The official cause of SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman’s death has been revealed to be alcohol-related cirrhosis and not necrotizing fasciitis infection.
Candlelight Records has announced June 25th as the release date for Unnatural Selection, the new album from Denver thrashers HAVOK. The ten-song album was produced by David Sanchez and mixed by Terry Date. The band is touring Europe with SUFFOCATION and CEPHALIC CARNAGE.
Thrashers UNSOULED are the latest additions to the rooster of Art Gates Records. The band’s new album is entitled Evolve and out this June.
LA-based black metal band LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH is part of a North American tour this June. The band will be supporting MELECHESH alongside VREID and REIGN OF LIES. The tour begins on June 16th in Los Angeles at The Joint and will wrap up on June 30th in Brooklyn. The band recently issued an album called Baphometic Chaosium.
Singer Tim Lambesis of San Diego band AS I LAY DYING, who is reputed to be a Christian, was arrested for allegedly hiring someone to kill his estranged wife, Meggan. The 32 year old was taken into custody without incident on Tuesday May 7th. He has pleaded not guilty.
DARKANE will release its next album, The Sinister Supremacy, on June 28th through Massacre Records.
HIRAX is in the studio with producer Bill Metoyer recording a new full-length album, called Immortal Legacy, due for an autumn release through SPV/Steamhammer.
Former OBITUARY and SIX FEET UNDER guitarist Allen West was arrested and incarcerated at the end of March in Lake Panasoffkee, Florida for methamphetamine production and possession. Police discovered the material and substance upon being called to the house to investigate two intruders.
Art Gate Records will issue SECRETPATH‘s Wanderer And The Choice this June.
This September 7th and 8th, Spread the Metal Records will host one of its annual Spread The Metal Festival in Toronto, Canada. Headlining the festival will be SUFFOCATION, with additional headliners to be announced at a later date. Direct support will be provided by THE AGONIST, AUGURY and SKULL FIST. Additional support bands include BEHEADING OF A KING, THE CATALYST, EDGE OF ATTACK, DEATHPOINT, CRIMSON SHADOWS, NEPHELIUM, HALLOWS DIE, EVERTRAPPED, ANSWER WITH METAL and SANKTUARY.
Following its European release in late March, We Are Ghosts -the fifth full-length from German metalcore quintet SIX REASONS TO KILL – is now released in North American shores through Massacre Records.
CARCASS has signed with Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s Surgical Steel is due in September.
Viking band MÅNEGARM has picked Legions Of The North as the title for its next album, due on June 28th through Napalm Records.
Canadian thrash metal band FATALITY is issuing its new CD, Psychonaut, on June 28th, 2013 along with a tour of Canada and the USA that will kick off in Oshawa, Canada June 21st and wrap up in Buffalo, NY on August 28th.
Dark Path, the debut LP from Harrisonburg, Virginia-based EARTHLING, is out now on Forcefield Records. The band is touring the USA.
KILL DIVISION, featuring members from LEGION OF THE DAMNED and GOD DETHRONED, has signed a deal with Metal Blade Records. The group’s debut album, Destructive Force, will be released in the autumn. The album was recorded at Toneshed studio and was mixed and mastered at Andy Classen’s Stage One studio.
BLOOD RED THRONE will release a self-titled album on May 21stthrough Sevared Records. The album was recorded by Audun Grønnestad at Mayhem Music Studio and was mixed and mastered by Martin Berger Enerstvedt at Skar Productions.
Finnish black metallers MORMANT DE SNAGOV are set to release a second full-length album, Derisive Philosophy, the 30th of June 2013 through Pest Records.
Massachusetts-based ALL PIGS MUST DIE has announced its second LP, dubbed Nothing Violates This Nature. It is pending release this Summer through Southern Lord.
San Antonio’s HOD was recently added to the annual Chaos In Tejas fest supporting BENEDICTION. The show took place on May 30th at Red 7 [inside stage] in Austin, Texas.
Italian metal label Kolony Records will bring its country’s own TRAGODIA to its roster, as the band prepares to release its third full-length release worldwide in the coming months. The band is at Piacenza-based Elfo Studio with producer Daniele Mandelli.
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of its first LP, LETHAL + II, on Mausoleum Records, NITRO returns with Uranium, the first single from its upcoming album, Flechette.
On June 17th, Dutch Black Metal band COUNTESS will release a new EP entitled Sermons Of The Infidel. The EP will exclusively be available digitally through the band’s official Bandcamp site. Please visit http://countessmetal.bandcamp.com.