Heavy Metal News – December 04, 2012

KING DIAMOND Signs New Deal With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

KING DIAMOND has signed a new three-album worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records.

Commented the band’s vocalist and namesake: “This is gonna be awesome! Another perfect piece of the puzzle. We have the full backup of Metal Blade, and there’s an understanding between us that goes much, much deeper than before.

“Our new business setup will noticeably benefit the fans in so many ways. You must have already noticed some of all the cool new stuff that is happening. Now we can’t wait to get out there and start touring again!”

After a six-year touring hiatus, KING DIAMOND triumphantly returned to the stage in 2012 for European festivals Hellfest and Sweden Rock.

In a March 2012 interview with the Swedish metal blog Bara Metal, King Diamond stated about what he did during his year-long break, “Well, we did keep up with people. A lot. We started a thing where… it’s a Skype web site where people will sign up. And now and then I will call up fans and we talk. We have done that several times. We will call up three fans through that way, ‘King Diamond is calling you,’ and it could be one from Puerto Rico, one from Sweden, one from Scotland. We pick them randomly, but not the same person twice. Then we sit and talk for an hour. They can ask anything. They usually have a lot of question that are the same as the fans ask in the fan club, the Coven. So we get a lot of info out that way, and we upload it so other can listen to it. We are certainly in touch with our fans.”

When asked if there are plans to release new music in 2013, King replied, “That is absolutely the plan. Something has to go totally wrong for us not to do that. We will write material this fall. Hopefully during the autumn, we might do something here in the U.S., after the festivals. But we will not be doing a long tour, it is still a test, we will see what happens. We do not want to take stupid chances, it has to be done properly. And we have a lot to do still, but things are looking good.”

King, 56, underwent open-heart triple-bypass surgery in November 2010. He has since completed his cardiac rehabilitation program and has stopped smoking entirely, changed his diet and is getting regular exercise.

King Diamond made his long-anticipated return to the stage with his MERCYFUL FATE bandmates Hank Shermann, Timi Hansen and Michael Denner on December 7, 2011 at the second of four intimate shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco as part of METALLICA’s week-long celebration of its 30th anniversary as a band for fan club members only.

KING DIAMOND received a Grammy nomination in the “Best Metal Performance” category for the track “Never Ending Hill” off the group’s latest album, “Give Me Your Soul … Please”.

“Give Me Your Soul … Please” entered the Swedish national chart at position No. 28. The CD also landed at No. 58 on the Danish chart (the second highest new entry on the chart behind VELVET REVOLVER).

“Give Me Your Soul … Please” sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 174 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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ENFORCER: ‘Death By Fire’ Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Swedish metallers ENFORCER will release their new album, “Death By Fire”, on February 1, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD artwork was created by Jonathan Hultèn of Necromantic Art and can be seen below.

Commented ENFORCER vocalist/guitarist Olof Wikstrand: “[The art] captures pretty much everything we wanted from a cover. Simple and direct!”

“Death By Fire” track listing:

01. Bells Of Hades
02. Death Rides This Night
03. Run For Your Life
04. Mesmerized By Fire
05. Take Me Out Of This Nightmare
06. Crystal Suite
07. Sacrificed
08. Silent Hour / The Conjugation
09. Satan

ENFORCER will will hit the road with GRAND MAGUS and the NWOBHM legends ANGEL WITCH in February.

ENFORCER’s second album, “Diamonds”, was released in May 2010 in Europe by Earache Records and in the rest of the world through Heavy Artillery.

Having released its debut album, “Into the Night”, in November 2008, ENFORCER kicked open the floodgates for the return of traditional heavy metal, paving the way for many other young bands to follow. With critical acclaim pouring in from fans and the international music press, ENFORCER wasted no time taking their show to the road for their first European and American tours as well as a litany of appearances at many of Europe’s most highly regarded festivals.

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DREAM THEATER Re-Signs With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER have re-signed with Roadrunner Records. The group first signed with Roadrunner in January 2007 and has so far released three critically acclaimed albums with the label. Roadrunner first issued DREAM THEATER’s ninth studio album, “Systematic Chaos”, in 2007 and went on to release “Black Clouds & Silver Linings” in 2009 as well as their most recent album, “A Dramatic Turn Of Events”, in September 2011. The band will soon begin recording a new album as part of the new agreement with Roadrunner.

Commented the band : “We are all very excited to be re-signing with Roadrunner Records! Over the past five years from the release of ‘Systematic Chaos’ to our latest, ‘A Dramatic Turn Of Events’, we’ve developed strong creative and professional bonds with everyone at Roadrunner as well as many great friendships along the way.”

The group added: “Roadrunner’s dedication and commitment to DREAM THEATER has been evident to all of us from the very beginning, and is consistent in all departments and on all levels, right on through to the top. Roadrunner is a record label that is not only great at what they do but who truly understand what DREAM THEATER is all about as well as the amazing people who support us all around the world whom we proudly call our fans. They are a record company we relate to as an organization firmly rooted in its ideals and mission, while always pushing the envelope in an effort to keep things moving ever forward. We’ve reached many career defining milestones while at Roadrunner and are all incredibly pumped in anticipation of our continued future together!”

DREAM THEATER’s August 19 and August 20 concerts at Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina were professionally filmed and recorded for the band’s next live DVD, to be released sometime next year.

DREAM THEATER’s 11th studio album, “A Dramatic Turn Of Events”, had 14 Top 10 debuts around the world. It also produced the band’s first-ever Grammy nomination for “On The Backs Of Angels” in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category.

“A Dramatic Turn Of Events”, sold 36,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 8. The band’s previous CD, 2009’s “Black Clouds & Silver Linings”, opened with 40,000 units to land at No. 6. This was roughly in line with the first-week tally registered by its predecessor, “Systematic Chaos”, which shifted 36,000 copies in 2007 to enter the chart at No. 19. 2005’s “Octavarium” premiered with 27,000 copies to debut at No. 36.

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ENDEZZMA: ‘Junkyard Oblivion’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Junkyard Oblivion”, the first-ever video from Norwegian black metallers ENDEZZMA, can be seen below. The clip was produced by the Effektor Film Company and was directed by ENDEZZMA frontman Morten Shax and R.M. Camera and editing are by R.M.

“Junkyard Oblivion” comes off ENDEZZMA’s full-length debut, “Erotik Nekrosis”, which was released on November 28 in Europe and will be made available February 5, 2013 in the U.S. via Agonia Records. The seven-track follow-up to 2008’s MCD “Alone” features a lineup of musicians who between them can lay claim to decades of experience garnered in the earlier and darker recesses of the Norwegian black metal scene: Morten Shax on vocals, the late Trondr Nefas (URGEHAL, BEASTCRAFT, VULTURE LORD) and Mattis Malphas (BEASTCRAFT) on guitars, Sregroth (URGEHAL, ÅSMEGIN) on bass and Carl Balam (NATTEFROST, ASTAROTH, ex-INFERNAL) on drums. The CD was recorded at the Slaughterhaus Studio in Oslo and crafted by producer Robert Blix. Artwork is by the Kazakhstani artist Alexandr Balinets.

“Erotik Nekrosis” track listing:

01. Junkyard Oblivion
02. Enigma Of The Sullen
03. Against Them All
04. Swansong Of A Giant
05. Hollow
06. Krossing Rubikon
07. Soulcleansing

ENDEZZMA offers up the cold atmosphere that permeated the sounds that came out of the original Norwegian black metal scene and combines them with eerie, seductive compositions to form the epitome of nekro requiems. The ENDEZZMA of today can trace its roots back to 1992 with frontman Morten Shax’s band DIM NAGEL, which, as is often the case with bands, went through the usual vicissitudes of bankrupt labels and states of hibernation. It wasn’t until 2006 that Shax decided the time was right to start playing again and, recruiting URGEHAL’s Trondr Nefas, set about transforming his old band. On the way to their first festival gig in 2007, Shax changed the name of the band to ENDEZZMA, and the transformation was well and truly underway.

Commenting on “Erotik Nekrosis” and the delays that dogged the album, including the tragic and untimely death of Trondr Nefas, Shax had this to say: “After delays that almost seem to have been a series of malicious and morbid curses conspiring against us, it is with understandable relief that we can finally get ‘Erotik Nekrosis’ out there.

“The reasons for the delay are legion, and it is probably best just to say that the path of darkness is a troubled and mysterious journey through life and there’s an intensity to the sickness that accompanies it which can only be dealt with over short periods of time. Sadly, too, it is impossible to predict the season that death will gather its harvest, and we lost Trondr Nefas — our close friend, our brother and our guitarist, under tragic circumstances.

“It’s been five years since we released ‘Alone’, so it’s definitely time for ENDEZZMA to turn the page on what went before and move forward.

“I know many people have been waiting and waiting for this album, and some probably gave up along the way, but I hope we will not let down all of the patient morbid souls.

“This album is for all of the individuals that stayed true to the band, all of you who never stopped waiting. ‘Erotik Nekrosis’ is dedicated to death and to you, Trondr!”

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OBSCENITY: ‘From Heroic To Depraved’ Video Posted Online

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“From Heroic To Depraved”, the new rehearsal video from German death metallers OBSCENITY, can be seen below. The track comes off the band’s eighth studio album, “Atrophied In Anguish”, which was released on September 14 as a digipak and as a digital download via Apostasy Records. The CD was again recorded at Soundlodge Studio in Rhauderfehn with producer Jörg Uken.

Commented the band: “‘Atrophied In Anguish’ is the quintessence of diverse epoches of OBSCENITY. We combined typical ’90s melodic parts and leads with modern blastparts. The new album is a mixture of ‘The 3rd Chapter’ and ‘Cold Blooded Murder’ with a giant sound that goes without Lego-Trigger and other technical stuff.”

The cover artwork for “Atrophied in Anguish” was created by Remy of Headsplit Design (ARCH ENEMY, PSYCROPTIC, WHITECHAPEL) and can be seen below.

“Atrophied In Anguish” track listing:

01. Erase The Divine
02. All You Can Kill
03. Atrophied in Anguish
04. From Heroic To Depraved
05. Swine To The Slaughter
06. Perfect Pain
07. Neurotic Frenzy
08. Diary Of A Scapegoat
09. Monoistic Living
10. Hystarical Illusion

OBSCENITY last year announced the addition of bassist Jörg Pirch (ex-TEARS OF DECAY) and guitarist Christoph Weerts (ex-ASSASINATED) to the group’s ranks. The band was also rejoined by drummer Sascha Knust (ex-THE AWAKENING, SETHNEFER).

OBSCENITY in 2010 recruited Tampa, Florida native Jeff Rudes as its new singer.

OBSCENITY’s seventh CD, “Where Sinners Bleed”, was released in 2006 through Armageddon Music. The follow-up to 2002’s “Cold Blooded Murder” was recorded at Soundlodge studio in Rhauderfehn, Germany.

OBSCENITY was previously signed to Morbid Records, which issued four of the band’s albums, ending with “Cold Blooded Murder”.

OBSCENITY is:

Jeff Rudes – Vocals
Hendrik Bruns – Guitar
Christoph Weerts – Guitar
Jörg Pirch – Bass
Sascha Knust – Drums

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Imperiumi.net Streaming MAVETH’s Coils of the Black Earth In Full

Coils of the Black Earth, the forthcoming debut from Finnish blackened death metal horde MAVETH, is now streaming in full at Imperiumi.net.

Called “one of the most exciting death metal debuts of this or any other year” by Decibel’s Johnathan Horsley, Coils of the Black Earth offers an appropriately violent soundtrack to this month’s expected Armageddon. Check it out for yourself at this location.

The hellish blend of brutality and blasphemy that is Coils of the Black Earth will be available on CD and double-LP (black & grey splatter) on December 15th through Dark Descent Records. Go HERE to pre-order.

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