June is behind us, July lies ahead. Here in the U.S., we’re about to start the long weekend leading up to Independence Day, when Americans celebrate the birth of the nation by buying explosive ordinance wherever fine explosive ordinance is sold and lighting up the night sky (in addition to blowing the shit out of objects and sometimes themselves). People will also be exposing unsightly parts of their bodies wherever sun can be found and eating large quantities of health food prepared on outdoor grills. Our Founding Fathers would be proud of what they wrought!
Because the last month has ended, that means it’s time for another installment of METAL IN THE FORGE, in which we collect news blurbs and press releases we’ve seen over the last month about forthcoming new albums from bands we know and like (including occasional updates about releases we’ve included in previous installments of this series), or from bands that look interesting, even though we don’t know their music yet. In this series, we cut and paste those announcements and compile them in alphabetical order.
Remember — this isn’t a cumulative list. If we found out about a new album during May or preceding months, we wrote about them in previous installments of this series. So, be sure to check the Category link called “Forthcoming Albums” on the right side of this page to see forecasted releases we reported earlier. This month’s list begins right after the jump. Look for your favorite bands, or get intrigued about some new ones. And feel free to tell us about how we fucked up by omitting releases that we overlooked.
ABORTED: “Death metal psychopaths ABORTED have entered Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (INVOCATOR,HATESPHERE, VOLBEAT) to begin recording their seventh full-length album, “Global Flatline”, for a late 2011 release via Century Media Records. 15 tracks of “the most brutal and intense material the band has written to date” are laid down for the effort, with 12 tracks set to appear on the regular CD and the rest to be used as bonus material.”
ABORYM: “Legendary Italian industrial/post-black metallers ABORYM have inked a worldwide deal with Agonia Records. The band’s sixth album will be released in 2012 and it will coincide with the group’s 20th anniversary.”
ADRENALINE MOB: “ADRENALINE MOB, the new band featuring former DREAM THEATER/AVENGED SEVENFOLD drummer Mike Portnoy, SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen, guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (SONIC STOMP), bassist Paul DiLeo and STUCK MOJO/FOZZY axeman Rich Ward, has posted audio samples from its upcoming debut album on the group’s Facebook page (you must “like” the page in order to hear the samples).”
ALL SHALL PERISH: “Oakland, California extreme metallers ALL SHALL PERISH will release their fourth full-length album, “This Is Where It Ends”, on July 26 (North America) and July 29 (Europe) via Nuclear Blast Records. A pre-order package containing the new CD, an official ALL SHALL PERISH “party tech” 34 oz. mug and shot glass, a new ALL SHALL PERISH shirt, and five ALL SHALL PERISH condoms is now available for “only $32 dollars.” A press release states, “For the price of two CD’s you can get drunk, have safe sex, and still support an incredible band. What are you waiting for? ”
AMON: “Former DEICIDE members Eric Hoffmann (guitar) and Brian Hoffman (guitar) recently resurrected their pre-DEICIDE band AMON with Jesse “Jecheal” Jolly (PROMETHEAN HORDE, DIABOLIC, SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY, AFTER DEATH) on vocals/bass and and Mike Petrak (LEPROSY, SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY) on drums. The Florida-based quartet entered RedRoom Recorders in Tampa on December 10, 2010 with producer Mark Prator to record its new album, entitled “Liar In Wait”.”
ANIMALS AS LEADERS: “ANIMALS AS LEADERS is currently recording its second CD with drummer Navene Koperweis handling production duties. A fall release is expected.”
BLUT AUS NORD: “”777 – The Desanctification”, the eagerly awaited second part of BLUT AUS NORD’s “777” trilogy, is currently being recorded and will be released via Debemur Morti Productions this coming September.”
CADAVERIA: “CADAVERIA, the Italian band featuring former OPERA IX vocalistCadaveria and ex-OPERA IX drummer/NECRODEATH vocalist Marçelo Santos (a.k.a. Flegias), has issued the following update: “Well, we can say the new album is almost done! We are finishing the mix and refining the last tracks and, during the next week, we will begin working on the mastering. It is now early to talk about an official release date for CADAVERIA fourth full-length. However, we can assume it could be in stores before the end of this year.”
CHIMAIRA: “A 43-second video teaser for “The Age Of Hell”, the new album from Cleveland, Ohio metallers CHIMAIRA, can be seen here. The CD is due in August in North America, South America and Japan via eOne Music.”
CIPHER SYSTEM: “Nuclear Blast Records has announced the signing of the Swedish futuristic and extreme metal act CIPHER SYSTEM. 15 years after the birth of the band, CIPHER SYSTEM returns with what has to be described as a masterpiece in a genre where innovation has become sparse, putting their murderous machinations on public display, forged with fearsome skill and precision: “Communicate The Storm”. Packed in the rapturous art of a true genius of darkened visuals, Seth Siro Anton (SOILWORK, PARADISE LOST, SEPTICFLESH), and with a mix once again stemming from the hallowed grounds of Studio Fredman, this colossus of an album is sure to send tremors throughout the scene when it hits the street on September 9.”
DECAPITATED: “Polish technical death metal band DECAPITATED will release their fifth studio album, “Carnival Is Forever”, in North America on July 12 viaNuclear Blast Records.”
DENIAL FIEND: “Horror metal supergroup DENIAL FIEND will release its second full-length album, “Horror Holocaust”, on August 2 via Ibex Moon Records. Recorded at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida, the long-awaited follow-up to 2007’s “They Rise” is the band’s first CD to feature DENIAL FIEND‘s current lineup of drummer Rob Rampy (D.R.I.), vocalist Blaine Cook (THE ACCUSED), bassist Terry Butler (DEATH, SIX FEET UNDER, MASSACRE) and guitarist Sam Williams (DOWN BY LAW).”
DESCENDING: “After a long period of intensive work in Greece and Sweden along with producer Fredrik Nordström (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY) at Fredman studios, Athens, Greece-based death/thrash metal band DESCENDING has completed work the follow-up to its debut album,“Enter Annihilation”, which was released in European and Japanese markets in 2008-2009. The new CD, “New Death Celebrity”, will be made available on September 23 via Massacre Records. A single, “How Much This Life Weights?”, is now available for free download at this location.”
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA: “Dayton, Ohio Christian metalcore band THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA has set “Dead Throne” as the title of its new album, due in the U.S. on September 13 via Ferret Music and one day earlier internationally through Roadrunner Records.”
DIR EN GREY: “Japanese rockers DIR EN GREY will release their eighth studio album,“Dum Spiro Spero”, two years and ten months after “Uroboros”, which garnered overwhelming support as the strongest and the maddest record resonating across the globe.”
DOMINANZ: “DOMINANZ, the atmospheric metal band from Norway, will release its new album, “As I Shine”, in Europe on August 19 via Industrial Silence Production and Rock N Growl Distro/Cargo Records. The CD was recorded and mixed at Conclave Studio by Bjørnar E. Nilsen and Roy N. Mathisen and mastered at Earshot Studio by Herbrand Larsen.”
DOWN: “DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein has confirmed to Radio Metal that the band is planning to release four separate EPs over the course of the next couple of years. “We’re going to do four EPs, and they’ll all be different,” he said. “We have many elements to our sound, so each one will have its own characteristics. Like, for example, this one we’re writing right now and are about to start recording will be really hard, with heavy DOWNstuff. Then we’ll have a mellow one, then a doom one — you know, slower and doomy stuff. A little bit of everything.”
DYING FETUS: “Maryland-based extreme metallers DYING FETUS will enter the studio in November to begin recording their new album for an early 2012 release.”
EAST OF THE WALL: “Technical metal subversives EAST OF THE WALL have completed the recording process for their upcoming third full-length, The Apologist, the highly anticipated opus set for release this October on Translation Loss Records for the CD and digital release, and on Antithetic for the vinyl release. The album’s official release date, track listing and more will be announced within the next few weeks.”
GENERATION KILL: “GENERATION KILL, the crossover metal outfit featuring EXODUS frontman Rob Dukes, has set “Red White And Blood” as the title of its debut album, due on September 16 in Europe and September 27 in North America via Season Of Mist. A digital single containing the CD’s title track and a cover of the NINE INCH NAILS classic “Wish” will precede the full-length effort on July 4.”
GHOST BRIGADE: “Finnish metallers GHOST BRIGADE will release their third album, “Until Fear No Longer Defines Us”, on August 19 in Europe and August 23 in North America via Season Of Mist.”
GOJIRA: “The GOJIRA EP (Sea Shepherd) is tentatively scheduled for release in September, with a new full new album to follow later. Regarding what the new GOJIRA material sounds like, Duplantier said, “It’s GOJIRA but wiser and heavier.”
GORGORTH: “”Under The Sign Of Hell 2011”, the re-recording of GORGOROTH’s third album, will be released by Regain Records and has had it release date pushed back to August 29 from the previously announced June 20 due to “manufacturing problems.” On the LP, Pest and Infernus repeat their roles as vocalist and guitarist/bassist, respectively, from the original 1996 recording, while Tomas Asklund handles the drums.”
HACKNEYED: “German death metal lunatics HACKNEYED will release their third album, “Carnival Cadavre”, on August 22 in Europe and August 30 in North America via Lifeforce Records.”
HATESPHERE: “Danish thrashers HATESPHERE have entered Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (SICK OF IT ALL, THE HAUNTED, GOREFEST, MOONSPELL) to begin recording their new album for a September release via Napalm Records.”
INSOMNIUM: “Finnish melodic death metallers INSOMNIUM have set “One For Sorrow” as the title of their new album, due in October via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden with sound engineer Daniel Antonsson (also bassist in DARK TRANQUILLITY and guitarist in DIMENSION ZERO) and at Fantom studios in Tempere, Finland, where the album is also currently being mixed by Samu Oittisen.”
LANDMINE MARATHON: “LANDMINE MARATHON are recording the follow-up to 2010’s “Sovereign Descent”. Once again, the band’s as-yet-untitled fourth CD is being tracked at guitarist Ryan Butler‘s Arcane Digital Recording Studios, where he’s recorded past efforts from the band, as well as those by MISERY INDEX, PHOBIA, THE FUNERAL PYRE and many more. LANDMINE MARATHON is about to enter the mixing stage and is aiming for a late fall release.”
LEVIATHAN: From the Profound Lore label — “We will be releasing the next full-length from the cursed U.S. black metal enigma LEVIATHAN in the late stages of the fall (if all goes accordingly to schedule). Recently the notorious Wrest has tracked the new album with Sanford Parker at Engine Studios in Chicago and will be laying down the final touches to this hateful, wretched piece of tormenting dismal black metal art soon enough. Beware…”
MACHINE HEAD: “San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD have set “Unto The Locust” as the title of their new album, due in late September via longtime label Roadrunner Records. The CD was recorded at JingleTown Studios in Oakland, with frontman Robb Flynn producing, and it is sure to level anything and everything that happens upon its path.”
METALLICA: “Producer Rick Rubin, who is also co-chairman of Columbia Records, tells Billboard.com in a new interview that METALLICA is “about to start writing” material for the follow-up to 2008’s “Death Magnetic” album, Rubin‘s first collaboration with the group. “I had a meeting with [METALLICA drummer] Lars [Ulrich] in San Francisco… to explore what the focus was going to be this time around,” Rick says.”
NIGHTRAGE: “Multi-national thrashers NIGHTRAGE have set “Insidious” as the title of their fifth album, due on September 27 (one day earlier internationally) via Lifeforce Records. The CD features guest appearances by Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND), Tomas S. Englund (EVERGREY), Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS), John K (BIOMECHANICAL) and the band’s former frontman Tomas Lindberg (also known for his work with AT THE GATES, THE CROWN and LOCK UP).”
PUSCIFER: “PUSCIFER, the project ringleader Maynard James Keenan describes as “‘Twin Peaks’ in the desert,” will release “Conditions Of My Parole” on October 18 via Puscifer Entertainment. “Man Overboard”, the first single from the album, will be available via iTunes and other digital service providers on July 19.”
RINGWORM: “Cleveland, Ohio hardcore heavyweights RINGWORM will release their fifth album, “Scars”, on July 19 via Victory Records. Twenty years after its 1991 birth, RINGWORM “rise above with the brutal new release to remind fans why they are the pioneering visionaries of the hardcore genre known as ‘crossover,'” according to a press release. ”
SKELETONWITCH: “Athens, Ohio’s SKELETONWITCH has set “Forever Abomination” as the title of its new record, due in the fall via Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to 2009’s “Breathing The Fire” is being recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Matt Hyde (SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, KREATOR).”
SOULDRAINER: “Swedish death metallers SOULDRAINER have inked a deal with ViciSolum Productions. The band’s second full-length album will be released in the fall. . . . SOULDRAINER previously decribed the new material as “beautiful, evil, slightly more aggressive and heavier” than that on “Reborn” (2007). The band added, “Prepare for an epic death/doom album so heavy it will blow your face off.'”
SPAWN OF POSSESSION: “Drummer Henrik “Morris” Schönström of Swedish technical death metallers SPAWN OF POSSESSION has entered Pama Studios in Kristianopel, Sweden with engineer Magnus “Mankan” Sedenberg to begin recording the band’s new album for a fall release via Relapse Records. The CD will contain nine tracks plus an instrumental intro.”
SPINEFARM ALLSTARS: “Finnish record label Spinefarm Records will celebrate its 20th anniversary by organizing a “summer camp” in July where members of various bands signed to the company — including those from SHINING, MOONSORROW, SWALLOW THE SUN, FINNTROLL, MEDEA and ENSIFERUM — will collaborate with each other in creating and recording new songs. The resulting album, tentatively titled “Spinefarm Allstars”, will be released before the end of the year.”
TESTAMENT: “San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans TESTAMENT have just entered the studio with British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, MACHINE HEAD) to begin recording their new album for a late 2011 release.”
YOB: “Doom metallers YOB will release their sixth album, “Atma”, on August 16 via Profound Lore Records. The follow-up to 2009’s “The Great Cessation” is described in a press release as “dirtier and sludgier than ever before.” The CD features guest appearances by NEUROSIS’ Scott Kelly on the tracks “Before We Dreamed Of Two Mastered” and “Adrift In The Ocean”.”
Two things really jumped out at me from this list:
1) New Aborted? NEW ABORTED!!! Then I was like…wait…what will this sound like? I personally liked Strychnine.213, but I’m curiously to hear everyone else’s opinions.
2) Amon? Really??? I’m not really sure what happened with the Hoffmann brothers and the rest of Deicide, but it seems odd that they’d go THAT FAR back. I mean, is there actual interest in this project? Why not start a new new band??? It seems awfully bizarre.
Okay, three things…I realize I’m probably the only one here interested in Dir en Grey, but I’m curious as to what their new album will sound like. They’ve gotten progressively heavier over the years, so I hold out some hope for them coming closer to the dark(er) side. Or something.
I just read on Wikipedia that Aborted pretty much swapped out their entire line-up (except for the vocalist) in 2009.
Does anyone know why??
Just general line-up issues really. As far as I’m aware.
Have you heard the “Coronary Reconstruction” EP they put out since? With Dirk (Soilwork/Scarve/Devin Townsend/a million other awesome bands) Verbeuren on drums and Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams) on guitar? It’s fucking vicious.
I haven’t — but I’m going to remedy that post haste!
I actually downloaded it just before reading your post. I haven’t gotten through it yet, but the samples
I heard DID sound quite a bit more vicious than Strychnine. Which is fan-squirrel-fucking-tastic.
Also: $2.99 on Amazon MP3??? HELLS YES!!
That price is right! Going there now . . .
I completely lost track of Aborted after “Goremageddon”, which was a monster album. How does their recent stuff stack up against it?
Off topic, but speaking of 4th of July, this is pretty damn funny: http://i.imgur.com/kOGYh.jpg
I laughed rather loudly!!
I just downloaded Aborted’s “Coronary Reconstruction” EP and couldn’t resist jumping immediately to their cover of Entombed’s “Left Hand Path”. I can’t imagine how anyone could improve on the original, and Aborted’s cover turns out to be very faithful to it . . . but it’s really fuckin sweet.
It’s actually my least favourite of their covers. Which I think goes to show the sheer strength of the material they have adapted for cover-age.
After “Goremageddon” I found “The Archaic Abattoir” to be their best. I love it and consider it an absolute death metal classic. ”
“Slaughter And Apparatus…” is out and out Carcass worship and all the better for it. “Strychnine has some good songs (and an awesome cover of “Slaughtered”) but is, imo, a bit limited by its weird melo-death influences which weaken the album as a whole.
On the new album Ken Bedene from Abigail Williams is doing the drums and I am fucking excited – he is a stunning drummer.
I laughed at the All Shall Perish condoms.
“Party Tech”… eurgh. Way to dumb down guys.
Plus that really fits well with your artwork and aesthetic… sigh. I guess it is all about the benjamins.
I’m pretty disappointed in what they’re doing with this album, too. “Dumbing down” about says it all. However, I’m keeping fingers crossed about the music. Any reactions to “Procession of Ashes”?
Just the descriptions on the different packages available are cringeworthy. Someone there needs to bitch slap the copy writer and/or webmaster.
“Sick shirt + Sick Digipak CD = you stoked. DO IT!”
“Sweet Poster of the hottest dudes in the universe signed by the hottest dudes in the universe… and a CD?! Yes… it’s true.”
Someone should also teach them that copypasta sucks. Especially when you paste the wrong information.
Oh hell, let’s do a trepanning instead! Might help.
It’s all just sick and sweet and hot, isn’t it? “For all the real mufukaz, an official ASP ‘party tech’ 34 oz. mug and shot glass, 5 ASP condoms, a shirt and the soundtrack to the most epic night of your life!” Trepanning is definitely the only answer for these mufukaz!
I have a list of 43 albums to get, that’s from last year and this year combined, I’m not even including the Dying Fetus reissues and all the amazing albums that I’ve missed in the past… that is including the albums I’m not sure if I’ll like though.
Also, does anyone know when the new Abominable Putridity and Vile are being released?
I’ve looked and haven’t found any reliable news about either album.
That sucks… regardless, thanks for looking Islander!