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Krisiun Reveals New Album Details

Krisiun New Album

Brazilian Death Metal band KRISUIN will release their new album, THE GREAT EXECUTION, on 31st October in Europe and 1st November in North America via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS. The band's eighth studio CD "musically expands KRISUIN trademark high-speed Death Metal violence with a heavily increased amount of diversity ranging from extreme tempo variations over distinct rhythm patterns to clean guitars and even Flamenco parts!" according to a press release.

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Cannibal Corpse Begins Recording New Album

CC New Album

Florida-based Death Metal band CANNIBAL CORPSE have begun recording their twelfth studio album at SONIC RANCH STUDIOS in Texas with producer Erik Rutan. The band has spent months writing the album and has recorded at SONIC RANCH STUDIOS in the past, but never with Rutan at the helm. More details on the album, including art, songs, title and more will be revealed in the months to follow. For now, the band is hard at work forging their next death metal offering.

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Guitarist Yossi Sassi Working On Solo Album

Yossi Solo

Yossi Sassi, guitarist, founding member and musical mastermind of Israeli Progressive Folk Metal masters ORPHANED LAND, is working on his first album as a solo artist. The CD will feature guest appearances by former MEGADEATH guitarist Marty Friedman and "other leading musicians."

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Epica Begins Recording New Album

Epica New Album

Dutch Symphonic Metal band EPICA have issued the following update:
"As of today, EPICA has started the recordings for their fifth full-length album. This still-untitled album will expectedly be released by NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS on 9th March 2012. EPICA entered the famous GATE STUDIOS in Germany once more to work with world-renowned producer Sascha Paeth [KAMELOT, AVANTASIA, RHAPSODY OF FIRE]. First up is Ariën Van Weesenbeek to record his drum parts."

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Five Finger Death Punch: American Capitalist Details Revealed

FFDP 2011

Las Vegas, Nevada-based Metal band FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will release their third album, AMERICAN CAPITALIST on 11th October. The CD was recorded at THE HIDEOUT in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko, who helmed OZZY OSBOURNE's 2010 effort SCREAM.

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Nocturnal Rites Preparing To Record New Album

Nocturnal Rites New Album

Swedish Power Metal band NOCTURNAL RITES are currently rehearsing new songs and are preparing to start recording them in a few weeks or so. In the meantime, the band has released "a little trailer to let [the fans] know [the group is] still alive!" Check out the clip below!

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Officium Triste Reveals New Album Tracklist

Officium Triste Details

Dutch "atmospheric doomsters" OFFICIUM TRISTE entered the studio of the band's keyboardist, Martin Kwakernaak, in April to begin recording their fifth full-length album, tentatively titled MORS VIRI. The CD is being mixed by Ronnie Björnström of ENHANCED AUDIO PRODUCTIONS.

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Nightwish Reveals Artwork & Tracklist For Upcoming Album

Nightwish Imaginaerium
Finnish/Swedish Symphonic Metal band NIGHTWISH will release their new album, IMAGINAERIUM, in Finland on Wednesday, 30th November and the rest of Europe on Friday, 2nd December via NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS. The CD will be made available in North America through ROADRUNNER RECORDS.

Tracklist
01. Taikatalvi
02. Storytime
03. Ghost River
04. Slow, Love, Slow
05. I Want My Tears Back
06. Scaretale
07. Arabesque
08. Turn Loose The Mermaids
09. Rest Calm
10. The Crow, The Owl And The Dove
11. Last Ride Of The Day
12. Song Of Myself
13. Imaginaerum

Regarding the IMAGINAERIUM cover artwork, NIGHTWISH keyboardist/mainman Tuomas Holopainen said, "Originally, this was supposed to be the centerfold image of the album, but once I and some mates saw the final image, we immediately knew that the hunt for the actual cover artwork was over. I believe this is Toxic Angel's finest piece of work yet, capturing the deepest essence of what IMAGINAERIUM is all about. The power of imagination and places of wordless wonders, magic and awe, of longing and the surreal.

"I emphasized from the start that not a single living thing should be seen in the picture, and Toxic was able to create that sublime but desolate, 'all this waiting for you, and you only' feeling.

"All you need is the courage to enter."

Short IMAGINAERIUM track-by-track commentary from Tuomas:

01. Taikatalvi
"This world is but a canvas for our imagination."

02. Storytime
"How would it feel to take a midnight flight with a snowman through the most wondrous landscapes, like in the classic animated 'Yuletide' film? The meaning of our very existence is created though stories, tales and imagination. They are at the very core of humanity."

03. Ghost River
"Life is the ultimate privilege; a river filled with wonders and horrors. Love, sorrow, beauty, evil and temptation. And we need them all to survive and enjoy the journey. Good, Evil, Pain and Pleasure - members one of another."

04. Slow, Love, Slow
"Truest love needs no words, demands or promises. It is wordless territory, and thoroughly unconditional."

05. I Want My Tears Back
"Longing for things long gone, but still possible to bring back."

06. Scaretale
"Monsters in the closet, squealing pigs, hordes of spiders and flesh-ripping harpies. A peek into childhood's unforgettable nightmares- a vivid and twisted circus sideshow."

07. Arabesque
"A catharsis to a nightmare. Giving birth through a death-dance."

08. Turn Loose The Mermaids
"We quietly witness as her dying loved one takes his last journey...forever now, a haunting moment of beauty and comfort."

09. Rest Calm
"Memories and hope are two things no-one can ever take away from you. The sweetness of my own past is a bottomless chest of comfort and inspiration."

10. The Crow, The Owl And The Dove
"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me Truth" - Henry David Thoreau. Love is everything, and only Truth is our guide to a deeper state.

11. Last Ride Of The Day
"The theme park is just about to close, but the rollercoaster runs one more time and you get to take the last ride by yourself. It`s dark and the fireworks have just started. Moments such as these are portals to infinite dreams, of deep realisation, and ultimately the thrilling awareness of being a speck of dust in this vast swirling cosmos."

12. Song Of Myself
"Our homage and version of Walt Whitman`s transcendental celebration of life and existence, delving deep into a personal catharsis."

13. Imaginaerum
"Thank you for sharing the ride and we hope to welcome you back soon. The stage is lit, and the Magnificent Play is beginning..."

NIGHTWISH recently spent time not only putting finishing touches to the IMAGINAERIUM album, but also planning a movie of the same name.

IMAGINAERIUM is one of the projects which recently received grants from the Finnish government institution called the Finnish Film Foundation. The movie, directed by Stobe Harju, about an old man on his deathbed who glimpses a childhood dream in which he refuses to grow old, and fights aging with his imagination, will get $575,000 toward its $3.7 million budget.

NIGHTWISH's new single, STORYTIME, will be released on Friday, 11th November via NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS.

Regarding the musical direction of the forthcoming album, NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon wrote on her official blog, "I think it's a great and varied CD. The feelings in it are great and there are a lot of elements in it, so I am sure it will have many different favorite songs for the listeners since the songs are so different in styles and sound. [2007's] DARK PASSION PLAY is a great album and this one, too, so I don't know yet which one I like more, but, of course, for me personally, this one feels better to do since the songs are more adjusted to my voice and my style."

NIGHTWISH will kick off the IMAGINAERIUM world tour in Los Angeles. The very first show of the trek will take place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California on Saturday, 21st January. This will be the biggest Nightwish show production ever on North American soil and strictly a one-off - there will be no U.S. tour until later in 2012.

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Orphaned Land: Heavy Metal Envoys To Muslim World

Orphaned Land

According to The Jerusalem Post, Israeli Progressive Folk Metal masters ORPHANED LAND held a press conference in Tel Aviv earlier today (Thursday, 8th September) ahead of their 10th September concert at the Unirock Open Air Festival in Istanbul, Turkey. During the press conference, they expressed their hope that their success and the adoration of their fans from countries branded by Israel as "enemy states" could be used as a model for repairing ties with Turkey.

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Autopsy To Enter Studio In October

Autopsy Studio

Legendary San Francisco Bay Area Goregrind act AUTOPSY has issued the following update:
"We go into the studio at the end of October to record three new songs. It will be a taste of the new album that will soon follow. The three new songs will be released on a special release by PEACEVILLE RECORDS. It will also include all the EPs (TOMB WITHIN, FIEND FOR BLOOD, RETRIBUTION FOR THE DEAD, HORRIFIC OBSESSION 7, and FUNEREALITY) that are out of print. A jackhammer to your skull."

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