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
UK thrash metal band Sylosis, who are currently on tour with Lamb Of God and In Flames, have released a video for “Fear The World”, which comes off their latest album Monolith (released via Nuclear Blast Records). You can watch the video below.
Monolith can now be purchased on Amazon, iTunes and the Nuclear Blast webshop. READ MORE
Tech metal masterminds Meshuggah have announced a string of 2013 N. American headlining tour dates that begin in February and end in the beginning of March. Support will come from Animals As Leaders as well as Intronaut.
Guitarist Mårten Hagström states, “Finally we’re getting our asses back over the pond to deliver a second helping of the Ophidian trek across North America. We are excited. We WILL see you there!”
Below are the tour dates as well as the login and password for advance ticket opportunities. READ MORE
Nuclear Blast Records artist Surrounded By Monsters has dropped off their current tour with headliners The Bunny The Bear due to what the band calls “disrespectful and confrontational” issues. An official statement was released by the band as well as a video explanation (which is after the jump).
The official statement reads, “We, Surrounded By Monsters, regret to inform our fans that we have decided to drop the remaining dates on The Bunny The Bear tour. This is a decision made by Surrounded By Monsters and not anyone else. We are very sorry to those who were planning on coming to see us at the scheduled shows, but we refuse to continue to support a band like The Bunny The Bear. From the start of this tour The Bunny The Bear has been disrespectful and confrontational to ticket holders by calling people in the audience derogatory remarks, to canceling sets because not enough people were in the audience for them to care. This is not something that we as a band support or endorse and we will not tolerate it any further. Once again, we are very sorry to those who were coming out to see us on this tour. We hate canceling shows, but under these circumstances we feel it is our only option. It is the fans and their support that make a bands growth and life possible, and by no means should The Bunny The Bear think they have the right to treat people the way they do. No band should EVER put themselves above their fans.” READ MORE
Bay Area thrash metal band Testament has announced an early 2013 headlining tour through much of N. America. Support will be coming from Overkill, Flotsam And Jetsam, and Australian band 4Arm.
“It’s a thrill to announce our upcoming dates with Overkill and Flotsam And Jetsam,” commented guitarist Alex Skolnick. “It’s a tour that brings together three different metal bands from three different regions: West Coast, East Coast and Southwest. All three bands sound very different from one another yet are highly compatible. All have been around the block (and the world) a few times and all have managed to keep a sound that feels current. This tour will be a ‘must see’ for fans who remember the early days of thrash/speed metal as well as those whose age is younger than the genre itself.”
The band is also making a VIP package available that includes a great deal of swag and a chance to win a Eric Peterson signature Dean guitar signed by the band. Check out all the tour dates and VIP package details below. READ MORE
Nuclear Blast Records is asking fans to let them know which of their artists you’d like to see on kuuluu Interactive’s Battle Band, which is available for free in the App Store. The game, which looks suspiciously like Angry Birds with a metal once over, centers on a band that arrives late to their gig only to find that a group of impostor wannabes are playing their set. So what do you do? Well, naturally, you bring the stage crashing down upon them with various physics based attacks. You can watch a trailer for the game below.
Look, I’m all for a good game and I can see how this is kinda harmless. But still, I do have to say that something feels a little off about the concept of this game. You wanna smash some instruments? While I hate that idea (simply because I love instruments and would never want to see them harmed), that’s pretty harmless. But bringing down a stage onto people? Lest anyone forget, people have died that way. So yeah, I feel slightly uncomfortable about the game.
That being said, I’ll give it a shot and see what it’s about. Oh, and who do I want in there? How about some Meshuggah and some Graveyard. That’d be pretty badass. READ MORE
Norwegian progressive metal band Enslaved will be touring N. America this winter with support coming from doom metal band Pallbearer (whose album Sorrow And Extinction is unbelievable) as well as Ancient VVisdom. The tour begins on Jan. 30th in Philadelphia and ends Feb. 22nd in New York. All tour dates are below.
Rhythm guitarist/songwriter/lyricist Ivar Bjørnson says about the upcoming tour, “North America has become like a second home-shore to us; the rising support we’ve been getting for the last albums and tours has been amazing! We’re more than ready to come over again and play our new album Riitiir live to show that the new material is extremely well-fitted for a live setting, and to reflect the enthusiasm and dedication we’ve been getting from the fans over there! See you on the road!” READ MORE
Update: Nuclear Blast Records has issued a statement: It is with great sadness and regret this morning that we have to report that Mitch Lucker, vocalist of Suicide Silence, passed away a few hours ago due to injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. Nuclear Blast would like to offer our condolences to his family, friends, band members and fans worldwide who are affected by this loss. He left us doing what he loved to do most. He was 28 years old and will be sorely missed. Fans are encouraged to share their memories, photos of Mitch and condolences on the band’s official Facebook page.”
Mitch Lucker, vocalist for Suicide Silence, died earlier today at the UCI Medical Center in Orange County after being involved in a motorcycle accident last night. He leaves behind a wife and daughter. He was 28 years old.
Suicide Silence had recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records and, as of last week, had begun work on a new album [source]. Bloody-Disgusting premiered their video for “Genocide” to support Saw VI.
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mitch, the rest of the Suicide Silence crew, and to all the fans of the band around the world. Mitch, may you rest in peace. READ MORE
Cradle of Filth has teamed up with Guitar World to bring you the premiere of their latest music video for “Frost On Her Pillow”, which comes off the band’s upcoming 10th studio release The Manticore & Other Horrors, out Oct. 30th via Nuclear Blast Records/Peaceville Records. You can watch the video below.
You can pre-order the album here. READ MORE
Nightwish have released a full trailer via Iltalehti.fi for their upcoming film Imaginaerum, the same name as their latest album. The trailer is full of visually beautiful and phantasmagoric images, including a nightmarish roller coaster, evil clowns, and far more. The movie is slated for European release on Nov. 23rd. As of yet, no US release date is planned. You can watch the trailer below.
Nightwish recently parted ways with vocalist Anette Olzon. ReVamp singer Floor Jansen has committed to vocal duties for the next few tours as well as 2013 festivals. You can hear her sing with the band here. READ MORE
British extreme metal band Cradle Of Filth have released a lyric video for “Manticore”, which comes off their upcoming 10th studio album The Manticore & Other Horrors. The album will be released on Oct. 30th (pre-order here). You can watch the video below.
Singer Dani Filth states about the new album, “This is our 10th commandment in metal. We have diversified and kept alive the spirit of this band and breathed it into something that I can proudly say, slays like an absolute motherf**ker. The Manticore is coming… Long live the filth!” READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is excited to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “New Blood” from Surrounded By Monsters! The song comes off their upcoming album Novella, which will be coming out Oct. 22nd via Nuclear Blast Records (pre-order here). You can watch this exclusive premiere, which is directed by Justin Beasley, below!
Traci Pason, the band’s keyboard player, states, “We are super excited for this new video. Justin Beasley always does amazing work. He took our ideas and made them exactly what we wanted. This video really reflects the feel of the song and we couldn’t be happier with how it came out.”
Surrounded By Monsters is also currently touring with Iwrestledabearonce, Oceano, Vanna, Within The Ruins, and The Plot In You. You can check out the remaining tour dates below. READ MORE
Extreme metal band Cradle Of Filth has released a lyric video for “For Your Vulgar Delectation”, which comes off their upcoming album “The Manticore And Other Horrors”, out Oct. 30th via Nuclear Blast Records (pre-order different packages here). You can watch the video below.
Singer Dani Filth has posted a long blog update detailing the current happenings of the band.
Filth states about the new album, “This is our 10th commandment in metal. We have diversified and kept alive the spirit of this band and breathed it into something that I can proudly say, slays like an absolute motherf**ker. The Manticore is coming… Long live the filth!” READ MORE
Alright, so starting today, I figure that every once in a while I’ll record a video of me doing something that I think makes a difficult task just a bit easier. This isn’t going to be a scheduled series or anything like that. This is just going to be one of those situations where something pops into my head and I figure, “You know what? I want to share this with the readers so that their life is made better.”
To kick things off, I wanted to show you a trick that I learned on how to remove those really pesky stickers that are on the top of CD jewel cases. Check out this video below to see me open up Testament‘s Dark Roots Of Earth the irritating way and then Born Of Osiris‘ The Discovery MY way. Hope you enjoy! READ MORE
Experimental noise metal band Surrounded By Monsters has unveiled the artwork for their upcoming album Novella, which will be released Oct. 22nd via Nuclear Blast Records (pre-order). The album was produced by Iwrestledabearonce’s Steven Bradley. You can check out the full album artwork as well as a hugely horror-inspired video for “Dr. Phuck” below.
The band explains the album cover, saying, “The concept of the album art was derived from three song titles on the album, “You Dirty Rat”, “Ask Mr. Owl” and “Sending The Wolf”. The art features 3 animalistic characters that symbolize the different themes or emotions of each of the three songs and ultimately the album.” 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
Nuclear Blast Records goth metal band Cradle Of Filth have announced The Manticore & Other Horrors as the title of their upcoming tenth studio release. The album will be coming out October 30th and was mixed by Scott Atkins (Behemoth, Sylosis).
Frontman Dani Filth states, “This is our 10th commandment in metal. We have diversified and kept alive the spirit of this band and breathed it into something that I can proudly say, slays like an absolute motherf**ker. The Manticore is coming… Long live the filth!”.
The band will be touring Europe in November and December to support the album. More information will be released in the coming weeks. READ MORE
This edition of Twisted Music Video Of The Week is Municipal Waste‘s awesome animated video for “You’re Cut Off”. Recommended by JohnBoggs4, the video is full of gore, violence, zombies, and all sorts of other visual delights! However, due to the some of the sights, I’m gonna label this one NSFW and hope that none of you get in trouble for watching it at work should you decide to do that.
“You’re Cut Off” comes off the band’s latest release The Fatal Feast (iTunes). READ MORE
Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament are streaming “True American Hate”, a new track from their upcoming album Dark Roots Of Earth, which comes out July 31st via Nuclear Blast Records. Produced, mixed, and mastered by Andy Sneap (Nevermore, Arch Enemy), the album will feature nine tracks of blistering metal. You can stream the song below.
Make sure to check out our exclusive interview with Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson here.
Finnish metal sensations Children Of Bodom have returned to Nuclear Blast Records after several albums with Spinefarm records. The band has also confirmed that they will be releasing a new album next year.
Alexi Laiho states, “We had a good, productive and long run with Spinefarm Records for fifteen years and now it’s simply just time for a change. I’m absolutely stoked to start the new chapter of COB’s career with Nuclear Blast and look forward to working with them.”
“Personally, I am so excited to get to work with Nuclear Blast again,” adds COB bass player Henkka T. Blacksmith. “We have such good memories from the beginning of our career with them. We know the people already and we know how committed they are in doing metal!”
Nuclear Blast Europe A&R rep Jaap Wagemaker shares: “15 years ago we were introduced to a very young band from Finland who blew us away with their track ‘Deadnight Warrior’ from their debut album Something Wild – and their music was indeed something wild! Fast-tapping guitar work combined with incredible keyboards and angry vocals… it was the start of the career of Children Of Bodom. Nuclear Blast released their first three albums outside of Finland: Something Wild, Hatebreeder, and Follow The Reaper, albums that became classics in the history of metal. Unfortunately, after the third album, we went separate ways but we have always been following them and stayed in contact. Children Of Bodom became a very big band worldwide and now the time has come to welcome them back home! We at Nuclear Blast are very happy to see Children Of Bodom rejoining the Nuclear family and are looking forward to working their next albums. You can be sure that ‘something wild’ will come your way!” READ MORE
It’s always a good day when Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament announce a new album, don’t you think? Arriving July 31st in N. America (July 27th in Europe), Dark Roots Of Earth will bring nine tracks of blistering metal that pretty much guarantees Indiana Jones-esque face melting. The album is being produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Nevermore) and the album artwork (which you can see below) is done by Eliran Kantor, who has worked with Sodom and Atheist among others. Check below for a full tracklisting for the standard and special editions. READ MORE
It’s hard to take a track so evil, so ploddingly heavy and vile as Meshuggah‘s I Am Colossus and make it any more intense. And while it can be argued that the remix the band has released doesn’t have the same metal intensity, it does have something more mechanically sinister in its electronic approach. Either way, the end of the story is that this remix is something intense and highly recommended! Check it out below along with a link to a free download.
Check out our review of their latest album Koloss here. READ MORE
“Great news!! Guess all the efforts, the covert sessions, and painstaking, soul-numbing seances performed to reach the souls of former chart toppers – now in the life beyond – have finally come to fruition!! We thank them and we thank you, our fans!!! We just made an album. You guys put it on the charts!!!“
These are the words directly from Meshuggah
as they were told that their latest album Koloss
) has become not only the highest in 1st week sales but also the highest Billboard debut in Nuclear Blast USA history. Selling almost 18.5k copies, Koloss debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200.
For a band as brutal, heavy, and nonstandard, this is an amazing achievement. I’m beyond excited for the guys and can’t wait to see how this impacts their career.