We are pleased to announce the addition of Norwegian Black MetallersÂ RAGNAROKÂ to Agoniaâ€™s roster.
The band is set to enter theÂ Endarker StudiosÂ on the 24th June to record what will be their seventh full-length album. At the production helm will be studio owner andÂ MardukÂ bassistÂ Devo. The as yet untitled album is due for release later this year.
Yesterday, a few new videos made their way on-line worth talking about. One is from the largely underground Depressive Black Metal group Alcest, and the other from the A Cappella Power Metal act Van Canto.
Reigning Queen of Metal,Â DORO PESCH, has checked-in from her work in the studio to issue the following update:
“The new album will be entitledÂ Raise Your FistÂ and has been recorded and written in the U.S., Germany, and Scandinavia. Â Right now we’re in the mixing stages and are close to finishing everything. Â 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! Â Both songs have been played live on our last tour and also made last yearâ€™s Wacken Open Air shake! Â “Raise Your Fist In The Air” will also be available in Frenchâ€¦ which is going to be very interesting. Â For the diehard fans of German songs like “FÃ¼r 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. Â We also have a song that honors the late Ronnie James Dio called “Hero” and another highlight named “It Still Hurts” featuring MOTÃ–RHEADâ€™s Lemmy Kilmister. Â 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 hisÂ Triumph And AgonyÂ cover as the biggest album cover in the world. Since then, he’s done ten covers for us!”
Bay Area thrash titans,Â TESTAMENT, have revealed the cover art and details for their upcomingÂ Dark Roots of EarthÂ release! Artwork was painted byÂ Eliran KantorÂ who has worked with such bands asSODOM,Â ATHEIST,Â SIGH.Â Dark Roots of EarthÂ was produced, mixed and mastered once again by the world renownedÂ Andy SneapÂ (ARCH ENEMY,Â NEVERMORE,Â ACCEPT, EXODUS).Â Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered byÂ Juan UrteagaÂ (CATTLEÂ DECAPITATION,Â HEATHEN,Â VILE,Â SADUS) at hisÂ Trident Studios.Â The highly anticipated follow up to their 2008 releaseÂ The Formation of DamnationÂ will be released on July 27, 2012 (Europe) and July 31, 2012 (North America).
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 BloodÂ 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 â€“ May 16, 2010)
\m/ You are still greatly missed. \m/