ENTHRONED Working On New Album
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Belgian black metallers ENTHRONED have issued he following update:
”ENTHRONED is currently working on the composition process of our tenth studio album, which will mark the 20th anniversary of the band.
“We take this opportunity to officially announce that Noens, [who] was performing the live guitar duties (replacing Nornagest who suffers from tendinitis and therefore cannot play long shows anymore), is now a permanent member of ENTHRONED and will assume his new duties under the name of ZarZax. The next album will then feature the essence of three guitarists for the first time within the history of the band.
“For those who would wonder; Nornagest is still composing as he always did and recording during the studio sessions. ZarZax proved himself to be such a dedicated element to the band and its concept that inviting him to be a 100% part of this journey was more than a natural choice!
“Welcome to the Blackened Horde, Frater!”
ENTHRONED’s latest album, “Obsidium”, was released on March 20, 2012 in Europe and on April 10, 2012 in North America via Agonia Records.
Nornagest: Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar
Neraath: Lead Guitar
IMMOLATION: First ‘Kingdom Of Conspiracy’ Trailer Released
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New York death metal veterans IMMOLATION will release their ninth full-length album, “Kingdom Of Conspiracy”, on May 14 in North America, both digitally and physically, via Nuclear Blast Records. The The follow-up to 2010’s “Majesty And Decay” was recorded at Sound Studios in Millbrook, New York with longtime producer Paul Orofino, and mixed and mastered once again by Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION).
The first trailer for the album can be seen below.
The “Kingdom Of Conspiracy” cover imagery was brought to life this time by Pär Olofsson, who has previously worked with IMMORTAL, THE FACELESS and ABYSMAL DAWN, among others.
“The figures in the artwork have all been bound and chained and have their eyes and mouths sewn shut symbolically, showing the chilling of speech and the intentional blinding of the masses,” explains IMMOLATIONguitarist Robert Vigna. “They all make up the huge ominous structure behind them, which is symbolic of the growing security state as well as our failing structures today, and how they are slowly and methodically consuming and controlling us all. It has a very Orwellian feel to it, which is what we were going for since the album is very dark in a slightly different way.”
In regards to “Kingdom Of Conspiracy”’s lyrical content, Vigna says: “The album deals with the world today and the slow unraveling and breakdown of our societies and the systems and structures behind them. It speaks of the human side to all this and how we have all lost our way and have fed into these very systems that are slowly coming apart. This is the common thread running throughout the album and the cover paints a very dark picture of the future, where these systems have completely absorbed our world, and our freedoms and we have become a part of the very fabric of these structures that we have created. Each song is a symptom of this mass sickness that has brought the world to the point it is at now, and we paint a very bleak picture of this slow and gradual breakdown and the human failures that sped this process along. This is the‘Kingdom Of Conspiracy’.”
“Kingdom Of Conspiracy” track listing:
01. Echoes Of Despair
02. Keep The Silence
03. Kingdom Of Conspiracy
04. Serving Divinity
05. The Great Sleep
07. A Spectacle of Lies
08. God Complex
09. Bound To Order
10. All That Awaits
For photos of the band in the studio, click here.
Catch the band on the Decibel Magazine Tour this spring withCANNIBAL CORPSE and NAPALM DEATH.
“Majesty And Decay”, was released in March 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD sold around 1,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 29 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.
HYPOCRISY: ‘End Of Disclosure’ Album Trailer Available
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A trailer for “End Of Disclosure”, the new album from Swedish death metallers HYPOCRISY, can be seen below. Due in Europe on March 22 viaNuclear Blast Records, the CD was produced by HYPOCRISYmastermind Peter Tägtgren at his Abyss Studio in Sweden. The artwork was created by Wes Benscoter (SLAYER, KREATOR, NILE, VADER).
A listening party for the new album took place on January 12 at Abyss Studios. A four-minute video clip shot at the event, featuring the first impressions of the international press, can be seen below.
“This time, I wanted to go back to the basics,” says Peter. “[I] felt like we lost it for the last couple of albums. It’s straight to the point. It’s moreHYPOCRISY than ever — the fast, the heavy, the epic. Enjoy!”
“End Of Disclosure” track listing:
01. End Of Disclosure
02. Tales Of Thy Spineless
03. The Eye
04. United We Fall
05. 44 Double Zero
06. Hell Is Where I Stay
07. Soldier Of Fortune
08. When Death Calls
09. The Return
HYPOCRISY’s latest DVD/CD, “Hell Over Sofia – 20 Years Of Chaos And Confusion”, was released in October 2011 via Nuclear Blast. The disc contains footage of the band’s February 27, 2010 concert at the Blue Box club in Sofia, Bulgaria.
HYPOCRISY’s latest album, “A Taste Of Extreme Divinity”, sold 1,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 23 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.
STRATOVARIUS Releases Video For “Halcyon Days”
Melodic metal legends STRATOVARIUS are pleased to unleash their “Halcyon Days” video from the band’slatest full-length, Nemesis. Hailed by the media as, “the bestSTRATOVARIUS album since many, many years,” by Metal Hammer Germany, “a collection of the band’s greatest hits that you never heard until now,” be Metal Underground (US) and, “the strongest STRATOVARIUS album since the beginning of the century,” by KaaosZine in Finland, STRATOVARIUS lives up to their reputation as one of the leading names of the metal genre once again exceeding fans’ and critics’ expectations and charting in ten countries thus far: Finland: # 3, Czech Republic # 12, Switzerland # 30, Spain # 32, Germany # 41, France: # 56, Sweden # 56,Austria: # 62, Belgium # 103and Canada: # 126.
Coinciding with the band’s European tour, set to commence in Helsinki, Finland tonight [see itinerary here], the band today proudly reveals the video for their second single. The footage for “Halcyon Days” was shot in Lithuania by Pekka Hara, and perfectly captures the song’s theme of finding one’s peace of mind.
The band further notes: “It was a really nice experience working with Pekka and his team, and Lithuania was a pleasant surprise, very friendly people there and everything worked out great. This video sets the mood of the song perfectly. And the fact is: A band is nothing without the fans.”
Prior to the video shoot, the band had launched a fan competition asking their supporters to send a picture of their most prized STRATOVARIUS item. Over 100 items were sent, of which the band handpicked the 10 most original objects, which are now featured in the video. Over the course of the next weeks, STRATOVARIUSwill also launch a special fan item version of the video on their official Facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/stratovarius.
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