Heavy Metal News – November 01, 2012

HELLOWEEN: More New Album Details Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

The follow-up to their 2010 “7 Sinners” release, “Straight Out Of Hell” is the latest studio album to be issued beneath the celebrated HELLOWEEN banner — a banner first unfurled back in 1985.

Set for release via Spinefarm Records on January 21, 2013, “Straight Out Of Hell” has been produced by Charlie Bauerfeind, who also worked on “7 Sinners”, and sees the five musicians maintaining a rawer edge throughout, working quickly in the studio (MiSueno Studio in Tenerife) and delivering 13 brand new compositions that, in the words of founding member, guitarist Michael Weikath, will “kick even the laziest listener’s ass!”

Bristling with positive energy, songs such as “Make Fire Catch The Fly”, “Far From The Stars” and the title track itself, written by bassist Markus Grosskopf, show that when HELLOWEEN push their collective foot to the floor they are never too keen to ease off the gas; and they take chances, ever willing to use their well-documented virtuosity to break out of the mould.

Says singer Andi Deris: “We’ve always followed our own path when it comes to music… and if someone had ever tried to stop us, well, we’d have done what we wanted, anyway! Some of our moves have attracted negative reactions at first, but in time they’ve gone on to reap success and reward, and that’s the kind of freedom you can feel on this new album – we don’t allow ourselves to be put under pressure…”

With Deris, Weikath, Grosskopf (also a founding member) and guitarist Sascha Gerstner all providing material, “Straight…” is a passionate, multi-layered affair, complete with a limited edition premium package featuring a special Hammond organ run-through of Weikath outing, “Burning Sun” — this version conceived as a tribute to DEEP PURPLE’s Jon Lord.

As for first single/video, that’s now confirmed as “Nabatea” — a seven-minute-plus composition about the legendary kingdom, located in today’s Middle East, where the first real democracy existed over 3000 years ago. The secret Nabatean city, Petra, only discovered last century, is the backdrop for many myths and legends, and here it provides the ideal subject matter for a set of lyrics far removed from the rock ‘n’ roll norm.

On the live front, meanwhile, HELLOWEEN (fresh from appearing at prestigious Japanese festival Loud Park) will be returning to the road in March 2013 — the first part of a world tour set to kick off in mainland Europe, with GAMMA RAY as special guests. The follow-up to the “Hellish Rock” tour of 2007/2008, this extended outing (“Hellish Rock Part II”) will bring the band to the U.K. on April 16 for a one-off date at the London Forum.


IHSAHN: Debut Solo Album To Be Released On Limited-Edition 2LP Vinyl

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Former EMPEROR frontman Ihsahn’s debut solo album, “The Adversary”, will be re-released as a limited two-LP edition, including layout by Trine + Kim Design Studio.

Pre-orders will be taken starting on November 6 via Blood Music.

“The Adversary” was originally released in April 2006 via Mnemosyne/Candlelight Records.

All music and lyrics for “The Adversary” were written and performed by Ihsahn with exception of drums, which were played by Asgeir Mickelson (BORKNAGAR, SPIRAL ARCHITECT).

“The Adversary” was written and recorded over a one-year period at Symphonique Studios in Norway and features a guest appearance by Garm from ULVER on one song.

Ihsahn’s fourth album, “Eremita”, sold around 900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 32 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.


NOMINON’s The Cleansing Out Now on Deathgasm Records

Deathgasm Records has officially released The Cleansing, the much-anticipated new album from old school Swedish Death Metallers NOMINON.

What better day than Halloween for the world to be handed such a hellish collection of pure and relentless death metal. Morbid obscurity awaits, as The Cleansing features NOMINON at their darkest and most malevolent.

The CD digipak version of The Cleansing comes with a 12-page booklet. Deathgasm is also making available black and blue vinyl LP versions, as well as several CD/LP/T-shirt bundles, all of which are available for purchase HERE.

Listen to “Obliteration” from The Cleansing at this location.


1. Satanical Incubation (Intro)
2. In The Name Of Gomorrah
3. Mausoleum
4. Unholy Sacrifice
5. The Cleansing
6. Abhorrent Parasites
7. Hellwitch
8. Slaughter The Imposter (LP-bonus track)
9. Obliteration
10. Son Of Doom
11. Infernal Rites

Blistering.com Streaming Title Track From BIRTH A.D.’s I Blame You

Blistering.com is now streaming the title track from the yet-to-be-released debut full-length, entitled I Blame You, from Texas crossover titans Birth A.D.

The track, which is an incendiary display of crossover thrash in the vein of S.O.D. and D.R.I., is available for online consumption at this location.

In early 2012, Birth A.D. entered Pyramid Sound with legendary producer Alex Perialas to lay down the tracks for I Blame You. The band is seeking label support for the release.

Birth A.D.’s 2009 EP, Stillbirth of a Nation is available for at these on-line retailers:

Amazon: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JZEIQE/ref=dm_sp_alb

iTunes: www.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/birth-a-d/id415102388


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