Swedish melodic death metallers DEGRADEAD have released the first of four episodes from their Studio Diary “Creating A Monster”. Check it out below. DEGRADEAD’s upcoming album “The Monster Within” will be released on September 13th.
The band comments: “Every week up until then [the album release] we will release one studio episode every Thursday for four weeks containing songs from the new album and other fun stuff!”
Swedish metallers DEGRADEAD have issued the following:
Part 1. by David Szücs (guitars)
A morning in the studio… We are just about getting started on recording the bass for all the new songs here in the studio which is located in Skara. After a long time away from home, touring, it feels really nice to be back in Sweden.
To sum things up for those who couldn´t be there: We did the Overkill-tour in Europe and were there for about 20 days, and then in Russia for 10 days. Since we´ve been in Russia before we had a feeling about how it was going to be. Totally awesome! Every gig we did was crowded and the people there had really been expecting us. It is really fun when people come up to you with a very limited edition of one of our CD´s that you don´t even have in your own CD-collection. Really hardcore fans. Those CD´s were fun to sign.
Recently, we have worked a lot with our new songs. Micke has done most of the songwriting job and all of us have been rehearsing for the new recordings. There is also a lot of work with pre-productions at home. We´ve almost gotten half-way on the new album (which feels really nice) and we´re going to start recording my guitar on Monday. Today Anders is starting to record bass and then continuing on Monday.
The Overkill-tour was one of the highlights. We visited Polen for the first time and our fans there were almost as crazy as the ones in Russia! They just wanted more! Otherwise it was a fairly even tour, that went equally good every day. It was the first time for us in England and Italy and many other cool countries.
Shortly we will announce the album cover and title, which of course feels really exciting and we hope you all will enjoy it. This album is a bit different from our others. It has very much soul. A lot of feelings. I feel that we have improved a lot these past months. This album feels really genuine. It is our first album with completely acoustic drums. Our inspiration for this album comes from life itself.
Gojira‘s awesome new album L’Enfant Sauvage comes out on Tuesday, June 26 (though you can pre-order it now), and we sat frontman Joe Duplantier down recently and had him go through it, track by track. He explains the lyrical messages of each song, the approach they took to the music, and more.
Here’s Part 1, in which he discusses the first four songs – “Explosia,” “L’Enfant Sauvage,” “The Axe,” and “Liquid Fire.” Parts 2 and 3 will be coming very soon.
Everybody has stage moves, but does that mean they are good? As part of Metal Injection‘s ongoing “Ask The Artist” series, the question of best and worst stage moves was posted to members of DRAGONFORCE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL SHALL PERISH, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, OBEY THE BRAVE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, SKELETONWITCH, LAST CHANCE TO REASON, THE CONTORTIONIST, HOLY GRAIL, PERIPHERY, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE, HUNG, OVERKILL, GOD FORBID and UNEARTH and the answers were pretty funny. The video links below. Source: Blabbermouth.net
The first of two video clips in which guitarist Gus G. of Greek melodic metallers FIREWIND talks about the individual tracks that will appear on the band’s new album, “Few Against Many”, can be seen below. Due in Europe on May 21 via Century Media Records and in North America on May 22 through DisManic, Inc. via eOne Distribution, the CD was mixed by Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi at Audiohammer Studios (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, DEATH ANGEL) in Sanford, Florida.
Produced by Gus, “Few Against Many” was recorded with his longtime bandmates, vocalist Apollo Papathanasio, keyboardist/guitarist Bob Katsionis and bassist Petros Christo, at Valve Studio in Greece as well as the Sweetspot Studios in Sweden and sees the band expanding on its signature melodic sound with some of its most aggressive songs to date. The CD also marks the recording debut of new FIREWIND drummer Johan Nunez (NIGHTRAGE). The young Belgian is regarded by Gus as a “phenomenal talent,” and anyone that witnessed him on the band’s most recent world tour will no doubt agree.
“Few Against Many” track listing:
01. Wall Of Sound
02. Losing My Mind
03. Few Against Many
04. The Undying Fire
05. Another Dimension
07. Edge Of A Dream (feat. APOCALYPTICA)
09. Long Gone Tomorrow
10. No Heroes, No Sinners
The song “Edge Of A Dream” features a special appearance of Finnish cello superstars APOCALYPTICA.
While the album’s standard version will be available in the CD format as well as LP and also as digital download, “Few Against Many” will also be released as limited-edition digipak CD with two special bonus tracks: “Battleborn” and an acoustic version of “No Heroes, No Sinners”.
The “Wall Of Sound” video can be seen below. The clip was filmed by Colin Marshall during the band’s recent shows in Greece.
Commented Gus: “We wanted to do a different video this time, instead of the usual indoor studio shootings. So we figured we’d show the band in its comfort zone — on stage. The clip was shot on our most recent shows in Greece this past January and you can witness the mayhem that goes down when we play in our home country! Enjoy!”
The first in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of “Stones Grow Her Name”, the new album from Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA, can be seen below. Due on May 18 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was recorded in several studios all over Finland, mixed at Sonic Pump Studios by Mikko Karmila and mastered at Chartmakers by Svante Forsbäck. The effort will be released as a limited-edition digipak, standard jewel case, vinyl and download.
“Stones Grow Her Name” track listing:
01. Only The Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful)
02. Shitload of Money
03. Losing My Insanity
04. Somewhere Close To You
05. I Have A Right
06. Alone In Heaven
07. The Day
09. Don’t Be Mean
10. Wildfire II
11. Wildfire III
Commented SONATA ARCTICA vocalist Tony Kakko: “I’ve had a very hard and work-filled two-year period writing the songs while touring extensively with our previous album, ‘The Days of Grays’. But it has all been worth it!
“Yet again we are introducing new things to keep the music alive and interesting. New elements, styles and new moods, talented quest artists and ideas for the enjoyment of the loyal friends of our music.” Source: Blabbermouth.net