Chuck Billy Talks About New LP "The Dark Roots Of Earth"

Lithium Magazine conducted a recent interview with vocalist Chuck Billy about the upcoming Testament LP “The Dark Roots of Earth.” When asked about the record, Billy stated: “We’re actually in the studio recording, we came out just [to play at the Heavy T.O. festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada] and then we’re going right back Monday to finish. Right now we’re at the point where all the drums are done and all the rhythm guitars are done. Next week we’re going to start bass, vocals and lead guitar.”

Billy went on to say that the album will contain ten songs. When asked about what can be expected, Billy said “[w]ith this one we kind of wrote, I wouldn’t say a ballad, but something a little slower; we’ve got one of those on this record. Eric’s [Peterson, guitar] always written some really strong ballads for the band, or whatever you want to call them. There’s some other stuff, there’s definitely some songs that are the fastest we’ve ever played, there’s some mid-tempo, there’s a little bit of everything on there. It’s definitely Testament, but we never try to do the same record twice. There are some good hooks on it.”

Billy also commented on the writing process on the new LP, stating “[t]his year Alex came in and worked with Eric for weeks all day, all night arranging, contributing parts and he’s on a lot more on this record. I think Eric felt like he was writing “The New Order” record, because Alex is really good at taking what Eric’s doing and interpreting it to what he does, too. It seemed to work. It’s going to be a good record and it’s going to be a different record.”

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Demon Hunter Working On New Album

American heavy metal outfit Demon Hunter has announced that they have begun working on material for their next studio album, which they also confirmed will be produced by Aaron Sprinkle. The record will be released through Solid State, with whom the group have re-signed with. Speaking on the new deal and forthcoming album, frontman Ryan Clark stated:

“Solid State has always been an important part of Demon Hunter. They helped market the band before we’d even started writing our first record and they continue to push the band further with each new album. From the very beginning, Solid State has allowed Demon Hunter to do things our own unique way and they’ve become a vital part of the band’s existence. Re-signing was a no-brainer for us.

“We’re knee-deep in the writing process and the songs are sounding as intense as ever. We’ve always made an effort to stay true to our sound, but we like to push the boundaries of that blueprint with each release. These new songs have a lot of varying influences: from Viking metal to classic thrash; grooving 90’s rock to stompy hardcore. Our goal, as it is with each record, is to blend these influences into one cohesive but unique Demon Hunter album.”

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Gloria Morti Writing Songs For New Album

Finland’s Gloria Morti has checked in with the following update about writing new material for an upcoming album:

“The writing of the next Gloria Morti album has begun. We are currently keeping ourselves off the stages and concentrating fully on the writing process. Three songs have already been finished and more ideas are being made to flesh slowly but steadily.

“We are confident that we will be able to keep up the steady pace of writing and it won’t take too long until we hit the studio for pre production.

“The current direction of the next album seems to be diverse yet aggressive. We are in this to make the best album you have heard from us, and not only that, we are shooting for an album that will take the band to the next level. We’ll inform you about the progress.”

Additional details on Gloria Morti are available by navigating over to the band’s MySpace page.

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All Shall Perish Comments On New Album "This Is Where It Ends" In Video Blog

Northern California act All Shall Perish has posted a new video blog on YouTube, focusing on the creation of the forthcoming album “This is Where it Ends.” Check out the clip below for commentary on the meaning behind the album’s title, the writing process, lyrical content, and more.

“(This is Where it Ends) is honestly our best material that we’ve ever put out,” states bassist, Mike Tiner.

“We truly put our heart and souls into it, and I feel like everybody was on the same page this time around,” adds vocalist, Eddie Hermida.

“This is Where it Ends,” All Shall Perish’s fourth studio album, is slated to hit stores July 26th via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Footage Of Periphery Performing New Song "Face Palm Mute" Posted Online

New fan-filmed footage has made its way online featuring American progressive metal act Periphery performing a new song live. The track, which is titled “Face Palm Mute,” is to be featured on the group’s forthcoming full-length album which is currently in the writing process. You can check out the footage in the player below.

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Wolves In The Throne Room Reveals New Album Title As "Celestial Lineage"

After devoting the late Winter season to writing and recording, Wolves in the Throne Room is now in the final stages of completing a fourth full-length opus.

For over six months the Weaver brothers, Aaron and Nathan, have been immersed in the painstaking writing and recording process of their newest album, and this week the process is nearly complete, at press time the album in its final mixing stages. The Wolves in the Throne Room clan has confirmed the title of this forthcoming astral black metal document as “Celestial Lineage.”

Stated WITTR drummer Aaron Weaver of the writing process for the album: “An ornate constellation of imagery is what that guides the songwriting process. Cedar temples crowned with burnished bronze domes glimpsed in a remote valley. Wild Midsummer bonfires and feasting on roasted flesh. All of the sounds serve to evoke the images that exist in our minds eye. With this record we’re going to explore an entirely new palette of sound. We want the instruments to sound like the liturgical music of a cedar cult.”

Besides closing out a trilogy within Wolves in the Throne Room’s own annals, “Celestial Lineage” also marks the final release to ever be recorded in engineering wizard Randall Dunn’s Aleph Studio, the birthplace of a plethora of groundbreaking releases from Earth, Sunn O))), Boris, Cave Singers, Bjork/Omar Souleyman and countless more over the past decade, as well as where the immense tones and energy on WITTR’s lauded “Two Hunters” and “Black Cascade” albums were captured.

In support of the album, Wolves in the Throne Room will commence worldwide touring this September, kicking off in the Americas, and eventually engulfing many other regions of the planet through 2012. Stay tuned for final album details and tour dates to be unearthed in the weeks ahead.

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Arch/Matheos Announces Debut Album Title As "Sympathetic Resonance"

As was previously announced, Jim Matheos (current member of the progressive rock powerhouse Fates Warning and OSI) and John Arch (former vocalist of Fates Warning) have teamed up to form the new progressive rock band, Arch/Matheos The band – accompanied by Joey Vera on bass, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar – began tracking the drums on January 12th and continued to record through mid February with Jim Matheos producing.

Arch/Matheos has now announced “Sympathetic Resonance” as the title of the band’s debut album, which will be released September 13th, 2011 in North America.

Jim Matheos offered his insight on the writing and recording process of Sympathetic Resonance: “I think John and I work really well together. There’s a lot of mutual respect and trust in what we do. But, we’re also both very critical of ourselves, and each other. This can make for a long and, sometimes, tedious process. But ultimately it’s one I enjoy because I think it brings out the best in both of us.”

John Arch added: “When I first heard some of the arrangements Jim had written and recorded, it took quite some time before I could wrap my mind around the odd time signatures and guitar work going on here. There are some long compositions, so putting anxiety and apprehension on the back burner it was time to dissect these numbers into digestible bits. After the lengthy process of lyrics and melodies, listening to the songs now, I can’t imagine them any other way.”

In terms of the lyrical content on Sympathetic Resonance, John Arch notes that, “the lyrics this time around are more in line with A Twist of Fate and not of the mystical nature of some past albums.”

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Hatesphere Announces New Bassist As Jimmy Nedergaard

Hatesphere, which will be entering the recording studio in June, has now announced the band’s new bass player is Jimmy Nedergaard (Gob Squad). The band is currently working on a seventh album scheduled to be released through Napalm Records in September.

Jimmy Nedergaard commented on joining the band, “I’ve been a fan of HateSphere for a long time, so of course I had to audition. Both their music and the energy they put in their work appeals to me, and our future plans for HateSphere are the same, so it seems obvious to me, to work and play with these guys.”

The band also added, “Finding a new bass player showed not to be as easy, as we had hoped but our patience luckily paid off. Being a metal head but coming from a punk rock background, Jimmy fits our profile perfectly. He knows what he is going into, he shares our visions with the band, he has tried something different than metal but still has it deep in his heart, and last but not least he’s a great guy. Fitting in personally means a lot to us, so Jimmy’s age and experience has made him the perfect choice. We have already played our first live show with him, partied with him and involved him in the writing process of the new songs, so he has had a busy start – just as we want it.”

In other news, Hatesphere will be on the upcoming Danish Headbanger’s Ball Tour alongside Mercenary.

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Somebody Is Willing To Pay $100 For DEVIN TOWNSEND’s Spatula

…And when I say spatula, I mean like, literally his spatula, not his cock, you fucking pervert. Devy is seriously selling a spatula on eBay which as of this writing, is up to a $102 bid. The only product description offered is “super shi**y” – so at least he's honest.

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Somebody Is Willing To Pay $100 For DEVIN TOWNSEND’s Spatula

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Harakiri Auditioning Singers

HARAKIRI has begun auditioning replacements for
singer Matt Reese, who left the band in January. The group has
issued the following update:

“The search for a new vocalist is on. We’ve started the audition
process. We have some good candidates for sure. We’re hoping to
wrap this up fairly soon so if anyone out there, who hasn’t
contacted us already, is still interested in trying out get with us
asap. Or if you inquired about it but we didn’t get back to you,
message us again. Things were getting hectic there for a second and
I am afraid some emails may have been missed.

We are steadily progressing on the writing of the songs for the new
album (musically that is). We pretty much finished up another new
one yesterday. We’re anxious to get all this done and hit the
studio and play some shows.

Anyway, we’re alive and trying to push this forward as fast as we
can. Once a vocalist is decided upon we’ll throw up a demo track

Harakiri Auditioning Singers

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