Los Angeles-based progressive death metal titans THE FACELESS have released the following statement regarding the departure of their drummer of the past five years, Lyle Cooper:
"To clear the air on a few details, THE FACELESS has decided to part ways with drummer Lyle Cooper due to a growing difference in the level of commitment to the project. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and we're sure he'll continue to be successful with music. Having said that, we are very excited to announce that Alex Rudinger [THREAT SIGNAL, THE HAARP MACHINE] is our new full time drummer. We just played our first 3 shows with him in Mexico and what he brings to the band both musically and personally, is simply astounding. We are looking forward to a great future with Alex."
Walk As Chaos, the new extreme progressive metal collaboration from Alan Sacha Laskow (Divinity, Enditol) and Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster (Out of Your Mouth, Autobody) are proud to unleash their new music video in support of their first single 'Impasse'.
Directed by one of Alberta's leading independent music video directors, Doug Cook, the video incorporates various film making techniques like old school stop-motion photography, computer graphic elements mixed with live action along with fantastic set and costume design to bring 'Impasse' to the visual forefront.
"We are super excited about our new music video for "Impasse". Doug Cook (director) went the extra mile and we are proud to say we feel it sticks out as being modern & inventive - just like our music. When we started talking about how to bring the song into the visual realm, Doug decided the backdrop should be a futuristic world made up of lines that had a difficult time connecting with each other, like a maze. He also wanted to put Jerrod and I into situations that showcased our collaboration (singer/engineer) but also the frustration one can be faced with when being at a impasse, whether is be Man vs. Man, Man vs. Tech and Man vs. Nature etc." comments Laskow.
Norway's IN VAIN will release its third attack of progressive extreme metal, "Ænigma", on March 8 in Norway, March 15 in Germany and Austria and March 11 in the rest of Europe through Indie Recordings. The band's most extreme work to date, it was mixed and produced by the legendary Jens Bogren (OPETH, SOILWORK, BORKNAGAR) at Fascination Street in Örebro, Sweden. The cover artwork was designed by Robert Høyem.
According to a press release, "Ænigma" contains "eight songs of IN VAIN's unique trademark sound and as usual, IN VAIN has brought some guests along, and 'Ænigma' sees appearances by Lazare and Cornelius from SOLEFALD."
Commented IN VAIN's Johnar Håland: "We had a solid impression of the productions coming out of the Fascination Street Studio, and believed Jens was the right guy to give the music the crystal clear and powerful sound that it demands. Jens did not cut any corners and delivered a production par excellente."
The cover artwork for PANIKK's new album entitled "Unbearable Conditions", has been revealed. Due worldwide on March 12, 2013 via Metal Tank Records the album will contain the following track listing:
01. Panic Attack
03. Messiah of Decay
04. Away from Reality (Instrumental)
05. The Wave of Death
06. Playground of Visions
07. Revelation Of Truth (Acoustics)
08. Cruel World (Society to Adapt)
09. Unbearable Conditions
The single "Panic Attack" from the forthcoming album has been posted online at YouTube.com.
PANIKS Unbearable Conditions contain nothing but fast, old school and untamed thrash metal from one of the leading Slovenian bay-area influenced metal bands in the vein of VIO-LENCE, EVILDEAD, FORCED ENTRY and ACID REIGN.
German Sludge/Groove Metal gents BEISSERT have revealed a new song in their repertoire as well as details of their 3rd in career album. The release entitled "Darkness Devil Death" will invade the shops on the 12th of March in Europe and 30th of April in North America on Agonia Records. Première track off the album can be streamed below.
BEISSERT is a wild crossover between Rock, Sludge, Groove and Heavy Metal, led by memorable and characteristic vocals by BSSRT. The new album is recommended for fans of Mike Patton, Fantomas, Cluth, High On Fire, Pantera and Nevermore.
"Darkness Devil Death" was recorded and mixed at Kohlekeller Studio by Kristian Kohlmannslehner (Burden, Crematory, Powerwol f, Ava Inferi) and will feature a guest appearance of Thor Sten from Burden.
Italian super group featuring Marianna Alfieri (Kirlian Camera, Spectra Paris, Dark Lunacy), Gregorio Ferrarese (The Modern Age Slavery), Elena Alice Fossi (Kirlian Camera, Spectra Paris), Fabio Palombi (Nerve, Ritual of Rebirth) has signed a publishing deal with Wormholedeath/Dreamcell11/Aural Music Group.
Wormholedeath/Dreamcell11 will release their debut album titled "Immortal daughter of aesthetics" world-wide through Aural Music Group. Release date is due during 2013 still to be scheduled.
Marianna Alfieri stated: «"This is the first album I composed by myself and I'm very pleased to collaborate with Wormholedeath for its release. I'm very excited about the chance to spread my music with the help of friends of Wormholedeath. The team is experienced and professional and I'm sure that joining our forces will give Libria many opportunities through the great Wormholedeath network.»
Wormholedeath A&R "WORM" stated: "Leaving apart the true respect and admiration I feel for Marianna as a person and musician, when I listened to this album I wanted to support her project mainly for the potential of the album and Libria as a project itself. Immortal daughter of aesthetics is a powerful mix of melodic death metal, with an outstanding guitar work and majestic symphonic passages, lacerated by the dramatic vocals of Fabio Palombi. Furthermore the album features the guest appearance of Elena Alice Fossi (Kirlian Camera) and Alessia Cavalieri (Spectra Paris) on vocals and Francesca Dardani on violin. Nowadays Libria also features my friend monster drummer Gregorio Ferrarese. Look away from the lighthouse, and follow the stars!
The original idea of LIBRIA was inspired by Equilibrium, a Kurt Wimmers film (2002). Libria is a city-state based on a strong absolute power, controlling the mind of people by the mean of Prozium, a drug which suppresses emotions. The peace and control obtained in this way is not so different from the way our society tries to keep us blind and deaf to the awareness of Truth. Our soul can be rescued by detaching from physical senses, and increasing the power of our mind, with strong discipline and will, without any drugs, just relying on our own mental forces. From these principles and ranging over reflections about death, life, spiritual growing and esoteric studies, the whole concept of Libria was born.
Massacre Records is set to unleash the debut album from American thrash outfit HATRIOT, celebrating the comeback of the infamous original vocalist for Bay Area legends Exodus, Testament and others, Steve Zetro Souza!
Having recently signed a deal with Germanys Massacre Records, the band are now prepared to drop their debut, Heroes Of Origin, the album set for North American release on February 12th, and preceded by the European release next week, on January 25th. Raging with old-school Bay Area thrash metal in the best Testament/Exodus/Forbidden tradition, the albums ten anthems were produced by Juan Urteaga at Trident Studios (Testament, Heathen, Exodus, Skinlab). The cover art and booklet was designed by Mark Devito (Motörhead, Laaz Rockit, Ruffians, Exodus).
Hells Headbangers announces March 19th as the international release date for Satanic Threaths In to Hell, on both CD and LP formats. Featuring current members of Nunslaughter and an ex-member of Midnight, Satanic Threath are everything their name implies: fast, blasphemous,hardcore-HELL-punk straight outta the wastelands of Ohio! Originally released in 2008, Satanic Threaths lone In To Hell 7 sold through its original pressing of 1000 copies in no time flat, and quickly became something of a mini-classic. The bands cult grew despite no further releases, and Satanic Threath played only one live show ever, in September 2008 in their hometown of Cleveland. Now, Hells Headbangers collects Satanic Threaths entire ouvre, both the 8-song In To Hell 7 and their 8-song live set, onto one long-playing format. Theyre not Christian... theyre just a Satanic Threath!
Warsaw, Poland's cutting-edge grindcore squad ANTIGAMA this week entered the studio to record their sixth full-length album, the follow-up to 2009's "Warning" as well as last years "Stop The Chaos" EP. According to founding ANTIGAMA guitarist Sebastian Rokicki: This is going to be the most mature, and at the same time most diverse album in the bands whole career.
The recording sessions are taking place for the third time at Progresja Sound Studio with producer Pawel "Janos" Grabowski and will last through the end of January. The current band lineup enlists guitarist Sebastian Rokicki, vocalist Lukasz Myszkowski, bassist Michal Zawadzki, and drummer Pawel Jaroszewicz. This is the first studio session in ANTIGAMAs history to without Szymon Czech, who passed away in November 2012 due to illness.
ANTIGAMA has completed an arsenal of new tracks for the album, now with the confirmed title, "Meteor". A release date late in the Spring via Selfmadegod Records will be made available soon, along with an avalanche of updates as the details on this anticipated, sure to be explosive and devastating release become apparent.
Portuguese extreme progressive metallers MALEVOLENCE are proud to press forward that DEVOURED UNLIMITED, the 2nd single extracted from their upcoming 3rd album ANTITHETICAL will be available on Friday, January 25th.
DEVOURED UNLIMITED draws a parallel on wars linking the precedent atrocities known to men with the present state of destruction and the pandemonium that is about to come.
The audio episode verses about solid facts and renders the ironic ARBEIT MACHT FREI statement amongst the flagellation brought to the world by the Nazi regime.
The artwork for the brand new single (on attachment) was once more propelled ahead by the design bureau KKSTRUCTURES.
"Those Having Been Hidden Away", a brand new song from the South Carolina-based extreme metal band LECHEROUS NOCTURNE, can be streamed below. The track comes off the bands third album, "Behold Almighty Doctrine", which will be released on March 19 via Unique Leader Records. The CD was recorded at SoundLab Studio in Lexington, South Carolina with longtime engineer Bob Moore.
Swedish black metallers WATAIN entered Necromorbus Studio (UNANIMATED, DESTRÖYER 666) in Alvik, Sweden on January 3 to begin recording their fifth full-length album for an August release via Century Media Records.
The first in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Conceived In Sewage", the fourth album from Dallas, Texas-based death metallers DEVOURMENT, can be seen below. The CD will be released on February 19 in North America, February 22 in Benelux, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Finland, and February 25 in the U.K. and rest of the world via Relapse Records.
Captured at Mana Recording Studio in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, MORBID ANGEL), "Conceived In Sewage" proves to be DEVOURMENT's most eviscerating release yet, gushing with over thirty-three minutes of the band's hate-fueled, monstrous brutality.
01. Legalize Homicide
02. Fifty Ton War Machine
03. Conceived In Sewage
04. Fucked With Rats
05. March to Megiddo
06. Today We Die, Tomorrow We Kill
07. Heaving Acid
08. Carved Into Ecstasy
09. Parasitic Eruption
Commented DEVOURMENT frontman Mike Majewski: "This will be the deepest album we have done, for sure. Definitely expect the intensity, but also more thought-out song structures. I would say a bit of a throwback to old-school brutal bands, but with the signature DEVOURMENT elements."
DEVOURMENT's calling card is absolute brutality, and the band's three previous albums and international touring and festival appearance have made them one of the more-talked-about acts in the worldwide death metal underground.