Serious Black Working On New Album, Announces Tour Dates

After tours with HammerFall and Gamma Ray in 2015 and the release of debut album “As Daylight Breaks” (which saw the band nominated in our “best newcomer” category at the end of the year) melodic metal group Serious Black is busy working on songs for an upcoming sophomore album.

The band now also has unveiled the dates for an impending first headlining tour (support acts will be Sinbreed and Messerschmitt). Full details are available below.

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Witherscape Recording Second Album

Witherscape – the duo of Dan Swano and Ragnar Widerberg – is now working on a sophomore studio album. The band’s debut “The Inheritance” netted Witherscape our best newcomer of 2013 award and you can read our review of the album right here.

Witherscape just issued this update about the new album’s recording process via Facebook: “Yo!! The vocal recordings for the 2nd Witherscape album are going super! Almost all of the ‘not growled’ vocals are done.

“The combo of Shure SM7B and Universal Audio 6176 is just insane. It’s really inspiring to sing with a ‘mix ready’ sound for a change. Gotta go now, have some Slowdive drum sounds to nail.”

Stay tuned for full details as they become available. To tide fans over between releases, Witherscape also released an in-between EP titled “The New Tomorrow” back in December of 2014.

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Noveria Starts Pre-Production On New Album

Italy’s Noveria has issued the following brief announcement about starting work on an upcoming sophomore album:

“Hello Metallers! We’re glad to announce the begin of the pre-production of new killer material… we’ve been working non stop for 2 days with our drummer Omar Campitelli building up new grooves and atmospheres!

“More news coming in the next days! In the meantime we wish you all a great New Year’s eve! Rock On!”

Noveria’s debut full-length “Risen” album (reviewed here) earned the band our “best newcomer of 2014” award.

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Witherscape Streaming “The New Tomorrow” Title Track

Witherscape’s “The New Tomorrow” EP is due out via Century Media Records on December 9th, 2014. The title track can be heard below.

Succeeding last year’s debut album “The Inheritance” (which saw the band earn the “best newcomer” award in our year-end voting), the new EP marks a conceptual and musical bridge between the thick concept of the debut and an upcoming sophomore album, expected for a late 2015 release. The EP’s track listing is:

1. The New Tomorrow (4:42)
2. Defenders Of Creation (4:27)
3. A World Without Heroes (2:36)
4. Out In The Cold (6:35)
5. Dead For Another Day (4:40)

“The New Tomorrow” contains 5 unreleased songs: A brand new (title) track, 3 cover songs (“Defenders Of Creation” by Warrior, “A World Without Heroes” by Kiss and “Out In The Cold” by Judas Priest) and “Dead For Another Day” (an extension of the debut album’s “Dead For A Day” single).

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