GLORIOR BELLI will release its newest full-length album, Meet Us Of The Southern Sign, on June 2nd through Candlelight Records.
France’s INKISITOR has signed to Osmose Productions. The death metal band had previously issued an EP through End All Life.
After a 15-year absence PESTILENCE has returned to release a new studio album, Resurrection Macabre. The album was recorded with producer Jacob Hansen in Denmark. The new incarnation of the band is comprised of original band member Patrick Mameli as well as CYNIC’s Tony Choy and drummer Peter Wildoer. Guitar player Patrick Uterwijk will join the band for shows.
COBALT’s Gin album is out now through Profound Lore Records.
Swedish black metal band MARDUK will tour North America this spring. Dubbed Blackenedfest, the band will pillage through 21 cities, beginning with The Fillmore in New York City on March 21st and closing at Les Foufounes Electriques in Montreal alongside Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM , CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CATTLE DECAPITATION and WITHERED.
NACHTMYSTIUM was booted From the Scion Rock Fest bill after being deemed as politically fascist and a Nazi band. The band vehemently denies the charge and is threatening legal action.
Season of Mist has signed both ATHEIST and GNOSTIC both of which share members. GNOSTIC’s debut CD Engineering The Rule will be released before the summer while ATHEIST’s as yet untitled CD will be released later in the year.
DEAD EYED SLEEPER has signed with Supreme Chaos Records. The band emerged from the ashes of LEGACY and features some known faces. These include Sam from FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING on vocals, Stephan from AHAB on guitar and Corny also from AHAB on drums. The first result of the collaboration will be the album Through Forests Of Nonentities, which is available in stores in May, 2009.
AHAB has picked The Divinity Of Oceans as the title for its sophomore album, which is due in July through Napalm Records.
Century Media Records has issued an ARCH ENEMY compilation called Manifesto Of Arch Enemy in Europe. The CD features live versions of Blood On Your Hands and Taking Back My Soul.
CRIMSON FALLS’ Fragments Of Awareness is scheduled for release on April 3rd through Genet Records. The Belgian band’s artwork was done by Sven de Caluwé of ABORTED.
DEICIDE has cancelled its Australian and New Zealand tour claiming it is focusing on completing its debut for Century Media Records.
Archaic North Entertainment has released the second full-length album of Canadian black metal band EMPYREAN PLAGUE. It is titled Ancestral Embers Shall Burn.
Denmark’s VICTIMIZER is issuing an EP called Resurrected Abominations.
BEHERIT is back and will release a new album, called Engram, on April 9th through Spinefarm.
HEAVEN SHALL BURN has picked Bildersturm – Iconoclast II (The Visual Resistance) as the title for its DVD. It is out next month through Century Media.
ABORTED guitarist BST (Sébastien Tuvi) and drummer Daniel Wilding have a new death metal band called THE ORDER OF APOLLYON.
DIAMANTHIAN is in Foel Studio in Wales recording its album, Arcana Doctrina, which will be issued through Ossuary Industries.
VEMOTH will release its second album, The Upcoming End, next month through Dental Records.
Athera, whose real name is Pal Mathieson, the singer for SUSPERIA was rushed into Akershus Universitetssykehus Hospital in Lørenskog, Norway on March 9th after suffering from stomach pains and heavy bleeding. Immediate tests soon showed that the singer had suffered a heart attack caused by damaged blood vessels. He has successfully undergone open-heart surgery. All band activities have ceased. The band’s already completed album is due in the summer.
GORGOROTH’s Infernus has reported that he has won the lawsuit in the dispute regarding the ownership of the name of the band. Other band member, King Ov Hell’s, trademark of the band has been apparently overturned. The Oslo District Court stated that King Ov Hell and Gaahl excluded themselves from the band when they tried to fire Infernus in October, 2007. The losers, King and Gaahl, have launched GOD SEED.
Members of ENTHRONED and EMPTINESS have opened a professional recording studio in Brussels, the capital of Belgium called Blackout Multimedia.
California’s RUSTY EYE is putting the finishing touches to its new album Possessor. Recorded at Temple Studio in Chatsworth, CA, the album will feature 13 songs, which are mixed by Jeremy Blair (GUNS N’ ROSES and FEAR FACTORY) and
produced by Miss Randall, the band’s drummer and vocalist.
Inspired by KEEL? Singer/guitarist Luc Lemay has brought GORGUTS back. 2009 is the band’s twentieth anniversary. GORGUTS has enough material for a new album. ORIGIN and DIM MAK drummer John Longstreth is part of the new line-up.
GOLLUM, which recently signed with Rotten Records, will release its long anticipated The Core full-length on April 14th. The record is dedicated to late drummer Hunter Holland, who died suddenly of heart failure just a short time after he completed the drum tracks for the new record.
ARSIS has dropped off two tours in a row, namely one with THE FACELESS and one with CARCASS. Apparently, guitarist Jim Malone has been losing 100 pounds in a matter of months hence leading to his illness. Original drummer and founding member Michael VanDyne – who played on the band’s debut album, A Celebration Of Guilt, 2005’s A Diamond For Disease EP and 2006’s United In Regret – has returned to the band’s line-up. The old new man will not be touring the band on longer hauls because of his full-time career.
Jarmo Juurikka has decided to leave the stool position in GLORIA MORTI. The band is still working on an album called Eryx.
NEAERA will release its fourth album, Omnicide – Creation Unleashed on May 25th through Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded at the Rape Of Harmonies studio with producer Alexander Dietz.
Apparently Earache Records is still around. BLOOD RED THRONE has finished recording its next album, Souls Of Damnation, to be released on June 1st through the English label Earache Records.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of ANTHRAX’s Fistful Of Metal, Megaforce Records is releasing 2,000 vinyl copies of the album on May 12th in a 3-record set.
VOMITORY’s Carnage Euphoria album will be out on May 11th through Metal Blade Records. The first edition comes with a 90-minute DVD.
CANDLEMASS will headline 2010’s Keep It True XIII festival by performing a special 25th anniversary two-hour show comprised of the entire Epicus Doomicus Metallicus album with original singer Johan Langquist on vocals and another set featuring current singer Robert Lowe.
One-time BANE OF EXISTENCE guitarist Jim Ash has a new band called PROSTRATION.
HELLFUELED has picked Emission Of Sins as the title for its next album, which is due in the autumn. The album was recorded at Leon Music studio with producer Rikard Löfgren.
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER has parted ways with guitarist Lady Cat-Man who has been replaced with a Ady.
Guitarist Dallas Coyle has reportedly left GOD FORBID. The band has confirmed the departure and cited personal disagreements and a dislike for touring for the dparture. The Americans are touring as a four-piece. Kris Norris (ex-DARKEST HOUR) will join the group for the LAMB OF GOD and CHILDREN OF BODOM tour.
ZAO has announced the release of a new full-length called Awake? Produced at Lambesis Studios by ZAO’s own guitarist Scott Mellinger (with AS I LAY DYING vocalist Tim Lambesis and Daniel Castleman), Awake? is slated for release May 5th on Ferret Music.
TANKARD is releasing its latest album, Thirst, this month. The new album was produced again by Andy Classen at his Stage One Studio. A video clip for Stay Thirsty will appear on the limited edition of the record.
Sentinel Records has issued two new albums. MORPHOSIS’ Rise Of The Bastard Deities and SOL AXIS’ …To Mark All Ages compilation are out now.
California death metallers FATALIST is in the studio recording The Depths Of Inhumanity, its debut album for Ibex Moon Records.