HAIL OF BULLETS Launch New Album Teaser

Hail of Bullets - III The Rommel ChroniclesDutch Death metal band HAIL OF BULLETS have launched the first video teaser for their upcoming new album, III The Rommel Chronicles. Yes, another World War II-themed album.

A full new song, track listing and pre-order options will be launched next Monday, September, 9th.

Death metal guru Dan Swanö about the new HOB longplayer: “Hail of Bullets return for their 3rd album, armed to the teeth with a thunderous Death Metal onslaught that combines the raw ferocity of the 1st album with the more expanded arrangements of the 2nd. A Death Metal masterpiece!”

Dan Swanö Signs with Century Media Records

Dan SwanoCentury Media Records has announced that they have signed Swedish metal legend, Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, INFESTDEAD, NIGHTINGALE, BLOODBATH).

Dan Swanö comments about the signing:

“It’s been 23 years since I signed my first ever record-deal, but never before have I been this excited…I have now signed with Century Media Records!

“I bought the first release from Century Media back in 1989, and it is amazing to see how much the label has grown over the years.

“After working with CM for a few compilation CDs and for two and a half albums with BLOODBATH, I knew it would be the perfect home for me whenever I felt like returning to the recording-industry as a performer again.

“And now…I am back! With a vengeance!!!”

The first release will be his newly founded metal outfit WITHERSCAPE, which sees Dan teaming with another talented multi-instrumentalist, Ragnar Widerberg.

Swanö comments about the upcoming WITHERSCAPE album:

“I have just completed the final mixes of the first album from my new project WITHERSCAPE.

Fans of my ‘Moontower‘ album and the catchier parts of EDGE OF SANITY won’t be disappointed!

I sing, both clean and growl, play drums and keyboards. Ragnar Widerberg plays all guitars & bass and has co-written almost all the tracks with me.”

MEMORY GARDEN Complete Recording for New Album Doomain

Swedish epic doom metallers MEMORY GARDEN has finished the recordings for their upcoming fifth album Doomain.

Memory Garden

MEMORY GARDEN elaborates on the project: “The recording of Doomain must be the most relaxed album session we’ve ever done. We recorded most of the album ourselves in our own studio and took the time we wanted and needed to get it done. Dan Swanö helped us getting the rig together and he provided us with the tools to do it and from there we did it ourselves. The lead guitar sessions were done at SolnaSound Recording by Simon & Mike Wead. When it all was done it was sent to Dan Swanö and Unisound for mix and mastering. The final album is amazing and we are so thrilled to get it out to all of you.”

The band comments on the album title: “We wanted a short and effective title to this album. It’s a little game of words referring to the style of music we play ‘doom metal and the actual word domain.’ We see this album as a statement of what MEMORY GARDEN stands for music-wise and this album is certainly down our alley, it’s in our Doomain.”

Doomain will be released the 12th/15th of April via Metal Blade Records in Europe on vinyl and as a Digi-CD and on April 15th in North America via all digital music retailers.

Title Track from New INCANATION Album, Vanquish in Vengeance, Now Online

The title track from INCANTATION‘s upcoming album, Vanquish in Vengeance, is now online. Check it out below.

INCANTATION‘s long-awaited follow up to 2006′s Primordial Domination features over 50 minutes of the band’s trademark dark and unholy death metal. Recorded at the infamous Mars Recording Compound with Engineer Bill Korecky and mixed and mastered by the legendary Dan Swano at Unisound studios, Vanquish in Vengeance deals with the numerous counts of genocide in the name of religion.

New ASPHYX Album Cover Posted Online; Live Dates Scheduled

Dutch doom-death metal legends ASPHYX have now finished work on their 8th studio album, Deathhammer. Set to be released on February 27th, 2012 in Europe and February 28th, 2012 in North America via Century Media Records, Deathhammer features artwork by the band’s long-time partner in designs, Axel HermannIn regards to their newfound collaboration, both parties comment:

ASPHYX and Axel Hermann is a fusion that has always functioned perfectly…from the days of The Rack back in 1991, ’til Deathhammer in 2012. Like others such as Dan Swanö, Axel may be considered as an external member of the band and when we asked him to do the Deathhammer cover–and as usual we would leave him free in his expression–we were very pleased to hear he was willing to take it on.

“…And the man has exceeded himself! To the perfect death metal album comes the perfect cover that still leaves enough to everyone’s imagination. We hope he is as proud as we are on the final result. It seems all falls into place for this deathdozer of an album. I guess Axel can expect an offer from Le Louvre any time now.” – Martin van Drunen, ASPHYX

“A cover is the visual extension of an album that translates music and emotional intentions (or should I say aggression) into a clear statement of what to expect before taking the record off the shelf. In seldom cases you’re ending up with two perfect sides of the same coin. With ASPHYX and myself it has always and luckily been that case. And I am really proud of that! Show ‘em Death and hit them with a hammer…visually and musically! Guess, we flipped the coin once more!?” – Axel Hermann

Recorded at The Mörser Studio as well as at Harrow Studio with their long-time engineer Harry Wijering, Deathhammer was mixed and mastered in Sweden by Dan Swanö, who previously worked with the band on Death…The Brutal Way as well as on the Live Death Doom release.

Prior to the album’s release, ASPHYX will perform a very special concert at this year’s Eindhoven Metal Meeting on December 16th, at the Effenaar club in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where the band will be playing The Rack album in its entirety for the 20th anniversary of its release. Additionally, ASPHYX have already been confirmed for the 2012 editions of the ExtremeFest, July 5th to 7th in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as the upcoming edition of the legendary Obscene Extreme Festival in Czech Republic on July 14th.

NOVEMBERS DOOM Start Recording New Album; Reissue of The Knowing Set for Release

American dark metal pioneers NOVEMBERS DOOM have commenced recording of their 8th full length studio album, entitled Aphotic. The album is set to be released on The End Records in Spring 2011. Aphotic is being recorded at Belle City Sound in Racine, Wisconsin with longtime NOVEMBERS DOOM collaborators Chris Wisco at the controls and Dan Swano mixing.

Frontman Paul Kuhr said, “We plan to capture something new from the band. This recording builds upon the foundations the band has laid over the years, but we are taking it into a new direction. We plan to redefine where we stand in our current genre. The darkness is coming, and we can’t wait until you’re able to hear it.”

Throughout the recording process, NOVEMBERS DOOM will be uploading videos and studio reports to the band’s official YouTube channel. Clips of new material as well as band member updates will be available.

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the release of The Knowing, The End Records is re-issuing this long out of print album, one of the most sought after in the NOVEMBERS DOOM catalog. The 2-disc set will include a completely re-mixed and re-mastered version of The Knowing, featuring new versions of “In Faith” and “Silent Tomorrow,” to be available as originally intended. The set will also include the original 2000 pressing, unaltered. An expanded 24 page booklet accompanies this reissue with original photography by Tony Myles of Cage XXI.

Kuhr explains, “Being able to revisit these recordings in a studio setting also allowed us to fix a few mistakes which have stood out in our ears for 10 years. We realize many people are fond of the original recording and hate when bands ‘fix’ old material, so for the fans of the original, we’re including the original release as a bonus disc. “

HAIL OF BULLETS Finish Recording for Second Studio Album

Dutch death metal masters HAIL OF BULLETS have finished the recordings for their long-anticipated second full-length to be released this October.

Comments drummer Ed Warby (GOREFEST): “I don’t think I’ve ever worked this hard on anything in my entire life, but it sure has paid off! Although ‘Of Frost And War‘ is a tough act to follow, my ringing ears tell me we’ve succeeded in besting it on every level: songs, playing, production…at the moment Dan Swanö is putting the final touches on a mix that could squash a tank, and then it’s off to the pressing plant! All the main ingredients of our blood ‘n’ guts style death metal have remained intact and I honestly can’t imagine anyone that liked our previous work is going to be the least bit disappointed, on the contrary!”

The soon-to-be-titled album was produced by Ed Warby and like before, the mix was in the capable hands of Dan Swanö.

HAIL OF BULLETS
nailed down 11 songs plus intro.

More details on pre-orders, streaming MP3s, track listing, and the new artwork will be released shortly.

BARREN EARTH Reveal Tracklist for Debut Album, Curse of the Red River

New Finnish prog/death metal band, BARREN EARTH, featuring former members of AMORPHIS, and current members of SWALLOW THE SUN, MOONSORROW, and KREATOR, will be releasing their debut album, Curse of the Red River, on April 6th in the U.S. via Peaceville. Tracklisting is as follows:

1. “The Curse Of The Red River” (7:52)
2. “Our Twilight” (5:27)
3. “Forlorn Waves” (4:39)
4. “Flicker” (6:42)
5. “The Leer” (4:56)
6. “The Ritual Of Dawn” (6:34)
7. “Ere All Perish” (5:54)
8. “Cold Earth Chamber” (5:34)
9. “Deserted Morrows” (6:50)

The album was recorded at Seawolf Studios, Helsinki, in Summer 2009 with mixing carried out by the prolific Dan Swanö at Unisound in Sweden (KATATONIA, OPETH).

Visit the band on the web for more info:
http://www.barrenearth.com/
http://www.myspace.com/officialbarrenearth

Peaceville Records Signs Finnish All-Star Band BARREN EARTH

Peaceville Records is proud to announce the signing of Finnish prog death metallers, BARREN EARTH. With a line-up consisting of former members of prog/folk metal legends AMORPHIS, as well as current members of SWALLOW THE SUN, MOONSORROW and KREATOR, the band has been busy recording their debut album at the renowned Seawolf Studios in Helsinki, with the tracks currently being mixed by Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY) who has described it as, “One of the best albums I have ever had the privilege to mix. The perfect blend of light and darkness. A new level of amazing has been reached!!”

An EP is due November 2009, with the album currently scheduled for an early 2010 release.

The music of BARREN EARTH combines elements of modern and traditional death metal, with 70′s prog rock and folk. Among the band’s influences are artists such as PARADISE LOST, OPETH, PINK FLOYD, JETHRO TULL and also some pioneers of Finnish prog.

Line-up:
Mikko Kotamäki – Vocals (SWALLOW THE SUN)
Olli-Pekka Laine – Bass (Ex-AMORPHIS, MANNHAI)
Kasper Mårtenson –Keyboards (Ex-AMORPHIS, BEN GRANFELT BAND)
Janne Perttilä – Guitar (RYTMIHÄIRIÖ)
Marko Tarvonen – Drums (MOONSORROW)
Sami Ylisirniö – Guitar (KREATOR, WALTARI)

On signing to Peaceville:

“Getting signed by Peaceville Records is a great honour, as they are one of the very few metal labels left who have a passion and feeling for the music they release. To us, it also feels like coming home, because in a way they carry a big responsibility for BARREN EARTH‘s existence by having released the most important albums from pioneers such as AUTOPSY and PARADISE LOST. Those albums played a huge role, when we sucked our musical mother’s milk in the late 80′s and early 90′s. This is a fact that should be noticeably evident in BARREN EARTH‘s sound and music. Hopefully BARREN EARTH will also be able to add a fresh spin to Peaceville‘s already impressive roster.” – Olli-Pekka Laine

For more details on BARREN EARTH go to: www.myspace.com/officialbarrenearth

HAIL OF BULLETS – Of Frost and War

In an age where death metal seems to be defined by who the fastest, most technical band is, it’s cool to hear a group sit out the tech-shred olympics and focus on what really counts–writing catchy, heavy songs. Leave it to Martin Van Drunen (PESTILENCE, ASPHYX, BOLT THROWER) to show the new school punks how it’s done with his new heavy-as-a-tank band, HAIL OF BULLETS. Joining Martin in his onslaught is most of THANATOS handling the strings and GOREFEST‘s Ed Warby on drums. Ambitiously enough, the Dutch death squad’s debut, a 13-track crusher, Of Frost and War, is a concept album chronicling the Eastern front offensive between the Germans and Russians during World War II . “Before the Storm” sets the stage with ominous keys, setting a somber tone. But from “Ordered Eastward” through the final track “Berlin,” it’s all business. “Ordered Eastward” provides maximum buzzsaw riffage and drum pounding, before Van Drunen‘s unmistakable hoarse growls pierce the speakers. The song arrives at an absolutley crushing mid-section replete with powerful guitar harmonies and some guest vocal spice from Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, BLOODBATH). “The Lake Lagoda Massacre” and “General Winter” both counter with doom-beyond-death sludge before kicking in with an AUTOPSY vs. ASPHYX vs. MASSACRE battle of old school riffs. “Advancing once More” and “Nachthexen” meanwhile, unleash a firestorm of thunderous rhythms. “Insanity Commands” on the other hand alternates between an atmosphere of slow, impending doom and furious, headbanging groove. Of Frost and War is a rock-solid hammer of an album, devoid of nonsense and pointless noodling .It’s heavy, mean and ugly everything a real death metal record should be. (Metal Blade Records)