DARKTHRONE will release a new album, Circle The Wagons, on April 5th through Peaceville Records. The album is supposed to be more “rock and roll” and features songs like Running For Borders, I Am The Graves Of The 80s and Stylized Corpse.
THINE EYES BLEED has recruited guitarist Nigel Curley (EXCRUCIATING THOUGHTS and ATAXIA) over Nigel Reid. The new man is closer geographically to the rest of the Canadian group.
German death metal band DEFEATED SANITY will release its album, Chapters Of Repugnance, on May 4th through Willowtip Records. The album was recorded at Soundforge Studio in Berlin and features a guest appearance by A.J. Magana from DISGORGE on vocals.
After a seven-year hiatus ASTRIAAL has returned with a second album, entitled Anatomy Of The Infinite. The album is due to be released in the autumn of 2010 through the Australian label Obsidian Records.
Denmark’s HORNED ALMIGHTY has signed a deal with Candlelight Records. The band will enter the studio in April to begin recording its next album, Necro Spirituals. The next album is due in late 2010.
THE ROYAL ARCH BLASPHEME is a new black metal band featuring KRIEG’s N. Imperial and PROFANATICA songwriter J. Gelso. The band’s self-titled debut album is out in April. The album’s song titles are Denial Of The Holy Spirit, Jahbulon, Via Crucis, Isaiah 14:12, Dead Eucharist, Lust And Sacrilege, Ascension Of Lies, Alchemic, Seven Devils Of Ejaculation and Kingdom Of Perversions.
After releasing the debut mini-CD Man Devour The Man in 2009, Spain’s THE MURDER INDUSTRY signed with Xtreem Music for the release of its debut album which is already recorded and due for release by mid-March.
Norwegian black metal band GRAVDAL will release a new full-length album, called Torturmantra, in May through Unexploded Records. It was produced by ENSLAVED‘s Herbrand Larsen. The band is touring with GORGOROTH and KEEP OF KALESSIN.
Season of Mist has signed LENG TCH’E. The band has finished its new album at Parlour Studio in Kettering, UK with producer Russ Russell. It is expected in the summer.
UK-based black metal band ZEBADIAH CROWE has just released its third album, Grawl! The Many Deaths Of The Great Beast in the USA through Apocrypha Records. The band recently concluded the final leg of the Funeral Nation Tour headlined by MARDUK and ANAAL NATHRAKH.
WORLD UNDER BLOOD, the melodic death metal side-project featuring CKY guitarist/vocalist Deron Miller alongside Tim Yeung (DIVINE HERESY, ex-HATE ETERNAL) on drums, Risha Eryavec (ex-DECREPIT BIRTH) on bass, and Luke Jaeger (ex-SLEEP TERROR) on guitar, has signed to Nuclear Blast Records. An untitled album is in the works.
KATATONIA will release a new EP, called The Longest Day, on March 15th through Peaceville Records In addition to the already released title track, the EP features a previously unreleased song called Sold Heart, a remix of Day And Then The Shade and Idle Blood. The disc also features a video.
Death Motivation is the title of THE MURDER INDUSTRY’s debut full-length and includes eight songs.
MORTAL SIN has lost guitarist Mick Sultana due to “personal reasons.” A replacement is sought. A new album is due later this year.
The reconstituted DIABOLIC will release its next full-length album, Excisions Of Exorcisms, on April 20th through Deathgasm Records. The album was recorded at D.O.W. Studio in Florida with producer Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez (MORBID ANGEL and TERRORIZER). Joe Petagno who has worked with MOTÖRHEAD in the past illustrated the artwork.
SOULGRIND will release its ninth album, The Tuoni Pathway, on May 3rd through Femme Metal Records. The album will feature a guest appearance by Roope Latvala of CHILDREN OF BODOM.
Germany’s EQUILIBRIUM has lost vocalist Helge Stang and drummer Manuel Di Camillo. The band missed its show at the Winterfire Festival in February.
THE WRETCHED END is a new Norway-based band featuring guitarist Samoth of EMPEROR, bassist Cosmo of MINDGRINDER and drummer Nils Fjellström of DARK FUNERAL and AEON. The band is in the studio recording its debut album, which is due in the autumn. The death metal band is seeking a label.
AEON has picked Path Of Fire as the title for its third album, which is due later this year through Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded in September 2009 at Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden.
Bay Area thrash band DEFIANCE has recruited drummer Burton Ortega of KAOS.
ARCH ENEMY guitarist CHRISTOPHER AMOTT is working on a solo album called Follow Your Heart. It is reportedly psychedelic rock.
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN’s Option Paralysis is out on March 22nd through Season Of Mist.
DEW-SCENTED has picked Invocation – another album title beginning with ‘i’ – as the title for its new album, tentatively due in May through Metal Blade Records. The band entered Soundlodge Studio with producer Jörg Uken to record the album.
After many hiccups and delays, the DEADBIRD/BURNED UP BLED DRY split is out now. DEADBIRD’s tracks were recorded back in 2006. The 7“ was issued on February 24th, 2010.
Moribund Records has issued BLOODCULT’s We Are The Cult Of Plains album.
The Polish “thrash/groove metal band” CHAIN REACTION will release its second full-length album in the spring of 2010. Italy’s Kolony Records will release the European pressing. The band recorded the album, called Cutthroat Melodies, in July of 2009 at Zed studio.
Former singer Steve “Zetro” Souza rejoined EXODUS at its February 8th concert at the Grand Ballroom in San Francisco and sang the tune Toxic Waltz with the group. The band’s Exhibit B: The Human Condition album is out in May.
NOMINON, featuring vocalist Henke Skoog (EVISCERATED) and bassist Martin Petersson, will release its fourth album Monumentomb on March 23rd through Deathgasm Records. A series of Swedish shows are planned in order to introduce the album and the singer.
ENTOMBED has announced shows in the USA and Canada complementing its Maryland Deathfest appearance. Support will come from OBITUARY, MERAUDER and WOE OF TYRANTS. The new WOE OF TYRANTS album, Threnody, will be released worldwide on April 13th through Metal Blade while the band is on the road with OVERKILL and VADER.
More pride! HIMINBJORG is “proud” to announce a new album on its own label, European Tribes. Chants D’hier, Chants De Guerre, Chants De La Terre (Songs Of Yesterday, Songs Of War, Songs Of The Earth). This is the first time the band’s album is sung in French. The CD will be available on the band’s website.
LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR’s fourth full-length, Evil Power, will be released on April 13th on The Grind-House Records, an independent record label started by Steve Rathbone, Chris Wozniak (both from LOTM) and Josh Diebel (former head of Alleysweeper Records). The record will be distributed by Southern Lord Records, which has released the band’s previous three albums on CD and vinyl, two EPs and DVD.
FATAL EMBRACE has signed a deal with Metal Blade Records for the release of the new album, The Empires Of Inhumanity.
ARMA GATHAS, the metal band featuring former CATARACT guitarist Simon Füllemans has signed with Metal Blade Records. The band’s debut album, Dead To This World, will be released on April 27th through Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded in November of 2009 at the Barracs studios with producer Sky Hoff.
Italy’s techno-metal band SADIST will release a new album, called Season In Silence, on March 19th through Liveglobal. The album was produced and mixed by Tommy Talamanca.
ACHERON has picked not one but two guitarists. Art Taylor has been unofficially with the band for a year now. Eric Stewart is a former member of MANGLED FAITH and INFERNAL FAITH. The two were previously in a KING DIAMOND cover band called THEM. Former guitarist Maximus Otworth couldn’t continue in the band due to his living too far away. He is presently playing in the band THE EDDINGTON LIMIT.
Reformed thrashers EXUMER has been confirmed to play in Sofia, Bulgaria on April 1st 2010. EXUMER will co-headline the Thrash Attack Festival in Sofia with SAVAGE GRACE.
THE RED CHORD will be performing with original drummer Michael Justian at all its upcoming shows. Justian has not performed with the group since the Maryland Deathfest of 2004 and replaces recently departed drummer, Brad Fickeisen. Justian left THE RED CHORD at the end of 2003, joined UNEARTH in 2004 and also spent time with TRAP THEM, EARTH CRISIS, SHAI HULUD and 108 in the interim.
The new work of Italian thrashers IRREVERENCE is entitled Upon These Ashes and is due in March through Noisehead Records. Tom Angelripper of SODOM has finished the recording sessions for his guest vocal parts on the song Echoes Of War.
UK-based black metal band THE ORDER OF APOLLYON (featuring members of CRADLE OF FILTH, AOSOTH, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED and AKERCOCKE) has inked a three-album deal with Listenable Records. The release of the debut album, The Flesh, has been scheduled for April in Europe with a North American release date in the works.
California black/death metal trio VALDUR recently unleashed a new 7″ through Satans Might/Cult Of The Horns. The 7″ includes two new VALDUR tracks, Berserrker and Demon Wisdom. In related news, VALDUR guitarist/vocalist Thor, bassist William and drummer Sxuperion will appear on a three-way CD split to be release through Necrovomit Productions later this year. “We got asked to do it and we had a really old song that we submitted, recorded in 2003,” elaborates Sxuperion. “The split will be with KILLGASM and SHITESTROM. We will have two songs total.”
Bindrune Recordings is releasing three new albums: NECHOCHWEN’s Azimuths To The Otherworld, BLOOD OF THE BLACK OWL’s A Banishing Ritual, and CELESTIAL’s Where Life Springs Eternal.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith? Fresh off a European tour with label-mates DIVINE EVE, along with HATE, NOCTUM and NERVE, INCANTATION has announced its inclusion in two summer metal festivals. Taking place July 15th – 17th, INCANTATION will be a featured headliner at the Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic and is also playing Austria’s Kaltenback Open Air Festival as well.
Singer Lenny Warmbrandt , drummer Steve Asheim (DEICIDE), bassist Xaphan (KULT OF AZAZEL) and Gio Geraca (MALEVOLENT CREATION) have banded together in a band called EVIL AMIDST. The group is recording an album, but has no label yet.
1349 will release a new album, called Demonoir, on April 26th through via Indie Recordings. Peaceville will handle North America.
Even more changes in HATESPHERE! Singer Jonathan “Joller” Albrechtsen has left HATESPHERE. He is temporarily replaced by Morten “Kruge” Madsen (MEVADIO). The band is touring North America with AUGURY and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. In the meantime, Canada’s AUGURY has recruited Christian Pacaud (MAG) on bass and former NEURAXIS man Tommy McKinnon on drums after losing bassist Dominic ‘Forest’ Lapointe and drummer Antoine Baril.
The sixth album from Swedish black metal band SETHERIAL is Ekpyrosis. A release in the autumn is expected.
GLORIOR BELLI has recruited drummer G. (FROSTMOON ECLIPSE and DEATHROW) in time for the recording of The Full Intrepid Experience Of Light album.
Selfmadegod Records will release Peel Sessions, a CD by AGATHOCLES in March. The album includes 15 songs recorded at BBC Radio for John Peel back in 1997.
HOUR OF PENANCE will release its fourth album, Paradogma, on March 30th through Unique Leader Records. The album was recorded at 16th Cellar studio in Rome with producer Stefano Morabito.
Switzerland’ s BREACH THE VOID (previously known as ETNA) has signed with Coroner Records for the release of its debut album scheduled for June of 2010. The band features drummer Alex Anxionna (formerly of SYBREED). The band has just finished the mastering process for its album at Antfarm Studio by Tue Madsen.
TRIDENT, featuring guitarist Johan Norman of DISSECTION, will release its debut album, World Destruction, on March 22nd through Regain Records. The CD was recorded with Andy La Rocque at Sonic Train Studio in Varberg, Sweden.
Seattle’s BLACK BREATH, which issued the Razor To Oblivion EP last year, is issuing an album called Heavy Breathing on March 30th through Southern Lord.
MAYHEM‘s Deconsecration Part II tour of the USA and Canada has been cancelled due to financial difficulties.