Death Metal Supergroup VALLENFYRE Jumps into the Studio


VALLENFYRE has officially entered the studio to record their second full-length album and follow-up to 2011’s A Fragile King entitled Splinters.

Gregor Mackintosh (vocals and lead guitars) comments: “We have now arrived in a very cold Salem, MA and are currently holed up in Godcity Studio with producer Kurt Ballou tracking drums for our second album, ‘Splinters‘. We are really digging Kurt‘s honest, old-fashioned approach to recording. No triggers or samples. Just a good drum kit, good mics and a good drummer.”

In 2011, Gregor Mackintosh (PARADISE LOST) announced that he would go back to his death metal roots with his new band, VALLENFYRE. The level of expectation was set high with a line-up consisting of Hamish Glencross (guitar – MY DYING BRIDE), Scoot (bass – DOOM, EXTINCTION OF MANKIND), Adrian Erlandsson (drums – AT THE GATES, PARADISE LOST, THE HAUNTED) – and of course, Gregor on vocals (for the first time in his career!). Their debut, A Fragile King, was a reference to Gregor‘s father’s (lost) battle with cancer.

Check out the music video for “Cathedrals of Dread” from their debut:

Fenriz and Nattefrost to Issue Split CD, Engangsgrill

DARKTHRONE‘s Fenriz and Nattefrost (of NATTEFROST and CARPATHIAN FOREST) will be releasing a split album called Engangsgrill via Indie Recordings. Fenriz‘ three tracks will be released under the moniker, FENRIZ’ RED PLANET, while Nattefrost‘s will be under NATTEFROST. Here is the track list:

Side Nebulah – FENRIZ’ RED PLANET
1. “My Ship Sailed Without Me
2. “Jon Carter, Man On Mars
3. “Temple Of The Red Dawn Rising

Side Lustmord – NATTEFROST
4. “Nekronaut II Nekro Spirituals
5. “Uskyldighet
6. “Sin Goddammit
7. “Lustmord
8. “Humiliated And Pissed Upon

Here’s what Fenriz had to say about the release:

“In 1993, I asked Peaceville if I should make a solo doom metal project for them. they said yes. I had already started a solo doom project PILGRIM SANDS in 1989, but only one song was recorded. I did ISENGARD demo instead that summer.

“So I recorded 3 tracks, but suddenly i got caught up in ISENGARD again and at the same time I joined VALHALL again (I played there 88-89), and so these 3 songs were kept totally secret by me.

“The songs are inspired by REVELATION 2nd and 3rd demo from 1987 (this band was later signed on Lee Dorrian‘s label Rise Above, I think), BLACK SABBATH, TROUBLE, PENTAGRAM (USA), THE DOORS and also a song by SLEEP.

“It is sassy but really ultra-conservative doom metal I think.

“It will be out in the start of May. I think Roger told me it will be printed in 3500 CD’s and 500 vinyls. (It was on a bad phone line and I was stressed cuz I was on my way to take the bus to go tenting in the forest as usual.)”

Listen to NATTEFROST‘s “Nekronaut II Nekro Spirituals” on his MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/nattefrostmanagement

WINO (the Band Featuring “Wino”) To Play First Show Next Week

WINO (the band) have announced a last minute show, making it their debut live performance, at 9:30 (the club) in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 7th.  The band, featuring Jean Paul Gaster (CLUTCH) on drums, John Blank (REZIN) on bass, and of course the man, Scott “Wino” Weinrich, on guitar and vocals, recently released their first album, Punctuated Equilibrium, on Southern Lord.

Please note, this is an early show–door open at 6pm.  Support will come from KING GIANT and SALOME.  For tickets, visit the 9:30 site: http://www.930.com/

MY DYING BRIDE’s A Line of Deathless Kings Coming this Halloween

Peaceville/Snapper Music today confirm October 31 as the U.S. release date for A Line of Deathless Kings, the new album from Yorkshire, England’s MY DYING BRIDE. It is the band’s ninth studio effort and introduces drummer John Bennett.

Since their inception in the early 90’s the band are one of metal’s most distinguishable artists. A Line of Deathless Kings reunites the six-piece with long-time collaborator/producer Mags (who recorded the bands initial compositions). Mixed at The Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire and mastered at famed Abbey Road Studios in London, it is a highly anticipated return for a pioneering band.

A video has already been filmed for album track, “Deeper Down.” The clip directed by Charlie Granberg (who also conceptualized KATATONIA‘s “My Twin” and “Deliberation” videos earlier this year).