The second in a series of video clips featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions for the new as-yet-untitled third album from Costa Rica-based melodic metal band Sight of Emptiness can be seen below. Costa Rica-based melodic metal band Sight of Emptiness has finished recording its as-yet-untitled third album, to be released later this year. The CD was recorded at SoloHits Studios in San José, Costa Rica with Swedish producer Thomas "Plec" Johansson (Scar Symmetry, Watain, Eskimo Callboy, Solution .45, Miseration), who traveled all the way to Costa Rica to work with the band closely for about 22 days. The mixing and mastering duties are being handled by Thomas Johansson at Panic Room Studios in Skara, Sweden.
Welsh trio The Joy Formidable are happy to announce they have completed recording for their highly anticipated sophomore album. The album was recorded in a cabin in Maine and on a tour bus crossing the United States. The album is the follow-up to the band's acclaimed 2010 debut 'The Big Roar'. The album was mixed by legendary Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Jeff Buckley Rage Against The Machine), and the release date is to be determined.
On July 17, 2012, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release 'Speak Of The Devil' by Ozzy Osbourne. This show was filmed at Irvine Meadows, California on June 12, 1982 as part of the delayed continuation of the "Diary Of A Madman" tour following the tragic death of Randy Rhoads a few months earlier. The audio has been digitally restored and remastered and is now available in DTS and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound for the first time. 'Speak Of The Devil' includes the classics "Mr Crowley", "Over The Mountain", "Crazy Train", "Flying High Again", "Iron Man", "Paranoid", "Goodbye To Romance" and many more.
'Mundus Numen', the second album of occult metal troupe Essenz, will be released worldwide by Svart Records on the 23rd of May 2012 as gatefold-LP and CD-box. Its concept is based around the painful acquisition of ones deepest will, which enables to transform the world from an instance to a suggestible setting and implies manic boundary experience.
Today Whitechapel has released the first in a series of in-studio videos filmed during the recording process of their new self-titled release, which will be released June 19th on Metal Blade Records. The first video provides an in depth look at the drum tracking process for the album. Check out the video below and look for new in-studio videos to be released in the coming weeks.
NYC’s unholy black metal warriors Black Anvil have begun writing their follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed 'Triumvirate'. The band has begun tracking rough demos for the new full-length and plan to record in early 2013. Bassist and vocalist Paul Delaney commented on the new material: "This is a darker, deeper record than our previous releases and a natural progression down the chosen path. Musically, and lyrically.. we will take our form to the next level."
Within The Ruins unroll their first installment of a new studio update series chronicling their time in the studio. The band has been hard at work at Dreadcore Studios in White Lake, MI with producer Joshua Wickman, recording their third full length album to be released later this year. The update showcases the band recording, hanging out, and having fun. "I haven't felt this good about an album in years!" says guitarist Joe Cocchi.
Massacre Records will release the newest album from German dirty rock 'n rollers Gun Barrel, entitled 'Brace For Impact', in North America on May 22nd. Since their year-2000 formation, Gun Barrel have pulverized their fans and music critics like with their uncompromising style of metallic rock and their raging on-stage attitude. Following a steady flow of releases via respected labels like SPV and Limb Music over the past decade the band signed with Germany's Massacre Records for the 2012 release of their fifth full-length studio release, 'Brace For Impact'.
Finnish Occult Rock troupe Jess and the Ancient Ones are going to release their debut (self-titled) album. Recorded in December by Necromorbus Studio, which is known for their previous work with bands such as Watain, the result of this album is a 53 minute moonlight ride into the nether regions of progressive occult heavy rock. The album will be released on Svart Records on May 23th, and it will be available as a limited CD box as well as on standard black and limited colored vinyl. This year Jess And The Ancient Ones will perform several festival shows in Europe, including Tuska Open Air 2012 in Finland and Heavy Days In Doomtown in Denmark.
In absence for more than two decades, we embrace new material from Leather Leone (Chastain, Rude Girl, Malibu Barbi) and drummer Sandy Sledge (Rude Girl, Malibu Barbi, Warbride, WeaponsVan) in their new project Sledge Leather. The Sledge Leather debut album 'Imagine Me Alive' was inspired in 2010 when Leather Leone called Sandy Sledge to collaborate on the Ronnie James Dio track "Egypt" for a demo tribute recording. Due to the overwhelming response for more material, Sledge Leather was born and were confirmed for Germany’s Keep it True Festival, April 30, 2011.
'Signs Of Decay', the second studio album from Livarkahil, is available for streaming in its entirety online RIGHT HERE
- see a sample below. The album was released Oktober, 2011 via Listenable Records. The French brutal death metal band recently inked a worldwide management deal with Germany’s Rock N Growl and signed with booking agency N-Syndicate who works with acts the likes of KMFDM, Laibach, Combichrist and CNK.
North Carolina doom metallers Hour of 13 are gearing up for the release of their highly-anticipated new album, '333', which is due to be released on May 28th. Darkthrone's Fenriz recently featured Hour of 13 in his "Band of the Week" column, stating: "This new Hour of 13 album simply cannot do wrong - it is immersed in utmost respect and understanding of the ways of old". The album was described by Hour of 13 guitarist Chad Davis as: "A purely dark heavy metal album for the isolationist in all of us."
German progressive death metal division Words Of Farewell will celebrate the North American delivery of their debut full-length 'Immersion' via AFM Records on May 15th, following its recent successful European release. Following two small releases in 2008, the band lay silent release-wise until now, having spent an incredible amount of time over the past few years writing, rehearsing, perfecting the songs that would become their first album, now realized with 'Immersion'.
Frankfurt, Germany’s iconic thrash metal band, Tankard, has revealed the track list for its upcoming album, 'A Girl Called Cerveza'. 'A Girl Called Cerveza' will be released July 31st via Nuclear Blast. Stay tuned for more information.
Rise Records and Poison the Well are proud to announce the re-release of 'The Opposite of December' and 'Tear From The Red'. These 2 classic albums (19 songs total) have been out of print for years and will finally get a proper re-release this summer which will include limited edition double 12" gatefold vinyl, deluxe CD and low-priced digital album. Both albums will be re-mastered as well. Listen to “Nerdy” from 'The Opposite of December' below.
'People From the Lands of Vit', from Bulgarian death metal act Enthrallment, is now available via United Guttural Records. Enthrallment's music is brutal yet technical, early 90's era death metal. All instruments play a major role in the formation of every intense song. The string section is totally heavy and sick, delivering riff after memorable riff. Driving percussion blasts and pounds and ultimately reinterprets shredding riffs into headbang-inducing hooks, while intensely pissed off guttural vocals deliver the sadistic sermon. Their sound has been compared to Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse and Devourment. The cover art of the album, entitled "Hell," is a creation of Bulgarian artist Stefan Stefanov.
British rock group The Darkness have confirmed they will release their third studio album titled 'Hot Cakes' on August 21 via Wind-up (North & South America) and PIAS (UK and rest of the world). After a seven-year wait, 'Hot Cakes' - produced by the band’s Justin and Dan Hawkins with long-time collaborator Nick Brine and mixed by Bob Ezrin - will deliver the epic rock anthems and infectious pop choruses the multi-platinum band has become renowned for worldwide.
NJ based indie Play The Assassin will issue 'Bad Heart Bull' the debut release from Appalachian doom folksters, U.S. Christmas on May 22nd, 2012. Originally self-released by the band on CD-R back in 2004, the vinyl will be limited to 250 copies and issued in 3 different configurations (Ultra Clear w/ black splatter; Bone White w/ blue swirl; and Swamp Green w/ yellow haze). Vinyl/T-shirt bundles and autographed test pressings are available with all proceeds being split between the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Oglala Sioux Tribe / Pine Ridge Reservation.
Serj Tankian has revealed the cover art for his new album, 'Harakiri', which comes out July 10th and released "Figure It Out," the first single. "Figure It Out" is now available digitally at services including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Fans can also check out the lyric video below. Last week, it was announced that Serj and the rest of his bandmates in System Of A Down will be performing a handful of dates in August. Don't miss them.
Dallas, TX’s Memphis May Fire return this summer with 'Challenger', the hard-charging follow up to the band’s acclaimed Rise Records debut, 'The Hollow', which landed at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and at #109 on the Top 200 back in April 2011. 'Challenger' will be released on June 26. Catch Memphis May Fire (with new guitarist Anthony Sepe) on the entire Vans Warped Tour this summer.