According to a Facebook posting from Matte Modin (DARK FUNERAL, INFERNAL, DEFLESHED), Swedish guitarist David Parland (NECROPHOBIC, DARK FUNERAL, INFERNAL) died on March 19 at the age of 42. No cause of death has yet been revealed.
A founding member of the Swedish melodic death metal band NECROPHOBIC, Parland later went on to start DARK FUNERAL and make a melodic and essentialist version of black metal that later worked more occult heavy metal into the mix. After that, he joined INFERNAL and developed their unique style of intensely violent music.
Guitarist Lord Ahriman (Mikael Svanberg) of Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL has posted the following message regarding the passing of his former bandmate, Swedish guitarist David Parland (pictured below; NECROPHOBIC, DARK FUNERAL, INFERNAL):
"A couple of days ago I was reached by the terrible news that my old brother David 'Blackmoon' Parland had passed away and entered the eternal fire once and for all. It's taken me a few days to grasp it all. And it still hurts a lot to even think to talk about it.
"During the last couple of weeks, I was in close contact with David. He was going through an extremely difficult time of life, whereof he contacted me to ask for my help.
"Even though the two of us had a bit of a complicated relationship over the years (much excessive in the media though), he knew that he could ALWAYS call or visit me when needed, which he also did once in a while.
"Last time I talked to him was when he called me on March 15. From what I could understand, things were going in the right direction. I also had some very good news for him, which he was very happy to hear about. What happened after that I simply can't understand. And I cant understand WHY he didn't call me (again).
"So close, so fucking close to get back on track, brother.
"You will be missed deeply! May you reign forever and ever in the eternal hellfire.
German death metallers LAY DOWN ROTTEN has inked a deal with Apostasy Records. The band's new album will be released before the end of the year.
Commented the band: "After it was quiet for quite a long time with LAY DOWN ROTTEN, we can finally spread some news again!
"First, we want to announce that we have signed a new label deal with Apostasy Records! We are really looking forward to working together with Tomasz and Co. to finish a new album as soon as possible then, we are naturally working at full stretch on new songs now. It should also not be unmentioned that our drummer Timo [Claas] has pulled off some new endorsement deals. Thus he is now very well equipped by Cube drums, Samsun cymbals and Ice sticks!
"And finally, you can still visit us live, of course. A few new shows are already confirmed. Some other will certainly follow for this year!"
Austrian death/ black metal metallers BELPHEGOR have pushed back the release date of their new album to early 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2011's "Blood Magick Necromance" was recorded in part at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, MORBID ANGEL, CANNIBAL CORPSE).
Commented BELPHEGOR founding member, guitarist and vocalist Helmuth Lehner: "Drums, bass and guitars are all tracked. It sounds brutal, more aggressive and more death than what was heard on the last LPs. The soundwall is massive just as expected. Thanks to Erik Rutan for the extra motivation and forcing us to nail down tight-as-fukk performances. Furthermore, I am set to lay down the vocals in June/July, the mixdown and mastering will be done in September.
"A tough call, but it was the best for the record to decide to delay the release date again, to unleash the album in early 2014.
"Eternal Defiance", the new album from German melodic folk/death metallers SUIDAKRA, will be released on May 24 via AFM Records. The cover artwork was created by Kris Verwimp.
01. Storming The Walls
02. Inner Sanctum
03. Beneath The Red Eagle
04. March Of Conquest
05. Pair Dadeni
06. The Mindsong
07. Rage For Revenge
08. Dragons Head
09. Defiant Dreams
10. Damnatio Memoriae
11. Mrs Mcgrath (bonus track)
Commented SUIDAKRA singer Arkadius Antonik: "As on the previous two releases, it will be a concept album again, created by [famous Belgian graphic artist] Kris Verwimp in cooperation with us. Our new concept includes a lot of new elements and suprises which will be reflected in the music as well."
Gorath - Apokálypsis (Unveiling The Age That Is Not To Come) was officially released on cd in 2011 through Twilight Vertrieb. Since Gorath will be officially buried on April 27th ConSouling Sounds decided to release this album on vinyl.
Concept: about the Apocalypse of John. Many have tried to interpret these visions, but very few have managed to look beyond the madness, beyond the deceit of the false "God" that so many weaklings worship. Those desperate fools who put their faith and hope in the final judgement by their "God" are up for an unpleasant revelation, for He is not who He claims to be. Cursed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy and doomed are those who hear and who keep what is written therein...
The vinyl will be limited to 250 copies. Official release date May 3rd.
Last week, the Norwegian Thrash Metallers from CRITICAL SOLUTION announced the special appearances of Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) and Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) on their upcoming album. This week, the band reveals the full details for this debut full-lenght.
CRITICAL SOLUTION's debut CD is titled "EVIL NEVER DIES" and the release date has been set for May 16, 2013.
This debut full-lenght is a concept album and tells the story of Wallace Green: Wallace and his company are sailing to Sad Hill, where he assasinates the king, with his own life to follow. After Wallace's death, he makes a deal with the devil to live again and becomes the Soulmaker. He does his evil agenda and spreads terror across the world ....
The band recorded again in ANDY LA ROCQUE's SONIC TRAIN STUDIOS in Varberg, Sweden. Mid 2011, the band worked already with Andy La Rocque, when he produced and mixed their EP "Evidence of Things Unseen". Also, this time, Andy La Rocque is responsible for the production, recording, mixing and mastering of this album.
Vocalist/Guitarist Christer Slettebø about the whole experience: "To release this album is absolutely amazing! One of many dreams is coming true for us. Also to be so honored to have both Whitfield Crane and Andy LaRocque on the album as guests, well its fuckin' rad! So it is great to finally get the album out and we hope people will like it!"
Italian death metal acts PULVIS ET UMBRA decided to part away from Rising Records /Plastichead due to working inability of the label itself and joined the roster of ABWESEND Records which will schedule an exclusive GSA release (Germany/Switzerland/Austria) on April 5 for band's debut album "Reaching The End" in cooperation with German promoter GORDEON MUSIC.
Spanish thrashers RANCOR have signed a deal with Xtreem Music for the immediate release of their sophomore album "Dark Future" which was recorded during the last months of 2012 by the band themselves under the production of their guitarist Vasco Durán being mixed and mastered at Rock Lab Studios by Dan Díez.
In March 2nd, the band released a mini CD entitled "Raining Bombs" containing an unreleased song from the same sessions as well as an album track ("Dark Future") plus two old re-recorded song. This EP is exclusively sold only through the band on their official website and live shows.
"Dark Future" contains 9 slabs of intense Thrash Metal in its purest form, blending aggressive riffing with a great sense of melody creating memorable songs dragging varied influences that might remind you to bands like MORTAL SIN, OVER KILL, SLAYER, old METALLICA, TESTAMENT, early ANNIHILATOR and the Bay Area sound. Album cover art has been made by comic artist Vito Sicilia, who did an awesome job which for sure is a plus for this brilliant album.
RANCOR is already working on upcoming shows to present "Dark Future", some of them supporting (again) UK's legend ONSLAUGHT.
Release date for "Dark Future" is scheduled for April 15th. You can visit the band's official website or their Facebook and listen to an advance song below.
Deathbound Records announced that Woccon's The Wither Fields EP will be available on March 26th! This is a very limited and numbered pressing [250 copies only] with an exclusive bonus track (Sea of Trees) only available on the CD Edition. The Wither Fields contains over 40 minutes of material with 3 previously unreleased tracks from one of the most promising bands in extreme metal. This limited edition is bound to become a collectors item and will only be available through Deathbound Records, Woccon [catch them on Facebook or on tour] and Profusion Le Metalstore [Montreal, Canada]. The album will also be available through digital outlets on March 26th!
01. Our Ashes (7:08)
02. Shattered Mirrors (6:42)
03. Lament (5:55)
04. A Failing Devotion (6:48)
01. Solitary Pressure [Bonus Track] (4:34)
02. Bereavement [Bonus Track] (5:10)
03. Sea of Trees [Bonus Track] (5:17)*
*Only available on the Physical Edition of The Wither Fields EP
Munich, Germany-based epic black metallers SYCRONOMICA will release their new mini-CD, "Neverest", on April 2 via Nocturnal Empire Productions.
02. Jukai - Das Meer aus Bäumen
03. Intro *
04. Durch das Geäst *
05. Fever Dreams *
06. Painful Grieving *
07. Neverest (video)
* Demo 1998
The "Neverest" video was filmed in April 2012 at the Ragnarök festival in Germany by Felix Opahle and Wolfgang Lanzenberger and it features additional original footage from Bavarian alps and the Himalayan mountains. The track was recorded in October 2011 at SOS Studios in Munich by Michael Zech (SECRETS OF THE MOON, ex-NEGURA BUNGET).
Dutch melodic death metal band Curse Of The Forgotten have signed Aural Music Group/Wormholedeath.
Wormholedeath will release their massive debut album titled "Building the palace" worldwide through Aural Music Group/Wormholedeath Japan. The album was produced, recorded, and mixed at Realsound Studio (Italy) by Wahoomi Corvi then mastered by Christian Donaldoson in Canada.
Release date is due during 2013, still to be scheduled. You can stream the album below.The whole band together stated :"We are honored and very fortunate to say that we have signed with the record label WormHoleDeath. It is great that they are just as enthusiastic as we are to make this a good partnership. Our new album Building the Palace is in good hands. Working with WormHoleDeath in Realsound studio proved that they really understand our music, that was very important for us. "
A&R "Worm" stated:"Curse of the forgotten are a very young and talented band from one of my favourite countries: Holland. Usually we don't sign bands formed by young guys here at Wormholedeath, and they know it, but in this case we had to make an exception since those guys are professional and serious. We have been working hard with them and Realsound to help to realize their ideas. The album came out just amazing and we are also happy with the visual concept of the band as well. From now on we will be working to convince the skeptical music business that Curse Of The Forgotten are true and not just another drop of water in the ocean. Yes, we will be building the palace slowly but relentlessy."
RESONANCE ROOM have just released their new album "Untouchable Failure" and My Kingdom Music offers it available for streaming from their Bandcamp page. The same album is available for purchase and digital download on the same page.
Exence has finally revealed the tracklist for their forthcoming new album Tabula Rasa. The album was mixed at the 16th Cellars Studios by Stefano Marbito. Tabula Rasa will be released to the stores coming May 2013 by Punihsment 18 Records.
Chilean Deathmetallers DEATH VOMIT have inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of their debut album which is actually being recorded for a summer release both on CD & vinyl format.
DEATH VOMIT was born in 2011 in the city of Curico (Chile) by Azazzel (guitar/ vocals) and Evil Escorzized (drums) influenced by ancient beasts with a grotesque, putrid and devastating sound in the vein of classic bands like Megaslaughter, Purtenance, Cancer, Merciless, Carbonized... recording their debut demo "Infestation" in 2012, released only on cassette format. Later on, bass player Tom "evil" Hill, who already played on the demo, joined the band as permanent member, followed by Sebastián Salce (guitar) as well, completing the line up and starting to create new tunes of the most violent and perverse Death/ Thrash for their debut album.
At the moment the band don't have any official website since they consider it doesn't fit on the band's philosophy and so far the only way to contact them is through Xtreem Music. You can listen to the entire "Infestation" demo 2012 below.
My Kingdom Music announced that the Norwegian Apocalyptic Black Metal force REVELATION'S HAMMER have been signed for the release of their self-titled debut album.
With their unique and impressive sound of dark, epic and powerful black metal, the album is expected to be considered as one of the "the next big things" within the Scandinavian Black Metal movement. With a modern, but yet old-school piece of art, REVELATION'S HAMMER is ready to claim their throne within the extreme music scene and will definitely hook you up with their intense way of performing the black arts. Epic song structures, devastating and hateful vocals, ultrafast tremolo riffing, hellish drums of another dimension and a apocalyptic atmosphere that really brings forward a true sense of doom.
The throat and strings is managed by the bands' mastermind ACCUSER while their heavy battery is performed by MYRVOLL from Norwegian NIDINGR. The album is mixed by Børge Finstad at infamous Toproom Studio (MAYHEM, BORKNAGAR) and mastered by legendary Peter In de Betou (WATAIN, DIMMU BORGIR, DARK FUNERAL). EXILIS from TROLL appears as a guest musician on some of the tracks.
The artwork is put together by Portuguese Ricardo Fernandes and is a truly amazing collage built upon a carefully chosen collection of (anti)religious paintings that reflects the band's conception. REVELATION'S HAMMER debut album is scheduled for release on June 3rd, 2013 through My Kingdom Music.