Saturday, January 29, 2011

CANNIBAL CORPSE To Enter Studio In September

Alex Webster updates fans: "We have no plans to tour in 2011. We are currently home in the Tampa Bay Area writing our next album, we'll record it in September so that will leave us with an early 2012 release. So, we'll probably wait to tour until the album is released."

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Nergal has been released from the hospital

On Monday 17-January the Behemoth guitarist was released from the Gdansk hospital where he underwent a bone marrow transplant procedure in order to treat his leukemia.

Here's his official statement...

"Hey! What's up! At last – one could say. After almost half a year of treatment in various hospitals, several cycles of chemotherapy, irradiation and a bone marrow transplant, I have been finally released home in a pretty fuckin' good condition. I'm feeling ok, taking the intensity of treatment under consideration. That was not an easy period of my life, but, as I envisioned, I left the hospital victorious. I never considered any other options, but anyway, there were rough moments too… At this point I must express my thanks to the people who made all of those downs fairly bearable. My parents – thank you. You deserve a monument for all your love and patience. Dorotka, thank you for your heroic attitude, love and support. I can't forget Doda's fans, who made a gigantic effort for me and other ill people. You rule! Absolutely fantastic Behemoth fans from all over the world were organizing various events to make people aware of what leukemia is. To all of you out there - my deepest respect! Thank you – the real heroes - Prof. Hellmann, Dr. Piekarska, Dr. Knopinska, Doc. Giebel, Prof. HoĊ‚owiecki and all the nurses of the hematology division of the Medical Academy in Gdansk and the Oncology Clinic in Gliwice for all the professionalism and great hearts. My band mates for all the friendship and never-ending support. All my friends for sticking to me throughout the whole period of my illness. The list is too long to mention you all, but remember, you have special place in my heart."
"Although the whole treatment went really good, as well as the bone marrow transplant and the post-transplant period, the next several months is the time when I must really take care of myself. Of course I will have plenty of time to recover, think about the strategy and my return to the stage – which approaches imminently (laughs). First of all however I must rebuild my physical condition… apart from that, I hunger for playing, I haven't been playing the guitar for a half of year now! Really much to catch up, but also a huge motivation and a desire to work again at the same time. This year will be a really important one for me and the band!"

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Arch Enemy - "Khaos Legions" is the new album title

Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY have set "Khaos Legions" as the title of their new album, due in May via Century Media Records. The CD is currently being recorded at Sweet Spot Studio in the south of Sweden with engineer Rickard Bengtsson (who produced 2005's "Doomsday Machine").

Commented ARCH ENEMY drummer Daniel Erlandsson: "We had a very inspiring and creative time writing this album. I think this is definitely evident when listening to the new songs. There's tons of variation in the material, ranging all the way from very melodic to extremely heavy. 

"As you can expect there's no shortage of killer riffs and intricate guitar work; the Amott brothers [Michael and Chris] have come up with some very cool yet demanding ideas! 

"This album has some of the fastest songs I've ever recorded, along with a bunch of heavy pounding mid-tempo songs. 

"As always, it's difficult to describe music in words, but rest assured — this album will be one heavy fucker!"

(source: Blabbermouth)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Focus on Metal Top 10 of 2010

  After a great year of metal releases, the team at Focus on Metal had to break down and finalize what they considered the best of 2010.  All picks were in no particular order.  Enjoy!

Dario Sycco's picks:

Polarity Misled By Certainty Blood of the Nations Marrow of the Spirit

Monolith Slaughtered Mechanize Ominous

As Yggdrasil Trembles

Decrepid Birth - "Polarity"
Cephalic Carnage - "Misled by Certainty"
Accept - "Blood of the Nations"
Agalloch - "Marrow of the Spirit"
In Mourning - "Monolith"
Severe Torture - "Slaughtered"
Fear Factory - "Mechanize"
The Wretched End - "Ominious"
Unleashed - "As Yggdrasil Trembles"
Multichaos - "Fear Consumption"

John from Iron City Rocks picks:

Blood of the Nations Women And Children Last Infestation Lawless Darkness
The Obsidian Conspiracy [Digipak] [Bonus Track] The Final Frontier Black Swans & Wormhole Wizards Where the Other Wild Things Are
Made of Metal Relentless
Accept - Blood Of Nations
Muderdolls - Women and Children Last
Ratt - Infestation
Watain - Lawless Darkness
Nevermore - Obsidian Conspiracy
Iron Maiden - Final Frontier
Joe Satriani - Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards
Steve Vai - Where The Other Wild Things Are
Halford - Made Of Metal
Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Relentless

Mandy Delamuerte's picks:

Marrow of the Spirit Misled By Certainty Streams Inwards Polarity
Slaughtered Addicts: Black Meddle Pt II Quantum Catastrophe Circle The Wagons
Majesty & Decay Monolith

Agalloch, Marrow of the Spirit
Cephalic Carnage, Misled by Certainty
Mars De Grises, Streams Inwards
Decrepit Birth, Polarity
Severe Torture, Slaughtered
Nachtmystium, Addicts: Black Meddle, Part t2
Brain Drill, Quantum Catastrophe
Darkthrone, circle the wagons
Immolation, majesty & decay
In Mourning, Monolith

Scott Thompson's Picks:

Blood of the Nations Relentless Retribution La Raza Lord of the Wasteland
The Call Of The Flames Days of Defiance Made of Metal Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell- Live at Wacken
A Star-Crossed Wasteland Still at War
Accept - Blood Of The Nations
Death Angel - Relentless Retribution
Armored Saint - La Raza
Steelwing - Lord Of The Wasteland
Shredding The Envelope - Call Of The Flames
Firewind -  Days Of Defiance
Halford - Made Of Metal
Heaven & Hell - Neon Nights Live at Wacken
In This Moment - A Star Crossed Wasteland
Tank - Still At War

Blogger Jimmy's picks:

Annihilator Witchkrieg Omega Wave World On Fire
Relentless Retribution Polarity Daath [+Digital Booklet] At The Edge Of Time (Dlx Ed./2 CD Set)
Days of Defiance Black Swans & Wormhole Wizards

Forbidden-Omega Wave
Sacred Oath-World on Fire
Death Angel-Relentless Retribution
Decrepit Birth-Polarity
Blind Guardian-At the Edge of Time
Firewind-Days of Defiance
Joe Satriani-Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards