Midwest black metal behemoths STONEHAVEN are set to unearth their second full-length offering through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions on April 20, 2012. Entitled Concerning Old-Strife And Man Banes, the album was recorded and mixed at Massive Sound Studios in Kansas City by Corey White and mastered by Mike Nolte.
The cover art -- a scene meant as a direct correlation to the mood of the record -- was crafted by the band's own Caleb May and depicts late 10th century King Olaf Trygvason of Norway and his men at the Godey Isles, torturing Raud the Strong. According to text, Raud was a priest of the local Scandinavian pagan religion, and had refused to convert to Christianity at the point of King Olaf's sword. Seizing him from his bed at night, they dragged him outside, where Raud refused conversion once more. The king decided he should die the worst of ways publicly to set an example. Thus, Raud was held down and after many attempts -- including the use of a drinking horn and hot poker -- he was forced to swallow a snake. The title in turn is meant to resemble the tongue-in-cheek chapter titles of many Icelandic Sagas. Two kennings are used, old-strife (representing historical woes) and man-banes (swords). Kennings are a type of old Scandinavian figure of speech found in Sagas and other writing.
"We pride ourselves on our theme and style," commented the band in a collective statement. "Our album is the end product of years of hard work. It captures the horrors of old world Europe: atrocity, murder, and Norse Heathenism. From aggressive black metal riffs to magnificent Viking melodies, Concerning Old-Strife And Man-Banes encapsulates a journey into the terrifying past of our ancestors."
Click here to watch "Dilated Disappointment", the new video from Charlotte, North Carolina-based metallers WRETCHED.
The song, which is now available on iTunes and AmazonMP3, comes off the band's third full-length album, "Son Of Perdition", which is scheduled for a March 27 release via Victory Records. The CD was produced by Jamie King (BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, HE IS LEGEND, FOR TODAY) at The Basement Studio in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
02. Imminent Growth
03. At The First Sign Of Rust
04. Dilated Disappointment
05. Repeat? The End Is Near
06. Dreams Of Chaos
07. The Stellar Sunset Of Evolution Pt. 1 (The Silence)
08. The Stellar Sunset Of Evolution Pt. 2 (The Rise)
09. The Stellar Sunset Of Evolution Pt. 3 (The Son Of Perdition)
"I Am Colossus", a brand new song from Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH, is available for streaming and free download at the Scion Audio Visual web site. The track comes off the band's new album, "Koloss", which will be released in Germany on March 23 and the rest of Europe on March 26 (March 27 in North America) as a CD digi, limited-edition Magic Cube (CD digi plus DVD exclusive to Nuclear Blast mail order) and two-LP brown vinyl via Nuclear Blast Records.
German thrash metal veterans KREATOR revealed the cover artwork of the limited edition of the band's upcoming album, "Phantom Antichrist". The limited edition will be made available as two-disc digipack, including a bonus DVD.
"Phantom Antichrist" will be released on June 1 in Europe and June 5 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with renowned producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK, DEVIN TOWNSEND, AMON AMARTH).
The cover artwork for the standard edition of "Phantom Antichrist" was created by Wes Benscoter (SLAYER, DIO, BLACK SABBATH) and can be seen below.
KREATOR will release a seven-inch single containing the "Phantom Antichrist" title track on April 20. The collector's item will be available in colored red vinyl (limited to 250 pieces) as well as in clear vinyl (limited to 250 pieces, exclusively available at the Nuclear Blast mailorder).
KREATOR has selected Poland's Grupa 13 (BEHEMOTH, ELUVEITIE, SONATA ARCTICA, DECAPITATED) to helm the video for the title track of their forthcoming album, "Phantom Antichrist".
Source: Blabbermouth.net - Band Photo by Stefan Heilemann of Heilemania
Veteran female-fronted German thrashers HOLY MOSES will release the "30th Anniversary - In The Power Of Now" double album on April 30 in Germany, April 23 in the rest of Europe and early May in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The CD contains re-recorded versions of 20 of the most important songs in HOLY MOSES' 30-year catalog along with two brand new tracks.
01. Clash My Soul (02:36)
02. Jungle Of Lies (03:46)
03. Finished With The Dogs (02:29)
04. Symbol Of Spirit (03:42)
05. World Chaos (03:12)
06. SSP (03:40)
07. Borderland (03:27) (brand new song)
08. Lost In The Maze (05:51)
09. Walpurgisnight (02:58)
10. Welcome To The Real World (03:31)
11. Near Dark (05:30)
01. Reborn Dogs (03:50)
02. DefCon II (04:26)
03. I Feel Sick (03:48)
04. Nothing For My Mum (03:51)
05. Disorder Of The Order (04:14)
06. Corroded Dreams (04:04)
07. Entering The Now (03:40) (brand new song)
08. Creation Of Violation (03:56)
09. Panic (03:13)
10. Decapitated Minds (03:40)
11. Master Of Disaster (03:45)
A snippet of the new song "Borderland" can be streamed below:
Click here to watch "H.I.V." (Heretic Infected Voracious), the new video from Italian technical death metallers GORY BLISTER. It comes off the band's long-awaited new album, "Earth-Sick", which will be released on April 23 via Bakerteam Records. The clip was directed and filmed by Positivecrew (Francesco Faicchia and Massimo Graglia).
CARACH ANGREN have named their forthcoming album "Where The Corpses Sink Forever". Here are the cover artwork and tracklisting of the Dutch symphonic act's third album, slated for a May 18th release via Season Of Mist (North America TBA).
01. An Ominous Recording
02. Lingering in an Imprint Haunting
03. Bitte tötet mich
04. The Funerary Dirge of a Violinist
05. Sir John
06. Spectral Infantry Battalions
07. General Nightmare
08. Little Hector what Have You Done?
09. These Fields Are Lurking (Seven Pairs of Demon Eyes)
Season of Mist announced that French black metallers HELL MILITIA just joined the ranks of the Underground Activists division.
"Hell Militia are really enthusiastic about that new signing with SOM. We join many of our comrades and have known some of the SOM guys for quite a long time so it had to happen someday. There has been a lot of work on the new album, and it was composed in a very special way, far from everything, and even now we are still hard at work on the mix. We can't wait to have the final result in our fucking hands, for sure the sickest opus of Hell Militia. A small animal suffocated by mean children. Hallelujah Motherfuckers!"
The band's third full-length, which title is yet to be unveiled, should hit the stores later this year.
Click here to watch Gothic/Doom metallers Valkiria's video for the song 'Sunrise'.
Also a "making of" the new album 'Here The Day Comes' can be watched below.
A dark journey between life and death, Here The Day Comes features Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre) on drums, adding a deeper edge to the dreamy and melancholic feeling that pervades each one of these seven gems. The album was recorded at Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy, by Giuseppe Orlando himself and has been mastered by Jens Bogren (Paradise Lost, Opeth, Katatonia) at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden. 'Here The Day Comes' will be released April 16th on Bakerteam Records. Follow www.bakerteamrecords.com and www.valkiria.it for more news.