Century Media has announce the recent addition of Swedish melodic Death/Black Metallers DEVIAN to the label’s diverse roster. DEVIAN was originally founded by former Marduk members Legion (Vocals) and Emil Dragutinovic (Drums) after their departure from the Black Metal commando in their strife to come up with a new breed of wretched Scandinavian Metal. Together with guitarists Joinus, Markus Lundberg (both members of Sargathanas Reign) and bassplayer Tomas Nilsson, DEVIAN form an unstoppable organic extreme Metal machine driven by a raving hunger and deadset determination.
Bandleader Legion comments on the signing with CM as follows: “Speaking for the whole band, I want to say that we’re psyched, to say the least, about initiating the DEVIAN onslaught on such a killer label as Century Media. We are all fans of the label and the music they’ve put out during the years. Having worked with them for some releases during the Marduk years, I know they always did a job well done to a fault. We couldn’t have found ourselves a better label home.”
DEVIAN have finished tracking their upcoming debut album at Sweden’s Art Decay Studio, whereas mixing duties were handled by sound-wizard Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir, etc.). DEVIAN’s debut will be entitled “Ninewinged Serpent” and is tentatively set for release via Century Media Records by October 2007.
Legion adds the following about the album: “It’s a pummeling blackened death thrasher, where we really tried to challenge ourselves and bring fresh elements to the music compared to our efforts in previous projects, and I’d say we managed to achieve that. What at first looked to be mine and Emil’s continuation of “World Funeral” grew into a much more multifaceted sound and we loved taking it in that direction and really making it all it could be. It’s no-bullshit raving metal straight from the heart charged with uncontrollable anger, haunting melodies and bone crushing heaviness. It’s got a lot of power and soul and we are all extremely proud of what we’ve managed to achieve.”
You can visit the band’s newly created myspace profile to check out a preproduction medley (more tracks are expected soon).
Here is the DEVIAN line-up:
Legion - Vocals
Joinus - Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Markus Lundberg - Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Tomas Nilsson - Bass Guitar
Emil Dragutinovic - Drums
INCINERATION, post the following update on their myspace page:
"Check out the songs on our page because they are THE shit thanks to the pristine production courtesy of Geoff Sprock.
The release date for our EP is still up in the air because we are going to record a few more songs in August/September after the tour. We're also recording an acoustic version of a death metal song for a compilation in the U.K. by Roxx Productions. We have a good idea of what we're going to play and its going to be brutal acoustic style. Last but certainly not least, we have a new guitar player in the band finally, his name is Olin and he fucking smokes! He'll be on the road with us across the East coast next month."
According to an unconfirmed report by Hall of Metal, Arch Enemy have set "Rise of the Tyrant" as the title of their follow-up to 2005's "Doomsday Machine", tentatively due on September 25 via Century Media Records. The CD was produced by Fredrik Nordström at the new Studio Fredman in Hyssna, Sweden and will feature artwork by Niklas Sundin of Cabin Fever Media.
This release comes as a satisfied end to the band's scheduled eight-week stint at the notorious metal factory, where they recorded.
Vocalist Angela Gossow previously stated about the upcoming LP, "I experimented quite a bit with doubling vocal lines on the last album, which I now feel kind of took personality and vocal attack away. So this time it's the classic, one-vocal-track, no-frills, no-effects approach."
This album has Arch Enemy reuniting with Nordström, who last worked with the band on 2001's breakthrough "Wages of Sin". "Fredrik produced that record and I think the material we have is a little bit more in that vein," guitarist Michael Amott told Decibel magazine. "It's more intense than what we've seen on the last couple of albums. We went back a little bit to what we did on 'Burning Bridges' and 'Wages of Sin', with more riffs, more melodies, a bit more stuff going on, more action-packed."
"Rise of the Tyrant" track listing:
01. Blood on Your Hands
02. The Last Enemy
03. I Will Live Again
04. In This Shallow Grave
05. Revolution Begins
06. Rise of the Tyrant
07. The Day You Died
08. Intermezzo Liberté (instrumental)
09. Night Falls Fast
10. The Great Darkness
Fans of Arch Enemy singer Angela Gossow can now visit her new website at http://www.AngelaGossow.com. The site features information about her activities in and outside of Arch Enemy, such as guest performances and an extensive media gallery, vocal advice etc.
Angela comments: ‘I’d like to thank my wonderful webmistress Nina for helping me put this project together. I hope fans of Arch Enemy and yours truly will enjoy the website! See you there!’
About the album:
With their new album, The Last Kind Words, DevilDriver has taken a quantum leap up the evolutionary metal scale, crafting an album that's simultaneously brutal, melodic, technically complex yet instantly accessible. The Last Kind Words is the kind of album that grips you by the throat, and doesn't let go for nearly an hour. It's punishing and uncompromising, distilling the creative vision of the band members into songs that pummel like victims of violent crime seeking revenge on their assailants. At the same time each song is chock full of hooks that keep listeners pinned in place for the next round of bludgeoning.
Swedish death metal quartet ZONARIA has posted a medley on its myspace page containing audio samples from the group's upcoming debut album, "Infamy and the Breed".
Commented ZONARIA guitarist Emil Nyström: "As a thank you to all of our 2,000+ fans that came to check out 'Descend into Chaos' last month, we decided to post this little teaser which has clips from three songs from our new album! Stay tuned, because we will be posting a new song on our myspace page again next month, and it will stay up 'till the release, so we look forward to hearing what people think of that!
He added, "We'll be shooting a video for the song 'The Armageddon Anthem' with Standard Film Team, who did our last video for the song 'Rendered in Vain'! They did a great job on that, so we are really excited to see what they can do for the first single from 'Infamy and the Breed'!"
ZONARIA will release its debut album, "Infamy and the Breed", on September 3 (UK), September 4 (North America), and September 7 (rest of Europe) through Pivotal Rockordings. The CD was recorded by Per Nilsson (SCAR SYMMETRY) and mixed and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY) at Black Lounge studios in Gälve, Sweden.