Aug 312010

Another month has passed. Summer is waning. It’s still as hot as the ninth circle of Hell in most parts of our country, but here in the Pacific Northwest, the air is already beginning to feel like fall. And because fall in Seattle lasts about one week, winter is already what we’re thinking about, because winter means getting soaked with rain. In the dark.

Where were we? Oh yeah, another month is over. And here at NCS, that means it’s time for another installment of METAL IN THE FORGE, a forge being the old name for a place where a blacksmith heats metal and works it into the shape of something useful. We thought it sounded literary.

Another name for “forge” is “smithy.” As in, “the blacksmith works in a smithy.” But “smithy” doesn’t sound literary, and METAL IN THE SMITHY just sounds fucked up. METAL IN THE FORGE is a little fucked up, too, the more we think about it, but not as fucked up as METAL IN THE SMITHY.

Where were we? Oh yeah, at the end of every month, we update 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, after the jump, in alphabetical order, you’ll find our list of cut-and-pasted items from various sources since our last update about forthcoming new releases. Look for the bands you like and, if you’re really obsessive like we are, put reminders on your calendar.

ALL THAT REMAINS: “Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS will release their fifth album,For We Are Many, on October 12 via Prosthetic Records/Razor & Tie. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include include “For We Are Many”,“Waiting”, and the album’s first single, “Hold On”. The follow-up to 2008’s Overcome was produced by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, who previously helmed ALL THAT REMAINS‘ The Fall of Ideals (2006) and This Darkened Heart (2004) releases.”

ANGRA: “Brazillian metallers ANGRA will release its seventh studio album, Aqua (a Latin word which means “water” in English), in Europe on September 29 and in the U.S. on October 12 via SPV/Steamhammer. A conceptual effort, the follow-up to 2006’s Aurora Consurgens was recorded at Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil.”

AUTOPSY: “U.S. gore legends AUTOPSY will issue the The Tomb Within EP on September 13 through Peaceville Records on CD and 12-inch vinyl, with general release set for September 27. Cover art is supplied by renowned fantasy/horror artist Matt Cavotta.”

BRING ME THE HORIZON: Bring Me the Horizon‘s third album, There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret,will be released on the following dates: Oct. 8 – Germany, Austria, Switzerland; Oct. 4 – Rest Of Europe; Oct. 5 – USA; Oct. 6 – Japan; Oct. 8 – Australia.

DAATH: “Atlanta-based quintet DAATH will release its third, self-titled full-length album on October 26 via Century Media Records. Drummer Kevin Talley (ex-CHIMAIRA, DYING FETUS) began laying down his tracks in Atlanta on June 7 with renowned producer Mark Lewis (ALL THAT REMAINS, TRIVIUM, DEVILDRIVER) and co-producer Eyal Levi (guitar) at the helm. Commented guitarist Emil Werstler: ‘The content is EXTREMELY dark, distraught, and completely honest.'”

HAIL OF BULLETS: “HAIL OF BULLETS — the Dutch death metal band featuring GOREFEST drummer Ed WarbyTHANATOS guitarists Stephan Gebédi and Paul Baayens, former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX singer Martin Van Drunen and former HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen — has set On Divine Winds as the title of its second full-length album, due in North America on October 12 via Metal Blade Records (one day earlier internationally).”

INTRONAUT: “Century Media Records has set an October 12 North American release date for Valley Of Smoke, the sophomore album from Southern California’s INTRONAUT. The follow-up to 2008’s Prehistoricisms was once again produced by Josh Newell (JANE’S ADDICTION) and it features a guest appearance by TOOL bassist Justin Chancellor.”

KYLESA: “Kylesa will release Spiral Shadow, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to their breakthrough album Static Tensions, on October 26 via Season of Mist. Recorded at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC earlier this summer, the eleven-track album was once again produced by band member and renowned producer Phillip Cope (Baroness, Withered).”

MIRROR OF DECEPTION: “Germany’s ‘doom metal kings’ MIRROR OF DECEPTION will release their fourth album, A Smouldering Fire, in October/November via via Cyclone Empire.”

MELECHESH: “The cover artwork for The Epigenesis, the forthcoming fifth album from Sumerian thrashing black metallers MELECHESH . . . was created by the U.K.-based renowned occult artist John Coulthart, who had already collaborated with MELECHESH in the past. . . .  The Epigenesis will be released on October 1 via Nuclear Blast Records.”

NEAERA: “German extreme metallers NEAERA will release their fifth album, Forging The Eclipse, on October 22 via Metal Blade Records. The drum tracks for the album were laid down at Stage One Studio with Andy Classen, while the rest of the recording process was overseen by Alexander Dietz. The mixing/mastering was handled by Tue Madsen (HEAVEN SHALL BURNDARK TRANQUILLITYMOONSPELL). The artwork for Forging The Eclipse was created by longtime NEAERA collaborator Terje Johnsen (KEEP OF KALESSIN).”

NECRONAUT: “NECRONAUT, the solo project of former DISMEMBER/CARNAGE drummer Fred Estby, will release its self-titled album on October 18 release via Regain Records. The cover artwork for the CD (see below) was designed by Chat Zar, who was reponsible for creating the prosthetic effects for such movies as “The Ring”“Planet of the Apes” and “Darkman”.”

PASADENA NAPALM DIVISION: “PASADENA NAPALM DIVISION, the new band featuring members of D.R.I.DEAD HORSE and VERBAL ABUSE, will release its debut EP in September via Abyss Records.”

THE RED SHORE: “Australia’s The Red Shore will release their latest album, The Avarice of Man, in Australia on September 3.”

SOLE REMEDY: “‘Wolf In Me’, the new single from the Lahti, Finland progressive-melancholic metal band SOLE REMEDY, can be streamed using the audio player [at this location]. The song comes off the group’s new album, Apoptosis, which will be released on September 27 via Aftermath Music.”

SOUNDGARDEN: “The reunited SOUNDGARDEN will release a retrospective set, Telephantasm, on September 28. The band states, ‘It includes songs from all of our albums and EPs, including ‘Black Rain’, an unreleased track from the ‘Badmotorfinger’ sessions. Plus, we are releasing our first-ever DVD which will include never-before-seen videos, and much more.'”

SYSTEM DIVIDE: “‘The Apex Doctrine’, the new video from SYSTEM DIVIDE — the extreme modern metal act featuring Sven De Caluwé (ABORTED) and Miri Milman (ex-DISTORTED) on vocals, Cole Martinez (ex-YEARS OF FIREANTENORA) and Joseph Spiller (ex-THE BINARY CODE) on guitars, Andrew Lenthe (ANTENORA) on bass, and Mike Heller (MALIGNANCY) on drums — [has been released]. . . . ‘The Apex Doctrine’ comes off SYSTEM DIVIDE‘s full-length debut, The Conscious Sedation, which is scheduled for a September 14 release via Metal Blade Records.”

TETRAFUSION: “Louisiana-based progressive metallers TETRAFUSION have inked a worldwide deal with Nightmare Records. The band’s sophomore effort, Altered State, will be released on October 26. . . .  TETRAFUSION‘s blend of complex, technical metal blended with a highly-intellectual melodic structure offers an eclectic brand of progressive rock and metal along the likes of PORCUPINE TREERUSHDREAM THEATERCYNICTOOL and MUSE.”

ULCERATE: “New Zealand’s Ulcerate are currently in the studio working on their third full-length album and second for Willowtip titled The Destroyers of All. . . .   Ulcerate’s The Destroyers of All will be available in early 2011.”

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