After four years in the band bassist Diego “D” has Montreal’s NECRONOMICON. He is preoccupied with his career.
VADER has tentatively picked Return To The Morbid Reich as the title for its next album. The title refers to the band’s early demo. The album will be recorded in April of 2011 at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland and will be released in September through Nuclear Blast Records.
MANTIC RITUAL has parted ways with drummer Adam Haritan. The drummer didn’t have his heart in the band any longer.
Pervade Records has the following releases out soon: AUSPEX’s Heliopause, STOLEN MEMORIES’ The Strange Order, EIGHT OF SPADES’ Driven By Hate, XTRUNK’s Full Confession and EVIL ONE’s Militia Of Death. EVIL ONE has signed a contract for 35 gigs in the USA for 2011.
No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family features re-recorded tracks from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES’ second album, Join The Army, originally released in 1987 as well as tunes from the second full-length from NO MERCY, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES’ guitarist Mike Clark’s speed metal band from 1986. No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family will be released through Suicidal Records on September 7th.
MAYHEM is booked for three shows in Japan this month. Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka will host the Norwegians.
Candlelight Records has announced October 26th as the North American release date for The Isolationist, the new album from KRIEG. Recorded at Volume Studio in Chicago, the nearly hour-long album is KRIEG’s sixth full-length recording and the first since 2006’s Blue Miasma.
Former VENOM members guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn, bassist Tony Dolan and drummer Antony “Antton” Lant have joined forces in a band called PRIME EVIL. The group is currently working on its debut album, tentatively due in 2011.
The I Am EP from now-defunct Swedish black metal band ARMAGEDDA is available next month through Eisenwald/Nordvis. The EP features four never-before-released tracks including the song I Am which was previously performed during the Marching Towards Christian Extermination Tour in 2002.
Former EXODUS singer Steve “Zetro” Souza and producer Walter Morgan (promoter of the Thrash Of The Titans 2001 benefit concert) have formed “the world’s premiere AC/DC tribute band.” AC/DZ will also feature guitarist Rob Toto, Jon Allen (SADUS and TESTAMENT) on drums and Elena Luciano Repetto (BOMB SCARY, MOTHER EARTH, IMAGIKA) on bass. AC/DZ is negotiating with Old School Metal Records to release a full-length album in 2011.
Norwegian band MANIFEST will release a demo, Written In Blood, on October 11th through its own imprint, Violent Media.
Norway’s 1349 will come back to North America in October for a co-headline tour with TRIPTYKON entitled, Weltenbrand World Tour. Chicago’s YAKUZA will also appear on the bill. This will be its second trek in North America in support of its album, Demonoir, which was released in April through Prosthetic Records. The band’s last visit to North America was cut short due to a volcanic eruption in Iceland and visa issues.
Xtreem Music has issued FRACTURED INSANITY’s Mass Awakeless album. The band hails from Belgium.
HAIL OF BULLETS has picked On Divine Winds as the title for its second album, which is out on October 12th through Metal Blade Records. The band’s drummer, Ed Warby, produced the album.
INTERMENT, which feature within its ranks members of DEMONICAL and the now-disbanded CENTINEX, has issued its debut full-length, Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy. The record is set for North American release on August 31st through Pulverised Records.
SODOM has picked In War And Pieces as the title for its next album, due on November 23rd. Waldemar Sorychta is producing the album.
Fresh off the recording sessions of the band’s fourth studio album, Jupiter, ATHEIST has parted ways with bassist Tony Choy. The bassist reportedly quit the band four weeks prior to the recording sessions. he reports that he was not into the music and has joined a project called SYNCHRONICITY which also features former KING DIAMONDer Matt Thompson.
Current and former members of ABIGAIL WILLIAMS and ABORTED have a new project called BRO JOVI. Singer Rob Montague, guitarists Cole Martinez and Ken Sorceron, bassist Andrew Lenthe and drummer Thomas Haywood have readied an album called Songs to Crush Beers To Vol. I : Slippery When Blacked.
Lithuanian metal music festival Devilstone Open Air 2010, which took place in the town of Anyksciai on from July 16th to 18th has received criticism from the local religious community. Recently, a group of local Catholics and the Dean of the local church publicly expressed their opposition towards the festival. They initiated a pre-trial investigation accusing the festival and participating band MAYHEM of provoking religious disunion.
A benefit and memorial show took place on August 6th for Makh Daniels, vocalist of EARLY GRAVES, who died last month – on August 2nd – in a van accident while on tour in Oregon. The show featured ANTAGONIST, EXHAUSTED PRAYER and DESTROY JUDAS.
Metal Blade USA and Nuclear Blast Europe will be releasing the BEHEMOTH‘s second-ever DVD, Evangelia Heretika, this autumn. The band was to hit the road with WATAIN, WITHERED and BLACK ANVIL this November in North America. Singer and guitarist Adam Darski of BEHEMOTH was taken to the Gdansk Medical University Hospital in Gdansk, Poland in August to receive treatment for leukemia. He needs a marrow transplant to fight the sickness he has recently been diagnosed with. The band has suspended all activity.
Season Of Mist has signed THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX to its roster. The Swedes’ 6-song, 60+ minute seventh album will be mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö and has been tentatively scheduled for an early 2011 release. Additionally, KYLESA’s fifth album is entitled Spiral Shadow and will be out through the label on October 25th. Recorded at the Jam Room in Columbia, South Carolina earlier this summer, the eleven-track album was once again produced by band member and producer Phillip Cope.
Inspired by KEEL? INTERMENT will release its debut album, Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy, on August 31st through Pulverised Records.
Finland’s OMNIUM GATHERUM has signed a deal with Lifeforce Records. The band is in the studio now to begin recording its fifth album for an early 2011 release.
ONSLAUGHT has picked Sounds Of Violence as the title for its fifth album, set for release in November through AFM Records.
Kill-town Death Fest is a new Danish death metal festival that seeks to promote underground death metal bands. The festival will be a 3-day event taking place from 16th-18th of September 2010 at the alternative venue, Overdrevet/ Dödsmaskinen in Copenhagen. The festival will present 21 Scandinavian and International acts, metal DJs, indoor and outdoor bars and more. The festival has opted to not have any headliners; however, groups like MIASMAL, DEAD CONGREGATION and Japan’s ANATOMIA are all booked. More information can be found at www.killtowndeathfest.dk.
INCANTATION has announced several special shows where the band will perform its debut album, Onward To Golgotha in its entirety. Expect US shows in November.
Speed metal forerunners EXCITER will issue a new album, Death Machine, on September 24th through Massacre Records.
Poland’s MAGNUS will release a new album, Acceptance Of Death, on September 15th through Witching Hour Productions.
ARTILLERY singer Søren “Nico” Adamsen has joined INMORIA the Swedish band featuring Christer Andersson (TAD MOROSE) on guitar, Peter Moren (TAD MOROSE, STEEL ATTACK) on drums and Danne Eriksson (ex-TAD MOROSE) on keyboards. The group is recording an album.
Has he actually asked THE GREAT KAT? Referring to the song Five Magics, MEGADETH bassist Dave Ellefson recently told an interview that “I think Beethoven would be proud of MEGADETH.” He is apparently especially proud of that particular track.
INSOMNIUM has signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The band will enter the studio in December to record its new album for a 2011 release.
DEFIANCE guitarist Shawn Bozarth has formed a new metal band called ONE LESS ENEMY The band is performing live.
LORD BELIAL has signed a deal with Dozer Records and will begin recording a new album soon.