Ever since the pioneers of the “Gothenburg style” Melodic Death Metal sound, At The Gates, have announced a comeback studio album with the classic line-up of their latest masterpiece 'Slaughter Of The Soul' (1995), the anticipation within the scene has been immense. At The Gates are now in full pre-production mode and expect to be recording the upcoming album 'At War With Reality' in June / July with a tentative release period of October / November 2014 via Century Media Records worldwide.
At The Gates have now launched a video featuring updates on the new material’s pre-production process. Check it out here.
Most recently, At The Gates have announced the dates for their 'At War With Reality' tour throughout Europe and the UK together with label mates Triptykon and Morbus Chron for December, which many people consider one of the most tasteful extreme metal packages of the year 2014. Here is a list of all upcoming At The Gates live-shows announced so far:
AT THE GATES @ Festivals 2014:
SA 26.04.2014 Santiago (Chile) – The Metal Fest
SA 17.05.2014 Trezzo Sull'adda (Italy) – Metal Italia
FR 23.05.2014 Baltimore (USA) – Maryland Death Fest
TH 10.07.2014 Neskaupstadur (Iceland) – Eistnaflug Festival
AT THE GATES + Support:
TH 20.11.2014 Tampere (Finland) – Klubi
FR 21.11.2014 Jyväskylä (Finland) – Lutako
SA 22.11.2014 Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi
AT THE GATES, GRAVE, MORBUS CHRON:
TH 27.11.2014 Göteborg (Sweden) – Trägårn
FR 28.11.2014 Stockholm (Sweden) – Arenan
SA 29.11.2014 Malmö (Sweden) – KB
AT THE GATES, TRIPTYKON, MORBUS CHRON:
TH 04.12.2014 London (UK) – Forum
FR 05.12.2014 Manchester (UK) – Academy 2
SA 06.12.2014 Glasgow (UK) – Garage
SU 07.12.2014 Birmingham (UK) – Academy
MO 08.12.2014 Cardiff (UK) – Solus
WE 10.12.2014 Essen (Germany) – Turock
TH 11.12.2014 Hamburg (Germany) – Markthalle
FR 12.12.2014 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Eindhoven Metal Meeting
SA 13.12.2014 Leipzig (Germany) – Conne Island
SU 14.12.2014 Wien (Austria) – Arena
TU 16.12.2014 Aarau (Switzerland) – Kiff
WE 17.12.2014 Munich (Germany – Backstage Werk
TH 18.12.2014 Antwerpen (Belgium) – Trix
FR 19.12.2014 Cologne (Germany) – Essigfabrik
SA 20.12.2014 Berlin (Germany) – Postbahnhof
More details on 'At War With Reality' will be unveiled soon…
Swedish death-glam quartet Deathstars have rescheduled their previously-announced March UK dates for November and also confirmed an additional 3 shows. The band issued the following statement - "We have been forced to re-schedule our upcoming European Tour "Claws Through Europe" due to a pushed back album release date. At the same time the tour will be extended to run for a longer period of time and cover more cities throughout Europe and the UK. Bought tickets be will valid for the new dates"
The full list of dates are now as follows and tickets will go on sale on Monday Feb 24th:
SUN 2nd THEKLA, BRISTOL
MON 3rd ACADEMY 3, MANCHESTER
TUE 4th CATHOUSE, GLASGOW
WED 5th O2 ACADEMY 2, NEWCASTLE
THU 6th SLADE ROOMS, WOLVERHAMPTON
FRI 7th THE GARAGE, LONDON
The band are also putting the finishing touches to their 4th studio album, due for release in June 2014, their first since 2009's 'Night Electric Night'.
Swedish Modern Metal superstars Sonic Syndicate have entered the studio to record their new album.
The band's fifth full-length effort is due to be released sometime in summer 2014 via Nuclear Blast and is being recorded and produced together with renowned producer Roberto Laghi (In Flames, Mustasch) in Bohus, Sweden.
Guitarist and main songwriter Robin Sjunnesson commented:
"We’ve been writing songs for over a year now and it just feels sick to start laying these bad boys down. This album is feeling kind of dark, heavy and melodic which fits perfect with the January weather here in Scandinavia. We have Roberto Laghi sitting here in the drivers seat. Everything just feels perfect this time around. We’ve worked with Roberto in the past and have become good friends over the years so this time around he’ll be producing the album as well as mixing which he’s done with the last two albums. We have a few guests popping into the studio over the next two months and for those who are interested we’ll be posting updates via all our social networks starting today so join in the madness and hash tag our asses.“
Sonic Syndicate will also appear on chosen open air events over the summer and have announced to be touring in fall 2014 which will mark the band's first tour in over 3 years.
Finnish radio station Rock Radio recently conducted an exclusive interview with Sonic Syndicate's own Nathan J. Biggs to talk about the band's hiatus and the forthcoming glorious return.
Check out the 10 minute chat at:
Swedish Industrial Gothic / Glam Metal quintet Deathstars are pleased to announce that their much-anticipated new studio album is set for release in February 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records, their first since 2009’s "Night Electric Night". The recordings will take place in Studio Bohus with Roberto Laghi who will co-produce the album together with 'Nightmare Industries'. Cat Casino had left the band for other ventures and naturally "Night Electric Night" is the only album he is featured on, meaning Deathstars have now reverted back to their original four-piece setup.
Lead vocalist Whiplasher Bernadotte shares his thoughts on the forthcoming full-length:
'Deathstars is an adventure for us. It’s as if it is a phenomenon of it’s own, and our forum for destruction, glitter and darkness. We are very excited about the new material and every time we hit the studio we never know what the outcome will be, i mean we have a general idea but we’re never a 100% sure how the final result will be until we’re done and can sit back and listen to it'.
This UK tour will be a showcase of everything Deathstars have achieved as a band so far, and also support their newly released material! Tour dates as follows (Ticket links included):
TUE 25 MARCH - LONDON - THE GARAGE
WED 26 MARCH - MANCHESTER - ACADEMY 3
THU 27 MARCH - WOLVERHAMPTON - SLADE ROOMS
Stay tuned for more info regarding their forthcoming album and supports to be announced soon!
Andreas 'Whiplasher Bernadotte' Bergh - Vocals
Emil 'Nightmare Industries' Nödtveidt - Lead Guitar, Keyboards
Jonas 'Skinny Disco' Kangur - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Oscar 'Vice' Leander - Drums
Hailing from Stockholm, Beyond Visions is a fresh and emotionally charged melodic metal band fronted by the amazing singer Rebecka, whose sorrowful yet dynamic vocals are backed up by talented axeman Alex and skilled drummer Henrik.
Beyond Visions’ "Your face is familiar" is an album whose articulated songwriting is going to cause quite a stir in the melodic heavy / rock scene.
"Your face is familiar" is scheduled for a digital release date of 1st October 2013, the PREsale will be available on iTunes from 23rd September 2013
Watain’s new album 'The Wild Hunt' just came out a couple of weeks ago and impressed both media and fans. Right after an extensive North America tour in October / November, they will set European stages on fire to present their new opus live. Those who witnessed the album release show on August 24th in Watain’s hometown Uppsala in Sweden will know what to expect – everybody else can be curious about it and shouldn’t miss it.
The band comments: "It will be with the dead of winter that we shall come hunting through Europe again. By then the dry heat of summer will be long gone, moistened by gasoline and tears, ready to explode into a storm of panic and euphoria, death and metal, war and pain, sodomy and lust! So gather yourselves and prepare, forbidden fires and unearthly lights shall illuminate the winter nights..."
The special guests for the tour will be announced soon.
"The Wild Hunt embodies not only the most anticipated heavy record of the year, but also the most important album of Watain's career." METAL HAMMER (UK) (9/10 points)
"Every single song is an explosive revolution." TERRORIZER (UK) (9.5/10 points)
"Exciting, vital music that grabs you by the soul.” KERRANG (UK) (KKKKK)
Check www.thewildhunt.se for more details on the album.
WATAIN 'The Wild Hunt' tour dates:
05.12.2013 Manchester, Academy 2
06.12.2103 Glasgow, Garage
07.12.2013 Birmingham, The Library @ The Institute
08.12.2013 London, Electric Ballroom
Tickets are on sale now at:
Black metal cult Arckanum is pleased to announce streaming of another new song from the forthcoming record, "Fenris Kindir". The new track, titled "Hatarnir" is premiering via Wormgear and the forthcoming album is slated for a worldwide release on 10th May (14th May in North America).
Regarding ""Fenris Kindir", Arckanum mastermind Shamaatae (ex-Grotesque) acknowledged that "This album is a dedication to the flaming giant-wolf, son of Loki; created from the Chaos-fires of Múspellsheimr. It is a tribute to the wrathful giant-wolf, son of Angrboða, found in the Ironwood where he is breeding hordes of giant monstrous wolves with Angrboða. His victorious name is Fenrir, also called Tungls Tjúgari! Hail Fenrir!"
Shamaatae continues; "The sounds and music on this album are my auditory vision of the march of Fenrir convoyed with his hordes of giant wolves from the depths of the underworld to face Ragna Rök with warlike glory – deformed giant-wolves swarming in thousands. This is my tribute to the wrathful, harsh and untamed anti-nature of Fenrir’s mighty essence! The anti-cosmic enemy of the worlds! Heill Tungls Tjúgari! Heilir Fenris Synir!"
1. Fenris Kindir Grúa
2. Tungls Tjúgari
6. Fenris Gangr
11. Sólbøls Sigr
12. Lycanthropia [Necromantia cover, bonus track on digital and LP editions]
"Fenris Kindir" is available for pre-order at the Season of Mist E-shop and is available as a CD and a limited LP in two different colors: yellow (limited to 450 copies) and black (limited to 700).
Swedish death metal act, Entrails, has announced the guest vocalists to be featured on their upcoming third album "Raging Death"!
Artists confirmed to appear on "Raging Death" include: Kam Lee (Bone Gnawer, ex-Massacre), Jorgen Sandstrom (The Project Hate MCMXCIX, ex-Grave, ex-Entombed), Rogga Johansson (Paganizer a.o.) and Dan Swano (ex-Edge Of Sanity). Fans will hear the guest vocalists on "Death League".
Kam Lee believes that:
"Entrails is one of the best Death Metal bands around today hands down - and their track 'Death League' is just pure aggressive cut throat - true death metal in its most rawest and traditional form… the way death metal is meant to be played! When I was asked by the maniacs of Entrails to lend my death growl vomit to the mix I was honored. But the fact that I'm sharing growls alongside other such legendary Swedish death metal vocalist - makes the brutality of the track even more so shredding!! Like a cannibal mutant feeding frenzy of blood soaked gore… this track will make you bleed from the inside out!"
Dan Swano stated that he loves "Working with Entrails. Their catchy brand of Death Metal is right up my alley. And when I heard that Kam Lee, Jorgen Sandstrom and some other major dudes we're gonna join forces in a track, I happily accepted the invitation without to blink. A kick ass experience indeed! Make sure you hear it!!"
Rogga Johansson acknowledges that "When asked to do some growling on a track by Entrails all I could think was "Fuck yes!". I've been a fan of the band for a long, long time, as I had old recordings on a tape I got from a friend. And when I learned that I'd be in such awesome company as the legends guesting, I was even more happy about it! And the song fucken' crushes!"
Jorgen Sandstrom agrees that he: "Did not hesitate a second when Adde asked me to do some vocals for the new Entrails album but I had no idea that I was supposed to be in a song with these Sickos!!! If I knew I would had said yes in Planck time!! Death League FTW!"
Make sure to head over at metalblade.com/entrails to check out the artwork for "Raging Death", as well as the first single "In Pieces"!
ENTRAILS comments on Raging Death: "This is the perfect next step for ENTRAILS. A massive stench of death, right in your face! 'Raging Death' as a title suited the album as a whole, since it's pure death metal without mercy!"
Raging Death was recorded in different studios, the drum recordings took place at the Racetrack studios while the basis recordings were done at Jimmy Lundqvist's own The Crypt recording studios. The album was mixed and mastered by Dan Swano at Unisound.
Raging Death track listing:
1. In Pieces
2. Carved To The Bone
3. Blood Hammer
4. Headless Dawn
5. Cadaverous Stench
6. Descend To The Beyond
7. Death League
8. Chained And Dragged
10. Cemetery Horrors
ENTRAILS formed in the '90s, but split up before they were able to release a demo or even an album. It took them until 2008 to come back when guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist rediscovered some old tapes. In a moment of nostalgia, he decided that they deserved to be released as they should have been originally. With modern recording technology, the first ENTRAILS demo could finally take shape. After releasing another demo in 2009, ENTRAILS recorded and released their debut album, Tales From The Morgue, in 2010. Just a year later, The Tomb Awaits was released, an album that gained worldwide attention of music fans of the extreme and was considered by many as the best death metal release of 2011. ENTRAILS have played numerous prestigious festivals in 2012 including gigs at Party.San Open Air, Summer Breeze Open Air and Hell Inside festival.
Joakim Svensson - Vocals/Bass
Jimmy Lundqvist - Guitar
Mathias Nilsson - Guitar
Adde Mitroulis - Drums
“Stefan Lindholm” of Vindictiv and Raven Lord joins the ranks with VGS Guitars. Stefan uses the VGS E-Gitarre Pro Series Screech – Model “VG507.305 Faded Transparent Black”Swedish guitar sensation
Stefan says: “I’m very happy to be part of the VGS family and I wish to thank VGS for granting me the privilege to play this axe.”
Swedish Melodic / Progressive metaller Vindictiv and multi national metaller Raven Lord are currently in the studio to record new albums.
Stefan Lindholm was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1973 and picked up the guitar at the age of 15 after his father bought him his first electric guitar, which incidentally was the well known and highly appreciated: “Emperador Strat” from the Kasuga Factory in Japan, which he played through a Squire 15-watt amplifier to his neighbourghs cheerful delight. After two years of intensive playing, he took private tutoring from guitarist Mike Wead, known for his involvement with bands such as: “Candlemass”, “The Haunted”, “King Diamond”, “Momento Mori” and “Hexenhaus”.
Stefan Lindholm is also endorsed by “Manne Guitars” and “Hughes & Kettner AMPS”.
Swedish doom icons Witchcraft have just revealed some details on the bands upcoming album.
Earlier this year announced as a working title, “Legend” has now been officially confirmed as the title of Witchcraft's debut for their new label, Nuclear Blast. “Legend” is set to be unleashed September 21, 2012 and marks the bands first album after a 5 year hiatus.
Magnus Pelander gives his views:
“At last the fourth album is done. It's with relief and euphoria we say this!”
The cover art for “Legend” is going to be revealed soon.