Slash -the iconic, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and songwriter-is currently in a Los Angeles studio putting the finishing touches on his second solo album. The as-yet-untitled disc is due out May 22nd on Slash's own label Dik Hayd International distributed through EMI and will follow his 2010 debut album 'Slash' and his November 2011 first-ever live solo album, the two-CD/DVD set 'Made In Stoke 24/7/11'.
UK band Dry The River have announced they will release their debut album 'Shallow Bed' on April 17th through RCA Records. The album is produced by Peter Katis who has worked with Interpol and The National and was recorded in Connecticut.
Hellsongs are famous around the world for their outstanding cover versions of metal and hard rock songs. Once you've heard their versions of Iron Maden or AC/DC you will not forget them. This is especially true seeing the band performing live. Amazing and really, really fun!
'Black As Death', the new album from Belgian neo-classical power metal masters Iron Mask, will be released stateside this February 14th, following its European release in December. What started as a side project for Magic Kingdom guitar master Dushan Petrossi a decade ago, has taken on a life of its own, Iron Mask eventually becoming the more popular of the two outfits.
Legendary Czech death metal legion Master have completed work on their eleventh studio offering. Entitled 'The New Elite', the 11-track work of deviance was again recorded at Shaark Studios and features cover art by German graphic designer Mark Bridgeman, viewable at below. Check out the song "Smile As You're Told" under the track listing.
The success of 'Inner Monster Out', considered by the large majority of the media in Brazil as one of the best releases of 2011, has reached other parts of the world. Shadowside has just signed with Spiritual Beast for the release of this material on March 14th. The album reaches stores in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and China.
Umea's Naglfar has now revealed the cover artwork of their upcoming album, 'Téras' - the band's first studio release since 2007! Featuring artwork by Niklas Sundin (Dark Tranquillity), who has already designed artwork for bands such as In Flames, Arch Enemy, At The Gates, and many others, 'Téras' will be released through Century Media Records on March 26th in Europe and March 27th in North America with nine tracks of pristine, Swedish melodic black metal. The complete track-listing for the album is below.
It's only 6 years ago when Germany's first class rockers Fair Warning with their charismatic frontman Tommy Heart reentered the stage after a break of nearly 5 years with to introduce the reunion album 'Brother's Keeper'. A sold out tour through Japan as well as some really impressive festival shows throughout Europe followed.
German thrash titans Kreator have revealed the title of the bands upcoming album: 'Phantom Antichrist'. The album is currently being produced at the famous Fascination Street Studio with renowned producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Soilwork, Devin Townsend, Amon Amarth) in Örebro, Sweden. 'Phantom Antichrist' marks the band's debut for Nuclear Blast and is set to be released June 1st, 2012 (Europe) and June 5th, 2012 (North America)!
The follow up to 2010's 'Exiled To Earth' is being recorded with producer and former Machine Head/Soulfly guitarist Logan Mader (DevilDriver, Five Finger Death Punch) at Silver Sound and Mt. Olympus Studios in Los Angeles. It will be the band's first album to feature vocalist Mauro Gonzalez and bassist Jessie Sanchez.
Drawing upon the influence of Battles, Russian Circles and Don Caballero, Brontide are a riff-heavy, intelligent instrumental-rock band that possesses an almost limitless scope. Featuring members from I Was A Cub Scout, La Roux and Pictures, Brontide explore and experiment beyond the boundaries of instrumental music with explosive effects. With dreamy melodies cast adrift by frenetic, technical drumbeats and big guitar loops, it's no wonder they have already gained a cult following.
After releasing the heaviest album of their career with 2010's 'If Tomorrow The War' (produced by Justin K Broadrick of Jesu/Godflesh), Constants' fifth studio album 'Pasiflora' reveals a very different side of the band, this time with an emphasis on shoegaze and an almost retro-sensibility. Whispering vocal harmonies, walls of chorused synths and booming Peter Gabriel-esque drums coalesce into an album landing somewhere between M83 and Mew. Simply put, Pasiflora might just be their best and most creative release yet.
Listenable Records has set April 4th, 2012 as the North American release date for 'Awaken The Reason', the third album from French brutal djent metal mongers Outcast. 'Awaken The Reason' is the band's strongest and most solid recording to date and it genuinely captured the band's musical madness.
Anathema will return in April with Weather Systems, their brand new studio album. 'Weather Systems' is the follow-up to 2010's 'We're Here Because We're Here', which has been featured prominently in numerous end-of-year polls and the producer, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), has described it as ''definitely among the best albums I've ever had the pleasure to work on.''
Heredia, Costa Rica. death metal band Advent Of Bedlam will officially release their new album called 'Flesh Over God' on February 29th, 2012. The band describes this album as "the most brutal, fastest, heaviest, most extreme, raw and direct project we have been part of, in our lives". The album was recorded in Cavan Studio (Heredia) by both guitar players Max and Isak, the track listing for this release is below. The album cover artwork was in charge of Eliran Kantor, who has worked with Testament, Sodom, Atheist, Sigh, amongst others.
The complete discography from the legendary science fiction / fantasy death metal act, Timeghoul, is now available through Dark Descent Records. Released on CD for the first time ever, '1992 - 1994 Discography' is a mandatory addition to any underground purist's collection.
Welcome Cop Problem, an energetic act born within the politically-motivated bustling underbelly of Philadelphia's punk/hardcore scene, and ready to bust loose onto the rest of the planet with their debut EP.
Mencea will release their new album, 'Pyrophoric,' on February 23rd in Europe and March 27th in North America. The eight track-long soundtrack of unearthly moods, demonstrates an immensely wide sonic landscape, packing punch and diversity that few bands can match. Most of all, it undoubtedly shows that Mencea belongs to a movement of bands exploring boundaries between extreme metal sub-genres, often morphing into a mix of extreme metal with progressive sensibilities and a non-conformist approach to melody as well as storming rhythmic outbursts. 'Pyrophoric' is a fresh, and fearlessly musical approach to what Mencea is all about: energy, sonic richness and sheer heaviness.
One of the most highly anticipated new CD releases in 2012 by prog duo Centric Jones has the music community buzzing with excitement. Slated for release on March 6th by Prog Rock Records, 'The Antikythera Method' is Centric Jones's sophomoric release and promises to take the listener on a sonic adventure. With influences like Rush, Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, UK, Yes and King Crimson, Centric Jones has taken progressive rock to a whole new level!
Mexican metal powerhouse Chaos Records has set a date of February 27th for the worldwide release of Funeral Whore's 'Step Into Damnation'. The highly anticipated debut from the Dutch bruisers is as real as old school death metal gets; as terrifyingly crushing as it is 100 percent uncompromising. Album track "Wasteland of Corpses" can be streamed below.