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Mesopotamian kings of blackened thrash metal MELECHESH have announced the addition of drummer Sasha Horn to the group’s ranks.

Commented MELECHESH mainman, songwriter, singer and guitarist Ashmedi: “After a lengthy search, MELECHESH are proud to announce the inclusion of new drummer Sasha ‘Sin’ Horn. Sin as in the Mesopotamian moon god. He will be appearing on the upcoming album, which we will follow up with more details. Meanwhile, he flew in from the USA to our rehearsal room in Germany to work with the band on new material and meet the label guys and the chemistry was great. His drumming skills will sure bring in an extra kick to the new album.”

Since there were rumors and uncertainties of the current second guitarist of MELECHESH, the pioneering band clarified the situation in the following statement: “After one show, it became obvious things wouldn’t work out with Sirus, so we mutually agreed to go separate ways. For now, the position is not vacant until a great talent crosses our ways. Ashmedi will track guitars and former guitarist and longtime friend Moloch might be flying to the studio for recordings, but not touring as well. We have two great touring guitarist who are friends of ours and will step in as live session musicians.”

MELECHESH is currently writing material for its upcoming sixth album.

The band’s latest CD and Nuclear Blast debut, “The Epigenesis”, was released in 2010 and received rave reviews all over the globe, followed by eight tours with the likes of SEPTICFLESH and NILE.


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Having signed with Dark Essence Records for a further two albums, Norwegian black-folk metallers GALAR have been ensconced in Bergen’s Conclave And Earshot Studios with producer Bjørnar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) working on the band’s third full-length album, which will be titled “De Gjenlevende” (The Bereaved), for an early 2014 release. Drummer Phobos (AETERNUS, GRAVDAL, MALSAIN) has now finished laying down the drum tracks and the band will take a short break from the studio until October.

A video from the drum sessions can be seen below.

The follow up to 2010’s “Til Alle Heimsens Endar”, “De Gjenlevende” will once again feature GALAR‘s two core members of M. Kristiansen on screams, guitars and bass and A. B. Lauritzen on clean vocals, bassoon and grand piano, with Phobos on drums. They will be joined by a series of session musicians that include both a string quintet and a horn quartet in keeping with the epic material the band has produced for the album, both musically and lyrically.

Consisting of six tracks, one of which will be an instrumental, “De Gjenlevende” is a concept album and, according to GALAR, the songs will be longer, and more epic, than previously. Written entirely in Norwegian, “De Gjenlevende” will come with an explanatory booklet.

Jorge Scholz, the band’s lyricist, recently briefly explained the concept behind the album, which draws its inspiration from Pan-European folklore, ontology, and elegies. “Its five contemplative texts tell of the utter dreadfulness that haunts both the human mind and body when the season of winter holds every living thing in its grasp,” he said.

“Winter is the time of utter gloom, enfeeblement and inescapable death, which challenges mankind, beasts and plants equally. Yet, as long as there is life, there is hope, and eventually a new era of the sun will bring to an end the seemingly eternal darkness of winter. With the arrival of spring hope and life will flourish once more. It is a portrayal of this cyclical process of transformation that is as old as the history of mankind itself”.

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Occult black metal acts Acherontas and Nightbringer are teaming up for a new split release titled “The Ruins of Edom.” The split is set to be released June 26th in Europe and August 16th in North America and the cover artwork is available below. Agonia Records also commented:

“On The Ruins Of Edom both bands continue to travel the previously selected path of mystical elegance, presenting the specific, magical atmosphere and darksome melodies they’re are known for.

“At the same time the cooperation of the two outfits falls outside of the recording process. Acherontas (and also Acrimonuis) members in the shape of Cain Letifer, Acherontas V.P.9 and C.Docre will empower Nightbringer through handling guitars and drums as session musicians during band’s European tour. Furthermore, Acherontas will join the tour for few selected dates, so far including:

01.07.2012 – Black Metal Is Rising Festival (Paris, France)
06.07.2012 – Under The Black Sun Festival (Bernau, Germany)

“The new split will be available as special & limited editions only, therefore we encourage enthusiasts of both bands to place their orders fast. The formats are as follows: limited to 1000 copies 3-panel digipack CD with 8 pages booklet and limited to 300 copies 12″ vinyl (250 black vinyls and 50 cyan blue vinyls available via Agonia Records Webstore exclusively).”

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Avant-garde black metal duo Formloff is set to unearth a new work of audio grimness entitled “Spyhorelandet,” the follow up to 2006’s “Adjø Silo.” The new release finds the eclectic Norwegian duo — Bernt Karsten Sannerud and Marius Sjøli – exploring the darker, more atmospheric realms of their past. Several session musicians were recruited to complete the nine-track recording, including two bass players, a drummer and a saxophonist. The following press release was issued about the album:

“Where most black metal revels in stories of fictional deities, benign and malignant, Spyhorelandet wallows in everyday themes. Much like the cover art, the music contained within bears the stark truth: When you peel back the skin, no matter how beautiful, what is left is the ugly personal histories each of us carries. Throughout Spyhorelandet, naked inhabitants of our world are quoted directly. For many, defeat is their best and sometimes only asset.”

In celebration of the record’s upcoming release, Decibel Magazine is currently streaming the title track, “Spyhorelandet,” noting “the track definitely sounds refreshing, as if gulping down fresh glacial streams after a half-decade of parched post-whatever, atavistic too-true-for-school black, or the floating-on-toilet bowl-water bullshit employed by the high-lo mind/musically daft of Liturgy, et al.” Feast your ears here.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Det dritet som renner ut i Ua
2. Harde ord på kammerset
3. Spyhorelandet
4. Faen!
5. Mig og Drit
6. Skævven
7. Kon-Tiki Museet brenner
8. Den gamle jorda
9. Drokkne i ei flo ta åske

“Spyhorelandet” will be released in North America via Eisenwald on March 12th, 2012.

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Formerly Italian, currently U.S. based band Ephel Duath, known as a modern mixture of avant-garde metal and progressive rock with jazz-fusion and hardcore punk elements, has inked a worldwide deal with Agonia Records for the release of an EP and two full-length albums. Agonia Records commented:

“Under the leading role of talented guitarist and songwriter Davide Tiso, the machine of EPHEL DUATH is ready to send out a new musical impulse, with the artistic contribution of a new line-up of well-known special session musicians, soon to be announced.

“The upcoming spring release EP is going to be recorded in January 2012 at Sharkbyte Studios (Machine Head, Exodus, High On Fire) in Oakland, California. Erik Rutan will do the mixing at his Mana Recording Studio (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Goatwhore, Agnostic Front) in San Petersburg, Florida. Alan Douches will master the material at West West Side Music (Death, Swans, Mastodon, Converge, Baroness, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Clutch) in New York. More news will follow shortly.”

For more details on the craziness that is Ephel Duath, head over to the band’s Facebook profile here.

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Since the release of their second full-length album “Til Alle Heimsens Endar” last year, Norwegian black-folk metallers GALAR have been recruiting session musicians in preparation for the band’s live debut.

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