Today, NEUROSIS has made an official band statement:
As of today, after much thought and discussion, visual projections as we have presented them over the last 20 years will no longer be part of Neurosis live shows.
We are going to begin the process of reinventing our live presentation. This process will begin at zero, allowing the music to speak for itself and lead us where it may. Whatever form or however long this may take is unknown.
This also signals a parting of the ways with our visual artist of the last twelve years, Josh Graham. Joshs tireless work and talent came at a time when we really needed it and carried us gracefully into the video age with original content we couldnt have dreamed of when we were just starting out. Our parting comes from a place of mutual respect, friendship and understanding. We all agree that this is a step Neurosis has to take and are open to working together on specific projects in the future. We wish him success and the best of luck with all of his own musical endeavors and artistic passions.
In conjunction with this release, Josh Graham issued the following statement:
For us all, time for change has come. The friendships and body of work that have spawned from our time together will live on as we move forward. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Neurosis over the last 12 years.
As the crossroads are upon us, and we feel that the pinnacle of our collaborative efforts have been reached; we now look toward our individual futures with support and encouragement. Constant reinvention is at the heart and soul of us all, and we will all continue to persevere.
Despite the larger picture winding down as we move on in our own directions, we will continue to work together on specific legacy projects including reissues and possibly more if/when the right projects come up.
Finnish SONS OF AEON (feat. current and former members of GHOST BRIGADE, SWALLOW THE SUN, ENDSTAND and CODE FOR SILENCE) have revealed the first track off their forthcoming 'selftitled' Lifeforce Records debut.
Swedish thrashers MASSDISTRACTION have inked with Mighty Music. The band's debut album, "Follow The Rats", will be released on January 28, 2013. The critically acclaimed CD was issued in Sweden in August and will now be made available in the rest of Europe.
MASSDISTRACTION was founded by the end of 2007 by guitarist Jon Hjalmarsson and his brother Per. The underwent a number of lineup changes before arriving at the current formation, consisting of guitarists Jon Hjalmarsson and Ali Nassadjpoor, drummer David Larsson, bassist Kalle Möllerström and vocalist Mikkjal G. Hansen.
Known as an energetic live act that tears the stage apart, MASSDISTRACTION has opened for such bands as HATESPHERE, MNEMIC and RAISED FIST. They were named the best unsigned metal band in southern Sweden 2011 in the competition "Released Live And Unsigned" by a jury consisting of people from Sweden Rock Festival, Jägermeister and Warner Music.
Without even having a record deal at the time, the band entered the studio in the fall of 2011 to record "Follow The Rats", with Hjalmarsson acting as producer, engineer and mixer. The CD was recorded and mixed over a six-month period and was mastered byDragan Tanaskovic (IN FLAMES, MUSTASCH) at Bohus Sound in Kungälv, Sweden.
Maldives-based death/black metallers NOTHNEGAL have entered Vakaruge Studio in Malé to begin recording their as-yet-untitled second album. The follow-up to 2012's "Decadence" is being produced by Matt Hyde (SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, AS I LAY DYING), with vocal production by Paul Reeve, who co-produced five tracks on MUSE's acclaimed debut album, "Showbiz". Additional production/engineering will be handled by longtime NOTHNEGAL producer Mohamed Shamheed. NOTHNEGAL's longtime guitarist Fufu will not be part of the recording of the new CD, but remains a member of the band. Chippe (SERENITY DIES) will be filling in for Fufu on the album, which will mark the first NOTHNEGAL recording since vocalist Affan joined the band as an official member (Affan made a guest appearance on NOTHNEGAL's last album, "Decadence").
Commented NOTHNEGAL guitarist Hilarl: "Its been almost a year since the release of our debut album, 'Decadence', and we have already come up with enough demos for a new album.
"We have toured South Asia, South Asia and the Middle East since the release of 'Decadence', [and] whenever we meet somebody who knows that we are from the Maldives and when we go through the reviews, we get the same question about why we sound like a European or American band and nothing like a band thats coming from these islands.
"The new music will be different and [will] feature ambient sounds and exotic instruments from the Maldives. We [will] also be doing a couple of songs entirely in our native language, 'Dhivehi.' The songs [will] be heavier but far from our previous death metal sound."
"We will be launching a studio diary and update it by posting videos/photos of the recording sessions. We [will] also be travelling to different islands of the Maldives to capture the sounds and the exotic instruments we plan on using in our music."
GORTAL's new album "Deamonolith" will be released on December, 6th2012, under the flag of Pagan Records. Major, the guitarist, commented the forthcoming stuff: "We are devoted to classic death metal genre and we ignore trends and fashion. If You expect modern plastic production and arrangements, just do not listen to us. If You still read it,and expect merciless blast beats, crushing tempo shifts, thrilling riffs & solos inspired by ghosts ov early 90ties. Everything emphasised by powerful furious growls! Check out our first blow and stay watchful for another deamon to be unleashed within few days!"
Premiere track from the upcoming album is streaming now on YouTube.
Finnish dark / doom metal upcomers HANGING GARDEN have revealed a teaser for their forthcoming Lifeforce Records debut "At Every Door".The silence is over. Hanging Garden are back with their 3rd studio album At Every Door, which is the bands most ambitious work so far. Musically the album has much more variety than the previous two, combining influences from Cult of Luna all the way to Sigur Ros.When it comes to lyrical themes, Hanging Garden has always been about dystopic visions of the ouroborean fate that quite likely awaits man. Before, Matti Reinola was mostly responsible for the lyrics, but on this album they were mostly done by Toni.
Toni: "Continuing the lyrical themes that have been prevalent on the first two albums came quite naturally for me. This album concentrates on different stories, protagonists and viewpoints of what might come after, should our future take a turn for the worse and end in cataclysmic consequences that spring from our actions."
Deathbound Records announced the signing of WOCCON. Founded in Athens, Georgia by multi-instrumentalist, Tim Rowland (Sholfrost, ex-Peregrine), Woccon released an EP in the summer of 2011 titles, Through Ancestral Fires, which featured guest vocals by Ryan Morgan of Misery Signals. After self-releasing the EP Tim was joined by guitarist, Tiler Kuykendall and drummer, Wade Jones, to embark on a new musical direction in which they all shared influences and visions.
From blackened death metal to melodic doom, The Wither Fields will be availble as a limited physical release through Deathbound Records. Copies will be numbered and include two bonus tracks. The album will also be available digitally through all digital outlets.
You can listen to their track Lament, on Soundcloud.
Punishment 18 Records has announced the signing of Azrath-11, the italian blackened metal band featuring former members of Morning Dew, Eterna Scomunica, Lost Soul, Naer Mataron, Handful of Hate, Infernal Angels, Karnak, Black Raven. The group's second full-length, "Ov Tentacles and Spirals", will be released in March 2013.
The Italian Thrash Metal Band Ultra Violence have just begun with their work in the studio on their new full length album Privilege To Overcome. The album is expected to be released in early 2013 by Punishment 18 Records. Privilege To Overcome will also be released in vinyl by Nightofthevinyldead.com.
Russian/Ukrainian collaboration Lycanthropy has announced future plans for two releases. First one is a brand new album "Hannibal ante portas". It was recorded and mixed during June/July 2012. Full-length contains eight tracks - eight unmerciful manifests of pain and suffering. With this progressive black/death metal record band signed with the U.S. based Unmerciful Death Productions. CD release is scheduled on December. As for the second release it is going to be "Mighty and Despair "MCD. Gunner has made the following statement about this stuff:
"This particular material came out of nowhere. It wasn't even planned to be recorded. No preparation, it was just Furious idea - "let's do something interesting"! Voxum was done a little bit latter, while guitars were recorded at once. As a result we do have these sick and experimental songs ". MCD will be released on the German based K.S. Versand.
French black metal band AOSOTH is currently working on the follow-up to their 2011 release III. The as of yet untitled album is tentatively slated for a March/April 2013 release and will firmly consist of 7 new tracks and 55 minutes of music. Band's guitarist, BST, has issued the following statement with regards to the announcement:
"We have entered the infamous Bst Studios once again to work on our fourth album and we are confident that this will be our most elaborate, twisted, and sick release so far. Those who did not like the direction we took with the previous record, probably will hate this one even more. We're on the second day of tracking guitars now, and things are going smoothly, so to speak."
Track 5 from AOSOTH's previous album entitled III has been premiered by Chicago Reader earlier this year and can be heard by clicking here.