French-Canadian technical death band MARTYR, have issued the following update:
"After 14 years of great musical adventures, drummer Pat Hamelin has decided to leave the band MARTYR due to personal reasons. We all wish him well. The remaining members of MARTYR are unsure about the future of the band, as there has been a lot of undergoing tensions through the last years that was not taken care of, thus resulting in a frustrating negative vibe that would stagnate creativity and motivation. MARTYR is on hold for now. More news to come later. Thanks for your support over all these years!!"
Swedish death metal band DIABOLICAL are preparing to enter Necromorbus Studio (WATAIN, UNANIMATED, DESTRÖYER 666) in Alvik, Sweden to begin recording their as-yet-untitled fifth album. The CD will once again be produced by the band's vocalist/guitarist Sverker Widgren.
Commented guitarist Carl Stjärnlöv: "We have more than enough material written and pre-produced already, and we are confident that this album will be a milestone for DIABOLICAL as a band and for metal as a genre."
Johan Hegg of AMON AMARTH has laid down guest vocals on the forthcoming fourth album from Swedish death metallers EVOCATION. The as-yet-untitled CD is being recorded in part at IF Studios with producer Roberto Laghi. A late 2012 release is expected via the band's new label home, Century Media Records.
NIGHTRAGE have revealed a video clip for the track Delirium Of The Fallen from the bands critically acclaimed album Insidious which was released in fall 2011. The video was shot on their Greek tour with PSYCHO JOKE last month. It was directed by Gabriel Psaltakis.
Metal Blade announced the signing of Swedish Death Metal band ENTRAILS.
ENTRAILS formed in the 90s, but split up before they were able to release a demo or even an album. It took them until 2008 to come back when guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist rediscovered some old tapes. In a moment of nostalgia he decided that they deserved to be released as they should have been originally. With modern recording technology, the first ENTRAILS demo could finally take shape. After releasing another demo in 2009 ENTRAILS recorded and released their debut album Tales From The Morgue in 2010.
Just a year later The Tomb Awaits was released, an album that gained worldwide attention of music fans of the extreme and was considered by many as the best death metal album of 2011!
Comments guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist on the deal with Metal Blade: "Being on Metal Blade has been a dream since Slayer's Hell Awaits came out and given the chance to be there as well is just pure magic! It is with honourable excitement that we have signed to Metal Blade!"
Right now ENTRAILS are in the final stages of songwriting for their third studio album to be recorded during the summer! "Our upcoming third opus is filled with old-school and rotten bastards of songs. Groovy and heavy like a pile of flesh that will be like a punch in your face. To us it's the perfect step from The Tomb Awaits album beware!"
Candlelight Records announced the signing of Ukrainian Heathen Black Metal masters KHORS.
KHORS began their career in 2004 as a trio of skilled musicians already known within the Ukrainian Heathen Black Metal scene. Inspired by the spiritual ancient world of the elder ancestors, the band recorded their debut album The Flame of Eternitys Decline in 2005 (released via Oriana Music in the same year). Having strengthened the bands line-up with the addition of a rhythm guitarist, KHORS then began to play live shows. The second album, released the following year and entitled Cold, had a more mid-tempo approach, in general having shifted the emphasis to melody and the atmospherics of keyboards and leads. On this second album the band departed from many of the stereotypes of black metal.
Further musical evolution saw the release of their third album, Mysticism the most progressive record in the bands discography so far, offering a cloak of atmosphere and moods to the listener, incorporating elements of dark metal. This third album saw Khors move to American label Paragon Records and the band began to receive increasing resonance in the world of underground metal.
The fourth album, Return To Abandoned, released in 2010, garnered further support from metal fans worldwide. Continuing the creative and ideological concept of the previous album, Return To Abandoned also absorbed the spirit of the earlier records as the band gained strength, spirit and wisdom from the years that had passed. The sound had become more complex, full of aggression and atmosphere.
The new album, Khors fifth full length, is a real revelation and definitely another milestone in the bands creativity. The recording of Wisdom of Centuries was finished at the beginning of 2012. The dense sound of the album is harmoniously complemented with the addition of ethnic instruments, shrouded with a bewitching atmosphere of shamanic mysticism. This album is also the first in the bands history to be performed in their native language. "It has been a long and difficult way for us to finally reach this opportunity to show the world who we are and what we are stand for. We thank the Candlelight crew for giving us such an opportunity and we're really very excited to be a part of the Candlelight roster" comments the bands bassist, Khorus.
Wisdom of Centuries will be released in September.
The Chicago-based death metal band BLACK SEPTEMBER have started recording their sophomore album, Into The Darkness Into The Void, due out this fall. The album is being tracked in the bands hometown with Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording (Weekend Nachos, Veil of Maya), the same studio where they recorded their debut full-length, The Forbidden Gates Beyond, which Decibel praised for its savage riffing and elemental leads.
According to guitarist C.M., This record enters the depths of our past while retaining the fire from The Forbidden Gates Beyond. One step beyond our previous efforts into a realm of untamed energy. Ravenous and pure.
Spawned by hellish visions of the unlife, SVARTIDAUÐI spreads the delirious word of the Lord through the prism of drugs-induced noise terror. The bloom of the universe reversed back into the womb of Death.... Building the Cathedral of Flesh, raised upon the ruins of the manifest world. Where mould grows upon the remains of the brighter future, there he rises as the King of what is and is not. The twilight has arrived and the sun is fading into the void.... Yet, a new Sun is rising in the absence of life. And this is its Gospel! Raw and aggressive Black Death Metal with psychedelic overtones and disturbing dissonances, SVARTIDAUÐI's first full-length is finally at hand. "Flesh Cathedral" shall be revealed soon! TBR in conspiracy with our Norwegian friends Terratur Possessions.
Daemon Worship Productions announced the incorporate NEFANDUS into its fold! As always surrounded by controversies, the co-called founders of "Orthodox Black Metal" are ready to unleash their third (or fourth, if we count the demo) offering upon the world. After the highly influential "The Nightwinds Carried Our Names" and "Death Holy Death", their new MCD "Your God is a Ghost" is expected to be released in 2012 by the hands of DWP. The agenda is still the same: to spread the Light of Lucifer and the satanic legacy that has been chosen to the band by the gods and goddesses of Sitra Ahra, proclaiming the lunacy of "God's" creation, like a fist in the faces of those who deny the wonders and pleasures of the chthonic Lords of Divine "Madness". May the blessing of Satan be with you all, and may the abominations of hell guide your ways beyond all morals.
One of their new songs, "This One Is For God", is available for streaming at Soundcloud.
Created beyond the threshold of consciousness and inspired by ancient teachings of the Infernal metaphysical Qlippothic regions, ISRATHOUM is the compendium of misanthropic conspiracy, cold forged in disused mineshafts as sharp-edged bottomless Black Metal.... The invisible spear.... An obscure and limitless supernatural barrier.... A weapon to His Will.
The trio of Arvath, VxInfr and W.uR delivers a devastating blow with this crushing recording! Three years after "Monument of Brimstone", ISRATHOUM is back, venomous and corrupt. An attack against all, that is holy. A rebellious hymn of the possessed. Violently revolting mass of poisonous black hatred.... Black Metal refined to perfection.
"Black Poison & Shared Wounds" is out now through Daemon Worship Productions!
Swedish Black Metal legends DARK FUNERAL and Century Media Records are announced the signing of a worldwide deal for the next 3 albums.
Guitarist and founding member Lord Ahriman comments: "Our bad luck with labels in the past has for sure been very frustrating. So it is with great pleasure to finally be able to turn the page, move on and start a new dark chapter in the DARK FUNERAL saga, as we join the great Century Media family. Century Media has more than enough proven to be a stable and highly professional label. And we are totally looking forward to this new cooperation, which I'm sure will prove to be very satisfying and successful for both parts. Hail the goat!"
Jens Prueter, Head Of A&R at Century Media Records Europe, comments: I always respected DARK FUNERAL for their endurance and integrity. Theyve gone through some hard times, but never gave up and also never gave in to compromise on their musical and aesthetic vision. Almost 20 years after their formation its still the same powerhouse of unmerciful Black Metal and the new line-up is stronger and more focused than in the past. Thanks to Lord Ahriman and the whole band! Looking forward to their 20th anniversary in 2013 with a new album In The Sign Of The Horns!
His fellow bandmates Uruz and Enzifer issued the following statement:
The greatest is gone. Trondr Nefas, our dearest friend and companion for more than 20 years, suddenly passed away last week. He died a peaceful and natural death at one of his favourite places, surrounded by woods and crystal lakes. Thanks for all the years with friendship, music and madness. For the good times and the bad times. Through your dark devotion for black metal, you have inspired so many. You were a true pioneer. We will miss you, but never forget you, because your legacy will live on. Our deepest sympathy goes to Tronds fiancée Octavia, and both of their families. We appreciate all of the condolences and support given to us after his tragic death.