Parkway Drive Tweet Pics From New Album Sessions

Back in May 2017 (!) Parkway Drive announced that they were about 70% done recording their new effort. Past Friday (February 09th, 2018) the outfit shared the below series of photos via Twitter from the studio sessions. The new album is expected to arrive in stores later this year.

Working on album number 6 pic.twitter.com/Z5TA804y3d

— Parkway Drive (@parkwayofficial) February 9, 2018

Parkway Drive will be back in North America in spring for this headlining tour:

04/26 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
04/27 Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville
04/28 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
04/29 Memphis, TN – New Daisy
05/01 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
05/02 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
05/03 Norfolk, VA – NorVa
05/04 Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion
05/06 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore
05/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
05/09 Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
05/10 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
05/11 Peoria, IL – TBA
05/12 Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion

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Varaha Gives Studio Update, Completes Drums on Debut Full-Length Album

Chicago-based atmospheric metal band Varaha is currently recording their first full length album and has provided the following update from the studio:

Cat’s out the bag. Drums are completed for the first full length Varaha album. Everything is sounding great so far. A big thank you to David Swanson for killing it behind the kit this weekend, and to Adam K. Stilson for capturing the sounds at Decade Music Studios… More announcements coming soon, more to come.

The band previously released a self-titled EP, which you can hear here.

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Graven To Release New EP “Heirs Of Discord” In 2018

Extreme metal outfit Graven – formed in the ashes of Swarm Of The Lotus – makes its destructive return, ending a four-year hiatus with the construction of a new EP titled Heirs Of Discord for release in 2018.

With its members currently located in Arizona, Maryland, New Jersey, and Florida, Graven initiated the recording sessions for Heirs Of Discordlast week, having traveled from their various current residences around the country to lay down tracks at Pristine Audio And Video in St. Petersburg, Florida with engineer Dee Blume, who will also mix and master the record. Teddy Patterson (Burnt By The Sun, Human Remains, Gridlink) has joined the lineup, and in addition, original Human Remains guitarist Stephen Procopio will appear on a cover of “Human” from Human Remains’ ageless Using Sickness As A Hero.

Issued Graven from the studio, “The time has come to officially announce what we’ve been working on for a while. Talks started earlier this year about reuniting to get this done and it hasn’t been easy, as all of us live in a different part of the country now. Pre-production has been lengthy, involving passing demos back and forth via email, until we felt confident we were ready. Our longtime friend Teddy Patterson (Burnt By The Sun, Human Remains, Gridlink) will be joining us for the album and lending his talent in the bass department. His tracking will be done at Backroom Studios with engineer Kevin Antreassian of The Dillinger Escape Plan. We are beyond stoked on everything and after a four-year hiatus, we are happy to be back and making music again!”

Following the disbanding of Swarm Of The Lotus in 2010, three of its members established Graven , reworking the lineup and moving forward with a more extreme approach, bridging the crushing sludge/metallic hardcore explosiveness of the former act with more guttural death, grind, and doom devastation. Graven began to play live in various lineup incarnations in 2011, and self-released their first EP, The Filth Will Cleanse, in November 2012. They recorded two songs for a three-way split release with Burn Everything and Reckoner for Dullest Records which was released in May of 2014, however Graven went on hiatus in late 2013, leaving at least five songs on the table which were never recorded. Some of this material has been resurrected and reworked, and will finally see the light of day as part of Heirs Of Discord.

The Heirs Of Discord sessions will continue at various studios over the next several months, completed with artwork by Unexpected Specter, and released digitally and on vinyl sometime mid-2018, with select live appearances also being scouted out for late next year, following the release.

Heirs Of Discord Track Listing:
1. I Dreamt You Were Dead
2. To Ravage And Absolve
3. A Failed Mask
4. Thieves Of Rotted Ilk
5. Backwards To Oblivion
6. Human (Human Remains cover)

Graven:
Peter Maturi – guitars/vocals
Chris Csar – drums
Jason Borowy – vocals
Teddy Patterson – bass

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New Album “Ending Life Slowly” Revealed By Autumns Eyes

At the crossroad between a hallowed holiday and the cusp of a dead cold winter is where you’ll find Autumns Eyes mastermind Daniel Mitchell. After many seasons of seclusion and intermittently hitting the studio, the recording process has finally wrapped up for the new album titled “Ending Life Slowly.”

Mitchell is no stranger to the darker side of creativity, and crafts music free of constraints or label interference. “Ending Life Slowly” strikes a balance between somber reflections on mortality and full-force screaming metal, with cover art to reflect the album’s dreary nature crafted by Indonesian artist Sorrow Grips (Gojira).

Due out on October 31st, “Ending Life Slowly” serves as the first full-length album from Autumns Eyes since the 2012 release of “Please Deceive Me.” Halloween and the death of Fall is a perfect time to be reminded that sometimes life ends far too slowly.

Mitchell had this to say about the impending album release: “Living in New England has always made it easy to draw from the month of October for creative inspiration, with life breathing its flaming colors into all the surrounding trees. Unfortunately, these themes can only be revisited every so often before it becomes repetitive. That’s why I reached into the month of November for inspiration. A time when Fall is still thriving, but where color has faded and the trees are bare as skeletons.

“While a walk through the woods here in October can be a relaxing activity, doing the same in November carries an overwhelming sense of dread. You’re surrounded by death, and the trees no longer sway and breathe with the air. They’re cold, stiff, bare, and knock together like bones breaking in the sky.

“This atmosphere is what fueled the writing process for ‘Ending Life Slowly,’ with death and decay surrounding every element of each track. It’s a cliche topic to write about in heavy metal music, but my approach here was focused more on the immense weight death can hold over one’s shoulders. To sit an truly contemplate what it means for all things to come to an end was a sobering experience to say the least.

“I always look at music as sonic therapy, but this was the one time where music couldn’t offer any kind of solace. It just reminded me that life can either go by too fast, or it can end too slowly.”

Check out the album’s artwork and track listing below, along with a video update from the studio released earlier this summer:

1. Death of October
2. Break the Skin
3. Your Last Day
4. Moments Into Memories
5. The Honest Liars
6. Couldn’t Hold On
7. Far Away From Fading
8. Internal Arson
9. Open Your Eyes, Not Your Wrists
10. Under the Skin of the Sun

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Studio Report Posted By Mechanical God Creation

Italian death metal combo Mechanical God Creation is currently at Alpha Omega Studio recording the third studio album!

Commented the band: “We heil you from the studio, recording our third album. For now all the drum tracks and rhythmic guitars are done, currently we’re finishing bass tracks and vocals. We are so excited to show our new work to the whole world, so stay tuned! m/”

Also available is a short video clip of vocal recordings with Lucy, the band’s frontlady, which you can check out right here:

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New Album Recordings To Commence This Weekend By Mechanical God Creation

Italian tech death metal act Mechanical God Creation is set to enter the studio on Saturday, June 10th, to begin recording the third studio album and follow up to 2013’s “Artifact of Annihilation.”

Frontwoman Lucy Catananti commented: “Finally we can announce that this Saturday we will enter the studio and start to record guitar tracks. We worked so hard to complete it and now we are so excited to show our new work to the whole world. Please stay tuned because we will update you soon m/”

Just recently the band announced they play Garasje Festival in Norway, as special guest, set to take place on July 1st.

Stay tuned for more information from the studio.

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Wolvhammer Enters The Recording Studio

Directly following a North American trek with Shining and Revenge, Wolvhammer has entered New Constellation Studio in Orlando, Florida and is currently immersed in the recording of the band’s fourth LP, which will be released later this year.

Issues Wolvhammer’s Adam Clemans from the studio, “We just finished a three-week tour across the country with Revenge and Shining. Sharing the stage with those bands was a very visceral and enjoyable experience for us. We have all been supportive of both bands for some time, so we were very pleased to be able to join forces with them for a tour.

“Currently we are in Orlando, Florida recording our fourth LP with Jarrett Pritchard at New Constellation Studio and we couldn’t be more stoked. Jarrett is a talented guy who understands our sound and our vision and I truly and firmly believe that this record will be our strongest and most venomous yet. Without giving away too much, the new record has a bit of a throwback vibe to the more punk based sound and roots that originally birthed the band. But we are still expanding our sound and influences simultaneously as we are all very much into goth and deathrock bands.”

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Alkaloid Issues New Album Update

The follow-up to Alkaloid’s 2015 smash hit “The Malkuth Grimoire” (reviewed here) is now being recorded, with Hannes Grossmann issuing this update via Facebook:

“I’d like to do something unorthodox here. The clip below is a rough mix taken from the studio today and features a short sequence of the new Alkaloid album, which is going to be released on Season of Mist in early 2018.

“There is slight compression on the drums for raising the overall volume and the kick trigger added is for monitoring purposes (I don’t use it for the album mix). Other than that this is how my drum set sounds for real, completely dry. I really really like it. The clip is taken from a 19-minute song which will be on the new album.

“It is the most extreme section, most other parts on the album will be a lot more melodic than this. Recorded at Mordor Sond Studio.”

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Alkaloid Issues New Album Update

The follow-up to Alkaloid’s 2015 smash hit “The Malkuth Grimoire” (reviewed here) is now being recorded, with Hannes Grossmann issuing this update via Facebook:

“I’d like to do something unorthodox here. The clip below is a rough mix taken from the studio today and features a short sequence of the new Alkaloid album, which is going to be released on Season of Mist in early 2018.

“There is slight compression on the drums for raising the overall volume and the kick trigger added is for monitoring purposes (I don’t use it for the album mix). Other than that this is how my drum set sounds for real, completely dry. I really really like it. The clip is taken from a 19-minute song which will be on the new album.

“It is the most extreme section, most other parts on the album will be a lot more melodic than this. Recorded at Mordor Sond Studio.”

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Alkaloid Issues New Album Update

The follow-up to Alkaloid’s 2015 smash hit “The Malkuth Grimoire” (reviewed here) is now being recorded, with Hannes Grossmann issuing this update via Facebook:

“I’d like to do something unorthodox here. The clip below is a rough mix taken from the studio today and features a short sequence of the new Alkaloid album, which is going to be released on Season of Mist in early 2018.

“There is slight compression on the drums for raising the overall volume and the kick trigger added is for monitoring purposes (I don’t use it for the album mix). Other than that this is how my drum set sounds for real, completely dry. I really really like it. The clip is taken from a 19-minute song which will be on the new album.

“It is the most extreme section, most other parts on the album will be a lot more melodic than this. Recorded at Mordor Sond Studio.”

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