Norwegian prog metal band Leprous has commenced the recording of their as-of-yet-untitled follow up to 2011′s Bilateral (which was tied with White Willow‘s Terminal Twilight as my Album of the Year).
Singer/synth-player Einar Solberg gives an update: “As many of you already know, we’ve started recording our new album. The drums are finished, and we’re now focusing on the guitars. Also this time we’re using Vegard ‘Ihsahn‘ Tveitan and Heidi ‘StarOfAsh’ S. Tveitan as our producers / technicians. The drums were recorded in the really cool and old school Juke Joint Studio, and we’re really satisfied with the result.
“As far as the new music, we can only remind you that LEPROUS will never be the kind of band to re-create the mood from previous works, and it’s very important for us that each album has its own strong character. We have great belief in this album and we promise something fresh, challenging and soulful! This album will also be mixed and mastered by Mr. Jens Bogren (Bloodbath, Opeth, Amon Amarth) at Fascination Street Studios.”
The band has released a studio update that shows the drums being recorded. You can hear snippets of new songs during the video.
Also, make sure to check out our interview with Einar here. READ MORE
Nuclear Blast Records artist Soilwork have unveiled the album artwork and track list for their upcoming double-album The Living Infinite, which will be released March 5th, 2013. The album was produced by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Bloodbath) and the artwork was designed by Mnemic‘s Mircea Eftemie Gabriel.
Gabriel shares, “Seven years ago, I created the artwork for the Stabbing The Drama album and I can’t believe how time flies! Here we are, with sexy gray hairs, working with my friends in Soilwork again. This time, we built the cover around a maritime concept, aiming for something direct and symbolic. I believe we achieved that quite well. From my creative deck, I salute you and say: ‘Long Live The Living Infinite.’”
The bands states, “After commissioning some pretty elaborate covers for the last couple of records, we decided to try something more sober and design-oriented for The Living Infinite. Who better to call than the man who created the iconic Stabbing The Drama cover? Mircea Gabriel Eftemie is not only a close friend but also an incredible graphic designer. We’re all stoked about his work which is different from anything Soilwork has ever done and perfectly suits the elegant oceanic concept of The Living Infinite. Enjoy folks!”
Read on to check out the album cover and track list! Also, make sure to check here for Soilwork’s 2013 N. American headlining dates. READ MORE
When this popped into my email, I knew that I HAD to check it out. And, lo and behold, it’s exactly the type of thing that I should be sharing with you, my horror loving readers. Dutch death metal band Grand Supreme Blood Court have released the cover artwork for their upcoming debut album Bow Down Before The Blood Court, which comes out Nov. 20th in N. America (Nov. 12th in Europe) via Century Media Records. The album was mixed by Dan Swanö (Bloodbath, Edge Of Sanity) The bloody and violent cover can be seen below.
Grand Registrar Zuur states, “Finally, the BLOOD COURT has become a real and totally devastating band! While some might sneer at the similarities with the ASPHYX line-up, as soon as you listen to this beast of an album you will realize that with Eric and me on guitar, GSBC musically takes another route and offers a different kind of riffing and some sick yet harmonic, epic pieces. No matter if you’re into ASPHYX or any of the other bands related to the BLOOD COURT, we invested enough blood, spirit and energy into this record to know that it will not disappoint anyone into straight-forward, face-melting death metal. No compromises.” READ MORE
Soilwork singer Bjorn “Speed” Strid has posted a video of new guitarist David Andersson laying down a guitar track for an as-of-yet untitled song on the upcoming album The Living Infinite. The riffing going on is pretty awesome and encompasses exactly what I’m expecting and hoping for from the release. There’s lots of low-string chugging as well as high-string melodic passages. The video can be seen below.
The Living Infinite, the band’s ninth studio release, will be a double album. Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Bloodbath) has been tapped as producer and the album will also mark the recording debut of long-time touring guitarist David Andersson (Night Flight Orchestra). More information from Strid can be found here.
The album has an undetermined 2013 release date. READ MORE
Swedish melodic death metal band Soilwork have announced that their next studio album The Living Infinite will feature TWO CDs, not one. Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Bloodbath) has been tapped as producer. The album will also mark the recording debut of long-time touring guitarist David Andersson (Night Flight Orchestra).
Singer Bjorn “Speed” Strid explains, “So here’s the scoop. Me and the boys have been waiting to share this for quite some time now: The Living Infinite will be a double album! A REAL double album, in the true sense of the word, which means no fillers and no left-overs.
I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and I proposed the idea to the rest of the guys in the band, during our festival tour last summer. Everybody liked the title The Living Infinite and also the idea of working towards the goal of releasing a double album. David Andersson was already playing with us last summer, so he has also been a part of this goal from the start. I feel very excited and proud that we’ve managed to find the inspiration and dedication it takes to create somewhat of a conceptual double album, especially since it’s dealing with a lot of existential questions.
We would also like to reveal a brand new band shot by Hannah Verbeuren Photography [below]. We are currently hard at work in the studio, putting this beast on tape. Things are sounding incredibly good so far. So excited about this and can’t wait to share the awesomeness with you all!”
I was a huge fan of 2010′s The Panic Broadcast so I’m very eager to hear this next album. READ MORE
We have arrived. The final five riffs that make you NEED to headbang. It’s been one helluva week getting to this point and I’m sure that many of you are dying to know which songs I’ve picked as the elite amongst the elite. If you’re not already too sore to move your head some more, head on inside for the ultimate dose of guitar riff punishment.
For those of you who don’t know O.S.I. (shame on you!), they could easily be considered a supergroup of prog metal masters. Featuring Kevin Moore (ex-Dream Theater) and Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) as the two staple members, their albums have seen appearances from Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth, Bloodbath), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), and several more. With credentials like that, this is a band that practically demands notice.
I’ve personally been a fan of this band for several years. That’s why I was so excited when I heard that a new album, Fire Make Thunder, was set for release. Now that I have it, does it live up to my expectations?
Bloodbath‘s live DVD, ‘Bloodbath Over Bloodstock‘, is coming out next week. To hype up the release, they have released a clip of one of their biggest songs, ‘Eaten‘, which you can check after the jump (including a Radio Disney version, no joke).
There has been talks for a few years now of a project between Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield) and Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth, Bloodbath). Originally, the project was also supposed to have Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) on board, but it was determined that drums were not needed for this project (WTF?). According to Blabbermouth.net, Steven and Mikael have finished writing material for a project that is tentatively dubbed Storm Corrosion. However, that does not mean that all the recording has been completed. According to Steven Wilson, “There’s still a lot of recording work to do, but this should definitely be out in early 2012.”
This is not the first time that Wilson and Akerfeldt have worked together. Wilson produced three of Opeth‘s albums (Deliverance, Damnation, and Blackfield Park). Personally, I’m beyond excited to hear this. They’ve both stated that it doesn’t sound like Opeth or Porcupine Tree, so it could be really exciting to hear something new from these guys.
One of my favorite death metal bands is the supergroup Bloodbath. Seriously, with members of Opeth and Katatonia, how can you go wrong? Their 2008 release, ‘The Fathomless Mastery’ is an album I still spin regularly when I want to scare the neighbors. So, imagine my joy when I got news that a live DVD, ‘Bloodbath Over Bloodstock’, is going to be coming out on April 25th. The DVD is said to include their full performance at Bloodstock 2010, bonus footage from a 2008 performance, band member interviews and a 16-page booklet.
If you’re at all into Swedish metal, the line-up of Witchery has someone you’ve listened to before. Patrik Jensen from The Haunted? Martin Axenrot from Opeth and Bloodbath? Sharlee D’Angelo from Arch Enemy and Spiritual Beggars? Man, it’s an all-star cast! So with all this talent, the 5th studio album, ‘Witchkrieg’, should be something totally badass and incredible, right? Well, you’ll have to read after the jump to find out.
Witchery’s line-up reads like the who’s who of Swedish Metal: Jensen (guitars) plays with The Haunted; solo-guitarist Rickard Rimfält for Séance; bass player Sharlee D’Angelo is in charge of the deep end of Arch Enemy and Spiritual Beggars; while drummer Martin Axe hits the skins of Opeth and Bloodbath. The upcoming album Witchkrieg, set for a June 29th North American release, features the debut of new vocalist Legion (ex-Marduk, ex-Devian) and an army of the best metal guitarists. The fretboard wizardry of Kerry King (Slayer) crowns “Witchkrieg,” the opener and title track.
Guitar player Jensen had met Kerry in 1999 on the first U.S. tour of his band in Los Angeles after the WITCHERY show at The Whiskey. “He came on our bus and we partied all night long. We played air guitar while listening to old Rainbow records,” Jensen remembers. “At the Roskilde Festival in Denmark I bumped into him again. I played him the song, he listened to it three times straight and said: ‘Yeah, I’ll do it.’