Heavy Metal News – December 12, 2012

PRIMAL FEAR To Sign New Record Deal, Begin Work On Next Album

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Bassist Mat Sinner of German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR has issued the following update:

“We’re working hard on the future of the band at the moment. Aside of the two shows at the year’s end, we can announce today that we will sign a new recording contract soon. Our target are two new studio recordings and a new live DVD/CD/Blu-ray package. After next year’s Rock Meets Classic tour (featuring four members of the band), we will start with the songwriting for the new album and we have a lot of great riffs and even an album title in mind. Recordings will take place in July/August 2013. Stay tuned for more updates soon!”

PRIMAL FEAR’s latest album, “Unbreakable”, sold around 600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 44 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

Released on January 24, 2012 in the U.S. via Frontiers Records, “Unbreakable” was tracked in part at House Of Music studios in Winterbach, Germany with producer/bassist Mat Sinner and engineer Achim Köhler (EDGUY, MASTERPLAN).

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SOLUTION .45 Parts Ways With Bassist

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

SOLUTION .45 — the Swedish/Finnish progressive metal “supergroup” which features in its ranks former SCAR SYMMETRY vocalist Christian Älvestam — has parted ways with bassist Anders Edlund. According to the band, “This is very much a mutual split, based on a mutual understanding. With that said, we’d like to thank Anders for his contributions and years in the band, wishing him good luck in his future endeavors. Although our musical journey ends, our friendship will stay intact.”

Regarding his decision to leave SOLUTION .45, Edlund said in a statement, “My private situation makes it impossible to put as much effort into this machinery needed and as I would want to in order to make the best possible outcome. And in order not to be a hindrance for the other guys on their journey I simply choose to stand aside.”

“I have the biggest respect for my Swedish and Finnish brothers in SOLUTION .45. I’m sure they will keep this machinery going and there are no hard feelings between us at all since this is a decision made through mutual understanding. I simply just want them to continue spreading the fabulous music of SOLUTION .45.”

SOLUTION .45’s debut album, “For Aeons Past”, was released in Europe in April 2010 and in North America one month later. The CD was recorded at Panic Room studios in with producer Tomas “Plec” Johansson and was made available in Japan through Marquee/Avalon. The album features lyrics written entirely by Mikael Stanne of DARK TRANQUILLITY. The cover artwork was created by Pär Olofsson.

Guitarist Jani Stefanovic left SOLUTION .45 in 2010 for “personal reasons.” He has since been replaced by Patrik Gardberg of TORCHBEARER, THE FEW AGAINST MANY and AMMOTRACK.

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE Signs With AFM RECORDS

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Italian symphonic power metallers RHAPSODY OF FIRE have inked a worldwide deal with AFM Records.

The band’s signature sound, consisting of power metal, soundtrack-like elements and classical influences, gave a new meaning to the word “epic” since the release of “Legendary Tales” in 1997.

Commented RHAPSODY OF FIRE: “After playing the ‘From Chaos To Eternity’ world tour 2012 all around Europe, Canada, North America and Latin America, we became even more excited and motivated to continue building our career and creating new exciting music. So now we are finally proud to announce that RHAPSODY OF FIRE signed with a great label such as AFM. That’s a new great epic start and we already started working on different projects.”

RHAPSODY OF FIRE 2012 is:

Fabio Lione – Vocals
Alex Staropoli – Keyboards
Roberto De Micheli – Guitar
Tom Hess – Guitar
Oliver Holzwarth – Bass
Alex Holzwarth – Drums

The new RHAPSODY OF FIRE lineup made its live debut on April 6 at the PPM Fest at the Lotto Mons Expo in Mons, Belgium.

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VOIVOD: Another New Song Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Kluskap O’Kom”, a brand new song from Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD, can be streamed at THIS LOCATION. The track comes off the band’s new album, “Target Earth”, which will be released on January 22, 2013 (one day earlier internationally) via VOIVOD’s own company, Iron Gang Factory, and Century Media. The CD was recorded in January 2012 at Pierre Rémillard’s (OBLIVEON, CRYPTOPSY, KRISIUN, MISERY INDEX) Wild Studio in a small town called St-Zénon in Quebec, Canada and was mixed by Sanford Parker (PELICAN, NACHTMYSTIUM). The follow-up to 2009’s “Infini” contains the band’s first music to be written with new guitarist Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain (MARTYR) following the passing of original axeman Denis “Piggy” D’Amour in 2005. The original art was once again drawn by VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin and features color schemes from each one of the band’s previous albums. The effort will be available as a CD, gatefold double vinyl and a limited edition deluxe box set.

Regarding what the new VOIVOD songs sound like, Mongrain said in an interview, “As a VOIVOD fan since I am 12 years old and early rise of VOIVOD in late ’80s and everything, I think… I’m in conflict of interest right now. [laughs] I like the old stuff as much as the new stuff, so I think it’s a blend of everything. It’s really a team work and Blacky [Jean-Yves Thériault] is back on the ‘blower bass’ — he’s got the original sound — and we’re having a blast jamming. I think it’s working pretty good.”

On the topic of the lyrical themes covered in the new VOIVOD tracks, singer Denis “Snake” Bélanger said, “The song we played [on the early 2012 European tour] [‘Kaleidos’] is about conspiracy involving drugs and the FBI… [Laughs] It’s hard to describe because we’re kind of early in the process. There’s another song called ‘Target Earth’, which is more like a spacy, conspiracy, controlling the information around the world. The main thing is the ‘war’ of information. You know, somebody Osama Bin Laden is dead, someone [else] says he’s not… It gets to a point where everybody has his own story and nobody is sure what the truth is. There’s people above everything controlling the information.”

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MISERY INDEX To Release Live Album

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Baltimore, Maryland’s MISERY INDEX will release a live album, “Live In Munich”, on February 19 (four days earlier internationally) via the French label Season Of Mist. The CD was recorded at Backstage in Munich, Germany on February 18, 2012 and it will be made available as a hand-numbered die-cut LP, strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide.

“Live In Munich” track listing:

01. Sleeping Giants
02. The Carrion Call
03. You Lose
04. The 7th Cavalry
05. The Spectator
06. The Great Depression
07. The Illuminaught
08. Traitors
09. Siberian (2012 remix)

MISERY INDEX’s next studio album is expected in late 2013.

MISERY INDEX’s latest CD, “Heirs To Thievery”, sold around 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The effort landed at position No. 43 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. Released in North America on May 11, 2010 via Relapse Records, the album was recorded at Wright Way Studios (DYING FETUS, SLIPKNOT, MOS DEF) with engineer Steve Wright.

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NOCTURNAL GRAVES Signs With HELLS HEADBANGERS

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Australia’s NOCTURNAL GRAVES has inked a deal with Hells Headbangers for the release of the band’s sophomore album. The group will enter I-HQ Recordings in two weeks to begin recording the as-yet-untitled CD, which will contain “35 minutes of explosive, violent death/thrash metal,” according to a press release.

A cult name in the fertile, fetid Australian metal underground, NOCTURNAL GRAVES released its debut album, “Satan’s Cross”, on Nuclear War Now! Productions in 2007 and a split LP with HELL SPIRIT on the same label in 2010.

NOCTURNAL GRAVES recently underwent a lineup change with the addition of Shrapnel (ex-DESTROYER 666) on lead guitar and L. Wilson (DENOUNCEMENT PYRE) on drums.

The band’s current lineup is:

J. – Bass/Vocals
Decaylust – Guitar
Shrapnel – Lead Guitar
L. Wilson – Drums

In May 2013, NOCTURNAL GRAVES will the road in Europe, with confirmed shows in Germany (at Deathkult Open Air), France, Belgium, the U.K., Ireland, Denmark, and Sweden, among others.

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ROTTING CHRIST: New Album Artwork, Track Listing Unveiled

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Greek extreme metal veterans ROTTING CHRIST will release their eleventh full-length studio album, “Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy” (“Do What Thou Wilt”), on March 5, 2013 (four days earlier in Europe) via Season Of Mist. The band spent more than four months at Deva Soundz studios in Athens crafting what it says “may be its darkest and more mystical and occult outcome ever.” The CD was mixed by Jens Borgen (AMON AMARTH, PARADISE LOST, KATATONIA, OPETH) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

“Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy” track listing:

01. In Yumen – Xibalba
02. P’unchaw Kachun – Tuta Kachun
03. Grandis Spiritus Diavolos
04. Kataton Demona Eaftou
05. Cine Iubeste Si Lasa
06. Iwa Woodoo
07. Gilgames
08. Rusalka
09. Ahura Mazda Anra Mainiuu
10. 666

The album will be made available as jewel case CD, double gatefold LP and limited-edition digibox, including a digipak CD with bonus track “Welcome To Hel”, a pendant in velvet bag and a flag.

In a recent interview with RockOverdose.gr, ROTTING CHRIST mainman Sakis Tolis stated about the band’s new CD, “The album was recorded entirely by me, except, of course, the drums which were taken care of by my brother.”

ROTTING CHRIST’s last album, “Aealo”, came out in March 2010. The CD sold around 400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 144 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

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CYNIC To Enter Studio Today

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Progressive rock/metal band CYNIC will enter Perfect Sound studios in Hollywood, California later today (Tuesday, December 11) to begin recording its new album for an early 2013 release via Season Of Mist.

In a February 2012 interview with Ireland’s Molten magazine, CYNIC guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal stated about the musical direction of the band’s new material, “It’s almost like, I don’t know how to explain it, but if I had to put it in a box it’s more sci-fi, futuristic and alien but at the same time very song-driven. It’s kind of like, to me, coming into CYNIC’s body more. It feels very modern and at the same time it just feels really cool. I’m big in the space. It’s definitely new. It’s not like anything we’ve done before. It’s a new color, a new space. I think people will really take note of even the guitar stuff. I’m really shifting gears, I’m trying things in a different way and the way stuff is played. It’s a new space for CYNIC, for sure. It definitely sounds like us, except completely new.”

CYNIC’s latest EP, “Carbon-Based Anatomy”, was released in November 2011 via Season Of Mist. The CD artwork was designed by the great Robert Venosa, the artist behind the covers of CYNIC’s previous releases “Focus”, “Traced in Air” and “Re-Traced”.

All bass parts on “Carbon-Based Anatomy” were recorded by one-time CYNIC bassist Sean Malone.

CYNIC was joined by Brandon Giffin on bass and Max Phelps on guitar and vocals during the group’s North American and European tours in support of “Carbon-Based Anatomy”.

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