Akurion Recording Debut Album

Montreal-based Akurion has begun recording a long-awaited debut album. Vocalist Mike DiSalvo (ex-Cryptopsy) had this to say about the recording process:

“All the base tracks from the four of us are gonna be recorded live with only some overdubs added after the fact. We wanted a real earthy and deep sound from the inception of this project and we feel that jamming the tunes live in our room together, we will be able to capture the best feel and performance of these songs.”

The band entered the studio on April 14th with Alex Hebert (Ages, Empire De Mu). The album will be mixed by John Strieder of Magma Studios and will feature the great metal voices of Lord Worm (ex-Cryptopsy), Luc Lemay (Gorguts), and Jean-Marie Leblanc (Vengeful) as guest appearances.

Look for the upcoming new album to be released by the end of the year. Akurion’s base lineup consists of:

Mike DiSalvo – Vocals (Coma Cluster Void/Fireside Sessions/ex-Cryptopsy/ex-Infestation)
Rob Milley – Guitars (Neuraxis/Phobocosm(live)/Fireside Sessions/Torn Within)
Oli Pinard – Bass (Cryptopsy/Neuraxis/Vengeful)
Tommy McKinnon – Drums (Conflux/Ages/Empire De Mu/ex-Neuraxis/ex-Augury)

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Vengeful Parts Ways With Vocalist Marc-André Grenier

Canada’s Vengeful has issued the following announcement about recording new material and splitting with the band’s vocalist:

“Hello supporters! We finally comeback with news about things to come. Guitar tracking has begun for our next release. Yes we are already in the studio to bring you more death metal. For those of you that pay attention to detail, we announced several times in some of our previous updates that we recorded 22 songs during the drum sessions for Vengeful.

“The album features 12 of those tracks and we released 2 cover songs. The remaining 8 songs are comprised of the re-recording of our first album in its entirety and a medley of our 3 song-demo. So what you’ll get are more brutal and better sounding versions all the songs from Karma and Tragedy Lies Ahead.

“Those recordings will unfortunately serve as our last outings with Vengeful’s original vocalist Marc-André Grenier who decided to leave the band to focus on his career and other personal projects. Even though the remaining members of the band are disappointed by his departure, we remain in good terms. The vocalist position his now handled by Emmanuel Pronovost who’s been playing the guitar with Vengeful since 2008. His guitarist slot is now occupied by Phil Tougas (First Fragment, Chthe’ilist). This new configuration of Vengeful is featured on our rendition of Morbid Angel’s Blood on my hands.

“There is no release date for the Karma-TLA re-recordings but 2013 sounds about right. We’ll keep you posted on that front….. In the meantime we’re going to get back on stage to play our latest album and introduce this new lineup around our area.

“Musical suggestions: Krisiun – The Great Execution, Psycrotic – The Inherited Repression, Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol and Lamb of God’s Resolution. Eternal Gray, Nader Sadek …..a little late on those two. Looking foward to the new Down EP, Kill Devil Hill’s debut and Gojira’s new album.”

Marc-Andre commented on leaving the band: “After a seven years journey, I have decided to quit Vengeful. For a while and for many reasons, my motivation had decline. A change of career and the realisation of many personal projects pushed me to take that decision.

“I am extremely proud of everything that we have accomplished with Vengeful and with our third release, I consider that my mission is completed.

“I’d like to thank Jean-Marie for his trust in me and for creating such a musical masterpiece. I also want to thank all the former and present members for putting their guts in the this project. Thanks to everyone that supported us throughout the years. Many unforgettable moments will remain in my memory forever.

“I wish the best of luck to the band and the new line-up in the future. Cheers!!”

Vengeful 2012 is:

Vocals: Emmanuel Pronovost
Guitar: Jean-Marie Leblanc
Guitar: Phil Tougas
Bass: Olivier Pinard
Drums: Philip Truesdell

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