Four years following its last release, Italy’s NOCTIFER has issued 454 – Anno Bastardi Domini independently through its label Legionaria Production. More information can be found at www.noctifer.it.
MACABRE has been writing a new album, due out in 2010, entitled Grim Scary Tales.
MESHUGGAH’s first live DVD Alive will be a two-disc set with a DVD and an audio CD and is scheduled for release in Canada and the U.S.A. on February 9th, 2010. The DVD is comprised of live concert footage of the band performing tracks off their Billboard Top 200-charting 2008 release, obZen, and its time-tested career staples shot during MESHUGGAH’s 2009 North American tour and 2008’s performance at the Loudpark Festival in Tokyo.
More pride! Pulverised Records is “proud” to announce the signing of Israeli band SALEM. Titled Playing God And Other Short Stories, SALEM’s upcoming Pulverised offering will mark their seventh full-length overall. Playing God… is scheduled for released mid 2010 and will feature 12 new tracks including a cover of Bob Marley’s Exodus.
On January 13th, 2010, Ibex Moon Record’s INCANTATION and DIVINE EVE will hit the road in Europe as part of the Vengeful Scapegoat tour with HATE, NOCTUM and NERVE. The tour will provide INCANTATION an opportunity to promote its new 7″ picture EP, Scapegoat. The EP features previously unreleased tracks from the Primordial Domination recording sessions and will be limited to 1,000 hand-numbered copies. INCANTATION now has two guitarists and a line-up of singer/guitarist John McEntee, Alex Bouks (GOREAPHOBIA) on guitars, Chuck Sherwood (BLOODSTORM) on bass and Kyle Severn on drums.
On January 19th, Ibex Moon will release two albums. HEAD HUNTER D.C.’s God’s Spreading Cancer and DIVINE EVE’s MCD Vengeful And Obstinate are both records by older bands now resurrected.
TRIPTYKON, the group formed by former HELLHAMMER and CELTIC FROST singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior, has announced that the groups’ own label, Prowling Death Records Limited, has entered into a licensing agreement with Century Media Records. Under the agreement, Century Media Records will release TRIPTYKON’s debut album, Eparistera Daimones, in Europe and North America on March 22, 2010. CELTIC FROST was last signed to Century Media.
My Kingdom Music has scheduled EVERSIN’s Divina Distopia album for February. The label is also issuing KENOS’ X-Torsion album. This is a death metal release and NIHIL NOVI SUB SOLE’s ambient album, Jupiter Temple, featuring Marco Kehren’s DEINONYCHS.
Thrash for charity! WHIPLASH played a benefit concert for Morgan Harrington, the 20-year-old student from Virginia Tech who was last seen on October 17th near the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia following a METALLICA concert. The event was being held at The Canal Club in Richmond, Virginia and aimed to raise awareness for Morgan’s disappearance and support the Harrington family’s ongoing search to find her. All proceeds went to http://findmorgan.com.
EXODUS has named its ninth studio album Exhibit B: The Human Condition. The band is currently recording in Northern California with Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ARCH ENEMY, KREATOR, etc.). The album is expected to be released in spring of 2010. Shovel Headed Tour Machine: Live At Wacken & Other Assorted Atrocities, EXODUS’ new DVD will be released in North America on January 12th, 2010.
Denmark’s HATESPHERE will tour North American shores this February and March in support of its newest album, To The Nines with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, OBSCURA and AUGURY. Unfortunately, drummer Dennis Buhl is quitting the band due to severe back problems and the band is therefore forced to cancel its upcoming European tour with HYPOCRISY. Buhl is being replaced by ex-MERCENARY drummer Mike Park. Furthermore, HATESPHERE has entered collaboration with Rune Walther from Dream Fire Agency, which from now on will act as the band’s management.
Still alive! Earache Records has signed Canadian thrash metal band ANNIHILATOR to a European deal. A new record is expected in 2010.
British thrash metal band EVILE has a new bassist. He is one Joel Graham. The new man joins EVILE following the death of the late bassist, Mike Alexander.
REVEREND has recruited singer Robb Steele (TRANSLUCENT EXISTENCE and BYFIST), which is an obvious choice given historic connections between BYFIST and REVEREND.
Dutch thrash metal band THANATOS has parted ways with drummer Yuri Rinkel, who will be concentrating on MELECHESH from now on. He has been replaced by Marco de Groot of HOUWITSER and who used to play in various bands including ALTAR, BLIND JUSTICE and ORDO DRACONIS.
KAER MORHEN’s first full-length demo called Aen Ithlinnespeath, described as “one hour of epic and melodic blackmetal (sic)” is finished and is available now. The band has a corporate website at http://myspace.com/songsofkaermorhen.
Germany’s ENDSTILLE has a new singer. Zingultus (formerly of NAGELFAR) is the new vocalist in ENDSTILLE. The band wishes to thank Lugubrem for touring with the band in Europe.
Italian deathcore band CORROOSION has placed the first song from its debut CD Punish The Mind online at www.myspace.com/corroosion. Rising Records has announced that, due to a new distribution deal, the album is delayed from a November release to the 1st of February 2010. PHD distributes the album.
Swedish death metallers MY OWN GRAVE will embark on a 16-date European tour with country-mates DEMONICAL and Finland’s DEATHBOUND. Dubbed The Accession To The Throne 2010 Tour, the journey will commence on February 12th, 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden and come to a close February 28, 2010 in Greifswald, Germany.
The fourth full-length album of MANTAK Diabolical Psycholust is now out. Old Cemetery Records has issued the CD version, while Chalice Of Blood Angel Records is pressing the vinyl and Evildead Production is handling the cassette tape. More information can be found at http://www.mantakhz.com.
Denmark’s Mighty Music has regrouped and returned with three new releases. ANOXIA’s (Denmark) A Lapdance For The Devil is due in May. INVISIUS’ The Spawn Of Condemnation album is also due in May. The final release is Danish band PSY:CODE Delusion.
IMMOLATION has picked Majesty And Decay as the title for its eighth full-length album. Majesty And Decay will be released on March 9th in North America through Nuclear Blast Records. The band is touring with NILE in January and February.
Quebec City, Canada’s AETERNAM is gearing up to release its debut album on February 16th, 2010. Disciples Of The Unseen is a 10-track “foray into an atmospheric, aggressive, melodic and Egyptian-tinged death metal,” according to Metal Blade’s publicity. The album was produced by Jef Fortin (NEURAXIS and THE LAST FELONY) and is for fans of NILE, MELECHESH, BEHEMOTH according to the label.
Basick Records has announced that due to health issues vocalist Phil W. has decided to leave UK Tech-Metallers NO CONSEQUENCE. Candidates for the role of a second vocalist can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Noiseheadrecords (NHR) has signed Italy’s IRREVERENCE. An album by the thrash metal band is expected in the spring.
Colorado’s ALLEGAEON has signed with Metal Blade Records. Formed in the early summer of 2008, the band has a self-titled demo.
Finland’s DOMINATION BLACK has parted ways with vocalist Kari A Kilgast. Interested singers may contact dominationblack[at]gmail.com.
California technical death/grind four-piece EMBRYONIC DEVOURMENT will release its second full-length, Vivid Enterpretations Of The Void, in the early part of 2010. A label is being sough; however, the group has announced a series of shows for April in the USA.