Major member changes has been made in Polish melodic death metal band Empatic. The guitarist Jakub Bednarski is replaced by Piotr Kain Kołakowski (Neyra, Violent Creed), and instead of Jarosław Sliwka (the drummer) Krzysztof Bednarowicz (Manipulation, Deathbringer) came back to the band.
The authors of the very well received album Gods of Thousand Souls (Terrasound Records/Psycho Records) are currently working on their next studio album which will be recorded in the second half of 2013 in SB Studio in Ostroleka.
Empatic (with its new members) is planning to give a few concerts in autumn. The information about the dates of concerts will be given soon!!!
After a warmly approved debut release ("Nihilistic Vision" from 2009) and a major European tour with SODOM, DIE HARD returns with nine new compositions of old-school thrash metal. The Swedes' new album, "Conjure The Legions", will be released in Europe on September 25 and in North America on November 6 via Agonia Records.
A promotional video teaser featuring song samples from "Conjure The Legions" can be viewed below.
01. Conjure The Legions
02. Masters Of Deceit
03. Satanic Uprise
04. Thrash Them All
05. Cold Scythe
06. Sanctify The Morbid
08. Stand Up
09. Robe And Crown
"Conjure The Legions" will be made available as a digital download, jewel-case CD and on black vinyl and limited to 66 copies yellow vinyl. Prior to the album's arrival, Agonia Records will also release a special EP from DIE HARD entitled "Antichrist". The EP includes two exclusive tracks: an alternate version of song "Antichrist" and a VENOM cover.
Swedish extreme metallers SHINING have set "Redefining Darkness" as the title of their eighth full-length album, due later this year via Spinefarm Records.
Unlike all previous SHINING efforts, "Redefining Darkness"'s title will not be prefaced with a number.
Commented SHINING founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth: "The use of numbers to describe our albums is no longer something that SHINING is interested in doing.
"The new album is without a doubt the darkest thing I have ever done or heard. People will be upset, for sure and hopefully its divine genius will destroy the lives of thousands."
SHINING recently announced the addition of two new touring members Euge Valovirta on guitar and Rainer Tuomikanto on drums.
Some of you might have already spotted Euge on SHINING's previous gigs in Germany and Finland. Not only is he known to be one of the greatest guitarists in Finland, but, along with Peter Huss, he is also one of the most versatile players SHINING's live touring has ever witnessed.
Rainer is mostly known of his innovative approach to drumming; combining elements of bombastic groove, hard-hitting solid beats and lightning-fast execution to unbelievably energetic live performances.
Rainer made his live debut with SHINING on June 15 at the Metaltown festival in Gothenburg, Sweden.
SHINING in May released an EP of cover songs with a choice of material that came as a surprise to many of the band's fans. The four-track EP, titled "Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt", includes tracks from KATATONIA, KENT, IMPERIET and POETS OF THE FALL.
French heavy/death metallers UNCHAINED will release their debut album Oncoming Chaos, worldwide on September 10, 2012 via M & O MUSIC.
Oncoming Chaos is mixed by Damien Rainaud and mastered by Logan Mader (Gojira, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, W.A.S.P., Devil Driver ) at The Omen Room Studios in Los Angeles. The song No Scapegoat to Blame can be streamed below.
Now the alliance between violent death metal and catchy melodic heavy metal has a name UNCHAINED.
French death/thrash metallers DEAD COWBOYS SLUTS will release their debut album The Hand of Death, worldwide on September 19, 2012 via M & O MUSIC.
According the press release : DEAD COWBOYS SLUTS is a metal band that contrasts clearly with the current scene with their simple and effective music directly issued from the great period of the 90′s. They prove it with their first album, in which their heavy riffs have not finished to make us headbang.
The New album trailer can streamed below.
02. Asylum Breakout
03. I Will Hunt You Down
05. Must Be Broken
07. Purify By Fire
08. This Hate
09. Gates Of Perdition
10. Skull Crusher
11. Life, Death, And Its Painful Intervening Period
A new Turkish Black/Thrash Metal band 'The Upheaval' released their first demo in free download (Click here to download).
Now they are starting promotion for their first ever demo on internet. Also the band finished their first debut album is called 'Failure of Humanity' which is including 8 tracks of thrashing black metal with influences of extreme metal touches.
They are looking for a extreme metal label for releasing their debut album.
A tribute album to David Gold a founding member of the Ontario, Canada-based black and doom metal band WOODS OF YPRES, who was killed in December in a car accident near Barrie, Ontario will tentatively be released in late August or early September. The CD's cover artwork was created by Jason Hicks.
The project's mastermind, Steph LeDrew, previously stated about the collection: "On December 21, the world lost WOODS OF YPRES founder/frontman David Gold. Not only was the entire local metal community but the international metal family mourned the loss of such a brilliant soul. As a thank you and farewell to WOODS OF YPRES, I reached out to those who were influenced by WOODS and David, so join me in creating a musical salute to one of the greatest doom metal bands to unleash onto the underground metal scene."
Arists and songs featured on the album are as follows:
* NOVEMBERS DOOM - "Wet Leather"
* GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH - "Suicide Cargoload"
* ECLIPSE ETERNAL - "Crossing The 45th Parallel"
* EMPYREAN PLAGUE - "Shedding The Deadwood"
* PANZERFAUST - "A Meeting Place And Time"
* PAGAN RITUAL - "The Shams Of Optimism"
* AMARANTH - "Allure Of The Earth"
* ALBIREON - "Retrosleep In The Morning Calm"
* ANEMIC - "The Sun Was In My Eyes: Part Doom"
* BEGOTTEN - "The Sea Of Immeasureable Loss"
* RELIQUIS - "Career Suicide"
* JOEL VIOLETTE and RAE AMITAY - "Silver"
* CANOPY - "Falling Apart"
* UNBOWED - "Your Ontario Town Is A Burial Ground"
* DEATHMARCH - "Northern Cold"
* KUHRZARTH - "Finality"
* THE GOV' AND FRIENDS - "Intro: The Looming Of Dust In The Dark"
* THE BEAR HUNTERS - "Thrill Of The Struggle"
* SVARTE KRAKE - "You Were The Light"
* JUSTIN BENDER (INTO ETERNITY) - "Trillium: The 3rd Of Three Winters"
U.K. doom metal veterans MY DYING BRIDE have set "A Map Of All Our Failures" as the title of their new album, due on October 15 In Europe and October 16 in the U.S. via Peaceville Records on CD, double vinyl and special-edition CD/DVD. The CD eas recorded and mixed at Futureworks Studios in Manchester, England with the band's longtime production partner Rob "Mags" Magoolagan at the helm.
According to a press release, "a step up from 2009's 'For Lies I Sire' which set and subsequently met new heights of expectation placed upon the legendary Yorkshire doom troupe 'A Map Of All Our Failures' is a further voyage into the darkest depths of humanity, religion, folklore, love and death. MY DYING BRIDE's distinctively sumptuous dual-guitar melodies effortlessly flood into juggernaut doom metal riffs, with the vocals of Aaron Stainthorpe weaving a rich tapestry of tragic tales into the accompanying soundscapes. 'A Map Of All Our Failures' is perhaps best and most effectively summarized by guitarist Andrew Craighan, who describes the album as 'a controlled demolition of all your hopes.'"
01. Kneel Till Doomsday
02. The Poorest Waltz
03. A Tapestry Scorned
04. Like A Perpetual Funeral
05. A Map Of All Our Failures
06. Hail Odysseus
07. Within The Presence Of Absence
08. Abandoned As Christ
MY DYING BRIDE will embark on a European tour in December in support of the new album. The band will also make an appearance at the U.K.'s esteemed Damnation Festival in November, at which Peaceville will be a proud sponsor to coincide with the label's 25th anniversary.
Long awaited full-length album "Via Combusta" by russian ethno dark/death metal band Atra Hora is now available for pre-order. The CD is planned to be released on August 30th on Darknagar Records as limited 16-pages Digibook signed by musicians. Now it is available as a digital edition on iTunes and Amazon MP3.
Band commented: "We are glad to present you the result of our three year long work. Musically and conceptually it has become a logical extension of "Lost in the Depths" in combination with fresh ideas. We tried to reach a higher level of composing music, implementation of ideas and of course better recording quality. Via Combusta is part of the Zodiac characterized by increased risk, it is a power which can burn and re-created, fully reborn..."
U.K.-based extreme metal band SATURNIAN will release their new album, "Dimensions", on August 24 via Indie Recordings. The CD was produced by Russ Russell, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, NAPALM DEATH and EVILE.
01. Construct: Illusion
02. Into Etherea
04. Eternal Eclipse
05. Shadow Of Prophecy
06. Traces From The Past
08. Origins Of The Future
09. The Immaculate Deception
10. Wreathed In Flame (bonus track)
The songs "Eternal Eclipse" and "Into Etherea" can be streamed below.
German death metallers CYTOTOXIN have inked a multi-album deal with Unique Leader Records. The band's second album, "Radiophobia", will be released on November 6. The CD was recorded at Kohlekeller Studios (BENIGHTED, POWERWOLF) in Seeheim, Germany.
The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on April 26, 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Inspired by this catastrophe and its consequences, a highly radiated newcomer band called CYTOTOXIN simply pulverized the German brutal death metal underground in 2010. Always on an exalted technical level but still keeping one eye on songwriting and heavy, pounding neck-breaker riffs, they formed a deadly mixture. Combined with unique and bulldozing live performances, their fan base increased rapidly.
CYTOTOXIN's full-length debut, "Plutonium Heaven", was released in April 2011.
"Thoughts Like Hammers", a new song from Norwegian progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED, can be streamed at NPR.org. The track comes off the band's twelfth studio album, "RIITIIR", which will be released in Europe on September 28 and in North America on October 9 via Nuclear Blast Records.