GOLLUM Release The Core

Wilmington, North Carolina eclectic metallers GOLLUM unleash latest full-length The Core today on Rotten Records! Recorded in Wilmington, NC at Umbilical Studios by guitarist Frank Stroehmer and mastered by Today Is The Day frontman Steve Austin at Austin Enterprise in Nashville, TN, The Core is dedicated to the memory of drummer Hunter Holland who died suddenly of heart failure just a short time after completing the drum tracks to the new record. "You helped lay the foundation and blueprint, then you left us with a gift," writes the band on their official MySpace page. "We will never forget. Thank you for the inspiration you have given each of us. Your beat goes on and forever with us you shall be."

BLACK ELK West Coast assault

Black Elk's quick assault on the West Coast kicks off this Tuesday. They'll barrel down the Pacific Coast and back, dropping six shows in five days and joining forces with Made Out of Babies, Intronaut, Kylesa and more along the way. If you are anywhere near the are, come maul and/or be mauled.

4/14/2009 The Comet - Seattle, WA w/Made Out of Babies, Madraso, The Family Curse
4/15/2009 Satyricon - Portland, OR w/Made Out of Babies
4/16/2009 The Fire Escape - Citrus Heights, CA w/Made Out of Babies
4/17/2009 Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA

SAGA - new album

For months, thousands of Saga fans have been asking themselves anxiously: how will the band sound after vocalist Michael Sadler’s departureω Before going into any more detail, let’s answer the big question: on their latest album, The Human Condition, Saga still sound unmistakably like Saga but with a big dash freshness. The essential elements of the sound which the band has continuously developed over decades, their rocking attitude, haunting melodies, virtuoso solo passages and intelligent arrangements, haven't changed one bit in 2009.

GENERAL SURGERY news + US release date!!!

Swedish doctors GENERAL SURGERY uploaded some new music on their Myspace and the Media section of their website, including one more song of their new album Corpus In Extremis: Analysing Necrocriticism entitled “Final Excarnation”.

Corpus In Extremis is slated for North American release on April 7th.

And for your eyes now, a couple of videos from last weekend’s festivities at Kafé 44 have been posted, courtesy of Demonias blog.

BATTLEFIELDS Stream Entire New Album Thresholds Of Imbalance Online

You can now stream BATTLEFIELDS’ entire new record Thresholds Of Imbalance online for free! Click the link below to stream their new album: http://www.tinyurl.com/thresholdsofimbalance

Thresholds Of Imbalance was officially released on March 31st. You can still order the exclusive preorder CD / TS deal directly from the Translation Loss Webstore here: http://translationloss.com/tempstore.htm

April 2009

Editorial:

This month's edition is packed with interviews, a report on the Pagan Knights Tour and plenty of reviews to keep you busy for a few weeks. Subscribe to our RSS feed to receive metal related news and updates as soon as they get to us. Also we added a new writter: Proof Of Existence.

We are proud to announce that we are confirmed to attend as journalists to: Wave-Gotik-Treffem 2009, Hellfest 2009 and With Full Force 2009. Be sure to check our mini-sites for the previously mentioned festivals under the European Festival Extravaganza header on our left navigation. Also check out our interview with the Hellfest organizing team (here)

Table of contents for April 2009

Features:

Pagan Knights Tour Report - March 2009, USA

Interview With The Hellfest Team

Interview With Leaves' Eyes

Interview With Tyr

Interview With Alestorm

Interview With Suidakra

Interview With Den Saakaldte

Interview With Domina Noctis

Interview With Luna Obscura

Interview With General Surgery

Reviews:

Album Reviews:

Demo Reviews:

Euphoreon – Before The Blackened Sky (2009)

Fenris Cult – Heil Blackgod! (2009)

Nachtreich – Sturmgang (2009)

DVD Reviews:

Nightwish – Made In Hong Kong (And In Various Other Places) (2009)

Turisas - A Finnish Summer With Turisas (2008)

Live Reviews:

Pagan Knights Tour - March 16 2009, Salt Lake City, UT - Club Vegas

Pagan Knights Tour - March 9 2009, Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad

Thanks for everybody's help in making this issue possible, and expect more and better things for next month's edition!.

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