THE SIRENS: Godmothers of Female Metal Vocalists Join Forces in New Project

The progenitors of female lead vocalists in metal, Liv Kristine (LEAVES’ EYES, ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY), Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-THE GATHERING) and Kari Rueslåtten (ex-3RD AND THE MORTAL), have teamed up for a new project, THE SIRENS.

Two songs have been posted online:

THE SIRENS are also hitting the road in Europe this month.  As a special treat for fans, they will be performing classics from their former bands.

Norway’s MANIMALISM Announce First Full-Length After 22 Years

Norwegian post-black metal band, MANIMALISM, is returning from a long hiatus to release their first full-length album, Manimalism.

After releasing two demos in the mid-nineties as TAARENES VAARMANIMALISM went quiet; or so it seemed on the outside. Composed between 1993 and 1999, this album—apparently cursed from birth—has since been hovering in a near-completed form burdened by a constant barrage of breakdowns, line-up changes, and recording difficulties. Slithering from silence is the crew of renown artist/designer Kim Sølve, Bjeima (YUREI, ex-VIRUS), Petter ‘Plenum’ Berntsen (VIRUS), Member 01 (THE CONSORTIUM), and Joachim Svebo.

First up is the single “Demons in Tuxedos,” the opening track from their first demo from 1996:

Manimalism is being released on black and gold 12 inch vinyl by Adversum, the label that gave you YUREI, I LEFT THE PLANET, ALFA OBSCURA, and STAGNANT WATERS.

Irish Heroes PRIMORDIAL Return with Where Greater Men Have Fallen

Dublin, Ireland’s PRIMORDIAL will make their return with Where Greater Men Have Fallen.  The new album is set for a November 25, 2014 release via Metal Blade Records.   Sing along to the title track:

Singer A.A. Nemtheanga elaborates: “Some time at the end of 2013 we sat and began to plot a course for album number eight. We moved camp to a new rehearsal room and the ideas began to take shape. We felt it was time to try a new studio and engineer so we went to Grouse Lodge deep in the middle of Ireland and employed Gomez to come over and work on the new album.” The band’s idea was, of course, to keep the PRIMORDIAL trademarks intact while incorporating a broader, heavier more organic sound. “We feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history!”

Watch THE WRETCHED END’s Nils “Dominator” Fjellström Prove He is a Beast

THE WRETCHED END are currently working on their third album, which is set for a 2015 release.  They just posted a video of Nils “Dominator” Fjellström laying down some of his drum tracks.  Check out why he is the blaster master:

As you can see and hear, Nils exemplifies extreme metal drumming with the key ingredients of ride and crash cymbal work.  Awesome.

Poland’s VESANIA Returns with New Music After Seven Years

VESANIA, the Polish symphonic black metal act that features current and former members of BEHEMOTH, DIMMU BORGIR, VADER, and DECAPITATED, have been toiling for over a decade. The band’s fourth full-length album, and first since 2007, Deus Ex Machina, is finally scheduled for release on October 28, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. The brand new track, “Innocence,” can be heard below.

VESANIA is:
Orion – guitars and voices
Daray – drums
Siegmar – synths and samples
Heinrich – bass
Valeo – guitars

There’s no singular unifying lyrical concept on Deus Ex Machina, but there’s a main theme, a coherent and deliberate thread running from the title through the music. The title of the album is a term from ancient Greek tragedy and translates to “god from the machine”. The idea for the concept was that a machine, typically a rudimentary crane, would lower a thespian playing god onto the stage to solve the seemingly unsolvable conflict in the plot. In modern entertainment, the term has evolved to primarily refer to a cheap solution in a poorly written script or novel. Alternatively, VESANIA‘s Deus Ex Machina is a call for any kind of help or intervention because all of the lyrics on the album are hopeless and show characters in situations that leaves them powerless.

First BEASTMILK Releases Finally Coming to the U.S.

To satisfy the rabid demand for BEASTMILK‘s first releases, White Stains on Black Wax and Use Your Deluge, Magic Bullet Records will bring them to the U.S. on October 14, 2014.

Initially issued as a self-released cassette in 2010, which Fenriz of DARKTHRONE praised in his Band Of The Week features, several hundred copies of the White Stains on Black Tape demo tape sold out immediately. The strength of the material on White Stains on Black Tape garnered the attention and appreciation of Finland’s Svart Records, who issued the songs on vinyl in 2011. In the years to follow, the 7” and tape became cult favorites amongst rabid underground music fans.

Use Your Deluge was originally issued as a four-song 7” in 2012. Early discoverers of the EP were treated to the apocalyptic post punk brilliance that the rest of the world would come to clamor for a year later with the band’s Climax LP.

No more getting ripped off on ebay.

BLOODBATH Announce Surprise New Vocalist

Swedish all star death metal band, BLOODBATH, have announced PARADISE LOST‘s Nick Holmes as successor for the vocalist spot left vacant by Mikael Akerfeldt and Peter Tatgren. Their fourth album, Grand Morbid Funeral, comes out on November 18 through Peaceville Records.

Blakkheim (guitar) commented, “Little did I expect to be working with the voice behind the death metal classic Lost Paradise, or the genre defining Gothic, and yet here we are decades later fulfilling another death metal dream. With his sinister and ominous vocal delivery, it’s an absolute pleasure to make Old Nick the bell-ringer in Bloodbath‘s Grand Morbid Funeral!”

Jonas Renkse (bass) commented, “Ever since I got into Lost Paradise back in ’90, Nick Holmes has been one of my favorite growling vocalists out there. He was always audible and articulate but still deep and definitely morbid. It is a great pleasure to work with him some 25 years later after I was introduced to his thunderous roar!”

Can’t wait to hear Nick Holmes do his great death vocals again.

ANAAL NATHRAKH: Taste of Desideratum Released

Birmingham-based extreme metallers and recent Metal Blade signees, ANAAL NATHRAKH, are pleased to infect the masses with their anticipated new full-length October 28, 2014. Titled Desideratum, the follow-up to 2012′s critically-lauded Vanitas full-length was again produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, while the music was tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California.

Check out the song, “Idol,” which is a bit laid back by ANAAL NATHRAKH standards: