HYPOCRISY has enlisted the help of CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/frontman Alexi Laiho for its upcoming North American tour. Alexi has agreed to temporarily fill the vacant guitarist spot on the tour with ENSIFERUM, EX DEO, BLACKGUARD and SWASHBUCKLE.
SAATUE‘s second album, Vuoroveri, was released on October 21st through Spikefarm Records.
Optimism Incorporated! ACHERON has signed with Ibex Moon Records for the US release of The Final Conflict: Last Days Of God, which is being issued this month through Displeased Records.
Disconcert Music has signed Vancouver’s MUSPELLHEIM. This death metal band will release its album, Violent By Design, shortly.
German death metal band FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING will release its next album, The Everhaunting Past/Chapter IV – A Splendid Retrospection, on October 16th through Cyclone Empire Records.
The reformed EXHORDER has announced a concert. It will take place on November 14th at Southport Hall in Jefferson, Louisiana. As previously reported here the band’s bassist is again Frankie Sparcello.
Shagrath and King (Ov Hell), respectively with credits from DIMMU BORGIR and GORGOROTH, have formed a band called OV HELL. The two have recruited Frost, Ice Dale and Teloch to record an album, which is due in early 2010 through Indie Recordings.
MVD Visual has announced the worldwide DVD release of Tatsumaki: VOIVOD In Japan 2008 on November 17, 2009. The band’s line-up on this video consists of singer Snake, drummer Away, new guitarist Dan Mongrain and bass player Blacky.
FUELED BY FIRE has cancelled its appearance at the Thrash Assault 4 Festival, which happens on November 14th at Posthalle in Würzburg, Germany. The Americans are replaced by PARADOX. SODOM, NECRONOMICON, LEGION OF THE DAMNED and others are on the line-up.
Recently fired ANTHRAX singer Dan Nelson has been busy writing music and singing and playing guitar in INSIDE HOLLOW. He has also become involved in a new metal band with SLAYER and TESTAMENT drummer Paul Bostaph. John Bush has returned to ANTHRAX.
Swedish Black metal band WATAIN has been silent since its 111 date Fuck The World Tour. The band has reappeared to update that it has been working on its fourth full-length album. The band states: “We can now reveal the long awaited first live performance to break the silence. WATAIN will return to the stage at the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, Maryland on the 28th of May 2010, alongside legends such as AUTOPSY, PENTAGRAM and POSSESSED. This will be the first performance done in relation to the new WATAIN album, to be released worldwide only weeks after the show through Season Of Mist.”
Pulverised Records has signed Ukranian black metal band BALFOR. The band is working on a new album. More information is available at http://www.balfor.info.
In the midst of the band’s European tour opening for AMON AMARTH, bassist Mike Alexander of thrash metal band EVILE fell ill and was transported to the hospital. He died on Monday October 5th in Luleå, Sweden. He was 32 years old.
Dutch thrash metal band FUELBLOODED has signed with Deka Records and issued its new album, Off The Face Of The Earth. The album was mixed by Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY, THE ABSENCE and CARNAL FORGE).
Artist Joachim Luetke (DIMMU BORGIR, KREATOR, ARCH ENEMY, etc.) has released a DVD-ROM featuring his work for with DIMMU BORGIR, KREATOR, ARCH ENEMY, DIVINE HERESY, PAIN, MESHUGGAH, RAGE, SIRENIA, THE KOVENANT, YELWORC, PERSEPHONE and SOPOR AETERNUS. The DVD contains 26 songs, 9 videos plus two interactive books of DIMMU BORGIR and SOPOR AETERNUS. DIMMU BORGIR’s Silenoz has provided the foreword.
JUDAS PRIEST, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, ARCH ENEMY, SLAYER, NAPALM DEATH, ANVIL, DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB and others were on the bill for Loud Park festival, on October 17th and 18th at Makuhari Messe in Japan. The appearance of LYNCH MOB and DOKKEN, followed by a couple of more California dates at the end of November, on the same stage follows persistent rumours that guitarist George Lynch of LYNCH MOB is rejoining DOKKEN.
RAGEwill release a new album, Strings To A Web, on February 5th through Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded at Twilight Hall Studio and was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind.
Southern Lord Recordings has signed Washington’s BLACK BREATH. The band’s Razor To Oblivion MLP is set for re-release on Southern Lord this November 10th, while a debut full-length will see the light of day in early 2010. The band is being compared to a blend of BATHORY, CELTIC FROST, POISON IDEA and DISCHARGE.
All Shall Fall, the first new album in seven years from reunited Norwegian black metal band IMMORTAL, has debuted at #7 on the Heatseekers Album chart (new & developing artists who have never appeared in the Top 100 of the Billboard Top 200 chart) and at #162 on the Billboard 200 for selling 3,300 copies in one week in the USA.
German thrash metal band EXUMER has released its first new song in 23 years, titled Waking The fire, featuring founding member Mem V. Stein on vocals. The song is taken from the new 2-track demo, which was recorded in Hawaii and Germany during the band’s last tour earlier in 2009. Find it here: www.myspace.com/exumerwakingthefire. The band is still seeking a label.
Belgian black metal band GORATH has signed with Germany’s Twilight Vertrieb. The band’s next album, MXCII, is due in February. The album is a historical concept from the point of view of a heretic.
Champions of the old school Swedish death metal style Ventura, California’s FATALIST pay tribute to the likes of NIHILIST, GRAVE, ENTOMBED, and DISMEMBER on the debut full-length The Depths Of Inhumanity. The follow up to 2007’s Loss demo will be released on November 23, 2009 through Ibex Moon Records.
After nearly 30,000 views, the uncensored version of the video for the song My Funeral by DARK FUNERAL was pulled from MySpace. The band attributes the incident to censorship.
Reactivated California crossover artists D.R.I. are touring the USA beginning November and well into March. The band has been dormant for five years.
After a year of inactivity California’s ANIMOSITY has officially broken up. Drummer Navene Koperweis has a solo album featuring vocals from JOB FOR A COWBOY’s Jonny Davy, while being in ANIMALS AS LEADERS as well. Guitarist Chase Fraser is in SON OF ARELIUS.
Due to “scheduling conflicts” THE ACCUSED was forced to drop off as support act during one leg of the MUNICIPAL WASTE US/Canadian tour in November. Other regions with other support acts on the MUNICIPAL WASTE headlining tour are unaffected. THE ACCUSED’s latest full-length, The Curse Of Martha Splatterhead, is out now on Southern Lord Records.
OBITUARY will release a new DVD, Live Xecution – Party.San 2008, on November 19th through Regain Records. The footage was filmed at last year’s Party.San Open Air festival, 2008 at Bad Berka, Germany.
ANNIHILATOR will release a new DVD, Live At Masters Of Rock, this month through SPV. It was recorded on July 11, 2008 at the Masters Of Rock Festival in Vizovice, Czech Republic. This will be the band’s last release with the bankrupt label.
Don Decker, singer for ANAL BLAST and a heavy metal concert promoter, died on October 11th. He was 41 years old.
CROWN THE LOST has parted ways with bassist Dom Scarano and replaced him with GRAVE DESIRE’s Tim Boyle. GRAVE DESIRE features MANTIC RITUAL member Dave Watson.
Greek band THE FALLEN WITHIN has signed with Coroner Records for the release of its debut album, Intoxicated. The album was recorded and produced by Bob Katsionis of FIREWIND and mixed and mastered by Ahti Kortelainen at Tico Tico Studio in Finland. The album will be released in December through Coroner Records.
Italian melodic death band DISARMONIA MUNDI has completed its new record, The Isolation Game. The album has been recorded, produced, mixed and mastered at The Metal House Studio by Ettore Rigotti and contains 13 new tracks featuring guest appearances by Björn “Speed” Strid (SOILWORK) on vocals and guitarist Olof Morck (NIGHTRAGE) on solos on several tracks. Coroner Records will release the album in December.
PROSTRATION, featuring ex-BANE OF EXISTENCE guitarist Jim Ash, has uploaded a new song called Keep The Change onto its myspace page (myspace.com/prostration) and reverb nation page (http://www.reverbnation.com/prostration). The band is performing on Friday November 6th, 2009 at Accu Billiards in New Bedford MA.
Germany’s DARK AGE will release its next sixth album, Acedia, on November 13th through AFM Records. The album was recorded at Eikey Studio.
E1 Music Canada has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with DEVIN TOWNSEND. After releasing Ki in May 2009 Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) thought it was time for the second instalment of the series of four albums under the monicker DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT. The new album, Addicted, features vocal support by Anneke van Giersbergen, ex-THE GATHERING.
Recorded, mixed at Necropalace Studio, and mastered at 322 Studio, L’Eterno Maligno Silenzio, the new album by TENEBRAE IN PERPETUUM, was released on October 30th through Debemur Morti Productions.
GOREZONE’ Brutalities Of Modern Domination was issued in October by Xtreem Music. It is the Germans’ third album.
‘80s American band POSTMORTEM, which reformed in 2003 only to see frontman John McCarthy die has now issued a demo called Message From The Dead. The independent relase, through the band’s own Taboo Productions, has been completed largely through the efforts of guitarist John Alexander.
Sweden’s MACHINERY have lost guitarist Mano Lewys and drummer Johan Westman. Singer Michel Isberg will handle the guitar and a drummer is also sought.
After losing both it singer and guitarist Jens Basten DEADSOIL has thrown in the towel. Guitarist Boris Pracht and bassist Jogi are focusing on COPYKILL, drummer Hartmut Stoof is with SYMBIONTIC and Jens s reverting to NIGHT IN GALES again. The band’s vocal-less album may yet be released one day.
Inspired by KEEL? A resurrected ALGAION has picked Exthros (‘Enemy’ in Greek) as the title for its third album, to be released through Pulverised Records. Exthros was recorded at Helltower Studio by ALGAION drummer Robert Eng (CORPORATION 187) and mastered by Simon Söderberg at Mayfire Studio.
California’s EMBRYONIC DEVOURMENT is in the final stages of producing the next full-length album, Vivid Enterpretations Of The Void. The follow-up to Fear of Reality Exceeds Fantasy 2007 debut, Vivid Enterpretations Of The Void is based on the Reptilian Agenda, a theory put forth by British author/reporter/former football player David Icke. “This is basically our whole theme and platform for the new release; the theory that a reptilian race controls our world,” elaborates bassist/vocalist Austin Spence.
Swedish speed metal band NOSTRADAMEUS will release its next album, Illusion’s Parade, on November 13th through AFM Records. The album was again produced by Anders “Theo” Theander at RoastingHouse Studio in Malmö, Sweden.
Xtreem Music has issued VIDRES A LA SANG’s Som album. It is the third chapter in the band’s conceptual trilogy.
But is the band reliably conservative? Negativity Records has issued the self-titled debut album for CHRIST HATE. The group hails from Kansas.