NECROPHOBIC has picked Death To All… as the title for its full-length album, which is due in the summer through Regain Records. A couple of song titles are For Those Who Stayed Satanic and Revelation 666.
Singer and bassist Thomas “Angelripper” of SODOM
and his friend Detlef “Magic” Lauster have a new band called DIE KNAPPEN. The name means ’miner’ in German. As mentioned in a Metallian interview from 2006 Tom’s father was a miner.
MÅNEGARM has also signed a deal with Regain Records. The band’s next album is due this summer.
TRIDENT, a new Swedish death metal band formed by guitarist Johan Norman of DISSECTION and SOULREAPER, has signed with Regain Records. The group’s debut album, World Destruction, was engineered by Andy La Rocque at Sonic Train Studio in Varberg, Sweden. Expect the album in April.
Fresh off the Blood God Rising In The East World Tour 2008 which included a trip to China Germany’s DEBAUCHERY has announced a new album for April called Rockers & War. The album is due to arrive with a bonus DVD promising to feature lesbian porno.
Finland’s ABLAZE IN HATRED has released The Quietude Plains in Finland. An international release is planned for March, 2009.
RAVENS CREED is a VENOM-inspired band featuring former SABBAT bassist Frazer Craske, ORANGE GOBLIN’s Ben Ward, former IRON MONKEY Steve Watson and Jason Graham and is in the studio to record its debut album, Albion Thunder. Expect it in the summer.
After several years of inactivity and departure from the Season Of Mist roster Norway’s CARPATHIAN FOREST is back with plans for shows and a new album in 2009.
Selfmadegod Records has signed mathcore/metal band MOTHRA from Opole, Poland. In September of 2008 the band recorded seven tracks with producer Szymon Czech (ANTIGAMA, BLINDEAD, THIRD DEGREE, NYIA and UNSUN) for a full-length called Dyes to be released in the Spring of 2009.
INZEST’s Grotesque New World and NUCLEAR VOMIT’s Obora albums are now out through Mad Lion Records.
Danish/Italian band CHAOSWAVE will release a new album, Dead Eye Dreaming, on March 6th through Silverwolf.
Tour with INCANTATION coming? GOREAPHOBIA has completed the recording of a new album called Mortal Repulsion. The album features guitarist John McEntee (INCANTATION) and drummer Jim Roe (ex-INCANTATION). The album will be released on John McEntee’s (INCANTATION) label, Ibex Moon Records.
DARKANE, SOILWORK, DAYLIGHT DIES, WARBRINGER and SWALLOW THE SUN are touring Canada and the USA. DARKANE will release its fifth album, Demonic Art, in North America on February 10th through Nuclear Blast Records. The North American version of the CD, which came out in Europe in October 24 through Massacre Records, will contain a bonus track and a bonus DVD.
Season Of Mist will release the following albums in 2009: CANTATA SANGUI’s On Rituals And Correspondence In Constructed Realities, WATAIN’s Casus Luciferi & Rabid Death’s Curse, SEPTICFLESH’s Sumerian Daemons CD jewel case reissue and PUNISH YOURSELF latest release Gore Baby Gore.
DEICIDE has signed to Century Media records world-wide. DEICIDE led by original members Glen Benton (vocals and bass) and Steve Asheim (drums) has been busy at Audiohammer Studios with Mark Lewis (BLACK DAHLIA, CHIMAIRA, etc.) and is looking at a summer release. The group has reunited with legendary guitarists Jack Owen (ex-CANNIBAL CORPSE) and Ralph Santolla (OBITUARY, EX-ICED EARTH and DEATH) and is currently back from a European tour. Former DEATH/OBITUARY guitarist Ralph Santolla will rejoin DEICIDE for its upcoming Winterfest 2009 European tour, which also features SAMAEL and DEVIAN.
LAMB OF GOD will release its next album, Wrath, on February 24th through Epic in the USA and Roadrunner Records in Europe.
Singer Martin van Drunen, guitarist Paul Baayens, bassist Wannes Gubbels and drummer Bob Bagchus are recording a new ASPHYX album which will also feature a DVD recorded at Party.San festival in 2007.
Former TESTAMENT guitarist Glen Alvelais has left FORBIDDEN and been replaced by former TESTAMENT guitarist Steve Smyth. Alvelais is apparently not impressed by the lack of heaviness in the new FORBIDDEN album and will instead focus on the TENET project.
Xtreem Music has issued GOTHMOG’s A Step In The Dark album. The band is compared to DIMMU BORGIR.
Singer Kam Lee and drummer Curtis Beeson have left DENIAL FIEND due to personal differences. The band, featuring former DEATH Bassist Terry Butler, will continue. Lee will focus on BONE GNAWER and issue a new MASSACRE album. The band has instead recruited former DRI drummer Rob Rampy. THE ACCUSED’s singer Blaine Cook is also helping out.
DEATH ANGEL has recruited bassist Sammy Diosdado following the departure of Dennis Pepa. The new man is a former member of THE SICK and is in ALL TIME HIGHS with DEATH ANGEL singer Mark Osegueda.
Norway’s THE SICKENING has signed a two-album deal with Xtreem Music. The band, featuring ex-BLOOD RED THRONE drummer Beist, has an album tentatively called Death, Devastation, Decay completed for release for summer of 2009.
Seventeen years on Sweden’s LORD BELIAL has called it a day effective immediately. Drummer Micke Backelin has tinnitus and needs a medical break.
Italian thrashers SOTHIS have picked Egod as the title for their next album, which will feature singer Alessandro Falà.
MITHRAS has recruited singer and bassist Sam Bean (of THE SENSELESS and ex-THE BERZERKER) to replace the departed Rayner Coss.
The End Records has signed KARL SANDERS, the man behind South Carolina’s Nile, and his solo band. The label will release Sanders’ second full-length solo album, entitled Saurian Exorcisms, on April 14th.
After eight years of absence drummer Roel Sanders is back in GOD DETHRONED. Moreover guitarist Susan Gerl of MURDER SYNDICATE has replaced Isaac Delhaye.
Session drummer Nick Barker will fill in for EXODUS’ Tom Hunting during the Americans’ upcoming European tour. EXODUS
claims Hunting is on a Mexican vacation then.
BLUT AUS NORD will release A new album, CALLED Memoria Vetusta II – Dialogue With The Stars, on February 23RD through Candlelight Records.
ARCH GOAT will release a new album, The Light-Devouring Darkness, this month through Blasphemous Underground Productions. The band hails from Finland and will issue the last release of the album.
ARCH ENEMY will begin a Latin America Revolution Tour 2009 in late April including trips to Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico.
Candlelight Records has extended its cooperation with Chicago-based Battle Kommand Records. Founded by NACHTMYSTIUM vocalist/guitarist Blake Judd in 2004, Candlelight will now look after the label’s catalog around the globe. Previously the deal was in place for only England and the European continent
SUFFOCATION has entered the studio to begin recording its Nuclear Blast debut Blood Oath. The follow-up to the 2006 self-titled record will once again be recorded with Joe Cincotta, who has worked with the band on its previous two releases.
Open Grave Records has signed Nevada-based death metal band I BUILT THE CROSS. The band was formed in the summer of 2008 and will issue a new album in the spring.
HELLSAW will release a new album, called Cold, in March through Napalm Records. The album is produced by DARK FORTRESS guitarist V. Santura.
Ousted DEW-SCENTED members, guitarists Hendrik Bache and Florian Müller have recruited singer Ercu, drummer Antek of REVOLVER and bassist Henrik formerly of REVOLVER and formed a new band called NEMESIS LOVE CULT.
DECREPIT BIRTH is in pre-production mode for its third full-length album entitled Polarity. The album is the band’s first release on Nuclear Blast Records and is due in the summer of 2009.
Singer Covan of DECAPITATED is asking for donations to go towards his recovery following an accident over a year ago. People can send virtual cash by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Lord Records will issue the third WITTR full-length Black Cascade on March 31st.
Candlelight Records has signed Denver-based thrashers HAVOK. The band is currently completing its debut album titled Burn which is expected for release early spring.
HEIDEN’s Obsidian will be out on the third of March. The band’s fourth album is being issued through Naga Productions.
Napalm Records will issue HATESPHERE’s To The Nines in March. The album was produced by Tue Madsen.
VATICAN is a band featuring former members of ION DISSONANCE, TRAILS OF ANGUISH, UNQUINTESSENCE, THE CRIMSON SYNDICATE and DOPETHRONE, which has signed with Galy Records for the release of the Shotgun Evangelium EP. The band reckons itself hardcore and black metal.
AXAMENTA has thrown in the towel.
GORY BLISTER will release a new album, Graveyard of Angels, on April 6th through Mascot Records.
Contaminating The Divine, the third album of Denmark’s HORNED ALMIGHTY, is out now through Obscure Abhorrence Productions. It was produced by Jacob Bredahl.