BELPHEGOR has picked Walpurgis Rites – Hexenwahn as the title for its eighth full-length album, which is due out in October through Nuclear Blast Records.
DESTRUCTION is issuing a live album, called The Curse Of The Antichrist – Live In Agony, in September. This double-CD package was originally due in July. DESTRUCTION just completed a tour of Japan and China.
SLAYER has picked World Painted Blood as the title for its next album, which is due in September through Columbia Records.
The proposed US tour featuring MONSTROSITY and THORNAFIRE we reported on last month has lost the latter act. Apparently, the Chileans were unable to obtain a US working visa. The band’s Vorex Deconstrucción album is being released this summer through Ibex Moon Records however. HOD has been added to the tour, which also features TORN THE FUCK APART.
HACKNEYED’s Burn After Reaping album was recorded at Weltraumstudios in Munich, Bavaria with producer Corni Bartels and will be issued on August 14th through Nuclear Blast Records. This album features new guitarist Juan Sierra.
Bay Area thrash metal band FORBIDDEN played its entire 1990 album, Twisted Into Form, on June 1st at the Camden Underworld in central London, England. It was the Americans’ first U.K. appearance in almost twenty years.
Reunion tour 2011 pre-announced? GOREFEST has thrown in the towel again.
Following the release of Agony Of Death in Japan, HOLY MOSES is hitting that country in October and November for a tour.
DYING FETUS has picked Descend Into Depravity as the title for its latest album, which is due on September 15th through Relapse Records. The band is touring this summer.
ATHEIST is issuing a live album, called Unquestionable Presence: Live At Wacken, on July 21st through Relapse Records. The material stems from 2006. The band is now signed to Season Of Mist.
After ceasing all activity last month due to purported illness and reported over-exertion Gord Kirchin has put a new line-up of (THE EXALTED) PILE DRIVER together and will play Canada’s Perth Metal Meltdown and Germany’s Headbangers Open Air after all. Aside from the PILEDRIVER himself the band now includes Rev. Tom Cheapness on guitar, Steele McFearsome on bass and Hank Momscraper on drums.
Inspired by KEEL? HOUWITSER has reformed and recorded a new two-track demo called Sledgehammer Redemption. The band, Stan Blonk – vocals, Richard Gielen and Michel Alderliefsten – guitar, Ramon Ploeg – bass and Marco De Groot – drums, is searching for a label.
HORNA has issued Musta Kaipuu, which is a compilation of ten tracks from the Envaatnags Eflos Solf Esgantaavne recording sessions.
Canadian underground mayhemsters AETERNAM have signed a deal with Metal Blade Records. Jef Fortin produced the band’s album, Disciples Of The Unseen.
Earache’s crossover band MUNICIPAL WASTE will release its new album, Massive Aggressive, on August 25th.
CRIONICS has a new EP, called N.O.I.R., recorded at Cracow’s Shindler Factory Studio. It has three new songs and two cover versions.
ENTHRONED‘s Nornagest has also joined UNLOCKED, the new project of former PROSTITUTE DISFIGUREMENT guitarist Benny. Dani “Garghuf” Robnik of GORGOROTH and GOD SEED is on drums. The band has signed with Crossfirecult Records.
Guitarist Jean-Francois Dagenais of KATAKLYSM was recently detained by American customs in Washington D.C. en route back from Russia. Apparently, he was mistakenly detained in lieu of what the agents believed is a criminal.
German metalcore band CALIBAN has signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The group’s seventh album, Say Hello To Tragedy, is due for release on August 24th.
ASSASSIN has taken a hit in its rhythm section. Gone are bassist Michael Hambloch and drummer Frank Nellen and replaced by Joachim Kremer and Björn Sondermann (WICKED KEMAO) respectively.
America’s AT WAR will release its reunion album, Infidel, on August 18th through Heavy Artillery Records.
Deathcore band THE RED CHORD has picked Fed Through The Teeth Machine as the title for its next album, which is due this autumn through Metal Blade Records.
CONSTRUCDEAD will release an album, called Endless Echo, on August 21st through Black Lodge Records. The album was recorded at Not Quite Studio with producers Klas Ideberg and Peter Wildoer of DARKANE at the helm. Chris Barkensjö of FACE DOWN replaced Nicke Karlsson shortly after the recording session.
GLORIA MORTI has recruited drummer Kauko Kuusisalo replacing Jarmo Juurikka.
HATE FOREST from Ukraine has secured a deal with Osmose Productions to re-issue the band’s back catalogue of six records. These will be released from October 2009 to March 2010. The re-issues will come with special packaging Digisleeves and are limited to 1,000 copies each.
DEVOLVED has completed its album, Calculated, which will be released on August 25th through Unique Leader Records. Neil Kernon mixed the record.
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER‘s live CD, Adrenalin, will be enclosed for free with the September 2009 issue of Metal Hammer Magazine in Germany. The album was recorded during the band’s 2008 Reiterfestspiele tour in Germany and Russia.
Inspired by KEEL? CHANNEL ZERO has reformed for three concerts in Brussels, Belgium on January 22, January 23 and January 24th of 2010. The band issued five albums in the ‘90s.
MEGADETH has picked Endgame as the title for its latest album, which is now due in September through Roadrunner Records. Andy Sneap recorded the album at the band’s own studio Vic’s Garage in California.
INSOMNIUM will release its newest album, Across The Dark, on September 7th through Candlelight Records. The CD was recorded at Fantom studio.
The team, including guitarist Infernus, that won the rights to the GORGOROTH name has spent time at Threeman Recording studio in Stockholm with producer Nico Elgstrand where frontman Pest replaced Gaahl’s vocals on the True Norwegian Black Metal – Live In Grieghallen album, which was originally released in June 2008 through Regain Records.
Inspired by KEEL? A reformed DERANGED will play at this year’s Gothenburg Deathfest, which is set to take place October 3rd at Henriksberg in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Guitarist Enrico is back in HOUR OF PENANCE after returning from living in Norway.
MARDUK has picked Wormwood as the title for its next album, which is tentatively due in December through Regain Records. The album was recorded at Endarker Studios in Sweden with bassist and producer Magnus Devo Andersson.
GRIND MINDED has booted guitarist Mathijs Odding and bassist Gea Mulder due to “musical differences.” The Dutch-based band is seeking new members and can be contacted at email@example.com.
My Kingdom Music has signed INFERNAL ANGELS. The Italian black metal band has signed a deal for the release of its new album, Midwinter Blood, that will see the light on September 28th.
In the ‘You Don’t Say’ category: DEICIDE’s tour of Australia and New Zealand was cancelled last month.
ILLDISPOSED has picked To Those Who Walk Behind Us as the title for its new album, which is out on August 28th through its new label, Massacre Records.
Inspired by KEEL? LAWNMOWER DETH, which reunited last year, has just completed an appearance at the UK’s Download Festival and at Pitz in Milton Keynes.
GRAVEWORM has issued its Diabolical Figures album through Massacre Records. The CD was recorded at Stage One studio in Borgentreich, Germany with producer Andy Classen.
IMMOLATION has signed a worldwide contract with Nuclear Blast Records following its work with the likes of Listenable and Roadrunner Records. The band’s next album will be released in early 2010.
Brazilian metallers DARK CELEBRATION will release a new album, Phlegeton: The Transcendence Of Demon Lords, later this summer through Paragon Records.