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News - October 2009

October 30, 2009

LOCK UP featuring AT THE GATES frontman Tomas Lindberg, Anton Reisenegger of PENTAGRAM and CRIMINAL on guitar, NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury and ex-DIMMU BORGIR and TESTAMENT drummer Nick Barker have been confirmed for NEUROTIC DEATHFEST 2010. This will be the first LOCK UP show on Dutch soil in almost ten years. Furthermore BEHEADED from Malta has been confirmed, as well as the new band of ex-Skinless vocalist Sherwood Webber called ENEMY REIGN. The latter will perform their very first European show ever on Neurotic Deathfest 2010. www.neuroticdeathfest.com.

October 27, 2009

Pulverised Records has signed Ukrainian Black Metallers BALFOR. Describing their music as 'Barbaric Black Metal', that explores themes from their countries' warrior past, the band had recently completed their debut full-length album entitled "Barbaric Blood". "Barbaric Blood" will be slated for a street release date sometime in the first quarter of 2010. More details and any further announcements will be made soon. For more information check out the band's official myspace site www.myspace.com/balforhorde.

October 26, 2009

After some delays, the mix of the upcoming AFFLICTION GATE album "Aeon Of Nox (From Darkness Comes Liberation)" was completed. A brand new track is now online on their myspace www.myspace.com/afflictiongate. The album will be released before the end of the year through Metal Inquisition.

October 25, 2009

According to the official MYTHOS blog (http://mythosfin.blogspot.com) things are moving on. The recently released 10"EP version of thier "Moulded In Clay" demo is already out since a couple of weeks and is still available through Nuclear Winter Records (www.nuclearwinter.cjb.net). Herve / Osmose Productions has given his ok for a re-release of "Pain Amplifier" on vinyl. The re-release will be done once again by Greek Nuclear Winter Records asap. As the band don't want to use the original cover for the re-release Ketolahelvetti will most likely take care for this.

"Unleash", the debut album from Swedish Death Metallers MY OWN GRAVE, will be re-issued and an official release date will be announced soon. The extended version will also feature the "Progression Through Deterioration" demo from 2004 and two cover songs ('Orthodox' from Krabathor and 'War Ensemble' from Slayer). The re-mastering duties were handled by Dan Swanö and the artwork and layout for "Unleash" have also been altered and revamped. For more info check out www.myowngrave.com.

October 23, 2009

From the camp of Bielefeld / Germany based Black Metallers GEÏST, here is a message from bass player Alboin: "Our current synthesizer player Faruk will leave us early 2010, which is why we are on search for a new synthesizer player now. From February 2010 on, we want to play concerts in complete line-up, and in further course of the year we want to arrange and record new music. If possible, we'd like to entirely integrate our new member in both of these enterprises. If you own suitable equipment, have compositional skills or a classical musical education, are from the Bielefeld / Germany area, or if you're willing to travel or relocate, work reliably, self-dependently, and professionally, are at least 20 years old, think, compose, and play creatively and visionary and if Geïst would become a priority in your (musical) activities, we'd be happy to receive an application e-mail plus a sample of your work from you. Please send it to alboin@the-geist-reich.de."

BOLT THROWER, BENEATH THE MASSACRE and REVOCATION have also been confirmed for the NEUROTIC DEATHFEST, which will take place from April 30 to May 01, 2010 at the 013 club in Tilburg (NL). For more details check out or tourdates section or go to www.neuroticdeathfest.com.

"L'Eterno Maligno Silenzio", the third album from Italiy's TENEBRAE IN PERPETUUM, is being streamed in its entirety at the following location: www.debemur-morti.com/ecards/DMP0058. Recorded and mixed at Necropalace Studio and mastered at 322 Studio, "L'Eterno Maligno Silenzio" will be released on October 30 via Debemur Morti Productions (www.debemur-morti.com)

Latvian Dark Metal band PRETERNATURAL have posted the video to their new single "Cryophobia" at the following locations: www.preternatural.lv, www.pratapalata.lv and www.youtube.com.

October 22, 2009

"Vacuum", the debut album of PENSÉES NOCTURNES (depressive Black Metal and classical music) has just been released. Sound samples and more info can be found on the label's myspace site www.myspace.com/ladloproductions

October 16, 2009

Recent NOMINON vocalist Daniel (2004 - 2009) left the band just before the recordings of the new album. The band is currently in search of a new vocalist who is "eager to share the same vision of delivering disgusting Death Metal full of energy and hatred to all the inhabitants of the underground." Interested creatures should contact the band through nominon@lycos.com. The brand new NOMINON mini CD "Omen" will be released via Deathgasm Records in November.

October 15, 2009

Along with the release of the compilation RESURRECTED IN FESTERING SLIME (Soulseller Records) the initiators of this release are presenting a 2-day-festival which is going to take place on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th of November 2009 in Stockholm's club Kafé 44. Most of the featured bands on this compilation are confirmed, in details the bands to perform are (in this particular order) DARKCREED, CHRONIC TORMENT, MORBUS CHRON, MAIM and MR. DEATH on Friday and GRAVELESS, FERAL, TORMENTED, STENCH, CRUCIFYRE, EVISCERATED and BOMBS OF HADES on Saturday. All bands play a 30 minutes set. The tickets sell for the price of 80 SEK. No age limit. The RESURRECTED IN FESTERING SLIME FESTIVAL is planned to be a nonrecurring event and therefore every true supporter of the Death Metal underground is invited to show up. Facebook-user can have a look at the following link for further information (running order, event address, flyer...): www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=149856592134&ref=mf

October 13, 2009

EXUMER have released their first new song in 23 years, titled 'Waking The Fire', featuring founding member Mem V. Stein on vocals. The song is taken from their new 2-track demo, which was partially recorded in Hawaii and Germany during the band's last tour earlier this year.Vocalist Mem V. Stein comments: "I tracked the vocals for 'Waking The Fire', in Hawaii with Paul (guitars / vocals), last year and the entire band tracked the rest of the music in Germany during our "5 Nights of Fire" tour. This should give people an idea of how committed we are to the project and the logistical challenges involved with keeping the band going. Nevertheless, we find the results nothing short of amazing and the song's aggression and energy speaks for itself. At this point, we have written over half of the new album and I think we should be able to record the whole CD early next year. Right now, we will start looking for a recording or label deal and there are also concrete plans for a European tour next April / May, as well as festival appearances in summer 2010." EXUMER have posted 'Waking The Fire' at www.myspace.com/exumerwakingthefire and www.exumer1985.com

DETERIOROT has been asked to headline at a 2 day Black and Death Metal Festival in NJ on Friday December 18th. This will be the first live performance DETERIOROT has played since June 2002. Songs from "The Faithless" will be performed for the first time live. For more details check out our tourdates section.

October 12, 2009

Ventura, California's FATALIST's debut full-length "The Depths Of Inhumanity" (the follow up to 2007's sold out "Loss" demo) will be released on November 23, 2009 via Ibex Moon Records.Guitarist / vocalist Neil Burkdoll had this to say about the recording: "Well, three years in the making; it has been a long ass time. Our album "The Depths Of Inhumanity" is finally going to see the light of day on Nov 23, 2009. It is 11 songs of old school Death Metal that we hope you guys enjoy. We really tried to make each song stand alone from the others and have their own identity. We are happy as hell that the album is coming out on Ibex Moon as well. We really felt that we would fit nicely on the Ibex Moon roster and it was a great day when John agreed to talk to us about an album deal. Things went really smooth with the label and we hope to work with them again in the future." More info at www.myspace.com/fatalist666.

The recording sessions of the new WITCHBURNER album "Demons" are almost finished. The band is currently working on the the last bits and pieces of the record. One of the 10 new songs, 'Nightbreed' is already finished. The record will be released as soon as possible. The songtitles are: 'Satanic Majesty', 'Dynasty Of Fear', 'Savage Intruder', 'Raise The Blade', 'Demons', 'Break The Skulls', 'Beheaded By The Axe', 'Stone Cold Killer', 'Seeds Of Evil' and 'Nightbreed'.

October 11, 2009

MYSTICAL MUSIC ZINE # 14 - "a tribute to the darkened old school Death Metal way", is out now, featuring in-depth interviews with ASPHYX, AT THE GATES, AXIS POWERS, AVULSED, BLOODY SIGN, DESULTORY, DENIAL, ENTOMBED, FUNEBRARUM, HATESPAWN, IMPIETY, LAY DOWN ROTTEN, LIFELESS, MASSIVE ASSAULT, MORBID FLESH, PUTERAEON, PURGATORY, SEANCE and TRIBULATION. You'll also get tons of reviews, a free DISMEMBER / NECROPHOBIC poster and a free CDR Sampler feat. tracks by MORBUS CHRON, STENCH OF DECAY, BONE GNAWER, DEAD CONGREGATION, MORBID FLESH, LIFELESS, NOMAD, INFINITUM OBSCURE, DEAD, AVULSED, TORMENTED, UNCONSECRATED and many more (19 bands in total). The zine is entirely written in English again, limited to 500 copies and sells for 6 Euro or 9 US$ (ppd). Paypal possible or send well hidden cash. For more info contact Ralf at hauber666@gmx.de

October 10, 2009

Swedish DEMONICAL have issued the following statement: "Back at Swedish soil after a triumphal "Götter des Nordens" mini-tour. Thanx to each and everyone who took part in the battles, you will all be remembered!! The rest of the year will be spent working on new material and various other things as in February 2010 it's time for a new conquest through Europe, this time alongside our comrades Deathbound and My Own Grave. More info to follow."

October 09, 2009

Contributors wanted! VOICES FROM THE DARKSIDE is looking for reliable people again who can help us out with reviews, as we still get so much stuff that it's difficult to keep track in this department. So, if you should have the necessary time, dedication and knowledge, get in touch with us for all further details here. If you're running a magazine / zine on your own (or already contribute to one), you're more than welcome as well.

October 07, 2009

Blackened Death Metallers ACHERON have signed with Ibex Moon Records for the US release of "The Final Conflict: Last Days Of God". Founding bassist / vocalist Vincent Crowley had this to say about the signing: "We (ACHERON) have really been wanting to have someone license our new album "The Final Conflict: Last Days Of God" in the United States to help give us more of a push in our own country. When Ibex Moon stepped up and signed a deal with Displeased Records we were very excited. John McEntee from Ibex Moon has really put his label / company on the map. Ibex Moon has great distribution and has been releasing excellent albums from killer bands. Our goals are to start promoting the new album as much as possible and get this new musical creation to all the American Metal fans! And as we do this, we hope for all the fans to show their support and actually go out and but a copy of the new CD. Don't let downloading replace the option of buying CDs! We promise those who get the new album won't be disappointed in their purchase." The album, the band's first in six years, is out now in Europe and will be released on November 24th in the US. Drummer Kyle Severn (INCANTATION) shares his thoughts on the album, as well as his band's new US home: "It is awesome to have yet another release out on Ibex Moon Records: ACHERON - "Final Conflict... Last Days Of God". We have a license deal though Ibex Moon for the USA. We are happy to be a part of Displeased Records for Europe, but we needed distribution for this record in the USA. This record by far is one of the best records I've been a part of. It is full of energy and has that great old school Death / Black feeling that the Metal community has been missing. We are the missing link that Ibex Moon has needed! We will also be following this release with some shows and s full world 2010 touring!"

October 06, 2009

Ireland's FOR RUIN have just released their second album "Last Light". The album is available for free download (as well as on CD and high quality mp3) from the band's website www.forruin.com. It will also be available through all major digital outlets (i-tunes etc.) in the near future. A strictly limited collectors edition CD will be available at a number of upcoming gigs - it is limited to 100 copies and features the Paul McCarroll designed album artwork along with an A4 poster and clear numbered stickers with the thorns motive. An electronic press kit video for "Last Light" can be viewed at here. The clip features interviews, recording footage and live footage and audio from "Last Light" and brand new digital EP "Enlightened" (which is now available on CDBaby). The "Last Light" track listing reads like this: 'Enlightened', 'Care Of The Dead', 'Decline', 'In Suffering', 'Solace', 'Recoil', 'Crawl', 'Deluge', 'Cold Call' and 'Elysium'. Two songs from the album - 'In Suffering' and 'Care Of The Dead' - are available for streaming on the band's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/forruinband

Swedish melancholic Metallers IN MOURNING's debut album "Shrouded Divine" is scheduled to be released on vinyl by Kolony Records on Nov 30, 2009. A very limited edition (500 copies worldwide) will come with new exclusive artwork for this version only and an inner sleeve, containing all lyrics and info. For more info go to www.kolonyrecords.com

October 05, 2009

HIMINBJORG will be releasing their new album "Chants D'hier, Chants De Guerre, Chants De La Terre" (Songs Of Yesterday, Songs Of War, Songs Of The Earth) on their own label European Tribes in October 2009. This album, sung in French for the first time, is a continuation of the band's first demo "Hedning" and the album "Haunted Shores". It also features a new version of the song 'Lonely' (originally on "Haunted Shores"). The CD will be exclusively available through the band's website http://membres.lycos.fr/himinbjorg

NEGURA BUNGET have announced " Vîrstele Pamîntului" (engl. " The Ages Of The Land/Earth") as the title of their next album. There is also a very special packaging for the album in the works. More details about this will be revealed soon. www.negurabunget.com

US deathsters ORIGIN have been added to the line-up of 2010's NEUROTIC DEATHFEST. After making a huge impression on the 2008 edition on the second stage, the band returns in 2010 to make their debut on the mainstage. A total list of confirmed bands to this date is: CARCASS, DEFEATED SANITY, DYING FETUS, DR DOOM, INSIDIOUS DECREPANCY, INSISION, HUMAN MINCER, KICKBACK, NAPALM DEATH, NOX, ORIGIN and VIRAL LOAD. There will be around 40 acts performing over 2 days. Neurotic Deathfest will once again be held at the 013 club in Tilburg, Netherlands on April 30th and May 1st 2010. More info and updates at www.neuroticdeathfest.com.

October 04, 2009

Sonic Unyon will be releasing "The Ones I Condemn", the brand new album by Canada's SACRIFICE, on October 27 in Canada. "Canada has always been great to Sacrifice," says guitarist Rob Urbinati about the agreement. "We are extremely happy to have Sonic Unyon behind us in our home country. Everyone at the label is as excited about the release of "The Ones I Condemn" as we are and we look forward to working together." The Canadian version of the album will also contain an exclusive bonus track of the band's cover of the RUSH classic 'Anthem'. To celebrate the Canadian release, Sacrifice will be playing two special release shows at Winnipeg's Garrick Centre on November 7 and Toronto's Opera House on November 21.

October 02, 2009

Recently reformed Texas Death Metal veterans DIVINE EVE have issued the following update. "As writhing flames whisper to the darkness, winds of chaos fade into the abyss... DIVINE EVE is very eager to declare the 4 song EP is in its final stages of completion. The title "Vengeful And Obstinate" is a fitting banner to raise proudly above our first recordings in over 14 years. DIVINE EVE continues to be encouraged and inspired by the extremely positive support from the underground extreme Metal music scene! We strongly hail those loyal followers of DIVINE EVE's long over due reformation and legacy. More news to come about soon to be available release formats, as well as song samples. Ride the wings of armageddon!" "Vengeful And Obstinate" will be available via Ibex Moon Records later this year.

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