Former DIMMU BORGIR and current BORKNAGAR member ICS Vortex (real name: Simen Hestnæs) will handle the lead vocals on the upcoming debut album from GOD OF ATHEISTS, the Norwegian extreme metal project led byAsgeir Mickelson (SARKE, SPIRAL ARCHITECT, BORKNAGAR,TESTAMENT). Drums on the CD were recorded by Trym (EMPEROR,ZYKLON, ENSLAVED), while the rhythm guitars were laid down byMickelson.
Commented Asgeir: "GOD OF ATHEISTS is the extreme metal project which I wrote most of the music for in 2008. One song were originally written forBORKNAGAR back in 2004, but was never finished, so I rewrote it and it's now way too brutal for BORKNAGAR's style. The overall style is kind of 'Norwegian black metal done death metal.' It's brutal but also very melodic.
"Digital Trap Box", the new song from the Italian thrash metaller Penthagon, can be streamed below. The song comes off new self titled album, "Penthagon", which will be released before the end of February 2012 via Punishment 18 Records.
On November 18, members from high profile Norwegian metal bands, including DARKTHRONE, SATYRICON and TAAKE, will take part in a live show called "Algir - Støttekonsert For Jonas R. Christiansen", at Bergen's prime rock venue, Garage. The aim? Raise awareness for colon cancer. In addition, HELHEIM, GRAVDAL and SLAVIA themselves will perform in order to help raise funds and provide 31-year-old Jonas Christiansen with a chance to fight the disease.
Diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year, the SLAVIA vocalist has gone through conventional treatment at Norwegian hospital Haukeland in Bergen but the prognosis has remained the same. After much deliberation amongst Jonas, friends and N.I.F.A.B. (Norwegian Institute For Alternative Treatment), Danish International Clinic for Cancer Treatment Humlegaarden was picked as the best place to help extend Christiansen's life. By arranging this live show, the organizers hope to raise enough money for Jonas to get additional treatment aside that which he has already received at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen.
Born and brought up in Kongsberg in the Eighties, Jonas Christiansen put his original band SLAVIA on hiatus and moved to Oslo to concentrate on Moonfog Productions' newly-signed band DISIPLIN in 2003. While their self-titled debut album quickly shot them onto the national and international stratosphere through their contagious, mid-tempo riffs intermittently layered around chilly black metal blast beats, it was their second album, "Anti-Life", that saw the Norwegian ensemble truly owning their musical skills. As DISIPLIN went through a variety of personnel changes in 2005, Christiansen moved back to Bergen and resurrected his original project SLAVIA which released debut album, "Strength And Vision", through Drakkar in 2007. A third album is planned to be released in early 2012 if Jonas's health improves.
If you cannot make this show, you can also help Jonas Christensen by donating to the Jonas R. Christiansen's fund here.
"Algir - Støttekonsert For Jonas R. Christiansen" participating artists:
Guitarist/vocalist Rob Urbinati of Canadian thrash metal band SACRIFICE has issued the following update:
"Earlier this week, I got a call from none other than Eric Ratz, who engineered our 'Apocalypse Inside' album. He is presently recording the new album from Toronto band CANCER BATS, who invited me down to do a guest spot. Friday night we got together and put some vocals on the awesome track 'R.A.T.S'.
"To the guys in CANCER BATS, and Eric, good luck with the rest of the recording. See you soon."
The cover artwork for "...In Unholy Mourning...", the fifth album from Brazilian thrashers HEADHUNTER D.C., was created by the Spanish artist Juanjo Castellano, who has previously worked with VOMITORY, NOMINON, SATHANAS, ANAL VOMIT and BLASPHERIAN, among others.
Commented HEADHUNTER D.C. singer Sérgio "Baloff" Borges: "We are very pleased with the excellent job done by Mr. Juanjo Castellano, a real masterpiece, no doubt about it! He just managed to absorb the context behind the album title, creating the visual atmosphere we were looking for and really needed for the album cover. The guy kills! This is one of our best covers, definitely!"
"...In Unholy Mourning..." will be released before the end of the year in South America through a partnership between Eternal Hatred Records and Mutilation Records.
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