Former AUGURY drummer Antoine Baril has joined Canadian death metal band DEVIANT PROCESS.
Danish death metal band ILLNATH will release its fourth album, 4 Shades Of Me, on March 12th through Pitch Black Records. ILLNATH is booked for this year’s Asia Metal Festival on March 30th in South Korea.
LUNARSEA has entered OuterSound Studio in Rome to record its third full-length album, Hundred Light Years for a May release through Punishment 18 Records.
Switzerland’s grindcore death outfit MUMAKIL has completed the recording of its new LP, now bearing the title Flies Will Starve, set for release later in the year through Relapse Records. It was self-recorded at Terrier 5 Studio in Geneva. The tour takes place in April.
ABSU is undertaking a tour called North American Connexus Conjuration. The 26-city tour will see the band perform two full sets with music spanning its 20-year recording career. It is the first full tour by the Texas-based trio since the release of Abzu, the second of a planned trilogy of recordings.
Will it be cancelled? DEICIDE will embark on The End Of The Word Tour 2013 beginning in March. Opening at various times are DESTINITY, KARNAK, ARVAS and SWEETEST DEVILRY.
Italian band INTO DARKNESS will release the CD version of its debut EP in February through Hellthrasher Productions. The vinyl version was issued through Iron Bonehead Productions.
GRAVEYARD has recruited a new touring singer called Fiar (FOSCOR, MELANGIA and DAWN OV HATE). The band’s next album, The Sea Grave, will be released in March through War Anthem Records.
VREID has release a new single, The Way Of The Serpent, from its full-length, Welcome Farewell, which is due for North American release through Indie Recordings on March 5th.
Candlelight Records has announced April 23rd as the North American release date for Withdrawal, the third album from black metal band WOE.
SÉANCE has parted ways with guitarist Rickard “Richard Corpse” Rimfält claiming the man lacks inspiration.
Ottawa’s melodic death thrashers CHARIOTS OF THE GODS has issued a full length CD called Tides of War on Tuesday, January 29th.
Season of Mist has signed American death metal act CANNABIS CORPSE. The band was founded by Landphil (of MUNICIPAL WASTE) and Hallhammer in the summer of 2006, as a tribute to smoking pot and, of course, CANNIBAL CORPSE. An album is expected this year. The band is touring the USA.
Spanish thrash metal band TOXOVIBORA is issuing its debut album, Primer Ataque, through Art Gates Records.
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER has picked Everblack as the title for its next album, which is due in June through Metal Blade Records.
Drummer Arttu Malkki has decided to take a break from AEON. He and his girlfriend are expecting twins in March and they want to focus on the family. The band has recruited Emil Wiksten (BLOOD RED THRONE).
CTULU will release its next full-length album, Seelenspiegelsplitter, on April 12th. The album will be introduced at two shows in Hamburg and Erfurt, Germany. It is issued by Nocturnal Empire.
RAVENWOOD has a split release out with the Malaysian band FILSUFATIA. It’s called Fallen Leaves In A Tide Of Sorrow. It features four tracks with each band contributing two. Find them here: www.twilightfauna.bandcamp.com.
German black metal band NEBELKRÄHE has signed a deal with Mighty Music. NEBELKRÄHE has completed work on its new album, Lebensweisen, which will be out on February 18th.
After twelve years in ANTHRAX guitarist Rob Caggiano has quit the band. He wants to focus on production work. ANTHRAX has now recruited SHADOWS FALL‘s Jon Donais to step in for shows in India, Australia and the North American Metal Alliance Tour. ANTHRAX has recorded several cover versions of songs by RUSH, THIN LIZZY, BOSTON and others which will be the Anthems EP, which is due on March 18th through Nuclear Blast.
DEVOURMENT will release its next album, Conceived In Sewage, on February 19th.
DERANGED’s new five-song EP, Morgue Orgy, will be released on CD in early 2013 through Sevared Records.
CREST OF DARKNESS’ In The Presence Of Death is out on February 25th through My Kingdom Music.
Bay Area band KILL RITUAL has lined up US dates in support of its debut release, The Serpentine Ritual, which was issued through Scarlet Records. The band is also introducing new guitarist Mehl Anoma (ex-POTENTIAL and THREAT SF) who takes over for the departing Roberto Proietti who has stepped down because of a “demanding professional career and new family.”
LOST SOUL will release a double album, Genesis XX Years Of Chaoz, on February 22nd. The album, which spans the band’s career, will include 32 songs and two cover versions.
Finnish thrash metal band LOST SOCIETY will release its album, Fast Loud Death, on March 15th through Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios.
Grande Prairie, Alberta thrash metal five-piece EDGE OF ATTACK is gearing up for the release of the self-titled debut album on Tuesday, February 19th through Halifax metal label Spread The Metal Records.
After closing the year with a performance at Germany’s Satans Convention alongside TAAKE and INQUISITION, Italian band DARKEND has been confirmed for Steelfest Open Air 2013, an extreme metal festival that will take place in Hyvinkää, Finland on May 24th and 25th featuring, amongst others, MAYHEM, SODOM, DESTRUCTION, BELPHEGOR and TSJUDER. SODOM has picked Epitome Of Torture as the title for its next album, due on April 29th through SPV/Steamhammer. The band has recorded 12 songs with producer Waldemar Sorychta.
Murder 101, the second full-length from Virginia based band, UNBURIED, is out through Poland’s Selfmadegod Records.
WORMED has a new album called Exodromos. It was recorded at Sadman Studios in Madrid, Spain and mastered by Mika Jussila at the Finnvox Studiosin Helsinki, Finland. Exodromos will be released on March 26th, 2013 through Willowtip Records.
Philippine death metal band PATHOGEN is working with Germany’s Dunkelheit Produktionen and on March 1st will release Miscreants Of Bloodlusting Aberrations.
Five years after its previous CD, San Francisco thrashers HATCHET will release an album, called Dawn Of The End, on March 5th through The End Records.
HYPOCRISY will issue End Of Disclosure in March through Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s Australian tour got cancelled once the promoter went AWOL.
OFFICIUM TRISTE will release a studio album, called Mors Viri, on March 18th through Hammerheart Records.
Tokyo, Japan’s doom metal band COFFINS has entered its local Noise Room Studio. The band is recording vocals for its new LP, The Fleshland.
DARK TRANQUILLITY has picked Construct as the title for its next album, which is due on May 27th through Century Media Records.
German band DEHUMAN REIGN has signed with FDA Rekotz for the release of two albums and an EP. DEHUMAN REIGN’s first release, the Destructive Intent EP is due this spring.
LEGION OF THE DAMNED has signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. The band has also picked up guitarist Hein Willekens.
Tuomas Saukkonen has decided to end working on all his bands, BEFORE THE DAWN, DAWN OF SOLACE, BLACK SUN AEON and ROUTASIELU. He will instead focus on WOLFHEART.
IN-QUEST has picked 8 – The Odyssey Of Eternity as the title for its next album, which is scheduled for a late spring release.
Norwegian black metal band DJEVEL has re-signed with Aftermath Music for the release of its second album, Besatt Av Maane Og Natt. The band will enter Caliban Studio to begin recording.
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ will release a new album, Meadows Of Nostalgia, on March 15th through Season Of Mist.
BLACK CRUCIFIXION will release a new album, Coronation Of King Darkness, in March. Spinefarm is the band’s label.
SETH has re-signed with Season Of Mist and issue The Howling Spirit on June 7th.
SOOTHSAYER will release the Troops Of Hate album on February 12th through Galy Records.
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Ward will not participate in the Dark Roots Of Thrash Tour with TESTAMENT, OVERKILL and 4ARM due to personal issues. He is temporarily replaced by Jeff Barbaree. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM’s album, Ugly Noise was digitally issued in 2012.
VRAK is yet another Swedish project featuring singer Josefin Finér (BURNING KITCHEN and SJU SVÅRA Å), as well as musicians like guitarist Mikael Kjellman (MARTYRDÖD, SKITSYSTEM, etc.), bassist Martin Larsson (AT THE GATES and UNDERACHIEVER) and drummer Anton Grönholm (ACURSED).