Dutch thrashers FUELBLOODED have signed with My Kingdom Music. The group’s new album, Off The Face Of The Earth, was mixed by Jonas Kjellgren and available on February 5th.
DAYLIGHT MISERY has completed its debut album, Depressive Icons. The band is searching for a label.
Wicked Saint Or Righteous Sinner, a new album by DAWN OF SILENCE, will be released on February 24th through GMR Music Group. The album was recorded in February of 2008 at Black Lounge Studio in Avesta, Sweden with Jonas Kjellgren.
IN MOURNING Monolith is out through Pulverised Records. The album was recorded at Black Lounge Studio (SCAR SYMMETRY, CARNAL FORGE, STEEL ATTACK, etc.) with producer Jonas Kjellgren
Former VADER and BEHEMOTH bassist Marcin “Novy” Nowak has compiled a new band, named ROAD’S END, with guitarist Chris Cannella (N17 and AUTUMN’S END) and drummer Kevan Roy (ex-MASTERY). The band is searching for another guitarist.
Prophecy Productions has announced April 6th as the North American release date for NEGURA BUNGET’s latest, Maiestrit. Both the closing of a chapter and the opening of a new one, Maiestrit is a re-recording/re-interpretation of NEGURA BUNGET’s Maiastru Sfetnic album from 2000 and now the final album to feature the band’s old line-up of vocalist/guitarist Hupogrammos, guitarist Sol Faur and drummer Negru.
BRAIN DRILL has completed work on its follow-up to 2008’s Apocalyptic Feasting. The new album is called Quantum Catastrophe and will be issued this spring.
At a performance in Stuttgart, Germany recently KATAKLYSM was presented with a plaque commemorating its 15-year relationship with Nuclear Blast Records. The band is working on a new album.
The new GODHATE album, Equal In The Eyes Of Death, was released on January 25th through Metal Age Productions. GODHATE will be touring Sweden, Russia, Ireland and the US during spring and summer of 2010.
DETENTE is confirmed to play with ONSLAUGHT in Oslo, Norway on May 21st in what is being promoted as Back To School Night. ONSLAUGHT will play its original 1986 set while DÉTENTE will play material from both Recognize No Authority and the upcoming Decline albums.
Season Of Mist has signed SEVERE TORTURE from The Netherlands. SEVERE TORTURE is currently in Split Second Sound Studios in Amsterdam with producer Jochem Jacobs at work on its upcoming fifth album.
After much delay and problems with the American immigration authority HYPOCRISY will return to North America in May. Support on the trek will come from HATE, BLACKGUARD and SWASHBUCKLE.
Montreal’s WORIGNITION will start recording its first full-length in March with Chris Donaldson of CRYPTOPSY.
Moribund Records has signed Finland’s WYRD. The band’s ninth full-length album, to be titled Death Of The Sun, is expected in the latter half of the year.
THE INKOS is a new band featuring former DEATH ANGEL drummer Andy Galeon. The band made its live debut on Friday, January 29th at Blakes On Telegraph in Berkeley, California.
On the heels of the release of the Riot Squad album, Germany’s PARADOX hds lost guitarist Kai Pasemann and drummer Roland Jahoda last month. According to the band, “We had no choice, because we found out we have a different view on how to reach our goals.” Candidates for the drum position were to bang an e-mail email@example.com, since BIOMECHANICAL guitarist Gus Drax had already joined, although Jahoda rejoined PARADOX in late January.
KREATOR’s 2010 North American tour will feature music from the band’s earliest days. The band is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Two members of the U.K. metal band AFTER DEATH drowned on Thursday January 21st while swimming at the Atalaia beach in Aracaju in Brazil. 21-year-old guitarist Leon Villalba and 18-year-old bassist Timothy Kennelly were in Brazil as their band was opening for MASTER. The tour went on. Kennelly’s body is missing. MASTER’s The Human Machine is out next month through Pulverised Records.
Joe Ptacek, one-time singer for Illinois death metal band BROKEN HOPE, committed suicide on Wednesday, January 20th from a gunshot wound to the head. He was 37 years old. He was in the midst of reforming BROKEN HOPE.
UK doom band ESOTERIC has announced that guitarist Jim Nolan has recently joined the band as a successor to the recently departed Kris Clayton. The band is currently writing and rehearsing new material for the sixth album, which it will begin recording later this year at the Priory Recording Studio. They are still looking for a permanent replacement for keyboard player Olivier Goyet.
ZYKLON has officially disbanded. Candlelight Records will release a ZYKLON box set, called The Storm Manifesto, containing all three of the band’s full-length albums plus some bonus material.
Belgian black metal band ENTHRONED will release its eighth album, Pentagrammaton, in March through Regain Records. As previously reported in Metallian the band now features two former GORGOROTH members.
Italian death metal band HOUR OF PENANCE has picked Paradogma as the name of its fourth album, which is due on March 2nd through Unique Leader Records.
MERCENARY has recruited drummer Morten Løwe Sørensen (THE ARCANE ORDER, SUBMISSION and SLUGS) and also announced that bassist René Pedersen has replaced singer Mikkel Sandager. The latter man recently departed the fold.
Finland’s KALMAH will release its sixth album, 12 Gauge, on March 3rd through Spinefarm Records. The album was recorded between June and August of 2009 at Tico Tico studio and was mastered at the Cutting Room in Sweden.
Former CARNAL FORGE singer Jens C. Mortensen has joined the Swedish thrash metal act ONE HOUR HELL as the band’s new bassist.
California hardcore metal band SUFFOKATE will release its album, No Mercy, No Forgiveness, on February 23rd through Century Media subsidiary Mediaskare Records.
DECREPIT BIRTH is at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland with producer Zack Ohren recording its third album, Polarity. EXODUS had previously used the studio.
Finland’s DESTINITY will release a new album, XI Reasons To See, on February 22nd through Lifeforce Records. The album was recorded in Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen.
CARNIVORE guitarist Paul Bento played with WHIPLASH last month in Virginia at the benefit concert for the missing girl Morgan Harrington. Her remains were later discovered in Virginia.
Norway’s RAGNAROK will release a new album, Collectors Of The King, in March through Regain Records. The album was recorded at Endarker Studios in Norrköping, Sweden. The band is promising some true black metal on the record.
DEW-SCENTED has signed with Metal Blade for Europe and is recording a new album, which is due in May.
CATAMENIA will release a new album, called Cavalcade, on February 26th through Massacre Records. The album was recorded and mixed by Kari Vähäkuopus at Mastervox Studios in Finland and was produced by CATAMENIA.
AT THE GATES will release The Flames Of The End three-disc DVD on February 22nd in Europe and April 6th in the U.S.A. through Earache Records. The live and performance DVD will include a band documentary.
Inspired by KEEL 2012? MUCKY PUP played its final U.S. show ever on January 16th at The Saint in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The band will say farewell to the stage this summer after some European shows.
ASPHYX has kicked bassist Wannes Gubbels out due to “musical differences” according to the band, “Since ASPHYX is a non-compromising band, we had no other choice than to find a suitable replacement. A replacement in the very person of Alwin Zuur [PULVERIZER and ESCUTCHEON]. Wannes will focus on PENTACLE.
The reunited CHANNEL ZERO has a single, called Black Flowers, featuring guitarist Mikey Doling (ex-SOULFLY and SNOT).
INTERMENT has picked Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy as the title for its debut album, which is due in April through Pulverised Records. The album is being recorded at Erebos Studios with Peter Bjärgo.
SICK OF IT ALL has picked Based On A True Story as the title for its next album, due out on April 20th through Century Media Records. It was recorded ay Antfarm Studios in Denmark with Danish producer Tue Madsen.
ABORTED’s Coronary Reconstruction EP is out now in a limited edition digipack of 1,000 copies through Listenable Records.
The 2006 debut album from Swedish death metallers MY OWN GRAVE, entitled Unleash, was reissued through Pulverised Records On January 19th in North America. The extended version of Unleash will be bundled with the Progression Through Deterioration 2004 Demo and two extra cover songs (Orthodox by KRABATHOR and War Ensemble by SLAYER).
ABSCESS’ eighth album, entitled Dawn Of Inhumanity, is out on March 9th through Tyrant Syndicate Productions.
Komplex! KULT OV AZAZEL has lost singer and bassist Xul. The man is apparently taking a break from band activities. Xaphan will now perform all vocals. Now permanent is session guitarist Armanen (TENEBROUS). Former member VJS is back as touring bassist. A DVD is due later this year. Hammer will be unavailable for the dates booked in March due to the recently announced TESTAMENT tour dates. Instead he’ll be out on the road working for those guys so Tony Laureano (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, ANGEL CORPSE and NILE) will be sitting in on drums for the Nihilistic Terror Across Texas tour dates and Gus Rios (MALEVOLENT CREATION) for the March Metal Massacre 5 Festival.
On its upcoming North American tour with EXODUS and MEGADETH in March, TESTAMENT will perform its debut album, The Legacy, in its entirety. MEGADETH will commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Rust In Peace by playing that album in its entirety. Coincidentally, former MEGADETH guitarist Glen Drover will fill in for TESTAMENT’s Alex Skolnick. At the same time, former MEGADETH guitarist Jeff Young has joined Kentucky hard rock band HYDROGYN.
Colorado-based ENEMY REIGN will release its Means To A Dead End EP in Europe through Neurotic Records. The EP was recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio in 2008 and, until now, self-distributed through the ENEMY REIGN online webstore. The European version of this EP will contain one newly recorded exclusive bonus track entitled If The Truth Hurts…Suffer. The European version will also have exclusive artwork and other bonus materials.
I SHALT BECOME is currently working on a new studio album for Moribund Records with the band slated to enter the studio next month. As yet untitled, I SHALT BECOME’s new album for Moribund will be its second full-length for the label and also the first to feature real and live drums.
Salem Rose Music has signed on Victory Records’ PATHOLOGY to a management deal. The San Diego-based band was formed in 2006 by former THE LOCUST and CATTLE DECAPITATION drummer Dave Astor. The company has also signed SEVENTH CALLING to a management deal. The band is recording an album’s worth of music called Epidemic.
SALEM’s Playing God And Other Short Stories is the band’s seventh studio album and first for Pulverised Records. It was recorded at Harold Studios in Israel and mastered by UE Nastasi at Sterling Sound in NYC.
Paragon Records has the following releases available: French band ALDAARON’s Nous Reviendrons Immortels album, English death metal band’s SECTIONED’s Purulent Reality and FAUST’s From Glory To Infinity.
Candlelight Records has signed KRIEG, WOE and YAOTL MICTLAN. The Isolationist is the confirmed title for the sixth album from New Jersey-based KRIEG. Philadelphia-based WOE joins Candlelight after the release of its debut, A Spell For The Death Of Man, in 2008. The band, featuring creator Chris Grigg with a rotating line-up that features members of ABSU, RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER, GREEN EVENING REQUIEM and WOODS OF YPRES, kicked off the new year performing alongside BEHEMOTH at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia. Entitled Quietly, Undramatically, the new album is tentatively planned for a late summer release. Salt Lake City-based YAOTL MICTLAN has completed recording of its second album currently planned for release in April. Dentro del Mantro Gris De Chaae showcases the band’s Mexican and Mayan culture. The band’s name in the Mexican language of Nahuatl means ‘warriors from the land of the dead.’
Who were they with?? GRAVEHILL has left Enucleation Records and signed with Ibex Moon. The band will issue a 12” vinyl release of Rites Of The Pentagram this month, which will contain special packaging. Next up is the CD re-release of Rites Of The Pentagram, which will include the five songs of the Metal Of Death/Advocation Of Murder & Suicide EP. This re-release will soon follow the vinyl version in the spring of 2010. The band’s new album, Pravus Tyrannis, is due in the summer.
Following last year’s Metal Of Honor album, NOCTURNAL FEAR has recruited a new bassist and is writing an album currently entitled Excessive Cruelty. It is expected through Moribund in the autumn.
Norwegian black metallers DEN SAAKALDTE have recruited CARPATHIAN FOREST drummer Anders Kobro to replace the departing Uruz Kobro. The band is rehearsing for the upcoming live appearances and recording sessions. The band recently signed a deal with Pulverised Records for the release of its second full-length album, due later this year.
Xtreem Music and PHLEGETHON will issue a double-CD including liner notes, an exclusive interview and photos called Drifting In The Crypt. It includes the band 1989 demo, 1990 demo, 1991 mini-LP and 2007 and 2008 demos.
Turkey’s HERETIC SOUL is issuing a demo called Born Into This Plague on February 23rd. The band is planning on a European tour this summer.
Inspired by KEEL? FROZEN DOBERMAN will play its first show with the original line-up after fifteen years of inactivity at the Monster Session 2 benefit show for the MS foundation at Manning Bar Sydney University, Australia on March 13, 2010. The original FROZEN DOBERMAN line-up of Adam Marsh, Peter ‘Red’ Fortune, Tim West and Shaun Barry will hit the stage for the benefit alongside some of Sydney’s ‘90’s’ bands including HELLMENN, NUNBAIT, THE HARD-ONS, DAREDEVIL, TWEEZER and THE CELIBATE RIFLES.
DARK FUNERAL released its new full-length album, Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus, in the US on Tuesday, January 26th through Regain Records. The nine-track album was recorded at Abyss Studios in Grangärde, Sweden with engineer and producer Peter Tägtgren.
Metal Blade Records has signed Los Angeles black/death metal band DAWN OF ASHES. The Genocide Chapters album is due in late spring/summer of 2010. The band is currently gearing up to enter the studio to record its Metal Blade debut with producer Fred Archambault.
Could they be unpleased? AS I LAY DYING is “pleased” to announce the title of its upcoming, fifth full-length album as The Powerless Rise. The band is currently finishing recording of The Powerless Rise in San Diego with producer Adam D. who has also worked for popcore band KILLSWITCH ENGAGE.