BOLT THROWER is organizing a ‘Bolty Birthday Bash’ to celebrate its 25th birthday. More details on the free show is coming.
Loyalty! D.R.I. Drummer Rob Rampy is taking a hiatus from the band. The other members will continue the tour with Walter “Monsta” Ryan of POSSESSED and MERAUDER. Rampy was hospitalized before D.R.I.’s Portland, Oregon show on Friday, September 23th.
FUCK THE FACTS new album is called Die Miserable and available this month on Relapse. The band is opening for NAPALM DEATH in Ottawa this month.
WEVERIN is readying a full-length, The Skeletons Of Fallen Angels. The self-released, eight-track demo was recorded at Backrooms Studio in New Jersey.
ARCH ENEMY has teamed with Amnesty International in order to raise awareness level for human rights abuses and social injustices worldwide. During the band’s headlining Canadian and U.S. tour, called North American Khaos 2011, Amnesty International will be present helping to create awareness for its campaigns.
Candlelight Records has signed thrashers RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER. The Philadelphia-based band is already working on its next album, titled Ghostmaker, expected for release in the early spring 2012.
German grindcore band MILKING THE GOATMACHINE will release its concept album, Clockwork Udder, on November 18th through NoiseArt Records. MILKING THE GOATMACHINE will play at this year’s Hatefest tour in December with KATAKLYSM, TRIPTYKON, MARDUK, AZARATH and DAWN OF DISEASE.
Guitarist and vocalist Jim Malone of Virginia’s ARSIS is sitting out the band’s Frets Of Fury tour with FIREWIND, WHITE WIZARD and NIGHTRAGE in October due to personal reasons including work obligations.
MARDUK and RAGNAROK, among others, have left Regain Records. The label is undergoing financial difficulties.
IMPALED EXISTENCE has announced November 21st as the release date for its debut EP, These Lifeless Plains. The five songs were recorded at Endless Studio in Birmingham.
DESTRUCTOR has entered Supernatural Sound Studio in Ohio to record an album, Decibel Casualties, for a 2012 release through Auburn Records.
Shannon Hamm (METALSTORM, DEATH and CONTROL DENIED, BEYOND UNKNOWN) and Tim Aymar (PHARAOH and CONTROL DENIED) will play at a Chuck Schuldiner (DEATH and CONTROL DENIED) tribute show on December 18th at Latino Rock Café in San Jose, Costa Rica. They will be joined by members from local metal bands BLACK GALLERY, ADVENT OF BEDLAM and PSEUDOSTRATIFIED EPITHELIUM.
Aethyris, the ex-ABSU and present PANTHEON I guitarist, is filling in for MELECHESH‘s Moloch while he works on and completes his university work during the Lux Mundi European tour with SAMAEL and KEEP OF KALESSIN.
Italy’s NECRODEATH will release a new album, Idiosyncrasy, in October through Scarlet Records.
ANTHRAX played a rare show under the name SATAN’S LOUNGE BAND on Monday, September 12th at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. The band has both used the monicker before and issued rare singles under the name. The band`s Worship Him album has landed in the US Top 20 charts.
Abyss Records is reissuing the Boil(ing) album from DEAD HORSE on LP. It will be limited to 1,000 copies.
FUNERUS returns with an album called Reduced To Sludge. This eleven-track album is the second release from the Pennsylvania/New York based death metal band that features INCANTATION guitarist John McEntee, bassist/vocalist Jill McEntee and drummer Sam Inzerra (MORTICIAN and MORPHEUS DESCENDS). The album was engineered by Sam Inzerra, Jim Roe and John McEntee. It is out through Ibex moon In late November.
German metal label Massacre Records has secured new North American distribution through AFM Records’ deal with E1 Entertainment, and is preparing to bring four of their strongest 2001 releases stateside on the 25th of October, 2011, including the latest albums from ILLDISPOSED, STORMWARRIOR, SUPREME PAIN and WIZARD. ILLDISPOSED`s album is called There Is Light (But It’s Not For Me). STORMWARRIOR`s album is called Heathen Warrior.
Journalists against freedom of speech: BEHEMOTH’s Adam “Nergal” Darski has signed up as a judge on Polish version of a televised American singing competition called The Voice, which is named The Voice Of Poland. Ironically, the Catholic Association Of Journalists has protested his involvement. The program has confirmed the artist.
MEGADETH will headline the Hell And Heaven Metal Fest, on Saturday, November 19th in Guadalajara, Mexico. Other bands on the bill include DARK FUNERAL, WEHRMACHT and VITAL REMAINS. MEGADETH had refused shows in Europe with ROTTING CHRIST in 2005 due to the latter band’s Satanic name. MEGADETH’s Dave Mustaine revealed during an appearance at the Big Four concert at the new Yankee Stadium in New York City that he will undergo surgery on his neck after suffering an injury on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour.
Black doom band ORDO OBSIDIUM will release its debut album, Orbis Tertius in through Eisenwald on October 10th.
DIABOLICAL will celebrate its 15 years of existence by playing several European dates in September. Each date will see different local support bands.
BRUTAL TRUTH will issue its sixth full-length release, End Time, through Relapse Records on September 27th.
MOURNFUL CONGREGATION has signed with 20 Buck Spin for the North American release of two full-length releases. The first of the pair, a compilation of out-of-print tracks entitled The Unspoken Hymns, acts as a prologue for the band’s new full-length album, The Book Of Kings.
GENERATION KILL, the new band fronted by EXODUS singer Rob Dukes, will see the release of its debut album Red White and Blood on September 27th in North America through Season Of Mist.
EXODUS, HEATHEN and DEATH ANGEL are among the bands that played at a celebration for EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt and his girlfriend Lisa Perticone’s upcoming wedding. The event took place on Saturday, September 24th at Avalon in Santa Clara, California.
New Death Celebrity is the name of the second album from Athens, Greece-based death/thrash metal band DESCENDING. It is now due on October 28th through Massacre Records.
Finland’s TURISAS has recruited Jukka-Pekka Miettinen (ex-ARTHEMESIA and ENSIFERUM) on bass for live activity and Robert Engstrand (THE FLOWER KINGS and ex-KOTIPELTO) as the band’s keyboard player.
Oh no! KRISIUN will release a new album, The Great Execution, on October 31st in Europe and November 1st in North America through Century Media Records. The band’s eighth studio album “musically expands KRISIUN trademark high-speed death metal violence with a heavily increased amount of diversity ranging from extreme tempo variations over distinct rhythm patterns to clean guitars and even Flamenco parts!”
AUTOPSY is in the studio recording three songs for a new EP.
Vocalist Johan Lindstrand has re-joined the reformed THE CROWN. He replaces Jonas Stålhammar.
HARPOON entered Bricktop Recording in June to record its sophomore record Deception Among Birds. Andy Nelson, who recorded the band’s first full-length Double Gnarly /Triple Suicide (Released on Interloper), was brought back to handle engineering duties. Deception Among Birds will be released on October 25th through Seventh Rule Recordings.
Abyss Records is issuing THOUSAND YEAR WAR’s Tyrants And Men. The band hails from Alaska.
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM has fired drummer Craig Nielsen in favour of the re-joining Kelly David Smith.
WARMACHINE has recruited drummer Dave Langguth. He has previously played with NELLY FURTADO!
ABORTED has completed work on its next album, Global Flatline, due in January through Century Media Records. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by the Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studio.
Sweden`s NECROCURSE has signed with Pulversied Records. A new album will be recorded this winter. In other NECROCURSE news, the band issued a new 7″ EP entitled Insane Curse Of Morbidity earlier this month through Aftermath Music.
American Metalcore act LIKE MOTHS TO FLAMES has signed a European deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s full-length debut, When We Don’t Exist, is scheduled for a November 11th release.
FAITH OR FEAR has completed its first new release in 20 years. The group’s new demo is called System Is Armed.