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THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT is in the studio recording a full-length album, Tetragrammaton, for an early 2013 release through Season Of Mist.

Listenable Records has signed ACHERON. The band’s next album, Kult Des Hasses (‘Cult Of Hate’), is scheduled for release in the spring of 2013.

Inspired by KEEL? BROKEN HOPE has signed with Century Media.

Returning from a European tour with ARCH ENEMY in support of the Life Apocalypse demo, Canadian thrashers TITANS EVE will be headlining the first annual Blankfest Vancouver on November 10th at The Railway Club.

Thrash metallers CANCRENA have signed a deal with logic(il)logic Records to release the Hidden Depravity album, which will be available in November 2012 and distributed by Andromeda Dischi.

Death metal band INCANTATION has recorded an exclusive track for Decibel Magazine’s Flexi Disc series, which is available only to subscribers. The band dug into his vault and pulled up the tune Degeneration, off the self-titled 1989 demo from his earlier band band, REVENANT. INCANTATION gave the song a reworking. This version of the song will appear inside the December 2012 issue of Decibel.

Danish death metallers CORPUS MORTALE have signed to Deepsend Records. Deepsend will release the Danes’ third album FleshCraft this autumn.

Art Gates Records is issuing the Insanity album by Murcia, Spain band DARK CONFESSIONS. It was recorded at the UltraSound Studios 2 in Portugal and produced by Daniel Cardoso (NOCTEM, ANGELUS APATRIDA, ANNEKE VANGIERSBERGEN, etc.).

Umeå, Sweden’s death metal band DAEMONICUS has made its album, Deadwork, available through Abyss Records. In The Grip Of Chaos, the debut full-length from Swedeath upstarts ERUPTED is out now on Abyss Records. The album was recorded at Kloster Productions by Robin ”Rojne” Svensson, who worked with the band on its 2010 Faces Of Death release.

It All Fades, the new mini-album from Swedish death/doom metal outfit THE GARDNERZ, is out now on Abyss Records. It is the follow-up to last year’s The System Of Nature.

GRUESOME STUFF RELISH has signed with Germany’s FDA Rekotz. A new album from the trio, entitled Sempiternal Death Grind, will be released on January 25th, 2013 on CD, vinyl LP and digital formats.

Deathgasm Records has announced that The Cleansing, the new album from old school Swedish death metallers NOMINON, will be released on October 31, 2012.

Sweden’s Blood Harvest Records will release the 12″gatefold vinyl LP version of BOMBS OF HADES‘ The Serpent’s Redemption on October 19th.

ALASTOR, from Poland, has just announced its return with a new album. Out Of Anger will be the first release after the line-up change in 2010, when Mish Jarski replaced the band’s previous singer Robert Stankiewicz.

Could Canada Customs hate electronic industrial goth? MORBID ANGEL’s David Vincent was denied entry into Canada at the end of September and was unable to play its two scheduled shows on September 30th in Montreal and October 1st in Toronto.

Canada’s WILT is gearing up to release its debut demo. Based out of Central Canada, this two-piece black metal project is comprised of Jordan Dorge [Laika] and Brett Goochild.

Dark Descent Records is now taking pre-orders for the self-titled debut from Toronto-based blackened death metal four-piece PAROXSIHZEM. The band was formed in 2007.

Dark Descent Records has recently signed a deal with London blackened death metal band LVCIFYRE for the release of its as-of-yet-untitled sophomore full-length, which is due out in early 2013.

INFERION has signed a deal with badGod Music. INFERION’s badGod debut, This Will Decay, will come in early 2013.

Concluding its contractual obligation? A two-disc CRYPTOPSY sampler, featuring demo and live recordings as well as three exclusive tracks, will be released on November 20th through Century Media. It is entitled The Best Of Us Bleed.

HATE has completed work on its new album, Solarflesh, due in early 2013 through Napalm Records.

Former VITAL REMAINS guitarist Dave Suzuki, former CONFESSOR guitarist Shawn McCoy and Ray McCaffrey of SIN OF ANGELS and GRIEF have a new band called CHURCHBURN.

APOLOKIA, Italy’s “most controversial, nihilist and hateful black metal band,” will release its first album, called Kathaarian Vortex, on February 11th 2013 through My Kingdom Music.

Brazil’s EMINENCE made its U.S. live debut on Friday, October 19th at The Star Of Palm Beach at Pier 40 in New York City. Headlining the show was PRONG.

SUFFOCATION is completing its new album, Pinnacle Of Bedlam, and has it due out in 2013 release through Nuclear Blast Records. The album was produced by the band at Full Force Studios in New York with engineer Joe Cincotta.

Pittsburgh technical death metal band, KAMIKABE, recently issued its latest full-length, Aberration Of Man, through Unique Leader Records.

Former THE WILDHEARTS singer Ginger (a.k.a. David Walls) and bassist Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, BRUJERIA, etc.) have a noisecore band called MUTATION.

Italian metal band FORGOTTEN TOMB will release its next full-length album , entitled …And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil, on October 30th through Agonia Records.

Massacre Records has signed Poland’s LUNA AD NOCTUM. The band’s next album, Hypnotic Inferno, will be released in February of 2013.

All We Love We Leave Behind is the name of the new album from CONVERGE. It is out now on Epitaph.

Swedish death metallers SOREPTION will release its second album, Engineering The Void, in early 2013 through Ninetone Records. The follow-up to 2010’s Deterioration Of Minds was produced by Tommy Rehn at Ninetone Studios.

Inspired by KEEL? DISCIPLES OF POWER has reformed. The band split up in 2002 after several albums on Fringe. DISCIPLES OF POWER’s is singer Shane Hawco (THORAZINE, EXIT STRATEGY, WAKE, etc.), guitarists Ben Harbak (THE NOUMENON, ACANTHA and BEGRIME EXEMIOUS) and Wes Sontag and drummer Dean Relf (drums).

Los Angeles thrash metal band EVILDEAD has disbanded due to “personal differences.” Albert Gonzales, Steve Nelson, Rob Alaniz and Joseph D’Anda have a new band called FAEOST.

ASSASSIN will release a DVD, Chaos And Live Shots, on November 23rd through SPV/Steamhammer.

Metallian Hard

PRETTY MAIDS has picked Motherland as the title for its next album, which is due in the spring through Frontiers Records. The album is being produced by Jacob Hansen.

ANVIL has picked Hope In Hell as the title for its next album, which is due in the spring. The album features bassist Sal Italiano who replaced Glenn Gyorffy (a.k.a. Glenn Five) in January.

Danish doom metal band SATURNUS will release Saturn In Ascension on November 30th through Cyclone Empire.

Doom band EARTHEN GRAVE has lost drummer Scott Davidson.

PINK CREAM 69 is in the studio recording its next album, Ceremonial, for an early 2013 release through Frontiers Records.

GUNS N' ROSES will make its first live appearance in Jakarta, Indonesia on December 15th at the Lapangan D Senayan. This will be the band's only one show in southeast Asia.

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN has picked Spell Bound as the title for his new album, tentatively due in December 2012. He is also working on his autobiography, Relentless. Ripper Owens is out as the band’s singer.

JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell was forced to cancel his band's concerts in Florida in October after he ostensibly came down with "an intestinal infection and had to (be) placed on IV and antibiotics."

KISS’ Monster has landed at position #3 in the US charts.

Danish band ANUBIS GATE has parted ways with guitarist Jesper M. Jensen and replaced him with Michael Bodin (THIRD EYE and NORTHERN EMPIRE).

It only took three years to be inspired by KEEL: METAL CHURCH, with Ronny Munroe on vocals, Kurdt Vanderhoof and Jay Reynolds on guitars, Steve Unger on bass, and Jeff Plate on drums, is back and will play onboard 70000 Tons Of Metal in January. For one of their two shows on board, they will play their debut album, "Metal Church", in its entirety.

EMI has set an October 8th release date for the 40th-anniversary edition of DEEP PURPLE's 1972 album, Machine Head. This five-disc edition will contain an illustrated 60-page hardback booklet in a box.

This time a label is inspired by KEEL? RAVEN LORD has signed a two-album deal with Mausoleum Records. The group’s debut album, Descent To The Underworld, is scheduled for a release on January 25th.

Finnish band CHILDREN OF BODOM has signed a Japanese record deal with Marquee Inc. The label will release the band's next album in the summer of 2013.

Chicago’s doom metal act EARTHEN GRAVE has parted ways with drummer Scott Davidson. The man will continue with his show on Chicago's Rebel Radio and the SABBATH/DIO tribute band HEAVEN & HELL CHICAGO.

TWINTERA’s upcoming debut album, Lines, which is scheduled for release on November 16th on logic(il)logic Records, features EVERGREY's guitarist and singer Tom S. Englund as a special guest vocalist on the song Oversight.

Metal Mind Productions will release debut album by the Polish metal band HELLECTRICITY. It is called Salem Blood.

Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will release a concert DVD/2CD package called, Gates Of Dalhalla, on November 30th through Nuclear Blast. The album will feature the band's 135-minute 15th-anniversary show that took place on July 28.

Spanish metallers KILMARA have entered Roland Grapow's (MASTERPLAN and ex-HELLOWEEN) studio in Slovakia to begin recording the third album, Love Songs And Other Nightmares, for an early 2013 release.

Following all the recent troubles DOKKEN has parted ways with drummer Mick Brown and replaced him with former MEGADETH man Jimmy DeGrasso. Internet reports have it that DOKKEN’s Broken Bones is the group’s last album. Singer Don Dokken apparently wants to go into different directions.

Season of Mist has signed goth act ORDER OF ISAZ, which is led by NECROPHOBIC frontman Tobias Sidegård. The Swedish band recently finished recording its debut album, which will be released next year.

He came across Metallian? KRAMPUS has announced that its drummer Carlo is no longer a part of the band effective immediately. He has, in fact, “been struck by lightning and considers himself lucky to not have been killed. Thankfully Carlo survived, but he will not be able to play the drums for some time to come as he rehabilitates himself.” The band already has a replacement.

One-man atmospheric metal project, TWILIGHT FAUNA, just released a second digital release called the Majestic Travesty Of Creation. This, and Paul Ravenwood’s previous release, are available for download and purchase at

Metallian Demos

This is the second full-length by these Canadians. Folk metal being the generic description that goes with it. Once again it is questionable to attach the metal tag to a band with a full-time Oboe player. Describing Morgan Zentner’s instrument as ‘Oboe of Death’ is silly too. Prelude starts off the proceedings with utter unoriginality. Spirit Of The Quest is an improvement and incorporates 70’s rock keyboards to provide a different dimension to the song. Sleeping Village is a short Oboe filled intermission. Forgotten Forest does features some heavier sections but the good old Oboe and Celine Derval’s mischaracterized ‘War Cries’ holds it back in the metal department. Fallen King is not all that different, the listeners’ main interest might continue to lie in the concept and story rather than the music. Voice Of The Sword has the heaviest start of ... Of Exile and remains the most interesting. For The King offers bits of progressive metal. The Fortress makes it third in a row of the same. Dies Irae II probably proves that there was an attempt to inject some heaviness missing in the first five tracks. Horbarth’s Inn closes this full length with a few more positives. The conclusion is that there is more to ... Of Exile than initially feared but still not enough.
The aforementioned concept is apparently that of an exiled Scythian king returning to reclaim his throne. – Anna Tergel

Who can blame the masses - the listening public, musicians, mothers of musicians, dismayed girlfriends of musicians - for being so disillusioned with the music 'industry?' The band has loads of accolades, had already garnered an obscure deal three years back and, as its website descriptively notes "rocks," but now has a 2012 demo disc and it indeed rocks. There is not an excuse for labels and promoters to not know the band. After all, the band is not a newcomer and the world replete with JIT "social media," so what gives? The album has it all for heard and heavy rock crazies. Maybe Forever is big and wild. Mr. Saturn, for instance, picks a standard-issue classic hard rock riff and matches the standards of AC/DC, Def Leppard and Jackyl. Like A Lost Child sports another solid rhythm with a Hammond organ. The Spaniards rekindle the '70s. A Farewell To November is a slow song that resonates and is hummable. Lady of The Mountain is another of those Wholehearted tunes this band does well. The guitar is solo is clean and impressive. Searching For Light is harder again. Listen carefully and notice the NWOBHM sounds and the grungy vocals. One hears a certain Diamond Head feeling. Blue Jay Wings ends the album on another emotional and soothing note. In fact, the strumming takes one back to Scorpions and Holiday. The last song that needs to be mentioned is track four, Another Bright Sunday, where the singer's cream is pure Led Zeppelin inspiration. It is usual for unsigned and independent bands to go overboard in the quantity department and include more songs than the quality factor allows, thus devaluing their 'demonstration.' This is not the case with Eldorado. By the way, strangely the band’s publicity shot is in front of a Toronto subway car. The disc is full of gold. Eldorado: PO Box 9207. 28080 Madrid, Spain or - Ali "The Metallian"

The band’s convoluted hardcore sound was annoying even before the trombone started playing. Perhaps the title of the demo is not inconsequential after all? – Anna Tergel