Pulverised Records has signed Japanese death metal band GxSxD after the label owner saw the band perform in Singapore. The band’s name is an abbreviation for God Send Death. An album release date has not been announced.
Thrashers SERENITY DIES will release the Hacksawcracy EP on July 15, 2010.
ARCKANUM recently signed a deal with Regain Records. Sviga Læ is ARCKANUM’s sixth full-length and is slated for release later this year.
DESULTORY has completed work on its reformation album, Counting Our Scars. The full-length – the first since 1996’s Swallow The Snake – was recorded, mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio in Alvik, Sweden. Song titles include: Counting Our Scars, In A Cage, Ready To Bleed, This Broken Halo and Uneven Numbers. A release date has not been announced by Pulverised Records.
Ibex Moon Records will issue a special collector’s vinyl edition of ASPHYX‘s The Rack album. The release will only be available from Ibex Moon Records and Abyss Records mail order. The first 25 copies sold through either www.ibexmoonrecords.com or www.officialabyssrecords.com will be autographed by band members Martin Van Drunen and Bob Bagchus. It is limited to 666 copies on blue vinyl and includes new liner notes with commentary by journalists, fans, fellow musicians and the band members themselves. The album also comes with an 18″ x 24″ ASPHYX poster.
THE ARSON PROJECT has an upcoming split 7″ on Relapse and five weeks of touring this summer.
Exhibit B: The Human Condition, the ninth studio album from EXODUS, has sold over 4,600 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan and has debuted at #114 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in the USA.
Spain’s OUIJA has recently reformed featuring original vocalist Midgard and guitarist together with three members from SPELLCRAFT, Murcilag (guitar), Fulgur (drums) and Aldromk (bass). The band has signed a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of its upcoming mini-CD due to come out in the autumn of 2010 and its second full-length album for 2011. OUIJA released its debut album Riding Into The Funeral Paths back in 1997 on Xtreem Music’s former label Repulse Records.
D.I.S. – featuring current and former members of PHOBIA, EXHUMED, MANGE, IMPALED and EAT THE LIVING – has kicked off its first US tour May 21 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. D.I.S. will unleash its debut full-length, Critical Failure, through Deep Six Records in the US this month and through Power It Up in Europe. The 10-song record was tracked by John Haddad at Trench Studios in Corona, CA and centres itself on issues of interpersonal struggle, blind capitalism and religious hypocrisy.
FORBIDDEN is working on its next album, Omega Wave, at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California. The band recently signed with Nuclear Blast. In addition to touring with OVERKILL the band is crisscrossing the USA with EVILE, GAMMA BOMB, and BONDED BY BLOOD.
KATAKLYSM AND EX DEO singer Maurizio Iacono has announced a pizzeria joint venture in Chicago. It is the second branch of Albano’s Pizzeria. The band recently wrapped up recording Heaven’s Venom which will be released on August 20th in Europe and August 24th in North America. Heaven’s Venom was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F Dagenais and is currently being mixed by Tue Madsen. The band cancelled its show at Wacken but will play Ozzfest this summer.
HOLLENTHON has lost bassist Gregor Marboe and replaced him with a Max.
After parting ways with singer Bruce Hall, AGENT STEEL has been rejoined by John Cyriis the band’s vocalist on its two 1980s albums. Despite the latter man’s musings regarding the same issue earlier, the band claims Cyriis came into the picture only after Hall’s departure.
After being seen together at a NYC Nightclub where FOZZY was performing singer Joey Belladonna has rejoined ANTHRAX. The second return is just in time for this summer’s Sonisphere Festivals European tour of the “big four of thrash” in Europe which also includes MEGADETH, SLAYER and METALLICA. BELLADONNA is touring with his own band this month. ANTHRAX which has an unreleased album from last year is planning on recording a new one with Joey Belladonna. Guitarist Scott Ian claims Joey came back into the picture once singer John Bush informed the band he does not wish to tour extensively. BELLADONNA has cancelled its South American dates, but claims the action was related to recent earthquakes.
PESTILENCE will record a new album called Doctrine this summer and hopes to see it released in early 2011. The band is touring the USA.
New Jersey band BLASPHEMOUS has parted ways with its long-time bassist, Decrepit. The band is looking for a replacement and issued the following statement, “we have decided to part ways with bassist Decrepit. He’s been part of BLASPHEMOUS for most of our existence, covering two different stints with us. It always is tough to make a change, but sometimes it has to be done.”
DECREPIT BIRTH has lost drummer K.C. Howard and guitarist Dan Eggers. The band has recruited drummers Samus Paulicelli (ex-ABIGAIL WILLIAMS) and Lee Smith (ESTRADASPHERE) as well as guitarist Chase Fraser (ANIMOSITY, SON OF AURELIUS) for live shows.
The brutal punk band MASAKARI’s debut album is out on June 8th, 2010 through Southern Lord Recordings. Following a brutal 7″ on Halo Of Flies Records, the quartet is releasing a debut full-length, The Prophet Feeds.
Relapse Records has announced a partnership with Perseverance Holdings Limited and the Schuldiner family to reissue the catalogue of Chuck Schuldiner and his bands DEATH, CONTROL DENIED and MANTAS. Chuck Schuldiner died on December 13th, 2001 at the age of 34 due to pontine glioma.
The Campaign For Death Metal Purity is the slogan for a tour put together by INCANTATION‘s John McEntee and his Ibex Moon Records. To fight back against all the trends in death metal a 16-date tour featuring GRAVEHILL, CARDIAC ARREST and HOD is touring the USA in July.
IMMORTAL will release a live concert DVD, called The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh, this summer through Nuclear Blast. The DVD will include footage of the band’s headlining show at the 2007 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, which was held August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany.
Despite announcing a slew of shows for the rest of year before formally ending its career, ACHERON‘s Vincent Crowley has been forced to abandon those plans because the group’s new line-up fell apart early.
Vocalist Niels van Wijk has rejoined PROSTITUTE DISFIGUREMENT after departing after the recording of the Deeds Of Derangement album. Danny Tunker of DETONATION and THE SATURNINE has filled the guitarist position. The band has lined up shows for 2010.
The DARKSIDE Reunion show planned for Austria’s Night Of Rock Festival on July 30, 2010 is not going to happen. Due to personal issues between some members of the original line-up, this show is cancelled. According to the band, “It would not make sense to play a reunion show with only two original members in the line-up.” A new line-up is planning a new album.
HELL WITHIN will release its new album, God Grant Me Vengeance, on July 13th through Thorp Records. The album was recorded in February at Damage Studio with producer Peter Rutcho.
EYEHATEGOD played a special one-off show on May 7th at Emo’s in Austin, Texas where they played the first two full-length albums, namely In The Name Of Suffering and Take As Needed For Pain, from start to finish. The band is touring the USA with NACHTMYSTIUM.
A few dates into its European tour DÉTENTE was forced last month to cancel the rest of the dates due to illness within the band. Bassist Steve Hochheiser is recovering from surgery to remove his Gallbladder.
Bassist Noah Martin, who announced his departure from Virginia’s ARSIS in September 2008, has returned to the band’s line-up. The band was on the Facemelter Tour with DYING FETUS, MISERY INDEX, ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY and CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE when bassist Nathaniel Carter abruptly left. The band played several shows as a trio.
After expressing displeasure for years regarding being asked about SANCTUARY NEVERMORE singer Warrel Dane has announced that his ’80s band will reunite and record a new studio album. Dane has reunited with guitarist Lenny Rutledge and will also have his fellow NEVERMORE member bassist Jim Sheppard in tow.
Debbie Abono died on Sunday, May 16th at 10:59 a.m. PST after a battle with cancer. She was 80 years old. She was the manager behind the launch of bands like FORBIDDEN EVIL, POSSESSED and VIO-LENCE. Debbie’s daughter dated POSSESSED’s Larry LaLonde. Debbie would later manage bands like CYNIC and BROKEN HOPE.
SODOM has completed work on a new DVD, Lords Of Depravity – Part II”, which is due in August. The band is entering the studio to record a new album. The band’s shows in the USA have been cancelled due to visa problems.
SYLOSIS has parted ways with vocalist Jamie Graham citing increasing differences as the reason.
ARCH ENEMY has asked SABBAT to drop off its November UK shows after the latter band decided to tour the UK on its own in August.
HOUWITSER has completed work on its fifth album, Bestial Atrocity, which is due later this year through Sevared Records. The band’s line-up is Stan Blonk – vocals, Michel Alderliefsten and Richard Gielen – guitars, Ramon Ploeg – bass and Marco De Groot – drums.
Agonia Records has signed Swedish black metal band SVARTSYN. The band’s sixth full-length album is entitled Wrath Upon The Earth and is currently under production in studio and will be recorded during the summer.
Quebec City’s AETERNAM will embark on an eastern Canadian tour this June, in support of the debut album Disciples Of The Unseen, which was released worldwide through Metal Blade Records on February 16th 2010.