Posts Tagged “Early Winter”

Mesopotamian black/thrash pioneers MELECHESH are hard at work on pre-production for the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2010 album, “The Epigenesis”. In addition, the band has parted ways with longtime guitarist and close friend Moloch and drummer Xul. Moloch had officially been out of MELECHESH for eight months while he has been focusing on his academic career.

While it is still to be announced who will fill the drumming position, Moloch will be replaced by new guitarist Sirius (pictured below).

MELECHESH mainman Ashmedi and bass player/backing vocalist Scorpiros will debut the new lineup on the stage late fall early winter 2013 during the band’s North American tour.

Commented Ashmedi: “I talked with Moloch and asked him maybe it is better he is no longer a part of MELECHESH because we needed to have an active guitar player. He fully agreed and was thinking the exact same thing. He is one of my best friends but this has to do with MELECHESH and music — nothing else. In fact, we will be hanging out soon in Jerusalem and catching up. He is always welcome to come jam or do a guest appearance. Like I said, this man is one of the closest people to me personally. We are literally family. I wish the best of luck for his new and interesting Journey.

“A couple of weeks ago I did what I was considering for a while: I asked Xul to leave. In the past, I thought such things are impossible, but you know what, family , companies, governments, kingdoms all go through changes. In a naive or a romantic way, we all think change is not good in such cases. On the contrary, it could be extremely vital for the longevity of music. What I am trying to say is I made these decisions for the sole purpose of improving the music and preventing stagnation. I was not happy with the status quo, so I had to do something about it. I wish Xul the best of luck I am certain he enjoyed this ride which was a good learning experience for everyone. Anyway I don’t worry about him as he plays in several other bands, so it’s all good.

“I am a very loyal person — anyone with over two brain cells knows this (the ones with one brain cells do not get it…) — but my focus and priority is the well being and progress of MELECHESH.

“You can also hear some of Aybar‘s (Sirius) work on the soundtrack of the movie ‘The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh’ where he did the entire soundtrack for this film.”

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Norwegian death metal band Chton is proud to announce that the group’s upcoming sophomore album “The Devil Builds” will be released on CD and vinyl in collaboration with German label Godeater Records. The CD will be released in autumn 2012 and a vinyl edition is planned for release in early winter 2013. The digital release of the album will be handled by Morningstar Music.

“The Devil Builds” will feature 10 songs, with confirmed titles announced as “Faustian Resolve,” “Gods of the Flesh,” and “Babalon and The Beast Conjoined.”

“The Devil Builds” was recorded and produced at Morningstar Studio with Arnt Obsidian Grønbech (Keep of Kalessin, Satyricon) at the helm. The album was mixed by Stamos Koliousis (Djerv, Mencea) at 210 Studio in Berlin, known for earlier work with Nattefrost, Gehenna and Vreid, among others.

Chton has previously shared stages with bands like Morbid Angel, Behemoth, Mayhem, Amon Amarth, Zyklon and many others, and plans are being made for a European tour to promote the release of “The Devil Builds.”

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According to the Hartford Courant, JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE — which celebrates the life and music of Jason’s father, the legendary LED ZEPPELIN drummer John Bonham — has canceled its performance tonight at the Webster Theatre in Hartford, citing unspecified concerns about the number of Connecticut homes remaining without power after an early winter snowstorm hit the Northeast over Ha

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Vocalist Tor Arne Fassotte and guitarist/programmer Pål Evensen of the Stavanger, Norway-based goth-influenced rock/metal band ARTIFACT are mixing the group’s sophomore album, tentatively titled “Desolation”, for a late fall/early winter release.

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Ex Dementia has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist and working on a new EP:

“Greetings (insert clever surname for Ex Dementia fans)! A few little announcements. First, we are experiencing a slight line-up change. Our bassist Joe can no longer commit to EXD, due to tackling another profession, and will be forced to move out of state. Fortunately for us, he has been a great contribution to Ex Dementia, and a great friend. We are happy to have had him on at least one album, and a plethora of great shows (and not so great… Nor sober)! Exit Joe, enter… Joe. Coffin Joe that is. No, we’re not all using stage-names now. That’s just what I’ve always called him.

“Our new bassist, Coffin Joe is a Philly-based death metal NUT! He’s an asshole, a great player, and hilarious… A perfect fit for us! We look forward to writing, playing, and recording with Coffin Joe in the future! So give a dead, stiff, and cold (in a box!) welcome! Ex Dementia is now:

Chris – Guitars/Vocals
Coffin Joe – Bass
Branden – Drums

“The next announcement is our next gig! We will be sharing the stage with Rottrevore, Malignancy, and Legionary! This massacre will take place Saturday, September 24th at the Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY!

“And lastly, our new EP! The new EP is entitled ‘Crack the Coffin,’ and is scheduled to come out late-fall/early winter on HPGD Productions! We already have 3 songs written, and hope to write 2 more, and throw in a cover. The songs we have written already are VERY. FUCKING. FAST. So fast, I cant keep up sometimes! But I assure you, come time to record, we’ll be tighter than the pants on a Norma Jean fan. Within the next few weeks, more will be releasing song-titles, demos, etc. So keep your eyes peeled for that!”

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JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has told Billboard.com that plans are still afoot to stage the band latest release, the 2008 rock opera “Nostradamus”, in its entirely later this year.

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