Bassist Matt Camacho has left San Francisco Bay Area metallers FORBIDDEN. In addition, the band's singer, Russ Anderson, has decided to take a break from the music business.
Commented FORBIDDEN guitarist Craig Locicero: "I am extremely saddened to have to announce that our bassist and brother since 1986, Matt Camacho, has decided to retire from the music business and leave FORBIDDEN permanently.
"For those that know and love Matt, this may be a shock to you. Matt's always been gung-ho for the band since the beginning and was a positive guy. But ever since he went to law school after FORBIDDEN split up the first time, he was on a career path that would eventually take him to this day. His job position keeps getting better and taking care of our families is the most important thing.
"With that being said, Russ Anderson has made the decision to take a break away from music to get his bearings back and rekindle his fire for FORBIDDEN. Russ is not quitting, but has decided that he needs to do this for himself. We support him and his decision to not fake his way through what needs to be real.
"I had always said since we reformed in 2008, that as soon as things become tedious or a grind we'd either stop doing this or take a break. But we'd never say never again! FORBIDDEN is not through yet. Russ simply needs to recharge his thrash metal batteries!
"So then there is the unfortunate reality that under these circumstances FORBIDDEN will not be appearing at the Wacken Open Air festival this year. This breaks my heart as much as anything else! Steve [Smyth, guitar], Sasha [Horn, drums] and myself were very much looking forward to playing in front of that crowd and we had been holding out hope for Russ to change his mind. But he feels strongly that he just can't do it right now. So we must respect his wishes and let him have his space.
"We'd like to apologize to our fans, Continental Concerts, the Wacken Open Air organizers and everyone at Nuclear Blast Europe. You've all stood by us for so long and we understand how bad the fans in Europe want to see FORBIDDEN again. But you deserve to see FORBIDDEN at its best. Not under these circumstances.
"This is our promise to you we'll come back with stronger and with new material! We've already got half of the new record written and we'll finish it up when Russ feels good enough to thrash it up again!
"Thanks to you all from the bottom of our hearts..."
Added Matt Camacho: "Playing in FORBIDDEN has been a dream come true for me. It has allowed me to tour the world, play with and meet some of the most amazing bands, make friends for life, perform some phenomenal shows, and, most important, experience the most amazing FANS... I'll truly miss the inspiration and love that people from around the world have shown towards the MUSIC. As I leave for a new endeavor, I want to express my thanks and gratitude for all the incredible musicians both past and present who have graced their magical touch on FORBIDDEN's music. To be a part of this band and to have these guys as friends and family for life is a true blessing. Thanks guys for the support and I look forward to seeing FORBIDDEN carry on for years to come."
San Diego death metallers PATHOLOGY have revealed the cover art for their new album, "The Time Of Great Purification", due on September 25 via Victory Records.
PATHOLOGY putting the finishing touches on the new CD at Lambesis Studios with Daniel Castleman.
"This is definitely our heaviest and most technical album to date," states drummer Dave Astor.
"The Time Of Great Purification" features artwork by Pär Olofsson, creator of the cover art for PATHOLOGY's last two albums, 2010's "Legacy Of The Ancients" and 2011's "Awaken To The Suffering". The concept is simple: the doctor is controlling the 2012 apocalypse and destroying the world!
PATHOLOGY is gearing up for a twenty-six city headlining run on the "Slaughter Survivors Tour" with ENFOLD DARKNESS, FALLUJAH, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY and AEGAEON. The tour kicks off in Santa Cruz, California on July 21.
Los Angeles, California death dealers MURDER CONSTRUCT have completed work on their highly anticipated debut full-length entitled "Results". Featuring 11 tracks of violent, uncompromising death/grind, the CD displays cut-throat songwriting and top-notch musicianship mixed with the band's own brand of twisted experimentation to create one of 2012's most punishing auditory experiences.
Due on CD/LP/digital on August 28 via via Relapse Records, "Results" was recorded in Hollywood, California's Architeuthis Sound studio with engineer Sean Vahle while drums were tracked at Trench Studios in Corona, California with John Haddad (ABYSMAL DAWN, EXHUMED, INTRONAUT).
Watch the "Results" trailer below.
MURDER CONSTRUCT features Travis Ryan (CATTLE DECAPITATION) on vocals, Leon del Muerte (EXHUMED, PHOBIA, IMPALED) on guitar and vocals, Kevin Fetus (FETUS EATERS, WATCH ME BURN) on guitar, Danny Walker (INTRONAUT, EXHUMED, UPHILL BATTLE) on drums, and Caleb Schneider (BADACID TRIP) on bass. The band previously released a seven-song EP in November 2010
German technical death metal sorcerers, SOPHICIDE, are pleased to announce the release of their debut, Perdition Of The Sublime. Set for North American release on August 14, 2012 via Willowtip Records, the 11-track long player was recorded, mixed and mastered by founder Adam Laszlo at his home studio and features the striking cover design by artist Steve Voigt.
Formed as a one-man-project in 2009 by Laszlo, then 19, SOPHICIDE fuses elaborate melodies with battering technical brutality into a sound thats as malicious as it is memorable. Meaning "murder of wisdom," SOPHICIDE describes the state of modern society and serves as the central theme of Perdition Of The Sublime. Notes Laszlo: It's another word for anti-intellectualism. People are stupid, ignorant and seem to be proud of it. This is a disturbing trend.
I'm really keen to release this album, he continues of the release. I've put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into it and I hope people can connect to it as I do. Basically the overall theme coincides with the meaning of sophicide. Intellect and enlightenment seem to be displaced by religion and casting shows. Theres this overall apathy, people don't seem to give a shit about anything as long as they get their cheap meat and TV shows. This is what POTS is basically about, although the focus is on religion, after all it's the elephant in the room.
Belgian modern female fronted metal band Azylya presented their album preview.
After the massive work done with this incredibly professional band, management, producer, photographers and label we have finally reached the great result of having everything ready to start promoting Azylya.
We have posted for you the song Incest (click here to listen), album cover and some band pictures as well as pictures from stunning singer Jamie-Lee. Words are not enough to describe how happy we are with the results achieved. Just check it out and enjoy it.
Norwegian Death Metal band CHTON is announced that their upcoming sophomore album "The Devil builds" will be released on CD and vinyl in collaboration with German label GODEATER RECORDS. The CD will be released in autumn 2012 and the vinyl is planned for release in early winter 2013. The digital release of the album will be handled by Morningstar Music.
The album will feature 10 songs. Some of the songs set to appear on "The Devil builds" include "Faustian Resolve", "Gods of the Flesh" and "Babalon and The Beast Conjoined".
"The Devil Builds" was recorded and produced at Morningstar Studio with Arnt Obsidian Grønbech (Keep of Kalessin, Satyricon) at the helm. The album was mixed by Stamos Koliousis (Djerv, Mencea) at 210 Studio in Berlin, known for earlier work with Nattefrost, Gehenna and Vreid, among others.
CHTON previously has shared stages with bands like Morbid Angel, Behemoth, Mayhem, Amon Amarth, Zyklon and many others, and plans are being made for a European tour to promote the release of "The Devil builds".
The digital split-single "Screaming for Death" (with CLEAVER) is still available for streaming or download from most digital stores like Spotify, iTunes, WiMP, Amazon and many others.
After seven split 7"s and numerous tours and festival appearances all over Europe, Turkey's raw as fuck old school grindcore trio SAKATAT finally unleash their highly anticipated debut called, entitled "Bir Devrin Sonu"!
CD version is available now for pre-order from Everydayhate (to be shipped on July 1st, 2012) and the single-sided LP version with A2 poster on Bringer Of Gore (July 4th, 2012), to be available first time on the European tour in July 2012!
July04NLHengeloInnocent*w/ ANAL PENETRATION, MATKA TERESA
July05DEKasselDas Hausw/ SLAKKENGANG
July06DEBerlinKöpi**w/ AxNx + TBA
July08DEAltenburgRote Zora***w/ TBA
July10CZLiberecAzyl Pivni Barw/ COCK BRUTALITY, HUMAN SCUM, ONANIZER
July11CZPrahaModra Vopicew/ FUBAR, PLAGUE RAGES, TOOLS OF THE TRADE, WEEKEND NACHOS, WOJCZECH
July13CZTrutnov Obscene Extreme Festw/ tons of bands
Norwegian metal band Claymords has signed a deal with Wormholedeath/Aural Music Group. During October Claymords will travel to Parma in Italy to record the next album with the working title: SCUM OF THE EARTH. Wormholedeath will unleash the album world-wide through Aural Music Group. The release will take place in early 2013.
The whole band together stated :
"After considering a couple of offers, WHD seemed to be the best and the most expanding label. With such a professional and caring attitude it seemed like a natural choice for us. The label has a strong network, and that is everything when youre releasing an album worldwide. We in CLAYMORDS, feel that WHD has the right vision that a label needs in these days.
A&R "Worm" stated:
"Wormholdeath is not a money-machine and until the inspiration will lead our label concept we will continue signing adult and experienced bands...Claymords is one of those bands and we rely on them to be part of the new senior roster that doesn't feature "wannabees", or "trendy posers". These guys work really hard and have no stupid ideas in mind, their music is just true ... Like their attitude. Moreover they trusted us and we will support in the best possible way their already strong and profitable activity. Watch out for this norwegian combo...They will make another awesome album that will be proudly released through our catalogue. Come on, scum of the earth!"
To celebrate this Claymords are having a party at Norbikers in Oslo, June 29th. Everyone is welcome! (location: Konows gate 69). Before getting into the studio, CLAYMORDS will appear at Hard Anger kick off in Stavanger (Aug 4th @ Folken) and Hard Anger Open Air Metal Festival (Sept 1st @Måbødalen/Eidfjord- http://hard-anger.com).
Swedish death metal veterans GRAVE will release their 10th studio album, "Endless Procession Of Souls", on August 27 in Europe via Century Media Records.
The cover artwork for the CD was once again created by Costin Chioreanu, who also worked with GRAVE on the previous two studio albums. In addition to designing the cover artwork, Costin was responsible for some of the extra art for the inside of the CD booklet and the vinyl.
02. Amongst Marble And The Dead
03. Disembodied Steps
04. Flesh Epistle
05. Passion Of The Weak
06. Winds Of Chains
07. Encountering The Divine
09. Plague Of Nations
"Endless Procession Of Souls" was recorded at GRAVE's own Studio Soulless and was previously described by GRAVE guitarist/vocalist Ola Lindgren as "a mix of our latest two releases with some more old-school, groovy 'Soulless' parts."
Hailing from the central region of Portugal, thrash metallers TERROR EMPIRE released their debut album, entitled "Face The Terror", on June 15th.
The name Terror Empire represents an omnipresent reality that has been exposed worldwide since the 9/11 attacks. Since then, there has been an official and paranoid propaganda in order to stifle and deprive all human beings from their individual rights, so they can be subdued to the ubiquous feeling of terror. The bands main focus has always been to produce a traditional thrash metal sound with traces of what has been part of the modern metal sound, such as odd time signatures, breakdowns and a bit of groove.
The recording process took place at the GMP Recording Studios from December 2011 to April 2012. Production was carried out by Rui Alexandre, and sound engineer Miguel Seco (Napalm Death, Robert Plant, Blaze Bailey, among others) was in charge of the mixing and mastering process.
Fans can download and listen the entire album by clicking here.
Polish blackened death metal upcomers DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS have revealed the first track off their upcoming album "Simulacra" due to be released July 30th in Europe and on July 31st in North America. The track entitled 'Icaros', which also the first track on the album, can be listened by clicking here.
Despite having only two albums under their belt DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS quickly managed to put their name out there. Critically acclaimed records and intense touring along with some of the biggest names onto the metal scene made them one of the most promising acts on the European map of extreme music. After a row of personal problems that eventually caused several line-up changes and temporary stage absence, the band strikes back with the brand new opus called SIMULACRA and is now ready to take the scene by storm again.
SIMULACRA is the 3rd full-length by DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS, considered as one of Polands leading and most innovative modern black / death metal acts. Wrapped in breath-taking artwork created by Xaay (NILE, KAMELOT, NECROPHAGIST etc.) the album also features guest appearances of Orion (BEHEMOTH, VESANIA), Jacek Grecki (LOST SOUL) and Roman Berežnicki (LECTER) as well as session synth / samples / fx appearance by Flumen (ASGAARD) and Lestath (METRANSMISSIONAL).
Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of German progressive death metal band OVER YOUR THRESHOLD. The band's full-length debut, "Facticity", will be released on August 28 (one day earlier internationally).
"Eremita", the fourth album from former EMPEROR vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn, can be streamed in its entirety at AOL Music. Due on June 19 in North America (one day earlier in Europe) via Candlelight Records, the CD was recorded and produced at Telemark's Ivory Shoulder Studios, with additional tracking completed at Notodden's Juke Joint Studio and Seattle's Envisage Audio. The effort was mixed by Jens Bogren (OPETH) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. Alongside Ihsahn, the album features performances from drummer Tobias Ornes Andersen (LEPROUS), saxophonist Jørgen Munkeby (Norway's SHINING), guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-NEVERMORE), and vocalists Devin Townsend, Einar Solberg (LEPROUS), and Heidi S. Tveitan (STAROFASH). The album's packaging was created by award-winning Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz.
"Eremita" will be available on standard CD and a limited edition deluxe digibook (featuring an exclusive bonus track).
Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based extreme metallers KATAKLYSM will release a multidisc DVD entitled "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined" on July 3 via Nuclear Blast. The set, which will feature a documentary and bonus CD materials, will depict the ups and downs of the band's long, turbulent career, as well as footage of KATAKLYSM's performance at last year's Summer Breeze festival, which took place August 18-20, 2011 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. The cover art for the release was created by artist Colin Marks (ORIGIN, EXODUS, NEVERMORE).
The "At The Edge Of The World" performance clip, taken from the "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined" DVD can be seen below.
DVD I Iron Will Part I The Early Years 1991-2004 01. Lets Start A Band 1991-1993 02. Signing to Nuclear Blast in 1994 03. Mexico in 1995 04. Max Leaves the Band 05. The Temple of Knowledge 06. The Reformation in 1997 07. Leaving NB in 1998 08. The Prophecy Returns to NB in 2000 09. EPIC 2001 10. In Shadows & Dust 11. Max Quits, Again
DVD II Iron Will Part II The Rebirth 2004-2011 01. Serenity In Fire with Martin in 2004 02. Max Comes Back 03. In The Arms... 2006 04. Prevailing in 2008 05. 2010 Heavens Venom 06. Ozzfest 07. Albanos & Saverio 08. The World Tour 09. Transylvania 10. SPQR Rome 11. Touring with Kids 12. New Orleans 13. 2 Decades of Congrats 14. Credits + "Iron Will" video clip
DVD II and CD I On Fire At Summer Breeze Live at Summer Breeze Open Air 2011 01. Determined (Vows Of Vengeance) 02. Taking The World By Storm 03. The Awakener 04. To Reign Again 05. Manipulator Of Souls 06. As I Slither 07. At The Edge Of The World 08. As My World Burns 09. Drum Solo 10. Blood On The Swans 11. Astral Empire 12. Feeling The Neverworld 13. The Orb Of Uncreation 14. In Shadows And Dust 15. Crippled And Broken 16. Push The Venom
CD II Best Of Kataklysm 01. Iron Will 02. Like Angels Weeping (The Dark) 03. Push The Venom 04. In Shadows And Dust 05. Manipulator Of Souls 06. Crippled And Broken 07. Prevail 08. As I Slither 09. The Awakener 10. The Resurrected 11. Let Them Burn 12. At The Edge Of The World 13. Taking The World By Storm 14. Blood In Heaven 15. The Ambassador Of Pain 16. Where The Enemy Sleeps 17. The Road To Devastation 18. Sorcery 19. The Orb Of Uncreation