The new full-length from Swedish death metallers MY OWN GRAVE, entitled Necrology, is now available for streaming. Head over to MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/pulverisedrecords. Necrology was produced by Dan Swanö at Unisound, released by Pulverised and has artwork by illustrator/tattooist Jon Zig.
AUGURY’s Fragmentary Existence is out on August 11th through Nuclear Blast Records.
BLACK COBRA has completed its upcoming Southern Lord Recordings debut album, Chronomega. The worldwide release date is set for September 29th, 2009.
The new EP of SOMBRE PRESAGE is now available through the Russian label The Kether Crown Productions on pro tape and limited to 350 copies.
Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem Trahunt, the ninth full-length from GORGOROTH, is now complete. The album was recorded in Tomas Asklund’s Monolith Studio and features Pest on vocals, Infernus on guitars, Frank Watkins on bass and Tomas Asklund on drums. Since Infernus wrote all the music and because of all the rehearsals prior to the return of second guitarist Tormentor last year, Infernus recorded all guitars on the album. The record was produced by Infernus and co-produced and engineered by Tomas Asklund. It will be released through Regain Records on October 21st in Europe and November 11th in Canada.
ARCH ENEMY will release a new album, entitled The Root Of All Evil, on September 28th through Century Media Records. The album was mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap with the band’s drummer, Daniel Erlandsson, engineering.
UNLEASHED has signed with Nuclear Blast Records and will begin recording a new album in either October or November.
Gene Hoglan need not apply! INFERNAL has lost drummer Tomas Asklund and is seeking a replacement who is preferably Swedish or at least a European.
Season Of Mist has issued GHOST BRIGADE’s Isolation Songs and DRUDKH’s Microcosmos.
Hailing from Blekinge, Sweden on the frozen coasts of the Baltic Sea, is ISTAPP. Mordechai Von Renvaktar, C. Ashuck Von Renvaktar and Fjalar “have set out on a campaign to destroy the sun and all of its followers.” To this end, the band has signed with Metal Blade Records for its next album, Blekinge, which is due in 2010.
NOVEMBERS DOOM has released its seventh studio album, Into Night’s Requiem Infernal, through The End Records. The album was recorded at Belle City Sound.
GENERATION KILL is a new crossover band featuring EXODUS singer Rob Dukes, MOD’s Rob Moschetti and MORTICIAN drummer Sam Inzerra. The band has a song called, Hate. EXODUS, in the meantime, is touring and hitting Japan, China and Taiwan this summer.
Immigration officers informed BEHEMOTH last month of a regulation regarding Polish citizens entering Canada that had changed while the band was en route to the Calgary and Vancouver shows of the Summer Slaughter Festival. The passports needed to be codified with chips. With Canada Day on July first, there was no way for them to obtain the last minute forms they required to re-enter the country after having played Toronto and Montreal.
MAYHEM‘s Hellhammer has agreed to drum on ANTI-human, the debut album of DEATH OF DESIRE. The album is due in late 2009.
Argentina’s Dark Hidden has issued NA RASPUTJE’s Early Demos (1998-2003) on one disc. The release contains the Raven (1998), The Iceflame Of Hyperborea (2002) and Blizzard from 2003). The band is described as Russian Aryan black metal!
MARTRIDEN, which is no longer on Siege Of Amida Records, has recorded a new independent CD called Encounter The Monolith. The band is looking for a label.
Italian thrash/death band FOMENTO has signed with Coroner Records for the release of its debut album, Either Caesars Or Nothing. The album is out in October.
Guitarist Phil Fasciana of MALEVOLENT CREATION is reporting that he walked into a robbery in progress and a shootout at a corner store in his hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Apparently, looking to but chocolate milk he walked in on the robbery, was shot at, took one gun away from the would-be robber before being shot at with a second gun and, in reaction, killing the assailant. Local authorities reportedly soon refuted the implausible affair.
Singer Athera of SUSPERIA appeared with the band on stage at the Steinkjer Festival in Norway on Friday, June 26th. The singer had suffered a heart attack earlier this year and had undergone open-heart surgery.
ARSIS has picked Starve For The Devil as the title for its next studio album, which is due in the winter of 2010 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album will be recorded this autumn with producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris who has worked with AGNOSTIC FRONT.
Drummer Mauro “Tschibu” Casciero has left GURD in order to concentrate on his family after ten years of service.
DAWN OF AZAZEL has signed a deal with Unique Leader Records. The band’s next album, Relentless, is scheduled for release on October 13th.
Former HELLHAMMER and CELTIC FROST main man Thomas Gabriel Fischer and Bazillion Points Books have announced a release date of November as the publication date for Only Death Is Real: An Illustrated History Of Hellhammer And Early Celtic Frost. It is compiled by Fischer in cooperation with band bassist Martin Eric Ain. In a blog comment, Fischer also claimed to have relinquished all financial interest in the bands’ catalogue henceforth in order to escape his former colleagues.
SIX FEET UNDER is in the studio recording a new covers album, Graveyard Classics 3. “We are about 60% finished with tracking,” according to the band’s announcement.
Inspired by KEEL? IMMORTAL will release its comeback album, All Shall Fall, on September 25th in Europe and October 6th in North America through Nuclear Blast Records. It was recorded at Grieghallen and Abyss studios in Norway and Sweden, respectively. In order to create some hype, the label and the band’s management have issued the following statement: “The album has been presented to a few journalists already, but no one will get a physical copy! There will be NO promotional copies of the new album. NO watermarked downloads will be available via the Nuclear Blast iPool. Also, be sure that NO song will be streamed on the internet in advance before the official release date.”
Norway’s KOLDBRANN has recruited drummer Folkedal (SARKOM) and guitarist Voidar (HJARNIDAUDI) for live work this summer.
ABGOTT’s new album is called Godfather In Black and is out on September 7th through Code7. The band is playing at the Bloodstock Open Air festival this month.
Montreal’s NEURAXIS has lost bassist Yan Thiel and drummer Tommy McKinnon to work and school. The band is seeking replacements.
ANTHRAX‘s first album with singer Dan Nelson, entitled Worship Music, was to be released on October 23rd through Nuclear Blast Records. Former UGLY KID JOE Dave Fortman mixed the album. The band, however, recently cancelled several European shows after Nelson supposedly fell ill just prior to the tour. In fact, it was next revealed that the band was lying and ANTHRAX had booted the singer due to personality differences. John Bush is fronting the band again for “one show” at the Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, England.
THE ACCUSED’s, The Curse Of Martha Splatterhead, is scheduled for release on August 18th through Southern Lord Records. The band teamed up with Billy Anderson at Seattle’s Soundhouse Recording studio to create the long player.
Italian thrash metal band SUBHUMAN will release its full-length debut, Profondo Rozzo, on August 21st through Maple Metal Records.
Sweden’s IMPIOUS has announced Death Domination as the title for its next album, which is due in January through Metal Blade Records. The band claims that “this album will by far be the most crushingly brutal album we’ve ever made and we believe this title says it all!”
After a period of protracted silence, HYPOCRISY has announced A Taste Of Extreme Divinity as the title for its next album, which is due on October 23rd through Nuclear Blast Records. The band is touring the USA with ENSIFERUM in November.
More wife swapping in Sweden! IRON LAMB, is a new Stockholm-based band by Thomas Daun (DISMEMBER, ex-REPUGNANT, ex- INSISION), Johan Wallin (GENERAL SURGERY, SCURVY and ex-REPUGNANT), Gustaf Lindström (ex-REPUGNANT), and Daniel Ekeroth (TYRANT, ex-INSISION and ex- DELLAMORTE). The band is in the rock/heavy metal vein.
DECAPITATED has recruited Austrian drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner, of THORNS OF IVY fame, as the replacement for the dead Witold “Vitek” Kieltyka. The latter man died in a road accident in Russia two years ago.
All for none! LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton will not be with the band during the last six shows of the band’s European tour as his wife is expecting their baby. UNEARTH’s Buz McGrath will fill in for the shows.
According to festival organizers, AUTOPSY will reunite for an appearance at next year’s Maryland Deathfest, due to take place in May, 2010.
DYING FETUS will release its next album, Descend Into Depravity, on September 15th through Relapse Records.
THUNDRA will release its next album, Ignored By Fear, on August 29th through Einheit Production. Dan Swanö has mastered the album.
Xtreem Music has reached an agreement with Italian grindcore band GRIMNESS 69 for the re-release of the IllHeaven Hells album, which was originally released by Copro Records at the end of 2008. The album “suffered of a deficient distribution and promotion nearly leaving this album unnoticed to the scene.”
Could a wooden mp3 be far behind? According to Metal Blade, a CANNIBAL CORPSE digital box set is set up on itunes now. This “box set” features 16 albums and 196 songs.
Australia’s UNIVERSUM is recording the follow-up to its Leto Destinatus demo next month. Due for release in early 2010, the new demo is tentatively entitled Mortuus Machina and will feature guest appearances from vocalist Christian Älvestam (ex SCAR SYMMETRY and MISERATION).
NILE is partnering with IMMOLATION and KRISIUN as well as ABIGAIL WILLIAMS and DREAMING DEAD for an American tour called Those Whom The Gods Detest in the USA in support of a new album, which is scheduled for worldwide release this autumn on Nuclear Blast Records.
KAMPFAR has cancelled its appearance at Wacken this year due to a “family matter.”
BLUT AUS NORD has signed with Debemur Morti Productions. The band is in the studio recording its vinyl-only album, What Once Was…”.
Vancouver thrash metal band GROSS MISCONDUCT is recording its new demo with drum tracking at Vancouver’s Mushroom Studio. Following up on the band’s independently released 2007 debut, The Process Of Indoctrination, the band’s as-of-yet-untitled second disc is set for an autumn release date.
MARDUK will release its next album, Wormwood, in September through Regain Records. The album was recorded at Endarker Studio in Norrköping, Sweden with engineer Magnus Devo Andersson. The album will be supported by the Funeral Nation 2009/2010 tour.
Century Media Records has announced October 26th as the release date for Where Death Is Most Alive, a video and CD package from DARK TRANQUILLITY. The recording stems from a 2008 performance in Milan, Italy.
KATATONIA has announced Night Is The New Day as the title for its next album, which is out on October 19th through Peaceville Records.
Sweden’s SPAZMOSITY will release its debut album, Welcome Death, this autumn on Khaosmaster Productions. The album was recorded at Necromorbus Studios with producer Tore Stjerna.