Monument Of Misanthropy Teasing New Material From Upcoming New EP “Capital Punisher”

Back home from a very successful 3-weeks UK & European Tour 2017 with Vader and Immolation, Austrian/French brutal death metal maniacs of Monument Of Misanthropy did not waste any time and are currently putting the final touches to their upcoming new EP titled “Capital Punisher”. The band’s frontman George “Misanthrope” Wilfinger has recently shared some footage from his vocals recordings, which took place at Norbert Leitner’s studio in Vienna, Austria.

Check it out below:

French drum-wizard Romain Goulon (Necrophagist, Benighted) will be again providing studio-drums. The album’s cover artwork was again created by Remy Cuveillier of Headsplit Design, Paris, France.

“Capital Punisher” will contain the following new tracks:

– “Capital Punisher”
– “Killing Spree”
– “At Death’s Door”
– “Pull The Plug” (Death cover)

+ one new secret track

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Cliteater Looks Back At 2016 With Year End Recap

Dutch grind outfit Cliteater is looking back on a phenomenal 2016 by issuing this end-of-year recap for fans:

“Where to start…2016 was one of the best years of Cliteater since we started back in 2002. First of all our album ‘From Enslavement to Clitoration’ was released in March. We did a very successful Europe tour with Waco Jesus, A Threat to the Enemy, Krotchripper, Verderver and Monkeysoop. Best times ever.

“Also we did a Dutch clubs how tour with our friends of Legion of the Damned and Sisters of Suffocation. We did some very nice summer festivals like Summer Breeze, Metal Frenzy, etc. and last but not least we had lots of fun with the people we met on the road. We wanna thank everyone who made this year great for us and thank you for the support!!!!! Next year we have a lot a new plans so keep an eye on this site.

“Cliteater wishes you all the best for 2017 and looking forward to see you all back next year!!!”

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Sabaton’s Joakim Brodén Voted 5th Place In Czech Singing Competition

Joakim Brodén, front man of Sabaton, was voted fifth in the Czech national singing competition “Ceský slavík” on November 26th. Nuclear Blast comments on the event:

“This came as a huge surprise to the Czech domestic music scene, as well as it became a source of satisfaction for Czech metalheads as Sabaton is hugely popular in the Czech Republic. Brodén got 9826 points, trailing by roughly 2,000 to a fourth place.

“Brodén, whose mother is natural born Czech and later emigrated to Sweden during communist era, has two passports both Swedish and Czech. His popularity stems not only from being a frontman of a very successful metal act, but also, of course from his cool and friendly onstage behavior. Therefore, he was able to qualify into the top 6 final in the singer’s category, pushing aside big names of the Czech music scene.”

Brodén’s fifth place is sort of a miracle of its own, pointing to metal becoming part of mainstream culture and loyalty and dedication of metalheads!

Joakim made a video to thank his Czech fans. You can watch it here (in English):

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Angra Premieres New Music Video For “Black Hearted Soul”

Brazilian progressive / power metal act Angra released a new music video for the track “Black Hearted Soul”, taken from the band’s new album “Secret Garden” which was released on January 16th via earMUSIC. The CD was pre-produced by Roy Z (Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson, Halford) and recorded and produced in Sweden by Jens Bogren (Kreator, Arch Enemy, Opeth).

Check out now “Black Hearted Soul” below.

Explains the band:

“The music video was directed by Drico Mello, who was also responsible for the “Angels Cry 20th Anniversary DVD and the music video for “Final Light”. The video was entirely made with scenes taken in May 2015 during a very successful Japan tour and captures all the love and our affection for the Japanese culture as well as the devotion and excitement of the Japanese fans for their Brazilian idols.”

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The Tourniquet Ark Launches Crowd Funding Campaign For New Album

The Tourniquet Ark – a project from Tourniquet’s Ted Kirkpatrick – has launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowd fund a new album.

You can check out full details on the campaign, including available perks for backers, at this location. The Tourniquet Ark also issued this statement:

“My name is Ted Kirkpatrick. I am the drummer and main songwriter in the band Tourniquet. I love animals and I despise animal abuse. I have been so blessed by all of you who have joined me at The Tourniquet Ark – where animal welfare meets Tourniquet – thank you! We have had some great comments and discussions here. I’m asking you now to take a new step and join me in making a cool – and I believe, worthwhile album. If my goal is reached, I promise to get this album in as many hands and to as many ears as possible.

“After a very successful Tourniquet Kickstarter campaign in early 2011 (thank you Tourniquet fans) I hopefully have a good idea of some really cool rewards to give out. I hope you’ll agree there is some great rewards on this one!

“If funded, the money will go for studio time, production costs, mixing, guest musicians (should be cool), artwork, merchandise, advertising, manufacturing – wow – I may be missing a thing or three, but you get the idea!

“Your pledge will allow us to make this possible together: – to encourage people to develop a ‘compassion for creation,’ connecting it to their daily lives. I believe this is the perfect time to do an album for musicians, fans, and anyone else who is willing to look at the plight of animals. The momentum has never been stronger and it’s not going away. American journalist and two time Pulitzer prize winner Nicholas Kristof speaks about animal protection as a critical moral question in today’s society. ‘Society will indeed look back on this time and wonder how humanity could have been so callous and cruel in its treatment of innocent and vulnerable creatures.’ I think he’s right. Thank you all.”

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Vanden Plas To Release New Album In 2014

Germany’s Vanden Plas has checked in with the following update about releasing a follow-up to latest album “The Seraphic Clockwork:”

“First of all – sorry for the long time without some V.P. news – after we finally finished the new album (release January ’14) Andy played – berger in ‘hair’ – in 21 sold out shows 42.000 people were watching in Augsburg a very unique stageplay on one of the most beautiful outdoor stages in Europe.

“During this time the rest of the band were playing very successful ‘aida’ in Kaiserslautern. And now – we slowly want to work off all the news for you. Be prepared for many many upcoming Vanden Plas facts during the next months. All the best to all our friends out there – and we hope you had a very great summer!”

You can also watch the band’s music video for “Hole in the Sky” off “The Seraphic Clockwork” at this location.

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Koldbrann Recruits Fill-In Drummer Kjetil Hektoen

Koldbrann has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a fill-in drummer for upcoming tour dates:

“Kjetil Hektoen, known from Enthral, Sjodogg, and Crest of Darkness, will be filling in for drummer Folkedal on Koldbrann’s Norwegian onslaught with Blood Tsunami in May.

“Folkedal is currently suffering from a leg injury but is expected to return in time for Hellfest Open Air Festival, France, in June.

“Rehearsals with Kjetil Hektoen have been very successful and Koldbrann is ready to strike with full force!”

May 22 – Buddy Scene, Drammen
May 23 – John Dee, Oslo
May 24 – Garage, Bergen
May 25 – Jimmy Legs, Haugesund

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New Live Album/DVD From Iced Earth On The Way, New LP Fall Of 2013

Iced Earth mainman Jon Schaffer posted a statement on Iced Earth’s Facebook Page about the band’s upcoming DVD/Live Album “Live In Ancient Kourion.” The video was filmed in Cyprus at the tail end of the last three month leg of the “Dystopia World Tour.” The band is also targeting the fall of 2013 for a new studio release.

The full statement reads as follows:

“Hello Iced Earthlings!

“I just wanted to write and say thanks for all the support on the last 3 month stretch of the Dystopia World Tour! Finishing that leg of the tour in Cyprus was the perfect ending to a very successful run.

“Now we are enjoying some much earned down time with friends and families. In a few weeks we will begin editing/mixing/mastering ICED EARTH “Live in Ancient Kourion.” Yes, it will be on Blue Ray, DVD, CD, and maybe even a special vinyl release of the audio version… we will see what kind of special packaging emerges, but it will be killer, you can count on that!

“I’m super proud of the guys in the band and our crew for giving their best efforts and making this very challenging gig a reality and a huge success.

“2013 will see another round of important touring, the first official headline show DVD release, and a new studio album later in the fall.

“Exciting times are upon us, the band is on fire, and on the attack!

“Europe, see you in December!

“Take care, Jon Schaffer”

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Gwydion In The Studio Recording Third Album

Portugese metal act Gwydion has checked in with the following announcement about entering the studio and record a new album:

“Cheers my friends! It has been a while since you got news from our camp! First of all we are overwhelmed by the huge success of our latest release Horn Triskelion, and we raise our horns to all of you Beerzerkers that made this a very successful album.

“Meanwhile, after 4 years of a great relation, we decided to stop working together with our label Trollzorn. But we will never forget who gave us a hand when we were a completely unknown band in Europe. It has been a great pleasure to work with such honorable people that always stood aside us in the best and worst times, but like everything in life there is a time when we feel the need to change and we all think that this time has come. We wish Trollzorn all the best and please keep up your astonishing work as a folk/pagan label!

“But the best news of all, Gwydion has entered ‘The Pentagon’ studio last week to record our 3rd album with our producer Fernando Matias and so far everything is rockin´ as it should be! You think Horn Triskelion was good..? Well then arm yourself, and get ready for war! Prepare yourself for the most intense and majestic epic folk metal album! Horns up!”

You can also find further details on Gwydion by heading over to the band’s official Facebook profile.

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