01/10/2011 SEPARATION ANXIETY Working On Debut Album 1Local Death Metal band SEPARATION ANXIETY released 2 un-mastered tracks – “Famine” and “Ocean Of Solitude” – from its upcoming debut album, “Winds Of Apocalypse”. The album was recorded at the Black Horizons Studios in Netanya with Meir Gur and Jonathan Russo. Mastering duties will be handled by Sweden’s Jen Bogren of Fascination Street Studios (AMON AMARTH, OPETH). Seth Siro Anton (SEPTICFLESH) will handle the album’s artwork, with a logo by Jonathan Russo and symbol by Sven de Caluwé (ABORTED, SYSTEM DIVIDE). “Winds Of Apocalypse” includes guest appearances by: Pavel Miteinin (THE FADING) on the song “Balanced Hirarchy”, Noam (BISHOP OF HEXEN) on an intro, Violinist Shani Chayon, Yotam “Defiler” Avni (PREY FOR NOTHING) on the album’s title track and Koen Romeijn (DETONATION [NL]) on the song “Gog & Magog”. SEPARATION ANXIETY will perform at the Black Horizons Festival in Herzliya. Asylum EP 29/09/2011 New Label For HAMMERCULT / European Tour 0Israeli Thrash machine HAMMERCULT, who recently won Wacken Open Air’s annual “Metal Battle” competition, announced that it has signed with German label Sonic Attack Records (PATHFINDER, ALPHA TIGER), owned by Karl Walterbach – founder of the cult label, Noise Records, in the early ’80s, who also worked personally with such bands as KAMELOT, CELTIC FROST and KREATOR. Serving as the band’s manager, Walterbach will send HAMMERCULT on its first European tour with the legendary Thrash / Crossover band D.R.I. during the month of November. In other news, HAMMERCULT will celebrate its one year anniversary this coming December, all the while working on its debut album for an early 2012 release. The band previously released an EP called “Rise Of The Hammer”. 20/09/2011 ETERNAL GRAY: New Album Details, Free Song 0[ovupdate d="20/09/2011"]Season Of Mist have released the track “Lost Control” for free download, as well as a new video trailer from the upcoming ETERNAL GRAY album.
Original News Item: ETERNAL GRAY have released the cover artwork and track listing from their forthcoming album “Your Gods, My Enemies”, due to come out on October 14th via Season Of Mist. Commented main-man Dory Gray: “The album title can be interpreted in various forms, It is only possible because of the way our society is shaped, organized and managed. By this belief that ‘God’ is individual to every person, the artist Adrien Bousson has made an incredible job creating a whole scenario in which Eternal Gray’s icon made out of industrial pieces of metal, is docking in the sky, where people are falling from its edge.
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21/08/2011 ORPHANED LAND: Debut DVD Details Revealed 0“The Road To OR-Shalem”, the new concert DVD by ORPHANED LAND, will be released on October 17th in Europe via Century Media. According to a press release: “The DVD documents ORPHANED LAND’s incredible mission to unite warring factions in their home region through the power of music. Filmed in Tel Aviv, Israel in December 2010, The Road To OR-Shalem features nearly two hours of stunning live material, as well as a bonus DVD, which includes additional live footage, a behind-the-scenes documentary and video clips.” Commented vocalist Kobi Farhi: “It has been such an amazing experience for us to record our debut DVD. Our show proves that music is the strongest weapon in the world. Our achievement through songwriting is not something that can be measured via traditional political or religious means. We learned by being in ORPHANED LAND that people might have different flags, signs and symbols, but when music plays there is only one flag that captures their hearts. It is the flag of hope, courage, friendship and brotherhood; the flag of light. We are converting blood enemies to friends through the healing power of music.” 05/08/2011 HAMMERCULT Wins Wacken Metal Battle! 3
The “Metal Battle” competition at Germany’s Wacken Open Air Festival is over, and Israeli Thrash Metal band HAMMERCULT were decaled as the winners! With only 8 months of activity, the band gave its 11th performance at the festival as part of the finales, which involved almost 30 different countries / bands. Although their appearance was scheduled for Wednesday noon (while the Festival officially starts on Thursday), HAMMERCULT drew hundreds of people to the W.E.T. Stage, delivering a deadly set that included songs from their debut EP “Rise Of The Hammer”, and defeating the French Industrial / Death act NOEIN, who was also among the favorites to win.
The band members (including bassist Elad Manor and guitarist Arie Arnovich of 2008 Metal Battle winner THE FADING) are now the owners of some amazing equipment by Marshall, Eden, Mapex, Washburn, Paiste, Eagletone and Woodbrass, as well as a record deal with Wacken Records, among other cool rewards. In addition, HAMMERCULT will return to the 2012 edition of Wacken, alongside AMON AMARTH, MINISTRY and SCORPIONS. We at Ov Metal would like to congratulate HAMMERCULT for their incredible win, and for the honor they brought to the entire Israeli Metal scene. Well done!
28/07/2011 VADER: Israeli Concert Postponed 1[ovupdate d="28/07/2011"]Promoter of VADER’s upcoming concert in Israel, released the following statement: “Due to logistical problems, and poor ticket sales, VADER’s scheduled performance in Israel on August 26th has been postponed. Ticket holders should contact the store / publicist / site of which they bought tickets from, in order to get a full refund.” A new date has yet to be announced.
Original News Item: Now it’s official. Polish Death Metal veterans VADER will return to Israel for the “Summer Death in Israel” event, which takes place on August 26th, at the Sublime Club in Tel Aviv. Support will come from local Death Metal bands SPAWN OF EVIL, PHANTOM PAIN and ETERNAL GRAY. This marks the 2nd time for VADER in Israel, after an explosive show in 2003. Since then, the band’s line-up changed completely, and includes besides founder Peter (vocals / guitar), also Spider (guitar), Hal (bass) and James Stewart (drums). These days VADER is working on the follow-up to 2009′ hit album “Necropolis”.
24/07/2011 ACROPOLIS To Enter Studio In September 0Israeli Power Metallers ACROPOLIS, will enter the studio in September, to record 4 new songs. According to the band, they chose not to record a full-length CD because “it’s an archaic format that’s gradually losing its meaning in the modern world, due to the ‘instant culture’, and high stimulation threshold of the listener that sets a new standard for us, the creators. After 7 years of activity we reached the point where it’s important for us to record at exactly that point, where we are in terms of writing. It’s also important for us to get the best product for our listeners and not dawdle, so we’re planning to divide our creation into ‘chapters’ with several songs, under a specific concept and own visuals.” The band will release the songs in digital format, and as paid downloads with various bonuses, such as different song versions, notes and artwork. In the future, ACROPOLIS plans to assemble all chapters into one complete album with bonuses. For more information click here. 29/06/2011 ORPHANED LAND: First DVD Teaser Posted Online 0
A new teaser video for “The Road To OR-Shalem”, the new DVD from Israeli Metal masters ORPHANED LAND, can be viewed below. Due in Autumn / Winter 2011, the DVD was professionally filmed and recorded last December on 2 concerts in Tel Aviv, with such guests as Steven Wilson (PORCUPINE TREE), Greg Mackintosh (PARADISE LOST) and the famous Israeli singer Yehuda Poliker. ORPHANED LAND will launch the DVD on a special concert, and then embark on a European headlining tour during the months of November and December, together with MYRATH (Tunisia), ARTWEG (France) and ARKAN (France / Maghreb). More details to follow!
24/06/2011 ABORTED: New Video Footage From The Studio 0[ovupdate d="24/06/2011"] ABORTED have posted a new video footage from the recording session for the drums, by Dirk Verbeuren (SCARVE, SOILWORK).
Original News Item: ABORTED Preparing To Enter Studio: Belgian-Israeli-American Brutal Death Grinders ABORTED will enter Hansen Studios in Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen, to begin recording their seventh album, “Global Flatline”. The gruesome artwork will be handled by Justin Osbourne from Slasher Design. Commented ABORTED main-man Sven de Caluwé: “Guitarist Eran Segal and bass player JB Van de Wal will begin final pre-productions for the record starting tomorrow and will be joined by the rest of the band in about a week to fine tune everything… We have taken our time to compose and digest every track for the record… Expect nothing but the most extreme and punishing album the band has ever recorded.” After ABORTED will finish with the recording, they plan on doing an exclusive show in Copenhagen, Denmark, and later on, invade Germany’s Party.San and Summer Breeze festivals in August. Expect more updates in the coming months.
23/06/2011 GODWRATH Announces New Singer 0Israeli Groove Metal band GODWRATH have announced the addition of vocalist Israel Soriano to replace Michal Eitan, who left six months ago. According to the band, after the departure of Michal: “It hurt all of us but we decided it’s important to move on… We entered an intense period of working in the background – on one hand, we kept writing new material and “tightening the machine”, and on the other hand, we’ve made auditions to find a new singer, in hopes to complete the vacant fourth piece of GODWARTH.” Regarding the new singer, Israel, the band said: “We are very excited about our new family member, and we’re confident that you will as well… We’ve been working on some new things.” GODWRATH will make their debut performance with the new singer at the “Metalling Ra’anana 7″ event (which will take place on June 30th) as the “surprise act”, and they’re “expecting to see you all there!”