» News Archive January 2007
On January 25, 2007 Sepulchral Music has released a NUCTEMERON discography CD, entitled "Procreator Of Sin". The band spearheaded the local underground scene in Singapore back in 1988, being the first to record a demo that got praised by fanzine / magazine editors such as Satsuki Takashima (Satanic Death), Jon Metalion (Slayer), Ronny Eide (Morbid) and many more all around the world. The CD features both demos plus two unreleased songs and is limited to 500 copies. The artwork was done by Mark Riddick and the new band logo got created by Christophe Spazdjel. You can order a copy online through one of the label’s online distributors at stores.ebay.com/ragemerchandise
The debut album of Finnish Death Metal act NERLICH was just released through www.osmrecords.net. The track list is as follows: ‘Defabricated Process’, ‘Substantial Alteration’, ‘Insane Creations / Inorganic Echoes’, ‘Entity Of Sickness’, ‘Immenent Reprisal’, ‘Mask For The Faceless’, ‘Condemned’ and ‘On Sarcastic Impact’.
Brazil’s Death Metal horde MENTAL HORROR have just released their third album "Blemished Redemption" via Mutilation Records. In Europe the CD will be out on Animate Records in March / April. The band is still searching for a label in the US. You can check out three songs at their myspace domain www.myspace.com/mentalhorror
"Acceleration Process", the one and only full length album from French 80s Speedsters MORSÜRE has recently been re-issued on CD via NunSlaughter / Hells Headbangers Records with the band’s 1984 "M.A.D." demo as a bonus. The CD comes up with a 20 pages booklet that features lots of classic pics as well as an in-depth interview. For all further info check out www.hellsheadbangers.com/index2.html
SATHANAS will release a new mini album, entitled "Flesh For The Devil" on February 24th, 2007 via Pagan Records. The track listing is as follows: ‘Invocation’, ‘Possessed By Blasphemy’, ‘Flesh For The Beast’, ‘Reign Of The Antichrist’, ‘Nocturnal Hell’ and ‘Unholy War’.
The long-awaited split with THRONEUM and REVELATION OF DOOM is done and is expected to be released late February 2007 on Pagan Records. The album is called "Total Regression!" and clocks in about 40 minutes, consisting of exclusive, all new cuts from both bands, as well as plenty of covers (Hellhammer, Blasphemy, Destruction, Morgoth to name a few).
After numerous split releases and demos, Polish Thrash Metallers BLOODTHIRST have signed to Pagan Records. The band will enter the Metalsound Studio in early March to begin recording their debut full length album "Let Him Die". Expect nine songs of violent, bone crushing, headbanging Thrash Metal in the vein of the 80s titans: Kreator ("Pleasure To Kill" period), Protector, Assassin… Some of the songs that will appear on the album: ‘Let Him Die’, ‘Desecrate The Lie’, ‘Crush The Bastard Nazarene’, ‘Thrashing Madness’, ‘Destroyer – Bringer Of Flames’, ‘Winds Of Death’ and ‘Excommunion (Sacrifice For Hell)’. The cover and layout art will be done by Klaudiusz Witczak (Throneum, Nun Slaughter, Anima Damnata). "Let Him Die" is expected to be released somewhere in the midle of 2007.
DAWN OF AZAZEL will return to Europe this spring for a 38-show tour with Grave, Krisiun and Immolation. "We are extremely pleased to announce our return to Europe with some of the greatest in the genre", said frontman Rigel Walshe. "We would like to thank Massive Music and Ibex Moon Records for the chance go from strength to strength and again have the honour of hitting the road with acts that have been tremendously influential on our sound and musical identity." Dawn of Azazel has most recently trekked throughout Australia and New Zealand with Deicide. Prior to that, the group toured America with Vital Remains, Incantation and Sin of Angels on the Decades of Death tour. In March of 2005, Dawn of Azazel played 13 dates in New Zealand, Australia, Indonesian and Thailand. The final show of the upcoming tour will mark the 99th in support of the band’s latest album, "Sedition," which was re-released in the United States in September with a video bonus track via Ibex Moon Records.
In February this year Sun & Moon Records from Transylvania, Romania will put out their first two releases: NOCTURNAL DEPRESSION‘s new album "Soundtrack For a Suicide: Opus II" (the first official NOCTURNAL DEPRESSION album on CD format) and a re-release of LABYRINTH OF ABYSS’ debut album "The Cult Of Turul Pride", which was recorded back in 2004, but so far only released on tape.This re-release will also include a multimedia part with bonus video material. For all further information check out www.sunandmoonrecords.com
IMPALED NAZARENE‘s 1996 and 1998 albums "Latex Cult" and "Rapture" have been remastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studio. Ritual (the band’s house artist) has already worked on the cover for "Rapture" and will be starting on "Latex Cult" soon as well. Both albums will feature bonus material. "Latex Cult" has four live tracks (‘Total War – Winter War’, ‘Soul Rape’, ‘Punishment Is Absolute’ and ‘Mortification / Blood Red Razor Blade’), recorded at La Laiterie club in Strasbourg in 1996. "Rapture" has the LP version bonus tracks (a cover of Sodom’s ‘Burst Command ‘Til War’ and ‘Nuclear Metal Retaliation’) plus eight live tracks (‘Transvestite’, ‘Motorpenis’, ‘Bashing In Heads’, ‘I Eat Pussy For Breakfast’, ‘Whore’, ‘Violence I Crave’, ‘Goat Perversion’ and ‘Hoath: Darbs Lucifero’) taken from the Strasbourg show as well. In the meantime IMPALED NAZARENE have started writing their 10th studio album, which will be entitled "Manifest". 6-8 songs are finished with more to come. There will also be double 10" EP versions of "Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz" and "Ugra-Karma" later this year. Both will be limited to 300 copies only and will contain rare live material from 1991 to 1995, all from the band’s personal tapes. Exact track lists will be available soon.
Vocalist Mem V. Stein, of NYC Thrashers SUN DESCENDS, will co-host the German Metal show "Strike", which is scheduled to be streamed on the Internet on Saturday, January 20th, 2007. The show was recorded during a trip to Germany the singer recently took and reaches a worldwide audience. "Strike" is accessible for free on the worldwide web and broadcasts Metal video clips weekly, most of them uncensored. Check out www.streetclip.tv on January 20, 2007, 21:30 hrs Central European Time, 3:30 pm on the East Coast and 12:30 pm on the West Coast.
BENIGHTED will return to Kohlekeller Studio this summer for the recordings of their new album, which should be out on Osmose Productions at the end of 2007.
INSISION‘s Daniel has started up a publishing house called Tamara Press. His two first books as an author, "Violent Italy" and "Swedish Exploitation Cinema", were about Trash Cinema. But now he comes up with a book entitled Swedish Death Metal. Here’s what he had to tell about it: "It takes you back to a time when everything was perfect. Endless parties, exciting music, cut-and-paste artwork, unreadable logos, stage diving mayhem and just a fucking great time! I’m following the left hand path – and I will never leave it." On January 26 there will be an exclusive release-party at the classic underground-venue Kafé 44 in Stockholm. This is a night for invited oldsters only, so the place will be crawling with people from the old days. Confirmed to play are: GROTESQUE (first gig in 16 years!), NIRVANA 2002 (first gig ever!) and INTERMENT (first gig in 14 years!). For all further details check out www.myspace.com/tamarapress.
Here’s a little update from Pete Helmkamp about the upcoming new ANGELCORPSE album: "Everything is going great for the "Of Lucifer And Lightning" recording. John Longstreth has created some hammering drums for us to work with, and Gene and I are hard at work tracking guitars, bass and vocals for the album. We promise that "Of Lucifer And Lightning" will be the most extreme ANGELCORPSE album to date. Of course this sounds cliche and what every band might say after ‘re-forming’ after several years, but we say fuck off to all of that: ANGELCORPSE has never been like those other bands and this album will certainly show that to be true. Beware: Antichrist Vanguards advance!"
MONSTROSITY are currently working on the follow up to "Rise To Power" scheduled for an early 2007 release. The new album is called "Spiritual Apocalypse" and will feature 10-11 songs. The direction of the new material is supposed to be like "Millennium", but a lot faster. The band has also confirmed a headlining appearance at the "Fuck The Commerce X" festival 2007. Also appearing at this show will be VITAL REMAINS, SINISTER and many more. The show is set to take place May 17-19, 2007 in Neiden (near Torgau), Germany. Monstrosity will headline the Friday night. In February MONSTROSITY will be touring Mexico along with MARDUK, SETHERIAL and CATTLE DECAPITATION + local support. For the exact dates, check out our tour dates section or www.monstrosity.us
KRYPTOS are set to hit the studio on January 25th 2007 to record "The Ark Of Gemini", which is the follow up to their debut album. It will feature ten new tracks, musically somewhere in between Coroner, Dark Tranquillity, Candlemass and Judas Priest. A tour of India is also in the pipeline to support the new album. "The Ark Of Gemini" is set to be released in May of 2007 on OSM Records.
Danish Death / Thrashers URKRAFT will be the main support for Cannibal Corpse on their upcoming European tour. Urkraft vocalist Thomas Pederson had this to say about the news: "We are looking forward to hitting the venues with Cannibal Corpse and just getting out on the road and showing what we are made of. We have been waiting for a long time since the release of "The Inhuman Aberration" and it will be cool to get out there and show what we are made of and seeing people join in the inhuman slaughter that we will be sending out from the stage…"
"How The World Came To An End" is set as the title for the upcoming MANES album. It’s due out 16th of April 2007 via Candlelight Records in Europe (US release date tba). "How The World Came To An End" has been recorded at Spiren, Cernobyl and Skansen Studios under skillful supervision by producers Rune Stavnesli and Stein E. Bratland. The coverdesign is handled by the Norwegian designers Trineog Kim who has earlier done coverdesign for Ulver, Ephel Duath, Solefald, Ihsahn and more. Additional info can be found at www.manes.no or www.myspace.com/manes
RUFFIANS will start off the year by supporting TESTAMENT on January 27th in San Francisco at The Independent Nightclub along with Vicious Rumors and Oskerei. Also, look for a Ruffians live album this summer recorded at the band’s European Tour last November. The band also plans to hit Europe again this summer. Stay tuned to www.ruffiansmetal.com for all updates. Ruffians’ new studio album "Desert Of Tears" is now available on OSM Records (www.osmrecords.net) in North America and Japan. The 11 song release includes a bonus video track of ‘Do Or Die’. The first 50 orders that are placed at the OSM Records store will get a signed copy of the CD plus a limited edition sticker.
The upcoming third DETONATION full-length album will be entitled "Emission Phase". The drumtracks have already been recorded at Excess Studios, while the guitars are about to follow at Split Second Sound Studios in Tilburg sometime next week. Musically you can once again expect "intense melodic Death / Thrash Metal". Here’s the complete tracklist: ‘Invoking The Impact’, ‘When Stone Turns To Ash’, ‘Craven Ablaze’, ‘Into The Emission Phase’, ‘Chokedamp’, ‘Defects Of The Isolated Mind’, ‘Modulate’, ‘Infected’, ‘Soul Severance’, ‘Reborn Inside The Radiance’ and ‘Fallout’ (instrumental). The release is scheduled for April 2007 with a UK tour to follow it (see tourdates for the exact dates). For more info check out www.detonation.nl or www.myspace.com/detonationnl.
Metal Mind Productions is re-releasing the SADUS albums "Chemical Exposure", "Swallowed In Black" and "Vision Misery" and TOXIK albums "World Circus" & "Think This" in a new digipak edition on golden discs, limited to 2000 hand numbered copies, digitally remastered using 24-Bit process. Each title will include 2 bonus tracks.
Germany’s A.DEATH.EXPERIENCE have made two of their songs available online now. They are in unmastered quality taken from the band’s last year’s demo. They also had to cancel one show in February and their little Germany tour with casketnail in April due to the fact that the locations and the local bands didn’t answer the last weeks anymore. Check out the band’s website www.adeathexperience.com for further information concerning upcoming shows and regular updates.
NERLICH‘s debut album "Defabricated Process" is going to be released on January 20 through Old School Metal Records (www.osmrecords.net).The band is currently arranging their line-up so that they can start playing gigs again. They have furthermore just recorded a four track EP. It includes two brand new songs and a re-make of ‘Altered Form Of Life’ as well as one old song that has not been recorded before. It is going to be released sometime around summer.
VOICES FROM THE DARKSIDE once again is in need of reliable underground maniacs, that are interested to contribute to our website. Your musical taste should be along the lines of what we cover here (Black, Death & old school Thrash Metal, as well as classic 80s Metal acts) and the english language shouldn’t be a problem for you either. Same goes for the necessary time and motivation to do this on a regular base. Due to the fact that we will have to forward promo CDs to you, we prefer to work with interested people from inside of Germany (the postage costs to send material to foreign countries is simply ridiculous, not to mention the waste of time). But if you’re running a zine, radio show, label, mailorder or whatever (so that you have access to a lot of new releases yourself) you may contact us from outside of Germany as well. So, don’t hesitate any longer and get in touch!
SOLITUDE AETURNUS will be playing two exclusive live shows in Europe! The warm up gig will take place on 10th February at Loch Ness Club in Cracow, Poland. Two days later they will appear at Stodola Club in Warsaw, Poland along Vader and Onslaught where all 3 bands will record material for separate DVD releases. A fourth, as-yet-undisclosed group will also appear on the bill of this mini-festival. Metal Mind Productions recently re-released two classic Solitude Aeturnus’ albums – "Into The Depths Of Sorrow" (1991) and "Beyond The Crimson Horizon" (1992). Both albums were re-issued in new digipak editions on golden discs, digitally remastered using 24-Bit process with bonus tracks, biography, liner notes by John Perez and more. Each title is limited to 2000 copies. For more info check out www.metalmind.com.pl