Teodor Tuff is a band in constant change. Upon the departure of three members in 2010, the band was joined by Christer, Rayner and Terje Harøy, lead guitarist, bass player and vocalist, respectively. Christer and Rayner are brothers, and also happen to play in Divided Multitude. Terje is their cousin. The band's sound has now changed dramatically, and Teodor Tuff comes across as a pure metal band with its own distinct style; guitarist Knut Lysklætt's inspiration from classical music, rock opera, musicals and even Middle East folk songs, is mixed with the Harøy clan's thoroughbred metal. As a result, Teodor Tuff 's second album - 'Soliloquy' - is a truly exiting release.
Grammy-nominated alt-metallers Spineshank are poised to return to the music scene with the release of their highly-anticipated new album 'Anger Denial Acceptance'. After a six-year hiatus, the band's original line-up has reunited and produced some of their most powerful and influential material to date. 'Anger Denial Acceptance' is the band's fourth full-length album and first for new label Century Media.
Finnish death/doom dealers Hooded Menace recently announced their signing to Relapse Records and have now completed work on their first album for the label. The highly anticipated 'Effigies of Evil' was recorded at the band's own Horrisound Studios and is planned for a Summer 2012 release.
In celebration of Record Store Day 2012, Toronto's post-hardcore distortionists Metz contribute their previously unreleased cover of Sparklehorse's "Pig" for an exclusive 7-inch for prominent Toronto record store Sonic Boom. Limited to 150 copies and available only at Sonic Boom, each record was hand-screened and hand-numbered. Metz share the 7-inch split with Toronto's newest krautrock experimentalists Fresh Snow.
Vajra just released the cover art for their forthcoming album 'Pleroma' which depicts a mystic alchemy formula with an ouroborous snake drawing, which mirrors their dark, mystical sound.
Niagara deathcore band Continent have been busy working on some new tunes for Canadians to throw down to. The band has unveiled title for the new album 'Miscreation' and the track listing. The album is planned to be out next month so check out the teaser video below and get stoked.
Danish modern metallers Mnemic have announced the following track listing for the digi-pak version of their fifth studio album, 'Mnemesis', due out in North America on June 19th. 'Mnemesis' was recorded at Antfarm Studios in Aabyhøj, Denmark with long-time producer Tue Madsen (Behemoth, The Haunted, Threat Signal).
'Harakiri', the new studio album from singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet and political activist Serj Tankian is set to be released July 10th on Reprise Records/Serjical Strike. Look for a teaser video with a snippet of the first single, "Figure It Out," on Serj's website next week.
Dutch Blackened Metal masters Onheil today announced the recording of their next album 'Storm is coming'. The band has just entered the studio together with producers Bart Hennephof (Textures) and Yuma van Eekelen (Exivious, ex-Pestilence) to record the follow-up to their underground classic 'Razor'. This new epos will again be released by German metal specialists Cyclone Empire. The band is aiming for a release in the fall.
I Am Mighty Records will be releasing the first 'I Am Mighty Records And Friends Compilation' on April 30th. Message from the label: "We have always had a passion for shouting about new music and great bands that you should know about, we wanted to bring together some of the best up and coming bands around and give music fans a chance to listen to them for free. We honestly believe that there is something for everyone and that every track on this Record is great."
InsideOut Music is proud to announce the worldwide signing of progressive rock/metal act, Affector. This highly skilled act is comprised of musicians from across the globe: vocalist Ted Leonard (Spock's Beard/Enchant/Thought Chamber) and bass player Mike LePond (Symphony X) from the United States, guitar player Daniel Fries from Germany and drummer Collin Leijenaar (Neal Morse/Dilemma) from The Netherlands.
Canadian Viking/folk metal band Valfreya announce they have inked a worldwide deal with Maple Metal Records of Toronto, Canada. Valfreya's debut album 'Path To Eternity' will have its official release in late May of this year, with the exact release date yet to be confirmed. 'Path To Eternity' was produced by the band, and was recorded, mixed and mastered in the Fall of 2011 at Silver Wings Studio in Montreal, QC, Canada.
On May 15th, 2012 the Brothers of Brazil will follow up their debut self-titled album with a new six song EP titled 'On My Way'. The duo has spent the last year trekking all over the world playing shows and filming for their show "Brothers na Gringa" which airs on Mix TV in Brazil. It's that constant and never-ending shuffle that inspired the brothers to pen the tracks that would become 'On My Way'.
Renowned Swedish punk outfit, Millencolin, celebrate twenty years with the release of 'The Melancholy Connection' on May 29th. This assemblage of b-sides, a follow up to 1999's 'The Melancholy Collection', features two brand new songs and twelve rarities spanning from their break-out album, 'Pennybridge Pioneers', through today. The CD is paired with a ninety minute DVD that takes fans inside the making of 'Pennybridge Pioneers' with never before seen archival footage, interviews with the band and live performances.
Rise Against have just released the brand new digital EP, 'Satellite', available today exclusively on iTunes. The EP includes the studio version of title track, "Satellite," the band's third single off of their sixth studio album 'Endgame'. The video for the track, along with live versions of “Savior” and “A Thousand Good Intentions" (both recorded at the House of Blues in Boston) are included on the EP.
Metric has revealed further details surrounding the release of their fifth, full-length studio album 'Synthetica'. 'Synthetica' will be self-released globally on the band's own label (MMI), through a collection of joint venture partnerships and enhanced distribution deals with companies including Mom + Pop Music in the USA, ATC Management in the UK, PIAS for continental Europe, Asia and Africa, Universal Music in Canada, Arts & Crafts in Mexico, Lab 344 in South America and Create/Control for Australia & New Zealand.
Power metal band Empires Of Eden has announced the release of the third album 'Channelling The Infinite' from global recording project Empires Of Eden. Japanese release date of June 1 through Rubicon Music, rest of the world June 6 via Music Buy Mail. Loaded with 13 tracks of brain-blasting power metal, 'Channelling The Infinite' features killer production and powerful, hook-laden music that will appeal to any aficionado. Each song is carefully crafted specifically to suit the singer involved, and designed to best complement their range and style.
After five years of absence, progressive rock band The Flower Kings will release their new studio album on June 19th in North America and June 18th in Europe. Led by mastermind Roine Stolt (Transatlantic), the new album is called 'Banks Of Eden' and will be released via InsideOut Music. The material is classic Flower Kings, with all the dreamy, melodic and cinematic elements that fans around the globe have learned to love over the years. However, the 2012 incarnation of the band mixes it up with both psychedelic and darker metal passages that place this album somewhere in between the late 60's proto prog and the new generation of art rock.
Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Bryce Avary, known as The Rocket Summer, is gearing up to release his first independent full-length album 'Life Will Write The Words', available Tuesday, June 5th via his own Aviate Records. In the works is a headlining run in support of the album release, with more info to come in the coming weeks.
Grammy® nominated San Diego metal act, As I Lay Dying, are proud to announce that Bill Stevenson has been enlisted to produce their next album this May. Bill Stevenson has played drums for both the Descendents and Black Flag and is one of the most highly renowned producers in rock. His production credits include work on records by Rise Against, NOFX, Propagandhi, The Casualties, Anti-Flag and many more. As I Lay Dying is recording this spring, with album release expected in the second half of 2012. As always, the band members are very active on twitter and bassist and vocalist Josh Gilbert has been posting images from the studio to chronicle the writing process. Follow Gilbert via the band's official twitter account @ASILAYDYINGBAND. Track titles, album art, new music, behind-the-scenes video, and more will be revealed as they are made available.