Heavy Metal News – January 01, 2013

AMON AMARTH Completes Writing New Album

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH have issued the following year-end update:

“We want to thank everyone that has supported and helped us in 2012.

“2013 will be another intense year for AMON AMARTH, and looks like it will be slightly unpredictable and mischievous…

“We’ve just finished writing all the songs for the next full-length album, and we’re ready to enter the studio to start recording them in the New Year.”

AMON AMARTH has tapped British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, ACCEPT) to helm the band’s next studio album, tentatively due in June 2013 via Metal Blade Records.

Regarding AMON AMARTH’s decision to work with Sneap after utilizing Jens Bogren for the band’s last three studio efforts (2006’s “With Oden On Our Side”, 2008’s “Twilight Of The Thunder God” and 2011’s “Surtur Rising”), AMON AMARTH guitarist Olavi Mikkonen told Decibel magazine, “We were looking for a change, and Andy has been in our thoughts for some years now. After meeting with him, we felt a good connection. We think this is going to be a ripper.”

AMON AMARTH’s eighth studio album, “Surtur Rising”, sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “Twilight of the Thunder God”, opened with more than 11,000 copies back in 2008 to land at No. 48.

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FINNTROLL Completes Work On New Album

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Finnish metal marauders FINNTROLL have completed work on their sixth album at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2010’s “Nifelvind” will be released worldwide through Century Media Records in late March 2013.

Commented the band: “Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new FINNTROLL album! Now we’re gonna crack open a couple of beers, listen to the damn thing and relax. Fourteen-hour days have finally paid off!

“We’ve booked mastering January 16th! Before that, we still have loads to do and enhance.”

In regards to the new CD, FINNTROLL commented on their studio blog: “Combining our trademark sound with even more influences from non- traditional genres in metal music, we have created 11 songs which show you everything we want to offer. And boy, wasn’t that one of the hardest tasks for some time. After all, how do you keep your sound fresh, yet familiar, after 6 albums and 15 years?

“At some point, we were afraid that the songs are not melodic enough. Then we started to fear they became too melodic. Then we let the songs rest for a while and molded them more in a way that the non-melodic stuff got something to hum with, and the cheesy pop songs were arranged more stripped and aggressive. We were confident, yet sometimes scared what will people think of the stuff we’ve been doing so hard. What if they hate it? That would be fine, but if they would hate it because the material was uninspiring, boring and done-to-death, that would be a huge disappointment. So, we kept pushing and tried to keep it fresh all the time, while still having the ‘this has to be FINNTROLL because no other band sounds this insane’ — grinning going on.”

Fan-filmed video footage of FINNTROLL performing a brand new song during their November 3 concert in Giessen, Germany as part of this year’s Heidenfest tour can be seen below.

FINNTROLL last year released a special tour edition of their latest album, “Nifelvind”. The digipak tour edition came with new artwork by the band’s guitarist, Skrymer, and an extra CD including three brand-new cover versions: “Insects” (OINGO BOINGO), “Can You Forgive Her?” (PET SHOP BOYS) and “The God That Failed” (METALLICA). The cover versions were recorded and mixed at Sonic Pump Studios between June 27, 2011 and July 4, 2011 by FINNTROLL and Nino Laurenne.

“Nifelvind” was released in North America on March 9, 2010 via Century Media Records.

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MALEVOLENT CREATION Drummer Says New EP Will Be Released In The Spring

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Rádio Evil conducted an interview with drummer Gus Rios of Florida death metal veterans MALEVOLENT CREATION when the band played at Carioca Club in São Paulo, Brazil on December 15 with KRISIUN and VITAL REMAINS.

Asked if MALEVOLENT CREATION has been working on material for the follow-up to 2010’s “Invidious Dominion”, Rios said: “We’ve already written two or three new songs. We’ll probably release an EP and maybe re-record some songs off [1993’s] ‘Stillborn’. And that will be out probably by March or April, I’m thinking. So, a new album, [it’s] definitely coming.”

Regarding how MALEVOLENT CREATION has managed to retain its musical identity after going through so many lineup changes over the course of the last 20 years, Rios said: “Since 1997, pretty much every single MALEVOLENT CREATION song anybody’s ever heard, me and Phil [Fasciana, guitar] actually wrote. I live in Fort Lauderdale, and so does Phil, and that’s the songwriting nucleus of MALEVOLENT. So as long as the two of us are still in the band, it’s always gonna sound like MALEVOLENT CREATION, you know what I mean?! That’s the consistency of the band — the primary songwriters. And then, of course, Brett [Hoffman, vocals].”

“Invidious Dominion” was released in August 2010 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records (in Europe through Massacre). The effort was made available in various territories as a regular CD; digipack with bonus material; and vinyl LP.

MALEVOLENT CREATION’s latest CD was recorded at Mana Recording Studios (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, GOATWHORE) in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (MORBID ANGEL, HATE ETERNAL, CANNIBAL CORPSE). The CD’s cover art was created by renowned artist Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN).

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