Thursday, March 31, 2011

VASTUM Unleash New Track Via Stereogum

The name VASTUM is raging through the metal underground like hellfire right now, with the news of the San Francisco-area act's recent signing to the 20 Buck Spin label for the release of their Carnal Law debut this May still fresh. VASTUM's crushing death metal is crafted more in the ways of the early purveyors rather than retaining semblance to "Bay Area sound" clichés; their stripped-down attack will rip your face right off as the band prove with the thunderous midpaced stomp of the opening track from the album, "Primal Seduction," which Stereogum has graciously premiered to the public today. To be pummeled, click here.

Brand new visual evidence of VASTUM's raging live attack has just surfaced this week as well, in the form of some very ominous, black and white 8mm camera footage. Check out the footage at this location now!

The band are are currently plotting a Northwest US Summer tour and more, with details to be announced over the coming weeks. For now catch them randomly throughout their local stomping grounds.

5/14/2011 Victory Warehouse - Oakland, CA w/ Dispirit, Anhedonist, Ealdath

VASTUM's sound permeates the most wretched, dehumanizing, old-school death metal might on Carnal Law. Culminating an arsenal of musicians with current or past ties to Acephalix, Saros, Amber Asylum, Hammers of Misfortune, Infest and more, but the band's attack is more crushing and potent than many contemporary acts flying the death metal banner.

Streaming Of THE GATES OF SLUMBER "Coven of Cain"

Metal Blade just uploaded a new public track called The Gates of Slumber "Coven of Cain", check it out below! 

Pain Of Salvation - Where It Hurts (New Video 2011)

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Tell me where it hurts, so I can reach the pain. 
Tell me where it hurts. Just pump it through my vain. 
Be brave and tell me where it hurts. 

There's something deep inside than you don't want to show. 
There's something that you hide, 'cause you're afraid I'll go. 
But no. 
Tell me where it hurts. 

You tell me not to go. (Tell me where it hurts) 
Say you want to be my holy grail. (Tell me where it hurts) 
And your skin is white like fallen snow. (Tell me where it hurts) 
I don't want to leave my marks. (Tell me where it hurts) 
But if I do, are you brave enough to let me through to touch you where it hurts? 

I'll touch you where it hurts. 

[ From: metrolyrics ]

I'll touch you where it hurts. 
I'll touch you where it hurts. 
And you can touch me. 
Come on and touch me where it hurts. 

Everyone I know seems to be broken inside. 
Everybody hurting just from being alive. 

Touch me where it hurts. 
Touch me where it hurts. 
Touch me where it hurts. 
Touch me where it hurts. 
Come touch me where it hurts.


The 28th of March BORKNAGAR signed a 3 album deal with Century Media Records.

BORKNAGAR is currently working on material for a new album, at this point roughly scheduled to be released in early 2012.

Øystein G. Brun comments:
"Well, sometimes life takes slightly unexpected yet great turns! Due to internal business affairs the deal with Indie recordings was mutually terminated by both parties in January 2011. Since then we have been negotiating a possible re-signing with CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS. While you are reading this, Jens F. Ryland and I are at the headquarters of CMR in Dortmund to ink a new deal with our old partners in crime. If feels very good to be back in the fold of the mighty Century family- there is simply no team- no label alike. Thanks to Jens Preuter (head A&R) we have worked out and landed a deal that we are 110% sure will serve the future endeavors of BORKNAGAR in the best possible and most potent way. We share so much history with CMR and we are now preparing to create more musical history for the future to come- together with our friends at the Century family!"

Head of A&R at Century Media, Jens Preuter, comments:
"We are very proud to welcome back such a great and highly influential band. Whether you want to call it Black-, Progressive-, Viking-, Folk- or whatever Metal, Borknagar always managed to be just themselves on a unique and high level. I already heard some pre-production demos from the upcoming album and I can tell you it will be not just another masterpiece, but probably the best material they've done so far. In case you live near by Dortmund, Germany, you can come by the Die Burg bar on Thursday, March 29 evening and party with Øystein G. Brun, Jens F. Ryland and the Century Media crew."

More details and information will be issued soon!


GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (USA) - In the wake of vocalist Matt Barlow's retirement, dozens of demos and resumes flooded Iced Earth's management team. But one name kept popping up - Into Eternity vocalist Stu Block, who has been named the new lead singer for Iced Earth

According to Schaffer, Robert Kampf, founder of Century Media, early on suggested Block, whose band Into Eternity was previously on the CM label. That reminded Schaffer of one night in September, 2008, when Into Eternity opened for Iced Earth.

"Iced Earth was backstage waiting to go on," said Schaffer. "We heard one of Stu's incredible wails. I remember turning to Matt and saying, 'Damn, that dude has serious range."

Insidious In Theatres April 1

Insidious Overview

Parents (Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne) take drastic measures when it seems their new home is haunted and their comatose son (Ty Simpkins) is possessed by a malevolent entity.

Rating - PG-13 — Terror, Frightening Images, Brief Strong Language, Thematic Material, Violence Audio and movie formatsDolby Digital

Wolverine "Embrace" From New Album "Communication Lost"

Candlelight Records just uploaded a new public track called Wolverine - Embrace, check it out below! 

Communication Lost was recorded at various locations in Sweden between february and august 2010. It was mixed by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios (Denmark) in july/august 2010 and mastered by Eroc at Eroc’s Mastering Ranch (Germany) in December 2010/January 2011.

The album, which was produced by the band, features 11 tracks and runs approximately 70 minutes:

Communication Lost Track List
Into the great nothing
Poison ivy
Your favourite war
What remains
In memory of me
In the quiet of dawn
Communication lost
A beginning

Lyrically the album deals with personal issues the band and the individual members experienced during the four years the band spent on composing the material. The result is a melodic and moody metal album which feels like a natural progression from Still which was released in 2006.

“Communication Lost” will be released on May 23 in Europe via Candlelight records.

Lothlöryen: "When Madness Calls" single available for download

Brazilian heavy/folk metallers LOTHLÖRYEN are working on their third album, the follow-up of 2008's "Some Ways Back No More", released by Die Hard Records (U.D.O., ANNIHILATOR, TNT, MAGICIAN, CHRIS CAFFERY).

The new effort, which according to the band will be their heaviest work so far, will present a new line-up, featuring the vocalist Daniel Felipe. The album is being recorded in São Paulo, Brazil, and produced by Augusto Lopes (Dr. Sin, Scelerata, Hangar), ex-guitarist of Torture Squad.

This new album will be released in the second half of 2011. Meanwhile the band is booking dates for a tour which will begin in June. They also posted a single online entitled "When Madness Calls".

About the new song the guitarist Leko Soares comments: "This single doesn't reflect exatly how the new album will sound, since it's the most simple of the tracks, but we decided to start from it because it has all the elements that will be found in our new album: heaviness, atmosphere and great choruses."

"When Madness Calls" single has full booklet, design made by Marcus Lorenzet (Sacredeath, Alkeea, Thortaz), and is available for downloaded on the band's MySpace page, which was recently redesigned, at myspace.lothloryenband

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Belgian death metal veterans ABORTED will begin recording its seventh full length record to date from June onwards at the infamous Hansen Studios with producer Jacob Hansen (Invocator, Hatesphere, Volbeat). The band will be tracking over 15 tracks of the most brutal and intense material they have written to date. The sonic onslaught - baptized as "Global Flatline" - will contain 12 tracks with additional bonus material featured on limited editions.

The artwork for "Global Flatline" will once again be handled by Justin Osbourne who previously worked with the band on its 2010 EP "Coronary Reconstruction" as well. Since 2011 marks the ten year anniversary of ABORTED's "Engineering The Dead" record, the band decided to re-record two tracks of the album as part of the bonus material for "Global Flatline". You can vote for your favorite "Engineering The Dead" songs on the band's Facebook Page:

Vocalist, founder and gurgloroth Sven de Caluwé comments: "We are thrilled to be finally recording "Global Flatline" and have the material out there. It is exciting in many ways, one being that this might be one of the most important records in ABORTED's career. We really took our time in composing the most heavy and uncompromising material the band has written to date. Some of the material is faster than ever, some of the material is slower than ever, some old school and some new school, inspired by all eras of ABORTED, yet still sounding unique on its own. Writing this record definitely took us back to the roots of why we started playing this kind of music in the first place, the passion and adrenaline you get from playing extreme metal.


Century Media Records  announced the signing of IN FLAMES. "We are very happy to make IN FLAMES part of the Century Media Family. The band has a very loyal international fan base and has found a partner with an international set up," says Antje Lange, Century Media Records

"This is number 10..... Album number 10!!!!! That we even made it this far, that is amazing. Then, to deliver the album of our career, that is something else..... It's fast, slow, heavy and mellow. It's happy, sad, angry and calm. 'Sounds of a playground Fading' is everything we ever done on crack (it's a metaphor boys and girls), it's cask strength whisky when it's THAT perfect moment. Use and abuse!!!!!

By the way, we are happy to be in bed with Century media. They know the business, we know the music, a perfect match. What can possibly go wrong....ha, ha, ha!!!!!!" - Anders Fridén/In Flames

IN FLAMES was founded 1990 in Gothenburg and soon became one of the most successful Swedish Metal bands since the release of their break-through album "The Jester Race" in 1996. Like many of the predecessors, their last album "A Sense Of Purpose" (2008) charted all over the world including the band¹s highest ever entry on the American Billboard top 200 with an amazing #28. Other notable chart entries: Sweden #1, European Billboard top 100 #7, Canada Billboard top 200 # 7, Germany #6, UK (top 200) #54, Finland #3, Japan #14, and Norway# 17. "A Sense Of Purpose" was at the time of release the 7th most sold album in the whole of Europe.

In September 2010 IN FLAMES once again entered their own IF Studios together with Roberto Laghi, Daniel Bergstrand and Örjan Örnkloo to start the recording of the new album. The album 'Sounds Of A Playground Fading' is planned for a June 2011 release. Around that time, IN FLAMES will play some of the most important European summer festivals (Sonisphere, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park, Hellfest, and more), followed by the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival US tour in July and an European tour in Fall/Winter 2011.

Expect nothing but the maximum when one of biggest metal bands teams up with one of biggest worldwide metal labels.

ELITIST Names New Album

ELITIST, the latest addition to Season of Mist's Underground Activist roster, will see the release of their debut album on June 20th (one day later in North America). This wild piece of old school Death Metal mixed with sludgecore influences is entitled "Fear in a Handful of Dust". More news soon!


Season of Mist  announced the signing of OLD SILVER KEY, a brand new band born from the hyperactive mind of DRUDKH mainman Roman Saenko and consisting of four DRUDKH members plus French artist Neige (ALCEST, AMESOEURS) on vocals. The aim of this new project is to create nostalgic, romantic and light atmosphere of solitude, beholding, childhood and warmth. The first album is already in recording process.

At the same time, the next DRUDKH album is to be recorded this spring / summer. This ninth full-length will mark a return to the band's roots - long songs full of dark emotions and atmosphere of seasons change, close to the Ukrainians' early albums.

MORBID ANGEL Unveil Cover Artworks

Upcoming release: "Illud Divinum Insanus"
Release date: Mon, Jun 06 2011, US Tue, Jun 07 2011

Seminally influential Extreme Metal act MORBID ANGEL have set "Illud Divinum Insanus" as the title of their eagerly awaited forthcoming album, which has been scheduled for a June 6th release (one day later in North America). "Illud Divinum Insanus" will be MORBID ANGEL's eighth studio album, and the first since legendary frontman David Vincent rejoined the fold. Here is the cover artwork of this new opus, designed by Gustavo Sazes:

The artist stated: "To create this cover we worked from several references, ideas, elements, and I would say a ''world'' of options and paths. After a long brainstorming period and some [good and bad] ideas left behind we came up with the concept of this organic surreal insane being; a fallen God or a weird mirror image of our own madness. It is a different Morbid Angel cover for sure, but I think that's how Morbid Angel is...Deviant and different on each new release. They never repeat themselves. They are always pushing the boundaries and setting new standards. I'm really proud of the final results and hope the fans appreciate my work, while listening to the new album!"

Prior to the release of the album, a single for the song "Nevermore" will be out on May 16th as 7" vinyl and digital download. The B side is an exclusive version of new song "Destructos VS the Earth", remixed by COMBICHRIST. 

"Of all the remixes I've been asked to do I never expected one of the world's most notorious death metal bands to have an interest in hearing their music on the dance floor", COMBICHRIST mainman Andy LaPlegua comments. "However, 'Destructos' is one of those tracks that are so versatile that it could have been recorded as a folk song and it would still sound amazing. I'm honored to be a part of this project and am excited to see how the Morbid Angel fans react to this unusual new direction."

The cover artwork for the single was designed by French artists Valnoir and Fursy Teyssier for Metastazis:

SEPTICFLESH - The Great Mass

Upcoming release: "The Great Mass"
Release date: Mon, Apr 18 2011, US Tue, Apr 19 2011

As previously announced, the main artwork of SEPTICFLESH's forthcoming album "The Great Mass" will appear on the CD + DVD Digipak edition, the gatefold LP and the dust jacket of the collector's artbook. A hidden part is unveiled every week, gradually forming the nightmarish full scale artwork of Seth Siro Anton. The transformation will be completed on April 18th, the day on which the Mass will be unleashed upon mankind... Check out septicflesh to see the fifth step of the unveiling!

Here is the fifth part of the studio story, by Hard Rock Mag editor Sven Letourneur.

PART V - First mix, first impressions. Second mix, second impressions.

You left Peter Tägtgren work alone for a few days, how long did he work on the mix? Did he send you some tests regularly or just one final pre-mix to have your opinion before applying your changes? When you heard the first results of the mixing done by Peter, what was your opinion about it? Were there a lot of things to be changed? Is the final result close to what you had in your minds?
Sotiris (guitars / vocals): After a period of 5 days, Peter presented us his first pre-mix of the songs. It was his suggestion for the "skeleton" of the album, focusing on drums-bass-guitars. In this pre-mix, there were no vocals, as he wanted to focus on them after the decisions about the basic sound field were taken. On this mix the orchestral parts had a more general balance. That didn't work for all the songs as on the new album we experimented with different structures, using different combinations of instruments and dynamics from song to song. On the other hand, when we listened to it, we were very pleased, as the guitars were sharp and extremely heavy and the grooves of the bass and drums were sounding so damn powerful. Our suggestions were mostly focused on the orchestral parts, as it was obvious that the metal instruments were exactly as we wanted them to be.

After some remarks, Peter did a second mix with all your ideas taken into account. How did you feel when hearing this second test? Did you feel you were close to the perfect result? Is there a third mix already done?
Fotis (drums): Yes, there is a third mix already... The good thing about Peter is that even if he is who he is and has so many years of experience, he is always open to any suggestions and ideas. We had a great time working together and I believe that both sides are happy with the result of this album.
Sotiris: The second mix was focused on the balance between the vocals and the other instruments. It was an important and difficult phase, as besides the characteristic growling vocals of Seth and my dark melodic vocals, we used two different female singers (a soprano and a mezzo-soprano) and a boy soprano, not to mention a full choir. When we listened to the second pre-mix, we felt we were getting closer to what we wanted, but there was still work ahead of us, concerning the orchestral parts. We wanted to miss nothing from the performance and emotion of the various classical instruments. There are so many different musical layers on the new album... Much more than on "Communion"! It was a very difficult task to keep the right balance between all the different elements, while retaining a huge death metal sound. And that was exactly our aim. Peter heard the material over and over, giving attention to our suggestions, even about the small details of the songs. So he continued presenting to us different mixes of the songs until we were completely satisfied. We are grateful for his patience and his hard work for the album. He managed to surpass our expectations. We are extremely pleased from the final result.

Now that you recorded everything by yourselves in your own studio, would you consider for a future album to even take care of the mixing after more experience?
Fotis: To be honest, mixing an album that combines aggressive death metal with extreme blast-beats and at the same time melodies that come not only from guitars but also from a full orchestra and a choir, is something really hard that needs a lot of guts... Peter Tägtgren had the guts and patience to mix this album and make it sound so powerful. It takes years of experience to mix something so difficult.

What about mastering? You told me you were going to do it at the Abyss Studio too? Who will take care of it?
Peter's associate, Jonas, who is doing most of the mastering that goes out from the Abyss studio. I like the fact that that we can master the album in the same studio where we mixed it, because I'm sure we won't lose the sound approach of our final mix.
On April 15, supporters of SEPTICFLESH will have the opportunity to hear the entire "The Great Mass" in Athens, Greece at the Legacy Rock Area. You will have the opportunity to win copies of the album and have them signed by the whole band as Seth Siro Anton, Christos Antoniou, Fotis Benardo and Sotiris Anunnaki V. will be present!

All physical formats of "The Great Mass" can be pre-ordered on HERE


Upcoming release: "Lux Mundi"
Release date US: Tue, May 03 2011

Swiss dark metallers S A M A E L posted a brand new song online. "In the Deep" [LIEN MP3] is taken from upcoming album "Lux Mundi", to be released in North America on May 3rd. Download the song for free here!

  1. Luxferre
  2. Let My People Be!
  3. Of War
  4. Antigod
  5. For A Thousand Years
  6. The Shadow Of The Sword
  7. In The Deep
  8. Mother Night
  9. Pagan Trance
  10. In Gold We Trust
  11. Soul Invictus
  12. The Truth Is Marching On


Frontman Vorph made the following comment on "Lux Mundi": "We've stuffed this album with so many things that it feels like we've created a black hole. We might have come full circle after "Solar Soul" and "Above" and the option for us was to leave S A M A E L behind or to add a new layer to our legacy. We went for the second option. With "Lux Mundi" we've put tar on our path and now we'll be able to move further?"

"'Lux Mundi' started to take shape in 2007", adds Xy. "For almost three years, we have reworked those songs, changed things to bring them to maturity before entering the pre-production process in 2010. This album can be seen as the achievement of what we started with "Ceremony of Opposites" and "Passage" or as a new start for S A M A E L."

"Lux Mundi" will be released as an exclusive 2CD digipak including the "Antigod" EP, which was previously available only as digital download in North America!


Freshly following up the release of their latest single "Embrace The Sun", Greece's Metal shooting stars FIREWIND, have debuted their much anticipated new video for the single!. Purchase links for the mp3 can be found below. iTunes single includes the album track, instrumental version and a digital booklet for only $1.99.

Watch the video for "Embrace The Sun" below:


THE HAUNTED are back with their follow-up to 2008's 'Versus' and it's bigger and more exciting than they've ever been! 'Unseen' sees a band who is unwilling to remain still and continues to push the boundaries of their sound and growth. REVOLVER Magazine recently gave 'Unseen' a four star review saying, "'Unseen' is daring and varied in its scope and execution, each track markedly different in genre and approach from the last, but never losing the distinctive HAUNTED touch."

'Unseen' has now been unleashed upon the masses in North America and worldwide for that matter, and THE HAUNTED have released one more trailer for fans to check out before they get to hear this beastly slab of Swedish metal!


Swedish metal heavyweight, Arch Enemy, has posted a short video documentary chronicling the band's recent Khaos Legions showcase at the AJZ Bahndamm in Wermelskirchen, Germany. The intimate performance took place on March 14th in front of 150 select fans and media to kick off the Khaos Legions campaign. The documentary includes some unheard snippets of the new song, "Yesterday Is Dead And Gone", which will be made available to the public on Friday, April 1st as a free download. Check out the clip below to witness the KHAOS.

Khaos Legions, Arch Enemy's ninth studio album, is slated to hit stores later this summer on Century Media Records. It will mark a return to new, original material, after releasing the Tyrants Of The Rising Sun - Live In Japan live DVD/CD (2008) and the re-recordings album, The Root Of All Evil (2009).