process and let the creative processes go up-and-down again!"
New York-based death metal band SUFFOCATION and death/black metal band BELPHEGOR have teamed up for a co-headlining tour across Europe in April 2019. Support will come from GOD DETHRONED, NORDJEVEL and DARKRISE.
Indian-based underground label Transcending Obscurity Records has launched its sampler for 2019 consisting of 50 songs that you can get for free or by paying what you want. You can check out all this new stuff by the label via the Bandcamp player below.
Label owner Kunal Choksi stated: "This is our most ambitious sampler yet. It includes many new signings that we've worked hard on and which we hope you will enjoy. These are but songs off some very good albums to serve as a microcosm for what's to come. It's going to be our biggest year without a shadow of a doubt. Like before, it starts off with the focus on death metal and grind, then to some very selected black metal and lastly, slowing things down in style with some expansive doom metal from all over. Each band brings its own sound to the sampler, further enhancing the overall appeal of what we're striving to achieve with the label, working with variety and depth culled from the underground and taking it higher. The keyword here is 'emerge' and if any of these acts get better noticed after we're done with it, our purpose will have been achieved.
"This is a pay-what-you-want compilation and any amount that is donated will be used towards the making of the upcoming hoodies and merch which has the fantastic front and back artwork exclusively created by the Italian designer View From The Coffin. We will also be looking forward to upgrading our packaging and offering more goodies with these artworks in the new year."
Death metal band Incantation announces the 'Siege Of The Profane headlining European tour' throughout early spring, 2019. Support will be provided by Defeated Sanity and Skinned. The list of confirmed dates is available below.
After more than three years since their last opus, Zloslut strikes back with a third full-length entitled Sahar. Set to be released late January/early February via Polish label Morbid Chapel Records.
7 tracks, 52 minutes. A cornerstone, a monolith. Inside, outside, re(de)formed. Folded, twisted, bands art outlines shifted.
Agnarion - vocals
Yersinestis - guitars, synth/effects
Inomatanas - bass
Nav - drums
Session drums on this release handled by Blastum (Ritualization, Merrimack, Aosoth, Antaeus).
Recorded in "Svesnost", "Hybreed", and "MARK" studios, August/September 2018.
Mighty Music has announced the signing of the Norwegian death metal band BLOOD RED THRONE. The band's new full-length album, titled "Fit To Kill", will be released in late spring.
BLOOD RED THRONE's guitar player, founder and mastermind Daniel "Død" Olaisen says: "2018 was a quiet year for us. Now, we start 2019 by joining forces with our Scandinavian friends in Mighty Music record label that will release our ninth album, 'Fit To Kill', this spring. We have several live shows comin' up and we're ready as fuck to take back the 'Throne.'"
U.K.-based blackened death metal band HECATE ENTHRONED will release "Embrace Of The Godless Aeon", its first album in five years (and its debut for new label M-Theory Audio), on January 25. The LP which features cover artwork by Nestor Avalos (BLOODBATH, ROTTING CHRIST, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) can be pre-ordered now!
Florida-based death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE have recruited Erik Rutan to fill in for guitarist Pat O'Brien on the band's upcoming tours. Rutan will appear live with the band for the "Decibel Magazine Tour" and the upcoming U.S. leg of SLAYER's final tour happening this May alongside LAMB OF GOD and AMON AMARTH.
O'Brien was arrested on December 10 on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault. Deputies say he burglarized a house and charged at a deputy with a knife.
O'Brien allegedly broke into a Northdale, Florida home and shouted that "the rapture is coming" before pushing a woman to the ground. He ran toward a responding deputy with a knife and was subdued with a stun gun.
Less than half a mile from where O'Brien was arrested, a fire broke out at the house he was renting, sending flames billowing into the night sky from the roof. Fire marshals found a large cache of weapon, locked safes and potential explosive devices inside O'Brien's home.O'Brien was released from Hillsborough County jail on December 14, after posting a $50,000 surety bond.
PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, the project led by the former PANTERA and current DOWN/SUPERJOINT frontman, has announced the addition of former CATTLE DECAPITATION bassist/current SCOUR guitarist Derek Engemann to the group's squad. Engemann who takes the place of bass player Walter Howard (GRIEVED, OPPRESSIVE FORCE, VAGINAL BEAR TRAP) will make his live debut with THE ILLEGALS beginning next week on the band's Latin American tour where the band will perform ILLEGALS tracks alongside a selection of PANTERA hits.
Comments Anselmo of the new addition: "Derek is a brother; he's solid, driven, and talented. It's awesome to have him on board and I look forward to jamming and writing with him. We're lucky to have him."
Adds Engemann: "I'm very excited to share the stage with THE ILLEGALS! It's also truly an honour to pay such a great tribute to Dime and Vinnie!"