Swedish black metal heathens WATAIN are set to unleash a new DVD upon the masses. Titled Opus Diaboli, the production commemorates the bands 13 years of chaos by providing a visual and audio documentation of their ceremonial anniversary concert performance in Stockholm and the long years of physical, intellectual and spiritual work leading up to it. Opus Diaboli is an epic 90-minute journey into the forbidden realms of wild-hearted Satanic metal and the manifestation of a unique band that has truly chosen a path few have ever dared to tread upon.
Comments the band in a collective statement: This movie was first meant to be the recording of our 13-year anniversary concert, but as everything with WATAIN, it took on a life of its own and become one of our most ambitious projects to date. It is a very personal and emotional piece of work and is certainly not for the faint of heart. But for those who wish to explore the glimmering abyss of WATAIN further, this will be a rewarding release for sure. The box version of Opus Diaboli [available exclusively through the bands own WOLFWEAR.NET] contains an exclusive photobook. It was an overwhelming experience going through the massive archives in search of photos that best sum up the storm of passionate turmoil that has marked the WATAIN journey, especially since we wanted to stay away from live photos and focus more on moments off stage. The results were however very satisfying and offer a rare and spicy mixture of photos of which most have never been published previously. We are also proud to announce that this will be the first release on our own label His Masters Noise, a name originating from Bathory who had it in mind for their own label back in the early 1980s. Just like with our merch store WOLFWEAR.NET from which the limited box set will be available, this time we have chosen to stand by our own and do things our way.
Opus Diaboli DVD: A four-panel digipack including the DVD, two audio CDs featuring the full concert plus a 16-page booklet with historical photos and flyers.
Opus Diaboli Box: Limited 12 box including the DVD, two audio CDs and two LPs featuring the full concert plus an exclusive 64-page booklet with historical photos and flyers.
Opus Diaboli will be unleashed in North America on June 5, 2012.
Candlelight Records confirmed June 19 as the North American release date for Eremita, the anticipated fourth album from Norwegian-born vocalist/guitarist IHSAHN. Recorded and produced at Telemarks Ivory Shoulder Studios, with additional tracking completed at Notoddens Juke Joint Studio and Seattles Envisage Audio, Eremita was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth) at Fascination Street Studios in Orebo, Sweden. Alongside IHSAHN, the album features performances from drummer Tobias Ornes Andersen (Leprous), saxophonist Jorgen Munkeby (Shining Norway), guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), and vocalists Devin Townsend, Einar Solberg (Leprous), and Heidi S. Tveitan (Star of Ash). The albums packaging has been created by award-winning Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz.
The Montreal-based technical death metal band DERELICT have released a third streaming single from their upcoming album, Perpetuation, set for release on April 20th, 2012.
"Spoils Of War" can be streamed below.
"We definitely went all-out on the brutality for this track", comments Derelict vocalist Eric Burnet. "Max (Lussier, guitar) brought us a great mix of technical parts and straight-up headbanging riffs. The lyrics are about how most of our societies are built on top of the bones of previous ones that we destroyed."
PESTIFER announces that will start recording the full-force album on April 10th together with producer/sound-engineer Bruno Silva at Estudio213 in Porto, Portugal.
The album will be composed with 9 themes. Two of it are instrumental. The first is a short intro, the second, an outro with classical guitar and a solo guitar on it! The album has music with blasts all over furious and blasphemous evil Death Metal. Some are more aggressive, other more brutal than the sounds recorded before.
A few song titles are: Brutal Eruption of Chaos, Nothing Remains, Mars Exulti, Rage in the Dark, Awaken by Death or Carved in Flesh.
Swedish/spanish band PUTREVORE, formed by Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER) and Dave Rotten (AVULSED) is currently immersed in the mixing process of their sophomore opus that will be entitled "Macabre Kingdom".
Music was recorded during January/ February in Sweden, this time with the help of Brynjar Helgetun on drums, who already played for bands like CRYPTICUS, RIBSPREADER, THE GROTESQUERY... Vocals were recorded during the last days of March in Spain, so now everything will be mixed in Sweden and should be ready during the month of April.
Nine songs were recorded this time, eight of them will go on the album and one will be kept for some possible split EP with some rotting band if there's a chance for that.
01. The Mysteries of the Worm Part I
02. The Mysteries of the Worm Part II
03. Beyond Human Comprehension
04. Universal Devourer
05. Awaiting Awakening Again
06. The Morbid Mass of Swarming Entities
07. The Tentacles Through Time
08. Tattooed Skin Map
Cover art for "Macabre Kingdom" has been again done by spanish master Juanjo Castellano.
This new PUTREVORE slab of sonic putrefaction will be release through XTREEM MUSIC, although there's not a definite release date for this album yet, but most probably it'll be first released on 12"LP vinyl format around June and some months later, on CD format, so all vinyl freaks will get priority before any new generation ipod-consumer boy, who will have to wait before getting their cystal-clear digital bootlegged ethereal mp3.
A Plymouth-based UK quartet HOLODOMOR have debuted with a MCD Témoignages de la Gnose Terrestre, which delivers five pieces of malign bestial death/thrash. The CD has been produced and released by the band. It is limited to 500 copies and presents the following repertoire:
The aim of realising Témoignages de la Gnose Terrestre was a sonic catalysation of fury, alienation and inhuman psychosis. The immense slaughter of Holodomor destroys thoroughly and mercilessly devastates the last remnants of coherent thoughts in the attack resembling some more excellent spells by AngelCorpse, Sadistik Exekution, Throneum or Revenge.
THE WAY OF PURITY release sophomore album Equate in US & Canada on 17 April
Distributed in North America by RED/Sony via Basick/Prosthetic on behalf of Revolution Harmony.
There are few bands with a common purpose beyond that of the music they create, who ardently stick to that purpose, thus transcending the vagaries of the often soulless music industry and becoming a genuine force for change. Animal Liberation Front supporters THE WAY OF PURITY are one such band though, and with the North American release of their sophomore album Equate on 17 April 2012, via the new non-profit record label Revolution Harmony, they will take one more small step for man and one more giant leap for animal-kind. Equate features ten new tracks of brutally blackened and detuned metalcore with synth flourishes, married with empoweringly empathetic lyrics, all trapped in a vicious bass-laden analogue recording. The album was produced, arranged, recorded and edited by Jonathan Mazzeo at Math Lab Recordings, mixed by Wahoomi Corvi at Realsound Studio, and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studio.
01. Artwork Of Nature
02. Death Abound Everywhere
04. Eternal Damnation To René Descartes
05. Keep Dreaming
06. For All Who Thrive Unheard
07. The Mighty Fall
08. The Last Darkest Night
09. A Time To Be So Small
10. Lijty Crjsty
Always walk on the path of integrity and never act like a normal band, that has always been our promise to ourselves The Way Of Purity affirms. Our partners must fight to push our message and mission without ulterior motives, and this is exactly why we have joined forces with Revolution Harmony. When we found out about Ray Holroyds non-profit record label, we fell in love with his vision, and with his support we can fulfil our dreams of helping animal and earth protection organizations. This is just the beginning the revolution starts now!
Unique Leader Records announced the signing of Denmark's Dawn of Demise to the family. The band has always emphasized heaviness and catchiness, and with 3 successful releases under their belt - their recipe for death metal has remained the same, staying true to the pit-fueled, aggressive slam orientated style. Their 3rd full-length, "Rejoice In Vengeance", will be released this summer. Street date & advanced track announced soon.
Finnish melodic death metallers PAIN CONFESSOR have inked a deal with Spinefarm Records. The band will enter the studio this summer to record its fourth album for a late 2012 release.
Commented PAIN CONFESSOR: "'Three down, fourth to go.' Finally, someone utters. But what's the deal with the new full length? We are rowing a truly grim river. The renewed lineup boasts with vigor to go through a stone wall, the material heavy as a murderer's burden. Is it better than 'Turmoil'? No, it is a completely different record and stands on its own upon fresh soil. The crew's newest inmates bring along a whole new bag of tricks with which to drill deeper into the hidden reaches of human mind with newborn fervor."
Unique Leader announced a multi-album signing with Inanimate Existence, the technical death metal outfit hailing from Californias San Francisco Bay Area. Inanimate Existence brings an onslaught of crushing, true death metal, while pushing the musical envelope with their other-worldly compositions and painstaking writing. Their debut album, Liberation Through Hearing, is set to be released Summer 2012, street date announced soon.
The Band comments:
We are honored to be joining the ranks of death metal titans like Spawn of Possession, Deeds of Flesh, Vile, Disgorge, and more. Much of our influence is drawn from the roots of brutal death metal spawned from Unique Leader, and we are extremely excited to be able to share our work with the world alongside it and everybody else on the label. Expect no less than the absolute pinnacle of creative and brutal technicality on our debut release, and even more to come.
Spanish death metal band AVULSED have parted ways with drummer Ricardo "Riky" Mena.
"We're sorry to communicate you that since last 20th of March, Ricardo Mena (Riky) is no longer the band's drummer. Due to differences on how to deal with different internal issues within the band, we've decided, after a reunion, that the best thing for both parts is not to continue together. No hard feelings, beyond the sadness that all this means for us all.
Due to this, we must announce the cancellation of the performance on the two upcoming festivals in April where AVULSED was going to participate: Thrashway Fest (Oviedo) and Barroselas SWR Fest (Portugal). However, there's a possibility that the last show with the current line-up with Riky might happen at Hellfest in France.
We just want to thank Riky for his eight years of total devotion and profesionalism as a musician and his friendship, that we'll keep, of course. And to wish him the best both on personal and professional on musical matters."