Super Duper Top Secret Metal! KREATOR drummer Ventor will not be with the band on several upcoming tours due to “personal issues.” The band has enlisted NECROPHAGIST and ILLOGICIST credited drummer Marco Minnemann.
INSOMNIUM’s Across The Dark album has entered the Finnish charts at the number five slot!
EXODUS was forced to cancel its Beijing, China show at the Mao Live venue on September 25th ostensibly due to visa issues. The band is planning on recording a new album with British producer Andy Sneap in November.
The Humanity On Parole line-up of the Dutch crossover band GENETIC WISDOM will reunite for one show at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting on December 19th at Effenaar in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Despite having disbanded over three years ago Swedish Gothenburg death metal progenitors ABLAZE MY SORROW has a new EP, entitled The Suicide Note, through Pronode Records.
Inspired by KEEL? DERANGED has reformed and following a show at this year’s Gothenburg Deathfest on October 3rd will play three shows in Russia in November. The band is singer Martin Schönherr, guitarist Thomas Ahlgren, bassist Andreas Johansson and drummer Rikard Wermén.
GLORIOR BELLI has recruited bassist Jay Newman and drummer Darren Verni both of UNEARTHLY TRANCE. They join Chris (a.k.a. Alastor) and Julien (a.k.a. Infestvvs).
Metal Mind Productions presents a live album by Norwegian band CARPATHIAN FOREST. The album entitled We’re Going To Hollywood For This – Live Perversions features a remastered recording of the band’s gig in Kraków in early 2004. This remastered edition will be available in a digipak edition limited to 1,000 copies. The release date is scheduled for 19th of October in Europe and 26th of January 2010 in USA (through MVD).
Sweden’s NOMINON lost its vocalist Daniel Garptoft in the midst of the proceedings for the recording of its next album. The band is at Necromorbus Studio and guitarist Juha Sulasalmi is singing. An EP, called Omen, will precede the full-length in December.
MÅNEGARM’s Nattväsen album (‘Night Creatures’), is out on October 22nd through Regain Records. A release party is scheduled for November 7th at Clustret in Stockholm, capital of Sweden with THYRFING and SKYFORGER.
Inspired by KEEL? San Francisco Bay Area thrash band DEFIANCE will release its reformation album, The Prophecy, on October 19th through Candlelight Records. It has been over 14 years since the band released music. The music was taped at Trident and Greendot Studios.
Pennsylvania thrashers MANTIC RITUAL have lost singer and guitarist Dan Wetmore to his love of photography. The band’s previous sound engineer Dan Watson is temporarily replacing him.
Pennsylvania thrashers CROWN THE LOST lost drummer Kevin Antonacci to his work and school last month. The band is looking for a replacement and can be contacted via email@example.com.
Spain’s HAEMORRHAGE will release its next full-length album through Relapse Records. The group is working the CD and hopes to record it in the winter. Relapse will also reissue the band’s Grume and Apology For Pathology albums.
HELLBASTARD has signed with Poland’s Selfmadegod Records. The label will re-issue The Need To Kill, as well as the new Eco-War EP, which is due this month. Eco-war recycles old 1986 demo songs.
ENTHRONED has again lost members. Guitarist Nguaroth and drummer Ahephaim decided to part ways with ENTHRONED due to a lack of time and availability. Former GORGOROTH member Garghuf has joined on drums as has returning guitarist Neraath.
Agonia Records has issued a KOLDBRANN seven-inch single called Russian Vodka/Metalni Bog. The single covers KORROZIA METALLA of Russia and BOMBARDER of Bosnia.
The reformed Australian thrash metal band MORTAL SIN has released a live album, called Into the Inferno (Live In Oslo), through Riot! Entertainment. The CD was taped at the group’s March 2008 show in Oslo, Norway
LOUDBLAST’s Loud, Live & Heavy CD is out now. It is the French band’s first release in five years.
KONKHRA has lost bassist Lars Schmidt. The band is searching for a replacement. Bassists can email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact the Danish band.
Colorado black metal band SATAN’S HOST will release its new album, Power ~ Purity ~ Perfection: 999, on October 26th through Moribund Records.
On next November 16th, several Season Of Mist releases will hit the stores. The first one is Sweden’s RIMFROST’s sophomore album, Veraldar Nagli. Translating as ‘Axis Of The World’ and referring to the North Star, this new album combines Nordic lyrics with black metal roots and early METALLICA-style thrash according to the label. Norwegian black metallers URGEHAL will also see a new album released on November 16th. Entitled Ikonoklast, the band’s sixth album offers doom and black metal. The label will re-release DRUDKH ‘s Autumn Aurora from 2004.
GODGORY’s 2001 album Way Beyond is being re-released this month by the re-issue label, Metal Mind.
DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA’s 2002 album Ahead is being re-released this month by the re-issue label, Metal Mind.
Upcoming releases by Osmose Productions include: FIDES INVERSA’s Hanc Aciem Sola Retundit Virtus (The Algolagnia Divine) CD/LP, DAÄTH SHADOW’s Crown For Kings” CD/LP, ODEM ARCARUM’s Outrageous Reverie Above The Erosion Of Barren Earth CD/LP and ONDSKAPT Arisen From The Ashes CD/LP.
Die Todesrune Records has issued VARATHRON’s Stygian Forces Of Scorn CD/LP and WITCH TOMB ‘s Crippled Messiah CD/LP.
WITCHMASTER has returned with Trücizna (‘poison’), the band’s first full-length since 2004’s self-titled album. Ibex Moon Records issues the album on November 10th in the USA.
The label is proud (again)! Xtreem Music is proud to announce the signing of WINTERWOLF, featuring DEMILICH ‘s mastermind Antti Bo. The band was formed in 1997 and changed its name to DEATHCHAIN in 2001. The original members resurrected the original name in 2006. The band’s album is called Cycle Of The Werewolf and out now. Cycles Of The Werewolf will be initially released on 12″ LP vinyl format as a limited edition of 500 copies in early October, 2009 and will be followed by a CD version around January, 2010.
BLACK COBRA has released its Southern Lord debut album, Chronomega, on September 29th. The band is in Japan and will next proceed to Australia for touring.
FAITH OR FEAR bassist Clarence “C.J.” Jenkins died Sunday September 13th after suffering a heart attack during the group’s concert at Millville, NJ’s Arts, Music and Antiques Festival.
Virginia’s ARSIS is at Planet Z Studio in Massachusetts to record its fourth studio album, Starve For The Devil. The band believes this will be its best album.
SLAYER will play its 1986 album, Reign In Blood, in its entirety in Sydney, Australia on Thursday, October 15th at Big Top Luna Park. The band’s World Painted Blood album is out on November 3rd through Columbia.
Italy’s APEIRON has signed a deal with Last Scream Records. The band’s next album, Among The Lost, was mixed by Simone Mularoni at Fear Studio and is now scheduled for release in December.
Australia’s IMPETUOUS RITUAL has completed work on its debut album, Relentless Execution Of Ceremonial Excrescence, which will be issued by Profound Lore Records. Expect it in December. Profound Lore will issue the 77-minute long album in November.
Rochester NY’s CRUCIFIST has released its debut Demon Haunted World through Profound Lore Records. The band features bassist Danny Lilker (BRUTAL TRUTH, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, etc.) and guitarist John Gallo of ORODRUIN.
My Kingdom Music is issuing the debut album of SYMBOLYC, Engraved Flesh, this month. The death metal band hails from Naples. The label will also issue VEHEMENT’s All That’s Behind album. The thrash metal band also hails from Italy.
AVULSED, EMETH and GRIMNESS 69 are going through 7 different countries for their European tour. AVULSED is supporting its fifth full-length album, Nullo (The Pleasure Of Self-Mutilation), which is being issued in the USA through Ibex Moon.
Big IN FLAMES fans? Oklahoma based Death Metal band BROKEN FLESH released its debut album, Forever In Flames last month through Sullen Records. The band is comprised of founding members Kevin Tubby on vocals and guitars (ex-DEATH LIST and ex-OBLITERATION), Lopez on drum (ex-BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE) and Jacob Mathes on bass.
Evil and agnostic at the same time! The Dutch pagan black metal band HELLEBAARD has finished its fourth album, Fier. Gardarika Musikk will release the album in the second half of November 2009.
The Italian death metal band APEIRON has signed a contract with Last Scream Records for the release of the its full-length, Among The Lost. The album, mixed by Simone Mularoni at Fear Studio (THE MODERN AGE SLAVERY, EMPYRIOS and GORY BLISTER), will contain ten tracks of technical death metal. The release is scheduled for next autumn and will follow The Cruel Crime EP by a year.
Mortal Music and MVD Audio will release OPPRESSOR‘s The Solstice Of Agony And Corrosion on November 3rd worldwide. Ten years after the band ceased to be, highlights from all three of OPPRESSOR’s studio albums will be on the forthcoming fourteen-track compilation.
CONTRADICTION commemorates its twentieth birthday with an album called The Essence Of Anger. It is released by Limited Access Records.
Brazilian thrash metallers CLAUSTROFOBIA have signed with Candlelight Records and issued an album called I See Red.
Confederacy Of Ruined Lives EYEHATEGOD ‘s fourth studio album from 2000 is being released by the vinyl-only imprint I’m Better Than Everyone Records. This release will be available on Tuesday, October 22nd and will be available in two versions. The main edition will be hand numbered and limited to 400 on thick black vinyl. There will also be a limited edition of 100 hand numbered copies on white vinyl with tan and black splatter.
NILE’s Those Whom the Gods Detest album is out November 3rd through Nuclear Blast Records. Neil Kernon produced the album.
SUFFOCATION has just issued a live album, called The Close Of A Chapter: Live In Quebec City. It was recorded in 2005 during the band’s Souls To Deny world tour. The band has several Canadian and US shows planned in November.
ABSU has recruited live lead guitarist Vis Crom in place of Zawicizuz. The latter man was recently fired due to “irreconcilable differences.”
Australia’s THE AMENTA has dismissed singer Jarrod Krafczyk and bassist Dale Harrison. The departed have been replaced by Cain Cressall (MALIGNANT MONSTER) and Dan Quinlan (PAIN DIVISION) respectively. The band’s new line-up debuted at the Against The Grain festival on September 19th in Australia.
Austria’s MASTIC SCUM will release a new album, called Dust, on November 13th through Twilight Distribution. Jacob Hansen mastered the songs. Look for a performance by new singe Maggo Wenzel.
Inspired by KEEL? Following his firing from DIMMU BORGIR singer and guitar player Simen “Vortex” Hestnæs has reformed LAMENTED SOULS. Olav Knutsen (INFERNÖ), OJ “Apollyon”, Moe (IMMORTAL and AURA NOIR) and Einar Sjursø (VIRUS) will play at the Metal Merchants festival in Oslo at the end of January.
Germany’s BURDEN OF GRIEF is in the studio recording a new album, which is due in the spring of 2010. Follow The Flames will contain ten new songs and comes with a bonus CD of IRON MAIDEN, SEPULTURA, WHITESNAKE and other cover versions.
Musical chairs! Guitarist Craig Goldy will not tour with DIO in Europe in November and December due to his touring commitments with BUDGIE in Australia. Filling in for Craig Goldy will be former DIO guitarist Doug Aldrich who has busied himself with WHITESNAKE.
HATESPHERE is performing three shows in Turkey in November.
Inspired By KEEL? ORDER FROM CHAOS has reformed of course and will play six shows in the U.S.A followed by ten in Europe next year. The group is hitting its Kansas City hometown on January 2. Osmose Productions is reissuing the band’s music.
Nuclear Winter Records has issued MYTHOS’ Moulded In Clay 10’ MLP. This is the band’s demo given the re-release treatment 16 years after recording.
Andrew of Stygian Crypt Productions as well as the principle of Xtreem Music are alleging that Scott of Brutal bands is a rip-off. The latter company has apparently not shipped orders placed after receiving payment through Paypal.
Slovenian black metal band BLEEDING FIST has completed the recording of a new MCD, to be entitled Macabrum Bestia Ex Abyssus. To be released in early 2010 through Moribund Records, Macabrum Bestia Ex Abyssus will feature four new songs and a cover of a HELLHAMMER song.