Ragnarok Signs with Agonia Records

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We are pleased to announce the addition of Norwegian Black Metallers RAGNAROK to Agonia’s roster.

The band is set to enter the Endarker Studios on the 24th June to record what will be their seventh full-length album. At the production helm will be studio owner and Marduk bassist Devo. The as yet untitled album is due for release later this year.

Doro: Raise Your Fist Details Announced

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Reigning Queen of Metal, DORO PESCH, has checked-in from her work in the studio to issue the following update:

“The new album will be entitled Raise Your Fist and has been recorded and written in the U.S., Germany, and Scandinavia.  Right now we’re in the mixing stages and are close to finishing everything.  Most important to me are the power hymns “Raise Your Fist In The Air” and “Victory,” which will also be available on the forthcoming EP!  Both songs have been played live on our last tour and also made last year’s Wacken Open Air shake!  “Raise Your Fist In The Air” will also be available in French… which is going to be very interesting.  For the diehard fans of German songs like “Für Immer” [“Forever”], there are two songs in the same vein – sensitive and quite dark “Human Rights” and the very emotional “Engel” [“Angel”]. There are also a lot of fast songs like “Little Headbanger” and various fist-pumping ones featuring amazing guests like Gus G (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND) on “Last Man Standing” which fans will for sure dig live.  We also have a song that honors the late Ronnie James Dio called “Hero” and another highlight named “It Still Hurts” featuring MOTÖRHEAD’s Lemmy Kilmister.  The cover artwork has once again been created by British artist Geoffrey Gillespie who is a close friend and companion since he made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for his Triumph And Agony cover as the biggest album cover in the world. Since then, he’s done ten covers for us!”

Testament: Dark Roots of Earth Details/Artwork

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Testament: Dark Roots of Earth
Bay Area thrash titans, TESTAMENT, have revealed the cover art and details for their upcoming Dark Roots of Earth release! Artwork was painted by Eliran Kantor who has worked with such bands asSODOM, ATHEIST, SIGH. Dark Roots of Earth was produced, mixed and mastered once again by the world renowned Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (CATTLE DECAPITATION, HEATHEN, VILE, SADUS) at his Trident Studios. The highly anticipated follow up to their 2008 release The Formation of Damnation will be released on July 27, 2012 (Europe) and July 31, 2012 (North America).

3 Inches of Blood Remember Ronnie James Dio

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Two years ago, the Metal world lost one of the most influential and important men to ever grace the stage, a recording studio, and even touch a microphone. It’s a tragic passing that still eats away at many fans to this day. To me it feels like yesterday, even though it’s been a good two years now. In memory of this Metal God, 3 Inches of Blood has put together a video for the song “Look Out,” which has been posted today on Youtube. A fitting tribute to a man who helped forge the way for bands such as them to shine bright in the world today.

Ronald James Padavona (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010)
\m/ You are still greatly missed. \m/