According to Roadrunner Records, DREAM THEATER‘s self-titled album, their 12th overall and fourth for Roadrunner, will be released September 24. The clip below is the second in a series documenting the making of the record; in it, guitarist John Petrucci and keyboardist Jordan Rudess (along with engineer Richard Chycki) discuss their creative process and the fact that the band holes up in the studio for months at a time to write and record. Petrucci and vocalist James LaBrie also discuss how the lyrics come together. Watch now!
Finnish modern thrash/death-influenced metal band DEAD SHAPE FIGURE is preparing to enter D-Studio in Nurmijärvi, Finland to record two or three new songs. Video footage from the band’s recent songwriting sessions can be seen below.
Guitarist Kride Lahti recently left DEAD SHAPE FIGURE “due to personal reasons and lack of motivation.” DEAD SHAPE FIGURE’s second full-length album, “The Disease Of St. Vitus”, was released last October via Dynamic Arts Records. The CD was mastered at Virtalähde Analog Audio Studios in Helsinki, Finland. The band’s debut album, “The Grand Karoshi”, came out in 2008 via Season Of Mist. The CD’s lyrical content was translated by Kallio into Finnish as a book of poetry, entitled “Loppusäkeet”.
Source: Blabbermouth.net – Photo credit: Valtteri Hirvonen
RELAPSE RECORDS has issued the following update:
Swedish technical death metallers SPAWN OF POSSESSION has entered Pama Studios in Kristianpoel, Sweden with engineer Magnus Sedenberg to begin recording their Relapse debut and long-awaited follow-up to Noctambulant. The album will include nine new tracks plus an instrumental intro and is expected to see a late fall 2011 release date. SPAWN OF POSSESSION will be posting photos and updates from the studio via the band’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/SpawnofPossession.
SPAWN OF POSSESSION (Jonas Bryssling: guitar, Dennis Röndum: vocals, Erlend Casperson: bass, Henrik Schönström: drums, Christian Münzner: guitar) formed in 1997 and has previously released two full-length albums. The band’s latest album, Noctambulant, received international critical acclaim for its blend of musical chops and unfettered extremity.
Finland’s progressive death/doom maestros BARREN EARTH have entered Helsinki’s Sonic Pump Studios to record the follow-up to last year’s highly acclaimed debut album, “Curse Of The Red River”. The band has written 12 new songs, and is currently laying them down with engineer/co-producer Jukka Varmo. Dan Swanö (KATATONIA, OPETH) will once again be at the mixing helm. The tracks mainly continue in the vein of the previous record, having perhaps even more ’70s prog influences, but maintaining the basic heaviness and brutality one has come to associate with BARREN EARTH.
The album is due for release in autumn 2011 on Peaceville Records, and the artwork will be made by Paul Romano (MASTODON). Studio reports will be updated at BARREN EARTH‘s Facebook page.
BARREN EARTH recently completed a successful U.S. tour with fellow Finns FINNTROLL and ENSIFERUM, and received the accolades of “Newcomer Of The Year’ at the Finnish Metal Awards and “Best Debut Album” at the Metal Storm Awards 2010 for “Curse Of The Red River”.
SHEAR, the new Helsinki, Finland-based six-piece metal act featuring former/current members of AMORAL, OMNIUM GATHERUM, IMPERANON, ELENIUM and CRYSTAL BLAZE, has entered Sonic Pump studios to begin recording its debut album for a late 2011 release.
The first in a series of video clips featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the studio can be viewed below.
Commented the band: “In the last couple of months we’ve been writing a lot of new songs, and we’re really pleased with the outcome. The songs are really diverse, ranging from very melodic songs to heavier riff-oriented songs.”
Oulu, Finland-based death metallers E-XPLOSIVES have just recorded their first two tracks of “relentless, punishing, hammering old-school death metal assault,” hoping to find a singer for the group. The band plans to record more music later in the year, this time in a professional studio.
According to a press release, E-XPLOSIVES was formed during the summer of 2010 when “an unholy union of seasoned death metal warriors” was assembled by guitarists Risto “Crazy” Ruuth and Jukka “Banjo” Valppu. drummer Teemu “Blastbeat Menace” Hautaniemi was asked to join and brought bassist Sami “Coma” Kettunen along to the rehearsals.