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PENUMBRA: New Songs Posted Online

French gothic metal band PENUMBRA has posted three new songs on its MySpace page. Check out the tracks "Avalon", "Eerie Shelter" and "Charon" at this location. Check out pictures from the studio by clicking here. PENUMBRA last year announced the addition of female singer Asphodel to the group's ranks. "Asphodel's beautiful ...

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THE OLD DEAD TREE To Enter Studio In July

French goth metal act THE OLD DEAD TREE will enter Stage One studio in Germany on July 3 with producer Andy Classen to begin recording its third album. The band describes the new material as "a twisted and schizophrenic blend of evocative riffs and arrangements put together with an overload of sheer emotion. The new ...

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VED BUENS ENDE Is 'Dead And Buried For Good'

The resurrected VED BUENS ENDE (Norwegian for "At the End of the Rainbow"), the Norwegian avant-garde metal band who split up in 1997 after after releasing only one full-length album (1995's "Written in Waters") through Misanthropy Records, has once again called it quits (as first reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET on February 4). An official statement from ...

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DEFILED Announces New Drummer, Prepares For Australian Tour

Japanese death metallers DEFILED have announced the addition of drummer Takashi Nonaka to the group's ranks. A tour of Australia is also scheduled for late June/early July. The dates are as follows: June 27 - Hobart,Tasnania @ The Trout Bar June 29 - Melbourne, Victoria @ The Tote June 30 - Adelaide, South Australia @ ...

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BESTIAL MOCKERY Signs With SEASON OF MIST

Season of Mist has announced the signing of Swedish black/death metallers BESTIAL MOCKERY. The band is currently at Studio Nacksving recording its fourth album, entitled "Slaying the Life", due later in the year. In other news, BESTIAL MOCKERY will perform at Krpehla in Uddevalla, Sweden, on May 26, and at The Final Attack - The ...

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MAYHEM: Pennsylvania Date Added

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM have lined up the following U.S. tour dates: July 17 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre July 18 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club July 20 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven July 22 - Chicago, IL @ Joe's July 23 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues ...

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ARCTURUS Rumored To Have Split Up

Rumors are running rampant that Norwegian extreme metal band ARCTURUS has decided to call it quits following the completion of its recent Australian tour. According to unconfirmed reports from fans that attended ARCTURUS' March 31 concert in Melbourne, ARCTURUS vocalist Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex, DIMMU BORGIR, ex-BORKNAGAR, LAMENTED SOULS) announced from the stage that ...

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ATROX Re-Signs With SEASON OF MIST

Norwegian "schizo" metallers ATROX have re-signed with Season of Mist for the release of their third album for the label (following 2000's "Contentum" and 2002's "Terrestrials"). Commented the band: "After having journeyed through the blistering white silence for a long time, we climbed the high towers of the landscape. Only equipped with our binoculars, we ...

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PENUMBRA: Recording Update

French gothic metal band PENUMBRA has entered the studio to record three new tracks, to be released later in the year. "The entire songs are now recorded — drum, bass and guitar parts are ready!" the group writes on its web site. "We are now recording the voices and the choir! Some new arrangements explore ...

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CADAVERIA: New Song Available For Download

CADAVERIA, the Italian band featuring former OPERA IX vocalist Cadaveria and ex-OPERA IX drummer/NECRODEATH vocalist Marçelo Santos (a.k.a. Flegias), will release its new album, "In Your Blood" (cover artwork), on May 21 via Season of Mist. The track listing is as follows: 01. 100.000 Faces 02. The Dream 03. Anagram 04. Memento Audere ...

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CHRISTIAN DEATH Signs With SEASON OF MIST

Legendary goth rock band CHRISTIAN DEATH has inked a deal with Season of Mist Records. The group's "epic" new album, "American Inquisition", is due later in the year. According to a press release, the CD will feature male and female duet-style vocals, rare and exotic ethnic instruments, both child and adult choirs. Though it will ...

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Reunited SEPTIC FLESH To Record New Album For SEASON OF MIST

Reunited Greek death metal legends SEPTIC FLESH will record their sixth full-length album for the Season of Mist label. According to a press release, the as-yet-untitled CD "will carry all the elements that made the sound of SEPTIC FLESH so distinctive. There will be pale, strange guitar melodies, brutal and sharp riffing, the devil behind ...

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MAYHEM: More U.S. Tour Dates Announced

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM have lined up the following U.S. tour dates: July 17 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre July 18 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club July 20 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven July 22 - Chicago, IL @ Joe's July 23 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues ...

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E-FORCE: New Album Track Listing Revealed

E-FORCE, the band featuring former VOIVOD bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest, has finished recording and mixing its sophomore album, "Modified Poison", due in September/October via France's Thundering Records. The CD will be mastered by Achim Kohler. E-FORCE's new CD, which was recorded at a studio in Toulouse, France with producer Patrick Freidrich, includes collaborations with Alex Colin-Tocquaine ...

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STURMGEIST Mastermind Seeking Musicians

STURMGEIST mainman Cornelius von Jackhelln (also of SOLEFALD) has issued the following update: "Yours truly is currently traveling Berlin and Germany for musicians. I have posted ads in the forums of Metal Hammer and Rock Hard. The ads have been out there for some time already, and so far I have got only one (1!) ...

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NAER MATARON Signs With SEASON OF MIST

Season of Mist has announced the signing of Greek black metallers NAER MATARON. Commented the band: "The last period was really victorious for NAER MATARON. We composed the harshest and most extreme music we ever had for our new album. So the next big step was taken, as we are now proud to announce our ...

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SADIST: New Album To Feature Guest Appearance By GOBLIN Keyboardist

GOBLIN keyboardist Claudio Simonetti has recorded a guest appearance on the forthcoming self-titled comeback album from Italian progressive death metallers SADIST, due in Europe in April via Beyond Productions/Masterpiece and in May in North American on Season of Mist. Simonetti contributes a special version of the instrumental track "Sadist", which previously appeared on SADIST's 1993 ...

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