Another month has ended, and like a drug-resistant strain of sexually transmitted disease, we’re still here.
And because we’re now a full six months into 2010, it’s time for another monthly update to the list of forthcoming new albums we first posted on January 1. (All the other updates can be found via the “Forthcoming Albums” category link on the right side of our pages.) Below is a list of still more projected new releases we didn’t know about at the time of our previous updates, or updated info about some of the previously noted releases.
Once again, we’ve cobbled together news blurbs about bands whose past work we’ve liked, or who look interesting for other reasons. Perhaps needless to say, these are bands that mostly fit the profile of music we cover on this site — the kind that would like to tear your head off.
So, in alphabetical order, here’s our list of cut-and-pasted blurbs from various sources since our last update about forthcoming new releases. Look for the bands you like and put reminders on your calendar. Or if you’re like us, just stick post-it notes on your forehead. Of course, if your foreheads are the low, sloping kind, you may only have room for a few, so be choosy.
BURDEN OF GRIEF: “German melodic death/thrash metallers BURDEN OF GRIEF will release their new album, Follow The Flames, on July 2 in Europe via Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2007’s Death End Road will contain 10 new songs. The limited-edition version of the CD will include a bonus disc featuring cover versions of eight metal classics.”
CEPHALIC CARNAGE: “Denver, Colorado-based technical death/grind metallers CEPHALIC CARNAGE have set Misled By Certainty as the title of their new album, due on August 31 via Relapse Records. The follow-up to 2007’s Xenosapien was recorded at the band’s own studio with longtime engineer/producer Dave Otero. The CD is described in a press release as a ’50-plus-minute journey into metal’s most extreme realms’ which ‘see[s] these veterans takes it to edge before pulling it back with ‘Repangea’, perhaps their most sprawling and epic work to date.'”
(lots more after the jump . . .)
CHIMAIRA: “Cleveland, Ohio metallers CHIMAIRA have posted a trailer for their Coming Alive DVD, which is scheduled for release on July 20 via Ferret Music. The set includes a four-part documentary filmed over the course of a year and a half while the entire package includes over seven hours of exclusive content. The DVD, filmed entirely in HD, showcases CHIMAIRA in the studio while recording the The Infection album, and chronicles the band’s recent, worldwide touring season.”
THE CONTORTIONIST: “Indianapolis, Indiana’s THE CONTORTIONIST has completed work on its full-length debut, Exoplanet, for an August 31 release via Good Fight Music. The CD was produced by UNEARTH guitarist Ken Susi, who feels that THE CONTORTIONIST has something fresh and unique to bring to the table.”
COUGH: “Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Richmond, VA’s Cough. Cough formed in 2005 and has independently released an EP, The Kingdom, as well as a full-length album, Sigillum Luciferi, via Forcefield Records. The band has recently written the follow-up to Sigillum Luciferi and has been working on the album with producer Sanford Parker. The new full-length, titled Ritual Abuse, is expected to see a fall 2010 release date.”
THE CROWN: “Reunited Swedish death/thrash metal act THE CROWN has inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The band’s new album, Doomsday King, is scheduled for release in September.”
CYPHOSIS: “Finnish metal band CYPHOSIS has inked a deal with Violent Journey Records. The group’s sophomore album, To North And Under, will be released in the fall. . . . CYPHOSIS‘ new single, “Time Is An Enemy”, is available for streaming on the band’s MySpace page.”
DEATH ANGEL: “Vocalist Mark Osegueda of San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans DEATH ANGEL was interviewed backstage at this year’s Sweden Rock Festival, which was held June 9-12, 2010 in Sölvesborg in southern Sweden. During the chat, Osegueda reveals that Nuclear Blast Records has set an August 27 European release date for the band’s new album.”
DIMMU BORGIR: “Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir proudly announce their collaboration with Norwegian composer and Berklee College of Music summa cum laude alumnus Gaute Storaas in addition to the 51 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and the 38-member Schola Cantorum Choir for their as-yet-untitled new album. To date, over 101 musicians have lent their talents to the making of the new release. . . . Dimmu Borgir’s ninth studio album will be released in Germany on October 8th, in the rest of Europe on October 11th, and in North America on October 12th.”
EARLY MAN: “EARLY MAN‘s sophomore full-length album, Death Potion, will be released on July 20 via The End Records. The Los Angeles- and Brooklyn–based band tracked the 12-song CD at Soundhouse Recording in Seattle, Washington with producer Jack Endino. ”
FLESHWROUGHT: “Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of experimental death metal band FLESHWROUGHT (formerly FLESHROT). The group’s debut album, Dementia/Dyslexia, will be released on August 3. FLESHWROUGHT features Navene Koperweis (former drummer of Bay area grind band ANIMOSITY, currently in ANIMALS AS LEADERS) and Jonny Davy (vocalist of Arizona’s JOB FOR A COWBOY), with Navene performing all instruments on Dementia/Dyslexia and Jonny Davy handling lyrics and vocals.”
HELMET: “Seminal rock band HELMET will release a new full-length album, Seeing Eye Dog, on September 7. The band’s first LP since 2006’s critically acclaimed Monochrome and its seventh album overall will be made available on the indie Work Song label (with physical distribution by Redeye and direct-to-fan digital delivery by Topspin).”
HIRAX: “On June 29 (one day earlier internationally), Season of Mist will release a new compilation album from HIRAX, Noise Chaos War. Consisting of three thrashing EPs — remastered, remixed and available on CD for the first time — this release also includes a video for Bombs of Death, filmed live in Japan last year.”
INFERNAEON: “Florida’s INFERNAEON has completed recording its second full-length album for a late summer release via Prosthetic Records. The CD was recorded at Erik Rutan‘s Mana Recording Studios (GOATWHORE,CANNIBAL CORPSE, HATE ETERNAL) in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Brian Elliott. The follow-up to 2007’s A Symphony of Suffering marks the group’s first release with new guitarists Taylor Nordberg and Steven Harger and bassist Mike Poggion.”
INSIDIOUS DISEASE: “Extreme metal legends have united as INSIDIOUS DISEASE to unleash the most violent death metal album in 2010. The evil breed consisting of Dimmu Borgir’s main songwriter Silenoz, Shane Embury of Napalm Death, Old Man’s Child’s Jardar, drum animal Tony Laureano (Angelcorpse, Nile) and vocalist Marc Grewe (from German death metal legend Morgoth) will release its debut album Shadowcast via Century Media Records on July 12th in Europe and July 27th in the US. Expect nothing but pure, honest and brutal death metal carnage at its very best!”
KING OF ASGARD: “Swedish viking folk/death metal band KING OF ASGARD recently completed work on its debut album, Fi’mbulvintr, for a tentative August European release via Metal Blade Records.”
THE LAST FELONY: “‘We Are Future Housing Developements For Maggots’, a brand new song from Canadian death metallers THE LAST FELONY, is available for streaming on the band’s MySpace page. The track comes off the group’s sophomore album, Too Many Humans, which is scheduled for release in North America on August 17 via Lifeforce Records.”
MADBALL: “New York City hardcore legends MADBALL will enter Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida in July with producer Erik Rutan (MISERY INDEX, CANNIBAL CORPSE, GOATWHORE) to begin recording their new album, Empire, for a late September/early October release via Good Fight Music.”
MALEVOLENT CREATION: “MALEVOLENT CREATION‘s eleventh album, Invidious Dominion, will be released on August 24 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records (three days later in Europe through Massacre). The effort will made available in various territories as a regular CD; digipack with bonus material; and vinyl LP. MALEVOLENT CREATION‘s new album was recorded at Mana Recording Studios (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, GOATWHORE) in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (MORBID ANGEL, HATE ETERNAL, CANNIBAL CORPSE).”
MORBID ANGEL: “Death metal pioneers Morbid Angel entered the studio on Tuesday to begin tracking their ninth full-length album. The effort is being recorded at Mana Recordings Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with engineer (and former Morbid Angel member) Erik Rutan at the helm and a late-2010 release via Season Of Mist is expected.”
NECRONAUT: “NECRONAUT, the solo project of former DISMEMBER/CARNAGE drummer Fred Estby, has posted another new track, “In Dark Tribute”, on its MySpace page. The song features Hellbutcher (NIFELHEIM) on vocals and Tyrant (NIFELHEIM) on guitar. NECRONAUT‘s self-titled album is scheduled for a September 2010 release via Regain Records.”
OBSIDIAN: “Dutch death/thrash metal act OBSIDIAN will release its new album, Point Of Infinity, on September 20 via Candlelight Records. The follow-up to 2007’s Emerging will contain ‘nine new brutal and grooving tracks, revealing a more evolved OBSIDIAN,’ according to the group.”
OCTOBER TIDE: “Candlelight Records has set a September 28 North American release A Thin Shell, the new album from Sweden’s OCTOBER TIDE. Featuring guitarist/founder Fredrik Norrman (KATATONIA), vocalist Tobias Netzell, drummer Robin Bergh, and session bassist Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY, CARNAL FORGE), the band’s first album in ten years and follows the 2009 reissue of its debut, Rain Without End (Candlelight).”
THE ROTTED: “U.K. punk-infused death metallers THE ROTTED entered the studio in May with producer James Dunkley to begin recording Anarchogram, a self-released EP consisting of two new tracks and four bonus cuts. . . . After the release of the EP this summer, THE ROTTED will resume work on its new full-length album. The band plans to enter Parlour Studio in January 2011 with Russ Russell at the production helm.”
SADISTIK FOREST: “Oulu, Finland-based death metallers SADISTIK FOREST have inked a deal with Violent Journey Records. The band’s self-titled debut will be released on August 12. SADISTIK FOREST was formed in 2007 by guitarist Antti Heikkinen, drummer Vesa Mutka and bassist/vocalist Markus Makkonen. The lineup was completed early this year when guitarist Matti Salo joined the ranks. SADISTIK FOREST‘s riff-based, ferocious and brutal assault has often been compared to UNLEASHED and early MORBID ANGEL.”
SHADOWS FALL: “Massachusetts metallers SHADOWS FALL will release a new concert DVD, Madness In Manila: Shadows Fall Live In The Philippines 2009, on August 24 via Everblack Industries/Ferret Music. The disc will include footage that was shot on April 30, 2009 at the Pulp Summer Slam in Manila, Philippines.”
THE SHOWDOWN: “Tennessee’s riff-tastic southern metal outfit, The Showdown, has announced an August 24th street date for their Solid State Records sophomore release, Blood in the Gears. The forthcoming full-length was recorded at Anthem Productions in Nashville, and produced by The Showdown’s own, Jeremiah Scott.”
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS: “SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, the Swedish band featuring ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott and bassist Sharlee D’Angelo, along with new vocalist Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND), has inked a deal with InsideOut Music for the release of the group’s seventh studio album, Return To Zero. Due in Europe on August 30, the follow-up to 2005’s Demons was recorded at Sweetspot Studio with producer Rickard Bengtsson.”
THE SWORD: “Austin, Texas metal luminaries THE SWORD are kicking it into high gear as the release of their highly anticipated third full-length, Warp Riders (August 24; Kemado Records) rapidly approaches. The band has finally revealed the album’s artwork and will be releasing additional visual companions in the form of an upcoming picture disc and an epic video trilogy.”
SYSTEM DIVIDE: “SYSTEM DIVIDE, the extreme modern metal act featuring Sven De Caluwé (ABORTED) and Miri Milman (ex-DISTORTED) on vocals, Cole Martinez (ex-YEARS OF FIRE, ANTENORA) and Joseph Spiller (ex-THE BINARY CODE) on guitars, Andrew Lenthe (ANTENORA) on bass, and Mike Heller (MALIGNANCY) on drums, has completed work on its full-length debut, The Conscious Sedation, for a tentative late 2010 release via Metal Blade Records.”
UNLOCKED: “Lead guitarist Peter Huss (SHINING, ex-SINERGY) will make a guest appearance on the upcoming debut album from UNLOCKED, the band featuring members of PROSTITUTE DISFIGUREMENT, VISCERAL BLEEDING, GORGOROTH, and ENTHRONED. The CD is currently being recorded at Blackout studios in Brussels, Belgium for a late 2010 release via Crossfirecult Records.”
WRETCHED: “Wretched has completed their new album, Beyond the Gate, which is set to be released on August 3rd, 2010 through Victory Records. The album will feature a piece written and orchestrated by new guitarist John Vail, and performed by the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra. The album will also feature guest appearances by Jesse Clasen of Charlotte, NC band Harvard, Andy Lynn on violin, and Randy Nashleanas on cello.”
Quite a bit to choose from, along with the other stuff on my radar. I already knew about what Dimmu Borgir had planned and I’ll probably check it out. System Divide should be worth picking up; I quite liked what I heard from their EP and the full length should be a good follow-up.
And of course, the Finns are going to get at least a listen or two to see what they’ve got, just because. I know, I’m biased as fuck, but given the caliber of most of the bands there, I have little reason to not give them a shot.
That’s pretty much become my rule of thumb, too: If the band is from Finland, I’m going to create listening time for them.
I didn’t realize System Divide had an EP. One more for the listening list . . .
The rotted should have stayed Gorerotted. Then atleast I would be excited about them going into the studio.
And stoked for insidious Disease. REALLY REALLY stoked.
Yeah, I was into Gorerotted too — but I’m still interested in what The Rotted EP will have to offer. And although I wasn’t blown away by the Insidious Disease song featured in their new video, I really do like most of the songs on their MySpace, and it’s a great line-up of talent. So yeah, I’m stoked about that album release too.